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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

BDL Signed Teaming Agreement with Thales to Make STARStreak Missile Systems in IndiaBDL signs pact with Thales to make STARStreak Missile Systemsi.On January 13, 2021, India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) under the Ministry of Defence and the United Kingdom’s Thales have signed a ‘Teaming Agreement’ to develop STARStreak Air Defence system in India under the ‘Make in India’ programme. This partnership will be supported by both Governments.
ii.The “teaming agreement” was signed by NP Diwakar, Director (Technical),BDL; Alex Cresswell, CEO Thales and Mr Emmanuelde Roquefeuil, Vice President (VP) and Country Director, Thales in India during a virtual ceremony on January 13.
iii.It should be noted that in 2017 both entities inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the transfer of technology for STARStreak.
About Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL):
Establishment– 1970
Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)– Commodore Siddharth Mishra (retd)
Headquarter– Hyderabad, Telangana
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Piyush Goyal inaugurated ‘Prarambh’ in New Delhi; Seed fund of Rs 1,000 cr announced by PMShri-Piyush-Goyal-inaugurates-the-‘Prarambhi.On January 15-16, 2021, a two-day event ‘Prarambh’ – Startup India International Summit 2021 was virtually organized by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India from New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Piyush Vedprakash Goyal, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
ii.The inaugural event saw the participation of members of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries.
iii.The summit is a demonstration of neighbourhood first policy to boost partnership among the member countries.
iv.Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with startups and addressed the Summit on January 16, 2021. In an important move, he announced a seed fund worth Rs 1,000 crore for startups to set-up and to enhance their businesses.
About BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation):
There are 7 BIMSTEC countries viz. Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand.
Secretary General– Tenzin Lekphell
Headquarter– Dhaka, Bangladesh
Present Chair– Sri Lanka
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NHAI signs MoU with IRTE, IDC to Promote Road Safety & Collaborate in areas of Traffic Managementto promote road safetyNational Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Institute for Road Traffic Education (IRTE) and Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh (IDC) for promotion of road safety & collaborate in areas of traffic management under the programme “Capacity building of Road Safety Management through the Safe Systems Approach Programme”.

  • The agreement will be effective for a period of 2 years.
  • Objective – To create Safe road environment through reduction of traffic violations, injuries and fatalities due to road crashes.

i.As part of the Partnership, IRTE will ensure conformance of Traffic Control Devices to Indian Road Congress (IRC) standards for achieving efficient, free & rapid flow of traffic.
ii.As part of the agreement, IDC will formulate strategies on social aspects of road safety
About Institute for Road Traffic Education (IRTE):
President – Rohit Baluja
Location of Institute – Faridabad, Haryana
About Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh (IDC):
Director – Pramod Kumar
Location – Chandigarh
About National Highways Authority of India (NHAI):
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Cabinet Approves proposal for Mineral Reforms by Amending MMDR Act, 1957Cabinet approves proposal for mineral reformsi.In order to boost mineral production in the country, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a proposal for mega mineral reforms. The major objective of the reforms is to generate huge employment opportunities, reduce imports and increase production by bringing large mineral blocks into auction.
ii.The proposal is set to be presented in the Parliament during forthcoming Budget Session, starting January 27, 2021.
What does proposal include?

  • Amending the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 or MMDR Act, 1957 to solve legacy issues
  • Clarifying doubt on double taxation
  • Rationalising stamp duty
  • Developing the National Mineral Index (NMI)
  • Removing Distinction between Captive and Non-captive mines
  • 50% rebate on Minerals Dispatched earlier

About Ministry of Mines:
Union Minister– Pralhad Venkatesh Joshi
Headquarter– New Delhi
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Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar Inaugurates India’s 1st Air Taxi Service from Chandigarh to Hisar under RCS-UDANPM-Modi-launches-eight-trains-to-Statue-of-Unity-in-Kevadiyai.On January 14, 2021 Haryana Chief Minister(CM) Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated India’s 1st air taxi service from Chandigarh to the newly constructed Hisar airport in Haryana under Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN) of Govt of India.
ii.As part of the inauguration, Haryana CM flagged off the 1st flight from Chandigarh under the scheme.
iii.The airline Aviation Connectivity & Infrastructure Developers Pvt. Ltd (Air Taxi) will operate the air taxi services and has become the 1st startup airline of India to assist India with this service.
iv.This service uses Tecnam P2006T VT aircraft, a twin-engine four-seat plane.
About Haryana:
Airport– Ambala Air Force Station, Hisar Airport, Sirsa Air Force Station
Bird Sanctuary– Khaparwas Wildlife bird Sanctuary, Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary
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PM Modi launches 8 Trains to Statue of Unity, Kevadiya to Boost ConnectivityPM-Flags-Off-8-Trains-Connecting-Statue-Of-Unity-To-Other-Areas-In-IndiaOn January 17, 2021, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi virtually flagged off 8 trains from various parts of India to the Statue of Unity in Kevadiya, Gujarat to boost connectivity and Tourism. The trains will connect Kevadiya to Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Dadar (Maharashtra), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Hazrat Nizamuddin (New Delhi), Rewa (Madhya Pradesh), Chennai (Tamil Nadu) & Pratapnagar (Gujarat).
PM Modi stated that this is the 1st in the history of Railways that trains have been flagged off for the same destinations from different parts of the country.
i.He also Inaugurated the

  • Dabhoi-Chandod Gauge converted Broad Gauge railway line
  • Chandod-Kevadiya new Broad Gauge railway line
  • Newly electrified Pratapnagar-Kevadiya section, electrified as per Ministry of Railways Mission of 100% Railway Electrification policy
  •  New Station buildings of Dabhoi, Chandod & Kevadiya.

ii.Kevadiya Railway Station is India’s First Railway Station to be certified as a Green Building.
About Ministry of Railways:
Union Minister –  Piyush Goyal
Headquarters – New Delhi
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24th National Youth Festival 2021 held Virtually24th-National-Youth-Festival-held-from-12th-to-16th-January,-202i.The 24th National Youth Festival (NYF) 2021 was held from 12th to 16th January, 2021. Its closing ceremony was addressed by Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani in New Delhi in the presence of Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju.
ii.The theme of the NYF 2021 was ‘YUVAAH – Utsah Naye Bharat Ka’.
iii.It should be noted that NYF is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary (January 12) of youth icon Swami Vivekananda.
iv.The youth volunteers of NYKS (Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan) and NSS (National Service Scheme) presented remarkable cultural performances.
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Overview of Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali’s 3-day visit to India Nepal's-foreign-minister-Pradeep-Kumar-Gyawali-three-day-visit-to-IndiaThe Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali paid a 3-day visit to India from January 14-16, 2021. Gyawali is the senior-most political leader from Nepal to visit India after the Border row between the two nations in 2020.
i.In 2020, Nepal published a new political map which showed three Indian Territories – Limpiyadhura, Kalapani & Lipulekh as part of Nepal.
ii.During his visit, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali

  • Participated in the 6th India-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting
  • Attended meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM), S Jaishankar
  • The two sides held discussions on Bilateral trade, energy, border disputes & COVID-19 assistance.

iii.India will undertake construction of  two cultural heritage projects in Nepal – Pashupatinath Riverfront Development & Bhandarkhal Garden Restoration in Patan Durbar with Grant Assistance.
iv.Both sides also discussed reviewing the Peace & Friendship Treaty of 1950, air entry routes & boundary matters.
India, Nepal Rail connectivity:
The 34.90 Km Jayanagar (India)-Kurtha (Nepal) rail connectivity will be extended up to Bijalpura in Nepal, which is 17 kms from Kurtha.
About Nepal:
Prime Minister – K. P. Sharma Oli
Capital – Kathmandu
Currency – Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
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India set to implement New Foreign Trade Policy 2021-26 from April 1, 2021New-Foreign-Trade-Policy-2021-2026-to-be-rolled-out-from-April-1-2021Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry has stated that the ‘New Foreign Trade Policy 2021-26’ of India will come into effect from April 1, 2021. The main mission of the policy would be to make India a leader in International Trade in the next 5 years.
The policy aims
i.To make India an USD 5 Trillion economy by boosting exports from both services & merchandise sectors.

  •  It will be achieved by addressing various overseas and domestic constraints related to regulatory, policy, and framework to lower transaction costs & enhance the ease of doing business.

ii.Implementation of District Export Hubs initiative to make each district of India to achieve its potential as an Export hub.
Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20:
The previous Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 was extended for a year till 31 March 2021 due to the Pandemic.
About Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry:
Chairman -Union Minister of Commerce & Industry (Piyush Goyal)
Total Strength of the Committee – 17 (10 from Lok Sabha & 7 from Rajya Sabha)
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SPMCIL Paid Rs 215.48 Crore Final Dividend to Government 

The Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Limited(SPMCIL), paid the final dividend of Rs.215.48 crore to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Government of India for the financial year of 2019-20.

  • In the previous fiscal (FY19), SPMCIL had paid dividend of Rs.218.48 crores to the central government.
  • The dividend, in compliance with DIPAM guidelines, amounts to 5% of the net worth of the company at 31st March 2020 & 41% of Profit after tax for FY20.
  • SPMCIL has also achieved Excellent grading for Corporate Governance from Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) for the year 2019-20.
  • During the year 2019-20, the revenue from operations of the company stood at Rs 4,966 crore and profit before tax increased to Rs 1,026.79 crore.

About SPMCIL:
SPMCIL is a Mini Ratna company wholly owned by Government of India, Schedule “A” Company under the administrative control of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance
SPMCIL is engaged in manufacture of security paper, minting of coins, printing of currency and bank notes, non-judicial stamp papers, postage stamps, travel documents.
CMD– Tripti P. Ghosh
Headquarters–  New Delhi

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

ILO calls for National-level policy for Home-based Workers in New reportPost-COVID-ILO-calls-for-national-level-policy-on-those-working-from-homeThe International Labour Organization (ILO) in its report titled ‘Working from home from invisibility to decent work’ has highlighted the need to adopt Global Labour Standards and improve national-level labour registries for home-based workers (Industrial home-based workers, Teleworkers, Digital Platform workers) & organisations.
i.Prior to COVID-19 crisis i.e 2019, there were 260 Million home-based workers, which represents 7.9% of Global employment and 56% of them were women.
ii.Post COVID-19, the number of home-based workers is expected to surpass the    2019 figures.
iii.The 3 main types of home-based workers about which the report mentioned are:

  • Industrial home-based workers – workers involved in production of goods like artisanal production, manufacturing of handicrafts, rolling of beedis, making of laces etc.
  • Teleworkers – Workers who use information & communication technologies to perform their work.
  • Home-based digital platform workers – ‘crowdworkers’ who perform service-sector tasks.

About International Labour Organization (ILO):
Director-General – Guy Ryder
Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
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ADB, EIB join Hands to Protect Oceans by Supporting Blue EconomyADB, EIB join forces to protect oceans, support blue economyOn January 15, 2021, The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) initiated a Clean and Sustainable Ocean Partnership to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the climate goals as advised in the Paris Agreement. In this regard, both entities will support the initiatives in Asia and the Pacific.

  • This partnership will strengthen the capacity of both entities to support high-impact projects.
  • They will also develop joint technical assistance programs and advisory support to help their partners in achieving SDGs of blue economy.

About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
Establishment– 1966
Headquarters– Mandaluyong, Manila, Philippines
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Membership– 68 countries(Including India)
About European Investment Bank (EIB)
Secretary General– Marjut Falkstedt
Headquarter– Kirchberg, Luxembourg
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India to Set up $ 1Million Financial Facility for Academic Collaboration with Arab: 3rd Senior Officials Meeting of Arab-India Cooperation ForumIndia to set up $ 1 million financial facilityi.On January 12, 2021 3rd Senior Officials Meeting of Arab-India Cooperation Forum was held through video conference.
ii.The meeting was co-chaired by Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (CPV&OIA),  Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Ambassador Mohamed Abu Al-Kheir, Assistant Foreign Minister and Permanent Representative of Egypt to the League of Arab States.
iii.During this meeting India decided to establish a USD 1 million(about Rs 7.32 crores)financial facility for academic collaboration with Arab.
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BANKING & FINANCE

YES Bank Partners with Aditya Birla Wellness Pvt Ltd to Launch ‘YES Bank Wellness’ and ‘YES Bank Wellness Plus’ Credit CardsYES BANK partners with Aditya Birla Wellness to launch wellness themed credit cardi.On January 13, 2021 YES Bank partnered with Aditya Birla Wellness Private Limited to launch ‘YES Bank Wellness’ and ‘YES Bank Wellness Plus’ Credit Cards. ii.This co-branded wellness themed credit cards encourages self-care and fitness of consumers.
Aim of the Launch– To encourage & promote holistic health(mental and physical) and wellness of consumers.
About YES Bank:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Prashant Kumar
Incepted– 2004
Tagline– Experience our expertise
About Aditya Birla Wellness Private Limited:
It is the subsidiary company of Aditya Birla Capital, which is the single brand for financial services of Aditya Birla group.
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
CEO– Mayank Bathwal
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Fitch Ratings projected India’s GDP Rise to 11% in FY22 from -9.4% in FY21 current FY21 fiscali.Fitch in its report titled, ‘India Set for Slow Medium-Term Recovery’ has projected that India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will expand by 11% in 2021-22 in contrary to the down gradation by 9.4%(-9.4%) in the FY21 fiscal (April 2020 – March 2021).
ii.Though the expansion is there, the level of GDP remain well below its pre-pandemic scenario. This is due to the decrease in GDP growth more than ten-year low of 4.2% in 2019.
iii.Fitch also projected that the medium-term recovery will be slowdown to 6.5% from FY23.
About Fitch Ratings:
President– Ian Linnell
Headquarter– New York, United States
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

IKEA India Pvt Ltd Wins 1st UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Regional Awards under Gender-inclusive Workplace CategoryIKEA India Pvt Ltd Wins 1st UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Regional Awardsi.The 1st United Nations(UN) Women 2020 Asia-Pacific Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Regional award winners were announced in a ceremony on December 15, 2020 in  Bangkok, Thailand.
ii.IKEA India Pvt Ltd won this award in Gender-inclusive Workplace category. It is the only winner from India.

  • In total there are 6 categories in the awards, where each category will have one winner and 2 runner ups.

iii.On December 1, 2020 UN Women presented India’s awards in a virtual ceremony on December 1 through the UN Women India Facebook page.
iv.Tata Power- Delhi Distribution Ltd(DDL) became the 1st Runner Up in the Community & Industry Engagement category of the award.
v.It also became the 2nd Runner Up in the COVID-19 Action category of the award for adopting a gender sensitive response to the pandemic.
About United Nations(UN) Women:
Executive Director – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka(United Nations Under-Secretary-General)
HeadQuarters- New York, United States
About Tata Power-Delhi Distribution Ltd(DDL):
CEO– Ganesh Srinivasan
Headquarters– Delhi
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Re-Elected as President of Uganda for 6th TermUganda's Museveni wins sixth term as PresidentYoweri Kaguta Museveni has been re-elected as the president of Uganda for the 6th term. He has been president of the country since 29th January 1986, i.e., for about 35 years and becomes one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders. He belongs to the National Resistance Movement(NRM) political party.
Note– He took 58.64% votes, while main opposition candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu known by his stage name Bobi Wine took 34.83% votes.
About Yoweri Kaguta Museveni:
Diplomatic Post Held
He served as the Chairperson of the Commonwealth of Nations from 2007 to 2009.
Key Accomplishments under his leadership
Uganda became the 1st country to be declared eligible for debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, receiving  assistance of about US$700 million.
His government initiated campaigns  against HIV/AIDS that were successful.
Awards & Honours
i.He received many awards including the Global Peace Award from the Global Peace Foundation.
ii.He was the 1st African president to receive the AfrikaVerein Award for excellence in leadership from the German-Africa Business Association
iii.He was awarded many honorary doctorates, including; Humphrey School of Public Affairs – Minnesota, Latin University of Theology-USA

Justice B L Bhat Gets Another Extension as NCLAT Officiating Chairperson

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India has again extended the tenure of Justice Bansi Lal Bhat Bhat as the officiating Chairperson of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal(NCLAT). His tenure has been extended till his attaining the age of 67 or until further orders. His current tenure was scheduled to end on 31st December 2020.
This is the 4th exertion to Justice Bhat since his appointment as the Chairperson on 15th March 2020 for a period of 3 months.
About NCLAT:
NCLAT was constituted under Section 410 of the Companies act, 2013 to hear the appeals against the orders of National Company Law Tribunal(NCLT).
Headquarters– New Delhi

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

GoI to Sell 10% of its Stake in SAIL through OFS to Raise Rs 2,600 crore as part of its Disinvestment Drive

Government of India to sell 10% of its stake in Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) through an Offer for Sale (OFS) route to raise ~Rs 2,600 crore as part of its disinvestment drive.The Govt sells 206.5 million shares or 5% equity with a 5% green shoe option. After selling of stake the government will hold 65% stake in SAIL from 75%.

SPORTS

Overview of Yonex Thailand Open 2021 Super 1000 – Badminton TournamentYonex Thailand Open held from Jan 12-17, 2021The Yonex Thailand Open 2021 (Level – Super 1000), a Badminton Tournament took place at Impact arena, Bangkok, Thailand from January 12-17, 2021.

  • It is the First Badminton Tournament of 2021.
  • It was organized by the Badminton Association of Thailand & sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Six Indians feature in top-10 of BWF World Junior Rankings:
In the Latest World Junior Rankings released by BWF post COVID, 6 Indians have featured in the Top-10 Spots
i.In the Men’s Category, Varun Kapur (Maharashtra) attained his Career-best ranking of World Number 2.
ii.In the Women’s Category, Samiya Imad Farooqi (Telangana) attained her Career-best ranking of World Number 2.
Winners:

Category Winner Runner-up
Men’s Singles  Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) Angus Long (Hong Kong)
Women’s Singles Carolina Marin (Spain) Tai Tzu-ying (Taiwan)
Men’s Doubles  Lee Yang & Wang Chi-Lin  (Taiwan)  Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong

(Malaysia)

Women’s Doubles Greysia Polii & Apriyani    Rahayu

(Indonesia)

Jongkolphan Kititharakul & Rawinda Prajongjai

(Thailand)

Mixed Doubles Dechapol Puavaranukroh  &  Sapsiree Taerattanachai

(Thailand)

Praveen Jordan & Melati Daeva Oktavianti  (Malaysia)

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BOOKS & AUTHORS

Goa CM Pramod Sawant Released a Book ‘Manohar Parrikar- Off the Record’, Authored by Waman Subha PrabhuManohar Parrikar Off the RecordOn January 15, 2021 Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa released a book titled ‘Manohar Parrikar- Off the Record’. It is authored by senior journalist Waman Subha Prabhu.
Essence of the Book
i.The book is a collection of memories of the author who was with late Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar, former CM of Goa during the journey of his life.
ii.It portrays the multi-faceted personality of the former CM.
Note– Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar served as the CM of Goa from 2017 until his death in 2019.

IMPORTANT DAYS

1st National Road Safety Month 2021 – 18th January to 17th February,2021National Road Safety Monthi.The Ministry of Road Transport and Highway(MoRTH) observes the first National Road Safety Month from 18th January 2021 to 17th February 2021, instead of the 32nd National Road Safety Week, to create and spread awareness about road safety and its importance in reducing the road accidents in India.
ii.Theme – “Sadak Suraksha- Jeevan Raksha”.
iii.The Ministry of Road Transport and Highway(MoRTH) annually observes the National Road Safety Week during the second week of January.
iv.The first National Road Safety week was observed in 1989.
v.On 18th January 2020, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways inaugurated the National Road Safety Month 2021 from Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi.
About Ministry of Road Transport & Highways(MoRTH):
Union Minister– Nitin Jairam Gadkari
Minister of State– GEN. (DR) Vijay Kumar Singh
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STATE NEWS

MP signs MoU with Kerala to replicate Responsible Tourism MP signs pact with Kerala to replicate Responsible TourismMadhya Pradesh (MP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kerala to emulate its ‘Responsible Tourism (RT)’ initiative. The initiative was started by Kerala in 2017 to ensure the economic well-being of society, social & cultural stability and environmental protection.
The MoU will task Kerala’s RT Mission to implement RT projects in Madhya Pradesh in a way which is suitable for the state of MP.
Objective – Development of rural communities in MP using Tourism as a tool through involvement of Local Communities

  • As part of the agreement, Kerala will provide a series of services under a 16-point programme.
  • Through this MoU, MP Government expects to highlight the rustic beauty, life and heritage of its state.
  • It will help in showcasing the traditional value, attire and food habits of Tribals in MP such as Bhil, Sahariya & Gonds.

A 13-member team from Bhopal led by Tourism Minister Usha Thakur will visit different parts of Kerala to gather first-hand knowledge about implementation of RT in Kerala
Kerala’s Responsible Tourism (RT) Mission:
RT Mission was launched by Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala in October, 2017.

  •   It aims to make tourism a tool to develop village and local communities.
  •  Eradicate poverty & provide additional income, better livelihood to farmers, traditional artisans, and marginalised people.

About Kerala:
Lakes – Ashtamudi Lake, Kuttanad Lake, Vembanad Lake (Longest Lake in India)
About Madhya Pradesh:
Tribes – Bhil, Sahariya and Gonds
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Delhi launches first-of-its-kind Fellowship scheme for Artists

On January 15, 2021, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia launched First-of-its-kind “Street Theatre and Performing Arts Fellowship” Scheme for Artists. The fellowship will help artists to showcase their craft, which will help in spreading a taste for art and culture among the people of Delhi.

  • It was started by Sahitya Kala Parishad under the Department of Arts, Culture & Languages.
  • Around 500 artists from different backgrounds like Theatre, music, dance & fine arts have been selected for the fellowship.
  • Another 500 are expected to be added in the future.
  • The artists will perform in a team of 10 every week at public places in Delhi.

The scheme is a brainchild of Deputy Chief Minister, Sisodia. It was set to be released in 2020 but was delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
About Delhi:
Governor – Anil Baijal
Stadium – Feroz Shah Kotla Ground (Cricket)

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Inaugurates State’s 1st Bird Festival ‘Kalrav’ 

Bihar’s 1st state level bird festival ‘Kalrav’ was held from January 15 to 17, 2021 in Nagi bird Sanctuary & Nakti bird Sanctuary, Jamui district, Bihar. It was formally inaugurated by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on January 16, 2021.
Bihar’s environment, forest and climate change department organised an event at Nagi-Nakti bird Sanctuary on the inauguration day.
Aim of the Festival– To create awareness about birds especially migratory birds
Bird awareness centre Inaugurated
During the inauguration of the 3 day festival, bihar CM also inaugurated a ‘bird awareness centre’ at the sanctuary.
About Nagi bird sanctuary:
It is spread across an area of 2.1 square kilometers. It is a home to over 133 bird species. Many varieties of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies are also found there.

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S.no Current Affairs 19 January 2021
1 BDL Signed Teaming Agreement with Thales to Make STARStreak Missile Systems in India
2 Piyush Goyal inaugurated ‘Prarambh’ in New Delhi; Seed fund of Rs 1,000 cr announced by PM
3 NHAI signs MoU with IRTE, IDC to Promote Road Safety & Collaborate in areas of Traffic Management
4 Cabinet Approves proposal for Mineral Reforms by Amending MMDR Act, 1957
5 Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar Inaugurates India’s 1st Air Taxi Service from Chandigarh to Hisar under RCS-UDAN
6 PM Modi launches 8 Trains to Statue of Unity, Kevadiya to Boost Connectivity
7 24th National Youth Festival held Virtually
8 Overview of Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali’s 3-day visit to India
9 India set to implement New Foreign Trade Policy 2021-26 from April, 2021
10 SPMCIL Paid Rs 215.48 Crore Final Dividend to Government
11 ILO calls for National-level policy for Home-based Workers in New report
12 ADB, EIB join Hands to Protect Oceans by Supporting Blue Economy
13 India to Set up $ 1Million Financial Facility for Academic Collaboration with Arab: 3rd Senior Officials Meeting of Arab-India Cooperation Forum
14 YES Bank Partners with Aditya Birla Wellness Pvt Ltd to Launch ‘YES Bank Wellness’ and ‘YES Bank Wellness Plus’ Credit Cards
15 Fitch Ratings projected India’s GDP Rise to 11% in FY22 from 9.4% in FY21
16 IKEA India Pvt Ltd Wins 1st UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Regional Awards under Gender-inclusive Workplace Category
17 Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Re-Elected as President of Uganda for 6th Term
18 Justice B L Bhat Gets Another Extension as NCLAT Officiating Chairperson
19 GoI to Sell 10% of its Stake in SAIL through OFS to Raise Rs 2,600 crore as part of its Disinvestment Drive
20 Overview of Yonex Thailand Open 2021 Super 1000 – Badminton Tournament
21 Goa CM Pramod Sawant Released a Book ‘Manohar Parrikar- Off the Record’, Authored by Waman Subha Prabhu
22 National Road Safety Month 2021 – 18th January to 17th February
23 MP signs MoU with Kerala to replicate Responsible Tourism
24 Delhi launches first-of-its-kind Fellowship scheme for Artists
25 Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Inaugurates State’s 1st Bird Festival ‘Kalrav’