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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

‘Wahrew Bridge’ – India’s Longest Steel Arch Bridge Inaugurated at MeghalayaMeghalaya-CM-inaugurates-India's-longest-road-arch-bridgeOn January 22, 2021, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma inaugurated India’s Longest Steel Arch Bridge ‘Wahrew Bridge’ at Tharia Village in Meghalaya. The 169 metre long bridge connects Bholaganj & Sohbar to Nongjri in East Khasi Hills and runs over the river Wahrew.
The Bridge was dedicated to Dr Donkupar Roy, Former Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
i.Estimated cost – INR 49.395 Crore, which was allocated under the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) Scheme of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (M-DoNER).
ii.Project was sanctioned in 2013 and work started on the bridge in 2014.

  • It is expected to increase Tourism & Economic activities in Meghalaya.
  • The bridge will enhance trade with Bangladesh as the road is linked to Bholaganj Land Custom Station, which is among the 27 Land Customs Stations appointed for facilitating trade with Bangladesh.

About Meghalaya:
Lake – Umiam Lake
Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) – Baghmara Pitcher Plant WLS, Siju WLS, Narpuh WLS, Nongkhyllem WLS
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Harsh Vardhan releases 1st of its Kind Comprehensive NNMS & Framework for use of Telemedicine National-Non-communicable-Disease-Monitoring-Survey-(NNMS)'-and-'Framework-for-Telemedicine-use-in-Management-of-Cancer,-Diabetes,-Cardiovascular-Disease-and-Stroke-in-India'-ReleasedOn 25th January, 2021, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) virtually attended the Foundation day celebrations & Launch of Decadal year   of the Indian Council of Medical Research – National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR-NCDIR), Bengaluru, Karnataka. During the event he released

  • National Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Monitoring Survey (NNMS) 2017-18, 1st of its kind complete survey  on NCDs using standardised tools & methods.
  • Framework for Telemedicine use in Management of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in India

i.National Non-communicable Disease Monitoring Survey (NNMS):

  • The survey was conducted during the period of 2017-18, Base Year for measuring the progress is 2010.
  • Objective – To collect data on key indicators such as risk factors, select NCDs & health systems response required for National NCD monitoring framework & NCD Action Plan.
  • Two in Five adults had three or more risk factors for NCDs

ii.Framework for use of Telemedicine:

  • Harsh Vardhan also release Framework for Telemedicine use in Management of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke in India.
  • Objective – For boosting remote healthcare & reducing inconvenience to patients to travel to hospitals for treatment of NCDs.

About ICMR-NCDIR:
Director  – Prashant Mathur
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
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LS Speaker Om Birla Inaugurates Bharat Parv-2021 Virtual National Festival Lok-Sabha-Speaker-Om-Birla-inaugurates-‘Bharat-Parv-2021On 26th January, 2021, Lok Sabha (LS) Speaker Om Birla inaugurated the 5-day Bharat Parv-2021, a virtual National Festival at New Delhi. The Festival being  held from January 26-31, 2021 will take place on a  virtual platform – http://www.bharatparv2021.com/ due to the Pandemic.

  • Bharat Parv is an annual event being organized by the Ministry of Tourism since 2016.
  • Objective – To showcase the Cuisine & Culture of different states of India.
  • Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture was present during the inauguration event.
  • The overall theme of Bharat Parv will also be focused towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

i.Bharat Parv 2021

  • Bureau of Outreach and Communication, an media unit of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will focus on the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by exhibiting photos, videos, animation regarding ‘Swachh Bharat, Sashakt Bharat, Bapu Ke Sapno Ka Bharat’.

ii.‘Dekho Apna Desh’

  • It is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism to promote Domestic Tourism i.e Travel of citizens within the Country.

Ministry of Tourism:
Minister of State (Independent Charge) – Prahlad Singh Patel
Headquarter – New Delhi, Delhi.
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India & Bangladesh sign MoU for Launching Pupil Satellite to be developed by Students from both countriesIndo-Bangladesh-sign-MoU-on-joint-student-satelliteIn order to celebrate the 50 years of India-Bangladesh friendship & the 100th Birth Anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, India & Bangladesh have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to design & launch the Pupil  Satellite TV for PC  to be completely developed by Students from both countries.
The MoU was signed between SpaceKidz India (SKI) & Global Law Thinkers Society, an Global Youth Organization of Bangladesh.

  • SKI will train 5 college students from Bangladesh in Satellite systems and technology.
  • The satellite is set to be launched through ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in 2021.
  • The Training programme for students is expected to start in April or May, 2021.

About   SpaceKidz India (SKI):
Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Srimathy Kesan
Headquarters – Chennai, Tamil Nadu
About Bangladesh:
Prime Minister – Sheikh Hasina
Capital – Dhaka
Currency – Bangladeshi Taka
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“Ayu Samvad”, Public Awareness Campaign on Ayurveda & COVID-19 Pandemic Organised by AIIA

The “Ayu Samvad” (My Health My Responsibility), one of the largest public awareness campaigns on Ayurveda and COVID-19 pandemic (in the form of lecture series) is organised by All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), New Delhi, an apex Ayurveda institute under the Ministry of AYUSH, from 26th January 2021 to 30th March 2021. 

  • The campaign is supported by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). 
  • This campaign is organised in pursuance to the 5th Ayurveda Day theme “Ayurveda for COVID-19 Pandemic”. 
  • Umesh Tagade Joint Director AIIA is the Nodal officer of this programme.

Objective:
i.To educate the community in an authentic way and make them feel responsible for their own health.
ii.To create awareness about the theme “Ayurveda for COVID-19 pandemic” among the common people.
iii.The campaign focuses on the Role of Preventive, Promotive, Curative and Rehabilitation in Management of COVID 19 through Ayurveda.
iv.To ensure uniformity in information through structures PPT delivered to 1 crore targets across India through 5 lakh lectures from 26th January to 30th March 2021.
Features of the campaign:
i.AIIA has organized an online training of trainers program on Ayush Virtual Convention Centre (AVCC), digital communication platform of the Ministry of AYUSH from 18th January to 21st January 2021.
ii.The campaign will be monitored through the State AYUSH Directors & National AYUSH Mission(NAM) team.
iii.The report of the Documentation part of lectures and various activities will be submitted by the state AYUSH Director in the first week of May 2021.
About Ministry of AYUSH:
Minister of State (Independent charge)- Shripad Yesso Naik
About AIIA:
Director– Tanuja Nesari
Location– New Delhi

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

CAS 2021 Hosted by Netherlands; PM Narendra Modi Addressed the SummitPrime-Minister-addressed-Climate-Adaptation-Summit-2021i.On January 25, 2021, the Government of Netherlands hosted a virtual international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS Online) 2021 with a support of Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) from Amsterdam, Netherlands.
ii.The summit saw the launch of a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda (AAA) which set out commitments to accelerate action on climate adaptation through partnership by promoting, guiding, monitoring and sharing experience.
iii.There were four overarching themes of CAS 2021 viz. Accelerating African Adaptation, Finance & Investment, Youth Leadership, and Locally Led Adaptation.
iv.From India, the summit was addressed by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.
About Netherlands:
Capital– Amsterdam
Currency– Euro
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14th Meeting of India-UK JWC on Counter-Terrorism 2021 held Virtually14th-meeting-of-the-India-United-Kingdom-Joint-Working-Group-on-Counter-Terrorismi.14th meeting of the India-United Kingdom Joint Working Group (JWC) on Counter-Terrorism 2021 was held virtually on 21st and 22nd January, 2021 where both nations emphasised for strengthening international cooperation to combat the global menace of terrorism.
ii.Discussions were held to combat terrorism during the COVID-19 pandemic.
iii.Indian side was represented by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary for Counter Terrorism in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
iv.The United Kingdom (UK) side was represented by Tom Hurd, Director General, Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism.
About United Kingdom (UK):
Capital– London
Currency– Pound sterling
Prime Minister– Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson
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Indian billionaires Increased their Wealth by 35% during the lockdown: Oxfam reportIndian-billionaires-increased-their-wealth-by-35%-during-the-lockdowni.In accordance with the Indian supplement of Oxfam report “The Inequality Virus”, the top 100 Indian  billionaires increased their wealth by 35% during the lockdown to Rs 12,97,822 crore.
ii.With this amount, a cheque of Rs 94,045 can be provided to 138 million poorest Indians.
iii.The report was released on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s ‘Davos Dialogues’.
iv.Notably, the wealth of Indian billionaires increased by 90% since 2009 to $422.9 billion.
v.India ranked 6th in the world after the United States (US), China, Germany, Russia, and France where billionaires increased their wealth in COVID times
About Oxfam India:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Amitabh Behar
Headquarter– New Delhi
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UNGA adopts resolution to safeguard religious sites across the worldUNGA-adopts-resolution-to-safeguard-religious-sites-across-the-world

On 21st January, 2021, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution titled “Promoting a culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites”. The resolution was proposed by Saudi Arabia and was co-sponsored by Arab nations including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, Bahrain, Sudan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Palestine.India also supported the resolution.

Highlights of Resolution:

i.The resolution condemns offences or mockery against religious sites and symbols, rejects the use of violence to express any point of view.

ii.It aims to develop a culture of peace as a shield against extremism and intolerance.

iii.It also condemns forcible conversions of religions.

iv.It also condemned any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, and urged States to take effective measures to combat such incidents.

Key Points:

i.Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is set to convene a conference to help spearhead progress on implementing the United Nations Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites.

ii.To enhance the plan, released in September 2019, various measures are taken focused on prevention, preparedness and response.
About United Nations General Assembly (UNGA):
Secretary general– Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres
Headquarters– New York, United States

BANKING & FINANCE

Overseas investment by Indian companies fell 42% to $1.45 billion in Dec 2020Overseas-investment-by-Indian-companies-dips-42%-to-$1i.In accordance with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, overseas investment by domestic firms fell by over 42% to USD 1.45 billion in December 2020 in comparison to USD 2.51 billion in December 2019.
ii.Of the total FDI investment, USD 775.41 million was in the form of equity infusion, USD 382.91 million was in the form of loan, and USD 287.63 million was in the form of issuance of guarantee.
iii. On January 25, 2021, RBI released the 3rd booklet on Payment Systems titled “Payment and Settlement Systems in India- Journey in the Second Decade of the Millennium 2010-20”described the possibility of a digital version of fiat currency.
The earlier Booklets on Payment Systems were released in the years 1998 and 2008.
About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, and M Rajeswar Rao)
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Bharti AXA General Insurance Launches Krishi Sakha App for Indian FarmersBharti-AXA-General-Insurance-launches-'Krishi-Sakha'-App-for-farmersOn January 27, 2021 Bharti AXA General Insurance launched  Krishi Sakha App, a one-stop-shop for Indian farmers  that offers them relevant information to cater their daily farming needs. It also provides guidance to farmers to adopt best farming practices and enhance their productivity.

  • The farmers through this app will also have access to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) portal for crop insurance related information.

Aim– To empower farmers and educate them to enhance their farming knowledge and productivity.
About Bharti AXA General Insurance:
It is a joint venture company has a 51% stake from Bharti Enterprises and 49% stake of the AXA Group.
Established– 2008
HeadQuarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Sanjeev Srinivasan
Tagline– Suraksha ka Naya Nazariya
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IDFC First Bank Enters into Credit Card Business

IDFC First Bank has entered the credit card business. The bank will charge interest  between 9% and 36% on revolving credit, based on the customer’s track record, credit score, relationship with the bank  and internal scoring. In India the credit card businesses charge  about 40% interest per annum on revolving credit which is about 3.5% per month. It will not charge interest on cash withdrawals during the 45-day free credit period. No annual charge is required for this credit credit. The reward points of the card will not have any expiry.

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

India’s GDP Growth to Contract by 8% in FY21: IMFGDP shrinking at sharper 8i.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest World Economic Outlook, titled ‘Policy Support and Vaccines Expected to Lift Activity’ has projected India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to contract by 8%(-8%) in FY20-21.

  • Earlier in its October’s forecast, this estimate was -10.3%.

ii.It also projected India’s GDP growth at 11.5% in FY 21-22, which makes the country the only major economy of the world to register a double-digit growth 2021 amid the COVID-19.
About International Monetary Fund (IMF):
Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Board – Kristalina Ivanova Georgieva Kinova from Bulgaria
Headquarters– Washington, DC, United States of America (USA)
Members– 190 countries
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India’s GDP to Contract by 8% in 2020-21: FICCIIndia's GDP to contract 8% in FY21i.As per The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)’s recent Economic Outlook Survey, India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to contract by 8 in (-8%) in 2020-21. This survey was conducted in January.
ii.The survey projected the Fiscal deficit for 2020-21 at 3.5%.
iii.The median growth forecast for agriculture and allied activities is pegged at 3.5% growth for 2020-21.

  • Agriculture is the only sector among three main sectors of Indian economy namely, Industry and services that has registered a growth in 2020-21.

About Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI):
Established– 1927
Headquarter– New Delhi, Delhi
President– Uday Shankar
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Government of India Confers Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021 to 32 Children32 Children Awarded Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar- 2021i.On January 25, 2021 The Government of India conferred Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar(PMRBP) 2021 to 32 children under 6 categories, namely innovation, scholastic, sports, arts & culture, social service and bravery.
ii.This award was instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development(MoWCD), Government of India in 1996.
iii.Prime Minister, Narendra Modi interacted with 2021 PMRBP awardees through video conferencing. Union Women & Child Development Minister, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani was also present on the occasion.
Highlights of 2021 PMRBP:
i.Chirag Bhansali(16 year old) received this award for launching his website and mobile application called ‘Swadeshi Tech’, which acts as an alternative to Chinese apps.
ii.Veer Kashyap(10-year-old) received this award for building a board game ‘Corona Yuga’.
About Ministry of Women and Child Development(MoWCD):
Union Minister– Smriti Zubin Irani(Constituency- Amethi, Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of State(MoS)– Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri(Constituency- Raiganj, West Bengal)
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Ministry of Home Affairs Announced Padma Awards 2021: Former Japan PM Shinzo Abe &  Ram Vilas Paswan HonouredMinistry-of-Home-Affairs--announced-Padma-Awards-2021i.On January 25, 2021 Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India announced the Padma Awards 2021. The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country are conferred under 3 categories namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
ii.This year(2021) total 119 Padma awards including 1 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one) were awarded.
iii.This year(2021) the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has approved conferment of the awards.
Key Persons who Received the Award:
i.Padma Vibhushan – Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, S P Balasubramaniam(Posthumously) and Eminent sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo, Father of Fiber Optics Narinder Singh Kapany (posthumously).
ii.Padma BhushanRam Vilas Paswan(Posthumous), who was the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (elected from the Hajipur constituency of Bihar) and Tarun Gogoi, former Assam CM who was the longest serving CM of the state
iii.Padma Shri– Famous illustrator of children’s magazine KC Sivasankar(posthumously)Sridhar Vembu, Founder & CEO of Zoho and Rajini Bector, promoter of FMCG company, Mrs Bectors Food Specialities.
About Ministry of Home Affairs
Union Minister– Amit Shah(Constituency- Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat)
Minister of State– G. Kishan Reddy(Constituency- Secunderabad, Telangana), Nityanand Rai(Constituency- Ujiarpur, Bihar)
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

UN Appointed Economist Jayati Ghosh to the 2nd term High-level Advisory Board on Economic, Social AffairsJayati-Ghosh-namedi.Jayati Ghosh(65 years), Indian development economist has been appointed by the United Nations to its 2nd term of High-level Advisory Board (HLAB-II) on Economic and Social Affairs.
ii.She has been appointed for a 2-year term on the board of 20 prominent individuals which will provide recommendations for the U.N. Secretary-General to respond to the current and future socio-economic challenges in the post-COVID-19 world.
iii.The UN’s High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs was first established in June 2018 to strengthen the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).
About United Nations:
Secretary General– António Guterres
Headquarters– New York, United States of America
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Giuseppe Conte Italian Prime Minister Resigned After Losing the Senate MajorityItaly Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resignsOn 26th January 2021, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, an independent technocrat, resigned after losing the overall majority in the senate(upper house of the parliament) following the dispute regarding the spending during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reason for resignation:
i.Former PM Matteo Renzi of Liberal Italia Viva party pulled out from the coalition with a list of demands.
ii.His main objection was Conte’s plan to spend €209bn (£186bn; $254bn) of EU recovery funds, which was a part of a €750bn EU rescue for the Covid crisis.
iii.PM Conte won the vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies (lower house) and then he also won the Senate vote but did not have an absolute majority.
iv.The parties were divided over spending in the coronavirus crisis, which resulted in the lack of majority in the senate.
About Giuseppe Conte:
i.Giuseppe Conte has been serving as the Prime Minister of Italy since 2018.
ii.He led the coalition between Five Star Movement(M5S) and the far-right League led by Matteo Salvini who pulled out in a bid to force election after which Conte led the four party, Centre left Coalition dominated by M5S and centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
iii.Prior to his appointment as the PM he served as the member of Italian Bureau of Administrative Justice from 2013 to 2018.
Parliament of Italy:
The Italian parliament is composed of 2 houses,
Chamber of Deputies (Lower House) – 630 member
Senate of the Republic (Upper house) – 315 members
About Italy:
President– Sergio Mattarella
Capital– Rome
Currency– Euro

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

DRDO with BEL, BDL Test Launched Akash-NG Missile;Integrated Weapons System Design Centre Inaugurated in HyderabadDRDO conducts successful maiden test launch of Akash-NG missilei.On January 25-26, 2021, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted the maiden launch of Akash-NG (New Generation) Surface to Air Missile (SAM) from Integrated Test Range of Balasore, off the coast of Odisha, along with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) & Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). It has strike range of 30 km.
ii.The facility is to enhance the capability in design and development of command and control systems for Surface-to-Air Missile systems and Ballistic Missile Defence systems.
iii.The missile has been developed for the Indian Air Force (IAF) use with an aim of intercepting high maneuvering low Radar cross-section (RCS) aerial threats.
iv.The missile is developed by the DRDO laboratory, Research Centre Imarat (RCI). The missile is developed with 96% indigenous content.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
Headquarter– New Delhi
Chairman– Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
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SPORTS

ITBP wins 10th IHAI National Ice Hockey Championships held at Gulmarg, J&KIndo-Tibetan Border Police wins IHAI National Ice Hockey Championship in GulmargIndo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) won the 10th Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI) National Ice Hockey Championships by defeating Ladakh in the finals held at Gulmarg Ice Rink, Gulmarg Development Authority, Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).
i.The event was held from January 16-22, 2021 and was organized by IHAI.

  • Around 8 Ice Hockey teams including teams from Delhi, Maharashtra, Indian Army participated in the Championships.

ii.ITBP is one of India’s Primary Border Patrol Organizations.

  • It is responsible for Managing India’s borders along China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.
  • It is one of the 7 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) of India.

About Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI):
General Secretary – Harjinder Singh
Headquarters – New Delhi

OBITUARY

Former India Goalkeeper Prasanta Dora Passed Away at 45 Former India goalie Prasanta Dora passes awayOn 26th January 2021, Prasanta Dora former Indian Footballer and Goalie passed away at the age of 45 due to Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis’, a rare blood disease in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was born on 4th January 1976 in Kolkata, West Bengal.
About Prasanta Dora:
i.Prasanta Dora made his national debut in 1999 during the Olympic qualifiers against Thailand.
ii.He represented India in The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship and South Asian Federation (SAF) Games and made 5 appearances.
iii.He represented Bengal as goalkeeper in the Santosh Trophy in 1997-1998 and 1999.
iv.He has played for clubs like Tollygunge Agragami, Calcutta Port Trust, Mohammedan Sporting, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.
v.His brother Hemanta Dora is also a former goalkeeper of Indian Football team.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Overview of 72nd Republic Day of India – 26 January, 202172nd Republic DayOn January 26, 2021 India celebrated its 72nd Republic Day. On this date, in 1950 the Constitution of India came into effect by replacing the Government of India Act (1935).

  • The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November, 1949 and came into effect on 26th January, 1950 making India a fully democratic republic.
  • For the 1st time, a 122-member Bangladeshi Triservice force Contingent participated in the Republic Day Parade.
  • On the eve of 72nd Republic Day Celebration i.e 26th January, 2021, President Ram Nath Kovind approved 455 Gallantry awards & other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel.
  • UT of Ladakh presented its First-ever Tableau at the Republic Day Parade, since its formation in 2019.

Chief Guest of 72nd Republic Day Celebrations:
This is the 1st time in 55 years that the Republic Day Celebrations took place without a Chief Guest.

  • The last time a Republic Day Celebration was held without a Chief Guest was in 1966.

Maharashtra launches ‘jail tourism’ initiative at Pune’s Yerawada jail:
On 26th January, 2021, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched ‘Jail Tourism’ from the Yerawada prison at Pune, Maharashtra
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International Customs Day 2021 – 26th January International Customs Day 2021i.International Customs Day(ICD) is annually celebrated across the globe on 26th January to recognise the contributions and roles of the customs officials and agencies in maintaining border security.
ii.The World Customs Organization(WCO) dedicated the International Customs Day 2021 is dedicated to the efforts of the customs to emerge from the pandemic situation and its efforts towards strengthening the global supply chain to support the people and business.
iii.The theme of the 2021 ICD is “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”
About WCO:
Secretary General– Dr. Kunio Mikuriya
Headquarters– Brussels, Belgium
Members– 183
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International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust 2021 – 27th January International Holocausti.United Nations(UN)’s International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust (International Holocaust Remembrance Day) is annually observed across the globe on 27th January to commemorate the victims of the Tragedy of Holocaust during the World War II.  The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945.
ii.The year 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
iii.The theme of 2021 International Holocaust Remembrance Day is “Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution after the Holocaust”.
iv.The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/60/7 on 1st November 2005 to established the United Nations Outreach Programme on Holocaust and proclaimed the 27th January of every year as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. 
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S.no  Current Affairs 28 January 2021
1 ‘Wahrew Bridge’ – India’s Longest Steel Arch Bridge Inaugurated at Meghalaya
2 Harsh Vardhan releases 1st of its Kind Comprehensive NNMS & Framework for use of Telemedicine
3 LS Speaker Om Birla Inaugurates Bharat Parv-2021 Virtual National Festival
4 India & Bangladesh sign MoU for Launching Pupil Satellite to be developed by Students from both countries
5 “Ayu Samvad”, Public Awareness Campaign on Ayurveda & COVID-19 Pandemic Organised by AIIA
6 CAS 2021 Hosted by Netherlands; PM Narendra Modi Addressed the Summit
7 14th Meeting of India-UK JWC on Counter-Terrorism held Virtually
8 Indian billionaires Increased their Wealth by 35% during the lockdown: Oxfam report
9 UNGA adopts resolution to safeguard religious sites across the world
10 Overseas investment by Indian companies fell 42% to $1.45 billion in Dec 2020
11 Bharti AXA General Insurance Launches Krishi Sakha App for Indian Farmers
12 IDFC First Bank Enters into Credit Card Business
13 India’s GDP Growth to Contract by 8% in FY21: IMF
14 India’s GDP to Contract by 8% in 2020-21: FICCI
15 Government of India Confers Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021 to 32 Children
16 Ministry of Home Affairs Announced Padma Awards 2021: Former Japan PM Shinzo Abe &  Ram Vilas Paswan Honoured
17 UN Appointed Economist Jayati Ghosh to the 2nd term High-level Advisory Board on Economic, Social Affairs
18 Giuseppe Conte Italian Prime Minister Resigned After Losing the Senate Majority
19 Successful Maiden Test Launch of Akash-NG Missile
20 ITBP wins 10th IHAI National Ice Hockey Championships held at Gulmarg, J&K
21 Former India Goalkeeper Prasanta Dora Passed Away at 45
22 Highlights of  72nd Republic Day  2021 of India
23 International Customs Day 2021 – 26th January
24 International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust 2021 – 27th January