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31st January 2022
- Economic Survey 2022: Chief Economic Advisor V Anantha Nageswaran began his first Economic Survey:
- Apr-Nov 2021 fiscal deficit below what it was in pre-pandemic phase in nominal terms.
- Sharp increase in both tax and non-tax revenues.
- Employment indicators bounce back to pre-pandemic levels.
- GDP 1.3% above pre-pandemic level.
- Vaccination critical for opening up the economy.
- Health, Education sector expenditure increased.
- Eco Survey theme centered around 4 pillars.
- Principal Economic Adviser: PEA Sanjeev Sanyal said the spread of commercial bank branches has grown rapidly, but the number of branches has gone down due to mergers.
- India granted 28,391 patents in 2020-21 out of 58,502 patents applied.
- Prices on govt’s GeM portal 9.5% lower than Amazon and Flipkart.
- India should adopt ‘Barbell Approach’ to address challenges presented by economy.
- 1.14 crore houses sanctioned under PMAY in urban areas, 53 lakh houses completed.
- India’s spending on other social services has risen to Rs 7.37 lakh crore in 2021-22.
- India, only country for which IMF growth forecast has been increased.
- India’s GDP growth in 2022-23 is projected to grow between 8-8.5%
- India now has $636 billion worth of forex reserves, one of the highest in the world.
- India’s April-November 2021-22 fiscal deficit stood at Rs 7 lakh crore against Rs 10.8 lakh crore in 2020-21.
- Budget Session 2022: Lauding India’s fight against the novel coronavirus, President Ram Nath Kovind, while addressing the Budget Session of the Parliament, said: “India’s capability to fight Covid-19 was evident in its vaccination program. In less than a year, we made a record of administering over 150 crore doses of vaccine. Today, we’re one of the leading nations in the world when it comes to the number of doses given.”
- Coronavirus: About 90 per cent of India’s adult population has received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine whereas over 70 per cent have been administered both the doses, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Monday. In his address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament at the start of the Budget Session.
- Uttar Pradesh: Days ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in five states, the Election Commission today extended the ban on roadshows, Pad-yatras, cycle/bike/vehicle rallies and processions till February 11. However, the poll body has allowed some relaxation in the number of people allowed at meetings and election campaigning.
- Pegasus Spyware: Communist Party of India (CPI) Member of Parliament Binoy Viswam has filed a privilege motion against Union information technology minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for allegedly misleading the House with his statements over the alleged use of Pegasus in light of a New York Times report saying India purchased the Israeli-origin spyware in 2017.
- New Delhi: India’s exports of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) products, such as biscuits and confectionery, jaggery, and pan masala and betal nuts recorded a 24% increase to $394 million between April and October 2021 compared to the same period in the previous year, the ministry of commerce and industry said on Sunday.
- North Korea: North Korea confirmed it had fired a Hwasong-12 “mid-range ballistic missile”, state media reported Monday, the first time it has tested a weapon that powerful since 2017. Seoul’s military said it had detected the launch Sunday of an intermediate-range ballistic missile — Pyongyang’s seventh weapons test in January.
- US-Canada: Hundreds of trucks and thousands of protesters, most of them Sikhs migrated from India, have blocked the streets towards downtown Ottawa to protest against the government’s vaccine mandates required to cross the Canada-US border.
- BrahMos Missile: Philippines signed a $375 million deal for BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles last week to be operated by the Philippines Marines, there is another long pending deal under discussion for BrahMos missiles for the Philippines Army, which could see progress in the near future, according to defence and diplomatic sources.
- Dubai: The United Arab Emirates said Monday it shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, in the third such incident this month, as Israel’s president visited the country.
30th January 2022
- Karnataka: Karnataka on Saturday reported 33,337 fresh Covid-19 cases along with 70 related deaths. Bengaluru alone clocked 16,586 fresh infections and 13 deaths. The test positivity rate in the state stands at 19.37 per cent. There are 2,52,132 active Covid cases in the state.
- Karnataka: Following the Maharashtra government’s decision to sell wine at supermarkets and walk-in stores, Karnataka Excise Minister K Gopalaiah today said the state government will send a team to study it, and will decide accordingly.
- New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said a law should be enacted against wrongful religious conversion but nobody should be subjected to harassment. He said this while responding to a query on religious conversion during an interaction with businesspersons in Jalandhar.
- Covid Vaccine: The Drugs Controller General of India Friday approved the trials of intranasal booster doses against Covid-19 that is being manufactured by Bharat Biotech, the maker of Covaxin. The two trials, approved by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, will evaluate the intranasal vaccine in several hundred volunteers both as a standalone two-dose vaccine and as a booster vaccine for recipients of Covaxin or Covishield.
- Covid Vaccine: Union health minister Mansukh Mandiaviya said on Sunday more than 75 per cent of the eligible population in the country is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
- Tripura: Schools in Tripura will reopen for all classes from January 31, the state government said on Saturday, January 29. Offline classes will resume in full capacity from pre-primary to Class 12 while adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
- Pulwama: Five militants, including a ‘top commander’, were killed in two separate gunfights in Kashmir on Sunday, the Jammu and Kashmir police said. The police identified one of the slain militants as JeM ‘commander’ Zahid Wani and a Pakistani militant, Kafeel alias Chotu. “A big success for us,” Mr. Kumar said. Kafeel was active since 2020 in Pulwama-Shopian Belt, the police said.
- Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi shared that he had received a large number of postcards from children across the country and outside as well. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, in his first ‘Mann Ki Baat’ of the year, said the country is successfully fighting the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic. He lauded the huge number of children in the age group of 15-18 being vaccinated against Covid-19.
- Pegasus Spyware: There was no link between the $2 billion India-Israel deal that purportedly involved the Pegasus spyware and an Indian vote in the United Nations as suggested by The New York Times, the former Indian envoy to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin told NDTV on Saturday.
- Election Commission: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has banned exit polls for five states— Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur that will witness elections in the coming days. The publishing of exit polls has been prohibited from 7.00 am on February 10 to 6.30 pm on March 7– i.e. during the polling period. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
- Guest: India is laying out the red carpet for Oman’s top defence official Mohammed Nasser Al Zaabi who will be in India from January 30 to February 4 on an official visit. Al Zaabi, the Secretary General of Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman, is the executive head of the Omani defence establishment as the Minister-in-charge is held by the Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Shihab.
- New Delhi: 1,000-drone show adds dash of dazzle to Beating Retreat. The 10-minute drone show was organised by a startup, Botlab Dynamics, supported by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and the department of science and technology (DST). Only the US, Russia and China have the capability to put together a show with 1,000 drones.
- Internet: Lt. General, Dr S P Kochhar, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), told TelecomTalk that for the internet to reach everywhere, there’s a need for fiberisation along with the densification of mobile towers. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) data, in the month of November, the overall tele-density in India was 86.90% (wireless and wireline included). The Indian government and the telcos are working together to break the digital divide that exists in the country, and for the same, the centre had launched the “National Broadband Mission”.
- London: Britain is preparing to offer NATO a “major” deployment of troops, weapons, warships and jets in Europe, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday, to respond to rising “Russian hostility” towards Ukraine.
- London: NATO has no plans to deploy combat troops to non-NATO member Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday.
- USCIS: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will assign a confirmation number to each registration submitted for the FY 2023 H-1B cap, which can be used to track registrations. Under the new system the agency now follows, applicants will register electronically and pay a $10 registration fee. “If we receive enough registrations by March 18, we will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts. We intend to notify account holders by March 31,” it said in a statement.
- Ottawa: Hundreds of trucks and thousands of people blocked the streets of central Ottawa on Saturday as part of a self-titled “Freedom Convoy” to protest vaccine mandates required to cross the US border.
29th January 2022
- Telangana: All educational institutions in the State will reopen from February 1, Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy said on Saturday. The Minister said the Covid-19 safety precautions should be strictly enforced in all educational institutions.
- New Delhi: Amid a fresh row over the Pegasus issue, the government sources on Saturday said that a Supreme Court committee is closely monitoring the matter and a report is awaited. A new controversy has erupted after a report claimed that India bought the Pegasus spyware from Israel as part of a defence deal in 2017.
- Karnataka: Night curfew will be withdrawn in Karnataka from Monday and schools and colleges in Bengaluru will reopen as well, the state government said today, with hospitalisation due to Covid now at 2 per cent and the recovery rate going up.
- New Delhi: The ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony, which marks the formal end of Republic Day celebrations, was held at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Saturday. The ceremony consisted of drone shows and musical performances by military bands.
- Rainfall Alert: Rainfall very likely over West Bengal & Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya and Nagaland-Manipur, Mizoram-Tripura from 31 January to 2nd February.
- Pune: Pune city police have arrested an IAS officer for his alleged involvement in malpractices in the statewide Teachers Eligibility Test (TET). Cops said Sushil Khodwekar is currently the Deputy Secretary in the state’s Agriculture Department. A cyber police team arrested Khodwekar from Thane and produced him before a court in Pune on Saturday.
- Bank Holidays: Bank Holidays in February 2022 across private and public sectors will remain closed for as many as 12 days in India on account of various state-wise festivals as well as weekend leaves. It must be noted that february has only 28 days and banks will operate for 16 remaining days in different states.
- Bhubaneswar: The price of gold has increased by Rs 610 for 10 grams in the last 24 hours in India. Yesterday, Gold price in India for 24 carat gold (10 grams) is Rs 47,920 while 22 carat gold (10 grams) cost Rs 43,890.
- New Delhi: With the first freight train reaching Manipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said this will enhance the state’s commerce and connectivity as goods from there will reach all parts of the country.
- Jodhpur: Researchers at the Indian Institutes of Technology Jodhpur (IIT-J) have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based chest X-Ray technique for Covid-19A screening. The team proposed a deep learning-based algorithm called COMiT-Net, which learns the abnormalities present in the chest X-Ray images to differentiate between a Covid affected lung and a non-Covid affected lung.
- Maharashtra: Maharashtra on Friday logged the highest number of single-day fatalities due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in four months after as many as 103 patients succumbed to it, according to the state health bulletin data.
- Delhi: PUC certificate to soon be mandatory for fuel refilling. Vehicle owners will have to carry their PUC certificate to the fuel pump. In case the PUCC is found invalid they will have to get it reissued at the pump.
- Indian Navy: Indian Navy has invited applications from candidates to apply for 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme. Candidates who want to apply online for the scheme can apply through the official site of the Indian Navy on joinindiannavy.gov.in. The last date to apply for the scheme is till February 8, 2022.
- New York: As India on Wednesday celebrated its 73rd Republic Day, the day its Constitution came into force, its Consulate in New York Senate to celebrate and proclaim in the state January 26 as India’s Republic Day.
- Australian Open 2022: Ashleigh Barty on Saturday became the first Australian woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam title at home after she defeated Danielle Collins 6-3 7-6 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. The World No. 1 Barty won the contest against Collins 6-3, 7-6 in one hour and 15 minutes to etch her name into record books.
- United Kingdom: British-Pakistani ‘hitman’ has been found guilty of conspiring to kill a Pakistani dissident in the Netherlands. A court in London heard Muhammad Gohir Khan was offered £100,000 (about $134,000) to carry out the murder in Rotterdam last year.
- Moscow: Russia’s population declined by more than one million people in 2021, the statistics agency Rosstat reported Friday, a historic drop not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
- China: Scientists have detected a new type of coronavirus, NeoCov, among bats in South Africa. Scientists from a lab in China’s Wuhan, where the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 was first discovered, have reportedly warned that there is a probability that NeoCov, if it spreads among humans, could have a high death rate and high transmission rate.
28th January 2022
- Coronavirus: With 2,51,209 people testing positive for the coronavirus infection in a day, India’s total tally of cases increased to over 4.06 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.The death toll has climbed to 4,92,327 with 627 fatalities reported during the 24-hour period, the data updated at 8 am showed.
- Maharashtra: Maharashtra reported 24,948 new Covid-19 cases and 103 deaths as the total caseload reached 7,655,554 and the death toll climbed to 142,461.
- COVID Vaccine: Vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech has received approval to conduct Phase-III clinical trials of an intranasal booster dose on people who have received both doses of Covaxin. The Drug Controller General of India today gave the go-ahead for the Phase-III trials. The trials will be conducted at nine locations in the country.
- New Delhi: The government on Friday appointed Dr V Anantha Nageswaran as the new Chief Economic Advisor. The move comes just days ahead of the Union Budget’s presentation on February 1. The CEA, who is a secretary rank official attached to the finance ministry, is traditionally the main architect of the economic survey every year.
- Coronavirus: NeoCov coronavirus found in bats may pose threat to humans in future, scientists caution.
- NeoCov is closely related to the Middle East respiratory syndrome, a viral disease first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
- A type of coronavirus, NeoCov, that spreads among bats in South Africa may pose a threat to humans in future if it mutates further, according to a study by Chinese researchers.
- The yet-to-be peer-reviewed study recently posted on the preprint repository BioRxiv, shows that NeoCov is closely related to the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), a viral disease first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
- Halwa Ceremony: No Halwa Ceremony this year, says government. The traditional ‘halwa’ ceremony, which marked the beginning of printing of budget documents, will not be conducted this year in wake of the ongoing coronavirus.
- New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lauded National Cadet Corps for their contribution to the country and said that the government has created over one lakh new cadets in the border areas of the nation.
- Virat Horse: The lead steed of the President’s Bodyguard got a VVIP send-off right after the Republic Day parade with the president, prime minister and defence minister in attendance. The 21-year-old army veteran was a part of 13 R-Day parades and served three presidents.
- SC, ST Quota In Promotions: A three-judge bench headed by Justice Nageswara Rao said that states are obligated to collect data on the inadequacy of representation of SCs/STs. The Supreme Court on Friday refused to lay down a yardstick for determining adequacy of representation in granting promotions to Schedule Caste (SC) and Schedule Tribe (ST) employees in government jobs.
- Union Budget 2022-23: The Union Budget 2022-23 will be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 1st February, 2022 in paperless form, the Finance Ministry said today. In a historic move, the Union Budget of 2021-22 was delivered in paperless form for the first time. A “Union Budget Mobile App” was also launched for hassle-free access of Budget documents by Members of Parliament (MPs) and the general public.
- India/China: India China agree to hold next round of commander-level talks at the earliest on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the western sector to resolve the standoff between the two nuclear nations.
- Electric Vehicle: India’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging station with a capacity of 100 charging points for 4 wheelers, was opened on Friday at Delhi-Jaipur National Highway in Gurugram.
- Dubai: Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor on Friday banned for three and a half years by the ICC for failing to report a 2019 spot-fixing approach by an Indian businessman on time and was also handed a one month suspension for failing a dope test which was linked to his intake of cocaine during the episode.
- BrahMos Missiles: India and the Philippines on Friday signed the contract for the shore-based anti-ship missile system acquisition project in what would formalise New Delhi’s maiden export consignment of BrahMos missiles, which are jointly developed with Moscow.
- Pakistan: Ten Pakistani soldiers were killed when terrorists attacked a security forces’ checkpost in Kech district of the restive southwestern Balochistan province, the army said on Thursday.
- Google: Google is investing up to $1 billion in a major Indian telecom company, a move it hopes will drive down the cost of smartphones in a huge and rapidly expanding market. Google said in a statement on Friday that it would invest $700 million in Bharti Airtel, India’s second-largest telecom operator, and acquire a 1.28% stake in the company. An additional $300 million would be used for potential multi-year commercial agreements.
- Apple Products: iOS 15.4 Beta Enables Face ID Unlocking With a Mask; iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3 Bring Universal Control. With the ability to unlock an iPhone using Face ID with a mask, Apple has upgraded its proprietary facial recognition technology. It is amongst the most requested features as people are wearing face masks since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.
27th January 2022
- Air India: Tata takes over Air India. The formalities have been completed.
- The Air India disinvestment process is closed.
- In October last year, the government had sold Air India to Talace Private Limited; a subsidiary of the Tata group’s holding company for ₹ 18,000 crore.
- The shares have been transferred to Talace Pvt Ltd, which is the new owner of Air India,” said Tuhin Kant Pandey, Secretary, Department of Investment & Public Asset Management (DIPAM).
- The government had in October last year, inked the share purchase. DIPAM Secretary TK Pandey said that the debt of Rs 15,300 crore, which was to be retained, “is being retained”.
- The final balance sheet has been prepared with non core assets to be moved, he noted, adding that broadly the debt to be taken over by the SPV has been repaid by the holding company.
- COVID Vaccine: Covishield and Covaxin have been cleared by India’s drugs regulator for sale in the market. However, this doesn’t mean the two COVID-19 vaccines will be available at shops soon though people would be able to buy them from hospitals and clinics.
- Uttar Pradesh: Uttar Pradesh Jat Mahasabha president Anil Chaudhary said that the BJP should declare Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Chaudhary as the Deputy CM’s face if it is really serious about getting the Jats on board.
- New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has accused Twitter of “unwitting complicity in curbing free and fair speech in India.” Following a report on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s letter to Twitter chief executive officer Parag Aggarwal over his follower count, the social media company on Thursday assured that the numbers are “meaningful and accurate”.
- Arunachal Pradesh: Miram Taron (C) has been handed over to Indian Army by Chineses PLA at Wacha-Damai (Kibithu) in Anjaw district on the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.
- TVS: TVS Motor Company acquires Swiss E Mobility Group AG.
- Human Rights: As part of a reflective celebration of India’s Republic Day, a Democratic Senator and three Democratic Congressmen expressed their concerns about democracy and human rights in India. The remarks were made at a Congressional briefing, Protecting India’s Pluralist Constitution, organised by Hindus for Human Rights, the Indian American Muslim Council and 15 other organisations. Former Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari also delivered a video message at the event.
- NEET PG: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday January 25, regarding the postponement of the NEET PG Exam which is scheduled to take place on March 12. The plea has been filed with regard to demands from the post-graduate students that they will be unable to complete the mandatory internship period before the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test 2022.
- West Bengal: Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari on Wednesday slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “protocol violation” as she did not receive the Governor during his arrival at the Republic Day function and said that the conduct of Trinamool chief goes against the culture of the state.
- Halwa Ceremony: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Budget for fiscal year 2022-23 on February 1, the tone of which will be set with the “halwa ceremony” – a tradition that marks the final stage of the Budget-making process. The “halwa ceremony” is generally organised at the Finance Ministry headquarters in the Secretariat building’s North Block basement in the national capital.
- United States: The US Federal Reserve is poised to hike interest rates in March as it reaffirmed plans to pull back the support it has provided the American economy since the start of the pandemic.
- United States: US President Joe Biden does not intend to send unilateral US troops to Ukraine, the White House has said, after Washington put some 8,500 troops on alert to reassure NATO allies in the face of a Russian military buildup.
- North Korea: North Korea fired an “unidentified projectile” early Thursday. The last time North Korea tested this many weapons in a month was in 2019, after high-profile negotiations between leader Kim Jong Un and then-United States president Donald Trump collapsed. Its sixth apparent weapons test this year as the nuclear-armed country flexes its military muscles and ignores Washington’s offers of talks.
- London: Most coronavirus restrictions including mandatory face masks were lifted in England on Thursday, after Britain’s government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and Covid-19 hospitalisations.
- Ukraine Crisis: The Biden administration and Nato told Russia on Wednesday there will be no US or Nato concessions on Moscow’s main demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine. In separate written responses delivered to the Russians, the US and Nato held firm to the alliance’s open-door policy for membership, rejected a demand to permanently ban Ukraine from joining, and said allied deployments of troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe are nonnegotiable.
26th January 2022
- Coronavirus: India’s Cumulative COVID19 Vaccination Coverage exceeds 163.58 Cr (1,63,58,44,536).
- Padma Awards: ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. This year the President has approved conferment of 128 Padma Awards including 2 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one). The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri Awards. 34 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 13 Posthumous awardees.
- Padma Shri Awards: 10 Padma Shri Awardees were from Northeastern States out of total 107 recipients.
- Arunachal Pradesh: Guru Tulku Rinpoche (Others – Spiritualism)
- Assam: Shakuntala Choudhary (Social Work), Dhaneswar Engti (Literature and Education)
- Manipur: Lourembam Bino Devi (Art), Muktamani Devi (Trade and Industry), & Konsam Ibomcha Singh (Art)
- Meghalaya: Badaplin War (Literature and Education)
- Mizoram: V L Nghaka (Literature and Education)
- Nagaland: T Senka Ao (Literature and Education)
- Sikkim: Khandu Wangchuk Bhutia (Art)
- West Bengal: Former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on 25th January said he was not aware that he had been named for the Padma Bhushan and he would reject it if it were so. In an extremely rare instance of a recipient turning down one of India’s top civilian honours seen as a major embarrassment for the government.
- Republic Day: Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh, the first woman pilot in India to fly the Rafale fighter jet, was among the participants in the 2022 Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Shivangi Singh was part of the Indian Air Force’s tableau at the grand annual parade that displays India’s military strength and cultural diversity.
- Republic Day: Virat the horse was awarded with Chief of the Army Staff’s commendation on Army Day this year. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi bid farewell to Virat, a horse in the President’s security unit, after it took part in its last Republic Day parade. The trusted steed presented the President its last escort at the 21 Gun Salute ceremony at Delhi’s iconic Rajpath, shortly before the parade began. It has made appearance on Republic Day for 10 years. It is the first charger horse of the President’s Bodyguard to receive the commendation card.
- Chhattisgarh: CM Bhupesh Baghel on Republic Day announced that the state’s contribution would be increased from 14 per cent to 10 per cent in the Anshdayi Pension Scheme. He also said that all pulses would be purchased under minimum support price (MSP) from the coming year. He also announced 5-day work week for govt employees.
- Washington: The US State Department is preparing to authorize departures for American diplomats and their families in China who wish to leave due to the US government’s inability to prevent Chinese authorities from subjecting them to intrusive pandemic control measures, sources told Reuters.
- India: India’s rank improved one place to 85 among 180 countries in a corruption perception index (CPI) of 2021, according to a new report by Transparency International which, however, raised concern over the country’s democratic status. The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
- Russia: US and European officials are coordinating with natural gas suppliers around the globe to cushion the impact if Russia were to cut off energy supplies in the conflict over Ukraine, Biden administration officials say.
25th January 2022
- Corona Virus: India’s Positivity Rate Dips To 15.5% From 20.7%; 2.55 Lakh Cases Today. The country also added 614 fresh fatalities in the past 24 hours, taking the Covid-related death count since the start of the pandemic to 4,90,462.
- Uttar Pradesh: RPN Singh Joins BJP Ahead Of UP Election. RPN Singh is the second big exit for the Congress in UP after Jitin Prasada, who is now a minister in the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state.
- Jammu Kashmir: Three civilians received minor injuries after militants hurled a grenade on security forces at Hari Singh High street area in Srinagar city on Tuesday afternoon, January 25, 2022.
- National Voters’ Day: The first-ever National Voters’ Day was celebrated on January 25, 2011, to encourage more young voters to take part in the electoral process. The theme for this year’s National Voters’ Day is ‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative’.
- New Delhi: India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said that the national capital will record the lowest maximum temperature and thus, the coldest day of this season as per the trend.
- New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to grant interim relief on a plea challenging the government’s refusal to renew licenses needed to receive funding from abroad to 6,000 Non-Governmental Organisations, or NGOs.
- National Tourism Day: A national-level programme to mark ‘National Tourism Day’ will be held at Telangana’s Pochampally, a village on the outskirts of Hyderabad known for its famous hand-woven Ikat saris. National Tourism Day is celebrated across the country on January 25 every year to appreciate India’s beauty and spread awareness about the importance of tourism and its impact on the economy. This year’s theme for National Tourism Day is ‘Rural and Community Centric Tourism’.
- Delhi High Court: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday proposed to reduce from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 2 lakh the costs imposed on actress Juhi Chawla and two others by a single judge while dismissing her plea against 5G roll out, with a condition that she would have to do some work for public cause, considering that she is a celebrity and has presence in public.
- Karnataka: The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) has recorded its highest-ever cargo tonnage, despite a turbulent pandemic environment. In Calender Year 2021 (CY 2021), the airport has also welcomed 16.07 million passengers, registering a growth of 18.9 per cent this year when compared to 13.51 million passengers in 2020. During the period, the BLR Airport has been able to recover 48.0 per cent of the pre-Covid level traffic of 33.65 million passengers handled in CY 2019.
- Maruti Suzuki: Q3 Results | Standalone Profit falls 48%, revenue stays flat at Rs 23,246 crores. The key reasons for margin movement were adverse commodity prices, lower sales volume due to electronic component shortage, and lower non-operating income, says the company. The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India Limited on January 25 reported a standalone net profit of Rs 1,011 crore for the third quarter ended last December, down 48 percent from Rs 1,941 crore, it reported a year ago. The company’s net profit stood at Rs 475 crore in the previous quarter.
- Padma Bhushan: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google’s Sundar Pichai are among the 17 Padma Bhushan awardees this year. Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award in India after Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan.
- Tonga: India on Tuesday announced an immediate assistance of $200,000 for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Tonga. Tonga was hit by a massive volcanic eruption and a tsunami on January 15. It impacted large sections of Tonga’s population and caused significant infrastructural damage.
- London: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick revealed that an investigation was underway in a statement before the London Assembly. Dick said that Scotland Yard is now investigating “a number of events” at Downing Street.
- London: Bitcoin tumbled over 7% on Monday to its lowest in six months, as fears of a Russian attack on Ukraine saw riskier assets worldwide extend their selloff. The largest cryptocurrency trading down 7.4% at $33,650, its lowest since July 24, taking losses from its all-time high of $69,000 hit in November past 50%.
- Ukraine: The United States is putting 8,500 troops on ‘heightened alert’ for possible deployment in Eastern Europe in view of the Russian aggression near the Ukraine border. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said that US defense secretary Lloyd Austin’s order to place 8,500 military personnel to heightened preparedness would allow America to rapidly deploy additional brigade combat teams, along with units.
- United Kingdom: U.K. to lift all travel restrictions on February 11. The announcement is expected to provide a lasting solution to the disruption that COVID-19 has caused to tourism and business in the United Kingdom. Following the success of vaccination and booster programmes, the United Kingdom has decided to lift all restrictions for eligible vaccinated individuals. The new policy will come into effect from 4 a.m., February 11.
24th January 2022
- Coronavirus: India reported 3,06,064 new coronavirus cases today, lower than yesterday’s figure of 3.33 lakh cases. 439 new deaths also increased the nationwide virus-related death count to 4,89,848.
- RBI: The Reserve Bank of India will conduct Overnight Variable Rate Repo auction of ₹75,000 crores under LAF.
- Stock Market: Nifty falls 468.05 points and Sensex falls 1545.67, biggest fall after 21st Dec 2020.
- OLA: Ola Electric has raised over $200 million in fresh funding from a clutch of investors including Tekne Private Ventures, Alpine Opportunity Fund and Edelweiss at a valuation of $5 billion, the company said in a statement on Monday.
- New Delhi: Unvaccinated people and children below 15 years are not allowed at Republic Day parade.
- New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said over 27,000 police personnel have been deployed for security duties in the national capital and anti-terror measures intensified in view of Republic Day.
- New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday listed for April 30 a public interest litigation (PIL) concerning the safety and security of the Prime Minister, considering the pendency of overlapping issues before the Supreme Court.
- New Delhi: Ahead of the Parliament’s Budget Session that starts on January 31, as many as 2,847 Covid-19 tests were conducted at the Parliament complex where at least 875 staff members of the House, as well as Rajya Sabha chairperson and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, have tested positive for Covid-19, the Parliament secretariate said.
- Chandigarh: The BJP will contest 65 seats in next month’s Punjab elections while former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s new party Punjab Lok Congress has got 37 and their third alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (Samyukt) getting 15.
- War Memorial: It turns out that late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi-led Congress government was, as long ago as 1972, contemplating building a permanent war memorial called Amar Jawan at Delhi.
- IAS Rules: The Union government has proposed an amendment to the IAS (Cadre) Rules, which would enable it to post IAS officers on Central deputation without consulting state governments. In effect, by this single amendment, the nature of All India Services (AIS) would be altered, making them, in essence, Central services.
- Republic Day: Delhi Metro will curtail services on Republic Day.
- All Metro parking lots will also remain closed from 6 am on January 25 till 2 pm on January 26.
- Delhi Metro services on Line 2 between HUDA City Centre and Samaypur Badli will be curtailed on January 26 on account of the security arrangements for the Republic Day celebrations, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said today.
- Entry and exit at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan Metro stations will remain closed from start of revenue services till noon.
- The Central Secretariat station will only be used for interchange of passengers between Line 2 and Line 6.
- The entry and exit at Patel Chowk and Lok Kalyan Marg Metro stations will remain closed.
- On January 29, on the occasion of Beating Retreat, Metro services at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan Metro stations of Line 2 (HUDA City Centre – Samaypur Badli) will not be available from 02.00 to 06.30 pm.
- China: People’s Bank of China (PBoC) cuts the 14-day reverse repo to 2.25% from 2.35%
- UAE: United Arab Emirates destroys two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi over Abu Dhabi.
- Geneva World Health Organisation Chief Says World At “Critical Juncture” In Covid Pandemic. “We must work together to bring the acute phase of this pandemic to an end. We cannot let it continue to drag on, lurching between panic and neglect,” said World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
- Taiwan: China sent 39 warplanes, mostly fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defence zone on Sunday, the island’s government said, in the second-largest daily incursion on record. Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which sees the self-ruled, democratic island as part of its territory to eventually be reclaimed, by force if necessary.
- Nuku’alofa, Tonga: The Tonga volcanic eruption unleashed explosive forces that dwarfed the power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, NASA scientists have said, as survivors on Monday described how the devastating Pacific blast “messed up our brains”.
- The NASA Earth Observatory said the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano spewed debris as high as 40 kilometres (25 miles) into the atmosphere during the January 15 eruption that triggered huge tsunami waves.
- “We think the amount of energy released by the eruption was equivalent to somewhere between five to 30 megatons (five to 30 million tonnes) of TNT,” NASA scientist Jim Garvin said in a press release.
- NASA said the eruption was hundreds of times stronger than the US atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August 1945, which was estimated to be about 15 kilotons (15,000 tonnes) of TNT.
- The agency said the eruption “obliterated” the volcanic island about 65 kilometres (41 miles) north of the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa.
23rd January 2022
- New Delhi: Sculptor Awaita Gadanayak, the Director-General of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), will be sculpting the proposed statue of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to be installed at India Gate. The statue will be put at a place where the statue of George V was there till 1968. Black jade granite stone from Telangana will be used for the statue. Once completed, the statue will be seen from Raisina Hills.
- Coronavirus Omicron: Karnataka reports 50,210 new case, positivity rate at 22.77%
- Vice President: VP Venkaiah Naidu tested covid positive, goes into self-isolation.
- IPL: BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah said “Delighted to confirm that the 15th season of the IPL will start in the last week of March and wil run untill May end. A majority of the team owners expresed their wish that the tournament to be held in India”.
- Budget Trivia: Long budget speeches by number of words:
- Manmohan Singh (1991): 18,650 Words
- Arun Jaitley (2018): 18,604 Words
- Nirmala Sitaraman (2020): 13,275 Words
- Nirmala Sitaraman (2021): 10,504 Words
- Syed Modi International: PV Sindhu Beats Malvika Bansod To Win Syed Modi International Title.
- Netaji Award: Ex-Japan PM Shinzō Abe given Netaji Award 2022.
- Tripura: Tripura achieved a milestone in healthcare sector on its golden jubilee celebration. 1st open-heart surgery conducted at Tripura’s GBP (Govind Ballabh Pant) hospital for free of cost under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojagan went successful on statehood day 21st January.
- Uttar Pradesh: UP Assembly polls 2022, India’s ‘tallest man’ Dharmendra Pratap Singh (8.1 feet) joins Samajwadi Party.
- Agriculture: India has emerged as the largest exporter of gherkins and cucumbers in the world. The country has exported cucumber and gherkins to the tune of 1,23,846 Metric Tonnes with a value of USD 114 million during April to October (2020-21).
- Kolkata: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has imposed a penalty of ₹20 Lakhs on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata for alleged violation of safety norms by neglecting runaway mauintenance.
- Republic Day: This Republic Day 26th January, army parade would showcase old and new era of the Indian military in terms of uniforms and weapons used while the Beating Retreat ceremony would see the inclusion of a laser mapping and drone show.
- This year, the parade has been shortened for the marching contingents to National Stadium which earlier used to conclude at Red Fort.
- Due to Covid, the number of troops in marching contingents in the Republic Day parade has been reduced from 144 to 96. They will be seen marching in 12 rows and eight columns.
- The Republic Day parade which starts from Raisina Hills and goes through Rajpath, India Gate till Red Fort would now only go up to the National Stadium in view of Covid this time. Only tableaux will go up till Red Fort.
- There will be 8 contingents of the Indian Armed Forces in the Republic Day Parade, which will include 6 contingents of Army, one each from Air Force and the Navy. The Parachute regiment contingent will wear the new combat uniform with the latest Tavor Rifles.
- A “unique” mix of vintage and new equipment will be seen in the mechanised column. In the front, in the armour column, you will see PT-76 and Centurion tanks will be shown which took part in 1965 and 1971 wars. This will be followed by main battle tank Arjun.
- Total 16 marching contingents would be there. Of these, eight will be of Indian Armed Forces, four of central Armed Police Force, two of NCC and one each of Delhi Police and NSS.
- A total of 21 tableaus will be shown in the parade.
- There will be two motor-cycle formations. The women’s team will be of BSF and men’s team will be of ITBP. 75 aircraft of the Indian Air Force in 15 formations will do a flypast.
- Two new things will be seen in the Beating Retreat ceremony that is held at Vijay Chowk, Delhi. After the ceremony concludes, a projection mapping with laser would be done on the wall of the North and South block. It will be followed by a drone show in which 1,000 drones will take part.
- New Zealand: PM Jacinda Ardern cancels her wedding due to Omicron surge.
- Germany: German Navy Chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach resigns over remarks in India on Ukraine.
- Microsoft: Tech giant Microsoft has revealed a customised console of its Xbox Series S to mark the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese zodiac, although it is thought that this new console will not be available for purchase, media report says.
- Syed Modi International: Men’s Singles Final Declared No Match After One Finalist Tests Covid Positive.
- United States: Morgan Stanley CEO Gorman will receive a total compensation of $35 million for 2021 and is expected to be the best paid CEO of a US bank for another year. The bank has raised his compensation 6% for 2021. The package includes annual base salary of $1.5 million, a cash bonus of $8.38 million and equity awards of $25.13 million.
22nd January 2022
- Covid-19: Coronavirus Omicron variant on 22nd January registered 45,136 new Covid cases, Kerala’s TPR surges to 44.8%
- ONGC: Subsidiary ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL), had registered a major gas discovery in 2019 in its deep offshore block BM-SEAL-4, Brazil, located in the Sergipe Alagoas Basin.
- ICICI Bank: Bank reports 25% rise in Q3 Profit to ₹6,193.7 crores, exceeds estmates.
- Yes Bank: YES Bank reports net profit jumps 77% YoY to Rs 266 crores in Q3 results.
- Karantaka: Karnataka reports nearly 50,000 new covid-19 cases and 22 deaths.
- Jharkhand: Jharkhand government reduces price of RT-PCR testing rates from ₹400 to ₹300 and Rapid Antigen testing rates from ₹150 to ₹50.
- Delhi: The Delhi Government on 20th January revised the cost of RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 both at private laboratories & hospitals and capped the price at ₹300.
- New Delhi: One of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite Christian hymns “Abide With Me” has been dropped from this year’s Beating Retreat ceremony on January 29, according to a brochure released by the Indian Army on 22nd January.
- Prime Minister: PM Narendra Modi has approved an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to the fire in the residential high-rise in Mumbai’s Tardeo area.
- Tripura: Under strict Covid-19 norms, Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) starts Madhyamik. The board chief explained the evaluation system this year would consider Term I results alone if Term II, scheduled in April, is not conducted due to the pandemic.
- Jio: Jio Says 5G Coverage Planning Completed for 1,000 Cities as Q3 Profit Grows 8.8 Percent to Rs. 3,795 Crore.
- Micromax: Indian Multinational Electronics Company Micromax set to launch Micromax IN Note 2 on January 25.
- Border: Gujarati family of four including infant freezes to death on US-Canda border in minus 35 degree celcius.
- Viatnam: Thich Nhat Hanh, influential Zen Buddhist monk dies at 95.
- US: United States delivers around 2 lakh pounds of lethal aid to ukraine.
- Japan: Quad summit announced to be held after Australian elections in May (Last Quad summit was held on 24 September 2021 in washington)
- Yemen: The death toll from a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a prison run by Yemen’s Houthi rebels climbed to atleast 80 detainess.
- Samoa: The remote Island had only recorded two covid cases since the pandemic began, according to the World Health Organization.
21st January 2022
- Tamil Nadu: Chief Minister M. K. Stalin announces a complete lockdown all over the State on January 23 (Sunday).
- IRCTC: Corporate informs that as per Northern Eastern Railway notification dated 20th January 2022, Tejas Express Train (8250LlB25O2) Luckhnow – New Delhi will run Tri weekly i.e. Friday, Saturday and Sunday instead of four days a week w.e.f. 25th January 2022 to 15th February 2022.
- Air India New Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Vikram Dev Dutt takes charge today (21st January 2022).
- Delhi: Amar Jawan Jyoti or the ‘Eternal Flame’ at the iconic India Gate will be extinguished after 50 years on 21st January 2022 and merged with the flame at the adjoining National War Memorial (NVM) in the run upto this Republic Day 26th January 2022.
- Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a Grand Statue of iconic freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chadra Bose will be installed at India Gate.
- HDFC Life: Q3 results- Net profit rises 3.3% YoY to Rs 273.7 crore.
- IPO: Adani Wilmar IPO to open on Jan 27 at a price band of ₹218 to ₹230 offering 65 shares in one lot.
- Uttar Pradesh: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi release Congress’s ‘Youth Manifesto’ for the upcoming UP Assembly polls, which outline its strategy for creation of jobs if voted to power in the state.
- Government: The centre in its revised guidelines has stated that international passengers arriving from at-risk nations will not be subjected to mandatory isolation from January 22.
- Sania Mirza: Indian Tennis Star to retire after 2022 season.
- Tripura: Tripura achieved a milestone in the healthcare sector on its golden jubilee celebration. 1st open-heart surgery conducted at Tripura’s GBP (Govind Ballabh Pant) hospital for free of cost under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojagan went successful on statehood day 21st January.
- Pakistan: 3 dead, 20 injured in blast at Lahore’s Anarkali Bazaar.
- Pakistan: 35 Pakistan-based YouTube channels blocked by Indian Government for spreading Anti-Indian content.
- United States: Joe Biden confirms Kamala Harris would be running mate in 2024.
- Indonesia: Indonesia replaces sinking Jakarta with new capital city Nusantara, which translate “Archipelago”
- Microsoft: Microsoft is in the process of buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion dollars, making it the third-largest video game company in terms of revenue.