Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 12 2022
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Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 12 2022
1. National Youth Day2022: Nation observes National Youth Day on January 12
In India, the National Youth Day is celebrated on 12 January annually to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
The main aim behind this is to make sure that the students across the country can be encouraged to learn about the life, the ideas and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and apply them in their lives.
The theme for National Youth Day 2022 is The Theme of 2022 is “It’s all in the mind.”
2. Kannada writer ‘Champa’ passes away
Prominent Kannada writer Chandrashekhar Patil, popularly known as “Champa”, passed away at the age of 82. He was a Kannada language activist, a poet and a playwright and also served as President of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) and Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority.
3. India’s first heli-hub to be set up in Gurugram
Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala announced that Gurugram will get India’s 1st heli-hub with all aviation facilities.
The heli-hub will be the first of its kind in India to have all facilities at one place for helicopters. The heli-hub is proposed to be built in Gurugram & would be near the metro facility along with easy connectivity to industrial areas (Noida & Bhiwadi).
4. Kochi became India’s first city to have a Water Metro Project
Kochi, Kerala has become India’s first city to have a Water Metro Project after the launch of its first boat in December 2021, namely ‘Muziris,’ among the 23 battery-powered electric boats being manufactured by Cochin Shipyard Limited.
This launch is a part of the Rs 747-crore project which is operated by Kochi Water Metro Ltd (KWML). The boats will be called Water Metros.
5. Indian Railways launches Mission Amanat to help passengers track their lost belongings
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of the Western Railways zone of Indian Railways has launched a new initiative called “Mission Amanat” to make it easier for railway passengers to get back their lost luggage.
6. India successfully test-fires naval variant BrahMos cruise missile
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired an extended range sea-to-sea variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for the Indian Navy.
This advanced sea to sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile was launched from INS Visakhapatnam, a stealth guided-missile destroyer of the Indian Navy.
7. Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas appointed as next IMF’s Chief Economist
French-born economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas has been named as the next chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
He will succeed Gita Gopinath, the first woman to serve as the Fund’s chief economist. He will take over as first deputy managing director of IMF from January 21 2022.
8. South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris retires from cricket
South African all-rounder Chris Morris has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Morris has played in four Tests, 42 ODIs and 23 T20Is for South Africa.
Morris made his Test debut as late as 2016 and featured in only four games in the traditional format, making 173 runs and taking 12 wickets.
9. Actress Harshaali Malhotra awarded 12th Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Award 2022
The 2015 film Bajrangi Bhaijaan fame actress, Harshaali Malhotra has been awarded the 12th Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Award 2022.
She received the award from Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor of Maharashtra, for her commendable performance in the movie and contribution in the field of Indian Cinema.
The Government of Maharashtra organised the Bharat Ranta Dr Ambedkar national Awards 2022 ceremony in the memory of Dr Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar as a part of the upcoming 73rd Republic Day.
10. Passport Ranking 2022: India’s passport rank improves to 83 from 90
The Henley Passport Index has released the passport ranking for the first quarter of 2022 and India’s passport has seen a significant improvement in its rank compared to 2021.
Indian passport now ranks at 83rd, climbing seven places from 90th rank last year. In 2022, India’s passport shares the ranking with Sao Tome and Principe in Central Africa, behind Uganda and Rwanda.
In the latest passport rankings, Japan and Singapore passports have again emerged as the world’s most powerful passports in 2022 while Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan have been ranked as the weakest passport in the world in 2022.
11. Eminent rocket scientist Somanath appointed ISRO Chairman
Eminent rocket scientist S. Somanath has been appointed as the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Space Secretary.
Dr. Somanath is taking over the reins of ISRO at a critical juncture when sweeping reforms and critical missions are set to define the forward journey of the storied space agency.