Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 25 & 26 2022

Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 25 & 26 2022

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Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 25 & 26 2022

1. National Voters Day: Jan 25

Every year on January 25, India observes “National Voters’ Day” to encourage more young voters to participate in the political process. On January 25, 2022, the Election Commission of India will observe the 12th National Voters Day. The theme of this year’s NVD, ‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible, and Participative,’ envisions a focus on ECI’s commitment to facilitating active voter participation during elections and making the entire process hassle-free and memorable for all categories of voters.

Since 2011, every year on January 25, National Voters’ Day has been observed across the country to commemorate the founding day of the Election Commission of India, i.e. January 25, 1950.

Sukumar Sen was the first Chief Election Commissioner of Independent India, and Sushil Chandra is the current 24th Chief Election Commissioner.

2. National Tourism Day: January 25

The Indian government designated January 25 as National Tourism Day in order to raise awareness about the importance of tourism to the Indian economy. The day is observed to raise global awareness regarding the significance of tourism and its social, political, financial, and cultural value. The Ministry of Tourism is India’s nodal agency for developing national policies for tourism promotion and development. It also works with central, state, and local government agencies, as well as the public sector. The terms tourism and travel are frequently used interchangeably.

Theme: ‘Rural and Community Centric Tourism’

3. Thiru R. Nagaswamy Passed Away

Thiru R. Nagaswamy, a renowned archaeologist, has perished on 23 January. He was 91 years old. He was the first director of the Department of Archaeology of the Tamil Nadu government. Nagaswamy was well-known for his work on Tamil Nadu temple inscriptions and art history. Nagaswamy was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honor, in 2018. He has written over 100 books, the most recent of which was ‘Senthamizh Naadum Pandbum,’ which was released in January 2022. Ramachandran Nagaswamy was an Indian historian, archaeologist, and epigraphist best known for his work on Tamil Nadu temple inscriptions and art history.

4. National Ice Hockey Championship 2022 Won By Ladakh Team

The Ladakh women’s team won the 9th National Women’s Ice Hockey Championship in Himachal Pradesh. The Ice Hockey Association of India hosted the championship in the Kaza area of Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district. Six teams from Delhi, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Telangana, and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police competed in the championship. From January 15 to 21, the championship was held in the Himachal Pradesh town of Kaza.

5. Sixth Mass Extinction Crisis

According to a report issued in Biological Reviews, the Earth is experiencing the Sixth Mass Extinction. It may have already lost approximately 13% of its total species. There have been five mass extinctions on Earth in the past. The last mass extinction occurred approximately 65 million years ago, and it wiped out the dinosaurs. The Earth is witnessing a dramatic increase in the rate of species extinctions and a decline in the abundance of many animal and plant populations.

The present extinction rate is estimated to be 100 to 1,000 times greater than natural background extinction rates. According to the paper, “humans are the only species capable of manipulating Planet Earth on a grand scale. Humans are to blame for the current crisis.”

6. Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2022

Vinod Sharma, Vice Chairman of the Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority and the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM), received the “Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2022.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the award at the investiture ceremony hosted on January 23, 2022, to commemorate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 51 lakh and a certificate in the case of an institution, a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, and a certificate in the case of an individual.

The GIDM was founded in 2012. Since its inception, the institution has improved Gujarat’s disaster risk reduction (DRR) capacity.

7. New Species of Branching Worm Called Ramisyllis Kingghidorahi

Marine biologists recently described the third species of the syllid worm. It was given the scientific name Ramisyllis Kingghidorahi. Ramisyllis multicaudata and Syllis ramosa are the other two. R. multicaudata was discovered in 2012. The species was named after a fictional character, King Ghidorah. Ghidorah is a two-tailed, three-headed monster who opposes Godzilla.

8. Online Safety Bill Passed By Australia

From January 23, 2022, Australia’s Online Safety Act will take effect. In July of 2021, the statute was enacted. Adults in Australia can report incidences of online bullying to Julie Inman Grant, the eSafety Commissioner. The eSafety Commissioner will require social media networks to remove content relating to bullying of Australian adults under this Act. Within 24 hours, the content will be removed. They could face fines of up to USD 555,000 if they fail to do so. The “e-Safety Commissioner” will ensure the Act’s implementation under the new law. The Act aims to improve Australians’ internet safety.

9. PMRBP Awards

Ahead of Republic Day, PM Modi virtually interacted with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) awardees on January 24, 2022, amid a covid-19 pandemic. The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar was given to 29 children, 14 girls. Each PMRBP awardee received a medal, a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, and a certificate. The cash prize will be deposited into the accounts of the PMRBP 2022 winners. Students are chosen for this award based on their achievements in six categories: Innovation, Scholastic, Social Service, Sports, Art & Culture, and Bravery.

10. Neeraj Chopra to be awarded Param Vashistha Seva Medal on Republic Day

Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra will be awarded Param Vashistha Seva Medal by 4 Rajputana Rifles on Republic Day. He is a subedar in the Indian Army and had enrolled in 4 Rajputana Rifles as a direct entry Naib Subedar in 2016. Chopra was chosen for training at the Mission Olympics Wing and Army Sports Institute in Pune. Neeraj Chopra had won the Gold Medal for India in the Javelin Throw event at the Tokyo Olympics. He is the only second individual from India after Abhinav Bindra to win an Olympic Gold Medal.

11. Tripura to provide free advanced medical treatment to the people of state

The Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb stated that soon people of Tripura will not have to bear the cost of medical expenses or travel outside the state for advanced treatment. He further added that Tripura has good doctors and government hospitals that give the best possible treatments and most importantly have PM Modi’s support of Ayushman Bharat that has eased the trouble of many poor families in Tripura.

12. Commemorative logo launched by India and Israel

India and Israel have launched a commemorative logo to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations. The logo was unveiled in a virtual mode in the presence of Ambassador of Israel to India Naor Gilon and Indian envoy to Israel, Sanjeev Singla. The logo launched by India and Israel features the Star of David and Ashok Chakra- the two symbols that adorn the National Flags of both nations- and also forms the numeral 30 depicting the 30th Anniversary of bilateral relations.

13. Himachal Pradesh celebrates its golden jubilee statehood day

Himachal Pradesh is celebrating its golden jubilee statehood day across the state on January 25th. It was on this day in 1971 Himachal Pradesh became the 18th state of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people of Himachal Pradesh on the occasion of its statehood day. In a tweet, Mr Modi hoped that the state continues to grow and contribute to the country’s development.

14. India ranks 85th out of 180 countries in Corruption Perceptions Index: Report

India is ranked 85 out of 180 countries on the global Corruption Perceptions Index for 2021. With a score of 40, India stands at 85th position, while its neighbours Pakistan and Bangladesh fare worse in the global corruption index. Pakistan has dropped 16 spots and is ranked 140th out of 180 countries, as per the report. Bangladesh’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is 26 and ranks at the 147th position. Transparency International’s report released by the Berlin-based non-profit organisation formed to combat global corruption said that “corruption levels remain at a standstill worldwide, with 86 per cent of countries making little to no progress in the last 10 years”.

15. India pays $29.9 million in UN regular budget assessments for 2022

India has paid USD 29.9 million in UN regular budget assessments for the year 2022. India is currently a non-permanent member of the 15-nation Security Council and its two-year term will end on December 31, 2022. As of January 21, 2022, 24 Member States have paid their regular budget assessments in full.

16. James Webb telescope reaches final stable position 1 mn miles from Earth

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) successfully fired a planned rocket on-course correction to manoeuvre itself into a permanent stable position at a point between the Earth and the Sun, almost one million miles from its home planet. The giant golden mirror unfolded fully about 700,000 miles from Earth that lift off on Christmas Day last month. The ten billion dollar project spanning over three decades, a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, hopes to look further back in time than ever before – to find out more about the creation of the first stars and the beginnings of our Universe.

17. 51 persons selected for Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards 2021; five awardees posthumous

The Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards are given to a person for meritorious act of human nature in saving the life of a person. The award is given in three categories, namely, Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and Jeevan Raksha Padak. Persons of all walks of life are eligible for these awards. The award can also be conferred posthumously. 51 persons selected for Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards 2021; five awardees posthumous.

18. Koozhangal wins Best Film award at Dhaka International Film Festival

PS Vinothraj’s debut feature Koozhangal (Pebbles) continues to win accolades. The film has won the award for Best Film at the recently concluded Dhaka International Film Festival. Malayalam actor Jayasurya won the award for Best Actor in the Asian Competition for his performance in the film, Sunny. Koozhangal had earlier bagged the prestigious Tiger Award at the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam. It was also selected as the Indian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards but failed to get nominated. Koozhangal is a gripping drama that follows an alcoholic father and his son as they make their way to the mother’s house.

19. ‘International Education Day’ celebrated on January 24

The International Day of Education is annually celebrated on January 24. This year marks the fourth year of celebration, with the theme ‘Changing Course, Transforming Education’. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in December, 2018 proclaimed the celebration of this day to mark the importance of education in ensuring peace and development. This year, the celebration will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York, Expo 2022 in Dubai, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and Global Minnesota.

20. Thierry Mugler, French fashion icon known for sculpted designs, dies aged 73

French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, whose dramatic designs were worn by celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cardi B, has died. He was 73. Mugler, who launched his brand in 1973, became known for his architectural style, defined by broad shoulders and a tiny waist. The use of plastic-like futuristic fabric in his sculpted clothing became a trademark. Besides clothes, Mugler created films and photographs, and was a dancer, acrobat as well as avid bodybuilder, stressing he always wanted to explore the human body as art.