Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 27 & 28 2022

Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 27 & 28 2022

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Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 27 & 28 2022

1. Google to invest up to $1 billion in Bharti Airtel, buy 1.28% stake

Bharti Airtel has announced that Google will invest up to $1 billion in the company as part of its Google for India Digitization Fund. The deal includes $700 million investment to acquire 1.28% stake in Bharti Airtel and up to $300 million towards implementing various commercial agreements. The companies will focus on enabling affordable access to smartphones across price ranges.

2. Marathi author Anil Awachat dies aged 78 after prolonged illness

Marathi author and activist Dr Anil Awachat died due to a prolonged illness at his home in Pune on Thursday at the age of 78 years. He was admitted to a hospital due to health issues but was discharged four days ago. He, along with his wife, had founded Muktangan Rehabilitation Center in Pune.

3. Charanjit Singh, captain of India’s 1964 Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team, dies

Charanjit Singh, the captain of India’s 1964 Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team, passed away aged 92 in Himachal Pradesh’s Una owing to age-related complications. He was also a part of the men’s hockey team that won the silver medal in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He is survived by his two sons and a daughter.

4. Hewett & Reid create history, win record 9th successive Grand Slam

Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid created history by winning their record ninth consecutive Grand Slam title. They won the Australian Open wheelchair men’s doubles final 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 against Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda. The previous record of winning the most consecutive Grand Slams was set by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver, who won eight consecutive women’s doubles titles.

5. Kathakali dancer Padma Shri Milena Salvini of France passes away

Noted Kathakali patron and Padma Shri recipient, France’s Milena Salvini, passed away on Tuesday. As founder-director of ‘Centre Mandapa’ in Paris, she promoted and taught Indian dance and music for more than four decades in France. PM Narendra Modi in a tweet said he’s “anguished” by her passing away and added, “She’ll be remembered for her passion towards Indian culture.”

6. Pushp Kumar Joshi to be new chairman and managing director of HPCL

Pushp Kumar Joshi has been picked by government headhunter PESB to be the new chairman and managing director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), the nation’s third largest oil refining and fuel marketing company. He will replace Mukesh Kumar Surana, who superannuates on April 30 this year. HPCL is a subsidiary of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

7. Paschim Lehar: Indian Navy’s joint maritime exercise concludes off west-coast

A joint maritime exercise Paschim Lehar was conducted by the Indian Navy concluded off the West Coast. The exercise was conducted over a duration of 20 days with an objective to validate operational plans of the Western Naval Command and enhance inter-service synergy among the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Indian Army and Coast Guard. The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. The intra-theatre exercise included mobilisation and participation of over 40 ships and submarines of the Indian Navy.

8. Padma Awards 2022: Full list of Padma awardees in the fields of literature, education and science

The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian awards of India which are given in various disciplines — literature and education, arts, science and engineering, trade and industry, civil services, public affairs, sports, and medicine. The awards are announced on Republic Day every year and are conferred by the President at a ceremonial function around March or April. This year, the President has approved conferment of 128 Padma Awards — 4 Padma Vibhushan,17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri Awards.

9. Research portal of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research launched

The Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has launched a research portal of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research. It aims at disseminating the information and details of the research activities, publications, and patents of all NIPERs.

10. Australian Government announces billion-dollar package to protect Great Barrier Reef

A billion-dollar plan has been unveiled by the Australian Government to protect the Climate ravaged Great Barrier Reef. The plan aims to prevent the vast networks of corals from being removed from UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The plan has been announced months after narrowly avoiding the reef being placed on UNESCO’s in danger list. As per the recent study, bleaching had affected 98% of reefs since 1998, leaving just a fraction of untouched. People in Australia are also in favour of action to limit climate change after experiencing strings of global warming-worsened disasters.

11. India’s first graphene innovation center to be established in Kerala

India’s first innovation centre for graphene will be set up in Kerala by the Digital University Kerala (DUK), along with the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) in Thrissur, for Rs 86.41 crore. This will be the first graphene Research and Development (R&D) incubation centre in the country.

Tata Steel Limited is set to be the industrial partner of the centre. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, has given approval for the project. The project, which will be implemented with the support of the Kerala government, is expected to accelerate the state’s growth in the knowledge industry sector.

12. Pencilton Launches Teen-Focused Debit and Travel Card

A teen-focused Fintech startup based in India, Pencilton has recently launched PencilCard, a debit card that is compliant with National Common Mobility Card standards. It has been launched in partnership with Transcorp. The National Common Mobility Card was developed by India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in early 2019. It allows the user to pay for travel, toll duties, retail shopping and withdraw money.

13. Air India formally handed over to Tata Group

The government of India officially handed over India’s flag carrier, Air India to the Tata Group, almost 69 years after acquiring the conglomerate. The total value of the deal is Rs 18,000 crore (US$2.4 billion). The strategic disinvestment transaction of Air India includes the transfer of a 100 per cent stake of GoI in Air India to Tata Sons, along with management control.

The transaction covers three entities namely, Air India, Air India Express and Air India SATS (AI SATS). Under the deal, the Tata group will also be handed over Air India Express and a 50 per cent stake in ground handling arm AI SATS.

14. Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve bags TX2 award

Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (Erode district, Tamil Nadu) has been given the prestigious TX2 award after its tiger numbers doubled to 80 since 2010. Apart from the STR, the Bardia National Park in Nepal has won this year’s TX2 award for doubling the population of wild tigers. Sathyamangalam wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 2013 and the reserve that spread across 1,411.60 sq km is an important link between the Nilgiris and Eastern Ghats landscape.

15. Meenakashi Lekhi launches pictorial comic book ‘India’s Women Unsung Heroes’

Union Minister of State for Culture, Meenakashi Lekhi has released a pictorial comic book titled ‘India’s Women Unsung Heroes’, as a tribute to the forgotten women freedom fighters of the country. The book has been prepared by the Ministry of Culture in partnership with Amar Chitra Katha, an Indian publisher of Indian comics and graphic novels.

India will be celebrating 75 years of independence this August 15. The book celebrates the lives of 75 unsung women freedom fighters of India, including Chakali Ilamma, Padmaja Naidu, Durgabhai Deshmukh, among others.

16. J&K Police Bags Highest 115 Police Medals For Gallantry

Jammu and Kashmir Police has bagged 115 Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG), out of a total of 189 awarded this year. They more than doubled their last year’s tally of 52 PMGs. J&K Police won awards for conducting several counter-insurgency operations in 2019-20. Police personnel from Jammu and Kashmir have been awarded 115 Police Medals for Gallantry, the highest number from any police force this year, followed by CRPF with 30, Chhattisgarh Police with 10, Odisha Police with nine, and Maharashtra Police with seven.