CURRENT AFFAIRS : 01-01-2021 IN ENGLISH

Defence

  • India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container by Defence Research and Development Organisation - “SAHAYAK-NG”.

Economy

  • An innovative payment solution introduced by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and RBL Bank that will transform smartphones into merchant Point of Sale (PoS) terminals for the retailers - “RuPay PoS”.

National

  • New portal and mobile App launched by the Ministry of External Affairs, to connect with Indian Diaspora across the world - Global Pravasi Rishta.
  • A river rafting expedition and a public outreach programme, titled “Living with the rivers”, which is organized by the Brahmaputra Board at Passighat, Arunachal Pradesh - Brahmaputra Amantran Abhiyan.
  • Government has fixed target of 10% blending of fuel grade ethanol with petrol by 2022, 15% blending by 2026 & ____ blending by 2030 - 20%.
  • The Union Cabinet approved export of Akash Missile System, which is a _____ Missile with a range of 25 Kms - Surface to Air Missile.
  • Top three positions in the happiness rankings of cities (overall), according to first ‘India Cities Happiness Report 2020’ - Ludhiana, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh.
  • Top three positions in the happiness rankings of Tier-I cities - Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and New Delhi.
  • Top three positions in the happiness rankings of Tier- II cities - Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Surat.
  • Top three positions in the ‘future happiness rankings after five years’ - Ludhiana, Jammu and Amritsar.

Persons in News

  • New chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court - Justice Arup Kumar Goswami.
  • New chief justice of Sikkim High Court - Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari.
  • Winner of “Eminent Engineer Award for the Year 2020’, given by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - V.K. Yadav (Chairman & CEO, Railway Board, Ministry of Railways).
  • Next director general of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) - Subodh Jaiswal (Presently Maharashtra DGP).

Sports

  • Next president and first woman president of the Softball Federation of India (SFI) - Neetal Narang.

State Current Affairs

  • This state government announced a new award, 'Rajya Sanskriti Puraskar', to honour artists, social workers, culture workers and intellectuals - Uttar Pradesh.
  • This state government announced a new scheme titled “Paray Paray Samadhan [Resolving problems in neighbourhoods]” to address small grievances at the community level - West Bengal.

General Knowledge

  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (formally known as The Institution of Electrical Engineers) was established in - 1871.
  • Constitutional provision that deals with ‘Definition of Fundamental Rights’ - Article 12.
  • Constitutional provision that deals with ‘Equality before law’ - Article 14.
  • Constitutional provision that deals with ‘Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth’ - Article 15.
  • Constitutional provision that deals with ‘Equality of opportunity in matters of public employment’ - Article 16.
  • Constitutional provision that deals with ‘Abolition of Untouchability’ - Article 17.
  • Constitutional provision that deals with ‘Abolition of titles’ - Article 18.

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