Current Affairs 10th January 2021

1. 10 January: World Hindi Day

World Hindi Day is celebrated every year on January 10. World Hindi Day commemorates the anniversary of the first World Hindi Conference held in Nagpur on January 10, 1975. The conference was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Nagpur. It was first celebrated in 2006 by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

2. Science and Technology Hyderabad cluster

Science and Technology Hyderabad Cluster, one of the four such geographic clusters the Centre has proposed to boost science, research and innovation through a collaborative environment, was launched on 8 Jan 2021. The Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) had recommended the setting of the clusters, in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, NCR-Delhi and Pune.

3. Sabrina Singh: Deputy Press Secretary

Indian-American Sabrina Singh has been named as the White House Deputy Press Secretary in the upcoming Joe Biden administration. She previously served as deputy communications director for the Democratic National Committee, spokesperson for American Bridge’s Trump War Room and Regional Communications Director on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

4. Free bus service for women and elderly person

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal on January 9, 2021, flagged off 25 pink buses for free service to women and senior citizens under the ‘Bhraman Sarathi’ scheme in Guwahati. Assam Bhraman Sarathi Scheme was launched by the Finance Minister of Assam Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma in March 2020. These buses will ply in five routes.

5. 1st phase of vaccination to start on Jan 16

India’s vaccination drive, the world’s largest immunisation exercise against the coronavirus disease, will kick off on 16 Jan 2021. The vaccine will provide on priority to the health care workers and the frontline workers who are estimated to be around 3 cr. It will be followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities estimated around 27 cr.

6. Aryan Jain wins NASA App Development Challenge

Aryan Jain, a high school student, is among the winners of an app development challenge organised by NASA. He is amongst the winners of NASA’s Artemis Next-Gen STEM-Moon to Mars App Development Challenge. He is a student of SunCity School, Gurugram (Haryana). He had teamed up with six high school students from the US.

7. AIMIM’s WB acting president Kalam joins TMC

Sk Abdul Kalam, the acting West Bengal unit president of AIMIM has joined the Trinamool Congress.BKalam and his followers joined the TMC in presence of senior party leader and state minister Chandrima Bhattacharya. AIMIM’s key leader in the state Anwar Pasha along with some of his colleagues joined the Trinamool Congress in November 2020.

8. New state of matter ‘liquid Glass’

University of Konstanz’s researchers have discovered a new state of matter ‘liquid glass!. Scientists have used a technology called confocal microscopy to discover this matter. Researchers recorded temporal development of the 3D positions and orientations for nearly 6,000 ellipsoidal particles using confocal laser scanning microscopy.

9. IIT clears funds for largest irrigation drain

The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) has approved Noida Authority’s 6.5 crore budget to clean the city’s largest irrigation drain that passes through dozens of residential areas. The 17-km irrigation drain from Delhi’s Ashok Nagar merges with the Yamuna at sector 168. It carries waste water from both Delhi and Noida.

10. APSRTC to starts ladies special bus

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has decided to run exclusive super luxury bus services between Hyderabad and Vijayawada. The bus service will be functional every Friday and Sunday.

11. WADA launches ADEL platform

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has launched its Anti-Doping Education and Learning platform (ADEL). It is a new and improved version of the current Anti-Doping e-Learning platform (ADL) that was launched in January 2018. It will provide education and learning opportunities for the anti-doping community worldwide; including: athletes, coaches, parents, medical professionals and more.

12. Technology to make power generation efficient

Waste steam from industrial processes could be a significant source of power if the variability of steam pressure and flow can be corrected. A new technology by scientists has introduced a method of correcting such pressure and flow inconsistencies. The Energy and Emission Research Group at IIT Madras, has developed a steam expander technology to correct irregularities in steam pressure.

13. Scientists prepare a composite material

A team of scientists from the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bengaluru have prepared liquid crystal – nanoparticle composite materials using nematic liquid crystal and nano-particles synthesized from biowaste. They have the potential to reduce the power consumption of display devices such as liquid crystal displays, mobiles, and laptops.

14. Coastal research vessel dedicated to nation

Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, on 9 Jan 2021, dedicated the new coastal research vehicle ‘Sagar Anveshika’ to the nation at Chennai port. It will strengthen scientific research about various issues inside the ocean. The other similar vessels already present with India are Sagar Tara, Sagar Nidhi, Sagar Sampada, Sagar Kanya, and Sagar Manjusha.

15. National Youth Parliament Festival 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the National Youth Parliament Festival – 2021 on 12 January 2021. The festival is being organised on 12th January on the occasion of the National Youth Day. The day aims at encouraging the youth in the age group of 18-25 years to engage with public issues and understand the common man’s point of view.

16. 100% occupancy in cinema halls in West Bengal

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has allowed 100 per cent occupancy in cinema halls in the state. She announced this while addressing at the inauguration of the 26th edition of the Kolkata International Film Festival 2021 on 8 Jan 2021. Actor Shahrukh Khan also participated in the event virtually. The Kolkata Film Festival is being organised since the year 1995.

17. Tatas plan to infuse Rs. 3,500 cr in Tata Cliq

The Tatas plan to invest Rs. 3,500 crore on their e-commerce venture Tata Cliq. They have increased the authorised share capital of the company from Rs. 1,500 crore to Rs. 5,000 crore for this. Tata Cliq is owned by Tata UniStore Ltd. The paid-up share capital of Tata UniStore is Rs. 1,203.12 crore as per the filings.

18. Domestic airfare limits to remain till Mar 31

The upper and lower limits on domestic airfares will remain in place till March 31, 2021. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had on May 21, 2020, placed these limits through seven bands, classified on the basis of flight duration, till August 24, 2020. Later, they were extended till November 24, 2020, and then till February 24, 2021.

19. Fiscal deficit to be 7.5% of GDP

India’s fiscal deficit is expected to be around 7.5% of the GDP for the current fiscal owing to moderation in revenue collection due to the COVID-19 crisis. This would be a 100 per cent jump from the budget estimate of 3.5 per cent of GDP pegged for the current fiscal. The government had pegged the fiscal deficit at Rs. 7.96 lakh crore or 3.5 per cent of the GDP in the Union Budget 2020-21.

20. Alok Sharma: President of COP26

Alok Sharma, one of the Indian-origin Ministers in UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet has taken sole charge as President of COP26 – the United Nations Climate Summit scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021. He will chair the Climate Action Implementation Committee to coordinate government action towards net-zero by 2050 in the run-up to the summit.

21. A high level committee consituted

A high-level committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been constituted to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The committee will decide on the activities for a one-year-long commemoration, beginning 23rd January 2021. The members of the committee include family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and persons associated with Azad Hind Fauj.

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