Current Affairs – January 12, 2021 [Today’s News Headlines]

Here are today’s news headlines by GK today  for January 12, 2021:

India

Supreme Court Slams Centre over farmers protest

On January 11, 2021, Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the controversial agricultural laws. The apex court has proposed to constitute an independent committee chaired by Chief Justice of India to resolve the standoff between the farmers and the union government.

Government of India places order of 11 million doses of COVISHIELD

On January 11, 2021, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the state governments need not pay for vaccinating the priority group of three core health and Frontline workers. The cost or to be Borne by the Central Government. The Government of India has place a purchase order of 11 million doses of COVISHIELD with the Pune based Institute of India. The cost of one dose is 210 rupees including GST.

Government of India order state governments not to shutdown poultry markets

On January 11, 2021, the central government asked the state governments not to shutdown poultry markets. According to the World Health Organisation the virus will be destroyed if the poultry products are cooked at 70 degree Celsius and above .

ISRO to adopt hundred Atal tinkering labs

On January 11, 2021, Niti Aayog, Atal innovation mission and the Indian Space Research Organization announced that the ISRO will be adopting 100 Atal tinkering lab. This is being done to promote space education and space Technology related innovations for school students.

Heritage conservation committee approves construction of new Parliament building

On January 11, 2021, the Heritage conservation committee approved the construction of new parliamentary building. The committee is headed by the secretary of housing and urban affairs ministry.

Environment Minister releases management effectiveness evaluation of 146 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries

On January 11, 2021, the minister of environment in, forest and climate change Prakash Javadekar released management effectiveness evaluation of 146 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the country. The management effectiveness is required to assess the efficacy of protected areas in the country. Currently India has a network of 903 protected areas covering 5% of the total Geographic area of the country.

Khadi Prakritik Paint

The Khadi and Village Commission is to introduce Khadi Prakritik Paint.  The paint has antifungal and antibacterial properties. The main ingredient of the paint is cow dung.

Sea-Vigil 21 exercise

The Indian Navy is to organise a mega defence exercise called Sea Vigil-21. The exercise will cover the 7516 kilometres of coastline and the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Air India operates longest non-stop Flight operated by an all women crew

Air India recently operated the longest non-stop Flight operated by an all women cockpit group. The flight recently landed at the Kempegowda international airport in Bengaluru. They flew for 17 hours.

Kerala government wave entertainment tax for Cinemas

On January 11, 2021, the Kerala government waved entertainment tax for Cinemas to help the film industries in the state.

Abhilash Tomy retires

On January 10, 2021, commander Abhilash Tomy retired from Indian Navy. He was the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe solo and unassisted in a sail yacht.

Turlapati kutumba Rao dies

On January 11, 2021, the veteran journalist and Padma Shri awardee Kutumba Rao died in Vijayawada at age of 87.

Bangladesh to be the country of focus at the 51st international film festival of india

At the 51st international film festival of India, Bangladesh should be the country of focus. The festival is to be organised from January 16 to January 24, 2021 in Goa. In paragraph economy and corporate

Single window clearance portal of coal ministry launched

On January 11, 2021, the ministry of coal launched single window clearance portal. It is a unified platform to facilitate approvals required for starting a coal mine in India.

World

India hands over Chinese soldiers

The Indian Army recently handed over the People’s Liberation Army Soldiers who strayed into Ladakh region.

Tenzin Lekphell appointed as new secretary general of BIMSTEC

Tenzin Lekphell has been appointed as the new secretary general of BIMSTEC. BIMSTEC initiative for multi-sectoral technical and economic cooperation .

William J Burns to Lead The Central Intelligence Agency

On January 11, 2021, the US President elect Joe Biden announced that he has nominated the former career diplomat William J Burns to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

Ved Prakash Mehta dies

On January 9, 2021, the Indian American novelist and journalist Ved Prakash Mehta died at the age of 86.

Sports

Cheteshwar Pujara crosses 6,000 run mark in Test cricket in his 80th match played in Sydney.

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