Current Affairs – January 15, 2021 [Today’s News Headlines]

Here are today’s news headlines by GK today for January 15, 2021

India

Foundation stone of science communication and policy research institute

On January 14, 2021, the Union Science and Technology minister Dr Harsh Vardhan laid the foundation stone of CSIR- National Institute of Science communication and policy research in New Delhi. The institute has been formed by merging CSIR-NISCAIR and CSIR-NISTADS.

Armed forces veterans day

on January 14, 2021, V armed forces veterans day was celebrated. The armed forces day marks the retirement day of Field Marshal Cariappa. Cariappa was the first Indian commander in chief of the Indian armed forces. He retired on January 14, 1953.

ASMI 9 mm machine pistol

The Indian army and the defence Research Development organisation DRDO has developed India’s first indigenous 9 mm machinie pistol called ASMI.

Centre to SC: Discriminalising adultery may cause instability in Army

On January 13, 2021, the centre urged the Supreme Court that its 2018 verdict, decriminalising adultery be not made applicable to the armed forces. According to the central government it may cause instability within the services. The verdict was pronounced under the Indian Penal Code.

75th Foundation Day of Food Corporation of India

On January 14, 2021, the 75th foundation day of the Food Corporation of India was celebrated. The Food Corporation of India is a statutory body that operates under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. It was founded on January 14, 1965. Its initial headquarters was located in Chennai and was later moved to New Delhi.

Employee welfare measures to be extended to seamen

The demand of the National Union of seafarers of India to extend the employee welfare measures such as pension and provident fund to the seamen community has been approved by the government of India. This is to benefit more than 4 lakh Indian seafarers all ranks working in India and in foreign ship.

Dushyant Dave resigned as Supreme Court bar association president

On January 14, 2021, the president of Supreme Court bar association Dushyant Dave resigned from her post.

Supreme Court asks states and union territories to reopen Anganwadis

On January 13, 2021, the Supreme Court of India ordered the state and union territories to reopen Anganwadi centres. The centre for closed during lockdown.

No Republic Day chief guest in 2021

On January 14, 2023 the ministry of external affairs announced that there will be no chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations due to global situation arising because of covid-19. The decision has been taken after the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled his visit to India to attend the Republic Day celebrations due to the pandemic.

Economy and corporate

Bhartiya Kisan union president recuses himself from Supreme Court committee

Bhartiya Kisan union president Bhupinder Singh recused himself from the four-member committee appointed by the supreme court. Committee was appointed to resolve the issues between farmers and centres over the three farm laws. The farmer unions have been raising doubts over the composition of the panel in fitting that the members are in favour of the laws.

WPI slows to 1.22%

the wholesale price-based inflation slowed down to 1.22 % in December 2020. This is the food prices. The WPI in November, 2020 was 1.55% and in December,2019 it was 2.76%.

Bharat Biotech starts supply of COVID-19 vaccine

The Bharat Biotech has begin its supplies of core vaccine. The vaccine was developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Institute of virology is top the first batch has been dispatched from Hyderabad to 11 cities across the country. This was followed by the receipt of government purchase order for 55 lacs of doses.

SWITCH Drones

the Indian Army has signed a contract to procure or undisclosed quantities of high altitude variant of SWITCH unmanned aerial vehicles with ideaForge. The contract was signed at 20 million USD.

Thales and Bharat Dynamics to work in partnership on air defence system

on January 14, 2021, the European defence company Thales signed an agreement with the Public Sector Unit Bharat dynamics Limited on and add defence system. With this the Bharat dynamics Limited will become a part of the STAR Streak Missile System. The this will provide an opportunity to boost the export of Indian manufactured components.

Google remove personal loan apps

On January 14, 2021, Google reviewed hundreds of personal loan apps in India. That it giant then remove those Apps that were found to be violating uses safety policies.

World

Donald Trump impeached

On January 13, 2021, Donald Trump became the first president of United States to be impeached twice.

President elect Joe Biden names Samantha Power as USAID Chief

On January 13, 2021 the president-elect Joe Biden named the former Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power as the chief of United State agency for international development, USAID.

Snapchat bans Donald Trump

On January 13, 2021, Snapchat permanently banned the United States President Donald Trump from the platform.

WHO experts arrived in Wuhan

IT team of experts from the World Health Organisation has arrived in we want to investigate the Origins of the Deadly coronavirus pandemic.

United States Bans tomato and cotton products from china

On January 13, 2021, the United States announced a ban on the entry of tomato and cotton products from the Xinjiang region of China.

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