Current Affairs : January 21, 2012

40th Manipur Day celebrated

  • Manipur was a princely state under the suzerenity of British India and existed as such until 1947 as Kanglapak Kingdom.
  • The Kanglapak King wilfully acceded to the newly independent Union of India.
  • In 1956, Manipur was made a union territory and it became a full-fledged state in 1972 with Muhammad Alimuddin becoming the first state Chief Minister.
  • On 21 January 2012, Manipur its 40th statehood day.
  • The ceremony was held at the Secretariat in capital Imphal attended by Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh and officials of the state government.

40th Meghalaya Day Observed: 21st January

  • Meghalaya , the “Abode of Clouds” was formed by carving out two districts from the state of Assam: the United Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills, and the Garo Hills on 21 January 1972. Prior to attaining full statehood, Meghalaya was given a semi-autonomous status in 1970.
  • The state government celebrates this day as Meghalaya Day.
  • On 21 January 2012, Meghalaya has completed 40 years of its existence as a state in the Union of India.
  • Meghalaya Day Excellence Awards 2012 was awarded in the ceremony and an Information booklet – A compendium of Government Schemes, a Literature on Tourism Schemes and the launching of e-services of Taxation Department, was launched.

Ms Bhu Devi receives first RIC Smart Card of India

  • Union Home Minister P Chidambaram issues the first set of Resident Identity (Smart) Card at Porthrapur village of South Andaman.
  • India s first RIC Smart Card was handed over to Ms Bhu Devi, a resident of Porthrapur village.

Pandit Jasraj sings in Antarctica

  • Noted classical singer Pandit Jasraj, who is 82, gave a performance at the South Pole, becoming the first Indian to do so.
  • An exponent of Mewati gharana, Pandit Jasraj is probably the most popular classical singer in India after Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who passed away in January last year.
  • Apart from numerous other awards he was awarded Padma Vibhushan, (art-classical music-vocal) in 2000. He got the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2010.

Indian-American gets 20-yr sentence for money laundering

  • An Indian-American entrepreneur Vikram Datta, who was found guilty in September last year on money-laundering charges, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court in New York.
  • He has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for using his perfume distribution business to launder millions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels.

Sri Lankan novelist wins $ 50,000 prize at Jaipur Literature Festival

  • Young Sri Lankan novelist Shehan Karunatilaka wins the DSC South Asian Prize for Literature for his debut novel “Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew”.




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