Current Affairs – January 5, 2021 [Today’s News Headlines]

Here are today’s news headlines by GK today for January 5, 2021.

India

National Metrology Conclave 2021

On January 4, 2021, the Council of scientific and Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory organised the National Metrology Conclave. During the conclave the Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the National Atomic Time Scale and Bhartiya Nirdeshak Dravya to the nation. He also laid Foundation stone to the National Environmental Standard Laboratory.

40th Indian scientific expedition to Antarctica

On January 4, 2021, 40th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica was launched. The expedition was flagged off from Goa with 43 members.

Supreme Court repeals confiscation of cattle

On January 4, 2021, the Supreme Court asked the centre to repeal its three-year-old law which allowed seizure of livestock from people even before they were found guilty of cruelty towards them. The 2017 law allowed authorities to seize cattle over suspicion of cruel treatment.

Foundation stone of Engineering and Management courses buildings at JNU

On January 4, 2021, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank laid the foundation stone of buildings for School of Engineering and Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

TRIFED signs MoU to set up TRIFOOD parks

The TRIFED signed MoU with the Akhil Bhartiya Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra to set up TRIFOOD parks in Madhya Pradesh.

Economy and corporate

Manufacturing sector shows marginal improvement in December

According to the Purchasing Managers Index the manufacturing sector activities showed marginal improvement in December as compared to the previous month. However, Employment generation remained low.

World

World Braille Day: January 4

On January 4, 2021, the United Nations observed the World Braille Day. The day is being marked since 2019.

Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act

The US Congress recently passed the Malala Yousafzai scholarship act. The act will expand the number of scholarships been awarded to the Pakistani women. The scholarships provided for Pakistani women to receive higher education top

Nancy Pelosi re-elected as speaker of House of Representatives

On January 3, 2021, the Congresswoman Nancy pelosi was re-elected as the speaker of US House of Representatives for the 117th Congress.

Brian Urquhart dies

on January 2, 2021, the British diplomat Brian Urquhart who is known for developing the United Nations practice of peacekeeping died at the age of hundred and one.

 Google workers form Union

more than 200 Google employees have formed a workers Union in the United States. The union aims to ensure that employees work at a fair wage, without fear of abuse or discrimination.

Sports

Teimour Radjabov wins Airthings Masters

Teimour Radjabov won 200,000 USD Airthings Masters online rapid chess final on January 3, 2021.

Khelo India Sports: Assam Rifles Public School wins first prize

on January 4, 2021, the Union Minister for youth affairs and sports Kiren rijiju launched the Assam Rifles Public School in Shillong. It is the Sports School. Sofa nine such sports schools have been approved across the country. In the North Eastern region Assam Rifles Public School is the first Sports School under khelo India programme.

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