Current Affairs – January 8, 2021 [Today’s News Headlines]
Here are today’s news headlines by GK today for January 8, 2021
On January 7, 2021, the union Education Minister Ramesh pokhriyal nishank inaugurated at today virtual International Akhand conference EDUCON 2020. Theme: envisioning education for transforming youth to restore global peace. The conference is organised by Central University of Punjab and global Educational Research Association .
Central sector scheme for Industrial development of Jammu and Kashmir
On January 6, 2021, the cabinet committee on economic affairs shared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal of department for promotion of industry and internal trade. The DPIIT proposed for the central sector scheme for Industrial development of Jammu and Kashmir.
Panel set up to look into issues of culture and language in Ladakh
On January 6, 2021, the ministry of home affairs announced that a panel has been set up under the chairmanship of Kishan Reddy to find solutions on the issues related to language, culture and conservation of land in the union territory of Ladakh due to developmental activities .
Free sanitary pads to high school and college girls by Punjab
On January 7, 2021, the Punjab Chief Minister Amrendra Singh announced a slew of welfare schemes. He also launched a scheme to provide free sanitary pads to high school and college girls. Also he launched the Basera program to give property rights to slum dwellers.
Telangana High Court gets first woman chief justice
on January 7, 2021, justice Hima Kohli was sworn in as the chief Justice of High Court of Telangana.
Satya Paul dies at 79
On January 6, 2021, the fashion designer Satya Paul passed away at the age of 79. He launched the first saree boutique in India L’Affaire.
GDP of India to decline by 7.7% in 2020- 21
The Ministry of statistics recently announced that the gross domestic product of India will shrink by 7.7 % in the financial year ending March 2021. Accordingly, the agriculture is projected to grow at 3.4 %, manufacture sector is to contract by 7.4%, transport, hotel and trade are projected to contract by 21.4%.
306 kilometre of Western dedicated freight corridor section dedicated to the nation
on January 7, 2021, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 306-kilometre Rewari-Madar section of Western dedicated freight corridor.
World first double stack long haul 1.5 km long container train in India
on January 7, 2021, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first double stack long haul 1.5 km train hauled by electric traction.
Urban local bodies reforms by Telangana
after Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh telangana has become the third state to successfully undertaken the urban local body reforms stipulated by the Ministry of Finance. It has become eligible to mobilize additional financial resources of 2508 roads of rupees through open market borrowings.
US Capitol Building Protests
Four people died as supporters of President Donald Trump violently attacked the US Capitol.
US Congress certifies Joe Biden’s victory
on January 7, 2021, joint session of US Congress formerly certified the electoral victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
US democrats take control of US Senate
the democratic party captured the control of Senate in the run off election in Georgia.
New York Stock Exchange delists three Chinese Companies
On January, 7, 2021, the NEw York Stock Exchange delisted three Chinese telecom companies.
Indian-American appointed as US Army first Chief Information Officer
The US Trade Representative concluded the digital taxes imposed on India, France, ITaly and Turkey against US Tech firms such as Facebook, Google, Apple and amazon.com.
China denies entry of WHO team investigating origin of COVID-19
China has denied the entry of WHO team to probe the origins of COVID-19.
Pakistan test fires rocket system
On January 7, 2021, successfully completed the test flight of an indigenously developed rocket system named Fatah-1. It is capable of delivering conventional warheads with a maximum range of 140 kilometres.
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