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28th-29th January, 2023

Niti Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission, INTERPOL’s Young Global Police Leaders Programme, Space-20 program, Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology, ‘Ideal Train Profile’, The National Logistics Portal, Siemens Healthineers, STEM education program, “AfriGo”-, 2023 BRICS Summit (15th edition), UPI 123PAY service, Samadhan initiative, Aviva Signature Investment Plan, first customised health insurance product, “Timepay Evok” as, bancassurance agreement, National Dairy Development Board, International Custom Day, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, International Data Privacy Day, Dr Ambedkar Award for Contribution to India, FIA Formula E 2023 Hyderabad E-Prix
  1. Niti Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Intel India have collaborated to bring a change in the education sector by embedding future skills, such as artificial intelligence (AI), in the formal curriculum.
  2. India hosted the 3rd edition of the INTERPOL’s Young Global Police Leaders Programme (YGPLP) at New Delhi.
  3. Shillong in Meghalaya will be hosting the Space-20 program of the G20 in April.
  4. The Secretary of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma, has inaugurated 1 Ton/day PCB Recycling facility at the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), in Hyderabad.
  5. Ministry of Electronics and IT has set up three grievances appellate committees for the users of social media apps.
  6. Indian Railways has introduced the ‘Ideal Train Profile’ to maximise the capacity utilisation and revenue generation in reserved mail express trains by regularly analysing the demand pattern of every single train.
  7. Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush Shri Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated The National Logistics Portal (marine) in New Delhi.
  8. SAMEER, India’s premier R&D Institute of Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), signed an MOU with Siemens Healthineers to contribute towards the development of new, improved and innovative technologies for advancing healthcare and diagnostic access in India, in Bengaluru.
  9. India and Egypt signed following MOUs –
  10. Solvay (a Belgium-based chemical company) has partnered with UNESCO to launch a STEM education program in Asia.
  11. Nigeria’s central bank has launched the “AfriGo”- a domestic card to rival foreign cards like Mastercard and Visa and become a cashless society and save the country’s foreign transaction fees.
  12. South Africa will host the 2023 BRICS Summit (15th edition) in August.
  13. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and HDFC Life Insurance have partnered to allow the HDFC customers to pay their premiums by using the UPI 123PAY service.
  14. Godrej Agrovet Ltd. has launched Samadhan initiative, a one stop solution centre for oil palm farmers, under its Oil Palm business.
  15. Aviva Life Insurance has launched Aviva Signature Investment Plan, a unit-linked non-participating individual life insurance plan for the millennial and GenX customers.
  16. RenewBuy has launched its first customised health insurance product named RenewBuy Health Wellness Plan to target the customers in the smaller cities.
  17. Network People Services Technologies Ltd (NPST), a leading fintech solution provider, has unveiled “Timepay Evok” as a UPI API (application programming interface) engine for the digital merchants, payment aggregators and payment service providers.
  18. Star Health and Allied Insurance has signed a bancassurance agreement with the Punjab National Bank.
  19. Maruti Suzuki has signed an MoU with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to use cow dung its CNG cars.
  20. January 26 – International Custom Day; Theme – Nurturing the next generation
  21. January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day; Theme – Home and Belonging
  22. January 28 – International Data Privacy Day (17th edition)
  23. Tata Trusts has appointed Siddharth Sharma as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trusts, and Aparna Uppaluri as the Chief Operating Officer (COO).
  24. Global Entrepreneur Sunil Krishnan has been awarded the Dr Ambedkar Award for Contribution to India at the hands of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.
  25. Hugo Lloris (French football player) has passed away.
  26. International Cricket Council has announced awards for 2022.
  27. FIA Formula E 2023 Hyderabad E-Prix will be sponsored by Greenko as its title sponsor.

Table of Content 

National News

  1. Niti Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Intel India have collaborated to bring a change in the education sector by embedding future skills, such as artificial intelligence (AI), in the formal curriculum.
      • Together, they launched the AIoT (Artificial intelligence of things) Integration in the school curriculum in September 2022.
  2. India hosted the 3rd edition of the INTERPOL’s Young Global Police Leaders Programme (YGPLP) at New Delhi.
      • Theme – Building trust in an age of disinformation and deepfakes
      • Established in 2019, the YGPLP brings together a select group of aspiring young law enforcement officials to explore emerging trends in policing and provide them with mentoring from experienced senior officers and qualified experts.
      • The 2nd edition of the YGPLP was organized in UAE on the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.
  3. Shillong in Meghalaya will be hosting the Space-20 program of the G20 in April.
  4. The Secretary of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma, has inaugurated 1 Ton/day PCB Recycling facility at the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), in Hyderabad.
      • C-MET has established Center of Excellence (CoE) on E-waste Management first of its kind in the country under PPP model.
      • CoE on E-waste management has developed all varieties of e-waste recycling technologies viz. spent PCB, Li Ion Battery, Permanent magnet and Si-solar cells etc.
Knowledge Nuggets -
• Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) is an autonomous scientific society under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.
• It is having three R&D laboratories located at Hyderabad, Pune & Thrissur focusing on different thrust areas on critical electronic materials.
• C-MET, Hyderabad lab is focused on the development of high purity, semiconductors and strategic materials including metals and alloys
  1. Ministry of Electronics and IT has set up three grievances appellate committees for the users of social media apps.
      • 1st committee – Chair: Rajesh Kumar (CEO of Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, M/o Home Affairs)
      • 2nd committee – Chair: Vikram Sahay (Joint Secretary in Policy and Administration of MeiTY)
      • 3rd committee – Chair: Kavita Bhatia (scientist at MeiTY)
  2. Indian Railways has introduced the ‘Ideal Train Profile’ to maximise the capacity utilisation and revenue generation in reserved mail express trains by regularly analysing the demand pattern of every single train.
  3. Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush Shri Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated The National Logistics Portal (marine) in New Delhi.
      • It is a one-stop platform aimed at connecting all the stakeholders of the logistics community using IT, to improve efficiency and transparency by reducing costs and time delays and achieving easier, faster, and more competitive offerings of services, to promote the growth of the logistics sector and thereby improve trade.

Memorandum of Understanding

  1. SAMEER, India’s premier R&D Institute of Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), signed an MOU with Siemens Healthineers to contribute towards the development of new, improved and innovative technologies for advancing healthcare and diagnostic access in India, in Bengaluru.
      • SAMEER is an acronym for Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research.
      • It specializes in RF Microwaves Radar and Communication Systems, E3 testing and Medical Electronics a strategic partnership.
    India and Egypt signed following MOUs –

      • 1st – Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) and Egyptian Computer Emergency Readiness Team
      • 2nd – Cooperation for Information Technology
      • 3rd – Cooperation in Culture
      • 4th – Cooperation in Youth Matters

International News

  1. Solvay (a Belgium-based chemical company) has partnered with UNESCO to launch a STEM education program in Asia.
      • This 3-year partnership aims at engaging high schoolers and graduate students from India, Indonesia and South Korea to find solutions to national and regional environmental issues through science.
      • The program will be focused on “Sustainable living for one planet” theme.
  2. Nigeria’s central bank has launched the “AfriGo”- a domestic card to rival foreign cards like Mastercard and Visa and become a cashless society and save the country’s foreign transaction fees.
      • Nigeria has joined China, Russia, India and Turkey in launching a domestic card scheme. AfriGo is owned by CBN and Nigerian banks.
      • Nigeria’s Currency is Naira. Nigeria launched its first e-currency i.e., e-Naira in 2021.
Knowledge Nuggets -
• Nigeria Capital – Abuja; Currency – Naira; Official Language - English
• Nigeria is a country in West Africa. It is situated between the Sahel to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the south in the Atlantic Ocean.
  1. South Africa will host the 2023 BRICS Summit (15th edition) in August.
      • China hosted the 14th> edition of BRICS Summit in 2022 on the theme of ‘Building a high-quality partnership to usher in a new era of global development’.

Banking and Economy

  1. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and HDFC Life Insurance have partnered to allow the HDFC customers to pay their premiums by using the UPI 123PAY service.
      • UPI 123PAY is a payment facility which allows the customers to make payments with or without an internet connection by using IVR (Interactive Voice Response) services on UPI 123PAY.
      • Customers can avail this service in various regional languages such as Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Tamil, etc.
      • UPI 123PAY can be used through four modes, which are voice payments via IVR numbers, proximity sound-based payments, missed call-based payment ways, and app-based scan and pay on feature phones.
      • Limits –
        • Per day transactions limit is Rs 1,00,000.
        • Per transaction limit is Rs 5000 on UPI 123pay.
Knowledge Nuggets -
• National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), an umbrella organisation for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India, is an initiative of RBI and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) under the provisions of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007, for creating a robust Payment & Settlement Infrastructure in India.
• It has been incorporated as a “Not for Profit” Company under the Section 8 of Companies Act 2013.
• Products of NPCI -
o RuPay
o IMPS - Immediate Payment Service
o NACH - National Automated Clearing House
o ABPS - Aadhaar Payment Bridge
o AePS - Aadhaar enabled Payment System
o NFS - National Financial Switch
o UPI - Unified Payments Interface
o Bharat Bill Payment System
o NETC - National Electronic Toll Collection
  1. Godrej Agrovet Ltd. has launched Samadhan initiative, a one stop solution centre for oil palm farmers, under its Oil Palm business.
      • The initiative aims at helping farmers in optimising their yields by adopting latest agricultural techniques and boosting their productivity.
      • As a part of the Samadhan initiative, Godrej Agrovet will establish 50 Samadhan centers across the India by 2027 to support the planting of ~2,000 hectares of oil palm.
      • The company has become the first in the country to be awarded a verification Certification under the Indian Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) Framework.
      • The IPOS Framework is established by the Solvent Extractors Association of India with assistance from Solidaridad Network, the Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research, and Society for Promotion of Oil Palm Research and Development (SOPOPRAD).
      • Godrej Agrovet Ltd. aims to add 60,000 hectares of additional oil palm plantations in the next 5 years under the National Mission on Edible Oil – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP).
Knowledge Nuggets -
• The National Mission on Edible Oil - Oil Palm (NMEO-OP) was launched in August 2021 with a special focus on the North-East states.
• Nodal Ministry – Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare
• Target – to cultivate 1,000,000 hectares of oil palm by 2027
• The program's introduction of the Viability Gap Payment (VGP) for long term sustainable development and increased incentives for new farmers are two key features that make it unique and supportive of the industry
  1. Aviva Life Insurance has launched Aviva Signature Investment Plan, a unit-linked non-participating individual life insurance plan for the millennial and GenX customers.
      • The plan comes with two options, Signature Millennial and Signature GenX.
      • Signature Millennial has an inbuilt premium waiver and a guaranteed corpus for a dependent parent, spouse, or child after the insured person’s death.
      • Signature GenX offers customers the opportunity to grow their wealth for up to 60 years through disciplined monthly savings.
  2. RenewBuy has launched its first customised health insurance product named RenewBuy Health Wellness Plan to target the customers in the smaller cities.
      • Launched in three variables, it provides the plan in three variants.
  3. Network People Services Technologies Ltd (NPST), a leading fintech solution provider, has unveiled “Timepay Evok” as a UPI API (application programming interface) engine for the digital merchants, payment aggregators and payment service providers.
  4. Star Health and Allied Insurance has signed a bancassurance agreement with the Punjab National Bank.
  5. Maruti Suzuki has signed an MoU with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to use cow dung its CNG cars.
  6. Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) launched the revamped Nidhi Aapke Nikat 2.0 outreach programme across the country.

Important Days

  1. January 26 – International Custom Day; Theme – Nurturing the next generation
  2. January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day; Theme – Home and Belonging
  3. January 28 – International Data Privacy Day (17th edition)
      • On this day, the Data Security Council of India (an NPO set up under the NASSCOM) has organized a campaign on the theme of “Think Privacy First”.
      • Stefano Rodotà Award 2023 winners –
Knowledge Nuggets -
• The Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data is a Council of Europe’s (an international human rights organization) treaty, which was implemented in 1981.
• The Convention is also called as the Convention 108.
• It was the first legally binding international instrument in the data protection field.
• The Convention 108 established the Stefano Rodotà Award. The award is given in two categories - Best PhD thesis and Best (other) types of academic articles, including master theses.
Council of Europe -
• The Council of Europe is not part of the European Union.
• It was established in 1949. It has 46 member states.
• The Council of Europe is an official United Nations Observer.

Awards

  1. Tata Trusts has appointed Siddharth Sharma as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trusts, and Aparna Uppaluri as the Chief Operating Officer (COO).
  2. Global Entrepreneur Sunil Krishnan has been awarded the Dr Ambedkar Award for Contribution to India at the hands of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.
      • Reason – Spreading Indian Cuisine Globally with Moksh
      • Sunil Krishnan is one of the most revered entrepreneurs and restauranteurs in South Africa.

Sports

  1. Hugo Lloris (French football player) has passed away.
  2. International Cricket Council has announced awards for 2022.
CategoryWinner
ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the YearSuryakumar Yadav from India
ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the YearRenuka Singh from India
ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year Babar Azam from Pakistan
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year Babar Azam from Pakistan
ICC Spirit of Cricket AwardAasif Sheikh from Nepal
  1. FIA Formula E 2023 Hyderabad E-Prix will be sponsored by Greenko as its title sponsor.
      • The electric car racing series will host its first-ever race in the country on February 11 near the Hussain Sagar Lake.
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