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28th-29th January, 2024

Wings India 2024, Davos Summit 2024, iSelect Guaranteed Future Plus, Freedom of the City of London, Republic Day Parade Awards 2024, Padma Awards 2024, International Customs Day, International day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust 2024, Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana

  1. 63rd Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) meeting has been organized by Geological Survey of India (GSI), Ministry of Mines has been held on 22nd January 2024 in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  2. Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M Scindia has inaugurated Largest Aviation Expo of Asia “Wings India 2024” at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  3. 54th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), also known as “Davos Summit 2024” has been held at Swiss Alpine School, Davos in Switzerland from 15th to 19th January 2024.
  4. Canara HSBC Life Insurance has introduced iSelect Guaranteed Future Plus, a comprehensive plan designed to deliver life insurance and assured benefits, ensuring the safeguarding of goals and providing peace of mind.
  5. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has extended the timeline for complying with rumour verification norms to June 1, 2024.
  6. Zomato Payment Pvt Ltd (ZPPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zomato Limited, has received approval from the Reserve Bank of India to operate as an online payment aggregator.
  7. Ajit Mishra, an eminent India-born lawyer based in the United Kingdom, has been awarded with the esteemed ‘Freedom of the City of London’ award.
  8. Winner’s of ‘Republic Day Parade Awards 2024’ on the occasion of 75th Republic Day parade.
  9. Padma Awards 2024 have been announced.
  10. January 26– International Customs Day
  11. January 27– International day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust 2024
  12. Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), and Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, have renewed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for ROSHNI – Centre of Women Collectives led Social Action (CWCSA).
  13. Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has been appointed as the brand ambassador premium electronic product brand ‘VARNI’.
  14. Union Minister, Amit Shah has launched a book titled, ‘A Promised Nation Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi- the Maker of New India‘, written on the life and works of PM Modi in Braille script in New Delhi.

Table of Content

National News

  1. 63rd Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) meeting has been organized by Geological Survey of India (GSI), Ministry of Mines has been held on 22nd January 2024 in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
      • Key points-
        • GSI has released the Mineral Map of the newly carved out UT of Ladakh.
        • GSI has formulated about 1055 scientific programs for the year 2024-25.
Knowledge Nuggets -
About Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB)-
• It is an important platform of the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Ministry of Mines wherein the Annual Field Season Program (FSP) of GSI is placed for discussion and to avoid duplication of work.
About Geological Survey of India (GSI)-
• Geological Survey of India (GSI) was set up primarily to find coal deposits for the Railways.
• Headquarters- Kolkata, West Bengal • Founder- Thomas Oldham
• Director General- Janardan Prasad
Source: PIB

  1. Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M Scindia has inaugurated Largest Aviation Expo of Asia “Wings India 2024” at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad, Telangana.
      • Key points-
        • Theme- Connecting India to the World in Amrit Kaal: Setting the Stage for India Civil Aviation @2047
        • Seven major announcements were made at Wings India 2024-
          • Release of the joint knowledge paper on civil aviation by FICCI and KPMG
          • Launch of UDAN 5.3
          • Launch of the Airbus-Air India Training Centre, with the purchase of more airplanes and the setting of a flight training center in Gurugram with 10 flight simulators and 10,000 pilots being trained in the coming years
          • Airbus manufacturing contracts with TATA ASL and Mahindra Aerospace Structures Pvt. Ltd. to foster more pilots.
          • GMR and IndiGo also signed a consortium to collaborate with multiple patterns in developing sustainable training in the aerospace industry
          • Inauguration of the GMR School of Aviation
          • Deal announcement of Akasa Air with a triple order of 200 aircrafts in a period of 17 months
Knowledge Nuggets -
What is UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) Scheme?
• It was launched for regional airport development and regional connectivity enhancement as a part of the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016.
• Scheme is applicable for a period of 10 years.

Source: PIB

Banking and Economy

  1. 54th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), also known as “Davos Summit 2024” has been held at Swiss Alpine School, Davos in Switzerland from 15th to 19th January 2024.
      • Key points-
        • Theme- Rebuilding Trust
        • Key Focus Areas-
          • Achieving security and cooperation amid rising geopolitical tensions
          • Creating growth and jobs for a New Era
          • Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a driving force for the economy and society
          • A Long-Term strategy for Climate Nature, and Energy
        • Health industry leaders discussed the importance of preplanning for the outbreak of a hypothetical “Disease X”
          • What is Disease X?
            • Disease X is a mysterious disease as cause of disease is not known yet. It is considered as a serious microbial threat similar to COVID-19.
            • WHO added Disease X in priority list of pathogens in 2017 along with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS) and Ebola virus.

        • India is at top position in terms of trust in businesses and Non-Government Organisations(NGOs) as per “Edelman Trust Barometer 2024”.
Knowledge Nuggets -
What is Davos Summit?
• World Economic Forum (WEF) holds its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Who initiated the World Economic Forum?
• German professor Klaus Schwab founded the WEF in 1971, originally known as the European Management Forum.
• He introduced the concept of “stakeholder capitalism”.
o What is stakeholder capitalism?
 According to Schwab, “It is a form of capitalism in which companies do not only optimize short-term profits for shareholders, but seek long term value creation, by taking into account the needs of all their stakeholders, and society at large.
What is Edelman Trust Barometer 2024?
• The 2024 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals a rift between innovation and society that has become the new factor causing further polarization.
Source: WEF, Indian Express

  1. Canara HSBC Life Insurance has introduced iSelect Guaranteed Future Plus, a comprehensive plan designed to deliver life insurance and assured benefits, ensuring the safeguarding of goals and providing peace of mind.
      • Key point-
        • Policy offers four different plans namely Endowment Option, Regular Income Option, Early Income Option and Long Term Income with Return of Premium Option.
          Source: livemint
  2. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has extended the timeline for complying with rumour verification norms to June 1, 2024.
      • Key points-
        • Earlier deadline- February 1, 2024.
        • Top 100 listed companies will now have to confirm, deny, or verify reports in the media from June 1.
        • Timeline for the top 250 listed companies has been moved to December 2024.
Knowledge Nuggets -
About SEBI-
• It is the regulatory body for securities and commodity market in India under the administrative domain of Ministry of Finance within the Government of India.
• Headquarters- Mumbai
• Established- April 12, 1988
• Chairperson- Madhabi Puri Buch
Source: Business Standard

  1. Zomato Payment Pvt Ltd (ZPPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zomato Limited, has received approval from the Reserve Bank of India to operate as an online payment aggregator.
      • Key points-

Awards

  1. Ajit Mishra, an eminent India-born lawyer based in the United Kingdom, has been awarded with the esteemed ‘Freedom of the City of London’ award.
      • Key points-
        • He is awarded for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession and public life.
        • He is founder and chair of the UK India Legal Partnership (UKILP).
          Source: nraf
  2. Winner’s of ‘Republic Day Parade Awards 2024’ on the occasion of 75th Republic Day parade.
      • Winners awarded by Panel of Judges-
        • Best Tableaux in State Category-
RankState Theme
1Odisha Woman Empowerment in Viksit Bharat
2Gujarat Dhordo: A Global Icon of Gujarat’s Border Tourism
3Tamil Nadu Kudavolai System in Ancient Tamil Nadu – Mother of Democracy
  • Best Tableaux in Ministries/Department Category-
    • Ministry of Culture
      • Theme- Bharat: Mother of Democracy

  • Best Tableaux Marching Contingent Category among 3 Services-
    • Sikh Regiment Marching Contingent
  • Among CAPF/Other Auxiliary Forces-
    • Delhi Police Women Marching Contingent
  • Winners awarded in People’s Choice category-
    • Best Tableaux in State Category-
RankState Theme
1Gujarat Dhordo: A Global Icon of Gujarat’s Border Tourism
2Uttar Pradesh Viksit Bharat Samradh Virasa
3Andhra Pradesh Transforming School Education in Andhra Pradesh – Making Students Globally Competitive
  • Best Tableaux in Ministries/Department Category-
    • Ministry of Home Affairs
      • Theme- Vibrant Villages

  • Best Tableaux Marching Contingent Category among 3 Services-
    • Rajputana Rifles Regimental Marching Contingent
  • Among CAPF/Other Auxiliary Forces-
    • CRPF Woman Marching Contingent
Knowledge Nuggets -
• India has celebrated its 75th Republic Day on 26th January 2024.
• Chief Guest- French President Emmanuel Macron
• Republic Day theme- 'Viksit Bharat' and 'Loktatantra ki Matruka’
Source: TOI, livemint

  1. Padma Awards 2024 have been announced.
      • More about Padma Awards-
        • Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely-
          • Padma Vibhushan (awarded for exceptional and distinguished service)
          • Padma Bhushan (awarded for distinguished service of high order)
          • Padma Shri (awarded for distinguished service in any field)
        • Established- 1954
        • These awards are given in various disciplines / fields of activities such as art, social work, public affairs, science, etc.
        • Awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year, and are conferred by the President of India.
      • Awards for 2024-
        • President has approved conferment of 132 Padma Awards including 2 duo cases (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one) for the year 2024
        • This year 5 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 110 Padma Shri Awards.
        • List of 5 Padma Vibhushan awardees-

NameField State/Region/Country
Ms. Vyjayantimala BaliArt Tamil Nadu
Shri Konidela ChiranjeeviArt Andhra Pradesh
Shri M Venkaiah NaiduPublic Affairs Andhra Pradesh
Shri Bindeshwar Pathak(Posthumous) Social Work Bihar
Ms. Padma Subrahmanyam Art Tamil Nadu
    • List of 17 Padma Bhushan awardees-
NameField State/Region/Country
Ms. M Fathima Beevi(Posthumous)Public Affairs Kerala
Hormusji N CamaLiterature & Education - Journalism Maharashtra
Mithun ChakrabortyArt West Bengal
Sitaram Jindal Trade & Industry Karnataka
Young Liu Trade & Industry Taiwan
Ashwin Balachand Mehta Medicine Maharashtra
Satyabrata Mookherjee(Posthumous) Public Affairs West Bengal
Ram Naik Public Affairs Maharashtra
Tejas Madhusudan Patel Medicine Gujarat
Shri Olanchery Rajagopal Public Affairs Kerala
Dattatray Ambadas Mayaloo alias Rajdutt Art Maharashtra
Togdan Rinpoche (Posthumous) Others - Spiritualism Ladakh
Pyarelal Sharma Art Maharashtra
Chandreshwar Prasad Thakur Medicine Bihar
Usha Uthup Art West Bengal
Vijaykanth(Posthumous) Art Tamil Nadu
Kundan Vyas Literature & Education - Journalism Maharashtra
    • List of important Padma Shri Awardees-
NameField State/Region/Country
Charlotte ChopinYoga France
Pierre Sylvain FilliozatLiterature & Education France
Kiran VyasOthers-Yoga France
Prakash Singh Science & Engineering Mexico
Sasindran Muthuvel Public Affairs Papua New Guinea
Fred Negrit Literature & Education France

Source: PIB, livemint

Important Days

  1. January 26– International Customs Day; Theme- Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose
    Source: HT
  2. January 27– International day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust 2024; Theme– Recognizing the Extraordinary Courage of Victims and Survivors of the Holocaust
      • The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945.
        Source: auschwitz

Memorandum of Understanding

  1. Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), and Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, have renewed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for ROSHNI – Centre of Women Collectives led Social Action (CWCSA).
      • Objective-
        • To strengthen interventions for better results of Food, Nutrition, Health and WASH (FNHW) for rural communities.
      • More about MoU-
        • MoRD will collaborate with ROSHNI-CWCSA to enhance the results of Food, Nutrition, Health, and WASH (FNHW) for rural communities.
        • Partnership will strengthen nutrition, gender equity and livelihoods for women.
Knowledge Nuggets -
About DAY-NRLM-
• DAY-NRLM, launched in 2011, is a flagship poverty alleviation program implemented by the MoRD.

Source: PIB

Appointments

  1. Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has been appointed as the brand ambassador premium electronic product brand ‘VARNI’.
    Source: ANI

Miscellaneous

  1. Union Minister, Amit Shah has launched a book titled, ‘A Promised Nation Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi- the Maker of New India‘, written on the life and works of PM Modi in Braille script in New Delhi.
      • Published by- VRL Logistics Limited (formerly Vijayanand Roadlines Limited)
        Source: PIB
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