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30th-31st January, 2024

SARATHI” app, BOBCARD Limited, SADA TANSEEQ, First-ever UN International Day of Clean Energy, World Leprosy Day, World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day, ICC Awards 2023, 2024 Indian Super Cup (2024 Kalinga Super Cup), Australian Open 2024

  1. Ministry of Rural Development has launched Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission’s (DAY-NRLM’s) “SARATHI” app at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi.
  2. World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD) has introduced innovative 7-year USD 100 million plastic waste reduction-linked bond to tackle plastic pollution.
  3. Bank of Baroda’s wholly-owned subsidiary for cards, ‘BOB Financial Solutions Limited’, has been rebranded as ‘BOBCARD Limited’.
  4. Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has received approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to increase its stake in HDFC Bank.
  5. Inaugural edition of India-Saudi Arabia Joint Military Exercise ‘SADA TANSEEQ’ has commenced at Mahajan, Rajasthan.
  6. January 26– First-ever UN International Day of Clean Energy
  7. January 28– World Leprosy Day; Theme– Beat Leprosy
  8. January 30– World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day
  9. International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced ICC Awards 2023.
  10. East Bengal FC has defeated Odisha FC in Kalinga Super Cup 2024 Final Fourth edition of the 2024 Indian Super Cup (2024 Kalinga Super Cup) at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  11. Jannik Sinner of Italy has won the men’s singles title, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus won the women’s singles title at the Australian Open 2024.
  12. REC Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Limited (NIIFL).
  13. Tshering Tobgay, leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been elected for his 2nd term as Prime Minister of Bhutan.

Table of Content

National News

  1. Ministry of Rural Development has launched Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission’s (DAY-NRLM’s) “SARATHI” app at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi.
      • Objective-
        • To fill the gap between government schemes and their beneficiaries.

      • More about SARATHI App-
        • It is developed in partnership with The/Nudge Institute.
        • It allows for consistent monitoring and tracking of livelihood planning as well as progress.
        • Real-time usage of the app mitigates the risk of leakage of consumption and livelihood support being provided to the target households.
        • SARATHI has been well-embedded in the LokOS system.
Knowledge Nuggets -
What is LokOS system?
• LokOS mobile application, is a system to record and register details of neighbourhood groups, and community and area development societies in rural areas.
• It is designed and developed under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Rural Development.

Banking and Economy

  1. World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD) has introduced innovative 7-year USD 100 million plastic waste reduction-linked bond to tackle plastic pollution.
      • Objectives-
        • To reduce and recycle plastic waste in vulnerable communities and address the global challenge of plastic leaking into nature and oceans.
        • To improve the local pollution and air quality, reduce associated health impacts, and create job in marginalized communities.

      • Key features of the Bond-
        • Bond is 100% principal protected.
        • Investors in the bond will forego a portion of ordinary coupon payments, instead they receive equivalent amount through hedge transactions.
        • Investors will receive annual coupons composed of a fixed amount and payments linked to the sale of a portion of plastic and carbon credits produced by the projects.
Knowledge Nuggets -
About World Bank-
• It is an international financial institution which provides loans and grants to the governments of low and middle-income countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects.
• It was created at Bretton Woods Conference, along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
• Headquarters-Washington DC, USA
• Established-1944
• President-Ajay Banga
Source: ANI

  1. Bank of Baroda’s wholly-owned subsidiary for cards, ‘BOB Financial Solutions Limited’, has been rebranded as ‘BOBCARD Limited’.
      • More about BOBCARD Limited
        • Tagline for Credit Reimagined
        • New logo – Baroda Sun
        • It is a non-banking Financial Company(NBFC) established in 1994.
          Source: Hindu Business Line

  2. Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has received approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to increase its stake in HDFC Bank.
      • Key points-
        • RBI has allowed LIC to acquire an additional 4.8% stake in HDFC Bank, raising its total stake to 9.99% by January 24, 2025.
        • LIC has already owned a 5.19% stake in HDFC Bank as of December 2023.
          Source: ET

Defence News

  1. Inaugural edition of India-Saudi Arabia Joint Military Exercise ‘SADA TANSEEQ’ has commenced at Mahajan, Rajasthan.
      • Objectives-
        • To train troops of both sides for Joint Operations in Semi Desert terrain under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
        • To achieve shared security objectives, improve the level of defence cooperation and strengthen bilateral relations between the two friendly nations.
      • Participation-
        • Indian Army contingent- 45 personnel from Battalion from the Brigade of the Guards (Mechanised Infantry)
        • Saudi Arabian contingent- 45 personnel from Royal Saudi Land Forces
          Source: PIB

Important Days

  1. January 26– First-ever UN International Day of Clean Energy
      • Objective-
        • To raise awareness and mobilize action for a just and inclusive transition to clean energy for the benefit of people and the planet.

      • 26 January is also the founding date of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
        Source: UN


  2. January 28– World Leprosy Day; Theme– Beat Leprosy
    Source: WHO
  3. January 30– World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day; Theme– Unite. Act. Eliminate.
    Source: worldntdday

Sports

  1. International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced ICC Awards 2023.
      • List of ICC Awards 2023-
CategoryWinner Country
ICC Men's Twenty20 International (T20I) Cricketer of the Year 2023Suryakumar Yadav India
ICC Women's Twenty20 International (T20I) Cricketer of the Year 2023Hayley Matthews West Indies
ICC Men's One Day International (ODI) Cricketer of the Year 2023Virat Kohli India
ICC Women's One Day International (ODI) Cricketer of the Year 2023Chamari Athapaththu Sri Lanka
ICC Men's Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2023Rachin Ravindra New Zealand
ICC Women's Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2023Phoebe Litchfield Australia
ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year 2023 Usman Khawaja Australia
ICC Umpire of the year 2023 Richard Illingworth England
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2023 Zimbabwe Team Zimbabwe
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year 2023 Nat Sciver-Brunt England
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Pat Cummins Australia
Knowledge Nuggets -
About ICC-
• International Cricket Council is the global governing body of cricket.
• Headquarters- Dubai, UAE
• Established- 1909
• Chairman- Greg Barclay
Source: TOI

  1. East Bengal FC has defeated Odisha FC in Kalinga Super Cup 2024 Final Fourth edition of the 2024 Indian Super Cup (2024 Kalinga Super Cup) at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
    Source: sportstar
  2. Jannik Sinner of Italy has won the men’s singles title, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus won the women’s singles title at the Australian Open 2024.
      • Key points-
        • Indian player Rohan Bopanna has became the oldest man (at 43 years and 329 days)to win a Grand Slam.
        • He has won doubles title with his partner Matthew Ebden (Australia) in Australian Open.
        • Australian Open 2024 has been held at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia.

      • List of winners in Australian Open 2024 under different category-


CategoryWinner Runner-up
Men’s Singles Jannik Sinner (Italy) Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
Women’s SinglesAryna Sabalenka (Belarus) Zheng Qinwen (China)
Men's DoublesRohan Bopanna (India) and Matthew Ebden(Australia) Simone Bolelli (Italy) and Andrea Vavassori (Italy)
Women's DoublesHsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) and Elise Mertens(Belgium) Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) and Lyudmyla Kichenok (Ukraine)
Mixed DoublesHsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei) and Jan Zielinski(Poland) Desirae Krawczyk (USA) and Neal Skupski (United Kingdom)

Source: The Hindu, HT

Memorandum of Understanding

  1. REC Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Limited (NIIFL).
      • Objective-
        • To collaborate on a suite of funding solutions for Renewable Energy Projects as well as large-scale infrastructure projects in India.

Knowledge Nuggets -
About REC Limited-
• It is a 'Maharatna' CPSE under the Ministry of Power, and is registered with RBI as Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC), and Infrastructure Financing Company (IFC).
• It is a Maharatna company under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power.
• Headquarters- New Delhi
• Established- 1969
• Chairman & Managing Director- Vivek Kumar Dewangan
About National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Limited-
• It is the country's largest sovereign-linked alternative-asset manager.
• Headquarters- Mumbai
• Established- 2015
• Md & CEO- Rajiv Dhar

Source: PIB, PIB

Appointments

  1. Tshering Tobgay, leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been elected for his 2nd term as Prime Minister of Bhutan.
      • Key points-
        • He is 4th freely elected prime minister of Bhutan since democracy was established in Bhutan in 2008.
        • He is a former bureaucrat and an was previously prime minister from 2013 to 2018.

Knowledge Nuggets -
India has constructed Hydroelectric Projects (HEPs) in Bhutan:
• Chukha Hydroelectric Power Project
• Kurichhu Hydroelectric Power Project
• Tala Hydroelectric Power Project
• Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Power Project
Source: reuters

  1. Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar took oath as chief minister of Bihar for the 9th time.
      • He has formed alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
        Source: HT
  2. Sharat Chauhan has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of the Union Territory of Puducherry.
    Source: The Hindu
  3. Azali Assoumani has been re-elected as the President of Comoros for 4th term.
      • Key points-
        • India-Comoros partnership forms strong pillar of India-Africa partnership and the ‘Vision Sagar‘.
        • What is Vision SAGAR?
          • Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) is India’s policy or doctrine of maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.
          • It was announced on March 12, 2015.

Knowledge Nuggets -
About Comoros-
• Comoros is an island country in the Indian Ocean.
• It is situated in the Mozambique Channel, between the African coast (nearest to Mozambique and Tanzania) and Madagascar, with no land borders.

Miscellaneous

  1. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has released the first Volume of ‘Political History of Assam (1947-1971)‘ in Guwahati, Assam.
      • Published by- Assam government
      • Edited by- Famous historian Dr. Rajen Saikia
      • More about book-
        • Book will provides an insight into the political events that have shaped socio-economic life of Assam.
          Source: TOI
  2. 1st hockey Olympian from Chandigarh, Sukhbir Singh Gill has passed away.
      • He represented India at the Sydney Olympics (2000), Hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur (2002), and FIH Champions Trophy in Cologne (Germany) in 2002.
        Source: HT
  3. Rana Talwar, 1st person from Asia to head a global bank (Standard Chartered) has passed away.
    Source: HT
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