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- India announced the donation of 12,500 doses of pentavalent vaccines to Cuba
- India has announced the donation of 12,500 doses of pentavalent vaccines to Cuba. This was announced by Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi during her official visit to Cuba. This was his first visit to Cuba.
- According to the statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), during her visit, Meenakshi Lekhi held a meeting with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel. She discussed matters of bilateral importance and political and economic cooperation.
- The pentavalent vaccine protects the child against 5 life-threatening diseases – diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B, and Hib.
- IMF Bailout, India to back Sri Lanka’s Debt Restructuring Plan
- India will support Sri Lanka’s debt restructuring plan as the island nation seeks to reduce its massive public expenditure to win approval for a crucial bailout from the International Monetary Fund. India formally informed that it would support Sri Lanka’s debt restructuring plan.
- Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since its independence from Britain in 1948, and policymakers have been grappling with a range of challenges over the past year, including a dollar shortage, inflation, and a deep recession.
- Sri Lanka owes India around $1 billion, which will come under the debt restructuring plan. New Delhi separately provided prompt assistance of about $4 billion to Sri Lanka between January and July last year, including credit lines, currency swap arrangements, and deferred import payments.
- The IMF has stressed the importance of joint negotiations involving Sri Lanka’s three main bilateral creditors – China, Japan, and India.
- NCERT Launched India’s First National Assessment Regulator “PARAKH”
- The National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) has released India’s first national assessment regulator, PARAKH, which will work on setting norms, standards, and guidelines for student assessment and evaluation for all recognized school boards in the country.
- The PARAKH regulator aims to set up assessment guidelines for all boards to help remove disparities in the scores of students enrolled with different state boards. PARAKH stands for The Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development. It is established within the education survey division of the NCERT.
- PARAKH has been launched as a part of implementing the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
- It has envisaged a standard-setting body to advise school boards regarding the new assessment patterns and the latest research and promote collaboration between them.
- PARAKH will work in three major assessment areas: large-scale assessments, school-based assessments, and examination reforms.
- Kollam becomes the first constitution-literate district in India
- The Indian district of Kollam has become the country’s first constitution-literate district. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan made the announcement.
- The district’s success results from a seven-month campaign launched by the Kollam district panchayat, the District Planning Committee, and the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) to educate citizens about the country’s laws and their rights.
- The campaign aimed to provide constitutional literacy to 23 lakh citizens belonging to 7 lakh families in the district. To achieve this goal, awareness classes were organized for around 90% of the people in Kollam.
- Around 16.3 lakh people above the age of 10 were educated by 2,200 trainers called “senators,” who visited schools, offices, auto stands, and tribal councils to create awareness.
- The Constitution literacy campaign in the Kollam district is expected to help in a number of ways. By providing education about the country’s laws and citizens’ rights, the campaign aims to create a more informed and aware citizenry.
- Paytm Bank Gets RBI nod to Operate as Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit
- Paytm Payments Bank said it had received final approval from the Reserve Bank of India to operate as a Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU).
- Under Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS), a BBPOU is permitted to facilitate bill payment services for electricity, phone, DTH, water, gas insurance, loan repayment, FASTag recharge, education fee, credit card bill, and municipal taxes.
- PPBL has received final approval from RBI to operate as a Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU) under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007. As an entity under the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS), PPBL has got the final authority to operate the bill. Payment and Collection Business as BBPOU.
- Adani Enterprises to Deploy Hydrogen-Powered Trucks for Mining
- Adani Enterprises has an agreement with Ashok Leyland, India, and Ballard Power, Canada to launch a pilot project to develop a hydrogen fuel cell electric truck (FCET) for mining logistics and transportation. The collaboration between Adani Enterprises and Ashok Leyland, India, and Ballard Power, Canada marks Asia’s first planned hydrogen-powered mining truck.
- The demonstration project will be led by AEL, which is a company focused on both mining operations and developing green hydrogen projects for sourcing, transporting, and building out hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
- The hydrogen-powered mining truck will weigh 55 tons, have three hydrogen tanks, a 200-km working range, and be powered by Ballard’s 120 kW PEM fuel cell technology.
- The Adani Group has announced its plan to invest more than $50 billion over the next ten years in green hydrogen and associated ecosystems corresponding to a capacity of up to 3 million tons of green hydrogen annually.
- The pioneering and ambitious green hydrogen project holds a strong promise for India’s future energy self-reliance and is consistent with the vision of Gautam Adani.
- Writer K Venu received Federal Bank Literary Award 2023
- Noted writer K Venu was awarded the Federal Bank Literary Award 2022 for his autobiography ‘Oranvashanthinte Katha’. Venu received the award from Balagopal Chandrasekhar, chairman and independent director of Federal Bank, at a special event organized as part of the Kerala Literature Festival.
- The judging panel comprising writers and literary critics KC Narayanan, Sunil P Ilaiydom, and PK Rajasekharan selected ‘Oranvasanthinte Katha’. PK Rajasekharan, a member of the judging panel, commented that the essence of the book brings back the memory of the most intense political timeline in Kerala’s modern history.
- ‘Naanera’ bagged the ‘Golden Kailasha’ Award at Ajanta-Ellora Film Festival
- A Rajasthani film directed by Dipankar Prakash, Nana won the ‘Golden Kailasha award for the best film at the Ajanta-Ellora Film Festival. Naanera (Grandfather’s House) revolves around Manish (the main character). After his father’s death, Manish’s uncle starts taking decisions in his life.
- The character’s journey takes him to a suspenseful point when he begins a secret affair with a cousin and the family finds themselves in the middle of another death. Nanera has also received the award for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Editor.
- The Best Picture Award was announced by N Vidyashankar, the jury of FIPRESSCI India. The award consisted of a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.
- The Ajanta-Ellora Film Festival is currently in its eighth edition and took place in Aurangabad from January 11 to January 15, 2022.
- Indian Opener Shubhman Gill hits a double century off 149 balls
- India vs New Zealand: Indian batsman Shubman Gill hit three consecutive sixes to reach his double century (208 off 149 balls with 4s-19 and 6s-9) and became only the eighth and youngest player (23 years old) in ODI history ) become.
- Gill also broke the record for the highest score at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium set by Sachin Tendulkar (175) against Australia in 2009.
- He also became the fastest Indian to complete 1000 runs in ODIs as he surpassed Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in 19 innings.
- Leading Scientist A.D. Damodaran passes away
- Eminent scientist and former director of CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) AD Damodaran passed away at the age of 87 in Thiruvananthapuram. He also served as the chairman of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology, and Environment.
- A noted materials scientist, he had tenures with the Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad, and was a scientist at both the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, and the Indian Institute of Metallurgy. Damodaran joined CSIR-NIIST as Director in May 1985 and served in that capacity for 12 years.
- Government Declared Jammu and Kashmir as ‘Free Area’ for PCICDA 2009
- Jammu and Kashmir’s governments have declared the union territory as a “Free Area” for purposes of the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals Act 2009. According to the notification issued by the government, the declaration has been made in the exercise of the power conferred by sub-section (5) of section 6 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals (PCICDA) Act 2009.
- The Notification has been issued after the Government on being satisfied that no cases of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) have been reported from any district of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
- The Lumpy Skin Disease Outbreak in India resulted in massive deaths of cattle in India with the number going above 90,000. The Lumpy Skin Disease Outbreak in India started in Gujarat and Rajasthan and in three months cattle in 15 states across India were affected.
- ASI Patna Circle Discovered Two 1200-Year-Old Miniature Stupas at Nalanda
- The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) of Patna circle has unearthed two 1200-year-old miniature votive stupas near the Sarai Tila mound on the “Nalanda Mahavihara” grounds in Nalanda district. The stupas found at Nalanda are carved out of stone and depict figures of Buddha.
- Gautami Bhattacharya, ASI, superintending archaeologist, Patna circle, pointed out that beginning in the 7th century CE, small miniature terracotta stupas became popular as votive offerings. Pilgrims visiting various holy sites and temples throughout Asia will either buy small votive offerings or make their own.
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