23rd January will be celebrated as Parakram Diwas from now onwards, as declared by the Central Government. The day will be observed to commemorate freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leading the high-level committee to make an-year-long plan to mark Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary. Recently, to recognize the excellent work in disaster management, the government has initiated the ‘Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar.’
Crack K-9 QRT Units
Crack K-9 Quick Reaction Team Units are the dog squad of Indo-Tibetan Border Police. To sanitize and secure the area near Rajpath and the India Gate, where the Republic Day Parade 2021 is scheduled, these dog teams will be deployed.
The dogs that belong to the units are highly loyal and trained to sniff out any unwanted and dangerous threat (Explosives or IEDs) with zero error. These dogs are trained at ITBP’s National Centre for Training Dogs at Bhanu near Chandigarh.
Every year during the Republic Parade, Delhi Police asks K-9 unit’s service so that the ceremony can be conducted under high threat perception.
ITBP is the largest provider of dog’s team to Delhi Police for various assignments.
Wahrew Bridge: India’s Longest Road Arch Bridge
The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Mr. Conrad Sangma, has inaugurated the longest road arch bridge of India, Wahrew bridge, Situated in the East Khasi Hills District Meghalaya. A total of Rs. 50 Crore budgets were provided to construct the bridge. The Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region is responsible for the construction bridge.
The bridge will connect Bholaganj and Sohbar to Nongjri in East Khasi Hills. A boost in tourism is expected as the connectivity improved.
Chief Minister: Conrad Sangma
Governor: Satyapal Malik
ITBP has won the 10th National Ice Hockey Championship
10th National Ice Hockey Championship was conducted at Gulmarg in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police has won the tournament by defeating the Ladakh team. The Ice Hockey Association of India organized the championship. A total of eight teams participated in the competition.
- It is a Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) that operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
- It is a border guarding police force which is specialized in high altitude operations.
- It was raised on 24th October 1962 during the Sino-India War under the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Act, 1949. Later, parliament enacted the ITBPF Actin 1992.
- It operates along the Line of Actual Control from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh, covering approximately 3488 km.
- It also performs Anti-Naxal Operations in Naxal affected areas.
- The high altitude specialized guarding force operates from an altitude as high as 18750 feet where the minimum temperature marks -40* Celsius.
National Girl Child Day is celebrated on 24th January
The National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on 24th January. This is the Ministry of Women and Child Development initiative. The day was first celebrated in the year 2008. The 2021 celebration is focused on the declining child sex ratio. The day will also be the 10th anniversary of the Beti Padhao Bechi Bachao Initiative.
- To support and provide opportunities to the girls of the country.
- To promote awareness regarding the rights of a girl child.
- To educate people regarding the importance of girl education, and their health and nutrition.
Various Initiatives to complete the objective
National Education Policy
- For the development of girl child, ‘Gender Inclusion Fund’ has been introduced.
- It focuses on the safety and security of girl child.
Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan
- Free Textbooks up to class 8
- Schools in the neighborhood
- Uniform to all girls up to class 8
- Provision for self-defense training
- Free hostels/Residential Schools, etc.
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
- It promoted the ecosystem, which allows and inspires young girls to participate in sports (Khelo India Scheme).
Department of Science and Technology
- Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement through Nurturing (KIRAN Scheme).
Ministry of Skill Development
- Among 33 National Skill Training Institutes (STIs) operating under the Ministry of Skill Development, 19 NSTIs are running women-centric skill development training.
ShramShakti Portal for migrant workers
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has launched the ShamShakti National Migration Support portal for the migrant workers.
- The main aim of the portal is to formulate national and state-level databases for migrant workers smoothly.
- The database will then be used to make national-level support programs for migrants.
- The portal will address the data gap and empower migrant workers who leave their native places searching for employment and income generation.
- The data will consist of – Demographic profile, nature of work, migration pattern, etc.
The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda also launched the tribals training module named ShramSaathi. The module enables productive and safe livelihood to the migrants.
According to the Chief Minister of Goa, Goa will be the first state of the nation to set up a migration cell to address diverse issues of workers migrated in search of employment.
Tribal Affairs Ministry
Minister of State: Renuka Saruta
Chief Minister: Pramod Sawant
Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
The Assam Government launched the Re-SVAYEM scheme
To make the youth of the state self-dependent and to boost the economy along with employment generation, the Assam Govt has launched the Redesigned-SVAYEM Scheme, SVAYEM stands for Swami Vivekananda Assam Youth Empowerment. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the scheme.
- A total of two lakh skilled and talented youth will be benefitted from the scheme
- The economic assistance of Rs. Fifty thousand will be provided to each individual.
- The grant will help youths to set up their business ventures.
CM: Sarbananda Sonowal
Governor: Jagsdish Mukhi
National Parks: Kaziranga, Dibru-Saikhowa, Manas, etc.
Wetland: Deepor Beel Lake
16th Edition of Global Risk Report
The 16th Edition of the Global Risk Report has been released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) at its scheduled time. The report is published before the virtual Davos Agenda Summit (25th – 29th Jan 2021), in which the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will be participating.
As a part of the Global Risk Initiative, the report is published by the WEF.
The report declared three types of risks as follows:
1. Short Term Risks (0 to 2 years) –
- Infectious Diseases
- Extreme Weather Events
- Livelihood Diseases
2. Medium-Term Risks (3 to 5 years) –
- IT Infrastructure Breakdown
- Asset Bubble Burst
- Price Instability
3. Long-Term Risks (5 to 10 Years) –
- State Collapse
- Weapons of Mass Destruction
- Biodiversity Losses
World Economic Forum
HQ: Geneva, Switzerland
Founder: Klaus Schwab
India unveiled the draft policy to expand research, tourism in the Arctic
India proposed the draft Arctic Policy for sustainable engagement in five key areas:
- Science and Research Activities
- Economic and Human Development Coordination
- Transportation and Connectivity
- International Cooperation
- Governance and Capacity Building
The policy aims to explore mineral oil and gas in the Arctic Region. It proposes scientific research to find out linkages between Indian Monsoon and Arctic Weather.
Andhra Pradesh launched the first Doorstep delivery of ration under the Public Distribution System
The coastal state becomes the first in the nation to provide door step delivery of ration under the Public Distribution System (PDS). At present, a total of 26,39,363 cardholders are living in Andhra Pradesh. Considering the extra burden, the Public Distribution System has to bear Rs. 830 crores additional amount to implement the scheme. Andhra Pradesh Govt will use 9260 subsidies vehicles with GPS tracing facilities for doorstep deliveries. The subsidies vehicles will be operated by unemployed youths, which will, in turn, employ more than 12,000 unemployed youths. The govt will pay the amount of Rs. 3.48 Lakh out of Rs. 5.81 lakh as a subsidy.
About Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister: YSR Jagan Mohan Reddy
Governor: Biswabhushan Harichandan
Preserved areas in Andhra Pradesh: Papikonsa NP; Srisailam Tiger Reserve; Koundinya Wild Life Sanctuary.
Jammu and Kashmir Industrial Land Allotment Policy, 2021
Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Council under Lt Gov Manoj Sinha approved Jammu and Kashmir Industrial Land Allotment Policy, 2021-30. The policy’s main aim is to achieve inclusive growth for sustainable industrialization and employment generation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The policy will also look after the officials’ land allotment issues to allot land for healthcare institutions, educational institutions, Edu cities, etc.
The policy will lay down a framework to regulate Industrial area zoning, evaluation, and succession of process flow, project appraisal, etc. For this, a division, apex, and high-level committee will be set up to allocate lands. Depending upon the size and worth of the land committee will give their commendation within 30 to 45 days. The allotted land will be given on lease. Initially, 40 years lease period is expected, which can be further extended to 99 years.
The lease allotment agreement can be canceled because of the following reasons:
- If the investor does not take any step further within two years.
- If any industrial area does not start production within three years.
- Non-cooperation of an industry/entrepreneur/businessman for a period of 5 years.
About Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory
- Lt Gov- Manoj Sinha
- Capital- Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer)
- First Lt Gov- G. C. Murmu (At present 14th CAG of India)
- Last Governor of Jammu Kashmir State- Satyapal Malik (At present Governor of Meghalaya)