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Top Current Affairs  13 January 2022

Top Current Affairs  13 January 2022

Top Current Affairs 13 January 2022: This post contains the current affairs for 13 January 2022 that are important for competitive exams like IBPS PO and Clerk, SBI PO and Clerk, RBI Assistant and Grade B, other Insurance exams. You can also attempt our Current Affairs Quiz after reading our daily current affairs.

National

India’s oldest sloth bear ‘Gulabo’ passes away at Van Vihar National Park at 40

  • India’s oldest sloth bear, whose name was Gulabo, has passed away at the Van Vihar National Park and Zoo, located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Gulabo was the oldest sloth bear of the country. She died at the age of 40.
  • She was rescued from a street performer (Madaari) in May 2006, when she was 25 years.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 25th National Youth Festival in Puducherry

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 25th National Youth Festival in Puducherry via video conferencing on January 12, 2022.
  • The festival was organized to mark the celebration of National Youth Day, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
  • As a part of the event, Prime Minister inaugurated the following at Puducherry:
    • Technology Centre of the MSME Ministry, with an investment of about Rs. 122 crore.
    • Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Manimandapam, an auditorium with an open-air theatre. It is constructed by the Government of Puducherry at a cost of about Rs 23 crores.
    • Selected essays on “Mere Sapno ka Bharat” and “Unsung Heroes of Indian Freedom Movement”, selected from submissions by over 1 lakh youth on the two themes.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 25th National Youth Festival in Puducherry

Defence

DRDO successfully test-fires final deliverable configuration of Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) on January 11, 2022, in its final “deliverable configuration”.
  • The purpose of testing the missile was to check its consistent performance at minimum range, which is 200-300 metres.
  • MPATGM has already completed similar successful test for maximum range of 4,000 metres.
  • With this successful test of the MPATGM, the system is now ready for production in large numbers in India.
  • MPATGM will be manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited at its facility in Bhanoor, Telangana.

Committee

Supreme Court appoints 5-member panel headed by former judge Indu Malhotra to probe PM Modi’s security breach in Punjab

  • The Supreme Court has constituted a five-member committee to probe the security breach during the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Punjab.
  • The committee will be headed by former apex court judge Justice Indu Malhotra.
  • Other member of the panel includes, Inspector General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Director General of Police of Chandigarh, the Registrar General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Additional DGP (Security) of Punjab.
  • Points of reference of the panel:
    • to inquire who all are responsible for the security breach and to what extent the remedial measures are necessary.
    • give suggestions on security of constitutional functionaries ensuring that such incidents do not take place in future.

Supreme Court appoints 5-member panel headed by former judge Indu Malhotra to probe PM Modi's security breach in Punjab

GDP Rate

World Bank projects India’s GDP growth at 8.3% in FY22 & 8.7% in FY23

  • The World Bank has projected the Indian economy to grow at the following rate in its ‘Global Economic Prospects’ report released on January 11, 2022.
    • FY 2021-2022 – 8.3%
    • FY 2022-2023 – 8.7%
    • FY 2023-2024 – 6.8%
  • World Bank has lowered the Global economy growth rate as follows:
    • 2021 – 5.5 percent
    • 2022 – 4.1 percent
    • 2023 – 3.2 percent

UBS Projects India’s GDP forecast at 9.1% in FY22 and 8.2% in FY23

  • Swiss brokerage UBS Securities has lowered the growth forecast of Indian economy for the current financial year (FY22) to 9.1 percent due to massive surge in Omicron infections. Earlier this was estimated at 9.5 percent.
  • However, UBS Securities has revised upwards the real GDP forecast of India in FY23 to 8.2 percent. This was projected at 7.7 percent earlier.
  • Summary:
    • 2021-22 (FY22) – 9.1%
    • 2022-23 (FY23) – 8.2%
    • 2023-24 (FY24) – 6.0%

Ranking

India Ranks 83rd in Q1 Henley Passport Index 2022; Japan & Singapore Tops

  • India has improved its position by seven places to rank at 83rd place among 111 countries in the latest Henley Passport Index, released for Q1 of 2022. India ranked at 90th spot among 116 countries in Q4 of 2021 in October.
  • The Indian passport has visa-free access to 60 destinations worldwide in Q1 2022, as compared to 58 destinations in Q4 of 2021.
  • Oman and Armenia are the latest destinations where Indian passport holders can visit without obtaining a visa.
  • Japan and Singapore have retained the joint top position in the Henley Global Mobility Report 2022 Q1. Their passports holders are allowed to travel visa-free to 192 countries.
  • Afghanistan has world’s least powerful passports, with visa-free score of 26.

Sports

Tata group replaces Chinese mobile manufacturer Vivo as IPL title sponsor for 2022 & 2023

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed that Tata group has replaced Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Vivo as the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for 2022 and 2023 seasons.
  • The multinational conglomerate will pay Rs. 300 crore per year as the title sponsor of IPL for the next two seasons.
  • This is about 60% of what Vivo would have paid.

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel named ICC Player of the Month of December 2021

  • Indian-origin New Zealand cricketer Ajaz Patel has been declared as the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for December 2021 by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
  • Meanwhile, ICC Women’s Player of the Month of December 2021 has no winner as no Women’s International matches were scheduled.

Appointment

Alikhan Smailov appointed as new Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

  • The parliament of Kazakhstan has unanimously approved the appointment of Alikhan Smailov as the new Prime Minister of the country.
  • Smailov’s name was nominated by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on January 11, 2022.
  • Prior to this, the 49-year-old Smailov served as country’s finance minister from 2018 to 2020.
  • He became the first deputy prime minister in the Cabinet in 2019.


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