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Pt Satish Vyas conferred Tansen Samman at the World Music Festival - 01 Jan 21

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Satish Vyas: A Fact File

Veteran broadcaster Indira Joseph Venniyoor passes away - 01 Jan 21

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Harsh Vardhan inaugurates India’s highest meteorological centre at Leh - 01 Jan 21

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Indian Railways’ new Vistadome coach successfully completes 180 kmph speed trial - 01 Jan 21

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India’s first indigenous Air Dropped Container ‘SAHAYAK-NG’ tested successfully by DRDO - 01 Jan 21

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Former Union minister and Congress leader Buta Singh passes away - 02 Jan 21

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PM Modi lays foundation stone of Light House projects (LHPs) - 02 Jan 21

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India to be a co-chair of regional forum to conserve wildlife habitats - 02 Jan 21

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APAP : A Fact File

ADB to provide $231 mn loan to enhance power generation capacity in Assam - 02 Jan 21

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Umesh Sinha named deputy election commissioner - 02 Jan 21

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IFSCA becomes Associate Member of IOSCO - 02 Jan 21

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ADB and India sign $10 million loan to support horticulture in HP - 03 Jan 21

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Mukesh Ambani ranked 12th in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index 2021 - 03 Jan 21

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Top 3 in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index:


Rank        Personality         Net worth
1)              Jeff Bezos           190 Billion USD
2)              Elon R Musk       170 Billion USD
3)              Bill Gates             132 Billion USD

RBI introduces the RBI-Digital Payments Index - 03 Jan 21

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Suneet Sharma takes over as new Chairman & CEO of Railway Board - 03 Jan 21

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Suneet Sharma: A fact file

CDSCO panel recommends granting approval for Bharat Biotech's Covaxin - 03 Jan 21

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Leon Mendonca becomes India’s 67th Grandmaster - 04 Jan 21

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World Braille Day observed on 4 January - 04 Jan 21

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What is Braille?

Odisha Completes Ease Of Doing Business Reforms - 04 Jan 21

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Delhi government sets up Tamil Academy - 04 Jan 21

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Tamil Language : A fact file

Australia makes changes to its National Anthem - 04 Jan 21

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India initiates Sagarmala Seaplane Services Project - 05 Jan 21

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  • The Government of India is to initiate the project of Sagarmala Seaplane Services on selected routes.
  • The project aims to provide air connectivity to numerous tourist, religious, remote and unexplored locations near water bodies. 
  • This is to make the journey easier and simulate tourism on these new locations. 
  • Ultimately the project will contribute to boost the GDP of the country in the long run.
  • Under Udan. Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik scheme, Central Government scheme will the seaplane services operate.
Following are the locations under the Sagarmala Seaplane Services:
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Lakshadweep Islands
  • Guwhati riverfront
  • Yamuna riverfront
  • Umrangso reservoir
  • Mumbai as a hub
  • Dwarka
  • Kandla
  • Khindsi dam
  • Erai Dam
  • Earlier, the sea plane service between kevadiya and Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad is already in Operation. 
  • It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2019.
  • It is operated by SpiceJet subsidiaries Spice shuttle. Currently this is the only seaplane service that is operational in the country.
  • The seaplane services are to act as a game changer in providing faster and comfortable transportation all over India.
  • It will provide air connectivity to various tourist and religious places.
  • Therefore, it will bring in huge tourism revenue.
  • The seaplane services will save travel time.
  • It will stimulate localised short distance travelling in hilly regions and across rivers and lakes.

Ministry of Tribal Affairs signed a MoUs for TRIFOOD Parks in MP - 05 Jan 21

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Sanjay Kapoor elected All India Chess Federation president - 05 Jan 21

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Bajaj Auto becomes world’s most valuable two-wheeler company - 05 Jan 21

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Kochi Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline Dedicated to the Nation - 05 Jan 21

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Kochi – Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline : A Fact File

IRDAI is to introduce Home Insurance "Bharat Griha Raksha Policy" - 06 Jan 21

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Bharat Griha Raksha Policy : A Fact File

Arup Kumar Goswami sworn in as CJ of Andhra Pradesh High Court - 06 Jan 21

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World Bank approves $105 million loan to improve Waterways in West Bengal - 06 Jan 21

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Japan to launch the first wood-based satellite by 2023 - 06 Jan 21

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World Cup winning hockey player Michael Kindo passes away - 06 Jan 21

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India and NDB signs USD 646 million loan agreement for Andhra Pradesh - 06 Jan 21

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NDB: A Fact File

SMCB becomes India’s 1st urban co-operative bank to transition to SFB - 07 Jan 21

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Karnataka Government launches Krishi Sanjeevani Vans to test soil, water - 07 Jan 21

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Oldest living first-class cricketer Alan Burgess passes away - 07 Jan 21

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Claire Polosak set to become first female match official in men’s Test match - 07 Jan 21

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FAO released the Food Price Index - 07 Jan 21

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Indian Economy to Contract By 9.6 % in 2020-21 : World Bank - 08 Jan 21

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Indian-American Raj Iyer becomes U.S. Army’s first CIO - 08 Jan 21

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Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia appointed as Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court - 08 Jan 21

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Hima Kohli appointed as 1st Woman Chief Justice of Telangana High Court - 08 Jan 21

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JK Maheshwari sworn in as Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court - 08 Jan 21

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Justice Maheshwari : A Fact File

Elon Musk overtakes Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person : Bloomberg Report - 09 Jan 21

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Elon Musk : A Fact File

Veteran Indian Fashion Designer Satya Paul passes away - 09 Jan 21

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Abhishek Yadav appointed as AIFF’s first Deputy General Secretary - 09 Jan 21

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas observed on 9 January - 09 Jan 21

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Bandhan Bank unveils account for army personnel - 09 Jan 21

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Central African Republic president Touadera wins reelection - 09 Jan 21

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Joe Biden names two Indian-Americans in US National Security Council - 10 Jan 21

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Former Gujarat Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki passes away - 10 Jan 21

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“World Hindi Day” observed globally on 10th January - 10 Jan 21

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India’s real GDP to expand by 10.1% in F.Y-2022:ICRA - 10 Jan 21

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Jay Shah named BCCI’s Official Representative on ICC Board - 10 Jan 21

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RS Sharma to head empowered panel for Covid-19 vaccine - 11 Jan 21

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Heritage Conservation Committee cleared the Central Vista Project - 11 Jan 21

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  • India's apex court, Supreme Court recently cleared the Central Vista Project.
  • It covers a three kilo metre stretch between the Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate. 
  • Following this, the Heritage Conservation Committee has approved the construction of a new parliament.
Heritage Conservation Committee:
  • The Heritage Conservation Committee is set up under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Affairs under the provisions of Section 23 in Delhi Building Byelaws, 1983 to protect heritage buildings. 
  • Only buildings in and around Delhi are governed by these laws. 
  • Similar conservation committees are set up at state levels as well. 
  • The local authority should consult the Heritage Conservation Committee before granting permission. 
  • The heritage buildings are graded by the Heritage Conservation Committee for developmental activities.
  • The Heritage conservation Committee offers three grades. 
  • Grade I: The buildings under Grade I includes buildings of historic importance. 
  • No interventions are permitted either on the interior or exterior of the Heritage buildings unless it is essential in the interest of strengthening the life of the building.
  • Grade II: These buildings comprises of regional or local importance processing architectural merit or historical significance. Internal changes are allowed in these buildings. 
  • Also, adaptive reuse shall be allowed.
  • Grade III: It comprises of buildings that evoke architectural or sociological interest. 
  • Both internal changes and adaptive reuse of these buildings are allowed.
  • The regulations of Heritage Conservation Committee applies to heritage sites such as artifacts, buildings, areas and structures that are listed in Unified Building Bye Laws for Delhi, 2016.
  • There are 886 buildings notified in the list. 
  • The list is prepared by the National Disaster Management Committee, Delhi Development Authority.

Henley Passport Index - India ranked 85th - 11 Jan 21

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Henley Passport Index, 2021:
What is Passport Index ?

NASA plans to test the most powerful rocket ever built - 11 Jan 21

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India to chair 3 UNSC Committees - 11 Jan 21

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National Youth Day observed on 12 January - 12 Jan 21

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author & journalist Neil Sheehan passes away - 12 Jan 21

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One Planet Summit being held - 12 Jan 21

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National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries Management Effectiveness Evaluation report - 12 Jan 21

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Oldest living Olympic champion Agnes Keleti turns 100 - 12 Jan 21

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RBI cancels the licence of Vasantdada Nagari Sahakari Bank - 13 Jan 21

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Sadyr Japarov wins the presidential election in Kyrgyzstan - 13 Jan 21

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Kyrgyzstan - Five Facts

Odisha Chief Minister inaugurates India’s first ‘Fire Park’ in Bhubaneswar - 13 Jan 21

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NCAVES India Forum Organized by Union Ministry - 13 Jan 21

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G Kishan Reddy Committee Formed for Ladakh - 13 Jan 21

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India's Trade Policy Review at WTO - 13 Jan 21

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Trade Policy Review (TPR) : A Fact File

Union Education Minister inaugurates Virtual International Akhand Conference ‘EDUCON-2020’ - 14 Jan 21

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Theme of EDUCON-2020 -  "Envisioning Education for Transforming Youth to Restore Global Peace".

Urban Local Bodies Reforms In India - 14 Jan 21

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India Chairs Three Key Subsidiary Bodies of the UNSC - 14 Jan 21

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IRDAI sets up panel to examine availability of health insurance products - 14 Jan 21

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India’s GDP to contract 6.7% in F.Y - 2021: Nomura - 14 Jan 21

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Nomura: A Fact File

RBI to form six-member working group to regulate digital lending frauds - 14 Jan 21

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Kayakalp Award awarded to AIIMS Bhubaneswar for 3rd time - 15 Jan 21

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Armed Forces Veterans Day observed 14 January - 15 Jan 21

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Kerala becomes 8th State to complete ease of doing business reforms - 15 Jan 21

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What is Ease of Doing Business ?
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Tesla sets up India subsidiary in Bengaluru - 15 Jan 21

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Tesla: A fact File

GDP growth of India at 9.4% in FY-2021:Fitch Ratings - 15 Jan 21

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Indian Army Day observes on 15 January - 16 Jan 21

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Army Day 2021: Field Marshal KM Cariappa

DRDO develops India’s first Indigenously-Developed 9mm Machine Pistol - 16 Jan 21

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Union Govt.launches Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0 - 16 Jan 21

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Indian-American Garima Verma named digital director in Office of the First Lady - 16 Jan 21

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Garima Verma : Fact File 

UN rights body elects Fiji politician in first ever presidential vote - 16 Jan 21

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Defence Minister unveils India’s first indigenously developed driverless metro car - 16 Jan 21

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BEML: A Fact File

PM Modi launches Rs 1,000-crore ‘Startup India Seed Fund’ - 17 Jan 21

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Petroleum Ministry launches ‘SAKSHAM’ campaign - 17 Jan 21

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Biswajit Chatterjee conferred ‘Indian Personality of the Year’ award at IFFI - 17 Jan 21

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Legendary classical musician Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan passes away - 17 Jan 21

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Govt procures paddy worth Rs 1.06 lakh crore so far this kharif season - 17 Jan 21

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Manish Kumar is India’s first COVID-19 Vaccine recipient - 18 Jan 21

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‘The Commonwealth of Cricket’ latest book by Ramchandra Guha , launched - 18 Jan 21

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Kerala Governor launches ‘One School One IAS’ scheme - 18 Jan 21

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YES Bank launches wellness themed credit card - 18 Jan 21

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Yes Bank :  A Fact File

Got. of India decides to celebrate January 23 as Parakram Diwas - 18 Jan 21

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Harsh Vardhan chairs 148th session of WHO Executive Board - 19 Jan 21

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WHO: A Fact File

India's first bird festival to be organize at Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary - 19 Jan 21

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Yoweri Museveni wins the sixth term as Uganda’s President - 19 Jan 21

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Former Union Minister and Industrialist Kamal Morarka passes away - 19 Jan 21

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PM Modi appointed chairman of Somnath Temple Trust - 19 Jan 21

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Niti Innovation Index: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu top 3 states in innovation - 20 Jan 21

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