Indonesia names new capital that will replace Jakarta [19 Jan 2022]
Indonesia has announced that its new capital will be called Nusantara, meaning "archipelago" in Javanese. It came as parliament approved a bill to relocate the capital from Jakarta, which is rapidly sinking. The idea of building a new capital 1,300km (800 miles) away on the island of Borneo was first proposed in 2019. Jakarta has become crowded, polluted and is sinking at an alarming rate due to the over-extraction of groundwater. Home to more than 10 million people, it sits on swampy land on the large island of Java.
Govt appoints Vikram Dev Dutt as Chairman, MD of Air India Limited [18 Jan 2022]
The Ministry of Civil Aviation appointed Vikram Dev Dutt as Chairman and Managing Director of Air India Limited. He will get the rank and pay of Additional Secretary. Prior to this, Dutt was appointed as Principal Secretary for the Health and Family Welfare Department of the Delhi government in June 2020.
Ratan Tata-backed fuel-at-doorstep venture wins National Startup Award 2021 [16 Jan 2022]
Pune-based Repos Energy run by Aditi Bhosale Walunj and Chetan Walunj won National Startup Award 2021 in the Energy distribution category. Repos was one among the 150 startups that presented their recommendations at the virtual gathering that had Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal in attendance. Repos, backed by former chairman of Tata Sons Ratan Tata, was recognized by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for its initiation of door-to-door delivery of fuel. The startup is establishing a one-stop destination to stimulate the creation and growth of energy on a doorstep-delivery business model. “By bringing the entire petrol pump on wheels, they have achieved unparalleled speed in creating new infrastructure for energy distribution,” the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade under Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a statement.
IIIT-A director awarded Educator of the Year Award, 2021 [16 Jan 2022]
Making the city and the institution proud, the director of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A), Prof P Nagabhushan, has been conferred with the prestigious award of the IEEE Uttar Pradesh Section, a constituent organizational unit of IEEE, United States of America. IEEE has recognised Prof Nagabhushan with the Educator of the Year Award-2021, for his outstanding contributions and exemplary services in the fields of technical education and to promote IEEE at various levels. Sri Nivas Singh, the fellow IEEE, and the chairman award and recognition committee informed that the names of many reputed persons from IIT, NIT, IIIT, and other universities and institutes from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand were considered for the award, and among them, Prof Nagabhushan was found the most appropriate on the basis of the academic, technical, and societal services offered by him to the nation.
Shri. S Somanath assumes charge as Secretary, Department of Space [14 Jan 2022]
Shri. S. Somanath assumed charge as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, Space Commission. Shri. Somanath assumed charge after a stint of four years as the Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananathapuram. He also served as the Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), Valiamala, for two and half years. Shri. Somanath obtained B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, and Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, specializing in Structures, Dynamics, and Control with a Gold Medal. He joined VSSC in 1985 and was a team leader for the Integration of PSLV during the early phases.
Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, the IMF's new chief economist [10 Jan 2022]
The IMF has announced that French economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas will be succeeding Gita Gopinath as the fund’s chief economist. In December 2021, Gopinath, who has served the IMF for three years, was promoted to IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director. Gourinchas will begin his part-time charge from January 24 before assuming a full role from April 1.
Union Jal Shakti Minister Announces 3rd National Water Awards [07 Jan 2022]
Union Minister of Jal Shakti Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat announced 3rd National Water Awards-2020, here. In the Best State category, Uttar Pradesh has been awarded first prize, followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. The first National Water Award was launched by the Jal Shakti Ministry in 2018. National Water Awards have provided a good opportunity to start-ups as well as leading organizations to engage and deliberate with senior policymakers on how to adopt the best water resources management practices in India.
Cabinet approves MoU between India and Nepal for construction of bridge over Mahakali River at Dharchula (India) – Dharchula (Nepal) [06 Jan 2022]
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Nepal for the construction of a bridge over Mahakali River at Dharchula (India)- Dharchula (Nepal). With the signing of the MoU, diplomatic relations between the two countries will further improve. As close neighbours, India and Nepal share unique ties of friendship and cooperation characterized by an open border and deep-rooted people-to-people contacts of kinship and culture. Both India and Nepal have been working together on different regional forums i.e. SAARC, BIMSTEC as well as global fora.
Shri G Asok Kumar takes over as the new Director General for the National Mission for Clean Ganga [03 Jan 2022]
Shri G Asok Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti took over as the new Director-General for the National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti. He belongs to the Indian Administrative Services Telangana Cadre 1991 batch. In the past, he has held several important positions such as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, and Director in the Ministry of Power. In the past, he has also served as the Executive Director of Projects in National Mission for Clean Ganga.
RedInk Awards: Danish Siddiqui named ‘Journalist of the Year’ [29 Dec 2021]
Senior journalist Prem Shankar Jha and Reuters’ photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who died while reporting in Afghanistan in July, were awarded the top two RedInk Awards by the Mumbai Press Club Wednesday. While Jha will get the lifetime achievement award, Siddiqui will be bestowed upon the journalist of the year, posthumously. The RedInk Awards for Excellence in Indian Journalism will be presented by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana virtually who will also deliver the keynote address.