Rajasthan becomes the 12th State to complete One Nation One Ration Card system reform
Rajasthan has become the 12th State in the country to successfully undertake “One Nation One Ration Card system” reform stipulated by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. Thus, the State has become eligible to mobilise additional financial resources of Rs. 2,731 crore through Open Market Borrowings. Permission for the same was issued by the Department of Expenditure. Rajasthan has now joined 11 other States namely, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh, who have completed this reform. On completion of One Nation One Ration Card system reform, these 12 States have been granted additional borrowing permission of Rs.33,440 crore by the Department of Expenditure. One Nation One Ration Card System is an important citizen centric reform. Its implementation ensures availability of ration to beneficiaries under National Food Security Act (NFSA) and other welfare schemes, especially the migrant workers and their families, at any Fair Price Shop (FPS) across the country. The reform especially empowers the mirgatory population mostly labourers, daily wagers, urban poor like rag picker, street dwellers, temporary workers in organised and unorganised sectors, domestic workers etc, who frequently change their place of dwelling to be self reliant in food security. This technology driven reform enables the migrant beneficiaries to get their entitled quota of food grains from any electronic point of sale (e-PoS) enabled fair Price Shops of their choice anywhere in the country. The reform also enables the States in better targeting of beneficiaries, elimination of bogus/ duplicate/ineligible card holders resulting in enhanced welfare and reduced leakage. Further, to ensure seamless inter-state portability of a ration card, Aadhar seeding of all ration cards as well as biometric authentication of beneficiaries through automation of all Fair Price Shops (FPSs) with installation of electronic point of sale (e-PoS) devices are essential.
PM inaugurates ‘Chauri Chaura’ Centenary Celebrations
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Chauri Chaura’ Centenary Celebrations at Chauri Chaura, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh through video conference. The day marks 100 years of the ‘Chauri Chaura’ incident, a landmark event in the country’s fight for independence. The Prime Minister also released a postal stamp dedicated to the Chauri Chaura centenary event.
S. N. Subrahmanyan, CEO and Managing Director of L&T Ltd appointed as Chairman of the National Safety Council
The Ministry of Labour & Employment has appointed Shri S.N. Subrahmanyan, CEO and Managing Director, L&T Ltd, as the Chairman of the National Safety Council for a period of three years. Shri Subrahmanyan is an eminent engineer who has spearheaded the infrastructure business of L&T for several years making it the country’s largest construction organization and 14th in the world. L & T is also one of the largest engineering companies of the country with interest in heavy engineering, Defence, ship building etc.
LT GEN CP Mohanty takes over as Vice Chief of the Army Staff
Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanty, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM assumed the appointment of the Vice Chief of the Army Staff on 01 February 2021. An alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Lt Gen CP Mohanty was commissioned into the Rajput Regiment on 12 Jun 1982. In a career spanning four decades, the General officer served across a wide spectrum of conflicts and terrain profiles and tenanted a host of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. He commanded a battalion on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and later in the North East. He has the unique distinction of commanding two brigades: first on the Line of Actual Control and later on, the multinational UN Brigade in Democratic Republic of Congo. He later commanded the Rangiya based Division in a counter insurgency environment and the Sikkim based Trishakti Corps immediately after the Doklam incident. The General officer also has a unique distinction of commanding two Administrative formations as well: the Jodhpur Sub Area as a Major General & Uttar Bharat Area as a Lieutenant General.
Successful Maiden Test Launch of Akash-NG Missile
DRDO conducted the successful maiden launch of Akash-NG (New Generation) Missile from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha on 25 January 2021. Akash-NG is a new generation Surface to Air Missile meant for use by Indian Air Force with an aim of intercepting high maneuvering low RCS aerial threats. The missile intercepted the target with text book precision. The launch met all the test objectives by performing high maneuvers during the trajectory. The performance of the Command and Control system, onboard avionics and aerodynamic configuration of the missile was successfully validated during the trial. During the test launch, entire flight path of the missile was monitored and the flight data was captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, EOTS and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur. The Multi Function Radar was tested for its capability of integration with the system. The Akash-NG system has been developed with better deployability compared to other similar systems with canisterized launcher and much smaller ground system footprint. The test launch was carried out by a combined team of DRDO, BDL & BEL in the presence of the representatives of Indian Airforce.
Veteran actor Biswajit Chatterjee crowned as Indian Personality of the Year at IFFI 51 Closing Ceremony
The 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India, Goa has conferred Shri Biswajit Chatterjee, veteran actor, producer, director and singer of Hindi and Bengali cinema, with the Indian Personality of the Year Award, in Goa, January 24, 2021. The award has been presented to the actor at the closing ceremony, together by Governor of Goa Shri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Chief Minister of Goa Dr. Pramod Sawant and Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Shri Babul Supriyo.
Danish World War II drama Into the Darkness bags Golden Peacock Award at 51st IFFI
The epic World War II film Into the Darkness (De forbandede år,) which portrays the story of a Danish electronics factory owner who is forced to produce for the occupying Nazi forces, has won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the just-concluded 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India. Directed by Anders Refn, the 152-minute Danish film gives a gripping dive into the complex emotional turmoil which the people of Denmark had to undergo, during the Nazi occupation of the country. The film does this evocatively and powerfully, through the mental conflicts to which the protagonist Karlskov is subjected; on the one hand, he is being forced by the invaders to continue production for the German market, to protect his family; on the other hand, the moral indefensibility of this choice results also in painful breaks within his family. The Golden Peacock Award consists of a cash prize of Rs. 40 lakhs (Rs. 4 million) to be shared equally between Director Anders Refn and Producer Lene Børglum, both of whom have also been presented with a certificate each as well.
Nation Celebrates the National Girl Child Day
Nation celebrated the National Girl Child Day. The day is celebrated every year on 24th January. The day is an initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The objective behind celebrating the National Girl Child Day is to provide all support and opportunities to the girls of the country. It also aims towards promoting awareness about the rights of the girl child and to increase awareness on the importance of girl’s education, and their health and nutrition.
Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2021
To recognize and honour the invaluable contribution and selfless service rendered by individuals and organizations in India in the field of Disaster Management, Government of India has instituted an annual award known as Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar. The award is announced every year on 23rd January, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 51 lakh and a certificate in case of an institution and Rs. 5 lakh and a certificate in case of an individual. For the year 2021, (i) Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (in the institutional category) and (ii) Dr. Rajendra Kumar Bhandari (in the Individual category) have been selected for the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar for their excellent work in Disaster Management. It may be recalled that for the year 2020, Disaster Mitigation & Management Centre, Uttarakhand (institution category) and Shri Kumar Munnan Singh (Individual category) were selected for this award.
Ministry of Railways approves the naming of Train No. 12311/12312 Howrah-Kalka Mail as “Netaji Express”
Ministry of Railways has rechristened the name of Train No. 12311/12312 Howrah-Kalka Mail as Netaji Express. It is noteworthy that Howrah -Kalka Mail is a very popular and one of the oldest trains of Indian Railways. The Howrah-Kalka Mail is running between Howrah (Eastern Railway) and Kalka (Northern Railway) via Delhi.
Claire Polosak becomes first woman to officiate in a men's Test in its 144-year history
For the first time in 144 years of Test-match cricket, a woman - Australia's Claire Polosak - has officiated in the longest format of the game, as the fourth or reserve umpire, in the third Test between Australia and India. She was also the first woman to stand in an Australian men's domestic fixture in 2017 during the JLT Cup. In 2016, New Zealand's Kathy Cross and Polosak became the first women umpires to officiate at a T20 World Cup when they were at the Women's T20 World Cup in India. Polosak, who hails from New South Wales, was also part of the umpiring panel at the Women's T20 World Cup in Australia last year in February-March.
Shri Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia appointed as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court
The President of India, in exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, appointed Shri Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, Judge of the Uttarakhand High Court, as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court.
Government approves Central Sector Scheme for Industrial Development of Jammu & Kashmir
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the proposal of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade for Central Sector Scheme for Industrial Development of Jammu & Kashmir. The scheme is approved with a total outlay of Rs. 28,400 crore upto the year 2037.
World Bank Signs $105 Million Project to Improve Waterways in West Bengal
The Government of India, the Government of West Bengal and the World Bank signed a $105 million project to improve the inland water transport infrastructure in Kolkata, West Bengal. The West Bengal Inland Water Transport, Logistics and Spatial Development Project will facilitate passenger and freight movement across the Hooghly river; undertake spatial planning to improve accessibility in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area; enhance the quality of life of its residents; and contribute to the growth of the state’s logistics sector.
Lt. Gen. Tarun Kumar Aich takes over as Director General, National Cadet Corps
Lt. Gen. Tarun Kumar Aich has taken over as Director General, National Cadet Corps on 01 Jan 2021. He took the charge as 33rd DG of NCC – the premier youth organization of the country. Lt Gen Tarun Kumar Aich was commissioned into the 16th Battalion of the MADRAS Regiment in Jun 1986. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He is a Postgraduate and holds an M Phil in Defence and Strategic Studies from the Madras University.
Shri Suneet Sharma takes over the charge of new Chairman & CEO of Railway Board
Shri Suneet Sharma, has taken over the charge of new Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Railway Board (Ministry of Railways) and ex-officio Principal Secretary to Government of India. The appointments committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Suneet Sharma as Chairman & CEO of Railway Board.
Cabinet Approves Export of Akash Missile System and Creates a Committee for faster Approval of Exports
Under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat, India is growing in its capabilities of manufacturing wide variety of Defence platforms and missiles. Akash is country’s important missile with over 96 percent indigenisation. Akash is a Surface to Air Missile with a range of 25 Kms. The missile was inducted in 2014 in IAF and in 2015 in Indian Army. After its induction in the Services, interest is shown in Akash missile by many friendly countries during International Exhibitions/Def Expo/Aero India. The Cabinet approval will facilitate Indian manufactures to participate in RFI/RFP issued by various countries. So far, Indian defence exports included parts/components etc. The export of big platforms was minimal. This initiative of the Cabinet would help the country to improve its defence products and make them globally competitive. The export version of Akash will be different from System currently deployed with Indian Armed Forces.
Cabinet approves Opening of 3 Indian Missions in Estonia, Paraguay and Dominican Republic
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved the opening of 3 Indian Missions in Estonia, Paraguay and Dominican Republic in 2021. Opening of Indian Missions in these countries will help expand India’s diplomatic footprint, deepen political relations, enable growth of bilateral trade, investment and economic engagements, facilitate stronger people-to-people contacts, bolster political outreach in multilateral fora and help garner support for India’s foreign policy objectives. Indian mission in these countries will also better assist the Indian community and protect their interests.
PM Modi flags off India’s first-ever driverless metro train in Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first-ever driverless train operations on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line. He also launched the National Common Mobility Card, an inter-operable transport facility that allows users to pay for travel, toll duties, retail shopping, and withdraw money using one card.
AFSCB Adjudged as the “Best Company Promoting Sports (Public Sector) 2020” at FICCI India Sports Awards 2020
Air Force Sports Control Board (AFSCB) has been annotated as the winner in the category of “Best Company Promoting Sports (Public Sector) 2020”. AFSB has been conferred with this prestigious award on 08 Dec 20 by the eminent jury of FICCI India Sports Awards 2020 that was chaired by Justice Mudgal. The award function took place virtually through video conferencing on 08 Dec 2020 and Air Commodore Ashutosh Chaturvedi, Chairman, AFSCB received the prestigious award from the President FICCI. FICCI has acknowledged that IAF has indeed been a true inspiration for other organisations in actively promoting sports, hoping to further motivate sports personnel to achieve newer heights & getting more laurels to the nation.
Successful Maiden Launch of MRSAM
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved a major milestone today with the maiden launch of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM), Army Version from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the Coast of Odisha. The missile completely destroyed a high speed unmanned aerial target which was mimicking an aircraft with a direct hit. Army version of MRSAM is a surface to Air Missile developed jointly by DRDO, India and IAI, Israel for use of the Indian Army. MRSAM Army weapon system comprises of Command post, Multi-Function Radar and Mobile Launcher system. The complete Fire Unit has been used during the launch in the deliverable configuration. The team from the users i.e. Indian Army also witnessed the launch. Number of range instruments such as Radar, Telemetry and Electro-Optical Tracking System were deployed and captured the complete mission data, validating the weapon system performance including the destruction of the target.
NTPC wins prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2020
Country’s largest power producer, NTPC ltd has been conferred “Excellence” in the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2020 in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Domain. NTPC has been honoured in the Corporate Excellence Category, Commendation for Significant Achievement. The recognition was received by Shri D. K. Patel, Director (HR) in the August presence of Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs at the 15th CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2020 held through the virtual platform.This is the highest award conferred by CII-ITC in CSR domain. NTPC is the only PSU to receive the award in the Corporate Excellence category.
Ratan Tata honoured with 'Global Visionary of Sustainable Business and Peace' award
Veteran industrialist Ratan Tata was conferred the title of "Global Visionary of Sustainable Business and Peace" by the Federation of Indo-Israel Chambers of Commerce (FIICC) for epitomising "unity, peace and sustainability".
Prime Minister Modi presents ASSOCHAM Centenary Award to Ratan Tata
Prime Minister Modi presented the ASSOCHAM Enterprise of the Century Award to Ratan Tata, ahead of his keynote address at the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India- ASSOCHAM Foundation Week 2020 on December 19, 2020, via video conferencing. Ratan Tata received the prestigious award on behalf of the Tata Group. PM Modi praised Tata Group for playing a significant role in the development of India.
Narendra Modi is 1st Indian PM who get Legion of Merit award
Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister who awarded the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander by the Government of the United States of America. Due to Coronavirus related restrictions, the award was handed over in a simple ceremony by the National Security Advisor of the United States to the Ambassador of India to the US. The citation for the award recognizes Prime Minister Modi’s contribution to elevate the Indo-US Strategic Partnership to address global challenges. It recognizes that India and the US are key partners in the Indo-Pacific, a theme clearly reflected in the choice of awardees.
Lewis Hamilton win BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year
Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton capped another successful year by claiming the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year prize. The 35-year-old driver, who last month equaled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 titles, overcame Jordan Henderson and Hollie Doyle to win the British broadcaster’s prestigious prize in a public vote.
The winners of 21st Century Icon Awards
The 21st Century Icon Awards have given the pandemic a massive beating. The Awards continue to celebrate the success of the next generation despite these unprecedented times. The winners of these truly global awards were unveiled in London on December 17. The 21st Century Icon Awards are global, unique, distinctive and celebrate the success of the next generation by recognising dynamic entrepreneurs and successful individuals, helping them to keep growing and competing on the world stage.
The fantastic winners of the 21st Century Icon Awards 2020 are:
Adolfo Cambiaso, Professional Polo Player, Argentina - Competitive Sports Award - Adolfo is a professional polo player, ranked number one in the world with a 10-goal handicap rating, the highest possible in polo. He became the youngest player in history of the sport to reach the ten goals handicap at the age of 17. Adolfo has won every important international polo tournament in the world amassing 174 title wins.
Shankar Mahadevan, Legendary Singer and Composer, India - Magnificent Performing Arts Award - Shankar Mahadevan is regarded as one of India’s top playback singers. As a singer and music composer, he has recorded over 7000 songs. He has also recorded songs for many non-film albums, tel-series, devotionals and classical collaborations. Shankar has won 27 prestigious awards for his music.
Mohit Burman, Vice Chairman, Dabur India Limited - Dedicated Stalwart Award - Mohit is the Vice Chairman of Dabur India with Revenues of over USD 1.2 Billion and Market Capitalisation of USD 11 Billion. Promoted by the Burman family in 1884, Dabur has the largest herbal and natural product portfolio in the world available in over 100 countries.
Raghavendra Rathore, Renowned Indian Fashion Designer - Exquisite Art & Fashion Award - The Raghavendra Rathore Jodhpur is India’s premier menswear bespoke brand. For over two decades the brand has been a leader in customisation of lifestyle services for celebrities, power dressers and individuals with a sense of achievement. With stores in all major metros in India and in the UK, the brand evokes its creativity from the ancient town of Jodhpur.
Chris Gayle, Jamaica (International Cricketer) - Competitive Sports Award - Jamaican cricketer who played international cricket for the West Indies. Chris Gayle captained the West Indies Test side from 2007 to 2010. Considered as one of the greatest batsmen ever in Twenty20 (T20) cricket, Chris has set numerous records across all three formats of the game.
Ajeet Singh, Founder Guria India - Generous Philanthropist Award - Guria India is a nonprofit organisation that is dedicated to fighting child prostitution, second generation prostitution, trafficking of women and children for forced labour or sex primarily in Northern India. Guria was founded in 1993 and to date has rescued more than 2,500 children/women from brothels and other forms of slavery, pursued 3120 criminal cases against traffickers/brothel keepers including 15 Public Interest Litigation.
Dhiraj Mukherjee, Co-Founder Shazam - Innovator Technology Award - Dhiraj co-founded Shazam which pioneered mobile music recognition built on its proprietary breakthrough technology. Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times and is used by nearly 500 million people a year.
Raissa and Joyce de Haas, (Twins) Co-Founders, Double Dutch Ltd, UK - ELITE Rising Star Award - Raissa and Joyce, Co-Founded Double Dutch in 2015. Double Dutch is a premium tonic and mixer brand that is currently selling just under a million bottles per month across 32 countries. They made it on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2019.
Tashi and Nungshi Malik (Twins), India - Inspirational Icon Award - 9 Guinness World Records. These include first female twins and siblings to scale Mt Everest, scale Seven Summits, complete Explorers Grand Slam, complete three-pole challenge.
Shalini Passi, Founder, Shalini Passi Art Foundation & MASH (My Art Shalini), India - Squared Watermelon Award - Founded in 2018, the Shalini Passi Art Foundation seeks to advocate a new aesthetic language within the Indian avant-garde - collapsing the hierarchical distinctions between architecture, art, craft, design, and fashion by eliciting a rich discourse around creativity in modernity. The Foundation is supporting, educating, and encouraging experimental new practices. Through her digital platform MASH, Shalini seeks to bridge the gap between art, craft, architecture, design and fashion to further a multidisciplinary approach to these fields.
Umaru W Ndagi, Rahma Integrated Concepts Ltd, Nigeria - Relentlessly Resolute Award - Umaru has worked relentlessly for over 12 years seeking solutions for chronic diseases in Nigeria and Africa. Rahma uses local ingredients to make nutraceuticals for chronic and usually debilitating ailments such as sickle cell, diabetes, arthritis etc. Umaru is running clinical trials on products. The trials for sickle cells been successful and will help alleviate the suffering of millions.
Raman Kant, Founder, NEER Foundation, India - Generous Philanthropist Award - Raman Kant founded NEER Foundation in 2004 as a not-for-profit working towards environment protection, managing water conservation and rural development. The Foundation has produced the first detailed census of natural water resources structures in India. They have cleaned up several ponds and rivers to reduce contamination and constructed many natural water resource structures.
Dr. Sunil Daga Dr Indranil Chakravorty, Dr. Subodh Dave, Professor Geeta Menon, Dr. Neeraj Bala, Dr. Subarna Chakravorty - The BAPIO Institute for Health Research (BIHR) part of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin - Specialist Professional Award - They teamed together to research and produce one of the most important studies during COVID 19. They drew attention of the government establishing Black Asian and Minority Ethnicity (BAME) as independent risk factors for acquiring COVID-19 infections in health care workers. This study featured on Channel 4 prime time news and was submitted as evidence for parliamentary committee review for unequal impact of coronavirus on BAME.
Amit Panghal clinches gold, injured Satish Kumar bags silver
World silver-medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) notched up a gold medal without having to fight his final bout, while veteran Satish Kumar (+91kg) settled for silver after an injury prevented him from competing in his summit clash at the Cologne World Cup in Germany. Panghal was given a walkover by Germany’s Argishti Terteryan.
Real Kashmir lift IFA Shield Cup to win their maiden silverware
Real Kashmir FC clinched their maiden major trophy by lifting the IFA Shield after beating George Telegraph 2-1 in the summit clash in Kolkata, though the 127-year-old tournament was held without some of the country’s top sides.
India record their lowest Test score of 36, Australia need 90 to win
The Indian cricket team suffered the ignominy of being restricted to its lowest ever total in Test cricket, collapsing to 36/9 in the terminated second innings against Australia on the third morning of the first Day/Night Test at Adelaide Oval.India’s earlier lowest score was 42 at the Lord’s in 1974 against England, known in Indian cricket parlance as "Summer of 42".
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