20 January 2022 Current Affairs

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India successfully test-fires Brahmos missile

  • The indigenously developed supersonic cruise missile Brahmos was successfully launched from the Odisha coast here on Thursday, according to sources from India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation.
  • The missile was test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad-III at Chandipur around 10.45 a.m., according to a source at the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

Mukesh Ambani is pouring more than $80 billion into green energy

  • India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, is investing heavily in green energy.
  • Reliance Industries announced Thursday that it will invest 6 trillion rupees (approximately $80.6 billion) in renewable power projects in Gujarat, where it aims to create a million new jobs.
  • The bulk of the $62.4 billion will be spent on a new power plant and hydrogen system, according to a company filing.
  • Reliance plans to make the enormous investment over a ten-to-fifteen-year period, and has already started looking for land for the 100-gigawatt capacity site.

Teen pilot Zara Rutherford becomes youngest woman to fly the world solo

  • Teenage aviator Zara Rutherford has become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo.
  • The 19-year-old, who has dual British-Belgian nationality, landed at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in western Belgium on Thursday, completing an epic 41-country journey spanning over 52,000 kilometers (32,300 miles), and broke two Guinness World Records in the process.

Israel Completed A Successful Flight Test Of The Arrow-3

  • The Israel Missile Defense Organization, together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Israeli Defense Forces, successfully conducted a flight test of the Arrow Weapon System that is designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside of the earth’s atmosphere.
  • The test was performed at a test site in central Israel, and led by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
  • The Arrow 3 Weapon System was first tested successfully in February 2018 after months of delays and technical problems. It is considered one of the most powerful weapons of its kind in the world and has been in development since 2008.

PM Narendra Modi: Attempts being made to ‘tarnish’ India’s image

  • Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister, remarked on Thursday that efforts to sully India’s reputation have been made.
  • Since Independence, giving precedence to rights and completely neglecting obligations has left the country vulnerable.
  • At the same event the virtual national launch ceremony of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ke Ore’ Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that peace and brotherhood are the most pressing needs of the hour, with a climate of violence in India.
  • Prime Minister Modi also virtually launched seven projects backed by the spiritual organization Brahma Kumaris dedicated to the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Meghalaya Cabinet approves recommendations of 3 regional committees

  • The Meghalaya cabinet has approved the recommendations of three regional committees, namely West Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, East and West Jaintia Hills, to resolve the Meghalaya-Assam border issue.
  • The regional committees have been formed to examine the present status of the six areas of differences Tarabari, Gizang and Hahim in West Khasi Hills district, Boklapara and Khanapara-Pilingkata in Ri Bhoi district, and Ratacherra in East Jaintia Hills district.

Rare pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coast

  • What struck Hedouin was that the corals looked healthy and were not affected by a bleaching event in 2019.
  • Corals are tiny animals that grow and form reefs in oceans around the world.
  • Scientists have swum throughout a rare length of perfect corals that resemble roses off the coast of Tahiti in the South Pacific.
  • The reef, which is estimated to be one of the world’s deepest, appears to be unaffected by climate change or human actions.
  • Laetitia Hedouin said she first saw the corals during a recreational dive with a local diving club months earlier.

The Union Cabinet Approved Infusion Of 1500 Crore Rupees In IREDA

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved infusion of ₹1,500 crore in Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA), which will help generate 10,200 jobs a year and reduce carbon emissions equivalent to approximately 7.49 million tonnes per year.
  • The IREDA played a big role in the field of renewable energy and its portfolio had increased from ₹8,800 crore to ₹28,000 crore in the past six years.
  • IREDA is a Non-Banking Financial Institution engaged in promoting, developing, and extending financial assistance for setting up projects relating to new and renewable sources of energy.

TCS Becomes Title Sponsor Of Toronto Waterfront Marathon

  • TCS is partnering with Canada Running Series to become the new title sponsor and official technology consulting partner of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Virtual Race through November 2026.
  • Tata Consultancy Services and Canada Running Series aim to modernize marathon running in Canada through a new race app.
  • The TCS team is going to work with CRS to create a hybrid and immersive race experience for all runners and spectators around the globe.

Legend of Indian classical dance Birju Maharaj dies aged 83

  • Pandit Birju Maharaj, a prominent classical dancer in India, died of a heart attack at the age of 83.
  • According to reports, Pandit Birju Maharaj was playing with his grandchildren at home in Delhi on Sunday (16 January) when his health deteriorated.
  • After being taken to the hospital, he was declared dead.

Professional Mountaineer Major Hari Pal Singh Ahluwalia Passed Away

  • Indian mountaineer and Padma Shri Awardee Major HPS Ahluwalia died at the age of 85 on January 14, 2022.
  • Major Hari Pal Singh Ahluwalia was the recipient of Arjuna Award in 1965 Padma Shri in 1965 Padma Bhushan in 2002 and Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award for lifetime achievement in 2009.
  • He has written 13 titles including his autobiography “Higher Than Everest”.

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