Current Affairs Jan 12, 2024

Current Affairs Jan 12, 2024


1) Swadesh Darshan 2.0 Unveiled to Transform Tourism Development:

  1. Redesigned Scheme: Swadesh Darshan 2.0 launched with a focus on sustainable and responsible tourism destinations.
  2. Guidelines Shared: Program emphasizes a tourist and destination-centric approach, offering 100% central funding.
  3. Holistic Mission: Not an incremental change, SD2.0 marks a generational shift in tourism development.
  4. Project Sanctioning: Funding subject to availability, suitable Detailed Project Reports, adherence to guidelines, and past fund utilization.
  5. Destination Focus: Aims to create sustainable and responsible tourism destinations for long-term impact.
  6. Benchmark Creation: Encourages the establishment of generic and theme-specific benchmarks and standards for tourism development.
  7. Identified Places: Jhansi, Prayagraj, Gwalior, Chitrakoot, Khajuraho, Ajanta, and Ellora among prominent destinations under consideration.

2) Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Highlights Achievements in Housing and Urban Affairs:

  • Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Transforming Lives:
  1. Minister Puri praises the scheme, stating it has sanctioned 1.19 crore houses and completed over 1 crore houses in 9 years.
  2. 79 lakh houses allotted to beneficiaries, a significant improvement from 2004-2014 where only 13 lakh houses were sanctioned.
  3. PM SVANidhi Scheme Success:
  1. Minister highlights the success of PM SVANidhi scheme, providing loans to transform lives during the Covid period.
  2. More than 59 lakh rupees of loans disbursed in 2024 under the scheme.
  3. Urban Schemes Capital Expenditure Soars:
  4. Total capital expenditure of all urban schemes exceeds 18 lakh crore rupees, a significant increase from 1 lakh crore in the previous government’s 10 years.
  5. Metro Network Expansion:
  1. Minister emphasizes the transformative changes in the urban transport system.
  2. Delhi’s metro network alone expands from 250 km to 390 km under PM Modi’s leadership.
  3. National Metro System Growth:
  1. The total metro network in the country reaches 905 km, with 956 km under construction.
  2. India set to become the second-largest metro system globally upon completing 956 km.
  3. PM Modi’s Vision Realized:
  1. Prime Minister Modi’s vision to provide affordable housing by 2024 and transform urban transport systems is reflected in successful implementations.
  2. Schemes like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and PM SVANidhi significantly contribute to positive change.

3) Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra Boosts Government Schemes in Ladakh:

  1. Doorstep Awareness Campaign: Ongoing Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra in Ladakh brings government schemes directly to residents.
  2. Special Two-Day Campaign: Scheduled for January 12-13 at the Tibetan Refugee Settlement Campus in Leh.
  3. Interactive Sessions: Officials from various government departments engage in sessions to raise awareness about welfare initiatives.
  4. Community Engagement Focus: Yatra aims at outreach to remote areas, fostering community engagement in different parts of the Union Territory.
  5. Resident Gratitude: Locals express gratitude for the initiative, acknowledging the government’s efforts in organizing the yatra in the region.
  6. Challenging Conditions Overcome: Despite challenging weather conditions, recent events in Kargil district, particularly in Barsoo Block, received appreciation.
  7. Active Local Participation: VBSY programs actively involve local people, ensuring effective communication and dissemination of information.

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State news:

1) Odisha’s Chief Minister Inaugurates Malkangiri Airport for Enhanced Connectivity.

  • Milestone Achievement: Naveen Patnaik opens strategic airport in tribal-dominated Malkangiri.
  • Connectivity Boost: 1620m runway accommodates nine-seater aircraft, fostering regional development.
  • Progress Update: Malkangiri airport marks the seventh operational airport in Odisha.
  • Strategic Initiative: A crucial step towards development in southwestern Odisha.

2) Simmtech to Establish Semiconductor Manufacturing Plant in Gujarat, India.

  • Investment Boost: South Korean firm allocates Rs 1,250 crore for semiconductor plant in Sanand.
  • Ecosystem Development: Simmtech aims to contribute to building a robust semiconductor ecosystem in Gujarat.
  • MoU with Gujarat Government: World’s largest semiconductor substrate manufacturer signs MoU for plant establishment.
  • Proximity Advantage: Plant located near Micron’s facility in Sanand, enhancing industry collaboration.
  • Land Allocation: Simmtech secured 30 acres of land for the manufacturing facility.
  • Construction Timeline: Construction to begin in the next 2-3 months, with the entire setup process expected to take 6-7 months.

Economy news: India Targets USD 5 Trillion Economy by 2027-28, Says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

  • Growth Projections: Aims to become the world’s third-largest economy from the current fifth position.
  • Current Economy Status: India presently holds the fifth-largest economy spot at USD 3.4 trillion.
  • Economic Growth Rate: Forecasted growth of 7.3% in the current fiscal year, exceeding the 7.2% recorded in 2022-23.
  • FDI Inflow: India attracted USD 919 billion in Foreign Direct Investment over 23 years until 2023.
  • Leadership Impact: Remarkably, 65% of the total FDI (USD 595 billion) flowed in during the past 8-9 years under Narendra Modi’s government.
  1. Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit: Finance Minister outlines ambitious economic goals during the summit.


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important dates:

1)  India Observes 35th National Road Safety Week from January 11-17.

  • Educational Initiative: Week-long campaign focused on raising awareness about responsible driving and pedestrian safety.
  • Ministry’s Role: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) actively involved in promoting road safety.
  • Extended Awareness Period: MoRTH introduces National Road Safety Month from January 15 to February 14.
  • Comprehensive Approach: Aims to address road safety challenges and improve infrastructure across the country.
  • Annual Tradition: National Road Safety Week has been observed for 35 years, emphasizing its ongoing significance.
  • Citizen Engagement: Encourages public participation in creating safer road environments.

2)  India Celebrates National Youth Day on Swami Vivekananda’s Birth Anniversary (January 12).

  • Government Declaration: January 12 declared National Youth Day in 1984 to honor Swami Vivekananda’s contributions.
  • Youth Inspiration: Dedicated to motivating and inspiring youth for national development.
  • 2024 Theme: “Viksit Yuva-Viksit Bharat” – Focus on youth empowerment and nation-building.
  • Swami Vivekananda’s Vision: Emphasizes harnessing youth power for positive societal change.
  • Birth Anniversary Commemoration: National Youth Day marks Swami Vivekananda’s significant impact on Indian society and the world.
  • Contributions Recognized: Acknowledges Swami Vivekananda’s role in fostering national development through youth inspiration.

Awards news : Indore and Surat Share Cleanest City Title at Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023.

  • Seventh Consecutive Win: Indore maintains cleanest city title for the seventh time, sharing with Surat.
  • Awards Ceremony: Hosted by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, President Droupadi Murmu confers accolades.
  • Award Categories: Recognition across various cleanliness categories for 13 distinguished awardees.
  • Unique Joint Victory: Indore and Surat jointly honored as the cleanest cities.
  • Top Performers: Cities with populations under 1 lakh – Sasvad, Patan, Lonavala. Cleanest Cantonment Board: Mhow Cantonment Board, MP.
  • Ganga Towns: Varanasi and Prayagraj recognized as the cleanest Ganga towns.
  • Best Performing States: Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh top the list.
  • Safaimitra Surakshit Sheher Award: Chandigarh recognized for promoting

Books and author: Union Minister Bhupender Yadav Unveils Book “Modi: Energising A Green Future”.

  • Authoritative Release: Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change presents the insightful book.
  • Title and Publisher: “Modi: Energising A Green Future” published by Pentagon Press in collaboration with Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation.
  • Central Theme: Focuses on PM Narendra Modi’s vision and actions for a sustainable and eco-friendly future.
  • In-depth Exploration: Book delves into strategies and policies under PM Modi’s leadership, positioning India in the global environmental movement.
  • Significant Contribution: Adds to environmental literature by highlighting India’s role in global sustainability efforts.
  • Published Collaboration: Joint effort between Pentagon Press and Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

Science and technology: China Launches Einstein Probe to Explore Cosmic Transient Phenomena.

  1. Groundbreaking Satellite: China sends Einstein Probe (EP) to observe mysterious transient phenomena in the universe.
  2. Unique Design: Shaped like a lotus, the satellite employs innovative X-ray detection technology inspired by a lobster eye.
  3. Launch Site: Launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province, southwest China.
  4. Significant Mission: Aiming to unravel secrets of the cosmos, EP is a major step in astronomical exploration.
  5. Distinctive Features: Weighing 1.45 tonnes, EP resembles a full-size SUV with a lotus shape, including 12 petals and two stamens.
  6. Technology Utilized: Wide-field X-ray telescopes (WXT) in each petal and follow-up X-ray telescopes (FXT) in each stamen.
  7. Innovation Inspiration: Lobster eye-inspired technology enhances X-ray detection capabilities for advanced astronomical observations.




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