Current Affairs Jan 22, 2024

Current Affairs Jan 22, 2024


Current Affairs Jan 22, 2024


1) Ayodhya Ram Temple to Unveil Innovative Solar-Powered “Surya Tilak” for Lord Ram during Annual Celebrations

Important Points:

  • The Ayodhya Ram Temple introduces a groundbreaking feature – a solar-powered “Surya Tilak” for Lord Ram.
  • The unique system, developed by the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), will adorn the idol’s forehead with sunlight in the form of a traditional Tilak.
  • The “Surya Tilak” is designed exclusively for the annual Ram Navami celebration, marking Lord Ram’s birth.
  • The project, led by Odia scientist Saroj Kumar Panigrahi, involves no electricity, battery, iron, or steel, ensuring a traditional approach.
  • The manually operated system, made of brass, aligns with the temple’s ethos and sustainability.
  • This innovative approach reflects a harmonious blend of tradition and technology in religious practices.

2) Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Lays Foundation Stone for ‘Ayush Diksha’ Center in Bhubaneswar

  • Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, lays the foundation stone for ‘Ayush Diksha’ center.
  • The groundbreaking center, located at the Central Ayurveda Research Institute campus in Bhubaneswar, is dedicated to developing future Ayush professionals.
  • ‘Ayush Diksha’ aims to be a hub for advancing human resources in Ayush, with a primary focus on nurturing Ayurveda professionals.
  • The institution will foster collaboration with prominent national institutes to enhance capacity, strengthen human resources, and facilitate research and development.
  • The center aspires to achieve self-sustainability for revenue generation, contributing to the growth and development of the Ayush sector.
  • The foundation stone ceremony marks a momentous occasion for the promotion and advancement of Ayurveda and allied disciplines.

Appointments: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) grants approval for the appointment of Praveen Achuthan Kutty as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DCB Bank.


In California, two government schools in Silicon Valley will be introducing Hindi as a world language in their school curriculum for the first time. The decision to introduce Hindi as an optional subject was welcomed by the large Indian American community at Fremont who have been seeking to have their children learn Hindi in schools. 

Ranks and report

WHO Releases Guidelines for Ethical Use of Large Multi-Modal Models (LMM) in Healthcare

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) issues comprehensive guidelines addressing the ethical use and governance of Large Multi-Modal Models (LMM) in healthcare.
  • LMMs, including AI technologies like ChatGPT, Bard, and Bert, have rapidly transformed healthcare by processing diverse data inputs such as text, videos, and images.
  • WHO’s document identifies five key applications of LMMs in healthcare: diagnosis and clinical care, patient-guided use, administrative tasks, medical education, and scientific research.
  • Risks associated with LMMs, such as the generation of false or biased statements, as well as concerns about data quality and bias, are highlighted.
  • The guidelines aim to ensure responsible and ethical deployment of AI in healthcare, considering the potential impact on patient outcomes and healthcare practices.
  • The release reflects the global health community’s recognition of the transformative power of AI in healthcare and the need for ethical standards to guide its implementation.


EAM S Jaishankar Highlights 19th NAM Summit in Uganda, Focused on ‘Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence’

  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar provides insights into the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Uganda.
  • The two-day summit, themed ‘Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence,’ gathers over 120 developing countries, marking a significant moment in history.
  • NAM, founded in 1961 during the Cold War based on the Panchsheel principle, originated from the concept that emerged in 1955 at the Asia-Africa Bandung Conference in Indonesia.
  • The inaugural NAM Summit took place in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in September 1961, guided by leaders like Josip Broz Tito, Jawaharlal Nehru, Kwame Nkrumah, Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Sukarno.
  • The summit reflects the enduring relevance of NAM in fostering collaboration among nations and addressing global challenges.

Science and tech

First Astronaut

  • SpaceX achieves a historic launch of the Ax-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on January 18.
  • The Crew Dragon capsule, named “Freedom,” is propelled into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket, representing the third mission organized by Axiom Space based in Houston.
  • The Ax-3 mission, led by former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, features a diverse crew, including mission pilot Walter Villadei, European Space Agency astronaut Marcus Wandt, and Turkey’s inaugural astronaut, Alper Gezeravcı.
  • Axiom highlights this mission as “the first all-European commercial astronaut mission” to the ISS, showcasing international collaboration in space exploration.
  • The successful launch underlines SpaceX’s role in advancing commercial space travel and collaborations with private space exploration companies.
  • The mission signifies a milestone for Turkey as it sends its first astronaut to the ISS, contributing to the broader diversification of space exploration participation.


“Kuchipudi Prodigy Lakshmi Priya Receives Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar for Artistic Excellence”

  1. Recipient: Pendyala Lakshmi Priya, a 15-year-old 10th-grade student from Kazipet, Telangana.
  2. Award Presenter: President of India, Droupadi Murmulater, presents the prestigious award.
  3. Recognition: Lakshmi Priya is acknowledged for excellence in the field of art and culture, among 19 children honored this year.
  4. Encouraging Words: In an interview with Akashvani, she expressed excitement and emphasized how such awards motivate people to excel in various fields.

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