Current Affairs Jan 28, 29, 2024

Current Affairs Jan 28, 29, 2024


Current Affairs Jan 28, 29, 2024

National news

  1. India Unveils First Homegrown Aircraft Seat at Wings India 2024**
  2. – Inaugurated by Union Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia
  3. Held in Hyderabad
  4. – Theme: “Connecting India to the World in Amrit Kaal”
  5. – Key Announcements: Joint knowledge paper by FICCI and KPMG, Launch of UDAN 5.3, FICCI’s 4th Wings India Awards
  6. – Highlight: India showcases innovation with its first indigenously designed and manufactured aircraft seat.
  7. PM Modi Launches Rs 19,100 Crore Development Projects in Bulandshahr; Inaugurates Innovative Rail Solutions
  8. – PM Narendra Modi inaugurates projects worth over Rs 19,100 crore in Bulandshahr, UP.
  9. – Flagged off goods trains on 173-km double-line electrified section from New Khurja to New Rewari, featuring a world-first one-kilometer double-line rail tunnel for seamless double-stack container train operation.
  10. – Inaugurated LA rail line connecting Mathura-Palwal and Chipiyana Buzurg-Dadn sections, enhancing rail connectivity to southern, western, and eastern India from the national capital.
  11. DAY-NRLM Renews 5-Year MoU with Lady Irwin College to Empower Women through ROSHNI-CWCSA**
  12. – Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) and Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, renew a 5-year MoU in New Delhi.
  13. – The partnership, known as ROSHNI – Centre of Women Collectives led Social Action (CWCSA), focuses on strengthening nutrition, gender equity, and livelihoods for women.
  14. – MoRD collaborates with ROSHNI-CWCSA to enhance Food, Nutrition, Health, and WASH (FNHW) outcomes in rural communities over the 5-year term.
  15. Airbus Helicopters and Tata Group to Establish India’s First Private Sector Helicopter Assembly Facility
  16. Airbus Helicopters announces partnership with Tata Group to establish a Final Assembly Line (FAL) for civil helicopters in India.
  17. The FAL will produce Airbus’ popular H125 single-engine civil helicopter for India and neighboring countries.
  18. Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), a Tata Group subsidiary, will collaborate with Airbus Helicopters to set up the facility.
  19. This initiative marks India’s first private sector helicopter assembly facility.
  20. The partnership aligns with the growing demand for civil helicopters in India and supports the “Make in India” initiative.
  21. Airbus and Tata Group are also establishing a FAL in Vadodara for the C-295 military transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force.

5) Prime Minister Modi Unveils Digital Supreme Court 2.0 on 75th Anniversary Celebration

  • Unveiling Digital Supreme Court 2.0 and a new website in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Supreme Court of India.
  • Prime Minister Modi pays homage to the vision of the framers of the Indian Constitution.
  • Emphasizing the transition towards a digital court system for enhanced accessibility and efficiency.
  • Marking a historic moment in India’s legal history, aligning with technological advancements.
  • The initiative aims to streamline judicial processes and promote transparency in the legal system.
  • A tribute to the ideals of an independent India and the constitutional values cherished by the founding fathers.
  • The Digital Supreme Court 2.0 reflects a commitment to modernizing legal infrastructure in the digital age.

International news

 “Rebuilding Trust” – Key Highlights from Davos Summit 2024**

  • – The 54th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos focuses on the theme of “Rebuilding Trust.”
  • – India collaborates with WEF to launch the “Global Good Alliance for Gender Equity and Equality,” emphasizing women’s health, education, and enterprise.
  • – Union Minister Smriti Irani announces the establishment of the Business 20 (B20) Global Institute.
  • – Health industry leaders discuss the importance of preplanning for potential outbreaks in the session titled ‘Preparing for Disease X’ at WEF 2024.

Banking news

Canara HSBC Life Introduces ‘iSelect Guaranteed Future Plus’ Insurance Plan**

  • – Non-Linked, Non-Participating, Individual Savings Life Insurance Plan with four options: Endowment, Regular Income, Early Income, and Long Term Income with Return of Premium.
  • – Eligibility: Minimum Entry Age – NIL, Maximum Entry Age – 65 years, Minimum Maturity Age – 18 years, Maximum Maturity Age – 99 years.
  • – Offers life insurance with a Guaranteed Maturity Benefit and additional guarantees in the last five years of the policy term.
  • – Flexible Premium Payment Term (PPT) and Policy Term (PT) options for policyholders.
  • – Optional benefits include Payor Premium Protection Cover or Accidental Death Benefit (ADB).

Award news

City of London Recognizes Ajit Mishra with “Freedom of the City” Award for Business Partnership Advocacy**

  • – Ajit Mishra, India-born Lawyer in the UK, honored for strengthening business ties between the City of London and India.
  • – Award presented at the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall, London, UK.
  • – Nominated by Chris Hayword, Policy Chairman of London Corporation, and Shravan Joshi, Deputy Chair of the civil affairs committee.

Appointments news

1) VARNI Ropes in Ravindra Jadeja as Brand Ambassador for its Premium Electronic Products**

  • – VARNI, the premium electronic product brand, appoints Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja as its brand ambassador.
  • – Founded in 2009 by Kishan Mali, who also serves as the Managing Director.
  • – VARNI offers a diverse range of electronic products, including speakers, smart watches, headphones, cables, power banks, and chargers.

2) Havildar Preeti Rajak, who is a champion trap shooter, has become the first woman to hold the rank of Subedar in the Indian Army after she was promoted on Sunday.

Defence news

Indian Navy Successfully Test-Fires Extended-Range BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile**

  • – Indian Navy, in collaboration with BrahMos Aerospace, conducts successful test-firing of extended-range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on January 24, 2024.
  • – Fired from combat and mission-ready ships, aligning with the ‘AatmaNirbharta’ initiative of the Government of India.

Books and authors

Amit Shah Launches Braille Book on Narendra Modi’s Journey – “A Promised Nation”**

  • – Amit Shah, Union Minister of Home Affairs and Cooperation, launches “A Promised Nation Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi- the Maker of New India” in Braille script.
  • – The book aims to make the life journey of Narendra Modi, the 14th Prime Minister of India, accessible to those with visual impairment.
  • – Published by VRL Logistics Limited, it highlights Modi’s achievements and contributions during his tenure from 2014 to 2024.

Science and technology

1) NASA’s Perseverance Rover Confirms Ancient Martian Lake Sediments, Supporting Water and Microbial Life Theories

Key Points:

  • Perseverance rover’s data affirms the existence of ancient lake sediments in Mars’ Jezero Crater.
  • Ground-penetrating radar observations validate earlier orbital imagery, suggesting Mars had water-covered regions.
  • Findings hint at the possibility of Mars harboring microbial life in its ancient past.
  • Research led by teams from UCLA and the University of Oslo, published in Science Advances.
  • Subsurface scans by the car-sized rover conducted over several months in 2022 played a crucial role.
  • Rover transitioned from the crater floor to sedimentary-like features resembling Earth’s river deltas.

2) Bhavish Aggarwal’s Krutrim Emerges as India’s First AI Unicorn with $50 Mn Funding Round

Key Points:

  • Bhavish Aggarwal’s third startup, Krutrim, achieves unicorn status with a $50 million funding round.
  • Matrix Partners India leads the funding, marking Krutrim as the first Indian AI unicorn of 2024.
  • The funds will be utilized to drive innovation and expand Krutrim’s global presence, reshaping the AI landscape.
  • Krutrim aims to revolutionize AI solutions and contribute to meaningful change on a global scale.
  • Bhavish Aggarwal expresses excitement over the successful funding round, highlighting investor confidence in Krutrim’s potential.
  • The achievement underscores India’s growing prominence in the field of artificial intelligence.

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