Current Affairs Today 12th January 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 12th January 2023 Daily GK Update

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National News

PM Modi inaugurated Global Investors Summit in Indore

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually inaugurated the 7th edition of the Global Investors Summit in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
  • The inaugural session of the summit was attended by Chandrika Prasad Santokhi (President of Suriname) and Dr. Mohammed Irfan Ali (President of Guyana).
  • The theme of the Global Investors Summit is ‘Madhya Pradesh – a future-ready state’.
  • A total of 447 international delegates from 84 countries, 401 international buyers, more than 5,000 industrialists and representatives of various international industry associations, and representatives of all G20 countries will take part in the event.
  • The key objectives of the event are – showcasing industrial ecosystem of the state, promoting the state policies, consultation with industrial organisations to formulate industry-friendly policies, collaboration opportunities, promoting export potential and buyer-seller meets and vendor development.
  • Environmental protection has been taken care of in this summit that will be completely based on Carbon Neutral and Zero Waste.

About Madhya Pradesh

  • Capital – Bhopal
  • Chief Minister – Shivraj Singh Chauhan
  • Governor – Mangubhai C. Patel

PM Modi in News

  • PM Modi chaired the Annual General Meeting of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Society in New Delhi
  • PM Modi launched world’s longest river cruise from Varanasi to Assam
  • PM Modi flagged off West Bengal’s first Vande Bharata Express train (7th)
  • PM Modi flagged off 6th Vande Bharat train in Nagpur, Maharashtra
  • PM Modi inaugurated 4th Vande Bharat Express in Himachal Pradesh
  • PM Modi participated in the historic programme marking ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ in Delhi

Assam CM launched Jio 5G services in Guwahati

  • Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has launched Jio True 5G services at Guwahati in Assam.
  • Jio also started its True 5G-powered Wi-Fi services at Maa Kamakhya Temple complex in Guwahati.
  • Apart from Jio’s existing investment of Rs 9,500 crore, the company is additionally investing over Rs 2,500 crore to deploy True 5G network in Assam.
  • By December 2023, Jio True 5G services will be made available in every town and taluka of Assam.
  • Other than the launch, Smart Healthcare Solutions like teleradiology and connected ambulances were showcased during the event.

About Assam

  • Capital – Dispur
  • Chief Minister –Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • Governor – Prof Jagdish Mukhi

Sudarsan Pattnaik builds world’s largest hockey stick in Odisha

  • Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik built the world’s largest hockey sculpture on the banks of the Mahanadi River in Cuttack, Odisha.
  • He built a 105-feet long hockey stick, using 5000 hockey balls.
  • Objective – To mark the commencement of the Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 that begins on January 13.
  • He has also been awarded Padma Shri in 2014, for his contribution to sand art.
  • He also holds the Guinness Record (2017) for building the tallest sand castle at 48 feet.

About Odisha

  • Capital – Bhubaneswar
  • Chief Minister – Naveen Patnaik
  • Governor – Ganeshi Lal

International News

Henley Passport Index 2023: India ranked 85; topped by Japan

  • According to the Henley Passport Index 2023, Japan has retained its position as the most favorable passport in the world, allowing visa-free entry to 193 global destinations.
  • Japan is at the top for the fifth year in a row.
  • Singapore and South Korea are joint second in the ranking, followed by Germany and Spain and then several other European nations.
  • The Indian passport was ranked 85th, giving visa-free entry to 59 destinations Compared to last year India’s position has improved by two points.
  • Mauritius and Uzbekistan passports are as powerful as India’s passports.
  • The US was among the top 22, with visa-free access to 186 places, matching the likes of Switzerland, New Zealand and Norway.
  • China’s allows access to 80, the same as Bolivia’s. Russia’s is better, providing hassle-free entry to 118 destinations, while Afghanistan’s remained the weakest, with access to just 27.

Top 10 countries in Henley Passport Index 2023

  1. Japan – 193 destination
  2. Singapore, South Korea 192 destination
  3. Germany, Spain 190 destination
  4. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg 189 destination
  5. Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden 188 destination
  6. France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom 187 destination
  7. Belgium, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States 186 destination
  8. Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta 185 destination
  9. Hungary, Poland 184 destination
  10. Lithuania, Slovakia 183 destination
  11. India, Mauritania, Uzbekistan 59 destination

Bottom 10 countries in Henley Passport Index 2023

  1. Sri Lanka/Sudan (42 destinations)
  2. Bangladesh/Kosovo/Libya (41 destinations)
  3. North Korea (40 destinations)
  4. Nepal, Palestinian territory (38 destinations)
  5. Somalia (35 destinations)
  6. Yemen (34 destinations)
  7. Pakistan (32 destinations)
  8. Syria (30 destinations)
  9. Iraq (29 destinations)
  10. Afghanistan (27 destinations).

Recent index

  • List of best Cuisines of the World by Taste Atlas – India ranked 5th; topped by Italy
  • Social Progress Index 2022: Puducherry best-performing States; Jharkhand and Bihar scored the lowest
  • Global Food Security Index (GFSI) 2022: India ranked 68th; topped by Finland
  • Global ranking in scientific publications paper – India ranked 3rd, topped by China
  • Passport Index 2022 published by Arton Capital – India ranked 87th; topped by UAE
  • Global Aviation Safety Rankings: India ranked 48th; topped by Singapore

Punjabi will be taught in Australian schools

  • Punjabi is all set to be the newest language to be taught in public schools of Western Australia.
  • The Australian government is adopting Punjabi as the newest language after a 2021 census showed that it was the fastest-growing language in Australia with more than 239,000 people using it at home, an increase of over 80 percent from 2016.
  • The syllabus for pre-primary to year 12 will be developed this year.
  • The move to teach Punjabi in schools was considered after the syllabus included Tamil, Hindi, and Korean languages in 2021.

About Australia

  • Capital – Canberra
  • Currency – Dollar
  • President – Anthony Albanese

Banking and Financial

South Indian Bank launched MSME online portal

  • The South Indian Bank launched a MSME online portal providing instant online ‘In Principle’ approval of up to ₹1 crore.
  • South Indian Bank is facilitating MSMEs to get instant funds. This initiative will help thousands of micro and small businesses avail loans quickly.
  • MSME enterprises are the most important pillars of the economy and the government is working towards making the sector stronger.
  • This development is at the backdrop of central government considering to make India a $5 trillion economy.
  • MD & CEO, South Indian Bank: – Murali Ramakrishnan

Appointment and Resignation

Govt extends RBI Deputy Governor Michael Patra tenure by one year

  • The Government of India has extended the term of the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Michael Debabrata Patra, by a further period of one year.
  • His three-year tenure was coming to an end on January 14, 2023.
  • Patra looks after the monetary policy department as the deputy governor of the central bank and also as a member of the rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee.
  • Besides the governor, the RBI has four deputy governors. The three other deputy governors of the bank are M K Jain, M Rajeshwar Rao and T Rabi Sankar.

About Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

  • Founded – 1 April 1935
  • RBI Nationalized – 1 January 1949
  • Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • RBI set up – Hilton Young Commission
  • 1st Governor – Sir Osborne Smith (Australia)
  • 1st Indian Governor – CD Deshmukh
  • 25th Governor – Shaktikanta Das
  • RBI Deputy Governor (4) – 1. Tavarna Rabi Sankar
  1. Mukesh Kumar Jain
  2. Michael D Patra
  3. M Rajeshwar Rao

Recent Appointment in Banking Sector

  • MD & CEO of Paytm Payments Bank Limited (PPBL) – Surinder Chawla
  • Interim CEO of BharatPe – Nalin Negi
  • CEO of Bank of Singapore – Jason Moo
  • MD and CEO of the Indian Overseas Bank – Ajay Kumar Srivastava
  • MD & CEO of BSE – Sundararaman Ramamurthy
  • MD & CEO of Suryoday Small Finance Bank – Baskar Babu Ramachandran (re-appointement)

Meta appoints Vikas Purohit as Director of Global Business Group India

  • Facebook-parent Meta has appointed Vikas Purohit as Director of its Global Business Group in India.
  • He will lead the strategy and delivery of the charter, focused on the country’s largest advertisers and agency partners.
  • He has served as the chief executive at Tata CLiQ till October 2022. He has also worked in companies such as Amazon, Reliance Brands, Aditya Birla Group and Tommy Hilfiger.
  • He will report to Arun Srinivas, Director and Head of Ads Business for Meta in India.

Recent Appointment

  • First female Sikh judge in US – Manpreet Monica Singh
  • Chairman of the Senior Men’s National Selection Committee – Chetan Sharma
  • Chairman of Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council – Saiyam Mehra
  • Vice chairman of Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council – Rajesh Rokde
  • New Speaker of the US House of Representatives – Kevin McCarthy

Justice N. Kotiswar Singh appointed as acting Chief Justice of Gauhati HC

  • The Central government has appointed Justice Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh as the acting Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, effective from January 12.
  • He replaced Chief Justice, Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya, who superannuated on 11 January 2023.
  • In exercise of the power conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint, Justice Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of that High Court.
  • While Supreme Court judges retire at the age of 65 years, high court judge retire at 62.

Indian origin A C Charania appointed new chief technologist of NASA

  • An Indian-American aerospace expert, AC Charania has been appointed as the new chief technologist of NASA.
  • He replaced another Indian-American scientist Bhavya Lal, who served as acting chief technologist.
  • He will serve as principal advisor to Administrator Bill Nelson on technology policy and programmes.
  • He has also served as vice president of product strategy at Reliable Robotics.

Sports 

CM Shivraj Singh unveild mascot, torch of Khelo India Youth Games 2022

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has unveiled the mascot, torch, and anthem of Khelo India Youth Games-2022 in a colorful program at Shaurya Smarak in Bhopal.
  • Madhya Pradesh is hosting the fifth edition of the Khelo India Youth Games.
  • The mascot of Khelo India Youth Games 2022 is ‘Asha’. While the theme song is ‘Hindustan Ka Dil Dhadka Do…’ sung by famous singer Shaan.
  • The torch of Khelo India Youth Games was named Amarkantak, on which the figure of Maa Narmada is also engraved.
  • The Games will be hosted in Madhya Pradesh from 31 January 2023 to 11 February 2023.
  • For the first time water sports namely Kayaking Canoeing, Canoe Salaam and Fencing will be part of this edition of Khelo India Games.
  • It will be organized in eight different cities of the state. The eight host cities designated are Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain, Maheshwar, Mandla and Balaghat.
  • The 4th Khelo India Youth Games was held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula (Haryana) from 4 to 13 June, while some matches were also played in Chandigarh.
  • Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nishith Pramanik will be the guest of honour.

About Madhya Pradesh

  • Capital – Bhopal
  • Chief Minister – Shivraj Singh Chauhan
  • Governor – Mangubhai C. Patel

Harry Brook & Ashleigh Gardner named ICC Players of the Month

  • England’s Harry Brook has won his maiden ICC Men’s Player of the Month crown for December 2022.
  • Brook helped England claim a historic World Test Championship (WTC) series victory in Pakistan.
  • While Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner has won the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for December 2022
  • Gardner contributed with bat and ball guided her side to T20I series victory in India, and led her to the summit of the Player Rankings for all-rounders.

ICC Men’s Player of the Month

  • January 2022- Keegan Petersen (South Africa)
  • February 2022- Shreyas Iyer (India)
  • March 2022- Babar Azam (Pakistan)
  • April 2022 -Keshav Maharaj (South Africa)
  • May 2022 -Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)
  • June 2022 -Jonny Bairstow (England)
  • July 2022– Prabath Jasasurya (Sri Lanka)
  • August 2022- Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)
  • September 2022- Mohammed Rizwan (Pakistan)
  • October 2022– Virat Kohli (India)
  • November 2022 – Jos Buttler (England)
  • December 2022 – Harry Brook (England)

ICC Women’s Player of the Month

  • January 2022- Heather Knight (England)
  • February 2022- Amelia Kerr (New Zealand)
  • March 2022- Rachael Haynes (Australia)
  • April 2022 -Alyssa Healy (Australia)
  • May 2022 -Tuba Hassan (Pakistan)
  • June 2022 – Marizanne Kapp (South Africa)
  • July2022 – Emma lamb (England)
  • August 2022- Tahlia McGrath (Australia)
  • September 2022- Harmanpreet Kaur (India)
  • October 2022 – Nida Dar (Pakistan)
  • November 2022 – Sidra Ameen (Pakistan)
  • December 2022 – Ashleigh Gardner (Australia)

Awards

80th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2023

  • The 80th Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and American television of 2022, as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
  • The ceremony was held on January 10, 2023, from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, with it being aired live in the United States on NBC and streamed on Peacock.
  • Jerrod Carmichael hosted the ceremony.
  • Golden Globes 2023 Winners

 

Film Winner  Nominees
Best Motion Picture – Drama The Fablemans Avatar: The Way of Water
Elvis
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy The Banshees of Inisherin Babylon
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Triangle of Sadness
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Cate Blanchett for Tár Olivia Colman – Empire of Light

Viola Davis – The Woman King

Ana de Armas – Blonde

Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Austin Butler for Elvis Brendan Fraser – The Whale

Hugh Jackman – The Son

Bill Nighy – Living

Jeremy Pope – The Inspection

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy Michelle Yeoh for Everything Everywhere All at Once Margot Robbie – Babylon

Anya Taylor-Joy – The Menu

Emma Thompson – Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Lesley Manville – Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin Diego Calva – Babylon

Daniel Craig – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Adam Driver – White Noise

Ralph Fiennes – The Menu

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture Angela Bassett For Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin

Jamie Lee Curtis’s – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Dolly De Leon – Triangle of Sadness

Carey Mulligan – She Said

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture Ke Huy Quan For Everything Everywhere All at Once Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin

Brad Pitt – Babylon

Eddie Redmayne – The Good Nurse

Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin

Best Director – Motion Picture Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans James Cameron – Avatar: The Way of Water

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Baz Luhrmann – Elvis

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture Martin McDonagh For The Banshees of Inisherin Sarah Polley – Women Talking

Todd Field – Tár

Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Picture — Animated  Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Inu-Oh
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Turning Red
Best Picture — Non-English Language Argentina, 1985 All Quiet on the Western Front
Close
Decision to Leave
RRR
Best Original Score – Motion Picture Justin Hurwitz, Babylon Carter Burwell, The Banshees of Inisherin
Alexandre Desplat, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Women Talking
John Williams, The Fabelmans
Best Song Motion Picture “Naatu Naatu,” RRR “Carolina,” Where the Crawdads Sing
“Ciao Papa,” Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
“Hold My Hand,” Top Gun: Maverick
“Lift Me Up,” Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

 

Television Winner  Nominees
Best Television Series — Drama House of the Dragon (HBO Max) Better Call Saul (AMC+/AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
Ozark (Netflix)
Severance (Apple TV+)
Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy Abbott Elementary (ABC) The Bear (FX)
Hacks (HBO Max)
Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
Wednesday (Netflix)
Best Television Motion Picture The White Lotus (HBO Max) Black Bird (Apple TV+)
Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix)
The Dropout (Hulu)
Pam & Tommy (Hulu)
Best Actress — Television Motion Picture Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout Jessica Chastain, George & Tammy
Julia Garner, Inventing Anna
Lily James, Pam & Tommy
Julia Roberts, Gaslit
Best Actor – Television Motion Picture Evan Peters, Dahmer For Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Taron Egerton, Black Bird
Colin Firth, The Staircase
Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven
Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama Zendaya, Euphoria Emma D’Arcy, House of the Dragon
Laura Linney, Ozark
Imelda Staunton, The Crown
Hilary Swank, Alaska Daily
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama Kevin Costner, Yellowstone Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
Diego Luna, Andor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Adam Scott, Severance
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building
Jenna Ortega, Wednesday
Jean Smart, Hacks
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy Jeremy Allen White, The Bear Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role on Television Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus Claire Danes, Fleishman is in Trouble
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Under the Banner of Heaven
Niecy Nash, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role on Television Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird F. Murray Abraham, The White Lotus
Domhnall Gleeson, The Patient
Richard Jenkins, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Seth Rogen, Pam & Tommy

 

Important day

Road Transport and Highways Ministry observed Road Safety Week

  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is celebrating Road Safety Week across the country from 11th to 17th January 2023.
  • The aim of the programme is to propagate the cause of safer roads for all under the Swachhata Pakhwada.
  • During the week, various activities will be organized including various awareness campaigns related to the causes of road accidents and measures to prevent them.
  • Nukkad Nataks and Sensitization Campaigns will be conducted at various locations in the National Capital.

12 January – National Youth Day

  • National Youth Day is celebrated every year on January 12 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
  • Objective – To promote awareness of people’s rights and to provide information about them
  • Theme 2022 – Viksit Yuva-Viksit Bharat
  • In 1984, the Indian government declared Swamiji’s birth anniversary as National Youth Day and since 1985, it has been celebrated to honor and recognize Vivekananda’s teachings.
  • The Pre-monastic name of Swami Vivekananda was Narendra Nath Dutta. He was born on January 12, 1863, in Kolkata and died on July 4, 1902.
  • He became a disciple of Saint Ramakrishna Paramhamsa after being introduced to him by one of his English professors in 1881 at Dakshineshwar’s Kali Temple.
  • The Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga were introduced to the Western World by him.
  • Vivekananda is best known for his speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893, when he began his speech by saying “Sisters and brothers of America…” and introduced the culture of India, its importance, Hinduism, etc.

 

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