1.Person in News

Aveek Sarkar becomes new Chairman of Press Trust of India

Aveek Sarkar is the Editor Emeritus and Vice Chairman of the Ananda Bazar Group of Publications

He has been elected as the chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI)

He will be succeeding Vijay Kumar Chopra in this role.

Quick Fact: Headquarters of PTI is located in New Delhi

2.Sports

CFI to host first-ever Cycling Summit in 2021

Cycling Federation of India (CFI) will be hosting the first-ever Cycling Summit in 2021.

The aim of the summit is to promote the culture of cycling in India.

The summit will take place in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Quick Fact: CFI was established in 1946

3.Person in News

Dr. S. Padmawati, India’s first female cardiologist, passes away

She was the first female cardiologist of India and was known as ‘Godmother of Cardiology’

She passed away at the age of 103 years due to COVID-19.

She is the founder of National Heart Institute

4.National Affairs

THE World University Ranking 2021

World University Rankings, 2021 were released by Times Higher Education

In the rankings:

  1. Indian universities did not feature in the top 300
  2. University of Oxford, Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology were in the top
  3. USA was the most featured country with 59 universities in top 200
  4. China’s Tsinghua University was the first Asian university to make it to top 20

5.Economy

Global Innovation Index: India ranks 48

GII was released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

In this year’s index:

  1. India has ranked among top 50 countries for the first time
  2. It is at the top position among central and southern Asian countries
  3. Switzerland ranked at the first position followed by Sweden, USA, UK and Netherlands

The theme of the index was, ‘Who will Financial Innovation?’

6.National Affairs

Hindi, Dogri, Kashmiri, Urdu and English to be official languages of JnK

Union Cabinet has approved the Jammu and Kashmir Language Bill, 2020.

The bill makes five languages— Urdu, Hindi, Dogri, English and Kashmiri, the official languages of the Union Territory.

Earlier, only Urdu and English were the official languages of the state.