1.Science and Technology

ISRO to adopt 100 Tinkering Labs

The Indian Space Research Organisation announced that it is to adopt 100 Tinkering Labs across the country.

ISRO is to facilitate mentoring and coaching of students in cutting edge tech and help them gain practical knowledge of STEM through the Tinkering Labs.

NITI Aayog establishes Atal Tinkering Labs under the ‘Atal Innovation Mission’.

Quick Fact: ISRO is headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

2.Science and Technology

NASA to test most powerful rocket in the world

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is to launch the most powerful rocket in the world on January 12, 2021.

The rocket named “Space Launch System” is to carry the first woman and the next man to the moon under the Artemis program 2024.

The rocket is 98 metres tall and has the capacity to carry more than twenty-seven tonnes.

Quick Fact: Dwight D. Eisenhower founded NASA on 1 October 1958.

3.International Affairs

WHO releases new Map of India

WHO recently released a new Map of India differentiating Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh from the rest of Indian mainland with a different colour.

The new WHO map of India has marked the new Union Territories of India, Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir in grey colour.

The Aksai Chin region has also been marked in grey colour with blue stripes and shows India in navy blue colour.

Quick Fact: The World Health Organisation (WHO) was founded on 7 April 1948.

4.National Affairs

PM Modi to address the National Youth Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to address the National Youth Parliament wherein the top winners of the NYP will speak before the PM on January 12 valedictory function.

The first National Youth Parliament was held in 2019 under the theme “Be the voice of new India and find solutions and contribute to policy”.

The National Service Scheme under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports organises the National Youth Parliament to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanana.

5.India and the World

Japan commits 2,113 crores support for COVID relief efforts 

The Government of Japan has committed a development loan of INR 2,113 crores to support India’s efforts at providing social assistance to the poor and vulnerable households.

The COVID relief efforts programme aims to provide social assistance to people and families severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

India and Japan have had a fruitful history of bilateral development cooperation and strategic partnership since 1958.

Quick Fact: Yoshihide Suga is the Prime Minister of Japan.

6.International Affairs

Twitter suspends Trump’s account of his presidential campaign

Twitter Inc suspended the account of  Trump’s presidential campaign and deleted tweets posted by him on the official government account @POTUS.

@POTUS Twitter account is the official Twitter account of US President Donald Trump.

President Trump used @POTUS account to tweet against ‘Twitter’ after the company permanently banned & suspended Trump’s account @realDonaldTrump. 


Harsh Vardhan launches Coastal Research Vessel ‘Sagar Anveshika’

Union Minister for Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan has launched Coastal Research Vessel (CRV) ‘Sagar Anveshika’ at the Chennai Port.

The vessel will be used to carry out environment indexing and bathymetric (mapping underwater features)  in both coastal and off-shore waters.

The vessel has been built by Titagarh Wagons, Kolkata, WB and will be used for research purposes by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT).

Quick Fact: National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) is headquartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


India’s 7th Trade Policy Review (TPR) at WTO

The second session of the 7th Trade Policy Review (TPR) concluded at the World Trade Organisation. 

During this trade policy review, WTO examines the trade and related policies of the member countries and provides constructive feedback.

The official delegation of India for the 7th TPR was headed by the Commerce Secretary, Anup Wadhawan.

Quick Fact: The World Trade Organisation is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.