1.Science and Technology

Rare UV-Bright Stars spotted in Milky Way Galaxy

1 18 Daily Current Affairs Update | 23 January 2021

The Astronomers have spotted massive hot UV-Bright stars in the Milky Way Galaxy with the help of the UltraViolet Imaging Telescope(UVIT) of ISRO.

The UVIT is placed in the Astrosat satellite which is the first multi-wavelength space satellite of India.

More than 34 UV-bright stars were discovered using the UVIT, Gaia telescope, and space telescope to identify the stars.

Quick Fact: Astrosat was launched in 2015.

2.International Affairs

The UK collaborates with Japan to launch LongOps Project

2 18 Daily Current Affairs Update | 23 January 2021

Scientists from the UK and Japan will develop new & safe tech to dismantle old nuclear facilities such as Fukushima under the LongOps Project.

The project is to use long-reach robotic arms and will reduce the risks to human health, hence is called the ‘LongOps Project’.

The LongOps Project is to be implemented for 12 million Euros.

Quick Fact: Tokyo is the capital of Japan.


World Economic Forum releases Global Risk Report 2021

3 18 Daily Current Affairs Update | 23 January 2021

The World Economic Forum released the 16th edition of Global Risk Report 2021.

The report was released based on the Global Risk Perception Survey undertaken by more than 650 members of the World Economic Forum.

According to the report, the top three risks that are to happen in the next 10 years are- Climate action failure, extreme weather, and human-environment damage.

Quick Fact: World Economic Forum is headquartered in Cologny, Switzerland.


HAL test-fires Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon of DRDO

4 18 Daily Current Affairs Update | 23 January 2021

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) successfully test-fired SAAW (Smart Anti- Airfield Weapon) from Hawk aircraft recently.

SAAW was developed by Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) and is the first smart weapon fired from an Indian Hawk.

The SAAW project was approved by the Government of India in 2013.

Quick Fact: Walchand Hirachand is the Founder of HAL.

5.National Affairs

Uttarakhand CM inaugurates first child-friendly police station of the state

5 18 Daily Current Affairs Update | 23 January 2021

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the first child-friendly police station which is meant to provide a friendly environment to children associated with crimes.

The child-friendly police unit has been set up in the Dalanwala police station with a budget of about Rs 5 lakhs on the recommendation of the Child Protection Committee of Uttarakhand.

To keep children at ease the walls are painted in bright colors with cartoons & the police personnel will be dressed in casual clothes rather than their uniforms.

Quick Fact: Uttarakhand has two capitals- Gairsain (Summer) & Dehradun (Winter).


Axis Bank launches Aura Credit Card with health & wellness benefits

6 17 Daily Current Affairs Update | 23 January 2021

Axis Bank has unveiled a credit card ‘Aura’ exclusively loaded with many health and wellness benefits to users at an affordable price.

Axis Bank has partnered with Poshvine to offer benefits and specialists such as Decathlon, Practo, Fitternity, IndushealthPlus, 1MG, etc., to the cardholders.

Cardholders will also get a discount on annual medical checkups through IndushealthPlus.

Quick Fact: Axis Bank is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra.


Andaman and Nicobar Command to conduct joint military exercise ‘Kavach’

7 17 Daily Current Affairs Update | 23 January 2021

The Indian Army is to conduct a large-scale joint military exercise ‘Kavach’ in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal under the aegis of Andaman & Nicobar Command.

The Joint Military Exercise will involve the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and the Indian Coast Guard fine-tuning their joint war capabilities.

Along with the ‘Kavach’ exercise, the Joint Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) will also be held.

Quick Fact: The Indian Army was founded on 1 April 1895.

8.Science and Technology

MeITY and AWS announced Quantum Computing Applications Lab in India

8 17 Daily Current Affairs Update | 23 January 2021

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to establish Quantum Computing Applications Lab in India.

The partnership will allow researchers & scientists access to Amazon’s Bracket cloud-based quantum computing service.

The application labs implemented by the ‘Department of Science and Technology‘ aim to address issues concerning national priorities, fundamental science & tech. 

Quick Fact: Ravi Shankar Prasad is the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.

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