1. Telangana Teen Malavath Poorna Scaled Antarctica’s Highest Peak
Malavath Poorna, who conquered Mount Everest at the age of 13 years and became the youngest girl in the world to achieve this feat, added another feather to her cap, winning Mt. Vinson Massif, the highest mountain peak in the continent of Antarctica (4,987 m).
- She is now gearing up to ascend Mt. Denali (North America’s highest mountain peak).
- She mounted Mt. Everest in 2014, Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2016, Mt. Elbrus in 2017, Mt. Aconcagua in 2019, and Mt. Cartsnez in 2019.
2. UPSRTC starts women’s special helpline Damini
UP State Road Transport Corporation has originated a dedicated women helpline, Damini, a calling, and a WhatsApp service.
- A unique number, “81142-77777”, has been acquiesced for the helpline which was launched by transport minister Ashok Kataria.
- From 9 a.m to 6 p.m every day, Women officers from UPSRTC will control this service. Complaints can be abode using general helpline number 1800-180-2877 after 6 p.m.
- The helpline is a continuation of the “Nirbhaya Yojana” of the Centre.
The proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs has been endured by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for extending the deputation tenure of IPS Abhinav Kumar, Inspector General, Border Security Force (BSF), up to June 27, 2021, in relaxation of IPS Tenure Policy.
- BSF formed on 1 December 1965
- Motto of BSF: Duty Unto Death
- DG BSF: V K Johri
4. World Braille Day celebrated on January 4th
World Braille Day commemorated on January 4th in the memorial of the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille for people with visual disabilities.
The General Assembly decided to declare 4 January as World Braille Day in Nov 2018.
History of the Day
Louis Braille was born in the town of Coupvray in northern France on 4th January 1809. The discovery of the language of 6 dots is popularly known as Braille. The 17 years long tradition prepared in Braille Script with a special typewriter. This enterprise intends to spread awareness among society about the plight and cause of people with visual disabilities.
5. Gujarat CM reveals world second tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has revealed the second tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the world at Ahmedabad.
Salient features of Statue
- Around 50 feet tall bronze statue with a weight of 70 thousand kilograms unveiled at the Sardardham campus near the Vaishnodevi Circle in Ahmedabad.
- After the Statue of Unity of the legendary leader situated at Kevadiya in the Narmada district of Central Gujarat, it is the second-highest statue of India’s first home minister.
- Sardar Patel created by Padma Bhusan Ram V. Sutar, the Statue of Unity. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani the highest and second highest statue of Sardar Patel, the architect of united India is situated in his home state.
6. Iran elected Esmail Qaani new Quds chief of IRGC
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei elected as the Deputy Head of the Revolutionary Guards foreign operations arm Esmail Qaani to replace Qasem Soleimani as its commander. Soleimani killed in a pre-dawn US strike in Baghdad.
Qasem Suleimani regarded as the second most powerful figure in Iran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei killed in an overnight attack by the US. Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani killed in the attack. The Qaani was one of the most decorated commanders of the Guards during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The orders for the force remain precisely as they were during the leadership of Soleimani. The members of the force to cooperate with General Qaani.
7. Maharashtra Govt originates Cyber Safe Women initiative
Maharashtra Government has launched a Cyber Safe Women initiative under which awareness camps across all the districts of the state regarding cyber safety.
- The action will help in tutoring women about how the web is used by anti-social elements and child predators to commit various types of crimes.
- The rising instances of cyber-crime need to curbed and the government is looking to take all measures to ensure that women and children do not fall prey to these criminal activities.
Cyber Safe Women
Cyber safe women campaign will be launched in every district of Maharashtra. The state government will also arrange lectures on cybercrime information. The campaign cover cybercrime crimes such as cyberbullying, internet phishing, fraud identity on marriage site, bank fraud, photo shuffling, child pornography, online gaming, false information sites.
8. Indian Railways launched integrated helpline number 139 for passengers
The Indian Railways has blended its helpline numbers into a single number 139 for quick grievance redressal and inquiries by passengers during their train journeys.
- The new helpline number 139 will take over all the existing helpline numbers and will be available in twelve languages.
- It will be easy to remember this number for passengers and connect with Railways for all their requirements during train travel.