1. Rajnath Singh gives 51st K9 Vajra-T guns to nation
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has dedicated the 51st K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer gun made by L&T at Hazira in Gujarat to the nation.
- The gun weighs 50 tonnes and can fire 47-kilogram bombs at targets up to a distance of 43 kilometers.
It can also turn around at zero radius.
- L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex (ASC) has a state of the art complex to create and blend advanced armored platforms.
- L&T’s Armoured System Complex had been dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January Last year.
2. First edition of Krishi Manthan starts in Ahmedabad
The first edition of Krishi Manthan- the largest Food, Agri-business and Rural Development Summit of Asia organized by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (in Gujarat) has begun.
- More than 1500 delegates including students and academics are participating in the two-day event organized by IIMA’s Food and Agribusiness Committee.
- The students along with working professionals from Food, Agriculture and allied sectors are getting benefited from the workshops during this summit.
3. UN lowered India’s growth forecast for FY20 to 5.7%
United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2020 has lowered its forecast for the next fiscal to 6.6 percent (from 7.4 percent earlier) and dropped its GDP growth estimate for India to 5.7 percent in the current fiscal (from 7.6 percent forecast in WESP 2019).
- It has also forecast a growth rate of 6.3 percent for the fiscal beginning in 2021.
- According to a United Nations study, one in five countries will see a decrease or fall in per capita income this year, but India is listed in some countries where GDP growth per capita is higher than the 4 percent level in 2020.
4. Harish Salve designated Queen’s Counsel for courts of England & Wales
Senior Advocate Harish Salve, who is known for representing India before the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav extradition case, has elected the Queen’s Counsel for the courts of England and Wales. It announced by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice Department.
- Lawyers who demonstrate skill and expertise in the conduct of advocacy are usually given the title of Queen’s Advocate.
- Advocate Salve served as a Solicitor General for India until 2002.
5. MS Dhoni exited from BCCI’s central contracts list
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was omitted from the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India’s list of centrally contracted players.
- The BCCI announced the central contracts for the period of October 2019 to September 2020.
- The 38-year-old player was in the ‘A’ category, which fetches a player five crore rupees as annual retainership, until last year.
- Skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and top pacer Jasprit Bumrah were engaged in the highest A bracket of seven crore rupees.
- Veteran Cricketer Mithali Raj was decreased to Grade ‘B’ from ‘A’ while Radha Yadav and Taniya Bhatia were placed to the middle bracket.
- T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur maintained her ‘A’ category contract alongside Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav.
6. Anshu Malik grab silver in 2020 Rome Ranking Series
Indian teenage wrestler Anshu Malik has won in the women’s 57kg freestyle event of the season ‘s first major competition, the Ranking Series in Rome. She has lost to Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye for the score 10-0.
Rome Ranking Series 2020:
The Rome ranking series 2020 was announced by United World Wrestling. The event is being held from 15-18 January 2020. The event featured all three wrestling styles: freestyle, women’s wrestling, and Greco-Roman and will influence Seeding for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The series will affect the top four seeds in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
7. Japan tops the 2020 Henley Passport Index
Henley Passport Index 2020 (based on the data collected from the International Air Transport Association (IATA)), launched recently by Henley & Partners. India placed 84th in the index. Japan holds the world’s strongest passport.
In the index, about 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations were recognized.
- It is based on the number of destinations their holders can access without a visa.
- Japan is holding the top rank positions for the past 3 years. As per the report, the citizens can access 191 destinations without the necessity of obtaining a visa in advance.
Top 5 ranking countries:
- Japan listed first
- Singapore listed second
- Germany and South Korea received third
- Finland and Italy assigned fourth
- Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain fifth position
8. Government commands hallmarking of gold jewelry
The government has informed that it is mandatory from 15 January 2021 that hallmarking of gold ornaments and artifacts. The jewelers was given time to implement this notification. Jewelers who violate this will be punished under the provisions of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.
- The notification state that only registered jewelers will be allowed to sell the hallmarked gold articles through certified sales outlets.
- As per the notifications, the registered jewelers will be allowed to sell jewelry and artifacts only in three grades of gold, 14, 18 and 22 carat, instead of ten grades earlier.
- The mandatory hallmarking is not required for gold that is meant for exports.
- The new rules are not applicable to any article which is intended to be used for dental, medical, veterinary, scientific or industrial purposes