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Daily Current Affairs 12th January 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 12th January2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 12th January2024. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 12th January2024 Current affairs test.

 

 

National News

1. 27th National Youth Festival Inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 27th edition of the National Youth Festival in Nashik, Maharashtra, from January 12th to 16th, 2024.
  • The festival, aligning with Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary, aimed to showcase the varied talents and skills of Indian youth.
  • It sought to provide a platform for young Indians to exhibit their abilities, reflecting India’s commitment to development by its centennial of independence in 2047.
  • This event and its associated development projects are seen as key steps in empowering youth and enhancing national infrastructure.

International News

2. US and UK Conduct Airstrikes Against Yemen’s Huthi Rebels

  • In response to intensified assaults by Huthi rebels on Red Sea shipping routes, the US and UK performed airstrikes using fighter jets and Tomahawk missiles.
  • Since 2014, the Huthis have controlled a significant portion of Yemen, disrupting this essential global maritime route.
  • The redirection of shipping away from the Red Sea to avoid the Cape of Good Hope raised economic concerns globally.
  • This situation prompted British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to convene an emergency cabinet meeting, underlining the complex geopolitical issues involved.

State News

3. Malkangiri Airport Inaugurated by Odisha’s Chief Minister

  • Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, opened the Malkangiri airport in the state’s southwestern region.
  • The airport’s establishment aims to boost connectivity and encourage development in tribal-dominated areas.
  • This strategic initiative is seen as a significant step in advancing the region’s progress.

4. Simmtech’s Semiconductor Plant in Sanand, Gujarat

  • Simmtech, a South Korean company, plans to set up a semiconductor manufacturing plant in Sanand, Gujarat, with an investment of Rs 1,250 crore.
  • This project marks a substantial advancement for India’s semiconductor industry.
  • As the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor substrates, Simmtech has signed an MoU with the Gujarat government for this project.

Important Days News

5. National Road Safety Week in India

  • India observes National Road Safety Week every year from January 11th to 17th, with the 2024 observance marking its 35th anniversary.
  • The campaign focuses on promoting road safety awareness, emphasizing responsible driving, pedestrian safety, and the need for better road infrastructure.

6. National Youth Day Celebrations

  • India celebrates National Youth Day annually on January 12th, commemorating Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary.
  • Since its initiation in 1984 by the Government of India, the day serves to inspire and motivate youth using Swami Vivekananda’s life and teachings.
  • The 2024 theme, “Viksit Yuva-Viksit Bharat,” highlights the importance of youth empowerment and nation-building.

Schemes News

7. UGC Launches Mulya Pravah 2.0 for Ethical Education

    • The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India introduced Mulya Pravah 2.0, a revised guideline for promoting ethical education in higher institutions.

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This initiative responds to various unethical practices identified within educational organizations.

  • Mulya Pravah 2.0 is designed to instill human values and professional ethics, aiming to establish a culture of integrity, accountability, and transparency in higher education.

 

8. ANUBHAV Awards Scheme Introduced by DoPPW

  • The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW) has launched the ANUBHAV Awards Scheme to recognize retired government officials’ contributions to nation-building.
  • Started in 2015, the scheme aims to document India’s administrative history through the experiences of retired Central Government employees.

Ranks & Reports News

9. Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs presented the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023, with President Droupadi Murmu awarding various cities and states.
  • Indore and Surat shared the title of the cleanest city, a distinctive achievement for Indore as it’s their seventh consecutive win.
  • Other recognitions included the cleanest cantonment board, Ganga towns, best performing states, and the Safaimitra Surakshit Sheher Award.
  • Hyderabad and Siddipet in Telangana also gained recognition for their cleanliness initiatives.

10. World Bank’s Global Economic Report

  • The World Bank’s latest report showed resilience in the global economy despite an expected slowdown for the third consecutive year in 2024.
  • After a robust recovery in 2021, the global growth rate has been declining, with a modest recovery expected in 2025, still below the 2010s average.

Agreements News

11. Partnership Between Rural Development Ministry and SBI

  • The Rural Development Ministry and the State Bank of India (SBI) have formed a partnership to foster rural development and financial inclusion.
  • This collaboration involves a memorandum of understanding to support self-help groups (SHGs) in rural areas.

Books & Authors News

12. Release of ‘Modi: Energising A Green Future’

  • Union Minister Bhupender Yadav, in charge of the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, launched the book “Modi: Energising A Green Future”.
  • This publication offers insights into various environmental initiatives and policies.

Sports News

13. 9th Asian Winter Games: Unveiling of Symbols

  • The 9th Asian Winter Games, scheduled for 2025, unveiled its slogan, emblem, and mascots, marking an exciting phase in the event’s preparation.
  • The official slogan “Dream of Winter, Love among Asia” captures the essence of unity and sportsmanship.
  • The mascots, “Binbin” and “Nini,” Siberian tiger cubs, represent the vitality and spirit of the Games.

14. Aman Sherawat’s Victory at Zagreb Open 2024

  • Indian wrestler Aman Sherawat secured a gold medal in the men’s 57 kg category at the Zagreb Open 2024, showcasing exceptional talent.

15. Rhythm Sangwan’s Achievement at Asian Shooting Championships 2024

  • Rhythm Sangwan earned a bronze medal in the women’s 25m pistol event at the Asian Shooting Championships 2024, securing an Olympic quota for India for the Paris 2024 Games.
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