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Daily Current Affairs 21st January 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 21st January2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 21st 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 21st January2024 Current affairs test.



National News

1. PM Inaugurates Khelo India Youth Games 2023 in Chennai

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially opened the 13th Khelo India Youth Games in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This event signified the start of an esteemed national sports event and the initiation of various broadcasting projects worth approximately Rs 250 crores.
  • The lighting of the Games’ torch, a symbol of the beginning of this significant sporting event, was a highlight, demonstrating India’s commitment to nurturing young sports talent.

2. UNDP and EU Funding for Papua New Guinea

  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) have jointly committed over $420,000 to Papua New Guinea. This funding is allocated to combat deforestation, enhance food security, and facilitate climate change adaptation.
  • This substantial financial aid is aimed at addressing some of the pressing environmental and socio-economic challenges in the nation.

State News

3. Himachal Pradesh’s ‘My School-My Pride’ Initiative

  • The Himachal Pradesh government launched the ‘My School-My Pride’ initiative under the ‘Apna Vidyalay’ programme, adhering to the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. This campaign aims to improve the educational quality in government schools through comprehensive student development approaches.
  • It fosters community involvement in various capacities, including infrastructure development, event sponsorship, and the Mid-Day Meal programme.

Cultural News

4. Gole Mela Festival at Jagannath Temple, Udhampur

  • The Gole Mela, an annual cultural and religious celebration, began with vibrant festivities at the Jagannath Temple in Udhampur. This festival, attracting a diverse audience, underscores their faith and cultural heritage.
  • It has become a significant event for the local community, promoting unity and spiritual celebration.

Defence News

5. Defence Minister Inaugurates BRO Projects

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 35 new infrastructure projects by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). These include 29 bridges and six roads across seven states and union territories, totaling ₹670 crore.
  • These projects are essential for improving connectivity and strategic capabilities in India’s border regions.

Economy News

6. SEBI Chairperson Launches CDSL’s Multi-Lingual Initiatives

  • The SEBI Chairperson announced new multi-lingual initiatives by the Central Depository Services (India) Limited (CDSL). This advancement enables investors to receive their Consolidated Account Statement (CAS) in any of the 23 Indian languages.
  • This move marks a significant step towards inclusivity and accessibility in the capital market.

Insurance News

7. LIC’s Jeevan Dhara II Deferred Annuity Plan

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  • The Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India introduced the Jeevan Dhara II plan, a non-participating, individual savings, deferred annuity scheme. Announced by LIC Chairman Siddhartha Mohanty, this plan offers life cover during the deferment period and higher annuity rates with age.
  • The plan, encompassing 11 annuity options, is designed to cater to a wide demographic, starting from the minimum entry age of 20.

Business News

8. Maharashtra’s Investment Success at Davos

  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde declared a significant investment achievement at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. The state secured investments of Rs 3.53 trillion through 19 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs).
  • This accomplishment underscores Maharashtra’s status as a prime investment destination.

Global Affairs News

9. India’s ‘Alliance for Global Good-Gender Equity and Equality’ at WEF

  • At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, India introduced the “Alliance for Global Good-Gender Equity and Equality.” This initiative, backed by the WEF and Invest India, marks a critical step towards promoting gender equity and equality.
  • The alliance showcases India’s dedication to these important global issues.

Aviation News

10. Best Airport Award for Bengaluru and

Delhi Airports

  • Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport jointly received the ‘Best Airport of the Year’ award at the Wings India Awards 2024 in Hyderabad. Bengaluru’s airport additionally earned the ’25 MPPA Traffic Award’ for handling over 25 million passengers annually.
  • This recognition celebrates their significant contributions to the aviation sector.

Social Recognition News

11. Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2024

  • The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2024 was announced, acknowledging 19 children for their extraordinary achievements. President Droupadi Murmu is set to present the awards in New Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the awardees, who are also scheduled to participate in the Republic Day parade.

Cargo Services News

12. Skyways Air Services Wins Best Cargo Services Award

  • Skyways Air Services Pvt Ltd received the Best Cargo Services Award at the Wings India Awards in Hyderabad. This award recognizes their efficient and innovative approach to cargo handling, contributing significantly to the aviation industry.

Corporate Leadership News

13. Jagrut Kotecha Appointed as PepsiCo India’s New CEO

  • PepsiCo India announced the appointment of Jagrut Kotecha as its new CEO, taking over from Ahmed El Sheikh, who will now lead PepsiCo’s Middle East Business Unit. This leadership change aligns with the company’s strategic direction.

Agricultural Technology News

14. Tripartite MoU for AI-Driven Agriculture in India

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed among the National Farmers’ Welfare Programme Implementation Society, IndiaAI (Digital India Corporation), and the Wadhwani Foundation. This partnership is aimed at propelling AI-driven digital agriculture in India.
  • It leverages the expertise and support of these organizations to advance agricultural technology.

Sports Sponsorship News

15. Tata Group Retains IPL Title Sponsorship

  • Tata Sons Private Limited secured the title sponsorship of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the next five years (2024-2028), following the BCCI’s release of an Invitation to Tender for Title Sponsor Rights.
  • This move reaffirms Tata Group’s significant association with this major cricket league.

Literature News

16. Charu Nivedita’s Novel “Conversations With Aurangzeb”

  • “Conversations with Aurangzeb,” a novel by Tamil writer Charu Nivedita and translated into English by Nandini Krishnan, blends historical narrative with satirical commentary.
  • The book offers a unique perspective on historical figures and contemporary themes, beginning with a writer’s quest to connect with Shah Jahan’s spirit.
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