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Daily Current Affairs 12th January 2023

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National

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY)

Indian Govt named its new free foodgrain scheme under the National Food Security Act, 2013, as ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY)’ and has been implemented from January 1, 2023, benefitting more than 80 crores of poor and poorest of poor people.

  • The name of the new scheme is similar to the scheme implemented as part of the Centre’s Covid-19 package announced in 2020.
  • Almost 81 crore NFSA beneficiaries were entitled to get free of cost 5 kg of foodgrain per person in a month over and above their monthly entitlements.
  • People had to pay the subsidized rate of foodgrains (Rs 3 per kg rice, Rs 2 per kg wheat, and Rs 1 per kg coarse grains) to purchase the quantity for which they were entitled–35 kg per Antyoday Anna Yojana Household and 5kg per person to a Priority Household in a month.

International

Nepal’s PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand wins vote of confidence in Parliament

Nepal’s New PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand secured a vote of confidence in Parliament and received 268 votes in the 275-member parliament. A total of two lawmakers voted against and none remained neutral. A total of 270 lawmakers were present in today’s meeting.

Indian-origin Ranj Pillai as premier of Yukon territory in Canada

Canada’s Indian-origin Cabinet Minister Ranj Pillai will take oath as the 10th Premier of the Yukon territory in the country on January 14th, 2023. He will be the 2nd politician of Indian heritage to lead a region in the country.

  • The first premier of Indian descent, Ujjal Dosanjh served as the premier of Canada’s British Columbia province between 2000 and 2001.
  • Ranj Pillai was unanimously elected leader of the Yukon Liberal Party on January 8th, 2023.
  • On 3rd December 2016, Mr. Pillai was first appointed to the Executive Council of Yukon (cabinet).
  • At present, he is serving as the Minister of Economic Development, the Minister of Tourism and Culture, and the Minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation.

State

PM Modi inaugurated Global Investors Summit in Madhya Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurates the 7th edition of ‘Invest Madhya Pradesh-Global Investors Summit’, a flagship event of the state government, in Indore. The theme of the 7th edition of ‘Invest Madhya Pradesh-Global Investors Summit is ‘Madhya Pradesh-The Future Ready State’.

  • A total of 447 international delegates from 84 countries, 401 international buyers, more than 5,000 industrialists and representatives of various international industry associations, and representatives of all G20 countries join the event.

Ganga Cruise: MV Ganga Vilas will begin its journey from Varanasi

On 13th January 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the “world’s longest river cruise”, MV Ganga Vilas, and inaugurate a ‘Tent City’ on the banks of the Ganga river in Varanasi through a video conferencing.

  • MV Ganga Vilas will start its journey from Varanasi and sail around 3,200 km in 51 days to reach Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh, traversing across 27 river systems in the two countries.

MV Ganga Vilas

  • The cruiser has three decks, and 18 suites on board with a capacity of carrying 36 tourists and all luxury amenities.
  • The maiden voyage has 32 tourists from Switzerland signing up for the entire length of the journey.
  • The tourists will get an opportunity to embark upon an experiential voyage and indulge in the art, culture, history, and spirituality of India and Bangladesh.

IIT-Madras Annual Cultural Festival Sarang

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) Annual Cultural Festival Saarang will be conducted completely in physical mode between 12th January and 15th January 2023. in 2023, it will be the 28th Edition of the Saarang, which is one of the largest student-run festivals.

  • Saarang 2023 will feature nearly 100 events and will attract a footfall of over 80,000 from over 500 colleges across the country.
  • The theme for Saarang 2023 is ‘Mystic Hues’ which celebrates how intertwined colors are with culture and traditions.

Awards

Golden Globe Awards: RRR Wins Best Original Song

At the Golden Globe Awards, RRR’s Nadtu Koothu has been nominated in the Best Original Song category. ‘Nattu Koothu’ becomes the first Indian song to win a Golden Globe Award for this category. Nathu Koothu has been shortlisted for the Original Song category at the 95th Oscars. The ceremony will be held in March 2023.

  • The ‘RRR’ song ‘Naatu Naatu’ was composed by MM Keeravani and is sung by Kala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj.
  • It beat the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Alexandre Desplat to secure the trophy.

Defense

Prithvi-II missile successfully tested-fired in Odisha

On 10th January 2023, Prithvi-II a short-range ballistic missile was successfully launched from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. Prithvi-II missile was an integral part of India’s nuclear deterrence and contains a well-established system.

  • The Prithvi-II missile has a range of around 350 kilometers.

Ranking

Henley Passport Index 2023: Japan topped the ranking followed by South Korea and Singapore

As per the Henley Passport Index 2023, the Indian passport ranks 85th in the list of most powerful passports in the world with a visa-free entry in 59 countries. It has slipped two spots from the 83rd rank in 2022.

  • In the Henley Passport Index 2023, Japan topped the ranking to be the most powerful in the world, with a visa-free entry in 193 countries.
  • South Korea and Singapore stand in second place.
  • Germany and Spain jointly hold third place in the ranking with visa-free access to 190 destinations worldwide.
  • The UK and the US remain in 6th and 7th places, with scores of 187 and 186, respectively.
  • Afghanistan’s passport was the worst passport

What is the Henley Passport Index?

  • The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all the world’s passports as per the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
  • The Index is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and maintains a large travel information database and is enhanced by Henley & Partners’ research team.

Sports

Kerala names itself into the Guinness Book of World Records

Kerala named itself into the Guinness Book of World Records, by taking 4500 penalty kicks within a span of 12 hours at the Dream Goal Penalty Shootout, which was held at the Payyanad Stadium in Malappuram district. The first kick by Former Indian football player U Sharaffali took at 7.38 am and State Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports V Abdurahman took the last kick at 7.38 in the evening.

  • The Malappuram event destroyed the previous record of 2500 penalty kicks made by Germany.

FIH Hockey World Cup 2023

The 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup will be the 15th edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup. The 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and at Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, India from 13 to 29 January 2023.

Obituary

Last king of Greece passes away at 82

Constantine II, the last king of Greece, died at the age of 82 due to ill health. King Constantine II of Greece, who reigned from 1964 until 1973 when the monarchy was abolished in the country.

Important Days

Road Safety Week 2023

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways celebrates Road Safety Week from 11th to 17th January 2023, under “Swachhata Pakhwada” it aims to propagate the cause of safer roads for all and create awareness among the general public, and to give an opportunity to all stakeholders to contribute to the cause of road safety.

  • Various activities including Nukkad Natak (Street Shows) and Sensitization Campaigns will be conducted by the Ministry.
  • Essay Writing & Poster Making competition for school students, Exhibition & Theatre Pavilion by corporates / PSUs / NGOs actively working in the field of road safety.

Tirupur Kumaran Memorial Day 2023

Tirupur Kumaran Memorial Day is observed on 11th January. He died from injuries sustained from a police assault on the banks of Noyyal River in Tirupur during a protest march against the British government on 11 January 1932.

  • He founded the DesaBandhu Youth Association and led protests against the British. 

Who is Tiruppur Kumaran?

  • Kumaran or Kumarasamy Mudaliyar also known as Tiruppur Kumaran or Kodi Kaatha Kumaran was an Indian revolutionary and freedom fighter who participated in the Indian independence movement.
  • Tiruppur Kumaran was born on 4 October 1904 in Chennimalai in Madras Presidency, British India.
  • On 11 January 1932, he died from injuries sustained from a police assault on the banks of Noyyal River in Tiruppur during a protest march against the British government.
  • His parents were Nachimuthu Mudaliyar and Karuppaayi.
  • He was given rise to the epithet kodi Kaatha Kumaran in Tamil which means “Kumaran who protected the flag”.
  • In October 2004, India post issued a commemorative stamp on his 100th birth anniversary.

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