27.01.22 APSC Daily Current Affairs

 

ASSAM

 

Assam Baibhav award for Ratan Tata

 

The Assam government is set to confer Assam Baibhav, the state’s highest civilian award to industrialist and philanthropist Ratan Naval Tata, though he will not be present in the glittering ceremony to be held in Guwahati.

Though Ratan Tata won’t be present at the event, he is deeply touched by the state government’s decision. “Thank you for understanding my inability to personally receive the award at the function to be held in Guwahati on January 24th and for your willingness to present it to me at a later date in Mumbai,” Tata wrote to Assam chief minister HimantaBiswa Sarma in a letter.

 

 

NORTH-EASTERN STATES

Footfall dips by 50% in northeast airports after Covid test curbs

 

The state governments’ decision in the northeast asking for mandatory RT-PCR test reports of each passenger or Covid testing on arrival, has resulted in about a 50% decline in footfall in the NE airports since December last year.

In Assam, however, despite giving relaxation in testing to double-dosed vaccinated passengers, the number of fliers has dropped in the past month due to the intense third wave.

Data procured from Airports Authority of India (AAI), stated that on December 19, a total of 228 passenger flights operated in the northeast, ferrying 27,600 passengers. Even though the flight operations remained unaffected till January 10 when the number of daily flights operating in the region went up to 242, the decline in passenger footfall was crystal clear at 20,500. However, after Makar Sankranti festivities when the third wave turned worse, both flight operations and passenger movement dwindled.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

NodirbekAbdusattorov: World Rapid Chess Champion 2021

 

The World Rapid Chess Championship 2021 was won by NodirbekAbdusattorov.

Highlights:

NodirbekAbdusattorov (Uzbekistan) defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) in a tiebreaker to win the World Rapid Chess Championship 2021 and dethrone Magnus Carlsen, the current World Number 1.

Magnus Carlsen won the FIDE Championship in 2020. Nodirbek took home the title and a $60,000 prize after losing only one match to Ukrainian Anton Korobov and tying in five others.

The MardUglon (“Brave Son”) Presidential medal was presented to the Uzbeki Grand Master (GM).

 

World Gold Council: Gold Demand Trends 2021

 

According to the World Gold Council, global gold demand jumps 10% to 4,021 tonnes.

Highlights:

According to the World Gold Council’s (WGC) publication ‘Gold Demand Trends 2021,’ worldwide gold demand increased 10% to 4,021.3 tonnes in 2021.

Overall gold demand in 2020 was 3,658.8 tonnes, which was impacted by the Covid-19-related interruptions.

The demand for gold was driven mainly by central bank purchases in the fourth quarter of 2021 and a rebound in jewelry purchasing, primarily in India and China.

On the back of improved consumer optimism and pent-up demand following the Covid-19-related disruptions, India’s gold consumption increased to 797.3 tonnes in 2021. The optimistic trend is expected to continue this year.

 

Global Private Banking Awards 2021

HDFC Bank is voted Best Private Bank in India at the Global Private Banking Awards 2021.

Highlights:

At the ‘Global Private Banking Awards 2021,’ organized by Professional Wealth Management (PWM) in a virtual ceremony, HDFC Bank was voted the ‘Best Private Bank’ in India.

The Financial Times Group publishes PWM, a wealth management magazine. The prize was presented to assist in accelerating significant trends, such as digitization, communication, and investment in ESG initiatives (environmental, social, and governance).

PWM received over 120 submissions for the Global Private Banking Awards 2021, of which 16 judges judged from four continents.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Google To Invest $1 Billion In Airtel

 

Bharti Airtel and Google have launched long-term cooperation to help India’s digital ecosystem grow faster.

Highlights:

Bharti Airtel and Google have launched long-term cooperation to help India’s digital ecosystem grow faster.

Google would spend $1 billion in Airtel as part of the agreement. Google would invest USD 700 million to acquire a 1.28 percent interest in Bharti Airtel Ltd.

The remaining USD 300 million will be used to fund multi-year commercial agreements with Airtel, including products developed in collaboration between the two tech giants.

 

Electronic Goods India’s Exports

 

In December 2021, India’s electronic goods exports totaled USD 1.67 billion. It increased by 33.99 percent compared to December 2020 exports of USD 1.25 billion.

Highlights:

From April to December 2021, the electronic sector’s exports increased by 49 percent, reaching USD 11.0 billion, up from USD 7.4 billion in 2020.

Exports of Electronic Goods increased by 26% and 131 percent, respectively, from USD 8.8 billion in April-December 2019 to USD 4.8 billion in April-December 2014.

Mobile phones account for a significant portion of India’s electronic goods exports.

IT Hardware, such as laptops and tablets; Industrial electronics; Consumer electronics, such as TVs and audio; LED Lighting; Strategic electronics, Auto electronics, electronic components, Telecom equipment, wearables, and audio devices; and Strategic electronics, Auto electronics, electronic components, Telecom equipment, wearables, and audio devices.

 

 

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