The central government has started the process of making six airbags mandatory from October 1, 2022. Airbags will be made mandatory for all cars sold in India.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has hosted the first India-Central Asia Summit through a virtual platform. This was the first engagement of its kind between India and Central Asian countries at the level of leaders.
According to the Information Handling Services (IHS) Market Report, India may overtake Japan as the second-largest economy in Asia by 2030.
The Sikkim government changed the name of Jawaharlal Nehru Road to Narendra Modi Marg.
The central government approved the sale of the 19th tranche of electoral bonds.
Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Culture have joined hands to organize Kala Kumbh Kala during the Republic Day celebrations of 2022.
On January 1, 2022, the “Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)” celebrated its 64th anniversary.
Banking/ Finance/ Commerce
Private companies in India have formed the India Edtech Consortium. It was formed under the guidance of the Internet Mobile Association of India. It was launched after the announcement of the Government of India that it is to be launched as a policy to regulate the EdTech sector, i.e. education and technology sector.
India’s largest Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station, with a capacity of 100 charging points for four-wheelers, opened on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway in Gurugram.
Nippon Life India Asset Management Limited (NAM India), the asset manager of Nippon India Mutual Fund (NIMF), has launched Nippon India Nifty Auto ET, India’s first Auto Sector Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has reconstituted its Market Data Advisory Committee, headed by Sahoo, to recommend policy measures in areas such as access to securities market data and privacy.
Science And Technology
Space travel damages the red blood cells in the human body. A condition where the number of RBCs in the body decreases due to space travel is called space anemia.
Scientists have recently discovered a new group of metals. The newly discovered metal group is called the “new strange group of metals”. The characteristics of metals such as copper or iron can be inferred. That is, their melting point, reaction nature, ductility, and tensile strength is known to human beings.
MoU/ Summits/ Agreements
Tera pay has signed an MoU with NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL) to allow Indian customers with active UPI IDs to receive real-time, international payments to their bank accounts through Terapay’s secure payment technology. This will enable a seamless and convenient cross-border remittance experience.
Bharti Airtel and Google have announced a long-term partnership agreement to accelerate the growth of India’s digital ecosystem. Under the deal, Google will invest USD 1 billion in Airtel.
Andhra Pradesh State Government has recently notified the rules for Women Police Wing. Also, it has created a separate women police cadre. About New Women Police Wing The uniform of the New Women Police is of Khaki color. The wing consists of Inspectors, Sub Inspectors, Senior Women Police, Assistant Sub Inspectors, and Women Police Personnel.
The Government of India is working on creating a digital stack of agricultural data. That is, storing data related to farmers. Apart from farmer details, Digital AgriStack also contains all the information on which seeds to buy, weather updates, which manures and fertilizers to use, insurance, and best farming practices to maximize yield.
The Central Government has approved the sale of the 19th tranche of Electoral Bonds from 1-10 January 2022.
National Startup Day is celebrated every year on 16 January.
Thiruvalluvar Day is celebrated on 15 January or 16 January.
The Non-Resident Indian Day or also known as the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is celebrated every year on the 9th of January every year.
Global Families Day is celebrated every year on 1 January to promote peace, unity, and harmony among people.
Awards & Recognition
Former Finance Secretary of India, Subhash Chandra Garg has announced his first book titled “The 10 Trillion Dream”. The book is scheduled to hit by the end of February 2022.
A new book titled “A Little Book of India: Celebrating 75 Years of Independence” authored by Ruskin Bond was released which marks 75 years of India’s independence. The book is a blend of “material and spiritual” characteristics of India and also throws light on the last 75 years of India’s progress as a nation.
The Government of India has appointed Dr V Ananth Nageswaran as the new Chief Economic Advisor.
Pushp Kumar Joshi has been named the new Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), the country’s third-largest oil refining and fuel marketing company.
Alka Mittal became the first woman to become the Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC. Also, she has been given additional charge as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Public Sector Undertaking.
Baldev Prakash was appointed as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jammu and Kashmir Bank for a period of three years.
Tamil Nadu government has appointed Sivaraja Ramanathan as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tamil Nadu Startup and Innovation Mission (TANSIM).
Amir Subhani, a 1987 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was appointed as the Chief Secretary of Bihar till April 2024.
On January 17, 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to deliver a special speech at the Davos agenda of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
An underwater volcano erupted recently in Tonga (a country in the Pacific Ocean). It is called the “Hunga Tonga Hunga Hapai” volcano. The explosion was huge and strong. Although the volcano was located underwater and 2,383 km away, it was heard in Tonga.
China is ready with its first artificial moon after the temperature of its artificial sun was five times hotter than the sun. Scientists have built an “artificial moon” research facility.
The world’s largest canal lock has been inaugurated in Ijmuiden, a small port town in the Amsterdam port of Netherlands. The sea locks were inaugurated by the Dutch king Vilain-Alexander.
According to the report of the World Gold Council (WGC), ‘Gold Demand Trends 2021’ has informed that the global gold demand increased by 10 percent to 4,021.3 tonnes in 2021. The total gold demand during 2020, which was impacted by disruptions related to COVID-19, stood at 3,658.8 tonnes.
Preet Chandi is a British-born Sikh Army officer who has created history by becoming the first Indian-origin woman to complete a solo expedition to the South Pole. Chandi spent the next few weeks skiing alone in Antarctica and announced on 3 January that he had completed the 1126 km trek in 40 days.
Following mass protests in the capital city of Khartoum, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced his resignation on January 2, 2022.
Shanghai has opened two new metro lines, maintaining its rank as the city with the largest metro network in the world.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law banning child marriage and it came into force on January 6, 2022, making child marriage illegal in the country.
The leaders of Japan and Australia signed a “historic” defense agreement that allows closer cooperation between their armies and stands as a rebuke to China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific.
World Braille Day is also the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, who was born on January 4, 1809. The Braille system was invented by a French teacher after he became blind at an early age.
Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez announced his retirement from international cricket.
American music composer Stephen J Lawrence passed away.