Important Current Affairs Today in English: 23.01.2022

Semmozhi Tamil Awards presented to 10 scholars
  • Chief Minister M.K. Stalin urged Tamil researchers to ensure that their work is not just ‘intellectual’ but is also ‘emotional’, at the Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi Semmozhi Tamil Awards function held in Chennai on 22.01.2022.
  • The awards are presented by the Kalignar M. Karunanidhi Tamil Aivu Arakkatalai, which was set up by the former Chief Minister after the Central Institute of Classical Tamil was set up in 2008.
  • The awards were presented to those who excelled in archaeology, study of stone inscriptions, coins, literature, fictional literature, research in literature, translation and fine arts. 
  • Former Vice-Chancellor of Madras University Professor Pon. Kothandaraman (2011), Professor E. Sundamoorthy in 2012 (Former vice-chancellor, Tamil University), 
  • Professor Pa. Marudhanayagam in 2013 (former director, Puducherry institute of Linguistics and Culture and former registrar, Pondicherry University), 
  • Professor Ku. Mohanarasu in 2014 (Former professor and president, Tirukkural Research Centre, Madras University), 
  • Professor Maraimalai Ilakkuvanar in 2015 (former Tamil professor), 
  • Ka. Rajan in 2016 (former professor, history, Pondicherry University), 
  • Kavignar Erode Tamilanban (former Tamil professor, New College, Chennai) in 2018 and 
  • Ku. Sivamani (former president, Karandhai Pulavar college, Thanjavur and Thiruvalluvar College, Tirunelveli) received the ₹10 lakh cash prize and an award. 
  • Two winners — Dr. V. S. Rajam (senior lecturer, Department of South Asia Regional Studies, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) in 2010 and 
  • Professor Ulrich Nicholas, professor and Head of the Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies, Cologne University, Germany – will receive the awards at a later time.
Kerala gets its first ever scientific bird atlas
The Kerala Bird Atlas (KBA), the first-of-its-kind State-level bird atlas in India, has created solid baseline data about the distribution and abundance of bird species across all major habitats, giving an impetus to futuristic studies. Conducted as a citizen science-driven exercise with the participation of over 1,000 volunteers of the birdwatching community, the KBA has been prepared based on systematic surveys held twice over 60 days a year during the wet (July to September) and dry (January to March) seasons between 2015 and 2020.

India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 161.81 cr
India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 161 crore 81 lakh today. Health Ministry said, more than 61 lakh 62 thousand Vaccine Doses were administered today. More than 79 lakh 78 thousand Precaution Doses for the identified categories of beneficiaries for COVID vaccination have been administered so far

Home Minister Amit Shah virtually releases country’s 1st District Good Governance Index in Jammu
Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Amit Shah virtually released India’s First “District Good Governance Index” in Jammu today. The District Good Governance Index of Jammu and Kashmir was prepared by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, DARPG  in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir government

PM to unveil hologram statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate
23 January is the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Day is celebrated as Parakram Diwas. On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the hologram statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate in New Delhi tomorrow.

India replicating its successful tiger conservation model with other wildlife animals: Environment Minister
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav has said that the natural resources dependent community is an important aspect of tiger conservation and the people agenda ranks prominently in Indias tiger agenda. He was speaking at the 4th Asia Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation through video conferencing. Mr Yadav said, India will facilitate Tiger Range Countries towards finalisation of New Delhi declaration for the Global Tiger Summit to be held at Vladivostok, Russia later this year.

Amar Jawan Jyoti flame merged with flame at National War Memorial
  • The Amar Jawan Jyoti flame at India Gate has been merged with the flame at the National War Memorial in New Delhi today. The ceremony to merge the Amar Jawan Jyoti Flame was presided over by the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Balabhadra Radha Krishna.  India Gate was unveiled in 1931 and it was built to honour the 70 thousand soldiers of British India who gave supreme sacrifice. The Amar Jawan Jyoti was set up after the 1971 Indo-Pak war. After a long wait and multiple considerations, the National War Memorial was built in the India Gate complex was inaugurated in February 2019.
  • Earlier the government clarified over the misinformation circulating regarding the flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti. It said, the flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti is not being extinguished and it is being merged with the flame at the National War Memorial. The sources said, it was an odd thing to see that the flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti payed homage to the martyrs of the 1971 and other wars but none of their names are present there.
Coal Secretary launches Koyla Darpan Portal
Coal Secretary Dr. Anil Kumar Jain today launched Koyla Darpan Portal to share Key Performance Indicators related to the Coal Sector. The portal will have the Key Performance Indicators related to Coal Production, Status of Coal Stock in Thermal Power Plants, Allocation of Blocks, Monitoring of Major Coal Mines and Coal Price. The portal is accessible through the website of the Ministry of Coal for maximum public outreach.

NITI Aayog, RMI India release report, titled Banking on Electric Vehicles in India
Tweeted by @AIRNITI Aayog, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and RMI India today released a report, titled Banking on Electric Vehicles in India. The report outlines the importance of priority-sector recognition for retail lending in the electric mobility ecosystem. NITI Aayog said, that retail finance for electric Vehicles has been slow to pick up. CEO of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant said that Reserve Bank of India, RBIs priority-sector lending mandate has a proven track record of improving the supply of formal credit towards areas of national priority. The report provides considerations and recommendations regarding the inclusion of Electric Vehicles in RBIs priority-sector lending guidelines.

PM Modi emerges as 'Most Popular Leader' worldwide, tops with 71 percent leaving Joe Biden and others behind
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has emerged as the most popular leader worldwide. According to a US-based global leader approval tracker, Morning Consult Political Intelligence, Mr. Modi topped with 71 percent approval ratings among the 13  world leaders while US President, Joe Biden is ranked at number six with 43 percent rating.  Joe Biden is followed by Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau with 43 percent and Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison at 41 percent approval ratings. Information and Broadcasting Minister, Anurag Thakur said, this achievement shows how effective Mr. Modi's policies, working style, and work done for the welfare of the poor are. He added that Indians are proud of it. 

Sources: The Hindu, News Air

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