Daily Important Current Affairs – 20th January 2021

20 January 2021 Current Affairs
20 January 2021 Current Affairs

National Affairs

Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar inaugurates Swachhata Pakhwada

Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar today inaugurated Swachhata Pakhwada

  • This Swachhata Pakhwada organised by National Cadet Corps (NCC) at India Gate
  • The theme of this Swachhata Pakhwada is ‘Clean India, Green India, Yeh Hai Mera Dream India’.
  • The NCC organized in 26 teams, will also carry out plogging from ‘C hexagon’ of India Gate to Vijay Path from 18 Jan to 29 Jan 2021 and in doing so, spread awareness about the importance of cleanliness.

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Union Health Minister Harsh Varthan chairs 148th session of WHO Executive Board Virtually

Union Minister for health and family welfare chaired the 148th session of World Health Organization Executive Board Virtually through Video Conference.

  • WHO has declared the Year 2021 as the Year of Global Solidarity and Survival.
  • The WHO Executive Board consists of 32 Members, elected for three-year terms, and meets twice each year. At the main meeting, which is held in January

About Union Health Ministry:

  • Union Minister: Harsh Vardhan
  • Minister of State: Ashwini Kumar Choubey

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launches Road Safety Month

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Defence Raj nath Singh inaugurated First Ever Road Safety Month.

  • The main aim for launching this road safety month is to give awareness about road safety and reduce road accidents in India.
  • This road safety month will highlight the central Government’s commitment towards safety.

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Government of India to celebrate January 23 as Parakram Diwas

Government of India has decided to celebrate January 23, as ‘Parakram Diwas’. The day is the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

  • The day is celebrated to honour and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation.

State Affairs

Bihar’s First State Bird festival ‘Kalrav’ inagurated

Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar was inagurated the state bird festival titled ‘Kalrav’

  • A three-day state bird festival was held in Bihar’s Jamui district to create awareness about birds especially migratory birds
  • This is the first time the state was conducted a three-day state bird festival

About Bihar:

  • Governor: Phagu Chauhan
  • Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar
  • Capital: Patna

MoUs & Agreements

India, Japan inks agreement on movement of ‘skilled workers’

India and Japan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on basic framework for aprtnership

  • The MoC was signed by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Ambassador of Japan to India Suzuki Satoshi.
  • The MoC will help to promote the movement of skilled workers from India to Japan.

About Japan:

  • Prime minister: Yoshihide Suga
  • Capital: Tokyo

TRIFED inks MoU with IFFDC to work together for the welfare of Tribal People

The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Farm Forestry Development Co-operative Ltd (IFFDC) to promote livelihood generation of tribal people.

  • IFFDC will also assist in promoting tribal FPOs and will provide trainings to TRIFED promoted/linked Community Organizations/Members.


  • Founded: 1987
  • Headquarters: New Delhi


PM Narendra Modi designated as Chairman of Gujarat’s Somnath Temple Trust

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been designated as the new chairman of the Shree Somnath Trust (SST).

  • This trust located near Veravalat at Prabhas Patan town of Gir-Somnath district in Gujarat.
  • The Chairman post was vacant after the death of Keshubhai Patel, former chief minister of Gujarat, in October 2020.
  • After this appointment PM Modi becomes the second PM holding this post after Morarji Desai.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni won the presidential election for sixth term

Uganda’s incumbent President Yoweri Museveni has won the country’s presidential election for 2021 with 5.85 million votes. He won sixth term as president.

  • He is serving as the President of the Republic of Uganda since 1986
  • He is also one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents.

About Uganda:

  • Capital: Kampala
  • Currency: Ugandan shilling
  • President: Yoweri Museveni

Vishwavir Ahuja re-designated as RBL Bank CEO

The RBL Bank’s Board of Directors has re-appointment of Vishwavir Ahuja as the Managing Director and CEO of the bank for three years.

  • The re-appointment is with effect from June 30, 2021, to June 29, 2024
  • Prior to joining RBL Bank, he was the MD & CEO of Bank of America, India, from 2001 to 2009.

About RBL:

  • Founded: 1943
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra

Defence News

India, France conduct bilateral air exercise Ex Desert Knight-21 at Jodhpur

Indian Air Force (IAF) and French Air and Space Force will conduct a bilateral Air exercise named Ex Desert Knight-21.

  • The Exercise was conducted at Air Force Station Jodhpur
  • The Indian Air Force aircraft participated in the exercise were including Mirage 2000, Su-30 MKI, Rafale, IL-78 Flight Refuelling Aircraft, AWACS and AEW&C aircraft.

About IAF:

  • Founded: 1932
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

DRDO develops Motor Bike Ambulance named ‘Rakshita’ for CRPF

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed Motor Bike Ambulance ‘Rakshita’ bike-based casualty transport emergency vehicle

  • DRDO handed over Rakshita to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
  • The bike ambulance will be used for evacuation of injured personnel of the Central Armed Police Force.

About DRDO:

  • Founded: 1958
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

About CRPF:

  • Formed: 1939
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

India to procure 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia

India is set to procure 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft from Russia.

  • The Request for Proposal (RFP) will soon be issued to Russian state-run defence export arm Rosoboronexport
  • The new set of 21 MiG-29 will add to existing 59 such jets already with the Indian Air Force and the 12 Sukhoi-30MKIs,
  • Earlier, Defence Ministry has approved capital acquisitions of various platforms and equipment worth Rs. 38,900 crore

Sports Affairs

Yonex Thailand Open badminton tournament 2021 concludes – Carolina Marin & Viktor Axelsen won the Singles Titles

The Yonex Thailand Open Super 1000 badminton tournament was concluded. The Tournament was scheduled from 12 to 17 January 2021.

  • It was the first badminton tournament of 2021 by Badminton World Federation (BWF).
  • Men’s single title is won by Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen and women’s title is won by Spain’s Carolina Marin

Here’s the winner’s list:

Men’s Single Viktor Axelsen
Women’s Single Carolina Marin
Men’s Double Taiwan’s Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin
Women’s Double Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu
Mixed Double Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai


Popular oncologist Dr V Shanta Dies

Noted oncologist Dr. V. Shanta has passed away. She dedicated her life for serving and achieving in the field of medicine

  • She had won the Magsaysay, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards.
  • Shanta was served as the Chairperson of Adyar Cancer Centre.

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