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NATIONAL AFFAIRS - January 2022

Jan 2022

Jul 03, 2022

NITI Aayog Report Forecasts 100 pc Electric Two-wheelers Penetration by FY27

  • A report put out by public policy think tank NITI Aayog and Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) optimistically forecasts 100 per cent penetration of electric two-wheelers in the Indian market by FY2026-27.
  • TIFAC is an autonomous organization set up in 1988 under the Department of Science & Technology to look ahead in the technology domain, assess the technology trajectories, and support innovation.
  • The report was titled 'Forecasting Penetration of Electric Two-Wheelers in India'. The report provided important insights into the required infrastructure, manufacturing capability, policies, and technology-development priorities in the sector.

Modi Virtually Inaugurates First Smart Campus of Bosch India in Bengaluru

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated Bosch India's first smart campus in Bengaluru built at a cost of Rs. 800 crore.
  • This campus will take lead in developing futuristic products and solutions for India and for the world.
  • The new campus has the capacity to potentially house 10,000 associates.

Jul 02, 2022

RJD Becomes Largest Party in Bihar after 4 AIMIM MLAs Join It

  • Four of the five MLAs of AIMIM (All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen) in Bihar joined the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the principal opposition party in the state, which reclaimed its status as the single largest party in the 243-member assembly.
  • The four MLAs to switched to RJD are Syed Rukuuddin Ahmed from Baisi, Shahnawaj from Jokihat, Mohammed Anjar Nayami from Bahadurganj and Mohammed IzaharAshwi from Kochadhaman assembly constituencies.
  • With the latest shot in the arm, RJD now has 80 members in the assembly, edging past the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has 77.

Election for Vice President to be Held on August 6

  • The Election Commission said that polling to elect the next vice president will be held on August 6 and counting of votes will take place the same day.
  • The BJP-led NDA has a clear edge in the poll in which members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, including nominated members, are eligible to vote.
  • The notification for the election will be issued on July 5, which will set in motion the nomination process. The last date for filing of nomination papers will be July 19.
  • The term of incumbent M. Venkaiah Naidu ends on August 10. The vice president is also the chairperson of Rajya Sabha.

Jul 01, 2022

PM Modi to Unveil Legendary Freedom Fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju's Statue in Andhra Pradesh

  • Special Chief Secretary Rajat Bhargava (Tourism and Culture) inspected the arrangements for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bhimavaram town in Andhra Pradesh on July 4, to unveil a 30-ft bronze statue of legendary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Union Tourism and Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy and others will attend the event.
  • Alluri Sitarama Raju was an Indian revolutionary who waged an armed campaign against British colonial rule in India. Born in present-day Andhra Pradesh, he became involved in opposing the British in response to the 1882 Madras Forest Act, which effectively restricted the free movement of Adivasis (tribal communities) in their forest habitats and prevented them from practicing a traditional form of agriculture known as podu.

Eknath Shinde Takes Oath as CM of Maharashtra

  • Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde was sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, while BJP stalwart Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister, capping a day of surprises and hectic political activities, just 24 hours after the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.
  • Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of office to Shinde and his deputy Fadnavis at the Raj Bhavan.

Maharashtra Govt. Approves Renaming of Aurangabad, Osmanabad

  • Maharashtra State Cabinet cleared the decisions to rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad districts to Sambhajinagar and Dharashiv respectively and also passed the proposal to extend name of farmer leader late D.B. Patil to under construction Navi Mumbai international airport.
  • Decisions to rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad were pending for many years and the Shiv Sena had been demanding the same for years.

Jun 30, 2022

Maharashtra Govt. Signs MoU with Adani Energy for 11000 MW Power Generation

  • The Maharashtra government's Energy department signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Adani Green Energy Group Ltd (AGEL) to generate 11000 MW green power in the next five years.
  • It would entail an investment of Rs. 60,000 crore and provide employment to 30,000 persons.
  • According to the agreement, AGEL will set up Pumped Storage Projects (PSP) in the next four to five years, through which about 11,000 MW power will be generated, said a statement issued by the state energy department.
  • The state will reap many benefits from PSPs which will generate or store electricity with the help of non-conventional energy sources.
  • The MoU was signed by Narayan Karad, Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy, Maharashtra and Ajit Barodia, Senior Vice President, Adani Industries Group.

KCR Inaugurates T-Hub 2.0

  • Ratan Tata, an Industrialist, applauded the Telangana government's T-Hub opening in Hyderabad. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao received congratulations from the chairman emeritus of Tata Sons on the new T-hub facility in Hyderabad, which will significantly improve the Indian start-up ecosystem.
  • The Telangana government opened the largest innovation campus in the world in Hyderabad and declared that the city would soon produce the next significant innovation in start-up companies.
  • The start-up ecosystem in our state is regarded as one of the top 10 in the world for accessible talent.
  • It is among Asia's top 15 start-up hubs for raising capital. Telangana's start-up ecosystem was worth USD 4.8 billion in 2021.
  • According to the Telangana government, the new structure has a total built-up area of more than 5.82 lakh square feet, making it the largest innovation campus in the world.
  • The second-largest campus is start-up incubator Station F, which is located in France.

Govt. Launches E-learning Portal 'Dak Karmayogi' for Dak Sevaks Employees

  • Minister of Communications Ashwini Vaishnaw launched 'Dak Karmayogi'. It is an e-learning portal of Department of Posts.
  • Dak Karmayogi portal was launched with the aim of enhancing competencies of departmental employees and Gramin Dak Sevaks by enabling them to access uniform standardised content in blended campus mode or online.
  • This would enable them to effectively deliver several government-to-citizen services, in order to bring enhanced customer satisfaction.
  • On this portal, the training videos and quizzes are available in 12 Indian languages, which will help postal trainees in accessing training content in vernacular languages.
  • Dak karmayogi portal was developed under the vision of 'Mission Karmayogi', which was conceptualized to bring efficiency in tactions of all government employees.

Uddhav Resigns as Maharashtra CM after SC Refuses to Stay Floor Test

  • Stating that he was not interested in playing the numbers game, Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Maharashtra Chief Minister, minutes after Supreme Court refused to stay Governor B. S. Koshyari's direction to his government to take a floor test in the Assembly.
  • The resignation of Thackeray capped a week-long drama of resort politics.
  • Thackeray's sudden announcement, which came on a day Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said he will fight till the end, paves way for the return of a BJP-led dispensation in the state, two-and-a-half-years after the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government came to power.

Jun 29, 2022

Maharashtra Government Pushes to Rename Aurangabad

  • With increasing pressure on the Shiv Sena from within to underscore its 'Hindu' credentials the Maharashtra government is likely to clear a controversial and long pending issue of renaming Aurangabad city as Sambhaji Nagar. Shiv Sena leader and State Transport Minister Anil Parab requested Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to rename the city in the cabinet meeting. A proposal will be brought for discussion in the next cabinet meeting.
  • In 2021, the Chief Minister had told the state assembly that a detailed proposal for renaming Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar was received from the divisional commissioner and legal opinion on the same had been sought.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal to Continue for 3 more Months

  • Attorney General K.K. Venugopal accepted the Centre's request to continue for three more months as the main legal advisor to the government.
  • The eminent lawyer and constitutional law expert was first appointed as Attorney General on July 1, 2017, succeeding Mukul Rohatgi, who was the Attorney General from June 2014 to June 2017. He was reappointed to the post for an approved tenure up to June 30, 2022.
  • Venugopal is an internationally known jurist who appeared in many landmark cases in the Supreme Court and different High Courts.
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