China becomes leading FDI destination globally in 2020
China became the leading Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination globally in 2020 surpassing the United States. The country achieved this feat amid the COVID-19 pandemic and displayed its capabilities to quickly contain the spread of novel Coronavirus.
Padma Awards 2021: Key Highlights
• President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the conferment of a total of 119 Padma Awards- 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan, and 102 Padma Shri.
Padma Vibhushan (7)
- Shri Shinzo Abe – Public Affairs – Japan
- Shri S P Balasubramaniam (Posthumous) – Art – Tamil Nadu
- Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde – Medicine – Karnataka
- Shri Narinder Singh Kapany (Posthumous) – Science and Engineering – United States of America
- Maulana Wahiduddin Khan – Others – Spiritualism – Delhi
- Shri B. B. Lal Others – Archaeology – Delhi
- Shri Sudarshan Sahoo – Art – Odisha
Tansen Samman 2020
The renowned santoor player Satish Vyas has been conferred the Tansen Samman 2020 Madhya Pradesh
Ex Desert Knight-21
The bilateral air exercise Indian Air Force and French Air and Space Force conducted at Air Force Station, Jodhpur from 20.01.21 to 24.01.21.
The new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Railway Board who has taken over from Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav.
Tesla in India
The city in which Elon Musk owned electric vehicle company Tesla has opened its first centre in India –Bengaluru
The Secretary of BCCI who has been selected as the Asian Cricket Council succeeding Nazmul Hasan of Bangladesh.
In order to honour Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Govt of India has decided to observe his birth anniversary on 23rd January every year as Parakram Diwas.
Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas
The theme of 16th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas observed in virtual format on 09 Jan 2021 – Contributing to Atmanirbhar Bharat
New President and Vice-President of the USA
President : Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
46th President of United States of America
Oldest sitting President of the USA
Vice-President: Kamala Harris (born 20.10.1964)
49th Vice-President of the USA
First female, first African-American and first Asian-American to become the Vice-President.
India Innovation Index 2020
Released NITI Aayog Edition: Second
Rank of Major States
Rank of UT and City States
Rank of NE and Hill States
1. Himachal Pradesh
51st International Film Festival of India
Best Film (Golden Peacock) Award: Into the Darkness directed Anders Refn
Best Director Award (Silver Peacock): Chen-Nien Ko for ‘The Silent Forest’
Best Actor (Male) (Silver Peacock): Tzu-Chuan Liu for The Silent Forest
Best Actor (Female) (Silver Peacock): Zofia Stafiej for I Never Cry
Country in focus: Bangladesh