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25th January, 2022 Current Affairs

25th January, 2022 Current Affairs
25th January, 2022 Current Affairs


National Tourism Day being celebrated

  • National Tourism Day is being celebrated. The day is observed on the 25th of January every year to celebrate the diversity of the country.
  •  The theme for this year is Rural and Community Centric Tourism. The Ministry of Tourism is observing this day under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. 
  • Worldwide, India has a remarkable position because of magnificent places that are famous as tourist destinations. India has a culturally rich heritage which attracts foreign tourists.
  • Tourism Minister G. Kishan Reddy has greeted everyone on National Tourism Day. In a tweet, he said that tourism is important to the nation's economy. Mr. Reddy urged everyone to commit to promoting its sustainable development. He also asked everyone to resolve to focus on ‘Rural Tourism’.

 Spice Xchange India Portal

  • The Spice Board of India recently launched the Spice Exchange Portal. The portal will act as a meeting point between the Indian spice exporters and the buyers all over the world. This platform is first of its kind in the country.
  •  The platform was launched by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The portal uses Artificial Intelligence to connect the buyers and sellers. It will add value to government efforts of increasing spice exports. It will increase the ease of doing business in the country.
  • Spices contribute 41 percentage of total horticultural exports. Spices rank fourth in Indian agricultural commodities. The first three ranks are held by marine products, non basmati rice and basmati rice.
  • India is the largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices in the world. All the states in India grow one to two spices. This is mainly because of India’s diverse climatic conditions. Certain spices have highest value in national and international market. For example, Kashmiri Saffron. It received GI tag recently.


India, Israel launch commemorative logo to mark 30th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties

  • India and Israel have launched a commemorative logo to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
  • The logo features the Star of David and the Ashoka Chakra- the two symbols that adorn the national flags of both countries- and forms the numeral 30 depicting the 30th anniversary of bilateral relations.
  • This special logo symbolizes the strong friendship, love and admiration that exist between the people of the two nations. It also depicts the growing strategic partnership between the two sides. 

Australian Aboriginal flag

  • Government of Australia has bought copyright of Aboriginal flag, in order to free the identity symbol from fights over who can use it.
  • The Aboriginal flag was created by indigenous artist Harold Thomas in 1971 as a protest image. However, it is now an official national flag and the dominant Aboriginal emblem.
  • Despite this, several Aboriginal people are of the view that, flag has been “held hostage” by copyright deals which limit its display.
  • This flag can now be reproduced by anyone without following any legal threats.
  • Government paid more than USD 20m, for securing the copyright and for terminating lease agreements.

Ukraine-Russia crisis: Tension mounts at Ukrainian border

  • The tension rapidly mounting along Ukraine border. The Pentagon said some 8,500 combat-ready US troops are on high alert to deploy at short notice amid rising tension over Ukraine, Russia continues to deny planning military action against Ukraine, despite deploying 100,000 troops nearby.
  • US President Biden held a video call with European allies, as Western powers aim for a common strategy against Russian aggression.
  • However, the Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said no decision had yet been made on whether to deploy troops. He said, it would only happen if the NATO military alliance decides to activate a rapid-reaction force.  As of now there are no plans to deploy to Ukraine itself.
  • Some Nato members, including Denmark, Spain, France and the Netherlands, are already planning or considering sending fighter jets and warships to eastern Europe to bolster defence in the region.
  • Over the weekend, some 90 tonnes of US "lethal aid" including ammunition for "front-line defenders" arrived in Ukraine.

Internal political situation deepens in Mali

  • The internal political situation deepened in Mali. The government of eighth-largest African country has called on Denmark to immediately withdraw a contingent of troops deployed to the nation as part of an international counter-terrorism force.
  • The military government - which took power in a coup in 2020 - said the deployment of about 90 Danish soldiers had taken place without its consent. However, Denmark said it's in touch with the government in Bamako and is working intensely to clarify the situation.
  • There's been widespread international concern about the reported deployment of mercenaries from Russia's Wagner group in Mali.
  • The government has denied their presence, saying Russian trainers were in the country to support the national army.

India announces 2 lakh US dollar immediate relief assistance to Tonga, in wake of tsunami

  • India has announced two lakh US dollars- immediate relief assistance to Tonga in the wake of tsunami.
  •  On January 15, a tsunami hit the Kingdom of Tonga impacting large sections of the country’s population and causing significant infrastructural damage.
  • A close friend and partner under the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) and as a gesture of solidarity with the friendly people of Tonga, Government has extended an immediate relief assistance of two lakh US dollar to support relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.
  • India has firmly stood by Tonga during times of crisis and devastation caused by natural disasters, as during Cyclone Gita in 2018. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management is an important pillar of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative (IPOI) announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2019.

 Burkina Faso President Kabore detained by soldiers

  • Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has been detained in the capital, Ouagadougou, by mutinying soldiers, news agencies and media outlets reported.
  • Reuters and France24 cited security sources and a West African diplomat in their reports, while The Associated Press said two of the mutinying soldiers had informed it by telephone.
  • Government officials did not immediately respond to the reports.
  • According to Media reports, several armored vehicles from the presidential fleet, riddled with bullets, could be seen near the residence.
  • President Kabore has led Burkina Faso since being elected in 2015 after a popular uprising overthrew longtime strongman President Blaise Compaore, who was in power for nearly three decades.
  •  He was re-elected in November 2020 for another five-year term but frustration has been growing at his inability to stem the spread of violence across the country.


India's opening batter Smriti Mandhana named ICC Women's Cricketer of 2021

  • India's opening batter Smriti Mandhana has been named the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year for 2021. The International Cricket Council (ICC) made the announcement.
  •  Smriti has won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy awarded to the ICC Women's Cricketer of the year for the second time after 2018.
  • The left-handed opener beat competition from Tammy Beaumont of England, Lizelle Lee of South Africa and Gaby Lewis of Ireland to clinch the honor. Smriti has also become the second women's cricketer after Australia's Ellyse Perry to win the honour more than once.
  • Mandhana was also named in the ICC Women's T20 International Team of the Year.
Published date : 27 Jan 2022 04:31PM

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