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Daily Current Affairs – 12 Jan 2021 : GKToday Updates

 

1. Indian Navy to coordinate largest coastal defence exercise Sea Vigil-21

  • Indian Navy will coordinate the second edition of largest coastal defence exercise Sea Vigil-21 starting today. The inaugural edition of the exercise was conducted in January 2019.
  • The two-day biennial pan-India coastal defence exercise will be undertaken along the entire 7,516-kilometre long coastline.
  • The exercise will include Exclusive Economic Zone of the country and will involve all the 13 coastal States and Union Territories along with other maritime stakeholders. It will also include the fishing and coastal communities.
  • It will provide a realistic assessment of our strengths, weaknesses & thus will help in further strengthening maritime & national security.

 

2. Suriname’s Indian-origin President to be Chief Guest at Republic Day 2021

  • Indian-origin President of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi will attend the Republic Day Parade 2021 as a chief guest on January 26.
  • President Santokhi was also the Chief Guest at the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention.
  • Earlier, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was likely to attend the event.
  • Chandrikapersad Santokhi was sworn in as the 9th President of the Republic of Suriname in July 2020 after his party- Progressive Reform Party won the 2020 General Elections by claiming 20 out of the total 51 seats.

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Capital: Paramaribo; Currency: Suriname Dollar; Continent: South America

 

3. Bangladesh to be country of focus at 51st International Film Festival of India

  • Bangladesh will be the country of focus at the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) starting at Goa on Jan 16.
  • Four films from Bangladesh have been included in this section to recognise the cinematic excellence and contribution of the country.
  • The International Jury for 51st edition of International Film Festival of India has recently been announced with eminent filmmakers from across the world.
  • The Jury will comprise Pablo Cesar of Argentina as Chairman, Prasanna Vithanage of Sri Lanka, Abu Bakr Shawky of Austria, Priyadarshan of India and Rubaiyat Hossain of Bangladesh.

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Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Bangladeshi taka; President: Abdul Hamid

 

4. Nation celebrates birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda today

  • The Nation is celebrating the birth anniversary of youth Icon Swami Vivekananda today.
  • One of the greatest spiritual leaders of India, Swami Vivekananda introduced the world to the Indian philosophies of Vedanta & Yoga.
  • He became popular in the western world after his famous speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893.
  • Vivekananda was the chief disciple of the 19th-century mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa. He was the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.

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Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary is also celebrated as National Youth Day in the country.

 

5. Arunachal Pradesh likely to become India’s prime producer of vanadium

  • Arunachal Pradesh is likely to become India’s prime producer of vanadium.
  • Vanadium is a chemical element with the symbol V and atomic number 23. It is a hard, silvery-grey, malleable transition metal.
  • The elemental metal is rarely found in nature. It is recovered as a by-product from the slag collected from the processing of vanadiferous magnetite ores (iron ore).
  • Vanadium is a high-value metal used in strengthening steel and titanium.

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The largest deposits of vanadium in the world are in China, followed by Russia and South Africa.

 

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