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Daily Current Affairs – 13 Jan 2021 : GKToday Updates


1. Govt begins COVID-19 vaccine transportation process to various cities across country

  • The much awaited distribution of the Covishield Vaccine developed by Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune began.
  • Six cold storage containers with the stock of these vaccines were dispatched to 13 cities across the country from Pune Airport which includes Aurangabad, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Karnal, Kolkata, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar.
  • India is all set to carry out the world’s largest vaccination drive from January 16.

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The National regulator granted the emergency use authorization for two vaccines in India- COVAXIN, and Covishield.


2. New Foreign Trade Policy to come into effect from April 1

  • The new Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) will come into effect from 1st April 2021 for a period of five years.
  • The decision was taken in the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry chaired by the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Hardeep Singh Puri.
  • The policy will strive to make India a leader in the area of international trade and channelize the synergies gained through merchandise and services exports for growth and employment with a goal to make India a 5 trillion dollar economy.

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The FTP 2015-20 came into effect on 1st April 2015 and the same was extended by one year till 31 March this year due to Covid-19.


3. SC stays implementation of three new farm laws; forms committee to resolve crisis

  • The Supreme Court has put a stay on the implementation of the three farm laws until further orders.
  • It has also set up a committee of agricultural experts to facilitate talks between the Centre and farmers’ unions to resolve the impasse.
  • The bench headed by Chief Justice of India, S. A. Bobde and comprising Justices A. S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian passed the order.
  • The bench was hearing a batch of petitions regarding the Constitutional validity of three farm laws passed by Parliament and a plea to disperse the protesting farmers.


4. Defence Secretary co-chairs 13th India-Vietnam Defence Security Dialogue

  • Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar co-chaired the 13th India-Vietnam Defence Security Dialogue along with his Vietnamese co-chair Sr Lt Gen Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defence Minister of Vietnam.
  • During virtual interaction, both of them expressed satisfaction at the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries.
  • Both the sides reviewed the progress on various bilateral defence cooperation initiatives and expressed commitment to further elevate engagements between the Armed Forces under the framework of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
  • New areas of defence cooperation were also discussed.

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Capital: Hanoi; Currency: Vietnamese dong


5. ISRO to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Labs across country to promote education

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will adopt one hundred Atal Tinkering Labs across the country to promote education in the field of Space Education and Space Technology related innovations for school students.
  • This will help in promoting innovation and the spirit of experiential learning among the school kids compared to traditional learning.
  • This project based learning will improve the attitude towards research right from the school days.
  • To foster entrepreneurship and innovation, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog has established over seven thousand Atal Tinkering Labs across the country.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation is the national space agency of India headquartered in Bengaluru which operates under the Department of Space.

Founder: Vikram Sarabhai; Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan..


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