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Daily Current Affairs – 21 Jan 2021 : GKToday Updates


1. Joe Biden takes over as President, Kamala Harris as Vice President of US

  • Joe Biden took oath as the 46th President of the United States of America at a ceremony in the US Capitol building in Washington. He is the oldest US President to take oath.
  • The inauguration took place at the backdrop of an unprecedented health crisis and protests in the US.
  • Kamala Harris also created history by becoming the first female, African-American and Asian-American to be sworn in as the 49th Vice-President of the United States.
  • Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were present on this occasion.

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Biden had earlier served as the Vice President of the United States during the Obama administration and Kamala Harris had served as a US Senator of California from 2017 to till January 19, 2021.


2. India-Singapore 5th Defence Ministers Dialogue held virtually

  • The fifth India-Singapore Defence Ministers Dialogue was held virtually on Jan 20 between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Singaporean counterpart Dr. Ng Eng Hen.
  • The two ministers expressed satisfaction at the progress of the ongoing defence cooperation engagements between the two countries and expressed commitment to further boost the scale of engagement.
  • The Ministers witnessed signing of the Implementing Agreement on Submarine Rescue Support and Cooperation signed between the Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy.


3. NITI Aayog releases 2nd edition of India Innovation Index-2020

  • NITI Aayog released the second edition of the India Innovation Index-2020.
  • In the India Innovation Index-2020, the States and UTs have been divided into 17 Major States, 10 North-East and Hill States and nine UTs and Small States for effectively comparing their performance.
  • In the 2020 ranking, Karnataka retained its first position in the Major States category. Maharashtra moved one position higher and stood at 2nd spot while Tamil Nadu slid to 3rd position.
  • In the North East and Hill States category, Himachal Pradesh stands at first position followed by Uttarakhand and Manipur.
  • Delhi stands at the first position while Chandigarh retained its second spot in the Union Territories and small States category.

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The NITI Aayog is a policy think tank of the Government of India, established with the aim to achieve sustainable development goals with cooperative federalism by fostering the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process.

Formed: 1 January 2015


4. Five day Indo-French Air exercise, Ex Desert Knight-21 begins in Jodhpur

  • Indian Air Force and French Air & Space Force are conducting a bilateral Air exercise, Ex Desert Knight-21 in Jodhpur.
  • The French side is participating with Rafale, Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport, A-400M Tactical Transport aircraft and approx 175 personnel.
  • The Indian Air Force aircraft participating in the exercise will include Rafale, Mirage 2000, Sukhoi-30 MKI among other aircraft.
  • It is unique as it includes fielding of Rafale aircraft by both sides and is indicative of the growing interaction between the two premier Air Forces.

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France President: Emmanuel Macron; Capital: Paris


5. 1st Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sports Festival begins in Ladakh

  • The first ever Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sports Festival will begin in the Kargil district of Ladakh today.
  • Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju will inaugurate the event.
  • It is being introduced as an annual event in Zanskar to showcase its potential of adventure tourism and sports.
  • The event is planned to promote winter tourism in Ladakh. Main features of the 13 -day festival are Ice Climbing, Trekking on frozen Zanskar River, Ice Hockey, snow sculpture and ethnic food festival.
  • The festival is being organised by the Ladakh UT administration.


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