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Daily Current Affairs – 22 Dec 2020 : GKToday Updates
1. US Prez presents ‘Legion of Merit’ award to PM Modi for elevating strategic partnership
- US President Donald Trump presented the prestigious Legion of Merit award to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in elevating US-India strategic partnership and emergence of India as a global power.
- India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, accepted the award on behalf of the prime minister from the US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien at the White House.
- The US President also presented the Legion of Merit to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The awards were received by their respective ambassadors in Washington DC.
2. PM Modi to launch ‘SEHAT’- Health Insurance Scheme for UT of J&K on 26th Dec
- PM Narendra Modi will launch ‘SEHAT’ – Health Insurance Scheme for the entire Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir on 26th Dec to cover the remaining one crore population which was not covered under Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
- Under Ayushman Bharat PM Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), eligible beneficiaries were covered under Health Cover of Rs 5 Lakh.
- With the launch of ‘SEHAT’ Scheme, J&K will be among the first in the country to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
- Programmes will be organized across the UT and distribution of Golden cards will be started. Around 16 Lakh registrations have been done & registrations for rest of the beneficiaries are underway.
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Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir: Manoj Sinha
Capitals: Jammu (winter), Srinagar (summer)
3. Centre to constitute committee for Subhas Chandra Bose 125th birth anniversary
- Government has decided to constitute a High Level Committee to commemorate the 125th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
- The Committee will decide on the activities for a one year long commemoration starting 23rd Jan, 2021.
- The High Level Committee will be headed by Home Minister Amit Shah.
- The Commemoration is being held as a tribute and as a mark of gratitude for the contribution Netaji made to India’s freedom struggle.
4. Govt approves inclusion of four indigenous sports in Khelo India Youth Games 2021
- The Sports Ministry has approved the inclusion of four indigenous games to be a part of Khelo India Youth Games 2021, scheduled to take place in Haryana.
- The games include Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta and Mallakhamba.
- Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, India has a rich heritage of indigenous sports and it is a priority for the Sports Ministry to preserve, promote and popularise these games.
- Kalaripayattu has its origin from Kerala whereas Gatka originates from Punjab and Thang-Ta is a Manipur marital art.
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Haryana will host the fourth edition of the Khelo India Youth Games after the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
First edition – Delhi
Second edition – Pune, Maharashtra
Third edition – Guwahati, Assam
5. Veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora passes away at 93
- Veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora passed away at a private hospital in New Delhi. He was 93.
- Motilal Vora was elected to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly six times and served twice as Chief Minister of the State.
- He was Member of Rajya Sabha four times and the Lok Sabha for one term.
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He also served as Governor of Uttar Pradesh and Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Civil Aviation.
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