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Daily Current Affairs – 07 Jan 2021 : GKToday Updates


1. PM Modi to inaugurate Rewari-Madar freight corridor section today

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 306-km New Rewari-New Madar section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) today.
  • It consists of nine newly built dedicated freight corridor stations which include three junction stations in New Rewari, New Ateli and New Phulera.
  • Governors and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Haryana along with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will also be present at the occasion.
  • He will also flag off the world’s first Double Stack Long Haul 1.5 Km long Container Train hauled by electric traction from New Ateli -New Kishangarh during the event.

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The Prime Minister had earlier on 29th Dec dedicated to the nation, the 351-kilometer New Bhaupur- New Khurja section of the Eastern freight corridor.


2. Union Budget to be presented on Feb 1st amid COVID-19 pandemic

  • The Union budget will be presented in the parliament on 1st Feb. President Ram Nath Kovind will address both the Houses of the Parliament- Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on Jan 29.
  • The budget session of the parliament will be conducted in two parts. The Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi announced that the first phase of the budget session will begin on Jan 29 and conclude on Feb 15 while the second phase will be held from March 8 to April 8. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA).
  • All important or emergency bills or ordinances will be taken up in the first phase of the budget session.


3. India, France to hold annual strategic dialogue today

  • India and France will conduct their annual Strategic Dialogue on Jan 7 in New Delhi. The French delegation will be visiting India for the dialogue.
  • India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval will be leading the Indian delegation for the dialogue while the French side will be led by Diplomatic Advisor to the French President, Emmanuel Bonne.
  • The External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that the two sides will hold discussions on varied bilateral and global issues.

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The last edition of the annual Strategic Dialogue was held in Paris in Feb 2020.


4. World Bank signs 105 million USD project to improve Waterways in West Bengal

  • The World Bank has signed a $105 million project with the Govt of India and the Govt of West Bengal to improve the inland water transport infrastructure in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • The West Bengal Inland Water Transport, Logistics and Spatial Development Project will improve passenger and freight movement across the state’s Hooghly River.
  • It will also improve accessibility in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area, enhance the quality of life of its residents and contribute to the growth of the state’s logistics sector.

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The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of low- and middle-income countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects.

President: David Malpass; Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States


5. Justice Hima Kohli to be sworn in as Chief Justice of Telangana HC

  • Justice Hima Kohli will be sworn in as the Chief Justice of Telangana high Court today.
  • Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan will be administering the oath of office at a ceremonial programme to be held in the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.
  • Justice Hima Kohli has served as a judge of Delhi High Court and become the first woman Chief Justice of Telangana High Court.
  • The present Chief Justice of Telangana high Court RS Chauhan has been appointed as Chief Justice of Jharkhand high court.

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Telangana Capital: Hyderabad; Chief Minister: K. Chandrashekar Rao


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