Business and Economy- Current Affairs
CEBR Forecast of World’s Economies
The annual report of the growth prospects of 193 countries—the World Economic League Table 2021 published by the Centre. Economics and Business Research (CEBR) revealed that India will become the fifth largest economy by 2025. Also India will emerge as the third largest economy by 2030. Moreover, the UK-based economic consultancy expects China to overtake the US, emerging as the world’s biggest economy by 2028.
Nation and Politics- Current Affairs
Bodo is Now Associate Official Language of Assam
Cabinet of Assam Government passed bill Assam Official Language Amendment Bill. Firstly it makes Bodo (in Devnagari script) the associate official language of the state. Secondly, as per 2011 census, there are about 14.15 lakh Bodo speakers in Assam.
Science and Technology- Current Affairs
First Lithium Refinery of the Country to be Established in Gujarat
India’s first lithium refinery is going to be established in the state of Gujarat. The largest power trading and renewable energy company of the country, Manikaran Power Limited, will invest around one thousand crore for this initiative. Moreover, the refinery will process Lithium ore to produce battery-grade material after importing Lithium from Australia.
Sports, Arts and Books- Current Affairs
India’s Largest Hockey Stadium Planned in Rourkela, will host 2023 World Cup Games
On Thursday Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that India’s largest hockey stadium will be constructed at Rourkela. The stadium will have a seating capacity of 20,000 people. In addition, the state government will construct the stadium in the Biju Patnaik University of Technology campus. The stadium will also be spread over 15 acres of land. Patnaik said, “As we have announced earlier, Odisha will once again be the proud host of the prestigious men’s hockey World Cup in 2023.”
Well-Known Urdu Writer Shamsur Rahman Faruqi Passes Away
In a year riddled with tragic news, Indian poet and theorist Shamsur Rahman Faruqi passed away. He took his last breath at his place in Allahabad at 11.20 a.m. Although in November, historian Rana Safvi had tweeted that Faruqi had tested positive for COVID-19.
Faruqi was born on September 30, 1935. He was popular for his application of Western criticism to Urdu literature. At last, the novelist’s contribution to Urdu literature is immense and in some ways even immeasurable.
A New Book Titled ‘Covid-19: Sabhyata ka Sankat aur Samadhan’ Released
Former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh have released a book titled ‘Covid-19: Sabhyata ka Sankat aur Samadhan’. The Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi is the author of this new book. The book discusses how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the common way of life. The book also suggests solutions to the ongoing crisis triggered by the disease. Moreover, it discusses how the pandemic has influenced the different aspects of life including education system, business, politics, public safety etc.
World- Current Affairs
To ‘Take Stock’ of Political Situation, High-level Chinese Delegation Arrives in Nepal
Vice Minister of the Communist Party of China arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday to “take stock” of Nepal’s political situation. Guo Yezhou (Vice Minister) led a high-level Chinese delegation to check up on the Nepal after subsequent split in the ruling Nepal Communist Party and the dissolution of Parliament. According to a media report Yezhou and the other four members will hold high-level talks during its stay in Kathmandu. However, no specific details about the agenda of the visit are available.
European Union Nations Commence the Mass COVID-19 Vaccinations
The vaccines started arriving in EU countries on Friday developed by Germany’s BioNTech and American drugmaker Pfizer. European Union nations on Sunday officially started a coordinated effort to give COVID-19 vaccinations to adults. This initiation will help in marking a moment of hope among the people in battle against the pandemic.
On January 5 Saudi Arabia will Host Gulf Summit
Saudi Arabia will be going to host the 41st Gulf summit on January 5, 2021 in Riyadh. As per state media report, the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has requested the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf to invite the leaders of the member states.