March 8, 2020 GKmojo

January 2021

China becomes leading FDI destination globally in 2020

China became the leading Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination globally in 2020 surpassing the United States. The country achieved this feat amid the COVID-19 pandemic and displayed its capabilities to quickly contain the spread of novel Coronavirus.


Padma Awards 2021: Key Highlights

• President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the conferment of a total of 119 Padma Awards- 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan, and 102 Padma Shri.

Padma Vibhushan (7)

  • Shri Shinzo Abe – Public Affairs – Japan
  • Shri S P Balasubramaniam (Posthumous) – Art – Tamil Nadu
  • Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde –  Medicine – Karnataka
  • Shri Narinder Singh Kapany (Posthumous) – Science and Engineering – United States of America
  • Maulana Wahiduddin Khan – Others – Spiritualism – Delhi
  • Shri B. B. Lal Others – Archaeology – Delhi
  • Shri Sudarshan Sahoo – Art – Odisha

Tansen Samman 2020

The renowned santoor player Satish Vyas has been conferred the Tansen Samman 2020 Madhya Pradesh

Ex Desert Knight-21

The bilateral air exercise Indian Air Force and French Air and Space Force conducted at Air Force Station, Jodhpur from 20.01.21 to 24.01.21.

Suneet Sharma

The new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Railway Board who has taken over from Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav.

Tesla in India

The city in which Elon Musk owned electric vehicle company Tesla has opened its first centre in India –Bengaluru

Jay Shah

The Secretary of BCCI who has been selected as the Asian Cricket Council succeeding Nazmul Hasan of Bangladesh.

Parakram Diwas

In order to honour Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Govt of India has decided to observe his birth anniversary on 23rd January every year as Parakram Diwas.

Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas

The theme of 16th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas observed in virtual format on 09 Jan 2021 – Contributing to Atmanirbhar Bharat

New President and Vice-President of the USA

President : Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. 
46th President of United States of America
Oldest sitting President of the USA

Vice-President: Kamala Harris (born 20.10.1964)
49th Vice-President of the USA
First female, first African-American and first Asian-American to become the Vice-President.

India Innovation Index 2020

Released NITI Aayog Edition: Second

Rank of  Major States
1. Karnataka
2. Maharashtra

Rank of UT and City States
1. Delhi
2. Chandigarh

Rank of NE and Hill States
1. Himachal Pradesh
2. Uttarakhand

51st International Film Festival of India

Venue: Goa

Best Film (Golden Peacock) Award: Into the Darkness directed Anders Refn

Best Director Award (Silver Peacock): Chen-Nien Ko for ‘The Silent Forest’

Best Actor (Male) (Silver Peacock): Tzu-Chuan Liu for The Silent Forest

Best Actor (Female) (Silver Peacock): Zofia Stafiej for I Never Cry

Country in focus: Bangladesh