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1.Some who saved their friends from drowning, some who braved fire to save lives and others who fought snatchers are among the 25 kids who have been selected for the award. Twenty-two boys and three girls will be conferred the award by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence on January 24. The children will also participate in the Republic Day parade on January 26. The awardees will receive a medal, a certificate and cash prize.
2.The awards, initiated by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) in 1957, gives recognition to children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding acts of bravery.
3.This year, two children have been awarded posthumously.
4.Eligible awardees will be granted financial assistance until they complete their schooling. Some State governments also provide financial assistance to them. In addition, ICCW provides financial assistance under its Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme to those undertaking professional courses such as engineering and medicine.
VIRBHADRA LAYS STONE FOR KANGRA WATER SCHEME
1.Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday laid the foundation stone of the improvement and extension of gravity water supply scheme ‘Garoh-Garh-Saira-Noura’.
2.The scheme, which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 2.22 crore, will benefit 17 villages and 66 habitations of the area.
3.Mr Singh said that target had been fixed for covering 921 hectare land under irrigation, of which 685 hectares land was covered last year.
4.The scheme will be completed at a cost of Rs 113.04 lakh benefiting more than three thousand people and seven habitations of the area.
5.Out of the 312 habitations fixed for this financial year, 242 had been covered so far, he further said.
COUNTDOWN FOR LAUNCH OF PSLV-C18 BEGINS
1.The 50-hour countdown commenced at 09:00 hours in the morning and the propellant-filling operations of the liquid propellant second stage (PS2) and fourth stage (PS4) of the launch vehicle being carried out now.
2.SRO has built Megha-Tropiques, an advanced tropical climate monitoring satellite at a cost of Rs 80 crore.
3.PSLV-C18 will inject Megha-Tropiques satellite into an orbit of 867 km altitude at an inclination of 20 deg with respect to the equator. In this mission, PSLV will also inject SRMSat from SRM University, Chennai, Jugnu from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Vesselsat-1 from Luxembourg into orbit.
INDIA ATTACHES TOP PRIORITY TO TIES WITH ISRAEL: SWARAJ
1.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said India attaches the highest importance to its ties with Israel as she called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the entire spectrum of the relationship.
2.Ms. Swaraj, who is on her first visit to West Asia as the External Affairs Minister, said she was looking forward to her discussions with the top Israeli leadership.
3.In his welcoming remarks, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that there has been a great flowering of relationship and friendship between the two countries in the recent years.
4.He said the two countries are intensifying their contacts and cooperation in fields such as science and technology, cyber, defence and agriculture.
5.Ms. Swaraj’s visit comes barely three months after the historic visit of President Pranab Mukherjee, the first by an Indian Head of State to Israel, and aims at encasing on the goodwill generated by that visit.
INCREASE IN RENEWABLE ENERGY USE TO BOOST GLOBAL GDP BY $1.3 TRILLION
1.A 36 per cent share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 would increase global gross domestic product by nearly $1.3 trillion, generating millions of jobs and helping countries like India dependent on importing oil and gas, a new study says.
2.Beyond finding that global GDP in 2030 would increase by up to $1.3 trillion — more than the combined economies of Chile, South Africa and Switzerland as of today — the report also analyses country-specific impact.
3.Japan would see the largest positive GDP impact (2.3 per cent) but Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea would also see growth of more than one per cent each.
4.According to the report, improvements in human welfare would go well beyond gains in GDP thanks to a range of social and environmental benefits. The impact of renewable energy deployment on welfare is estimated to be three to four times larger than its impact on GDP, with global welfare increasing as much as 3.7 per cent.
SPOTLIGHT, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD WIN BIG AT CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS
1.The investigative journalism drama Spotlight won the top prize at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, while awards favourites Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio won the top acting prizes for Room and The Revenant.
2.Both actors won Golden Globe Awards and are considered front-runners for the Academy Awards, too.
3.Mad Max: Fury Road was the most nominated film of the evening with 13 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association. While it lost out for the top prize, it did win eight awards, including best director for George Miller, best action movie, and best action movie actor and actress for Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.
GAYLE EQUALS WORLD RECORD WITH 12-BALL 50
1.Chris Gayle has smashed the equal-fastest fifty in the history of Twenty20 cricket, taking just 12 balls to reach the mark during a whirlwind knock for the Renegades against Adelaide Strikers.
2.With his side needing the target of 171 from 16 overs in order to qualify for the finals, Gayle simply exploded, hitting four successive sixes in the first over of the innings from youngster Greg West.
3.That mark was equalled by Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn later that same season at the Gabba.
JUST 62 PEOPLE NOW OWN THE SAME WEALTH AS HALF THE WORLD’S POPULATION, RESEARCH FINDS
1.The research, conducted by the charity Oxfam, found that the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population – 3.6 billion people – has fallen by 41 per cent, or a trillion US dollars, since 2010.
2.While this group has become poorer, the wealth of the richest 62 people on the planet has increased by more than half a trillion dollars to $1.76 trillion.
3.The report, “An Economy for the 1%”, says the gap between the global richest and the global poorest has widened in just the last 12 months.
4.In 2011, 388 people had the same wealth as the poorest half of humanity. In 2011, this fell to 177. The number has continued to fall each year to 80 in 2014 and 62 in 2015.