Nation and Politics- Current Affairs
Mayiladuthurai is the Latest District of Tamil Nadu
On 28th December 2020, Mayiladuthurai officially became the 38th district of Tamil Nadu state. Chief Minister K Palaniswami inaugurated the latest district from Chennai through a video conferencing event. It is formed by carving out from Nagapattinam district. The latest district comprises 4 talukas, 15 blocks and 287 revenue villages.
Arya Rajendran Becomes the Youngest Mayor in India
Arya Rajendran of CPI (M) becomes the youngest mayor in the country when she sworn in as the mayor of Thiruvanathapuram, the capital of Kerala. She is the state president of Bala Sangham, one of the largest organizations of children. Sabitha Beegam, the first muslim mayor of India held the record for India’s youngest mayor before Arya Rajendran.
Science and Technology- Current Affairs
Solid Propulsion Rocket Engine Successfully Test-Fired by Skyroot Aerospace
Skyroot Aerospace test-fired Kalam-5 successfully, a solid propulsion rocket engine, on 28 December 2020. A space startup based out in Hyderabad, Skyroot became India’s first private sector company to achieve this feat. This is the first of five Kalam series of solid rocket motors of the company. The rocket has been built with advanced carbon composite structure in a completely automated process.
Sports, Arts and Books- Current Affairs
ICC T20 and ODI Teams of the Decade
The International Cricket Council recently announced the Men’s T20I (Twenty 20 International), ODI (One Day International) and Test Teams of the decade. The ICC announced the teams based on the consistency of the players over the period of last ten years. MS Dhoni, the former Indian Captain became the Captain of ODI. The council also announced Dhoni the Captain of T20I. Moreover, the skipper of ICC Test team of the Decade will be Virat Kohli.
The ICC T20I Team of the Decade also includes other cricketers including Rohit Sharma, Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Rashid Khan, etc. Meg Lanning will be the act as a Captain in ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Decade.
KVIC Monpa Handmade Paper Unit
The Monpa handmade paper is a thousand-year-old heritage. So, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) recently set up the Monpa handmade paper making unit. The commission revived this with the new unit. The KVIC has established the unit to increase the commercial productivity of paper produced based on Monpa technique. The unit will also create local employment in Arunachal Pradesh.
Sonu Sood’s Autobiography to be titled ‘I Am No Messiah’
Sonu Sood, an actor and humanitarian is going to write his autobiography titled ‘I Am No Messiah’. Meena Iyer will co-authored the book. It will account the experience of Sonu Sood during the COVID-19 pandemic. The book will soon be released in December 2020.
The book will feature the stories he heard and his interactions with the migrants and others. Sonu Sood will share the experiences which impacted his life and changed his outlook and his aim of life. Sonu Sood narrates his emotional experiences. He also talks about the challenges he faced along with the people he rescued during the COVID-19 pandemic in the book.
World- Current Affairs
Chinese Citizen Scribe Jailed for 4 Years for Wuhan Virus Reports
The Chinese government authorities send a Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan to jail for four years. She reported about the unknown viral pneumonia from Wuhan as the Covid-19 outbreak unfurled. At a brief hearing in Shanghai, the court announced Zhang Zhan’s imprisonment for allegedly “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” during her reporting in the chaotic initial stages of the outbreak.
Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Sentenced to 6-Years Prison
Saudi Arabia authorities once again sentenced the imprisonment of one of the country’s most prominent women’s rights activists. This time she will be imprisoned for nearly six years under a vague and broadly-worded law aimed at combating terrorism. Loujain al-Hathloul case, and her imprisonment for the past two and a half years, have drawn criticism from rights groups. Other members of the U.S. Congress and European Union lawmakers Also protesting against this decision. Al-Hathloul was among a handful of Saudi women who openly called for the right to drive before it was granted in 2018.
Trump Signs Covid Relief Package and Government-Funding Measure
President Donald Trump announced the signing of the pandemic relief package in a statement on Sunday night. He has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief fund that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals. Moreover, it averts a Government shutdown. The massive bill includes some amount to fund government agencies through September. The package also contains other end-of-session priorities such as money for cash-starved transit systems and an increase in food stamp benefits.