Current Affairs of 22 January


Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli - Indian skipper Virat Kohli became the first cricketer to win all the top three ICC individual awards including the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men's Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year for his performances in 2018.

Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar
Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar
Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar - The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019. The awards were presented to 26 shortlisted awardees including one joint award for National Child Award (now renamed as Bal Shakti Puraskar). Under National Child Welfare Awards category (now renamed as Bal Kalyan Puraskar), 2 individuals and 3 institutions were awarded.

National Women’s Party
National Women’s Party
National Women’s Party - The National Women’s Party (NWP), which has been formed with the motto of women empowerment, was launched in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The party has been founded by Dr Swetha Shetty, a medical practitioner-cum - activist from Hyderabad, who would also serve as its President. Announcing its formation, Shetty said that apart from ensuring empowerment of women, issues like getting 50 per cent reservation for women in the parliament and state assemblies.

Edelman Trust Barometer Report
Edelman Trust Barometer Report
Edelman Trust Barometer Report - According to Edelman Trust Barometer report - 2019 India is among the most trusted nations globally when it comes to government, business, NGOs and media but the country’s brands are among the least-trusted. China topped the Trust Index among both the informed public and the general population segments. India was at the 2nd place in the informed public category and 3rd place in the general population category. The findings are based on an online survey in 27 markets covering over 33,000 respondents.

E-passports
E-passports
E-passports - E-passports to be issued soon in India. Indian passport holders will soon travel with e-passports which will be based on Indian software developed by IIT-Kanpur and National Informatics Centre (NIC). Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas about the new e-passports that will soon be introduced.

Standing Committee Drug Pricing
Standing Committee Drug Pricing
Standing Committee Drug Pricing - The Government constituted a Standing Committee headed by NITI Aayog to oversee the drug pricing regime. The constitution of the Committee is seen as a move that would curb the powers of the National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA) when it comes to regulating the prices of medicines in the country.

India and Sri Lanka Signed MoU
India and Sri Lanka Signed MoU 
India and Sri Lanka Signed MoU - India and Sri Lanka signed an MoU to provide modern infrastructural facilities to Swami Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies of Eastern University in Batticaloa district of Sri Lanka.

India Steel Exhibition and Conference 2019
India Steel Exhibition and Conference
India Steel Exhibition and Conference 2019 - India Steel 2019 Exhibition and Conference had begun in Mumbai. The three-day event organized by the Ministry of Steel helped chart out the future growth path of the steel industry.

Woman’s Voice Award
Woman’s Voice Award 
Woman’s Voice Award - US Based Indian poet Ranjani Murali was awarded the “Woman’s Voice Award” at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF). The Objective of the award is to recognize and encourage creative writing by women in India. Ranjani Murali’s second book “Clearly you are ESL” won the Great Indian Poetry Collectives (GIPCs) Editor’s Choice award.