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The Most Important Current Affairs January 2021
ICC Awards of the Decade 2020 announced
The winners of the prestigious ICC Awards of the Decade were announced on 28th December 2020. The ICC Awards of The Decade recognise the best players across Cricket over the past 10 years.
List of Winners
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade: MS Dhoni (India)
ICC Men‘s Awards
Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of
the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)
ICC Men‘s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli
ICC Men‘s T20I Cricketer of the Decade: Rashid
ICC Men‘s Test Cricketer of the Decade: Steve
ICC Men‘s Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kyle
ICC Women‘s Award
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Female
Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
ICC Women‘s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse
ICC Women‘s T20I Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse
ICC Women‘s Associate Cricketer of the Decade:
Kathryn Bryce (Scotland)
Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for Social Justice 2020
Harmony Foundation hosted the Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for Social Justice. The Awards in its 16th year is the only award endorsed by Sister Prema, the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, the organization started by Mother Teresa. The theme for this year‟s awards was, ‗Celebrating Compassion In Times Of Covid ‗. Awardees this year included:
1. Dr Anthony Fauci (USA) is the Director of the
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
USA. He and his task force were among the first ones
to realize the seriousness of this pandemic.
2. Father Fabio Stevenazzi (Milan, Italy), decided to
return to medical practice in order to help those
infected with COVID 19 has thrust him to be the
modern-day example of St Charles Borromeo who in
1576 during the Great Plague that hit the city of Milan
and cut the population by half, stayed behind to nurse
the sick and renovate hospitals.
3. Dr Pradeep Kumar (Chennai) took it upon himself to
give a befitting burial to his colleague with the help of
two ward boys, at a cemetery in the city in the middle
of the night.
4. IPS Sanjay Pandey (DG Home Guards, Maharashtra)
went beyond the call of duty as a police officer to open
the first relief camp in the Mumbai city suburbs for
migrant workers whose livelihood were disrupted by
the lockdown to contain the pandemic.
5. Vikas Khanna (Manhattan, USA) heart still moves to
serve the lonely and underprivileged here in India.
6. KK Shailaja (Minister of Health, Kerala), her
extraordinary efforts and pro-activeness in dealing
with the pandemic by following experts and scientific
advice helped countless Keralites survive the terrors of
this pandemic, serving as an example for governments
of other states countries to follow.
About Harmony Foundation:
Harmony Foundation is an international NGO that works
in the realm of Social Justice. It was founded in October of
2005, with its raison d‟etre, being the establishment, and
strengthening, of social cohesion among various
communities, and to work towards the benefit of all,
without discriminating against any religion, creed, sex, or
their origins. Instituted in 2005, these Awards, celebrate
and commemorate the memory and legacy of Mother
Teresa, canonized a Saint by Pope Francis in the Vatican.
Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT scheme
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT scheme. The main aim behind the scheme is to extend health insurance coverage to all residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
About the AB-PMJAY Scheme
1. SEHAT stands for Social, Endeavour for Health and Telemedicine. It is a health insurance scheme for the Union Territory.
2. It provides free of cost insurance cover to all the residents of the UT of J&K.
3. It also provides financial cover up to Rs.5 Lakh per family on a floater basis to all residents of the UT of J&K and an operational extension of PM-JAY to 15 lakh (approximately) additional families. Important points about PM- JAY
4. It is the world‘s largest health insurance/assurance scheme fully financed by the government, provides acover of Rs 500,000 per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation across public and private empanelled hospitals in India.
5. The benefit of Rs 5,00,000 is on a family floater basis. This means that it can be used by one or all members of the family.
6. It covers medical procedures including oncology, cardiology, nephrology etc and up to three days of pre-hospitalisation and 15 days post-hospitalisation expenses like diagnostics and medicines are also included in the scheme.
Harsh Vardhan launches India‘s 1st indigenous pneumonia vaccine Pneumosil‘
The Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched India‟s first indigenously developed vaccine against pneumonia. The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) named ‗Pneumosil‘ has been developed by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and PATH, an international, nonprofit global health organization based in Seattle.
About the vaccine:
The vaccine will provide protection against 10 variants of pneumococcus bacteria that causes pneumonia, meningitis, ear, and blood infections in children. Pneumococcal disease is the largest contributor to underfive mortality rate worldwide.
RBI sets up College of Supervisors chaired by N S Viswanathan
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up an academic advisory council called ‗College of Supervisors (CoS)‘ to further strengthen supervision over regulated entities. The Cos will be headed by former deputy governor N S Viswanathan and will have five other members. The
objective of the council will be to identify areas where skill building/up-skilling are required, plan and develop curricula of all programmes, benchmark the programmes with international standards/best practices, and develop appropriate teaching methods, etc.
Other members include:
1. Arijit Basu, State Bank of India Managing Director
2.Paresh Sukhankar, former HDFC Bank Deputy Managing Director
3. S Raghunath of Banglore IIM
4. Tadhagatha Bandyophyay of Ahemadabad IIM and
5.Subrata Sarkar of IGIDR, Mumbai.
Ministry of Home Affairs Padma Awards 2021 announced
The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced a list of 119 personalities who will be conferred the Padma Awards by President Ram Nath Kovind this year. These awards cater to various disciplines including art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry,
medicine, literature and education, sports and civil service. While „Padma Shri‟ is awarded for distinguished service in any field, ‗Padma Bhushan‘ is awarded for distinguished service of a high order.
Padma Vibhushan awards List
- Shinzo Abe, Japan
- S P Balasubramaniam (Posthumous), Tamil Nadu
- Belle Monappa Hegde, Karnataka
- Narinder Singh Kapany (Posthumous), USA
- Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Delhi
- B. B. Lal, Delhi
- Sudarshan Sahoo, Odisha
Padma Bhushan Awards List
- Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, Kerala
- Tarun Gogoi (Posthumous), Assam
- Chandrashekhar Kambara, Karnataka
- Sumitra Mahajan, Madhya Pradesh
- Nripendra Misra, Uttar Pradesh
- Ram Vilas Paswan (Posthumous), Bihar
- Keshubhai Patel (Posthumous), Gujarat
- Kalbe Sadiq (Posthumous), Uttar Pradesh
- Rajnikant Devidas Shroff, Maharashtra
- Tarlochan Singh, Haryana