Current Affairs in Short: 15 January 2021
Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda will be honoured with the SKOCH Challenger Award in a virtual ceremony on January 16, 2021.
Centre asks farmer unions to submit draft to government regarding their demands
• Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on January 15, 2021 that the farmer unions have been asked to form informal groups among themselves and submit a draft to the government regarding their demands.
• The Agricultural Minister said that the government will think about the draft with an "open mind".
• He further asserted that the centre is positive to reach a solution through talks and also said that the government is concerned about the farmers protesting in cold conditions.
• He said both sides have decided to hold the next round of talks on January 19 as the talks held today were not decisive.
Nepal provides emergency use approval to Covishield
• Nepal Government on January 15, 2021 approved the emergency use of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine-'Covishield', which is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII). The decision was taken by the Department of Drug Administration (DDA).
• Covishield has been jointly developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. The approval comes at a time when Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava recalled PM Modi's statement that India's vaccine production and delivery capacity would be used for the benefit of all humanity in fighting this crisis.
• He, however, said that it is too early to give a specific response on the Covid-19 vaccine supplies to other countries.
India has also given emergency use authorisation to two COVID-19 vaccines-Covishield and indigenously developed by Covaxin.
Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda to be honoured with SKOCH Challenger Award
• Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda will be honoured with the SKOCH Challenger Award in a virtual ceremony on January 16, 2021.
• The award has been conferred to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for e-Governance, for its IT-led initiatives and other transformational initiatives that are leading to outcome-based performance improvement.
• The Tribal Affairs Ministry has taken up several transformational initiatives recently. It has digitalised all the processes leading to a paperless office and monitoring is completely data-driven.
• There is also great transparency with the tribal related data available in the public domain.
Indian Army Day observed today
• Indian Army Day is observed every year on January 15 to mark the day when Lt Gen K M Carriappa took over as the commander-in-chief of the Indian Army in 1949 from the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, General Francis Butcher.
• President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi greeted the Indian Army men and women on the occasion. The President tweeted saying that the nation remembers the Bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice in service to the nation and continued by saying that India will remain forever grateful to courageous and committed soldiers, veterans and their families.
• PM Narendra Modi also saluted the Indian Army on behalf of all countrymen and said that our Army is strong, courageous and determined which has always made the country proud.