8 January- Todays Current Affairs

Govt announces first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’

  • The Government of India has announced first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’ for several media houses.
  • This award was conferred on January 7, 2020, to 30 media houses.
  • The objective behind this award is to bring positivity and acknowledge the role of media in the outreach of Yoga in the world.
  • International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21 June because it is the longest day of the year and yoga gives long-life to a human being. It was recognized by the United Nations on December 11, 2014, when a proposal was approved by 177 member countries. First, International Yoga Day was celebrated on June 21, 2015. It was initiated by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
  • International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21 June because it is the longest day of the year and yoga gives long-life to a human being. It was recognized by the United Nations on December 11, 2014, when a proposal was approved by 177 member countries. First, International Yoga Day was celebrated on June 21, 2015. It was initiated by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

Acclaimed painter & sculptor Akbar Padamsee dies in Coimbatore at 91

  • Acclaimed painter & sculptor Akbar Padamsee dies in Coimbatore at 91; won Padma Bhushan and Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship.
  • Akbar Padamsee was one of India’s most celebrated artists and pioneer of the progressive-modernist movement.
  • was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2010 and was also awarded Fellowships by the Lalit Kala Akademi and the JD Rockefeller Foundation apart from recognition by several global art bodies.

Importants:

  • India’s GDP growth rate for 2019-20 estimated at 5%; was 6.8% in 2018-19: Govt.
  • JMM MLA Rabindra Nath Mahato unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Jharkhand Assembly.
  • India’s per-capita monthly income up by 6.8% to Rs 11,254 during 2019-20: Govt.
  • 2nd National GST Conference held in New Delhi for streamlining GST system.
  • NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) discovers an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star.
  • Pakistan’s National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, passes bills giving 3-year extension to Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
  • Iran designates US armed forces and Pentagon as ‘terrorist entities’.
  • Bhubaneswar to host first edition of Khelo India University Games from Feb 22 to March 1.