Top Current Affairs: 8 January 2022

  • Atal Tunnel is located in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh. It is an all-weather 9km road under the Rohtang Pass on the Leh-Manali Highway.

  • The Director of the Institute of Health Metrics Sciences Dr. Christopher Murray has said that India will witness a peak in the number of COVID-19 cases by February 2022 with an expectation of reporting 5 lakh cases every day.

  • The Jammu and Kashmir authorities have declared almost 70 hectares of land in Gulmarg and Sonamarg tourist resorts as ‘strategic areas’.

  • The Indian Express Group has announced the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards (RNG Awards) for journalists across the country, for their work done in 2019.

  • Captain Harpreet Chandi, an Indian-origin British Sikh Army officer has created history by becoming the first woman of colour to complete a solo unsupported expedition to the South Pole.

  • As per the guidelines released by the Government of India on January 7, 2022, all the passengers flying from abroad will have to home quarantine themselves for a week after landing in India and get themselves tested on the eighth day.

  • Sanjay Bhargava has stepped down from his post as the Country Director and Chairman of the Board of Starlink India citing personal reasons.

  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi(IGRUA) was established by the Government of India in the year 1986 at Fursatganj Airfield. It is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

  • Veteran cricketer Mithali Raj will lead India in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022, while all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur will be the deputy skipper.

  • International Cricket Council (ICC) announced new playing conditions for T20I. Under the new playing conditions, the fielding team will have to suffer the in-match penalty for slow over rates.

  • ‘Seema Bhawani’ is the all-women biker team of the Border Security Force (BSF). The team will showcase their talent on Republic Day.

  • In Ladakh, the celebration of the traditional Losar festival was held on January 03, 2022, with zeal and enthusiasm.
  • G Asok Kumar, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Jal Shakti has been appointed as the new Director-General for the National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti.

  • The Union Minister of State Dr Jitendra Singh on January 6, 2022, inaugurated India’s first unique ‘Rock’ museum in Hyderabad.

  • T S Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, has been appointed as the Chair of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee for 2022.

  • Ace Triple jumper Viktor Saneyev, who was a three-time Olympic champion and former world record-holder, has passed away. He was 76.

  • NPCI Bharat BillPay (NBBL) has announced the launch of a Unified Presentment Management System (UPMS).

  • The flagship UJALA programme of the Ministry of Power has completed seven years of distributing and selling LED lights.

  • Reliance Retail, the retail arm of Reliance Industries Limited, has acquired a 25.8% stake in the online delivery platform Dunzo by investing $200 million (around Rs. 1,488 crores).

  • Thousands of protesters stormed government buildings in Kazakhstan, clashing with the police officials after a sudden fuel energy price hike.


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