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Jagadesh Kumar appointed UGC Chairman

  • Professor TP Singh, who was the chairman of the University Grants Commission, also known as UGC, retired last month. M. Jagadesh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, has been appointed as the Chairman of the UGC, which has been vacant since December 7.
  • He will hold this position for five years or until he is 65 years old. Jagadesh Kumar, who took over as Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice-Chancellor in 2016, has handled various controversial issues. He studied at IIT Chennai and worked as a professor at IIT Gorakhpur and Delhi.
China signs new agreement with Pakistan on economic development plan
  • 3,000 km from China's Xinjiang province to Pakistan's Balochistan province. China has plans to upgrade its infrastructure for remote economic development. The project is being carried out at a cost of $ 6,000 crore (approximately Rs. 4.49 lakh crore in Indian currency). India has opposed the plan, which goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
  • In this context, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in China on Thursday on a four-day visit to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and to meet with Chinese government officials. He is accompanied by key ministries of the Pakistani government.
  • In Beijing, Imran Khan on Friday held a video conference with the head of China's National Development and Reform Commission, He Lifang. The two then held talks on increasing Chinese investment in Pakistan.
  • Following this, Imran Khan and Pakistan's Minister of Investment Mohammad Asfa Asan signed a new agreement to launch the second phase of the Economic Corridor.
  • The agreement paves the way for attracting foreign direct investment, encouraging industrial growth, improving economic zones, initiating, monitoring and implementing projects in the public and private sectors.
Road in the United States in the name of the Valluvar
  • It has been officially announced that the road in the Fairbax County area of ​​the US state of Virginia will be named 'VALLUVAR WAY'. Don Helmer, a member of the Virginia State Council, made the announcement on his Twitter page.
  • The American Tamil people are celebrating that Valluvar's name has been placed on the American street. Although Thirukkural is a world famous book, it is considered as a great honor for Tamil and Valluvar to have a street named after him for the first time in the United States.
2022 Winter Olympics - Arif Khan of India carrying the national flag as a single athlete
  • The four-yearly Winter Olympics kick off today in the Chinese capital, Beijing. The Winter Olympics will feature a total of 109 medals in 15 categories.
  • The Olympics will run until February 20. For this purpose, stadiums have been set up in 3 places namely Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. Meanwhile, the opening ceremony took place at the BIRDS NEST ground amid corona restrictions.
  • Earlier, officials from the United States, Japan and Canada boycotted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, citing human rights abuses against Uighur Islamists in China.
  • Similarly, government officials on behalf of India have boycotted the opening and closing ceremonies, condemning the appointment of a military commander involved in the Kalwan Valley conflict as a torchbearer at the Olympics.
  • However, only Mohammad Arif Khan from Kashmir has qualified to represent India at the Winter Olympics. He competes in alpine skiing slalom and giant slalom skiing slalom.
  • Arif Khan carries the Indian national flag during the inaugural parade at the iconic Birds Nest Stadium. Arif Khan, wearing a red jacket, carried the Indian flag alone around his coaches and assistants.
Draft notice on testing of vehicle stability by automated testing stations only
  • A draft notification has been issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways welcoming public comments on the validity of vehicles being tested only by automated testing stations and the approval, regulation and regulation of automated testing stations.
  • For heavy goods vehicles / heavy passenger motor vehicles from 01 April 2023
  • Effective from 01 June 2024 for medium freight vehicles / medium passenger motor vehicles and light motor vehicles (transport).

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