Current Affairs | January 2, 2022

Current Affairs for Kerala PSC January 2, 2022

This article presents a quick overview of everyday events on January 2, 2022, in the form of GK one-liners to help you prepare for the upcoming Kerala PSC, UPSC, SSC, Banking, Railways, and other competitive examinations.

Current Affairs

January 2, 2022

Important Days & Events

  • Mannam Jayanthi.

National & International

  • Name the country that launched a new campaign namely 'Better Health Smoke-Free' urging smokers to discard the unhealthy habit of smoking as a new year resolution – Britain.
  • In 2022, which nation will preside over the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC)? India.
  • Which nation supported the UN Security Council resolution to extend the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate? India.
  • Which country will preside over the European Union Council for six months beginning in January 2022? France.
    • The presidency rotates among the EU member states every six months.
  • Which country's parliament was destroyed in a massive fire on January 2, 2022? South Africa.
  • Identify the country which launched a 5-year plan to become a hub of world robotics innovation – China.
  • What is the name of this exoplanet discovered for the first time by scientists, which has a magnetosphere comparable to Earth? HAT-P-11b.
  • Name the mega-event hosted by India, which will take place on January 10, 2022, with the participation of 26 countries – Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2022.
  • Name the new 100-day reading campaign launched by Central Govt – Padhe Bharat.
    • Duration – January 1, 2022, to April 10, 2022.
    • In association with – National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
    • Aim – to promote reading culture for children by ensuring the availability of age-appropriate reading materials for children in local/mother tongue/regional/tribal languages.
  • In 2021, which state had the largest number of tiger deaths according to NTCA? Madhya Pradesh (26).
    • NTCA – National Tiger Conservation Authority.
  • What is the total no. of tiger deaths in India according to NTCA? 126.
  •  Heartfulness Tree Conservation Centre, a Modern Tissue Culture laboratory was inaugurated at – Kanha Shantivanam (Hyderabad).
    • To Save Critically Endangered Tree Species.
    • Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare – Narendra Singh Tomar.
  • Name the head of the committee which submitted a report saying that it is a feasible criterion for defining EWS (Economical Weaker Sections) can be based on annual family income with a threshold of ₹8 lakh or less – Ajay Bhushan Pandey (Former Finance Secretary of India).
    • Other members – Sanjeev Sanyal & V.K. Malhotra.
  • What is an electoral bond? A promissory note that may be purchased from select State Bank of India branches by any Indian person or firm established in India in order to make donations to political parties of his/her/their choice.
    • Introduced with the Finance Bill (2017).
  • According to the 24th edition of the Financial Stability Report (FSR), banks' non-performing assets (NPAs) are predicted to rise to what percentage by September 2022 under the worst-case scenario? 9.5%.
  • Who releases the Financial Stability Report (FSR)? Reserve Bank of India.

Armed Forces

  • Identify the first domestically produced space launch vehicle of South Korea – KSLV-II Nuri rocket.
  • Who is the first foreign customer for the BrahMos cruise missile system? Philippines.
    • Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile System Acquisition Project.
    • BrahMos – a short-range, supersonic anti-ship/land-attack cruise missile developed by DRDO & Russian Federation's NPO Mashinostroyeniya in 1998. 
  • What is the name of the third tug in a series of 50-ton Bollard Pull Tugs delivered to the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam? Balraj.


  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu attended a ceremony to commemorate the 150th  death anniversary of which Kerala renaissance leader? Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara.
  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu unveiled a statue of former President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam at – Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory.
  • The only DRDO laboratory in Kerala – Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (Vazhakkala, Kochi).
    • Established in – 1958.
  • The first department in Kerala to install an e-office system all the way down to the lowest level – Public Works Dept.
  • How many departments are merging to establish the Local Self-Government Department (LSGD) Common Service by February to improve service delivery and departmental coordination for local-level administration and planning? Six.
  • Where will be the headquarters of the new Local Self-Government Department (LSGD) Common Service located? Swaraj Bhavan.


  • RedInk Awards – 
    • Instituted by – Mumbai Press Club.
    •  Journalist of the Year 2021 – Danish Siddiqui (posthumously).
      • Photojournalist killed in Afghanistan while reporting.
    • Lifetime Achievement Award – Prem Shankar Jha.


  • Major Dhyan Chand Sports University is going to be set up at – Meerut (Uttar Pradesh).


  • Name the Bollywood producer who passed away recently – Vijay Galani.
    • Films –  Veer,  Ajnabee, Suryavanshi.

Today in History

  • 1913 – Mahatma Gandhi departs from the Tolstoy Farm in Transvaal (South Africa).
  • 2019 – Two women enter India's Sabarimala temple for the first in history after a legislative reform, sparking controversy and protests.
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