1. Indian Army & DRDO develop India's 1st Swadeshi machine pistol 'ASMI'

  • The weapon, named ASMI, means "Pride", "Self-respect", and "Hard Work".
  • ASMI fires the in-service 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft-grade Aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre
  • ASMI has huge potential in Armed forces as a personal weapon for heavy weapon detachments, commanders, tank and aircraft crews, drivers/dispatch riders, radio/radar operators, Closed Quarter Battle, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations etc.
  • A production cost under Rs. 50,000 each

2. Sandeep Aggarwal is appointed as the new Chairman of the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC)

3. India's first air taxi service launched in Chandigarh

  • The air taxi service in its first phase will function from Chandigarh to Hisar.
  •  The service will be operated from Chandigarh under UDAN scheme of the central government

4. World’s oldest known cave painting found in Indonesia

  • The cave painting uncovered in South Sulawesi consists of a figurative depiction of a warty pig, a wild boar that is endemic to this Indonesian island
  • A dating specialist, Mr Aubert had identified a calcite deposit that had formed on top of the painting, and used Uranium-series isotope dating to determine that the deposit was 45,500 years old

5. India Meteorological Department (IMD) celebrates its 146th Foundation Day on-15th january 2021 

  • IMD is one of the oldest, scientific service organizations in the country, in existence well before Independence

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