Indian representative Navdeep Kaur won the best national costume award at Mrs World 2022 pageant.

  • India's Navdeep Kaur has won the Best National Dress award at the prestigious Mrs World 2022 pageant in Nevada, Las Vegas on January 15, 2022.
  • Mrs India World 2021 winner Navdeep Kaur was representing the country at Mrs World 2022.
  • Navdeep wore a striking gold avant garde outfit inspired by the Kundalini Chakra. It was designed by Aggie Jasmine.
  • Kundalini Chakra signifies the movement of energy in the chakras of the body from the base to the spine through the crown.
  • Navdeep hails from a small town near Odisha’s Steel City, Rourkela.
  • Meanwhile, Mrs America, Shaylyn Ford, was crowned as Mrs World 2022.
  • Mrs Jordan, Jaclyn Stapp and Mrs UAE, Debanjali Kamstra, were declared as the runner ups, respectively.

Dubai opens its Infinity Bridge to traffic for the first time.

  • The iconic Infinity Bridge in Dubai, United Arab Emirates was formally opened to traffic for the first time on January 16, 2022.
  • The bridge is named Infinity because its design resembles the mathematical symbol for infinity (∞). It also represents the limitless, infinite goals of Dubai.
  • The bridge has six lanes in each direction and a combined 3-metre track for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • It is 300 meters long and 22 meters wide. The bridge is built over Dubai Creek and can accommodate 24,000 vehicles in both directions every hour.
  • It will connect Deira to Bur Dubai and vice versa.

46 Startups declared winners of National Startup Awards 2021.

  • A total of 46 startups have been recognized as winners of National Startup Awards 2021 along with 1 Incubator and 1 Accelerator by the Government of India on January 16, 2022.
  • They have been awarded for their contribution in their respective fields.
  • State-wise, Karnataka received the highest number of awards, including 14 out of 46 National Startup Awards.
  • Over 2,177 applications were invited for the award in 15 regions and 49 sub-sectors.
  • These applicants were assessed on the basis of six broad parameters.

PM Narendra Modi will address the WEF's Davos Agenda 2022 summit virtually.

  • The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will address the Davos Agenda Summit 2022 of the World Economic Forum (WEF) via video-conferencing on January 17, 2022.
  • The Davos Agenda 2022 summit is being held digitally from January 17 to January 21, 2022, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The theme of the event is The State of the World.
  • The week-long digital summit will begin with a special address by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • The Davos Agenda 2022 will be the first global forum for heads of state and government, as well as CEOs and other leaders, to share their visions for 2022 on important collective challenges and how to address them.
  • This is the 2nd consecutive year that the event is being held virtually.

Oxfam India releases "Inequality Kills" report.

  • According to Oxfam India, Inequality kills report, the wealth of India's richest families hit a record high in 2021.
  • In the report, India was described as a very unequal country, As the top 10 people in India holds 57 per cent of the wealth.
  • At the same time, the share of the lower half is 13 percent.
  • The report said that 84% of Indian households saw a decline in income amid the Kovid-19 pandemic.
  • The richest 98 Indians have the same wealth as the bottom 552 million people.
  • The number of Indian billionaires increased from 102 to 142 during 2021.
  • The wealth of the top 100 families is Rs 57.3 trillion.

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