Indonesia passes a bill to move its capital from Jakarta to Nusantara.

  • Indonesia's parliament has approved a bill to change the Indonesian capital from Jakarta to Nusantara.
  • The new capital, Nusantara, is located on the island of Borneo within the mineral-rich forest of East Kalimantan.
  • Jakarta will remain the commercial and financial center while government administrative functions will move to East Kalimantan.
  • The project to develop the new capital city Nusantara (the archipelago in Javanese) will be taken up in five phases and the first phase is expected to start in 2022.
  • The estimated cost of the project is approximately 466 trillion rupees ($32 billion).

India’s 1st para-badminton academy launched in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

  • India's 1st Para-Badminton Academy has been established in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • It has all the advanced equipment and facilities.
  • This set-up will improve India's medal prospects at the 2024 Paralympics to be held at the Stade de France Stadium in Paris, France.
  • The Badminton Center has been launched by Gaurav Khanna, Chief National Coach of the Indian Para-Badminton team in association with Ageas Federal Life Insurance.

A Book titled "The Legend of Birsa Munda" by Tuhin A Sinha and Ankita Verma.

  • Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has released a book titled The Legend of Birsa Munda, authored by Tuhin A Sinha and co-authored by Ankita Verma.
  • The book is the story of a lesser-known tribal hero, Birsa Munda, who courageously fought against the oppressive British Raj for the rights of his tribal community.
  • The Legend of Birsa Munda is the story of a subaltern tribal hero whose contribution to India's freedom struggle should never be forgotten.

Scientists have named a new species of rainfrog after Greta Thunberg.

  • A new species of rain frog discovered in the Panama forest is named after Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
  • This species has been named Pristimantis Gretthunberge, or popularly known as Greta Thunberg Rainfrog.
  • The frog was originally discovered in 2012 and was previously thought to be part of the classified Pristimantis family.
  • However, recent DNA analysis has confirmed that the frog is a new species, according to the scientific journal ZooKeys.
  • It was named after Greta Thunberg when conservation non-profit The Rainforest Trust held an auction that allowed the winner to name the new species.
  • The frog was discovered in a reserve established by the conservation organization Adoptabosk with the support of the Rainforest Trust.

Government merges the eternal flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti with National War Memorial flame.

  • The Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate was merged with the eternal flame at the National War Memorial in the national capital on January 21, 2022.
  • The ceremony was led by Chief of Integrated Defense Staff, Air Marshal Balabhadra Radha Krishna.
  • That is, the flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti will not remain there after continuous lightning for 50 years.

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