Daily Current Affairs English – JANUARY 13, 2022

Daily Current Affairs English – JANUARY 13, 2022

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2022

JANUARY – 13, 2022

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

ISRO successfully conducts qualification tests of Cryogenic Engine for Gaganyaan

  • ISRO- Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully conducted qualification tests of the Cryogenic Engine for Gaganyaan human space programme.
  • The ISRO Propulsion Complex in Tamil Nadu conducted the test for 720 seconds duration and met the test objectives.
  • A release by ISRO said, the engine parameters were closely matching with the predictions during the entire duration of the test.
  • This successful long duration test is a major milestone for the Human Space programme Gaganyaan.
  • The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III launch vehicle to be used for the Gaganyaan programme will use two cryogenic engines.
  • This engine developed by ISRO is named as Vikas. The success of Vikas engine signals a great breakthrough in the Indian manned mission to outer space.

Eminent rocket scientist S Somanath appointed new chairman of ISRO

  • Eminent rocket scientist S. Somanath has been appointed the new chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as well as the Space Secretary.
  • He will succeed K Sivan who completes his extended tenure as ISRO chief.
  • The post of the ISRO chairman, the Space Secretary and the Space Commission chief is usually held by one person only.
  • Mr. Somanath will be the 10th chairman of ISRO.

SPORTS

Seven players withdraw from India open badminton championship

  • Seven players withdrew from the India open badminton championship, which is being held in Delhi, after testing Covid positive. It includes Kidambi Srikanth and Ashwini Ponappa.
  • Srikanth is currently world No. 10 in singles while Ashwini Ponappa is world No. 20 in women’s doubles, N Sikki Reddy, Dhruv Kapila, Gayatri Gopichand, Akshan Shetty and Kavya Gupta has also pulled out of the competition after being deemed closed contacts of the infected.
  • The Round 2 matches of the Indian Open are being held in KD Jadhav Indoor hall, where PV Sindhu entered round 3 of the championship after defeating Ira Sharma and Sania Nehwal lost to Malvika Bansod in 34 minutes for huge upset.
  • Meanwhile Badminton World Federation (BWF) has said that the players will not be replaced in the main draw, and their opponents will be given a walkover to the next round.
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