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  1. US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday appointed Indian-American Bharat Ramamurti as deputy director for the National Economic Council for Financial Reform and Consumer Protection.
  2. Pakistan government has granted permission for the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad, nearly six months after the work at the site was stopped apparently because of the pressure from the radical Islamic groups.
  3. Air pollution killed 1.7 million Indians, accounting for nearly 18% of total deaths in 2019, and resulted in an economic loss of Rs 2.6 lakh crore, nearly 1.4% of GDP, a comprehensive report of the disease burden attributable to air pollution and its economic impact has revealed.
  4. The Union Cabinet recently cleared a proposal by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to set up public Wi-Fi access network interfaces. The public Wi-Fi Access Network Interface, which will be called ‘PM-WANI’, was first recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in 2017.
  5. The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is developing an unique Early Health Warning System which is expected to forecast the possibility of disease outbreaks in the country. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is also involved in the development studies and the process.
  6. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a first-of-its-kind Intentional Genomic Alteration (IGA) in a line of domestic pigs referred to as GalSafe pigs.This will be the first time that the regulator has approved an animal biotechnology product for both food and biomedical purposes.
  7. Indian-American Vivek Murthy, US President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Surgeon General, has said that the highly infectious new mutant Covid-19 strain discovered in Britain, does not appear to be any deadlier.
  8. In India, gold has climbed about 28% this year and in 2021, the yellow metals will continue to remain in focus for investors, say analysts. In global markets, gold has jumped 23% this year.
  9. India has become the sixth country in the world to join the club of countries producing high horsepower locomotives indigenouslyIndian Railways will deploy these high speed locomotives for operations on major freight routes, including the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs)
  10. Senior BJP leader and former Maharashtra Assembly speaker Haribhau Bagade on Tuesday said he had met social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and explained him the details of the three farm laws introduced by the Centre.
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