- In response to an RTI enquiry, ECI said that just Over 67 lakh voters (less than 1% of voters) have downloaded a digital voter ID, known as the electronic Electoral Photo ID Card (e-EPIC), from the time the document was made available until December 23, 2022.
2. The SC refused to entertain a PIL challenging the decisions of the Uttarakhand and Gujarat governments to constitute committees for implementing Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in their respective states.
- Both the Uttarakhand and Gujarat governments have constituted committees to look into the issue of implementation of UCC.
- This to govern matters of divorce, adoption, inheritance, guardianship, succession of all citizens equally regardless of their religion, gender and sexual orientation.
3. Cyber Security experts have sent out warnings about the potential use of ChatGPT to write phishing emails, malicious code easily and at a much larger scale.
4. ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has re-taken a 20 per cent stake in the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas fields in the far east region of Russia.
5. World Hindi Day is celebrated every year on January 10.
6. IIT Jodhpur, Dystrophy Annihilation Research Trust (DART) and AIIMS Jodhpur are working on developing an affordable treatment for a rare and incurable genetic disorder called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
- It is the most common and fatal type of muscular dystrophy marked by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness due to alterations of a protein called “dystrophin” that helps keep muscle cells intact.
- Patients (usually children) have reduced bone density and an increased risk of developing fractures.
7. The Union Government's free telemedicine service, e-Sanjeevani, has recently crossed another milestone by touching the nine crore teleconsultations mark.
8. The recent United Nations report, Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2022 said that the Earth’s ozone layer is slowly recovering.
9. India and the United Kingdom signed and exchanged letters for the Young Professionals Scheme in London.
- It will permit up to 3,000 of their degree-holding citizens aged between 18 and 30 to live and work in each other’s countries for two years.