Daily GK Updates: 26 Jan 2012

1. Nation Celebrates its 63rd Republic Day with zeal and fervor today.
2. President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil conferred the Ashoka Chakra on Lt. Navdeep Singh (posthumous) on the occasion of the 63rd Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi. Lt. Navdeep Singh was awarded the Ashoka Chakra for single-handedly eliminating four infiltrating terrorists on 20 August 2011.Lieutenant Navdeep Singh was Ghatak Platoon Commander of 15 Maratha Light Infantry deployed in the High Altitude Area near the Line of Control.

3. The President also approved the award of three Kirti Chakra. Lt. Col. Kamaldeep Singh (Rajputana Rifles / 18TH Battalion the Rashtriya Rifles), Capt. Ashutosh Kumar (5th Battalion the Rajputana Rifles) and Lt. Sushil Khajuria (Army Service Corps / 18th battalion The Grenadiers) were the three Kirti Chakra awardees. Of the three, Lt. Khajuria was conferred the award posthumously for his gallantry during an encounter with terrorists in the Kupwara region of Jammu and Kashmir.
4. Sixteen persons were awarded the Shaurya Chakra, the nation’s third-highest gallantry award in peacetime. While most of the Shaurya Chakra awardees are Armymen, the awardees also include a Jammu and Kashmir Special Police Officer (SPO) Barket Ali, who was conferred the award posthumously.
5. President Pratibha Patil approved conferring of 368 gallantry awards, including 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medals and 45 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals. The Army’s additional director-general (public information) Maj. Gen. S.L. Narasimhan was awarded an Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for his leadership in relief and rescue efforts in the wake of the Sikkim earthquake in 2010.
6. Kerala governor and former Puducherry chief minister and MP, M O H Farook died in Chennai today. Veteran Congress leader, Farook was born in Karaikal on 6 September 1937.
7. J Gopi Krishnan of ‘The Pioneer’ and Udayan Mukherjee of CNBC TV 18 were presented Ramnath Goenka Journalist of the Year Award in print and broadcast categories respectively by Vice Prez Hamid Ansari.
8. Papua New Guinea constitutional crisis: Soldiers supporting former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Michael Somare stage a mutiny in Port Moresby. PNG Brigadier General Francis Agwi is said to be under house arrest.
9. Billy Werber, third baseman in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 100. 
10. 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) started in Davos, Switzerland. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel gave the opening address.
11. Queensland’s Premier Anna Bligh has announced the state is to hold its elections on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

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