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♦ Chairman ISRO Dr. K Sivan stated as the process of selection of Astronauts for the Gaganyaan mission is completed, and confirmed about approval of Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon, which comprising a lander and a rover

♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Karnataka on 2-3 January 2020 and laid the foundation stone for a memorial museum of Shri Shri Shivakumar Swamiji

♦ For Republic Day Parade 2020, a total of 22 proposals, comprising of 16 States/UTs and 6 Ministries/ Departments were shortlisted for participation in the Republic Day Parade 2020

♦ 5 Young Scientists Laboratories of DRDO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation. Labs were located in five cities viz, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad. Each lab will work on the development of futuristic defense systems

♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 107th Indian Science Congress at the University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bengaluru. The Theme of the Year 2020 India Science Congress is “Science and Technology: Rural Development”

♦ 14 Scientists were awarded Swarna Jayanti Fellowships, awardees are supported by the Department of Science and Technology, for fellowship and research, will include a fellowship of Rs 25,000/- per month and research grant of 5 lakh Rupees for 5 years

♦ Niti Aayog Released Sustainable Development Goal Index 2019, Kerala Topped in Sustainable Development Goal Index 2019

♦ Railways renamed railway protection force as Indian railway protection service

♦ Swachh Survekshan 2020 to commence from 4 Jan 2020 across India

♦ UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) launched dedicated women helpline “Damini “, a calling and WhatsApp service.

♦ Indore emerged as India’s cleanest city for the 4th time in Swachh Survekshan (Cleanliness survey)

♦ “mygov” platform reached 1 crore registered users, MyGov is an innovative platform to build a partnership between Citizens and Government

♦ HDFC life joined hands with Paytm to expand its distribution

♦ The government decided to sell its 63.75% stake in SCI

♦ Odisha govt launched an e-certificate portal and ePAUTI app, as part of the 5T model of Governance

♦ Entire Nagaland declared as ‘disturbed area’ for 6 months under AFSPA, Armed Forces Special Powers Acting (AFSPA), 1958 which will make Indian Armed Forces maintain public order in “disturbed areas”.

♦ Pragati Maidan Metro station renamed as Supreme Court station

♦ Noted social activist Alajangi Viswanath Swamy, Odisha passed away. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Odisha as an Independent candidate.

♦ Reliance launches its online food and grocery selling venture “JioMart”

♦ Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai inaugurated 4th All India Police Judo Cluster Championship 2019, New Delhi which is of 5-day sporting event

♦ Vice-Chancellor, University of Allahabad Prof. Rattan Lal Hangloo resignation was accepted by President of India and also directed to conduct an inquiry into the allegations of financial, academic and administrative irregularities and misconduct against him

♦ Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) opened the 1st Silk Processing Plant at Surendranagar in Gujarat. The plant has been set up by a khadi institution at a cost of Rs 75 lack in which KVIC has contributed Rs 60 lakh

♦ ‘one nation, one ration card ‘facility to be implemented in 12 states from 1 Jan 2020

♦ No extra charge on digital payments via Rupay and UPI from 1st Jan 2020

♦ Kerala became 1st state to pass Anti-CAA resolution

♦ Haryana govt to be observed 2020 as Susashan Sankalp Varsh

♦ Rbi launched ‘mani'(mobile aided note identifier ) app

♦ Tiktok received most takedown requests from India in 2019

♦ ISRO stated as India’s 2nd spaceport to be in Thoothukdi, Tamil Nadu

♦ 4 IAF pilots selected for India’s manned space mission

♦ ECI launched Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System (PPRTMS) online portal to track party registration applications

♦ Ramesh Pokhriyal Nisank, Union Human Resource Development minister inaugurated the 28th edition of 2020 NDWBF, New Delhi World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

♦ UJALA scheme marked its 5th anniversary on 5 Jan 2020, launched by Narendra Modi on January 5th, 2015, which of Government of India’s zero-subsidy Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) and LED Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP). SLNP is the world’s largest streetlight replacement program and UJALA is the world’s largest domestic lighting project

♦ Election Commission of India announced Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi. Polling to be held on 8th February 2020 and Counting will be on 11th February 2020

♦ Home minister Rajnath Singh launched the Ministry of Defence No Objection Certificate (NOC) web portal for undertaking aerial surveys and aerial photography with the final permission of DGCA, Directorate General of Civil Aviation; Website:

♦ The Farmer’s Science Congress inaugurated for the 1st time in the 107th Indian Science Congress, highlighted the importance of farmer’s innovations and their scientific validity

♦ 04 January: World Braille Day, the first World Braille Day was celebrated on January 4, 2019.

♦ Qantas Airways Ltd was named safest airline in the world, published by

♦ SBI introduced the BHIM Aadhaar app service, empowers merchants/ traders/ small businesses to collect payment from customers in a hassle-free way, no need for PoS device installation

♦ Maharashtra Govt launched ‘cyber safe women’ initiative

♦ Govt launches 3rd defense India startup challenge to promote innovation

♦ Odisha govt launched “e-gazette” portal,

♦ Telangana Government declared 2020 as the year of Artificial Intelligence (ai)

♦ Turkey declared 2020 as the year of the ancient city of Patara

♦ Indian railway announced one integrated helpline number “139”, Single Number for all Railways query

♦ Kerala govt launches K-Rera to bring transparency in the real estate sector

♦ 14th Global Healthcare summit 2021 to be held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

♦ Railways renamed RPF, Railway Protection Force as an Indian Railway protection force service

♦ The President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone of a super specialty hospital in Lakshadweep in his first-ever State Visit to the Union Territory. He was received by the Administrator of Lakshadweep Dineshwar Sharma at Kavaratti

♦ The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India notified the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Liquidation Process) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020. By this amendment, the liquidator has to deposit unclaimed dividends and undistributed proceeds in a liquidation process along with any income earned thereon into the Corporate Voluntary Liquidation Account before submission of an application for dissolution of the corporate person

♦ Second National GST Conference of the Commissioners of State Tax and Chief Commissioners of Central Tax held under the chairmanship of Revenue Secretary Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey

♦ Amit Shah released a book ‘Karmayoddha Granth’, on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

♦ National Statistical Office (NSO) released the First Advance Estimates of National Income at Constant price (2011-12) and Current Prices for the financial year 2019-20 along with Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

♦ Per capita GDP at the constant price (2011-12) for 2019-20 is 110,208 cr (first advance estimate)

♦ Per capita GDP at the current price for 2019-20 is 152,440 cr (first advance estimate)

♦ Kolkata police begin 3rd edition of ‘Sukanya ‘ project, an aim to provide self-defense training to girl students

♦ The neutral pronoun ‘They’ has been voted word of the decade by US language experts

♦ HAL signed MoU with Wipro for 3D printing in Aerospace

♦ India forex reserves touched an all-time high of 457.468 billion

♦ India extended a line of credit of $75 million to Cuba for solar parks

♦ Union Cabinet approved an agreement between India and the Government of Mongolia on Cooperation in the Exploration and Uses of Outer Space for Peaceful and Civilian Purposes, an agreement was signed at New Delhi on 20 September 2019 during the state visit of the President of Mongolia to India

♦ Union Cabinet apprised of the agreement on cooperation in polar science between the Ministry of Earth Sciences, India and Ministry of Education and Research, Sweden, MoU was signed on 2nd Dec 2019 during the visit of the Majesties of the Kingdom of Sweden to India

♦ Union Cabinet approved MoU between India and the Government of the United Kingdom for Enabling Energy Self-Sufficiency for Indian Railways

♦ Union Cabinet apprised of information about the amendments moved to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which was passed by the Rajya Sabha

♦ Union Cabinet has given its ex-post-facto approval on the MoC between the Department of Health and Family Welfare, India and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on cooperation in the field of Health which signed in November 2019

♦ Union Cabinet approved for the ratification of the Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement between India and France

♦ Union Cabinet approved to confer the status of Institution of National Importance to the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Jamnagar by conglomerating the cluster of Ayurveda Institutes at Gujarat Ayurveda University campus, Jamnagar

♦ Union Cabinet approved Capital Grant as Viability Gap Funding to Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited for setting up the North-East Natural Gas Pipeline Grid

♦ The Competition Commission of India (CCI) released a report titled “Market Study on E-commerce in India: Key Findings and Observations.”

♦ Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2020, Indian Navy showcased the tableau Republic Day Parade in pursuance of the Navy Week theme ‘Indian Navy – Silent, Strong, and Swift’

♦ Ravindra Nath Mahto elected as new Jharkhand assembly speaker

♦ Piyush Goyal inaugurated NSE knowledge Hub

♦ 2 ships of the Royal Navy of Oman ships arrived in Goa to participate in 12th Indo-Oman bilateral naval exercise ‘Naseem-al-Bahr’

♦ Pune to host 5th Asia pacific Drosophila research conference 2020

♦ West Bengal government to provide insurance coverage of 5 lakh to Ganga Sagar pilgrims

♦ India’s per-capita monthly income up by 6.8% to Rs 11,254 during 2019-20

♦ India’s GDP growth rate for 2019-20 is estimated at 5%

♦ ISRO to set up its Human space flight center at Challakere, Karnataka

♦ CISF observed 2020 as the year of mobility

♦ Mizoram government organize conduct Zo Kutpui festival across 10 states and also countries like Myanmar, US, and Bangladesh from 9 Jan 2020

♦ NPCI launched the ‘vajra ‘ platform for a fast & secure payment

♦ 2019 recorded 7th warmest year in India since 1901 stated by India Meteorological Department

♦ 4th Buxa bird festival 2020 commenced in West Bengal

Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah inaugurated the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre in Delhi

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Uttar Pradesh were jointly organizing 23rd National Youth Festival (NYF) 2020 at Indira Pratishthan, Lucknow from 12th to 16th January 2020

Nature index released top 50 young universities in chemistry in 2019, IIT Guwahati ranks 20th in top 50 young universities in chemistry in 2019

Aviation ministry makes drone registration mandatory in India

Center orders removal of speed breakers on national highways.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 150th-anniversary celebration of Kolkata Port Trust in Kolkata

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 4 Refurbished Heritage Buildings in Kolkata to the nation, which were Old Currency Building, the Belvedere House, the Metcalfe House, and the Victoria Memorial Hall

DRDO developed Naval version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) successfully did an arrested landing on-board INS Vikramaditya at Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF)

Henley and Partners released Henley Passport Index 2020

  • 1st Place Henley Passport Index 2020: Japan
  • Second rank: Singapore
  • Third Rank: South Korea
  • Fourth Rank: Germany
  • Fifth Rank: Italy
  • India ranked 84th in Henley Passport Index 2020

Manmad Station (Maharashtra) and Bhusawal stations (Maharashtra) gets AI-backed facial recognition technology

India will be the Guest of Honor at the Paris Book Fair in March 2020 and France will be the guest of honor at the New Delhi World Book Fair in 2022

16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is observed on 9 January 2020

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated ‘advantage Maharashtra expo 2020’

Visakhapatnam to host Naval exercise ‘Milan’ in March 2020, 42 countries including the US and Russia and were invited to Milan

4th Armed Forces Veterans Day at Delhi commenced with a homage ceremony at the National War Memorial. Armed Forces Veterans Day is observed each year on 14th January as a mark of respect and recognition of the services rendered by Filed Marshal KM Cariappa who is the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces who retired on 14 January 1953

Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated The Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Telugu (CESCT)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in 50th Anniversary function of Tamil Magazine Thuglak at Chennai through Video Conference

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) celebrated its 145th Foundation Day, founded in 1875. World Meteorological Organization, WMO recognized 5 observatories of IMD – Chennai (Nungambakkam), Mumbai (Colaba), Panjim, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram as a long-term observing station for more than 100 years

SC has declared access to the internet a Fundamental Right

Census exercise India-2021 to begin on 1st April 2020

Central government raised India overseas bank’s authorized capital to Rs 25,000 cr

27th South Asian trade and travel exchange expo 2020 held in New Delhi

World Bank projected India’s growth rate at 5% for the financial year 2020

23rd national youth festival 2020 to be held in Lucknow, Theme for the year 2020: fit youth, fit india

India ranked 5th biggest Geopolitical risk of 2020

Wings India 2020 to be held in Begumpet Airport, Theme for Wings India 2020: flying for all

Digital payment firm PayU India acquires PaySense for $185 million

Crime in India has increased by 1.3% in 2018 compared to 2017 according to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) records

Pm Modi renamed Kolkata port after Shyama Prasad Mookerjee

109 children were sexually abused every day in India in 2018 according to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) records

Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence of Finland Jukka Juusti signed an MoU on defense cooperation in the field of Production, Procurement, Research and Development of Defence-related Equipment and Industrial cooperation between India and Finland

On 15 January, 72nd Army Day celebrated

11-17 January is declared as 31st Road Safety Week

2 Indian Coast Guard Ships Annie Besant and Amrit Kaur were Commissioned at Kolkata

Geo-Political Conference Raisina dialogue to be held in New Delhi

23rd Persian Gulf International conference held in Tehran

Sachin Bansal acquired DHFL General Insurance for Rs 100 Crore

Statue of Unity, Gujarat listed in 8 wonders of SCO, Shanghai Cooperation Organization

♦ India – Bangladesh signed MoU for the content exchange program

♦ 1st Session of India-Norway Dialogue on Trade and Investment convened in New Delhi on 15-16 January 2020

India, Government of Assam and the World Bank signed a loan agreement of $88 million to help modernize Assam’s passenger ferry sector that runs on its rivers including the Brahmaputra

♦ India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana, launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-251

♦ Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated ‘Centre of Excellence in Blockchain Technology’ in Bengaluru setup by National Informatics Centre aiming to provide Blockchain as a service and allowing all stakeholders to benefit from shared learning, experiences, and resources

♦ An infection with a Novel coronavirus reported from China, 41 confirmed cases and 1 death. One travel-related case has been reported in Thailand and Japan

♦ The online nominations process for India’s highest civilian award in the field of contribution to the unity and integrity, Sardar Patel National Unity Award is opened and the last date for nominations is 30th April 2020. The nominations are being received online in the Ministry of Home Affairs website

♦ Semi-high speed and fully air-conditioned Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express, the second premium Tejas train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai flagged off Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani from Ahmedabad

♦ TRAI Launched Complaint Management System (CMS) App

♦ 23rd National Youth Festival 2020 held in Lucknow, UP, Theme for 23rd NYF 2020: “Fit Youth, Fit India”

♦ Tania Shergill to become 1st Woman Parade adjutant for Republic Day Parade of 2020

♦ Government Launched Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) developed by IIT-Madras

♦ Indian Railways signed MoU with RailTel for Phase 2 of e-Office Execution

♦ Nepal To make Yoga Education compulsory for school children

♦ Alok Singh, IPS joins as 1st Police Commissioner of Noida

♦ Lokpal member Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale resigned.

♦ 15 January is celebrated as Indian Army Day, This year 2020 marks the 72nd Indian Army Day

♦ India and Bangladesh signed MoU for Co-production of the biopic on Bangabandhu

♦ Yoga Champion Ishwar Sharma from the UK wins Global Child Prodigy Award 2020

♦ 10 Districts get Swachhata Darpan Awards 2020. Puri, Odisha received Swachhata Darpan Awards 2019 for plastic waste management

♦ Tania Shergil became first woman parade adjutant in Army Day Parade 2020, i.e., on Jan 15

♦ Parshuram Kund Mela of Arunachal Pradesh began, its Hindu pilgrimage center situated on the Brahmaputra plateau

♦ 7th Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India region began in Lucknow, Theme of the conference is “Role of Legislators”

♦ Mega fuel conservation campaign ‘Saksham 2020’ inaugurated in New Delhi

♦ Govt Launches Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) Developed by IIT Madras

♦ India’s first global Mega-Science Exhibition ‘Vigyan Samagam’ to be held in New Delhi

♦ 5th Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI) 2020 began in Panaji, Goa

♦ Bipul Behari Saha elected as Bureau Member of IUPAC, The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

♦ Ladakh hosted the first-ever Food Processing Summit to attract investors

♦ Indian Lawyer Harish Salve appointed as Queen’s Counsel for the courts of England and Wales

♦ World Economic Forum released “The Global Risks Report 2020”

♦ IMD celebrated its 145th Foundation day on 15 January, which is also the Army day (15 Jan)

♦ World Health Organization released 2020 Global Health Challenges report

♦ Indo-Japan Joint Coast Guard exercise Sahyog-Kaijin began the Chennai port.

♦ Arunachal Pradesh signed MoU with IUCN to Red List Orchids

♦ India signed MoU with Finland to deepen defense cooperation

♦ ISRO to launch GSAT-30 on 17 January from French Guiana

♦ Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal led the Indian delegation to the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos from 20 -24 January 2020

♦ 14th Foundation Day of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) celebrated at New Delhi

♦ President Ram Nath Kovind presented the 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi.

♦ Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Nepal K.P. Oli jointly inaugurated the second 2nd Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Jogbani-Biratnagar, built with Indian assistance to facilitate trade and people’s movement across India-Nepal border

♦ Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated NIC TechConclave 2020, the theme of this year: Technologies for NextGen Governance

♦ International Arbitration Tribunal dismissed all claims brought against India. The arbitration arose out of the cancellation of Letters of Intent for the issuance of telecommunications licenses to provide 2G services in 5 telecommunications circles in India by reason, inter alia, of India’s essential security interests

♦ Piyush Goyal to lead Indian Delegation to World Economic Forum 2020

♦ Amit Shah launched POLNET 2.0 Armed with Multi-Media, updated police communication service armed with robust satellite data communication facility

♦ Sakya Singha Sen awarded Merck Young Scientist Award 2019

♦ Bahadurpur of West Bengal and Kheri Viran of Rajasthan became India’s 1st Model Sports Villages

♦ Govt allocates Rs 2000 Cr for completing Z Morh Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir

♦ Chhattisgarh government Launched “Rojgar Sangi” App to help skilled and trained candidates to find jobs

♦ India Foreign Exchange Reserves Reach a Life-Time High of $461.21 Billion

♦ Jagat Prakash Nadda elected as 11th BJP President

♦ Airtel Ties Up With Bharti AXA Life to offer Prepaid with Life Insurance

♦ 17th Tata Mumbai Marathon, Won by Sudha Singh (Women’s) and Srinu Bugatha (Men’s)

♦ High Commissioners of Lesotho and Bangladesh and Ambassador of Panama presented credentials to the President Ram Nath Kovind

  • Lineo Irene Molise-Mabusela, High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Arturo Luis Fabrega Alvarez, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama
  • Muhammad Imran, High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of the state of Tripura, Meghalaya, and Manipur on the occasion of their statehood day

  • Formation day state Tripura, Meghalaya, and Manipur: 21 January 1972

♦ Indian Navy signed Memorandum of Understanding with Geological Survey of India (GSI) for Sharing of seabed sediments data, products and expertise for Naval Application in Meteorology and Oceanography

♦ Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated India’s first global Mega Science Exhibition Vigyan Samagam in Delhi

♦ Union Minister of State for Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya participated in the High-level roundtable of UNAIDS on the theme Access for all: Leveraging Innovations, Investments, and Partnerships for Health at World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland

  • UNAIDS: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

♦ Union Cabinet approved for the proposal of the Legislative Department for allowing the Election Commission to enter into MoU with the Independent High Authority for Elections of Tunisia (ISIE) and the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission (PNGEC) for elections for cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration

♦ Union Cabinet approved the extension of the term of the Commission constituted under Article 340 of the constitution to examine the issue of Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes by 6 months i.e., up to 31.7.2020

  • 4 member Commission headed by Retired Justice Rohini

♦ Union Cabinet approved Memorandum of Understanding between India and the Federative Republic of Brazil on cooperation in the field of oil and natural gas

♦ Union Cabinet approved MoU between the Ministry of Citizenship of the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Ministry of Women & Child Development, India for bilateral cooperation in the field of early childhoods

♦ Union Cabinet approved MoU between Geological Survey of India, India and Geological Survey of Brazil, CPRM, of the Republic of Brazil on Cooperation in field of Geology and Mineral Resources

♦ Union Cabinet approved an agreement between India and the Federative Republic of Brazil on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

♦ List of World’s Most Dynamic City 2020

  • Hyderabad has emerged as The World’s Most Dynamic City
  • 2nd Ranked, Bengaluru
  • 5th Ranked, Chennai
  • 6th Ranked, Delhi
  • 12th Ranked, Pune
  • 16th Ranked, Kolkata
  • 20th Ranked, Mumbai

♦ National Immunization Day observed on January 19

♦ IAF Inducted BrahMos-Armed Sukhoi-30MKI Fighter Squadron

♦ Indian Railway to replace Urdu with Sanskrit on signboards at Uttarakhand platforms

♦ Champion of Change award conferred on Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren

♦ Washington Apples made Bollywood actress Disha Patani and Chef Sanjeev Kapoor their new Brand Ambassadors

♦ 2nd NIC Tech Conclave 2020 held in New Delhi

♦ IMF Lowered India’s Economic Growth In 2019-20 to 4.8% From 6.1%

♦ Global Investment Trend Monitor report released by UNCTAD, India among top 10 Recipients of Foreign Direct Investment In 2019. US remained the largest recipient of FDI at $251 Billion in 2019

♦ 14th Edition of ELECRAMA 2020 held in Greater Noida, UP

♦ Magh Bihu harvest festival is been celebrated in Assam

♦ 1st Krishi Manthan 2020, largest Food, Agri-business and Rural Development Summit of Asia was held at IIM Ahmedabad, Gujarat

♦ cVIGIL’ and ‘Voter Helpline App’ Won e-Governance Award of Excellence 2019

♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the 49 Children, winners of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2020 were given in the fields of art & culture, Innovation, Scholastic, Social Service, Sports, and Bravery. 49 awardees were from various states, one each from Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh

♦ Ministry of Road Transport Highways assigned a new motor vehicle Registration Mark “DD” to ‘Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu for registration of vehicles under the Motor Vehicle Act 1988. A new Union Territory has been formed after the merger of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu

♦ President Ram Nath Kovind participated in 10th National Voters’ Day organized by the Election Commission of India; Election Commission of India (ECI) completed 70 years of its journey by this year. The theme for NVD 2020 is ‘Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy’

♦ India, Government of Maharashtra and the World Bank signed a loan agreement of USD 210 million to support smallholder farmers as part of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project

♦ List of MoUs/Agreements exchanged during State Visit of President of Brazil to India

  • MoU on Bioenergy Cooperation
  • MoU for Cooperation in the field of Oil and Natural Gas
  • Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matter
  • MoU in the field of Early Childhood
  • MoU on Cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine
  • MoU on cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy.
  • Cultural Exchange Programme or the period 2020-2024
  • Agreement on Social Security
  • MoU on cooperation in the area of Cyber Security.
  • Scientific and Technological Cooperation
  • MoU on Cooperation in the field of Geology and Mineral Resources

♦ Bharat Parv 2020 to be celebrated from 26th to 31st January, Central theme of Bharat Parv 2020 is ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat

♦ West Bengal assembly Passed Anti-CAA Resolution On Jan 27, 2020

♦ Zomato acquired Uber’s food delivery business in India for $350 Million

♦ C S Setty took charge as MD of SBI for 3 Years

♦ One Nation One Ration Card scheme to be implemented from 1 June 2020

♦ Maharashtra government made Marathi mandate in all schools in the State

♦ Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated Vigyan Samagam Exhibition in New Delhi

♦ Telangana To Test Voter Identification through a face recognition App

♦ India and Brazil signed investment Treaty and Strategic Action Plan

♦ Fit India Cyclothon event was held on 18 January 2020 in Goa

♦ ICICI bank launched a cardless cash withdrawal facility

♦ 12th National Tribal Youth Exchange program held in Puducherry

♦ Uttarakhand became 1st State to implement Agricultural Land Leasing Policy

♦ Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) India Report 2019-20

  • USA Ranks 1st
  • Japan Ranks 2nd
  • UK Ranks 3rd
  • France Ranks Fourth
  • India Ranked 5th In Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) India Report

♦ Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, APEDA to set up 186 Agri Products Testing Laboratories in India

♦ International Conclave on Globalising Indian Thought held in IIT-Kozhikode

♦ Reserve Bank cancels Certificate of Authorisation of Vodafone M-Pesa

♦ Greenpeace Report 2019-20: Jharia (Jharkhand) is India’s Most Polluted City and Lunglei (Mizoram) least polluted city in India

♦ Upgraded ‘Sharang’ Artillery Guns to be inducted into Indian Army

♦ India opened its 1st Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre at Niamey, Niger

♦ New Zealand’s Christchurch to host 2021 Women’s World Cup Final

♦ Cricketer Shreyas Iyer is a new Brand Ambassador for boAt, an audio company

♦ Alia Bhatt is a new Brand Ambassador for Vicco Brand

♦ Corruption Perceptions Index 2019

  • Denmark and New Zealand topped Corruption Perceptions Index 2019
  • The United Kingdom Ranked 12th
  • The US Ranked 23rd
  • India and China Ranked 80th In Corruption Perceptions Index 2019
  • Pakistan Ranked 126th

♦ ECI Hosted 10th Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia at New Delhi

♦ Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra made the reading of Preamble of Constitution mandatory in schools

♦ Airtel and Google Cloud to bring G Suite to Indian Small and Midsize Business SMBs

♦ UP Govt launched Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana, financial assistance to the farmers if a farmer or family member dies while working in a field, then they will be given Rs 5 lakh

♦ Punjab bans autos older than 15 years in The State

♦ Minister of Steel launched ‘SAIL SERVICE’ Scheme and Portal

♦ Ind-Ra Predicted India’s GDP to Grow At 5.5% For FY21

♦ Jio became 1st Telecom Operator to launch UPI Payments Feature

♦ Department Of Telecommunication approves 100% FDI in Bharti Airtel

♦ Indian Army to induct Artillery Gun ‘Sharang’ By March 31, 2020

♦ Election commission of India hosts 1st Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture In New Delhi

♦ EC Successfully tests facial recognition technique in Telangana

♦ India delivered 30K doses of Measles & Rubella (MR) Vaccine to Maldive

♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed in 3rd Global Potato Conclave at Gandhinagar, Gujarat through remote video conferencing

♦ Assam tableau won the first price in the Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2020. The tableau of Assam was based on the theme ‘Land of Unique Craftsmanship and Culture’

  • The tableaux of National Disaster Relief Force and Jal Jeevan Mission awarded as the best among the Ministries and Departments
  • Central Public Works Department got the Special Prize, theme: Kashmir se Kanyakumari.

♦ Lt Gen Satinder Kumar Saini is appointed as the new Vice Chief of the Army Staff, VCOAS

♦ 10 more wetlands from India got the Ramsar site tag. Maharashtra gets its first, Punjab adds 3 and UP 6 to its list of the tag. Ramsar declaration an acknowledgment of India’s commitment towards conservation and sustainable use of its wetlands

♦ Dr. V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award of the 16th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Shorts & Animation Films, MIFF 2020 has been awarded to Dr. S. Krishnaswamy, veteran documentary filmmaker for his lifelong invaluable contribution to non-fiction filmmaking

♦ Indian Railways commissioned first governmental Waste to Energy Plant, having a capacity of 500 Kg waste per day, in Mancheswar Carriage Repair Workshop at Bhubaneswar in East Coast Railway

♦ Union Cabinet approved amendments in the National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill, 2019 for amending the Homoeopathy Central Council (HCC) Act, 1973. Presently Bill is pending in Rajya Sabha

♦ Union Cabinet approved amendments in the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM) which is pending in the Rajya Sabha

♦ Union Cabinet approved the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. The Bill will be introduced in the ensuing session of the parliament.

♦ Indian Navy Launched ‘Operation Vanilla’ to Provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief at Madagascar

♦ Curtain Raiser of SAMPRITI-IX: joint military training exercise between India and Bangladesh to be conducted at UMROI, Meghalaya from 03 Feb to 16 Feb 2020

♦ Election Commission of India, ECI appointed B Murali Kumar as Special Expenditure Observer and M K Das as Special Police Observer for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020

♦ India Ranks 79 positions in World Bank Doing Business Rankings 2020, Improving From 142 In 2014 to 63 in 2019

♦ Union Minister for Finance Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Economic Survey 2019-20 in the Parliament. Key Highlights of the Economic Survey 2019-20 are as follows:

♦ The Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Economic Survey 2019-20 in the Parliament today. The Key Highlights of the Economic Survey 2019-20 are as follows:

  • India’s GDP growth moderated to 4.8 % in First Half of 2019-20,
  • Current Account Deficit (CAD) narrowed to 1.5 % of GDP in the First Half of 2019-20 from 2.1 % in 2018-19.
  • 5 % GDP growth for 2019-20 based on CSO’s first Advance Estimates

♦ The theme of the Economic Survey 2019-20 – Enable Markets, Promote ‘Pro-Business’ Policies and Strengthen ‘Trust’ in the Economy

Thalinomics: the Economics of a plate of food in India, an attempt to quantify what a common person pays for a Thali across India. Data shows as 29% of improvement in Thali affordability and Thalli moderation price led to Rs 10,887 gain per household per year

♦ India ranks 3rd in new creations of the new firms, as per a survey by World Bank’s Data on Entrepreneurship 2019-20; 1,24,000 New Firms Created in 2018 Compared to 70,000 In 2014

♦ Rowing Federation of India lifts Ban over Dattu Bhokanal

♦ Olympic Boxing Qualifiers shifted from China to Jordan

♦ Rajasthan Government passed a resolution against CAA Bill

♦ Astral Pipes made Ranveer Singh as their new Brand Ambassador

♦ Noise made Rohit Sharma as their new Brand Ambassador

♦ Jharkhand High Court’s Justice Anant Bijay Singh appointed as Judicial of member as National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), He tendered resignation as Judge of Jharkhand High Court

♦ Ganga Yatra under Namami Gange Mission to began from Bijnor

♦ Maharashtra government launched “Shiv Bhojan” Scheme aims to provide a meal to the poor just for Rs 10

♦ 3rd Global Potato Conclave Held In Gandhinagar

♦ Andhra Pradesh Cabinet approved to abolish the Legislative Council

♦ Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd, APGCL to Set up A Waste-To-Energy Plant in Assam

♦ Highest Vegetable Producing Indian State in 2018-19

  • 1st Position: West Bengal
  • 2nd Position: UP
  • 3rd Position: MP
  • 4th Position: Bihar
  • 5th Position: Gujrat

♦ West Bengal Assembly passed Anti-CAA Resolution

♦ India 1st underwater Metro Project to start soon in Kolkata

♦ 1st “Innovation Festival” organized by Arunachal Pradesh

♦ Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated India’s 1st Super Fab Lab

♦ 11th DefExpo 2020 held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

♦ City Union Bank launched all in one app with Chat-Bot “Ask Lakshmi “

♦ Bombay Shaving Company made Kartik Aaryan as its new Brand Ambassador

♦ Govt has decided to Sell 100% Stake of Air India

♦ Samvidhaan named as Oxford Hindi Word of the year for 2019

♦ Badminton Star Saina Nehwal joined in BJP

♦ Google grants $1 Million for promoting News Literacy in India

♦ Mithali Raj Biopic ‘Shabaash Mithu’ to be released in February 2021

♦ Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and Mangaluru Smart City Ltd. (MSCL) signed MoU for Green Building Movement

♦ Nigeria and India signed MoU For the establishment of Sugar Institute in Ilorin, Kwara State

♦ Bahrain and Karnataka signed MoU For FinTech, AI & Cyber-Security

♦ Oppo, IIT-Hyderabad signed MoU to develop AI for smartphones

♦ India’s 1st Coronavirus case Confirmed In Kerala

♦ Indian Railways Kalka-Delhi Shatabdi becomes 1st in-service train with bio-vacuum toilets

♦ Tech Mahindra set up Google Cloud Centre of excellence in Hyderabad

♦ Indian Navy launched Operation Vanilla to provide disaster relief at Madagascar

♦ Supreme Court approved the introduction of African Cheetah in India

♦ Bengaluru has the Worst Traffic in the World according to report by TomTom, Netherlands-based global provider of navigation, traffic and map products

♦ Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Launched Virtual Police Station

♦ The UK Launched 4 million pound Innovation Challenge Fund in India

♦ Jitendra Singh launched Bhuvan Panchayat V 3.0 Web Portal

♦ World’s largest Meditation Centre opened in Hyderabad, Telangana

♦ China Ranked 1st as the largest Steel Producer In 2019, India 2nd and Japan Ranked 3rd

♦ NTPC to develop 300 MW Solar Power Projects In Congo

♦ Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee conferred D Litt (Doctor of Literature) by Alma Mater Calcutta University

♦ India to host Barca Academy Cup Asia Pacific 2020 in Gurgaon

♦ Flipkart signed MoU with Gujarat State Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation, GSHHDC to Promote Artisans & Craftsmen

Fdaytalk International Current Affairs January 2020

♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his condolences in telephone conversation Prime Minister of Australia H. E. Mr. Scott Morrison on the damage to life and property in Australia due to severe and prolonged bushfires

♦ Emergency declared in New South Wales State, Australia because of forest fires

♦ UNICEF stated as 17% of babies to be born globally of estimated 3,92,078 babies on Jan 1, 2020

♦ Umaro Cissoko Embalo elected the new president of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa

  • Guinea-Bissau Captial: Bissau
  • Official languages‎: ‎Portuguese

♦ Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg resigned from his post after 2 deadly crashes of its top-selling 737 Max jetliner

♦ Boeing appointed David Calhoun as CEO after Dennis Muilenburg step down

♦ Shavendra silva appointed as new Acting Chief of Defense Staff of Sri Lanka

♦ Rafael Nadal announced as new brand ambassador for Santander

♦ Dave Bautista to be inducted into WWE hall of fame

♦ China imposed a 10-year fishing ban on the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia

♦ Hillary Clinton appointed as Chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast

♦ Abdul Latif Al Zayani appointed as foreign minister of Bahrain

♦ PT Garuda Indonesia was crowned 2019’s most punctual carrier, a survey by OAG Aviation Worldwide Ltd

♦ Zoran Milanovic elected the new President of Croatia

  • Croatia, Capital: Zagreb
  • Currency: Croatian kuna

♦ Kuwait & Qatar signed a long-term gas supply agreement

♦ Conference of Speakers & Presiding Officers of the commonwealth CSPOC held on January 5 to 11 in Canada’s Ottawa

♦ Iran’s parliament unanimously passed a bill designating the United States forces as “terrorists” over the assassination of top military commander Qassem Soleimani in an air attack in Iraq

♦ Bangladesh High court bans single-use plastic in Coastal areas, hotels, and restaurants within the next 1 year

♦ A K Sahu appointed as High commissioner of India to Dominica

Kazakhstan introduced visa-free regimen for transit passengers from China and India

Qaboos bin Said al Said, Sultan of Oman died 10 January 2020, he was the longest-serving leader in the Middle East and the Arab world at the time of his death

Haitham bin Tariq take over as Sultan of Oman after the death of Qaboos bin Said al Said on 12 Jan 2020

Selfie Museum known as selfie kingdom (TSK) inaugurated in Dubai

US Senate began Impeachment Trial against President Trump On Jan 21, 2020

♦ PCB’s Chief financial officer Babar M Khan resigned

♦ Giammattei was sworn in as President of Guatemalan

♦ John Raymond was sworn in as 1st Chief Of US Space Force

♦ Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev submitted his resignation

♦ Indian Lawyer Harish Salve appointed as Queen’s Counsel for the courts of England and Wales

♦ UAE Bans Import of Eggs and Meat Products from Hungry and Slovakia

♦ Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Conferred with Order of Australia which given for achievement or meritorious service

♦ 50th Annual meeting of World Economic Forum to be held in Davos from 21-24 January 2020

♦ Turkey Has Lifted the Ban on the Encyclopedia Website Wikipedia

♦ World’s Oldest Rhino Fausta died in Tanzania Aged 57

♦ World Economic Forum released WEF’s Social Mobility Index 2020

  • Denmark Topped In WEF’s Social Mobility Index 2020
  • Norway Ranked Second
  • Sweden Ranked third
  • Finland ranked fourth
  • Iceland Ranked fifth
  • India Ranks 76th On WEF’s Social Mobility Index 2020

♦ Guyana to host Group of 77 For 2020

♦ YK Joshi appointed as the New Northern Army Commander

♦ WEF launched ‘One Trillion Trees Initiative”, initiative To Grow 1 Trillion Trees By 2030

♦ United Kingdom Parliament approved the Brexit deal, which is to exit from European Union membership. Brexit will come into effect on January 31, 2020

♦ World Holocaust Forum 2020 held in Jerusalem

♦ Pakistan tested Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile “Ghaznavi” successfully

♦ WEF appointed Kristalina Georgieva and Patrice Motsepe to its Board of Trustees

♦ Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina launched e-Passport in Dhaka for their citizens

♦ Sapkota elected Speaker Oof House of Representatives in Nepal

♦ Ferrari named World’s Strongest brand for 2nd consecutive year

♦ Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch to be lit by using hydrogen for 1st time

♦ Weapons Manufacturer/ Producer in The World, data released by SIPRI, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

  • 1st Position: USA
  • 2nd Position: China

♦ Britain unveiled 50 Pence coin minted to Mark Brexit, exit from Europen Union

♦ 62nd Annual Grammy Awards held In Los Angeles, US

♦ Prime Minister of Slovenian Marjan Sarec resigned, called for an early election

♦ S S Raja swore as Pakistan’s Chief Election Commissioner

♦ Agni Prasad Sapkota swore as Nepal’s House Speaker

♦ Joao Vale De Almeida appointed as 1st Ambassador of Europen Union to the UK

♦ Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani appointed as new Prime Minister of Qatar

♦ 13th International Children’s Film Festival held in Dhaka, Bangladesh

♦ Nepal creates Guinness World Record for highest altitude fashion show event

Fdaytalk Current Affairs: All Appointments in Month January 2020

♦ General Bipin Rawat took charge as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff.
1st CDS: General Bipin Rawat

♦ Air Marshal Vibhas Pande took charge as new Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance of Indian Air Force on 01 Jan 2020

♦ Vinod Kumar Yadav reappointed as Chairman, Railway Board, in the rank of Ex-Officio Principal Secretary to Government of India. He is from IRSEE, 1980 Batch

♦ Manoj Mukund Naravane took charge as India’s 28th army chief

♦ Murali Madhavan appointed as new Executive Director of BPCL-Kochi refinery

♦ Somesh Kumar appointed as Telangana’s chief secretary

♦ Alok Kumar Rai appointed vice-chancellor of Lucknow University

♦ SPG Director, Arun Kumar Sinha gets 1-year tenure extension

♦ Director-general of CRPF Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar retired, ITBT chief S S Deswal given additional charge as CRPF DG

♦ H Kaur Joshi appointed as 13th CMD of Shipping Corporation of India, she was the 1st woman CMD for Shipping Corporation of India

♦ Ilyas Husain appointed as Pro-Vice-chancellor of Jamia University

♦ Sunil Puranik appointed as the new chairman of Karnataka film academy

♦ A k Shukla takes charge as new CMD of Hindustan copper

♦ G Babita Rayudu takes charge as SEBI’s new Executive director

♦ Kumar Sanjay Krishna takes charge as new chief secretary of Assam

♦ Shavendra silva appointed as new Acting Chief of Defense Staff of Sri Lanka

♦ Anil Kumar Khachi appointed chief secretary of Himachal Pradesh

♦ M S Rao appointed as next chief secretary of Meghalaya

♦ S C Sharma appointed chairman of the national medical commission

♦ R K Vats appointed secretary of National Medical Commission

♦ Abdul Latif Al Zayani appointed as foreign minister of Bahrain

♦ Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha gets 1year extension

♦ S Sundar appointed as interim MD & CEO of Lakshmi Vilas bank

♦ SC Sharma appointed chairman of National Medical Commission and R K Vats as secretary

♦ R R Bhatnagar appointed 3rd advisor to LG Jammu and Kashmir

♦ Sanju Panda appointed as acting Chief Justice of Orissa High court

♦ G Babita Rayudu took charge as SEBI’s executive director

♦ Arun Kumar Shukla took charge as CMD of Hindustan copper

♦ A K Sahu appointed as High commissioner of India to Dominica

Sandip Patel took charge as IBM’s Managing director of India

Marc Hardy appointed as USA Women’s hockey team Assistant Coach, SA Women’s hockey Head coach: Bob Corkum

Megha Chopra appointed as vice president of Global commercial services (GCS) India

Prabhash Subasinghe appointed as Chairman of Sri Lanka export development board

Rummycircle appointed Kichcha Sudeep as its brand ambassador

M Nagaraj appointed as Chairman & Managing director HUDCO, Housing, and Urban Development Corporation Limited

A Sakthivel appointed as chairman of Apparel Export Promotion Council of India

Dr. Saha elected as a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Bureau

AP Maheshwari appointed Director-General of CRPF

Michael Debaprata Patra appointed as RBI’s 4th Deputy Governor

Australian government declared Koalas as an Endangered Species

Yuvraj Malik appointed as Director of National Book Trust

♦ David Calhoun took charge as New CEO Of Boeing

♦ Girish Kumar re-appointed as Surveyor General of India for one more Year

♦ AP Maheshwari took charge as Director-General of CRPF

♦ Indian Lawyer Harish Salve appointed as Queen’s Counsel for the courts of England and Wales

♦ Abhay Manohar Sapre appointed as Head of Road Safety Committee

♦ Shalini Warrier appointed as Executive Director of Federal Bank

♦ Vice Admiral KM Deshmukh took charge as DG Of Naval Projects

♦ Manoj Joshi took charge of General Manager of Metro Railway Kolkata

♦ Alok Kansal took charge as General Manager of Western Railway

♦ Arjun Munda became President Of Archery Association Of India

♦ Sanjiv Chadha appointed as MD & CEO Bank Of Baroda

♦ L V Prabhakar appointed as MD & CEO of Canara Bank

♦ A K Das appointed as MD & CEO of Bank of India

♦ Punit Sood appointed new Country Head of RBS India

♦ Challa Sreenivasulu Setty appointed MD of SBI for 3 Years

♦ Ashutosh Agnihotri appointed as Joint Commissioner, Home Ministry

♦ Ashish Garg elected as President of Institute of Company Secretaries of India

♦ Rajeev Singh Thakur, Shantanu appointed as Joint Secretaries in Department of Military Affairs

♦ Quinton De Kock appointed as South Africa’s new ODI captain

♦ R Koteeswaran appointed as MD and CEO of Indian Overseas Bank

♦ Kishore Kumar Sansi appointed as MD and CEO of Vijaya Bank

♦ P Srinivas appointed as MD and CEO of United Bank of India

♦ Royal Bank Of Scotland appointed Punit Sood as RBS India Head

♦ Yudhvir Singh Malik appointed CMD of Unitech

♦ YK Joshi appointed as the New Northern Army Commander

♦ Rob Cassell appointed as Rajasthan Royals Fast Bowling Coach

♦ NS Kalsi appointed as Chairman Of Punjab Police Complaints Authority

♦ Ranjit Singh Deol took charge of MD of Mumbai Metro

♦ WEF appointed Kristalina Georgieva and Patrice Motsepe to its Board of Trustees

♦ Sapkota elected Speaker Oof House of Representatives in Nepal

♦ Sunil Mehta took charge as IBA Chief Executive

♦ Anant Singh appointed as Judicial Member Of National Company Law Appellate Tribunal

♦ B Anand appointed secretary of National Commission for Minorities

♦ L V Prabhakar appointed As MD & CEO of Canara Bank

♦ Madan Lal and Sulakshana Nair appointed in Cricket Advisory Committee for choosing Indian selectors by BCCI

♦ S S Raja swore as Pakistan’s Chief Election Commissioner

♦ Agni Prasad Sapkota swore as Nepal’s House Speaker

♦ Taranjit Sandhu appointed India’s ambassador to the US

♦ Mauricio Macri appointed Executive Chairman of FIFA Foundation

♦ Ajay Gupte appointed as CEO of Wavemaker, South Asia

♦ Alastair Cook appointed to Marylebone Cricket Club, MCC’s World Cricket Committee

♦ Harsh Vardhan Shringla took charge as New Foreign Secretary

♦ Joao Vale De Almeida appointed as 1st Ambassador of Europen Union to the UK

♦ Gita Sabharwal appointed as UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand

♦ Essar Oil UK announced Mark Wilson as New Chief Executive Officer

♦ Alok Kansal appointed as new General Manager of Western Railway

Fdaytalk Current Affairs: Sports Month January 2020

♦ Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah included in Wisden’s T20 international team of the decade

♦ Robert Moreno appointed as Monaco’s new head coach of AS Monaco until 2022
AS Monaco: Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club SA

♦ Indian Olympic association withdraws boycott of 2022 commonwealth games

♦ Indian Olympic association withdraws boycott of 2022 commonwealth games

♦ Avinash Joshi, Chief Executive Officer said that Lawn bowls and cycling will be included in the Khelo India for the first time in Khelo India youth games 2020

♦ 3rd Khelo India youth games to be held in Guwahati

♦ Cricketer Thisara Perera joined as Sri Lankan army as Major

♦ MS Dhoni named as captain of ESPN’s ODI & T20 teams of the decade

♦ Virat Kohli named captain of ESPN’s Test team of the decade.

♦ List of Railway Sportspersons honored with National Sports Awards during 2019-20

  • Bajrang Punia, Wrestling- Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna
  • S. Bhaskaran, Body Building- Arjuna Award
  • Sonia Lather, Boxing- Arjuna Award
  • Chinglensena Singh Kangujam, Hockey- Arjuna Award
  • Poonam Yadav, Cricket- Arjuna Award
  • Niteen Kirrtane, Tennis- Dhyanchand Award

♦ Rohit Rupani became India’s new brand ambassador of Aesthetic body-building

♦ DDCA suspend former India U-19 batsman Manjot Kalra for 1 year from playing Ranji Trophy, for an alleged age-fraud during his U-16 and U-19 days.

♦ Li Tie appointed as China National football team coach

♦ Mirabai Chanu ranked 8th in Olympic qualification rankings

♦ India’s Manav Thakkar becomes World No. 1 in U-21 category in table tennis

♦ Alisson Ramses Becker, Brazilian footballer become the 1st Goalkeeper to win the Samba D’or/ Samba Gold Award

♦ Malavath Poorna scaled Antarctica’s highest peak Mt. Vinson Massif. In 2014, Poorna scaled the highest peak of Mount Everest, became the youngest Indian and the youngest girl in the world

♦ India’s hockey player Sunita Lakra announced her retirement

♦ All India inter-university boxing championship held in UP

♦ 63rd National shooting championship held in Bhopal, MP

♦ 28th Sub-Junior Artistic Gymnastics national championship 2019 held in Rajasthan

♦ Australia won Test series 3-0 by 279 runs against New Zealand

♦ Magesh Chandran won Hastings International chess congress title at Hastings in England

♦ India topped world test championship points table, Australia ranked 2nd place

♦ Ross Taylor became Zealand’s top Test run-scorer overtaking Stephen Fleming’s tally of runs 7172

♦ 1st Khelo India university games held in Bhubaneswar

Italy’s Daniele de Rossi has announced retirement from football

63rd Maharashtra Kesari wrestling championship held in Pune. Harshvardhan Sadgir won 63rd Maharashtra Kesari title 2020

Junior cyclist Ronaldo Singh became world No 1 in four sprinting events according to UCI world rankings

Fouaad Mirza becomes 1st Indian Equestrian to qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2020

Commonwealth Championship silver medalist, Weightlifter Sarbjeet Kaur banned for 4 years for a doping violation

Virat Kohli became fastest T20’s captain to score 1,000 runs

Sadio Mane awarded as Africa’s 2019 player of the year

8th International Carrom federation cup held in Pune, Irshad Ahmed won (men’s) international carrom federation cup and S Apoorva won (women’s) international carrom federation cup

Gargy Nayak won muscle mania India championship title 2020

IOA disaffiliates karate association of India for violating its constitution and guidelines

Rashid khan becomes the 5th player to take three T20 hat-tricks

7th National Ice Hockey Championship held in Leh, Ladakh won (women’s) 7th national ice hockey championship

Haryana topped the medals tally in Khelo India Youth Games 2020, Guwahati

List of Winners of the BCCI awards 2018-19

  • CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award: Krishnamachari Srikkanth
  • BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award For Women: Anjum Chopra
  • BCCI Special Award: Dilip Joshi
  • Polly Umrigar Award for Best International Cricketer (Men): Jasprit Bumrah
  • Best International Cricketer (Women): Poonam Yadav
  • Best Umpire: Virender Sharma

David Haggerty, Gianni Infantino, and Yasuhiro Yamashita were elected as members of International Olympic Committee Serena Williams Wins Women’s Singles Title At ASB Classic Tennis Tournament

Karolina Pliskova won Women’s Singles Title at Brisbane International Tennis Tournament

Serbia Defeated Spain 2-1 in ATP Cup Tennis Tournament 2020

Kento Momota won Men’s Single title at Malaysia Masters Badminton 2020

Harmanpreet Kaur to lead India in women’s T20 World Cup 2020, Australia

Rani Rampal nominated for World Games Athlete of the year title

Chen Yufei won Women’s Singles title at Malaysia Masters Badminton 2020

♦ PV Sindhu bags the sports star of the year award at ACES 2020

♦ Indian test team won ”Team of the Year” award at ACES 2020

♦ Sachin Tendulkar Nominated in Laureus’s List for most Inspiring Sporting Event of last 20 Years

♦ Kylian Mbappé Lottin, French footballer named as the most valuable Player At €265 Million by CIES

  • Raheem Sterling Named 2nd Most Valuable Player At €223.7 Million
  • Moh. Salah Named 3rd Most Valuable Player At €175.1 Million
  • Lionel Messi Named 8th Most Valuable Player At €125.5 Million

♦ Rohit Sharma has been adjudged the 2019 ODI Cricketer of the Year

  • Virat Kohli was Awarded The 2019 Spirit of Cricket Award
  • Pat Cummins won, 2019 Test Cricketer of the Year Award
  • England’s Ben Stokes won Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
  • Marnus Labuschagne named 2019 ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer
  • Deepak Chahar named 2019 ICC T20I Performance of The Year
  • Richard Illingworth named 2019 ICC Umpire of the Year
  • Virat Kohli named Captain of 2019 ICC ODI and Test Team of the Year
  • Mayank Agarwal included in 2019 ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year

♦ FC Barcelona became the Highest earning Football Club with $935.97M

♦ David Warner became the fastest Australian to score 5000 ODI runs

♦ Wrestler Vinesh Phogat Won Gold At Rome Ranking Series 2020

♦ Hockey India contributed $ 25,000 for Australia Bushfire Victims

♦ Rohit Sharma became fastest to Score 7000 ODI runs as an opener

♦ Kuldeep Yadav fastest Indian spinner to get to 100 ODI wickets

♦ ICC U-19 World Cup Cricket 2020 to begin in South Africa from 17 January to 9 February 2020

♦ Pakistan All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez to retire after T20 World Cup

♦ Iran banned from hosting all International Football tournaments

♦ Wrestler Bajrang Punia (65Kg) Won Gold at Rome Ranking Series

♦ Wrestler Ravi Dahiya (61Kg) Won Gold At Rome Ranking Series

♦ India beat Australia by 7 Wickets in 3rd ODI in Melbourne and clinch the series 2-1

♦ Anthony Ginting (Men’s Singles) and Ratchanok Intanon (Women’s Singles) won the titles at Indonesia Badminton Tournament 2020

♦ Wrestler Gurmeet Singh (82Kg) Won Gold At Rome Ranking Series 2020

♦ Wrestler Sunil Kumar (97Kg) Won Silver At Rome Ranking Series 2020

♦ Wrestler Sajan Bhanwal (77) Won Bronze At Rome Ranking Series 2020

♦ Rohit Sharma became 3rd fastest to Score 9,000 ODI Runs

♦ ICC U-19 WC: India Beat Sri Lanka By 90 Runs

♦ India became 3rd Team to win 750 matches in all 3 formats of Cricket

♦ Jacqueline Williams, West Indies became 1st Woman 3rd Umpire in Men’s T20 International

♦ India Won Diplomat Cup Cricket Championship 2020

♦ Meyton Cup International Shooting Championship Held in Austria

  • Apurvi Chandela and Divyansh Singh won Gold In 10m Air Rifle Event At Meyton Cup

♦ Ottis Gibson appointed as Bowling Coach of Bangladesh Cricket

♦ Quinton De Kock appointed as South Africa’s new ODI captain

♦ World Archery lifts suspension on the Archery Association Of India

♦ Russia’s Pavel Pankratov won Chennai Open International Grand Master Chess Tournament 2020

♦ Eliud Kipchoge (Men) named Kenya’s Sports Personality of the Year 2019-20

♦ Obiri (Women) named Kenya’s Sports Personality of the Year 2019-20

♦ Federation Cup Games Moved From Coronavirus-Hit China To Kazakhstan

♦ South Korea Won the AFC U-23 Championship Title

♦ Winter World Masters Games held in Innsbruck, Austria. Vishwaraj Jadeja Won 4 Medals

♦ Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch to be lit by using hydrogen for 1st time

♦ Hungary Won European Water Polo Championships Men’s Title

♦ England beat South Africa by 191 runs in fourth test match and sealed series with 3-1

♦ Chandigarh to host Civil Services Wrestling Championship

♦ Ravi Yadav creates World Record with Hat-trick in 1st Over on Debut in Ranji Trophy 2019-20

♦ Anil Khanna Nominated as Life President of Asian Tennis Federation

♦ India Beat New Zealand in super over and sealed series with 3-0 Lead in T20

♦ Rohit Sharma Becomes 4th Indian to score 10k International runs as an opener

♦ Indian Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2020

♦ Pankaj Advani won the 10th National Billiards Championship

♦ Pakistan and Belarus signed MoU for Bilateral cooperation in Sports

♦ Bala Devi 1st Indian Woman Footballer to get a foreign Contract

♦ 71st International Boxing Tournament Strandja 2020 held in Sofia

Fdaytalk Current Affairs: Awards in Month January 2020

♦ Alisson Ramses Becker, Brazilian footballer become the 1st Goalkeeper to win the Samba D’or/ Samba Gold Award

♦ Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National award conferred to Dr. Pratibha Ray

♦ Piyush Jaiswal won the Global Bihar excellence award 2019

♦ Natyasurya awardee, Assamese dramatist, litterateur, and social activist Ratna Ojha passed away

Eminent Agricultural Scientist Dr. M S Swaminathan and Dr. Gutta Muniratnam were chosen as the first recipients of Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Award for Excellence and Muppavarapu National Award for Social Service. Each award carries a cash prize of Rupees 5 Lakh and citation

Infosys prize 2019

  • Life science: Dr. Manjula reddy
  • Social science: Prof. Anand Pandian
  • Physical science: G Mugesh
  • Engineering and Computer science: Prof. Sunita Sarawagi
  • Mathematical Sciences: Siddhartha Mishra
  • Humanities: Manu Devadevan

Jasbinder Bilan won Costa Children’s Award 2019

Ishwar Sharma Honoured with Global Child Prodigy award 2020

Dibrugarh District, Assam won the 2020 Plastic Waste Management award

♦ Merck Young Scientist Award 2019 awarded To Dr. Sakya Singha Sen

♦ Deepika Padukone received Crystal award at the WEF 2020

♦ Priya Prakash Won Cisco Youth Leadership Award 2019

♦ Kapoor Chand Jain conferred with Basudev Jalan Smriti Award 2020

♦ A K Mehrotra received 5th Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Award

♦ Kerala Tourism Won UNWTO’s Accessible Destination Award

♦ Lady Gaga Won Grammy For Best Song For Visual Media

♦ Sneha Pamneja Won Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize 2020

♦ N Ram honored with Kerala’s National Media Award 2020

♦ N Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University honored with Harit Ratna Award 2019

♦ 62nd Annual Grammy Awards held In Los Angeles, US

♦ Hockey Player Sunita Chandra Passes Away At 76

♦ Sanjana Kapoor Selected for Prestigious French Honour Of ”Chevalier Dans l’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres”

♦ Bajaj Housing Finance Ltd awarded BFSI Digital Innovation Awards 2020

♦ Pavan Sukhdev and Gretchen C Daily jointly won The 2020 Tyler Prize

♦ Padma Awards 2020: 141 Padma Awards, The list comprises of 7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhushan and 118 Padma Shri Awards. 33 of the awardees are women and 18 persons from the category of Foreigners/ NRI/ PIO/ OCI and 12 posthumous awardees

♦ List of Padma Vibhushan 2020 (7)

  • George Fernandes (Posthumous)
  • Arun Jaitley (Posthumous)
  • Anerood Jugnauth (Mauritius)
  • Mary Kom (Sports)
  • Chhannulal Mishra (Art)
  • Sushma Swaraj (Posthumous)
  • Sri Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (Posthumous)

♦ List of Padma Bhushan 2020 (16)

  • Sri M
  • Syed Muazzem Ali
  • Muzaffar Hussain
  • Ajoy Chakrabarty
  • Manoj Das
  • V. Doshi
  • Krishnammal Jagannathan
  • C. Jamir
  • Anil Prakash Joshi
  • Tsering Landol
  • Anand Mahindra
  • R. Madhava Menon
  • Manohar Parrikar
  • Jagdish Sheth
  • P V Sindhu
  • Venu Srinivasan

♦ List of Padma Shri Award 2020 (118), some of famous were

  • Kangana Ranaut (Art)
  • Ekta Kapoor (Art)
  • Adnan Sami (Art)
  • Karan Johar (Art)
  • Suresh Wadkar (Art)
  • Popatrao Pawar (Social Work)
  • Jitu Rai (Sports)
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Fdaytalk Current Affairs: Obituary January 2020

♦ Former NBA commissioner David Stern

♦ Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader D.P. Tripathi

♦ Former Western army commander Lieutenant General Prem Nath Hoon

Padma Bhushan artist Akbar Padamsee, in 2004 he received Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi Award

Qaboos bin Said al Said, Sultan of Oman; he was the longest-serving leader in the Middle East and the Arab world at the time of his death

♦ Noted Kerala cartoonist Thomas, in 2007 won United Nations Political Cartoon Award and World Press Cartoon award 2018.

♦ Portuguese Motorcycle Rider Paulo Goncalves, won the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship 2013

♦ Former International Chess Federation, FIDE Vice President Ummer Koya

♦ Odia Filmmaker Manmohan, his film Seeta Raati, 1976 won him the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Odia and was screened at an international film festival in 1982.

♦ Indian Cricket’s “Superfan” Charulata Patel

♦ Former India All-Rounder Bapu Nadkarni

♦ Classical Singer Sunanda Patnaik, she received Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1970 and 1971 and Indian lifetime achievement award in 2009

♦ Ex-Haryana Congress Chief S S Surjewala

♦ Former Indian Cricketer Man Mohan Sood

♦ Former Minister of Odisha Jagannath Rout

♦ Noted Artist and Sculptor Sher Singh Kukkal

♦ NBA Legend USA’s Kobe Bryant died in Helicopter Crash

♦ Assamese Linguist Golok Chandra Goswami

♦ Netherland’s Football Player Robbie Rensenbrink

♦ Veteran South Actress Jameela Malik

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