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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL
Raisina Dialogue to begin in New delhi.
- India’s flagship global conference on geopolitics and geo-economics Raisina Dialogue will begin with Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the inaugural session. Seven former heads of state or government will share their views on important challenges facing the world.
- The fifth edition of the prestigious Raisina Dialogue, jointly organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation, will bring together 700 international participants from over a 100 countries.
The three-day conference will see participation of 12 foreign ministers, including from Russia, Iran, Australia, Maldives, South Africa, Estonia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Latvia, Uzbekistan and the EU.
Smriti Irani launches Yashaswini Scheme for Women entrepreneurship in Goa
- Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Textiles, Smriti Irani launched Yashaswini Scheme for Women entrepreneurship in Goa. The event was held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium at Taleigao near Panaji. Swasthya Sakhi Project and breast cancer screening initiative were also inaugurated on the occasion.
- Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane also spoke on the occasion.
- Under Yashaswini scheme, women self-help groups will be given interest free loans of upto Rs Five lakh for business.
- Adarsha Satari Mahila Mandal Guleli -Sattari, Umang Self-Help Group, Salcete, Phoenix Womens Wing Self-Help Group Valpoi -Sattari were given loans under newly launched Yashaswini scheme.
Centre to set up panel to examine issues on royalty rates for major minerals
- The Centre has decided to set up an 11-member panel including mines secretaries from various states, to examine issues pertaining to the revision of rates of royalty for minerals. The members of the panel includes mines secretaries from the states like Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.
- The Mines Ministry has decided to set up an official committee, for examining the issues raised by the stakeholders with regard to revision of rates of royalty and dead rent for minerals (other than coal, lignite, sand for stowing and minor minerals) .
- The 11-member committee under the Chairmanship of Mines Additional Secretary will submit the report to the Ministry of Mines after examining the issues raised by stakeholders.”The committee will submit its report within a period of one month from the date of holding its first meeting,”
- In February, 2018, the mines ministry had set up a study group to revise the rates of royalty and dead rent for minerals. The study group had submitted its report in July last year. The Ministry of Mines received comments representations from stakeholders with regard to the revision of rates of royalty.
India-Bangladesh I&B Ministers’ Meet 2020 to be held in New Delhi
- India – Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Ministers’ Meet 2020 will be held in New Delhi . Bangladesh Information Minister Muhammad H Mahmud arrived in New Delhi .
- Bangladesh official broadcaster Bangladesh Betar and All India Radio will inaugurate a content sharing programme.Both sides are also expected to hold talks on the bilaterally planned biopic of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding figure of Bangladesh.
World Bank predicts Sri Lanka’s economic growth at 3.3 pct for 2020
- The World Bank has forecast Sri Lanka’s economic growth at 3 per cent for 2020 saying the growth is likely to remain below four per cent in next three years. The bank stated, in its latest report of World Bank’s January 2020 Global Economic Prospects, that for 2021 and 2022, it maintains the same forecast of 3.7 per cent of economic growth in Sri Lanka.
- Sri Lanka’s new government headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated recently that one of its targets include achieving a 5 per cent economic growth per annum from 2020 and a GDP growth of 6,500 U.S. dollars per capita.
- Sri Lanka’s growth had dipped below 3 per cent last year which was attributed to Easter attacks and policy uncertainty during the previous government.
Recent news related to World Bank:
- World Bank’s Global Economic Prospect: World Economic Growth projected at 5%
- The World Bank released its study on how FDI flows are affected in the world due to automation.
- World Bank’s 300 million USD plan to Develop Kolkata
- India was ranked 63rd in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking released on October 24, 2019.
- South Asia Economic Focus, Making (De)Centralization Work Report: World Bank
Nepal to make yoga education compulsory for schoolchildren
- The Nepal government has decided to make yoga education compulsory for school children to promote healthy lifestyle among students.The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has completed designing courses on yoga for Grades IX, X, XI and XII.
- Through integrated approach certain topics about yoga will be included as part of the compulsory subjects such as English and Nepali.
- However the students can make choice between yoga, Ayurveda and natural medicine as optional subject at the school level.The courses will have credits similar to other subjects.
- These courses will be implemented from the upcoming academic session at schools.
- The subject will be taught under three-year diploma programme under the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training.
About Nepal :
- Capital: Kathmandu
- Currency: Nepalese rupee
- Prime minister: KP Sharma Oli
Ahead of Beijing 2022, China launches driverless bullet train
- Ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, China has launched a new driverless train capable of travelling at
- The high-speed bullet train, which connects Beijing with Zhangjiakou — two of the main host cities of the Winter Olympics — slashes the journey time from three hours to just 47 minutes.
- Services such as onboard 5G, intelligent lighting, touchscreen control panels and wireless charging docks are available on the bullet train.
- The first trains started running on December 30 last year, with around 30 services going between Beijing and Zhangjiakou every day.
- The line, which took four years to construct, is part of China’s preparation for hosting its first Winter Olympics.
- The 2022 Games are scheduled to run between February 4 and 20.
- Currency: Renminbi
- Capital: Beijing
- President: Xi Jinping
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE
SEBI defers deadline by 2 years for top 500 firms to separate roles of chairman and MD
- Markets regulator SEBI has deferred by two years till April 2022 its directive for companies to separate the roles of chairman and managing director in view of demand from the corporates and to keep compliance cost lower amid slowing economy.
- Under the Sebi norms, the top 500 listed entities by market capitalisation were mandated to comply with the requirement of separation of the roles of chairperson and managing director (MD) or chief executive officer (CEO) with effect from April 1, 2020.
- Now, the date of implementation of the regulatory provision has been deferred to April 1, 2022, However, sources stated that the decision has been taken in view of demand from corporates and to ease the compliance burden amid the current economic scenario.
- Founded: 12 April 1992
- Sector: Securities market
- Headquarters: Mumbai
- Chairperson: Ajay Tyagi
Govt appoints Michael Patra as RBI Deputy Governor
- The government appointed Michael Debaprata as the deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The appointment of Patra, who is currently an executive director at the central bank, comes nearly six months after former deputy governor Viral Acharya’s pre-mature resignation.
- Patra will serve as the deputy governor for three years from the time of his appointment.
- Acharya had resigned in July 2019, six months before the end of his tenure. Though Acharya had citied unavoidable personal reasons for his resignation, it was widely speculated that he stepped down due to the spat with the government over various issues such as transfer of surplus reserves to the Centre.
Retail inflation jumps to about 5-yr high of 7.35 pct in Dec 2019
- Retail inflation rose to about five-and-half year high of 35 per cent in December 2019, surpassing the RBI’s comfort level, mainly due to rise in prices of vegetables as onions.
- As per the data released by National Statistical Office (NSO) the spike in inflation in the vegetable segment was 5 per cent during the month compared to December 2018.
- The overall retail inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 11 per cent in December 2018 and 5.54 per cent in November 2019.
- As per the data released by the NSO, the overall food inflation rose to 14.12 per cent in December as against (-) 2.65 per cent in the same month of 2018. The food inflation was 10.01 per cent in November 2019.
- The previous high in retail inflation was witnessed at 7.39 per cent in July 2014, the year Narendra Modi-led Government assumed office for the first term.
- The inflation in ‘pulses and products’ was recorded at 44 per cent, while in case of meat and fish it was nearly 10 per cent.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATES
INTACH Efforts to Protect Buddhist Site
- The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), heritage lovers and officials have almost stopped the stone-pelting ritual at Bojjannakonda, a famous Buddhist site at Sankaram, near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
- The Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has already appealed to the authorities to ensure better protection of Buddhist sites by taking up the declaration of Bavikonda, Thotlakonda, Pavurallakonda and Bojjannakonda as heritage sites by UNESCO.
- On the Kanuma day during Sankranti, the villagers used to pelt stones at a belly-shaped object, believing it to be a part of a demon.
Festival of harvest, Lohri being celebrated in North India
- The festival of harvest, Lohri is being celebrated in North India especially in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Chandigarh.
- Lohri marks the end of the long nights of winter and welcomes the longer days of summer, as the Sun begins its journey to the Northern Hemisphere. Lohri is celebrated with a bonfire. The festival is mostly associated with crop harvesting and happiness, It also encouraged a sense of community and unity.
- Several young married couples also pray for a child during Lohri celebrations and those who get child also celebrate it with great fervour.
Recently celebrated festivals :
- Lai Haraoba Festival begins in Tripura
- Destination North East Festival held in Varanasi
- North East Festival and Experiencing the North East held in New Delhi
- India International Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong from Nov 14 to 17
- Nuakhai Juhar: Odisha’s harvest festival celebrated
Population of ‘mugger’ crocodile species increases in Odisha
- The number of muggers, an endangered crocodile species, in Ghodahada irrigation reservoir and adjoining waterbodies in Odisha’s Ganjam district has increased.
- The number of the crocodile species in and around the reservoir was counted at 65 in the three-day-long census.
- While 44 muggers were found in the five square kilometres reservoir, 21 were counted in the nearby waterbodies.
- Ghodahada reservoir is considered as one of the potential habitats for the muggers in Odisha after Satakosia and Similipal. The population of mugger crocodiles in Satakosia and river system of Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) in 2017 was 86 and 77, respectively.
- The mugger is one of the three crocodile species found in Odisha. The other crocodile species are gharial and salt-water crocodile or estuarine crocodile.
- Capital: Bhubaneswar
- Governor: Ganeshi Lal
- Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik
Kaziranga records 96 species of wetland birds
- Kaziranga National Park and avian specialists conducted the second wetland bird count.
- The teams counted a total of 19,225 birds belonging to 96 species under 80 families.
- The first waterfowl census in 2018 had yielded 10,412 birds covering 80 families from 21 families.
About Kaziranga National Park
- Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, its forests, wetlands and grasslands are home to tigers, elephants and the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses.
- It was established in 1908.
- It is located about 220 km east of Guwahati, Assam. It is a World Heritage Site since 1985.
Andhra Pradesh likely to have four Regional Zones
- As it attempts to repeal the Capital Region Development Authority (CDRA) of Amaravathi, the Andhra Pradesh Government is contemplating to bring out a law that proposes decentralised development of all regions.
- The Jaganmohan Reddy Government, whose decision to relocate the executive capital to Visakhapatnam and the State’s High Court to Kurnool, is working on a Decentralisation and Equal Development of All Regions Act, 2020, according to sources.
- It proposes to divide the State into four zones, with each zone having a board consisting of nine members to oversee the growth objectives for the respective zones.
- The Chief Minister will be the ex-officio Vice-Chairman of the board, while at least one Member of Parliament, two members of the State legislature (elected), four other members from that zone (nominated by the state government) will be members of the Board.
- Each zone will have a full-time secretary, who will be nominated by the Government. A Principal Secretary rank officer will be considered for the post.
- With an aim to “provide for the decentralisation of governance and equal development of all the regions”, the government seeks to establish various state organs, departments, instrumentalities at different centres in the different zones for ensuring equal and closer participation of people of all regions.
About Andhra pradesh:
- Capital : Amaravati
- Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
- Chief minister: S. Jaganmohan Reddy
Fresh investment proposals worth Rs 6608 cr approved in Tamil Nadu
- In Tamil Nadu, fresh investment proposals worth 6608 crore rupees have been approved. They have been cleared by the higher-level committee on industrial guidance and single window system, led by the state chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy.
- The panel met at Fort St.George in Chennai and considered several new investment proposals and those who were pending for clearance submitted through the single window system.
- After the scrutiny, the fifteen new investments were given the nod, with the potential of generating 6763 direct employment.
- Many of the industries are coming up in districts like Tuticorin, Trichy, Perambalur, Krishnagiri and Vellore, besides the traditional industrial hubs of Chennai’s adjoining districts of Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur.
About Tamil Nadu national parks:
- Grass Hills National Park
- Guindy National Park
- Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park
- Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary
- Anamalai Tiger Reserve
- Karian Shola National Park
- Mudumalai National Park
- Mukurthi National Park
- Pampadum Shola National Park
Cultural exchange programme to be organised in Bihar under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat
- A cultural exchange programme will be organised in February in Gaya, Bihar under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat with youths of paired state, Tripura, as well as Mizoram.
- Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat (EBSB) programme is proving better platform of mingling of societies of different states.
- District Co-ordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangthan (NYKS) Anjani Kumar stated that in the upcoming event the youths of Tripura and Mizoram would show case their culinary expertise, perform different kind of folk dance with songs and their traditional musical instruments.
- Youths who participate in these programmes are enthusiastic to know about different aspects of the paired states. Different programmes organised under the aegis of Ek bharat shrestha Bharat are spreading fragrance of unity of India.
Telangana’s Peddapalli district gets fourth consecutive national award for sanitation
- Peddapalli district received another distinction at the national level, as it bagged the ‘Swacchatha Darpan Award 2020‘ by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. This is the fourth national award in a row received under the Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) that the district had received.
- The district received 100 percent score on a wide range of sanitation parameters. These include construction and maintenance of individual and community toilets, people’s participation, information education communication (IEC) and open defecation free plus (ODF+) and solid and liquid waste management interventions such as providing dumping yards segregation of plastic waste, community and individual soakpits, among others.
- The initiatives include 100 percent coverage of all villages with community toilet blocks for men and women, running water, overhead tank, wash basins, signboards and piped water supply from source. The district became the country’s first open drain free district and saw a 65 per cent reduction of dengue cases as compared to last year.
- Further, the authorities took up plastic reduction and implemented a ban single-use plastics and provided alternatives of cloth and non-woven bags through SHG production units. Plogging was also taken up by public representatives and people.
About Telangana :
- Capital: Hyderabad
- Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan
- Chief minister: Chandrashekar Rao
CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU
Indian Railways signs MoU with RailTel for Phase 2 of e Office execution
- Indian Railways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RailTel, a miniratna PSU under Ministry of Railways, for implementing Phase 2 of eOffice execution.
- Under the MoU, following the successful completion of Phase 1 execution of NIC e office for 50,000 users in 58 units, RailTel will now register 39,000 users over 34 Railway divisions on NIC e office platform by June 30, 2020.
- eOffice fosters paperless culture which will not only save operational cost but also reduces the carbon footprint.
About Indian railways :
- Headquarters: New Delhi, India
- Key people ; Piyush Goyal (Minister of Railways)
- Suresh Angadi (Minister of State for Railways)
- Vinod Kumar Yadav (Chairman, Railway Board)
CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION
Robert Abela wins election to be prime minister of Malta
- Robert Abela is set to become Malta’s new prime minister after being elected Labour Party Leader.
- The election came after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was forced to resign last month following widespread pressure over the government’s handling of a probe into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed in a car bombing in October 2017.
- Capital: Valletta
- Currency: Euro
- President:George Vella.
Senior IPS officer A.P. Maheshwari appointed Director General of CRPF
- The Central Reserve Police Force was assigned its new director general, A.P. Maheshwari, a 1984 batch IPS officer, following the superannuation of its previous DG, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar.
- Maheshwari take over the charge from ITBP Director General S. Deswal who was given the additional charge to head the country’s largest paramilitary force, CRPF, after Bhatnagar retired last month.
- Maheshwari, a 1984-batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer, has been appointed by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet as the CRPF DG up to 28 February, 2021, the date of his superannuation, or till further orders, a Ministry of Personnel order issued. Maheshwari is at present Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry.
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Minister responsible: Amit Shah, Union Minister of Home Affairs
- Director General: P. Maheshwari
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
GSAT-30 Satellite To Be Launched On January 17 Using Ariane-5 Launch Vehicle
- Communication satellite GSAT-30 is set to be launched on January 17 by Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana.
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the European Space Agency Ariane space will start their space missions for the year 2020 with GSAT-30, which is an operational communication satellite for DTH, Television uplink and VSAT services.
- The GSAT 30 produced by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will provide high-quality television, telecommunication, and broadcasting services, ensuring continuity of service for INSAT 4A satellite.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS AND AUTHORS
Book of Arun Jaitley’s selected writings to hit stands in February
- The book, “A New India: Selected Writings 2014-19“, is an authoritative account of the policies and decisions made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government during its first stint. It will hit the stands in February.
- Jaitley, who passed away at the age of 66 in August last year, as a finance minister rolled out the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2017, the biggest tax reforms after Independence.
- The Book offers readers with the late politician’s sharp insight on topics including GST, demonetisation and Kashmir. Published by Juggernaut Books.
PAX SINICA: Implications for the Indian Dawn
- Union External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar launched a book on China titled ‘PAX SINICA: Implications for the Indian Dawn’ authored by Samir Saran and Akhil Deo and published by Rupa Publications India.
- Dr Samir Saran is the President of Observer Research Foundation (ORF), one of Asia’s most influential think tanks. He is a Commissioner of The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, member of the World Economic Forum’s South Asia advisory board and Global Future Council on Geopolitics.
- Akhil Deo is a Junior Fellow at the ORF. His research interests include India’s foreign policy and the impact of emerging technologies on society.
Nepali translation of Swami Vivekananda’s ‘Karma Yoga’ among 4 books released in Nepal on Vishwa Hindi Diwas
- The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu released as many as four books, including the Nepali translation of Swami Vivekananda’s ‘Karma Yoga’, at an event marking the Vishwa Hindi Diwas.
- The other three books include the Nepali translation of a book compiling five famous stories by Indian writer Premchand, as well as the Hindi translations of ‘Ashwathama’ written by Nepalese poet Madhav Prasad Ghimire and Utkrishta Kahaniyan” — a collection of 25 modern Nepali stories written by young and upcoming Nepali story writers.
- In addition, a special issue of the research journal ‘Sahityalok’ of Central Hindi Department of Tribhuvan University was also released during an event at the embassy to mark the occasion.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE
Two Coast Guard ships commissioned at Kolkata
- Two Indian Coast Guard Ships (ICGS) — Annie Besant and Amrit Kaur — were commissioned by Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar at Kolkata.
- ICGS Annie Besant was named in honour of Annie Besant, philanthropist, theosophist, prolific author and supporter of the Indian freedom struggle. The ship will be based at Chennai under the operational and administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).
- ICGS Amrit Kaur ship will be based at Haldia under the operational and administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (North East).
- The ships are also capable of undertaking multi-faceted tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue, and medical evacuation.
- ICGS Annie Besant and ICGS Amrit Kaur are fitted with state-of-the-art technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery. The ships are also equipped with Bofors 40/60 guns and 12.7 mm SRCGs (Stabilised Remote Controlled Gun) for enhancing the fighting efficiency of the ship.
Captain Tania Shergill to become first woman parade adjutant for Republic Day parade
- Captain Tania Shergill, an officer with Army’s Corps of Signals, will be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day parade.
- Commissioned in March 2017 from the Officer Training Academy, Chennai, Shergill is an electronics and communications graduate.
- In last year’s Republic Day parade, Captain Bhavna Kasturi was the first woman officer to lead an all-men contingent.
- The Republic Day parade will witness Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP-2K of the 18 Mechanised Infantry, Dhanush Gun System and the Army Air Defence on the Rajpath.
- Contingents of the Corps of Signals, Sikh Light Infantry, Kumaon Regiment, the Grenadiers, the Parachute Regiment will also take part in the parade.
Indian Navy with IOCL launches special fuel with reduced carbon footprints
- Indian Navy has succeeded in bringing down its carbon footprint by revising the fuel quality standards. The improvement is the result of a successful study which Navy conducted with the Indian Oil Corporation
- The standards achieved, as claimed by Navy, are better than those under the international regulations thus helping in supporting country’s international logistics agreements as well.
- A revised technical specification was arrived at consisting of 22 test parameters including critical parameters cetane number, flash point, sulphur content, sediment content, oxidation stability and Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP).
- The new specification will not only ensure a better quality fuel but also result in a reduced carbon footprint. The Navies worldwide are fuel-intensive operating warships, submarines and aircraft. The Indian Navy’s present force level comprises about 140 ships and submarines and more than 200 aircraft safeguarding a large coastline of 7516 Kms with 1197 offshore islands and 2.01 million sq kms of Exclusive Economic Zone.
Japan Coast Guard Ship ‘Echigo’ arrives in Chennai
- The Japan Coast Guard Ship ‘Echigo’ has arrived Chennai on a five-day goodwill visit. It will be participating in the Annual Joint Exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ with the Indian Coast Guard off Chennai.
- This is the 19th such exercise being conducted between the two Coast Guards since 2000. It is being witnessed by Admiral Takahiro Okushima, Commandant, Japan Coast Guard and the Director-General of Indian Coast Guard Krishnaswamy Natarajan. Four Indian Coast Guard ships, their aircraft and a vessel from the Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology – NIOT are participating in the exercise along with the Japanese vessel.
- It is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties and mutual understanding between the two Coast Guards. It is set to enhance interoperability in communication and Search and Rescue procedures and sharing of best practices.
- It will help both the Coast Guards to work together in protecting shared interests whenever such need arises, in responding to threats of piracy or humanitarian crisis.
India finish 2019 as number one shooting nation in world
- With its sparkling show through 2019, India finished the year as the top shooting nation in the world, leaving behind Olympic heavyweights China and the USA.
- In terms of overall medals, the tally stood at 21 gold, six silver and three bronze as India topped all the Rifle-Pistol World Cups and Finals in a unforgettable year.
- While India leads the standings with 30 medals overall, China is second with 11 gold, 15 silver and 18 bronze for a total of 44 podium finishes. The USA is placed third with 15 medals including six gold six silver and three bronze.
- Headquarters: Munich, Germany
- President: Vladimir Lisin
Hyderabad FC appoints Albert Roca as the new head coach
- The bottom-placed ISL outfit Hyderabad FC named Albert Roca as their new head coach for the 2020-21 season on a two-year deal.
- According to an ISL media release, Roca, who had earlier coached Bengaluru FC to the AFC Cup finals, will advise the new coaching staff for the remainder of the season and will take full charge from the beginning of next season.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARY
Caricaturist Thomas Antony passes away
- Kerala Cartoon Academy secretary and noted caricaturist Thomas Antony (62) passed away due to heart attack.
- Thomas Antony had bagged several international awards in the caricature field. Known for drawing abstract caricatures, he devised his own style and had bagged World Press Cartoon’s third prize in caricature.
DAILY CA-12TH AND 13th JAN
- National Youth Day- 12TH january
- PM Modi launches projects worth 600 crore rupees on 150th year celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust
- National Youth Festival 2020 begins at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh
- Dharmendra Pradhan unveils Mission Purvodaya to develop eastern region into a integrated steel hub
- Dhaka International Film Festival begins
- Chinese navy commissions first fourth generation destroyer
- A uniform, standard health cover from April 1
- Rs 4.7 trillion farm loans waived in 10 years
- PayU to acquire PaySense for $185 mn
- Website translator for SMEs launched
- Samiya Naseem of Indian origin has been appointed as the judge of Chicago
- Tsai Ing-wen wins second term as Taiwan president
- Lt Col Yuvraj Malik appointed director of National Book Trust
- Hyderabad scientist Dr Saha elected as Bureau Member of IUPAC
- The New Sultan of Oman Haitham Bin Tariq Al
- Jasprit Bumrah and Poonam Yadav to receive Polly Umrigar Award
- Wings India 2020 To Be Held In Hyderabad From March 12-15
- Global investor meet ASCEND 2020 held in Kochi, Kerala
- World Future Energy Summit to begin in Abu Dhabi
- India deploys INS Vikramaditya in Arabian Sea amid China-Pak naval drill
- Naval version of Tejas successfully takes off from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in major feat
- ‘India aiming at $250 bn maritime economy by 2024’
- India to acquire 200 fighter jets for Air Force: Defence secretary
- BCCI likely to appoint Madan Lal, Gautam Gambhir as Cricket Advisory Committee members
- Veteran broadcaster, academic-poet Obaid Siddiqui passes away
- Noted Kannada scholar Chidananda Murthy passes away
- Veteran PTI journalist Babul Baruah passes away
DAILY CA- 14th JAN
- Raisina Dialogue to begin in new delhi.
- Smriti Irani launches Yashaswini Scheme for Women entrepreneurship in Goa
- Centre to set up panel to examine issues on royalty rates for major minerals
- India-Bangladesh I&B Ministers’ Meet 2020 to be held in New Delhi
- World Bank predicts Sri Lanka’s economic growth at 3 pct for 2020
- Nepal to make yoga education compulsory for schoolchildren
- Ahead of Beijing 2022, China launches driverless bullet train
- SEBI defers deadline by 2 years for top 500 firms to separate roles of chairman and MD
- Govt appoints Michael Patra as RBI Deputy Governor
- Retail inflation jumps to about 5-yr high of 7.35 pct in Dec 2019
- INTACH Efforts to Protect Buddhist Site
- Festival of harvest, Lohri being celebrated in North India
- Population of ‘mugger’ crocodile species increases in Odisha
- Kaziranga records 96 species of wetland birds
- Andhra Pradesh likely to have four Regional Zones
- Fresh investment proposals worth Rs 6608 cr approved in Tamil Nadu
- Cultural exchange programme to be organised in Bihar under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat
- Telangana’s Peddapalli district gets fourth consecutive national award for sanitation
- Indian Railways signs MoU with RailTel for Phase 2 of e Office execution
- Senior IPS officer P. Maheshwari appointed Director General of CRPF
- GSAT-30 Satellite To Be Launched On January 17 Using Ariane-5 Launch Vehicle
- Book of Arun Jaitley’s selected writings to hit stands in February
- PAX SINICA: Implications for the Indian Dawn
- Nepali translation of Swami Vivekananda’s ‘Karma Yoga’ among 4 books released in Nepal on Vishwa Hindi Diwas
- Two Coast Guard ships commissioned at Kolkata
- Captain Tania Shergill to become first woman parade adjutant for Republic Day parade
- Indian Navy with IOCL launches special fuel with reduced carbon footprints
- Japan Coast Guard Ship ‘Echigo’ arrives in Chennai
- Robert Abela wins election to be prime minister of Malta
- India finish 2019 as number one shooting nation in world
- Hyderabad FC appoints Albert Roca as the new head coach
- Caricaturist Thomas Antony passes away