Important Weekly Current Affairs PDF Download (18th to 24thJanuary 2020)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs of 3rd week  January 2020. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming SBI Clerk 2020 and other competitive exams can make use of it.


NDRF celebrates its 15th Raising Day

  • The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) celebrated its 15th Raising Dayon January 18th 2020.
  • NDRF has saved more than One lakh lives inits 3100 operations and rescued/evacuated over 6.7 lakh people during disasters.

National Immunization Day 

  • Government of India planned to hold a polio National Immunization Day (NID) January 19, 2020.
  • According to the national health portrayal, 2020 polio day program is going to be held on January 19th

National Girl Child Day

  • On 24 January every year National Girl Child Day is celebrated to highlight the inequalities faced by a majority of the girls in India, importance of education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care and safety of girl children etc.
  • Women and Child Development Department will also celebrate National Girl Child Week from January 24 to 30.

International Day of Education   

  • International Day of Education is an annual international observance day held on January 24 and is dedicated to education. On December 3, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming January 24 as International Day of Education.

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President Kovind launches Pulse Polio Programme for 2020

  • President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Pulse Polio Programme for this year by administering Polio drops to children below five years at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Mr Kovind launched the programme on the eve of the National Immunization Day which will be observed.

3rd edition of North Zone Conference’ of Media Units of I&B Ministry held in Jammu

  • The third edition of North Zone Conference’ of Media Units of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, is being held in
  • Joint Secretary Vikram Sahay asked the IIS officers to work in coordination and effectively promote programmes and policies of the Union Government

DV Sadananda Gowda launches APNA UREA – SonaUgle” brand of HURL

  • Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda launched the APNA UREA – Sona Ugle brand of Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Limited (HURL) at a function in New Delhi.
  • HURL is Joint Venture Company promoted by the three Maha Ratna Companies – Coal India Limited, NTPC Limited and Indian Oil Corporation Limited.

Conference on Census 2021 held in New Delhi

  • A Conference of the Chief Secretaries and Administrator State and Union Territories on Census 2021 and updating of National Population Register, NPR was held in New Delhi.
  • Inaugurating it, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai laid emphasis on the need of conducting Census 2021 and the role of the States in doing the same.

PM Modi, Nepali PM KP Sharma Oli to inaugurate ICP Biratnagar

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepali counterpart K P Sharma Oli will inaugurate Integrated Check Post (ICP) Biratnagar . The two Prime Ministers will jointly inaugurate the prestigious project through video conferencing at 11 A.M.
  • ICP Biratnagar has been built on 260 acres of land at a cost of around 140 crore rupees

Centre for tougher law against sexual harassment at work

  • The Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Home Minister Amit Shah, which was constituted to strengthen the legal framework to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace, has finalised its recommendations.

PM Modi to chair 32nd interaction through PRAGATI platform

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the 32nd interaction through PRAGATI– the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation in New Delhi . In the previous thirty-one interactions of PRAGATI, projects worth over twelve lakh crores have been reviewed by the Prime Minister.

Procurement of defence equipment worth over Rs 5,000 cr approved to promote indigenization

  • Defence Acquisition Council, DAC has approved procurement of equipment worth over five thousand 100 crore rupees from indigenous sources to promote indigenization. They include sophisticated Electronic Warfare Systems for the Army designed by Defence Research and Development Organization, DRDO and manufactured locally by the Indian industry.

Govt sets up National Startup Advisory Council

  • The government stated that it has set up a National Startup Advisory Council to advise the Centre on measures needed to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and start-ups in the country.
  • The Council will suggest measures to foster a culture of innovation among students and others.

Cabinet approves over Rs 4300 cr to establish permanent campuses for new NITs

  • Union Cabinet approved to Revised Cost Estimates for establishment of permanent campuses of new National Institutes of Technology, NITs, at a total cost of 90 crore rupees for the period till 2021-2022.
  • NITs were established in the year 2009 and started functioning from academic year 2010-2011 in their temporary campus with very limited space and infrastructure. These NITs will be fully functional from their permanent campuses by 31st March, 2022.

Nation pays homage to Subhas Chandra Bose on his 123rd birth anniversary

  • Nation pays homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 123rd birth anniversary on 23rd january. A number of functions have been organised across the country to mark the occasion. In West Bengal, Governor Jaghdeep Dhankhar will pay floral tribute at the statue of Netaji in Kolkata.

Cabinet gives approval to EC to enter into MoU with Election Commissions of Tunisia and Papua New Guinea

  • The Cabinet gave approval to Election Commission of India to enter into MoU with the Independent High Authority for Elections of Tunisia and the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission for elections for cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration.

Cabinet committee approves the closure of Hindustan Fluorocarbons plant in Telangana

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA approved shutting down the operations of the plant and unit of Hindustan Fluorocarbons Limited, HFL and closure of the company.
  • HFL is a Central Public Sector Enterprise under Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals. HFL has only one plant located at Rudraram, District Sangareddy in
  • Government granted a interest free loan of over 77 crore rupees to HFL for expenditure exclusively on closure.

SAIL launches scheme for employee-led philanthropic activities

  • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan launched a scheme by SAIL for Voluntary Philanthropist Activities (VPA) by its employees.
  • The scheme called “SAIL Employee Rendering Voluntarism and Initiatives for Community Engagement (SERVICE)” will promote and facilitate philanthropist activities by the employees in a structured manner. A portal for the employees to register for the scheme was also launched.

Niti Aayog to develop National Data Platform

  • Government think-tank Niti Aayog will develop a national data and analytics platform to make all government data accessible to stakeholders in a user-friendly manner.
  • The platform will be powered by a user friendly search engine, backed by seamless navigation, with a worldclass user interface. Data will be provided in a machine-readable format with customisable analytics



  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • CEO: Anil Kumar Chaudhary
  • Founded: 19 January 1954

NITI Aayog:

  • Formed: 1st January 2015
  • Headquarters: new delhi
  • Narendra Modi, (Chairperson)
  • Rajiv Kumar, (Vice Chairperson)
  • Amitabh Kant, (CEO)


Iranian Film ‘Castle of Dreams’ gets Best Film Award at Dhaka International Film Festival

  • The Iranian film ‘Castle of Dreams’ directed by Reza Mirakarimi won the Best Film Award in Asian Competition section of the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) . The film also won the Best Director Award.

Qatar signs $470 mn solar deal

  • Gas-rich Qatar signed a $470-million deal to build its first solar energy plant, capable of meeting up to one-tenth of peak national power demand.
  • The Al-Kharsaah plant, near the capital, is a 10-square-kilometre joint venture with French and Japanese partners due for completion in 2022 ahead of the football World Cup

Novel corona virus grips China’s Wuhan city

  • China’s Wuhan city is in grip of a new respiratory virus called Novel corona virus that has killed people in China and sickened at least 45 persons .
  • The illness has been identified as a new strain of coronavirus, which is in the same family as the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

50th Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum begins in Davos

  • The 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, a congregation of rich and powerful from across the world, opens in Davos, Switzerland .
  • Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal will lead the Indian delegation to the WEF

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina to launch e-passport distribution in Dhaka

  • Bangladesh is set to begin the distribution of e-passports . Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to launch the e-passport distribution at an event scheduled to be held at the capital’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre
  • The delivery of e-passports will start in regional offices by the end of 2020.

Brazil President Bolsonaro to be chief guest at 71st Republic Day

  • President of Brazil Jair Messias Bolsonaro will arrive in New Delhi on a four-day state visit to India. President Bolsonaro will be the chief guest at the 71st Republic Day Parade at Raj Path in the national capital on January 26.

Aurobindo Ashram School building constructed with India’s assistance inaugurated in Nepal 

  • The Charge d’ Affairs of Embassy of India in Nepal, Dr. Ajay Kumar ceremonially inaugurated new building of Aurobindo Ashram School in Thankot, Kathmandu
  • The new infrastructure is constructed with the Government of India’s grant assistance of 25 million Nepali rupees.

WHO meeting underway to decide about declaring corona virus outbreak “An emergency

  • A meeting of the World Health Organisation in Geneva to consider declaring outbreak of corona virus in China, an emergency. The UN body will decide if the outbreak is a matter of international concern.
  • The meeting is important because the WHO thinks immediate and coordinated international action may be needed to contain the virus infection. If the outbreak is declared an emergency, the UN body may advise countries to take tighter quarantine measures.

India opens its first Mahatma Gandhi convention centre in Niger

  • External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou jointly inaugurated the first convention centre established in Africa by India to honour the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.

Pakistan conducts training launch of nuclear-capable ‘Ghaznavi’ missile

  • Pakistan conducted a successful training launch of nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile ‘Ghaznavi’, which can strike targets up to 290 kilometres.

Palestine takes over chairmanship of G77

  • Palestine has taken over the chairmanship of G77 from Palestine will be formally elected chair at the annual G77 ministerial meeting, scheduled to take place in mid-September
  • The chairmanship of the G77 is based on the system of geographical rotation. 2019 was Asia’s turn and the Asian group had unanimously endorsed


Country Capital Currency President/Prime Minister
Brazil Brasilia Brazilian real President: Jair Bolsonaro
Nepal Kathmandu Nepalese rupee Prime minister : KP Sharma Oli
Qata Doha Qatari riyal Prime minister: Abdullah bin Nasser
Bangladesh Dhaka Taka Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina
China  Beijing Renminbi President: Xi Jinping
Iran Tehran Iranian rial President: Hassan Rouhani
Tunisia Tunis Tunisian dinar President: Kais Saied
UK London Pound Sterling
Papua  new


Port Moresby Papua New Guinean kina Prime Minister :James Marape
Niger Niamey West African CFA Prime Minister (PM) – Brigi Rafini.


Pakistan Islamabad Pakistani rupee Prime minister: Imran Khan

World Economic Forum

  • Founded: January 1971
  • Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland
  • Leader: Klaus Schwab
  • Motto: Committed to improving the state of the world


Tamil Nadu plans single window system for building permits

  • To provide the much-needed relief to people who run from pillar to post to get clearances and approvals for construction of buildings, the Tamil Nadu government will soon bring in a single window clearance system

Rs 70,000 crore loan amount has been disbursed till Jan 13 under MSMEs scheme: Govt

  • The Finance Ministry has stated that a loan amount of nearly seventy thousand crore rupees has been disbursed till 13th of this month under the scheme of providing loan to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises – MSMEs within 59 minutes.

West Bengal emerges at the top in vegetable production

  • West Bengal has overtaken Uttar Pradesh and emerged as the top State in vegetable production in 2018-19, the data presented at a recent horticultural meeting showed.
  • Fruits production: Andhra Pradesh continued to hold on to the pole position , followed by Maharashtra (10.82 mt) and UP (10.65 mt).

BEL commissions real time train info system for Railways

  • Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), the Bengaluru-based defence PSU, has commissioned Phase I of the Real Time Train Information System (RTIS) for the Railways.

India among top 10 FDI recipients, attracts $49 billion inflows in 2019: UN report

  • India was among the top 10 recipients of Foreign Direct Investment in 2019, attracting $49 billion in inflows, a 16 per cent increase from the previous year, driving the FDI growth in South Asia, according to a UN report.
  • The Global Investment Trend Monitor report compiled by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) states that the global foreign direct investment remained flat in 2019 at $1.39 trillion, a one per cent decline from a revised $1.41 trillion in 2018.

Global unemployment projected to rise by around 2.5 million in 2020: UN report

  • Global unemployment is projected to increase by around 5 million in 2020 and almost half a billion people are working fewer paid hours than they would like or lack adequate access to paid work, according to UN’s International Labour Organization report.

Vodafone m-pesa’s certificate of authorisation cancelled by RBI

  • The Reserve Bank of India cancelled the Certificate of Authorisation (CoA) of Vodafone m-pesa after its voluntary surrender of authorisation.
  • The company henceforth cannot transact business of issuance and operation of Prepaid payment Instruments

Government approves model pact with foreign countries for seafarers’ competency certificate

  • The government stated it has approved a model pact with foreign countries for recognition of seafarers’ competency certificates.
  • This will pave the way for mutual recognition of maritime education and training of seafarers by the countries involved.

ICICI Bank Introduces Cardless Cash Withdrawal Facility Through ATMs, Per Day Limit at Rs 20K

  • ICICI Bank launched cardless cash withdrawal facility from its ATMs with a per day transaction limit of Rs 20,000.
  • This service enables customers to withdraw cash from over 15,000 ATMs of the bank by simply raising a request on iMobile, its mobile banking application.”It is a simple and convenient way to withdraw cash without using a debit card.

RBI buys Rs 10,000 crore of long-term securities in fourth special open market operation

  • In the fourth special open market operation (OMO) auctions, the Reserve Bank of India bought Rs 10,000 crore worth of long-term securities and sold Rs 2,950 crore worth of short-term government bonds.
  • The RBI had stated it will simultaneously purchase and sell government securities under open market operations (OMO) of Rs 10,000 crore

City Union Bank launches all-in-one app with multilingual chat-bot

  • City Union Bank (CUB) has introduced its multilingual interactive voice-based all-in-one mobile app.
  • The customers can converse with the chat-bot ‘Ask Lakshmi’ of the app in Tamil, English, Hindi or Telugu.
  • Customers can converse for their general banking needs including transactions such as balance enquiry, mini statement, fund transfer over voice/text instructions.

ICICI Lombard gets IRDAI nod to pilot five projects under Sandbox

  • ICICI Lombard stated it has received Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India’s (IRDAI) ’s approval to pilot five innovative applications and programs in its health and motor portfolio under the Sandbox Project.
  • Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India’s Regulatory Sandbox Project has provided the insurance industry with the flexibility to explore new products and services that suit today’s technology and data driven world



  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Head: Guy Ryder
  • Founded: 1919


  • CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founder: Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India
  • Tagline :Hum hai na/Khayal Apka

City Union Bank

  • Headquarters: Kumbakonam
  • CEO: Dr. N. Kamakodi .
  • Tagline :Trust and Excellence since 1904


  • Founded– 1999
  • Headquarters– Hyderabad
  • Chairman– Dr. Subhash C. Khuntia

ICICI Lombard

  • Founded– 2001
  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • MD&CEO– Bhargav Dasgupta


Japan’s NTT to invest Rs 11,000 crore in data centres in India

  • Japanese tech major NTT stated a significant part of its USD 7 billion global commitment for data centres business would be spent in India over the next four years.
  • The company also feels that there will be margin compression issues for the data centres business in India as capacity supply goes up along with an increase in competition.

GDP to grow at 5.5 per cent in FY21: India Ratings

  • India’s GDP is expected to grow at 5 per cent in FY21 as against the estimated 5 per cent in FY20, according to India Ratings and Research.
  • The anticipated rise will be on the back of strong policy push coupled with demand revival, adding that though some improvement is likely next fiscal, risk are going to persist.

PhonePe launches digital ATM, users can withdraw cash from merchant shops

  • As digital payment platforms thrive, Walmart-owned PhonePe has now launched its own Automated Teller Machine (ATM), a first of its kind service in India.
  • The service launched on a pilot basis in Delhi NCR will enable people to get cash from merchant partners through transactions with their mobile devices. The company stated that the service will enable neighbourhood stores to act as ATMs for PhonePe users.

Google partners with Airtel to offer G Suite to small, medium businesses

  • Telecom operator Bharti Airtel and Google Cloud announced a partnership offer G Suite to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) in India as part of its integrated information and communication technology portfolio.

Apollo Hospitals launches ‘Health EMI card’

  • Apollo Hospitals Group in collaboration with Bajaj Finserv has launched a “Health EMI Card” that offers a credit limit of up to 4 lakh and covers nearly 600 procedures for patients.


Bharti Airtel Ltd

  • Founded– 7 July 1995
  • Headquarters– New Delhi
  • Chairman– Sunil Bharti Mittal
  • MD & CEO (India and South Asia)- Gopal Vittal

 Google Cloud

  • Launched– April 7, 2008
  • CEO– Thomas Kurian

Apollo Munich Health Insurance

  • Headquarters: Gurugram
  • CEO: Antony Jacob


  • Prime minister: Shinzo Abe
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Currency: Japanese yen


CM Bhupesh Baghel launches employment-oriented mobile app ‘Rojgar Sangi’

  • The Chief Minister (CM) of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel has launched an employment-oriented mobile app,‘Rojgar Sangi’ developed by state-run Chhattisgarh State Skill Development Authority (CSSDA) at the ceremony of youth fest 2020 held at Science College premises in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

Face recognition app to be used in Telangana Municipal polls on pilot basis

  • In a first in India, the Telangana State Election Commission will be using facial recognition app in a bid to counter impersonation by voters. This will be done on a pilot basis in 10 selected polling stations in Kompally Municipality of Medchal Malkajgiri district.

Delhi CM launches ‘Guarantee card’ ahead of Assembly Polls

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched party’s Guarantee Card ahead of upcoming assembly elections in the national capital.
  • He stated in the coming 5 years, AAP will ensure 24 hours drinking water supply to every household and pollution-free Delhi

Bengaluru comes up with Centre for Excellence in Blockchain Technology

  • In Karnataka, Bengaluru has come up with a Centre for Excellence in Blockchain Technology. This technology helps in enhancing transparency and trust in e-Governance system by allowing all stakeholders benefit from shared learning, experiences and resources.
  • Set up by the National Informatics Centre, the Centre for Excellence would help to bring a revolutionary change in the lives of the people by delivering e-governance services effectively through the data-centric

Week-long National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme to begin in Puducherry.

  • A week-long National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme will begin in Puducherry . The programme is being jointly organized by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and Puducherry Government

Visakhapatnam to be AP’s new executive Capital

  • Visakhapatnam will be the executive capital of Andhra Pradesh. The State Cabinet approved a high-powered panel report on decentralisation, making Amaravati only a legislative capital.
  • The Secretariat and all heads of departments will also be shifted to Visakhapatnam

Magh Bihu celebrated in Assam

  • Magh Bihu, an auspicious harvest festival, is being celebrated in
  • People began the day by gathering at a temple and offered prayers, recited mantras and beat up the drums. They also took a walk around the bonfire.

Haryana Assembly passes motion to ratify 126th Constitutional Amendment

  • Haryana Assembly unanimously passed a motion to ratify the 126th Constitutional Amendment .
  • The Amendment seeks to extend reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Haryana for another 10 years in the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies.

UP Govt launches Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana

  • Uttar Pradesh Government has launched Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana which will provide financial assistance to family of farmers who die or become handicapped while working in fields.
  • Government has also decided to implement Mukhyamantri Paryatan Samvardhan Yojana to boost tourism in state.

44 underprivileged children to get their 1st flight experience

  • In a first, 44 Divyang children from Odisha will experience the joy of flying aboard in a special Alliance Air flight from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar .
  • The initiative is a result of joint collaboration of Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of India and Alliance Air with Government of Odisha.

Maharashtra government to make Marathi mandatory in all schools

  • The Maharashtra government will enact a law during the next Assembly session, making it mandatory to teach Marathi language in all schools in the state irrespective of mediums of instructions
  • The government will frame a law in next month’s Assembly session, making it mandatory to teach Marathi language from Class 1 to Class 10 in all schools irrespective of media of all instructions.

Hyderabad Metro Rail, redBus tie up for carpool services in city

  • In an effort to strengthen its last mile connectivity project, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited launched a car and bike pooling service in collaboration with
  • This facility would be provided through rPool, an in-app ride-sharing service from

Visually impaired cricketers to get exclusive sports ground in Bengaluru

  • Visually impaired cricketers are likely to get a dedicated sports training complex that will enable them to develop into professional players, the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI).
  • CABI has approached the Karnataka government with a request to allot 25 acres of land to set up a sports complex with a training ground, gymnasium and swimming pool,

Maharashtra government makes it compulsory for school students to read the Preamble to Constitution

  • The Maharashtra government ordered that school students across the state must recite the Preamble to the Indian Constitution, during their morning assemblies.
  • Reading out the Preamble is part of the “sovereignty of Constitution, welfare of all” campaign

Uttarakhand becomes first state to implement agricultural land leasing policy

  • Uttarakhand has become the first state in the country where the government has made a policy to lease agricultural land.
  • Under this leasing policy, instead of giving land on a 30-year lease, the concerned farmer will get the rent for the land.

Jaipur Literature Festival to begin .

  • Jaipur Literature Festival will begin with about 500 speakers of different fields are participating in the festival, which is currently in its 13th year. The five-day event will see more than 200 sessions and will be attended by 500 speakers from 20 countries.

India’s first e-waste clinic opens in Bhopal

  • The country’s first e-waste clinic is being opened in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh . It will enable segregation, processing and disposal of waste from both household and commercial units.
  • The e-waste clinic is jointly setting up by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). In the absence of a safe disposal mechanism, electronic waste at present is being disposed along with other waste.

Mumbai malls, shops, eateries can stay open 24X7 from January 27

  • Maharashtra cabinet has approved a proposal to allow malls, multiplexes, shops and eateries to remain open round the clock.
  • The decision will come into force from 27th January and will be implemented only in non-residential areas like Bandra Kurla Complex and Nariman Point.

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami lays foundation for DLF DownTown in Chennai

  • Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami laid foundation for the construction of DLF DownTown, a joint venture of the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) and DLF, for housing information technology (IT) firms under one roof.
  • The IT complex with all modern facilities would come up on 27.04 acres of land in Taramani, at an investment of Rs 5,000 crore. The project is expected to provide direct employment for 70,000 people.

Delhi airport gets a new women-only cab service

  • At the Indira Gandhi International Airport is an exclusive ‘Women with wheels,’ taxi service that is unique as it is operated by women drivers, for women.
  • The service, an initiative by ‘Sakha cabs’ was launched from the international airport from January 10 in a bid to make women feel safer.


State Capital Chief minister Governor
Maharashtra Mumbai Uddhav Thackeray Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Odisha Bhubaneswar Naveen Patnaik Ganeshi Lal
Jharkhand Ranchi Hemant Soren Draupadi Murmu
Assam Dispur Sarbananda Sanowal Jagdish Mukhi
Haryana Chandigarh Manohar Lal Khattar Satyadev Narayan Arya
Uttarakhand Dehradun Trivendra Singh Rawat Baby Rani Maurya
Tamil Nadu Chennai Edappadi K. Palaniswami Banwarilal Purohit
Chhattisgarh Raipur Bhupesh Baghel Anusuiya Uikey
Andhra Pradesh Amaravati Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy Biswabhusan Harichandan


Zomato acquires UberEats India for nearly Rs 2,500 crore in all-stock deal

  • Zomato announced that it has acquired Uber’s Food Delivery Business in India in an all-stock deal and Uber will have 9.99 per cent stake in the Deepinder Goyal-led food delivery platform.
  • It is in the range of over USD 350 million or nearly Rs 2,500 crore. Uber Eats in India will discontinue operations and direct restaurants, delivery partners, and users of the Uber Eats apps to the Zomato platform.

Adani Capital acquires Essel Finance’s MSME loan business

  • Adani Capital Pvt Ltd, the NBFC arm of the Adani Group, has acquired Essel Finance’s MSME loan business.
  • Adani Capital stated it has a loan book of approximately Rs 145 crore. As of December 31, 2019 the overall lending book of NBFC and the housing finance business was Rs 1,100 crore, with the latter contributing Rs 150 crore.

Home Credit joins hands with HDFC Ergo, Bajaj Allianz Life

  • Home Credit India announced it has acquired a corporate agency license to provide health life insurance
  • Home Credit India has tied up with HDFC Ergo General Insurance Company for health insurance and will provide cover in case of an illness or injury.


Indian Navy signs MoU with GSI for sharing offshore data, products

  • The Indian Navy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Geological Survey of India (GSI) for sharing seabed sediments data, products and expertise regarding naval application in meteorology and oceanography.
  • The GSI’s marine and coastal survey division, based at Mangaluru, has mapped most of India’s 2.1 million square kilometre of “exclusive economic zone” and has a vast repository of offshore data.


Indian Navy

  • Headquarter– New Delhi
  • Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh

 Geological Survey of India GSI

  • Founded– 1851
  • Headquarter– Kolkata


Oleksiy Honcharuk Resigns as Prime Minister of Ukraine

  • The incumbent Prime Minister of Ukraine, Oleksiy Honcharuk submitted his resignation to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, after less than six months in the role.
  • The resignation is however still to be confirmed by the President

Arjun Munda becomes President of AAI

  • Union Minister Arjun Munda was elected as President of the suspended Archery Association of India (AAI) in its much-delayed elections. The elections were held as per the Delhi High Court order.

Nripendra Misra appointed as Chairman of Nehru Memorial Museum & Library

  • The Central Government has appointed Nripendra Misra, former principal secretary to the Prime Minister, as the Chairman of the Executive Council (EC) of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML).
  • A Surya Prakash, who is the Chairman of Prasar Bharati, has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the Council.

Lt Gen SK Saini Appointed As India’s Vice Chief Of Army Staff

  • Indian Army’s Southern Command Chief, Lt Gen SK Saini will be the force’s new vice chief.
  • The post fell vacant after Lt Gen MM Naravane was elevated to the post of Chief of Army Staff.

IAS Officers Rajeev Singh Thakur, Shantanu appointed joint secretaries in military affairs dept

  • Senior bureaucrats Rajeev Singh Thakur and Shantanu have been appointed as joint secretaries in the newly-created department of military affairs, as part of major bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the central government.

Sanjiv Chadha appointed as CEO of Bank of Baroda; Atanu Kumar Das to head Bank of India

  • The government approved the selection of heads of four public sector banks (PSBs) including State Bank of India (SBI), Canara Bank, Bank of Baroda and Bank of India.
  • The appointments committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Department of the Financial Services for appointment of Challa Sreenivasulu Setty as the MD of SBI for a period of three years, according to an order. He is currently serving as the deputy MD of the 
Name Bank Position
Sanjiv Chadha Bank of Baroda MD and CEO
Atanu Kumar Das Bank of India MD and CEO
Lingam Venkat Prabhakar Canara Bank MD and CEO

IMF cuts India’s growth rate for 2019-20 to 4.8%, projects 5.8% growth in next fiscal

  • Calling it one of the “negative surprises“, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on sharply cut India’s growth estimate for the current fiscal to 8 per cent, darkening the economic picture from the rosy 7.5 per cent made this time last year.
  • The latest cut follows a downward trend which reduced India’s growth to 1 per cent in October.

Punit Sood appointed as the Head of RBS India

  • RBS India, the technology and operations hub of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has appointed Punit Sood as the Head of RBS India.
  • Punit was earlier appointed as the Head of Technology India, where he shaped the India Technology business to function as a centre of excellence for RBS.

Former FM Elyes Fakhfakh named PM-designate

  • Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has named former Finance Minister Elyes Fakhfakh as Prime Minister-designate.

Andrew Bailey named as Bank of England governor to guide through Brexit

  • Britain’s finance minister on named Andrew Bailey, the head of the Financial Conduct Authority regulator, as new governor of the Bank of England to guide it through Brexit.

Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou elected first woman president of Greece

  • Greece’s parliament elected the first woman president in the country’s history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.
  • Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has been elected president of the republic.

SoftBank appoints Manoj Kohli as India head

  • After roping in Google India’s Vikas Agnihotri as an operating partner in India, SoftBank has appointed Manoj Kohli as country head.
  • Kohli, who has experience of over 40 years, would be responsible for government relations and public policy efforts.
  • Previously, he was the Managing Director and CEO of Bharti Airtel.



  • President: Prokopis Pavlopoulos
  • Capital: Athens
  • Currency: Euro


  • Headquarters- Edinburgh, UK.
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- Alison Rose


  • Capital: Kyiv
  • Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia


9th International Children’s Film Festival begins in Kolkata

  • The 9th International Children’s Film Festival begins in Kolkata with the screening of Aizaz Khan directed Hamid.
  • About 250 films from 45 countries will be screened in the week-long festival.

Piyush Goyal to lead Indian delegation to 50th World Economic Forum at Davos

  • Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal will lead the Indian delegation to the 50th World Economic Forum at Davos starting from 20th of January.
  • The theme of the World Economic Forum’s meeting this year is ‘Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World’.

First edition of Krishi Manthan begins in Ahmedabad

  • In Gujarat, the first edition of Krishi Manthan– the largest Food, Agri-business and Rural Development Summit of Asia organized by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad began

Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Minister Inaugurates ELECRAMA 2020

  • Union Minister of Heavy Industries &Public Enterprises, Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar inaugurated ELECRAMA 2020, at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

IILF to be held in Chennai from January 31 to February 3

  • The 35th edition of India International Leather Fair (IILF) will be held from January 31 to February 3 in Chennai. The event organised by the Indian Finished Leather Manufacturers and Exporters Association will provide an insight about the latest trends and designs in the industry

IIM Kozhikode to host International Conclave on ‘Globalising Indian Thought’

  • The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM Kozhikode) is hosting an International Conclave on ‘Globalising Indian Thought’ from January 16-18, 2020.

Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates India’s first global Mega Science Exhibition “Vigyan Samagam” in Delhi

  • India’s first global Mega Science Exhibition “Vigyan Samagam” at National Science Centre, Delhi.
  • Exhibitions should be organised with focus on educating the young students, so that they can choose science as a career in future.
  • This is fourth such exhibition after bring organised at Mumbai, Bengaluru and

Ravi Shankar Prasad to inaugurate second edition of NIC Tech Conclave-2020

  • Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate the second edition of NIC Tech Conclave-2020 in New Delhi.
  • The two-day event is being organized by the National Informatics Centre.

13th Weld India expo from February 6

  • India’s potential to become a $5 trillion economy will be highlighted at the 13th Weld India Exhibition being organised in association with the International Institute of Welding in Mumbai from February 6 to 9.
  • The event with the theme of advanced welding technology and quality systems for developing economies is expected to have participants from as many as 22 countries.

Shri Mansukh Mandaviya participates in the Round-table of UNAIDS

  • The Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) and Chemical & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya participated in the High-level roundtable of UNAIDS (The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) on the theme Access for all: Leveraging Innovations, Investments and Partnerships for Health at World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.

ECI To Host the 1st Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture

  • Election Commission of India has decided to institute an Annual Lecture Series as a tribute to the first Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Sukumar Sen. Sh Sen (1898-1963) commendably conducted the first two General Elections to the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies, thereby putting India firmly on the map of democracy.


Election Commission of India

  • Formed: 25th January 1950
  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Sunil Arora, IAS, Chief Election Commissioner of India
  • Ashok Lavasa, IAS, Election Commissioner of India
  • Sushil Chandra, IRS (IT), Election Commissioner of India

World Economic Forum:

  • Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland
  • Founded: January 1971
  • Leader: Klaus Schwab
  • Motto: Committed to improving the state of the world


Kerala announces sports awards, Muhammad Anas wins GV Raja award

  • Kerala Sports Minister EP Jayarajan announced the sports awards instituted by Kerala State Sports Council with Indian sprinter Muhammad Anas winning GV Raja award (Male) for
  • Anas had won silver for India in the 400-meter race at Jakarta Asian games.
  • In the female category, PC Thulasi was adjudged the winner for GV Raja award which carries prize money of Rs 3 lakh and a citation

Singer Suman & Music Director Kuldeep to get MP’s Mangeshkar Award

  • Indian singer Suman Kalyanpur was chosen for the 2017 National Lata Mangeshkar Award of the state govt. of Madhya Pradesh(MP) while Indian Music composer Kuldeep Singh has been chosen for the same Mangeshkar award for the year 2018.

ECI’s cVIGIL and Voter Helpline App get ‘Award of Excellence’

  • cVIGIL‘ and ‘Voter Helpline App’ — two innovative ICT applications of the Election Commission of India, developed in-house, have won the eGovernance ‘Award of Excellence‘ for the year 2019.
  • The award was presented at KiiT, Bhubaneswar.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw fourth Indian to receive highest Australian civilian honour

  • Australia has conferred its highest civilian honour, the Order of Australia honour, on Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw for her contribution towards advancing the country’s relationship with India.
  • Australia’s High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu invested Mazumdar-Shaw as an Honorary Member within the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division at a ceremony in

Champion of Change Award’ conferred on Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren

  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren was conferred with the “Champion of Change Award-2019” for his work in the Barhait and Dumka assembly constituencies in the state.
  • Former president Pranab Mukherjee gave the award to Soren at a function in New Delhi.

President of India Presents 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony held in New Delhi.
  • Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards honour those journalists from print, broadcast and digital media who have maintained the highest standards of their profession and, despite immense challenges, produced work that sustains public trust in the media and impacts the lives of people.

Priya Prakash wins Cisco Youth Leadership Award 2019

  • Priya Prakash, the founder and CEO of India based HealthSetGo, has won the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award for 2019 for her school health program that aims at providing 360 degree healthcare support to children.

Sparsh Ganga initiative’ wins Champions of Change Award

  • Environmentalist and social activist Arushi Nishank was honoured with the Champions of Change Award 2019 for her initiative towards cleaning and saving river Ganga, the Sparsh Ganga initiative.
  • Other recipients of the award were actor Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan), actor Suresh Oberoi for Culture and Lok Sabha MP Geeta Koda for Aspirational

National Bravery Awards: 49 children receive Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2020

  • President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2020 are given under the revamped award scheme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India to 49 children at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi
  • The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar Eleven-year-old Aparna Chandrasekaran was awarded the Pradhan Mantri Bal Shakti Puraskar 2020 for her achievement in the innovation category.

TNAU V-C gets Harit Ratna Award

  • N Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, has been conferred ‘Harit Ratna Award 2019’ by the All India Agricultural Students Association for dissemination of 30-crore entrepreneurship project in agri-business and for motivating students to the agriculture sector in the State.
  • The award was conferred at the 5th National Youth Convention at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwa vidyalaya in Raipur.

22 children conferred with National Bravery Award

  • Twenty-two children, including 10 girls and 12 boys have been selected for the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) National Bravery Awards, 2019. One award has been given posthumously.
  • The gallant children come from 12 different states of India.
  • The coveted Bharat Award has been conferred on 15-year-old Master Adithya K, who is from


RBI ranked sixth among central banks in buying gold abroad

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) bought 5 tonnes of gold last October.
  • The RBI holds 625.2 tonnes of gold, forming 6.6 per cent of its forex reserves as per World Gold Council (WGC).
  • RBI became the sixth largest buyer when it purchased 25.2 tonnes in first 10 months of 2019 to hedge government’s sovereign gold bond issue.
  • The central banks of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Poland bought more than India in 2019. In 2019, Uzbekistan and Venezuela sold 16.6 tonnes and 30.3 tonnes of gold.

Mumbai among cheapest cities in the world for luxury goods, says Global Wealth and Lifestyle report

  • The report is a compilation of lists that rank 28 cities around the world to purchase luxury goods and services.
  • Out of 28 cities, Mumbai was ranked as the cheapest city for purchasing luxury goods and services. Hong Kong topped the list, followed by Shanghai, Tokyo, New York and Singapore

India ranks 76th on WEF’s Social Mobility Index, Denmark tops the list

  • India has been ranked very low at 76th place out of 82 countries on a new Social Mobility Index compiled by the World Economic Forum, while Denmark has topped the charts.

Jharkhand’s Jharia most polluted city, Delhi reduces air pollution marginally: Greenpeace report

  • The coal-belching town of Jharia in Jharkhand continues to be the most polluted city in India, while Delhi has made marginal improvement in reducing its air pollution level, according to a Greenpeace India.

India ranks 5th in Carbon Disclosure Project 2019

  • India secured 5th spot on the annual Carbon Disclosure Project 2019 report which was published by Global non-profit organization. In the annual report, the United States of America secured the top spot followed by Japan, United Kindom and France. Gujarat replaces West Bengal as top governing state in 2019, says study
  • Gujarat replaced West Bengal as the top governed state in the 2019 Skoch rankings.
  • Poll-bound Delhi was at the 19th place, lower than 15th spot it occupied in the previous two years. Delhi is ranked fifth on the parameter of health, one of its main claims of governance

Hyderabad ranks 14th globally in housing price appreciation: Knight Frank

  • Hyderabad has ranked 14th among 150 cities in the Knight Frank’s Global Residential Cities Index Q3 2019, with an appreciation of 9% in residential prices on a YoY basis in the third quarter of 2019 calendar year.
  • New Delhi and Bengaluru stood at 70th and 94th ranks, respectively.
  • Budapest leads the index, with the highest annual growth rate of 24%, followed by Xi’an and Wuhan in China at 15.9% and 14.9 per cent, respectively.

Bangladesh moves 8 positions up in EIU Democracy Index,Norway tops the list

  • Bangladesh has improved its ranking by 8 points in the EIU Democracy Index released . The country has been ranked at 80th position with an overall score of 5.88 on a scale of 10 this year compared to 88th position in 2018.Norway is at the top with an overall score of 9.71 while North Korea is at the bottom of the index.

Sri Lanka topped the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative list

  • Sri Lanka topped on breastfeeding rate according to a new survey conducted by the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi). The survey was taken among 97 countries globally.
  • Sri Lanka’s rank is based on its performance on ten indicators of policies and programs

India climbs eight places to rank 72 among 132 countries in global talent index

  • India has climbed eight places to 72nd rank in the 2020 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), which was topped by Switzerland, the US and Singapore.
  • Sweden (4th), Denmark (5th), the Netherlands (6th), Finland (7th), Luxembourg (8th), Norway (9th) and Australia (10th) complete the top 10 league table.


CSIR-CCMB workshop on genome for providing personalised healthcare

  • Indian and US researchers, who work to understand the genetic basis of diseases among various ethnic populations from different parts of the world, participated in a workshop organised by CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB),
  • The workshop focussed on understanding genome information in a better way.

France to train Indian flight surgeons for Gaganyaan mission

  • France will train Indian flight surgeons to enable them to monitor the health of astronauts selected for the ambitious human space mission Gaganyaan.
  • The two-week training is a critical aspect of the Gaganyaan project that is aimed at sending three Indians to space by 2022.

ISRO to send robot ‘Vyomamitra’ in unmanned Gaganyaan spacecraft ahead of human spaceflight

  • Even before orbiting astronauts on India’s first manned mission to the space in December 2021, the Indian Space Research Organisation will send ‘Vyomamitra’, a ‘lady robot’, in unmanned Gaganyaan
  • The robot was the centre of attraction at the inaugural session of the “Human Spaceflight and ExplorationPresent Challenges and Future Trends” in Bengaluru

POLNET 2.0 armed with robust sat data communication facility launched

  • Police communication services in the country are expected to be bolstered as a revamped and upgraded POLNET 2.0 was commissioned by Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai at a national conference.
  • The new platform is armed with a robust multi-media facility and is a captive satellite-based network that provides video, audio and data connectivity across the country, especially in times of disasters when regular communication either gets jammed or crashes


Russia to deliver 5 S-400 air defence systems to India by 2025

  • Russia will deliver five S-400 air defence systems to India by 2025, the missiles will serve well for the Indian security.
  • India signed a USD 43-billion deal with Russia for the purchase of five S-400 systems during the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit in New Delhi

India successfully test-fires K-4 ballistic missile

  • India has successfully test-fired a 3,500 kilometre range nuclear capable missile that can be launched from a submarine. The test of the K-4 ballistic missile was conducted off the Vizag coast in Andhra Pradesh .
  • With this test, India has moved one more step towards the induction of this ballistic missile on the INS Arihant class of nuclear submarines. The missile was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

IAF inducts its first squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft equipped with BrahMos missiles

  • The Indian Air Force has inducted its first squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft carrying the BrahMos missiles in the South at its Thanjavur base in Tamil Nadu .
  • The Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Bhadauria inducted the squadron at an impressive ceremony.

Avadi Ordnance Factory doubles the manufacturing capacity of Battle Tanks for Indian army

  • The engine manufacturing capacity for the battle tanks in the Indian Ordnance Board’s Engines Factory near Chennai has been more than doubled to 750 per annum.
  • It was earlier fixed at 350 engines per year.


Indian Army

  • Founded: 1 April 1895, India
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Commander-in-Chief :President Ram Nath Kovind
  • Chief of the Army Staff (COAS): General Manoj Mukund Naravane,
  • Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS): Lieutenant General Satinder Kumar Saini,

 Indian Air Force

  • Commander-in-Chief :President Ram Nath Kovind
  • Chief of the air Staff (CAS): Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
  • Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS): Harjit Singh Arora


  • President: Vladimir Putin
  • Capital: Moscow
  • Currency: Russian Ruble


SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

  • SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in as little as two months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff.
  • No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape Canaveral, just two mannequins


Book on jurist Nani A Palkhivala ‘Essays and Reminiscences’ released

  • A book of essays and reminiscences on Nani A Palkhivala has been released to mark the birth centenary of the noted jurist and economist.
  • The book is published by LexisNexis publications.The book was commissioned by the Nani A Palkhivala Memorial Trust and edited by the senior advocate Arvind Datar.

W.V. Raman’s The Winning Sixer launched

  • Woorkeri Venkat Raman (WV Raman), former Indian cricket team opener has authored a book ‘The Winning Sixer: Leadership Lessons To Master’, published by Rupa Publications, India

Hariharan Balagopal’s Book ‘The Gateway’ A Social Commentary on Safety of Senior Citizens

  • The Gateway’ by Hariharan Balagopal draws attention to the plight of senior citizens who are susceptible to a multitude of crimes against them – ranging from petty robberies to murders.

Human Dignity – A purpose in perpetuity, Ashwani Kumar’s latest book, launched by Manmohan Singh

  • The launch of former Union minister Ashwini Kumar’s book ‘Human Dignity — A purpose in perpetuity’ , Singh stated institutions of “our liberal and libertarian democracy” have been put to test on several occasions when fundamental freedoms were threatened.
  • The book was published by US(United States) based publisher LexisNexis.

The Story of Yoga: From Ancient India to the Modern West

  • Book titled “first definitive history” of Yoga, “The Story of Yoga: From India to the Contemporary World” has been written by Scottish cultural historian Alistair Shearer, published by Penguin Random House.


Ratchanok Intanon lifts Indonesia Masters 2020 title

  • Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon lifted the Indonesia Badminton Masters 2020 women’s singles title after defeating Carolina Marin in the summit clash.

Wrestling: India bags 7 medals in Rome Ranking Series

  • In wrestling, India has returned with seven medals from the Rome Ranking Series. Bajrang Punia and Ravi  Kumar Dahiya claimed gold medals in the tournament l.
  • The 25-year-old Bajrang staged a comeback to secure a 4-3 win against USA’s Jordan Michael Oliver in the summit showdown of the 65kg freestyle category. The 23-year-old Ravi bagged the gold after defeating Kazakhstan’s Nurbolat Abdualiyev 12-2 in his final 61 kg category

ICC ODI rankings: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma consolidate top batting positions; Bumrah tops bowling chart

  • India Captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma consolidated their top two positions in the batting chart in the One-Day International Rankings issued by International Cricket Council in Dubai .
  • Indian pace ace Jasprit Bumrah continued to lead among bowlers. Bumrah, who returned from injury in the Australia series, is at top of the bowling chart with 764 points.

Indian shooters Divyansh Singh Pawar, Apurvi Chandela Clinch Gold in Meyton Cup

  • Indian shooters Divyansh Singh Pawar and Apurvi Chandela have clinched a gold medal each in Meyton Cup in Innsbruck, Austria.
  • The Meyton Cup is a private tournament where shooters go on their own to participate to gain experience before international events.

Celebrated wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and Paralympian Deepa Malik inducted in AlCS

  • Celebrated wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and Paralympian Deepa Malik are among the new inductees in the government’s All India Council of Sports (AICS).
  • Its term has also been extended by three years and it will continue to be led by veteran sports administrator V K Malhotra as President.

Sachin Tendulkar, Courtney Walsh to coach Aussie bushfire relief match

  • Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Courtney Walsh will coach star-studded teams in a charity match to raise funds for victims of Australia’s bushfires, organisers.
  • The former Test captains are the latest players to come out of retirement for the appeal, joining Aussie greats Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Michael Clarke and Shane Watson.

World Archery lifts suspension on India enabling Indian archers to represent country

  • The World Archery conditionally lifted the suspension on India, less than a week after the embattled national federation held its elections.
  • A statement from the World Archery stated the federation needs to comply with good governance and activity portions of the World Archery constitution and rules. Must report every three months.

Khelo India Youth Games: Maharashtra crowned champion

  • Maharashtra maintained its supremacy in Khelo India Youth Games by improving upon its last year’s performance and finishing at the top of the table with a massive haul of 256 medals, comprising 78 gold, 77 silver and 101 bronze, as the 13-day sporting extravaganza came to a close
  • Maharashtra — which received the winner’s trophy from Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the presence of Union Minister of State for Food Processing Rameshwar Teli and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in a glittering closing ceremony — was followed by Haryana (200, 68 gold) and Delhi (122, 39 gold).


World Archery Association

  • Headquarters location: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • First Vice-president: Mario Scarzella
  • Membership: 156 national and other associations
  • President: Uğur Erdener


Senior journalist, former BJP MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra passes away

  • Senior journalist and former BJP MP Ashwini Chopra passed away after a prolonged illness. He was 63.
  • The media baron-turned journalist was elected as an MP from Karnal, Haryana, in 2014. He was the editor of Punjab Kesari, Delhi.

Veteran Congress leader Shamsher Surjewala passes away

  • Veteran Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala passed away following prolonged illness.
  • Shamsher Surjewala remained a five-time MLA and one-time Rajya Sabha MP. He was also the former president of the Haryana Congress and a former minister.

Mellifluous voice of Sunanda Patnaik passed away

  • Eminent Indian classical singer Sunanda Patnaik, who had carved a special identity in Odia music world, passed away following a prolonged illness.

Former India all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni passes away

  • Former India all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni, best known for bowling a record 21 successive maiden overs in a Test match, passed away.
  • Nadkarni was a Mumbai stalwart having played 191 first-class matches and taken 500 wickets and scored 8880 runs.

World’s shortest man Khagendra Thapa Magar passes away

  • The world’s shortest man who could walk, 27-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar, has passed away in Nepal.
  • He stood at just 67.08 cm tall and was declared the shortest man alive by Guinness World Records (GWR) in 2010 after turning 18.

Bhopal’s titular queen Saleha Sultan passes away in Hyderabad

  • Princess Saleha Sultan, the titular queen of Bhopal, passed away due to a long term illness in Hyderabad. Her funeral is set to take place in Bhopal.

Former India Test batsman Man Mohan Sood passes away

  • Former Test batsman and National selector Man Mohan Sood passed away . He was 80.
  • A batsman with a flair to play strokes, Sood made his first class debut against Services at Ferozeshah Kotla in 1957 and played his final Ranji Trophy match against Jammu and Kashmir at Srinagar in 1964

Monty Python Star Terry Jones Passes Away at 77

  • Terry Jones, a star of the seminal comedy group “Monty Python” who delivered some of the most famous lines in comedic history, has died, his agent confirmed to the PA Media news agency. He was 77.
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