? The National Youth Day is observed annually on January 12 to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary. The day aims to promote optimistic thought among the youth of the nation.
? Iran’s Kimia Alizadeh recently announced that she is leaving the nation forever through her instagram account. She is the only woman from Iran to win an Olympic medal. She had bagged bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
? Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a sound and light show at the iconic Howrah Bridge from the Millenium Park on the banks of the Ganga.
? The Kolkata Port has been renamed as Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Port on the occasion of 150th years celebration of Kolkata Port Trust.
? Michael Debabrata Patra has taken over as the new RBI Deputy Governor. He will have a term of three years. Overall, he will be the fourth Deputy Governor of the RBI, succeeding Viral V Acharya who had resigned in June 2019.
? The Union Home Minister Amit Shah has launched India’s first Cyber Crime Prevention Unit “AASHVAST” in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
? The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked all the people possessing and flying drones to register their gadgets by January 31, 2020. The Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a public notice that those who fail to register their drones by then will have to face appropriate action under the Indian Penal Code.
? Union Minister of Steel launched mission PURVODAYA for the development of eastern India and to change the socio-economic landscape in eastern India.
? Income-Tax Department was launched 24×7 control room to monitor black money and illegal inducements in poll-bound Delhi. This facility will also host a toll-free number (1800117574). People can inform the department about any activity of use of money power, illegal distribution of cash etc.
? The 23rd National Youth Festival 2020 started in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh with the theme of “FIT YOUTH FIT INDIA”.
? Securities and Exchange Board of India stock market regulator has deferred the deadline for the separation of the posts of Chairman & Managing Director or chief executive officer (CEO) for 500 listed companies by 2 years. The date of implementation of the above regulatory provision has been deferred to 1st April 2022.
? The Union minister for women and child development Smriti Irani has launched a scheme “Yashaswini” for Women Entrepreneurship.
? 14 January celebrated as Armed Forces Veterans Day every year. Armed Forces Veterans Day is being celebrated since 2017. This day is observed to mark the respect and recognition of the services rendered by Field Marshal KM Cariappa. He was the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, retired on 14th January 1953.
? The Best Picture category of Oscars 2020 has a total of nine nominations including Marriage Story, The Irishman, Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Little Women and the Golden Globe winner 1917.
? Infosys, an IT consulting company has inked a deal for 5 years with GEFCO to digitally transform its worldwide operations.
? Union Minister of Steel launched mission PURVODAYA for the development of eastern India through integrated steel hub in Kolkata, West Bengal.
? ISRO will launch GSAT-30 ABOARD Ariane 5 launch vehicle from French Guiana in collaboration with the European space agency on January 17, 2020. The satellite will replace INSAT-4A spacecraft.
? Japanese badminton player Kento Momota (world number 1 ranked) won the Malaysia Masters 2020 title. He has defeated Viktor Axelsen from Denmark by 24-22, 21-11. Kento Momota won a record 11 titles in 2019.
? The 18th Dhaka International Film Festival begins at Dhaka, Bangladesh with the theme ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’.
? Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has been shortlisted as one of the 20 contenders for the greatest Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020 Award. The moment is titled Carried On the Shoulders Of A Nation, a reference to the Indian cricket team’s 2011 World Cup triumph.
? Mayank Agarwal has won the Best International Debut Award in men’s category in the BCCI Annual awards.
? The Indian women leg-spinner Poonam Yadav has won the Best International Cricketer in Women’s category Award in BCCI annual awards.
? Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah will receive the BCCI’s prestigious Polly Umrigar Award for his superb performance in International Cricket in the 2018-19 season.