? Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction programme ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha-2020 will be held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on January 20, 2020. The event is expected to witness participation from over 2000 students, teachers and parents from across the nation.
? Super Senior Citizens i.e. over 80 years of age and Person with Disabilities can now vote through Postal Ballot in Delhi Assembly Election. Present Chief Election Commissioner of India is Sunil Arora.
? Suresh Kishinchand Khatanhar has taken charge as Deputy Managing Director of LIC-controlled IDBI Bank .
? The 5th Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI 2020) has began in Goa to instill the knowledge of science among the youth through exhibitions, masterclasses, & workshops.
? IPS officer Anand Prakash Maheshwari took over as the new director general of the CRPF, the world’s largest paramilitary force.
? Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will inaugurate a fuel conservation campaign “Saksham”, which aims to spread the message of fuel conservation and greener environment across India.
? The central government, Assam state government and the World Bank signed a USD 88 million loan agreement on January 16, 2020 to improve Assam’s passenger ferry infrastructure and services.
? Captain Tania Shergill, an officer with Army’s Corps of Signals, will be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day parade.
? Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel launched an exhibition titled “Indian Heritage in Digital Space” at National Museum, New Delhi.
? Harish Salve has been appointed as the Queen’s Counsel for the courts of England and Wales. He was India’s lead counsel in the Kulbhushan Jadhav extradition case at the International Court of Justice.
? The Global Risks Report 2020 has placed ‘failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change’ as the number one risk by impact and number two by likelihood over the next 10 years.
? According to the Henley Passport Index, Japan’s passport is the most powerful passport in the world. Indian passport secured 84th position in the list. In 2019, India’s ranking was 82.
? The 7th edition of Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) India Region will be held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
? The People’s Congress of Tibet recently passed a law that makes ethnic unity in the region mandatory. The law highlights that Tibet is unchallengeable part of China since ancient times.
? Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi, former chairman and managing director of state-owned GAIL India Ltd, has joined Essar Exploration & Production Mauritius as the firm’s Non-executive Chairman.
? The Union Health Ministry on January 17, 2020 issued a travel advisory to passengers traveling to and from China due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus. There are reports of 41 confirmed cases of the virus in China, which includes one death in Wuhan, China.
? Bipul Behari Saha has been elected as a bureau member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for the period 2020-23.
? Union Territory Ladakh is hosting the first-ever Food Processing Summit which aims to attract investors to the region.
? Pat Cummins has won the award for Test Cricketer of the Year in ICC annual awards 2019.
? Ellyse Perry has won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in ICC annual awards 2019.