? Assam has emerged as the top state in terms of best practices followed in budget formulation, followed by Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, says a survey by Transparency International.
? Irish composer Eimear Noone will be the first woman to conduct an orchestra at the Oscars guest-segment.
? Uttarakhand Tourism Development Council signed a pact with online travel firm MakeMyTrip to promote homestay facilities among tourists.
? The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) appointed its Executive Director Janak Raj as member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). He will replace M D Patra, who was recently elevated as Deputy Governor of the RBI.
? Chandauli district in Uttar Pradesh has topped the list of aspirational districts ranked by the government think tank Niti Aayog in December.
? Google announced a 1-million USD grant to promote news literacy among Indians. According to Google, the grant will work towards building a strong network of senior reporters and journalists, who will counteract fake news in India. The funding support is part of Google’s broader, $10-million commitment to media literacy.
? Well-known theatre person, Sanjana Kapoor received the prestigious French honour of ‘Chevalier dans lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) for her outstanding contribution to the field of theatre.
? Seasoned diplomat Harsh Vardhan Shringla took charge as India’s next foreign secretary, and asserted that he would work with India’s partners on key issues, including ensuring an “undifferentiated and unambiguous” approach to terrorism.
? The 9th edition of joint military training exercise between India-Bangladesh SAMPRITI-IX will be conducted at Umroi, Meghalaya. Exercise SAMPRITI is an important bilateral defence cooperation endeavour between India and Bangladesh which is hosted alternately by both countries.
? In India, World Leprosy Day is observed on Jan 30 every year to commemorate the death of Mahatma Gandhi who was assassinated on this day in 1948.
? The MPC is headed by the RBI Governor. The present Reserve Bank of India governor is Shaktikanta Das.
? Renowned Scottish club Rangers FC announced the signing of women’s national team forward Bala Devi, a first in Indian football.
? Indian women’s team captain Rani Rampal became the 1st-ever hockey player worldwide to win the prestigious ‘World Games Athlete of the Year’ award 2019.