? ISRO has identified four astronauts for its upcoming Gaganyaan mission. The training of the astronauts is scheduled to begin in the third week of January in Russia. Gaganyaan will be a crewed orbital spacecraft, which will take the astronauts to space for a minimum of seven days by 2022. The mission is a part of the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme.
? The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development recently released the World Investment Trends Monitor-2019 report. The report describes that India ranked among the top-10 recipients of FDI in 2019. India’s FDI during this period was USD 49 billion.
? Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched e-passport facility for all citizens of the nation in Dhaka on January 22, 2020. The e-passports will have an embedded chip in them that will contain all the required bio-metric data of the passport holder including photograph and other information that is there on the regular passport. The facility will also have digital security features.
? Greece has elected Katerini Sakellaropoulou as the first woman president in the country’s history. The 63-year-old was elected to the top post in a historic parliamentary vote on January 22, 2020, which saw 261 of the total 294 MPs vote in favour of her.
? Hyderabad was recently selected as the world’s most dynamic city. Hyderabad topped the list among 129 cities across the world. However, Bangalore ranked 2nd and while Delhi got 6th position.
? Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju flagged off ‘Fit India Cyclothon’ in Panaji, Goa.
? The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has elected Ashish Garg as the president and Nagendra D Rao as the vice-president.
? The popular Indian actress, Deepika Padukone was awarded the Crystal Award 2020 during the opening session of the World Economic Forum on January 21, 2020. She was honoured with the award for her leadership in raising awareness about mental health illness.
? The Ministry of Law and Justice recently declared United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be a “reciprocating territory”. It allows the law on the subject of execution of decrees of Courts in India by foreign Courts and vice versa.
? Chinese government has reported a sharp rise in the number of people infected with the mysterious Coronavirus. Government of India has also issued an advisory to the major airports of India to avoid any risk of Coronavirus.
? India was ranked 76th in the Global Social Mobility Index 2020 recently released by World Economic Forum.
? Tasneem, the 34-year-old JD(S) corporator, was elected as the first Muslim woman Mayor of Mysuru.
? The 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) will be held in Davos, Switzerland from January 21-24, 2020. The forum will see the participation from over 50 heads of state from 117 nations across the world.
? South Korean electronics maker Samsung appointed its youngest-ever President Roh Tae-moon, aged 51, as its new mobile chief.
? 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.
? India has successfully test-fired a 3,500 kilometre range nuclear capable K-4 ballistic missile that can be launched from a submarine.
? Vyommitra is the first human robot to be developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation. ISRO plans to send the half-humanoid to space in its first unmanned mission under Gaganyaan programme. The human robot can simulate most of the human body functions.
? Team India opener Rohit Sharma slammed his 29th ODI hundred off 110 deliveries against Australia in the third ODI in Bengaluru.
? The Integrated Check-Post (ICP) in Biratnagar has been inaugurated at India-Nepal border.
? Team India captain Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 5,000 runs in ODI cricket as captain.
? India captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma consolidated their top two positions in the batting chart, while pace ace Jasprit Bumrah continued to lead among bowlers in the ICC ODI Rankings issued.
? The team of the Indian Consulate defeated the Pakistan Consulate to win the Diplomat Cup Cricket Championship of 2020 held in Sharjah.
? The team of the Indian Consulate has won the Diplomat Cup Cricket Championship of 2020 held in Sharjah.