? Home Minister Amit Shah, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) and the Assam Government signed a historic peace accord on January 27, 2020. The Indian Government believes that the accord will bring peace in the region.
? The Maharashtra state government launched the ‘Shiv Bhojan’ scheme on January 26, 2020. The scheme aims to provide a meal to the poor in just Rs 10.
? The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet passed a resolution proposing the abolishment of the state Legislative Council on January 27, 2020. The ruling Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress has a minority in the Legislative Council.
? The government of India announced the names of Padma Shri award 2020 winners on January 26, 2020. The list includes Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, film director/ producer Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor among others. The Padma Awards are announced every year on the occasion of the Republic Day.
? Billie Eilish won maximum awards along with her brother Finneas including best song and record of the year for ‘Bad Guy’ at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeler on January 26, 2020. She also became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist in the same year after Christopher Cross in 1981.
? American rock band Cage the Elephant’s album, Social Cues won ‘Best Rock Album’ at the Grammy 2020 awards.
? The Union Government has announced its plan of selling its 100 percent stake in Air India on January 27, 2020. The government has invited bids with March 17 as the deadline for the expression of interest (EOI) submissions.
? The Government of Uttar Pradesh has shaped ‘Yamuna International Airport Private Limited’ firm to make Asia’s second largest worldwide airport at Jewar in Greater Noida.
? President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the ‘Best CEO for Accessible Elections’ award to Punjab chief electoral officer S Karuna Raju at a ceremony on January 25, 2020. The Punjab Chief Election Officer was honoured for providing accessibility to vote to senior citizens, persons with disabilities (divyang) and ill persons during Lok Sabha elections 2019.
? The National Voters’ Day is celebrated annually on January 25. The day was celebrated for the first time in January 2011. The election commission of India was founded on January 25, 1950.
? India has surpassed the US for the first time to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market in 2019, a report by Counterpoint Research said.
? New Zealand’s Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, and India’s KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer smashed fifties in the first T20I in Auckland. This is the first time that five batsmen slammed fifties in one T20I match.
? After taking two wickets in the first T20I against India, New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi has become the highest wicket-taker against India in the shortest format of the game.