? India’s Gita Sabharwal was appointed as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Thailand on January 29, 2020. The UN Resident Coordinators, designated representatives of the UN Secretary-General, are the highest-ranking representatives of the UN’s country-level development system.
? Union Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh launched the Bhuvan Panchayat V3 web Portal in Anthariksh Bhavan, ISRO Head Quarters in Bengaluru. The Portal will function with the help of satellite technology developed by ISRO.
? The World Leprosy Eradication Day is observed annually across the globe on January 30. The day was chosen by the World Health Organisation as a tribute to the Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Mahatma Gandhi had a compassion for the people affected with leprosy.
? N Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, has been conferred ‘Harit Ratna Award 2019’. This award is organised by the All India Agricultural Students Association. He was awarded for the dissemination of Rs 30-crore entrepreneurship project in agri-business and also for motivating students towards the agriculture sector in Tamil Nadu.
? The country’s 1st underwater metro project is set to complete its East-West Project of Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation, which runs partly under the Hooghly river, West Bengal, by March 2022.
? Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom day is observed annually on January 30. He was killed by Nathuram Godse on this day in January 1948. This year India is observing the 72nd death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
? Taranjit Singh Sandhu takes charge as the new Indian Ambassador to the United States. He will succeed Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
? The Indian Navy recently launched ‘Operation Vanilla’ to help Madagascar after a severe cyclone hit the country. About 92,000 people have been affected by the natural disaster in Madagascar.
? The State Government of Odisha has launched a virtual police station where people can lodge complaints from their respective districts without visiting Police Station.
? Bengaluru topped the list of Global Traffic Index recently released by a Netherlands-based global provider of navigation. According to the results, a commuter in Bengaluru spent 243 hours in traffic while driving during peak hours in 2019.
? The Tableaux of Assam wins the 1st prize at the Republic Day Parade, 2020 among the States/Union Territories.
? The government of India has released a press statement that Kerala has reported first confirmed case of Coronavirus. The patient of Novel Coronavirus is being kept in isolation in a hospital.
? Indian Railways has commissioned India’s 1st governmental waste-to-energy plant in Mancheswar Carriage Repair workshop at Bhubaneswar under the East Coast Railway zone.
? According to the annual report on weapons by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), China is the second biggest weapon producer country after the United States. China has surpassed Russian companies.
? Former President Pranab Mukherjee released the autobiography of Yashwant Sinha titled ‘Relentless’. The book describes Sinha’s journey from normal life to a high political powered life.
? The European Parliament decided not conduct a vote on a resolution against India’s new citizenship law on January 30, 2020. The deferment of the voting on the Citizenship Amendment Act is a diplomatic victory for India.
? Qatar’s emir has appointed Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdelaziz Al Thani as new Prime Minister. He will replace Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.