? Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 107th National Science Congress in the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru.
? Indian Space Research Organisation will establish a second launch port in Thoothukodi district of Tamilnadu for small satellite launch vehicles.
? President of Nepal launched the “Visit Nepal Year 2020” during the ceremony held at historic Dasaratha Rangashala in Kathmandu.
? ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan has announced that four Air Force Personnel have been identified for India’s first manned mission Gaganyan.
? Chief Executive Officer of “Khelo India Games” has announced that “Lawn bowls” and “cycling” will be included in the 3rd edition of Khelo India Games.
? As per the biennial report of the Forest Survey of India, Jammu and Kashmir has figured among the top five states of the country in terms of increase in its forest cover area over the past two years which is a significant achievement in forest conservation.
? The congress has chosen ‘science and technology: rural development’ as its theme for the 107th edition of the Indian Science Congress.
? Union WCD Minister Smriti Irani launched ‘Meri Dilli, Mera Sujhav’ Campaign on January 3, 2020 to gather suggestions from the people of the national capital to formulate BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls.
? Jamshedpur has topped the cleanliness charts for two consecutive quarters among cities with 1 lakh to 10 lakh population as per Swachh Survekshan 2020.
? Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been appointed the new chancellor of Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland. Clinton has become the university’s first female chancellor. Her term will be for five years. She has been a regular visitor to Northern Ireland since the first visit of Bill Clinton as the President of United States in 1995.
? The Pacific nation of Palau has become the first country to ban sun cream which is harmful to corals and sea life.
? The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned the American airlines and their pilots operating in Pakistan’s airspace, stating that there is risk involved due to high extremist or militant activity.
? The Reserve Bank of India has launched a mobile app “Mobile Aided Note Identifier (MANI)” which helps the visually challenged people to identify the denomination of a currency note.
? Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani unveiled the second tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the world at Ahmedabad on January 3, 2020. The 50 feet tall bronze statue weighs about 70000 kg. It was unveiled at the Sardardham campus near Vaishnodevi circle in Ahmedabad. India’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai is the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat.
? Delhi Cantonment Board topped the rankings in 2nd quarter (July to September) among the Cantonment Boards as per Swachh Survekshan 2020.
? The education department of Gujarat has launched ‘Study in Gujarat’ campaign to make Gujarat State an educational hub at national and international level.
? The Indian Railways has launched an integrated helpline number- 139 for quick grievance redressal and enquiries by passengers during their train journeys. The new number will replace all the existing helpline numbers.
? The Maharashtra government has launched a ‘cyber safe women’ campaign across the state to educate women and children regarding cybercrimes.
? The 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC) will be held from January 3-7, 2020 at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The 107th Indian Science Congress aims to bridge the gap between farmer and tech-developers.
? Former India fielding coach Trevor Penney has been appointed as the assistant coach of West Indies cricket team for limited-overs formats.
? Australia pacer Ben Laughlin has become the first bowler to take 100 wickets in the Big Bash League (BBL).