Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose[on Dec 30, 1943] in Port Blair.
1) The Ross Island renamed – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, 2) The Neil Island renamed – Shaheed Dweep and 3) The Havelock Island renamed – Swaraj Dweep.
New Spiritual Department
The state government has decided to form a new Spiritual Department. The Religious Trust and Endowments and Happiness Department will be merged in the new department.
Rescue operation by Indian Navy and NDRF begins
In Meghalaya, a joint operation by the Indian Navy and the NDRF to rescue the trapped miners began.
An exhibition ‘Dandi Yatra’, which is a part of the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, was inaugurated in New Delhi.It has been organised by the National Gallery of Modern Art(NGMA).
Tuticorin Airport to be 5th International airport in 4 years
Thoothukkudi (Tuticorin) Airport to be declared as the fifth international airport in Tamil Nadu.
Storm Usman that resulted in heavy rain and triggered deadly landslides hit the Bicol region in Manila, Philippines.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Loan subsidy for middle-income group extended till March 2020
Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said that the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, PMAY loan subsidy for middle-income group has been extended till 31st March 2020.
Mobile phone-based solution to help visually impaired identify banknotes
The Reserve Bank of India is exploring the possibility of mobile phone-based solution to help visually-impaired people easily identify the currency notes. Currently, intaglio printing-based identification marks are present in the banknotes of Rs 100 and above for helping the visually challenged.
RANKINGS & INDEXES
ICC Test Player Rankings
Batsmen – 1) Virat Kohli
Bowler – 1) Kagiso Rabada
SUMMITS & CONFERENCES
Indian Science Congress-2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Indian Science Congress-2019 in Jalandhar, Punjab on the third of next month.
This will be the 106th edition of the event based on the theme ‘Future India: Science and Technology’.
HRD Ministry has launched national level Kala Utsav to promote arts in schools.
Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat
HRD Ministry has taken several initiatives to promote National Integration under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.
MOU, AGREEMENTS & CABINET APPROVALS
Sports Ministry embarks Rs 100 Cr for funding athletes under TOPS
Director General of Sports Authority of India, Neelam Kapur said that the sports ministry has earmarked Rs.100 crore for funding the athletes under the (TOPS) Target Olympic Podium Scheme ahead of 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
10th R R Lakshya Cup
The 10th R R Lakshya Cup, an international shooting competition, will be held at Karnala.
3rd Edition of Women’s national boxing championships
Third edition of women’s national boxing championships begins in Vijayanagara, Karnataka.
India Vs Australia Test Cricket
India beat Australia by 137 runs in the third cricket test at Melbourne to take 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand Test Cricket
New Zealand crush Sri Lanka by 423 runs in the second Test in Christchurch.
ICC announces women’s ODI and T20I teams of the year
International Cricket Council, ICC, announced women’s ODI and T20I teams of the year 2018.
New Zealand’s Suzie Bates was named as captain of the one day team and Harmanpreet Kaur of India appointed captain of the T20 team.