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12th naval exercise ‘Naseem-Al-Bahr’ between India and Oman held in Goa

Participating Indian Navy ships(INS) are Beas and Subhadra
* Participating Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) are RNOV (Royal Navy of Oman Vessel) Al Rasikh and RNOV Khassab

Top Iran general Qassem Soleimani killed at Baghdad airport in US airstrikes

Head  of the Quds Force.

Iraqi commander killed:  Apart from Soleimani, at least seven people were believed to have been died which also included Iraqi militia leader Mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

 New Iran Military general: An Iranian generaEsmail Ghaani replaced Qassem Soleimani as the next military commander of Iran.

9th Tomtom Traffic Index 2019: Bengaluru has world’s worst traffic; 4 Indian cities in top 10 list

Indian cities in top 10 list: The other Indian cities ranked in the top 10 places were Mumbai (Maharashtra), Pune (Maharashtra) and New Delhi in the 4th 5th and 8th places respectively.

Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates(UAE) was the least congested national capital

Coronavirus declared as a global health emergency by WHO

About World Health Organisation(WHO):
Founded- 7 April 1948.
Director General- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland.

Pacific Island Nation Palau becomes first nation in the world to ban ‘reef-toxic’ sun cream

The sun cream consists of oxybenzone and octinoxate absorbs UV (UltraViolet) rays which causes water more acidic, makes corals susceptible to bleaching and agitating fish stocks.

* Following Palau, Hawaii bans sun cream comes into effect from 2021.

Palau Capitals- Ngerulmud, Melekeok.
Tommy Remengesau- Palau’s President.
Currency- United States Dollar.

 UNICEF:2019 concluded as deadly decade for children in conflict; >1.7lac grave violations verified 

About United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF):
Formation- 11 December 1946.
Headquarters- New York City, USA(United States of America).
Executive Director- Henrietta Holsman Fore.


A High Level Committee(HCL) chaired by Amit shah sanctioned Rs 5908.56 crore to 7 states from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF)

* 7 states are Assam, Himachal Pradesh (HP), Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh(MP), Maharashtra, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh (UP)
* This fund has given to help in the losses suffered by various disasters in 2019.

1st tri-dimensional expedition ‘Maha-Navy Connect 2020’ launched by Indian Navy at Mumbai,Maharashtra
The tri-dimensional expedition consists of yachting, running and cycling teams of 50 naval personnel.
* It was flagged of by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P.
* It aims to promote the heritage of Indian Navy and to spread awareness about Coastal Security amongst the coastal communities in Maharashtra.
Indian Navy:
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)- Admiral Karambir Singh.
Founded- 5 September 1612
Headquarters- New Delhi

India to set its New World-Class Facility center in Karnataka’s Challakere to train astronauts in the next three years
*  By this the cost of sending Indian astronauts to foreign countries for such facilities can be reduced.
* Four pilots of India will train at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Russia for Gaganyaan mission 2022.

Chairman- K Sivan
Headquarters- Bengaluru 
Capital City- Bengaluru
Chief Minister- B. S. Yediyurappa
Governor- Vajubhai Vala

Mizoram set to organize 1st edition of 'Zo kutpui festival 2020' in 10 states & US, Myanmar, Bangladesh
*  Organized by the Mizoram tourism department and the chief guest will be the Chief Minister (CM) of Mizoram-Zoramthanga & the chief host will be Robert Romawia Royte, the state tourism minister.

Mizoram:Capital– Aizawl
Governor– P. S. Sreedharan Pillai

Kolkata Police started 3rd edition of ‘Sukanya’ project 
* This project provides self- defence training to girls studying in 100 city based school and colleges of Kolkata city.* Sukanya project: It is an initiative by the Kolkata Police’s Community Policing Wing and is funded by Women and Child Development(WCD) and Social Welfare Department(SWD) of the West Bengal government. 

4th Buxa bird festival 2020 commenced in West Bengal 
*It has begun in Buxa National Park in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal(WB).   

171 hospitals de-empanelled & ₹4.5 cr fine imposed for fraud under Ayushman Bharat scheme by  National Health Authority(NHA)
Violations detected by NAFU: The National Anti-Fraud Unit (NAFU) that is responsible for conducting regular medical audits to check any medical violations under the Ab-PMJAY scheme, detected suspect e-cards on the basis of algorithms developed internally by it and shared with states for due diligence and action.
About National Health Authority: 
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Dr. Indu Bhushan (ceo of AB-PMJAY)
Deputy CEO- Dr Praveen Gedam (Deputy CEO of AB-PMJAY)
Eight States finalized Agriculture Export Policy by the Government of India
On January 5, 2020, As per Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), eight states namely Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Punjab, and Karnataka finalized an action plan for Agriculture Export Policy (AEP) to enhance exports.
Chandigarh railway station is fifth in the country and first in North India to inaugurate Navigation facilities for visually impaired
  • It was developed by Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) and Makemytrip Foundation through NGO (Non-government organization) ‘Anuprayaas’.
  • Mysuru Railway Station in Karnataka was India’s first visually impaired-friendly railway station inaugurated in Nov 2015.
 India gives $75 million LoC to Cuba for solar parks

The line of credit is as per agreement signed between Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) and Banco Exterior De Cuba for installation of 75 MW Photovoltaic Solar Parks in the Republic of Cuba.

Capital of Cuba: Havana;
 President of cuba: Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Uttar Pradesh became 1st state to shortlist migrants for citizenship

On January 05, 2020 Uttar Pradesh (UP) became the 1st state in India to conduct an exercise to shortlist migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan for eligibility under the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA2019

Amit Shah to head group of ministers to examine the proposed National Tariff Policy 

GoM: The interministerial group will have 10 ministers comprising of 8 ministers in the cabinet rank and 2 ministers with independent charge.

9th India-Bangladesh joint military exercise SAMPRITI-IX to be conducted in Umroi, Meghalaya

About Meghalaya:
Capital- Shillong.
Governor- Tathagata Roy.
Chief minister- Conrad Sangma.
National Parks(NP)- Balpakram NP, Nokrek NP.

Telangana tops in best performing state in sustainable growth: UNDP India

Indian Railways Undertakes RFID project for Automatic Identification & Data Collection of Rolling Stock

Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
* Two works for the RFID project have been sanctioned by the Railway board worth Rs.112.96 Crores

Under PMAY-G, centre aims to achieve objective of housing for all by 2022

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G) 

12th South Asia Conference held in New Delhi

Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed

The theme of the conference was India’s “Neighbourhood First” Policy: Regional Perceptions.

About South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC):
Fact- The current chair of SAARC is Nepal.
Founded- 8 December 1985.
Headquarters- Kathmandu, Nepal.
SAARC members- 8 (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).
Secretary General- MR. Amjad Hussain B. Sial.

Government took over process related to IMEI from private body MSAI

IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity), a special 15-digit serial number of mobile phones in the country, from private body MSAI (Mobile Standard Alliance of India).

About Department of Telecommunications:Founded– 1985
Minister– Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State (independent charge)

Nagoba Jatra festival celebrated in Telangana

About Telangana:
Capital- Hyderabad.
Governor- Tamilisai Soundararajan.
Chief minister- Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
National Parks(NP)- Kasu Brahmananda Reddy NP, Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali NP, Mrugavani NP.

Indian Railways to offer content on demand service by 2022

The project will be implemented by RailTel Corporation of India, a public sector enterprise of Government of India (GoI) focusing on providing broadband and VPN (virtual private network ) services.

About RailTel Corporation of India:Founded– September 2000
Headquarters– Gurugram, Haryana
Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)- Puneet Chawla
About Indian Railways:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Founded– 16th April 1853
Minister of Railways– Piyush Goyal

kerala assembly passes anti-CAA resolution in Assembly
  • On 31st December 2019, the Kerala Government has passed a resolution to roll back the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that was passed during this winter session of Parliament.
  • The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 was passed in December 2019. The act amended the Citizenship act passed in 1955. It allows Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, and Parsi religious minorities to gain Indian citizenship.
NITI Aayog Releases SDG India Index and Dashboard 2019 
  • According to the SDG India Index, India’s composite score has improved from 57 in 2018 to 60 in 2019.
  • India is the first country in the world with a government-led, sub-national measure of progress on Sustainable Development Goals.
 India's Second Spaceport to be in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukdi: ISRO Chief

  • The country's first spaceport is at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, about 90 km northeast of Chennai.
  • Thoothukudi is about 600 km southeast of Chennai.The new location is ideal for launching smaller satellites of less than 500 kg in the sun-synchronous orbit.
 Indore tops national cleanliness rankings for first two quarters
  • 1-10 lakh population: Among cities with 1-10 lakh population, Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) ranked 1st in both quarter 1 and quarter 2.
2019-2025 National Infrastructure Pipeline report: Rs 102 lakh crore infrastructure plan 
  • Based on the information compiled by the task force headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty, Rs 102 lakh crores has been projected on the capital expenditure in infrastructure sectors in India during the fiscals 2020 to 2025.  
Government creates new Department of military affairs headed by Bipin Rawat
  • The DMA is the 5th department in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and was created after a change in Government of India (Allocation of Business), Rules 1961.
  • Chief of Army Staff- Manoj Mukund Naravane.
  • Chief of the Naval Staff- Admiral Karambir Singh.
  • Chief of the Air Staff – Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.
Centre sets up 7-member GoM led by Rajnath singh to review crop insurance scheme-PMFBY
{Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana}

The group also includes Home Minister (HM) Amit Shah and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of State for Agriculture, Finance, Tribal Affairs and Animal Husbandry.

For the 1st time, Vizag  to host 14th Global healthcare summit in 2021

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), a professional association for Indian American physicians, is set to organize a 3-days long 14th Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) in Visakhapatnam,Andhra Pradesh(AP) from January 3, 2021 for the 1st time.

30% of Poshan Abhiyaan funds used in 3 years as per data shared in parliament

the data shared by Minister for Women and Child Development (MoWCD) Smriti Irani in the Parliament.

Best performer-Mizoram
Worst performer-Punjab
 Indian Railways launches integrated helpline number 139 for passengers

It is an integrated form of existing helpline numbers (except 182).

* The helpline number will be available in 12 languages.

About Indian Railways:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Founded– 16th April 1853
Minister of Railways– Piyush Goyal
Minister of state for Railways– Suresh Angadi

 Gujarat CM unveiled world’s 2nd tallest statue of Vallabhbhai Patel in Ahmedabad

This bronze statue which is 50 feet tall weighing 70,000 kilograms was built at a cost of Rs 3.25 crores.

* Padma Bhushan awardee Ram Vanji Sutar(Sculptor) who designed the world’s tallest statue has built this world’s second tallest statue too.

* The world’s tallest statue known as the ‘statue of unity’ of Sardar Patel was built at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Central Gujarat. Its height is 182 meters (597 ft) and was built at a cost of Rs 3000 crores.

About Gujarat:
Capital- Gandhinagar.
Cultural Capital- Vadodara.
Governor- Acharya Devvrat
Chief minister- Vijay Rupani.
National Parks (NP)- Gir Forest NP, Blackbuck NP, Marine NP, Vansda NP.

 Ritualistic Festival ‘Lai Haroba’ begins in Tripura

Tripura- Agartala.
CM- Biplab Kumar Deb.
Governor- Ramesh Bias

 10k cameras to be used for 2020 Asiatic lion census in Gujarat

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII),an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate change(MoFCC), is set to conduct the Asiatic Lion Census in May 2020 by using around 8,000-10,000 cameras across 25,000 sqkm (Square kilometre) area spanning 7 districts in Gujarat.

 Odisha govt launches India’s 1st  e-Gazette portal for all gazette notifications

The portal was launched by Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy.

About Odisha:Capital– Bhubaneswar
Governor– Ganeshi Lal
Chief Minister– Naveen Patnaik
Sweet– Rasagola
Dance– Odissi

NEST division is formed by Ministry of External Affairs

New, Emerging and Strategic Technologies (NEST) 

 About MEA:
External Affairs Minister of India- Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (Constituency- Gujarat)
House- Rajya Sabha

KVIC’s 1st Silk Processing Plant opens in Gujarat to boost Patola Saree production

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) 

* The Plant was set up at a cost of Rs 75 lakh by Khadi institution where RS 60 lakh was contributed by KVIC.

About KVIC:
Chairman- V K Saxena
Headquarters- Mumbai
About Gujarat:
Chief Minister- Vijay Rupani
Governor- Acharya Devvrat

Department of Heavy Industries sanctioned 2636 EV charging stations across the country

FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India)

Overview of PM Modi’s 2-day visit to Karnataka

Prime Minister was inaugurating the 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC) at the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Bengaluru.
* The theme of ISC for the year 2020 was “Science and Technology: Rural Development”.

Indian Science, Technology and Engineering Facilities Map (I-STEM) website  launched

About Karnataka:
Chief minister- Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa.
Governor- Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.

1st of-its kind turtle rehab centre comes up in Bihar
About Bihar:
Capital- Patna.
Chief Minister- Nitish Kumar.
Governor- Phagu Chauhan.
National parks- Valmiki National park.

India and Pakistan exchanged list of Nuclear Installations in their countries
About Pakistan:
Capital- Islamabad.
Largest city- Karachi.

Currency- Pakistani rupee.
President- Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi.
Prime Minister- Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi.


 Mastercard acquires RiskRecon to strengthen its cybersecurity front

About RiskRecon:Founded– 2011
Headquarters– Salt Lake City, United States
CEO & Co-Founder- Kelly White
About Mastercard:
Founded- 1966 (as Interbank Card Association) &1979 (as Mastercard)
Headquarters- New York, U.S.
President and CEO– Ajaypal Singh Banga


Shivalik Mercantile became 1st urban cooperative bank to convert to Small Finance Bank(SFB)

* Uttar Pradesh based Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank Ltd became the 1st urban cooperative bank (UCB) to be converted into an SFB.

* The RBI will grant a licence to Shivalik Mercantile bank under Section 22 (1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 as an SFB.

Shivalik Mercantile Bank ltd:
Established- 5 September 1998 in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Chairman- Yashvir Kumar Gupta.

PNB MetLife and RevFin in partnered to offer life cover
This insurance covers loans up to ₹3 lakh for a term of three years. The product is offered digitally through RevFin’s app (iOS and Android), so there is no additional paperwork needed.

Indian Bank signed MoU with TN’s WEWA to provide credit for business establishments

WEWA target: The WEWA currently aims to add 1,000 members by 2023.
About Indian Bank:
Headquarters- Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO) & Managing Director(MD)- Ms. Padmaja Chunduru
Tagline- Your Own Bank; Taking Banking Technology to the Common Man; Your Tech Friendly Bank

IRDAI: Health insurance cover in the name ‘Arogya Sanjeevani’ mandatory for insurance companies

Insurance limit: Under the Arogya Sanjeevani plan, the minimum sum insured will be Rs. 1 lakh while the maximum sum insured limit will be Rs. 5 lakhs (in multiples of 50,000). The health insurance plan should be offered with a policy term of one year.

PayPal India launches adoption assistance programme for employees

 PayPal India Private Limited has launched a new Adoption Assistance Program, where it will be offering financial assistance of up to Rs 1 lakh per adoption for the parents. It is being effective from December 2019.
About PayPal India:Formation– 2017
Headquarters– Varthur, Karnataka
CSC inks pact with Paytm Payments Bank for sale of FASTags

  • The agreement will facilitate the sale of PPBL FASTags through the last mile network of 3.6 lakh CSCs, helping realize the government's vision of cashless and smooth transit at all toll plazas across the country.
  • FASTags, which work on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology -- have been made mandatory at toll gates on national highways.

ICICI Bank launches first-of-its-kind 24×7 self-service delivery facility , ‘iBox

About ICICI bank:
Founded– 1994
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
President– Sandeep Batra
Tagline– Hum Hai Na, Khayal Apka

Indian Bank launches credit products ‘Corporate Loan’ & ‘Ind Surya Shakthi’ for textile sector

Corporate Loan: Under it, the loans will be offered at affordable interest rates.
Surya Shakthi: It is a term loan to set up roof-top solar power plants for captive consumption. This loan is expected to boost the renewable energy utilisation culture in the textile sector.

BoB joins hands with JM Financial for co-lending to home buyers

About Bank of Baroda (BoB):Founded- 20 July 1908
Headquarters- Vadodara, Gujarat
Non-Executive Chairman- Hasmukh Adhia
Tagline- India’s International Bank.
About JM Financial Home Loans Limited (JMFHL):Formation– 16 December 2016.
Headquarters– Mumbai,Maharashtra
CEO– Manish Sheth

RBI launched ‘MANI’ App for visually challenged to Identify currency Denomination
 The full form of ‘MANI’ is the “Mobile Aided Note Identifier”.
MANI application scans currency notes using camera and gives audio output in Hindi and English.

India may overtake Germany to become the fourth-largest economy by 2026

It also estimated that India will overtake Japan as the third-largest economy by 2034. 

CAD slips to 0.9% of GDP in July-Sept 2019 from 2.9% :RBI

On December 31, 2019, According to the report “Developments in India’s Balance of Payments during the Second Quarter (July-September) of 2019-20” released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s current account deficit (CAD) decreased to 0.9 % of gross domestic product (GDP) or $6.3 billion in July-September 2019 quarter due to the economic slowdown that helped the country improve its export and import balance sheet.
It was 2.9 % of GDP or $19 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2018-19.

Exim Bank grants $75 mn line of credit to Cuba for solar parks

for financing 75 MW (megawatt) Photovoltaic Solar Parks.

About Exim Bank:Founded– 1 January 1982
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director- David Rasquinha
About Cuba:Capital– Havana
Currency– Peso (CUP)

RevFin partners with PNB MetLife to provide life insurance to its customers

This insurance covers loans up to Rs 3 lakh for a period of 3 years.

About RevFin:Formation– 16 March 2018
Headquarters– NewDelhi
CEO– Sameer Aggarwal
About PNB MetLife India Insurance Company:Founded– 2001
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD& CEO– Ashish Kumar Srivastava

CSC signed pact with Paytm Payments Bank for sale of FASTags

About CSC e-governance service India ltd:

* Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- Dinesh Tyagi.

About Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL):

Fact- it is India’s only mobile first bank with zero balance digital transaction charge accounts.
Chairman- Vijay Shekar Sharma.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Director (MD)- Satish Kumar Gupta.


NSE arm launches AI-powered ‘knowledge hub’ to serve financial sector

* National Stock Exchange(NSE) launched ‘NSE Knowledge Hub’ an Artificial  Intelligence-powered learning platform for BFSI (Banking,Financial services and Insurance) sectors to enhance skills for their employees, during an event in New Delhi.
* The function was inaugurated by Piyush Goyal.

Founded- 1992.
Headquarters- Mumbai.
MD and CEO- Vikram Limaye.

CONCOR incorporates CONCOR Last Mile Logistics

* Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) has incorporated with a wholly-owned subsidiary company with the name CONCOR Last Mile Logistics Limited.

* The authorized share capital of the company is Rs 100 crore.

* The new company will be engaged in the development, operation, and management of goods sheds and also undertake the management of freight terminals and will also develop warehouses.

Ministry- Indian Ministry of Railways
Headquarters- New Delhi
Chairman- V. Kalyana Rama

HAL inks pact with Wipro 3D to make aerospace components
3D printing : It is a modern manufacturing technique, which uses solid material such as plastic or metal as ink to print or manufacture the desired object layer by layer, also called additive printing.

About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL):
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
Chairman & MD– R Madhavan
About Wipro 3D:Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka

Google commits $ 1 million grant to Internews for news literacy promotion in India

About Google:Founded– 4 September 1998
Headquarters– California, U.S.
CEO– Sundar Pichai
About Internews:Formation– 1982
Headquarters– California, United States(US)
President and CEO- Jeanne Bourgault

Tata AIG in collaboration with DFI to develop insurance products for drone industry 

Drone Federation of India (DFI)

About Tata AIG General Insurance Company:
AIG abbreviation- American International Group.
Chairman- Saurabh Agrawal.
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Neelesh Garg.
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Founded- 22 January 2001.

DPIIT: FDI inflows rose 15% to $26 Bn in 1st half of FY2020; Singapore largest FDI source of India

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)

India to place restrictions on non-essential imports from China by March 2020

The new rules will be spearheaded by Union trade minister Shri Piyush Goyal.

Trade deficit with China: India’s trade deficit with China stands at $53.6 billion.

India’s foreign exchange reserve touches a record level of $457.46 bn: RBI

According to the “Bulletin Weekly Statistical Supplement – Extract” released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)


Highlights of 77th Golden Globe Awards 2019 held in Beverly Hills, California, US

The 77th Golden Globe Awards honouring the best films and television of the calendar year 2019 was held at Beverly Hills, California.
* It was hosted by Ricky Gervais.

* Film with most awards: The film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 3 awards
In Television- Succession, Fleabag, and Chernobyl got 2 awards each.

* Cecil B. DeMille Award 2019: This award won by American actor and filmmaker Thomas Jeffrey Hanks familiarly known as Tom Hanks.

Carol Burnett Award: This award won by Ellen Lee DeGeneres.

* Golden Globe Ambassadors: The Golden Globe Ambassadors for the year 2019 were Dylan Brosnan and Paris Brosnan

The Complete list of Winners – Films
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Actor – Drama
Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker”
Best Actress – Drama
Renée Zellweger for “Judy”
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
Taron Egerton for “Rocketman”
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Awkwafina for “The Farewell”
Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern for “Marriage Story”
Best Director
Sam Mendes for “1917”
Best Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Original Score
Hildur Guðnadóttir for “Joker”
Best Original Song
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (by Elton John, Bernie Taupin) in “Rocketman”
Best Animated Feature Film
Missing Link
Best Foreign Language Film
Parasite (South Korea)
The Complete List of Winners – Television

Best Television Series – Drama
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Best Actor – Drama
Brian Cox for “Succession”
Best Actress – Drama
Olivia Colman for “The Crown”
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
Ramy Youssef for “Ramy”
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for “Fleabag”
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Russell Crowe for “The Loudest Voice”
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Michelle Williams for “Fosse/Verdon”
Best Supporting Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Stellan Skarsgård for “Chernobyl”
Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Patricia Arquette for “The Act”
Best Miniseries or Television Film
1st Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman to 30 media houses in New Delhi

* The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) Shri Prakash Javadekar conferred the 1st edition of the Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Samman (AYDMS) to 30 media organisations in New Delhi. The awards were given as an honour to media organisations for contributing to the spread of yoga in the society.

* The chairman of the jury of 6 members was Chandramauli Kumar Prasad who is the current chairman of the Press Council of India(PCI).

Journalist Yusuf Jameel won 2019 PEN Gauri Lankesh Award for Democratic Idealism

Padma Shri awardee Rani Rampal became 1st hockey player worldwide to win World Games Athlete of the Year 2019

About FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey):
English abbreviation- International Hockey Federation.
Motto- FairPlay Friendship Forever.
Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland.
President- Narinder Batra.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Thierry Weil.

Dubai-based Indian singer, Sucheta Satish wins Global child prodigy award 2020

who sings in 120 languages

She was awarded by Puducherry Leutenant (Lt) Governor Kiran Bedi.

Piyuus jaiswal wins Global Bihar excellence award 2019

Previously he was honoured with humanitarian award with the Global Peace Excellence Humanitarian Award 2019 & Page 3 Award in 2018.

Telangana’s mountaineer Malavath Poorna: 1st and youngest tribal women in the World to scale 6 mountain peaks in 6 continents

Sekhar Babu Bachinepally is her coach.
’Poorna’,a biography of Poorna Malavath was written by Aparna Thota.

1. Britain’s Prince William Arthur Philip Louis unveils prize for climate innovation 

About UK:
Capital– London
Currency– Pound Sterling
Prime Minister– Boris Johnson

 2. Cristiano Ronaldo bags best men’s player title at 11th Dubai Globe Soccer Awards 2019 in Dubai.

3. 14 scientists conferred with Swarna Jayanti fellowships for 2018-19 


Arun Kumar Sahu concurrently accredited as India’s Next Envoy to Dominica

* He succeeded Madhu Sethi.

Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo wins the Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election
About Guinea-Bissau:
Capital- Bissau
Currency- West African CFA franc

Karur Vysya Bank MD and CEO P R Seshadri resigns

About Karur Vysya Bank:
Headquarters- Karur.
Tagline- Smart Way to Bank.

Singular ‘they’ voted word of the decade by US linguists

The most popular pick for the Word of the Year 2019 was “(my) pronouns”.

North Macedonia PM Zoran Zaev submitted his resignation
About North Macedonia:
Capital- Skopje
Currency- Macedonian denar 

Vinay Mohan Kwatra designated as the next Ambassador of India to Nepal

About Nepal:
Capital– Kathmandu.
Currency– Nepalese rupee.
President– Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
Prime Minister– Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.

VK Yadav to continue as Railway board chairman for one more year

About Railway Ministry:
Union minister- Piyush Goyal.
Ministers of State(MoS)- Suresh Angadi.
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Founded- 16 April 1853.
Divisions- 73.
Zones- 17.

Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha gets 1 year extension

About Election Commission(EC):
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)- Sunil Arora .
First Executive- Sukumar Sen.
Preceding Executive- Om Prakash Rawat.
Formed- 25 January 1950.

S Sundar appointed as interim MD&CEO and additional director of Lakshmi Vilas Bank

About LVB:
Non-Executive Chairman- B K Manjunath
Headquarters- Chennai; 
Tagline– The changing face of prosperity

HDFC gets requisite approval to hold a 51.2% stake in Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company

  • The total value of the deal is Rs. 1,347 crore in which HDFC will acquire 50.8% from the Apollo Hospitals group for Rs 1,336 crore and remaining will be paid to the employees of Apollo group to purchase their stake of 0.4% in the company.
  • Apollo Munich Health Insurance is a joint venture between Apollo Hospitals and German reinsurer Munich Re Group while HDFC runs HDFC Ergo General Insurance Co, a joint venture with Ergo International AG, the primary insurance entity of Munich Re.
  • Prof Suresh Chandra Sharma was appointed as the 1st Chairman of NMC

  • Sharma was the head of ENT(ears, nose, throat) head-surgery department of AIIMS(All India Institute of Medical Sciences) in New Delhi

  •  Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed as 11th and 1st female Chancellor of UK’s Queen’s University

  • About UK:
  • i.Prime Minister- Boris Johnson
  • ii.Capital- London
  • iii.Currency- Pound Sterling


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched a web portal for undertaking aerial survey

* Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has launched Ministry of Defence (MoD) No Objection Certificate (NOC) web portal www.modnoc.ncog.gov.in for undertaking aerial photography/remote sensing survey with the final permission of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) during an occasion in New Delhi.

Ministry of Defence:
Minister of Defence- Rajnath Singh
Chief of Defence staff- General Bipin Rawat

ISRO signs an agreement with IIA to set up optical telescopes
under ‘Project NETRA’ (NEtwork for space object TRacking and Analysis) for tracking space objects.
i.Recently, ISRO has also tied up with NIT-Karnataka (National Institute of Technology) at Surathkal in Dakshina Kannada to set up a regional academic center for space to promote research and development in space.
ii.Rs.2 Crore will be provided annually by ISRO to NIT for Research and Development activities.
Indian Army to sign MoU with Russia for 7.5 lakh AK-203 assault rifles procurement

CEO of IRRPL: To regulate the timely delivery of rifles, the Army has appointed Major General Sanjeev Senger as the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of IRRPL.

ISRO sets its fourth RAC-S in Karnataka

(ISRO) sets its fourth Regional Academic Centre for Space (RAC-S) at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NIT-K) at Surathkal in Mangaluru taluk.

About ISRO:
Chairman- K Sivan
Headquarters- Bengaluru
ISRO CPBO director- Dr P V Venkitakrishnan

OPPO signs MoU with IIT Hyderabad for research on 5G, AI

About OPPO:Founded– 2001
Headquarters– Guangdong, China

Founder & CEO– Chen Mingyong

IAF chief formally inducted Dornier 228 aircraft into No. 41 Squadron in New Delhi

A contract has been signed by Indian Air Force (IAF) for purchasing 14 Dornier aircraft in 2015, which are flight inspection system planes, for Rs 1,090 Crore from state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

1. President released mobile app “Telangana Red Cross” of Red Cross Society of India in Telangana

2. ISRO to set its 2nd launch port in Thoothukodi district of Tamil Nadu

Gaganyaan Mission:
India’s first manned mission to outer space Ganganyaan is targeted to launch in 2022. Selection of Astronaut is over and four men selected from Indian Air Force will leave to Russia for the training.

About ISRO:
Chairman- K Sivan
Headquarters- Bengaluru


Bhubaneswar to host 1st edition of Khelo India University Games 2020

* Bhubaneswar, Odisha has been selected to host the 1st edition of the 2020 Khelo India University Games (KIUG) which will be held from February 22nd to March 1, 2020, at Bhubaneswar’s KIIT University (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University).
* Mascots: Jay and Bijay

World Cup winner De Rossi of Italy retired from football

* Daniel has played 117 games for Italy from 2004-17 and won the 2006 world cup title after defeating France.

Capital- Rome.(Also largest city)
Currency- Euro.
President- Sergio Mattarella.
Prime Minister- Giuseppe Conte.

India’s Magesh Chandran wins 95th Hastings International Chess title in Hastings, England

* India’s grandmaster (GM) Magesh Chandran Panchanathan belongs to Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
* His rating is 2479 and got 7.5 point to win the tournament.

FIDE(International Chess Federation):
Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland.
President- Arkady Dvorkovich

India’s all-rounder cricketer Irfan Pathan announces retirement
Indian Sports Ministry gave ‘in principle’ approval to hold shooting and archery in 2022 CWG
About CWG 2022:
Place- Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK)
Mascot- Mistar Urdd
Motto- Are you Game?
Indian Olympic Association:
President- Narinder Batra
Founded- 1924

Indian batsman Rohit Sharma lays foundation of International cricket stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana
The cricket stadium has been named as “Rohit Sharma Cricket stadium” by spiritual guru Kamlesh Patel.

63rd National Shooting championship competitions 2019 held in Bhopal, MP

Shooter Zeena Khitta wins women’s national 10m Air Rifle

Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala bags gold medals

Indian professional sport shooter, Manu Bhaker of Haryana has bagged 4 gold medals (individual and team events in senior and junior) in the women’s 10 meter air pistol event.

 Shooter Anish Bhanwala from Haryana has clinched gold medal in the senior men’s 25 meter rapid fire pistol event.

Saurabh Chaudhary clinches gold in men’s 10 m air pistol

Vijayveer Sidhu claims 3 gold,

 Jitu Rai wins team gold

India’s Manav Thakkar, jumped 9 spots to No.1 in U-21 table tennis category

from Uttar Pradesh

About ITTF:(International Table Tennis Federation)
Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland.
President- Thomas Weikert.

Bala Devi: 1st Indian woman to sign up for foreign football club, ‘Rangers FC’ of Scotland

Canada’s Christine Sinclair becomes all-time top scorer with 185 goals in international soccer

India women’s hockey player Sunita Lakra {odisha}announces her retirement due to knee injury breakdown.

1. For the first time Lawn bowls & Cycling to be included in 3rd Khelo India Games 2020 to be held in Guwahati, Assam

Headquarters- New Delhi
Chief Executive Officer- Avinash Joshi

2. Indian chess grandmaster Koneru humpy finishes 12th in FIDE World Blitz competition 2019 held in Moscow, Russia

About FIDE:Formation– July 20, 1924
Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland
President– Arkady Dvorkovich

3. MS Dhoni named captain of ESPNCricinfo’s ODI and T20 teams of past decade; Virat as captain of their test team

 On the other hand, Former skipper Mithali Raj and fast bowler Jhulan Goswami were named in the same women’s team picked for both the ODIs and T20s.

* Australia’s inspirational cricketer, Meg Lanning was named the captain of the side.


Former Western Army Commander Lt Gen Prem Nath Hoon passes away at 90
* He led the Operation Meghdoot’ the code-name for the Indian Armed forces to capture the Siachen Glacier in the Kashmir region.
* He had launched his book The Untold Truth”.

Western Command, Indian Army:
Headquarters- Chandi Mandir.
General Officer Commander-in-Chief(GOC-in-c)- Lieutenant General Ravendra Pal Singh
Padma Bhushan artist Akbar Padamsee passes away at 91

  • Akbar Padamsee was awarded “Padma Bhushan” by the Indian Government in 2010.
  •  He also received Kailash Lalit Kala Award in 2010.

NBA( National Basketball Association) David Joel Stern of New York, US dead at 77

Tamra Patra awardee Centenarian Freedom fighter Bhim Chandra Jana dies at 107

Former Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker, P.H. Pandian passes away at the age of 74

Noted Urdu poet Ajmal Sultanpuri passed away at 97

Former India basketball captain Matthew Satya Babu passes away 79

Assamese litterateur Sashi Sarma passed away at 89


Malayali novelist A Sethumadhavan’s first English novel, ‘The Cuckoo’s Nest’ published
published by Niyogi Books

“Calcutta Nights” translation of ‘Raater Kolkata’ done by Rajat Chaudhri

Calcutta nights is the real life story of the enigmatic ‘Meghnad Gupta’,pen name of the famous Bengali writer Hemendra kumar Roy.


CISF observes 2020 as the ‘Year of Mobility

* The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will observe 2020 as the ‘Year of Mobility’.

*DG of CISF - Rajesh Ranjan 

World Braille Day 2020 is observed on January 4

* To mark the remembrance of Louis Braille who invented Braille script which helps the visually disable persons to read as well as to write. 

72nd National Martyrs’ Day/Shaheed Divas observed on Jan 30, 2020

World Health Organisation designated 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

in honour of 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

        STATE NEWS

CM Jai ram launches Himachal MyGov portal & CM app for HP

* The portal will help the people of Himachal to take their views, suggestions, feedback and complaints to the government.

* And Through the CM App, the people of the state will be able to write complaints directly to the Chief Minister.

Himachal Pradesh:
Capital– Shimla (summer capital) and Dharamshala (winter capital).
Governor– Bandaru Dattatreya.

MP cabinet approves Mukhyamantri karmachari swasthya bima yojana rollout from April 1,2020
Under this, Rs 5 lakh for general illness and 10 lakh for critical illness & Cashless treatment facility up to Rs 10,000 per annum in OPD(Outpatient Department) will be provided / free medicines will be distributed.
New Zealand batsman Leo Carter becomes seventh cricketer to hit six sixes in an over

CM Jagan Mohan reddy inaugurates YSR Aarogyasri scheme at Eluru, Andhra pradesh

India welcomes highest number of New born babies on first day of 2020, Surpasses China: UNICEF

CM Palaniswamy announced Direct CTO scheme for green industries in Chennai, TN

Direct Consent to operate (CTO) scheme for green industries

CM Naveen Patnaik launches Odisha Police’s transformational projects including state’s 1st virtual police station

1st virtual police station at State Crime Record Bureau in Bhubaneswar

About Odisha:Capital– Bhubaneswar
Governor– Ganeshi Lal

UPSRTC launched ‘Damini’ helpline service for women in Uttar Pradesh

  • As the extension of ‘Nirbhaya Yojana’ the unique number “81142-77777” has been subscribed for this helpline, which was launched by transport minister Ashok Kataria in Lucknow, UP.
  • On November 2019, web portal and e-Ganna app was launched for the sugarcane farmers by the Chief Minister of UP.
Natyasurya Awardee dramatist Ratna Ojha passed away at 88 in Assam

On December 31, 2019, renowned Assamese dramatist, writer and social activist Ratna Ojha passed away in Guwahati, Assam. He was 88. He took part in an ongoing protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

1. ‘Cyber Safe Women’ campaign launched in Maharashtra by state cyber police

to mark the birth anniversary of a social reformer, Savitribai Phule in Maharashtra.

About Maharashtra:
Chief Minister- Uddhav Thackeray
Governor- Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Capital City- Mumbai

2. K-RERA’ launched in Kerala to bring transparency in real estate sector

K-RERA (Kerala Real Estate Regulatory Authority)

About Kerala:
Chief Minister- Pinarayi Vijayan
Governor- Arif Mohammad Khan
Capital City- Thiruvananthapuram

3. Telangana govt declared 2020 as AI year and signs 8 MoU

with various companies and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) to make way for technological advancements in the state.

About Telangana:
Capital- Hyderabad.
Governor- Tamilisai Soundararajan.
Chief minister- Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
National Parks (NP)- Mrugavani NP, Mahavir Harina Vanasthali NP.

4. Delhi gets First 20-feet-tall  Smog Tower to Help Tackle Rising Levels of Air Pollution at Lajpat Nagar.