Top GKToday’s News Headlines-17 January, 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for January 17, 2020.


  • Conference of CPA (Commonwealth Parliamentary Association) India Region being held at UP Assembly in Lucknow: January 16-19
  • Coast Guards of India and Japan conduct ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ exercise off the Chennai coast
  • Singer Suman Kalyanpur and music director Kuldeep Singh win MP govt.’s National Lata Mangeshkar Awards for 2017 and 2018, respectively
  • Agreement signed to settle 34,000 Bru-Reang refugees from Mizoram in Tripura
  • Arunachal becomes first state to sign MoU with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature); to start red-listing of orchids
  • IIT-Madras researchers develop device to generate hydrogen fuel from seawater
  • WHO endorses ‘TrueNat TB test’ technology developed by Indian scientists to detect Tuberculosis
  • International conclave on “Global Indian Thought” organised at IIM Kozhikode; PM unveils Swami Vivekananda’s statue
  • IAF rescues trekkers from frozen Zanskar River in the UT of Ladakh; were part of ongoing ‘Chadar Trek’
  • Month-long exhibition ‘Indian Heritage in Digital Space’ being organised in New Delhi from January 15 by DST (Department of Science & Technology) & IIT-Delhi
  • International Heritage Symposium organised in New Delhi on January 15-16 by DST & IIT-Delhi
  • Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) celebrates 5th Annual Day on January 15
  • World Bank, centre sign $88 million loan agreement for implementing Assam Inland Water Transport Project to help modernize the state’s passenger river ferry sector
  • Ladakh Food Processing Summit “Building Partnerships for Inclusive Growth in Food Processing Sector” organised in Leh
  • Mega-science exhibition Vigyan Samagam to be organised in New Delhi from January 21 to March 20 jointly by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and DST
  •  Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav – 2020 organised by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) in New Delhi to promote conservation and efficient use of petroleum products


  • 51st K-9 Vajra-T gun rolled out at L&T Armoured Systems Complex at Hazira in Gujarat
  • Reliance Jio is largest mobile service company with 36.9 crore mobile subscribers: TRAI
  • Liquidator will have to deposit unclaimed dividends and undistributed proceeds in Corporate Voluntary Liquidation Account (CVLA) before seeking dissolution of a corporate debtor: Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI)
  • Newly appointed Deputy Governor Michael Patra to head Monetary Policy Department at RBI
  • Hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts compulsory from January 15, 2021; sales permitted in only three grades of gold — 14, 18 and 22 carats
  • Bank of Baroda and Kotak Mahindra Bank exit Equifax Credit Information Services

UN WESP 2020

  • Global economy grew 2.3% in 2019: United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2020 report
  • GDP growth estimate for India is 5.7% in the current fiscal and 6.6% in the next fiscal


  • Qatar scraps mandatory exit permits for migrant domestic staff and others
  • Germany announces compensation to power companies for shutdown of their coal-fired power plants by 2038
  • US Census: Sikhs included as a separate Ethnic Group for the first time
  • Former WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) wrestler Rocky Johnson dies at 75 in US


  • Stamp on Chuni Goswami, captain of India’s last Asian Games gold winner football team (1962), issued
  • Mohun Bagan merges with RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group’s ATK FC, to be known as ATK-Mohun Bagan
  • Kerala govt. awards GV Raja awards to Muhammad Anas (athletics) and PC Thulasi (badminton) in male and female categories respectively
  • Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta wins Delhi Open International Grand Masters Chess Championship


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