Top GKToday’s News Headlines-25 January, 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for January 25, 2020

INDIA

  • CEC Sunil Arora takes over as the new Chair of the Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) for 2020
  • National Girl Child Day celebrated on January 24; Govt announces to set up ten chairs in various universities in the name of eminent women to encourage women to carry out research activities
  • UP Diwas celebrated on January 24; CM Yogi Adityanath lays foundation of 18 Atal residential schools for children of labourers
  • Scholars from India and Russia participate in the first Ganga-Volga Dialogue of Civilizations held in New Delhi
  • Department of Biotechnology holds International Summit on Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) – “Visualizing the Future: New Skylines” on January 23-24 in New Delhi
  • Latest edition of Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary features 26 new Indian English words, including Aadhaar, chawl, dabba, hartal and shaadi
  • Dipa Chaudhury & Puneet Gupta awarded Romain Rolland Prize for Translation for their Hindi translation of French cartoon series “Asterix”
  • India successfully test-fires K-4 submarine-launched missile of 3500 km range off Visakhapatnam coast
  • India, Bangladesh sign agreement to upgrade 50 km Ashuganj (river port)-Akhaura (land port) road in Bangladesh into 4-lane highway.
  • 644 extremists from eight banned outfits surrender in Assam

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • India’s foreign exchange reserves touch a life-time high of USD 462.16 billion in the week ended January 17
  • Government of India and the World Bank sign USD 210 million loan agreement for State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project.
  • IndusInd Bank launches wealth management platform Pioneer Banking for high net-worth customers
  • West Bengal was the top state in vegetable production in 2018-19 at 29.55 million tonne (MT)
  • Tata Steel Kalinganagar honoured at WEF meeting in Davos for admittance into the Global Lighthouse Network

WORLD

  • India’s ranked 80th on Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI-2019) of Transparency International; New Zealand and Denmark are least corrupt, Somalia most corrupt
  • Ruling Nepal Communist Party wins 16 seats out of 18 in National Assembly, the upper house of parliament
  • China: Death toll in coronavirus outbreak climbs to 25; authorities lock down 8 cities to prevent its spread
  • WEF announces the launch of Global Consortium for Digital Currency Governance that will design a framework for the governance of digital currencies
  • International Day of Education observed on January 24; theme: ‘Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace’

SPORTS

  • India beat host NZ by 6 wickets in the first T20I of the five-match series at the Eden Park, Auckland
  • India’s Sonia Lather (women’s 57kg) wins bronze at Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria

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