Top Current Affairs Today’s News Headlines-16 January, 2020

Here are Top Current Affairs Today’s News Headlines for January 16, 2020.

ARMY DAY

  • Army Day celebrated on January 15
  • On January 15, 1949, Lt Gen K M Cariappa became the first Indian commander-in-chief of the Indian Army
  • General Francis Butcher was the last British commander-in-chief of the Indian Army

INDIA

  • 222 squadron to be operationalised with Sukhoi-30 fighter jets at Air Force Station in Thanjavur on January 20
  • Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI 2020) being held at Panaji (Goa): January 15-18
  • Centre accepts Justice Dhingra committee report on Delhi Police’s role in 1984 anti-Sikh riots
  • Annual bull taming event ‘Jallikattu’ begins in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on the occasion of Pongal

CROSSWORD BOOK AWARDS: POPULAR AWARDS

  • BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT — ANJU SHARMA for ‘Corporate Monk’
  • HEALTH & FITNESS — DR JAISHREE SHARAD for ‘Skin Rules’
  • NON-FICTION — GAUR GOPAL DAS for ‘Life’s Amazing Secrets’
  • CHILDREN’S BOOKS — SUDHA MURTY for ‘The Upside-Down King’
  • FICTION — TWINKLE KHANNA for ‘Pyjamas Are Forgiving’
  • BIOGRAPHY — KRISHNA TRILOK for ‘Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman’
CROSSWORD BOOK AWARDS: JURY AWARDS
  • INDIAN LANGUAGE TRANSLATION: N. PRABHAKARAN for ‘Dairy of a Malayali madman’ (translated by JAYASREE KALATHIL)
  • CHILDREN’S WRITING — RICHA JHA for ‘Machher Jhol’ (illustrated by SUMANTA DEY)
  • ENGLISH FICTION — MADHURI VIJAY for ‘The Far Field’
  • ENGLISH NON-FICTION — SHANTA GOKHALE for ‘One Foot on the Ground’

NEW FROG SPECIES

  • Three new species of tiny frogs have been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh by scientists of Zoological Survey of India.
  • These were discovered from Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) in Lower Subansiri district
  • These were named as ‘Liurana himalayana’, ‘Liurana indica’ and ‘Liurana minuta’

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Merchandise trade data for April-December 2019-20 — Exports: USD 239.29 billion, Imports: USD 357.39 billion, Trade Deficit: USD 118.10 billion
  • RBI asks banks and other card-issuing companies to provide facility to customers to switch on and off their debit or credit cards
  • ‘Saksham’, the month-long fuel conservation campaign of PCRA (Petroleum Conservation Research Association), to begin from January 16
  • National Health Authority signs MoU with ITC e-Choupal to help farmers avail benefits of Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme
  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announces USD 1 billion investment in India to help bring small and medium businesses online

WORLD

  • Annual Global Risks Report of Geneva-based WEF identifies 5 global risks: extreme weather events, human-made environmental disasters, major biodiversity loss, natural disasters, and failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Sri Lanka: India constructs new buildings for five schools in Tamil-majority Northern Province
  • China’s first and oldest female tractor driver Liang Jun, whose image features on Renminbi currency notes, dies at 91
  • Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigns

ICC AWARDS

  • Virat Kohli: Captain of 2019 ODI, Test Teams of the Year
  • Rohit Sharma: 2019 ODI Cricketer of the Year
  • Pat Cummins: Test Cricketer of the Year
  • Ben Stokes: 2019 ICC’s Cricketer of The Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy)
  • Virat Kohli: 2019 Spirit of Cricket Award
  • Marnus Labuschagne: 2019 ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer
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