Road Safety Week

  • Maharashtra government’s Road Safety Week begins and will continue till January 17.
  • Which aims to create an awareness among motorists and sensitise them with the traffic rules.
  • This year, the transport department is likely to distribute roses to those caught violating traffic laws.
  • Moreover, there will be a walkathon as well as female bike riders rallying for road safety. Interestingly, this year, ‘Safer Roads At Orlem‟, a community initiative, will be assisting the Mumbai Traffic Police at Malad in their awareness drive.

WORLD

Tsai Ing-wen wins second term as Taiwan president

  • Taiwanese re-elected President Tsai Ing-wen by a landslide in a stern rebuke that could fuel further tension with China, which has tried military threats and economic inducements to get the island to accept its rule.

TAMIL NADU

Tamil Nadu International Balloon festival 2020

  • Tamil Nadu International Balloon festival 2020 is the 6th edition of Global Hot Air Balloon Festivals organized by the Global Media Box and The Slaves with the support of Department of Tourism Tamil Nadu.
  • 11 Jan 2020 to 15 Jan 2020 in Pollachi.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

In naval landmark, Tejas lands on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya

  • In a major landmark for indigenous Indian aviation, the naval version of the Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) landed for the first time on an aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya.
  • This takes India into a select group of nations – the US, UK, Russia, France, and China – that have developed aircraft capable of landing and taking off from the severely constrained confines of an aircraft carrier deck, which is barely 200 metres long. During World War II, Japan too had developed carrier-capable fighters, but has not done so thereafter.

CHENNAI

Joint exercise by Coast Guards of India, Japan

  • The Coast Guards of India and Japan conducted a joint exercise in the Bay of Bengal to “gauge inter-operability” where a series of activities, including scenarios of hijacking and rescue were performed.
  • JCG Ship Echigo participate in the joint exercise and the two Coast Guards did simulated situations of hijack of a merchant vessel by ‘pirates’ and its subsequent rescue, cross deck landing of helicopters, search and rescue demonstration and external fire-fighting.

PERSONALITIES

Indian-American among NASA’s new astronauts

  • Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari, an Indian-American US Air Force colonel, is among 11 new NASA graduates who have successfully completed their over two years‟ of basic astronaut training and are all set to be a part of the space agency‟s ambitious future missions to the International Space Station, Moon and Mars.

SPORTS

Khelo India Youth Games 2020

  • Ajeet Kumar Yadav defended his gold medal while Reena Patel, Drashtiben Pravinbhai Chaudhri and Nirma Asari won silver medals for Gujarat.
  • Gujarat’s 20-year-old Ajeet Kumar Yadav started his campaign at the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2020 by successfully defending his gold medal in the Under- 21 Boys 5000m run category.

Qatar Open 2020

  • Rohan Bopanna and Welsey Koolhof lift men‟s doubles title.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Hindi Day 2020

  • This day is celebrated every year on January 10.
  • Its objective is to create a suitable environment for the promotion of Hindi worldwide and to present Hindi as the prevalent language of the world.
  • The word „Hindi‟ is believed to be transformed from the original Sanskrit word „Sindhu‟.
  • Today, Hindi is spoken by about 43 crore people in the world.
  • It is believed that Hindi has derived from Sanskrit and written in the Devanagari script.
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