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  • PM Narendra Modi on Sunday celebrated the 150th anniversary of the historic Kolkata Port Trust
  • Renamed the port after Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.
  • PM Modi announced at an event at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, “This port will now be known by the name of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.”
  • “I announce the renaming of the Kolkata Port Trust to Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Port. He is a living legend who was a leader for development and fought on the forefront for the idea of One Nation, One Constitution,” the Prime Minister announced.
  • Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951 which later went on to become today’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

CAA awareness campaign in UP

  • As part of BJP‟s mass contact campaign to create “awareness” about the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
  • Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Rajnath Singh met a cross-section of the people in different parts of UP in an effort to what they termed “dispel doubts” over CAA.
  • Adityanath met Muslim families in his home town of Gorakhpur and gave them booklets on the CAA.

India is in Talks with Mongolia and Russia for Importing Coking Coal

  • Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said India is in talks with Mongolia and Russia for importing coking coal to reduce dependence on few countries for supplies of the commodity.
  • The minister said the Centre is looking to import coking coal, a raw material for making steel, at a reasonable price as the country has set a target to produce 300 million tonne of the metal by 2030-31.
  • India has been importing coal from Australia, which is good, but high-quality coking coal is also available in Mongolia. looking to bring that coal at a reasonable price.
  • Steel Ministry and state-run Steel Authority of India (SAIL), went to Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar for securing a deal with the east Asian country for importing of coking coal.

WORLD

Queen Elizabeth to host crisis meeting over Prince Harry, Meghan’s future

  • Britain‟s Queen Elizabeth II is set to hold talks with Prince Harry for the first time since he and his wife, Meghan, unveiled their controversial plan to walk away from royal roles – a dramatic family summit meant to chart a future course for the couple.
  • The summit reflects the queen‟s desire to contain the fallout from Harry and Meghan‟s decision to “step back” as senior royals, work to become financially independent and split their time between Britain and North America.

TAMIL NADU

Gadkari calls for raising awareness to ward off road traffic accidents

  • Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed concern over the increase in road accidents by four per cent in the last five years.
  • He said, education of the masses on road safety is important.
  • He was addressing the Road Safety Stakeholders’ Meet in New Delhi.
  • Mr Gadkari said, World Bank and Asian Development Bank have approved seven thousand crore rupees each to remove black spots and enhance road safety.
  • On the occasion, the Defence Minister awarded Tamil Nadu, as the best performing state in reducing road accidents.

India to acquire 200 fighter jets for Air Force: Defence secretary Ajay Kumar

  • The government is in the process of acquiring around 200 aircraft to cope with the depleting aerial inventories of the Indian Air Force, defence secretary Ajay Kumar said.
  • The contract for HAL-manufactured 83 LCA Tejas Mark 1 A advanced fighter jets are in the final stages.
  • Apart from these, Expression of Interest (EOI) has been floated for another 110 aircraft, based on which Request for Proposal (RFP) will be floated.

AWARDS

British yoga champion wins Global Child Prodigy Award

  • A ten-year-old schoolboy and under-11 yoga champion from the UK has been honoured with the Global Child Prodigy Award 2020 for achievements in spiritual discipline yoga.
  • Ishwar Sharma, based in Kent in south-eastern England, was chosen from the UKfor the awards which honour child prodigies from across 45 countries and 30 different categories such as palaeontology, biking, choreography, fitness and martial arts, among others.

SPORTS

Jasprit Bumrah gets Polly Umrigar and Dilip Sardesai awards, Poonam Yadav claims top prize in women’s cricket

  • Jasprit Bumrah won the Polly Umrigar and Dilip Sardesai awards along with cheque for Rs.15 lakh.
  • Kris Srikkanth and Anjum Chopra were presented the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Mayank Agarwal and Shafali Verma bagged the awards for best international debut in men’s and women‟s category.

BCCI likely to appoint Madan Lal, Gautam Gambhir as Cricket Advisory Committee members

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to appoint World Cup- winning former India players Madan Lal and Gautam Gambhir as members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which will pick selection committees for the next four-year cycle starting 2020.

ASB Classic: Serena Williams wins Auckland Open, first title in three years

  • Serena Williams has won the ASB Classic in Auckland, her first tournament win since her 2017 Australian Open triumph.
  • The 23-time Grand Slam champion defeated compatriot Jessica Pegula in straight sets, 6-3 6-4.

Team Serbia Triumphs; ATP Cup By The Numbers

  • Team Serbia defeated Team Spain 2-1 in a blockbuster final to win the first ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney.
  • For the past 10 days, the world‟s top 24 countries have excited and delighted fans across Brisbane, Perth and Sydney for the love of country.

IMPORTANT DAYS

National Youth Day 2020: 12 January

  • National Youth Day will be celebrated here with the theme „Channelizing Youth Power for Nation Building‟. National Youth Day is celebrated in India when there was a Birthday of the Swami Vivekanand.
  • The government has declared National Youth Day from the day of Swami Vivekanand‟s Birthday and the day is celebrated as National Youth Day. It is celebrated on the 12th of January.
  • He was an ardent disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India.
  • He pushed for national integration in colonial India, and his famous speech remains as the one that he gave in Chicago in 1893.