1. The first-ever Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentary Conference was held in the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra (PBK) in New Delhi on the occasion of Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD). It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The conference was way of reaching out to Indian community overseas. The event had two Thematic Plenary Sessions – ‘PIO Parliamentarians: A Journey from Struggle to Parliament’ and ‘Resurgent India: Role of PIO Parliamentarians’. 124 Members of Parliament (MP) and 17 mayors from 23 countries including UK, USA, South Africa, Canada, Fiji, Kenya, Mauritius, New Zealand, Sri Lanka among others participated in this conference.
2. The third meeting of Council of Trade Development and Promotion (CTDP) was held in New Delhi chaired by Union Minister for Commerce & Industry Suresh Prabhu. The objective of the meeting was to enhance the Centre’s cooperation with the states and union territories in making the latter active partners in boosting India’s exports.
3. The playing of national anthem before screening movies in cinema halls is optional and not mandatory ruled out by the Supreme Court of India.
4. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval to continuation of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) till term of 14th Finance Commission i.e. 2020.
5. The Central Government has advised the nation not to use a national flag made of plastic and asked all the states and Union territories to ensure strict compliance of the Flag Code in view of the Republic Day.
6. The Union cabinet led by PM Modi has given its approval to a number of amendments to the FDI policy. These are decided to simplify and liberalise the FDI policy in India to provide ease of doing business in the country.
7. A MoU signed between India and Canada for cooperation in field of Science & Technology was approved by the Union Cabinet. The MoU will provide mechanism and help to foster scientific cooperation between Research & Development (R&D) and academic institutions of India and Canada. Under this MoU, India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS)programme will be supported to promote multidisciplinary research partnerships between both countries. The MoU was concluded by Department of Science and Technology (DST) with Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.
8. For the first time, scientists from Duke University in North Carolina, US have developed working human skeletal muscle from stem cells using adult skin or blood cells that were reprogrammed into a juvenile, versatile state in the laboratory.
9. According to the World Bank’s Global economic prospects report, India’ s economy will grow by 6.7% during the current fiscal year, higher than 6.5% estimated by the Indian government. It further stated that GDP growth is expected to be 7.3% in 2018-19 and with this growth, India is set to regain the top spot in World’s fastest growing economies
10. January 10 - 25th raising day of the Corps of Army Air Defence.The Corps of Army Air Defence is one of the active corps of Indian army tasked with protection of Indian air spaces from enemy aircrafts and missiles, specially below 5000 feet. The crest of Corps of Army Air Defence portrays a missile in silver tint, with radar antennae in gold colour fixed on the either side. Its motto is “(Kill The Enemy in Sky)” has been imprinted on its crest and flag.
11.Rocket scientist K. Sivan has appointed as next Secretary of the Department of Space and Chairman of Space Commission and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). He will succeed A.S. Kiran Kumar and will have term of three years.