🍀 The Parliament passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that seeks to do away with the no-detention policy in schools.
🍀 The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provincial government of Pakistan has declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath in Peshawar of North Western Pakistan as national heritage.
🍀 Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the market regulator has allowed custodial services in the commodity derivatives market enabling participation of institutional investors, including mutual funds, in the segment.
🍀 ICICI Bank, in a first-of-its-kind programme, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Small Business FinCredit India Pvt. Ltd. (SBFC), a systemically important Non-Banking Finance Company for entrepreneurs, to jointly provide credit worth up to Rs 1 crore to MSMEs for a tenure of 15 years.
🍀 Chhabilendra Roul has been take charge of Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers.
🍀 PayU India’s CEO Amrish Rau joined as the head of financial technology partnerships and investments for Naspers’ fintech business.
🍀 A 30 years old former National level Volleyball player turned mountaineer, Arunima Sinha has became the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica.
🍀 The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship hosted the third edition of the ‘National Entrepreneurship’ Awards in New Delhi.
🍀 Manoj Das, an eminent English and Odia Litterateur received the “Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement” in literature during 53rd Foundation day ceremony organized by the Berhampur University, Odisha.
🍀 A 15-year-old class IXth student, Wahengbam Lamnganba Singh, of Kumbi area in Manipur, has been selected by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) for receiving National Bravery Award.
🍀 As per the latest ranking of Singapore’s Asia Competitiveness Institute’s (ACI), Ease of Doing Business (EDB) index 2018, Andhra Pradesh emerged on top of the 21 states of India that were considered for the ranking, while Maharashtra and Delhi came in second and third place, respectively.
🍀 US scientists have successfully launched a telescope from Antarctica that analyses X-rays arriving from distant neutron stars, black holes, and other exotic celestial bodies. The name of the telescope is ‘X-Calibur’instrument.
🍀 World Braille day is observed annually on 4th January, to mark birth anniversary of Louis Braille.