1-India saved one billion US dollars annually using Aadhaar: World Bank
The World Bank has announced that India saved 1 billion US dollars annually by using Aadhaar. It was revealed in the bank’s publication World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends. As per the report, transfer of fuel subsidy to bank accounts using the Aadhaar-based Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) saved one billion per year.
2-Juvenile Justice Act comes into effect in India
Passed by the Rajya Sabha now Juvenile justice act has come into effect. The act permits juveniles aged 16 years or above to be tried as adults for heinous crimes like rape and murder.
3-China to participate in United Nation sanctions against North Korea
China has expressed intent to participate in the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions against North Korea. Inter-Korean tensions have risen since North Korea’s recent nuclear test.
4-India and Japan conducted joint Coast Guard exercise Sahyog-Kaijin 2016
On 15 January 2016, the Coast Guards of India and Japan have conducted their 15th joint exercise off the coast of Chennai. India’s Coast Guard vessel Samudra Pehredar and the Japanese vessel Echigo were participated in the bilateral exercise named Sahyog-Kaijin 2016.
5-Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis win Sydney International
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis clinched their 2nd title of 2016 by defeating Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the final of Sydney International. This was their 30th successive win.
6-One million refugees will try to enter Europe in 2016, UN
The report, from the UNHCR predicts that more than one million refugee will try to enter Europe in 2016. More than a million people crossed into Europe in 2015 which in one of the largest movements of people since the Second World War. Continuing conflict in Syria and Iraq, discrimination against minorities in Afghanistan, and conflict and poverty in north and east Africa are the biggest reason for large numbers of refugees.
7-Netaji died of injuries sustained in plane crash: UK website
According to a UK-based website which was solving the mystery of Subash Chandra Bose death said, he died in a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945. It confirmed his death by statements collected from five eyewitnesses including Bose’s close associate.
8-Bombay High Court notice to Maharastra government & Bombay Municipal Corporation on odd-even
Bombay High Court has issued a notice to the Maharashtra government and the Bombay Municipal Corporation asking for a response to implement odd-even car rationing scheme in Mumbai. State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had already expressed interest in experimenting it in Mumbai.
9-Seven year jail term for selling tobacco to minors
According to new Juvenile Justice Act that came into effect on January 15 now selling cigarettes or chewable tobacco products to minors will be punishable with up to seven years imprisonment and a fine of one lakh.
10-Polythene bags will be banned in Ghaziabad from Jan 22
The Ghaziabad district administration has announced to prohibit the use of polythene bags in accordance to the polythene ban in Uttar Pradesh which will come into effect from January 22.