1-Noted Malayalam film actress Kalpana Ranjani died
Noted Malayalam film actress Kalpana Ranjani died on 25 January 2016 in Hyderabad. She won the ‘Best Supporting Actress award’ for her performance in the film Thanichalla Njan at the 60th National Film Awards in 2012.
2- The International Olympic Committee has set new guidelines for transgender Olympic athletes
The International Olympic Committee has eased the guidelines for transgender athletes so they could participate in competition without undergoing genital reconstruction surgery. As per the old guidelines, transgenders had to undergo sex reassignment surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy before competing at the Olympics.
3-‘Jihadi Jack’ is reportedly the first white British boy to join ISIS
The first white British man has been publicly identified as joining ISIS in Syria. 20-year-old ‘Jihadi Jack’ converted to Islam while living in Oxford, and attended the Madina Masjid mosque in the city.
4-Sixth ‘National Voters Day’ observed across the country
6th National Voters’ Day (NVD) has been observed across the country by the Election Commission of India. The theme for the 6th National Voters’ Day is ‘Inclusive and Qualitative Participation’. The Commission’s objective is to increase enrolment of voters.
5- Coxless Crew, the British female rowing crew makes history with Pacific crossing
Coxless Crew step ashore in Queensland after 257 days to become first women’s team to complete epic journey. During the journey, they were smashed by waves in the dark, circled by sharks and spent most of the last nine months sleeping two hours at a time.
6-India-France agreement on 36 Rafale jets
India and France have signed an MoU for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. The agreement was signed in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande. Each Rafale fighter jet will reportedly cost India over ₹800 crore.
7- Pushkarasani, the new language system of Gandhara civilisation discovered
A new language system known as Pushkarasani of the ancient and glorious Gandhara civilisation, which flourished in the northern areas of Pakistan and eastern parts of Afghanistan in the early first millennium BC to the 11th century AD, has been discovered.
8-Mahindra and Airbus to build choppers in India
Mahindra Defence and Airbus Helicopters have signed a pact to form a joint venture to produce military helicopters in India.
9-Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza among Padma Awards 2016
On the eve of Republic Day, the government has announced the list for the Padma Awards 2016. Padma Vibhushan awardees include- Superstar Rajinikanth, Yamini Krishnamurthi, Shri Shri Ravi Shankar while the Padma Bhushan awardees include- Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, sportspersons Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza, singer Udit Narayan, Ram Sutar, Former CAG Vinod Rai and others. Among the Padma Shri awardees- Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, actors Ajay Devgan.
10-Iraq’s Oldest Monastery Destroyed by ISIS
New satellite photos confirm that the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq named St Elijah Monastery has been destroyed. Elijah’s monastery stood as a place of worship for 1,400 years.