1-Union Cabinet closes loss making Public Sector Unit HMT Watches
Union Cabinet has approved the closure of iconic HMT watches. The Cabinet also gave its nod to the closure formalities of five public sector units (PSUs) under the Heavy Industries Ministry including Tungabhadra Steel and Hindustan Cables.
2-National Human Right Commission has issued notice to Bihar government over poor condition of prisons
The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to Bihar government over the reported deplorable conditions prevailing in the prisons of the state. The Commission issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Prisons of Bihar Government based on the report titled Prisons of Bihar: Status Report 2015, prepared by activist and researcher Smita Chakraburty.
3-‘Little Police’ concept launched in Goa
Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has launched ‘Little Police’ which aims to involve school and college students in maintaining law and order in the state. Students enrolled under the initiative will be issued IDs with the logo of Goa Police and selected students will report to the police in the coming years.
4-Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry merged with Ministry of External Affairs
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced that PM Modi has given his approval for merging the two ministries she handles – Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
5-Priyanka Chopra becomes the first Indian to bag People’s Choice Award
Priyanka Chopra has become the first Indian to bag an award at the American awards show, People’s Choice Awards. She won the Favourite Actress award for her role in American TV series ‘Quantico’.
6-240 youth in the age-group of 15 to 24 from J&K met with Prime Minister under Wattan Ko Jano initiative
Wattan Ko Jano is an initiative being carried out by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in coordination with the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Government. It is a Youth Exchange Programme under which the children of militancy-hit victims, orphanages, and weaker sections of society are identified by Jammu and Kashmir State Rehabilitation Council as beneficiaries under the programme in the state. The initiative aims at exposing youth from the state to the vibrant development and vitality of culture of people residing in other states of the country.
7-Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away on 7 January 2016 at the AIIMS hospital in New Delhi. He was 79. He founded the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He became the first Muslim Home Minister of India in 1989.
8-Netflix officially launched in India
On-demand Internet media provider Netflix is officially launched in India. Netflix will provide three different plans starting at ₹500 per month.
9-India’s first transgender music band ‘6 Pack Band’ launched
Yash Raj Films has launched India’s first transgender band, named the ‘6 Pack Band’. It consists of six musicians from the transgender community. Band’s debut single song ‘Hum Hain Happy’ has also been released on Youtube.
10- Mehbooba Mufti likely to be the first female Chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir
Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti is likely going to rule the state as first female chief minister.