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- Seeking reservation in government jobs for the community, members of Jat organisations started their agitation in most districts of Haryana. Violence in last year’s Jat stir claimed 30 lives and caused huge damage to property in the State.
- The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) has been ranked among the top 100 think tanks globally, while nine other Indian institutes figured among the top 175 for the year 2016. The CCS is ranked 80 which is one lower than last year’s rank. Chatham House, U.K. was declared the top think tank of the world.
- The Supreme Court has appointed former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai as the head of the four-member Committee of Administrators to run the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The other three members of the committee are noted historian Ramachandra Guha, Indian women’s team captain Diana Edulji and managing director of IDFC Limited Vikram Limaye.
- The Karnataka government has decided to bring an amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA), 1960 for conducting traditional sports of Kambala and bull-cart race in the State.
- The atomic clocks on the first satellite IRNSS-1A of the NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation), the indigenously built satellite-based positioning system, have developed a technical snag. One of the three crucial rubidium timekeepers (atomic clock) on IRNSS-1A satellites failed six months ago and the other two followed subsequently. ISRO will soon launch one of its back up navigation satellites as a replacement to IRNSS-1A satellite.
- Seven new countries Lithuania, Gabon, Hungary, Indonesia, Malta, Mauritius and Russia – have signed Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for Country-by-Country Reporting (CbC MCAA). With this, the total number of signatories has increased to 57 including India (signed in May 2015). CbC MCAA is a tax co-operation agreement to enable automatic sharing of country-by-country information.
- India Post under the Department of Posts (Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology) received a final payments bank licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). With this, India Post became the third entity after Bharti Airtel and Paytm to receive final payments bank licence to roll-out of banking operations commercially under the permit.
- The Union Government has launched nationwide “Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign” on the occasion of Anti-Leprosy Day. The day is observed every year on January 30 in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi who attained martyrdom on this day in 1948, to remember his selfless efforts and care for the people affected with Leprosy.
- Roger Federer won the Australian Open final against his rival Rafael Nadal to clinch a record-extending 18th Grand Slam title. It was his fifth Australian Open title. Federer went on to move four Major titles ahead of Nadal and Pete Sampras on the all-time winners’ list. After an astonishing comeback from six months out with injury, the Swiss became the oldest man in the post-1968 Open era to win a Major since Ken Rosewall at the 1972 Australian Open. Federer becomes the first man in history to win five or more titles at three different Grand Slam events. He has won five Australian Opens, seven Wimbledons, five US Opens and one French Open.
- Serena Williams won the women’s Australian Open title this year, beating Venus Williams. The dominant American now holds more Grand Slam titles in the Open era than anyone else, after surpassing Steffi Graf’s 22 titles. Navratilova has 18, along with Chris Evert, while Margaret Court has 24, but only 11 of those were won after the more competitive Open era began in 1968.