January 2

The U.S. and Israel Have Quit the U.N.'s Cultural Agency UNESCO, Accusing It of Bias.
The culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.
The Trump administration filed its notice to withdraw in October 2017 and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu followed suit.
The Paris-based organization has been denounced by its critics as a crucible for anti-Israel bias: blasted for criticizing Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem, naming ancient Jewish sites as Palestinian heritage sites and granting full membership to Palestine in 2011.

January 4

ArunimaSinha Becomes World's 1st Female Amputee To Scale Antarctica's Highest Peak
ArunimaSinha, the first female amputee to have conquered Mt Everest, created yet another record as she became world's first woman amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica.
Apart from Mount Everest, the 30-year-old has climbed the highest peaks of five continents and plans to do so in all seven.

January 5

Ilhan Omar becomes first to wear hijab in US Congress.
Congresswoman overcomes 181-year headwear ban while RashidaTlaib takes oath on Qur’an.
Twenty-three years after leaving a refugee camp in Kenya, Ilhan Omar on Thursday became the first member of the US Congress to wear a hijab.
Rules were changed to allow Omar, a Muslim sworn in on the Qur’an, to wear a religious head covering on the floor of the House. There had been a 181-year ban on headwear of any type in the chamber

January 7

Dr. JitendraNagpal to head HRD Ministry constituted committee for JNV students to investigate suicide incidents
Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has constituted a committee to investigate the events of suicides of students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) on December 31, 2018.
Earlier, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent a notice to the HRD Ministry regarding the matter.
Since the formation of this committee Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools, so many students have committed suicide so far. The committee has to give its report to the government in a month.
The committee will look into those circumstances which forced the students living in hostels of Navodaya residential schools to commit suicide.
The committee will also suggest ways and means to stop suicide.

January 8

Malaysia’s King Muhammad V Becomes 1st Monarch To Resign Before Completing Tenure
Malaysia’s King Muhammad V abdicated after two years on the throne, the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing their five-year tenure.
The king’s resignation took effect immediately. A week ago, the king, 49, had resumed duties after spending two months on medical leave.
Malaysia has nine royal households that typically take turns to be king.
The selection of the next monarch can be decided by a vote in the Council of Rulers, made up of all nine royal households.
Malaysia Capital: Kuala Lumpur, Currency: Malaysian Ringgit.

Jim Yong Kim resigns as World Bank president
He will leave by 1 February, three and a half years before the expiry of his term in 2022.
Kim’s abrupt resignation leaves Donald Trump with the opportunity to appoint a successor.
He could turn to Bulgarian national KristalinaGeorgieva, the bank’s chief executive, who will take over as interim president when Kim leaves.

January 10

The 2019 Oscars will be held without a host for the first time in 30 years.
The Oscars are reportedly all set to kick start the award show without a host this year.
Instead of a solo host, the producers of the 2019 Academy Awards is planning to recruit multiple celebrities to present different portions of the show.
This comes weeks after American actor-comedian Kevin Hart was announced as the host of the 2019 award ceremony, only to pull out of the show later.
The Central Intelligence actor stepped down from hosting Oscars after his tweets from 2009-2011 containing derogatory language resurfaced.

Justice U.U. Lalit recuses himself, Ayodhya SC Bench to fix time of hearings on Jan. 29
Justice U.U. Lalit had appeared for former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh in 1997.
The volatile Ayodhya title suits' appeals remained a non-starter with one of the five judges on the Constitution Bench opting to quit the case.

January 11

IWF President Named As Chef de Mission for Tokyo Olympics
President of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Birendra Prasad Baishya, has been named Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
It is for the first time that the Weightlifting has been accorded with the honor of Chef de Mission for the Olympics. Baishya is also one of the Indian Olympic Association Vice Presidents.
The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, is a forthcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020.

Harendra Singh Discontinued as Indian Men's Hockey Team Coach
Indian men's hockey coach Harendra Singh was removed from the position and offered the task of helming the junior squad by the national federation.
Hockey India stated that it will be inviting applications for the position of chief coach and in the interim, the team will be overseen by Hockey India High-Performance Director David John and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello.

January 12

Ashok Chawla resigned as chairman of the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) with immediate effect in light of recent legal developments.
Chawla’s resignation came on a day the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a special court in Delhi that it has obtained the sanction of the ministries concerned to file charges against him and four other former bureaucrats in the Aircel-Maxis case.

January 13

Ashok Chawla resigns as NSE chairman over Aircel-Maxis charges.
Chawla’s resignation came on a day the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a special court in Delhi that it has obtained the sanction of the ministries concerned to file charges against him and four other former bureaucrats in the Aircel-Maxis case.
Chawla has earlier resigned as Yes Bank’s non-executive chairman.

January 14

Sushil Modi to head GoM on GST revenue shortfall faced by shortfall faced by states
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi will head the seven member committee to look into revenue shortfall being faced by the states after the GST roll-out, and suggest steps for augmenting collections
The committee would be headed by Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of Bihar SushilModi. Other members of the committee include Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal.
Finance Minister Thomas Isaac, Karnataka Rural Development Minister Krishna Byre Gowda, Odisha Finance Minister Shashi Bhushan Behera, Haryana Taxation Minister Capt Abhimanyu and Goa Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho.

January 15

Ananth Narayanan Steps Down As Myntra-Jabong CEO
Ananth Narayanan has stepped down as CEO of Myntra and Jabong to pursue external opportunities.
Amar Nagaram has been named as Head, Myntra and Jabong, reporting to Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO of Flipkart Group.
Amar, who recently moved to Myntra from Flipkart, has been with the group for around seven years and has played a pivotal role in making shopping accessible and affordable on connected devices.

January 16

Cherukuri Raghavendra Babu to head the Madras HC Committee To Weed Out Invasive Plant Species.
The Madras High Court has set up an expert committee to find a solution to root out invasive species of plants from the Western Ghats.
The committee shall be headed by Cherukuri Raghavendra Babu, the chairman of the expert committee on invasive species in Chennai National Biodiversity Authority.
It has also directed the panel to file a report on the ways to weed out such species within two months.

January 17

Stephen Constantine resign as coach of Indian football team
Indian Football team’s Head Coach, Stephen Constantine resigned from his post following the exit of Indian team from the AFC Asian Cup 2019.
AFC Asian Football Cup, organized by Asian Football Confederation is being held in the United Arab Emirates from 5th January 2019 to 1st January 2019.
Indian Football TeamAssociation: All India Football Federation (AIFF)
Captain: Sunil Chhetri

January 19

Vinesh Phogat Becomes First Indian Athlete to be Nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards.
Ace Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat has become the first Indian to receive a nomination in the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards to be held on February 18.
The 24-year-old Indian, who made a sensational comeback after battling a long injury lay-off to win a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games, has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year.

January 20

Rani to lead Indian women's hockey team for Spain tour
Ace striker Rani Rampal will captain an 18-strong Indian women's team, while experienced goalkeeper Savita will be her deputy for the season opener in Spain starting Jan 26, Hockey India announced Friday.
The Indian Hockey team is set to play four matches with the Spain and two matches against the Women's World Cup runners-up, Ireland.
The team includes goalkeepers Savita and Rajani Etimarpu.
About Spain:
Capital: Madrid
Currency: Euro
Prime minister: Pedro Sanchez

January 21

Aparnakumar First female IPS to reach the south pole
Aparnakumar, 2002 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh is the first serving officer to finish this daunting challenge.
Aparnakumar First female IPS to reach the south poleAparna already became the first officer of the All India Services to have successfully climb Antarctica’s highest peak Mount Vinson Massif in 2016 and then climbed Mount Manaslu in the west-central part of Nepal in 2017.

January 29

ICC suspends Ambati Rayudu from bowling in international cricket
Rayudu was reported for a suspect action during the first ODI against Australia on January 13.
The player elected not to submit to a test of his bowling action within the stipulated period of 14 days of being reported for a suspect action, and therefore he has been suspended with immediate effect, the ICC said in a statement.
The suspension was done in ''accordance with clause 4.2 of the ICC regulations'' which deals with legality of bowling actions.
About Australia: Prime minister - Scott Morrison

January 31

Parikshapecharcha 2.0 held in New Delhi
As part of the second edition of ''Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0'' Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with a total of 2,000 students, parents and teachers in Delhi.
Chief minister: Aravindkejrival
Lt.Governor: Anil Baijal