January 1

UP university to set up first goat fertility lab in the state.
Deen Dayal Veterinary University in Uttar Pradesh proposed to set up the first goat fertility lab in the state under Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna at the cost of Rs. 22 crore.
The University has entered into a contract with Pradeshik cooperative Dairy Federation for marketing.
About Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna:
Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna or National Agriculture Development Programme is a State Plan Scheme of Additional Central Assistance launched in August 2007 as a part of the 11th Five Year Plan by the Government of India.
It aims to achieve 4% annual growth in agriculture through development of Agriculture and its allied sectors.
Uttar Pradesh: CM - Yogi Adityanath, Governor - Ram Naik

January 2

Storm Usman: Dozens killed as heavy rains and landslides hit Philippines
Storm Usman hit Philippines’ Bicol region in Manila.
The tropical depression brought heavy rains and triggered deadly landslides all over the country.
The Philippines is affected by 15 to 20 typhoonsevery year during the rainy season, which usually begins in May or June and concludes in November or December.

January 3

Centre approves renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj
The Union Home Ministry has approved the Uttar Pradeshgovernment’s proposal to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj.
A No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the MHA will now ensure that names of other institutes in the district, including railway station, High Court and university, are also changed.
The 'Kumbh Mela' in Prayagraj will start on January 15 on 'Makar Sankranti' and will conclude on March 4 on 'Maha Shivaratri'.

Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair declared as an authorized Immigration Check post
Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair has been declared as an authorized Immigration Check post for entry into/ exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers.
This decision of the Union Government will open up the Port Blair Airport for direct international flight and immigration facilities.
For this purpose, the Superintendent of Police (CID), Andaman and Nicobar Policehas been appointed as the ‘Civil Authority’ for the purpose of the immigration check post.

January 4

71st anniversary of Myanmar's independence ceremony celebrated in Nay Pyi Taw
On January 4, 1948, the Union of Burmagained its independence from Britain and emerged as a sovereign state, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
Myanmar, the second largest country in Southeast Asia, is seeking to project its influence in the region through ASEAN.
On the occasion of the 71st anniversary of independence of the Union of Myanmar, the ambassador Win Myint hosted a colourful event at a local hotel in Islamabad.

January 5

Pakistan declares Panj Tirath site as national heritage.
It is believed that Pandu, a mythical king in Mahabharata, belonged to this area and Hindus used to worship during the month of Karteek.
The provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in northwest Pakistan has declared the ancient Hindu religious site of PanjTirath in Peshawar as national heritage.
PanjTirath, which got its name from the five pools of water present there, also contains a temple and a lawn with date palm trees.
The five pools of the heritage site now come under the ambit of ChachaYunus Park and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

January 6

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces interest free loans for women SHGs
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest-free loans of up to Rs 3 lakh for the women self-help groups (WSHGs) in the state.
This announcement for the women self – help groups (WSHGs) will be getting loans at zero per cent interest.
During the ‘Make in Odisha’ conclave in November last year, Patnaik had promised smartphones to six lakh WSHGs.

January 7

9-day long International Kite Festival kicks off in Ahmedabad
In Gujarat, the nine-day long international kite festival kicked off at Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad.
More than 150 kite fliers from 45 countries are participating in this edition of the festival.
The festival is also planned at Vadodara, Kevadiya, Dwaraka, Surat, Rajkot, Jetpur, Songadh, Saputara and Dhordo in the coming days.