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  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today undertook a sortie in the IAF’s frontline combat jet Sukhoi-30 from the air base in Jodhpur. The country's first woman defence minister sat in the rear seat behind the pilot wearing the G-suit.

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  • President Ram Nath Kovind today coffered Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Awards for 2016 on an eminent group of musicians, dancers, and theatre artists.

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  • Prime Minister Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today dedicated to the nation, the iCREATE facility located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. iCreate is an independent Centre created with the objective of facilitating entrepreneurship through a blend of creativity, innovation, engineering, product design and leveraging emerging technologies to deal with major issues such as food security, water, connectivity, cybersecurity, IT and electronics, energy, bio-medical equipment and devices etc. iCreate aims to develop an ecosystem in India to generate quality entrepreneurs.

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  • The first five highest milk producing States during Summer Season 2017-18 are Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh.

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  • The first five highest eggs producing States during Summer Season 2017-18 are Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Haryana.

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the project commencement of the Rajasthan Refinery at Pachpadra in Barmer district. This is the first oil refinery in the state. The 43,000 crore rupee project is a joint venture between HPCL and the Rajasthan government. 

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  • Union minister of state for Ayush (independent charge) Shripad Naik today inaugurated a Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) wellness centre in Bambolim, Goa. 

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  • The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked India at 30th position on a global manufacturing index. In its first "Readiness for the future of production" report, Japan has been found to have the best structure of production and is followed by South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, China, Czech Republic, the US, Sweden, Austria and Ireland. 

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  • The seventh edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat matrix, begins in Karnataka .

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  • The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)'s India International Exchange listed the first bond on its Global Securities Market yesterday.  The bonds issued by Indian Railways Finance Corporation (IRFC) are one of the highest credit rated bonds issued by an Indian corporate and has been IRFC's first foray into the Green Bond market. 

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  • Anil Khanna, the Senior sports administrator, has been appointed the Chairman of newly formed Finance Commission by Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

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  • The 4th ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AIMMAF) was held in New Delhi.

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  • The 13th edition of joint military drill exercise “Iron Fist 2018” has started between American and Japanese forces in California.

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  • Saudi Arabia has for the first time allowed women to spectate a football match, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country.

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  • Defending champions India beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the Blind Cricket World Cup in Dubai .

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  • Actor Sudhir Dalvi has been honoured with the Janakavi P Sawlaram award at a function in Mumbai on January 13, 2018.

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  • The Bhopal railway station has become the India’s first railway station to have a sanitary napkin vending machine named as ‘Happy Nari’. 

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  • ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty second flight, successfully launched the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Remote Sensing Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This flight is designated as PSLV-C40.

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  • The 2018 National Youth Day (NYD) has been celebrated in India on January 12 to mark the 155th birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher and thinker Swami Vivekananda. 

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  • The Election Commission (EC) has constituted a 14-member Committee chaired by Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha to suggest changes to Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act in view of social media expansion. 

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  • Ecuador has granted citizenship to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

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  • The 4th edition of International Dharma Dhamma conference was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in Rajgir, Bihar.

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  • The Punjab government has rolled out e-Raktkosh web portal in all the 45 government blood banks. 

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  • The Punjab National Bank (PNB) and National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) have tied up to provide financial assistance for economic empowerment of persons belonging to Scheduled Caste.

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  • Dilip Asbe has been appointed as the new Managing Director and CEO of National Payments Corporation of India.

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  • Aditya Mehta, an Indian professional snooker player, has won the 2018 Kolkata Open International Invitation Snooker Championship. 

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  • Aanchal Thakur has created history by becoming the first Indian to register an international medal in skiing. 

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  • The Matunga suburban station on the Central Railway (CR) of Mumbai division has figured in the Limca Book of Records 2018 for having an all-woman staff. 

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  • Delhi has launched a common mobility card scheme to aid seamless travel between the city’s bus transport and the Metro system on January 8, 2018. 

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  • Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman has become the official brand ambassador of Sikkim.

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  • The World Hindi Day (WHD) is observed every year on January 10 to mark the first anniversary of World Hindi Conference (WHC) which was held in 1975. 

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  • Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Earth Sciences (MoES), has dedicated India’s fastest and first multi-peta-flops supercomputer “Pratyush’ to the nation in Pune on January 8, 2018. 

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  • Soumitra Chattopadhyay (82), the legendary film and theatre actor, will be conferred with the France’s highest order of merit ‘Legion of Honour at the 42nd International Kolkata Book Fair 2018. 

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  • Sunny Verghese, the Singapore-based Indian-origin businessman, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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  • India’s second Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) will be set up by the Union Government in Arunachal Pradesh.

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  • John Watts Young (87), the legendary astronaut who walked on the Moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has passed away at Houston, United States.

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  • Gujarat has topped the Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) index.

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first-ever Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentary Conference in the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra (PBK) in Delhi on January 9, 2018. 

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  • The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated every year on January 9.

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  • Actor Sterling K Brown has created history by becoming the first African-American to win Golden Globe for best actor in a drama television series

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