1.The government has launched a unique initiative called ‘Bhasha Sangam’ to introduce school students to 22 Indian languages.
2.Himachal Pradesh hass became the first Indian state to launch a single emergency number “112” which will connect to police, fire, health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the state.
3.ISRO has successfully launched PSLV-C43 carrying India’s earth observation satellite HysIS and 30 co-passenger satellites, including 23 from the US, from Sriharikota.
4.India and China have signed a protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for the exports.
5.Arvind Saxena has been appointed as chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
6.M Naik has been appointed as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
7.Ukrainian film Donbass, directed by Sergei Loznitsa, won the coveted Golden Peacock award at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
8.India-UK joint naval exercise “Konkan-2018” has started at Goa.
9.University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to set up a Consortium of Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) which will prepare a fresh list of credible quality journals in the non-science disciplines.
10.Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences has launched a campaign to spread a pan-India awareness about hepatitis disease. Empowering People Against Hepatitis: The Empathy Campaign was launched at Metro Bhawan, New Delhi.
11.The 1st Global Aviation Summit to be held in Mumbai from January 15-16, 2019. Theme of the summit is ‘Flying for all – especially for the next 6 billion’.
12.The first global conference on the ‘Sustainable blue economy’ was held in Nairobi, Kenya.
13.Indian Navy pilots Commander Vijay Varma and Captain P. Rajkumar have been awarded “Asian of the Year” award by Singapore newspaper The Strait Times.