One of the prominent faces of children literature in India, Ruskin Bond, published his new book on his 86th birthday. The book is titled ‘Hopon: My Adventures on Boats, Trains and Planes’ which traces the memorable traveling experiences of Bond from his childhood.
American Economist, Carmen M. Reinhart designated as the chief economist and vice president of World Bank Group.
Harry Potter famed J K Rowling published her new book for children titled ‘The Ickabog’. The book is available to read online for free. The print version of the book however shall hit the market by November 2020.
Indian author, Amish Tripathi published his new book titled ‘Legend of Suheldev: The king who saved India’ under the banner of Westland Publications. It tracks down the epic history of King Suheldev blended with the sentiments of nationalism.
America’s most powerful space agency, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) set to rename its ‘Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope’ (WFIRST) as ‘Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope’ in order to honour the contribution of its first chief of astronomy Nancy Grace Roman who passed away in 2018.
Kritika Pandey, an author from Ranchi, Jharkhand goes on to win the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020, Asia region for her story ‘The Great Indian Tee and Snakes’. The story encapsulates the dynamics of communal love story between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Ministry of Housing & Urban Development (MHUA) jointly launched ‘The Urban Learning Internship Program’ (TULIP) to provide internship opportunities for engineering graduates under ‘Smart City’ projects. The portal for the same was inaugurated by Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (HRD Minister) and Hardeep Singh Puri (HUA Minister).
‘World Economic Forum’ to host its 51st annual meeting ‘Unique Twin Summit 2021’ in Davos in January 2021. Global leaders from all sectors shall be invited to discuss a new era of economic sustainability in the aftermath of COVID 19. The theme for the same is ‘The Great Reset’.
Social media baron Facebook invests in India’s largest telecom industry acquiring 9.9% stake in Jio Platforms which is a unit of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for $5.7 billion.
Written by ‘Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra’ in 1912 the poem ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ has been adopted as the state anthem by the cabinet of Orissa. The anthem speaks of the ‘Glory to Mother Utkala’.
India ranks 168th out of 180 countries in ‘Biennial Environment Performance Index 2020’. This ranking list is released jointly by Yale University and Columbia University which measures the environmental performance of a nation.
The World Food Prize Foundation honoured Dr. Rattan Lal with 2020 World Food Prize for his contribution in soil sciences to increase food production.
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) have secured a place in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings top 200 list of universities with 172nd, 185th and 193rd ranks respectively.
Kempegowda International Airport (Banglore) becomes the first airport to install indigenously developed ‘Aviation Weather Monitoring System’ (AWMS) on runway to measure runway visibility range in low visibility conditions. This system is developed by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL).
Akshay Kumar becomes the only Indian to feature in Forbes top 100 world’s highest paid celebrities 2020.