Printing process for Union Budget 2020-21 begins
• The Printing process for the Union Budget 2020-21 began with the Halwa ceremony in North Block on January 20, 2020.
• The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be presenting the Union Budget 2020-21 on February 1, 2020.
• At present, all the officials involved in the preparation of Union Budget 2020 have been subject to “Lock-in” to avoid any prospective leak of information.
PM Modi interacts with students at Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020
• The 3rd Edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha was held on January 20, 2020 at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with over 2000 students who would appear for the Board Exams 2020.
• PM Modi shared interesting tips for exam preparations and also talked about the ways to handle stress and anxiety.
First squadron of Sukhoi-30 aircraft inducted into Indian Air Force
• The first squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft was inducted into the Indian Air Force at its Thanjavur base, Tamil Nadu on January 20, 2020.
• The Sukhoi-30 aircraft has been integrated with the supersonic BrahMos missiles.
• This 222-squadron known as the Tigersharks will serve as a platform for conducting aerial and maritime missions in the Indian Ocean Region.
Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala dies
• Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala passed away on January 20, 2020 following a prolonged illness. He was 87.
• Surjewala is the father of Congress party leader Randeep Surjewala.
• He had served as an MLA for five terms and was one-time Rajya Sabha MP.
• He served as the President of Haryana Krishak Samaj and fought for the rights of farmers.
Coronavirus in China: 139 new cases reported so far
• The outbreak of deadly novel coronavirus has now spread to Beijing and Shenzhen cities of China.
• So far, the authorities have reported a total of 198 confirmed cases of coronavirus containment and death of 3 people.
• A few cases of coronavirus infection have been reported from Thailand and Japan as well.