India’s First Monorail Service is Inaugurated in Mumbai

  1. India’s first monorail service was inaugurated by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj chavan in Mumbai. The First phase of Mumbai Monorail is comprised of 8.9 km long Wadala-Chembur section. The fully air-conditioned monorail’s minimum fare will be five rupees while maximum fare will be twenty rupees.
  2. Jorhat has been declared Assam’s first smoke-free district. In Jorhat, almost 90% offices now have a tobacco-free environment in compliance with Section 4 (Prohibition of smoking in public places) of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003.
  3. India pledged Nepal to grant assistance of 44.12 million rupees for the construction of Nepal Academy’s library building in Kathmandu. Nepal Academy, established in 1957, is a premier national institution devoted to the promotion of language, literature, culture, philosophy and research activities.
  4. World’s oldest flamingo known as Greater died at the age of 83 on 30 January 2014 at Adelaide Zoo of Australia. Greater was brought to the zoo in 1933.
  5. Michael Rogers has been nominated as the Director of National Security Agency (NSA) by the US president Barack Obama. His name was announced by Defence Secretary of US. Defence Secretary also announced the name of Rick Ledgett as the new Deputy Director of NSA who is at present its Chief Operating Officer.
  6. US warned China against any move to declare a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea. This came after the reports of Japanese media that says that China is preparing to announce another defence zone in the area, which are driven by territorial disputes with the neighbouring countries.
  7. Austrian actor Maximillan Schell, who won the best actor Oscar in the early 1960s for his portrayal of a defence attorney in the drana ‘Judgement at Nuremberg‘, has died.
  8. Luis Aragones, the coach of Spain‘s 2008 European Championship-winner side, died at the age of 75.
  9. Praveen Rana won the gold medal in 74-kg category as India‘s freestyle wrestlers finished third in team standings in the 2014 Dave Schultz international wrestling tournament in Colarado Springs, USA.
  10. Manchester city and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has been named the Confederation of African Football (CAF) footballer of the year. It is a third straight title for Toure, who also won December’s BBC African Footballer of the Year Award.