1.John Hennessy Appointed Alphabet's New Board Chairman


Alphabet has appointed John L. Hennessy as the new board chairman of the company. Hennessy has been on the board since 2004 and Lead Independent Director since 2007. He has replaced Eric Schmidt. Schmidt will remain as a "technical advisor" to Alphabet. Hennessy is a former president of Stanford University and has had an extensive career in the tech industry.

Alphabet Inc. is the US-based company.

It is the parent company of Google.


2.Shabnam Asthana Wins Times Power Woman 2017 Award


Shabnam Asthana was awarded the 'Times Power Women of the Year 2017'- Pune for Global PR. The Times Group celebrated the invaluable contribution of women by introducing The Times Power Woman 2017 (Pune) awards. The award was conferred on her by Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Social Justice and Special Assistance in the Government of Maharashtra.


3.IWAI signs agreement with World Bank for Jal Marg Vikas Project

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has signed an agreement with the World Bank for Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) to enhance navigation on National Waterway-1 from Varanasi to Haldia. The JMVP is being implemented with the financial and technical support of the World Bank, completed by March, 2023.

The development and operations of the National Waterway-1 project will lead to direct employment in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.


4.PM Modi's book Exam Warriors released

The book ‘Exam Warriors’ has been released by the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the presence of the Prime Minister in New Delhi. The book ‘Exam Warriors’ written by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and published by Penguin India.

Exam Warriors: To inspire youth to face the difficult moments of examinations and life with fresh and new energy.


5.Bhutan opens consulate in Guwahati

Damcho Dorji (Bhutanese foreign minister) and Sarbananda Sonowal (Assam CM) has opened the consulate general's office in Guwahati (Assam). It is the second country in the Indian subcontinent, after Bangladesh.

Dorji also announced a Bhutan-Guwahati-Singapore flight service would be launched.



1.Saurav Ghosal Becomes the Highest-Ranked Indian Squash Player


India’s leading squash player, Saurav Ghosal jumped five places to No. 14 to become the highest ranked Indian in the latest Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings.

Ghosal beat Joshna Chinappa who slipped three places to No. 17 while Dipika Pallikal Karthik remained on 20. Former Indian national champion Harinder Pal Sandhu was placed at 49th.

Gregory Gaultier from France is currently at No. 1 Position in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings.



1.Forex reserves surge by USD 3 bn to USD 417.789 bn

According to the Reserve Bank of India, country's foreign exchange reserves rose sharply by 3 billion dollars to touch a new lifetime high of 417.789 billion dollars (in the week to 26th January).

In the previous week, the reserves had increased by 959.1 million dollars to 414.784 billion dollars.

Expressed in US dollar terms, the foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of the non-US currencies such as the euro, the pound and the yen held in the reserves.

Gold reserves remained unchanged at 20.421 billion dollars.