Every year, Earth’s Rotation Day is celebrated on January 8, and this year, the special day falls on a Monday. It’s a day dedicated to recognizing the pivotal discovery of Earth’s rotation on its axis. The concept of Earth’s rotation dates back to ancient Greece in 470 BC. However, it wasn’t until 1851 that French physicist Léon Foucault provided concrete proof with his famous pendulum experiment.

The African National Congress (ANC), a pivotal force in South Africa’s history, celebrates its Foundation Day on January 8, commemorating its establishment in 1912. This day marks the ANC’s enduring commitment to uniting African people and defending their rights and freedoms. The ANC, initially founded as the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) in Bloemfontein, symbolizes a landmark event in Africa’s struggle against centuries of exploitation and humiliation. Formed in a time of rapid change, with the discovery of diamonds and gold in South Africa, the SANNC aimed to counter oppressive laws and taxes designed to dispossess Africans of their land.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has welcomed a seasoned professional, Raghuram Iyer, as its new CEO, marking a significant development after a meticulous selection process conducted by the nomination committee. The appointment, long-awaited and in response to reminders from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), brings a wealth of experience to the forefront.

Chief General Manager of Canara Bank, P Santhosh has been appointed as the Managing Director of National Asset Reconstruction Company (NARCL). He succeeds Natarajan Sundar, who resigned from the post. Canara Bank is the sponsor bank of NARCL with over a 10 percent stake. Public sector banks are major shareholders of NARCL. A total of 10 Public Sector Banks (PSBs) have transferred Non-Performing Assets of over Rs 11,617 crore to NARCL between January and November last year. Sundar was with State Bank of India before taking charge at NARCL. During his stint at SBI, Sundar held the position of Deputy Managing Director (DMD) and was working as Chief Credit Officer for the Bank.

The 81st Golden Globe Awards are set to be presented in a lavish event at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, USA. This year’s ceremony is anticipated to be highlighted by Greta Gerwig’s widely popular film Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s hit movie Oppenheimer. Barbie is at the forefront with nine nominations, including Best Picture Musical or Comedy, and acting nods for Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, along with three nominations for its original songs. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer has received eight nominations, featuring Best Picture Drama and nominations for actors Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., and Emily Blunt. In terms of television, Succession leads with nine nominations, including nods for its cast members Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, and Kieran Culkin.

Kyrgyzstan, a country nestled in the heart of Central Asia, has officially declared the snow leopard as its national symbol, signifying a profound commitment to conservation and ecological balance. President Sadyr Zhaparov, through a signed decree, emphasized the snow leopard’s role not only as a symbol of natural wealth and cultural prosperity but also as a vital indicator of the stability and health of the mountain ecosystems that cover a substantial portion of the global territory.

In a momentous turn of events, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been re-elected for a fifth term, marking a significant milestone in the country’s political landscape. The ruling Awami League, under Hasina’s leadership, has triumphed once again, securing more than half of the parliamentary seats. This victory reaffirms Sheikh Hasina’s position as the world’s longest-serving female head of government.

Ahead of the Ram Temple consecration ceremony scheduled for January 22, the Uttar Pradesh government will host an International Kite Festival here. The Ayodhya Development Authority (ADA) has initiated preparations for the festival, which is likely to take place between January 19 and 21, providing renowned kite flyers from both within the country and around the world with an opportunity to showcase their art. To organize this festival on a grand scale, inspiration is being taken from various kite festivals being held in the country and abroad.


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