Carlos Sainz, at the age of 61, has made history by winning the Dakar Rally for the fourth time. His latest victory in the 2024 rally marks him as the oldest winner of this gruelling race. Sainz, also known as ‘El Matador’, is renowned for his extraordinary skills and endurance in one of the most challenging motorsport events in the world.

In a strategic move, Tata Sons Private Limited has successfully utilized its Right to Match card, retaining the prestigious title sponsorship of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the upcoming five seasons, spanning 2024 to 2028. This development follows the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) release of an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for Title Sponsor Rights in late December 2023. In 2022, Tata Group had initially replaced Chinese mobile manufacturer Vivo as the IPL title sponsor for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, contributing INR 365 crore per season. With their current decision to retain the title sponsorship, the group is poised for an extended and prominent association with the world’s most lucrative cricket league.

The beautiful town of Udhampur witnessed a glorious spectacle today as the sacred precincts of the Jagannath Temple came alive with the vibrant celebrations of the much-anticipated ‘Gole Mela.‘ Devotees from Udhampur district and beyond flocked to the temple to partake in this annual religious and cultural extravaganza.  

Former Chief Justice of India and current Rajya Sabha MP, Ranjan Gogoi, is set to be honored with the prestigious ‘Assam Baibhav’ award, the highest civilian award in Assam. This announcement was made by the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, who highlighted Gogoi’s significant contributions to the field of justice and jurisprudence. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on February 10.

Skyways Air Services Pvt Ltd has been recognized for its outstanding cargo services at the prestigious Wings India Awards held in Hyderabad. This recognition is a testament to Skyways Air Services’ commitment to excellence in the aviation cargo sector.

At the prestigious Wings India Awards 2024, both the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru and the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi were jointly awarded the ‘Best Airport of the Year’. This accolade celebrates world-class operators and individuals who have significantly contributed to the aviation industry, especially during challenging times.

PepsiCo India, in a strategic realignment, has appointed Jagrut Kotecha as its new CEO, succeeding Ahmed El Sheikh. Kotecha, currently the Chief Commercial Officer for PepsiCo in Africa, Middle East, and South Asia (AMESA), is set to take the helm of PepsiCo India’s operations in March 2024.

Senior IPS officer Daljit Singh Chaudhary has been appointed as the Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). This appointment is a significant development in the administrative reshuffling within India’s internal security apparatus. The Sashastra Seema Bal, one of India’s central armed police forces, is primarily responsible for guarding the country’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan. The appointment of Daljit Singh Chaudhary, an experienced officer, is expected to bring in renewed vigour and strategic expertise in managing the crucial border areas, especially in the context of emerging security challenges in the region.

“Conversations with Aurangzeb” is a novel by Tamil literary icon Charu Nivedita, translated into English by Nandini Krishnan. This book represents a unique fusion of historical narrative and satirical commentary, offering readers a fresh perspective on both historical and contemporary themes.

As the devoted city of Ayodhya eagerly counts down to the grand opening of the Ram Temple on January 22, a spectacular celebration is set to unfold. In a remarkable display, the world’s largest lamp, standing at an impressive 300 feet, will illuminate the city at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, adding a dazzling touch to the festivities.

As the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya gears up for its Pran Pratishtha (consecration) ceremony, it has received two unique offerings: the world’s largest lock, weighing 400 kg, and a colossal 1,265 kg laddoo Prasad.

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