1. Union HRD Minister inaugurates the 28th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020
- At Pragati Maidan in New Delhi
- Theme of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 is GANDHI: WRITERS’ WRITER to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.Mahatma Gandhi was a prolific writer, editor, publisher, Printer and Institution Builder.
- He wrote extensively in Gujarati, Hindi and English languages. His writings not only reflected his philosophy of non-violence and peace but also gave an insight into the socio-economic and political scenario of the country.
2. January 4th: World Braille Day
- As a tribute to Louis Braille,All India Radio News has broadcast news read by Visually impaired students and officers.The news was scripted in Braille and read Live.
- ‘Accessible Programming’ is a reflection of Accessible India Campaign launched by Prime Minister in 2015.
3. Indian Blind Sports Association (IBSA) is organizing week-long sportsevents for the blind from 6 to 11 January, 2020
- In the premises of The Blind Relief Association, Delhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, near the Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi.
- Established in 1986, Indian Blind Sports Association (IBSA), is one of the oldest and most active national-level sports organization working for the promotion of sports among the visually challenged.
- It is affiliated with Paralympic Committee of India and represents India at International Blind Sports Federation, the apex blind-sports world body.
4. Irfan Pathan announces retirement from all forms of Cricket
- Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan today announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket. Irfan, who has been out of favour from the Indian team for few years now, made his Team India debut at the age of 19 in 2003.
- He played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is. He was part of the victorious Indian team at the 2007 World Twenty 20 and was the man-of-the-match in the final against Pakistan.
5. Neutral pronoun ‘they’ voted Word of the Decade
- “They” is used in English by a growing number of non-binary individuals, people who do not identify as either male or female. They prefer the plural neutral pronoun to bypass using the pronouns “he” or “she”.
- The recognition comes after US dictionary Merriam-Webster in December named “they” as word of the year.
- The American Dialect Society had previously named “they” word of the year in 2015.