158) Uttar Pradesh government has launched a free household power connection scheme 'Prakash hai to vikas hai' for the poor in the state to mark former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday
159) Indian boxers claimed three gold, a silver, and a bronze medal at the Galym Zharylgapov Boxing Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.
160) Global human rights movement Amnesty International has appointed Kumi Naidoo as its next Secretary General.
161) ASEAN- PBD TO BE HELD IN SINGAPORE
The ASEAN Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2018 convention will be hosted by Singapore on Jan 6-7, 2018. This year’s celebrations have been given this name to mark the 25 years of relationship with ASEAN. The PBD conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the Government on issues of concern to our Diaspora and to explore opportunities for investment in India and contribution to the country of their origin.
162) Harry Kane of England scored record 39 goals in English Premier League in 2017, beating the 22 year-old record of Alan Shearer of 36 goals. He scored overall 56 goals in all formats, creating another record of highest number of goals in a year.
163) Manu Bhaker of Haryana won nine gold medals in the National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
164) WORLD’S LONGEST GLASS BRIDGE
The world’s longest glass bridge with fully transparent bottom has been opened in China to the public. Located in Shijiazhuang, the 488 meters long bridge lies 218 meters above hanging between the two cliffs in Hongyagu Scenic Area in Pingshan county.
165) India’s first runway on a ‘sea bridge’ as likely to be built at Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport bybuilding an RCC platform on the beach to enable bigger aircrafts to operate on the island.
166) Karnataka's capital city Bengaluru has become the first Indian city to have its own logo after the state government launched it. The logo has been designed by using both English and Kannada alphabets.
167) ‘BLUE FLAG’ LAUNCHED TO CLEAN BEACHES
The Environment Ministry has launched a pilot project 'Blue Flag' to enhance standards of cleanliness on beaches and to improve their development. Denmark based NGO Foundation for Environmental Education issues the Blue Flag certification to the eligible beaches that meet its stringent standards of up keep and cleanliness.
168) The World Bank approved $ 318 million loan for Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project to promote agriculture technologies, water management and market opportunities for farmers in the state.
169) After the United States, the Guatemala has become second country to announce that it would be moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
170) Marvellous Thieves by Paulo Lemos Horta
The New Wealth of Nations by Surjit S. Bhalla
Inside Parliament: Views from the Front Row by Derek O’Brien, Trinamool Congress MP