16 January- Todays Current Affairs

72nd Army Day celebrated on January 15

  • The motto of the Indian Army is ‘service before self’.
  • Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year, to commemorate the day when (then) Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over General Sir Francis Butcher as Commander-in-Chief of India on January 1949.
  • This year, the Indian Army will celebrate 72nd Army Day


  • BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT — ANJU SHARMA for ‘Corporate Monk’
  • NON-FICTION — GAUR GOPAL DAS for ‘Life’s Amazing Secrets’
  • CHILDREN’S BOOKS — SUDHA MURTY for ‘The Upside-Down King’.
  • FICTION — TWINKLE KHANNA for ‘Pyjamas Are Forgiving’
  • BIOGRAPHY — KRISHNA TRILOK for ‘Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman’.
  • INDIAN LANGUAGE TRANSLATION: N. PRABHAKARAN for ‘Dairy of a Malayali madman’ (translated by JAYASREE KALATHIL)
  • CHILDREN’S WRITING — RICHA JHA for ‘Machher Jhol’ (illustrated by SUMANTA DEY) ENGLISH FICTION — MADHURI VIJAY for ‘The Far Field’.
  • ENGLISH NON-FICTION — SHANTA GOKHALE for ‘One Foot on the Ground’.

Three new species of tiny frogs have been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Three new species of tiny frogs have been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh by scientists of Zoological Survey of India.
  • These were discovered from Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) in Lower Subansiri district These were named as ‘Liurana himalayana’, ‘Liurana indica’ and ‘Liurana minuta’.


  • Virat Kohli: Captain of 2019 ODI, Test Teams of the Year
  • Rohit Sharma: 2019 ODI Cricketer of the Year
  • Pat Cummins: Test Cricketer of the Year
  • Ben Stokes: 2019 ICC’s Cricketer of The Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy)
  • Virat Kohli: 2019 Spirit of Cricket Award
  • Marnus Labuschagne: 2019 ICC Men’s emerging cricketer.


  • Saksham’, the month-long fuel conservation campaign of PCRA (Petroleum Conservation Research Association), to begin from January 16.
  • China’s first and oldest female tractor driver Liang Jun, whose image features on Renminbi currency notes, dies at 91.
  • Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI 2020) being held at Panaji (Goa): January 15-18.
  • Annual bull taming event ‘Jallikattu’ begins in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on the occasion of Pongal.
  • Centre accepts Justice Dhingra committee report on Delhi Police’s role in 1984 anti-Sikh riots