• Bengaluru will host the 107th edition of the Indian Science Congress. It will be the ninth time the city will host the annual convention. University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bengaluru will host the event.The congress has chosen ‘science and technology: rural development’ as its theme for the 107th edition.
  • In Tripura, Lai Haraoba, a ritualistic festival observed by Manipuri meitei communities began in Agartala
  • The annual New Delhi World Book Fair, in its 28th edition, will focus on how Mahatma Gandhi influenced generations of writers through his writings. The theme for World Book Fair 2020 is ‘Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer.
  • The world Braille Day is observed annually on 4 January. World Braille Day celebrated since 2019, is observed to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.
  • The Women Science Congress was inaugurated at the ongoing Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru. DRDO Aeronautical Systems Director-General Dr Tessy Thomas who is known as Missile Woman of India graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
  • Journalists’ Day is being celebrated on 6th of January every year in the state of Maharashtra.The day is celebrated in the memory of late thespian journalist Balshashtri Jambhekar.
  • The 4th edition of ‘Buxa Bird Festival’ has started in Buxa National Park in West Bengal’s, district Alipurduar.
  • Union Home Minister released a book ‘Karmayoddha Granth’ on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A ‘Karmayoddha’ is a man with a beating heart for people, a statesman, a hard taskmaster, an able administrator and an ideal leader who leads by example.
  • The Indian High Commission has organized the “Art Exhibition” in DhakaBangladesh. The “Art Exhibition” has been organized to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The 5th edition of the Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5) held in Pune, Maharashtra.The conference is being conducted in India for the 1st time.It is organised by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).
  • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year.This year the 16th edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is celebrated across the country.The day is celebrated every year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community in the development of India.
  • The famous chariot festival of the Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple in Tamilnadu begins.
  • The 27th edition of South Asian Trade and Travel Exchange Expo (SATTE) 2020 was held in New Delhi. The SATTE expo was supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and sponsored by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department.
  • World Hindi Day is celebrated globally on 10th January every year. The day is celebrated every year to promote the use of Hindi language worldwide.
  • The 23rd National Youth Festival 2020 has started from 12-16 January in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The theme of the 23rd National Youth Festival 2020 is “FIT YOUTH FIT INDIA”.
  • India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the nodal body for the country’s pulses trade and industry on announced that the 5th edition of “The Pulses Conclave 2020”, will be held from 12th February to 14th February 2020 in Lonavala, Maharashtra.
  • The 18th edition of Dhaka International Film Festival begins at Dhaka, Bangladesh. The theme of the festival is ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’.
  • First phase of “Bishwa Ijtema” has commenced in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This is the second largest congregation of Muslim community after Hajj. 
  • The World Future Energy Summit commences in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The theme for World Future Energy Summit is “Rethinking Global Consumption, Production, and Investment”
  • National Youth Day celebrated every year on 12 January every year. This is the day when Swami Vivekananda was born. 
  • 14 January celebrated as Armed Forces Veterans Day every year. Armed Forces Veterans Day is being celebrated since 2017. 
  • India’s flagship global conference on geopolitics and geo-economics Raisina Dialogue begins in New Delhi from 14 January 2020. 
  • The 6th meeting of the Island Development Agency (IDA) was supervised by Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister in New Delhi. During the meet, initiatives of sustainable development in the identified Islands were taken under Island Development Agency.
  • January 15 celebrated as Indian Army Day every year. This year (2019) 72nd Army Day is being celebrated across the country.
  • The India Meteorological Department or IMD is celebrating its 145th Foundation Day on 15 January 2020. IMD was created in 1875.
  • India and Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Ministers’ Meet 2020 was held in New Delhi. Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Bangladeshi counterpart Muhammad H Mahmud representing their respective countries in this meet.
  • Lucknow hosted the 7th Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) India Region. The conference was held with the theme of ROLE OF LEGISLATORS.
  • Goa is hosting the 5th edition of Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI 2020). The festival aims to instill the knowledge of science among the youth with the help of exhibitions, masterclasses, workshops, and other activities.
  • The Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, the UT Administration of Ladakh has organised the 1st-ever Food Processing Summit in the Union Territory Ladakh.
  • India to host the 19th Edition of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of Government meeting 2020.The meeting is held annually at the Prime Minister’s level.
  • 1st edition of Krishi Manthan– the largest Food, Agri-business and Rural Development Summit of Asia begins in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • The 3rd edition of North Zone Conference’ of Media Units of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, held in Jammu. The Conference is being organised by the Regional Outreach Bureau, Jammu and Kashmir region.
  • A Conference of the Chief Secretaries and Administrator State and Union Territories on Census 2021 and updating of National Population Register, NPR was held in New Delhi. 
  • The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was founded on 18th January 2006. NDRF celebrated its 15th Raising Day on 19th January 2020.
  • Chapchar Kut, the biggest and most important festival of the Mizos, will be celebrated by the Government of Mizoram on March 6, 2020. The festival is generally celebrated after the completion of the Jhum cultivation, which is also known as the slash and burn agriculture.
  • National Award winner Children actor, Talha Arsad Rishi inaugurated  the 9th International Children’s Film Festival in Kolkata, West Bengal. The festival will feature the screening of about 250 films from 45 countries.
  • 12th National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme begins in Puducherry. Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Dr Kiran Bedi inaugurated this Programme.
  • The 2nd edition of NIC Tech Conclave-2020 begins in New Delhi. These event is being organized by the National Informatics Centre.  This year conclave theme is “Technologies for Next-Gen Governance”.
  • Meghalaya celebrates the 48th anniversary of its statehood day on 21 January and the celebrations will continue till the Republic Day celebration.
  • National Girl Child Day celebrated by India every year on 24th January with an aim to focus on the inequalities faced by girls, to promote the education, health & nutrition of the girl child, and to spread awareness about the rights of a girl child.
  • 24th January was celebrated globally as International Day of Education with the theme ‘Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace’. It was celebrated for the first time on 24 January 2019.
  • The 44th International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) will be held with Russia as the focal theme country. It is the world’s largest non-trade book fair, Asia’s largest book fair and the most attended book fair in the world.
  • India hosts the International Summit on Women in STEM Visualizing the Future: New Skylines” at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. 
  • India celebrated 10th edition National Voters’ Day of 25th of January with the theme ‘Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy’ which aims to renew the citizens’ faith in the electoral process as well as to educate the voters of India.
  • The ‘Innovation Festival’ kicked off at the Science Centre in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. The festival is being organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation.
  • Dr N Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, has been conferred ‘Harit Ratna Award 2019’. This award is organised by the All India Agricultural Students Association.
  • Former President Pranab Mukherjee released the autobiography of Yashwant Sinha titled ‘Relentless’. The book describes Sinha’s journey from normal life to a high political powered life.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the 34th Surajkund International Crafts Fair on February 1, 2020, in Faridabad, Haryana.
  • The World Sustainable Summit 2020 is an annual event organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) at New Delhi. This year theme of the event is: ‘Towards 2030: Making the Decade Count’.
  • The 16th Mumbai International Film Festival-2020 for Documentary, Short Fiction and Animation films), inaugurated at Nehru Centre Auditorium, Worli, Mumbai. 
  • In India, World Leprosy Day is observed on Jan 30 every year to commemorate the death of Mahatma Gandhi who was assassinated on this day in 1948. This year theme of World Leprosy Day 2020 is “Leprosy isn’t what you think”.