1) India (Goa) emerged overall champions in the 3rd Lusofonia Games 2014: India (Goa) emerges overall champions with a rich haul of 92 medals (37 Gold, 27 Silver and 28 Bronze) in the 3rd Lusofonia Games 2014 held in Goa. Portugal and Macau (China) finished second and third respectively in this edition of the Portuguese Commonwealth Games that featured 12 countries.
2) Beating Retreat Marks End of R-Day Celebrations: Soul-stirring martial tunes and foot-tapping drumbeats on Wednesday reverberated as bands played near the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan lit by thousands of bulbs during Beating the Retreat event, marking the end of the Republic Day celebrations. 'Beating the Retreat' has emerged as an event of national pride when the Colours and Standards are paraded. The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army indigenously developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands.
3) Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize: A former Norwegian minister nominated fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prizeon Wednesday in a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
4) U.P. government launched Samajwadi pension scheme: Uttar Pradesh government launched Samajwadi pension scheme on 28 January 2014. The scheme will benefit over 40 lakh families. Under the scheme pension from 500 rupees to 700 rupees will be given to beneficiaries.
5) BCCI to assume Central Leadership responsibility in ICC: The International Cricket Council, ICC Board has strongly backed the principles related to future structure, governance and financial models of the apex cricket body of the world.
6) India ranks at the bottom in terms of Intellectual Property: Despite the current decade being called India’s ‘decade of innovation’, the country has ranked at the bottom of the list of 25 countries in terms of its intellectual property (IP) environment.
7) Google is best company to work for: Fortune- For the fifth consecutive year, Internet search giant Google has been named as the best company to work for by Fortune Magazine.
8) BJP to launch `Ek Note, Kamal Par Vote` campaign in Delhi: BJP`s Delhi unit will on Monday launch the "Ek Note, Kamal Par Vote" campaign for collecting voluntary contributions from public ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
9) Mohammed Azharuddin to contest Lok Sabha polls from West Bengal: Former India captain and current Lok Sabha MP Mohammed Azharuddin, in all likelihood, would contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from a constituency in West Bengal.
10) Om Prakash Singh takes over as ADG in CISF: Senior IPS officer from Uttar Pradesh Om Prakash Singh has been appointed as the chief of the airport sector of the CISF security at the country`s civil air terminals.
11) Bhutan lifts ban on furniture, alcohol import from India: Bhutan has decided to lift a ban on import of furniture and alcohol from India, saying the restrictions did not serve their intended purpose. The decision to reverse the ban, which was imposed in 2012 in the wake of global financial crisis, was taken during a cabinet meeting in Thimphu this week.
12) National Waqf Development Corp. Limited inaugurated by PM: Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India on 29 January 2014 inaugurated National Waqf Development Corporation Limited (NAWADCO) that is a new Central Public Sector Enterprise in New Delhi.
13) Bharti Airtel has appointed Manoj Kohli as MD: Bharti Airtel has appointed Manoj Kohli as MD of Bharti Enterprises of all non-telecom businesses of the group retail insurance, food and agriculture, realty and other businesses of the group. Currently he is the MD &CEO (International) of Bharti Airtel.