1) Narendra Modi inaugurated Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 January 2015 inaugurated the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the world's largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin, in Gandhinagar by lighting the ceremonial lamp. The chief guest, Guyanese President Donald Ramotar, and South African foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, shared the dias with Modi and Sushma Swaraj. More than 4,000 delegates have arrived for the 13th PBD, aimed at enhancing networking and reinforcing commercial linkage. The event is being held in Gandhinagar Jan 7-9 to mark the centenary of India's "sarva sreshtha pravasi Bharatiya", or foremost Indian diaspora member, Mahatma Gandhi's return to the country from South Africa.
2) Kotak Bank shareholders approved merger of ING Vysya Bank: The merger between Kotak Mahindra Bank and ING Vysya Bank has received the approval of shareholders of both. Shareholders of the Mumbai-based Kotak bank approved the merger proposal at an extraordinary general meeting in Mumbai on 8 January 2015. The exchange ratio has been fixed at 725 Kotak shares with 1, 000 ING Vysya shares. ING Vysya Bank’s shareholders, too, had approved the merger proposal on 8 Jan 2015.
3) Virat Kohli betters Rahul Dravid's record: Virat Kohli is on a record-breaking spree. The latest from the Indian captain is erasing Rahul Dravid's mark in Australia. After scoring his 4th century of the series against Australia on the third day of the fourth and final Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday, Kohli surpassed Dravid. Former captain Dravid had held the record for most runs in a series in Australia, by an Indian batsman, with 619 (2003-04 series). Now that record belongs to Kohli.
4) PM inaugurated 'Dandi Kutir' museum: PM Narendra Modi on 8 January 2015 inaugurated the state-of-the-art Dandi Kutir, a museum on the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat's capital Gandhinagar, on the occasion of the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD). 'Dandi Kutir' is located inside a 41-metre high salt-mound as a symbol of Gandhi's famous Dandi march against the salt tax provisions imposed by the British regime in March 1930. State Chief Minister Anandiben Patel said that this is the biggest permanent museum in the world based on life of one person (Mahatma Gandhi). The 13th edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) is marking the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's return to India from South Africa.
5) 19th National Youth Festival began: The 19th National Youth Festival has begun in Guwahati, Assam. This festival coincides with the 152nd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Theme of this edition of youth festival is Youth for Clean, Green and Progressive India. It aims to spread to spread national integration and harmony.
6) Indian diplomat Atul Khare named head of UN department of field support: Senior Indian diplomat Atul Khare has been named by secretary general Ban Ki-moon as the head of the UN department that provides dedicated support to peacekeeping missions around the world, making him one of the highest ranking Indian officials in the world body. Khare, 55 will succeed Bangladesh's Ameerah Haq as the under-secretary-general for field support, department of field support (DFS).
7) Narendra Modi released coin and special postage stamp at Pravasi Bhartiya Divas: Marking 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s homecoming from South Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the special postage stamp and coin on 8 January 2015 at the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Gandhinagar.
8) Krishna Kant Paul sworn in as Uttarakhand Governor: Krishna Kant Paul was on 8 January 2015 sworn in as the sixth Governor of Uttarakhand. Senior Justice of Uttarakhand High Court V K Bisht administered the oath of office and secrecy to him at a simple function held at Raj Bhawan lawns in the presence of Chief Minister Harish Rawat.