News For 9th-Jan (Monday)

1. The 36th India-France Strategic Dialogue took place on January 5, with a focus on addressing China’s militarization of the Indo-Pacific region and ways in which the two nations can work together to counter it.
2. India has taken over the leadership of the *Asia Pacific Postal Union (APPU)* in Jan '23 for 4 years.
3. India will launch the world’s longest river cruise, *“Ganga Vilas”* from Varanasi in UP to Dibrugarh in Assam on 13th Jan '23. This cruise will go through Bangladesh too.
1. Former *World Rapid Chess champion Koneru Humpy*, has won Indias first ever Silver medal in the FIDE world blitz chess championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2. Nineteen-year-old Kolkata-based chess player, Koustav Chatterjee became India’s 78th Grandmaster. He is also the tenth GM from West Bengal.
3. Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Saudi Arabian Club Al Naser, on a two and half million deal, a month after his contract with premier league club Manchester United was terminated.
4. World football legend, Pele died. Pele is the only player in the world till date, who has been part 3 victorious team & in all them he scored.
1. Sweden assumed the Presidency of the European Union Council for the first six months of the year on jan 1 2023, succeeding the Czech Republic.
2. China’s Launched a hydrogen urban train, and it is the first in Asia and the second such train in the world. Germany is the first country to operate the world’s first-ever hydrogen-powered passenger train fleet.
3. India and Pakistan exchanged lists of nuclear installations that cannot be attacked in the event of hostilities, maintaining a tradition dating back to 1992 despite bilateral ties being at an all-time low.
4. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the first metro rail in Dhaka.
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