1. BJP leader Jai Ram Thakur took oath as the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. Five-time MLA Jairam Thakur will be the 14th chief minister of Himachal Pradesh.

2. The Government of India, the Government of Tamil Nadu and the World Bank signed a $318 million loan agreement for the Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project to promote climate resilient agriculture technologies, improve water management practices, and increase market opportunities for small and marginal farmers.

3. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Andhra Pradesh Fibre Grid project, aimed at providing high-speed internet service to every household in the state at a nominal rate.

4. Actress Anushka Sharma has been named Person of the Year by animal rights organisation “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)”.

5. ICRA has projected 7 % Gross Value Added (GVA) growth in 2018-19.

6. Alfie Curtis, known for his role as Dr. Evazan in the film “Star Wars: A New Hope”, passed away. He was 87.

7. Veteran sports administrator Ashok Kumar Mattoo, who headed the national boxing and hockey federations at different times, passed away. He was 75.

8. Industry body Ficci has signed an agreement with the Center for the Study of Caste and Capitalism (CSCC) and its digital arm to promote the interest and growth of entrepreneurs belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

9. According to a report titled 2018 World Economic League Table, India is set to overtake the United Kingdom and France to become the world’s fifth largest economy in 2018. This report has been released by Centre for Economics and Business Research.