JAN 2016

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 1ST -31ST JANUARY 2016

  1. Union government and the World Bank signed a $50-million credit agreement
  2. Ambitious odd-even scheme of Delhi government started off in New Delhi
  3. LRSAM test-fired from INS Kolkata
  4. Iran’s leading banks will soon open branches in India
  5. Pakistan’s Singer Adnan Sami gets Indian Citizenship
  6. RBI asked the banks to open banks in villages with a population of more than 5000.
  7. K.Hota to be the new CMD of defence PSU BEML Ltd
  8. Harpal Singh Kumar received Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II
  9. Ashwin becomes the no.1 Test Bowler
  10. Indian Test captain ViratKohli named ‘BCCI Cricketer of the Year’
  11. Magnus Carlsen won the Qatar Masters Open chess tournament
  12. LaxmiRatanShukla announced his retirement

2nd January 

  1. DAVA project bags 2015 ASIA award for trade facilitation
  2. Vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyam conferred 2015 SangitaKalanidhi award
  3. Government constitute Kamlesh Chandra Committee to study wage structure of GraminDakSevaks
  4. Indian-origin cancer expert Harpal Singh Kumar knighted
  5. CMPDI Chairman assumes charge
  6. Eight states to implement DBT in kerosene from April 1
  7. Film-maker ShyamBenegal to head panel on Censor Board revamp

3rd and 4th January 

  1. India successfully test-fired indigenously developed MBRL Pinaka II at Pokhran
  2. 15 states have joined UDAY scheme: PiyushGoyal
  3. Lodha panel proposes drastic reforms for BCCI, IPL CEO given clean chit
  4. Wipro management changes, T K Kurien elevated as Vice Chairman, COO becomes CEO
  5. Paytm acquires Shifu for $8mn to enrich customer experience
  6. NABARD, NRSC signed MoU for monitoring Watershed Projects
  7. AtulSobti took charge as CMD of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
  8. LIC offers longer cover under ‘JeevanLabh’
  9. ArunimaSinha scaled Mount Aconcagua in Argentina
  10. India won the 2015 SAFF championships

5th January 

  1. Jharkhand Government inaugurated land bank web portal jharbhoom.nic.in
  2. Former Chief Justice of India SaroshHomiKapadia died
  3. LinkedIn names Akshay Kothari as India Country Manager
  4. Nokia completed acquisition of Alca-Lucent for 15.6 billion euro
  5. Mary Barra elected as Chairman of General Motors Board of Directors
  6. Kate Atkinson won 2015 Costa Novel Prize for A God in Ruins
  7. Toilets made mandatory to contest Panchayat polls in Bihar
  8. Union Government to launch River Information System for Inland Waterways
  9. India-Nepal Bus Service resumed after 27 years
  10. IUPAC announced addition of Four Elements to complete Seventh row of Periodic Table
  11. Department of Posts formed Kamlesh Chandra Panel on Gramin DakSevaks
  12. PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Indian Science Congress in Mysuru
  13. Filippo Grandi takes helm as UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  14. ONGC won 26th Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey tournament
  15. Sachin is brand ambassador for Novo Nordisk’s diabetes campaign

6th January 

  1. Cabinet okays India-Singapore MoU on civil aviation
  2. Forbes released 2016 30 Under 30 List; 45 Indian-origin people figured
  3. Union Cabinet approved Stand Up India Scheme
  4. Andhra Bank launched Immediate Payment Service
  5. World’s largest blue star sapphire discovered in Sri Lanka
  6. CCI cleared Reliance Capital-Goldman Sachs deal
  7. Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman topped 2015 US Bestseller List
  8. Australia pulled out of U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh due to safety concerns
  9. Union Government launched Ganga Gram Yojana in Uttar Pradesh
  10. India keen to promote operational oceanography: Minister
  11. Wayne Rooney named 2015 England Player of the Year
  12. ApurviChandela sets a world record to win gold at Swedish Grand Prix

7th January 

  1. Mufti Sayeed passes away, Mehbooba likely to succeed as CM
  2. WattanKOJano initiative: A programme that aims to expose youth from J&K to rest of India.
  3. Paramilitary forces to have 33% reservation for women in constable level position.
  4. IAMAI appoints Free charge founder Kunal Shah as chairman
  5. Gad Kari launches India’s first River Information System
  6. International media conference in Mysore
  7. Mysore to get Cauvery river gallery
  8. Cabinet okays ‘Sampoorna Arogya Keralam’ medical care project
  9. India to skip BS-V, leapfrog to BS-VI norms from April 1, 2020
  10. Uber launches ‘uberEXCHANGE’, start-up mentorship programme
  11. AB Khare appointed CMD of Madras Fertilizers
  12. Achyuta Samanta elected as General President of 105th Indian Science Congress
  13. Noted Gujarati writer Labshankar Thakar passed away
  14. Sam Pitroda appointed as Odisha Government’s Technical Advisor
  15. Pavan Kapoor To Be India’s Ambassador To Israel

8th January 

  1. Rajan is The Banker’s central banker of the year
  2. Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry, MEA merged
  3. Indo-French military exercise Shakti-2016 started
  4. First Company of Ganga Task Force deployed Ganga Gram Yojana launched
  5. Sailesh appointed new Registrar General, Census Commissioner
  6. Tata Steel bags PM’s trophy
  7. Amitabh Kant appointed as CEO of NITI Aayog
  8. Devender Kumar Sikri appointed as Chairman of Competition Commission of India
  9. Indigenously Built ASW Corvette INS Kadmatt commissioned in Visakhapatnam
  10. Operation Green Hunt to hunt Maoists
  11. Union Government allowed traditional bull-taming sports Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu
  12. Quikr acquired online real estate portal Commonfloor.com
  13. Miguel Tabuena won Hilton Asian Tour Golfer of the Month

9th January 

  1. French soldiers to march down Rajpath on Republic Day 2016 along with Indian troops
  2. Modi to be chief guest at sustainable agriculture meet in Gangtok
  3. SmritiIrani inaugurates 43rd New Delhi World Book Fair
  4. Oil Ministry launches e-initiative to improve LPG customer service
  5. President promulgated Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2016
  6. Bhanumurthy is new COO of Wipro
  7. Sri Lankan parliament begins process to adopt new Constitution
  8. SaniaMirza-Martina Hingis clinch Brisbane International title

10th -11th Jan

  1. Urjit Patel re-appointed as RBI Deputy Governor for Three Years
  2. 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas held in New Delhi
  3. President of India inaugurates 88th Annual Conference of Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan
  4. Book titled MARU BHARAT SARU BHARAT authored by Jain Acharya Maharaj released
  5. Nepal elected as UNICEF’s executive board member for 2016-2018
  6. 11th World Hindi Day observed on 10 January
  7. Noted Hindi writer Ravindra Kalia passed away
  8. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards announced in California
  9. ‘Stand-up India’ drive in the offing: Arun Jaitley
  10. British Singer David Bowie dies at 69
  11. ICC announces Money Gram as Event Partner; signs 8-year deal
  12. Maria Teresa de Filippis, first female Formula One driver, died
  13. Stanislas Wawrinka won third consecutive Chennai Open title

12th January

  1. Union Railway Ministry inaugurated Implementation of E-enabled Track Management System
  2. ADB to fund $840-m corridor between Vizag, Chennai
  3. Constro 2016 to focus on ‘Smart City’ concept
  4. Telangana became first State to make gender education compulsory at graduate level
  5. Ashish Saraf appointed as Airbus Group’s vice president
  6. RINL inked MoU with Andhra Pradesh Government for investment of 38500 crore rupees
  7. Illumina, Bill Gates & Jeff Bezos launched startup GRAIL to develop blood-based cancer tests
  8. Binny Bansal appointed as CEO of Flipkart
  9. Kullu Folk Dance Finds Place in Guinness Book of World Records
  10. Balkrishna Garg conferred with 2015 Harikrishna Devsare Baalsahitya Award
  11. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or award for world’s best player for fifth time

13th January 2016

  1. Kerala Declared First State to Attain Total Primary Education
  2. Book titled Jawaharlal Nehru and The Indian Polity in Perspective released by Hamid Ansari
  3. CII Partnership Summit 2016 concluded in Vishakhapatnam
  4. Lenovo to launch new smartphone under Google’s Project Tango
  5. Employees Provident Fund Organization won the National Award on e-Governance 2015-16
  6. Conference of QCG on Afghan Peace & Reconciliation held in Islamabad
  7. Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group signed MoU to set up naval facility in Vishakhapatnam
  8. Amitabh Bachchan made honorary life member of Mohammedan Sporting
  9. 20th National Youth Festival inaugurated in Naya Raipur
  10. IndraNooyi becomes ‘most generous graduate’ of Yale School of Management
  11. PMO sets up panel to fast-track bullet trains

14th January 2016

  1. Cabinet approves crop insurance scheme PMFBY
  2. WHO declares world’s worst ever Ebola outbreak over
  3. Sikkim Becomes India’s First Fully Organic State
  4. SBI launches dedicated branch for start-ups in Bengaluru
  5. Pilot project on DBT for kerosene to start soon: Pradhan
  6. R Shivakumar appointed Chairman of Assocham Karnataka
  7. Subhashini Vasanth honoured with Neerja Bhanot Award
  8. Sachin opens railway police safety drive
  9. UNICEF presented David Beckham with Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award

15th January 

  1. DRDO successfully test-fired anti-tank missile Nag in Rajasthan
  2. ‘Sahayog – Kaijin 2016’: India and Japan joint Coast Guard exercise
  3. India’s Grid-linked solar generation capacity crosses 5,000 MW mark
  4. Union Government signed a loan agreement with World Bank for Neeranchal National Watershed Project
  5. Lagaan actor Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay died
  6. Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman passed away
  7. Madhya Pradesh Government signed four MoUs with Singapore
  8. First ‘Mahila Squad’ Commissioned For High-Altitute Posts Of India-China Border
  9. Marat Safin inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame
  10. Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis juggernaut continues, win Sydney International title

16th January 

  1. Start-up India: This is the beginning of big bang start up boom in India, says Softbank CEO
  2. Narendra Modi initiative has Kochi’s ‘Start-up Village’ plotting more success
  3. Chinese President Xi launches Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  4. World Bank to be anchor investor in Rail Development Fund: Prabhu
  5. Flipkart ties-up with Mahindra for KUV100 online bookings
  6. World Bank released report titled World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
  7. Delhi-based writer Ankita Anand won the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for work on Khap panchayats
  8. Dr Jancy James selected for Prof MV Pylee Award for the Distinguished Academician of India

17th and 18th January 

  1. India’s Dinesh Sharma elected to Board of Directors of AIIB
  2. NITI Aayog collaborated with IDFC for Enterprise Survey of Manufacturing Firms
  3. Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen as first female President
  4. NASA launched SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket with Jason-3 Ocean-monitoring satellite
  5. Former Sikkim Governor Ventrapragada Rama Rao passed away
  6. SBT launches online platform for KSEB bill payments
  7. Mind tree appoints Ravanan as CEO, Natarajan as executive chairman
  8. Exim Bank inks MoU with AP Govt for promoting exports
  9. Somnath Temple to invest in Gold Monetisation Scheme
  10. French President declares economic emergency
  11. Delhi Acers defeated Mumbai Rockets to clinch Premier Badminton League title

19th January 

  1. UNWTO released World Tourism Barometer
  2. Draft report of R V Easwar Committee to simplify Income-tax Act, 1961 released
  3. Renowned film-maker Lakshman Rao Mohite alias Geethapriya died
  4. World Bank to fund 20 million US dollar for reconstructing Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
  5. SBI offers loans for women entrepreneurs under MUDRA scheme
  6. Jayalalithaa launches Amma Call Centre
  7. International Kolkata Book Fair on Jan 27
  8. HaloSource appoints Tamal Chaudhuri as India head
  9. World’s oldest man dies at 112 in Japan
  10. The Eagles’ guitarist Glenn Frey passed away World’s oldest man dies at 112 in Japan
  11. Guenter Butschek appointed as CEO and MD of Tata Motors
  12. Ronnie O’Sullivan defeated Barry Hawkins to win sixth Snooker Masters title

20th January

  1. PSLV-C31 successfully launched IRNSS-1E satellite
  2. Andhra Pradesh Government reconstituted the Commission for Backward Classes
  3. Veteran journalist Aroon Tikekar passed away
  4. BSE launches algorithm trading test
  5. Maharashtra government inks MoU with Tata Trust for skill training of youth
  6. India slips to 89th rank in global talent competitiveness
  7. Light combat aircraft, Tejas to fly at Bahrain Air Show
  8. Cabinet approves new power tariff policy
  9. Mamta Binani elected President of ICSI
  10. Indian driver Jehan Daruvala won Lady Wigram Trophy motor race

21st January 

  1. Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra replace Aamir Khan as ‘Incredible India’ brand ambassadors
  2. RBI asks banks to stop Rs 1,000 notes without security thread
  3. Oscar for Indian-origin actor, producer Rahul Thakkar in technical category
  4. PM NarendraModi released book titled The Z Factor written by Subhash Chandra
  5. Union Cabinet approved MoU between India & UK on cooperation in governance reforms
  6. CCEA approved setting up of over 5000 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects
  7. ISEBI released report of Narayan Murthy-panel on Alternative Investment Policy
  8. W Eminent dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai passes awayorld Economic Forum meeting starts in Davos, Switzerland
  9. World Economic Forum meeting starts in Davos, Switzerland
  10. Eminent dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai passes away
  11. Indian Mi-25 helicopters set to join Afghan Air Force
  12. DMRC inks interim consultancy pact for light metro projects in Kerala
  13. Uttar Pradesh won 2014-2015 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

22nd January 

  1. 19th National Conference on e-Governance begins in Nagpur
  2. Moldovan parliament appointed Pavel Filip as Prime Minister
  3. Ravi Chellam took charge as Executive Director of Greenpeace India
  4. Nai Manzil Scheme launched in Jammu and Kashmir
  5. IRS officer Atulesh Jindal appointed as Chairman of CBDT
  6. Italian film director Ettore Scola died
  7. Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace named the world’s best hotel of 2016
  8. EPFO wins award for e-governance

23rd January 

  1. Jan Dhan accounts deposits cross Rs. 30,000 cr
  2. PM declassifies 100 files relating to Netaji
  3. Google, Railtel launches free public Wi-Fi service at Mumbai Central Station
  4. Former Deputy Speaker of Gujarat Assembly Nirmala Gajwani died
  5. MSDE, DoT signed MoU to develop National Action Plan for Skill Development in Telecom Sector
  6. BEPS guidelines of OECD to be implemented in India from 1 April 2016

24rd January, 

  1. Amit Shah re-elected BJP president
  2. India’s largest and tallest tricolour hoisted at Ranchi
  3. TranServ launches India’s first social mobile wallet Udio
  4. India submits first Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC
  5. India to be fastest growing economy in 216: UN Report
  6. Mosquito-borne Zinka virus creates panic over birth defects in Latin America
  7. Sri Lanka tops in 2015 HDI in South Asia Region

25th January 

  1. Padma Vibhushan for Rajinikanth, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  2. 6th National Voters’ Day observed with theme Inclusive and Qualitative Participation
  3. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa won Presidential Election of Portugal
  4. AP Government launched Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme for tribal people
  5. Eminent Tabla player Shankar Ghosh passed away
  6. India-France inked 16 pacts including chopper venture
  7. Malayalam actor Kalpana passes away in Hyderabad
  8. Now, you can pay online for LPG refills
  9. IzumoTakuto and Zhu Chengzhu won ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals
  10. India won Blind T20 Asia Cup

26th and 27th January 

  1. 67th India’s Republic Day celebrated
  2. India-France signed 14 Agreements including 36 Rafale Aircraft deal
  3. Manipal Hospitals becomes Karnataka’s first centre for MRCP (UK) PACES examination
    4. International Solar Alliance headquartered in India with United Nations as Strategic Partner
    5. Marvin Minsky, the pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, died
    6. Rekha honoured with 3rd National Yash Chopra Memorial Award
    7. Kerala dentist Sajeev Koshy honoured with Order of Australia
    8. Hollywood actor Abe Vigoda passed away
  4. President Rule imposed in Arunachal Pradesh
  5. FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2015 announced
  6. West Indies’ ShivnarineChanderpaul retired from international cricket

28th January, 

  1. 150th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai
  2. International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust observed
  3. Union Government launched National Job Portal for Persons with Disabilities
  4. Union Cabinet approves raising of 17 Indian Reserve Battalions
  5. Rajasthan Govt inks MoU to join UDAY Scheme
  6. India and Armenia sign Protocol amending the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention
  7. India overtakes Thailand as World’s largest rice exporter
  8. Cognizant acquires KBACE Technologies
  9. India successfully test fired Akash missile at Chandipur
  10. IPS officer Aparna Kumar became India’s first civil servant to scale Mount Vinson Massif
  11. Chennupati Jagadish, Jay Chandra honoured with Order of Australia
  12. Indian activist Henri Tiphagne selected for Amnesty International Human Rights Award 2016
  13. Australian batsman David Warner won Allan Border Medal 2016

29th January 

  1. Union Government announced 1st batch of 20 smart cities from 11 States and Delhi
  2. Commemorative Coin of 150 rupees & Circulation Coin of 10 rupees on LalaLajpatRai released
  3. $80-m ADB loan to improve infra in Agartala, Aizawl
  4. Kerala to host global skill summit
  5. Iran, Airbus signed deal to buy 118 Airbus planes
  6. Gurdeep Singh appointed as CMD of NTPC
  7. NisidHajari won 2016 William E. Colby Award for Best Military Book
  8. India successfully test fired Akash missile at Chandipur
  9. Justice Sanjay Mishra appointed as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh
  10. NavneetKaur, SantoshKadale won gold in Senior National Rowing Championship
  11. SaniaMirza, Martina Hingis won 2016 Australian Open women’s doubles tennis title

30th January 

  1. Uttar Pradesh joins UDAY scheme
  2. Cabinet of Somalia agreed on Election Model outlined by Mogadishu Declaration 2015
  3. Puducherry Lt Governor AK Singh launched MITRA app for women safety
  4. Karnataka VikasGrameen Bank sets up cell to monitor govt schemes
  5. Goa launches project tracking portal
  6. Prince Mahidol Award 2015 conferred in Bangkok
  7. KK Jalan is now MSME Secretary
  8. JS Deepak replaces Garg as Telecom Secretary
  9. Leslie Berland appointed as Chief Marketing Officer of Twitter Inc
  10. Former Army Chief Gen K V Krishna Rao passes away
  11. Angelique Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win Australian Open