CURRENT AFFAIRS – JANUARY 2017 27th meeting of Southern Zonal Council held at - Thiruvananthapuram Among Important National Current Affairs, The 27th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council which is held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. However, the Southern Zonal Council consists of Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry (UT) and Andhra Pradesh. India and Singapore inked 3rd Protocol for amending - DTAA Among Important International Current Affairs, India and Singapore have signed a Third Protocol to amend DTAA (Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement) for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. However, it was signed in line with India’s treaty policy to prevent double non-taxation, curb revenue loss and check the menace of black money through automatic exchange of information. Period of enhanced Prepaid Payment Instruments limit extended by – RBI Among Important National Current Affairs, RBI (The Reserve Bank of India) has extended the period of enhanced Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPI) limit of Rs 20,000 as part of efforts to promote digital payments. However, the limit has been extended till the completion of review of the PPI guidelines. Also, the balance in such PPIs cannot exceed Rs 20,000 at any point of time and the merchants can transfer their funds from such PPIs to their own linked bank accounts up to Rs 50,000 per month, without any limit per transaction. Who takes over as next Chief of Army Staff - General Bipin Rawat Among Important National Current Affairs, General Bipin Rawat took charge as the new 27th Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) of India. However, he succeeds General Dalbir Singh Suhag who retired from the service. He had also superseded two senior most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and PM Hariz. Also his appointment goes against the long-held convention of appointing the senior-most eligible officer to the topmost post. Which player becomes world's best playmaker for 2016 – Lionel Messi Among Important Sports Current Affairs, Lionel Messi has been voted the best playmaker in the world for 2016. However, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) the Argentine has collected total 172 points, four more than last year, finishing ahead of Andres Iniesta, second in the ranking with 66 points and Toni Kross, third with 45 points. Which two countries has exchanged lists of nuclear sites - India, Pakistan Among Important National Current Affairs, India and Pakistan has exchanged the list of their nuclear installations and facilities under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations. However, this is the 26th consecutive exchange of such list, which held between the two countries after the first list was exchanged on 1st January, 1992. Also, this exchange is done every year on 1st of January between them, with an aim to prevent them from attacking each other’s nuclear facilities.
Though, both countries have also exchanged the lists of nationals (including civil prisoners and fishermen) of each country lodged in their respective jails as per provisions of the Agreement on Consular Access. Which player has announced his retirement from tennis - Somdev Devvarman Among Important Sports Current Affairs, on 1st January 2016 Counter-puncher Somdev Devvarman at the age of 31 announced his retirement from tennis. He has represented India in the Davis Cup in 14 ties with 14 wins and 10 defeats in singles. Also, Somdev reached a career-high rank of 62 in July 2011. He ended runner-up in ATP 250 events in Chennai (2009) and Johannesburg (2011) and those were his best results in his career apart from many wins on the Challenger circuit. Journalist says Titanic tragedy caused by - Fire Among Important International Current Affairs, as we all know that the Titanic tragically sank more than 100 years ago, the world has believed it was because of a rogue iceberg — but according to a journalist, it has now emerged that the gigantic ocean liner could have been brought down by a fire. This journalist has spent 30 years researching on the disaster, believes that it was fire, not the ice that sealed the liner’s fate. Union Government launches mobile app for - Haj Pilgrimage Among Important National Current Affairs, The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has finally launched the Mobile App for Haj Pilgrimage. However, this app will provide information and facilitate e-payments for the pilgrimage. Also, this is for the first time that digital push has been given to the Haj application process. Without any doubt it is really a major initiative in the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme. British-Indian Cambridge professor knighted by - Queen Elizabeth Among Important International Current Affairs, Shankar Balasubramanian who is an Indian-origin British professor of chemistry has received a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the field of science and medicine. However, Balasubramanian, 50, Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Cambridge University, has been recognised for his work as a co-inventor of Next Generation DNA sequencing, and also described as the most transformational advance in biology and medicine for decades. India successfully test-fires - Agni IV Missile Among Important National Current Affairs, India has successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile named as ‘Agni-IV’ with a strike range of 4000 km as part of a user trial from a test range off Odisha coast. However, supported by a mobile launcher the surface-to-surface missile was flight tested from launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island, which is formerly known as Wheeler Island, at about 11.55 hours, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). According to the sources, this was the 6th trial of the indigenously developed Agni-IV missile which met the mission objectives. Also, the last trial conducted by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC) of Indian Army on 9th November, 2015 was also successful. Seeking votes on religious basis a corrupt act - SC
Among Important National Current Affairs, the Supreme Court in its latest verdict has held that election candidates cannot seek votes on the grounds of the religion, caste, creed, community or language of voters. However, the ruling was given by a 4-3 majority of the seven-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur. It was held that if the candidate is found violating the order will result into call for his disqualification. Who has been appointed as new UPSC chairman - David R Syiemlieh Among Important National Current Affairs, Prof David R Syiemlieh has been appointed by the President Pranab Mukherjee as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as per Article 316 of Constitution. However, he will take over all the responsibility from Alka Sirohi and shall remain the head of the organisation till his retirement on 21st January, 2018 or till further orders. Also, prior to this appointment he was functioning as a UPSC member from 25th June, 2012. Government launched what in 500 cities - Swachh Bharat Survekshan 2017 Among Important National Current Affairs, The Union Ministry of Urban Development has launched Swachh Survekshan 2017 to rank 500 cities/towns across the country on cleanliness with a population of about 1 lakh and above. However, the survey will be conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) under the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan in a bid to encourage competition to improve sanitation. RBI appointed whom as an Executive Director - Surekha Marandi Among Important National Current Affairs, on 3rd January 2017 The Reserve Bank announced Surekha Marandi as an Executive Director. She will now look after financial inclusion, among other departments. Surekha Marandi took charges and also replaces U S Paliwal, who retired on 31st December, 2016. Please Note: As Executive Director, Marandi will look after Consumer Education and Protection Department, Financial Inclusion and Development Department and Secretary’s Department, the central bank said in a notification. 104th Indian Science Congress inaugurated in – Tirupati Among Important National Current Affairs, on 3rd January 2017 Indian Science Congress has inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress at Tarakarama Stadium of Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. However, the congress will conclude on 7th January, 2017. Also, it is the second time that Tirupati is hosting the Indian Science Congress. The main theme of the 104th Indian Science Congress is – ‘Science and Technology for National Development. Government approved new projects under Namami Gange for - Haridwar and Varanasi Among Important National Current Affairs, The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved new projects, which is under Namami Gange programme in Haridwar (Uttarakhand) and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh). However in Haridwar, about 68 MLD sewage treatment plants (STP) and 14 MLD STP in Sarai was with Central government funding and also under Hybrid Annuity based PPP mode. Besides this, 50 MLD sewage treatment plant at Ramana in Varana under Hybrid Annuity-based PPP mode was also approved.
Which state received international accolades as India celebrates 350th Prakash Parv – Patna Among Important National Current Affairs, India is celebrating the 350th Prakash Parv i.e. birth anniversary of Guru Govind Singh Ji. However, the main function held on 5th January, 2017 at the iconic Gandhi Maidan, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi also participated along with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and several other Sikh dignitaries from India and abroad. Here, Bihar government had also announced a three-day holiday during the ‘Prakash-Parv’ at Takht Harmandir Sahib, the birthplace of the 10th Sikh Guru. Who has been appointed as Britain's EU ambassador - Sir Tim Barrow Among Important International Current Affairs, on 4th January 2017, Sir Timothy Earle Barrow was appointed the British Permanent Representative to the European Union (EU). However, this appointment came after the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers from his post on 3rd January, 2017. Scientists discovered which new human organ in digestive system – Mesentery Among Important International Current Affairs, Scientists from the country Ireland have claimed discovery of a new human organ named the mesentery that exists in the digestive system. However, it will be known as human body’s 79th organ. The organ Mesentery connects the intestine to the abdomen. The organ was previously thought to consist of fragmented and disparate structures. Dasari to make biopic on – Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Among Important Entertainment Current Affairs, the popular filmmaker and former Union Minister Dasari Narayana Rao has announced on 4th January, 2017 that he is going to make a biopic on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who breathed her last on 5th December, 2016. Dasari Narayana Rao has said clearly that - “I have been closely associated with the actor who went on to become a political leader and I have observed her life. It struck me that it was only appropriate that I make a film on a person who inspired several people and worked in at least 140 films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada,” On 4th January which day is observed across the world – World Braille Day Among Important International Current Affairs, on 4th January 2017 the World Braille Day was observed across the world with the purpose to commemorate the birth anniversary of Louis Braille. However, to celebrate this day, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), health institutions, policy makers across the world came all together to raise awareness about the problems of visually impaired people. First African-American to the space station in 2018 will be send by – NASA Among Important International Current Affairs,According to NASA - Jeanette Epps will become the first African-American space station crew member when she launches on her first spaceflight in May 2018. However, the New York native spent seven years as a CIA technical intelligence officer before being selected as a member of the 2009 astronaut class, the US space agency said in a statement on Wednesday. Name the bollywood Veteran actor who passes away recently - Om Puri Among Important Entertainment Current Affairs, Bollywood veteran actor Om Puri passed away at the age of 66 because of massive cardiac arrest in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
However, his acting credits include appearances in commercial Indian, British, and Hollywood, independent films and art films too. He was also credited for being part of parallel, new-wave cinema along with Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil that brought change in the film industry back in the 1980s. India and Kazakhstan sign Protocol to amend – DTAC Among Important National Current Affairs, India and Kazakhstan have signed a Protocol to amend the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) between the two countries in New Delhi. However, the DTAC between both countries was earlier signed in the month of December 1996 for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. Ninth edition of JIFF will be begin from – 7th January, 2017 Among Important Entertainment Current Affairs, on 7th January 2017 the ninth edition of JIFF i.e. Jaipur International Film Festival is scheduled to begin. However, the five-day event will be inaugurated by prominent South Indian celebrities such as singer Hariharan, multi-skilled veteran director Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and actress Rachana, who will also be the event’s Guests of Honour. 16th meeting of FSDC held in - New Delhi Among Important National Current Affairs, The 16th meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was held in New Delhi. However, it was chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. It was also attended by heads of all financial sector regulators as its members. It reviewed the major issues and challenges facing the economy. India’s GDP growth expected to be slower in 2016-17 at – 7.1% Among Important National Current Affairs, according to growth projection which is released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), India’s Gross Domestic Product i.e. GDP growth is expected to grow at a slower pace at 7.1% in the year 2016-17 as compared to 7.6% in 2015-16. However, this estimate is in sync with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) economic growth forecast and is largely based on data from the first seven months of the year. Also, the slowdown is chiefly due to an industrial slowdown. 44th New Delhi which fair begins - World Book Fair Among Important National Current Affairs, The 44th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair began at Pragati Maidan in national capital. However, the theme for this edition of the event is ‘Manushi– Books Written on and by Women’. Though, it was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Human Resources Development (Higher Education) Mahendra Nath Pandey. Government constitutes which committee to frame National Sports Code - Injeti Srinivas Committee Among Important National Current Affairs, The Union Sports Ministry has finally constituted committee with a reason to frame comprehensive National Sports Development Code across sports disciplines. However, it will be headed by Injeti Srinivas, Sports Secretary. Also, the committee will study the existing sports governance frame work, issues relating to sports governance in the country, recent developments related to sports governance. None the less, it will also study court judgments and international best practices and make recommendations on bringing out a comprehensive code across sports disciplines.
India with which country has signed six agreements - Portugal Among Important National Current Affairs, India and Portugal have signed total six memorandums of understandings (MoUs) including in defence cooperation. However, these agreements were signed after delegation level talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Portugal counterpart António Costa who is Chief Guest of 2017 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. List of the Six agreements are – • MoU on Defence. • MoU on Renewable Energy • MoU on Marine Research and Resources • MoU in the Agriculture and Allied Sectors • MoU in the field of Information Technology and Electronics • MoU on the establishment of an ICCR Chair of Indian Studies in University of Lisbon World Bank holds meet with India on - Indus Water Treaty Among Important International Current Affairs, India asked the World Bank not to rush in brokering a deal on its dispute with Pakistan over Ratle and Kishenganga projects coming up in the state Jammu and Kashmir. However, India also conveyed its position during a meeting with World Bank representative in New Delhi. India asserted that the differences between India and Pakistan can be resolved bilaterally or through a neutral expert. MIT researchers develop super strong, lightweight - 3D Graphene Among Important National Current Affairs, Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed 3D version of graphene by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene, a twodimensional form of carbon. However, Graphene is to be one of the strongest materials known to man but so far because of its extreme thinness it was not able for practical use. Also, the 3D version of Graphene was produced using a combination of heat and pressure. It produced stable structures called diatom. Do You Know – • 3D Graphene is lightweight, only 5% as dense as steel but is 10 times stronger. • Also this development could lead production of more lighter, stronger materials. Which country to set up world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet – China Among Important International Current Affairs, China is setting up the world’s highest altitude gravitational wave observatory in a Tibet prefecture close to Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India. However, the telescope will detect and gather precise data on primordial gravitational waves in the Northern Hemisphere. The construction work of the first telescope code-named Ngari No.1 as part of first phase has started. It is expected to be operational by 2021. Also, it is located at located 5,250 meters above sea level, 30kms south of Shiquanhe Town in Ngari Prefecture at China’s border with India. In the second phase series of telescopes, code-named Ngari No. 2 will be set up about 6,000 meters above sea level. The high altitude of Ngari observatory provides clear sky to detect tiny twists in cosmic light and has minimal human activity. This observatory will be among the world’s top primordial gravitational wave observation bases, alongside the South Pole Telescope and the facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Indian Army conducts test of indigenous heavy artillery gun - Dhanush
Among Important National Current Affairs, The Indian Army has successfully conducted ‘user-validation’ trials of indigenous Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System i.e. ATAGS Dhanush in the Himalayas. However, it clears the way for the induction in the Army. Before this, proof firing tests of Dhanush’s armament systems were carried out during technical trials in June and September, 2016 and some initial integrated firing tests were successfully carried out in the month of December, 2016. Satellites and Missions launched by whom in 2016 – ISRO In the year 2016, ISRO i.e. The Indian Space Research Organisation gave us numerous proud moments by showcasing its space prowess. However, we all should must say thanks to ISRO and its scientists who work day and night to make India a self-reliant country in space science. PM Narendra Modi announces which yojana - Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana Among Important National Current Affairs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY), which is a skill development program targeted at Indian youth seeking overseas employment to make India the Skill Capital of the World. However, it was launched after inauguration of 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas convention at India’s IT hub Bengaluru, Karnataka. Whereas, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa was the Chief Guest of the event. SC wants what in EVMs for fair elections – VVPAT Among Important National Current Affairs, The Supreme Court has finally reiterated the necessity to implement the Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in electronic voting machines (EVMs) to ensure 100% transparency in elections. However, this is the second time the Supreme Court has directed Election Commission (EC) for the implementation of VVPAT in EVMs. In the year 2013, SC had directed the EC to introduce VVPAT in a phased manner for 2014 general elections. SC had also observed that VVPAT will ensure free and fair polls and help in sorting out disputes. Though, in response the EC had informed the apex court that the VVPAT can be introduced in a phased manner. New Ginger species with medicinal properties discovered in - Andamans Among Important National Current Affairs, Scientists from Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have discovered a new species of Zingiber which is commonly referred as ginger from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, the new species has been named as Zingiber pseudosquarrosum and belongs to genus Zingiber. Also, it is used for its medicinal values by the local Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) of the Andamans. Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile - Babur-3 Among Important International Current Affairs, Pakistan has successfully test-fired its first SubmarineLaunched Cruise Missile (SLCM) named as Babur-3, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. However, this launch gives Pakistan a “credible” second-strike capability. Here, the Babur-3 missile was fired from an underwater mobile platform from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean and hit its target with precise accuracy.
Which country launches first commercial space mission with new Kuaizhou-1A rocket – China Among Important International Current Affairs, China has successfully launched first commercial mission using an updated version of the low-cost Kuaizhou-1A rocket. However, as part of the mission three satellites JL-1, CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1 were launched into space. Though, the rocket was launched from northwestern China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province. Please Note: Rocket Technology Company under the state owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (ACSIC) was responsible for the successful launch mission. Cristiano Ronaldo named the world’s best player for 2016 Among Important Sports Current Affairs, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is named as the world’s best player for the year 2016 at the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards, which was held in Zurich, Switzerland. However, to win this title he received about 34.54% of total votes. Here, he defeated Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (26.42%), Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann (7.53%) to win the coveted prize. Nobel Prize Series India Exhibition in Gandhinagar inaugurated by - PM Narendra Modi Among Important National Current Affairs, PM Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Nobel Prize Series Exhibition in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. However, it is the first-of-its-kind conclave of Nobel laureates which is to be held in India. Also, it has been organised by Nobel Media and coordinated by the Department of Biotechnology. Nine Nobel laureates are attending it and interact with students of Indian Universities. On 10th January which day is observed across the world - World Hindi Day Among Important International Current Affairs, on 10th January the World Hindi Day is observed annually across the world. However, on this special occasion, Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has conducted special events to spread the greatness of the language through its missions abroad. Besides this, the Department of Official Language (Rajbhasha) also organises several events to mark this day. PM Narendra Modi inaugurates India’s first international exchange at - GIFT City Among Important National Current Affairs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated India’s first international exchange India INX at the International Financial Service Centre (IFSC) of GIFT (Gujarat International Financial Tech) City Gandhinagar, Gujarat. However India INX is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Here, it will enable Indian firms to compete on equal footing with offshore firms. January 2017 Global Economic Prospects report released by – World Bank Among Important International Current Affairs, on 10th January 2017 World Bank has released January 2017 Global Economic Prospects report. According to the report, after a post-crisis low 2016, the global economy will accelerate moderately to about 2.7% in the year 2017. However, the growth will be carried on because obstacles to activity have moved away in emerging market and developing economy commodity exporters.
Also the report says that the obstacles receded when the domestic demand remains soild among emerging market and developing commodity. Here the report also highlights that the growth in advanced economies is expected to edge up to 1.8% in the year 2017. India’s first Student Startup and Innovation Policy launched by - Gujarat Government Among Important National Current Affairs, Gujarat government has launched India’s first student startup and innovation policy. The main aim behind this launch is to provide Rs 200 crore in the form of grants to ideas developed by students/ the policy also aims to support over 1,000 innovations per year in the state and create preincubation support in all universities of the state. National Youth Day was observed on - 12th January On 12th January 2017, National Youth Day was observed. This is an annual event to mark birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. This year it was 154th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Do You Know : In 1984, Union Government declared 12th January as National Youth Day, so this day is being observed since 1985. Swami Vivekananda was born on 12th Jan 1863 in West Bengal and was chief disciple of spiritualist Ramakrishna. Original name of Swami Vivekananda was Narendra Nath Datta. He is founder of Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. Name of Second Scorpene class submarine which was launched in Mumbai - Khanderi Among National Current Affairs, On 12th January 2017, Second of the Scorpene class submarine INS Khanderi was launched at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. Union Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Subhash Bhamre launched it and it was named after fort of Maratha forces that played a vital role in ensuring their supremacy at sea in the late 17th century. Now this will go under various trails before being inducted into Indian Navy. Where was first gender literature fest of world was held - Patna From 6th March to 8th March 2017, First Gender Literature Festival (GLF) of World will be held in Patna ( Bihar ) and this function will be organised by NIFT, Patna. This function will have many attendies viz. Social workers, Bureaucrats, Authors, Activists, Students etc. This initiative aims at creating a platform to exchange ideas and to share and learn experiences of renowned people in the field of gender literature. Which state started firstever Student Startup and Innovation Policy in India - Gujarat First Student Startup and Innovation Policy of India was introduced by Gujarat Government in the first week of January 2017. This was announced by Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani. In coming next 5 years Rs. 200 crore will be provided to the students as State Innovation Fund. This initiative was taken under the guidance of Education Department and it will promote innovation and pre-incubation awareness amongst students of higher education. Which country became first country to ban FM radio broadcasting - Norway Among International Current Affairs, On 11th January 2017, Norway became first country in world to ban FM radio broadcasting.
Main reason to ban FM radio broadcasting is government's endeavour to offer a better radio service to the whole population. India successfully test-fired Guided - Pinaka Rocket Among Important National Current Affairs, on 12th January 2017 India successfully test-fired the Guided Pinaka rocket from Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha. However, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman S. Christopher congratulated the scientists, industry and the armed forces for the successful flight test of the new rocket version. The Guided Pinaka is known to be a modified version of the Pinaka rocket, equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit. Barack Obama surprises whom with Presidential Medal of Freedom - Joe Biden Among Important International Current Affairs, on 12th January 2017 Barack Obama has surprised the vice-president, Joe Biden, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. However, a teary-eyed Biden accepted the medal, the highest civilian honor, at a ceremony at the White House. Also, Obama said he was bestowing the honor on Biden for “faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and a lifetime of service that will endure through the generations”. Here, Obama He called the vice-president an “extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service”. Name the Free-of-cost service to ferry remains of NE people - Aakhiri Ahuti Among Important National Current Affairs, on 13th January 2017 Delhi Police in association with IndiGo has launched 'Aakhri Ahuti' service to ferry human remains of underprivileged North-Eastern people free of cost. According to Delhi police - "Aakhri Ahuti is known to be a humanitarian initiative, which is taken by Delhi Police in co operation with IndiGo to transport/carry the remains of the deceased people from the North-east free of cost to the North- eastern destinations on IndiGo's network," However, Under the service, it is only on the recommendation from the office of Delhi Police's NorthEast unit, IndiGo will ferry the human remains on a case-to-case basis. Well, Delhi Police Joint Commissioner Robin Hibu said, "We are humbled by IndiGo's gesture to extend support to the affected people from North-East India. More than 12 lakh people are working in different organized and unorganised sectors like BPOs, malls, private companies, hospitals, hotel industry, and as security guards, to mention some, from the North-eastern states. Ferrying human remains from Delhi to North-east by air is a costly affair." Who has been appointed as a distinguished Senior Fellow of Atlantic Ocean – Manish Tewari Among Important National Current Affairs, on 11th January 2017 Former Union Minister Manish Tewari has been appointed as a distinguished Senior Fellow at the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council, a leading US think-tank on policy matters. Howeevr, at the council, Tewari will work on developing programmes that are aimed at strengthening US-India ties. India’s first solar power boat launched in – Kerala Among Important National Current Affairs, on 12th January 2017 the first solar-powered boat named as ‘Aaditya’ has been launched by the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Vaikom. However, this boat will do the service between Vaikom and Thavanakkadavu.
Also, Kerala Government sought the financial assistance from the Union Government to roll out this solar power boat. Although, the government will soon launch about ten more solar power boats with an aim to replace the existing fleet of diesel boats with solar-powered ones. Rudensky, Sakaguchi and Ramsdell win – 2017 Crafoord Prize Among Important International Current Affairs, Immunologist Alexander Rudensky, Shimon Sakaguchi of Osaka University in Japan and Fred Ramsdell of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in San Francisco won the 2017 Crafoord Prize. However, they won the honour for ‘their discoveries relating to regulatory T cells, which counteract harmful immune reactions in arthritiss and other autoimmune diseases.’ Expert Group on SECC submits report to - Rural Development Ministry Among Important National Current Affairs, the Expert Group is finally set up to prepare Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) and has submitted its report to the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). However, the expert group was headed by former Finance Secretary Sumit Bose. The main objective of the expert group was to study criteria for allocation of resources to States and identification and prioritization of beneficiaries under various programmes using SECC data. Here, the MoRD will use the SECC data for identification of beneficiaries and generating priority list of beneficiaries under its programmes. Also, based on it appropriate guidelines were issued for making inter-state allocation to cover households under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana and Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission. India inked MoU to construct 3000 Rain Water Harvesting systems with - Sri Lanka On 13th January 2017, India inked MoU's with Sri Lanka to construct rain harvesting systems in the northern Jaffna District. This will be of worth 30 crores approx. Acting High Commissioner of India Arindam Bagchi signed it in the presence of Abdul Hameed Mohamed Fowzie, State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation of Sri Lanka. Do You Know : President of Sri Lanka is - Maithripala Sirisena Prime Minister of Sri Lanka is - Ranil Wickremesinghe Which country took chair of UN group of 134 developing countries - Ecuador On 14th January 2017, Ecuador took over the chair of the United Nations Group of 77. Before Ecuador this chair was with Thailand. Do You Know : Capital of Ecuador is Quito and President of Ecuador is Rafael Correa. The Group of 77 (G77) at the United Nations is a coalition of developing nations and it promotes the interests of the 134 developing countries. This group was formed on 15th June 1964. Union Commerce Ministry launched - SEZ India app Among Important National Current Affairs, The Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has launched a mobile application, which is named as “SEZ India” under its broader e-Governance initiative to help the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Units and Developers too. However, it will also help the SEZ Units and Developers to find information easily and track their transactions on Online System.
Here, it will also facilitate them to file all their transactions digitally through SEZ Online system and track the status on the go through the SEZ India mobile app. SpaceX launches Cluster of Iridium Satellites from – California Among Important International Current Affairs, on 14th January 2017 SpaceX which is the American rocket company has launched a Falcon 9 vehicle into space with about 10 satellites of Iridium. However, all these 10 satellites were placed in the low-orbit. Do You Know – • Falcon 9 vehicle was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast. • Whereas, Iridium is a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications. First ever which festival is concluded in Hyderabad - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Dance Among important national current affairs, on 15th January 2017 the first ever Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Dance festival finally concluded. However, the festival was inaugurated by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu at the Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad. Here, it was aimed at introducing the unique diversities of the Asia Pacific region and sharing the joys that varied communities across this region feel while they dance. Which country hands over two ships to Pakistan Navy for Gwadar Port security – China Among Important International Current Affairs, China has finally handed over two ships to the Pakistan to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). However, these ships have been named as Hingol and Basol, after two rivers near Gwadar. Also, they will be part of Pakistan Navy and are equipped with state-of-the-art guns. Main aim to be used is to protect the sea-lanes in the Arabian Sea. Besides, China will also provide two more ships to Pakistan Navy which have been named Zhob and Dasht after two districts in Balochistan. What identified as ‘missing element’ in Earth’s core – Silicon Among Important International Current Affairs, Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have claimed that Silicon (Si) is one and only the ‘missing element’ in the Earth’s core. However, with the help of this discovery, we can better understand how our world has been formed. According to scientists, silicon likely makes up a significant proportion of Earth’s core after its major constituents iron and nickel. It was missing element in the deep interiors of our planet that has eluded us for decades. IMF downgrades India’s GDP growth forecast to – 6.6% Among Important National Current Affairs, on 16th January 2017 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released the World Economic Outlook Update 2016 in Washington DC, the USA. However, the update estimated the global growth at 3.1% in the last year 2016. Also the growth forecast is in line with the October 2016 forecast. Also with regard to India, the update projected India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate at 6.6% in 2016-17 against its earlier estimate of 7.6%. For this year and the coming year 2017-18, the growth rate is trimmed by 0.4% points. 2016 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry is won by – Jacob Polley Among Important International Current Affairs, on 16th January 2017 poet Jacob Polley won the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for his collection ‘Jackself’.
However, this award ceremony was organized at the Wallace Collection Gallery in London. Polley is known to be the 23rd winner of the prestigious USD 24000 award. Union Cabinet approves Trade Agreement negotiations with – Peru Among Important National Current Affairs, The Union Cabinet has approved holding negotiations for Trade Agreement with Peru on trade in goods, services and investment. However, the trade agreement will be an important landmark in India-Peru relations and consolidate the traditional fraternal relations also that have existed between India and LAC countries. Well, the trade agreement will enhance the trade and economic relations between the two countries. Who is new President of European Parliament – Antonio Tajani Among Important International Current Affairs, on 17th January 2017 the Italian conservative Antonio Tajani was elected as the President of the European Parlaiment. However, to be elected for the post, Tajanu defeated another Italian Gianni Pitella with 71 votes. Tajani also secured 351 votes, against 282 for patella, a socialist. The contest ran to the maximum four rounds. Also with this election, Tajani succeeds Germany’s Martin Schulz. In the month of November, Schulz has announced that he would return to German politics. Union Cabinet approves India’s Membership in the - International Vaccine Institute Among Important National Current Affairs, The Union Cabinet has finally given its approval to the proposal for India’s taking full membership of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Council. However, this decision involves payment of annual contribution of US $5,00,000 to the IVI (headquartered in Seoul, South Korea). Name the Rishi Kapoor autobiography which is authored by Rishi Kapoor & Meena Iyer - Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored Among Important Entertainment Current Affairs, bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor’s autobiography, Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor uncensored came into news in the second week of January 2016. However, this book is authored by Rishi Kapoor and Meena Iyer. This book will be release on 20th January, 2017 but it came into highlight because it reveals certain facts about Rishi Kapoor’s life, like meeting with Dawood Ibrahim who is one of India’s most-wanted man, on two occasions in Dubai. Second Raisina Dialogue held in - New Delhi Among Important National Current Affairs, The second edition of Ministry of External Affairs’ annual Raisina Dialogue which was held in New Delhi with the theme “The New Normal: Multilateralism in a multipolar world”. However, the flagship geo-political conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was attended by delegates from 65 countries. 25 children including 13 girls selected for – National Bravery Awards Among Important National Current Affairs, twenty-five children among which 12 girls and 13 boys have been selected for the National Bravery Awards 2016. However, four of the awards will be given posthumously. Each and every winner of the award will receive their awards from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23rd January 2017. Well, these winners will participate in the parade of republic day i.e. 26th January, 2017. All the winners will be honored with their awards by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Which country ranked 78th in Global Passport Index – India Among Important National Current Affairs, in the third week of January 2017 the Indian passport was ranked 78th in a global ranking of the world’s most powerful passports. However, the visa-free score of India if 46. Here, the list was topped by the country Germany with a visa-free score of 157, whereas Singapore overtook South korea and became the highest ranked Asian passport with a visa-free score of 156. Please Note: Countries like Pakistan and China ranked 94 and 66 in the list respectively and the least powerful passport in the ranking was Afghanistan with a visa-free score of only 23. Which actor won People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress – Priyanka Chopra Among Important Entertainment Current Affairs, on 18th January 2017 bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra won the Favourite Dramatic TV Actress at the 43rd People’s Choice Award. Here she won the honour for her fantastic role in the American drama TV series ‘Quantico’. However, this is the second People’s Choice Award for Priyanka Chopra. She had also won her first award in the year 2016 in the ‘Favourite Actress in a New TV series’ category for her role in Quantico. Name the professor who did pioneering work on black holes, passed away recently – Professor CV Vishveshwara Among Important National Current Affairs, on 16th January 2017 Professor CV Vishveshwara, who did pioneering work on black holes, passed away at the age of 77, in Bengaluru. Very few people knew that Professor CV Vishveshwara was populary known as Vishu. He was celebrated as the ‘Black Hole Man of India’. Listing of five general insurance PSUs at the stock exchanges approved by - CCEA Among Important National Current Affairs, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its ‘in principle’ approval for listing the five Public Sector General Insurance Companies (2016-17) owned General Insurance Companies in the stock exchanges. However, they are New India Assurance Company Ltd, United India Insurance Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Company Ltd, National Insurance Company Ltd and General Insurance Corporation of India. Here, the shareholding of these PSGICs will be divested from 100% to 75% in one or more tranches over a period of time as per Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) rules and regulations. Who has been appointed as CBI Director – Alok Kumar Verma Among Important National Current Affairs, on 19th January 2017 the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Alok Kumar Verma as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation i.e. CBI. However, his appointed will be for only a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of his office. Well, Verma succeeded Anil Sinha who has been retired from his office on 2nd December, 2016. CEPI formally launched at - WEF, Davos Among Important International Current Affairs, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was officially launched at World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos after it received $460-million to develop vaccines against 3 emerging highly-contagious and fatal diseases. However, these three diseases are Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)-coronavirus, Lassa fever, and Nipah virus.
Here, CEPI will use this fund to contain outbreaks these 3 diseases before they become global health emergencies. According to UNWESP report India economy projected to grow by 7.7% in - FY 2017 Among Important National Current Affairs, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017 report, India’s economy is projected to grow by 7.7% in fiscal 2017 and 7.6% in 2018. However, India will remain the fastest growing large developing economy due to its strong private consumption and gradual introduction of significant domestic reforms. Also, the UN flagship report has not mention of the withdrawal of the high-denomination Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes nor its impact on the country’s economic growth. Physicists create a new form of – Hydrogen Among Important International Current Affairs, Physicists from Austria have created a new form of Hydrogen, which is negatively charged hydrogen clusters. However, it is a previously unseen form of hydrogen. From the last forty years, existence of hydrogen in ion clusters was known and is positively-charged clusters have already exists. MoU for cooperation in SME sector finalized by – IORA Among Important National Current Affairs, IORA which is commonly known as Indian Ocean Rim Association member-states have finalised Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) for cooperation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector. However, the MoUs were finalised during the Workshop on MSME Cooperation amongst IORA member countries, which was held in New Delhi. Also, they will take effect for each party upon signature by 5 countries. Who has signed MoU to co-regulate misleading advertisements in the AYUSH sector – Ministry of AYUSH, ASCI Among Important National Current Affairs, on 20th January 2017 Ministry of AYUSH has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). However, the MoU was inked with an aim to curtail the malpractices in the advertisement of AYUSH drugs. According to the MoU, ASCI will comprehensively monitor advertisements the cases of misleading advertisements of Ayurveda, Unani, Yoga and Naturopathy, Siddha and Homoepathy drugs, treatments and related services, advertised across print and electronic media. Union Government clears Tamil Nadu’s Ordinance on – Jallikattu Among Important National Current Affairs, The Union Government has Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to promulgate an ordinance to hold Jallikattu, which is a traditional bull taming sport. However, the Union Ministries of Home, Law and Environment has vetted the state’s draft ordinance and cleared this amendment. Well now, Tamil Nadu Governor can promulgate ordinance as per Article 213 of the constitution. Corporate Social Responsibility award in aviation sector won by – Delhi Airport Among Important National Current Affairs, on 22nd January 2017 the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) declared that it won the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility in the aviation transport sector for the year 2016.
However, on 20th Jnauary 2017 this award was presented at a ceremony during the 11th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility. Here, more than 325 responses were received for the annual awards in the year 2017. Out of them, 191 applications were shortlisted. Also they were then subjected to a three-tier assessment process for final selection. Which actor will judge the 65th Miss Universe Pageant – Sushmita Sen Among Important Entertainment Current Affairs, bollywood actress and the former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen will be on the judges panel of the upcoming 65th edition of Miss Universe Pageant. However, this contest will take place on 30th Jnauary 2017 in Philippines. From India Roshmitha Harimurthy is going to represent at the 65th Miss Universe Pageant. Jagdalpur-Bhubaneshwar Hirakhand Express derails near Rayagada in – Andhra Pradesh Among Important National Current Affairs, on 21st January 2017 Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed at Kuneru Railway Station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh at RayagadaVizianagaram section. However, the accident site falls under Waltair Division of East Coast Railways at the border of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh near Rayagada town in Odisha. Well, the derailed part of this train no. 18448 included the engine and 9 coaches. In this accident, at least 36 people died and over 60 were injured. Injured people were admitted to hospitals and ambulances were also arranged for them. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced an enhanced ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakhs for the relative of dead persons, Rs. 50000 for grievous injuries and Rs. 25000 for simple injuries. Record 103 satellites on a single rocket will be launched by - ISRO Among Important National Current Affairs, ISRO i.e. The Indian Space Research Organisation is planning to set a new world record in space history by launching about 103 satellites in one go on a single rocket in the first week of February, 2017. However, these satellites will be launched on board of ISRO’s workhorse PSLV (C37) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Here, the mission will carry three satellites from India and rest from other countries. Name the Indian-origin Mauritius PM who resigns recently – Anerood Jugnauth Among Important National Current Affairs, on 23rd Jnauary 2017 Indian-origin Prime Minitser of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth has resigned from his position. However, Anerood has officially handed his resignation to Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib Fakim. Though, he has been serving in his post since 2014. Interesting news is this that he will be succeeded by his own son only i.e. Pravind Jugnauth. Pravind is the well-known leader of the main political party of Mauritius Militant Socialist Movement (MSM). Which President signs executive order to pull US out of TPP - US President Donald Trump Among Important International Current Affairs, US President Donald Trump has finally signed an executive order to formally pull US out of the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a mega trade deal of 12 Pacific Rim countries. However, TPP was known to be one of the major international trade initiatives of his predecessor Barack Obama aimed to set trade rules for the 21st century and bind US allies against growing Chinese economic clout.
Also, during the Presidential election campaign, Trump had vowed to withdraw the US from the TPP which he argued was harmful to American workers and manufacturing. On 24th January which day is observed across India – National Girl Child Day Among Important National Current Affairs, on 24th January The National Girl Child Day was observed across India. On this special occasion, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development threw the light on the exemplary achievements by nation’s daughters during 2016. However, the main theme of this year National Girl Child Day was ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. India rejects attempts of EU, Canada for - Global Investment Agreement Among Important International Current Affairs, India, along with the countries like Brazil, Argentina and some other nations rejected an informal attempt of European Union (EU) and the country like Canada to work towards a global investment agreement at World Trade Organisation (WTO)-level. However, the EU and Canada proposed agreement incorporates a contentious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism. Also they wanted their investment pact to be the template for a similar multilateral agreement. Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017 is approved by – Union Cabinet Among Important National Current Affairs, on 24th January 2017 the Union Cabinet which is presided by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its post-facto approval for launching of Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017. However, the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017 is a part of Union Government’s commitment for the financial inclusion and social security. DRDO successfully test fires – Guided PINAKA Among Important National Current Affairs, on 24th January 2017 DRDO which is commonly known as the Defence Research and Development Organization has successfully test fired the Guided PINAKA from Launch Complex-III at ITR, Chandipur. However, Guided PINAKA is the enhanced version of PINAKA Rocket Mark-II which has been equipped with navigation, guidance and control kit. India, UAE signed how many agreements – 14 Among Important International Current Affairs, India and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) inked 14 agreements in various areas to boost bilateral cooperation between both countries. However, these agreements were signed after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in New Delhi. Here, the Crown Prince who is Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces is on a three-day visit. He is also the chief guest of 2017 Republic Day Parade. National Action Plan for Children, 2016 released by - Union Government Among Important National Current Affairs, The Union Ministry of Women & Child Development (WCD) has finally released National Action Plan for Children (NPAC), 2016 on the occasion of National Girl Child Day which was observed across the India on 24th January. However, it was released by Union Minister of Women & Child Development Meneka Sanjay Gandhi in New Delhi. The NPAC has been also developed by the Ministry of WCD. Who has been confirmed as US envoy to the United Nations – Nikki Haley
Among Important International Current Affairs, on 24th January 2017 The United States Senate has confirmed Nikki Haley as the next Ambassador to the United Nations. However, with this she will become the first Indian-American to serve on a cabinet rank position in any presidential administration. Well, the Senate approved Haley, the South Carolina Governor, on a 96-4 vote. Earlier also, Senate Foreign Relations Committee had approved Haley’s nominations as the next US Ambassador to the UN. 7th National Voters’ Day observed with theme – Empowering Young and Future Voters Among Important National Current Affairs, on 25th January 2017 the 7th National Voters’ Day was observed across the country by the Election Commission of India. However, the main theme for the 7th National Voters’ Day is ‘Empowering Young and Future Voters.’ Here, the Commission’s objective through NVD is to increase enrolment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones. Padma Awards 2017 announced by - Union Ministry of Home Affairs On 25th January 2017, Union Ministry of Home Affairs announced the winners of Pdma Awards 2017, as this list comprised of 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. Following is the list of Vibhushan Awardees : K J Yesudas in field of Art-Music from State Kerala Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in the field of Spiritualism from state Tamil Nadu Sharad Pawar in the field of Public Affairs from state Maharashtra Murli Manohar Joshi in the field of Public Affairs from state Uttar Pradesh Prof. Udipi Ramachandra Rao in the field of Science & Engineering from state Karnataka Late Sunder Lal Patwa (Posthumous) in the field of Public Affairs from state Madhya Pradesh Late PA Sangma (Posthumous) in the field of Public Affairs from state Meghalaya Do You Know : Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian Awards of India. The awards are conferred in three categories namely - Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. Name of Meghalaya Governor who resigned from post - V Shanmuganathan On 27th January 2017, Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan resigned from his position after controversy that was triggered against him, accusing him of sexual misconduct. V Shanmuganathan was sworn in as Meghalaya Governor in May 2015 and also he was given the additional charge of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh after J P Rajkhowa was removed from the position. Name of first ever Military Communications Satellite launched by Japan - Kirameki-2 Among International Current Affairs, On 24th January 2017, Japan launched its first military communications satellite Kirameki-2 to boost the broadband capacity of its armed forces with an aim to reinforce its presence at the southern edge of the East China Sea. Mistubishi H-IIA rocket was used to launch this satellite from southern-most islands of Japan. New system to manage air traffic has been launched by - AAI On 26th January 2017, Airports Authority of India launched Central - Air Traffic Flow Management (CATFM) on the occasion of 68th Republic Day. This system will be helpful to cut the flight delays. AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra opened a dedicated C-ATFM facility at Delhi's new Air Traffic Services Complex and soon this system will be replicated at all the airports and in entire Indian airspace.
First ever Women's Football Professional League was launched by - AIFF On 24th January 2017, All India Football Federation (AIFF) launched first ever Women Professional Leauge in India at New Dehli. AIFF President Praful Patel launched this event while Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel and 2016 Summer Olympics wrestling bronze medalist Sakshi Malik were also present in the event. This league will be held for two weeks at Ambedkar Football Stadium in New Delhi starting from 28th January 2017. Power Grid Corporation of India inked MoU with - Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority On 25th January 2017, Central Power Sector PSU Power Grid Corporation of India inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA). Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Distribution Co (UAE) Saeed Al Suwaidi and Executive Director- International Business of POWERGRID Mr Anil Mehra in the presence of IS Jha, CMD of POWERGRID. As per MoU both companies will work together in the fields of capability development and training in the field of Operation & Maintenance (O&M), Asset Management, Project Management, Power Transmission & Distribution, etc. ADWEA will also be assisted by POWERGRID to set up an advanced World Class Capability Development institute in UAE. Name of Russian ambassador to India who passed away - Alexander Kadakin On 26th January 2017, Russian ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin was passed away after a brief illness. He was 67 years old and he held this position from 2009. He played a major role in ties of India and Russia. He was fond of Indian Culture and Language. He also authored and translated many books from English and Hindi. Cryogenic Engine for Upper Stage of GSLV Mk III was successfully tested by - ISRO On 25th January 2017, The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage for GSLV Mk III rocket. It is scheduled to launch GSAT-19 during first quarter of 2017. Do You Know : ď‚ˇ Cryogenic engines are generally used in the upper stage of a rocket launch as they offer maximum thrust to a launcher vehicle. ď‚ˇ Cryogenic upper stage is the most powerful upper stage developed by ISRO and uses Liquid Oxygen and Liquid Hydrogen propellant combination. Who were appointed as acting Governors of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh - Banwarilal Purohit & P B Acharya Among Important appointments, On 27th January 2017, Banwarlal Purohit and P B Acharya were appointed as acting Governors of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh respectively by President Pranab Mukherjee. As of now Banwarlal Purohit is serving as Governor of Assam while Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya is serving as Governor of Nagaland. Who was appointed as Chancellor of Nalanda University - Dr Vijay Bhatkar On 25th January 2017, Dr Vijay Bhatkar was appointed as Chancellor of Nalanda University by President of India Pranab Mukherjee. Dr Vijay Bhatkar will be serving at this post for three years. Do You Know :
Dr Vijay Bhatkar is among most acclaimed scientists and IT leaders of India, he is also known as architect of first supercomputer of India PARAM and also founding Executive Director of C-DAC. Nalanda University is located at Rajgir in Nalanda District in Bihar. It was established in 427 AD during the reign of Gupta king Sakraditya and then was destroyed in 1193 AD by the Turkish army of the Bakhtiyar Khilji.
Name of Exercise of Indian Navy which began on 24th January 2017 - TROPEX 17 On 24th January 2017, Annual Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX) of Indian Army began at Western Seaboard. This is scheduled to held till fourth week of February 2017. In this excercise Ships and aircraft of both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands are participating and this excercise is aimed at testing the combat readiness of the combined fleets of the Indian Navy and the assets of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard. Who has been appointed as Chairman of African Union Commission - Moussa Faki Mahamat On 30th January 2017, Chad's Moussa Faki Mahamat was elected as the Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission. She will be first woman to lead AU and will be succeeding Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa. Do You Know : Moussa Faki Mahamat served as Prime Minister of Chad from 24 June 2003 to 4 February 2005 and belongs to Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS). Who is head of Committee of Administrators to run BCCI - Vinod Rai On 30th January 2017, Supreme Court (SC) appointed Vinod Rai as the head of four-member Committee of Administrators to run Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Important to mention here that Vinod Rai was former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Other three members of this Committee are : Ramachandra Guha ( Historian ), Diana Edulji ( Former Indian women's cricket team captain ), Vikram Limaye ( Managing Director of IDFC Limited ). Do You Know : • Earlier Supreme Court bench rejected suggestion of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to appoint Secretary of Union Sports Ministry as one of the administrators. • As per 18th July 2016 verdict of Supreme Court, Ministers and government servants are debarred from holding any office in BCCI. Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign was launched by - Union Government On 30th January 2017, Union Government launched nationwide Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign with an aim to communicate importance of early detection and treatment of leprosy. This campaign will be an annual event from 30th January till 13 February. Do You Know : Leprosy is also known as Hansen's disease (HD) and it is a chronic infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis. This diseases may lead to lack of ability to feel pain alongwith poor eyesight and weakness. Who has been appointed as President of Table Tennis Federation of India - Dushyant Chautala On 30th January 2017, Dushyant Chautala was appointed the President of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI). He became youngest president to serve in this body of sports. He will be serving at this post till 2021.
Do You Know : Table Tennis Federation of India was established in 1926 and it is also a founder member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). RBI gave Payments Bank licence to - India Post Among Important Financial Current Affairs, On 30th January 2017, India Post was granted Payments Bank licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Now India Post will be able to work as a Payments Bank. Paytm and Bharti Airtel already have Payments Bank licence so India Post is third one to get it. India Post started its operations in this field by rolling out pilot projects in Raipur and Ranchi. It will also be giving interst rates as : Deposits of up to Rs 25000 - 4.5 percent interest Deposits of 25000 - 50000 - 5 percent interest Deposits of 50000 - 100000 - 5.5 percent interest Economic Survey 2017 was presented in Parliament by - Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Among Important Financial Current Affairs, On 31st January 2017, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented Economic Survey 2017 in the Parliament. It was focused on Macro economy, Fiscal, Prices, Trade, Agriculture, Industry, Services etc. Highlights : • Indian economy may recover back to 6.75 per cent to 7.5 per cent in 2017-18. • During April - November 2016, Indirect taxes grew by 26.9 per cent. • The average CPI inflation declined to 4.9 per cent in 2015-16 from 5.9 per cent in 2014-15 and stood at 4.8 per cent during April-December 2015. • Rupee performed better in 2016-17 among other emerging market economies. • There is estimate 4.1 percent growth in Agriculture sector in 2016-17 as compared to 1.2 percent in 2015-16. • The Parliament has passed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. Miss Universe 2017 title won by - Miss France Iris Mittenaere On 30th January 2017, Iris Mittenaere of France was crowned with Miss Universe 2016 title at Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines. She was crowned by last year winner Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines. Miss Haiti Raquel Pélissier was first runner up while Miss Columbia Andrea Tovar was named as second runner up. Do You Know : Annual international beauty pageant Miss Universe is run by Miss Universe Organization and it was founded in 1952 by the California-based clothing company Pacific Knitting Mills and the Miss Universe Organization. Who won 2017 Australian Open Women's Singles title - Serena Williams Among Important Sports Current Affairs, On 28th January 2017, Serena Williams won Australian Open Women's Singles title by defeating sister Venus Williams by 6-4 6-4. It was her seventh Australian Open and also 23rd Grand Slam singles title. Do You Know : Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player and she is only tennis player in history to have won singles titles at least six times in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments. Who won 18th Grand Slam title - Roger Federer
On 29th January 2017, Roger Federer won 2017 Australian Open Men's Singles title after defeating Rafael Nadal by 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3. Do You Know : Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player and currently holds No 10 WTA rank. In total he has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles He was the first male to win at least one Grand Slam tournament for ten consecutive years. Who has been appointed as new Delhi Police Commissioner - Amulya Kumar Patnaik On 30th January 2017, Union Home Ministry appointed Amulya Kumar Patnaik as new Delhi Police Commissioner, He will be succeeding Alok Kumar Verma as Alok Kumar Verma has been appointed as Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Amulya Kumar Patnaik is 1985 batch Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre IPS officer. Do You Know : First Police Commissioner of Delhi was J.N. Chaturvedi. Longest serving Commissioner of Delhi Police is Y.S. Dadwal as he served at the post for 41 months from 2007 to 2010. Anti-Leprosy Day was observed on - 30th January 2017 On 30th January 2017, Anti-Leprosy Day was observed across the country. It is observed every year in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is observed with an aim to spread awareness about this disease.