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1st JANUARY 2016



NATION THIS MONTH

  1. Rs 5,000-crore Subsidy for Rooftop Solar Power- Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved an increase in the budget for implementation of grid-connected solar rooftop systems to Rs. 5,000 crore from Rs.600 crore up to the financial year 2019-2020. This will support installation of 4,200 MW solar rooftop systems in the country in next 5 years.



  1. Government constitutes Committee for Holistic interpretation of the provisions of the Cinematograph Act/ Rules- The government constituted a committee for holistic interpretation of the provisions of the Cinematograph Act and Rules headed by Filmmaker Shyam Benegal.



  1. Country’s first underwater tunnel to be come up in Andhra Pradesh- To boost tourism in the new capital, Amaravati, the newest state capital in the country will get India’s first ever underwater tunnel under the river Krishna. It is 3 km long and will be used for vehicular traffic.



  1. Pakistan’s Singer Adnan Sami gets Indian Citizenship- Home ministry officials announced Adnan Sami will be granted citizenship.

WORLD THIS MONTH

  1. No UK financial aid to India from January 1 2016- India will no longer receive financial aid from the UK, from January 1, 2016.



  1. New coins for 2016 to feature Shakespeare and Beatrix Potter-New coins featuring William Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter, the Army and the Great Fire of London are set to be released in 2016.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

eASIA” award 2015 for trade facilitation conferred upon DAVA project- The DAVA (Drug Authentication and Verification Application) project has won the 2015 eASIA Award under Trade Facilitation category by Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (AFACT).



APPOINTMENTS

  1. Air Marshal Bhadauria takes over as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (DCAS) of Indian Air Force (IAF)- Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria  took over as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff of IAF.

  2. Atul Sobti assumes charge as BHEL CMD- Atul Sobti assumed charge as chairman and managing director (CMD) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd(BHEL).In September last year the government had approved the appointment of Sobti as CMD, BHEL for a period of 5 years.

SPORTS

  1. Ravichandran Ashwin entitled with No. 1 Test bowler and all-rounder- As per ICC ranking India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has ended 2015 as the number one Test bowler and all-rounder.



  1. Bajrang Punia, RituPhogatwin Gold at National Wrestling Championship- Indian wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Ritu Phogat won gold medals in Men’s 65kg and Women’s 48kg Freestyle categories respectively on the first day of the Senior Nationals.

2nd JANUARY 2016

NATION THIS MONTH

  1. DBT Scheme for Kerosene from April 1, 2016- The government will unveil Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for kerosene from 1st April 2016, where the users will buy the cooking fuel at market rate but will get financial support directly in their bank accounts.

  2. Jaya launches ‘Amma seeds’ scheme for farmers- Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has launched the scheme ‘Amma Seeds’ available through ‘Amma Service Centres’ across the state, executing an announcement made in the Tamil Nadu Assembly in 2014 for farmers’ welfare.

  3. Telangana become first state to accept e-motor insurance policies- Telangana becomes the first state in the country to legally accept Electronic motor insurance policies. These policies can be stored and accessed on smart phones.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

  1. Indo-Pakistan Nuclear Facilities List Exchange- India and Pakistan exchanged the list of their nuclear installations for the 25th consecutive year under a bilateral agreement that bars them from attacking each other’s atomic facilities.

  2. Saudi Arabia-led coalition announces end of Yemen ceasefire- Saudi Arabia has announced the end ceasefire agreement with Yemen’s Houthi involve fighters and their allies.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  1. 2015 Sangita Kalanidhi Award Bestowed upon Sanjay Subrahmanyam- Veteran South Indian classical vocalists Sanjay Subrahmanyam has been conferred with the 2015 Sangita Kalanidhi award.

  2. Delhi Police enters Limca Book of Records for solving India’s biggest cash heist case- Delhi Police entered into the Limca Book of Records for solving the biggest cash heist case of the country in November 2015.

SPORTS

Qatar Masters Open chess tournament title clinched by Magnus Carlsen- World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the Qatar Masters Chess Open 2015 after nine exciting rounds of chess & and secures the first place with 7 points.

OBITUARY

  1. Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole passed away- Natalie Cole, best known for the songs ‘Unforgettable’, Inseparableand ‘This Will Be. She was 65.

  2. Veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan passes away- Veteran Communist Party of India leader A.B. Bardhan, 92, passed away after a long illness.

3RD JANUARY 2016

NATION THIS MONTH

  1. Alstom delivers ‘Made in India’ coaches to Kochi Metro- Alstom the French transportation equipment maker rolled out the first set of railway coaches for the Kochi Metro project. The Kochi coach order is the second rolling stock contract for Alstom in the country, with Chennai metro the first.

  2. PM Modi inaugurated Indian Science Congress in Mysuru- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 103rd Indian Science Congress in Mysore,Karnataka. The event is being held at the University of Mysore from January 3 to 7. Theme – Science & Technology for Indigenous Development in India

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

  1. Two Indian Capitals” in World’s top-30 “Super Cities”- According to the study conducted by international real estate consultancy JLL, two Indian capitals have made it to a top-30 list of the World’s most powerful, productive and connected cities.

  2. Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran- Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced that Saudi Arabia was severing diplomatic ties with Iran after demonstrators stormed its Tehran embassy to protest against Riyadh’s execution of a Shiite cleric. Jubeir also said that all Iranian diplomats must leave Saudi Arabia within 48 hours

  3. China creates three new Army units to modernise military- China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernise its military and improve its fighting capacity. Mr. Xi said the three new units had been created as part of a modernisation reform and “to realise the Chinese dream of a strong military”.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  1. 3 NPCI Awards conferred upon Corporation Bank- Corporation Bank has bagged three awards at the “National Payments Excellence Awards 2015” event recently. The function was organised by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

  2. Flipkart wins ‘Website of the Year India 2015- Flipkart has been named the overall winner of the ‘Website of the Year India 2015’ in an online poll which was conducted by marketing analytics company MetrixLab.

APPOINTMENTS

  • Javed Ahmed appointed DG of Police of Uttar Pradesh- The Uttar Pradesh Government appointed Javed Ahmed as the new Director General of Police(DGP). He will replace vacant Jagmohan Yadav who retired recently.

SPORTS

  • 2015 SAFF football championship clinched by India- The 2015 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) championship has been clinched by India for the record seventh time. The 2015 SAFF Championship was the 11th edition of men’s football championship of South Asia organized by SAFF.

4TH JANUARY 2016

NATION THIS MONTH

  1. 5 key bills assented by Prez Pranab Mukherjee- As per the provisions of Article 111 of the Constitution of India, President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to five key bills that were passed by both the houses of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the recently concluded winter session of Parliament.

  2. Justice Lodha panel submits report to SC for reforms in BCCI- Justice R M Lodha panel, had recommended suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals due to their involvement in illegal betting and spot-fixing, submitted its report by advocate Gopal Shankar Narayan to the Supreme Court registry. It will be considered by the bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  1. Mt. Aconcagua conquered by Amputee mountaineer Arunima Sinha- After conquering Mount Everest, Amputee Mountaineer Arunima Sinha has added another feather to her cap by conquering Mount Aconcagua, Argentina.

  2. Padma Shri awardee VVS Laxman’s 281 awarded the Best Test Innings- Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman’s (41) masterly innings of 281 against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 14 March 2001 has been voted the greatest Test performance of the last 50 years by a 25-member panel of

  3. cricketers, writers, broadcasters, historiansand statisticians assembled by the January issue of ESPN’s digital magazine the Cricket Monthly.

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Syngene appoints Jonathan Hunt as CEO-designate- Syngene International(contract research organization) has appointed Jonathan Hunt as CEO-designate after the retirement of current CEO Peter Bains in March 2016.

  2. Wipro names Abidali Neemuchwala as its new CEO, TK Kurien to be vice chairman- Wipro, spponted Abidali Z Neemuchwala as chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding T K Kurien( now executive vice-chairman).

  3. Shekhar Saran assumes charge as CMD of CMPDI- Shekhar Saran assumed charge as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Ranchi-based Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Ltd (CMPDI). He served as the Director (Technical) of CMPDI.

IMPORTANT DAYS

  • 207th Birth anniversary of Louis Braille celebrated across the world- On 207th birth anniversary of world’s greatest source of inspiration for the blind, an impressive function was organized by the Department of Social Welfare at Residential School for Blinds (RSB) at Roop Nagar.

5th JANUARY 2016

NATION THIS MONTH

  1. India-Nepal friendship bus service resumes after gap of 27 years- A friendship bus service between India and Nepal via Champawat in Uttarakhand resumed after a gap of 27 years. These air-conditioned buses are painted with Indian and Nepalese flags.

  2. Toilets made mandatory to contest Panchayat polls in Bihar- State election commissioner (SEC) Ashok Kumar Chauhan announced that toilets will be mandatory requirement for eligibility to contest panchayat elections in Bihar.

  3. Women to constitute 33% of constables in paramilitary- With a view to enhance representation of women in Central Armed Police Forces, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved 33% of constable-rank personnel in paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and 15% in the border guarding forces Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for being filled up by women.

  4. Gadkari announces Rs 41,000 cr road projects for Telangana- Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced the road projects worth Rs 41,000 crore for Telangana, including two Express Highways from the state capital Hyderabad to Bengaluru in Karnataka and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.

WORLD THIS MONTH

  • IIM – B School courses lead in Central Asia- As per the study of Paris-based international agency Eduniversal, which specialises in higher education, 3 post-graduate courses of Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru have been ranked top in Central Asia.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  • 2015 Costa Novel Prize conferred on Kate Atkinson’s “A God in Ruins”- British writer Kate Atkinson has won the Costa novel award for the second time in three years for “A God in Ruins”. It is the companion novel to “Life After Life”.

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Mary Barra – First Woman to chair GM as CEO- After achieving the feat of becoming US automaker General Motor‘s first female CEO, now Mary Barra again created history by elected as its chairman.

  2. Sachin is brand ambassador for Novo Nordisk’s diabetes campaign- Novo Nordisk, Danish pharmaceutical company announced Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador for the disease awareness campaign ‘Changing Diabetes’initiated by it in India. It is the leading global insulin maker, is providing free diabetes treatment and education to 4,000 children, who have been suffering from Type-2 diabetes in India.

OBITUARY

Former Chief Justice of India Sarosh Homi Kapadia died- The 38th Chief Justice of India, Sarosh Homi Kapadia(68), died in Mumbai.

About Sarosh Homi Kapadia:

  • 28-month as CJI

  • Started as a Class IV employee and described integrity as his only asset.

  • First Parsi Chief Justice of India on May 12, 2010

  • Best known for his statistical acumen.

  • He stood his ground against a concerted move to stop the Allahabad High Court from delivering the Ayodhya title suits judgment.

  • Most remembered for his verdict in the Vodafone tax verdict.

6th JANUARY 2016

NATION THIS MONTH

  1. MDoNER Calender-2016 released with theme “Rising North East”- The Union Minister of State for Development of North-Eastern Region (MDoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh has released MDoNER Calender-2016. Theme – Rising North East

  2. First MOU on “UDAY” signed b/w GOI, Jharkhand & JBVNL- Government of India, Jharkhand and the JBVNL (Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for operational & financial turnaround of Discoms under the Scheme UDAY – Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana.


  3. SC directed Gujarat government to make Gujarat State Cooperative Tribunal functional- The Supreme Court (SC) directed the Gujarat government to make functional the Gujarat State Cooperative Tribunal by filling up the vacant posts including that of judicial members, which is the bone of contention.

  4. Foundation Stone Laid for an “International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography”- The Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri. Y. S. Chowdary laid Foundation for the building complex of the International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCO-Ocean) at Hyderabad. It will provide benefits in the form of of Potential Fishing Zones advisories to fishermen, Ocean State Forecasts for mariners, Tsunami & Storm Surge Early warnings, etc.

  5. Union Government abolishes export duty on iron ore pellets- To compete with other suppliers in global markets and make way for further excavation at mine sites, Mineral exporters have urged the government to abolish export duty.The government levied 5% export duty on pellets10% on bauxite and 30% on chromite and iron ore.

  6. Bengaluru to Get India’s First Space Park- As part of Make in India initiative, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has decided to open a 100 acre Space Park in Bengaluru where private industries would be allowed to take up manufacturing of space system related components.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

  1. Pakistan- Sri Lanka agree to expand FTA with 8 MoUs- Sri Lanka and Pakistan have agreed to expand their bilateral free trade agreement by inclusion of services and investment. Apart from this 8 MoUs and defence deal has been signed between both the nations during the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif official visit to Sri Lanka.

  2. Forbes named 45 Indians in list of its achievers under 30- Forty five Indians and Indian- origin people have made it to Forbes annual list of achievers under the age of 30 who are “changing the rules of the game or creating entirely new playbooks” across varied fields.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  • Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman topped 2015 US Bestseller List-The book Go Set a Watchman written by Harper Lee has been in lead in the 2015 US bestseller list.

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Filippo Grandi designated as the UNHCR Chief- Filippo Grandi (58) an Italian UN official took over as the new High Commissioner for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

  2. LinkedIn names Akshay Kothari its India head- Networking website LinkedIn announced Akshay Kothari, its principal product manager to head operations in India replacing Nishant Rao. India has one of the largest users for LinkedIn after the US. Earlier, he was working from Mountain View, California headquarter of LinkedIn.

  3. Sushil Agarwal becomes Aditya Birla group CFO- Aditya Birla Group has appointed Sushil Agarwal group CFO and Ashish Adukia as the deputy CFO the group’s telecom venture, Idea Cellular who was earlier the group’s President of Corporate Finance.

SPORTS

  • Pranav Dhanawade hits world record by scoring 1009 runs at school level tournament- Mumbai teenager Pranav Dhanawade scripted history by becoming the first cricketer ever to notch up a four-figure score by smashing an unbeaten knock of 1,009 in an inter-school tournament.

7TH JANUARY

NATION THIS MONTH

  1. Stand Up India Scheme & Coversion of MUDRA Ltd approved- Union Cabinet has approved the “Stand Up India Scheme” to promote entrepreneurship among SC/ST and Women entrepreneurs. Under this, the government aims to achieve the target of at least 2.5 lakh approvals in three years from the launch of the scheme.

  2. Rs.1000 crores allocated to LWE affected states-  The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the State wise allocation of Additional Central Assistance (ACA) of Rs.1000 crores to 35 worst Left Wing Extremism (LWE)affected districts in 7 states.

  3. Union Cabinet gives nod to MoU with Bangladesh for operation of traditional haats- The Union cabinet has given its ex-post-facto approval to MoU with Bangladesh for Mode of Operation of Border haats on India-Bangladesh Border signed in 2010.

  4. Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the first River Information System of India- Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated theRiver Information System (RIS) at a function in New Delhi.

  5. Government decides to directly shift from BS-IV to BS-VI Emission norms- Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has decided to directly shift from BS-IV to BS-VI Emission norms directly by 01.04.2020 to address the issue of vehicular pollution.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

  1. China admits first same sex marriage rights lawsuit- China’s first lawsuit on same-sex marriage rights has been accepted by a court, marking a milestone for gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

  2. Signing of MoU between India and Singapore in the field of Civil Aviation- The Union Cabinet has approved the MoU between India and Singapore on cooperation in the field of civil aviation.

OBITUARY

First Muslim Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passes away- The 6th Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi due to multiple organ failure. Sayeed (79) was survived by his wife, three daughters including PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and a son.

  • The Union government has declared a day of national mourning following his death. National flags across the country flown at half-mast.

  • Jammu and Kashmir government has announced a holiday and a seven-day mourning period as a mark of respect to Sayeed.

08th JANUARY

NATION THIS MONTH

  1. Cabinet approved AMRUT for Punjab and Uttarakhand for 2015-16- The Ministry of Urban Development has approved the Atal Mission plans for Punjab and Uttarakhand for 2015-16.

  2. Cabinet apprised of the signing of protocol with Czech Republic on heavy industry-Union Cabinet has been apprised of the protocol signed earlier between India and Czech Republic in the field of heavy industry, especially in industrial cooperation and facilities construction.

  3. India-France military exercise Shakti-2016 begins- Indian and French troops commenced their 8 days counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency joint exercise at the Mahajan field firing range in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

  • The French contingent comprising 56 personnel of 35th Infantry Regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade, which had taken part in the Afghan war. It has been led by Maj Thibaut De Lacoste Larey mondie.

  • Indian side is being represented by the 2nd Battalion of Garhwal Rifles which is part of the Sapta Shakti Command.

  1. Kotak Life launches Premier Life Plan- Kotak Life launched Premier Life Plan as company was expecting reviving business in the present fourth quarter. This is the tax savings season, about 35 to 40 per cent total business for life insurance industry normally happens during these three months. A few group insurance products will also be launched soon. Kotak Premier Life Plan offers protection up to 99 years of age.

  2. Government decides to merge Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs with MEA- Government has decided to merge the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (MOIA) with the external affairs ministry. It was put forth by Sushma Swaraj, the cabinet minister for both ministries.

  3. BHEL commissions two substations in Afghanistan- Bhel has commissioned two 220/20kV substations in Afghanistan to expand its footprint in the strife-torn nation.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

People’s Choice Award bestowed upon Priyanka Chopra for “Quantico”- The winner of Miss World pageant 2000, actress Priyanka Chopra (33) has won the Favourite Actress in New TV series award at the 42nd People’s Choice Awards 2016 for her leading role in American TV thriller series “Quantico”.

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Odisha Govt designated Sam Pitroda as its Technical Advisor- Telecom engineer and inventor Sam Pitroda has been designated as the Technical Advisor to the Odisha Government. He will be responsible for the IT Enabled Services sectors of the state.

  2. Asian Cricket Council (ACC) designated Sumathipala as its chief- Thilanga Sumathipala, who was recently elected as the President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), has also become the head of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

  3. Amitabh Bachchan replaces Aamir Khan as ‘Incredible India’ ambassador- Government’s famous Incredible India campaign to market the country to tourists abroad, has appointed Bollywood veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan as its new spokesperson for a

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

7th row of Periodic Table completed with addition of 4 elements- The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has officially confirmed the permanent addition of four new elements to the periodic table. The announcement has been made that all four elements with atomic number 113, 115, 117 and 118 have met the criteria for discovery. Riken Institute in Japan has been credited for the discovery of element 113 and it becomes the first element to be named by researchers in Asia.

SPORTS

  1. India rise three places in FIFA rankings after SAFF Cup triumph- Indian National football team has climbed 3 steps above & reached at 163rd on the ladder of FIFA world rankings.

  2. Australia pulled out of U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh due to safety concerns- Australia have pulled out of the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh starting on January 27 due to threat to Australian interests in Bangladesh was as high as when the senior team had pulled out of their tour last year and it is replaced by Ireland who were runners-up in the qualifying tournament in Kuala Lumpur

09th JANUARY 2016

NATION THIS MONTH

  1. Kerala initiated “Sampoorna Arogya Keralam” project- Kerala has decided to implement the “Sampoorna Arogya Keralam” which is aimed at to bring all major government health services under one umbrella. At least 42 lakh families are expected to benefit under this scheme.

  2. QCI to make Report Card of Swachh Bharat Mission- To make a report on the progress of Swachh Bharat Mission, Ministry of Urban Development has commissioned Quality Council of India (QCI) which will rank 75 cities on sanitation and cleanliness after an extensive survey.

  3. President promulgated Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2016- President has promulgated Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2016 to make amendments to the Enemy Property Act, 1968. Aim: To ensure that the enemy properties that have been vested in the Custodian remain so and they do not revert back to the enemy subject or enemy firm.

WORLD THIS MONTH

  1. Saudi Arabia is Third Happiest Country- Saudi Arabia became third country for the world’s happiest countries in which almost no European. It has only been cracked to top position by Fiji (beautiful islands) and Colombia (suffers from drug-related wars and corruption).

  2. China’s country code domain “.cn” becomes world’s largest- According to the data released by the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC),China’s country code domain “.cn” has become world’s most commonly used in the internet with 16.36 million users, surpassing Germany’s ‘.de’ domain.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  1. Central Banker of the Year Award 2016 bestowed upon Raghuram Rajan- The mastermind that stabilizes the Indian economy, Raghuram Rajan (Reserve Bank of India Governor) has been conferred with the Central Banker of the Year Award (Global and Asia Pacific) for 2016 by “The Banker”, a monthly publication of the Financial Times Group focusing on banking.

  2. Ananth Kumar presented India Pharma Awards 2016- The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Ananth Kumar gave away the 1st India Pharma awards during India Medical Expo 2016 in Bengaluru motivate Indian Pharma and medical devices industries.

  3. Azim Premji the ‘most generous Indian’ in Hurun India Philanthropy List 2015- Azim Premji has come out as the ‘most generous Indian’ in the Hurun India Philanthropy List 2015 in a ranking of the most generous individuals from India. Premji donated Rs 27,514 crore for education through The Azim Premji foundation, works in 8 states and has more than 350,000 schools.

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Achyuta Samanta appointed as General President of 105th ISC- Dr. Achyuta Samanta has been elected as the general president for the 105th Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) scheduled for 2017-18.

  2. Pavan Kapoor to chair as India’s new ambassador to Israel- Pavan Kapoor, presently High Commissioner of lndia in Maputo, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of lndia to lsrael.

  3. Gurbir Grewal designated as the top prosecutor in US County- A Sikh-American attorney Gurbir Grewal (42) has been appointed as the top prosecutor in New Jersey, becoming the first South Asian to occupy the post in the state.

  4. CCI appointed DK Sikri as its new Chairman- Devender Kumar Sikri (62), a former Gujarat cadre IAS officer, has been appointed chairman of the fair-trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI).

  5. Gajendra Chauhan appointed Chairman of FTII- Actor-filmmaker Gajendra Chauhan designated as the chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

SPORTS

  1. Wayne Rooney named 2015 England Player of the Year- Professional footballer Wayne Rooney has been named England Player of the Year (POTY)for 2015, retaining the title for the second successive year.

  2. Sania, Martina start off 2016 with Brisbane title- Sania Mirza(India) and Martina Hingis(Swiss) won their sixth title in line by lifting the WTA Brisbane trophy defeating German wildcards Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic 7-5 6-1 in mere 69 minutes.

10th JANUARY 2016

NATION THIS MONTH

  1. Laman Diva” is selected as “Make in India Week” logo- Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis unveiled “Laman Diva” as the logo of the first Make in India (MII) Week scheduled to be held in Mumbai between February 13 and 18, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  2. International kite festival begins in Vadodara- International Kite Festival began at Surat and Rajkot in Gujarat. Kite-flyers from 31 countries set to participate, which will travel across the state before concluding at the Sabaramati riverfront in Ahmedabad on January 14.

  3. 43rd New Delhi World Book Fair opens- Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani unveiled the 43rd New Delhi World Book Fair. It is nine day fair, publicized as the largest in Asia, is hosting about 30 countries. Guest of honour: China

  4. Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry launches an online initiative to engage LPG consumers and citizens- Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has launched an Online Initiative to engage the LPG Consumers and Citizens of India. It is one of the many initiatives for observing 2016 as the

  5. Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir- Governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu & Kashmir under Article 92 (1) of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir because Peoples Democratic Party-BJP alliance will reportedly take some time to form the government again following the death of Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

WORLD THIS MONTH

  1. Nepal designated to UNICEF’s executive board member- Nepal has been elected to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) executive board, representing the group of Asia-Pacific countries for the term 2016-2018.

  2. Indian-American professor develops method to hunt dark matter- An international team of scientists led by an Indian-American professor has discovered a new method that may help in detecting dwarf galaxies dominated by dark matter and explain ripples in the outer disk of the galaxy.

  3. Nissan successfully tested driverless car using at NASA Centre- With the help from NASA space technology, automaker Nissan has successfully test-driven its all-electric, driverless car at NASA’s Ames Research Centre in California that will help scientists send self-driving vehicles on deeper space missions.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  1. Entrepreneur of the Year conferred upon Snapdeal’s Kunal Bahl- Co-founder and CEO of e-commerce giant Snapdeal Kunal Bahl has bagged the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award, 2015 for his splendid business acumen.

  2. Documentary on Malal Yousafzai nominated for 2016 BAFTAs- EE British Academy Film Awards(BAFTA) has nominated He Named Me Malala, a documentary on Malala Yousafzai(18) in the upcoming awards Documentary category for 2016.

  3. Tata Steel bags PM’s trophy- Tata Steel Limited bagged eighth time Prime Minister’s Trophy for being the ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ in the country for 2013 2014.

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Bhanumurthy is the new COO of Wipro- Wipro has appointed Bhanumurthy B. M. as the President and Chief Operating Officer and also appointed another senior leader G. K. Prasanna as the head of a newly formed created unit, Marketing, Innovations and Technology (MIT).

  2. Urjit Patel reappointed as RBI deputy governor for three more years- Government has re-appointed Urjit Patel as the deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India for a three-year term. Patel is a doctorate from Yale University, also had a stint at IMF.

  3. Sailesh appointed as The Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India- Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Senior IAS officer Sailesh as Registrar General and Census Commissioner (RGCC) of India.

SPORTS

  1. Qatar Open title bagged by Serbian Novak Djokovic- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated his rival Rafael Nadal by 6-1, 6-2 to win the Qatar Open title.

  2. Australia won Hopman Cup 2016- Nick Kyrgios secured the Hopman Cup for Australia Green by beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-4 to give his team a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Perth.

OBITUARY

  • Phantasm star Angus Scrimm dies at 89- Angus Scrimm, the character actor who played the Tall Man in the 1979 horror movie “Phantasm” and its four sequels, died at the age of 89.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

  • Shatrughan’s biography “Anything But Khamosh” releases- “Anything But Khamosh” Shatrughan Sinha’s biography released by BJP veteran LK Advani at New Delhi’s Claridges Hotel.

IMPORTANT DAYS

  • World Hindi Day- World Hindi Day is celebrated on January 10 every year, marking the anniversary of first World Hindi Conference which was held in 1975. The first World Hindi Conference was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Word Hindi has originated from the Persian word Hind (land of Indus River). First book published in Hindi was Prem Sagar.

11th JANUARY 2016

NATION THIS MONTH

  1. Mission Indradhanush added Four new vaccines- Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Jagat Prakash Nadda has announced that a set of four new vaccines will be added soon under “Mission Indradhanush”. As a part of India’s newborn action plan, inactivated polio vaccine, adult Japanese Encephalitis vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine and Measles Rubella vaccine will be added.

  2. Railways gets its first ‘Make in India’ luxury coaches- Railway Board chairman AK Mittal inspected first luxury ‘Make in India’ railway coaches at Habibganj railwaystation(Bhopal). The coaches then sent to New Delhi and inspected by Railway minister Suresh Prabhu.




  1. Minister of Railways inaugurates Implementation of E-enabled Track Management System (TMS) & Mobile Application of TMS on Indian Railway and Track Inventory Management System on Northern Railway- Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated Implementation of E-enabled Track Management System (TMS) & Mobile Application of TMS on Indian Railway and Track Inventory Management System on Northern Railway at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi to bring efficiency and effectiveness in management practices.

WORLD THIS MONTH

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution - Sri Lanka’s new government presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009.



AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  • Mangaluru Airport conferred as best in the country- Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) has achieved the fifth rank in terms of customer satisfaction and handling among the 53 two-tier airports in the country. The internal survey was done by a private agency for the Airports Authority of India.

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