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Binny Bansal named Flipkart CEO- India’s largest e-commerce platform Flipkart.com named co-founders Binny Bansal as its new chief executive officer (CEO). He will succeed Sachin Bansal.

  • Vikas Thapar appointed as Vice President of Micromax- Micromax has appointed VikasThapar as its new senior vice president for finance.

    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

    • Viruses developed to protect “Muga silkworm”- Researchers at a university in Britain have developed viruses that could halt the decline of “Muga” caterpillar in India which produces one of the finest silks in the world.

    SPORTS

    • Sloane Stephens claims second WTA title in Auckland- Sloane Stephens has claimed her second WTA title after winning two matches in a day to triumph at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

    OBITUARY

    1. First female F1 driver Maria Teresa de Filippis passes away- Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman to race in a Formula 1 grand prix has died at the age of 89.

    2. Noted Hindi writer and journalist RavindraKalia passes away- Noted Hindi writer and journalist Ravindra Kalia (78) passed away. He had been suffering from liver cirrhosis.

    12th JANUARY 2016

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. Telangana became First State to make gender education compulsory- With an introduction of bilingual textbook, “Towards a World of Equals” in engineering colleges affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU-Hyderabad), Telangana has become the introductory state in the country to make gender education compulsory at the graduate level.

    2. 100% primary education feat achieved by Kerala- Kerala has become the first state in the country to achieve the status of 100% primary education. It has been declared by Vice-President Hamid Ansari. This feat has been achieved on the sidelines of state’s literacy mission “Athulyam Aksharotsavam”.

    3. CIRB Hisar becomes second institute to clone buffalo in India- Scientists at Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) in Hisar have successfully produced a cloned buffalo offspring “Cirb Gaurav”. The newborn cloned calf, weighed 40.4 kg at the time of birth has been produced under the project entitled “Cloning for conservation and multiplication of superior buffalo germplasm”. With this achievement CIRB becomes world’s third and India’s second institute to produce cloned buffalo.

    4. 20th National Youth Festival begins in Naya Raipur- The 20th National Youth Festival has commenced in capital city of Chhattisgarh, Naya Raipur.
      Theme – “India Youth for Skill, Development and Harmony”

    5. India-Australia Social Security Agreement comes into operation- Social security agreement signed between India and Australia came into effect enabling people of both nations to avail retirement benefits in each other’s country to boost bilateral business linkages. The Agreement signed in November 2014 came into operation on January 1, 2016.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    • India leads the 2016 outsourcing index- According to a study published by London-based global management consulting firm, A T Kearney’s 2016 Global Services Location Index (GSLI), India become the world’s biggest outsourcing destination in terms of financial attractiveness and business environment.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    • 2016 FIFA Ballon d’Or award bagged by Lionel Messi- Argentina’s professional footballer Lionel Messi has been conferred with the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the world player of the year beating his greatest rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

    SPORTS

    1. Sania topped while Bopanna 9th in doubles rankings- In the latest tennis WTA rankings, Sania Mirza continues to top the women’s double chart with 11395 points while her partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland maintained her second spot with 11355 points.

    2. Stephen Fleming named coach of Pune IPL team- The new IPL franchise, Pune appointed Stephen Fleming as their coach for the upcoming edition.

    3. ICC announces MoneyGram as event partner- ICC and Money Gram International announced an eight-year deal which confirms Money Gram as an event partner for ICC occasions from 2016-2023.

    OBITUARY

    • Iconic singer David Bowie dies at 69- The iconic singer David Bowie died from liver cancer in New York. Bowie’s passing came just three days after the release of a music video which featured chilling footage of the singer confined to a hospital bed with his eyes covered by a bandage.

    BOOKS & AUTHORS

    • Book titled MARU BHARAT SARU BHARAT released by PM- Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book titled “MARU BHARAT SARU BHARAT“(My India Noble India) through a video conference in Mumbai.

    IMPORTANT DAYS

    • National Youth Day- National Youth Day (Yuva Diwas or Swami Vivekananda Birthday) is celebrated with the great joy and enthusiasm in India every year on 12th of January to commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, maker of the modern India. First declared: By the Government of India in the year 1984 to celebrate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda as the National Youth Day

    13th JANUARY 2016

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. Arvind Panagariya panel to fast-track bullet trains- To accelerate the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor, meant for bullet trains between the two cities, Prime Minister’s Office has constituted a committee the vice-chairman of the NITI Aayog, Arvind Panagariya that will interact with the Japanese counterpart for taking the next step in implementation.

    2. BSF starts ‘Operation Cold’ along international border- Covering Sriganganagar, Bikaner, Barmer and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan Border Security Force has launched ‘Operation Cold’ along the international border. It will continue till January 30. Aim: To contain any infiltration or intrusion from Pakistan in fog and cold wave weather conditions in the western desert.

    3. 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas held in New Delhi- Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Conference 2016 that is an annual gathering of overseas Indians held at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in Delhi.

    4. SC stays Centre’s notification lifting ban on Jallikattu- Supreme Court stayed the Centre’s notification lifting ban on controversial bull taming sport Jallikattu during the festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu.

    5. Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana- In a bid to provide a social security to farmers, Union Cabinet has approved a new crop insurance scheme, having premiums as low as 1.5% of the sum insured.

    6. E-track management system initiated by Railway Ministry- To bring efficiency and effectiveness in management practices, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated implementation of E-enabled Track Management System (TMS) and Mobile Application of TMS on Indian Railway at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    1. China reshuffles military headquarters in major revamp- Chinese President Xi Jinping reorganised four army headquarters by replacing them with 15 new agencies under the Central Military Commission(CMC) headed by him.

    2. US, Jordan signed JAP on cooperation to counter Nuclear Smuggling- United States and Jordan signed a Joint Action Plan (JAP) to improve efforts against nuclear and radiological smuggling. The partnership will help in enhancing the efforts to combat nuclear terrorism. The JAP was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in Washington.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    1. Kullu folk dance in Guinness Book- The colourful Kullu folk dance “Nati” which saw participation of 20,000 dancers during Kullu Dussehra festival on October 26 2015 has entered the Guinness book of world records. The jamboree of over 20,000 people danced to spread the message of “Beti Hai Anmol” (Girl child is precious).

    2. Amitabh Bachchan made honorary life member of Mohammedan Sporting- Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan bestowed honorary life membership of Kolkata’s famed soccer outfit Mohammedan Sporting which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

    APPOINTMENTS

    • Ashish Saraf appointed as Airbus Group’s vice president- European aircraft maker Airbus Group designated Ashish Saraf as its Vice-President of Industry Development, Strategic Partnerships and Offsets.

    SPORTS

    World Record by Sania-Martina as they win 29th match on trot- India’s Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis broke a 22 year old world record by winning their 29th women’s doubles match in a row en route to their entry into the women’s doubles final of the WTA Sydney International, in Sydney.



    14th JANUARY 2016

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. India becomes the member of IEA-OES- Union Cabinet gave its nod for India becomes a member country of International Energy Agency – Ocean Energy Systems (IEA-OES) by signing the Implementing Agreement (IA).

    2. Tendulkar launches 2 Mumbai Rail Police safety initiatives- Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar  launched two initiatives SAMEEP and B-Safe by Mumbai Railway Police .

    3. MoU between India and Maldives for Health- the Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Maldives which was signed in January, 2014 on cooperation in the field of Health. 

    4. Loan Agreement signed between Government of India and JICA for Cleaning of Mula-Mutha River in Pune- The Government signed a loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA) for pollution abatement of River Mula-Mutha under National River Conservation Plan(NRCP) in the presence of Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar.

    5. Supreme Court suggested Parliament to enact separate law for child rape- The Supreme Court said rape of infants and children below 10 years of age is nothing but brutal perversion and asked the Parliament to enact a separate law providing harsh punishment. This is the first time that the apex court has distinguished infants and children below the age of 10 from the general description of ‘minors’ given by law to anyone below the age of 18. A Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said the Parliament had to separately define the word ‘child’ in terms of rape.

    • India (1945-2015): Largest recipient of loans from World Bank- As per the World Bank lending report, India is the largest recipient of loans from the World Bank, amounting to $102.1 billion, between 1945 and 2015 (as on July 21, 2015). The World Bank has been lending funds to India for rural and urban development projects related to transport, water and irrigation, health, power and agriculture.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    1. India has largest diaspora population: UN report- As per the report of survey on “Trends in International Migrant Stock” conducted by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), India’s diaspora population is the largest in the world with 16 million people from India living outside their country in 2015.

    2. 2016 to be China – India Tourism Year: China- The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) announced the beginning of China-India Tourism Year on the sidelines of the decision taken jointly in 2014 by PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to observe the “India Tourism Year” in China in 2015 and “China Tourism Year” in India in 2016. The opening ceremony will be launched on January 14 at Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi.

    3. SBI opens branch in Seoul, South Korea & launches dedicated branch for start-ups in Bengaluru- Country’s largest lender SBI has opened a branch in Seoul, South Korea to predominantly finance growing trade and investment relations between Korean and Indian companies.SBI is second Indian bank after Indian Overseas Bank to have branch in South Korea.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    1. National Award on e-Governance bestowed upon EPFO- Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has been conferred with National Awardon e-Governance 2015-16 for launching the Universal Account Number (UAN). The award will be presented by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions to the EPFO in the 19th National Conference on e-governance to be held in Nagpur on January 22.

    2. PepsiCo’s CEO becomes “most generous graduate” of Yale B-School- The prestigious Yale School of Management is set to name its deanship in honour of PepsiCo’s India-born CEO Indra Nooyi as she gifted an undisclosed amount to her alma mater. She becomes the school’s biggest alumni donor. She is also the first woman to endow the deanship at a top business school.

    3. DHL Express appoints new Asia Pacific CEO- Global logistics provider DHL Express has designated Ken Lee as its Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific region. He will

    4. R Shivakumar appointed Chairman of Assocham Karnataka- R Shivakumar, Chairman of Kumar Group of companies, Bengaluru, has been appointed as theChairman of Assocham Karnataka Regional Council, the new regional outfit of Assocham, New Delhi.

    SPORTS

    • FIFA dismisses Secretary General Jerome Valcke- FIFA’s emergency committee has dismissed Jerome Valcke from the position of FIFA Secretary General with immediate effect.

    BOOKS & AUTHORS

    Book titled Jawaharlal Nehru and The Indian Polity in Perspective released by Hamid Ansari- Vice President Hamid Ansari released the book ‘Jawaharlal Nehru and the Indian Polity In Perspective’ at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.



    OBITUARY

    • Celebrity General J.F.R. Jacob Passes Away- The Hero of 1971 war with Pakistan, Lieutenant-General J.F.R. Jacob passed away due to prolonged illness in New Delhi. He was 92.

    15th JANUARY 2016

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. Sikkim” crowned as India’s First “Fully Organic State”- Sikkim has turned out to be the India’s first fully organic state by implementing organic practices. As per the guidelines laid down in National Programme for Organic Production, 75,000 hectares of agricultural land was gradually converted to certified organic land by implementing organic principles.

    2. IISER campus inaugurated in Thiruvananthapuram- Union Human Resource Development Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated the permanent campus (Phase I) of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) at Vithura near Thiruvananthapuram.

    3. President gave nod to Sugar Cess (Amendment) Bill, 2015- President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Sugar Cess (Amendment) Bill, 2015, raising the ceiling of the impost from Rs 25 to Rs 200 per quintal, a measure that will help sugarcane growers and cash-starved mills.

    4. Sahayog – Kaijin 2016: India and Japan joint Coast Guard exercise- The 15th edition of bilateral exercise between India and Japan titled “Sahayog-Kaijin 2016” has begun off the coast of Chennai, Tamil Nadu in the Bay of Bengal. It is biennial bilateral exercise held once in two years.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    1. 4-member EPG suggested by Nepal to review accords with India- Ahead of Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli maiden visit to India next month, the Nepal government has proposed formation of a four-member Eminent Persons Group to review the existing bilateral agreements with India including the strategic Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950.

    2. After 25 years, Saudi Embassy officially reopens in Baghdad- Saudi Arabia has reopened its embassy in Baghdad after a closure that lasted 25 years.

    3. WHO declares world’s worst ever Ebola outbreak over- World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa for two years was over after Liberia, the last affected country, received the all-clear. Liberia, the country worst hit by the outbreak with 4,800 deaths, discharged its last two patients from hospital, the father and younger brother of a 15-year-old victim.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    1. Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award conferred upon David Beckham- UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and retired football professional David Beckham has been bestowed with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award at the 6th biennial UNICEF Ball in Los Angeles for recognizing his tireless work to save and improve the lives of children around the world.

    2. Subhashini Vasanth honoured with Neerja Bhanot Award- Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor presented the Neerja Bhanot Award to Bangalore-based Subhashini Vasanth. The Neerja Bhanot Award consists of Rs1.50 lakh, a citation, and a trophy.

    3. Indian designer wins International Woolmark Prize- City-based fashion designer Suket Dhir won the Rs 48.5 lakh (A$100,000) worth prestigious International Woolmark Prize. The announcement was made overnight in Florence by the Organiser.

    4. Israel gets fifth German-made nuclear-capable submarine “INS Rahav”- Israel has marked the addition of a fifth German-made submarine to its fleet with a dedication ceremony attended by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    .APPOINTMENTS

    • Ronaldinho announced as Brand Ambassador of Nagjee International Club Football Tournament- Brazilian star Ronaldinho was appointed as Brand Ambassador of Nagjee International Club Football Tournament will be played in Kozhikode in February 5, 2016 to February 21, 2016.

    OBITUARY

    • British actor Alan Rickman passes away- British actor and Director  Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and screen villain in the Harry Potter saga and other films has died. He was 69.

    IMPORTANT DAYS

    • Indian Army Day- On 15 January 2016 India celebrated 68th Indian Army day in New Delhi. It has been started celebrating to respect the Lieutenant General of India, K. M. Cariappa (Kodandera Madappa Cariappa) who was the first Indian Army’s Commander-in-Chief.

    16th JANUARY 2016

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 inducted- The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 with special provisions to tackle child offenders in the age group of 16-18 years committing heinous offences, came into force.

    2. First ‘Mahila Troop’ inducted for High-Altitude Posts of “IC Border”- The recently trained cohort of 500 women labor force has been positioned at high-altitude posts along the India-China border. The first “Mahila” troop was commissioned into the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Panchkula, Haryana.

    3. Country’s first ‘water tourism’ to begin in Madhya Pradesh- The country’s first “water tourism” will begin in Madhya Pradesh on February 12 to February 21 in Hanuwantiya at Indra Sagar Dam, one of Asia’s largest man-made water reservoirs with an aim of attracting more tourists to the state.

    4. Kamal Haasan & Gautam Ghosh included in Shyam Benegal Committee- Actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan and director Gautam Ghosh have been inducted in the Shyam Benegal committee that has been set up by the government to holistically look into the functioning of controversy ridden Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

    5. PM Modi to launched ‘Startup India’ campaign- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the ‘Start-up India’ in New Delhi which is aimed at celebrating the entrepreneurship spirit of country’s youth. It will be attended by CEOs and founders of top start-ups from across the country and abroad. “Start-up India, Stand-up India” programme will connect bright minds and youth all over India who have the talent and the capability to propel India’s growth.

    6. Dr Jitendra Singh to inaugurate Hall of Nuclear Power in New Delhi- Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh inaugurated the “Hall of Nuclear Power” in New Delhi.

    7. China’s Xi Jinping launches Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank- China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB) in which India and 56 countries have joined as founding members was formally opened by President Xi Jinping. The bank was formally established in Beijing on December 25, 2015.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    1. NaMo presented Times Now “Amazing Indians Awards” 2016- Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi presented the “Times Now” Amazing Indians Awards 2016 in recognition of great achievements in the face of adversity.

    2. Delhi-based writer Ankita Anand won the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for work on Khap panchayats- Sensitive portrayal of life for young women facing the threat of the diktat of khap panchayats in Haryana has earned Ankita Anand, a journalist-writer won the European Commission’s prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 (Asia-Pacific).

    3. Amritsar in Guinness Book of World Records- An offbeat message against drugs delivered through ‘largest bollywood dance performance‘ of students held at Khalsa College has earned Amritsar a place in Guinness Book of World Records announced by Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat.

    4. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan awarded with Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship- Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan awarded with Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship in Singapore on January 13 for his contribution in development and international harmony.

    5. Second largest’ black hole in the Milky Way discovered- A team of Japanese astronomers has discovered an enigmatic gas cloud just 200 light years away from the centre of the Milky Way that can be the possible missing link in the black hole evolution.This may be the first detection of an intermediate mass black hole(IMBH).

    SPORTS

    1. Marat Safin Inducted Into International Tennis Hall of Fame- Former World No.1 tennis player Marat Safin of Russia has joined the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Russian Tennis Federation.

    2. Mesut Ozil named 2015 German Player of the Year- Mesut Ozil has been voted Germany national team player of the year for the fourth time. The Arsenal playmaker was in outstanding form for his club during 2015 and has awarded for his performances for the national team as well. The 27-year-old played a big part in ensuring the world champions reached Euro 2016 and played in all but one international for his country.

    3. Sania & Hingis Win Sydney International Title 2016- Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis’ are continued to lifted their second trophy of the season with the WTA Apia International title after clinching their 30th win a row in Sydney.

    OBITUARY

    • Rajesh Vivek, Lagan Actor passed away- Television actor Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay, who played the popular character of Guran in Bollywood blockbuster, Lagaan passed away following a heart attack in Hyderabad. He was 66 years old.

    17th JANUARY

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. World’s largest Tricolour to be hoisted in Ranchi- Jharkhand is all set to beat a record held by a flag in Faridabad, Haryana in March 2015 by getting the world’s largest Tricolour flying atop the country’s tallest flagpole at the Pahari temple in Ranchi.

    2. President launches countrywide Pulse Polio Programme for 2016- The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee launched the Pulse Polio programme for 2016 by administering polio drops to children less than five years old, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

    3. Union government released draft for the right of transgender person bill, 2015- The right of the transgender person bill, 2015 was released in the 2nd week of January 2016 by the union government for the overall development and the welfare of the transgender persons over the whole country.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    • UN demoted India GDP forecast for 2016 to 7.5%- Due to the slow progress in execution of reform policies, United Nations has reduced its GDP growth forecast for India for 2016 to 7.5% from 8.2%.

    BANKING & FINANCE

    • World Development Report 2016 dubbed “Digital Dividends” released- Washington D.C. headquartered World Bank released its annual World Development Report (WDR) titled “Digital Dividends” with a focal point on the impact of the Internet, mobile phones and communication technologies (ICTs) on economic development.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    1. 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature conferred upon Anuradha Roy- The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016 has been conferred upon Anuradha Roy for her novel Sleeping on Jupiter at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka.

    2. 61st Britannia Filmfare Awards 2015- The 61st Britannia Filmfare Awards 2015 were recently held to honor the best films of 2015 from the Hindi-language film industry in Mumbai.

    3. Easterine Kire wins The Hindu Prize, 2015- Easterine Kire, poet, novelist and children’s writer from Nagaland, won The Hindu Prize, 2015, for her novel When the River Sleeps, a book about a lone hunter seeking a faraway river, to take from it a stone that will give him untold powers.

    APPOINTMENTS

    • Tsai Ing-wen chaired as the Taiwan’s first Female President- Taiwan has elected its first female president in a landmark election that could unsettle relations with Beijing. Tsai Ing-wen defeated Eric Chu, the Nationalist Party’s Presidential candidate for Taiwan’s presidential election.

    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

    • China to land probe on dark side of moon in 2018- China has begun preparations for a new lunar mission in 2018 when it plans to send a probe to the dark side of the moon not explored by humans so far, in a bid to create a new landmark in space exploration.

    SPORTS

    • Virat Kohli breaks De Villiers’ record to reach 7000 ODI runs- Indian batsman Virat Kohli broke AB de Villier’s record to become the fastest batsman to reach 7000 runs in One Day Internationals. Kohli made history during India’s third ODI against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The 27-year-old smashed six boundaries and a six to reach the record during the third ODI, Few days back, Virat Kohli will be presented with Polly Umrigar Award for BCCI cricketer of the year.

    OBITUARY

    • Veteran journalist Gopal Krishna Roy dead- Veteran journalist Gopal Krishna Roy passed away at the age of 82.

    18th JANUARY 2016

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. 900+ girls in sex ratio at birth recorded in Haryana- For the first time in 10 years, sex ratio in Haryana has shown a mounting crossing the 900 mark with 903 girls per 1,000 boys as compared to earlier 879 females per 1,000 males.

    2. NITI Aayog collaborated with IDFC for Enterprise Survey of Manufacturing Firms- As part of ease of doing business enabler, NITI Aayog and IDFC Institute will jointly conduct asurvey of manufacturing companies, including startups, across India. The objective of the survey is to assess the business regulatory environment in each state and union territory (UT).

    3. BHEL commissions 660 MW supercritical thermal unit in UP- BHEL has commissioned the second 660 MW supercritical unit of Lalitpur Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) in Uttar Pradesh.

    4. Exim Bank, Andhra Pradesh sign MoU to promote exports- Exim Bank of India and the Andhra Pradesh government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) singed by Exim Bank chairman and managing director Yaduvendra Mathur and Andhra Pradesh’s industries secretary Shamsher Singh Rawat for promoting exports in the state.

    5. Kalraj Mishra releases Laghu Udyog Samachar Magazine on Startup India theme in 13th Meeting of the NBMSME- The Start-up issue of Laghu Udyog Samachar (January 2016) was released by Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister of MSME at the 13th Meeting of the National Board for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    1. India marked as 2nd largest fruit producer in Global List- According to the handbook, published by the Oxford University, the upswing in fruit production makes India the second largest global producer behind China. Though horticulture has seen fruit production grow faster than vegetables but still latter constitute the largest segment of this sector of agriculture. Grapes occupy the premier position in exports with 107.3 thousand tonnes valued at Rs 1,086 crore in 2014-15. Other fruits which attained significant position in exports are banana and mango.

    2. US lift nuclear sanctions on Iran- The United States removed a wide range of sanctions against Iran after International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Tehran has met its commitments to roll back itsnuclear programme, under an agreement with China, France, Russia, UK, U.S and Germanyon July 14, 2015.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    • National Bravery Awards 2015 to be conferred upon 25 “Lion Hearts”- 25 children (3 girls and 22 boys) have been selected for the National Bravery Awards 2015, which give due recognition to the children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service. They receive a medal, certificate and cash.

    APPOINTMENTS

    1. India’s Dinesh Sharma elected to board of directors of china backed AIIB- Dinesh Sharma, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Finance has been elected to the 12-member board of directors of AIIB

    2. Tata Motors appoints Guenter Butschek as CEO & MD- Homegrown auto major Tata Motors announced appointment of ex-Airbus COO Guenter Butschek as its Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director for two years after the death of its former MD Karl Slym.

    Zinnia: The first ever flower grown in space- Zinnia became the first flower that has finally bloomed in outer space. The flower was grown as part of an experiment astronauts are conducting on how plants grow in microgravity.

    • The flowers were grown inside the Veggie lab aboard International Space Station (ISS) which was installed in early May 2014.

    • With the success of this experiment, Zinnia has become the first flowering plant grown outside Earth’s atmosphere.

    SPORTS

    1. 2016 Apia international title of tennis- The 2016 Apia International Sydney was a joint 2016 ATP World Tour and 2016 WTA Tour tennis tournament, played on outdoor hard courts in Sydney, Australia. It was the 123rd edition of the tournament.

    2. India Regain Top Spot after Nearly Five Years- The Indian Test team led by Virat Kohli climbed to the top of the ICC Test Rankings after South Africa crashed to a 0-2 series defeat against England in Johannesburg.

    3. Popov claims 14th Delhi International Open chess title- Russia’s Ivan Popov has bagged the title 14th Parsvnath Delhi International Chess Festival with prize money of Rs. three lakh. The event was held in New Delhi.

    OBITUARY

    1. Former Sikkim Governor Ventrapragada Rama Rao passes away- Former Sikkim Governor and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ventrapragada Rama Raodied at a private hospital at the age of 81.

    2. Punjabi singer Manpreet Akhtar dies- Noted Punjabi folk singer Manpreet Akhtar passed away due to brain hemorrhage at a local hospital in Patiala. She was 55.

    19 January 2016

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