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Indian, Chinese troops meet on LAC, commit to cordial ties- Indian and Chinese troops meet on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir for the ceremonial Border Personal Meetings on the occasion of 67thRepublic day of India. Both the troops express their commitment towards enhancing the friendly relations and maintaining peace along boundary.

  • The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act came into force- The Central Government will enforce the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Amendment Act, 2015 for prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes with effect from January 26, 2016. The Lok Sabha on August 04, 2015 and Rajya Sabha on December 21, 2015, had already passed the Bill. After framing the rules for performance, now it will be enforced by the Central Government with effect from January 26, 2016. 

  • Andhra Pradesh govt to introduce `priest at your doorstep’- Andhra Pradesh government has decided to introduce a novel scheme, “Bhaktuni Chentaku Bhagvantudu” -God visiting the devotee. This is a free service. The Scheme has been launched from the Telugu New Year Ugadi. Under the programme, the priest of the local temple will visit families to bless them on seven special occasions related to birth and marriage. In case of death, the priest from the local Shiva temple will visit the family concerned.



    1. India gifted ambulances and buses to Nepal- In a bid to strengthen the education and health services in the Himalayan nation, India has donated 40 ambulances and 8 buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organisations and educational institutions in Nepal at a function at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu on 67thRepublic day of India.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    1. Three Indian B-schools in top 100 on FT’s global MBA list- As per the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking for 2016 three of the India’s top business schools are outline among the 100 best schools globally. France’s INSEAD is at the top of the list of the Business (B)-schools is also known as the “business school for the world”

    2. Pakistan plans its first mega nuclear power plant- Pakistan is all set to initiate a country’s first mega nuclear power plant with power generation capacity of  2,000 megawatts.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    • Gallantry Awards 2016- On the eve of the 67th Republic Day Celebrations, President Pranab Mukherjee has approved 365 gallantry and other defence awards to honour extraordinary bravery and courage as well as distinguished service of the armed forces personnel and others. These awards were established in 1952.

    SPORTS

    • Team India return to No.1 Test spot- Indian Test team return to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC’s) Test Rankings after South Africa packed up to a 0-2 series beat against England in Johannesburg.

    BOOKS & AUTHORS

    • Mamata Banerjee released her book on “tolerance”- While inaugurating the 40th Kolkata International Book fair, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee released ten books including a book on “Tolerance” which is penned by her. Banerjee has dealt with religion in her book and explained that religion cannot be “white or black”.

    IMPORTANT DAYS

    • International Customs Day- On 26 January every year the Customs administrations of 180 Member States of the World Customs Organisation organize various national events to celebrate the first session of the Customs Co-operation Council. Theme – “Digital Customs – Progressive Engagement”

    27th JANUARY 2016

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. French President Francois Hollande visit to India – An Overview- French President Francois Hollande was on 3 days visit to India. He was chief guest of the Republic Day parade. This is President Hollande’s 2nd State Visit to India and the 5th time (earlier 1976, 1980, 1998 and 2008) that a French Head of State has been invited as the Chief Guest on India’s Republic Day celebrations.

    2. India’s first blind friendly train flagged off- Indian Railway flagged off India’s first blind friendly train, from Mysuru to Varanasi. The train is financed by Pratap Simha, Mysuru Member of Parliament (MP), from the MPLAD Fund. The train was inaugurates by Mr Prtap Simha.

    3. Railway broadband to touch 500,000 homes in Digital India within 2 years- Railway broadband reaches 500,000 households through its Rail wire network. In the next two years the network is providing a host of services at the block level. Indian Railways is an Indian state-owned enterprise, owned and operated by the Government of India (GoI) through the Ministry of Railways.

    4. Indo-Russia agreement on competitive research projects- Indian and Russian researchers have been signing an agreement for a period of six months in the areas of basic and Exploratory Sciences.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    1. Toyota” leads the chart of Global Vehicle Sales 2015- Japanese automaker Toyota has been emerged as the world’s biggest automaker for the4th straight year by selling 10.15 million vehicles in 2015.

    2. Danish Parliament approved Seizure of Migrant Assets- the Danish parliament has approved a controversial law allowing authorities to seize refugee’s cash and valuables and delay them being reunited with their families.

    3. Coca Cola launched dairy drinks in India- Beverages major Coca Cola has launched milk-based beverages under the brand name “Vio”.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    1. Order of Australia” bestowed upon Kerala dentist Sajeev Koshy- Melbourne based Sajeev Koshy, a dentist by profession, has been honoured with the highest civilian honour, the Order of Australia to recognise his services to dentistry in Victoria, Australia. He hails from Kerala.

    2. Actress Rekha conferred 2016 Yash Chopra Memorial Award- Veteran Bollywood actress Rekha was honored with the third Yash Chopra Memorial Award in Mumbai. 

    APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

    1. Alice Vaidyan, new CMD of GIC Re- Alice Vaidyan is the new Chairman and Managing Director of General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re), the National Reinsurer.

    2. Lava International promotes Navin Chawla to COO- Lava International ltd has promoted Navin Chawla as chief operating officer (COO) of the company. Lava is Mobile handset maker International Company. Lava International was established in the year 2003.

    SPORTS

    Heena secures Olympic quota with gold medal- India’s top pistol shooter Heena Sidhu secured an Olympic quota for the country by clinching gold medal in women’s 10-m air pistol at the Asia Olympic Qualifiers for Shooting.



    • She is a first Indian Pistol shooter to have won a Gold medal in the 2013 ISSF World Cup Finals -Pistol in 10 metre Air Pistol

    • She is also the first Indian Pistol shooter to be Ranked World No.1.

    • Heena is the first Indian shooter who has appeared on the ISSF magazine’s cover page.

    OBITUARY

    1. Trailblazer of “Artificial Intelligence” passed away- Marvin Minsky, a mathematician, computer scientist and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) died due to cerebral hemorrhage. He was 88.

    2. American actor Abe Vigoda passes away- American actor Abe Vigoda known for roles in The Godfather and Barney Miller, passed away due to old age complications. He was 94.

    28th JANUARY

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. First list of 20 smart cities publicized with Bhubaneswar on Top- Bhubaneswar capital city of Odisha has outpaced all other rivalry cities of the nation by clinching the top rank in Smart Cities contest, which had received proposals for 97 cities from state governments.

    2. Union Cabinet approves raising of 17 Indian Reserve Battalions- Union Cabinet has approved the plan of rising 17 India Reserve Battalions (IR Bns) in Jammu & Kashmir and Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected States.

    3. Rajasthan Government inks MoU to join UDAY Scheme- Rajasthan government signed MoU with the Central Government of India to join Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme.

    4. RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan joins WEF task force- RBI governor Raghuram Rajan joins World Economic Forum (WEF) task force to study the global finance system. The 46th Annual Meeting of WEF was held in held in Davos, Switzerland.

    5. India surpassed Thailand as World’s largest Rice exporter- As per the Bangkok based Thai Rice Exporters Association, India has outpaced Thailand as the world’s largest rice exporter in 2015. In 2015 India has shipped 23 million tonnes of rice while Thailand exported 9.8 million tonnes of rice in 2015, a downgrade of 10.8%. Vietnam is the third largest exporter of rice.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    1. IMF announces implementation of long due quota reforms- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced to implement long due quota reforms. The US Congress has approved these reforms which give more voting rights to the emerging economies India and China.

    2. Bill Gates topped the list of “50 World’s Wealthiest People”- As per the list released by wealth-tracking website Wealth-X in collaboration with Business Insider, Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, sat down again in the top slot of 50 wealthiest people in the world list with a net worth of enormous $87.4 billion. There were only 4 female billionaires in the list, among them, Alice Walton, Walmart heiress, was the wealthiest woman with a net worth of $33.2 billion .

    3. Astronomers discovered largest solar system- Astronomers of Royal Astronomical Society (RSA) have discovered the largest known solar system in the form of gas giant located one trillion kilometres away.

    • This solar system has large planet known as 2MASS J2126-8140 that takes nearly a million years to orbit its star.

    • The newly discovered solar system is 140 times wider than Pluto’s path around Sun and has a mass between 12 and 15 times of Jupiter.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    • Parrikar presented Rakshamantri Award for excellence for 2012-13 and 2013-14- Manohar Parrikar the Union Minister for Defense presented Rakshamantri Award for excellence for year 2012-13 and 2013-14 in New Delhi. The awards were presented for three categories.

    APPOINTMENTS

    • Sachin Tendulkar designated as Brand Ambassador of Pleasure Cruise- Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar accredited as the brand ambassador of a newly-launched pleasure cruise along with his former Australian opponents, Shane Warne and Brett

    • UP launches helpline number for journalists- Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav on launched a dedicated helpline for journalists with number1880 help and assists the media persons.

    SPORTS

    • Ishika Shah bagged 12th Sub-Junior National Snooker championship- The National sub-junior snooker title has been clinched by Ishika Shah (14) by defeating Anushi Seth with 50-2, 50-33. The championship was held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

    OBITUARY

    • Former India basketball captain Ranbir Chopra died- The first captain of the independent Indian basketball team Ranbir Chopra was died onJanuary 25. He was the captain of Indian team at the first Asian Games, in Delhi in 1951.

    IMPORTANT DAYS

    • 150th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai- 28th January 2016 is celebrated as the 150th birth anniversary of the greatest Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai. He was born in Dhudike, Punjab on 28 January 1865. He is popularly known as Punjab Kesari and he is described as “a pillar of extremist nationalism in India“ due to his great contribution in the freedom moment.

    29th JANUARY

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. UP IPS Aparna Kumar scales Mount Vinson Massif: the highest peak in Antarctica- Aparna Kumar UP cadre IPS officer become the country’s first civil servant to scaled Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in the Antarctica. She is the first civil servant to mount the highest peak.

    2. Madhya Pradesh to impose ban on polythene from January 2017- After reviewing the activities of Urban Development and Environment and Housing Department in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced to impose banon polythene in entire state from January 2017.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    1. 31 countries signed MCAA to boost transparency in international tax matters- An agreement between 31 countries has signed named Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) to increase the transparency in functioning of multinational enterprises (MNEs) by giving permission to automatic exchange of Country-by-Country reports by tax administrators.

    2. Japan’s Central Bank adopts Negative Interest Rate policy- Tokyo headquartered Bank of Japan has imposed a negative interest rate of -0.1% on accounts it holds for commercial banks. It will start to charge them for looking after their cash.

    Stockholm to get World’s first 5G Network- Stockholm soon becomes the world’s first city to get the ultra high speed 5G mobile network.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    1. Allan Border Medal 2016 presented to David Warner- Batsman David Warner has been conferred with Allan Border medal for 2016, becoming the11th player to receive Australian cricket’s greatest individual honour.

    2. William E Colby award bestowed upon “Midnight’s Furies” – A Book on India’s Partition- USD 5,000 William E Colby Award 2016 of US has been conferred upon book “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition” authored by Nisid Hajari.

    3. V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award bestowed upon Wild life film maker Naresh Bedi- Wildlife film maker & Padma Shri awardee Naresh Bedi has been honoured with V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award during the inauguration of 14th edition of Mumbai International Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films – MIFF 2016.

    4. Henri Tiphagne selected for Amnesty International Human Rights Award 2016- Indian activist and lawyer Henri Tiphagne has been selected for Amnesty International Germany’s human rights award 2016. The award will be present to him in April at the official ceremony at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin.

    5. Abhinav Bindra honored by ISSF- Abhinav Singh Bindra the Indian shooter and the World Olympic champion have been honored by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) with the Diploma of Honors and President’s Button for his contribution as an athlete.

    APPOINTMENTS

    1. Twitter Inc has appointed Leslie Berland as CMO- Chirping Twitter has designated Leslie Berland as its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Earlier she was working with American Express (AmEx) as executive vice-president of global advertising, marketing and digital partnerships.

    2. Gurdeep Singh designated as CMD of NTPC- Managing director of Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSEC) Gurdeep Singh has been appointed as chairman and managing director (CMD) of central PSU National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for the period of 5 years.

    3. Justice Sanjay Mishra appointed as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh- The Supreme Court of India has accredited Justice Sanjay Mishra, a former judge of the Allahabad High Court, as the Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh.

    SPORTS

    1. BWF ranking elevated P V Sindhu to World No. 11- In the latest BWF ranking, Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold clincher P V Sindhu’s rank has upgraded by one move to World’s No. 11. On the other hand, shuttler Saina Nehwal remained consistent and sat down again at 2nd position with 78482 points.

    2. Pakistan Cricketer Imran Farhat retired from International Cricket- Pakistan’s opening batsman Imran Farhat announced his retirement from International cricket. He made his decision after getting a No-Objection Certificate to participate in the Masters Champions League (MCL).

    OBITUARY

    • Former minister and freedom fighter Maheswar Baug died- Former minister and freedom fighter Maheswar Baug passed away due to brief illness at the district headquarter hospital in Odisha. He was 85.

    30TH JANUARY 2016

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. Start up India, Stand up India” instigated in Thane- The ambitious flagship programme, “Start Up India, Stand Up India” has been launched in Thane by Deepak Ghaisas, who was the first Indian to receive the CFO Asia Award in 2001.

    2. Union Government forms technical group to monitor Zika virus situation- The Union Health Minister JP Nadda set up a Central monitoring team which constitutes a technical group to monitor the Zika situation. The Mosquito-borne Zika virus has created a panic over thousands birth defects. Babies with abnormal condition are born in the region due to the effect of the virus in Latin America.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    1. USAID extends funding for projects for TB-free India- US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) has extends the funds for the TB-free India project. India has the highest number of tuberculosis cases in the world. In India nearly2.2 million TB cases are annually reported.

    2. Apple takeover educational startup Learnsprout- Apple Inc. has acquired San Francisco-based education-technology startup LearnSprout, which creates software for schools and teachers to track students’ performance.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    Nitish Kumar first – rated for the K Veeramani Award for Social Justice 2015- Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar has been selected for the K Veeramani Award for Social Justice 2015 for his contribution towards social justice as Chief Minister.

    Morton Mower, Michael Marmot win 2015 Prince Mahidol Award- The most prestigious Prince Mahidol Awards has been awarded to Professor Morton M Mower and Sir Michael Gideon Marmot.Morton M Mower is from the United States and he did his best in the field of medicine, while Sir Michael Gideon Marmot from Britain gives his best in the field of public health.

    APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

    1. Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey appointed as Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities- Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey is appointed as the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) for three years by the Union Government.

    2. J.S. Deepak new Telecom Secretary- Department of Telecommunications has designated J.S. Deepak as its Secretary. He will succeed Rakesh Garg. He will be responsible for the May-June sale of spectrum, which is expected to be the country’s biggest auction of airwaves.

    SPORTS

    • Graham Xavier Ford accredited as chief coach of Sri Lanka- Graham Xavier Ford designated as the chief coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team for his second stint. He will succeed Marvan Atapattu.

    OBITUARY

    • Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner dies at 74- Jefferson Airplane guitarist and co-founder Paul Kantner passed away due to organ failure. He was 74. Paul Lorin Kantner was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, a leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its more commercial spin-off band Jefferson Starship.

    31ST JANUARY 2016

    NATION THIS MONTH

    1. GOI to create ‘Khadi Gramudyog’ network- Government of India (GOI) wants to create a network of Khadi Gramudyog across villages in India on the 68th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and a book titled Nathuram Godse – The Story of an Assassin is also released on the occasion.

    2. Kerala to initiate G-Taxi for transgenders- After “Wings Rainbow” in Mumbai now Kerala is all set to launch to G-Taxi (Gender Taxi)which will be operated owned and operated by members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. It is first of its kind in Kerala.

    WORLD THIS MONTH

    1. India ranks 4th in number of think tanks, after US, China and UK- India ranks 4th on the list of nations with the most number of think tanks, with nearly 100 new taking the country’s totals to 280 in 2015. More than 6,800 thinktanks exist worldwide. US top the list with 1,835 thinktanks for 2015.

    2. Japan unveiled first stealth fighter aircraft X-2- Japan unveiled country’s first stealth fighter aircraft X-2, X-2 is likely to go through its first test-flight in February 2016.

    3. Jet Airways introduces a booking feature called “FareLock”- Mumbai Airlines Jet Airways introduces a booking feature called “FareLock” that allow passengers to keep a selected fare for a limited period before confirming the purchase later. FareLock is applicable for Jet Airways’ network only its mobile site is jetairways.com. Once the passenger selects the FareLockoption, they have to pay a nominal fee of Rs 350 for domestic ticket and Rs 700 for an international ticket to conform the fare.

    4. Alibaba’s first Indian trade facility centre opens- Wholesale trading platform, China’s Alibaba.com launched its first physical trade facility centre in Jaipur and a Hindi portal, aimed at connecting small and medium businesses with global buyers.

    5. Iran, Airbus signed deal to buy 118 Airbus planes- Iran, Airbus has signed a deal to buy 118 Airbus jets worth $27.The deal was signed when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visit by to France.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

    1. Russian “Order of Friendship” bestowed upon Ramayah Shanmuga Sundar- Director of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) construction site, Ramayah Shanmuga Sundar has been conferred with “Order of Friendship” by Russia to recognize his contribution towards the implementation of the NPP Kudankulam project.

    2. Tom Hanks named America’s most popular movie star- Tom Hanks has been named America’s most popular movie star for the fifth time. The 59 year old Hanks also nab the title in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2013.

    APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

    Blue Star appoints Vir S Advani as MD- Air conditioning and refrigeration major Blue Star Ltd has designated Vir S Advani as its Managing Director and B Thiagarajan as Joint Managing Director w.e.f. April 1, 2016.



    Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Mexico- A 1991-batch IFS officer Shri Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Mexico.

    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

    • A British woman Sue York became the first person in the world to have a pancreas transplant- Sue York a British woman becomes the first person in the world to have a pancreas transplant due to her severe needle phobia.

    OBITUARY

    • Senior journalist T.N. Gopakumar passes away- TN Gopakumar Editor-in-Chief of Asianet News and Veteran journalist at the age of 58 passes away due to cardiac arrest in Thiruvananthapuram. He was the receiver of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award for his book ‘Suchindrum Rekhakal’.



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