Current Affairs Jan 2016 - Miscellaneous
The National Aluminum Company (NALCO) announced to develop and promote Bhubaneswar as a floral hub and make the city green.
Madhya Pradesh increased the upper age limit for recruitment in government services.
The conference of the Foreign Ministers of the Arab League Foreign Ministers was held in Cairo, Egypt.
14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas was inaugurated in New Delhi.
11th World Hindi Day was observed on 10th January 2016
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won the WTA Brisbane Tennis trophy by defeating German Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic in the finals.
Stanislas Wawrinka won the Chennai Open title by defeating Borna Coric of Croatia.
DRDO successfully test fired the new Penetration-Cum Blast (PCB) and Thermobaric (TB) Ammunition tank, which was specially designed for Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT).
MARU BHARAT SARU BHARATauthored by - Jain Acharya Ratnasundersuriswarji Maharaj released by PM Narendra Modi.
Former New Zealand Captain, Stephen Fleming was appointed as the Chief Coach of the new Pune franchise of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament 2016.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on 13th January 2016 laid foundation stones of 342 km-long seven National Highway projects worth 3000 crore rupees in Simga tehsil in Raipur.
The Ardh Kumbh mela was formally inaugurated on 13th January 2016 Haridwar
President Pranab Mukherjee gave assent to the Sugar Cess (Amendment) Bill, 2015, raising the ceiling of the impost from 25 rupees to 200 rupees per quintal.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye called upon the international community to impose harshest possible sanctions on North Korea over its latest nuclear test.
To reduce the premium burden on farmers and ensure early settlement of claim for the full sum insured, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal of Crop Insurance Scheme.
Activist Subhashini Vasanth honoured with Neerja Bhanot Award.
Union Government announced National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) to make Visakhapatnam as a pharmaceutical hub.
Edward Monser, President of Emerson, and Punit Renjen, CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global) were appointed as the Vice Chairs of U.S.-India Business Council.
Vishakhapatnam hosted the 22nd edition of Confederate of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit-cum-Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Investment Summit.
Odisha Government declared to bring Plus II education under the Mass Education department from existing Higher Education department from next academic year.
Bihar government decided to impose 13.5% tax on luxury items to garner additional revenue for carrying development work.
Border Security Force launched Operation Cold to contain infiltration from Pakistan along the international border in Rajasthan.
Kerala was declared as the first state in the country to have achieved 100 percent primary education.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off a new train service between Lokmanya Tilak(T)-Kazipet named Anandwan Express.
The Jharkhand Government on 13th January 2016 decided to set up fast track courts for speedy trial of cases pertaining to witchcraft incidents in five districts: Ranchi, Chaibasa, Khunti, Palamau and Simdega.
On 13th January 2016, Telangana government issued a ban order on the sale and use of Chinese manja in order to prevent harm to birds and others on the eve of Makar Sankranti or Pongal.
Madhya Pradesh won the Union Government’s prestigious Krishi Karman Award for the 4th Consecutive year on 13th January 2016.
According to the scientists in Germany, the next ice age may have been delayed by over 50 thousand years because of the greenhouse gases put in the atmosphere by humans.
Union Cabinet approved to have a membership of Ocean Energy Systems so that it can have access to and develop technologies related to energy from ocean renewable resources.
Madhya Pradesh signed four MOUs with Singapore on 14th January 2016, which includes a 1000MW wind energy plant.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services increased the H-1B and L-1 petition fee by 4000 and 4500 US dollars respectively.
The country which has the largest diaspora in the world in 2015 – India with 16 million.
Jharkhand government adds drinking water crisis in local disasters list.
Two cricket players Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah were handed over life-time and 5-year ban, respectively, by the BCCI for their involvement in match-fixing.
Guenter Butschek, former Chief Operating Officer of Airbus, was appointed as the CEO & MD of Tata Motors.
Goa Legislative Assembly approved reclassification of coconut tree as palm.
Kenyan athlete, Gideon Kipketer, won the 2016 Mumbai Marathon in the men’s category.
Gopi T and Kheta Ram qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics by finishing second and third, respectively, among the Indian runners in the Mumbai Marathon.
The indigenously developed light combat aircraft, Tejas, flew for the first time in the international air space and reached the Sakhir Airbase in Bahrain.
Zinnia became the first ever grown flower in the space.
General Electric Co. agreed to sell its home-appliances business to China’s Qingdao Haier Co. for 5.4 billion US dollars.
Noted Punjabi folk singer, Manpreet Akhtar died on 17th January 2016 due to brain hemorrhage in Patiala.
The Mosquito borne Zika Virus was first time recorded in United States of America in the third week of January 2016.
Jalgaon’s Vijay Choudhary defeated Vikrant Jadhav of Mumbai to retain Maharashtra Kesri title in the 59th Maharashtra Kesri Wrestling Championship.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named as the captain of Rising Pune Supergiants for IPL 2016 season.
South African Premier League footballer, Mondli Cele, died after the car in which he was travelling, plunged into a river near eastern city of Pietermaritzburg.
Yasutaro Koide, the world's oldest man, as per the Guinness World Records, died at an age of 112 on 19 January 2016.
Pakistan reported highest stillbirths’ rate among the 186 countries surveyed by medical journal, The Lancet.
Mindtree acquired Magnet 360 on 18 January 2016.
ReNew Power, a Clean energy firm, commissioned 40 MW wind project in Karnataka.
BHEL commissioned a 660 MW supercritical thermal power unit in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1.2 billion.
According to an Oxfam report, 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6 billion people, the bottom half of humanity in 2015.
International Renewable Energy Agency published the report titled Renewable Energy Benefits − Measuring the Economics.
The 6th assembly session of the International Renewable Energy Agency was held in Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
The World Economic Forum published the ‘Future of Jobs’ report.
Shimla banned sale of eatable in open places to contain outbreak of jaundice.
China's economy grew 6.9% in 2015, the slowest in 25 years.
The state that celebrated its 46th statehood day on 25 January 2016 − Himachal Pradesh.
India Railways inaugurated India’s first high speed public Wi-Fi service on 22nd January 2016 at - Mumbai Central station.
For the Jeevan Raksha Padak Awards, the certificates are signed by the − Union Home Minister.
The company that has launched India’s first social mobile wallet Udio is − TranServ.
Maharashtra’s first Solar Power operated Mini-Water Supply Plant was commissioned in − Hingna village of Mouda Taluka in Nagpur district.
A team of Indo-German geologists and paleontologists may have found fossils of a 135-million-year old herbivorous dinosaur, possibly the oldest such fossil found in this century, in the region of - Kutch, Gujarat.
ONGC received environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests for drilling 45 developed wells in − Krishna Godavari Basin.
The player from Hong Kong, who won 11Even Sports 2015 ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals in the girls’ category is − Zhu Chengzhu.
The player who was declared as the Man of the Series in the five-match ODI series played between Indian and Australia, which concluded on 23 January 2016 in Sydney is − Rohit Sharma.
The Brisbane Heat batsman, who was named as the Big Bash League’s player of the tournament is − Chris Lynn.
An Indian-origin Muslim cleric, who has been conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of Leicester in recognition of his work for his local community is − Muhammad Shahid Raza.
The 42-crore rupees’ project sanctioned under the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Program and funded by World Bank is being implemented in exceedingly vulnerable seaside pockets of − Kendrapara district of Odisha.
Facebook will construct its first data center facility at − Ireland's Clonee village.
Taking forward the strategic relationship between the two countries to the next level, India will build a satellite tracking and imaging center in − Southern Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.
The 5-day annual summit of World Economic Forum (WEF) came to a close on 23rd January 2016 in − Davos.
What refers to tax planning strategies that would exploit the gaps and mismatches in tax rules to artificially shift profits to low or no-tax locations? − Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BESP).
The country that became the latest country to lift nuclear sanctions on Iran on 22nd January 2016 − Japan.
The purpose for which Union Government notified stricter green norms on Sugar industry − To reduce water pollution.
The number of districts in which the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Scheme will be covered in the year 2016 − 61.
This Dubai-based radio channel was appointed as the official audio rights partner of the ICC for next eight years − Channel 2 Group.
The rank of India in Best Countries Report released at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos − 22.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 21stJanuary 2016 permitted banks to sell India Gold Coins (IGC) with Ashok Chakra minted by − Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India (MMTC).
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 21st January 2016 has asked banks to provide loans of up to 3 lakh rupees at 7% interest rate during 2015-16 to Women Self-Help Group (SHG) under the scheme − Aajeevika Scheme.
Senior revenue service officer, Atulesh Jindal on 21st January 2016 was appointed the chairman of − Central Board of Direct Taxes.
The hotel that won the award of the world's best hotel at the Travellers' Choice award organized by TripAdvisor is − Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
A new bird species named Himalayan Forest Thrush was discovered in North-Eastern India. This species has been given the scientific name of − Zoothera Salimalii.
The Chhattisgarh Government signed a share-holding agreement with a few Central Government-run corporations for the second phase of − Jagdalpur-Raoghat Railway Project.
As per the NTI 2016 Nuclear Security Index, India’s rank in terms of nuclear safety among the 24 states with one kilogram or more of weapons-usable nuclear materials in the world was − 21.
The country which was adjudged as the safest in terms of nuclear safety by the NTI in its Nuclear Security Index 2016 − Australia.
The agency with which the National Remote Sensing Centre signed an MoU for monitoring mining activity using satellites − Indian Bureau of Mines.
The stock exchange which launched an Algorithm Trading Test Environment in partnership with Symphony Fintech Solutions − Bombay Stock Exchange.
The marketing agency with which the Indian Olympic Association signed a 2-year marketing deal − Infinity Optimal Solutions.
The National Highway that will be converted into six-lane in Bihar and Jharkhand as per a decision of the CCEA on 20 January 2016 − NH-2.
He took over as the Executive Director of Greenpeace India − Ravi Chellam.
The Union Government on 20th January 2016 signed the Financing Agreement with a financial institution for− Bihar Kosi Basin Development Project.
He was an Italian film director who passed away and was known for his most acclaimed film A Special Day − Ettore Scola.
The Central Statistics Office revised GDP growth rate for FY 2014-15 from 7.3 percent to 7.2 percent.
The Central Statistics Office revised GDP growth rate for FY 2013-14 from 6.9 percent to 6.6 percent.
Ashok K Roopanwal was appointed as the head of a one-man judicial commission by the Union Government to probe Rohith Vemula suicide incident in the University of Hyderabad.
Donald Kaberuka was appointed as African Union’s High Representative for the peace fund.
Union Government inked an 80 million US dollar loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to continue improving infrastructure in Agartala and Aizwal.
Department of Religious Affairs of Eritrea issued a law that makes it mandatory for men to marry at least two wives.
The fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) was held in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.
Union Cabinet approved a proposal for raising 17 more India reserve battalions in Jammu and Kashmir and Left-wing extremism affected states.
The parliament of Denmark voted on a proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ personal possessions in order to pay their upkeep.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) permitted banks to sell India Gold Coins (IGC) with Ashok Chakra minted by Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India (MMTC).
Senior revenue service officer Atulesh Jindal was appointed the chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes.
Mahamana Express was flagged off to run between Varanasi and New Delhi on 21 January 2016.
Uttar Pradesh completely banned the use of polythene with effect from 21 January 2016.
According to data released by UNCTAD, the Foreign Direct Investment in India doubled in 2015 to reach 59 billion US dollars.
The rate of interest proposed by the Provident Fund panel that will be given on Provident Fund account 8.95%.
Ratan Tata announced to invest in FirstCry.com, a start-up company related to baby kits.
The Sri Lankan wicketkeeper, Kusal Perera, faced a 4-year ban by the International Cricket Council for doping.
Delhi Acers won the 2016 Premier Badminton League.
Jalgaon’s Vijay Choudhary defeated Vikrant Jadhav of Mumbai to retain Maharashtra Kesri title in 59th Maharashtra Kesri Wrestling Championship.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named as the captain of Rising Pune Supergiants for IPL 2016 season.