Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January : 2nd Week Current Affairs Update for IBPS/LIC AAO Exam

• He was conferred with the Sree Chitra Thirunal National Award 2015 by the Vice President of India Hamid Ansari - T P Sreenivasan
• The state that was conferred with the Krishi Karman Award 2014-15 by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare–Madhya Pradesh
• The 23rd Conference of the Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth Countries was held at - Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia
• The Indo-Swiss pair that won the 2016 WTA Apia International Sydney tennis title – Sania Mirza (India) & Martina Hingis (Switzerland)
• At the 61st Filmfare Awards ceremony, the best film award was won by – Bajirao Mastani
• As per the World Development Report released by the World Bank on 14 January 2016, the amount India saved annually by using Aadhaar on account of decreased leakages – 1 billion US dollars
• At the 61st Filmfare Awards ceremony, the best actor award was won by – Ranveer Singh
• The multilateral agency that was formally opened by the China’s President Xi Jinping on 16 January 2016 - Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
• The Assistant General Secretary and Spokesman of All India Muslim Personal Law Board who died on 15 January 2016 is - Mohammed Abdul Rahim Qureshi
• The Russian tennis player who will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on 16 July 2016 is - Marat Safin
• The region which was declared as Ebola free by the World Health Organisation – West Africa
• State Bank of India launched India’s first startup focused bank branch called SBI InCube in - Bengaluru, Karnataka
• The 68th Army Day was celebrated on – 15 January 2016
• The Indo-Swiss pair that broke a 22-year-old world record by winning their 29th consecutive women’s doubles match – Sania Mirza (India) & Martina Hingis (Switzerland)
• The country which formed a four-member eminent persons group to review all bilateral treaties with India – Nepal
• The multilateral agency that released the publication titled World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends – World Bank
• To develop Neeranchal National Watershed Project, the Government of India signed a loan agreement with-World Bank
• She won the Times Now Amazing Indians Awards 2016 in the ‘Energising India’ Category on 14 January 2016 - Mathews K Mathew
• He was the fourth Indian to be awarded with Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship for his contribution in development and international harmony on 13c January 2016 - Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan
• Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on 13 January 2016 received the first broad-gauge train on trial run between - Badarpur-Kumarghar-Agartala section at Agartala
• For speedy trial of cases relating to witchcraft incidents, the Jharkhand Government on 13 January 2016 decided to set up fast track courts in five districts, namely - Ranchi, Chaibasa, Khunti, Palamau and Simdega
• Famous stage actor Brian Bedford who passed away on 13 January 2016 is known for - acting in and directing Shakespeare
• The sports personality who was presented with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award at the sixth biennial UNICEF Ball is – David Beckham
• The Bollywood actor, known for his role of the astrologer Guran in Lagaan, who died on 14 January 2016 is – Rajesh Vivek
• The famous actor, known for playing the character of Severus Snape in Harry Potter series, who died on 14 January 2016 is - Alan Rickman
• He authored the book titled Objective Railway Engineering- Track, Works & Others
• The hero of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and former Governor of Goa and Punjab, died on 13 January 2015 - Lieutenant General JFR Jacob
• Amitabh Bachchan was bestowed honorary life membership of - Mohammedan Sporting Club (Kolkata)
• Bengaluru-based activist Subhashini Vasanth on 13 January 2016 was honoured with - Neerja Bhanot Award
• Edward Monser, President of Emerson, and Punit Renjen, CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global) on 12 January 2016 were appointed as the Vice Chairs of - U.S.-India Business Council
• The 22nd edition of Confederate of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit -cum-Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Investment Summit was held at - Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
• The US Congress has stalled a planned sale of eight new fighter jets to Pakistan, although the Obama administration is still trying to undo the hold - F-16
• Bihar government on 12 January 2016 decided to impose 13.5 percent tax on luxury items to mop up - additional revenue for carrying development work
• The operation which was launched by the Border Security Force to contain infiltration from Pakistan along the international border in Rajasthan - Operation Cold
• The state which was on 12 January 2016 declared as the first in the country to achieve 100 percent primary education – Kerala
• An international team of scientists led by Indian-American devised a new method, galactoseismology, to detect dwarf galaxies dominated by dark matter - Sukanya Chakrabarti
released on 14 January 2016 - MM Agarwal
• He won the Times Now Amazing Indians Awards 2016 in the ‘The Eco Saviours’ Category on 14 January 2016 - Late Kallen Pokkudan
• She was conferred with the Prof MV Pylee Award for the Distinguished Academician of India – Dr Jancy James
• The FIFA Emergency Committee on 9 January 2016 decided to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of - FIFA Secretary General
• President Pranab Mukherjee on 8 January 2016 gave his assent to the Sugar Cess (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which has amended the - Sugar Cess Act, 1982
• The UK government rejected demands for the re-introduction of the post-study work visa that was popular between Indian and other overseas students from outside - the European Union (EU)
• He edited the book titled Jawaharlal Nehru and The Indian Polity in Perspective that was released by the Vice President of India Hamid Ansari on 12 January 2016 in Thiruvananthapuram - Dr P J Alexander
• The Chinese multinational computer technology company that will launch a new smart phone in collaboration with Google as part of its Project Tongo – Lenovo
• The city in which the 5-day long 20th National Youth Festival was inaugurated on 12 January 2016 – Naya Raipur
• The Hall of Fame outfielder and former Negro Leagues player who died on 11 January 2016 is - Monte Irvin
• The Ardh Kumbh mela was formally inaugurated on 13 January 2016 amidst chanting of vedik hymns at - Haridwar
• Jharkhand government on 13 January 2016 decided to add the ongoing crisis of drinking water in the list of - special local disasters of the State
• President Pranab Mukherjee on 13 January 2016 gave assent to the Sugar Cess (Amendment) Bill, 2015, raising the ceiling of the impost from 25 rupees to - 200 rupees per quintal
• Participants of the Conference of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) on Afghan Peace and Reconciliation process that was held in Islamabad on 11 January 2016 are – Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US
• Scientists at Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes in Hisar successfully produced a cloned buffalo offspring, which is named as - Cirb Gaurav
• The legendary artist, mostly known for his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, who passed away on 10 January 2016 is – David Bowie
• The merchant vessel whose 35 crew members were sentenced to 5 years in jail by a Tutucorin district sessions court on 11 January 2016 on charges of illegally entering Indian waters with the possession of weapons – MV Seaman Guard Ohio
• The startup launched by Illumina in partnership with Bill Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to develop blood-based cancer tests – Grail
• He is the President-Designate of the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and on a state visit to India in the second week of January 2016 – Jin Liqun
• His birth anniversary, which falls on 12 January, is annually observed as National Youth Day – Swami Vivekananda
• United States and Jordan on 11 January 2016 signed Joint Action Plan in Washington and agreed to enhance efforts to combat - nuclear terrorism
• Barcelona forward who on 11 January 2016 won the Ballon d'Or trophy for the world’s best football player for the fifth time overall - Lionel Messi
• The folk dance of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh that was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest folk dance in the world is – Nati
• The 1975 batch Indian Administrative Service Officer sworn in as the Chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI) - Devender Kumar Sikri
• Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on 11 January 2016 inaugurated implementation of - E-enabled Track Management System (TMS)
• The Supreme Court on 12 January 2016 stayed the Union Government’s notification lifting ban on controversial bull taming sport Jallikattu during the festival of - Pongal in Tamil Nadu
• The Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited and the Andhra Pradesh Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding to - invest 38500 crore rupees
• Ashish Saraf was appointed as the Vice-President - Industry Development, Strategic Partnerships and Offsets of – Airbus Group
• Telangana became the first Indian State to - introduce compulsory gender education at the graduate level
• Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) commissioned a 520-MW coal-based thermal power unit in - Andhra Pradesh
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up eight groups of Secretaries for focussed attention on areas like - Good governance, inclusive growth, employment generation, education and health, Swachch Bharat and energy efficiency
• 'Missionary Day', anniversary of the arrival of two Welsh Christian missionaries, was observed and celebrated on 11 January 2016 across the Christian-dominated north eastern state of - Mizoram
• The city in which the Arab League Foreign Ministers was held on 10 January 2016 – Cairo, Egypt
• The city in which the main event of the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas was inaugurated – New Delhi
• The day on which the 11th World Hindi Day was observed – 10 January 2016
• He won the 2016 Brisbane International Tennis men’s singles trophy - Milos Raonic of Canada
• The professional kayaker who was named the Denmark’s sportsperson of the year 2015 is - Rene Holten Poulsen
• The legendary soul singer, famous for the song Trying To Live My Life Without You, who died on 8 January 2016 in Chicago is – Otis Clay
• The first female Formula One driver who died on 8 January 2016 in Italy is - Maria Teresa de Filippis
• The noted Hindi writer, known for his works like Nau Saal Chotti Patni and Kala Register, who died on 9 January 2016 is - Ravindra Kalia
• The country which was elected to the UNICEF executive board that will represent the group of Asia-Pacific countries for the term 2016-2018 is – Nepal
• Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis on 9 January 2016 won the WTA Brisbane Tennis trophy by defeating - German Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-1
• Stanislas Wawrinka on 10 January 2016 won his Chennai Open title by defeating - Croatian Borna Coric 6-3, 7-5
• Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on 10 January 2016 inaugurated the 28th edition of International Kite Festival at - Sabarmati River front in Ahmedabad, Gujarat
• The Kite festival of Gujarat marks Uttarayan which is observed as the day - When winter begins to turn into summer, according to the Indian calendar
• An Indian-American professor Sukanya Chakrabarti devised a new method that may help in detecting dwarf galaxies dominated by dark matter and - explain ripples in the outer disk of the galaxy
• NASA's revamped planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered more than - 100 confirmed planets orbiting other stars
• Cricketer of New Zealand who on 10 January 2016 scored second-fastest fifty in T-20 Internationals is - Colin Munro
• The country which on 9 January 2016 began the process to formulate a new constitution – Sri Lanka
• 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)
• PM Narendra Modi released a book titled “MARU BHARAT SARU BHARAT “authored by - Jain Acharya Ratnasundersuriswarji Maharaj
• In the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, the best Director award was won by - Alejandro Inarritu for film The Revenant
• The President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the three day long 88th annual conference of Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan in - Ranchi, Jharkhand
• He was appointed as the Chief Coach of the new Pune franchise of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament - Former New Zealand Captain Stephen Fleming