Sunday, January 10, 2016

January : Weekly Current Affairs Update for IBPS/LIC AAO Exam Set-1

• Union Health Ministry on 8 January 2016 decided to use the expertise of Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) to - strengthen health system in India
• New Delhi World Book Fair will begin on 8 January 2016 at - Pragati Maidan
• Four new vaccines have been added to the recently launched Union Government’s ambitious programme Mission Indradhanush to immunise children against preventable diseases are - inactivated polio vaccine, Adult Japanese Encephalitis vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine and Measles Rubella vaccine
• Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on 9 January 2016 laid down norms for erecting memorials of - national leaders, freedom fighters, saints, historical personalities and politicians
• The State-level 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas celebrations began on 9 January 2016 in – Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
• An all-out offensive by India’s paramilitary forces and the state's forces against the Naxalites that came in news on 8 January 2016 is - Operation Green Hunt
• Two-day Flamingo Festival began on 9 January 2016 at the famous brackish water Pulicat Lake town in - Sullurupeta of Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh
• This traditional bull-taming sports in Tamil Nadu was allowed to be conducted by the Union Government on 8 January 2016 - Jallikattu
• In order to carry out a survey on cultural topography of the country, Ministry of Culture on 8 January 2016 started the project called - Cultural Mapping of India
• The French soldiers will march down the Rajpath on Republic Day along with Indian troops in the presence of - President Francois Hollande
• Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on 8 January 2016 inaugurated the Vibrant Saurashtra Expo and Summit-2016 at - Rajkot
• South Korea's Parliament on 8 January 2016 passed a resolution, denouncing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s fourth nuclear test, urging the DPRK to - dismantle its nuclear programme
• The White House on 8 January 2016 introduced new initiatives to combat recruitment of Americans to extremist groups like - the so-called Islamic State
• The Supreme Court on 8 January 2016 asked Union Government to appoint three Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission (CIC), within - next six weeks
• Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry on 9 January 2016 launched an online initiative to engage the LPG consumers and citizens in providing efficient and citizen friendly services in - LPG distribution
• China's country code domain 'dot cn' has become the world’s most commonly used over the Internet with 16.36 million users, surpassing - Germany's 'dot de' domain
• Any passenger found travelling in the train on the berths booked under Senior Citizen Quota by declaration of wrong age will be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly from - 1 February 2016
• India badminton player who climbed up 11 places to occupy the number one spot in junior men's singles category in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings - Siril Verma
• Number of farm ponds that will be dig in Andhra Pradesh to store rain water and utilise it for irrigation at the cost of 550 crore rupees - 10 lakh
• Thermal Power companies in Odisha will now have to transport fly ash free of cost to road construction site located within - 100 kms perimeter of their plant.
• The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015 that was published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary on 1 January 2016 shall be deemed to have come into force on - 1 April 2014
• President Pranab Mukherjee on 7 January 2016 promulgated the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2016 to make amendments to - the Enemy Property Act, 1968
• The book authored by Nobel peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi that was released on 7 January 2016 in New Delhi - Azad Bachpan Ki Or
• This project of Kerala Government will bring together different schemes in health sector under one umbrella - Sampoorna Arogya Keralam
• Union Government decided to implement the Bharat Stage (BS) VI norms from - 1 April 2020
• This place in Rajasthan saw the beginning of India-France eight-day counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency joint exercise Shakti-2016 - Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, Bikaner
• This boy of Tamil Nadu won the top place in the 23rd Children Science Congress for exhibiting his project work on nano satellite - Mohamed Rifath Shaarook Raaj
• Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on 7 January 2016 announced that with an effective implementation of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme, the child sex ratio in the state has reached - 889 girls per 1000 boy
• Ex-IAS Officer who was on 7 January 2016 appointed as Chairman of fair-trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) - Devender Kumar Sikri
• DIPP Secretary appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog on 7 January 2016 - Amitabh Kant
• The Union Government on 7 January 2016 approved the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for the year 2015-16 for - Punjab and Uttarakhand
• Quikr on 7 January 2016 announced the acquisition of property search website called- Commonfloor.com
• The Filipino golfer who was voted as the Hilton Asian Tour Golfer of Month for December 2015 is - Miguel Tabuena
• Rajasthan signed an agreement with Cairn Enterprise Centre Society to provide clean drinking water in - Barmer district
• The RBI Governor who was felicitated with the Central Banker of the Year Award (Global and Asia Pacific) for 2016 is - Raghuram Rajan
• The Indian shooter who won gold medal in the women's 10 metre air rifle event at the Swedish Cup Grand Prix is - Apurvi Chandela
• The Union Cabinet approved Memorandum of Understanding between India and Singapore in - Civil Aviation
• Person elected as the General President of the 105th Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) that is scheduled for 2017-18 - Dr Achyuta Samanta
• Former principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic who passed away on 5 January 2016 - Pierre Boulez
• Noted Gujarati writer and poet who passed away on 6 January 2016 and was known for his novel Akasmat (1968) - Labhshankar Thakar
• FreeCharge co-founder who was on 5 January 2016 appointed as the Chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) - Kunal Shah
• The cricketer who bagged the Polly Umrigar Trophy for Cricketer of the Year in the BCCI awards is – Virat Kohli
• An Italian UN official who took over as the new High Commissioner for the United Nations Refugee Agency is - Filippo Grandi
• The Competition Commission of India gave nod to Reliance Capital Asset Management to acquire - Morgan Stanley’s mutual fund business in India
• Sam Pitroda on 6 January 2016 was appointed Technology Advisor to - Odisha Government
• The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post-facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Bangladesh to set up – Border Haats
• Vedanta Limited appointed Samir Cairae as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of - Diversified Metals (India)
• Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister passed away in New Delhi on 7 January 2016 - Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
• Actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan on 7 January 2016 took the charge as the chairman of the governing council of - Film and Television Institute of India
• The state that was issued notice by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on 6 January 2016 over deplorable conditions prevailing in the prisons - Bihar
• The cricketer who was conferred with Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award is - Syed Kirmani
• Delhi Government on 6 January 2016 scrapped the management quota and all other quotas, in private schools for nursery admissions but there will be only 25 percent reservation for - Economically Weaker Sections
• The South African Cricketer who retired as the Test Captain on 6 January 2016 resigned as – Hashim Amla
• The initiative that aims at exposing youth from the J&K to the vibrant development and vitality of culture of people residing in other states of the country is - 'Watan Ko Jano'
• California Governor Jerry Brown on 6 January 2016 declared a state of emergency over in Los Angeles County because of – leak of methane gas
• The Union Government on 6 January 2016 approved an additional assistance of 1000 crore rupees to 35 Left Wing Extremism-affected districts spread over - 7 states
• The state government that gave green signal to the long-pending Dharavi Redevelopment Programme to house slum dwellers - Maharashtra
• Kerala Government decided to implement a health care project intended to benefit 42 lakh people - Sampoorna Arogya Keralam
• The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 6 January 2016 expanded its ambit in air pollution cases to cities beyond Delhi to cities - Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Amritsar
• The World Bank in its Global Economic Prospect report projected a robust growth for the Indian economy in the 2016 - 7.8 percent
• The Supreme Court on 6 January 2016 sought a reply from the Union Governemnt in a week's time over the issue of - Whistleblowers' Protection
• The government recognized Indian Planetary Society (IPS) selected Kutch district of Gujarat for embarking on this ambitious project at a total cost of Rs 12 crore of setting - First ever solar and stellar observatory
• The Union cabinet on 6 January 2016 gave ex-post-facto approval to MoU with Bangladesh for Mode of Operation of Border haats signed in – 2010
• Andhra Bank on 6 January 2016 launched Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) across all its branches in association with - the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
• The country which on 6 January 2016 conducted its first hydrogen bomb test – North Korea
• The Delhi High Court-appointed Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee for Review of School Fee on 5 January 2016 recommended refund of fee unjustly hiked by 53 unaided private schools in the Capital to - Parents with nine per cent interest
• Citing security reasons, Australia on 5 January 2016 withdrew from the Under-19 World Cup Tournament to be played in – Bangladesh
• The cricketer who was conferred with Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award is - Syed Kirmani
• The Competition Commission of India gave nod to Reliance Capital Asset Management to acquire - Morgan Stanley’s mutual fund business in India
• An Italian UN official who took over as the new High Commissioner for the United Nations Refugee Agency is - Filippo Grandi
• The cricketer who bagged the Polly Umrigar Trophy for Cricketer of the Year in the BCCI awards is – Virat Kohli
• The world's largest blue star sapphire that weighs 1404.49 carats was discovered in a mine in - Sri Lanka
• Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has decided to deploy about 300 women commandos for undertaking anti-Naxal operations in select - Left-wing Extremism-affected states
• Harper Lee’s book that topped the 2015 US Bestseller List – Go Set a Watchaman
• The city in which Dharavi is located where World’s first slum museum is set to open in February 2016 - Mumbai
• The state in which the 600 MW Kakatiya Thermal Power Plant Stage-II is located which was commissioned by BHEL on 5 January 2016 – Telangana
• The country with which Sri Lanka on 5 January 2015 signed 8 MoUs to deepen bilateral engagement - Pakistan
• To improve capacity utilisation of pellet plants and boost the sector, Union Government on 5 January 2016 reduced export duty on iron ore pellets to zero from - 5 percent levied in 2014
• State that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) under the UDAY Scheme on 5 January 2016 – Jharkhand
• Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 5 January 2016 approved the 33 percent posts at constable level to be filled up by – women
• Scheme launched by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti on 5 December 2015 in Uttar Pradesh - Ganga Gram Yojana
• US President Barack Obama during his White House address on 4 January 2016 took executive action to unveil steps to - Reduce gun violence
• The 15-year old Mumbai cricketer who broke century-old cricketing record by scoring 1009 runs in an under-16 inter-school event organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) – Pranav Dhanawade
• The Supreme Court 5 January 2016 banned entry of heavy commercial vehicles from four additional entry points NH 2, 10, 58 and state highway 57 into – Delhi
• Allahabad High Court on 5 January 2016 asked the Uttar Pradesh government and Agra Footwear Manufacturing and Exports Chamber to file their reply on proposed - Leather Park
• The former Defence Secretary who on 4 January 2016 was sworn in as the eighth Chief Information Commissioner of India is - Radha Krishna Mathur
• Abid Ali Neemuchwala was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of – Wipro
• Kate Atkinson won the Costa Novel Prize 2015 for her book titled- A God in Ruins
• Sarosh Homi Kapadia who passed away on 4 January 2016 in Mumbai was - the 38th Chief Justice of India
• IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd on 4 January 2016 bagged the 10050 crore road project in Jammu and Kashmir to build - Zojila Pass tunnel
• CEO of General Motors who was elected as Chairman of General Motors (GM) Board of Directors on 4 January 2016 - Mary Barra
• Land bank web portal launched by Jharkhand Government on 4 January 2016 - jharbhoom.nic.in
• The company that acquired French telecom major Alca-Lucent in a 15.6 billion euro deal – Nokia Corporation
• The country with which India resumed the bus service on 4 January 2015 after a gap of 27 years – Nepal
• He was involved in the discovery of the element 117 that was included in the 7th row of the periodic table on 30 December 2015 by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) - Susanta Lahiri
• The team that won the 26th Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey tournament – ONGC
• He was appointed as the head of one man committee to study issues related to gramin dak sevaks – Kamlesh Chandra
• The four new elements that were added to the 7th row of the periodic table by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) – Elements 113, 115, 117 and 118
• The RIS, which will be launched by the Union Ministry of Shipping to improve navigation in the inland waterways, stands for – River Information System
• Former Wigan Athletic defender who passed in December 2015 and was recovered from the River Rhine in the western city of Krefeld on 2 January 2015 - Steve Gohouri
• The Reserve Bank of India on 4 January 2016 imposed monetary penalty of one crore rupees on for violation of its instructions including reporting of data to Central Repository of Information on Large Credits (CRILC) is - State Bank of Travancore
• Bombay High Court on 4 January 2016 directed Maharashtra government to procure 1843 decibel meters within three months for the police to ensure - No violation of noise pollution rules during festivals, public addresses, and processions
• Sterlite Grid on 2 January 2016 set a new benchmark by commissioning the Transmission Project to Rajasthan Atomic Power Project (RAPP) ahead of schedule under - the Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) incentive regime
• Scuba divers working for Friends of Marine Life (FML) in December 2015 recorded the presence of several colonies of the fast-growing alien species off the coast of Thiruvananthpuram and Kanyakumari - Snowflake Coral (Carijoa riisei)
• State election commissioner (SEC) Ashok Kumar Chauhan on 4 December 2015 announced that toilets will be mandatory requirement for eligibility to contest - Panchayat Elections
• The World Braille Day was observed on – 4 January 2016
• Mizoram government will implement National Food Security Act (NFSA) from – February 2016
• The veteran CPI leader, also the former general secretary of the party, who passed away on 2 January 2016 is - Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan
• The Union Government will roll out LPG-like DBT scheme for kerosene from - 1 April 2016
• The Oscar-winning cinematographer for Close Encounters of the Third Kind who died on 1 January 2016 is - Vilmos Zsigmond
• The Sussex fast bowler who died on 3 January 2016 at the age of 22 is - Matthew Hobden
• Delhi Police entered the Limca Book of Records for - solving the biggest cash heist case of the country
• The city in which the 103rd Indian Science Congress was inaugurated on 3 January 2016 – Mysuru
• The country with which India on 1 January 2015 exchanged the list of nuke installations and prisoners for the 25th consecutive year as part of the bilateral agreement that is in force since 1991 – Pakistan
• The state in which a Sports University will be established by the Central Coalfield Limited (CCL) – Jharkand
• The multi barrel rocket launcher system that was successfully test-fired in December 2015 by India at Pokhran in Rajasthan - Pinaka II
• Pakistan-born singer who on 1 January 2016 got Indian citizenship is - Adnan Sami
• The state which became the first in the country to allow issuance of motor insurance policies in digital form by launching e-Vahan Bima Scheme – Telangana
• Arunima Sinha, the amputee mountaineer who set a record by climbing the Mount Everest on 25 December 2015, conquered - Mount Aconcagua in Argentina
• India on 3 January 2016 won of the South Asian Football Federation Cup (SAFF) championships by defeating defending champions - Afghanistan
• Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on 3 January 2016 announced that his country has broken off diplomatic ties with - Iran
• Several heavily armed terrorists on 2 January 2016 attacked Pathankot Air Force Station, a part of - the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force (IAF)
• Justice RM Lodha Committee on IPL spot fixing on 4 January 2015 submitted its report to the Supreme Court suggesting reforms in - the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
• To redress grievances of parents and teachers of primary schools the basic education department has planned to start separate help-lines in - Uttar Pradesh
• In order to groom talent from a young age, Union Government has decided to organise National School Games in a big way at - four-five venues in the country every year
• Telangana government on 3 January 2015 decided to regularise the services of over - 18000 temporary employees