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January 2016 Current Affairs

What, Why & How of Zika Virus

Feb 2, 2016
Important for Exam: 211 people agreed

The article answers fundamental questions related to the Zika virus such as its nature, transmission, effect of the El Nino on its spread and steps to protect oneself from the virus.

Datta Padsalgikar appointed as Commissioner of Police of Mumbai

Feb 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

With this, Padsalgikar became the 40th Police Commissioner of Mumbai.

Naresh Bedi honoured with V Shantaram Award Life Time Achievement Award

Feb 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

Bedi was honoured for his outstanding contribution to wildlife filmmaking. He is also credited with filming several rare wildlife moments.

Former Army Chief General Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao died

Feb 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

He was the 14th Chief of the Army Staff of Indian Army.

Pietro Fittipaldi won 2015-16 MRF Challenge Formula 2000

Feb 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The 2015–2016 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship was the fourth running of the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship.

Angelique Kerber of Germany won 2016 Australian Open women’s singles tennis title

Jan 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 36 people agreed

To win her maiden grand slam title, the seventh seed defeated the world number 1 ranking Serena Williams of the USA by 6-4 3-6 6-4.

First revised estimates of macroeconomic indicators for 2014-15 released

Jan 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

As per the revised estimates, the GDP growth for 2013-14 and 2014-15 was estimated at 6.6 and 7.2 percent against the previous estimates of 6.9 and 7.3 percent respectively.

Book titled Nathuram Godse - The Story of an Assassin released

Jan 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 52 people agreed

The book narrates the story of Nathuram Vinayakrao Godse who died an untimely death and his brother suffered a life of immense mental torture.

Anti-Leprosy Day observed on 30 January 2016

Jan 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Annually, the day is celebrated in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi in order to re-memorize his selfless efforts and care for the people affected by the infectious disease leprosy.

Japan unveiled first stealth fighter aircraft X-2

Jan 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

The domestically-built fighter aircraft seeks to augment defence capabilities of the country that is surrounded by China and Russia that already have radar-evading aircraft technology.

Set up committee on living conditions of nurses in private establishments: Supreme Court

Jan 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

The committee will investigate the living conditions and salary structure of over 3 lakh nurses employed in private hospitals and nursing homes across the country.

Prince Mahidol Award 2015 conferred in Bangkok

Jan 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The award was presented at the Grand Palace in Bangkok by the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on behalf of the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Graham Xavier Ford named chief coach of Sri Lanka for his second stint

Jan 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Earlier, in January 2012, he was appointed as the head coach of the Sri Lanka national team, replacing Geoff Marsh and was in the post for two-year term till January 2014 and he declined to extend his tenure in September 2013.

Leslie Berland appointed as Chief Marketing Officer of Twitter Inc

Jan 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Prior to this appointment, she was working at American Express (AmEx) as an executive vice-president of global advertising, marketing and digital partnerships.

Cabinet of Somalia agreed on Election Model outlined by Mogadishu Declaration 2015

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The declaration calls for the electoral process in Somalia to establish a new, bicameral Federal Parliament in 2016, based on inclusivity and representation.

Puducherry Lt Governor AK Singh launched MITRA app for women safety

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

The Android based application can send emergency SOS messages when in danger or emergency.

Nisid Hajari won 2016 William E. Colby Award for Best Military Book

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Hajari’s book Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition covers the 1947 partition of India and the violence that surrounded that event.

Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis won 2016 Australian Open women's doubles tennis title

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

For Sania-Hingis pair, it was their maiden Australian Open title and the third successive Grand Slam doubles title after their victories in the 2015 Wimbledon and US Open.

China, Iran signed 17 agreements to broaden bilateral cooperation

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The agreements were signed during the Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Iran.

Gurdeep Singh appointed as CMD of NTPC

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Singh will be the first person to be appointed to the top job at a Maharatna company through a search committee route.

Iran, Airbus signed deal to buy 118 Airbus planes

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The agreement for 118 new aircraft includes 21 A320ceo family, 24 A320neo family, 27 A330ceo family, 18 A330neo (-900), 16 A350-1000 and 12 A380.

Human Rights up Front: An initiative to strengthen United Nations preventive work

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The initiative was launched by Secretary General Ban-Ki moon in December 2013 to prevent and respond to serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law.

IMF implemented 2010 Quota and Governance Reforms

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

India’s voting rights increased to 2.6 percent from the current 2.3 percent and China’s voting rights increased to six percent from 3.8.

Navneet Kaur, Santosh Kadale won gold in Senior National Rowing Championship

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

Kaur took 8:26.83 seconds to take the first place in the 2000mts Open Single Scull. Later, Navneet and Harpreet Kaur won the women’s doubles sculls timing 7:42.94 seconds.

Commemorative Coin of 150 rupees & Circulation Coin of 10 rupees on Lala Lajpat Rai released

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 34 people agreed

The Commemorative Coin is made of Quaternary alloy with diameter of 44 mm and Circulation coin is made of bi-metallic material with diameter of 27 mm.

Former minister and freedom fighter Maheswar Baug died

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Former minister and freedom fighter Maheswar Baug died on 28 January 2016 at the district headquarter hospital in Balasore, Odisha. He was 85.

Justice Sanjay Mishra appointed as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The apex court bench comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Prafulla C Pant recalled the earlier order dated 16 December 2015 appointing Justice Virendra Singh for the post.

Union Government formed expert panel to review Specific Relief Act, 1963

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The Specific Relief Act, 1963 provides for the law relating to certain kind of specific relief and has not been amended since its inception.

CERT-In signed cyber security pacts with 3 nations

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was apprised of the three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) which were signed in November 2015 and December 2015.

The Turbulent Years, Volume II of memoirs of President Pranab Mukherjee, released

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 39 people agreed

In this book, he reminisced about crucial events of his political life including Indira Gandhi's assassination, Babri Masjid demolition, operation Blue Star and his ouster from Rajiv Gandhi's Cabinet.

Madhya Pradesh to impose ban on polythene from January 2017

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The Chief Minister’s decision came after his review of the activities of Urban Development and Environment and Housing Department in capital Bhopal on 27 January 2016.

Union Government announced 1st batch of 20 smart cities from 11 States and Delhi

Jan 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 60 people agreed

The 20 cities were selected through the Smart City Challenge competition that saw the participation of 1.52 crore citizens from 97 cities and towns.

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