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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 28 December 2015 - 2 January 2016

Jan 2, 2016 16:00 IST

Jagranjosh.com brings for its reader recap of the important current affairs of the week in bulleted form. This will be very useful for the aspirants in their preparation for different competitive exams like IAS/PCS, SSC, Bank, MBA and etc.

  • Committee constituted by Union Government on 1 January 2015 for holistic interpretation of the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952- Shyam Benegal Committee
  • Veteran South Indian classical vocalists who was on  1 January 2016 conferred with the 2015 Sangita Kalanidhi award - Sanjay Subrahmanyam
  • IPS Officer appointed as Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh on 1 January 2015 - Javed Ahmed
  • Grammy-winning singer who passed away on 31 December 2015 and was daughter of late jazz legend Nat King Cole - Natalie Cole
  • This project of the Department of Commerce’s won the 2015 eASIA Award under Trade Facilitation category as announced by Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (AFACT) in Tehran, Iran on 31 December 2015 – DAVA (Drug Authentication and Verification Application) Project
  • The former Bengal captain who on 30 December 2015 announced his retirement from all forms of cricket is – Laxmi Ratan Shukla
  • The former Newcastle United goalkeeper who passed away on 29 December 2015 due to cardiac arrest is - Pavel Srnicek
  • The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing a Raptor Mou for - Conservation of migratory birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia
  • Bjorn Isberg was appointed as the Tournament Director of - Coal India Hockey India League
  • The Indian-origin cancer research expert who received a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II is - Harpal Singh Kumar
  • The Union Cabinet approved the construction of 69 bridges on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa road section of the trilateral highway in – Myanmar
  • The state government which decided to hike the wages of Anganwadi workers is – Andhra Pradesh
  • The founder of Debian Linux who passed away on 28 December 2015 at the age of 42 is - Ian Murdock
  • The state which on 30 December 2015 exempted dialysis patients from paying various medical taxes – Maharashtra
  • The country which was on 31 December 2015 severely affected due to the Storm Frank – United Kingdom
  • The war ship from which the Long Range Surface-to-Air or BARAK 8 Missile was successfully test-fired on 30 December 2015 – INS Kolkata
  • He was on 30 December 2015 appointed as the Director General of the National Centre for Good Governance - Gyanendra D Bandgaiyan
  • The target to be achieved by the Indian bio-economy as per the National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2015-2020 - 100 billion US dollars
  • The country with which a MoU for promoting cooperation in IT & Electronics sector was approved by the Union Cabinet on 30 December 2015 – Jordan
  • The country with which signing and ratification of an Agreement for the exchange of information was approved by the Union Cabinet on 30 December 2015 - Maldives
  • The National Biotechnology Development Strategy unveiled on 30 December 2015 cover the time period – 2015-2020
  • For technology upgradation of the textiles industry, the Revised  Restructured  Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (RR-TUFS) was on 30 December 2015 renamed as - Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS)
  • Person appointed as the Prime Minister of Georgia on 29 December 2015- Giorgi Kvirikashvili
  • Country that was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 29 December 2015- Guinea
  • Gujarati litterateur who was selected for the 51st Jnanpith award for his contribution to Indian literature on 29 December 2015- Raghuveer Chaudhary
  • The state government which decided to set minimum education qualification for contesting municipal elections is – Haryana
  • Russia's Rostech State Corporation tied up with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to manufacture - Kamov 226T helicopters
  • The end-to-end travel solutions platform launched by SpiceJet is - SpiceVacations.com
  • Well-known sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sculpture of Santa Claus in Puri that found a place in - Limca Book of World Records
  • The weightlifter who won the gold medal in 75 kilograms category at the Senior National Weightlifting Championships is – Kavita Devi
  • Prayagraj Super Thermal Power Project in Bara, Allahabad was commissioned by - Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd
  • The legendary singer, known for his work in Chhoti Bahen, who passed away on 29 December 2015  is – Subir Sen
  • British singer of the heavy metal band Motorhead who died on 28 December 2015 - Ian Fraser Lemmy Kilmister
  • Marathi poet and Padma Bhushan recipient who passed away on 30 December 2015 - Mangesh Keshav Padgaonkar
  • Senior BJP MLA who was unanimously elected as the first Vice-Chairman of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) on 29 December 2015 - Jetha Bharwad
  • Ex Chief of Indian Army who died on 29 December 2015 and served as the Governor of Punjab from 1990 - 1991- General Om Prakash Malhotra
  • The IAS officer of 1980 Batch of Kerala Cadre who was given the additional charge of being the CEO of NITI Aayog is – Amitabh Kant
  • Gautam Adani’s son Karan Adani was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of - Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone
  • Bharat Petroleum commissioned a new crude distillation unit at – Mumbai Refinery
  • Gujarat defeated Delhi by 139 runs to win their maiden - Vijay Hazare Trophy
  • Renowned American scholar who passed away on 23 December 2015 and was awarded the 2014 Padma Bhushan Award for her influential works - Susanne Hoeber Rudolph
  • Oscar-winning American cinematographer who died on 27 December 2015 and was known for his work in films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and American Graffiti - Haskell Wexler
  • Person appointed as the Group Medical Director of the Manipal Hospitals Ltd on 29 December 2015 - Nagendra Swamy
  • Country that signed agreement with Japan to solve the decades-long dispute over women being forced to serve as sex slaves for Japan’s Imperial Army on 28 December 2015 - South Korea
  • Prime Minister of Georgia who resigned on 23 December 2015 after serving the country for two years in power - Irakli Garibashvili
  • He headed the RBI’s Committee on Medium-term Path on Financial Inclusion the report of which released on 28 December 2015 - Deepak Mohanty
  • He headed Committee on Revisiting & Revitalizing PPP Model the report of which released by the Union Government on 28 December 2015 – Vijay Kelkar
  • The city in which the 18th Session of the India-Iran Joint Commission Meeting was held on 28 December 2015 - New Delhi
  • The hill station which will host the 5-day long 12th National Skating Championship that is set to begin on 30 December 2015 – Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
  • The airport which became country's first to offer e-boarding facility – Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderbad
  • The spiritual organisation that established official ties with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – Ramakrishna Mission
  • The river in which an underwater tunnel was proposed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to connect Amaravati and Vijayawada – Krishna River
  • The chairman of the Committee on Revisiting and Revitalising the PPP Model of Infrastructure Development whose report was released by Union Ministry of Finance on 28 December 2015 – Dr. Vijay Kelkar
  • The individuals above this taxable income limit in financial year 2014-15 will not be able to avail the benefits of LPG subsidy – 10 lakh rupees
  • The new crude distillation unit of this public sector undertaking in Mumbai was dedicated to the nation on 28 December 2015 – Bharat Petroleum
  • In keeping with the spirit of Good Governance initiative this Union Ministry launched the e-office in the Ministry on 28 December 2015 – Union Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Three IT-based initiatives launched by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to provide citizen-centric health services on 25 December 2015 – Kilikari, M-Cessation, Mobile Academy
  • Popular science-fiction writer George Clayton Johnson who died on 25 December 2015 was most famous for writing the first episode of – Star Trek
  • The soccer player awarded with the Best Player of the Year at Globe Soccer Awards 2015 – Lionel Messi
  • The Indian sport athlete who won the silver medal in the 18th edition of the Asian Luge Championship is – Shiva Keshavan
  • This State Legislative Council of India achieved the rare feat of recording 99 percent voting in the recently held elections for Legislative Council – Karnataka
  • The first woman Chief Operating Officer of the Big Four accounting firm in India - Satyavati Berera
  • The veteran actress, known for her iconic hairstyle, who died on 25 December 2015 in Mumbai – Sadhana
  • The company that launched 4G telecom services under the brand name Jio - Reliance
  • The country that adopted its first counter-terrorism law on 27 December 2015 – China
  • The company with which the Government of Andhra Pradesh signed a MoU on a range of technology initiatives – Microsoft India
  • The country which gave its final approval to amend the One Couple, One Child Policy – China
  • The test range at which the indigenously developed Air-to-Air missile Astra was successfully test-fired on 25 December 2015 - Integrated Test Range, Balasore
  • He was conferred with the 2015 Atal Samman Award - Achyutanand Mishra
  • He became the youngest ever goal-scorer for India in football on 27 December 2015 - Lallianzuala Chhangte
  • He on 26 December 2015 became the first Indian to officiate a wrestling competition in Olympics - Ashok Kumar
  • He headed the Committee on Criminal Justice System, was the Chief Justice of Karnataka and Kerala High Courts and he died on 22 December 2015 – VS Malimath

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