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1. Telangana has become the first State in the country to introduce compulsory gender education at the graduate level.
2. Scientists at the Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) in Hisar, Haryana have successfully produced a cloned buffalo offspring named ‘Cirb Gaurav’.
3. Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel inaugurated the 28th edition of International Kite Festival at Sabarmati River front in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
4. The 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) was held in New Delhi.
The event was inaugurated by the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and attended by Priti Patel, MoS for Employment, United Kingdom.
5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book titled “MARU BHARAT SARU BHARAT“(My India Noble India) written by Jain Acharya Ratna sunder suri swarji Maharaj.
6. Union Government has constituted a committee to fast track the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor, meant for connecting two cities with bullet trains. The committee is tasked to interact with the Japanese counterpart for taking further steps in implementation of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor.
7. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has approved major changes in the new Defence Procurement Procedure (DDP) 2016.
These changes were made in DPP 2016 to streamline defence acquisitions and give a big impetus to indigenization of Defence sector through the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
8. Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari unveiled measures to improve road safety across the country.
In this action plan, they include following activities-
Constitution of the Road Safety Authority to look after overall aspects related to road safety in the county.
Introduction of the Road Transport and Safety Bill in the Parliament for seamless development of a secure, efficient, cost-effective, sustainable and inclusive transport system for the movement of passenger and freight in the country.
11000 crore rupees will spent, between 2015 and 2019, to fix block spots across the country. This measure is in addition to the website that was launched to help in identifying black spots where accidents take place frequently.
Computers will be used for conducting driving tests to curb irregularities in issuing licenses.
Airbags will be made compulsory in every car.
9. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off a new train service 22127/22128 Lokmanya Tilak(T)-Kazipet Anandwan Express by remote flagging from Rail Bhawan.
The Train will run weekly once and connect Mumbai and Kazipet of Telangana, via Chandrapur and Wardha of Maharashtra.
10. Union Government has constituted a committee to fast track the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor, meant for connecting two cities with bullet trains.
The committee is tasked to interact with the Japanese counterpart for taking further steps in implementation of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor.
11. The book titled Jawaharlal Nehru and The Indian Polity in Perspective was released by the Vice President of India Hamid Ansari at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.
The focus of the book is on the role of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, on shaping the polity of modern India.
12. Union Minister for Fertilizers and Chemicals Ananth Kumar announced the sanction of greenfield petrochemical complex and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Visakhapatnam and a Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET) in Vijayawada.
13. The Minister of State (MoS) for Railways Manoj Sinha released a book titled Objective Railway Engineering-Track, Works & Others in New Delhi. It was authored by a well-known Civil Engineer MM Agarwal.
It was originally written in 2007. The book has since then been revised two times to include the latest technical developments in the track taking place on Railway around the world with special reference to Indian Railways.
The book is designed for all professionals of Railway, whether in the field or in the office. It covers almost all aspects of Civil Engineering which are track, bridges, works & allied subjects like S & T, rolling stock, estimations & finance matters etc.
14. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 came into force 15 January 2016.
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The act aims at ensuring protection, proper care, development and social reintegration of children in difficult circumstances by adopting a child-friendly approach.
It permits trying of juveniles between the ages of 16 and 18 years as adults for heinous offences.
Establishment of Child Welfare Committees (CWC) along with Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB) in each district.
Empowers JJB to examine the nature of crime and decide whether it was committed as a child mind or as an adult mind.
Based upon the preliminary inquiry of JJB, juvenile offender will be either sent for rehabilitation or will be tried as an adult.
The CWC will determine institutional care for juvenile in need of care and protection. Prescribes eligibility of adoptive parents and the procedure for adoption.
Penalties for cruelty against a child have been prescribed in case of offering a narcotic substance to a child and selling and abduction of a child.
1. Nepal was elected to the UNICEF executive board, representing the group of Asia-Pacific countries for the term 2016-2018.
2. India-Australia social security Agreement signed between both countries came into operation.
This agreement will enable people of both nations to avail retirement benefits in each other’s country and will boost bilateral business linkages.
3. The 15th edition of bilateral exercise by the Indian Coast Guard and its Japanese counterpart titled ‘Sahayog-Kaijin 2016’ has begun off the coast of Chennai, Tamil Nadu in the Bay of Bengal.
4. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared West Africa free from Ebola outbreak.
5. The World Bank released a report titled World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends in Washington DC, the USA.
The report explored the impact of the internet, mobile phones, and related technologies on economic development across the world including India.
1. World No. 14 Milos Raonic from Canada has won the 2016 WTA Brisbane International Tennis trophy in the men’s single category.
2. World No. 4 Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland has won the 2016 Chennai Open title of tennis.
3. Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won the WTA Brisbane Tennis trophy.
4. Danish kayaker Rene Holten Poulsen was named the Denmark’s sportsperson of the year 2015.
5. Barcelona FC forward Lionel Messi from Argentina has won the 2016 FIFA Ballon d’Or Award.
6. The former Barcelona and AC Milan player Ronaldinho was announced as the Brand Ambassador of the Nagjee International Club Football Tournament.
7. Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis have won the 2016 WTA Apia International title in the women’s doubles category.
8. Former World No.1 tennis player Marat Safin of Russia has been inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Awards & Recognition:
1. Veteran poet Balkrishna Garg was honored with the second edition of Harikrishna Devsare Baalsahitya Award 2015 for his collection of poems for children titled ‘Baal Geet’.
2. The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony was organized at Beverly Hills, California, United States (US). Golden Globe Awards are the annual awards that honour the best in Motion Pictures and Television for the previous year.
The winners of various awards are as follows:
Best Motion Picture Drama: The Revenant.
Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy: The Martian.
Best Director in Motion Picture-Drama: Alejandro Inarritu for The Revenant.
Best Actor in Motion Picture-Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant.
Best Actress in Motion Picture-Drama: Brie Larson for Room.
Best Actor in Motion Picture or Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon for The Martian.
Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence for Joy.
Best Actor in a Supporting role in Motion Picture: Sylvester Stallone for Creed.
Best Actress in a Supporting role in Motion Picture: Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs.
Best Original Score Motion Picture: Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight.
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (Hungary).
3. The Nati folk dance of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest folk dance in the world.
4. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has won the National Award on e-Governance 2015-16 for launching the Universal Account Number (UAN).
EPFO has won the gold award in this edition of awards in the ‘innovative use of technology in e-governance’ category and will get a cash prize of 2 lakh rupees.
5. Kerala has become the first Indian state to achieve 100 per cent primary education.
6. Dr. Jancy James, the first woman Vice Chancellor of Kerala, was selected for the Prof MV Pylee Award for the Distinguished Academician of India.
7. An independent Delhi-based writer Ankita Anand won the European Commission’s prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 in Asia and the Pacific amateur category.
8. The grand Annual 61st Britannia Filmfare Awards event was organized in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Bajirao Mastani with 8 awards was the film wining highest number of awards.
Awards in various categories are-
Best Actor: Ranveer Singh (Bajirao Mastani).
Best Actress: Deepika Padukone (Piku).
Best Film: Bajirao Mastani.
Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani).
Lifetime Achievement: Moushumi Chatterjee.
Best Debut Director: Neeraj Ghaywan (Massan).
Best Debutant (Male): Sooraj Pancholi (Hero).
Best Debutant (Female): Bhumi Pednekar (Dum Laga Ke Haisha).
Critics Award for Best Film: Piku Critics
Award for Best Actor (Male): Amitabh Bachchan (Piku).
Best Actor Female Critics Choice (Female): Kangana Ranaut (Tanu Weds Manu Returns).
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Priyanka Chopra (Bajirao mastani).
Best Story: V Vijayendra Prasad (Bajrangi Bhaijaan).
Best Singer (male): Arijit Singh (Sooraj dooba hai from ‘Roy’).
Best Singer (female): Shreya Ghoshal (Deewani mastani from ‘Bajirao Mastani’).
Best VFX: Prana Studios (Bombay Velvet).
Best Dialogue: Anupam Roy (Piku).
Best Action: Sham Kaushal (Bajirao Mastani).
Best Cinematography: Manu Anand (Dum Laga Ke Haisha).
Best Choreography: Birju Maharaj (Bajirao Mastani).
Best Edit: Talvar
Best Production Design: Sujit Sawant, Saloni and Sriram Iyenger (Bajirao Mastani).
Best Costume Designer: Anju Modi and Maxima (Bajirao Mastani).
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Homegrown smartphone maker Micromax has appointed Vikas Thapar as its Vice-President for Finance.
2. Senior IAS officer Sailesh has been appointed as Registrar General and Census Commissioner (RGCC) of India.
3. Homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart has promoted co-founder Binny Bansal to the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from current post Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company.
4. Devender Kumar Sikri sworn in as the Chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI).
5. Airbus Group announced the appointment of Ashish Saraf as Vice-President – Industry Development, Strategic Partnerships and Offsets.
6. The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) Board of Directors selected Council board members Edward Monser, President of Emerson, and Punit Renjen, CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global), as USIBC Vice Chairs.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. India’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI) has launched dedicated specialized branch for start-ups called ‘SBI InCube’ in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
The ‘SBI InCube’ branch will cater to the specific financial needs by providing advisory services to the budding entrepreneurs under one roof.
It will assist start-ups in cash management, regulations, taxation, mentoring, foreign exchange and remittances and other financial services.
InCube in its current form will not fund start-ups i.e. it will not provide loans. However it will give them loans when they turn more mature.
It will also not help start-ups to raise funds from equity market as it not part of bank’s mandate.
InCube branch in Bengaluru will be headed by an assistant general manager and a team of three other officers.
Soon SBI will be launching these branches in Pune and National Capital Region (NCR).
Bills – New & Amendments:
1. President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to the Sugar Cess (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to raise the ceiling of a cess as an excise duty on the production of sugar.
The Bill proposes to increase this ceiling of sugar to INR 200 per quintal from existing INR 25 per quintal specified in the principal Act.
The principal Act empowers central government to fix the rate of sugar cess from time to time.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. Union Government has signed a loan agreement with World Bank for the Neeranchal National Watershed Project to improve watershed management in rural rain fed areas.
The loan credit will support the watershed activities of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) in selected sites in 9 states -Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan.
2. Madhya Pradesh (MP) Government signed four MOUs with Singapore to collaborate in urban planning, skill development, clean energy and food processing.
3. Reliance Defence Ltd (RDL) has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Andhra Pradesh Government to set up a world class naval facility in the state.
RDL is going to use these two naval facilities to build submarines and aircraft carriers on lines with Make in India and also provide services including maintenance and refitting of ships.
4. The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Maldives on co-operation in the field of health.
Science & Technology:
1. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA’s) revamped planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered more than 100 planets orbiting other stars.
The Kepler spacecraft discovered these alien planets during its second-chance K2 mission by using the transit method.
2. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated implementation of E-enabled Track Management System (TMS) and Mobile Application of TMS on Indian Railway at Rail Bhawan in New Delhi.
3. State owed telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched the high speed 4G (Fourth Generation) telecom services at Chandigarh in Punjab circle.
With this launch, BSNL became fifth telecom service provider in India to launch 4G service after Airtel (1st), Aircel (2nd), Vodafone (3rd) and Reliance Jio (4th).
4. Lenovo to launch new smartphone under Google’s Project Tango.
What is Project Tango?
Google’s 3D technology project that allows users to explore their physical environment on mobile devices without using external signals like GPS.
5. The indigenously-built third generation anti-tank missile Nag was successfully test fired at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan.
6. Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has announced that India’s grid-connected solar power generation capacity has crossed the 5,000 Mega Watt (MW) mark.
Top grid-connected states
Rajasthan (1,264.35 MW)
Gujarat (1,024.15 MW)
Madhya Pradesh (678.58 MW)
Maharashtra (378.7 MW)
Andhra Pradesh (357.34 MW)
Telangana (342.39 MW)
Punjab (200.32 MW)
Uttar Pradesh (140 MW).
Major states lagging behind
West Bengal (7.21 MW)
Uttarakhand (5 MW)
Haryana (12.8 MW).
1. The 11th World Hindi Day was celebrated on 10th January 2016.
To mark the occasion, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) through its missions/posts abroad and the Department of Official Language (Rajbhasha) conducted special events to spread the greatness of the language.
2. ‘Missionary Day’, anniversary of the arrival of two Welsh Christian missionaries, was observed and celebrated on 11th January 2016 across the Christian-dominated north eastern state of Mizoram.
3. In India, January 12 is being observed as National Youth Day.
This day marks birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher and thinker Swami Vivekananda.
5. Indian Army Day is being observed every year on 15 January in India. This year it will be the 68th Indian Army Day.
1. Noted Hindi writer and journalist Ravindra Kalia passed away in New Delhi after suffering from liver cirrhosis. He was 78.
2. Otis Clay, American R&B and soul singer and Blues Hall of Fame inductee, died in Chicago, Illinois. He was 73.
3. Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman to compete in a world championship Formula One grand prix, passed away on 8 January 2016 in Italy. She was 89.
4. Music Legend David Bowie passed away in New York, United States following a battle with liver cancer. He was 69.
5. The first female F1 (Formula One) driver Maria Teresa de Filippis passed away on 8 January 2016 in Italy. She was 89.
6. Jacob-Farj-Rafael “JFR” Jacob (Retired Lieutenant General), a key architect in India’s victory in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War passed away in New Delhi. He was 92.
7. Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, an outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s, died on 11 January 2016 in Houston, Texas, the USA. He was 96.
8. British actor Alan Rickman passed away in London, England. He was 69 and was suffering from cancer.
9. Mohammed Abdul Rahim Qureshi, Assistant General Secretary and Spokesman of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), died of a cardiac arrest in Hyderabad, Telangana. He was 81.
10. Bollywood actor Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay died due to a heart attack in Hyderabad. He was 66.