|The place in Marathwada region of Maharashtra where the Indian Railways has decided to set up a coach factory to manufacture Electric Multiple Units for suburban trains and coaches for metros||Latur|
|The third state-of-art Scorpene class submarines launched by the Indian Navy at Mumbai is named||INS Karanj|
|The member of NITI Aayog who has been awarded the prestigious IhsanDoğramacı Family Health Foundation Prize by the World Health Organisation (WHO) (He is the first Indian to receive this global honour)||Dr. Vinod Paul|
|The first ever joint military exercise by India and Vietnam at Jabalpur (M.P.) from 29 January to 03 February is named||VINBAX 2018|
|The veteran playback singer who has been chosen to be awarded the Yash Chopra National Memorial Award 2017||Asha Bhosle|
|The indigenous aircraft designed and developed by CSIR - National Aeronautics Laboratories (NAL) which made its maiden flight in Bengaluru is named||SARAS PT1N|
|The host country of 2018 Women's World T20 cricket tournament as announced by ICC||West Indies|
|The theme of 48th Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland from 23 to 26 January 2018||Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World|
|The place in Arunachal Pradesh where World War II Memorial Museum was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pema Khandu||Jairampur|
|The new Chief Election Commissioner of India who has taken over from Shri Achal Kumar Jyoti||Om Prakash Rawat|
|The former Chief Minister of Gujarat who has been appointed as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh||Smt Anandiben Patel|
|The State which has decided to provide 1% parallel reservation for orphans in government jobs||Maharashtra|
|The private sector bank which has become the first Indian bank to cross Rs. 5 trillion in market capitalisation at BSE||HDFC Bank|
|The joint military exercise by India and United States to be conducted at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Seattle in the 3rd week of January is named||Vajra Prahar|
|The Indian Army regiment which has been formally affiliated to Indian Naval ship INS Vikramaditya (along with No. 6 Squadron of the Indian Air Force)||Bihar Regiment|
|The State in which the 7th edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is being held from 14 to 20 January 2018||Karnataka|
|The new Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation who has been chosen to take over from 15 Jan 18||Shri Kailasavadivoo Sivan|
|The theme of 5-day National Youth Festival organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India in collaboration with State Govt. of Uttar Pradesh at Gautam Buddha University, Gautam Budh nagar, Greater Noida from 12th to 16th January, 2018||Sankalp se Siddhi|
|The App launched by Ministry of Railways for monitoring and managing freight business using Geographic Information System Views and Dashboard is named||SFOORTI (Smart Freight Operation Optimisation and Real Time Information|
|The Oscar winning music director who has been chosen the brand ambassador of Sikkim by the State Govt||AR Rahman|
|The Indian cricketer who has been banned by the BCCI for five months on the grounds of doping violation||Yusuf Pathan|
|The suburban railway station of Central Railways which has entered the Limca Book of Records for having an all-woman staff six months after it had become the first railway station in the country to be run by an all- woman staff||Matunga|
|The Indian State which has banned the manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, display and advertisement of e-cigarettes||Bihar|
|The Chief Minister who has been conferred the 1st Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Award for Probity in Politics and Public Life by the J & K Govt||Nitish Kumar|
|The 21-year old sportsperson from Manali who has become the first Indian to win an international medal in skiing by winning a Bronze medal in the slalom race category at the Palandoken Ski Centre, in Erzurum in Turkey.||Aanchal Thakur|
|The Asian-American actor who has become the first person of Indian origin to win a Golden Globe Award for the best actor in a television series - musical or comedy||Aziz Ansari|
|The theme of the official emblem of West Bengal which has been designed by Ms. Mamta Banerjee and unveiled recently||Biswa Bangla|
|The Indian powerlifter and world champion who passed away in a road accident on 07 Jan||Saksham Yadav|
|The American astronaut and the first person in the world to fly six space missions and the ninth person to walk on moon who passed away on 05 Jan||John Watts Young|
|The New Zealand cricketer who has become the first in the world to score 3 centuries in international T20 matches He scored the centuries against India, Bangladesh and West Indies)||Colin Munro|
|The country which has decided to use the Chinese currency Yuan for its bilateral trade with China||Pakistan|
|The two middle-eastern countries which decided to introduce 5% VAT for the first time from 01 Jan 2018||UAE and Saudi Arabia|
|The online portal launched by Ministry of Women and Child Development intended to serve as a one-point platform where women can easily access details of over 350 central and state schemes is named||NARI (National Repository of Information for Women)|
|The venue of 105th Indian Science Congress to be held from Mar 18 to 22 (the event was originally scheduled at Osmania University in January 2018)||Manipur University, Imphal|
|The north-eastern State which has been declared ODF (Open Defecation Free) becoming the second in the region after Sikkim. (||Arunachal Pradesh|
|The team which has won the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season defeating Delhi in the finals at Holkar Stadium, Indore||Vidarbha|
Cate Blanchett, for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis.
Sir Elton John, for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Shah Rukh Khan, for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India
Held in - Pakistan and UAE
Held from - 08 to 20 Jan 18
Winners - India
Runners-up - Pakistan
Finals played at - Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Participants - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Australia
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year - Virat Kohli (India)
Men's Test Cricketer of the Year - Steve Smith (Australia)
Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year - Virat Kohli (India)
Men's Emerging Cricketer of the Year - Hasan Ali (Pakistan)
Men's Associate Cricketer of the Year - Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Men's T20I Performance of the Year - Yuzvendra Chahal (6-25 v England) (India)
David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year - Marais Erasmus
ICC Spirit of Cricket - Anya Shrubsole (England)
Women's Test Cricketer of the Year: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year: Amy Satterthwaite (New Zealand)
Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year: Beth Mooney (Australia)
Women's Emerging Player of the Year: Beth Mooney (Australia)
iCreate: International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology
Inaugurated by - Indian PM Narendra Modi and Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu
Inaugurated at - Dev Dholera near Ahmedabad
Joint venture of - Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Limited (GMDC) and Gujarat Entrepreneurship and Venture Promotion Foundation (GEVPF)
Aim - To provide technology and assistance to the innovative and imaginative minds in their entrepreneurial journey.
Advisory board - Dilip Shanghvi, MD, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Uday Kotak, Executive Vice Chairman and MD of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Narayan Murthy, Infosys co-founder and Professor Jagdish Bhagwati
Functioning - iCreate provides 13-week grooming program to equip an individual with the right skill and tools required in the entrepreneurial world. At the end of this, the participants have the option to pitch their idea for further development. The proposals are evaluated by an independent panel and selected subsequently. Financial assistance up to Rs 50,000 is provided by the venture for few deserving pitches.
Open to - Students, existing entrepreneurs, traders, small sized businessmen.
Best Actor (Male): Irrfan Khan for Hindi Medium
Best Actor (Female): Vidya Balan for Tumhari Sulu
Best Film: Hindi Medium
Best Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for Bareilly ki Barfi
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film: Newton
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (Male): Rajkummar Rao for Trapped
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (Female): Zaira Wasim for Secret Superstar
Best Debut Director: Konkona Sen Sharma for A Death in the Gunj
Best Dialogue: Hitesh Kewaliya for Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
Best Screenplay: Shubhashish Bhutiani for Mukti Bhawan
Best Story: Amit V Masurkar for Newton
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Rajkummar Rao for Bareilly ki Barfi
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Meher Vij for Secret Superstar
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award: Mala Sinha and Bappi Lahiri
Best Music Director: Pritam for Jagga Jasoos
Best Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya for Ullu ka Pattha from Jagga Jasoos
Best Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh for Roke na ruke naina from Badrinath ki Dulhania
Best Playback Singer (Female): Meghna Mishra for Nachdi Phira from Secret Superstar
Jagga Jasoos and Secret Superstar received the most nominations :10.
Dr. Najma Heptullah for 2013
Shri Hukumdev Narayan Yadav for 2014
Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad for 2015
Shri Dinesh Trivedi for 2016
Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab for 2017
|Men's Singles||Roger Federer (Switzerland)||Marin Cilic (Croatia)|
|Women's Singles||Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)||Simona Halep (Romania)|
|Mens's Doubles||Oliver Marach (Austria) and Mate Pavic (Croatia)||Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (Colombia)|
|Women's Doubles||Timea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France)||Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina (Russia)|
|Mixed Doubles||Gabriel Dabrowski (Canada) and Mate Pavic (Crotia)||Timea Babos (Hungary) and Rohan Bopanna (India)|
Note: Roger Federer won his 20th title and is currently the winner of maximum Grand Slam men's singles titles.
Best Marching Contingent among the three service: Punjab Regiment
Best Marching Contingent among the para-military and other auxiliary forces: Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Best State Tableau: First Prize - Maharashtra (Coronation of Shivaji); Second Prize - Assam (Traditional masks and sastras); Third Prize - Chhattisgarh (Ramgarh's ancient amphitheatre along with artistes performing dance, based on Kalidasa’s Meghadootam.
Best Tableau among Union Ministries/Departments: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for depicting ‘Khelo India’.
School children items: First Prize - South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur (Maharashtra) performing ‘Baredi Dance’ from Madhya Pradesh.
School children items: Consolation Prizes - North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur (Nagaland) and Oxford Foundation School, Najafgarh, Delhi for performing Sangrai Mog Dance of Tripura and Shikshit Bharat, Shashakt Bharat dance respectively.
Teacher Associateship for Research Excellence (TARE):
Aim: To tap the latent potential of faculty working in state universities, colleges and private academic institutions who are well trained but have difficulty in pursuing their research due to varied reasons including lack of facilities, funding and guidance.
How: By facilitating mobility of such faculty members to carryout research in well-established public funded institution such as IITs, IISc, IISERS and other National Institutions (NITs, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR labs, etc) and Central Universities located preferably nearer to the institution where the faculty member is working.
How many: Up to 500 TAs will be supported under this scheme.
Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship
Aim: To enhance the international mobility of Indian research students in order to create a talented pool of globally trained manpower.
How: By offering opportunities for PhD students admitted in the Indian institutions for gaining exposure and training in overseas universities / institutions of repute and areas of importance to country for period up to 12 months during their doctoral research. The selected fellows will be paid a monthly fellowship amount equivalent to US $ 2000, one-time Contingency / Preparatory allowances of Rs. 60,000/- to cover visa fee, airport transfer charges, medical insurance etc.
How many: Upto 100 PhD students.
SERB Distinguished Investigator Award (DIA)
Aim: To recognize and reward Principal Investigators (PIs) of SERB/DST projects who have performed remarkably well. Brief details: DIA is a one-time career award devised to specifically cater to the younger scientists who have not received any other prestigious awards or fellowships. The award carries a fellowship of Rs. 15,000/- p.m. and an optional research grant for three years, based on peer review of the project proposal submitted.
AWSAR (Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research) of National Council of Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), DST
Aim: To encourage, empower and endow popular science writing through newspapers, magazines, blogs, social media, etc. by young PhD Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows during the course of their higher studies and research pursuits.
Brief details: AWSAR carries monetary incentive of Rs.10,000/- each for 100 best entries from PhD scholars in a year along with a Certificate of Appreciation besides getting the story published/projected in mass media. In addition, three leading stories from the selected hundred would also be awarded cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-, Rs.50,000/- and Rs.25,000/- respectively. Further, twenty entries would be selected from articles submitted exclusively by Post-Doctoral Fellows relating to their line of Research for monetary incentive of Rs.10,000/- each and the most outstanding story to be given a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-.
Art-Music : 1. Shri Illaiyaraja, 2. Shri Ghulam Mustafa Khan
Literature and Education : Shri Prameswaran Parameswaran
Sports - Billiards/Snooker : Shri Pankaj Advani
Sports - Cricket : Shri Mahedra Singh Dhoni
Public Affairs: Shri Alexander Kadakin (Russia)
Others - Spiritualism : Shri Philipose Mar Chrysostom
Others - Archaeology : Shri Ramachandran Nagaswamy
Art - Painting: Shri Laxman Pai
Literature and Education : Shri Ved Prakash Nanda
Art - Music: Shri Arvind Parikh
Art - Music: Ms. Sharda Sinha
Top FIVE countries: 1. Japan; 2. South Korea; 3. Germany; 4. Switzerland; 5. China
Rank of India: 30
India has been categorised under Legacy Countries
1. Leading: Countries with a strong production base today that exhibit a high level of readiness for the future through strong performance across the Drivers of Production component.
2. Legacy: Countries with a strong production base today that are at risk for the future due to weaker performance across the Drivers of Production component.
3. High-Potential: Countries with a limited production base today that score well across the Drivers of Production component, indicating that capacity exists to increase production in the future depending on priorities within the national economy.
4. Nascent: Countries with a limited production base today that exhibit a low level of readiness for the future through weak performance across the Drivers of Production component.
Awarded by: Indian Council for Child Welfare
Bharat Award: Nazia (Uttar Pradesh)
Geeta Chopra Award: Netravati Chavan (Karnataka)
Sanjay Chopra Award: Karanbeer Singh (Punjab)
Bapu Gaidhani Award: Betshwajohn Peinlang (Meghalaya); Mamata Dalai (Odisha); Sebastian Vincent (Kerala); Laxmi Yadav (Chhattisgarh); Mansha N, N. Shangpon Konyak, Yoaknei, Master Chingai Wangsa (all from Nagaland); Samridhi Sushil Sharma (Gujarat); Zonuntluanga, F. Lalchhandama (both from Mizoram); Pankaj Semwal (Uttarakhand), Nadaf Ejaj Abdul Rauf (Maharashtra), Loukrakpam Rajeshwori Chanu (Manipur) and Pankaj Kumar Mahanta (Odisha).
Khelo India is Union Sports Ministry’s initiative to scout for talent at the grassroot level and provide it substantial long-term scholarship.
To be launched from: 31 Jan 2018
Mascot: Vijay the tiger and Jaya the black buck
Anthem: Aur khelna chahte hai hum (और खेलना चाहते हैं हम)
The anthem is conceptualized by Ogilvy, composed by Louis Bank and the film has been produced by Nirvana Films.
Launch date: 12 Jan 2018
Launched from: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota
Main satellite launched: Cartosat-2 Series Remote Sensing Satellite. (710 kg)
Other Indian satellites launched with the vehicle: INS-1C (11 kg) and Microsat (100 kg)
Note: 28 international customer satellites belonging to Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, UK and the USA were also launched by PSLV-C40. So far, PSLV has successfully launched 51 Indian satellites and 237 customer satellites from abroad.
Best Motion Picture - Drama: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Lady Bird
Best Actress in Motion Picture - Drama: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Actor in Motion Picture - Drama: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Best Actress in Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
Best Actor in Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: James Franco (The Disaster Artist)
Best Director - Motion Picture: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Best Motion Picture - Animated: Coco
Unveiled at: Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune
Peak power: 6.8 petaflops (One petaflop is a million billion floating point operations per second and is a reflection of the computing capacity of a system.)
Key facts: It is the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world dedicated for weather and climate research. The machines will be installed at two government institutes: 4.0 petaflops HPC facility at IITM, Pune; and 2.8 petaflops facility at the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast, Noida.
NARI: National Repository of Information for Women
iCreate: International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology
Imperfect - Sanjay Manjrekar
Citizen Delhi: My Life My Times - Sheila Dikshit
1. In which of these languages was the Prime Minister's official website launched on 01 January 2018?
2. Whistling language of which of the following countries was recently included in the UNESCO list of Intangible Heritage?
3. Transactions upto what amount are exempt from charges if made through debit card, BHIM app or AADHAAR enabled payment systems from 01 January 2018?
4. The new Rs. 10 currency notes being introduced by the RBI have the picture of which monument?
5. Which two countries play the cricket test series known as the Freedom Series?
6. Where is the Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University located?
7. At which place in Rajasthan is HPCL setting up an oil refinery in assocaition with the State Govt?
8. From which of the bases did the Union Minister of Defence Ms Nirmala Sitharaman fly in a Sukhoi 30MKI?
9. Which of the following countries recently teamed up with China Telecom Global for additional internet bandwidth ending India's monopoly in the country?
10. Which of these monuments in New Delhi was renamed after Israeli city Haifa?
11. Which country recently appointed a Minister of Loneliness?
12. Who is the singer of Bharat ke Veer anthem launched by launcehd by the Minister of Home Affairs?
13. Which State observes its formation day on 24 January?
14. With which country did India release first ever set of commemorative postage stamps to mark the long term friendly bilateral relationships between the two countrie?
15. With which sport was Dr. Telimeren Ao associated?