Latest Current Affairs of January 2017

The town in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh which has been declared to be the State's second capitalDharamsala
The team which has won the Pro Wrestling League season 2 title defeating Haryana Hammers in the finalsPunjab Royals
The bollywood acress who has been awarded the Peoples Choice Favourite Dramatic Tv Actress Award for her role in American drama series QuanticoPriyanka Chopra
The island on Loktak lake of Manipur which has been declared India's first cashless island by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under its Digital India programmeKarang island
The former captain of Indian cricket team who has been inducted into the Legends Club Hall of FameKapil Dev
The dedicated web portal for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan launched by the Central Govt with an aim to capture and showcase innovations and progress in elementary education sector is namedShaGun
The State in which establishment of Indian Agricultural Research Institute has been approved by the Union CabinetJharkhand (Gauria Karma village in Hazaribagh)
The Indian scientist and black hole physicist, known as the Black Hole Man of India who passed away on 16 January 2017C.V. Vishveshwara
The US astronaut and the last man to walk on the moon (as on date) who passed away on 16 January 2017Eugene Cernan
The team which has won the 2017 Premier Badminton League badminton tournament defeating Mumbai Rockets in the finalsChennai Smashers
The team which has won the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 cricket tournament defeating the previous champions Mumbai in the finalsGujarat
The former Chief Minister of Punjab and also the former Governor of Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh who passed away on 14 Jan 2017Surjit Singh Barnala
The month-long awareness programme launched by Govt of India for judicious utilization and conservation of petroleum products along with use of energy efficient appliances and switching to cleaner fuels is named Saksham - 2017 (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav)
The private airlines which has launched Akhiri Ahuti', a social service under which the airline would ferry free of cost the bodies of Northeast residents who die in Delhi to their homesIndigo
The CEO and Managing Director of TCS who has been chosen to be the new Chairman of Tata Sons from February 2017N Chandrasekaran
The second of Scorpene class submarines launched by Raksha Rajya Mantri Subhash Bhamre at Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited (the first was named Kalveri)Khanderi
The place at which Ramayana Darshanam exhibition was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi through video conferencing on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami VivekanandaKanyakumari
The place at which National Youth Festival is being organised from 12th to 16th January with the theme Youth for Digital IndiaRohtak
The European country which has decided to completely replace its FM radio with Digital Audio Broadcasting by December 2017Norway
The European country which has become the first in the world to run all its trains on 100% wind powerNetherlands
The city in which world's first Gender Literature Festival is scheduled from 07 to 09 April 2017Patna
The nuclear capable missile test fired from a submarine by Pakistan in a step towards completing its nuclear triad (launch of nuclear weapons from land, air, and sea)Babur-3
The place at which India's first international stock exchange "India International Exchange" has been set up by Bombay Stock ExchangeGIFT city, Gandhinagar
The city in which a four-day Nobel Prize Exhibition titled The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra ModiAhmedabad
The venue of 20th National Conference on e-Governance to be held from 09 to 10 January 2017Visakhapatnam
The theme of New Delhi World Book Fair being held from 7th to 15th January 2017 at Pragati MaidanManushi
The venue of 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas Convention being held from 07 to 09 January 2017 with the theme Redefined Engagement with Indian DiasporaBengaluru
The Sikh Guru whose 350th birth anniversary is being celebrated in January 2017Guru Gobind Singh
The renowned sitar player of Beenkar Gharana, recipient of Padma Shri (1970), Padma Bhushan (2006) who passed away on 04 jan 2017Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan
The country which has won the 2016 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women's Championship defeating Bangladesh in the finals in Kanchenjunga Stadium, SiliguriIndia
The new Chief Justice of IndiaJustice Jagdish Singh Khehar
The Bunkar Mitra helpline launched by the Central Govt for the assistance of handloom weavers of the country1800 208 9988
The former Australian cricketer who has been inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of FameArthur Morris
The two new Hindi writers who have chosen for the Bhartiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award 2016Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh
The venue of 104th Indian Science Congress held from 03 Jan to 07 Jan 2017 Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati
The new Secretary General of United Nations OrganisationAntonio Guterres
The new Chairman of Chiefs of Staff CommitteeAdmiral Sunil Lanba
The new Chief of Air StaffAir Chief Marshall BS Dhanoa
The new Chief of Army StaffGeneral Bipin Rawar
2017 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year ofSustainable Tourism for Development

Books in News

The People's President: APJ Abdul Kalam - S.M. Khan

Jinnah often came to our House - Kiran Doshi (won The Hindu Prize 2016)

Abbreviations in News

MDR - Merchant Discount Rate

62nd Filmfare Awards

Best Actor (Male): Aamir Khan for Dangal

Best Actor (Female): Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab

Best Film: Dangal

Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari for Dangal

Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film: Neerja

Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (Male): Shahid Kapoor for Udta Punjab and Manoj Bajpayee for Aligarh

Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (Female): Sonam Kapoor for Neerja

Best Actor (Male) in a Short Film: Manoj Bajpayee for Taandav

Best Short Film Peoples Choice: Khamakha

Best Short Film (Fiction): Chutney

Best Short Film (Non-fiction): Matitali Kusti

Best Actor (Female) in a Short Film: Tisca Chopra for Chutney

Best Debut Director: Ashwini Iyer Tiwari for Nil Battey Sannata

Best Male Debut: Diljit Dosanjh for Udta Punjab

Best Female Debut: Ritika Singh for Saala Khadoos

Best Dialogue: Ritesh Shah for Pink

Best Screenplay: Shakun Batra and Ayesha Devitre Dhillon for Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)

Best Story: Shakun Batra and Ayesha Devitre Dhillon for Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Rishi Kapoor for Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Shabana Azmi for Neerja

Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award: Shatrughan Sinha

Best Music Album: Pritam for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Best Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya for Channa Mereya from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Best Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh for Ae dil hai mushkil from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Best Playback Singer (Female): Neha Bhasin for Jag Ghoomeya from Sultan

Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent: Amit Mishra for Bulleya from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Best Visual Effects: Red Chillies for Fan

Best Editing: Monisha Baldawa for Neerja

Best Costume: Payal Saluja for Udta Punjab

Best Action: Shyam Kaushal for Dangal

Warmest Years of India

As per the Indian Meteorological Department the 2016 annual mean land surface air temperature for the country was +0.91 0C above the 1961-1990 average, thus making the year 2016 as the warmest year on record since 1901. The other 5 warmest years on record in order were: 2009 (anomaly +0.840C), 2010 (+0.81), 2015 (+0.72), 2003(+0.67), and 2002(+0.61). It is important to note that 13 out of 15 warmest years were during the recent past fifteen years (2002-2016). Past decade (2001-2010/ 2007-2016) was also the warmest decade on record with anomalies of 0.530C /0.580C.

National Bravery Awards 2016

Bharat Award: Late Km. Tarh Peeju (Arunachal Pradesh)

Geeta Chopra Award : Tejasweeta Pradhan and Shivani Gond (West Bengal)

Sanjay Chopra Award : Master Sumit Mamgain (Uttarakhand)

Bapu Gaidhani Award: Km. Roluahpuii and Late Km. H Lalhriatpuii (Mizoram) and Master Tushar Verma (Chhattisgarh)

The other recipients are Master Praful Sharma (Himachal Pradesh), Master Sonu Mali (Rajasthan), Km. Akshita Sharma, Master Akshit Sharma, Master Naman (all from Delhi), Km. Anshika Pandey (Uttar Pradesh), Km. Nisha Dilip Patil (Maharashtra), Km. Siya Vamansa Khode (Karnataka), Master Moirangthem Sadananda Singh (Manipur), Master Binil Manjaly, Master Adithyan M.P. Pillai, Master Akhil K. Shibu and Km. Badarunnisa K.P. (all from Kerala), Master Tankeswar Pegu (Assam), Km. Neelam Dhruv (Chhattisgarh), Master Thanghilmang Lunkim (Nagaland), Master Mohan Sethy (Odisha) and Late Km. Payal Devi (Jammu & Kashmir).

Test-firing of Guided Pinaka

The Pinaka Rocket converted to a Guided Pinaka was successfully test-fired from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur on 12 January 17. The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka Mark-I is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit and has been transformed to a Guided Pinaka. This conversion has considerably enhanced the range and accuracy of Pinaka. The Guided Pinaka is developed jointly by ARDE Pune, RCI Hyderabad and DRDL Hyderabad. ITR Chandipur provided the range and launch support.

Chennai Open 2017

Men's SinglesRoberto Bautista Agut (Spain)Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
Mens's DoublesRohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (India)Purav Raja and Divij Sharan (India)

FIFA Awards 2016

The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award: Carli Lloyd (USA)

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach Award: Claudio Ranieri (Italy)

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach Award: Silvia Neid (Germany)

The FIFA Puskas Award 2016: Mohd Faiz Subri (Malaysia)

The FIFA lifetime achievement award: Falcao (Columbia)

Golden Globe Awards 2017 – Movies

AwardDramaMusical or Comedy
Best MovieMoonlightLa La Land
Best ActorCasey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Best ActressIsabelle Huppert (Elle)Emma Stone (La La Land)
Best DirectorDamien Chazelle (La La Land)
Best Animated Feature FilmZootopia

Specified Bank Notes Cessation of Liabilities Ordinance, 2016

Promulgated on: December 30, 2016.

Purpose: To absolve RBI and Govt of India from the liability of specified bank notes (old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000) after 30 December 2016. These notes were demonetised on November 8, 2016 through a notification issued under the RBI Act, 1934.

Grace period: The ordinance allows the following person to deposit the specified notes with RBI within a grace period notified by the central government.

  1. An Indian citizen who makes a declaration that he was outside India between November 9, 2016 to December 30, 2016, or
  2. Any other class of persons specified by the central government.

Persons depositing old notes will be required to make declarations or statements which will be verified by the RBI and the amount will be credited to the person's account if the reasons are found genuine.

Prohibitions related to specified notes: A person will be prohibited from holding, transferring or receiving the specified bank notes from December 31, 2016 onwards. It exempts persons from this prohibition if:

  1. a person holds up to 10 old notes (irrespective of denomination)
  2. a person holds up to 25 notes for the purposes of study, research or numismatics (collection or study of coins or notes), or
  3. a person holds notes on the direction of a court.

Punishment for holding specified bank notes: Any person holding the specified bank notes, except in the circumstances mentioned above, will be punishable with a fine:

  1. which may extend to Rs 10,000, or
  2. five times the value of notes possessed, whichever is higher.

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Current Affairs Questions

1. Where is mesentery, the newly discovered organ located?

  1. Brain
  2. Digestive system
  3. Respiratory system
  4. Vertebral column

2. On which day is the World Braille Day observed worldwide?

  1. January 4
  2. January 5
  3. January 6
  4. January 7

3. Which form is required to be submitted by an account holder to his bank if he does not have a PAN number?

  1. Form 16
  2. Form 15G
  3. Form 60
  4. Form 280

4. On which date is the World Hindi Day observed?

  1. January 10
  2. January 11
  3. January 12
  4. January 13

5. How many teams compete at the FIFA World Cup?

  1. 30
  2. 32
  3. 34
  4. 36

6. Which country is running a Basic Income Experiment to pay its unemployed citizens an unconditional monthly sum with an aim to reduce poverty and boost employment?

  1. France
  2. Spain
  3. Finland
  4. Sweden

7. In which State was a solar-powered boat service launched by the Union Power Minister recently, the second of its kind in the country?

  1. Maharashtra
  2. Kerala
  3. Goa
  4. Gujarat

8. Which team made its debut in the Ranji Trophy tournament of 2016-17 season?

  1. Chhattisgarh
  2. Tripura
  3. Tamil Nadu
  4. Gujarat

9. Where are the headquarters of International Vaccine Institute located?

  1. Paris
  2. Seoul
  3. London
  4. New York

10. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee recently inaugurated the Centenary celebrations of Jhalda Satyabhama Vidyapith which is located in -

  1. Jharkhand
  2. Assam
  3. Bihar
  4. West Bengal

11. Tangaliya shawl is indigenous to which district in Gujarat?

  1. Kutch
  2. Surendranagar
  3. Sabarkantha
  4. Mehsana

12. 16 Psyche is the name of a/an

  1. comet
  2. moon
  3. asteroid
  4. galaxy