Latest Current Affairs of January 2017

The e-platform launched by the Income Tax Department to analyse deposits made between November 9 to December 30, 2016 is namedOperation Clean Money
The European country which has become the first in the world to pass a legislation to fully divest public money from fossil fuelsIreland
The former CAG of India who has been appointed by the Supreme Court to head a committee of four administrators to manage the affairs of BCCIVinod Rai
The President of Guinea who has taken over as the new President of the African Union for a period of 1 yearAlpha Conde
The chess player from United States who has won the 79th Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, The NetherlandsWesley So
The contestant from France who has been crowned Miss Universe 2016 at a beauty pageant in Manila, Philippines Iris Mittenaere
The Indian badminton player who has won the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold tournament (Women's Singles title) defeating Gregoria Mariska (Indonesia) in the finalsP.V. Sindhu
The Indian badminton player who has won the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold tournament (Men's Singles title) defeating Sai Praneeth (India) in the finalsSameer Verma
The former tennis player who has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals for the UN in IndiaAshok Amritraj
The new digital assistant introduced by Nokia for engineers and telecom operators is namedMIKA
One of the most acclaimed scientists of India and architect of India's first supercomputer and the founder Executive Director of C-DAC, who has been appointed as the new Chancellor of Nalanda UniversityDr. Vijay Bhatkar
The airport from which international cargo operations have re-commenced after a gap of about 13 yearsBiju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneshwar
The first military communications satellite launched by Japan from its Tanegashima Space Centre, on board H-2A rocket is namedKirameki-2
The Jamaican athlete who has been found guilty of doping in 2008 Beijing Olympics and has thus been deprived of gold medal for 4 x 100 relay alongwith his team mates (Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell & Michael Frater)Nesta Carter
The bank which has announced deployment of humanoid IRA - intelligent robotic assistant to help its branch staff in servicing customers in the next 2 yearsHDFC Bank
The theme of 7th National Voters Day observed on 25 January 2017 Empowering young and future events
The country with which India has signed a deal to fill its Mangalore strategic oil storage facilityUnited Arab Emirates
The place in Tamil Nadu where the world's largest solar power plant (648-mw at a single location) has been dedicated to the nation by Adani Green Energy Kamuthi, Ramanathapuram
The new Prime Minister of Mauritius who took over following the resignation of Aneeroodh JugnauthPravind Kumar Jugnauth
The theme of the programme organised by Ministry of Women & Child Development on the occasion of National Girl Child Day on January 24, 2017Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
The Urdu poet and lyricist who passed away on 22 January 2017Naqsh Lyallpuri (Jaswant Rai Sharma)
The Indian badminton player who has won the 2017 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold defeating Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand in the finalsSaina Nehwal
The European country which has legalized the use of drug marijuana for medical purposes allowing patients to buy the drug on medical prescriptionGermany
The public sector bank which has installed its ATM on India's largest and latest aircraft carrier INS VikramadityaState Bank of India
The country which has abolished visa-on-arrival facility for Indians with effect from 23 January 2017Hong Kong
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 Rawat
2017 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year ofSustainable Tourism for Development

Australian Open 2017

Men's SinglesRoger Federer (Switzerland)Rafal Nadal (Spain)
Women's SinglesSerena Williams (USA)Venus Williams (USA)
Mens's DoublesHenri Kontinen (Finland) and John Peers (Australia)Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (USA)
Women's DoublesBethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.A.) and Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) and Peng Shuai (China)
Mixed DoublesAbigail Spears (USA) and Juan Sebastian Cabal (Columbia)Sania Mirza (India) and Ivan Dodig (Croatia)

Note: Serena Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title breaking the record of Steffi Graf's 22 titles in the Open era
Roger Federer won his 18th title and is currently the winner of maximum Grand Slam men's singles titles.

Republic Day Parade 26 Jan 2017

Chief Guest : H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Parade Commander: Lt. General Manoj Mukund Naravane, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area.

Best Marching Contingent (Services): Madras Engineer Group

Best Marching Contingent (Para-Military Forces): CISF

Best Tableau (States) : Arunachal Pradesh - Yak Dance

Second Best Tableau (States) : Tripura - Hojagiri dance

Third Best Tableau (States) : Maharashtra (Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak) and Tamil Nadu (Karagattam)

Best Tableau (Ministrie/Departments) : Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Special Prize by the Jury : CPWD

Themes of Republic Day Tableux 26 Jan 2017

Odisha : Dola Jatra

Arunachal Pradesh : Yak Dance

Maharashtra : Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak

Manipur : Lai Haraoba

Gujarat : The Art and Lifestyle of Kutch

Lakshadweep : An Unexplored Tourist Destination

Karnataka : Folk Dances

NCT of Delhi : Model Government School of Delhi

Himachal Pradesh : Chamba Rumaal

Haryana : Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

West Bengal : Sharod Utsav

Punjab : Jago Aaiya

Tamil Nadu : Karakattam

Goa : Musical Heritage of Goa

Tripura : Hojagiri

Jammu and Kashmir : Winter Sports at Gulmarg

Assam : Kamakhya

Central Board of Excise & Customs : Goods and Services Tax

Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises : Khadi India

Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation : Housing for All

CPWD : Green India Clean India

Ministry of Skill Development : Transforming India through Skill Development

Indian Air Force : Air Dominance Through Network Centric Operations

Indian Navy : Indian Navy – Professional Force-Anchoring Stability, Security and National Prosperity

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

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

MIKA - Multi-purpose Intuitive Knowledge Assistant

Important Days of January

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: 27 January 2017

Designated by: United Nations Organisation

Theme: Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future

First Observed in: 2005

Padma Awards 2017

Padma Vibhushan

Public Affairs : 1. Sharad Pawar, 2. Murli Manohar Joshi, 3. P.A. Sangma (posthumous), 4. Sunder Lal Patwah (posthumous)

Art - Music : K.J.Yesudas

Others - Spiritualism : Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Science and Engineering : Udipi Ramachandra Rao

Padma Bhushan

Art - Music : Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Literature and Education : 1. Devi Prasad Dwivedi, 2. H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, 3. Cho Ramaswamy (Posthumous)

Medicine: Tehemton Udwadia

Others - Spiritualism : Ratna Sundar Maharaj

Others - Yoga : Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati

Padma Shri


India England ODI Series 2017

MatchVenueWon byPlayer of the match
1.PuneIndiaKM Jadhav (India)
2.CuttackIndiaYuvraj Singh (India)
3.KolkataEnglandBA Stokes (England)

Player of the Series: KM Jadhav

Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

Aim: To provide an assured pension based on a guaranteed rate of return of 8% per annum for ten years, with an option to opt for pension on a monthly/quarterly/half-yearly or annual basis

To be implemented through : LIC of India.

Scheme to be open for subscription for : 1 year

Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Indian Institute of Management(IIM) Bill, 2017, under which the IIMs would be declared as Institutions of National Importance which will enable them togrant degrees to their students.

Following are the salient features of the Bill:

  1. IIMs can grant degrees to their students
  2. The Bill provides for complete autonomy to the Institutions, combined with adequate accountability.
  3. Management of these Institutions would be Board driven, with the Chairperson and Director of an Institution which will be selected by the Board.
  4. Provision has also been made for inclusion of women and members from Scheduled Castes/Tribes in the Board.
  5. The Bill also provides for periodic review of the performance of Institutions by independent agencies, and placing the results of the same on public domain.
  6. The Annual Report of the Institutions will be placed in the Parliament and CAG will be auditing their accounts.

Background : Indian Institutes of Management are the country's premier institutions imparting best quality education in management on globally benchmarked processes of education and training in management. All IIMs are separate autonomous bodies registered under the Societies Act. Being societies, IIMs are not authorized to award degrees and, hence, they have been awarding Post Graduate Diploma and Fellow Programme in Management. While these awards are treated as equivalent to MBAs and Ph.D, respectively, the equivalence is not universally acceptable, especially for the Fellow Programme.

Warmest Years of India

As per the Indian Meteorological Department the 2016 annual mean land surface air temperature for the country was +0.91o C 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 +0.84o C), 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 0.53o C /0.58o C.

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

13. TROPEX (Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise) is an annual exercise conducted by the -

  1. Indian Navy
  2. Indian Air Force
  3. Indian Army
  4. Coast Guard

14. To which State do Irula snake catching tribe belong?

  1. Rajasthan
  2. Tamil Nadu
  3. Meghalaya
  4. Odisha