Current Affairs: January,2015

Current Affairs- January,2015:
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    Nepal to join Silk Road Economic Belt through Tibet

Nepal signed a 4-point document endorsing the silk road belt-a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jingping for connecting Asia with Europe along a land corridor,with China as its hub.

  • Terror attack on Paris magazine kills 12
A attack in office of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo took place on Jan,07 in which at least 12 people were shot dead.In past,the cartoons published by magazine on Prophet Mohamed is said to the cause which had sparked anger among Muslims.

  • Palestine's request to join ICC accepted
UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon has accepted the request by Palestine to join the International Criminal Court,a move that would open the way for war crimes complaints against Israel. 

  • Russia: Transgenders ‘barred’ to drive
New Russian Road Safety Regulations bar ranssexuals,transvestites and other with “sexual disorders” from driving.They quoted the WHO’s classification of “gender identity disorders” such as transsexualism and “disorders of sexual preference” including fetishism and voyeurism.


  • Pakistani boat with explosives intercepted
A explosive-laden pakistani boat near the maritime boundary in the Arabian Sea off the Porbandar coast was Intercepted.

  • On 3rd Jan, PM inaugurated the 102nd Indian Science Congress at University of Mumbai.
  • Members appointed of NITI Aayog by PM Modi :-

Vice-Chairman : Arvind Panagariya (Economist)
CEO : Sindhushree Khullar (former Planning Commission Secretary)
Full time members : Bibek Debroy(economist),Dr. V.K. Saraswat(former Secretary DRDO)
Ex-officio members: Rajnath Singh,Arun Jaitley,Suresh Prabhu,RadhaMohan Singh

  • Barak Obama Became 1st USA President to attend Republic Day parade of India.

Person/Place In News

  • Kiran B. Vadodaria  of Sambhaav Metro was elected president of Indian Newspaper Society(INS) for 2014-15.
  • The Music Academy in its 9th edition conferred the title of "Natya Kala Acharya" to renowned Bharatnatyam artist Leela  Samson.
  • Maithripala Sirisena on Jan,09 assumed charge as the Sri Lanka’s sixth executive President after defeating Mahindra Rajapaksha.
  • Nepalese civil servant Gyan Mani Nepal became country’s first Integrity Idol. He wins integrity award for his efforts to increase teacher attendance and boost student pass rates.
  • Eminent cartoonist R.K. Laxman died on Jan,26.
Total Awards-104;Padma Vibhusan-09;Padma Bhusan-20;Padma Shri-75;Total Women Awardee-17.
Padma Vibhushan: L.K. Advani,Kottayam K. Venugopal ,Prakash Singh Badal(Public Affairs);Amitabh Bachchan,Dilip Kumar(Arts);D.Veerendra Heggade(Social Work);Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan(Science&Tech);Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan(Trade&Industry);Jagadguru Rambhadracharya(Others).

Science & Tech.

  • ISRO working on aspects of manned mission

ISRO is working on developing technology for various aspects of a manned mission such as minimising failure rate,providing environmental & life support system for crew.

  • A team of US scientists has found a promising new antibiotic to which resistance may not develop easily.The extract from a bacterium named Eleftheria terrae,yielded this new antibiotic,teixobactin.


  • Apple sued over storage sleight of hand
A suit filed against Apple argues that while Apple boasts about 16 GB of digital storage on lower price models of gadgets(e.g.-iPhones),about a fifth of that is eaten up by its operating software.

  • Aamir Khan starrer movie PK has crossed Rs.300 crore mark becoming highest grossing Bollywood film in India.
  • Quikr launches instant messging product for users named Quikr Nxt.Company claims that it is world's first instant messenger by a classified company.
  • 72nd Golden Globe Awards winners :
Best Film(drama) : Boyhood
Best Film(musical or comedy) : The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Foreign Language Film : Leviathan (Russia)
Best Director : Richard Linklater

  • Odia actor Hara Patnaik died at age of 56.
  • Tiger population in India has increased at average rate of 6% per annum from 2006.It was recorded 1706(in 2010) and in 2014, it becames 2226.
  • 60th Filmfare Awards :
Best Film : Queen
Best Actor(Male) : Shahid Kapoor (Haider)
Best Actor(Female) : Kangana Ranaut (Queen)
Best Director : Vikash Bahl (Queen)
Filmfare Lifetime Award : Kamini Kaushal


  • German football club Vfb Stuttgart has appointed Indian origin Robin Dutt as its new director of sports.
  • CRICKET : Australia won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with 2-0 series truimph over India.Steven Smith,Australian Captain was adjudged Player-of-the-Series.
  • TENNIS : Poland has won its first ever Hopman Cup title,beating USA by 2-1.
  • TENNIS : Roger Federer became only third player after Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl to win 1000 matches on the men’s tour.


  • Only 10% of 22 lakh NGOs file returns

Only about 10% of the over 22 lakh NGOs ,as scanned by CBI on Supreme Court directions,files their annual income & expeniture statements with concerned authorities.

  • PSBs to accept solar rooftap cost as part of home loan proposals

Public Sector Banks(PSBs) are to accept rooftap solar installation cost as part of home loan proposals of individual customers.The proposals may include non-solar lighting,wiring and other such fittings.

  • SEBI proposes e-IPO norms

SEBI proposes e-IPO norms,where investors can bid for shares through internet & mobiles,while already listed PSUs will be provided a ‘fast-track’ route for share salesto meet the disinvestments targets.For already listed companies,they had proposed a fast-track route for raising of funds through FPOs(follow-on public offers) or right-offers.

  • Center to release new series of CPI next month

Govt. will release next month a new series of Consumer Price Index(CPI) with 2012 as base year for computing the retail inflation rate.


  • CIC action likely against defiant parties>
Central Information Commission will run shortly on action to be taken against political parties that refuse to comply with the Right to Information Act.


  • Another feather in cap for Delhi Metro

  • DMRC has been registered as the world's first transport sector project under the Program of Activities(PoA).A PoA is a unique UN-mandated mechanism which allows similar carbon credit projects to be clubbed together.Thus,Delhi Metro will be the managing entity for all other metros in India.

    • Excavation conducted by ASI at late-Harappan site of Chandayan in UP has,for the first time,revealed, the plan of house on the Ganga Yamuna doab,with its mud walls,four successive floor levels and post-holes.
    • Ford to pilot share-car project in Bengaluru
    This project aims to create a model for easy vehicle sharing among small communities such as office workers,apartment dwellers etc.Ford is working with 2-year old start-up Zoomcar on the project.Zoomcar is a self-drive car rental service that allows users to rent cars by hour,day,week or month.

    • UN Secretay General Ban Ki-moon launches Gujarat’s second canal-top 10-MW “Sardar Sarovar Nigam Ltd.”solar power project built over Narmada canal at Chandrasan village.
    • ·Election Commision announces schedule for Delhi Assembly polls:
    Polling Day: 07 Feb   and;   Counting Day : 10 Feb

    Important Dates

  • 09 Jan  : Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas

  • 12 Jan  : National Youth Day (Birthday of Swami Vivekanand)

  • 15 Jan  : Army Day

  • 23 Jan  : Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's birth anniversary

  • 25 Jan  : International Customs Duty Day, India Tourism Day, Indian Voter Day 

  • 26 Jan   : Republic Day

  • 30 Jan   : Martyr's Day

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