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2017 Current Affairs: 16 January to 31 January

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Important Days in January ...................................................................................................................................................... 1
Books & Authors ..................................................................................................................................................................... 2
Padma Awards 2017 ............................................................................................................................................................... 2
Banking & Finance................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Obituaries................................................................................................................................................................................ 7
Appointments ......................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Sports News .......................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Miscellaneous News ............................................................................................................................................................. 12

Important Days in January

Date Day 2017 theme if any
1 January Global Family Day -
1 January Army Medical Corps Establishment Day -
4 January World Braille Day (WBD) -
9 January Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-Resident Redefining Engagement with the Indian
Indian Day) Diaspora
10 January World Hindi Day -
12 January National Youth Day (birthday of Swami Youth for Digital India
15 January Army Day -
16 January Religious Freedom Day -
24 January National Girl Child Day Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
25 January National Voters Day Empowering young and Future Voters
25 January National Tourism Day -
26 January Republic Day Skill India and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
27 January International Holocaust Remembrance Day -
28 January Data Privacy Day Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data
and Enabling Trust
30 January World Leprosy Day (Mahatma Gandhis -
or its death anniversary)
30 January Martyrs' Day (assassination of Mahatma Gandhi) -

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Books & Authors

Book Author
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Fire of a Restless Mind Ritu Beri
Kalkatta Kunal Basu
Story of an Escape Surjit Singh Barnala
60 Indian Poets Jeet Thayil
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life William Finnegan
You Got Magic Neel Madhav
The Future of India Margaret Moran
The Island of Lost Girls Manjula Padmanabhan
Mother Teresa: The Final Verdict Aroup Chatterjee
The man who could never say No S Muthiah

Padma Awards 2017

Padma Sharad Pawar-Public Affairs
Vibhushan Murli Manohar Joshi-Public Affairs
P.A. Sangma (posthumous)-Public Affairs
Sunder Lal Patwah (posthumous)-Public Affairs
K.J.Yesudas-Art - Music
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev-Others - Spiritualism
Udipi Ramachandra Rao-Science & Engineering
Padma Bhushan Vishwa Mohan Bhatt - Art - Music
Devi Prasad Dwivedi-Literature & Education
Tehemton Udwadia-Medicine
Ratna Sundar Maharaj-Others-Spiritualism
Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati-Others-Yoga
H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn (Foreigner)-Literature & Education
Cho Ramaswamy (Posthumous)-Literature & Education Journalism
Padma Shri Basanti Bisht-Art-Music
Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair-Art-Dance
Aruna Mohanty-Art-Dance
Bharathi Vishnuvardhan-Art-Cinema
Sadhu Meher-Art-Cinema
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T K Murthy-Art-Music
Laishram Birendra kumar Singh-Art-Music
Krishna Ram Chaudhary-Art-Music
Baoa Devi-Art-Painting
Tilak Gitai-Art-Painting
Aekka Yadagiri Rao-Art-Sculpture
Jitendra Haripal-Art-Music
Kailash Kher-Art-Music
Parassala B Ponnammal-Art-Music
Sukri Bommagowda-Art-Music
Mukund Nayak-Art-Music
Purushottam Upadhyay-Art-Music
Anuradha Paudwal-Art-Music
Wareppa Naba Nil-Art-Theatre
Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary-Civil Service
T.K. Viswanathan-Civil Service
Kanwal Sibal-Civil Service
Birkha Bahadur Limboo Muringla-Literature & Education
Eli Ahmed-Literature & Education
Narendra Kohli-Literature & Education
G. Venkatasubbiah-Literature & Education
Akkitham Achyuthan Namboothiri-Literature & Education
Kashi Nath Pandita-Literature & Education
Chamu Krishna Shastry-Literature & Education
Harihar Kripalu Tripathi-Literature & Education
Michel Danino-Literature & Education
Punam Suri-Literature & Education
VG Patel-Literature & Education
V Koteswaramma-Literature & Education
Balbir Dutt-Literature & Education-Journalism
Bhawana Somaaya-Literature & Education-Journalism
Vishnu Pandya-Literature & Education-Journalism
Subroto Das-Medicine
Bhakti Yadav-Medicine
Mohammed Abdul Waheed-Medicine
Madan Madhav Godbole-Medicine
Devendra Dayabhai Patel-Medicine
Harkishan Singh-Medicine
Mukut Minz-Medicine
Arun Kumar Sharma-Others-Archaeology
Sanjeev Kapoor-Others-Culinary
Meenakshi Amma-Others-Martial Art
Genabhai Dargabhai Patel-Others-Agriculture
Chandrakant Pithawa-Science & Engineering
Ajoy Kumar Ray-Science & Engineering
Chintakindi Mallesham-Science & Engineering
Jitendra Nath Goswami-Science & Engineering
Daripalli Ramaiah-Social Work
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Girish Bhardwaj-Social Work
Karimul Hak-Social Work
Bipin Ganatra-Social Work
Nivedita Raghunath Bhide-Social work
Appasaheb Dharmadhikari-Social Work
Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal-Social Work
Virat Kohli-Sports-Cricket
Shekar Naik-Sports-Cricket
Vikasa Gowda-Sports-Discus Throw
Deepa Malik-Sports-Athletics
Mariyappan Thangavelu-Sports-Athletics
Dipa Karmakar-Sports-Gymnastics
P. R. Shreejesh-Sports-Hockey
Sakshi Malik-Sports-Wrestling
Mohan Reddy Venkatrama Bodanapu-Trade & Industry
Imrat Khan (NRI/PIO)-Art-Music
Anant Agarwal (NRI/PIO)-Literature & Education
H.R. Shah (NRI/PIO)-Literature & Education-Journalism
Suniti Solomon (Posthumous)-Medicine
Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya (Posthumous)-Others-Archaeology
Dr. Mapuskar (Posthumous)-Social Work
Anuradha Koirala (Foreigner)-Social Work

Banking & Finance

Breaking a 3-month declining trend, wholesale inflation rose to 3.39% in December 2016.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut India's growth forecast for the current fiscal by one
percentage point, citing demonetisation woes from 7.6% to 6.6%.

The RBI Note Mudran printing press in Mysuru printed highest number of currency notes in December
2016 break all its past record.

The Capital market regulator of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) tightened the
norms associated to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) of Indian companies. The public shareholding of
the resultant entity created by the merger of an unlisted and a listed company has to be more than 25%.

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has formed a 8 member
committee headed by Amitabh Chaudhry, CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company to review
life insurance product regulations.

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The Joint Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs, Mr. Raj Kumar and Acting Country Director of
the World Bank Mrs. Genevieve Connors are signed a financing agreement for IDA credit of US$ 48
million for the Nagaland Health Project.

Future Groups fashion and lifestyle departmental store Central joined with SBI Card launched a second
co-branded credit card to offer benefits to consumers in the premium lifestyle and fashion space.

YES Bank in collaboration with T-Hub, Anthill and LetsTalkPayments launched a unique business
accelerator program YES FINTECH to provide start-ups a platform for creating sustainable and
market ready products as well as provide innovative banking solutions to the customers.

YES Bank has launched a first of its kind unique Customizable Savings Account to enable the customers
to design an account as per their convenience.

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has acquired 8.41 per cent stake in Fino Paytech Ltd (FPL) for a total
consideration of Rs 100 crore.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson of China, Hua Chunying informed that thirty more countries have
applied for joining the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) besides 57 founding members.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has estimated the global growth for 2016 at 3.1 per cent.

Based on the United Nations report on World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017, Indias
economy is projected to grow by 7.7 percent in the fiscal 2017.

Punjab National Bank (PNB) and India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) have signed MoU, whereby PNB
will provide technology platform for pilot launch of IPPB on receipt of regulatory nod from the RBI.

Government has cleared six foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals totaling 1186.5 crore.

Londons insurance giant Lloyds has received the final approval from the Insurance Regulatory and
Development Authority (IRDA) to set up its first branch in India.

World Bank has sanctioned Rs 1,376 crore for upgradations and improvement of the Tripura power
system network.

RBI Governor Urjit Patel informed the committee, headed by Congress leader Veerappa Moily that 9.2
lakh crore rupees in new currency has been introduced in the system after the decision.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 75 lakhs on Bombay Mercantile Co-operative
Bank for violations of norms related to KYC and anti-money laundering.

RBI with the help of its arm Reserve Bank Information Technology Private Ltd (ReBIT), has planned
to increase the focus on IT & Cyber Security in a move to combat the increasing threat of cyber-security
issues arising after the governments Digital Payment initiative.

Government has clarified that Co-operative Banks are not authorised to accept deposits under the
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme (PMGKDS).

Aimed at propagating financial literacy among school children, Kerala Gramin Bank has conceived a
novel programme called FI@School.
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In another digitalisation initiative, Punjab National Bank (PNB) has launched a Contactless Credit Card
PNB Wave N Pay.

Mumbai based dairy firm Kwality Ltd has signed MoU with Bank of Baroda to provide Rs. 4000 crore
loans to one lakh farmers.

Varanasi based Utkarsh Micro Finance started operating its banking business as Utkarsh Small Finance
Bank to cater to the needs of the poor mainly in the northern belt.

To educate awareness on banking codes at grass root level, The Banking Codes and Standards Board of
India (BCSBI) will organise know your rights programme in all the states: Anand Aras, CEO, BCSBI.

Wholesale reinsurance provider Swiss Re has received approval from the Insurance Regulatory and
Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to open a branch in Mumbai.

The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi gave its post-facto approval allowing National Bank
for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) to raise approx. Rs. 20,000 crore from the market for
on-lending to Cooperative Banks.

France issued its first Green Bonds with a record sale of worth seven billion euro (USD 7.5
billion) thus leading a significant way towards establishment of a genuine market in renewable energy

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to interest waiver for two months of Nov and
Dec of 2016 for farmers accessing short term crop loans from Cooperative banks.

RBI has prohibited the Indian entities from making direct overseas investments in any entity that is
located in non co-operative countries and territories, as identified by the inter-governmental body
Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Karnataka Bank Ltd has signed MoU with the Rajkot-based Tirth Agro Technology Pvt Ltd
(manufacturer of agricultural equipment and implements) for financing agricultural mechanisation.

The State Bank of India has launched a new wealth management product named SBI Exclusif
in Kochi, Kerala.

The government stated that 119 banks are connected with the Aadhaar-enabled payment system and
33.87 crore transactions have taken place through Aadhaar-enabled payment systems.

India Post became the third entity after Airtel and Paytm to receive a final license from RBI to start its
payment bank operations.

The Reserve Bank of India on January 29, 2017 informed that the Foreign Exchange Reserves of
India rose by 932.4 million dollars to 360.775 billion dollars for the second consecutive week ended
January 20.

Future Generali India Insurance Company (FGII) announced an agency tie-up with Pune based Bank of
Maharashtra, to immensely benefit their customers by providing them an ease of access while choosing
from a diverse range of non-life insurance products.

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In a big relief to people, RBI has announced lifting of restrictions on daily withdrawal of money from
ATMs with effect from 1 February 2017 and has also withdrawn all limits on Current Accounts and
overdraft accounts with immediate effect.

Lakshmi Vilas Bank in partnership with Bangalore based fin-tech startup firm Fisdom, has launched a
mobile application Mission FINFIT to offer the customers of the bank financial planning and personal
wealth management services based on Robo advisory.

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) started its operations with the pilot services launched in Raipur and

Zhou Youguang (111), Chinese linguist known as the father of Pinyin passed away.

Dr. Oliver Smithies (91), faculty member of the University of North Carolina passed away. Oliver was a
renowned giant in the field of gene targeting and knockout mice.

Filmmaker Deepak Roy (67), known for his movie "Limit to Freedom" which won him a National award
in 1996 under the category of best investigative film, passed away.

Veteran actress Gita Sen (86) who was the wife of renowned filmmaker Mrinal Sen, passed away in

The commander of Apollo 17 and the last man who walk on the moon, Astronaut Eugene Cernan (82)
passed away in Washington D.C, USA.

Senior Congress leader and former state minister of Chhattisgarh, Tarun Prasad Chatterjee (68) passed

Freedom fighter Mohan Singh Josan (92) passed away in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan.

Veteran Indian Scientist CV Vishveshwara (78) and pioneer in the discovery of black hole in India
passed away in Bengaluru.

Renowned Urdu poet and lyricist Naqsh Lyallpuri (88) passed away.

Emmy award-winning US actress Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at the age of 80.

The Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin (67) passed away.

Sir John Vincent Hurt (77), the legendary English actor, passed away at Cromer, England.

Veteran journalist Devdutt (88) who was the witness of Mahatma Gandhi assassination passed away in
New Delhi.

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Renowned French Actress Emmanuelle Riva (89) passed away.

Japanese Businessman Masaya Nakamura (91), who founded the leading video game developing
company Namco, passed away.

Antonio Tajani from Italy elected as president of European Parliament.

Sanjeev Srinivasan has been appointed as CEO and Managing Director of Bharti AXA General

Birender Singh Yadav appointed as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Sierra Leone,
with residence in Accra (Ghana).

Alok Kumar Verma has been selected as the new chief of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Donald Trump took the office as the 45th President of United States of America.

Adama Barrow was sworn in as third official President of Gambia at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar,
capital of Senegal.

Ashok Warrier appointed as the Ambassador of India to the Central African Republic, with residence in

Bishwadip Dey concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to Grenada with residence
in Port of Spain.

All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel has been appointed a member of world
governing body FIFAs finance committee which will work from 2017 to 2021.

Ex-BCCI president Anurag Thakur unanimously elected head of the Himachal Pradesh Olympic
Association (HPOA) for a four-year term.

Mike Pence took the oath of office as the 48th vice president of the United States.

Birender Singh Yadav has been concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of
Burkina Faso, with residence in Accra.

Transportation app Ola has appointed former PepsiCo executive Vishal Kaul as its Chief Operating
Officer (COO).

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Pravind Jugnauth has become the new Prime Minister of Mauritius.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, whose tenure was to end on January 28, got a one-year extension.

Siddhartha Murarka has been appointed as the Chairman of the Eastern India Regional Council of The
Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

Derk Segaar has been appointed Director of the New Delhi based United Nations Information
Centre (UNIC) covering India and the Kingdom of Bhutan by the UN Secretary-General Antnio

Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the new director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by the United
States Vice President Mike Pence.

Anshu Sinha will be the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Khadi & Village Industries Commission

In United States, the Senate has confirmed Nikki Haley as the next Ambassador to the United Nations,
making her the first Indian-American to serve on a Cabinet rank position in any presidential

US President Donald Trump has appointed Indian-American Ajit Pai, chairman of Federal
Communications Commission (FCC).

US President Donald Trump has appointed prominent Indian-American attorney Uttam Dhillon to a
key White House position as special assistant to the President on ethics and compliance matters.

Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos announced that they have appointed Ashish Shah as their
new CEO.

Tata group hospitality firm Indian Hotels Co announced the appointment of Tata Sons Chairman-
designate N Chandrasekaran as non-executive Additional Director.

President Pranab Mukherjee has given Governor of Assam Banwarilal Purohit additional charge of

President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Dr Vijay Bhatkar, architect of Indias first supercomputer
the Param series, as the chancellor of Nalanda University.

Nagaland governor PB Acharya was asked to take additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh.

AP Singh has been appointed as the interim MD and CEO of the India Post Payment Bank.

Former HC judge Justice P Vishwanath Shetty was administered the oath of Karnataka Lokayukta office
by Governor Vajubhai R Vala.

The Supreme Court (SC) appointed former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) chief Vinod Rai as
BCCI chief.

Dushyant Chautala elected as youngest president of Table Tennis Federation of India.
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Film producer and Wimbledon tennis player, Ashok Amritraj has been appointed the United Nations in
India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Amulya Patnaik appointed as Chief of Delhi police.

Chadian foreign affairs minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected as the head of the African
Union Commission.

Sports News
Valtteri Bottas has been confirmed as Lewis Hamilton's new team-mate for the forthcoming Formula
One season after he was finally unveiled by Mercedes at their headquarters. He replaced Nico Rosberg.

Tajikistans chess player Grandmaster (GM) Farrukh Amonatov won the 15th Parsvnath Delhi
International Chess tournament.

Kazakhstan won the Nations Cup 2017 followed by Russia at second in the elite category. The Indian
Womens boxing team coached by Gurbax Singh Sandhu was placed third at the 6th Nations Cup held
in Vrbas, Serbia. India won total six medals comprising of one gold, four silver and one bronze.

Kapil Dev has been inducted into Legends Club Hall of Fame at the Cricket Club of India.

Despite Difficulties, Indian Women Boxers won 6 Medals in Serbia.

Pakistani batsman Babar Azam became the fastest player in Pakistans One Day International (ODI)
history to score 1,000 runs in 21 innings.

Punjab Royals bagged the Pro Wrestling League Season 2 title after beating Haryana Hammers in New

Indian footballer Jayesh Raimalani has signed a deal through Indo-Spanish football
venture called Spaindia to join the Spanish Football Team, Club Esportiu JUPITER (CE
JUPITER) based in Barcelona.

India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title at Sarawak in

Tennis player Dhruv Sunish won ITF Juniors title at the Dakshin Kalikata Sansad clay courts (under-18
boys DKS ITF 2017).

Bengal won the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy 2016-17 season against Delhi in the final at the Feroz
Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.

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Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman in the world to score 1,000 runs as captain in One-Day
Internationals (ODIs).

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, the mentor of Kings XI Punjab, will also be the teams head of
Cricket Operations and Strategy in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

UKs Snooker plyaer Ronnie OSullivan won a record seventh Masters title against Joe Perry in the final
at Londons Alexandra Palace.

Former Australian cricketers Matthew Hayden and David Boon have been inducted into the Australian
Cricket Hall of Fame.

Womens all-rounder Betty Wilson was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (ACHoF) at
the 2017 Allan Border Medal ceremony in Sydne.

Retired all-rounder Shane Watson has been adjudged Cricket Australia's T20 International Player of
the Year.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) launched its first ever Indian Womens League (IWL) in order
to make football a professional sport for women in the country. The first edition of the league will be
played at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) named four women to be inducted in the strong group of
umpires to conduct the ICC Womens World Cup Qualifier 2017 in February 2017 in Colombo.

The Nurturing Excellence in Sports Trust (NEST) has launched Khelegi toh Khilegi the pan-India
initiative for girls football between the age of 10 to 15 years along with the National Yuva Cooperative
Society (NYCS) in India.

Kremlin in Moscow, Russia will host the 2018 FIFAWorld Cup finals.

Pankaj Advani won his seventh national title in the finals of Manisha National Billiards and Snooker
Championship in Pune.

Japan based sumo wrestler Kisenosato was promoted to the highest rank of the wresting, Yokozuna
after winning his first title at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a 14-1 record.

Indian hosted the 2017 T20 Blind Cricket World Cup.

American professional tennis player Serena Williams won the 2017 Womens singles Australian Open
tennis tournament by defeating her sister Venus Williams in the final to win her 23rd Grand Slam
singles title.

The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has reconstituted TOP committee headed by Olympic
Gold Medalist Abhinav Bindra with objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects
for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games under Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.

For the first time since 2010, Roger Federer has won the Australian Open, beating long-time rival
Rafael Nadal in the finals in Melbourne, Australia.

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Siliguri based Abul Hossain won the Kolkata Full Marathon on by completing the race in 02:34:02.

Australia based John Peers along with Henri Kontinen of Finland, defeated six-time champions Bob
Bryan and Mike Bryan at Melbourne Park, Australian Open Tournament to win Mens double title.

Colombias Juan Sebastian Cabal and Abigail Spears of the United States captured the Australian
Open mixed doubles title after they defeated Croatias Ivan Dodig and Sania Mirza of India.

BethanieMattek-Sands /Lucie Safarova won the Australian Open Womens double title by beating
Andrea Hlavkov/Peng Shuai.

Indian shuttler PV Sindhu won the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold after beating Indonesia's
Gregoria Mariska in the final.

Indian badminton player Sameer Verma won the 2017 Mens singles Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold
badminton tournament by defeating his compatriot B Sai Praneeth in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Miscellaneous News
India has slipped 3 places to 92nd rank on the global index of talent competitiveness that measures how
countries grow, attract and retain talent, a list topped by Switzerland.

The Supreme Court has given permission to a woman in her 24th week of pregnancy to undergo
termination of pregnancy after medical report finds foetus is without skull.

The new Adoption Regulations have come into force on 16 January 2017, which have replaced the
Adoption Guidelines, 2015, will further strengthen the adoption program in the country by streamlining
the process.

2016 was declared India's warmest year ever since the documenting of meteorological records began in
1901 by India Meteorological Department (IMD).

N Chandrasekaran, Chairman designate of Tata Sons, has inaugurated the Kohli Research Block at the
International Institute of Information Technology at Gachibowli, Hyderabad.

Sony Pictures Networks India has entered the Hindi film music space with the launch of Sony ROX HD.

Pentavalent Bio Sciences Pvt Ltd from Bengaluru has emerged the winner at the Tata Social Enterprise
Challenge 2016-17.

For the first time the Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index 2017 has been released by Global
Index regulator on the basis of their reputation and growing efforts in attracting, growing, and retaining
global talent. Among the Indian cities, only Mumbai was listed in the index which was topped by

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Kiran Doshi won The Hindu Prize 2016 at the 7th edition of The Hindu Lit for Life festival 2017 held in

Facebook announced to introduce Fake News Tools for Germany Facebook to help the residents in
combating the spread of unrealistic news stories.

Kozhikode Corporation was declared as the first Elderly-Friendly Corporation in Kerala.

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation to declare January 16 Religious
Freedom Day.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed upon their
commitment to deepen cooperation on maritime security and deepen defence ties.

China has handed over two ships to Pakistan Navy in order to ensure joint security along the China-
Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Gwadar port.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned new 500 MW Thermal Unit in West

According to a research work published in CDCs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), a
multidrug-resistant organism Klebsiella pneumonia has been indentified known as carbapenem-
resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) which is resistant to all available antibiotics.

Twenty-five children have been selected for the national bravery awards 2016. These include 13 girls.
Four of the awards have been given posthumously.

In Tamil Nadu, the 170th Sadguru Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana festival celebrated at Tiruvaiyaru.

Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu launched a post graduate course in Urdu
journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOP & NG) inaugurated one month long oil and gas
conservation campaign Saksham-2017 at a function in Unity College, Dimapur in Nagaland.

The worlds lightest ultralight high-performance mechanical watch RM 50-03 was inaugurated at the
27th edition of the Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva. The watch has been
made from Graphene.

India ranked 60th among 79 developing economies with a score of only 3.38 in the Inclusive
Development Index (IDI) 2017 of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Lithuania topped the Inclusive Development Index (IDI) 2017 among developing countries, Azerbaijan
is second while Hungary at third.

Norway topped the 2017 Inclusive Development Index among advanced economies, Luxembourg is
second while Switzerland has been ranked third.

India and Mauritius signed MoU for cooperation in the field of cooperatives and related areas.

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Jacob Polley, a British Poet was Conferred with the 2016 T.S. Eliot prize for poetry at a ceremony at the
Wallace Collection gallery in London.

Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan have claimed that they have discovered the unidentified
element that formed the 5 percent of earths core after Iron and Nickel leading to new ways for better
understanding of earths formation.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched mobile TV service Ditto TV and Limited Fixed
Mobile Telephony in New Delhi.

The 58th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF) held in New Delhi.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has registered
Sitalpati or cool mat from the Cooch Behar district, West Bengal as an intangible cultural heritage.

Timothy Gonsalves Committee Suggested 20% Reservation for Girl Students in IITs.

India ranked 78th in global Passport Index 2017.

Germany topped the global Passport Index 2017.

Karang, a small lake island in Manipur, has become the countrys first cashless island.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOP & NG) inaugurated one month long oil and gas
conservation campaign Saksham-2017 at Dimapur in Nagaland.

Karnataka government allowed to the sale of white kerosene in open market.

Bengaluru topped the 2017 City Momentum Index released by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) at the World
Economic Forum Annual Meeting held in Davos.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has given its approval to explore an iron-
rich asteroid 16 Psyche as a part of its mission to learn more about the history and composition of the
celestial body.

West Bengal State Department of Fisheries has announced to protect the endangered Hisla Fish from
getting extinct.

A first of its kind Chinese robot journalist named Xiao Nan made debut in the world of journalism by
writing a 300-character-long article in just a second.

Eight-year-old Late Kumari Tarh Peeju of Arunachal Pradesh has been conferred
the 2016 Bharat Award for sacrificing her life to save two of her friends from drowning.

Mawlynnong village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state has become a role model for
cleanliness said by the Secretary of the village.

Madhya Pradesh has launched a first of its kind Aanandan Scheme to help the poor in getting basic
necessity items.

India became the associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN.
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Over three lakh 80 thousand consumers and twenty-one thousand merchants have won prize money
worth around 61 crore rupees at 24 Digi-Dhan Melas across the country.

India signed MoU with Russia in the field of Youth Affairs.

Cabinet approved MoU between India and Serbia for cooperation in the field of Information
Technology and Electronics.

Cabinet approved Indias Membership in the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), South Korea.
Cabinet approved MoU between India and Vietnam In the field of cyber security.

Cabinet approved Trade Agreement negotiations with Peru.

Cabinet approved MOU between India and the United Arab Emirates for cooperation in the field of
Small and Medium Enterprises and Innovation.

Cabinet approves MOU between India and the United Arab Emirates for cooperation in the field of
agriculture and allied sectors.

Cabinet approved MoU between India and the United Arab Emirates on Institutional Cooperation in
Maritime Transport.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and the United Arab Emirates on Bilateral Cooperation in the
Road Transport and Highways sector.

Union Cabinet approved MoU between India and the United Arab Emirates on the Mutual Recognition
of Certificates of Competency.

Cabinet approved amendment in Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme.

Cabinet approved the exclusion of States from the investments of National Small Savings Fund.

Cabinet approved the introduction of the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017 to repeal 105 Acts.

Cabinet approved the MoU between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Japanese
Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for cooperation in the field of outer space.

Cabinet approved the package for supporting Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) Augmentation of
Corpus of Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE).

Cabinet approved the Establishment of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Jharkhand.

Undisclosed income in assets such as jewellery, stock or immovable property or in foreign bank
accounts will not be accepted under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY).

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated 28th Dantan Gramin Mela in West Bengal.

Priyanka Chopra won her second Peoples Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress at
the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the second edition of Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi with
the theme The New Normal: Multilateralism in a multipolar world.

The Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (EDS) was launched under the New Economic
Development Policy (NEDP) in Mizoram.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched Mission 41K to save the Indian Railways expenditure on
energy consumption over the next 10 years.

The 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) was inaugurated on January 19, 2017 at the
historic Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan with the theme Freedom to Dream: India at 70.

Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) signed MoU with the National Yuva Cooperative Society to set
up 1,000 Janaushadhi Kendras under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)

Google announced to acquire Twitters mobile application developer platform Fabric for an undisclosed

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched a dedicated web portal
ShaGun for continuous monitoring of the elementary education scheme Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan (SSA) and promote the development of education sector of India.

Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) led by Dr. Harsh Vardhan commissioned a very high
resolution of 12km global deterministic weather prediction model, Ensemble Prediction System (EPS),
that will be used to generate operational weather forecasts.

Scientists have discovered three new lesser known diseases namely Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah
virus that could cause the next global health emergency.

A Canadian Biologist named Dr. Vazrick Nazari, has discovered a new species of moth in a densely
populated part of southern California and named it after US President-elect Donald Trump.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group entered into
a long-term partnership through 2028 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The first direct freight train service from China to Britain arrived in London.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered inaugural address on three-day National Conference of
Central and State Ministers and Secretaries of Tourism, Culture and Sports in Kutch, Gujarat.

The first flight is likely to take off next month under the government's ambitious regional connectivity
scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ke Aam Naagrik).

Centre has sanctioned over 2,207 crore rupees to Jammu and Kashmir as special assistance during
current financial year to expedite completion of area-specific schemes.

Union Minister of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Kalraj Mishra inaugurated
Workshop on MSME Cooperation amongst Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Member countries in
New Delhi.

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Dharamsala town in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh has been declared as the second capital city of
the state by the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Switzerland based World Economic Forum announced a partnership with the UCSBs Marine Science
Institute to improve health of worlds oceans and maritime resources.

The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation led by Uma
Bharti has formed a Negotiations Committee to determine the availability and utilization of waters of
the river Mahanadi and its tributaries.

Israel inducted its first anti-missile interceptors for Arrow 3 missile defence system in the defence force.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs. 207 crore on seven major cement
companies for being involved in bid rigging and cartelisation to get tenders in Haryana government

The US military launched a Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 3 Satellite.

ISKCONs Govardhan eco village in Thane district has been conferred with the UNWTO Award for
Innovation in the category of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) at the annual United
Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism at
Madrid in Spain.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has officially launched at 2017 World
Economic Forum (WEF) to create new vaccines for emerging infectious diseases.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme
Commander of the Armed Forces of United Arab Emirates (UAE), is the Chief Guest for the 2017
Republic Day of India.

The 2-day International Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic plants of India held in New Delhi.

The largest warship of the Indian Navy, INS Vikramditya, will be equipped with its own dedicated ATM.

Bihar government launched a Nasha Mukt campaign to make the state addidction-free.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Combined Commanders Conference (CCC) at Dehradun
in Uttarakhand.

Tamil Nadu government will be promulgating an ordinance to conduct Jallikattu and Chief Minister O
Paneerselvam has appealed to youngsters and all organizations to call off their protest as jallikattu.

According to a statement by NITI Aayog, till date over 3.81 lakh consumers and 21,000 merchants have
been declared as the winner of the NITI Aayogs lucky draw schemes namely Lucky Grahak Yojana
(LGY) for consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana (DVY) for merchants.

Ministry of AYUSH has signed MoU with the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) to curtail
malpractices in the advertisement of AYUSH drugs in New Delhi.

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Government of India Think Tank NITI Aayog together with International bodies World Economic
Forum, World Intellectual Property Organization and the Cornell University will develop an India
Innovation Index to rank the Indian states so as to develop an innovative spirit among them.

Indian Railways signed a joint venture agreement with Jharkhand for the development of railway
infrastructure in the State.

Indian Railways has decided to set up a $5 billion Railways of India Development Fund (RIDF) so as to
support commercially viable projects in railway sector.

The GST Council has decided to make tax evasion of Rs. 2 crore as bialable offense so as to reduce the
penal provision of the GST regime.

Flipkart has been ranked at the top position in the nationwide consumer study titled The Indian E-
tailing Leadership Index conducted by research firm Red Seer Consulting.

FreeCharge has launched a Mutual Funds investment facility on its platform in partnership
with Reliance Mutual Fund.

A film directed by Ajay Saklani in a Himachali dialect Saanjh has won the best feature film award at
international Borrego Springs Film Festival held in California, US.

Microsoft has acquired Sweden-based company Simplygon to accelerate innovation in enabling 3D for

Scientists have discovered an exoplanet named Wolf 1061c located around 14 light years away from
Earth that could be the habitable planet in the future after Earth.

Researchers from Harvard University and Boston Childrens Hospital have developed a
customizable soft robotic sleeve to encase a diseased heart and help it beat.

Shailesh Gandhi authored an e-book titled RTI Act-Authentic Interpretation of the Statute.

The centre has approved to provide a one-time loan of Rs. 45,000 crore to Food Corporation of India
(FCI) from NSSF to meet its food subsidy requirements.

Sushmita Sen, the former Miss Universe and Bollywood actress, will be on the judging panel at the 65th
edition of Miss Universe pageant-2017 pageant.

Egyptian court recently upheld a ruling halting a plan to transfer two Red Sea islands from Egypt to
Saudi Arabia.

Himachal Pradesh beat Kerala in learning outcomes: Annual Status Education Report (ASER) 2016.

More than 3.5 lakh people in Gujarats Rajkot district set a new world record by singing the national
anthem at an event.

Bihar claimed to have formed the world's longest human chain, covering an estimated distance of
11,292 kilometres, involving over two crore citizens against alcoholism and liquor.

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A special task force (STF) for women safety has been reconstituted under the Chairmanship of
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

With Russia's help, India will increase train speed to 200 kmph.

Technology giant Apple has emerged as the most innovative company for 2016, according to Boston
Consulting Groups (BCG's) annual list.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the proposed merger of online travel
firm MakeMyTrips Indian travel business with rival Ibibo Group.

In a move to rapidly expand its naval fleet, Chinas Peoples Liberation Army Navy commissioned
its 31st stealth warship CNS Ezhou.

Assam State Governor Banwarilal Purohit inaugurated the Arogya Mitra conference at Silchar.

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 was held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland with the theme
Responsive and Responsible Leadership.

A Bengaluru start-up aerospace research team TeamIndus proposes nameplate on the Moon for Rs.

A committee headed by Secretary from Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

(DEPwD), has been constituted by the Centre to frame uniform rules for the states to avoid delay in
proper implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPD) Act across the country.

Nation paid homage to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 120th birth anniversary (23 January 2017).

Hong Kong has withdrawn the visa-on arrival facility for Indians travelling to Hong Kong.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the 4 lakh square feet latest IT building,
Jyothirmaya at the Infopark.

Seven coaches and the engine of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Vizianagaram
district of Andhra Pradesh which left 41 passengers dead and 50 injured.

Andhra Pradesh government have announced a compensation of 5 lakh rupees for the families of those
who lost lives in the Hirakhand Express accident and belonging to the state.

Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti stated 100% Foreign Direct
Investment in food processing sector is being actively considered by the Union Government.

Priya Entertainments Pvt Ltd has set up an ecotourism project at Khairabera, foothills of Baghmundi, in
Purulia district of West Bengal.

In a move to decrease dependence on vegetable imports from India, the Nepal Government has
launched a 10-year plan to boost domestic production.

The Indian postal department released a special stamp cover titled Golden girls of India Pride of
Nation in Agartala to honor the sporting personalities in the country. The special covers feature the
2016 Olympic medalist gymnast Dipa Karmakar, shuttler PV Sindu and wrestler Sakshi Malik.
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Tamil Nadu assembly under the chairmanship of Chief Minister O Panneerselvam unanimously passed
the Jallikattu Bill, which amends the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) has bagged the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for Corporate
Social Responsibility in the transportation sector under the aviation category for the year 2016.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, Syed Nasim Zaidi informed that the state government of
Goa has opted for an initiative involving electronic transmission of postal ballot to service voters in the
upcoming assembly polls.

The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Committee under the chairmanship of Shri
N.K. Singh, presented its Report to the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi.

Moving towards the Make in India initiative, the Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh inaugurated
the new Universal Rail Mill at Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and flagged
off the mills first and worlds longest single rail of 130 meters from the new Universal Rail Mill (URM).

In a bid to encourage banks to provide loans for education, the Reserve Bank of India has declared that
rescheduling the period of payment of education loans due to the inability of the borrower because of
unemployment will not be treated as restructured accounts for computing NPAs.

The parliament of Turkey approved a constitutional reform to strengthen the powers of the presidency
by introducing presidential rule in the country.

The Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das presented the states annual budget for 2017-
18 worth Rs 75,673.42 under the theme of Garib Kalyan Varsh.

UK-headquartered Vodafone India signed an MoU with the West Bengal government to invest Rs 3,000
crore for capacity augmentation and new business initiatives over next three years.

The iconic Eden Gardens stadium at Kolkata will become the first Indian stadium to have stands named
after the war heroes.

The satellite Aoba Velox-III has become the first Singapore satellite which has successfully been
launched into space from the International Space Station (ISS).

The 2nd edition of the Pakke-Paga Festival-2017 has been held at Seijosa in East Kameng District of
Arunachal Pradesh.

T-Hub, the start-up engine catalysing innovation, announced the launch of GIS Innovation Hub (GIH)
powered by Esri India, for start-ups.

Transportation app Uber will soon launch its on-demand food delivery app UberEATS in the Indian

The guided Pinaka rocket was successfully testfired for the second time from launch complexIII of
the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur.

The Centre gave its nod to ratify the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (adopted by
nations in 2012) that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs).
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The Union Cabinet has decided to transfer the role of advising the government on how to utilize the
proceeds from disinvestment from the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management
(DIPAM) to the Department of Economic Affairs.

Union Cabinet has given its post-facto approval to launch Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017 (VPBY
2017) to provide social security to elderly persons aged 60 years during their old age and a guaranteed
rate of return of 8% per annum would be provided for a period of ten years.

In an effort to become the super powerful occupier of green energy, China has built the worlds biggest
solar park, Longyangxia Dam Solar Park (850 MW), in the western province of Qinghai.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the PM Narendra Modi approved the proposal
of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) for redevelopment of Pragati Maidan by setting up of a
world class Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The Supreme Court directed the government to replace the current practice of giving three-times-a-
week dosage norm of tuberculosis (TB) drugs with a daily dosage norm within a period of nine months
to curb relapse and deaths during treatment.

The Union Ministry of Steel, headed by Chaudhary Birendra Singh has come out with a Draft National
Steel Policy 2017 with a cost of Rs. 10 lakh crore to increase the supply of domestic coking coal and cut
the dependence on imports.

The Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal announced the launch of Chief Ministers
Award while inaugurating the Digi Dhan Mela in the state.

Russias President Vladimir Putin was awarded the first ever Hugo Chavez Prize for Peace and
Sovereignty by the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The CMs 13 member Committee on Digital Payments led by the convener and Andhra Pradesh Chief
Minister, Chandra Babu Naidu submitted the interim report on Digital Payments to PM Narendra

The Minister of Commerce & Industry, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman launched Rubber Soil Information
System (RubSIS) in New Delhi, to provide the detail about the soil quality to the rubber growers to
enhance productivity besides reducing the cost of production.

The Multiplex chain operator PVR has launched a theatre on demand service VKAAO an online service
to enable consumers to watch any movie of their choice at a theatre.

Indian has partnered with the British experts over a project that aims to study the air pollution level in
Delhi and health problems associated it.

The Kerala government officially launched the World Bank-aided e-health project across the state.

The CBI arrested former chairman of IDBI bank, Yogesh Aggarwal in connection with the Vijay Mallya
loan default case.

The Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Narendra Modi approved the Indian Institute of Management
(IIM) Bill, 2017 that aims to declare IIMs as Institutions of National Importance.
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India and the UAE inked 14 agreements in various areas after delegations talks between PM Modi &
visiting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Hyderabad House in
New Delhi.

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to advance controversial Keystone XL and
Dakota Access pipelines.

BookMyShow has acquired MastiTickets, an online ticket booking firm, for an undisclosed amount.

Revv, the Delhi NCR-based shared mobility platform, is launching its car sharing services in three new
cities Mumbai, Chennai and Jaipur taking its national footprint to seven cities.

The Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju laid the foundation stone for an Integrated Check-Post
(ICP) at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya.

Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to jointly monitor the fragile cease-fire between the Syrian regime
and rebels to find a political solution of ending the six-year conflict.

India and France signed White Shipping Agreement in New Delhi to enable information sharing on
maritime traffic and maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

American aerospace major Boeing Corporation launched the Boeing India Engineering & Technology
Center (BIETC) in Bengaluru in a bid to enhance its aerospace innovation in global emerging market
like India.

The Reliance Foundation Founder and Chairperson Nita Ambani has been honored by the Metropolitan
Museum of Art (The Met) in New York for her philanthropic work in the areas of education, sports,
healthcare, rural transformation, urban renewal, disaster response, women empowerment and
promotion of the arts.

Damodar Valley Corporation received NTPC award 2015-16 from Union Power Minister, Piyush Goyal.

Japan successfully launched its first military communications satellite Kirameki-2 on an H-2A rocket,
to boost the broadband capacity of its Self Defence Forces.

Pakistan successfully conducted the first test flight of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile
(SSM), Ababeel (2,200 kms).

The Police Department of Pune has launched a Mobile App Beat Marshall Monitoring Mobile App to
trace the location of the patrolling teams from police stations.

According to the Experts from Food Standards Agencys (FSA) based in United Kingdom, Bread, chips
and potatoes should be cooked to a golden yellow colour, rather than brown, to reduce our intake of a
chemical called Acrylamide which could cause cancer.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a total ban on
polythene carry bags from May 1, 2017 across the state.

Delhi University is the first public university in the country to get a monumental flagpole, according to
the Flag Foundation of India.
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India's largest online travel portal MakeMyTrip has launched the first ever social luxury travel magazine
called 'Luxury Travel Times'.

President Donald Trump has signed directives to build a wall along the US border with Mexico and
crack down on US cities that shield illegal immigrants, proceeding quickly on sweeping and divisive
plans to kerb immigration and boost national security.

Burj Khalifa tower, the world's tallest building located in Dubai, has lit up in the colours of the Indian
National flag on 25th January 2017 and 26th January 2017 to celebrate India's 68th Republic Day.

Gujarat government has ordered released of 439 prisoners on humanitarian grounds on the eve of 68th
Republic Day. Over half of these prisoners were serving the life sentence in different jails in Gujarat.

The National Girl Child Day celebration on January 24, 2017 in New Delhi was marked by the release
of National Action Plan for Children, 2016 (NPAC). NPAC has been developed by the Ministry of
Women & Child Development.

The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar inaugurated Indias first Post Office
Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) at Metagalli post office in Mysuru.

The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan launched the IT Project, e-Health Kerala which is
named Jeevan Rekha.

Arunachal Pradesh launched Dulari Kanya, a special scheme to check infant mortality in the state.

The President of India approved the conferment of Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards 2016 on 36

The U.S. healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson informed about its intention to buy Switzerland based
bio-pharmaceutical firm, Actelion, for $30 billion.

President Pranab Mukherjee awarded the Ashok Chakra to Havaldar Hangpan Dada posthumously
for killing four terrorists who had infiltrated into north Kashmir in May 2016.

As part of the Republic Day 2017 Celebrations, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism and
Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the Bharat Parv at the Red Fort, Delhi.

India is ranked at the sixth spot, behind China and Japan, in a list of eight great powers for the year
2017 by a leading American foreign policy magazine which is topped by the US.

Telangana ranked second in the `Cashless India Scorecard prepared by Walnut app to track the growth
of digital payments in the country.

Gujarat topped the Cashless India Scorecard prepared by Walnut app.

Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan has resigned after a controversy was triggered by reports in
local media, which accused him of sexual misconduct.

3 personnel from the Rashtriya Rifles unit of the Indian Army have been awarded the Sena Medal for
killing Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
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A Keshav Krishna, a scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) has been selected
for the National Geoscience Award for 2016.

The annual cultural extravaganza of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Chaos-
2017, kicked off with the theme of wanderlust.

The Aditya Birla Group announced its plans to invest Rs 7,000 crore in the next two years in Andhra

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested its indigenously developed Cryogenic
engine designated as C25 meant for rocket GSLV-Mark-III.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibabas financial arm, Ant Financial reached an agreement to acquire U.S
money transfer company MoneyGram for USD 880 million.

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) signed MoU with Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity
Authority (ADWEA) & its group of companies in Gurgaon, for cooperation in power sector.

The Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX), an annual Indian Navy exercise kicked started
off the Western Seaboard.

The Andhra Pradesh under Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has announced Rs 100-crore fund of
funds to invest in Fintech startups.

India has been ranked at 79th spot out of 176 countries in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for the
year 2016 released by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI). New
Zealand and Denmark jointly shared the first position.

Nokia India has bagged a contract worth $500 million (Rs 3,650 crore) from Mumbai based Vodafone
for deployment and expansion of 4G network in the country.

The Government informed about its plan to launch the biometric based Aadhaar Pay payment platform
for BHIM App.

The annual Surya Namaskar Yajna or Health for Humanity Yogathon has been recognized in the US
House of Representative on the occasion of its 10th anniversary.

Three Indian-origin persons Purushottam Sawrikar, Makhan Singh Khangure and Vijay Kumar have
been awarded Australias highest civilian honor this year for their contributions in the field of medicine
and work towards the community.

Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) and GAIL India Ltd signed a pact with Andhra Pradesh for
setting up a Rs 40,000 crore petrochemical plant in the state.

The 2017 Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra

For the first time, the Assam government has organized Farmers Martyrs day on January 27, 2017 at
Patharughat in Darrang district to pay homage to the martyrs of 1894 farmers rising at Patharughat.

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The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE) has instituted the National
Entrepreneurship Awards to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across India.

The Union Finance Ministry has announced that the General Anti Avoidance Rule (GAAR) will be
effective from the 1 April, 2017.

Telangana government has signed a memorandum of agreement with French firm Aerocampus
Aquitaine, known for aircraft maintenance skill training, to create a world-class aero skill academy.

Gullapalli N. Rao, a noted Indian eye doctor, has been selected to the 2017 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame
instituted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK)s Students start-up launched food
pre-ordering app.

The Delhi edition of the Great Britain Debate organised by the British High Commission and hosted by
the Lady Sri Ram College was won by Anmol Sharma and Sidaq Batra of Sri Venkateswara College.

Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), US have created worlds first stable semi-
synthetic organism, a single-celled bacterium with an expanded genetic code.

In order to woo the young audiences at the 2020 Olympics, the organisers of the Tokyo Games have
unveiled Japan's cult anime character Son Goku as its ambassador.

The three-day long Brahmaputra Literary festival held in Guwahati, Assam.

The 29th Kerala Science Congress was inaugurated by the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in
Thiruvalla with the special theme Ecology and Environment and the focal theme Genomics in health
and disease.

The Government of Assam led by Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal, agreed to a proposal by the Royal
Government of Bhutan for setting up of a Consulate General Office in Guwahati and also conveyed this
decision to the Union Ministry of External Affairs.

According to the latest Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, released globally by the Lauder
Institute, Pennsylvania University, US, the Delhi based Observer Research Foundation (ORF) has been
ranked as the top think tank in the China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea category.

The Central Water Commission (CWC) under the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and
Ganga Rejuvenation signed two separate MoUs with IIT Madras and IIS Bengaluru in New Delhi.

Indias fastest loan giving app for young salaried professionals, CASHe has partnered with Paytm to
allow its users to deposit cash transfers from CASHe to their Paytm wallets.

The Public Sector Oil Companies including HPCL, ONGC and the GAIL have signed MoUs with
the Andhra Pradesh Government to invest 1.65 lakh crore in several projects of the state especially the
Krishna-Godavari basin.

The 2nd International exhibition and conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Device sector India
Pharma & India Medical Device-2017 with the Vision For Responsible Healthcare held in
Bengaluru, Karnataka.
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President Pranab Mukherjee launched the countrywide programme by administering polio drops to
children aged below five years at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan on 29 January, 2017 on the occasion
of National Immunization Day.

Denmark has announced to appoint a 'digital ambassador' to manage its relationship with technology
giants like Google and Apple, becoming the first country to do so.

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, inaugurated a 3-lane
Brahmaputra Bridge at Saraighat in Guwahati. As a part of the event, the Minister announced that the
government would spend Rs 15,000 crores to develop 1,253 kilometres of roads in Assam into National
Highways over the next few years.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to set up weather stations in 660 districts of
the country for better and prompt weather forecasting with major focus on rain-fed and non-rain-fed
areas to give crop specific advisories.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial
Department, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a resolution to set up a Personal Status
and Inheritance Court for non-Muslims in Abu Dhabi.

Indian-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and venture capitalist Gururaj Deshpande has decided
to launch Indias largest startup incubation centre at Hubballi (earlier Hubli) in Karnataka.

According to IHS Janes Defense Weekly, the Indian Navy has officially issued a Request for
Information (RFI) to procure new carrier-based multirole warplane. The Navy intends to procure 57
naval fighter aircraft from a foreign supplier.

Based on a study report published in the journal Cell, an International Team of Scientists from United
States have created a Human-Pig Hybrid in a research project paving way to address shortage of organ
for transplantation.

Xiaomis Hugo Barra, who served as the companys global vice-president, and was the international face
for the brand, has announced his resignation from the company. Now, he will head the virtual reality
project of Facebook.

As per the govt data, over 99% of Indians aged 18 and above now have Aadhaar cards.

In a first, India's Fanatic Multi-Sports Museum opened to the public in Kolkata.

Gokaldas Exports has entered in an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh Government for setting up four
apparel manufacturing units in Chittoor district over next three years with invest up to Rs. 200 crore
which is likely to generate approximately 5,000 new jobs.

Miss France Iris Mittenaere was crowned Miss Universe 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The first edition of the North East Investors Summit was inaugurated by the Union Textiles
Minister, Smriti Zubin Irani in Shillong, Meghalaya.

The Karnataka state cabinet approved amending Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Bill, 1960 Act to
legalize the Kambala and Bullock Cart Race which is a traditional festival held annually in Karnataka.
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The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has launched climate change programme to assess the
status, distribution and conservation of pheasants and finches in the Central Himalayas.

American President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to temporarily ban visas for
refugees belonging to seven Muslim-majority countries namely Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria,
and Yemen.

Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd (RDEL) has signed a contract worth Rs. 916 crore with
the Ministry of Defence to design and construct 14 Fast Patrol Vessels for the Indian Coast Guard.

Kakinada SEZ Ltd (KSEZ), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL), signed several MoUs
worth Rs. 47000 with various companies during the CII Partnership Summit 2017 held at
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

Madras Engineer Group has been selected as the best marching contingent while in the Para-Military
Forces category, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) were adjudged as the best performers in
the 2017 Republic Day parade.

The Next Generation INSAT-3DR, launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will enable
detecting Farm Fires, which was till now only conducted by National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA).

The Havard Business School is set to introduce the journey of digital wallet Paytm from being a
recharge platform to a payments bank.

The nationwide Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign (SLAC) launched by the Indian Government on
30th January 2017 to mark Anti-Leprosy Day.

The North East Film Festival (NEFF) has started at National Film Archive of India (NFAI) in Pune,
Maharashtra to promote cinema in the North East.

Cab-hailing firm Uber has launched two-wheeler aggregation service UberMOTO in Hyderabad.

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has launched climate change programme to assess the
status, distribution and conservation of pheasants and finches in the Central Himalayas.

Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has made it to the list of Harper's Bazaar's 150 most fashionable

The Ministry of Railway has proposed the Finance Ministry to create a non-lapsable safety fund
named Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh over five years with initial corpus of Rs. 20000 crore.

Meghalayas first ever Apparel and Garment Making Centre was inaugurated jointly by Union Textiles
Minister Smriti Zubin Irani and Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma near Ampati in South
West Garo Hills.

The Union Minister for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Narendra Singh Tomar announced that
the Ministry of Defence is set to open its Defence Unit in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh.

GA SANJEEVANI BP Magazine Current Affairs 16-31 JAN 2017
Bangalore based Start-up firm E-paathsala has launched an integrated accreditation and ERP
technology solution for the colleges and universities to enable them better manage their multiple
accreditation standards in an easy, efficient and fast manner.

The Economic Survey has estimated that the GDP growth rate for current fiscal will be moderate at 6.5
percent from previous estimate of 7.6 percent and for the FY18 it would be in the range of 6.75 percent
to 7.5 percent.

The US House of Representatives has introduced a legislation making it mandatory to raise the
minimum salary of the H-1B visa holders to more than double at USD 1,30,000 from the previous USD

Ireland became the worlds first country to stop investing in fossil fuels.

Based on the latest Economic Outlook Survey report released by FICCI, the Indias GDP is projected to
grow 6.8 percent this fiscal which is 0.5 percent points less than FICCIs previous estimate of 7.3

As per the Economic Survey 2016-17, the agriculture sector is estimated to grow at 4.1 percent in the
current fiscal as compared to 1.2 percent in 2015-16 due to better monsoon.

As per the report of the rating agency, ICRA, the bank credit growth rate is likely to float between 5-6
percent in the current fiscal year.

The First ever National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 was presented by the Union Home Minister
Shri Rajnath Singh at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

Based on a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, an unusual action of a small, six billion
old, so called vampire star, has been captured by ASTROSAT, Indias first dedicated multi-wavelength
space observatory that was preying on bigger celestial body.

The 12th Raising Day of National Disaster Response Force (NDFR) was celebrated on January 31, 2017
to commend the NDRF for its efforts during disaster response.

Income Tax Department (ITD) lead by Sushil Chandra has launched Operation Clean Money on
January 31, 201 to verify the cash deposited in the banks during November 9th to December 30th 2016.

The Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) signed an MoU with online
travel company MakeMyTrip to promote its home-stay scheme.

The Digital Radio for All Round Table Conference has been inaugurated by M Venkaiah Naidu, the
Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, in New Delhi.

Several people were killed and wounded recently in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada.

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