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News related to India
Appointments in January
Awards and Honors
Sportz Newz
Global News
Reports Lists and Indexes
Days in January
Books and Authors
Obituaries

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Reserve Bank has imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on an SBI associate bank, State Bank of Travancore,
for violation of some of its instructions.

The Union Government on 1 January 2016 signed a Financing Agreement of 50 million US dollars with
the World Bank for Nai Manzil Scheme- Education and Skills Training for Minorities. The credit facilitated
by IDA will be in the form of loan which carries a maturity of 25 years, including a 5-year grace period.

The Union Government on 1 January 2015 decided to rollout a LPG-like direct benefit transfer (DBT)
scheme for kerosene. The scheme will be started from 1 April 2016. In the initial phase, the scheme will
be implemented in selected 26 districts of eight states: Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh,
Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.

Government of Telangana on 2 January 2016 launched e-Vahan Bima Scheme to issue motor insurance
policy in digital form. The scheme was launched by Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao in the
presence of T S Vijayan, Chairman of Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA).

Jharkhand became the first state to sign Memorandum of Understanding with the centre for the Ujwal
Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) reforms for state-owned power distribution companies.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on 1 January 2016 signed the
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) for web-based
monitoring of Indo-German Watershed Development projects.

Andhra Bank has announced it is launching Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) across branches to provide
inter-bank electronic transfer service, capable of processing person to account remittances.

Leading automobile manufacturer Volvo Group on 5 January 2016 announced the merger of its bus
manufacturing arm Volvo Buses India and joint company Volvo India Pvt Ltd (VIPL).

IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd, a Mumbai-based road developer, on 4 January 2016 bagged the 10050
crore Zojila Pass tunnel road project in Jammu and Kashmir. This tunnel project is the countrys biggest
road project by cost. The Zojila Pass tunnel will be the longest in South Asia once completed. Presently,
Chenani-Nashri tunnel at 9 km is the countrys longest road tunnel.

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Nokia Corporation on 5 January 2015 announced that it completed the regulatory formalities for
acquiring the French telecom equipment company Alca-Lucent.

Department of Posts on 1 January 2016 formed a one-man committee under Kamlesh Chandra to study
issues related to Gramin Dak Sevaks including wage structure and service conditions.

Sterlite Grid on 2 January 2016 set a new benchmark by commissioning the Transmission Project to
Rajasthan Atomic Power Project (RAPP) ahead of schedule under the Tariff Based Competitive Bidding
(TBCB) incentive regime. RAPP is the first power transmission line to be been commissioned ahead of
schedule since the implementation of TBCB scheme.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd has announced it has commissioned the first 600 MW coal-based thermal
power plant in Telangana, a state where it has an order book of 6,000 mw. Significantly, the unit
commissioned at Kakatiya Thermal Power Project in Warangal, is the highest rating unit in the State.

Union Cabinet on 6 January 2016 approved creation of a Credit Guarantee Fund for Micro Units
Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) loans. The Fund is expected to guarantee more than 1 lakh
crore rupees worth of loans to micro and small units in the first instance.
Main Highlights

The Credit Guarantee Fund for MUDRA Units (CGFMU) has been established for guaranteeing
loans sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana with effect from 8 April 2015.
The Funds objective is to reduce the credit risk to Banks/NBFCs/MFIs/other financial
intermediaries, who are Member Lending Institutions (MLIs).
The Trustee of the Fund will be the National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Ltd. (NCGTC Ltd.).
NCGTC Ltd is a wholly-owned company of Government of India constituted in 2013 under the
Companies Act, 1956 to manage and operate various credit guarantee funds.
The guarantee would be provided on portfolio basis to a maximum extent of 50 percent of
Amount in Default in the portfolio.

Besides, the cabinet also approved to convert MUDRA Ltd. into MUDRA Small Industries Development
Bank of India (SIDBI) Bank as a wholly owned subsidiary of SIDBI. The MUDRA (SIDBI) Bank will undertake
refinance operations and provide support services with focus on portal management; data analysis etc.
apart from any other activity entrusted/advised by Government of India.

Tata Motors in association with Petronas Lubricants International launched Tata Motors Genuine Oil
(TMGO) for its passenger vehicles range in the India market.

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To improve capacity utilisation of pellet plants and boost the sector, Union Government on 5 January 2016
reduced export duty on iron ore pellets to zero from 5 percent.

The Jharkhand Government and the Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) on 5 January 2016 signed
a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) Scheme.

The Union Cabinet on 6 January 2016 approved the Stand Up India Scheme to promote entrepreneurship
among Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes and Women entrepreneurs. The Scheme is intended to
facilitate at least two projects per bank branch, on an average one for each category of entrepreneur. It
is expected to benefit at least 2.5 lakh borrowers. The expected date of reaching the target of at least 2.5
lakh approvals is 36 months from the launch of the Scheme. It provides for refinance window through
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) with an initial amount of 10000 crore rupees. It will
create credit guarantee mechanism through the National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company (NCGTC).

Tata Trusts and leading global food manufacturer Mars Incorporated have entered into a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) to work together to advance agriculture development, address malnutrition and
improve food safety in India.

Reserve Bank of India has permitted bank branches in International Financial Services Centres (IFSC) to
open foreign currency current accounts for entities operating in IFSC. Banking regulator also lifted limit
on short term liabilities IBUs could have from banks. The rules have been eased to facilitate investment
transactions and give flexibility in operations. These bank branches are termed as IFSC Banking Units
(IBUs).

India is projected to grow by a robust 7.8 per cent this year and 7.9 per cent in the next two years, the
World Bank forecast. In its latest Global Economic Prospect report which is released every six months - the World Bank marginally reduced India's growth rate 0.2 per cent in 2015 and 0.1 per cent in both
2016 and 2017.

Quikr on 7 January 2016 announced acquisition of the property search website Commonfloor.com for an
undisclosed amount in a majority stock-swap transaction.

The Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) on 7 January 2016 approved the Atal Mission for
Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for Punjab and Uttarakhand for the year 2015-16.

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The plans were approved by an inter-ministerial Apex Committee under the State Annual Action Plans
(SAAP).

Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL) signed two pacts for air services and bus manufacturing on
the last day of Bengal Global Business Summit. The first MoU was signed with Bhutan's Druk Air for
operating flights from Andal to Durgapur, Bagdogra, Bhutan and onwards to Singapore. The second MoU
is for bus manufacturing at Andal in Burdwan district with China's Zhongtong Bus Holding Company.

Thermal Power companies in Odisha will now have to transport fly ash free of cost to road construction
site located within 100 kms perimeter of their plant. The decision in this regard was taken at the joint
meeting between NTPC and State Pollution Control Board at Bhubaneswar on 8 January 2016.

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd, the Visakhapatnam steel plant, has signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh
Government for an investment of around Rs. 38,500 crore in various projects.

HDFC Life has set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) called
the 'HDFC International Life and Re Company Limited' (HILRCL) with an initial capital outlay of $12.33
million.

PwC India has set up a centre of excellence (CoE) for forensics in Hyderabad. The CoE, with a trained team
of over 100 professionals in India, plans to hire 150 more due diligence and antimoney laundering
professionals in the next one year. This facility will provide clients with solutions related to anti-money
laundering compliance, third-party due diligence, e-mail and document review, and investigation support.

In order to provide relief to drought-hit farmers, the government announced a new Rs 8,800 crore crop
insurance scheme, with significantly lower premium, to cover for loss of crop to natural calamities.
Farmers will pay only 2% of the premium fixed by insurance company for kharif foodgrains/oilseeds crops
and 1.5% for rabi foodgrains/oilseeds crops under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). The
remaining sum of premium would be borne by the Centre and state governments equally, entailing an
outgo of Rs 8,800 crore annually for coverage of 50% of the crop area of 194.40 million hectare. The
scheme will be rolled out from the coming kharif season beginning June.

Country's largest lender State Bank of India has opened a branch in Seoul, South Korea to predominantly
finance growing trade and investment relations between Korean and Indian companies. SBI is second
Indian bank after Indian Overseas Bank to have branch in South Korea. SBI already had a representative
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India is the largest recipient of loans from the World Bank, amounting to $102.1 billion, between 1945
and 2015 (as on July 21, 2015), according to the Banks lending report.

Reliance Defence Ltd, a unit of Anil Ambani led Reliance Infrastructure Ltd led on 10 January 2016 signed
a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Andhra Pradesh Government to set up a world class naval
facility in the state.

NHAI has signed Memorandum of Understanding with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) under
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and North East Centre for Technology Application and
Research (NECTAR) for use of spatial technology for monitoring and managing national highways.

Reserve Bank of India has allowed banks to offer the whole array of services even at off-site Automated
Teller Machines (ATMs). Off-site ATMs are the ones that are set up on a standalone basis and are not on
the premises of a bank branch.

Indias largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI), on 14 January 2016 launched and inaugurated Indias first
start-up focused bank branch called SBI InCube in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The specialized branch aims to
understand and address banking needs of a Start-up Business. The bank also launched the wealth
management service SBI Exclusif, which is targeted at the fast-growing affluent segment in the country.
The SBI InCube branch will work towards fulfilling the specific financial needs of the start-ups.

Union Government on 11 January 2016 formed a five-member high level committee to monitor the
Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Corridor (bullet train project). The committee will be headed by NITI
Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya. The mandate of the committee is to look into the overall
operations and technical issues, Make in India component and financial outlay of the 90000 crore rupees
worth project.

Madhya Pradesh (MP) Government on 14 January 2016 signed four MOUs with Singapore to collaborate
in urban planning, skill development, clean energy and food processing. The MoUs were signed in
Singapore in the presence of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan, who was on four day visit from 12
January 2016

Union Government on 14 January 2016 signed a loan agreement with World Bank in New Delhi for the
Neeranchal National Watershed Project. All 28 states which implement the watershed projects will
benefit from this project. However, the nine states, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujrat, Jharkhand,

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Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana will benefit more from the project as
they are implementation of large number of watershed schemes in their states.

The Union government plans to connect 585 agricultural produce markets under its National Agriculture
Market (NAM) initiative by March 2018.

PM Narendra Modi flags off Start-Up India initiative.


With 4,200 startups, India ranks 3rd globally. Of $18 billion pumped into Indian startups between 201015, $9 billion came in 2015 alone. 9 Indian startups have been valued at more than a billion dollars.
Increase in number of incubators: 80 in 2014, 110 in 2015; 50% outside Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai.
Highlights:

80% reduction in patent registration fee


New scheme to provide IPR protection to start-ups and new firms
10,000 crore corpus fund to support start-ups
No government inspection for three years for newly-formed start-ups
Innovation hub under Atal Innovation Mission will be created
Tax exemption for start-ups for three years
Credit guarantee fund for start-ups, tax incentives
Innovation programme to start 5 lakh schools to target 10 lakh children

The World Bank on 14 January 2016 announced that India saved 1 billion US dollars annually by using
Aadhaar. It was revealed in the banks publication World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
that was released in Washington DC, the USA.

Cardiac Design Labs, a startup that has come up with an innovation to help cardiac patients in rural India
access critical care through a wearable device, came out triumphant at a live contest hosted by tech firm
Google at the Startup India event.

China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), in which India and 56 countries have joined
as founding members, was formally opened here today by Chinese President Xi Jinping. An Indian
delegation headed by Dinesh Sharma, additional Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, attended the
opening ceremony.

Exim Bank of India and the Government of Andhra Pradesh have entered into a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) for promotion of exports from the state.

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The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog on 17 January 2016 announced that it
collaborated with the IDFC Bank Ltd to conduct an enterprise survey of manufacturing firms.

Mumbai-based Jet Airways on 15 January 2016 entered into a Frequent Flyer Partnership with Bangkok
Airways. The partnership came into force with the tie-up of award-winning loyalty and rewards
management programme of Jet Airways named JetPrivilege and FlyerBonus, the loyalty scheme of
Bangkok Airways.

Technology giant IBM on 18 January said it has bagged a 7-year deal worth $40 million (about Rs 270.3
crore) from Bank Tech India (BTI) Payments, a white label ATM (WLA) operator to transform its IT
Infrastructure.

BHEL has commissioned the second 660 MW supercritical unit of Lalitpur Super Thermal Power Project
(STPP) in Uttar Pradesh.

The abbreviation BIOFIN was in news in the third week of January 2016 as the Union Ministry of
Environment, Forest and Climate Change held the first national stakeholder consultation meeting on the
BIOFIN (Biodiversity Finance Initiative).

The MUDRA' loan for women entrepreneurs or Boutique Finance for Women Entrepreneurs a special
loan scheme under Prime Minister MUDRA Yojana has been launched for catering to the financial needs
of women entrepreneurs. Under the scheme, State Bank of India too has come forward to participate and
provide loans to help women entrepreneurs in West Bengal who are engaged in various handicraft
activities.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) kept Indias growth projection unchanged at 7.3 per cent in the
current fiscal and 7.5 per cent in the next, even as it cut world economic outlook to 3.4 per cent for 2016.

Union Ministry of Finance on 18 January 2016 released the draft report of Justice R V Easwar (Retd)
Committee to simplify the provisions of Income-tax Act, 1961.

A Rs. 663-crore World Bank-assisted Karnataka Urban Water Sector Improvement Project to provide 24
x 7 drinking water supply for Belagavi has been approved and bids are being evaluated.

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In a global first, the World Bank in third week of January 2016 decided to extend an assistance of 20
million US dollar to help reconstruct the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP), which got devastated
during cyclone Hudhud in October 2014, in Visakhapatnam. It is the very first time in the history of the
World Bank that it is directly involved in a zoo.

Clean energy firm ReNew Power Ventures on 18 January 2016 announced the commissioning of 40
megawatt wind power project in Karnataka.

Union Government on 19 January 2016 sanctioned 33000 crore rupees for the development of
infrastructure projects in Tamilnadu.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 21 January allowed banks to sell gold coins manufactured by MMTC Ltd,
through bank branches as the gold procured for making the coins are from the domestic market. MMTC
was authorised by the central government to manufacture these gold coins with Ashok Chakra embossed
on it for the domestic market.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 20 January 2016 released the first report of the
Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee (AIPAC) for comments from the stakeholders. The 21member committee was constituted by the SEBI in March 2015 under the chairmanship of N R Narayan
Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, to suggest measures for development of the alternative investment funds
(AIFs) and startup eco-system in the country.

The Government of India and the World Bank signed a $250 million credit agreement under the Jhelum
and Tawi Flood Recovery Project for reconstruction and recovery support in flood-affected areas in which
public infrastructure and livelihoods were impacted severely.

The Union Government and World Bank on 20 January 2016 signed the Financing Agreement for World
Bank (IDA) assistance of 250 million US dollars for Bihar Kosi Basin Development Project.

The Union Cabinet on 20 January 2016 approved amendments in Power Tariff Policy to ensure 24X7
affordable power for all.

The Union Government on 20 January 2016 granted Infrastructure Status to the Shipyard Industry in a
bid to ease its financial stress.

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 20 January 2016 approved development of the
six laning of Aurangabad- Bihar/Jharkhand Border- BarwaAdda section on National Highway-2 in Bihar
and Jharkhand. The estimated cost of the project is 4918.48 crore rupees including cost of land
acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 20 January 2016 gave its approval for setting up
over 5000 MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV Power Projects on build, own and operate basis. The work
will be implemented by Solar Power Developers (SPDs) with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under Batch-lV
of Phase-ll of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). The total investments expected
under the scheme is about 30000 crore rupees.

The Reserve Bank plans to procure an Audit Management and Risk Monitoring System (AMRMS) for the
central bank from five "potential shortlisted" solution providers, including PwC and Quadrant 4 Software
Solutions. The five short-listed bidders based on Expression of Interest (EOI) evaluation are: Auditime
Information Systems Pvt Ltd, Mumbai; NCSSoft Solutions Pvt Ltd, Chennai; PWC Pvt Ltd, Mumbai;
Quadrant 4 Software Solutions Pvt Ltd, Chennai; and Thomson Reuters Pvt Ltd Mumbai.

India, Armenia amend double taxation avoidance convention.

Chhattisgarh government would invest Rs 60,000 on developing infrastructure projects in the state in next
three years under the 'Sampark Kranti' programme.

US-based Cognizant said it has acquired KBACE Technologies, a global consulting and technology services
company for an undisclosed amount.

The government will pay banks a 2.5% commission to unlock the countrys massive stash of gold under
a new monetisation scheme, the RBI said, as the ambitious plan received a poor response from banks
and customers.

Deposits in accounts opened under the governments flagship financial inclusion programme
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) have crossed the Rs. 30,000 crore mark.

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 18 January 2016 launched Algorithm Trading Test Environment
(ATTE) service in partnership with Symphony Fintech Solutions Pvt Ltd.

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Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) and National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) on 21 January 2016 signed
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for monitoring mining activity through satellite technology.

The term BEPS is an acronym of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting and it was in news in the third week of
January 2016 as India decided to implement these guidelines.

MSDE and DoT sign an MoU to develop and implement National Action Plan for Skill Development in
Telecom Sector.

The Chhattisgarh Government on 20 January 2016 signed a share-holding agreement with a few central
government-run corporations for the second phase of Jagdalpur-Raoghat railway project. A special
purpose vehicle (SPV)-Chhattisgarh Dakshin Railway Pvt Ltd-was constituted through the agreement to
build 142 km railway line at a cost of 2000 crore rupees.

Union Government on 25 January 2016 launched Sahaj Scheme for online booking of LPG cylinders. The
booking can be done through the unified web portal www.mylpg.in which is available in 13 languages.

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on 22 January 2016 received environmental clearance from the
Ministry of Environment and Forests for drilling 45 developed wells in the Krishna Godavari (KG) basin in
Andhra Pradesh. The total cost of the project is estimated at 53000 crore rupees.

Maharashtras first Solar Power operated Mini-Water Supply Plant was commissioned on 24 January
2016 in Hingna village of Mouda Taluka in Nagpur district.

Union Ministry Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 14 January 2016 notified stricter environment
standards for sugar industries operating in various states in the country.

The Union Cabinet on 27 January 2016 approved increase in the Authorized Share Capital of the National
Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC). With this, the Authorized Share
Capital of NSFDC is increased from 1000 crore rupees to 1200 crore rupees.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 27 January 2016 implemented the long-pending 2010 Quota
and Governance Reforms.

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Highlights of the Reforms

For the first time, four emerging market countries- Brazil, China, India, and Russia will be
among the 10 largest members of the IMF.
Other top 10 members include the United States, Japan, and the four largest European countries
France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Indias voting rights increased to 2.6 percent from the current 2.3 percent and Chinas voting
rights increased to six percent from 3.8.

India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an $80 million loan agreement for improving the
infrastructure in the two North-Eastern cities of Agartala and Aizawl, according to a government
statement.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on 29
January 2016 released the first revised estimates of national income, consumption expenditure, saving
and capital formation for 2014-15. Besides, the CSO also released second revised estimates of the
years 2011-12 to 2013-14 (with base year 2011-12. Real GDP or GDP at constant (2011-12) prices for
the years 2014-15 and 2013-14 stands at 105.52 lakh crore rupees and 98.39 lakh crore rupees,
respectively, showing growth of 7.2 per cent during 2014-15, and 6.6 per cent during 2013-14

News related to India


Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM), the missile co-developed by India and Israel, was
successfully test-fired on 30 December 2015 on the Western Sea Board. For LRSAM or BARAK 8 missile,
as it is called in Israel, it was the first test in India. Earlier, on 11 November 2015, it was successfully testfired from a range in Israel.

Union Government on 1 January 2016 constituted Shyam Benegal Committee for holistic interpretation
of the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. The committee was formed with an aim to revamp
Censor Board of India. Eminent film personalities Kamal Hassan and Gautam Ghosh were on 14 January
2016 included in the Shyam Benegal Committee on functioning of the Central Board of Film Certification
(CBFC).

The Union Cabinet on 30 December 2015 gave ex-post facto approval for signing of Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) among BRICS countries on BRICS Network University.

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Several heavily armed terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed, an Islamist militant group, on 2 January
2016 attacked Pathankot Air Force Station, part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force
(IAF).

Amament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in the last week of December 2015
successfully test-fired Pinaka II multi barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) System.

India-Nepal Bus Service on 4 January 2016 resumed after a gap of 27 years. The service was suspended
27 years ago in the wake of the Indo-Nepal Trade and Transit Treaty.

The term River Information System (RIS) was in news in the first week of January 2016 as the Union
Ministry of Shipping is set to launch the system for Inland Waterways in the country.

State election commissioner (SEC) Ashok Kumar Chauhan on 4 January 2016 announced that toilets will
be mandatory requirement for eligibility to contest panchayat elections.

The Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti on 5
January 2016 launched Ganga Gram Yojana at Village Puth in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Under
the scheme, 1600 villages of UP situated along the banks of river Ganga will be developed.

INS Kadmatt, anti-submarine warfare corvette, commissioned.

Delhi Government on 6 January 2016 scrapped the management quota and all other quotas, in private
schools for nursery admissions. There will be only 25 percent reservation for economically weaker
sections and the rest 75 percent will be made available to the general public.

Wattan Ko Jano, an initiative being carried out by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in coordination with
the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Government, was in news on 6 January 2016.

India and France on 8 January 2016 had their eight-day counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency joint
exercise Shakti-2016 in Rajasthan. This is the third edition in the series of bilateral exercises under this
banner and is being held in Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Rajasthan's Bikaner.

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The Rajasthan Government on 7 January 2016 signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cairn
Enterprise Centre Society, supported by oil and gas exploration company Cairn India. The MoU aims at
providing clean drinking water in Barmer district.

Kerala Government on 6 January 2016 decided to implement a health care project, Sampoorna Arogya
Keralam (SAK) announced in the 2015-16 State budget. The project will benefit about 42 lakh people of
the state.

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on 7 January 2016 decided to implement the Bharat Stage
(BS) VI norms from 1 April 2020 to curb vehicular pollution.

Operation Green Hunt, an all-out offensive by Indias paramilitary forces and the state's forces against
the Naxalites came in news on 8 January 2016.

The Union Government on 7 January 2016 merged the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) with
the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in keeping with its broad principle of Minimum Government,
Maximum Governance.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on 6 January 2016 successfully test fired the
new Penetration-Cum Blast (PCB) and Thermobaric (TB) Ammunition tank at Chandipur, Odisha. This
was specially designed for Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT).

Vice-President Hamid Ansari dedicated to the nation the K R Narayanan Institute of Visual Sciences and
Arts, a first of its kind imitative of the Kerala government at nearby Thekkumithala.

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on 10 January 2016 inaugurated the 28th edition of International
Kite Festival at Sabarmati River front in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The President Pranab Mukherjee on 10 January 2016 inaugurated the three day long 88th annual
conference of Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Telangana became the first State in India to introduce compulsory gender education at the graduate
level.

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Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on 11 January 2016 inaugurated implementation of Eenabled Track Management System (TMS) and Mobile Application of TMS on Indian Railway at Rail
Bhawan in New Delhi.

The Nati folk dance of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh in second week of January 2016 was listed in
the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest folk dance in the world. Nati entered in the book as
the largest folk dance in terms of participants number.

Scientists at Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) in Hisar on 10 January 2016 claimed to have
successfully produced a cloned buffalo offspring Cirb Gaurav.

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 11 January 2016 flagged off a new train service 22127/22128
Lokmanya Tilak(T)-Kazipet Anandwan Express by remote flagging from Rail Bhawan.

Kerala Declared First State to Attain Total Primary Education.

The 20th National Youth Festival was on 12 January 2016 inaugurated by Union Road Transport and
Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari at Rajyostav Sthal in Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh to mark the National
Youth Day.

Sikkim has become Indias first fully organic state by implementing organic practices on around 75,000
hectares of agricultural land.

Jharkhand government on 12 January 2016 decided to add the ongoing crisis of drinking water in the list
of special local disasters of the State.

For speedy trial of cases relating to witchcraft incidents, the Jharkhand Government on 13 January 2016
decided to set up fast track courts in five districts.

Ships and aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard and the Japan Coast Guard came together to train for the
15th edition of Sahyog-Kaijin joint exercise in the Bay of Bengal off the Chennai coast.

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The country's first 'water tourism' will begin in Madhya Pradesh next month with the aim of attracting
more tourists to the state. Named as 'Jal Mahotsav', the 10-day extravaganza will be inaugurated on
February 12 in Hanuwantiya at Indra Sagar Dam, one of Asia's largest man-made water reservoir.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in the second week of January 2016
successfully test-fired Nag anti-tank missile at the Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan.

The Goa Legislative Assembly on 15 January 2016 approved reclassification of coconut tree as palm. The
reclassification was approved by the legislature through the passage of the Goa Preservation of Trees
(Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda on 15 January 2016 launched four mobile
health (m-Health) services to provide citizen-centric health services. These m-Health services are Kilkari,
Mobile Academy, M-Cessation and TB Missed Call initiative.

The Union Government on 18 January 2016 decided to institute a new award category under the National
Film Awards titled The Most Film Friendly State/UT.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 20 January 2016 successfully launched the Indian
Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) 1-E satellite. The satellite will provide navigation, tracking
and mapping services to the Indian sub continent.

Countrys own fighter aircraft light combat aircraft (LCA), Tejas, took part in the three-day Bahrain
International Airshow.

The Maharashtra Government and Tata Trust on 19 January 2016 signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) for a skill training programme for the youth in the state.

The Bihar Cabinet on 19 January 2016 formally approved 35 percent reservation for women in all
government jobs in the state.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR) on 20
January 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the exploration and use
of outer space for peaceful purposes.

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The Girls First initiative was in news in the third week of January 2016 as the results showed that it helped
in improving emotional and physical well-being of school children in Bihar.

The Union Cabinet on 20 January 2016 gave its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) between India and United Kingdom on cooperation in governance reforms.

Republic Day 2016 was celebrated on 26 January 2016 across the nation. This was the 67th Republic Day
of India. President of France Francois Hollande was the Chief Guest at 67th Republic Day parade.
Main Highlights of 2016 Republic Day Parade

For the first time since 1950, a foreign army contingent marched down the Rajpath during the
Republic Day parade. The 76-member French Army contingent was the participant of the parade.
The parade witnessed participation of some of Indias most highly trained dogs from the armys
Veterinary Corps, after 26 years.

India and France on 25 January 2016 inked 14 Agreements/MoUs in Delhi. The agreements including MoU
on purchase of 36 Rafale Aircrafts were signed during the State Visit of President Francois Hollande of
France to India. Hollande was the Chief Guest at the 67th Indias Republic Day (26 January 2016)
celebrations. He was the fifth French leader to be a chief guest at Indias Republic Day celebrations,
maximum number from any country so far.
The 14 agreements/MoUs are
1. MoU on purchase of 36 Rafale Aircrafts
2. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Centre National D'tudes Spatiales (CNES)
Implementation Arrangement on hosting Argos-4 Payload onboard Indias Oceansat-3 satellite
3. ISRO and CNES Implementation Arrangement on a future joint Thermal Infrared earth observation
mission
4. Letter of Intent on CNES, France participation in ISROs next Mars Mission
5. Shareholding Agreement on JV between Alstom and Indian Railways for production of 800 electric
locomotives in Madhepura Bihar
6. Agreement between Indian Railways and SNCF, French Railways for joint feasibility study for the
renovation of Ludhiana and Ambala railway stations
7. MOU between Food Safety & Standards Authority of India and Agence nationale de scurit
sanitaire de l'alimentation (ANSES) in food safety
8. Partnership Agreement on Cooperation in Public Administration between Ministry of Personnel
& Public Grievances and French
9. Declaration of Intent for conducting next round of Namaste France (Indian festival) in 2016 and
Bonjour India (French festival) 2017
10. Cultural Exchange Programme for the period 2016-2018

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11. Arrangement for establishment of an Indo- French Ministerial level Joint Committee on Science &
Technology
12. MoU for Industry Sponsored PhD Fellowship between IIT Mumbai and Thales Systemes
Aeroportes
13. Cooperation Agreement between IISER, Pune and ENS de Lyon (France) for joint research,
teaching, exchange of personnel etc.
14. Agreement of Cooperation between CNRS, TB, UBO, UBS, ENSTA Bretagne, ENIB (French
Universities) and IIT Mumbai in the field of Higher Education & Research.
President Pranab Mukherjee on 26 January 2016 approved the Union Cabinets recommendation for the
imposition of Presidents rule on Arunachal Pradesh.

Tata Trusts collaborates with MassachusettsInstitute of Technology (MIT) and Tata Institute of Social
Sciences (TISS) to improve learning at secondary school level. The collaboration called Connected Learning
Initiative (CLIx) plans to reach 1,65,000 students across 1,000 schools in four states: Mizoram, Telangana,
Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh by 2018-19.

International Solar Alliance headquartered in India with United Nations as Strategic Partner

The Nai Manzil scheme was on 20 January 2016 launched for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir. The
scheme was launched for girls in Srinagar in three institutions- Skill Development Centre, University of
Kashmir and two Madarsas.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched a free high-speed public Wi-Fi service in collaboration with
technology giant Google at Mumbai Central, the first station in the country to get such facility.

India and France on 24 January 2016 inked 16 agreements at the India-France Business Summit in
Chandigarh. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) covered a wide range of sectors like urban
development, urban transport, water and waste treatment and solar energy.
The 16 agreements include
1. MoU between AFD and Maharashtra on technical cooperation in the field of sustainable urban
development for development of smart city in Nagpur.
2. MoU between AFD and the Union Territory of Chandigarh on technical cooperation in the field of
sustainable urban development for development of smart city in Chandigarh.
3. MoU between AFD and the Union Territory of Puducherry on technical cooperation in the field of
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4. Wind Power Development Agreement between EDF JV with SITAC RE India to jointly explore
opportunities for development of wind based power project in India.
5. MOU between EPI ltd Dassault Systmes in urban sector development.
6. MOU between EPI-Egis - urban sector development.
7. MOU between EPI- Schneider Electric - urban sector development.
8. MOU between EPI-Thales - urban sector development.
9. MOU between EPI-EDF - urban sector development.
10. MOU between EPI-Alstom - urban sector development.
11. MOU between EPI-SA CAN - urban sector development.
12. MOU between EPI-Lumiplan ITS India Pvt Ltd - urban sector development.
13. MOU between EPI-POMA - urban sector development.
14. Agreement between CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) and
Green Ventures Solar photo voltaic projects in the Indian rural areas (Varanasi, U.P.).
15. Agreement between CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) and
Crompton Greaves - To explore opportunities in Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) System with storage
function for Indian Airports.
16. Mahindra-Airbus cooperation to create the new private strategic partner for helicopters within
the Make in India initiative.

The two-day long 19th National e-governance Conference with the title Transforming India was
concluded on 22 January 2016 in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 23 January 2016 hoisted the largest flag of the country atop the
tallest pole at Pahari Mandir in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

The Andhra Pradesh Government on 22 January 2016 launched Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme
to support the tribal women in their quest for livelihood.

India on 22 January 2016 submitted its first Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Govt. announces list of first 20 smart cities under 'Smart Cities Mission'.
The cities are:
1.
2.
3.
4.

Bhubaneshwar
Pune
Jaipur
Surat

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5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
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13.
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Kochi
NDMC (New Delhi)
Ahmedabad
Jabalpur
Vizag
Solapur
Devangere
Indore
Coimbatore
Kakinada
Belgaum
Udaipur
Guwahati
Chennai
Ludhiana
Bhopal

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has signed cooperation pacts with its
counterparts in Malaysia, Singapore and Japan for cyber security.

The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot on 27 January 2016
launched the National level Job portal www.disabilityjobs.gov.in for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

Aparna Kumar, IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, on 17 January 2016 became India's first civil servant
to scale Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in the Antarctica.

Snow Leopard spotted for the first time in North Sikkim.

Lt Governor of Puducherry AK Singh on 28 January 2016 launched the MITRA mobile application to ensure
safety and security of women in the Union Territory.

India on 28 January 2016 test fired its indigenously-built surface-to-air Akash missile from complex-3 of
the Integrated Test Range (ITR).at Chandipuri in Odisha. It was as part of a user trial mission.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on 27 January 2016 directed officials to impose
ban on polythene in entire state from January 2017.

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Ministry of Culture on 28 January 2016 released a commemorative coin of 150 rupees and a circulation
coin of 10 rupees on Lala Lajpat Rai.

Appointments
India
1. Wipro names Abidali Neemuchwala as
CEO
2. Javed Ahmed appointed as Director
General of Police of Uttar Pradesh
3. Atul Sobti took charge as CMD of Bharat
Heavy Electricals Limited
4. Radha Krishna Mathur took oath as
Chief Information Commissioner of
India
5. IAMAI appoints FreeCharge CEO Kunal
Shah as Chairman
6. LinkedIn names Akshay Kothari as India
Country Manager
7. Vishal Suri is new MD of Kuoni India
8. Odisha appoints Sam Pitroda its
technology advisor
9. Achyuta Samanta elected as General
President of 105th Indian Science
Congress
10. Vedanta appointed Samir Cairae as
India metals business CEO
11. A B Khare named CMD of Madras
Fertilzers
12. Amitabh Kant appointed as CEO of NITI
Aayog
13. Airtel Appoints Rakesh Bharti Mittal As
Non-Executive Director
14. Devender Kumar Sikri appointed as
Chairman of Competition Commission
of India
15. Urjit Patel to be RBI deputy governor
for 3 more years
16. Binny Bansal appointed as new CEO of
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17. Ashish Saraf appointed as vicepresident of Airbus India


18. Bharthi Sihag Assumes Additional
Charge of NMDC Chairman
19. C Sridhar Assumes Charge as West Zone
IG
20. Bhaskar Bhat becomes Tata SIA Airlines
Chairman
21. Tata Motors appoints former Airbus
official Guenter Butschek as CEO & MD
22. Ola appoints Raghuvesh Sarup as Chief
Marketing Officer
23. Mamta Binani elected President of ICSI
24. Ravi Chellam took charge as Executive
Director of Greenpeace India
25. IRS officer Atulesh Jindal appointed as
Chairman of CBDT
26. Ashok Kumar Mehta Appointed PS to
Pranab Mukherjee
27. Supreme Court appoints Justice Sanjay
Mishra as U.P. Lokayukta
28. JS Deepak appointed as new Telecom
Secretary
29. Gurdeep Singh appointed as CMD of
NTPC
30. Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba to take over as
Western Naval Command chief
31. Blue Star appoints Vir S Advani as MD

World
1. India's Dinesh Sharma elected to Board
of Directors of AIIB
2. Mary Barra elected as Chairman of
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3. Filippo Grandi assumed office as UNHCR


Chief
4. Burkina Faso's president named Paul
Kaba Thieba as Prime Minister
5. US-India Business Council appointed
Edward Monser, Punit Renjen as Vice
Chairs of Council Board
6. Tsai Ing-wen elected Taiwan's first
female president
7. J P Nadda named to high-level UN
advisory group on women, children
8. Moldovan parliament appointed Pavel
Filip as Prime Minister

9. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa won


Presidential Election of Portugal
10. MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga has been
appointed as a co-chair of American
India Foundation (AIF)
11. Indo-Canadian Sikh Amrik Singh
Ahluwalia Elected Head of Canada's
Peel Police, the country's third largest
municipal police force
12. Leslie Berland appointed as Chief
Marketing Officer of Twitter Inc

Awards & Honors


DAVA or Drug Authentication and Verification Application Project on 31 December 2015 won the 2015
eASIA Award under Trade Facilitation category. The award was announced by Asia Pacific Council for
Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (AFACT) in Tehran, Iran.
Veteran South Indian classical vocalists Sanjay Subrahmanyam was on 1 January 2016 conferred with
the 2015 Sangita Kalanidhi award.
British writer Kate Atkinson on 4 January 2016 won the novel-of-the-year prize at Britain's Costa Book
Awards 2015 for the second time in three years. She fetched the award for A God in Ruins, a story of
war and its aftermath.
Sambalpur University conferred the prestigious Gangadhar National Award for Poetry -2014 on noted
Bengali poet Subodh Sarkar.
The book Go Set a Watchman written by Harper Lee was in news in the first week of January 2016 as it
topped the 2015 US bestseller list.
Priyanka Chopra became First South-Asian Actress To Win People's Choice Awards. She won the award
for the TV series Quantico.
Univ of Hyderabad professor Rekha Pande named peace ambassador by the International Womens
Peace Group, Korea.
The Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan on 7 January 2016 was felicitated with the
Central Banker of the Year Award (Global and Asia Pacific) for 2016. The award was given by the
Financial Times Group's monthly publication The Banker.
GMR Group Chairman G.M. Rao was honoured with the Bulandh Bharath Award for his exemplary
contributions towards nation building.
The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on 11 January 2015 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in
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for the year 2015. The Revenant won the Best Motion Picture Drama while best Actor and best
Director Awards were conferred to Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro Inarritu for the same movie. Brie
Larson won the best actress award for The Room Movie.
Veteran Hindi poet Balkrishna Garg was on 8 January 2016 conferred with the 2015 Harikrishna
Devsare Baalsahitya Award in New Delhi.
The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has won the National Award on e-Governance 2015-16
for launching the Universal Account Number (UAN).
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi becomes most generous graduate of Yale School of Management
Bengaluru-based activist Subhashini Vasanth on 13 January 2016 was honoured with Neerja Bhanot
Award.
David Beckham on 12 January 2016 was presented with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership
Award at the sixth biennial UNICEF Ball in Los Angeles.
Ankita Anand wins prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 (Asia-Pacific)
Dr Jancy James, the first woman Vice Chancellor of Kerala, was on 15 January 2016 selected for the Prof
MV Pylee Award for the Distinguished Academician of India.
Anuradha Roy won 2016 DSC Prize for Sleeping on Jupiter
The 61st Filmfare Awards were presented on 15 January 2016 at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai.
Recepients of the Awards

Best Actor: Ranveer Singh for Bajirao Mastani


Best Actress: Deepika Padukone for Piku
Best Film: Bajirao Mastani
Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani
Lifetime Achievement: Moushumi Chatterjee

The 21st Critics' Choice Awards were conferred on 17 January 2016 at the Santa Monica Airport's Barker
Hangar in California.

BEST PICTURE: Spotlight


BEST ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant
BEST ACTRESS: Brie Larson Room

Ashok Chakra awarded posthumously to Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami


Rekha honoured with 3rd National Yash Chopra Memorial Award
Three Indian-origin persons have been awarded Australia's highest civilian honour for their contribution
in the fields of physics, engineering and medicine. Chennupati Jagadish, an eminent professor at
Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Jay Chandra, an eye doctor in New South Wales, and
Sajeev Koshy, a dentist in Melbourne, received Order of Australia medal for the year 2016 announced
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Person of Indian Origin Rahul Thakkar on 8 January 2016 was named as one of winners of the Scientific
and Technical Awards given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, famously called Oscar
Awards.
The Harry Potter author J.K Rowling is to receive the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.
Indian activist Henri Tiphagne selected for Amnesty International Human Rights Award 2016.
Rodney George Laver honoured with the Companion of the order of Australia on 26 January 2016 on
the occasion of the Australia Day.
Book Titled "Midnights Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition" Wins 2016 William E Colby
Award
Prince Mahidol Award 2015 was conferred upon Professor Morton Mower and Sir Michael Marmot for
outstanding achievements in medicine and public health worldwide.

Sportz Newz

Justice RM Lodha Committee on IPL


spot fixing on 4 January 2015 submitted
its report to the Supreme Court
suggesting reforms in the Board of
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The
panel has recommended separate
governing bodies for IPL and BCCI, with
limited autonomy for the IPL Governing
Council. It has also recommended
legalising betting.
India on 3 January 2016 won of the
South Asian Football Federation Cup
(SAFF) championships. In the title clash
played at Trivandrum International
Stadium of Kerala, India defeated
defending champions Afghanistan 2-1.
Union Minister of State (Independent
Charge) for Power, Coal, New and
Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on 31
December 2015 announced setting up
of CCL Sports University in Jharkhand.
Mumbai teenager Pranav Dhanawade
scripted history by becoming the first
batsman ever to notch up a four-figure
score by smashing an unbeaten knock
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Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)


on 3 January 2015 won the 26th Lal
Bahadur Shastri Hockey tournament.
Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela broke
the world record on 5 January 2016 to
grab a gold medal in the women's 10
metre air rifle event at the Swedish Cup
Grand Prix.
The Philippines' Miguel Tabuena on 7
January 2016 was voted as the Hilton
Asian Tour Golfer of Month for
December 2015.
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis carried
the dominance of 2015 into the new
season, winning their sixth consecutive
title by lifting the WTA Brisbane trophy,
in Brisbane.
Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova had
singles wins over Ukraine to lead
Australia Green to the Hopman Cup, the
countrys first title in the mixed teams
event in 17 years.
Stephen Fleming named coach of Pune
IPL team.
Stanislas Wawrinka on 10 January 2016
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summit clash at the Nungambakkam


tennis stadium of Chennai, he defeated
Croatian Borna Coric 6-3, 7-5.
Milos Raonic of Canada on 10
December 2015 won the 2016 Brisbane
International Tennis mens singles
trophy.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on 11
January 2016 won the Ballon d'Or
trophy for the worlds best football
player for the fifth time overall.
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan on
12 January 2016 was bestowed
honorary life membership of Kolkatas
soccer outfit Mohammedan Sporting.
FIFA dismisses Jerome Valcke as general
secretary.
India's Sania Mirza and her Swiss
partner Martina Hingis today broke a
22-year-old world record by winning
their 29th women's doubles match in a
row en route to their entry into the
women's doubles final of the WTA
Sydney International.
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis' aweinspiring run continued unabated as
they lifted their second trophy of the
season with the WTA Apia International
title after clinching their 30th win a row.
Ronaldinho announced as Brand
Ambassador of Nagjee International
Club Football Tournament.
The Russian Tennis Federation on 14
January 2016 announced that former
World No.1 tennis player Marat Safin
joined the International Tennis Hall of
Fame.
Delhi Acers on 17 January 2016
emerged victorious over Mumbai
Rockets by 4-3 in the summit clash to
clinch the Premier Badminton League
(PBL) title.
Haryana off-spinner Ajit Chandila was
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involvement in the 2013 IPL spotfixing


scandal, while Mumbai batsman Hiken
Shah was handed a five-year suspension
for making a corrupt approach to a
fellow player as the BCCI disciplinary
committee sealed their fate after a
meeting.
Viktor Troicki defeated Grigor Dimitrov
to win 2016 WTA Apia International
Sydney title
Sahara Force India Academy racer
Jehan Daruvala on 16 January 2016 won
one of New Zealand's most prestigious
events, the Lady Wigram Trophy.
Former world no. 1 tennis player
Lleyton Hewitt retires.
Uttar Pradesh on 20 January 2016 won
its maiden Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy with
a 38-run win over two- time champions
Baroda in the final played at the
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
West Indies Shivnarine Chanderpaul
retired from international cricket.
India's Ace Shuttler, PV Sindhu on 24
January 2016 won the Malaysia Masters
Grand Prix Gold Badminton title. In the
final clash at Penang, she defeated
Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour 21-15, 21-9.
Japan's Izumo Takuto and Hong Kong's
Zhu Chengzhu on 24 January 2016
became champions in the boys' and
girls' categories, respectively, in the
11Even Sports 2015 ITTF World Junior
Circuit Finals at the Abhay Prashal
Stadium, Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
India on 24 January 2016 won the first
T20 Asia cup cricket for Blind. In the
final clash played at Jawaharlal Nehru
stadium of Kochi, India defeated
Pakistan by 44 runs.
Australian batsman David Warner on 27
January 2016 defeated captain Steve
Smith for the prestigious Allan Border
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14-year old Ishika Shah on 26 January


2016 won the 12th Sub-Junior National
Snooker championship title in Indore,
Madhya Pradesh. To win the title, she
defeated Anushi Seth by 50-2, 50-33 in
the final match.
Matthew Mitcham, the Australian
Olympic diving gold medalist,
announced his retirement from the
sport on 28 January 2016.
Pakistan Opener Imran Farhat on 27
January 2016 retired from international
cricket. He made the announcement
after getting No-Objection Certificate
from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Tenniss governing bodies on 27
January 2016 constituted the Adam
Lewis headed Independent Review
Panel (IRP) to safeguard integrity in
tennis

Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis won 2016


Australian Open women's doubles
tennis title
Graham Ford Named Chief Coach of Sri
Lanka Ahead of India Tour
Punjabs Navneet Kaur on 28 January
2016 won two gold medals in the 34th
Senior National Rowing Championship
at Hussainsagar Lake, Hyderabad. It was
her maiden gold at the countrys
highest level in the senior category.
Angelique Kerber wins Australian Open
2016 Women's Single Title
Novak Djokovic wins Australian Open
2016 in Men's Single for 6th Time
India won three-match T-20 series
against Australia, 3-0
Pietro Fittipaldi won 2015-16 MRF
Challenge Formula 2000

Global News
Arunima Sinha, the amputee mountaineer who set a record by climbing the Mount Everest on 25
December 2015, conquered Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) on 30 December 2015 announced
discovery and assignment of elements with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118.
The world's largest blue star sapphire that weighs 1404.49 carats was discovered in a mine in Sri Lanka.
The sapphire was found in August 2015 near Ratnapura city in the South of Sri Lanka.
Nepal on 9 January 2016 was elected to the UNICEF executive board, representing the group of AsiaPacific countries for the term 2016-2018.
Illumina, the worlds largest DNA sequencing company, on 10 January 2015 announced the launch of the
startup named GRAIL to develop blood-based cancer tests.
An international team of scientists led by Indian-American Sukanya Chakrabarti devised a new method,
galactoseismology, to detect dwarf galaxies dominated by dark matter.
United States and Jordan on 11 January 2016 signed a Joint Action Plan (JAP) to improve efforts against
nuclear and radiological smuggling. The partnership will help in enhancing the efforts to combat nuclear
terrorism.

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The term Project Tango was in news in the second week of January 2016 as Lenovo, a Chinese
multinational computer technology company, announced that it entered into a partnership with Google
for the project.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on 12 January 2016 notified revised petition fees
for H-1B and L-1 visas. The increase in the fees is in tune with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016
that was signed into law by Barack Obama, the President of the USA, on 18 December 2015.
The World Health Organisation declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on January 15 after
no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before
the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over two years.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on 17 January 2016 launched the SpaceX
Falcon 9 rocket from Californias Vandenberg Air Force Base in the USA.
French President Francois Hollande on 18 January 2016 declared a state of economic and social
emergency to redefine countrys economic and social model.
Three Mi-25 gunship helicopters supplied by India are to officially join the Afghan Air Force.
The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2015 was the highest among all
years since modern record keeping began in 1880.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on 7 January 2016 announced that it had
formalized its ongoing program for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs) as the Planetary
Defense Coordination Office (PDCO).
Danish Parliament, Folketing, on 26 January 2016 voted on a proposal to confiscate asylum seekers
personal possessions in order to pay their upkeep.
Japan on 22 January 2016 lifted sanctions on Iran, falling in line with major world powers. The
announcement was made by Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
The 1st Ministerial Meeting of Arab-India Cooperation Forum was held on 24 January 2016 in the
Bahraini capital Manama.
Intelsat, the commercial satellite giant, on 27 January 2016 announced that Inteslat 29e, the first of the
Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites, was successfully launched. The satellites were launched from
French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle.
31 countries on 27 January 2016 signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) to
boost transparency in the functioning of multinational enterprises (MNEs) by allowing automatic
exchange of Country-byCountry reports by tax administrators.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched a 2.8 billion US dollar appeal to reach 43 million
children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide on 26 January 2016. It included the 54.3 million US
dollar appeal to help conflict-affected children in eastern Ukraine in 2016.
China and Iran on 23 January 2016 signed 17 documents & letters of intents to broaden bilateral
cooperation. The agreements were signed in Tehran during the Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to
Iran.

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Iran and Airbus on 28 January 2016 signed two agreements covering new aircraft orders and a
comprehensive civil aviation co-operation package. The agreement includes purchase of 118 new Airbus
aircrafts.
Japan on 28 January 2016 unveiled countrys first stealth fighter aircraft X-2. The domestically-built
fighter aircraft seeks to augment defence capabilities of the country that is surrounded by China and
Russia that already have radar-evading aircraft technology.

Reports/Lists and Indexes


Forbes on 4 January 2016 released the 2016 30 Under 30 List featuring 600 men and women who
achieved remarkable professional success before attaining 30 years of age.
Prominent Indian-origin people figured in the list are,

Ritesh Agarwal, OYO Rooms CEO


Karishma Shah, Alphabets Google X
Divya Nettimi, Viking Global Investors

Azim Premji, who donated Rs 27,514 crore for education is the "Most Generous Indian" for the third
year running followed by Nandan Nilekani and Narayana Murthy in the second and third place,
respectively. As per the Hurun India Philanthropy List, which is a ranking of the most generous
individuals from India, 70 years old Azim Hashim Premji was named as the most generous Indian as he
donated Rs 27,514 crore for education.

India continued its trend of being the top country of birth from Asia for immigrant scientists and
engineers in US, with 950,000 out of the continent's total 2.96 million, according to a new report.

The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) on
12 January 2016 released the dataset titled Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2015 Revision.
The compilation was released at the UN DESA headquarters in New York, the USA.

The World Bank on 14 January 2016 released a report titled World Development Report 2016: Digital
Dividends in Washington DC, the USA. The report explored the impact of the internet, mobile phones,
and related technologies on economic development across the world including India.

India is home to the fourth largest population of millionaires in the Asia Pacific region, with 2.36 lakh
such high net worth individuals, while Japan topped the list with 12.60 lakh people, a report says.
According to the Asia Pacific 2016 Wealth Report, by New World Wealth, India was ranked among the

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top five Asia Pacific countries in terms of number of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs). HNWIs
(millionaires) were defined as those individuals with net assets of $1 million or more.

Reflecting an acute shortage of skilled labour force and difficult business conditions, India has slipped 11
places to rank 89th on a global index of talent competitiveness, a list which has been topped by
Switzerland. Switzerland is followed by Singapore, Luxembourg, the United States and Denmark in the
top five positions on the annual Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTC) released by INSEAD business
school in partnership with Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore.

Oxfam on 18 January 2016 released a report titled An Economy for the 1%. The report analysed growing
trends of concentration of wealth across the world and suggested remedies to correct the anomaly.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on 18 January 2016 released the World Tourism Barometer,
which reviewed trends in tourism at the regional and global level for 2015 and enumerated prospects
for 2016

India has emerged as one of the five most promising markets for businesses globally as it offers one of
the best opportunities for both domestic as well as global companies, says a survey. According to the
annual global CEO survey of consultancy giant PwC released here at the WEF Annual Meeting, the top
five markets considered as most important for overall growth prospects by the respondents are USA,
China, Germany, the UK and India.

Transparency International on 27 January 2016 released the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2015.
The Index measured the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 168 countries and territories
across the world. While Denmark, with rank 1, was adjudged as the most corruption-free country among
the surveyed countries, India was placed at the 76th place with 38 points. India was at the 85th
position among the 175 countries surveyed in the CPI 2014.

India will be the fastest growing major economy in the world in 2016, says the United Nations World
Economic Situation and Prospects 2016 report launched. This report expects the Indian economy, which
accounts for over 70 per cent of South Asia's GDP, to grow 7.3 per cent in 2016 and 7.5 per cent in 2017,
up from an estimated 7.2 per cent in 2015. South Asia is expected to be the world's fastest growing
region in 2016 and 2017 despite challenging global conditions, the report added.

Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a US-based think-tank, on 14 January 2016 released the 2016 Nuclear
Security Index with the theme Building a Framework for Assurance, Accountability, and Action. The
Index assessed global nuclear security conditions in 176 countries in two areas - the potential theft of

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weapons-usable nuclear materials and the potential sabotage of nuclear facilities. Among the 24 states
with one kilogram or more of weapons-usable nuclear materials in the world, while Australia was
adjudged as the safest, India was among the least safe with the 21st rank.

US News and World Report, WPPs BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania on 20 January 2016 released the inaugural Best Countries report, a joint rankings and
analysis project at the World Economic Forum, Davos. The rankings evaluate 60 nations across 24
rankings lists on a wide range of criteria, from sustainability to economic influence. Germany is viewed
as the best country in the world followed by Canada and the United Kingdom. India is ranked as the
22nd best country in the World.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on 19 January
2016 released World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2015 report. The report highlights that
the world economy stumbled in 2015 and only a modest improvement is projected for 2016/17.

11. Anti-Leprosy Day observed on 31


January

Days
1. World Braille Day observed on 4
January
2. 11th World Hindi Day observed on 10
January
3. The 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD)
was held on 9 January 2016 in New
Delhi
4. Mizoram Celebrated 'Missionary Day'
on 11 January
5. National Youth Day observed on 12
January to mark birth anniversary of
Swami Vivekananda
6. 68th Army Day celebrated on 15
January
7. International Customs Day observed on
26 January
8. 9th National Girl Child Day observed on
24 January
9. 6th National Voters Day observed on
25 January with theme Inclusive and
Qualitative Participation
10. International Day of Commemoration in
memory of the victims of the Holocaust
was observed on 27 January

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Books & Authors


1. Jinnah Often Came To Our House
Authored by Kiran Doshi
2. Book titled MARU BHARAT SARU
BHARAT authoured by Jain Acharya
Maharaj
3. Book titled Jawaharlal Nehru and The
Indian Polity in Perspective released by
Hamid Ansari
4. PM Narendra Modi released book titled
The Z Factor written by Subhash
Chandra
5. The Turbulent Years, Volume II of
memoirs of President Pranab
Mukherjee, released
6. The book titled Nathuram Godse - The
Story of an Assassin authored by Anup
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Obituaries
1. Ian Murdock, founder of Debian Linux,
passed away
2. Veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan passed
away
3. English cricketer Matthew Hobden
passed away
4. Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos
Zsigmond died
5. Former Chief Justice of India Sarosh
Homi Kapadia died
6. Former Wigan Athletic defender Steve
Gohouri passed away
7. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died
8. Noted Gujarati writer Labshankar
Thakar passed away
9. Indian-Origin S African Freedom Fighter
Indrasena Elatchininathan Naidoo Dies
10. Maria Teresa de Filippis, first female
Formula One driver, died
11. Noted Hindi writer Ravindra Kalia
passed away
12. Legendary artist David Bowie passed
away
13. 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War Hero
Lieutenant General J.F.R. Jacob Died
14. Monte Irvin, Hall of Fame outfielder,
passed away
15. Actor Alan Rickman, known for his role
in Harry Potter series, dead
16. Filmmaker Anil Ganguly Dies at 82
17. Renowned film-maker Lakshman Rao
Mohite alias Geethapriya died
18. Former Sikkim Governor Ventrapragada
Rama Rao passed away
19. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader
Daulatrao Aher died
20. The Eagles' guitarist Glenn Frey passed
away
21. Yasutaro Koide, worlds oldest man,
dies at 112

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22. Veteran journalist Aroon Tikekar passed


away
23. Eminent dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai
passes away
24. Marvin Minsky, the pioneer of Artificial
Intelligence, died
25. Hollywood actor Abe Vigoda passed
away
26. Italian film director Ettore Scola died
27. Noted Malayalam film actress Kalpana
Ranjani died
28. Eminent Tabla player Shankar Ghosh
passed away
29. Former Deputy Speaker of Gujarat
Assembly Nirmala Gajwani died
30. Former India basketball captain Ranbir
Chopra died
31. Former minister and freedom fighter
Maheswar Baug died
32. Former Army Chief Gen K V Krishna Rao
passes away
33. Noted Writer, Educationist Nayani
Krishnakumari Dies

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