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1)      India and the United States inaugurated the first triangular India-US-Africa partnership in agricultural training at Hyderabad
2)      January 30th -- World anti Leprosy Day
3)      Milos Zeman  ---->  Czech  President
4)      Expert committee under  SAMPITRODA  constituted  to review working of Prasar Bharati (Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar )
5)      Mumbai won its 40th Ranji trophy defeating Saurashtra at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
6)      The Union Minister for Commerce ANAND SHARMA  2013 launched an eBiz portal at the CII Partnership Summit in Agra
7)      The Reserve Bank of India  slashed its key interest rates by 0.25 per cent and released 18000 crore rupees i.e CRR now CRR is 4%
8)      Egypt  President Mohamed Morsi announced a month-long emergency in three cities of. These cities are Suez, Ismailia and Port
9)      Taiwan’s business Magnate Launches Asia’s Nobel – Type Prizes i.e TANG PRIZE  for outstanding achievements in natural and social sciences.
10)  India successfully test fired a ballistic missile K-15, with a strike range of around 700 kilometres, from an underwater platform in Bay of Bengal.
11)  The Election Commission of India celebrated the 3rd National Voters’ Day across the country (Election Commissioner is V.S Sampath  and jan 25th National Voter Day)
12)  India celebrated its 64th Republic Day on jan 26th 2013 Chief Guest, King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk.
13)  UR Ananthamurthy, the Kannada author shortlisted for  Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013 Book Name is  “BHARATHIPURA”.( Man Booker Prize for Fiction -2012  & MAN BOOKER PRIZE Non-Fiction : Hilary Mantel – Bring up the bodies )
14)  International Monetary Fund (IMF) World economic growth rate would be 3.5 percent in 2013
15)  International Monetary Fund (IMF) INDIA economic growth rate would be 5.9 percent in 2013
16)  National Girl Child Day – Jan 24th
17)  sexual crimes Committee Head – JS  Verma
18)  UN Women held the Sixth National Conference on implementation of PWDVA (Protection of Women of from Domestic Violence Act) Theme is Staying Alive: Evaluating Court Orders
19)  West Bengal Government Gave Heritage Status to Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose Ancestral House
20)  Election Commission of India  nominated Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal  as The National Icons.
21)  India and Sri Lanka signed Two agreements Terrorism and  Drug Trafficking
22)  Virat Kohli became the quickest Indian to score 4000 runs. At world level he is the second quickest and follows Viv Richards, the cricketer from West Indies.
23)  The centenary year celebration of the National Test House, Kolkata was inaugurated by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee
24)  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh  inaugurated Ghat Ki Guni tunnel at Jaipur. The tunnel connects jaipur with NH-11.
25)  President’s Rule was imposed on Jharkhand (due to withdraw support of JMM )
26)  China’s Travel Attractions a book by Chinese Author Zhao Jiang in Tamil
27)  Saina Nehwal  regained the number 2 position in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation.
28)  Union Government of India hiked the cap on subsidized cylinders from 6 to 9.
29)  World Bank slashed the Global Growth Forecast to 2.4 percent
30)  Chinese Government appointed Wei Wei as its new Ambassador to India
31)  Patiala House court complex  completely switched over to the e-stamping facility, becoming the first district court to do so.
32)  The implementation of General Anti Avoidance Rules (GAAR) was deferred by two years by the government of India. It will now come into force from 1 April 2016
33)  Kamal Nath, the Union Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs, as a leader of Indian delegation for World Economic Forum 2013.
34)  Indian-origin Halimah Yacob (58) became the first woman and the 9th Speaker of the Singapore Parliament She replaced Michael Palmer.
35)  New novel about Hitler, called Er Ist Wieder Da (He’s Back) authored by Timur Vermes became the Germany’s bestseller, replacing Winter Of The World.
36)  World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai
37)  India reported zero fresh cases of polio in 2012 and this is the second year
38)  Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl from Pakistan shot by Taliban received France's Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women's Freedom in Paris. UNO Declared Nov 10th is World Malala Day 
39)  National weightlifting championship 
Manpreet Kaur claimed the women’s +75kg gold medal
Himanshu Kumar Chang won in men’s +105kg category gold medal
40)  The Union Cabinet  approved a proposal of infusing 12517 crores rupees in public sector banks
41)  Rajiv Takru appointed as Secretary of Financial Services in the Finance Ministry
42)  Rating Agency Fitch rated India’s Sovereign Rating in its negative status.
43)  Justice D.K. Jain has been appointed as the Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India
44)  Indian Institute of Astrophysics has decided to develop the world’s largest solar telescope at Ladakh
45)  11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) held in Cochin,kerala
46)  mauritius president rajkeswur purryag  is chief guest of 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD
47)  Virat Kohli Named CEAT International Cricketer of the Year
48)  The 18th National Level Meeting between Myanmar and India was held in New Delhi.
49)  Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde launched Pilot Project of Crime and Criminal Tracking Systems
50)  Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2012 was awarded to Malala Yousafzai
51)  Ministry of Civil Aviation constituted a five-member committee to be headed by Prof Ravindra Dholkia to prepare report on methods of cost cutting and utilization of resources by Air India.
52)  Haryana Government announced its plan to launch Kanyadan Scheme in the state. The Scheme would be valid for brides participating in Mass Marriages.
53)  14th Finance Commission Chairman  Yaga Venugopal Reddy
54)  Syed Asif Ibrahim, the IPS officer, took over as the Director of Intelligence Bureau
55)  S. Ramakrishnan is the new Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

CURRENT AFFAIRS BRIEFLY -JANUARY 2013 Reviewed by sambasivan srinivasan on 8:49:00 AM Rating: 5

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