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last week of January important news
• Anti-Leprosy day was celebrated on 30 January 2016 in the memory of his selfless efforts and care for the people affected by leprosy – Mahatma Gandhi
• The country that unveiled its first stealth fighter plane and named it Mitsubishi Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X or X-2 – Japan
• The Central Statistics Office revised GDP growth rate for FY 2014-15 from 7.3 percent to – 7.2 percent
• The Central Statistics Office revised GDP growth rate for FY 2013-14 from 6.9 percent to – 6.6 percent
• They were conferred upon 2015 Prince Mahidol Award by the Royal family of Thailand for achievements in medicine and public health worldwide - Professor Morton Mower and Sir Michael Marmot
• The Supreme Court directed the Union Government to investigate conditions of three lakh nurses who are working in – Private establishments across the country
• The 61st National School Athletic championships kick started on 29 January 2016 at - Olympian Rahman Stadium, at Kozhikode in Kerala
• The Legislative Department in the Ministry of Law & Justice on 28 January 2016 constituted an expert committee to review the - Specific Relief Act, 1963
• The book titled Nathuram Godse - The Story of an Assassin is authored by - Anup Ashok Sardesai
• 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
• World Health Organization (WHO) predicted, three to four million people could be infected with Zika virus in the Americas in – 2016
• President Pranab Mukherjee on 28 January 2016 sought additional information on certain provisions of - Gujarat anti-terror Bill
• AK Singh launched the mobile application MITRA to secure safety of women in emergencies. He is the Lt Governor of - Puducherry
• He was appointed as the head of one-man judicial commission by the Union Government to probe Rohith Vemula suicide incident in the University of Hyderabad - Ashok K Roopanwal
• Lady appointed as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Twitter Inc on 26 January 2016- Leslie Berland
• The rowing champion who won gold medal the men single scull in the 34th Senior National Rowing Championship at Hussainsagar Lake, Hyderabad is - Santosh Kadale
• The managing director of Gujarat State Electricity Company Limited who was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of NTPC Limited is - Gurdeep Singh
• The founder of psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane who died on 28 January 2016 is - Paul Kantner
• Donald Kaberuka on 28 January 2016 was appointed as - African Union’s High Representative for the peace fund
• Nisid Hajari won the 2016 William E. Colby Award for his book titled - Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition
• The city that topped the 1st batch of 20 Smart Cities announced by the Union Government on 28 January 2016 – Bhubaneswar
• Union Government on 28 January 2016 signed an 80 million US dollar loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to continue improving infrastructure in - Agartala and Aizwal
• The Australian Olympic diving gold medalist who announced his retirement from the sport on 28 January 2016 - Matthew Mitcham
• Person appointed as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh on 28 January 2016 - Justice Sanjay Mishra
• WWF-India on 27 January 2016 claimed that they spotted the endangered snow leopards for the first time in - North Sikkim Plateau
• Intelsat, the commercial satellite giant, on 27 January 2016 announced successful launch of - Inteslat 29e
• She won the 12th Sub-Junior National billiards championship title - Doyel Dey
• Persons of Indian-origin who were on 26 January 2016 honoured with the Order of Australia, highest civilian honour of Australia - Sajeev Koshy, Chennupati Jagadish and Jay Chandra
• The former captain of Indian basketball team in the first Asian Games in 1951, who died on 25 January 2016 is – Ranbir Chopra
• The Australian batsman who won the prestigious Allan Border Medal for 2016 is – David Warner
• The Indian activist who is selected for the 8th Human Rights Award by Amnesty International Germany is - Henri Tiphagne
• The US-based global consulting and technology services company acquired by Cognizant is - KBACE Technologies Inc
• Person selected for the 2016 Technical Achievement Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on 22 January 2016 - Cottalango Leon
• First civil servant of India to scale Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in the Antarctica on 17 January 2016 - Aparna Kumar
• Department of Religious Affairs of a country in January 2016 issued a law that makes it mandatory for men of the nation to marry at least two wives – Eritrea
• The fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) was held in - Nusa Dua, Indonesia
• The state which got Union Government approval to install solar energy panels on 10000 EWS houses for the first time at a cost of 253 crore rupees PMAY under Urban Housing Mission -Tamil Nadu
• The Pakistan Cricketer who retired from International Cricket on 27 January 2016 - Imran Farhat
• Union Cabinet on 27 January 2016 approved a proposal for raising 17 more India reserve battalions in the states - Jammu and Kashmir and Left-wing extremism affected states
• Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 27 January 2016 gave its approval for the Hybrid Annuity Model as one of the modes of delivery for implementing the - Highway projects
• Delhi Government on 27 January 2016 constituted a commission of inquiry to probe into the complaints of crime against women in the national capital since February 2013 headed by - Retired District Judge Dinesh Dayal
• Sajeev Koshy settled in Melbourne was honoured with the highest civilian honour, the Order of Australia for - His service to dentistry
• The hockey player who was awarded with the men’s International Hockey Federation Player of the Year award for 2015 is - Robert Van der Horst
• The Bollywood actor who was honoured with the third Yash Chopra Memorial Award in Mumbai is – Rekha
• The West Indies batsman who on 22 January 2016 retired from international cricket is - Shivnarine Chanderpaul
• India signed a protocol to amend the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention with - Armenia
• He joined Don Bradman and Herb Elliott to become the third sportsman to be named a Companion of the Order of Australia - Rod Laver
• She won the National sub-junior snooker title by defeating Anushi Seth – Ishika Shah
• He took charge as the Permanent Representative of India to the UN by presenting his credentials to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – Syed Akbaruddin
• India’s rank in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2015 – 76
• It was adjudged as the most corrupt-free country in the world by the Transparency International in its Corruption Perceptions Index 2015 – Denmark
• The parliament of this country on 26 January 2016 voted on a proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ personal possessions in order to pay their upkeep - Denmark
• The pioneer of artificial intelligence, who died on 24 January 2016 at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital due to cerebral hemorrhage is - Marvin Minsky
• India returned to the summit of the Test rankings for the first time since - August 2011
• The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015 came into effect from - 26 January 2016
• The theme of the International Customs Day, organised in commemoration of formation of World Customs Organisation, observed every year on 26 January – Digital Customs: Progressive Engagement
• He was awarded with the country’s highest peacetime gallantry award Ashok Chakra on 26 January 2016 – Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami
• Arunachal Pradesh was recommended by the Union Cabinet to be brought under Presidential Rule under the Article – Article 356 of Indian Constitution
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande on 25 January 2016 jointly inaugurated the interim secretariat of International Solar Alliance (ISA) at – Gurgaon
• The famous malayali comedy actress who died on 25 January 2016 in Hyderabad - Kalpana Ranjani
• The 11-day Bargarh’s Dhanu Yatra that concluded on 25 January 2016 commemorates the death of - King Kansa
• Union Government on 25 January 2016 launched Sahaj Scheme for - online booking of LPG cylinders
• The theme of the 6th National Voters’ Day (NVD) observed across the country on 25 January 2016 - Inclusive and Qualitative Participation
• India observed 9th National Girl Child Day on - 24 January
• India on 24 January 2016 won the first T20 Asia cup cricket for Blind at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium of Kochi by defeating - Pakistan by 44 runs
• India's Ace Shuttler, who on 24 January 2016 won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton title is - PV Sindhu
• The Presidential election of Portugal was won by - Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
• The number of agreements signed between India and France on 24 January 2016 at the India-France Business Summit held at Chandigarh - 16
• The title of the 19th National e-governance Conference held at Nagpur in Maharashtra - Transforming India
• The Organisation that won gold award for innovative use of technology in e-Governance category in National e-Governance Awards 2015-16 on 22 January 2016 - EPFO, (Employment Provident Fund Organization)
• The Organisation that won gold award for the use of ICT for Development by Non-Government Institutions category in National e-Governance Awards 2015-16 on 22 January 2016 - Western Union, Mumbai
• The 46th statehood day of Himachal Pradesh was celebrated on – 25 January 2016
• India Railways inaugurated India’s first high speed public Wi-Fi service on 22 January 2016 at - Mumbai Central station
• For the Jeevan Raksha Padak Awards, the certificates are signed by the - Union Home Minister
• The company that has launched India’s first social mobile wallet Udio is - TranServ
• Maharashtra’s first Solar Power operated Mini-Water Supply Plant was commissioned in - Hingna village of Mouda Taluka in Nagpur district
• A team of Indo-German geologists and palaeontologists may have found fossils of a 135-million-year old herbivorous dinosaur, possibly the oldest such fossil found in this century, in the region of– Kutch, Gujarat
• ONGC received environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests for drilling 45 developed wells in - Krishna Godavari basin
• The player from Hong Kong who won 11Even Sports 2015 ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals in the girls’ category is - Zhu Chengzhu
• The Brisbane Heat batsman who was named as the Big Bash League’s player of the tournament is - Chris Lynn
• An Indian-origin Muslim cleric who has been conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of Leicester in recognition of his work for his local community is - Muhammad Shahid Raza
• The 5-day annual summit of World Economic Forum (WEF) came to a close on 23 January 2016 in - Davos
• The 42-crore rupees project sanctioned under the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Programme and funded by World Bank is being implemented in exceedingly vulnerable seaside pockets of - Kendrapara district of Odisha
• Facebook will construct its first data centre facility at - Ireland's Clonee village
• Taking forward the strategic relationship between the two countries to the next level, India will build a satellite tracking and imaging centre in - Southern Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City
IMPORTANT NEWS -- LAST WEEK OF JANUARY 2016 -- THANKS KUNDAN SIR. Reviewed by sambasivan srinivasan on 4:04:00 PM Rating: 5

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