28 May 2016

World Current Affairs : January 2016

Our section of India Current Affairs is a section provided by TET Success Key to help the students and aspirants of various competitive exams. The segment provides most important events of the month January 2016. It will help you to revise and recollect the important news and events just before the exam.

1 January 2016
• Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond died
• Filippo Grandi assumed office as UNHCR Chief
• World's largest blue star sapphire discovered in Sri Lanka
2 January 2016
• Former Wigan Athletic defender Steve Gohouri passed away
• Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman topped 2015 US Bestseller List
3 January 2016
• Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran
• English cricketer Matthew Hobden passed away
4 January 2016
• Kate Atkinson won 2015 Costa Novel Prize for A God in Ruins
• India-Nepal Bus Service resumed after 27 years
• The World Braille Day observed across the world
• IUPAC announced addition of Four Elements to complete Seventh row of Periodic Table
• Snowflake Corals growth off Thiruvananthapuram poses threat to Marine Ecology
• Mary Barra elected as Chairman of General Motors Board of Directors
• US President Barack Obama unveiled Steps to Reduce Gun Violence
• Forbes released 2016 30 Under 30 List; 45 Indian-origin people figured
5 January 2016
• Nokia completed acquisition of Alca-Lucent for 15.6 billion euro
• Volvo Buses India merged with Volvo India Pvt Ltd
• World's largest blue star sapphire discovered in Sri Lanka
• Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman topped 2015 US Bestseller List
• Australia pulled out of U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh due to safety concerns
• Sri Lanka, Pakistan signed 8 MoUs to enhance bilateral cooperation
• Pierre Boulez, French conductor and composer, died
6 January 2016
• India’s Cabinet approved MoU with Bangladesh to set up border haats
• India’s Cabinet approved MoU between India and Singapore in the field of civil aviation
• Hashim Amla resigned as Test captain of South Africa
• California declared state of emergency in Los Angeles after methane gas leak
7 January 2016
• Miguel Tabuena won Hilton Asian Tour Golfer of the Month
• Raghuram Rajan conferred Central Banker of the Year Award
• Burkina Faso's president named Paul Kaba Thieba as Prime Minister
8 January 2016
• South Korea's Parliament passed a resolution, denouncing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s fourth nuclear test
• White House introduced new initiatives to combat recruitment of Americans to extremist groups
• Kenya published new Broadcast Regulations
• Maria Teresa de Filippis, first female Formula One driver, died
• Rhythm and blues singer Otis Clay passed away
9 January 2016
• China's country code domain 'dot cn' became world’s most commonly used over the Internet surpassing Germany's 'dot de' domain
• Rene Holten Poulsen named Denmark's sportsperson of 2015
• Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis won Brisbane Tennis trophy
• Process to formulate new constitution began in Sri Lanka
• Nepal elected as UNICEF’s executive board member for 2016-2018
10 January 2016
• Milos Raonic won 2016 Brisbane International Tennis men’s singles trophy
• Legendary artist David Bowie passed away
• Illumina, Bill Gates & Jeff Bezos launched startup GRAIL to develop blood-based cancer tests
11 January 2016
• 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards announced in California
• China began testing first Tibetan language search engine Cloud Tibet
• Lionel Messi won Ballon d'Or award 2015
• Conference of QCG on Afghan Peace & Reconciliation held in Islamabad
• Monte Irvin, Hall of Fame outfielder, passed away
• US, Jordan signed Joint Action Plan on cooperation to counter Nuclear Smuggling
• Ronaldinho announced as Brand Ambassador of Nagjee International Club Football Tournament
12 January 2016
• USIBC appointed Edward Monser, Punit Renjen as Vice Chairs of Council Board
• UN released dataset titled Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2015 Revision
• UNICEF presented David Beckham with Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award
• US increased H-1B and L-1 petition fees
13 January 2016
• Veteran stage actor Brian Bedford passed away
• World Bank to fund 20 million US dollar for reconstructing Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
14 January 2016
• World Bank released report titled World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
• Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman passed away
• Marat Safin inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame
• WHO declared end of Ebola outbreak in West Africa
• Nepal formed 4-member EPG to review agreements with India
• Madhya Pradesh Government signed four MoUs with Singapore
15 January 2016
• Dr Jancy James selected for Prof MV Pylee Award for the Distinguished Academician of India
• India and Japan conducted joint Coast Guard exercise Sahyog-Kaijin 2016
• Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis won 2016 WTA Apia International Sydney Title
• Jet Airways and Bangkok Airways entered into Frequent Flyer Partnership
16 January 2016
• Anuradha Roy won 2016 DSC Prize for Sleeping on Jupiter
• Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen as first female President
• First infected case of mosquito-borne Zinka virus recorded in the US
• Viktor Troicki defeated Grigor Dimitrov to win 2016 WTA Apia International Sydney title
17 January 2016
• 21st Critics' Choice Awards presented in California
• India's Dinesh Sharma elected to Board of Directors of AIIB
• NASA launched SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket with Jason-3 Ocean-monitoring satellite
• Ronnie O'Sullivan defeated Barry Hawkins to win sixth Snooker Masters title
18 January 2016
• Oxfam released report titled An Economy for the 1%
• UNWTO released World Tourism Barometer
• The Eagles' guitarist Glenn Frey passed away
• French President Francois Hollande declared economic emergency
• 2016 NTI Nuclear Security Index released
19 January 2016
• UNESCAP released World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016 report
• World Bank to fund 20 million US dollar for reconstructing Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
• INSEAD launched Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2015-2016
• Italian film director Ettore Scola died
20 January 2016
• 2015 is Earth’s warmest year since 1880: NOAA
• Inaugural Best Countries report released at World Economic Forum
• Moldovan parliament appointed Pavel Filip as Prime Minister
• Union Cabinet approved MoU between India & UK on cooperation in governance reforms
• Scientists of California spotted the potential Planet 9
21 January 2016
• Japanese astronomers discovered second largest black hole in Milky Way
22 January 2016
• Cottalango Leon selected for 2016 Technical Achievement Award of Academy of Motion Pictures
• West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul retired from international cricket
• Japan lifted nuclear sanctions on Iran
23 January 2016
• Australia won five-match ODI series against India, 4-1
• China, Iran signed 17 agreements to broaden bilateral cooperation
24 January 2016
• PV Sindhu won Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton title
• Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa won Presidential Election of Portugal
• Marvin Minsky, the pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, died
• 1st Ministerial Meeting of Arab-India Cooperation Forum held in Manama
25 January 2016
• Polygamy made mandatory in Eritrea
26 January 2016
• International Customs Day observed on 26 January
• FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2015 announced
• French President Francois Hollande concluded three-day visit to India
• Hollywood actor Abe Vigoda passed away
• Kerala dentist Sajeev Koshy honoured with Order of Australia
• ICC released Test, ODI, and T20I Rankings
• Rod Laver honoured with Companion of the order of Australia
• Chennupati Jagadish, Jay Chandra honoured with Order of Australia
• Indian activist Henri Tiphagne selected for Amnesty International Human Rights Award 2016
• UNICEF launched 2.8 billion US dollar humanitarian appeal for children
• Widest Planet System comprising of lonely planet 2MASS J2126 and its distant star TYC 9486-927-1 discovered
• Leslie Berland appointed as Chief Marketing Officer of Twitter Inc
27 January 2016
• Transparency International released Corruption Perceptions Index 2015
• Denmark Parliament approved law on seizing valuables from refugees
• International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust observed
• Australian batsman David Warner won Allan Border Medal 2016
• Pakistan Cricketer Imran Farhat retired from International Cricket
• Adam Lewis headed Independent Review Panel set up to safeguard integrity in Tennis
• 31 countries signed MCAA to boost transparency in international tax matters
• India and Armenia signed a protocol to amend Double Taxation Avoidance Convention
• Intelsat 29e, the first of Intelsat EpicNG Satellites, launched into Orbit
• IMF implemented 2010 Quota and Governance Reforms
28 January 2016
• Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham retired from diving
• Nisid Hajari won 2016 William E. Colby Award for Best Military Book
• Human Rights up Front: An initiative to strengthen United Nations preventive work
• Cabinet of Somalia agreed on Election Model outlined by Mogadishu Declaration 2015
• Iran, Airbus signed deal to buy 118 Airbus planes
• Japan unveiled first stealth fighter aircraft X-2
29 January 2016
• Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis won 2016 Australian Open women's doubles tennis title
• Prince Mahidol Award 2015 conferred in Bangkok
• Graham Xavier Ford named chief coach of Sri Lanka for his second stint
• First revised estimates of macroeconomic indicators for 2014-15 released
• CBDT signed two bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with United Kingdom
30 January 2016
• Angelique Kerber of Germany won 2016 Australian Open women’s singles tennis title
31 January 2016
• India, NASA to study Ladakh region under Spaceward Bound programme
• Fukuoka to host 2021 World Aquatics Championships
• Famous British television and radio personality Terry Wogan died
• Novak Djokovic won the 2016 Australian Open Men's Singles Title
• India won three-match T-20 series against Australia, 3-0
• Pietro Fittipaldi won 2015-16 MRF Challenge Formula 2000