Current Affairs, January 2018
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20th January, Current Affairs:
• Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel appointed as the next Madhya Pradesh Governor.
19th January, Current Affairs:
• Maharashtra becomes the first state
to unveil public cloud policy which will allow all government departments to
have access to public cloud.
• World's biggest flooded cave found in Mexico when a group of divers has connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico.
18th January, Current Affairs:
• India has successfully test-fired
nuclear capable surface-to-surface Agni-5 ballistic missile from a test
range off the Odisha coast.
• The Election Commission today announced the schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland Assembly elections. Tripura will vote in a single phase on February 18, while Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to polls on February 27.
• India captain Virat Kohli was today named by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketer of the Year for 2017. The stylish right-hander was also named ODI Cricketer of the Year. Kohli also named as the captain of the ICC's ODI and Test teams and became the second Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach 900 Test ranking points. Australian captain Steve Smith named as the Test Player of the Year.
16th January, Current Affairs:
• The Union Government has withdrawn
subsidy to Haj pilgrims from this year.
• Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh took over as the new Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command.
15th January, Current Affairs:
• The Unique Identification Authority
of India or UIDAI has announced face authentication technology integration,
which will exist alongside the incumbent fingerprint authentication
• TV actress Shilpa Shinde wins the Bigg Boss season 11.
14th January, Current Affairs:
• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu arrived in India.
• India renamed the Teen Murti Chowk, a war memorial as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk as a symbolic gesture of friendship with Israel.
• Makar Sankranti, Bihu, Pongal and Lohri is celebrated in different states of India.
13th January, Current Affairs:
• Senior advocate Indu Malhotra becomes
the first woman lawyer from India to be directly elected to the post of
judge in the Supreme Court.
• The Ministry of External Affairs announced that new passports will soon be printed without the usual last page which contains names of parents, and address of the applicant. Also the passports for the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category will be issued with orange jackets.
12th January, Current Affairs:
• Space agency ISRO successfully sent up a rocket carrying India's 100th satellite along with 30 others from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
10th January, Current Affairs:
• The Union Government appointed
renowned scientist K. Sivan as the chairman of Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) to replace of A.S. Kiran Kumar.
• The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) introduced a ‘Virtual ID’ to address privacy concerns. Aadhaar cardholders can generate from its website and use for various purposes, including SIM verification, instead of sharing the actual 12-digit biometric ID.
9th January, Current Affairs:
• The Supreme Court today overturns its own order from November 2016 and said that the playing of national anthem in cinema halls is not mandatory.
8th January, Current Affairs
• The 75th Golden Globe Awards were
given at Beverly Hills, California. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri wins the best Motion Picture in Drama Category.
• Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha becomes the first Indian wicket-keeper to effect 10 dismissals in a Test, going past the previous best of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had the distinction of a record nine dismissals against Australia in Melbourne in 2014. He achieves the record in the first Test match between India and South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town.
• Australia wins the Ashes Series against England by 4-0. Steven Smith received Player of the Series award.
7th January, Current Affairs
• Four powerlifting players from Delhi
were killed when the car they were in hit a road divider. Two other players
including world champion Saksham Yadav were injured.
• Barcelona sign Brazilian star footballer Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for 160 million euros which is the third richest deal of all time in football history.
6th January, Current Affairs
• Bihar's Former CM Lalu Yadav, who was
convicted in a second case of fodder scam, was given three-and-a-half-year's
jail term and a fine of Rs. 5 lakh by a special court in Bihar today.
• Eleven people were killed after a vehicle hit by an avalanche in north Kashmir's Kupwara district.
5th January, Current Affairs
• New Rs. 10 Currency Notes Introduced
by RBI today. The new 10 rupee notes will be in the Mahatma Gandhi (New)
Series, and will bear the signature of RBI Governor, Dr. Urjit R. Patel.
• After a gap of 15 years, all listed questions in Rajya Sabha were answered and all the zero-hour and special-mentions by the members were completed.
• Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah named as the African Player of the Year.
2nd January, Current Affairs
• Parliament passes Insolvency and
Bankruptcy Code Amendment Bill.
• The Arunachal Pradesh becomes the second state after Sikkim to be declared as Open Defecation Free State in Northeast.
• Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed as the new Foreign Secretary of India. He will replace S. Jaishankarn who will complete his tenure on 28th January, 2018.
• Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) for the first time in Gulf region.
1st January, Current Affairs
• New Year is celebrated across the World.
• The first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published with the names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore total applicants in Assam recognising them as legal citizens of India.
• India and Pakistan exchanged the list of nuclear installations and facilities under a three-decade old bilateral pact.
• Vidarbha beat Delhi by 9 wickets in the final to win their first ever Ranji Trophy title at the Holkar stadium in Indore.