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Twenty-five children have been selected for the national Deepak Roy, known for his movie "Limit to Freedom"
bravery awards 2016. These include 13 girls. Four of the which won him a National award in 1996 under the
awards have been given posthumously. The coveted category of best investigative film, has passed away at
Bharat award has been conferred on 8-year-old Late the age of 67 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Kumari Tarh Peju of Arunachal Pradesh, who sacrificed Valtteri Bottas has been confirmed as Lewis Hamilton's
her life while saving two of her friends from drowning. new team-mate for the forthcoming Formula One season
India has signed a financing agreement with World Bank after he was finally unveiled by Mercedes at their
for 48 million dollars for Nagaland Health Project. headquarters.
The Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Pvt Ltd, a fully The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri
controlled subsidiary of RBI has set records in currency Vijay Goel has inaugurated the Khelo India National level
note printing. The RBI Note Mudran printing press in Competitions on various sports for Under-14 and Under-
Mysuru printing highest number of currency notes in 17 children in New Delhi.
December 2016 breaking all its past record. 58th India International Garment Fair (IIGF) has began
The Capital market regulator of India, Securities and in New Delhi.
Exchange Board of India (SEBI) have tightened the
norms associated to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) of
Indian companies.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut India's
growth forecast for the current fiscal by one percentage
point, citing demonetisation woes from 7.6% to 6.6%. It
sees India ceding the tag of the world's fastest growing
major economy to China in FY17.
In Tamil Nadu, the 170th Sadguru Sri Thyagaraja
Aaradhana festival at Tiruvaiyaru has been celebrated.
Government owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
(BHEL) has commissioned new 500 MW Thermal Unit in
West Bengal.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah
Naidu has launched a post graduate course in Urdu
journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass
Communication in New Delhi.
Kozhikode Corporation has declared as the first Elderly-
Friendly Corporation in Kerala. The Kozhikode
Corporation state government has planned to setup
Senior citizens club, Day care centres as a part of
Vayomitram project for the welfare of the elder people
in the state.
China has sold two naval ships to Pakistan to protect the
strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the USD
46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Future Groups fashion and lifestyle departmental store
Central joined with SBI Card launched a second co-
branded credit card to offer benefits to consumers in the
premium lifestyle and fashion space. A committee formed by the IIT Joint Admission Board
Rajeev Singh, Member of Prasar Bharati Board will take (JAB) has recently given its suggestion to create 20
charge as interim CEO of the public broadcaster Prasar percent reservation seats for the girl students in IITs out
Bharati in February, 2017. He will replace S C Panda. of the total number of seats available. The committee
Kiran Doshi has won The Hindu Prize 2016 at the 07th headed by professor Timothy Gonsalves recommended
edition of The Hindu Lit for Life festival 2017 held in the supernumerary seats to address the issue falling
Chennai from January 14-16, 2017. number of female students entering the institute.

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India & Mauritius Sign MoU for Co-operation in the field additional director and chairman of the board with
of Cooperatives. India and Mauritius signed a MoU for immediate effect.
cooperation in the field of cooperatives and related Veteran actress Gita Sen who was the wife of renowned
areas. filmmaker Mrinal Sen has passed away in Kolkata of
India Ranks 60th in Inclusive Development Index 2017. cerebral hemorrhage.
India has been ranked at 60th position among 79 Senior Congress leader and former state minister of
developing economies with a score of only 3.38 in the Chhattisgarh, Tarun Prasad Chatterjee passed away in
Inclusive Development Index (IDI) of the World Raipur.
Economic Forum (WEF). The list has been topped by The commander of Apollo 17 and the last man who walk
Lithuania among the 79 developing countries. on the moon, Astronaut Eugene Cernan, the Last Human
Indian passport has been ranked a lowly 78 in a global on the Moon Passed Away at 82 in Washington D.C, USA.
ranking of the worlds most powerful passports which Farrukh Amonatov of Tajikistan has won the 15th
was topped by Germany. edition of the Delhi International Chess tournament after
Karang, a small lake island in Manipur, has become the settling for a draw with Grandmaster Diptayan Ghosh in
countrys first cashless island. the 10th and final round.
Petroleum Conservation Campaign Saksham 2017 has Over three lakh 80 thousand consumers and twenty-one
Inaugurated in Nagaland. The Ministry of Petroleum and thousand merchants have won prize money worth
Natural Gas (MOP & NG) has inaugurated one month around 61 crore rupees at 24 Digi-Dhan Melas across the
long oil and gas conservation campaign Saksham-2017 country.
at a function in Unity College, Nagaland. Cabinet approves MoU between India and Serbia for
Kolkatas Sitalpati Gets place in UNESCOs Intangible cooperation in the field of Information Technology and
Cultural Heritage. The United Nations Educational, Electronics.
Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has Cabinet approves Indias Membership in the
registered Sitalpati or cool mat from the Cooch Behar International Vaccine Institute (IVI), South Korea.
district, West Bengal as an Sitlapati intangible cultural Cabinet approves MoU on cooperation on Youth matters
heritage. between India and Russia.
State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has Cabinet apprised of the MoU between the Indian Space
announced mobile TV service Ditto TV and limited fixed Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Japanese
mobile telephony, an app that virtually turns mobiles Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for cooperation in
into cordless phone working in sync with landlines the field of outer space.
within home premise. Cabinet approves MoU between India and Vietnam In
The Karnataka government has allowed to the sale of the field of cyber security.
white kerosene in open market. Cabinet approves Trade Agreement negotiations with
Private sector lender YES BANK in collaboration with T- Peru.
Hub, Anthill and Lets Talk Payments has launched a Cabinet gives approval to the package for supporting
unique business accelerator program YES FINTECH to Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) Augmentation of
provide start-ups a platform for creating sustainable and Corpus of Credit.
market ready products as well as provide innovative Guarantee Trust Fund for Micro and Small Enterprises
banking solutions to the customers. (CGTMSE).
YES Bank has launched a first of its kind unique Cabinet approves the Establishment of Indian
Customizable Savings Account to enable the customers Agricultural Research Institute, Jharkhand.
to design an account as per their convenience. Cabinet approves MOU between India and the United
The worlds ultralight high-performance mechanical Arab Emirates for cooperation in the field of Small and
watch RM 50-03 has inaugurated on January 16, 2017 at Medium Enterprises and Innovation.
the 27th edition of the Salon International De La Haute Cabinet approves MOU between India and the United
Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, Switzerland. Arab Emirates for cooperation in the field of agriculture
Antonio Tajani of the EPP Christian Democrat group has and allied sectors.
been elected president of the European Parliament. Cabinet approves amendment in Modified Special
Tata Motors which owns Jaguar LandRover Automotive Incentive Package Scheme.
Plc, Ltd has finally appointed Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Cabinet approves MoU between India and the United
the Tata Sons chairman designate and outgoing chief Arab Emirates on Institutional Cooperation in Maritime
executive of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), as Transport.

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Cabinet approves MoU between India and the United committed 460 million dollars to speed up vaccine
Arab Emirates on the Mutual Recognition of Certificates development for Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah virus.
of Competency as per the provisions of the Standards of The Foreign Ministry spokesperson of China, Hua
Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW, 78) Chunying stated that thirty more countries have applied
and amendments there of. for joining the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank
Cabinet approves the exclusion of States from the (AIIB) besides 57 founding members.
investments of National Small Savings Fund. Bharti AXA General Insurance has appointed Sanjeev
Cabinet approves MoU between India and the United Srinivasan as CEO and Managing Director. Srinivasan
Arab Emirates on Bilateral Cooperation in the Road joined Bharti AXA General Insurance in August 2016 as
Transport and Highways sector. Chief Commercial and Principal Officer and now takes
Cabinet approves the introduction of the Repealing and over the role of CEO and MD.
Amending Bill, 2017 to repeal 105 Acts. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has acquired 8.41 per
Indias IT Hub, Bengaluru has been ranked at the top cent stake in Fino Paytech Ltd (FPL) for a total
position, the 2017 Dynamic City in the World in WEF consideration of Rs 100 crore.
Report. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The government has cleared six foreign direct (NASA) has given its approval to explore an iron-rich
investment (FDI) proposals totalling Rs 1186.5 crore. asteroid 16 Psyche as a part of its mission to learn more
These include four from pharmaceutical companies about the history and composition of the celestial body.
including Sanofi-Synthelabo and Boehringer Ingelheim. The world witnessed the hottest year on record in 2016,
Undisclosed income in assets such as jewellery, stock or surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015,
immovable property or in foreign bank accounts will not the UN weather agency stated.
be accepted under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Veteran Indian Scientist CV Vishveshwara and pioneer in
Yojana (PMGKY). the discovery of black hole in India died of prolonged
The Cabinet has given its in-principle nod for listing of illness. He was 78.
all the five general insurance companies. The five
general insurance companies are the New India
Assurance Company Ltd, United India Insurance
Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Company Ltd, National
Insurance Company Ltd and General Insurance Company
President Pranab Mukherjee has been inaugurated the
28th Dantan Gramin Mela at West Midnapore district in
West Bengal.
Madhya Pradesh government lead by Shivraj Singh
Chouhan has launched Aanandam programme of the
newly-formed Aanand Department.
Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya has become a role
model for other states in maintaining cleanliness known
as Asias cleanest village.
The West Bengal State Department of Fisheries has
announced to protect the endangered Hisla Fish from
getting extinct and thus has proposed to introduce law
to arrest anyone found in illegal catching, buying or Cricket icon Kapil Dev has inducted into Legends Club
selling of Hilsa fish weighing less than 500 grams. Hall of Fame at the Cricket Club of India. Former India
Punjab National Bank and India Post Payments Bank player and Legends Club president Madhav Apte
have signed a memorandum of understanding, whereby presented Kapil with a citation.
PNB will provide technology platform for pilot launch of Stranded at the airport for nearly 24 hours and without
IPPB on receipt of regulatory nod from the Reserve Bank their luggage for a good part of the competition, Indian
of India. women boxers had to deal with more than just
Scientists have named three relatively little-known opponents at the Nations Cup in Serbia but showed
diseases they think could cause the next global health tremendous fortitude to return with half a dozen medals.
emergency. A coalition of governments and charities has The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on cleared
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Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY) would not be entitled to get any years. Verma, a 1979-batch IPS officer, has been Delhi
credit by way of advance tax paid or the tax deducted at Police chief for the last 11 months.
source (TDS) or tax collected at source (TCS). The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Chinese
The Union Human Resource Development Minister e-commerce firm Alibaba Group has entered into a long-
Prakash Javadekar has launched a dedicated web portal term partnership through 2028 at the World Economic
ShaGun on for continuous monitoring of the Forum in Davos, Switzerland. This makes Alibaba the
elementary education scheme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan worldwide sponsor of Olympic Games through 2028.
(SSA) and promote the development of education sector Punjab Royals have bagged the Pro Wrestling League
of India. Season 2 title. In the summit clash in New Delhi, the
The first flight is likely to take off next month under the Punjab team beat Haryana Hammers 5-4.
government's ambitious regional connectivity scheme Mr Donald Trump has taken over as the 45th President
UDAN with the AAI receiving 43 initial proposals from of the United States, he took over the reins from Barack
11 bidders for 190 routes under the regional air Obama on 20th January 2017. Mr Trump, 70, took the
connectivity scheme UDAN. The scheme UDAN (Ude oath of office in front of about 8 lakh people who braved
Desh Ke Aam Naagrik), seeks to boost regional air chilly weather to gather on the National Mall in the
connectivity and provides various incentives to airlines. center of the capital to celebrate the occasion.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addresses the
second edition of Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. Combined Commanders Conference (CCC) at Dehradun
The government has signed an agreement with the in Uttarakhand.
National Yuva Cooperative Society to set up 1,000 The largest warship of the Indian Navy, INS Vikramditya,
Janaushadhi Kendras across the country and targets to will be equipped with its own dedicated ATM. It will
open such medical stores in every block and gram cater to over two thousand naval personnel deployed on
panchayat to provide quality medicines at an affordable the aircraft carrier.
price. Bihar government has launched a Nasha Mukt campaign
Centre has released Rs 2,207cr to J&K as special to make the state addidction-free. Over two crore people
assistance during current financial year. are likely to participate in human chains formed across
The 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) the state on the occasion.
has inaugurated Jaipur Literature Festival at the historic Government has clarified that Co-operative Banks are
Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan jointly by Chief Minister not authorised to accept deposits under the Pradhan
Vasundhara Raje, veteran lyricist Gulzar, American poet Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme (PMGKDS).
Anne Waldman and spiritual writer Sadhguru Jaggi Aimed at propagating financial literacy among school
Vasudev. children, Kerala Gramin Bank has conceived a novel
Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalmalsawma has inaugurated programme called FI@School.
the Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (EDS) under Union Minister of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises
the New Economic Development Policy (NEDP). (MSME), Shri Kalraj Mishra has inaugurated a Workshop
Indian railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has unveiled on MSME Cooperation amongst Indian Ocean Rim
Mission 41k, a plan that would save Rs 41,000 crore over Association (IORA) Member countries in New Delhi.
10 years through an integrated energy management According to a statement by NITI Aayog, till date over
system, reported Livemint. 3.81 lakh consumers and 21,000 merchants have been
RBI Governor Urjit Patel has appeared before the declared as the winner of the NITI Aayogs lucky draw
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and schemes namely Lucky Grahak Yojana (LGY) for
briefed the panel about government's recent decision to consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana (DVY) for
demonetise high value currency. merchants.
Washington based World Bank has sanctioned Rs 1,376 Dharamsala declared the second capital of Himachal
crore for upgradations and improvement of the Tripura Pradesh. Dharamsala town in Kangra district of
power system network on This was announced by Himachal Pradesh has been declared as the second
Tripuras power minister Manik Dey. capital city of the state by the Himachal Pradesh Chief
Londons insurance giant Lloyd has received the final Minister Virbhadra Singh.
approval from the Insurance Regulatory and The World Economic Forum and the UCSB's Marine
Development Authority (IRDA) on to set up its first Science Institute have announced a partnership to
branch in India. improve health of world's oceans and maritime
A 3-member committee headed by PM Modi selected resources.
Alok Kumar Verma as next CBI chief for a period of 2

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Indias central banking institution, Reserve Bank of India one lakh farmers out of the established networks from
(RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 75 lakhs on Bombay whom the company procures milk.
Mercantile Co-operative Bank for violations of norms Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi
related to KYC and anti-money laundering. Niranjan Jyoti has stated 100% Foreign Direct
ISKCONs Govardhan eco village in Thane district has Investment in food processing sector is being actively
been conferred with the UNWTO Award for Innovation considered by the Union Government. Addressing a
in the category of Non-Governmental conclave organized by the ASSOCHAM in Chennai on the
Organisations(NGO) at he annual United Nations World sunrise sector.
Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Awards for Excellence Ex-BCCI president Anurag Thakur unanimously elected
and Innovation in Tourism at Madrid in Spain. head of the Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association
Nation pays homage to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on (HPOA) for a four-year term.
his 120th birth anniversary on 23rd January 2017. It was The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has
on this day in 1897, Netaji was born in Cuttack, Odisha. approved the proposed merger of online travel firm
Assam State Governor Banwarilal Purohit has MakeMyTrips Indian travel business with rival Ibibo
inaugurated the Arogya Mitra conference on 21st Group.
January 2017 till 23 January 2017 at Silchar. A Bengaluru start-up TeamIndus proposes nameplate on
Hong Kong has withdrawn the visa-on arrival facility for the Moon for Rs.500. Indians are being offered the
Indians travelling to Hong Kong effective from January opportunity to leave their name on the moon, for a price.
23rd, 2017. Priya Entertainments Pvt Ltd has set up an ecotourism
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated project at Khairabera, foothills of Baghmundi, in Purulia
the 4 lakh square feet latest IT building, Jyothirmaya at district of West Bengal.
the Infopark. Dedicating the 9-storeyed building, Renowned Urdu poet Naqsh Lyallpuri has passed away
constructed over six acres of land 80,000 job at his residence.
opportunities will be created when the buildings Dhruv Sunish has finally got the taste of ITF Juniors title
constructed during second phase of development at when he won the boys singles crown downing
Infopark become fully operational. Kazakhstan's Dostanbek Tashbulatov at the Dakshin
Andhra Pradesh government has announced a Kalikata Sansad clay courts.
compensation of 5 lakh rupees for the families of those National Girl Child Day has been celebrated at a special
who lost lives in the Hirakhand Express accident and function in New Delhi on 24th January in view of
belonging to the state. exemplary achievements by nation's daughters during
last year.
In a bid to encourage banks to provide loans for
education, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has declared
that rescheduling the period of payment of education
loans due to the inability of the borrower because of
unemployment will not be treated as restructured
accounts for computing NPAs.
T-Hub, the start-up engine catalysing innovation has
announced the launch of GIS Innovation Hub (GIH) for
The Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das has
presented the states annual budget for 2017-18 on
January 23, 2017. Under the theme of Garib Kalyan
Varsh The main focus of the budget is on agriculture,
education and skill development, rural development and
eliminating poverty.
The Indian postal department has released a special
stamp cover titled Golden girls of India Pride of Nation
on January 21st, 2017 during a district-level philatelic
exhibition in Agartala to honor the sporting personalities
Mumbai based dairy firm Kwality Ltd has signed an MoU in the country.
with Bank of Baroda to provide Rs. 4000 crore loans to Tamil Nadu assembly under the chairmanship of Chief
Minister O Panneerselvam has unanimously passed the

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Jallikattu Bill on January 23, 2017 to replace the country and has led the way for a referendum on the
ordinance issued on January 21, 2017 to allow the states issue by the public.
traditional sport. The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, Syed
Transportation app Uber will soon launch its on-demand Nasim Zaidi has informed that the state government of
food delivery app UberEATS in the Indian market. Goa has opted for an initiative involving electronic
The guided Pinaka rocket was successfully testfired transmission of postal ballot to service voters in the
for the second time from launch complexIII of the upcoming assembly polls.
Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur. Transportation app Ola has appointed former PepsiCo
The test was conducted Pinaka rocket mark-II, equipped executive Vishal Kaul as its Chief Operating Officer.
with navigation, guidance and control kit, was Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, whose tenure was to end
transformed into a guided Pinaka". got a one-year extension. The nod for the extension of
The Centre gave its nod to ratify the second commitment his tenure till January 28, 2018 was given by the
period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
contain the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Siddhartha Murarka has been appointed as the
Vodafone India signed an MoU with the West Bengal Chairman of the Eastern India Regional Council of The
government to invest Rs 3,000 crore for capacity Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).
augmentation and new business initiatives over next Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman in the world to
three years. score 1,000 runs as captain in One-Day Internationals
Moving towards the Make in India initiative, the Steel (ODIs) on January 22, 2017 in the third ODI against
Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh has inaugurated the England at the Eden Gardens.
new Universal Rail Mill at Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) of The Election Commission of India has celebrated the
Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and flagged off the 07th National Voters Day across the country on 25th
mills first and worlds longest single rail of 130 meters January 2017 for enhanced participation of citizens in
from the new Universal Rail Mill(URM). the electoral process. 25th January is also the foundation
The Delhi International Airport (Private) Limited (DIAL) day of the Election Commission, which came into being
has won the Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social on this day in 1950.
Responsibility (CSR) in the transportation sector under The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri
the Aviation category for the year 2016. Narendra Modi has approved the Indian Institute of
Birender Singh Yadav, 1997 batch IFS officer, presently Management (IIM) Bill, 2017 on January 24th, 2017 that
High Commissioner of lndia to Ghana, has been aims to declare IIMs as Institutions of National
concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of lndia to Importance.
the Republic of Burkina Faso, with residence in Accra. The Supreme Court has gave the government nine
Ashok Warrier, presently Ambassador of lndia to the months to replace the thrice-a-week dosage norm of
Democratic Republic of Congo, has been concurrently tuberculosis drugs with a daily dosage regimen recently
accredited as the Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of approved by the World Health Organisation to curb
Congo. relapse and deaths during treatment.
Wholesale reinsurance provider Swiss Re has received In a bid to promote digital transaction in Assam, the
approval from the Insurance Regulatory and Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal has
Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to open a announced the launch of Chief Ministers Award while
branch in India. inaugurating the Digi Dhan Mela in the state. The Chief
Varanasi-based Utkarsh Micro Finance has started Ministers Award would be given to the best performing
operating its banking business as Utkarsh Small Finance district of the state that adopts digital payment methods
Bank on January 23, 2017 to cater to the needs of the and also educate larger section of the society about the
poor mainly in the northern belt. UKs Commonwealth cashless transaction. The winning districts Deputy
Development Corporation (CDC) has infused Rs. 150 Commissioner would be presented a prize of Rs 50,000
crore in the tier II capital in the company. at the end of financial year 2016-2017 after March 31,
In a move to decrease dependence on vegetable imports 2017.
from India, the Nepal Government has launched a 10- India and the UAE has inked 14 agreements in various
year plan to boost domestic production. areas including in defence, maritime transport,
The parliament of Turkey approved a constitutional comprehensive strategic partnership, shipping,
reform on January 21st, 2017 to strengthen the powers agriculture and allied sector, trade, oil storage and
of the presidency by introducing presidential rule in the management, energy efficiency, road transport and

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highways and prevention and combating human and Telangana. The Hyderabad firm has eight
trafficking. employees, while BookMyShow has over 1,000
Derk Segaar has been appointed Director of the New employees.
Delhi based United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro has awarded the
covering India and the Kingdom of Bhutan by the UN first ever Hugo Chavez Prize for Peace and Sovereignty
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Minister of Commerce & Industry, Smt Nirmala Revv, the Delhi NCR-based shared mobility platform, is
Sitharaman has launched Rubber Soil Information launching its car sharing services in three new cities
System (RubSIS) in New Delhi to provide the detail Mumbai, Chennai and Jaipur taking its national footprint
RubSISabout the soil quality to the rubber growers to to seven cities.
enhance productivity besides reducing the cost of In an effort to become the super powerful occupier of
production. green energy, China has built the worlds biggest solar
The Multiplex chain operator PVR has launched a theatre park, Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, in the western
on demand service VKAAO on J. Vkaao is an online province of Qinghai.
platform that will enable consumers to watch any movie Former Australian cricketers Matthew Hayden and
of their PVRchoice at a theatre of their choice. It would David Boon have been inducted into the Australian
empower the viewers to choose what they want to Cricket Hall of Fame.
watch, when and where. Retired all-rounder Shane Watson has been adjudged
India has partnered with the British experts over a Cricket Australia's T20 International Player of the Year.
project that aims to study the air pollution level in Delhi The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals hosted by
and health problems associated it. Russia will take place in the Kremlin the countrys
In United States, the Senate has confirmed Nikki Haley as Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko stated.
the next Ambassador to the United Nations, making her Kings XI Punjab have appointed Virender Sehwag as
the first Indian-American to serve on a Cabinet rank their head of cricket operations and strategy, and brand
position in any presidential administration. ambassador too for the upcoming season of the Indian
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive Premier League (IPL).
order to advance controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Havildar Hangpan Dada, who killed four terrorists
Access pipelines. His latest actions to overturn the before laying down his life in Kupwara on May 26 last
policies of former President Barack Obama, the nation's year, has been awarded Ashok Chakra, the highest peace
chief executive he replaced recently. time gallantry award.
India is ranked at the sixth spot, behind China and Japan,
in a list of eight great powers for the year 2017 by a
leading American foreign policy magazine which is
topped by the US.
The President of India has approved the conferment of
Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards 2016 on 36
persons which includes Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak
to 05 persons, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak to 08 persons
and Jeevan Raksha Padk to 23 persons, 07 awards are
posthumous. Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards are
given to a person for meritorious act of humane nature
in saving the life of a person.
Telangana ranked second in the 'Cashless India
Scorecard prepared by Walnut app to track the growth
of digital payments in the country.
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan has
launched the IT Project, e-Health Kerala which is named
Jeevan Rekha , at Peroorkada Model Government
The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth
BookMyShow has acquired MastiTickets, an online ticket Kumar has inaugurated Indias first Post Office Passport
booking firm, for an undisclosed amount. The two-year- Seva Kendras (POPSK) at Metagalli post office in Mysuru,
old Hyderabad start-up has presence in Andhra Pradesh Karnataka.

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Arunachal Pradesh has launched Dulari Kanya, a special foreign investors over implementation of the anti-
scheme to check infant mortality in the state. evasion measure.
The Reserve Bank of India has prohibited the Indian India has been ranked at 79th spot out of 176 countries
entities from making direct overseas investments in any in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for the year
entity that is located in non co-operative countries and 2016 released by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog
territories, as identified by the inter-governmental body Transparency International (TI). New Zealand and
Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Denmark jointly shared the first position as the least
Karnataka Bank Ltd has signed a memorandum of corrupt nations while Somalia was rated as the most
understanding (MoU) with the Rajkot-based Tirth Agro corrupt country in the list.
Technology Pvt Ltd (manufacturer of agricultural The Telangana government has signed a memorandum
equipment and implements) for financing agricultural of agreement with French firm Aerocampus Aquitaine,
mechanisation. known for aircraft maintenance skill training, to create a
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan has resigned world-class aero skill academy.
after a controversy was triggered by reports in local The Andhra Pradesh under Chief Minister Chandrababu
media, which accused him of sexual misconduct. Naidu has announced Rs 100-crore fund of funds to
3 personnel from the Rashtriya Rifles unit of the Indian invest in Fintech startups.
Army have been awarded the Sena Medal for killing The government stated that 119 banks are connected
Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Major with the Aadhaar-enabled payment system and 33.87
Sandeep Kumar, Captain Manik Sharma and Naik Arvind crore transactions have taken place through Aadhaar-
Singh Chauhan led the operation on July 08th, 2016. enabled payment systems.
Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos has announced The State Bank of India has launched a new wealth
that they have appointed Ashish Shah as their new CEO. management product named 'SBI Exclusif' in Kochi,
A Keshav Krishna, a scientist at the National Geophysical Kerala. Later it will be rolled out in other cities of the
Research Institute (NGRI) has been selected for the state during the course of the year.
National Geoscience Award for 2016. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has
The annual cultural extravaganza of the Indian Institute successfully ground tested the Cryogenic Upper Stage
of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Chaos-2017, kicked engine meant for the rocket GSLV-Mark-III.
off , with the theme of wanderlust. Gullapalli N. Rao, a noted Indian eye doctor, has been
US President Donald Trump has appointed prominent selected to the 2017 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame
Indian-American attorney Uttam Dhillon to a key White instituted by the American Society of Cataract and
House position. Dhillon, who served as chief oversight Refractive Surgery.
counsel for the House of Representatives Financial Fed up with waiting endlessly after ordering food in a
Services Committee. canteen Some students of National Institute of
The U.S. healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson buys Technology Karnataka (NITK) at Surathkal in Mangaluru
Switzerland based bio-pharmaceutical firm, Actelion, for taluk have found a solution for it with an app to pre-
$30billion (27.9 billion euros). order food in canteens within their campus.
Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin, a fluent Hindi- Tata group hospitality firm Indian Hotels Co has
speaking career diplomat considered a great friend of announced the appointment of Tata Sons Chairman-
India, passed away at a hospital after a brief illness. designate N Chandrasekaran as non-executive
Japan based sumo wrestler Kisenosato has promoted to Additional Director.
the highest rank of the wresting, Yokozuna after winning The Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX),
his first title at the New Year Grand Sumo Japan an annual Indian Navy exercise kicked started off the
WrestlerTournament with a 14-1 record. Western Seaboard.
Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt had to hand back one of his The annual Surya Namaskar Yajna or Health for
nine Olympic gold medals won in the 4x100m relay Humanity Yogathon has been recognized in the US
event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to his Jamaican House of Representative on the occasion of its 10th
team-mate Nesta Carter who was tested positive for a anniversary.
banned substance. The Delhi edition of the Great Britain Debate has
The Union Finance Ministry has announced that the organised by the British High Commission and hosted by
General Anti Avoidance Rule (GAAR) will be effective the Lady Sri Ram College was won by Anmol Sharma and
from the 1 April, 2017. In this regard Income Tax (IT) Sidaq Batra of Sri Venkateswara College.
department has issued a slew of clarifications on
implementation of GAAR, seeking to address concerns of

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President Pranab Mukherjee has given Governor of The nation pays homage to Father of the Nation
Assam Banwarilal Purohit additional charge of Mahatma Gandhi on his 69th death anniversary on 30th
Meghalaya. January 2017.
President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Dr Vijay In a first, India's Fanatic Sports Museum opened to the
Bhatkar, architect of Indias first supercomputer the public in Kolkata.
Param series, as the chancellor of Nalanda University. Indian-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and
Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), venture capitalist Gururaj Deshpande has decided to
US have created worlds first stable semi-synthetic launch Indias largest startup incubation centre at
organism, a single-celled bacterium with an expanded Hubballi (earlier Hubli) in Karnataka.
genetic code. The semi-synthetic organism is the INSAT-3DR works in tandem with INSAT-3D,
modified E.coli bacteria created by introducing DNA operational since 2014, in sending raw data and high-
molecules that are not found in nature in a common resolution images, zoomed up to 1 kilometre near the
bacterium. earth's surface, every 15 minutes.
In order to woo the young audiences at the 2020 India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has floated by the
Olympics, the organisers of the Tokyo Games have postal department, has received Reserve Bank of Indias
unveiled Japan's cult anime character Son Goku as its final nod to commence commercial operations.
ambassador. Former HC judge Justice P Vishwanath Shetty was
administered the oath of Karnataka Lokayukta office by
The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has Governor Vajubhai R Vala.
reconstituted TOP committee with objective of Gokaldas Exports has entered in to a memorandum of
identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh
2020 and 2024 Olympic Games under Target Olympic Government for setting up four apparel manufacturing
Podium (TOP) scheme. units in Chittoor district over next three years.
IndiaPost has become the third entity to receive a final Miss France Iris Mittenaere was crowned Miss Universe
license last week from the Central Bank to start its 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Miss Colombia Andrea
payment bank operations. Countrys largest telecom Tovar has won second runner-up.
service provider Bharti Airtel and digital payments firm The Supreme Court (SC) has appointed former
Paytm are the other two to have received the license Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) chief Vinod Rai
while only Airtel has started operations so far. as BCCI chief.
29th January 2017 has celebrated as National The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided
Immunization Day. President Pranab Mukherjee has to set up weather stations in 660 districts of the country
launched the countrywide programme for 2017 by for better and prompt weather forecasting with major
administering polio drops to children aged below five focus on rain-fed and non-rain-fed areas to give crop
years at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan. specific advisories.
Denmark has announced it will appoint a 'digital The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways
ambassador' to manage its relationship with technology and Shipping, Nitin Jairam Gadkari has inaugurated a 3-
giants like Google and Apple, becoming the first country lane Brahmaputra Bridge at Saraighat in Guwahati.
to do so. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential
Ant Financial, e-commerce giant Alibabas financial arm, Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department,
has reached an agreement to acquire American money- Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a
transfer major MoneyGram for $880 million, in a deal resolution to set up a Personal Status and Inheritance
that will expand the firms business in the US after India Court for non Muslims in Abu Dhabi.
and Thailand. The Reserve Bank of India has informed that the Foreign
For the first time since 2010, Roger Federer has won the Exchange Reserves of India rose by 932.4 million dollars
Australian Open, beating long-time rival Rafael Nadal in to 360.775 billion dollars for the second consecutive
the finals in Melbourne, Australia on 29th January 2017. week ended January 20th, 2017.
Federer won a closely contested five-set showdown, 6-4, Siliguri lad Abul Hossain has won the Kolkata Marathon
3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. as amateur runners from north Bengal and Northeast
In Australian Open tennis, Serena Williams beat her India dominated the first edition of the meet.
sister Venus Williams in the final to win her 23rd Grand Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has won the Syed Modi
Slam singles title. International Grand Prix Gold after beating Indonesia's
Gregoria Mariska in the final.

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Switzerland's Roger Federer has become the second of Defence to design and construct 14 Fast Patrol Vessels
player in tennis history after Novak Djokovic to crossing for the Indian Coast Guard.
$100 million (over Rs680 crore) in tournament earnings Economic Survey 2017 tabled in Parliament: Key
after winning the Australian Open. highlights
Sir John Hurt, the British actor who starred in The Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on 31 January
Elephant Man and Harry Potter has passed away at the 2017 has tabled the Economic Survey 2016-17 in
age of 77. Parliament budget session. The survey projects the
India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) kicked off its economy to grow in the range of 6.75% to 7.25% in the
operations by rolling out pilot services in Raipur and next fiscal year 2017-18 in the post-demonetisation
Ranchi. year.The survey prepared by chief economic adviser in
The bank will offer an interest rate of 4.5% on deposits the finance ministry Arvind Subramanian stated the
up to Rs 25,000; 5% on deposits of Rs.25,000-50,000 adverse impact of demonetisation on GDP growth will be
and 5.5% on Rs. 50,000-1,00,000. transitional. The Economic Survey 2016-17 advocates
In a big relief to people, RBI has announced lifting of the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) as an
restrictions on daily withdrawal of money from ATMs alternative to the various social welfare schemes in an
with effect from 01st February 2017 and has also effort to reduce poverty.
withdrawn all limits on Current Accounts and overdraft
accounts with immediate effect.
Cab-hailing firm Uber has launched two-wheeler
aggregation service UberMOTO in Hyderabad.
Dushyant Chautala has been appointed as the president
of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI).
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has made it to the list of
Harper's Bazaar's 150 most fashionable women. The 34-
year-old "Quantico" star features on the list under the
section of New Guard. Priyanka took to Twitter to share
the news with her fans and followers.
The first edition of the North East Investors Summit has
inaugurated by the Union Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti
Zubin Irani in Shillong, Meghalaya.
The Karnataka state cabinet has approved amending
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Bill, 1960 Act to
legalize the Kambala and Bullock Cart Race which is a
traditional festival held annually in Karnataka.
The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has
launched climate change programme to assess the
status, distribution and conservation of pheasants and
finches in the Central Himalayas.
American President Donald Trump has signed an
executive order to temporarily ban visas for refugees
belonging to seven Muslim-majority countries namely
Trump Bans 7 nations from Entering US on Security
IssuesIraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Future Generali India Insurance Company (FGII) has
announced an agency tie-up with Pune based Bank of
Maharashtra. To immensely benefit our customers by Here are the major highlights from the Economic Survey
providing them an ease of access while choosing from a 2016-17:-
diverse range of non-life insurance products, all under Gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2016-17 to dip
one roofBank-of-Maharashtra. to 6.5%, down from 7.6% in last fiscal.
Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd (RDEL), a wholly Economic growth to rebound to 6.75 to 7.5% in 2017-18.
owned arm of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd (RInfra), has Economic Survey sees fiscal windfall from Pradhan
signed a contract worth Rs. 916 crore with the Ministry Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, low oil prices.

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Farm sector to grow at 4.1% in the current fiscal, up Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are
from 1.2% in 2015-16. given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art,
Fiscal gains from Goods and Services Tax (GST) will take social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade
time to realise. and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil
Growth rate of industrial sector estimated to moderate service, etc. Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional
to 5.2% in 2016-17 from 7.4% last fiscal. and distinguished service; Padma Bhushan for
The survey prepared by Chief Economic Adviser in the distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for
finance ministry Arvind Subramanian said the adverse distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced
impact of demonetisation on GDP growth will be on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
transitional. These awards are conferred by the President of India at
ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan
usually around March/ April every year. This year the
The Economic Survey 2016-17 has advocated the President of India has approved conferment of Padma
concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) as an Awards to 89 persons as per the list below. The list
alternative to the various social welfare schemes in an comprises of 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75
effort to reduce poverty. Padma Shri Awardees. 19 of the awardees are women and
the list also includes 5 persons from the category of
Padma Awards 2017 announced foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and 6 Posthumous awardees.
Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian Awards of the
country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma


Sl. No Name Field State

1. Shri K J Yesudas Art-Music Kerala
2. SadhguruJaggiVasudev Others-Spiritualism Tamil Nadu
3. ShriSharadPawar Public Affairs Maharashtra
4. ShriMurliManohar Joshi Public Affairs Uttar Pradesh
5. Prof. UdipiRamachandraRao Science & Engineering Karnataka
6. Late Shri Sunder LalPatwa (Posthumous) Public Affairs Madhya Pradesh
7. Late Shri PA Sangma (Posthumous) Public Affairs Meghalaya


Sl. No. Name Field State

8. ShriVishwa Mohan Bhatt Art-Music Rajasthan
9. Prof. (Dr.) Devi Prasad Dwivedi Literature & Education Uttar Pradesh
10. ShriTehemtonUdwadia Medicine Maharashtra
11. ShriRatnaSundarMaharaj Others-Spiritualism Gujarat
12. Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati Others-Yoga Bihar
13. H.R.H. Princess Literature & Education Thailand
MahaChakriSirindhorn (Foreigner)
14. Late Shri Cho Literature & Education Journalism Tamil Nadu
Ramaswamy (Posthumous)


Sl. No Name Field State

15. Smt. BasantiBisht Art-Music Uttarakhand
16. ShriChemancheryKunhiraman Nair Art-Dance Kerala

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17. Smt. ArunaMohanty Art-Dance Odisha

18. Smt. BharathiVishnuvardhan Art-Cinema Karnataka
19. Shri Sadhu Meher Art-Cinema Odisha
20. Shri T K Murthy Art-Music Tamil Nadu
21. ShriLaishramBirendrakumar Singh Art-Music Manipur
22. Shri Krishna Ram Chaudhary Art-Music Uttar Pradesh
23. Smt. Baoa Devi Art-Painting Bihar
24. ShriTilakGitai Art-Painting Rajasthan
25. Dr. Prof. AekkaYadagiriRao Art-Sculpture Telangana
26. ShriJitendraHaripal Art-Music Odisha
27. ShriKailashKher Art-Music Maharashtra
28. Smt. Parassala B Ponnammal Art-Music Kerala
29. Smt. SukriBommagowda Art-Music Karnataka
30. ShriMukundNayak Art-Music Jharkhand
31. ShriPurushottamUpadhyay Art-Music Gujarat
32. Smt. AnuradhaPaudwal Art-Music Maharashtra
33. ShriWareppaNaba Nil Art-Theatre Manipur
34. ShriTripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary Civil Service Telangana
35. Shri T.K. Viswanathan Civil Service Haryana
36. ShriKanwalSibal Civil Service Delhi
37. ShriBirkhaBahadurLimbooMuringla Literature & Education Sikkim
38. Smt. Eli Ahmed Literature & Education Assam
39. Dr.NarendraKohli Literature & Education Delhi
40. Prof. G. Venkatasubbiah Literature & Education Karnataka
41. ShriAkkithamAchyuthanNamboothiri Literature & Education Kerala
42. ShriKashiNathPandita Literature & Education Jammu & Kashmir
43. ShriChamu Krishna Shastry Literature & Education Delhi
44. ShriHariharKripaluTripathi Literature & Education Uttar Pradesh
45. Shri Michel Danino Literature & Education Tamil Nadu
46. ShriPunamSuri Literature & Education Delhi
47. Shri VG Patel Literature & Education Gujarat
48. Smt. V Koteswaramma Literature & Education Andhra Pradesh
49. ShriBalbirDutt Literature & Education-Journalism Jharkhand
50. Smt. BhawanaSomaaya Literature & Education-Journalism Maharashtra
51. Shri Vishnu Pandya Literature & Education-Journalism Gujarat
52. Dr. Subroto Das Medicine Gujarat
53. Dr. (Smt.) Bhakti Yadav Medicine Madhya Pradesh
54. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Waheed Medicine Telangana
55. Dr.MadanMadhavGodbole Medicine Uttar Pradesh
56. Dr.DevendraDayabhai Patel Medicine Gujarat
57. Prof. Harkishan Singh Medicine Chandigarh
58. Dr.MukutMinz Medicine Chandigarh
59. ShriArun Kumar Sharma Others-Archaeology Chhattisgarh
60. ShriSanjeevKapoor Others-Culinary Maharashtra
61. Smt. MeenakshiAmma Others-Martial Art Kerala
62. ShriGenabhaiDargabhai Patel Others-Agriculture Gujarat
63. ShriChandrakantPithawa Science & Engineering Telangana
64. Prof. Ajoy Kumar Ray Science & Engineering West Bengal
65. ShriChintakindiMallesham Science & Engineering Andhra Pradesh

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66. ShriJitendraNathGoswami Science & Engineering Assam

67. ShriDaripalliRamaiah Social Work Telangana
68. ShriGirishBhardwaj Social Work Karnataka
69. ShriKarimulHak Social Work West Bengal
70. ShriBipinGanatra Social Work West Bengal
71. Smt. NiveditaRaghunathBhide Social work Tamil Nadu
72. ShriAppasahebDharmadhikari Social Work Maharashtra
73. Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal Social Work Punjab
74. ShriViratKohli Sports-Cricket Delhi
75. ShriShekarNaik Sports-Cricket Karnataka
76. ShriVikasaGowda Sports-Discus Throw Karnataka
77. Smt. Deepa Malik Sports-Athletics Haryana
78. ShriMariyappanThangavelu Sports-Athletics Tamil Nadu
79. Smt. DipaKarmakar Sports-Gymnastics Tripura
80. Shri P R Shreejesh Sports-Hockey Kerala
81. Smt. Sakshi Malik Sports-Wrestling Haryana
82. Shri Mohan Reddy VenkatramaBodanapu Trade & Industry Telangana
83. ShriImrat Khan (NRI/PIO) Art-Music USA
84. ShriAnantAgarwal (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education USA
85. Shri H.R. Shah (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education-Journalism USA
86. Late (Smt.) Suniti Solomon (Posthumous) Medicine Tamil Nadu
ShriAsoke Kumar Bhattacharyya Others-Archaeology West Bengal
88. Dr. Mapuskar (Posthumous) Social Work Maharashtra
89. Smt. AnuradhaKoirala (Foreigner) Social Work Nepal

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