Current Affairs of January 2015

2015 - International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies
2015 - International Year of Soils (FAO)
2015-16 - Jal Kranti Varsh (Ministry of Water Resources, India)
The 11.2 billion old star with five earth sized planets discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft, which is 117 light years from earth is namedKepler-444
The State which has hosted the 2-day Indo-Russian joint music festival from Jan 24 to Jan 25Goa
Paulina Vega, the 22-year old contestant who has been crowned Miss Universe 2014 at the 63rd Miss Universe pageant in Miami, belongs to
[Note: Miss Noyonita Lodh from India contest at the event.]
The Commanding Officer of 42 Rashtriya Rifles, a recipient of Yudh Seva Medal on Republic Day, who was killed in an encounter with militants in KashmirColonel M.N. Rai
The new Prime Minister of Greece who has been sworn following SYRIZA party's victory in the snap electionsAlexi Tsipras
The Indian poet who has won the inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry for her work When God is a Traveller, awarded at Zee Literature Festival in JaipurArundhathi Subramaniam
The Indian Air Force Officer who has become the first woman to lead a ceremonial Guard of Honour held on arrival of US Presidnet Barack ObamaWing Commander Pooja Thakur
The winners of Syed Modi International India Masters badminton tournament men's and women's titles respectivelyP Kahsyap and Saina Nehwal
The place at which the 10th Indo Mongolia Joint Training Exercise Nomadic Elephant 2015 began on 23rd January 2015Gwalior
The snooker player who has won the senior National snooker women's title beating defending champion Vidya Pillay in the finalsAmee Kamani
The snooker player who has won the senior National snooker men's title for the seventh time beating Varun Madan in the finals (He had earlier won the National Billiards title also for the seventh time)Pankaj Advani
The place in Harayana from where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched twin programmes of "Beti bachao, beti padhao" and "Sukanya Samriddhi account" in a bid to encourage birth and education of girls and tackle the abysmally low child sex ratioPanipat
The Indian-American author who has won the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel LowlandJhumpa Lahiri
The new headset which lets users view and interact with three-dimensional images, unveiled by Microsoft is namedHoloLens
The 13-year old California eighth grader who has invented a braille printer and started his own company, Braigo LabsShubham Banerjee
The tiger reserve which has bagged the National Tiger Conservation Award (NTCA) biennial award for encouraging local public participation in managing the reservePeriyar Tiger reserve
The African nation to which the Govt of India has asked Indians not to travel in view of ongoing conflict and fragile security situation thereYemen
The public sector company which has won the Savio Cup All-India Basketball Tournament defeating Indian Overseas Bank in the men's finals in MumbaiONGC
The Asian country which has blocked internet calling and messaging services Viber and Tango upon requests of intelligence agenciesBangladesh
The African country which has declared itself to be free of Ebola disease after no new cases were reported for 42 days, the period required for the World Health Organization to declare an outbreak officially overMali
The private sector bank which has launched a facility allowing account-holders to transfer funds through Twitter, becoming the first bank in Asia and only second in the world to offer a Twitter-based fund transfer serviceICICI Bank
The new Chairman of Central Board of Film Censors appointed to fill the vacancy following the resignation of Ms Leela SamsonPahlaj Nihalani
The South African cricketer who has set a new record of making fastest century in 31 balls in one-day internationals while playing against West Indies at Johannesburg
(Note: 1. He broke the record held by Corey Anderson of New Zealand. 2. He also set a new record for making the fastest half-century in 16 balls)
AB de Villiers
The venue of World Ramayana Conference being conducted by Ramayan Research Foundation from Jan 23 to 25Bengaluru
The South African cricketer who has set a new record of reaching the 5000 run mark in 101 innings in one-day internationals breaking the record held jointly hy Vivian Richards and Virat Kohli who reached the mark in 114 inningsHashim Amla
The billiards player who has won the Senior National Billiards Championship for the seventh time defeating Dhruv Sitwala in the finals at KolkataPankaj Advani
The venue of national cultural festival "Maati ke Rang 2015" held from Jan 13 - 17 Dimapur, Nagaland
The place in Andhra Pradesh where the foundation stone for Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was laid by Union HRD Minister Smriti IraniVisakhapatnam
The state which has been awarded the National Award for e-Governance 2014-15 for the best district-level initiative in the country by the Department of Administrative Reforms, Ministry of PersonnelJammu & Kashmir
The venue of two-day international conference titled "Samarth Shiksha, Samarth Bharat" being attended by educationists from 22 states to discuss a new policy framework for education beginning Jan 17Jaipur
The state which has lifted a 17-year old ban on consumption of liquor with strict punishment for drunken driving and brawls in public placesMizoram
The chairperson of Central Board of Film Censors who has resigned from her postMs Leela Samson
The company which has launched its latest flagship devices, Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, to compete with global tech giants like Apple and SamsungXiaomi
The eminent Hindi litterateur who has been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman for 2014 instituted by KK Birla Foundation, for his book 'Premchand Kee Kahaniyo Kaa Kaalkramanusar'Kamal Kishore Goyanka
The company which has launched the first mobile phone powered by Tizen operating system in IndiaSamsung
The Sanskrit scholar and author of Kanakalochanaha who has been chosen for the Sahitya Akademi Award for Sanskrit 2014
(For list of other language award winners refer Current Affairs of December 2014)
Prabhu Nath Dwivedi
The Indian open swimmer who has set a world record by swimming 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in one degree temperature in the Antarctic Ocean becoming the youngest in the world and the first Asian girl to have achieved this featBhakti Sharma
The new Chief Election Commisioner of India who has been appointed to take over from retiring CEC VS SampathHS Brahma
The city in which India's first floating solar power plant has been installed by Vikram Solar in collaboration with Arka Renewable Energy CollegeKolkata
The district in Kerala where the Union Minister for Communications and IT has commissioned the country's first high-speed rural broadband network, NOFNIdukki
The place in Haryana from where the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off country's first CNG based trains to Rohtak and BikanerRewari
The Portuguese professional footballer who has been chosen for the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row and the third time in his career
Coach of the Year - Joachim Low (German Coach); Puskas Award for the goal of the year - James Rodriguez (Columbia)
Cristiano Ronaldo
The Director of Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad who has been chosen to be the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, Space Commission and also the new Secretary of the Department of SpaceA.S. Kiran Kumar
The British magazine which has named the RBI chief Raghuram Rajan as the “governor of the year” in the Central Banking Awards for 2015 for "his deep understanding of the root causes of economic problems of the country combined with an impressive leadership style."Central Banking
The country in which Justice SK Sinha has been appointed as the Chief Justice, thus becoming the first Hindu to hold the post in the Muslim majority countryBangladesh
The state which has decided to include Right to Information Act, 2005 in the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) books of classes six to eightUttarakhand
The theme of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015 held at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar (Gujarat) from 07 to 09 2015Apna Bharat Apna Gaurav
The football team which has won the Federation Cup football tournament 2014-15 defeating Dempo in the final in Margao, GoaBengaluru FC
The Swiss professional tennis player who has become the 3rd person in history to have won 1000 match titles in tennis (The other two persons are Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl)Roger Federer
The Swiss professional tennis player who has won the Chennai Open tennis tournament defeating Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia in the finals for the second consecutive timeStanislas Wawrinka
The lake in Andhra Pradesh in the surroundings of which the annual Flamingo festival is being heldPulicat Lake
The new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka who has been appointed to the post by the President Maithripala SirisenaRanil Wickremesinghe
The Sri Lankan opposition coalition's (New Democratic Front) common candidate who has been sworn in as the country's seventh President succeeding Mahinda RajapakshaMaithripala Sirisena
The DTH company which has launched India's first 4K set-top box (STB) offering 4 times the pixel signal to a television, than a full-HD set-top boxTata Sky
The country which has won the Hopman Cup tennis tournament for the first time with its team consisting of Agnieszka Radwanska and Jerzy Janowicz to beat the US pairing of Serena Williams and John Isner 2-1Poland
The venue of 5-day long 19th National Youth Festival being conducted by Union Ministry of Sports and Youth AffairsGuwahati
The new airline of Tata SIA Airlines which commenced commercial operations by making its maiden flight from Delhi to MumbaiVistara
The village in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, where the central govt has approved the setting up of Neutrino observatoryPottipuram
The two banks whose shareholders have approved the proposal to amalgamate with each other which would create the fourth largest private sector bank in IndiaING Vysya & Kotak Mahindra Bank
The headquarters of satirical weekly in Paris which was attacked by terrorists resulting in the death of 12 personsCharlie Hebdo
The bank which has launched India's first contactless or tap and pay facility on debit and credits cards to enable electronic payments with a mere tap
(The facility is based on Near Field Communication and the cards have been introduced in Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Mumbai)
The initiative launched by IIT-Madras to support entrepreneurial interests by providing them a riskfree environment to develop their ideas and shielding them from financial pressures through seed fundingNirmaan
The Indian industrialist in whose honour the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin (The set of Rs 100 and Rs 5 coins in silver depicting industrialist’s bust, has been fabricated by the Kolkata mint of the Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India)Jamsetji Tata
The US city which is scheduled to host the International Hindi Conference with the theme of "Expanding World of Hindi: Possibilities and Challenges," in April 2015New Jersey
The Columbia University Professor and co-author of book "India's Tryst with Destiny" (with Jagdish Bhagwati) who has been appointed the Vice Chairman of newly constituted NITI AayogArvind Panagariya
The place in Gujarat at which ICICI Digital Village created by ICICI Bank was dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra ModiAkodara in Sabarkantha district
The first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate who died on 03 January 2015Edward Brooke
The state in which the Union Govt has decided to extend the provisions of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 declaring it as a ‘disturbed area’ for another yearAssam
The dam in China over Yangtze river which has broken the world record for annual hydroelectric power production by generating 98.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014 (overtaking 2013 production of the Brazilian-Paraguayan Itaipu dam.)Three Gorges Dam
The Sri Lankan batsman who has become the fifth batsman in the history of test-cricket to surpass the 12,000-run mark (the other four being Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, JH Kallis and Rahul Dravid)
Note: He is the fastest to reach 12000 runs in 224 innings.
Kumar Sangakkara
The first-of-its-kind two-day summit of senior banking executives and top officials from the government and the Reserve Bank of India to discuss ways to strengthen the public banking sector held in Pune was named Gyan Sangam
The venue of 102nd Indian Science Congress to be held from 03 to 07 January 2015University of Mumbai
The former chief of Indian Space Research Organisation, also known as Father of Indian Monsoon Model who passed away on 02 January 2015Vasant Gowarikar
The State which has become the second state in India (after Madhya Pradesh) to have its own intra-state flight service when the inaugral service was launched by its department of civil aviation and operator Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt. Ltd. (Mehair) from Ahmedabad airport to Porbandar.Gujarat
The mobile application meant for women's safety launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for Delhi Police is namedHimmat
The European nation which has become the Eurozone's 19th member by adopting Euro as its official currency (its currency earlier was Litas)Lithuania

R.K. Laxman - Creator of "Common Man" for his cartoon strip "You Said It"

Born - 24 October 1921

Died - 26 January 2015

Padma Bhushan - 1973

Padma Vibhushan - 2005

Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts – 1984

Autobiography - The Tunnel of Time : An Autobiography

Tiger Census - 2014

StateNo of Tigers in 2011No of Tigers in 2014
Uttar Pradesh118117
Total in Shivalik-Gangetic Plains485
Andhra Pradesh (Including Telengana)7268
Madhya Pradesh257308
Total in Central India688
Tamil Nadu163229
Goa -5
Total in Western Ghats776
Assam 143167
Arunachal Pradesh -28
Mizoram 53
Northern West Bengal -3
Total in North East Hills & Brahmaputra plains201
Sundarbans 7076

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2015

Men's Winner - Tesfaye Abera of Ethiopia

Women's Winner - Dinknesh Mekash of Ethiopia

Indian Men's Winner - Karan Singh

Indian Women's Winner - O.P. Jaisha and Lalita Babar

72nd Golden Globe Awards

Best Picture (Drama) - Boyhood directed by Richard Linklater

Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) - The Grand Budapest Hotel directed by Wes Anderson

NITI Aayog

Vice-Chairman : Shri Arvind Panagariya

CEO : Smt Sindhushree Khullar

Full time members : Shri Bibek Debroy and Shri V.K. Saraswat

Ex-officio members : Shri Rajnath Singh, Shri Arun Jaitley, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Special Invitees : Shri Nitin Gadkari, Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot, Smt Smriti Irani

Abbreviations in news

NITI - National Institution for Transforming India

DELP - Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme

IUCAW - Investigative Units on Crimes Against Women

NOFN - National Optical Fibre Network