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Current Affairs- January 2017

1. Navjot Singh Sidhu to contest Punjab polls from Amritsar East on Congress ticket

  • The cricketer-turned-politician had resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party on September 14, 2016.
  • The Congress party on Thursday said that Navjot Singh Sidhu will contest in the upcoming Punjab assembly elections as a party nominee.
  • “Navjot Singh Sidhu will contest from the constituency of his wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu,” former Punjab Chief Minister and Congress state unit chief Captain Amarinder Singh told reporters here. “Sidhu will contest from Amritsar (East) seat as a Congress nominee,” Singh said.

2. Election Commission announces dates for assembly polls in 5 states:  Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa

3. Government introduces BHIM app for cashless transactions

4. Kalyan Krishnamurthy to be the next CEO of Flipkart

5. Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies:

6. Petrol pumps across country  threaten to refuse  payment for fuel by cards:

7. Prime Minister Modi addresses the nation on the 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas:

8. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of India:

  • India’s economy witnessed a marginal acceleration, growing at 7.3% in the second quarter of 2016-17. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 7.1% in the first quarter of 2016-17 and at 7.6% in the corresponding quarter last year.
  • However, expectations are that growth will suffer a setback in the second half of the year on account of the impact of demonetisation. This will make the government’s target of surpassing last year’s 7.6% growth this year difficult
  • The pick-up in growth in the second quarter was led by agriculture which grew at 3.3% in the quarter. Manufacturing grew at 7.3% while mining and quarrying declined by 1.5%. Gross fixed capital formation, an indication of the investment demand continued to contract at -5.6%.
  • Another measure of economic activity—gross value added (GVA)—showed the economy growing at 7.1% in the September quarter as against 7.3% in the June quarter.
  • GDP growth is arrived at by adding net indirect taxes (indirect taxes–subsidies) to GVA. A higher GVA in the June quarter means the government’s subsidies were higher than indirect tax collections in the quarter.

9. President Obama’s farewell speech after 8 years in the White House

10. Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Fifa best player award.

11. Jallikattu back in Tamil Nadu

  • Jallikattu, the bull taming sport, was conducted in several districts in Tamil Nadu on Sunday amid protests in various places. Protesters continued to swell in numbers across the state, including Chennai’s Marina Beach, the epicentre of the stir for the last six days.
  • Alanganallur is the only place where Jallikattu is held as an official function of the government. The protesters raised slogans that ordinance was only a temporary measure and demanded a permanent solution for holding the sport, besides a ban on animal rights group PETA
  • Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court anticipating challenge to its ordinance allowing Jallikattu in the state. Following unrelenting protests, DMK and other Opposition parties urged the Centre to take steps for conducting the sport annually without any hindrance.

12. Uttar Pradesh elections: Samajwadi Party, Congress announce alliance

13. Donald Trump begins presidency with fiery vow to unseat establishment

  • Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the US, delivering a fiery attack on the Washington establishment in which he vowed to return power to the American public and deliver on pledges he made in his campaign
  • Trump, 70, who has not previously held elected office, took the oath of office at about noon from Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol
  • Trump pledged that US interests would be at the center of his presidency, even at the expense of longstanding foreign relationships

14. Fit-again Saina lifts Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold

15. Gambian leader told to cede power or be forced out

  • Gambia’s defeated President Yahya Jammeh must cede power by noon on Friday or he will be dislodged by a regional force that has already moved into the country, West African officials said.
  • Mr. Barrow, who won Gambia’s presidential election in December, was sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, where he is for his safety.
  • Mr. Jammeh started negotiations with ECOWAS on Thursday and agreed to step down but demanded an amnesty for any crimes that he may have committed during his 22 years in power and that he be permitted to stay in Gambia, at his home village of Kanilai

16. Natarajan Chandrasekaran appointed as Tata Son’s new Chairman.

17. Roger Federer (Swiss) wins the Australian Open 2017, Rafael Nadal (Spain) is the runner up.

18. Donald Trump’s announcement regarding immigration

19. PV Sindhu beats Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska to win women’s Singles title: yed Modi 2017 badminton final

20. Election Commission to file an FIR against Arvind Kejriwal.

  • In a rare intervention, the Election Commission (EC) on Sunday directed the chief electoral officer of Goa to file a First Information Report (FIR) against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over remarks made by him at a rally in the poll-bound state. The ‘FIR/complaint’ will be filed under provisions of the Representation of the People Act (RPA) dealing with bribing voters and also under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
  • On 8 January, Kejriwal told a rally at Mapusa that other political parties would come to distribute money among voters. “They will come with money, do not refuse it because they have looted it from us… vote for jhadu (broom, the election symbol of AAP),” the EC quoted him as saying.

21. President accepts Shanmuganathan resignation, appoints Banwarilal Purohit as Gov of Meghalaya

22. Republic day celebrations

23. Donald Trump fires US attorney general Sally Yates for defiance over travel ban

  • Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she ordered Justice Department lawyers to stop defending the president’s controversial immigration orders.
  • Ms Yates, who was appointed by Mr Obama, said she was “not convinced that the executive order is lawful”.
  • “I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Ms Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers. “At present, I am not convinced that the defence of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities.”

24. List of Padma awardees for 2017:

Here is the list of 2017 Padma award winners. The list comprises of 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees.  19 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 5 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and 6 Posthumous awardees.

Padma Vibhushan

Awardee Field of Prominence
Sharad Pawar Public Affairs
Murli Manohar Joshi Public Affairs
P.A. Sangma (posthumous) Public Affairs
Sunder Lal Patwah (posthumous) Public Affairs
K.J.Yesudas Art – Music
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Others – Spiritualism
Udipi Ramachandra Rao Science & Engineering

Padma Bhushan

Awardee Field of Prominence
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Art – Music
Devi Prasad Dwivedi Literature & Education
Tehemton Udwadia Medicine
Ratna Sundar Maharaj Others-Spiritualism
Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati Others-Yoga
H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (Foreigner) Literature & Education
Cho Ramaswamy (Posthumous) Literature & Education –Journalism

Padma Shri

Awardee Field of Prominence
Basanti Bisht Art-Music
Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair Art-Dance
Aruna Mohanty Art-Dance
Bharathi Vishnuvardhan Art-Cinema
Sadhu Meher Art-Cinema
T K Murthy Art-Music
Laishram Birendrakumar Singh Art-Music
Krishna Ram Chaudhary Art-Music
Baoa Devi Art-Painting
Tilak Gitai Art-Painting
Aekka Yadagiri Rao Art-Sculpture
Jitendra Haripal Art-Music
Kailash Kher Art-Music
Parassala B Ponnammal Art-Music
Sukri Bommagowda Art-Music
Mukund Nayak Art-Music
Purushottam Upadhyay Art-Music
Anuradha Paudwal Art-Music
Wareppa Naba Nil Art-Theatre
Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary Civil Service
T.K. Viswanathan Civil Service
Kanwal Sibal Civil Service
Birkha Bahadur Limboo Muringla Literature & Education
Eli Ahmed Literature & Education
Narendra Kohli Literature & Education
G. Venkatasubbiah Literature & Education
Akkitham Achyuthan Namboothiri Literature & Education
Kashi Nath Pandita Literature & Education
Chamu Krishna Shastry Literature & Education
Harihar Kripalu Tripathi Literature & Education
Michel Danino Literature & Education
Punam Suri Literature & Education
VG Patel Literature & Education
V Koteswaramma Literature & Education
Balbir Dutt Literature & Education-Journalism
Bhawana Somaaya Literature & Education-Journalism
Vishnu Pandya Literature & Education-Journalism
Subroto Das Medicine
Bhakti Yadav Medicine
Mohammed Abdul Waheed Medicine
Madan Madhav Godbole Medicine
Devendra Dayabhai Patel Medicine
Harkishan Singh Medicine
Mukut Minz Medicine
Arun Kumar Sharma Others-Archaeology
Sanjeev Kapoor Others-Culinary
Meenakshi Amma Others-Martial Art
Genabhai Dargabhai Patel Others-Agriculture
Chandrakant Pithawa Science & Engineering
Ajoy Kumar Ray Science & Engineering
Chintakindi Mallesham Science & Engineering
Jitendra Nath Goswami Science & Engineering
Daripalli Ramaiah Social Work
Girish Bhardwaj Social Work
Karimul Hak Social Work
Bipin Ganatra Social Work
Nivedita Raghunath Bhide Social work
Appasaheb Dharmadhikari Social Work
Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal Social Work
Virat Kohli Sports-Cricket
Shekar Naik Sports-Cricket
Vikasa Gowda Sports-Discus Throw
Deepa Malik Sports-Athletics
Mariyappan Thangavelu Sports-Athletics
Dipa Karmakar Sports-Gymnastics
P. R. Shreejesh Sports-Hockey
Sakshi Malik Sports-Wrestling
Mohan Reddy Venkatrama Bodanapu Trade & Industry
Imrat Khan  (NRI/PIO) Art-Music
Anant Agarwal (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education
H.R. Shah (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education-Journalism
Suniti Solomon (Posthumous) Medicine
Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya (Posthumous) Others-Archaeology
Dr. Mapuskar (Posthumous) Social Work
Anuradha Koirala (Foreigner) Social Work


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