Current Affairs Update – 15th January, 2016

Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs Update of 15th January, 2016. These are Important for the upcoming LIC AAO 2016 and Syndicate Manipal PO 2016.


Current Affairs at a Glance - 15 January, 2016
  1. Madhya Pradesh (MP) Government on 14 January 2016 signed four MOUs with Singapore to collaborate in urban planning, skill development, clean energy and food processing. Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan was awarded with Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship for his contribution in development and international harmony.
  2. Union Government on 14 January 2016 signed a loan agreement with World Bank in New Delhi for the Neeranchal National Watershed Project. The project was approved by the Union Cabinet in October 2015 with a total budget of 2142 crore rupees in which India would bear 1071 crore rupees and the rest 50 percent cost will be borne by the World Bank.
  3. The Union government plans to connect 585 agricultural produce markets under its National Agriculture Market (NAM) initiative by March 2018, a senior minister said here today.
  4. The country's first 'water tourism' will begin in Madhya Pradesh next month with the aim of attracting more tourists to the state. Named as 'Jal Mahotsav', the 10-day extravaganza will be inaugurated on February 12 in Hanuwantiya at Indra Sagar Dam, one of Asia's largest man-made water reservoir.
  5. Ships and aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard and the Japan Coast Guard came together to train for the 15th edition of ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ joint exercise in the Bay of Bengal off the Chennai coast on Friday.
  6. The total installed capacity of solar power in India has crossed the milestone of 5,000 MW. The cumulative installed capacity has reached to 5,130 MW with an installed capacity of 1385 MW in the current FY.
  7. Eminent film personalities Kamal Hassan and Gautam Ghosh were on 14 January 2016 included in the Shyam Benegal Committee on functioning of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
  8. Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis' awe-inspiring run continued unabated as they lifted their second trophy of the season with the WTA Apia International title after clinching their 30th win a row, here today.
  9. Sensitive portrayal of life for young women facing the threat of the diktat of khap panchayats in Haryana has earned Ankita Anand, a journalist-writer based here, the European Commission's prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 (Asia-Pacific).
  10. The World Health Organisation declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over two years.



Finance/Economy –

Madhya Pradesh Government signed four MoUs with Singapore


  • Madhya Pradesh (MP) Government on 14 January 2016 signed four MOUs with Singapore to collaborate in urban planning, skill development, clean energy and food processing.
  • The MoUs were signed in Singapore in the presence of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan, who was on four day visit from 12 January 2016

Feature of four MoUs
  • The MoU on setting up 1000 megawatt wind energy plant in western part of the state was signed between the Department of New & Renewable Energy and Singapore corporation unit, Sembcorp Green Infra Ltd.  It was the biggest of the investment proposals.
  • The MoU covering urban planning was signed between the Directorate of Town & Country Planning and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise,
  • The MoU on capacity building and skill training was signed between the Department of Technical Education and Skill Development and ITE Education Services of Singapore
  • The MoU covering food processing was signed between India’s LT Food Ltd and Singapore-based DSM Nutritional Products.
  • Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan was awarded with Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship for his contribution in development and international harmony. It was by awarded Fellowship Chairman Mr. Eddie Teo in Singapore on 13 January 2016.


Union Government signed a loan agreement with World Bank for Neeranchal National Watershed Project

  • Union Government on 14 January 2016 signed a loan agreement with World Bank in New Delhi for the Neeranchal National Watershed Project.
  • All 28 states which implement the watershed projects will benefit from this project. However, the nine states, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujrat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana will benefit more from the project as they are implementation of large number of watershed schemes in their states.

Features of Neeranchal National Watershed Project
  • The project was approved by the Union Cabinet in October 2015 with a total budget of 2142 crore rupees in which India would bear 1071 crore rupees and the rest 50 percent cost will be borne by the World Bank.
  • It will be implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development over a six-year period (2016-21).
  • It will support the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana in hydrology and water management, agricultural production systems, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation.


Centre plans to connect 585 agri markets under NAM by FY18


  • The Union government plans to connect 585 agricultural produce markets under its National Agriculture Market (NAM) initiative by March 2018, a senior minister said here today.
  • He further added that within March 2017, another 200 markets would be connected using the platform, and the target was to connect 585 markets by March 2018.
  • In July last year the Centre had approved setting up of an online national agriculture market that will provide more options to farmers for selling their produce. The Union Cabinet had approved the proposal to create a National Agriculture Market. The move is expected to give choice to farmers to sell the farm produce both in physical mandis or online platform.
  • Currently, the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Acts in different states permit the first sale of crops to take place only in regulated market yards or mandis. This basically restricts the farmer to sell his produce to traders or commission agents licensed to operate in the area under a particular APMC.


India –

India, Japan conduct joint exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ off Chennai coast


  • Ships and aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard and the Japan Coast Guard came together to train for the 15th edition of ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ joint exercise in the Bay of Bengal off the Chennai coast on Friday.
  • This is the second time in three months a ship from the Japanese military forces is participating in a military exercise along with India. In October last year, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force’s ship FS Fuyuzuk participated in exercise ‘Malabar’ with ships and aircraft of the Indian and the United States navies.
  • While India was represented by ICGS Samudra Paheredar, ICGS Sarang, ICGS Vishwast, ICGS Rajtarang, ICGS Rajkamal and a Dornier Do 226 and chetak helicopters in ‘Sahyog-Kaijin XV’, Japan Coast Guard’s JCGS Echigo with its integral helicopter took part in the exercise.


Country's first 'water tourism' to begin in MP in February


  • The country's first 'water tourism' will begin in Madhya Pradesh next month with the aim of attracting more tourists to the state.
  • Named as 'Jal Mahotsav', the 10-day extravaganza will be inaugurated on February 12 in Hanuwantiya at Indra Sagar Dam, one of Asia's largest man-made water reservoir.
  • It is a first-of-its-kind event going to be organised in Madhya Pradesh. The aim is to encourage more tourists to this destination. The mega event will be inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
  • Hanuwantiya, which is under Khandwa district of the state, is about 130 kms from Indore and 280 kms from state capital Bhopal.


Solar power installed capacity in the country crosses 5000 MW


  • The total installed capacity of solar power in India has crossed the milestone of 5,000 MW.
  • The cumulative installed capacity has reached to 5,130 MW with an installed capacity of 1385 MW in the current FY.
  • Rajasthan tops with installed capacity of 1264 MW, followed by Gujarat (1024MW), Madhya Pradesh (679 MW), Tamil Nadu (419 MW), Maharashtra (379 MW) and Andhra Pradesh (357 MW).
  • The Government has set the ambitious target of generating 100 GW of solar power by 2021-22 under the National Solar Mission.


DRDO successfully test-fired anti-tank missile Nag in Rajasthan

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in the second week of January 2016 successfully test-fired Nag anti-tank missile at the Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan.
  • The test was conducted during a night trial to validate the enhanced 4-km range capability of Imaging-Infrared seeker, which guides the missile to the target after its launch.
  • During the test, the Thermal Target System (TTS) was used as target for the missile. The TTS simulated a target similar to an operational tank as thermal mapping from tank to TTS was carried out for generating thermal signature.


Kamal Haasan & Gautam Ghosh included in Shyam Benegal Committee on functioning of CBFC


  • Eminent film personalities Kamal Hassan and Gautam Ghosh were on 14 January 2016 included in the Shyam Benegal Committee on functioning of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
  • The inclusion was done to give representation to more regions of the country and on the recommendation of the existing four members committee.
  • Earlier, on 1 January 2016, the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry set up the panel under the chairmanship of Shyam Benegal to review the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 and recommend measures for the smooth run of CBFC.


Sports –

Sania Mirza - Martina Hings wins 2016 WTA Apia International Title


  • Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis' awe-inspiring run continued unabated as they lifted their second trophy of the season with the WTA Apia International title after clinching their 30th win a row, here today.
  • The triumph over Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic though was not without initial hiccups as the top seeds lost the first set meekly before eking out a 1-6 7-5 10-5 win in one hour and 13 minutes.
  • The world number one team trailed 1-6 1-4 at one stage but they yet again came out unscathed, levelling the second set 5-5 and then sealed it to stretch it to a Super tie- breaker.
  • The US open and Wimbledon champions raced to a 8-3 lead in the decider and clinched the issue comfortably to stretch their unbeaten run to an incredible 30 matches.
  • It was the 11th title together for the Indo-Swiss pair as continuing the good show from 2015 when they won 9 titles including the year-end WTA finale.
  • The year 2016 has also started on a fabulous note for the fuo, which won the Brisbane International trophy last week.


Ronaldinho announced as Brand Ambassador of Nagjee International Club Football Tournament

  • The former Barcelona and AC Milan player Ronaldinho on 11 January 2016 was announced as the Brand Ambassador of the Nagjee International Club Football Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode, Kerala from 5 February 2016 to 21 February 2016.
  • The legendary footballer was a part of Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning squad and played an important role in the world's biggest sporting extravaganza.


Marat Safin inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame

  • The Russian Tennis Federation on 14 January 2016 announced that former World No.1 tennis player Marat Safin joined the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  • The official ceremony to induct Safin has been scheduled for 16 July 2016.
  • The Russian tennis player was announced as a candidate for the induction into the Hall of Fame in October 2015 together with Belgium's Justine Henin, a former women's singles No.1 and seven-time major champion, and Helena Sukova from the Czech Republic, who won 14 major titles in doubles and mixed doubles.


Awards & Honors –

PM Modi conferred the Times Now Amazing Indians Awards 2016


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 January 2016 conferred the Times Now Amazing Indians Awards 2016 to all the awardees.
  • The awards were given by Times Now in recognition of extraordinary achievers, ordinary people whose work shaped many lives



Ankita Anand wins prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 (Asia-Pacific)


  • Sensitive portrayal of life for young women facing the threat of the diktat of khap panchayats in Haryana has earned Ankita Anand, a journalist-writer based here, the European Commission's prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 (Asia-Pacific).
  • Travelling across the areas in Haryana where Khap bodies or caste councils had handed down fiats against women, she interviewed some of the Khap members and also talked to a cross-section of women, including prize-winning sports personalities, for their views on the pronouncements from kangaroo courts and the gender bias in society.
  • Anand's experience and efforts were contained in a write-up 'No Country for the New Woman' was published in the summer number (April-June 2015) of the quarterly magazine 'The Equator Line', which centred on the theme of women's freedom in India.


World –

WHO declares end to Ebola epidemic

  • The World Health Organisation declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over two years.
  • Thursday’s success comes after a harrowing toll: nearly 23,000 children lost at least one parent or caregiver. Some 17,000 survivors are trying to resume their lives though many battle mysterious, lingering side effects. Studies continue to uncover new information about how long Ebola can last in bodily fluids.
  • Liberia, which along with Sierra Leone and Guinea was an epicentre of the latest outbreak, was first declared free of the disease last May, but new cases emerged two times forcing officials there to restart the clock. “While this is an important milestone and a very important step forward, we have to say that the job is still not done,” said Rick Brennan, WHO director of emergency risk assessment and humanitarian response, at a news conference in Geneva.


Books & Authors –

3rd revised edition of the book titled Objective Railway Engineering-Track, Works & Others released

  • The Minister of State (MoS) for Railways Manoj Sinha released a book titled Objective Railway Engineering-Track, Works & Others on 14 January 2016 in New Delhi. It was authored by a well known Civil Engineer MM Agarwal.

Features of the Book
  • This is the 3rd revised and enlarged edition of the book, which contains 37 updated chapters which cover the entire spectrum of Railway Engineering.
  • It was originally written in 2007. The book has since then been revised two times to include the latest technical developments in the track taking place on Railway around the world with special reference to Indian Railways.


Obituaries –

Filmmaker Anil Ganguly Dies at 82

  • Noted filmmaker Anil Ganguly passed away today at his residence here after a brief illness. He was 82.
  • Ganguly is a noted director and screenwriter, who worked in Hindi cinema from 1970s to the 90s.
  • He is best known for Jaya Bhaduri starrer, Kora Kagaz and Tapasya both of which won National Award.
  • His other notable films are Saaheb, Trishna, Khandaan,  Humkadam, Pyar Ke Kabil, Balidan (Bolidan -1990, Bengali), Dushman Devta among others.
  • His daughter Rupali Ganguly is a television and theatre actress and his son Vijay Ganguly is a director and choreographer.





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