January, 2016

Developed Computer Software

The US scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a computer software that can decode brain signals and read people’s thoughts with almost 96 percent accuracy in real time.

83rd Senior National Snooker Championship

Aditya Mehta wins 83rd Senior National Snooker Championship in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, defeating Manan Chandra 6-3 in the final.

Syed Modi International badminton championship

Kidambi Srikanth wins men’s singles title of the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2016 in Lucknow, defeating China’s Huang Yuxiang, 21-13, 14-21, 21-14.

Djokovic wins Australian Open Tennis

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic wins men’s singles title of the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2016 in Lucknow, defeating China’s Huang Yuxiang 21-13, 14-21, 21-14.

Kerber wins Australian Open Tennis

Germany’s Angelique Kerber wins the Australian Open women’s singles title by defeating defending champion Serena Williams of USA in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

K. Veeramani Award

Bihar Chief Minister Mr. Nitish Kumar is selected for the prestigious K. Veeramani Award for Social Justice 2015, for his contribution towards social justice as Chief Minister.

Sania & Hingis wins Australian Open

Sania Mirza of India and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis win the 2016 Australian Open title of tennis in the women’s doubles category, defeating Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

Zika Virus effects pregnant women

Colombia announces that more than 2000 pregnant women in the South American country have been infected with the Zika virus, which is suspected of causing brain damage in newborns.

Second-most-visited city in the world

London has leap-frogged Bangkok and Singapore to be named the second-most-visited city in the world, according to research by travel analysis Euromonito.

Six metro coaches to Australia

The Ministry of Shipping exports a batch of six metro coaches to Australia, as part of a deal with Australia to export 450 made-in-India coaches in two and a half years.

CBDT signs two bilateral APAs with UK

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signs two bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with United Kingdom, a step towards providing a stable and predictable tax regime.

Japanese astronomers discover the second-largest black hole

Japanese astronomers discover the second-largest black hole in Milky Way, with a mass 1,00,000 times of the Sun, around 200 light-years away from centre of the Milky Way.

Akash missile test-fired

India successfully test-fires its indigenously-built surface-to-air Akash missile from complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (TTR) at Chandipur in Odisha.

Mumbai International Festival

Veteran wildlife filmmaker Mr. Naresh Bedi is honoured with the V.Shataram Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th edition of Mumbai International Festival for Documentary Short and Animation Films.

34th Senior National Rowing Championship

Punjab’s Navneet Kaur wins two Gold medals in the 34th Senior National Rowing Championship at Hyderabad. It is her maiden Gold in senior category.

Somalia cabinet agrees on Election Model outlined

Somalia Cabinet agrees on Election Model outlined by Mogadishu Declaration, calling for electoral process in Somalia to establish a new, bicameral Federal Parliament in 2016, based on inclusivity and representation.

Union Government and ADB sign infrastructure

The Union government and the Asian Development Bank sign an $80 million loan agreement to continue improving infrastructure in Agartala and Aizawl, capitals of Tripura and Mizoram, respectively.

First batch 20 Smart Cities announced

Union Minister for Urban Development Mr. Venkaiah Naidu announces 20 cities from 11 States and National Capital Territory of Delhi in the list of first batch of Smart Cities Mission.

Intelsat 29e

Intelsat, the commercial satellite giant, announces that Intelsat 29e, the first of the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites, has been successfully launched from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle.

Red List of Threatened Species

WWF-India claims that they spotted the endangered snow leopards for the first time in the North Sikkim Plateau.It is listed as endangered by IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species.

Adam Lewis headed IRP

Governing bordies of International Tennis – ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board – constitute the Adam Lewis-headed Independent Review panel (IRP) to safeguard integrity in tennis.

Biggest change in the governance of IMF

International Monetary Fund implements long-pending 2010 Quota and Governance Reforms which will be the biggest change in the governance of IMF since it was established.

31 countries sign MCAA

31 countries sign Multilateral Component Authority Agreement to boost transparency in the functioning of multinational enterprises by allowing automatic exchange of Country-by-Country reports by tax administrators.

CCEA approval for Hybrid Annuity Model

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gives in principle approval for the Hybrid Annuity Model for implementing the National Highway Projects, to revive highway projects in the country.

Union Cabinet approves 17 IRBs and 4 LWE

The Union Cabinet approves proposal of raising of 17 Indian Reserve Battalions (IRBs) in Jammu & Kashmir and 4 Left Wing Extremism (LWF) affected States.

New lonely planet

Astronomers from UK, the US and Australia discover the widest planet system so far comprising lonely planet named 2MASS J2126 in a huge orbit around its star TYC 9486-927-1.

England won the test series against South Africa

England win the cricket Test series against South Africa by 2-1, though the fourth and final Test is won by South Africa at Centurion.

UNICEF helps to Ukraine affected children

UNICEF launches a $2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide, including the $54.3 million to help conflict, affected children in eastern Ukraine.

Iranian President first official visit to Italy and France

Iranian President Mr. Hassan Rouhani starts his five-day visit to Italy and France as his first official visits to these countries. It is 16 years since an Iranian president last made a state visit to Europe.

SC & ST Amendment Act 2015

The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015, comes into force, making laws tougher to tackle atrocities against the SCs & STs.

President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh

President’s Rule is imposed in Arunachal Pradesh after Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent. Union Cabinet had recommended Central rule following political instability in the State.

67 Republic Day Chief Guest – French President

India celebrates 67th Republic Day displaying its military prowess and cultural heritage on Rajpath, New Delhi. French President Mr. Francois Hollande is the Chief Guest at the celebrations.

World’s first kidney transplant

An Indian-Origin surgeon in the UK pulls off a complex kidney transplant on a three-year-old girl using 3D printing, believed to be among the world’s first such operations.

3rd Yash Chopra Memorial Award

Veteran Bollywood actress Rekha is honoured with the third Yash Chopra Memorial Award in Mumbai in recognition of her talent, and contribution to the film industry.

Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament

Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Belous emerges Champion while India’s Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi finishes second, sharing the spot with Russia’s Grachev Boris in Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament.

US bans solitary confinement in federal prisons

US President Mr. Barack Obama announces a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons, citing the case of teenager who spent two years in solitary confinement and killed himself.

Solar energy panels in Tamil Nadu

The Union Government approves fitting of roottrop solar energy panels over 10,000 houses belonging to Economically Weaker Sections in Tamil Nadu at a cost of Rs. 253 crore.

PM lays foundation stone of ISA

PM Mr. Modi, along with French President Mr. Hollande, lays the foundation stone of International Solar Alliance (ISA) Headquarters in National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) in Gwalpahari, Gurgaon.

India and France ink 14 agreements

India and France ink 14 Agreements / MoUs in Delhi, including MoU on purchase of 36 Rafale Aircraft during the State visit of French President Mr. Francois Hollande.

US scientists find a new method to deliver anaesthesia

The US scientists find a new method to deliver anaesthesia using a tiny electric current instead of a needle. It could help improve dental procedures and avoid contamination and infection.

P.V. Sindhu wins Malaysia masters grand prix gold Badminton

P.V. Sindhu wins Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton women’s singles defeating Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour 21-15, 21-9. Men’s singles is won by Lee Chong Wei, beating Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-18, 21-11.

Sousa wins Presidential Election of Portugal

Mr. Marcelo Rebelo De Sousa wins Presidential election of Portugal. Mr. Sousa, a centre-right Social Democrats candidate and former journalist, wins the election by securing 52 percent of votes.

1st Ministerial Meeting of Arab-India Cooperation Forum

First Ministerial Meeting of Arab-India Cooperation Forum is held in Bahraini capital Manama. The meeting reviews achievements of Arab-Indian cooperation since establishment of Arab-Indian Cooperation Forum and adopts Manama Declaration.

Kolkata cueist Sourav Kothari wins National Billiards

Kolkata cueist Sourav Kothari pockets National Billiards title defeating Siddharth Parekh 5-2 in the final of the National Billiards Championship in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Australia wins One day series against India

Australia wins five-match One Day International series against India 4-1. In the fifth and final match played in Sydney, India defeat Australia by 6 wickets.

China and Iran sign 17 documents and letters

China and Iran sign 17 documents & letters of intent to broaden bilateral cooperation covering fields like energy, finance, investment, communications, judiciary, science and technology, news media and human resources.

India’s largest tricolour flag

India’s largest tricolour, measuring 66 feet in height and 99 feet in width, is hoisted atop 293-foot pole at Pahari Mandir in Ranchi, by Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar.

Google India and Indian Railways telecom arm RailTel launch free Wi-Fi

Google India and Indian Railways’ telecom arim RailTel launch free Rail Wire Public Wi-Fi service for railway passengers at Mumbai Central Station.

Japan invest in Iran’s Industries

Japan lifts sanctions on Iran, falling in line with major world powers. The move will allow Japanese companies to pursue investment in Iran’s oil and gas industry.

MSDE and DoT sign an MoU

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Department of Telecommunication (DoT) sign an MoU to develop and implement National Action Plan for Skill Development in Telecom Sector.

India submits its first Biennial Update Report

India submits its first Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Indian Bureau of Mines and National Remote Sensing Centre sign an MoU

Indian Bureau of Mines and National Remote Sensing Centre sign an MoU for monitoring mining activity through satellite technology to help in responsible use of precious mineral resources.

4th India-Africa Hydrocarbons Conference

The 4th India-Africa Hydrocarbons Conference (IAHC) begins in New Delhi, aiming at enhancing greater cooperation between India and African continent in the field of hydrocarbon.

NASA announces 2015 was by far the hottest year

NASA announces that 2015 was by far the hottest year since modern record keeping began in 1880. Scientists blame a combination of El Nino and increasing man-made global warming.

ISRO successfully puts into orbit IRNSS-1E

ISRO successfully puts into orbit IRNSS-1E, the fifth satellite of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) using PSLV-C31, after its successful launch from Sriharikota.

Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy

Uttar Pradesh clinch their maiden Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy with a thumping 38-run win over two-time champions Baroda in the final at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Third PM of Maldova in less than a year

Moldovan parliament appoints Mr. Pavel Filip as the Prime Minister. He would be the third prime minister of Moldova in less than a year.

Union Govt. and World bank sign Finance Agreement

The Union Government and the World Bank sign the Financing Agreement for World Bank (IDA) assistance of $250 million for Bihar Kosi Basin Development Project.

Power Tariff Policy on clear energy

Union Cabinet approves amendments in Power Tariff Policy aiming at promoting clean energy, better regulaton of discoms and faster roll-out of investments.

MoU between India and UK

Union Cabinet gives its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Kingdom on co-operation to governance reforms.

Scientists discover a new bird species

A team of scientists discover a new bird species named ‘Himalayan Forest Thrush’ in northeastern India and adjacent parts of China.

UNESCAP releases WESP

UNESCAP releases World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2015 report, highlighting that the world economy stumbled in 2015 and only a modest improvement is projected for 2016/17.

National Family Health Survey

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare releases the results from the Phase-I of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) 2015-16.

Project Green Ports

The Union Ministry of Shipping starts Project Green Ports, which will help in making the Major Ports across India cleaner and greener.

French President declares Economic and Social emergency

French President Mr. Francois Holande declares a state of economic and social emergency, unveiling a $2.2 billion plan to revivew hiring and catch up with a fast-moving world economy.

First organic farming State of India

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi declares Sikkim as the first organic farming State of India, while inaugurating the Sikkim Organic Festival 2016 in Gangtok, Sikkim.

Zinnia becomes the first flower to be grown into the space

Zinnia becomes the first flower to be grown into the space. The flowers were grown inside the Veggie lab aboard International Space Station.

NASA launches SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

NASA launches SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. The rocket carries the ocean-monitoring satellite Jason-3 on board and successfully inserts it in the desired orbit.

13th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathan

Kenyan pacemaker Gideon Kipketer wins the men’s race at 13th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. The women’s crown is clinched by Ethiopian tunner Shuko Genemo.

Premier Badminton League title

Delhi Acers emerge victorious over Mumbai Rockets by 4-3 in the summit clash to clinch the Premier Badminton League (PBL) title.

Kohli becomes the fastest batsman to register 24 hundreds

Virat Kohli becomes the fastest batsman to register 24 hundreds and pile-up 7000 runs in One-Day cricket, surpassing the twin milestones in just his 161st innings.

Chinese Scientists develop a new bio-artificial liver

Chinese scientists develop a new bio-artificial liver that can help patients to survive the liver failure long enough for an organ transplant.

66th Senior National Basketball Championship

The 66th Senior National Basketball Championship concludes in Mysuru. Indian Railways women and Services men capture the Gold medal, with Kerala women and Uttarakhand men finishing runners-up.

Taiwan’s first female president

Opposition candidate of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Ms. Tsai Ing-wen wins a landslide victory in Taiwan’s presidential election and becomes the island’s first female president.

Founding members joined with AIIB

China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which India and 56 countries have joined as founding members, is formally opened in Beijing by Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping.

Dismantle large sections of nuclear programme The US and European nations lift oil and financial sanctions on Iran and release $100 billion of its assets after IAEA concludes Iran followed its promises to dismantle large sections of nuclear programme.

The US and European nations lift oil and financial sanctions on Iran and release $100 billion of its assets after IAEA concludes Iran followed its promises to dismantle large sections of nuclear programme.

PM launches Start-up India scheme

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi launches ‘Start-up India’ in New Delhi, an initiative to augment start-up ecosystem in the country.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft makes a new record

NASA’s Juno spacecraft makes a new record for the farthest distance travelled by a solar-powered vehicle by reaching Jupiter a mind-boggling 793 million kilometres from the Sun.

Firwomen Vice Chancellor of Kerala selected for Prof. M.V. Pylee Award

Dr. Jancy James, the first woman Vice Chancellor of Kerala is selected for the Prof. M.V. Pylee Award for the Distinguished Academician of India.

WTA Apia International Tennis

Women’s singles : Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova defeats Monica Puig, 6-0, 6-2 to win Women’s Singles of WTA Apia International in Sydney.
Women’s doubles : Martina Hingis (Switzerland)-Sania Mirza (India) defeat Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in women’s doubles of WTa Apia International in Sydney.
Men’s singles : Viktor Troicki defeats Grigor Dimitrov by 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) to clinch Men’s singles of WTA Apia International Tennis.

Mobile Health Services

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mr. J.P. Nadda launches four mobile health (m-Health) services to provide citizen-centre health services.

WHO declares end to the deadlist Ebola

World Health Organization declares an end to the deadlist Ebola outbreak after no new cases emerged in Liberia. The disease has claimed more than 11,300 lives over two years.

Indian writer wins European Commission’s prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize

Indian writer Ms. Ankita Anand wins the European Commission’s prestigious Lorenzo Narali Media Prize for 2015 in Asia and the Pacific amateur category.

India-Nepal ties in totally review with bilateral treaties with India

The Government of Nepal forms a 4-member eminent persons group (EPG) to look into India-Nepal ties in totally and review all bilateral treaties with India.

WHO declares West Africa free from Ebola outbreak

World Health Organization declares West Africa free from Ebola outbreak, after all known chains of transmission are stopped in Liberia, the worst affected among all nations in the region.

Potential theft of nuclear weapons

Nuclear Threat Initiative releases Nuclear Security Index which assesses global nuclear security conditions in 176 countries – in potential theft of weapons – unable nuclear materials and the potential sabotage of nuclear facilities.

India’s grid-connected solar power-generation

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announces that India’s grid-connected solar power-generation capacity has crossed the 5000 Mega Watt (MW) mark.

NHAI signs an MoU with NRSC

National Highway Authority of India signs an MoU with National Remote Sensing Centre under ISRO and North East Centre for Technology Application and Research to use spatial technology for monitoring and managing National Highways.

India-Maldives co-operation in the field of health

The Union Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval for an MoU between India and Maldives on co-operation in the field of health.

Low-erucic acid mustard variety (PM30)

Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Indian Agricultural Research Institute jointly develop a low-erucic acid mustard variety namely Pusa Mustard-30 (PM-30) which is beneficial for health and increases productivity.

AIBA Nations Cup

The 5th AIBA Nations Cup concludes in Ruma, Serbia. Indian boxers clinch 4 Gold, 9 Silver and 9 Bronze medals at the tournament.

Much power to Judges to decide capital sentences

The US Supreme Court rules that Florida’s system for sentencing people to death is uncontitutional as it gives too much power to judges, and not enough to juries, to decide capital sentences.

SC lifting ban on Jallikattu

The Supreme Court stays the Union Government’s notification lifting ban on traditional bull-taming sport Jallikattu during the festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu.

Messi wins Title of World’s best football player

Barcelona FC forward Lionel Messi from Argentina wins the 2016 FIFA Ballon d’Or Award. He has earned this title of world’s best football player for the record fifth time.

73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards are announced in Beverly Hills, California, US. Leonardo DiCaprio wins Best Actor award, while Brie Larson is presented with Best Actress award.

US and Jordan sign Joint Action Plan

The US and Jordan sign a Joint Action Plan to improve efforts against nuclear and radiological smuggling. The partnership will help in enhancing the efforts to combat nuclear terrorism.

India-Australia agreemenet signed on social security

India-Australia social security agreement signed between both countries comes into operation, enabling people of both nations to avail themselves of retirement benefits in each other’s country.

Research on Phantom Vibration Syndrome

A research published in the Computers in Human Behaviour journal says that nine of 10 people suffer from “phantom vibration syndrome” – where they mistakenly think that their mobile phone is vibrating in their pocket.

Wawrinka wins Chennai Open Tennis

Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) lifts the Chennai Open single’s title defeating Borna Coric (Crotia).

Milos wins Brisbane title

Milos Raonic (Canada) defeats Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4 to bag the men’s singles title in the Brisbane International Tennis.