Current Affairs questions with Answers January 2016

  • Retired IAS from Tripura cadre-Radha Krishna Mathur became the new chief information commissioner of India, replacing Vijai Sharma.
  • Usually among the information Commissioner (IC), one guy gets “promoted” to CIC. But this time government brought in a new “fresh” CIC, who has not served as an IC.
  • CIC term limit is 5 years or 65 age; not eligible for re-appointment.
  • CIC is selected by a panel of PM, 1 union Cabinet Minister, leader of single largest opposition party.
  • CIC is appointed by the President of India.
  • Pawan Kumar Agarwal becomes CEO of Food safety and standards authority of India (FSSAI).
  • SC appointed this Lokayukta of UP by using extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to enforce its own orders : Justice Virendra Singh
  • (BJP) MP and cricketer from Punjab – he is appointed as a member of the National Commission for Minorities : Navjot Singh Siddhu
  • Kerala cadre IAS Amitabh Kant takes additional charge as Niti Ayoa CEO since Sindushree Khullar retired . NITI Ayog CEO
  • India’s high Commissioner to Pakistan: Gautam H.Bambawale
  • India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: IPS officer and ex-Mumbai police commissioner Ahmed Javed.
§  BHEL commissioned 520 MW Vizag thermal power plant in Andhra Pradesh
   §  National Youth Day observed on 12 January to mark birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda
  §  Illumina, Bill Gates & Jeff Bezos launched startup GRAIL to develop blood-based cancer tests
  §  Binny Bansal appointed as CEO of Flipkart
  §  Devender Kumar Sikri took oath as the Chairman of Competition Commission of India
  §  14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas held in New Delhi
  §  Nepal elected as UNICEF’s executive board member for 2016-2018
  §  Milos Raonic won 2016 Brisbane International Tennis men’s singles trophy
  §  Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis won Brisbane Tennis trophy
  §  CIRB became India’s second centre to produce a cloned buffalo
  §  China launched Gaofen-4 dual-use geostationary satellite
  §  IUPAC announced addition of Four Elements to complete Seventh row of Periodic Table
  §  Pandorum Technologies developed India’s first Artificial Liver Tissue using 3D printing
  §  UN adopted resolution to observe 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day
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