Current Affairs of January - 2017

Nagpur Mumbai expressway shall be created. It has been named "Samruddhi Corridor". It shall be an 8 lane and 710 km highway.

Saksham 2017 - Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for enhancing conservation capabilities of all sections of the society.

eTaal platform - Electronic transaction aggregation and analysis layer created by the DEiTy [Dept of Electronics & IT]. To provide real time aggregated view of e-services being provided and delivered across states.

World Economic Forum’s “Inclusive Growth and Development Report - 2017”.

India’s first International Arbitration center at Mumbai.

Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017 scheme launched by Government for senior citizens above 60 years of age. It shall provide a guaranteed pension either monthly, quarterly or annual basis to senior citizens. The subscribers shall have to deposit a sum of upto Rs 7.5 lakh with the fund and they shall get 8% interest on it and this shall be paid as pension to them.

Norway becomes the first country in the world to shut down its entire FM radio and replace it with digital radio. Digital radio gives a steady signal in any topography.

Antonio Guterres became the new Secretary general of the United Nations. He is of Portuguese origin.

Pravasi kaushal vikas yojana shall be launched soon. The aim of this is enhancing skills of various persons travelling abroad for employment opportunities. This scheme shall ensure that they get better economic opportunities.

VAJRA [Visiting Adjunct Joint Research Faculty] scheme to enable Indian scientific community abroad to participate in research and development in India by working in an institution in India for 3-4 months.

Investments made by PIO’s and Company’s or trusts owned by them shall be deemed to be on par with investments made by resident Indians.

Donald Trump to be sworn in as the 45th President.

Crown prince of Abu Dhabi to be the Chief guest of Republic day celebrations this year.

US President withdraws from the Trans Pacific partnership.

Gujarat beats 41 time Champion Mumbai to lift their maiden Ranji Trophy.

Serena Williams becomes the Winner of Australian Open 2017 and the Women with the maximum number of Titles in the Open [Professional] Era with 23 titles. She overtook Steffi Graf to get this honor and is one short of the All Time record of 24 titles held by Margaret Court. Although 13 of those titles have come from before the Open Era.

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas shall be held in Bengaluru in 2017 on 7th - 9th January.

Veteran actor Om Puri dies of heart attack. He was the recepient of two National Awards and a Padma Shri.

Army Day celebrated on 15 January.

Ken Betwa river linking project gets approval from National Board of Wildlife.

Madhya Pradesh Government becomes first to create a Ministry of Happiness.

Logistic Exchange Memorandum of Agreement [L.E.M.O.A.] was signed between USA and India which will allow military forces of both countries to use the military bases of each other for repair and replenishment.