Current Affairs of January 2009 for all types of Competitive Exams Read top news headlines and latest major events happened in India and World in the month of January 2009. The information given will help you to prepare for exams like: IAS, PCS, UPSC, Railways, SSC, Banking & all other competitive exams.
Current Affairs of 01 January 2009
- Lashkar chief Mohammad Hafiz Saeed and operational commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi have been named by India in virtually every LeT strike.
- An FBI team visited Faridkot in Pakistan’s Punjab province to investigate about Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured during the Mumbai terror attacks.
- One of the best foreign banks operating in Canada, ICICI Bank (Canada) is a 100 per cent subsidiary of the parent bank in India.
- Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina victory in Bangladesh polls and she takes oath as new government next week.
- Four Indians, including, Sachin Tendulkar and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, were included in the world team of the year 2008 chosen by Australian newspaper ‘Herald Sun’.
- Rajiv Mathur takes over as new Investing Bureau director.
- Anil Ambani was ranked sixth richest person in the world with a net worth of 42 billion dollars. So Anil Ambani world’s top loser in March 2008.
Current Affairs of 02 January 2009
- Israel closes off West Bank for 48 hours.
- President-elect Barack Obama to hold military ball on January 20.
- Delhiites woke up to the coldest day of the season with the mercury plummeting to four degree Celsius on Friday.
- Nuke deal a key achievement of Bush presidency: White House Govt to announce second stimulus package today.
- A batch of 22 children with their American parents, who adopted them, has arrived from Massachusetts to the city of Mother Teresa, Abhijit Dasgupta writes.
- Gavaskar, Kapil, Bedi named in first ICC Cricket Hall of Fame the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is all set to turn pink during the third Test between South Africa and Australia starting here Saturday
- Israel has permitted some 367 Palestinians with foreign passports to leave the Gaza Strip on Friday.
Current Affairs of 03 January 2009
- Indian President Pratibha Patil signs her three-fold salary hike bill.
- Indian government says that Pakistan should hand over 26/11 mastermined.
- Lankan troops advance towards key Tiger bastions.
- Pervez Musharraf may visit India this month.
- India exploring possibility of ODI series against Sri Lanka.
- India, Malaysia ink labour agreement.
- Rajasthan: Gehlot wins trust vote, BSP backs govt.
- US envoy meets Chidambaram on 26/11 evidence.
Current Affairs of 04 January 2009
- Powerful earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia.
- India aims to conquer space in six years.
- Roman god of wine rules roost in Kerala.
- Jamuna Devi remains Congress leader in MP Assembly.
- Sheikh Hasina to take oath as Prime Minister of Bangladesh on Tuesday.
- INS Viraat to turn 50, Navy plans celebration.
- Omar elected NC legislature party leader, set to become Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Current Affairs of 05 January 2009
- Omar Abdullah takes oath as new Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Winter chill grips Bihar, 22 dead.
- Assam to set up specialized body to deal with explosives.
- Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo will take a hit on its books owing to its acquisition of Indian pharmaceutical major Ranbaxy Laboratories.
- Kasab’s police custody ends on Tuesday.
- US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher conferred with “Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam” Pakistan’s highest civilian honour by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
- MCOCA court rejects Gawli’s bail application.
- Indian Goverment to inject Rs.100,000 crore to prevent recession.
Current Affairs of 06 January 2009
- Indian President to open giant Buddha project in Gulbarga tomorrow.
- Women reservation Bill unlikely to be passed by current Lok Sabha.
- Thailand blocks 2,300 websites for insulting monarchy.
- Hundreds demonstrate near Pashupati temple.
- ONGC launches Rs.44 bn project in Tripura.
- Asif Ali Zardari arrives in Afghanistan on 2-day visit
- Israel rejects EU’s appeal for temporary ceasefire.
- Upgrade of MiG-27 aircraft completed.
Current Affairs of 07 January 2009
- Former BSP president of Auraiya surrenders in engineer murder case.
- India’s Somdev through to Chennai Open tennis second round win against American Kevin Kim on Tuesday.
- Sanjay Gupta, an Indian-American who works as CNN’s chief medical correspondent, has been approached by President-elect Barack Obama to become the surgeon general of the US.
- Israel announce to establish a “humanitarian corridor” to get needed supplies to Palestinian civilians in the embattled Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced overnight on Tuesday.
- India’s space agency along with astronomers from across the country will launch a “unique” satellite later this year to study distant galaxies and black holes.
- Australia won by 103 runs in the third and final cricket Test to prevent a series white-wash and retain the top spot in ICC rankings.
- The BSE Sensex ended to record a heavy loss of 749.05 points at 9,586.88 after Satyam chairman Ramalinga Raju tendered his resignation on Wednesday.
- The New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday halted trading in the stock of beleaguered Satyam Computer Services prior to the opening of the market at 9.30 a.m.
Current Affairs of 08 January 2009
- Nearly 54,000 employees work for Satyam and its subsidiaries.
- India and Canada should work towards signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
- The strike by oil PSU officers enters second day even as the threat of fuel supply disruptions loom large.
- The Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia has decided to take oath and join the first session of the country’s ninth Parliament for the “sake of democracy”.
- Leading Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney has demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
- Maytas Infra chairman R.C. Sinha has been resign.
- The Samajwadi Party chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav announced that Sanjay Dutt’s name as his party’s candidate from Lucknow parliamentary constituency for the coming Lok Sabha elections.
- Govt open to pvt sector role in N-power generation.
- US and India are engaged in talks over sale of missile shield systems to help
- New Delhi face any nuclear threats from Pakistan and other “volatile” countries in the region.
Current Affairs of 09 January 2009
- St Mark’s cathedral, built in 1808 for the British army, still continues to exude old world ambience.
- Rahul Gandhi is now at the centre of the Congress party’s calculations for its next prime ministerial candidate.
- Two-third of the 425 petrol pumps in the national capital did not open because of lack of stocks, while 60 per cent outlets in Mumbai hung ‘No Stock’ signs boards.
- 2 top Al Qaeda leaders killed in US missile strike in Pak.
- At least 40 people, including 22 children, were killed and over 20 others injured in fire engulfs slum area in Karachi.
- Trinamool Congress has won the Nandigram Assembly bye-election with its candidate Firoza Bibi defeating CPI nominee Paramananda Bharati in a multi-cornered contest.
- Former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) member Shalinitai Patil launched her new party, the Krantisena Maharashtra.
- The Chandigarh Police has challaned Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan for flouting the ban on public smoking in the ‘City Beautiful’ following protests by environmentalists and social activists.
- Former Satyam chairman Ramalinga Raju and his brother Ram Raju surrendered before the Director General of Andhra Pradesh Police on Friday night.
Current Affairs of 10 January 2009
- Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has set agenda for the first 100 days of the government to set tone for good governance.
- Somdev Devvarman storms into semi-finals of Chennai Open.
- IT bellwether Satyam Computers, Vadlamani Srinivas to judicial custody till January 23.
- Stunning Sania signs off on a high in World Team Challenge.
- Obama unveils spy team, vows to adhere to ban on torture.
- LJP joins Cong, RJD chorus for Soren’s exit.
Current Affairs of 11 January 2009
- Indian High Commissioner, envoys of the US, China, Britain, Russia and France were among those present on the occasion.
- Barack Obama would take the oath of US presidency swearing in on the Lincoln Bible.
- Amar Singh releases CD on Mayawati’s ‘corruption’ on Sunday.
- Final Parliament session before elections in February.
- Embattled Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren resign on Monday.
- New Force India car to be unveiled in early March.
Current Affairs of 12 January 2009
- Wipro, Megasoft barred from World Bank contracts.
- DMK on Monday won the Tirumangalam assembly bye-election.
- Kerala bags top honours in school athletics.
- Rahman become the first Indian to win the Golden Globe award for his score in Slumdog Millionaire.
- Air India offers free stay for customers’ spouse at Taj Mahal.
- British foreign secretary on 3-day India visit to India from tomorrow.
- JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav has demanded imposition of President’s rule in Jharkhand.
- Satyam to get new accounting firm.
- Somdev soars high with world ranking of 154 after a phenomenal week in Chennai Open where he became the first Indian to reach the final.
- BCCI tops SportzPower Money List 2008.
Current Affairs of 13 January 2009
- TCS gets most of Satyam”s World Bank projects.
- Hillary Clinton’s nomination hearing for the powerful post of Secretary of State in the incoming Obama administration on Tuesday.
- Kumble, Ganguly will head an expert panel of master coaches their 10-day specialists skill coaching clinic, starting at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore on Tuesday.
- Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first Premier League-based player to win the award on Monday.
- Prince Harry apologises to Pakistan officer for racist remark.
- Delhi will host greenest Commonwealth Games in 2010.
Current Affairs of 14 January 2009
- US President Barack Obama who has been awarded with the Nobel Peace prize for 2009.
- Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor believes that US President Barack Obama truly deserves the Nobel Prize.
- Mumbai will host two matches and the finals of the 2011 cricket World Cup to be organised jointly by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
- The Royal Bank of Scotland is looking to sell more than 300 branches in England and Wales.
- Tata Motors launch ‘Indigo Manza’, priced between Rs.4.8 lakh for base petrol version and Rs.6.75 lakh for the highest diesel version.
- Wayamba Elevens beat Victoria Bushrangers in their Champions League Twenty20 Group D cricket match at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium.
Current Affairs of 15 January 2009
- Saif replaces Shahid as Bebo’s partner on the third day of the ongoing HDIL India Couture Week (ICW) in Mumbai.
- Actor Shah Rukh Khan threw in honour of Jermaine Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson.
- The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Thursday postponed the 34th National Games for the fifth time in two years.
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meet his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet in Thailand next week.
- The Indo-American pair lost lost 4-6 2-6 in the quarter-final of the USD 220,000 WTA hard court.
- An Air India flight from Chennai to Delhi via Vizag made an emergency landing at the Vizag airport on Thursday.
- The 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee today appointed Jarnail Singh as its Chief Executive Officer.
- A 32-year-old French scientist arrested for links with Al Qaeda had plans to kill french President Nicholas Sarkozy.
Current Affairs of 16 January 2009
- Michael Clarke was on Friday appointed skipper of the Australian Twenty20 Cricket Team.
- Economics K K Subrahmanian died at a hospital here after a brief illness.
- Sania beats Bartoli, reaches Osaka Semi-Finals.
- The two Indians have found a berth in the initial Airtel Champions League Twenty20 All-Stars XI chosen by ESPN Star Sports commentators.
- The South Korean government decorated King Khan with a black belt in taekwondo on Thursday.
- Automobile major Tata Motors plans to launch its much-awaited hybrid bus for the public transportation segment in 2010.
- DRDO is developing a nuclear-capable multiple-warhead missile technology.
Current Affairs of 17 January 2009
- The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has launched five automatic token vending machines (TVMs) at four stations.
- Diwali was celebrated for the first time at the 10 Downing with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown terming it a “historic event”.
- Two Jammu and Kashmir cricketers were on Friday arrested by the city police after explosive detectors found traces of RDX in the kit bag of one of them.
- Sania Mirza’s brilliant run at the WTA Japan Open ended with a crushing 2-6 1-6 mauling in the semifinal.
Current Affairs of 18 January 2009
- Apna Dal president Sonelal Patel died in a hospital after he suffered serious injuries in a road accident in the city.
- Central Command’s Gen David Petraeus and Sen John Kerry will visit Pakistan.
- Gandhi’s ideas influenced release of Lockerbie bomber.
- India ready to displace more funds to Sri Lanka for Tamils.
- NSW bludgeon Somerset bowlers to reach 112-run target in just 11.5 overs.
Current Affairs of 19 January 2009
- Scientist surprised by new moon discovery, close on the heels of finding water molecules on the moon.
- Sports minister M. S. Gill steps in to ‘save’ CWG 2010.
- Michael Jackson on his 1984 ‘Victory tour’ has sold at auction for a staggering $66,000.
- Briton Jenson Button was crowned drivers’ world champion on Sunday.
- Angelina Jolie is set to replace Charlize Theron for the role of a female agent in the upcoming of cult French thriller Anthony Zimmer.
Current Affairs of 20 January 2009
- Missionaries of Charity (MoC) Superior General Sister Mary Prema has been nominated for Order of Merit of the German state of North Rhine Westphalia.
- Neil Nitin Mukesh celebrated Diwali with the inmates of the high security prison of Tihar.
- The appointment of 62-year-old Mehta comes within six weeks of his retirement from the navy.
- Chandrayaan scientist held for spying.
Current Affairs of 21 January 2009
- Sonny boy Akshay gifts BMW to mom.
- The National Security Guard ( NSG) invited bids on October 7 for procuring ghillie suits for 150 commandos.
- The Dalai Lama’s proposed visit to Arunachal Pradesh has become a mote in the Chinese eyes.
- Oscar-winning lyricist Gulzar will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award 2009.
- Sikhs in US will be allowed to serve in uniform with their beards and turbans under a legal settlement.
Current Affairs of 22 January 2009
- The world’s largest software company Microsoft launched the latest version of its operating system– Windows 7.
- Maharashtra’s next Chief Minister will be from Congress.
- Congress retains Maharashtra, Arunachal; shaky in Haryana
Current Affairs of 23 January 2009
- The space agency has thrown open its doors for applications from candidates willing to hitch a ride to the moon on board Chandrayaan-II.
- After a mammoth seven-match one-day international (ODI) series against Australia, Team India will be hosting Sri Lanka for three Test matches, two T20s and five ODIs from November 16.
- Vasundhara Raje, on Friday handed over her resignation to senior BJP leader L.K. Advani.
- Neha Dhupia to be in Jessica Simpson’s show.
Current Affairs of 24 January 2009
- The couple Shilpa shetty and Raj Kundra has finally decided to settle down after their 2.5-year-old romance.
- Most nations have banned cell phones while driving.
- Raindrop is Mozilla’s diet version of Google Wave.
- Vijay Mallya, who also heads the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), has been elected in the prestigious FIA World Motor Sport Council.
- A new judge was today appointed to conduct the crucial trial of seven key suspects in the Mumbai terror attack case.
- India offers to southeast Asian nations in management of natural disasters share satellite data.
Current Affairs of 25 January 2009
- Second-time lucky Chavan to be Maharashtra chief minister.
- India becomes a nation of voyeurs.
- Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been rewarded with a second term as Chief Minister of Haryana.
- Dorjee Khandu sworn in as the fifth chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
- Western Union open to acquisition in India.
- Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram’s wife Huma, who was suffering from a “mysterious” fever, died at a hospital today.
Current Affairs of 26 January 2009
- Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy wants to resign from his Lok Sabha membership and contest the by-elections to Pulivendula Assembly seat.
- NCP may elect Ajit Pawar as next Maharashtra Depty Chief Minister.
- Veteran actor Rajesh Khanna will join TV reality show Bigg Boss-3 as a contestant.
- Shahid Afridi to quit from Tests match.
Current Affairs of 27 January 2009
- Andhra school punishes students for speaking Telugu.
- External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi would hold elaborate talks on the irritants between the two Asian giants on Tuesday.
- India has decided to connect Sikkim with the rest of the country through a railway line.
Current Affairs of 28 January 2009
- The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt will visit India today.
- Omar prefers general rail coach from Anantnag to Srinagar.
- 95 killed, over 200 injured in Peshawar blast.
- Mahindra & Mahindra that recently forayed in the two-wheeler segment of the automotive sector has now launched a four-wheeler cargo-carrier.
- LeT courier held with Rs.2.4 lakh hawala money.
- The deteriorating situation in Pakistan is compelling the US to shift to a Pakistan First strategy in the region.
Current Affairs of 29 January 2009
- Clinton announces series of humanitarian aid to Pakistan.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – tested the first of its new generation rocket Ares I-X.
- United States President signs a USD 2.3 billion military assistance for Pakistan with tough condition to make sure.
- Saina in 2nd round of French series.
- India women win 13-0 in Asia Cup.
Current Affairs of 30 January 2009
- Rajasthan government announces compensation for fire victims.
- The untimely demise of SAP India CEO shows how hectic schedules, pressure & poor dietary habits are proving lethal.
- HarperCollins bags Adiga’s next novel.
- The ministry of home affairs on Friday announced a ban on pre-paid cellular services in Jammu and Kashmir from November 01.
- MAMI film festival begins; Shashi Kapoor honoured.
Current Affairs of 31 January 2009
- K. Radhakrishnan assumed the office of chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) headquartered in the Karnataka capital today.
- ATF fuel prices hiked by Rs.3,400.
- A Delhi Court on Saturday allowed investigators to conduct a narco-analysis test on top Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy.
- Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has threatened by an unnamed person through a text message for visiting a Hindu temple and a Muslim dargah.
- India beat Australia by 6 wickets in the 3rd ODI.