January 2009 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs January 2009: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of January 2009 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • B Teja Raju, the elder son of Saytam Computer chief B Ramalinga Raju, on Saturday took over additional charge of chief executive officer of Maytas Infra in place of P K Madhav, who was arrested on December 16, 2008 in connection with the Nagarjuna Finance depositors' case.
  • Nancy Pelosi, who scripted history by becoming the first female speaker of the US House of Representatives, was re-elected to the post, easily trouncing her Republican rival
  • Choices ranged from Nobel Prize-winning scientist Steven Chu, who has been chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to be Energy Secretary in the next administration, to professor, community leader and human rights activist Paul Fong, who was elected to a seat in the California assembly.
  • Radha Vinod Raju, Special Director General of Police in Jammu and Kashmir, was today appointed as Director General of the newly established National Investigation Agency (NIA).
  • A Hindu woman priest will be among six religious leaders specially invited to participate in the National Prayer Service on January 21, a day after Barack Obama is sworn-in as the President of America.
  • President Barack Obama has appointed yet another top Indian American legal mind to a senior position to his Administration.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • The Delhi police has recommended the name of its encounter specialist Mohan Chand Sharma, who was killed in a gunbattle with suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists, for the Ashok Chakra, the country's highest peace time gallantry award.
  • Two Indo-Canadians have been named among the recipients of the prestigious Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour in the country, this year. 
  • An award-winning Indian chef, whose Kerala-style fish curry has wowed many food buffs in London, has won the overall winner title in the prestigious South Wales Echo Food and Drink Awards.
  • Hospitality major Oberoi Group chairman Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi was conferred the Business India's Businessman of the Year 2008 Award in Mumbai.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • Industrialist Anil Ambani continues to be on the focus of US magazine Forbes but this time around for topping the list of 'Billionaire Blowups of 2008' by virtue of turning the biggest loser of wealth in less than a year of being touted as the biggest gainer in the world.
  • The Ramalinga Raju family promoted Maytas Infrastructure on Thursday said its chairman and non-executive director R C Sinha has tendered his resignation.
  • In order to bring about a more inclusive growth in Orissa through improved transport and irrigation facilities, the World Bank has earmarked $444 million (around Rs 2,200 crore) assistance package for the state.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • India handed over to Afghan authorities a crucial highway built by it in the face of stiff resistance from Taliban, vowing that the collaboration between the two countries in the field of development will not stop.

Top India Current Affairs
  • The Directorate General of Foreign trade on Friday issued an order banning toy imports from China, which is India's biggest trade partner, for six months. The notification, however, gave no reason for the ban.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Former President R Venkataraman, who ushered in three prime ministers in two years when coalition politics made its advent in India in the late eighties, died on Tuesday following multiple organ failure.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • The famous Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi, Maharashtra, has become the second richest in the country in terms of income after the Balaji temple in Tirupati, trustees said on Friday. During 2008 the temple collected Rs 81 crore in cash, 920 kg of gold and 440 kg of silver in the form of donation.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Bangaldesh's Awami League, which is set to form the government after sweeping the December 29 polls, will name Zillur Rahman as the presidential candidate, prime minister-elect Sheikh Hasina said, setting aside an apparent pre-poll deal reached with key ally H M Ershad.
  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren on Sunday said he has faxed the name of party Member of Legislative Assembly Champai Soren to the central United Progressive Alliance leadership as his successor.
  • Unidentified persons on Monday desecrated a statue of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in Puducherry, leading to tension in the city.
  • With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being indisposed, Vice President Hamid Ansari will give away this year's Bravery Awards on Friday. The awards are being given to 19 children who have shown exceptional bravery.
  • Maharashtra Police ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner Ashok Kamte and four others -- killed while fighting terrorists in Mumbai -- are among 11 security personnel named for Ashok Chakra, the country's highest peace-time gallantry medal.
  • Sri Ram Sena chief Pramod Muthalik, arrested in connection with Saturday's attack on a pub in Mangalore, was on Thursday produced before a local court.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • Belarussian Victoria Azarenka beat Marion Bartoli 6-3 6-1 in the women's final at the Brisbane International on Saturday to capture her first WTA singles title.
  • Australia batsman Matthew Hayden announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday, drawing stumps on a dazzling career as one the greatest opening batsmen of all time.
  • Dhawal Kulkarni claimed five wickets as Mumbai asserted their supremacy by thrashing Uttar Pradesh by a huge 243-run margin and clinching the Ranji Trophy cricket title for a record 38th time in Hyderabad on Friday.
  • England batsman Alastair Cook will serve as Andrew Strauss's vice-captain in the four-Test series against West Indies which starts next month.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch four foreign satellites this year as it seeks to make further inroads into the international satellite-building and launch services market in 2009.
  • India on Tuesday successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable BrahMos missile, with a range of 290 kms, at Pokhran.
  • Pune-based Bajaj Auto will launch sports bike Ninja 250, from technology partner Kawasaki in the next four to five months, while it gears up to introduce motorcycle jointly developed with Austrian firm KTM by next year.
Top World Current Affairs
  • United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit India next week to attend a four-day summit on sustainable development, after visiting Pakistan, where he is expected to discuss terrorism among other issues.
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