January 2010 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs January 2010: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of January 2010 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
  • The new BJP dispensation under party president Nitin Gadkari is likely to continue with Atal Bihari Vajpayee as chairman of NDA and adopt an 'accommodative approach' towards out-going senior office-bearers at the Centre and in states by giving them other responsibilities.
  • Lieutenant General V K Singh, the Eastern Army Commander and senior-most infantry officer, was named the next Army chief.Singh, 59, will take over from General Deepak Kapoor on March 31 when he retires from service, defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said.
  • Veteran diplomat and former Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon took over as National Security Adviser. 60-year-old Menon, who will serve in the rank of Minister of State till further orders, took charge from M K Narayanan, who has been appointed as West Bengal governor.
  • Former Railway minister Lalu Prasad was elected unopposed as the national president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for the seventh consecutive term.
  • Former national security advisor M K Narayanan was sworn in as the West Bengal Governor by Calcutta High Court Chief Justice M S Shah at the 'Throne Room' of the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • An Indian-American professor of environmental science in a prestigious US university received an award from the President Barack Obama on Thursday for excellence in mentoring.
  • A 10-year-old girl, who saved several lives during a grenade attack in Imphal, and a 13-year-old boy, who rescued over 50 people during a stampede in Himachal Pradesh are among the 21 children conferred with the National Bravery Awards for 2009.
  • British winners of the prestigious Nobel Prize, including Indian-origin biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and economist Amartya Sen, were honoured London by Premier Gordon Brown to celebrate their achievements.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • United States Defence Secretary Robert Gates is expected to undertake a visit to India later in January, during which the two sides will discuss ways to push their defence cooperation, and take stock of the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dates for the visit are being worked out.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • An agreement to standardise various security procedures between India and the United States was signed, which will, among other things, lay down parameters for deployment of sky marshals in flights between the two countries.
  • The Australian government has handed over to India a police dossier of high-profile attacks on Indians over the past year, which reveals that nearly half of the attackers were juveniles.
  • Seeking to deepen its bilateral defence and strategic ties with India, the US plans to sell to the country 145 state-of-the-art 155mm towed Howitzers worth $647 million.

Top Geography Current Affairs
  • The first solar eclipse of the current year would occur on January 15 and will be visible partially in major parts of the country.
Top India Current Affairs
  • India repatriated 31 Pakistani fishermen, including three children, to their home country through the Indo-Pak border at Attari.
  • Nearly 40,000 Indian nationals have gone 'missing' in Malaysia after the expiry of their tourist visas, Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Tun Razak said that indicating that he may take up the issue with New Delhi during his forthcoming visit to India.
  • India would launch its first manned space flights by sending two astronauts in an orbit in a Russian spaceship in 2013.
  • India as the one among the new centers of power in the world, a top Obama aide has said Indo-US ties is the defining relationship of the 21st century.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • Avid sky watchers were in for a treat as a partial lunar eclipse occurred in the night sky theatre . The earth's shadow swept past the moon turning a yellow shining full moon into a dim red one.
  • A proposal to expand the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) by an additional 1,100 sq km from the current 625.40 sq km has been sent to the Maharashtra. '
  • Described as South Asia's biggest monastery, a new Buddhist place of worship, is set to be unveiled by the Dalai Lama at Chandragiri in Orissa's Gajapati district on January 12.
  • The release of NTR Junior's new film Adhurs was marred by protests and road blockades in Telangana region as pro-Telangana protestors tried to prevent the screening of the film alleging it was produced by anti-Telangana filmmakers.
  • With the civil war in northern Sri Lanka over, India will shortly open its Consulate in Jaffna, a significant step that will enable it to participate better in the reconstruction and rehabilitation process in the Tamil-dominated region.
  • An underworld don, who is languishing in a maximum-security British jail, has been using Facebook to run his drugs and organised crime empire and intimidate his enemies.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Marxist patriarch and former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu, who was battling for life in a hospital in Kolkata for the last fortnight, died.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • External Affairs Minister S M Krishna conveyed India's 'deep disappointment' to Maoist leader Prachanda over his verbal attacks on the country, terming them 'baseless propaganda'.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Ending speculations about his return to the Bharatiya Janata Party, its former leader Kalyan Singh floated a new political outfit -- Jan Kranti Party -- on the occasion of his 77th birthday.
  • Implementing the prime minister's initiative towards increased involvement of state governments in the Centre's plans, the government will hold a two-day conference of chief secretaries of states on February 1.This is the first such conference of state chief secretaries, and will kickstart an annual ritual of conferences involving state governments.
  • Former Civil Aviation Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy has been hired as a co-pilot with Delhi-based private airline IndiGo Airlines on an honorary basis.The first Indian civil aviation minister to fly for a commercial airline -- Rajiv Gandhi has been the only prime minister to do so -- Rudy started his job with IndiGo from January 4.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • The stage is set for astronomy lovers to witness the longest solar eclipse of the millennium as the sun eclipse in India began around 11 am and is expected to finish around 3:15 pm, with the maximum eclipse to be witnessed at 1:39 pm.
Top World Current Affairs
  • US President Barack Obama's Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has said that the US would be releasing $200 million for Pakistan under the Coalition Support Fund soon.
  • American Defence Secretary Robert Gates will visit India for a three-day trip to boost defence ties and step-up cooperation on regional security.
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