January 2011 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs January 2011: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of January 2011 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
  • Madonna has been named Britain's most written-about celebrity, beating Simon Cowell and Victoria Beckham to the top spot. The singer's name has been mentioned in British print media 46,017 times since 2000, according to research by Kantar Media.
  • Former US commerce secretary William Daley, a strong advocate of enhanced Indo-US ties, has been chosen by President Barack Obama as his new Chief of Staff. Daley, 62, would replace Pete Rouse, interim chief of staff, who would become the counselor to the US President.
  • Indian American Namrata 'Nikki' Randhawa Haley, a daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, is all set to be sworn in as the governor of South Carolina at a simple ceremony in Columbia, despite heavy snowfall in the area and forecasts of deteriorating weather.
  • Pakistan may appoint Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir as its next High Commissioner to India to replace current incumbent Shahid Malik, whose term is set to end in June.
  • It was a moment of pride when Sarabjit Kaur Cheema was sworn in as a member of the New Haven Unified School District Board in California, on November 7. One of two newly elected members and the first Indian American elected to the board, she has a four-year term ahead.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • London-based Indian writer Kishwar Desai has won United Kingdom's prestigious Costa First Novel Award 2010 for her book Witness by Night, which addresses issues like unwanted girl child, gender prejudice and men-women equality.
  • President Pratibha Patil has approved the conferment of Padma Awards 2011. This year the President has approved 128 awards, including one duo case (counted as one) and 12 in the category of Foreigners/ NRIs/ PIOs/ Posthumous
Top Business Current Affairs
  • US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Chinese Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie began their talks as the two countries try to improve bilateral military ties and discuss ways to ease US concerns about China's military modernisation.
Top Economics Current Affairs
  • Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of being the most unsafe metro in the country, topping the list in number of crimes as well as in atrocities on women and children.


Top Education Current Affairs
  • Goa University on Monday cancelled two MBBS final year exams after alleged leakage of question papers at Goa Medical College. The question papers of General Medicine-I and General Medicine-II were leaked to students prior to the exam, Goa Medical College Dean V Jindal told media persons.
Top Geography Current Affairs
  • The Earth could soon have a second Sun when one of the brightest stars in the night sky explodes into a supernova. The cosmic phenomenon, which may happen as soon as this year and remain for at least a week or two, is expected to be the most stunning light show in the planet's history.
Top India Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced merging of the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards into a single facility to simplify visa-free entry and participation of Indian Diaspora in business and other activities in New Delhi.
  • India is looking towards 'unlocking processes' and exploring 'doables' to revive the stalled dialogue with Pakistan, as Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao prepares to meet her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir next week in Thimpu.
  • India paid homage to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 63rd death anniversary. A series of functions are being organised throughout the country to mark the occasion. In New Delhi, a march against corruption will be taken out to mark the occasion. The protest march will start from Ramlila Maidan and conclude at Jantar Mantar.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan is likely to visit Netai village in strife-torn Lalgrah area, where seven unarmed villagers were killed recently. 'The governor is most likely to visit the village on January 19. The schedule of his visit is under preparation,' a Raj Bhavan source told PTI.
  • Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he may visit India in the first quarter of 2011 if there was a breakthrough in talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries in Bhutan in February.
  • Astronomers have claimed that a planet discovered last year is the hottest ever found in the universe, where the temperature is a scorching 3,200C.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • India said that Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is likely to meet her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Standing Committee meeting in Bhutan early in February.
  • In his first briefing in 2011 on the United States National Security Strategy Update, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, while replying to a query, blurted out that Pakistan is the epicenter of terrorism in the world.
  • Two 55 kg cakes are waiting to be cut on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's 55th birthday. While one of these cakes would be cut by Mayawati herself at the official celebration in the morning at the newly constructed state-of-art Ambedkar auditorium on the sprawling campus of Ram Manohar Lohia Law University in Lucknow.
  • The Chinese President Hu Jintao was accorded a red carpet welcome by the United States after he arrived on a four-day state visit, even as lawmakers introduced a legislation against yuan manipulation.
  • The mortal remains of Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi were consigned to flames evening in Pune with state honours in the presence of tearful mourners. Buglers played the last post as ceremonial gun salute was accorded to the titan of the Indian music world as notes of 'Mile sur mera tumhara...' floated in the air.
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's fan page on Facebook was hacked, the second high-profile breach on the website in recent days, prompting the social networking site to post blog entry titled 'A Continued Commitment to Security'.
Top politics Current Affairs
  • The general council of the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam will meet in Chennai on February 3 to discuss and decide the seat arrangements for the upcoming assembly elections with its allies. Karunanidhi announced this decision after rejecting a resignation letter from his son and Fertiliser Minister M K Alagiri from the post of the DMK's organising secretary.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa left for Delhi for further consultations with the Bharatiya Janata Party central leadership in the wake of Governor H R Bhardwaj sanctioning his prosecution over alleged land scams.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is focusing on providing good governance for which she has sought the repatriation of Indian Administrative Service officer of UP cadre Desh Deepak Verma from the Centre to don the mantle of the state's new chief secretary.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation raided a dozen premises across the National Capital Region of Delhi in the alleged scam in Commonwealth Games overlays contracts, including at an office under the Union Sports Ministry, as it registered a fourth FIR naming for the second time a top Games official, V K Verma.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation, which had a recent setback with the failure of its latest communication satellite GSAT-5P, is planning three major satellite launches in the first quarter of this year.
  • India will test-fire an advanced version of its indigenous Ballistic Missile Defence system in February allowing it to destroy enemy rockets at a much higher altitude.
Top World Current Affairs
  • India, which has joined the United Nations Security Council after a of gap of 19 years, is most likely to be given a key responsibility by this powerful 15-membered body in fight against terrorism; thus acknowledging New Delhi's prominent role in the global war against terror.
  • United States Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan to have an on ground assessment of the situation in the war-torn country, less than six months before the scheduled start of drawdown of American troops.
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