January 2012 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs January 2012: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of January 2012 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 Union government cleared two key military appointments. Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan took charge as the 19th Director-General of the Indian Coast Guard. The position of Coast Guard Chief lay vacant since Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra was promoted as the Eastern Naval Command chief in October 2011.
  • Turkey's former Army chief Ilker Basbug was arrested over an alleged attempt on part of the chief to topple the Islamist-rooted government in the country. Ilker Basbug, the 26th chief of staff of the Turkish republic was placed in preventive detention for setting up and leading a terrorist group and of attempting to overthrow the government. 
  • D Bala Venkatesh Verma, Joint Secretary Disarmament in the Ministry of External Affairs was conferred with the first S K Singh Award for excellence in the Indian Foreign Service.
  • The Union government in January 2012 appointed B K Batra as Deputy Managing Director of IDBI Bank. Prior to being appointed as Deputy Managing Director of IDBI Bank, he worked as Executive Director looking after the corporate banking function and formulation of corporate level policies and processes.
  • Senior television journalist Pankaj Pachauri as was appointed as Communication Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office. Pankaj Pachauri who has been given the rank of additional secretary will report to Pulok Chatterjee, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. Following his appointment, Harish Khare resigned as media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  • President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil conferred the Ashoka Chakra on Lt. Navdeep Singh (posthumous) on the occasion of the 63rd Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi.  Lt. Navdeep Singh was awarded the Ashoka Chakra for single-handedly eliminating four infiltrating terrorists on 20 August 20 2011.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Argentina’s Lionel Messi was awarded the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich. He won the award for the third consecutive year for the world's outstanding footballer. Messi who plays for club Barcelona won 47.88 per cent votes and finished ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (21.6)%) and Xavi (9.23%).
  • 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The award ceremony was hosted by British comedian, Ricky Gervais, who hosted the show for te second consecutive year.
  • Senior Australian batsman Ricky Ponting was honoured with Austrlia’s  highest civil honour along with a host of sportspersons of international repute. The former skipper was appointed an officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the sport of cricket as a leading player, and to the community through the establishment of the Ponting Foundation.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • The member states of European Union(EU), agreed in principle to ban import of Iranian crude oil to put pressure on Iran for its nuclear programme. However, the time-frame to implement this was not decided. The United States, which recently imposed fresh sanctions on Iran, has welcomed the news.
  • India extended for five years anti-dumping duty on import of four Chinese products in the face of widening trade gap with China.  The duty has been imposed to protect the domestic industry from cheap imports.
  • US fast food chain McDonald's in January 2012 extended its global sponsorship agreement with the International Olympic Committee until 2020. McDonald's signed up to sponsor the Olympics for a further eight years till 2020. 
  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India asked telecom companies to block bulk international SMS. TRAI’s move is aimed at giving mobile subscribers further relief from pesky messages.
Top Economics Current Affairs
  • Market regulator SEBI unveiled rules for direct investment in stocks by foreign investors, including individuals. SEBI's guideline was issued seeking to put curbs on opaque structures to prevent routing of funds by resident Indians.

Top India Current Affairs
  • India became free from bird flu, H5N1. The government made a declaration to this effect.  The states were advised to have strict surveillance, especially in the vulnerable areas bordering the infected countries and in areas visited by migratory birds.  
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and International Asociation of Sanskrit Studies jointly organised the 15th World Sanskrit conference from 5 to 10 January 2012 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • India’s first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawala died in Vadodara, Gujarat. She was the only professional woman photojournalist between 1939 and 1970. Homai Vyarawalla was commonly known by her pseudonym Dalda 13.
  • Anthony Prabhu Gonsalves, India's first music 'arranger died. Born in Majorda, in Goa, Anthony Gonsalves' love for music led him to merge Goan  melody with Hindustani music.
  • Pakistani film actress Salma Mumtaz died in Lahore after battling diabetes for several years. Mumtaz was born in Jallandhar in 1926. Her family moved to Pakistan after the Partition in 1947. She made her debut in films in the 1960s with the Urdu film Neelofar.
  • Sukumar Azhikode, award-winning Malayalam writer, scholar and one of  the most influential Gandhian intellectual in Kerala, died. As an intellectual giant, humanist, a cultural guru, a committed secularist, a champion of human rights and a sentinel of social values, he gave expression to his ideals through more than 35 books, thousands of articles and countless orations.
  • Environmental historian and political commentator Mahesh Rangarajan was selected and appointed as director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, one of the country's top centres for research on modern Indian history.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • The Cabinet Committee on Security approved the setting up of a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) to counter terrorism effectively.  The NCTC was proposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. It will be a single window organisation that will gather and disseminate intelligence to central and state security organisations. 
  • The Election Commission of India banned exit polls during the entire period when elections to the five state assemblies would be held, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Under the provisions, displaying any election matter, including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • Canadian Milos Raonic won the ATP Chennai Open by defeating world number nine Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 7-6 7-6 in the final. Milos Raonic was named the best newcomer in 2011 after he rose from 156 to 31 in the rankings.
  • Kerala men defeated Uttarakhand 25-22, 25-22, 25-13 to win the National title for the fourth time, in the 60th senior National volleyball championship, at the Balbir Juneja Indoor Stadium, Raipur . 
  • Rajasthan coached by R R Jadeja won its second consecutive Ranji Trophy title by defeating Tamil Nadu  at the MA Chidambaram stadium, Tamil Nadu.
  • Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win the 100th Edition of the Australian Open at Melbourne
  • Amalraj won his maiden national title by defeating A Sharath Kamal in the final of the 73rd Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championships in Lucknow. After the two traded blistering shots, Amalraj inched ahead from 7-all to lead 10-8.
Top Summit Current Affairs
  • The fifth edition of the World Future Energy Summit was held in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi from 16 to 19 January 2012. The four-day long summit brought together more than 60 top leaders from 50 countries to discuss global issues related to energy policies and the challenges. The theme of this year’s World Future Energy Summit was - Sustainable Energy for All.
Top World Current Affairs
  • Pakistan joined the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the powerful world body, which also has India among its 15-member states. Pakistan was elected to the Security Council last October when 129 out of 193 members of the UN General Assembly voted for it during an election.
  • Maldives lifted ban on spas in the upmarket tourist destination following its verification that these spas were not being used for prostitution. Earlier, it was alleged that these spas were the hub of prostitution. Following this, the tourism ministry ordered all massage centres to close six days ago.
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