January 2014 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs January 2014: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of January 2014 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
  • Pakistan's national sharia court, which hears cases under the country's Islamic legislation, on 1st January 2014 appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history. Pakistan's national sharia court, which hears cases under the country's Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history. Ashraf Jehan, who was serving as an additional judge at the high court in Sindh, made history as she took the oath in Karachi.
  • The Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX) on Thursday elected Manoj Vaish as the managing director and chief executive officer of the bourse, under regulatory glare following troubles at the promoter group. MCX informed the BSE the board had recommended to the Forward Markets Commission (FMC) that Manoj Vaish be made the managing director and chief executive (CEO) for three years from the date of joining, subject to regulatory approvals.
  • Janet Yellen, 67, as new chairperson of the Federal Reserve — the first woman to take over the top spot in the 100-year history of the U.S. central bank, or any major central bank. Second to Ben Bernanke since 2010, Yellen was Barack Obama’s pick for the Fed Chair. “Too many Americans still can’t find a job and worry how they’ll pay their bills and provide for their families,” she said at her White House nomination. “The Federal Reserve can help if it does its job effectively.”
  • US President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American businesswoman Shamina Singh to a key administration post. Shamina Singh has been nominated as the member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • The Union home ministry appointed senior police officer Aruna Bahuguna as the new chief of the Hyderabad-based National Police Academy, alma mater for IPS officers in the country.
  • B K Divakara is appointed as executive director of Central Bank of India. B K Divakara is a graduate in business management (BBM) and a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA), qualified from the Institute of Cost & Work Accountants of India (ICWA) and Associate Member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ACS).
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Danielle Steel, the American author who has sold 600 million copies of her books internationally, has been awarded France's highest honour, the Legion d'honneur. Steel, 66, is published in 70 countries and 43 languages and joins other non-French culture figures Bono, Bob Dylan and Philip Roth to be honoured by in recognition of service to France. Steel lives in San Francisco and Paris, which inspired many of the scenes in her novel Pretty Minnie in Paris.
  • Yaya Toure has won the CAF African Footballer of the Year award for the third-successive year. City’s Ivorian powerhouse saw off competition from Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel and Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba to be named the best player in Africa for 2013 in a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday night. Yaya becomes only the second player to clinch the prize on three consecutive occasions after Samuel Eto’o achieved the feat between 2003 and 2005
  • Rohit Sharma received the Dilip Sardesai Award, for being India’s best cricketer in the recent home Test series against the West Indies. He scored hundreds in both Tests, and accumulated an aggregate of 288 runs.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2013, ending Lionel Messi’s four-year run as the world’s best player. Ronaldo scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year.
  • Cyrus Mistry’s book ‘Chonicle of a Corpse Bearer’ has been declared the winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014. The winner receives $50,000 as prize money.
  • ONGC bagged the ‘Best Employer’ award and ‘Voice of Employee’ award at the Aon Hewitt Best Employers –India 2013 award function held at New Delhi recently. ONGC was also adjudged the ‘Voice of Employee’ in the Public Sector Enterprise category.
  • Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) has been named ‘ Best Employer India 2013? by Aon Hewitt in a presentation ceremony held at New Delhi on 1389747661, in a survey across both the public and private sector employers. In yet another category the corporation was also awarded ‘ The Aon Hewitt Voice of Employee Award Public Sector Enterprise India 2013?.
  • Deepika Padukone wins Best Actress for her spectacular performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram leela’ . Veteran actress Supriya Pathak, who played Deepika’s mother in the film , won the Best supporting actress award.
  • Delhi has won the seven largest numbers from any state or Union territory–Padma Bhushans and 20 Padma Shris, seven of them going to medical professionals. Among the notable Padma Shri winners are writer Keki N. Daruwalla, poet Ashok Chakradhar, Delhi University vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh, cricketer Anjum Chopra and artist Paresh Maity.
  • National Communal Harmony Award for Mohinder Singh for his work done in restoring peace after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and noted academician N Radhakrishnan for his promotion of Gandhian values were announced on Saturday.
  • Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of government documents to journalists last year, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday
Top Business Current Affairs
  • India has overtaken Japan as the world’s third-biggest crude oil importer in 2013, data showed on Thursday. India imported 3.86 million barrels-per-day of crude oil last year, tanker arrival data compiled by Reuters from trade sources showed on Thursday.
Top India Current Affairs
  • Goa cabinet on Wednesday increased the reservations for the other backward classes (OBC) in the government jobs and educational institutes to 27 per cent.

Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday lifted the ‘unofficial’ ban on English news channel- Times Now in the state. The UP government has given no official reason for blacking out the channel for 36 hours.
  • A 16 year old British school boy has set a world record for the youngest person ever to trek to the South Pole, completing the grueling 1,129km Journey in just 48 days.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is the most admired person on Earth, while retired cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is fifth on the list of the 30 most admired people, compiled from 13 countries.
  • Director Steven Spielberg on Wednesday dethroned media mogul Oprah Winfrey as the most influential celebrity in the United States, according to an annual study by Forbes magazine that was dominated by film directors.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • During his 49-day tenure as chief minister, Kejriwal had launched a number - (011) 27357169 - saying anyone who is asked to pay bribe by any official in the capital can seek help on that phone number. Addressing a gathering of thousands in Ramlila Maidan soon after taking oath as chief minister, he said during his tenure, the AAP government had launched anti-corruption telephone line, which they will restart.
Top Science Current Affairs
  • Scientists in the UK have created the fastest ever real-world internet connection, using commercial-grade fibre optic lines to clock up speeds of 1.4 terabits per second. It’s believed to be the fastest speed test of its kind, and would allow users to hypothetically download 44 high-definition films in a single second.
  • United States's Astronomers have discovered a river of hydrogen flowing through space and into a nearby galaxy. The discovery, most likely the first of its kind to be ever documented, could help explain how certain spiral galaxies keep up their steady pace of star formation.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • Sri Lanka is ready to step in and host the Asia Cup one-day tournament and the World Twenty20 if the two events are pulled out of violence-plagued Bangladesh, a top official said on Friday. The Asia Cup had been scheduled to be held between February 24 and March 7 in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, which has been hit by violent protests and strikes in the build-up to Sunday's general election.
  • India beat arch-nemesis Pakistan to be crowned Asian champions in the U-19 tournament in Abu Dhabi. Indian skipper Vijay Zol and IPL star Sanju Samson laid the foundation with centuries. Pakistan, chasing a stiff total, failed to keep up with the asking rate and finished 40 runs short. The equation is down to 68 runs to win from 30 balls for Pakistan. However, they've lost another wicket. Kamran Ghulam is still going strong. Pakistan 248 for seven in 45 overs, chasing 315.
  • He is the first in the history of the tournament to have won the crown thrice - his earlier titles coming in 2011 and 2014. The opening games went with serve before Wawrinka broke the Slovenian in the sixth game with a down-the-line backhand. The Swiss ace used his backhand, the most potent weapon in his arsenal, to unsettle Bedene through the match.
  • Young shuttler Aditya Joshi from Madhya Pradesh has become the first male junior badminton player from India to be ranked top in the world. Aditya, 17, recently got the number one slot in the January rankings of the World Badminton Federation (WBF). Aditya was at the 11th position till November, but he managed to jump ahead of all the players by achieving 18,776 points. Aditya started playing badminton in 2001 when he was only five and very soon, he started winning in the categories above his age in the local tournaments.
  • Former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald has said he is keen on becoming Australia's bowling coach on a long-term basis. Donald, who captured 330 test wickets in his 10-year career for the Proteas, has been asked to to succeed former coach Craig McDermott on a temporary basis, only for the tour of Sri Lanka. 'If it does happen to be a long-term thing, then I would absolutely love to do that,' Donald told Cricket Australia's website. 'There's no question about it. I would love to work with Boof (head coach Darren Lehmann) and his team, without a shadow of doubt.'
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