January 2018 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs January 2018: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of January 2018 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 Agreement Current Affairs
  • The Union Cabinet approved the signing and implementation of MOU between Road Transport and Highways Ministry and Transport for London to improve public transport in India. Transport for London is a statutory body established under the Greater London Authority Act, 1999 (UK).
  • The Union Cabinet approved the MoU for cooperation in the field of science and technology between India and Canada (MoU). This consent letter will help strengthen research and scientific cooperation between academic institutions of India and Canada and prepare a mechanism for this purpose.
Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • Omprakash Singh, IPS officer of 1983 batch has been appointed as the new Director General (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh Police. He will replace Sulkhan Singh, who retired on December 31. OP Singh is currently the Director General of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the Center.
  • Vijay Keshav Gokhale, senior IPS officer of 1981 batch has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary of India on 01 January 2018. Vijay Keshav Gokhale will take charge of the Foreign Secretary on January 29 as the present foreign secretary S. Jaishankar's tenure is being completed on 28th January. The term of Vijay Keshav Gokhale will be of two years. Gokhale has been India's Ambassador to Germany from October 2013 to January 2016
  • Country famous scientist Siwan has been appointed the new president of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He will replace S. Kiran Kumar, who was appointed on 12 January 2015. His tenure will be three years. Sivan is currently a director in Vikram Sarabhai Space Center.
  • On 21 January 2018 Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner of India. He will replace the current Chief Election Commissioner, Achal Kumar Jyoti on January 23. Along with this, former Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa has been made Election Commissioner.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Actor of Indian origin Aziz Ansari has been awarded the Best Actor Award for his role in the musical / comedy category in the television series 'The Master of Nun' in the Golden Globes Awards.
  • Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been conferred the first Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Award for integrity in public life in Jammu.
  • Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has been selected as the best cricketer of the year in ICC's annual awards. Virat Kohli has also been selected as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • India's largest IT services company Tata Consultancy Services has signed a $ 690 million deal with M & G Prudential, UK and European Savings and Investment Business Unit Prudential Plc, in order to convert their businesses digitally and convert them into UK Savings and Retirement Better service can be provided to customers.


Top India Current Affairs
  • India's current finance minister Arun Jaitley has launched the country's first agricultural commodity option in Delhi on the occasion of Makar Sankranti (January 14). This is a unique initiative which will prove beneficial for the farmers.
  • Allahabad Bank became India's first public bank to present employee stock option scheme (ISOP). Under this, he will issue five million general shares to his employees.
  • Usha Anantasubramanian became the first woman president of the Indian Bank Association (IBA). Currently he is the MD & CEO of Allahabad Bank.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Bhavani Shankar Sharma, former president of Rajasthan Khadi Gramodhog Board and senior Congress leader, passed away. He was 77 years old.
  • Radha Viswanathan, the famous classical music singer of India, passed away on January 02, 2018 at the age of 83. She was the daughter of late M.S. Subbulakshmi, honored with Bharat Ratna.
  • Pakistan Air Force's first Pakistani Commander-in-Chief, Air Marshal and senior politician Asghar Khan passed away on 05 January 2018 due to a heart attack. He was 96 years old. Asghar Khan became Pakistan's first Air Chief at the age of 35 Asghar Khan was a pilot of fighter aircraft during World War II era.
  • Famous Hindi film cinematographer W. B. Rao died. He was famous for his films like 'Hum', 'Khuda Gawaah', 'Dhadkan', 'Rangila', 'Judwaa', 'Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega'.
Top Reports Current Affairs
  • India has been ranked 30th in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Manufacturing Index. Japan is in the top spot in this list.
  • India has become the third largest steel producing country in the world. It has left America behind steel production. The country's steel production in the first two months of the current year is 1.45 million tonnes. According to World Steel Association (WSA) data, India's steel production growth rate in January-February was the highest, ie, 7.6 percent.
  • According to a report by New World Wealth, India is at sixth place in the list of the world's richest countries, with total assets of $ 8,230 billion. America is at the top of the list.
Top Scheme Current Affairs
  • The Maharashtra government approved the Nanaji Deshmukh Agricultural Sanjivani Yojna of Rs 4,000 crore, which aims to promote climate flexible agriculture.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • New Zealand's explosive opener Colin Munro scored history in the third T20 International match against the West Indies on 03 January 2018. Colin Munro became the first batsman to score three hundreds in T20 internationals. He had scored 104 runs in 53 balls with 3 fours and 10 sixes.
  • Former world silver medalist Sarjubala Devi (48-51 kg) won the gold medal in the national women's boxing championship as well as the title of the best boxer of the tournament.
  • Gaurav Gill of Mahindra Adventure team secured first position in the 43rd -1000 rally and won the title of MRF-FMSCI National Racing Championship for the fifth time.
  • The World T20 World Cup to be hosted in the year 2018 has been handed over to the West Indies. Women's T20 World Cup will be played in Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and St. Lucia from November 09 to November 24 this year.
  • Rakhi Halder has won gold medal in women's 63 kg weight category in 33rd Women's Senior National Weightlifting Championship in Mangaluru.
  • The fifth seeded pair of Tamia Babos and Christina Mladenovic beat the Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the title of Australian Open women's doubles championship by defeating the second seeded Russian pair of Russians.
  • The auction is over for the 11th season of the IPL, which will be held on 28th January 2018 this year. This year, all 8 franchisees bought a total of 169 players. England all-rounder Ben Stokes became the most expensive player in the IPL 2018 auction, in the same Indian players Jaidev Unadkat left everyone behind. Both of these players were bought by Rajasthan Royals for 12.5 and 11.5 million respectively. Also, Sandeep Lamichane has become the first cricketer of Nepal to get the IPL contract.
  • Switzerland's tennis player Roger Federer won his career's 20th Grand Slam title after defeating Croatia's Marin Sillich in the final of the Australian Open. In the match, lasted for five sets (three hours three minutes), Federer beat Silly 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Simultaneously, he equaled the record of winning Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Australia's Roy Emerson 6-6 times Australian Open.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -Pace-D and Indo-German Collaboration (GIZ), on 07 January 2017, India's first Solar to promote clean energy in residential buildings. The Rooftop Consumer Aggregation Program has started in Delhi. Under this program, solar panels will be installed in one place and the entire building will get solar energy.
  • India successfully launched the weather monitoring cartosat-2 satellite. With this, 29 other satellites have been omitted. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully installed these satellites in the classroom with the PSLV C-40 launch vehicle.
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