Current affairs January 2014, Latest Current Affairs Jan 1st to 31st

1st January

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala assumed charge as Minister for Home, Vigilance, Fire and Rescue Services and Jails on 1st January 2014.

S. K. Sharma is the new Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Electronics Ltd and took charge on 1st January 2014.

New CMD of Vijaya Bank is V. Kannan, he took charge on 1st January 2014.

Palestinian Ambassador in Czech Republic Jamal al-Jamal died in a blast.

New Zealand Cricketer Corey Anderson Cracked the fastest century in One Day international cricket history. He took just 36 deliveries to reach century and broke the18 year’s old record of shahid Afridi.

2nd January

India signed a labour Cooperation agreement with South Arabia on 2nd January 2014. This will cover about a quarter of the 25 lakh Indian Expatriates working in South Arabia.

Rakesh Bamzai, marketing head of Biocon, quits from company.

3rd January

Infosys appointed two presidents on 3rd January 2014 and announced their names B. G. Srinivas and U. B. Pravin Rao.

Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) launched Connect Card on 3rd January 2014. Connect Card is a new ATM cum Debit Card in Assoisiation with VISA that can be used for online Shopping (e-Commerce) up to 5 lakhs.

National Women’s squash champion Joshna Chinappa rose to her career best world ranking of 20 as per the latest list released by the Women’s Squash Association.

4th January

Bangladesh will host the next month’s Asia Cup and added Afghanistan as the fifth team in the regional one-day tournament.

France won Hopman Cup title for the first time on 4th January 2014 and won this title against Poland.

World No. 1 Serena Williams won the Season Opening WTA Brisbane International tennis Tournament beat the 2nd Seeded Victoria Azarenka on 4th January 2014.

Chinese LI Na beats Peng Shuai to win the Shenzhen Open tennis tournament.

Ana Ivanovic overcomes Venus Williams to win the clash of the two former world number one tennis players in a marathon Auckland Classic final on 4th January 2014.

5th January
GSLV-D5 lifts off from Sriharikota on the dot at 4.18 PM on 5th January 2014.

Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Edouard Roger Vasselin to win Chennai Open on 5th January 2014.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated France’s Gael Monfils to win the Qatar Open. It was Nadal’s 61st Career title.

6th January

Telugu film Hero V. Uday Kiran ended his life at the age of 33.

Swami Nityananda Maharaj, founder of Secretary of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission in Barrackpore in North 24 parganas, passed away on 5th January 2014. He was 82.

7th January

The Strategic Forces Command test fired a surface to surface Strategic Missile Prithvi – II from the Mobile launcher in the integrated test range, near chandipur in Odisha on 7th January 2014.

Ms. Yellen is the new Fed chairman succeeds Ben Bernanke. She will become the first woman to run the Fed in its 100 years history.

8th January

Norwegian firm Telenor appointed its Strategy and regulatory affairs head Morten Karlsen Sorby as new Chief Executive Officer of its Indian Telecom arm Uninor.

Unveiled the glittering Trophy for Hero Hockey World League Final on 8th January 2014.

9th January

Mahatma Gandhi grand Daughter Ela Gandhi, Australian Senator of Indian Origin Lisa Maria Singh and Ramakrishna Mission in Fiji were among the 13 recipients of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.

Manoj Kumar Garga is director and Global Group CFO of Manipal Group.

Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) won the men’s and women’s titles in 75th senior National and Inter-State table tennis championship.

10th January

The president of Central African Republic Michel Djotodia has resigned. The resignation is took under pressure over his failure to stem the sectarian unrest ripping his country apart.

IndusInd Bank reported a 30% growth in its net profit on 3rd Quarter ended 31st December 2013.

11th January

Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister of Israel died on 11th January 2014. He was 85.

Juan Martin Del Potro won men’s title of Australia Open in ATP Apia International and he defeated Bernard Tomic in the finals at Sydney.

Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic won the doubles title of Australia Open in Apia International and defeated Rohan Bopanna & Aisamul-haq Qureshi at Sydney.

John Isner won his 2nd Heineken Open title at Auckland and defeated Lu Yen-Hsun.

Kei Nishikori won the Kooyong Classic Exhibition Tourment and defeted World No. 7 Tomas berdych at Melbourne.

Garbine Muguruza won the WTA Hobart International and defeated Klara Zakopalova at Hobart.

Sabhyata Nihalani and Siddhant Banthia won the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National series Under-14 girls and boys tennis tournament at DLTA complex, new Delhi.

12th January

Sheikh Hasina took oath as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on 12th January 2014.

24 years Sanil Shetty and 20 years Ankita Das bagged the men’s and Women’s titles in style, in 75th Senior National Table tennis championships.

13th January

Kerala based writer Anees Salim won the Hindu Prize for the Best Fiction 2013 for his second Novel “Vanity Bagh”.

Anjali Devi, veteran actor died on 13th Jabuary 2014. She was 86.

15th January

Juan Gelman, Argentine Poet died on 14th January 2014. He was 83. He won the Spanish speaking world’s top literature prize.

Wholesale price index-based inflation for December declined to 6.16% from 7.52% in November.

Jeevandas Narayan is the new managing director (MD) of the State Bank of Travancore (SBT).

Padma Shri Namdeo Dhasal, famous Marathi Poet and one of the founder of Dalit Panthers died on 15th January 2014. He was 64.

16th January

Jet Airways Ltd announced about the resignation of its CEO Garry Kenneth Toomey with immediate effect.

Abhijeet Gupta is the champion of the Parsvnath Grandmasters International Chess Tournament on 16th January 2014.

17th January

Suchitra Sen, the legendary actress who was known as the Greta Garbo of Bengali Cinema, was died on 17th January 2014. She was 82.

Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the spiritual leader of the community, died on 17th January 2014. He was 99.

Hery Rajaonarimampianina is the new president of Madagascar. This was declared on 17th January 2014.

William Barney is the new CEO of Reliance Globalcom. This appointment news was announced by Reliance Globalcom.

Andhra Medium-Pacer D. Kalyan Krishna announced his retirement from first class cricket on 17th January 2014.

India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL) has signed an agreement with the Export-Import Bank of Korea (K-EXIM) for infrastructure finance.

18th January

Netherlands won Hero Hockey World League title at the major Dhyan Chand National Stadium and defeated New Zealand.

Vishnu Vardan of Tamil Nadu and Natash Palha of Gao won the men’s and women’s singles of national grass court tennis at south club.

Cyrus Mistry won the prestigious DSC prize for South Asian Literature for 2014 on 18th January 2014 for his book “Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer”.

20th January

Agni-IV, surface to surface missile was successfully test fired from wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast on 20th January 2014.

Catherine Samba-Panza elected as Interim President of the Central African Republic on 20th January 2014.

Anand Sinha, RBI deputy governor, has retired after the new bank license Process.

22nd January

Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Legendary Telugu Film Actor, Died on 22nd January 2014. He was popularly known as ANR. He was 91.

Laimdota Straujuma is the new Prime Minister of Latvia and she is the first woman PM of Latvia also. She was 62.

23rd January

India Women team won the ODI over Sri Lanka with 3-0 at ACA-VDCA stadium in Visakhapatnam.

Indian Army gives bravery awards to civilians for the first time. The awardees are Stanzin Padma, Jigmet Urgain and Nima Norboo and it was given on the eve of Army Day at Udampur, Jammu. The awards were given by Lt. Gen Sanjeev Chachra, Army Commander of Northern Command.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the chief guest at Republic Day Parade.

24th January

Firbrand Israeli leftwinger and Former Cabinet Minister Shulamit Aloni died on 24th January 2014. She was 85.

India regained its No. 1 ranking in the ICC ODI after Australia lost its fourth ODI against England by 57 runs Because of that Australia dropping to 2nd place.

25th January

Sushil Kumar, Former Director General of Police died on 25th January 2014. He was 81.

Sameer Kumar and Raveena Kingsley won the boy’s and girl’s single titles in the ONGC ITF Grade-3 junior tennis at the red-clay courts of DKS complex, Kolkata.

Li Na won the Women’s singles in Australian Open title and defeated Dominika Cibulkova at Melbourne.

The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS), Mumbai, has been selected for the National Communal Harmony Award 2013 in the organisation category.

Mohinder Singh of Delhi and N. Radhakrishnan of Kerala have been selected for the National Communal Harmony Award 2013 in the individual Category.

Padma Awards 2013:

Padma Vibhushan:
India’s second highest Civilian honour, Padma Vidhushan is awarded to world famous Yoga Guru B. K. S. Iyengar and the former Chief of the Country of Science and industrial Research (CSIR) R. A. Mashelkar.

Padma Bhushan:
25 people selected for Padma Bhushan, Kamal Haasan, lyricist Vairamuthu, Ghatam Exponent T. H. Vinayakram, Pullela Gopichand (badminton), Leander Paes (Tennis), Late Dr. Anumolu Ramakrishna (Science & Engineering),  Classical Singer Begum Parveen Sultana, Justice Dalvir Bhandari, Author Ruskin Bond, the former Chief Justice of India J. S. Verma, Former Comptroller and Auditor General V. N. Kaul are among Padma Bhushan 2013 Awardees.

Padma Sri:
7 Sportspersons is selected for Padma Shri, Yuvraj Singh (Cricket), Dipika Pallikal (Squash Player), Anjum Chopra (Former Indian women’s Cricket Captain), Sunil Dabas (Kabaddi), Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu and Mamta Sodha (Mountaineering) and H. Boniface Prabhu (wheelchair tennis).
Ms Kilemsungla (member of UPSC), Ms Vidya Balan (Actress), Vijay Ghate (Tabla Player), Santosh Sivan (Filmmaker and Cinematographer), Mohammad Ali Baig (Theater Personality), Nayana Apte Joshi (TV Actress), Ram Bhardwaj (Musician), Elam Endira Devi (Manipuri Dancer), Rani Karnaa (Kathak dancer from Bengal), Ram Mohan (Film Animator), Kalamandalam Sathyabhama (Dancer), Parveen Talha (former UPSC member), Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik, Mallika Srinivas (chairperson of the Chennai- based Tractors and Farm Equipment), Pratap Govindrao pawar, Bansi Kaul (Theater Artist)  and Paresh Rawal.

26th January

Karl Slym, the managing director of Tata Motor Ltd, died on 26th January 2014. He was 51.

K. Prasad Babu, a Greyhounds Inspector was awarded the highest pease time gallantry award, Ashok Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee on the occation of Republic Day.

Saina Nehwal won the Women’s singles in India Grand Prix badminton title and defeated P. V. Sindhu. (Xue Song of china defeated K. Srikanth in men’s singles, Junhui Li and Yuchen Liu defeated Huang Kiaxiang and Zhang Si Wei in men’s Doubles, Chen Qingchen and Jia Yi Fan defeated Xiaohan Yu and Yaqiong Huang in Women’s Double, Wang Yilv and Yaqiong Huang defeated Huang Kaixiang and Chen Qingchin in Mixed doubles)

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland won the Grand Slam title for the first time and defeated World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open men’s finals on 26th January 2014.

Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor won the mixed doubles in Australian Open and defeated Sania Mirza and Horia Tecau in the finals.

27th January

Samsung Electronics Co signed an agreement with Google Inc to cross-license their patents.

Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger “a Living archive of America’s music and conscience” who inspired the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, has died on 27th January 2014. He was 94.

28th January

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hikes the Repo Rate by 25 points from 7.75% to 8% on 28th January 2014.
Repo Rate – 8%
Reverse Repo Rate – 7%.

APJ Abdul Kalam inaugurated the Centenary celebrations of the Pamban railway bridge. this is India’s first Cantilever bridge, connecting the piligrim-island of Rameswaram to the mainland.

29th January
India’s illiterate population is largest in the world as per the UNESCO report.

A former Norwegian Minister Edward Snowden is nominated for Nobel Peace Prize this year.

Ajoy Misraand would be elected and appointed as CEO and Managing Director of TGBL from 1st April 2014 and this was announced by Tata Global Beverages Limited (TGBL) board of directors on 29th January 2014.

31st January

Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been voted the world’s 4th most beautiful woman in the recent poll conducted by online magazine Holllywood Buzz.

Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, a Navy Cyber warfare specialist has been nominated by U. S President Barack Obama as the next director of the National Security Agency (NSA).

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