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Current Affairs - January 2015

TNPSC Current Affairs January 2015
  • Important Appointments
    • Shailesh Nayak was appointed as the interim chairman of ISRO after the retirement of K Radhakrishnan
    • A S Kiran Kumar was appointed as the new chairman of ISRO.
    • H S Brahma was appointed as the new Chief election commissioner of India Succeeding V S Sampath.
    • S Jaishankar was appointed as the new Foreign secretary replacing Sujatha singh.
  • Operation Smile
    • To find missing children and reunite them with their parents.
    • Recently launched by the Hyderabad Police Department.
    • Also launched in Trichy by the TN Police Department.
  • Camel Festival was celebrated every January in Bikaner (Rajasthan). 
  • Awards
    • Leela Samson (Bharathanatiyam Artist) - was given the title Natya Kala Acharya.
  • Padma Awards (Jan 2015)
    • 104 persons were selected in total from various fields for Padma awards. Among them, 
    • Padma Vibhusan - 9 awardees
    • Padma Bhusan - 20 awardees
    • Padma Shri - 75 awardees
    • Also includes 17 women.
    • awardees from Tamil Nadu
      • Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan - Padma Vibhusan (Science and Engineering)
      • Gopalaswami - Padma Bhusan (Civil Service)
      • Sudha Raghunatha - Padma Bhusan (Art)
      • Kanyakumari Avasarala - Padma shri (Art)
      • P V Rajaraman - Padma shri (civil service)
      • R Vasudevan - Padma shri (Civil service)
  • Ashok chakra
    • Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh
    • Mukund Varadharajan
  • Important Books in News
    • Mee Nathuram Godse Boltoy - a play written by Pradeep Dalvi.
    • Madhorubhagan - authored by Perumal Murugan
  • Kailash Satyarthi
    • Handed over his Nobel Medal to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee.
    • The medal will be kept at the museum in the Rashtrapathi bhavan.
  • Priya Pillai
    • A Greenpeace activist who addressed to British Parliamentarians from India through Skype after being barred to leave India.
    • She explained about her work in the Mahan region in Madhya Pradesh. 
  • Saudi Arabia's king Abdullah died and the kingship was passed to his brother Salman.
  • Metro train services at Mantri Square station (In Bangalore) was stopped for 5 mins to rescue a Black Kite (a bird).
  • Pooja Thakur
    • became the first women to lead the guard of honour for US president Barrack Obama.
  • R K Laxman - eminent Cartoonist passed away.
  • Non residential Indians can now cast their votes from abroad without being physically present in their constituencies through e-postal ballot systems or proxy voting.
    • The representation of people act 2010, Section 20(A) stating that the NRI should be physically present in their respective constituencies to vote was repealed.
  • NITI Aayog
    • The Planning commission was replaced by a new institution called NITI Aayog.
    • The Abbreviation for NITI Aayog is National Institution for Transforming India.
    • Its main role will be formulation of policies.
  • D K Mittal Committee
    • D K Mittal Committee under the chairmanship of D K Mittal to suggest ways to increase the revenue of railways submitted its report.
  • Kamarajar Port Limited Located at Ennore has planned to expand its cargo handling capacity to 100 million tonnes.
    • HRIDAY - Heritage Development and Augmentation India Yojana.
    • HRIDAY was launched by the central government to preserve and rejuvenate the cultural heritage of the 12 cities.
    • The Kanchipuram and Velankanni was also among the list of cities.
    • The government has allocated 500 crores for the project.
  • India Post honored Mumbai's Dabbawalas with a release of a commemorative special cover on Dabbawalas.
  • Disinvestment in Coal India Limited
    • The central government sold 10% of its shares in Coal India Limited and raised Rs.22,555 Crores.
    • The total disinvestment target for the current fiscal year 2014-2015 is Rs. 43,425 Crores.
Health and Environment
  • National biodiversity Congress 2015
    • The second edition of national biodiversity congress is to be held in Thiruvanthapuram (Kerala) in February 2015.
    • Theme: "Biodiversity: Access and Benefit Sharing"
  • 66 Tiger Deaths reported in 2014
    • Tamil Nadu tops the list with 15 tiger deaths followed by Madhya Pradesh (14), Uttarkhand (8).
  • Kirloskar Vasundara International Film Festival KVIIF
    • The only film festival of India dedicated to environmental issues.
    • The 9th edition of this film festival is to be scheduled from 16th Jan 2014 in Pune.
    • Theme: Zero Waste: Begins with us
  • Sofosbuvir
    • A drug used to treat hepatitis C virus which affects Liver manufacture by Gileads Sciences.
    • Recently the Indian patent Office rejected its patent application.
  • Mild tremors were recorded in several places of Andhra Pradesh with magnitude 1.8 in Richter scale. 
  • 18th Indian Birding Fair
    • It was held at the Man sagar Lake in Jaipur(Rajasthan).
Science and Technology
  • India Based Neutrino Observatory - INO
    • It is a proposed underground laboratory to study atmospheric neutrinos.
    • To be constructed at Pottipuram in Bodi West hills of Theni District of Tamil Nadu
  • Pamban Bridge
    • It is the first cantilever bridge of India.
    • 28 corroded old girders of Pamban bridge was replaced with new girders.
  • Agni-V
    • Recently test fired from a canister at the Wheeler Island.
    • It is a nuclear capable intercontonental ballistic missile.
    • Range: 5000 km
    • Payload: 1100 kg
  • Hijab
    • It means headscarf usually worn by muslim women
    • Recently the Hijab law which implies compulsory wearing of Hijab is made unconstitutional in Iran.
  • USA imposed new sanctions on North Korean Government officials and its defense industries for a cyberattack on Sony. 
  • Capital of North Korea - Pyongyang
  • Three Gorges Dam 
    • It is the world's largest Hydroelectric Dam.
    • It recently set a new record of highest annual power production.
    • It is located on the Yangtze River (China).
  • Terrorist Attack in Paris
    • 12 people were killed in a terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris.
  • Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic - was elected as the first women president of Croatia.
  • John F Kennady Airport (New york)
    • The world's first dedicated terminal for animals is to be opened at the John F Kennady airport in New york.
  • Miss universe
    • Paulina Vega of Columbia was crowned Miss Universe 2014 at Florida (US).
  • MH370
    • Malaysia formally declared the MH370 disappearance an accident.
    • The passengers and the crew members were presumed to be dead.
  • K Sripavan - appointed as the new chief Justice of Srilanka.
    • He was the second tamil to be appointed as the CJ of Srilanka.
  • 35th National Games 2015
    • The 35th edition of the national games began at the Greenfield statium in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).
    • Sachin Tendulkar was appointed as the Goodwill ambassador of the 35th national games.


  1. excellent material.thank u for ur service.

  2. Pls update the current affairs for jan-2015

  3. A BIG thankz for ths wonderful informative jan a simple correction.its not VKIIF award but KVIFF ..plz check it out.we need ur service ever..GBU

    1. Thanks a lot...!!! for the correction...

  4. Hi friends..
    Am going to write group 2 this year.. And am a beginner..need all your guidance.. How to start from where to begin...

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