Current Affairs Update – 30th January, 2016

Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 30th January, 2016. These are Important for the upcoming LIC AAO 2016 Exam.

Current Affairs at a Glance – 30th January, 2016

  1. Angelique Kerber upsets Serena Williams 6-4 3-6 6-4 to win the Australian Open title today,
    ending the six-time champion’s unbeaten streak in finals here and winning a major
    title for the first time. Now she’s the
    first German woman to win the title since Graf in 1994
    .
  2. Matyr’s Day observed on
    30th January.
  3. Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, will assume charge as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western
    Naval Command (FOC-in-C, West)
    here on Sunday.
  4. The Dharwad-headquartered Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank (KVGB) has
    set up a separate cell for monitoring
    progress under all the government-sponsored schemes
    . Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank won the ‘ASSOCHAM Social Banking Excellence Award 2015’ under the ‘regional rural banks’ category in
    Mumbai on Friday.
  5. Air conditioning and
    refrigeration major Blue Star Ltd said that its Board of Directors has appointed Vir S Advani as
    Managing Director
    .
  6. Leslie Berland was on 26 January 2016 appointed as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Twitter Inc.
  7. Indo-Canadian Sikh Amrik Singh Ahluwalia Elected Head of Canada’s Peel Police, the country’s third largest municipal police force
  8. Prince Mahidol Award 2015 was conferred upon Professor Morton Mower and Sir Michael Marmot for outstanding
    achievements in medicine and public health worldwide
    .
  9. Former Army Chief General K V Krishna Rao, who played a key role in
    the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, died.
    Rao also served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir at a time when militancy
    was at its peak in the state.
  10. Japan on 28 January 2016 unveiled country’s first stealth fighter aircraft X-2.

Finance –
Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank sets up cell to monitor govt schemes
  • The Dharwad-headquartered
    Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank (KVGB) has set up a separate cell for monitoring
    progress under all the government-sponsored schemes, according to Ashok Reddy,
    Chairman of the bank.
  • According to a press release from
    the bank here on Saturday, Reddy received the ‘runner-up’ award of the
    ‘ASSOCHAM Social Banking Excellence Award 2015’ under the ‘regional rural
    banks’ category in Mumbai on Friday. The Minister of State for Finance, Jayant
    Sinha, gave away the award to Reddy.
  • The cell at the head office in
    Dharwad monitors the progress of government-sponsored schemes such as the
    Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima
    Yojana (PMJJBY), the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), the Atal
    Pension Yojana (APY), the Credit Guarantee Fund and the MUDRA Yojana.
  • The bank has opened 10.30 lakh
    accounts covering all households with a bank account in its area of operation
    under PMJDY. He said 9.80 lakh RuPay cards have been issued to PMJDY account
    holders, and around 4,000 PMJDY account holders have been provided overdraft
    facility.
  • The bank has canvassed 2.80 lakh
    policies under PMJJBY, 8.90 lakh policies under PMSBY and 1,500 under APY
    schemes. It has financed 15,813 accounts under the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana
    amounting to Rs. 125 crore during the campaign period, he said.

Appointments –
Vice Admiral Lanba to take over as Western Naval Command chief

  • Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM,
    AVSM, will assume charge as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval
    Command (FOC-in-C, West) here on Sunday.
  • Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba
    completed his schooling from Mayo College in Ajmer. He is an alumnus of
    National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the executive branch of the
    Indian Navy in January 1978, an official release said on Saturday.
  • After specialising in navigation
    and direction in 1983 the officer served as navigating officer of INS
    Sindhudurg (Corvette) and INS Dunagiri (Frigate). He has commanded Indian Naval
    Ships Kakinada (minesweeper), Himgiri (frigate), and guided missile destroyers
    Ranvijay and Mumbai.

Indo-Canadian Sikh Amrik Singh Ahluwalia  Elected Head of Canada’s Peel Police, the
country’s third
largest municipal
police force

  • An Indo-Canadian Sikh has been
    unanimously elected as the head of Canada’s Peel Police, the country’s third largest
    municipal police force.
  • Amrik Singh Ahluwalia was voted
    as the new chair of Ontario’s Peel Police Services Board after receiving
    backing from Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
  • The Peel Regional Police is
    Canada’s third largest municipal police force, responsible for the provision of
    adequate and effective police services, law enforcement and crime prevention
    within the region, a duty it discharges through the enactment of policies.

Blue Star appoints Vir S Advani as MD
  • Air conditioning and
    refrigeration major Blue Star Ltd said that its Board of Directors has
    appointed Vir S Advani as Managing Director and B Thiagarajan as Joint Managing
    Director, with effect from April 1, 2016. The current Managing Director, Satish
    Jamdar, will retire from the Board on March 31, 2016.
  • Vir S Advani has been with the
    Blue Star group of companies since 2000. After managing independent assignments
    in associate companies, he joined Blue Star Ltd in 2007.
  • He was appointed as Executive
    Director in 2010 and he was instrumental to turnaround the troubled
    Electro-Mechanical Projects business, said the company.
  • He has also been leading the
    company’s international business, and involved in the current extensive
    restructuring of the Group companies.

Leslie Berland appointed as Chief Marketing Officer of Twitter Inc
  • Leslie Berland was on 26 January
    2016 appointed as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Twitter Inc, an online
    social networking site. Before Berland’s appointment, the marketing operations
    was overseen by the Twitter’s CFO Anthony Noto.
  • Prior to this appointment, she
    was working at American Express (AmEx) as an executive vice-president of global
    advertising, marketing and digital partnerships.

Days –
Nation pays homage to those who sacrificed their lives on the occasion
of Matyr’s Day

  • The nation today remembered
    Mahatma Gandhi on his 68th death anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee
    and Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the country in paying homage to the
    Father of the Nation.
  • Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid
    Ansari and Modi paid floral tributes at Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat here.
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
    and Urban Development minister M Venkaiah Naidu were among those who paid homage
    to the Father of the Nation at Rajghat, where an inter—religion prayer was
    held.
  • Congress President Sonia Gandhi
    along with Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and former
    Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit paid homage to Mahatma.
  • Tributes were also paid to those
    who sacrificed their lives for the country on the occasion of Martyr’s Day.

Sports –
Angelique Kerber wins Australian Open 2016 Women’s Single Title

  • Angelique Kerber upsets Serena
    Williams 6-4 3-6 6-4 to win the Australian Open title today, ending the
    six-time champion’s unbeaten streak in finals here and winning a major title
    for the first time.
  • Williams was an overwhelming
    favourite at Melbourne Park, where she had won all six previous times she’d
    reached the final, and was trying to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22
    Grand Slam singles titles.
  • Williams won the Australian Open,
    French Open and Wimbledon titles last year before losing to Roberta Vinci in
    the US Open semifinals. She was so close to a calendar-year Grand Slam in 2015,
    but has no chance to push for that honour after losing the first major of the
    year.
  • The 34-year-old Williams hadn’t
    lost a set in the first six rounds at Melbourne Park until dropping the first
    on tonight against No. 7-seeded Kerber, who was playing in her first major final.
  • Now she’s the first German woman
    to win the title since Graf in 1994.

World –
Japan unveiled first stealth fighter aircraft X-2
  • Japan on 28 January 2016 unveiled
    country’s first stealth fighter aircraft X-2. The domestically-built fighter
    aircraft seeks to augment defence capabilities of the country that is
    surrounded by China and Russia that already have radar-evading aircraft
    technology.
  • X-2 is expected to undergo its
    first test-flight in February 2016.
  • It has two engines, similar to
    the F-22 of the USA, and is 46 feet long by 30 feet wide and 15 feet tall.
  • Its stealthy features include a
    special coating on the canopy that houses the pilot, as well as a carbon-fiber
    composite material that absorbs radar waves.

Awards & Honors –
Prince Mahidol Award 2015 conferred in Bangkok
  • Prince Mahidol Award 2015 was
    conferred upon Professor Morton Mower and Sir Michael Marmot for outstanding
    achievements in medicine and public health worldwide.
  • The award was presented on 29
    January 2016 at the Grand Palace in Bangkok by the Princess Maha Chakri
    Sirindhorn on behalf of the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, who couldn’t
    attend the ceremony due to ill health.
  • Mower, a citizen of the USA,
    received the award in the category of medicine for invention of the Automatic
    Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. The device helps in monitoring heart
    rate and rhythm and delivers electrical current when abnormality is detected.
  • Marmot, a citizen of the UK, won
    the award in public health category for his evidence-based evaluation of the
    role of Social Determinants of Health, a concept that was adopted by the
    government of the UK and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to eliminate
    health inequalities.

Obituaries –
Former Army Chief Gen K V Krishna Rao passes away

  • Former Army Chief General K V
    Krishna Rao, who played a key role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, died
    here on Sunday at the military hospital following a cardiac arrest at the age
    of 92.
  • Rao also served as the Governor
    of Jammu and Kashmir at a time when militancy was at its peak in the state.
  • Rao was the 14th Chief of the
    Army Staff of Indian Army and had an illustrious career spanning over four
    decades in the force.
  • He was commissioned into the Army
    on August 9, 1942. As a young officer, he had served in Burma, North West
    Frontier and Baluchistan during the Second World War.

Noted Writer, Educationist Nayani Krishnakumari Dies
  • Former Vice Chancellor of Potti
    Sreeramulu Telugu University, eminent writer and scholar Nayani Krishnakumari
    has passed away at the age of 86.
  • She is survived by her husband,
    two sons and a daughter.
  • A pioneer in folklore studies and
    women literature, she is credited with identifying the folk literature as a
    separate and valuable part of Telugu literature, the statement added.
  • Krishnakumari had worked as a
    Professor and Head, Telugu Department, Osmania University. She was awarded
    Doctorate for her research in folklore from Osamnia University. She was also
    Principal, Padmavathi Mahila College, Tirupati, and Vice-Chancellor, Potti
    Sreeramulu Telugu University.
  • During her tenure as VC, she
    published a textbook on folklore titled ‘Telugu Janapada Vijnanam: Samaajam,
    Samskruti, Sahityam’, containing articles by several scholars in folklore.








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