January 2012 Current Affairs: In this chapter, information has been given about the latest current affairs based on India and the world in the month of January 2012 from the point of view of upcoming competitive examinations. Here you can find various fields of India and the world like: Appointments, Resignations, Sports and Sportsmen, Politics, Awards and Honors, Important Days, Deaths, Reports, Business, Planning, Politics, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Accidents, Science, Technology You can get general knowledge about important current affairs related to geography, records, settlement, convention and entertainment etc.

31 January 2012 | Summit Current Affairs
The fifth edition of the World Future Energy Summit was held in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi from 16 to 19 January 2012. The four-day long summit brought together more than 60 top leaders from 50 countries to discuss global issues related to energy policies and the challenges. The theme of this year’s World Future Energy Summit was - Sustainable Energy for All.
30 January 2012 | Sports Current Affairs
Amalraj won his maiden national title by defeating A Sharath Kamal in the final of the 73rd Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championships in Lucknow. After the two traded blistering shots, Amalraj inched ahead from 7-all to lead 10-8.
29 January 2012 | Sports Current Affairs
Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win the 100th Edition of the Australian Open at Melbourne
28 January 2012 | Appointments Current Affairs
President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil conferred the Ashoka Chakra on Lt. Navdeep Singh (posthumous) on the occasion of the 63rd Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi.  Lt. Navdeep Singh was awarded the Ashoka Chakra for single-handedly eliminating four infiltrating terrorists on 20 August 20 2011.
27 January 2012 | Obituaries Current Affairs
Environmental historian and political commentator Mahesh Rangarajan was selected and appointed as director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, one of the country's top centres for research on modern Indian history.
26 January 2012 | Awards Current Affairs
Senior Australian batsman Ricky Ponting was honoured with Austrlia’s  highest civil honour along with a host of sportspersons of international repute. The former skipper was appointed an officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the sport of cricket as a leading player, and to the community through the establishment of the Ponting Foundation.
25 January 2012 | Obituaries Current Affairs
Sukumar Azhikode, award-winning Malayalam writer, scholar and one of  the most influential Gandhian intellectual in Kerala, died. As an intellectual giant, humanist, a cultural guru, a committed secularist, a champion of human rights and a sentinel of social values, he gave expression to his ideals through more than 35 books, thousands of articles and countless orations.
24 January 2012 | Sports Current Affairs
Rajasthan coached by R R Jadeja won its second consecutive Ranji Trophy title by defeating Tamil Nadu  at the MA Chidambaram stadium, Tamil Nadu.
23 January 2012 | Politics Current Affairs
The Election Commission of India banned exit polls during the entire period when elections to the five state assemblies would be held, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Under the provisions, displaying any election matter, including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited.
22 January 2012 | Obituaries Current Affairs
Pakistani film actress Salma Mumtaz died in Lahore after battling diabetes for several years. Mumtaz was born in Jallandhar in 1926. Her family moved to Pakistan after the Partition in 1947. She made her debut in films in the 1960s with the Urdu film Neelofar.
21 January 2012 | Appointments Current Affairs
Senior television journalist Pankaj Pachauri as was appointed as Communication Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office. Pankaj Pachauri who has been given the rank of additional secretary will report to Pulok Chatterjee, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. Following his appointment, Harish Khare resigned as media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
20 January 2012 | Business Current Affairs
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India asked telecom companies to block bulk international SMS. TRAI’s move is aimed at giving mobile subscribers further relief from pesky messages.
19 January 2012 | Obituaries Current Affairs
Anthony Prabhu Gonsalves, India's first music 'arranger died. Born in Majorda, in Goa, Anthony Gonsalves' love for music led him to merge Goan  melody with Hindustani music.
18 January 2012 | Awards Current Affairs
69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The award ceremony was hosted by British comedian, Ricky Gervais, who hosted the show for te second consecutive year.
17 January 2012 | Business Current Affairs
US fast food chain McDonald's in January 2012 extended its global sponsorship agreement with the International Olympic Committee until 2020. McDonald's signed up to sponsor the Olympics for a further eight years till 2020. 
16 January 2012 | Business Current Affairs
India extended for five years anti-dumping duty on import of four Chinese products in the face of widening trade gap with China.  The duty has been imposed to protect the domestic industry from cheap imports.
15 January 2012 | Obituaries Current Affairs
India’s first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawala died in Vadodara, Gujarat. She was the only professional woman photojournalist between 1939 and 1970. Homai Vyarawalla was commonly known by her pseudonym Dalda 13.
14 January 2012 | Appointments Current Affairs
The Union government in January 2012 appointed B K Batra as Deputy Managing Director of IDBI Bank. Prior to being appointed as Deputy Managing Director of IDBI Bank, he worked as Executive Director looking after the corporate banking function and formulation of corporate level policies and processes.
13 January 2012 | Economy Current Affairs
Market regulator SEBI unveiled rules for direct investment in stocks by foreign investors, including individuals. SEBI's guideline was issued seeking to put curbs on opaque structures to prevent routing of funds by resident Indians.
12 January 2012 | Politics Current Affairs
The Cabinet Committee on Security approved the setting up of a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) to counter terrorism effectively.  The NCTC was proposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. It will be a single window organisation that will gather and disseminate intelligence to central and state security organisations. 
11 January 2012 | Sports Current Affairs
Kerala men defeated Uttarakhand 25-22, 25-22, 25-13 to win the National title for the fourth time, in the 60th senior National volleyball championship, at the Balbir Juneja Indoor Stadium, Raipur . 
10 January 2012 | Miscellaneous Current Affairs
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and International Asociation of Sanskrit Studies jointly organised the 15th World Sanskrit conference from 5 to 10 January 2012 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
9 January 2012 | Awards Current Affairs
Argentina’s Lionel Messi was awarded the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich. He won the award for the third consecutive year for the world's outstanding footballer. Messi who plays for club Barcelona won 47.88 per cent votes and finished ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (21.6)%) and Xavi (9.23%).
8 January 2012 | Sports Current Affairs
Canadian Milos Raonic won the ATP Chennai Open by defeating world number nine Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 7-6 7-6 in the final. Milos Raonic was named the best newcomer in 2011 after he rose from 156 to 31 in the rankings.
7 January 2012 | Appointments Current Affairs
D Bala Venkatesh Verma, Joint Secretary Disarmament in the Ministry of External Affairs was conferred with the first S K Singh Award for excellence in the Indian Foreign Service.
6 January 2012 | Appointments Current Affairs
Turkey's former Army chief Ilker Basbug was arrested over an alleged attempt on part of the chief to topple the Islamist-rooted government in the country. Ilker Basbug, the 26th chief of staff of the Turkish republic was placed in preventive detention for setting up and leading a terrorist group and of attempting to overthrow the government. 
5 January 2012 | Appointments Current Affairs
The Union government cleared two key military appointments. Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan took charge as the 19th Director-General of the Indian Coast Guard. The position of Coast Guard Chief lay vacant since Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra was promoted as the Eastern Naval Command chief in October 2011.
4 January 2012 | Business Current Affairs
The member states of European Union(EU), agreed in principle to ban import of Iranian crude oil to put pressure on Iran for its nuclear programme. However, the time-frame to implement this was not decided. The United States, which recently imposed fresh sanctions on Iran, has welcomed the news.
3 January 2012 | Indian Current Affairs
India became free from bird flu, H5N1. The government made a declaration to this effect.  The states were advised to have strict surveillance, especially in the vulnerable areas bordering the infected countries and in areas visited by migratory birds.  
2 January 2012 | World Current Affairs
Maldives lifted ban on spas in the upmarket tourist destination following its verification that these spas were not being used for prostitution. Earlier, it was alleged that these spas were the hub of prostitution. Following this, the tourism ministry ordered all massage centres to close six days ago.
1 January 2012 | World Current Affairs
Pakistan joined the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the powerful world body, which also has India among its 15-member states. Pakistan was elected to the Security Council last October when 129 out of 193 members of the UN General Assembly voted for it during an election.

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