Improve Current Affairs: Know 62 Important Happenings Between 16th December 2016 to 31st January 2017


Dear Reader, here is a list of 62 major incidents between 16th December 2016 to 31st January 2017. In the end, you will find short practice test with five questions.


  1. The UN Cultural body UNESCO has accorded world heritage status to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

  2. China launched TanSat satellite, a global carbon dioxide monitoring satellite, to understand the climate change.

  3. The United Nations has named the year 2017 as “International year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”.

  4. Norway became the first country to ban FM Radio broadcasting on 11th January 2017.


  1. Power and Renewable Energy Minister Mr.Piyush Goyal announced a government sanction of over Rs. 30 crores for solar cities program.

  2. Assam’s Majuli is set to become India’s first carbon neutral district by 2020.

  3. Union Government launched Lucky Grahak Yojana and DigiDhan Vyapar Yojana to promote digital payments in the country.

  4. The Union Government allocated Rs. 450 crore to Telangana for the welfare of backward/underdeveloped regions.

  5. Lanyard, a village in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir became the first village in the state to go cashless.

  6. In Global Wind Power Installed Capacity Index rankings, India is 4th in the list beating several other countries.

  7. India’s first solar power boat started operating in Kerala.


  1. State Bank of India launched Mobicash Mobile Wallet to promote cashless transactions.

  2. ICICI Bank launched Eazypay application for sellers to accept and process payments.

Business News:

  1. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors in December 2016 approved USD 235 million for the Bihar Rural Roads Project.

  2. A MoU has been signed between National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and National Aluminium Co. Ltd (NALCO) for the establishment of a 2.4 GW coal power project at Gajmara, Odisha.

  3. India and Tajikistan have signed agreements related to double taxation avoidance (DTAA), money laundering and other areas.

  4. India and Kyrgyzstan have signed six agreements to boost bilateral cooperation.

  5. India and Bhutan signed a MoU for extending technical cooperation in infrastructure engineering.

  6. India and Portugal have signed seven agreements to boost the bilateral relations between the two nations.

  7. India and Sri Lanka signed a MoU to construct rainwater harvesting systems in the northern Jaffna district.

  8. India and Vietnam have signed an agreement pertaining to Cyber Security.


  1. Amina Mohammed has been appointed as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

  2. Sunil Arora was appointed as Director General of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA).

  3. The new chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB), New Delhi, is Rajiv Jain.

  4. The Union Government has appointed Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa as the Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

  5. Lt General Bipin Rawat has been appointed as the Chief of Army Staff.

  6. Mr. Viral V. Acharya has been appointed as the new Deputy Governor of RBI.

  7. The new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is Mr. Anil Baijal.

  8. V. K Sharma has been appointed as the chairman of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC).

  9. The new Chief Secretary of Tamilnadu is Girija Vaidyanathan.

  10. The Uttar Pradesh government was appointed Deepak Agarwal as the CEO of Noida Authority.

  11. Sorin Grindeanu has become the Prime Minister of  Romania.

  12. David R Syiemlieh has become the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

  13. Surekha Marandi has been appointed as the Executive Director of RBI.

  14. Alok Kumar Verma has been appointed as the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Awards & Honours:

  1. The Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) awarded Ratan Tata with ‘Global Agriculture Leadership Award 2016’.

  2. Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle has been crowned Miss World 2016.

  3. The book titled “Jinnah Often Came to Our House” by Kiran Doshi received the Hindu Prize 2016.

  4. “2016 T S Eliot Prize” has been won by Jacob Polley’s for his creation ‘Jackself.’


  1. Indian batswoman Smriti Mandhana is a part of ICC Women’s Team of the year 2016.

  2. Men’s Hockey Junior world cup for 2016 is India. The match was held in Lucknow.

  3. Pankaj Advani won the national title in 6-red snooker, in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

  4. Sheva Keshavan Grabs has become the gold medallist at Asian Luge Championship.

  5. According to International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), Lionel Messi as the world’s best playmaker of 2016.

  6. The pair of Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the 2017 Brisbane International Women’s Doubles Title.

  7. Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan pair won the 2017 Chennai Open Men’s Doubles Title.

  8. Saina Nehwal has won the 2017 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Women’s Singles title.

  9. Serena Williams has won the Australian Open of 2017 in women’s singles.

  10. Roger Federer has won the Australian Open of 2017 in Men’s singles.

Important Days:

  1. National Mathematics day is observed on 22 December. This to commemorate the birth anniversary of the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

  2. Good Governance Day is observed on 25 December. This day marks the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

  3. The 31st National Consumer Day is observed on 21 December 2016 across India with the theme ‘Alternate Consumer Disputes Redressal’.

  4. The 21st National Youth Festival will be held in Rohtak, Haryana from 12th to 16th January 2017. The theme for the year is,”Youth for Digital India.”

  5. National Youth Day is observed on 12th January 2017.

  6. Army Day is observed on 15th January 2017.

  7. The 7th National Voters day is observed on 25 January 2017. The theme of the year is ‘Empowering Young and Future Voters.’


  1. Environmentalist Anupam Mishra passed away on 19th December 2016 in Delhi. He was 68.

  2. Prominent astronomer Vera Rubin passed away on 25 December 2016. She was 88.

  3. Dinanath Bhargava, the man who designed the National Emblem passed away on 24th December 2016. He was 89.

  4. John Berger, the Booker Prize-winning novelist, passed away on 2nd January 2017. He was 90.

  5. Former CM of Punjab, Surjit Singh Barnala passed away on 14 January 2017. He was 91.

  6. American astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to walk on Moon, passed away on 16 January 2017. He was 82.

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