23 January 2016 – Important Current Affairs Updates

///23 January 2016 – Important Current Affairs Updates

National News Daily Current Affairs Update – 23 January 2016

ExamPariksha publishes relevant fact based Current Affairs daily to cover all important happening and developments in the National sphere in this section. Usually examiners ask GA GK questions in personal interviews focussing on recent events to check how informed you are, is an attempt to cover all important topics for such scenarios also.

  • Delhi has observed its 4th Car Free Day . This day is an initiative of the AAP government to curb vehicular pollution.
  • The government has decided to extend the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme to 61 more districts this year to improve the skewed child sex ratio.
    • About Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme :
      • The scheme was launched in 100 districts with poor sex ratio across the country in January last year with objectives to :
        • Prevent gender biased sex selective elimination
        • Ensure survival & protection of the Girl Child
        • Ensure education of the Girl Child
        • Improve the Nutrition Status of the Girl Child
        • Promote a protective environment for Girl Child
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is named the World’s Best Hotel of 2016 in TripAdvisor’s ‘Travellers’ Choice Awards’. It is the first Indian hotel to take the top spot in the annual list.
    • About Umaid Bhavan Palace: Built between 1928 and 1943, the palace is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, who ruled Jodhpur from 1918 to his death in 1947.
  • According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 41% of all suicides in 2014 were committed by people in the age bracket of 14 to 30 years. This data revealed that about 52% of suicides by women in 2014 were from the same bracket as opposed to 36% for men.
  • Union Government has launched a skill development scheme named “Nai Manzil”  for girls belonging to the minority communities in the country. Under this scheme, they will be imparted a three-month skill development training in seven identified sectors relevant to the region concerned. These include training in saffron processing, food processing, embroidery, computers IT (both software and hardware), Tourism/hospitality, electronics and plumbing.
  • Jitendra Kumar Soni, the collector of the Jalore district, Rajasthan, has started a scheme, ‘Charan Paduka Yojna‘. This scheme provides shoes to 25,000 children before Republic Day.
  • The 19th edition of National Conference on e-Governance has begun in Nagpur, Maharashtra. It was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari and the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh.

International News Daily Current Affairs Update – 23 January 2016

Questions about International Relations (IR) are often asked in interviews, written exams conducted by various recruiters. The following international news has important daily current affairs which you must know as an aspirant for exams conducted by UPSC and State PSCs.

  • Moldovan parliament has appointed Pavel Filip as the Prime Minister. This appointment follows the rise and fall of two prime ministers in 2015, namely Chiril Gaburici ( June 2015) and Valeriu Strelet (October 2015).
  • The 4th Edition of India Africa Hydrocarbons Conference (IAHC) has begun in New Delhi. The two day conference aims at enhancing greater cooperation between India and African continent in the field of Hydrocarbons.
  • The United States has approved the sale of almost two billion US dollar worth of bombs and missiles to equip Iraq‘s squadron of F-16 attack jets in their battle against ISIS.

Economics News Daily Current Affairs Update – 23 January 2016

  • Social networking site, Facebook has launched Audience Optimization, a tool that could help publishers in targeting appropriate audiences and better understand their interests. These are: ‘Preferred audience’, ‘Audience restrictions’, ‘Audience insights‘.
  • The RBI has amended the Gold Monetization Scheme (GMS) to permit proprietorship and partnership firms to make gold deposits under a joint deposit account in the name of the depositors. Under the GMS, resident Indians and trusts registered under the SEBI can earn interests on the gold deposited in the banks.
  • Mumbai-based TranServ has launched India’s first social mobile wallet calledUdio.
    • Apart from the usual wallet functions like phone recharge, bill payment and digital money transfer, Udio would also allow its users to split bills, send or request money and gift merchant vouchers.
    • The users would also be provided with prepaid Visa card powered by Maharashtra-based Ratnakar Bank.
  • Google, in partnership with Indian Railways, has launched its first free high-speed public WiFi service in the country at the Mumbai Central Railway Station. The service will be made available next in Allahabad, Patna, Jaipur, and Ranchi. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, Google had promised to provide free WiFi across 400 railway stations in India.

Sports News Daily Current Affairs Update – 23 January 2016

  • New Zealand has won the three-match T20 series against Pakistan, where Corey Anderson was named the Man of the match.
  • Swiss legend Roger Federer has become the first male tennis player to win 300 Grand Slam matches. The only other tennis player to have won 300 Grand Slam matches is Martina Navratilova, with 306 total wins.
  • With the Rio Olympics coming up soon, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has signed a two-year commercial and marketing deal with Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS). As per the contract, the IOS will manage sponsorship and public relations for the IOA for all the major national and international events.


  • Film director Ettore Scola, one of the last grand masters of Italian comedy has passed away at the age of 87 years.
  • Reputed social worker Nirmala Gajwani has passed away at 87 years of age.
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