1st week of Feb - 2017 (Eng)

Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Williams to win the Australian Open tennis tournament Women’s title.

President of India Pranab Mukherjee appointed Vijay Bhatkar as the Chancellor of Nalanda University.

The Union Finance Ministry has announced that the General Anti Avoidance Rule (GAAR) will be effective from the 1 April, 2017.

The Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated the 1st North East Investors’ Summit in Shillong.

The North Eastern Council (NEC) and the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Shillong o harness the hidden potential of Cane and Bamboo of North Eastern Region.

China has test fired an air-to-air missile. This missile has a range of 400-km.

Donald Trump issued an executive order that will deny refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries entry to the United States.

India Post has received the license to start a business of Payment Bank by Reserve Bank of India.

France’s Iris Mittenaere won the Miss Universe 2017 title.

Susan Kiefel sworn in as Australia’s first female Chief Justice of the High Court.

Switzerland’s Roger Federer defeated Spain’s Rafael Nadal to win his 18th Australian Open Grand Slam title.

Musician Geoff Nicholls died. He was 68.

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu won her maiden women’s singles crown at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.

Season favourite ‘La La Land’ won the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) Darryl F Zanuck Award for best feature film of 2016.

Sania Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig lost the Australian Open mixed doubles final to underdogs American Abigail Spears and Columbian Juan Sebastian Cabal.

Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd has signed Rs 916 crore contract with Defence Ministry for design and construction of 14 fast patrol vessels for Indian Coast Guard.

Award-winning Hollywood film producer and Wimbledon tennis player Ashok Amritraj has been appointed as UN in India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Turkey and UK has signed a $125.5 million (Rs.851 crore) deal to jointly develop fighter jets for the Turkish air force.

The Supreme Court appointed a committee of four administrators headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai to manage the affairs of BCCI.

Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the first ever Apparel and Garment Making Centre in the home constituency of Meghalaya’s Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.

Former Delhi state football captain and national referee Syed Nasir Hasan passed away. He was 73.

Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected as the chairman of the African Union (AU) commission.

Cab aggregator Uber commenced the operations of its bike-sharing product ‘uberMOTO’ in Hyderabad.

Australian government has partnered with Indian major Tata group and US-based XPRIZE to start a water conservation award ‘Water Abundance Prize’.

Government appointed Amulya Kumar Patnaik as Commissioner of Delhi Police, a post that fell vacant after Alok Kumar Verma was made CBI Chief.

The Reserve Bank of India announced that limits placed on daily cash withdrawals from ATMs will be withdrawn from February 1, 2017.

Dushyant Chautala has been appointed as the new President of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI).

According to Financial Times Global MBA Ranking-2017, ISB which was in the 29th position last year climbed to 27th this year and IIM-B shot to 49th position from 62 last year.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Budget 2017-18 in the Lok Sabha. This is his fourth budget as Finance Minister. It is the first time that Union and railway budget have been presented together.

Government has marginally revised the GDP growth rate for 2015-16 to 7.9 per cent from the earlier estimate of 7.6 per cent.

Actress Anushka Sharma has been appointed the ambassador of the Swachh Bharat campaign by the Ministry of Urban Development.

President Pranab Mukherjee approved the Jallikattu bill.

Hinduja Ventures elevated its whole-time director Ashok Mansukhani as the new managing director and chief executive.

Former Union Minister E Ahamed passed away. He was 78.

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma took over as the Director Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

India has slipped to fourth place in the latest One-Day International Rankings.

Car maker Tesla unveiled the world’s largest battery storage plant in California.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the ‘Guest of Honour’ at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia.

The World Bank has signed an agreement with the government to provide USD 201.50 million loan for quality engineering education across several states in India.

Veteran stage artist, theatre director, painter and writer Asim Basu died. He was 82.

Senior IPS officer PVK Reddy has been appointed as the new Director General in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

S C Bajpai has been appointed the new director general of Ordnance Factories and the chairman of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has started its Twitter Seva ‘DARPGSEVA’.

Former Exxon Mobil Corp chairman and chief executive, Rex Tillerson sworn in as the Foreign Minister of USA.

Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal became the first Indian bowler to take a 6-wicket in an innings of a T20 International match.

The Income Tax Department launched Operation Clean Money (Swachh Dhan Abhiyan), an e-platform to analyse large cash deposits made during the demonetisation.

The 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav (National Theatre Festival) commenced in New Delhi. The 21-day festival will conclude on 21 February 2017.

Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge, was nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump, making him the youngest nominee in 25 years.

India and Sri Lanka signed an agreement to construct a multi-ethnic tri-lingual school in a north central district of the island nation.

Indian Railways has inked a pact with Italian Railways for improving the safety level of the Indian railways.

Virat Kohli maintained his top spot in the latest ICC rankings of T20 batsmen while India have gained a spot by virtue of their series win against England to climb to the second spot in the team rankings.

Realty firm Godrej Properties announced a major shuffle in the leadership of the company with Adi Godrej assuming the charge as Chairman Emeritus position in the company.

China tested a new version of Dongfeng-5C missile that can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads.

United States Federal Reserve has kept its interest rates unchanged. Benchmark interest rates are kept in a range of 0.5% to 0.75%.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu unveiled the logo and the tag line ‘Gati se Pragati’ of National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).

Champion cueist Pankaj Advani won the Indian National Snooker Championship by defeating Pandurangaiah of Railways in the final match. Its Advani’s 29th national title.

The 15-year-old shuttler from Uttrakhand, Lakshya Sen, created history by becoming the number one junior singles badminton player in the world in the latest rankings of the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

An institute dedicated to building collaboration in the areas of cancer prevention, research and care called the Centre of Integrative Oncology was inaugurated in New Delhi.

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