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1. Urjit Patel re-appointed as RBI Deputy Governor for Three Years
1. Union Government re-appointed Dr Urjit R . Patel, as Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), for a second three-year term.
2. Patel who joined RBI on 11 January 11, 2013 had headed a committee that paved the way for the proposed monetary policy committee. Patel, a doctorate from Yale University, also had a stint at IMF.
3. Patel is the fourth deputy governor and the other three are HR Khan, R Gandhi and SS Mundra.The re-appointment of Patel assumes significance as in recent past, none of the deputy governors got a second term.
2. Burkina Faso's president named Paul Kaba Thieba as Prime Minister
1. Economist Paul Kaba Thieba was named as the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso by the President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
2. The announcement was made a week after the president was sworn in as the country's first new leader in almost three decades following his election in November 2015.
3. 56-year-old Thieba has worked for many years with as an economist for the West African central bank, BCEAO, in Ivory Coast. Now, he is charged with forming President Marc Roch Kabore's government as the country continues with a democratic transition after 27 years under leader Blaise Compaore.
3. Operation Green Hunt to hunt Maoists
1. Operation Green Hunt, an all-out offensive by India’s paramilitary forces and the state's forces against the Naxalites came in news .
2. The operation which is believed to start in November 2009 along five states in the "Red Corridor” came in news after Maoists called a two-day bandh opposing it in Nuapada, Malkangiri and Kalahandi districts of Odisha.
3. The bandh call was given by the Mainpur-Nuapada Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist). The Committee is protesting against the Operation by security forces against the ultras in the south-western part of the State.
4. Arunachal cabinet nod on bill to provide time-bound service
1. Arunachal Pradesh Cabinet has approved two bills to provide hassle-free public services and redressal of grievances in a time-bound manner, and to monitor the mushrooming of private educational institutes in the state.
2. The Arunachal Pradesh Right to Public Service Bill, approved by the Cabinet yesterday, will be tabled in coming Assembly session starting from January 14.
3. Concerned over the prevailing scenario in which officials at various levels delay and deny services to common people, the Cabinet viewed that the process of governance, particularly on public services delivery system, has to be overhauled and improved.
4. This legislation would reduce corruption and increase transparency and accountability while ensuring timely delivery of public services.
5. Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis wins 2016 WTA Brisbane International Tennis trophy
1. Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis have won the 2016 WTA Brisbane International Tennis trophy in the women’s doubles category.
2. In the final match played at Brisbane (Australia), the top seeded duo defeated German pair of Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic by 7-5, 6-1 score.
6. Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir
1. Governor’s rule has been imposed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) for sixth time as the process of formation new government following the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is taking some time.
2. It was imposed after President Pranab Mukherjee accepted the recommendations forwarded by Union Home Ministry on the basis of a recommendation from J&K Governor NN Vohra.
7. Raonic beats Federer, wins Brisbane title
1. Milos Raonic got one back on Roger Federer to start the new season. After losing coach Ivan Ljubicic to the Federer camp leading into 2016, Raonic achieved something nobody else born in the 1990s has managed to do against the 17-time major winner beat him twice.
2. The 25-year-old Canadian broke Federer’s serve once in each set of a 6-4, 6-4 win on Sunday night in the Brisbane International decider, reversing the outcome of their meeting in last year’s final at the Australian Open warmup tournament.
8. NASA mission finds 100 new alien planets
1. NASA’s revamped planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered more than 100 confirmed planets orbiting other stars.
2. Kepler, which recently got crippled by a mechanical malfunction, discovered the alien planets during its second-chance K2 mission.