Current Affairs of 29 January 2016

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1. Gurdeep Singh appointed as CMD of NTPC

1. Gurdeep Singh was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of NTPC Ltd.
Singh will be the first person to be appointed to the top job at a Maharatna company through a search committee route.
2. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the appointment of Singh for a period of five years from the date of assumption of charge of the post.
3. The post of chairman and managing director at NTPC fell vacant after Arup Roy Choudhury completed his five year term on 31 August 2015.

2. Puducherry Lt Governor AK Singh launched MITRA app for women safety

1. Lt Governor of Puducherry AK Singh on 28 January 2016 launched the MITRA mobile application to ensure safety and security of women in the Union Territory. The app was launched in the presence of the Chief Minister N Rangasamy in Puducherry.
2. Features of MITRA app
• The Android based application can send emergency SOS messages when in danger or emergency. 
• To launch the application, the person in danger need only press the power button of his/her mobile three times.
• At present, it is available only in smart phones.
• It is an initiative of the Puducherry Police and can be used with ease and without anyone noticing it. 
• Though the app can be used by anyone, it will be more useful to women, children and the aged.

3. Nisid Hajari won 2016 William E. Colby Award for Best Military Book

1. Nisid Hajari on 28 January 2016 won the 2016 William E. Colby Award for his book, Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition.
2. Hajari will be presented with the award and honorarium at Norwich University, the USA in April 2016.
The Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition covers the 1947 partition of India and the violence that surrounded that event.

4. Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis won 2016 Australian Open women's doubles tennis title

1. Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis  won the 2016 Australian Open title of tennis in the women’s doubles category.
2. To win the title, the top seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated seventh seeded Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (1), 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. With the win over the Czech duo, they extended their unbeaten run to 36.
3. For Sania-Hingis pair, it was their maiden Australian Open title and the third successive Grand Slam doubles title after their victories in the 2015 Wimbledon and US Open.

5. China, Iran signed 17 agreements to broaden bilateral cooperation

1. China and Iran  signed 17 documents & letters of intents to broaden bilateral cooperation. The agreements were signed in Tehran during the Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Iran.
2. The agreements cover various fields such as energy, industrial capacity, finance, investment, communications, culture, judiciary, science and technology, news media, customs, climate change and human resources.
3. During the visit, Xi Jinping and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed to elevate their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership to boost cooperation on all fronts and carry forward their millennia-old friendship.

6. Centre forms technical group to monitor Zika virus situation

1. After a warning by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was “spreading explosively” in the Americas, Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Friday held a high-level meeting and set up a Central monitoring team.
2. Nadda has directed the Ministry to constitute a technical group with immediate effect to monitor the situation arising out of the spread of Zika in other countries. The group will advise further on all the necessary steps that need to be taken.
3. The Zika virus, carried by the Aedes mosquito that also transmits dengue and chikunguniya, has been linked to a rare neurological birth defect – microcephaly - in Brazil, though scientists have called for a deeper study to establish the link. As per the WHO warning on Thursday, the Amercias may see up to 4 million cases over the next year.
4. The outbreak of Zika began in Brazil last year and has now spread to 24 countries in the Americas, according to WHO.

7. IMF Reforms: India, China, Brazil, Russia get more voting rights

1. International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) long-pending 2010 Quota and Governance Reforms have finally become effective. These proposed reforms are the biggest change in the governance of the IMF (lender of last resort) since it was established after World War II in 1945 after the Bretton Woods Conference.
2. Gives boost the representation of emerging economies like India, China, Brazil, Russia and increases their power and greater say in IMF. India’s voting rights increased by 0.3% from the current 2.3% to 2.6%. China’s voting rights increased by 2.2% from current 3.8% to 6 %.

8. Union Government shortlist 20 cities under Smart Cities Mission

1. The Union Ministry of Urban Development has shortlisted 20 cities from 11 States and Delhi Union Territory in the list of first batch of Smart Cities Mission.
2.  These shortlisted cities were selected from Smart City Challenge competition in which 97 cities and towns had participated from 23 States and UTs. State wise Cities: 
3. Among the shortlisted 20 Smart cities, 3 are from Madhya Pradesh, 2 each are from Maharashtra, Rajasthan Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh and 1 each from Odisha, Kerala, Delhi (UT), Assam and Punjab. 
4. 20 shortlisted smart cities (Rank wise) are Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Pune, Maharashtra. Jaipur, Rajasthan. Surat, Gujarat. Kochi, Kerala. Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Solapur, Maharashtra. Davangere, Karnataka. Indore, Madhya Pradesh. New Delhi Municipal Corporation. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. Belagavi, Karnataka. Udaipur, Rajasthan. Guwahati, Assam. Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Ludhiana, Punjab. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

9. Leslie Berland appointed as CMO of Twitter Inc

1. Micro blogging site Twitter has appointed Leslie Berland as its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of the company. Prior to this appointment, she was working at American Express (AmEx) as executive vice-president of global advertising, marketing and digital partnerships. 
2. She had joined AmEx in 2005 and had overseen its advertising, sponsorships, media, content and brand identity. She also helped to create AmEx’s first social media strategies.

10. Akash missile successfully test fired at Chandipuri in Odisha

1. Indigenously-built surface-to-air Akash missile was successfully test fired from complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipuri in Odisha. 
2. It was as part of a user trial mission in which 3 rounds of test were carried out by Indian Air Force (IAF) aiming at para-barrel targets.