Current affairs questions and answers January 2017

Current affairs January 2017

1. Name the Aadhaar based payments app developed by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI)?
Ans: BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money)

2. Who was sworn in as 44th Chief Justice of India?
Ans: Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar

3. Name the BCCI President who was recently sacked by the Supreme Court of India.
Ans: Anurag Thakur

4. Who is the new Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)?
Ans: David R. Syiemlieh

5. Name the former prime minister of Sri Lanka who passed away recently?
Ans: Ratnasiri Wickremanayake

6. Name the one-man commission appointed by the Government of Kerala to prepare a, report on reforms to be implemented in prisons in the state?
Ans: Alexander Jacob Commission

7. Name the former Australian cricketer who was recently inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame?
Ans: Arthur Morris

8. Who is the new president of the Kerala Cricket Association?
Ans: B. Vinod Kumar

9. Which was declared the first elderly friendly city in Kerala?
Ans: Kozhikode

10. Which screenplay writer, director, and lyricist was been selected for this year's Rakendu Award?
Ans: Sreekumaran Thampi

11. Name the world's highest bridge recently opened in China?
Ans: Beipanjiang Bridge

12. Who was named as the World's Best Playmaker for 2016 by the International Federation of Football History' & Statistics (IFFHS)?
Ans: Lionel Messi

13. Sorin Grindeanu is the new prime minister of which European country?
Ans: Romania

14. Who is the captain of the Kerala team for the Santosh Trophy football tournament?
Ans: P. Usman

15. Where was the 77th session of the Indian History Congress held?
Ans: Kariavattom (Thiruvananthapuram)

16. Where was the 27th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council held?
Ans: Thiruvananthapuram

17. Name the highway project launched to connect the pilgrimage sites of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath?
Ans: Chardham Highway Project

18. The year 2017 has been designated by the United Nations 70th General Assembly as _____.
Ans: The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

19. Which popular American astronomer who had found evidence of dark matter, passed away recently?
Ans: Vera Rubin

20. Which Booker winning novelist and art critic, popular for his book ‘Ways of Seeing', passed away recently?
Ans: John Berger

21. Which international organisation has lifted a 3-year ban on the import of vegetables from India?
Ans: European Union

22. Name the Hindi writers who were selected for the 2016 Bharatiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award?
Ans: Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh. The award is presented to young writers in Hindi.

23. National Consumer Day was observed on:
Ans: December 24
Ø On this day, the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 received the assent of the President.

24. Who is the new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi?
Ans: Anil Baijal. He succeeded Najeeb Jung.

25. Who won the 2016 Under-19 Asia Cup Cricket title?
Ans: India. They defeated Sri Lanka in the final.

26. The Indian Army has recently conducted the user validation trials of which indigenous Artillery Gun System?
Ans: Dhanush

27. Name the skill development program launched by the Government of India, targeting the Indian youth seeking overseas employment?
Ans: Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana

28. Who heads the committee constituted by the Union Sports Ministry, to frame a comprehensive National Sports Development Code?
Ans: Inteji Srinivas

29. Name the new human organ claimed to have been discovered by scientists recently?
Ans: Mesentery

30. World Braille Day was observed on:
Ans: January 4

31. Name the states in which Assembly elections are going, to be held in February and March?
Ans: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa

32. Where was the 2017 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held?
Ans: Bengaluru

33. Name the former Iranian President who passed away recently.
Ans: Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

34. Noted musician, Abdul Hamil Jaffer Khann was a maestro in which musical instrument?
Ans: Sitar

35. Which American astronaut became the oldest woman to walk in space?
Ans: Peggy Whitson

36. Which writer won the 2016 Odakkuzhal Award?
Ans: M A Rahman

37. Which cricketer became the first player in the world to score a hundred in all the eleven nations that have hosted tests?
Ans: Younis Khan

38. Name the recently released book, written by S M Khan, on the life of the former President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam.
Ans: The People's President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam

39. Jovenel Moise was elected as the president of which Caribbean country?
Ans: Haiti

40. Which Indian company acquired the US aerospace company, Butler America Aerospace?
Ans: HCL Technologies

41. Who was selected for the 2016 Pala K M Mathew Award for Children's literature?
Ans: P K Gopi

42. Who won the 2016 Best FIFA Men's Player Award?
Ans: Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 2016 Best FIFA Women's Player Award was won by Carli Lloyd.

43. Which films won the best motion picture awards in the 74th Golden Globe Awards?
Ans: Best Motion Picture Drama: Moon light (directed by Barry Jenkins)

Best Motion Picture Musical/ Comedy: La La Land (directed by Damien Chazelle)

44. Who won the SAF Women's football title?
Ans: India. They defeated Bangladesh in the final.

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