DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15 - 16 JAN 2016
(Daily News India)
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1. 68TH ARMY DAY CELEBRATED ON 15 JANUARY
i. India celebrated the 68th Army Day on 15th January to commemorate the day when Lieutenant General K M Cariappa became the 1st Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army in post independence period.
ii. He took over the command of Army from General Sir FRR Bucher, the last British Commander in Chief on 15 January 1949.
GENERAL OF INDIAN ARMY: DALBIR SINGH
2. WHO DECLARES WORLD’S WORST EVER EBOLA OUTBREAK OVER
i. The World Health Organisation declared West Africa free from Ebola virus.
ii. Ebola was outbroken in December 2013 in the west Africa badly effecting Liberia as it killed 4809 people in the country.
iii. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were the badly affected nations in the region.
iv. Recently WHO declared Liberia, Sierra leone and Guinea all ebola free in 2015.
3. US LIFT NUCLEAR SANCTIONS ON IRAN
i. United States has removed nuclear sanctions against Iran after it has agreed to roll back its nuclear programme.
ii. These sanctions were lifted after International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran has agreed to its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action also known as P5+1 countries.
iii. P5+1 include the five permanent members of the UN Security Council including USA, China, Russia, UK, France and non- permanent member Germany.
4. SBI LAUNCHED INDIA’S FIRST START-UP FOCUSED BANK BRANCH SBI INCUBE
i. India’s largest bank State Bank of India inaugurated India’s first start-up focused bank branch called SBI InCube in Bangalore, Karnataka.
ii. The specialized branch aims to understand and address banking needs of a Start-up Business.
iii. SBI InCube branch will work towards fulfilling the specific financial needs of the start-ups.
5. SIKKIM BECOMES INDIA'S FIRST FULLY ORGANIC STATE
i. Sikkim has become India's first fully organic state by utilizing 75,000 hectares of agricultural land into sustainable cultivation.
ii. The land is converted to organic land by implementing organic practices and principles as laid down in National Programme for Organic Production.
iii. Organic farming leads in subsistence of agriculture, bio-diversity conservation and environmental protection.
iv. Sustainable farming will also help in building the soil health resulting in sustainable increased crop production, he said.
6. FIRST 'MAHILA SQUAD' COMMISSIONED FOR HIGH-ALTITUTE
i. A contingent of 500 women personnel will become the first 'mahila' squad to be deployed in high-altitude posts along the India China border.
ii. The squad was commissioned into the Indo-Tibetan Border Police today in Panchkula.
iii. It is the first time that India is deploying women troops in the harsh climatic conditions along the India-China border.
Director General of ITBP: Krishna Chaudhary
7. MARAT SAFIN INDUCTED INTO INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME
i. The Russian Tennis Federation announced former World No.1 tennis player Marat Safin joined the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
ii The International Tennis Hall of Fame honours players and contributors to the sport of tennis
iii. Martina Hingis became the first Global Ambassador for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015.