Events Roundup India January 2016

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1st January: India and Pakistan exchanged the list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral agreement that bars them from attacking each other’s atomic facilities.
2nd January: President Pranab Mukherjee gives nod to the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act; the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act; the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Act; The Atomic Energy (Amendment) Act; and the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2015.
4th January: Former defence secretary R.K. Mathur sworn in as the eighth Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.
4th January: Sarosh Homi Kapadia, the 38th Chief Justice of India, passes away in Mumbai.
6th January: Union Cabinet approves the closure of the iconic HMT Watches and offered a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) to its employees as per the 2007 pay scales.
7th January: Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away of multiple organ failure in New Delhi.
8th January: President Pranab Mukherjee gives his assent to the Sugar Cess (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
9th January: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra imposed Governor’s Rule in the State as efforts to persuade PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to take oath as Chief Minister failed.
11th January: Former Gujarat cadre IAS officer Devender Kumar Sikri takes oath as the Chairman of Competition Commission of India.
12th January: 24th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair was inaugurated by the Union Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani on 9th January at Pragati Maidan with China as the Guest of Honour Country.
12th January: Kerala declared as the country’s first state to achieve cent percent primary education.
15th January: The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 has come into force and repeals the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.
15th January: SBI has launched dedicated specialized branch for start-ups called ‘SBI InCube’ in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
16th January: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the ambitious ‘Startup India’ campaign to improve the situation of entrepreneurship.
16th January: The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016 has been conferred upon Anuradha Roy for her novel ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’ at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka.
17th January: NASA/NOAA/European Jason-3 successfully launches SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
19th January: Ministry of Shipping launches ‘Project Green Ports’ which will help in making the Major Ports across India cleaner and greener.
20th January: Bihar Government approves 35 per cent reservation for women in government jobs in the state including reserved and unreserved category.
20th January: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches PSLV-C31 rocket successfully, carrying 5th satellite (out of 7) of India Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), the IRNSS-1E from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota, near Chennai.
20th January: ‘Nai Manzil’ Scheme launched in Jammu and Kashmir.
21st January: Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra are appointed as the new ambassadors of the Incredible India campaign. They will replace Aamir Khan as the new ambassadors.
21st January: Andhra Pradesh Government launches Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme to support the tribal women in their quest for livelihood.
22nd January: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off a new train, Mahanama Express, connecting Varanasi to the national capital through Lucknow.
26th January: International Customs Day was celebrated by the custom organizations.
26th January: India celebrates its 67th Republic Day amidst tight security in view of the terror attacks in Paris and at the Pathankot air base. French President Francois Hollande was the chief guest at the Republic Day parade.
26th January: The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Amendment Act, 2015 comes into force.
29th January: J.S. Deepak appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications. He will replace Rakesh Garg, who has been moved to Minority Affairs Ministry, almost ten months ahead of his retirement.

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