Current Affairs for 15 January 2016

Old vehicle scrapping policy within a month, says Nitin Gadkari


  • A draft policy for scrapping old vehicles has already been prepared and will be presented to the Cabinet in a month, Road & Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

India ranked no. 1 in sending Scientists and Engineers to US

  • India tops among all the Asian countries as being the birthplace for immigrant engineers and scientists in the US. 

WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in West Africa

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the end of Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa after all known chains of transmission have been stopped.

India’s Grid-linked solar generation capacity crosses 5,000 MW mark

  • Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has announced that India’s grid-connected solar power generation capacity has crossed the 5,000 Mega Watt (MW) mark.

‘Sahayog – Kaijin 2016’: India and Japan joint Coast Guard exercise

  • The 15th edition of bilateral exercise by the Indian Coast Guard and its Japanese counterpart titled ‘Sahayog - Kaijin 2016’ has begun off the coast of Chennai, Tamil Nadu in the Bay of Bengal.

British actor Alan Rickman passes away

  • British actor Alan Rickman passed away in London, England. He was suffering from cancer.His first big break in acting career was in 1985 as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. 

Nag anti-tank missile successful test fired

  • Anti-tank missile Nag was successfully test fired at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan. It is fire-and-forget anti-tank missile. HeliNa is a helicopter-launched version of Nag missile.

15 January: Indian Army Day

  • Indian Army Day is being observed every year on 15 January in India. This year it will be the 68th Indian Army Day.

HRD Ministry inaugurates permanent campus of IISER in Thiruvananthapuram

  • Union Government has inaugurated the first phase of permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) at Vithura in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. 
  • It was inaugurated by Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani in presence of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
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