GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
Guwahati becomes fifth Indian city to host U-17 World Cup
Guwahati became the fifth Indian city to be ratified as a venue for next year’s Under-17 football World Cup. Earlier, Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa and New Delhi had got the FIFA’s nod.
‘Sonpur’- India’s first ‘Happiness Junction’
First ‘Happiness Junction’ of India was inaugurated in Bihar’s Sonepur railway station of the East Central Railway (ECR) by Sonepur Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Manoj Kumar Aggarwal.
Smooth-coated otter was sighted for the first time
Smooth-coated otter was sighted for the first time in the mangrove forest near the Krishna wildlife sanctuary (KWS) in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh.
Luis Suarez receives 2nd European Golden Shoe of his career
Luis Suarez was awarded with the European Golden Shoe after scoring 40 goals for Barcelona last season and It is the second time he’s won the prize, having shared it with Cristiano Ronaldo two years ago.
First woman to climb Mount Everest dies aged 77
The first woman to conquer Mount Everest, Japanese climber Junko Tabei, has died aged 77. Tabei conquered Everest in May 1975, aged 35, before climbing all of the world's seven highest peaks by 1992.
Wildlife populations plunge almost 60 per cent since 1970
Worldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plunged by almost 60 per cent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment.
Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Everest, died at 77.
The first woman to ascend Everest, Japanese climber Junko Tabei, has died aged 77.Tabei conquered Everest in May 1975, aged 35, before climbing all of the world’s seven highest peaks by 1992.
Abhijeet Gupta created history at Hoogeveen International.
Grandmaster and Commonwealth champion Abhijeet Gupta created history at the Hoogeveen International chess tournament by becoming the first player ever to win the title twice in a row in the FIDE Open that concluded at the Dutch hamlet.
Oldest known planet-forming disk discovered.
Scientists from University of Oklahoma have discovered the oldest known planet-forming disk — a 45 million-year-old ring of gas and dust that orbits around a young star, from which planets can form as the material collides and aggregates.
Karnataka’s Almatti dam awarded by World Bank
Almatti dam, one of the largest reservoirs in Karnataka, was chosen for the World Bank’s Award of Excellence for best utilisation of funds for renovation to enhance the strength of the dam.
Air India flies Delhi-San Francisco into record books
Air India has become the first ever flight to flown over the Pacific Ocean from Delhi to San Fransico, instead of the Atlantic. Air India flew non-stop over the Ocean making the record of operating the world’s longest nonstop flight.
Rajasthan - country’s first indigenous olive oil brand.
After eight years of harnessing olive saplings brought from Israel, Rajasthan is all set to launch next month its own brand olive oil, which it claims, will be the country’s first indigenously-produced brand.
NABARD sanctions Rs 19,702 cr for 50 irrigation projects
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development(NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 19,702 crore loan to National Water Development Agency (NWDA) for 50 irrigation projects.
G-20 Anti Corruption Working Group meeting held in Paris
Focus: On transparency and beneficial ownership given the topic’s priority in both the FATF and G20 agendas and its particular interest to the international community overall.
Tawang festival celebrated in Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh is one of the land of tribes. The festivals here are abound with zest and life – based on aspects related to nature and agriculture. Dance is the soul of all the festivals here; performed with pride and belief.
PM Modi launched #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign through which people can send their Diwali greetings and messages to soldiers guarding the nation’s frontiers to boost their morale.
ISRO starts landing tests for Chandrayaan-2 mission
ISRO Satellite Centre or ISAC, the lead centre for the second Moon mission, has artificially created close to ten craters to simulate the lunar terrain and test the Lander’s sensors.
CO2 level reaches record high in 2016: WMO
According to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin level of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the atmosphere has reached a record high.
PM inaugurates National Tribal Carnival 2016 in Delhi
The carnival will showcase and promote various facets of tribal culture on a large scale. The main purpose of this carnival is to promote a sense of inclusiveness amongst the tribals.
China’s Space Lab launches Micro-Satellite Banxing-2
China’s experimental space lab Tiangong-2 orbiting the Earth with two astronauts on board has successfully launched a micro-satellite Banxing-2.
Uranus may have two more moons: Study
Five hot Jupiter like planets discovered According to study conducted by researchers from University of Idaho, US Uranus may have two tiny, previously undiscovered moons orbiting near two of the planet’s rings.
Indo-Sri Lanka military exercise Mitra Shakti 2016
The fourth edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise 'MITRA SHAKTI 2016' is being conducted at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka.
India 130th in World Bank’s ease of doing business
This marginal improvement came on the back of slight improvement in four indicators — getting electricity, enforcing contracts, trading across borders and registering property.
India, New Zealand ink three pacts
India and New Zealand on Wednesday signed three agreements in the areas of double taxation avoidance, food security and sports to carry forward the ties between both sides.
Munialappa Committee to monitor bird flu situation
The Union Agricultural Ministry has constituted a High-Level Committee to monitor the bird flu situation and help state governments take steps to contain the disease.
Three astronauts set for launch to ISS
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, will travel for two days in the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft to test upgraded spacecraft systems before docking to the space station.
India to map genes of local cattle to boost milk yield
India is the world’s largest producer of milk, due partly to importing European cows and cross-breeding them with local varieties as well as a successful decades-long programme to source milk from small farmers via cooperatives.
Scientists create detailed map of the Milky Way
Scientists have created a detailed map of the Milky Way using two large fully steerable radio telescopes in Germany and Australia. The study reveals fine details of structures between stars in the Milky Way for the first time.
U.S. author Paul Beatty wins Man Booker Prize
Paul Beatty became the first U.S. author to win the Man Booker Prize — the most prestigious English-language literary award — for his novel The Sellout.
Kochi gets FIFA nod to host U-17 World Cup
A 23-member high-level delegation comprising FIFA experts ratified Kochi as venue. Kochi became the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
North America Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake
The lake is shared by the Canadian province of Ontario to the north, the US state of Minnesota to the west, and Wisconsin and Michigan to the south. It is generally considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area.
London Tops in the Global Power City Index
According to the 2016 Global Power City Index (GPCI) report, London has topped for the fifth consecutive year with Mumbai ranked 39th on the list of the world’s leading global cities for business, innovation and culture.
BRICS to set up credit rating agency
The five-nation group of emerging economies BRICS has agreed to set up an independent BRICS Rating Agency in its efforts to challenge western hegemony in the world of finance.
Aditi Ashok - Indian golfer
Aditi Ashok(18) from India recorded her third top-10 finish on the Ladies European Tour at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters held at the Golf Club Hubblerath, Germany. She tied at ninth position in the final.
India to eliminate use of HFC-23 by 2030
India has decided to eliminate use of HFC-23, a greenhouse gas (GHG) that harms the ozone layer by 2030. With this, India, is taking the lead on tackling climate change. It was announced during the meeting of Montreal Protocol at Rwanda.
Mizoram's Pachuau declared India's oldest working journalist
The Mizoram government's Information and Public Relations department has declared Lalbiakthanga Pachuau, the editor of 'Zoram Tlangau', a Mizo language daily, as the "oldest working journalist in the country".
Ajay Kumar Bhalla appointed new DGFT
Senior IAS officer Ajay Kumar Bhalla was appointed as the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). Bhalla, a 1984 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, is presently additional secretary in the commerce ministry.
October 15 : World Student Day
October 15th, Dr. Abdul Kalam's birthday, is observed as World Student Day by United Nations Organization annually. In India he is highly respected as a scientist and as a great personality.
Survey on order books in manufacturing companies
The Reserve Bank has launched the survey to seek quantitative information on order books, inventories and capacity utilisation of companies in the manufacturing sector, a key input for monetary policy formulation.
13-yr-old boy wins Abdul Kalam IGNITE Award
Roshan Sori from a district of Chhattisgarh has won the prestigious APJ Abdul Kalam Ignite Award for suggesting an idea for a software to instantaneously register a vote given through an electronic voting machine with the authorities.
Wrestler Geeta Phogat appointed DSP in Haryana Police
Haryana Government has appointed international woman wrestler Geeta Phogat as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Haryana Police.
Indian Wrestlers bagged four medals
Indian grapplers clinched four medals, including a gold medal, at the sixth edition of the TAFISA 2016 World Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Mathrubhumi Literary Award 2016
Eminent writer C Radhakrishnan was selected for the prestigious Mathrubhumi Literary Award for the year 2016. He was selected by a panel chaired by novelist M Mukundan in recognition of his contribution to the field of literature.
Amandeep Singh Gill - India’s Ambassador to UN Conference
Senior IFS officer Amandeep Singh Gill was appointed as the India’s Ambassador to the UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva
India completes nuclear triad by commissioning INS Arihant
India has completed its nuclear triad by inducting the first indigenously built strategic nuclear submarine INS Arihant into service.With this, India becomes 4th country to have a nuclear triad. Other countries are Russia, US and China.
Three mega hydro projects in Himachal Pradesh
PM Modi inaugurated 3 hydro-electric projects (HEPs) with a generating capacity of 1,732 MW. All the three power projects are equipped with generating equipment supplied and commissioned by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).
Saina Nehwal member of IOC’s Athletes’ Commission
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. It is rare honour for an Indian sportsperson.
Electricity from water without using energy
Scientists have developed a novel way using of producing electricity from water hydroelectric cell at room temperature without using any power or chemicals.
Indian Navy commissions INS Tihayu
Indian Navy has commissioned INS Tihayu, a Car Nicobar Class water jet fast attack craft (WJFAC). It was commissioned by the Flag-Officer-Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht in AP.
Tasmanian devils' milk could help fight superbugs
Superbugs are bacteria which cannot be treated by current antibiotics and other drugs, with a recent British study saying they could kill up to 10 million people globally by 2050.
Sir David Cox honoured with first International Prize
Cox is a giant in the field of statistics, but the International Prize in Statistics Foundation is recognizing him specifically for his 1972 paper in which he developed the proportional hazards model that today bears his name.
First ever International Conference on Voter Education
The Election Commission of India hosted the first ever International Conference on Voter Education in New Delhi. The three day conference was inaugurated by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr Nasim Zaidi.
India, Myanmar signed 3 MoUs
India and Myanmar signed three MoUs for cooperation in insurance, power and banking sectors as part of efforts to improve ties between the two countries.
IUNC to declare Kashmir’s Red
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is going to declare the Kashmiri Red Stag (also known as Hangul) as a Critically Endangered species.
Microsoft builds first speech-recognition system
In a major breakthrough in the field of speech recognition, Microsoft researchers have created a technology that accurately recognises the words in a conversation like people do
Teachers’ national Olympiad - December 3
The Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) Teaching Professional’s Olympiad 2016, a national competition to reward, recognise and celebrate teachers. The Olympiad, which will be conducted in 400 cities and towns across 25 States.
Goa periscope: A Russian sub leased
India and Russia have reportedly reached an agreement on the lease of a second nuclear submarine during the Modi-Putin summit. India quietly inducted its first indigenously built nuclear ballistic missile submarine, Arihant , into service.
The objectives of the manned space mission include aerospace medical experiments, space science experiments and in-orbit maintenance with human participation, as well as other activities.
Goa launched ‘Duck Boats’ to boost tourist football
Goa Tourism department added another attraction for tourists in the coastal state with the launch of a vessel, that could run on both land and water.
IOC to lay India’s longest LPG pipeline
Indian Oil Corp (IOC) planned to construct the nation’s longest LPG pipeline from Gujarat coast to Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh to supply to growing demand for cooking gas in the country.
New termite species named Chiraharitae discovered
A new termite species Glyptotermes Chiraharitae was discovered at Kakkayam in the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala. It has been named ‘Chiraharitae’ after the tropical evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, where it was spotted.
India-Pakistan border to be sealed completely by 2018
India-Pakistan border will be completely sealed by December 2018. Announcement in this regard was made after Union Home Minister held meeting of representatives of 4 states sharing border with Pakistan in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
India’s first Medipark will be set up in Tamil Nadu
India’s first Medipark (Medical Park) will be set up in Tamil Nadu at Chengalpet near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It will boast of the first medical devices manufacturing park in the country.
Hubble Space Telescope detects Great Balls of Fire
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has detected Great Balls of Fire (GBF), a mysterious super-hot blobs of gas seen near a dying star. The plasma gas balls were observed near a red giant called V Hydrae
Russia, Turkey - intensify military, intelligence contacts
The Russia and Turkey have agreed to intensify military and intelligence contacts. They also have agreed on the need for aid to get to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
RBI to be divested of debt management role in 2 years
The Centre has decided to set up an independent agency to mange its debt. As a precursor, the Finance Ministry will soon set up the Public Debt Management Cell (PDMC) in the Budget Division.
Centre plans to set up Board of Internal Trade
The Commerce and Industry Ministry is planning to set up a Board of Internal Trade to address all the issues pertaining to domestic trade. The board was initially proposed by the Confederation of All India Traders.
GSAT-18, ISRO’s latest communication satellite
Marking another success for the space agency, ISRO’s latest communication satellite GSAT-18 has successfully been launched from Arianespace’s European launcher Ariane-5 VA-231 in French Guiana.
India to host first AMCDRR after Sendai Framework
The Government of India is hosting the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) next month in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
Rs.114 cr worth projects HRIDAY projects approved
The projects under Heritage Infrastructure Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) for improving infrastructure facilities around core heritage sites in five cities of Varnasi, Amritsar, Dwaraka, Puri and Warangal.
Polygamy no longer progressive
The centre has informed the Supreme Court that it is opposed to the Muslim practice of triple talaq. It has also described this practice as “misplaced in a secular country.”
BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement Operational
BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement has become operational. This arrangement is being seen as a crucial economic mechanism to help BRICS member nations deal with economic crisis, like balance of payments pressures.
IMFC Plenary on ‘IMF Institutional Issues’
A plenary session of the International Monetary and Finance Committee (IMFC) on “IMF Institutional Issues” was recently held in Washington. he IMFC has 24 members, drawn from the pool of 187 governors.
India’s first international arbitration centre
This is being seen as a major step towards making Mumbai an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and providing an arbitration platform for Indian business houses to negotiate commercial disputes.
Janani Suraksha Yojana pays dividends
A new study brings in first conclusive evidence of the role played by Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) in reducing ‘socioeconomic disparities’ existing in maternal care.
SC widens ambit of Domestic Violence Act
The court has ordered from Section 2(q) of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, which deals with respondents who can be sued and prosecuted under the Act for harassing a married woman in her matrimonial home.
Centre eyes sops to spur internal trade
Establishing a regulatory body for national internal trade (retail and wholesale).
A comprehensive domestic trade policy.
A Board for Internal Trade.
Global Hunger Index
According to the latest Global Hunger Index data, hunger levels in developing countries may have fallen 29% since 2000, but India is still rated as a country with ‘serious’ hunger levels in the 2016.
NCBC to consider proposal for Maratha quota if it comes
The National Commission for Backward Classes has said that it will consider giving reservation to Marathas if such a proposal comes to it.
HIMANSH - research Station
It is India’s Remote and High-Altitude research Station opened recently in Himalaya. It is Indian government’s initiatives to better study and quantify the Himalayan glacier responses towards the climate change.
Abdelilah Bekirane elected as Prime minister of Morocco
Abdelilah Bekirane was re-appointed as the Prime Minister of Morocco for second term. After Benkirane's party, the PJD, emerged with the most number of seats in the 395-seat lower house of parliament.
Jitu Rai wins Champion of Champions pistol award of ISSF
Ace Indian Shooter Jitu Rai has won the 2016 Champion of Champions pistol Award of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for pistol shooting.
Telangana Government creates 21 new districts
Telangana Government in its the biggest administrative reform has created 21 new districts. With this reorganisation, the total number of districts in the State went up to 31 from 10.
India-Indonesia bilateral maritime exercise
The 28th India and Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) and Second Bilateral Maritime Exercise have commenced at Belawan, Indonesia in the Andaman Sea. India’s commitment to its ties with Indonesia and to maritime security.
NASA develops electroactive bandage
The NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has developed a new high-tech electroactive bandage that uses electricity to significantly promote healing of injured wounds.
Nobel Prize in Economics
Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom have been awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for their insights into how best to write contracts, the deals that bind together employers and their workers, or companies and their customers.
CERC panel suggests overhaul in transmission planning
A committee appointed by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has suggested an overhaul in transmission planning to facilitate transfer of power on economic principles. The committee was headed by power system expert Mata Prasad.
National Mission on Bio economy was launched in Shillong
In order to boost rural economy by utilising bio-resources, a National Mission on Bioeconomy was launched by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
UK signs Hinkley Point nuclear deal with France, China
The UK signed the £18 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear deal with France and China. The reactor is Britain’s first in decades and is being built by French utility firm EDF with one-third financial backing from China.
RBI issued rs.100 coins on shastri’s 100th birth day
The Reserve Bank of India had issued Rs.100 coins in 2004 to mark the 100th birth anniversary of India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Notably, Shastri shares his birthday with Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.
Daniel Ricciardo wins 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix held at the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor, Malaysia.
Anoyara Khatun Became International Child Rights Activist
An 18-year-old girl Anoyara Khatun, who was trafficked from the remote islands of Sundarbans in West Bengal, is an international child rights crusader and has been invited twice to speak at the United Nations.
Prineet Grewal crowned Mrs India Earth 2016
The 29 year old Prineet Grewal from Pune was crowned with Mrs India Earth 2016 at a gala ceremony amid members of the fashion industry in Dwarka.
World Space Week – 4 to 10 October 2016
The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.
“Modi’s Midas Touch in Foreign Policy” - Book released
The book outlines the India’s Foreign Policy by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. It maps the different policy initiatives focusing on the vision of developing India into a strong economically developed nation.
Baby robot unveiled in Japan by Toyoto
Tayota Motor Corp unveiled a doe-eyed palm-sized robot named ‘Kirobo Mini’ designed as a synthetic baby companion in Japan as number of childless couple grows ‘Kirobo Mini’
First ‘artificial pancreas’ approved in US
The world’s first artificial pancreas, after U.S. regulators cleared the device for diabetics to automatically monitor blood sugar and supply insulin, replicating what a healthy version of the organ does on its own
India has highest number of people living below poverty line
World Bank’s Report stated that India has the largest number of people living under BPL, more than 2.5 times as many as the 86 million in Nigeria, which has the second-largest population of the poor worldwide.
New Colourful Tree Frog Species Discovered In Australia
Australian Scientists have discovered a new species of green treefrog named Litoria bella, or the Cape York Graceful with distinctive orange hands and feet and iridescent purple inner thighs.
58 endangered red-crowned cranes hatched in China
Nearly Sixty red-crowned cranes were hatched this year in China’s Zhalong National Nature Reserve in Heilongjiang Province, the world’s largest captive breeding centre for endangered birds.