GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
‘Best of the World List 2017’
India’s Natioal Park in National Geographic ‘Best of the World List 2017’ National Geographic Traveler magazine announced its annual Best of the World list in 3 categories such as Cities, Nature, or Culture.
India’s longest expressway inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated the six-lane Greenfield Agra-Lucknow Expressway at Bangarmau in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh.
Zydus Cadila CMD Pankaj Patel elected as FICCI president
Pankaj R Patel was elected as the new President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) for the year 2017. He will replace Harshavardhan, Zydus CMD Pankaj Patel elected as FICCI president of Ambuja Neotia Group.
Akshaya Mukul wins Bhatt First Book Prize 2016.
Senior journalist at the Times of India Akshaya Mukulhas been awarded the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2016. He has been awarded for his book “Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India”.
Archaeologists uncover 7000-year old city in Egypt
Egypt Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient Egyptian city and 15 graveyard that belongs 5300 BC announced by antiquities minister Mahmoud Afifi
ICC’s Hall of Fame
Australia’s former women’s captain Karen Rolton has been inducted into the ICC’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony during the dinner break on the opening Karen Roltonday of the third day/night Test between Australia and South Africa.
Talcher Thermal Power Station Generates highest electricity
Talcher Thermal Power Station of NTPC on November 23, 2016 generated 11.496 Million Units of electricity at 104.13% capacity utilization which is the highest single day generation among all power stations.
Wangala harvest festival celebrated in Meghalaya
Garo tribals People of Meghalaya celebrated the harvest festival of Wangala to marks the end of a period of toil for farmers wanting a good output from their fields.
New Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the introduction of Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016 in the Parliament in New Delhi.
blacklisting global defence firms
The Union Defence Ministry released new policy ‘Guidelines of the Ministry of Defence for penalties in business dealings with entities’, to relook at the list of the companies that are banned from doing business in India.
AP CM launches Water Distribution Monitoring Portal
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu has launched the ‘Smart Water Distribution Monitoring’ web portal on November 23, 2016, which will enable the people to track the status of drinking water in the nearby water tanks.
Chinese naval ships to be deployed at Gwadar
China would deploy its naval ships along with the Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile test-fired
The indigenously built nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile was successfully test-fired from a test range off Odisha coast, as part of a user trial by India Army.
China agrees to import rice from 17 mills in India
China has agreed to import rice, non-basmati and basmati varieties from 17 registered mills in India. These mills are in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Renowned Scientist MGK Menon passes away
Acclaimed high energy particle physicist and an institution builder of Indian science Prof. M G K Menon passed away. He was 88. He was Scientist, Science & Technology policy-maker, scholar, parliamentarian, Cabinet Minister.
5th International Tourism Mart begins in Imphal, Manipur
The fifth International Tourism Mart has begun in Imphal, Manipur. It will be held between 23– 25 November 2016.The event has been organized by the Union Ministry of Tourism in association with the North Eastern States and West Bengal.
Malini honoured with International Press Freedom Award
Indian journalist Malini Subramaniam was conferred with the 2016 International Press Freedom Award. She has been honored for her reporting from the Naxal-infested Bastar area and for the commitment to a free press.
Yudhvir Singh Malik appointed as new Chairman of NHAI
The Union Government has appointed Yudhvir Singh Malik as the Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). He will succeed outgoing chairman Raghav Chandra who has been moved as secretary to the National Commission for ST.
SEBI eases rules for angel funds
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has liberalised norms for angel investors to invest in early-stage entities. In this regard, SEBI in its meeting decided to amend the SEBI (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012.
Himalayan hydro power projects face flood risk
The potential hydro power projects in the Himalayan region face increased flood risks from the formation of new lakes and the expansion of existing ones due to melting glaciers.
IBBI notifies two regulations under Bankruptcy Code
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board (IBBI) of India has notified two regulations in exercise of its powers conferred under section 240 of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
Colombia, FARC rebels sign revised Peace Agreement
Colombian Government has signed revised peace agreement with the country’s largest rebel movement, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
India ranks 138 in 2016 ICT Development Index
India has been ranked 138th in the 2016 ICT Development Index out of a total of 175 countries. In 2015, India ranked 135th position. The index was released as part of the annual Measuring the Information Society Report for 2016 of the ITU.
Elimination of Violence against Women - Nov 25
International Observance of this day seeks to raise awareness about violence against women and girls, end the violence against the women. 2016 Theme: “Orange the World – raise funds to end violence against women”.
India hosts World Robot Olympiad for the first time
India hosted the 13th edition of the World Robot Olympiad on the sidelines of trade fair in New Delhi. This is for first time India hosted World Robot Olympiad.
India joins CERN as an associate member
India became an associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world’s largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory and best known as operator of the Large Hadron Collider.
Agni-I successfully test-fired
Agni-I missile was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range on the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast. The missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead weighing 500 kg. In this mission, it carried a dummy warhead.
Indian-American Nikki Haley named as US ambassador to UN
Indian-American Governor of South Carolina State, Nikki Haley (44) named for the post of US ambassador to the United Nations. With this, she becomes the first Indian-American to be appointed to a Cabinet-level post in any US administration.
China successfully launches data satellite Tianlian I-04
China has successfully launched its fourth data satellite named Tianlian I-04. The satellite will join its three predecessors to achieve global network operation.
Festival Of India’ Begins In Oman
A ‘Festival of India’ began in Oman from November 15, 2016 to March 24, 2017 to showcase the country’s diverse culture. The festival was scheduled to held in four cities namely Muscat, Sur, Sohar and Salalah.
Ayur Herbarium project inaugurated in Goa by Maritius PM
Anirood Jugnauth, Prime Minister of the Republic of Maritius inaugurated Ayur Herbarium project in North Goa at the property of Sandu Pharmaceuticals Ltd at Saligao village, 10 kms from North Goa.
New Species Of Fish Discovered In China
A new species of fish discovered in China has shed fresh light on research of the evolution and internal fertilisation of the neopterygian group of fish, according to Chinese scientists.
Four Naval System developed by DRDO inducted to Indian Navy
The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar will hand over Four Naval Systems developed by DRDO to the Indian Navy at a function in New Delhi.
Debbie Hockley first Woman to be president of New Zealand
Debbie Hockley has been elected as president of New Zealand Cricket Board, becoming the first woman to hold that role in the 122-year history of the sport’s national governing body.
Gulzar awarded 2016 Poet Laureate award
Veteran lyricist, writer and filmmaker Gulzar has been awarded Poet Laureate award 2016 at the Mumbai’s literary festival ‘Tata Literature Live’ on November 17, 2016.
Indian origin MIT researcher wins major award
Dinesh Bharadia, an Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur graduate, was honoured with the 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award
Indo-U.S. collaboration to focus on pelagic fish resources
From predicting harmful algal blooms (HAB) and fishery of small pelagic species, there is quiet a lot that earth scientists could tell the world.
joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran X’
In an attempt to strengthen Defence ties, Indian and Nepalese armies successfully conducted a joint military exercise. - Surya Kiran X, an Indo-Nepal Joint Military Training was conducted at Army Battle School (NABS), Saljhandi in Nepal
Golfer Aditi Ashok’s Historic Win in Women’s India Open
Aditi Ashok became the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour title by winning the Women's Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon.
One day Conference of Ministers and Secretaries
To discuss the forthcoming challenges in the field of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has convened a day- long Conference of Ministers and Secretaries of the states /UTs in- charge of Youth Affairs and Sports in New Delhi.
India ranked as 2nd most talked about destination
An online analysis on social media during the course of the three-day World Travel Market 2016 show held in London has revealed that India is the 2nd most talked-about destinations, as per the research by PR specialist Bell Pottinger.
India and Palestine signs MOU
The MOU is in order to set up Palestine-India Techo Park in Ramallah. This project is a part of GOI's strong commitment to support Palestinian cause and will enhance job creation, business and other opportunities for young Palestinians.
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) launched in June last year, a total of 12,27,088 affordable houses for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in urban areas.
National Women Premier Chess Championship
International Master Padmini Rout has won the 2016 National Women Premier Chess Championship. With this win, she has scored a hat-trick in the National Women Premier Chess Championship. Earlier she had won the championship in 2014 and 2015.
272 products registered as geographical indication so far
As many as 272 products have been registered as geographical indications since September 2003. During this fiscal (2016-17), 11 products have been registered so far as GI from states across India.
India, Israel ink two agreements
India and Israel have inked two agreements in the field of water resources management and agriculture. These agreements were signed following the delegation level talks between PM Narendra Modi and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
Special committee for inter-linking of rivers
The Union Cabinet has approved constitution of ‘special committee for inter-linking of rivers’ in compliance with a 2012 Supreme Court order. Decision in this regard was taken in the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi.
Maharashtra first to adopt Fly Ash Utilization Policy
It was approved by state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to adopt Fly Ash Utilization Policy. The policy paves way for prosperity by generating wealth from waste and environment protection.
India, China Joint Training Exercise begins in Pune
“Hand in Hand 2016”, The aim of the bilateral military exercise is to share the expertise in drills and practices while tackling insurgency and terrorism between Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army of China.
20 nations sign framework agreement of ISA
Including India have signed the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). It was opened for signatures on the sidelines of CoP22 to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Marrakech, in Morocco.
Hunar Haat (Skill Haat) inaugurated at IITF - 2016
India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2016 organised at New Delhi. It is aimed at promoting and supporting artisans from Minority communities and providing them domestic and international market for display and sell their products.
CRPF for first time deploys women commandos
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the first time has deployed a team of women commandos in anti-Naxal operations in Jharkhand. The 135 women commandos have started carrying out anti-Naxal operations.
India’s combat-capable Rustom-II drone
India’s indigenously developed long-endurance combat-capable drone, Rustom-II (TAPAS 201) successfully completed its maiden-flight. The test flight took place from Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), Chitradurga, Karnataka.
Brain implant for the first time in history
Doctors from Netherlands have performed the first-ever brain implant on a 58-year-old woman paralysed by Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-ALS).
China’s Sumway Taihulight wins fastest supercomputer title
China's Sunway TaihuLight has unsurprisingly taken the crown of the world's fastest machine again, according to the latest edition of the semiannual Top 500 list of supercomputers released Monday.
Revamped Aadhaar toll-free helpline no. 1947
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), launched a revamped version of Aadhaar Toll-free helpline number: 1947, to help residents get quick access to information about Aadhaar.
President launched National Student Startup Policy
The National student startup policy, formulated by AICTE, aims to create 100,000 technology based student start-ups and a million employment opportunities within the next 10 years.
Steel Research & Technology Mission of India
Ministry of Steel is planning to set up Steel Research & Technology Mission of India (SRTMI) to facilitate joint collaborative research projects in the iron and steel sector in India.
First World Tsunami Awareness Day – November 5 2016
The First World Tsunami Awareness Day was observed on November 5, 2016 in the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016.
2016 Theme: 'Effective Education and Evacuation Drills
Ireland rugby team beat New Zealand for 1st time in 111 yrs
Ireland’s national rugby team registered their first-ever win over New Zealand in 111 years after they defeated the All Blacks 40-29 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Indian wins 5 golds in South Asian Aquatic Championship
A 15-year-old Bastab Tapan Bordoloi from Assam’s Jorhat district made the nation proud by bagging five gold medals and a silver at the recently concluded South Asian Aquatic Championship (SAAC) in Sri-Lanka.
NASA sets Guinness reciords for Highest Altitude GPS signal
NASA has Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS — that is giving scientists new insight into Earths magnetosphere now holds the Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal.
World’s largest marine park created in Antarctica
A landmark international agreement to create the world’s largest marine park in the Southern Ocean has been brokered in Australia, after five years of compromises and failed negotiations.
Australia, Indonesia - joint patrols in South China sea
Australia is considering joint military patrols with Indonesia in the contested waters of the South China Sea amid growing concerns in the west that a Chinese diplomatic offensive in SE Asia is upending the region’s balance of power.
‘Lost’ Chandrabhaga river found in Odisha
This ancient river is believed to have existed at a distance of about two km from the 13th century Sun Temple at Konark, a Unesco World Heritage Site in the eastern state of Odisha.
1st International Agro Bio-Diversity congress inaugurated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurates the first International Agro bio-diversity Congress in the national capital where 900 delegates from 60 countries will discuss conservation of genetic resources.
Narendra Modi set to be mascot of ‘Incredible India’
PM Narendra Modi is set to be the mascot of the “Incredible India” campaign with the Tourism Ministry finally deciding to do away with plans to rope in any Bollywood stars, for the role which was lying vacant after the Aamir Khan.
Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan
Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) launched by the Union Government. Under this scheme, free health check-ups to pregnant women at government health centres and hospitals will be provided.
Three day Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet GRAM to begin
A three-day international event of ‘Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM)’ for farmers will begin in Jaipur ,which will showcase best global practices and technologies suitable for farmers.
India, UK ink MoUs on IPR, ease of doing business
India and the UK have signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on increasing cooperation in intellectual property rights (IPRs) and ease of doing business.
Make in India, Skill India programmes
10 UK companies have committed to support India’s Make in India and Skill India initiatives by enhancing skills to global standards and giving the trainees greater employment opportunities in India and at a global level.
Corp Bank Inks Pact with Indian Army
Corporation Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Army on the defence salary package.Corporation Bank would provide free/ concessional services to the Army under the MoU.
Businesswoman of the Year Award in Australia
Twenty-six-year-old Uppma Virdi, hailing from Jalandhar and living in Melbourne, received the ‘Businesswoman of the Year Award’ at the India Australia Business Community Awards.
Kalidas Samman - Raj Bisaria, BanshiKaul
Eminent theatre artist Shri Raj Bisaria of Lucknow and renowned theatre artist Shri Banshi Kaul, active in Bhopal-New Delhi will be awarded with Rashtriya Kalidas Samman, established by Madhya Pradesh government for the field of theatre.
Amitav Ghosh to get Lifetime Achievement Award
Acclaimed Indian-American fiction author Amitav Ghosh has been named for this year’s Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Indian literary space.
Ratnesh Kumar appointed MD and CEO of BoB Capital Markets
State-run Bank of Baroda has said it has appointed Ratnesh Kumar as managing director and CEO of its investment banking subsidiary, BOB Capital Markets.
Scientists discover water on metallic asteroid Psyche
Scientists have detected the presence of water on Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in our solar system. It was detected based on the new observations from the NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) in Hawaii.
RBI issues new series of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued new series of notes for 500 rupees and 2,000 rupees denomination with improved features and newer sizes.
India’s first LNG-powered bus
India’s first eco-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG)-driven bus was launched in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The first pilot run of the eco-friendly bus was jointly flagged off by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra.
Donald Trump elected as 45th President of United States
Real estate mogul-turned politician and Republican Party candidate Donald Trump (70) was elected as 45th President of United States of America (USA). He will be the first President of USA without political experience since Dwight.
Lakshya Bhagirathi campaign
Chhattisgarh Govt has launched Lakshya Bhagirathi campaign to complete the irrigation projects that could not be completed. Under the campaign, the state water resources department has identified 108 projects that could not be completed
Kamala Harris - Indian-American to win US Senator seat
California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris (51) created history by becoming the first India-American to win the US Senate (upper chamber) seat from the state.
Union Government launches Smart India Hackathon
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has launched Smart India Hackathon 2017. It is the world’s largest digital national building initiative.
Pradhan Mantri Yuva Yojana for entrepreneurs
The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has launched of Pradhan Mantri Yuva Yojana (PMYY) to scale up an ecosystem of entrepreneurship for youngsters.
Punjab law to stop sharing Ravi, Beas waters illegal
The Supreme Court has scrapped Punjab Termination of Water Agreements Act, 2004 which unilaterally allows Punjab to stop sharing Ravi, Beas waters with other States.
Climate change: 100 parties join Paris Agreement
The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, announced that 100 parties formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change.
India, Japan set to sign nuclear deal
The deal, which will open up access for India to cutting edge nuclear energy technology, reactors and critical parts, has been held up for years over the cause.
Jhulan Goswami became world number 1 bowler
Jhulan Goswami, fast bowler and former captain of Indian women’s cricket team, has once again earned an honour.
Scientists developed new arhar variety pigeon-pea
Scientists have developed a new arhar (pigeon-pea) variety that matures in 120 days, gives the same 20 quintal-per-hectare yields of normal 160-180 day plants and is, moreover, amenable to mechanical combine harvesting.
Fishing cat found moving in mangrove, Andhra Pradesh
A fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) was identified walking through the moderately dense mangrove surrounding the Gilalakalandi harbour near Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh
The way to turn carbon dioxide into useful fuel
Researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US state of Tennessee announced they “serendipitously” developed a catalyst that transformed carbon dioxide (CO2), a main greenhouse gas, into ethanol, a renewable fuel.
Michel Aoun is elected as Lebanon’s president
Former general Michel Aoun elected as Lebanon’s president by Lebanon’s parliament on October 31, 2016. He will replace Michel Sleiman.
10th Indo-Nepal Joint Exercise Surya Kiran Commenced
A 14-day India-Nepal joined military exercise, named Surya Kiran IX, began at Pithoragarh. The exercise would end on February 21.
India’s first ‘Design Yatra’ launched
Aim: To spread awareness and take designs to the masses, India’s first ‘Design Yatra’, launched by the Institute of Indian Interior Designers(IIID)
MOU signed between India and Palestine
India and Palestine signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up a Palestine-India Techno Park in Ramallah, Palestine.It was announced during the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Palestine in October 2015.
National Committee on Trade Facilitation holds first meeting
The first meeting of National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) was held in New Delhi.The meeting was chaired by Cabinet Secretary P.K.Sinha.
50th Anniversary of Establishment of High Court of Delhi
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the function to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the High Court of Delhi. The theme of the Golden Jubilee Celeberations has been fixed as “Justice for all”
Freedom of the Press Report 2016
Report release by the US based NGO. This report is a yearly report by US-based NGO Freedom House, measuring the level of freedom and editorial independence enjoyed by the press in nations. Theme : The Battle for the Dominant Message.
Conference on Decarbonisation of Indian Railways
International Conference on Decarbonisation of Indian Railways – Mission Electrification in New Delhi on November 3, 2016. It was organised by Institution of Railways Electrical Engineer (IREE) in partnership with ASSOCHAM India.
Scientists discover green rice in Rice Bowl of India
A new variety of rice seed that is light green in colour was discovered in Chhattisgarh(Rice Bowl of India) said by A K Sarawgi, head of department of genetics and breeding in Indira Gandhi Agriculture University.