GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
Pankaj Advani wins National title in 6-red Snooker
Sixteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani wins the National title in 6-red Snooker
Mirabai Chanu, Santoshi and Gururaja bag gold
NAGERCOIL Rio Olympian S Mirabai Chanu (women's 48kg) and Gururaja (men's 56kg) bagged gold medals in their respective categories on the opening day of the Senior National Weightlifting Championships.
Hyderabad to host PBL 2 opening ceremony, final in Delhi
Hyderabad will host the opening ceremony of the Premier Badminton League season 2 in Delhi.
Indian eves clinch bronze in U-18 hockey Asia Cup
Sangita Kumari to clinch a bronze medal in the 4th Women's Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament.
Indian team bags silver at World School Chess
Team India A won the elusive silver medal in the ultimate World School's team Chess Championships at Sochi, Russia.
Aditi Ashok, Indian sport's 'Rookie of the Year'
Aditi became the first Indian woman to win a Ladies European Tour title by clinching the Hero Women's Indian Open.
Pariya becomes first foreign golfer to win McLeod Russel
Pariya Junhasavasdikul as he became the first foreign golfer to win the McLeod Russel Tour Championship on the final day at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC).
India beats Belgium to win after 15 years
India created history by winning the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup after a gap of 15 long years victory against Belgium in the final.
NASA’s Curiosity rover discovers purple rocks on Mars
NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has discovered the purple colored tone of the foreground rocks on the surfaces of Mars.
President to inaugurate Indian History Congress in Kerala
The 77th Indian History Congress will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala
Bilawal Bhutto is Opposition leader in Pakistan parliament
Bilawal Bhutto is set to be the leader of the Opposition in Pakistan’s National Assembly after he is elected to parliament.
World's highest bridge opens in China
The Beipanjiang Bridge soars 565 metres (1,854 feet) above a river and connects the two mountainous provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou in China.
It is the name of a newly discovered whale call. The sound, which ranges from a low moan to a screechy metallic tone,scientists have proved that it belongs to a species called the minke whale.
India joins CERN as an associate
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.
Pakistan inaugurates nuclear plant built with Chinese aid
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a 340 MW nuclear power plant built with Chinese aid, the third of four such projects aimed at addressing long-time energy shortages.
Takam Pario to be new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
Takam Pario will be the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, People's Party of Arunachal chairman Kamen Ringu said in NEW DELHI.
2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup
India will stage the Under-17 football World Cup, the sport’s world governing body FIFA announced while ratifying Kolkata as the sixth venue for the mega-event.
India jumps 2 places for best annual FIFA rankings
India jumped two places to finish 2016 at 135, their best in the last six years, in the FIFA rankings.
Admiral Sunil Lanba to chair committee of Chiefs
The government might appoint the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba as the Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC).
Anil Baijal is appointed as Delhi Lt. Governor
Former IAS officer Anil Baijal is appointed as next Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.
V.K. Sasikala appointed as AIADMK general secretary
The AIADMK general council unanimously passed a resolution appointing V.K. Sasikala, close aide of former Chief Minister and party supremo Jayalalithaa, as general secretary of the party.
India second largest arms purchaser after Saudi Arabia
India embarks on a massive modernisation plan for its defence forces, it has emerged as the second largest purchaser of arms among developing nations after Saudi Arabia.
India journeys from multilateral to bilateral
Indian foreign policy took a decided step away from multilateral platforms to focus on bilateral relations to shore up its place in the world.
Centre names Viral Acharya as RBI deputy governor
The Centre appointed Viral Acharya, a professor of New York University, as one of the four deputy governors of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Satya Narayan to be awarded Bihari Puraskar 2016
Rajasthani litterateur Satya Narayan to be awarded Bihari Puraskar 2016 for his book 'Yeh Ek Dunia' by the K K Birla Foundation.
ISRO to launch record 83 satellites
ISRO will make Guinness world record by lifting 83 satellites at once using PSLV-C37.
SASTRA Ramanujan prize for Radziwill, Matomaki
The 2016 SASTRA-Ramanujan award for mathematics was presented to Maksym Radziwill of McGill University, Canada, at the inauguration of the International Conference on Number Theory at SASTRA University at Kumbakonam.
Amaravati to host biodiversity park
Sakhamuru, a nondescript village in Thullur mandal of Andhra Pradesh will host the single largest lung space in the State’s capital region in the form of a botanical garden.
China to levy environment tax to fight pollution
China has passed a new law to levy environment tax on polluters.The law, to enter into force on January 1, 2018, will be key to fighting pollution, specially on heavy industries.
Union Power Ministry to launch GARV-II Mobile App
The Union Power Ministry is going to launch new mobile application GARV-II to provide real time data of all 6 lakh villages. The purpose of the app is to ensure transparency in implementation of rural electrification programme.
Government to set up single tribunal
The Union Government has decided to set up a single permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-State river water disputes.
African nations developing lifestyle diseases: WHO
According to recent World Health Organization (WHO) survey of 33 countries has shown that African nations developing lifestyle diseases.
govt revises NE Industrial & Investment Promotion Policy
The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) has revised North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIP), 2007.
Madras High Court bans unauthorised Sharia courts in TN
The Madras High Court has banned all unauthorised Sharia courts in mosques across Tamil Nadu, saying centres of worship were only to be used for religious purposes.
Scientists discover 163 new species
Scientists have discovered as many as 163 new species in the ecologically diverse Greater Mekong region of the Southeast Asia. It includes 3 mammals species, 9 amphibians, 11 fish, 14 reptiles and 143 plants.
Huge dead zone discovered in Bay of Bengal
Scientists including those from India have found a huge ‘dead zone’ of an estimated 60,000 square kilometres in Bay of Bengal.
Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar’s statue unveiled in Haridwar
The 12-foot-tall stone statue of renowned Tamil poet and philosopher-saint Thiruvalluvar was inaugurated at Mela Bhawan in Haridwar, Uttarakhand by Chief minister Harish Rawat.
India and Kyrgyzstan sign 6 agreements in various fields
India and Kyrgyzstan have signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MoU)/ Agreements including in the fields of tourism, agriculture and food industry etc.
India ranks 4th in 2016 Global Wind Power
ndia ranked 4th in the Global Wind Power Installed Capacity index with cumulative installed wind power generation capacity of 25,088 MW in 2015.
Researchers develop first Chikungunya Vaccine
Researchers from United States have developed the first vaccine for Chikungunya fever made from an insect-specific Eilat virus.
India became the world’s 6th-largest economy
According to report published in Forbes magazine, India has surpassed its colonial masters United Kingdom to become world’s sixth-largest economy in GDP terms for first time after nearly 150 years.
Nuclear-capable subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay testfired
Long range nuclear-capable subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay was testfired from the launch complex 3 of the Integrated Missile Test Range in Balasore, Odisha.
Kaisa Matomaki, Maksym Radziwill win SASTRA Ramanujan award
Kaisa Matomaki and Maksym Radziwill have been jointly won the 2016 SASTRA-Ramanujan award for mathematics for their ‘revolutionary’ collaborative work on short intervals in number theory.
Union Cabinet approves ordinance to pay salaries by cheques
The Union Cabinet has approved a draft ordinance to empower states and allow industries to pay workers’ wages digitally, through a direct bank transfer to accounts or by cheque in a bid to encourage cashless transactions.
Hong Kong revokes visa-free entry to Indians
Hong Kong, a China-administered special territory has decided to withdraw visa-free facility for Indians from January 23, 2017.
December 22: National Mathematics Day
The National Mathematics Day is observed every year on 22nd December to celebrate birth anniversary of great Indian autodidact Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. This year, it is 129th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan.
China launches TanSat satellite
China successfully launched TanSat, a global carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring satellite to understand the effects of climate change.
NGT bans open waste burning across the country
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a complete ban on burning of waste in open places across the country and announced a fine of Rs. 25,000 on each incident of bulk waste burning.
India suffers from huge gender pay gap: ILO Report
It shows that India has among the worst levels of gender wage disparity (men earning more than women in similar jobs) with the gap exceeding 30%.
govt. reconstitutes committee helping Krishna River Board.
The Union Water Resources Ministry has reconstituted a committee that was tasked with assisting the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB).
Japan successfully launches solid fuel rocket
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched a solid fuel rocket named Epsilon-2 from the Uchinoura Space Center in southern Japan.
PM launches National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme
PM Modi recently launched National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) during his recent visit to Kanpur, UP. The scheme aims to provide apprenticeship training to over 50 lakh youngsters in order to create more jobs.
Scientists use pregnancy fluid to strengthen weak bones
UK-based researchers have found that stem cells harvested from pregnant woman’s amniotic fluid can be used to strengthen weak bones.
CD36 Responsible for Spreading Cancer
Scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), identified a specific protein called CD36 which is responsible for spreading cancer.
First Cybersecurity Engagement Centre in India
It is the first such cyber security center of Microsoft to be bulid in India.The centre will offer Microsoft capabilities to promote deeper cybersecurity collaborations with public and private sector organizations in India.
International Mountain Day
Every Year 11th December is celebrated as “International Mountain Day” to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life.
2016 Theme — “Mountain Cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity“
First Indian to Win Medal at Mr. Olympia Amateur Event
Iqbal Sayed of Mumbai won the silver medal at the Mr Olympia amateur event held in Hong Kong, beating participants from 20 countries under the Olympia Amateur Asia 2016’s Classic Bodybuilding category.
First, Second Generation Weather Satellite ‘Fengyun-4’
China launched a new weather satellite, Fengyun-4 satellite, in the geostationary orbit, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China’s Sichuan Province . Long March-3B carrier rocket took the satellite into orbit.
Gentiloni Named As Italy’s New Prime Minister
Paolo Gentiloni was appointed as Prime minister of Italy. He replaces Matteo Renzi who resigned after losing a referendum on plans to reform Italy’s constitution.
World’s longest Rail Tunnel in Switzerland
The world’s longest rail tunnel, Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT), began operating on regular basis in Switzerland, to provide service to the passengers.
First Children Special Train in Kashmir
Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti flagged off fortnightly special train ‘Vaadi ki sair’ (Tour of the Valley), for children that will run between Banihal to Baramulla.
Lt. Governor Puducherry, Kiran Bedi Launched Model Scheme
Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi announced the decision about the selection of Thimmanaicken Palayam village in the Manaveli Assembly constituency under Model Village Scheme.
India International Science festival -2016 held in New Delhi
The 2016 India International Science festival (IISF) was organized at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Campus in New Delhi by the Department of Biotechnology and Ministry of Science & Technology.
Ravindra Kumar, To Scale Mt Everest Pens Motivational Book
Ravindra Kumar, the first IAS officer and the first Seafarer of India, to climb the Mt. Everest has written a motivational book for students. The book titled ‘Many Everests: An Inspiring Journey of Transforming Dream into Reality’
Rio Gets UNESCO World Heritage Status
The Marvelous City or Rio de Janeiro officially entered into the UN’s list of world heritage sites while UNESCO status was announced in 2012 in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches.
VK Sharma Appointed Chairman of LIC
Managing Director of state-owned Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), V K Sharma appointed as the Chairman (LIC) for five years by the Government of India.
19 Metre Highest Ever Wave Sets World Record
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization announced that a 19-metre-high (62.3 ft) wave in the North Atlantic Ocean has set a world record for being the highest-ever measured by a buoy.
Indus Waters Treaty between India & Pakistan paused
The World Bank has paused the Indus Waters Treaty processes initiated by India and Pakistan to resolve conflicting interests under the Treaty and its application to two hydroelectric power plants
Majuli Country’s First Carbon Neutral District
Assam government has initiated a project to make river island Majuli the country’s first ever Carbon Neutral district by 2020. The project titled as ‘Sustainable Action for Climate Resilient Development in Majuli’ (SACReD, Majuli)
India becomes world’s 4th largest defence spender
According to the recently released 2016 IHS Jane’s Defence Budgets report, India has become the world’s fourth largest defence spender. United States, China, and the UK remain the top three defence spender in the world.
India, Russia bilateral naval exercise Indra Navy 2016
The ninth edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, an annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy began in the Bay of Bengal. The primary aim of exercise INDRA NAVY-16 is to increase inter-operability between two navy.
6th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference
The sixth edition of Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) began in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber named ITF Players of the Year
Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were named ITF (International Tennis Federation) World Champions of the year 2016. Andy Murray (Britain) has won 9 titles in this year and sealed the year-end rankings top spot.
Qatar abolishes ‘kafala’ labour system
Under this controversial system, all foreign workers working in Qatar were required a local sponsor, in the form of an individual or company, and need their permission to switch jobs or leave the country.
MoU between India-Kyrgyzstan on agriculture cooperation
The Union Cabinet has approved memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Kyrgyzstan on cooperation in field of agriculture and food related industry.
Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana
The Union Government has launched Lucky Grahak Yojana to encourage consumers and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana to encourage merchants for transition to digital payments.
Desert National Park records 11 Great Indian Bustard births
The Desert National Park (DNP) in Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) witnessed successful birth of 11 Great Indian Bustards (GIB). With this, the figure of critically endangered species reached to 151. GIB is popularly known as ‘Godawan’.
Pakistan successfully test-fires: Babur cruise missile
Pakistan Army has successfully test fired an enhanced version of an indigenously-designed Babur cruise missile. The missile incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy
Union Cabinet approves MoU between ISRO and USGS
The Union Cabinet has approved MoU signed between ISRO and United States Geological Survey (USGS) for Cooperation in exchange and use of US Land Remote Sensing Satellite Data.
Major Port Trust Authorities Bill, 2016
The Union Cabinet has approved the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016 to replace the existing Major Port Trusts Act, 1963. It aims to empower 12 major ports to perform with greater efficiency on account of full autonomy in decision making
5th India-Arab partnership conference held in Muscat, Oman
The fifth edition of the India-Arab Partnership Conference was held in Muscat, Oman. Theme of the conference was ‘Partnership towards innovation and cooperation in IT’.
First state to launch Mahila Police Volunteer initiative
Haryana became the first state in the country to launch Mahila Police Volunteer (MPV) initiative for safety of women. It was launched by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
According to NOAA's best track database, Vardah was the closest or stronger landfall to hit Chennai in over 50 years.
Seventh edition of Indo-Maldives military exercise to begin
The seventh edition of India, Maldives bilateral EKUVERIN Exercise 2016 began at Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll, Maldives. The aim of is to conduct military training between armies of both countries with emphasis on counter terrorism operations.
India’s Srinidhi Shetty Won Miss Supranational 2016
Mangaluru girl, Srinidhi Shetty , was crowned Miss Supranational 2016 at a grand ceremony in Krynica Zdroj, Poland. She also won the title of Miss Asia-Oceania.
World’s largest bird festival
To promote eco-tourism in Uttar Pradesh and to declare it as an international bird watching destination, UP Eco-tourism has organized a three-day international festival on birds at the National Chambal Sanctuary in the Bah tehsil , Agra.
World Soil Day – December 5 2016
Every year World Soil Day is observed on the 5th of December to celebrate the World Soil Day - December 5 2016 importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being.
Steven Smith : joint-highest score by an Aussie captain
Australian captain Steven Smith smashed a career-best 164 (157) in the first ODI against New Zealand on 04th December 2016, to equal Ricky Ponting’s record for the highest individual score by an Aussie skipper.
10,500 years old ancient camping site discovered in Ladakh
A release issued by the culture ministry states that an ancient camping site has been found near Saser La in the Nubra Valley, Ladakh at an altitude of about 4,200 metres that was used by pre-historic man and belonged to circa 8500 BCE.
American Scientists Successfully Maps Human Thought
The journal PNAS revealed that American scientists of US National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, for the first time have successfully tracked human thought by imaging rapidly fluctuating brain activity.
PM Modi wins reader’s poll for TIME’s Person of the Year
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the Online Readers’ Poll for TIME Person of the Year 2016, beating off other world leaders like US President-elect Donald Trump, incumbent US leader Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Venezuela Suspended from Mercosur Trade Bloc
The South American nations has suspended Venezuela from the Mercosur trade bloc for violating the bloc’s democratic principles and failing to meet its basic standards.
Goa Launches Yuva Sanchar Yojana
The Govt of Goa is set to launch its ambitious scheme “Goa Yuva Sanchar Yojana”, providing Limited Free Talktime and Internet Data to the youth in the state to comply with the central government’s Digital India initiative.
Alexander Van Der Bellen Sworn in as Austrian president
Ex-leader of the Greens, Alexander Van Der Bellen has won the Austrian presidential election, gaining 7.6 percent of votes more than his opponent Norbert Hofer.
AirAsia India appoints Amar Abrol as Managing Director
Amar Abrol was Managing Director of Chennai based AirAsia India during the company’s board meeting. Abrol was appointed as CEO of the airline in April 2016.
Sachin and Binny Bansal named Asians of the Year
Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal have been chosen for the 2016 ‘Asian of the Year’ by Straits Times of Singapore as part of a group called the ‘The Disruptors’.
National Hydrology Project
Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar has given administrative approval for implementation of the Rs 50-crore National Hydrology Project to be set up in the state with 100 per cent assistance from the Centre.
International Gita Mahotsav in Kurukshetra
President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first ever International Gita Mahotsav at The Brahma Sarovar in Kurukshetra, Haryana The festival will focus on spreading the message of Gita to the world community.
Donald Trump Named as TIME’s Person of the Year 2016
US President elect Donald Trump was chosen as the TIME’s Person of the Year 2016, for his outstanding victory in the US election.
15 new castes included in central OBC list
The National Commission of Backward Classes (NCBC) had recommended a total of 28 changes in respect of eight states — Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.