GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
Village in Nagpur gets bus link for first time
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) launched a bus service to the Khairi Sita village in the district, It took almost 69 years since Independence for a State Transport bus to reach a tiny village.
Hinduja Brothers topped Britain’s Asian Rich List 2016
The India-born brothers G P Hinduja and S P Hinduja topped the Asian Rich List 2016.The annual rankings showed that they had added one billion pounds to their personal fortune in a year to be worth an estimated 16.5 billion pounds.
Mr.Kejriwal named among world’s 50 greatest leaders.
Fortune’s third annual ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ list features persons from across the globe from the fields of business, government, philanthropy and the arts who are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.
Padma awards, 56 personalities honoured
President Pranab Mukherjee honoured 56 eminent personalities with Padma awards at the Civil Investiture Ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President presented five Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and 43 Padma Shri awards.
ISRO established GIRI Radar System at Tirupati
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) established the Gadanki Ionospheric Radar Interferometer (GIRI) near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. It is a 30 MHz radar system that will be engaged in meteor and space weather research.
World Theatre Day 2016 observed globally
The Russian Dramatist Anatoly Vasiliev was the World Theatre Day International Message Author 2016. Vasiliev is a noted Russian theatre director and one of the leading European contemporary stage directors.
Indian personalities at the Madame Tussauds
The famous wax museum Madame Tussauds will soon immortalise Prime Minister Narendra Modi in wax. Sculptor Marie Tussauds, who belonged to Strasbourg, France, founded the museum. Her first sculpture was of philosopher Francois Voltaire
NITI Aayog to introduce model law on land leasing
NITI Aayog, the government's premier think-tank, is set to introduce a model law on land lease that will not only improve agricultural efficiency but also quicken the pace of industrialisation.
India-US to sign MoU for building LIGO project
India and US will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) tomorrow for building a state-of-the-art LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational - wave Observatory) project in the country.
ISRO to launch record 22 satellites in single mission
India is launching a record number of 22 satellites, in a single mission. It is the highest number of satellites ever to be launched by the space agency, which had earlier sent ten satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.
Union Government unveils Defence Procurement Procedure 2016
It was unveiled by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the sidelines of the Defexpo-2016 held in Goa. The DPP 2016 will replace the Defence Procurement Procedure 2013 (DPP 2013) and shall come into force on 1 April 2016.
First state to implement use of injectable contraceptives
Haryana Chief Minister launched Project Salamati, making Haryana the first state to implement the use of injectable contraceptives as a family planning measure.
P. Susheela enters Guinness World Records
The Guinness Book of Records has officially credited her for singing 17, 695 songs (solo, duet and chorus backed songs) in twelve Indian languages, Asia Book of Records has recognised her for singing close to 17, 330 songs.
China launches 22nd BeiDou navigation satellite
The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan. It is the 22nd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, which is being developed as an alternative to U.S. GPS.
Myanmar gets its first public listing
First Myanmar, Myanmar Citizens Bank and Myanmar Thilawa SEZ are among the initial batch of six companies approved for listing. After a delay of more than 20 years, Myanmar's stock exchange opened its first business with single company.
The quest for methane on Mars
Europe and Russia have launched a joint mission to the Red Planet. The satellite, called the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), was lifted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.
N Korea fires short-range missiles into sea
North Korea fired several short-range rockets or missiles into the sea off its east coast, just days after test-firing two medium-range missiles in defiance of UN sanctions.
9th International Abilympics started in France
9th International Abilympics started at Bordeaux in France. Abilympics is coined from Olympics of abilities of persons with disabilities.It is a global work skills competition held every four years.
New model to determine the age of stars
Scientists have developed a new model for understanding how stars similar to our Sun evolve, which may help determine the age of stars more precisely than current methods.
Obama first US President in 80 years to visit Cuba
The visit, the first by a sitting US president in 88 years, is the culmination of events which began with the normalization of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba.
Six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur
India and France have signed an MoU for the construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra, two countries decided to conclude the techno-commercial negotiations for the project by the year end.
World Tuberculosis Day
Every year March 24 is being observed as World Tuberculosis (TB) Day to build public awareness about the global epidemic of TB and efforts to eliminate the disease. 2016 Theme: Unite to End TB.
Bill introduced in US Congress to help India join APEC
Membership in APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) would provide India a constructive forum to glean insight from other Asian countries that have already taken significant steps to advance their economies
India Post releases customised ‘My Stamp’ on HAL
India Post has released a customised commemorative stamp on HAL in recognition of the company’s 75 years services to the nation.
Largest sample of 9 monster stars
British astronomers have discovered largest sample cluster of nine monster stars named as R136. It is located in the Tarantula Nebula within the Large Magellanic Cloud a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way.
India to host 8th BRICS Summit in October in Goa
India will host the eighth annual Summit of BRICS from October 15-16 in Goa in its capacity as chair of the influential bloc comprising five countries with 42 per cent of the world population and combined GDP of over USD 16 trillion.
Ritu Beri appointed as advisor for Khadi promotion
Noted designer Ritu Beri has been appointed advisor to the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) for promotion of khadi in India and across the world.
China, Nepal agree to build first strategic rail link
China agreed to Nepal's request to build a strategic railway link between the two countries through Tibet to reduce land-locked Nepal's total dependence on India.
New Environment Standards for Gensets Notified
The primary aim of the new standards for Gensets is to control air and noise pollution emanating from the operation of Gensets. These standards were recommended by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Exercise Iron Fist 2016
The Indian Air Force's (IAF) long-awaited Exercise Iron Fist 2016 was successfully conducted at the Air Force Firing Range, Pokhran, in Rajasthan's Thar desert .
CV Kunhiraman literary prize
Noted Malayalam writer M Sukumaran has been chosen for the CV Kunhiraman literary prize. The prize consists of ₹10,001 in cash, a citation, and a statuette designed by artist BD Dathan.
Wrestler Hardeep books Rio Olympic quota in Greco-Roman
This is the first time that an Indian Greco-Roman wrestler has secured an Olympic berth after 2004 Athens Games. Hardeep finished with a silver medal in the 98kg category.
Johan Cruyff, Total Football pioneer, dies at the age of 68
The Holland football legend Johan Cruyff has died of cancer. The Dutchman, who on three occasions was voted the world player of the year, guided Holland to the World Cup final in 1974.
Justice H L Dattu appointed as member of ICCB
Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and former Chief Justice of India HL Dattu appointed as a member of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC) Bureau in Geneva.
Project Report on Forestry Interventions for Ganga
The DPR envisioned policy and law interventions, concurrent research, monitoring and evaluation, and mass awareness campaigns to rejuvenate and develop forests in the Ganga River basin.
6-Year-Old to Climb the High Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Suryassangyini Chaudhary, a 6-year-old from the city of Baraut in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh, has become the youngest person to climb the Kanchenjunga base camp.
Tikka Shatrujit Singh knighted with top French award
Tikka Shatrujit Singh, the scion of Kapurthala’s Ahluwalia dynasty, has been conferred with the prestigious Knight of the Legion of Honour for his extraordinary work in exchanging the French lifestyle and Indian culture with each other.
Krishi Unnati Mela - the National Level Agriculture Fair
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate three-day 'Krishi Unnati Mela' providing information on new farm schemes and technologies that will help farmers double their incomes within the next few years.
India's nominee for UN anti-terror panel fails
India's nominee for position of an expert to the key 1267 UN sanctions committee failed to get selected on alleged grounds of required experience to deal with the subject.
Unmanned Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS
NASA partner Orbital ATK launched its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It have an instrument, that will allow experts to evaluate, from space, the chemical composition of meteors entering Earth's atmosphere.
India, Australia ink pact
India has entered into a social security agreement with Australia under which employees of India deputed to Australia and vice versa will not have to make double social security contribution.
World Water Day - 2016 Theme
2016 Theme: Better Water, Better Jobs is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers' lives and livelihoods - and even transform societies and economies.
Agasthyamala included among Biosphere Reserves
The Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve was included at the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere programme of UNESCO that concluded in Peru.
M Venkaiah Naidu awarded Skoch lifetime Achievement Award
IT minister KT Rama Rao has been selected for the Skoch Award in the Startup India category for his initiative in establishing the path breaking tech incubator T-Hub.
Lori Robinson: first woman to lead combatant command
President Barack Obama will name the first woman to head a U.S. combatant command, selecting Air Force General Lori Robinson as the next head of the military's Northern Command, Defense Secretary.
UN suspends Maria Sharapova as Goodwill Ambassador
The United Nations (UN) has suspended Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova as Goodwill Ambassador of the organisation after she was tested positive on doping allegations.
NASA successfully tests RS-25 Rocket Engine
Creating a major milestone toward the next great era of space exploration on the potential journey to Mars, NASA, successfully tested its first deep space rocket RS-25 for 500 seconds on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis.
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna
Designed to provide continuous power supply to rural India, 'Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana' is a scheme launched by the government of India, named in honour of Indian political philosopher Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
Surat, Rajkot Cleanest Railway Stations in India
Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara - all in Gujarat - are among the 10 cleanest railway stations in India, according to a survey released by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The survey was conducted in 407 railway stations.
Anand crushes Svidler to come back in hunt in Candidates
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand staged a brilliant comeback by crashing through the defences of Peter Svidler of Russia in the sixth round of Candidates Chess tournament.
President inaugurates Festival of Innovations
President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated an exhibition of grassroots innovations in Rashtrapati Bhavan, kicking off thereby a week-long Festival of Innovations.
Grandpa Astronaut To Break Scott Kelly's Space Record
Jeff Williams, 58, is the first American to make three long-duration flights to orbit, and will break a US record set by astronaut Scott Kelly earlier this year.
Yogesh Deshmukh Takes Over As Chief Of Parliament Security
Senior IPS officer Yogesh Deshmukh today took over as the chief of Parliament security in New Delhi. Mr Deshmukh, a 1995-batch police officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was serving in the Railway Ministry as Director (Vigilance).
India's first fully solar-powered educational institute
Even as the world debates the need for renewable energy amid concerns of climate change, a school, Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education has become India's first fully solar powered educational institute.
SEBI cracks whip on defaulters
Cracking its whip on 'wilful loan defaulters', markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India decided to bar them from raising public funds through stocks and bonds as also from taking board positions at listed companies.
Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan passes away
Eminent Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan, one of the best-known players of the shehnai after the legendary Bismillah Khan, passed away in Kolkata on Wednesday, following a prolonged illness.
108 ft tall Jain idol makes Guinness World Record
A 108-feet tall idol of the first Teerthankar of Jains Lord Rishabhdeva, located at Nasik in Maharashtra, has entered the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest Jain statue.
Revised pensionary benefits under OROP
The Defence ministry has released revised pensionary benefits to over 2 lakh Defence pensioners drawing service/disability pension.
TGO begins 7-month journey to the Red planet
A spacecraft designed to search the atmosphere of Mars for clues of life on the surface of the red planet has successfully launched.
N Korea test fires two mid-range ballistic missiles
North Korea test fired what appeared to be two medium-range ballistic missiles today, just days after leader Kim Jong-Un promised a series of nuclear warhead tests and missile launches.
Articles from Gumnami Baba's boxes deepen Netaji mystery
A few articles recovered from the last box that belonged to Gumnami Baba, a monk, who lived incognito in Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad town deepens the mystery surrounding Netaji.
Punjab Govt notifies swine flu under Epidemic Disease Act
The notification issued by Govt said all hospitals will have to inform the Department of Health about a case of ILI (Influenza like Illness) having chronic diseases, so that such cases are treated at the earliest.
Israel Kristal as world’s oldest living man
Mr Kristal has lived through both World Wars and survived Nazi war camp Auschwitz in the 1940s before relocating to Israel. Kristal claims the title at the age of 112 years and 178 days as of 11 March 2016.
Bharti Airtel acquired Videocon's spectrum
Bharti Airtel Ltd., India’s largest mobile phone operator, on 17 March 2016 announced the acquisition of Videocon Telecommunications Ltd’s entire spectrum for 4428 crore rupees.
Abel prize won by Oxford professor
British mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Abel prize, widely regarded as the Nobel for mathematics for Fermat's Last Theorem proof
Pulluvila- a sleepy Kerala hamlet
Pulluvila has earned a place for itself on the global sanitation map it boasts of the world’s first eToilet, which also uses technology that turns waste into fertilizer, generates power, and even makes potable water.
Bermuda Triangle mystery almost solved?
The scientists believe that the mystery is linked to the discovery of a series of underwater craters at the bottom of the Barents Sea.
Plastic degrading bacteria isolated
A bacterium species capable of breaking down plastic- poly or PET has been identified by a team of Japanese researchers. The bacterium uses two enzymes in sequence to break down the highly biodegradable-resistant polymer PET.
More than 50 animal species critically endangered
Studies conducted by Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have recorded 96,000 species of animals from India. Out of these animal species, more than 50 have been assessed as critically endangered and 310 as endangered.
Allahabad High Court celebrates 150th foundation year
The Allahabad High Court celebrated its 150th foundation day on 14th March 2016. President Pranab Mukherjee was the Chief Guest of the celebrations.
Myanmar President Htin Kyaw
Myanmar's parliament elected a close friend and confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as President, making Htin Kyaw the first Head of State who does not hail from a military background since the 1960s.
SC to set up Constitution Bench
The Supreme Court decided to set up a five-judge Constitution Bench to debate the establishment of National Court of Appeal, for the first time in the country's history.
ExoMars 2016 spacecraft successfully launched
An unmanned spacecraft named ExoMars 2016 was successfully launched jointly Europe and Russia to search for biosignatures on Mars (or Martian life) in past or present.
China to set up maritime judicial centre
China's Supreme Court is setting up its own international maritime judicial centre to handle territorial disputes. The top court gave few details in its announcement, but said the centre would help China become a maritime power.
P&G stops sale of Vicks Action 500 Extra
FMCG firm Procter and Gamble (P&G) has discontinued the manufacture and sale of its popular brand Vicks Action 500 Extra with immediate effect after the government banned fixed dose combination drugs.
Dadasaheb Phalke award for Manoj Kumar
Veteran actor and director Manoj Kumar will be conferred the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015. The award — conferred by the Centre for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema.
34 countries don’t have enough food
UN report says 34 countries, nearly 80 percent of them in Africa, don’t have enough food for their people because of conflicts, drought and flooding.
Enemy Property Bill
A bill to amend the 48-year-old Enemy Property Act to allow the custodians to continue to hold sway over enemy properties was introduced in Lok Sabha. It proposed to amend the Enemy Property Act, 1968.
India To Buy 2 Rescue Submarines
The Deep Search and Rescue (DSAR) mini-submarines are designed to rescue 20 sailors at a stretch. They attach themselves to the emergency hatches of a submarine which may be trapped underwater, providing sailors with an exit route.
Committee to incentivise plastic currency
A committee has been appointed by the Ministry of Finance in order to suggest ways to incentivise the use of plastic currency. The guidelines for schemes related with monetisation of gold would be set by May this year.
Union Cabinet nod for amendment to Sikh Gurdwaras Act
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, considered the proposal and agreed to remove the exception given to Sehajdhari Sikhs in 1944 to vote in the elections for selecting members of the board and the committees constituted under the Act.
Russian Tennis Player Maria fails Meldonium drug test
Meldonium is a drug, used to treat ischaemia: a lack of blood flow to parts of the body, particularly in cases of angina or heart failure.It is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the US.
Maharashtra and Telangana ink historic water sharing pact
The MoU signed between Telangana and Maharashtra on river Godavari water projects. The agreement will pave the pay for the two States to work out mutually-agreeable specifications on the construction of Medigadda barrage.
The World Culture Festival
The World Culture Festival 2016 is a celebration of The Art of Living's 35 years of service to humanity, spirituality and human values.The festival will celebrate the diversity in cultures from across the world.
Bangladesh revives case to drop Islam as state religion
Legal action to drop Islam as Bangladesh's state religion has been revived after 28 years. Bangladesh's 1971 constitution originally declared all religions were equal in the eyes of the state.
India –Indonesia joint Military exercise- Shakti IV
The fourth edition of joint training exercise between India and Indonesia, the Garuda Shakti IV, will be hosted by Indonesia. The exercise will enhance the abilities of both the armies.
Indian scientists develop dengue drug using Ayurveda
The drug has been made from plant extracts and not chemicals and sought permission from both the Ministry of Ayush and also the Drug Controller of India.
MOEFCC Has Classified Industries
The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released a new Four-colour Classification Scheme for industries based on their pollution level.
Peru declares emergency after oil spill in two River
Government of Peru has declared emergency for three weeks after a major oil pipeline burst in the country’s northeast region affecting two rivers Chiriaco and Morona.
Maritime India Summit 2016
57 countries are going to take part in the first Maritime India Summit 2016. It will be first such global summit of its kind that will also comprise of an Investors’ Summit along with exhibition and demo session.
Rajya Sabha passes Bill to protect homebuyers
The Rajya Sabha passed a landmark Real Estate Bill, with a promise to secure the interests of homebuyers and developers in equal measure and remove corruption and inefficiency from the sector.
India's sixth navigation satellite, IRNSS-1F
The Independent Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in India and the region extending up to 1,500 km from the border.
Chauhan is Law Commission chairman
Former Supreme Court judge Balbir Singh Chauhan was appointed as chairman of the 21st Law Commission.
Thumbnail-size frog found on the west coast
The frog, named the Laterite narrow-mouthed frog ( Microhyla laterite ) after the habitat it was found in, the frog is just 1.7 cm in length (smaller than a 50 paise coin).
Free LPG set-up for poor women
The government on Thursday approved a Rs 8,000-crore scheme to provide free cooking gas connections in the name of women members from poor households.
Elephanta Island to get electricity
The world-famous Elephanta Island, known for its cave temples, that makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, would get regular electricity soon.It is located around seven nautical miles off the Gateway of India.
Nari Shakti Puraskar presented to Indian women
President Pranab Mukherjee on 8 March 2016 presented Nari Shakti Puraskar for the year 2015 to 15 women, 5 organisations, one state and panchayat.
World's Costliest Train Station
The most expensive train station in the world opens today at the site of the World Trade Center destroyed 14 years ago in the 9/11 attacks.
IAEA to transfer Sterile Insect Technique
The Board of Governors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) approved a 2.3 million euro initiative to help Latin American and the Caribbean countries fight against Zika virus.
ICICI Bank offers ‘work-from-home’ for women
The technology has been developed by ICICI Bank in collaboration with IIT Delhi. The programme iWork@ home will enable almost every non-customer facing task to be done from home.