GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
Deepika Kumari equals world record in recurve event
Indian archer Deepika Kumari equalled the world record in women’s recurve event. The former world No.1 and winner of two Commonwealth Games gold medals shot 686 in the 72-arrow ranking round to equal the feat of London Olympics.
India third in global dope violation in WADA report
According to the World Doping Agency, India had the third highest Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in 2014, with 96 cases. Out of these 96 dope violations, 79 failed in-competition tests while 13 were caught out-of-competition.
NZD $5 bill named best Banknote of the year
Mountaineer and Explorer Sir Edmund Hillary is featured on face of the $5 bill currency note which is best Bank Note of the year. Which is Designed by Canada Banknote Company.
UN Chief Appoints Indian Academician To University Council
Indian academician Radha Kumar was appointed as UN’s University Council along with other 11 people. They shall work to formulate its principles and policies, consider and approve biennial budget and work programme.
Russia launches first rocket from new Vostochny Cosmodrome
Russian space agency Roscosmos has launched the first rocket from Vostochny Cosmodrome, the country's newest spaceport. A Soyuz-2.1a rocket blasted off, taking with it three satellites that will monitor the Earth and measure cosmic rays.
Indian Naval Ships Veer, Nipat Decommissioned
Two Indian Naval Ships 'Veer' and 'Nipat' were decommissioned at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. INS Veer was the first ship of the 1241 RE class missile vessels. INS Veer and Nipat are the first two of this class to be decommissioned.
Parliament passes Industries Amendment Bill
The Parliament passed the Industries Amendment Bill, 2015. The Bill amends the Industries Act, 1951.The bill seeks to bring industries engaged in the manufacture of potable alcohol under the exclusive control of States in all respects.
Swat activist Tabassum Adnan wins 2016 Nelson Mandela Award
Tabassum Adnan, a women's rights activist from Swat valley recipient awarded with the prestigious award, the Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Award 2016 in Bogota, Colombia.
India, Papua New Guinea sign four agreements
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between India's ministry of health and family welfare and Paua New Guinea's ministry of health and HIV/AIDS for a broad range of cooperation in the field of healthcare and medical science.
N K Singh Gets Japan's Prestigious National Award
N K Singh will be honoured with Japan's second highest national decoration for his contribution in boosting Indo-Japan economic relations. The prestigious 'The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star' will be conferred on Singh.
China develops world's first graphene electronic paper
China has developed the world's first graphene electronic paper which will catapult the material to a new level. Graphene is the world's strongest and lightest known material. It can conduct heat and electricity.
Naval detachment set up at Lakshadweep
As part of measures to enhance surveillance of crucial shipping lanes, the Navy established a new naval detachment at Androth islands of Lakshadweep. This contribute significantly to strengthen maritime security and stability.
Lobsang Sangay re-elected as prime minister of Tibet
Tibetan election officials announced the result in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala, the headquarters of the government-in-exile. It was the second election since the Dalai Lama stepped down as head of the government-in-exile.
India to launch of its seventh navigational satellite
India is to reach another milestone in Space science this afternoon with the launch of its seventh navigational satellite through PSLV. It will become only the fifth country in the world to have its own satellite navigation system.
Mumbai noisiest city in India
Acording to CPCB analyzed real-time data, the following is the conclusion that Mumbai is the noisiest city while Bengaluru is the quietest. As per the CPCB study, maximum violations of prescribed limits were observed in Mumbai.
Jagendra Singh gets press club award
Jagendra Singh gets press club award for bravery in Journalism. Uttar Pradesh based brave journalist Jagendra Singh, who was killed allegedly for expresses his thoughts on illegal sand mining and other misbehavior activities.
MoU between IRDAI and Insurance Authority, UAE.
The MoU provides the enhanced cooperation between the two authorities in the field of insurance supervision by providing a framework for co-operation such as channels of communication.
Launching of GSAT-11 Spacecraft
India has plan to release GSAT-11 spacecraft for launch during the end of 2016 or first quarter of 2017. GSAT-11 is a first generation high throughput communication satellite with a lift-off mass of about 5600 kg, operating in Ka/Ku bands.
Mairaj wins India’s first skeet medal at a shooting WC
Indian shooter Mairaj Ahmed Khan made a successful start to his campaign at the ISSF World Cup by winninga silver medal in men’s skeet event in Rio de Janeiro. Mairaj’s feat gave India its first skeet medal at a World Cup.
Japan successfully tested its first stealth fighter X-2 jet
Japan joined the exclusive stealth jet club with the successful test flight of its first radar-evading aircraft — a prototype called the X-2. The twin-engine jet — painted in the national red and white colors.
Buddhist Circuit under Swadesh Darshan Scheme
The Govt has proposed the development of the Buddhist circuit under its newly-launched 'Swadesh Darshan' scheme.Under this scheme, the govt will develop tourists circuits on specific themes to attract national and international tourists.
Sahapedia online heritage portal set to go live
Making full use of modern design and technology, Sahapedia will enable its users to experience the subcontinent's culture from ancient times till date in a comprehensive manner.
Indian documentary wins bronze medal
Miditech’s Undercover Asia: Girls for Sale has won a bronze world medal at the New York Festivals World’s Best Film & TV Awards in the Social Issues category. It talks about two minor girls, who have been abducted.
Goodwill Ambassador for India - Salman Khan
Salman Khan named Goodwill Ambassador for India 2016 Rio salman khan Olympics, This is the first time that a Bollywood superstar will be a goodwill ambassador for the national squad for as big an event like the Summer Olympics.
Joint military exercise 'Nomadic Elephant
India and Mongolia have commenced a joint military training exercise called Nomadic Elephant -2016 in Mongolia. The Indian Army sent platoon-strength soldiers of the Kumaon Regiment to the 11th Indo-Mongolia exercise.
India to host 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships
India will be hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Jaipur, besides organising the Asian Cadet and Asian Junior Judo Championships in September in Kerala this year.
Mahindra becomes first Indian company to join EP100 campaign
Mahindra has become the first Indian company to join a global energy campaign led by an international non-profit group that will work with the world's most influential businesses in setting commitments to double their energy productivity.
First African footballer to win 'Player of the year'
Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez has become the first African football player ever to receive the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.
IIT Scholar Wins International Award On Plant Nutrition
K Ashok Kumar, has won the prestigious International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award. The award was recently given by the US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute to research scholar.
Heart of Asia conference in New Delhi
The conference is with the objective of bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan and speeding up its reconstruction with a focus on enhancing investment and connectivity to the country.
Chandigarh to host International Yoga Day event
The first International Day of Yoga was observed the world over by millions on 6/2015. The national function on International Day of Yoga on June 21 this year would be held in Chandigarh.18 major yoga schools of country are participating.
6 Indians in TIME's 100 most influential people
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, Sania Mirza, Priyanka Chopra, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and founders of Flipkart Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal have been named by Time magazine in its list of the '100 Most Influential People in the World'.
Indian Army conducts ‘Shatrujeet’ exercise in Rajasthan
With about 30,000 soldiers, the Indian Army is conducting a major test ‘Shatrujeet’ by the elite STRIKE 1 in deserts of Rajasthan, where in the capability to Strike deep in enemy territory in an integrated Air-Land battle environment.
India replaces China as top FDI destination in 2015
According to FDI Intelligence Report India has replaced China as the top Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination by attracting $63 billion worth FDI projects. India was the highest ranked country by capital investment in 2015.
Bharulata set to Guinness record with 29-nation drive
UK-based Indian Bharulata Kamble is all set to undertake a journey across 29 countries to create a world record for a solo woman driver completing a transcontinental car journey. The journey will begin from Luton in England.
First-Ever Investment Framework for Nutrition
Due to decline in the progress of Nutrition, World leading researchers and Economists in Nutrition fields have initiated researches on Nutrition and reiterate the Governments to invest in Nutrition to accelerate progress for Nutrition.
IMF, World Bank, U.N, OECD form new group
US based Financial Institutions International Monetary Fund and World Bank set to join with other International organizations to jointly work on tax related issues and develop new policies and standards to stop tax base erosion and evasion.
Narendra Modi's wax statue for Madame Tussauds unveiled
Prime Minster Narendra Modi's wax statue installed at Singapores Madame Tussauds museum. Three of his wax statues have been installed in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok and one of them will be put up in London.
International Mother Earth Day : April 22
The International Mother Earth Day was on 22 April 2016 observed across the world with the theme ‘Trees for the Earth’. This year's theme sets the goal of planting 7.8 billion trees over the next five years.
Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee gets French honour
Mahatma Gandhi's granddaughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee has been decorated with one of France's top honour The Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution in promoting peace, solidarity, culture, education, and development.
‘Silica Aerogel’ to keep soldiers warm in Siachen
Scientists at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram indigenously manufactured the world's lightest synthetic material called silica aerogel or blue air. It has excellent thermal resistance power.
Harriet Tubman, to be first African-American on US currency
Former slave Harriet Tubman will replace the late US president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bank note. She will become not only the first woman on a US paper currency but also the first African-American to appear on a US currency.
Traces of Iron Isotopes of Supernova on Moon
A discovery by scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) found traces of iron isotopes in samples from the moon, similar to those found on our ocean floor, leading them to believe that it came from the same supernova explosion.
China to launch 'core module' for space station
China plans to have permanent manned space station in service by 2022 and space telescope similar to Hubble.China will launch a 'core module' for its first space station some time around 2018.
Energy storage project in Haryana
Panasonic along with US-based sustainable energy provider AES would install a joint project of 10 MW energy storage array at Jhajjar, Haryana. This is India's first large-scale battery-based energy storage project.
India ranks 133rd in World Press Freedom Index 2016
India ranks 133rd out of 180 countries listed in the World Press Freedom Index 2016, released by NGO Reporters Without Borders. Published annually, the rankings are based on freedom allowed to journalists in countries around the world.
Mumbai Press Club's lifetime achievement award
T N Ninan gets Mumbai Press Club's lifetime achievement award, The Award recognises Ninan's extensive contribution to business journalism through good editorial leadership which he provided over the years to a host of publications.
April 14 as ‘Bindeshwar Pathak Day’
New York City declared this year’s April 14 as ‘Bindeshwar Pathak Day’ in recognition of the contributions made by the Indian social activist for improving the lives of people engaged in the 'most dehumanising situation.
World’s largest ‘charkha’ at IGI airport
World's largest wooden Charkha (spinning wheel) proposed to be installed at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport here is ready for dispatch from a unit of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in Ahmedabad.
Netaji’s driver becomes oldest human alive at 116 years
Netaji’s Driver Colonel Nizamuddin becomes oldest human alive in the world at 116 years. In February this year, a Japanese man, who was believed to be the oldest man alive, passed away at the age of 114.
Drones to inspect progress of mega rail projects
Indian Railway has used drones for the first time, for a rail project. A drone is essentially a flying robot which can be remotely handled through software-controlled flight plans embedded in its systems working in conjunction with GPS.
World Heritage Day – April 18 2016
International Monuments and Sites Day also known as World Heritage Day is observed on April 18th every year. The 2016 theme for the International Day is: The Heritage of Sport.
Cabinet approves signing the Paris Agreement
The agreement intends to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to Paris Agreements well below 2 degree Celsius ambient temperature. (The Climate Change Conference COP-21 was held in Paris).
Government merges Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan with Khelo India
The Khelo India scheme is based on Gujarat's model of Khel Mahakumbh. Two other sports project launched :
Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS)
National Sports Talent Search Scheme (N-STSS)
The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners
Awarded for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition in United States. Associated Press won for public service and Reuters and The New York Times shared the breaking news photography award.
commemorative coins to mark Tatya Tope Martyrdom Day
The NDA Government released a Rs.200 commemorative coin and a Rs.10 circulation coin on the occasion of the Martyrdom day of Tatya Tope, one of the outstanding Indian leaders of the 1857 revolt against the British.
2016 Laureus World Sports Awards
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams claimed the top accolades at this year's Laureus World Sports Awards. The tennis duo were named sportsman and sportswoman of the year at the Berlin ceremony for their 2015 achievements.
Indian-American Geeta Pasi As US Envoy To Chad
US President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American Geeta Pasi, a career foreign service officer, as the country's next envoy to Chad. Ms Pasi, served as US Ambassador to Djibouti.
RBL Bank opens dedicated branch for start-ups
RBL Bank will be the first private sector Bank to open a specialized branch for start-ups offering a bouquet of banking products to service the end-to-end needs of the emerging entrepreneurial eco-system.
Rahul Johri will become BCCI’s first CEO
The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the appointment of Rahul Johri as its first CEO. Johri was last working as Discovery Networks Asia Pacific's Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia.
Maritime India Summit 2016 Inaugurated by Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first Maritime India Summit 2016 (MIS 2016) in Mumbai. South Korea is partner country for MIS 2016. 250 projects are being offered at this Maritime Summit, over 100 under the Sagarmala project.
Padma Sachdev selected for 2015 Saraswati Samman
Padma Sachdev's autobiography 'Chitt-Chete', written in Dogri language, selected for the Saraswati Samman. The book links the personal trials and tribulations of the author with issues concerning society, nation and the world at large.
Postal department to launch payments bank by January
The Department of Post will launch its payments bank by January next year and top management of the new-age venture would be in-place by July.
Bernie Sanders Wins TIME 100 Reader’s Poll
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has won Time magazine’s readers’ poll of the world’s 100 most influential people, garnering more than three times as many votes as his rival Hillary Clinton.
PM Modi launched Gram Uday Se Bharat UdayAbhiyan
PM Narendra Modi launched Gram Uday Se Bharat UdayAbhiyan on 125th birth anniversary of Dr. BhimRaoAmbedkar at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. The aim of the campaign is to generate nationwide efforts to increase social harmony across villages.
Anthony Joshua Wins International Boxing Federation Title
Anthony Joshua won the International Boxing Federation heavyweight title in London with a second-round knockout of Charles Martin. Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, captured his first world title in only his 16th professional fight.
Lee Chong Wei Has Won Malaysian Open 2016
Malaysia's badminton maestro Lee Chong Wei has defeated China's Chen Long to win Malaysian Open 2016 in men's singles title at at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
International Day of Human Space Flight
The United Nations signed a resolution in 2011, declaring April 12 as the International Day of Human Space Flight to commemorate the 'Space Era'. This was signed in 2011 during the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's journey to outer space.
HP unveils world’s thinnest laptop
Personal computers and printing major HP Inc launched eight new personal products including the world’s thinnest laptop at 10.4 mm thickness, a calling device and a business notebook.
Indo German Agreement on Namami Gange Signed
The objective of the agreement is to enable responsible stakeholders at National and State level to apply integrated river basin management approach for the rejuvenation of the river Ganga.
Gurgaon is now Gurugram
The Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana government has renamed its largest city Gurgaon to 'Gurugram'. The district in ancient times used to be known as Guru-gram, which in course of time got distorted to Gurgaon.
Gen JJ Singh conferred highest French civilian honour
Former army chief Gen. JJ Singh was conferred with the highest French civilian distinction of Honour. This award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipients.
India ranks 44 in 2016 Global Connectivity Index
India placed at the 44th position among 50 different countries in a Global Connectivity Index (GCI) report has been compiled Electronics major by Huawei.
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Padma Awards 2016
The President had earlier conferred five Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and 43 Padma Shri awards at Rashtrapathi Bhavan. superstar Rajinikanth and Sania Mirza were among the 56 people honoured with Padma awards.
South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN)
India becomes the member of the 'SAWEN' which will help in checking cross border wildlife crimes. SAWEN is a regional network of 8 countries in South Asia : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Sushila Karki: first female Chief Justice of Nepal
The Constitutional Council of Nepal has selected Justice Sushila Karki (63) for the post of Chief Justice (CJ) of the Supreme Court of the country. She is 26th chief justice of the apex court and the first female CJ in Nepal’s history.
Nauru becomes 189th member of IMF and World Bank
Tiny South Pacific island nation Nauru has become the 189th member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. Nauru gains access to financial & technical support and special expertise in dealing with South Pacific issues.
India world’s largest remittance recipient in 2015
India was the world's largest remittance recipient in 2015 according to World Bank's report 'Migration and Development Brief'. Other large remittance recipients in 2015 were China, the Philippines, Mexico and Nigeria.
submarine-launched K-4 nuclear-capable missile
Nuclear capable submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLMB) code named K-4, was successfully test fired from an undisclosed location in the Bay of Bengal.The K-4 is part of the K-family of missiles, a series of SLBMs.
Kane Williamson named Cricketer of the Year
For the first time two New Zealand players - Williamson and Brendon McCullum - were named among the Wisden Almanack's five cricketers of the year. It's never happened in New Zealand's 86-year test cricket history.
Anthony Joshua wins 2016 IBF world title
British professional boxer Anthony Joshua has won the 2016 International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight title. To win this title, he defeated Charles Martin (US) in the second round at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom.
World bamboo conference: Govt to promote bamboo cultivation
The National Bamboo Mission commenced in 2006 has been renamed as National Agriculture Forest and Bamboo Mission. A three-day 'World Bamboo Conference' began in Indore, Madhya Pradesh on 8th April.
World Tiger Count Rises For First Time In 100 Years
The number of wild tigers across the globe has increased, Data compiled by the WWF and the Global Tiger Forum show that the global population of wild tigers has risen to an estimated 3,890 from an all-time low of 3,200 in 2010.
For first time, UN to observe BR Ambedkar anniversary
Babasaheb's birth anniversary to be observed at UN for first time with focus on combating inequalities to achieve SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
Scientists detect a new state of matter
The new state of matter that causes electrons, thought to be nature’s indivisible building blocks, to break into pieces. The state, known as a quantum spin liquid, was found in a two-dimensional material , similar to graphene.
India, Maldives sign six agreements in different sectors
This is to boost bilateral relations between both maritime neighbouring countries. The bilateral agreements were signed in the fields of avoidance of double taxation, conservation and restoration of ancient mosque, tourism and defence.
UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2016
Khadija Ismayilova of Azerbaijan has been chosen for the prestigious 2016 UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. She is a freelance Investigative journalist and contributor to the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe.
G7 leaders call for 'world without nuclear weapons'
The Group of 7 (G-7) countries’ foreign ministers have issued Hiroshima Declaration that calls for a world without nuclear weapons. The foreign ministers G-7 countries’ signed this joint declaration after meeting in Japan’s Hiroshima.
Priyadarshini Chatterjee crowned Miss India World 2016
Delhi girl Priyadarshini Chatterjee has bagged the crown for FBB Femina Miss India World; she will now go on to represent India at the Miss World 2016 pageant.
Dubai to build tower taller than Burj Khalifa
Dubai plans to build a tower that will stand higher than its Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest skyscraper, property developer Emaar .
Jailed Egyptian Novelist to receive PEN/Barbey Award
PEN America declares the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award upon imprisoned Egyptian novelist and journalist Ahmed Naji. The award will be presented to Naji at Pen America's annual Literary Gala in New York.
First woman Chief Minister of J&K - Mehbooba Mufti
On 4 April 2016, Mehbooba Mufti took oath as the first woman Chief Minister (CM) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) at Raj Bhawan in Jammu. The swearing-in ceremony was presided over by J&K Governor NN Vohra.
Eco-friendly nanotechnology for water purification
Indian scientists: The team from Institute of Advance Study in Science & Technology (IASST), Guwahati in Assam developed an eco-friendly nanotechnology for water-softening applications.
Bahrain Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg who is a mercedes driver won the 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. This final race was held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir near the capital Manama.
World's largest oil firm Aramco plans to invest in India
The world's largest oil firm with crude reserves, plans to make major investment in India's petroleum sector as it considers India the most preferred destination to invest at a time when the global economy is in a crisis.
World Health Day being observed on April 7th
The focus this year is on action required to halt the rise in diabetes cases around the world. With the aim to raise awareness on different health issues 7th April is observed as World Health Day every year.
India’s first cash giving app ‘CASHe’ launched
India’s first cash giving app has just Launched and this is named as CASHe. This new application is very helpful and provides users a personalized experience to borrow cash anytime, anywhere within minutes for their needs.
Manish Sharma CEO of Panasonic Corporation
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has appointed senior executive Manish Sharma to its global executive council, inducting an Indian onto the coveted decision-making body of the $80-billion company for the first time ever.
International Conference on Zero held in Paris
The International Conference will share the rich and remarkable history of mathematics, through the participation of some brilliant minds, resonating with the UNESCO’s mandate to advance, transfer and share knowledge for the global good.
World’s first sanctuary for white tigers opens in MP
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated the world’s maiden ‘White Tiger Safari‘ at Mukundpur in Satna district in the state’s Vindhya region where the feline was first discovered more than 100 years ago.