GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
Centre sets up panel to relook defence spend
The 11-member committee led by Lt Gen D B Shekatkar (retd), to ensure India's combat capabilities and potential are enhanced, with a better teeth-to-tail combat ratio, within budgetary constraints.
Pinarayi Vijayan sworn-in as Kerala Chief Minister
Veteran CPI (M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn-in as 12th Chief Minister of Kerala after the left Democratic Front (LDF) had won 2016 state assembly election.
MoU between ISRO and UAE space agency
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) for cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes
Telangana Household survey enters Limca Book
The Survey by the Telangana government has entered the Limca Book of Records as the govt created a national record with an elaborate exercise undertaken by nearly four lakh employees who covered 1.09 crore households in a single day.
Vinod Rai appointed Chairman of Banks Board Bureau
Former CAG Vinod Rai was on Sunday appointed first Chairman of the Banks Board Bureau, which will advise the government on top-level appointments at public sector lenders and ways to address the bad loans problem among other issues.
ISRO plans to test air-breathing propulsion system
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to test an air-breathing propulsion system, which aims to capitalise on the oxygen in the atmosphere instead of liquefied oxygen while in flight.
Sherpa Lakhpa first woman to scale Mt. Everest seven times
Nepalese woman Sherpa Lakhpa has scaled the Mt. Everest for the seventh time, breaking her own record for the most summits of the world's highest mountain by a woman. The 42-year-old,reached the peak of the 8,850-metre Everest.
faecal incontinence management device ‘Qora’ launched.
Faecal incontinence is a medical condition marked by inability to control one’s bowel movements, causing stools (faeces) to leak unexpectedly from the rectum. It affects nearly 100 million bed-ridden patients worldwide.
Draft model rules of Juvenile Justice Act
Children aged between 16 and 18 years who have been charged with crime will not be sent to jail or lock-ups; neither will they be handcuffed under draft model rules of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015
Lt General Saini new commandant of Indian Military Academy
Lt General S K Saini has taken over as the new commandant of prestigious Indian Military Academy (IMA). Lt General Saini assumed the office of commandant on May 21. Earlier, he was a senior directing staff in National Defence College (NDC).
GOI Constitute NK Singh Committee to review FRBM Act
A new committee, led by former Member of Parliament and revenue and expenditure secretary NK Singh, will now review the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act, and suggest a future road map.
Mukesh Ambani honored with Othmer Gold Medal
United Based Chemical Heritage Foundation honored the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani with prestigious Othmer Gold Medal for his entrepreneurial leadership.
Sarbananda Sonowal to be sworn in as Assam CM
BJP government formed the Legislative Assembly and Sarbananda Sonowal took charge as the Chief Minister of the state along with 11 ministers.
Cabinet approves Capital Goods Policy-2016
Govt approved India’s first-ever national capital goods policy that intends to make the country a world-class hub. It aims to encourage exports of capital goods and promote manufacturing activity in the Indian economy.
Frances Arnold Wins 2016 Millennium Technology Prize
Frances Arnold, has been awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for her 'directed evolution' method which creates new and better proteins in the laboratory. Is the world's most prominent award for technological innovations.
India fifth largest producer of e-waste: study
As per recent study conducted by Assocham-KPMG, India has emerged as the world’s fifth largest electronic waste (e-waste) producer. India discards roughly 18.5 lakh tonnes of e-waste each year and telecom equipment accounts for 12% of it.
Union HRD Minister Launches Bharatavani Portal
One Point language resource : Bharatavani is the first knowledge portal of its kind in India which focuses on becoming a single point source for multiple language learning, content and technology.
International Buddhist conference begins in Nepal
A two-day international Buddhist conference to mark the 2,560th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha began here today with Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, advocating Buddhism as a means to avoid extremism in all forms.
Tsai Ing-wen sworn-in as first women President of Taiwan
Tsai Ing-wen has been sworn in as the new president of Taiwan, becoming its first female leader and calling for “positive dialogue” with Beijing. Ms Tsai, seen as an unassuming but determined leader.
First world humanitarian summit
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon inaugurated the first world humanitarian summit, world leaders will meet in the Istanbul Purpose: to stand up for our common humanity and take action to prevent and reduce human suffering.
Anurag Thakur becomes youngest BCCI president
Anurag Thakur was unanimously elected as the youngest BCCI President and taking charge as the Most profile position in Indian Cricket Administration. Previous President: ShashankManohar.
UN names special envoys for El Nino and climate
Irish President and Kenyan diplomat Macharia appointed as special envoys for El Nino and climate. The El Nino weather phenomenon, which occurs every two to seven years, affects rainfall patterns and causes both drought and flooding.
Himachal Pradesh propagating mahseer fish for conservation
The population of the golden mahseer, hunted for sport and food, is declining in rivers of Himachal Pradesh, prompting the fisheries department to begin an artificial propagation programme for its rehabilitation and conservation.
Ratan P Watal, appointed as Niti Aayog's Principal Adviser
Former Finance Secretary, Ratan P Watal has been appointed as the Principle Adviser for social sector in Niti Aayog. He has been appointed to the post for three years.
India lauded for Red Line Campaign on antibiotics
India’s idea of putting a red line on antibiotic packages to curb their over-the-counter sale is now being cited as a model that can be used globally to counter the rising threat of superbugs.
Kiran Bedi appointed Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry
BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi appointed as lieutenant governor of Puducherry, a post which was under the additional charge of Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island for nearly two years.
Smart Village Program Launched by Gujarat Government
Gujarat Government has launched Smart Village program to improve public facilities in the villages. It was launched by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on the occasion of completion of two years of her Government.
India’s first reusable space shuttle RLV-TD launched
The ISRO to develop a space vehicle that can fly numerous times into space like aeroplanes by successfully conducting the test of a Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in AP.
Pankaj Advani wins Asian 6-Red snooker
India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani created history in Abu Dhabi by clinching the Asian 6-Red snooker title. Advani thus became the first in the world to hold both world and continental titles in 6-Red snooker at the same time.
NALCO signs MoU with Iran to set up smelter plant
The National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has signed a MoU with Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) to jointly explore the possibility of setting up an aluminium smelter in Iran.
INS Tarmugli Commissioned into Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam
The Indian Navy has built highly manoeuvrable fast attack crafts being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) of Kolkata, the ship will strengthen the coastal patrol and surveillance operations.
Sudha Singh breaks 3000m steeplechase national record
Steeplechase athlete Sudha Singh set a national record in women’s 3000m steeplechase event to finish eighth at the IAAF World Diamond League held at Shanghai.
UN chief picks Mexican diplomat to head UNFCCC
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
India successfully test fires Prithvi-II missile
India test fired indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile from the Chandipur, off Odisha coast. As part of a user trial, the surface-to-surface missile was fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range.
India, China home to one-third of mentally ill people
India and China are home to more than a third of the global burden of mental illnesses. It was revealed by the Lancet journal to mark the launch of China-India Mental Health Alliance Series.
Indian Women's 4 x 100m Relay Team breaks national record
The Indian 4 x 100 m women's relay team broke the 18-year-old national record to finish in 4th position at the IAAF World Challenge held in Beijing, China.The China A and B team grabbed the 1st and 3rd position, while Japan finished 2nd.
Reliance Industries Gets Green Nod For Drilling Project
The Centre's green panel has given its nod to Reliance Industries for carrying out well-drilling to ascertain reservoir capacity and commercial viability of hydrocarbons at block CY-III-D5 in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Tamil Nadu.
India, Slovenia Sign Pact To Amend Tax Treaty
India and Slovenia have signed a protocol to amend the bilateral double taxation avoidance agreement, broadening the pact to include exchange of information to curb tax evasion.
Philip Abraham Elected Deputy Mayor Of Loughton In UK
An Indian journalist has been unanimously elected the Deputy Mayor of Loughton town. Abraham, a journalist from Kerala, had in 2012 won the election to the Loughton Town Council in the Epping forest district of Essex.
Superjet Technology Nears Reality After Australia Test
It is a game-changing technology that could revolutionise global air travel, and also provide cost-effective access to space. It can be very useful as an alternative to a rocket for putting satellites into space.
Rare sighting: Brown bears return to Kargil
The J&K Wildlife Department has recorded its first ever sighting of a group of eight Himalayan brown bears in Kargil’s Drass Sector, where the 1999 war had wreaked havoc with their habitats.
World-first scanning helium microscope
The World-first scanning helium microcope has been built by Australian researchers who feel it could "open doors" for many new discoveries by allowing scientists to scrutinise materials without disturbing them.
Andre Brahic, Discoverer of Neptune's Rings, Dies
Andre Brahic, one of the people who discovered the rings of Neptune. The Frenchman was one of the team who first spotted the rings in 1984, naming them Equality, Fraternity and Liberty after the motto of the French Republic.
2016 Red Flag Arial Combat
Red Flag Alaska 16-1, which was an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (a successor to the previous COPE THUNDER exercise series) held in the Alaska region.
Modi, Sirisena release ‘Simhastha Declaration’
The PM along with Sri Lankan President have released ‘Simhastha Declaration’ at Ninora village in Ujjain. This has 51 sacred points for betterment of mankind that will start new discourse not only in India but around the world.
Country’s first contactless credit card for SMEs
ICICI Bank, India's largest private sector bank, has announced the launch of contactless business credit card in association with Jet Airways for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their employees.
Odisha to launch Green Passage Scheme for orphan students
As per the scheme, orphan students pursuing higher education from Plus-II level to post-graduation level, will no longer have to bear the education expenses.
Fatma : first female secretary general of FIFA Council
Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of Senegal, the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Nigeria, was appointed as secretary general and will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation.
UR Rao - 'Hall of Fame' Award
Former Isro Chairman Prof UR Rao became the first Indian to be given the 'Hall of Fame' award by the International Astronautical Federation ( IAF ) for outstanding contribution to the progress of astronautics.
World’s largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Plant
World’s largest single rooftop solar power plant of 11.5 Mw capacity was inaugurated in Beas near Amritsar in Punjab. Beas Dera campus making this place the highest single campus generating solar power at multiple rooftops in the country.
Country's first 'driverless' train
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today conducted the trial run of the country's first ever Metro train equipped to run in the ‘Unattended Train Operation’ or driverless mode.
Uday Indian financier in Forbes’ most powerful list
Kotak Mahindra Bank Chief Uday Kotak, is the sole Indian in Forbes’ list of 40 of the most powerful people in the financial world who control the flow of trillions of dollars around the global economy.
Five-year Plans out, 15-year vision
NDA Government decided to liberate of the Nehruvian five year plans and replace the plans with 15 year vision credentials. These will be framed keeping in mind the country's social goals and the sustainable development agenda.
Indian wins award at UN's poster contest
Anjali Chandrashekar, a New York-based designer and 'artivist', won the third prize in UN Poster for Peace contest presented by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) to raise awareness of the need for nuclear disarmament.
Indo-Bangla Power Ties With 21st-Century Nuclear Deal
India has concluded a nuclear agreement with Bangladesh in a sign that the bilateral neighbourhood relationship is becoming special. The core of the new engagement is all 21st century — energy, connectivity, security.
World’s first robot lawyer hired by US firm
The world's first artificial intelligence lawyer has been employed by a law firm in the US, which will use the robot to assist its various teams in legal research.The robot called 'ROSS' is built upon Watson, IBM's cognitive computer.
The Vegetarian wins the Man Booker International Prize 2016
South Korean Novelist Han Kang has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize for his Novel 'The Vegetarian' deals with a woman’s rejection of Human Brutality and giving up of eating meat.
India, US hold first Maritime Security Dialogue
In order to promote the partnership in the Maritime Field, India and US made the successful first round of discussion under the Maritime Security Dialogue. issues discussed were Asia-Pacific maritime challenges and naval cooperation.
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day - May 17
The Day being celebrated each year on 17 May to mark the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865 which framed to the creation of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
$625-million aid for India's solar programme
The World Bank's Board has approved $625 million loan to support India's grid connected rooftop solar programme to generate clean energy. It will also strengthen the capacity of key institutions.
NTPC partners Coal India to foray into fertilizer sector
State-run power producer NTPC signed a joint venture agreement (JVA) with state-run miner Coal India to revive plants of the Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL).
Nandini bags European Materials Research Society award
The PhD student of IIT-Kharagpur , Nandini Bhandaru has bagged the European Materials Research Society's (E-MRS's) Young Scientist Award for her contribution to materials science.
Rwanda hosts 26th World Economic Forum(WEF) in Africa
Rwanda is hosting the 26th WEF, in its capital Kigali. Promoting innovation is being high on the agenda. The theme of this 26th World Economic Forum on Africa is - Connecting Africa's Resources through Digital Transformation.
Gujarat Government to Start Solar Rooftop Project
Gujarat government is now all set to launch its much awaited project of grid-connected rooftop solar power units, where in residential property owners will be encouraged to install this new system.
Shashank Manohar resigns as BCCI president
Shashank Manohar has resigned as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and (ICC). His move comes in anticipation of him being re-nominated as ICC chief during the governing body’s annual board meeting.
Karnataka Bank launches cash back offer
cash back campaign for VISA debit cardholders. The cardholders who do a minimum of five swipes at point-of-sale (POS) terminals or five online transactions with a minimum value of ₹200 each will qualify for this campaign.
Cyient wins the Supplier of the Year Award 2015 by Boeing
Cyient has bagged the 2015 Supplier of the Year Award by Boeing. It is a Hyderabad-based Engineering services firm. formerly named as Infotech Enterprises, which has received the award for the third time in Seattle (the US) recently.
Union Government releases coins to honour Maharana Pratap
To celebrate the 476th birth anniversary of one the greatest warriors of Indian history Maharana Pratap , the Union Government has released a Maharana Pratap commemorative and circulation coin of Rs 100 and Rs 10.
NASA unveils first global topographic model of Mercury
The model was unveiled by NASA’s MESSENGER ((MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) mission. scientists has constructed the first complete digital elevation model (DEM) of the planet Mercury.
Novak Djokovic wins 2016 Mutua Madrid Open
Serbian Tennis player Novac Djokovic (World no. 1) won the 2016 Mutua Madrid Open title in the men’s single category, Ranked fifth internationally.
Atma Ram Nadkarni appointed as Addl SG
Senior advocate of Bombay High Court Atma Ram Nadkarni was today appointed as Additional Solicitor General. An Additional Solicitor General acts as law officer to advice the Central government on various legal matters.
Exercise Chakravyuh-II Concludes In Rajasthan
The exercise 'Chakravyuh-II' was held by the pivot formations of the Indian Army. It validated the battle readiness and operational effectiveness of the RAPID Division along with all its affiliated components.
Baby born in U.K. through new DNA method
UK’s first baby named Biagio Russo was born using Next-generation DNA sequencing method. This method uses a revolutionary In Vitro Fertilization technique resulting in better selection of embryos to transfer during the treatment.
4th SAIEVAC Ministerial Meeting
The discussion to set strategies and identify priorities to end violence against children ahead of the 4th South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children(SAIEVAC) Ministerial Meeting.
World's first holographic flexible smartphone
Canadian researchers have developed the world's first holographic flexible smartphone, with a bendable display that allows multiple people looking at the device to see different 3D images depending on their perspective.
MP Tourism wins 'Best Indian Destination for Wildlife' award
Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) has received the 'Best Indian Destination for Wildlife' award by the Lonely Planet Group.MP has 25 wild life sanctuaries including nine National Parks.
Indian Navy launches underwater vigil system
This underwater vigil system is capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and generating warnings for all types of surface and underwater threats to Visakhapatnam harbour.
UP govt approves 'bicycle highway'
With a view to encourage eco-tourism in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet gave its nod to develop over 197 km long 'bicycle highway' from Agra up to the lion safari in Etawah.
Reliance Jio launches Jio Money Wallet service
JioMoney is a semi-closed prepaid wallet that aims to enable mobile-based transactions, where customers can store money and use it for purchasing goods and services.
Oxygen on Mars detected by flying space observatory
For the first time in 40 years, NASA researchers have detected atomic oxygen in Mars‘ atmosphere, thanks to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which soars on a plane 13.7 kilometres (45,000 feet) above Earth.
National Technology Day observed - 11th May
This Day is being commemorated to celebrate the anniversary of first of the five tests of Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) nuclear test held at Pokhran, Rajasthan in 1998. 2016 Theme: ‘Technology enablers of Startup India’.
Virtual heart tool to predict sudden cardiac death risk
Scientists have developed a non-invasive, personalised 3-D virtual heart assessment tool to help doctors determine whether a patient faces a risk of life-threatening arrhythmia, a condition when the heart rhythm is irregular or abnormal.
Indian-American teacher honoured by US President
Revathi Balakrishnan, an Indian-American elementary school teacher from Texas, was recently honoured by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House for excellence in education. Terming her style of teaching as 'no nonsense'.
India’s single emergency number ‘112’
The single emergency number ‘112’ will be functioning throughout India from January 1, 2017. The main purpose is to help people reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department.
Festival to Mark Tagore's Birth Anniversary
A five-day cultural festival in Egypt organised by India to mark the 155th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore has been inaugurated aiming to build connections between the people of the two countries who share strong cultural bonds.
First green corridor rail track
Manamadurai – Rameswaram rail track to become first green corridor. To make rail tracks discharge free zones Indian Railway will convert into green corridor and zero toilet discharge section.
India ranks ninth in crony – capitalism index
India is ranked at 9th position in crony-capitalism with crony sector wealth accounting for 3.4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). Germany is the cleanest with least number of crony capitalists. Russia fares worst in the index.
UN launches multi-partner trust fund for Zika virus response
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon initiated the constitution of the UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak.
Kew report makes new tally for number of world's plants
Scientists have estimated that there are 390,900 plants known to science. The new tally is part of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kews report. It is its first global assessment of the world's flora. 2,034 new plant species were discovered in 2015.
Mauritius investors to be taxed from Apr 2017
India and Mauritius signed a protocol for amendment of a three-decade-old double taxation avoidance agreement. During a transition period of two years, the tax will be limited to half the Indian tax rate.
US-India Defence Cooperation Act introduced in Senate
This bill supports strengthening bilateral relationship partner in promoting security in Asia. The bill puts India equal with America’s closest defence partners, including NATO member states and Israel.
Gujarat govt announces its 'Agri Business Policy-2016'
This Policy with a special emphasis on promoting food processing industry, applying new techniques to convert agriculture waste into value-added products and developing the entire value chain of exporting locally grown farm produces.
Mr. Sunil Lanba appointed as Chief of the Naval Staff
Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Western Naval Command, has been Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba appointed as the new Chief of Naval Staff. He will have the full three-year tenure as the Navy Chief.
India and Japan to sign MOU for Cooperation in Sports
Both sides agreed for exchange of sportspersons, coaches, sports experts, sports administrators etc., and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in the field of sports.
Scientists developed World’s Smallest Engine
The world’s smallest engine has been created in a lab at Cambridge University. It is fuelled by lasers and gold and is so tiny it could power the nanobots scientists hope to inject into our bodies in future to keep us healthy.
Nihal Bitla: India progeria campaigner dies aged 15
Nihal Bitla (15), a Mumbai teenager who had been suffering from a rare genetic disease that causes the body to age Nihal Bitlaeight times faster than normal has died. He was the face of India’s awareness campaign against progeria.
SC appointed RM Lodha-panel to reform Medical Council
The Supreme court appointed a three-member panel headed by Lodha to oversee how the regulator of medical profession and education in India functions. Besides Lodha, the panel has former CAG Vinod Rai and Dr SK Sareen.
BHEL commissions 600 MW thermal power plant in MP
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully commissioned a 600 MW coal-based thermal power plant in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The unit has been commissioned at the 1 x 600 MW Jhabua Thermal Power Project (TPP).
Offshore patrol vessel ICGS Shaurya launched
Goa Shipyard Limited launched Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Shaurya‘ at Vasco, the fifth of a series of six off-shore patrol vessels that the Coast Guard had tasked the Vasco defence public sector undertaking to build.
Swiss government honours Yash Chopra with special statue
A statue of a renowned Indian filmmaker, the late Yash Chopra, was unveiled in Interlaken, Switzerland. The 350 kg statue, which now stands in Kurssaal Garden in the central Swiss town of Interlaken.