GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
Amazon named world's smartest company of 2016
Jeff Bezos-led online retail giant Amazon has topped MIT's annual list of the world's smartest companies of 2016 for combining innovative technology with an effective business model.
1.2 million kids died of preventable diseases in India
According to a UNICEF Report, around 1.2 million children died of preventable causes in India in 2015. The report counts India among the five countries accounting for half the 5.9 million under-five deaths reported across the world.
Anti-submarine torpedo Varunastra inducted in Indian Navy
Indigenously-built heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo Varunastra has been successfully inducted in the navy, making India one of the eight countries to have the capability to design and build such a system.
India ranked 105th on Global Human Capital Index
According to Human Capital Index, India ranked at 105th position globally among 130 countries and topped by Finland It is Released by World Economic Forum, Geneva.
new bio-ink for 3D printing
scientists have revealed a new Bio-Ink for 3D printing using stem cells that allows printing of living tissue called as Bio-Printing. It Help printing complex tissues using the patient’s own stem cells for surgical bone implants.
A station in Himalayas to study climate change
Glaciologists are studying Himalayan glaciers to understand the impacts of climate change in the polar climate and its connection to the Indian monsoon. They will be looking into various aspects of climate change from the Himalayas.
The man behind Naga peace pact, died
Mr. Swu was a founder member of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), which signed a framework agreement with the Centre on August 3 last year to find a permanent solution to the vexed Naga issue.
Nilgiri wood pigeon reappears after 27 years
Nilgiri wood pigeon an endemic and threatened bird species of the Western Ghats, was sighted at Arippa after a gap of 27 years. The Nilgiri wood pigeon is a forest bird of the higher elevation shola forests of the Western Ghats.
Astronaut John Glenn gets Ohio airport renamed in his honor
Astronaut John Glenn is getting an airport in Ohio renamed in his honour. Port Columbus International Airport will now be called John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
Urmila Chanam of Manipur wins global award
Social activist Urmila Chanam has been awarded Voices of Our Future Award by World Pulse, a social networking platform connecting women from 190 countries across the world with a vision to amplify women’s voices.
Mahashangarh declared as the SAARC cultural capital
Mahasthangarh, the 3rd century BC archaeological site in Bogra, Bangladesh, has been declared as the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) cultural capital for the year 2016-17.
Two Indians get Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2016
A visually challenged young man with a passion for education and a youth facilitator from Hyderabad are among 60 people from across the globe who were presented medals for their exemplary work by Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham Palace
Nagpur and China’s Jinan become ‘sister cities’
These two cities have become sister cities for exchange of ideas and technology. Nagpur Municipal (NMC) and Jinan, Municipal People’s Republic of China, signed an agreement to develop sister city relationship between the two cities.
Chile Wins 'Copa America' Tournament
COPA Defending champion Chile won the 2016 Copa America Football tournament by defeating Argentina in a penalty shootout. The Copa America (means America Cup in Spanish and Portuguese) title is an international football competition.
Sunder Pichai honoured with ‘Great Immigrants Award’
Indian-origin Google CEO Sunder Pichai and three other Indian-Americans are among the 42 US nationals honoured with this years prestigious 'Great Immigrants: The Pride of America' award.
‘Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar’ declared for schools
The HRD Ministry will confer national-level award to 100 schools which have taken significant steps towards fulfilling the mandate of the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign.
‘Brexit’ : Britain votes to leave the European Union
Britain has voted to exit the European Union. It is a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world. Britain held a referendum on Thursday on whether to leave the European Union, a process often referred to as Brexit.
Assam’s Majuli becomes India’s first island district
The Assam Government has granted district status to Majuli, a 400 square kilometres island in the Brahmaputra River. With this it becomes India’s first island district and become the 34th district of Assam.
NS Vishwanathan appointed RBI deputy governor
NS Vishwanathan, currently Executive Director at the central bank, was chosen by a search committee headed by Cabinet Secretary - the first appointment to be done through this panel.
AIIB approves first loans for projects in four countries
four will get the first set of loans totalling $509 million from China sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in which India is a founding member. India is the second largest shareholder in the bank after China.
Sujoy Bose appointed as new CEO of NIIF
Sujoy Bose has been appointed as the chief executive officer (CEO) of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) Ltd. Bose at present is director at Infrastructure and Natural Resources, International Finance Corporation (IFC).
India becomes 35th member of MTCR
India formally joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), paving the way for the country to access technologies that will boost its missile, space and unmanned aerial vehicle programmes.
Jitu Rai wins silver medal in ISSF World Cup
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai won silver medal at the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) Shooting World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan. He pipped three-time Olympic champion Jongoh Jin of South Korea to win silver medal.
India’s first anti diabetic ayurvedic drug BGR -34
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched BGR-34, an anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug designed for type 2 Diabetes mellitus.
Gudni Johannesson wins Iceland’s presidential election
History professor and political newcomer Gudni Johannesson (48) has won the 2016 Presidential election in Iceland. He will succeed Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who served as President of Iceland for 20 years.
CAG Shashi Kant Sharma gets honorary professorship
Shashi Kant Sharma was conferred the honorary professorship by the Nanjing Audit University in China. It is the only university which is recognised by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
‘Sakhi-One Stop Centre’
It is a centrally sponsored scheme by the Ministry of Women and Child Development funded by Nirbhaya. It is being established in every State/UT on a pilot basis and will be integrated with 181 (Women Helpline) and other existing helplines.
Sweden inaugurates world’s first electric road
Sweden inaugurated a test stretch of an electric road, making it one of the first countries in the world to conduct tests with electric power for heavy transports on public roads.
PM releases book titled 'The Birds of Banni Grassland'
The book was presented to the Prime Minister by the Scientists of Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE). The Birds of Banni Grassland: A compilation of the research work, relating to more than 250 species of birds found in Kutch.
Railways flags off 1st time-tabled freight train
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has flagged off India's first timetabled freight train, named ‘Cargo Express’, from Delhi to Bengaluru.
106-year-old Aida becomes oldest Olympic torch bearer
World’s oldest skydiver, Aida Gemanque (106-year) has become the oldest Olympic torch bearer on 18 June 2016 when she carried the flame in the Amazonian city of Macapa.
silver coin to mark Martyrdom Day of Banda Singh Bahadur
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has released a commemorative silver coin on the occasion of 300th Martyrdom Day of Sikh General Banda Singh Bahadur. Bahadur is considered to be first sovereign ruler of Punjab.
SCO summit 2016 begins in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
SCO is a Eurasian economic, political and military organisation. The annual summit of the SCO aim to expand India’s engagement with the China-dominated grouping in areas of security, defence and energy.
Margaret Atwood wins 2016 Pen Pinter Prize
Margaret Atwood has been awarded with Pen Pinter Prize for the year 2016 for her contribution towards Political activism and speaks & act against violation of Human Rights.
First batch of three female fighter pilots
Creating history, the first batch of three female pilots — Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron. This is the first time Indian military, has permitted women into combat roles.
Assam Government launched Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra
The aim is to change the mindset of the teachers, as in some places subject teachers of a school considered it below their dignity to teach the lower level students.
HAL unveils indigenous basic trainer aircraft HTT-40
Public sector aerospace and defence major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has unveiled indigenous Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) HTT-40 in Bengaluru. It is two-seater aircraft designed and developed indigenously by the HAL.
India wins Silver medal at Archery World Cup in Antalya
The Indian mixed recurve team of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das has won the silver medal at the Archery World Cup held in Antalya, Turkey.
Nico Rosberg wins European Grand Prix
The European Grand Prix in Baku was going to be a prang-fest. 2016 European Grand Prix title race was the eight race of the 2016 season of Formula One. The race was run on a street circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan.
World's most powerful supercomputer triples speed record
China has built the world's most powerful supercomputer, which is almost three times as powerful as its nearest competitor. With 93 petaflops of processing power - the Sunway TaihuLight is almost three times as fast as the previous record.
June 21st: International Day of Yoga
Every year 21 June is being observed as International Day of Yoga across the globe to spread awareness about practicing yoga.
2016 Theme: 'Connect the Youth'.
Martian crater named after Nepal quake-hit village Langtang
A nearly 10-km wide crater on Mars has been named after one of the villages worst hit by the devastating earthquakes in Nepal last year. The International Astronomical Union has named the crater after Langtang, also a popular trekking site.
Virginia Raggi became first female mayor of Rome
Virginia Raggi (38) was elected as first female mayor of capital city Rome. She also becomes the 65th and youngest mayor in Rome’s history and also the first candidate from M5S party to get elected to Mayor of Rome.
Thithi wins Best Film Award at International Film Festival
Kannada film Thithi has won the best film and best script writers award at the Asia New Talent Awards in the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival Thithi, was the only film from India that was selected and screened in the festival.
IWAI inks pact with IPGPL
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and India Ports Global Private Limited (IPGPL) have signed a MoU for implementation of additional works on the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP) in Myanmar.
India ranks 10th in FDI inflows: UNCTAD report
India continues to be among the top ten countries in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows globally and the fourth in developing Asia, as per the World Investment Report 2016 by the UN's Conference for Trade and Development.
ISRO gears up to test scramjet engine
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to test indigenously developed scramjet engine technology based on air-breathing propulsion in July 2016. The test will be conducted on Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV).
Cabinet approves MoU between India and Germany
The Union Cabinet has been apprised of signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Steinbeis GmbH Co. KG for Technology transfer, Germany on technology resourcing in manufacturing, including sub-sectors of Capital Goods.
World Hydrographic Day
World Hydrography Day (WHD) is being observed annually on 21 June to publicise the work of hydrographers and the importance of hydrography. 2016 Theme: 'Hydrography – the key to well-managed seas and waterway'.
Domestic telecom chief Ken Miyauchi as president
Ken Miyauchi, head of the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank group's telecommunications operations, would replace Nikesh Arora as president and chief operating officer.
India now a 'lower-middle-income' economy for World Bank
The World Bank has dropped the use of developing nation tag for India instead classifies it as a 'lower-middle-income' economy. While India will be referred to as a lower-middle-income economy in all of World Bank’s analytical reports.
Axis Bank launches India's first certified green bond
Axis Bank raised $500 million at the London Stock Exchange after it launched India's first internationally-listed certified green bond to finance climate change solutions around the world.
Panama Papers awarded Investigation of the Year
The Panama Papers investigation was based on 2.6 terabyte of data — primarily on offshore entities set up for clients of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca
Flipkart named India’s most sought-after company
Online retailer Flipkart has topped LinkedIn’s ‘Top Attractors‘ list of the most sought-after companies by professionals across India. Amazon and Capgemini have been ranked second and third respectively.
Mumbai most expensive Indian city for expats
Mumbai is India’s most expensive city for expatriates, followed by New Delhi and Chennai, according to Mercer’s 2016 Cost of Living Survey. Globally, Mumbai — ranked 82nd out of 209 cities
Solar-powered plane lands in Spain
The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Seville in southern Spain at 0540 GMT, ending a 71-hour, 8-minute flight which began from New York City. It was the first time a solar-powered plane has made such a journey using zero fuel and zero emissions.
NASA mission discovers infant exoplanet K2-33b
The new found planet named K2-33b is a bit larger than Neptune and whips tightly around its star every five days. It is only five to 10 million years old, making it one of a very few newborn planets found to date.
At a stroke, PSLV C-34 lobs 20 satellites into orbit
ISRO launched into orbit 20 satellites in one go through its PSLV C-34 rocket. In about 26 minutes after the rocket takes off from the second pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota
Sunil Mittal appointed as the new Chairman of ICC
ICC, world's largest business organisation, has over 6.5 million members in over 130 countries and Mittal has been selected as its 51st chairman, being only the third Indian to hold the position.
Cabinet clears Civil aviation policy, replaces 5/20 rule
Union cabinet amidst hectic solicitation for months eventually cleared the much awaited Civil Aviation Policy. The new policy by the civil ministry as proposed has been framed considering the convenience of airline passengers.
A New World: Rio 2016 official slogan
The Rio 2016 organising committee has revealed the official slogan for the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America: 'A New World'. The core values of the slogan is unity, respect for diversity and the will for change.
World's first passenger drone
The world’s first passenger drone capable of autonomously carrying a person in the air for 23 minutes has been given clearance for testing in Nevada.
Methane leak spotted from space for first time
Methane emissions from a specific leaking facility on Earth’s surface have been measured by an instrument on board an orbiting spacecraft for the first time. The observation has been done by the Hyperion spectrometer on NASA’s (EO-1).
North Korea Ryugyong Hotel is world’s tallest building
North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel is the world’s tallest unoccupied building, according to Guinness World Records. The 105-storey pyramid-shaped skyscraper is 330 metre high.
India’s 1st case of Harlequin Ichthyosis
With the birth of a baby girl in Nagpur, India has reportedly recorded its first ever case of a baby born with a rare genetic disorder called ‘Harlequin Ichthyosis‘. The disease, causes thickening of the skin all over the body.
More Indian kids stunted than the world average
According to a report on global nutrition India has doubled the rate of stunting reduction in the past decade, which is significant as India is home to one-third of the world's stunted children.
Polio virus found in Hyderabad
The Telangana govt sounded a 'global emergency' after an active strain of wild polio virus (P2 strain) was detected in a water sample collected from a drain, prompting it to airlift two lakh vaccines to innoculate more than 3 lakh children
NITI Aayog to set up 500 'Atal' Tinkering Labs in schools
To cultivate scientific temperament and a spirit of innovation in young minds, the Govt has decided to set Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in schools. The vision of the scheme is to 'Cultivate 1 Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators'.
Rod Stewart knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Rocker Rod Stewart has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in her annual Birthday Honors List, which also included recognition for astronaut Tim Peake and 'Downton Abbey' star Penelope Wilton.
Sikkim launches open government data portal
Sikkim claimed to become the first state in India to have an open government data portal.
Purpose: Updating data regarding Organic and agricultural and other activities in the portal
India Post issues first My Stamp on ecommerce
This is the first time that the Department of Post has released 'My Stamp' to commemorate with an ecommerce marketplace. My Stamp are customised stamp on which any one can get their photo published on one side.
Saina clinches second Australian Open title
Indian Badminton Star Saina Nehwal clinchéd her second Australian Open title after she notched up the win in final against Sun Yu of China at Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament in Sydney.
Scientists turn CO2 into rock to combat climate change
Scientists have turned carbon dioxide into stone in a matter of months by pumping it deep underground, offering a revolutionary new way of storing the greenhouse gas to tackle climate change.
Indian-American win Dublin International literary award
Indian-American author Akhil Sharma has won the International Dublin Literary Award for his semi-autobiographical novel “Family Life.” His novel was shortlisted out of an initial 160 nominations.
China launches 23rd navigation satellite
China has successfully launched 23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite to support its global navigation and positioning network which is being developed to rival the US Global Positioning System.
Norway Becomes World’s First Country to Ban Deforestation
Norway has become the first country to ban deforestation. The Norwegian Parliament pledged that the government’s public procurement policy will be deforestation-free.
Four new elements in Periodic table get names
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has announced four new elements that were added in periodic table in January 2016.These new elements are Nihonium (Nh), Moscovium (Mc), Tennessine (Ts), and Oganesson (Og).
Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Canada Grand Prix of Formula One
Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain has 2016 Canada Grand Prix title of Formula One. It was his second title of the season after winning 2016 Monaco Grand Prix in May 2016. This was Hamilton’s fifth Canada Grand Prix title in his career.
Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad takes charge as Chief Justice
The senior-most Judge of the Manipur High Court Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad has assumed charge of the Chief Justice of the High Court. He succeeded Justice Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra who has relinquished the charge of office.
Hubble Space Telescope Spots Solitary Dwarf Galaxy
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a mysterious solitary dwarf galaxy known as UGC 4879. The galaxy is smaller and messier than its cosmic cousins and lacks the majestic swirl of a spiral or the coherence of an elliptical.
RBI introduces Scheme for Stressed Assets
The RBI has issued guidelines called Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A). The guidelines is to (i) Strengthen the lenders’ ability to deal with stressed assets and (ii) Put real assets back on track of entities.
India, Ghana sign 3 pacts
Three bilateral agreements to strengthen co-operation in varied fields.The signed agreements include one for visa waivers for holders of diplomatic and official passports and one for setting up a Joint Commission.
President Pranab Mukherjee receives highest civilian award
President Pranab Mukherjee has been presented National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the highest civilian award of the West African country. With this, Mr Mukherjee’s became the first Indian President to visit Ivory Coast.
First mammal species wiped out by climate change
Human-caused climate change appears to have driven, a small rodent that lives on a tiny island, being completely wiped-out. It is also the first recorded extinction of a mammal anywhere in the world due to human-caused climate change.
Government Launches Scheme for setting up 1000 MW CTU
Govt has launched Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU) with an objective to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states.
Jupiter-like planet orbiting two suns discovered
Scientists, using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, have discovered a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a system of two stars, making it the largest such cosmic body ever found. Kepler-1647 is 3,700 light-years away and 4.4 billion years old.
Peter Thomson elected as President of UNGA
Peter elected as President of 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). With this, Peter becomes the first representative from the Pacific island to get elected for the largely honorific post in the UN’s 71-year history.
Modi, Ashraf Ghani inaugurates Afghan-India Friendship Dam
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam in Herat province in Western Afghanistan.
India, Qatar sign seven agreements to boost bilateral ties
India and Qatar have signed seven bilateral agreements in various fields to boost bilateral ties.These agreements were signed in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Qatar Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha.
05 June: World Environment Day
Every year World Environment Day (WED) is observed on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth.
V Narayanasamy sworn in as Puducherry CM
Congress Party leader V Narayanasamy was sworn in as Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry.
World’s first 3D printed plane THOR unveiled by Airbus
The world’s first 3D-printed aircraft THOR was unveiled by European aerospace company, Airbus at the International Aerospace Exhibition held in Schoenefeld, Germany.
Himachal Pradesh launch green-concept based data Centre
Himachal Pradesh became the first state in the country to have a State Data Centre (SDC), designed using green data centre concept. It was launched by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla.
Delhi Government approves first Solar Policy
Delhi govt has approved the 1st Solar Policy which aims at making the Capital an environment-friendly solar city. It was approved by Cabinet meeting chaired by CM Arvind Kejriwal as it is part of one of Government’s 70-point agendas.
Gujarat Govt. announces IT policy
The Gujarat govt. has announced its 1st ever IT & Electronics Start-up Policy which will be applicable only to IT and electronics related start-ups.
India, US sign MoU for hassle-free entry of Indians into US
India & US signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate hassle-free entry of Indians into America at selected airports. This will provide speedy security clearances for pre-approved, low-risk travellers from the country.
Rajasthan Govt. launches Mobile App RajVayu.
Rajasthan Government has launched mobile app RajVayu for sharing information about air quality index of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. The app was launched by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the eve of World Environment Day.
India ranked 2nd on GRD index on ease of doing business.
India has been ranked second position as per 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI) released by London-based business consultancy A T Kearney.
Dia Mirza named ambassador for Swachh Saathi programme
Bollywood actress Dia Mirza was named as the ambassador for Swachh Saathi programme. She was selected because she is an active campaigner and a youth icon for Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission which seeks to make country clean .
Switzerland back India’s bid for NSG membership.
India has managed to win crucial support from Switzerland for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership. In this regard, Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann has announced his country’s support for India’s membership to the elite NSG.