GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
Flipkart acquires Jabong through fashion portal Myntra
Homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart acquired online fashion portal Jabong through its fashion unit Myntra. It is said that Jabong was acquired by Flipkart in a cut-price deal that values the online fashion store at 70 million dollars.
Solar Impulse 2 completes historic round-the-world trip
Solar Impulse 2 has become the 1st aircraft to circle the globe using solar energy. In its journey, the long-range solar-powered aircraft has travelled 26744 miles across 4 continents.
Parliament passes Child Labour Amendment Bill, 2016
Parliament has passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016. The bill was first passed in Rajya Sabha and later in Lok Sabha during Monsoon session of Parliament.
WHO declares Brazil measles free
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared Brazil free of measles, after no case of the disease was registered in the year 2015.
Union govt approves Rs 1,601 crore for Himayat programme
The Union govt has approved nearly 1,600 crore rupees for Jammu & Kashmir under skill development initiative ‘Himayat’ programme.
India-US joint expedition discovers natural gas
Joint expeditions by India and the United States have discovered large, highly enriched accumulations of natural gas hydrate (an icy form of the fuel) in Indian Ocean.
Bezwada Wilson, TM Krishna win Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016
2 Indians, social activist Bezwada Wilson & musician TM Krishna, have won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016. They are among the total 6 awardees selected for the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award, often regarded as Asia’s Nobel Prize.
Lok Sabha passes Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016
The bill seeks to amend the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013 which provides Lokpal (at Centre) and Lokayukta (at States) statutory backing to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for related matters.
India’s CSIR ranked world’s 12th best govt Institute
The Council of Scientific Industrial Research was ranked world’s 12th best govt institution out of 746 institutions. These institutes were ranked by a prestigious Scimago Institutions Rankings Report based on various parameters.
Union Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Bhatinda
The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of a new AIIMS at Bhatind, Punjab under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
Union Cabinet approves Bilateral Investment Treaty
The Union Cabinet has approved Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between India & Cambodia to boost trade and business. Decision in this regard was taken during the Union Cabinet Meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Union Cabinet increases limit for Stock Exchanges
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for raising foreign shareholding limit from current 5% to 15% in Indian Stock Exchanges. The decision brings the investment limit of foreign entities at par with that of domestic institutions.
Lok Sabha passes Benami Transactions Amendment Bill, 2015
The Lok Sabha has passed comprehensive Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015 to curb domestic black money.
Michel Barnier appointed as Chief Brexit Negotiator
The European Union (EU’s) executive has appointed Michel Barnier, as its Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc. He is former French Financial Services Commissioner.
Four iconic cricketers were voted Hall of Fame
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has selected Muttiah Muralidaran, Karen Rolton, Arthur Morris and George Lohmann to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
India-US ink $1 billion deal to buy 4 Poseidon-8I aircraft
India has signed a defence deal with United States worth over $1 billion to purchase four additional Poseidon-8I (P8I) long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
28 July: World Hepatitis Day
The World Hepatitis Day is being observed every year on July 28 around the globe to spread awareness about viral hepatitis. 2016 Theme: “Elimination”. It focuses on elimination of hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
IMD to use supercomputer to forecast monsoon
The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has announced that India Meteorological Department (IMD) will use supercomputer to forecast India’s annual summer monsoon.
Noted Tabla maestro Lachu Maharaj passes away
Noted Tabla maestro Pandit Lachu Maharaj passed away in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh due to cardiac arrest. He was 73 years old.
29 July: International Tiger Day
The International Tiger Day (also known as Global Tiger Day) is observed annually on 29 July to raise awareness for tiger conservation.
Eminent writer & social activist Mahasweta Devi passes away
Eminent author & social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. She was 91. Her writings had mainly focused on the marginalised communities in the country and served as the voice of the oppressed and downtrodden.
Parliament passes Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016
The Parliament has passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016 after it was approved by the Rajya Sabha. It provides for establishment of funds under the public accounts of the Centre & State levels for compensatory afforestation.
Haryana Government launches Pashudhan Bima Yojana
Haryana Government has launched Pashudhan Bima Yojana, an insurance cover scheme for cattle breeders in the state. It was launched by Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, O. P. Dhankar in Jhajjar.
First BRICS Employment Working Group meeting held
The first-ever meeting of BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG) was held in Hyderabad, Telangana from July 27 to 28, 2016. The agenda of the two day meeting was to shape the agenda for labour and employment track in BRICS countries.
Adman Srinivasan Swamy conferred Award
The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award on famous adman Srinivasan K.Swamy. He is a veteran in the advertising industry and has almost four decades of rich experience.
Syed Nayeemuddin conferred Mohun Bagan Ratna
The Mohun Bagan FC has conferred club’s highest decoration Mohun Bagan Ratna (jewel) on legendary Indian Footballer Syed Nayeemuddin.
30 July: World Day against Trafficking in Persons
The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed across the world on 30 July to raise awareness of the plight of victims of human trafficking and to protect their rights.
Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale sworn in as Chief Justice
Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. He succeeds Justice D.Y. Chandrachud who was appointed judge of Supreme Court.
Strategic Forces Command exempted from ambit of RTI
The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which forms part of the National Command Authority (NCA) has been added to the Second Schedule of the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005.
Madhya Pradesh is 1st state to have Happiness Department
Madhya Pradesh became the first state in India to have ‘Happiness Department’ that will work as knowledge resource centre on the subject of happiness on the lines of Bhutan.
Nalanda Mahavihara enters UNESCO’s World Heritage Site
The ruins of ancient Nalanda Mahavihara (also known as old Nalanda University) of Bihar has been included in the List of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
11th ASEM Summit issues Ulaanbaatar Declaration
The declaration has reaffirmed ASEM’s commitment for greater partnership through informal political dialogue & initiatives in economic & socio-cultural fields.
Union Commerce Ministry launches e-marketplace portal
Union Commerce Ministry has launched an e-marketplace portal for online purchase of goods & services by various central govt ministries & departments. It was launched by the Union Minister of State Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman.
Pema Khandu sworn in as the 10th CM of Arunachal Pradesh
Pema Khandu (36) of Congress Party was sworn in as the 10th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. With this,he became the youngest Chief Minister in the country.
UP Government, Netherlands ink MoU for skill development
The Uttar Pradesh government has signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Netherlands to set up a skill development center to help farmers
Railway Ministry launches project to install Solar Panels
The Union Railway Ministry has launched a project to install Solar Panels in all Railway Buildings in order to reduce expenditure on electricity
HDFC becomes first Indian Company to issue masala bonds
The Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) has become the first Indian company to issue rupee-denominated bonds “masala bonds” on London Stock Exchange (LSE).
73rd Senior National Squash Championship
Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal have won the 73rd Senior National Squash Championship in men’s and women’s single categories respectively. The 73rd Senior National Squash Championship was held in Mumbai, from 12 - 17 July 2016.
Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner named UNESCO Artist for Peace
Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner was appointed as the UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Director-General of UNESCO. He was appointed after the opening ceremony of the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) held in Istanbul, Turkey.
18 July: Nelson Mandela International Day
Every year Nelson Mandela International Day is observed across the world on 18 July to mark birth anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former South African President Nelson Mandela. 2016 Theme: “Take Action, Inspire Change”
SpaceX successfully launches Dragon Cargo capsule
SpaceX successfully launched its Dragon Cargo capsule filled with supplies for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Legendary playback singer Mubarak Begum passes away
Legendary playback singer Mubarak Begum passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra after a prolonged illness. She was 80. She is known for her singing scores of songs, duets and ghazals for Bollywood, mainly during the 1950s-1970s
Guruprasad appointed as Chairman of Airports Authority
Senior IAS officer Guruprasad Mohapatra was appointed as Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI). Prior to this appointment he was working as Joint Secretary in Union Ministry of Commerce from the past two years.
CBDT inks 7 Advance Pricing Agreements to cut tax litigation
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed seven unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with Indian taxpayers to reduce tax litigation.
India’s first e-court opened at Hyderabad High Court
India’s 1st e-court was opened at High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad which is the common high court for the states of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. It was inaugurated by SC judge Madan B. Lokur who heads the e-Committee of the SC.
Parliament passes Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill
Parliament of india The Parliament has passed the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016 to provide statutory status to the existing Regional Centre for Biotechnology in Faridabad, Haryana.
Indian Railways to install TRI-NETRA
The Indian Railways has initiated process to launch the Terrain Imaging for Diesel Drivers- Infrared Enhanced Optical and Radar Assisted (Tri-NETRA) system to avoid train accidents.
Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Turnbull was sworn as Prime Minister of Australia for second term after a narrow victory in the federal election. He became the 29th Prime Minister of the country.
SC accepts Lodha committee’s recommendations
The Supreme Court has accepted major recommendations of Lodha Committee on reforms in BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), the world’s richest cricketing body.
Rohit Khandelwal becomes first Indian to win Mr. World title
Indian actor, model, television personality Rohit Khandelwal won the prestigious 2016 Mr. World title. With this he became first Indian and first Asian to win the Mr. World title.
Nigerian journalist wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award
Nigerian journalist and presenter Didi Akinyelure has won the second BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. As part of the award, she will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September 2016.
Glaciers melting at 5 to 20 metre rate annually: Government
Majority of glaciers in India including Gangotri are retreating (melting) at varying rates ranging from 5 to 20 metre per year due to global warming.
Rajya Sabha passes Child Labour Amendment Bill, 2012
The Rajya Sabha unanimously passed Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012. The Bill seeks to amend the Child Labour Act, 1986 to widen the scope of the law against child labour & stricter punishments for violations.
Noted Indian hockey player Mohammed Shahid passes away
Noted Indian hockey player Mohammed Shahid passed away due to multiple organ failure in Gurugram, Haryana. He was 56. Mohammed Shahid was a member of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a Gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Canada to conduct world’s 1st Zika vaccine test on humans
Researchers from Laval University based in Quebec City, Canada are going to conduct the world’s first Zika vaccine test on humans
Union Cabinet approves MoU between India & Tunisia
The Union Cabinet has apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Tunisia for strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Digital Economy.
Union Cabinet approves Air Services Agreement
The Union Cabinet has approved signing of the Air Services Agreement between India and Mozambique.
Union Cabinet approves MoU between India & Switzerland
The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post-facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Switzerland for cooperation in skill development.
Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 British Grand Prix of F1
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain has won the 2016 British Grand Prix title of Formula One. It his overall fourth British Grand Prix title after winning it in 2008, 2014 and 2015.
Winners of 2016 Wimbledon Championships of Tennis
Men's Singles: Britan's Andy Murray. Women's Single: USA's Serena Williams. Men's Double: French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut. Women's Double: Serena Williams & Venus Williams. Mixed Double: Henri Kontinen & Heather Watson
Tathagata Roy sworn-in as acting Governor of Arunachal
Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has sworn in as the acting Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. With this he becomes 18th Governor to be sworn in as Governor of Tripura.
2nd unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant gets operational
The second unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), India’s largest nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu became operational.
Portugal wins 2016 UEFA European football championship
Portugal has won the 2016 UEFA European football championship (Euro Cup 2016) by defeating host France. It was Portugal’s first UEFA European Championship title.
India, Tanzania ink five agreements
India & Tanzania have signed 5 agreements to accelerate bilateral ties between both nations. These agreements were signed in Dar-es-Salaam in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli.
First woman Chief Justice of Nepal Sushila Karki takes oath
Sushila Karki has become the first woman Chief Justice of Nepal after taking oath of office and secrecy at a special programme organised at the Presidential Residence, Sheetal Niwas. She will head the judiciary till June 6, 2017.
51st Jnanpith Award conferred on Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 51st Jnanpith Award on renowned Gujarati writer and litterateur Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari at a function in New Delhi.
India, Kenya ink 7 agreements to deepen & expand cooperation
India and Kenya have signed seven agreements to deepen and expand cooperation in a wide range of areas. These agreements were signed in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.
11 July: World Population Day
The World Population Day is observed across the world on July 11 to attention on the urgency and importance of population issue. 2016 Theme: “Investing in teenage girls”. It focuses on the empowerment of teenage girls.
Sanjay Gupta appointed CMD of Konkan Railway Corporation
Sanjay Gupta has been appointed as chairman and CMD of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL). He is ex-Indian Railway Services of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME) officer.
India’s first Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things
India’s first Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things (CoE– IoT) was launched in Bengaluru, Karnataka by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).
Union govt. launches Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched a nationwide Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) to check child diarrhoeal deaths.
Mahindra Aerostructures bags supply contract from Airbus
Mahindra Aerostructures, a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra have bagged a Tier 1 supplier contract to supply airframe parts for Airbus’s AS565 MBe Panther helicopter.
Pokhara-New Delhi direct bus service launched
The first direct bus service between Pokhara (Nepal) and New Delhi (India) was launched to connect South Asia’s two important cities.
SBI inks MoU with IIT Bombay
The State Bank of India (SBI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) at IIT Bombay to promote innovation by start-ups in the financial sector.
Bangladesh, India sign agreement
Bangladesh and India have signed an agreement for the construction of a 1,320 megawatt (MW) coal fired power plant near Sundarbans. The agreement was signed between BIFPCL, the joint venture enterprise & BHEL.
Indian Navy’s Marine Commandos’ base Karna commissioned
Indian Navy has commissioned INS Karna, an independent base of Marine Commandos (MARCOS) at Bheemunipatanam Naval Base, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
D Rajkumar appointed as CMD of BPCL
Technocrat D Rajkumar was appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).
SC orders restoration of Congress govt. in Arunachal Pradesh
The Supreme Court has ordered the restoration of former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s Congress govt. in AP. Verdict in this regard was given by a 5 -judge constitution bench headed by Justice JS Kehar on a bunch of petitions.
Union govt notifies AADHAR Act giving UIDAI legal basis
The Union Government has notified the UIDAI (Terms and Conditions of Service of Chairperson and Members) Rules, 2016 to give legal status to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
China has no historic rights over South China Sea
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in Hague, the Netherlands has rejected China’s claims to economic rights across large swathes of South China Sea.
Subramanian committee to tackle the shortage of pulses
The Union Government has recently constituted a high-level committee headed by Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian to tackle the shortage of pulses in India.
INS India celebrated its 75th anniversary
INS India, the base depot ship of Indian Navy at New Delhi celebrated its 75th anniversary (Platinum Jubilee) on 13 July 2016.
Theresa May takes over as second woman Prime Minister of UK
Conservative party leader Theresa May (59) became Prime Minister of United Kingdom after meeting Queen Elizabeth II. She succeeds David Cameron, who had resigned in the wake of Brexit referendum that ended his six-year.
Peru declares Zika emergency
Peru has declared Zika outbreak as a health emergency across the northern half of the country after 102 people were infected with the virus.
CCEA approves disinvestment of 15% in NBCC
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the disinvestment of 15% paid up equity of National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC).
Senior IPS officer A K Patnaik appointed as CEO of NATGRID
The Union Government has appointed senior IPS officer Ashok Patnaik as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID). He will succeed Raghu Raman, the first CEO of NATGIRD ended in June 2015.
Union Government launches Operation ‘Sankat Mochan’
The Union Government has started the operation ‘Sankat Mochan’ to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in South Sudan’s capital Juba. Sankat Mochan in Hindi means reliever from troubles.
President Pranab Mukherjee presents BC Roy National Awards
These awards were presented on the occasion of National Doctors’ Day observed on July 1 to pay honour and tribute to India’s most famous physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.
RIL, SBI ink Subscription and Shareholders’ Agreement
Telecom-to-energy conglomerate Reliance Industries (RIL) and India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) have signed Subscription and Shareholders’ Agreement to set up payments bank.
High-speed OPV INS Tarasa launched by Indian Navy
Indian Navy has launched INS Tarasa, the fourth and last ship in the series of the Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC). It is being built by Kolkata (West Bengal) based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), for the Indian Navy.
RIMPAC 2016: international maritime exercise
World’s largest international maritime exercise named RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2016 began in Pacific Ocean at Hawaii, United States. It will see participation of navies from 26 countries.
India ranks 35th in 2016 Logistics Performance Index
In the recently released bi-annual Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2016 of World Bank Group, India ranked 35th among 160 countries.
Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Austrian Grand Prix of F1
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain has won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix title of Formula One.
Brexit: IMF warns of repercussions for global economy
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) has created significant uncertainty.
SBI secures $625 million from World Bank for solar programm
India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has signed an agreement worth 4,200 crore rupees ($625 million) with the World Bank to support its grid connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (GRPV) programme.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Indian to play in Europa League
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the 1st Indian football player to play in UEFA Europa League. He achieved this feat after was named in Norwegian club Stabaek FC’s squad for qualifying match against Connah’s Quay Nomads FC in Europa League.
B Sai Praneeth wins 2016 Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton
Ace Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth (World no 33) has won the 2016 Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton title in the men’s singles category.
Sudarshan Sen appointed Executive Director of RBI
Sudarshan Sen has been as Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He will replace NS Vishwanathan who was elevated as Deputy Governor of RBI.
India to host meet of BRICS anti-narcotics heads
India is going to host meet of the heads of anti-narcotics agencies of BRICS nations to discuss issues related to narco-terrorism and money laundering.
MV Dhekane takes over as Director of IISU
Noted scientist M V Dhekane has assumed the office of Director of ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.