GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
IIT in Dharwad inaugurated
With the transit campus getting ready for housing the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Dharwad, at Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) premises, a formal inauguration to mark the birth of the premiere educational institute.
India to host the 1st BRICS Film Festival
India will be hosting the first BRICS film festival. The film festival will showcase an amalgamation of culture, films, song, dance and food of the 5-member countries including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
India’s first textile university to come up at Surat
Gujarat government is planning to set up India’s first textile university at Surat. The aim of the university is to provide all kind of support including technology, research and development (R&D), skilled manpower etc.
Agri scientists identify 8 varieties of wheat
On the 55th All India Wheat & Barley Research Workers meet which concluded in Hissar Haryana Agriculture scientists revealed that eight varieties of wheat and one of barley have been identified across the country.
Mobile app for Ambulance Service
Mobile application for availing ambulance services with the launch of '108 Mobile App'. By doing so, Himachal became the first state to start mobile application for medical services.
6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development
The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) held in Nairobi, Kenya. This conference held regularly with the objective to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.
New ‘green’ way to produce metals found
MIT scientists have discovered a new ‘green’ and less expensive method to produce metals without causing air pollution. This virtually eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with most traditional metal smelting.
Bengal Assembly Passes Resolution to Change Name of State
West Bengal Legislative Assembly (WBLA) passed a resolution in favor of changing the name of the state from West Bengal to Bangla.
India’s first military heritage website launched
The website, coloursofglory.org was launched by Glory Foundation at Chennai. The Foundation will conduct various awareness programs across the country, to educate the people about our military history and heritage.
CRPF appoints PV Sindhu as irs Brand Ambassador
Country’s largest paramilitary force CRPF has decided to appoint Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador and bestow the honorary rank of Commandant on the ace badminton player.
The first phase of SUANI project unveiled at Gujarath.
SAUNI – Saurashtra Narmada Avataran for Irrigation Project at Sanosara village. Under the project, nearly 10 dams and reservoirs of Rajkot, Jamnagar and Morbi, would be filled up with the water of Narmada River.
South India’s First Children’s Court
The first Children Court of South India was launched at the Nampally Criminal Courts Complex in Hyderabad. With this, Telangana has become the third state to have a child friendly court after Goa and Delhi.
NRAI Review Committee on Rio Debacle
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has constituted five-member committee to probe the Indian shooters. The committee will be headed by India’s first and only individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra.
G Satheesh Reddy wins first IEI-IEEE award
Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy was awarded the first IEI-IEEE Award for Engineering Excellence-2015. He was bestowed with this award in recognition of his significant national contributions towards missiles and aerospace technologies.
World’s first self-driving taxis launched in Singapore
The world’s first self-driving taxi service was launched in Singapore. This launch is significant as it offer technology demonstration that could revolutionize the future transport industry.
Union Government launches POCSO e-box
The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) e-box, in New Delhi. It was launched by the Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi in New Delhi.
22nd edition of Delhi Book Fair at Pragati Maidan
The 22nd edition of the Delhi Book Fair (DBF) focus will be to highlight initiatives undertaken by Union Government for its Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan to inculcate better reading habits among the younger generation.
Pakistan to host 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad
Pakistan is going to host the 19th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit in Islamabad (capital city). It will be the meeting of the head of states or head of government of the eight SAARC countries.
world’s largest protected marine area off Hawaii
United States is going to create world’s largest protected marine reserve area named as Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the Hawaiian coast. It will be created by expansion of present national monument off Hawaii.
Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway project
Maharashtra Government has unveiled ambitious Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway project in Mumbai. The project will create state-of-the art road connectivity and give a fillip to investment in the state.
Nico Rosberg wins 2016 Belgian Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg from Germany has won the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix of Formula One. It was Rosberg’s overall tenth championship title of F1 in his career and the sixth win in the 2016 season.
NASA’s Juno probe completes first Jupiter flyby
NASA’s solar-powered Juno spacecraft has successfully executed its first flyby of Jupiter, our solar system’s most massive planet. It was the closest contact ever achieved by a man-made probe with Jupiter.
ISRO conducts successful test launch of scramjet engine
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the first time has successfully conducted the Scramjet (or Supersonic Combusting ramjet) engine test. The test was conducted from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta.
29 August: National Sports Day
The National Sports Day is observed every year across India on 29 August to mark the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand who was born on 29 August 1905.
Padma Sachdev awarded 2015 Saraswati Samman
Eminent Dogri language Poetess and novelist Padma Sachdev was awarded the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015. She was bestowed with this prestigious award for her autobiography ‘Chitt-Chete’ written in Dogri language.
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant connected to Southern Grid
The second 1,000 MW capacity reactor of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) was successfully synchronised to the southern power grid. This marks the generation of electricity and its supply to the grid by the 2nd reactor of KKNPP.
100 year-old runner from India inspires at Masters Games
Man Kaur from India needed almost a minute-and-a-half to cross the finish line in the 100-meter dash, but she still picked up a gold medal at the American Masters Games. Kaur was the only female competitor in her age category.
India, US sign logistic exchange pact boosting defence ties
India and the US signed an important agreement that will make the two nations logistical allies and enable both the militaries to use each other's assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies.
India, Myanmar to build bridges, sign pact for 69
The MOUs signed was the agreement on construction of 69 bridges, including approach roads in the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa section of the Trilateral Highway, which will establish better connectivity between India and Southeast Asia.
Goldilocks planet in Earth’s galactic backyard
Named Proxima b, the planet is in a 'temperate' zone compatible with the presence of liquid water -- a key ingredient for life. The findings, based on data collected over 16 years, were reported in the peer-reviewed journal Nature.
Telangana govt plans to add 17 districts
The Telangana government released a draft notification outlining a plan to reorganise the state into 27 districts from an existing 10 for easier administration and proposes to add 15 new revenue divisions and 46 new mandals or taluks.
President N. Ramachandran was awarded with the Olympic Order
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N. Ramachandran was awarded the Olympic Order for his outstanding services to the Olympic movement. The President of the IOC, Thomas Bach, formally presented the award to Ramachandran.
Maharashtra, Telangana ink pact for 3 irrigation projects
Maharashtra and Telangana have signed agreement for three irrigation projects to be constructed on Godavari, Pranahita and Painganga rivers.
Brand ambassador for Beti Bachao, Beti Padao campaign
Wrestler Sakshi Malik was named as Haryana’s brand ambassador for Beti Bachao, Beti Padao (save daughter, educate daughter) campaign in Haryana. Freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik (23) won India’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic.
India's biggest Awadh Shilpagram in UP
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated the state's first and the country's biggest eco-friendly Awadh Shilpgram and craft bazar.
Usain Bolt wins 200m to complete hat-trick
Bolt had earlier won the men’s 100m title to become the first athlete in the history of the Olympics to win the showpiece event three times in a row. This was also Bolt’s eighth consecutive gold medal at the Olympics.
Gujarat to host 2016 kabaddi world cup
The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Gujarat will play host to 12 kabaddi teams. The Kabaddi World Cup matches will be held in Ahmedabad’s upcoming state-of-the-art stadium.
World’s first leprosy vaccine developed in India
G.P Talwar, the founder-director of National Institute of Immunology (NII), has developed a first-of-its-kind, exclusive and indigenous leprosy vaccine in India. It is the first vaccine for leprosy.
China launches high-resolution radar imaging satellite
China launched a new synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging satellite called Gaofen-3 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. This is the first Chinese satellite that will would 'serve many different needs of many different users'.
New species confirmed 16 years after discovery
A new species of sea creature, named Nudibranchs, was recently confirmed in Australia, 16 years after it was first observed. It have been nicknamed 'butterflies of the sea'.
President Mukherjee launches Akashvani Maitree channel
President Pranab Mukherjee launched Akashvani Maitree channel for Bengali listeners and its website, an initiative which will provide a platform for blending content both from India and Bangladesh and preserving Bengali culture.
PM Modi to be new brand ambassador of Incredible India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the face of Incredible India campaign of the Union Culture and Tourism Ministry. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan was the last brand ambassador for this campaign.
Dr. Najma Heptulla sworn-in as 18th Governor of Manipur
Former Union Minister Najma Heptulla was sworn-in as the 18th governor of Manipur, Heptulla’s appointment as Manipur governor comes after her resignation from the NDA Union cabinet.
Texas Women’s Hall of Fame
Dr Renu Khator – first ever Indian to be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for making significant contribution for the benefit of the Texas state..
Guwahati to Host ISL 2016
Hero Indian Super League promoter Football Sports Development Ltd have awarded Guwahati to host the opening ceremony and the season opener match of Hero ISL 2016.
Sunil Mittal re-appointed as the Chairman of Bharti Airtel
Sunil Bharti Mittal has been re-appointed as the Chairman of telecom giant Bharti Airtel for another five years. Sunil Bharti Mittal is an Indian entrepreneur, philanthropist and the Founder & Chairman of Bharti Enterprises.
Urjit R. Patel – Reserve Bank of India’s New Governor
Union Finance Ministry notified that Urjit R. Patel, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deputy governor, has been appointed as the new governor of Reserve Bank of India as Raghuram Rajan’s successor.
India world’s third biggest tech startup hub
According to a report made by ASSOCHAM, India is home to the third largest number of technology-driven start-ups in the world, following the US and the UK occupying the top two positions.
Guruvayur to be covered under the PRASAD scheme
The famous Sreekrishna temple in Guruvayur has been included in the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) scheme. Of the eight centres shortlisted by the scheme only Guruvayur figures from south India.
New Kind of laser created from jellyfish proteins
For the first time scientists have developed laser from fluorescent jellyfish proteins that were grown in bacteria. These lasers have the potential to be far more efficient and compact than conventional ones.
Prestigious White House Fellow programme.
Two Indian–American women – Astrophysicist Anjali Tripathi from California and physician Tina R Shah from Chicago have been selected for the prestigious White House Fellow programme.
Integrated Food Law in the country
India’s Food Regulator FSSAI organised a function to commemorate 10 years of the enactment of Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSAI Act) New Delhi. Panel discussed on Food Safety in unorganized sector, Challenges & Opportunities.
Toxic gas leak at Bangladesh
About 250 people, including children, have fallen sick and hundreds of residents have been evacuated from their homes after a toxic gas leak from a fertilizer unit in Bangladesh’s port city of Chittagong.
China’s unmanned submersible sets new national record
China’s unmanned submersible(underwater drones-vehicles which can operate underwater without a human) has dived to a depth of 10,767 metres at the world’s deepest ocean point.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
The Sports Ministry announced that Rio Olympics medalists shuttler P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik will receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai on Sports Day.
India ranks 7th among the Wealthiest Nations in the World
The W20: The 20 Wealthiest Countries in the World – report by Johannesburg-based The New World Wealth, India is ranked 7th among the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of private wealth. US ranks 1st and China - 2nd.
BRICS meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction in Udaipur
All the five BRICS countries are parties to the adoption of the Sendai Framework for DRR in March, 2015 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A number of SDGs have specific targets related to Disaster Risk Management (DRM).
Air Force to build new Aerospace Museum in Delhi
The Indian Air Force is set to build new Aerospace Museum in New Delhi, focusing to showcase and to create awareness in general public about India’s rich Aerospace heritage.
Statue of Sister Nivedita unveiled in Ireland
Sister Nivedita was a great disciple of Swami Vivekananda. She devoted her life for emancipation of women. In recognition of her great services, a statue was unveiled in her native town in North Ireland.
Possible fifth force of nature discovered
The possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may indicate that a fifth fundamental force of nature exists, a revolutionary finding that could change our understanding of dark matter and the universe.
P V Sindhu wins silver medal in Rio -2016
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player. She is the first Indian woman to win a Olympic silver medal and is the fifth female Olympic medalist of India.
Rio Olympics 2016: Sakshi Malik wins Indi's first bronze
India's Sakshi Malik has won a bronze medal in the wrestling 58kg category In a thrilling contest. Sakshi is only fourth Indian woman athlete to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleshwari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.
Dipa Karmakar nominated for Khel Ratna
Dipa Karmakar recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for her performance at the Rio Olympics 2016. The govt has decided to respect her attempt at scoring a medal for her country by nominating her for the Bharat Khel Ratna Award.
Centre to set up 'Anomaly Committee'
The committee, assured by the Group of Ministers to review the minimum wage and multiplication factor as well as anomalies which have crept in following implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
Wlodarczyk wins hammer throw gold, breaks world record
Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk broke her own women’s hammer world record to claim the gold medal. Her winning mark was 82.29m. The 2012 Olympic silver medalist entered the 2016 Games with a 28-meet unbeaten streak that began in 2014.
Country’s first bio-CNG plant to be inaugurated in Pune
India’s first bio-CNG plant is all set to be inaugurated in Pune. Commissioned by city-based Primove Engineering Private Limited, this plant will use agricultural residue to generate CNG which can be used in automobiles as fuel.
Astronomers discovers closest Earth-like planet
The European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) La Silla Observatory in Chile had spotted evidence of a rocky, potentially habitable world orbiting Proxima Centauri, a small, dim star that lies just 4.25 light-years from the sun.
National Committee on Trade and facilitation
India is setting up a national panel that will cut red-tape for the export-import industry while also ensuring faster clearances of merchandise, in line with the commitment to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Over 10000-Year-Old Camping Site Discovered in Ladakh
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has discovered an ancient camping site dating 8500 BC in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, indicating humans were camping in the area 10,500 years ago.
Lifetime achievement award
Sursagar Society of Dilli Gharana has announced that Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma will be conferred upon with the annual Sangeet Martand Ustad Chand Khan Lifetime Achievement Award 2016.
World’s biggest offshore Wind Farm
United Kingdom Ministers approved the second phase of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. Hornsea Project Two will include 300 turbines spread across 300 square miles, 55 miles off the cost of England in the North Sea.
World’s longest, highest glass bridge to open in China
The 430-metre long and six metre wide Glass Bridge set to be the world’s longest and highest glass bridge will open to visitors in Hunan province of China. Besides it set 10 world records spanning its design and construction.
Country’s First Nuclear Supplier’s Insurance Policy
The first Nuclear Supplier’s insurance policy of India has been officially set in motion by Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP). The policy has been fully ratified by Shekhar basu, The commissioner of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).
Assam Government launches Rhino horn verification process
The first treasury to be opened is Golaghat, which has the highest number of rhino horns stored in government custody. Almost all these rhino horns are of Kaziranga National Park.
Najma Heptulla appointed Manipur Governor
President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed former Union Minister Najma Heptulla (76) as Governor of Manipur. She had served as Union Minority Affairs Minister in the Union Cabinet of NDA Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A.R. Rahman honoured with Tamil Ratna Award
Oscar-winning music maestro A.R. Rahman has been honoured by the America Tamil Sangam with its Tamil Ratna Award.
China, ASEAN Agree To Complete South China Sea Framework
China and ten member countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to form a framework for a code of conduct to ease tension in disputed South China Sea.
Niti Aayog partners US for energy data portal
Moving a step closer to set up a portal to host all the data related to energy sector in the country, Niti Aayog inked a pact with US energy information administration (EIA). The think-tank is working to develop India’s energy.
Pension and Post-retirement medical schemes
The Union Cabinet approved the introduction of pension and post-retirement medical schemes for the 22,000 existing employees of Food Corporation of India (FCI) as per the guidelines of Department of Public Enterprise.
Sonam, Nawazuddin win top awards at IFF Melbourne
The Indian Film Festival Melbourne 2016 kick started at Melbourne Recital Centre, Australia. The function glitters with full of guests flowed in belonging to not only Australian Film Industry but also Pakistan industry.
Australian Open Crowns
Qatar’s seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and Indian squash queen Dipika Pallikal are the 2016 Australian Open, Men’s and Women’s crowned champions after they won the title clashes at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre in Australia.
Govt notifies revised tax treaty with Mauritius
Government has notified the revised tax treaty with Mauritius under which India will impose capital gains tax on investments routed through the island nation from April 1 next year in a bid to curb tax evasion.
CLRI scientist bags A P J Abdul Kalam award
Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa presented APJ Abdul Kalam award to the Principal jaya ji Scientist P Shanmugam, Central Leather Research Institute –Chennai, for meritorious services in the Higher Education Department in the state.
Presidential Award for Certificate of Honour
President of India awards certificates of honor to eminent scholars of Sanskrit, Pali/Prakrit, Arabic and Persian and the Maharishi Badrayan Vyas Samman to young scholars.
Bihar becomes second state to ratify GST
The Bihar State Legislature has unanimously ratified The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014 for introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in the country. Assam had become the first state in the country to ratify.
World’s first Quantum Communication Satellite
China has successfully launched the world’s first quantum satellite dubbed as Quantum Experiments at Space Scaler (QUESS) satellite. The spacecraft blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Center in the Gobi Desert.
First SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference
The First SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference begins in Islamabad, with the key theme of 'Peace & Harmony for Development.' This intends to offer young Parliamentarians’ narrative as a prelude to the 19th SAARC Summit.
Union Minister Launched I Feel Safe for Women Safety
Union HRD Minister Harsh Vardhan Launched “I Feel Safe”- A mobile application aimed at helping women ensure their safety in the national capital was launched at Delhi University on August 10.
Birender Singh - the next High Commissioner of India
IFS officer of 1997 batch Birender Singh Yadav currently working as Joint Secretary in the Ministry, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the West Africa’s Republic of Ghana.
HCL inaugurates India’s first facility to produce nickel
As the first facility in India to produce Nickel metal of LME grade from primary resource, Shri. Balvinder Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, inaugurated the Nickel, Copper and Acid Recovery Plant of Hindustan Copper Limited in Jharkhand.
First National Conference of Investigating Agencies
The conference envisages to provide an annual national platform to all the officers of law enforcement agencies engaged in investigation tasks with the objective to discuss the latest laws and judgments.
Modi launches theme song '70 Saal Azadi, Yaad Karo Kurbani'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the BJP MPs to highlight the contributions of freedom fighters and martyrs among school children during fortnight-long celebrations of India's 70th Independence Day.
M.S. Subbulakshmi to be honoured at UN on Independence Day
Legendary carnatic vocalist M. S. Subbulakshmi will be honoured at the United Nations next week on India’s 70th Independence Day by a performance by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman at the world body’s iconic General Assembly.
Olympics 2016 opens in Rio De Janerio
The 31st Summer Olympic Games opened in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, with a low-tech but vibrant opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.
2016 theme: World peace and Environment.
Dipa Karmakar is first Indian gymnast to enter vault finals
India’s Dipa Karmakar has created history by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the apparatus finals of artistic Gymnastics at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
IBM, Apple open first global development hub in India
In a bid to accelerate digital transformation in India, IBM in partnership with Apple launched a global development hub called Garage for iOS apps in Bengaluru.
Over 1,000 ancient cliff paintings discovered in north China
Archeologists have discovered over 1,000 cliff paintings dating back more than 1,000 years in North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The images are engraved by the ancient tribal people known as the Tujue, and the Dangxiang.
Lok Sabha unanimously passes GST Bill amendments
The GST Constitution bill passed by the Rajya Sabha last week were unanimously passed by the Lok Sabha. All the 443 members present voted in its favour.
Rajya Sabha passes Mental Health Care Bill
The Bill seeking to provide better healthcare for people suffering from mental illness as members across the political spectrum sought urgent steps to address the lack of infrastructure and shortage of psychiatrists in the country.
India’s first tiger cell to come up in Dehradun
The country’s first tiger cell will soon take shape at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) campus in Dehradun.The cell will house a database of tigers as well as DNA and stripes samples of the big cats from over 50 tiger reserves.