GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
world’s youngest commercial airline captain
A 26-year-old woman Kate McWilliams from UK become the world’s youngest ever commercial airline captain of easyjet. She first became interested in planes after attending an air show at age four.
Special trees in Delhi to get ‘natural heritage’ tag
The 16 trees located in Aravali and NCR to be notified as “protected” natural heritage, on the lines of recognising special monuments in Delhi. Some of the tree in the list are banyan, ailanthus, mango, arjuna, and ashok.
New species of pika found in Sikkim
Sikkim Daughter Makes a Scientific Breakthrough – Nishma Dahal Discovers a New Pika Species in Himalayan.A new study based on genetic data and skull measurements had identified a new species of mammal high up in the Sikkim Himalaya.
Government would own bravery awards
The awards would be given out on Independence Day and Republic Day Every year. The Centre gives National Bravery Awards to 25 children from across India for their meritorious acts of bravery against all odds.
World’s largest flower blooms in Indonesia
The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia arnoldii, has bloomed in the rainforests of Indonesian island Sumatra. The giant red flower, which smells of rotting flesh, has no stems, leaves or roots and blooms only for a couple of days.
African American Museum
President Barack Obama heralded the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, an institution dedicated to the many threads of black suffering and triumph.
US names first ambassador to Cuba in 50 years
The United States has named diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis as its first official ambassador to Cuba in over 50 years.
Charkhi Dari is 22nd district of Haryana.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a district status for Dadri, the biggest sub-division in the state, increasing the district count of Haryana to 22 from 21.
World’s largest solar plant unveiled in Tamil nadu
Adani Green Energy (Tamil Nadu) Ltd, part of the Adani Group, has dedicated to the nation the world’s largest solar power plant of 648 megawatts (MW), set up at Kamuthi in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.
Visaranai film selected for entry to Oscars 2017
The Tamil film 'Visaranai' has been selected as the India’s official entry to Oscars 2017 (89th Academy Awards) in the Foreign Language Film category. The film is based on true events recorded in novel Lock Up.
India-Russia Joint Military Exercise Indra-2016
Joint Military Exercise ‘INDRA-2016’ has begun in the Ussiriysk District in Vladivostok, Russia. Main focus of this edition is on ‘Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate’.
Mission Parivar Vikas
India will soon launch Mission Parivar Vikas to improve family planning services in seven states where the combined total fertility rate (TFR), constitutes 44% of the country’s population.
Sun Pharma signs deal to develop dengue vaccine
This would be the first time a vaccine developed entirely in India for a vector-borne disease has been advanced for clinical development in India.
National waterways project threatens Gangetic dolphins
Wildlife conservationists are seeing red over the threat posed to Gangetic river dolphins by the project. The animal is protected under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and is a declared endangered species.
Velavan Senthilkumar wins U-19 Asian title
India's emerging player Velavan Senthilkumar bag the U-19 Asian Junior Individual squash championship title. The Chennai lad, who trains at the Indian Squash Academy (ISA), is the second Indian to win the title after Ravi Dixit in 2010.
India wins first medal in Asian Beach Games
India opened their medal account in the 5th Asian Beach Games here with Pinky Balhara bagged a bronze in kurash in the competition.
Arun Goyal appointed Additional Secretary of GST Council
An IAS officer Arun Goyal has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council. The Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, mandated to decide on tax rate, exempted goods and the threshold limit.
World’s largest radio telescope built in China
China has built world’s largest radio telescope nicknamed Tianyan (Heavenly Eye” or “The Eye of Heaven) or the five-hundred-metre aperture spherical radio telescope (FAST).
CSIR celebrates its platinum jubilee
India’s largest civilian research and development agency Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) celebrated its platinum jubilee. It was inaugurated by the PM Narendra Modi who is also the President of CSIR.
ISRO successfully launches 8 satellites
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for first time has successfully launched eight satellites into two different orbits in a single mission.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran wins Belgium Open title of TT
Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has won the Belgium Open title of the table tennis in the men’s singles category. This was his first his first pro title.
India suspends talks on Indus water pact
Indian Govt decided to suspend further water talks and increase the utilisation of rivers flowing through Jammu and Kashmir to maximise India’s share, there was no decision on either reviewing or abrogating the 1960 treaty.
Colombia, FARC sign Historic Pact ending 52-year Civil War
The Colombian Government and left-wing FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels have signed a historic agreement that formally brings an end to 52 years of civil war.
Gurgaon officially renamed Gurugram
The Union Government has given its approval to change the name of Gurgaon to ‘Gurugram’. With this both the city as well as the district of Gurgaon would be known as Gurugram.
First carbon neutral airport in Asia-Pacific
The Indira Gandhi International Airport has become Asia-Pacific’s only and one of the world’s few airports to achieve a “carbon neutral” status.
Cyrtodactylus Varadgirii discovered in Mumbai
A new species of a ground-dwelling lizard has been discovered in Maharashtra. It has been named as Cyrtodactylus Varadgirii or Giri’s Geckoella. It was discovered 130 years after the last such gecko was discovered.
Jim Yong Kim - World Bank President
Jim Yong Kim has been re-appointed for a second five-year term as World Bank president.
India Up 16 Places In Competitiveness Index
India climbs, for the second year in a row, to 39th. Its 16-place improvement is the largest this year. The Indian economy has stabilised and now boasts of the highest growth among the G-20 countries, the report underlined.
The Union Cabinet approved the ratification of Paris agreement which is a historic decision. With the ratification, India will be one of the key countries instrumental in bringing the Paris agreement into force.
Alka Sirohi Appointed as UPSC Chairman
A Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Alka Sirohi has been appointed as UPSC Chairman by President Pranab Mukherjee. It will be effective from September 2016.
World’s largest shiplift begins trial run in China
World’s largest permanent shiplift designed by Chinese and German engineers on China’s Three Gorges Dam began its trial. It is the largest and most sophisticated shiplift in the world.
17th NAM summit held at Venezuela
Making a strong pitch against terrorism, India on Sunday sought “concrete action” and setting up of a mechanism by the 120 member countries of the NAM to ensure effective cooperation to combat the menace.
Sixth meeting of BRICS held at New Delhi
The sixth meeting of BRICS High Representatives responsible for security held at New Delhi. Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser, Government of the Republic of India presided over the meeting.
Nico Rosberg wins the Singapore Grand Prix
German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix on September 18,2016 and re-take the lead of the Formula One Drivers’ World Championship from Lewis Hamilton in Singapore.
Priyesha Deshmukh wins bronze in World Championship
Priyesha Deshmukh, 23-year old hearing-impaired shooter from Pune won bronze in the 10m air rifle category at the 1st World Deaf Shooting Championships held in Kazan, Russia.
WB to conferred Banga Bibhushan award to Lata Mangeshkar
To honour legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar’s contributions to Bengali songs, the West Bengal government would confer this year’s ‘Banga Bibhushan’.
First Indian music & dance festival starts in Sydney
The 10-week long festival “Confluence: Festival of India” was inaugurated by Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma in Sydney To showcase the country’s rich and diverse culture was kicked off in iconic Sydney Opera House .
Zurich named ‘greenest’ city on the planet
Zurich is the most sustainable city in the world and had unbeatable environmental credentials, according to new research.
Narayana Murthy appointed director of Research Centre Imarat
Scientist Narayana Murthy appointed as the director of DRDO(Defence Research and Development Organisation) laboratory Research Centre Imarat (RCI),Hyderabad. He is succeeded by G. Satheesh Reddy.RIM Chairman
Women get M.S. Subbulakshmi Award
The Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Centenary Awards were presented to seven of India’s most-respected women artistes in Mumbai
Dinesh Bharadia won Marconi Society honour
Indian-born researcher Dinesh Bharadia at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had won the prestigious Young Scholar award of the US-based Marconi Society for his contribution to radio waves.
First US Marine National Monument in Atlantic Ocean
US President Obama designated the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, protecting fragile deep-sea ecosystems off the coast of New England as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
India Signs MoU With Sri Lanka
India and Sri Lanka Signed MoU to support livelihood of the fishing and farming communities by providing them equipment worth USD 2 million in the country’s southern Hambantota district.
India ranked 112th in World Economic Freedom Index
India has slipped by 10 positions to 112th, as it “fared badly” across categories including legal system and regulation, according to the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report
Anandi Ramalingam, first woman director BEL
Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has appointed Anandi Ramalingam, its head of marketing as its first woman director. Ramalingam was earlier the general manager heading the Military Communication Strategic Business Unit (SBU) at BEL.
Nano-scale Canadian flag sets Guinness world record
The Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo set a world record for creating a Canadian flag measuring about one one-hundredth the width of a human hair.
NASA to explore microbes of International Space Station
NASA is planning to analyse the microbes that people have brought with them and left behind - on the International Space Station to better understand how to control the microbial environment in future human exploration spacecraft.
India successfully test-fires 'Barak-8' missile
India successfully test-fired the most advanced surface-to-air missile 'Barak-8' off the Odisha coast. The long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed jointly with Israel, was launched.
Global pledge to stamp out drug-resistant infections
The 193 countries of the United Nations have agreed a landmark declaration to rid the world of drug-resistant infections or "superbugs".
21st September - International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace is observed across the world to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
2016 Theme: 'The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace'.
Ken-Betwa interlinking project
The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given its approval to Ken-Betwa river interlinking project. It is India’s first inter-State river interlinking project.
Bloom Energy’s fuel cell technology
NASA scientist K.R. Sridhar began work on creating a technology that would sustain life on Mars. He began tweaking the technology to create electricity in an easy and non-polluting manner.
Paris climate treaty clears first hurdle
31 countries submitted their ratification instruments for the Paris climate treaty to the UN, bringing the total count of countries that have endorsed the treaty to 60, accounting for nearly 48 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Mars quakes could produce energy source to support life
Rocks formed by the grinding together of other rocks during earthquakes are rich in trapped hydrogen that can support microorganisms, says a study published in Astrobiology .
India’s second cultural varsity opens in Imphal
The Manipur University of Culture opened with its first session at the premises of the Government Dance and Music College at Imphal. This is the second such institution. The first University of Culture is in Odisha.
PSLV’s longest flight to take off on September 26
The PSLV satellite launcher will for the first time place its multiple passengers in two different orbits. The flight is also significant as it will last two hours and 15 minutes, making it the PSLV’s longest ever.
7-day ‘Naropa 2016’ festival begins at Leh
A grand spiritual gathering that happens once in 12 years and is referred to as the 'KumbhMela of the Himalayas' had begun in Ladakh’s biggest monastery, Hemis, to commemorate the millennial birth anniversary of the scholar saint Naropa.
Undersea cable to link Andaman, mainland
The Union Cabinet has approved a direct communication link through a submarine Optical Fibre Cable between Mainland (Chennai) and Port Blair & five other islands viz. Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Havelock, Kamorta and Great Nicobar.
Agriculture museum inaugurated at IGKV
An agriculture museum will be inaugurated at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV) and it is touted as the first of its kind in any agriculture university in the country.
China completes the ‘world’s highest bridge’
The Bridge Beipanjiang is a whopping 565 metres above the ground (1,854 feet), which is nearly twice the height of the 95-storey skyscraper, The Shard in London. This Bridge was named Beipan River, the waterway it crosses.
Committee to study Seventh Central Pay Commission
The 22-member panel formed to look into 7th Pay Commission anomalies.The panel will be headed by DoPT(Department of Personnel and Training) secretary.
Indian scientists develop genetically modified cotton
A team of Indian Scientists has developed a genetically modified (GM) mustard variety of cotton. This is the country’s first GM food crop. The new variety will be launched commercially in the near future and can rival Monsanto’s Seeds.
Isro successfully launches weather satellite INSAT-3DR
The Indian Space Research Organisation’s GSLV-F05 rocket successfully placed INSAT-3DR advanced weather satellite in the intended orbit . The satellite is expected to provide a variety of meteorological services to the country.
World’s 1st robotic eye operation performed in Britain
British surgeons have successfully performed the world’s first robotic operation inside the eye, potentially revolutionising the way such conditions are treated.
44th New Delhi World Book Fair
The nine-day fair, touted as the largest international fair in the Afro-Asian region, will host 1500 participants from across India, including over 50 foreign exhibitors.
Patrolling vessel Sarathi in Goa
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned the offshore patrolling (OPV) vessel, Sarathi, at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), the defence shipyard in south Goa. This vessel is the third in the series of six OPVs.
Anjum Chopra – first Indian woman to become MCC member
Former Indian women’s team captain Anjum Chopra has been awarded an honourary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). She is the first Indian woman cricketer to get the prestigious life membership of MCC.
Indra Nooyi 2nd most powerful woman in Fortune list
PepsiCo CEO and chairman Indra Nooyi is the only Indian-origin woman in Fortune’s 51 Most Powerful Women list that is topped by Mary Barra, CEO and chairman of General Motors.
Mandi, Sindhudurg Emerge Cleanest Districts In India
Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra have emerged the cleanest districts in India according to a report released in New Delhi by Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Wrestler Sakshi Malik enters world top-5
India’s bronze medal winner at the Rio Olympics, entered the top 5 of the 58 kg women’s wrestling world rankings at the fourth place . She is the only Indian wrestler to be ranked in the top 10 of the United World Wrestling rankings.
Subramanian Swamy awarded ‘Tamil Ratna’ in United States
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has been honoured with the ‘Tamil Ratna’ award by a body of Tamil diaspora here for fighting corruption and working for more transparency in the functioning of the government.
Andhra 2nd state to achieve 100% electrification
Andhra Pradesh has become the second state in the country after Gujarat to achieve 100 per cent electrification of households. JM Financials published the report based on a national-level survey on electrification in various states.
Ewan McGregor to receive Humanitarian award
Actor Ewan McGregor will receive the Britannia Humanitarian Award at the British Academy Britannia Awards in California for creating positive social change and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues.
OP Kohli sworn-in as 26th Governor of Madhya Pradesh
Governor of Gujarat, Om Prakash Kohli, took oath of office as the 26th governor of Madhya Pradesh at Raj Bhavan After Ram Naresh Yadav’s tenure in office got over.
IDBI AMC appoints Dilip Mandal MD & CEO
Dilip Kumar Mandal has been appointed managing director & chief executive officer of IDBI Asset Management Company (AMC).
V shanmuganathan sworn in as Arunachal pradesh governor
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan was sworn in as the governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Shanmuganathan to discharge the additional duty of Arunachal Pradesh after Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa.
Anoop K Sharma new CMD of Shipping Corporation
The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) is a Government of India Public Sector Enterprise with its headquarters in Mumbai that operates and manages vessels that services both national and international lines.
East Asia Summit
India and other leaders of the 18-member East Asia Summit reaffirmed their support to promote nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation. As they underlined the importance of nuclear security to combat nuclear terrorism.
India-US Economic Summit
Leaders from business, government and academia will deliberate on ways to enhance bilateral trade and investments between India and the US during a two-day summit. The chamber’s North India council is hosting the function.
Yudh Abhyas 2016 begins in Uttarakhand
The joint military training exercise between India and United States dubbed as 'Yudh Abhyas 2016' has begun in Chaubattia in Uttarakhand.
Ramesh Raskar wins 2016 Lemelson-MIT Prize
India-born innovator and scientist Ramesh Raskar has won the prestigious 2016 Lemelson-MIT Prize. He is an associate professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT’s) Media Lab.
Union Cabinet approves formation of GST Council
The Union Cabinet has approved the process, formation and functioning of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council as per the Article 279A of the Constitution.
Deepa Malik first Indian woman to win Paralympics medal
Deepa Malik has created history by winning silver medal in Women’s shotput at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. With this she becomes first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
MoU between India and South Africa
The Union Cabinet has apprised of the MoU between India and South Africa for promoting bilateral cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
BTA between India and Switzerland
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of the Bilateral Technical Arrangement (BTA) between India and Switzerland on the identification and return of Indian and Swiss Nationals and its implementation.
3rd BRICS Urbanisation Forum Meet begins in Vishakhapatnam
The third edition of BRICS Urbanisation Forum Meet has started in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. During the three-day deliberations, they will discuss investments, urbanisation, formation of new cities and others.
Jhajharia creates record, wins gold
Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia scripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke world record at the ongoing Rio Games.
Newly discovered fish named after Obama
The fish, of the genus Tosanoides, was named in honour of Obama for his commitment to protecting nature through the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea World's largest Protected Marine Monument.
Indian wushu team wins 9 medals in Asian Championship
The Indian wushu team won four silver and five bronze medals in the 6th Asian Championship which drew to a close in Taoyuan, Taiwan.
ISRO set to launch advanced INSAT-3DR
ISRO will launch the advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR from Sriharikota. INSAT 3DR will maintain continuity in the weather forecasting-related services of its predecessors and a variety of other meteorological functions.
8th sep - 50th International Literacy Day
Theme: 'Reading the Past, Writing the Future'. It honored the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world.
14th ASEAN-India Summit
PM Modi met South Korean President Park Geun-hye to further enhance strategic partnership. The two discussed further cooperation in areas like counter terrorism and maritime security.
Toxic air pollution particles found in brains
Toxic nanoparticles from air pollution have been discovered in human brains in abundant quantities, a newly published study reveals.
World’s Largest indoor theme park opens in dubai
The world’s largest indoor theme park, featuring popular Marvel and Cartoon Network-branded rides, opened its doors to the public in the Middle East’s tourist hub of Dubai- the latest in a myriad of new attractions.
Kiran Bedi launches ‘Shramdaan movement’ in Puducherry
Lt Governor Kiran Bedi launched ‘Shramdaan movement’ as part of Swachh Bharatand Swachh Puducherry initiative at a remote village.
India, Vietnam Sign 12 Agreements to Boost Bilateral Ties
India and Vietnam signed 12 agreements in a wide range of areas covering defence, IT, space, double taxation and sharing white shipping information, signalling a strong upward push in their strategic ties.
India, Chile expand their Preferential Trade Agreement
India and Chile agreed to expand their bilateral preferential trade agreement (PTA) with both sides offering to lower or eliminate tariffs on a number of items traded with each other.
JSS Malappuram wins Unesco literacy award
The Jan Sikshan Sansthan (JSS),has won the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy. The award has been conferred on the JSS in recognition of its literacy-linked skill development activities among the underprivileged in rural areas.
Mother Teresa declared a saint
Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint. honoring the nun who cared for the world’s most destitute and holding her up as a model for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls.
Michel Temer sworn in as Brazil’s new president
Michel Temer has been sworn in as the new president of Brazil after Dilma Rousseff was stripped of the presidency.