GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
Kanha tiger reserve : first in India get official mascot
Kanha in Madhya Pradesh became first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot named Bhoorsingh the Barasingha, to create a better connect with its visitors, especially the younger generation.
Vanita Gupta appointed president of 'Leadership Conference'
Indian-American Vanita Gupta, who headed civil rights division in the Dpt of Justice in the Obama Administration, has been appointed as president and CEO of 'The Leadership Conference', becoming the first woman to head the organisation.
3rd G20 Framework Working Group meeting held in Varanasi
Around 70 financial and economic policy mandarins from 32 countries are brainstorming on the state of global economy with the hard turn on protectionism and climate change.
S.V Sunil named Asian Hockey Player of Year
India forward SV Sunil was named the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Player of the Year for 2016. On the other hand, Harmanpreet Singh was chosen as the Promising Player of the Year in the continental body’s annual awards.
Central Board of Excise and Customs chief
Senior bureaucrat Vanaja N Sarna was appointed as chairperson of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Sarna, a 1980 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), is at present member in the CBEC.
‘Namami Brahmaputra’ Festival
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival in Guwahati. The five day long festival is being organized by the Govt of Assam with aim to strengthen the bonds among communities of Assam.
India becomes associate member of IEA
India has joined the International Energy Agency as an associate member, a development that the IEA makes the prestigious Paris-based body more relevant and reflects the country's move to the centre stage of the global energy dialogue.
Nomura names Prabhat Awasthi as new India Head
Global investment bank Nomura has appointed Prabhat Awasthi as its new India head. Awasthi, who is currently Head of Equities, India, will replace Vikas Sharma as the country head from April 1.
2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
Special Olympics Team India Competing against 2700 athletes from 107 countries won 37 gold, 10 silver and 26 bronze medals and secured 5th position in the overall medal tally.
2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium
The iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata has been named as the venue for the final of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be held in India from October 6-28.
Anupam Kher receives Kala Ratan Award
Veteran actor Anupam Kher was honoured with the Kala Ratan Award by Vice President Hamid Ansari. Anupam Kher was also honoured with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.
International Diamond Conference held in Mumbai
The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC) organised International Diamond Conference at Mumbai. The theme of this session was 'Mines to Market 2017'.
Army Releases Book titled 'Home of the Brave'
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat released the book 'Home of the Brave' on the history of Indian Army's Counter Insurgency Force, the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), in New Delhi.
Jeff Bezos - Now the World's Second Richest Person
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the world’s second-richest person, adding $1.5 billion to his net worth at $75.6 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index.
Sima Kamil - First woman to head major Pakistani bank
Sima Kamil is appointed as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the United Bank Limited (UBL), one of the Pakistan largest banks.
General title of Nepal Army
Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat was conferred the title of honorary general of the Nepal Army by Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
Scientists switch on the world’s largest artificial sun
Scientists from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) have switched on world’s largest artificial sun – a device developed to help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuels.
Earth Hour observed across the World
The eleventh edition of the Earth Hour was observed across the world to take a global call on climate change. To mark this day, cities worldwide turned their lights off from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time.
West Bengal wins 2017 Santosh Trophy
West Bengal won the 2017 Santosh Trophy of football by defeating Goa by 1-0 goals. It was 71st edition of Santosh Trophy and overall record 32nd win of West Bengal.
4 ISRO team joined 36-ISEA
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has joined the 36th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (36-ISEA) organised by the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR).
Shekatkar Committee recommendations to reform military
The Union Defence Ministry has approved most of the proposals of a committee of experts, headed by Lt. Gen. D.B. Shekatkar (Retd) to bring host of reforms in the military and improve financial management.
TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft
The Indian Navy has de-inducted TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft after 29 years of dedicated service to the nation and 30,000 hours of accident-free flying.
101 cold chain projects to boost food processing sector
The Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (FPI) has sanctioned 101 projects across the country. These projects will leverage a total investment of Rs. 3,100 crore for creation of modern infrastructure for the food processing sector.
India, Nepal renew petroleum supply agreement
India and Nepal have signed an agreement to renew supply of petroleum to Nepal for a period of five years. Under it IOC will supply about 1.3 million tonnes of fuel annually to Nepal with a promise to double the volume by 2020.
Parliament Passes Mental Health Bill, 2016
The Parliament has passed the Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016 that decriminalizes suicide attempt by mentally ill people and guarantees the right to better healthcare for people with mental illness.
IAF launches Aviation Turbine Fuel Digital Issue and Payment
Indian Air force has formally launched web based e-billing system Aviation Turbine Fuel Digital Issue and Payment (ATF DIP).
Indian Navy inducts surveillance ship INLCU L51
It was commissioned at a ceremony held in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Command of Navy INLCU L51 is the first of the eight ships of the LCU Mk IV Class.
Odisha adopt SHG based financial inclusion model
Odisha became the first state in the country to adopt Self Help Groups (SHG) based model for financial inclusion model to extend banking services in the unbanked areas through SGHs.
UN appoints David Beasley to head World Food Programme
United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres has appointed David Beasley as head of the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP). Beasley will replace Etharin Cousin, who has been the WFP executive director since 2012.
India becomes net exporter of power for the first time
According to Central Electricity Authority (CEA), under Union Power Ministry, India for the first time has become a net exporter of electricity. India exported around 5,798 million units of electricity to Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar.
ABB India wins Smart Technology of the Year 2016
ABB India has been awarded with Smart Technology of the Year 2016 for its efforts at restoration of 1,035 MW Sharavathi hydropower plant in Karnataka
India’s longest highway tunnel to be inaugurated
India's longest highway tunnel at Chenani Nashri, between Udhampur and Ramban in Jammu & Kashmir is all set to be inaugurated. The 10.89 km tunnel has absorbed a sum of Rs 2519 crore in its construction.
Vidya Pillai wins silver in Women World Snooker
India's Vidya Pillai produced a spirited performance before settling for silver in the World Women Snooker Championship in Singapore. Hong Kong's former World Champion, Ng On Yee, won the gold medal.
Five Indian-Americans among the richest in the US: Forbes
Symphony Technology founder Romesh Wadhwani, co-founder of outsourcing firm Syntel Bharat Neerja Desai, airline veteran Rakesh Gangwal, entrepreneur John Kapoor and Silicon Valley angel investor Kavitark Ram Shriram feature in Forbes’
India hosting Commonwealth Auditors General conference
India is hosting the 23rd Conference of Auditors General of Commonwealth nations and nine British overseas territories here, to discuss the role of technology in public audit.
Arundhati Bhattacharya among Fortune's 50 greatest leaders
SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya and Indian-origin physician Raj Panjabi have been named by Fortune magazine among the world's 50 greatest leaders who are transforming the world and inspiring.
Bengaluru gets India's first vertical garden
In a first in India, Bengaluru got its first vertical garden, which it hopes will help in lowering the pollution levels of the city.
Scientists discover five new sub-atomic particles at CERN
Scientists using Large Hadron Collider accelerator (LHC) at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) have discovered a new system of five particles all in a single analysis.
India’s first sign language dictionary to come up soon
The Union Government will soon launch country’s first-of-its-kind Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary which aims to bring uniformity in sign languages used by hearing and speech impaired people.
Union Cabinet approves four GST Bills
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the four Goods and Services Tax (GST) related bills. These Bills were earlier approved by the GST Council after clause by clause.
Ganga and Yamuna Rivers as living entity
The Uttarakhand High Court has recognized the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers as so-called living entities. It is for the first time any court in India has recognized a non-human as a living entity.
GRAPES-3 Telescope upgraded to detect solar storms
The GRAPES-3 experiment at TIFR’s (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) Cosmic Ray Laboratory in Ootacamund in Tamil Nadu is getting upgraded to detect solar storms.
NGT suspends Green nod for Neutrino project
The Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) suspended the Environmental Clearance (EC) granted to the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO). It has asked the project proponent to make a fresh application.
March 22 celebrated as World Water Day
2017 Theme: “Why Waste water?” It focuses on waste water and ways to reduce and reuse as over 80% of all the waste water.
world’s third-largest hypersonic wind tunnel
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created history by commissioning the world’s third-largest hypersonic wind tunnel at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
India ranks 131 in 2016 Human Development Index
India was ranked 131 in the 2016 Human Development Index (HDI) among the 188 countries. India scored 0.624 and was placed in medium human development category.
SaCReD initiative to make Majuli carbon neutral island
Assam Government launched Sustainable Action for Climate Resilient Development (SaCReD) Initiative to develop Majuli, the world’s largest river island, as the country’s first carbon neutral district.
MoU between India and US in field of Cyber Security
The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-ln) and the US Homeland Security Department on cooperation in the field of Cyber Security.
Cabinet approves amendments to NABARD Act, 1981
Union Cabinet has approved proposal for amending National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act, 1981. Decision in this regard was taken in the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Cabinet approves setting up of NSEBC
The Union Cabinet approved setting up of National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC) as a constitutional body. Constitutional amendment bill for amending Constitution by insertion of Article 338B.
Third Protocol amending India-Singapore DTAA
The Union Finance Ministry has notified hird Protocol amending India-Singapore Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). The agreement came into force in February 2017 and was signed in December 2016.
The Employees Compensation (Amendment) Bill, 2016
The Bill amends the Employee’s Compensation Act, 1923. It ensures compensation up to Rs 1 lakh to employee if an injured in an industrial accident and imposes hefty penalty in case of any violation by the employers.
India ranks 87th on Energy Architecture Performance Index
India ranked 87th among the surveyed 127 countries on a Global Energy Architecture Performance Index (EAPI) released as part of report of Geneva- based World Economic Forum (WEF).
Scientists develop solar-powered skin for prosthetic limbs
Researchers including Indian origin from University of Glasgow have developed new prototype prosthetic limbs having solar-powered skin.
March 24 celebrated as World TB Day
To raise public awareness about the global epidemic of Tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. 2017 Theme (Campaign): “Unite to End TB”. This year it is second year of a two year “United to End TB” Campaign.
French mathematician Yves Meyer wins 2017 Abel Prize
French mathematician Yves Meyer has won the prestigious 2017 Abel Prize for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets (small waves or ripples).
Union Government to launch Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana
Union Government is going to launch Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) scheme for providing physical aids and assisted-living devices for senior citizens belonging to BPL category.
Environment Ministry official to chair AWBI
Government has notified that Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory advisory body under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF) will now be permanently chaired by a senior MoEF official.
Indian Navy successfully test fires Barak missile
Indian Navy successfully conducted maiden test of short range surface-to-air Barak missile from country’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
UK grants doctors first licence to create 3-parent babies
Britain’s fertility regulator has granted first licence to doctors in Newcastle, northern England to create babies using a three-parent IVF technique designed to prevent inherited genetic diseases.
Environment Ministry provides 6-months window
The Union Ministry of Environment has provided a six months window and one-time opportunity to the industrial projects functioning without environmental clearance (EC) to apply for a back-dated EC.
US Fed raises benchmark interest rate by 0.25%
US Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25% for only the third time in a decade. The central bank Chaired by Janet Yellen voted to raise its key rate target to a range of 0.75% to 1%.
Jwala Gutta appointed as member of SAI governing body member
India’s most successful Badminton Doubles specialist Jwala Gutta was appointed as a member of the governing body of Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Tata Steel, Wipro named in world’s most ethical companies
Two Indian companies Tata Steel Limited and Wipro Limited were named in the list of World’s Most Ethical Companies 2017 by US think tank Ethisphere Institute.
Mallikarjun Kharge set to become next PAC Chairman
The Congress’s floor leader in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge will become next chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
NASA scientists found lost Chandrayaan-1 orbiting Moon
Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have found India’s first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1 which was considered lost, is still orbiting the moon. They also have found NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
IIT-M solar inverter system wins Award
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras has won the 2017 IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award for its solar-direct current (DC) inverter system.
Mass coral bleaching occurring in Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef in Australia’s eastern coast is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching.
Four States come together for elephant census
For the first time in India, four states Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have decided to conduct a synchronised elephant census in May 2017.
Winners of 2017 All England Championship Title of Badminton
Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei won the 2017 All England Championship Title of Badminton in the men’s singles event.
Punjab wins 2017 Santosh Trophy of Football
Punjab has won the 71st Santosh Trophy football tournament by defeating Railways by 2-1 goals. It was Punjab’s overall ninth Santosh Trophy after it had earlier won it in 1970, 1974, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2006 and 2007.
Narendra Kumar appointed as new Chairman
Union Government has appointed Narendra Kumar as the new chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC).
NTPC installs India’s largest Floating Solar PV Plant
State-run NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) has installed India’s largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) at Kayamkulam in Kerala.
Lok Sabha passes Admiralty Bill, 2016
The Lok Sabha has passed the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016.
BrahMos missile successfully test-fired
The land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with an extended range increased from 290 km to 450 km was successfully test fired.
Government to launch pilot project on ornamental fisheries
The Union Government is going to launch pilot project on ornamental fisheries in 8 potential States with total outlay of over 61 crore rupees.
Govt launches Mission Fingerling to achieve Blue Revolution
The Union Ministry of Agriculture has launched Mission Fingerling, a programme to enable holistic development and management of fisheries sector in India with a total expenditure of about Rs. 52000 lakh.
Parliament passes Enemy Property Bill, 2016
The Parliament has passed Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016 by voice vote to make amendments to the Enemy Property Act, 1968.
Scientists discover world’s 1st fluorescent frog
Scientists have discovered polka dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus), the world’s first fluorescent frog in Argentina.
Hyderabad best Indian city in living standards: Mercer
According to Mercer’s Quality of Living index rankings 2017, for the third consecutive time, Hyderabad (Telangana) has emerged as the best Indian city in terms of quality of living.
Madhukar Gupta Committee on border protection submits report
The Madhukar Gupta Committee on border protection has submitted its report to the Union Government to strengthen border protection and address vulnerabilities in fencing along the Indo-Pakistan border.
15 IIITs declared as Institutes of National Importance
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public- Private Partnership) Bill, 2017.
Cabinet approves revised MoU with Bangladesh
The Union Cabinet has approved Revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Mode of Operation (MoO) between India and Bangladesh for establishing Border Haats on India-Bangladesh Border.
CCEA approves Policy for Monetization of Methane Gas
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved Policy for Early Monetization of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) Gas Marketing and Pricing Freedom for CBM Gas.
March 15: World Consumer Rights Day
The World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) is celebrated every year on March 15 to pay solidarity with the international consumer movement and give more attention to promote basic rights of consumers.
Government unveils revised Building Code
The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution unveiled the revised Building Code, making builders liable for the structure’s safety.
Government launches Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme
The Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry has launched Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme for developing export linked infrastructure in states with a view to promoting outbound shipments.
Indrani Das wins top prize in Regeneron Science Talent
Indian-American teenager Indrani Das (17) has won the top prize of $2,50,000 in the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition in the United States (US).
Union Government approves National Health Policy, 2017
The Union Union Cabinet approved the National Health Policy 2017. It will replace the previous policy which was framed 15 years ago in 2002.
India hosts world’s oldest algae fossil
Indian Scientists have uncovered a pair of 1.6 billion-year-old fossils that appear to contain red algae. It may be the oldest plant-like life discovered on Earth. Until now, the oldest known red algae was 1.2 billion years old.
Endangered Kurukh gets official language status
West Bengal Government has given official language status to endangered tribal language Kurukh, mother tongue belonging to the Dravidian family.
NGT fixes norms for camping along Ganga in Uttarakhand
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has prohibited all camping activity on beaches which fall within 100 meters along the River Ganga from Shivpuri to Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
Odisha for first time achieves highest decline in IMR
For the first time in 16 years, Odisha has achieved highest decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). This decline is far better than the national average.
West Bengal Clinical Establishments Bill, 2017 passed
The State Legislative Assembly has passed the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017, by a voice vote.
Haryana Government announces Tirtha Darshan Scheme
Haryana Government has announced Tirtha Darshan Scheme under which senior citizens above 60 years of age in the state will be able to go on a pilgrimage within the country at government expense.
Punjab Agri University develops genetically-modified cotton
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in Ludhiana has claimed developing country’s first genetically-modified (GM) varieties of cotton – PAU Bt 1 and F1861. Cotton is the only GM crop allowed to be cultivated in India.
New canyon system found near Kovvada, Andhra Pradesh
Scientists for the first time have discovered three new canyons close to Kovvada in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.
India and Belgium sign Protocol
India and Belgium have signed a Protocol to amend the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between the two countries.
Government issues draft rules on e-wallet payments
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has issued draft Information Technology (Security of Prepaid Payment Instruments) Rules 2017 for Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPI) company or e wallet firms.
Parliament passes Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016
Parliament has passed the Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to raise maternity leave for working women from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for two surviving children.