GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
Viswanathan Anand finishes third in Korchnoi Zurich Chess
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand of India finished third overall, in the Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge.
Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas to be celebrated
May 2, 2017 will be observed as Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas by National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) at 12 locations.
Digi Yatra’ initiative to make flying simple
The Ministry of Civil Aviation under the proposed “Digi Yatra” initiative is looking forward to make boarding pass and security check-ins digital at airports using Aadhaar and mobile phones.
Prime Minister inaugurates International Basava Convention
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled translated volumes of Vachana in 23 Indian languages on the occasion of Basava Jayanti.
First book village in the country to come up in Maharashtra
From May 4, Bhilar, a tiny hamlet in Satara district of Maharashtra is all set to become India’s first ‘book village’. It is inspired by Britain’s Hay-on-Wye, which is a Welsh town located in the UK, famous for its bookstores.
Oorja-CAPFs Under-19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament-2017
The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will conduct ‘Oorja’ – CAPFs Under-19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament – 2017, throughout the country from May 1-15, 2017.
Kia to enter India, to pump in Rs. 7,000 cr
The South Korean firm, part of the Hyundai group is likely to build a new plant in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. Kia Motors is lining up around $ 1.1 billion (over Rs 7,000 crore) to set up a manufacturing plant in India.
Revival of fertiliser plants can make India an exporter
The Centre’s revival of four fertiliser plants at a total cost of 50,000 crore has the potential to turn India into a fertiliser exporting country from an importing one, said by Chemicals and Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar.
Top-level management rejig at Coca-Cola India
Beverage major Coca-Cola announced top level management changes in India Mr. Krishna Kumar is currently the CEO and South West Asia Regional Director of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Limited.
Vinegar can protect Great Barrier Reef
Common household vinegar may help protect Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef by effectively and quickly killing the coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish, scientists said.
Three new balsams add to Nilgiris biodiversity colours
Three new species of plants belonging to the Balsaminaceae family were identified in the Mukurthi National Park in the Nilgiris
Ranganathittu draws over 24 lakh tourists since 2008-09
The islets of Ranganathittu bird sanctuary in the Cauvery, near Srirangapatna, have remained all-season tourist destinations in the district drawing over three lakh visitors every year.
3D-printing conquers glass
Scientists have developed a novel way to 3D-print objects using glass, an advance that could be used to make very small optical components for complex computers.
Centre plans 2,000-crore push for women engineers
The Department of Science and Technology will be leading a 2,000-crore initiative to encourage more girls and women to take up careers in the domain of science and engineering, where they are under-represented.
NASA’s super balloon lifts off to collect near space data
A stadium-sized pressure balloon launched by NASA in New Zealand began collecting data in near space.
Himanta Biswa Sarma named interim BAI president
BJP leader and Assam Badminton Association President Himanta Biswa Sarma was appointed Badminton Association of India’s (BAI) interim head during its executive council meeting in Lucknow.
Sindhu wins, Saina bows out of Badminton Asia Championships
Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu cruised into the second round but compatriot Saina Nehwal bowed out fighting in the Badminton Asia Championships.
Sanjay, Aakriti clinch gold
Sanjay Kumar of Haryana in the boys’ 10000 metres walk and Aakriti of Punjab in the girls’ 5000 metre walk clinched gold in the National youth athletics championships at the Gachibowli stadium.
Pathak clinches 3000m gold
Raj Shekhar Pathak of Delhi clocked 8min 42.93secs to clinch the 3000m gold in the boys’ under-18 section of the National youth athletics championships at the Gachibowli Stadium.
Manpreet’s gold comes with National record, Worlds berth
Olympian Manpreet Kaur produced a stunning 18.86m effort as she comfortably broke her own National record and won the women’s shot put gold at the athletics Asian Grand Prix in Jinhua, China.
Nadal on course for a 10th title
Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat David Goffin to move within one more win of a 10th Monte Carlo Masters.
Aussie Open venue to get new stadium
A new multi-purpose 5,000-seater stadium is to be built at Melbourne Park as part of efforts aimed at keeping the Australian Open tennis tournament at its current site.
Bopanna-Cuevas win Monte Carlo Masters
Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas on Sunday lifted the men’s doubles crown at the Monte Carlo Masters. The crown is the the first of the season for Bopanna and Cuevas and the third overall for the Indian.
Bhuvneshwar is the best bowler in IPL history, says Murali
The Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan has hailed Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the best bowler in the history of the IPL.
ICC offers BCCI a new deal
The ICC Board has expressed readiness to amend some of the decisions it approved at the quarterly meeting in February, especially in relation to the changes to its Constitution and Financial models.
Strong India China partnership important for the world: IMF
Asserting that a strong India-China partnership is important for the world, the International Monetary Fund has said that maintaining openness to trade is very important, especially for Asia.
Trump administration gives 'biggest tax cut' in U.S. history
President Donald Trump is proposing “the biggest tax cut” ever, even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfil his promises to stimulate job creation and middle class prosperity.
PM launches low-cost regional flights
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurat the first flight under the UDAN — Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik — scheme for regional connectivity. Mr. Modi inaugurated the first UDAN flight on the Shimla-Delhi route.
India, Sri Lanka sign energy pact
Following overarching Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Sri Lanka, both sides will collaborate in a host of energy and infrastructure projects across the island.
AAP appoints Gopal Rai as new Delhi Convenor
Delhi's Development Minister and senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, Mr. Gopal Rai, has been appointed as the new Delhi convenor of the party.
Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar appointed CRPF chief
Senior IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar was appointed as the Director-General of the CRPF, two days after 25 personnel of the force were massacred by Naxals in Chhattisgarh.
Indian junior paddlers bag three bronze medals
Indian junior paddlers bagged three bronze medals in the Belgium junior and cadet open table tennis championship.
Giant black shipworm gets energy from sulphur discovered
Scientists have discovered a bizarre species of shipworm — a giant, black worm-like animal that plants itself into mud like carrots and gets energy from noxious fumes of sulphur.
India becoming hub of international arbitration: CJI
Chief Justice of India J S Khehar on Saturday said India is becoming a hub of international arbitration and the government’s initiative to work towards zero interference in the process will promote confidence among foreign traders.
Nomura launches fintech partnership in India
As part of its attempts to encourage entrepreneurship in the financial market space, Japanese financial major Nomura has launched its 'Voyager -Nomura FinTech Partnership' in India.
Revamped National Food Processing Mission to be launched
National Food Processing Policy which is to position India as a World Food Factory, the government will soon launch a revamped National Mission on Food Processing, according to Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
360° video of rocket launch from NASA
NASA, in coordination with commercial cargo provider Orbital ATK and launch service major United Launch Alliance (ULA), is set to broadcast the world’s first live 360° stream of a rocket launch,
With the new Google Earth,can virtually fly around the world
Google launched a re-imagined version of its free earth mapping service, weaving in storytelling and artificial intelligence and freeing it from apps.
India beat Malaysia to lift Asian School Hockey Championship
India emerged champion at the 5th Asian School Hockey Championship win over Malaysia.
Badminton rankings: PV Sindhu moves to No. 3
Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu climbed up two places to be at No. 3 in the latest BWF ranking.
New plant species found in Eastern Ghats
Species and flower named Emilia reddyi to honour NRSC scientist C. Sudhakar Reddy. Two researchers from the Andhra University and the National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad, have found a new plant species in the Eastern Ghats.
ISRO set for 1st development flight ‘game-changer’rocket
Indian Space Research Organisation plans to undertake next month the first developmental flight of a “game-changer” rocket capable of launching four-ton class of satellites from Sriharikota spaceport, says its Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar.
New species of 125 million-year-old dinosaur discovered
The new species belongs to a group of herbivores known as sauropods, which includes giants such as Brontosaurus and Brachiosaurus, who had long necks and pillar-like legs, said researchers from the Brigham Young University (BYU) in the U.S.
Metal atoms detected in Mars' ionosphere
Mars has electrically charged metal atoms high in its atmosphere, according to new data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. This can unveil the previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged ionosphere of the red planet.
Plumes from Saturn's Moon hints that it could support life
Intriguing new findings from data collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft suggest the possibility. Could icy moons like Saturn’s Enceladus in the outer solar system be home to microbes or other forms of alien life.
Newly discovered 'super-Earth' could host alien life
Scientists have discovered a new Earth-like planet orbiting a red dwarf star about 40 light-years away, which may be the best place yet to look for signs of life beyond the solar system.
Indian team for Asian Grand Prix
A 12-member Indian team will compete in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix at Jiaxing and Jinhua, China.
Video gaming to be featured at 2022 Asian Games
Video gaming will be featured as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games, with competitors in electronic sports. The Olympic Council of Asia says it will introduce esports to the official program of the Asian Games at Hangzhou, China.
Madurai Taekwondo Academy gears up for Guinness record
The 2,000 square-feet spacious ‘dojang’ (place where Taekwondo is practised) of the Madurai Takewondo Academy reverberates with as a bunch of youngsters for the Guinness record for the Largest Taekwondo Display (multiple venues).
Indians shine at Asian youth chess
India won four gold, five silver and three bronze to finish on top of the medal tally at the Asian youth chess championship.
Padma Shri award for Vikas
Vikas, a four-time Olympian was conferred with the Padma Shri award at Delhi.
Kathrine Switzer:The woman broke marathon’s gender barrier
Kathrine Switzer ran the premier Boston marathon in 1967 challenging norms. 50 years later, she ran again defying age. Kathrine Switzer is a force to be reckoned with.
Gayle first to hit 10,000 Twenty20 runs
Chris Gayle has become the first batsman to accumulate 10,000 Twenty20 runs, going past the milestone during a match-winning blitz in the Indian Premier League.
VVS Laxman launches his Foundation
Former India batsman takes forward his philanthropic work. VVS Laxman launches his Foundation.
India wins elections to two UN subsidiary bodies
India has won elections to two subsidiary bodies of a UN organ focussed on social and economic issues. India was elected to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council.
Rare Mahatma Gandhi stamps sold for £500,000 in UK
A set of four rare stamps featuring with portraits of Mahatma Gandhi has been sold for a record £500,000 at an auction in the UK which, its seller said, is the highest price ever paid for Indian stamps.
China successfully launches first cargo spacecraft
China successfully launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft, taking another crucial step towards realising the Communist giant’s ambition to have a permanently manned space station in the next few years.
Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 91st birthday
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch who turned 91, celebrated her birthday in a low-key fashion privately at her Windsor Castle home near London.
Beijing names six places in Arunachal in Chinese characters
China has reinforced its claims to Arunachal Pradesh by naming six places in the state in standardised Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet letters.
Modi to inaugurate UN Vesak Day in Colombo
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate UN Vesak Day in Colombo. Mr Modi will also hold meetings with the Sri Lankan leadership & are likely to finalise development cooperation agreements.
L&T and Hanwa Techwin to deliver guns to Indian Army
Indian engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Hanwa Techwin of South Korea signed a contract on Friday to manufacture the K9 Vajra-T tracked, self propelled artillery guns for the Indian Army.
Hindi may become must till Class X in CBSE schools
Students of schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Kendriya Vidyalyas (KVs) may have to compulsorily study Hindi till Class X with recommendations of State governments.
exhibition marking 100 years of Champaran
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an exhibition titled “Swachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani” in New Delhi mark the 100 years (centenary year) of Champaran Satyagraha.
Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016: Key Provisions
The Lok Sabha has passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by a voice vote to give more thrust to road safety, controlling pollution and accidents.
First UK rail freight service to China to depart
The first rail freight service from UK to China departed from Essex. The train service was launched as part of China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative
Malala Yousafzai made youngest UN Messenger of Peace
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio has bestowed the highest honour UN Messenger of Peace upon Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. She was described as a symbol of the most important thing in the world-education for all.
Align pay in PSBs to that in CPSEs: BBB
The Bank Board Bureau (BBB) has recommended that Government should bring in reforms in the compensation process in public sector banks (PSBs) on the lines of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).
India, Georgia sign Joint Statement to launch JFS
India and Georgia have singed a Joint Statement on the launching of the Joint Feasibility Study(JFS) on the Free Trade Agreement between both countries.
HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017
Parliament has passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017. It is the first national HIV law in South Asia.
Asha Parekh’s autobiography ‘The Hit Girl’
Authored by celebrated film critic and author Khalid Mohamed, the book covers the life and times of an actress who ruled the hearts of many in the 1960s and 1970s.
India lift Asian School Hockey Championship
Alishan Mohammad and Pratap Lakra scored a brace each as India emerged champion at the 5th Asian School Hockey Championship with a convincing 5-1 win over Malaysia in the final.
First Ever Ranking of Ports on Sanitation
For the first time ever, the twelve major ports under the Ministry of Shipping have been ranked on sanitation parameters, based on the efforts undertaken by them to counter waste generating sources.
Pulitzer’s Prize 2017: Winners List
Public Service: The staff of the New York Daily News and ProPublica. Breaking News Reporting: The staff of East Bay Times. Investigative Reporting: Eric Eyre, the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Sunita Sharma, B Venugopal appointed MDs in LIC
Sunita Sharma and B Venugopal were appointed as Managing Directors in Life Insurance Corporation of India. They have been appointed to the posts for a period of five years.
G20 Digital Ministerial Meeting held in Germany
G20 cooperation on the Digital Economy has become a special priority, subsequent to the adoption of Digital Economy Development and Cooperation Initiative in the 2016 Hangzhou Summit, under the Chinese Presidency.
G-7 foreign ministers meeting held in Lucca, Italy
A meeting held once a year between the seven most industrialised countries of the world with the participation of the European Union, the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting usually deals with the most urging problems in the international agenda.
‘Hope in a challenged democracy; An Indian narrative’
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has received the first copy of the Book titled ‘Hope in a challenged democracy; An Indian narrative’ authored by Shri Ashwini Kumar, from the former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Ajit Kumar, Shabri Bhattasali named new CBDT members
Senior bureaucrats Ajit Kumar Srivastava and Shabri Bhattasali were appointed members of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy making body of the Income Tax department.
“Nakshe” Portal launched by Dr. Harsh Vardhan
A new web portal “nakshe” was launched by the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi, on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Survey of India(SoI).
12th Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant
12th “iteration of Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant is ongoing at Vairengte. Vairengte in Mizoram houses the elite Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School of the Indian Army.
India, Australia sign various pacts
India and Australia sought to provide a boost to trade and security ties in a meeting between PM Narendra Modi and his visiting Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull even as the much-awaited free trade agreement remained elusive.
Davis Cup: India seal 4-1 win over Uzbekistan
India sealed a 4-1 win against Uzbekistan in the second round of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie in Bangalore to advance to the World Group playoff.
Lewis Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the Chinese Grand Prix to take his first win of the year and move into a share of the championship lead. Vettel finished second.
‘Asian Businesswoman of the Year’
Bihar-origin Asha Khemka, who arrived in the UK with her family in 1978 without English skills and went on to change the lives of thousands as an educationist, was named “Asian Businesswoman of the Year” at an event in Birmingham.
Malvika Sinha appointed RBI Executive Director
As Executive Director, she will look after foreign exchange department, department of government and bank accounts and internal debt management wing, RBI said in a release.
Indians become biggest migrant group in Australia
Indians have emerged as the fastest growing migrant group in the Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria, recording a growth of 2.3% in the last ten years, according to latest census figures.
Kristin Davis appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced the appointment of internationally acclaimed actress and philanthropist Kristin Davis as its Goodwill Ambassador.
World Homoeopathy Day
Minister of State (Independent Charge), for AYUSH Sh. Shripad Yesso Naik, inaugurated the National Convention on World Homoeopathy Day on 10 April 2017 at New Delhi.
MP govt starts ambitious ‘Deendayal Rasoi Yojana’
Madhya Pradesh government kick-started its ambitious ‘Deendayal Rasoi Yojana’ under which subsidised meals will be available at Rs 5 per plate to people, especially the economically disadvantaged sections of society.
Sisi declares three-month state of emergency in Egypt
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency in Egypt following twin church bombings that killed dozens of people in two cities.
PV Sindhu to win India Open 2017 title
India’s badminton star PV Sindhu added yet another title to her name after winning the India Open Superseries title in New Delhi. This was her first title at home as she beat Rio Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin in the final.
Record Capacity Addition of Wind Power
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set another record in the wind power capacity addition by adding over 5400 MW in 2016-17 against the target of 4000 MW.
PM dedicates Chenani-Nashri Tunnel to the Nation
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi dedicated India’s longest road tunnel, the 9 kilometre long Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, to the nation.
Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission to go paperless
Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) is all set to launch e-Governance Project to start paperless functioning, making it the first PSC of the country to do so.
First bio-gas bus launched in Kolkata
A city based company has launched the first bio-gas fuelled bus in Kolkata keeping a flat fare of just Re 1. All buses will have a flat fare of Re 1 irrespective of the distance, even in excess of 40 km.
World Autism Awareness Day 2017: 2 April
Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. Theme for the year 2017 is 'Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination'.
Moreno wins Ecuador presidential race
Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno was declared the winner of Ecuador’s Presidential runoff. But his rival, conservative banker Guillermo Lasso, has yet to concede defeat and demanded a recount after three exit polls showed him winning.
Dawit Isaak awarded World Press Freedom Prize
Dawit Isaak, an imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist, has been chosen to receive the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize
Rajiv Kumar appointed as India's Ambassador to the UN
Rajiv Kumar Chander has been appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva. Chander belongs to the Indian Foreign Services batch of 1983.
19th commonwealth forestry conference begins in Uttarakhand
The 19th Commonwealth Forestry Conference is being held at Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India from 3rd to 7th April, 2017. The ICFRE and FRI will be the Focal point of the conference, with support from MOEF & CC, Govt of India.