GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
India’s First Electric Mass Mobility System Launched
Maharashtra’s chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has inaugurated India’s first multi-modal electric vehicle project at the Nagpur Airport Complex.
C.A. Bhavani Devi becomes first Indian to win a Gold
India’s C.A Bhavani Devi has become first Indian to win a Gold Medal in an international fencing tournament. She has won the gold medal in the sabre event of the Turnoi Satellite Fencing Championship held at Reykjavik in Iceland.
NIOS opens first-ever study centre in Telugu States
Union Ministry of Human Resources Development’s National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) opened its first-ever study centre in the Telugu States at the Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) for Women.
From NASA with love: new bacteria named after Kalam
Solibacillus kalamii has been found only on the International Space Station and not on Earth. In great news for India, scientists at NASA have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved A.P.J. Abdul Klam.
Nepalese Sherpa scales Everest for record 21 times
Kami Rita Sherpa stood atop the 8,848 metre peak, the world’s highest. A 47-year-old Nepalese Sherpa scripted history by becoming the third climber to scale Mount Everest for a record 21 times.
National India announces $500 mn assistance to Mauritius
India on Saturday announced a $500 million line of credit to Mauritius as the two countries resolved to deepen ties in a range of areas including the maritime domain.
Bangladesh removes 'un-Islamic' statue after protests
Bangladesh on Friday removed a controversial statue depicting a goddess of justice outside its Supreme Court that religious hardliners had deemed "un-Islamic", a move its creator said marked a victory for Islamists.
BCCI hunts for coach, Anil Kumble on sticky wicket
Kumble's contract concludes with the Champions Trophy. Kumble has been at the forefront of demanding pay hikes for cricketers - international and domestic.
Government bans Sale of Cattle for Slaughter
The Ministry of Environment and Forests have come up with new regulations that bans the sale of cattle for slaughter.
Indian women boxers get first foreign coach
Frenchman Stephane Cottalorda has been appointed as the first foreign coach for the elite women's boxing contingent on Wednesday.
Mahindra record best ever double points
Mahindra Racing recorded their best-ever double points finish in the FIA Formula E Championship after Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist came home in third and fourth place in the Paris E Prix.
The rare cobra lilies scientifically known as Arisaema translucens has been rediscovered in the western Nilgiris by nature enthusiasts K.M. Prabhu Kumar and Tarun Chhabra after a gap of 84 years.
Scientists from the United States have discovered a possible cure for Ebola viruses. They have discovered the first natural human antibodies that are capable of neutralizing & protecting animals against all 3 major disease.
Construction Commences on World’s Largest Telescope
Construction works for building Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) has commenced in Chile.
Second Indian Judge to US Circuit Court of Appeals
United States senate has confirmed Amul Thapar as a judge to the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. With this appointment he has become only the second Indian-American judge of an appeals court.
World’s Largest Aircraft Completes Test Flight
Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft has successfully completed a test flight by flying for a total of 180 minutes in Cardington, UK. During the test flight, the aircraft’s’ handling and improved landing technology.
James Bond Actor Roger Moore Passes Away
British actor Roger Moore, who played the much famed secret agent James Bond, has passed away at the age of 89. Roger Moore has acted as James Bond in seven films for 12 years between 1973 and 1985.
2nd Prototype of Light Utility Helicopter
The second prototype of the Light Utility Helicopter, LUH PT2, has successfully completed its first flight by flying smoothly for 22 minutes in Bengaluru.
Dr Tedros Elected as Director General of WHO
Former Ethiopian Health Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as the new Director-General of the World Health Organization.
Union Cabinet Approves Abolition of FIPB
The Union Cabinet has approved the abolition of 25 year old FIPB. Henceforth, concerned ministries will be responsible for direct approval of foreign investment proposals.
India’s First Underwater Rail Tunnel Completed
Afcons Transtonnelstroy & Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd involved in implementing the East West Metro have completed boring the India’s first underwater tunnel under the Hooghly river to link Howrah and Kolkata.
Cricketer of the Year
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has won the international cricketer of the Year Award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017.
Three new initiatives
Manoj Sinha has launched three new initiatives, namely, BSNL’s satellite phone service; Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Telecom Skill Excellence Award Scheme & Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme.
Mumbai and Kota among World’s most Crowded
World Economic Forum citing UN-Habitat data has named two Indian cities-Mumbai and Kota among the world’s most crowded cities. Dhaka has topped the list followed by India’s financial capital Mumbai.
Country’s Longest Bridge in Assam
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India’s longest river bridge – the Dhola-Sadia Bridge in Assam. The construction of the bridge began in 2011. The cost of the project is about Rs 2056 cores.
Google’s Rajan Anandan Appointed Chairman of IAMAI
Google’s vice-president for South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan has been appointed as the new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
Anurag Tripathy Appointed as Secretary of CBSE
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has appointed Anurag Tripathy, a 1998 batch officer of Indian Railway personnel Service (IRPS) as the new secretary of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
World’s First Philosophical Novel on God Unveiled
IAS officer Haulianlal Guite has recently published a philosophical novel for God titled “Confessions of a dying mind: the blind faith of atheism“.
May 23: World Turtle Day
Every year May 23 is celebrated as the World Turtle Day as an annual observance aimed at protecting turtles and tortoises and their rapidly disappearing habitats across the world.
Nauru Ratifies International Solar Alliance Framework Pact
The tiny island of Nauru which is the world’s smallest republic has become the sixth country to ratify the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework pact.
IIT Kharagpur’s and Madhya Pradesh signed an MoU to collaborate on the development of a Happiness Index for measuring the well-being of the residents of the state.
Ovais Sarmad Appointed to Key Post in UNFCCC
Ovais Sarmad who is an Indian national has been appointed by the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the post of Deputy Executive Secretary, which is a key post in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
India’s GDP Growth
In the report titled, World Economic Situation and Prospects, the UN has projected a 7.3% growth for India in 2017. Earlier in the report’s January edition, UN had foretasted a growth of 7.7% for the year.
IT Department Launches Operation Clean Money
Income Tax Department (ITD) has initiated Operation Clean Money to investigate tax evaders. As a part of the operation, the government has launched a website on ‘Operation Clean Money’ operation.
Proxima B likely to have Water and Support Alien Life
An Earth Like Planet called Proxima B orbiting the closest neighboring Star, Proxima Centauri, which is about 4.2 light years away is expected to have liquid water and the potential to support alien life.
AP, Singapore In Pact For Developing Amaravati Startup Area
Andhra Pradesh state government has signed the MoU with Singapore for developing an area of 6.84 km at capital Amaravati.
Indian Army gets its First Artillery Gun in 30 Years
Nearly after 30 years after the induction of Bofors howitzers, Indian Army will get its first artillery guns called M777 from BAE Systems.
Released Book Series written by MS Swaminathan
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a two-part book series written by the eminent agricultural scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan. The series is titled – M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a world without hunger.
Oldest civilisation site - Haryana
NASA of the United States & the ISRO would inspect the excavation being carried out at an archaeological site in Haryana’s Fatehabad district to verify claims of it being the oldest civilisation in the world.
IIEST creates India’s first smart grid project
The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) has successfully created the country’s first smart grid project, which will generate power from renewable sources of energy.
BSNL Signs MoU with Facebook and MobiKwik
BSNL has inked agreements with Facebook and MobiKwik in order to popularize the internet and its value added services among its customers.
Whitley Awards (Green Oscars)
Sanjay Gubbi of Karnataka and Purnima Barman of Assam have won the prestigious Whitley Award for their contributions in wildlife conservation. Whitley awards are popularly known as Green Oscars.
Tata Group Named Country’s Most Valuable Brand
Brand finance in its 2017 report that lists India’s 100 most valuable brands has named Tata Group as the most valuable brand in India at an estimated brand value of $13.1 billion.
Prestigious Dan David Prize Wins by Shrinivas Kulkarni
Indian scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni has won the prestigious Dan David prize as a recognition for his contributions made in the field of astronomy. Shrinivas Kulkarni, a professor of astrophysics and planetary science.
World's tiniest 'miracle' baby has heart surgery in Udaipur
He weighed merely 470 grams at birth and was just the size of a palm. He was born prematurely after 28 weeks (5.5 months). He had heart complications. After 15 days of birth, He underwent a heart surgery.
Women's hockey : India lose 2-8 against New Zealand
Indian women's hockey team suffered an embarrassing 2-8 defeat against hosts New Zealand in the second of the five-match series on Tuesday.
ICC Test Ranking: India Retains No.1 Spot
Indian cricket team has retained its top position in the latest ICC Test rankings with 123 points. Indian team is six points ahead of second placed South Africa.
Sri Lanka, which attended the just concluded Belt and Road Forum, has backed India's concerns on "sovereignty and territorial integrity" over the OBOR project.
Scientists at IIT Delhi Develops Cheapest Respiratory Filter
Scientists at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi have developed the device ‘Nasofilters’ which is capable of restricting up to 95% of dust and air pollutants. Involving a cost of Rs 10, it is the cheapest naso filter available.
Arjun Maini becomes First Indian to Win a GP3 Race
The 19-year-old Motorsports Indian driver Arjun Maini, who drives for Jenzer Motorsport, has become the first Indian to win a GP3 Series.
Lewis Hamilton Wins Spanish Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton has won the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position in the Formula One championship. This is Hamilton’s 55th career win and second win of the season. He won his first title in 2008.
US to Sell high-tech chemical protective clothing to India
Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) protective clothing worth $75 million to India. For the first time.
World bank’s Power Accessibility List
India has jumped 73 spots to be ranked 26th in World Bank’s electricity accessibility list. The country was ranked 99th in 2014. Out of the 18,452 villages which lacked electricity, over 13,000 has been provided access to electricity.
Rafael Nadal Wins Madrid Open Title
Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem to clinch his fifth Madrid Open title.Nadal has won his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title tying the all-time record with Serbia’s Novok Djokovic.
Air Marshal PN Pradhan has been appointed as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations). PN Pradhan was commissioned as a pilot in Indian Air Force in 1981.
Women’s Cricket: Sets new Record
The partnership of Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut scored 320 in 45.3 overs in 45.3 overs to become the world’s first pair, either male or female, to forge a 300-run opening-wicket partnership in One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
Edouard Philippe appointed as Prime Minister of France
French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed Edouard Philippe as the new prime minister of France. At 46, Edouard Philippe would be the second-youngest Prime Minister of France.
World Cup Archery
The Indian Men’s compound archery team has managed to win gold after defeating Columbia 226-221 in the archery World Cup stage 1 championships held in Shanghai, China.
Bengali Mandatory in all Schools, West Bengal
West Bengal State government has made Bengali mandatory in all schools, including private English medium schools.
MoU Signed between Indian Navy and Space Application Centre
Memorandum of Understanding on Data Sharing and Scientific cooperation in the field of Meteorology and oceanology. As per the MoU, the scientific advancements and expertise achieved by SAC would be synergised into the Indian Naval efforts.
India and Palestine Inks 5 Agreements
These 5 MoUs signed were on visa exemption for diplomatic passport holder, agriculture cooperation, cooperation in field of IT & Electronics, health sector and cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports.
Vikas settles for bronze at Asian Boxing Championship
Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan continued to pack a powerful punch for India at the Asian Boxing Championships, advancing to the final with contrasting victories, Vikas Krishan settled for a bronze medal .
Kavinder,Manoj,Satish qualify for World Boxing Championships
Third seed Satish Kumar and sixth seed Manoj Kumar were among the three Indian boxers who qualified for the World Championships.
Neeraj, Anuu win gold in Indian Grand Prix Athletics
World junior record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra grabbed a gold, In women's javelin, national record holder Annu Rani of UP won the goldat the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
TVS joins hand with MASESA to enter Central America
TVS Motor Company globally announced its alliance with MASESA (Mayor Servicios Socieda Anonima), a Guatemala based company that is a leader in the commercialization of motorcycles and Tuk Tuks in the Central American region.
International Nurse's Day
A social reformer and founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, was born on May 12, in the year 1820. Every year, her birth date is celebrated as International Nurse's Day.
Gaurav Gill nominated for Arjuna Award
Gaurav Gill is hoping to become the first Arjuna awardee from motorsports..
Jehan Daruvala is the 1st Indian in F3 European Championship
Jehan Daruvala created history by becoming the first Indian racer to occupy pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championships.
PM Inaugurates Supreme Court’s ICMIS
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated Supreme Court’s Integrated Case Management Information System (ICMIS). This digital filing system will mark Supreme Court’s first towards becoming a paperless, digital court.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary hitches wagon to star tortoises
Successful rehabilitation of rescued reptiles for Kerala Forest Department at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) to rehabilitate Indian star tortoises( . CWS has become the only rehabilitation centre for star tortoises in the country.
Ahmedabad gets air quality monitors to battle pollution
To effectively battle increasing air pollution, the Ahmedabad is launching a comprehensive Air Quality Index (AQI) and Air Information and Response (AIR) plan that includes an air pollution alert system and health risk communication.
India to remain innovation hub for Adobe
American software giant Adobe said 30 per cent of its R&D staff work in India, making a fundamental contribution to each of its product and hinted that the country will continue to be the innovation hub for it.
Railways to acquire EoTT system to run trains without guards
The Indian Railways will float global tenders worth over ₹100 crore for acquiring sophisticated equipment to run 1,000 trains without guards.
China tests a ‘lunar palace’ on earth
Chinese students will live in a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days as Beijing prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the moon.
India to grow at 7.7% in 2018-19: IMF
According to the report, growth in Asia is forecast to accelerate to 5.5% in 2017 from 5.3% in 2016. India’s growth is expected to rebound to 7.2% in the 2017-18 fiscal and 7.7% in 2018-19 after demonetisation, said by the IMF.
PM to attend UN Vesak Day Celebrations in Sri Lanka
Prime Minister Modi will travel to Sri Lanka to attend the Buddhist festival ‘Vesak Day’ (Buddha Jayanti) that commemorates birth, enlighten and death of Buddha.
Twitter makes Taranjeet Singh as Country Director for India
Microblogging platform Twitter said that it has elevated Taranjeet Singh as its Country Director for India.
May 11: National Technology Day
National Technology Day is being observed across India on May 11 to mark India’s technological advancements. 2017 National Technology Day Theme: ‘Technology for inclusive and sustainable growth’.
Mumbai boys Bhaven, Hriday win bronze at World Schools Chess
Bhaven Shah and Hriday Sheth, set a record for India by winning a bronze medal each in the blitz format of the World Schools Chess Championships 2017.
FIFA elects Skouris as head of ethics committee
Vassilios Skouris of Greece, a former president of the European Court of Justice, was elected head of FIFA's ethics committee.
Poovamma pips Jisna to 400m gold
M.R. Poovamma backed gold for the women’s 400 metres in the second Indian Grand Prix athletics at the Nehru Stadium.
India protests Participation of Canada’s PM
India has protested the participation of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at ‘Khalsa Day’ in Toronto that saw felicitation of Sikh separatist elements and featured Khalistani flags and posters of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.
Kozhikode to be 1st city to have a comprehensive master plan
Kozhikode will become the first city in the State to have a comprehensive master plan for the next 20 years said by the Joint Town Planning Committee (JTPC) chaired by Mayor Thottathil Raveendran.
Vinay Mohan Kwatra Appointed as Ambassador to France
Diplomat Vinay Mohan Kwatra has been appointed as India’s next ambassador to France. He is currently serving as joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
‘CASO’ to be Reintroduced
Indian Army has planned to re-introduce cordon and search operations (CASO) as a part of its counter terrorism operations after a gap of 15 years.
India launches satellite to help South Asian nations
South Asia Satellite or GSAT-9, termed India's technology largesse from the sky to the peoples of the region, was flown into space on a GSLV rocket.
NASA missions on solar system
A new mission to Saturn’s moons Titan or Enceladus to find signs of life beyond Earth cannot be ruled out as NASA says it is reviewing 12 proposals for future unmanned solar system mission to be launched in the mid-2020s.
Anas wins 400m gold
Muhammed Anas won the men’s 400 metres gold in the Indian Grand Prix at the Netaji Institute of Sports Complex.
Rupinderpal’s brace seals bronze for India
Indian hockey team outclassed New Zealand to clinch a bronze medal in the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, in Ipoh.
New Chairman of FIFA Governance Committee
Retired judge of Delhi High Court Justice Mukul Mudgal has been elected as the Chairman of FIFA Governance committee at the FIFA’s 67th Congress held in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama.
Sanjay Mitra next Defence Secretary
The Centre named Sanjay Mitra, Secretary Ministry of Transport and Highways as the next Defence Secretary.
Sanjay Pratihar bags INSA Medal for Young Scientist
Sanjay Pratihar, a scientist at Assam’s Tezpur University, has been selected for the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal
Uttar Pradesh: An Ambulance Service for Cows Flagged-Off
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has flagged off an ambulance service that would cater to the needs of the cows.
Department of Telecommunications launches Portal
The Department of Telecommunications has launched a web portal called the ‘Tarang Sanchar’ web portal that will allow tracking of radiation emitted from mobile towers within their locality.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launches Vidya-Veerta Abhiyan
The Minister for HRD Prakash Javadekar has launched Students for soldiers- a nationwide Vidya – Veerta Abhiyan to encourage Universities & educational institutions to display portraits of Param Veer Chakra-decorated soldiers.
India’s Second Tallest Flag Pole inaugurated in Kolhapur
India’s second tallest flag pole has been Inaugurated in Kolhapur. The pole which is 303 feet high has been constructed in the Police training academy garden as a part of the Kolhapur beautification project.
India-Turkey inks Three Agreements
India and Turkey have signed three agreements following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
BAT Repeats Brutality by Beheading Two Indian Soldiers
Pakistan’s ‘border action team’ (BAT) has beheaded two Indian soldiers by sneaking 200 metres into Indian Territory in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir
MP becomes 1st State to Shift Financial Year
Madhya Pradesh has become the first state in the country to shift its financial year from the present April-March cycle to January-December. The state’s budget session for the next financial year would be held in December-January.
India’s Current Sovereign Ratings
Fitch, in its latest rating review, has affirmed India’s sovereign rating at BBB-, which is the lowest investment grade rating.