GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
Cricket World Cup
The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International cricket. The event is organised by the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council, every four years, with preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a finals tournament.
Murray Gell-Man: Nobel Prize winning physicist
He is credited with bringing order to the universe by helping discover and classifying subatomic particles. Murray was born and raised in New York City, US. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Yale University in 1948 and his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1951.
India elected to Executive Board of 1st UN-Habitat Assembly
India has been elected to the Executive Board of first United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) Assembly. About UN–Habitat It is the United Nations agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development. It was established in 1978 and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize
It is awarded every year for the best published literary work in English language, written by an author aged 39 or under. The prize includes a prize sum of £30,000 and celebrates international world of fiction in all its forms including novels, poetry, drama and short stories. Sri Lankan writer Guy Gunaratne (2019) own prize.
ISSF World Cup Rifle: Apurvi Chandela wins Gold
India’s Apurvi Chandela won gold in women’s 10m Air Rifle at ISSF World Cup Rifle held in Munich, Germany. This is Apurvi’s 2nd Shooting World Cup Gold of 2019 in Women’s 10m Air Rifle after the one she won with a world record score in New Delhi in February.
SpaceX: First 60 satellites of its Starlink Constellation
The SpaceX’s new array of Starlink communication satellites is intended to provide Internet from space. The launch was conducted by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets which began to release the satellites at an altitude of 280 miles (450 kilometers).
Birth Anniversary of freedom fighter Veer Savarkar observed
Swatantryaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s birth anniversary was celebrated on 28 May 2019. On this occasion Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to VD Savarkar and said that the nation will always remember sacrifices made by Veer Savarkar during the freedom struggle.
SpiceJet: 4th Indian Airline to have 100 aircraft fleet
No-frills airline SpiceJet became fourth Indian airline to have a 100 aircraft in its fleet after a recent induction of a Boeing 737 which became 100th plane. The other three domestic airline with 100 Aircraft fleet are national carrier Air India, now grounded Jet Airways and IndiGo.
May 20 and 21
May 20: World Bee Day celebrated. It marks the birthday anniversary of beekeeping pioneer Anton Janša.
May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was celebrated. The year 2019 has been declared ‘International Year of Indigenous Languages'.
Japan’s 2nd Highest National Award: Shyam Saran
Former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran is selected for Japan’s Second Highest National Award called ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’. He served as India’s Foreign Secretary from year 2004 to 2006 during which he played an important role in elevating India-Japan relationship to a strategic partnership.
‘Formula One’ Legend: Niki Lauda
Dag Hammarskjöld Medal
22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity observed
The day is celebrated every year to increase understanding and awareness about biodiversity issues. The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was first created by Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in late 1993.
1st Woman IAF Pilot to qualify for Combat Missions
JF-17 Fighter Jet: delivered to PAF by China
Pakistan Air Force (PAF), China has delivered the first overhauled multi-role JF-17 fighter jet to Islamabad as part of a project undertaken by the two countries over a decade ago for the development and manufacture of the aircraft.
ADB: railway track electrification project
NASA unveils schedule for ‘Artemis’ 2024 Mission
NASA on Thursday (23.05.2019) unveiled the calendar for the "Artemis" program that will return astronauts to the Moon for the first time in half a century, including eight scheduled launches and a mini-station in lunar orbit by 2024.
Quote of the week
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. - Omar Khayyam Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet. He was born in Nishapur, in northeastern Iran, and spent most of his life near the court of the Karakhanid and Seljuq rulers in the period which witnessed the First Crusade.
G.S. Lakshmi becomes 1st Female ICC Match Referee
It is a global partnership which helps developing countries to better understand and reduce their vulnerability to climate change and natural hazards. It involves a grant-funding mechanism, which is managed by World Bank. This grant funding supports disaster risk management projects throughout the world.
Aarohi World’s 1st woman to cross Atlantic Ocean solo
International Day of Families observed on 15 May
The International Day of Families is observed on 15 May every year. Its annual observance reflects the importance international community acknowledges and attaches to families and roles played by them in development.
India Rhino will soon have DNA Database
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has undertaken a project to create DNA Profiles of all rhinos present in India. The project which would formally be underway by end of 2019 is set to be completed by 2021 (project’s deadline).
India to host Army Scouts Masters Contest for First Time
US’s Berkeley Lab creates PDK, a Fully Recyclable Plastic
A team of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of United States’ (US) Department of Energy’s (DOE) has designed a fully recyclable plastic which can be disassembled into its constituent parts at molecular level. The discovery was reported in journal named Nature Chemistry.
‘Mueles’ Painting sets Record for Impressionist Work
e-Vidhan: Kerala Assembly to Digitize all its Records
The Kerala Legislative Assembly recently announced an initiative to digitize all its records and proceedings under its ambitious project called E-Vidhan which enables state legislature to go fully digital and completely paperless.
First Time Polled Indian Respondents
May 7 : Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2019
Igor Stimac appointed Indian men’s football team coach
World renowned Chardham Yatra begins in Uttarakhand
India re-elected as an Observer to Arctic Council
‘Basava Jayanti’ 2019 observed on May 7
Mumbai's last captive white tiger Bajirao dies at 18
Nepal girl dances for 126 hrs, sets Guinness World Record
Ex-ISRO chief gets France's highest civilian award
May 3 : World Press Freedom Day
The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 to be World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Apurvi Chandela becomes world number one in 10m air rifle
Barcelona wins La Liga title 2019 in Spain
Goldman Environmental Prize 2019
April 29 : International Dance Day
International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. The event takes place every year on 29th April, the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727–1810), the creator of modern ballet.
IIT Madras team develops OCR system for 9 Indian languages
Gagandeep Kang awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society, UK
Asian Wrestling championship: India finishes with 16 medals
World's first Malaria Vaccine launched in Malawi, Africa
April 26 : World Intellectual Property Day
World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26 April. The event was established by the WIPO in 2000 to "raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life" and "to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe".
Qatar to abolish Exit Visa system by 2019