GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
National Girl Child Day: Srishti Goswami
On the occasion of the National Girl Child Day, Srishti Goswami became the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand for one day on Sunday. India celebrates the National Girl Child Day, an initiative of the ministry of women and child development, every year on January 24 (Source: Indian Express)
Bowled out for a record low score of 36 in the series-opener in Adelaide that ended in two and half days in favour of Australia, India orchestrated a memorable comeback to win the series 2-1 following their victory in the fourth and final Test in Brisbane. (Source: The Hindu)
Viswanathan Shanta (11 March 1927 – 19 January 2021) was an Indian oncologist and the chairperson of Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai. She was best known for her efforts towards making quality and affordable cancer treatment accessible to all patients in her country. (Source: Wikipedia)
Dragon fruit (Pitaya)
A pitaya is the fruit of several different cactus species indigenous to the Americas. Dragon fruit is cultivated in Southeast Asia, India, United States, the Caribbean, Australia. It's rich in antioxidants like flavonoids, phenolic acid, and betacyanin - can strengthen immune system.
Coronavirus vaccine: India begins world's biggest drive
A sanitation worker became the first Indian to receive a Covid vaccine as the country began the world's largest inoculation drive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the programme, which aims to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people against Covid. (Source: bbc.com)
Brian Acton is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. Acton is the executive chairman of the Signal Foundation, which he co-founded with Moxie Marlinspike in 2018 (Source: Wikipedia)
The Indian Navy' defence exercise covering the country’s 7516 km coastline and exclusive economic zone. Billed as India’s largest coastal defence exercise, it will involve all the 13 coastal states and Union Territories along with other maritime stakeholders (Source: The Print)
Nasa's Curiosity rover: 3,000 days on Mars
The US space agency (Nasa) is about to put its latest rover, Perseverance, on Mars. But Curiosity, is still there and working well following its landing in equatorial Gale Crater back in 2012. A must read on bbc science
Strains of the influenza virus that primarily infect birds. This type of flu is most often contracted by contact with sick birds. It can also be passed from person to person. Symptoms begin within two to eight days and can seem like the common flu. Cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, headache and shortness of breath may occur.
2019 Balakot airstrike
The 2019 Balakot airstrike was conducted by India in the early morning hours of 26 February when Indian warplanes crossed the de facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir, and dropped bombs in the vicinity of the town of Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan (Source: Wikipedia)
Longitudinal Ageing Study of India
LSAI is a survey of health and social determinants of population ageing in India. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has undertaken the study through International Institute for Population Sciences, in collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health, University of Southern California, United Nations Population Fund and National Institute on Ageing.
WHO clears BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
The WHO says it has cleared the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, meaning poorer countries may soon get access to the shot already available in Europe and North America (Source: The Hindu)
Australia has changed its national anthem
The anthem, "Advance Australia Fair," has been tweaked to recognize the country's Indigenous history and communities, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced late Thursday, hours before 2021. The first line, "Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free," will now end with "one and free." (Source: edition.cnn.com)
The Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence (Source: Wikipedia)
Covaxin approved for restricted use
India’s first indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, has been recommended for “restricted use in emergency situation, subject to multiple regulatory conditionalties” by the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), here on Saturday. (Source: The Hindu)
Chhau dance, also spelled as Chau or Chhaau, is a semi classical Indian dance with martial, tribal and folk traditions. It is found in three styles , i.e. the Purulia Chau of Bengal, the Seraikella Chau of Jharkhand, and the Mayurbhanj Chau of Odisha. (Source: Wikipedia)