GK & CA
Collection of weekly GK & CA since year 2016.
To empower the farmers through Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) scheme, Government of India has released funds for various activities of Farm Mechanization like Establishment of Custom Hiring Centres, Farm Machinery Bank, High-tech Hubs and distribution of various agricultural machinery etc to different states. (Source: pib.gov.in)
Saudi Arabia and Thailand restored diplomatic ties
Saudi Arabia and Thailand restored diplomatic ties 33 years after 4 Saudis were killed trying to recover $20 million in royal diamonds stolen by a Thai cleaner (Source: businessinsider.in)
2022 Winter Olympics
The 2022 Winter Olympics , officially the XXIV Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Beijing 2022 is an upcoming international winter multi-sport event scheduled to take place from 4 to 20 February 2022 in Beijing and venues near the neighboring towns of Yanqing and Chongli in China. (Source: Wikipedia)
Philippines to buy BrahMos missile system
The Philippines signed a deal to buy three batteries of the BrahMos missile, which is developed jointly by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya. The deal is worth nearly $375 million, and is India’s first significant defence export. (Source: The Indian Express)
Sankaranarayana Menon, the 93-year-old kalaripayattu exponent has been conferred the Padma Shri for his contributions to martial arts. Kalaripayattu is a martial art designed for the ancient battlefield, with weapons and combative techniques that are unique to India (Source: The Indian Express)
JagrukVoter is a Twitter campaign to empower voters ahead of assembly elections ahead of assembly elections in five states. The 'JagrukVoter' campaign aims to empower citizens with the "right knowledge before they cast their vote". (Source: The Times of India)
Social housing project for Mauritius
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth on Thursday inaugurated a $45-million social housing project with 956 units and launched work on a solar power plant and a civil service college to be built with Indian aid of more than $500 million. (Source: The Hindustan Times)
Nusantara the new capital of Indonesia
Indonesia passed a bill replacing its capital Jakarta with East Kalimantan, situated to the east of Borneo island. The new capital city of the country will be called Nusantara. (Source: The Indian Express)
Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar
The Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) and Professor Vinod Sharma, the founder co-ordinator of the National Centre of Disaster Management, have been selected for this year’s Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar. (Source: The Indian Express)
Pandit Birju Maharaj
Pandit Birju Maharaj was an Indian dancer, composer, singer and exponent of the Lucknow "Kalka-Bindadin" Gharana of Kathak dance in India.Birju Maharaj was a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor, in 1986 (Source: Wikipedia)
Abilympics (Olympics of Abilities) are vocational skills competitions specifically designed for persons with disabilities to enable them to expose their unique talents.The first Abilympics competition was held in Tokyo in 1981 to commemorate the United Nations' International Year of Disabled Persons.
Wolf Volcano, also known as Mount Whiton, is the highest peak in the Galápagos Islands. It was erupting on Friday (after 7 years), spewing lava down its flanks and clouds of ash over the Pacific Ocean (Source: npr.org)
Version of Indian epic Ramayana in form of 'Ibonia'
Version of Indian epic Ramayana found in Madagascar in form of 'Ibonia'. The Ibonia is an epic poem that has been told in various forms across the island of Madagascar for at least several hundred years. (Source: ANI news)
Red Sanders in endangered category
Red Sanders (Red Sandalwood) has fallen back into the ‘endangered’ category in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. The species, Pterocarpus santalinus, is an Indian endemic tree species, with a restricted geographical range in the Eastern Ghats (esp., Andhra Pradesh). (Source: downtoearth.org.in)
An assessment centre that will set standards for the 60-odd examination boards in the country through the STARS (Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States) project. PARAKH is among the assessment reforms proposed in the NEP that collectively aim to move schools boards away from high-stakes examinations (Source: The Indian Express).
James Webb telescope ready for focusing
The golden reflector, the centrepiece of the new James Webb telescope, was straightened out on Saturday into its full, 6.5m-wide, concave shape.James Webb is set now to become a transformative tool in the study of all parts of the cosmos. (Source: bbc.com)
One of the first Muslim women teachers of modern India, she started educating Dalit children in Phules' school. Jyotirao and Savitribai Phule along with Fatima Sheikh took charge of spreading education among the downtrodden communities. (Source: Wikipedia)
A nuclear-powered icebreaker is a nuclear-powered ship, purpose-built for use in waters covered with ice. While nuclear-powered icebreakers have been considered or planned by other countries, the only country that has built and operated them as of 2022 is Russia. (Source: Wikipedia)
Quantum computing lab
The Army has set up a quantum computing laboratory and a centre for artificial intelligence (AI) at a military engineering institute in Madhya Pradesh’s Mhow. The two centres will carry out extensive research in developing transformative technologies for use by the armed forces. (Source: The Indian Express)
National Rurban Mission (NRuM)
The Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission or SPMRM is a new initiative from the incumbent Modi government that aims to set up 300 rural clusters by 2020. This scheme was to set to replace the Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) mission launched by the erstwhile UPA government.
Novak Djokovic visa cancelled over vaccine exemption
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player. He is currently ranked as world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Novak Djokovic denied entry to Australia, visa cancelled over vaccine exemption.
Oil tank farm deal with Sri Lanka
The oil tank farm dates back to the signing of the 1987 India-Sri Lanka Accord, which stated in the annexure that the work of refurbishing the tank farm located in the north-eastern province of Trincomalee would be undertaken jointly by the two countries. (Source: The Indian Express)
The Rs 6,700-crore Renukaji Dam project is from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi town.The project on the Giri river in Sirmaur district, once completed, is expected to generate 200 million units of energy in a surface power house with 40 MW (Source: The Indian Express)
Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century CE (year 1250) at Konark about 35 near Puri The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga dynasty . This temple was called the "Black Pagoda", the Jagannath Temple in Puri was called the "White Pagoda". (Source: Wikipedia)
Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan
Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan’ was launched in March this year to save wildlife in Arunachal Pradesh and so far 1600 air guns have been surrendered. (Source: arunachal24.in)
World's highest motorable road
The Border Roads Organisation has constructed the highest motorable road in India, smashing the previous record held by Bolivia. The road is at the height of 19,300 feet and it passes through Umlingla Pass in Eastern Ladakh. (Source: The Hindustan times)