2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Dec 31, 2016
  • 1 India Eases Visa Procurement Process for Bangladesh [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India eased the visa regulation for Bangladeshi nationals. It is to allow family members of diplomatic and official Bangladesh passport holders to submit their tourist visa application without any appointment and e-token, reports a news agency. 

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  • 2 Haryana Government Inaugurates the First Digital Investigation Centre [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Haryana police have set centre for digital investigation and training in Gurgaon. It is in a bid to enhance cyber policing and monitor social media content. It is Country’s first Digital Investigation Training and Analysis Centre (DITAC).

    First centre for digital investigation and training in Gurgaon

    First Centre for Digital Investigation and Training in Gurgaon

    First centre for digital investigation and training in Gurgaon

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  • 3 Chinese E-Commerce Firm Alibaba to Set Up Office in Mumbai [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Chinese e-retail giant Alibaba, is setting up its first office in India in Mumbai. Company has made investments in India’s Snapdeal and Paytm. The office will be located at the commercial Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). US e-commerce giant Amazon also has its office in the same compl

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  • 4 Scientists Build Bacteria-Powered Battery on Single Sheet of Paper [ Sci-Tech ]

    It is the paper-based bacteria-powered battery design is part of a new field of research called papertronics. It is a fusion of paper and electronics. US-based scientists have developed a bacteria-powered battery (bio-battery) on a single sheet of paper. It is capable of powering

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  • 5 India, Bhutan Sign MoU for Green Construction [ Policy-Governance ]

    India has signed MoU (Memorandum of understanding) with Bhutan for providing technical cooperation in infrastructure engineering. It is for green and sustainable construction in Bhutan. The MoU was signed between India’s Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Bhutan’s Departm

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  • Dec 30, 2016
  • 1 PM Narendra Modi Launches Aadhaar Based BHIM App for Mobile Payment [ Sci-Tech ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an Aadhaar based mobile payment application at the Digi Dhan Mela event in Talkatora stadium in New Delhi. This application called BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money). This is a rebranded version of UPI (Unified Payment Interface) and USSD (Uns

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  • 2 SP Vaid Appointed Jammu & Kashmir Police Chief [ Policy-Governance ]

    Jammu Kashmir Government has confirmed SP Vaid as Director General of Police of the State. He joined Indian Police Service in the year 1986 and was allotted to J&K Cadre, which incidentally happens to be his home state. He will take charge from the incumbent State Police Chief K.

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  • 3 Government Introduced IVRS Platform to Tackle Call Drops [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Indian Government has launched a new platform called Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS). IVRS platforms at various locations including Delhi and Mumbai to get direct feedback from subscribers on call quality. The feedback which has taken by the customers will be then sha

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  • 4 World Bank Approved USD 235 Million Loan for Bihar Rural Roads Project [ Policy-Governance ]

    The World Bank has approved a USD 235 million credit for the Bihar Rural Roads Project to improve and effectively manage rural road network of the state. The project will support the construction of about 2,500 km of rural roads under the Mukhiya Mantri Gram Sampark Yojana (MMGSY

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  • 5 Government Launches “Swachh Swasth Sarvatra” Initiative [ Policy-Governance ]

    Government of India launched Swachh


    Sarvatra initiative. Its aim is to strengthen health centres in open defecation-free blocks. The initiative was launched by the Union Health Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Human Resource

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  • 6 China Launches High-Resolution Remote Sensing Satellites [ Sci-Tech ]

    Two high-resolution remote-sensing satellites were successfully launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern Shanxi Province, by China. By this China has added a new page of glory to the history of its long-established space exploration missions. The satellit

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  • 7 📹 Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) [ Edu. ]

    Overview Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), launched in 2013.Provide strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions.Funding: 60:40 for general category States, 90:10 for special category states and 100% for UTs.

    • Adequate opportunities of higher education to SC

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  • Dec 29, 2016
  • 1 Viral Acharya Appointed as Deputy Governor of RBI [ Policy-Governance ]

    Viral Acharya was appointed by the Government as the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He has established himself as an authority in the world of financial research and written papers with the likes of former Governor Raghuram Rajan. He is having a lot more colourful

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  • 2 Astronomers Discover Universe’S Biggest Galaxy Super Cluster near Milky Way [ Sci-Tech ]

    Vela super cluster, one of the biggest super galaxy clusters near the Milky Way, has been discovered by a team of international astronomers. It was undetected for long and masked by stars and dust in the Milky Way. This is one of the biggest concentrations of galaxies in the Univ

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  • 3 Ken-Betwa River Linking Project [ Policy-Governance ]

    The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given its clearance for the Ken-Betwa inter-linking of rivers (ILR) project, paving the way to begin work for linking two rivers. Nearly 8,650 hectares of forest land including part of Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh will be submer

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  • 4 Union Government Gives Nod for Apex Corridor Development Body [ Policy-Governance ]

    NICDIT will be the apex body to oversee integrated development of all industrial corridors across the country. The Union Government has approved the re-designation of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project Implementation Trust Fund (DMICPTF) as National Industrial Corridor

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  • 5 Gujarat Announces Biotechnology Policy-2016 [ Policy-Governance ]

    The policy has various incentives for investors who are keen to set up their units in the state. With an aim to establish Gujarat as a preferred destination for manufacturing of biotechnology products, the state government announced its ‘Biotechnology Policy-2016’.

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  • 6 Union Cabinet Approves Ratification of International Solar Alliance (ISA) [ Policy-Governance ]

    Government gave ex post facto approval to the proposal of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy for ratification of the International Solar Alliance’s (ISA) Framework Agreement by India. It was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ISA was launched jointly by the Indian Prime Min

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  • 7 📹 PMMMNMTT – Components in Detail [ Edu. ]

     Schools of Education:- The Schools of Education will form the main backbone for integrated teacher development across all sectors.The Schools of Education set up in the 30 select institutions will offer some of the suggested academic programs to offer via a set of separate but i

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  • Dec 28, 2016
  • 1 Digi Dhan Mela Held in Gurugram to Promote Cashless Economy [ Sci-Tech ]

    The nationwide 100 day special campaign to promote digital & cashless transactions, second ‘DigiDhan Mela’ was organized at Gurugram in Haryana. A large number of people from different walks of life including celebrities actively participated with a commitment for the cashless so

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  • 2 Astronomer Vera Rubin, Who Confirmed Dark Matter is No More [ Sci-Tech ]

    Pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin passed away at 88. Rubin, who helped discover evidence of dark matter, passed away due to natural causes. Rubin did much of her revelatory work at Carnegie. She was a vibrant role model for women in astronomy.

    Vera Rubin, working at the Lowell Observatory in 1965

    Vera Rubin, Working at the Lowell Observatory in 1965

    Vera Rubin, working at the Lowell Observatory in 1965

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  • 3 Army Signs MoU to Set Up R&D Cell, with IIT Gandhinagar [ Policy-Governance ]

    Indian Army today signed a MoU with Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar (IITGN). It is to set up a Research and Development cell which would focus on the finding solutions for Army’s requirements. The cell will work with the faculty and research students. It aims to identi

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  • 4 Karnataka Govt Launches 25 Bio-Diesel Buses in the State [ Sci-Tech ]

    Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has taken the initiative to control pollution caused, especially by old buses that run on diesel. For cutting down emissions from such buses, KSRTC introduced 25 new buses that will run on biodiesel.it will help reduce the emissi

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  • 5 Sagarmala Development Company’s office inaugurated in New Delhi [ Policy-Governance ]

    Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated Sagarmala Development Company’s (SDC) office in New Delhi. It is to promote port-led development in the country. The SDC has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013.

    Nitin Gadkari inaugurate Sagarmala Development Company office

    Nitin Gadkari Inaugurate Sagarmala Development Company Office

    Nitin Gadkari inaugurate Sagarmala Development Company office

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  • 6 📹 In India Higher Education Statistics & Public Information System (HESPIS) [ Edu. ]

    HESPIS is an umbrella scheme catering to the need of various kinds of Statistics related to higher education sector. It aims at setting up of AISHE Unit in the State and AISHE cell in each Affiliating University to coordinate All India Survey on Higher Education.

    • All India Survey

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  • 7 📹 Gender Atlas In India [ Edu. ]

    Digital Gender Atlas for Advancing Girl Education has two major components that wil work around viz., Performance & Vulnerability. It will identify low performing pocket for girls mainly belonging to SC/ST/Minorities/Disabilities.

    Visualization is based on Map Management Informat

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  • 8 📹 National Institutional Ranking Framework [ Edu. ]

    Overview: The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was approved by the MHRD and launched by Honorable Minister of Human Resource Development on 29th September 2015.This framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. The methodology draws from

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  • Dec 27, 2016
  • 1 PM Narendra Modi to Lay Foundation Stone of Char Dham Highway Development Project [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna is an ambitious initiative to improve connectivity to the Char Dham pilgrimage centres in the Himalayas. It is also called the Chardham highway project. Foundation stone is for Chardham highway project.

    Govt plans Rs 12,000-cr project to connect Char Dham

    Govt Plans Rs 12,000-cr Project to Connect Char Dham

    Govt plans Rs 12,000-cr project to connect Char Dham

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  • 2 Assam to Launch Health Insurance Scheme Atal-Amrit Abhiyan [ Policy-Governance ]

    The state government of Assam launched an ambitious health insurance scheme ‘Atal-Amrit Abhiyan’. It will provide coverage against several critical illnesses. It is launched by Assam’ Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Scheme is to mark the 92nd birthday of former prime minister

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  • 3 Scientists Develops First Biological Pacemaker Using Human Stem Cells [ Sci-Tech ]

    Scientists of Canada have developed the first functional pacemaker cells using human stem cells. It can regulate heart beats with electrical impulses. It paves the way for alternate biological pacemaker therapy. A pacemaker is a device which is placed in the chest or abdomen to h

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  • 4 India’S Arjun Bhati Wins in Kids Golf World Championship [ Sports ]

    Arjun Bhati bagged the first position in the Kids Golf World Championship after defeating South Africa’s Methu Denish during the three-level final match in Malaysia. Out of the 21 counties that participated in the tournament, Arjun secured the first position scoring 2 extra shots

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  • 5 China Passes Tax Law to Fight Against Environmental Pollution [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The government to levy specific environmental protection taxes on industries for the first time, parliament of China passed a law. Polluters will be charged for contributing to air, water and noise pollution. The Environment Tax Law will come into effect on January 1, 2018.

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  • 6 M. Damodaran Committee and Rakesh Mohan Committee [ Committees & Bodies ]

    M. Damodaran Committee Purpose: Customer Service in Banks,The committee, headed by former SEBI chief M Damodaran, has proposed a slew of consumer-friendly measures. RBI set up the committee and if the recommendations are accepted, Bank account holders can expect better standards

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  • Dec 26, 2016
  • 1 China Tests 5th-Generation Fighter Jet FC-31 Gyrfalcon [ Sci-Tech ]

    The newest version of twin-engine FC-31 took to the air for the first time recently. It is considered as China’s answer to the US F-35, the world’s most technically advanced fighter. China has successfully tested the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter jet J-31

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  • 2 DRDO Successfully Flight Tests Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Defence and Research Development Organisation (DRDO) have successfully tested an indigenous Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft.it is Designed and developed in the country. It is used to destroy runways, bunkers, aircraft hangers and othe

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  • 3 Airtel Deploys V-Fiber to Provide Upto 100 Mbps Internet Speed [ Sci-Tech ]

    Bharti Airtel has deployed ‘V-Fiber’ technology to offer up to 100 Mbps of broadband speeds on its fixed broadband footprint in 87 cities. New fixed line customer will get unlimited three months trial offer. ‘V-Fiber’ is based on Vectorization, which is Europe’s No. 1 fixed broad

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  • 4 India’S First 2G Ethanol Bio-Refinery to Be Set Up in Punjab [ Eco. ]

    Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) is setting up this project at a cost of 600 crore, with Central Government Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU). India’s first 2G The foundation stone of (Second Generation) Ethanol Bio-refineries was laid at Tarkhanwala village in Bathi

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  • 5 Nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5 Successfully test-fired by India [ Sci-Tech ]

    India successfully test-fired its home-grown long range intercontinental nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5. The missile was test fired successfully from the launch complex 4 of the Integrated Test Range from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.

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  • 6 Omkar Goswami Committee and Ghosh Committee [ Committees & Bodies ]

    Omkar Goswami Committee Purpose: Industrial Sickness and Cooperate Restructuring Power to make recommendations: Election Commission shall have the power to make recommendations to the appropriate authority

    (a) To refer any matter for investigation to any agency specified by the C

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  • Dec 25, 2016
  • 1 Google India, Ministry of Consumer Affairs Tie Up for Digitally Safe Consumer Campaign [ Sci-Tech ]

    Google India has partnered with the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs to launch nationwide Digitally Safe Consumer campaign to raise awareness among consumers about online safety and better protect consumer interest online. The campaign is expected to be rolled out in January 20

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  • 2 NITI Aayog Rolls Out Performance on Health Outcomes Index [ Eco. ]

    The NITI Aayog along with Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has rolled out Performance on Health Outcomes.it index to rank States on the basis of their performance on measurable health indicators. The index was developed with inputs from domestic and international exper

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  • 3 MEA Announces New Rules to Ease Process of Getting Passport [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced new passport rules by changing Passport Rules, 1980. It is to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of issue of passport. The new rules aim to speed up and simplify the passport delivery process. It will help single

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  • 4 Ministry of External Affairs Launches Twitter Seva [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has launched Twitter Seva. It is to directly engage with citizens in country and abroad, tourists and business travelers for speedy resolution of their visa and passport queries. Twitter Seva will enable the MEA, through its Twitter ha

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  • 5 6,117 Kuchipudi Dancers Set New Guinness World Record [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The Guinness World Record adjudicated for the 12-minute “Jayamu Jayamu” item as the ‘Largest Kuchipudi dance’ performance. Total of 6,117 Kuchipudi dancers set a new Guinness World Record by performing together in a single event in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh.

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  • Dec 24, 2016
  • 1 India Suffers, Huge Gender Pay Gap: ILO Report [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Recently released Global Wage Report 2016-17 released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Report has found that India suffers from huge gender pay gap. It shows that India has among the worst levels of gender wage disparity with the gap exceeding 30%.

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  • 2 PM Launches National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in Kanpur [ Policy-Governance ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) during his recent visit to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The scheme aims to provide apprenticeship training to over 50 lakh youngsters in order to create more jobs. It has budgetary outlay of

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  • 3 December 24 Observed as National Consumer Day [ Important Days ]

    National Consumers Right Day observed across India on 24 December. The day is being observed on 24 December, since the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Effective safeguards are provided to the consumer, against various types of exploitations and unfair dealings, relying mainly on c

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  • 4 Good Governance Day 25th December [ Important Days ]

    Celebrating good governance day every year all over the India on 25th of December has been declared by the Government of India. It is the birth anniversary of our former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee which has been declared as the Good Governance Day to give him honour and

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