2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Apr 6, 2016
  • 1  Gatimaan Express a First Semi-High Speed Train Flagged Off from Delhi [ None ]

    Gatimaan Express First Semi-High Speed Train (SHST) of India was flagged off between New Delhi and Agra. Suresh Prabhu a Union Railway Minister has flagged of these train from Nizamuddin Railway station of New Delhi and reached Agra on time in 100 minutes.

    • It is faster compared

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  • Apr 5, 2016
  • 1  First Ever Public Dengue Vaccination Programme of World Has Been Launched in Philippines [ None ]

    With a French drug Dengvaxia (world’s 1st dengue fever vaccine) to combat mosquito-borne disease the world’s first public dengue vaccination programme was launched in the Philippines. And in this program many hundred children whose age is between 9 and 10 were protected with the

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  • 2  Gato Barbieri a Famous Jazz Saxophonist Passed Away [ None ]

    Gato Barbieri a well-known Latin jazz saxophonist Leandro passed away in New York, US due to pneumonia at the age of 83 years. For best instrumental composition for his music for Last Tango he had won a Grammy Award in 1973.

    About Gato Barbieri

    • He was born on November 28, 1932 a

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  • 3  Police Chief Tran Dai Quang Sworn in as 9th President of Vietnam [ None ]

    The ninth President of Vietnam is Tran Dai Quang after he was elected by country’s National Assembly. He had replaced Truong Tan Sang and shall have term of five years. After he had secured 91.5 % votes i. e. 452 valid votes out of the total 494 members of the unicameral house he

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  • 4  First Ever White Tiger Safari of World Has Been Opened in Madhya Pradesh [ None ]

    First ever White Tiger Safari of World was inaugurated at Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. It was inaugurated and opened for public by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The first of its kind safari is situated next to to the Mukundpur Zoological P

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  • 5  Top University of India is IISc in NIRF Survey [ None ]

    According to the first National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) survey the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bengaluru was ranked at the best Indian university. This NIRF Survey was the first of its kind of indigenous ranking framework for higher education institutions

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  • Apr 4, 2016
  • 1 Scientists Survey That Ballast Water Bringing Aggressive Species to Indian Coasts [ None ]

    About Ballast water: Ballast compartment in Ship usually remains below the water level in order to balance the weight above the water level. Ballast water is the water which is carried out in a ship’s ballast tanks which is used to improve constancy, balance and trim of ship.

    • It

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  • 2 I-T Department Launches Tax Calculator and E-Filing of Few ITRs Begins [ None ]

    About tax calculator: The tax calculator is computer-based programme works online and it is hosted on the website of the tax department. It is invented to help taxpayers or filers evaluate their tax liability. The calculator works when a filer correctly enters his basic details a

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  • 3 2016 ICC T-20 Cricket World Cup Won by West Indies Team [ None ]

    About West Indies Cricket team: West Indies Cricket team is also known as the Windies. It is a multi-national cricket team which represents a honorable league of 15 mainly English-speaking Caribbean countries. It was one of the strongest team in the world in both Test and One Day

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  • 4 Blackstone Will Buy Mphasis for Up to Rs 7,071 Crore [ None ]

    About Blackstone: Blackstone is an America based multinational private equity, investment banking, alternative asset management and financial services corporation. It is located at New York City of America. It was founded by Peter G. Peterson and Stephen A. Schwarzman in 1985.

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  • 5 Mehbooba Mufti Sworn in as Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister [ None ]

    Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed was born 22nd May 1959 in Akhran Nowpora. She has completed her education in Law from theUniversity of Kashmir. She is the president of theJammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

    • Currently, she is a Member of Parliament and represents Anantnagin t

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  • 6 UNIDO Report That India Ranks 6th Top-10 Manufacturers List in 2015 [ None ]

    About UNIDO: UNIDO stands for United Nations Industrial Development Organization. It is aimed to promote industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

    UNIDO’s four enabling functions are:

    • Technical operations,
    • Analytica

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  • 7 Cesare Maldini, Former Italy Coach and AC Milan Player Passes Away [ None ]

    Cesare Maldini, former AC Milan and Italy coach passed away at age of 84. About Cesare Maldini: Cesare Maldini was born on 5th February, 1932 at Trieste of Italy. He was football player and manager of Italy.

    • He was also a respected defender as he had good techniques and passing

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  • 8 Novak Djokovic Wins in Man’S Single at Miami Open Title of 2016 [ None ]

    About Novak Djokovic: Novak Djokovic was born on 22nd May 1987 at Belgrade, SR Serbia of SFR Yugoslavia. He is a tennis player of Serbia by profession. He is currently ranked as world’s No. 1 in men’s singles tennis player by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

    He is

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  • 9 Haryana Assembly Passes Bills for Compulsory Educational Criteria for Urban Local Bodies’ Elections [ None ]

    About compulsory educational criteria Bill: The Haryana Legislative Assembly has consistently passed two bills to make compulsory minimum educational qualification criteria for the urban local bodies’ election (ULBs). These bills are

    (I) The Haryana Municipal (Amendment) Bill, 2

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  • Apr 4, 2016
  • 1 Union Government Has Issues Indian Intellectual Property Panorama [ None ]

    About Intellectual Property Panorama: The IP Panorama is a single window interface for information on Intellectual Property and guidance on leveraging it for competitive advantage. It can be accessed at http://ict-ipr.in/index.php/ip-panorama.

    About Indian IP Panorama:

    • The India

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  • 2 Union Government Enacts Safeguard Duty on Import of Steel Products [ None ]

    About safeguard duty: Safeguard duty is imposed by Central Government which empowers by Section 8B of Customs Tariff Act, 1975. The safeguard duty imposes on goods which enter in increased quantities and cause threat of serious injury to domestic industry producing like or direct

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  • 3 Indian Boxer, Shiva Thapa Wins Silver Medal at Asian/Oceania Qualifying Occasion in China [ None ]

    About Shiva Thapa: Shiva Thapa was born on 8th December 1993 at Guwahati of Assam, India. He is an Indian boxer by profession. He is supported by Anglian Medal Hunt Company which is a company supports young Indian players for their global competitive success.

    Image of Shiva Thapa

    Image of Shiva Thapa

    Silver medal at Asian/Oceania Qualifying occasion in China

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  • 4 Babu Bharadwaj, Well-Known Journalist Passed Away [ None ]

    Babu Bharadwaj, well-known journalist and writer passed away due to cardiac arrest in Kozhikode, Kerala at age of 68. About Babu Bharadwaj: Babu Bharadwaj was a well-known journalist as well as novel and story writer.

    Image of Babu Bhardwaj

    Image of Babu Bhardwaj

    Well Known Journalist

    • He was born in

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  • 5  Flipkart Buys Mobile Payments Firm Phone Pe [ None ]

    About Phone Pe: Phone Pe is an UPI based application to provide a cashless and seamless payment experiences. It’s features are: Pay & Receive Money: By using this feature we can pay, request and receive money from our mobile by just selecting a mobile number.

    • Pay Your Bills: we

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  • 6 KfW, Germany’S Development Bank Will Provide Loan Support to Metro System for Nagpur [ None ]

    About Germany’s bank KfW: KfW is German government owned developmental bank located in Frankfurt. KfW stands for Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau that means Reconstruction Credit Institute.

    • It was established after World War II in 1948.
    • Banking group of KfW insurances over 90 % o

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  • Apr 1, 2016
  • 1 UltraTech Purchases Jaypee Cement Units for Rs 15.9k Crore [ None ]

    About UltraTech and Jaypee cements: UltraTech Cement Limited is India’s biggest cement company located at Mumbai of Maharashtra, India. It is part of Aditya Birla group and also division of Grasim Industries which is a manufacturing company.

    • UltraTech Cement was awarded with ‘Su

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  • 2 India Signs MOU with US to Set Up LIGO Project [ None ]

    About LIGO Project: LIGO stands for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. It is aimed to directly observe gravitational waves of cosmic origin. Gravitational waves of cosmic origin were predicted firstly by Einstein’s relativity’s theory in 1916.

    • Scientists of LIG

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  • 3 State Bank of India Announces Its MCLR [ None ]

    About announcement of marginal cost based lending rate (MCLR): The State Bank of India became the first bank who announces its MCLR. By this announcement, our loans may get cheaper with banks executing the new lending rate structure marginal cost based lending rate.

    • So, all bank

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  • 4 Suu Kyi’S Selected for Special ‘Adviser’ Role by the Party [ None ]

    Aung San Suu Kyi was born on 19th June 1945 at Rangoon (now known as Yangon) of British Burma. She is Chairperson of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NDL) Party. Currently, she is serving as Minister in President Htin Kyaw’s Cabinet.

    She is also citizen of Canada and mem

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  • 5 Government of Bihar Bans Partial Liquor Across Bihar [ None ]

    About Partial Liquor ban: Government of Bihar announces ban on partial liquor in Bihar from 26th November which was ‘Prohibition Day’ and comes into effect from today. The state cabinet gave permission to Excise and Prohibition department’s plan to issue a notification for implem

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  • Mar 31, 2016
  • 1  PM Narendra Modi Uncovers Asia’S Largest Optical Telescope ARIES at Nainital [ None ]

    Narendra Modi and Belgian counterpart Charles Michel from Belgium has inaugurated Asia’s largest and first of its kind optical telescope Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) was exposed at Devasthal in Nainital District, Uttarakhand.

    Key facts:

    • Aries

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  • 2  Patty Duke the Oscar Winning Actor Passed Away [ None ]

    Acclaimed Actor and singer Patty Duke passed away due to Sepsis from a ruptured intestine at the age of 69 years. In 1963 she had won Academy award (Oscar) at the age of 16 for her portrayal of deaf blind political activist Helen Keller in The Miracle worker.

    About Patty Duke:

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  • 3 New President of Central African Republic Faustin Archange Touadera [ None ]

    As the new President of Central African Republic (CAR) Faustin Archange Touadera took the oath in office. And he becomes first elected leader of CAR since Muslim rebels had overthrown the government in early 2013. With this appointment a two-year transitional government that came

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  • 4  India and US Has Signed MoU for Development of LIGO Project [ None ]

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by India and US to develop a state-of-the-art LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational - wave Observatory) project in the country. The National Science Foundation USA and India’s Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Sci

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