2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • May 4, 2016
  • 1  World Press Freedom Day is Being Observed on 3rd May Every Year [ Important Days ]

    3rd May is observed as World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) every year across the world to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press. The theme of 2016 is “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms – This Is Your Right! ”

    • This day also aims to prompt governments th

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  • May 3, 2016
  • 1  To Plant Trees Alongside Railway Track Indian Railways Signed MoU with Haryana and Punjab [ None ]

    For plantation of trees alongside Railway Track on Railway Land Boundary the Union Ministry of Railways and Forest Department of Haryana & Punjab have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

    • The MoU covers way for planting all over the place 5 lakh trees together with Railway

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  • 2 Edgar a Poe Award is Honored to Indian-American Journalist Neela Banerjee [ Awards ]

    A prestigious Edgar A Poe award has been honored to an Indian-American journalist Neela Banerjee along with of her colleagues from Inside Climate News US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle has honored her with the awared during the annual White House Correspondents Di

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  • 3  2016 Russian Grand Prix Has Been Won by Nico Rosberg [ None ]

    2016 Russian Grand Prix has been won by German Formula One Driver Nico Rosberg from Mercedes team which was held at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. With this Rosberg has won fourth consecutive win in the 2016 season and overall eighteenth championship title of F1 in his care

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  • May 2, 2016
  • 1  Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 Comes into Force from 1st May 2016 [ None ]

    On 1st May 2016 the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 came into force. Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) had notified 69 of the total 92 sections of the Act to bring it into force from 1 May 2016 in this regard.

    Key necessities of Ac

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  • 2  Air Services Agreement Has Been Signed by India, New Zealand [ None ]

    A landmark Air Services Agreement has been signed by India and New Zealand to paving the way for introduction of direct flights between the two countries. In the presence of the President Pranab Mukherjee and the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, agreement was signed.

    • The agr

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  • 3  At Archery World Cup, Indian Team Wins One Silver and Two Bronze [ None ]

    Silver medal in the recurve team final of Archery World Cup held at the Yuanshen Stadium has been won by Indian women’s team in Shanghai, China and Women’s team include Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi Laishram and Laxmirani Majhi.

    • In the finals match they lost to Chinese Taipei te

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  • Apr 27, 2016
  • 1 Shreya Iyer Becomes First Woman in Indian National Rally Championship of Motorsport [ None ]

    Shreya Iyer becomes first woman to win a National motorsport championship in Indian National motorsport championship 2016 Rally. Shreya has begun to ride bikes at the age of 17 and rode widely across India including the inaccessible Suru valley in the Himalayas.

    About Shreya Iye

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  • 2  Heart of Asia Conference Begins in New Delhi [ None ]

    The Heart of Asia conference began in New Delhi with the objective of bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan. The Heart of Asia - Istanbul Processwas initiated to provide a stage to discuss regional issues, mainly promising security, political and economic collaboration betw

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  • 3  African Footballer, Riyad Mahrez Won PFA Player of the Year Award [ Awards ]

    African footballer, Riyad Mahrez wins Professional Footballers Association’s Player of the Year award and became the first African footballer to win this award. Riyad Mahrez recieved the award at the Professional Footballers’ Association awards ceremony organized in London for th

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  • 4  K Ashok Kumar, IIT Engineer Receives International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award [ Awards ]

    K. Ashok Kumar, a research food engineer and scholar from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur wins the 2016 International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award (IPNSA). for his dedication in a research to support IPNI’s mission.

    About K. Ashok Kumar:

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    Image of About K. Ashok Kumar

    About K. Ashok Kumar winner of IPNS Award

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  • 5 The Web Portal Called NOAPS Launched by Union Tourism Ministry [ None ]

    Union Tourism Ministry has launched Web Portal for National Monuments Authority called NOC Online Application and Processing System (NOAPS) to provide easy clearance to get no-objection certificates for applicants.

    About the web portal NOAPS:

    • NOAPS web portal stands for NOC Onl

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  • Apr 26, 2016
  • 1  26th April Celebrated as World Intellectual Property Day [ Important Days ]

    World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) is celebrated on 26th April every year to recognize importance of intellectual property rights of patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright etc. to inspire innovation and creativity all over the world.

    About World Intellectual Prop

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  • 2 Finance Ministry Lowers EPF Rate to 8.7 Percent [ None ]

    The Finance Ministry has approved 8.7 percent interest on PF deposits for over five crore subscribers of retirement body EPFO, which is lower than 8.8 percent decided by the Central Board of Trustees (CBT).

    About the decision made by Finance Ministry to lower the rate:

    • The Cent

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  • 3  Iran Deals with Russia to Sell Heavy Water [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) deals with the Russian officials to sell parts of its heavy water to its northern neighbour. The announcement of selling heavy water to Iran was made by Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari.

    About Iran’s deal with

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  • 4  Parliament Passes Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to Disentitle Sahejdhari Sikhs [ None ]

    The Parliament has passed the Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to remove given right to Sahejdhari Sikhs to vote in the elections to members of the Board and the Committees. The amendment bill was passed first in the Rajya Sabha in March 2016 and later in the Lok Sabha in Ap

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  • 5  Mairaj Ahmed Khan Wins Silver Medal at ISSF World Cup of Shooting [ None ]

    Mairaj Ahmed Khan from India has won the silver medal in the men’s skeet event at ISSF World Cup held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. By winning at ISSF, Mairaj becomes first Indian shooter to win skeet medal for India at a World Cup.

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    Image of Mairaj Ahmed Khan

    Mairaj Ahmed Khan win silver Medal in ISSF World cup

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  • Apr 25, 2016
  • 1  25 April: World Malaria Day [ Important Days ]

    Every Year, World Malaria Day is being observed on 25th April across the world to acknowledge the global efforts to control disease malaria and to make aware the people with disease malaria which is caused by mosquitoes.

    About World Malaria Day:

    • This day is marked by World heal

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  • 2  Mouamba Clement Selected as Prime Minister of Congo [ None ]

    Mouamba Clement has been appointed as Prime Minister of Congo, the Central African Country by Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso. Mouamba Clement will be responsible in this position for developing a new government in agreement with the 2015 constitution as per discussion wit

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  • 3  Rafael Nadal Has Won 2016 Barcelona Open Title of Tennis [ None ]

    World-class tennis player Rafael Nadal from Spain has won the 2016 Barcelona Open title of Tennis. The Barcelona Open Title of year 2016 is Nadal’s overall 9th Barcelona Open title and 69th win from 101 finals on the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour.

    • He also has wo

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  • 4 24th April Celebrated as National Panchayati Raj Day [ Important Days ]

    Every year 24th April is celebrated as National Panchayati Raj Day across India by Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India first National Panchayati Raj Day in 2010.

    About National Panchayati Raj Day:

    • It also observed as passing of the Constituti

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  • 5  Sahapedia, India’S First Online Interactive Heritage Portal Has Launched [ None ]

    Sahapedia, India’s first online interactive heritage portal has launched by the Union Government in New Delhi, India. Aweb portal is specially designed web site that transports information together from varied sources in an even way.

    • Early public web portals wereAOL, Excite, Net

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  • 6  Salman Khan Appointed as Indian Contingent’S Goodwill Ambassador for 2016 Rio Olympics [ None ]

    Bollywood actor Salman Khan was appointed as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Olympics to be held in August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was chosen by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) from a list of two to three candidates.

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    Image of Salman Khan

    Salman khan oodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent

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  • 7 India Approves Trade Facilitation Agreement of WTO [ None ]

    India has officially approved the WTO’s (World Trade Organisation) Trade Facilitation Agreement which aims at easing customs procedures to increase business. To approve the agreement regarding trade facilitation, India’s WTO ambassador Anjali Prasad handed over agreement of accep

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  • 8 President Nominates 6 Well-Known Members to Rajya Sabha [ None ]

    President Pranab Mukherjee has selected six renowned members to Rajya Sabha as per the provisions of Article 80 of the Constitution. the selected members are Mary Kom, Narendra Jadhav, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Suresh Gopi, Subramanian Swamy and Swapan Dasgupta

    About the nominated six

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  • 9  23rd April is Celebrated as World Book and Copyright Day [ Important Days ]

    Every year 23rd April is celebrated as World Book and Copyright Day to encourage reading, publishing and copyright all over the world. The World Book and Copyright Day is also called as only World Book Day.

    About celebrating of World Book and Copyright Day:

    • It is organized by U

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  • Apr 25, 2016
  • 1  Bhupendra Kainthola Appointed FTII Director [ None ]

    Bhupendra Kainthola, Indian Information Service officer has been appointed as Director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). He will replace FTTI Prashant Pathrabe. He will have tenure of near about three years as director post.

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    Image of Bhupendra Kainthola

    Bhupendra Kainthola new FTII Director

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  • 2  China, Pakistan Signs Agreement to Launch Satellite to Monitor CPEC Projects [ None ]

    China and Pakistan have signed an agreement for the launch of a special satellite to monitor the development of the multi-billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.

    About CPEC projects:

    • CPEC stands for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
    • It refers to seize

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  • 3 22nd April, Celebrated as Earth Day Worldwide [ Important Days ]

    Earth Day is celebrated on the 22nd April every year in worldwide to build support for environmental protection around the world. Earth day is celebrating in worldwide since 1970. It is celebrating in more than 193 countries each year.

    • At UNESCO’s Conference of 1969 in San Franc

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  • 4  Twitter Seva Launched by Union Commerce Ministry for Start-Ups [ None ]

    Twitter Seva launche by the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry to access government irrespective of any department, to be aware of issues and grievances regarding startups, exporters and importers and other stakeholders they can put their queries in Twitter Seva using the hasht

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