2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jan 18, 2016
  • 1 Marat Safin Initiated Into International Tennis Hall of Fame [ None ]

    Marat Mubinovich Safin was born on 27th January, 1980 in Moscow, Russia. He is a Russian retired tennis player and also a politician. He won two Grand Slam tournaments and reached the world no. 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional expressions and some

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  • 2 Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis win 2016 WTA Apia International title of Tennis [ None ]

    About winning of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis: Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis have won the 2016 WTA Apia International title in the women’s doubles category. In the final match played at Sydney, Australia, the top seeded duo defeated F

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  • 3 The Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 comes into force [ None ]

    About the Juvenile Justice Act: The Juvenile Justice which is a Care and Protection of Children Act, 2015 came into force from 15th January 2016. In this regard, Union Ministry of Woman and Child Development has issued orders for enforceable of Act.

    • President Pranav Mukherjee’s

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  • 4 5,000 MW a remarkable capacity has been crossed by Grid-linked solar generation of India [ None ]

    Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy have announced that the 5, 000 Mega Watt (MW) mark capacity has been crossed by the grid-connected solar power generation of India. At the moment, Government has set aspiring plan to achieve 175 Giga Watt (GW) of power generation capacit

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  • 5 PM Narendra Modi has launched action plan for ‘Start-up India, Stand-up India’ [ None ]

    The action plan for the ‘Start-up India, Stand-up India’ has been released by the PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi. This launch is aims to increase startup ventures in the country and give motivation to innovation and encourage the talent among young people and remove onerous govern

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  • 6 For Neeranchal National Watershed Project Union Government signed loan agreement with World Bank [ None ]

    To improve watershed management in rural rain fed areas, Union Government has signed a loan agreement with World Bank for the Neeranchal National Watershed Project. This lone amount will used to maintain the watershed activities of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKS

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  • 7 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has been won by Anuradha Roy [ None ]

    The prestigious $50, 000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has been won by Indian writer Anuradha Roy for her novel ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has awarded her with prize and a unique trophy in Colombo.

    Image of Anuradha Roy

    Image of Anuradha Roy

    2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

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  • 8 SBI Launches First Dedicated Branch for Startups named SBI InCube [ None ]

    About SBI InCube: SBI InCube branch will provide the definite financial needs by providing suggested services to the potential tycoons’ under one roof. It will contribute start-ups in cash management, regulations, taxation, mentoring, foreign exchange and remittances and other f

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  • 9 ‘Sahayog – Kaijin 2016’: India and Japan joint Coast Guard exercise [ None ]

    About ‘Sahayog – Kaijin 2016’ exercise: ‘Sahayog – Kaijin 2016’ exercise is the 15th edition of bilateral exercise by the Indian Coast Guard and its Japanese counterpart. ‘Sahayog – Kaijin 2016’ has begun off the coast of Chennai, Tamil Nadu in the Bay of Bengal.

    • It is a part of

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  • Jan 18, 2016
  • 1 HRD Minister Smriti Irani initiates permanent campus of IISER in Thiruvananthapuram [ None ]

    About IISER: IISER stands for Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research. It is a group of most leading science education and research institutes in India. These institutions have been declared asinstitutions of national importance by Act of Parliament.

    • The institutes w

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  • 2 Alan Rickman the British actor passes away [ None ]

    British actor Alan Rickman passed away in London, England at age of 69 due to cancer. About Alan Rickman: Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born on 21st February 1946. He was an actor and director of English films. He was known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, mo

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  • 3 15th January known as Indian Army Day [ Important Days ]

    Indian Army Day is celebrated every year on 15th January in India. This year it will be the 68th Indian Army Day. Significance of Day: On this day, Lt. General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army of the independent India in 194

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  • 4 R. Shivakumar appointed as the Chairman of Assocham of Karnataka [ None ]

    R. Shivakumar is the chairman of Kumar Group of companies which was established in 1976. He is chairman at Bengaluru of Kumar Group of companies. Kumar Group is working in locating, developing and executing good quality measurement granite rough blocks of various colors and textu

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  • 5 14th January celebrated as Makar Sankranti and in South as Pongal in India [ None ]

    About the festival Makar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti is a kite’s festival celebrated in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and many other countries. Makar Sankranti marks the conversion of the sun into the astrological sign of Makara means Capricorn on its cosmic path.

    • The day is also beli

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  • 6 Union Cabinet agrees MoU between India and Maldives for Health [ None ]

    About the agreement in the field of health: The Union Cabinet agreed for the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Maldives on cooperation in the field of Health. The MoU was signed to ease of greater support between both the nations and to develop human capitals in heal

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  • 7 India has decided to join the International Energy Agency named Ocean Energy Systems [ None ]

    About International Energy Agency ‘Ocean Energy Systems’: The Ocean Energy Systems is an international association provider between countries. It works under structure established by theInternational Energy Agency in Paris in 2001.

    • It was needed to develop this technology cooper

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  • 8 Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) approved by Union Cabinet [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    About Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana: PMFBY is a crop insurance scheme aimed to improve the farming sector in India. It is beneficial to farmers and it is aimed to decrease the premium problem of farmers and certify early clearance of crop assurance which was claim for the full

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  • 9 लेखनी पर लगाम (Ban on Salman Rushdie’s Book - Back in News - Essay in Hindi) [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    प्रस्तावना: -साहित्य समाज का दर्पण होता है। सामयिक परिदृश्य को सामने रखता है। सियासत और साहित्य के बीच कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता पी. चिदंबरम ने सलमान रश्दी की किताब ’द सेटेनिक वर्सेज’ पर पाबंदी के 27 साल बाद, इसे गलती मानकर नई बहस का ’मुखड़ा’ लिख दिया है। चिदंबरम जब तक केंद्र में क

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  • Jan 13, 2016
  • 1 To set up naval facility at Visakhapatnam RDL sign MoU with AP Government [ None ]

    To set up a world class naval facility in the state Reliance Defence Ltd (RDL) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Andhra Pradesh Government. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu has announced it during the CII Partnership Summit titled ‘Sunrise And

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  • 2 Language of weather forecasting has been changed by IMD for improve communication Gap [ None ]

    The language of weather forecasting has been changed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). And they also have re-defined terms which are not scientifically detailed in weather forecasting. For that IMD has given official notification, in order to avoid communication gap w

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  • 3 Supreme Court gives notification to center for lifting ban on Jallikattu [ None ]

    The Supreme Court will give notification to the Union Government for lifting ban on traditional bull taming sport Jallikattu during the festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu. And for this the apex court rejected the request of Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and Tamil

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  • 4 To fast-track bullet train Project Government has established Arvind Panagariya committee [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    To fast track the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor Union Government has established a committee. The main task of this committee is to interact with the Japanese counterpart for taking further steps in implementation of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor.


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  • 5 New CEO of Flipkart: Binny Bansal [ None ]

    Executive Officer (CEO) from current post Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company. He will replace Sachin Bansal (since inception of company) because he is appointed as newly-created post of Executive Chairman of the company. Binny Bansal will now provide strategic direction

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  • 6 For the first time in India Telangana has made gender education compulsory at graduate level [ None ]

    By introduce compulsory gender education at the graduate level, Telangana has become the first State in India to introduce it. For this state government has introduced fluent textbook ‘Towards a World of Equals’ on a pilot basis in engineering colleges associated to the Jawaharla

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  • 7 Maria Teresa de Filippis a first female F1 driver passes away [ None ]

    Maria Teresa de Filippis the first female F1 (Formula One) driver has passed away on 8 January 2016 in Italy at the age of 89 years. She was the first female pioneer in motor racing. Motor racing is a sport mainly subjugated by men.

    • In 1958, she had taken part in the five World

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  • 8 David Bowie a Music Legend passes away [ None ]

    David Bowie a Music Legend passed away on 10 January 2015 in New York, United States following a battle with liver cancer at the age of 69 years. He was one of the most significant musicians of 1970s. He was well-known for his creative musicianship to break pop and rock boundarie

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  • 9 2016 FIFA Ballon d’Or award has been won by Lionel Messi [ Awards ]

    The 2016 FIFA Ballon d’Or Award has been wan by Barcelona FC forward Lionel Messi from Argentina. And with this he has created history by winning this title of world’s best football player for five times. He has won this award in 2010 (inaugural), 2011, 2012 and 2012.

    He has won

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  • Jan 13, 2016
  • 1 January 12 observed as National Youth Day [ Important Days ]

    January 12 is being observed as National Youth Day in India to mark a birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher and thinker Swami Vivekananda. To celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda numbers of functions are being organized in India. This is the 153rd birt

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  • Jan 11, 2016
  • 1 स्मार्ट सिटी (Essay Hindi - Emergence of Smart City - “Is it a SMART Move” - Case Study of Udaipur) [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    प्रस्तावना: - बेशक हमने एक साल में प्रधानमंत्री मोदी जी के नेतृत्व खूब काम किया हो । चाहे मामला पर्यावरण-पहाड़ बचाने का हो या समाज में जागरुकता लाने का, भ्रष्टाचार पर नकेल कसने का हो या पीड़ितों को राहत पहुंचाने का। हमारे-आपके साझा पहल -प्रयास रंग लाए और हमें अच्छे नतीजे मिले। लेक

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  • 2 दूरसंचार घोटाला (Essay in Hindi - Telecom Scam - Role of Media & Opinion) [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    प्रस्तावना: - दूरसंचार के एक मंत्री दयानिधि 2004 से 2007 तक मंत्री रहे। मंत्री पद जाने के बाद 323 टेलीफोन लाइनें निजी इस्तेमाल के लिए लगवा लीं। उन्होंने चेन्नई टेलीफोंस के सीजीएम के नाम से गोपनीय नंबर लिए। नंबरों की पहचान गुप्त रखने की सुविधा हासिल की, जो कि केवल राष्ट्रपति, प्र

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