2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Oct 13, 2016
  • 1 Schneider to Open Training Centers in 500 Districts in India [ None ]

    Schneider Electric (SE), a French company, will open training centres in 500 districts in India. It plans to set up a Centre of Excellence focused on power, solar and automation sectors.

    Logo of Schneider Electric

    Logo of Schneider Electric

    Logo of Schneider Electric

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  • 2 India Ranks 97th of 118 in Global Hunger Index (GHI) [ None ]

    In 2016, India ranked 97th out of 118 countries on the Global Hunger Index. This annual report of GHI was made by International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI). 15 % of India’s population was found undernourished.

    Key Aspects

    • Hunger levels in developing countries have de

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  • Oct 12, 2016
  • 1 Champion of Champions Pistol Award Won by Jitu Rai of ISSF [ Awards ]

    The 2016 Champion of Champions pistol Award with cash prize of €5000 in the World Cup Final has been won by the Jitu Rai the Ace Indian Shooter of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for pistol shooting. It  was held in Bologna, Italy. Won the award in the 10 m Air

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  • 2 HTC to Offer after Sales Service for Google Pixel Smartphones [ Science/Technology ]

    Google and HTC have tied up for the sales and aftersales support of new Pixel smartphones. 30 cities in the country will be served by HTC for after sales. HTC will sell the Pixel smartphone through its 1,000 retailer stores.

    • Pixel will be tuff competition for Apple’s iPhone 7.
    • Red

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  • 3 IIP: April-August Industrial Growth Worst in Last 10 Years [ None ]

    According to the report released by Index of Industrial Production (IIP) the first five months of the current fiscal year, recorded lowest Industrial growth in least 10 years from 2007-08. It is believed that Indian industries are suffering due to a global recession. Government r

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  • 4 Union Government Celebrates 100th Birth Anniversary of Nanaji Deshmukh [ None ]

    The Union Government decided to celebrate 100th birth anniversary of social activist and former RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh from October 11, 2016 to October 11, 2017.  Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma announced during inaugural programme.

    Image of Nanaji Deshmukh

    Image of Nanaji Deshmukh

    Image of Nanaji Deshmukh

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  • Oct 11, 2016
  • 1 Telangana Government to Announce 21 New Districts [ None ]

    Telangana government has announced 21 new districts in states on Dasara after two and half years of formation. With this Telangana will now have total 31 (10 existing + 21 new) districts. Telangana Rashtra Samithi made announcement on 11th October 2016. It will improve administra

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  • 2 October 11th Observed as International Day of the Girl Child [ Important Days ]

    11th October is observed as the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) every year across the world to recognize girls’ rights and the challenges faced by girls around the world.

    • Increase awareness about gender inequality thus increasing opportunities for girls.
    • Theme of this

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  • 3 Telangana and Ashok Leyland Signs MoU to Setup Body Building Unit [ None ]

    Telangana government and Ashok Leyland Commercial vehicle manufacturer signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a vehicle body building unit in Telangana at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore.

    Vinod K. Dasari, MD of Ashok Leyland and Shanti Kumari, Principal Secretary in the

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  • 4 From December 2016 Google Chrome to Consume Up to 50% Less Memory [ Science/Technology ]

    Google has announced that a new version of chrome to be released in December 2016 will save up to 50% of memory. This will be the great step by google to reduce memory footprint of chrome and will leading to dramatic improvements in performance and stability especially on mobile

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  • 5 India’S First Obesity Clinic for Children Opened in Mumbai [ Science/Technology ]

    First obesity clinic for children has been opened at Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was inaugurated at Surya Hospital by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta Fadnavis. Aim is to control rising cases of child obesity.

    The decision came after the recent survey conducted in Pune

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  • Oct 10, 2016
  • 1 Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom Win 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics [ Economy ]

    Two economists Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom have won the 2016 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences at Stockholm. They got the 2016 Nobel Economics Prize for their contributions to contract theory.

    • Share 8 million kronor, or about $930,000.
    • Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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  • 2 Union Government Extends Anti-Dumping Duty on Certain Chinese Products [ None ]

    Revenue department has extended the anti-dumping duty on import of certain Chinese products, used in manufacturing shoes, toys, garment, and footwear and other industrial segments for another five years until 2021. This decision was taken by Central Board of Excise and Customs (C

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  • 3 IAE to Tie Up with India for Its Global LED Programme [ Science/Technology ]

    International Energy Agency (IAE/ IEA) is going to collaborate with India to implement the government of India’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) initiative universally for energy savings. International Energy Agency has been impressed with performance of India’s UJ

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  • 4 October 10: World Mental Health Day [ Important Days ]

    World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is observed on 10th October each year. Its purpose is to create awareness about mental health issues around the world. It also aims to collaborate efforts in support of mental health.

    • Thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness p

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  • 5 October 9: World Post Day [ Important Days ]

    World Post Day is observed on October 9 every year to spread awareness related to the postal services and their role in the everyday lives of people and businesses. This day is celebrated by Department of Posts in India. For more than 150 years, India Post has been the backbone o

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  • 6 SC Stays Commercial Release of GM Mustard [ Policy/Governance ]

    Supreme Court has stayed the commercial release of Genetically Modified (GM) mustard crop till October 17, 2016. It has asked the Central Government to take public opinion on such seeds before releasing the variety for cultivation.

    Image of Supreme Court

    Image of Supreme Court

    Image of Supreme Court

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  • 7 India’S First Medipark to Be Set Up at Chengalpattu in Tamil Nadu [ None ]

    Union cabinet approved setting up Medipark at Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu through a special purpose vehicle. It will be the India’s first medical devices manufacturing park. Union Cabinet permitted HLL Life care, a Mini Ratna PSU to sub-lease over 300 acres of

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  • 8 Union Government to Set Up Public Debt Management Cell [ Policy/Governance ]

    Finance Ministry Arun Jaitley has proposed to set up a Public Debt Management Cell (PDMC). PDMC will strengthen and deepen the reach of bond markets in India, streamline government borrowings and promote better cash management.

    Key Facts:

    • PDMC housed at the RBI’s Delhi office.  

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  • 9 India Wants Greater Pharma Market Access in Japan Pharma [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced India’s plan for greater market access in Japan to the domestic pharmaceuticals sector. Contribution of India to Japanese drug market is falling continuously.

    This declaration was made at the seminar on promoting India’s exports

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  • Oct 10, 2016
  • 1 World Sustainable Development Summit Inaugurated [ None ]

    The first edition of World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. It was organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) with the theme “Beyond 2015 is People, Planet and Progress.”

    Key Facts

    • WSDS

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  • 2 RBI’S Prior Approval Required for Payment Banks [ None ]

    All the entities granted a payments bank (PB) license should first take specific approval for the products which they intent to provide to customers. RBI also recently issued separate operating guidelines for payments banks based on financial inclusion.

    Terms of This Guideline

    • E

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  • 3 Maharashtra: 17th State to Join UDAY Scheme [ Important Days ]

    Maharashtra agreed to join Central Government’s Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna (UDAY) scheme. It became the 17th state to join UDAY. This will help Maharashtra recover Rs 9,725 crore in low-cost funds, transmission losses, energy efficiency, and coal modifications.

    • In 2016 Maharash

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  • 4 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Honored with 2016 Nobel Peace Prize [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was honored 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his resolute efforts to end more than 50-year-long civil war of Colombia. Norwegian Nobel Committee recommended his name for this award.

    He was selected from 376 nominated candidates, including 228 indiv

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  • 5 We Lost Heisnam Kanhailal- Well-Known Manipuri Theatre Legend [ None ]

    Heisnam Kanhailal the well-known Manipuri theatre personality passed away at the age of 75 years due to illness. He served in theater for last 40 years; he was a playwright, director, and actor.

    Image of Heisnam Kanhailal

    Image of Heisnam Kanhailal

    Image of Heisnam Kanhailal

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  • 6 RBI Panel for Easing Bank Branch Norms [ None ]

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Internal Working Group (IWG) chaired by Lily Vadera on Rationalization of Branch Authorization Policy has suggested changes in bank branch norms.The panel proposed relaxing bank branch such as building, number of employees etc. to promote financial

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  • 7 Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling for Sustainable Development Leadership Award [ Awards ]

    The prestigious Sustainable Development Leadership Award of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) was honored to Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for his vision and leadership in environment and sustainable development.Sikkim becomes first fully organic state of Inida.

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  • Oct 6, 2016
  • 1 4th Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Review- RBI Repo Rate Cut by 25 Basis Points [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cuts the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25% in its fourth bi-monthly monetary policy review for 2016-17. This was the first decision by newly constituted Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and under new RBI Governor Urjit Patel.

    • This decision was ta

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  • 2 From November for LPG Subsidy, Aadhaar Card Will Be Mandatory [ None ]

    Aadhaar card will be mandatory for availing cooking gas (LPG) subsidies from November 2016 by the Union Government. Union Petroleum Ministry has requested Oil marketing companies (OMCs) to quickly enroll all consumers with aadhar card for LPG subsidy.

    • Government is giving 12 LPG c

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  • 3 Indian Bridge Management System Launched [ None ]

    The Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) was launched by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi; it will be the most important step to ensure safety of bridges in the country.

    Key Facts

    • IBMS creates & maintains a record of all bridges in t

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