2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Oct 26, 2016
  • 1 Cyrus Mistry Removed as Chairman of Tata Group [ Policy/Governance ]

    Cyrus Pallonji Mistry was abruptly removed by the board of India’s largest conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd. However, he will continue as a director of the individual companies.Ratan Tata will succeed him as chairman who was replaced by Cyrus Pallonji Mistry as interim chairman for fou

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  • 2 Indian-American Maanasa Mendu Wins America’S Top Young Scientist Award [ Awards ]

    Maanasa Mendu won the America’s Top Young Scientist Award at only 13 years. She won the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and became America’s Top Young Scientist. She has received $25,000 (Rs.16 Lacs) to work on her future projects.

    Image of Maanasa Mendu

    Image of Maanasa Mendu

    Image of Maanasa Mendu

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  • 3 Tiangong-2 Launches Micro-Satellite Banxing-2 [ Science/Technology ]

    Space lab of China, Tiangong-2 has successfully launched a micro-satellite Banxing-2. Two astronauts were launched into space onboard of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft on 11th October 2016. It docked with Tiangong-2 on 13th October 2016. Satellite will start orbiting Tiangong-2 and S

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  • 4 PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates First National Tribal Carnival [ Policy/Governance ]

    India’s PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the first National Tribal Carnival in New Delhi. This carnival promotes a sense of completeness among the tribal population. It is celebrated for four-days displaying and promoting tribal culture on a large scale.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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  • Oct 25, 2016
  • 1 WMO: CO2 Level Reaches Record High in 2016 [ Science/Technology ]

    World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) reported record levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions the atmosphere. In 2016 globally averaged concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere reached to 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time.

    World Meteorological Organization’s

    World Meteorological Organization’s

    World Meteorological Organization’s

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  • 2 ISRO Starts Landing Tests for Chandrayaan-2 Mission [ Science/Technology ]

    ISRO (Indian Space Research Organsiation) has started a series of ground and aerial tests linked to the dangerous Moon landing of Chandrayaan-2. These tests were started from ISRO’s new site at Challakere in Chitradurga district from Bengaluru.

    Image of Chandrayaan-2

    Image of Chandrayaan-2

    Image of Chandrayaan-2

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  • 3 India Falls Short in Female Literacy [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India’s school education system was found to be under-performing in terms of quality in female literacy compared to its neighboring countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. This study was released by International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (

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  • Oct 24, 2016
  • 1 World Bank: Aid Countries to Efficiently Use Coal and Alternate Sources [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    World Bank and other development lenders like Asian Development Bank (ABD) will help countries including India to shift away from coal for energy. Even if coal is uses its will be used in more efficient technologies. This was proposed by the World Coal Association. This will be d

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  • 2 ITBP Celebrates 55th Raising Day [ Important Days ]

    Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) celebrated its 55th  raising day on 24th October. It was on this day of 1962 the force was raised. ITBP is arranged along the border from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh covering 3488 kilometers of India-China Border.


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  • 3 October 24: United Nations Day [ Important Days ]

    United Nations Day is observed on October 24th universally. United Nations Day is a part of United Nations week. This day came into force on 24th October 1945 through Resolution 2782 of United Nations General Assembly.

    Image of United Nations Day

    Image of United Nations Day

    Image of United Nations Day

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  • Oct 23, 2016
  • 1 TRAI Suggests Rs 3,050 Crore Penalty on Airtel, Vodafone & Idea [ Science/Technology ]

    Telecom Regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended a penalty of 3,050 crore rupees on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cellular for not providing sufficient interconnects points to Reliance Jio. Penalty should be imposed on these telecom companies for alle

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  • 2 3 Days Long Conference to Strengthen Arbitration & Enforcement Held in New Delhi [ Important Days ]

    Three days long, global conference to strengthen Arbitration and Enforcement in India was held in New Delhi. This Conference was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on 21st October 2016.

    • Launched by the Government and Judiciary to change the face of dispute resolution in In

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  • 3 NABARD Provides Rs. 19,702 Crore Loan to NWDA [ Policy/Governance ]

    NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) sanctioned loan of Rs. 19,702 crore to the National Water Development Agency (NWDA). Loan will be provided through NABARD’s Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF) as part of Central share of assistance to State Governments.

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  • Oct 22, 2016
  • 1 SC Freezes BCCI’S Transactions with State Cricket Bodies [ Sports ]

    Supreme Court has frozen all financial transactions between the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and state cricket associations until they abide by Justice RM Lodha Committee recommendations.

    Supreme Court requested the Lodha Committee to appoint an independent audito

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  • 2 Union Government Signs Loan Treaty with World Bank for Eastern Freight Corridor [ Economy ]

    The Union Government and World Bank have signed $650 million loan agreement for the development of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC)-III project.  International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IRBD), part of World Bank Group will lend $650 million, for constr

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  • 3 Pakistan Warns Against Breaching Indus Water Treaty [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Pakistan has notified India of consequences for breaching Indus Water Treaty (IWT). Earlier India suspended all talks with Pakistan on IWT because of the Uri attack.Indus is main support for Pakistan in water supply, irrigation, and hydropower. It provides drinking water to milli

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  • 4 CYSVAX- World’S First Vaccine for Tapeworms in Pig Developed by IIL [ Science/Technology ]

    CYSVAX is world’s first ever vaccine to fight against Taenia solium Tapeworms found in pigs. It was developed by Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL) a subsidiary of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). It has significant potential to reduce the incidence of epilepsy in humans

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  • 5 India Won Kabaddi World Cup for the Third Time [ Sports ]

    2016 Kabaddi World Cup was won by India by beating Iran with 38-29 score in the finals at the Arena By Trans Stadia in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. With this India becomes one and only winner of all the Kabaddi World Cup (Standard Style) events including in 2004, 2007 and 2016.

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  • Oct 21, 2016
  • 1 IGKV Develops Protein-Enriched Rice Variety [ Science/Technology ]

    Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV) in Chhattisgarh developed a protein-enriched rice variety. Researchers worked for 7 years to develop the variety of rice that is rich in protein along with high zinc content; it has over 10% protein content 3% more than any popular vari

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  • 2 Kashmir’S Red Stag is Critically Endangered (IUNC) [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    IUNC (International Union for Conservation of Nature) declared the Kashmiri Red Stag as a critically endangered species. Kashmiri Red Stag is also known as Hangul.  These calls for further protection of Kashmiri Red Stag to check its quickly declining population.

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  • 3 Silchar is SBI’S 5th Zone in North East [ Economy ]

    State Bank of India (SBI) has declared Silchar as its 5th North East Zone. This would facilitate banking for the people of Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur along with the Barak Valley of North East India.

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    Image of State Bank of India

    Image of State Bank of India

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  • Oct 20, 2016
  • 1 Sir David Cox Honoured with First International Prize in Statistics [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Famous British statistician Sir David Cox became the first recipient of the International Prize in Statistics recognizing his work in Survival Analysis Model (or Cox Model). This model found applications in many fields such as science and engineering (testing, disease risk assess

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  • 2 INS Tihayu Commissioned by Indian Navy [ Science/Technology ]

    Indian Navy has commissioned its high tech water jet fast attack craft (WJFAC) INS Tihayu. This Car Nicobar Class water-jet fast-attack craft was commissioned by the Flag-Officer-Commanding in Chief of the Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht in Visakhapatnam, Andhra P

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  • 3 India Signs Agreement with Russia to Lease Second Nuclear Submarine [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India has signed agreement with Russia for second Akula-II class nuclear attack submarine (SSN) with the lease worth of about $2 billion. Other major defence deals also were inked during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the

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  • 4 India, China Conduct Joint Army Exercise in Ladakh [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and China conducted a joint military exercise “Sino India Cooperation 2016” in Ladakh along with the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian army says that the day-long exercise was focused on humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

    Image of India, China Conduct Joint Army Exercise in Ladakh

    Image of India, China Conduct Joint Army Exercise in Ladakh

    Image of India, China Conduct Joint Army Exercise in Ladakh

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  • 5 India and Myanmar Sign 3 MoU and Agree to Strengthen Border Security [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and Myanmar agreed to coordinate on border security. Both countries signed three deals in key economic sector. PM Narendra Modi confirmed New Delhi’s commitment to help develop Myanmar.

    Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and PM Narendra Modi

    Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and PM Narendra Modi

    Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and PM Narendra Modi

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  • Oct 19, 2016
  • 1 Auto Manufacturers to Provide Details of Emission and Noise Pollution for Each Vehicle [ Policy/Governance ]

    Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways made it mandatory for all automobile manufacturers to provide a detail of emission and noise pollution for every vehicle they produced after October 2017.

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    Image of Auto Manufacturers

    Image of Auto Manufacturers

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  • 2 NPL Scientists Produced Electricity from Water Without Using Energy [ Science/Technology ]

    Scientists of NPL have developed a new way producing electricity from water hydroelectric cell at room temperature. This was innovated by team of scientists of NPL led by Dr. RK Kotnala from Delhi’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

    National Physical Laboratory

    National Physical Laboratory

    National Physical Laboratory

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  • 3 Saina Nehwal Appointed to IOC’S Athletes’ Commission [ Sports ]

    Star shuttler Saina Nehwal was appointed a member of the IOC (International Olympic Committee’s) Athletes Commission-  rare honour for an Indian sportsperson. She is a seasoned sportswoman, experienced with the twists and turns of professional sport. It is incumbent upon her to g

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  • Oct 18, 2016
  • 1 Indian Wrestlers Win 4 Medals in TAFISA World Games 2016 [ Sports ]

    Indian wrestlers have individually won four medals at the sixth edition of the TAFISA World Games including a gold medal. This tournament was held in Jakarta, Indonesia. This is the 6th TAFISA World Games Sports.

    TAFISA World Games 2016

    TAFISA World Games 2016

    TAFISA World Games 2016

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