2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Dec 2, 2016
  • 1 15 New Castes on OBC’S List Approved by Union Cabinet [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Union Cabinet has given its approval for inclusion of 15 new castes and modification in 13 other castes in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in eight states. The Union Cabinet took this decision based on the recommendation of the National Commission for Backwa

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  • 2 Cyclonic Storm Nada Observed in Tamil Nadu [ Economy ]

    During December 2016, Depression Nada was located about 40 km (25 mi) east-southeast of Karaikal, Puducherry, TN India. Maximum sustained wind speeds are about 45 km/h (30 mph), gusting to 65 km/h (40 mph). The storm is moving west-northwestwards. Dvorak intensity of the storm es

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  • 3 Before Movies, National Anthem Must Be Played in Theatres [ Policy/Governance ]

    All Indians now compulsorily have to stand up and listen to the National Anthem before they can watch a movie in a theatre. It is for love and respect, for the motherland reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag.

    Respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag

    Respect to the National Anthem as Well as to the National Flag

    Respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag

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  • 4 Chandrababu Naidu Committee to Promote Digital Payment Systems [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    To promote the use of digital payment systems to encourage transparency and financial inclusion, and prepare a road map in this regard, the Modi government has formed a committee to look into the matter, headed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

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  • 5 Three-Parent Babies Mitochondrial Gene Therapy Allowed by UK Scientists [ Science/Technology ]

    The first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people. Child born using a controversial “three-parent” baby technique in Mexico. Two women, one man and a baby.

    Mitochondrial gene therapy: Two women, one man and a baby

    Mitochondrial Gene Therapy: Two Women, One Man and a Baby

    Mitochondrial gene therapy: Two women, one man and a baby

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  • Dec 1, 2016
  • 1 Over $100 Billion Spend on Wind Power by China [ Science/Technology ]

    China will spend more than USD 100 billion on wind power in the next four years as part of its efforts to reduce dependence on coal for its massive energy needs. A total of 700 billion Yuan (USD 102 billion) will spent on wind power during the 2016-2020 period by China.

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  • 2 Mumbai Urban Transport Project Approved by Cabinet [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Union Cabinet has approved the Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III. The estimated cost of project is Rs. 8679 crore with completion cost of Rs.10947 crore. The project expected to complete in the next five years during 13th Five Year Plan period.

    Cabinet approves Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III

    Cabinet Approves Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III

    Cabinet approves Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III

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  • 3 World AIDS Day: 1st December [ Important Days ]

    Since 1988, World AIDS Day is selected to be made on December 1. It indicates raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.

    Image of World AIDS day

    Image of World AIDS Day

    Image of World AIDS day

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  • 4 India Unveils the World’S Largest Solar Power Plant [ Science/Technology ]

    Gautam Adani unveils world’s largest solar power plant in Tamil Nadu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Solar Alliance initiative at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the country appears to be on schedule to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels to power homes an

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  • 5 Coupons as New Currency at Toll Plazas Proposed by Road Ministry [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Road Transport & Highways Ministry has come out with the proposal to introduce high security coupons of denominations starting from Rs 5 to Rs 100 to serve as currency for toll on national highways.

    Only officials of the NHAI, allowed to distribute coupon

    Only Officials of the NHAI, Allowed to Distribute Coupon

    Only officials of the NHAI, allowed to distribute coupon

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  • Nov 30, 2016
  • 1 DARPAN Portal: NITI Aayog to Register NGOs for Grant-in-Aid [ Policy/Governance ]

    It is now mandatory for all NGOs and voluntary organisations (VOs) to register with NITI Aayog to receive grant-in-aid from ministries or departments of the central government.Total number of 81,353 NGOs/VOs have signed up on NGO-DARPAN portal that has redesigned.

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  • 2 Uttar Pradesh to Inaugurate Asia’S First Cycle Highway [ Policy/Governance ]

    Asia’s first and longest cycle highway inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh. It is also India’s first cycle highway. A first-of-its-kind project, the 207-km-long cycle highway runs between Etawah, Agra, and declared open. A rally of 90 cyclists from five countries and across India follow

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  • 3 Demonetization Temporarily Weighing on Different Sectors the Eithecial Dilemma of Short-Term Pain for Long-Term Gain [ Policy/Governance ]

    The ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes has influenced a raft of sectors. There is a mix of responses seen in the various sectors after demonetization. The various sectors have behaved differently in lieu of demonetization as mentioned in the table below. Several other industrial se

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  • 4 Asian Youth Karate Championship Won by 7 - Yr - Old Bandipora Boy Hashim Mansoor [ Sports ]

    After seven - year - old boy Hashim Mansoor, from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district has brought laurels to not only the state but India as well by winning gold in Asian Youth Karate Championship.

    Hashim Mansoor win Asian Youth Karate Championship

    Hashim Mansoor Win Asian Youth Karate Championship

    Hashim Mansoor win Asian Youth Karate Championship

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  • 5 32-Year-Old IAS Officer Won the Gold at Asian Para-Badminton Championship [ Sports ]

    District Magistrate of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj scripted history by becoming the first ever-serving Indian bureaucrat to win a Gold medal at the highest level of any sporting event in the Asian Para-Badminton Championships that held in Beijing.

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  • Nov 29, 2016
  • 1 India’S First Digital Village [ Science/Technology ]

    Akodara, India’s first ‘digital village’ is located in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district. Situated 90 km from Ahmedabad, the village has been functioning neither normally despite the chaos demonetization has brought to the rest of the country, as shops nor citizens of the village de

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  • 2 Nikki Haley’S Appointed as UN Envoy [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Nikki Haley was born in the United States but her extended family is in India. She has been named as UN envoy to US President-elect Donald Trump and has been  named the South Carolina governor.

    Haley’ elder brother Harmeet Singh who had served in Operation Desert Storm retired fro

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  • 3 Time to Evaluate India’S Progress – Some Major Statistics [ Policy/Governance ]

    From digital connectivity to sanitation and child mortality, it is time to evaluate India’ progress on various fronts. Below are some of the data that reveal the developments in term of housing sector reforms and number of toilets established under Swach Bharat initiative.

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  • 4 Gold Medal at AIBA Youth World Championship Won by Sachin Singh [ Sports ]

    Indian boxer Sachin Singh won the gold medal at the AIBA (International Boxing Association) Youth World Championships in the 49 kg weight class. In the summit clash held at St Peterburg (Russia), Sachin Singh defeated Jorge Grinan of Cuba by 5-0 score.

    SachinSingh gets golden punch at YouthWorld BoxingChampionships

    SachinSingh Gets Golden Punch at YouthWorld BoxingChampionships

    Sachin Singh gets golden punch Youth World Boxing Championships

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  • 5 Incremental CRR to Be Introduced by RBI in Banking System [ Policy/Governance ]

    CRR is the proportion of deposits that banks have to keep as cash with the RBI or central bank. Banks do not earn any interest on CRR balances kept with the RBI.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced an incremental Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of 100% for fortnight to absorb

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  • Nov 28, 2016
  • 1 Golden Jubilee Celebrations of UNCITRAL in New Delhi by India [ None ]

    India hosted the golden jubilee 50th anniversary celebrations of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee gave the opening address at international conference of the golden jubilee celebrations of UNCITRAL.

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  • 2 Shri Radha Mohan Singh Launches E-Pashuhaat Portal in India [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh launched e-pashuhaat portal (www.epashuhaat.gov.in). For the first time in the world under the scheme, National Mission on Bovine Productivity ‘e-pashuhaat’ portal has developed for connecting breeders and f

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  • 3 51st Annual DGPs Conference Held in Hyderabad [ None ]

    The 51st Annual Conference of Directors-General of Police of States was held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) in Hyderabad, Telangana. It was attended by around 100 DGPs of states, Director Generals of Central paramilitary forces and their Inspecto

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  • 4 Major Committees 2016: a.K.Khandelwal Committee and R.H. Khan Committee [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    A.K.Khandelwal Committee Purpose: HR Issues of Public Sector Banks About Committee:Government constituted a Committee on Human Resources issues of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) under the Chairmanship of Dr. A.K. Khandelwal.

    • Committee made 105 recommendations on matters related to Ma

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  • 5 Major Committees 2016:L.C. Gupta Committee and James Raj Committee [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    L.C. Gupta Committee Purpose: Financial Derivatives Separation of Cash and Derivative Segment of an Exchange and its Clearing House/Corporation.The Dr. L.C Gupta Committee on Derivatives had permitted exiting stock exchanges having cash trading to trade in derivative contracts th

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  • 6 Major Committees 2016: R. Jilani Committee and Goiporia Committee [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    R. Jilani Committee Purpose: Inspection System in Banks Jilani committee recommendations Broad guidelines to establish accountability for inspectors/auditors should laid down.A copy of the booklet incorporating RBI circulars to supplied to each inspecting/audit official by inspec

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  • 7 Major Committees 2016: Tandon Committee and Dr. Gadgil Committee: [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Tandon Committee Purpose: Follow Up Of Bank Credit The observation and recommendations made by Tandon committee were:Norms: The committee suggested 15 industries excluding engineering industries. These norms suggested in following forms:

    1. For Raw materials: Consumption in months
    2. For

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  • 8 Major Committees 2016: Raghunath Anant Mashelkar Panel and T.S.R. Subramanian Committee [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Raghunath Anant Mashelkar Panel Purpose: To recommend best technologies for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachh Bharat” national sanitation campaign. More about Committee:Scientist Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, former director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial R

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  • 9 Major Committees 2016: Justice SB Sinha (One Member Commission) and G.N.Bajpai Committee [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Justice SB Sinha (One Member Commission) Purpose: To Probe 2006 Meerut Fire Tragedy.A Supreme Court bench comprised of Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice Dipak Misra appointed former Judge S.B. Sinha to probe the 2006 Meerut fire tragedy, which claimed the lives of 60 people.


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  • Nov 28, 2016
  • 1 Major Committees 2016: H.R.Khan Panel and V.C. Daga Committee [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    H.R.Khan Panel Purpose: To evaluate unclaimed PPF and Post Office Savings.The finance ministry has set up a committee under Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deputy governor HR Khan to examine unclaimed deposits lying in the popular Public Provident Fund and savings schemes of post off

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