2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Dec 13, 2016
  • 1 Kolkata-Mizoram Trade Route Via Myanmar to Soon Open [ Economy ]

    A deep water port built in Myanmar’s Sittwe by India is ready to be commissioned. Open Kolkata-Mizoram trade route via Myanmar. The Sittwe port is starting point for the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project in Myanmar. Once shipments arrive at Sittwe port from Kolkata, t

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  • 2 गोवा में 2016 का ब्रिग्स सम्मेलन (2016 BRICS Conference in Goa - Essay in Hindi) [ Economy ]

    प्रस्तावना:-इस बार 8वां ब्रिक्स सम्मेलन गोवा में हो रहा है। भारत की मेजबानी में ब्रिक्स सम्मेलन के दौरान सदस्य देशों के बीच आपसी व्यापार बढ़ाने के साथ-साथ आतंकवाद के मसले पर भी चर्चा होने की उम्मीद है। रूस और चीन मौजूदगी में हमें अपने हितों को मजबूती से रखना होगा। यहाँ 15 और 16 अक

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  • 3 अमरीका में नये राष्ट्रपति का चुनाव व नये राष्ट्रपति घोषित - Donald Trump as President Elect in USA - Essay in Hindi [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    प्रस्तावना:- अमरीका जनता 8 नवंबर को नए राष्ट्रपति का चुनाव करेगी। दुनिया के सबसे शक्तिशाली देश के राष्ट्रपति के लिए डेमोक्रेट (लोकतंत्री/संयुक्त राष्ट्र अमेरिका के एक प्रमुख राजनीतिक दल का सदस्य) हिलेरी क्लिंटन और रिपब्लिकन डोनाल्ड ट्रंप के बीच मुकाबला चल रहा है। सियासी दावपेंच ज

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  • 4 मोदी जी दव्ारा 500 और 100 के नोटों पर बंद की घोषणा (Demonetization in India - Pros and Cons - Essay in Hindi) [ Economy ]

    प्रस्तावना:- 16 मई 2014 को देश का मोडीफिकेशन (मामूली परिवर्तन करना या सीमित करना) हुआ था। 8 नवम्बर 2014 को नोटिफिकेशन (अधिसूचना) हुआ। प्रधानमंत्री ने 500 और 1000 के नोटों को बंद करने का ऐलान कर दिया। मकसद कालेधन की रीढ़ पर वार था और ईमानदारों के मन की बात भी। मोदी सरकार के इस फैसल

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  • Dec 12, 2016
  • 1 China Launches Advanced Weather Satellite Fengyun-4 [ Science/Technology ]

    China launched the first of a new generation geosynchronous meteorological satellite.  Launch of Fengyun-4A satellite.   Long March 3B launches Fengyun-4A meteorological spacecraft.

    Launch of new generation meteorological satellite “Fengyun-4”

    Launch of New Generation Meteorological Satellite “Fengyun-4”

    Launch of new generation meteorological satellite “Fengyun-4”

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  • 2 Narendar Modi Inaugurates India’S Largest Cheese Plant in Gujarat [ Science/Technology ]

    PM Modi inaugurated India’s largest Cheese Plant in Banaskantha. Along with other projects, PM Modi inaugurated milk cooperative dairy plant. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Gujarat. He mentioned how drip irrigation widely benefitted farmers in the north Gujarat region.

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  • 3 Government Launches India’S First Amphibious Bus Project in Punjab [ Science/Technology ]

    The first water cruiser bus of Punjab has launched by the Deputy Chief Minister of the state Sukhbir Singh Badal at Harike Pattan Lake in Ferozepur. Punjab gets its first Water Bus to attract tourists. The amphibious vehicle can run on both water and land.

    The amphibious vehicle

    The Amphibious Vehicle

    The amphibious vehicle

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  • 4 Antonio Guterres Sworn in as UN Secretary-General [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was sworn as the ninth UN secretary-general, pledging to personally help bring peace in various conflicts and reform. Guterres (age 67) will replace Ban Ki-moon (age 72) of South Korea on January 1.

    UN Secretary General

    UN Secretary General

    UN Secretary General

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  • 5 India, Indonesia Agreements Inked [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Indonesia and India must cooperate closely in the key areas defence, security and counter-terrorism as no country is immune to a terror attack and also to implement UNSC resolution 1267. Joko Widodo is the President of Indonesia.

    India, Indonesia to boost maritime relations

    India, Indonesia to Boost Maritime Relations

    India, Indonesia to boost maritime relations

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  • 6 📹 IAS Mains Geography 2016 Paper 2 Solved – Detailed Explanations on YouTube [ Education ]

    Examrace is happy to know that entire paper (except 2 questions – WCRP - covered at doorsteptutor.com solutions and Newbigin’s Classification) is covered in Examrace Geography Postal Course. Almost 50% of the questions were directly covered in our free YouTube Videos

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  • Dec 11, 2016
  • 1 Japan Launches Space Junk Collector Vessel ‘Kounotori’ into Orbit to Clear Clutter [ Science/Technology ]

    Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are experimenting with a tether to pull junk out of orbit around Earth. Clearing up tons of space clutter includes cast-off equipment from old satellites and pieces of rocket.

    HTV-6 Kounotori, japan spacecraft

    HTV-6 Kounotori, Japan Spacecraft

    HTV-6 Kounotori, japan spacecraft

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  • 2 2016 Ballon D’or Award Won by Cristiano Ronaldo [ Awards ]

    Ronaldo has won the 2016 Ballon D’OR award. France Football confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo as the winner of this year’s award ahead of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. 200 respected football journalists voted their top three players from 30-man shortlist where Ronaldo came on top

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  • 3 Cyclone Vardah Intensifies in Chennai [ Economy ]

    The severe cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’, the most intense to have hit the Tamil Nadu capital in two decades has made a landfall near the city. NOTAM (notice to airmen) issued after strong cyclonic winds and poor visibility hit Chennai and other parts of the state.


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  • 4 Andhra Pradesh Launches Website of APEDB [ Science/Technology ]

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandababu Naidu launched the website of the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB). Website is aimed to provide a repository of knowledge on investing in Andhra Pradesh. Website would provide valuable insights to the investor, seeking t

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  • 5 Union Government Launches DigiShala TV Channel to Promote Digital Payments [ Policy/Governance ]

    Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has introduced ‘Digi Dhan Abhiyan’ campaign to enable every citizen, small trader and merchant to adopt digital payments in their everyday financial transactions. It is as an attempt to promote digital payments in the country.

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  • Dec 10, 2016
  • 1 Water use under Indus pact [ Science/Technology ]

    Indus Waters Treaty has raised the possibility that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government may seek to alter or scrap the provisions of the 1960 pact with Pakistan. Government is under public pressure to take action against Pakistan to rein in terrorism. India looks to

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  • 2 Proposal to Amend Law for Cashless Wage Payments [ Policy/Governance ]

    Government is ready with the Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill to specify establishments where employers shall pay wages either by cheque or by crediting into bank accounts. At present, the Payment of Wages Act covers all those employees in certain categories of establishments wh

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  • 3 Banks Directed to Upload KYC with Central Registry from Jan 1 [ Policy/Governance ]

    Reserve Bank directed all banks to upload the Know Your Customer (KYC) data pertaining. To new individual accounts opened after January 1, with Central KYC Records Registry. It has been decided to allow One Time Pin (OTP) based e-KYC subject to certain restrictions.

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  • 4 December 10: Human Rights Day [ Important Days ]

    Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December every year. The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). At the 317th  Plenary Meetin

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  • 5 International Anti-Corruption Day [ Important Days ]

    International Anti-Corruption Day takes place on December 9 each year. International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually since the passage of the United Nations Convention against Corruption on 31 October 2003.

    International Anti-Corruption Day

    International Anti-Corruption Day

    International Anti-Corruption Day

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  • Dec 9, 2016
  • 1 Indian Railways: Humsafar Express to Be Launched Soon [ Science/Technology ]

    Humsafar trains are set to be launched next month. Fare rates about 20 per cent higher than the normal. Railway ministry announced four new type trains in our budget. Humsafar is likely to be launched between New Delhi and Gorakhpur.

    Image of Indian Railway

    Image of Indian Railway

    Image of Indian Railway

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  • 2 Steps Taken to Ensure Availability of Cash in Rural Areas: Arun Jaitley [ Policy/Governance ]

    Steps have been taken to ensure availability of cash in the rural areas. Currency notes are supplied by the RBI through currency chests. Notes maintained in the banks to keeping in mind the requirement in various areas and regions.

    mobile atms, mobile atm Bengaluru, Mumbai, Karnataka

    Mobile Atms, Mobile Atm Bengaluru, Mumbai, Karnataka

    mobile atms, mobile atm Bengaluru, Mumbai, Karnataka

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  • 3 14 April, Will Be Observed as “Water Day” Across India [ Important Days ]

    14 April, observed as “Water Day” across India. The day observed to mark Ambedkar’s contribution in water resource management of the country. Uma Bharti is Union Minister for Water Resources. She was the Chief Guest of the seminar that was organized by Central Water Commission in

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  • 4 Limited Use of Newspapers for Food Packaging, FSSAI Seeks [ None ]

    Printing ink and other harmful carcinogenic chemicals used in newspaper for food packaging is harmful or unhealthy.  The central food regulator restricted use of newspapers and cardboard boxes for packaging food items. Seek to update you about the recent initiatives undertaken by

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  • 5 John Glenn, Legendary NASA Astronaut, Dies at 95 [ Science/Technology ]

    Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. There he was hospitalized for more than a week. He had two major career paths that often intersected-flying and politics, and he soared in both of them. He became the first U.S. astronaut to the Earth.  He is an all-Ameri

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  • 6 📹 IAS Mains Geography 2016 Paper 1 Solved – Detailed Explanations on YouTube [ Education ]

    Entire paper (except 2 questions – WCRP and Newbigin’s Classification) were covered in Examrace Geography Postal Course.Almost 50% of the questions were directly covered in our free YouTube Videos.These two and similar topics we will be covering shortly.  The paper was more or le

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  • Dec 8, 2016
  • 1 10-Year Investment Plan for UK Committed by Tata Steel [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Tata Steel pledged to stay in Britain with a 10-year commitment to a one-billion-pound investment plan. Shares surged 5% after the company committed. The Indian steel giant has offered a number of guarantees to its staff at Port Talbot steelworks in South Wales.

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  • 2 Aadhaar-Based Ticketing System for Senior Citizens from April 1 Mandated by Railway Ministry [ Policy/Governance ]

    Reservation  of rail tickets for senior citizens will be directly linked to Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID). Cards are mandatory basis for both counter and e - tickets. Objective is to ensure that only bona fide passengers with legitimate tickets.

    Aadhar mandatory for senior citizens to avail train ticket

    Aadhar Mandatory for Senior Citizens to Avail Train Ticket

    Aadhar mandatory for senior citizens to avail train ticket

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  • 3 IIIDEM Conducts Training for SAARC Nations on Election Management [ Policy/Governance ]

    India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) have conducted training on Election Management of SAARC Countries. Course is being sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

    Forum of Heads of Election Management Bodies of SAARC Countries

    Forum of Heads of Election Management Bodies of SAARC Countries

    Forum of Heads of Election Management Bodies of SAARC Countries

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  • 4 First Saturn Ring-Gazing Plunge Made by NASA’S Cassini Spacecraft [ Science/Technology ]

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has made its first dive past one of Saturn’s outer rings. It is beginning the final chapter of its mission. Cassini skimmed Saturn’s F ring, the outermost of the planet’s visible rings, at a distance of 11,000km. This ring is ever-changing, with bright

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