2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Dec 19, 2016
  • 1 Throwing Garbage in Public Brings Fine of Rs 10,000: NGT [ Policy/Governance ]

    Any person found disposing garbage in a public place will be fined Rs 10,000 National Green Tribunal (NGT). All authorities are under a statutory obligation to ensure that waste is collected, transported and disposed of in accordance with Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

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  • 2 EU launches its own Galileo navigation system [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Galileo system is designed to provide commercial and government customers with more precise location data than GPS. European officials flipped on a satellite navigation system meant to rival the U.S. made GPS service.  It became a staple feature of smartphones and cars worldw

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  • 3 IMPRINT (IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology) [ Policy/Governance ]

    MHRD has drafted a new and catalytic scheme calledIMPacting Research INnovation and Technology  or IMPRINT. IMPRINT is a first-of-its-kind Pan-IIT and IISc joint initiative to develop

    • New Education Policy
    • Roadmap for Research 

    to solve major engineering and technology challenges in

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  • 4 List of Other Major Committees [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Besides the major committees that we have already covered in the various updates, here are few other major committees that would prove beneficial for aspirants in long run. The major committee and their main purpose has been highlighted in the list given below.

    Godwala Committee

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  • Dec 18, 2016
  • 1 December 2016 Air Marshal BS Dhanoa Appointed Air Chief of IAF [ Policy/Governance ]

    Air Marshal BS Dhanoa will take over as the new chief of air staff. Dhanoa’s appointment is on expected lines, as he will be the senior-most air marshal. While Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha retires on December 31. He is currently the IAF’S vice-chief.

    Birender Singh Dhanoa

    Birender Singh Dhanoa

    Birender Singh Dhanoa

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  • 2 Pankaj Advani Won World Billiards Title in Bengaluru [ Sports ]

    Ace Indian player Pankaj Advani won the 11th World Billiards Championships title. Advani began on a strong note by pocketing the first two games, 150 points against 33 and 150 against 95. Advani won his 16th world title overall.

    IBSF World Billiards Championship held at the KSBA

    IBSF World Billiards Championship Held at the KSBA

    IBSF World Billiards Championship held at the KSBA

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  • 3 Swasthya Raksha Program Launched by AYUSH Ministry to Promote Health in Villages [ Policy/Governance ]

    Swasthya Rakshan Program has been initiated through Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) and Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) in selected

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  • 4 PM Modi to Launch Skill Development Initiative Projects [ Science/Technology ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation of the first-ever Indian Institute of Skills of the country at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The event is witness joint partnerships with various industries that will train and employ nearly four lakh youths over the next 3 years.

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  • 5 International Migrants Day [ Important Days ]

    International day is observed on 18 December as International Migrants Day appointed by the General Assembly of United Nations. Migration may contribute to sustainable economic growth. Due to poverty people search for better livelihood opportunity and one word that comes to our m

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  • Dec 17, 2016
  • 1 India Lifts Second Junior Hockey World Cup Title, First Time in 15 Years [ Sports ]

    With 25,000 people cheering the team on in a stadium that could accommodate just 15000, the boys did just that and were crowned world champions. Junior Indian men’s hockey team beat Belgium. This was India’s first title in 15 years after they won their maiden on back in 2001.

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  • 2 Bolivar 100 Banknotes, Demonetized by Venezuela [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    The South American country is scrapping its largest bank note. Around 35 per cent of the population does not have a bank account and the announcement made citizens rush to banks. Currency Bolivar is rapidly losing value amidst hyperinflation.

    100 Venezuelan bolivars bank note

    100 Venezuelan Bolivars Bank Note

    100 Venezuelan bolivars bank note

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  • 3 NMDC Invests Rs 1,222 Cr to Set Up Nagarnar Steel Plant [ Economy ]

    State-run iron ore miner NMDC has invested Rs. 1,222.65 crore. It is to set up a 3 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) integrated steel plant at Nagarnar in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. The plant is expected to start trial production by mid-2017.

    Image of NMDC Limited

    Image of NMDC Limited

    Image of NMDC Limited

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  • 4 Lt General Bipin Rawat as Next Army Chief [ Policy/Governance ]

    Either the long-enshrined seniority principle in appointing service chiefs, the government appointed Lt General Bipin Rawat as the next Army chief superseding two Lieutenant Generals. He will replace General Dalbir Singh Suhag on December 31.

    About Army Chief Justified

    • Lt Gen Bip

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  • 5 Rajiv Jain Appointed as New IB Chief, Anil Dhasmana to Head RAW [ Policy/Governance ]

    Jharkhand cadre IPS officer Rajiv Jain was appointed as the new chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB) while Anil Dhasmana will head external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Both the officers will have tenure of two years.

    rajiv jain & anil dhasmana to be new IB & RAW Chiefs

    Rajiv Jain & Anil Dhasmana to Be New IB & RAW Chiefs

    rajiv jain & anil dhasmana to be new IB & RAW Chiefs

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  • Dec 16, 2016
  • 1 Approved Major Port Trust Authorities Bill, 2016 to Give Autonomy to 12 Major Ports by Union Cabinet [ Economy ]

    The bill aims to empower 12 major ports to perform with greater efficiency on account of full autonomy in decision-making. The Union Cabinet has approved the draft Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016 to replace the existing Major Port Trusts Act, 1963.

    Port Trust Authorities Bill

    Port Trust Authorities Bill

    Port Trust Authorities Bill

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  • 2 MoU Between Rural Development Ministry & FAO Approved by Union Cabinet [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Union Cabinet has approved MoU between Ministry of Rural Development and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to improve effectiveness of rural development Programmes in India. These activities will aim to promote economic empowerment of rural women, access of rural poor t

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  • 3 India-Pak War 45th Anniversary: Veterans to Take Part in Bangladesh Function [ Economy ]

    It isthe occasion of 45th Vijay Diwas; the entire nation is paying tributes to the martyrs of 1971 India-Pakistan. The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was a confrontation between India and Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

    Image of Indian Vijay Diwas

    Image of Indian Vijay Diwas

    Image of Indian Vijay Diwas

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  • 4 Lucky Grahak Yojana, Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana to Promote Digital Payments by Union Government [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

     The Union Government has launched Lucky Grahak Yojana to encourage consumers.  Also launch Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana to encourage merchants for transition to digital payments. Any payment made digitally for any purchase is eligible for the scheme.

    Growth in digital payment

    Growth in Digital Payment

    Growth in digital payment

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  • 5 SC Bans Liquor Shops on National & State Highways Across India [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Supreme Court has ordered a ban on all liquor shops on national as well as state highways. It is to reduce drink driving and road accidents. Accidents claim thousands of lives every year across the country.  Authorities to stop granting licenses to highway liquor shops with i

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  • 6 Top 10 Most Powerful People in World in Forbes List 2016, Includes PM Narendra Modi [ Policy/Governance ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked among the 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes. In a list that has been topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin for a fourth straight year and had US President-elect Donald Trump in the second place.

    Narendra Modi, ranked the 10 most powerful people by Forbes

    Narendra Modi, Ranked the 10 Most Powerful People by Forbes

    Narendra Modi, ranked the 10 most powerful people by Forbes

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  • Dec 15, 2016
  • 1 CYGNSS Hurricane Mission [ Science/Technology ]

    NASA is on way to launch its Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission. CYGNSS spacecraft will ride into orbit aboard an Orbital ATK air-launched Pegasus XL rocket. The Pegasus XL and its CYGNSS payload from an altitude of approximately 39,000 feet above the Atl

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  • 2 Pakistan Test-Fires Cruise Missile Hatf VII [ Science/Technology ]

    Pakistan successfully test-fired a new indigenously developed cruise missile capable of delivering nuclear and conventional warheads up to 350 km. it can bring many Indian cities under its range. The Ra’ad missile enables Pakistan to achieve “strategic standoff capability” on lan

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  • 3 Robotic Spacecraft to Refuel & Repair Satellites in Orbit, Building by NASA [ Science/Technology ]

    NASA has awarded a $127 million contract to the California-based satellite company Space Systems for giving shape to its robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit.

    About Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM)

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  • Dec 14, 2016
  • 1 India Becomes World’S 4th Largest Defence Spender [ Defense ]

    India has become the world’s fourth largest defence spender according to the recently released 2016 IHS Jane’s Defence Budgets report. In this edition of report published by US research firm IHS Inc., India has surpassed Russia, France, Japan and Saudi Arabia to become the world’

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  • 2 Government Launches Narmada Seva Yatra [ Policy/Governance ]

    Madhya Pradesh Government launched the Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak. The five months long Yatra aims at turning the Narmada River pollution-free. It was launched by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Amarkantak.

    Launched Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak

    Launched Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak

    Launched Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak

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  • 3 Ammonia Detected First Time in Upper Troposphere [ Economy ]

    Scientists have detected trace amounts of ammonia in the upper troposphere - the lowest of Earth’s atmospheric layers. It is detected by team of researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Scientists analyzed satellite data collected from various parts of t

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  • 4 BharatNet Project [ Policy/Governance ]

    Over 65,000 gram panchayats, Centre’s BharatNet project seems on track to achieve its 1 lakh target by March 2017. The success of Centre’s push for digital payments is expected. Key program of government is to improve broadband penetration in India.


    • Out of the 65,475 g

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  • 5 India Contributes $500K to UN Central Emergency Response Fund [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India will contribute $500,000 to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). This contribution for the year 2016-17 and New Delhi’s cumulative contribution since the fund was launched in 2006 stood at $6 million. India has always been forthcoming with its ability and national

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  • Dec 13, 2016
  • 1 Sushma Swaraj and Vineet Nayar in FP’S Global Thinkers 2016 List [ Policy/Governance ]

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and philanthropist couple Anupama and Vineet Nayar are among the Indians who have been named in the Global Thinkers of 2016 List compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine.

    FP's Global Thinkers Logo

    FP's Global Thinkers Logo

    FP's Global Thinkers Logo

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  • 2 India’S First Cybersecurity Engagement Centre in New Delhi, by Microsoft [ Science/Technology ]

    After running pilot for one year, Microsoft India launched its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in Delhi. This is the company’s seventh Cybersecurity Center in the world and will function as a satellite to the company’s Redmond Digital Crimes Unit (DCU).

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