2016: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Dec 24, 2016
  • 1 Shankha Ghosh Selected for 2016 Jnanpith Award [ Awards ]

    Veteran Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh has been selected for this year’s Jnanpith Award. It is India’s highest literary award. The decision was announced by the Jnanpith Board in New Delhi. The award returned to Bengal after 20 years. Mahasveta Devi was the last to receive Jnanpith f

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  • Dec 23, 2016
  • 1 Biggest Defence Budget Approved by Japan [ Defense ]

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved 5.13 trillion yen ($43.6 billion). It is to defence for the fiscal year starting in April 2017. It is Japan’s highest annual defence budget announced so far. It is up by 1.4% from the initial budget for the current fiscal year.

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  • 2 New Appointment: Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu, Girija Vaidyanathan [ Policy-Governance ]

    IAS officer Girija Vaidyanathan was today appointed Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu. She is replacing P Rama Mohana Rao whose residence and office was raided by the Income Tax department. The Income Tax Department has carries out searches at over a dozen places in Tamil Nadu and An

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  • 3 Announcement of Sahitya Akademi Award 2016 [ Awards ]

    Sahitya Akademi has announced the Sahitya Akademi Awards for the year 2016. Eight books of poetry, seven books of short stories, five books of novel, two books of criticism, one book of essays and a book of play have won the prestigious awards for the year.

    Image of Sahitya Award

    Image of Sahitya Award

    Image of Sahitya Award

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  • 4 Japan Successfully Launches Radical Solid Fuel Rocket [ Sci-Tech ]

    Japan successfully launched a solid fuel rocket named Epsilon-2. The rocket is the latest in Tokyo’s effort to stay competitive in an industry that has robust growth potential and strong security implications. a satellite released for studying radiation belts around the earth.

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  • 5 SASTRA Ramanujan Award Winner 2016 [ Awards ]

    Kaisa Matomaki and Maksym Radziwill have jointly won the 2016 SASTRA-Ramanujan award. Award is for mathematics for their ‘revolutionary’ collaborative work on short intervals in number theory. Both presented with this prestigious award at inauguration of International Conference

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  • 6 GLOBAL INITIATIVE OF ACADEMIC NETWORKS (GIAN) [ Edu. ]

    The GIAN project aims to tap talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, internationally to encourage engagement with Higher Education Institutes and increase the footfalls of reputed international faculty in the Indian academic institutes.

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  • 7 Raja Chelliah Committee and Jilani Committee [ Committees & Bodies ]

    Raja Chelliah Committee Purpose: Tax Refoms Raja Chelliah Committee recommendations: Reforming the personal taxation system by reducing the marginal tax rates.Reduction in the corporate tax rates.

    • Reducing the cost of imported inputs.
    • By lowering the customs duties.
    • Reduction in th

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  • Dec 22, 2016
  • 1 Hidden World Under Antarctic Sea Ice, Robot Gives Rare Glimpse [ Sci-Tech ]

    Underwater robot in East Antarctica has captured a rare glimpse beneath the Antarctic sea ice footage taken by Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).Beautiful to dreadful water creatures on camera from near Casey research station in East Antarctica.

    Underwater robot provide glimpse of Antarctic sea creatures

    Underwater Robot Provide Glimpse of Antarctic Sea Creatures

    Underwater robot provide glimpse of Antarctic sea creatures

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  • 2 DoNER Announced Rs 207 Crore for Development of Majuli Island [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Government has announced Rs 207 crore to undertake developmental works in Assam’s Majuli Island. The sanctioned amount will be spent primarily for safeguarding the land the 80 km length of the bank line on the right bank of river Brahmaputra.

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    • The Union Minist

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  • 3 Hong Kong to Withdraw Visa-Free Entry of Indians [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Indian travelers will not be eligible for visa-free entry to Hong Kong. A special administrative region of China is processing to put “Pre-arrival Registration” for Indians. Indian nationals can currently enter Hong Kong without a visa for a period of up to 14 days.

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  • 4 National Mathematics Day [ Important Days ]

    The National Mathematics Day is observed every year on 22nd December. It is to celebrate birth anniversary of great Indian autodidact Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The day is instituted in 2011 by the Union Government to celebrate Ramanujan’s 125th birth anniversary. The yea

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  • 5 Carbon-Tracking Satellite Launched by China in Space [ Sci-Tech ]

    China launched a satellite to monitor its greenhouse gas emissions. The latest steps in efforts to cut its carbon footprint. It is China’s first carbon tracking satellite. The satellite was launched via a Long March-2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.

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  • 6 E-Yantra [ Edu. ]

    This project is an initiative of IIT Bombay. It aims to create next generation of embedded systems engineers with a practical outlook to help provide practical solutions to some of the real world problems.

    • Robotics Competition
    • Lab Setup Initiative
    • Resource Development Center
    • Symposiu

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  • 7 Rangarajan Committee and Nayak Committee [ Committees & Bodies ]

    Rangarajan Committee Purpose: Public Sector Disinvestment.Recommendations of the Rangarajan Committee:Adopting the trade parity principle for pricing of petrol and diesel, based on a weighted average of the import parity and the export parity prices in the ratio of 80:20. This pr

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  • Dec 21, 2016
  • 1 Global Wind Power Installed Capacity Index, India Ranks 4th [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India has been ranked 4th in the Global Wind Power Installed Capacity Index. The cumulative installed wind power generation capacity of India is 25088 MW. The worldwide installed capacity of wind power reached 435 GW by the end of 2015.

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  • 2 First Chikungunya Vaccine Developed by Researchers [ Sci-Tech ]

    The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) in the US developed the first vaccine for chikungunya. This drug is safe and effective. It has been made using an insect-specific virus which is harmless to humans. It offers efficient, safe and affordable protection agai

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  • 3 Subsonic Cruise Missile Nirbhaya Test Fired from ITR [ Sci-Tech ]

    India today successfully test-fired its Long range subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay. It is tasted from the Integrated Test Range (ITR).  It is tasted from Chandipur on sea off Odisha coast. Nirbhaya is said to be India’s answer to America’s Tomahawk and Pakistan’s Babur missile.

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  • 4 India and Kyrgyzstan sign 6 agreements [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Kyrgyzstan have signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) including in the fields of tourism, agriculture and food industry. Both signed after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Sharshenovich Atamb

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  • 5 African Nations Developing Lifestyle Diseases: WHO [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Recent World Health Organization (WHO) survey of 33 countries has shown that African nations developing lifestyle diseases. It is mainly due city life and its modern trappings which have brought bad habits to developing African nations.

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  • 6 Khusro Committee and Bhagwati Committee [ Committees & Bodies ]

    Khusro Committee Purpose: Agricultural Credit, The Committee under the leadership of Prof. A.M.Khusro was to examine the problems of agricultural and rural credit, take stock of structural and operational deficiencies, constraints, quantitative and qualitative gaps and recommend

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  • Dec 20, 2016
  • 1 Solar-Powered Boat Service to Begin in Kerala Soon [ Sci-Tech ]

    Kerala start its transport sector when a solar-powered boat will start its first service from Vaikom in Kottayam district, about 180 km from Thiruvananthapuram by January 2017. Trial run of India’s first solar-powered passenger boat “Adithya”.

    Trial run of India's first solar-powered passenger boat-Adithya

    Trial Run of India's First Solar-powered Passenger Boat-Adithya

    Trial run of India's first solar-powered passenger boat-Adithya

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  • 2 Demonetization in Pakistan: Senate Passes Resolution to Withdraw Rs. 5000 Note [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Islamabad, Pakistan’s Senate passed a resolution seeking withdrawal of high denomination Rs. 5,000 currency notes. Denomination notes from circulation to halt illicit money flows and money laundering.  Most illegal transactions in the country were carried out using the Rs. 5,000

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  • 3 Indian’S Will Be Able to Start Companies in 4 Flat Days Soon [ Important Days ]

    The government has identified areas requiring doing away with complex rules. It will simplify procedures to enable businesses to start in four days flat. It is Aiming to break into top 50 best countries to do business. With India ranked poorly at 130th among 190 nations on the Wo

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  • 4 Electricity from Water Generated by Indian Scientists, Seeks Commercialization of Invention [ Sci-Tech ]

    Researchers have developed a novel way of producing electricity from water at room temperature without using any power or chemicals.  Soon, a device that runs on a few drops of water could revolutionize the way electricity. Team of scientists at Delhi’s National Physical Laborato

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  • 5 Scientists Develop Drone Like New Bird with Feathers [ Sci-Tech ]

    EPFL built an energy-efficient winged drone capable of changing its wingspan, and flying at high speed. It equipped with feathers which is capable of changing its wingspan, flying at high speed and moving through tight spaces. Birds alter the configuration of their wings, when th

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  • 6 Malhotra Committee and Narashimham Committee [ Committees & Bodies ]

    Malhotra Committee  Purpose: Insurance Sector Reforms Recommendation:Government stake in the insurance companies to brought down to 50%.Government should take over the holdings of GIC and its subsidiaries so that these subsidiaries can act Independent Corporation

    • All the insuranc

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  • Dec 19, 2016
  • 1 Viola Desmond to Be First Woman Featured on Canadian Banknote [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The first woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote is Viola Desmond. She is a black businesswoman who challenged racial segregation in Canada in 1946. She is an icon of the human rights and freedoms movement in Canada.

    Viola Desmond in her studio, ca. 1938

    Viola Desmond in Her Studio, Ca. 1938

    Viola Desmond in her studio, ca. 1938

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  • 2 Union Power Ministry to Launch GARV-II Mobile App to Monitor Rural Electrification Programme [ Policy-Governance ]

    App will open the rural electrification work to public scrutiny. People will be able to participate in the development work and can give their input about rural electrification programme. It is to provide real time data of all six lakh villages of the country.

    Image of GARV mobile app

    Image of GARV Mobile App

    Image of GARV mobile app

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  • 3 The Robotic Arm That Can Be Controlled with Your MIND [ Sci-Tech ]

    The ability to control a robot with your thoughts may sound like something from a dream. But it may soon become reality for people with paralyzing diseases. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have shown that it is actually possible to control a robotic hand with only your

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