2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Physicists Create a New Form of Hydrogen [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Physicists from Austria have created new form of Hydrogen. I. e. negatively charged hydrogen clusters. Scientists also determined geometric structures of clusters. This is first time scientists have seen negative hydrogen cluster ions beyond simplest possible pairing one with one

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  • 2 Donald Trump Sworn-in as 45th US President [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Donald Trump has sworn in as 45th president of United States of America. He was administered oath of office by Chief Justice John Roberts. Oath-taking ceremony was held in front of 8 lakh people who visited National Mall in centre of capital to celebrate occasion.

    Donald Trump 45<sup>th</sup> president of United States

    Donald Trump 45th president of United States

    Donald Trump 45th president of United States

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  • 3 Dharamsala Declared as Second Capital of Himachal Pradesh [ Policy/Governance ]

    Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh declared Dharamsala as second capital of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamsala is located at some 250 km from the state capital Shimla. It has its own significance and history to make it second capital of state.

    Himachal Pradesh Location in India

    Himachal Pradesh Location in India

    Himachal Pradesh Location in India

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  • 4 Bengaluru Ranked ‘Most Dynamic City’ in World [ Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    Bengaluru became most dynamic city in world. It is released by Jones Lang LaSalle’s City Momentum Index (JLL CMI). Index tracks speed of change of a city’s economy and commercial real estate market. Index examined 42 variables in 134 global cities.

    Image of JLL City Momentum Index

    Image of JLL City Momentum Index

    Image of JLL City Momentum Index

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  • 5 2016 Was India’S Warmest Year Ever: India Meteorological Department [ Environment/Ecology ]

    India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced that 2016 was India’s warmest year ever recorded since the documenting of meteorological records began in 1901. Announcement was made in IMD’s Statement on Climate of India during 2016.

    Annual mean temperature averaged over country as a whole

    Annual Mean Temperature Averaged over Country as a Whole

    Annual mean temperature averaged over country as a whole

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  • 6 Antonio Tajani is New President of European Parliament [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Italy’s Antonio Tajani is the new president of the European Parliament. Four other candidates were eliminated after the first three rounds, which were organized by secret ballot. He beat Gianna Pittella into second place by 351 votes to 282.

    Image shows the EU-PARLIAMENT

    Image Shows the EU-PARLIAMENT

    Showing image of the EU-PARLIAMENT

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  • 7 Union Cabinet Approves the Exclusion of States from National Small Savings Fund [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Union Cabinet approved a loan of Rs. 45, 000 crore to the FCI out of the National Small Savings Fund. As well as exempted most states and UTs from the mandatory investment norms for funds collected under the NSSF scheme.

    Union cabinet, approves exclusion of States from NSSF

    Union Cabinet, Approves Exclusion of States from NSSF

    Union cabinet, approves exclusion of States from NSSF

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  • 8 Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma Appointed as New CBI Director [ Appointments ]

    Alok Verma’s appointment was approved by PM Narendra Modi for period of 2 years as CBI chief. It was approved by three-member selection panel and was headed by PM. The post of CBI director was lying vacant for over one month after Anil Sinha’s retirement.

    Selection of CBI Director

    Selection of CBI Director

    Selection of CBI Director

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  • 9 Scientists Names 3 Virus That Could Cause Next Global Health Emergency [ Health ]

    A half-billion-dollar project announced at World Economic Forum (WEF) to develop vaccines against the deadly MERS, Lassa and Nipah viruses. These three diseases were kept at top of the list of 10 priority diseases that was identified by World Health Organisation (WHO) as potentia

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Second Raisina Dialogue Held in New Delhi [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    The second edition of Ministry of External Affairs’ annual Raisina Dialogue was held in New Delhi. At the inauguration of the second edition of the Raisina Dialogue, Modi talked about the importance of security and his dream of well-integrated neighborhoods.

    Raisina Dialogue 2017

    Raisina Dialogue 2017

    Raisina Dialogue 2017

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  • 2 Global Passport Power Rank 2017 [ Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    Passports of the world ranked by their total visa-free score. Arton Capital’s Passport Index, a real-time web service that provides global ranking of the world’s passports has revealed its Passport rank 2017. The site has over 11 years of data to compare documents from around the

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  • 3 Union Cabinet Approves India’S Membership in International Vaccine Institute [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Cabinet gave its approval to the proposal for India to take its full membership of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Council. It is to develop and introduce new and improved vaccines to protect people, especially children, against deadly infectious diseases.

    Cabinet approves India's Membership in IVI

    Cabinet Approves India’s Membership in IVI

    Cabinet approves India’s Membership in IVI

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  • 4 Govt. Launches ‘ShaGun’ - a Web-Portal for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development has launched e-initiative a global democratic forum enabled by technology ‘ShaGun’ - a web-portal for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He highlighted that platform will give recognition to people, State governments, sc

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  • 5 Amendment in Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme Approved by Union Cabinet [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Cabinet amended the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) to boost electronic manufacturing. Under the amended rules, companies that invest in manufacturing would get up to Rs. 10, 000 crore as incentives. The plan is to make India a big hub in electronic manufa

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  • 6 Sitalpati Gets Place in UNESCO’S Intangible Cultural Heritage [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Sitalpati from the Cooch Behar district of Bengal has been recognized as an ’Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). It has found a place in the UNESCO-sponsored Rural Craft Hub project.

    UNESCO recognizes Sitalpati as Intangible Cultural Heritage

    UNESCO Recognizes Sitalpati as Intangible Cultural Heritage

    UNESCO recognizes Sitalpati as Intangible Cultural Heritage

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  • 7 India Ranks 60th in Inclusive Development Index [ Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    The World Economic Forum’s Inclusive Development Index list for the year 2017 is out and India bagged the 60th position among 79 developing countries. China bagged an impressive 15th position beating India, with Pakistan at 52 and Bangladesh at the 36th spot. Report is generated

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  • 8 Silicon Identified as ‘Missing Element’ in Earth’S Core [ Science/Technology ]

    Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have claimed that Silicon is the ‘Missing Element’ in the Earth’s core. This discovery could help us to better understand how our world formed. Silicon likely makes up a significant proportion of Earth’s core after its major constituents

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  • 9 Farrukh Amonatov Wins Delhi International Open Chess Tournament [ Sports ]

    Top seeded Grandmaster Farrukh Amonatov won the 15th edition of the Delhi International Chess tournament. In 10th and final round of tournament, Amonatov settled for a draw with Grandmaster Diptayan Ghosh. He scored 8.5 points out of a ten and stayed a half point ahead of Ghosh a

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 India Signs Financing Agreement with World Bank for US$ 48 Million for Nagaland Health Project [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Financing agreement for IDA credit of US $48 million (equivalent) for the ‘Nagaland Health Project’ was signed with the World Bank by India. It is to boost the healthcare sector of Nagaland. The agreement was signed by economic affairs joint secretary Raj Kumar and World Bank sec

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  • 2 India, Mauritius Signed MoU for Cooperation in Cooperative Sector [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and Mauritius signed a MoU for cooperation in the field of cooperatives and related areas. It was signed between Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, and Indian Ocean Mauritius’s Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives Minister Soomilduth Bholah.

    India, Mauritius signed MoU for cooperation

    India, Mauritius Signed MoU for Cooperation

    India, Mauritius signed MoU for cooperation

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  • 3 India Ranks 92 in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index [ Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    India stood 92nd among 118 countries in the latest rankings of the global talent competitiveness index. Within the group of upper-middle-income countries, BRICS countries are not getting stronger. Switzerland topped the rankings, while Singapore coming second. United Kingdom was

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  • 4 Union Commerce Ministry Launches SEZ India App [ Science/Technology ]

    A mobile app called ‘SEZ India’ has been launched by the Commerce Ministry. Developers and units can now file all their transactions digitally through SEZ Online system and track the status through the SEZ India mobile app. This app launch comes right after the launch of Bhim ap

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  • 5 Indian Women Boxers in Final of Nation’S Cup in Serbia [ Sports ]

    Indian women boxers started off 2017 on a high with good showing at the season-opening Nations Cup in Serbia. Five medals have been assured by Indian boxers after four of them entered the semi-finals while one made the final of the event.

    Gurbax Singh Sandhu with Indian boxer’s team

    Gurbax Singh Sandhu with Indian Boxer’s Team

    Gurbax Singh Sandhu with Indian boxer’s team

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  • 6 US Observes January 16 as Religious Freedom Day [ Important Days ]

    Since 1993, by Presidential Proclamation, January 16 is declared Religious Freedom Day in United States. Its aim is to promote and protect student’s religious expression rights by informing educators, parents, and students about their liberties.

    Religious Freedom Day - January 16th

    Religious Freedom Day - January 16th

    Religious Freedom Day - January 16th

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  • 7 Political Economy of FDI [ Yojana ]

    Foreign direct investment (FDI) is an important element of the global economy and a central component of economic development strategies of both developed and developing countries. Democratic political systems attract higher levels of FDI inflows both across countries and within

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  • 8 China to Set Up World’S Highest Altitude Telescopes in Tibet [ Science/Technology ]

    China has started construction of the world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in a Tibet. The project will cost USD 18.8 million. The project was initiated by the Institute of High Energy Physics, National Astronomical Observatories, and Shanghai Institute of Micro

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  • 9 Gujarat Wins First Ranji Trophy Title [ Sports ]

    Gujarat won its maiden Ranji Trophy title by defeating defending champion Mumbai by five wickets in the final match held at the Holkar stadium in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Mumbai has won the Ranji title for record 41 times in the past.

    Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel

    Gujarat Skipper Parthiv Patel

    Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Sports Minister Vijay Goel Inaugurates Khelo India Competitions [ Sports ]

    Sports Minister Vijay Goel inaugurated the Khelo India National-level competitions for various sports for Under-14 and Under-17 children. It is The Delhi leg of the competitions, organized by Sports Authority of India. Minister also presented medals to the winners of the swimming

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  • 2 A New Mobile App for Tourists by Tamil Nadu Tourism Department [ Science/Technology ]

    Aimed at benefiting tourists, Tamil Nadu government has launched a mobile application to provide information of famous destinations in the state. The application ‘Pinakin’ compatible for both Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded free of cost.

    A new mobile app for tourists by Tamil Nadu

    A New Mobile App for Tourists by Tamil Nadu

    A new mobile app for tourists by Tamil Nadu

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  • 3 India Ink MoU with Sri Lanka to Construct 3,000 Rain Water Harvesting Systems [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India signed Memorandum of Understanding with Sri Lanka. It is for construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems in Rin Jaffna District at a cost of 300 million Rupees. The rain water project envisages construction of 3000 rainwater harvesting systems for 3000 households in select

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