General: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles 2019 (Including PIB)- Download PDF

  • Oct 10, 2016
  • 1 RBI’S Prior Approval Required for Payment Banks [ None ]

    All the entities granted a payments bank (PB) license should first take specific approval for the products which they intent to provide to customers. RBI also recently issued separate operating guidelines for payments banks based on financial inclusion.

    Terms of This Guideline

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  • 2 We Lost Heisnam Kanhailal- Well-Known Manipuri Theatre Legend [ None ]

    Heisnam Kanhailal the well-known Manipuri theatre personality passed away at the age of 75 years due to illness. He served in theater for last 40 years; he was a playwright, director, and actor.

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    Image of Heisnam Kanhailal

    Image of Heisnam Kanhailal

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  • 3 RBI Panel for Easing Bank Branch Norms [ None ]

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Internal Working Group (IWG) chaired by Lily Vadera on Rationalization of Branch Authorization Policy has suggested changes in bank branch norms.The panel proposed relaxing bank branch such as building, number of employees etc. to promote financial

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  • Oct 6, 2016
  • 1 From November for LPG Subsidy, Aadhaar Card Will Be Mandatory [ None ]

    Aadhaar card will be mandatory for availing cooking gas (LPG) subsidies from November 2016 by the Union Government. Union Petroleum Ministry has requested Oil marketing companies (OMCs) to quickly enroll all consumers with aadhar card for LPG subsidy.

    • Government is giving 12 LPG c

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  • 2 Indian Bridge Management System Launched [ None ]

    The Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) was launched by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi; it will be the most important step to ensure safety of bridges in the country.

    Key Facts

    • IBMS creates & maintains a record of all bridges in t

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  • 3 Kersti Kaljulaid: First Female President of Estonia [ None ]

    Kersti Kaljulaid was appointed the first Estonia’s female president of the Baltic Country by the parliament of Estonia with 81-0 vote. 20 members were absent in the parliamentary voting.

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    Image of Kersti Kaljulaid

    Image of Kersti Kaljulaid

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  • 4 OVL to Buy 11% Stake in JSC Vankorneft- Green Signal from CCEA [ None ]

    OVL’s (ONGC Videsh Limited) proposal to buy 11% stake in JSC Vankorneft got green signal from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). OVL will buy this stake in JSC Vankorneft from Rosneft Oil Company (Rosneft) and National Oil Company of Russia operating the Vankor oil

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  • Oct 5, 2016
  • 1 19th SAARC Summit Officially Postponed by Pakistan [ None ]

    The 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit was officially “delayed” by the host country Pakistan after India and four other countries declined to attend the Summit on November 9th and 10th in 2016 at Islamabad, Pakistan.

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  • 2 Tamil Nadu Ranked Top in Endemic Flowering Plants- BSI [ None ]

    Botanical Survey of India (BSI) released list of state wise endemic flowering plants which was topped by Tamil Nadu. The publication titled Endemic Vascular Floras of India also revealed that almost one of each four species of flowering plants found in India are endemic to the co

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  • 3 Reliance & Dassault Aviation Joint Venture- Dassault Reliance Aerospace [ None ]

    Reliance Group and French aerospace giant Dassault Aviation inked contract to set up a joint venture “Dassault Reliance Aerospace”. This is for indigenously manufacturing parts of recently resolved India-France deal for 36 Rafael fighter jets.

    • This is the largest offset contract

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  • 4 Yoshinori Ohsumi: 23rd Japanese to Win Nobel Prize in Medicine [ None ]

    Yoshinori Ohsumi becomes 23rd Japanese to win Nobel Prize and the sixth Japanese medicine Nobel laureate. He won the 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for his innovative work on autophagy.

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    Image of Yoshinori Ohsumi

    Image of Yoshinori Ohsumi

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  • Oct 4, 2016
  • 1 PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates INDOSAN in New Delhi [ None ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the INDOSAN (Indian sanitation Conference) in New Delhi- second anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission. PM Modi addressed that cleanliness is a habit and takes some effort.

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    Image of PM Narendra Modi

    Image of PM Narendra Modi

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  • Oct 3, 2016
  • 1 S Sivakumar Appointed as New Law Commission Member [ None ]

    S. Sivakumar, professor at the Indian Law Institute in New Delhi is appointed as full-time member of the 21st Law Commission of India (LCI). He specializes in Media and Administrative Law. In 2008 he received National Law Day award.

    S. Sivakumar is expert in:

    • Constitutional Law
    • IPR
    • H

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  • Sep 30, 2016
  • 1 43rd BSF-BGB DG Level Border Coordination Conference at Delhi [ None ]

    6-day 43rd Director General-level border co-ordination conference is at New Delhi. It is held between the Border security Force (BSF) and the Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB). This Conference will be completed on 5th October.

    Key Facts

    • Will be attended by the 22-member BGB delegati

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  • 2 Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [ None ]

    CEPI, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations aims to stop future epidemics and it is a Public- private coalition. The concept is to develop early vaccines without knowing the form in which the infection will appear.

    • India would be the leader of the project.

    Founding partn

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  • Sep 29, 2016
  • 1 Ratification of the Paris Agreement Approved [ None ]

    The Paris Agreement (on Climate Change) will be ratified on 2nd October on 2016 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti by the central government. In December 2015, the Paris Agreement was adopted by 185 nations. India had signed Paris Agreement at New York in April 2016. This agreeme

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  • 2 SAARC to Be Postponed [ None ]

    After India, three other countries including Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Bhutan refused to attend SAARC meet to be organized at Islamabad, Pakistan on 9th and 10th November 2016. According to the SAARC rule, the meet can only be arranged if each of the member countries agrees to

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  • 3 Cauvery Water Crisis [ None ]

    The Kaveri (Cauvery) is a long and large Indian river and the basin of Cauvery is estimated to be 81, 155 The river covers the four states are Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Pondicherry. Cauvery provides water for irrigation, water for household consumption and the gen

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  • Sep 28, 2016
  • 1 Jim Yong Kim: Re-Appointed as President of World Bank [ None ]

    The Executive Directors of the World Bank have re-appointed Jim Yong Kim as President for a second five-year term, the new term starts from 1 July 2017. He was the only candidate in a process.

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    Image of Jim Yong Kim

    Image of Jim Yong Kim


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  • 2 RCom and RJio Have Virtually Merged [ None ]

    Reliance Communications (RCom) and Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJio) were virtually merged, to reduce the debt burden by upto 75 % in the next one year. Under the merger, RCom will share spectrum, network, and towers with Mukesh Ambani’s RJio.

    • Now Anil Ambani and Mukesh Ambani both wi

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  • 3 Bar Council Sets Age Limit for Law Courses [ None ]

    The Bar Council of India set the age limit for legal education for three and five-year law programmes.The law collage seats will fill complying with clause 28 of the Legal Education Rules 2008.

    • According to this, for five-year integrated programme maximum age is 20 years (22 year

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  • 4 IIM - Reservation System in Faculty? [ None ]

    The human resource development ministry (HRD) suggested introducing reservation in teaching appointments in Indian Institutes of Management (IIM),HRD department states that no authority is above the constitution of India.

    • Currently a few technical and research institutes are resis

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  • Sep 27, 2016
  • 1 Two Indian Origin Scientist Win Esteemed MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant [ None ]

    Indian origin American scientist Dr. Subhash Kot and Dr. Manu Prakash have won prestigious MacArthur ‘genius’ grant in their field of interest for their remarkable discoveries. They each receive $625,000 (approx. Rs. 4 crore) over a period of five years.

    Along with them 21 other

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  • 2 India at 143rd Position on Health Index [ None ]

    India ranked 143rd in the health Index in a 188 countries list. The index was prepared based on mortality rates, malaria, and hygiene and air pollution. This first global analysis to assess countries on sustainable development goal (SDGs) health performance was conducted by UN Ge

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  • 3 2nd SAARC Anti-Terrorism Mechanism Kicked Off in New Delhi [ None ]

    The High Level Group of Eminent Experts to strengthen the SAARC Anti-Terrorism Mechanism Second Edition was held in New Delhi. The conference was attended by the all eight SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) delegations.

    Key Facts

    • This conference directly con

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  • Sep 26, 2016
  • 1 Mission Parivar Vikas to Be Launched Soon [ None ]

    Mission Parivar Vikas is going to be launched soon by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The aim is to bring awareness about and improve the family planning services in 145 high focus districts selected from 7 states.

    The missing would fast-track access to high qual

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  • 2 Hindi and Urdu Writer Reoti Saran Sharma is No Longer Between Us [ None ]

    Reoti Saran Sharma a well-known Hindi and Urdu writer, playwright, and television personality took his last breath in New Delhi at the age of 92 years.He was the first person to write plays for All India Radio (AIR).

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    Image of Reoti Saran Sharma

    Image of Reoti Saran Sharma

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  • 3 Tamil Film Visaranai: India’S Official Entry to Oscars 2017 [ None ]

    “Visaranai” the crime thriller Tamil film is nominated for the Oscars 2017 (89th Academy Awards) in the Foreign Language Film category. It becomes India’s official entry to Oscars for 2017.

    Image of novel “Lock Up” written by M.Chandrakumar

    Image of Novel “Lock Up” Written by M.Chandrakumar

    Image of novel “Lock Up” written by M.Chandrakumar

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  • Sep 23, 2016
  • 1 Incredible India Tourism Investors Summit-2016 at New Delhi [ None ]

    Union Finance Minster Arun Jaitely inaugurated the three day Incredible India Tourism Investors Summit (IITIS) 2016 in New Delhi jointly organized by the Union Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

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  • 2 Navtej Sarna: New Ambassador to the US [ None ]

    Navtej Sarna (59) is appointed as the Ambassador to the United States by Union Government in place of Arun Kumar Singh. Mr. Singh retired from the service. In his new role, he will face the task of engaging with the new administration of United States following the November 2016

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