Point-Wise Current-Affairs & GS (Includes Important PIB Updates) 2020 with Maps & Data- IAS, SSC Etc

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  • Dec 20, 2016
  • 1 Malhotra Committee and Narashimham Committee [ Committees/Govt. 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 insura

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  • 2 Scientists Develop Drone Like New Bird with Feathers [ Science/Technology ]

    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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  • Dec 19, 2016
  • 1 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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  • 2 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 challenge

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  • 3 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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  • 4 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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  • 5 The Robotic Arm That Can Be Controlled with Your MIND [ Science/Technology ]

    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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  • 6 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.

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  • 7 Viola Desmond to Be First Woman Featured on Canadian Banknote [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    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.

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  • Dec 18, 2016
  • 1 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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  • 2 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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  • 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 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.

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  • 5 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.

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  • Dec 17, 2016
  • 1 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.

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  • 2 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 B

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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.

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  • 4 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.

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  • 5 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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  • Dec 16, 2016
  • 1 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.

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  • 2 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 im

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  • 3 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.

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  • 4 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.

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  • 5 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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  • 6 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.

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  • Dec 15, 2016
  • 1 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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  • 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 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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  • Dec 14, 2016
  • 1 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.

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  • 2 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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