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  • Dec 25, 2016
  • 1 6,117 Kuchipudi Dancers Set New Guinness World Record [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Guinness World Record adjudicated for the 12-minute “Jayamu Jayamu” item as the ‘Largest Kuchipudi dance’ performance. Total of 6,117 Kuchipudi dancers set a new Guinness World Record by performing together in a single event in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh.

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  • 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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  • 2 Good Governance Day 25th December [ Important Days ]

    Celebrating good governance day every year all over the India on 25th of December has been declared by the Government of India. It is the birth anniversary of our former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee which has been declared as the Good Governance Day to give him honour and

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  • 3 December 24 Observed as National Consumer Day [ Important Days ]

    National Consumers Right Day observed across India on 24 December. The day is being observed on 24 December, since the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Effective safeguards are provided to the consumer, against various types of exploitations and unfair dealings, relying mainly on c

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  • 4 PM Launches National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in Kanpur [ Policy/Governance ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) during his recent visit to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The scheme aims to provide apprenticeship training to over 50 lakh youngsters in order to create more jobs. It has budgetary outlay of

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  • 5 India Suffers, Huge Gender Pay Gap: ILO Report [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Recently released Global Wage Report 2016 - 17 released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Report has found that India suffers from huge gender pay gap. It shows that India has among the worst levels of gender wage disparity with the gap exceeding 30%.

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  • Dec 23, 2016
  • 1 Raja Chelliah Committee and Jilani Committee [ Committees/Govt. 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.
    • Reduct

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    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.

    • Provide opportunity to our faculty &

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  • 3 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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  • 4 Japan Successfully Launches Radical Solid Fuel Rocket [ Science/Technology ]

    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 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.

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  • 6 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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  • 7 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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  • Dec 22, 2016
  • 1 Rangarajan Committee and Nayak Committee [ Committees/Govt. 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

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  • 2 E-Yantra [ Education ]

    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
    • Sy

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  • 3 Carbon-Tracking Satellite Launched by China in Space [ Science/Technology ]

    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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  • 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 Hong Kong to Withdraw Visa-Free Entry of Indians [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    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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  • 6 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.


    • The Union Min

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  • 7 Hidden World Under Antarctic Sea Ice, Robot Gives Rare Glimpse [ Science/Technology ]

    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.

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  • Dec 21, 2016
  • 1 Khusro Committee and Bhagwati Committee [ Committees/Govt. 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 recommen

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  • 2 African Nations Developing Lifestyle Diseases: WHO [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    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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  • 3 India and Kyrgyzstan sign 6 agreements [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    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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  • 4 Subsonic Cruise Missile Nirbhaya Test Fired from ITR [ Science/Technology ]

    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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  • 5 First Chikungunya Vaccine Developed by Researchers [ Science/Technology ]

    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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  • 6 Global Wind Power Installed Capacity Index, India Ranks 4th [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    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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  • Dec 20, 2016
  • 1 Electricity from Water Generated by Indian Scientists, Seeks Commercialization of Invention [ Science/Technology ]

    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 Laborator

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  • 2 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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  • 3 Demonetization in Pakistan: Senate Passes Resolution to Withdraw Rs. 5000 Note [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    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 n

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  • 4 Solar-Powered Boat Service to Begin in Kerala Soon [ Science/Technology ]

    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”.

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