• Current Affairs 11th December – 17th December

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    Current Affairs 11th December – 17th December

    Here are some important Current Affairs 11th December – 17th December

     

    National Current Affairs

     ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ campaign’

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    1) The famous campaign of Kailash Satyarthi “100 Million for 100 Million” was launched by President Pranab Mukherjee Recently.
    2) The campaign aims at curbing the child slavery, child labour and violence against children.
    3) The Campaign was  organised by The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

    Indo-Russian  Naval Exercise “Indra “- 2016 

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    1.  Indian Navy and Russian Navy conducted the Joint Naval Exam on 14th of December 2016.
    2. The name of the exercise is “Indra Navy”.
    3.The Venue of the exercise was Bay of Bengal.
    4. The Span of the exercise is 7 days (From 14th december to 21st december).
    5. Exercises are conducted  to enhance the inter-operability between the two navies.
    6. Also the exams aims for common understanding of maritime security operations.
    7. For the first time, this maritime exercise between India and Russia was held in 2003.

     Lucky Graahak Yojana 

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    1) The Central Government has recently announced to launch a ‘Lucky Graahak Yojana’.
    2) The Government has also launched a ‘Digi Dhan Yojana’ in order to encourage digital payments or cashless payments .
    3) These Schemes  will be launched  from 25th Dec till April 14, 2017.
    4) Under this scheme 7,000 weekly awards and a maximum award of Rs 50,000 each for merchants will be awarded.

     

    International Current Affairs

      Italy’s new Prime Minister – Paolo Gentiloni

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    1. Paolo Gentiloni is the Italy’s new Prime Minister.
    2. The Ex- Prime Minister was  Matteo Renzi who announced his resignation recently.

      The New Secretary-General for UN-Antonio Guterres

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    1. The United Nations Secretariat gets its New Secretary General ‘Antonio Guterres’
    2. He was the  former Portuguese Prime Minister.
    3. He was sworn in as the ninth UN Secretary-General.
    4. Earlier the Secretary General was Ban- Ki-moon.

    The advanced weather satellite of China – Fengyun-4

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    1) China recently launched a weather satellite- “Fengyun-4”.
    2) This is the first satellite of its kind.
    3) The New technology on the satellite will improve the accuracy of weather forecasts.
    4) This is the first quantitative remote-sensing satellite in the geostationary orbit.

    The New King of Malaysia – Sultan Muhammad V

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    1. Malaysia has appointed its 15th king named as Sultan Muhammad V.
    2. The Event took place in Kuala lumpur.

    New Words added to Oxford Dictionary

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    1. This time the Oxford Dictionary has added a word “BREXIT”.
    2.The BREXIT refers to “The Exit of Britain from European Union”.
    3. Another Word added was ‘GREXIT’. It refers to exit of Greek from European Union which was hypothetical.
    4. About 1,500 new words and phrases are added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
    5. Another phrase added is ‘Get your freak on’ (sexual activity, especially unconventional)

     

    Rio Gets UNESCO World Heritage Status

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    1. The Famous City of Brazil Rio de Janeiro officially has entered into the UN’s list of world heritage sites.
    2.The status was given by  UNESCO – the cultural body of UNITED NATIONS.
    3.  The city is famous for its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches.
    4.  The UNESCO  highlighted the “extraordinary fusion” of man-made and natural beauty.

     

    Sports Current Affairs

    Pankaj Advani clinches 11th World Billiards Championship

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    1) Pankaj Advani thrashed Peter Gilchrist in his 11th World Billiards Championship.
    2) He won this championship in (150- up) format.
    3) Peter Gilchrist belonged to Singapore.
    4) The Event took place on 12th of December at Bengaluru.
    5) Pankaj Advani is the India’s  Ace  cueist.
    6) This was Advani’s 16th world title.

    Business Current Affairs

    Cyrus Mistry removed from the post of  Director of Tata Industries

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     1) Cyrus Mistry was removed as the director of Tata Industries at the Tata Industries Extraordinary General Meeting.
    2) The Ex-Director was Mr. Ratan TATA.

    VG Kannan appointed CEO of Indian Banks’ Association

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    1. V G Kannan has been appointed  as Chief Executive of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).
    2. He took the charge on 14th of December 2016.
    3. Earlier the Chief Executive of the Indian Banks’ Association was M V Tanksale.
    4. He left the office on August 9, 2016 after being at a tenure of  three years.

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  • Current Affairs 28th August – 3rd September, 2016

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    Current Affairs 28th August- 3rd September, 2016

    Here are some indispensable Current Affairs 28th August- 3rd September, 2016

     

     National Current Affairs Updates

     Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)  announced to appoint PV sindhu as its Brand Ambassador.

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    1)  The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is the largest paramilitary force of India .

    2) PV Sindhu will be honored with the rank of  commandant.

    3) PV Sindhu won silver medal in the event of badminton in Rio Olympics , 2016.

    4) She will be awarded with the rank badges and camouflage combat fatigues of the CRPF.

     

    Establishment of ‘Army Design Bureau’ 

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    1. This was announced by Army Chief General – Dalbir Singh.

    2. This was done under “Make in India” Initiative.

    3. In this the Indian Army will launch  its own design wing.

    4. The announcement was made at Indian Habitat Centre.

     

     ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’- a Comic campaign 

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    1.This is done to support the swachh bharat abhiyan which was started on 2 october-2014.

    2. The Campaign will be introduced by Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD).

     

    The Supreme Court Jugde- Justice Chelameswar shows reluctance towards “Collegium”.

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                    i) Collegium refers to Group of senior most judges and CJI for reference in various appointment .                

                   ii) According to Chelameshwar the appointments should be more transparent.

                  iii) The Chief Justice of India is Justice T. S Thakur.

    Business current affairs updates

    Indian Railways launches new insurance scheme for passengers.

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              i)  The scheme is for E-ticket holders.

             ii) The scheme is launched at a premium of 92 paise.

           iii)  It comprises an insurance cover of upto 10 lakhs.

    International Current Affairs Updates

    India bagged 35th position in World Bank Logistics performance Index-2016.

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    1) As per the recently introduced Bi-annual Logistics performance index , India ranked 35 out of 160 countries.

    2) The First rank was bagged by the ‘Germany’.

    3) India improved its rank with 19 positions from 54 in 2014 to 35.

     

    1. Dilma Rousseff- Brazil’s first woman president was impeached

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    1)  She was impeached by 61 out of 81 senators voting against her.

    2) This decision was taken on 31st August, 2016.

    3) Dilma Rouseff was the first female president of Brazil.

    4) She was impeached for Bribery and Corruption charges.

    5) A necessary push to impeachment was given by the economic slow down of the

     

     

    Sports Current Affairs Updates

    Indian president Pranab Mukherjee honoured the Rio Olympics medalists with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

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    1. The venue of the ceremony was Rashtrapati Bhawan.

    2. The achievers include- PV Sindhu, Sakhsi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Jitu Rai.

    3. The Achievers were also given a cash prize of 7.5 lakh apart from awards.

    4. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is the sporting honor of India.

    5. It is given in the honour of the Ex Prime Minister of India Mr. Rajiv Gandhi.

    6. It is awarded by the ministry of youth and affairs.

     

     Man Kaur–clinched gold in American masters games.

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    1) A 100 year old Indian runner Man kaur grabbed a gold medal on 29th August, 2016.

    2) The venue of the event was Vancouver.

    3) Man Kaur has won almost 20 medals across the globe.

     

     

     

     

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  • Current Affairs 22 August – 27 August, 2016

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    Current Affairs 22 August – 27 August, 2016

    Here are some important Current Affairs 22 August – 27 August, 2016 for Government exams

    National Current affairs updates

    Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et lettres honour for Kamal Haasan

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    1. The Veteran Actor Kamal Haasan will be honoured by the “ Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et lettres ( The Knight of the Order of Arts and letters).

    2. The honour is given by the government of France.

    3. The Knight of the Order of Arts and letters was given for his high level of artistic excellence and his distinguished career achievements.

     

    Railway passengers to get insurance cover 

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    1. Now by paying a premium of  92 paise passengers can claim a travel insurance cover of up to Rs 10 lakh.
    2. This can be availed while booking a train ticket online.
    3. This will be valid from 31st august.
    4. Shriram General Insurance, ICICI Lombard General Insurance and Royal Sundaram General Insurance are involved in this insurance scheme.
    5. The above three companies are private insurance companies in collaboration with Indian Railways.

     

     

    International Current Affairs updates

    Olympic order to Ramachandran

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    1. Ramachandran – the current president of Indian Olympic  Association (IOA) was awarded with Olympic Order on 21 August, 2016.

    2. He was awarded the Olympic order for his outstanding services to the Olympic movement.

    3. The foundation of Olympic order was laid in May 1975.

    4. The Olympic order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement.

    Indian Origin Shirley Rodrigues –  New Deputy Mayor for London 

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    1.  She was appointed as the new deputy Mayor for london on 23rd August, 2016.

    2. Shirley Rodrigues is an Indian-origin philanthropist.

    3. She has been appointed as Deputy Mayor by the current Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

    4. Shirley Rodrigues will be taking responsibility  for setting up a not-for-profit company called “Energy for Londoners”.

    5. The aim of the company is to help the British capital boost its recycling rates and produce low carbon energy.

     

    Sania Mirza grabs No .1 position in women’s doubles.

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    1. Sania Mirza from India and  Barbora Strycova from the Czech Republic thrashed  Martina Hingis and her partner Coco Vandeweghe by 7-5, 6-4.
    2. This is for the first  time that an  Indo-Czech pair made to no.1 spot.
    3. Now, the  Sania Mirza retained her number one status on the women’s doubles ranking.
    4. Martina hingis  but was  demoted to 2nd position after this match.

    Sports current affairs updates

    Ahmedabad the venue of  Kabaddi World Cup-2016

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    1. The Kabaddi World Cup-2016 will be held from October 7 to 22nd october.
    2. The venue of the kabaddi world cup is Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
    3. About 12 countries will be taking part from all over the world.
    4. The names of the teams are teams from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan, Kenya and India.
    5. The venue of the matches will be Ahmedabad’s The Arena stadium.

    Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award to Four Olympic Atheletes.

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    1. The Highest Sports honour- Khel Ratna will be awarded to 4 athletes as announced by the sports ministry on 23 august , 2016.

    2. The awards will be given to Rio Olympics 2016 medalists PV Sindhu (badminton) , Sakshi Malik (wrestling), Dipa Karmakar(Gymnastics) and Jitu Rai ( shooting).
    3. Also Dronacharya award- 2016 was announced for Bishweshwar Nandi who is the coach of Dipa Karmakar.
    4. The Rajiv Gandhi khel Ratna award is given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
    5. The first awardee was Vishwanathan Anand.

    New Age-Group Formula by BCCI 

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    1. The new Age-Group Formula has been given Green Signal by Board of Control for Cricket in India on 24 August, 2016.

    2. The new Rules and regulations are strict and binding on age cheaters.

    3. Now a player can play an Under -19 World cup only once.

    4. A player can play U-19 category tournaments only for two years.

    5. A player who enters BCCI need to submit atleast three documents of Age proof.

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  • current affairs from 15 august – 20 august

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    Current Affairs 15th August – 20th August for Government exams

    National

    • Sachin tendulkar adopts ‘Donja Village’ Under SAGY

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      Under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) Sachin Tendulkar has adopted Donja village of Osmanabad district.

    • Osmanabad District is located in Maharashtra State.
    • This is a great initiative by  the God of Cricket and a Rajya sabha member.
    • SAGY is a rural development programme which aims at development of villages.
    • It was launched in october, 2014.
    • ‘Donja’ village is in Paranda region of Osmanabad, Maharashtra.
    • The Village was frequently suffering Farmer suicides due to drought and other reasons.

     

    ‘Odia’- the official  language of odisha

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    • Odia will now be the official language of the state of odisha.
    • This was declared on 16 August, 2016.
    • From now on wards the ‘Odia’ will be used in all Government offices of Odisha.
    • This is implemented with  amendment of Orissa Official Language Act-1954.
    • Earlier Odia was added to classical languages in year 2014.
    • Odisha has about 80% of Population speaking Odia.

    Najma Heptulla- the new Manipur Governor

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    • Najma Heptulla was declared as the new governor of manipur on 21 August, 2016.
    • She is the 18th governor of manipur state
    • The Oath of office was administered by the chief justice of high court of manipur state- Rakesh Ranjan Prasad.
    • Earlier she was Deputy chairperson of Rajya Sabha and Minister of State for minority affairs.

     

     

    International

    •  China to built financial city centre in colombo.

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    China announced to build an International financial outpost in Indian Ocean.

    This comes under 20 year Framework plan between both the countries.

    With this the port city will turn into a megalpolis of 8 million people.

    This is a joint venture of Chinese and Sri Lankan Company.

    The prime minister of Sri lanka is Ranil Wickeramasinghe.

    Business

    • SBI approves merger of 5 associates bank

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    The country’s leading lender SBI gave go-green signal to merger of its 5 associates bank.

    This the Largest Merger in the history of Indian banking Industry. 

    This step will make SBI assets 5 times larger than the ICICI- India’s 2nd largest bank.

    Under this State bank of Travancore, State bank of Patiala, State bank of Mysore,  State bank of Hyderabad, State bank of Bikaner and Jaipur will be merged with SBI.

     

     

     

    • South Indian Bank and SBI card launched  co-branded credit card

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    South India Bank & SBI card together launched a co-branded card for customers.

    Under this two types of cards will be issued – South India Bank Platinum SBI card and South India Bank simply Save SBI Card.

    South India Bank is a leading Public Sector Bank.

    SBI card is India’s leading and reputed Credit card issuers.

     

     

    • “Microsoft” acquires “beam”

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    Microsoft acquiesced Beam- A Seattle based service.

    Beam is a Interactive Gaming service that allows to play games with Streamers.

    Beam will ally with Microsoft’s Xbox.

    The founder and CEO of Beam is Matt Salsamendi.

    Science and technology

    • World’s First Quantum Communication Satellites launched by China

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      China Launched World’s 1st Quantum Communication satellites on 16 August, 2016.

            The Satellites were launched from Jiuquan satellite centre.

            It is situated in Gobi desert.

            The Weight of the Spacecraft is 600 kg .

            It was launched at 0140 local time.

           The official name of mission is Quantum Science Satellites (QUESS).

           The mission is dedicated to a Chinese philosopher “Mozi”

     

     

    Sports

    • PV Sindhu wins Silver after a close clash

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    PV Sindhu clinched silver medal in Badminton in Rio Olympics-2016.

    With an incredible effort in a match against Carolina Marin she ended up with silver medal.

    PV sindhu is 21 year old badminton player who was unstoppable throughout the tournament.

    She is the youngest and 4th Indian to win a silver medal in Olympics games.

    The match score of all three games are- 19-21, 21-19, 21-15.

    Carolina Marin who clinched gold belongs to spain.

    Arts, Awards & Culture

    • Rani Laxmi Bai Award for sakshi malik

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    Sakshi Malik- the Olympic wrestler from India will be conferred with ‘Rani Laxmi Bai award.

    The announcement was made by Uttar Pradesh Government on 18 August, 2016.

    The 23 old Wrestler belongs to Rohtak, Haryana.

    Sakshi malik Clinched Bronze in 58-kg category of wrestling.

    The Award comprises of cash prize of Rs 3 Lakh.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Current Affairs 8th August- 13th August

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    Current Affairs 8th August – 13th August for Government exams

    Below are some specially prepared Current Affairs 8th August- 13 August for competitive exams and IBPS

    National Current Affairs 8th August- 13 August

    • Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill Passed

     

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    source: Indianexpress.com

    The Rajya Sabha passed the Amendment to Maternity Benefit Act-1961.

    The Motive of this bill is extension of maternity benefit leaves from 12 to 26 weeks.

    The Maternity Benefit Act -1961 preserve the employment of women at the time of Maternity.

    This is applicable in all Government and Private Sectors.

    The Bill also allows women to ‘work from home’ option.

    • Ajay Devgon – New brand ambassador of KFC India.

     

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    source-indianexpress.com

    The step is contribution towards the ‘Hope initiative’

    The Objective is to provide meals to needy children across the country.

    The KFC India is running programme in collaboration  with World Food Program (WFP) and Indian food banking Network (IFBN).

    The target is to provide ‘2 crore meals’ to needy children by 2020.

    This Programme is a great Step towards raising awareness about hunger.

    The Managing director of KFC India is Rahul Shinde.

     

    • Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project-1 Inaugurated

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    source: newsnation.in

    On 10th August , The president Vladimir Putin, PM Narendra Modi and CM of Tamil Nadu jointly Inaugurated the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Project-1.

    The plant is of 1000 MW.

    The plant is dedicated to Russia as a token of friendship.

    The Kudankulam Nuclear power project is constructed with the help of Russian water-water energetic reactor (VVER).

    It is based on the Nuclear fuel rich in “Uranium”.

    The establishment of this plant will give boost to the energy sector.

     

    • Irom Sharmila ends her hunger strike after 16 years

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    Source- hindustantimes.com

    By licking honey Irom Sharmila ended her 16 years long hunger strike on 9th August.

    It is world’s longest hunger strike .

    Irom sharmila is 44 years old protester who began her hunger strike in year 2000.

    The initial motive of her strike was to revoke  AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act).

    She belongs to North Eastern State of Manipur.

    She ended the strike in order to take revolution to a new level.

    Her next motive is to become Chief minister of the state and help people on Large Scale.

    International Current Affairs 8th August- 13 August

     

    • World’s Indigenous Day

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    source: un.org

     

    The world’s Indigenous  day is observed on August 9.

    It is observed to promote and protect the rights of world’s Indigenous people.

    The theme of year 2016 – “Indigenous  people’s right to education.”

    This day is celebrated in support of Sustainable Development Agenda-2030.

    According to Rights of Indigenous people they can establish education system as per their culture.

    Business Current Affairs 8th August- 13 August

    • Sriram Rajamani- New Managing Director of Microsoft India

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    source-microsoft.com

    Microsoft appointed Sriram Rajasmani as new managing director of Microsoft India’s  lab.

    The Microsoft India’s lab is situated in Bengaluru.

    He will succeed the previous managing director Chandu Thekkath.

    Jeannette Wing is the corporate Vice- president of Microsoft research Labs.

    Sports Current Affairs 8th August- 13 August

    • Dipika Pallikel won squash Australian open

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    source: indianexpress.com

    Indian squash player Deepika pallikel  won Australian open on 12 August, 2016.

    The Venue of the tournament was Melbourne.

    The World no.8 player Mayar Hany was thrashed by Deepika in the final.

    Deepika  pallikel is wife of Indian cricketer  Dinesh Kartik.

    Earlier Deepika has also won various titles like macau squash open, winter open, crocodile challenge cup etc.

    • Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez won men’s double tennis title in Rio Olympic

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    source-thehindu.com

    Rafael Nadal along with his partner Marc lopez Clinched Men’s doubles tennis title in Rio Olympics ,2016.

    On 12th August,2016 they clinched the title for 3rd time for spain.

    They thrashed Florin mergea and horia tecau in the final match of the tournament.

    The  runner ups belong to country Romania who won silver medal.

    The bronze medal was won by Jack stock and Steve Johnson who belong to USA.

    •  French footballer Paul Pogaba – Most Expensive Football Player

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    source-espnfc.com

    Paul Pogpa has marked his name in Guinness book of World Records.

    He holds the record of as most expensive footballer player single transfer.

    The Contract is of about 89 million pounds.

    The Record was marked on 9th august,2016.

    The previous record was of 85.4 million pounds.

    Paul Pogpa has moved from Previous Juventus Club to Manchester United Club.

    He plays for  French National Team.

    The 23 year old plays as Center midfielder usually but innovates himself as Defender and Attacker as well.

     

    Science & Technology

    • NASA scientist found canyons on Saturn’s moon titan.

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    source-nasa.gov

    Canyons are found on Titan By ‘Cassini’ which is Nasa’s spacecraft.

    Canyons are deep valleys between cliffs.

    Titan is the moon of Saturn.

    The finding of canyons on Titan is the First Sign of presence of ‘Liquid Hydrocarbons’.

    The canyons are observed to be about 100-150 meters deep.

    The canyons are also observed to be ‘Methane Rich’.

    Titan is the 2nd largest moon of Solar System and largest moon of Saturn.

    Saturn has about 62 moons 

     

    First Indian-American private mission to moon – “ Moon Express.

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    source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

    The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approved the first Indian-american private mission to moon .

    The Name of the mission is ‘Moon Express’.

    The spacecraft is Robotic which will be launched in 2017.

    This is the First private mission beyond earth’s orbit.

     

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  • Current Affairs 1st August – 6th August

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    Current Affairs 1st August – 6th August for Government exams

    NATIONAL

     

    • Sawai Madhopur Railway Station awarded with  National Tourism award 2014-15 .

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    Source:Railanalysis.com
    1. The station has been awarded this for the “best Tourist- Friendly railway station”.
    2. The station is situated in East region of Rajasthan.
    3. It is also known as “ Gateway to the Ranthambore National Park.
    4. Ranthambore National Park is famous for its diverse biodiversity,  Tigers, leopards, bears etc.
    5. It is the one of the Tiger reserve of India that come under ‘Project Tiger’.
    6. The sawai Madhopur station is also India’s First heritage Railway Station.
    7. It comprises of Global Standard Bio-toilets, drinking water, retiring room etc.

    • Gujarat CM Anandiben patel resigned

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    Source-Indianexpress.com
    1. She was the 15th Chief Minister of Gujarat.
    2. She was the first woman CM of Gujarat.
    3. She took Oath of office on 22nd May, 2014.
    4. Born on 21 November,1941 Anandiben Joined BJP in 1987.
    5. Earlier she was Cabinet minister of Education,Road & Building.
    6. Gujarat will Have assembly elections in 2017 along with Gujarat Summit in January.

    BUSINESS

    • Goods and Services Tax Bill Passed

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    Source-thehindu.com
    1. The goods and services tax bill is a initiative towards uniforming the tax system of the country.
    2. It is the 122nd constitutional  Amendment bill (GST Bill-2014)
    3. GST will help in curbing flow of black money in the country.
    4. The bill has been passed in Rajya sabha and lok sabha.
    5. The bill will remove the redundancy of taxes in the system.
    6. All 443 members of Lok sabha passed the bill.
    7. The Rajya Sabha passed the bill on 3rd August, 2016.
    8. AIADMK leader P.Venugopal boycotted the bill due to non-satisfaction on Arun jaitley’s explanation

     

     

    INTERNATIONAL

    • Five Sports will be added in Olympics

     

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    Source- Olympic.org
    1. The Olympic committee agreed to add 5 new sports in next Olympics.
    2. The 5 Sports are-Baseball, Karate, Skateboard, Climbing Sports ,Surfing etc.
    3. The Organising Committee took the Decision on 4th August , 2016.
    4. The Next Olympics will be at Tokyo in 2020.
    5. This decision was taken in 129th IOC meeting held at Rio de janeiro.

     

     

    • The 39th Prime Minister of Nepal-Pushpa Kamal dahal

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    source-thehindu.com
    1. On 4th August,2016, Pushpa kamal Dahal was elected as 39th prime minister of  Nepal after khadga prasad oli Resigned from the office.
    2. He belongs to Communist party of Nepal-Maoist.
    3. He got 343 votes in his favour with 210 votes against him.
    4. Earlier he was prime minister in 2008-2009 also.
    5. He is popularly known with name “Prachanda”

     

    Sports

    • Patna pirates won the pro Kabaddi league season-4

    vik

    source-Indianexpress.com
    1. The 4th Edition of Pro Kabaddi League was Clinched by Patna Pirates on 31st July,2016.
    2. They Defeated Jaipur Pink Panthers in the Final by 37-29 on board.
    3. The Event was held at Gachibowli stadium at Hyderabad, Telangana.
    4. Patna Pirates is a team representing state of Bihar.
    5. Jaipur Pink Panthers thrashed Telugu titans by 34-24 in another semi-final.

     

     

    ARTS & CULTURE

    • Shubha Mudgal Awarded 23rd Rajiv Gandhi national sadbhavana Award

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    Source: thehindu.com
    1. The veteran Singer Shubha Mudgal has been awarded with 23rd Rajiv gandhi National sadhbhavna award.
    2. The award is given on 20th August – the birth anniversary of former PM Rajiv Gandhi.
    3. The award is given for her incredible contribution in the field of Communal Harmony and Peace.
    4. The award comprises of Rs 10 lakh and Extract.
    5. This was 23rd edition of award and was presented by congress chief Sonia Gandhi

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  • Current Affairs 25th July-30th July

    Aug 8 • Arts and culture news, Business and financial news, Education, Entertainment and celebrity news, Health news, IBPS, International news, politics News, Railway, Science and technology news, Sports, SSC, UPSC • 582 Views

    National

    • Country’s first ever Green rail corridor

    Capture111

          Source-Business-standard.com

    1. It is a 114-km stretch running from Rameswaram to Manamadurai.
    2. It was launched in Tamil Nadu on 24th July, 2016 by Railway Minister S.Prabhu.
    3. It is India’s first ever Green Corridor.
    4. Around 150 coaches of 26 trains (Express & Passenger) running on this corridor will comprise Bio-Toilets.
    5. These toilets are developed by Indian Railways in collaboration with DRDO (IR-DRDO Bio-toilets).
    6. The corridor will also have Bio-labs for testing of coaches.
    7. This is a Great step towards “Clean Environment”

     

    • 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas

    Capture1111

    Source-indianexpress.com

    1. It is observed on 26th of July.
    2. It is observed every year in the honour of the Kargil War Heroes.
    3. It has been named after the success of “Operation Vijay”.
    4. The war happened between India & Pakistan in the year 1999 in the Drass sector of Kargil.
    5. By celebrating Kargil Vijay Diwas we pay tribute to the heroic sacrifices made by our soldiers.  

     

    • “Swadesh Darshan Scheme”

    hhh

    Source-standupindialoanscheme.in

    1. The scheme aims at promoting tourism.
    2. The scheme was launched on 26th July, 2016.
    3. The scheme was approved with 25 projects worth Rs 2,048 crore.
    4. Initially the scheme is for 21 states and Union Territories since its launch in January 2015.
    • BRICS – 2016

    nnjkj

    Source-reportpanda.com

    1. BRICS Stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
    2. This will be the 8th BRICS meeting.
    3. It is going to be held in Goa on 15th and 16th october.
    4. The policy planning dialogue meeting has begun in Patna on 27th July, 2016
    5. On 15th of february India took the Chairmanship of BRICS which will last till 31st of December.
    6. The LOGO(symbol) of the meeting is a lotus flower with colour of flags of all the participating countries.
    7. A ‘namaste’ is also embedded inside the flower.
    8. The meeting will focus on five main areas- Institution building, Implementation, Integration, Innovation and continuity with consolidation (IIICC)

     

    • Dakshayani in Guinness World Records

    ddd

    Source-indianexpress.com

    1. Dakshayani is the oldest elephant of Kerala.
    2. It is going to be listed in Guinness World Records as the oldest living elephant.
    3. It is about 86 year old.
    4. The elephant belongs to Travancore Devasaram Board (TDB).

    International

    • World’s largest aircraft – AG600

    hhhhhhhh

    Source-chinadaily.com.cn

    1. China  revealed it on 23rd July, 2016
    2. It was  manufactured in Zhuhai, in Guangdong province of South China.
    3. The aircraft has maximum range of about  4,500 km.
    4. The aircraft can carry up to 53.5 tonnes of weight.
    5. It is world’s largest amphibian aircraft.
    6. It is incredible in fighting forest fires and marine rescues.

     

    • Nepal’s P.M Khadga Prasad Oli has resigned.

    oli

    Source-indianexpress.com

     

    1. He resigned from the post of Prime Minister on 24th July, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
    2. He is the 38th prime Minister of Nepal.
    3. He had a short tenure of nine months only.
    4. He joined the office on 11th october, 2015.
    5. He is the member communist party of Nepal.

     

    • International Organization for Migration (IOM)

    Capture

    Source-iom.hu

    1. IOM will now be  a related Organization to the United Nation (UN).
    2. It was announced  on 25th July, 2016.
    3. It will become the member by signing the agreement on September 19, 2016.
    4. The IOM was founded in order to tribute and resettle the refugees of World War II.
    5. The general Assembly has adopted the resolution approving the IOM as part of UN.

     

    • WHO (World Health Organization) declared Brazil as a measles free nation

    Capture1

    Source-vijaybihari.com

     

    1. It was announced on 26th July, 2016.
    2. Measles is caused by virus.
    3. It is a communicable disease.
    4. It is also an airborne disease.
    5. About 20 million people are affected by measles every year in africa and asia.

     

    • Verizon Communication Inc.acquired Yahoo.

    aa

    Source-indianexpress.com

     

    1. This was announced on 25th July,2016.
    2. Yahoo’s core assets of internet worth $4.83 bn will be acquired by Verizon.
    3. This initiative was taken to to provide digital advertising and media business.
    4. Last year AOL was acquiesced by Verizon.
    5. The current  Chairman and CEO of ‘Verizon’ is Lowell McAdam.

    Science & Technology

    • India signed an agreement with American defense and aerospace firm Boeing 

    sdde

    Source-indiandefence.com

     

    1. The name of aircraft is Poseidon-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft.
    2. A deal  worth over $1 billion was signed to buy about 4 such additional planes.
    3. With this India has marked about $15 billion deal in past 10 years.
    4. US is India’s major defense partner.
    5. The aircraft can be used in – Anti- submarine warfare, anti- surface warfare and maritime patrolling.
    6. It also comprises the electronic signal intelligence.

     

    • The Solar Impulse 2 – the first solar aircraft to make world trip.

    Capture5

    Source-irishtimes.com

    1. The solar impulse-2 became the solar powered aircraft to round the globe.
    2. It landed in Abu Dhabi on 26th July,2016
    3. It has made history as the  first renewable energy based aircraft to reach the landmark.
    4. The solar impulse-2 comprises more than 17000 solar cells on its wings.
    5. The total time taken in achieving the landmark was more than 23 days.
    6. It has flown up to more than 40000 km across the world.
    7. This is a great step towards Clean energy technology.

    Sports

    • Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win the gold medal at the U-20 World Championship

    Capture6

    source-indianatheletics.in

    1. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra achieved the landmark on 23rd July,2016.
    2. The record was set under U-20 Category.
    3. The venue of World Championship was Bydgoszcz,Poland.
    4. Neeraj recorded a throw of 86.48 mtrs on board.
    5. He became the first Indian athlete to win gold medal.
    6. He is 18 yrs old and hails from Khandra village,Haryana.

     

     

    • Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix

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                  Source-bbc.co.uk

     

    1. Lewis Hamilton  Became the winner in the 67th season of formula-1 car racing.
    2. He became champion on  24th July, 2016.
    3. He belongs to Mercedes car brand.
    4. Nico rosberg ranked second who also belongs to mercedes.
    5. Red bull’s racer Daniel Ricciardo ranked third

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  • Current Affairs 27th June, 2016 – 2nd July, 2016

    Jul 7 • Arts and culture news, Business and financial news, politics News, Science and technology news, Sports • 577 Views

    National News:-

    India enters the MTCR (Mission Control Technology Regime)

    mtcr

    Sources:www.dnaindia.com

    1. India joined the club of MTCR (Mission Control Technology Regime) on 27th June, 2016, which enables India to deal in high-end Mission technology.
    2. MTCR is a multilateral export control regime. Total 34 countries were involved in this mission.
    3. India became the 35th member of the missile control regime.
    4. MTCR was established in April 1987 with the help of 7 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain and the United States Of America.
    5. The MTCR is one of the four regime with an objective to restrict the rapid use of missiles, unmanned air vehicles, space launch vehicles and related techniques for those systems capable of carrying a 500 kg payload.
    6. India’s foreign secretary S Jaishankar signed the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in the presence of ambassadors of France Alexandre Ziegler,, Netherland’s Alphonsus Stoelinga , and Luxembourg’s  Charge d’Affaires Laure Huberty.

    Naga Peace Act leader Isak Chisi Swu  passed away

    naga

    Sources:-http://www.newindianexpress.com

    1. Naga Peace Act leader Isak Chisi Swu passed away at the age of 86 at a Delhi hospital on 28th June, 2016.
    2. Isak Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah are the founder of  NSCN-IM.
    3. National Socialist Council Of India is largest group of Northeast region of India which has been demanding neighbouring land for the Nagas for decades.
    4. Naga Peace pact is signed with an aim to eliminate India’s oldest violent uprising in Northeast region of India against the Government of India.
    5. Naga Peace Accord – The agreement was signed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the PM’s house on 3rd August 2015.
    6. Chairman of NSCN passed away at the Fortis Hospital in New Delhi, India
    7. National Socialist Council Of Nagalim (NSCN) (Isak-Muivah) paid honour to their chairman Isak Chisi Swu at headquarters in Dimapur on 1st July, 2016.

    Education programme – Chunauti 2018

    chunauti

    Sources:indianexpress.com

    1. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced an education programme – Chunauti 2018 on 29th June, 2016.
    2. The primary objective of Chunauti 2018 is to improve the quality of education keeping in view on weakest students.
    3. According to this scheme, class 6th to 9th will be framed in a programme in order to check on a dropout rate of students.
    4. According to the previous statistical data, 44% of students failed in class 9th in 2013 while in 2014-15, 48.26% number of students failed of 9th standard and 49.22% in 2015-16.
    5. Government has planned to focus on weak and dropout students by providing “No detention policy” (NDC) – due to which students will pass till 8th standard.
    6. For 9th standards, norms are quite different as the students have no NDC policy so the government will hire more number of guest teachers for them.
    7. As per the scheme, government will enable principals to hire plenty of teachers.
    8. The aim of the programme chunauti 2018 that all the students enrolled in the 9th standard in the academic year 2016-2017, will be trained guided to appear for class 10th examinations.

    Sports News:-

    Lionel Messi announced his retirement  from International football

    messi

    Source:dailymotion.com

    1. Lionel Messi announced his retirement from International football after Argentina lost final match from Chile in the Copa America Centenario USA 2016 on 27th June, 2016.
    2. Argentina defeated by Chile in penalty shootouts.
    3. Lionel messi has been  awarded 5 times with FIFA player of the year.
    4. He is also the winner of 4 champions league.
    5. He has also been crowned 8 times with spanish la liga crown with Barcelona.
    6. Argentina has lost 2nd Copa America title in two years.
    7. Argentina has not won any major world title since 23 years.

    India entered the top five ranking of International Hockey

    hockey

    Source:rediff.com

    1. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced the world rankings post the Champion Trophy in which India entered the top five club.
    2. per the report of International Hockey Federation, Indian Hockey team have entered the the top five slot.
    3. This announcement came after the champions trophy.
    4. Many factors contributed to this achievement such as winning performance at asian games
    5. The world champion and champions trophy winner australia is at top position.
    6. The second position is acquired  by Netherlands.
    7. Germany is at 3rd position.
    8. Indian women team ranks 13.
    9. The first rank among women team was acquired by Dutch.

    Business News:-

    Android Nougat – next version of Android operating system for mobile phones

    andriod

    source:theguardian.com

    1. Google announced the name Android Nougat as the next version of Android operating system for mobile phones on 30th June, 2016.
    2. The name though created division among fans.
    3. The Codename of this version is “N”.
    4. This was announced at Google’s I/O developer conference in May.
    5. Most versions of android are based on the names of confectionary.
    6. This is the 7th version of android.
    7. Some previous versions of android are cupcake,Donut,Jelly Bean,Ice Cream sandwich,Honeycomb,eclair etc.

    Sujoy Bose – the new CEO at the Natural Investment and Infrastructure Fund

    sujoy

    source:www.indianbureaucracy.com

    1. Sujoy Bose is the present director at infrastructure and natural resources,International finance corporation.(IFC)
    2. He has huge experience in the field of infrastructure sector.
    3. Various initiatives will now be taken by Mr bose under his leadership.
    4. Investors like RUSNANO,Abu Dhabi investment authority(ADIA),Qatar investment authority(QIA) are need to  be operationalised as soon as possible.
    5. The main aim of establishment of NIIF is to fasten the process of investment from both domestic as well as international sources.  
    6. The NIIF was established under companies act,2013.
    7. It acts like a Investment manager of the country.

     N.S Vishwanathan as the new deputy governor of the RBI

    rbi

     source:erwise.com

    1. Appointment committee of the cabinet announced N.S Vishwanathan as the new deputy governor of the RBI on 28th June, 2016.
    2. He is at present director at central bank.
    3. The announcement was made by ACC( Appointments committee of cabinet).
    4. He will commence the post from july 3, 2016.
    5. Previously, he served as Principal chief general manager in the department  of non banking supervision at RBI.
    6. He also has been as executive director at RBI since april 2014.
    7. He has also served as director at punjab national bank
    8. He was nominee director at the DENA BANK.
    9. He served as Chief general manager of vigilance at IFCI LTD.

    Science And Technology News:-

    Indian Origin based – Tejas Jet Aircraft

    tejas

    Sources:www.indiandefensenews.in

    1. State-run  Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will deliver first two Light Combat Tejas aircrafts to Indian Air Force which will make up the flying daggers 45 on 1st July, 2016.
    2. Homemade Tejas aircraft has been in process of making for three decades, the Government cleared the paperwork of this project in 1983.
    3. Tejas was designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO)with a speed of 1.4 Mach.
    4. Tejas is single seat, single engine, lightweight, highly-active supersonic fighter, which can fly 2300 km distance. It can about 25,00 kg of fuel and can be refuelled mid-air
    5. The LCA squadron induction ceremony will be held at the Aircraft System Testing Establishment on 1st July, 2016 in the presence of Air Marshal Jasbir Walia.
    6. The Indian Air Force Station ordered 40 Tejas aircraft, in which 20 Tejas Mk1 and 20 Tejas Mk 2 out of which 20 will be manufactured according to IOC standards while rest will be developed as per FOC configurations.
    7. HAL is planning to increase production up to eight and 16 aircraft each year.

    Arts, Culture And Awards News:-

    12-feet long statue of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar

    arts

    Source:newstodaynet.com

    1. A 12-feet long statue of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar was brought from Tamil Nadu to Haridwar on 30th June, 2016.
    2. The statue will be established on the banks of the Ganga River.
    3. It will be handed over to tarun vijay BJP MP and also the president of students and youth of thiruvalluvar movement.
    4. Mr. C.Ramasubramaniam is the National Coordinator of the movement.
    5. The statue would be unveiled on june 26, 2016 .
    6. The statue was carved out by a team of 20 member.
    7. The weight of the sculptor is about 10.5 tonne and the  cost of sculptor was 20.6 lakhs.

    An inscription on Kapalikas
    kapilkas
     source:thehindu.com

    1. An inscription on kapalikas which is about 1000 year old was discovered recently.
    2. The inscription was discovered in raichur district of karnataka.
    3. It is based on Bhairava idol.
    4. It is discovered by a professor of kannada university, Hampi.
    5. This inscription is very rare and it is for first time that we have sources in this field.
    6. Kapalikas were the clan who practised human sacrifice.
    7. They also practised immolation.
    8. This is epic in terms of south indian history.
    9. The inscription was found in a cave in a hilly area of raichur district.

     

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  • Current Affairs 20th June, 2016 – 25th June, 2016

    Jun 29 • Arts and culture news, Business and financial news, International news, politics News, Science and technology news, Sports • 466 Views

    National News:-

    P.M Modi -Tashkent Meet

    tashkent

    Sources:indianexpress.com

    1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted China’s President ‘Xi Jinping’ in Tashkent on 23rd June, 2016.
    2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his counterpart ‘Uzbek Shavkat Mirziyoyev’ of Uzbekistan, in Tashkent on 23rd June, 2016.
    3. The annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) 2016 was hosted by Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
    4. SCO is an intergovernmental international organization established in Shanghai on 15th June, 2001 with the help of 6-countries. These are- China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
    5. Countries like Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia, and Pakistan are considered in observer status. Belarus, Turkey and Sri Lanka have a status of partners in dialogue.
    6. It was a 2- day visit attend the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
    7. The primary objective of the summit is to expand India’s engagement with China in terms of security, defence and energy.

    Smart city mission projects

    new city plan

    Sources:infotechlead.com

    1. P.M Narendra Modi will present 14 smart city mission projects on 25th June, 2016.
    2. This project of worth Rs. 1,770 crore was launched from Pune’s 5000-capacity Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
    3. P.M inaugrated the smart city project with an aim to enable the cities to share ideas and resources on various issues to different urban cities.
    4. The primary objective of the mission is to provide improved quality of living standards.
    5. Smart city mission include slum rehabilitation, street and pedestrian walkway, modern buses with alternative fuels, traffic demand modelling project and city common mobility card.
    6. This project also  also include states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha.

    First three women fighter pilots

    fighter

    Sources:dailypost.in

    1. Mohana Singh, Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi became the first three women fighter pilots on 18th June, 2016.
    2. On completion of academic training from ‘Dundigal’ on the boundary of Hyderabad, all the three women pilots were formally commissioned by Indian Air Force by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.
    3. The present air chief marshal of indian air force is ‘Arup raha’.
    4. This the first batch of female pilots admitted in Indian air force fighter squadron.
    5. The Venue of the event was Air Force academy in  Hyderabad.
    6. After completion of stage III training the women will get to fly jet planes like Sukhoi and Tejas.
    7. The Stage III training will take place at Bidar, Karnataka.
    8. This landmark shows the rising Women empowerment in men dominated defence sector also.

    International News:-

    World refugee day

    refugee

    Sources:allnewevent.com

    1. 20th June is celebrated as the World Refugee Day every year.
    2. It is celebrated since the UN general Assembly opted a resolution 55/76 on 4th December, 2000.
    3. This year in 2016, theme of the World refugee day is ” We stand together with refugee”
    4. The theme of world refugee day is announced by UNHCR each year.
    5. UNHCR refers to United Nations Refugee Agency.

    International yoga day

    yoga

    Sources:larazonsanluis.com

    Logo of Yoga

    logo

    21st June, 2016 is celebrated as the second International Yoga day.

    1. The International Yoga was celebrated in various parts of India as well as globally.
    2. An International day for yoga was declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014.
    3. On Yoga day, Prime Minister said in his speech that yoga is a health insurance programme in Chandigarh Yoga session.
    4. Theme of the second International Yoga Day is to “connect the Youth”.

    Brexit -(Britain – Exit)

    brexit

    Sources:connectpa.co.uk

    1. The Great Britain consists of three nations – England, Scotland and Wales. Brexit is derived as exit of Britain from European Union.
    2. There was a situation in Britain where people are divided in terms of exit and Remain polls in EU.
    3. On 23rd June, 2016, Britain has decided in a referendum on whether they are going to be part of European Union anymore with help of voting.
    4. The Result of Brexit and EU referendum was announced on 24th June, 2016 as Brexit has won over remain.
    5. This result was quite shocking to the entire world in which 73% votes of exit are from age group of 18-24 year-old.This implies that youth has decided to leave European Union.
    6. The overall leave campaign received 51.9% votes.
    7. Meanwhile, on 24th June, 2016, The British Prime minister David Cameron announced that he will resign as the British Prime Minister by October 2016.
    8. By this decision of leaving EU, Global equity and currency markets were crashed on 24th June, 2016 as Britain voted for exit from EU.
    9. The European Central Bank (ECB) said on 24th June, 2016 that the bank is ready to provide additional liquidity for financial markets, if it is required in the Brexit decision.

    Business News:-

    Raghuram Rajan exit

    raghu

    Source:ndtv.com

    1. Raghuram rajan announced his retirement from the post of RBI governor on June 22.
    2. He was appointed for 3 year term in september 2013 by UPA Govt. which ends on september 4, 2016.
    3. He was supported by former US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
    4. He did his gradutaion (B.tech -Electrical) from IIT Delhi and Postgradution (MBA) from IIM Ahmedabad.
    5. He then pursued his Phd from Massachusetts institute of technology, USA in 1991.
    6. Earlier, Raghuram Rajan was the person who warned US of crisis of 2008.
    7. He made exceptional contribution in the areas such as   internationalisation of indian rupee, reduction of statutory liquidity ratio gradually,providing cash out facility on prepaid instruments, mobile model for fund transfer based on.SMS
    8. Raghuram rajan in his tenure tried to target bad loans to a greater extent.
    9. In his tenure the total currency circulation rose to 85 % from 33% in 2015-16.
    10. The next governor will be appointed before Monsoon session as announced by the government.

    RBI plan for a less-cash economy vision – 2018 in India 

    rbi

    Source: Jagranjosh.com

    1. In order to achieve Vision-2018 which has a objective to build best payment and settlements systems  for a ‘less cash’ Indian economy.
    2. It comprises of 5 pillars or 5Cs- coverage, convergence, cost, confidence and convenience.
    3. This will make sure a robust payment infrastructure.
    4. By implementing this the accessibility, availability,interoperability and security increases for an economy of a country.
    5. The paper based instruments are used to a greater extent and innovative technology is used thus saving trees.

    Sports News:-

    Neil O’Brien – India’s first quizmaster

    neil

    Source:timescontent.com

    1. Neil O’Brien – India’s first quizmaster was passed away in his home at Kolkata on 24th June, 2016.
    2. He was a great educationist too.
    3. His was member of lok sabha.
    4. He was also nominated as anglo-indian in West Bengal for three times.
    5. Neil O’Brien conducted the first Formal quiz in 1967 at calcutta.
    6. He was Managing director(MD) of Oxford university press, India.
    7. He was also the Chairman of the Council of Indian school certificate examinations (CISCE).
    8. He was President- in- chief of All-India- anglo-indian association.

    BCCI appointed Anil Kumble – head coach of Indian cricket team for the 2016-17

    anil

    Source:espncricinfo.com

    1. BCCI appointed Anil Kumble as the head coach of Indian cricket team for the 2016-17.
    2. His Tenure will start from  July 21,2016
    3. The announcement was made in dharamshala by three member Cricket Advisory committee.
    4. His first charge will be the 4 test match series in west indies
    5. Around 57 applications were received by the BCCI for the vacancy of head coach of india.
    6. Kumble is appointed for one year term as the head coach of india.
    7. He has some incredible records in his name like- India’s highest wicket taker in tests, 3rd highest in overall, his best was 10 for 74 against pakistan in 1999 test match.
    8. He has about 18 years of international cricket career .
    9. He is the first indian player to be appointed as full time india coach after kapil dev who resigned in 2000.

    Science And Technology News:-

    Chinese supercomputers

    chinese

    Source:thehindu.com

     

    1. China has developed World’s most powerful computer which has acquired the top slot in the world.
    2. It can make about 93 quadrillion calculations per second.
    3. The name of the supercomputer sunway TaihuLight.
    4. It is developed National Research centre of Parallel computer engineering and technology.
    5. It is entirely designed by China.
    6. Second position is also acquired by  a chinese supercomputer Tianhe-2.
    7. The third position goes to Titan which is US based supercomputer.

    ISRO  launched 20 satellites in a single rocket from Satish Dhawan Space centre at Sriharikota

    isro

    Source: Indianexpress.com

    1. On 22nd June, 2016, ISRO  launched 20 satellites in a single rocket from Satish Dhawan Space centre at Sriharikota.
    2. A record 20 satellites were launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) on June 22,2016 successfully.
    3. The satellite was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota  in Andhra pradesh.
    4. The satellites were launched using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C34.
    5. From the 2nd launch pad the India’s earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2 was also included for observation.

    Arts, Culture And Awards News:-

    Festival of Indian Art and Culture

    arts

    Sources:www.thestar.com.my

    1. The very first festival of Indian Art and Culture to be held in Australia in August 2016.
    2. The festival will takes place in many cities like sydney melbourne, perth,brisbane & canberra.
    3. The festival is based on public-private partnership.
    4. The Partnership includes  Indian Govt., Australia’s federal and state govt and some independent organisations.
    5. The Odissi dance by sujata Mohapatra will be centre of occasion.
    6. Also the Raghu dixit’s rock music with folk flavour will be there.

     

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  • Current Affairs – 13th June, 2016- 18th June, 2016

    Jun 21 • Arts and culture news, Business and financial news, International news, politics News, Science and technology news, Sports • 566 Views

    National News:-

    GST(Goods And Services Tax) Bill

    GST

    1. The Ministry Of Finance on 14th June, 2016 released the draft of the GST(Goods And Services Tax) bill.
    2. Minister of State and Finance Jayant Sinha said that if GST bill would be passed in Monsoon session then government is expecting it to implement from 1st April, 2017.
    3. GST introduced in Lok Sabha as 122nd constitutional amendment bill, 2014. And it was introduced by Arun Jaitley.
    4. GST is single taxation system and the main reason behind imposing this system is to abolish all indirect taxes.
    5. GST is a consumption based levy. It is collected on value-added goods and service at each step of sale purchase in the supply chain.
    6. Government is opting for Dual System GST and this system component will have two components which will be called as – Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) and State Goods and Service Tax (SGST).
    7. CGST includes Excise tax, service tax, custom duty, surcharge tax and cess etc while SGST comprises entertainment tax, VAT, luxury tax, purchase tax, state cess and surcharge and other state taxes.
    8. Center and state have equal legislative powers although centre may impose Integrated Goods and services tax.

    International News:-

    President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Africa

    africa

    1. President Pranab Mukherjee was greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12th June, 2016 as he was going for a six-day visit to Africa to promote trading agreements.
    2. President had a three african countries in his list to visit i.e. Ghana, Ivory Coast and Namibia.
    3. President Pranab Mukherjee and Ghana President John Mahama in Accra signed three bilateral agreements to strengthen co-operation in various units on 13th June, 2016.
    4. On 13th June, 2016 President Pranab Mukherjee was paying the tribute to the first Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah at Kwame Mausoleum in Accra.
    5. Pranab Mukherjee was honoured by Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara with the National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast in Abidjan on 14th June, 2016.
    6. On 16th June, 2016, President Pranab Mukherjee met Namibian President Hage Geingob during reception at the State House in Windhoek, University of Namibia.

    Paris climate Deal

    paris

    1. On 15th June, 2016, French President Francois Hollande gave a confirmation to the UN about Paris climate deal.
    2. Paris agreement is an agreement within United nations framework.
    3. It deals with greenhouse gases and environmental issues.
    4. It was adopted on 12th december 2015 and opened for consent of other countries on 22nd April, 2016(On Earth Day).
    5. Around 177 countries have signed the agreement.
    6. It is an initiative for environment and the primary goal of Paris agreement is to reduce global warming below 2 degree celsius.
    7. This climate agreement is due to come in action in 2020.

    Business News:-

    Microsoft signed a $26.2 billion deal with Linkedin

    microsoft

    1. On 13th June, 2016, Microsoft signed a deal with Linkedin to buy it with a worth of $26..2 billion.
    2. Microsoft  will take possession at $196 per share from linkedin.
    3. The present CEO of linkedin Jeff Weiner will now report to Satya Nadella .
    4. This is the biggest deal for Microsoft in the Satya Nadella’s tenure till now and marked as the largest acquisition in the history.

    Consumer Price Index

    CPI

    source worldreportnow.com

    1. Consumer Price Index rose to 5.76% in May, 2016 from 5.39% in April, 2016
    2. In the past 21 years, this was the highest ever recorded value of CPI.
    3. This was mainly on account of price rise of food and beverages and specifically vegetables and pulses.
    4. For the month of may the retail inflation was 5.47% as per Central statistics office (CSO).The vegetable price inflation for the month of may rose to 10.77%.
    5. In may the inflation rate for pulses increased to 31.57%.
    6. As far as cereal products inflation  is concerned , it increased to 2.59%.

    National Pension Scheme(NPS)

    NPS

    Source: India.gov.in

    1. The Central Government announced on 17th June, 2016 that NRIs are allowed to open online accounts in National Pension Scheme(NPS).
    2. The national pension scheme(NPS) accounts can now be opened through online mode for non -resident Indians (NRIs).
    3. Aadhaar or PAN card is mandatory for NPS scheme.
    4. Now, The Paper -based applications can only be submitted to banks by NRIs.
    5. A subscriber will be able to open an e-NPS account from the comfort of his home.
    6. Only Internet connection will be required and Aadhaar card/PAN card number.
    7. NRIs can open this account on both repatriable and Non-repatriable basis
    8. In repatriable basis,NRIs have to remit  the amount through NRE/FCNR/NRO account.
    9. In Non-repatriable basis NRIs will be able to join NPS through NRE/FCNR/NRO and at the time of maturity, the NPS funds would be deposited only in their NRO accounts.
    10. These issues are regulated by PFRDA (Pension Fund Regulatory and Developed Authority).
    11. Around 29 million NRIs live in over 200 countries.

    Sports News:-

    Cavaliers players cracked 40 points

    cavaliers

            • source-AFP
    1. The Cavaliers players Kyrie Irving and LeBron James became the first teammates who cracked 40 points in the same final match and scored more than any players in NBA final match in 20 years.
    2. The players Kyrie Irving and Lebron James  became the first team-mates to score 41 points NBA Championships. This was for the first time in the history of NBA.
    3. The golden state team cavaliers won the series by 3-2 .
    4. The team mates were banned for one game based on accumulation of class.
    5. The most valuable player was Stephen Curry.

    Ashutosh Pednekar – won the International sports of racketlon tournament

    rackelton

    1. Cdr. Ashutosh Pednekar of Indian Navy became the first Indian to participate and won the International sports of racketlon tournament.
    2. Racketlon tournament refers to the combination of four sports which are played with racket. .
    3. These Sports are Table tennis, badminton, squash and lawn tennis.
    4. The tournament was held at Denmark and Belgium.
    5. Cdr. Ashutosh Pednekar won gold medal in amateur category of racketlon tournament.
    6. He also won  gold  in Veterans (45-plus) category.
    7. The Nordic Racket games was held on may 28-29.
    8. The venue of  Nordic Racket Games was  Vejen, Denmark.

    Arts, Culture And Awards News:-

    Madhura Kulkarni won the global Handbag designer Awards

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    1. Indian fashion design student Madhura Kulkarni of the Birmingham city university in U.K has developed an LED emoji-enabled bag.
    2. Madhura Kulkarni won the global Handbag designer Awards for her innovation
    3. The basic concept of this emoji enabled bag is to initiate verbal conversation between two people with the help of LED emojis.
    4. Madhura is the student of fashion designing at the University’s school of Fashion and Textiles.
    5. Ms. Kulkarni’s design caught international attention in the two-week celebration of creative talent and graduating students festival.

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