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TNPSC
2016 - 2017
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JUNE - 2016

India, which is has emerged as worlds second largest mobile market, is also
the fifth largest producer of e-waste, discarding roughly 18.5 lakh metric tonnes of
electronic waste each year, a joint study by Assocham KPMG says. The telecom
equipment alone accounts for 12% of the e-waste.

Ministry of Power and the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) have launched Indias first integrated web portal (www.nzeb.in) designed
to promote and mainstream Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in India. A first of
its kind, the portal provides complete information about Net Zero Energy Buildings
those that generate as much energy as they use as well as how to achieve near-
zero energy status through the use of efficient lighting and equipment, integration
of renewable energy technologies, and best practice design strategies. In addition,
the portal hosts the NZEB Alliance, an industry-wide body setup to drive the
Indian markets toward highly energy-efficient buildings.
Lakshadweep has become the first Union Territory (UT) to sign 24 x 7 Power
for All document.
Nameri Tiger Reserve (NTR) in Sonitpur district in Assam.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Meghalaya tried his hand
in beating Khasi traditional drum Ka Bom.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande
recently marked the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun. The Verdun
battle was one of the longest in World War I, lasting more than 300 days from
February to December 1916.
The trial of Spanish train Talgo, the lighter and faster vehicle whose speed goes up
to 115 km per hour, was recently conducted between Bareilly and Moradabad in
Uttar Pradesh.
Music maestro A.R. Rahman has been announced as the recipient of Grand
Fukuoka prize 2016 for his outstanding contribution to Asian culture through his
music. He has been chosen for the honour alongside Philippines historian Ameth
R Ocampo (Academic Prize) and Yasmeen Lari from Pakistan (Arts and Culture
Prize) by the secretariat of Fukuoka prize committee. The annual award was
established by Fukuoka City, Japan, in 1990 with an aim to honour the

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outstanding work of individuals, groups and organisations working to preserve and


promote the unique and diverse culture of Asia.
India climbs to 41st slot on competitiveness ranking: India has moved up three
spots from last year to 41 on the IMD World Competitiveness Scoreboard, 2016.
The countrys ranking had fallen to 44 in 2015, from 35 in 2012. Hong Kong
replaced the US as the

SKILL INDIA MISSION


According to government estimates, more than 1.04 Crore Youth have been trained
under the Skill India Mission in the year 2015-16 which is 36.8% higher than the
previous years recorded data.
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), which was launched on July 15,
2015, alone has witnessed more than 20 lakh people, of which 40% are women
candidates, being training in their choice of skills.
A three day 100 Smart Cities India Conference was recently inaugurated by the
Minister of Urban Development Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu in Berlin, Germany.
Work on a China backed nuclear power plant in Karachi will shortly begin.
This move is expected ease power shortages in Pakistans port city. The reactor is
supplied by the state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). Known
as K1, this is one of the 30 nuclear plants that China plans to establish by 2030
along its planned Silk Road. This will be the second nuclear power project in
Pakistan to use Chinas Hualong One technology. CNNC is also promoting this
technology in other countries such as Algeria and Sudan.
Astronomers have produced the most detailed radio map yet of the atmosphere of
Jupiter, unveiling massive movement of ammonia gas under the colourful bands,

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spots and whirling clouds visible to the naked eye. The planes thermal radio
emissions are partially absorbed by ammonia gas.
A team of scientists from Harvard University has created a unique bionic leaf
that uses solar energy to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, and
hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels from CO2. Dubbed bionic leaf
2.0, the new system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent
efficiency a number far higher than the one per cent seen in the fastest growing
plants. While the study shows the system can be used to generate usable fuels, its
potential doesnt end there. In many ways, the new system fulfils the promise of his
artificial leaf which used solar power to split water and make hydrogen fuel.
Scientists used a new cobalt-phosphorous alloy catalyst for this experiment.
Asias first Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme was recently launched by
Union Environment Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar. As part of this programme,
the minister jointly released two Himalayan Griffons into the wild from the Jatayu
Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore. The Himalayan Griffon is closely related to
the critically endangered resident Gyps species of vultures but is not endangered.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently released the National Disaster Management
Plan (NDMP). This is the first ever national plan prepared in the country.
The plan is based on the four priority themes of the Sandai Framework, namely:
understanding disaster risk, improving disaster risk governance, investing in
disaster risk reduction (through structural and non-structural measures) and
disaster preparedness, early warning and building back better in the aftermath of a
disaster.

TIGER EXPRESS
In terms of Budget Announcement 2016-17, Minister of Railways
Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu (on June 05,2016) flagged off the inaugural run of
the Tiger Trail Circuit Train from Delhi Safdarjung Station.
The train with 5 days / 6 nights itinerary will start from Delhi Sufdarjung railway
station and travel via Katani, Jabalpur, Bandhavgadh, Kanha. The semi-luxury
train will take the guests onboard to the world famous Bandhavgarh and Kanha
National Parks in Madhya Pradesh. In trip will also take tourists to Dhuadhar
Waterfall in Bedhaghat near Jabalpur.

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The Kanha National Park is known for the presence of tigers, Swamp Deer,
and the Barasingha. It is also recognized as the source of inspiration for the
famous writer Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel, The Jungle Book.
The Bandhavgarh National Park is known for its biodiversity. The density of
the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The
park has a large breeding poplation of leopards and various species of deer.

AMIR AMANULLAH AWARD


Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has been conferred with Amir Amanullah Khan
Award, Afghanistans highest civilian honour. He was bestowed the honour by
President Ashraf Ghani after the inauguration of the landmark Afghan-India Friendship
Dam in Heart.

India and the US have announced the setting up of two financial assistance
programmes worth $60 million for supporting Indias much-needed clean energy
initiatives including in solar power and other renewable. This includes a creation of
a $20 million US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) initiative, equally
supported by the United States and India.
Pakistan tops the list of countries figuring in the Malware Infection Index
2016 prepared by Microsoft. India is placed at the 8th position. The index
identifies the key malware threats in the region and ranks markets in Asia-Pacific
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according to how much they are affected. The index has also identified the top
three most encountered malware as Gamarue, a malicious computer worm that is
commonly distributed via exploit kits and social engineering; and skeeyah and
Peals which are Trojans that try to look innocent to convince you to install them,
the index reveals, Out of the top five locations across the globe most at risk of
infection, a total of four are from the Asia Pacific Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh
and Nepal, topping the rankings at first, second, fourth and fifth places
respectively.
Assams Guwahati became the first city in the country to have its own city
animal with the district administration declaring the Gangetic river dolphin
as the mascot. It is locally known as Sihu. The district administration had
organised online and offline voting among three protected creatures, which are on
the verge of extinction, to decide the mascot. Along with Gangetic river dolphin, the
other two animals were black softshell turtle (Bor Kaso) and greater adjutant stork
(Hargila).
World Environment Day (WED) was celebrated across the globe on 5th June. The
objective of the event is to raise awareness about the leading issue of the
sustainability of our environment. It was initiated in 1973 by the United Nations
General Assembly and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to address
colossal issues like global warming, deforestation and food shortages among many
others. The Theme for 2016 is Go Wild for Life (ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THE
ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE). Anglo is the host country of this year.
India has been placed at the second position in retail potential in the 2016 Global
Retain Development Index (GRDI). The country was ranked 15 in the previous year.
the report profiled 30 developing countries. It is released by At Kearney, a Chicago-
based consultancy. Indias retail sector has expanded at a compound annual
growth rate of 8.8 per cent between 2013 and 2015, according to the report.

PELINDABA TREATY
India is planning to ask African countries to relax commitment to the
Pelindaba Treaty which controls supply of uranium from key mineral hubs of Africa to
the rest of the world. As part of this, prevented it from ratifying the agreement Namibia is
the fourth largest producer of Uranium.

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The Pelindaba Treaty signed in 1996, also known as the African Nuclear Weapon
Free Zone Treaty, aims at preventing nuclear prolilferation and preventing
strategic minerals of Africa from being exported freely. The treaty was signed in
1996 and came into effect with the 28th ratification on 15 July 2009.

NEW ELEMENTS IN THE PERIODIC TABLE


Names for four new elements, formerly known by their respective atomic numbers
113, 115, 117 and 118, have been proposed by the International Union of Pure and
Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The proposed names are nihonium (Nh), moscovium
(Mc), tennessine (Ts) and organesson (Og). The names are on a five-month probation
before things are made official.

Tennessee is the second US state to be recognized with an element; California was


the first.
Oganesson, symbol Og, for element 118. The name honors Russian physicist Yuri
Oganessian.
Nihonium, symbol Nh, for element 113. The element was discovered in Japan, and
Nihon is one way to say the countrys name in Japanese. Its the first element to
be discovered in an Asian country.
Moscovium has been named after Russias capital Mosow.
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is an international
federation of National Adhering Organizations that represents chemists in
individual countries. It is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU).
The international headquarters of IUPAC is in Zurich, Switzerland.

EXERCISE MALABAR 2016


India, Japan and the United States began the annual exercise Malabar 2016. This
is the 20th edition of Malabar Exercise. The main aim of this exercise is to boost the
interoperability amongst the three navies and develop common understanding of
procedures for Maritime Security Operations.
Malabar 2016 will be conducted with the harbour phase at Sesebo and with the
sea phase in the Pacific Ocean.

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The Malabar exercise began as a joint naval exercise between the United States
and India back in 1992. It has been the subject of concern over the past few years
because of its potential for expansion.
In 2015, Japan participated together with Washington and New Delhi as part
of a longstanding effort to get Tokyo involved as a payment member of the
exercise.

NATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION POLICY (NCAP) 2016


The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) released National Civil Aviation Policy
(NCAP) 2016 on 15 June 2016. The policys mission is to provide safe, secure, affordable
and sustainable air travel for passengers and air transportation of cargo with access to
various parts of India and the world.
Vision of the Policy
To create an eco-system to make flying affordable for the masses.
To enable 30 crore domestic ticketing by 2022 and 50 crore by 2017.
To increase international ticketing 20 crore by 2027
Increase cargo volumes to 10 million tonnes by 2027.

The Union Cabinet has cleared the Civil Aviation Policy in order to boost the
domestic aviation sector and provide passenger-friendly fares. This new policy aims
at providing various benefits to domestic airline passengers. In a boost for domestic
carriers, the government also amended what is called the 5/20 rule, which allowed
only airlines that had operated for five years and had 20 aircraft in their fleets to
fly internationally.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje recently launched two apps. One, a
mobile app RajVayu for sharing information about air quality index of Jaipur,
Jodhpur and Udaipur. Another app Drishti for monitoring of pollution levels in
industrial regions. Both apps were launched on the eve of World Environment Day.
RajVayu is based on the data collected by sophisticated air quality monitoring
equipment and weather sensors. It would share details about the air quality, such
as levels of pollutants likes Particulate Matter, SOx, NOx, CO, Ozone particles with
the city residents and tourists.
Also, temperature, humidity, wind speed, weather forecast and advisories would be
issued through this. Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) is the first

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state Board in the country to have this app for its citizens. This is based on
the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR-India).
Presently, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune are connected with this system.
With its oil demand galloping 8.1% in 2015, India has surpassed Japan to become
the worlds third-largest oil consumer. India is the third-largest consumer
behind the U.S. and China. Also, global demand for primary energy grew only 1%
in 2015, which is significantly slower than the 10-year average. Oil remained the
worlds leading fuel, accounting for 32.9% of global energy consumption and is
gaining market share for the first time since 1999. Coal came in as the second-
largest fuel by market share (29.2%). Natural gas market share of primary energy
consumption stood at 23.8%.
Unprecedented new details of medieval cities hidden under jungle in Cambodia
near Angkor Wat, have been revealed using lasers shedding new light on the
civilisation behind the worlds largest religious complex. Angkor Wat a UNESCO
World Heritage site seen as among the most important in south-east Asia, is
considered one of the ancient wonders of the world. It was constructed from the
early to mid 1100s by King Suryavarman II at the height of the Khmer Empires
political and Military Power and was among the largest preindustrial cities in the
world. While the Khmer Empire was initially Hindu, it increasingly adopted
Buddhism and both religions can be seen on display at the comples.

T.S.R. SUBRAMANIAN COMMITTEE REPORT


[NEW EDUCATION POLICY]
A high-power committee headed by former Cabinet Secretary T.S.R. Subramanian,
tasked with drawing a blueprint for a new national education policy, has recommended
that the law that set up the higher education regulator University Grants Commission
(UGC) be allowed to lapse. The committee recently submitted its report to the Ministry
of Human Resource Development.
An expert Committee headed by Hari Gautam recently had examined
thoroughly the past, present and future role of UGC. The report is under
examination by the Ministry. The report had concluded that the UGC does not have
the adequate number of personnel, of requisite quality, to be an effective regulatory force
in the higher education sector.

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Important recommendations made by the Subramanian Committee:


An Indian Education Service (IES) should be established as an all India service
with officers being on permanent settlement to the state governments but with
the cadre controlling authority vesting with the Human Resource Development (HRD)
ministry.
The outlay on education should be raised to at least 6% of GDP without further
loss of time.
There should be minimum eligibility condition with 50% marks at graduate level
for entry to existing B.Ed courses. Teacher Entrance Tests (TET) should be made
compulsory for recruitment of all teachers. The Centre and states should jointly
lay down norms and standards for TET.
Compulsory licensing or certification for teachers in government and private schools
should be made mandatory, with provision for renewal every 10 years based on
independent external testing.
Pre-school education for children in the age group of 4 to 5 years should be declared
as a right and a programme for it implemented immediately.
The no detention policy must be continued for young children until completion
of class V when the child will be 11 years old. At the upper primary stage, the
system of detention shall be restored subject to the provision of remedial coaching
and at least two extra chances being offered to prove his capability to move to a higher
class.
On-demand board exams should be introduced to offer flexibility and reduce year and
stress of students and parents. A National Level Test open to every student who
has completed class XII from any School Board should be designed.
The mid-day meal (MDM) programme should now be extended to cover students
of secondary schools. This is necessary as levels of malnutrition and anaemia
continue to be high among adolescents.
Top 200 foreign universities should be allowed to open campuses in India and
give the same degree which is acceptable in the home country of the said university.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India is a statutory body set up in
1956, and is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards
of higher education.
After independence, the University Education Commission was set up in 1948
under the Chairmanship of S. Radhakrishnan and it recommended that the UGC be

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reconstituted on the general model of the University Grants Commission of the United
Kingdom.
The UGC was however, formally established in November 1956, by an Act of
Parliament as a statutory body of the Government of India.

USE OF POTASSIUM BROMATE AS FOOD ADDITIVE BANNED


The government has banned the use of potassium bromated as a food additive
following a Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study that found its presence in
bread caused cancer.
PSLV C 34
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) (on June 22, 2016) launched a record
20 satellites in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota,
Andhra Pradesh. With this launch of 20 satellites, ISRO also managed to break its
previous record of placing 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.

SATHYABAMASAT SWAYAM
LAPAN-A3 (Indonesia) BIROS (Germany) M3MSat (Canada)
SkySat Gen2-1 (USA) GHGSat-D (Canada) Dove Satellites (Twelve) [USA]
The 20 satellites including Indias latest earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 was
launched on-board Polar Satellilte Launch Vehicle PSLV C-34. The other 19 satellites
were from the US, Germany, Canada and Indonesia as well as two satellites from
Sathyabama University, Chennai, and the College of Engineering, Pune.

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Indias solar dome project has been nominated for display in the Astana Expo 2017
that will be held in Kazakhstan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced Indias
participation in Expo 2017 Astana during his visit to Kazakhstan. The main Theme of
the Expo is to showcase cutting edge technologies. The subtitle for the Exhibition is
Reducing CO2 emission.
Norwegian Parliament has pledged to make governments public procurement policy
deforestation-free. With this, Norway has become the first country in the world to
prohibit deforestation.
In a first, an instrument onboard an orbiting spacecraft has measured the methane
emissions from a specific leaking facility on Earths surface. The observation by the
Hyperion spectrometer on NASAs Earth Observing 1 (E0-1) is an important
breakthrough in our ability to eventually measure and monitor emissions of this
potent greenhouse gas from space.
At the recently held the two-day Rajasva Gyan Sangam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
has asked senior tax officials to aim for widening the tax net from the present 5.4
crore households to 10 crore households all non-agricultural income households
mainly, by changing their attitudes towards taxpayers. He has given a five-point
charter to tax administrators embodied in the word RAPID. These are: revenue,
accountability, probity, information and digitisation. In India, while nearly 92% of
Indias tax revenue comes from self-assessments, advance tax payments and tax
payments and tax deducted at source, the 42,000 taxmen raise barely 8% through
assessments and scrutiny of returns. PM has also asked the officers to ensure their
behaviour is soft and sober and change their attitude so that the fear of harassment is
erased from the minds of taxpayers.
The government has approved proposal to set up a Central Marine Police Force to
protect sea, coasts, ports and vital institutions along 7,516-km national coastline.
Bengalurus Indian Institute of science (IISc) is among the top 30 Asian Universities in
the 2016 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings. This is the first
time an Indian University has made it to the top 30, with IISc in 27th place.

SWACHHTA MISSION IN 10 WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES, TIGER RESERVES AND


NATIONAL PARKS
Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided to implement Swachhta
Mission in 10 significant Wildlife Sanctuaries, Tiger Reserves and National Parks and
make visitors to use Jute bag.
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Focus: Union Government planned to disallow use of dustbin and plastic bags inside the
reserves and Sanctuaries.

The Ten places recognised for Swachh Bharat Mission

About Swachha Bharat:


Started in October 2, 2014
Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Inspiration: Mahatma Gandhi
Mission: To ahieve the goal of Clean India in next five years so that the 150th birth
anniversary of Mahatma can be celebrated as an accomplishment of this duty in
2019.
Focus: Clean India To make country clean

Impact of Brexit
Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation from his position. (he
stated the new Prime Minister to carry out discussions with the EU and invoke Article
50 of the Lisbon Party).
The pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985 as the markets reacted
to the result for Leave in Sunderland and fell as much as 6.5% against the euro.

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The departure of the blocs second biggest economy would weaken Europes unity and
stability which is already grappling with the Greek financial crisis and a massive
influx of refugees.
It triggered fall in major markets like Japans Nikkei fell by 7.5% whereas Singapores
Strait Times fell by 2.5%. Even the stock markets of China, Taiwan and South Korea
registered a fall between 2-4%.

JULY 2016
BRICS Youth Summit at Guwahati (July) theme: Youth as bridge for Intra
BRICS Exchange

Prashikshak, the teacher Education portal for district Institute of Education and
Training (DIETs) was launched.

Medium Range surface to air Missile (MRSAM) was successfully test fired for the
second time from the Integrated test range off Odisha costal MRSAM is jointly
developed by DRDO and IAI of Israel for the Indian Air Force

Exercise RIMPAC is the largest multilateral naval exercise in the world and is held
biennially in the Western Pacific Ocean; Ex RIMPAC 16 to be held in Hawaii; Ins
Satpura to participate.

California based broadband service and technology company Vis Sat Opens new R
& D Central in Chennai

INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE CELL AND WORD BANK SIGNS


DECLARATION FOR PROMOTING SOLAR ENERGY

In a significant puch for solar power, the World Bank has signed an agreement
with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) launched by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi at the Pairs climate summit last year to mobilize $1 trillion in investments
by 2030. This agreement establishes the World Bank group as a financial partner
for the alliance.

According to president of World Bank, India had become a leader in


implementing for promises made in Pairs for COP21 and the efforts against
global warming.

The World Bank group president also signed an agreement to be the financial
partner for the International Solar Alliance that aims to collaborate on increasing

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solar energy use around the world, with the goal of mobilising $1 trillion in
investments by 2030. The Alliance, consisting of 121 countries, is led by India.

ISA was launched at the UN Climate Change conference in Pairs in 2015 by Modi
and French President Francois Hollande.

India has also launched to tool named IESS 2047 (India Energy Security
Scenarios 2047 calculator) which aims to explore the potential of future energy
scenarios for India.

TOURISM ARRIVALS IN INDIAN STATES

The top ten states in terms of number of domestic tourist visits( In Millions), during
2015, were Tamil Nadu (333.5), Uttar Pradesh (204.9), Andhra Pradesh (121.6),
Karnataka (119.9), Maharashtra (103.4), Telangana(94.5), Madhya Pradesh (78),
West Bengal (70.2), Gujarat (36.3) and Rajasthan (35.2).

The top ten states in Terms of number of FTVs (in millions) during 2015 were
Tamil Nadu (4.68), Maharashtra (4.41), Uttar Pradesh (3.1), Delhi (2.38), West
Bengal (1.49), Rajasthan (1.48), Kerala (0.98), Bihar (0.92), Karnataka (0.64) and
Goa (0.54).

Tourist Arrivals in India during 2015 (Top 5 states)


# Foreign Tourists Domestic Tourists
1 Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
2 Maharashtra Uttar Pradesh
3 Uttar Pradesh Andhra Pradesh
4 Delhi Karnataka
5 West Bengal Maharashtra

Tourist Arrivals in India during 2014 (Top 5 states)


# Foreign Tourists Domestic Tourists
1 Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
2 Maharashtra Uttar Pradesh
3 Uttar Pradesh Andhra Pradesh
4 Delhi Maharashtra
5 Rajasthan Andhra Pradesh

Researchers from Japan have decided to collaborate with the Tamil Nadu
Agricultural University (TNAU) to share technology and information on cultivation

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of the Japanese specific delicacy (Shiitake Mushrooms), which will ultimately be


transferred to Indian farmers and entrepreneurs.

20 hostage killed in Dhaka siege; Indian student among victims; ISIS responsible;
Militarys Operation Thunderbolt comes to an end

Indias first integrated Defence Communication Network (DCN) was launched;


network has been fully designed and developed in India by HCL info systems.

Book Senator Pressler : An Independent Mission to save our democracy by Larry


Pressler.

Mr. Elie Wiesel (Nobel Peace Prize Winner of 1986) passed away; he was an
eloquent witness for the 6 million jews slaughtered in World War II.

A Chinese supercomputer built using domestic chip technology has been declared
the worlds fastest. The Sunway Taihulight takes the top spot from previous record
holder Tianhe 2 (also located in China), and more than triples the latters speed.
The new number one is capable of performing some 93 quadrillion calculations per
second (other wise known as petaflops) and is roughly five times more powerful
than the speediest US system, which is now ranked third world wide. The Tailhu
light is comprised of some 41,000 chips.

Visakhapatnam port has been declared as the second gateway port for Nepal after
Kolkata Haldia. The movement of traffic in transit.

India has retained its ranking as the tenth highest recipient of foreign direct
investment in 2015, receiving $44 billion of investment that year compared to $35
billion in 2014, according to the United Nations. The World Investment Report
2016 released by the United Nations conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD) recently found that India also jumped a place in terms of attractiveness
as a business destination in 2015, to sixth place, with 14% of the respondents
naming it as their destination of choice. Us has occupied the first place.

China has launched its first dark sky reserve for astronomical observation in
the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari, bordering Nepal and India. The reserve covers
an area of 2,500 square kilometre and aims and dark skies globally. Ngari is
among the best sites for astronomical observation on earth, due to its high
altitude and large number of cloudless day throughout the year.

As part of a Swachh Bharat Mission drive, the Union Ministry of Environment


and Forests has decided to do away with garbage bins in 10 prominent wildlife
parks and make visitors take their litter home. This was done because people
dropped litter around garbage bins, inviting animals and thus aggravating the man

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animals conflict. The parks have been compelled the visitors to arrange for jute
bags to collect their trash. The ten wild life parks identified are Jim Corbett
National Park, Coringa Wild life Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh; Gir Wildlife
Sanctuary and National Park in Gujarat; Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh;
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra; Flamingo Sanctuary in
Maharashtra Nagar hole Tiger Reserve in Karnataka; Periyar Tiger Reserve in
Kerala; Sariska Tiger Reverse in Rajasthan; and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil
Nadu.

SECOND ANTI DRUG WORKING GROUP MEETING OF HEADS OF


DRUG CONTROL AGENCIES OF BRICS COUNTRIES

Union Home Minister Mr.Rajnath Singh inaugurated the second anti drug working
group meeting of Heads of Drug control agencies of BRICS countries in New Delhi.
The meeting is being organized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)

In accordance with the e Thekwani Declation adopted during the BRICS summit
in March 2013 at Durban, South Africa, it was decided to explore, beside economic
issues, carious new areas of cooperation among the member states, including drug
related issues. In keeping with the spirit of the eThekwani Declaration, the first
anit drug working group meeting of BRICS countries was organized at Moscow,
Russia in November, 2015.

BRICS :
40% of worlds population
20% of Worlds GDP
Coined by Jim O Neill as BRIC in 2001
South Africa joined the BRICS in 2010 and Changed as BRICS
BRICS (on GDP): China > India >Russia > Brazil >South Africa
BRICS (On Population) : China> India> Brazil>Russia> South Africa
BRICS (On Literacy) : Russia >Brazil> China> South Africa> India
Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico, Bangladesh, Egypt, Argentina, Iran, Nigeria, Syria and
Greece Shown interest in Joining BRICS.
Summits:
I - BRICS 2009 Yekaterinburg, Russia
II BRIC 2010 Brasillia, Brazil
III BRICS 2011 Sanya, China
IV BRICS 2012 New Delhi, India
V- BRICS 2013 Durban, South Africa
VI BRICS 2014 Fortaleza, Brazil (BRICS held a summit with the UNASUR
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VII BRICS 2015 Ufa, Russia (BRICS held a summit with the SCO and the EEU
in UFA)
VIII BRICS 2016 Panaji (Goa), India (to be held)

ADB GIVES $ 100 MILLION TO TAMIL NADU

The government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a $
100 million (Rs.670 crore) loan agreement to strengthen key irrigation and
drainage system and improve water management in the Vennar sub basin of
the Cauvery delta in Tamil Nadu.

The project will run through six rivers in the districts of Thanjavur and
Nagapattinam and involves resectioning of Pandavayar, Velleiyar,
Harichandranadi, Adappar, Valvanar and Vedaranyam Canal and desilting of
riverbeds as well.

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN INDIA

33 Nalanda University Bihar 2016

34 Khangchendzoga National Parik (KNP)** Sikkim 2016

35 Capital Complex Chandigarh 2016

As of May 2011, Manas Wild life Sanctuary in listed as being in danger (Since
1992) Hampi was added to the danger list in 1999, but removed in 2006 following
successful conservation efforts.

** KNP is the first mixed heritage site from India to make it to the list. A mixed
site exhibits qualities of both natural and cultural significance.

(In 2016, for the first time that any country got three sites inscribed in the
World Heritage List at a single session of the committee meeting; held at 40th
session of World Heritage Committee at Istanbul, Turkey)

The 11th edition of the Asia Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM11) was recently
concluded in Ulaanbaatar. The theme of the summit is 20 years.

TRI NETRA
Ministry of Railway, Railway Board has initiated a proposal to install TRI-NETRA
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weather. TRI NETRA stands for Terrain imaging for diesel Rivers Infra- red,
Enhanced Optical & Radar Assisted System.

The finance ministry has set up a committee under former chief economic adviser
Shankar Acharya to examine the desirability and feasibility of having a new
fiscal year. Currently, India follows the April.

Russia has offered India oil companies a stake in the second phase of Yamal
LNG, the biggest project to produce liquefied natural gas in the Arctic. The
Russian firm holds 50.1% stake in the project that comprises development of the
South Tambeyskoye field with proven deposits of 1.3 trillion cubic meters of
natural gas and the construction of natural gas liquefaction plant (LNG) for
producing 16.5 million tonnes of LNG a year by 2017.

India is planning to seek greater market access in the Japanese market for its farm
product such as sesame seeds as well as for its services professionals including
nurse, during the upcoming joint committee meeting. The focus on sesame seeds
is because Japan is the worlds second largest importer of the item (after
China). Following the detection.

The India Armys Strike 1 unit that is based in Mathura recently demonstrated its
capabilities to seamlessly cross river during a training exercise along the Yamuna
on a stretch near the cantonment there. The exercise code named Megh
prahar was undertaken using the formation of its spearhead armoured division
that is based in Hisar, Haryana. It also showcased the variety and versatility of
equipment and the war waging potential of the DOT (department of transport).
Megh Parhar would help in testing the effectiveness of the T- 90 & MBP 2 tanks
of the Army in fighting along river obstacles.

The union Government has started the operation Sankat Mochan to evacuate
Indian citizens stranded in South Sudans capital juba. The operation is being
undertaken by Indian Air Force (IAF).

Indias first e-court has been opened at High court of Judicature at


Hyderabad. Which is the common higher court for the states of Telangana and
Andhra Pradesh. The purpose of e-courts was to ensure speedy justice for the
litigants.

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CENTRAL INJECTS RS.22,915 CR INTO 13B PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS

In a bid to boost credit growth in the economy, the Central has announced a sum
of Rs.22,915 crore for recapitalisation of 13 public sector banks. State bank of
India (SBI) will receive the largest allocation of Rs.7,575 crore. Indian Overseas
Bank and Punjab National Bank are to get Rs.3,191 crore and Rs.2,816 crore
respectively.

In the Union Budget, the Central had allocated a total of Rs.25,000 crore for the
capitalisation of public sector banks in the current financial year 2016-17, in
line with the infusion plans announced under the umbrella scheme
Indradhanush introduced last year. The plan proposes infusions adding up to
Rs.25,000 crore in 2015-2016 as well as in 2016-17, followed by Rs.10,000 crore
each in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Mission Indradhanush aimed to revamp the functioning of public sector banks so


that PSBs can compete with the Private Sector Banks.

The Mission is a brainchild of PJ Nayak Committee.

AUGUST - 2016
INTERESTATE RIVER WATER DISPUTES
Interstate River Water Disputes Act, 1956 (IRWD Act) is an Act of the Parliament of
India enacted under Article 262 of Constitution of India.
River waters use / harnessing is included in states jurisdiction (entry 17 of state
list, Schedule 7 of Indian Constitution). However, union government can make laws
on regulation and development of inter-State rivers and river valleys when
expedient in the public interest (entry 56 of union list, Schedule 7 of Indian
Constitution)

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MAHADAYI RIVER DISPUTE


The Mahadayi water-sharing dispute has the states of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka
vying for water from the Mahadayi river.
Mahadayi, the west-flowing inter-state river in the Western Ghats, takes birth in
Degaon village, Kahnapur taluk, Belagavi district.
The river travels 35 km in Karnataka; 82 km in Goa before joining the Arabian Sea.
The River Mahadayi is called Mandovi in Goa.

SPECIAL CATEGORY STATUS FOR ANDHRA PRADESH


Andhra Pradesh is asking for Special Category Status not Special Status, theres a
big difference between Special Status and Special Category Status.

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Special Status is guaranteed by the Constitution of India through an Act passed by


the two-third majority in both houses of the Parliament (example J & K)
Special Category Status (SCS) is granted by the National Development Council, an
administrative body of the government.
Which States are receiving it right now?
Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Sikkim, Himachal
Pradesh, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Mizoram. (Total 11)

BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS / MAA PROGRAMME


Government has launched National Breastfeeding Promotion Programme MAA
(Mothers Absolute Affection) to ensure adequate awareness is generated among
masses, especially mothers, on the benefits of breastfeeding.
World Breastfeeding Week: August 01 07 2016
The programme will be monitored by UNICFF and other partners. UNICFF has roped in
actor Madhuri Dixit as brand ambassador to promote breastfeeding.
IITs in India

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74TH ANNIVERSARY OF QUIT INDIA MOVEMENT


74th Quit India Movement commemoration is followed throughout the country on
August 8, 2016. It is noted that the Quit India or August Kranthi Movement was
launched at the Bombay Session of All India Congress Committee on August
8, 1942.
Celebrations:
President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee hosted a reception for freedom fighters. At the At
Home reception, the President felicitated freedom fighters across the country at
the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi Unveils Yaad Karo Kurbani on the Quit India
Day. In order to mark the 70 years of Independence and 74 years of Quit India
Movement, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi unveiled the Yaad Karo Kurbani
at Alirajpur, birthplace of freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad in Madhya
Pradesh on August 8.
On making this day, Maharashtra Government launched Quit India II from
Swaraj to Suraj Movement which would emphasize on freedom in literacy, water,
Addition among youth and corruption and also the Chief Minister presented
awards to several prize winners in these celebrations.

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Gaofen 3: It is a new high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging


satellite launched by China recently.
Amitabh Kant Committee: it is a committee set up by the government to look at
easing the policy regime for e-commerce players, including the rules for foreign
direct investment.
Yaad Karo Kurbani: it is a 15-day programme aimed to commemorate 75th
anniversary of the Quit India Movement (QIM) and 70 years of Independence. It was
recently launched by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi at birthplace of freedom
fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad at Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh. The campaign is
aimed at developing a feeling in every person that nation is first and individual is
secondary.
The seventh India-Japan International Conference on Science and Technology:
Future Challenges and Solutions, was recently held in Mysore, Karnataka.
Global Green Award: Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh has received the Luc Hoffman award,
one of the highest international awards in environmental leadership. Dr. Ghosh was
involved in mapping East Kolkata Wetlands and calculating its economic value. He
is the first Indian environmental activist to receive the Luc Hoffman award.
Mission Bhagiratha: PM Modi recently inaugurated a massive 40,000-crore
Telangana state water grid Mission Bhagiratha. It aims to provide safe drinking
water through a pipeline. The objective is to provide 100 liters of clean drinking
water per person in rural households and 150 liters per person in Urban
households.
Tiantong-01: China has successfully launched its first satellite for mobile
telecommunication, Tiantong-01. It is the first satellite of Chinas homemade
satellite mobile telecom system, and a key part of the countrys space information
infrastructure.

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RAILWAY BUDGET TO BE MAERGED WITH GENERAL BUDGET FROM 2017


From the next fiscal, the 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate Rail
Budget is set to come to an end as the Finance Ministry accepted to Railway Minister
Suresh Prabhus proposal for merging it with the General Budget.
Following the recommendation of the 10 member-Ac worth Committee in 1920-21,
headed by British railway economist William Acworth. The Acworth Report led to
reorganization of railways, the railway finances of India were separated from the
general government finances in 1924. A practice which continues in Independent
India to date.
INDIANS ONLINE TO HIT 730 MN BY 2020
As per the report The Future of Internet in India, compiled by Nasscom and
Akamai Technologies, the number of Internet users in India is likely to more the double
to 730 million by 2020. As of December 2015, there were about 330 million Internet
users in the country.
BARC DEVELOPS PORTABLE KIT FOR DETECTION OF CHROMIUM
CONTAMINATION OF WATER
BARC has developed a simple, user friendly, quick and cost effective kit for onsite
determination of Hexavalent Chromium Cr(VI), which meets IS10500 as well as EPA
criterion. It provides the much needed solution to measure the level of Chromium
contamination in drinking water and tap water, lakes, river as well as ground water.

Sachet: The RBI, in line with its efforts to curb illegal and unauthorised pooling of
funds by unscrupulous firms, has launched a website Sachet. The step aims at
helping people get information about legalised entities, who are allowed to collect
public deposits / provide investment management services, entities barred from doing
so, besides receiving on-the-ground information on illegal entities.
The first ever South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Youth
Parliamentarians Conference was held in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Project Alloy: It is a virtual headset unveiled by Intel recently. The head-mounted
display consists of a set of Googles that contain the computing power needed to run
the headset.
XMU-MP-1: It is a drug discovered by Chinese scientists, which can promote repair
and regeneration in the liver, intestines and skin. In the future, the drug may well do
away the need for organ transplant or complex biomaterial and cell therapies.

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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
(ESCAP), in its report, has placed India at 39th position in terms of fixed
broadband adoption among Asia Pacific countries.
Bavar 373 missile defence system: It is domestically built long-range missile
defence system by Iran. The project started when the country was under international
sanctions.
The worlds highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge was recently opened in China.
The bridge connects two mountain cliffs known as the Avatar Mountains in
Zhangjiajie, Hunan provenance.
Scientists have discovered a new species of eel, a snake-like fish, from the northern
Bay of Bengal along the West Bengal coast. The species Gymnothorax indicus is
slender-bodied, about one feet-long and edible. The scientist said that the eel has 194
vertebrae.
GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX 2016
Global Innovation Index (GII) 2016 has been released. It is published by Cornell
University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in
partnership with other organizations and institutions.
GII 2016 Theme: Winning with Global Innovation.

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BRICS WOMEN PARLIAMENTARIANS FORUM / JAIPUR DECLARATION


BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) women parliamentarians
forum on 21 August 2016 passed unanimously the Jaipur Declaration. The declaration
was adopted by them on the concluding day of the BRICS Women Parliamentarians
Forum meet held in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The declaration has emphasized the need to
inform, communicate and educate citizens about developmental schemes. This is second
such meeting (first one was held at Moscow in 2015).

Gujarat: Government is planning to set up Indias first textile university at Surat


with an investment of about Rs. 800 crore.
- Surat, previously known as Suryapur, is a city an former princely state in the
Indian state of Gujarat.
Seventh edition of the Mountain Echoes Literacy Festival 2016 Kicked off in
Thimpu.
- From India, Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ms. Vasundhra Raje participated.
Steeplechase specialist Lalilta Babar, who finished a creditable 10th in the Rio
Olympics, have been chosen for the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbais
(SJAM) Golden Jubilee Annual Awards 2016.

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GST
GST is being introduced in the country after a 13 year long journey since it was
first discussed in the report of the Kelkar Task Force on indirect taxes. A brief
chronology outlining the major milestones on the proposal for introduction of GST in
India is as follows:
In 2003, the Kelkar Task Force on indirect tax had suggested a comprehensive
Goods and Services Tax (GST) based on VAT principle.
Since the proposal involved reform / restructuring of not only indirect taxes levied
by the Centre but also the States, the responsibility of preparing a Design and Road Map
for the implementation of GST was assigned to the Empowered Committee of State
Finance Ministers (EC).
Based on input from Government of India and States, the EC released its First
Discussion Paper on Goods and Services Tax in India in November, 2009.
In order to take the GST related work further, a Joint Working Group consisting of
officers from Central as well as State Government was constituted in September,
2009.
In order to amend the Constitution to enable introduction of GST, the Constitution
(115 Amendment) Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in March 2011. As per the
prescribed procedure, the Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance
of the Parliament for Examination and Report.
Meanwhile, in pursuance of the decision taken in a meeting between the Union
Finance Minister and the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on 8th
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Government of India, State Governments and the Empowered Committee was


constituted.
This Committee did a detailed discussion on GST design including the Constitution
(115th) Amendment Bill and submitted its report in January, 2013. Based on this
Report, the EC recommended certain changes in the Constitution Amendment Bill
in their meeting at Bhubaneswar in January 2013.
The Empowered Committee in the Bhubaneswar meeting also decided to constitute
three committees of officers to discuss and report on various aspects of GST as
follows:
- Committee on Place of Supply Rules and Revenue Neutral Rates;
- Committee on dual control, threshold and exemptions;
- Committee on IGST and GST on imports.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee submitted its Report in August, 2013 to the
Lok Sabha. The recommendations of the Empowered Committee and the
recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee were examined in the
Ministry in consultation with the Legislative Department.
Most of the recommendations made by the Empowered Committee and the
Parliamentary Standing Committee were accepted and the draft Amendment Bill
was suitably revised.
The final draft Constitutional Amendment Bill incorporating the above states
changes were sent to the Empowered Committee for consideration in September
2013.
The EC once again made certain recommendations on the Bill after its meeting in
Shillong in November 2013. Certain recommendations of the Empowered
Committee were incorporated in the draft Constitution (115th Amendment) Bill. The
revised draft was sent for consideration of the Empowered Committee in March,
2014.
The 115th Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2011, for the introduction of GST
introduced in the Lok Sabha in March 2011 lapsed with the Dissolution of the 15th
Lok Sabha.
In June 2014, the draft Constitutional Amendment Bill was sent to the Empowered
Committee after approval of the new Government.
Based on a broad consensus reached with the Empowered Committee on the
contours of the Bill, the Cabinet on 17.12.2014 approved the proposal for

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introduction of a Bill in the Parliament for amending the Constitution of India to


facilitate the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the country. The Bill
was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 19.12.2014, and was passed by the Lok Sabha
on 06.05.2015. it was then referred to the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha, which
submitted its report on 22.07.2015.

SEP-2016
Trilateral meeting held between India, Afghanistan and Iran in New Delhi (on
Chabahar)
TANGEDCO seeks IIT-M's help to develop water disposal project in the proposed
400-MW thermal power plant in RamanathapuramDt
Infosys launches e-commerce platform Skava Commerce
Telugu author and eminent scholar Prof Kolakaluri Enoch was honoured with the
29th Moortidevi Award 2015 for his novel `AnantaJeevanam'
Riyadh Mathew (Director of Malayalam Manorama) is elected as the chairman of
PTI (Press Trust of India)
World's first baby born from new procedure using DNA of three people; born in
Mexico
Union Cabinet has given its approval to ratify the Paris Agreement (on Climate
Change) on Oct 02, 2016
Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for the Varishtha Pension
BimaYojana (VPBY) 2003 (Launched on July 14, 2003) and Varistha Pension
BimaYojana (VPBY) 2014 (launched on Aug 14, 2014)
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Project SAKSHAM, a New
Indirect Tax Network (Systems Integration) of the Central Board of Excise and
Customs (CBEC)
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) celebrated its 12th Formation
Day (on Sep 28, 2016)
Swachh Bharat Mission: Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh have the maximum
percentage of villages that are "Open Defecation Free"
Maharashtra: Uttam Singh (Music Director & Violinist) to be honoured with
LataMangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement
Telangana: Government signed with ISRO to provide digital classes across the state
through its state channel Mana TV.

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Sep 29: World Heart Day


Sep 29: World Maritime Day
NASA spots water plumes erupting on Jupiter's moon (Europa)
Indira Gandhi International Airport (New Delhi) becomes first in Asia-Pacific region
to achieve carbon neutral status
Kerala: Actor Mohanlal to become the goodwill ambassador of Mritasanjeevani
project (Kerala governments donor organ transplant programme)
Omalur Town panchayat in Salem Dt has set an example worthy of emulation by
constructing an toilet block for transgenders at the bus stand in town
Executive Directors of the World Bank agreed unanimously to reappoint Jim Yong
Kim to a second five-year term as President of the World Bank Group, beginning 1
July 2017
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has become only the second Indian table tennis player to
win an ITTF event as he clinched the mens singles title of the Belgium Open
Sep 28: World Rabies Day
CSIR's 75th Foundation Day observed (on Sep 26, 2016)
CSIR's 75th Foundation Day observed (on Sep 26, 2016)
Sep 27: World Tourism Day
China: world's largest radio telescope begins operations- Called as Aperture
Spherical Telescope or FAST- In Guizhou province (Pingtang county)- Diameter:
500m
City of Nagoya in Japan to host 2026 Asian Games
India's VelvanSenthil Kumar won U-19 Asian Junior individual Squash title in
Kuala Lumpur
Sajan Prakash rewrites 200m butterfly record
- National Aquatics Championship 2016 at Ranchi
The Hindu has been awarded the Silver and Bronze awards in the Best Reader
Engagement category of the South Asian Digital Media Awards at the WAN-IFRA
(World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) India 2016 conference in
Kolkata
'Tigers' the first squadron of Indian Air Force, successfully fired the recently
acquired long range 'Beyond Visual Range' Air-to-Air MICA missile on a
manoeuvring target from Mirage-2000 Upgrade aircraft
First BRICS young scientist conclave at Bengaluru

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Two Indian forest officials (RiteshSarothiya of Madhya Pradesh and Sanjay Dutta of
West Bengal) had selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement
Awards which honours individuals engaging in exemplary law enforcement actions
to protect wildlife
2016 Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize)
(1) Syria Civil Defence (The White Helmets)
(2) Egypts Mozn Hassan and Nazra for Feminist Studies
(3) Russias Svetlana Gannushkina
(4) Turkish daily Cumhuriyet
- The jury said all of this years winners upheld fundamental human rights and
values in the face of war and repression.
- The laureates will share the 3.0-million-kronor (350000 dollar) prize
Union Health Ministry to launch "Mission ParivarVikas" in 145 high focus districts
in 7 States for improved family planning services
A special train called "Mosquito Terminator" was pressed into service by the
Northern Railway to spray insecticide on water bodies along the track in Delhi area
to curb mosquito breeding
Gujarat: Three Guinness World Records were created at SamajikAdhikaritaShivir
and Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons in Navsari, Gujarat
- Highest number of Oil lamps lit simultaneously at single location
- Biggest Wheelchair Logo
- Most people fitted with Hearing Aid in 8 hours
President, Mr.Pranab Mukherjee released the book Citizen and Society written by
Vice President Mr.Mohd Hamid Ansari
India to host World Food Summit in New Delhi in March 2017
5 Indian cities have been named among the top 100 destination cities globally:
Global Destination Cities Index
- Mumbai (at 27th), Chennai (at 30th), Delhi (at 48th), Kolkata (at 62nd) and Pune
(at 91st)
- Mumbai and Chennai stand out as fastest growing destination cities globally with
at least 1 million overnight visitors in 2016
Centre names economists (Pami Duma, ChetanGhate and RavindraDholakia) to
monetary policy committee

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Tamil film "Visaranai" is India's official entry to Oscars in "Best Foreign Language
Film" category
Prime Minister's Official Residence (7 Race Course Road) is renamed as "LokKalyan
Marg"
Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to enhancement of Pension for
Freedom Fighters and for the spouses (widows/widowers), eligible daughters and
dependent parents of deceased Freedom Fighters, under the
SwatantrataSainikSamman Pension Scheme (SSSPS), 1980.
NITI Aayog released a 20-point action plan for India to win 50 medals in 2024
Olympics
Union Human Resource Development Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar launched
the "PARAM-ISHAN" supercomputing facility at IIT, Guwahati
- PARAM-ISHAN has power of 250 Teraflops and three hundred tera bites capacity.
Indian Railways launched "YatriMitraSewa" to facilitate access to wheelchairs,
battery operated cars and porter services
Haryana: 22nd District of the State (DadriDt)
West Bengal: Government to confer "BangaBibhushan" to singer LataMangeshkar
Four cities in Tamil Nadu (Madurai, Thanjavur, Salem and Vellore) made it to the
list of tha latest 27 smart cities announced; with this the total number of Smart
Cities from the State to 6
World Leaders adopted the "New York Declaration" at the opening of the United
Nations General Assembly's (UNGA) first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants
Ms.AnandiRamalingam assumed charge as Bharat Electronics Limited's first
woman director
Sep 21: International Peace Loving Day
One - third of total maternal deaths in 2015 happened in India: "Lancet" medical
journal
Indian Railways marked the "SwachhParyavaranDiwas" (Clean Environment Day)
by launching the SwachhtaSaptah (Cleanliness Week)
Punjab : The Ludhiana District Administration has started the Selfie with my
Shauchalya campaign to make the Swachh Bharat Mission successful and
encourage people to use clean toilets
Cricketer ViratKohli is named as the brand ambassador for Punjab National Bank
"Games of Thrones" won 12 Emmy Awards

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17th NAM Summit (Venezuela)


With tougher laws for Surrogacy in India, Cambodia emerges as "Surrogacy Hub"
2016 Paralympics
- India at 43rd position with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medals; China, Great
Britain and Ukraine stands at top three spots
Belgium: A 17-year old boy has been euthanised - first country to do euthanasia
for minors
World Economic Freedom Index
- India at 112th position (slipped by 10 points)
- Top 3 are: Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand
Sep 18: World Water Monitoring Day
Telangana: Centre has rejected clearance to the 4000 MW Super Critical Coal
based YadadriTherman Power Station in Nalgonda
India loses WTO appeal in US Solar dispute
Ms. Nadia Murad, a survivor of the ISIS atrocities, was selected to be the United
Nations Goodwill Ambassador for human trafficking
Five Museums from India among top 25 in Asia (but not listed in the World's list)
(i) Hall of Fame - Leh
(ii) Bagore Ki Haveli - Udaipur
(iii) Victoria Memorial Hall - Kolkata
(iv) Salar Jung Museum - Hyderabad
(v) Jaisalmer War Museum Jaisalmer
2016 Man Booker Prize - "The Sellout" by Paul Beatty
India will be hosting the next Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank
(AfDB) Group at Ahmedabad (May 22 - 26, 2017)
BRICS Smart Cities conclave in Visakhapatnam,Andhra Pradesh (3rd BRICS
Urbanisation Forum)
Sep 16: World Ozone Day
Priyanka Chopra has become the first Indian film star to enter the Forbes list of
highest paid TV actresses in the world, after starring in "Quantico"
Andhra Pradesh: became the second state in the country after Gujarat to achieve
100 per cent electrification of households
Sep 15: National Engineers Day
Sep 15: International Day of Democracy

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Indian born scientist Ramesh Raskar has bagged the prestigious Lemelson-MIT
Prize worth $500,000 for his groundbreaking inventions to create solutions to
improve lives globally
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would be honoured with a humanitarian award by a Jewish
human rights organisation for promoting human dignity, interfaith relations and
tolerance among people
UPSC has referred the report of the Baswan Committee that has suggest changes
in the civil services exam pattern to the government for final decision
Works in the Pathinenkizukannaku ( ) to be translated
into French, German, Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu: Chief Minister, Ms. J.
Jayalalithaa
e-nivaran(electronic resolution) for online redressal of taxpayers grievances
launched by CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes)
Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi Centenary Awards presented to 7 of India's most
respected women artistes
Dial 1924 to register postal complaints
Jammu and Kashmir: Chief Minister Ms.Mehbooba Mufti launched the CM Scooty
Scheme for college girls
Chris Gayle has penned down his life story in an autobiography called Six
Machine
Book "Start Up India" by Ms.Garima Sanjay
"YOLO", "Clicktivism": new words added in the Oxford English Dictionary
IUCN World Conservation Congress held in the Hawaiian capital, Honolulu
- Theme: "Planet at the Crossroads"
RBI said that Dr.Urjit Patel has assumed charge as the Governor of the Central
Bank (on Sep 05, 2016); 24th Governor of RBI
G20 Summit
- @ Hangzhou, China
Madurai ShanmukhavadivuSubbulakshmi (16 September 1916 11 December
2004)

Ramon Magsaysay award (often considered Asia's Nobel Prize) in 1974


Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 1990
Bharat Ratna in 1998

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she rendered his composition MaithreemBhajatha (O World! Cultivate peace) in her


concert at the UN in 1966
PanditDeendayalUpadhyaya (25 September 1916 11 February 1968) was an
Indian philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and political
scientist. He was one of the most important leaders of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh,
the forerunner of the present day BharatiyaJanata Party
DeenDayalUpadhyayaGrameenKaushalyaYojana or DDU-GKY is a Government of
India youth employment scheme launched Sep 25,2014
DeenDayalUpadhyaya Gram JyotiYojana - scheme designed to provide
continuous power supply to rural India. The scheme will replace the existing Rajiv
Gandhi GrameenVidyutikaranYojana (RGGVY)
DeenDayal Antyoday Upchar Yojna is a government of Madhya Pradesh scheme
to provide free health care to poor families(Sep 2004)

OCT 2016
Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi inaugurated the INDOSAN India Sanitation
Conference, which is meant for taking stock of the progress made under the
Swachh Bharat mission.
19 States and the Union Territory of Chandigarh were rewarded with performance
incentive for promoting urban reforms under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and
Urban Transformation (AMRUT) during 2015-16- Tamil Nadu (Rs.61.34 cr) tops the
list that received the maximum incentive
India may consider Iran's plan to develop Chabahar airport
Philippines President, Mr. Rodrigo Duterte said that, he will slaughter 3 million
drug addicts
Google to set up "Cloud Region" in Mumbai
Almost one of every four species of flowering plants found in India is endemic to
the country: BSI (Botanical Survey of India)
Mr. Somesh Chandra of 'RashtradootSaptahik' was elected as President of INS
(Indian Newspaper Society) for 2016-17
Scientists claim to have dsicovered a new species of "Pika", a mammal belonging to
the rabbit and hare family (Lagomorpha), in the Himalayas in Sikkim
Oct 02: International Day of Non - Violence

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Ministry of Information & Broadcasting released a book called In the Footsteps of


Mahatma : Gandhi and Sanitation ( authored by Prof. SudarshanIyangar, a
veteran Gandhian)
Young filmmaker KatyayanSivpuri (Maharashtra) won the first prize at the Swachh
Bharat Short Film Festival for his work "Murga"
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the Chief
Guest of Republic Day Parade 2017
Social activist Ms. MedhaPatkar began her 10 day "NashaMukt Bharat Yatra"
(Addiction free India) from Kanniyakumari urging the implementation of
prohibition across India
Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) became the first full member of the BCCI to
adopt the MoA and Rules and Regulations as recommended by the Supreme Court
appointed Justice Lodha Committee
India's Gaganjeet Bhullar won Korea Open 2016 (Golf)
A U.N. postal administration stamp to honour singer M. S. Subbulakshmi was
released (on Oct 02, 2016)- Carnatic singer SudhaRaghunathan and team
performed at the event; M. S. Subbulakshmi performed at the U. N. in 1966
An Indian NGO, SwayamShikshanPrayog, has bagged a UN Climate award for
2016
Kiara Nirghin, an Indian - origin (South Africa) teen has won a $50000 scholarship,
the grand prize at the annual Google Science Fair for her work using orange peel to
develop a cheaper "super - absorbent material" that helps soil retain water
Indias RTI Act ranked 4th best in the world
Union Government has accepted the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission
on Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) for Central Government employees
which would ensure one minimum promotion for every 10 years till 30 years of
service
India to organise a trade fair for BRICS nations (First BRICS Trade Fair &
Exhibition); Oct 12-14, 2016 in New Delhi
Gujarat: 900-year-old World Heritage Site Rani kiVav beat 10 other iconic heritage
structures across the country to bag an award for the Cleanest Iconic Place at the
Indian Sanitation Conference (INDOSAN) 2016
Jharkhand: becomes the first State to implement Direct Benefit Transfer in
Kerosene

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Telangana: IT Minister Mr. K T Rama Rao (KTR) was awarded with the Global
Champion of Digital Literacy Award by Certiport
Canada: world's tallest wood building has 18 storeys; 174 feet; located at British
Columbia's Brock Commons student residence
Estonia: Ms. KerstiKaljulaid elected as first female President of Estonia
Centre has constituted a four-member Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India
(IBBI) under the Chairmanship of Madhusudan Sahoo
Filmmaker and elephant researcher Ms. PrajnaChowta has been appointed
Chevalier de l'Ordre National de Merite (Knight in the National Order of Merit), one
of the highest civilian recognitions of the French Government
World Space Week: Oct 04 - 10; Theme: "Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future"
India and Singapore signed 3 MoUs
(1) Cooperation in the field of Industrial Property
(2) Cooperation on the establishment of a North East Skills Centre in Guwahati
(3) Cooperation in Skills Development between Singapore's Institute of Technical
Education and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
Haiti: Hurricane Matthew hits the country
SBI becomes first domestic bank to open branch in Yangon
- With this SBI has now 198 branches in 37 countries
An 18-year-old girl AnoyaraKhatun, who was trafficked from the remote islands of
Sundarbans in West Bengal, is an international child rights crusader and has been
invited twice to speak at the United Nations
Ms. NayanjotLahiri has been awarded the 2016 John F. Richards Prize for her
book "Ashoka in Ancient India"
Union Cabinet has given its approval to M/s. HLL Lifecare Ltd., a Mini Ratna PSU
under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to sub- lease 330.10 acres of land at.
Chengalpattu, located in the outskirts of Chennai, to setup a medical devices
manufacturing park (Medipark) through a special purpose Vehicle
Social networking site Facebook is collaborating with the Election Commission of
India in five states (Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand) going
to polls next year to run a voter registration drive aimed at encouraging youth to
participate in the democratic exercise

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National Book Trust (NBT) - an autonomous institution under the Ministry of


Human Resources Development is launching a new scheme titled
"MahilaLekhakProtahanYojana"; to promote women writers
Maharashtra: Chief Minister Mr. DevendraFadnavis declared Nagpur as the first
digital district of India in Mumbai - All 776 gram panchayats in Nagpur district
have been digitally transformed.- 29,000 gram panchayats across Maharashtra
would be digitally transformed by December 2018.
France: becomes the first country in the world to ban plastic cups and plastic
plates (will come into effective from 2020)
Typhoon Chaba: South Korea; Hurricane Matthew: Haiti and Cuba
Mr. Sushil Chandra, IRS is appointed as Chairperson of CBDT (Central Board of
Direct Taxes)
First BRICS U - 17 football tournament was inaugurated in Goa
President presented the Sustainable Development Leadership Award to Mr. Pawan
Kumar Chamling (Chief Minister of Sikkim)
250 markets connected to e - NAM platform; Union Agriculture Ministry launched
e - NAM Mobile App
India to host AMCDRR (Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction)
in New Delhi on Nov 03 - 05, 2016
BJP's Mr. L. Ganesan elected to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh
Indian mountaineer Arjun Vajpai scales world's sixth highest mountain Cho Oyu
Indias first diamond mineral block auctioned in Madhya Pradesh (Hatupur
Diamond mineral block)
All the 193 lighthouses in the country to be solarized by Dec 2016
Forex reserves touch record high of $372 billion
India's AakankshaHagawane won the girls under-16 title in the World Youth
Chess Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Indian Air Force Day (Oct 08)- The Indian Air Force was established in British
India as an auxiliary air force of the Royal Air Force with the enactment of the
Indian Air Force Act 1932 on 8 October that year
Operation Ginger: conducted by India across the LoC after a Pakistani attack on a
remote Army Post in Gugaldhar Ridge in Kupwara, Jammau& Kashmir
All States except Tamil Nadu will implement the Pradhan MantriKhanij Kshetra
Kalyan Yojana by end of this month

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Telangana: government organised the Guinness Record entrants traditional state


festival of Bathukamma on a grand scale at the Lal Bahadur stadium in
Hyderabad - Bathukamma is floral festival celebrated by the Hindu women of
Telangana
South Africa: African Continent's first solar - powered airport at South Africa's
George Airport; 2000 solar panels produce up to 750 kW every day
Researcher from Pune's IISER has successfully produced a stable, high - efficiency,
all inorganic "pervockite" nano crystal solar cells.
Ministry of Earth Sciences has established a high altitude research station in
Himalaya called HIMANSH (literally meaning, a slice of ice), situated above 13,500
ft (> 4000 m) at a remote region in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force on November 4, as enough
countries have signed onto the landmark accord to bring it to the emissions
threshold that will trigger its implementation: UN Chief, Mr. Ban Ki Moon
India's first Centre for International Arbitration was inaugurated in Mumbai
Oct 11: International Day of Girl Child
Ms. Anita Kaul IAS (retd) passed away; she was one of the principal architects of
the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009
First World Tsunami Awareness Day will be celebrated on November 5, 2016 - To
commemorate the occasion, an event will be organised with Disaster Risk
Reduction (DRR) Champions at the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk
Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 - AMCDRR 2016 will be held in New Delhi by
Government of India in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster
Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
China appointed former NBA player Yao Ming was appointed as the Chinese
Ambassador to Chinas Mars mission by 2020
Aditi Ashok becomes first female Indian golfer to record 3 consecutive top 10
European Tour finishes
India ranked 97th out of 118 countries on the International Food Policy Research
Institutes (IFPRI) Global Hunger Index (GHI) in 2016 - India is placed at "serious"
category - Central African Republic, Chad, and Zambia fared the worst
Book "The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad" by Twinkle Khanna

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UN General Assembly formally appointed Mr. Antonio Guterres as the new


Secretary - General of the United Nations - He will be appointed for a five year term
starting from Jan 01, 2017
Hofer, a 21 month old Belgian Shepherd Malinois is to be used inside the
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve to sniff out poachers and smugglers involved in the
trafficking of wild animal parts and to crack criminal cases related to wildlife
104th Indian Science Congress to be held at Sri Venkateswara Univerity, Tirupati
(Jan 03 - 07, 2016)
Second Unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (1000 MWe) was dedicated to the
nation (on Sep 15, 2016) jointly by Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin and
Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi
Seven member committee headed by Prof K. S. Valdiya on mythological River
Saraswati has submitted the report to the Ministry of Water Resources
- Report said that, they have found evidence of the course of the River mentioned
in the Rigveda and Hindu mythology
8th BRICS Summit 2016 - Venue: Benaulim, Goa (Oct 15-16, 2016) - Theme:
"Building, Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions"
4th BIMSTEC Summit 2016 - Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical
and Economic Cooperation - Venue: Benaulim, Goa - 7 countries: Bangladesh,
India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal
17th India - Russia annual summit - Held at Benaulim, Goa - India and Russia
signed 16 agreements - Year 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries
Oct 15: Former President, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam's birthday - Celebrated as
"Youth Inspiration Day" in Tamil Nadu
Oct 15: International Day of Rural Women - Theme: "Climate is changing. Food
and Agriculture must too"
Short story writer Vannadasan (pseudonym: Kalyanji) has been selected for this
year's Vishnupuram Literary Award
The prestigious V Krishnamurthy Award for Excellence was presented to eminent
scientist and former Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial
Research, RA Mashelkar
Conference of the United Nations on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development
Habitat III at Quito

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Nearly 60 years after she organisedd the BSI, bottanists and scientists from
different disciplines are celebrating the contribution of E. K. Janaki Ammal, the
pioneer whose contribution to the Indian Botanical research remains monstly
unknnown outside academic circles
The first ever Global Conference on Voter Education titled Voter Education for
Inclusive, Informed and Ethical Participation is being organized by the Election
Commission of India in association with UNDP from Oct 19 - 21, 2016 in New
Delhi
Hinduja Group's flagship company Ashok Leyland unveiled its "Circuit" series -
comprising the first 100% electric bus made in India International Cricket Council
(ICC) has decided to organise the first ever ICC Womens World T20 event in 2020
(to be held in Australia) Usain Bolt confirms retirement after 2017 world
championships in London
Eminent writer C Radhakrishnan was selected for the Mathrubhumi Literary
Award 2016 in recognition of his contribution to the field of literature
Scientists at New Delhi's NPL (National Physics Laboratory) have developed a novel
way of producing electricity from water at room temperature without using any
power or chemicals
Prime Minister, Mr.Narendra Modi launched the National SC/ST hub, and the Zero
Defect, Zero Effect (ZED) scheme for MSMEs at Ludhiana in Punjab
- He also presented National Awards to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
(MSMEs).
- He distributed 500 traditional wooden charkhas (spinning wheels) among
women.
Mr. Virendra Kumar Malhotra is the new Chief of ICSSR (Indian Council of Social
Science Research)
Odisha: has decided to roll out biometrics authentication for receiving food grains
for beneficiaries of National Food Security Act (NFSA) from January 2017
The Maharajas Express, the worlds most luxurious train owned and operated by
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), received the 2016
Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards at Marbella in Spain
According to data provided by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS),
under the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
the month of September 2016 was the hottest September on record.

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Bengaluru FC becomes the 1st Indian club to reach the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) Cup final
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is all set to declare the
Kashmiri Red Stag, also known as Hangul, a Critically Endangered species
Book "Driven: The Virat Kohli Story" authored by Vijay Lokapally Indian Railways
has declared the Okha-Kanalus (141 Kms) and Porbandar-Wansjaliya (34 Kms)
sections of Gujarat in Western Railway as the Green Train Corridors (installation of
bio-toilets in all coaches) 114-km stretch in Tamil Nadu between Rameswaram
and Manamadurai had been identified as a Human Waste Discharge Free Train
Corridor and was formally inaugurated as the first green corridor in July this year.
Kochi (Kerala) becomes the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the
venues for hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup
Indian woman wrestler Geeta Phogat was appointed as a Deputy Superintendent of
Police (DSP) in Haryana Police by Haryana Government
The Indian Boxing Council, a licensing body for the countrys professional boxers,
has been inducted into the World Boxing Organisation with voting rights in the
WBOs annual convention at Puerto Rico.
Qualcomm announces the worlds first 5G Modem, called the Snapdragon X50
Indian Coast Guard Ships Aryaman and Atulya, the eighteenth and nineteenth in
the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by Cochin
Shipyard Limited, were commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard
- Aryaman literally meaning Possessor of Greatness will be based at Kochi under
the administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West)
- Atulya literally meaning Unrivalled will be based at Visakhapatnam under the
administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).
Karnataka: Almatti Dam, one of the largest reservoirs in Karnataka, was chosen for
the World Bank's Award of Excellence for best utilisation of funds for renovation to
enhance the strength of the dam
Book "The Sleepwalker's Dream" authored by Dhrubajyoti Borah
Book "All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin" by Arkady
Ostrovsky
Book "The Adivasi Will Not Dance" by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
A protein enriched rice variety has been developed by the Indira Gandhi
Agricultural University in Raipur to tackle malnutrition

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Gujarat: Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi inaugurates countrys second green
airport in Vadodara (first is at Kochi)
Maharashtra: 19th World Congress on Peace Education for Good Governance and
Non-Violence in Nashik
100 years of Trans Siberian Railway
Russia has chosen a goggled wolf as mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
India retained its World Cup Kabaddi (standard style) title by defeating Iran in the
final
The first woman to conquer Mount Everest, Junko Tabei of Japan, dies at 77
Oct 24: UN Day - Theme: "Freedom First"
Oct 24: World Polio Day
India bids goodbye to INS Viraat (on Oct 23, 2016); it is the Worlds oldest aircraft
carrier; likely to be decommissioned by Nov / Dec 2016; INS Viraat was
commissioned into the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987 North Korea's women's U-17
team won the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup by defeating Japan
Grandmaster and Commonwealth champion Abhijeet Gupta created history at the
Hoogeveen International chess tournament by becoming the first player ever to win
the title twice in a row in the FIDE Open that concluded at the Dutch hamlet
Rajasthan: under the banner of "Sajha Abhiyan" of the government, UNFPA and
UNICEF joined to end child marriages in the stated
Telangana: 10th World Stroke Congress
Ease of Doing Business Report 2017 - Released by World Bank - India at 131st
position out of 189 countries (in 2016 it was at 130th) - (1) New Zealand (2)
Singapore (3) Denmark
# FIFA announced that U-17 world cup will be held in India across six cities
(Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata) from Oct 06-28,
2017
Portugals Renato Sanches was awarded the 2016 European Golden Boy award.
India's G. Balakrishna won the Mr Asia title at the 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding
championships in the Philippines
One-man Justice L Narasimha Reddy committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP)
submitted its report to the Ministry of Defence
First Happiness Junction of India was inaugurated in Bihars Sonepur railway
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books and several entertainment tools for waiting passengers.Besides with TV,
journals and a kids zone are also will available
23rd Rehabilitation International World Congress - @ Edinburgh, Scotland -
Theme: "Create a More Inclusive World"
Dr M S Gosavi Excellence Award to scientist Anil Kakodkar
Paul Beatty's novel "The Sellout" won the Man Booker Prize 2016
- With this, he becomes the first person from USA to win the Man Booker Prize
National Ayurveda Day to be celebrated throughout the country on Oct 28, 2016
- Ministry of AYUSH is also going to launch Mission Madhumeha through
Ayurveda on the occasion. - Government of India has decided to celebrate
National Ayurveda Day every year on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti
Global Gender Gap Report 2016 - Released by WEF (World Economic Forum) - 144
countries surveyed - Iceland tops the survey - India at 84th position (last year it
was at 105th)
Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar named as the Stroke Ambassador for India at
the World Stroke Congress in Hyderabad
Miss International 2016 - 56th beauty pageant - Held at Tokyo, Japan - Winner:
Kylie Verzosa (The Philippines) - From India, Ms. Rewtai Chetri participated
Government has reconstituted the Inter State Council (ISC) and the Standing
Committee of the Inter State Council under Clause 2 of the Inter State Council
order,1990.
- Chairman: Prime Minister - Members: (i) Chief Ministers of all States
(ii) Chief Ministers of Union Territories having a Legislative Assembly and
Administrators of Union Territories not having Legislative Assembly
Goa: State's first woman Chief Minister, Ms. Shashikala Kakodkar passed away
Goa: Government to launch "Pedibus" to attract tourists - Pedibus is a popular in
leading tourism destinations in Europe and North America
- Its seating configuration is similar to that of a dinner table and music is played in
the vehicle
Oct 31: World Cities Day
Oct 31: National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (Mr. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Birthday)

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Cyclones
Bangladesh Chapala
India Megh
Maldives Roanu
Mayanmar Kyant
Oman Nada
Pakistan Vardah
Sri Lanka Maarutha
Thailand Mora

NOV 2016

PUSA Arhar -16: a new variety of pulses by CSIR


India and Palestine signed MoU for setting up of Techno Park in Ramallah
Ease of Doing Business- Andhra Pradesh and Telangana top the chart- Gujarat @
3rd and Maharashtra @ 10th
NITI Aayog launched the first ever Agricultural Marketing & Farm Friendly Reforms
Index: Maharashtra ranks first
Nepal has successfully drained part of giant glacial lake (Imja Tsho) near Mt.
Everest, averting risk of a disastrous flood that could have threatened thousands of
lives
- Imja Tsho, located at an altitude of 16, 437 feet, is the fastest growing glacial lake
in the world
60 years of Tamil Nadu; Tamil Nadu was formed on Nov 01, 1956
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam to be presented Centenary Award for Indian Film
Personality of the Year 2016
Ministry of Railways has appointed Padma Bhushan Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak
founder of Sulabh International as a Brand Ambassador for Swachh Rail Mission
of Indian Railway
Israel President, Mr. Reuven Rivlin to visit India
Pune based IISER developed a compound called "gelator", to recover marine oil
spills
Spain: Mr. Mariano Rajoy (People's Party) re-elected as Prime Minister of Spain
GST will be levied at multiple rates (5%, 12%, 18% and 28%)

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Ms. Kristalina Georgieva (Bulgaira) appointed as CEO of IBRD & IDA of World
Bank
Dubai International Film Festival to honour actress Rekha with a Lifetime
Achievement Award
Waterless chrome tanning technology- Developed by CSIR
- A first of its kind technology to reduce chromium pollution load.
NASA builds telescope (James Webb) 100 times more powerful than Hubble
Kolkata-born Sarabjit Singh Marwah becomes Canadas first Sikh Senator
Maharashtra: become First sate to launch Cyber Police Stations in each Districts
Nov 05: First World Tsunami Awareness Day
India's state level Energy Efficiency Implementation Readiness - Released by World
Bank- (1) Andhra Pradesh (2) Karnataka (3) Maharashtra
Book An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India authored by Dr. Shashi
Tharoor was released by Vice President Mr. Mohd Hamid Ansari
A two member technical team of IUCN deputed by UNESCO visited Bhitarkanika
National Park in Odisha
- Visit is to perform field assessment of the unique mangrove ecosystem of the park
Indian lawyer Aniruddha Rajput has won a seat in the hotly-contested United
Nations (UN) General Assembly elections for membership its top body of legal
experts, garnering the highest number of votes in the Asia-Pacific group
[A practicising lawyer of Indias Supreme Court, Rajput is also the first Indian
nominee chosen from outside a close circle of lawyers of the Ministry of External
Affairs]
First-ever International Agrobiodiversity Congress to be held in New Delhi
AMCDRR Film Awards: - - 'I Play, I Learn and I am Safe', Live & Learn's entry from
Vietnam, won the prize - Ms. Meghna Chawla received the prize for the film 'The
Catalysts of Change Adapting to Changing Weather in Ladakh (India)' under the
category 'Adapting to Climate Change'
Actor Ranveer Singh was named the first Indian ambassador for promoting 2017
Switzerland Tourisms campaign- "Nature wants you back"
Odisha: India's first and only titanium project begins its test production;
established by Saraf Group in Ganjam district [The titanium plant will be ready for
inauguration in the next few months and is expected to generate 36,000 tonne of
titanium slag and 20,000 tonne of pig iron per year.]

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Puducherry: Election Commission of India conducts pilot of Electronic Transmitted


Postal Ballot for service voters in Nellithope Assembly Bye Election
Japan: successfully launched next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite
"Himawari-9"
Nov 06: International Day for Preventing Exploitation of Environment in War and
Armed Conflict
Indian-origin researcher Shamik Chowdhury won the German Green Talent award
IIT - Kharagpur researchers have developed a browser extension "Stop Clickbait"
that can detect and block clickbaits
India will host a special side event during the UN Climate Change Conference at
Marrakech, Morocco on the 12 Himalayan States that face the impact of a
changing climate
Indian Railways is planning to introduce the 160 kmph on way to Delhi from
Mumbai and Howrah (Mission Raftar)
Jammu & Kashmir: Indian army launched "Operation School Chalo" in South
Kashmir; after Operation Calm Down now this is second operation by Army
Latvia: becomes first Baltic Sea country to link with Chinas OBOR (One Belt One
Road)
After River Sararswati, now researchers from IIT - Kharagpur have found evidence
of another "lost" River- River Chandrabhaga flowed in Odisha
Germany: World's first zero-emissions hydrogen train (called as "Coradia iLint"),
unveiled in Germany
BJP Vice President Avinash Rai Khanna is appointed as a member of National
Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
For the first time in the Country, an LNG fuelled bus has been launched (on Nov
08, 2016) in Kerala
Andhra Pradesh: If things move swiftly, the country's first Coastal Economic Zone
(CEZ) will come up in Andhra Pradesh; Visakhapatnam, Machilipatnam,
Donakonda, Krishnapatnam or Srikalahasti-Yerpedu are among the places that the
state government is scouting for to locate the zone.
Competition Commission of India (CCI) would host the 2018 ICN (International
Competition Network) Annual Conference in New Delhi (March - April 2018)
Book "The Last Queen of Kashmir" by Rakesh K. Paul
Amitav Ghosh to be honored with Tata Literature Live Lifetime Achievement Award

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Maharashtra: government launched CHIRAG (Child Helpline for Information on


Rights and Address Grievances) mobile application to facilitate submission of
complaints of violation of child rights
Meng Hongwei (China) is elected as President of Interpol
Professor Raj Bisaria to get Madhya Pradesh governments Kalidas Samman Award
2015-16
Nov 11: National Education Day
Chhattisgarh: government launched "Lakshya Bhagirathi" campaign to complete
the irrigation projects
Kumbakonam based City Union Bank has introduced a robot on pilot basis to
improve customer service. The robot is named CUB-LAKSHMI. The robot has been
introduced in T Nagar branch of Chennai.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has been made brand ambassador for
thesecond T20 World Cup for the Blind in a offer to create awarness about the
tournament
Marta Jakimowicz selected for Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 by Lalithakala
Academy
Guy Ryder re-elected as Director-General of International Labour Organization
United Nations in a statement said that the tennis star Maria Sharapova will once
again be its goodwill ambassador. She will be re-appointed as UN Goodwill
ambassador after her doping ban expires in April 2017 and she returns to
international tennis competition.
India, Myanmar, Thailand Friendship Motor Car Rally flagged off from Delhi
Sharbat Gula (Afghan Girl) whose iconic photograph was taken in 1984 became the
face of war in Afghanistan
Chhattisgarh: become the first state in the country to conduct e-auction of minor
mineral
Tennis Player Roger Federer has won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for
the 12th time in his career
Eight-year-old Kashmiri girl, Tajamul Islam, created history by winning a Gold
Medal for India in The World Kick Boxing Championship of Under- Eight Players
Nov 14: World Diabetes Day

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Anvita Prashant Telang, 11 year old girl from Pune has been named as the national
winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest for her Doodle submission on the theme
titled "If I could teach anyone anything, it would be".
Madras High Court appointed a committee (headed by Just K N Basha) to fix
omnibus fares
Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a 500 million
US dollar loan to build a 9.8 km long road bridge across the Ganges River. This will
be Indias longest river bridge
United Nations declared 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for
Development
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), launched a revamped version of its
Toll-free helpline number: 1947, to help residents get quick access to information
about Aadhaar
DRDO (on NOv 16, 2016) successfully carried out the maiden flight of TAPAS 201
(RUSTOM II), a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV from Aeronautical
Test Range (ATR), Chitradurga, 250 km from Bangalore which is a newly developed
flight test range for the testing of UAVs and manned aircraft
Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram has been termed as the countrys breast cancer
capital the Kerala Chapter of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA)
Conference
Nov 17: World Philosophy Day
In a first, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed a team of 135 women
commandos in anti-Naxal operations in Jharkhand.
The framework agreement of International Solar Alliance (ISA) was opened for
signatures at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at Marrakech, in Morocco
Haryana sprinter Dharambir Singh has been slapped with an eight year ban by the
NADA
Great Valley found in Mercury
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is on the verge of becoming the oldest woman in
space
Third indigenously designed Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer INS Chennai
will be commissioned into the Navy on Nov 21; INS Chennai was built by the
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd

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Debbie Hockley first Woman to be elected president of New Zealand Cricket Board
Nov 19: National Integration Day
Nov 19: World Toilet Day
Nov 19: International Mens Day
Noted flutist Pandit Hari Prasad Chourasia was awarded the 2016 Sumitra Charat
Ram Award for lifetime achievement in the field of Indian classical music
3rd World Internet Conference 2016 was concluded in Wuzhen
Genetic Garden of naturally occurring Salt-Tolerant Plants called halophytes was
inaugurated at Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu; Garden set up by the M S
Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF); Halophytes tolerate salinity and
could grow in saline affected regions also.
Iran has surpassed Saudi Arabia to become Indias top crude oil supplier
Worlds first heart transplant doctor Denton Cooley passes away
Book Feroze, the forgotten Gandhi by Bertil Falk
Indias P. V. Sindhu won the China Super Series Premier 2016 title by defeating
Chinas Sun Yu in the final- It is P. V. Sindhus maiden Super Series Premier title
Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, one of the three Bangladeshi hostages killed in the terrorist
attack on the Holey Cafe in Dhakas Gulshan diplomatic zone on July 01, 2016
was awarded the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice
2016; award was also given to Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (UAE
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation)
47th IFFI, Panaji (Goa)
Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar was honoured with Dr Nagendra Singh
International Peace Award for his efforts in ensuring world peace
14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017- Venue: Bengaluru
- Chief Guest: Mr. Antonio Costa (Prime Minister of Portugal)
Income-tax (I-T) department has signed a contract with L&T Infotech Ltd to launch
Project Insight in May 2017 from May 2017
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand and USAs Prof. George Cardona
receive World Sanskrit Awards in Delhi
Bangladesh: refused to accept more Rohingya refugees following a military
crackdown in the Rakhine State of Myanmar; Bangladesh share 168 km border
with Myanmar

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Bengali film Shankhachill (meaning Boundless), an Indo-Bangladesh co-


production, directed by veteran Director Goutam Ghose, is based on a true story
unravelling the stories of partition at the Indo-Bangladesh border areas.
Senior journalist Akshaya Mukul won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2016 for
his book "Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India"
Captain Radhika Menon was bestowed with the 2016 International Maritime
Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea at IMO Headquarters in
London, United Kingdom
Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Nasim Zaidi launched online registration for
Indian Coast Guard , Tatrakshak Online Voters Enrolment System TROVES
Himachal Pradesh: Palampur Assembly Constituency in Kangra district of
Himachal Pradesh has adopted E-Vidhan system and became the first e-assembly
constituency of the country which, making the House Business paperless. E-
vidhan system would be introduced in other 67 constituencies of the state in next
six months.
Airtel Payments Bank Ltd (Airtel Bank), a subsidiary of the countrys largest
telecom operator Bharti Airtel, started its first pilot banking services in Rajasthan
Malini Subramaniam, an Indian journalist (reporter of the news website Scroll) has
been conferred with the International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to
Protect Journalists(CPJ) for her reporting from the Naxal-hit Bastar area, in
Chhattisgarh.
250 year old Madame Tussauds is all set to open its first branch in India in New
Delhi by mid 2017
Turkey: will chair the Energy Club of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
(SCO) in 2017.
- With this, it became the first non full member country to be the chairman of a
club in the organisation
World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) 2016 held in
Botswana, South Africa by UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Former Singapore Foreign Minister and Chancellor of Nalanda University, Mr.
George Yeo resigned, citing the Centre had superseded the Universitys Governing
Board without taking him into confidence
Andhra Pradesh: 20th National eGovernance Conference will be held in
Visakhapatnam on January 9-10, 2017

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Mariamma Koshy (Kerala) was named as the new Hockey India President
Nov 26: Constitution Day
Nov 26: National Milk Day
Former IAS officer Ms. Upma Chowdhary was appointed as the Director of Lal
Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie; She
would be the 23rd director and first woman director of the prestigious academy,
imparting training to officers of civil services.
Rajasthan: Government to launch Annapurna rasoi programme to provide cheap
food to weaker sections
Cuba: Revolutionary leader, Mr. Fidel Datro passed away at the age of 90 years
- The former Cuban President and leader of the Communist revolution ruled Cuba
as a one-party state for almost half a century before handing over the powers to his
brother Raul in 2008.
Book "Death Under The Deodars" by Ruskin Bond
USA: NASA will work with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency Mars
Hope spacecraft which will reach the Mars in 2021 under an umbrella agreement
[The Hope spacecraft will travel more than 60 million km in its nine-month
journey, coinciding with the UAEs 50th anniversary in 2021.]
Argentina clinched a first Davis Cup title by defeating Croatia
Hindi film "Pink" has been invited by the Assistant Secretary-General of the United
Nations for a special screening at its headquarters in New York, USA.
Australia: former law firm receptionist Susan Kiefel is appointed as Australias first
woman Chief Justice of Australia by Prime Minister Mr. Malcolm Turnbull. She will
replace Justice Robert French

DEC 2016
UK scientists gave green signal to the use of three-parent baby fertility
treatments, thus becoming the first in the world to officially introduce the
procedures.
Dec 03: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Union Water Ministry has announced that birth day of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (April
14) will be celebrated as Water Day.
Justice JS Khehar to be 44th Chief Justice of India
- Justice Khehar will be sworn-in as the Chief Justice of India on Jan 04, 2017.

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Maharashtra: Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), located in north Mumbai and
southern Thane, declared an Eco-Sensitive Zone
Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal have been chosen for the 2016
Asian of the Year by Straits Times of Singapore
Indian e-commerce website Paytm launched its toll-free number 180018001234 to
enable transaction through mobile phones without an internet connection [CEO of
Paytm: Vijay Shekhar Sharma]
Dec 10: World Human Rights Day
President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee to flag off a 100 Million for 100 Million
Campaign organized by the Kailash Satyarthi Childrens Foundation in which
about 5000 children will participate
Canada: Civil rights activist Ms. Viola Desmond has emerged as the first Canadian
Woman to be featured on the nations $ 10 Currency note
17th Sri Shanmukhananda National Eminence Award
- Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod)
- Rahul Deshpande (Hindustani vocal)
- K. Gayatri (Carnatic vocal)
- Sandeep Narayan (Carnatic vocal
Switzerland: Worlds longest rail tunnel, Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT), began
operating on regular basis in Switzerland (on December 11, 2016), to provide
service to the passengers
Book titled Dipa Karmakar: The Small Wonder written by Vimal Mohan, Digvijay
Singh Deo and her coach Bishweshwar Nandi (to be released on Aug 2017)
Laysan albatross (known as wisdom) - a bird thought to be at least 66 years old - is
incubating an egg once again, ptting her on track to become the oldest breeding
wild bird in the world
PV Sindhu awarded with Badminton World Federation (BWF) Most Improved Player
of the Year award at the Players Reception and Gala Dinner in Dubai
- Male Player of the Year award: Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia - Female Player of
the Year award: Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi from Japan
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, beat rival Lionel Messi to win the prestigious
Ballon dOr award for a fourth time.
Hindi Film Actress Ms. Priyanka Chopra is appointed as UNICEF Global
GoodwillAmbassador for campaign For Every Child.

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Haryana: becomes first state to adopt Centres Mahila Police Volunteer scheme
(Karnal and Mahendragarh districts); inducts 1000 women, who will work as a link
between the people and the police
Music maestro A. R. Rahman in Oscar race again for his music in the sports biopic
Pele: Birth of a Legend
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad has become the first airport in Asia-
Pacific region under the 5-15 Million Passengers Per Annum category and second
among all categories in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve the Carbon Neutral status
India signs Open Skies Agreement with six countries (Jamaica, Guyana, Czech
Republic, Finland, Spain and Sri Lanka) during ICAN 2016 (International Civil
Aviation Negotiations) held in Nassau, Bahamas
Assam: government starts project to make Majuli river island the countrys first
ever Carbon Neutral district by 2020; The aim of the project is to combat climate
change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Rajasthan: The Desert National Park (DNP) in Jaisalmer has records the successful
birth of 11 Great Indian Bustards or Godawan which is the state bird of Rajasthan
Mr. V. K. Sharma is appointed as Chairman of LIC
India's first Humsafar Express flagged off from Gorakhpur to Delhi (Anand Vihar
Station)
Punjab: Indias first fully air-conditioned bus terminus (busopolis) inaugurated in
Mohali town
USA: Indian-American Savita Vaidhyanathan elected mayor of Californian city
Cupertino
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2015 presented
to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in New Delhi
Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat Army Chief
Air Marshal B. S. Dhanoa Air Chief
Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) has been selected for Digital India
Silver Award instituted by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in
the category of Most Innovative Citizen Engagement
A nationwide toll-free helpline number 14444 will be launched soon to educate
people and provide support related to cashless mode of transactions.

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International Press Institutes (IPI) India award for excellence in journalism, 2016
has been awarded jointly to Varun Bhatt of Rajasthan Patrika and The Week for
outstanding journalistic work done during 2015
Assam: roped Hindi film actress actor Priyanka Chopra as the brand ambassador
of the state tourism.
West Bengal: Chief Minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee launched "Sabujsree" project;
under this project, every family will be gifted a tree on the birth of a newborn
Andy Murray was honored with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 for a
record third time
Ms. Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico was crowned the Miss World 2016
Book Matn Shinasi authored by Prof. Abdul Haq was released by Vice President,
Mr. Hamid Ansari
India has been ranked 4th in the Global Wind Power Installed Capacity index after
China, USA and Germany with cumulative installed wind power generation
capacity of 28,279 MW in 2016
India and Kyrgyzstan signed 7 MoUs on various fields; planned to hold annual
joint military exercise named KHANJAR-IV in Feb 2017
Chhattisgarh: Chief Minister Mr. Raman Singh launched Indias first cashless
bazaar in Raipur
Turkey: first ever road tunnel underneath the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul
connecting Europe to Asia inaugurated
A free instant messaging service for work and business environments, Flock has
launched worlds first chat operating systemFlockOS
Tamil novelist and short story writer Vannadasan (S. Kalayanasundaram), has
been selected for this years Sahitya Akademi award for his short story collection
Oru Siru Isai
Bank of Baroda has become the first Indian company to sign up as a National
Supporter for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, which will be held from Oct
06-28, 2017 across 6 cities
Dec 22: National Mathematics Day
2016 SASTRA Ramanujan award for mathematics was presented to Maksym
Radizwill (Canada) ; joint winner is Kaisa Matomaki (Finland
Closing Ceremony of International Year of Pulses, 2016 held in Agra

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Indias R. Ashwin was named ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016 (Sir Garfield Sobers
Trophy) and also won the Test Cricketer of the Year
Dec 23: National Farmer's Day (Kisan Diwas)
Odisha: Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik launched Biju Sishu Surakshya
Yojana for care and protection of HIV positive orphan children in the state.
Chief Minister, Mr. O. Panneerselvam handed over a cash of Rs. 2 crore to the Para
Olympic gold medal winner Mariappan
Ms. Girija Vaidyanathan appointed as 45th Chief Secretary of the State
France: worlds first solar panel road was inaugurated in a small town of
Normandy village
France: becomes the first country in the world to use drones for postal works
Dec 24: National Consumer Day
Modern Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh was chosen for the 52nd Jnanpith Award for
2016
World Health Organization (WHO) informed that a prototype vaccine for Ebola may
be up to 100% effective in protecting against the deadly virus.
To promote Digital transactions, Government launched Lucky Grahak Yojana for
Consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for Merchants
India's second Humsafar Express flagged off between Guwahati and Bengaluru
stations
Bihar: Prakash Parv to be held in Patna on Jan 1 5, 2017 to commemorate the
350th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh
Maharashtra: becomes first state in India to have 24x7 helpline for forests
Maharashtra: becomes first state in India to have 24x7 helpline for forests
2018 Womens Hockey World Cup will be held between July 721, 2018 in London,
England
Actor Hirthik Roshan launched book series "Tactabet" for visually impaired
children
Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht took over the Director General of the National Cadet Corps
(NCC)
The registration fees for Hindus and other minority community people from three
neighboring countries comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, to
register as Indian citizens have been reduced drastically to Rs 100 from Rs 15,000

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Assam: Government launched an ambitious health insurance scheme Atal-Amrit


Abhiyan which will provide coverage against several critical illnesses.
Odisha: Government has decided to launch a new malaria control programme,
Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran (DAMAN)
Vatican: Dr. Barbara Jatta was appointed as the first female director of Vatican
Museums by Pope Francis
Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank (KVGB) has launched a scheme named Bank
Sakhito employ women in villages to promote and popularize cashless transaction.
ICHR Journal claims that, Mohenjo-daro's 'Dancing Girl' is Hindu goddess Parvati
Nepal rejects Indias Open Sky offer to allow unlimited flights between the two
countries
Karnataka: Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has launched 25
bio-diesel buses to reduce pollution level emitted by diesel buses.
Japan: Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe made historic visit to Hawaiis Pearl Harbor,
the site of a sneak attack by his country that provoked USA into entering the World
War II; Mr. Abewas the first Japanese Premier to visit the wreckage of the USS
Arizona; earlier in May 2016, US President, Mr. Barack Obama visited Hiroshima
to pay his respects
IOA decided to hold National Games in Goa (Nov 2017) and in Chhattisgarh (in
2019)
Eminent Rajasthani writer Satya Narayan has been chosen for the 26th Bihari
Puraskar, 2016 by the K K Birla Foundation
24th National Childrens Science Congress inaugurated in Pune
Kerala: Nedumkayam tribal colony in Malappuram district has become the first
fully-digital tribal colony in the country.
Kanthalavadi village near to Ulunderpet in Vizhupuram Dt becomes first to be
cashless village of Tamil Nadu (with effort of State Bank of India)
World's First Underwater Tennis Court to be opened in Dubai
Book "August Voices" written by Sudheendra Kulkarni
Varanasi to host the World Bhojpuri Conference from Dec 29 - Jan 01
ICGS AYUSH, was dedicated to the nation; ICGS AYUSH will be operated from the
Coast Guard Station at Krishnapatanam
India's first transgender college principal Dr ManabiBandopadhyay has submitted
her resignation after about one-and-a-half years in office, expressing frustration at
"non-cooperation" of a section of teachers and students of her institution.

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JAN 2017
Delhi: Mr. Anil Baijal was sworn in as the 20th Lieutenant Governor; Chief
Justice of Delhi High Court, G. Rohini administered the oath of office and secrecy
to Mr. Anil Baijal
Jammu and Kashmir: Chief Minister, Ms.Mehbooba Mufti launched School
Management Information System (SMIS), to provide a completed database of all the
government schools spread across the State
France: Government has raised a terror tax on property insurance policies after a
series of terror attacks in 2015 and 2016.
Core industries growth slows to 4.9% in Nov 2016 (6.6% in Oct 2016 and 5.01% in
Sep 2016)
Prime Minister Mr.NarendraModi inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress
at Tirupati - Theme: Science and Technology for National Development
Justice Jagdish Singh Khekhar to be sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India
ECI IT applications SAMADHAN (Public Grievance Redressal and Monitoring
System), SUVIDHA (Single Window Permission System) and SUGAM (Vehicle
Management System) to be used in the elections
350th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh (Celebrated as
"PrakashUtsav")
Finland: has become the first country in the world to give some basic income to
unemployed citizens to ensure a universal income offering greater security,
especially as technological advances reduce the need for human labour.
Indian - American, Mr. Rajiv Shah to become President of Rockfeller Foundation
Brisbane International 2017: SaniaMirza and BethanieMattek-Sands (USA) won
the women's doubles
20th National Conference on e-Governance in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Chennai Open 2017: Spains Roberto BauutistaAgut won the Singles title by
defeating Russias Daniil Medvedev
Qatar Open 2017: Serbias Novak Djokovic won the Mens Singles title by defeating
UKs Andy Murray
Kerala: India's first school for transgenders opened in Kochi
China: to celebrate 2017 as "Year of Rooster"
Kalyan Krishnamurthy is appointed as CEO of Flipkart

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Four IndianAmerican scientists have been selected by the US President Barack


Obama for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
(PECASE)
- (1) PankajLal (2) KaushikChowdhury (3) Manish Arora and (4) AradhnaTripati
CSIR lab develops advanced reading machine DivyaNayan for visually challenged
Bihar: Worlds first Gender Literature Festival will be held in Patna in the second
week of April
Haryana: Child Sex ratio at birth (SRB) in the State crossed the 900-mark in the
year 2016 for the first time in almost two decades. In December 2016, the SRB in
the state was 914
Jan 12: World Daughter Day
Jan 12: National Youth Day- 21st National Youth Festival at Rohtak, Haryana
TCS veteran picked Mr. N. Chandrasekharan to head Tata Sons
Kerala: Chief Minister, Mr. PinarayiVijayan inaugurated the first solar-powered
boat of the state water transport department called as Aditya
KiranDoshi won "The Hindu Prize 2016" for his book "Jinnah Often Came to Our
House"
International Vaccine Institute (IVI), Seoul, South Korea
Exercise BRIDGE-IV: joint airforce between India and Oman in Jamnagar, Gujarat
EU: Italian Political Leader Antonio Tajani has been elected as the new president of
the European Parliament
Book Mann Ki Baat - From the Heart of the Mind by Jeroninio Almeida and
RajendranPanickar
Alibaba becomes worldwide sponsor of Olympic Games through 2028
As per scientists 3 diseases (MiddleEast Respiratory Syndorme (MERS - CoV), Lasa
Fever and Nipah Virus) could case next global health emergency
Actress Priyanka Chopra won her second Peoples Choice Award for Favourite
Dramatic TV Actress for her role as CIA agent Alex Parrish in the ABC thriller TV
series Quantico
ISKCONs Govardhan eco village in Thane district has been conferred with the
UNWTO Award for Innovation in the category of Non-Governmental
Organisations(NGO) at he annual United Nations World Tourism Organisation
(UNWTO) Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism at Madrid in Spain
G-20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting at Berlin, Germany

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Jan 24: National Girl Child Day


Indian postal department released a special stamp cover titled Golden girls of
India Pride of Nation - The special covers feature the 2016 Olympic medalist
gymnast Dipa Karmakar, shuttler PV Sindu and wrestler Sakshi Malik.
- Besides the three, the cover also depicted the image of Dipas coach Bishweshwar
Nandi
Jan 25: National Tourism Day
Jan 25: National Voters Day
Film La La Land matched Titanic and All About Eve for most Oscar nominations
ever (14 nominations)
New Species of songbird found in western ghats
Dr. Vijay Bhatkar is appointed as the new Chancellor of Nalanda University
Australian Open 2017: Mens Singles Final match between Roger Federer and Rafal
Nadal
Australian Open 2017: Womens Singles Final match between Serena Williams and
Venus Williams
Three Indian-origin persons (Purushottam Sawrikar, Makhan Singh Khangure and
Vijay Kumar) have been awarded Australias highest civilian honor this year for
their contributions in the field of medicine and work towards the community

Medicine / Physiology

- Japan's Mr. Yoshinori Ohsumi


- For discovering the mechanisms for autophagy
Physics

- To 3 UK born Scientists
- Mr. David Thouless (1/2 of the total Prize)
- Mr. F Duncan M Haldane (1/4 of total Prize)
- Mr. michaelKosterrlitz (1/4 of total Prize)

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- For theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of


matter

Chemistry

- To 3 European Scientists
- Mr. Jean - Pierre Sauvage (France)
- Mr. J. Fraser Stoddart (Scotland)
- Mr. Bernard Feringa (The Netherlands)
- For developing molecular machines (also called as nanobots) that could be injected to
fight cancer or used to make new types of materials and energy storage devices

PEACE

- Mr. Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia

- For his resolute efforts to end more than five decades of war in his country, despite
voters shock rejection of a historic peace deal

Economics

(i) Oliver Hart (USA)


(ii) Bengt Holmstorm (Finland)
- For developing a contract theory, a comprehensive framework for analysing many
diverse issues in contractual design, like performance-based pay for top executives,
deductibles and co-pays in insurance and the privatisation of public-sector activities.
- The new theoretical tools created by Hart and Holmstrom are valuable to the
understanding of real-life contracts and institutions, as well as potential pitfalls in
contract design.

LITERATURE

# Mr. Bob Dylan (USA)


- Singer and song writer
- For havng created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition
- Becomes the first American to win the prize since novelist Toni Morrison (in 1993)

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WIMBLED US OPEN
AUSTRALIAN 2016 FRENCH 2016
ON 2016 2016

MENS ANDY Stan


NOVAK DJOKOVIC NOVAK DJOKOVIC
SINGLES MURRAY Wawrinka

ANGELIQUE GARBINE SERENA ANGELIQUE


WOMENS
KERBER MUGURUZA WILLIAMS KERBER

MARTINA HINGIS
MIXED
AND LEANDER PAES

WOMENS MARTINA HINGIS


DOUBLES AND SANIA MIRZA
IMPORTANT ORGANISATION

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
S.NO. ORGANISATION FORMATION HEAD

1. International Labour Organization (ILO) 1919 Guy Ryder

2. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 1865 Houlin zhao

3. International Trade Center (ITC) 1964 Arancha Gonzalez

4. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS 1996


(UNAIDS)

5. United Nations Conference on Trade and 1964


Development (UNCTAD)

6. United Nations High Commissioner for Human 1993 Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad
Rights, (OHCHR)

7. United Nations High commissioner for Refugees, 1950 Filippo Grandi


Office of the (UNHCR)

8. World Health Organization (WHO) 1948 Margaret Chan

9. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 1967 Francis Gurry

10. World Meteorological Organnization (WMO) 1950 Petteri Taalas

11. World Trade Organization (WTO) 1995 Roberto Azevedo

NEW YORK, USA


S.NO. ORGANISATION FORMATION HEAD

1. International Civil Service Commission (ICSC)

2. United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) 1946 Anthony Lake

3. United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) 1984

4. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 1965 Helen Clark

5. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 1969 Dr. Babatunde

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Osotimehin

6. Women Watch

ROME, ITALY
S.NO. ORGANISATION FORMATION HEAD

1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 1945 Jos Graziano da Silva
(FAO)

2. International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFDA) 1977 Kanayo F. Nwanze

3. World Food Programme (WFP) 1961 Ertharin Cousin

VIENNA, AUSTRIA
S.NO. ORGANISATION FORMATION HEAD

1. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 1957 Yukiya Amano

2. United Nations International Drug Control Programme 1980


(UNDCP)

3. United Nations Industrial Development Organization 1966 Li Yong


(UNIDO)

PARIS, FRANCE
S.NO. ORGANISATION FORMATION HEAD

1. Media and Peace Institute (University for peace) 1980 RodrigoCarazo


Odio

2. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural 1945 Irina Bokova


Organization (UNESCO)

OTHER IMPORTANT ORGANISATION


S.NO. ORGANISATION FORMATION HEAD

1. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 1947 Fang Liu


Montreal, Canada

2. International Court of Justice (ICJ) The Hague, The 1945


Netherlands

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5. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)- 1972 Erik Solheim


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