World of Sports

News Makers Virat Kohli: He became the first batsman to reach 3,000 runs in T20 internationals. Bhavani Devi: She is India’s first ever fencer to qualify for the Olympics (Tokyo 2021). Smriti Mandhana: The left-handed Indian batswoman has become the first-ever cricketer, male or female, to smash 10 consecutive scores of 50 or .... Read More
World of Awards

Gandhi Peace Prize The Gandhi Peace Prize for the past two years (2019 and 2020) were conferred on late Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said and Bangladeshi leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman respectively. Late Sultan Qaboos is being recognised for his “unparalleled vision and leadership” in strengthening India-Oman relations and his efforts .... Read More
Miscellaneous

Carnivak-Cov Russia has registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for animals. Called Carnivak-Cov, the vaccine was developed by scientists at the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, also known as Rosselkhoznadzor. ‘Operation Thiruvallur’ Troops from Pune-headquartered Southern Command of the Indian Army have launched ‘Operation Thiruvallur’ in Tamil Nadu for the safe disposal .... Read More
Survey/Study/Report

Global Gender Gap Report 2021 India has slipped 28 places to rank 140 among 156 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report 2021. In 2020, India ranked 112th among 153 countries. Iceland has topped the index as the most gender-equal country in the world. Afghanistan is the worst-performing country in the report. India .... Read More
Art/Culture/Heritage

Foundation Laid for Conservation of Singorgarh Fort The President of India laid the foundation stone for the conservation works of Singorgarh Fort in Singrampur village of Damoh district in Madhya Pradesh. It was a fort and a residence of Rajgond rulers of Gondwana Kingdom in Central India. Before coming in hand of .... Read More
Defence

‘Shantir Ogroshena -2021’ Indian Army will participate in a multinational military exercise namely SHANTIR OGROSHENA -2021 in Bangladesh along with contingents of Bhutan, Sri Lankan and Bangladesh Armies. The nine days exercise will start on the 4th April 2021 to commemorate the birth centenary Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and mark glorious 50 .... Read More
States in News

Jharkhand Govt. launches SAAMAR Campaign The Govt. of Jharkhand has launched SAAMAR (Strategic Action for Alleviation of Malnutrition and Anemia Reduction) campaign to tackle malnutrition. The campaign aims to identify anemic women and malnourished children; and to converge various departments to effectively deal with the problem in a state where malnutrition has .... Read More
Faces only in Memory

Walter Anthony Gustavo Pinto Lieutenant General Walter Anthony Gustavo Pinto has passed away on 25 March 2021. He last served as the 8th General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Central Command. As a major general, he led the 54th Infantry Division on the western front in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, for which .... Read More
On the Hot Seat

Tirath Singh Rawat Tirath Singh Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after the resignation of Trivendra Singh Rawat. Kuldiep Singh On 17th March, 2021 Kuldiep Singh has been appointed as the director general (DG) of CRPF after incumbent chief A P Maheshwari’s retirement. MA Ganapathy On 18th March, Indian Police .... Read More
Persons in News

Justice NV Ramana Justice NV Ramana has been appointed as the 48th CJI (48th) by the President with effect from April 24, 2021, and will retire on August 26, 2022. Samia Suluhu Hassan Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has become the first female president of Tanzania. After the recent death of President John .... Read More
World of Sports

Narendra Modi Stadium President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave, an ambitious project to come up over an area of 215 acres along the Sabarmati riverfront at Motera in Ahmedabad and digitally inaugurated the newly revamped Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, which has .... Read More
World of Awards

Asia Environmental Enforcement Award-2020 The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), a statutory body established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to combat organised wildlife crimehas received the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award-2020 awarded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). International Anti-corruption Champions Award Right to .... Read More
Defence

INS Karanj: Indian Navy gets Third Scorpene Submarine The Indian Navy got its third Scorpene submarine, which will be commissioned as INS Karanj, of Project P-75. Earlier, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, MDL, has delivered two Scorpene submarines named Khanderi, Kalvari. The fourth submarine, Vela, launched on May 6 2019, has commenced sea trials, .... Read More
Committee/ Commission

Rohini Commission The Centre has extended the tenure of Rohini Commission until 31st July, 2021 to submit its report on Sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes .... Read More
History/Art/Culture/Heritage

Initiatives to Honour ‘Netaji’ To honour Subhash Chandra Bose on his 125th anniversary, the West Bengal Govt. has announced to form a Netaji Battallion, Netaji State Planning Commission, and in all districts a Jay Hind Bhawan. Earlier, the Central Government has declared Netaji’s birth day to be observed as ‘Parakram Diwas’ and .... Read More
Organisations in News

Skyroot Aerospace Skyroot Aerospace, a startup founded by former scientists of ISRO has signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with ISRO on behalf of Department of Space (DoS), through which it can use the facilities & technical expertise in ISRO centers for development of their Launch Vehicle Development .... Read More
Places in News

Vijayanagara Vijayanagara became the 31st district of Karnataka on 8th February, 2021 which was carved out of Ballari district. Bihar In a first for an Indian State, Bihar has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN Environment Programme to achieve climate resilience and low carbon development by 2040. Bajali A major Bamboo Agarbatti Stick .... Read More
States in News

‘REWARD’ Project The Govt. of Odisha has approved the proposal for implementation of the ‘Rejuvenating Watersheds for Agricultural Resilience through Innovative Development (REWARD)’ project to ensure efficient water management & enhanced cropping area. Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh has introduced a system of issuing a unique 16-digit Unicode to mark all kinds of .... Read More
Faces Only in Memory

Major General BK Mahapatra Retired Major General Basant Kumar Mahapatra, who had participated in four major wars including Goa Liberation and Indo-China war, passed away. During his 40 years of career in Defence he had taken part in 1961 Goa Liberation, 1962 Indo-China war, 1965 fierce Patton Tank battle in Khemkaran of .... Read More
On the Hot Seat

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has assumed office as the 7th Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). She is the first woman as well as the first African national to lead the organization. Ligia Noronha Indian economist Ligia Noronha has been appointed as Assistant Secretary-General of UN and Head of the New .... Read More
Newsmakers

Alok Sharma Alok Sharma is a British MP and President-designate of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-26), which is scheduled to be held at Glasgow, UK in November 2021. Yoshiro Mori Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, a former Prime Minister, who drew criticism over sexist .... Read More
Persons in News

Nikolai Snesarev Government has approved the appointment of Belarussian coach Nikolai Snesarevas the middle- and long-distance coach of the Indian athletics team. Claire Polosak Australia’s Claire Polosak become the first female match official in a men’s Test match when she took up the fourth umpire’s role in the third Test between India .... Read More
World of Awards

Padma Awards 2021 The President of India has approved conferment of 119 Padma Awards including 1 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one). The awards comprise 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards. 29 of the awardees are women and the list .... Read More
Miscellaneous

SMCB: First Co-operative Bank to become SFB Uttar Pradesh-based Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank (SMCB) is the first Urban Cooperative Bank in the country to make a transition into a Small Finance Bank (SFB) under the voluntary transition scheme. Red Sand Boa The World Wildlife Fund-India and TRAFFIC India Office have launched an online .... Read More
Defence

Ex Desert Knight-21 Indian Air Force and French Air and Space Force conducted a bilateral Air exercise, Ex Desert Knight-21 at Air Force Station Jodhpur from 20 to 24 Jan 21. ‘Sea Vigil-21’ It was the second edition of the biennial pan-India coastal defence exercise that was conducted on 12-13 January 2021 along .... Read More
New Initiatives

Partnering for Racial Justice in Business The World Economic Forum has launched the Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative, which will see a coalition of organizations commit to building equitable and just workplaces for professionals with under-represented racial and ethnic identities. The initiative has been designed to operationalize and coordinate commitments .... Read More
Study/Survey/Report

India Justice Report 2020 The 2nd Edition of India Justice Report (IJR) 2020 has been released by the Tata Trusts with the support of Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, DAKSH, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) – Prayas& Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. Maharashtra (5.77 points) regained .... Read More
Organisations/Groupings/Alliance in News

South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE) The government of India has set up a high-level group called South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE) under the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)-run think tank Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)to help build a South Asia-focused energy security architecture. It is headed .... Read More
Summit/Seminar

One Planet Summit France organized the fourth ‘One Planet Summit’ in cooperation with the United Nations and the World Bank,for biodiversity on 11 January 2021 that aims to advance the protection of nature. Convened under the theme of “Let’s act together for nature!”, the Summit brought together heads of state and government, .... Read More
Places in News

Myanmar The Myanmar Military Tatmadaw has announced a one-year state of emergency in the country and detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other senior leaders from the ruling party National League for Democracy (NLD) accusingfraud in the national elections held on Nov. 8, 2020. The Vice President .... Read More
States in News

Gujarat’s Bagayat Vikas Mission The Govt. of Gujarat has announced ‘Horticulture Development Mission’(Bagayat Vikas Mission)to double the income of farmers involved in medicinal and horticulture farming. Under this mission, the waste land of the government will be given on 30-year lease for farming of horticulture and medicinal crops. Madhya Pradesh’s 'Launch Pad Scheme' .... Read More
Faces Only in Memory

Paul J. Crutzen Paul Jozef Crutzen was a Dutch atmospheric chemist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for his work on atmospheric chemistry and specifically for his efforts in studying the formation and decomposition of atmospheric ozone. He popularized the term ‘Anthropocene’ to describe a proposed new .... Read More
On the Hot Seat

Kaja Kallas Kaja Kallas has become the first woman Prime Minister of Estonia since the Baltic nation regained independence in 1991. Now, Estonia is the only country in the world led by ‘elected’ women – both the President, Kersti Kaljulaid, and the Prime Minister, KajaKall as. Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai has been appointed .... Read More
Newsmakers

Joe Biden Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021. Notable policy reversal done by him include - rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, ending the state of national emergency at the border with Mexico, directing the government to rejoin the World Health Organization, restoring relations with .... Read More
World of Awards

‘Champions of the Earth’ award 2020 in the ‘Policy Leadership’ The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama has been awarded the UN's highest environmental honour ‘Champions of the Earth’ award 2020 in the ‘Policy Leadership’ category for his global climate action work and his commitment to climate-responsive national development. Global Teacher Prize Ranjitsinh .... Read More
Miscellaneous

Four Film Media Units Merged With NFDC The Union Cabinet has approved the merger of four film media units - Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives of India, and Children's Film Society, India with NFDC (National Film Development Corporation). Book/Author ‘Oh Mizoram’: P S Sreedharan Pillai, Governor of Mizoram “Covid-19: Sabhyata .... Read More
Ecology & Environment

India's Highest Meteorological Centre Inaugurated at Leh The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has set up India's highest (Located at 3,500 metres above sea level) Meteorological Centre (MC) at Leh. After Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, the Leh centre is the second MC located in the Himalayas. It will provide specialised weather forecasts for traffic .... Read More
Defence

DRDO, Indian Navy Conduct Successful Trial of SAHAYAK-NG Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with Indian Navy conducted the successful maiden test trial of SAHAYAK-NG - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container from IL 38SD aircraft of Indian Navy off the coast of Goa. The trial was conducted .... Read More
Science & Technology

EZIE & EUVST: Two Heliophysics Missions The US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has approved two heliophysics missions. Heliophysics is the science of understanding the Sun and its interactions with Earth and the solar system, including space weather. Of the two missions, NASA will lead the Electrojet Zeeman .... Read More
New Initiative

Light House Projects under GHTC-India On 1-1-2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Light House Projects (LHPs) under Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC)-India at six sites across six States- Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Rajkot (Gujarat), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). The LHPs showcase .... Read More
Art/Culture/Heritage

Four Indian Sites won UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation India won UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation towards its four sites. Award of Excellence/ Special Recognition for Sustainable Development: Sunder Nursery, set amid historical structures at Nizamuddin, has become Delhi’s first heritage complex to receive two UNESCO Asia-Pacific awards .... Read More
Tribes/Ethnic Groups in News

Zomi Ethnic Group Manipur's Zomi ethnic group has renewed its demand for the creation of Zoland Territorial Council (ZTC) under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, a self-administered zone on the lines of the Bodoland Territorial Council in Assam. Zomi identify themselves as descendants of the Zo, the Tibeto-Burman people that speaks .... Read More
Places in News

Vanuatu Vanuatu, a Pacific island nation has recently graduated from the official list of Least Developed Countries (LDC), becoming the sixth country to achieve the milestone since the development categorization was created in 1971. Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh Muslim University celebrated its centenary recently. It was originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan .... Read More
States in News

‘Matru Sahyogini Samiti’: MP Initiative to Check Malnutrition The Madhya Pradesh government has issued an order for the appointment of committees called ‘Matru Sahyogini Samiti’ or Mothers’ Cooperation Committees, led by mothers to ensure better monitoring of services delivered at anganwadi or day care centres across the State. These Committees will .... Read More
Faces Only in Memory

Jack Steinberger Jack Steinberger was a German-born American physicist noted for his work with neutrinos, the subatomic particles considered to be elementary constituents of matter. He was a recipient of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Leon M. Lederman and Melvin Schwartz, for the discovery of the muon neutrino. .... Read More
On the Hot Seat

Lloyd Austin Lloyd Austin has been chosen by President-elect Joe Biden to be the first African-American secretary of defense and head of Pentagon. Suneet Sharma Suneet Sharma has taken over the charge of new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Railway Board (Ministry of Railways). Prior to this, he worked as General Manager, .... Read More
Newsmakers

Dr. Harsh Vardhan Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has been nominated as a member on the GAVI Board by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. He will represent India for two years starting from 2021 to 2023. The GAVI Board oversees the operations of the Vaccine Alliance .... Read More
World of Sports

Diego Maradona One of the greatest footballers of all time, Diego Maradona has passed away. He was the captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Maradona along with Pele won the FIFA Player of the Century award created by FIFA to decide the greatest football player of the 20th .... Read More
World of Awards

Booker Prize for Fiction Scottish writer Douglas Stuart has won the Booker Prize for Fiction for his first novel ‘Shuggie Bain’. In 2019, Margaret Atwood won this award for her novel ‘The Testaments’. The Booker Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Booker–McConnell Prize (1969–2001) and the Man Booker Prize (2002–2019), is a .... Read More
Miscellaneous

Nyay Kaushal It is India’s first-ever e-resource centre that has been inaugurated at Judicial Officers Training Institute in Maharashtra’s Nagpur. It will facilitate e-filling of cases in Supreme Court, any High court and district courts across the country. 100 years of All India Trade Union Congress The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) was .... Read More
Summit/Seminar

Asean Summit The 37th ASEAN Summit was organised through video-conference during November 12 to 15, 2020. Viet Nam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired ASEAN 2020. Brunei Darussalam will assume the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2021. About ASEAN ASEAN is a regional grouping that promotes economic, political, and security cooperation. It was founded in Bangkok, .... Read More
Defence

Vagir: India’s 5th Stealth Submarine The Indian Navy has launched Scorpene class submarine Vagir. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vagir is the fifth among the six Kalvari-class submarines being constructed by the public sector shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai. The other vessels in the class are INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi, INS Karanj, .... Read More
Study/Survey/Report

Arunachal records Best Sex Ratio at Birth: CRS Data Arunachal Pradesh recorded the Highest Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) in the country with 1,084 females born per thousand males according to a recent release by the office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India - ‘Vital Statistics on India .... Read More
Places in News

Tristan da Cunha It is an isolated UK Overseas Territory, which is home to the world's most remote human settlement, has been declared the largest fully protected marine reserves in the South Atlantic Ocean. Vijayanagara Vijayanagara will be the 31st district of Karnataka. Recently, the Karnataka cabinet has approved this proposal which will be .... Read More
States in News

Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa - Best governed States: PAI The Public Affairs Index-2020 report was released on 30th October 2020 by a Bengaluru-based not-for-profit organisation Public Affairs Centre. The annual report on governance considers three broad parameters — equity, growth and sustainability. Former ISRO chairman, Dr K Kasturirangan, is the chairman of .... Read More
Faces Only in Memory

Soumitra Chatterjee Winner of Dadasaheb Phalke award (2012), Padma Bhushan (2004), Soumitra Chatterjee has passed away. He was the first Indian film personality to be conferred with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest award for artists established by Napoleon Bonaparte. ‘Apur Sansar’ was the first film of Soumitra Chatterjee .... Read More
On the Hot Seat

Girish Chandra Murmu The Comptroller & Auditor General of India Girish Chandra Murmu has been elected as External Auditor of Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) for three years. The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Shashi Shekhar Vempati The CEO of Prasar Bharti, Shashi Shekhar Vempati has been .... Read More
World of Sports

Tennis French Open 2020 The French Open is a Grand Slam tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. Major Titles Women’s Singles Poland's Iga Swiatek defeated American Sofia Kenin to win the 2020 French Open for her first Grand Slam singles title. The 19-year-old Swiatek, .... Read More
World of Awards

Nobel Prize 2020 Field Winner For Given By Physiology or Medicine Harvey J. Alter (USA) Michael Houghton (UK) Charles M. Rice (USA) The discovery of Hepatitis C virus Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute Physics Roger Penrose (UK) >Reinhard Genzel (Germany) Andrea Ghez (USA) Their work on blackhole formation and the discovery of a supermassive blackhole at the centre of our galaxy Royal Swedish Academy .... Read More
Miscellaneous

India’s First Sand Dune Parks India’s first sand dune parks are set to be developed in Goa. The World Bank has sanctioned around Rs.3 crore for the same. A dune is a mound of sand formed by the wind, usually along the beach or in a desert. A collection of dunes is .... Read More
Study/Survey/Report

“Stacked Odds”: UN Report on Modern Slavery On the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child, 2020 (11 October), the United Nations(UN) released a report titled “Stacked Odds” that highlights the scenario around the globe on modern slavery. Modern slavery is defined as the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, .... Read More
Defence

Exercise Malabar It is an annual naval exercise which began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the U.S; Japan joined in 2015; and now Australia will join this in November 2020 edition. Bongosagar The second edition of India-Bangladesh naval exercise – Bongosagar - was held in Northern Bay of Bengal. Stand-off .... Read More
Organisations in News

Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals India Ltd (GSFC) Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals India Ltd (GSFC) is the first company in India to manufacture Calcium Nitrate and Boronated Calcium Nitrate- fertilizers that were solely imported by India. Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) It is a military alliance formed by six member countries- Armenia, .... Read More
Places in News

Lucerne-Burgenstock The World Economic Forum will hold its Annual Meeting 2021 in Lucerne-Burgenstock, Switzerland, as against the traditional venue of the ski resort town, Davos. Nazca Lines Peru’s famous Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its depictions of larger-than-life animals, plants and imaginary beings called geoglyphs was in news recently .... Read More
States in News

Disturbed Areas Act President Ram NathKovind has given his assent to the amended Disturbed Areas Act passed by Gujarat Legislative Assembly in 2019 to stop polarisation and keep a check on attempts to cause any “demographic imbalance”. Under the Disturbed Areas Act, a District Collector can notify a particular area of a .... Read More
Faces Only in Memory

Mario Molina Mario José Molina-Pasquel Henríquez, a Mexican chemist who played a pivotal role in the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, and was a co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in noting the threat to the Earth's ozonelayer from chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases has passed away. He .... Read More
Committee/Commission

Rajiv Kumar Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman (VC) of NITI Aayog will head the NITI Aayog constituted 14-member advisory committee to evaluate the reforms in the urban planning education system. Harish Kumar and Umesh Sinha Harish Kumar and Umesh Sinha are the two members of the committee constituted by the Election Commission of .... Read More
On the Hot Seat

Jacinda Ardern Jacinda Ardern has been elected as the Prime Minister of New Zealandfor the second consecutive three-year term. Her Labour Party won the election in a landslide victory against the National Party, led by Judith Collins. Wavel Ramkalawan An Indian-origin priest whose grandfather came from Gopalganj, Bihar - Wavel Ramkalawan - has been .... Read More
Football

All India Football Federation Awards 2019-20 Major Awards Men’s Footballer of the Year: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Women’s Player of the Year: Sanju Yadav Men’s Emerging Footballer of the Year: Anirudh Thapa Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year: Ms Ratanbala Devi Best Referee: L. Ajit Kumar Meetei .... Read More
Tennis

US Open The 2020 US Open was the second Grand Slam event of the year. It was held on outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. Major Titles Men’s Singles: Dominic Thiem (Australia) won the men's singles title, defeating first time Grand Slam finalist .... Read More
World of Sports

Persons in News Dr. Anil Jain Dr. Anil Jain has been elected as the president of the All India Tennis Association (AITA). Suresh Raina Cricketer Suresh Raina will set up five schools in Kashmir division and an equal number in Jammu division to train the aspiring cricketers, particularly the youngsters from remote areas of .... Read More
World of Awards

Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2019 Renowned broadcaster and natural historian David Attenborough has been presented with the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2019 by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. UNDP Award to Sonu Sood Actor Sonu Sood has been conferred with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme .... Read More
Miscellaneous

International Day to Protect Education from Attack With the theme “Protect Education, Save a Generation” the first ‘International Day to Protect Education from Attack’ was observed on 9th September after United Nations General Assembly accepted a resolution introduced by Qatar. It is being observed to raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding .... Read More
Places in News

Barbados Barbados, a Caribbean island has announced to become a republic and remove Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state by November next year - by the time it will celebrate its 55th anniversary of independence. Gilgit Baltistan After Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh, Pakistanplans to make Gilgit Baltistan its 5th .... Read More
Study/Survey/Report

World Risk Index 2020 India is ranked 89th among 181 countries on the World Risk Index (WRI) 2020, a part of the World Risk Report 2020 released by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bundnis Entwicklung Hilft and the University of Stuttgart in Germany. The Report says .... Read More
Faces Only in Memory

Pranab Mukherjee The 13th President (2012 to 2017)of India Pranab Mukherjee has passed away. He also served as Union Minister of Finance, Defence, External Affairs and Commerce. He was also Deputy Chairman of erstwhile Planning Commission. He was elected to Rajya Sabha five times and twice to Lok Sabha. He served .... Read More
Heads of Committee/Commission

Dinesh Pant Dinesh Pant will head the 6-member working group formed by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to scrutinize various aspects for allowing the life insurance companies to offer index linked products. Lt Gen (retd) Rajesh Pant The Government of India has set up an expert committee under Lt Gen .... Read More
On the Hot Seat

Yoshihide Suga Yoshihide Suga has been appointed as the Prime Minister of Japan after the resignation of Shinzo Abe. Harivansh Narayan Singh Noted journalist and politician Harivansh Narayan Singh has been re-elected as deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha. P.D. Vaghela The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed P.D. Vaghela as the chairman .... Read More
Newsmakers

Preeti Sudan Preeti Sudan, the former Health Secretary of India has been appointed as one of the 11 panelists across the world for the World Health Organisation’s independent panel for pandemic preparedness and response. Matthew Hayden The Australian government has appointed former cricketer Matthew Haydenand Indian-origin politician Lisa Singh as trade envoys for .... Read More
WORLD OF SPORTS

Asian Wrestling Championships 2019 The Asian Wrestling Championships 2019 was held from April 23rd-28th at Xidian University Gymnasium in Xian, China. The Indian Team including men and women bagged 16 medals (1 gold, 6 silver, 9 bronze). Bajrang Punia clinched gold medal in 65kg category. Asian Athletics Championships The 23rd Asian Athletics Championships was .... Read More
STATES IN NEWS

Virtual Reality Centre in Delhi Admiral Sunil Lanba on April 12th inaugurated the maiden ‘state-of-the-art’ Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) at the Directorate of Naval Design (Surface Ship Group) in New Delhi. This would provide boost to indigenous warship design capabilities in Indian Navy, providing further impetus to ‘Make in India’ initiative. Foreign Interactive .... Read More
AWARDS

Deenanath Mangeshkar Award The prestigious Master Deenanath Mangeshkar (MDM) Award was awarded to several individuals on April 24th at a ceremony in Mumbai. MDM Award for Music & Art: Sucheta Bhide-Chapekar. MDM Lifetime Award: Salim Khan. MDM Award for contribution to Indian Cinema: Madhur Bhandarkar. MDM Special Award: Helen. Tagore Literary Prize 2019 The 2nd edition of .... Read More
FACES ONLY IN MEMORY

S Muthiah Renowned city-based chroniclerand writer-journalist S Muthiah passed away on April 20th in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. His most famous work was titled “Madras Discovered” which was published in 1981. Amar Paul Legendary Bengali folk singer, Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Amar Paul passed away on April 20th in Kolkata, West Bengal. S K Shivakumar Renowed Space .... Read More
ON THE HOT SEATS

Rajendra Nayak Shri Rajendra Kumar Nayak took over as the 52nd ControllerGeneral of Defence Accounts on April 22nd. Karnam Sekar Indian Overseas Bank on April 24th appointed Karnam Sekar as its new MD and CEO. He will take over from July 1st , 2019. Manish Maheshwari Twitter on April 22nd appointed Manish Maheshwari as the .... Read More
PERSONS IN NEWS

Sree Sreenath Professor Sree Sreenath, an Indian-American scientist and social activist has been inducted into the prestigious Cleveland International Hall of Fame on April 16th in a function in Ohio. He was selected for his contribution in applications in systems biology, global issues and sustainable development. Volodymyr Zelenskiy Actor, Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy on April .... Read More
MISCELLANEOUS

Exercise SEA VIGILTen years after “26/11”, the Indian Navy commenced the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast on 22nd January, 2019. Exercise SEA VIGIL, was undertaken along the entire 7516.6 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and is involving all the 13 coastal States and Union Territories .... Read More
WORLD OF SPORTS

Amateur Golf ChampionshipIndia’s Kartik Sharma won the New South Wales men’s Amateur Golf Championship in Australia. Earlier, he had also won the Indian golf union western India amateur golf championship 2018. Indonesia Masters 2019Saina Nehwal won the women’s singles title on 27th January, 2019 after injured Carolina Marin limped out of the .... Read More
STATES IN NEWS

National Salt Satyagraha MemorialTo commemorate the ‘Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’, PM Modi dedicated the ‘National Salt Satyagraha Memorial’ in Dandi, Gujarat to the Nation on 30th January, 2019. At the memorial site, PM Modi also unveiled statues of Mahatma Gandhi and 80 Satyagrahis who had marched with him during the .... Read More
REPORTS/INDICES

Bloomberg Innovation Index 2019India was ranked 54th in the list of most innovative countries in the world with a score of 47.93 out of 100 in 2019 ‘Bloomberg Innovation Index’ of 60 economies. South Korea has topped the Index for the sixth time in a row with a total score of .... Read More
COMMITTEES/PANELS

State Tiger Protection Force (STPF)The Telangana government has decided to form a 112 member armed ‘State Tiger Protection Force’ (STPF) to protect Tiger populations in Amarabad and Kawal Tiger Reserves. The State and Central government will share the cost of the force on 40:60 basis. Committee on Group InsolvencyThe Insolvency and Bankruptcy .... Read More
CONFERENCES

2nd World Integrated Medicine Forum The 2nd World Integrated Medicine Forum 2019 on the Regulation of Homeopathic Medical Products was held from 23rd to 25th January, 2019 in Goa. This forum was organized by the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, under the Ministry of AYUSH. India Steel 2019 Exhibition and Conference The 3-day .... Read More
AWARDS

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 was awarded to Jayant Kakini & Tejaswini Niranjana for a short story collection titled “No Presents Please” on 25th January, 2019 at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet. In the above mentioned award ceremony, US $25,000 DSC Prize .... Read More
FACES ONLY IN MEMORY

George FernandesGeorge Fernandes, former Parliamentarian and Union Minister, died on 29th January, 2019. Under his stewardship, India fought the Kargil war in 1999. It was also during his tenure that India conducted nuclear tests at Pokhran in 1998.Atin BandyopadhyaySahitya Akademi award winning Bengali writer Atin Bandyopadhyay passed away on 19th January, .... Read More
ON THE HOT SEATS

Piyush GoyalPiyush Goyal has been appointed as the Interim Finance Minister and Interim Minister of Corporate Affairs with Arun Jaitley undergoing surgery in the US. Piyush Goyal is currently the Minister for Railways & Coal and will also be the Interim Minister for Corporate Affairs. Sanjiv KhannaJustice Sanjiv Khanna was sworn in .... Read More
PERSONS IN THE NEWS

Poonam Khetrapal Singh Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been reappointed WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, for a five-year term. The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board on 26th January, 2019 unanimously endorsed Dr. Khetrapal Singh, who was earlier also unanimously nominated by 11 Member countries of the Region. Sultan AbdullahSultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad .... Read More
WORLD OF SPORTS

Athletics new rules for trans athletes by world athletics World Athletics (formerly the IAAF) has ruled that transgender women must maintain testosterone levels at a maximum of 5 nanomoles per litre for 12 months before being declared eligible to compete. The limit is half the previous limit of 10 nmol/l, in .... Read More
WORLD OF AWARDS

Nobel Prize 2019 Peace: Abiy Ahmed Ali (Prime Minister of Ethiopia) for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. Physics: One half to James Peebles (Canadian-American) for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology and the other half .... Read More
MISCELLANEOUS

‘Feed Our Future’ Campaign To create awareness and take steps against hunger and malnutrition in India, the United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) has launched the ‘Feed Our Future’ campaign in association with the help of Bollywood. World’s 1st AI University The world’s first dedicated AI University – Mohammad Bin Zayed University .... Read More
PLACES IN NEWS

Trak Island The Trak Island is in the Andaman Nicobar group of islands. Recently, Indian Air Force fired two BrahMos missiles as a part of the routine operational training. Ladakh The Union government plans to make Ladakh the first Indian union territory (UT) to run completely on renewable energy. The UT currently has .... Read More
ART/CULTURE/HERITAGE

ASI Finds 8th Century Objects, Trade Centre Remains in Andhra The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has unearthed a 2000-year old historic trade settlement in Andhra Pradesh’s Gottiprolu village, along with a Pallava-period Vishnu statue. The bricks unearthed are comparable with the Satavahana or Ikshvaku period structures in Krishna river valley (Amaravati .... Read More
DEFENCE EXERCISES

Dustlik-2019 India and Uzbekistan will carry out a joint military exercise ‘Dustlik-2019’, the first-ever exercise between the armies of the two nations from November 4 to 13 at Chirchiq training area in Uzbekistan. IMNEX-19 It is an India-Myanmar Naval Exercise recently held in Visakhapatnam. Shakti-2019 Indian and French armies conducted biennial joint counter-terrorism .... Read More
SURVEY/REPORT

Stations’ Cleanliness Survey Report 2019 Three railway stations in Rajasthan - Jaipur, Jodhpur and Durgapura – were adjudged as the cleanest Railway stations in India in Urban categories according to its annual cleanliness survey among 720 stations. Andheri, Virar and Naigaon railway stations were the top three among 109 suburban stations. Global Health .... Read More
STATES IN NEWS

First State to Enact Law on Contract Farming Tamil Nadu has become the first State in the country to enact a law on contract farming with President Ram Nath Kovind giving assent to the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion and Facilitation) Act. Mizoram: State with Highest HIV Prevalence .... Read More
FACES ONLY IN MEMORY

Alexei Leonov Alexei Leonov, the Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space has passed away. Leonov staked his place in space history on 18 March 1965, when he exited his Voskhod 2 space capsule secured by a tether. Sadako Ogata She was the first woman and the first Japanese person .... Read More
NEWSMAKERS

Sharad Arvind Bobde Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has been appointed as the 47th Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde will take oath as the CJI on November 18th. He previously worked in Bombay High Court (as additional Judge), Madhya Pradesh High Court (as Chief Justice) and Supreme Court (as Judge since .... Read More
WORLD OF SPORTS

Persons in News P.T. Usha P.T. Usha was presented the ‘Veteran Pin’ by the world athletics governing body - International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), in recognition of her contribution to the growth of sport. PV Sindhu Payment technology company ‘Visa’ has appointed world badminton champion Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (PV Sindhu) as its .... Read More
WORLD OF AWARDS

Right Livelihood Award The Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ is awarded by Right Livelihood Award Foundation, Sweden to "honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today”. 2019 Winners Greta Thunberg (Sweden): For inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent .... Read More
MISCELLANEOUS

Srivilliputtur ‘Palkova’ gets GI Tag The famed `Srivilliputhur Palkova' (milk sweet) produced in and around Srivilliputhur town in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu received the GI tag from the Geographical Indications Registry of India. First Transgender Library in India For the first time in India, a transgender library has been opened as part .... Read More
DEFENCE EXERCISES

Exercise ‘Changthang Prahar’ The Indian Army conducted an all arms (tanks, artillery and helicopters) integrated exercise ‘Changthang Prahar’ in the Eastern Ladakh region, bordering China. The exercise was conducted at a high altitude area involving the use of infantry, mechanised forces, T-72 tanks, with force multipliers such as artillery guns and Unmanned .... Read More
STATES IN NEWS

Tripura HC Bans Animals Sacrifice The Tripura High Court has banned centuries-old tradition of animals sacrifice in religious places across the state. The HC invoked Article 21 of the Indian Constitution – “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law”. Referring to judgments .... Read More
FACES ONLY IN MEMORY

Khem Singh Gill An academician, geneticist and plant breeder who was also known for his contributions to the Green Revolution—Dr. Khem Singh Gill has passed away. He was instrumental in breeding new strains of wheat, linseed and sesame. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan (1992) for his contributions towards science. Jacques Chirac Former president of .... Read More
ON THE HOT SEAT

Gen Bipin Rawat Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat took over as the new Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, succeeding Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, who retired from service. The Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) comprises chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force .... Read More
PERSONS IN NEWS

Anjali Singh Wing Commander Anjali Singh has become the first female officer from the armed forces to be posted as a military diplomat in any of the Indian missions abroad when she joined the Indian Embassy in Moscow as a Deputy Air Attache. Ponung Doming Ponung Doming became the first woman officer from .... Read More
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