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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Australia Beat Argentina to Win Gold in Hockey World League Final


Australia beat Argentina 2-1 in the final of the Hockey World League Final (HWLF) to win gold at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Argentina beat India (who won bronze earlier) in the semifinals.

India to Host 2021 Champions Trophy, 2023 World Cup


India is all set to host the 2023 World Cup, the global cricketing event’s 13th edition after the BCCI confirmed the host nation. India will also host the upcoming Champions Trophy in 2021.

Saurabh Chaudhary Claims Youth Olympics Games Spot with Gold


India's Saurabh Chaudhary qualified for the Youth Olympics Games with a gold medal and a junior world record in 10m air pistol at the ongoing Asia Youth Olympics Games qualification tournament in Wako City, Japan.

Government Fixes Sovereign Gold Bond Rate at Rs 2890/gram


The government has fixed Rs 2,890 per gram as the price of new series of sovereign gold bonds (SGBs). The government, in consultation with the Reserve Bank, has decided to offer a discount of Rs 50 per gram to investors applying online and making payments digitally. 

Finance Minister Holds 5th Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting


The Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley holds his 5th Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting with the leading Economists in New Delhi. According to the Finance Minister, India has recorded an average growth of 7.5% from 2014-15 to 2016-17, significantly higher as compared to the growth in the previous two years. 

Jitu Rai And Heena Sidhu Win Medals at Asian Championships


Pistol aces Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu bagged a bronze each to continue India's medal charge at the 10th Asian Championship 10m Rifle/Pistol in Wako City, Japan.

Mount Hope Becomes UK's New Highest Mountain


Britain has a new highest mountain after new satellite data revealed the peak was almost 400 metres taller than previously thought. Mount Hope, in the British Atlantic Territory, was recently re-measured and found to be 377 metres taller than previous calculations.

Electronics and IT Ministry Launched First NIC-CERT


Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched first NIC-CERT, a setup of National Informatics Centre to prevent and predict cyber attacks on government utilities. It was launched in New Delhi.

Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Movie Theatres After 35 Years


Saudi Arabia will have its first public cinemas in more than 35 years after the government announced the lifting of the ban on movie theatres.

Indian Economy Likely to Grow by 7.2% in 2018, 7.4% in 2019: UN Report


Indian economy is likely to grow by 7.2 percent in 2018 and go up further to 7.4 percent in 2018 on the back of strong private consumption, public investment and the ongoing structural reforms, according to a UN report.

Vice President Confers 'Yeraringan' Award to M.S. Swaminathan


The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has conferred 'Yeraringan' Award to Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, in Chennai. Prof. M.S. Swaminathan was a transformative leader who has inspired many scientists to focus on the problem of Indian agriculture.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Rahul Gandhi Elected Indian National Congress President


The Indian National Congress announced that Rahul Gandhi has been elected as its new President, taking over from his mother Sonia Gandhi. He is the 16th President of Congress since Independence.

China Starts World's Biggest Floating Solar Project


A unit of China Three Gorges Corp. is building a 1 billion yuan ($151 million) floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s eastern province of Anhui. China Three Gorges New Energy Co. started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant was connected to the grid.

Pradeep Singh Kharola Takes Over as Air India CMD


Senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola took charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India. Kharola assumed charge from Rajiv Bansal.

Pioneer of DNA Fingerprinting Lalji Singh Passes Away


Lalji Singh, a pioneer of DNA fingerprinting technology in India and former Vice-Chancellor of Benares Hindu University, BHU (2011 to 2014), passed away at the age of 70.

Russia-India-China Foreign Ministers Meet Begins in Delhi


Foreign Ministers of Russia, India, and China (RIC) are holding a trilateral meeting in New Delhi. The meeting is expected to review global and regional issues of mutual interest as well as discuss trilateral exchanges and activities.

India INX Gets SEBI go-ahead for Listing of Debt Securities


BSE's India International Exchange (India INX) has received approval from the capital market regulator SEBI on the framework for the listing of debt securities. 

India Beat Germany, Win Bronze at Hockey World League Final


India defeated Germany 2-1 in the Hockey World League Final to grab the bronze medal at the event, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. SV Sunil and Harmanpreet Singh scored for the world number six Indian side.

Maruti Suzuki Replaces SBI as 6th Most Valuable Indian Firm


India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki became India's sixth most valued firm, crossing India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI).

Diddy Tops the List of 2017's Highest-Paid Musicians: Forbes


Musician Diddy was on the top of Forbes’ annual world’s highest-paid musician list shows. He is on top despite not releasing any album in 2017.

Uma Shankar Appointed RBI Executive Director


Uma Shankar, chief general manager (CGM) in charge of the Reserve Bank of India's financial inclusion and development department has taken over as executive director (ED) in the central bank.

Veteran Journalist Sukharanjan Sengupta Passes Away


Veteran journalist Sukharanjan Sengupta died due to old age-related health problems. He was 85.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

UN Women, Facebook Inaugurates 'We The Women' Event in Mumbai


UN Women in collaboration with Facebook inaugurated a two day event in Mumbai titled 'We The Women' to empower and recognise the magnificent contribution of women in our society.

Indonesia Open Aquatic: Indian Diving Team wins 6 Medals


Indian Diving Team won 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in Indonesia Open Aquatic Championship 2017. The five-day championship concluded recently in Indonesia's Jakarta.

Direct Tax Collections for Financial Year 2017-18 show Growth of 14.4% upto November, 2017


The provisional figures of Direct Tax collections up to November, 2017 show that net collections are at Rs. 4.8 lakh crore which is 14.4% higher than the net collections for the corresponding period of last year. 

New Delhi to Host Asean-India Connectivity Summit


According to the External Affairs Ministry, New Delhi will host the two-day long Asean-India Connectivity Summit (AICS) on the theme "Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century".

Human Rights Day- 10 December


Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. The day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Mahesh Sharma Inaugurates ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’


Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma has inaugurated the three days ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ in New Delhi.

FIFA Lifts Kuwait Football Ban


The international football federation, FIFA, has lifted a two-year suspension against Kuwait’s football association that has prevented the country from participating in international tournaments.

Sarvesh Tiwari Appointed as President Para Sports Foundation


On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a renowned communication expert, Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari, was appointed as the President of Para-Sports Foundation (PSF), India.

India's GDP Growth to Rise to 7.5 pc in 2018: Morgan Stanley


The Indian economy is expected to witness cyclical growth recovery, with real GDP growth likely to accelerate from 6.4 percent this year to 7.5 percent in 2018 and further to 7.7 percent in 2019, says a report of Morgan Stanley.

Giriraj Singh Launches Public Procurement Portal for MSEs - MSME Sambandh


A Public Procurement Portal ‘MSME Sambandh’ was launched by Shri Giriraj Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME in New Delhi.

India to Achieve ‘Electricity for all’ by Early 2020s: IEA


Half a billion people have gained access to electricity in India since 2000, almost doubling the country’s electrification rate, according to the World Energy Access report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Suresh Prabhu in Argentina to Attend 11th Ministerial Conference of WTO


Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu is in Buenos Aires, Argentina to attend the 11th Ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). 

India Declared Free from Trachoma, an Infection of Eye


India has been declared free from infectious Trachoma which is a contagious bacterial infection of the eye. It causes inflamed granulation on the inner surface of the lids.

Friday, 8 December 2017

News Headlines of the Day- 08 December 2017

Dear Students, 


Current affairs section plays a very important role in your preparation. It helps you develop your confidence as well as hold on happenings in your surroundings. Current affairs is a section that not only helps in scoring good marks in written exam but also helps in your interviews. So here are the top headlines of the day that will help you to update on daily basis. Kindly go through this along with the links on each headline.

International Conference on Groundwater Organized


An International conference is being organized on the Groundwater issues in the country with a theme of “Groundwater Vision 2030- Water Security, Challenges, and Climate Change Adaptation”. 

Kacheguda Becomes India’s First Energy-Efficient Railway Station


Kacheguda Railway Station in Hyderabad under the South Central Railway (SCR) has earned the unique distinction of being the first Energy Efficient ‘A1 Category’ Railway Station on Indian Railways.

Kanchanmala Pande Wins India’s 1st World Para Swimming Championship Gold


Nagpur’s Kanchanmala Pande created history as she became the first Indian to secure pole position at the World Para-Swimming Championship in Mexico.

Time Magazine Names #MeToo 'Silence Breakers' As Person Of The Year


“The Silence Breakers”, the vanguard of a global movement by millions of women to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, was revealed to be Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

Kerala to Raise Minimum Liquor Drinking Age from 21 to 23


The Kerala government lead by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has decided to raise the legal drinking age from 21 to 23 years. The State Cabinet in a meeting decided to introduce a new ordinance raising the minimum age for liquor consumption from 21 to 23.

Azar A.H.Khan Appointed Next Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan


Shri Azar A.H.Khan, presently Consul General in the Consulate General of India, Istanbul has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan.

All About the Star Screen Awards 2017 Held in Mumbai


Star Screen Awards, the annual film awards recognises the best of talent in Hindi films. Vidya Balan bagged the award for Best Actress (Critics) for Tumhari Sulu, Irrfan won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Hindi Medium. Rajkummar Rao won the Best Actor Award (Critics) for Newton & Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award for Bareilly Ki Barfi as well.

London Mayor Names Deepak Parekh as First International Ambassador


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has named noted Indian businessman, Deepak Parekh, as 'International Ambassador' who will be tasked with championing the UK capital across the globe.

Taj Mahal Named Second-Best UNESCO World Heritage Site


The Taj Mahal, India's iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum in Agra, is the second best UNESCO world heritage site in the world, according to a new survey by online travel portal TripAdvisor.

Axis Securities Gets NCDEX Membership


Axis Securities, a subsidiary of Axis Bank, has become the first-ever broking arm of a bank to take membership of a commodity exchange by registering itself with NCDEX.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Ballon d'Or, Equals Lionel Messi's Record


Cristiano Ronaldo (from Portugal) has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris, France.

1st Intl. Conference on Sports Medicine & Sports Sciences SAICON 2017 Inaugurated in Delhi


The First International Conference on Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences SAICON 2017 was inaugurated in New Delhi by the Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore.

USA Now Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital


President of USA Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Wassenaar Arrangement Decides to Make India its Member


In a significant development, elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) decided to admit India as its new member. This would raise New Delhi’s stature in the field of non-proliferation besides helping it acquire critical technologies.