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International Day of Friendship 2016 observed globally

Published on: 30-JUL-2016
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The Day is aimed at supporting the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).

United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2016 observed

Published on: 30-JUL-2016
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On this day, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched the campaign #igivehope to show victims of human trafficking.

Joint Indo-Thailand Military Exercise ‘Maitree’ culminates

Published on: 30-JUL-2016
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The aim of the joint exercise was to train contingents of both the armies on conduct of counter terrorist operations in an urban environment.

TVSN Prasad committee formed for exploring possible alternatives to Pellet Guns

Published on: 30-JUL-2016
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The committee was constituted to rethink on the use of pellet guns after its use by CRPF for crowd control in Kashmir was blamed for causing fatal injuries to protestors.

Madras Crocodile Bank Trust opens for public

Published on: 29-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Croc Bank currently consists of a large reptile park near Chennai, Southern India and several field projects located throughout the subcontinent reaching as far afield as the Nicobar Islands.

T Nanda Kumar resigns as Chairman of National Dairy Development Board

Published on: 29-JUL-2016
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T Nanda Kumar had submitted his resignation on 29 June 2016. His resignation was accepted by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet on 27 July 2016.

Eminent writer, social activist Mahasweta Devi passes away

Published on: 29-JUL-2016
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In her 90-year-long life, Devi won the Sahitya Akademi award (1979), the Padma Shree (1986), the Jnanpith (1997), the Magsaysay award (1997) and the Deshikottam award in 1999.

James Alan McPherson, first black writer to win Pulitzer Prize in fiction, dies

Published on: 29-JUL-2016
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In 1978, James Alan McPherson won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his short story collection Elbow Room, becoming the first African-American to win the Pulitzer for fiction.

International Tiger Day observed

Published on: 29-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.

Veteran tabla maestro Pandit Lacchu Maharaj dies

Published on: 29-JUL-2016
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Lacchu Maharaj has been described as one of the frontline tabla players in the world. Other than his professional performances all over the world, he played the tabla in many Bollywood films.

India, US discover major Natural Gas Reserve in Indian Ocean

Published on: 28-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The international team of scientists was led by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited of India in cooperation with the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Japanese Drilling Company.

World Hepatitis Day 2016 observed with theme Elimination

Published on: 28-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The theme for the 2016 focuses on elimination of hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. The theme can be easily adapted for local use to achieve elimination, greater awareness, increased diagnosis and key interventions including universal vaccination, blood and injection safety etc.

India signs $1 billion deal with US for procuring four Poseidon-8I aircraft

Published on: 28-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The contract is a follow-on order to eight P-81 planes worth 2.1 billion dollars deal inked in 2009, already bought by India in a direct deal with the firm. These aircrafts were inducted by the Navy between May 2013 and October 2015.

Father of Hybrid Sorghum Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao passes away

Published on: 28-JUL-2016
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Due to his efforts, sorghum hybrids CSH1 CSH5 and CSH9 became popular and were cultivated in over 8 to 10 million hectares

India's first Humboldt Penguins reach Mumbai’s Byculla Zoo

Published on: 27-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The newly arrived penguins are about one to three years old and weigh around 1 to 2.5 kgs. The weight is expected to reach 4-6 kgs after they are fully-grown. Their height, which is 12.15 cms now, will also increase to 65-70 cm.

Bezwada Wilson, Thodur Madabusi Krishna win Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016

Published on: 27-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Bezwada Wilson was recognized for asserting the inalienable right to a life of human dignity. While, TM Krishna was recognized for ensuring social inclusiveness in culture.

East Bengal to honour Milkha Singh with Bharat Gaurav Award

Published on: 27-JUL-2016
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Singh will be honoured with the prestigious award on the East Bengal Foundation Day (1 August 2016). Along with the award, a cheque of 2 lakh rupees will also be presented to him.

India's CSIR ranked World's 12th Best Government Institute

Published on: 27-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

In 2016, the ranking of the CSIR jumped to 12th spot after being at 14th spot for three consecutive years. The overall global ranking of CSIR also improved from 110 to 99th position.

Former diplomat Arundhati Ghose passes away

Published on: 27-JUL-2016
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Arundhati Ghose is remembered for her services to the nation, including her role as head of the Indian delegation at the CTBT negotiations.

Buddha Rashmi Mani appointed as Director General of National Museum

Published on: 26-JUL-2016
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Earlier, he had supervised the excavation work in the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya in 2003.

Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli resigns ahead of a no-confidence vote

Published on: 25-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Oli, 64, who became prime minister of Nepal in October 2015, has been facing a no-trust motion after the Maoists withdrew support from the coalition government.

A Kanyakumari becomes first woman violinist to receive Sangita Kalanidhi Award

Published on: 25-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Sangita Kalanidhi is the first woman violinist to get the award in the history of the Music Academy. She will preside over the 90th annual conference of the Academy to be held between 15 December 2016 and 1 January 2017.

Bappi Lahiri conferred Mahanayak Samman of West Bengal

Published on: 25-JUL-2016
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Goutam Ghose, a critically-acclaimed filmmaker, was honoured with the award for best director, while Paran Bandyopadhyay and Jishu Sengupta received Best actor (male) awards.

Madhav Chitale committee constituted to prepare Guidelines for Desiltation of River Ganga

Published on: 25-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The committee has been asked to establish difference between desilting and sand mining and also to establish need for desilting for ecology and e-flow of the river Ganga.

Modern Indian artist Syed Haider Raza dies

Published on: 25-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Raza became one of India's priciest modern artist on 10 June 2010 when a seminal work, Saurashtra, was sold for 16.42 crore rupees at a Christie's auction.

Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2016 begins in Guwahati

Published on: 24-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The aim of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival is to bridge the gap by bringing engaging storytellers from within and outside the region under one roof.

Annual electronic music festival Tomorrowland begins in Belgium

Published on: 24-JUL-2016
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The year 2016 also marks Tomorrowland 10th edition. More than 350000 tickets for the festival were sold out in an hour of their opening in February 2016.

Kerala Tourism wins Gold at PATA Awards

Published on: 23-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The awards were in the categories of Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media and E-Newsletter, which were grabbed by the successful Visit Kerala television commercial campaign and the popular Kerala Tourism E-Newsletter, respectively.

Ganesh Singh appointed Head of Joint Parliamentary Committee for Land Acquisition Bill

Published on: 23-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Singh replaced S S Ahluwalia, who became Minister of the State for Parliamentary Affairs in reshuffle of the council of ministers on 5 July 2016. After the appointment, Singh will have to move a resolution in the Lok Sabha seeking the seventh extension of the term of the panel.

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes resigns

Published on: 22-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

However, Ailes will continue to serve as an informal adviser to Rupert Murdoch and will receive a severance package of about 40 million US dollars.

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