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Donald Trump appointed PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi to Strategic and Policy Forum

Dec 15, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The forum will advise Trump on implementing his economic agenda. Other prominent members of the committee are - Stephen Schwarzman, Jack Welch and Elon Musk.

Jharkhand government to form separate cell for Primitive Tribes Group

Jul 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

Particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTG) (earlier known as Primitive tribal group) is a government of India classification created with the purpose of enabling improvement in the conditions of certain communities with particularly low development indices.

Satish Mathur appointed DGP of Maharashtra Police

Jul 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Earlier, Mathur was Additional DGP of the state’s Anti-Corruption Bureau, during which he solved few high profile cases like multi-crore rupee irrigation department scams and others.

Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari sworn-in as Chief Justice of Patna High Court

Jul 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Justice Ansari had worked twice as Acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court since December 2014 before being sworn in as its 39th Chief Justice. Justice Ansari retires on 29 October 2016.

Pashudhan Bima Yojana launched in Haryana

Jul 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 48 people agreed

Under the Yojna, Insurance cover will be provided at a premium of 100 rupees for cows, buffaloes, bulls, camels and at 25 rupees for sheep, goat and pig for a period of three years.

 

International Day of Friendship 2016 observed globally

Jul 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

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

Jul 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

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

Jul 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

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

Jul 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

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.

AAAI confers Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 on Srinivasan Swamy

Jul 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

At present, Srinivasan Swamy, popularly known as Sundar, is the chairman of R K Swamy Hansa, a marketing communications Group.

Great Red Spot storm heating Jupiter's atmosphere: Study

Jul 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The storm is based in Jupiter’s lower atmosphere and spans 13670 miles by 7456 miles (22000 km by 12000 km). The top of its clouds reach altitudes of about 31 miles (50 km).

Madras Crocodile Bank Trust opens for public

Jul 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 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

Jul 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

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.

Rajya Sabha passes Compensatory and Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016

Jul 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The Bill establishes the National Compensatory Afforestation Fund under the Public Account of India, and a State Compensatory Afforestation Fund under the Public Account of each state.

IMD to use supercomputer to forecast monsoon with Dynamical Model

Jul 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The dynamical model is also known as the Coupled Forecast System. It collates data on local as well as global weather patterns to simulate a forecast for a specific duration.

Union Government forms 'Disha' for timely implementation of Central Schemes

Jul 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Disha was created for effective development and coordination of Central Government's programme, whether it is for infrastructure development or Social and human resource development.

Eminent writer, social activist Mahasweta Devi passes away

Jul 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

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

Jul 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

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

Jul 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 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

Jul 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

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

Jul 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 10 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.

Union Cabinet clears changes to GST Bill, drops 1% additional tax on inter-state sales

Jul 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

It decided that any dispute between states and the Centre will be adjudicated by the GST Council, which will have representation from both the Centre and states.

Lok Sabha passes Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Jul 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The bill amends section 44 of the 2013 Act and says that every public servant shall make a declaration of his assets and liabilities in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

Union Cabinet approves setting up of AIIMS in Bhatinda

Jul 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The cost of the project for establishment of the AIIMS in Bhatinda shall be 925 crore rupees. This cost estimate does not include recurring costs (wages & salaries and operation & maintenance expenses).

World Hepatitis Day 2016 observed with theme Elimination

Jul 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 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

Jul 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 9 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.

Policy for awarding Waterfront and associated lands in major ports approved

Jul 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Under the Policy, concession will be granted to Port Dependent Industries (PDI) for setting up dedicated facilities in Major Ports for import and export of cargo for maximum 30 years.

Muralitharan, Lohmann, Morris and Rolton to be inducted into Cricket Hall of Fame

Jul 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

With the announcement, off-spinner Muralitharan becomes the first Sri Lankan player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  The four iconic cricketers were voted by the ICC Cricket Hall of Famers as well as members of the media.

Lok Sabha passes Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015

Jul 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The bill provides for rrigorous imprisonment of one year up to seven years, and a fine which may extend to 25% of the fair market value of the benami property.

Father of Hybrid Sorghum Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao passes away

Jul 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Due to his efforts, sorghum hybrids CSH1 CSH5 and CSH9 became popular and were cultivated in over 8 to 10 million hectares

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