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World Braille Day observed on 4 January 2017

Jan 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The day also helps people to feel the importance to produce works in the Braille language to allow blinds to read the works.

TRAI released consultation paper on Net Neutrality

Jan 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The consultation paper is a part of the measures undertaken by the Department of Telecom and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to find an acceptable solution to the issue of net neutrality.

Scientists discover a new organ in human digestive system

Jan 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

New Research shows evidence of the existence of a new organ – Mesentery-within the human digestive system.

Renowned Sitar Player Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan passes away

Jan 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

Born in 1929 in Jawra, Madhya Pradesh, Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan belonged to the Beenkar Gharana of Indore.

Book titled The People's President: Dr A P J Abdul Kalam released

Jan 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

It is a comprehensive compendium of Dr Kalam’s experiences as the President of India between 2002 and 2007.

Filmmaker Dasari to make biopic on Jaya

Jan 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Veteran filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao will be making a biopic titled ‘Amma’ on the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, covering her life story.

India wins 2016 SAFF Women's Championship

Jan 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The early goal in the finals was scored by India’s Dangmei Grace in the 12th minute. In the second half of the game, goal from India’s Sasmita Malik and Indumathi helped the Indian women fetch the title.

Finland introduces basic income for unemployed

Jan 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

Finland introduces basic monthly income to tackle the issue of unemployment and poverty. Under the scheme, a basic amount will be provided to 2000 randomly picked citizens on a trial basis for two years.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni steps down as Captain of India ODI and T20I teams

Jan 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The ace Indian cricketer also informed BCCI that he will be available for selection for the upcoming series against England. However, he would not be continuing in the skipper's role.

Jovenel Moise declared winner of Haiti’s Presidential elections

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Jovenel Moise, the candidate of former President Michel Martelly’s Haitian Tet Kale Party has been declared the new President-Elect of the Hurricane-hit Caribbean nation, Haiti.

Union Government launched IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The IPR Enforcement Toolkit is one of the measures undertaken by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) to strengthen the IP ecosystem in the country.

Bunkar Mitra helpline for handloom weavers starts functioning

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The helpline is part of the Digital India initiative of the Government that seeks to use technology for mitigating problems of common man.

Surekha Marandi appointed as Executive Director of RBI

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Marandi will look after Consumer Education and Protection Department, Financial Inclusion and Development Department and Secretary's Department.

Karnataka's Cooperation Minister H S Mahadev Prasad dies

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

He was there in Chikkamagaluru to attend the silver jubilee celebrations of the Transport Cooperative Society at Koppa.

Google Doodle pays tribute to Savitribai Phule on her 186th birth anniversary

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Savitribai taught in the school which was started by her itself along with her husband Jyotirao Phule in 1848.

104th Indian Science Congress inaugurated in Tirupati

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

It is the second time that Tirupati is hosting the Indian Science Congress. It first hosted the Science Congress in 1983.

 

Election Commission announces dates of assembly polls of five states

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

As per the estimates of ECI, over 16 crore people will vote in this year's assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Manipur and Goa.

2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The International year aims to promote tourism’s role in sustainable economic growth, resource efficiency, employment and poverty reduction.

Renowned English art critic John Berger passes away

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Berger constantly and provocatively challenged traditional interpretations of art and society and the connections between the two. His book, Ways of Seeing, had a considerable effect on how visual art was appreciated.

Swachh Bharat survey launched in 500 cities

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The survey aims to assess cities and rank them on the basis of sanitation standards, efforts made by urban bodies and Open Defecation Free status.

PM Narendra Modi announced pan-India expansion of Maternity Benefit Programme

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The Maternity Benefit Programme enables the government to achieve its commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Union Government launches mobile app for Haj Pilgrimage

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The main features of this first-of-its-kind app include applying for Haj, enquiry and information, news and updates and e-payment.

 

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar sworn in as 44th Chief Justice of India

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Justice Khehar succeeds T S Thakur who retired on 3 January 2017 after tenure of a year.

Arthur Morris inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Morris is regarded as one of Australia's greatest left-handed batsmen.

Table tennis Olympic champion Li Xiaoxia announces retirement

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

In her illustrious career she had won the gold medal in each of the Olympics, World Cup and World Champions.

SC extends Judicial review powers

Jan 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

A bench of justices led by Chief Justice TS Thakur ruled that ordinances being of the same force as a law have to be placed before the Parliament or state legislature.

NASA captures image of ISS crossing Sun

Jan 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

At that time, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko, Sergey Ryzhikov, Oleg Novitskiy and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet were onboard.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet was dated wrongly

Jan 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Researchers claim that Shakespeare’s longest and most influential tragedies, ‘Hamlet’, may have actually been dated wrongly.

K V Pusa, former NPCC President and Minister, passes away

Jan 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

He had served in various departments and ministeries during his tenure including his role as Minister for Veterinary and Animal Husbandry during 1998-1999.

British-Indian knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

Jan 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Indian-origin Shankar Balasubramanian, has received the knighthood in the 2017 New Year Honours for his immense contribution in the field of biology and medicine.

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