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India-Israel co-developed MR-SAM missile successfully test-fired

Published on: 30-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) was successfully test-fired from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off the Odisha coast. It was co-developed by the DRDL in partnership with IAI.

RBI to study Blockchain technology to curtail paper currency

Published on: 30-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The distributed nature of a blockchain database makes it harder for hackers to attack it. The linked blocks make hacking tricky as the hackers would have to get access to every copy of the database simultaneously.

Italian film actor Bud Spencer dies

Published on: 30-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Born in Naples as Carlo Pedersoli, he adopted the stage name Bud Spencer- the first name inspired by a Budweiser beer and the last to honour his favourite star Spencer Tracy.

Renowned painter KG Subramanyan passes away

Published on: 30-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Born in 1924 in Kerala, he was a professor at various times at the Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University in Baroda and his alma mater, Kala Bhavan (Santiniketan) from where he finally retired in 1989.

Navy inducts Indigenous Heavyweight Torpedo 'Varunastra'

Published on: 30-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Torpedo 'Varunastra' helped India to join a select group of eight countries that have capabilities to design and develop heavyweight torpedoes

SCO Summit 2016 concludes in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Published on: 30-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The signing of Memorandum of Obligations by India and Pakistan started the formal process of joining the SCO as a full member. They are expected to become full members by the next meeting at Astana in 2017.

10th National Statistics Day celebrated with theme Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare

Published on: 29-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

This National Statistics Day is celebrated annually with an objective to create public awareness among people, especially the younger generation about the importance of statistics in daily life as well as in the process of planning and development.

UNICEF released the State of the World's Children 2016 Report

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

The report mentions that unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, by 2030 almost 70 million children may die before reaching their fifth birthdays.

NS Vishwanathan appointed Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India

Published on: 29-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Vishwanathan, who served as the Principal Chief General Manager in the Department of non-banking supervision at RBI, has been working as the Executive Director at RBI since April 2014.

Exercise Jalrahat for flood Relief in Assam started

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

Exercise Jalrahat, a joint initiative led by GAJRAJ Corps with full support from HQ Eastern Command, is based on Flood Relief in an urban setting.

World Economic Forum released the Human Capital Report 2016

Published on: 29-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

India occupied the 105th position among the 130 countries surveyed in the Index, and is placed behind Sri Lanka (50), China (71), Indonesia (72), Iran (85), Bhutan (91) and Bangladesh (104).

Naga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu dies

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

Isak Chishi Swu's death has brought the focus back on the status of the Naga peace accord negotiations that are going on since the signing of a framework agreement in August 2015.

Majuli in Assam declared as island district

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

Majuli is a unique geographical occurrence and a result of the dynamics of the Brahmaputra river system. It is also the largest mid river delta system in the world.

Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan: A scheme to boost healthcare facilities for pregnant women

Published on: 28-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The scheme aims at boosting the health care facilities for the pregnant women, especially the poor, and seeks to protect pregnant ladies from infectious diseases. The scheme is applicable only to the women in their pregnancy period of 3 to 6 months.

Xerxes Sapur Desai, founder of Titan, dies

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

Desai played a key role in introducing India to its first quartz watch in the late 80s when he set up Titan Co. Ltd (part of Tata Sons), after enduring years of resistance from state-owned HMT Watches.

Social entrepreneur Zubaida Bai wins UN honour for corporate sustainability initiative

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

The 2016 Local SDG Pioneers, an initiative of the UN Global Compact, seeks out individuals who are demonstrating how the SDGs can enable business to unlock economic, social and environmental gains for the world.

Sujoy Bose appointed as CEO of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund

Published on: 28-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

His appointment was made by the Union Government following his selection by the Selection Committee constituted under the Department Of Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.

Scientists succeed in introduction of Sericulture in Poyen Village of Kargil

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

During 2015-16, 31 unemployed girls/women farmers received training at Poyen village and produced quality Bivoltine cocoons for the first time in Kargil district.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture observed

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

Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances.

International Indian Film Academy IIFA Awards 2016 presented

Published on: 27-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The awards were presented by the International Indian Film Academy honouring the best Hindi films of 2015.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed with theme Listen First

Published on: 27-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

On this day, Punjab Frontier of Border Security Force organised a Cycle Rally with an aim to spread the message of utmost dedication to national Security & awareness against drugs.

Noted Malayalam theatre artist Kavalam Narayana Panicker passes away

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

Panicker's notable works are Madhyamavyayogam, Kalidasa's Vikramorvasiyam, Shakuntalam, Karnabharam, Bhasa's Uru Bhangam, Swapnavasavadattam and Dootavakyam.

International Olympic Day celebrated on 23 June

Published on: 25-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The day was initiated in 1948 for commemorating the commencement of modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at Sorbonne in Paris.

Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka to chair panel on human rights in South Sudan

Published on: 25-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Sooka will serve together with Kenneth Scott from the US and Godfrey Musila of Kenya on the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.

Pioneer of Indian quizzing Neil O'Brien died

Published on: 25-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

A former member of Lok Sabha, Neil O'Brien was also a three-time nominated Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal and an educationist.

Day of the Seafarer 2016 observed with theme At Sea For All

Published on: 25-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The theme for the year has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, Shipping: indispensable to the world.

IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal awarded with G D Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2015

Published on: 24-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Sanjay Mittal was instrumental in establishing the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility at IIT Kanpur and heads the National Wind Tunnel Facility.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced resignation after Brexit vote

Published on: 24-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The announcement was made hours after the Brexit vote that favoured leaving the European Union. Cameron will step down in October 2016 at the Conservative Party Conference to make way for a new Prime Minister to guide the UK in the new direction for the country.

Mercer's Cost of Living Survey 2016 released; Mumbai costliest in India

Published on: 23-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Asia dominates the top 5 of 2016 Cost of Living Rankings, with Hong Kong bagging the No. 1 spot, pushing Luanda, Angola to 2nd.

Amjad Sabri, a famed Pakistani Qawwal, shot dead in Karachi

Published on: 23-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

He was the son of renowned Qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri of 'Bhar Do Jholi Meri' fame. The Sabri family is famous in the subcontinent for their contribution to sufi art and mystic poetry.

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