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First Ever Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Dance Festival concluded in Hyderabad

20 hrs ago
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During the festival, over 100 artists from about 10 countries showcased their traditional and contemporary dance nuances.

SpaceX launches Cluster of Iridium Satellites from California

22 hrs ago
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The launch was made after three consecutive postponements in recent weeks. The 23-foot long Falcon 9 placed the cluster of Iridium’s 10 communication satellite into designated orbits.

Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies

22 hrs ago
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Pinyin, the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, changed the way the language was taught. It was officially adopted by the Chinese Government in 1958, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1982, and the United Nations in 1986.

Kiran Doshi’s book titled ‘Jinnah Often Came to Our House’ won 2016 Hindu Prize

22 hrs ago
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The book, which is a work of fiction, is set against the political turmoil of the Indian Subcontinent from the early part of the 20th century, ending with the Partition and Independence.

Unemployment in India pegged at 18 million in 2018: ILO

23 hrs ago
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As per the report, working poverty rates have been declining over the long term and this trend is expected to continue in 2017.

62nd Filmfare awards presented in Mumbai

1 day ago
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In critics award category, Sonam Kapoor won the Critics' Award as Best Actor (Female) for her performance in Neerja.

69th Army Day celebrated on 15 January

1 day ago
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The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in the National Capital as well as in all headquarters.

Surjit Singh Barnala, former Chief Minister of Punjab, dies

1 day ago
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Barnala has served as Chief Minister of Punjab from 29 September 1985 until 11 May 1987, a period of Sikh militant movement in Punjab.

India's first solar power boat launched in Kerala

3 days ago
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The government will soon launch ten more solar power boats with an aim to replace the existing fleet of diesel boats with solar-powered ones.

Rudensky, Sakaguchi and Ramsdell win 2017 Crafoord Prize

3 days ago
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

They won the honour for “their discoveries relating to regulatory T cells, which counteract harmful immune reactions in arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.”

India successfully test-fires Guided Pinaka rocket

Jan 13, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The Armament Research and Development Establishment  (ARDE) Pune, the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) Hyderabad and the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) Hyderabad jointly developed the Guided Pinaka.

Portugal conferred National Order of Kingthood on Eduardo Faleiro

Jan 13, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Eduardo Faleiro is the Union Minister of State for External Affairs during the UPA Government.

Aakhiri Ahuti, Free-of-cost service to ferry remains of NE people, launched

Jan 13, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Delhi police statement said, "Aakhri Ahuti is a humanitarian initiative taken by Delhi Police in co-operation with IndiGo to carry the remains of the deceased from the North-east free of cost to the North-eastern destinations”.

Barack Obama awards Joe Biden with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Jan 13, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Joe Biden is the 47th Vice President of the United States.

Expert Group on SECC submitted report

Jan 13, 2017
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The expert group observed that the use of SECC data would lead to better budgetary planning and allocation of resources for various programmes.

Manish Tewari appointed as Distinguished Senior Fellow of Atlantic Council

Jan 12, 2017
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At the council, Tewari will work on developing programmes that are aimed at strengthening US-India ties.

Former MRF director KM Philip passes away

Jan 12, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

In recognition of his services, the All India Rubber Industries Association instituted the KM Philip Medal & Award on his 90th birthday.

Barack Obama selects 4 Indian-American scientists for presidential awards

Jan 12, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The four Indian-American scientists are Kaushik Chowdhury, Pankaj Lal, Manish Arora and Aradhna Tripati.

World’s first gender literature fest to be held in Patna

Jan 12, 2017
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The Gender Resource Centre of Bihar’s Women Development Corporation will be organising the first of its kind festival.

Second Scorpene class submarine Khanderi launched in Mumbai

Jan 12, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

India annually celebrates 8 December as the Submarine Day. The day commemorates the birth of the submarine arm with induction of the first submarine, erstwhile INS Kalvari, into the Indian Navy on 8 December 1967.

Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary observed as National Youth Day

Jan 12, 2017
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

In 1984, it was declared by the Union Government that 12 January will be observed as National Youth Day.

Veteran British war correspondent Clare Hollingworth dies

Jan 11, 2017
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She also covered the conflict in Vietnam where she scored a scoop that peace talks would shortly begin between Hanoi and Washington in 1968.

World Bank releases January 2017 Global Economic Prospects report

Jan 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

In its latest report, the World Bank said, immediate withdrawal of a large volume of currency in circulation and subsequent replacement with new notes in November contributed to slowing growth.

Roman Herzog, former President of Germany, passes away

Jan 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Herzog used the presidency to serve as a moral guardian for liberal and democratic values. He often talked about Germany’s moral responsibility for the crimes of its past.

12th World Hindi Day celebrated across the world

Jan 10, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

At present, Hindi as a language is spoken in more than 20 countries around the world and is being taught in 150 Universities across the globe.

IIT Kharagpur alumnus Parag Havaldar wins Technical Oscar Award

Jan 10, 2017
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He was awarded for the development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology at Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2017 conferred

Jan 10, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

In 2016, it was decided that the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas conventions will be held after an interval of two years. Therefore, the number of awards to be conferred for Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017 has been doubled to 30.

74th Annual Golden Globe Awards announced

Jan 10, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Moonlight won the award for the Best Motion Picture (Drama) while best Actor and best Director Awards were conferred to Casey Affleck for the movie Manchester by the Sea and Damien Chazelle for the movie La La Land, respectively.

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies

Jan 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Rafsanjani served as president in the early 1990s when Tehran was accused of a executing a wave of assassinations in Europe that targeted regime opponents.

Satellites and Missions launched by ISRO in 2016

Jan 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Earlier in June 2016, ISRO managed to successfully launch record 20 satellites in a single mission, which broke its previous record of 2008 of placing 10 satellites into the orbit in a single mission.

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