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Somalia's Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo chosen as new President

Feb 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Somalia's MPs elected Abdullahi Farmajo, holder of dual US-Somalia citizenship, as the country's new president in a vote held at a heavily guarded aircraft hangar.

Indian-origin UK sculptor awarded Israel’s Genesis Prize

Feb 8, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor was honoured with Israel's Genesis prize for his commitment to Jewish values.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quits Trump’s Economic Advisory Council

Feb 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

This development is a reflection of growing dissatisfaction in the American corporate world with Trump’s policies.

Sushmita Sen to judge the 65th Miss Universe pageant

Jan 23, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The contest will take place on 30 January 2017 in Philippines.

Subhash Chandra Bose remembered on his 120th birth anniversary

Jan 23, 2017
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The files released on Bose’s 120th birth anniversary include a report of Justice Mukherjee Commission on Inquiry on the alleged disappearance of Bose and Action Taken Report of 2006.

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.

NASA to send first African-American to space station in 2018

Jan 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Epps was selected by NASA in 2009 as an astronaut. She will join Feustel as a flight engineer on Expedition 56, and remain on board for Expedition 57.

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

Jan 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

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

Sushma Swaraj named 2016 'Global Thinker' by Foreign Policy magazine

Dec 17, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Swaraj’s name featured in the ‘decision makers’ category along with the names of other world-renowned leaders such as US Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

A R Rahman in Oscar Race Again

Dec 15, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

AR Rahman’s acclaimed number ‘Ginga’ is among the 91 songs selected in the initial nomination list for the 89th annual academy awards. If selected, the Indian music maestro stands the chance to win double Oscar once again.

Madonna’s biopic voted as best unproduced script of 2016

Dec 14, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The Queen of Pop has written & produced numerous songs that topped the record charts, such as Like a Virgin, Papa Don't Preach, Like a Prayer and more.

Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta urged for peace in J&K

Dec 12, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Jose Ramos-Horta is the UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) since January 2013. He won the Nobel peace prize in 1996 for his role in resolving the violence in East Timor.

Trump named as Time magazine's person of the year

Dec 8, 2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

Time cover that features a photograph of the President-elect sitting on a chair reads, “Donald Trump – President of the Divided States of America”.

Dr Ambedkar’s birthday to be celebrated as Water Day

Dec 7, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, was a jurist, economist, politician and a social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination.

Justice JS Khehar to be 44th Chief Justice of India

Dec 7, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Justice Khehar who will be sworn-in as CJI on 4 January 2017 led the Supreme Court bench that struck down NJAC Act and set aside Presidential rule in Arunachal.

Nation pays homage to Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvan Diwas

Dec 6, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

By the virtue of being the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar is also referred to as the Father of Indian Constitution.

Narendra Modi wins reader’s poll for the TIME Person of the Year 2016

Dec 5, 2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Modi with 18 percent votes was much ahead of by U.S President Barack Obama, US President-elect Donald Trump and Founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange, who all got 7% votes each.

Trump nominated Seema Verma to head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Nov 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

She is the owner and CEO of SVC Inc, a health policy consulting firm and has worked as an adviser to several US States including Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

Trump names South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as UN envoy

Nov 24, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

President-elect Donald Trump named Nikki Haley as the US Ambassador to the United Nations and Betsy DeVos as education secretary of the country.

Portuguese PM Antonio Costa to be Chief Guest at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Nov 24, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is scheduled to be held from 7 January to 9 January 2017 at Bengaluru in Karnataka. The Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held on 7 January 2017.

Jacob Zuma survives opposition’s no-confidence motion

Nov 12, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

This is the third no- confidence vote that Zuma has survived in less than a year and fifth since 2012. Zuma’s career in politics has not been a smooth one with corruption and other allegations being thrown at him every now and then. Latest to join the list is an allegation of a possible criminal activity or misconduct.

Anil Bokil: The real brain behind the currency withdrawal move

Nov 11, 2016
Important for Exam: 58 people agreed

Anil Bokil, who put his take on financial reforms, is the founder of Arthkranti Pratishtan that has been promoting the theory of ArthaKranti- revolution in economics.

Trump surprises with a gracious victory speech!

Nov 10, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Though for the world Trump’s win came as a shocker, ‘The Simpsons’ predicted it years back. One of the show’s episodes titled ‘Bart to the Future’, which was aired in 2000, showed a fictionalized Trump in a disastrous presidency that ultimately left the entire nation bankrupt.

Narendra Modi to be mascot of Incredible India campaign

Nov 9, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The position was lying vacant since Aamir Khan’s ouster as the campaign’s brand ambassador in January 2016 for his remarks on Indian intolerance. Names of Bollywood superstars, Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra were doing rounds as likely contenders of the role.

Bindeshwar Pathak appointed as brand ambassador of Swachh Rail Mission

Nov 3, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Bindeshwar Pathak is an Indian sociologist and the founder of Sulabh International. His work is considered pioneering in social reform, especially in the field of sanitation and hygiene.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel remembered on his 141st birth anniversary

Nov 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary is celebrated as National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas). The theme for the 2016 Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was Integration of India.

G Balakrishna, Bengaluru water tanker driver, crowned Mr Asia 2016

Oct 25, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Earlier, he won the Mr Universe Under-24 junior contest in Germany and the Mr Universe title in the same category at the world championship in Athens in 2014.

Indian mountaineer Arjun Vajpai scales world's sixth highest mountain Cho Oyu

Oct 6, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Arjun is also the third youngest Indian to scale the Mount Everest. He scaled the highest mountain of the world in 2010 at the age of 16 years, 11 months and 18 days.

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya gets one year extension

Oct 3, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

This move of the government came at the time when the country’s largest bank is set to merge its associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank with itself.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince to be chief guest on Republic Day in India

Oct 3, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The Crown Prince will be the first leader from Gulf to be the Chief Guest of the Republic Day parade since 2006. In 2006, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was the chief guest on Republic Day.

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