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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Daily Current Affairs 30th Jan. 2016 (Free GK Updates)

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 30 JAN 2016
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1. PUDUCHERRY LT GOVERNOR AK SINGH LAUNCHED MITRA APP FOR WOMEN SAFETY
i. Lt Governor of Puducherry AK Singh launched the MITRA mobile application to ensure safety and security of women in the Union Territory.
ii. The Android based application can send emergency messages when in danger or emergency.
iii. The person in danger need only press the power button of his/her mobile three times.
iv. The application can be used by anyone more useful to women, children and the aged.
Chief Minister of Puducherry: N Rangasamy

2. DR. KAMLESH KUMAR PANDEY APPOINTED AS CHIEF COMMISSIONER FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
i. Union Government has appointed Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey as the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities  for a period of three years.
ii. Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities  is appointed by the Central Government from persons having special knowledge or practical experience in matters relating to rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities.
iii. He is responsible to safeguard the rights and facilities made available to persons with disabilities.

3. NITISH KUMAR SELECTED FOR K VEERAMANI SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
i. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been chosen for the prestigious K Veeramani Social Justice Award.
ii. the award is given for his contribution for the cause of social justice especially for upliftment of weaker and marginalised sections of the society.
iii. K Veeramani Social Justice Award is the  annual award has been instituted by US-based Periyar International, an organisation of non-resident followers of Dalit icon Periyar EV Ramasami.

4. KERALA TO HOST GLOBAL SKILL SUMMIT
i.  Kerala will host a ‘Nypunyam International Skill Summit and Skill Fiesta 2016’.
ii. The main aim of the summit is to curb the gap between the job market requirement and the skill level of available workforce.
iii. The main focus will be on improving the skill levels and bringing them up to world standards to achieve the Prime Minister’s initiative for skilling 500 million young people by 2020iii. The Nypunyam summit will be jointly organised by Directorate of Employment and Training and Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence, Jose pointed out.

5. INDIA OVERTAKES THAILAND AS WORLD'S LARGEST RICE EXPORTER
i. India has overtaken Thailand as the world’s largest rice exporter in the year 2015 by shipping 10.23 million tonnes of rice.
ii. It was announced by the Bangkok based Thai Rice Exporters Association Chairman Charoen Laodhammatas.
iii. largest producer of rice in india is Westbengal.

6. IPS OFFICER APARNA KUMAR BECAME INDIA'S FIRST CIVIL SERVANT TO SCALE MOUNT VINSON MASSIF
i. Aparna Kumar IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh , became India's first civil servant to scale Mount Vinson Massif  the highest peak in the Antarctica.
ii. She hoisted the Tricolour and the flag of the Uttar Pradesh Police Service on Mount Vinson Massif.



Friday, January 29, 2016

Daily Current Affairs 29th Jan. 2016 (Free GK Updates)

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 29 JAN 2016
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1. UNION GOVERNMENT SHORTLIST 20 CITIES UNDER SMART CITIES MISSION
i. The Union Ministry of Urban Development has shortlisted 20 cities from 11 States and Delhi Union Territory in the list of first batch of Smart Cities Mission.
ii. The list of shortlisted Smart cities are:
a.    3 are from Madhya Pradesh
b.   2 each are from Maharashtra, Rajasthan Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh
c.    1 each from Odisha, Kerala, Delhi , Assam and Punjab.
iii. A smart city is highly advanced urban region in terms of overall infrastructure, communications, sustainable real estate and market viability.

2. IMF IMPLEMENTED 2010 QUOTA AND GOVERNANCE REFORMS
i. The International Monetary Fund implemented the long-pending 2010 Quota and Governance Reforms.
ii. The reforms are major step towards the increasing role of dynamic emerging market and developing countries.
iii. Highlights of the Reforms:
a.    For the first time, emerging market of four countries- Brazil, China, India, and Russia will be among the 10 largest members of the IMF.
b.   Other top 10 members include the United States, Japan, and the four largest European countries France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
c.    India’s voting rights increased to 2.6 percent from the current 2.3 percent.

3. SANIA MIRZA, MARTINA HINGIS WON 2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN'S DOUBLES TENNIS TITLE
i. Sania Mirza with his Swiss partner Martina Hingis  won the 2016 Australian Open title of tennis in the women’s doubles category.
ii. They defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka  in Melbourne, Australia.
iii. Sania mira and martina Hingis won their maiden Australian Open title and the third successive Grand Slam doubles title after winning 2015 Wimbledon and US Open.

4. NAVNEET KAUR AND SANTOSH KADALE WON GOLD IN SENIOR NATIONAL ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP
i. Punjab’s Navneet Kaur won two gold medals in the 34th Senior National Rowing Championship in Hyderabad.
ii. It was her maiden gold at the country’s highest level in the senior category.
iii. In the men single category Santosh Kadale won his maiden national gold.

5. NISID HAJARI WON 2016 WILLIAM E. COLBY AWARD FOR BEST MILITARY BOOK
i. Nisid Hajari won the 2016 William E. Colby Award for his book “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition”
ii. The Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition explains the 1947 partition of India.
 iii. William E. Colby Award is awarded to recognize a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs.

6. COMMEMORATIVE COIN OF 150 RUPEES & CIRCULATION COIN OF 10 RUPEES ON LALA LAJPAT RAI RELEASED
i. Ministry of Culture  released a commemorative coin of 150 rupees and a circulation coin of 10 rupees on Lala Lajpat Rai.
ii. The coin was released by Dr Mahesh Sharma Minister of Tourism & Culture on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai.

iii. Lala Lajpat Rai is  stalwart of the freedom struggle,popularly known as ‘Punjab Kesari’ or ‘The Lion of Punjab’. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Daily Current Affairs 28th Jan. 2016 (FREE GK UPDATES)

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 28 JAN 2016
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1. UNION GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED NATIONAL JOB PORTAL FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
i. The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot launched the National level Job portal www.disabilityjobs.gov.in for Persons with Disabilities.
ii. The Ministry aims to carry out skill training programme for 5 lakh Persons with Disabilities in next 3 years.
iii. It will empower persons with disabilities by providing them all desired information for employment opportunities on single window platform.

2. 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF LALA LAJPAT RAI
i. 150th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai is being celebrated on 28th January 2016.
ii. He was popularly known as Punjab Kesari, The Lion of Punjab and also known as Sher-E- Punjab for his contribution to the freedom movement.
iii. To celebrate this occasion a state level function has been organised in Punjab at village Dhudi Ke, the birth place of Lala Lajpat Rai in Moga district.
iv. Some of his famous books are The Story of My Deportation, Arya Samaj, Unhappy India.

3. ADAM LEWIS HEADED INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL TO SAFEGUARD INTEGRITY IN TENNIS
i. Tennis’s governing bodies constituted a Independent Review Panel headed by Adam Lewis to safeguard integrity in tennis.
ii. The panel is formed to review the functioning of the existing anti-corruption policies and suggest measures to safeguard the integrity of the game.
iii. The panel was formed against the backdrop of reports on corruption allegations in the international tennis arena by the BBC and Buzzfeed News.

4. AUSTRALIAN BATSMAN DAVID WARNER WON ALLAN BORDER MEDAL 2016
i. Australian batsman David Warner defeated Captain Steve Smith for the prestigious Allan Border Medal for 2016.
ii. Allan Border Medal  is considered to be the most prestigious individual prize in Australian cricket.
iii. The medal is named after former Australian captain Allan Border known for as most outstanding Australian cricketer.

5. JAPANESE AUTOMAKER TOYOTA TOPS IN GLOBAL VEHICLE SALES IN 2015
i. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation has topped in global vehicle sales in 2015.
ii. Toyota topped by selling 10.151 million vehicles become as the world’s top-selling automaker for the fourth year.

iii. The second place is grabbed by German automaker Volkswagen followed by General Motors.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Daily Current Affairs 27 Jan. 2016 (Free GK Updates)

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 27 JAN 2016
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1. INDIA CELEBRATES 67TH REPUBLIC DAY
i. India celebrated 67th Republic day on 26th January 2016 by displaying its cultural diversity, economic progress and military might were on display at Rajpath, New Delhi.
ii. French President Francois Hollande was chief guest on Republic Day function.
iii. He became 5th highest dignitary from France to be Chief Guest of Indian Republic Day parade.
iii. The Parade was led by Lieutenant General Rajan Ravindran.

2. UNION GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES SAHAJ SCHEME FOR ONLINE BOOKING OF LPG CYLINDERS
i. Union Government has launched Sahaj Scheme for online booking of LPG cylinders.
ii. India is celebrating 2016-Year as year of LPG Consumers.
iii. Sahaj will help Consumers to book LPG cylinders online through the web portal www.mylpg.in which is available in 13 languages
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas: Dharmendra Pradhan

3. PRESIDENT RULE IMPOSED IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
i. President rule is imposed by the president on the recommendation of the government.
ii. The Union Cabinet approved the imposition of President Rule on the state after expiration of six month deadline under which the Assembly was supposed to meet.
iii. The President rule is imposed under Article 356 of the Constitution of India.

4.  KERALA DENTIST SAJEEV KOSHY HONOURED WITH ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
i. A Kerala dentist Sajeev Koshy was honoured with the highest civilian honour, the Order of Australia.
ii. The award is given for his contributions to dentistry in Australia.
iii. The Order of Australia is awarded to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service.

5. INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMS DAY OBSERVED ON 26TH JANUARY
i. The International Customs Day was observed on 26th January 2016.
ii. The day is organised in commemoration of formation of World Customs Organisation on 26 January 1953.
iii. World Customs Organisation is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

6. IZUMO TAKUTO AND ZHU CHENGZHU WON ITTF WORLD JUNIOR CIRCUIT FINALS
i. Japan's Izumo Takuto and Hong Kong's Zhu Chengzhu became champions in the boys' and girls' categorie in the ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals in Madhya Pradesh.
ii. International Table Tennis Federation  is the governing body for all international table tennis associations.
iii. The main aim of ITTF is to oversee rules and regulations and technological improvement in table tennis.

7. 6TH NATIONAL VOTERS’ DAY OBSERVED ON 25TH JANUARY
i. 6th National Voters’ Day was observed on 25th January 2016 by the Election Commission of India.
ii. The theme of the day is ‘Inclusive and Qualitative Participation’.
iii. The day is observed with an aim to increase enrolment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones.
Chief Election Commissioner: Dr. Nasim Zaidi

8. 9TH NATIONAL GIRL CHILD DAY OBSERVED ON 24TH JANUARY
i. National Girl Child Day is observed on 24th January.
ii. The day is celebrated to spread awareness about the inequalities faced by the girl child in the country.

iii. International Day of the Girl Child is observed on 11th  October.

Daily Current Affairs 26 Jan. 2016 (Free GK Updates)

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 26 JAN 2016
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1. ACTRESS REKHA HONOURED WITH YASH CHOPRA MEMORIAL AWARD
i. Bollywood actress and Rajya Sabha MP Rekha has been honoured with the Yash Chopra Memorial Award.
ii. The award is given for her talent and contribution to the film industry.
iii. Yash Chopra Memorial Award is an annual award given for outstanding contribution to film industry  in the memory of the producer-director Yash Chopra who died in 2012.

2. FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE CONCLUDED THREE-DAY VISIT TO INDIA
i. French President Francois Hollande visited India from 24 January to 26th January as the Chief Guest at India's 67th Republic Day celebrations.
ii. It was President Hollande's second state Visit to India.
iii. Major Highlights of the Visit
a.    He inspected the Guard of Honour during the Ceremonial Reception in New Delhi
b.   He witnessed the 67th Republic Day Parade at New Delhi
c.    Hollande and Modi jointly inaugurated the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Secretariat in Gurgaon.
d.   French military contingent participated in the republic day parade of India making France the first country to receive such an honour.
e.     India and France inked 14 Agreements on purchase of 36 Rafale Aircrafts.

3. PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEE ANNOUNCED 2016 PADMA AWARDS
i. President Pranab Mukherjee  announced the winners of the Padma Awards 2016.
List of Padma Vibhushan Awardees
a.    Yamini Krishnamurthi in Art- Classical dance
b.   Rajinikanth in Art-Cinema
c.    Girija Devi in Art-Classical Vocal
d.   Ramoji Rao in Literature & Education-Journalism
e.    Viswanathan Shanta in Medicine-Oncology
f.     Shri Shri Ravi Shankar in Spiritualism
g.    Jagmohan in Public Affairs
h.   Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre in Science & Engineering
i.      Avinash Dixit (Foreigner) in Literature & Education
j.      Late Shri Dhiru Bhai Ambani (Posthumous) in Trade & Industry
ii. Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian Awards of India.
iii. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

4. MARCELO REBELO DE SOUSA WON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF PORTUGAL
i. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa won the Presidential election of Portugal.
ii. He won the election by securing 52 percent of votes.

5. TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL RELEASED CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2015
i. Transparency International released the Corruption Perceptions Index after measuring the levels of public sector corruption in 168 countries and territories across the world.
ii. Denmark is ranked on the first palce adjudged as the most corruption-free country among the other countries.

iii. India was placed at the 76th place earlier india was at the 85th position 

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