Category: Current Affairs

Virender Sehwag and PT Usha set to pick Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardees

Why in news ? Former India openerVirender Sehwag and former athlete PT Usha have been named in the Committee to pick Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awardees. About news ? Pulela Gopichand and Pankaj Advani named in committee to pick Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees. The committee will comprise of 12 members among which the duo […]

Russia & China Hold First Joint Naval Exercises in Baltic Sea

Why in news ? Russian and Chinese naval warships are holding joint exercises in the Baltic Sea, underscoring deepening military cooperation. About news ? China and Russia held their First Joint Naval Drill in the Baltic Sea. This exercise involves anti-aircraft and anti-ship defence measures coordinatedfrom the Baltiysk base in Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave. Country – […]

Facebook TV to be launched in August

Why in news ? Facebook TV is set to launch online in mid-August. About news ? The social media giant has partnered with media companies like Group Nine Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, and Vox Media which would provide inexpensive, five to 10-minute shows. Facebook has stated that it requires more room for advertisers than the News […]

Bollywood actor Inder Kumar passes away

Why in news ? Bollywood actor Inder Kumar passed away early Friday morning. He was 43. About news ? Inder Kumar suffered a heart attack at his residence in Andheri’s Four Bungalows.He has worked in more than 20 films. He also shared the screen space with Salman Khan in Wanted and Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge […]

Ajay Singh wins bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships

Why in news ? India’s Ajay Singh has clinched the bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships to take his country’s tally to three medals in Kathmandu on Thursday evening. About news ? Earlier, S Nirpupama Devi had bagged a bronze medal in 69 kg women youth category while Konsam Ormila Devi had […]

World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28

Why in news ? World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July and brings the world together to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. About news ? The Theme for World Hepatitis Day 2017 is ‘Eliminate Hepatitis’. Viral hepatitis is one of the leading […]

National Centre for Seismology launches ‘India Quake’ – An App for Earthquake Parameter Dissemination

Why in news ? Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests & Climate Change Dr Harshvardhan launched an app “India Quake” on the occasion of Foundation Day of Ministry of Earth Sciences in New Delhi. About news ? National Centre for Seismology (NCS) operates a national seismological network with 84 stations. […]

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos briefly overtakes Gates to become world’s richest

Why in news ? Amazon founder Jeff Bezosbecame the world’s richest person, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates. About news ? He is chairman and chief executive of the Seattle-based company, was worth almost $91billions after Amazon’s share price rose more […]

BSE signs Cooperation agreement with Egyptian Exchange

Why in news ? Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) joined hands with Egyptian Exchange(EGX) for cooperation in exchange of information across business areas. About news ? This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) further complements EGXs strategy to cooperate with global exchanges beyond its traditional markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The MoU between BSE and […]

Niti Aayog clears six proposals for high-tech public transport

Why in news ? Mass rapid transportation technologies such as hyperloop, metrino and pod taxis could soon be a reality in India afterNiti Aayog cleared half-a-dozen proposals of the transport ministry exploring options to improve public transport. About news ? It includes high-tech mass rapid transportation technologies such as metring, Hyperloop, pod taxis, Stadler buses, […]