Current Affairs This Week (14-01-2018)

  • 26th World Book Fair held in Delhi with focus on environment
    Organised by National Book Trust, in association with ITPO, the event’s Theme Pavillion will have an international rights exhibition of nearly 500 titles published in English, Hindi, and other Indian languages.
  • Flamingo festival held at Pulicat lake in Andhra Pradesh
    Cultural programmes, performances by street artists and other programmes marked the conclusion of the annual three-day Flamingo festival at Sullurupeta and other venues.
  • Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young passes away
    John Young, NASA’s longest-serving astronaut, who flew in space six times, walked on the moon, commanded the first space shuttle, advocating for safety reforms in the wake of the 1986 Challenger disaster, died Jan. 5 at his home in Houston. He was 87.
  • AIIB plans to issue first US dollar bonds in June 2018
    China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), in which India is a second largest shareholder, plans to issue its first US dollar-denominated bond with minimum worth of a USD billion by June this year.
  • SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission
    SpaceX blasted off a secretive U.S. government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature — and the agency behind it — remains a mystery.
  • Haryana : First state to launch high risk pregnancy portal
    Haryana has achieved the distinction of becoming the first state in the country to launch High Risk Pregnancy (HRP) Portal. This portal not only helps in early identification of high-risk pregnant cases up to the grass-roots level but also ensures their timely referral to the civil hospitals for further management and delivery by specialists.
  • Saudi okays India’s plan to ferry Haj pilgrims via sea
    Saudi Arabia has given its nod to India’s plan to revive the option of ferrying Haj pilgrims via sea route to Jeddah, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a statement.
  • January 9: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
    Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is a celebrated to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915.
  • National anthem not mandatory in cinema halls: SC
    The Supreme Court modified its November 30, 2016 interim order and made it optional for cinema halls to play the 52-second national anthem before every show.
  • Scientists Grow 1st Working Human Muscle From Stem Cells
    In a world first, biomedical engineers from Duke University have created the first functioning human skeletal muscle from pluripotent stem cells, which are capable of producing any form of body cell or tissue.
  • Fearless Nadia : Stunt Queen of India
    Google Doodle today is celebrating the spirit of Fearless Nadia, the original ‘Stunt Queen of India’. Also known as Nadia Wadia, she was born on January 8, 1908 as Mary Ann Evans. She is one of the first female stunt artists in the Indian cinema.
  • India’s 1st all-women railway station enters in Limca record
    The Matunga suburban station on the Central Railway has found its way into the Limca Book of Records for having an all-woman staff. Matunga became the first railway station in the country to be run by an all- woman staff.
  • World Bank projects 7.3% growth for India
    India’s growth rate in 2018 is projected to hit 7.3% and 7.5% in the next two years, according to the World Bank, which said the country has “enormous growth potential” compared to other emerging economies.
  • January 12: National Youth Day
    National Youth Day is celebrated in India on 12 January on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984 the Government of India declared the day as the National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year.
  • Pancreatic cancer accelerated by stress: study
    Stress accelerates the development of pancreatic cancer by triggering the release of “fight-or- flight” hormones, a study has found.
  • NASA sees first direct proof of ozone hole recovery
    For the 1st time, scientists have shown through direct observations of the ozone hole by a satellite instrument,built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,California, that levels of ozone destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion
  • Decoded:How flowering plants conquered the world
    Researchers from San Francisco State University in the US found that flowering plants have small cells relative to other major plant groups and that this small cell size is made possible by a greatly reduced genome size.
  • World’s first earthquake detector invented 2000 years ago
    The first seismometer was invented in china. When the instrument sensed an incoming seismic wave, one of the balls would drop and the sound would alert observers to the earthquake, giving a rough indication of the earthquake’s direction of origin.
  • Indu Malhotra first woman lawyer to be promoted as SC judge
    In a first of its kind incident in the history of Indian judiciary, the Supreme Court collegium recommended senior advocate Indu Malhotra as the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a judge of the apex court.
  • Galileo Galilei : Father of modern physics
    Galileo Galilei was born on February 15, 1564. Some of Galileo’s contributions to science and technology include the study of the phases of Venus, the discovery of four satellites of Jupiter, study of sunspots and many more.
  • Progressive Improvement – A case study using NEET Weekly
    A case study of three top contestants of NEET Weekly from December 03, 2017 to December 24, 2017

 

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Current Affairs This Week (07-01-2018)

  • Two new Ginger species found in the northeast
    Scientists have discovered two new species of Ginger in easternmost districts, Ukhrul in Manipur and Tuensang in Nagaland, both bordering Myanmar.
  • Vidarbha win their first ever Ranji Trophy
    The 29-run target for victory was achieved with nine wickets and a day to spare. After Gujarat last year, Vidarbha made history at the Holkar Stadium here in becoming another first-time winner of the National championship.
  • New night frog species discovered in Western Ghats
    scientists have just discovered the Mewa Singh’s Night frog, belonging to a genus endemic to the Western Ghats, from Kozhikode’s Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Arunachal declared open defecation-free State
    The three remaining districts – Upper Subansiri, Siang and Changlang — were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) officially on Sunday,
  • Saudi Arabia, UAE introduce VAT for first time
    Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates introduced value-added tax, a first for the Gulf which has long prided itself on its tax-free, cradle-to-grave welfare system.
  • NASA’s 2018 to do list includes mission to ‘touch’ Sun
    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is scheduled for launch in 2018 to explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere.The spacecraft will fly through the Sun’s atmosphere as close as 6.2 million kilometres to our star’s surface.
  • GAIL commissions India’s 2nd largest rooftop solar plant
    A 5.76 Mega Watt peak (MWp) rooftop solar power plant has been installed by the gas utility GAIL in Uttar Pradesh: it is the second largest of the country!
  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and UK in transport
    The Union Cabinet has approved signing and implementation of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) and ‘Transport for London’.
  • WHO approves Indian typhoid vaccine for global use
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) pre-qualified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV — believed to be the only one safe for infants — at the end of December 2017, confirmed the vaccine manufacturer on Wednesday.
  • Scientists identify four new balsam species
    Throwing fresh light on the uncharted biodiversity in India’s north-eastern region, researchers from the University of Calicut in Kerala have reported the discovery of four new species of balsam from various locations in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Health Ministry launches 1st online cancer tutorial Series
    The Union Health Ministry on Thursday launched the nation’s first digital Online Oncology Tutorial Series, which aims to train doctors across the country in early detection, prevention, palliation, rehabilitation and treatment of various cancers.
  • Mount Everest: Nepal bans solo and specially abled climbers
    In an attempt to reduce accidents, Nepal has declared a ban on double amputee, blind and solo climbers on world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
  • Savitribai Phule : Founder of first girls’ school
    Savitribai Jyotirao Phule (3 January 1831 –10 March 1897) was an Indian social reformer and poet. Along with her husband, Jyotirao Phule, she founded the first girls’ school in Pune run by native Indians at Bhide Wada in 1848.
  • Viswanathan Anand wins bronze in World Blitz championship
    Chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand bagged a bronze in the World Blitz Chess Championship held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after his gold winning performance in the Rapid section only a couple of days back!
  • First Blue Moon’total eclipse in 150 years to occur soon
    A rare total lunar eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month — popularly referred to as a Blue Moon — it took place on January 31 for the first time in over 150 years.
  • Cookstoves in India more polluting than thought: study
    Traditional cookstoves, widely used in the rural parts of India, may be producing much higher levels of particulate emissions than previously estimated, causing a detrimental impact on the country’s environment and health of residents, a study has found.
  • 2nd International Ayuryog Film Festival held in Ghaziabad
    To boost up the yoga movement in India and to aware people about its importance, a non profit organization based in Ghaziabad is holding up International Ayuryog Film Festival.
  • “Gaming disorder” to get disease tag: WHO
    The disorder will be listed in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), to be published in June, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.
  • Just 1.7 per cent Indians paid income tax in 2015-16: IT
    Just over 2 crore Indians, or 1.7 per cent of the total population, paid income tax in the assessment year (AY) 2015-16, according to data released by the I-T department.
  • Superconductivity:Indian physicist finds new state of matter
    This research suggests that in this specific exotic state, each particle is not only paired with another particle, but that there are additional correlations with other particles in the environment as well.

 

Karnataka II PUC Examination March 2018 Time Table (provisional)

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Date and Day of Exam Morning Session (10:15 AM to 01:30 PM) Subject Code
01-03-2018Thursday EconomicsPhysics  2233
02-03-2018Friday Information & TechnologyRetail

Auto Mobile

Health Care

Beauty & Wellness

 

6162

63

64

65

03-03-2018Saturday PsychologyElectronics

Computer Science

 

3240

41

05-03-2018Monday Business StudiesBiology 2736
06-03-2018Tuesday UrduSanskrit 0809
07-03-2018Wednesday  Political ScienceGeology 2927
08-03-2018Thursday Opt. KannadaAccountancy

Chemistry

1630

34

09-03-2018Friday LogicEducation

Home Science

2352

67

10-03-2018Saturday HistoryStatistics 2131
12-03-2018Monday SociologyMathematics

Basic Maths

2835

75

13-03-2018Tuesday GeographyKarnatic Music

Hindustani Music

2425

26

14-03-2018Wednesday Kannada 01
15-03-2018Thursday Hindi 03
16-03-2018Friday TamilTelugu

Malayalam

Marathi

Arabic

French

0405

06

07

11

12

17-03-2018Saturday English 02

Current Affairs This Week (31-12-2017)

  • LKW-2: China successfully launches Land Surveying Satellite
    China has successfully launched its second Land Surveying Satellite LKW-2 (also known as Yaogan Weixing-32) into a preset orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert.
  • New frog species identified in Arunachal
    The new species found in Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary has been named Odorrana arunachalensis . They are expected to be found in similar habitats in other parts of the State.
  • AG600: World’s largest amphibious aircraft
    Giant plane is roughly the size of a Boeing 737 and hasa wingspan of 38.8 metres (127 feet).
    Powered by four turboprop engines, it’s capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours.
  • Maharashtra tops in GST collection in first five months
    Maharashtra has topped in GST collections, mopping up more than Rs13,400 crore in July — the first month after the new tax came into force.
  • December 25: Good Governance Day
    The Good Governance Day (GGD) is celebrated every year in India on December 25 to mark the birthday anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Good Governance Day was established in 2014 to honor Prime Minister Vajpayee by fostering awareness among the Indian people of accountability in government.
  • BND-4201: India’s first home-grown gold reference standard
    BND-4201, which is the reference material for gold of ‘9999’ fineness (gold that is 99.99 per cent pure), will be beneficial to the consumers and public at large to ensure purity of gold.
  • India’s first air-conditioned suburban train service
    The train, operated by the Western Railway (WR), began its journey at 10.32 am from the Borivili station to Churchgate in South Mumbai.
  • India to become fifth largest economy in 2018: Report
    India’s economy is expected to overtake that of Britain and France to become the fifth largest in the world in dollar terms in 2018, and third largest in 2032, the World Economic League Table (WELT) said on 27 December.
  • India’s first pod taxi to follow US safety norms
    The much-awaited India’s first pod taxi project has moved a step closer to reality after a high-level panel recommended inviting fresh bids for the same conforming to the strictest safety standards on the lines of those prescribed by an American body.
  • Viswanathan Anand wins World Chess title 2017
    Chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand (48) won World Rapid Chess Championship Title 2017 held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In the final tie-breaker mini-match, Anand defeated Russia’s Vladimir Fedoseev by 2-0 score to reclaim title he had won in 2003.
  • China successfully tested its first Photovoltaic road
    China successfully tested its first photovoltaic highway based on home-grown technology in the country’s eastern Shandong province. The road has wireless charging systems for electric vehicles.
  • New species of marine spider named after Bob Marley
    The species of water-adapted spider was first discovered in the year 2009, when the sea along the coastline of Queensland in Australia receded and revealed the population of spider.
  • First-ever ‘double whirlpools’ popping up in southern oceans
    Double whirlpools spiral through the water up to 10 times faster than their single counterparts.They churn in opposite directions, but are connected underwater by a u-shaped vortex — which holds them together.
  • Kuvempu : First Kannada author to receive the Jnanpith award
    Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (29 December 1904 – 11 November 1994),popularly known by his pen name Kuvempu, was an Indian novelist, poet, playwright, critic and thinker. He is widely regarded as the greatest Kannada poet of the 20th century.
  • microRNAs : Injectable gel that helps regrow heart muscles
    Scientists have found a way to regrow the heart muscle that doesn’t regenerate on its own after a person experiences a heart attack. This injectable gel slowly releases short gene sequences known as microRNAs into the heart muscle.
  • Mirabai Chanu wins gold at World Weightlifting Championship
    Mirabai Chanu has clinched gold at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championship. Chanu has become the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA.
  • Artificial intelligence diagnoses asthma,identifies subtypes
    Using machine learning, a field closely related to artificial intelligence, upon nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of exhaled breath condensate, Delhi-based researchers have been able to improve the diagnosis of childhood asthma and even identify three asthma subtypes.
  • IIT-H: E-skin for motion monitoring
    The device can be used for human motion monitoring in the case of elderly and infants. The e-skin is sensitive, it can sense even a gentle touch. An electronic skin (e-skin) that simultaneously senses pressure and strain has been fabricated using a PVC-free pencil eraser.
  • ISRO to launch 31 satellites in one go aboard PSLV
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on said it would launch 31 satellites, including India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation space craft, in a single mission on January 10.
  • First-ever hybrid bird species from the Amazon discovered
    Scientists have discovered the 1st known hybrid bird species to be found in the Amazon rainforest – a golden-crowned manakin with yellow feathers. A hybrid species forms when two parental species mate.

 

Current Affairs This Week (24-12-2017)

  • NGT bans plastic items in towns located along banks of Ganga
    The National Green Tribunal on Friday put a ban on the use, sale, purchase and storage of plastic bags and plastic items along river Ganga such as in Haridwar and Rishikesh.
  • Government to bear MDR charges on transactions up to Rs.2000
    The Union Cabinet has decided that Government will borne Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges on transactions up to Rs. 2,000 made through debit cards, BHIM UPI or Aadhaar-enabled payment systems (AePS) to promote digital transactions.
  • Meghalaya launches India’s first social audit law
    The event was attended by more than 200 people from state departments, citizens from audited villages and eminent citizens associated with social audits.
  • India’s 1st National Rail & Transportation University
    The Union Cabinet has approved proposal of Ministry of Railways to set up first ever National Rail and Transport University (NRTU) in Vadodara to skill its human resources and build capability.
  • India, Myanmar sign MoU for Rakhine State’s development
    India and Myanmar signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at developing Myanmar’s Rakhine state. It was signed by Foreign secretary S Jaishankar and Myanmar’s deputy minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement U Soe Aung.
  • December 18 : International Migrants Day
    On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly adopted the international convention on the protection of the rights of migrant workers and members of their families (resolution 45/158).
  • SpaceX for 1st time successfully launches recycled rocket
    The flight-proven Dragon capsule, sitting atop a reused Falcon 9 rocket, is towing roughly 4,800 pounds of cargo and material to the ISS, including barley for Budweiser’s beer-brewing experiments.
  • WHO declared Gabon as polio-free country
    Libreville – The World Health Organisation has declared Gabon a “polio-free country”, given the lack of new reported or suspected cases in the central African country.
  • Kepler-90i: 8th planet in Kepler-90 solar system discovered
    The planet, dubbed Kepler-90i, is a hot, rocky planet that orbits its star every 14.4 days, and was found with the help of artificial intelligence.
  • ZSI :First time compiles list of 157 alien invasive species.
    The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has for the first time compiled a list of 157 alien invasive animal species! This list excludes the invasive microbe species.
  • Losar Festival celebrated in Ladakh
    Losar was celebrated in Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir to mark the beginning of New Year. The 10 day long festival began with illumination of religious and residential places and by visiting monasteries for prayer.
  • HIV drug elvitegravir lowers the efficiency of immune system
    Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, have shown that two FDA-approved drugs (raltegravir and elvitegravir) used for treating HIV actually impairs the immune system to varying extents. Both these drugs are widely used and are part of the combination anti-retroviral treatment.
  • One gene to tackle all stresses
    Scientists from Bengaluru’s National Centre of Biological Sciences and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has discovered a single gene whose expression controls the plants’ response to both biotic and abiotic stress.
  • December 21 will the shortest day of 2017
    When the sun is directly over the line marking the Tropic of Capricorn — the latitude stretching across the southern hemisphere — solstice occurs.
  • Mammoth skeleton auctioned for half million euros in France
    The nearly intact skeleton of a woolly mammoth that lived at least 10,000 years ago was sold at auction for more than a half million euros in the southeastern French city of Lyon.
  • Rumi : “most popular poet” and the “best selling poet” of US
    Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī and more popularly as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, and Sufi mystic. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. Rumi has been described as the most popular poet and the best selling poet in the US.
  • Rajasthan : First state to offer e-mail IDs in Hindi
    The move will help encourage the population who is not comfortable reading or writing in English to go digital. The facility, name@rajasthan.bharat can be used by the residents of the state to create their email ids in Hindi
  • IBM Simon : World’s first phone with a touchscreen.
    The first touchscreen phone was launched in 1992 by IBM.The IBM Simon is also referred as the first smartphone.Simon is the first smartphone to be incorporated with the features of a PDA.
  • Frédéric Passy and Henry Dunant : First Nobel Peace Prize
    Henry Dunant For his role in founding the International Committee of the Red Cross and Frédéric Passy for being the main organizer of the first Universal Peace Congress wins the first Nobel Peace Prize together.
  • 2500 year old cave paintings discovered on Indonesian island
    The team uncovered a total of 28 rock art sites on the island of Kisar which measures just 81 square kilometres and lies north of Timor-Leste.

 

Current Affairs This Week (17-12-2017)

  • Kacheguda : India’s first energy-efficient railway station
    Kacheguda Railway Station under the South Central Railway (SCR) has earned the unique distinction of being the first Energy Efficient ‘A1 Category’ Railway Station on Indian Railways.
  • December 9: International Anti-Corruption Day
    International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, to raise awareness about corruption and how to fight it.
  • India’s first mobile food testing lab unveiled in Goa
    India’s ‘first’ mobile food testing laboratory, which will enable on-the-spot food safety tests to be conducted in Goa. The vehicle is equipped to conduct on-the-spot tests to check the food quality.
  • India declared free from Trachoma bacterial infection of eye
    Battling trachoma among children for several decades now, doctors from AIIMS have finally announced that the country is free from the eye infection that often leads to blindness.
  • ICAN receives 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
    The leader of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the group that won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. ICAN is a group of 468 grassroots non-governmental groups that campaigned for a UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  • December 10: World Human Rights Day
    The Day is observed to commemorate adaptation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Observance of the day seeks to encourage, support and amplify measures to be taken by everyone to defend human rights.
  • China Opens World’s Largest Automated Terminal
    China on Sunday started trial operations of the world’s biggest automated container terminal – the Shanghai Yangshan Deep Water Port – in the country’s commercial hub.
  • India’s first EMC to be set up in Andhra Pradesh
    India’s first Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) will be coming to Andhra Pradesh. EMC has been designed and developed for providing facilities and amenities for manufacturing mobiles and allied products.
  • India ranks 109th in mobile internet speed: Ookla
    India has ranked 109th in the mobile internet speed and 76th for fixed broadband speed globally, according to Ookla’s November Speedtest Global Index.
  • Govt sets up first NIC-CERT centre to prevent cyber attacks
    The Central government has set up India’s first NIC-CERT centre to predict and prevent cyber attacks on government networks.
  • Lalji Singh : Father of DNA fingerprinting in India
    Dr. Singh was one of the leaders instrumental in making DNA fingerprinting mainstream in India, both at the level of research as well as for forensic applications.
  • Jupiter’s Great Red Spot one-and-a-half Earths wide: NASA
    Jupiter’s Great Red Spot — the solar system’s most famous storm — is almost one-and-a-half Earths wide and penetrates about 300 kilometres into the planet’s atmosphere, according to data collected by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
  • Common painkillers may double obesity risk: study
    Researchers from the Newcastle University in the UK have warned that regular use of commonly prescribed painkillers may double the risk of developing obesity and also cause sleep deprivation.
  • IIT Guwahati researchers create bioartificial liver by silk
    Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati have taken the first step towards creating a bio engineered liver model that might help patients with liver problems.
  • New form of matter ‘excitonium’ discovered
    Excitonium exhibits macroscopic quantum phenomena, like a superconductor and is made up of excitons, particles that are formed in a very strange quantum mechanical pairing.
  • JNCASR: Superpacked organic transistors for flexible devices
    A nano-array with one billion transistors in 1 sq. cm area has been developed by researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru. Though tiny, these transistors provide higher output current in comparison with conventional organic field transistors used in organic light emitting diodes.
  • Feminism :Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of the year 2017
    The word of the year 2017 of Merriam-Webster dictionary is ‘Feminism.’ According to the American dictionary the word ‘feminism’ saw an increase of about 70 per cent in online searches in 2017 as compared to 2016.
  • Google crunches data to help NASA find two new planets
    Google and NASA said on December that advanced computer analysis identified two new planets around distant stars, including one that is part of the first star system with as many planets as Earth’s solar system.
  • Aditya L1 : ISRO’s first sun mission to take off in 2019
    The India Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch first solar mission Aditya-L1 in 2019. It will be India’s first dedicated dedicated scientific mission to study sun.
  • MIT scientists create plants that can glow in dark
    MIT scientists have found a way to induce plants to give off dim light by embedding specialised nanoparticles into their leaves, a major step towards using plants to illuminate the workspace.

 

Current Affairs This Week (10-12-2017)

  • Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival held in Delhi
    7th edition Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival was held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.
  • India re-elected to Int’l Maritime Organisation Council
    India has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation under a category that represents nations with the largest interests in international sea borne trade.
  • December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
    The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
  • First phase of Chabahar port inaugurated in Iran
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the country’s strategic Chahbahar Port, opening up a transit route between Iran, Afghanistan and India that bypasses Pakistan.
  • World’s 1st IT campus for differently-abled in Hyderabad
    Hyderabad is all set to be a home for world’s first Information Technology campus for persons with disabilities (PWDs). On the eve of World Disability Day, the State government entered into an agreement with Vindhya E-Infomedia Private Limited to set up the IT campus which will focus on creating employment exclusively for PWDs.
  • Noxeno: Nasal foreign body removal device launched
    Noxeno is It is first dedicated tool for anterior nasal foreign body (NFB) removal that allows doctors in any setting to quickly and safely remove objects that people (mostly children aged 2 to 10 years) put into their noses.
  • December 4: Navy Day
    Navy Day in India is observed on 4th December every year to celebrate the achievements and role of the naval force to the country. The Indian Navy is the marine branch of the Indian Armed Forces.
  • Petro: Venezuela launches new virtual currency
    Venezuela has launched its own cryptocurrency called Petro to circumvent US-led financial sanctions. It will be backed by the country’s vast natural resource reserves.
  • Vigilant Ace: South Korea, US launch largest air exercise
    South Korea and United States have launched Vigilant Ace, their largest-ever joint aerial drills.The exercise comes after North Korea tested Hwasong-15, its most advanced and powerful Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).
  • Bharatavani : India’s first Multilingual Online Dictionary
    The online platform http://www.bharatavani.in hosted by the Central Institute for Indian Languages, Mysuru, publishes content in 121 Indian languages, and is working towards starting online classes. The portal has been launched in 22 scheduled languages and aims to incorporate 100 more languages.
  • Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species revision sheets on sale
    The long-lost revision sheets of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, that specified corrections for the second edition of the foundational work of evolutionary biology, is expected to fetch up to £5,00,000 in U.K.
  • IIT Bombay makes low cost vibration sensors
    These sensors can be used for monitoring the health of industrial machines and equipment and help identify incipient failures thereby enabling efficient maintenance schedule planning.
  • New system can identity people from their DNA in minutes
    Researchers have developed a software system to accurately identify people and cell lines from their DNA in a matter of minutes.The software is designed to run on the MinION, an instrument the size of a credit card that pulls in strands of DNA through its microscopic pores and reads out sequences of nucleotides, or the DNA letters A, T, C, G.
  • December 5 : World Soil Day
    World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being.
  • Homai Vyarawalla : India’s first woman photojournalist
    Homai Vyarawalla (9 December 1913 – 15 January 2012), commonly known by her pseudonym “Dalda 13”, was India’s first woman photojournalist. First active in the late 1930s, she retired in the early 1970s. In 2011, she was awarded Padma Vibhushan.
  • UNESCO names Kumbh Mela Intangible Cultural Heritage
    After ‘yoga’ and ‘Nouroz’, Kumbh Mela/ KumbhMela, the largest congregation of pilgrims on the planet, has been listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO.
  • Kanchanmala Pande : First Indian to win gold at WPSC
    Visually impaired swimmer Kanchanmala Pande scripted history on Thursday as she became the first Indian to win gold at the World Para Swimming Championship, taking place in Mexico.
  • MantaDroid, an underwater robot inspired by manta ray fish
    Researchers in Singapore have built an underwater robot that looks and swims like a manta ray fish, using only single motors and flexible fins to propel through water.
  • S. I. Padmavati : India’s first woman cardiologist
    Dr. Sivaramakrishna Iyer Padmavati commonly (born June 20, 1917) is an eminent Indian cardiologist. She is director of the National Heart Institute, Delhi and the founder president of the All India Heart Foundation.
  • The Silence Breakers named as Times Person of the Year 2017
    Time magazine has named ‘the silence breakers’ as its Person of the Year for 2017. It was referring to those individuals, mostly women, who came forward this year with #MeToo movement.
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