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Tuesday, September 27

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - NRI Day - January 9

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in english it means Non Resident Indian Day (NRI Day) is celebrated every year on Jan 9th.
How and When it was started?
Based on the recommendations of the committee headed by L M Singhvi from 2003 onwards the NRI day was celebrated.
Why Jan 9th was chosen as NRI Day?
In 1915, Gandhiji returned to India from South Africa on 9th Jan 2015 and hence it was chosen as the NRI day.
Year and the host Locations
  1. 2003 - New Delhi
  2. 2004 - New Delhi
  3. 2005 - Mumbai
  4. 2006 - Hyderabad
  5. 2007 - New Delhi
  6. 2008 - New Delhi
  7. 2009 - Chennai 
  8. 2010 - New Delhi
  9. 2011  - New Delhi
  10. 2012 - Jaipur
  11. 2013 - Kochi
  12. 2014 - New Delhi
  13. 2015 - Gandhinagar (100th Year of Gandhiji's Return to India)
  14. 2016 - New Delhi
  15. 2017 - Bengaluru (Upcoming)

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Wednesday, September 21

Current Affairs - August 2016 - Current Affairs for TNPSC Exams - TNPSCGURU.in

TNPSC Current Affairs August 2016
Miscellaneous
  • Important Days
    • August 1 to 7 - World Breastfeeding Week
    • August 5 - Putlibai Day [Putlibai was the mother of Mahatma Gandhi]
    • August 7 - National Handloom Day [PM Modi Declared 7th August as the National Handloom day and the first National Handloom Day was celebrated in 2015]
    • August 10 - World Bio fuel Day
    • August 12 - International Youth Day
    • August 29 - National Sports Day [Birth Day of Dyan Chand, former Indian hockey Player] & International Day against Nuclear Tests
  • Quit India Movement 2
    • It was launched on 8th August 2016 by the Maharashtra Government.
    • This movement was launched against the contemporary social evils like poverty, addiction, farmer suicides, malnutrition, illiteracy and more other social evils.
  • Pravasi Bharathiya Divas 2017 [Very Important]
    • The 15 edition of Pravasi Bharathiya Divas 2017 will be hosted by Bengaluru.
    • Previous Locations
      • 2003 - New Delhi (1st Edition)
      • 2009 - Chennai (7th Edition) 
      • 2016 - New Delhi (14th Edition)
  • Iron Lady of Manipur ends Hunger strike
    • Irom Sharmila from manipur state ended her 16 year hunger strike against the AFSPA act.
  • Awards
    • West Bengal - All India Coordinated Rice Improvement Project Award 2015.
    • Shubha Mudgal - Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award 2016.
    • Kamal Hasan - France's Chevaleir Award.
    • Sunita Jain - Vyas Samman Award 2015.
    • Padma Sachdev - Saraswati Samman Award 2015.
  • Global Innovation Index 2016.
    • India ranks 66th position in the GII 2016 which is released by World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Polity

  • Nagaland
    • Nagaland state cabinet has decided to provide 33% reservation for women in the  upcoming Urban local body elections. 
  • DISHA
    • It is the another name for the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee.
    • It was formed for the speedy implementation of the central government schemes.
  • Assam - Became the first state to ratify the GST bill, 2014.
    • Bihar - Second State to ratify the GST Bill.
  • Important Appointments
    • Vijay Rupani - appointed as the New Chief Minister of Gujarat succeeding Anandhiben Patel.
Economy

  • Urjit Patel
    • He was appointed as the new Governor of the RBI. 
    • Becoming the 24th RBI Governor succeeding Raghuram rajan.
  • Mega Food Park
    • President Pranab Mukherjee inaugrated the mega food park at Murshidabad (West Bengal)
  • India's First Textile University
    • Gujarat Govt has planned to set up India's first textile university in Surat.
  • Tripura Sundari Express
    • It is the first broad guage service of Tripura state.
    • It connects Agartala with Delhi.
  • Prapti
    • It is the new housing loan scheme announced by TATA Capital Housing which finance houses for the lower income level people with an interest rate of 4 percent per annum.
  • Tarun Ramadurai Comittee
    • RBI has formed a new committee under the chairmanship of Tarun Ramadurai to study the household finance in India.
  • Amitabh Kant Committee
    • The Central govt has formed a committee under the chairmanship of Amitabh Kant to formulate policies regarding the e-commerce.
  • Schemes
  • Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana
    • It was a scheme launched by Odisha government to provide monetary assistance to the elderly weavers.
  • Appointments
    • Takehiko Nakao - was reelected as the president of the Asian Development Bank (HQ: Manila of Phillipines)
Science & Tech
  • eSignDesk
    • eSign is the new initiative launched by the government of India which uses the aadhaar based electronic signature in the electronic documents as the legally valid document throughout the country.
    • Any aadhaar holder can get his e-signature by registering the website 'www.legaldesk.com'.
    • The main advantage of the initiative is to eliminate documents forgery and reduce the usage of physical papers to a large extent.
  • Kudankulam Nuclear reactor
    • It's first unit was dedicated to the nation by PM Narendramodi, Russian President Putin and TN CM Jayalalitha through video conferencing on 10th August 2016.
    • It is the highest capacity nuclear reactor in India.
  • CCTNS
    • The Maharashtra state became the first state in India to launch the CCTNS - Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and system.
    • CCTNS is an e governance initiative in which all the police stations in the country will be integrated online and sharing the crime records among them.
  • Geofen-3
    • It is a satellite recently launched by China.
    • It is china's first low orbiting high resolution radar satellite which is capable of taking high definition remote sensing pictures. 
  • India's First Bio CNG Plant
    • India's first Bio CNG plant which produces from agri residue was opened in Pune (Maharashtra).
  • Abbreviations: 
    • USSD -  Unstructured Supplementary Service Data
Environment & Health

  • Sewage and Waste water Policy
    • Rajasthan became the first state in India to approve the sewage and waste water policy.
    • Under this policy the waste water will be treated and reused.
  • Typhoon Nida
    • Typhoon Nida attacked the Philippines and the Guangdong province of china with wind speed upto 150 kmph.

World

  • Operation Euphrates Shield
    • It is the military operation launched by the Turkey against the ISIS militants and the kurdish miltants.
  • World's First Pizza ATM
    • The World's first pizza atm was opened at Xavier University in Washington in American.
    • It can provide pizza to its users within 3 mins.
  • Luke Aikins
    • He was an US Skydiver who set a new world record recently after jumping from 25000ft height without the aid of a para-suite.
  • Pushpa Kamal Dahal - Nepal's New Prime Minister [Very Important]
    • Pushpa Kamal Dahal was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Nepal succeeding Khadga Prasad Oli.
    • He belongs to the Communist Party of Nepal.
  • International Financial City Project
    • China has signed agreement with Srilanka to construct a International Financial centre in Colombo thus making it a financial hub in the Indian Ocean region,
  • Airlander 10
    • It is the World's longest and Largest Aircraft developed by USA.
    • It is 92 m long and having width of 43 m.
  • China 
    • World's Longest (430 m) and highest (300 m) Glass Bridge was opened in China.
Sports

  • F1 Grand Prix Winners
    • German Grand Prix 2016 - Lewis Hamilton (UK).
  • Nita Ambani
    • She became the first Indian Women to be elected as one of the member of the International Olympic Committee which is head quartered (Lausanne) in Switzerland.
  • Angela Ruggiero
    • She was appointed as the new chairman of International Olympic Committee Athlete's Commission.
  • Commonwealth Chess Championship 2016
    • Abhijeet Gupta of India has won the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2016 title.
  • Pro Kabbadi League 2016
    • Patna Pirates team won the title against the Jaipur Pink Panthers in the final match.
  • Rio Olympics 2016.

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