• Death of actress Sridevi ( 1963 – 24 February 18 ) ;First film – Kandan Karunai (Tamil) at the age of 4

        Padma Shri – 2013; Order of Afghanistan – 1991 for Khuda Gawah

 

 

  • JIGYASA – Student-Scientist Connect Programme

Jigyasa is a student- scientist connect programme launched by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

(CSIR) with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS). The focus is on connecting school students and scientists so

as to extend student’s classroom learning with that of a very well planned research laboratory based

learning.

 The Programme is expected to connect 1151 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 38 National Laboratories of CSIR

targeting 100,000 students and nearly 1000 teachers annually.

 The program will also enable the students and teachers to practically live the theoretical concepts taught in

science by visiting CSIR laboratories and by participating in mini-science projects. The model of engagement

includes:

  1. Student Residential Programmes
  2. Scientists as Teachers and Teachers as Scientists
  3. Lab specific activities/ On-site Experiments
  4. Visits of Scientists to Schools/Outreach Programmes
  5. Science and Maths Clubs
  6. Popular Lecture Series/ demonstration programme at Schools
  7. Student Apprenticeship Programmes
  8. Science Exhibitions
  9. Projects of National Children’s Science Congress
  10. Teacher Workshops
  11. Tinkering Laboratories

 

 

  • Sahitya Akademi Awards 2017

    Language         Title and          Genre Author

Assamese Moriahola (Novel) Jayantha Mahatab Bora

Bengali Sei Nikhonj Manusta (Novel) Afsar Ahmed

Bodo Thwisam (Novel) Rita Boro

Dogri Banna (Short stories) Shiv Mehta

English The Black Hill (Novel) Mamang Dai

Gujarati Gujarati Vyakaranna Baso Varsh (Criticism) Urmi Ghanshyam Desai

Hindi      Vishw Mithak Sarit Sagar (Literary Criticism)      Ramesh Kuntal Megh

Kannada Kathana Bharathi (Literary Criticism) T.P. Ashoka

Kashmiri Yeli Parda Woth (Short Stories) Autar Krishen Rahbar

Konkani Khand Ani Her Katha (Short Stories) Gajanan Jog

Maithili Jahalak Diary (Poetry) Udaya Narayana Singh ‘Nachiketa’

Malayalam Daivathinte Pusthakam (Novel) K.P. Ramanunni

Manipuri Chahee Taret Khuntakpa (Play) Rajen Toijamba

Marathi Bolave Te Amhi (Poetry) Shrikant Deshmukh

Nepali Kriti Vimarsha (Literary Criticism) Bina Hangkhim

Odia Etavatira Shilpi (Short Stories) Gayatri Saraf

Punjabi Slow Down (Novel) Nachhattar

Rajasthani Bina Hasal Pai (Criticism) Neeraj Daiya

Sanskrit Gangaputravadanam (Poetry) Niranjan Mishra

Santali Tahenan Tangi re (Poetry) Bhujanga Tudu

Sindhi Aachhende Laja Maraan (Essays) Jagdish Lachhani

Tamil Kaandhal Naatkal (Poetry) (Late) Inqulab

Telugu Gaali Rangu (Poetry) Devipriya

Urdu       Dakhma (Short Stories)      Baig Ehsas

 

 

  • Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar and Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2017

The Yuva Puraskar are awarded annually for the first book or best book by an author of age 35 and below and carry a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a copper plaque.

Assamese – Pratim Baruah; Bengali – Shamik Ghosh; Bodo – Bijit Gwra Ramchiary; Dogri – Rajinder Ranjha;

English – Manu S. Pillai; Gujarati – Ram Mori; Hindi – Taro Sindik; Kannada – Shanthi K. Appanna; Kashmiri –

Nighat Sahiba; Konkani – Amey Vishram Naik; Maithili – Chandan Kumar Jha; Malayalam – Aswathy Sasikumar;

Manipuri – Kh. Krishnamohan Singha; Marathi – Rahul Kosambi; Nepali – Sarang Muskan; Odia – Suryasnata

Tripathy; Punjabi – Harmanjit Singh; Rajasthani – Ummed Dhaniya; Sanskrit – Hemchandra Belwal; Santhali –

Maina Tudu; Sindhi – Rekha Sachdev Pohani; Tamil – J. Jayabharathi; Telugu – Mercy Margaret; Urdu – Rasheed Ashraf Khan

The Bala Sahitya Puraskar are awarded annually for the book on children literature in the past 5 years and carry a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a copper plaque.

Assamese – Horendra Nath Borthakur; Bengali – Shashthipada Chattopadhyay; Bodo – Renu Boro; Dogri –

Sudesh Raj; English – Paro Anand; Gujarati – Harish Nayak; Hindi – Sri Swayamprakash; Kannada – NS

Lakshminarayana Bhatta; Kashmiri – Showkat Ansari; Konkani – Vincy Quadros; Maithili – Amlendu Sekhar

Pathak; Malayalam – SR Lal; Manipuri – Wareppam Jugindra Singh; Marathi – LM Kadu; Nepali – Shanti

Chettri; Odia – Subhendra Mohan Srichandan Singh; Punjabi – Satpal Bhikhi; Rajasthani – Pawan Pahadia;

Sanskrit – Raj Kumar Mishra; Santhali – Joba Murmu; Sindhi – Roshan Golani; Tamil – Velu Saravanan; Telugu –

Vasala Narasaiah; Urdu – Nazeer Fatehpuri

 

 

  • Launch of Communication Satellite GSAT-17

Launched on: 29 June 2017

Launched from: Kourou, French Guiana

Launch vehicle: Ariane-5 VA-238

About GSAT-17: The 3477 kg GSAT-17 carries communication payloads in C-band, Extended C-band and S-banfor providing various services to the country. The d satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services.

 

 

 

  • Launch of PSLV C38

Launch date: 23 June 2017

Satellite launched: CartoSat-2 along with 30 smaller satellites

Launched from: Sriharikota

Remarks: This was the 40th mission of PSLV. One of the 30 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C38 was the 15 kg NIUSAT, a University/Academic Institute satellite from Nurul Islam University, Tamil Nadu, India. The remaining 29 co-passenger satellites carried were international customer satellites from USA (10), United Kingdom (3), Belgium (3), Italy (3), Austria (1), Chile (1), Czech Republic (1), Finland (1), France (1), Germany (1), Japan (1), Latvia (1), Lithuania (1) and Slovakia (1). With today’s successful launch, the total number of customer satellites from abroad placed in orbit by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 209.

 

 

 

  • ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Host: England and Wales

Participating teams: Australia, England, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan

Winner & Runners-up: Pakistan and India

Player of the series: Hasan Ali (Pakistan)

Most Runs: Shikhar Dhawan (338)

Most Wickets: Hasan Ali (13)

Venue for the finals: Oval, London

Host for 2021 Champions Trophy: India

 

  • City Liveability Index

The Union Ministry of Urban Development has launched the ‘City Liveability Index’ for measuring the quality of life in 116 major cities including smart cities, capital cities and cities with a population of above one million each.

The Index is a Common Minimum Reference Framework to enable the cities know where they stand in terms of quality of life and the interventions required to improve the same.

The cities will be assessed on a comprehensive set of 79 parameters to capture the extent and quality of  infrastructure including availability of roads, education and health care, mobility, employment opportunities,

emergency response, grievance redressal, pollution, availability of open and green spaces, cultural and entertainment opportunities etc.

 

 

  • Gandhi Darshan tourist train

To commemorate the 100 years of Sabarmati Ashram and Champaran Satyagrah, Indian Railways has decided to run Gandhi Darshan Special Tourist Train or Astha Special Tourist Train as it is officially called.

Destinations covered: Wardha, Motihari, Bettiah, Gaya, Varanasi, Allahabad & Surat

Boarding Points: Sabarmati – Anand – Vadodara – Bharuch – Surat

Flagged off from: Bandra

 

 

 

 

  • SATH Programme of NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital’ with the State Governments. The vision of the program is to initiate transformation in the education and health sectors.

SATH aims to identify and build three future ‘role model’ states for health systems. The programme will be implemented by NITI along with McKinsey & Company and IPE Global consortium, who were selected through a competitive bidding process.

To select the three model states, NITI defined a three-stage process – expression of interest, presentations by the states and assessment of commitment to health sector reforms. NITI invited all states and UTs to participate in the program. Sixteen states expressed prima facie interest, of which fourteen made their

presentations. Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka,  Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh presented their project proposal to a Committee headed by Member of NITI Aayog, Shri Bibek Debroy and comprising of CEO, Amitabh Kant as well

as a representative from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Of these fourteen states, five have been shortlisted. Subsequently, three will be selected on the basis of further evaluations and objective assessment of criteria affecting the potential for impact and likelihood of success.

Metrics such as MMR, IMR, incidence of malaria and others have been considered for determining potential impact while density of doctors and nurses, compliance to IPHS norms are some of the metrics used to determine likelihood of success. The programme will be launched in the three selected states after the signing of MoUs.

 

 

  • GSLV Mk III

Launch date: 05 June 2017

Satellite launched: GSAT – 19

Launched from: Sriharikota

GSLV Mk III is a three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle developed by ISRO. It is designed to carry 4 ton class of

satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) or about 10 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which is about

twice the capability of GSLV Mk II.

 

 

 

  • The place in Karnataka where a newly built Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) was inaugurated by the Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley – Chitradurga
  • The bilateral naval exercise between the Navies of Singapore and India in the South China Sea from 18 to 24

May is named – SIMBEX-17

  • The annual joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise being conducted by Indian Navy’s

Western Naval Command at Karwar naval station is named – Karavali Karunya

  • The missile system with a range of 15 km acquired from Israel which was test-fired from a test range in Odisha

Spyder

  • The country with which India is conducting Co-ordinated Patrol (CORPAT) from 09 – 25 May 17 under the aegis

of Andaman and Nicobar Command – Indonesia

 

  • The State in which the retirement age of doctors has been raised from 60 to 62 years – Uttar Pradesh
  • The place in Assam where the Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of AIIMS to be completed in about 4 years – Kamrup
  • The venue of the first meeting of CMs of 5 States on Indo-China Border chaired by the Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh) – Gangtok
  • The place in Maharashtra where India’s First Integrated Bio-refinery for Renewable Fuels & Chemicals for producing ethanol from a variety of biomass was inaugurated by Shri Nitin Gadkari – Rahu, Pune
  • The north-eastern state which has been declared a disturbed area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for 3 more months from 03 May 2017 – Assam
  • The State which has become the first in the country to shift to January to December format for financial year – Madhya Pradesh
  • The African country which has been accepted as the new member (14th) of OPEC – Equatorial Guinea
  • The venue of 2017 session of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held from 22 to 26 May 2017 (Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju is leading the Indian delegation) – Cancun, Mexico
  • The country in which world’s largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant with a capacity of 40 MW

became operational – China

  • The country which has banned captive breeding of dolphins and killer whales in order to eventually put an end

to marine circuses – France

  • The South American nation which has declared an end of its public health emergency over Zika, the mosquitoborne

virus – Brazil

  • The city which has become the first in the world to get its own font (the font known by the city’s name has been developed by Microsoft and is available in 23 languages for Office 365 users) – Dubai
  • The campaign launched by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to promote toilet use and freedom from open defecation under the Swachh Bharat Mission is named – Darwaza Band
  • The tropical cyclone which recently caused widespread impacts across Sri Lanka, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bangladesh, and Northeast India was named – Cyclone Mora
  • The longest river bridge in India (9.15 km length) built across Lohit river connecting the villages Dhola and Sadiya which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 26 May 2017 is named – Bhupen Hazarika Setu
  • The new bacterium found on the International Space Station by NASA scientists and named after Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam – Solibacillus kalamii
  • The first semi-high speed train Tejas with facilities like on-board like LED TV and tea/coffee vending machine, flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will run between – Mumbai CST and Karmali (Goa)
  • The car manufacturing company which has decided to stop selling its cars in India from the end of this year –General Motors
  • The airport in India which has become the busiest single runway airport in the world with 837 flights per day (beating London’s Gatwik airport which operates 757 flights/day) – Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
  • The new base year of the all-India Index of Industrial Production (IIP) which has been revised from 2004-05 to

reflect the changes in the industrial sector and to also align it with the base year of other macroeconomic

indicators like the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Wholesale Price Index (WPI) – 2011-12

  • The vaccine which has been included in the Universal Immunization Programme of India by the Union Health

Minister Shri JP Nadda – Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)

  • The theme of National Technology Day observed on 11 May 2017 – Technology for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth
  • The first Hindi entertainment channel to be launched by Discovery channel is named – Discovery JEET
  • The variety of mango grown in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh which has been granted GI (geographical

indication) tag (the mango is named after the town it is grown in) – Banganapalle

  • The portal launched by the Ministry of Communications for Information sharing on Mobile Towers and EMF

Emission Compliances is named – Tarang Samachar

  • The medieval saint on whose 1000th birth anniversary a commemorative stamp was released by the Prime

Minister Shri Narendra Modi – Sri Ramanujacharya

 

 

  • Swachh Survekshan – 2017

Swachh Survekshan 2017 was carried out in 434 cities across the country and the following are the highlights of the survey.

Criteria and weightages for different components of sanitation related aspects used for the Survey are:

A: Solid Waste Management including Door-to-Door collection, Processing and Disposal, ODF status

etc: 45% of total 2,000 marks i.e 900 marks

B: Citizen feedback : 30% i.e 600 of total marks

C: Independent observation : 25% i.e 500 marks

Quality Council of India which conducted the survey deployed 421 assessors for on the spot assessment of 17,500 locations in 434 cities and towns. Another 55 persons regularly monitored the survey process in real time.

Top 10 cities

  1. Indore, 2. Bhopal, 3. Visakhapatnam, 4. Surat, 5. Mysuru, 6. Tiruchirapally, 7. New Delhi Municipal Council, 8.

Navi Mumbai, 9. Vadodara and 10. Chandigarh

The last 10 – 434. Gonda (UP), 433. Bhusawal (Maharashtra), 432. Bagaha (Bihar), 431. Hardoi (UP), 430. Katihar (Bihar), 429.

Bahraich (UP), 428. Muktsar (Punjab), 427. Abohar (Punjab), 426. Shahjahanpur (U.P.) and 425. Khurja (UP).

  • Other rankings at National Level

Fastest Mover Big City: Faridabad (Haryana)

Fastest Mover Medium City: Rewa (M.P.)

Fastest Mover Small City: Khargone (M.P.)

Cleanest Medium City: Tirupati (A.P.)

Cleanest Small City: Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh)

Zonewise Best cities

Category North Zone South Zone

Cleanest Big City New Delhi Municipal Council Tiruchirapally, T.N.

Fastest Moving Big City Varanasi Vijayawada, A.P.

Cleanest Medium City Karnal, Haryana Kakinada, A.P.

Fastest Moving Medium City Jhansi, U.P. Ongole, A.P.

Cleanest Small City Leh, J & K Suryapet, Telangana

Fastest Moving Small City Ferozpur, Punjab Tadipatri, A.P.

Category East Zone West Zone

Cleanest Big City Jamshedpur, Jharkhand Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

Fastest Moving Big City Bhubaneswar, Odisha Gwalior, M.P.

Cleanest Medium City Bhilainagar, Chhattishgarh Ujjain, M.P.

Fastest Moving Medium City Rourkela, Odisha Sagar, M.P.

Cleanest Small City Chas, Jharkhand Navsari, Gujarat

Fastest Moving Small City Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh Pithampur, M.P.

Category North East Zone

Cleanest Big City Gangtok, Sikkim (Cleanest State Capital)

Fastest Moving Big City Aizwal, Mizoram (Overall)

Cleanest Medium City Nagaon, Assam (Overall outside capital cities)

 

 

 

 

  • Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil

Tholkappiyar Award 2015-16: Dr. R. Kalaikkovan

Tholkappiyar Award 2014-15: Dr. A. Krishnamurthy

Tholkappiyar Award 2013-14: Dr. S.N. Kandaswamy

 

 

  • Wall of Valour in Educational Institutions

Launched by: Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre jointly

Purpose: To help create a spirit of respect for our real heroes.

Details: A wall of 15 x 20 to be designated in 1,000 educational institutions across the country. Portraits of

Param Vir Chakra (PVC) decorated soldiers will be displayed on the walls to instil sense of nationalism among the students. This is part of a nationwide ‘Vidya Veerta Abhiyan’, initiated by writer and former Rajya Sabha member Shri Tarun Vijay.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Most Crowded Cities

According to UN Habitat the following are the most crowded cities in the world.

City People/SqKm

Dhaka, Bangladesh 44,500

Mumbai, India 31,700

Medellin, Columbia 19,700

Manila, Philippines 14,800

Casablanca, Morocco 14,200

Lagos, Nigeria 13,300

Kota, India 12,100

 

 

  • South Asia Satellite (GSAT-9)

Launch date: 05 May 2017

Launch Vehicle: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09)

Launched from: Sriharikota

The 2230 kg South Asia Satellite (GSAT-9) is a geosynchronous communications and meteorology satellite by

the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

(SAARC) region.

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka are the users of the multi-dimensional

facilities provided by the satellite.

 

 

 

  • Public Affairs Index

Public Affairs Index (PAI) is a data driven platform to rank the 30 States of India from the lens of governance.

While it is a complex task to rank the Indian states which are economically, culturally and socially so diverse,

Public Affairs Centre (PAC) has developed PAI as a unique statistical tool to evaluate the performance of

governance in the States. PAI is largely based on secondary data and has been extracted from Union Government Ministries and Departments.

PAI 2016 ranked the states of India on the basis of 10 broad themes, spread across 25 focus subjects and

focusing on 68 individual indicators. The report also incorporates a study on Sentiment Analysis.

While the new PAI 2017 report is similar to PAI 2016, it has been upgraded and made more comprehensive. PAI

2017 has 10 themes, 26 focus subjects and 82 indicators. It also includes a new study on Inequality, which

focuses on the extent of the gap existing between the various strata of society from an economic, social and

gender perspective.

The following are the top 5 ranked States in the PAI 2017

State Score

Kerala 0.551

Tamil Nadu 0.543

Gujarat 0.536

Himachal Pradesh 0.535

Karnataka 0.531

 

The following are the top ranked in each theme of the PAI 2017

Theme                            State

Essential Infrastructure Goa

Support to Human Development Kerala

Social Protection Jammu and Kashmir

Women and Children Nagaland

Crime, Law and Order Nagaland

Delivery of Justice Tripura

Environment Arunachal Pradesh

Transparency and Accountability Haryana

Fiscal Management Telangana

Economic Freedom Gujarat

Inequality Kerala

 

 

 

  • Indian Premier League 2017

Winners: Mumbai Indians

Runner-up: Rising Pune Supergiant

Orange Cap for the leading run-scorer: David Warner

Purple Cap for the leading wicket-taker: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Most Valuable Player: Ben Stokes

Emerging Player of the Tournament: Basil Thampi

Fair Play Award: Gujarat Lions

Stylish Player of the Season: Gautam Ghambir

 

 

  • IRCTC Survey on Cleanliness of Stations

The Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu released Third Party Audit Report on Station

Cleanliness and Inaugurated Swachh Rail Portal. First survey conducted by IRCTC in 2016 by conducting interviews of passengers at the stations on various parameters of cleanliness and rating them on these basis.

The second survey has been conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) who with the help of their partners have conducted the survey of 407 major railway stations (75 A1 category and 332 A category stations) of Indian Railways.

The parameters adopted for conducting the survey are: Evaluation of Process of cleanliness in Parking, main entry area, main platform, waiting room,(33.33%) direct observation by QCI assessors of cleanliness in these areas (33.33%) and passenger feedback(33.33%). A 24×7 control room was set up and images were geo-tagged

to monitor progress.

The following are the first 3 rankings in each category as per the survey:

Rank A1 Category Station (Out of 75) A Category Station (Out of

332)

Railway Zone

  1. Vishakhapatnam, East Coast Railway Beas, Northern Railway South East Central Railway
  2. Secunderabad, South Central Railway Khammam, South-Central

Railway

East Coast Railway

  1. Jammu Tawi, Northern Railway Ahmednagar, Central

Railway

Central Railway

 

  • Year of Polar Prediction

The Year of Polar Prediction is to be observed from mid-2017 to mid-2019 in order to cover an entire year in both the Arctic and Antarctic. The initiative involves the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and a wide array of partners around the globe.

 

 

 

  • Quoting of Aadhaar for filing of return of income

Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961, as inserted by the Finance Act, 2017 provides for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar / Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form for filing of return of income and for making an application for allotment of Permanent Account Number with effect from 1st July, 2017. Section 139AA (3) of

the Act empowers the Central Government to notify the person(s) or State(s) to which the requirement of quoting of Aadhaar / Enrolment ID shall not apply. 

 

 

The Central Government vide notification dated 11th May, 2017 has notified that the requirement of quoting

of Aadhaar / Enrolment ID shall not apply to the following individuals if they do not possess the Aadhaar / Enrolment ID:

  • An individual who is residing in the state of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya.
  • An individual who is a non-resident as per the Income-tax Act, 1961.
  • An individual of the age of eighty years or more at any time during the previous year.
  • An individual who is not a citizen of India.

 

 

 

 

  • SAMADHAN doctrine for Left Wing Extremism

The Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh unveiled a new doctrine to deal with Left Wing Extremism which is encompassed in the word SAMADHAN

S – Smart Leadership

A – Aggressive Strategy

M – Motivation and Training

A – Actionable Intelligence

D – Dashboard Based KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and KRAs (Key Result Areas)

H – Harnessing Technology

A – Action plan for each Theatre

N – No access to Financing