Daily GK Update: 01 December 2017

By Neeraj Mishra|Updated : December 1st, 2017

National Affairs

1. Farmer engagement app ‘Jai Kisaan’ launched in Goa

  • The Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar has launched a farmer engagement app named ‘Jai Kisaan’ which aims to fulfil the needs of the farmer's community in India.
  • It is an initiative of Adventz group, a conglomerate of 25 companies.
  • With the help of this app, any farmer of the country can get the information related to agriculture and cultivation, covering crop nutrition, protection, seeds, and diagnostic services, etc.
  • App also provides other services like - commodity market prices and a five-day weather forecast, to assist the farmer in making critical decisions related to his farm income.

2. Cyclone Ockhi strikes in the Tamil Nadu & Kerala

  • The cyclone Ockhi strikes in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu and some parts of Kerala state.
  • Indian Meteorological Department issued a cyclone warning for south Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep islands.

3. One Rupee note turns 100

  • The one rupee note celebrates a century on 30th November 2017.
  • The first one-rupee note was introduced on November 30, 1917, with the photo of King George V.
  • In 1926, the RBI discontinued issuance of one-rupee note but it got reintroduced in 1940. In 1994 again the note get discontinued which got back reintroduced in 2015.
  • The One Rupee note is issued by Ministry of Finance and it bears the signatures of Finance Secretary.


4. Ankushita wins 'Best Boxer' title in World Youth Women's Boxing Championship

  •  Ankushita Boro, of Assam, has won the Best Boxer' title in World Youth Women's Boxing Championship held in Guwahati.
  • She clinched the fifth gold for India after defeating Russia’s Ekaterina Dynnik in the 64kg final.
  • She belongs from Megaai Gairrani village in Assam and began boxing in 2012.

 Important Days

5. World AIDS day being observed today

  • On 1st December, Aids Day is celebrated every year. The theme of 2017 Aids Day is – ‘Right to health’.
  • The Aids Day is selected on 1st December every year since 1988.
  • The main objective of Aids day is to raise the public awareness about Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, AIDS.
  • It is a pandemic disease caused due to the infection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
  • As per the data released by World Health Organization (WHO) till 2017, AIDS has killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide.

6. Nagaland celebrates 54th formation Day

  • Today Nagaland state is celebrating its 54th formation day. On 1 December 1963, Nagaland became the 16th state of India.
  • The key economic activity of the state is Agriculture and the main crops include – rice, corn, millets, pulses, oilseeds, etc.
  • The state shares its borders with the state of Assam to the west, Arunachal Pradesh to the North, Manipur to the South and Burma to the east.
  • The capital of Nagaland is Kohima. Dimapur is the largest city in Nagaland.
  • TR Zeliang is the present Chief Minister of the state.
  • Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya is the Governor of the Nagaland.

7. BSF celebrating 52nd formation day today

  • The Border Security Force is celebrating its 52nd formation day on 1st December 2017.
  • India's Border Security Force was formed on December 1 in 1965 after the Indo-Pak and India-China wars.
  • With 186 battalions and over 2.4 lakh military personnel, the BSF is the largest border security unit in the world.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted all Border Security Force (BSF), personnel and their families on their Raising Day.
  • The KF Rustamji, from the Indian police service, was the first Director General of BSF.
  • Krishan Kumar Sharma is the present Director General of BSF.
  • BSF headquartered in New Delhi. 

8. Armed forces Week to observe from 1-7 Dec: Defence Minister

  • Defence Ministry Nirmala Sitharaman today launched the Armed Forces Week from 1st – 7th December 2017.
  • The objective is to encourage citizens to make financial contributions to the families of war heroes and to pay respects to the brave sons and daughters of our nation.
  • The Armed Forces Flag Day is observed annually in India on December 7 since 1949.

 Arts & Culture

9. 'Kathakar - International Storytellers Festival’ begins in New Delhi

  • The 7th edition of the Kathakar - International Storytellers Festival’ begins at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts ( IGNCA), New Delhi.
  • The festival was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju.
  • The festival was started under the aegis of UNESCO in 2010.
  • It is the only oral storytelling festival in India and is a part of Ghummakkad Narain- the Travelling Literature Festival.
  • The festival this year will be hosted in the cities of Delhi, Gurugram, Noida and Mumbai.

10. Hornbill festival begins in Nagaland

  •  The 18th Hornbill festival begins in Nagaland. The festival is celebrated from 1-10 December every year in Nagaland. It is also called the 'Festival of Festivals'.
  • The first festival was held in 2000.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 10-day State Hornbill festival 2017.
  • The festival is celebrated at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.
  • All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival.
  • The main objective of this festival is to promote the cultural heritage of Nagaland.
  • The festival is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird which is displayed in the folklore of most of the state's tribes. 

Science & Defence

11. Indo-UK military exercise 'Ajeya Warrior- 2017' begins in Bikaner

  • A combined military exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior- 2017’ between India and the UK begins in Rajasthan.
  • The exercise is being held in the Mahajan Field Firing Range near Bikaner of Rajasthan.
  • The first exercise of this series was held in Belgium in 2013 and the second maneuvers were held in the UK in 2015.
  • The objective of this exercise is to increase mutual cooperation and coordination between the two countries.


12. Saraswati Tripathy, eminent freedom fighter passes away

  • Well-known Gandhian & freedom fighter Saraswati Tripathy passed away. She was 89 years old.
  • She is the wife of late freedom fighter Brundaban Tripathy.
  • She had met Mahatma Gandhi at Beraboi Ashram in Puri district and joined the freedom struggle.

''Thought of the Day''

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”


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Daily GK Update: 01 December 2017

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Neeraj MishraNeeraj MishraMember since Sep 2015
Working Experience of more than 6 years in the Education Industry. Previously worked in Pagalguy, Career Power (Bankers Adda). Expert in Gk - Current Affairs & Banking & Financial Awareness. His email address is neeraj@gradeup.co.
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