Revision of Last 4 months Important National & International News

By Neeraj Mishra|Updated : March 3rd, 2016


The topic that we intend to cover today is National & International News

National News

1. Mysuru has emerged as the cleanest city for the second year in a row among 73 cities.

Top 5 cleanest cities in India

1. Mysuru             2. Chandigarh 3. Tiruchirapalli   4. New Delhi Municipal Council 5. Visakhapatnam

  • The dirty cities list included Dhanbad, Asansol, Patna, Meerut, Raipur, Ghaziabad, Jamshedpur, Kalyan Dombivilli and Itanagar.

2. India sets target to eliminate malaria by 2030 -

3. Vizag port in Andhra Pradesh to be first major port to run on solar energy

4. Gujarat to have India’s first disabled-friendly beach – The Tithal beach in Valsad district is all set to become the first disabled-friendly beach in India.

5. Maharashtra tops Internet readiness index: report

  • Maharashtra has emerged as the top ranking state in terms of the overall Internet readiness index, followed by Karnataka, Gujarat, Telengana and Tamil Nadu, according to a report released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).

6. India records highest Milk production worldwide - India has retained its position as the world’s highest milk producing country.

7. IRCTC awarded national innovation award - IRCTC’s new version of the Next Generation e-Ticketing System (NGET) was awarded gold national award for e-governance 2015-16 in the category of “Innovative Use of ICT by Central Government PSUs”.

8. National Arogya Fair-2016 held at Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

9. Govt approves over Rs 4,087 crore aid to seven drought-hit states – Government approved central assistance of over Rs 4,087 crore to seven states affected by drought.

10. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince arrives in India - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE armed forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayad Al Nahayan arrived India.

11. India is set to open its first ever aviation park in Gujarat which will include an airstrip, training school, helipad and space for setting up small manufacturing units among others.

12. IIT – M tie up with Nokia for rural net connectivity - The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), has tied up with Nokia for three years to create technology solutions which, in turn, will help enhance broadband connectivity in rural India.

 13. National Organic Farming Research Institute to be set up in Sikkim –

14. India’s first fully solar-powered educational institute opened in Puducherry.

15. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR launched India’s first ayurvedic anti-diabetic drug – BGR-34

16. India Develops World’s First Zika Vaccine

  • Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad based vaccines and bio-therapeutic manufacturer, claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in developing a vaccine to fight the dreaded mosquito-borne Zika virus, which causes serious birth defects in children.

17. TCS becomes world’s most powerful IT Services brand –

  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s top IT services and consulting company said that it has been rated as the world’s most powerful brand in IT Services by Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation firm.
  • Across all industries, Disney was rated as the most powerful brand and Apple as the most valuable brand for 2016.

18. India becomes world’s largest exporter of Rice - India has overtaken Thailand as the world’s largest rice exporter in 2015, shipping 23 million tonnes in the year 2015 as compared to Thailand’s 9.8 million tons.

  • Vietnam was ranked third largest rice exporter with 6.4 million tonnes.
  • In terms of imports, China remains the number one importer of rice.

 19. releases list of 20 smart cities

  • The Union government announced the names of the first 20 urban areas that will be developed as smart cities.
  • Budget of Rs 50,802 crores has been proposed in selected smart cities and towns during the five-year period.

20. India Celebrates 67th Republic Day -

  • India celebrates its 67th Republic Day with President Francois Hollande as the chief guest
  • It was the fifth time a French president has been chief guest, the biggest honour India can bestow on a foreign leader.
  • French army first foreign contingent participate at R – day - Soldiers of French Army’s 35th Infantry Regiment, which was Led by Lt Col Paul created history by marching down the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade, becoming the first foreign military contingent to take part in the celebrations.

21. Prime Minister Narendra Modi becomes the second most followed Indian on Twitter. His following of 17.4 million stands close to Amitabh Bachan, who has 18.9 million followers. Shah Rukh Khan takes the third spot with his 17,351,100 followers.

22. Google Launches First Public Wifi Service in Mumbai, India

  • Google, in partnership with Indian Railways, launched its first free high-speed public WiFi service in the country at the Mumbai Central Railway Station.
  • The service will be made available next in Allahabad, Patna, Jaipur, and Ranchi.

23.Andhra Pradesh tops in implementing MGNREGA for 2014-15 - Andhra Pradesh has topped in the country in implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act for the 2014-2015 in category of transparency and accountability..

 25. In Maharashtra, the first Solar Power operated Mini-Water Supply Plant in the state has been commissioned in Hingna village of Mouda Taluka in Nagpur district.

 26. Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is the world’s best hotel – According to travel website TripAdvisor, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is the world’s best hotel of 2016.

27. Kerala becomes 1st state to achieve 100% primary education - This has been achieved through the primary education equivalency drive of the state literacy mission — Athulyam.

 28. Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) in Hisar becomes India’s second centre to produce a cloned buffalo ‘Cirb Gaurav’.

29. Telangana become the first State in the country to introduce compulsory gender education at the graduate level.

Note: In this regard, state government has introduced bilingual textbook titled ‘Towards a World of Equals’ on a pilot basis in engineering colleges.

30. Sikkim becomes India’s first organic state. Sikkim has become India’s first fully organic state by implementing organic practices on around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land..

31.MP state govt. inks MoU with IFC for World’s largest Solar Plant

  • The Madhya Pradesh government has inked a pact with International Finance Corporation (IFC), member of the World Bank Group, to set up the world’s largest solar energy plant with a capacity of 750 MW.

32. BHEL commissioned the second 660 MW supercritical unit of Lalitpur Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) in Uttar Pradesh.

Note: Last month, BHEL has successfully commissioned the first unit of 3×660 MW Prayagraj Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) at Bara in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

33. Somnath Temple to invest in Gold Monetisation Scheme - Somnath Temple Trust is all set to become first temple from Gujarat to deposit its idle gold in the Gold Monetization Scheme.

34. Mumbai, Delhi figure in world’s top-30 ‘super cities’ –

  • India’s financial capital Mumbai has been ranked 22nd while the national capital Delhi is placed at 24th.
  • The list is topped by Tokyo, which along with New York, London and Paris, make the top four ‘super cities’ These four were the destination of over 50 per cent of all foreign capital invested in the Global Top 30 cities.

 35. Friendship bus service between India-Nepal resumes - A friendship bus service between India and Nepal was flagged off via Champawat district in Uttarakhand after a gap of 27 years.

36. Ministry of Railways flagged off first double decker Goa-Mumbai train

International News -

1. Pakistan’s Sindh Assembly passed the Hindu Marriage Bill making the province the first in the country to allow the minority community to register their marriages, amid calls from a leading Hindu group to remove a controversial clause in the landmark bill.

2. World’s largest concentrated solar plant opened in Morocco -

  • The Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex, world’s largest solar power plant opened in the Souss-Massa-Drâa area in Morocco.

3. France became first country in the world to ban supermarket food waste

  • The French Senate unanimously passed a law to ban large food stores from throwing away food that is approaching its expiration date.

4. India become the second largest smartphone market -

  • India has surpassed the US to become the largest smartphone market in the world after China, by number of units sold, as the availability of 4G handsets fueled demand, a new report has revealed.

5. India becomes Associate Member of EMBO

  • India is second country outside the European region to be an Associate Member State of EMBO. First one being Singapore which had signed such agreement with European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) in 2015.

6. WHO declares Zika virus outbreak as International Emergency

  • Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted by Aedes aegypti
  • The virus was first identified in 1947 in Uganda and its name has been derived from Zika Forest.

7. Vietnam inaugurated the world’s longest three-rope cable car system in Lao Cai province.

8. Alphabet becomes The Most Valuable Public Company in the World

  • Google’s parent company Alphabet surpassed Apple to become the most valuable U.S. traded company in the world.

10. Denmark is the world’s least corrupt country. Denmark has emerged as the least corrupt country in the world for a fourth consecutive year, according to the non-governmental organisation Transparency International.

  • India rank at 76th spot on the list.

11. Germany the ‘best country in the world’. Germany is the best country in the world, according to new analysis unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The top 5 countries in the world

Germany ,Canada ,United Kingdom ,United States ,Sweden

12. Denmark named world’s best country for women - Denmark is the best country in the world for women to live in, according to a survey conducted by American media company US News and World Report.

List of Top 5 countries - Denmark, Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands and Australia

13. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the second most popular leader on the social networking website Facebook. PM Narendra Modi has over 31 million fans on his personal Narendra Modi page.

Note: US President Barack Obama is the most popular leader in the world. The US President has over 46 million likes on his Facebook page.

14. Nepal elected as UNICEF’s executive board term member for 2016-2018 –

 15.Indra Nooyi becomes Yale’s biggest alumni donor - Indra Nooyi, the Indian-born PepsiCo Chairperson & CEO, has become the Yale School of Management’s biggest alumni donor with a ‘landmark gift’ to endow the deanship at her alma mater.

16. UN launched 2016 International Year of Pulses

17. PM Narendra Modi inaugurates new building of Afghanistan Parliament in Kabul

 18. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named as 2015 Person of the Year by Time Magazine.


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