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Important Days

Important Days in January Jan 1 Army Medical Corps Establishment Day Jan 8 African National Congress Foundation Day Jan 10 World Laughter Day Jan 9 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Jan 11 Death anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri Jan 12 National youth Day (Birth Day of Swami Vivekanand) Jan 15 Army Day Jan 23 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's birth anniversary Jan 25 International Customs Duty Day, India Tourism Day, Indian Voter Day Jan 26 Republic Day Jan 28 Birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai Jan 30 (Martyr's day) Mahatma Gandhi's Martyrdom Day;World Leprosy Eradication Day Jan 31 World L

Scientific Instruments And Appliances

Altimeter is a special type of aneroid barometer, used in measuring altitudes. Ammeter is an instrument to measure the strength of an electric current. Amplifier is an electronic device that increases the strength of a signal fed into it. Anemometer is an instrument to measure the velocity and find the direction of the wind. Audiometer is an instrument to measure difference in hearing Barometer is used to measure atmospheric pressure Binocular is an optical instrument designed for magnified view of distant objects by both eyes simultaneously. Calorimeter is an instrument for measuring quantiti

News Papers and Journals

News Papers, Journals & their Founder/EditorsBengal Gazette (India's first news paper, 1780) - J. K. Hikki Amrit Bazar Patrika - Shishir Kr. Ghosh and Motilal Ghosh Keshri - Bal Gangadhar Tilak Maharatta - Bal Gangadhar Tilak Sudharak - G. K. Gokhle Vande Mataram - Aurobindo Ghosh Native Opinion - V. N. Mandalik Kavivachan Sudha - Bhartendu Harishchandra Rast Goftar (First News Paper in Gujrati) - Dadabhai Naoroji New India - Bipin Chandra Pal Statesman - Robert Knight Hindu - Vir Raghavacharya and G. S. Aiyar Sandhya - B. B. Upadhyaya Vichar Lahiri - Krishna Shastri Chiplunkar Hind

First in India (Men)

The first batsman to score three test century in three successive tests on debut - Mohd. Azharuddin The first batsman to score double century in One Day International cricket match - Sachin Tendulkar The first man to have climbed Mount Everest twice - Nawang Gombu The first President of Indian Republic - Dr. Rajendra Prasad The first Prime Minister of free India - Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru The first Indian to win Nobel Prize - Rabindranath Tagore The first president of Indian National Congress - W. C. Banerjee The first Muslim President of Indian National Congress - Badruddin Tayyabji The f

First in India (Women)

First Women's University - Maharshi Karve starts SNDT University in Pune with five students in 1916. First Woman to hold a Union Cabinet post - Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit First Woman governor of Independent India - Sarojini Naidu, in charge of United Provinces First Woman president of UN General Assembly - Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1953) First Woman Prime Minister of India - Indira Gandhi (1966) First Woman IPS Officer of India - Kiran Bedi (1972) First Woman to win Nobel Peace Prize - Mother Teresa (1979) First Indian Woman to climb Mount Everest - Bachendri Pal (1984) First Indian Wo

National Laboratories and Research Institutions

Name Place Central Building Research Institute Roorkee, Uttaranchal Central Drugh Resedarch Institute Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Central Electro-Chemical Research Institure Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute Pilani, Rajasthan Central Food Technological Research Institute Mysore, Karnataka Central Fuel Research Institute Dhanbad, Jharkhand Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute Jadhavpur, West Bengal Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Central Leather Research Institute Chennai, Tamil Nadu Central Mechanical

Classical Dances in India

Classical Dances of IndiaState Bharatanatyam Tamil Nadu Bihu Assam Bhangra Punjab Chhau Bihar, Orissa, W. Bengal and Jharkhand Garhwali Uttaranchal Garba Gujarat Hattari Karnataka Kathak North India Kathakali Kerala Kutchipudi Andhra Pradesh Khantumm Mizoram Karma Madhya Pradesh Laho Meghalaya Mohiniattam Kerala Mando Goa Manipuri Manipur Nati Himachal Pradesh Nat-Natin Bihar Odissi Orissa Rauf Jammu &Kashmir Yakshagan Karnataka

Different Branches of Science

BranchConcerning Field Aeronautics Science of flight of airplanes. Astronomy Study of heavenly bodies. Agronomy Science dealing with crop plant. Angiology Deals with the study of blood vascular system. Anthology Study of flower. Anthropology Study of apes and man. Apiculture Honey industries (Bee Keeping). Araneology Study of spiders. Batracology Study of frogs. Biochemistry Deals with the study of chemical reactions in relation to life activities. Biotechnology Deals with the use of micro-organisms in commercial processes for producing fine chemicals such as drugs;vaccines;hormones,

Longest and Largest

Longest river (India) Ganges Longest river (World) Nile Longest Railway(World) Trans-Siberian railway Longest Railway Station (World) Grand Central Terminal, Chicago (U.S.A.) The longest tributary river of India Yamuna The longest river of the south India Godavari Longest Electric railway line in India From Delhi to Kolkata via Patna Longest Road in India Grand Trunk Road State with longest coastline in India Gujarat Longest railway route in India Dibrugarh in Assam to Kannyakumari in Tamil Nadu Longest tunnel in India Jawahar tunnel (Jammu & Kashmir) Longest national highway

Tribal and Folk Dances in India

StatesDances Maharashtra Kathakeertan, Lezin, Dandaniya, Tamasha, Gafa, Dahikala, Lavani, Mauni, Dasavtar. Karnataka Huttari, Suggi Kunitha, Yakashagana Kerala Kaikottikali, Kaliyattam, Tappatikkali Tamil Nadu Kolattam, Pinnal Kolattam, Kummi, Kavadi, Karagam Andhra Pradesh Ghanta Mardala, Veedhi Natakam, Burrakatha Orissa Ghumara Sanchar, Chadya Dandanata, Chhau West Bengal Kathi, Chhau, Baul, Kirtan, Jatra, Lama Assam Bihu, Khel Gopal, Rash Lila, Tabal Chongli, Canoe Punjab Giddha (women), Bhangra (men) Jammu & Kashmir Rauf, Hikat Himachal Pradesh Jhora, Jhali, Dangli, Mahasu

Career Scope in Print Media

Print media are lightweight, portable, disposable publications printed on paper and circulated as physical copies in forms we call books, newspapers, magazines and newsletters. They hold informative and entertaining content that is of general or special interest. They are published either once or daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, bimonthly or quarterly. Print Media is the oldest form of media. But even today it is growing from strength to strength. Around 4000 small, medium and large newspapers and magazines across the county are registered with the Registrar of Newspapers every year. This indicates that it is a growing sector where employment opportunities are increasing with each passing day. Most of the young aspirants who want to enter the print media prefer reporting, but newspapers and magazines also seek young talent as photographers, artists, editors, computer experts, librarians, and cartoonists. Students who have writing ability, graphics or photo skills, curiosity and deter →

65th National Film Awards for 2017

The 65th National Film Awards 2017 were announced by the Chairpersons of the juries on Feature Films, Best Writing on Cinema and members of Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Non-Feature films. The Feature Film Central panel was headed by Shri Shekhar Kapur, an eminent filmmaker known for his works in Hindi cinema and international cinema. The Non- Feature Film panel was headed by Shri. Nakul Kamte and the Best Cinema on Writing jury by Shri.Anant Vijay. The National Film Awards would be presented by Hon’ble President of India on May 3rd, 2018. Winner of 65th National Film Awards for 2017Best Feature Film - Village Rockstars, Language: Assamese, Directed by Rima Das. Indira Gandhi award for best debut film of a director - Sinjar, Language: Jasari, Directed by Pampally. Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment- Baahubali - The Conclusion, Language: Telugu, Directed by S S Rajamouli. Nargis Dutt Award For Best Feature Film On National Integration - Dhappa, Language: Marathi, Directed →

What is the Indo US Civilian Nuclear Deal?

India and the United States signed a landmark deal in October 2008, which allows India access to US civil nuclear fuel and technology. What is it that makes this deal so significant? How does India stand to gain from it ? Here are some answers to these questions : What is the Indo-U.S. Civilian Nuclear Deal ? This is a deal between India and the United States for civil nuclear cooperation. Under this agreement, the United States can sell civilian nuclear fuel and technology to India. India in turn, has to separate its civil and military nuclear facilities and place all its civil nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) inspection. The accord took three years to be finalized, during which it went through a series of complex stages that included amendment of U.S. domestic law, formulation of a civil-military nuclear separation plan in India, an India-IAEA safeguards (inspections) agreement and the grant of an exemption for India by the Nuclear Suppliers' →

Genetically Modified Food or Crops

Genetic Modification Genetic modification refers to techniques used to manipulate the genetic composition of an organism by adding specific useful genes. A gene is a sequence of DNA that contains information that determines a particular characteristic/trait. All organisms have DNA (genes). Genes are located in chromosomes. Genes are units of inheritance that are passed from one generation to the next and provide instructions for development and function of the organism. Crops that are developed through genetic modification are referred to as genetically modified (GM) crops, transgenic crops or genetically engineered (GE) crops. Over the last 30 years, the field of genetic engineering has developed rapidly due to the greater understanding of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as the chemical double helix code from which genes are made. The term genetic engineering is used to describe the process by which the genetic makeup of an organism can be altered using “recombinant DNA technology.” This →

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