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Current Affairs 2017

Delhi Police chief Alok Verma appointed new CBI Director

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Alok Kumar Verma as the new CBI Director. His appointment will be for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of his office. Shri Alok Kumar Verma, currently Delhi Police commissioner, is a 1979 batch Indian Police Service officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.

Employment News

181 Pet PI ASC, C/o 56 APO, www.persmin.nic/dopt.asp invites applications for Tradesman Mate 02 psots (UR-01 post, SC/ST-01) Fireman 06 posts (UR-04, SC/ST-01post, OBC-01) Refer website or Employment News dated 7-13 Jan 2017...

First in India (Women)

First Women's UniversityMaharshi Karve starts SNDT University in Pune with five students in 1916.
First Woman to hold a Union Cabinet postVijaya Lakshmi Pandit
First Woman governor of Independent IndiaSarojini Naidu, in charge of United Provinces
First Woman president of UN General AssemblyVijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1953)
First Woman Prime Minister of IndiaIndira Gandhi (1966)
First Woman IPS Officer of IndiaKiran Bedi (1972)
First Woman to win Nobel Peace Prize Mother Teresa (1979)
First Indian Woman to climb Mount EverestBachendri Pal (1984)
First Indian Woman to win Booker PrizeArundhati Roy (1997)
First Woman PresidentPratibha Patil (2007)
First Woman Speaker of Lok SabhaMeira Kumar (2009)
First Indian Woman to become "Miss World"Rita Faria
First Woman judge in Supreme CourtMrs. Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi
First Woman AmbassadorMiss C.B. Muthamma
First Woman to climb Mount Everest twiceSantosh Yadav
First Woman President of the Indian National CongressMrs. Annie Besant
First Woman Chief Minister of an Indian StateMrs. Sucheta Kripalani
First Woman chairman of Union Public Service CommissionRoze Millian Bethew
First Woman Director General of Police (DGP)Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
First Woman Lieutenant GeneralPuneeta Arora
First Woman Air Vice MarshalP. Bandopadhyaya
First Woman chairperson of Indian AirlinesSushama Chawala
First &Last Muslim Woman ruler of DelhiRazia Sultana
First Woman to receive Ashoka ChakraNiraja Bhanot
First Woman to cross English ChannelArati Saha
First Woman to receive Bharat RatnaIndira Gandhi
First Woman to receive Gyanpith AwardAshapurna Devi
First Woman Headmistress in schoolSavitribai Phule
First Indian woman who reached AntarcticaMahel Musa
First Indian woman who become an individual member of International Olympic CommitteeNita Ambani (2016)

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

The Prime Minister launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana at a National level function on 28th August 2014. Besides the launch function at Delhi, simultaneous launch functions of the Yojana were also held in the Capital and other major centres of the State and at all district Headquarters. The Prime Minister said that the target to cover 7.50 crore households with at least one account under the Yojana will be achieved by 26th January, 2015. Elaborating the benefits under PMJDY, the Prime Minister said this was not a mere bank account, but had other benefits including an RuPay debit card, Rs 1 lakh accident insurance cover, and an additional Rs. 30,000/- life insurance cover for those opening bank accounts before January 26th, 2015. Speaking on the occasion, the Finance Minister said that efforts will be made to ensure that no household is left without a bank account.

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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' ...

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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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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 ...

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