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October 31, 2020

Legendary James Bond actor Sean Connery Passed Away

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Legendary actor Sir Thomas Sean Connery (Sean Connery) passed away today due to age related issues. The 90 years old Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers. 


His first Bond film was Dr. No in 1962. He has appeared in seven films as 007 during the period 1962 to 1983 (From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Never Say Never Again and Diamonds Are Forever). He remained a fan favourite and was considered the best actor to have played 007 in the long-running franchise.


His acting career spanned five decades and he won an Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) in 1988 for his role in The Untouchables for his roles as Jimmy Malone. He also won two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes in his long and storied career. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.


His other renowned films included The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock. Connery was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000.



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Top ranking states in Public Affairs Index 2020 : Highlights

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The state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India, Kerala has been named as the best-governed state in the country according to the Public Affairs Index 2020. Kerala was followed by Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in the large state category. Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar ended at the bottom in the list.

Goa ranked first in the small state category followed by Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh. Chandigarh has been named as the best governed union territory followed by Puducherry and Lakshadweep.

Public Affairs Index (PAI) is an annual report which ranks the States of India from the lens of governance. This report is released by Delhi based non profit organization Public Affairs Centre headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Kasturirangan.  

Major Highlights of Public Affairs Index-2020

Large State category
  • Top 3 :
    1. Kerala
    2. Tamil Nadu
    3. Andhra Pradesh  
  • Bottom 3 :
    1. Uttar Pradesh
    2. Odisha
    3. Bihar
Small State category
  • Top 3 :
    1. Goa
    2. Meghalaya
    3. Himachal Pradesh.
  • Bottom 3 :
    1. Manipur
    2. Delhi
    3. Uttarakhand
Union Territories Category :
  • Top 3 :
    1. Chandigarh
    2. Puducherry
    3. Lakshadwee
  • Bottom 3 :
    1. Dadar and Nagar Haveli
    2. Andaman
    3. Jammu and Kashmir 

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October 26, 2020

Introducing our new mobile app : General Awareness 2020 Quick Revision

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October 23, 2020

IBPS Clerks X Supplementary Recruitment 2020 Online Application Link Activated

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Friends, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has decided to reopen the registration window and invite applications for IBPS Clerks X Online Examination (Preliminary & Main) 2020. The supplementary advertisement for the recruitment has been released and the online application link is also active now. You can apply online from today (23rd October 2020) to 6th November 2020. Check complete details below. All the Best :)

Please keep note that this process is only for the following categories of applicants.

  • Who attained the eligibility in terms of educational qualifications by 06.11.2020.
  • Who could not register successfully from 02.09.2020 to 23.09.2020.

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October 20, 2020

SBI Clerks (Junior Associates) 2020 Prelims Results & Mains Call Letters released

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Friends, the State Bank of India (SBI) has released the Results and Marks of SBI (Junior Associates (Customer Support & Sales / Clerks) Preliminary (Phase I) Online Exam. You can check your SBI Clerks Prelims 2020 result from below link or from the official website of the State Bank of India by entering your Registration Number / Roll Number and Password / Date of Birth. The bank has also released main exam call letters for the selected candidates. The SBI Clerks Main Exam is scheduled to be held on 31st October 2020. You can download your call letter from below link. The call letters for the main examination will be available for download at sbi's official website from today (20th October 2020) to 31st October 2020. All the Best :)

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October 16, 2020

Meet the new Chairman of Indian Bank's Association (IBA) - Rajkiran Raj G

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The representative body of management of banking in India, Indian Bank's Association (IBA) today announced that it elected Rajkiran Rai G, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Union Bank of India, as the Chairman of the Association.

Mr. Rai will be the Head of IBA for the term 2020-21. He has replaced Rajnish Kumar as the IBA Chairman after Kumar recently retired as SBI Chief.

Actually, Rajkiran Rai's term as the head of Union Bank of India supposed to be ended in June this year, but the government has extended his term by another two years until his retirement on May 31, 2022. Rai had taken over as the CEO of the Mumbai-based lender on July 1, 2017.

The other office-bearer of the Association elected, Dinesh Kumar Khara, Chairman, State Bank of India (SBI) as Deputy Chairman of the Association for the year 2020-2021.

About IBA
The Indian Banks' Association  (IBA) is an association of banks and other entities in the banking ecosystem in India catering to its members. It was formed on 26 September 1946. The organization is managed by a managing committee, and the current managing committee consists of one chairman, 3 deputy chairmen, 1 honorary secretary and 26 members.

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October 12, 2020

Meet the winners of Nobel Prize in Economy 2020

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced the winners of Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for the year 2020 (also known as Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel) to Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.”

This year’s Laureates, Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, have studied how auctions work. They have also used their insights to design new auction formats for goods and services that are difficult to sell in a traditional way, such as radio frequencies. Their discoveries have benefitted sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world.

People have always sold things to the highest bidder, or bought them from whoever makes the cheapest offer. Nowadays, objects worth astronomical sums of money change hands every day in auctions, not only household objects, art and antiquities, but also securities, minerals and energy. Public procurements can also be conducted as auctions.

Using auction theory, researchers try to understand the outcomes of different rules for bidding and final prices, the auction format. The analysis is difficult, because bidders behave strategically, based on the available information. They take into consideration both what they know themselves and what they believe other bidders to know.

“This year’s Laureates in Economic Sciences started out with fundamental theory and later used their results in practical applications, which have spread globally. Their discoveries are of great benefit to society,” says Peter Fredriksson, chair of the Prize Committee. 

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Proud Moment : 8 Indian Beaches get International Blue Flag Certification

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As a global recognition for India's conservation and sustainable development efforts, Eight beaches in India have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag certification, the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar announced yesterday.
The Blue Flag Certification has been awarded to 8 beaches spread across 5 states and 2 union territories namely :
  • Shivrajpur Beach (Gujarat)
  • Ghoghla Beach (Diu)
  • Kasarkod Beach (Karnataka)
  • Padubidri Beach (Karnataka)
  • Kappad Beach (Kerala)
  • Rushikonda Beach (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Golden Beach (Odisha) and
  • Radhanagar Beach (Andaman & Nicobar Islands)

These beaches were recognized by an international jury comprising of eminent members of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Denmark-based NGO Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

What is Blue Flag Certification ?

The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognized voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. The Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded by "Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark" based on 33 stringent criteria under four major heads -- environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environment management and conservation, and safety and services at the beaches.

India till now had none of its beaches tagged as “Blue Flag”.  With this, India became the first country in “Asia-Pacific” region which has achieved this feat in just about 2 years’ time.  Japan, South Korea and the UAE are the only other Asian nations who have been conferred with a couple of Blue Flag beaches, however, in a time frame of about five to six years. Spain, so far, has the highest number of Blue Flag certified sites.

Important Note :  India has also been awarded the 3rd prize by the jury under the "International Best Practices" for pollution control in coastal regions.



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October 10, 2020

Meet the new MD & CEO of India Post Payment Bank - J Venkatramu

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The government has recently appointed J Venkatramu as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD&CEO) of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB). He is currently working as the Chief Digital Officer in Equitas Small Finance Bank.
Mr Venkataramu is going to replace Suresh Sethi who had served as founder MD and CEO of the payments banks till March. He will be in the position for 3 years  from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, or till the date of his superannuation, or until further orders, whichever is the earlier.

About India Post Payments Bank :
India Post Payments Bank is a centre-owned entity under the department of posts, with 100% government equity and is governed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September, 2018 to offer doorstep banking to customers, mainly in rural areas.

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October 09, 2020

World Food Programme (WFP) awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2020

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the winner for this year's Peace Prize at the Nobel Institute in Oslo. The Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 has been awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP).

The organization has been honoured with this prestegious award "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict".

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security. In 2019, the WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger. 

With this award announcement, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to turn the eyes of the world towards the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger. 

Important points to Remember about World Food Programme :

  • Parent Organization : United Nations General Assembly
  • Formed on : 19th December 1961
  • Headquarters : Rome, Italy
  • Head of WFP : David Beasley
  • Note : WFP provides food assistance to an average of 91.4 million people in 83 countries each

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October 08, 2020

Meet the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature 2020

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American poet Louise Glück has been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”

She was born 1943 in New York and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Apart from her writing she is working as a professor of English at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. 
She made her debut in 1968 with ‘Firstborn’, and was soon acclaimed as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature. She has received several prestigious awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize (1993) and the National Book Award (2014).

Louise Glück has published twelve collections of poetry and some volumes of essays on poetry. All are characterized by a striving for clarity. Childhood and family life, the close relationship with parents and siblings, is a thematic that has remained central with her. In her poems, the self listens for what is left of its dreams and delusions, and nobody can be harder than she in confronting the illusions of the self. But even if Glück would never deny the significance of the autobiographical background, she is not to be regarded as a confessional poet. Glück seeks the universal, and in this she takes inspiration from myths and classical motifs, present in most of her works. The voices of Dido, Persephone and Eurydice – the abandoned, the punished, the betrayed – are masks for a self in transformation, as personal as it is universally valid.

With collections like ‘The Triumph of Achilles’ (1985) and ‘Ararat’ (1990) Glück found a growing audience in USA and abroad. In ‘Ararat’ three characteristics unite to subsequently recur in her writing: the topic of family life; austere intelligence; and a refined sense of composition that marks the book as a whole. Glück has also pointed out that in these poems she realized how to employ ordinary diction in her poetry. The deceptively natural tone is striking. We encounter almost brutally straightforward images of painful family relations. It is candid and uncompromising, with no trace of poetic ornament.

Louise Glück is not only engaged by the errancies and shifting conditions of life, she is also a poet of radical change and rebirth, where the leap forward is made from a deep sense of loss. In one of her most lauded collections, ‘The Wild Iris’ (1992), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, she describes the miraculous return of life after winter in the poem ‘Snowdrops’:

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October 07, 2020

Meet the winners of Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna. They are getting this award for the development of a method for genome editing.”

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna have discovered one of gene technology’s sharpest  tools: the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. Using these, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision. This technology has had a revolutionary impact on the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true.

Researchers need to modify genes in cells if they are to find out about life’s inner workings. This used to be time-consuming, difficult and sometimes impossible work. Using the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors, it is now possible to change the code of life over the course of a few weeks.

Since Charpentier and Doudna discovered the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors in 2012 their use has exploded. This tool has contributed to many important discoveries in basic research, and plant researchers have been able to develop crops that withstand mould, pests and drought. In medicine, clinical trials of new cancer therapies are underway, and the dream of being able to cure inherited diseases is about to come true. 

These genetic scissors have taken the life sciences into a new epoch and, in many ways, are bringing the greatest benefit to humankind. 

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October 06, 2020

Meet the winners of Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced the winners of 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. This year there are 3 awardees. One half of the Nobel Physics prize will be given to Roger Penrose for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity” and the other half jointly given to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.”

These three laureates share this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries about one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe, the black hole. Roger Penrose showed that the general theory of relativity leads to the formation of black holes. Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez discovered that an invisible and extremely heavy object governs the orbits of stars at the centre of our galaxy. A supermassive black hole is the only currently known explanation.

The discoveries of this year’s laureates have broken new ground in the study of compact and supermassive objects. But these exotic objects still pose many questions that beg for answers and motivate future research. Not only questions about their inner structure, but also questions about how to test our theory of gravity under the extreme conditions in the immediate vicinity of a black hole,” said David Haviland, chair of the Nobel Committee for Physics.

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October 05, 2020

Meet the winners of Nobel Prize in Medicine 2020

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The head of the Noble Committee, Thomas Perlmann has announced the winners of Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the year 2020. Three scientists (2 Americans and 1 British) share this year's prize for their discovery of the Hepatitis C virus. The winners Harvey J Alter, Charles M Rice and Michael Houghton share the prize equally.

This years Nobel Prize 2020 comes with a Gold medal and prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1,118,000).

About Winners
  • Harvey J. Alter
    • He is an American Medical Researcher and Virologist.
    • He is the chief of the infectious disease section and the associate director for research of the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Charles M. Rice
    • He is an American Medical Researcher and Virologist
    • He is working as a professor of virology at the Rockefeller University in New York City.
  • Michael Houghton
    • He is Canadian scientist and Virologist
    • He is working as a professor of virology at University of Alberta Chiron Corporation.
Prior to their work, the discovery of Hepatitis A and B viruses had been critical steps forward, but the majority of blood-borne hepatitis cases remained unexplained. The discovery of the Hepatitis C virus revealed the cause of the remaining cases of chronic hepatitis and made possible blood tests and new medicines that have saved millions of lives,” the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said in a statement.
According to the World Health Organisation, over 70 million cases and 4,00,000 deaths due to hepatitis are recorded worldwide each year. The disease is chronic and a major cause of liver inflammation and cancer.

The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2020 is the first of 6 prizes being announced through October 12. The other prizes are for outstanding work in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace and Economics respectively. 

Shortcut Trick to Remember the Nobel Prize 2020 Winners in Medicine 
  • Remember the line Michael Altered the Rice by adding Hepatitis C virus 
    • This sentence means, a guy named Michael has altered the Rice by adding some poisonous virus to it. 
    • Here 
      • Michael -  Michael Houghton
      • Altered - Harvey J. Alter
      • Rice - Charles M. Rice
      • They won the Nobel Prize for discovering Hepatitis C virus.
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October 03, 2020

Govt offers Plastic Aaadhaar Card with Security Features

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The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), statutory authority of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, has recently announced that it is now offering PVC Plastic Aaadhaar cards in the form of visiting cards with a number of new security features like Digital Signed QR Code and Hologram. The cardholders can apply for this new PVC Aadhar cards online following a few simple steps and paying an amount of Rupees 50/-. The card will be sent to the owner via speed post. Here are the simple steps to get your PVC Aadhar card.

How to Get new PVC Plastic Adhar card ?

  • Visit the official website of UIDAI -
  • Enter Your Aadhaar number.
  • Enter Security Code shown in the website.
  • Click on Send OTP button.
  • Then you will receive an OTP from UIDAI to your mobile.
  • Enter the OTP received on mobile phone in the given box.
  • A new page will be open containing your basic details. You need to check the details are correct or not.
  • Pay the fee of Rs. 50/- online.
  • A reference number will be given to you to check your application status.
  • They will send the card via post. 

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