PCS Current Affairs


Punjab Civil Services Exam is fast approaching and most of the aspirants struggle through for the current affairs. To reduce the stress and workload for the PCS exams here are the most important current affairs for PCS Examinations. These are just the pointers so as to help the aspirant with quick revision.

  1. Raahgiri days for persons with disabilities (Ministry of social justice and empowerment)
  2. PAHAL (Pratyaksha Hastaantrit Laabh) Regarding DBT of LPG subsidy
  3. Three parent baby(Mitochondrial DNA Donation)
  4. Kudankulam Nuclear Reactor (Russia)
  5. Balchandre Nemade (won Gyanpith,Marathi)
  6. NATIONAL DEWORMING INTIATIVE (Ministry of Health & Welfare; National De-worming Day(10Feb)
  7. Tech up Ministry gradation fund Scheme (Ministry of Textiles; 1999)
  8. National Minorities development &Finance Corporation (Public Sector Enterprise under MO Minority affairs)
  9. Keynes prize for Amartya sen
  10. Samudra Ratnakar(Research vessel) to find Gas hydrate Methane in ocean.
  11. MRIDAPRISHAR(Soil testing kit developed by ICAR)
  12. eBiz Portal launched (DIPP;MO Commerce & Industry)
  13. Prithvi-II tested
  14. Garuda Shakti III (India /Indonesia army joint exercise)
  16. GO INDIA smart card for booking of tickets with India Railways
  17. NATIONAL CULTURE FUND established by MO culture under Charitable Endorsements Act)
  18. BATTLE of Neuve Chappalle (WW1 ;India Soldier participated; 100 years anniversary celebrated)
  19. Moter Vehicles Act passed (e carts/e rickshaws)
  20. INDIAN OCEAN RIM ASSOCIATION established in 1997; Sectariat at EBENE, Mauritius)
  21. NIRBHAYA FUND(under DO Economic affairs, Ministry of Finance)
  22. Rajendra sen wins Stockholm water prize
  23. SHASHI KAPOOR wins DADASAHEB Phalka Award
  24. Legislative Councils (7states; AP, Telangana, Bihar, UP, Maharasthra, Karnataka, J&K)
  25. Madhav Gadgil (environmentalist) wins TYLER PRIZE
  26. PRICE STABILISATION FUND (FM in 2014 budget; 500cr corpus)
  27. Maitri Project (Nepal Relief)
  28. Operation RAAHAT(Yemen Evacuation)
  29. MISSION INDRADHANUSH (Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus, Whooping cough, hepatitis B, TB, Measles under Ministry of Health & Family welfare)
  30. PROJECT MAUSAM (MO Culture project with ASI as Model agency; IG National Center for Arts is Research Unit; Launched in Doha (Qatar), June, 2014)
  31. MUDRA SCHEME launched (Corpus 20,000cr; can lend between 50,000 to 10lakh to small entrepreneurs; refinancing of micro financing institution)
  32. THANE (Natural Earth Hour Capital 2015)
  33. PM Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana(18-0 yrs of age having bank A/C ;annual premium 300Rs;risk coverage 2lakh)
  34. LALIT KALA ACADEMY (National Academy of Fine arts, set in 1954; scholarship/fellow Program & sponsoring organization exhibitions; funded by MO culture)
  35. SCORPENE class submarine KOLVARI Undocked(build under project 75)
  36. India launches e-Visa facilities/ only available at 9 airports/for 30days
  37. Rajaji (2nd Utrakhand Tiger reserve after CORBETT )
  38. Indian navy launched stealth destroyer INS VISHAKAPATNAM
  39. In Principle approval for Tiger Reserve at RATAPANI in MP
  42. TRIFED wins award in training innovation (national Award for excellence in Training for the year 2015) by DOPT ,GOI
  43. MAT(Minimum alternate Tax) is a direct tax; Govt I planning its roll back
  44. CNR RAO received highest Japanese civil award (Order of rising sun , Gold and silver star)
  45. Centre nod for associate membership of CERN (India to become associate member of CERN)
  46. UNDISCLOSED FOREIGN INCOME & ASSETS ACT ,2015 (Black money, Finance bill ,predicate offence etc
  47. BRICS bank (new development bank) HQ at Shangai; President KV Kamath
  48. World health assembly (WHO –Indian presidency; Health Minister/HQ Geneva)
  49. Social network giant Facebook launched Facebook Lite, a new version of its application for Android phones in India.
  50. Team of British scientists have discovered the first species of Yeti crab from hydrothermal vent systems in Antarctica. Study in this regard was published in the journal Plus One.
  51. Australia has decided to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a founding member.
  52. Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been conferred with Colombia’s highest civilian award, Orden de la Democracia Simon Bolivar en el grado de cruz Caballero.
  53. Rajasthan has become number one state in the country in terms of total installed capacity of solar energy.Top five states in India are (in terms of installed capacity) Rajasthan: 1047 MW. Gujarat: 1000 MW Madhya Pradesh:563 MW. Maharashtra: 363 MW. Andhra Pradesh: 247 MW.
  54. Union Government has launched Bhuvan Ganga Mobile Application and Web Portal to aid flagship mission to Clean Ganga
  55. Europe’s tiny robot lab Philae, hurtling through space on the back of a comet, has sent home its first message in nearly seven months. It landed on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko under ROSETTA mission of European space agency.
  56. The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, a medieval political truce that inspired protections for some of the world’s most cherished liberties, recently began in Britain.
  57. India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh recently signed a landmark Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) for the Regulation of Passenger, Personnel and Cargo Vehicular Traffic among the four South Asian neighbours in Thimpu, Bhutan
  58. Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy, Dr. Jitendra Singh recently launched an Augmented Reality application named ‘Sakaar’ to highlight the achievements of the Department of Space during one year in office of the present Government.
  59. The Karnataka State government has officially notified the Dandeli Elephant Reserve, spread over 2,321.119 sq km — including 475.018 sq km as core and the remaining as buffer areas.
  60. The maiden indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant was undocked recently at the State-owned Cochin shipyard. Aircraft carrier puts India in the elite group of four nations – the US, Russia, the UK and France – in the world capable of designing and constructing aircraft carriers.
  61. The Union Cabinet has approved signing of the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personal and Cargo Vehicular Traffic amongst BBIN.
  62. With an eye on enhanced trade opportunities, 13 members of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) recently reviewed the status of the dry run study between India, Iran and Russia via the Caspian Sea
  63. Researchers have created the world’s thinnest light bulb using graphene (an atomically thin and perfectly crystalline form of carbon) instead of tungsten as a filament.
  64. The Union government recently launched a free SMS service called ‘Nowcast‘ to provide alerts on extreme weather conditions like hailstorm every three hours to over one crore registered farmers on their mobile phones
  65. Indian pilgrims, bound for the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage will cross over from the Nathu La pass that links Sikkim and Tibet, inaugurating a new route that expands connectivity between the two countries.
  66. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd recently delivered the orbiter spacecraft module structure of the proposed Chandrayaan-2 mission to the ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru.Chandrayaan-2, the country’s second lunar mission since 2008, is likely to come up in 2017 or 2018 and will have a lander and a rover to explore Moon’s surface
  67. An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded less than three minutes after lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Falcon 9 Rocket was meant to propel the Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station on a routine supply mission, the seventh for SpaceX so far.
  68. The Indian Navy launched three Follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FO-WJFAC) at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) in Kolkata recently.The vessels are named- INS Tarmugli, INS Tilanchang and INS Tihayu. The names of the ships are based on picturesque places in the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal.
  69. Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh has been awarded the 2015 World Food Prize.This prize honors Fazle’s unparalleled achievement in building the unique, integrated development organization BRAC, which is headquartered in Bangladesh and operates programs in 10 other countries around the globe. It is said to be the world’s largest NGO.
  70. The MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) card under the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) scheme was launched by the Corporation Bank recently.
  71. The UN’s cultural body recently conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites including some seen as representative of Japan’s industrial revolution, as South Korea lifted its opposition to the listing.
  72. India is considering the option of signing a pact with the EEU(Eurasian European Union), which has Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia as members, and will see the inclusion of Tajikistan later this year.
  73. curb overseas tax evasion and black money, India and the U.S. recently signed an inter-governmental agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
  74. The SAARC satellite mooted by India to provide communication and meteorological services to SAARC member-countries is likely to be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in December 2016.
  75. The GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system, which will offer seamless navigation to the aviation industry, was recently launched by the Civil Aviation Minister
  76. Nasa’s spacecraft New Horizons (NH) is all set to become the first space probe to reach Pluto.
  77. The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping has formally opened the New Development Bank (NDB) as a dedicated channel of alternate finance, which will focus on emerging economies and the Global South
  78. Self-Employment & Talent Utilisation (SETU): It will be a Techno-Financial, Incubation and Facilitation Programme to support all aspects of start up businesses, and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology-driven areas. An amount of Rs.1000 crore is being set up initially in NITI Aayog for SETU
  79. Whistleblower officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi and human rights activist Anshu Gupta are among the five winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Award this year.
  80. The Union Cabinet has approved creation of National Infrastructure and Investment Fund (NIIF) as a trust that will have a corpus of Rs 20,000 crore.
  81. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, has formally conferred its associate membership on Pakistan, following completion of required internal ratification process by it
  82. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a poly-herbal medicine for the treatment of leucoderma (white patches on skin).
  83. Google has formed a new parent company dubbed Alphabet that will include the Internet search unit as one of several entities. Alphabet will be run by Google chief Larry Page. And Indian born Sundar Pichai will be the new CEO, Google.
  84. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently said that the indigenous Titanium Sponge Plant at Chavara in Kerala has been fully commissioned and has started commercial production required for space applications.
  85. India has won the top UNESCO ‘Award of Excellence’ 2015 for the remarkable conservation efforts of the majestic Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple in Kerala.
  86. NASA and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched SERVIR-Mekong project to strengthen regional environmental monitoring in five countries in the lower Mekong region of Southeast Asia (The 5 countries are – Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam).
  87. Communication satellite GSAT-6 has been successfully positioned in its orbital slot. It has been positioned in its orbital slot of 83 Deg E and collocated with INSAT 4A, GSAT 12, GSAT 10 and IRNSS1C.The ISRO had successfully launched GSAT-6, having an indigenous cryogenic engine onboard GSLV-D6 rocket, from Sriharikota on August 27.
  88. The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly has formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which are being hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.
  89. India is set to be the G20 Chair in 2018, and New Delhi could host the prestigious annual G20 summit.
  90. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established the world’s highest terrestrial centreat 17,600 feet above sea level at Changla near Pengong lake in Ladakh. The centre will serve as a natural cold storage for preserving rare and endangered medical plants for generations to come.
  91. India’s first community reserve to protect the endangered Gangetic river dolphins will come up in West Bengal. This decision was taken at the recently held State Wildlife Board meeting in WB.
  92. The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the revised cost estimate of Rs 2,904 crore for the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport project in Myanmar. The Kaladan project connects Sittwe Port in Myanmar to the India-Myanmar border
  93. Marlon James, the Jamaican novelist, has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for “A Brief History of Seven Killings.”
  94. By signing the Kuala Lumpur declaration on the establishment of the AEC, ASEAN leaders have declared the establishment of an EU-style regional economic bloc, ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
  95. The Centre has decided to develop the Doyang lake in Nagaland as an eco-tourism spot for bird-watchers.The lake is famous as a roosting site for longest travelling raptors Amur Falcons.

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