General Knowledge-01/09/2016

Seven killed in rain-related incidents in Hyderabad rain  

  • At least seven persons including four children were killed today.
  • Two separate rain-related incidents following heavy downpour in the city since morning .
  • which has caused water-logging in many areas and brought traffic to a standstill in most parts of the city
RSS sacks Goa chief after he takes anti-BJP stance subash
  • RSS today sacked its Goa chief Subhash Velingkar.
  • He had taken a public stance against the ruling BJP in the state with members of an outfit run by him.
  • He also showed black flags to party chief Amit Shah recently.
Tanker scam “politically motivated”: Sheila Dikshit Sheila-Dikshit-PTI
  • Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today claimed that the ”tanker scam” was a “politically motivated conspiracy” aimed at derailing her poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh where the Congress has named her the Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming assembly elections.
  • “The so-called tanker scam is a politically motivated conspiracy. It is clear from the timing. The matter has been raised at a time when I am busy with the party’s poll campaign in UP,” she said.
Singur farmers celebrate SC verdict singur
  • Farmers whose land was acquired for the Tata Motors Nano car factory at Singur and their families burst out in jubilation today after the Supreme Court held the acquisition illegal.
  • Hundreds of people, who were waiting for the apex court’s verdict since the morning, erupted in joy as soon as the news flashed on their television screens.
  • They stepped out of their houses to congratulate each other. Men, women and children clapped, danced and cheered together and greeted each other with green gulal and sweets. Rallies were taken out with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s posters.
Pak pilot sisters make history by co-flying Boeing 777 pak-sisters_650x400_61472634481
  • Two Pakistani sisters working as pilots for the country”s national flag carrier PIA have scripted history by becoming the first such pair to fly a Boeing 777 aircraft together, the airlines said today
  • “Pilot sisters make history for PIA by flying Boeing 777 concurrently,” Mr Gilani said.
  • According to Mr Gilani, there is no recorded instance of two real sisters flying a commercial aircraft together anywhere in the world.
Chinese military commissions its 1st air ambulance china_def_ambulance
  • China has commissioned its first military air ambulance to evacuate wounded army personnel during cross-border army, naval operations and in peacekeeping missions abroad.
  • The Transportation Bureau reportedly plans to carry out in-depth feasibility.
  • Studies on incorporating the air ambulance into the strategic projection reserve force system of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
J Dey case: Charges framed against Rajan; pleads innocence Mafia  
  • A special MCOCA court today framed charges against gangster Chhota Rajan in the journalist J Dey murder case, nearly eleven months after he was deported to India.
  • The Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Wednesday framed charges of conspiracy, murder and abetment under sections of the Indian Penal Code, under relevant charges of the Arms Act, Bombay Police Act, and the stringent MCOCA.
  • The trial is likely to commence on September 7 and the court allows the prosecution and the defence to re-examine witnesses, if needed. The court has also asked the prosecution to submit a chart on how it intends to go ahead in the case
10 yrs after last pro match, Agassi visits US Open Andre-Agassi
  • For all of his victories during two decades on the tennis tour that includes many victories.
  • Eight Grand Slam titles.
  • Andre Agassi looks back most fondly these days on the aftermath of a loss.
“Let the late Russian’s family keep London silver” Wrestler-Yogeshwar-Dutt-images
  • Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is not keen to collect the upgraded silver medal.
  • London Olympics 2012on humanitarian grounds given that the original second place finisher”s positive dope test came after his death.
  • Keeping on a low profile with the longing silver medal.
Ashwin slips to 3rd, Rahane 8th in ICC Test rankings Not out on 89 at the end of day's play against South Africa, Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane, left, walks back with Ravichandran Ashwin, on the first day of the fourth test match between the two countries, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo /Tsering Topgyal)  
  • Off-spinner R Ashwin dropped a rung to 3rd place.
  • Even though he remains the highest-placed Indian bowler.
  • Ajinkya Rahane remained static at 8th in the batsmen”s list of the latest ICC Test rankings issued today.
Maldives issues arrest warrant for ex-prez Nasheed nazeed
  • The Maldives government said today it was seeking the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed.
  • Nasheed was sentenced to jail in March 2015 after he was convicted on a terror-related charge, inviting widespread international condemnation.
  • It is done as he failed to return to the archipelago to complete a prison sentence after receiving medical treatment in Britain.
Indian students in US fast approaching 200K mark usa
  • The number of Indian students in the US has grown remarkably by more than 28 per cent in the past one year to reach a new high of nearly 200,000, according to an official report released today.
  • Based on the data from Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) on July 7, international student enrollment at US schools increased 5.5 per cent compared to July 2015.
  • Arkansas and New Hampshire saw the highest percentages in international student growth, at 20 and 19 per cent respectively, compared to July 2015.
Mother Teresa: A saint despite spiritual ‘darkness’ mother
  • Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa on Sunday, he’ll be honoring a nun who won admirers around the world and a Nobel Peace Prize for her joy-filled dedication to the “poorest of the poor.”
  • He’ll also be recognizing holiness in a woman who felt so abandoned by God that she was unable to pray and was convinced, despite her ever-present smile, that she was experiencing the “tortures of hell.”
  • Mother Teresa endured what the church calls a “dark night of the soul” — a period of spiritual doubt
Take steps to include third gender in UPSC exam: HC to Centre   thir
  • Delhi High Court has directed the Centre to take necessary steps for the progress of this issue.
  • Expeditiously modify the rules regarding the prestigious civil services examinations to incorporate transgender or third gender in the exam application forms.
  • Examination form are now at the consideration point.
Sindhu, Sakshi felicitated by Delhi government shakshi
  • Indian Captial Welcomes the Rio Winners
  • Amidst an auditorium full of star struck students, fellow athletes and family members, silver medalist PV Sindhu and bronze medalist Sakshi Malik were today felicitated by the Delhi government for their stupendous performance at the Rio Olympics.

Indian students in US fast approaching 2 lakh mark

But despite having peaked by 28.5 per cent in the past one year, Indian students trailed their Chinese counterparts, who topped the list at 323,186. China, however, experienced a growth of just 7.2 per cent in the number of its students in the US in the past one year. There were 1.11 million international students with ‘F’ (academic) or ‘M’ (vocational) status studying in the US, said the report based on real-time data extracted from Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of the US Immigration. Based on the data from Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) on July 7, international student enrollment at US schools increased 5.5 per cent compared to July 2015. In July this year, there were 8,673 US schools with SEVP certification to enroll international students, a 2 per cent decrease from the previous year. Forty-two per cent of international students studying in the US, equaling almost 467,000 individuals, were enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) coursework, an increase of 15.2 per cent from July 2015. Approximately 407,000 international students from Asia pursued STEM studies, an increase of 17 per cent since July 2015. In all, Asia accounted for 856,681 students an increase of 6.6 percentage. Interestingly, of all F&M students from India a massive 83 per cent pursue degrees in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). More STEM students are from India than any other country. Whereas 68 per cent of all F&M students who pursue mathematics and statistics coursework are from China, it said.Among US schools, New York University, the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Arizona State University and Columbia University rank one through five for schools with the highest international student populations. More than 10,000 international students were enrolled at each school in July. Arkansas and New Hampshire saw the highest percentages in international student growth, at 20 and 19 per cent respectively, compared to July 2015. Another key feature of the report was that 77 per cent of all international students were from Asia. The top 10 countries of citizenship for international students included: China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil and Mexico.]]>