GENERAL AWARENESS — Bank PO/SO/Clerical – 4.10.16

 Pakistani girls reached home safely with the help of Sushma

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj speaks during the 13th Russia-India-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting, at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Wu Hong/Pool (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4NWHS

  • On September 27, a delegation of 20 students from Pakistan arrived in Chandigarh for the 11th Global Youth Peace Festival, bearing hand-written notes and friendship cards from various schools from across the country.
  • But amid tensions that gripped India and Pakistan after the Uri attack and surgical strikes, the girls were worried if they’ll return home safe.
  • Aliya Harir, leader of the contingent and convenor of Indo-Pak friendship initiative titled Aaghaz-E-Dosti, reached out to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help the girls return to Pakistan.
  • Harir later tweeted that the minister has assured her of help.

Pakistan Kids are ready for war: Miandad


  • Javed Miandad, former Pakistan cricketer and relative of gangster-terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, has lashed out at India for carrying out surgical strikes on his soil and claimed that every kid in Pakistan was ready for martyrdom if the situation so required.
  • India had carried out surgical strikes on terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last week in response to the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector, in which 19 Indian Army personnel were martyred.
  • They were ready for martyrdom. Our nation cannot be cowed down by hollow threats.
  • Pakistan was a peace-loving country and that they wanted to have cordial relations with all- Shahid Afridi.

we need to work together: Pak to India

Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit and Vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, S M Sajid during an interactive session on 'Pakistan Foreign Policy: Challenges and Priorities' at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi on April 15, 2014. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

  • Reacting to PM Narendra Modi’s call to Pakistan to fight against poverty-Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit.
  • If India and Pakistan were to fight against poverty, He thinks that they need to work together.
  • If India is ready for a dialogue, Pakistan will be willing, if India isn’t ready, then they can always wait.

China to build water park in disputed South China Sea


  • China is to build an ocean park on Hainan Island, which is located in the disputed South China Sea.
  • Hainan, the southernmost province of China, is one of the coastal areas where the recreational marine parks will come up.
  • With this, the number of ocean parks in China will go up to 42.
  • These parks, such as Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai, have become major tourist attractions where world’s most amazing animals and mammals, ranging from polar bears to giant sharks, are on public display.
  • The industry is on a boom in China, but animal rights activists have raised concerns over their upkeep and captivity.

5 Indian citizens have won the Nobel Prize so far


  • The Nobel Prize has been awarded to 5 Indian citizens since its inception in 1901.
  • Indian Nobel laureates are Rabindranath Tagore in Literature, CV Raman in Physics, Mother Teresa in Peace, Amartya Sen in Economic Sciences and Kailash Satyarthi in Peace.
  • The Prize has been awarded 574 times, including the one recently awarded to Japan’s Yoshinori Ohsumi in Medicine.

Solar road tiles put on public test for first time


  • Solar Roadways has installed its first public energy tiles in Sandpoint, Idaho as part of a test.
  • On top of producing a light show, the panels will generate power for the fountain and restrooms in a public square.
  • They have heating elements, too, so they should keep running even in the heart of winter.
  • It’s a modest dry run with just 30 panels, and it’ll be a long while before you see them on the streets they were designed for.

British trio win 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics


  • The 2016 Nobel prize in physics has gone to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz for their work on exotic states of matter.
  • The work helps explain why some materials have unexpected electrical properties, such as superconductivity, and in future the work could pave the way for quantum computers.
  • For an electrical conductor, for instance copper, scientists can normally define a fixed relationship between how much electrical potential he put across a wire and how much current flows.
  • However, when a material undergoes an electrical phase transition, this relationship goes out the window and the material abruptly takes on completely new electrical properties.
  • A doughnut to a coffee cup (both have one hole) are the same. But a ball is different.
  • These shapes just relate the maths used to describe the properties of a material – They’d like to stress that no physical objects are being magically transformed into doughnuts.

Tendulkar felicitates India’s Paralympic medalists


  • India’s Rio Paralympic medalists, Devendra Jhajharia, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Deepa Malik and Varun Singh Bhati, were felicitated by Sachin Tendulkar and other celebrities at an event in Mumbai.
  • Each medal winner received a cheque of Rs15 lakh, contributed by a number of industrialists and celebrities.
  • India’s Paralympic medalists from previous editions will also receive the same amount.



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