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General Awareness - Top Stories

10 Jan 2017

AROUND THE WORLD

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Pakistan Completes Nuclear Triad

  • Completing its nuclear triad, Pakistan successfully test-fired submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-3 and claimed that the missile has been developed indigenously.
  • Pakistan's first submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-3 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
  • Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Babur-2.

British Special Forces on Kill Mission

  • As per reports, Britain's Special Air Service alongside US special forces are on a "kill not capture" mission for Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
  • Britain's spy chiefs at MI6 and GCHQ are putting all their resources behind tracking down and killing al-Baghdadi.
  • The SAS will work closely with US counterparts, Delta Force, alongside the CIA and the National Security Agency.

INDIA - BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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Air India Ranked Third Worst Airline in the World

  • Air India has been ranked among the world's worst airlines in the world coming in at the third place
  • As per report, FlightStats has ranked Air India number three in the list of 10 worst airlines in the world..
  • FlightStats puts together a list of the international airlines with the best on-time performance records every year. The company tracks delay and cancellation patterns for airlines across the globe.

SBI Waives Debit Card Charges

  • State Bank of India has waived debit card acceptance charges for merchants with an annual turnover of less than Rs. 20 lakh.
  • The move is targeted primarily towards a segment of population and small merchants, who have not yet experienced the convenience of card payments.
  • SBI is trying to promote the acceptance of its 21.5 crore debit cards in shops.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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China’s First Commercial Rocket Mission

  • China has successfully launched its first commercial mission rocket'Kuaizhou-1A'.
  • KZ-1A rocket sent three satellites, JL-1, two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, into the space from China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.

INFOTAINMENT

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Cristiano Ronaldo Named Player of the Year

  • Having already won the Ballon d'Or award, Cristiano Ronaldo was named the FIFA Player of the Year 2016, beating arch rival Lionel Messi.
  • Besides Ronaldo and Messi, French and Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann was also in the reckoning of the title.

INDIA - OTHERS

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Faridabad Municipal Corporation Elections

  • The BJP won the local body elections in Faridabad.
  • It bagged 30 out of 40 seats in Faridabad municipal corporation elections.
  • This is the sixth consecutive win of BJP in local polls after demonetization.
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