Current Affairs, December 2016

1st December:
The National Anthem should be compulsorily played at all cinema halls across the nation before movie screenings, the Supreme Court ordered.India signed a ₹5,000-crore deal with the US to buy 145 M777 lightweight Howitzer guns for the Army.Hashim Mansoor, a seven-year-old boy from Kashmir's Bandipora district, has won a gold medal at the Asian Youth Karate Championships in New Delhi. Deepika Padukone was awarded the title of 'International Woman of the Year' at the Esquire 'Man At His Best Awards' 2016 in Dubai. Ranveer Singh was named the 'International Man of the Year' at the 2016 Esquire 'Man At His Best Awards' held in Dubai.Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography 'Playing It My Way' has won the Crossword Book of the Year Award in the autobiography category.2nd December:
Salman Khan has been appointed the ambassador of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's drive against open defecation and litter. Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yad…


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Current Affairs, November 2016

1st November:
India has lifted the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy Hockey at Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium,Kuantan, Malaysia. This year, the United Nations (UN) has selected the theme “Inclusive Cities, Shared Development” to highlight the important role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion.The Former head of EU humanitarian affairs and vice-president of the European commission Kristalina Georgieva has been appointed the chief executive of the World Bank. Lebanon’s parliament has elected Michel Aoun as president, ending a political stand-off that has left the post empty for more than two years. The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has launched Employees Online (EO) App. The scientists at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute have developed a new variety of Arhar PUSA-16 (pigeon-pea) variety that matures in 120 days. Indian National Award winning documentary “Daughters of Mother…


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Revolt of 1857 in India

Causes of Revolt of 1857 :Political Causes of the revolt of 1857 :

Nana Sahib was refused pension, as he was the adopted son of Peshwa Baji Rao II.The policy of Doctrine of Lapse.
Economic Causes of Revolt of 1857 : 
Heavy taxation, evictions, discriminatory tariff policy against Indian products and destruction of traditional handicrafts that hit peasants, artisans and small zamindars.

Military Discrimination :

Indian soldiers were paid low salaries; they could not rise above the rank of subedar and were racially insulted.They were also grieved because of the refusal of British to pay Foreign Service allowance (batta) while fighting in remote regions such as Punjab and Sindh.

Religious Discrimination :

British social reforms (widow remarriage, abolition of Sati, education for girls, Christian missionaries).The introduction of Enfield rifle, the cartridge of which was greased with animal fat, provided the spark.Inventions like railway and telegraphs spread of Western education also promoted …

Governor Generals of India

Warren Hastings Plan 1772 – 1785 : Brought the Dual Govt, of Bengal to an end by the Regulating Act, 1773.Deprived zamindars of their judicial powers and Civil and Criminal courts were established.Maintenance of records was made compulsory.The First Anglo – Maratha War (1776 – 82), which ended with the Treaty of Salbai (1782), and the Second Anglo-Mysore War (1780 – 84), which ended with the Treaty of Mangalore (1784), were fought during Hasting’s period.As a great patron of oriental learning, he founded the Asiatic Society of Bengal with William Jones in 1784. He wrote introduction to the first English translation of “The Gita” by Charles Wilkins.Impeachment proceedings started against him when he returned on the charges of taking bribe. After a trial of 7 years, he was finally acquitted.
Note : Sir John MacPherson was made the acting Governor – General from 1785 to 1786.

Lord Cornwallis India (1786 – 1793) :

Did the Permanent Settlement of Bengal (also called Zamindary System).First per…