Quick GK Revision- Archive : Memorable Points
This is an archive of Memorable Points provided in info links in recent quizzes. Previous Archives are Here
- Origin of Sikkim: Constitution (35th Amendment) Act, 1974 provided for Associate State status to Sikkim & constitution (36th Amendment) Act, 1975 made Sikkim a State of the Indian Union-the 22nd State in fact.
- Some Books by Chaudhary Charan Singh: Note some books by Chaudhary Charan Singh : India’s Economic Policy – The Gandhian Blueprint , Economic Nightmare of India – Its Cause and Cure , Cooperative Farming X-rayed
- On C & AG : As per the Indian constitution C & AG will not be eligible for any further office either under the government of India or state governments after his / her retirement. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India is appointed by the President by warrant under his hand and seal under article 148 of the Indian Constitution.
- ON C& AG’s responsibility for compiling accounts: The parliament passed, in 1971, the C&AG;’s (DPCS) Act under Articles 148 (3) and 149 of the Constitution to regulate the duties, powers and conditions of service of the C&AG.; The Act empowered the President (and the Governor of the State) to relive the C&AG; of the responsibility for compiling accounts. Article 150 was also amended in 1976 and again in 1978 to empower the President to prescribe the form of the accounts, on the advice of the C&AG;, even where the C&AG; has been relieved of the responsibility for compiling the accounts. That is why C& AG is called watch dog of public finances.
- Election Commissioners: The article 324(2) of Indian Constitution provides that Election commission shall be consisting of Chief election commissioner and such numbers of other commissioners if any appointed by president from time to time. However since its inception the election commission had only Chief election Commissioner. In 1989 (October 7) President of India fixed the number of Election Commissioners other than CEC at 2. This further led to appointment of SS Dhanoa and VS Seigell as first election commissioners. However the same notification, was rescinded by President of India in 1990 and thus again making Election commission as single member body. Currently India’s election commission is a 3 member body where election commissioners have equal power with Chief election commissioner.
- Deputy Chairmen & Chairmen of Planning Commission: The prime minister is the ex officio chairman of the planning commission. Till now, Gulzari Lal Nanda , PV Narsimha Rao and man Mohan Singh are the only people who were deputy chairmen of planning commission and later became prime Ministers of India.
- Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) was launched in April-05 by merging all ongoing schemes. Under the programme 90% grant is provided by Govt. of India and 10% as loan by REC (Rural Electrification Corporation) to the State Governments.
- Arrival of Dutch in India: The first fleet of Dutch in India had reached in 1595 and Dutch East India Company was formed in 1602. The established their first factory in Masulipattanam in 1605, Pulicat 1610, Surat 1616, Bimilipatanam 1641, Karikal 1645, Chinsura 1653, KasimBazar 1658, Patna & Balasore 1658 and Cochin in 1663. The battle of Bedera was most decisive as Duth collapsed after this in 1759.
- Khalsa: The 9th Guru of Sikhs and father of Guru Gobind Singh , Guru Tegbahadur was captured and executed by Aurangazeb in 1675 because he refused to embrace Islam. This made Sikhs resent to the religious intolerance of Mughal . His son Guru Gobind Singh had raised this military force organized his followers into the force called Khalsa.
- Permanent Settlement of Bengal : Lord Cornwallis had succeeded Hastings in 1787 and he introduced a new revenue system under the Permanent Settlement of Bengal in 1793. The idea was to stabilize land revenue and create loyal contented class of Zamindars. This abolished the previously prevalent periodic auctioning of Zaminadari rights and established permanent zamindari rights from the tenants and payment of fixed amount to Government Treasury every year.
- Location of these places: Dilwara Temples are in Rajasthan at Mount Abu, Bhimashankar which has a famous shiva temple in near Pune in Maharastra, Bibi Ka Maqbara which was built by Prince Azam is at Aurangabad , Maharastra, Buland Darwaja is at Fatehpur Sikri which is a small nagar palika (Municipality) in Agra District of Uttar Pradesh, Shershah suri’s tom is in Sasaram Bihar and Meenakshi Amman temple is in Madurai Tamilnadu
- Christiaan Huygens : Titan is an important moon of Saturn. Christiaan Huygens worked on rings of Saturn and he discovered its moon Titan. He is also known for invention of the pendulum clock and other investigations in timekeeping, he also studied centrifugal forces. He studied optics and achieved note for his argument that light consists of waves which was later known as Huygens-Fresnel principle. This principle later on became instrumental in the understanding of wave-particle duality.
- Kishan Garh School of Painting: It’s a famous school of Painting and the most famous painting of this school is Bani Thani sometimes referred as Monalisa of India and was created during the time of king Savant Singh in eighteenth century.
- History of Colombo Cup: Colombo Cup was first played in 1952 in Colombo, 1953 at Burma, 1954 at Calcutta and 1955 at Dhaka. 1955 was the last match and after that it was never played. Please note that Canada Cup is related many games as ice hockey, cycling, curling, soccer, softball, rugby, wrestling, golf, floor ball, sailing. Open Canada Cup is related to Men’s soccer tournament, Prince William Cup is related to Rugby and was just created in 2007. Uber cup is World Team Championships for Women and is related to badminton. Walker cup is related to Golfs.
- Location of some stadiums: Netaji Indoor Stadium is at Kolkata, Chepauk stadium is at Chennai, Keenan stadium is a multipurpose stadium at Jamshedpur, Brabourne stadium is at Mumbai which is used for cricket, Greenpark stadium is at Kanpur, and Yuva Bharti Stadium which was earlier known as Salt lake Stadium is in Kolkata.
- Fifth Column: This term is said to be originate at Spain. The people who secretly indulged in anti nation activities mostly with the support of an external enemy are called fifth column.
- The division of Cyprus: Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded the northern third of the island in response to a Greek-inspired coup. Greek Cypriots currently live in the south and Turkish Cypriots in the north. The two sides are divided by a UN-supervised buffer zone, which runs through the heart of the capital, Nicosia.
- G7 Group & Haiti : The G7 group – which includes Canada, the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – has been under pressure to help Haiti recover since the 12 January quake by canceling the money owed by Haiti.
- India’s Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreements: On February 11, 2010, India has signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with the UK making it the eighth country to enter into such pact with New Delhi since the lifting of atomic trade embargo in 2008. The other 7 countries are France , US, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Argentina and Namibia. France was the first country to sign such an agreement with India.
- Red Corridor: The region that is affected with Naxalite / Maoist violence is called Red Corridor. It spans parts of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal states
- HIV Discrimination: Some 60 countries still impose restrictions on entry, stay and residence of people based on HIV status alone. The restrictions mean that people living with HIV can be prevented from seeking asylum, employment or study abroad, from conducting business or simply visiting foreign countries for tourism. In many of these countries testing for HIV is mandatory. The results are sometimes not communicated and are often not kept confidential. Those found to be HIV positive may be immediately detained and in may cases summarily deported with no offer of treatment even though infection may have occurred in the host country.
- Foreign instruments in Chandrayaan : India had hosted six foreign instruments in its maiden moon odyssey Chandrayaan-I — three from ESA, two from NASA and one from Bulgaria. Chandrayaan-I carried India’s five instruments.