Current Affairs - 2017

India’s first transgender school opens in Kerala

India’s first transgender school, Sahaj International, was inaugurated in Kochi, Kerala. It will be an alternative learning centre which will work in collaboration with the National Institute of Open Learning. The first batch of the school has 10 students and is headed by six transgenders working with the TransIndia Foundation. It will help the transgenders… Read More »

Trial run of India’s first 700 MW PHWR in 2017

The trial run of India’s first 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR) coming up at Kakrapar is expected to take place in mid-2017. It was announced by Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL). India’s state owned atomic power plant operator NPCIL is building four 700 MW PHWRs—two each at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS)… Read More »

Andy Murray conferred with Knighthood

World number one tennis player Andy Murray (29) from Britain was conferred the Knighthood in the Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours list. With this he becomes youngest recipient of the Knighthood. The year 2016 was Murray’s most successful year as he had won the presitigeous Wimbledon title for the second time and defended his… Read More »

PSPCL bags award for power supply

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) was adjudged the country’s best power corporation for minimising transmission and distribution (T&D) losses. In this regard, the Central Board of Irrigation and Power awarded PSPCL the award as the best performing power distribution utility in the power sector. PSPCL was awarded on the basis of outstanding contribution to… Read More »

UNSC approves Russian-drafted resolution on Syria ceasefire

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously passed a resolution drafted by Russia that endorses a nationwide Syrian ceasefire. The ceasefire between the rebels and Bashar al-Assad regime was brokered by Russia and Turkey. Two agreements were signed between Syrian government and seven armed opposition groups for ceasefire. The UNSC also expressed its support… Read More »

Ricky Ponting named Australia’s assistant Twenty20 coach for Sri Lanka series

Cricket Australia has appointed formerTest skipper Ricky Ponting as an assistant coach to the Australia Twenty20 international squad for February 2017 series against Sri Lanka. In his new role, he will work alongside the interim head coach Justin Langer and interim assistant coach Jason Gillespie during the three T20 internationals. Ponting is one of Australia’s greatest… Read More »

Somdev Devvarman announces retirement from professional tennis

India’s star singles tennis player Somdev Devvarman (31) announced his retirement from professional tennis. With this his promising career comes to an end. In 2011, Somdev had touched a career-high rank of number 62. He has two runners-up finishes on the ATP World Tour as his best performances on the Tour. He made the finals… Read More »

NPL syncs Leap second with Indian time

An atomic clock at National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in New Delhi added ‘leap second’ (extra one second) to the Indian Standard Time (IST) at 5:29.59 hours on 1 January 2017 to synchronise with the Earth’s rotational clock. The clock was programmed to add an extra second to the year 2017 in order to compensate for… Read More »