One Stop GK Guide – Current Affairs – Trivia – Highlights 2017- Part 1

Whether you are giving SNAP, XAT, TISSNET, or IIFT Entrance Exams, you must keep abreast of current affairs and happenings all over the world. GK or general knowledge is an indispensable part of all these exams. And for some careers, GK is a deciding factor.

If you are planning to give any of these exams, here we have compiled some of the most talked about or important happenings all over the world. Divided into 5 broad categories viz. politics & government, sports, top awards, business/commerce, and trivia + entertainment, these highlights will help you focus your preparation. They have been divided month wise, for easy reference.

Entertainment & Culture + Trivia

January 2017

  • Dasari to make a biopic on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa
  • First African-American to the space station in 2018 will be sent by NASA
  • Name the Bollywood Veteran actor who passes away recently – Om Puri
  • Ninth edition of JIFF (Jaipur International Film Fest) started from – 7th January, 2017
  • 44th New Delhi World Book Fair begins
  • MIT researchers develop super strong, lightweight 3D Graphene
  • China became the country to set up the world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet
  • New Ginger species with medicinal properties discovered in the Andamans
  • The first gender literature fest of the world was held at Patna
  • Norway became the first country to ban FM radio broadcasting
  • The first Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Dance festival concluded in Hyderabad
  • Silicon identified as the ‘missing element’ in Earth’s core
  • Name the Rishi Kapoor autobiography which is authored by Rishi Kapoor & Meena Iyer – Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored
  • Professor CV Vishveshwara, who did pioneering work on black holes, passed away
  • Physicists create a new form of Hydrogen
  • Scientists discovered Mesentery, a new human organ in digestive system
  •  Sushmita Sen to judge the 65th Miss Universe Pageant
  • 7th National Voters’ Day observed with theme – Empowering Young and Future Voters
  • Miss Universe 2016 title won by Miss France, Iris Mittenaere

February 2017

  • Asim Basu passed away, he was an – eminent theatre personality
  • The 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav began in New Delhi
  • Neeti Mohan to collaborate with the UN for a music album
  • Existence of a lost continent under the Indian Ocean confirmed by scientists/researchers
  • Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quit Trump’s Economic Advisory Council
  • Bano Qudsia passed away, he was a – renowned Urdu author
  • Who discovered World’s earliest emoji – Slovakian Curators
  • Andhra Pradesh has started with its first National Women’s Parliament
  • Sir Peter Mansfield passed away, he was a – Nobel laureate
  • Name of Indian Sand Artist who created Guinness World Record- Sudarsan Pattnaik
  • Indian tabla player Sandeep Das won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Music globally
  • Indian Panorama Film Festival begins in Port Blair
  • UAE announced its plan to build the first city on Mars by March 2117
  • Raj Kumar Rao’s ‘Newton’ wins Art Cinema honour at Berlinale

March 2017

  • Assam to host river festival, Namami Brahmaputra
  • World’s oldest serving aircraft carrier INS Viraat retired on 6th March 2017
  • Fifth satellite of Copernicus observation program launched by the European Union
  • First smart tribal village Habbi inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmir
  • Bengali singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee passed away on 7th March 2017
  • Viola Davis awarded “artist of the year” by Harvard University
  • Cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’ started in Egypt
  •  Malayalam filmmaker Diphan passed away on 13th March 2017
  • MoU signed between FTII and Canon to promote short courses in Film & Television

April 2017

  • Bitcoin as currency is officially recognized by Japan
  • 3-day National Children’s Film Festival inaugurated by Venkaiah Naidu
  • Anuja Ravindra Dhir of Indian-origin became the first non-white judge at London Court
  • Large asteroid 2014 JO25 to fly past Earth on 19th April
  • India’s rank in Travel and Tourism Competitive Index of World Economic Forum – 40
  • Malala Yousafzai designated youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace
  • Which subject will be introduced in IIT Kharagpur – Vastu Shastra
  • International Yoga Day with special commemorative stamps celebrated by the UN
  • SBI becomes India’s most-valued Public Sector Company
  • First Made in India, industrial robot – BRABO unveiled
  • El Salvador becomes the first country to ban metals mining
  • 23 volumes of Basavanna’s Vachana were released by PM Narendra Modi on birth anniversary of 12th-century social reformer Basavanna

Check out Part 2, here.

To check out One Stop GK Guide for Politics & Government, click here.

To check out One Stop GK Guide for Business / Commerce, click here.

To check out One Stop GK Guide for Sports, click here.

To check out One Stop GK Guide for Top Awards, click here.

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