General Awareness

  • The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is conferred as part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) conferences that have been organized by the Government of India annually since 2003. PBSA is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians.
  • 9th January is recognised as the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, as it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatama Gandhi returned to India from South Africa.
  • Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) is a public sector undertaking under the administrative Control of the Ministry of Mines, was incorporated on 9th November, 1967 under the Companies Act, 1956.
  • Antrix is the commercial front of the Department of Space, is a single window agency for marketing Indian space capabilities.
  • Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), Visakhapatnam was set up in 1941 in the private sector and was taken over by the Government in 1952. In 1962, the shipyard became a central public sector enterprise.
  • The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) came into existence on 27 October 1986 for development and regulation of inland waterways for shipping and navigation.
  • The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) was initially set up as a Cell in the DGCA in January 1978 on the recommendation of the Pande Committee constituted in the wake of the hijacking of an Indian Airlines flight on 10th September, 1976.
  • Airports Authority of India (AAI) was constituted on 1st April, 1995 by merging erstwhile National Airports Authority (NAA) and International Airports Authority of India (IAAI).
  • Air India and Indian merger attained its official status on the formation of National Aviation Company of India Ltd. (Air India) on 27th August 2007.
  • National Water Resources Council was set up by the Government of India in March 1983.
  • The Government of India constituted a National Water Board in September, 1990.
  • In pursuance of the Supreme Court Judgement popularly known as Mandal Judgement (1992), the National Commission for Backward Classes was set up in 1993.
  • Five religious communities viz Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis) have been notified as minorities as per provision under the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act-1992.
  • The Minorities Commission which was set up in January 1978 by a Resolution issued by Ministry of Home Affairs became a statutory body with the enactment of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 and renamed as The National Commission for Minorities.

 

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