(i)         Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2017

Following sportspersons were conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2017.

S. N. Name of Awardee Discipline
1. Shri Sardar Singh Hockey- 2nd player in Hockey
2. Shri Devendra Para-Athletics- first para athlete

(ii) Dronacharya Awards 2017

Following coaches were conferred with Dronacharya Awards for the year 2017.

S. N. Name of Awardees Discipline
 1 Dr. R. Gandhi (Posthumously) Athletics
 2 Shri G.S.S.V. Prasad Badminton- Lifetime
 3 Shri Braja Bhusan Mohanty Boxing-Lifetime
 4 Shri P.A. Raphael Hockey-Lifetime
 5 Shri Sanjoy Chakraverthy Shooting-Lifetime
 6 Shri Roshan Lal Wrestling-Lifetime

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  1. Devendra Jhajharia and Sardar Singh bestowed with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
    Jhajharia became the first ever papa-athlete to be bestowed with the honour while Sardar singh became only the second player after Dhanraj Pillay to receive the highest award on birth anniversary of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand.
  2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will become only the sixth India player to play 300 ODI for the country. Players who already played 300+ ODI are
    Sachin Tendulkar- 463
    Rahul Dravid- 344
    Mohd. Azharuddin- 334
    Sourav Ganguly- 311
    Yuvraj Singh- 304
  3. Nuclear- armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile IRBM over Japan. Siorrens blared out in norther communities that ere on the flight path of the ballistic missile as it soared over Japanese territory for two minutes before crashing into the Pacific.
  4. Prominent nuclear disarmament campaigner Sumiteru Taniguchi, woe as delivering mail in Nagasaki aged 16 when United States dropped an atomic bomb in 1945, died.
  5. The largest inland water body on earth, the Caspian Sea, has been slowly evaporating due to rise in temperature associated with Climate Change. Its water levels dropped nearly 7CMs per yeaer from 1996 to 2015.
  6. NASCOM in junction with state governments plans to set up two centers of excellence in data science and another for Cybersecurity.

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  1. Dipak Misra, took oath as 45th Chief Justice of India.
  2. Bharti Airtel announced strategic partnership with Symantec Corp. To provide cybersecurity solutions to businesses in India.
  3. Punjab Chief Minister- captain Amarinder Singh.
  4. Head of Dera Sach Sauda Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh awarded two consecutive sentences of ten years rigorous imprisonment in two rape cases and a fine of Rs. 15 lakh in each case.
  5. Doklam standoff ends as India and China agreed to disengage from the Doklam plateau


  1. Ahmed Khan, the last of India’s glorious generation of barefooted footballers who made a mark on the 1938 Olympic Games, passed away at age of 90.
  2. Solar Power– Target is to generate 100GW of solar power by 2022, of this 60GW is to come from utilities and 40 GW from rooftop solar installation.
  3. Royal Queen mother of Bhutan, Ashi Dorji Wangmo launched book,
    India’s Indira: A Centennial Tribute authored by Anand Sharma
  4. Justice Dipak Misra, took oath as 45th Chief Justice of India. He succeeded CJI J.S. Kher. 
  5. JAM, a term coined by our Chief Economic Adviser, just brought together financial inclusion (PMJDY), Aadhaar and mobile telecommunication.
  6. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana– Scheme to give free LPG connections to the poorest households.
  7. RIMES– Regional Integrated Multi Hazard Early Warning System.
  8. P.V. Sindhu settled for Silver medal at World Badminton Championship in Glasgow. In finals she was defeated by Japan’s Nozomi Okhura.

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  1. U.S. distance runner Shalane Flanagan awarded her silver medal from the 2008 Olympic Games 10,000m following a doping ban against Turkish second place finisher Evan Abeylegesse.
  2. India is the ninth biggest trading partner of the U.S. and India had a trade surplus of around $26 billion with the U.S. in goods trade alone last year.
  3. ASCON– Army Static Switched Communication Network is the army’s telecom network backbone. ASCON network currently uses bulk encryption.
    DWDM– Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing- is an optical multiplexing technology used to increase bandwidth over existing fibre network by combining and transmitting multiple signals simultaneously at different wavelength on the same fibre.
  4. Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Committee, a Bhagalpur based NGO, accused of siphoning off hundereds of crores meant for welfare scheme in collusion with State government officials.
    The scam was carried on by depositing government cheques into the account of the NGO that, in turn, would invest these amounts in bank deposits to earn interest. This scam is to the tune of Rs. 1000 crore.
  5. Nepal Prime Minister– Sher Bahadur Deuba, recently on a visit to India.
  6. Turkey President- Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  7. Supreme Court declared instant Triple Talaq unconstitutional.
  8. Mongoose– Is a protected species under Schedule II and part II of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and any trade of its body parts involves similar punishment as is laid down for tigers and rhinoceros
    WCCB– Wildlife Crime Control Bureau



  1. Udaipur boy, Kalpit  Veerwal, has made Limca Book of Records by scoring 360 out of 360 in the Jee-Mains exam this year. He is the first ever student to have scored 100% in JEE-Mains.
  2. Artificial Intelligence may imperils about 6.4 lakh low skilled jobs in IT industry alone by 2021. New job roles that will dominate the ITworkforce are within digital domains such as big data, AI, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and cyber security, according to report released by Simplilearn.
  3. UAPA– Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
  4. China set to relaunch one of World’s fastest bullet train having speed of approx 350 kmph. China has the world’s longest high speed rail network of over 22,000 LM, about 60% of world’s total.
  5. Bangladesh prime minister Shiekh Hasina
  6. CCTNS– Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project, may be used to dispense physical police verification for getting a passport.
  7. Pangong lake is in Ladakh.
  8. Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy book by former NSA Shivshankar Menon




  1. A six member women’s team of the Indian Navy will set sail in early September to circumnavigate the globe on the sailin vessel, INSV Tarini. This is the first ever circumnavigation of the globe by an all woman crew from India.
  2. Global Entrepreneurship Summit will take place in Hyderabad.
  3. All toll plazas on national highways will have electronic toll collection devices, known as FASTags, beginning from September 1.
    FASTags is a device that can be installed on the windshield of any vehicle and toll payments can be made directly from the pre-paid account linked to it. The dedicated FASTags lanes will become operational at all 371 national highways from September
    NHAI- Chairman- Deepak Kumar.
  4. Vishal Sikka, CEO and MD of Infosys, resigned from his post .