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Saturday, March 25, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25TH MAR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25TH MAR 2017
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1. 18TH EDITION OF ASIA’S LARGEST CONVENTION ON THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT “FICCI FRAMES-2017”
i. The 3 day 18th edition of FICCI Frames was inaugurated by Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez in the presence of Union Information and Broadcasting Secretary Ajay Mittal in Mumbai.
ii. This year theme was ‘Digital: Divide or dividend’.
iii. The annual Conference of Media and Entertainment Industry is one of the largest conference in Asia.

2. 23RD CONFERENCE OF AUDITORS GENERAL OF COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES AND BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. For the 1st time India host the 3 day Conference of Auditors General of Commonwealth Countries and British Overseas Territories from March 21-23, 2017 in New Delhi.
ii. Theme of the conference was “Fostering Partnerships for Capacity Development in Public Audit”.
iii. An Auditors General of Tanzania and Canada held discussion with 2 sub-themes -Leveraging Technology in Public Audit, and Environment Audit: A Commonwealth Perspective.
iv. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley participated in the conference. 22nd Conference of Auditors General of Commonwealth Countries and British Overseas Territories was held in Malta in 2014.

Friday, March 24, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24TH MAR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24TH MAR 2017
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1.  CABINET APPROVALS ON MARCH 22, 2017
i. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the PM Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for development of 403 kms of National Highways in Meghalaya and Mizoram and also approved the Deepening and Widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel (Phase-II) project with fresh estimates.
ii. Government has decided to amend the Constitution for setting up the National Commission for socially and Educationally Backward Classes as a constitutional body for socially and economically backward classes.
iii. The Union Cabinet approved the following proposals with regards to NABARD Act, 1981 during the cabinet meeting.
iv. The cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the US Homeland Security Department on cooperation in the field of Cyber Security.
v. The government gave its approval to amend the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
vi. Central also approved the following proposals with regard to the Fund of Funds of Start-ups which was established in June 2016 with a corpus of Rs. 10000 cr.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 23 & 24 MARCH

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 23 & 24 MARCH

1. WHAT IS THE THEME OF THE 2017 WORLD WATER DAY?
a) Why Waste Water?
b) Water and Sustainable Development
c) Better Water, Better Jobs
d) Water and Jobs

ANS - A
2. WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL?
a) Gurdeep Singh
b) Ankur Khanna
c) Jayesh Pundit
d) Subhash Rathore

ANS - B
3. WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE INTERIM DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE ON A FULL TIME BASIS?
a) Nripendra Puri
b) Girish Chowdhary
c) Ramesh Verma
d) Upendra Tripathy

ANS - D
4. WHICH AMONG THE GIVEN MOBILE COMPANY HAS LAUNCHED THE MOBILE PAYMENT SERVICE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN INDIA?
a) Sony Mobile
b) Microsoft
c) Samsung Electronics
d) Apple Inc

ANS - C
5. ASSAM GOVERNMENT HAS SET A TARGET TO TRANSFORM MAJULI INTO INDIA’S FIRST CARBON NEUTRAL DISTRICT BY WHICH YEAR?
a) 2023
b) 2020
c) 2019
d) 2021

ANS - B
6.  WHO HAS BEEN AWARDED THE 2017 ABEL PRIZE?
a) Andrew J. Wiles
b) Yves Meyer
c) Yakov Sinai
d) Louis Nirenberg

ANS - B
7.  WHAT IS THE THEME OF THE 2017 WORLD METEOROLOGICAL DAY?
a) Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth
b) Climate Knowledge for Climate Action
c) Hotter, Drier, Wetter, Face the Future
d) Understanding Clouds

ANS - D
8.  WHO IS THE WINNER OF THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL SHOOTING SPORT FEDERATION SHOTGUN WORLD CUP, MEXICO, IN MEN’S DOUBLE TRAP EVENT?
a) Ankur Mittal
b) Subhankar Pramanick
c) Gagan Narang
d) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

ANS - A
9.  HOW MUCH AMOUNT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF 403 KMS OF NATIONAL HIGHWAYS IN MEGHALAYA AND MIZORAM DURING A CABINET MEETING?
a) Rs. 5,999 cr
b) Rs 6,721 cr
c) Rs. 6,500 cr
d) Rs. 7,120 cr

ANS - B
10.  NAME THE INDIAN JOURNALIST WHO HAS BEEN CONFERRED WITH THE INAUGURAL KULDIP NAYAR JOURNALISM AWARD?
a) Rohit Sardana
b) Barkha Dutt
c) Ravish Kumar
d) Sudhir Choudhary


ANS - C

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23RD MAR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23RD MAR 2017
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1. CENTRE APPROVES OVER 1.17 LAKH MORE HOUSES FOR URBAN POOR AT RS. 5,773 CR
i. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation approved construction of new 1,17,814 affordable houses under the Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (Urban) for the benefit of urban poor in six States namely Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Kerala and Karnataka.
ii. The total cost of the project is Rs.5,773 cr for which central assistance of Rs.1,816 cr has been approved.
iii. The construction project is being undertaken under 2 categories: Beneficiary Led Construction and Affordable Housing in Partnership component. Central assistance of Rs.1.50 lakh is provided for each beneficiary.
iv. Under BLC, beneficiaries are assisted to build own houses on the land available with them or take up improvement works for increasing living space and other amenities. Under AHP, State Government provides the land to house urban poor.
v .Thus the total number of houses being taken up for construction for the benefit of urban poor under PMAY(Urban) has gone up to 17,60,507 with total project cost of Rs.96,018 cr for which central assistance of Rs.27,714 cr has been approved.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 21 & 22 MARCH

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 21 & 22 MARCH

1. HOW MANY INDIAN HAS BEEN NAMED IN THE 2017 WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM’S 100 YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS LIST?
a) Five
b) Four
c) Six
d) Seven

ANS - A
2. WHEN IS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS OBSERVED?
a) March 21
b) March 19
c) March 20
d) March 18

ANS - C
3. THE SOLAR ENERGY SCHEME APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR SMALL POWERLOOM UNITS WILL COME INTO EFFECT FROM WHICH DATE?
a) May 1, 2017
b) April 30,2017
c) March 31, 2017
d) April 1, 2017

ANS - D
4. WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW MD & CEO OF THE INDIAN BANK?
a) P Srinivasan
b) Kishore Piraji Kharat
c) Ravindra Prabhakar Marathe
d) Mahesh Kumar Jain

ANS - B
5. THE NAND NIKETAN TOWNSHIP WHICH BECAME INDIA’S FIRST PRIVATE SECTOR TOWNSHIP TO GO FULLY CASHLESS IS LOCATED IN WHICH STATE?
a) Madhya Pradesh
b) Bihar
c) Gujarat
d) Rajasthan

ANS - C
6.  WHO AMONG THE GIVEN HAS BECOME THE 1ST WOMEN BELONGING TO PRIVATE SECTOR TO BE APPOINTED AS THE FULL-TIME MEMBER OF SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA?
a) Madhabi Puri Buch
b) Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
c) Sara Blakely
d) Kalpana Morparia

ANS - A
7.  THE SECOND INDIA-UAE CONFERENCE ON GLOBALIZATION WAS HELD IN WHICH CITY?
a) Bangaluru
b) New Delhi
c) Abu Dhabi
d) Dubai

ANS - D
8.  WHO HAS BEEN HONORED WITH THE KIRTI CHAKRA BY PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEE?
a) Ramesh Pratap Singh
b) Major Rohit Suri
c) Vijay Kumar
d) Gursevak Singh

ANS - B
9.  THE INDIAN SIGN LANGUAGE DICTIONARY SOON TO BE LAUNCHED BY THE GOVERNMENT IS BEING DEVELOPED BY WHICH ORGANIZATION?
a) Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand
b) Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada
c) World Federation of the Deaf
d) Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre

ANS - D
10.  WHAT IS THE THEME OF THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS?
a) Forests and Energy
b) Forests | Climate | Change
c) My Forest, Our Future
d) Forests and Water

ANS - A


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 22TH MAR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 22TH MAR 2017
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1. GOVERNMENT SET TO LAUNCH INDIA’S FIRST SIGN LANGUAGE DICTIONARY SOON
i. The government has planned to soon launch India’s state of the art dictionary depicting the sign languages used by hearing and speech impaired people across the nation to bring uniformity and bridge the communication gap.
ii. The Indian Sign Language dictionary is being developed by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre in both print and video format.
iii. ISLRTC has so far compiled 6,032 Hindi and English words and their corresponding graphic representation of the signs which are used in daily life.
iv. The ISL dictionary consists of graphic representations of popular signs used by the hearing impaired and will also include regional variations along with legal, technical and medical terms.
v. Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre is an autonomous organization of the Government of India established under Society Registration Act, 1860 under the aegis of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
vi. The main objectives of ISLRTC are to develop manpower for using, teaching and conducting research in Indian Sign Language, to promote the use of ISL as an educational mode in collaboration with universities, national and international bodies.

2. BIRAC’S 5TH FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATED ON MARCH 20-21, 2017
i. The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council has celebrated its 5th foundation day on March 20-21 with the theme “BIRAC@5: Impacting the Biotech Ecosystem”.
ii. Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, was the Chief Guest of 2017 foundation day while Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Y S Chowdary was the Guest of Honour.
iii. The foundation day celebration was followed by Grand Challenges India Meeting 2017 which was organized by the BIRAC – PMU of DBT – BMGF and Wellcome Trust.

3. MUKESH AMBANI TOPS THE FORBES’S BILLIONAIRE LIST IN INDIA
i. According to the report released by Forbes, India has 4th highest number of billionaires in the World and the Indian group is led by Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani.
ii. Top 3 Billionaire are Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-Founder          $ 86 billion, Warren Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway Chief $75.6 billion and Jeff Bezos, Amazon $72.8 billion.
iii. Top 3 Indian Billionaires are Mukesh Ambani Reliance Industries $ 23.2 billion, Lakshmi Mittal      Arcelor Mittal $ 16.4 billion and Azim Premji Wipro Ltd $ 14.9 billion.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21ST MAR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21ST MAR 2017
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1. GOVERNMENT APPROVES SOLAR ENERGY SCHEME FOR SMALL POWERLOOM UNITS
i. Shri Ajay Tamta, The Minister of State for Textiles, informed the Lok Sabha that the Government has approved a new scheme, Solar Energy Scheme, to provide financial assistance/capital subsidy to small powerloom units, for installation of Solar Photo Voltaic  plant.
ii. Its aim is to mitigate the problem of power cut/ shortage faced by decentralized powerloom units in the country so as to improve efficiency, utilization, productivity to face both the domestic and international markets competitively.
iii. The Scheme is meant for Units having 04, 06 & 08 powerlooms and subsidies for different SPV plants will be given in the range of Rs 2,25,000 to Rs 8,55,000 depending upon the capacity of the SPV plant.
iv. The Scheme will come into force with effect from April 1, 2017.
v. Under the Solar Energy Scheme, the Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plant will be implemented in two modes:On-Grid Solar Power Plant and Off-Grid Solar Power Plant.

2. INDIA’S LONGEST ROAD TUNNEL, CHENENI-NASHIRI TUNNEL READY FOR OPENING
i. The longest road tunnel of India built at Cheneni in Jammu’s Udhampur district has successfully completed its trail run and is ready for public opening.
ii. The longest tunnel connecting Chenani and Nashiri town is likely to be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi by the end of March.
iii. The trial run was successfully carried out between March 9-15 during both peak and non peak hours.
iv. The 9-km-long tunnel passes through the Himalayas and is a part of the 286-km-long four-lane project on Jammu- Srinagar National Highway.
v. The tunnel is 1st in India to be equipped with world class integrated tunnel control system through which ventilation, signals, fire control, communication and electrical systems will be automatically actuated.

3. UNION CABINET CLEARS 4 GST SUPPLEMENTARY LEGISLATIONS FOR INTRODUCTION TO PARLIAMENT
i. The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Shri Narendra Modi has approved the 4 supporting GST legislations on March 20.
ii. The 4 supporting legislations are the Compensation Law, the Central-GST, Integrated-GST and Union Territory-GST.
iii. Once the Parliament approves the Bill, the states would start taking their SGST bill for discussion and passage in the respective state assemblies.
iv. Once the new GST regime is into effect it will subsume central taxes like excise and service tax and state levies like VAT.
v. A composite GST will be charged on sale of goods or rendering of services while the revenue would be shared between the Centre and the states in almost equal proportion.

4. FIVE INDIANS NAMED IN WEF’S 100 YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS LIST 2017
i. The annual World Economic Forum’s 100 Young Global Leaders list released for the year 2017 have given place to five Indians for their innovative approaches.
ii. Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO PayTm, Shruti Shibulal, The Tamara Hospitality,Ambarish Mitra, Founder and CEO of Blippar, a mobile phone app.
iii. Hindol Sengupta and Rwitwika Bhattacharya-Agarwal, Editor-at-large, Fortune India and Founder and CEO of Swaniti Initiative.

Monday, March 20, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 19 & 20 MARCH

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 19 & 20 MARCH

1. THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT PROPOSED A DRAFT OF LABOUR CODE TO PROVIDE SOCIAL SECURITY COVER TO THE ENTIRE WORKFORCE IN THE COUNTRY. WHO IS THE UNION MINISTER OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT?
a) Bandaru Dattatreya
b) Sis Ram Ola
c) Mallikarjun Kharge
d) Narendra Singh Tomar

ANS - A
2. THE 1ST EDITION OF THE 3 DAY HARYANA SAHITYA SANGAM WAS HELD IN WHICH CITY OF HARYANA?
a) Kurukshetra
b) Panipat
c) Rohtak
d) Panchkula

ANS - C
3. THE TWO DAY 2017 GLOBAL MILLENNIUM SUMMIT WAS ORGANIZED IN WHICH COUNTRY?
a) Dubai, UAE
b) Canberra, Australia
c) Kathmandu,Nepal
d) Moscow,Russia

ANS - A
4. HOW MANY INDIAN WOMEN HAVE BEEN HONORED WITH THE 2017 ‘WOMEN ICONS’ AWARD AMONG THE 25 ASIAN WOMEN IN SINGAPORE FOR DEDICATING THEIR LIVES TO SOCIAL WORK?
a) 10
b) 11
c) 20
d) 15

ANS - B
5. WHO HAS BEEN SWORN IN AS THE NEW CHIEF MINISTER OF UTTARAKHAND?
a) Harak Singh Rawat
b) Madan Kaushik
c) Dhan Singh Rawat
d) Trivendra Singh Rawat

ANS - D
6.  STATE OWNED PSU, NTPC COMMISSIONED THE SECOND UNIT OF 660 MW OF MOUDA SUPER THERMAL POWER STATION STAGE-II. MOUDA SUPER THERMAL POWER STATION IS LOCATED IN WHICH STATE?
a) Tamil Nadu
b) West Bengal
c) Karnataka
d) Maharashtra

ANS - D
7.  WHO HAS BEEN SWORN IN AS THE NEW CHIEF MINISTER OF UTTAR PRADESH?
a) Keshav Prasad Maurya
b) Yogi Adityanath
c) Raj Nath Singh
d) Amit Shah

ANS - B
8.  WHAT WAS THE THEME OF THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST CONFERENCE?
a) Buddhism in the 21st Century
b) Fountain of Buddhism and World Peace
c) Buddhism for Conflict Avoidance and Peace Building
d) Connecting World with Buddhism

ANS - A
9.  THE FIRST MADE-IN-INDIA TRAIN NAMED ________ WAS FLAGGED OFF FROM THE DADAR STATION TO BORIVALI AT LOKMANYA TILAK TERMINUS.
a) Vani
b) Mahasweta
c) Medha
d) Bharti

ANS - C
10.  DILIP SHANGHVI WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS A MEMBER ON THE WESTERN AREA LOCAL BOARD OF RESERVE BANK OF INDIA, SERVES AS THE MD OF WHICH COMPANY?
a) Accenture
b) Sun Pharmaceuticals
c) Ranbaxy
d) Larson & Turbo

ANS - B



DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20TH MAR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20TH MAR 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. 2017 INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST CONFERENCE HELD IN BIHAR
i. The 3 days International Buddhist Conference was held at the Rajgir International Convention Center of Nav Nalanda Mahavira Deemed University, Rajgir, Bihar.
ii. The conference was inaugurated by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama jointly with the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Mahesh Sharma by lighting a ceremonial lamp.
iii. The main theme of the conference was Buddhism in the 21st Century – Perspectives and Responses to Global Challenges and Crisis.
iv. He also inaugurated the Nava Nalanda University’s new department of the Buddhist Science, first of its kind in Asia.

2. FIRST MADE-IN-INDIA TRAIN, MEDHA, FLAGGED OFF AT DADAR STATION
i. India’s 41st homemade train for Western Railway Fleet, Medha was flagged off for its maiden run by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, via videoconferencing from Dadar to Borivali at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus.
ii. The 12-coach, made-in-India train, halted at Bandra and Andheri stations during the transit. Medha has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. The train has been installed with LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.

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