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Friday, May 26, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20TH MAY 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. GST COUNCIL FINALISES TAX RATES ON 80-90% GOODS, SERVICES
i. The Goods and Services Tax Council headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising representatives of all states has finalised tax rates on 80-90% of goods and services under 4 brackets (5%, 12%, 18% and 28%). Essential items of daily use have been kept in the lowest bracket of 5%.
ii. The GST Council also approved 7 set of rules for the Goods and Services Tax regime that will be rolled out from July 1, 2017. GST will replace 16 current levies (7 central taxes and 9 state taxes), consequentially
iii. GST rates on 6 categories of products—gold, bio-diesel, footwear, beedi and cigarettes, textiles and agricultural implements—will be finalised in council’s next meeting scheduled to be held in Delhi.

2. PALESTINE PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS 4 DAY VISIT TO INDIA
i. Mahmoud Abbas – President of Palestine, arrived in India for a 4-day official visit. During the course of his visit, Mr. Abbas held extensive talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi on key bilateral, regional and international issues including the Middle East peace process.
ii. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas presented a mosaic and an artwork to PM Narendra Modi with his name written in it in Arabic.
ii. India and Palestine signed five MoUs

3. INDIA RANKS AT 154, BELOW SRI LANKA AND BANGLADESH, ON HEALTHCARE INDEX
i. India has ranked 154th among 195 countries on healthcare index in Lancet medical journal’s report titled ‘Global Burden of Disease’. Perfo rmance of countries was assessed for a period of 25 years from 1990-2015, based on death rates from 32 diseases that could be avoided by effective medical care.
ii. This study has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Indian healthcare industry has been growing at a phenomenal rate. During 2008-20, it is expected to clock a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 16.5%.The industry size is expected to touch US$ 280 billion by year 2020.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19TH MAY 2017
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1. NITI AAYOG HOLDS THE FIRST SAMAVESH MEETING
i. 1st meeting of the National Steering Group and other knowledge partners was held in NITI Aayog. This meeting was co-chaired by CEO of NITI Aayog- Amitabh Kant and Ratan P Watal – Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog.
ii. This meeting is the 1st ever initiative to bring the large number of institutions from diverse domain to deliberate together on the road map for inclusive development in India.

2. BSNL SIGNS MOU WITH FACEBOOK, MOBIKWIK, AND DISNEY LAND INDIA
i. BSNL has inked agreements with Facebook, MobiKwik and Disney Land in order to popularize the internet and its value added services among its customers.
ii. BSNL has signed a MoU with Disney Land India to offer premium online gaming services to its mobile customers. According to the agreement Facebook, BSNL will facilitate connectivity for Facebook’s `Express Wi-Fi Program’.
iii. The service of Express Wi-Fi is now available via 700 hotspots across 4 states of Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Meghalaya.
iv. BSNL and MobiKwik will work together to create a BSNL mobile wallet to facilitate payment for its products and services. MobiKwik will also provide digital sale of BSNL SIM cards through its app and website.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17TH & 18TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17TH & 18TH MAY 2017
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1. PM MODI LAUNCHES NARMADA SEVA MISSION IN MADHYA PRADESH
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Narmada Seva Mission’, which enlists steps to be taken for the conservation of the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh.
ii. Prime Minister launched this mission document at the concluding ceremony of the ‘Namami Devi Narmade Sewa Yatra’ at Amarkantak in Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh.
iii. ‘Namami Devi Narmade Sewa Yatra’, an awareness campaign for conservation of River Narmada was launched by Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on December 11, 2016 from Amarkantak.

2. WEST BENGAL MAKES BENGALI MANDATORY IN ALL SCHOOLS
i. The West Bengal government has made the Bengali language mandatory in all schools. It was declared by the State’s Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.
ii. The Bengali language is compulsory for all schools including English medium.The students who select any of the other languages as their first language would need  to pick up two other languages, among which one would have to be Bengali.

3. AP, SINGAPORE IN PACT FOR DEVELOPING AMARAVATI STARTUP AREA
i. Andhra Pradesh govt. inked a pact with Singapore for developing an area of 6.84 km at capital Amaravati as startup area.
ii. The Pact between the governments of Andhra Pradesh and Singapore include economic development, master development of the startup area in Amaravati.
iii. It will promote bilateral trade and investments and enhancing capacities of government departments. A high Level Joint Implementation Steering Committee will be formed for speedy implementation of the project.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 13 & 14 MAY

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 13 & 14 MAY

1. WHICH CITY WILL HOST BIGGEST EVER INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY EVENT ON THE JUNE 21, 2017?
a) Ahmedabad
b) Kochi
c) Varanasi
d) Jaipur

ANS - A
2. NATIONAL HIGHWAYS AUTHORITY OF INDIA HAS RAISED RS. ____ CR THROUGH MASALA BONDSAT LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE?
a) Rs. 2000 crore
b) Rs. 5000 crore
c) Rs. 4000 crore
d) Rs. 3000 crore

ANS - D
3. WHICH FORMER INDIAN CRICKETER HAS BEEN RECENTLY AWARDED AN HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP TO THE MARYLEBONE CRICKET CLUB?
a) Anil Kumble
b) Javagal Srinath
c) VVS Laxman
d) Ajay Jadeja

ANS - C
4. HUBERT MINNIS HAS BEEN ELECTED AS NEW PRIME MINISTER OF?
a) Mexico
b) Bahamas
c) Cuba
d) Peru

ANS - B
5. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN ELECTED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF FIFA GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE?
a) Justice Vishwas Rao
b) Justice Manish Oswal
c) Justice Anath Parekh
d) Justice Mukul Mudgal

ANS - D
6.  UNION HOME MINISTER RAJNATH SINGH, CHAIRED THE NORTHERN ZONAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN?
a) Chandigarh
b) Amritsar
c) New Delhi
d) Shimla

ANS - A
7.  DISHA MICROFIN, HAS RECEIVED FINAL LICENSE FROM THE RESERVE BANK OF INDIA TO SET UP A SMALL FINANCE BANK. IT WILL COMMENCE OPERATION FROM JULY 2017 UNDER THE NAME OF?
a) Micro Nivesh Small Finance Bank
b) Pragati Small Finance Bank
c) Fincare Small Finance Bank
d) Unnati Small Finance Bank

ANS - C
8.  WHICH AMONG THE FOLLOWING WILL BE THE FIRST INDIAN CITY TO GET ELECTRIC RADIO CABS?
a) Bengaluru
b) Kolkata
c) Hyderabad
d) Nagpur

ANS - D
9.  THE APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE OF THE CABINET HAS APPROVED APPOINTMENT OF SENIOR BUREAUCRATS ________AND _______AS MEMBERS IN THE CENTRAL BOARD OF EXCISE AND CUSTOMS?
a) R K Mahajan and Sudhir Krishnan
b) R K Mahajan and Mahender Singh
c) Lokesh Reddy and Mahender Singh
d) Mahender Singh and Sudhir Krishnan

ANS - B
10.  WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS CHANCELLOR OF JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY FOR A FIVE-YEAR TERM?
a) Arjun Nehwal
b) Pravin Mehta
c) V K Saraswat
d) Pramit Joshi

ANS - C


Saturday, May 20, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15TH – 16TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15TH – 16TH MAY 2017
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1. GOA GOVT TO SIGN MOU UNDER PMBJP FOR SUBSIDISED MEDICINES
i. Goa government has decided to sign memorandum of understanding with the Centre under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana to provide subsidised medicines in the state.
ii. The MoU will be signed in June 2017 in presence of CM of Goa, Mahohar Parrikar. Under this MoU, all pharmacy stores run by Goa State Govt. would be converted into ‘Jan Aushadi Kendra’ in a phased manner.
iii. ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’ has been launched by Department of Pharmaceuticals, under Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through special points referred to as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra.

2. FIRST VIDESH SAMPARK HELD IN TELANGANA
i. 1st outreach programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, ‘Videsh Sampark’ was hosted in Telangana. The conference was held in Hyderabad. It was inaugurated by Gen. V.K. Singh – Minister of State for External Affairs.
ii. The objective of ‘Videsh Sampark’ conference is to involve State Governments in creating awareness on the schemes and initiatives launched by Ministry of External Affairs pertaining to consular and passport services, engagement with overseas Indians, and welfare and protection of overseas Indians.

3. ISKCON’S GOVARDHAN ECO VILLAGE WINS SMART VILLAGE AWARD
i. Maharashtra’s Govardhan Eco Village has won the “Smart Village” award for being a sustainable project in rural Maharashtra.
ii. The India Trade Promotion Organisation’s award was recieved by Nimai Lila Das to Chief Sustainability Officer of Govardhan Eco Village, in New Delhi.
iii. Eco Village was set up by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in adjoining Thane district. It is a farm community and retreat centre spread over a scenic landscape of 100 acres at Galtare in Wada taluka.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14TH MAY 2017
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1. RAJNATH SINGH CHAIRS NORTHERN ZONAL COUNCIL MEETING IN CHANDIGARH
i. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the 28th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council on 11th of May in Chandigarh. The 27th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council was held at New Delhi.
ii. North Zonal Council comprises the Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Rajasthan.
iii. 5 Zonal Councils – Central, Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern—have been established under the State Reorganisation Act, 1956.
iv. A zonal council will be the matter of common interest in economic and social planning border disputes, linguistic minorities or inter-state transport.

2. NAGPUR WILL BE THE 1ST INDIAN CITY TO GET ELECTRIC RADIO CABS
i. Nagpur will be the 1st Indian city to get electric radio cabs. It will be started from 24th of May. It will be launched by Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari.
ii. The Project will be undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation.and is the 1st project of its kind in the country. It is a method to tackle increasing pollution in the country.
iii. The pilot project will see around 200 e-cabs in Nagpur with the local body to provide for the charging stations across the city. It will promote the usage of electric and hybrid vehicles in India as the country is moving towards its goal of going all electric by 2030.

3. PM NARENDRA MODI’S TWO DAY VISIT TO SRI LANKA
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a 2-day visit to Sri Lanka. During this visit, he participated in the International Vesak Day celebrations, the biggest festival of Buddhists and attended several other programmes.
ii. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Buddhist Teachings for Social Justice and Sustainable World Peace”.
iii. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a multi-specialty hospital at Dickoya in Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka.

4. 19TH SESSION OF INDIA-ITALY JOINT COMMISSION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION HELD IN ROME
i. 19th Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation held in Rome.
ii. The Joint Commission was co-chaired by the Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman by the Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda.
iii. India’s bilateral trade with Italy during 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 was US $9.32 billion, US $8.28 billion and US $8.80 billion respectively.

5. DISHA MICROFIN GETS FINAL NOD FROM RBI FOR SMALL FINANCE BANK
i. Disha Microfin has received the final license from Reserve Bank to operate as a small finance bank. The Bank will start operations from July this year. The bank will be called Fincare Small Finance Bank.
ii. Its main focus will be on the priority sector and retail segments, and will additionally offer products such as gold loans and affordable housing loans.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13TH MAY 2017
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1. ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA LAUNCHES NATIONAL CONTACT CENTRE
i. The Election Commission of India has launched National Contact Centre.The National Contact Centre is operated on a National Grievance Redressal System Software.
ii. This software is a single window platform to manage complaints and feedback received through calls, SMS, emails and website access in an integrated and time-bound manner.
iii. Each state and UT will also soon setup and operationalize dedicated State Contact Centre and District Contact Centre.
iv. It will ensure seamless flow of information across the contact centers for handling issues/ query from citizens.

2. AHMEDABAD TO HOST BIGGEST EVER INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY EVENT ON JUNE 21
i. Ahmedabad is going to host biggest International Yoga Day event on 21st June. The event will include the participation of 5 Lakh people.
ii. The event would be inaugurated by the state’s CM Vijay Rupani and BJP president Amit Shah.
iii. It would be jointly hosted by the city’s GMDC and AES grounds.

3. UNION ROAD TRANSPORT MINISTER NITIN GADKARI LAUNCHES NHAI’S FIRST MASALA BOND IN UK
i. The National Highways Authority of India has raised Rs. 3000 cr through Masala Bonds at London Stock Exchange. Funds raised through these Masala Bonds will be used for constructing roads and transport infrastructure in India.
ii. The NHAI Masala Bonds issue was launched by Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport Minister in London.
iii. Initially, issue size of NHAI Masala Bonds was Rs. 1500 cr. Owing to positive response from investors, the issue size was raised to Rs. 3000 cr. These bonds will give 3% annual returns to investors.

4. VVS LAXMAN NAMED AN HONORARY LIFE MEMBER OF MCC
i. Former India batsman V V S Laxman was awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club.
ii. Laxman is the 5th Indian to receive the honour, after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 12TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 12TH MAY 2017
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1. BISHU PARV OR SENDRA OBSERVED IN DALMA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
i. The 2017 hunting festival “BishuParv” was observed in Jharkhand. The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located 10 km from the city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.
ii. The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for holding many elephants and other animals, which come downhill during the monsoons and winter and enter nearby villages and towns of Jharkhand and West Bengal.

2. YOGI ADITYANATH GOVT. TO MERGE LOCAL BODIES OF MATHURA-VRINDAVAN, AYODHYA-FAIZABAD
i. The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government decided to merge the local bodies of two temple towns of  Ayodhya-Faizabad and Mathura-Vrindavan.
ii. Its main aim is to generate more revenue by providing better facilities to the tourists.
iii. To strengthen the infrastructure and to purify the Yamuna and to facilitate local residents and pilgrims, it has been decided to make Mathura and Vrindavan together to form a municipal corporation.

3. I-T DEPT LAUNCHES E-FACILITY TO LINK PERSON’S AADHAAR WITH PAN
i. The Income Tax department has launched a new e-facility to link a person’s Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number. It is a mandatory procedure for filing I-T returns.
ii. The department’s e-filing website – https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in – has created a new link on its homepage making it “easy” to link the two unique identities of an individual.
iii. There is no need to login or be registered on e-filing website. This facility can be used by anyone to link their Aadhaar with PAN.
iv. The government under the Finance has made it mandatory for taxpayers to quote Aadhaar or enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form for filing of income tax returns (ITR).

4. ICICI BANK CHIEF CHANDA KOCHHAR RECEIVES ‘WOODROW WILSON AWARD’ FOR GLOBAL CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
i. Chanda Kochhar, the MD and Chief Executive of ICICI Bank became the 1st Indian woman to be conferred with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship.
ii. The award was conferred by Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC, US. Ms. Kochhar received this award for demonstrating a commitment to the common good beyond the bottom line.
iii. 2017 Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service has been conferred on United States Senator, Mitch McConnell.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ - 11 & 12 MAY

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ - 11 & 12 MAY

1. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING LAUNCHED THE INTEGRATED CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OF THE SUPREME COURT?
a) Prime Minister Narendra Modi
b) President Pranab Mukherjee
c) Union Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad
d) Chief Justice of India, J S Khehar

ANS - A
2. CENTRAL GOVT. HAS SET-UP A HIGH-LEVEL TASK FORCE TO FINE TUNE JOBS DATA SO THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN FRAME POLICIES TO SPUR EMPLOYMENT. THIS TASK FORCE IS HEADED BY?
a) Hasmukh Adhia
b) S S Mundra
c) Arvind Panagariya
d) Arvind Subramanian

ANS - C
3. MOON JAE-IN HAS BEEN ELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF WHICH ASIAN COUNTRY?
a) Thailand
b) South Korea
c) Cambodia
d) Laos

ANS - B

Saturday, May 13, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 9 & 10 MAY

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 9 & 10 MAY

1. UNION MINISTER FOR ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAY, NITIN GADKARI INAUGURATED INDIA’S 1ST BIO REFINERY PLANT FOR RENEWABLE FUELS AND CHEMICALS IN?
a) Pune, Maharashtra
b) Jaipur, Rajasthan
c) Ranchi, Jharkhand
d) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

ANS - A
2. WHICH ENTITY HAS SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANISATION TO ESTABLISH TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION SUPPORT CENTRES THAT WOULD HELP INNOVATORS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES EXPLOIT THEIR POTENTIAL?
a) Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
b) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
c) National Association of Software and Services Companies
d) Confederation of Indian Industry

Friday, May 12, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 11TH MAY 2017

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1. GOVERNMENT SETS UP A HIGH-LEVEL TASK FORCE TO COMPUTE TIMELY DATA ON EMPLOYMENT
i. The government has set up a high-level task force to compute timely data on employment situation in the country. It will help in framing policies and it will also help in creating jobs.
ii. According to a task force has been created under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog’s vice chairman Arvind Panagariya with labour secretary Sathiyavathy, secretary statistics T.C.A. Ananth, Manish Sabharwal and Pulak Ghosh of NITI Aayog as members.
iii. The task force will recommend solutions which can be implemented in a time bound manner official think tank NITI Aayog. PM Modi has directed that this task be accelerated so that policies on employment can be formulated with a proper appreciation of impacts, based on credible data.

2. INDIA WINS STAY AT INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE IN KULBHUSHAN JADHAV CASE
i. The International Court of Justice stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “spying”.
ii. The order by the Hague-based International Court of Justice came a day after India approached it against the death sentence to Jadhav by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial last month.
iii. India has appealed to the International Court of Justice accused Pakistan of outstandingly bad violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
iv. Pakistan claimed to have arrested him from Balochistan on 3 March 2016.The International Court of Justice said India urged it to restrain Pakistan from carrying out the death sentence direct Islamabad to take steps to cancel the decision of the military court.

3. PM MODI LAUNCHES INTEGRATED CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OF SUPREME COURT IN PRESENCE OF CJI
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Integrated Case Management Information System of the Supreme Court. Chief Justice of India, J S Khehar and Union Law and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad was also present at the occasion.
ii. This system will serve as a digital repository for case-related information, enabling litigants to access data and retrieve information online. All records of cases at district court or high court will be available in digital form.
iii. It is a step in the direction of paperless Supreme Court, which contributes to saving environment as well as achieving the vision of ‘Digital India’.

4. SEBI ALLOWS SUBSCRIPTION TO MF SCHEMES THROUGH E-WALLETS
i. Securities markets regulator SEBI has permitted subscription to mutual fund schemes through e-wallets.
ii. According to SEBI’s guidelines, investors can invest up to Rs 50,000 per MF per financial year through e-wallets.
iii. AMCs/ MFs shall ensure that only amounts loaded into e-wallet through cash or debit card or net banking, can be used for subscription to MF schemes. AMCs/ MFs shall ensure that e-wallet issuers shall not offer any incentives such as cashback, voucher.
iv. AMCs/ MFs can offer IAF only in liquid schemes of the MF. The monetary limit under IAF shall be Rs 50,000 or 90% of latest value of investment in the scheme, whichever is lower.

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