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Monday, September 26, 2016

GK SERIES FOR SSC,IAS,PCS,HAS,HCS AND OTHER COMPETITIVE EXAMS (HISTORY-1)

Indus Valley Civilization (IVC)
3500 – 1300 BCE
[The Harappan Culture: Bronze Age Civilization]

Features of Indus Valley Civilization:
·         Cities were divided into two parts i.e. Upper town(west), also known as Citadel (i.e. fortified) and Lower Town(east).
·         Red pottery painted with designs in black.
·         Copper, bronze, silver, gold present.
·       Bodies were buried in wooden coffins, but during the later stages ‘H symmetry culture’ evolved where bodies were buried in painted burial urns.
·    Efficient town planning with streets running from North-South and East-West directions, cutting each other at right angle.
·         Northern-most site- Manda (J&K).
·         Southern-most site- Daimabad (Maharashtra).
·         Eastern-most site- Alamgirpur (UP).
·         Western-most site- Sutkagendor (Pakistan).
·         Important Ports towns: Lothal , Surkotada , Dholavira
·         Mature Harappan phase: c. 2600 – 1900 BCE.
·         Largest Harappan site in India is Rakhigarhi in Haryana.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25 SEP 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25 SEP 2016
(Daily News India)
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1. INDIA AND RUSSIA STARTED  JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE IN VLADIVOSTOK
i. The 8th edition of the Indo-Russia joint military exercise ‘Indra 2016’ was started  in Vladivostok in Russia.
ii. Indra  is a biannual exercise which has been carried out between the two allies since 2003.

2.COMMITTEES FOR THE BIRTH CENTENARY OF PANDIT DEENDAYAL UPADHYAY
i. The PM, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the formation of two committees for the commemoration of the birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
ii. The Prime Minister will chair a 149 member National Committee, and the Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, will chair a 23 member Executive Committee.

3. ARUN GOYAL APPOINTED ADDITIONAL SECRETARY IN GST COUNCIL
i. Senior IAS officer Arun Goyal has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax  Council.
ii. The Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is formed to decide on tax rate, exempted goods and the threshold limit.

4. WORLD’S LARGEST RADIO TELESCOPE BUILT IN CHINA
i. China has built world’s largest radio telescope nicknamed Tianyan known as Heavenly Eye” or “The Eye of Heaven.
ii. It has started its operation and is part of China’s drive to become a science powerhouse.
iii. It is located in the Dawodang depression a natural basin in Pingtang County in the Guizhou Province, Southwest China.
iv. It is the world’s largest single dish radio telescope and the second largest radio telescope after the Russian RATAN-600, which has a sparsely filled aperture.

5. MISSION PARIVAR VIKAS TO BE LAUNCHED IN SEVEN STATES FOR IMPROVED FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES
i.The Union Health Ministry has decided to launch Mission Parivar Vikas in seven states for improved family planning services.
ii. Its main objective is to accelerate access to high quality family planning choices based on information, reliable services and supplies within a rights-based framework.
iii. The key strategic focus area of this initiative will be on improving access to contraceptives through delivering assured services, dovetailing with new promotional schemes and  ensuring commodity .

Sunday, September 25, 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ – 21,22 SEPTEMBER

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ – 21,22 SEPTEMBER

1. Which is  the most advanced surface-to-air missile that was successfully test-fired by India 8' off the Odisha coast?
a) Barak-8
b) Akash
c) Trishul
d) Maitri
ANS A
2. Which Nobel laureate was honoured as the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year by the Harvard Foundation?
a) Ban-Ki Moon
b) Malala Yousafzai
c) Aung San Suu Kyi
d) None of the above
ANS C
3. Name the person that was appointed as the India's Ambassador to Sweden recently?
a) Gulshan Singh
b) Monika Kapil Mohta
c) Azita Raji
d) H.E. Artak
ANS B
4. Which country topped the World Economic Freedom (WEF) Index 2016?
a) Hong Kong
b) Switzerland
c) Singapore
d) New Zealand
ANS A
5. What is the position of India in the World Economic Freedom (WEF) Index 2016?
a) 112th
b) 111th
c) 78th
d) 108th
ANS A
6. Joint Sea-2016 naval exercise was conducted between which of the following countries?
a) China and United States
b) India and Russia
c) China and Russia
d) India and China
ANS C
7. Who has been appointed as the Chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India recently?
a) Nitin Srivastav
b) Usha Pal
c) VK Sharma
d) Usha Sangwan
ANS C
8. Which country was recently hit by Typhoon Meranti?
a) China
b) India
c) Vietnam
d) Malaysia
ANS A
9. Theme of the International Day of Peace that was observed across the world on 21 September 2016?
a) The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace
b) Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All
c) Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future
d) Disarmament and non-proliferation
ANS A
10. In which city the two-day North East Connectivity Summit is being held?
a) Shillong
b) Guwahati
c) Agartala
d) Kohima

ANS C

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ – 19,20 SEPTEMBER

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ – 19,20 SEPTEMBER

1. Which joint naval exercise conducted between China and Russia in the South China Sea?
a) South China Sea Joint Exercise 2016
b) Ruschi-2016
c) Exercise RIMPAC
d) Joint Sea-2016
ANS D

2. Name the district that was recently declared as the 22nd district of Haryana?
a) Palwal
b) Charkhi Dadri
c) Gohana
d) Mahendragarh
ANS B
3. Who was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission?
a) Alka Sirohi
b) Deepak Gupta
c) Amit Lanba
d) None of the above
ANS A
4. In which state of India 7-day-long Naropa festival is being celebrated?
a) Arunachal Pradesh
b) Jammu and Kashmir
c) Sikkim
d) Uttarakhand
ANS B
5. Which country topped the 2016 Rio Paralympics that concluded in Brazil recently?
a) United States
b) Britain
c) Ukraine
d) China
ANS D
6. Name the Declaration that was adopted by the World Leaders recently at the United Nations General Assembly Summit for Refugees and Migrants?
a) Lima Declaration on Alternative Development
b) New York Declaration
c) Doha Declaration on Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
d) Universal Declaration of Human Rights
ANS B
7. Name the company that was acquired by Facebook recently to build Wi-Fi drones, data servers and virtual reality goggles faster?
a) Nascent Objects
b) Quickfire Networks
c) Two Big Ears
d) SurrealVision
ANS A
8. Which of the following financial services firms tied up with the Board of Control for Cricket in India recently?
a) Karvy Group
b) Janalakshmi Financial Services
c) Manappuram General Finance and Leasing
d) DSP Merrill Lynch Limited
ANS B
9. Naropa Festival that recently started in Ladakh region of India is also known as ?
a) Buddhist Kumbh
b) Kumbh of Leh-Ladakh
c) Kumbh of Himalayas
d) Hemis Festival
ANS C
10. Which political party of Russian President Vladimir Putin won the Russian parliamentary election?
a) Communist Party
b) United Russia party
c) Just Russian party
d) Liberal Democratic Party
ANS B

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ – 17,18 SEPTEMBER

 DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ – 17,18 SEPTEMBER

1.    What was India’s rank in the 2016 Track Asia cup that was held in Delhi?
a)    Second
b)    Seventh
c)    Third
d)    Fourth
ANS A
2.    Theme of World Suicide Prevention Day  that was observed on 10 September?
a)    With Understanding New Hope
b)    Saving Lives, Restoring Hope
c)    Connect, Communicate, Care
d)   Stigma: A Major Barrier to Suicide Prevention
ANS C
3.    Who is the author of the book His Bloody Project?
a)    Ottessa Moshfegh
b)    Graeme Macrae Burnet
c)    Deborah Levy
d)    Paul Beatty
ANS B
4.    With which country India in September 2016 signed three agreements including improvement of road network?
a)    Nepal
b)    Bangladesh
c)    Myanmar
d)   Sri Lanka

ANS A
5.    Who is the author/s of the book India, Inter-Country Parental Child Removal and the Law?
a)    Anil Malhotra & Ranjit Malhotra
b)    Soli Sorabjee & Balram k. Gupta
c)    Anil Malhotra & Soli Sorabjee
d)    Ranjit Malhotra & Soli Sorabjee
ANS A
6. Which sports personality appointed as the Brand Ambassador of Punjab National Bank recently?
a) Sachin Tendulkar
b) MS Dhoni
c) Virat Kohli
d) Yuvraj Singh
ANS C
7. Who is the Pulitzer-winning US playwright that authored the masterpiece Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and died recently?
a) Richard Nelson
b) Sean O'Casey
c) Tim Rice
d) Edward Albee
ANS D
8. Which of the following is the Guided Missile Destroyer Ship that was launched recently at Mazagaon Dock Ship Builders Limited (MDL), Mumbai?
a) INS Paradip
b) INS Visakhapatnam
c) INS Mormugao
d) INS Porbandar
ANS C
9. Which of the following won the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards?
a) Game of Thrones
b) Downtown Abbey
c) Veep
d) The Americans
ANS A
10. Who won gold medal in Junior World Wrestling Championships?
a) Jeba Hayat
b) Manisha
c) Priya Marwar
d) Priyesha Deshmukh
ANS B

Saturday, September 24, 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 SEP 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 SEP 2016
(Daily News India)
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1.INDIA AND  FRANCE INKED DEAL FOR 36 RAFALE FIGHTER JETS
i. India and France  inked the 7.8-billion Euro deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets.
ii.The aircraft will be equipped with latest missiles and weapon system like Meteor and Scalp.
iii.The 7.8 billion Euro deal is crucial for the Indian Air Force and is expected to give India the dominant status in the air
iv.The Rafale jet has a strategic weapon has Beyond Visual Range  Meteor air-to-air missile with a range in excess of 150 kilometre.

2. JUNAID AHMAD APPOINTED AS WORLD BANK COUNTRY DIRECTOR FOR INDIA
i.Junaid Ahmad has been appointed as the World Bank Country Director for India.
ii. He will replace  succeed Onno Ruhl.

3. DEMOCRATS AND DISSENTERS AUTHORED BY RAMACHANDRA GUHA RELEASED
I. Book titled Democrats and Dissenters authored by Ramachandra Guha was released .
Ii.The book is a work of rigorous scholarship on topics of compelling contemporary interest, written with elegance and wit.
iii.Democrats and Dissenters covers a wide range of themes such as national projects of India’s neighbours to political debates within India itself, from the responsibilities of writers to the complex relationship between democracy and violence.

4. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE OBSERVED ON 21ST SEP
i. International Day of Peace was observed across the world on 21st  September 
ii.The theme  for the day is The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.
iii.The day is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.

5. MUKESH AMBANI TOPS FORBES' 100 RICHEST INDIANS LIST
i. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has topped the Forbes' '100 Richest Indians' list.
ii. India's richest pharmaceutical magnate Dilip Shanghvi remains at 2nd.

6. RITU RANI RETIRES FROM INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY
i. Former Indian women's hockey captain Ritu Rani has announced her retirement from international hockey.
ii. The 24-year-old midfielder made the announcement in a mail to Hockey India president Narinder Batra.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23 SEP 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23 SEP 2016
(Daily News India)
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1. INDIA, US, AFGHANISTAN REAFFIRMS SHARED INTEREST IN COMBATING TERRORISM
i. India, United States and Afghanistan have reaffirmed their shared interests in combating terrorism and advancing peace and security in the region.
ii. They have exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan and on regional issues of mutual interest.
iii.They welcomed the discussions focused on economic, political and development goals in Afghanistan including the regional dimension.

2. NAVTEJ SARNA APPOINTED AMBASSADOR TO THE US
i. The Union Government has appointed Navtej Sarna  as Ambassador to the United States.
ii. Navtej Sarna  is an Indian Foreign Service  officer of the 1980 batch.
iii. He also served as India’s ambassador to Israel from 2008 to 2012.

3. UNION GOVERNMENT APPOINTS THREE ECONOMISTS TO MONETARY POLICY COMMITTEE
i. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has appointed three economists as the external appointees on the Monetary Policy Committee.
ii.They are Pami Dua, Chetan Ghate and Ravindra Dholakia.
iii. They will work to decide interest rates.
iv.Monetary Policy Committee under the RBI will decide monetary policy by setting interest rates.
v. It aims to bring significant changes in the power the RBI governor while deciding interest rates.

4. ECONOMIC FREEDOM OF THE WORLD 2016 REPORT RELEASED
i.India's Centre for Civil Society in collaboration with Canada's Fraser Institute released the Economic Freedom of the World 2016 Annual Report.
ii.The report is based on data from 2014 and measures the World Economic Freedom  Index by analysing the policies and institutions of 159 countries and territories.
iii.Hong Kong topped the index followed by Singapore and New Zealand at second and third position.

5. ADB APPROVES 631 MILLION US DOLLARS LOAN FOR VISAKHAPATNAM-CHENNAI INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR
i. The Asian Development Bank approved 631 million US dollars loan for construction of industrial corridor between Visakhapatnam and Chennai.
ii. It is India's first coastal industrial corridor running from West Bengal to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.
iii.The fund will help develop the first key 800-km section of the planned 2500-km East Coast Economic Corridor

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