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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 AUG 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 AUG 2016
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1. SINGAPORE RANKED 6TH IN GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX
i. India climbed 15 spots, from 81 last year, to 66 in the Global Innovation Index and maintained the top spot in the Central and South Asia regions in global innovation index.
ii. Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America and Finland have been placed ahead of Singapore as the top 5 in the index.
iii. Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands and Germany follow, including in the top 10 most innovative economies.

2. L&T BAGS CONTRACT TO CONVERT NAGPUR INTO INTEGRATED SMART CITY
i. Larsen & Toubro has been identified as Implementation Partner to convert Nagpur into the country's first large-scale integrated Smart City.
ii. The goal of building a smart city is to improve the quality of life by using technology to improve the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs.

3. CHINA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES WORLD'S FIRST QUANTUM SATELLITE
i. China today successfully launched the world's first quantum satellite which boasts of establishing hack-proof communications between space and the ground .
ii. It is equipped with security features to prevent wiretapping and intercepts.
iii. The satellite nicknamed "Micius" was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.

4.  FIRST SPEAKER OF DELHI ASSEMBLY CHARTI LAL GOEL PASSES AWAY
i. Charti Lal Goel, the first speaker of the Delhi Assembly has passed away today after prolonged illness.
ii. Charti Lal, 89, breathed his last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

5. USAIN BOLT WINS GOLD IN MEN'S 100 METERS IN RIO OLYMPICS
i. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has won gold in the 100-metre final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
ii. He became the first man to win the event 3 times at consecutive Olympic Games.
iii. Bolt won the race in 9.81 seconds.


CURRENT AFFAIRS GK QUIZ BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

1.   WHAT IS THE POSITION OF INDIA IN GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX?
a. 60
b. 66
c. 61
d. 69
2.  WHICH CITY OF INDIA IS GOING TO BECOME INDIA’S 1ST LARGE SCALE INTEGRATED SMART CITY?
a. Pune
b. Nasik
c. Nagpur
d. Mumbai
3. NAME THE WORLD’S FIRST QUANTUM SATELLITE?
a. Micius
b. Licius
c. Bicius
d. Emicius
4. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED WORLD’S FIRST QUANTUM SATELLITE?
a. USA
b. Korea
c. Japan
d. China
5. WHO WAS THE FIRST SPEAKER OF DELHI ASSEMBLY?
a. Charati Lal Goel
b. Nanawati Goel
c. Aswin Kumar Goel
d. Lal Manohar Goel

ANSWERS:

1) B               2) C                 3) A                4) D                5) A 

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 16 AUG 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 16 AUG 2016
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1. NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI, SONAM KAPOOR WIN TOP AWARDS AT IFF MELBOURNE
i. Bollywood star actors Sonam Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui bagged the best actress and best actor awards at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2016.
ii. The theme for this year 2016 is ‘Women Empowerment’. Angry India Goddesses, will bring the curtains down for the festival.
Award winners are:
1. Best Actor (Male) – Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Raman Raghav
2. Best Actor (Female) – Sonam Kapoor for Neerja
3. Best Film Award – Kapoor & Sons
4. Best Indie Film – Thithi
5. Best Director – Shakun Batra
6. Indian Film Festival Excellence in Cinema Award(lifetime achievement award) – Rishi Kapoor.

2. SOUTH INDIAN BANK, SBI CARD TO LAUNCH CO-BRANDED CREDIT CARD
i. Kochi Based leading private sector Lender South Indian Bank and SBI Card, one of India's leading Credit Card issuers, announced the launch of co-branded credit cards for the customers of South Indian Bank.
ii. Through this alliance South Indian Bank and SBI Card will launch two variants of credit card on VISA platform, namely South Indian Bank Platinum SBI Card and South Indian Bank SimplySAVE SBI Card.

3. IRDAI SLAPS RS 35 LAKH FINE ON BHARTI AXA GENERAL INSURANCE
i. IRDAI has imposed Rs 35 lakh fine on Bharti AXA General Insurance Co Ltd for violation of various norms including outsourcing activities and corporate governance guidelines.
ii. The fine is based on violation related with an inspection finding during December 2012 to March 2013.

4. SMART GANGA CITY PROGRAMME LAUNCHED IN 10 CITIES
i. Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has jointly launched 'Smart Ganga City' programme in 10 cities located along Ganga to set up Sewage Treatment Plants.
ii. The plans are started to improve drainage network there on hybrid annuity mode on public private partnership basis.
iii. These cities has been chosen by the National Mission for Clean Ganga.

5. INDIAN ACE WINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN SQUASH
i. India squash queen Dipika Pallikal won the Australian Open squash title by beating Mayar Hany of Egypt
ii. Pallikal stands on 10th in ranking table and this is Dipika’s 11th  title.

6. NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS’ INSURANCE POLICY UNVEILED
i. New India Assurance Co and india nuclear insurance pool will issue the policy and administer the claims on behalf of the pool.
ii. INIP is the 27th global nuclear insurance pool which was launched by General Insurance Corporation of India in association with non-life.
iii. This pool provides capacity for insurance coverage to operators and suppliers for any nuclear liability towards third party.

7. CLRI SCIENTIST BAGS A P J ABDUL KALAM AWARD
i. Central Leather Research Institute's Principal Scientist P Shanmugam has bagged the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award for meritorious services in the Higher Education Department of Tamil Nadu .
ii. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa presented the award comprising a certificate, Rs. 5 lakh cheque and 8 gram gold medal.

CURRENT AFFAIRS GK QUIZ BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

1. NAME THE DIRECTOR OF THE FILM “KAPOOR & SONS”?
a. Karan Johar
b. Sanjay Leela Bhansali
c. Shakun Batra
d. None of these
2. SBI IS LAUNCHING CO-BRANDED CREDIT CARD WITH WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING BANKS?
a. South Indian Bank
b. Punjab National Bank
c. Karnataka Bank
d. Bandhan Bank
3. IN HOW MANY CITIES “SMART GANGA CITY” PROGRAMME HAS BEEN LAUNCHED?
a. 15
b. 10
c. 16
d. 19
4. INDIAN ACE CHAMPION “DIPIKA PALLIKAL” HAS DEFEATED WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES PLAYER?
a. China
b. Greece
c. Egypt
d. Malaysia
5. DR. APJ ABDUL KALAM AWARD HAS BEEN GIVEN TO WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING?
a. P. Shanmugam
b. S. Chandran
c. IR Iyer
d. None of these

ANSWERS:

1) C   2) A     3) B     4) C     5) A

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15 AUG 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15 AUG 2016
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1. HINDUSTAN COPPER LIMITED INAUGURATES COUNTRY'S FIRST FACILITY TO PRODUCE NICKEL
i. Hindustan Copper Limited has inaugurated the country's first facility to produce nickel.
ii. The company is totally dependent on imports for this metal.
iii. The new Plant is located at the company's Indian Copper Complex at Ghatshila in Jharkhand.
iv. The capacity of the plant is initially poised to be 50 tonnes per annum.
v. Demand of pure nickel in India is around 45,000 tonne

2. PHELPS 3RD TO WIN GOLD IN THE SAME EVENT AT 4 OLYMPICS
i. Michael Phelps won the gold medal in the 200m individual .
ii. He become the third athlete to win an individual Gold in the same event at four Olympics.
iii. He won the first medal in 2004 olymic then in 2008, 2012 and now in 2016.

3. NO RAIL BUDGET FROM NEXT FISCAL
i. The 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate Rail Budget is set to come to an end from the next fiscal.
ii. The proposal was made by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s merge it with the General Budget.
iii. Finance Ministry has now constituted a five-member committee comprising senior officials of the Ministry and the national transporter to work out the modalities for the merger.
iv. The committee has been asked to submit its report by August 31.

4. E-VERIFYING WITHOUT NET BANKING
i. After Punjab National Bank and United Bank of India, more banks are likely to soon start a facility wherein an account holder can verify his income tax return on e-filing site even without having netbanking.
ii. Electronic Verification Code can be generated by pre-validating the bank account on the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department.
iii. CBDT said EVC can be generated by pre-validating a Demat Account on the e-filing portal.

5. 6,900 KM GAS PIPELINES TO CONNECT BANGLADESH, MYANMAR, INDIA
i. The government has planned to lay 6,900 km of gas pipelines linking Bangladesh, Myanmar, most north-eastern states, and West Bengal.
ii. Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation  and Indian Oil Corporation signed an agreement to jointly set up a LPG terminal plant in Chittagong port city which will help pipe gas to the north-eastern states.

6.USA WINS 1,000TH OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL
i. Simone Manuel anchored the U.S. women's 4x100 metres medley relay team to the 1,000th gold medal in her country's summer Olympic history, and the second of her career.
ii. Australia won the silver, with Cate Campbell touching out just 0.01 ahead of bronze medallists Denmark.

7. UNION MINISTER LAUNCHES CLEAN COOKING FUEL SCHEME FOR BPL WOMEN IN WEST BENGAL
i. Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has launched the Pradhan Mantri UjjwalaYojana in West Bengal to provide clean cooking fuel to the women belonging to the 'Below Poverty Line' households across the country.
ii. PMUY which was launched by the Prime Minister of India on May 1, 2016 at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.
iii. The main aim is to provide LPG connections to 5 Crore BPL households by 2019
  
CURRENT AFFAIRS GK QUIZ BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

1. “HINDUSTAN COPPER LIMITED” HAS INAUGURATED A COMPANY FOR THE PRODUCTION OF WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING METALS?
a. Copper
b. Nickle
c. Aluminium
d. Lead
2. THE MOST DECORATED OLYMPIAN “MICHAEL PHELPS” BELONGS TO WHICH NATION?
a. Sweden
b. Canada
c. Britain
d. USA
3. WITHOUT NET BANKING, AN ACCOUNT HOLDER CAN VERIFY WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION?
a. KYC Norms
b. Fund Transfer
c. Income tax return
d. Rate of Interest on FDs
4. RECENTLY, INDIAN OIL CORPORATION HAS SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES TO SETUP A LPG PLANT IN NORTH EASTERN STATES?
a. Bangladesh
b. Bhutan
c. China
d. Mayanmar
5. IN WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING STATES CLEAN COOKING FUEL SCHEME FOR BPL WOMEN ARE LAUNCHED?
a. Bihar
b. Odisha
c. West Bengal
d. Jammu & Kashmir

ANSWERS:
1) B     2) D    3) C     4) A     5) C


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14 AUG 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14 AUG 2016
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1. INDIA'S FIRST TOUCH-AND-FEEL GARDEN FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED INAUGRATED
i. A first-of-its-kind touch and feel garden for the visually impaired people in the country was inaugurated near Calicut University campus in Kerala.
ii. The garden has nearly 70 aromatic, medicinal and herbal plants brought from various parts the country.
iii. The visually impaired can study the plants not only by touching, feeling and smelling them but also getting information about them through audio inputs.

2. RBI TRANSFERS RS 65,876 CRORE SURPLUS TO GOVERNMENT
i. The Reserve Bank will transfer to the central government its surplus profit of Rs 65,876 crore.
ii. The approval to transfer the surplus was taken at the meeting of the Central Board of the RBI, chaired by Governor Raghuram Rajan.
iii. The surplus is generated through RBI's investment activities,lke sovereign bonds and  T-bills.

3.  PUNJAB CM BADAL INAUGURATES FIRST 'SEWA KENDRA' IN PUNJAB
i. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has inaugurated city’s first Sewa Kendra at Ladhewali today where people will be able to avail services under one roof.
ii. A total of 2,147 Sewa Kendras has been constructed at a cost of Rs 500 crore.
iii. The Kendra's were being started to minimise public interaction with various offices and weeding out corruption besides enhancing the efficiency of the administration and delivery of services to common people.

4. ASSAM BECOMES THE FIRST STATE TO RATIFY GST
i. Assam has become the first state to ratify the Goods and Services Tax Constitutional Amendment Bill.
ii. The Parliament had earlier cleared the bill to usher in a uniform tax regime throughout the country.
iii. The bill is neded to be ratified by at least 15 states to make it a law.
iv. The Centre seeks to roll-out the GST by April 1, 2017.

5. 12-DAY LONG KRISHNA PUSHKAR FESTIVAL BEGINS ON GRAND NOTE IN TELANGANA & AP
i. A 12-day long Krishna Pushkar festival began in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh started on a grand note today.
ii. The festival comes once in every 12 years.
iii. Telangana government has made arrangements for about three crore people.

6. NABARD SANCTIONS RS 26.06 CRORE TO PUNJAB
i. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has sanctioned Rs 26.06 crore to the Punjab government.
ii. The fund has been sanctioned for tackling waterlogging by constructing lift schemes in low-lying areas, village ponds, and other allied works.
iii. The project will provide help to 87 villages of Muktsar and Fazilka districts.


CURRENT AFFAIRS GK QUIZ BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

1.  INDIA’S FIRST TOUCH-AND-FEEL GARDEN FOR VISUALLY DISABLE PEOPLE IS INAUGURATED BY?
a. Chief Minister of Kerela
b. Governor of Kerela
c. Health Minister of Kerela
d. Assembly Speaker of Kerela
2. NAME THE RECENTLY APPOINTED DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF RBI?
a. HR Khan
b. NS Vishwanathan
c. UK Sinha
d. R Gandhi
3. WHAT IS THE CAPITAL OF PUNJAB?
a. Chandigarh
b. Ludhiana
c. Amritsar
d. Jalandhar
4. GST BILL IS RATIFIED IN HOW MANY STATES TO BECOME A LAW?
a. 19
b. 20
c. 15
d. 18
5. WHO IS THE CEO OF NABARD?
a. SK Munjal
b. MN Sinha
c. Viswajeet Singh
d. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala
6. THE HEADQUARTERS OF NABARD ARE LOCATED AT?
a. Lucknow
b. New Delhi
c. Mumbai
d. Chandigarh
ANSWERS:

1) D    2) B     3) A     4) C     5) D    6) C

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