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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 3RD FEB 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 3RD FEB 2017
(Daily News India)
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1. AMITABH KANT INAUGURATES INDIA INNOVATION INDEX IN NEW DELHI
i. The Indian Policy Think Tank, NITI Aayog together with Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion  and Confederation of Indian Industry has launched a first of its kind online portal, India Innovation Index in India to rank the states on the basis of innovation.
ii. The Index has been developed by the Indian sides in consultation with the World Economic Forum, the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University, OECD, UNIDO, ILO, UNESCO, ITU and others.
iii .The portal was inaugurated by Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog in New Delhi.
iv. The Index would rank Indian states as per their innovation capability and provide them necessary feedback to build their respective innovation ecosystems and further instill innovation spirit among institutions and people.
v. The index would consider Global Innovation Index indicators and other India–centric data from various states to determine the ranking which will be updated periodically.
vi. These would enable the international agencies to collect India’s up to date data points for ranking global indices.

2. 31ST SURAJKUND INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS MELA BEING HELD IN GURGAON
i. Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurates the 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Gurgaon, Haryana.
ii. 2017 Surajkund International Crafts Mela is known as ‘Cashless Mela’ because all stakeholders have been provided option to opt for cashless transactions
ii. A team of volunteers called ‘Mela Mitra’ are appointed to help and guide visitors for Mela.

3. NEETI MOHAN COLLABORATES WITH UNITED NATIONS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
i. Noted Indian singer Neeti Mohan to collaborate with UN for women empowerment project titled “Music to Inspire – Artists United against Human Trafficking” which is managed by the UNODC.
ii. Neeti is the 1st Indian female singer to collaborate with UN.
iii. She has composed Udne De as a tribute to all the women and in support of equality for all.
iv. Over 60 renowned artists and dignitaries from various countries have collaborated with Rukus Avenue to participate in the “Music to Inspire – Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking


4. INDIA & SRI LANKA SIGNS MOU FOR MULTI-ETHNIC TRI-LINGUAL SECONDARY SCHOOL
i. India and Sri Lanka has signed a MoU for the construction of a multi-ethnic tri-lingual school in a north central district of the island nation.
ii. The school would provide an opportunity to Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim students to learn in a multi-cultural environment and thus promote unity and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
iii. The MoU was signed between Secretary to the Ministry of Education Sunil Hettiarachchi and India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
iv. The Indian Government would provide a grant of SLR 300 million for the island school to be constructed in Polonnaruwa district.
v. Under this project class rooms, library, laboratories would be constructed as well as furniture and other equipment would be procured.

5. HSBC ESTIMATES INDIA’S GDP GROWTH AT 7.1%
i. HSBC has estimated the GDP growth rate of India at 7.1 % for the year 2017-18 which is up from the 6.3 % in the year 2016-17.
ii. The main reason for this increase is cited to sufficient demonetization by April end, thus boosting the consumption level in the country to normal.
iii. Besides, the investment is projected to remain weak within a range of 7.5-8 %.

6. NABARD SANCTIONS RS 157 CR LOAN TO HARYANA FOR DRINKING WATER PROJECT
i. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development sanctioned a loan amount of Rs. 157 cr to the Government of Haryana to undertake drinking water project.
ii. Under this project, the government would undertake drinking water supply scheme in 84 villages of districts Faridabad and Palwal.
iii. Portable drinking water would be supplied in selected villages in blocks Palwal, Prithla and Ballabhgarh from Yamuna flood plain by constructing runny wells and deep tubewells.
iv .The project is likely to benefit 3,06,814 persons.  The loan amount has been sanctioned from the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund.

7. LAKSHYA SEN OF UTTARAKHAND BECOMES WORLD NO. 1 PLAYER IN JUNIOR BADMINTON WORLD FEDERATION JUNIOR RANKINGS
i. Indian badminton player Lakshya Sen has created history becoming World No.1 Rank in Junior Badminton World Federation ranking.
ii. He is the youngest ever player and the 1st ever from Uttarakhand to win the title at senior level.
iii. Lakshya has outclassed Chia Hao Lee of the Chinese Taipei to attain the World no.1 ranking.
iv. Earlier, by 2016 end Lakshya was ranked at 8th spot in the ranking, and was listed in top 3 by 2017 before becoming the No. 1 player.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. THE INDIA INNOVATION INDEX LAUNCHED BY NITI AAYOG HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO RANK WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING?
a)  Entrepreneurs
b)  Financial Institutions
c)  States
d)  Educational Institutions
Q2. WHERE IS THE 31ST SURAJKUND INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS MELA ORGANIZED?
a)  West Bengal
b)  Haryana
c)  Rajasthan
d)  Gujarat
Q3. WHICH INDIAN FEMALE SINGER HAS COLLABORATED WITH UNITED NATION FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROJECT?
a)  Sonu Kakkar
b)  Shewta Pandit
c)  Richa Sharma
d)  Neeti Mohan
Q4. WHAT IS THE PROJECTED GDP GROWTH RATE OF INDIA FOR THE YEAR 2017-18 AS ESTIMATED BY HSBC?
a)  5.7 Percent
b)  8.8 Percent
c)  7.1 Percent
d)  6.9 Percent
Q5. WHICH INDIAN SHUTTLER HAS BEEN RANKED AS THE WORLD NO. 1 PLAYER IN THE LATEST JUNIOR BADMINTON WORLD FEDERATION RANKING?
a)  Lakshya Sen
b)  Aryamann Tandon
c)  Mithun M.
d)  Chirag Sen

ANSWER: 

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

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