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1. 94 OUT OF 500 CITIES RATED BY AMRUT
i. As insisted by Mr. M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, 500 cities and towns that account for the 65% of India’s urban population are to be credit rated by Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation. Out of these 500 cities, 94 cities got its rating from AMRUT.
ii. Based on the report released by the Minister, 55 out of 94 cities have got Investment grade ratings which account 59% of the rated cities spread across 14 states. These 500 cities are included in Smart city mission.
2. 2017 NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL CONCLUDED IN KERALA
i .The National Theatre Festival 2017 was held in Tagore Theatre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
ii. The festival was inaugurated by state CM Pinarayi Vijayan at Central School Grounds, Attakkulangara.
iii. The 2017 edition of the festival was dedicated to one of the prominent personality of Indian theatre, the late Kavalam Narayana Panikkar.
3. 2017 INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND CONFERENCE HOSTED BY GJEPC IN MUMBAI
i. The 2017 International Diamond Conference was held at Hotel Hyatt, Mumbai.
ii. The 2 day conclave was organized by Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India.
iii. Its aim is to Bringing together the leading Miners, Diamantaires, Retailers, Bankers and Analysts from across the globe on a platform to discuss the supply and demand issues faced by the Global Diamond Industry.
iv. Theme of the conference was Mines to Market 2017.
v. Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce and Industry (I/C) and Shri. Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, were the chief guests at the event.
4. IREDA TO SANCTION RS 13K CR LOANS FOR RENEWABLE IN FY18
i. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency will sanction a loan worth 13K Cr Rupees for clean energy projects in FY18.
ii. The government of India is aiming at adding around 15 to 16 GW of clean energy projects, including solar and wind.
iii. The total credit market size for clean energy project is around 65K cr rupees.
iv. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited is a Mini Ratna (Category – I) established as a Non-Banking Financial Institution in 1987.
5. HDFC’S ADITYA PURI MAKES INTO WORLD’S 30 BEST CEOS LIST BY BARRON’S
i. Aditya Puri, HDFC Bank Managing Director has made it to the list of the world’s 30 best chief executive officers, published by American financial magazine Barron’s.
ii. The 66-year-old Puri has been placed at 23rd position in the list beating social media giant Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg who is listed on the 30th spot.
iii. Puri has swiftly transformed India’s second-largest private-sector bank into the digital spot for anything money-related.
v. The top position has been secured by Mary Barra of General Motors, Gary Dickerson of Applied Materials is on the 2nd spot.
6. INDIA ENDS WITH 73 MEDALS FROM 2017 SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD WINTER GAMES, AUSTRIA
i. 2017 Special Olympic World Winter Games, is the 12th Special Olympic World Winter Games held in Graz and Schladming, Austria with a motto “Heartbeat for the World”.
ii. Indian team finished in a high note in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games with a triumphing 73 medals: 37 gold, 10 silver and 26 bronze. These games are meant for the specially-able person and India finished as a special team with 89 participants.
7. SEBASTIAN VETTEL BEATS LEWIS HAMILTON TO WIN AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
i. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel beat Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to win the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne.
ii. This is Vettel’s 43rd race victory of his career and 1st victory since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix.
8. 10TH EARTH HOUR: MARCH 25, 2017
i. The 2017 Earth Hour was observed worldwide on March 25. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event.
ii. Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature.
iii. The event is held annually towards the end of March, to encourage individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet and fight climate change.
iv. On the occasion of Earth Hour, the United Arab Emirates celebrated the event under the theme ‘Highlight Climate Action’ joining 7,000 cities and 175 countries and territories.
v. The Dubai’s landmark Burj Khalifa completely shut off all its lights to mark the occasion.
OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS
Q1. WHO IS THE WINNER OF THE 2017 FORMULA 1 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX?
a) Lewis Hamilton
b) Max Verstappen
c) Valtteri Bottas
d) Sebastian Vettel
Q2. HOW MANY MEDALS HAVE BEEN WON BY INDIAN TEAM AT THE 2017 SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD WINTER GAMES?
Q3. THE INDIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY HAS APPROVED LOAN WORTH RS _____ CR FOR CLEAN ENERGY PROJECT IN INDIA FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2017-18.
a) Rs. 20000 cr
b) Rs. 13000 cr
c) Rs. 17000 cr
d) Rs. 15000 cr
Q4. THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND CONFERENCE WAS HELD IN WHICH INDIAN CITY?
d) New Delhi
Q5. WHAT WAS THE THEME OF THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND CONFERENCE?
a) Mines to Market 2017
b) Innovation in Diamond Industry
c) Transparency, Responsibility, Sustainability
d) Higher Heights in Heels
Q6. THE 2017 EARTH HOUR WAS OBSERVED ON ____?
a) March 26
b) March 27
c) March 24
d) March 25
ANS: 1 - D 2 - A 3 - B 4 - C 5 – A 6 - D