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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24TH MAY 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1. SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL LAUNCHES SARAL EINDHAN VITARAN APPLICATION APP
i. Union Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal launched the Saral Eindhan Vitaran Application.
ii. SEVA is aimed at increasing the Consumer Connect as well as the Transparency and Accountability in Coal dispatch. SEVA Dashboard provides summary of quantity of coal dispatched along with grades for the given day, month, and the latest yearly updates as well.
iii. SEVA has been developed by Coal India Limited.

2. MAHARASHTRA GOVT FORMS ‘GOOD MORNING SQUAD’ TO MONITOR OPEN DEFECATION
i. The Maharashtra government has decided to form ‘good morning’ squads to curb open defecation in all villages and districts across the State.
ii. The squads will comprise representatives of local bodies, NGOs, self-help groups, students and social workers working in the area of sanitation and cleanliness.

3. INDIA BECOMES 2ND LARGEST STEEL PRODUCER IN THE WORLD
i. According to the International Stainless Steel Forum in May 2017 India overtook Japan to become the 2nd-largest steel producer in the world in 2016.
ii. The data was released by the International Stainless Steel Forum at annual conference in Tokyo, Japan. The top producer of the steel of the world in the year 2016 is China.
iii. India’s stainless steel production rose to 3.32 million tons for 2016. The data showed a growth of about 9% over 3.0 million tons achieved in 2015.

4. PM MODI LAYS FOUNDATION STONE FOR SIX PROJECTS OF KANDLA PORT TRUST
i. PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for 6 projects related to development of Kandla port. It’s total cost worth Rs 993 cr.
ii. The projects include a convention centre named after Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar. The Kandla Port Trust is named after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, who stood for the uplift of all sections of the society.

5. 2ND INDIA-OPEC INSTITUTIONAL DIALOGUE HELD IN VIENNA AUSTRIA
i. Dharmendra Pradhan – Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, co-chaired the 2nd India-OPEC Institutional Dialogue at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
ii. Bilateral issues of mutual interest were also discussed at a delegation level dialogue.

6. PAYTM LAUNCHES PAYMENTS BANK
i. Paytm became 3rd entity (after Airtel Payments Bank and India Post Payments Bank) to commence operation as Payments Bank. However, services of Paytm Payments Bank are currently available only via invitation.
More Details about Paytm Payments Bank:
i. The first physical branch of Paytm Payments Bank is in Noida.
ii. Over the next two years, Rs. 400 crore will be invested to build the banking network. One97 Communications (Paytm Payments Bank’s parent company) has already invested Rs. 220 crore.

7. ISRO AND NASA COLLABORATE TO BUILD EARTH – IMAGING SATELLITE NISAR
i. ISRO and NASA will collaborate to build Earth – imaging satellite NISAR. It has launched the world’s biggest and most expensive earth imaging satellite.
ii. The satellite has been named NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar. It is an L-band 24 centimetre RADAR and S-band 13 centimetre.
iii. The satellite will take weekly snapshots of earth, using the two radars. It will provide time lapse images of the motion of tectonic plates, ice sheets and changes in vegetation over land in agriculture and forests.

8. ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES HAS SIGNED A $630 MILLION DEAL WITH THE INDIA
i. Israel Aerospace Industries has signed a $ 630 million deal with the Indian State-owned aerospace and defense company Bharat Electronics Limited.
ii. Israel’s Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missile system was successfully tested aboard an Indian Navy ship. This deal was a part of the Make in India initiative, BEL will be used as the main contractor for the project.

9. UNION HOME MINISTER RELEASES THE BOOK ‘INDIA 2017 YEARBOOK’ AUTHORED BY RAJIV MEHRISHI
i. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has released the book ‘India 2017 Yearbook’. It is authored by the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.
ii. The book was published by the McGraw Hill Education India. The book will help for gaining comprehensive knowledge of Indian history, economy, social fabric and current affairs.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING LAUNCHED ‘SARAL EINDHAN VITARAN APPLICATION’ AIMED AT INCREASING THE CONSUMER CONNECT AS WELL AS THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN COAL DISPATCH?
a)  Radha Mohan Singh
b)  Nitin Gadkari
c)  Venkaiah Naidu
d)  Piyush Goyal
Q2. ACCORDING TO DATA RELEASED BY THE INTERNATIONAL STAINLESS STEEL FORUM, INDIA HAS EMERGED AS THE ______ LARGEST STAINLESS STEEL PRODUCER IN THE WORLD AFTER CHINA?
a)  sixth largest
b)  fourth largest
c)  second largest
d)  third largest
Q3. 2ND INDIA-OPEC INSTITUTIONAL DIALOGUE WAS HELD ON MAY 22, 2017 IN:
a)  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
b)  Vienna, Austria
c)  Dubai, UAE
d)  Toronto, Canada
Q4. JAPAN IS GOING TO BUILD A WORLD WAR – II MUSEUM IN WHICH INDIAN STATE?
a)  Manipur
b)  Arunachal Pradesh
c)  Meghalaya
d)  Tripura
Q5. WHICH AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS BECOME THE THIRD ENTITY TO COMMENCE OPERATIONS AS PAYMENTS BANK?
a)  Aditya Birla Nuvo Payments Bank
b)  Vodafone M-Pesa Payments Bank
c)  Paytm Payments Bank
d)  FINO PayTech Payments Bank

ANSWERS:

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

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