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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24TH MAY 2017
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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.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23RD MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23RD MAY 2017
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1. RAILWAY MINISTER SURESH PRABHU FLAGS OFF HIGH-SPEED TEJAS EXPRESS BETWEEN MUMBAI-GOA
i. The luxurious train, Tejas Express set to be running between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Karmali in North Goa.
ii. Tejas Express has ultra-modern facilities like LED TV, wi-fi, CCTV etc. The Tejas Express would operate between Mumbai and Karmali 5 days a week during non-monsoon period and during monsoon, just 3 days a week.
iii. It has 20 coaches – one executive AC chair car with 56 seating capacity and 12 AC chair cars with 78 seat capacity of each coach. It is a super-fast train, which will run at a speed of 130 kmph.

2. KARNATAKA BANK AND LIC INK PACT
Karnataka Bank Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Life Insurance Corporation of India for selling life insurance products of LIC.
ii. With this MoU the bank will provide the abundance choices of life insurance products to its customers across all its 769 branches. The bank signed the corporate agency agreement with LIC in Mangaluru, Karnataka.

3. HDFC LIFE LAUNCHES AI-BASED INSURANCE EMAIL BOT ‘SPOK’
i. HDFC Life has announced the launch of an artificial intelligence-based application named SPOK.
ii. The app can automatically read, understand, prioritise, categorise and respond to customer emails sent to the private insurer. SPOK is an insurance email bot that can read customer queries within milliseconds and respond to them.
iii. SPOK will help organization in increasing operational efficiency. It will enable the company to respond to user queries faster, more efficiently and effectively.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 22ND MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 22ND MAY 2017
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1. 2017 ARCTIC ENERGY SUMMIT HELD IN FINLAND
i. The 2017 Arctic Energy Summit will be held in Helsinki, Finland. It will be hosted by the Institute of the North and Finland Ministry of Economy and Employment.
ii. The 2017 Arctic Energy Summit builds on the Sustainable Development Working Group’s. It addresses energy as a fundamental element of the sustainable development of the  2017 Arctic Energy Summit Arctic, and occurs during Finland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
iii. The AES is a multi-disciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, policy makers, academics, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy issues.

2. INDIA’S ANSHU JAMSENPA BECOMES 1ST INDIAN WOMAN TO CONQUER MT EVEREST TWICE WITHIN 5 DAYS
i. India’s Anshu Jamsenpa has become the 1st woman to conquer Mount Everest twice within five days.
ii. Jamsenpa set the world record becoming the first woman climber to make double ascent in five days’ time. She is also the 1st Indian woman to scale Mt Everest for the 5th time.
iii. Brij Mohan Sharma, popularly known as Breeze Sharma has become the 1st civilian from the Indian Navy to summit Mount Everest.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21ST MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21ST MAY 2017
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1. JOINT HADR EXERCISE COMMENCES AT NAVAL STATION KARWAR
i. The Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise began on 18 May. The exercise is being conducted by Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command.
ii. It is named as ‘Karavali Karunya’. It involves both professional exchange and actual disaster response mechanisms which is set on a Tsunami disaster scenario.
iii. It will help in providing relief in a post-tsunami scenario and work together with armed forces, central government agencies and state government departments. There will also be a demonstration using aircraft, a pollution control ship and survey ships.

2. G20 LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT MINISTERS’ MEET HELD IN GERMANY
i. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meet was held in Bad Neuenahr, Germany from 18-19 May 2017. Germany chaired the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meet, as it currently holds the G20 presidency.
ii. The meeting focused on the theme “Towards an Inclusive Future – Shaping the World of Work”.
iii. The Indian delegation to G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meet in Germany was led by Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya.

3. INDIAN PRASHANT RANGANATHAN WINS TOP INTEL SCIENCE AWARD IN US
i. An Indian boy Prashant Ranganathan has won the top Intel Science Award in US. It is the world’s largest pre-college science competition in the US.
ii. Prashant has won in the category of environmental engineering for his project on bio-degradation of pesticides. Prashant Ranganathan along with 1700 students from across the world has participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

4. AIR MARSHAL PN PRADHAN APPOINTED AS DEPUTY CHIEF OF INTEGRATED DEFENCE STAFF
i. Air Marshal PN Pradhan appointed as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations).
ii. Pradhan was closely associated with the induction and operationalisation of Embraer-135 and C-130 fleets in the Indian Air Force. He was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014.
iii. PN Pradhan was commissioned as a pilot in Indian Air Force in 1981.

Friday, May 26, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20TH MAY 2017
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1. GST COUNCIL FINALISES TAX RATES ON 80-90% GOODS, SERVICES
i. The Goods and Services Tax Council headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising representatives of all states has finalised tax rates on 80-90% of goods and services under 4 brackets (5%, 12%, 18% and 28%). Essential items of daily use have been kept in the lowest bracket of 5%.
ii. The GST Council also approved 7 set of rules for the Goods and Services Tax regime that will be rolled out from July 1, 2017. GST will replace 16 current levies (7 central taxes and 9 state taxes), consequentially
iii. GST rates on 6 categories of products—gold, bio-diesel, footwear, beedi and cigarettes, textiles and agricultural implements—will be finalised in council’s next meeting scheduled to be held in Delhi.

2. PALESTINE PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS 4 DAY VISIT TO INDIA
i. Mahmoud Abbas – President of Palestine, arrived in India for a 4-day official visit. During the course of his visit, Mr. Abbas held extensive talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi on key bilateral, regional and international issues including the Middle East peace process.
ii. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas presented a mosaic and an artwork to PM Narendra Modi with his name written in it in Arabic.
ii. India and Palestine signed five MoUs

3. INDIA RANKS AT 154, BELOW SRI LANKA AND BANGLADESH, ON HEALTHCARE INDEX
i. India has ranked 154th among 195 countries on healthcare index in Lancet medical journal’s report titled ‘Global Burden of Disease’. Perfo rmance of countries was assessed for a period of 25 years from 1990-2015, based on death rates from 32 diseases that could be avoided by effective medical care.
ii. This study has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Indian healthcare industry has been growing at a phenomenal rate. During 2008-20, it is expected to clock a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 16.5%.The industry size is expected to touch US$ 280 billion by year 2020.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19TH MAY 2017
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1. NITI AAYOG HOLDS THE FIRST SAMAVESH MEETING
i. 1st meeting of the National Steering Group and other knowledge partners was held in NITI Aayog. This meeting was co-chaired by CEO of NITI Aayog- Amitabh Kant and Ratan P Watal – Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog.
ii. This meeting is the 1st ever initiative to bring the large number of institutions from diverse domain to deliberate together on the road map for inclusive development in India.

2. BSNL SIGNS MOU WITH FACEBOOK, MOBIKWIK, AND DISNEY LAND INDIA
i. BSNL has inked agreements with Facebook, MobiKwik and Disney Land in order to popularize the internet and its value added services among its customers.
ii. BSNL has signed a MoU with Disney Land India to offer premium online gaming services to its mobile customers. According to the agreement Facebook, BSNL will facilitate connectivity for Facebook’s `Express Wi-Fi Program’.
iii. The service of Express Wi-Fi is now available via 700 hotspots across 4 states of Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Meghalaya.
iv. BSNL and MobiKwik will work together to create a BSNL mobile wallet to facilitate payment for its products and services. MobiKwik will also provide digital sale of BSNL SIM cards through its app and website.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17TH & 18TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17TH & 18TH MAY 2017
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1. PM MODI LAUNCHES NARMADA SEVA MISSION IN MADHYA PRADESH
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Narmada Seva Mission’, which enlists steps to be taken for the conservation of the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh.
ii. Prime Minister launched this mission document at the concluding ceremony of the ‘Namami Devi Narmade Sewa Yatra’ at Amarkantak in Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh.
iii. ‘Namami Devi Narmade Sewa Yatra’, an awareness campaign for conservation of River Narmada was launched by Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on December 11, 2016 from Amarkantak.

2. WEST BENGAL MAKES BENGALI MANDATORY IN ALL SCHOOLS
i. The West Bengal government has made the Bengali language mandatory in all schools. It was declared by the State’s Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.
ii. The Bengali language is compulsory for all schools including English medium.The students who select any of the other languages as their first language would need  to pick up two other languages, among which one would have to be Bengali.

3. AP, SINGAPORE IN PACT FOR DEVELOPING AMARAVATI STARTUP AREA
i. Andhra Pradesh govt. inked a pact with Singapore for developing an area of 6.84 km at capital Amaravati as startup area.
ii. The Pact between the governments of Andhra Pradesh and Singapore include economic development, master development of the startup area in Amaravati.
iii. It will promote bilateral trade and investments and enhancing capacities of government departments. A high Level Joint Implementation Steering Committee will be formed for speedy implementation of the project.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 13 & 14 MAY

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 13 & 14 MAY

1. WHICH CITY WILL HOST BIGGEST EVER INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY EVENT ON THE JUNE 21, 2017?
a) Ahmedabad
b) Kochi
c) Varanasi
d) Jaipur

ANS - A
2. NATIONAL HIGHWAYS AUTHORITY OF INDIA HAS RAISED RS. ____ CR THROUGH MASALA BONDSAT LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE?
a) Rs. 2000 crore
b) Rs. 5000 crore
c) Rs. 4000 crore
d) Rs. 3000 crore

ANS - D
3. WHICH FORMER INDIAN CRICKETER HAS BEEN RECENTLY AWARDED AN HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP TO THE MARYLEBONE CRICKET CLUB?
a) Anil Kumble
b) Javagal Srinath
c) VVS Laxman
d) Ajay Jadeja

ANS - C
4. HUBERT MINNIS HAS BEEN ELECTED AS NEW PRIME MINISTER OF?
a) Mexico
b) Bahamas
c) Cuba
d) Peru

ANS - B
5. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN ELECTED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF FIFA GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE?
a) Justice Vishwas Rao
b) Justice Manish Oswal
c) Justice Anath Parekh
d) Justice Mukul Mudgal

ANS - D
6.  UNION HOME MINISTER RAJNATH SINGH, CHAIRED THE NORTHERN ZONAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN?
a) Chandigarh
b) Amritsar
c) New Delhi
d) Shimla

ANS - A
7.  DISHA MICROFIN, HAS RECEIVED FINAL LICENSE FROM THE RESERVE BANK OF INDIA TO SET UP A SMALL FINANCE BANK. IT WILL COMMENCE OPERATION FROM JULY 2017 UNDER THE NAME OF?
a) Micro Nivesh Small Finance Bank
b) Pragati Small Finance Bank
c) Fincare Small Finance Bank
d) Unnati Small Finance Bank

ANS - C
8.  WHICH AMONG THE FOLLOWING WILL BE THE FIRST INDIAN CITY TO GET ELECTRIC RADIO CABS?
a) Bengaluru
b) Kolkata
c) Hyderabad
d) Nagpur

ANS - D
9.  THE APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE OF THE CABINET HAS APPROVED APPOINTMENT OF SENIOR BUREAUCRATS ________AND _______AS MEMBERS IN THE CENTRAL BOARD OF EXCISE AND CUSTOMS?
a) R K Mahajan and Sudhir Krishnan
b) R K Mahajan and Mahender Singh
c) Lokesh Reddy and Mahender Singh
d) Mahender Singh and Sudhir Krishnan

ANS - B
10.  WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS CHANCELLOR OF JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY FOR A FIVE-YEAR TERM?
a) Arjun Nehwal
b) Pravin Mehta
c) V K Saraswat
d) Pramit Joshi

ANS - C


Saturday, May 20, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15TH – 16TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15TH – 16TH MAY 2017
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1. GOA GOVT TO SIGN MOU UNDER PMBJP FOR SUBSIDISED MEDICINES
i. Goa government has decided to sign memorandum of understanding with the Centre under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana to provide subsidised medicines in the state.
ii. The MoU will be signed in June 2017 in presence of CM of Goa, Mahohar Parrikar. Under this MoU, all pharmacy stores run by Goa State Govt. would be converted into ‘Jan Aushadi Kendra’ in a phased manner.
iii. ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’ has been launched by Department of Pharmaceuticals, under Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through special points referred to as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra.

2. FIRST VIDESH SAMPARK HELD IN TELANGANA
i. 1st outreach programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, ‘Videsh Sampark’ was hosted in Telangana. The conference was held in Hyderabad. It was inaugurated by Gen. V.K. Singh – Minister of State for External Affairs.
ii. The objective of ‘Videsh Sampark’ conference is to involve State Governments in creating awareness on the schemes and initiatives launched by Ministry of External Affairs pertaining to consular and passport services, engagement with overseas Indians, and welfare and protection of overseas Indians.

3. ISKCON’S GOVARDHAN ECO VILLAGE WINS SMART VILLAGE AWARD
i. Maharashtra’s Govardhan Eco Village has won the “Smart Village” award for being a sustainable project in rural Maharashtra.
ii. The India Trade Promotion Organisation’s award was recieved by Nimai Lila Das to Chief Sustainability Officer of Govardhan Eco Village, in New Delhi.
iii. Eco Village was set up by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in adjoining Thane district. It is a farm community and retreat centre spread over a scenic landscape of 100 acres at Galtare in Wada taluka.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14TH MAY 2017
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1. RAJNATH SINGH CHAIRS NORTHERN ZONAL COUNCIL MEETING IN CHANDIGARH
i. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the 28th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council on 11th of May in Chandigarh. The 27th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council was held at New Delhi.
ii. North Zonal Council comprises the Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Rajasthan.
iii. 5 Zonal Councils – Central, Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern—have been established under the State Reorganisation Act, 1956.
iv. A zonal council will be the matter of common interest in economic and social planning border disputes, linguistic minorities or inter-state transport.

2. NAGPUR WILL BE THE 1ST INDIAN CITY TO GET ELECTRIC RADIO CABS
i. Nagpur will be the 1st Indian city to get electric radio cabs. It will be started from 24th of May. It will be launched by Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari.
ii. The Project will be undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation.and is the 1st project of its kind in the country. It is a method to tackle increasing pollution in the country.
iii. The pilot project will see around 200 e-cabs in Nagpur with the local body to provide for the charging stations across the city. It will promote the usage of electric and hybrid vehicles in India as the country is moving towards its goal of going all electric by 2030.

3. PM NARENDRA MODI’S TWO DAY VISIT TO SRI LANKA
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a 2-day visit to Sri Lanka. During this visit, he participated in the International Vesak Day celebrations, the biggest festival of Buddhists and attended several other programmes.
ii. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Buddhist Teachings for Social Justice and Sustainable World Peace”.
iii. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a multi-specialty hospital at Dickoya in Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka.

4. 19TH SESSION OF INDIA-ITALY JOINT COMMISSION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION HELD IN ROME
i. 19th Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation held in Rome.
ii. The Joint Commission was co-chaired by the Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman by the Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda.
iii. India’s bilateral trade with Italy during 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 was US $9.32 billion, US $8.28 billion and US $8.80 billion respectively.

5. DISHA MICROFIN GETS FINAL NOD FROM RBI FOR SMALL FINANCE BANK
i. Disha Microfin has received the final license from Reserve Bank to operate as a small finance bank. The Bank will start operations from July this year. The bank will be called Fincare Small Finance Bank.
ii. Its main focus will be on the priority sector and retail segments, and will additionally offer products such as gold loans and affordable housing loans.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13TH MAY 2017
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1. ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA LAUNCHES NATIONAL CONTACT CENTRE
i. The Election Commission of India has launched National Contact Centre.The National Contact Centre is operated on a National Grievance Redressal System Software.
ii. This software is a single window platform to manage complaints and feedback received through calls, SMS, emails and website access in an integrated and time-bound manner.
iii. Each state and UT will also soon setup and operationalize dedicated State Contact Centre and District Contact Centre.
iv. It will ensure seamless flow of information across the contact centers for handling issues/ query from citizens.

2. AHMEDABAD TO HOST BIGGEST EVER INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY EVENT ON JUNE 21
i. Ahmedabad is going to host biggest International Yoga Day event on 21st June. The event will include the participation of 5 Lakh people.
ii. The event would be inaugurated by the state’s CM Vijay Rupani and BJP president Amit Shah.
iii. It would be jointly hosted by the city’s GMDC and AES grounds.

3. UNION ROAD TRANSPORT MINISTER NITIN GADKARI LAUNCHES NHAI’S FIRST MASALA BOND IN UK
i. The National Highways Authority of India has raised Rs. 3000 cr through Masala Bonds at London Stock Exchange. Funds raised through these Masala Bonds will be used for constructing roads and transport infrastructure in India.
ii. The NHAI Masala Bonds issue was launched by Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport Minister in London.
iii. Initially, issue size of NHAI Masala Bonds was Rs. 1500 cr. Owing to positive response from investors, the issue size was raised to Rs. 3000 cr. These bonds will give 3% annual returns to investors.

4. VVS LAXMAN NAMED AN HONORARY LIFE MEMBER OF MCC
i. Former India batsman V V S Laxman was awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club.
ii. Laxman is the 5th Indian to receive the honour, after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan.

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