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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 MAY 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 MAY 2018
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.      NETHERLANDS PM MARK RUTTE ARRIVES IN INDIA
i. Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Netherlands Mark Rutte has arrived in India for a two-day official visit.
ii.Rutte will participate in the Clean Ganga Event.
iii. Prime Minister Narendra Nodi met with Mark Rutte at Hyderabad House.
iv.Rutte will also attend a CEO roundtable conference at the Hyderabad House.

2.      PRIME MINISTER MODI CHAIRS 26TH PRAGATI INTERACTION
i. Prime Minister had chaired twenty-sixth interaction through PRAGATI.
ii.He Reviewed progress of handling and grievance redressal related to post offices and railways.
iii. The Cabinet under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi also discussed a number of other issues besides financial matters.

3.      INDIA-NEPAL JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE SURYA KIRAN TO BE HELD IN UTTARAKHAND
i. Joint Military Exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIII between India and Nepal will be conducted at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.
ii. Exercise SURYA KIRAN is a biannual event which is conducted alternatively in Nepal and India. 
iii.The aim of this exercise is to conduct battalion level joint training with emphasis on counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain.


4.      SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT TO PROMOTE 2 MAJOR INITIATIVES OF NITI AAYOG
i. NITI Aayog and Sushant Singh Rajput have decided to collaborate towards promoting two major initiatives of NITI Aayog, promotion of BHIM and the Women Entrepreneurship Platform.
ii. The agreement would be signed by Shri Rajput with Ms Anna Roy, Adviser, NITI Aayog in the presence of Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.

5.      SMART CITIES INDIA 2018 EXPO UNDERWAY IN NEW DELHI
i. A three-day Smart Cities India 2018 Expo, began in New Delhi.
ii.The mega event held with a vision to help develop attractive and safe cities that evoke pride, passion and a sense of belonging among citizens.
ii. The five expos are Building India Expo, Solar India Expo, Transport India Expo, Smart Cities India Expo and Water India Expo.

6.      MOBIKWIK LAUNCHES UPI ON PLATFORM, OFFERS OWN VPA HANDLE
i. Leading digital financial services platform, MobiKwik, announced the launch of Unified Payments Interface  on its platform via its own Virtual payment address  handle @ikwik.
ii. MobiKwik is the first in the industry to offer UPI access to a huge base of three million merchants on its app.

7.      NARI SHAKTI PURASKAR 2017 PRESENTED TO INSV TARINI TEAM
i. Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi presented the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017 to the members of the INSV Tarini team in New Delhi.
ii.The Six-member all-women team led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi have received the Puraskar from the Minister.
iii. The crew of the Indian Navy Sailing Vessel 'Tarini' is a part of the Indian Navy’s unique project 'Navika SagarParikrama'.

8.      INDIA STANDS 44TH IN COMPETITIVE RANKINGS, USA TOPPED
i. India rose one place to 44th this year in the global competitive rankings out of 63 countries that were ranked by the IMD World Competitiveness Center.
ii.  China bagged the 13th rank in 2018 as compared to the 18th rank in 2016.
iii. The top 3 most competitive economies in the world are:
1. The USA,
2. Hong Kong,
3. Singapore,

9.      INDIA 145TH IN HEALTHCARE ACCESS, QUALITY, ICELAND TOPPED
i. India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare, according to a Lancet study.
ii. The top 3 countries with the highest levels of healthcare access and quality in 2016:
1. Iceland (97.1 points),
2. Norway (96.6),
3. The Netherlands (96.1).
iii. The countries with the lowest scores:
1. The Central African Republic (18.6),
2. Somalia (19.0),
3. Guinea-Bissau (23.4).

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. NAME THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE KINGDOM OF NETHERLANDS WHO HAS ARRIVED IN INDIA FOR A TWO-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT.
(a) Geert Wilders
(b) Mark Rutte
(c) Willem-Alexander
(d) Jesse Klaver
Q2. NAME THE JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE BETWEEN INDIA AND NEPAL THAT WILL BE CONDUCTED AT PITHORAGARH, UTTARAKHAND.
(a) Surya Kiran-XIII
(b) Prahar- XII
(c) Harimau Shakti- X
(d) Vijay Lakshya- XII
Q3. A THREE-DAY SMART CITIES INDIA 2018 EXPO HAS BEGUN RECENTLY IN _____________ TO HELP DEVELOP ATTRACTIVE AND SAFE CITIES THAT EVOKE PRIDE, PASSION AND A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG CITIZENS.
(a) Mumbai
(b) Jaisalmer
(c) Jaipur
(d) New Delhi
Q4. NAME THE LEADING DIGITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES PLATFORM WHICH HAS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THE LAUNCH OF UNIFIED PAYMENTS INTERFACE (UPI) ON ITS PLATFORM VIA ITS OWN VIRTUAL PAYMENT ADDRESS (VPA) HANDLE.
(a) MobiKwik
(b) Paytm
(c) Freecharge
(d) Oxygen
Q5. INDIA RAISED ONE PLACE TO _______________ THIS YEAR IN THE GLOBAL COMPETITIVE RANKINGS OUT OF 63 COUNTRIES THAT WERE RANKED BY THE IMD WORLD COMPETITIVENESS CENTER.
(a) 34th
(b) 44th
(c) 40th
(d) 30th

ANSWERS:
1-b      2-a      3-d      4-a      5-b

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