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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 3RD JUNE 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 3RD JUNE 2017
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1. VARANASI TO GET INDIA’S FIRST FREIGHT VILLAGE
i. India’s 1st ‘freight village’ will be developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
ii. The freight village, a one-of-its-kind infrastructure platform, will attract companies that require logistics services and can cluster to improve their competitiveness.
iii. The facility will come around the proposed multi-modal terminal adjacent to the city on the banks of the river Ganga.
iv. This will allow relocation of retailers, warehouse operators and logistics service providers supplying the regional FMCG market.

2. PUNJAB & UK JOIN HANDS TO PROMOTE SKILL DEVELOPMENT
i. The United Kingdom and the Punjab government join hands for imparting skill training and technical education to the students to provide better employment opportunities in abroad. Under this agreement, the UK would send skill development experts to Punjab to impart technical education and skill development training.
ii. It was announced by Charanjit Singh Channi, Technical Education Minister with Britain Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Ayre at Chandigarh.
iii. The Punjab Government is planning to focus on providing quality education to the students to get jobs in the leading industries around the world.

3. US TO WITHDRAW FROM PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT: DONALD TRUMP
i. President Donald Trump has announced that he would withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change.
ii. Trump stated that the Paris accord would weaken the U.S. economy, cost U.S. jobs, and weaken American national sovereignty.
iii. Trump also said that the Paris accord has put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world.
iv. Paris Climate Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

4. ECONOMY EXPECTED TO GROW BY 7.5 PER CENT IN CURRENT FISCAL: NITI AAYOG
i. Arvind Panagariya, an economic adviser has said India’s economic growth is expected to grow by 7.5 % in this fiscal year.
ii. Asia’s third-largest economy grew by 7.1% year-on-year in 2016-17, slower than 8 percent growth a year ago.
iii. Panagariya, a vice-chairman of the government’s main economic advisory body said on a conference that economic growth would accelerate further to above 8 % by 2019.

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MONTHLY GK CAPSULE (NEWSPAPER ANALYSIS) May 2017

Monthly GK Capsules of May 2017
Here is the new Monthly GK Capsules. This time we are going to share official PDF file of AAA-Bright Academy which contains Monthly GK updates of May 2017. So if you are preparing for any Government, Bank, Railways, SSC Examination this PDF file is very helpful to you. All the best to all participants for the upcoming Examination.

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 1 & 2 JUNE

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ – 1 & 2 JUNE

1. DEFENCE MINISTER ARUN JAITLEY INAUGURATED (THROUGH VIDEO-LINK) A GRID-CONNECTED SOLAR POWER PLANT OF 16 MW CAPACITY AT THE ORDINANCE FACTORY IN?
a) Andhra Pradesh
b) Haryana
c) Bihar
d) Telangana

ANS - D
2. THE INDIAN MOBILE CONGRESS WILL BE HELD FROM 27TH – 29TH SEPTEMBER 2017, IN WHICH CITY?
a) Kolkata
b) Mumbai
c) Delhi
d) Kochi

ANS - C
3. UNION MINISTRY OF EARTH SCIENCES HAS ANNOUNCED THAT INDIA IS ALL SET TO LAUNCH ‘DEEP OCEAN MISSION’BY?
a) April 2018
b) Janaury 2018
c) June 2018
d) July 2017

ANS - B
4. 70TH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY WAS HELD FROM 22ND TO 31ST MAY 2017 IN?
a)Geneva, Switzerland
b) London, UK
c) Paris, France
d) New York, US

ANS - A
5. WHICH PUBLIC SECTOR BANK SIGNED A $100 MILLION LOAN AGREEMENT WITH ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK TO FINANCE LARGE SOLAR ROOFTOP SYSTEMS ON INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS THROUGHOUT INDIA?
a) Syndicate Bank
b) Bank of India
c) Punjab National Bank
d) Bank of Baroda

ANS - C
6.  UNION MINISTER OF FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES, HARSIMRAT KAUR BADAL INAUGURATED A MEGA FOOD PARK AT RAYAGADA DISTRICT OF?
a) Odisha
b) Madhya Pradesh
c) Telangana
d) Rajasthan

ANS - A
7.  WHICH STATE GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED ITS OWN OFFICIAL DIGITAL WALLET?
a) Andhra Pradesh
b) Telangana
c) Karnataka
d) Kerala

ANS - B
8.  INDIA HAS RANKED ____ OUT OF 163 COUNTRIES ON GLOBAL PEACE INDEX 2017 PUBLISHED BY THE INSTITUTE OF ECONOMICS AND PEACE.
a) 147th
b) 157nd
c) 137th
d) 142nd

ANS - C
9.  AS PER GOVERNMENT DATA RELEASED, INDIA’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT GREW AT WHAT RATE IN FOURTH QUARTER OF FINANCIAL YEAR 2016-17?
a) 6.5%
b) 6.3%
c) 6.4%
d) 6.1%

ANS - D
10.  NAAC OF INDIA RECEIVED PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL AWARD OF ASIA PACIFIC QUALITY NETWORK TITLED “APQN QUALITY AWARD 2017 FOR INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN QUALITY ASSURANCE” IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA. ABBREVIATION NAAC STANDS FOR?
a) National Assessment and Accreditation Council
b) National Assessment and Accountability Council
c) National Authority and Accountability Council
d) National Assessment and Aggregation Council

ANS - A


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Monday, June 5, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 1ST JUNE 2017

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1. JAITLEY INAUGURATES TELANGANA SOLAR PLANT, KARNA WINDMILL
i. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has inaugurated a solar power plant of 16 MW capacity at the Ordinance Factory in Telangana’s Medak.
ii. The solar power plant at Medak has been set up at a cost of Rs 105 cr by Bharat Electronics Limited. A9 MW capacity windmill project has installed at Dammur in Karnataka at a cost of Rs 53 cr by BEML.
iii. Jaitley has also presented an excellence awards to various defence PSUs:
a) The excellence award in the institutional category for 2014-15 was given to Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad. The award for 2015-16 was conferred on Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bengaluru.
b) The best performance award in exports for 2014-15 was given to Goa Shipyard Limited. The award for 2015-16 was conferred on Bharat Electronics Limited, Bengaluru.

2. DELHI TO HOST 3-DAY INDIAN MOBILE CONGRESS IN SEPTEMBER
i. Union Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha has announced that the Mobile Congress 2017 will be held in New Delhi.
ii. This is the first time India is all set to host its own mobile mega show. It is a 3 day programme and is scheduled from 27th to 29th September.
iii. The Indian telecom market is the 2nd-largest in the world after China. India has a total subscriber base of over 1.18 billion subscribers.

3. MINISTRY OF EARTH SCIENCES TO LAUNCH ‘DEEP OCEAN MISSION’ BY JANUARY 2018
i. Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences, M Rajeevan has announced that India is all set to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018.
ii. ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ will improve India’s position in ocean research field. Seven premier science agencies including NIO, DRDO and ISRO will participate in this  Ministry of Earth Sciences to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018 venture.
iii. India has now designated an area of 75,000 sq km for deep sea exploration. This area has an estimated resource of about 100 mn tons of strategic metals such Copper, Cobalt, Nickel besides Manganese and Iron.

4. 70TH EDITION OF WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY HELD IN GENEVA
i. 70th World Health Assembly was held from 22nd to 31st May in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Margaret Chan gave her last address as Director-General of the WHO, with her tenure coming to an end.
ii. Member States of WHO, elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO.
iii. Delegates at the World Health Assembly approved the organization’s proposed programme budget of US$ 4421.5 million for the biennium, which includes a 3% increase in Member State assessed contributions for 2018–2019.
iv. Discussions were held on implementation of the International Health Regulations, and improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.
v. The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO. It generally meets in Geneva in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies of the Organization.

5. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK & PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK SIGN $100 MILLION LOAN TO FINANCE SOLAR ROOFTOP PROJECTS
i. Asian Development Bank and the Punjab National Bank signed a $100 million loan agreement to finance large solar rooftop systems on industrial and commercial buildings throughout India.
ii. This is the 1st tranche loan of the $500 million multi tranche finance facility Solar Rooftop Investment Program approved by ADB in 2016.
iii. This agreement has been guaranteed by the Government of India. PNB will use the ADB funds to make further loans to various developers and end users to install rooftop solar systems.
iv. ADB’s $500 million Solar Rooftop Investment Program includes $330 million from ADB’s ordinary capital resources and $170 million from the multi donor Clean Technology Fund administered by ADB.

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 31ST MAY 2017

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1. GADKARI LAYS FOUNDATION OF RS 1,117 CR PROJECTS AT JNPT
i. Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has laid foundation stone of 8 connectivity projects worth Rs 1,117.03 cr at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mumbai.
ii.The main aim to lay the foundation is to boost port infrastructure. These projects will enhance connectivity of the hinterland to the port.
iii. The projects includes integrated common rail yard facility at JNPT, construction of coastal berth, and restructuring of yard behind shallow water berth.
iv. The Port Trust is focused on creating world-class infrastructure to enable hassle-free trade and contribute to the ease of doing business.

2. INDIA AND FIJI SIGN MOU ON DEFENCE COOPERATION
i. India has signed an MoU with FIJI on Defence Cooperation. The MoU will include in defence industry, military training, humanitarian assistance and disaster management.
ii. The Meeting was held between defence minister Mr.Arun Jaitley and his counterpart of FIJI Mr.R.I Kubuabola.
iii.The MoU has been signed in New Delhi the capital of India.

3. INDIA RANKS 120TH AMONG 131 NATIONS IN WOMEN WORKFORCE, SAYS WORLD BANK REPORT
i. As per ‘India Development Report’ released by World Bank, India ranks 120th among 131 countries in terms of women participation in the workforce.
ii. As per the report, participation level of women in Indian workforce has been dropping since year 2005, despite having 42% women who are graduates.
iii. The women participation in workforce is only 27% in  India, which is much lower as compared to China and Brazil where it is in the range of 65-70%.

4. LIONEL MESSI WINS FOURTH GOLDEN SHOE, TIES RECORD WITH CRISTIANO RONALDO
i. Professional football player Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe for a 4th time.  Playing for FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi scored 37 goals this season.
ii. With the 4th Golden shoe to his name, Messi has equalled Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s record.
iii. Lionel Messi topped the Golden Shoe table by scoring 37 goals and securing 74 points, and was ahead of Bas Dost of Sporting Lisbon by six points.

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 30TH MAY 2017

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1. 43RD G7 SUMMIT HELD IN SICILY, ITALY
i. 43rd G7 summit was held on May 26–27 in Taormina, Sicily, Italy. The summit was attended by leaders of G7 countries viz. US, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Canada and Japan as well as the representatives of European Union.
ii. G7 presidency rotates annually between member countries. Presidency for the year 2017 is held by Italy. The theme of the Italian G7 presidency in 2017 was “Building the foundations of renewed trust.”
iii. G7 communiqué released on May 27 at the conclusion of the summit stated that “all member countries – except the US – had reaffirmed their “strong commitment” to abide by the 2015 Paris climate agreement to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.”

2. INDIA TO GROW AT 7.2% IN 2017-18 – WORLD BANK
i. As per “India Development Report” by World Bank, Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.2% in FY 2017-18 as compared to 6.8% in 2016-17.
ii. The report has outlined that demonetization in November 2016 caused a slight disruption to India’s growth recovery.
iii. It is to be noted that in the latest World Economic Outlook, International Monetary Fund has cut down India’s growth forecast for year 2017 by 0.4% points to 7.2 %.

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 29TH MAY 2017

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1. MAURITIUS PM PRAVIND JUGNAUTH’S 3 DAY VISIT TO INDIA
i. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth arrived in India for a 3-day official visit.
ii. India, Mauritius sign 4 agreements including bilateral maritime security: Setting up of a civil services college in Mauritius, USD 500 million Line of Credit agreement between the SBM Mauritius Infrastructure Development Company and Export-Import Bank of India, Cooperation in ocean research and Maritime Security Agreement.

2. HARYANA ANNOUNCES PENSION SCHEME FOR JOURNALISTS
i. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced following incentives for journalists at the “Swarna Jayanti Journalists’ Meet” in Panchkula:
ii. Rs 10,000 monthly pension scheme, for those who are above 60 years and have completed 20 years in the profession.
iii. A new policy would be framed for giving recognition to representatives of online news portals.
iv. A life insurance covers of Rs 10 lakh and a cashless media claim policy of Rs 5,00,000.
v. Media persons, who have completed five years in the profession, would be given recognition by the state government.

3. DAILONG VILLAGE IN MANIPUR DECLARED BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE SITE
i. The Manipur government has declared Dailong village of Tamenglong district as a Biodiversity Heritage Site of the state.
ii. Dialong village is declared by Kengoo Zuringla, joint secretary of forest and environment. It has an area of 11.35 sq km.

4. GLOBAL FORUM ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION TAKES PLACE IN MEXICO
i. 5th edition of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Cancun, Mexico.
ii. Around 4,000 participants and delegations from over 180 countries attended this 5th edition of the Global Platform which was held outside Geneva, Switzerland for the 1st time and hosted and co-organised with the Mexican government.
iii. This is the first international summit on disaster since the Sendai Framework, which was adopted in 2015 in Japan. 6th edition of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Daily Current Affairs 25th & 26th May 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25TH & 26TH MAY 2017
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1. WORLD’S SMALLEST NATION, NAURU HAS RATIFIED THE INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE FRAMEWORK PACT.
i. Aaron Cook, Nauru’s Commerce, Industry and Environment Minister handed over the ratification document to Union Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley.
ii. The highest point on Nauru’s terrain is only 65 metres above sea level. Thus it is extremely vulnerable to rising sea level due to climate change.
iii.  30% of the Nauru’s energy needs are met through solar power installations. Its Government has set a target to attain 50% of energy production from renewable sources by 2020.

2. 3RD RCEP INTER-SESSIONAL MINISTERIAL MEETING
i. 3rd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Inter-sessional Ministerial Meeting was held in Hanoi, Vietnam.
ii. Trade Ministers of all 16 RCEP countries participated in this meeting. Indian delegation to this meeting was led by Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
iii. As Philippines is currently holding the Presidency of ASEAN, the RCEP Inter-sessional Ministerial Meeting was chaired by Trade Minister and Industry Minister of Philippines - Ramon Lopez.

3. START UP INDIA SUMMIT HELD IN UAE
i. A two-day ‘Startup India Summit’ was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
ii. This summit was held by the Consul General of India in Dubai and Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi in partnership with iSPIRIT, a nonprofit think tank and was supported by TiE Dubai, a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship.
iii. The summit aimed to provide a shared platform for the Startup eco system in both, India and UAE for greater collaboration, interaction with academia, exchange of ideas, investors and industry and for having access to funding from the venture capitalist in the UAE.
iv. 17 Startup companies from India in the space of artificial intelligence, digi medicine, financial technology, health care technology, innovative technology and software services took part in the summit.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 28TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 28TH MAY 2017
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1. 52ND ANNUAL MEETINGS OF AFDB HELD IN GUJARAT
i. India hosted 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank from 22nd to 26th May in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. This is the 1st time that the Annual Meetings of AfDB were held in India.
ii. Union minister Piyush Goyal launched the 3rd International Solar Alliance programme on ‘scaling up mini-grids and micro-grids’
iii. Nauru, Djibouti, Cote d’Ivoire, Comoros, Somalia and Ghana signed the International Solar Alliance framework agreement on the sidelines of African Development Bank meeting in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

2. NAGPUR BECOMES FIRST CITY WITH ELECTRIC MASS MOBILITY SYSTEM
i. Nagpur earned the distinction of becoming India’s 1st city with electric mass mobility system as Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis along with Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off taxi aggregator Ola’s electronic vehicle services in the city.
ii. Ola’s 200-strong fleet of EVs comprise taxis, buses and rickshaws. 100 new e2o Plus cars of Mahindra are also a part of this fleet. Rest of the vehicles have been sourced from other Original Equipment Manufacturers, including Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD and TVS.

3. INDIA-PACIFIC ISLANDS CONFERENCE HELD IN FIJI
i. India’s Ministry of External Affairs hosted the ‘India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference’ in Suva, Fiji.
ii. The conference was inaugurated by Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Acting Prime Minister of Fiji. It was held under the framework of the Forum for India Pacific Islands Co-operation. The Energy and Resources Institute was key knowledge partner.
iii. Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen. (Dr.) V K Singh hosted the conference. He also announced that India will contribute US$ 1 million to Fiji’s Trust Fund for their Presidency of COP-23 to be held in November 2017.
iv. Various Issues discussed at ‘India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference’ are:
Blue economy, Disaster preparedness Health, Adaptation-mitigation practices for climate change, International Solar Alliance and Finding practical solutions to Nationally Determined Contributions implementation.

4. RBI TO OBSERVE FINANCIAL LITERACY WEEK FROM JUNE 5-9
i. RBI has decided to observe the week June 5-9, 2017 as Financial Literacy Week across the country.
ii. The literacy week will mainly focus on four broad themes that is KYC, Grievance Redressal, Exercising Credit Discipline and Going Digital (UPI and *99#).
iii. Banks are advised to conduct special camps on each of the 5 days in unbanked areas. An online quiz will be hosted for the general public on the four broad themes to generate interest/awareness about financial literacy.

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 27TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 27TH MAY 2017
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1. PM MODI INAUGURATES INDIA’S LONGEST BRIDGE DHOLA-SADIYA BRIDGE IN ASSAM
i. PM Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest river bridge, the Dhola-Sadiya bridge. This bridge has been named after late legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika. Sadiya was the birth place of Bhupen Hazarika.
ii. He also laid the foundation stone for an Indian Agricultural Research Institute at Gogamukh in Dhemaji district of Assam.
iii. He announced the launch of the new scheme Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters.

2. HDFC AMONG TOP 10 CONSUMER FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPANIES GLOBALLY
i. HDFC is the only Indian company to be named among the top 10 consumer financial services companies in the world. HDFC was ranked 7th on the Forbes Global List 2017 in the consumer financial services sector — same as last year.
ii. The list is topped by global major American Express. The Capital One Financial and Visa in the 2nd and 3rd place. There are total 56 Indian companies on the list.

3. 2017 NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION SUMMIT HELD IN BELGIUM
i. The 28th edition of North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit has started in Brussels Belgium.
ii. The top agenda of the meeting was terrorism. It is also expected that NATO is to join the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition.
iii. The main aim is to fight against Islamist terrorism. The 2018 NATO summit will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.

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