Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Current Affairs-GK Update: 28th February 2017

Current Affairs and GK Update 28th February 2017
1. India’s first Integrated Heliport inaugurated at Rohini in New Delhi:
  • India’s first integrated heliport was inaugurated today at Rohini in North Delhi. This heliport has been developed by Pawan Hans Limited. 
  • It will play an important role in providing various helicopter services ranging from offshore transport, connecting remote & inaccessible Islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep besides promoting heli-tourism in India. 
  • It is spread over more than 25 acres. It consists of a terminal building having a capacity of 150 passengers along with four hangars with the parking capacity of 16 helicopters and 9 parking bays.
2. National Science Day observed on 28 February:
  • National Science Day is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm on 28th of February every year in order to commemorate the invention of the Raman Effect in India by the Indian physicist, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on the same day in the year 1928. 
  • For his great success in the field of science in India, Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was honored with the Nobel Prize in the Physics in the year 1930.
4. India & Ukraine to strengthen bilateral cooperation through Cinema: 
  • Minister for Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu and Member of the Parliament of Ukraine and Chairman of the National Council of Television Ukraine Mr. Iurii Artemenko have agreed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries through the medium of Cinema in New Delhi. 
  • The cooperation would be helpful to showcase films through the medium of Film Festivals and utilizing the Film Facilitation Office platform established by India.
5. Iran and Russia Agrees Road map to Jointly Produce Nuclear Fuel:
  • Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) stated that Russia and Iran have reached an agreement to jointly produce nuclear fuel. 
  • A preliminary agreement with Russia on the joint production of nuclear fuel was reached during the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the major world powers in 2015. 
6. Suresh Prabhu flags off first Antyodaya Express between Ernakulam, Howrah:
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the first Antyodaya Express a long distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service between Kochi's Ernakulam Junction and Howrah Junction through video conferencing from Rail Bhavan. 
  • The new clan of trains will have facilities like cushioned luggage racks which can serve as seats, potable drinking water dispenser, mobile charging points, modular toilets of reinforced plastic, toilet occupation indication display board, LED lights among others for comfortable long distance travel.The 22-coach train will cover a distance of 2,307 kilometers in 37 hours.
7. ZTE launches world’s first 5G IT baseband unit:
  • Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE unveiled its new Gigabit Phone, a next generation 5G IT baseband unit (BBU) with Intel Corporation at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. 
  • It is world’s first software defined networking/network function virtualisation (SDN/NFV) technology based 5G RAN solution. Features of Gigabit Phone Gigabit Phone boasts download speeds of up to 1Gbps. 
  • It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem.
8. Alcatel unveils world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone:
  • Alcatel has announced the launch of Alcatel A5 LED at Mobile World Congress.
  • This would be world's first interactive LED-covered smartphone. 
  • The smartphone would light up your notifications with a different light show for important incoming calls, messages, alarms, and social media alerts.
9. Apollo Munich and Dena Bank Enters Into Bancassurance Tie-Up: 
  • Standalone health insurer Apollo Munich Health Insurance expanding its footprint across the country with bancassurance tie-up with state-owned Dena Bank. 
  • Under the tie-up the bank will distribute customized Apollo Munich Health insurance and personal accident policies to the bank's 20 million customers nationwide. 
10. SIDBI expert panel sanctions Rs 1,112 cr to funds for startups:
  • An expert committee Venture Capital Investment Committee (VCIC) set up by SIDBI has sanctioned Rs 300 crore to fund managers who would invest in startups, taking the total sanctions so far this fiscal (2017) to over Rs 1,100 crore. 
  • During the fiscal year 2014-15 and 2015-16 sanctions were made to 11 funds (Rs 314 crores) and 16 funds (Rs 607 crores) respectively while the number during the current financial year (2017) has already crossed Rs 1,112 crores to 30 funds.
11. Paytm arm unveils online shopping portal Paytm Mall:
  • Paytm E-Commerce, the online marketplace arm of One97 Communications Pvt. Ltd, launched Paytm Mall, a mobile app and online shopping portal.
  • Paytm Mall is the new avatar of Paytm’s three-year-old e-commerce business. 
  • Paytm Mall will allow customers to shop from 68 million products across categories such as fashion, electronics, consumer durables and home furnishings, from about 140,000 sellers.
12. Tata Communications partners with HPE for roll-out of LoRa network:
  • Tata Communications is partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to support the roll-out of the former's Internet of Things platform, the LoRa network.
  • The company will also work with HPE to provide a range of domestic and cross-border IoT connectivity and management services, particularly for applications requiring elements of mobility, such as connected cars, fleet management and transportation services.
13. Government Issues Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17-Series IV:
  • The Government of India launched the 7th tranche of the Sovereign Gold Bonds and it will be the last offering for 2016-17.
  • The Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17–Series IV will be issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on behalf of Government of India. Applications for the bond has accepted from February 27, 2017 to March 03, 2017 and the Bonds will be issued on March 17, 2017. 
  • The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices, National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange.
14. Former Union Minister P Shiv Shankar Passes Away:
  • Former Union Minister P. Shiv Shankar passed away after a prolonged illness.He was 89 ii. He contested the by-election to the Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency in 1979 on the Indian National Congress party ticket. 
  • He became Law Minister in the Indira Gandhi Cabinet in 1980. From 1985 till 1993, he represented the Congress as Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat.
15. Kohli named captain of the year at ESPNcricinfo Awards:
  • Indian international cricketer Virat Kohli has named as the ‘Captain of the Year‘ at the 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards.
  • Kohli led India to nine wins out of 12 Tests in the year 2016. 
  • Stuart Broad bagged the Test Bowling performance of the year for his brilliant spell of 6/17 in the final Test against South Africa.
16. Kabir Bedi appointed honourary brand ambassador of Sightsavers:
  • Actor Kabir Bedi was appointed as the honourary brand ambassador of Sightsavers India to prevent avoidable blindness by RN Mohanty, CEO of Sightsavers.

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Current Affairs-GK Update: 26th-27th February 2017

Current Affairs and GK Update 27th February 2017
1. Chandra Shekhar Azad's 86th Martyrdom Day observed on 27th February:
  • Chandra Shekhar Azad's 86th Martyrdom Day is observed on 27th February. 
  • He was born on 23 July 1906, in Bhavra, Alirajpur. He died on 27 February 1931 at Allahabad. 
3. Haryana Government set up sex ratio monitoring dashboard in Panipat:
  • The Haryana government has set up an online system called sex ratio monitoring dashboard as part of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Scheme to monitor the sex ratio in the Panipat district.
  • The system will have the data of child sex ratio collected from all villages every month in the district by the state Health and Women and Child Welfare Departments. 
  • The sex ratio monitoring dashboard as a pilot project has been developed in association with National Informatics Centre.
4. Rajasthan Inaugurates Medical Project RAHAT for Prompt Treatment of Heart Disease:
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje  inaugurated a medical project Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment programme (RAHAT) at the Eternal Heart Care Center Hospital in Jaipur. 
  • RAHAT programme aims to provide people in remote and rural areas with timely treatment during heart attacks. 
  • RAHAT project was launched by Eternal Heart Care Centre Hospital, a private hospital based in capital city Jaipur.
  • Under the programme, the patients facing heart attack would be provided with emergency ambulance service and telemedicine service through Eternal Heart Care Center Hospital.
5. India, Germany ratify Social Security Agreement:
  • India and Germany have ratified the Social Security Agreement (SSA), which will come into force from 1st May 2017, to help promote more investment flows between the two countries.
  • The SSA will also integrate the provisions of the 2008 social insurance pact that exempts detached workers of the two country from making social security contributions in both the countries.
6. India, Bangladesh ink MoU to provide financial assistance for development of Sylhet city:
  • India and Bangladesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the sustainable development of Sylhet, a metropolitan city in northeastern Bangladesh with financial aid from India. 
  • The signing of MoU comes after Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to Bangladesh to discuss preparatory aspects of PM Sheikh Hasina’s proposed visit to India in April 2017 and other aspects of bilateral relations. 
  • Under the MoU, three projects construction of six-storeyed Cleaner Colony Building and Development of Dhupa Dighipar area, a five-storeyed Kindergarten and High School Building. 
7. World's first robot table tennis tutor sets Guinness record:
  • The world's first robot table tennis tutor FORPHEUS in Japan has set a new Guinness World Record for its uncanny ability of being able to play the game better than most humans. 
  • FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonised Automation with Sinic Theoretics) has officially been given the Guinness title for its unique technological intelligence and educational capabilities.
8. Mumbai richest Indian city with total wealth of $820 bn:
  • According to the New World Wealth report Mumbai, the financial capital of India has been named as the Richest Indian city with a total wealth of $ 820 billion. 
  • Delhi  with a total wealth of $ 450 billion and Bengaluru with a total wealth of $ 320 billion in the second and third places, respectively.
9. Gopal Baglay appointed as new MEA spokesperson:
  • Ministry of External Affairs today appointed Gopal Baglay as the new spokesperson, as Vikas Swarup was appointed as High Commissioner of India to Canada. 
  • Baglay is heading the territorial division of PAI (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran). He also had a brief stint as deputy high commissioner to Pakistan.
10. SoftBank, Foxconn form joint venture to expand investments: 
  • Japan's SoftBank Group Corp and Taiwan's Foxconn have agreed to form a joint venture, as the two large Asian technology companies expand their ties.
  • The arrangement involves Foxconn buying a 54.5% stake in SoftBank Group Capital Apac Pte Ltd, a wholly owned SoftBank unit, for $600 million.
11. UBI ties up with IRCTC to launch railway booking facility:
  • Kolkata-based United Bank of India (UBI) has launched a railway ticket booking facility by having a direct tie-up with IRCTC. 
  • With the introduction of this facility, UBI customers can now book railway tickets seamlessly through IRCTC website using the bank’s debit card.
12. TCS Ranked Among Top Three IT Services Brands Globally by Brand Finance:
  • India’s largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been rated as one of the top three 'most-valuable brands' in the Information Technology (IT) service sector by Brand Finance, the leading global brand valuation firm. As IBM and Accenture are on the top two positions.
  • However, the overall global position of the company dropped down by one spot to 25th from 2016 when it was 24th. 
  • TCS was also rated as Tata Sons highest brand strength of AA+ and generates 69% of the total revenue of the parent company.
13. Shooting World Cup: Ankur Mittal wins silver in men’s double trap:
  • Ankur Mittal won the silver medal in Men's Double trap at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Delhi on Monday. Ankur's tally in the final read 74 points.
  • James Willett from Australia, claimed the gold medal. James Dedman from Great Britain, stood third.
14. Saina Nehwal to represent Olympic Committee in BWF:
  • Star Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal was appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission (AC) in 2016, will represent the panel in the Badminton World Federation (BWF). 
  • Saina would join the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Athletes' Commission as a representative. Currently, she ranked world number 10 in BWF rankings.
15. John-John Dohmen, Naomi Van named best Hockey Players of 2016:
  • FIH (International Hockey Federation) Hockey Stars Awards were conferred in Chandigarh. 
  • This was first time in the history of Hockey that the ceremony was held to honor best players, rising stars, goalkeepers, umpires and coaches.
  • Belgium captain John-John Dohmen and Netherlands' Naomi Van were named as male and female International Hockey Federation's player of the year, 2016 awards respectively.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Current Affairs-GK Update 25th February 2017

Current Affairs and GK Update 25th February 2017
1. India, ADB ink $375 mn loan pact for industrial corridor:
  • India and ADB have signed USD 375 million pact for loans and grants to develop 800 km Visakhapatnam—Chennai Industrial Corridor, which is the first phase of a planned 2,500-km East Coast Economic Corridor. 
  • ADB had approved USD 631 million in loans and grants for the industrial corridor, last September, 2016. 
  • It approved loans comprising a USD 500 million multitranche facility to build key infrastructure in the four main centers along the corridor — Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Amaravati, and Yerpedu—Srikalahasti in Andhra Pradesh.
2. India clears Rs 17,000-crore mega missile deal with Israel:
  • A Rs 17,000 crore deal has been cleared by the government for jointly developing with Israel a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) for the Indian army.
  • The project will be implemented by the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israeli Aircraft Industry (IAI). 
  • The MR-SAM, a land-based version of the long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) for the navy, will have a strike range of up 70 km. The deal envisages 40 firing units and around 200 missiles.
3. Rajasthan 2nd largest crude oil producer in country:
  • Rajasthan has become the second largest crude oil producer in the country after the offshore field Bombay High.
  • Mr. Kalyan Singh, Governor of Rajasthan stated that oilfields in the state were producing nearly 90 lakh tones oil annually, which is 24% of the total domestic crude oil production.
4. AYUSH Minister to inaugurate the World Integrated Medicine Forum on Regulation of Homeopathic Medicine:
  • The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the World Integrated Medicine Forum on Regulation of Homeopathic Medicinal Products- National and Global strategies in New Delhi.
  • The two day event that concluded was organized by Ministry of AYUSH and Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH).
  • The first-of-its-kind forum is expected to increase the perception of the international world towards India as a key player in the progress of the homeopathy drug industry.
5. Dena Bank rolls out RFID-enabled cards to serve valued clients better:
  • Dena Bank has introduced Radio Frequency Identification Card (RFID) enabled banking cards whereby a branch manager can identify a valued client entering a branch with the card. 
  • Once the client enters the branch, complete information about customers will pop up on the manager’s desktop.
6. Gorb, Ola form tie up:
  • Food technology company Gorb has partnered with cab aggregator Ola to offer food to consumers at discounted rates in Mumbai. 
  • As per the deal, Ola riders will receive a code via SMS and mail every time they book a cab, which can be availed on the Gorb app or website to order food.
  • The offer, valid till April 30, 2017 will provide a discount of Rs. 100 on a minimum order value of Rs. 200. Launched in 2016, Gorb is a food-tech startup with a tagline ‘Jaisa Mood Waisa Food’.
7. FDI inflow zooms 18% to USD 46 billion in 2016: DIPP:
  • Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India grew 18% during 2016 to touch $46 billion, data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). The country attracted FDI of $39.32 billion in 2015.
  • The main sectors which attracted the highest foreign inflows include services, telecom, trading, computer hardware and software and automobile.
8. Government ropes in Shilpa Shetty as Swachh Bharat brand ambassador:
  • The government has roped in actress Shilpa Shetty as a brand ambassador for the Indian government's cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • She will feature in TV and radio campaigns aimed at discouraging people from littering on roads.
9. Former CM T R Zeliang appointed Finance Advisor to Nagaland government:
  • Former Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang was appointed as Finance Advisor to the state government in the rank of a cabinet minister. 
  • Zeliang, appointed by the Governor P B Acharya, will receive the pay and allowances and all other facilities admissible to a cabinet minister.
10. Motherson Sumi’s Vivek Sehgal bags EY’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award:
  • Vivek Chaand Sehgal of Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd (MSSL) has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 award by assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services firm Ernest Young (EY). Sehgal will now represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Monte Carlo from June 7 to 11, 2017.
  • Infosys Co-founder Nandan Nilekani was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) — the Aadhaar initiative.
11. ISSF World Cup: Pooja Ghatkar clinches bronze:
  • In International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), Indian shooter Pooja Ghatkar secured India’s first medal in New Delhi. She finished third in the 10 meter Air Rifle event. Ghatkar clinched bronze with a score of 228.8 in the final round. 
  • China’s Mengyao Shi secured gold with a score of 252.1 - setting a new world record in the event.
  • The silver went to China’s Lijie Dong for a score of 248.9.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Current Affairs-GK Update 24th February 2017

Current Affairs and GK Update 24th February 2017
1. 9th BRICS Summit to be held in China's Xiamen city:
  • The ninth BRICS Summit will be held in China's Xiamen city from September 3 to 5, 2017. The theme of this year's event is 'BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future'.
  • The Xiamen BRICS summit will promote members strengthening solidarity and collaboration, and improving global governance, deepening pragmatic cooperation to achieve mutual benefit.

2. India and Japan ink pact on rail safety:
  • India signed an agreement with Japan on enhancing railway safety in the Indian Railways with focus on railway track and rolling stock safety.
  • The areas of cooperation include rail inspection, rail wielding and providing automatic railway track safety inspection, maintenance of rolling stock and “any other relevant railway safety matters jointly determined by both sides” with the aim to prevent major rail accidents.

3. 74th Central Excise Day celebrated by CBEC:
  • The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) celebrated 74th Central Excise Day on 24th February in New Delhi. 
  • CBEC is the single largest contributor to the national exchequer with the collection of Rs 8,50,000 crore a year. 
  • Justice Satish Chandra, President, Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) was the chief guest. Olympic silver medalist, P.V. Sindhu was the guest of honour.

4. Sikkim becomes 22nd State to join UDAY:
  • The Center and and the state of Sikkim has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) for operational improvement of the state’s power distribution department. 
  • With the signing of the MoU, the total number of states covered under UDAY has reached 22. Andhra Pradesh is the first state to join UDAY Scheme.

5. Maneka Gandhi announces compensation fund for child abuse victims:
  • Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has announced the setting up of a compensation fund under Nirbhaya scheme to provide financial help to children who are victims of sexual crimes.

6. Visa signed MoU with AP to make Vizag, India’s first 'less cash' city:
  • Global payments network Visa signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh government to help transform Vishakhapatnam into India's first 'less cash' city. 
  • This initiative is designed to provide the foundation for the city to emerge as India's 'Fintech Valley'.

7. Kerala to launch sex offenders registry, first in the country:
  • The Kerala government will launch the country’s first sex offenders registry which will contain all identification details of sex offenders and would be kept in public domain.
  • A comprehensive victim relief fund will be set-up by the state government to provide interim relief for victims of sex crimes, both children and adults.

8. Oriental Bank Ties Up With Chola Mitsui Sumitomo To Sell Insurance Products:
  • Haryana based Oriental Bank of Commerce has signed a corporate agency agreement with Chennai based general insurance provider Cholamandalam General Insurance Company for distribution of insurance products.
  • The insurance products includes motor, health, home and travel.
9. Tata Power Renewable commissions 15 MW solar plant in Telangana:
  • Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd has synchronised its 15 MW solar plant at Bellampally in Telangana, thereby taking the Tata Power's total installed operating capacity past 10,500 MW mark.
  • The solar plant has been built over 80 acres of land and includes an 18 km transmission line.

10. China overtakes US, France as Germany’s biggest trading partner, for first time:
  • China for the first time became Germany’s most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France in the data shown recently. 
  • German imports from and exports to China rose to 170 billion euros ($180 billion) in 2016, Federal Statistics Office figures reviewed by Reuters showed. 
  • France remained the second-most important business partner with a combined trade volume of 167 billion euros. The United States came in third with 165 billion euros.

11. Nobel-Winning Economist Kenneth J. Arrow Dies At 95:
  • Nobel-winning economist, mathematician Kenneth J Arrow has died in USA . He was 95.
  • Kenneth  received the Nobel memorial prize in economic science for their pioneering mathematical work on general equilibrium theory in 1972. 

12. Ravichandran Ashwin breaks Kapil Dev's record of most wickets in home season: 
  • Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, broked Kapil Dev's Indian record of most Test wickets in a domestic season. 
  • Ashwin, the fastest in the world to reach 250 Test wicket mark recently and took his tally of wickets in the current home season to 64 in 10 Test matches broke Kapil Dev's record who took 63 wickets in 13 Tests.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Current Affairs-GK Update 23rd February 2017

Current Affairs and GK Update 23rd February 2017
1. India's GDP projected to slow to 6.6% due to demonetization Strains: IMF
  • India's growth is projected to slow to 6.6% in 2016-17 fiscal due to the strains that have emerged in the economy as a result of temporary disruptions caused by demonetization.
  • The post November 8, 2016 cash shortages and payment disruptions caused by the currency exchange initiative have undermined consumption and business activity, posing a new challenge to sustaining the growth momentum. India's economy grew at 7.6% in 2015-16.
2. Indian digital payments market to reach $500 bn by 2020:
  • According to the global telecom body report, more than 50% of India's Internet users will use digital payments by 2020.
  • The size of digital payments industry in the country will be 500 billion dollars.
  • In India, BCG estimates that digital technologies will influence up to 45% of all retail sales by 2025.
  • The report counts government's plans to build 100 smart cities across the country and 'Digital India', which aims to increase the optical fibre network to thousands of villages where two-thirds of the population lives.
  • The report appreciated India for the use of digital and mobile technologies for creating educated and digitally literate user base.
3. Bharti Airtel to acquire Telenor India:
  • Bharti Airtel will acquire the business of Telenor India for an undisclosed sum in all seven circles Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP (East), UP (West) and Assam.
  • Airtel will take over Telenor India’s spectrum, licenses, and operations, including its employees and customer base of 44 million.
  • Telenor India’s operations and services will continue as normal until the completion of the transaction.
  • Airtel is India’s largest wireless operator with over 269 million subscribers and a revenue market share of over 33 per cent.
4. N Chandrasekaran elected chairman of Indian Hotels:
  • N Chandrasekaran has been elected as the Chairman of its board of directors. N Chandrasekaran has been elected as the Chairman of the board of directors of the company with effect from February 22, 2017 vide a written resolution of the Board.
  • He was initially appointed as a Member of the board on January 27, 2017 Chandrasekaran had taken over as Chairman of Tata Sons on February 21, becoming the first non Parsi Chairman of the USD 103 billion Tata Group after heading its crown jewel TCS for years.
5. Govt doubles maternity leave for women workers in industries:
  • The government has allowed women working in industries to take six months maternity leave pre-empting parliamentary approval on the maternity benefit amendment bill that is pending in the Lok Sabha.
  • Through an executive order the labour and employment ministry has doubled maternity leave to six months from three for industrial women workers. 
  • However the benefit will be restricted to women who make a monthly contribution to the employees’ state insurance corpus from their salaries. This means about 2.9 million women working across various industries will get the benefit.
6. Pak army launches nationwide military ops 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' to eliminate terrorists:
  • The Pakistan army has launched nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' to eliminate terrorists and consolidate gains of its counter-terrorism operations.
  • The operation aims include the elimination of the residual and latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made so far and ensuring the security of Pakistan's borders.
  • The operation came after a wave of suicide attacks across Pakistan last week.
7. Adidas Ties Up With FIFA U-17 World Cup For Mission XI Million:
  • German Sportswear giant Adidas announced its ties up with FIFA U-17 World Cup Local Organizing Committee for the Mission XI Million programme. 
8. Karnataka Bank bags 2 awards:
  • Karnataka Bank has bagged two ‘IBA-Banking Technology’ awards. The bank was the winner in ‘Best financial inclusion initiatives (small bank)’ category, and was runner-up in ‘Best use of digital and channels technology (small bank)’ category. 
  • IBA-Banking Technology award recognises and rewards individuals, professionals and banks who have recorded noteworthy technology and business benefits in 2016.
9. India to host 2019 Combined World Cup for shooting:
  • The National Rifle Association of India(NRAI) announced that India will be hosting the Combined World Cup for shooting in 2019 during the meeting held in New Delhi.
  • Combined World Cup will a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will comprises all the three categories shotgun, rifle and pistol.
10. Maneka Gandhi announces compensation fund for children:
  • The union Minister of the Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has announced the setting up of a compensation fund under Nirbhaya scheme to provide financial help to children who are victims of sexual crimes.
  • The money for this fund will be drawn from “Nirbhaya Scheme” and will be monitored directly by the Women and Child Development Ministry.
11. 7 new Earth-like exoplanets discovered, NASA announced:
  • Astronomers of NASA have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of them are in the habitable zone  the happy place where liquid water can exist on the surface of rocky planets, as it’s not too hot or cold. 
  • The space agency calls the discovery of the fascinating solar system record-breaking. The three planets in the habitable zone, also known as the Goldilocks Zone, are called TRAPPIST-1e, f, and g. Exoplanet “e” is about the same size as Earth and even gets around the same amount of star light as we do.
12. WTO's trade facilitation agreement comes into effect:
  • The WTO's trade facilitation agreement, which seeks to ease customs norms, came into effect from with its two-thirds members ratifying the pact. 
  • The TFA, which has been ratified by India, will give a boost to the global trade, which has been impacted due to slowdown in the world economy. 
  • According to experts, the agreement comes at a time when India's efforts to improve exports are gaining momentum.
  • The 164-member World Trade Organisation (WTO) in a statement stated that a major milestone for the global trading system was reached as the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21-year history of the multi-lateral trade body entered into force.

Current Affairs 23rd February 2017- Quiz

23rd February 2017 Current Affairs Quiz for SBI PO, SSC CGL & competitive-govt. Exams:

Current Affairs 23rd February 2017 Quiz
1. India's first heliport will be inaugurated in which city of India?
a) Surat
b) Pune
c) Bengaluru
d) New Delhi

2. Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal was established with an aim to speed up water sharing disputes among states. Who has been appointed as the chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal?
a) Balbir Singh Chauhan 
b) Abhay Manohar Sapre
c) Mohit Suri
d) Anuj Singh

3. Which state is hosting the 13th edition of National Agriculture Science Congress (NASC)-2017? 
a) Punjab 
b) Haryana
c) Karnataka 
d) Madhya Pradesh 

4. Which state government has declared 2017 as ‘Year of Apple’ to promote its apples in domestic and foreign markets?
a) Himachal Pradesh
b) Jammu & Kashmir
c) Uttarakhand
d) Sikkim

5. Which state government will launched anti-corruption induction training mandatory for government officials? 
a) Assam 
b) Odisha
c) Sikkim 
d) Kerala 

6. Who has completed an extremely high endurance event called ‘Ultraman’ a 517.5 km race on in Florida?
a) Deepak Kumar
b) Mohit Saggar
c) Vijendra Singh
d) Milind Soman

7. Which state government has signed an  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NABARD for a loan of Rs 874 crore which will be used for Horticulture Development Corporation to cover 3.15 lakh acres under Micro Irrigation scheme?
a) Andhra Pradesh
b) Kerala
c) Telangana
d) karnataka

8. Direct-to-home operator Dish TV joined hands with which Indian bank for digital payments?
a) ICICI bank
b) HDFC Bank
c) State Bank Of India
d) Canara Bank

9. Which Indian institute has won the International Mercury Awards for the year 2016-17? 
a) Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services(INCOIS) 
b) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) 
c) Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) 
d) Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII)

10. Ved Prakash Sharma, who passed away recently, was the renowned novelist of which language? 
a) Telugu 
b) Tamil 
c) Hindi
d) Arabic

1:d, 2:b, 3:c, 4:b, 5:d, 6:d, 7:c, 8:a, 9:d, 10:c.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Current Affairs-GK Update 22nd February 2017

Current Affairs and GK Update 22nd February 2017
1. Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre appointed chairman of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal:
  • The Chief Justice JS Khehar has appointed Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre as the chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.
  • Justice Sapre is the sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India.The post was vacant since Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan resigned from the post.
  • Earlier in December 2016, the Union Cabinet approved a proposal to set up a single, permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-state river water disputes subsuming existing tribunals.
  • Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal was established with an aim to speed up water sharing disputes among states.
2. National Biodiversity Congress 2017 held in Kerala:
  • The National Biodiversity Congress (NBC) 2017 was held in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala. The event is hosted by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board. 
  • NBC is one of the significant biodiversity mega events of the country. It aims to identify practical, evidence-based case studies at the regional level to support the plan of action.
  • The focal theme of 2017 NBC was “Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”.
4. Arunachal CM Pema Khandu inaugurates Composite Regional Centre in Itanagar:
  • Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu in the presence of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Composite Regional Centre at Itanagar Banquet Hall, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • To create resources and infrastructure required for developing services for persons with disabilities with an outlay of Rs.20 Crore. 
  • The centre is established under the National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (NILD), Kolkata.
5. Govt launches free anti-virus software for mobiles, desktops:
  • At a time when cyber attacks are increasing Union Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad launched Cyber Swachhta Kendra in New Delhi  for Botnet cleaning and Malware analysis as a part of digital India initiative.
  • The government has launched free anti-virus softwares for smartphones and personal computers named 'Mkavach' and 'Samvid' respectively. Another software named 'USBPratirodh' has been launched to control the unauthorised usage of removable USB storage devices.
6. Delhi to get India's first heliport:
  • The first heliport in India will be inaugurated by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in North Delhi on (28 February 2017). 
  • The heliport, built by state-owned Pawan Hans, consists of a terminal building, nine parking bays and four hangars with a parking capacity of 16 helicopters. It was built at an investment of Rs. 100 crore
7. Jammu & Kashmir to observe 2017 as Year of Apple:
  • J & K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has declared 2017 as ‘Year of Apple’ to promote the famed Kashmiri apples in domestic and foreign markets.
  • She also launched the High Density Apple Plantation Scheme in Srinagar.
8. Azerbaijan Prez names wife as country’s First Vice President:
  • Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his wife Mehriban Aliyev (52-year) as the First Vice President of the country.
  • The Vice President position was created after a constitutional referendum in September, 2016.
  • According to Azerbaijan's constitution, the First Vice President takes over the country's presidency if the president is unable to perform the duties.
9. Cabinet approves signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Greece:
  • Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Greece.
  • The Agreement has the potential to spur greater trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchange between the two countries bringing it in tune with the developments in the civil aviation sector. 
  • It will provide enabling environment for enhanced and seamless connectivity while providing commercial opportunities to the carriers of both the sides ensuring greater safety and security.
10. India & China to hold their 1st Strategic Dialogue:
  • India and China will hold their first Strategic Dialogue in Beijing. The two sides are expected to discuss all issues of mutual concern and interest including friction points. 
  • External Affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup stated that two countries will discuss all issues of mutual interest in bilateral, regional and international domain. 
11. An international zip line connects Spain and Portugal:
  • A zip line connecting Spain and Portugal, is known to be the first cross-border zip line in the world.
  • The 720-metre-long zip line joins the two countries, allowing people to reach Portugal within a minute.
  • On reaching Portugal, the participants gain one hour because of the time zone change.
12. Milind Soman becomes 'Ultraman' by racing barefoot for 517.5 km:
  • National level swimmer-turned-model Milind Soman (51-year) has completed an extremely high endurance event called ‘Ultraman’ a 517.5 km race on in Florida.
  • The challenge requires participants to complete a 10-kilometre open water swim, a 423-kilometre-long bike ride and an 84-kilometre ultra-marathon run.
  • Earlier, he completed the toughest triathlon in the world to become India’s Iron Man.
13. Telangana Govt signs MoU with NABARD for Rs 874 crore loan:
  • The Telangana Government led by K. Chandrashekar Rao signed an  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NABARD for a loan of Rs 874 crore .
  • This loan will be used for Horticulture Development Corporation to cover 3.15 lakh acres under Micro Irrigation scheme for 2016-17 and 2017-18.
14. SIDBI, Vijaya Bank combine to provide concessional loans to micro, small units:
  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vijaya Bank for providing concessional finance to micro and small enterprises (MSEs).
  • The MoU aims at promoting and strengthening units in the MSE segment through concessional funding  that is at the marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) of Vijaya Bank under refinance from SIDBI.
15. Microsoft to deploy Azure Stack in Andhra Pradesh:
  • The chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella singed an MoU during an event called ‘Microsoft Future Decoded’ in Mumbai.
  • Under the MoU, Microsoft Azure Stack for the first time in the world will be used to migrate live applications currently hosted in Hyderabad State Data Centre (SDC) to Vizag data centre.
16. Dish TV partners with ICICI Bank for digital payments:
  • Direct-to-home operator Dish TV joined hands with India’s largest private sector lender ICICI bank for digital payments. 
  • It will enable customers to do recharge through unified payment interface (UPI) transactions.
17. Abhijit Sarkar is new Vice Chairman of Asian Hockey Federation:
  • The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) has appointed Abhijit Sarkar as its new Vice Chairman.
  • He was also appointed the Chairman of the AHF Commercial and TV Committee with immediate effect.
  • Sarkar has been associated with the Sahara India Pariwar since 2004 and served as the Head of Corporate Communications, Corporate Affairs and Relations, and the Sports Division.
  • The current president of AHF is Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
18. Dustin Johnson dominates Genesis Open to overtake world No. 1:
  • American professional golfer Dustin Hunter Johnson  has claimed No 1 Position in  Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.
  • This feat comes after he ended up with a world-class performance by winning Genesis Open 2017 at Riviera.
19. India beat South Africa in final of ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2017:
  • India beat South Africa by one wicket in the final of ICC Women World Cup Qualifier 2017 at Colombo, Shri Lanka.
  • India bowled out South Africa for 244 in 49.4 overs and achieved the target of 245 runs on the last ball of the 50th over.
  • India is the only unbeaten team in the tournament. Both teams had already qualified in this year's ICC World Cup tournament.

Current Affairs 22nd February 2017- Quiz

Current Affairs Quiz based on 21st February 2017 Current Affairs & News for all competitive-govt. Exams:

Current Affairs 22nd February 2017 Quiz
1. Which country will start initial deliveries of KA-226T helicopters for the Indian Armed Forces in 2019?
a) France
b) Japan 
c) Russia 
d) US

2. Which Foundation will provide medical support to forest department employees and local communities in the areas where WWF-India operates for conservation?
a) Fortis Healthcare
b) Apollo Hospitals
c) Jaypee hospital
d) None of these

3. According to a report released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) which country emerged as the world’s largest importer of major arms during 2012–16?
a) India 
b) US
c) Pakistan
d) China

4. Cash purchases of jewellery will attract _____ TCS (tax collected at source) from April 1 if the amount exceeds Rs 2 lakh, as against the current threshold of Rs 5 lakh.
a) 1%
b) 1.5%
c) 2%
d) 2.25%

5. Which film has won the Golden Bear Award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival-2017?
a) Bright Nights 
b) The Other Side of Hope 
c) On Body and Soul 
d) Close Knit

6. The only active volcano of India is located in which State/Union Territory?
a) Puducherry
b) Gujarat
c) Goa
d) Andaman & Nicobar Island

7. Who has been chosen as the new chief minister of Nagaland? 
a) T R Zeliang
b) Hokishe Sema 
c) Shurhozelie Liezietsu
d) K. L. Chishi 

8. Which foreign airline became the first international airline to start service in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar International Airport?
a) AirAsia
b) Qatar Airways
c) Emirates Airline
d) AirIndia

9. Who is the author of the book “Every Time It Rains”?
a) Vikram Seth 
b) Nikitha Singh 
c) Mahi Jadon 
d) Amitav Ghosh

10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has won the 2017 Rotterdam Tennis Tournament, is belonged to which country? 
a) Belgium 
b) France 
c) United States 
d) Germany

1:c, 2:b, 3:a, 4:a, 5:c, 6:d, 7:c, 8:a, 9:b, 10:b.