Sunday, 2 April 2017

Daily GK Update & Current Affairs 2nd April 2017

Daily GK Update 2nd April 2017
1.World Autism Awareness Day: 02nd April 2017
  • The World Autism Awareness Day 2017 has been observed across the world on 2 April 2017. 
  • The theme for this year is "Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination". 
  • World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about children with autism throughout the world.
2. PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Asia's longest tunnel: 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 9.2 km long Chenani-Nashri all-weather road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. 
  • The road tunnel will reduce the travel time between the two state capitals of Jammu and Srinagar by approximately two hours. 
  • The two-lane Chenani-Nashri tunnel is Asia's longest bi-directional highway tunnel, which will cut the distance between Jammu and Srinagar to around 250 km from the current 350 km. 
  • The world's sixth road tunnel has a transverse ventilation system enabled and controlled by ABB software. It also boasts features like Integrated Traffic Control System (ITCS), Video Surveillance System, FM Rebroadcast System, Entrance Detection Control System and Active Firefighting System. 
  • There are 124 closed-circuit TV cameras for surveillance inside the tunnel. In case of a traffic violation, the control room will inform the traffic police deployed outside the tunnel, who will fine the violators on the spot. 
3. Post merger, SBI begins operations as unified entity: 
  • The State Bank of India, the country's largest lender has started functioning as unified entity from 01st April 2017 post merger of its five associate banks, besides Bharatiya Mahila Bank.
  • The five associate banks merged with the SBI are State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore. With the merger, the SBI joins the league of top 50 banks globally in terms of assets. 
  • ii. The total customer base of the bank reaches 37 crore with a branch network of around 24,000 and nearly 59,000 ATMs across the country. The merged entity now has a deposit base of more than Rs 26 lakh-crore and advances level of Rs 18.50 lakh crore. 
4. American singer & song writer Bob Dylan accepts Nobel literature award:
  • American singer and song writer Bob Dylan has finally accepted his Nobel Prize for literature, more than three months after the awards ceremony. 
  • The academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him.
  • They were handed to Dylan at a "private ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden" attended by 12 academy members and Sara Danius, the academy's permanent secretary.
5. NDB invests $1.5 billion in 7 projects in 2 years of operation:
  • The BRICS-backed New Development Bank (NDB) has invested in seven projects totaling $1.5 billion in about two years of its operation. NDB began operations in July 2015. 
  • Seven projects have been done so far which aggregate around $1.5 billion. Six of them are in the renewable energy sector and one in transport financing.
  • The New Development Bank was created with an objective of financing infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies and developing countries. 
  • The Bank seeks to complement the efforts of other multilateral development institutions. And, it also seeks to establish a network of global, regional and local partnerships with multilateral and national development banks as well as other institutions and market players.
6. Second annual meeting of BRICS New Development Bank held in New Delhi:
  • A new financial order built by the emerging BRICS economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. New Delhi is playing host to Second Annual Meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB) also known colloquially as BRICS bank. 
  • This is the first time the meet is happening in India. MOUs were signed between NDB and European Investment Bank (EIB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and International Investment Bank (IIB). 
  • India has sought USD 2 billion loans for various projects from the NDB. India has also signed a 350 million dollar loan agreement with NDB for financing Development and Upgradation of Major District Roads in Madhya Pradesh.
7. Jepkosgei smashes three world records at Prague Half Marathon:
  • Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei has broken the world half marathon record as well as the 10km and 15km marks at the Prague Half Marathon on the way to winning the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in one hour, four minutes and 52 seconds.
  • The 23-year-old, who was competing in just her fifth half marathon, clocked splits of 30:05 and 45:37 to improve the 10km and 15km world records. 
  • Defending champion Violah Jepchumba of Kenya finished second in 65:22, with Fancy Chemutai third.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Daily GK Update & Current Affairs 1st April 2017

Daily GK Update 1st April 2017
1. Kanha tiger reserve becomes first in India get official mascot:
  • Kanha tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh has become the first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot of its own.
  • The Mascot has been named 'Bhoorsingh the Barasingha' to present the hard ground swamp deer as the spirit of the reserve and spread awareness to save it from possible extinction. 
  • Barasingha or Swamp Deer is the State animal of Madhya Pradesh.
2. Mega-conference of world parliamentarians begins in Dhaka:
  • Today, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the 4-day mega Conference of world parliamentarians in Dhaka.
  • She has also released a commemorative stamp and launch the IPU web television.
  • Around 687 members of 131 national parliaments around the world are participating in the conference.
  • The conference promising to focus on ways and means to end political & economic inequality and uphold democracy and human rights.
  • The Conference will also adopt a resolution to guarantee the financial inclusion of women as drivers of development.
3. N. Chandrababu Naidu selected for US-India Business Council Award:
  • The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh ‘N.Chandrababu Naidu’ has been selected for the US-India Business Council Award (US IBC).
  • The USIBC has selected Mr. Naidu for the award of ‘Transformative Chief Minister’.
  • The Electronics and IT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan would also receive Transformative Leadership Award at the Summit.
4. Government launched two mobile apps- echallan and mParivahan:
  • The government has launched two mobile apps, echallan and mParivahan, that provide access to various services and information, and enable citizens to report any traffic violation or road accident.
  • 'eChallan' is an integrated enforcement solution to manage traffic violations.
  • 'mParivahan' is an empowering app for the citizen which provides access to various services, information and utilities related to the transport sector.
5. India becomes associate member of IEA:
  • India, world’s 3rd largest energy consumer has joined International Energy Association (IAE) as associate member. India will also now have a greater say in global energy issues. 
  • With India as a associate member, IEA now formally covers 70% of the world’s energy consumption, thus increasing its relevance.
6. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Visits India:
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is on a 6-day visit to India.
  • This year marks the 60th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations. Malaysia’s father of independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman, visited India in 1962.
  • India and Malaysia signed their strategic partnership in 2010. India has trained Malaysian pilots for the Russian SU-30 aircraft. 
7. Japan commits 371 bn yen assistance for infra projects in India:
  • Japan has committed an 'Official Development Assistance' (ODA) of 371.345 billion yen (about Rs 21,590 crore) under 2016-2017 for various infrastructure projects, including the dedicated freight corridor, in India.
  • The notes in this regard were exchanged in New Delhi between S Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs and Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India.
8. Radhamohan Singh to inaugurate International center for Foot and Mouth Disease:
  • Today, the Union Agriculture Minister 'Radha Mohan Singh' has inaugurated an International research centre for Foot and Mouth disease of cattle and buffalos at Argul,(Khurda district) Odisha.
  • The research center has been constructed in joint collaboration of UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation & Indian Council of Agricultural Research to conduct research on the viral disease of cattle and buffaloes.
  • The research center has the facility for safe handling and storage of live Foot and Mouth disease virus that essentially is required for control of the disease.
  • This center will also serve as a regional resource laboratory for countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
9. Vanaja N. Sarna new Chairperson of CBEC:
  • Vanaja N. Sarna (Internal Revenue Service:1980) has been appointed as the Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).
  • She has replaced Najib Shah.
  • Sarna has served Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) in several capacities over the last 36 years.
10. 'Barmer-Munawab' & 'Pipad Road-Bilara' rail routes declared as Green Corridors:
  • The North-Western Railway has declared the ‘Barmer-Munawab (119 km)’ and ‘Pipad Road-Bilara (41 km)’ in Rajasthan, rail routes as Green Corridors.
  • The trains in the section have been equipped with bio-toilets to ensure zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks under the ‘Swachh Rail-Swachh Bharat’ initiative.
  • Now, the total number of green corridors has increased to three.
  • The ‘Manamadurai– Rameswaram stretch’ (114- km) of Southern Railway was the first ‘Green corridor’ of India.
11. IIT-Madras signs MoU with Indian Army:
  • The Indian Army has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M).
  • The objective of the agreement is to identify and enhance the critical technological areas that can be enhanced in the armed forces.
12. RBI to set up separate Enforcement department:
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will set up a separate enforcement department to monitor banks in case they violate regulations.
  • The Enforcement Department will start operations from 1st April, 2017.
  • The department will develop a broad policy for enforcement and initiate action against the regulated entities for violation consistent with such policy.
13. Kotak Mahindra Bank launches 8-11 app to double customer base:
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched the '811 banking app' which is part of the lender's vision to double customer base in 18 months.
  • Customers will be able to open an account on the 811 banking app with zero balance. Only Aadhaar and PAN card would be required to open 811 account which would provide access to over 100 features on mobile. 
  • The account offers up to 6 percent interest rate on savings deposits.
14. Withdrawal of service charge on e-tickets of train extended till 30th June:
  • According to Railway ministry, the withdrawal of service charge on online booking of train tickets has been extended upto 30th June 2017 to promote the use of digital modes of payment.
  • Earlier, the union government had decided to give incentive to the passengers for booking tickets online by withdrawing service charge on them from 23rd November, 2016 to 31st March, 2017.
  • Service charges on booking train tickets online through IRCTC ticketing site ranges from Rs. 20 to Rs. 40 per ticket.
15. India signs First Loan Agreement with New Development Bank:
  • India has signed a loan agreement with the New Development Bank (NDB) for USD 350 million funding for a project involving development and up gradation of major district roads (approx 1,500 km) in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The objective of the project is to up gradation of major district roads in the state to improve connectivity with the national and state highway networks.
  • This is the first loan agreement for the New Development Bank assisted project in India.
16. Karnataka Bank & SBI Card launch co-branded credit card:
  • The Karnataka Bank Limited and SBI Card have launched co-branded credit cards ‘Karnataka Bank Platinum SBI Card’ and ‘Karnataka Bank SimplySAVE SBI Card’ for the customers of Karnataka Bank.
  • ‘Karnataka Bank Platinum SBI Card’ has been designed keeping in mind the premium customers, offers features in line with their lifestyle and spending patterns.
  • ‘Karnataka Bank SimplySAVE SBI Card’ is aimed at value-conscious consumers and offers rewards and features that enable customers to maximise their savings on their regular spends.
17. Axis Bank ties up with Wells Fargo for US remittances:
  • Axis Bank has tied up with Wells Fargo (the third largest American bank by assets) to offer real-time remittances from the Indian diaspora to their relatives back home.
  • Under the arrangement between the two banks, any member of the Indian diaspora with an account with the Wells Fargo will be able to transfer money to their relatives back home and there will be no transaction fee applicable to the money transfers from the USA. But the relative or the beneficiary in India will need to have an account with Axis Bank.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

28 March 2017 Daily GK Update & Current Affairs

Daily GK Update 28 March 2017
1. Union Petroleum Ministry launches MoPNG e-Seva:
  • The Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has launched MoPNG e-Seva.
  • MoPNG e-Seva is a dedicated grievances redressal platform on Social Media for all queries and grievances relating to Oil and Gas Sector.
  • The grievances will be dealt on real-time basis.
2. Odisha becomes the first state to bring banking to remote rural areas through SHG:
  • Odisha has become the first Indian state to carry financial inclusion and extend banking services to unbanked areas through Self Help Groups(SHGs).
  • The state government has signed an agreement with State Bank of India (SBI)to provide banking facilities to people in unbanked areas.
  • In the first phase, SHGs would be engaged as Banking Correspondents in around 1,000 remote Gram Panchayats having no banking facilities.
  • Gradually it would be extended to 4,000 non-banked panchayats.
3. Government approves 101 cold chain projects to boost food processing sector:
  • The Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (FPI) has sanctioned 101 new integrated cold chain projects across the country. 
  • These projects will leverage a total investment of Rs. 3,100 crore for creation of modern infrastructure for the food processing sector. 
  • Of the 101 new projects –53 projects are for fruits and vegetables, dairy (33) and remaining are fish, meat, marine, poultry, ready-to-eat/ready-to-cook sectors. 
  • Maharashtra as cornered the maximum number (21) of the projects followed by Uttar Pradesh (14), Gujarat (12), Andhra Pradesh (8) and Punjab and Madhya Pradesh (6 each).
4. Uttar Pradesh BPL households to get free power connection:
  • In Uttar Pradesh, all below poverty line (BPL) households in the urban and rural areas of the state will get free power connection while those above poverty line (APL) will be given 100 % financing option with easy EMIs.
  • The decisions were taken after a meeting between Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Uttar Pradesh Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma in New Delhi.
  • These electricity connections will be given without any discrimination on caste or religious lines and will be based on the latest Socio-Economic Census data.
5. Government approves Shekatkar Committee recommendations to reform military:
  • The Union Defence Ministry has approved most of the proposals of a committee of experts, headed by Lt. Gen. D.B. Shekatkar (Retd) to bring host of reforms in the military and improve financial management. 
  • Around 90 recommendations have been of the committee were approved. Most of these recommendations are measures to increase coordination among the three Services and cut down flab in Army to make it lean and agile.
6. Anil Ambani gets a seat on Atlantic Council advisory board:
  • Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani has been inducted into the international advisory board of The Atlantic Council.
  • He joins News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, former Spanish PM Jose Maria Aznar, Airbus CEO Thomas Enders among others, on the board.
  • The Council is a foreign policy think tank.
7. India, Nepal renew petroleum supply agreement:
  • India and Nepal have signed an agreement to renew supply of petroleum to Nepal for a period of five years i.e. till 2022. 
  • The renewed agreement, which was overseen by the Petroleum Ministers of both countries, was signed even as both sides pledged to build a new pipeline for LPG. 
  • The agreement was signed between Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) and Nepal Oil Company (NOC) and was overseen by Petroleum Ministers of both countries.
8. Vanita Gupta appointed president of 'Leadership Conference':
  • Indian-American Vanita Gupta (41-year) has been appointed as president and CEO of 'The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights'.
  • Gupta will also lead its sister oorganization'The Leadership Conference Education Fund'.
  • She will succeed Wade Henderson, who is stepping down after more than two decades of service in the organization.
  • She has also become the first woman to head the prestigious organization.
9. Rana Kanwar Pal elected speaker of Punjab Assembly:
  • Today, former Punjab Youth Congress President Rana Kanwar Pal Singh (59-year) has unanimously elected speaker of Punjab Assembly.
  • Rana K P Singh is elected from the Anandpur Sahib constituency for the third time.
10. Indian Navy de-inducts TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft:
  • The Indian Navy has de-inducted TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft after 29 years of dedicated service to the nation and 30,000 hours of accident-free flying. 
  • The aircraft was formally de-inducted at a ceremony held at INS Rajali naval air station in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu. 
  • Now its role will be taken on by the newly inducted Boeing P-8I aircraft. 
  • TU-142M was inducted into the Indian Navy at Dabolim Goa from the erstwhile USSR in 1988. Later it shifted base and made INS Rajali its permanent home in 1992.
11. ICICI Bank partners with Truecaller:
  • ICICI Bank announced a partnership with mobile app firm Truecaller for a new UPI-based mobile payment service.
  • The new feature called as Truecaller Pay, and it will allow users of the app to instantly create a UPI ID, send money to any UPI ID or a mobile number registered with the BHIM app.
  • It will also enable users to recharge their mobile number from within the Truecaller app itself.
12. Truecaller partners with Google:
  • Leading communication app Truecaller has tied up with Google to integrate the tech giant's video calling app Duo within the Truecaller app.
  • According to the agreement, Truecaller integration with Google Duo will be available in the  Android and iOS as a permission-based service, where users will be able to opt-in and out at any time.
13. Syndicate Bank opens 40 ‘Ananya’ branches:
  • The ‘Syndicate Bank’ has digitally inaugurated 40 ‘Ananya’ transformed branches to enhance customer experience, improve sales focus, and improve digital transactions through a dedicated digit zone.
  • ‘Project Ananya’ is a two-year large-scale transformation project undertaken by the bank to provide customers with ‘best in class’ services while improving and modernizing the whole bank.
  • Earlier, the bank has launched its first micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) hub in Bengaluru.
  • The hub aims to reduce the turnaround time of the loan sanctioning process.
14. ‘Karur Vysya Bank’ bags ‘best small bank’ award:
  • The ‘Karur Vysya Bank’ (KVB) has been adjudged the ‘Best Small Bank for 2016’.
  • The managing Director(MD) of ‘Karur Vysya Bank’ has received the award from Sudhir Munguntivar, Minister of Finance and Planning, Government of Maharashtra, at a function in Mumbai.
  • This is the eighth award won by KVB in the current fiscal.
15. Vijaya Bank inks MoU with Piaggio Vehicles:
  • Vijaya Bank entered into an MoU with Piaggio Vehicles for providing financial support for the purchase of vehicles under Small Road Transport Operators (SRTO) scheme in Bengaluru. 
  • Vijaya Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kishore Sansi flagged off the first batch of vehicles under the MoU in the presence of Piaggio Vehicles Vice-President Praveen Nagpal.
16. Satwiksairaj & Chirag won Vietnam Open International Challenger Badminton Doubles title:
  • Indian pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have won the USD 20,000 ‘Vietnam Open International Challenger badminton title’ in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • They defeated the fifth-seeded Thai duo of Trawut Potieng and Nanthakam Yordphaisong in 17-21, 21-9, 21-15.
  • It was their maiden title this season, while fifth victory overall.
17. Eminent Jurist TR Andhyarujina Passes Away:
  • Senior Advocate and eminent jurist Tehmtan R. Andhyarujina passed away. He was the Solicitor General of India from 1996 to 1998. 

Current Affairs 28 March 2017: Quiz

28th March 2017 Current Affairs Quiz for SBI PO, SSC CGL & Competitive-govt. Exams:

Current-Affairs-28-march-2017
1. World's largest capstone has been discovered in which state of India, after excavating an ancient human burial site ?
a) Kerala
b) Andhra Pradesh
c) Telangana
d) Jharkhand

2. Which of the following Online Film Certification System of the Central Board of Film Certification has been launched by union government?
a) e-Cinema
b) e-CinePramaan
c) OnlineCine
d) e-Film

3. Which of the following city has been selected by FIFA to host the final of the Under-17 World Cup on October 28?
a) New Delhi
b) Kochi
c) Kolkata
d) Navi Mumbai

4. Who has become the first Indian girl to explore the route from Sea Link near Worli Koliwada to the Gateway of India? 
a) Neha Bhatt
b) Rekha Nigam 
c) Gauri Singh 
d) Anita Kumari

5. Managing Director (MD) of HDFC Bank Aditya Puri(23rd position) got featured in the World's Best CEOs list of American financial magazine Barron’s. Name the person who topped the list?
a) Mary Barra 
b) Gary Dickerson 
c) Stephen Hemsley
d) Jeff Bezos

6. Which of the following bank has launched the ‘MoneyPlant RuPay International Platinum Debit Card’ to provide more privileges to its premium and HNI (high net worth individual) customers?
a) South Indian Bank
b) Karnataka Bank
c) Vijaya Bank
d) Andhra bank

7. Which football team has won the 71st edition of premier domestic football tournament ‘Santosh Trophy’ by defeating Goa 1-0 in the final at Bambolim, Goa?
a) Tripura
b) Tamil Nadu
c) Kerala
d) West Bengal

8. Who is the newly appointed chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI)? 
a) Mohan Singh Ahluwalia 
b) Suresh S.Honnappagol 
c) Chinny Krishna 
d) Sharad Singh Negi

9. Repco Home Finance Ltd (RHFL) has signed an agreement with _________ for implementation of a credit-linked subsidy scheme for the middle-income group.
a) Axis Bank
b) National Housing Bank (NHB)
c) NABARD
d) General Insurance Corporation (GIC)

10. The World Theatre Day (WTD) is observed on which date? 
a) March 28 
b) March 25 
c) March 26 
d) March 27

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

Monday, 27 March 2017

27 March 2017 Daily GK Update & Current Affairs

Daily GK Update 27 March 2017
1. World Theatre Day: 27th March
  • The World Theatre Day (WTD) is celebrated globally on 27th March.
  • World Theatre Day was created in 1961 by an international non-governmental organization International Theatre Institute (ITI), France.
  • ITI was founded in 1948 by UNESCO and the international theater community.
2. World's largest capstone discovered by archaeologists in Telangana:
  • The archaeology department of Telangana has discovered the world's largest capstone after excavating an ancient human burial site in Siddipet district, Telangana. 
  • The capstone of the menhir burial reportedly weighs about 40 tonnes. 
3. Uttarakhand Assembly introduces Lokayaukta Act:
  • The crucial 2011 Lokayukta Bill has been introduced in Uttarakhand Assembly.
  • Governor of State, KK Paul, said he has kept the issue of Lokayukhta on top priority.
  • The new government will also revive the Transfer Act brought in 2011 by the erstwhile Khanduri government to curb corruption.
4. Environment Ministry official to chair animal welfare board:
  • The government has notified that Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory advisory body under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF) will now be permanently chaired by a senior MoEF official. 
  • This step came into effect due to the recently held Jallikattu Protest in Karnataka. Central Government applies its preference now in the management of the organization by making a new Board of 18 members, chaired by Sharad Singh Negi, Special Secretary and Director-General (Forests).
5. CCEA approved closing of CHBL and ICBL:
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved closure/winding up of CREDA HPCL Biofuel Ltd (CHBL) and IndianOil - Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) Biofuels Limited (ICBL)
  • Joint Ventures between CREDA HPCL Biofuel Ltd (CHBL) and IndianOil-CREDA Biofuels Limited (ICBL) were formed for carrying out energy crop (Jatropha) plantation and production of bio-diesel in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
6. Ravish Kumar awarded first Kuldip Nayar journalism award:
  • Eminent TV journalist Ravish Kumar (Senior executive editor of NDTV India) has been awarded inaugural ‘Kuldip Nayar journalism award’ for his contribution to the field of journalism at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
  • He conferred with an award plaque along with a cash amount of Rs. 1 lakh.
  • The award was set up to honor those working in vernacular media.
7. Govt launches Online Film Certification System:
  • The Union government today launched 'e-CinePramaan', the Online Film Certification System of the Central Board of Film Certification. 
  • This will make the process for films to obtain a certificate fully digital and will include QR Codes to check fraudulent certificates. 
  • "A highlight of online film certification is elimination of middlemen and of corruption," said I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
8. Pawan Hans ties-up with HAL to train helicopter pilots:
  • State-run Pawan Hans has joined hands with public sector chopper maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to train helicopter pilots.
  • Pawan Hans is a joint venture where state-owned ONGC holds 49 per cent.
9. BHEL commissions 250-MW eco-friendly unit in Gujarat:
  • State-owned power equipment maker BHEL has commissioned a 250-MW eco-friendly unit using low-grade coal (lignite) as a primary fuel. 
  • The lignite-based thermal unit, based on circulating fluidised bed combustion (CFBC) technology, is the second such facility to be commissioned at Bhavnagar Energy Company’s (BECL) 2x250-MW thermal power project at Padva in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat.
10. Conference on 'Make in India' held in Houston:
  • A first-ever Houston India conference on 'Make in India' was held in Houston, the USA, for bringing together various constituencies that have an interest in doing business in India and discussing the latest developments.
  • The two-day Houston India Conference was hosted by Asia Society Texas Center which began on 25th March 2017. The theme of the Conference is 'Make in India -The Inside Story'.
11. HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri features in World's best CEOs list by Barron's:
  • Managing Director (MD) of HDFC Bank Aditya Puri (66-year) got featured in the World's Best CEOs list of American financial magazine Barron’s.
  • He ranked at 23rd position. Puri transformed HDFC into one of the world's higest-quality banks.
  • Barron's is America's premier financial magazine, provides in-depth analysis and commentary on the markets, updated every business day online.
  • The list is topped by Mary Barra (General Motors, 1st), Gary Dickerson (Applied Materials, 2nd). & Stephen Hemsley (United Health Group, 3rd).
12. GIC to be first PSU general insurer to launch IPO:
  • General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re) is likely to be the first PSU insurer to tap the capital market as the Finance Ministry has started scouting for merchant bankers to manage its Initial Public Offering (IPO), yet not officially released.
  • The government holds 100 per cent stake in GIC Re, which provides reinsurance support to 54 general and life insurance companies, both public and private, in the Indian market.
13. Karnataka Bank’s launched platinum card:
  • Karnataka Bank has launched the ‘MoneyPlant RuPay International Platinum Debit Card’ to provide more privileges to its premium and HNI (high net worth individual) customers.
  • The card can be used for domestic and international cash withdrawals and purchases. The card has a withdrawal limit of Rs5,000 and purchases limit ofRs2 lakh a day at point-of-sales terminals and e-commerce sites.
14. Repco ties up with NHB:
  • Repco Home Finance Ltd (RHFL) has signed an agreement with National Housing Bank (NHB) for implementation of a credit-linked subsidy scheme for the middle-income group.
  • The scheme will be implemented for one year with effect from January 1, 2017, in all statutory towns. The scheme divides middle-income group into two categories with annual household income up to Rs12 lakh and Rs 18 lakh. 
  • The subsidy will be available for the two brackets for a loan amount of Rs 9 lakh and Rs 12 lakh at the rate of 4 per cent and 3 per cent per annum, respectively, for a tenure of 20 years. The maximum subsidy amount for an individual beneficiary is Rs 2.35 lakh.
15. Kolkata to host India's first ever FIFA U-17 World Cup final:
  • Kolkata's iconic Salt Lake Stadium has been selected by FIFA to host the final of the Under-17 World Cup on October 28. 
  • The tournament will start in New Delhi and Navi Mumbai with the tournament's two opening matches being held on October 6. Notably, Guwahati and Navi Mumbai will host the semi-finals of the tournament.
16. 14-year-old becomes first girl to swim from Sea Link to Gateway of India:
  • Gauri Singh, 14-year-old girl became the first girl to explore the route from Sea Link near Worli Koliwada to the Gateway of India
  • The 36 km long distance route, which she started was completed in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
17. West Bengal win Santosh Trophy for 32nd time:
  • West Bengal has won the 71st edition of premier domestic football tournament ‘Santosh Trophy’ by defeating Goa 1-0 in the final at Bambolim, Goa.
  • The match-winner came in extra time through Manvir Singh, after a goalless 90-minutes of play.
  • West Bengal has appeared in the Santosh Trophy finals 43 times and won the trophy 32nd times (the most by any team).
  • Santosh Trophy is an annual Indian football tournament started in 1941.
18. Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait retires from cricket:
  • Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait has announced his retirement from international cricket. Tait, who last played for Australia in a Twenty20 international against India in January 2016. 
  • Recently Shaun Tait, has become an Overseas Citizen of India three years after getting married to Indian model Mashoom Singha.

Current Affairs 27 March 2017: Quiz

27th March 2017 Current Affairs Quiz for SBI PO, SSC CGL & Competitive-govt. Exams:

Current-Affairs-27-march-2017
1. According to TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking website, Which of the following city has named as the best global travel destination for 2017?
a) Paris
b) Bali 
c) Bangkok
d) London

2. Name the F1 driver who won the Australian Grand Prix on March 26, 2017?
a) Max Verstappen 
b) Lewis Hamilton
c) Valtteri Bottas
d) Sebastian Vettel

3. India has become the 3rd largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic. Which of the following country has topped the list?
a) US
b) China
c) Japan
d) Russia

4. The scientists of which university are set to launch the biggest solar geoengineering study by sending aerosol injections 20 kilometres into the earth's stratosphere to act as a solar shield?
a) Yale University
b) Harvard University
c) University of Cambridge
d) California Institute of Technology

5. The scientists of which country have set up the World’s Largest Artificial Sun called Synlight to produce hydrogen fuel in carbon neutral way?
a) Norway
b) Germany
c) Switzerland
d) China

6. Who has been become BSF's first woman field officer?
a) Anita Bora 
b) Anjali Prasad
c) Tanushree Pareek
d) Neha Viz

7. Who has been appointed as the new Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi? 
a) K K Sharma 
b) M C Mishra 
c) Prathap C. Reddy 
d) Randeep Guleria

8. Which of the given Office of the Insurance Ombudsman became the first to receive the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management on March 24, 2017?
a) Office of the Insurance Ombudsman, Delhi
b) Office of the Insurance Ombudsman, Chennai
c) Office of the Insurance Ombudsman, Kolkata
d) Office of the Insurance Ombudsman, Hyderabad

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

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Daily GK Update 26th March 2017: Current Affairs

Daily GK Update 26th March 2017
1. Harvard to launch world's biggest solar geoengineering study:
  • Harvard University scientists are set to launch the biggest solar geoengineering study by sending aerosol injections 20 kilometres into the earth's stratosphere to act as a solar shield.
  • The study will explore the possibility of solar shielding as a future solution to global warming. 
  • The $20 million project aims to simulate the atmospheric cooling effects of a volcanic eruption.
2. Bangladesh celebrates 46th Independence Day:
  • On March 26th Bangladesh celebrates its Independence day.
  • Bangladesh's President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed wreaths at National Memorial in Savar paying respects to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom.
3. Aadhaar to be mandatory for driving licence:
  • The Central government has asked all the states to make Aadhaar card a mandatory requirement in order to procure a driving licence in India. 
  • The rule will come into effect from October, 2017.
  • The move will ensure that there are no multiple driving licenses under one name.
4. Anupam Kher receives Kala Ratan Award from Vice President:
  • Actor Anupam Kher was honoured with the Kala Ratan Award from Panjab University with the Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari giving away the award on Saturday. 
  • Anupam thanked Panjab University for honouring him with the award while revealing that he joined Indian theatre in Panjab University in 1974.
5. Indian Railways to install Wi-Fi kiosks at 500 remote stations for e-services:
  • Railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations and help people access an array of online services, including various government schemes. 
  • Christened as Railwire Saathi, the Wi-Fi kiosks will function like a PCO for Digital India and enable people to use services like e-commerce, online banking and much 
6. India becomes 3rd largest aviation market in domestic traffic:
  • India has become the 3rd largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, beating Japan.
  • According to aviation think-tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, India's domestic air passenger traffic stood at 100 million in 2016.
  • It was behind only the US (719 million) and China (436 million).
7. Bali named the best global travel destination for 2017:
  • TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking website, has named Bali as the global winner of its 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards for destinations.
  • London and Paris have bagged the second and the third spots respectively on TripAdvisor’s list of 10 best travel destinations around the world for this year.
8. Vettel wins Australian Grand Prix:
  • Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari. 
  • It was Vettel's fourth win for Ferrari and his first since the Singapore Grand Prix in September 2015.
9. Cheteshwar Pujara sets a record by scoring the most runs in a Test season by an Indian:
  • Pujara achieved the landmark for scoring the most runs in a Test season, surpassing the mark of 1269 by Gautam Gambhir which he achieved in the 2008/09 season.
  • He has scored 1316 runs at an average of 65.8 in the season, the most ever by an Indian batsman in Tests. 
  • He needs 168 runs to break Ricky Ponting’s mark, who holds the record for the most runs ever by a batsman in a season, with 1483 runs at an average of 78.05.

Current Affairs 26th March 2017: Quiz

26th March 2017 Current Affairs Quiz for SBI PO, SSC CGL & Competitive-govt. Exams:

Current Affairs 26th march 2017
1. What is India's rank among the surveyed 127 countries on a Global Energy Architecture Performance Index (EAPI) released as part of report of Geneva- based World Economic Forum (WEF)?
a) 62nd
b) 74th
c) 87th
d) 98th

2. Which of the following country has topped Global Energy Architecture Performance Index (EAPI) released by World Economic Forum (WEF)?
a) Denmark
b) Switzerland 
c) Norway 
d) Sweden 

3. The 105th session of Indian Science Congress (ISC) will be held in which city of India during January 3-7, 2018?
a) New Delhi
b) Bhopal
c) Chennai
d) Hyderabad 

4. Which financial services company has launched the mobile application “myLoan” to offer personal loans to young and mobile savvy audience?
a) Tata Capital Limited
b) Birla Global Finance Limited
c) Bajaj Capital Limited
d) SBI Capital Markets Limited

5. India’s first vertical garden has set up in which city to control the pollution level of the city?
a) New Delhi
b) Bengaluru 
c) Bhopal
d) Pune

6. Which Indian-origin filmmaker has been honoured with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017? 
a) Sukhbeer Singh Sandhu 
b) Gurinder Chadha 
c) Y K Sinha 
d) Permlata Singh

7. Which of the following city of Afghanistan was captured by the Taliban militant group after a year-long battle with the Afghanistan Force?
a) Zaranj
b) Hera
c) Sangin
d) Sar-e Pol City

8. State Bank of India (SBI) Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya has been ranked at what position among the world's 50 greatest leaders, according to Fortune Magazine?
a) 18th
b) 26th
c) 32nd
d) 38th

9. How much amount of credit agreement has been signed by the World Bank with the state government of Uttarakhand and Government of India to improve health services in the state?
a) USD 200 million
b) USD 100 million
c) USD 150 million
d) USD 250 million

10. The 9th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) will be held in which country from September 9-15, 2017 with the theme “Culture/Environment: Weaving New Connections”?
a) China
b) Canada
c) Japan
d) India

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

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Daily GK Update 25th March 2017: Current Affairs

Daily GK Update 25th March 2017
1. India ranks 87th on Energy Architecture Performance Index: WEF:
  • India ranked 87th among the surveyed 127 countries on a Global Energy Architecture Performance Index (EAPI) released as part of report of Geneva- based World Economic Forum (WEF). 
  • Top 5 countries are: Switzerland (1), Norway (2), Sweden (3), Denmark (4) and France (5).
  • EAPI is a composite index developed by WEF in collaboration with Accenture Strategy. It focuses on tracking specific indicators to measure the energy system performance of the countries
2. 'Earth Hour' being observed today: 25 March
  • The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) is observing the 10th anniversary of 'Earth Hour' today i.e. 25 March,2017. 
  • The worldwide event is held annually encouraging individuals to turn off non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 PM local time as a symbol of their commitment to the planet. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007.
3. Navy gets three naval systems from DRDO:
  • Defence Minister Arun Jaitley handed over three naval systems, developed by premier Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to the Indian Navy.
  • The naval systems, given to Indian Navy, are USHUS-II submarine sonar, directing gear for hull-mounted sonar array and inertial navigation system for ship applications. 
4. Indian Navy fires surface-to-air missile from INS Vikramaditya:
  • The country’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya successfully carried out the maiden test of the newly installed Barak short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM).
  • The 44,500-tonne carrier was commissioned into the Navy in November 2013 at Severodvinsk in Russia.
5. Tanushree Pareek becomes BSF's first woman field officer:
  • Tanushree Pareek, a resident of Rajasthan became BSF's first woman field officer.
  • She led the passing-out parade at the BSF Academy as the first woman field officer. 
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated her and said, hoped many more women will join her.
6. Aadhaar mandatory for mobile connection:
  • After making Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and applying for a Permanent Account Number (PAN), the government has moved to make Aadhaar-based e-KYC (know your customer) mandatory for mobile phone connections.
  • The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) directed all mobile phone service providers to reverify existing customers, prepaid and postpaid, using their unique Aadhaar identity number and biometric details. Aadhaar-based e-KYC would also be mandatory for customers procuring new SIM card.
7. Nellore in AP to get Post Office Passport Seva Kendra:
  • The External Affairs Ministry and the department of posts announced the opening of a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.
  • It would be the 86th POPSK in the country. The Ministry of External Affairs and the Department of Posts will be working closely for the early operationalisation of this POPSK at Nellore.
8. SBI's Arundhati Bhattacharya among world's greatest leaders:
  • State Bank of India (SBI) Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya has been ranked 26th among the world's 50 greatest leaders, according to Fortune Magazine.
  • With this, Bhattacharya has become the only Indian corporate leader to be featured on the list. The list has been topped by Theo Epstein President, Baseball Operations in Chicago Cubs.
9. Osmania University to host 105th Indian Science Congress:
  • The 105th session of Indian Science Congress (ISC) will be hosted by Osmania University, Hyderabad during January 3-7, 2018. 
  • The theme of the 105th session of Indian Science Congress is 'Science and Technology - Reaching the Unreached’. 
  • This will be the sixth time that the university will be hosing the conferrer. The congress will be meeting in Hyderabad for the seventh time.
10. Ashwin breaks record for most wickets in a Test season:
  • Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has broken the record for most wickets in a single Test season, taking his 79th this season during the Dharamsala Test against Australia. 
  • Ashwin went past South African pacer Dale Steyn, who had claimed 78 wickets in 12 Tests in 2007-08. Ashwin has taken seven five-wicket hauls this season in 13 matches.