Monday, 27 March 2017

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.

Current Affairs 25th March 2017-Daily Current Affairs Quiz

24th March 2017 Current Affairs Quiz for SBI PO, SSC CGL & Competitive-govt. Exams:

Current Affairs 25th march 2017
1. Which of the following bank has introduced Aadhar-based payment Unified Payment Interface (UPI) mobile application- 'SIB M-Pay' to promote cashless digital transactions?
a) ICICI Bank 
b) South Indian Bank 
c) HDFC Bank
d) Axis Bank

2. The 3rd edition of ‘World Conference on Environment’ has been organized in which country?
a) China
b) Canada
c) India
d) Japan

3. According to Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma, how many Indian cities were included in the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
a) three
b) four
c) five  
d) six

4. The National Commission for Schedule Tribes (NCST) has approved the proposal for five additional seats for tribal in the _______ Assembly.
a) Sikkim
b) Assam
c) Manipur
d) West Bengal

5. Who has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th National Photography Awards organized by the photo division of the I&B ministry in New Delhi?
a) Raghu Rai
b) Ankur Mittal
c) Manish Dev
d) Kapil Mishra

6. Which Indian actor will be honoured with the Kala Ratan Award? 
a) Amitabh Bachchan
b) Anupam Kher
c) Aamir Khan 
d) S Prabhakar

7. Who has been honoured with the first-ever Kuldip Nayar journalism award 2017? 
a) Rizvan Kausar 
b) Ravish Kumar 
c) Ikshula Arora 
d) Anupam Mishra

8. Sri Lanka has recently launched new PERU to create awareness on reconciliation among children. What does “PERU” stands for? 
a) Peace Education and Reconciliation Union 
b) Peace Education and Reconciliation Unity 
c) Peace Education and Reconciliation Unitary 
d) Peace Education and Reconciliation Unit

9. Which union minister has launched an integrated grievances redressal platform “MoPNG e Seva” for Petroleum and Gas related queries? 
a) Faggan Singh Kulaste 
b) Ajay Tamta 
c) Arjun Ram Meghwal 
d) Dharmendra Pradhan

10. The “International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade” is observed on which date? 
a) March 23 
b) March 24 
c) March 25 
d) March 26

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

Why Students Fail in Bank Exams

Why Students Fail in Bank Exams

Everyone wants to be successful in their endeavors but it does not happen for each person.
Everybody in the world do not get the chance to taste victory. Have you ever wondered that why does this happen? Well, this article aims at the reasons why the candidates fail in the Bank Examinations.

Why do the aspirants Fail?
 
1.      Not getting acquainted with the changes in syllabus-
The questions based on Non-Verbal Reasoning are not included in the question paper now. The topics that contains less weightage has been decreased in the question paper. There are different questions that are expected to come in the question papers of IBPS Prelims and Mains.

2.      Candidates don’t have the idea of competition-
Every year lakhs of candidates appear for this examinations and out of that only a handful of them are selected. This happens because the candidates take the exams lightly and don’t prepare themselves properly. Lack of practice and concentration is also a factor.

3.      The candidates being unaware of the Negative Marking-
Before appearing for the exams, the candidates must go through the examination pattern of the Bank Exams. In the excitement of completing the question paper, the student commit mistakes and hence it results in negative marking which decreases the total marks.

4.      The sectional cutoffs are not met by the candidates-
It is an important reason for the failure as the candidates are not able to score as much as the cutoff in some of the sections of the question paper. This happens because the candidate is not equally prepared for all the sections.

5.      The problems in Management of Time-
The time provided to the candidates is not sufficient to answer the full question paper completely. The need of the hour is to plan before appearing for the exams. Time Management is the most important factor in cracking the Bank Exams- IBPS PO, IBPS clerk, IBPS SO and IBPS RRB.

6.      Not being acquainted to the Online Question Paper- The Bank Exams are being conducted online since a couple of years. Most of the candidates are not familiar with the type of the question paper. This is to be rectified by practicing online mock test papers.

7.      Speed and Accuracy are avoided- This is one of the main reasons why candidates fail to qualify the Bank Exams as they are just concerned in completing the question paper. The examination anxiety makes the candidate just to answer the questions and not to check whether they are being correctly answered or not.

About the author
With a degree in Engineering, Saswati Ghosh is a content writer by profession. She is passionate about creative writing and blogging along with an interest in reading and part-time teaching. She is presently exploring all about the digital education with Byju’s-the Learning App.

Daily GK Update 24th March 2017: Current Affairs

Daily GK Update 24th March 2017
1. World Tuberculosis Day- 24 March
  • World Tuberculosis Day celebrated on 24 March each year. 
  • The theme for World Tuberculosis Day 2017 is 'Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind'. 2017 is the second year of a two-year "Unite to End TB" campaign for World TB Day.
2. Five Indian cities included in World Heritage List:
  • According to Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma, five Indian cities were included in the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • The five Indian cities included in the list are Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar and Mumbai.
3. Suresh Prabhu announced scaling up of ‘VIKALP Scheme’ for Railway Passengers:
  • The Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced the scaling up of ‘VIKALP Scheme’ for waitlisted passengers at a progrmme held in New Delhi.
  • The scheme will become effective on 1st April 2017.
  • Prabhu has also released the Water Management Policy of Indian Railways to improve water use efficiency by setting up water recycling plants, rainwater harvesting plants, sewage treatment plants and effluent treatment plants on railway land.
  • He also presented GreenCo Certificates to three units of Indian Railways.
  • ‘VIKALP Scheme’ is a transparent scheme as confirmed reservation tickets will be provided in alternate trains without giving extra fare.
4. NCST approves proposal for 5 additional seat for tribal in Sikkim Assembly:
  • The National Commission for Schedule Tribes (NCST) has approved the proposal for five additional seats for tribal in the Sikkim Assembly.
  • The proposal of increasing reserve seats for Schedule Tribes from 12 to 17 in 32 members in Sikkim Assembly and now it would be increased to 40.
  • The five seats would be reserved for Limbu and Tamang.
5. Raghu Rai honored with Lifetime Achievement at National Photography Awards:
  • Renowned photojournalist Raghu Rai has conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th National Photography Awards organized by the photo division of the I&B ministry in New Delhi.
  • He began his career in photography in 1965 and served as the Director of Photography for India Today.
  • Rai has also served on the jury of World Press Photo and UNESCO’s International Photo Contest.
  • He is known for his books, Raghu Rai's India: Reflections in Colour and Reflections in Black and White.
6. Yves Meyer wins the 2017 Abel Prize:
  • The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel Prize for 2017 to mathematician Yves Meyer.
  • He was awarded for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets. The theory of wavelets that he started and made fundamental contributions to finds wide-ranging applications from image processing to fluid dynamics.
7. 8th Laadli Media Awards 2016:
  • The 8th Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2016 (Northern and Eastern Region) were announced at the Chinmaya Mission in New Delhi. 
  • Anima Pookkunnyil, Assistant Editor with BusinessLine, and Shreya Ila Anasuya, a freelance journalist, were awarded this year for their critical gender-sensitive reportage.
  • Ila Anasuya was awarded for her report on Suzette Jordan. Anima Pookkunnyi was awarded for her story about Kamlesh Kairi’s petition to the Supreme Court against the unjust laws.
8. India Notifies Amended Tax Treaty with Singapore:
  • The government notified the amended India-Singapore tax treaty under which capital gains tax will be levied at source of investments with effect from April 1,2017.
  • India had amended the tax treaty with Singapore on December 30, 2016, under which for two years  capital gains tax will be imposed at 50 percent of the prevailing domestic rate. Full rate will apply from April 1, 2019.
  • The revision of tax treaty will help curb revenue loss, prevent double non-taxation and streamline the flow of investments adding that the amended tax treaty has been notified.
9. Assam govt, SBI sign MoU over housing, educational loan at subsidized interest rates:
  • The state government of Assam has signed two MoUs with Mumbai-based State Bank of India(SBI) to provide housing loan and education loan for its employees. 
  • To provide housing loan at hugely subsidized interest rates of 5% for its women employees and 5.5 % for men, and education loan for higher education for their children at 4% interest rate. Both types of loans will be free of any collateral security and processing fee.
10. Bharti Airtel acquires 4G business of Tikona Networks:
  • Indian global telecommunications services company Bharti Airtel has acquired 4G business of Tikona Networks including the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) business for Rs 1,600 crore.
  • Tikona has 20 MHz spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh circles.
  • The 2300 Mhz band has the second largest ecosystem of 4G devices.
  • After the deal, Airtel will have 30 MHz in the 2300 MHz band in 13 circles.
12. South Indian Bank introduces Aadhar-based payment app:
  • To promote cashless digital transactions, South Indian Bank (SIB) has introduced Aadhar-based payment in its Unified Payment Interface (UPI) mobile application- 'SIB M-Pay'. 
  • Even non-customers of South Indian Bank can link any of their bank accounts in this mobile application. 
  • With the latest addition in SIB M-Pay, the fund transfers can be done by just entering the Aadhar number of the beneficiary. SIB M-Pay app is currently available in Android Playstore.
13. World Bank signs US$ 100 million credit agreement with Uttarakhand, Centre:
  • The World Bank has signed a 100 million US dollar credit agreement with the Centre and Uttarakhand in New Delhi to improve the quality of health care services in all 13 districts of the state.
  • The project aims to reduce the financial risk for its citizens and make affordable, quality health care available to all. 
14. Radha Mohan Singh launched Book titled '50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution':
  • The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has launched a Coffee Table Book titled “50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution” commemorating National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) Golden Jubilee year.
15. Writer Ashokamitran passes away:
  • Prominent Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi winner Ashokamitran died at the age of 86.
  • He was given the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1996 for his work Appavin Snegidhar, a collection of short stories.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Current Affairs 24th March 2017-Daily Current Affairs Quiz

24th March 2017 Current Affairs Quiz for SBI PO, SSC CGL & Competitive-govt. Exams:

Current Affairs 24th march 2017
1. Who has been appointed as the brand ambassador of PepsiCo’s sports drink brand Gatorade?
a) Virat Kohli
b) Rohit Sharma
c) PV Sindhu
d) Sakshi Malik

2. Who will head the newly formed high-level Committee to examine the working of the regulatory bodies Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) and their governing legislations?
a) Arvind Panagariya
b) O P Singh
c) Bhagat Singh Koshyari
d) V K Singh


3. Which state government has recently signed MoU with State Bank of India (SBI) to provide subsidized loans to its employees? 
a) Bihar
b) Punjab 
c) Assam 
d) West Bengal

4. What was the theme of 2017 World Meteorological Day that was observed on March 23 to to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water? 
a) Call for Ecosystem
b) Understanding Cloud 
c) Gear up to Water 
d) Stop Pullution

5. The Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY), a scheme for providing physical aids and assisted-living devices for senior citizens belonging to BPL category, will be launched by which state?
a) Bihar
b) kerala
c) Andhra Pradesh
d) Telangana

6. The 2017 India Sourcing Fair (ISF) will be held in which country from March 24 to 26, 2017? 
a) Bhutan 
b) Nepal 
c) Myanmar 
d) Sri Lanka 

7. Whiich of the following bank has approved a $350 million loan for improving 1,500 kilometers of major district roads in Madhya Pradesh?
a) World Bank
b) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
c) NABARD
d) New Development Bank(NDB)

8. Which Indian shooter has won gold in the Men’s Double Trap event at the 2017 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Mexico?
a) Man Singh 
b) Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 
c) Amrinder Cheema 
d) Ankur Mittal

9. The 3rd International Conference on Alternate Fuels and Raw Materials in Cement Industry has started in which country? 
a) India 
b) China 
C) United States 
d) Australia

10 . Name the French mathematician who won the prestigious 2017 Abel Prize for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets (small waves or ripples)?
a) Mike Jack
b) Yves Meyer 
c) Louis Nirenberg 
d) Andrew J. Wiles

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

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Daily GK Update 23rd March 2017: Current Affairs

Daily GK Update 23rd March 2017
1. Nation paying tribute on 86th martyrdom day: 23 March
  • Nation is paying tributes to freedom fighters -Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their 86th martyrdom day (23 March).
  • On this day in 1931, British rulers had executed them in Lahore for their revolutionary activities against the British rule.
2. World Meteorological Day 2017 observed globally:
  • The World Meteorological Day was observed globally on 23rd March 2017.
  • The theme of WMD 2017 is 'Understanding Cloud' to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water.
  • The day is organized every year by World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
3. Fateh Bahadur appointed as Protem Speaker of UP:
  • UP Governor Ram Naik has appointed three-time BJP MLA Fateh Bahadur as the ‘Protem Speaker’ of the newly-constituted Assembly to administer the oath to newly elected MLAs in Uttar Pradesh.
  • He also nominated four MLAs Durga Prasad Yadav (Samajwadi party), Ram Pal Verma & Fagu Chauhan (BJP) and Ramveer Upadhyaya(BSP) to assist the Protem Speaker.
  • The Governor will administer the oath to the Protem Speaker and the four nominated members on Monday at Raj Bhavan.
4. Cabinet approves amendments to NABARD Act, 1981:
  • Union Cabinet has approved proposal for amending National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act, 1981. 
  • Decision in this regard was taken in the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
5. Govt approves 1.17 lakh more affordable houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana:
  • The government approved construction of 117,814 more affordable houses for urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in six states (Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha) with a total investment of Rs 5,773 crore and with central assistance of Rs 1,816 crore.  
  • With this, the total number of affordable homes sanctioned under PMAY so far has gone up to 1,760,507, with a total investment of Rs 96,018 crore and a central assistance of Rs 27,714 crore. 
6. PM to inaugurate India’s longest road tunnel in J&K on April 2:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation, the country’s longest road tunnel named Chenani-Nashri tunnel, built on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which will cut short the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by nearly 30 km.
  • The Prime Minister will inaugurate the 9.2 km long twin-tube tunnel on JK highway on April 2, 2017.
7. NABARD launches water conservation campaign in Karnataka:
  • NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) will help Karnataka with low-cost technologies for water conservation and efficient use of water in the drought-affected districts.
  • The main focus of the save water programme would be to create awareness and to cover maximum number of villages in the districts.
8. ISSF World Cup: Ankur Mittal wins double trap gold in double trap event:
  • Indian shooter Ankur Mittal (24-year) clinched his first men's double trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico.
  • He defeated his Australian rival, James Willet.
  • Mittal shot the score of 75 out of possible 80 points in the six-man final to finish ahead of Willet (73 points).
  • Ying Qui (China) settled for the bronze medal with an overall score of 52 before being eliminated after 60 targets in the finals.
  • Earlier, Ankur had won silver in the same event at last month's World Cup in New Delhi.
9. Austria: India bags 18 medals in Olympics World Winter Games
  • India’s special athletes have won 18 medals so far in the ongoing 2017 Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
  • The medal tally includes six gold, four silver, and eight bronze.
  • The team of 89 differently-abled sports person of the Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) is participating in the competition.
  • Over 2,600 athletes from 105 nations are taking part in the event.
10. Indian para-athletes win 8 medals in IPC Athletics Grand Prix:
  • Indian Para-athletes bagged eight medals (3 gold, 1 silver, and 4 bronze) in the 9th Fazaa International IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.
  • India is currently at the seventh spot out of 48 participating countries.
  • Sundar Singh Gurjar (21-year) won a gold each in men's Javelin Throw F-46 and Discus Throw F-46 competitions.
  • The third Indian gold was bagged by Narender Ranbir in men's Javelin Throw F-44 with an effort of 47.75m.
11. PepsiCo ropes in PV Sindhu as brand ambassador:
  • PepsiCo’s sports drink brand Gatorade has roped in Indian shuttler PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador.
  • Sindhu is the first Indian brand ambassador of the PepsiCo brand.
12. India and ADB Signed $350 Million Loan for Roads in Madhya Pradesh:
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $350 million loan for improving about 1,500 kilometers of major district roads in Madhya Pradesh in line with the State’s Road Development Plan.
  • The Project will involve upgrading roads with concrete pavements, strengthening culverts and bridges, and maintaining the improved road assets for a period of five years.
  • Along with ADB’s loan, the Government of Madhya Pradesh will provide counterpart support of $150 million.
13. Assam govt & SBI sign MoU over housing, educational loan at subsidized interest rates:
  • The Assam govt has signed a MoU with State Bank of India (SBI) to provide Housing and Educational loan at subsidized interest rates to the employees of the state government.
  • The state Government will provide interest subsidy at the rate of 3.50% for the housing loan and education loan at 4%.
  • Maximum limit of Housing Loan is Rs. 15 lakh and the High education loan is Rs. 10 lakh.
  • There are provisions for the collateral free loan, Zero Margin, Zero Processing Fee with longer repayment tenure.
14. High level committee to examine working of CCIM, CCH and their governing legislation:
  • The high-level Committee has been formed to examine the working of the regulatory bodies Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) and their governing legislations namely, Indian Medicine Central Council Act 1970 and Homoeopathy Central Council Act 1973 respectively, for suggesting suitable reforms for AYUSH.
  • The committee will be headed by Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog. Other members of the committee are Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NITI Aayog and Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH.