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30 June 2017 Current AffairsQUIZ
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) new housing scheme with 12,000 flats on offer will be launched. For the LIG (Lower Income Group) category, the registration fee will be Rs1 lakh while for Middle Income Group and High Income Group flats, Rs2 lakh will be charged. It has tied up with 10 banks for the sale of application forms and scheme-related transactions. The banks are Axis Bank, Yes Bank, IDBI, Bank of Baroda, Central Bank, SBI, Kotak Mahindra, HDFC, ICICI and Canara Bank.The Asian Development Bank (ADB) committed USD 10 billion to support infrastructure building and to cater to the immediate development needs of less-developed States in India. The ADB President agreed that the bank is ready to meet immediate critical infrastructure needs of less developed states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh over a period of five years. ADB is multilateral lending agency based in Manila, the Philippines established on 19 December 1996.Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveries won the Global Leadership Awards of the United States-India Business Council (USIBC)for their role in integrating India into the global supply chain. Both were honoured for creating inclusive business environments, integrating India into the global supply chain and advancing core values such as manufacturing, innovation and scale in tough market conditions.Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan introduced a new oil and gas block licensing policy that is expected to open up 2.8 million square kilometres of sedimentary basins to exploration and production activities. The inauguration of the Government’s Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) and the National Data Repository.SIERRA ODC building is recognised as the world’s second highest ranking Green Building. It is a three-storeyed building which has been constructed by laying specific emphasis on increasing the efficiency of resource use such as energy, water or materials. Green Buildings are designed and operated to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment. The green buildings efficiently use energy, water, and other resources, protects occupant health, improves employee productivity, and reduces waste, pollution and environmental degradation.India has contributed $100,000 to a United Nations fund to help developing countries actively participate in the discussion of tax issues, becoming the first country to make the contribution. The UN Tax Committee a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC) provided guidance on current issues such as double taxation treaties, transfer pricing (profit shifting) taxation of the extractive industries and taxation of services.British Prime Minister Theresa may win the confidence vote in the Parliament getting her first major test as the Prime Minister of a Minority Government in the United Kingdom (UK). The announcement led the opposition party leader to withdraw an amendment to the Queen's Speech demanding the state-run National Health Service (NHS) in England stop charging women coming from the province, where abortion is illegal except when the life of the mother is in danger.Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates filing of Aji dam with Narmada waters under Sauni Yojana. He launched Smart Rajkot Hackathon where the urban local body will engage with young students to find innovative solutions to improve the efficiency of various Government departments.Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) made an agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) of Japan for manufacturing of stainless steel coaches and bogies for metros. Kawasaki Heavy Industries manufactures heavy equipment/products and its Rolling Stock Company has supplied EMU (Metro/Commuter) train sets to various countries like US, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong. This technology collaboration agreement will be helpful to establishing design, engineering and manufacturing facilities at BHEL.The UN Security Council (UNSC) approved a resolution by reducing the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region. The British-drafted resolution will reduce the number of peacekeepers by 44 per cent and International police by about 27 per cent in the Darfur mission. The UN-AU force was established in 2007 with a mandate to help protect civilians in Darfur.Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister CM Chandrababu launches the establishment of Micro, Small, Medium Entrepreneurs (MSME) Development Corporation at Vijayawada with a fund of Rs.100 crore on the occasion of International MSME Day. MSME Bhavan would be constructed in all the 175 Assembly constituencies and Industrial Promotion Councils are being set up, headed by a Minister, in all the districts. MSME parks would be developed in 100 to 150 acres of land in various districts.The United States of America (USA) decided to sell one C-17 transport aircraft to India. The sale of USD 366.2 million C-17 transport aircraft manufactured by Boeing also includes one Missile Warning System, one Countermeasures Dispensing System, one Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transponder and precision navigation equipment. The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III military airlift aircraft is one of the most flexible cargo aircraft of the US Air Force fleet.Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region Dr Jitendra Singh Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space launched a new training programme Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials. The main objective of this training programme is to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen-centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on a day-today basis. It is cost effective and has the potential to cover about 3.3 lakh officials annually, compared to 10,000 officials under existing 12-Day Induction Training Programme (ITP).United States Of America issues New visa Criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim countries. The countries were Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. As per the new criteria, applicants from the six Muslim-majority countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the United States of America.National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) launched a web application for free Legal Services to Prisoners at the conference held at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. The Legal Services Management System is developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The software will also help in generating reports showing the total number of inmates, the number of inmates unrepresented, the number of inmates represented by legal services lawyers and the number of inmates represented by private lawyers.
29 June 2017 Current AffairsQUIZ
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Centenary Celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram. It is on a two-day visit to his home state Gujarat and is scheduled to attend programmes in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Modasa and Gandhinagar. He will inaugurate two water supply projects worth Rs 552 crore for the region. He will attend a programme to dedicate water supply schemes based on Vatrak, Mazum and Meswo Dams at Modasa in Aravalli district in north Gujarat.The Uttar Pradesh government appointed Rajiv Kumar as the new Chief Secretary of the state. He replaces Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the formation of a special seven-member committee to identify the ‘few critical points’ for the general body of the cricket board to consider before they are submitted to the Supreme Court. The seven-member committee has Rajeev Shukla, Sourav Ganguly, Naba Bhattacharjee, TC Mathew, Jay Shah, Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary. This committee will be responsible for identifying those points that are difficult to be implemented, in regards to the Justice RM Lodha Committee reforms.The Union Government (Ministry of Textiles) appointed Shri Rajesh V. Shah as Chairperson on the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). He has replaced Shri Chetan Chauhan as per the provisions of the National Institute of Fashion Technology Act, 2006.The Sixth India - Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting co-chaired by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce & Industry from India and Dr Than Myint, Union Commerce Minister from Myanmar was held in New Delhi. The Joint Trade Committee plays a key role related to the enhancement of the bilateral economic partnership between the two countries. Myanmar shares a long land border of over 1600 Kms with India as well as a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal.Donald Trump appointed Indian-American Krishna R as the new United States Ambassador to Peru. He is serving as Charge of Affairs of the United States Embassy in Madrid, Spain. During his three decades of State, Department service he has specialised in economic issues and developed extensive policy experience in the Andean region of South America.Vidya named as the Ambassador of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. They will showcase over 60 films indie and short included in 20 different languages. These films were created to entertain, inspire, enrage, engage and challenge viewers. We look forward to welcoming a fantastic line up of guests and audiences to our screenings and special events.Uttarkhand state conferred the award of excellence at the 2nd Global Skill Development Summit held in Paris. It has been awarded for innovations and extensive use of IT for skill developments the state’s youth. Uttarakhand Skill Development Committee was also running International language training programmes for the state’s youth to strengthen the prospects of their employability by foreign companies.The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) announces Provisional ceiling prices of 761 medicines including anti-cancer, HIV and also some antibiotics. According to NPPA Chairman Bhupendra Singh, the actual increase or decrease in drug prices post GST is expected to be in the range of 2-3% depending on states.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named Sharjah as World Book Captial. Sharjah is the 19th city to become World Book Capital. The Sharjah is the first in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and third in the Arab world and the Middle East received this recognition.The Election Commission of India has joined hands with Facebook to launch nationwide voter registration reminder aimed at reminding eligible Indian voters to register themselves on the electoral rolls. As a part of the initiative, Facebook will activate a unique ‘Register Now’ button reminding all the eligible Indian users to enrol themselves as voters. The remainder will be made available for four days beginning July 1. Election Commission of India is a permanent body entrusted for the conduct of free and fair elections. An independent Election Commission has been provided for in Article 324 of the Constitution of India.Odisha is the first state in the Country to open a Blood Bank for cattle. The proposal has received the approval from the National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP). The blood bank for cattle would be set up on the premises of the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.25 crore.The Scientists have created the brightest light ever produced on the Earth, shining a billion times stronger than the surface of the Sun. Researchers discovered that it could be used as a new type of X-ray, capable of taking higher resolution images. These lights are used for the safety purposes.China launched its most powerful naval destroyer, the Type 055, at the Shanghai port. It is one among the largest warships in the world. The Type 055 vessels will weigh more than 12,000 tonnes and are larger more powerful than India’s latest Project- 15B “Visakhapatnam” class destroyers.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) GSAT-17 communication Satellite onboard the Ariane-5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center at French Guiana. Its weight is about 3,477-kg and will be placed in the Geostationary orbit which has a mission life of 15 years. It is the 21st Indian launch for the Arianespace. Its upcoming GSAT- 11 which weigh more than 5,000 kg also be launched by Arianespace.
28 June 2017 Current AffairsQUIZ
Union Minister Mr. Kalraj Mishra launched 'Digital MSME Scheme', exchanged Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SAP India, Intel, and HMT. The MSME has a total budget of Rs. 85.705 crores including Government of India’s contribution of Rs. 58.105 crore during 2017- 18 to 2019-20. International Trade Centre (ITC) has celebrated the first International MSME Day with the theme of MSME is ‘Small business – big impact’.”Dr.Manoj Soni takes oath as Member of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). He was a former Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University. He has received several awards and recognitions such as “Honorary Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge” from Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA and World Education Congress Global Award for Distance Learning Leadership.India and Netherlands signed 3 agreements between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Hague the Netherlands. The three Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is MOU on Cultural Cooperation. MOU on Water Cooperation Agreement on Amending Social Security Arrangement. Netherlands is host to one of the largest population of people of Indian origin in Europe. It is home to about 220,000 Indian and Suriname Hindustani Diaspora.The Indian shooting squad finished a creditable second at the International Shooting Sports Federation, Junior World Championship with three gold, two silver and three bronze medals in Suhl, Germany. India picked up a Gold and silver in the team and individual sections of the 25m pistol junior men’s event. Anish Bhanwala won three medals one of each color. China topped the event with 19 medals, including eight golds.Uttar Pradesh Government signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a loan of 1950 crore rupees for the strengthening of roads in the different district. As per the agreement, ADB will provide the loan amount for Uttar Pradesh Main District Roads Development Project of 2782 crore rupees cost. The project is scheduled to be completed by the year of 2024 and it will provide the loan for the period of 25 years on the interest rate of 2 percent.Roger Federer won the ninth Halle Open title recently. He defeated Alexander Zverev from Germany. He won the Cup for the first time in his career, one tournament nine times.The Indian Army finally received its first batch of bullet-proof helmets. The helmets were manufactured by Kanpur-based MKU Industries at the cost of Rs 180 crore. The new bulletproof helmets are capable of withstanding the impact of 9mm fired shots from a short range. The helmets match global standards of equipment for armed forces.The Russian military has successfully test-fired a submarine-launched Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (IBM). The Yuri Dolgoruky is the first in a series of Borei-class submarines carrying the Bulava. The Bulava is commissioned by the Russian Navy after a long cycle of development, carries 6 nuclear warheads and has a range of up to 9,300 kilometers (about 5,770 miles).Apple acquired Senso Motoric Instruments (SMI) according to a report from MacRumors. It is a company specialized in eye-tracking technology. SMI has also offered eye-trackers for desktop applications as well as measurement-only head-worn devices for data collection and analysis.Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay honored with East Bengal football club’s highest honor that is Bharat Gaurav. The East Bengal club chosen former India footballers Syed Nayeemuddin and Subhas Bhowmick for the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the function. India’s hockey team won the Asian Games in 2002 under Pillay’s captaincy. He also received the Player of the Tournament Award in the Champions Trophy held in Germany.Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) announced the Group Insurance cover for the pilgrims and service providers from existing Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. SASB manages the annual yatra to the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir, Himalayas. He has announced the enhanced group insurance while interacting with ‘ponywalas’ and ‘pithoowalas’ (pony owners and porters) during a visit to various camps en route the holy cave shrine.The United States of America (USA) designated Pakistan-based Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. They designated Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as (AKA) Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.). President Donald Trump decided the new administration’s commitment for Pakistan-sponsored terror.The World’s first ATM (Automated Teller Machine) celebrated its 50th anniversary. In the past five decades, ATM machines made a transformation in the way people obtained and used cash. The World’s most important ATM machine is present at Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. The most Southerly ATM is situated at the McMurdo station of the South Pole.The European Union’s competition watchdog fined Google a record 2.42 Billion Euro for breaching the anti-trust rules by illegally favoring its shopping service. The fine of 2.42 Billion Euro is the biggest fine for a single company in an EU antitrust case.Kaushik Basu appointed as President of International Economic Association (IEA). He will serve a three-year term as the President. He also served as senior vice-president and chief economist at the World Bank from 2012 to 2016. The International Economic Association (IEA) is one of the key organisations of professional economists and has been significant in determining global economic policy and Research.
27 June 2017 Current AffairsQUIZ
SpaceX successfully launched and landed the second Falcon 9 rocket in roughly 48 hours. The technology, which requires aircraft to be equipped with certain equipment, is undergoing testing involving eight of the initial batch of Iridium NEXT satellites. The new satellites carry payloads for joint-venture Aerion’s space-based, real-time tracking and surveillance of aircraft around the globe, which has implications for efficiency, economy, and safety especially in remote airspace over the oceans.Jammu and Kashmir Governor N Vohra appointed as the President of the India International Centre (IIC) one of the premier cultural institutions in the country. He is succeeded by Soli Sorabjee, former President of IIC. The India International Centre (IIC) is a well known non-official organization located in New Delhi, India.The World Bank cleared a USD 250-million loan, referred to as Skill India Mission Operation (SIMO) for making Indian youth more employable through reskilling. SIMO will be implemented through the National Skill Development Mission and will specifically target labor market entrants. World Bank’s SIMO is a six- year program in support of the Indian Government’s National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (2017-23). As per the Bank’s estimate, skill development capacity of the system would increase by the end of the program so that at least 8.8 million youth with relevant training with improved employment opportunity to raise their earnings.Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the three-day MODI (Making of Developed India Festival) Fest at Kala Academy in Panaji. The MODI Fest showcases the progress of various policies and programs of the Central Government and its developments in lasts three stages. The main focus depends on economic and infrastructure development, budget reforms, women empowerment, skill development for youth, Digital India, financial inclusion and incentives for the farming sector.Nashik’s army doctor Srinivas Gokulnath and Nagpur’s doctor Amit Samarth created history by becoming the first Indians to complete the 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM) in the solo 18-59 age category. Srinivas Gokulnath is an aerospace medicine specialist and had participated in the 2016 edition of RAAM. RAAM is considered as the toughest cycle race in the world. It is about 30 percent longer than the Tour de France and the riders have to pedal over 400 km a day to finish the race in 12 days.