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NationalNational Current Affairs | Access the Latest Happenings across India

 

 

1.  The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has inaugurated 7th Edition of ‘Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival’ at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.

   Kathakar is a special initiative to promote the oral storytelling tradition which has existed across the world.

 

 

2. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched the National Strategic Plan 2017-24 which aimed at eradicating HIV/AIDS by 2030.

   It was launched on the World AIDS Day.

 

 

3. The Telangana Government is going to set up the world’s first Information and Technology (IT) Campus for differently-abled persons (divyangs) in state capital Hyderabad.

   The aim is to focus on creating employment opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

 

 

4. The first International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness Sector- AROGYA 2017 was held in New Delhi.

   It was organized by FICCI in collaboration with Union Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil).

   Its theme was ‘Enhancing the global potential of AYUSH’.

 

 

5. The 22nd Conference of Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) was recently held in New Delhi.

   The key objective of the conference was to develop and recommend approaches for convergence and harmonization of medical device regulations in Asia.

 

 

6. The first International Conference on Sports Medicine & Sports Sciences SAICON 2017 was held in New Delhi.

 The aim was to promote scientific temperament in the country and inspire students, researchers and educationists alike to take up sports science and research to the next level.

 

 

7. The MSME has launched Public Procurement Portal MSME Sambandh for monitoring of Public Procurement Policy.

  The objective of the portal is to monitor the implementation of the Public Procurement from MSEs by the Central Public-Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).

 

 

8. Goa CM Manohar Parrikar has launched the Jai Kisaan App, a farmer engagement app packed with features and functions to fulfill the needs of the farmers community in India.

   It is a one-stop solution for agricultural information and cultivation, covering crop nutrition, protection, seeds, and diagnostic services.

 

 

9. The HUA Ministry has approved the construction of 1.12 lakh more affordable houses for urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

  There will be an investment of Rs 8,105 crore for construction of these houses. The Centre will provide an assistance of Rs 1,681 crore for their construction.

 

 

10. The 6th International Tourism Mart was inaugurated by Assam Government in Guwahati, Assam on 5th December 2017.

  The mart aims to put special emphasis on India’s Act East Policy, blossoming ties with ASEAN and the larger East Asia region and India’s emerging tourism markets.

 

 

11. Indian Railways will accept payments through UPI and BHIM app for booking railway tickets from reservation counters.

 

 

12. Karnataka is the second safest state in South India, after Andhra Pradesh, and has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

 The data has been provided according to Crime in India – 2016 report by the NCRB.

 

 

13. The central government has decided to set up two examination centres in Kashmir Valley- Srinagar and Baramulla, for the 2018 post-graduate National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).

 

 

14. Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district was included in the National Capital Region (NCR), making it the 23rd district to be included in the region.

   The NCR includes thirteen districts of Haryana, eight districts of UP, and two districts of Rajasthan.

 

 

15. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for continuation of centrally sponsored scheme National AYUSH Mission (NAM) from April 2017 to March 2020.

  The government has finalized an outlay of INR 2400 crore over a 3-year period to provide cost-effective AYUSH services.

 

 

16. The CCEA has approved Capital Investment Subsidy amounting to INR 264.67 crore to four industrial units located in North Eastern Region (NER) including Sikkim.

   It has been approved under Central Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme (CCISS), 2007 of North East Industrial Investment and Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007.

 

 

17. Meghalaya became the first state in the country to operationalize The Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Act, 2017.

  It is a law that makes a social audit of government programmes and schemes, a part of government practice.

 

 

18. The NGT has imposed a complete ban on use, sale, purchase and storage of plastic items such as carry bags, plates and spoons in towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh till upper areas of Uttarkashi along the Ganga River in Uttarakhand.

 The move was taken to tackle and prevent pollution of the Ganga.

 

 

19. National Workshop on Role of Sakhi One Stop Centres (OSCs) was held in New Delhi.

  It provided the common platform to understand, discuss and deliberate on strengthening multisector response to address violence against women across the country.

 

 

20. The NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission launched the Atal Tinkering Lab’s Community Day in New Delhi.

   The initiative is aimed at maximizing the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs by extending innovation to children in the community who do not have access to the formal educational institutions.

 

 

21. Rajasthan has become the first state in India to launch free email addresses in Hindi for its residents.

 The facility will be available at name@rajasthan.bharat (in Devanagari script).

 The initiative aims to ensure maximum participation of people towards e-governance and ensure that maximum government facilities are available in vernacular languages.

 

 

22. The Bihar Government has launched Safe City Surveillance Scheme for tracking crime against women.

   It aims to bring all major public places under the watch of CCTV cameras and improve overall crime control in the state.

 

 

23. The Union Ministry launched LaQshya Initiative and mHealth: Safe Delivery Application on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day.

  The ministry also released operational guidelines for obstetric high dependency units and intensive care units.

 

 

24. The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will soon launch Khelo India programme for period 2017-18 to 2019-20 at cost of INR 1756 crore.

 The programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.

 

 

25. The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the existing Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme with funding pattern of 90:10 till March 2020.

 The outlay of INR 5300.00 crore has been proposed for the scheme.

 

 

26. The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, laid the foundation stone of the Nyaya Gram project of the High Court of Allahabad in Allahabad.

 

 

27. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 60 MW Tuirial Hydropower Project in Aizawl.

 It is the first large hydropower project in Mizoram which will boost the socio-economic development of the state.

 

 

28. The J&K Government has launched SAUBHAGYA (Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna) with an aim to provide free electricity connections to poor people in the state.

 SAUBHAGYA, an initiative taken by the prime minister, seeks to provide electricity to 4 crore families across the country by December 2018.

 

 

29. The Government extended the deadline for linking of Aadhar with bank accounts to 31st March 2018.

 

 

30. Rajasthan Government has increased the age limit to apply for top government jobs from 35 to 40 years.

 

 

31. The Union Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation has formally launched the Ganga Gram Project at the Ganga Gram Swachhata Sammelan held in New Delhi.

 The objectives of the project include solid and liquid waste management, water conservation projects, renovation of ponds and water resources, organic farming, horticulture, and promotion of medicinal plants.

 

 

32. The NHAI has created a promotion cell named NHIPC for attracting domestic and foreign investment for highways projects.

 The cell will focus on engaging with global institution investors, developers, construction companies and fund managers for building investor participation in road infrastructure projects.

 

 

33. India’s first and only design university World University of Design (WUD) has opened its campus at Sonipat, Haryana.

 The university is dedicated to education in creative domain.

 

 

34. The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Railways to set up first ever National Rail and Transport University (NRTU) in Vadodara to skill its human resources and build capability.

 The University will be set up as Deemed to Be University under de novo category as per UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2016.

 The first academic program is expected to be launched in July 2018.

 

 

35. The NITI Aayog is planning to set up Methanol Economy Fund worth INR 4,000-5,000 crore to promote production and use of the clean fuel.

 The fund will be utilized for the production of cheaper, safer and pollution free methanol fuel by converting high ash content coal and stranded gas assets into methanol.

 

 

36. The Union Ministry of Railways in an eco-friendly measure to reduce power consumption, has planned to make all stations 100% LED lit by March 2018.

 Under this initiative, the national transporter will provide 100% LED lighting for energy needs in railway staff colonies, stations and platforms.

 

 

37. The Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the Tribal Sports Meet 2017 to promote sports among tribals in Odisha.

 Patnaik also unveiled the logo of the event and mascot of the meet Olly.

 

 

38. BJP has won 2017 Assembly Elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

 The BJP has won 99 of Gujarat’s 182 assembly seats. Congress has won 79 seats in Gujarat.

 This is 6th consecutive assembly election victory for BJP in Gujarat.

 The BJP has won 44 of Himachal’s 68 assembly seats. Congress has won 21 seats in Himachal.

 

 

39. The Andhra Pradesh Government in association with the UNESCO MGIEP is planning to establish a centre of excellence for children as well as a gaming for e-learning hub.

 It will be the first of its kind in India and in Asia-Pacific region.

 

 

40. The two-day event, 17th Indian Science Communication Congress (ISCC-2017) was held in New Delhi.

 The event aimed at promoting communication of India’s scientific wisdom.

 

 

41. A Regional Conference on Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices was held in Guwahati.

 The conference is an effort to create a common platform to share experiences in the formulation and implementation of citizen-centric governance, improved public service delivery, Good Governance Index.

 

 

42. Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu dedicated the first digital village facilitated by Karur Vyasa Bank (KVB), at Bandarupalli in Guntur district.

 The CM participated as the chief guest at the 101st Founder’s Day of the KVB.

 

 

43. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line along with UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath.

 The Magneta line is 12.64-kilometer-long which is equipped with communications-based train control technology. This technology allows driverless operations of the trains.

 

 

44. Karnataka’s capital city Bengaluru has become the first Indian city to get its own logo.

 Brand Bengaluru gets its own logo and the tagline ‘Bengaluru- Be U’ (Be You).

 The red and black logo is part English and part Kannada made by Bengalureans themselves.

 The Bengaluru becomes the part of global cities like New York City, Melbourne, and Singapore to have a tourism logo of its own.

 

 

45. President Ramnath Kovind inaugurated the 100th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur of Andhra Pradesh.

 Indian Economic Association is a registered body of Indian economic professionals, established way back in 1917.

 Its objective is to provide a forum for debate and discussion of policy-oriented issues.

 

 

46. The 105th edition of the historic Indian Science Congress will be held at Manipur University, Imphal in March.

 Since the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, the ISC was traditionally the first public function the Prime Minister addressed in the calendar year.

 The annual event which is on the Prime Minister’s calendar in January, was postponed for the first time in its over 100-year history after Osmania University expressed inability to organize it due to the security reasons.

 

 

47. The Centre has recognized Odisha as a ‘Champion State’ for recording the highest growth in exports during 2016-17, official sources said.

 This was announced during a review meeting of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on the export performance of states and formulation of strategy attended by L. N. Gupta, MSME Additional Chief Secretary, Odisha.

 The exports from the state have increased from INR 19,082 crore in 2015-16 to INR 40,872 crore in 2016-17

 

 

48. India’s first AC local train flagged off in Mumbai from Borivali station to Church gate in the southern part of Mumbai.

 The services will replace 12 existing non-air-conditioned services.

 The train will make six trips daily (12 Services) from Church gate to Vihar.

 Due to the maintenance issues, the train will not operate on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

 

49. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has launched a biography based on chronicles of his early struggle and lesser known aspects of his life.

 Titled ‘Trivendra Ek Zindaginama – Khairasain ka Sooraj’, the book is written by a doctor named Nandan Singh Bisht.

 

 

50. UP Government has launched a free household power connection scheme for the poor in the state to mark former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary.

 The government has a target of covering 16 million by 2018-end under the scheme ‘Prakash hai to vikas hai’.

 The government has also introduced ‘Kisan Uday Yojana’ scheme for farmers, under which existing 5 HP/7.5 HP submersible and coupling sets will be replaced free of cost.

 

 

51. The Odisha government has decided to set up a unique ‘Heritage Cabinet’ and an Odia Language Commission as part of its move to preserve the relics and monuments in the state and to enrich its rich culture and language.

 Heritage Cabinet’ would be headed by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. It would aim to protect ancient monuments, temples and archaeological sites in Odisha, and take steps to preserve the state’s culture, language and literature.

 

 

52. UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath has announced new metro projects for Agra and Kanpur in the states.

 The Chief Minister announced two major expressways in Purvanchal and Bundelkhand.

 

 

53. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated the 25th National Children Science Congress in Ahmedabad.

 The theme for this year’s National Science Congress is “Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development”.

 The special focus area is on accessibility for persons with disabilities.

 

 

54. The Indian Army and Maldives National Defence Forces (MNDF) have been caring out 8th edition of a joint military exercise in Belgaum.

 The two weeks long exercise, focused on counter-terrorism operations conducted by small teams in a semi-urban setting.

 The exercise is named ‘Ekuverin’, which means ‘friends’ in Maldivian language. It is aimed to enhance interoperability between the two armies and to sharpen their tactical and technical skills.

 

 

55. Telangana will be hosting an International Sweets Festival next month.

 The World Sweet Festival, featuring over hundreds of sweet items, will be held from January 13 to 15.

 Sweets from foreign countries will also be presented alongside the Indian delicacies.

 

 

 

 

InternationalInternational Current Affairs | Know What’s happening around the World

 

 

1. In the first meeting of Working Group BIMSTEC, member countries discussed draft text of BIMSTEC Coastal Shipping Agreement.

 The objective of the agreement is to facilitate coastal shipping in the region to give a boost to trade between member countries.

 

 

2. Venezuela has launched its own cryptocurrency called Petro to circumvent US-led financial sanctions. It will be backed by the country’s vast natural resource reserves.

 

 

3. The International conference on climate change was held in Nepal.

 It was titled Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia.

 Its purpose was to draw attention towards adverse effects of global warming in Hindu Kush mountain range.

 

 

4. India was re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation under Category B at an assembly in London.

 India secured the second-highest number of votes (144) from member-countries, just after Germany’s 146.

 

 

5. The annual SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) Summit was held in Russia’s Sochi.

 It discussed issues related to the regional security scenario including the situation in the Gulf and Afghanistan.

 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj represented India at the summit.

 

 

6. The Global Partnership Summit (GPS) 2017 was scheduled to be held at Aerocity, New Delhi from 11th to 14th December 2017.

 It focused on clean energy, healthcare, infrastructure and logistics, energy, tourism, art and culture, agro-economy, banking and finance, education and skill development and information communication technology.

 

 

7. Japan will host a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on the 15th December 2017.

 The meeting will focus on finding peaceful ways to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests and de-nuclearize the Korean peninsula.

 

 

8. 11th Annual MedTech Summit was organized in New Delhi, under Bio Design Programme.

 The programme aims to train the next generation of medical technology innovators in the country.

 

 

9. UN Women in collaboration with Facebook inaugurated a two-day event in Mumbai entitled ‘We the Women’ to empower and recognize the magnificent contribution of women in our society.

 

 

10. The 8th edition of India and Maldives bilateral military exercise EKUVERIN 2017 was held in India in Belagavi, Karnataka.

 The aim of the exercise was to conduct military training between armies of both countries with emphasis on counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism operations (CICT Ops).

 

 

11. The 4th India-Australia-Japan Trilateral Dialogue was hosted by India in New Delhi.

 The three sides highlighted the growing convergence of their respective countries’ interests in Indo-Pacific region.

 

 

12. India and Australia held their first ‘2+2 dialogue’ in New Delhi and highlighted the need to maintain Asia-Pacific region as a free and open zone.

 The 2+2 dialogue model between both countries included foreign and defence secretaries.

 

 

13. The 7th International Ground Water Conference (IGWC-2017) was hosted by India in New Delhi from 11th to 13th December 2017.

 The theme of the conference was Ground Water Vision 2030- Water Security, Challenges and Climate Change Adaptation.

 

 

14. The ASEAN–India Connectivity Summit (AICS) was held in New Delhi.

 The theme of the summit was Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century.

 

 

15. The 11th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC11) was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 The biggest takeaway from the conference was the commitment from members to secure a deal on fisheries subsidies.

 

 

16. India was selected as Chair of Ad Hoc Committee on Review & Reforms to look into various issues pertaining to the KPSC at recently held KP Plenary Session in Brisbane, Australia.

 Angola will be the Vice Chair of this Ad Hoc Committee.

 

 

17. India is planning to host the meeting of WTO member countries in February 2018 to muster support for food security and other issues.

 

 

18. According to UN World Migration Report (2018), Indian diaspora is world’s largest, with slightly more than 15.6 million people from India living overseas.

 The Indian diaspora constitutes 6% of the total number of international migrants.

 

 

19. WHO has declared Gabon a polio-free country.

 This comes after lack of new reported or suspected cases in the Central African country in recent times.

 

 

20. Singapore’s Deputy PM Teo Chee Hean will join India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for a two-day ASEAN- India Pravasi Bhartiya Divas to be held in Singapore next month.

 The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is celebrated every year to mark the contribution of overseas Indian community in the development of India.

 Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Assam, N Chandrababu Naidu and Sarbananda Sonowal, will also attend the function on 6-7 January 2018.

 

 

 

Merger and Acquisition | Stay Updated with MergersInsights of Major Companies & Organizations

 

 

1. FundsIndia.com has partnered with YES BANK to launch Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on their Android app for mutual fund payments.

 FundsIndia becomes the first online mutual fund distributor to support UPI for client payments.

 

 

 

 

MMOUsemorandum of Understanding (MoU) | Get the Best Information Out of Top Agreements

 

 

1. The CBDT has entered into 2 Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with Netherlands.

 These two APAs pertain to Electronics and Technology sectors of the economy.

 It also covers international transactions that include Distribution, Provision of Business Support Services, Provision of Marketing Support Services etc.

 

 

2. India and Cuba have signed MoU for enhanced cooperation in the health sector.

 It aims at exchange and training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts.

 It also aims at providing assistance in the development of human resources, health services and setting up of healthcare facilities.

 

 

3. The Union Health Ministry and Rotary International India National PolioPlus have signed MoU for intensive efforts achieving the immunization target.

 The MoU aims to provide collaborative support and accelerate efforts under Polio Eradication Programme, Routine Immunization including Mission Indradhanush.

 

 

4. The Maharashtra Government signed 34 MoUs with leading corporate houses to take ahead its ambitious project of social transformation of 1,000 villages across Maharashtra.

 The move aims at benefiting more than 75 lakh people with a budget of INR 335 crore.

 

 

5. The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOO), as a Category-2 Centre (C2C) of UNESCO, in Hyderabad, Telangana.

 The purpose of this agreement is to establish training centre towards the development of capacity for countries on Indian Ocean Rim (IOR), African countries bordering Indian and Atlantic Oceans, small island countries under the framework of UNESCO.

 

 

6. India and Morocco have signed MoU for enhanced cooperation in the health sector. The main areas of cooperation under MoU are: –

 Communicable Diseases.

 Maternal, child and neonatal health.

 Hospital twinning for the exchange of good practices.

 Drug Regulation and Pharmaceutical quality control.

 Training in administration and management of health services and Hospitals

 Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including child cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

 

 

7. DCI and NHAI have signed a MoU for facilitating the supply of sand for highways construction work.

 The MoU aims to fill sand supply gap by facilitating the availability of sand for concessionaires working on highways projects who were facing the shortage of sand at many sites.

 

 

8. India and Morocco have signed four agreements for cooperation in Water Resources, Road and Marine Sectors. MoUs /Agreements signed are: –

 MoU on cooperation in the field of Water Resources.

 Agreement to establish cooperation between Indian Maritime University (IMU) and Higher Institute of Maritime Studies (ISEM) of Morocco.

 Framework Agreement for Cooperation in Training between National Ports Agency (NPA) of Morocco and Indian Maritime University (IMU).

 Cooperation Framework Agreement between Institute of Training in Engines and Road Maintenance of Morocco (IFEER) and Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE).

 

 

9. India will host 3rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Mumbai, Maharashtra in June 2018.

 In this regard, Union Government and AIIB Secretariat have signed MoU to delineate duties and responsibilities of major stakeholders who would be involved in organizing the aforesaid Annual Meeting.

 The theme of the annual meeting is Mobilizing Finance for Infrastructure: Innovation and Collaboration.

 

 

10. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has signed an implementation agreement with German firm GIZ GmbH.

 The main objective of these projects is to improve planning and implementation of sustainable urban transport.

 

 

11. India has signed an agreement with Switzerland for automatic sharing of tax-related information from 1st January 2018 with an aim to combat black money.

 Prior to it, India had to ask Switzerland for specific bits of information against the Indian account holder in Swiss Banks.

 

 

12. India and Myanmar signed MoU aimed at developing Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

 The MoU comes in the backdrop of the massive migration of Rohingya refugees from violence-wracked Rakhine to Bangladesh.

 

 

13. The Union Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Maruti Suzuki India Limited have signed MoU to support Skill India Mission in the automobile industry.

 The Flexi MoU aims to provide high employment potential trades related to automobile and manufacturing industry to youth under Skill India Mission.

 

 

14. India will host 3rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Mumbai, Maharashtra in June 2018.

 In this regard, Union Government and AIIB Secretariat have signed MoU to delineate duties and responsibilities of major stakeholders who would be involved in organizing the aforesaid Annual Meeting.

 The theme of the annual meeting is Mobilizing Finance for Infrastructure: Innovation and Collaboration.

 

 

15. Andhra Pradesh Government has signed MoU with Alphabet InC.’s X (Google X) to bring Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) technology to India.

 The purpose of the FSOC project is to provide high quality & affordable digital services through internet under state government’s Fiber Grid project.

 

 

16. A financing agreement for IDA Credit of USD 125 million (equivalent) for the STRIVE Project was signed by the Government of India with the World Bank in New Delhi.

 The objective of the operation is to improve access to quality and market-driven vocational training provided in it is and apprenticeships.

 The closing date for the project is 30th November 2022.

 

 

17. A memorandum of understanding is signed between Uttar Pradesh Government and South Korea to enhance cooperation in the field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming.

 MoU was signed for giving a new dimension to cooperation in the field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming, which will provide more employment opportunities and development.

 

 

18. The Government of Tamil Nadu and the World Bank have signed a $318 million loan agreement for the Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project to promote climate resilient agriculture technologies, improve water management practices, and increase market opportunities for small and marginal farmers.

 About 500,000 farmers of which a majority are small and marginal, are expected to get benefit from improved and modernized tank irrigation systems.

 The project will rehabilitate and modernize about 4,800 irrigation tanks and 477 check dams, spread across 66 sub-basins, in delivering bulk water to irrigation systems.

 

 

19. The Union Government has inked Loan agreement with World Bank for $40 Million IBRD Credit for “Uttar Pradesh Pro-Poor Tourism Development Project”.

 The project size is approximately $57.14 million, of which $40 million will be financed by World Bank, and remaining amount will be funded out of Stat.

 The objective of UP Pro-Poor Tourism Development Project is to increase tourism-related benefits for local communities in targeted destinations.

 

 

20. Bank of Baroda entered into MoU with POORTI Agri Services Pvt. Ltd to enable the farmers to purchase agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, seeds etc. provided by POORTI.

 This is a Platform for Online Ordering & Rural Transformation of India known as “POORTI”.

 They will work jointly to provide a digital platform for farmers to buy agri products online through Payment gateway of the bank.

 

 

 

 

BEconomicsanking Awareness & Economics Current Affairs | Understand the Top Trends in India

 

 

1.  CBDT has extended the date for linking Aadhaar with PAN till 31st of March 2018.

 All taxpayers having Aadhaar Number or Enrolment Number are required to link the same with Permanent Account Number.

 

 

2. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released the Fifth Bi-Monthly Policy 2017-18. The key policy rates are: –

 Repo Rate- 6% (Unchanged)

 Reverse Repo Rate- 5.75% (Unchanged)

 Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) Rate- 6.25% (Unchanged)

 Bank Rate- 6.25% (Unchanged)

 Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR)- 4% (Unchanged)

 Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR)- 19.5% (Changed from 201% to 19.5%).

 The Inflation forecast for the remainder of the current financial year was raised to 4.3-4.7 percent.

 

 

3. The Union Government has constituted a high-level committee headed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to address the problem of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs).

 It comprises secretaries in the ministries of power, coal and department of financial services as its members.

 

 

4. Corporation Bank has launched its RuPay Select and RuPay Platinum Credit Cards.

 These credit cards are accepted at all RuPay-enabled 1.5 million plus PoS terminals, 80,000 + e-commerce merchants in India and all ICS Partner acceptance points (POS, e-commerce merchants) globally.

 

 

5. International Ratings Agency Fitch has lowered the country’s GDP growth projection for 2017-18 to 6.7 percent.

 According to Fitch’s December GEO, the agency reduced the growth forecast for the fiscal year to end-March 2018 (FY18) to 6.7 percent from 6.9 percent.

 

 

6. Federal Bank has launched a non-interest-bearing savings account targeting those whose beliefs do not permit them to accept interest payments.

 The ‘Noor Personal Account’ was launched on Milad-e-sherif.

 

 

7. The government has engaged private sector bank ICICI, to enable online payments at 470 mandis integrated with the national portal of electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM).

 

 

8. After the merger of its five associate banks, State Bank of India has changed names and IFSC Code of nearly 1300 of its branches.

 The bank has changed the names and IFSC codes of branches located in cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow among others.

 

 

9. India’s 1 Rupee currency note completed 100 years on 30th November 2017.

 First 1 Rupee note was printed in England and was issued in India on 30th November 1917.

 Since its introduction, 1 Rupee note has undergone 28 design changes.

 

 

10. The Union Cabinet has decided that Government will bear Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges on transactions up to INR 2,000 made through debit cards, BHIM UPI or Aadhaar-enabled payment systems (AePS) to promote digital transactions.

 It will be for two years with effect from 1st January 2018 by reimbursing the same to the banks.

 

 

11. The Union Government has signed US $250 million loan agreement with World Bank for SANKALP Project to support livelihood.

 The closing date for the project is 31st March 2023.

 

 

12. The Indian Economy will grow at 2% in 2018 and accelerate to 7.4% in 2019 according to a UN report.

 The report also forecast that inflation in India will be 5% in 2018 and 4.8% in 2019.

 

 

13. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed INR 3 crore penalty on IndusInd Bank for breaching rules on income classification norms.

 The penalty was imposed after the regulator observed a violation of various regulations issued by the RBI on non-performing loans and extension of non-fund based limits.

 

 

14. The Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council at its 24th meeting decided to make electronic permits compulsory for inter-state movement of goods from 1st February 2018.

 It will also help the tax authorities to monitor the cross-border movement of consignments and check instances of under-valuation of goods.

 

 

15. The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a monetary penalty of INR 5 crore on the public-sector lender, Syndicate Bank for violating the Know Your Customer (KYC)/Anti-Money Laundering (AML) norms.

 Earlier, RBI had penalized Union Bank of India INR 2 crore for non-compliance of KYC norms.

 

 

16. Yes Bank and the European Investment Bank will co-finance USD 400 million funding for renewable power generation in the country.

 Under this renewable power generation initiative, several solar projects in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka have been identified.

 

 

17. The Government has informed the Lok Sabha that it had so far infused a capital of INR 51,858 crore in Public Sector Banks (PSBs) under its Indradhanush Plan since 2015-16.

 The data shared by the Government showed that out of the total INR 51,858 crore, INR 25,000 crore was infused in 2015-16, INR 24,997 crore in 2016-17 and INR 1,861 crore in 2017-18.

 

 

18. The RBI has initiated a prompt corrective action against Bank of India for mounting bad loans, placing various restrictions on it including issuing of fresh loans and dividend distribution.

 

 

19. Bad loans of PSBs stood at INR 7.34 lakh crore by the end of second quarter this fiscal, a bulk of which came from corporate defaulters, according to Reserve Bank of India data.

 However, private sector banks’ non- performing assets (NPAs) were considerably low at INR 1.03 lakh crore by September 30.

 Among the major public-sector banks, State Bank of India (SBI) had the highest amount of NPAs at over INR 1.86 lakh crore.

 

 

20. The government cut the interest rate on small savings schemes, including PPF, national savings certificate (NSC) and Kisan Vikas Patra, by 0.2 percentage points for the January-March quarter, a move that will prompt banks to lower deposit rates.

 As per the finance ministry notification, PPF and NSC will fetch a lower annual rate of 7.6% while KVP will yield 7.3% and mature in 11 months.

 The girl child savings scheme Sukanya Samriddhi Account will offer 8.1 from existing 8.3% annually.

Term deposits of 1-5 years will fetch a lower interest rate of 6.6-7.4%, to be paid quarterly, while the five-year recurring deposit is pegged at 6.9%.

 

 

21. According to the recently released report titled 2018 World Economic League Table, India is set to overtake the United Kingdom and France to become the world’s fifth largest economy in 2018.

 The report was released by Centre for Economics and Business Research, an economics consultancy based in Britain

 India currently ranked seventh will overtake UK and France to become the world’s fifth largest economy in 2018 in US dollar terms and further move to third spot by 2032.

 

 

22. The Centre has pumped in capital of INR 7,577 crore in various weak public-sector banks to the rescue of ailing banks.

 The government has released INR 2,257 crore to Bank of India, which was recently placed under prompt corrective action by the Reserve Bank of India.

 The other big beneficiary of the latest capital infusion round is IDBI Bank, which has received INR 2,729 crore, sources said.

 While Central Bank of India has got capital support of INR 323 crore, Dena Bank has got capital support of INR 243 crore from the government.

 UCO Bank, another weak public-sector bank, has got capital support of INR 1,375 crore.

 Bank of Maharashtra has received capital support of INR 650 crore.

 

 

 

 

BillsBills [Amendments & New] – See How Many New Bills have been passed in 2017

 

 

1. Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly has unanimously passed Kapu Reservation Bill 2017 to provide 5% quota in education and employment.

 The reservation to Kapu community will be given by including them in the Backward Classes list.

 

 

2. The Madhya Pradesh Assembly has unanimously passed Dand Vidhi (Madhya Pradesh Sanshodhan) Vidheyak 2017 that will see rapists of girls of 12 years or below being hanged till death.

 With this, Madhya Pradesh becomes the first state where those convicted of such rapes will face the gallows.

 

 

3. Uttar Pradesh becomes the first state to endorse the Centre’s draft bill that makes instant triple talaq a cognizable and non-bailable offense.

 As per the draft law, there will be three years’ imprisonment and a fine to a Muslim man trying to divorce his wife by uttering ‘talaq’ three times.

 

 

4. The Lok Sabha has passed Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to make it easier for the government to acquire immovable property for national security and defence purpose.

 The bill amends the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property Act, 1952 and changes rules for payment of compensation.

 

 

5. The Lok Sabha has unanimously passed Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

 The bill seeks to amend the Central Road Fund (CRF) Act, 2000.

 

 

6. The Parliament has passed Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Bill, 2017 to extend greater autonomy to IIMs by restricting government’s role in their functioning.

 The Bill declares the IIMs as institutions of national importance.

 It seeks to empower IIMs to attain standards of global excellence in management, management research and allied areas of knowledge.

 

 

7. The Parliament has passed Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to strengthen corporate governance standards, initiate strict action against defaulting companies and help improve ease of doing business in the country.

 The bill provides for more than 40 amendments to Companies

 

 

8. The Parliament has passed the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) Bill, 2017. The Bill establishes the IIPE at Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh as an institution of national importance.

 The IIPE aims to provide high quality education and research focusing on all aspects and themes of petroleum, hydrocarbons and energy.

 It will actively pursue research and development in the fields such as liquefied natural gas, biofuels and renewables.

 

 

9. The Lok Sabha has passed the Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, 2017. The Bill amends the GST (Compensation to States) Act, 2017 and replaces an Ordinance promulgated in September 2017

 The amendment bill increases maximum rate at which Compensation cess can be levied from 15 to 25% on a motor vehicle for transport of not more than 13 persons (mostly luxury vehicles), including the driver and motor vehicles falling under mentioned sub-headings.

 

 

10. The Parliament has passed National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Amendment Bill, 2017. It seeks to amend National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Act, 2011

 The Bill extends the deadline for relocating slum dwellers and Jhuggi-Jhopri clusters, regulating street vendors, regularizing unauthorized colonies, village Abadi areas in NCT Delhi and calls for creating a policy for farmhouses constructed beyond permissible limits.

 

 

11. The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriages) Bill 2017 declaring instant Triple Talaq illegal and criminalizes it with up to three years in jail for the husband.

 The bill will be sent to the Rajya Sabha for passage before it is forwarded to the President for assent to come into force as law.

 The Bill makes all declaration of Talaq, including in written or electronic form (text message, email etc.) to be void and illegal i.e. not enforceable in law.

 

 

12. The Lok Sabha has passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill 2017 to pave the way for tightening loopholes in existing code and to make resolution process more effective.

 The Bill amends the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016, and replaces an Ordinance promulgated in November 2017.

 The bill redefines resolution applicant mentioned in code as a person who submits a resolution plan after receiving an invite by the insolvency professional to do so.

 The Bill inserts a provision to specify that person contravening any provisions of IBC, for which no penalty has been specified, will be punishable with a fine ranging between INR 1 lakh to INR 2 crore.

 

 

 

 

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1. The Combined Military exercise Ajeya Warrior- 2017 between India and the UK was held at Mahajan Field Firing Range near Bikaner of Rajasthan.

 The objective of this exercise is to increase mutual cooperation and coordination between two countries.

 

 

2. The Surface to Air Missile (SAM) AKASH was successfully tested with indigenous radio frequency seeker against target UAV Banshee.

 It was successfully launched from Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur.

 

 

3. Technology giant Google has launched Datally app that lets users control and monitor their data usage in real-time.

 The app which is available to all Android users, lets users turn on the ‘Data Saver’ tab to block background data usage for the same purpose.

 

 

4. Kerala Electricity Minister has inaugurated India’s largest floating solar power plant at the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad district.

 The plant, worth approximately INR 9.25 crore, floats on 6,000 square metres of water surface

 With a capacity of 500 kilowatts, the plant comprises 1,938 solar panels and 17 inverters.

 

 

5. Google has launched the Two-wheeler mode on Maps in India, a feature which will show the fastest route and directions to two-wheeler riders to reach their entered destination.

 The feature will be available alongside the Drive, Train or Bus, and Walk options.

 

 

6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commissioned Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari into the Indian Navy in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

 It is first of the six Scorpene-class submarines built under the strategic Project 75 built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) with assistance and technology transfer from France’s DCNS.

 

 

7. The ISRO is developing Small Satellite Launch Vehicles to launch low-cost small satellites.

 The small launch vehicle will be able to put satellites of up to 500-600 kg in orbits close to the Earth.

 

 

8. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched a door-to-door campaign for 15-days in the country for early diagnosis, detection and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) to eliminate the disease.

 The objective of this campaign is to detect the missed-out cases by going to every household.

 

 

9. The Union Ministry of Railways has introduced the Indian Railways E-Procurement System (IREPS), an online bill tracking system for vendors and contractors.

 It aims to enhance transparency in the processing and settlement of bills by increasing use of information technology.

 

 

10. A petition website ‘Speak For Me’ has been launched to keep the records of the complaints against receiving continuous Aadhar-linking calls and texts.

 The portal allows users to select the recipient like banks and mobile operators and directly send the petition in the form of an email.

 

 

11. Mumbai Metro launched a new security app ‘Secucare’, which can be downloaded on Android and IOS platforms.

 Through the app, commuters can raise an alarm in case of any problem.

 

 

12. China’s home-grown AG600, also known as Kunlong, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft took off from the southern city of Zhuhai and landed after roughly an hour-long flight.

 

13. China has successfully launched its second Land Surveying Satellite LKW-2 (also known as Yaogan Weixing-32) into a preset orbit from Jiuquan Satellite.

 The satellite will be used for remote sensing exploration of land resources.

 It was launched on board of Long March-2D rocket.

 

 

14. The Southern Command of Indian Army conducted major army exercise called Hamesha Vijayee in deserts of Rajasthan from 16th to 22nd December 2017.

 The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the capability of armed forces to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle.

 

 

15. NASA has discovered eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star which is 2545 light-years far from Earth.

 It was dubbed as Kepler-90i.

 

 

16. SpaceX for the first time ever has successfully launched used Dragon Spacecraft with a used Falcon 9 Rocket.

 The mission was SpaceX’s 13th of 20 under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

 

 

17. The Ministry of Railways has decided to launch Project Swarn with the objective of significantly improving the passenger experience across 9 dimensions which include the followings.

 Coach interiors

 Toilets

 Onboard Cleanliness

 Staff Behavior

 Catering

 Linen

 Punctuality

 Security

 Onboard entertainment

 Real-time feedback

 

 

18. The Union Ministry of Communications has launched DARPAN to improve quality of service, add value to services and achieve financial inclusion of un-banked rural population.

 DARPAN is IT modernization project aimed at realizing financial inclusion of un-banked rural population.

 It offers core banking services to account holders.

 

 

19. Maharashtra Government launched Maharashtra Police Citizen Portal, a digital platform for registration and tracking of crimes and complaints.

 CM also launched Maharashtra Police Citizen Portal app for accessing some selected services available on the parent portal at a programme in Nagpur.

 

 

20. Indian Naval Ships Trikand and Teg are deployed to Oman for bilateral exercise Naseem Al Bahr or Sea Breeze.

 This exercise is the 11th edition and has been a biennial feature since 1993.

 

 

21. The MEA has launched a new programme, SAMEEP, aims to take Indian foreign policy and its global engagements to students across the country.

 The idea is not only to get the ordinary student to take an interest in India’s place in the world and its global ambitions, but also to look at diplomacy as a career option.

 

 

22. Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has launched Livestock Disease Forewarning –Mobile Application (LDF-Mobile App) in New Delhi.

 It is developed by ICAR-National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (ICAR-NIVEDI), Bengaluru.

 The app will provide early diseases warning and also information about clinical samples for diagnosis in case of epidemic so that immediate action in case of epidemic.

 

 

23. ISRO has announced that it would launch 31 satellites, including India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation spacecraft, in a single mission onboard its Polar rocket on January 10.

 The mission will be the first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission after the unsuccessful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August.

 The mission’s main payload would be India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite.

 

 

24. China has successfully launched remote sensing satellites to conduct electromagnetic environmental probes under Yogan-30 Project.

 These satellites are intended for scientific experiments, land survey, crop yield assessment, and disaster monitoring.

 Remote sensing generally refers to use of sensor technologies to detect objects. The remote sensing satellites collect data by detecting energy reflected from Earth.

 

25. Hyderabad-based machine learning and artificial intelligence startup, H-Bots has developed a smart policing Robocop named Hemant karkare.

 The Robocop can assist policing in handling law and order, and traffic management. It can take of security at the selected spots at malls or airports and public places.

 The Life-sized robot after 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare is a beta version robot and is made in India using all Indian components.

 

 

26. The new species of fish was discovered in East Jaintia Hills, district of Meghalaya, which was named Schistura Larketensis.

 Scientist expects that this species is shifted here from the New Zealand.

 

 

27. Scientists from the University of Michigan in US have developed a new type of neural network chip using reservoir computing system to improve the efficiency of teaching machines to think like humans.

 The network developed using this system can predict words before they are said during the conversation and help predict future outcomes based on the present.

 The system was proved to be functional using test of handwriting recognition, a common benchmark among neural networks. Only 88 memristors were used in the system as compared to a conventional network that requires thousands for the task and achieved 91% accuracy.

 

 

28. Prithvi Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile was successfully test-fired from a test range in Odisha. It is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile in low altitude.

 The target missile Prithvi interceptor AAD missile was launched from launch complex 3 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.

 The Prithvi interceptor is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile. It is equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and electro-mechanical activator.

 

 

29. China successfully tested its first photovoltaic (solar) highway based on home-grown technology in country’s eastern Shandong province.

 China became the second country in the world to construct a photovoltaic highway. France had introduced world’s first photovoltaic road fitted with solar panels in late 2016.

 The tested segment of the solar highway can generate 817.2 KW of electricity and is expected to generate 1 million KW hours of electricity each year.

 The one-kilometer segment of solar-powered highway covers a surface area of 5875 sq. meter.

 

 

 

 

Sports Current Affairs | Read all the Major SportsAchievements in Popular Tournaments

 

 

S.No. Tournaments/Sports Names Winners  Pictures
1. 2017 Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball)-World Player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo  Cristiano Ronaldo
2. World Youth Women’s Boxing Championship- Best Boxer Title Ankushita Boro (Assam)  Ankushita Boro
3. South Asian Badminton Title India  South Asian Badminton title winner
4. Asian Luge Championships Gold Medalist Shiva Keshavan  Shiva Keshavan
5. Indoor Archery World Cup Bronze Medalist Deepika Kumari (India)  Deepika Kumari
6. First Indian Captain to complete 1000 runs in a year twice Virat Kohli  Virat Kohli
7. Captain of India at 5th ODI World Cup Cricket Tournament for the Blind Ajay Kumar Reddy  Ajay Kumar Reddy
8. The country which got banned from 2018 Winter Olympics Russia  Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics
9. IWF World Weightlifting Championships Player who set 3 National Records Gurdeep Singh  Gurdeep Singh
10. First Indian to win a gold medal at the World Para-Swimming Championship, Mexico Kanchanmala Pande (Nagpur)  Kanchanmala Pande
11. ITF World Champions 2017 Winners Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza  Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza
12. Hockey World League Final Tournament Bronze Medalist India  Hockey World League Bronze Medalist
13. Host Country of Senior Women’s, Men’s Boxing World Championships India  India
14. Host City of India Open Boxing Tournament 2018 New Delhi  India Open Boxing Tournament 2018
15. Men’s Hockey World League Title Winner Australia  Men’s Hockey World League Winner- Australia
16. Asian Boxing Confederation’s best youth boxer of the year Sachin Siwach  Sachin Siwach
17. World’s Highest-Paid Athlete of All Time Michael Jordan  Michael Jordan
18. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Roger Federer  Roger Federer
19. The Country which hosted first International Wheelchair Cricket Tournament Nepal  Nepal
20. Host Country of 2023 Cricket World Cup India  India will host 2023 Cricket World Cup
21. Official emblems of Beijing 2022 Winter Games Winter Dream, Flying High  Official emblems of Beijing 2022 Winter Games
22. 61st National Shooting Championship Gold Medalist in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Anjum Moudgil  Anjum Moudgil
23. BWF Super Series Final Silver Medalist PV Sindhu  PV Sindhu
24. BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Mo Farah  Mo Farah
25. BBC Team of the Year Award England’s Women Cricket Team  England’s Women Cricket Team
26. Badminton Jr. Nationals U-17 & U-19 Singles Title Winner Aakarshi Kashyap  Aakarshi Kashyap
27. Commonwealth Wrestling Championship Gold Medalists Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik  Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik
28. Balkan Athlete of the Year Grigor Dimitrov  Grigor Dimitrov
29. La Liga’s Top Scorer and Best Player Award for 2016-17 Football Session Lionel Messi (Barcelona)  Lionel Messi
30. Highest T20I Wicket Taker in 2017 Yuzvendra Chahal (India)  Yuzvendra Chahal
31. FIFA Ranking 2017 India ranked at 105th position  FIFA Ranking 2017- India ranked 105th
32. The game excluded from 2022 Commonwealth Games Shooting  Shooting
33. Host City of 2022 Commonwealth Games Birmingham, England  Host City of 2022 Commonwealth Games-Birmingham
34.  U-15 Women’s Championship Runners-up Indian Women’s Football Team  SAFF-U-15-runners-up
35. SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship Winner Bangladesh Women’s Football Team  SAFF-U-15-Winner
36. McLeod Russel Tour Championship (Golf) winner Shubhankar Sharma  Shubhankar-Sharma
37. 3 Gold medal winners in Galym Zharylgapov Boxing Tournament K Shyam Kumar (49 Kg)Naman Tanwar (91 Kg)Satish Kumar (91 Kg)  Galym_Boxing_Tournament-winners
38. International Twenty20 Cricket Series Winner (India v/s Shri Lanka) India  T20-series-winner
39. Globe Soccer Best Player award winner Cristiano Ronaldo  ronaldo-globe-soccer-awards
40. World Rapid Chess Championship winner Viswanathan Anand  Vishvanath-Anand
41. Gold Winner in Women’s 25 Meter Pistol National Shooting Championship Anisa Sayyed  Anisa-sayyed
42. National Shooting Championship (Set New National record) Jitu Ray  Jitu-Ray
43. Youngest Debutant for India’s T20Is Spinner Washington Sundar  washington-sundar
44. World Chess Game is hosted by Saudi Arabia  world-chess-game-hosted-by

 

 

 

Awards and Honours | Fetch the List of Top AwardsAwardees in Distinct Fields

 

 

S.No. Awards Names Awardees Names  Pictures
1. The country which was awarded Certificate of Commendation by CITES for its effort to combat illegal wildlife trade. India India
2. Times’ Person of the Year for 2017 ‘The Silence Breakers’ of #MeToo Movement  The Silence Breakers
3. Indian Festival which is recently Listed in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage Kumbh Mela  Kumbh Mela
4. World’s First 3D Sanskrit Film screened at IFFI Anurakthi  Anurakthi
5. Miss Supranational 2017 Jenny Kim (Miss Korea)  Jenny Kim
6. Cambridge dictionary’s ‘Word of the Year’ Populism  Populism
7. International Children’s Peace Prize 2017 Mohamad Al Jounde from Syria (for his efforts to ensure the rights of Syrian refugee children.  Mohamad Al Jounde
8. Star Screen Awards 2018Best Film (Critics) Newton  Newton
Best Director Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal)  Nitesh Tiwari
Best Actress (Popular) Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu)  Vidya Balan
Best Actress (Critics) Konkana Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha)  Konkana Sen Sharma
Best Actor (Critics) Rajkumar Rao (Newton)  Rajkumar Rao
Best Actor (Popular) Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium)  Irrfan Khan
Best Supporting Actor- Male Rajkumar Rao (Bareily Ki Barfi)  Rajkumar Rao
Best Supporting Actor- Female Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu)  Neha Dhupia
Best Playback Singer- Male Arijit Singh (Raees and Jagga Jasoos)  Arijit Singh
Best Playback Singer- Female Shashaa Tirupati (Shubh Mangal Savdhaan)  Shashaa Tirupati
9. Best Bank in India in the Asia Money Corporate Client Choice Survey 2017. YES Bank  YES Bank
10. Times’ Person of the Year based on readers’ poll Mohammed bin Salman  Mohammed bin Salman
11. Second best UNESCO World Heritage Site Taj Mahal  Taj Mahal
12. Best Asian Film at Australian Gala Dangal  Dangal
13. State which topped the list of crimes against women in 2016 Uttar Pradesh  Uttar Pradesh
14. India’s Ranking in Global Entrepreneurship Index 2017 India ranks at 68th position among 137 countries  Global Entrepreneurship Index 2017
15. Variety’s 500 Influential People List Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra topped among Indians  Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra
16. Cultural Ambassador for Japanese City Hello Kitty and Pokémon’s Pikachu  Hello Kitty and Pokémon’s Pikachu
17. Most-Instagrammed Indian Cities of 2017 New Delhi  New Delhi
18. Safe Cities Index 2017 Delhi and Mumbai ranked 43 and 45 respectively  Safe Cities Index 2017
19. 2017 List of Most Followed Indians on Twitter Prime Minister Narendra Modi  Prime Minister Narendra Modi
20. Most Tweeted about Elected World Leader of 2017 Donald Trump  Donald Trump
21. Honorary Award at Dubai International Film Festival Irrfan Khan (awarded for the incredible body of work of more than 80 films in India as well as his work in British films and Hollywood.)  Irrfan Khan
22. Yahoo India’s Most Searched Personality 2017 Prime Minister Narendra Modi  Yahoo India’s Most Searched Personality 2017
23. UNESCO Intangible Heritage Status Italy’s Pizza Toss  Italy’s Pizza Toss
24. FE Best Banks Awards: Best Nationalized Bank Award State Bank of India  State Bank of India
25. Top Indian Actor of 2017 by IMDB Shah Rukh Khan  Shah Rukh Khan
26. 27th Vyas Samman Mamta Kalia- Hindi Writer  Mamta Kalia
27. 2017 Speed test Global Index (SGI) India ranked 109th out of 122 countries in the mobile internet speed and 76th out of 133 countries in broadband space  2017 Speed test Global Index
28. 2017 Nobel Peace Prize International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)  International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
29. UK’s New Highest Peak Mount Hope  Mount Hope
30. Global Prosperity Index 2017 India ranked 100  Global Prosperity Index 2017
31. India’s first Energy-Efficient Railway Station Kacheguda (Hyderabad)  Kacheguda Railway Station
32. Indian City to become ‘beggar-free’ city Hyderabad  Hyderabad- Beggar Free City
33. 2017 List of Most Expensive Office Location in the World India’s Delhi-NCR ranked 84th  E2017 List of Most Expensive Office Location
34. Waste Management System included in UNEP Top 5 Models Kerala’s ‘zero-waste’ Alappuzha  Kerala’s ‘zero-waste’ Alappuzha
35. Finest Education Minister Award Manish Sisodia  Manish Sisodia
36. Recipient of 2017 Yeraringan Award M.S. Swaminathan  M.S. Swaminathan
37. Indian Film awarded in Vancouver Film Festival The School Bag  The School Bag
38. Bollywood Actress who awarded Mother Teresa Memorial Award Priyanka Chopra  Priyanka Chopra
39. Recipient of UN’s Power of One Award Lakshmi Puri (India)  Lakshmi Puri
40. Peter England Mr. India World 2017 Jitesh Singh Deo (Lucknow)  Jitesh Singh Deo
41. Recipient of 31st Moortidevi Award Joy Goswami (Bengali Poet)  Joy Goswami
42. Recipient of Shrilal Shukla Smriti IFFCO Sahitya Samman Ramdev Dhurandhar  Ramdev Dhurandhar
43. Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries Youthquake  Word of the Year-Youthquake
44. Recipient of Smita Patil Memorial Award Rekha  Rekha
45. Miss India USA 2017 Shree Saini  Shree Saini
46. Golden Peacock Innovation Award Winner Tata Steel Joda Mine  Tata Steel Joda Mine
47. Recipient of National Design Award Satheesh Reddy  Satheesh Reddy
48. National Geographic Photographer of the Year Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan  National Geography Nature Photographer pf the Year
49. Sahitya Akademi Award Winners Mamang Dai, Ramesh Kuntal  Mamang Dai, Ramesh Kuntal
50. Forbes Top 100 Indian Celebrity List Virat Kohli topped the list  Forbes Top 100 Indian Celebrity List
51. India’s most trusted FMCG Brand Patanjali  Patanjali
52. Forbes’ List of Best Countries for Business in 2018 UK topped the list  Forbes’ List of Best Countries for Business in 2018
53. NASSCOM-DSCI Excellence Award Winner Kolkata Police  NASSCOM DSCI Excellence Award
54. Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award Pranita P Sarangi (Professor of Biotechnology at IIT, Roorkee)  pranita-p-sarangi
55. PETA’s person of the year Anushka Sharma  anushka-sharma
56. Harivarasanam Award K S Chitra  K-S-Chitra
57. Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Limited  chola-logo

 

 

 

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S.No. Position & Organization Name  Pictures
1. Chairman of PNGRB Dinesh K Sarraf  Dinesh K Sarraf
2. DGOF and Chairman of Ordnance Factory Board S K Chourasia  S K Chourasia
3. Chairman of Prasar Bharati A. Surya Prakash  A. Surya Prakash
4. Player who resigns as boxing’s National Observer Mary Kom  Mary Kom
5. Infosys’s new CEO and Managing Director Salil S. Parekh (Capgemini executive)  Salil S. Parekh
6. UN Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador British singer-Ellie Goulding  Ellie Goulding
7. Actor who will promote Government’s Flagship Agri-Schemes Akshay Kumar  Akshay Kumar
8. Next Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan Azar A.H. Khan  Azar A.H. Khan
9. UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India Día Mirza  Día Mirza
10. Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash  Anshu Prakash
11. One97 Communications’ New Director SoftBank’s Kabir Misra  Kabir Misra
12. New Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki  Mateusz Morawiecki
13. Face of Water Conservation Campaign Nawazuddin Siddiqui  Nawazuddin Siddiqui
14. RBI’s New Executive Director Uma Shankar  RBI's New Executive Director-Uma Shankar
15. New Congress President Rahul Gandhi  Rahul Gandhi
16. Ambassador of India to Kuwait K. Jeeva Sagar  K. Jeeva Sagar
17. New IOA President Narinder Batra (FIH Chief)  Narinder Batra
18. Executive Vice-Chairman of Dvara Trust Samir Shah (MD & CEO of NCDEX)  Samir Shah
19. Vodafone India’s New CFO Manish Dawar  Manish Dawar
20. Czech New Prime Minister Andrej Babis  Andrej Babis
21. Ambassador of India to Sudan Ravindra Jaiswal  Ravindra Jaiswal- Ambassador of India to Sudan
22. Ambassador of India to the Republic of Mali PK Gupta  PK Gupta
23. Winner of Chile’s Presidential Election Sebastian Pinera  Sebastian Pinera
24. NGT Chairperson who retired recently Justice Swatanter Kumar  Justice Swatanter Kumar
25. New NGT Chairman Justice Umesh Dattatraya Salvi  Justice Umesh Dattatraya Salvi
26. Europe’s New Chancellor Sebastian Kurz  Sebastian Kurz
27. New NARI Chief Dr. Samiran Panda  Dr. Samiran Panda
28. Next Secretary general of Amnesty International Kumi Naidoo  Kumi Naidoo
29. Airtel Payments Bank CEO who resigned recently Shashi Arora  Shashi Arora
30. New CM of Gujarat Vijay Rupani  Vijay Rupani
31. General Manager of Cricket Operations Saba Karim  Saba Karim
32. DG of NCC Lieutenant General B S Sahrawat  	Lieutenant General B S Sahrawat
33. Ambassador of India to Peru M Subbarayudu  M Subbarayudu
34. Secretary-General of the global human rights movement Kumi Naidoo  Kumi Naidoo
35. Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jairam Thakur  chief-minister-jairam-thakur
 36.  Football Premier League’s ambassador in India Ranveer Singh  Ranveer-singh
 37.  New Executive Director of UNICEF Henrietta Fore  Henrietta-Fore
38. world’s first female ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dominique Mineur (Belgium)  Dominique-Mineur
39. General Manager of BCCI Saba Karim  Saba Karim
40. NCB Director general IPS Officer Abhay  Abhay-NCB-director-general
41. ICCR President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe  Vinay-Sahasrabuddhe-
42. New Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani  Vijay Rupani
43. Director of SFIO Amardeep Singh  Director-of-SFIO
 44. New Vice-President of Zimbabwe Constantino Chiwenga  Zimbabwe Vice President

 

 

 

 

IDatesmportant Days & Dates | Mark them to Boost up your General Knowledge

 

 

S.No. Important Days Dates
1. 52nd Raising Day of BSF 1 December
2. World AIDS Day 1 December
3. Nagaland Statehood Day 1 December
4. National Pollution Control Day 2 December
5. World Computer Literacy Day 2 December
6. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2 December
7. International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December
8. Navy Day 4 December
9. World Soil Day 5 December
10. International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 5 December
11. Indian Armed Force Flag Day 7 December
12. International Civil Aviation Day 7 December
13. International Anti-Corruption Day 9 December
14. International Human Rights Day 10 December
15. Universal Health Coverage Day 12 December
16. National Energy Conservation Day 14 December
17. International Tea Day 15 December
18. Vijay Diwas 16 December
19. International Migrants Day 18 December
20. Minorities Rights day 18 December
21. International Human Solidarity Day 20 December
22. National Mathematics Day 22 December
23. National Farmers Day 23 December
24. Good Governance Day 25 December
25. Tsunami Day 26 December

 

 

 

 

DeathRecent Deaths of Famous Personalities | Know who died today?

 

 

S.No. Names Pictures
1. Shashi Kapoor- Veteran Bollywood Actor  Shashi Kapoor
2. Adarsh Sein Anand- Former Chief Justice of India  Adarsh Sein Anand
3. Sreerupa Mukherjee- Former India woman cricketer  Sreerupa Mukherjee
4. Saraswati Tripathy- Freedom fighter Image not available
 5.  Michael I, Romania’s former king  Michael I
6. Aadhithyan- Music Director, composed songs for Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films  Aadhithyan
7. Lalji Singh – Father of DNA fingerprinting in India  Lalji Singh
8. Neeraj Vora- Bollywood’s Actor-Director  Neeraj Vora
9. Kartik Narayan- Chennai Based Industrialist  Kartik Narayan
10. Banwari Lal Joshi– Former Uttar Pradesh Governor Banwari Lal Joshi
11. Partha Mukhopadhyay – Veteran Bengali film actor Partha_Mukhopadhyay
 12. Dr. Daljit Singh- Eye Surgeon Dr.-daljit-singh
13. Bob Givens- The creator of bugs and bunny _bugs-bunny-creator-bob-givens-passes_
14. Ashok Mattoo- Veteran sports administrator Ashok-Mattoo-passes-away

 

 

 

 

 

 

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