Daily Current Affairs for Exams

22 Apr, 17

Veteran journalist Nora Chopra died

  • Senior journalist and columnist, Nora Chopra passed away on Thursday following a period of illness.
  • She was actively engaged in her work till her premature demise. Chopra was widely respected for being a passionate, spirited and combative journalist.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee condoled Nora's death, saying the nation has lost a veteran journalist who was inspiration to many.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which senior journalist and columnist,  passed away on Thursday following a period of illness?
 - Nora Chopra.

R Sridhar joins IndoStar Capital as Executive VC, CEO

  • IndoStar Capital announced that Sriram Group chief R Sridhar has joined as Executive Vice Chairman and CEO as the Everstone.
  • Group-backed NBFC sees strong growth and aims to grow its retail lending business.
  • Sridhar, who has worked with the Sriram Group since 1985, will be taking over from Vimal Bhandari who led the firm since 2011.
  • Bhandari will remain on the board of IndoStar and stay as a shareholder.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

IndoStar Capital announced that which personality has joined as Executive Vice Chairman and CEO? 
- Sriram Group chief R Sridhar. 

Fino Paytech to help Nabard digitise rural banks across 5 states

  • Payments technology company and soon-to-be-launched payments bank Fino Paytech to facilitate NABARD to help the rural bank digitization drive in the states of ;
    1. Haryana,
    2. MP,
    3. Bihar,
    4. Gujarat and
    5. Maharashtra.
  • Fino will provide over 5000 Aadhaar enabled micro ATMs and financial inclusion gateway services to district central cooperative (DCC) banks and Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) across these states.
  • Payments Banks are planning to utilise the large nation-wide UID (Aadhaar) coverage, to help rural masses with Aadhaar enabled micro ATMs as they facilitate eKYC, paperless and instant banking.
  • Customer authentication and verification through eKYC helps in faster opening of bank accounts and enabling cashless transactions either by using RuPay cards or Aadhar Enabled Payments System (AEPS).

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which payments technology company and  payments bank is going to facilitate NABARD to help the rural bank digitization drive in the states of  Haryana, MP,  Bihar, Gujarat and Maharashtra? 
 - Fino Paytech. 

Minister of State (IC), Labour & Employment Gave Away NSCI Safety Awards

  • The ‘NSCI Safety Awards’ for the year 2016 were presented by the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Labour & Employment Shri Bandaru Dattatreya.
  • The NSCI Safety Awards are coveted national level awards in the field of Workplace Safety, Health and Environment and given in recognition of establishing effective Safety Management System and excellent safety & health performance by the organizations in Manufacturing, Construction and MSME Sectors during the relevant assessment periods.
  • These Awards are adjudged and declared every year by the National Safety Council. For the Awards- 2016, total 434 organisations comprising 307 factories from manufacturing sector; 87 establishments from construction sector and 40 MSME units participated in the contest.
  • Altogether 70 organisations have been selected for the award in four categories –
    1. Sarva Shreshtha Suraksha Puraskar,
    2. Shreshtha Suraksha Puraskar,
    3. Suraksha Puraskar and
    4. Prashansa Patra.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The ‘NSCI Safety Awards’ for the year 2016 were presented by which person? 
- Minister of State (Independent Charge), Labour & Employment Shri Bandaru Dattatreya.

Italian mayor wins Unesco Peace Prize

  • The Unesco has awarded its Peace Prize to Giuseppina (Giusi) Nicolini, the mayor of the Italian island of Lampedusa, for her commitment to saving the lives of migrants and refugees.
  • Nicolini was bestowed with the honour for her effort that saved thousands who fled across the Mediterranean often on unseaworthy boats to find a better and peaceful life.
  • Since becoming Mayor in 2012, Nicolini has been an outspoken defender of refugee and migrant rights.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The UNESCO has awarded its Peace Prize to which personality for her commitment to saving the lives of migrants and refugees?
 - Giuseppina (Giusi) Nicolini, the mayor of the Italian island of Lampedusa. 

Dantewada village without mobile network awarded for going cashless

  • Palnar, a small village in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district grabbed an award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for going 100 per cent “cashless”.
  • District Collector Sourabh Kumar received the award.
  • District administration built the infrastructure for digital transactions from scratch. State-owned BSNL installed wi-fi zones for which Essar, which is engaged in mining operations in the region to provide 10 Mbps optic-fibre connection for free under their corporate social responsibility funds.
  • For implementation of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, Mizoram’s Siaha district was awarded in the Northeast and Hill States category.
  • Banaskantha district of Gujarat was honoured under the category of other states.
  • The award for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana went to Gomati district of Tripura and Jalna district of Maharashtra.
  • Solan district of Himachal Pradesh and Nizamabad district of Telangana were awarded for implementing the e-National Agriculture Market(e-NAM).
  • Sivasagar district of Assam and Bihar’s Nalanda district were felicitated for their performance under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which Indian village grabbed an award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for going 100 per cent “cashless” recently? 
- Palnar, a small village in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district. 

Malaysia Airlines Becomes First to Use Space-Based Aircraft Tracking

  • Malaysia Airlines — which lost a jetliner with 239 people on board in 2014 in one of aviation’s greatest mysteries — has become the first carrier to adopt a satellite flight-tracking system.
  • The airline will use a soon-to-be-launched satellite network to monitor its fleet in areas where there is currently no surveillance, including polar regions and remote areas of the oceans.
  • The airline reached a deal for the service provided by US-based Aireon, FlightAware and SITAONAIR.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which airlines company has become the first carrier to adopt a satellite flight tracking system? 
-Malaysia Airlines. 

Narendra Modi & Paytm CEO Make It To Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ List

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been featured in Time's magazine's 100 most influential people list.
  • Along with the Prime Minister, who is a regular on the Time list, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma too has made the cut.
  • They were featured in the ‘Leaders’ and ‘Titans’ categories respectively.
  • US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May have also been featured in the 100 most influential people list.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which two Indian personalities has been featured in Time's magazine's 100 most influential people list? 
 - Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Narendra Modi. 

China to host BRICS Film Festival in June

  • The 2017 BRICS Film Festival will be held in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan Province from June 23 to 27.
  • There will be 30 films from BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) screened during the festival, including an anthology by five directors from the aforementioned countries.
  • The feature film consisting of five 18-minute shorts on the same theme is a joint work by ;
    1. Walter Salles from Brazil,
    2. Aleksey Fedorchenko from Russia,
    3. Madhur Bhandarkar from India,
    4. Jahmil X. T. Qubeka from South Africa, and 5. Jia Zhangke from China, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The 2017 BRICS Film Festival will be held in which city from June 23 to 27
- Chengdu, in China’s Sichuan Province. 

Modi to inaugurate UN Vesak Day in Colombo

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate UN Vesak Day in Colombo on May 12.
  • Mr Modi will also hold meetings with the Sri Lankan leadership.
  • The two countries are likely to finalise development cooperation agreements, besides discussing key issues, including the Palk Bay fisheries conflict.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate UN Vesak Day in which city of neighbouring country on May 12?
 - Colombo. 

Law ministry launches 3 legal aid services for poor

  • Aiming at extension of legal aid to marginalised, poor and vulnerable communities, the law ministry launched three initiatives—
    1. pro bono legal services,
    2. a tele law service and
    3. ‘Nyaya Mitra’ scheme
    using technology for providing access to justice is in tandem with the Digital India initiative, the primary focus being transparency, good governance and digital delivery of services.
  • Pro bono legal services is a web-based initiative which can be accessed through the website www.doj.gov.in using which litigants from marginalised communities who cannot afford legal services can apply for legal aid and advice from pro bono lawyers.
  • Tele law’, aims to facilitate legal advice for marginalized communities through an expert panel of lawyers stationed at State Legal Services Centres (SLCA).
  • Nyaya Mitra scheme aims to reduce pendency of cases across selected districts, with a special focus on those pending for more than 10 years.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

 The law ministry launched which three initiatives using technology for providing access to justice with the Digital India initiative? 
- 1. pro bono legal services,
2. a tele law service and 
3. ‘Nyaya Mitra’ scheme

Alimony to Be 25% of Husband’s Net Salary: Supreme Court

  • The Supreme Court has set a limit on how much alimony a man is to pay his estranged wife, and it should be 25 per cent of his net salary.
  • A Bench of justices R Banumathi and MM Santanagoudar made the observation when directing a man from West Bengal to pay his ex-wife Rs 20,000 out of a monthly salary of Rs 95,527. They turned down his plea that the amount was excessive.
  • The court noted that the amount given as alimony must be sufficient that a woman lives in dignity after separation from her husband.
  • Twenty-five per cent of the husband's net salary would be just and proper to be awarded as maintenance to the (former) wife.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

According to the Supreme Court what is the limit for the alimony a man is to pay his estranged wife? 
- 25 per cent of his net salary. 

Earth Day: 22 April

  • Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22.
  • Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
  • First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network Google today celebrates Earth Day with a doodle. It encourages people across the world to be more environmentally friendly.
  • Today's Doodle describes the story of a sleeping fox who dreams about an Earth that's been polluted and adversely affected by climate change. Determined to save mother earth, the fox makes small lifestyle changes.
  • The theme of World Earth Day 2017 is “Environmental and Climate Literacy”.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

World earth is celebrated on which date? 
 - 22 April. 

21 Apr, 17

Vinay Shah joins LIC Housing Finance Limited as MD and CEO

  • Life insurance Corp of India has appointed Vinay Shah as the new managing director and chief executive director of its mortgage loan arm and listed entity LIC Housing Finance, after government elevates Sunita Sharma to managing director of LIC earlier this week.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who is the newly appointed managing director and chief executive director of the mortgage loan arm and listed entity LIC Housing Finance? 
 - Vinay Shah. 

GNFC wins the Golden Peacock Award for Innovation of Cashless Township

  • Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) won the prestigious Golden Peacock Award in the category of Innovative Product/Service for pioneering a cashless township transformation model.
  • Cashless Township Innovation was conceived and implemented following the clarion call of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to transition to a cashless society.
  • The award recognizes the company’s contribution to innovative frameworks that will be the key for business success in the new millennium.
  • The award was conferred upon cashless township innovation, as it enables corporations with integrated townships to succeed by adapting swiftly in the digital era.
  • GNFC emerged as the first fertilizer company in India to transition to cashless economy successfully. Company’s township in Bharuch, Gujarat became the first 100% cashless township of India.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which organisation has won the prestigious Golden Peacock Award in the category of Innovative Product/Service for pioneering a cashless township transformation model? 
- Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd (GNFC). 

Aamir Khan, Kapil Dev to get Dinanath Mangeshkar Award

  • Actor Aamir Khan and cricket icon Kapil Dev will receive the 75th Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards.
  • Amir Khan will be honoured with the Vishesh Puraskar for Best Film "Dangal", while Dev for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cricket.
  • Other Awardees are ;
    1. Vyjayanthimala Bali: Master Dinanath Vishesh Puraskar for her achievements in Hindi cinema.
    2. Sunil Barve for "Amar Photo Studio Subak Sanstha": Mohan Wagh Award.
    3. Kishore Deshpande: Anadmayee Puraskar for social services.
    4. Vishwashanti Kendra: Samarpit Jeevan Puraskar.
    5. Vijaya Rajadhyaksha: Vagvilasini Puraskar for her work in literature.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which Indian actor will receive the 75th Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards?
 - Aamir Khan . 

Video gaming to be featured at 2022 Asian Games

  • Video gaming will be featured as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games, with competitors in electronic sports set to receive medals for their digital prowess.
  • The Olympic Council of Asia will introduce esports to the official program of the Asian Games at Hangzhou, China.
  • It will also be a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia.
  • The decision reflects “the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation among the youth.
  • The Asian Games features a wide range of traditional Olympic sports along with others containing more regional appeal.
  • Some of the more obscure sports include;
    1. sepak takraw, which combines features from soccer and volleyball, and
    2. kabaddi, a contact team sport that evolved in and is dominated by India.
  • The sports program has also included ;
    1. a variety of martial arts,
    2. contract bridge,
    3. jet-ski racing and
    4. sport climbing.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which new gaming section will be featured as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games? 
 - Video games. 

PV Sindhu climbs to World No 3

  • PV Sindhu has jumped two places to stand at World No 3 in the latest BWF Rankings.
  • This comes on the back of her quarterfinal finish at the Singapore Open Superseries where she lost to Carolina Marin.
  • Just two weeks earlier, she had achieved World No 2 ranking with the India Open win and then dropped to World No 5 with a first round exit in Malaysian Open.
  • On the men’s side B Sai Praneeth achieved his career best ranking of World No 22 after jumping eight spots.
  • Nehwal has risen one place to World No 8 despite not playing the Singapore Open to work on her fitness. Third best Indian in the ranking charts is Rituparna Das at World No 46 and Tanvi Lad is 53rd.
  • List is topped by Tai Tzu Ying in women’s charts and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is at the top with Viktor Axelsen and Jan O Jorgensen forming the top three.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which Indian badminton player has jumped two places to stand at World No 3 in the latest BWF Rankings? 
 - PV Sindhu. 

China announces 'standardised' names for 6 places in Arunachal

  • China has for the first time announced "standardised" official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Civil affairs ministry had standardised in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet the names of six places in South Tibet, which India calls ‘Arunachal Pradesh’, in accordance with the regulations of the State Council.
  • The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are;
    1. Wo’gyainling,
    2. Mila Ri,
    3. Qoidêngarbo Ri,
    4. Mainquka, Bümo La and
    5. Namkapub Ri
  • Wo’gyainling is likely to be the new name for Ugyen Ling monastery.
  • Qoidêngarbo Ri is likely to be Choten Karpo Ri, Mainquka is likely to be Mechuka in West Siang district and Bümo La is likely to be Bumla, located a short distance from Tawang.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

China has for the first time announced "standardised" official names for how many places in Arunachal Pradesh?
- Six. 

National Surveillance System for antimicrobial resistance set up

  • Health ministry of India has taken a slew of measures against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) like setting up a National Surveillance System.
  • The ministry has also enacted regulations to regulate the sale of antibiotics and brought out National Guidelines for the use of antibiotics.
  • AMR is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an anti-microbial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it.
  • As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which ministry of India has taken a slew of measures against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) like setting up a National Surveillance System?
- Health ministry of India. 
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