Daily Current Affairs for Exams

23 Apr, 17

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan won Dadasaheb Phalke Awards 2017

  • Chitra Productions in association with Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2017 celebrated the 148th birth anniversary of the father of Indian Cinema, the respected Dadasaheb Phalke.
  • This year, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan won the award for the best actress female for her stellar performance in the film “Sarabjit”.
  • Hema Malini won the Award in the category of Kala Shree.
  • Veteran Zeenat Aman walked the stage to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. On the other hand, Sircar bagged Creative Director Award for “Pink”, along with Rohit Roy, who bagged the Best Negative Role in Film for “Kaabil”.

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

Which actress won the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2017 for the best actress female for her stellar performance in the film “Sarabjit”? 
 - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. 

World Bank to extend $375 mn loan for National Waterway-1 on Ganga

  • The World Bank has approved a loan of $375 million for capacity augmentation of National Waterway-1 (NW-1) on the river Ganga under the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).
  • The financial assistance from the World Bank would help to develop the Rs 5,369-crore NW-1 from Haldia to Varanasi.
  • The project will enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1,500-2,000 deadweight tonnes along a 1,390-km stretch.
  • NW-1 is a waterway of national significance passing through ;
    1. Uttar Pradesh,
    2. Bihar,
    3. Jharkhand and
    4. West Bengal,
  • serving the cities of;
    Allahabad,
    Varanasi,
    Ghazipur,
    Bhagalpur,
    Patna,
    Howrah,
    Haldia and
    Kolkata.
  • Their industrial hinterland including several industries located in the Ganga basin. The rail and road corridors in this region are already saturated.

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

The World Bank has approved a loan of how much amount for capacity augmentation of National Waterway-1 (NW-1) on the river Ganga under the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP)? 
-  $375 million. 

Andhra Pradesh set up welfare board for transgenders

  • Andhra Pradesh has now followed in Tamil Nadu and Kerala’s footsteps to establish a welfare board for transgender persons in the state.
  • They launched the ‘Andhra Pradesh Hijra Transgender Welfare Board’ on Thursday at the Sri Venkateshwara University in Tirupati, and the move was welcomed by the trans community in Andhra.
  • Rachana Mudraboyini, a transgender rights activists who was part of the inauguration ceremony, said she hopes that the board would help the community fight for their rights.
  • The welfare board will be run by direct democracy by the community, with special voting rights for the minorities.

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

Which new Indian state has now followed in Tamil Nadu and Kerala’s footsteps to establish a welfare board for transgender persons in the state? 
 - Andhra Pradesh. 

India Enters Select Club As Navy Successfully Test-Fires Land-Attack Brahmos Missile

  • Indian Naval ship for the first time fired a land-attack BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.
  • Land attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was fired for the first time from an Indian Navy's stealth frigate, off the eastern coast, at a land target.
  • This puts India in a select club of nations with such capability.
  • The land-attack version of BrahMos has been operationalised in the Indian Army since 2007.

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

Indian Naval ship for the first time fired which land-attack supersonic cruise missile? 
 - BrahMos. 

17-yr-old Washington Sundar becomes 3rd youngest to play IPL

  • Aged 17 years and 199 days, Rising Pune Supergiant spinner Washington Sundar has become the third youngest cricketer to play in IPL.
  • Sundar was picked by the franchise as a replacement for injured Ravichandran Ashwin.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore's Sarfaraz Khan, who played his first IPL match aged 17 years and 177 days, was the youngest to play in the league.

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

Which player of Rising Pune Supergiant, has become the third youngest cricketer to play in IPL?
 - Washington Sundar. 

Cricket removed from 2018 Asian Games programme

  • One of the sports to miss out from the programme list of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang is cricket.
  • Apart from cricket, skateboarding, sambo and surfing are among the other sports which have been removed from the programme in order to reduce the burden on Indonesian organisers.
  • This measure was taken as a part of the series of changes aimed at reducing the total number of events from 493 to 431. Also omitted from the list are kurash and belt wrestling events.
  • No changes, however, have yet been made to any of the other 28 permanent Summer Olympic sports due to be contested.
  • This includes those, like handball, which remains low profile in the south-east Asian nation.

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

 2018 Asian Games will be held in which country? 
- Indonesia, Jakarta. 

India wins elections to two UN subsidiary bodies

  • India has won elections to two subsidiary bodies of a UN organ focussed on social and economic issues.
  • India along with 12 other members was elected to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • The country garnered the most number of votes in the Asian group, with 49 out of 50 members of ECOSOC voting in its favour.
  • The 13 members elected for three-year terms, beginning January 2018, include;
    1. Burkina Faso,
    2. Iran,
    3. Japan,
    4. Pakistan,
    5. Belarus,
    6. Bulgaria,
    7. Moldova,
    8. Brazil,
    9. Chile,
    10. Cuba,
    11. The United Kingdom and
    12. United States.
  • The CPC is the main subsidiary organ of the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly for planning, programming and coordination.

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

Which country has won elections to two subsidiary bodies of a UN organ focussed on social and economic issues? 
 - India. 

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. 
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