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Abhijit Sarkar appointed Vice President of Asian Hockey Federation


  • The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Abhijit Sarkar as it’s new Vice Chairman and also the Chairman of the AHF Commercial and TV Committee with immediate effect.
  • Abhijit Sarkar has been associated with the Sahara India Pariwar for last 24 years, where he led the group in promoting various sports in India by sponsoring both the Indian National Cricket Team as well as the Indian National Hockey Team.
  • Sarkar has served as the Head of ;
    1. Corporate Communications,
    2. Corporate Affairs and Relations, and
    3. the Sports Division at Sahara India Pariwar.
  • His ability to form and execute strategies relating to the promotion of sports in India has played a major role in his appointment as the Vice President of AHF.
  • Abhijit Sarkar has also been deeply involved in the development of Indian hockey in recent times, as under his leadership Sahara India bought the Uttar Pradesh Wizards’ franchise in the ongoing Hockey India League (HIL).
  • Earlier this year, Sahara had also renewed its sponsorship with Hockey India until 2021 which includes promoting both the men’s and women’s senior and junior teams.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Vice President of Asian Hockey Federation? 
 - Abhijit Sarkar. 
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First Gramin Khel Mahotsav to be held next month in Delhi.


  • Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced that the first Gramin Khel Mahotsav will be held from 25th to 31st of next month in New Delhi.
  • Addressing a press conference in the national capital, Goel said the games will be held in five sports disciplines ;
    1. Athletics,
    2. Kabaddi,
    3. Kho-Kho,
    4. Volley Ball and
    5. Wrestling.
  • He said a need has been felt to deepen the sports culture among the rural youth.
  • The Sports Minister said this festival will help participation of rural youth in large numbers in popular sports and encourage them to achieve excellence and adopt healthy life style.
  • These games are intended to act as a catalyst to promote sports in rural areas across the country and will be replicated in other states and union territories as well.
  • In order to capture the popular imagination and encourage the youth of Delhi to take keen interest in sports, renowned wrestlers;
    1. Sushil Kumar,
    2. Yogeshwar Dutt and
    3. Geeta Phogat
    are being invited to participate in demonstration matches.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced that the first Gramin Khel Mahotsav will be held from 25th to 31st of next month in which city?
 - New Delhi.
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Namma Metro enters into a 'First in India' strategic partnership with Ola


  • Ola, India's most popular mobile app for transportation, has entered into a first of its kind partnership with Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
  • The association will enable easy and affordable mobility experience for commuters as key stations on the metro route get equipped with dedicated Ola kiosks.
  • With this association, Ola aims to provide a consistent mobility experience to hundreds of thousands of passengers, who use the Bangalore Metro service for their daily commute.
  • Consumers will have access to Ola's wide range of mobility solutions including,
    1. Micro,
    2. Mini,
    3. Share,
    4. Prime and
    5. Lux.
  • Ola representatives will also be available at the kiosks to help commuters get a reliable ride with ease.
  • The Ola Kiosks will be operational from March 2017 in;
    1. Trinity,
    2. Cubbon Park,
    3. City Railway Station,
    4. Peenya,
    5. Goraguntepalya,
    6. Yeshwanthpur and
    7. Mahalaxmi
    metro stations.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which cab company, has entered into a first of its kind partnership with Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited? 
 - Ola. 
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Punjab bans manufacture of gutkha, pan masala


  • Punjab government has prohibited;
    1. the manufacture,
    2. storage,
    3. sale or distribution
    of food products containing tobacco or nicotine like gutkha and pan masala in the state for one year.
  • The ban also applies on;
    1. processed,
    2. flavoured,
    3. scented,
    4. chewing tobacco,
    whether they are packaged or unpackaged or sold as one or separate products, an official spokesperson said.
  • The decision has been taken in view of the orders of the Supreme Court wherein it observed that to circumvent ban of sale of gutkha, the manufacturers are selling pan masala (without tobacco) with flavored chewing tobacco in separate sachet.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state has prohibited the manufacture, storage, sale or distribution 
of food products containing tobacco or nicotine in the state for one year? 
- Punjab. 
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India win 'Handball-on-skates' World Championship.


  • India won the men's Roll Ball World Cup Championship as they beat Iran 8-7 in the final on Wednesday.
  • India also won the tournament in the women's category, defeating Iran 6-4 in the final.
  • Roll Ball is a combination of ;
    1. roller-skating,
    2. handball, and
    3. basketball,
    it was invented by an Indian sports teacher Raju Dabhade in 2003.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the men's Roll Ball World Cup Championship as they beat Iran 8-7 in the final? 
 - India. 
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Netanyahu is first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia


  • Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Sydney on Wednesday on the first visit to Australia by a serving Israeli prime minister.
  • Netanyahu will start his four-day visit with talks with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull at his official Sydney address.
  • High on the list of discussion topics is likely to be whether Israel remains committed to a two-state solution to resolve the Palestinian conflict and whether Netanyahu will heed President Donald Trump’s call to “pull back” on settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
  • Netanyahu and Turnbull will sign agreements on technology and air services as well as discuss expanding co-operation in areas including;
    1. cyber-security,
    2. innovation and
    3. science.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is current Israel prime minister? 
- Benjamin Netanyahu. 
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Vodafone Offers 'Private Recharge Mode' Without Disclosing Number


  • In a step to maintain secrecy of one's mobile phone number getting exposed to retailers for possible misuse, Vodafone on Wednesdayintroduced its Private Recharge Mode for its subscribers in West Bengal.
  • Vodafone Private Recharge Mode (PRM)- a free of cost service for West Bengal subscribers, enables users to recharge their mobile phones, without sharing their mobile numbers with retailers.
  • To avail the Vodafone PRM option, a customer needs to send a toll free SMS - 'Private' - to 12604 and would be provided with an OTP, which can be used for subsequent recharges till midnight of the same day at any multi-brand outlets.
  • The customer simply needs to share the OTP, instead of the mobile number with the retailer.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
In a step to maintain secrecy of one's mobile phone number getting exposed to retailers, Vodafone introduced its Private Recharge Mode for its subscribers in which state? 
 - West Bengal. 
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Sebi Eases Norms For Debt Mutual Fund Investment In Housing Finance Firms


  • Debt mutual funds can now invest up to 15 per cent of their total net assets in housing finance companies with Sebi easing the regulations in this regard.
  • The norms have been relaxed as part of efforts to channelise more funds towards affordable housing activities.
  • Debt mutual funds were allowed to have an exposure of only up to 10 per cent to housing finance companies. This has been increased to 15 per cent with the immediate effect subject to certain conditions.
  • According to the regulator, the guidelines for sectoral exposure in debt oriented mutual fund schemes put a limit of 25 per cent at the sector level and an additional exposure not exceeding 10 per cent (over and above the limit of 25 per cent) in financial services sector only to HFCs (Housing Finance Companies).
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
According to SEBI's new guidelines Debt mutual funds can now invest up to what percentage of their total net assets in housing finance companies? 
 - 15 percent. 
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UK Names Cressida Dick As London's First Female Police Chief


  • Britain appointed experienced counter-terrorism officer Cressida Dick as London's new police chief, the first woman to hold the job.
  • She is best known for heading an operation which led to the killing of an innocent Brazilian.
  • Ms Dick, 56, who left the Metropolitan Police in 2015 to work for Britain's Foreign Office, becomes the most senior officer in the country, heading a force of some 43,000 officers and staff.
  • Highly respected and popular with ordinary officers, Ms Dick joined the London force in 1983 as a constable and made her way up the ranks including a spell back in charge of her hometown of Oxford.
  • In July 2005, she was in charge of the operation that led to Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, being shot seven times in the head on a Tube train at Stockwell station in south London after he was mistaken for a would-be suicide bomber.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed London's new police chief? 
 - Cressida Dick. 
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Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser


  • President Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his new national security adviser picking a widely respected military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days.
  • A battle-tested veteran of both the Persian Gulf war and the second Iraq war, General McMaster is considered one of the military’s most independent-minded officers, sometimes at a cost to his own career.
  • The selection encouraged Republicans who admire General McMaster and waged a behind-the-scenes campaign to persuade Mr. Trump to select him.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
President Trump appointed which person as his new national security adviser in USA? 
 - Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. 
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Kashmir to observe 2017 as the ‘Year of Apple’


  • Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti declared 2017 as ‘Year of Apple’ in a major bid to promote the famed Kashmiri apples in domestic and foreign markets.
  • The Chief Minister launched the High Density Apple Plantation Scheme in Srinagar.
  • These high-density plants will be routed through J&K Bank along with the subsidy.
  • Fifty per cent subsidy would be provided by the government to the farmers under the scheme,
  • These facilities would be be set up at;
    1. Jablipora in Anantnag and
    2. Aglar in Pulwama in first stage,
    besides establishment of e-markets for the online sale of the produce
  • The government has launched a Market Intervention Scheme to stabilise the rates of apple produce and benefit growers.
  • A network of mandies is being laid to maximise direct interface between growers and buyers
  • Jammu and Kashmir is the largest apple producing State in India at 11.2 metric tonnes, which accounts for 71% of national production.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti declared 2017 as year for which commodity in Kashmir ? 
- ‘Year of Apple’. 
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TCS chairman N Chandrasekaran takes over as chief of Tata Sons


  • Tata group entered into a new era on Tuesday as N Chandrasekaran took over as chief of the holding company of multinational assorted.
  • Along with chairmanship of Tata Sons, Chandrasekaran will also be holding the chairmanship of the group's crown jewel Tata Consultancy Services.
  • One of his major focus areas will be the European operations of Tata Steel, particularly in the UK which has become a drag to the group after the unsuccessful acquisition of Corus.
  • While Tata Steel has already started selling assets in the UK, Chandra will have to decide how much assets are to be put on the block and how much could be turned around, especially keeping in mind the implications of Brexit.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Chief of TATA and sons?
 - N Chandrasekaran. 
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EDII wins International Mercury Award 2016-17


  • The Ahmedabad-based Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), an acknowledged national resource institute for;
    1. entrepreneurship education,
    2. research,
    3. training and
    4. institution-building,
    has received the prestigious International Mercury Awards for the year 2016-17 for the best overall presentation of its 2015-2016 annual report.
  • Instituted by MerComm, Inc. the world's only independent awards organisation, the International Mercury Awards, honour outstanding achievement in professional communications in around 80 countries.
  • Founded in 1987, the Mercury Awards promote :
    1. excellence,
    2. quality and
    3. performance
    in the various fields of public relations.
  • The award entertains participation from;
    1. agencies,
    2. associations,
    3. corporations,
    4. government agencies,
    5. nonprofit groups, and
    6. organizations
    from around 80 countries worldwide every year.
  • Judges from the International Academy of Communications Arts and Sciences (IACAS) evaluate entries on the basis of ;
    1. objectivity,
    2. audience connection,
    3. use of imagination and
    4. original solutions,
    6. use of illustration and
    7. overall expression of the message
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which institution of India received the prestigious International Mercury Awards for the year 2016-17 for the best overall presentation of its 2015-2016 annual report? 
 - Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII). 
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Digital payments: Govt launches its own QR code platform - BharatQR


  • In yet another move to aid digital or cashless payments in the post-demonetized economy, the government launched BharatQR its own QR code platform.
  • BharatQR will be the first platform with interoperability which will allow payments from various cards, including Visa and Mastercard.
  • QR code or Quick Response code is a two-dimensional machine-readable code made up of an array of black and white squares, used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone.
  • It will make payments seamless for the buyer, making them possible without card swiping machines.
  • It will also enable the buyer to make payments to retailers without using the merchant's ID or number.
  • BharatQR will also let the users make Aadhaar-enabled payments and through UPI.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The government India launched which of its own QR code platform for digital payments? 
 - BharatQR. 
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Dish TV partners with ICICI Bank for digital payments


  • Direct-to-home operator Dish TV has tied-up with private lender ICICI Bank for digital payments.
  • The new payment method which is another customer-oriented initiative in the DTH industry to recharge through unified payment interface (UPI) transactions.
  • This alliance with ICICI Bank through UPI will drive higher customer adoption and allow them to be a part of the digital economy.
  • This will also aid our vastly spread customers with or without Internet access to recharge conveniently.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Direct-to-home operator Dish TV has tied-up with which private lender bank for digital payments? 
 - ICICI Bank
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India launches ‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’ to protect citizens


  • The government through its Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) launched “Cyber Swachhta Kendra” — a new desktop and mobile security solution for a secure cyber space in the country.
  • The new solution will notify, enable cleaning and secure systems of end-users to prevent further infections.
  • This centre will work in coordination with the internet service providers (ISPs) and Industry.
  • This Kendra will also enhance awareness among citizens regarding botnet and malware infection along with measures to be taken to secure their devices
  • Part of the solution, USB Pratirodh is a desktop security solution that controls the usage of;
    1. removable storage media like pen drives,
    2. external hard drives and
    3. other USB-supported mass storage devices.
  • M-Kavach tool offers a comprehensive mobile device security solution for Android devices addressing threats related to mobile phones.
  • AppSamvid is a desktop solution which protects systems by allowing installation of genuine applications through white listing.
  • This helps in preventing threats from malicious applications.
  • The Cyber Swachhta Kendra is part of the government of India’s Digital India initiative under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The government through its Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) launched which new desktop and mobile security solution for a secure cyber space in the country?
- “Cyber Swachhta Kendra”. 
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Coast Guard ship Ayush commissioned


  • Adding to the growing strength of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), vice admiral A R Karve, flag officer commanding-in-chief, Southern Naval Command, commissioned CGS Ayush, the final vessel in the series of twenty fast patrol vessels (FPVs) designed and built by the Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL).
  • The ship will be under command of Commandant Asheesh Sharma and will be under operational control of the commander, Coast Guard region (east), Chennai.
  • The 50-m-long ship having a maximum speed of 33 knots was delivered to the CG on December 30, 2016, almost three months ahead of contractual schedule.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which coast guard ship got commissioned as the final vessel in the series of twenty fast patrol vessels (FPVs) designed and built by the Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL)?
 - CGS Ayush. 
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Health Secretary launches ‘SAATHIYA’ Resource Kit and ‘SAATHIYA SALAH’ Mobile App for Adolescents


  • Shri C K Mishra, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare launched the SAATHIYA Resource Kit including ‘Saathiya Salah’ Mobile App for adolescents as part of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) program.
  • One of the key interventions under the programme is introduction of the Peer Educators (Saathiyas) who act as a catalyst for generating demand for the adolescent health services and imparting age appropriate knowledge on key adolescent health issues to their peer groups.
  • In order to equip the Saathiyas in doing so, the Health Ministry has launched the Saathiya Resource Kit (including ‘Saathiya Salah’ Mobile App).
  • To address and cater to the health and development needs of the country’s adolescents, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) in January 2014.
  • RKSK identifies six strategic priorities for adolescents i.e.
    1. nutrition,
    2. sexual and reproductive health (SRH),
    3. non-communicable diseases (NCDs),
    4. substance misuse,
    5. injuries and violence (including gender-based violence) and
    6. mental health.
  • This Resource Kit comprises ;
    i) Activity Book,
    ii) Bhranti-Kranti Game
    iii) Question-Answer Book and
    iv) Peer Educator Diary.
  • In addition to the kit is the mobile app ‘Saathiya Salah’ (downloadable from Google play-store) which acts as a ready information source for the adolescents in case they are unable to interact with the Peer Educators.
  • The mobile app is also linked to another important piece of cost-effective information platform of a toll-free Saathiya Helpline (1800-233-1250) which will act as an e-counselor.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Shri C K Mishra, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare launched which Mobile App for adolescents as part of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) program?
 - ‘Saathiya Salah’. 
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Khajuraho Dance Festival 2017


  • The Khajuraho Dance Festival started at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh from February 20, 2017. The seven day festival will conclude on February 26, 2017.
  • The dance festival is conducted every year by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad.
  • This cultural festival showcases various Indian classical dance styles such as ;
    1. Kathak,
    2. Bharathanatyam,
    3. Odissi,
    4. Kuchipudi,
    5. Manipuri and
    6. Kathakali
    with performances of some of the best exponents in the field.
  • The dances are performed in an open-air auditorium, usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and the Vishvanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Some of the activities to be undertaken as a part of the festival include;
    1. international art conclave,
    2. dialogue on art,
    3. documentaries,
    4. short films
    among others.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Khajuraho Dance Festival started at which city in Madhya Pradesh from February 20, 2017?
 - Bhopal. 
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Bihar Government Prohibits State Officials from Consuming Liquor Anywhere In The World


  • After making Bihar a dry state in keeping with his 2015 Assembly election promise, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken his policy to a whole new level.
  • The minister has made a new rule, according to which, no officials of the state government are allowed to consume liquor outside the state or country. Bihar is the only state to have passed such a rule.
  • State’s governor declared an amendment to the Bihar Government Servants’ Conduct Rules 1976 and said the rule was effective immediately.
  • The decision was taken by Nitish during a Cabinet meeting. The government officials have gone a step ahead to sign pledges promising that they would abstain from consuming alcohol anywhere in the world.
    Guilty officials will either be dismissed, suspended or face salary cuts.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state government has prohibited state officials from Consuming Liquor Anywhere In The World? 
- Bihar. 
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