Online Current Affairs for 27 Dec, 16


Govt launch mobile App ‘Smart Consumer’ & OCMC to provide speedy redressal of consumer grievances


  • The government launched a host of online initiatives yesterday including a mobile App ‘Smart Consumer’ and an ‘Online Consumer Mediation Centre (OCMC)’ to provide speedy redressal of consumer grievances.
  • The initiatives were unveiled by Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan at a function in New Delhi on the occasion of National Consumer Day on Saturday.
  • A helpline 14404 was also launched for consumer related grievances.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The government has launched which application to provide speedy redressal of consumer grievances? 
 - Smart Consumer. 
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Odisha govt to launch DAMAN programme for malaria control


  • The Odisha government has decided to launch a new malaria control programme, Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran (malaria control in inaccessible areas) DAMAN, with a total spending of 120 crore rupees for five years.
  • The programme will be implemented in 8 thousand villages of all 79 blocks of eight high malaria endemic southern districts -
    1.Koraput,
    2. Malkangiri,
    3.Nabarangapur,
    4.Kalahandi,
    5.Rayagada,
    6.Gajapati,
    7.Nuapada and
    8.Kandhamal
    with an annual expenditure of 24 crore rupees.
  • The Odisha government has decided to launch a new malaria control programme, Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran (malaria control in inaccessible areas) DAMAN, with a total spending of 120 crore rupees for five years.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Odisha government has decided to launch a new malaria control programme by which name in 8 thousand villages of all 79 blocks of eight high malaria endemic southern districts? 
 - Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran (malaria control in inaccessible areas) DAMAN
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RIL-ONGC: Justice Singhvi appointed arbitrator


  • The oil ministry has appointed G.S. Singhvi, a former Supreme Court judge and Competition Appellate Tribunal chairman (Compat), as the government’s arbitrator in a $1.55 billion dispute with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) over alleged extraction of gas from a reservoir connected to that of state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp. on the east coast.
  • Singhvi, who retired from Compat earlier this month, will consult an arbitrator chosen by RIL for identifying a third neutral arbitrator and the place of arbitration.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The oil ministry has appointed which former Supreme Court judge as the government’s arbitrator in a $1.55 billion dispute with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) over alleged extraction of gas from a reservoir connected to that of state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp. on the east coast? 
 - G.S. Singhvi. 
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Karnataka govt launches 25 bio-diesel buses in the state


  • In an effort to reduce pollution caused by diesel buses, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has launched 25 bio-diesel buses in the state.
  • These eco-friendly buses will ply on four routes, including Tirupati and Chennai.
  • Costing around Rs. 90 lakh each, bio-diesel buses eject 60-70% less emissions than diesel buses and would reportedly save the Corporation Rs. 80 lakh each year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
In an effort to reduce pollution caused by diesel buses, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has launched how many bio-diesel buses in the state? 
 - 25. 
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Punjab to Get its First Bioethanol Plant at Bathinda


  • Union food processing minister laid the foundation stone of Punjab’s first second-generation Bioethanol plant at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district.
  • Deputy CM Punjab S. Sukhbir Singh Badal and Minister of State, Petroleum & Natural Gas Sh. DharmendraPradhan also joined her.
  • Built up at 49 acres of land, the 500 crore plant offers a practical solution to the problem of stubble burning by converting crop residue to Ethanol.
  • The state of the art bioethanol plant offers a long-term solution to farmer’s challenge of disposing off crop residue.
  • Using an efficient technology, agriculture waste is converted into fuel grade ethanol, offering a permanent solution to the age-old practice of crop residue burning.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Punjab to Get its First Bioethanol Plant at which district of the State ? 
 - Bathinda. 
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Integrated tiger habitat conservation project launched in Karnataka


  • Wildlife conservation has received a boost with the launch of an integrated tiger habitat conservation project around M.M.
  • Hills and Cauvery wildlife sanctuaries in Chamarajanagar district, with support from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
  • The project aims to conserve forest habitats by assisting in the sustainable development of communities living in and around the protected areas.
  • It is being implemented by the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysuru, and the Wildlife Trust of India in association with the Forest Department.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Integrated tiger habitat conservation project was launched in which state of India? 
- Karnataka. 
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Yuki Bhambri clinches ITF Hong Kong F4 Futures title


  • Yuki Bhambri clinches ITF Hong Kong F4 Futures title  on 25 December 2016, she won the title of the $10000 ITF Hong Kong F4 Futures.
  • It is the first singles trophy of the season. It was his 11th title on the ITF Pro Circuit.
  • The third seed from India defeated the tournament’s number two Shintaro Imai of Japan 6-4, 7-5.
  • Bhambri won 75% of his first service points and broke serve three times to lock victory in one hour and 54 minutes.
  • With the win, the world number 534 takes away $1440 in prize money along with 18 ATP ranking points.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the ITF Hong Kong F4 Futures title  on 25 December 2016? 
- Yuki Bhambri
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