Online Current Affairs for January 2017


58th India International Garment Fair begins in New Delhi


  • The 58th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF) is beginning today in New Delhi.
  • Organized by Apparel Export Promotion Council India, the event is one of the largest and most popular platforms in Asia, from which overseas garment buyers can source products and forge business relationships with India's finest players in the apparel and fashion accessories domain.
  • Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani will inaugurate the three-day long fair.
  • A total of 312 participants from 14 states are participating in the Fair.
  • The major participating states are;
    1. Rajasthan,
    2. Maharashtra,
    3. Delhi,
    4. Uttar Pradesh,
    5. West Bengal,
    6. Haryana,
    7. Tamil Nadu,
    8. Punjab,
    9. Gujarat and
    10. Karnataka.
  • The sellers will be showcasing women's wear, accessories, kids wear and menswear.
  • The event will have fashion shows for exhibiting the collections and developing business.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The 58th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF) begins in which city? 
- New Delhi. 
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10th Jaipur Literature festival begins


  • The 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) begins with ;
    1.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje,
    2.veteran lyricist Gulzar,
    3.American poet Anne Waldman and
    4.spiritual writer Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, inaugurating the five-day event.
  • Touted to be world's largest free literary festival, this year JLF has been themed on "The Freedom to Dream: India at 70" and will see over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians and popular culture icons engaging in stimulating discussions and sessions at the historic Diggi Palace.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the theme of the 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF)? 
 - "The Freedom to Dream: India at 70"
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Karnataka allows sale of kerosene in open market


  • The Karnataka government has decided to allow the sale of white kerosene in open market.
  • Addressing the media in Mangaluru, State Food and Civil Supplies Minister UT Khader said that the government has issued an order this effect.
  • Those interested in selling white kerosene in open market can approach the office of the Food and Civil Supplies in their districts.
  • Sunflower oil will be distributed to PDS cardholders below poverty line in Bengaluru and Mangaluru from next month, he said people from these regions did not prefer palm oil.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state government has decided to allow the sale of white kerosene in open market? 
 - Karnataka. 
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Entrepreneurship Development Scheme inaugurated in Mizoram


  • Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalmalsawma inaugurated the Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (EDS) under the New Economic Development Policy (NEDP), an official statement said.
  • Lalmalsawma said the state government gave high priority to entrepreneurship development and has allocated Rs two crore under the NEDP during the current fiscal.
  • Planning Secretary Dr C Vanlalramsanga said entrepreneurship was important for acquiring;
    1. sustainable resources,
    2.knowledge and
    3.market,
    which would be instrumental in the state government's efforts to achieve market economy from subsistence economy.
  • The EDS could be instrumental in implementation of 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations with minimum harm to the environment.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalmalsawma inaugurated which scheme under the New Economic Development Policy (NEDP)? 
- Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (EDS). 
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Govt inks MoU to set up 1,000 Janaushadhi Kendras


  • The government signed an agreement with the National Yuva Cooperative Society to set up 1,000 Janaushadhi Kendras across the country and targets to open such medical stores in every block and gram panchayat to provide quality medicines at an affordable price.
  • At present, 750 Janaushadhi Kendras, providing more than 600 medicines and 150 medical devices, are operational and the target is to open 3,000 by end of this fiscal for achieving health safety.
  • BPPI is the nodal implementation agency for the PMBJP, which is an an initiative of the Department of Pharmaceuticals under the Chemicals and Fertilisers ministry to make quality medicines accessible to all citizens at an affordable price.
  • The PMBJP scheme would drastically reduce the out of pocket health expenditure for the common man and give an impetus to the Make in India mission in the pharma sector.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Union Government signed an agreement with which corporative society to set up 1,000 Janaushadhi Kendras across the country? 
 - the National Yuva Cooperative Society. 
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PNB to provide technology platform for pilot launch of IPPB


  • State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) will provide technology platform for pilot launch of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB).
  • The memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed between PNB and IPPB.
  • As per the agreement, PNB shall provide technology platform for pilot launch of IPPB on receipt of regulatory approval from Reserve Bank of India, the bank said in a regulatory filing to stock exchanges.
  • The bank will be headquartered in New Delhi and plans to launch 650 branches across the country during the year.
  • The first PSU under the Department of Posts, IPPB expects to complete the rollout of its branches all over the country by September 2017.
  • IPPB aims to become the most accessible bank in the world, riding on advanced banking and payments technology.
  • Coupled with physical presence across 1.55 lakh post offices and the reach of the postman, it plans to become a powerful and effective vehicle of real financial inclusion in the country.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
 Which bank will provide technology platform for pilot launch of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)?
 - Punjab National Bank (PNB). 
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"Quantico" actress Priyanka Chopra wins her 2nd People's Choice Award


  • Priyanka Chopra has become a star in the west, all thanks to her larger than life role of Alex Parrish on the popular TV show Quantico.
  • The Indian actress has won her second People's Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian actress has won her second People's Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress? 
 - Priyanka Chopra.
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Birender Singh Yadav concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Sierra Leone


  • Shri Birender Singh Yadav (IFS: 1997), presently High Commissioner of India to Republic of Ghana, has been collectively authorized as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Sierra Leone, with residence in Accra (Ghana).
  • He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been authorized as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Sierra Leone? 
- Shri Birender Singh Yadav. 
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Govt. launches 'ShaGun' - a web-portal for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan


  • To put an innovative progress in elementary education sector of the country by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).
  • Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar yesterday launched a dedicated web portal 'ShaGun', which has been prepared by World Bank in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • On this occasion, the Union Minister also reiterated government's commitment for improving the 'Quality' of Education.
  • Learning Outcomes are assessment standards indicating the expected levels of learning that children should achieve for that class. These outcomes can be used as check points to evaluate learning at different points of time.
  • The learning outcomes would help teachers to understand the learning levels of children in their respective classes individually as well as collectively.
  • Learning outcomes should be the point of reference for conducting achievement surveys.
  • Hence it is necessary that the defined Learning Outcomes are also shared with parents and community at large.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the name of the  web portal launched by the Union government for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan? 
 -  'ShaGun'.
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Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma appointed Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the appointment of Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma as the new Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
  • Verma will take over from interim director Rakesh Asthana, who was handed the reins of the investigating agency after former director Anil Sinha retired on December 2.
  • He'll serve for a period of two years.
  • Verma, a 1979 batch IPS officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory cadre, was the Director General of Tihar jail before he took charge as the Commissioner of Delhi Police in February last year.
  • He has served the Delhi Police in number of positions, including ;
  • 1.Deputy Commissioner of Police (south district),
    2.Joint Commissioner of the Crime Branch, 3.Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi Range),
    4. Special CP (Intelligence) and
    5.Special CP (Vigilance).
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation? 
- Alok Verma
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PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates Raisina Dialogue In Delhi


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi told 69 nations participating in the flagship geo-political conference "Raisina Dialogue" that reform would not be enough "unless it transforms economy and society".
  • Pointing out that he had got a "mandate to take bold decisions", he said for his government, this means a "path of international engagement" -- focused on "restoring bridges, shaping relationships, making India human resource to be reckoned with".
  • More than 250 representatives of 65 nations are participating in the second Raisina Dialogue.
  • With a theme of "New Normal: Multi-lateralism with Multi-Polarity", the meet is focussing on deliberate on strategic issues including new challenges and cyber security.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who inaugurated 69 nations flagship geo-political conference "Raisina Dialogue" in Delhi? 
- Narendra Modi. 
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Suresh Prabhu unveils Mission 41k energy plan for Railways


  • Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on unveiled Mission 41k, a plan that would save Rs 41,000 crore over 10 years through an integrated energy management system.
  • In this initiative, railways will electrify 24,000 km of rail tracks over the next five years by doubling the annual rate of electrification from 2,000 km to 4,000 km in the next two years.
  • The railways will award contracts on;
    1.engineering,
    2.procurement, and
    3.construction (EPC) model
    for railway electrification projects, to achieve this target.
  • It also plans to mechanize the execution through self-propelled wiring trains among other initiatives.
  • Under Mission 41k, change in the carrier’s energy mix by using more green energy through 1,000 megawatt (MW) solar and 200MW wind plants, installation of LED lights and bulbs across all railway stations, trains and offices are also included.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Suresh Prabhu unveiled which plan for Railways that would save Rs 41,000 crore over 10 years through an integrated energy management system? 
 - Mission 41k
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Anandam Scheme Launched in Madhya Pradesh to Help Poor


  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh launches Anadam Scheme to help the poor and the needed person.
  • Under this scheme the people who are economic sound can donate items for the needed person.
  • The state government of Madhya Pradesh has fixed the places in each district of the state where the people can donate items for the poor people.
  • People can donate items like ;
    1.jackets,
    2.sarees,
    3. blankets,
    4.utensils,
    5.school bags
    for the poor people under Anandam Scheme.
  • Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has appealed to the citizens to get them registered voluntarily as Anandak under Anandam Scheme.
  • They will be imparted training and they will play an important role to publicize Anandam.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Shivraj Singh Chouhan Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh launched which scheme in his state to help the poor and the needed person ?
 - Anadam Scheme. 
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Meghalaya’s Mawlynnong village has become Asia’s cleanest village


  • Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya has become a role model for other states in maintaining cleanliness.
  • Known as Asia’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong has become tourists’ hotspot.
  • To maintain its reputation as clean village, all 550 villagers carry cleanliness drive on every Saturday.
  • Through cleanliness, the villagers have created opportunities to earn money as the village has become tourists’ prime destination in North East.
  • Recently, the village headman of Mawlynnong was invited to Vibrant Gujarat to explain its success story.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Meghalaya’s which village has become Asia’s cleanest village? 
 - Mawlynnong. 
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Kangra first ever district to geo-tag all assets under MGNREGA


  • Kangra has become the first district in the country to geo-tag 100 per cent of the assets generated under the MGNREGA.
  • Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh felicitated all the rural development officers for the achievement, at the cabinet Hall in the Mini Secretariat.
  • The geo-tagging of assets under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is being done as to ensure online recording of the assets generated under the welfare programme.
  • It allows the workers to click photo of the asset and upload it to a ISRO-run web portal thus digitally recording its time and location.
  • It allows the ease in tracking the assets.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which district has become the first district in the country to geo-tag 100 per cent of the assets generated under the MGNREGA?
- Kangra.
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IIMC introduces a PG diploma course in Urdu journalism


  • In a bid to promote Urdu language the Indian Institute of Mass Communication launched a full-fledged postgraduate diploma course.
  • The institute was earlier offering a five-month journalism course in the Urdu language.
  • According to the institute, it has kept the fee of the course lower than what is being charged for any other course
  • The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is one of India's premier institute for journalism.
  • Besides Delhi, it has five other branches in;
    1. Odisha,
    2.Maharashtra,
    3.Mizoram,
    4.Jammu and Kashmir and
    5. Kerala.
  • The institute offers PG diploma courses in;
    1.English,
    2.Hindi, and
    3. Oriya languages as of now.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Indian Institute of Mass Communication launched a full-fledged postgraduate diploma course in which Indian language? 
- Urdu
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25 children win National Bravery Awards


  • Twenty five children from different parts of the country have been selected for Indian Council for Child Welfare’s (ICCW) National Bravery Awards to be presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23.
  • Four of the awards are posthumous.
  • The Bharat Award has been conferred to 8-year-old Tarh Peju of Arunachal Pradesh, who sacrificed her life in an attempt to save two of her friends from drowning.
    1.Roluahpuii and Lalhriatpuii from Mizoram, and
    2.Tushar Verma from Chattisgarh
    have been given Bapu Gaidhani Award posthumously.
  • The Geeta Chopra Award has been conferred on;
    1. 18-year-old Tejasweeta Pradhan and
    2. 17-year old Shivani Gond.
  • The Sanjay Chopra Award has been conferred to 15-year-old Sumit Mamgain of Uttarakhand who displayed outstanding bravery in fighting a leopard to save his cousin.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
How many children from different parts of the country have been selected for Indian Council for Child Welfare’s (ICCW) National Bravery Awards to be presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23?
 - Twenty five. 
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European Parliament election: Antonio Tajani new president


  • Italian conservative Antonio Tajani elected the new president of the European Parliament
  • Mr Tajani, 63, is a former spokesman for Italy's Silvio Berlusconi and an ex-European commissioner.
  • He defeated another Italian, Gianni Pitella, and will take over from Germany's Martin Schulz.
  • The European Parliament has the power to block or amend EU laws, and will have the final say on whether to approve a Brexit deal with the UK.
  • Mr Tajani secured 351 votes, against 282 for Mr Pittella, a socialist. The contest ran to the maximum four rounds.
  • Mr Tajani's European People's Party (EPP) group benefited from a new coalition with the parliament's liberals, the ALDE, who hope to curb the influence of anti-EU populist.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been elected as the new president of the European Parliament? 
 - Antonio Tajani. 
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Bharti AXA General appoints Sanjeev Srinivasan as CEO, MD


  • Bharti AXA General Insurance has appointed Sanjeev Srinivasan as CEO and Managing Director.
  • Srinivasan joined Bharti AXA General Insurance in August 2016 as Chief Commercial and Principal Officer and now takes over the role of CEO and MD.
  • His main focus will be to drive Bharti AXA’s go- to-market strategy of creating a balanced portfolio, driving new distribution tie—ups and creating a customer centric brand to drive profitable growth.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed CEO and Managing Director of Bharti AXA General Insurance? 
- Sanjeev Srinivasan 
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Shabana Azmi nominated for Asian Film Awards for 'Neerja'


  • Actress Shabana Azmi has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for the upcoming 11th Asian Film Awards, to be held on March 21 in Hong Kong.
  • She has been nominated for her role in the film 'Neerja'.
  • Shabana is the only person from Indian cinema who has received a nomination for an award this year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian actress has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for the upcoming 11th Asian Film Awards, to be held on March 21 in Hong Kong?
 - Shabana Azmi. 
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