Online Current Affairs for February 2017

28 Feb, 17

Haryana Sets Up Sex Ratio Monitoring System For Panipat

  • The Haryana government has set up an online system for Panipat to monitor the sex-ratio in the district as part of the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' programme.
  • The system, called the sex ratio monitoring dashboard, will have the data of child sex-ratio collected from all villages by the Health and Women and Child Welfare Departments every month.
  • It will also have the data on critical villages where more attention was required towards skewed child sex-ratio and steps needed to taken to set up the efforts accordingly.
  • The dashboard had been developed in association with National Informatics Centre (NIC) as a pilot project.
  • The dashboard is also proving to be an effective tool for enhancing ground-level coordination between the Health and Women and Child Welfare Departments.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Haryana government has set up an online system for which of its district to monitor the sex-ratio in the district as part of the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' programme? 
 - Panipat. 

Apollo Munich enters into bancassurance tie-up with Dena Bank.

  • Standalone health insurer Apollo Munich Health Insurance is expanding its footprint across the country with bancassurance tie-up with state-owned Dena Bank .
  • Under the tie-up the bank will distribute customised Apollo Munich Health insurance and personal accident policies to the bank's 20 million customers nationwide.
  • Apollo Munich Health has developed specialised health insurance solutions with distinctive benefits and an uncomplicated application process, exclusively for Dena Bank customers.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which bank will distribute customised Apollo Munich Health insurance and personal accident policies to the bank's 20 million customers nationwide under a new tie up?
- Dena Bank. 

Kalinga Lancers beat Dabang Mumbai to clinch maiden Hockey India League title

  • Last year’s finalists Kalinga Lancers made amends to lift their maiden Hockey India League title, defeating Dabang Mumbai 4-1 in the final.
  • Dabang Mumbai, who were leaders at the end of the league stage, could not find their best as Kalinga Lancers emerged victorious to claim the purse of Rs 2.5 crore. The runners-up received Rs 1.25 crore.
  • Kalinga Lancers skipper Moritz Fuerste of Germany, who has won three Olympic medals, converted two penalty corners and the team’s Australian import Glenn Turner scored a field goal to seal the issue. A field goal gets two points.
  • Fuerste and Turner also finished as the league’s joint highest scorers with 12 goals each in as many matches.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the  Hockey India League title? 
 - Kalinga Lancers. 

Puducherry ranks third in having lesser infant mortality rate

  • Director of Health and Family Welfare Services K V Raman said that Union Territory was having 11 deaths of children per 1000 babies born.
  • This is a recordand is culmination of initiatives of various departments including;
    1. the Social Welfare,
    2. Women and
    3. Child Development,
    4. Health and other departments implementing the Integrated Child Development scheme"
  • Puducherry ranked third in the achievement next to Goa and Kerala.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Union territory ranks third in having lesser infant mortality rate in India? 
 - Puducherry. 

Paytm arm unveils online shopping portal Paytm Mall

  • Paytm E-Commerce, the online marketplace arm of One97 Communications Pvt. Ltd, launched Paytm Mall, a mobile app and online shopping portal.
  • Paytm Mall is the new avatar of Paytm’s three year-old e-commerce business.
  • According to a Paytm statement, Paytm Mall will allow customers to shop from 68 million products across categories such as;
    1. fashion,
    2. electronics,
    3. consumer durables and
    4. home furnishings, from about 140,000 sellers.
  • It will manage its deliveries through 17 fulfilment centres of third-party warehouse providers and those owned by sellers and will leverage the network of its 40 courier partners.
  • Paytm Mall also marks the formal entry of Alibaba into the e-commerce sector in the country.
  • Paytm Mall will focus on structured categories and brand authorised stores.
  • It will also be focusing on;
    1. electronics,
    2. top fashion brands and
    3. FMCG categories,
    while another section under Paytm Mall called Paytm Bazaar will focus on fashion, home furnishing and goods from small sellers.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Paytm E-Commerce, the online marketplace arm of One97 Communications Pvt. Ltd, has  launched which new mobile app recently ? 
 - Paytm Mall. 

Government to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016 -17 – Series IV

  • Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India(RBI), has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17–Series IV.
  • Applications for the bond will be accepted from February 27, 2017 to March 03, 2017.
  • The Bonds will be issued on March 17, 2017. The Bonds will be sold through;
    1. banks,
    2. Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL),
    3. designated post offices and
    4. recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange.
  • The Bonds will be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including ;
    1. individuals,
    2. HUFs,
    3. Trusts,
    4. Universities and
    5. Charitable Institutions.
  • The Bonds will be denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram.
  • The tenor of the Bond will be for a period of 8 years with exit option from 5th year to be exercised on the interest payment dates.
    Minimum permissible investment will be 1 grams of gold.
  • The maximum amount subscribed by an entity will not be more than 500 grams per person per fiscal year (April-March). A self-declaration to this effect will be obtained.
  • In case of joint holding, the investment limit of 500 grams will be applied to the first applicant only.
  • The investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.50 per cent per annum payable semi-annually on the nominal value.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India(RBI), has decided to issue which type of bonds this year ? 
 - Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17–Series IV. 

Kabir Bedi appointed honourary brand ambassador of Sightsavers

  • Noted film actor Kabir Bedi was appointed as the honourary brand ambassador of Sightsavers, a global organisation working to prevent avoidable blindness.
  • Sightsavers with its presence in several nations across the world as well as 13 states in the country needs all the support in its endeavour to help eradicate blindness which is avoidable if treated in time.
  • Six blind girls from Madhya Pradesh, who had participated and won medals in the 5th National Blind and Deaf Judo Competition held in Gurgaon in January.
  • They were felicitated by Bedi and and SY Quraishi, honourary chairman of the India chapter of the organisation and former Chief Election Commissioner of India.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which film actor was appointed as the honourary brand ambassador of Sightsavers, a global organisation working to prevent avoidable blindness? 
 - Kabir Bedi.

Virat Kohli named captain of the year at ESPNcricinfo Awards

  •  India Test skipper Virat Kohli has been named as the 'Captain of the Year' at the 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards.
  • Kohli led India to nine wins out of 12 Tests in the year gone by.
  • Englishman Ben Stokes won the Test Batting Performance of the Year for his incredible counterattacking innings of 258 runs off 198 balls against South Africa in Cape Town.
  • Stokes team-mate Stuart Broad's 6 for 17 in the third Test ensured a series victory for England and fetched him the Test Bowling Performance of the Year award - for the second year running.
  • Sunil Narine was awarded the ODI Bowling Performance of the Year award.
  • Bangladesh left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman took away the T20 Bowling Performance of the Year award.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which cricketer has been named as the 'Captain of the Year' at the 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards? 
- Virat Kohli. 

Antyodaya Express flagged off

  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the country’s first Antyodaya Express.
  • Tejas and UDAY Express will be launched soon.
  • Antyodaya Express is a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, for the common man to be operated on dense routes. Antyodaya Express will have facilities like;
    1. Cushioned luggage racks which can serve as seats Additional hand holds in doorway area,
    2. J-Hook near longitudinal luggage racks,
    3. Multiple Unit cables at both ends of the coach,
    4. Vestibuled ends for internal movement of the passengers,
    5. Potable Drinking water dispenser,
    6. Mobile charging points,
    7. Fire Extinguisher with anti-theft lock,
    8. FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastic) Modular Toilets,
    9. Pleasing interior colour scheme,
    10. Toilet Occupation indication display board,
    11. LED Lights,
    12. SS Slip-free flooring at Doorway & Gangway,
    13. Anti-Graffiti coating for exterior painting, etc.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off which new train recently? 
- Antyodaya Express. 

27 Feb, 17

Three Poets From Maharashtra Conferred with Vishakha Awards

  • Three poets from Maharashtra have been conferred with the Vishakha Awards on February 26, 2017 at the Kalidas Kalamandir Hall in Maharashtra during the occasion of Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din.
  • The first prize of Rs 21,000 was given to Dr Yogini Satarkar-Pande from Nanded for her book ‘Janivanche Hirve Komb’.
  • She is an English professor at Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University.
  • The second prize of Rs 15,000 was given to Mohan Kumbhar from Sindhudurg for his book ‘Jagnyache Gatha’. He is a professor at B V Desai College, Kankavli.
  • The third prize of Rs 10,000 was given to Vishnu Thore of Nashik for his book ‘Dhulpera Usvata’. He is a farmer and an artist from Chandwad tehsil town and has designed over 450 book covers.
  • The award which also has a memento and a certificate of honour was presented by senior litterateur Uttam Kamble in key presence of chief guests MLA Balasaheb Sanap, MLA Prof Devyani Farande and registrar Bhonde.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
How many poets from Maharashtra have been conferred with the Vishakha Awards on February 26, 2017 at the Kalidas Kalamandir Hall in Maharashtra during the occasion of Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din? 
 - Three poets. 

R Ashwin breaks Kapil Dev's record for most Test wickets in home season

  • Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin added yet another feather to his cap by becoming the highest wicket-taker in a home Test season.
  • Ashwin achieved the feat when he snared Mitchell Starc to bundle out Australia for 260 in their first innings on the second day of the ongoing first Test in Pune.
  • Ashwin who now has 67 wickets from 10 Tests - the most in a home season, surpassed legendary allrounder and former India captain Kapil Dev, who had 63 wickets from 13 matches in the 1979-80 season.
  • Meanwhile, Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds the No.3 and No.4 spots with 54 wickets in 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons, respectively.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian bowler broke the Kapil Dev's record for most Test wickets in home season? 
 - R Ashwin. 

Air India’s new fuel-efficient Airbus A320 Neo takes flight

  • Government-run Air India has put into operation its newly-leased Airbus A320 Neo with its maiden flight arriving in Chennai from New Delhi.
  • The first A320 Neo aircraft with 161 passengers on board touched down at the Chennai International Airport from the Indira Gandhi International Airport at 8.30 pm.
  • The A320 New Engine Option aircraft is configured with 162 seats, including 12 in the business class. Air India has plans to induct a total of 29 A320 Neos into its fleet by March 2019.
  • The fuel-efficient Airbus A320 Neo aircraft is highly environmental-friendly with reduced noise levels and 50% less carbon emissions.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Government-run Air India has put into operation of which of its newly-leased aircraft with its maiden flight arriving in Chennai from New Delhi? 
 - Airbus A320 Neo. 

Gorb, Ola tie up to offer food to riders at discounted rates

  • Food technology company Gorb has partnered with cab aggregator Ola to offer food to consumers at discounted rates in Mumbai.
  • As per the deal, Ola riders will receive a code via SMS and mail every time they book a cab, which can be availed on the Gorb app or website to order food.
  • The offer, valid till April 30, will provide a discount of Rs 100 on a minimum order value of Rs 200.
  • Launched in 2016, Gorb is a food-tech startup with a tagline 'Jaisa Mood Waisa Food'.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Food technology company Gorb has partnered with which cab company to offer food to consumers at discounted rates in Mumbai? 
 - Ola. 

ISSF World Cup: Pooja Ghatkar clinches bronze in 10m air rifle event

  • Pooja Ghatkar secured India’s first medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup with a score of 228.8 in the final round.
  • Ghatkar clinched bronze with a score of 228.8 in the final round. China’s Mengyao Shi secured gold with a score of 252.1 - setting a new world record in the event.
  • The silver went to China’s Lijie Dong for a score of 248.9.
  • This was Ghatkar’s first World Cup medal. Earlier, she has won gold in the Asian Air Gun Championship in 2014.
  • The shooter narrowly missed an Olympic berth last year even after winning the bronze at the Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition as Ayonika Paul won silver.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian shooter secured India’s first medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup with a score of 228.8 in the final round? 
 - Pooja Ghatkar. 

ONGC to take control of HPCL to create larger oil sector entity

  • India's state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp will take control of Hindustan Petroleum Corp as part of the government's plan to create an integrated public sector oil entity.
  • India plans to create a giant oil company by combining state-owned firms, finance minister Arun Jaitley said in the budget speech earlier this month as the world's third largest oil consumer looks to better compete with global majors in acquiring foreign assets.
  • The government of India will transfer its majority shareholding (of 51.11 percent in HPCL) to ONGC, which will then become the holding company of HPCL.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India's state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp will take control of which oil corporation as part of the government's plan to create an integrated public sector oil entity?
 - Hindustan Petroleum Corp. 

TCS among top three IT services brands globally

  • India’s largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services has broken into the list of Top 3 most valuable brands in the IT services industry by Brand Finance, the leading global brand valuation firm.
  • TCS was also rated as the industry’s highest brand strength of AA+, and contributes 69 per cent of the value of the larger Tata brand.
  • Over the past year, TCS has also been recognised for running marketing programmes in Europe and featured as one of the top 100 brands in the US.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which IT company has broken into the list of Top 3 most valuable brands in the IT services industry by Brand Finance, the leading global brand valuation firm? 
- Tata Consultancy Services. 

Normani Kordei named American cancer society global ambassador

  • Fifth Harmony star Normani Kordei has been named a global ambassador for the American Cancer Society.
  • The singer has partnered with charity bosses to raise awareness about breast cancer screenings and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines.
  • The 20-year-old singer said the organisation's work is something she can really relate to.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been named a global ambassador for the American Cancer Society?
 - Normani Kordei. 

Vasundhara Raje inaugurates medical project RAHAT

  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today inaugurated a medical project Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment programme (RAHAT), launched by a private hospital.
  • The programme is a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), a very serious type of heart attack, management telemedicines platform that captures and transmits patient's EKG along with clinical history from remote geographical locations to heart command center hub.
  • A team of expert cardiologists at HCC-Hub provided immediate EKG interpretation and real time STEMI guidance and management via tele-consultation by instantly recognising fatal EKG abnormalities.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who inaugurated a medical project Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment programme (RAHAT), launched by a private hospital recently? 
 - Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

Mumbai richest Indian city with wealth of $820 billion

  • Mumbai is the richest Indian city with a total wealth of $820 billion.
  • According to the latest New World Wealth report, India's financial capital here is home to ;
    1. 46,000 millionaires and
    2. 28 billionaires,
    and is followed in terms of wealth by Delhi in second place and Bengaluru in third place.
  • Delhi is home to ;
    1. 23,000 millionaires and
    2. 18 billionaires
    with total wealth of $450 billion, while Bengaluru has;
    1. 7,700 millionaires,
    2. 8 billionaires and
    an aggregate wealth of $320 billion.
  • Home to ;
    1. 9,000 millionaires and
    2. 6 billionaires,
    Hyderabad is next with a total wealth of $310 billion.
  • Pune, with a total wealth of $180 billion, has ;
    1. 4,500 millionaires and
    2. 5 billionaires.
  • The total wealth held in India as of December 2016 amounts to $6.2 trillion, while the country is home to 264,000 millionaires and 95 billionaires.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which city is the richest Indian city with a total wealth of $820 billion?
 - Mumbai. 

Dohmen, Naomi named best hockey players of 2016

  • Olympic silver medallist John Dohmen of Belgium and retiring Netherlands star Naomi Van As were named the male and female Players of the Year for 2016, respectively, by the International Hockey Federation (FIH)
  • Britain's Olympic gold medallist Maddie Hinch was won the female Goalkeeper of the Year award while David Harte of Ireland was bagged the best goalkeeper in the world for the second year in a row among the men.
  • Maria Granatto from Argentina picked up the title of the female Rising Star of the Year.
  • The coaching team who guided the Britain women's team to their first ever Olympic gold medal were also recognised as Danny Kerry and Karen Brown were adjudged the male and female Coach of the Year respectively. Brown won the award for the second consecutive year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who was named the male player of the Year for 2016, by the International Hockey Federation (FIH)? 
 - John Dohmen of Belgium. 
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