Online Current Affairs for 4 Mar, 17


JNU bags 'Visitor's Award' for best university


  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has bagged the annual 'Visitor's Award' for the best varsity in the country.
  • The winners of Visitor's Award for 'Innovation' and 'Research' will receive a citation and cash award of Rs one lakh.
  • The awards will be presented during a function as part of the 'Festival of Innovations.'
  • JNU Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar will receive the award including a citation and a trophy from President Pranab Mukherjee at an event at the Rasthrapati Bhavan on March 6.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian University has bagged the annual 'Visitor's Award' for the best varsity in the country?
- Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). 
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P K Purwar appointed MTNL CMDP


  • K Purwar was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of state-run telecom major Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for five years.
  • Purwar is currently working as Director (Finance) in MTNL, which has been without a full-time CMD since May 31, 2014, following superannuation of A K Garg.
  • Purwar held the additional charge of the post of MTNL CMD between June 2014 and June 2015. In June last year, he was again given this additional charge.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of state-run telecom major Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)?
 - K Purwar. 
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Bakri Hassan Saleh sworn in as Sudan’s first PM


  • A former army general and top aide to President Omar al-Bashir was sworn in as Sudan’s first prime minister since the post was scrapped in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup.
  • Bakri Hassan Saleh, a military officer involved in the bloodless coup that brought Bashir to power three decades ago, was named prime minister by the executive bureau of the president’s National Congress Party (NCP).
  • Saleh, 68, who will also retain his current post of Sudan’s first vice president, was sworn in at a presidential palace in Khartoum.
  • Bashir had led the 1989 coup against then-prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi with the help of Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who was sworn in as Sudan’s first prime minister since the post was scrapped in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup? 
 - President Omar al-Bashir. 
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Sudhin Mathur appointed Motorola India Managing Director


  • Sudhin Mathur has been named Managing Director of Motorola Mobility India and has been inducted as a full-time director on the company's Board.
  • He will also continue to serve in the role of Executive Director for Lenovo MBG India.
  • Mathur replaces Amit Boni, who was serving as General Manager for Motorola India.
  • In October 2016, Boni transitioned to the global strategy team within the company
    Mathur has been running the operations for Lenovo MBG in India since its inception here four years ago and has been instrumental in leading the seamless integration of Motorola and Lenovo mobile businesses.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been named Managing Director of Motorola Mobility India? 
 - Sudhin Mathur. 
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HDFC Life ties-up with ET Money to launch data-led policy


  • HDFC Life today announced the launch of an exclusive data-led group term insurance plan in partnership with ET Money, the Times Internet backed financial services app.
  • This is the country's first term insurance plan based on the spend pattern of the user's.
  • This financial planning management app brings insurance at the finger-tips of the discerning new-age generation.
  • Offered as an ET Money benefit, the group term life insurance plan can be availed exclusively by 1 million users of the ET MONEY app.
  • One can get a group term life insurance coverage that ranges anywhere from Rs
    25-50 lakh and it will be based on spend pattern of the user, the statement added.
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Barack Obama Named Recipient of JFK Profile in Courage Award


  • Former President Barack Obama was named the 2017 winner of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for carrying on his fellow Democrat's legacy.
  • Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will present Obama with the award May 7 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who was named the 2017 winner of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for carrying on his fellow Democrat's legacy?
 - Former President Barack Obama. 
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Kerala tops in GST registrations


  • Kerala has achieved the maximum number of registrations under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime with at least 60 per cent of an estimated 2.5 lakh traders migrating to the new platform.
  • Its record becomes even more significant considering the fact that these registrations are complete in all respects, including the crucial provision of digital signatures.
  • Commercial Taxes Department has extended until March 15 the time for GST registrations for those who have not been able to do it until now.
  • Propreitorship businesses may use the facility for E-sign using the Adhaar number to register without digital signatures.
  • This facility is available on the GST portal (www.gst.gov.in).
  • The department has also set up help numbers 0471-155300 (BSNL) and 0471-2115098 (all other networks) for clarifying their doubts with respect to registrations.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian state has achieved the maximum number of registrations under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime? 
 - Kerela. 
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Senior IAS officer T Jacob Appointed as Secretary UPSC


  • Senior IAS officer T Jacob was appointed as Secretary, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • He will hold the rank of an Additional Secretary in the Government of India.
  • Vandita Sharma, member (Finance), Atomic Energy/ Earth Commission, has been appointed as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Department of Space in place of A Vijay Anand, who had retired.
  • Nutan Guha Biswas, currently serving as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Development, has been appointed as Chairperson, Inland Waterways of India in the rank of a Secretary.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who was appointed as Secretary, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)? 
 - T Jacob. 
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Swachhta Pakhwada being observed by the Ministry of Women & Child Development throughout the country


  • The Ministry of Women & Child Development is observing the Swachhta Pakhwada from 1st March 2017 to 15th March 2017, to raise awareness about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan among women and children.
  • The Swachhta Pakhwada is observed by various Ministries of Government of India to achieve the goal of;
    1. universal sanitation,
    2. hygiene and
    3. ‘open defecation free’ India by 2019.
  • As a part of nationwide activities, the Ministry has written to all the states to observe the Swachhta Pakhwada through the wide network of Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) across the country.
  • Senior officials will be leading visits to childcare institutions and creches and will hold sessions on;
    1. proper cleaning of toilets,
    2. health and hygiene,
    3. food habits and safety.
  • Visits will also be made to ;
    1. One Stop Centres,
    2. Swadhar Grehs and
    3  Ujjawala Homes
    to check the cleanliness of premises and conduct sessions on life skill education for adolescents and film screenings, slogan writing and pledge on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Ministry of Women & Child Development is observing which program from 1st March 2017 to 15th March 2017, to raise awareness about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan among women and children?
 - Swachhta Pakhwada. 
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INHS ASVINI Mumbai Adjudged best service Hospital in the AFMS


  • The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar presented the Raksha Mantris Trophy and Citation for the best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2016 to INHS Asvini, Mumbai.
  • The Command Hospital (Southern Command), Pune and Command Hospital (Northern Command) Udhampur were jointly adjudged the second best Service Hospitals.
  • The Defence Minister gave away the trophies and citations to;
    1. The Commandant, Command Hospital (Southern Command) Pune, Maj General R Grewal and,
    2. Commandant, Command Hospital (Northern Command) Udhampur, Maj General N Naithani.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar presented the Raksha Mantris Trophy and Citation for the best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2016 to which hospital? 
 - INHS Asvini, Mumbai.
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DMRC enters Limca Book of Records


  • The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has entered the Limca Book of World Records for erecting 200 U-shaped girders, the maximum to be launched on any metro corridor in the country within a month.
  • Girders bear the load of the metro tracks and help speed up construction work.
  • The feat had significantly expedited the progress of construction on the corridor.
  • A total of 2002 such girders, structures that support small beams, were erected for the 30-km-long Noida –Greater Noida corridor which will have 21 stations.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has entered the Limca Book of World Records for erecting how many U-shaped girders, the maximum to be launched on any metro corridor in the country within a month? 
 - 200. 
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