Online Current Affairs for 14 Mar, 17

14 Mar, 17

NTPC installs India’s largest Floating Solar PV Plant in Kerala

  • NTPC started power generation from India’s largest floating solar power plant at Kayamkulam in Kerala, on Friday.
  • The 100 kWp floating solar generation plant, largest of its kind in India, was indigenously developed as a part of ‘Make In India’ initiative, at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) in Kerala’s Kayamkulam district.
  • Solar panels mounted on floating boards that hold them in place saves land usage and has been found to be efficient than the ones installed on land.
  • These floating platform were indigenously developed by NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance, the R&D arm of NTPC Ltd, in collaboration with Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Chennai and a patent has been applied for.
    NTPC Ltd.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
NTPC started power generation from India’s largest floating solar power plant at which place in Kerala? 
 - Kayamkulam.

OnePlus ropes in Amitabh Bachchan as its new brand ambassador

  • Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has roped in Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan as its new brand ambassador for India.
  • According to the OnePlus team, Bachchan has been considered since he better represents ‘OnePlus’ motto ‘Never Settle’.
  • OnePlus 3T is rated as the best smartphone as compared to other brands based on consumer ratings on Amazon India.
  • With this, Amitabh Bachchan has now joined the first-ever “OnePlus Star” which is a select group of distinguished OnePlus users.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has taken in which Bollywood actor as its new brand ambassador for India? 
 - Amitabh Bachchan. 

HSBC appoints AIA boss Mark Tucker as new chairman

  • HSBC has appointed Mark Tucker, the chief executive of Asian insurer AIA, as group chairman.
  • Mr Tucker will take over on 1 October, succeeding Douglas Flint who has been in the role since 2010.
  • The appointment breaks an HSBC tradition of appointing insiders to the chairmanship.
  • One of his first jobs will be to find a replacement for Stuart Gulliver, the chief executive of HSBC, who plans to step down next year.
  • Mr Tucker has been chief executive of AIA for seven years, during which he oversaw the insurer's expansion in Asia.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
HSBC has appointed which person as  group's chairman recently ? 
 - Mark Tucker. 

Lee Chong Wei clinches fourth All England Open Badminton Championships title

  • Lee Chong Wei won his fourth All England Open Badminton Championships crown.
  • He defeated Shi Yuqi of China.
  • He won his maiden Superseries final in Paris in October.
  • Dato' Lee Chong Wei is a Malaysian professional badminton player.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won his fourth All England Open Badminton Championship 2017?
 - Lee Chong Wei. 

Arunachal Govt launches new scheme Adarsh Gram Yojana

  • The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has launched a new scheme - Adarsh Gram Yojana - with a view to reach to the poor people in rural areas.
  • The programme has been launched in line with the basic philosophy of the Prime Minister - Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has launched which new scheme with a view to reach to the poor people in rural areas? 
 - Adarsh Gram Yojana.

Bangladesh declares March 25 as ‘Genocide Day’

  • Bangladesh’s unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 25 as Genocide Day, in remembrance of the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani Army on the night of March 25, 1971.
  • The Pakistan Army swooped on unarmed civilians on the night of March 25, 1971, to crush the Bengali rebellion following refusal by the military leadership to accept the election results of 1970.
  • In this election the Awami League got thumping majority. ‘Operation Searchlight’ was also launched in the first hours of March 25th in Dhaka.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Bangladesh’s unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 25 as which day? 
 - Genocide Day.

SSP Chawrasia becomes second Indian to defend Indian Open title

  • SSP Chawrasia has become only the second Indian golfer to successfully defend the Hero Indian Open title.
  • He clinched a seven-stroke win at the redesigned DLF Golf and Country Club. This was his sixth win on the Asian Tour and overall sixth international victory.
  • Chawrasia pocketed a winner's cheque of 291,660 USD.
  • Chawrasia is the third player to win back-to-back Indian Open.
  •  The other two golfers who did so earlier are;
    1. Jyoti Randhawa who won in 2006 & 2007 and,
    2. Japan's Kenji Hosoishi who won in 1967 & 1968.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has become only the second Indian golfer to successfully defend the Hero Indian Open title 2017 ? 
 - SSP Chawrasia. 

Limits on cash withdrawal from savings bank account removed

  • All restrictions on cash withdrawal from savings bank account have been removed from today as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had announced about it last month.
  • Earlier, it had removed cash withdrawal limits from ATMs from February 1.
  • Last month, the RBI had issued a notification saying that the withdrawal limit of cash from savings bank accounts will be relaxed to Rs. 50,000 from February 20 and there would be no restrictions from March 13.
  • The Central Bank had put restrictions on cash withdrawals and set a withdrawal limit from the ATMs and from bank accounts after the announcement of demonetisation of old Rs. 500 and 1,000 currency notes on November 8th last year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
All restrictions on cash withdrawal from savings bank account have been removed from which date as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had announced about it last month? 
 - 14th March 2017. 
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