Online Current Affairs for 17 Apr, 17

17 Apr, 17

Depression in Bay of Bengal turns into tropical cyclone 'Maarutha'

  • The depression over East-central Bay of Bengal has turned into the tropical cyclone 'Maarutha' prompting the Met office to advise distant warning signal No. 2 for maritime ports in Bangladesh.
  • The advisory means a storm with wind speeds between 62 and 88 kilometres per hour has formed in the distant deep sea and ships may fall into danger if they leave the harbour.
  • All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The depression over East-central Bay of Bengal has turned into which tropical cyclone? 
 - 'Maarutha'. 

Manipur CM launched DARPAN web applications to check corruption

  • Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh today launched two web applications to check corruption and keep track of government activities.
  • The two web applications were ;
    1. Anti-Corruption Cell and
    2. Digital Application for Review by Public And Nation (DARPAN),
    an official release said here.
  • The two web applications would monitor all government funded projects and ensure transparency and accountability, Biren said launching the applications.
  • DARPAN would upload details of projects right from the initial stage till sanction of fund, progress of work and photos the work sites.
  • Recently launched Anti-Corruption Cell has received a series of complaints of corruption and that the web applications would augment in the government's efforts to end corruption in the state.


Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh, launched which two web applications to check corruption and keep track of government activities? 
 - 1. Anti-Corruption Cell and 
2. Digital Application for Review by Public And Nation (DARPAN). 

ASCI Releases Guidelines For Celebrities In Advertising

  • Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has developed a set of guidelines to protect consumers' interest while encouraging celebrities and advertisers to refrain from endorsing misleading advertisements.
  • At a time when the Consumer Affairs Ministry is intending to review the Consumer Protection Act and may have a provision to deal with misleading advertisements featuring celebrities, these guidelines by ASCI could serve as a good reference for advertisers.
  • The ASCI's guidelines help in ensuring that claims made in advertising are not misleading, false or go unsubstantiated.
  • Advertisers following these guidelines will protect the interests of the consumers, especially for products or services, which can cause serious financial loss or physical harm.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which agency has developed a set of guidelines to protect consumers' interest while encouraging celebrities and advertisers to refrain from endorsing misleading advertisements?
 - Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). 

Pankaj Advani beats Sourav Kothari to win Asian Billiards Championship.

  • Pankaj Advani, 16-time world champion, won his seventh Asian title by defeating Sourav Kothari 6-3 in an entertaining final of the Asian Billiards Championship.
  • The other title being 6-red snooker which he won last year.
  • Advani now returns home to Bangalore for four days to switch to snooker before taking off for Doha to compete in the Asian Snooker Championship which begins on the April 22.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who won his seventh Asian title by defeating Sourav Kothari 6-3 in an entertaining final of the Asian Billiards Championship?
 - Pankaj Advani. 

Pullela Gopichand's daughter Gayatri wins twin crowns in Jakarta

  • National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand's daughter Gayatri Pullela has bagged both the singles and doubles crown at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta.
  • Gayatri had a hard-fight 21-11 18-21 21-16 to win over her doubles partner Samiya Farooqui to win the girls U-15 singles title.
  • Gayatri later teamed up with Samiya to clinch the U-15 doubles title with a straight game 21-17 21-15 win over Indonesian pair of Kelly Larissa and Shelandry Vyola.
  • Both Gayatri and Samiya train together at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who has won both the singles and doubles title at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta? 
- Gayatri Pullela. 

Praneeth clinches maiden Super Series title at Singapore Open

  • Promising Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth clinched his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open after defeating compatriot K Srikanth in a historic all-Indian final.
  • World No.30 Praneeth, who had won the Canada Open Grand Prix last year and reached the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold final this year, outmaneuvered Srikanth 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 in the summit clash of the $350,000 event.
  • It was the first time in the history of international badminton that two Indians were playing a Super Series final and it turned out to be a thrilling contest.
  • The bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in 2010, Praneeth has managed to outwit some accomplished shuttlers such as former All England Champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia, former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat and World No.1 Lee Chong Wei.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which Indian shuttler clinched his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open 2017?
 - B Sai Praneeth

Indian-born engineer gets American Helicopter Society award

  • An Indian-born aeronautics engineer from Australia has been honoured with the ‘World’s Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Leadership Award’ by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International.
  • AHS is the world’s premier professional institution dedicated to vertical flight technology and advancement. It selected Lt Col Dr Arvind Sinha (retd) for his distinguished career in vertical flight technology.
  • Sinha, who received the award recently in the US, was also bestowed the title of AHS Honorary Fellow in May 2016.
  • The title is granted to Society members who have shown “exceptional leadership, or made innovative or other meritorious contributions, that have significantly advanced AHS International and the vertical flight community.”
  • Sinha is recipient of several awards, spanning military operations, design projects and academia. The AHS honour is considered a benchmark for leadership excellence in vertical flight technology.
  • He is currently the Director of Engineering, Helicopter Systems Division, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), at the Department of Defence, Australia.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which Indian-born aeronautics engineer from Australia has been honoured with the ‘World’s Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Leadership Award’ by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International? 
 - Lt Col Dr Arvind Sinha (retd). 

Indian engineer Trupti Jain wins ‘Cartier Women’s Initiative award’

  • An Indian environmental engineer has won this year’s prestigious ‘Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards’ for providing women working on farms with water management solutions and protecting small farmers against droughts and flash floods.
  • Trupti Jain was one among the six winners chosen for the Asia-Pacific laureate from a pool of nearly 1,900 applicants from over 120 countries and were selected by an independent international jury.
  • Each recipient receives a USD 100,000 prize money as well as a year of mentoring. Jain, an Indian government employee for two decades in the rural development, has worked for women farmers whose work frequently go unrecognised.
  • Jain was presented the award at a function held at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.
  • It was the first time the awards ceremony was held outside France since it began in 2006 to supports women entrepreneurs around the world who want to kick-start their business.
  • Five other winners, representing;
    1. Latin America,
    2. North America,
    3. Europe,
    4. Sub-Saharan Africa,
    5. the Middle East and
    6. North Africa,
    were also honoured at the awards ceremony.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which Indian environmental engineer has won this year’s prestigious ‘Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards’ for providing women working on farms with water management solutions? 
 - Trupti Jain. 

San Francisco Film Fest Honoured Shah Rukh Khan

  • Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan was honored at the 60th San Francisco Intl. Film Festival at the Castro Theater.
  • “King” Khan as he is known to his millions of fans will participate in a conversation onstage with Brett Ratner followed a screening of his 2010 hit “My Name Is Khan.”
  • Khan is the star of such hits as “Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge,” “Devdas,” “Chennai Express” and “Kabhi khushi kabhie gham.”
  • His latest film, “Raees,” gave the Bollywood industry a good start to 2017 after a lackluster year.
  • SFFILM is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a private invite-only gala April 7 at The Forum in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
  • The festival, which runs April 5-19 at various venues in the Bay Area, will unspool 200 films and include live events. The fest will bestow juried awards, including $40,000 in cash prizes, and more than 100 participating filmmaker guests.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which Bollywood actor was honored at the 60th San Francisco Intl. Film Festival at the Castro Theater?
 - Shah Rukh Khan. 

Hanchinal receives M.S. Swaminathan Award

  • The sixth prestigious M.S. Swaminathan Award for contribution in the field of agriculture was on Friday given to R.R. Hanchinal, Chairperson of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority, government of India.
  • He received the award for his contributions and sustained support to the areas of crop improvement for hot and very hot dry environments, seed production technology and intellectual protection rights in plant varieties.
  • The award is instituted and given under the aegis of Retired ICAR Employees Association (RICAREA) in association with the Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL).

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The sixth prestigious M.S. Swaminathan Award for contribution in the field of agriculture was given to which personality? 
- R.R. Hanchinal, Chairperson of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority, government of India.

Govt begins to walk the talk on governance in PSU banks

  • To prime public sector banks (PSBs) to hold their own against nifty private sector rivals and also prepare them for possible mergers in the future, the Bank Boards Bureau (BBB) has drawn up an elaborate Governance, Reward and Accountability Framework (GRAF).
  • The GRAF seeks to ensure that corporate governance at PSBs is in keeping with various pieces of legislation, including the Companies Act, 2013, Banking Regulation Act, 1949, and Securities and Exchange Board of India (listing obligations and disclosure requirements) Regulations, 2015.
  • Further, the framework abides by the guidelines of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision on corporate governance principles for banks. Among others, the principles deal with the board’s overall responsibilities, board qualifications and composition, senior management, risk management function, compliance, internal audit and compensation.
  • The BBB was set up last year to make recommendations for selection of the chiefs of PSBs and financial institutions and help them develop strategies and capital-raising plans.
  • The Bureau has evolved a code of conduct and ethics that can be enforced across all PSBs to ensure the right behaviour.
  • It has also come up with compensation reforms so that best practices can be introduced in PSBs on the lines already prevalent in Central Public Sector Enterprises.
  • The BBB has evolved a relative performance rating system to assess the performance of PSBs, its directors and employees; and performance evaluation system based on which decision-making for the extension/termination of a whole-time director can be undertaken objectively.
  • The BBB’s GRAF move comes in the context of PSBs facing challenges on various fronts, including competition from new entrants, aggressive private banks and NBFCs eating into their market share on the loans front, and jump in bad loans.
  • The Bureau was operationalised after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called for PSBs to be competitive, in his Budget speech of 2016-17.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

What is the full form of GRAF?
 - Governance, Reward and Accountability Framework. 

Sagarmatha Friendship-2017: Nepal-China Begin Joint Military Drill

  • The first ever joint military drill between Nepal and China -- Sagarmatha Friendship-2017 -- kicked off at Nepal Army's Para Training School in Maharajgunj in Kathmandu.
  • The Chinese Army's squad is participating in the military exercise that will focus on counter terrorism and disaster response. The 10-day exercise will conclude on April 25.
  • DGMO of Nepal Army General Binod Kumar Shrestha inaugurated the exercise.
  • Highlighting the historic ties between Nepali and Chinese armies, Colonel Yang Shumeng, leading the Chinese side, said such exercise would help understanding on counter terrorism and strengthening military ties.
  • The joint training with China marks the Nepali Army's extension of military diplomacy.
  • The exercise is taking place at the Maharajgunj-based training school where Yuddha Bhairab, Mahabir and Bhairabnath Battalions are located.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Sagarmatha Friendship 2017 is the joint military drill of which two countries? 
 - Nepal-China. 

Maharashtra staged special drive for transgenders to register as voters

  • Maharashtra became the first state to launch a special awareness drive to ensure that transgenders in the state register as voters in greater numbers.
  • The state branch of the Election Commission of India (ECI) launched the drive on April 15, celebrated as Third Gender Day.
  • According to ECI officials, despite the approximate population of third genders in Maharashtra being pegged at more than 10 lakh, only about 1,700 are registered voters.
  • The ECI prepared a two-and-a-half-minute film, slated to run in 400 theatres four times a day over the next week.
  • The commission also put up posters on two 12-rake locals asking transgenders to register as voters.
  • Maharashtra was one of two states to approve a welfare board for transgenders in 2013, but no one has been appointed to the body yet.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which state became the first state to launch a special awareness drive to ensure that transgenders in the state register as voters in greater numbers?
 - Maharashtra. 

Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as 'third gender'

  • In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday created the "third gender" status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender.
  • The SC asked the Centre to treat transgender as socially and economically backward.
  • The apex court said that transgenders will be allowed admission in educational institutions and given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category.
  • The SC said absence of law recognizing hijras as third gender could not be continued as a ground to discriminate them in availing equal opportunities in education and employment.
  • This is for the first time that the third gender has got a formal recognition.
  • The third gender people will be considered as OBCs.
  • The SC said they will be given educational and employment reservation as OBCs.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The Supreme Court on 11th of April created the "third gender" status for which type of people? 
 - hijras or transgenders.

Rongali bihu 2017 began in Assam

  • Bihu Festival is celebrated in three times in a year with different farming phases. These are Bohag Bihu, Kongali Bihu, and Magh Bihu.
  • Bohag Bihu, also known as Rangoli Bihu is a seven-day long festival as per the traditional Assamese New year Calendar and starts from 15th April 2017 and goes on to 21st April 2017.
  • This time of the year is when farmers start plowing their fields. Each of the seven days of the Bohag Bihu is called as Chot Bihu, Goru Bihu, Manuh Bihu, Kutum Bihu, Senehi Bihu, Mela Bihu and Chera Bihu.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Bihu festival is celebrated in which state of India? 
 - Assam. 

Bhopal to have India's first privately run railway station

  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that for the first time in Indian Railways' history, Habibganj station in Bhopal has been handed over to a private firm to be operated by it.
  • The station building will be developed in line with airport terminals, he added.
  • However, Prabhu clarified that trains at the station will still be run by the Railways.
  • A consortium of Bansal Construction Works and Prakash Asphalting and Toll Highways has formed a special purpose company- Bansal Pathways Habibagnj Private Ltd to implement the project.
  • As per the agreement signed between the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) and the developer, the latter will provide modern amenities like;
    1. escalators,
    2. lifts,
    3. parking lot,
    4. landscaping,
    5. concourse,
    6. walkway,
    7. travelators,
    8. parcel corridor,
    9. subways
    as part of the redevelopment of the station.
  • Apart from Habibganj, IRSDC will also develop ;
    1. Chandigarh,
    2. Surat,
    3. Shivaji Nagar,
    4. Brijwasan,
    5. Anand Vihar,
    6. Mohali and
    7. Gandhinagar stations.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which railway station is planning to have India's first privately run railway station? 
 - Bhopal. 

Himachal celebrated 70th 'Himachal Day on 15th April

  • Himachal Pradesh is celebrating 70th "Himachal Day" function. The hill state came into existence after the merger of 30 odd princely states in 1948.
  • when state was formed only 6 villages had electricity and 331 villages had drinking water facility. But today all the villages have piped water facility and every household has electricity.
  • Following are the announcements which are made in the event :
    1. Unemployment allowance scheme and distributed cheques of Rs1,000 each to 10 beneficiaries under the scheme.
    2. Period of regularisation of contract employees now would be three years instead of five.
    3. A passenger lift to be installed at Bhadrakali Bhalei Mata Temple in Bhalei sub-tehsil of Chamba district.
    4. The classes in the Chamba medical college would be started soon.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Himachal Pradesh celebrated 70th 'Himachal Day' on which date? 
  - 15th April

Madhya Pradesh to ban polythene bags from May 1

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a total ban on polythene bags in the state from May 1.
  • Instead of polythene which is harmful for the environment, paper and cloth will be used, One of the prime obstacle in keeping cities clean is the use of polythene and that is the reason it will be banned from the month of May, said Chouhan, adding anybody caught using polythene will be penalised.
  • Earlier, in December, the chief minister had said that ban on polythene will be enforced with effect from January 1 at tourist destinations and holy cities of;
    1. Ujjain,
    2. Amarkantak,
    3. Khajuraho,
    4. Pachmarhi,
    5. Maheshwar,
    6. Omkareshwar and
    7. Orchha.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which state's chief minister has announced a total ban on polythene bags in the state from May 1
 - Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. 
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