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January 16: Religious Freedom Day


  • US President Barack Obama urging his countrymen to stand against religious intolerance, has proclaimed January 16 as Religious Freedom Day in accordance with a yearly tradition.
  • Each year, by Presidential Proclamation, January 16 is declared Religious Freedom Day in the US.
  • Obama urged the country’s citizens to reject politics that seeks to target people because of their religion.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Religious Freedom Day is celebrated on which date? 
 - January 16
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Reserve Bank of India raises daily withdrawal limit from ATMs to Rs 10,000


  • The Reserve Bank of India on Monday doubled the daily withdrawal limit from automated teller machines (ATMs) to Rs 10,000.
  • They also retained the weekly ceiling at Rs 24,000 with the supply of more five hundred notes.
  • RBI has increased the limit on withdrawal from current accounts from the existing limit of Rs 50,000 per week to Rs 1,00,000 per week.
  • This hike will be applicable to overdraft and cash credit accounts.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the current daily withdrawal limit from automated teller machines (ATMs), according to RBI? 
- Rs 10,000. 
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Madhya Pradesh Launches Digital Dakiya Scheme For Digital Literacy


  • Madhya Pradesh government inaugurated a first of its kind scheme of the country, “Digital Dakiya” in Indore on January 14, 2017 to encourage cashless transaction in the state.
  • Under the scheme, a Digital Postman referred as Digital Dakiya would visit door to door in both urban and rural areas to train households specially women and elderly people about digitized transactions.
  • The scheme was inaugurated by the State Finance Minister Jayant Malliya.
  • State government will provide Identity cards to the volunteers deployed in this programme.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state's government has inaugurated a first of its kind scheme of the country, “Digital Dakiya” on January 14, 2017 to encourage cashless transaction in the state? 
 - Madhya Pradesh. 
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BSF launches operation 'Sard Hawa' at Rajasthan border


  • Border Security Force (BSF) launched operation 'Sard Hawa' at the western international border of Rajasthan, under which vigil will be beefed-up to check the instances of infilteration due to the dense fog in the area.
  • The operation will continue till January 28.
  • "The purpose of the operation is to keep a hawk's eye on the international border, where vigil has been beefed-up and officers have also been asked to be part of operation to motivate japan's.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Border Security Force (BSF) launched which operation at the western international border of Rajasthan, under which vigil will be beefed-up to check the instances of infilteration due to the dense fog in the area? 
 - 'Sard Hawa'. 
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Prasar Bharti hosts International Television Dance Festival in Hyderabad


  • Prasar Bharti hosts International Television Dance Festival in Hyderabad.
  • The first edition of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Television Dance Festival is scheduled to be held in Hyderabad; the city with royal patronage for arts, literature and architecture, on January 15.
  • Prasar Bharati is hosting the event.
  • The Dance Festival is conceptualised so as to bring the cultural diversities from across the world into limelight, by breaking cultural barriers.
  • The festival will showcase dancers from various countries which include:
    1. Maldives,
    2. Afghanistan,
    3. Uzbekistan,
    4. Philippines,
    5. Fiji,
    6. Azerbaijan,
    7. Malaysia,
    8. India and
    9. Indonesia.
  • The finalists from each country will participate in the grand finale of the first (ABU) International Television Dance Festival.
  • All the participants are between the age group of 18-25 years.
  • The festival’s objective is to create a “bridge” between young people from different parts of the world through dance.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The first edition of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Television Dance Festival is scheduled to be held in which city of India? 
 - Hyderabad. 
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NPCI declares Rs 54.90 crore prize money for NITI Aayog's lucky draw schemes


  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) declared Rs 54.90 crore prize money to over 3.42 lakh winners for NITI Aayog's lucky draw schemes for consumers and merchants.
  • The two schemes are -
    1. Lucky Grahak Yojna (LGY) and
    2. Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojna (DVY).
  • They were launched on December 25 last year and shall remain open till April 14, 2017.
  • Schemes are aimed at incentivising both consumers and merchants to promote digital payments.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which schemes has been launched by NITI Aayog which are aimed at incentivising both consumers and merchants to promote digital payments?
- 1. Lucky Grahak Yojna (LGY) and
2. Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojna (DVY). 
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BSNL launches “Sanchar Aadhar” for Aadhar based eKYC and digital customer engagement


  • BSNL the national carrier, having the largest network across India with highest rural penetration recognizes the need to deliver consistent and personalized digital engagement to their customers.
  • BSNL has launched its prestigious Customer Acquisition and Customer Communication Management (CACMS) project that digitalizes mission critical, customer centric business process to provide compelling customer experience across all channels throughout the customer lifecycle.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Customer Acquisition and Customer Communication Management (CACMS) project was launched by which Indian firm? 
 - BSNL. 
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App named 'SEZ India' launched by Commerce Ministry


  • A Mobile app named SEZ India has been launched by the Commerce Secretary on 06th January 2017.
  • SEZ Division, Department of Commerce under its broader e-Governance initiative i.e. SEZ Online System, has developed mobile app for Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
  • App would help the SEZ Units and Developers to find information easily and track their transactions on SEZ Online System.
  • Now the SEZ Developers & Units can file all their transactions digitally through SEZ Online system and track the status on the go through the SEZ India mobile app.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which mobile application has been launched  by the Commerce Secretary on 06th January 2017?
 -  SEZ. 
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A new mobile app for tourists by Tamil Nadu Tourism Department


  • For the benefit of both domestic and international tourists, Tamil Nadu Tourism Department has launched a mobile app ‘pinakin’ with information on tourism in Tamil Nadu with audio facilities.
  • The app, in two languages —
    1.Tamil and
    2. English
    covers world heritage tourist sites like;
    1.Mamallapuram,
    2.Thanjavur Big Temple,
    3.Gangaikonda Cholapuram and
    4. Darasuram.
  • The app can be downloaded free of cost from iStore or Playstore.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state's government has launched ‘pinakin’ mobile application with information on tourism of their state ? 
 - Tamil Nadu. 
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Simbu, Kitur win Mumbai Marathon


  • 1.Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu won the men's  full marathon event while,
    2. Kenya's Bornes Kitur won the  women's title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
  • Simbu clocked two hours, nine minutes and 32 seconds to clinch the gold medal.
  • Kenya's Joshua Kirkorir took the second spot with a time of 2:09:50 in a tough competition.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the  women's title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on 15th of January 2017? 
 - Kenya's Bornes Kitur. 
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India, US sign MoU for collaboration in third world countries


  • India and the US have signed an MoU to collaborate in the fields of;
    1. developmental activities and
    2. aid in third world countries.
  • The MoU has been signed between;
    1. the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and
    2. Development Partnership Administration (DPA) of the Ministry of External Affairs of India.
  • MCC is a US agency providing eligible countries with grants to fund country-led solutions for reducing poverty through sustainable economic growth.
  • DPA looks after implementation of India’s development cooperation programmes with partner countries.
  • The two countries would collaborate on exchange of information and experience in sectors or issues pertaining to project development or implementation in partner countries.
  • India and US might also provide advisory or technical assistance to third countries regarding ;
    1. sector policy reform,|
    2. project and sector management,
    3. project implementation, and
    4. economic growth promotion strategies
    in relevant sectors.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India with which country have signed an MoU to collaborate in the fields of developmental activities and aid in third world countries? 
- United States of America. 
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Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar's record for most centuries in successful chases


  • Team India's captain and batsman  Virat Kohli on Sunday (Jan 15) surpassed Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar's yet another milestone.
  • Kohli, batting for the first time as a full-time skipper, scored 122 off 108 deliveries against England in the first ODI at Pune and powered India to a historic win.
  • After slamming his 17th ODI hundred during the run chase, Kohli  also equalled Tendulkar's record of most ODI centuries, batting second.
  • He also broke Tendulkar's record in bringing up most successful centuries while chasing.
  • Kohli slammed a record 15th ODI century in successful chases and surpassed Tendulkar's previous record of 14 tonnes, which took India for a winning match.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's  record of most ODI centuries recently in the match against England? 
 - Virat Kohli. 
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Sena Medal for braveheart who survived 6 days under snow


  • Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who survived astonishing for six days under a huge ice-and-snow debris after an avalanche hit his post , was awarded the Sena Medal.
  • Dubbed as the 'miracle man', the soldier had managed to stay alive for six days in minus 45 degrees Celsius temperature.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the Sena medal award? 
 - Late. Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad. 
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62nd Filmfare Awards 2017: Shatrughan Sinha honoured with the Lifetime Achievement


  • Shatrughan Sinha, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017.
  • Shatrugan Sinha thanked everyone on stage for the award.
  • He said, "I've received my first Filmfare today."
  • It's late in my career, but if you have the passion and determination, nothing can stop you from achieving what you want.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017?
 - Shatrughan Sinha. 
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India & Sri Lanka sign MoU to construct 3,000 rain water harvesting systems


  • India and Sri Lanka today signed an Momerandom of Association to construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems with the cost of 30 crore Sri Lankan Rupees in northern Jaffna District.
  • The project contemplate construction of rainwater harvesting systems for 3000 households in selected divisions of Tamil majority Jaffna District.
  • The scope of the project also includes training of the households on operation and maintenance of the systems.
  • It aims to assist people by supporting resettlement efforts focused on reintegrating internally displaced families in Jaffna by providing clean drinking water supply facility to households.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India with which country signed a Momerandom of Association to construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems? 
 - Sri Lanka. 
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Parthiv Patel stars in Gujarat's maiden Ranji Trophy title win


  • Gujarat won Ranji Trophy title as they rode on Parthiv Patel’s innings of 143 to beat defending champions Mumbai by five wickets on the final day at the Holkar Stadium.
    1.Parthi and
    2.Manprit Juneja
    put up a 116-run stand after Gujarat were reduced to 89 for the loss of three wickets.
  • Gujarat became the 17th team to lift the title.
  • With this title, Gujarat have won the domestic titles in T20, one-day and Ranji.
  • They are only the fourth team to achieve this feat.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state of India won the Ranji Trophy in cricket? 
 - Gujarat. 
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62nd Filmfare Awards 2017: Best Film Dangal


  • 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017, organized on January 14 at the NSCI Dome in Worli, Mumbai.
  • Aamir Khan won the Best Actor Award for his performance in 'Dangal'.
  • Alia Bhatt won the Best Actress Award.
  • 'Dangal'  was awarded the Best Film and Nitesh Tiwari won the Best Director Award.
  • Sonam Kapoor won the Critics Award for Best Actor (Female) for her role of Neerja Bhanot in the biopic 'Neerja'.
  • Actors Shahid Kapoor and Manoj Bajpayee got the Best Actor (Male) nod for their performances in 'Udta Punjab' and 'Aligarh' respectively.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which movie won the award of Best Film in 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017? 
 - Dangal.
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Army Day: 15 January


  • Army Day in India is celebrated with great sprit every year on 15th of January.
  • It has been started celebrating to respect the Lieutenant General of India, Mr.Kodandera Madappa Cariappa who was the first Indian Army’s Commander-in-Chief.
  • It is celebrated every year at all the Army Command headquarters and national capital by organizing army parades including many other military shows.
  • Army day 2017 will be celebrated on 15th of January, at Sunday.
  • It would be celebrated as 69th Indian Army day in the national capital.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Army Day in India is celebrated on which date? 
- 15 January. 
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46 UP constituencies to have Urdu electoral rolls


  • For the first time, electoral rolls in as many as 46 assembly constituencies spread across 22 districts in UP would be printed in Urdu as well.
  • In Uttar Pradesh, the voters' list is generally prepared in Hindi.
  • According to the official website of the chief electoral officer of UP, among the 46 assembly constituencies, three are reserved for scheduled castes.
  • These are ;
    1.Nagina and Nehtaur in Bijnor district and
    2.Chandausi in Sambhal district.
  • In Lucknow, voters in Lucknow Central and Lucknow West would find their names appearing in Urdu.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
For the first time, electoral rolls in as many as 46 assembly constituencies spread across 22 districts in UP would be printed in which new language? 
 - Urdu
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Airtel Payments Bank to Get Rs. 3,000 Crores Investment from Bharti Airtel


  • Bharti Airtel Ltd, India's top wireless carrier, has committed an initial investment of Rs. 3,000 crores ($441 million) to build its new pan-India Airtel Payments Bank.
  • Airtel Payments Bank is the first among several such niche banks to start operations, after the central bank handed over new permits to bring financial services within the reach of millions who still lack access to formal banking.
  • Private-sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank owns a minority stake in Airtel Payments Bank.
  • Payments banks can take deposits and remittances but are not allowed to lend.
  • This new set of banks is expected to increase competition in the sector by offering higher interest rates on deposits.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Bharti Airtel Ltd, India's top wireless carrier, has committed an initial investment of Rs. 3,000 crores ($441 million) to build which bank? 
 - India Airtel Payments Bank. 
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