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Indian-American Computer Scientist Anshumali Shrivastava Wins NSF CAREER Award


  • An Indian-American computer scientist, Anshumali Shrivastava has won National Science Foundation (NSF)'s prestigious CAREER award for his research on redesigning current machine-learning processes.
  • He is an Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science at William Marsh Rice University, commonly referred to as Rice University or Rice which is a private research university located in Houston, Texas.
  • Anshumali Shrivastava was one of the recipients of the CAREER awards given to about 400 scholars each year across all disciplines to support the research and educational development of young scholars likely to become leaders in their fields.
  • Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards support the research and educational development of young scholars likely to become leaders in their fields.
  • The five-year grants, which are among the most competitive awarded by the NSF, are given to some 400 scholars each year across all disciplines.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian-American computer scientist,  has won National Science Foundation (NSF)'s prestigious CAREER award for his research on redesigning current machine-learning processes?
- Anshumali Shrivastava. 
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Central Bank won Official language policy award


  • Central Bank of India has been awarded first prize in the implementation of Official Language Policy in the western region for the year 2015-2016.
  • Sudhir Pathak, Chief Manager, Central Bank of India, received the trophy and certificate from Kalyan Singh, Governor of Rajasthan, at the Official Language Conference of Central and Western Regions in Udaipur recently.
  • Central Bank of India, a government-owned bank, is one of the oldest and largest commercial banks in India.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which bank  has been awarded first prize in the implementation of Official Language Policy in the western region for the year 2015-2016.? 
 - Central Bank of India. 
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Konkani author Mahabaleshwar Sail gets Saraswati Samman


  • Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honoured with the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel Hawthan. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh and a citation.
  • The 74-year-old writer's novel was shortlisted from 22 regional language books.
  • Best known for his work, 'Paltadcho Munis', which inspired a film by the same name, Sail is a renowned bi-lingual writer based in Goa.
  • He has four Marathi dramas and seven Konkani novels to his credit. He has also written short stories and a novel in Marathi.
  • Published in 2009, 'Hawtha' is a work of fiction presenting the cultural map of the traditional potter community of Goa.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which eminent Konkani writer has been honoured with the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel Hawthan? 
- Mahabaleshwar Sail. 
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Actress Viola Davis named Harvard Artist of the Year


  • Viola Davis, the popular actress, producer, director, activist, businesswoman, and philanthropist, has been named the 2017 Artist of the Year.
  • She was awarded the Harvard Foundation’s arts medal at a ceremony during the 32nd annual Cultural Rhythms Festival in Memorial Hall’s Sanders Theatre.
  • She recently received;
    1. The Critics’ Choice,
    2. Golden Globe,
    3. Screen Actors Guild, and
    4. British Academy of Films and Television Arts awards,
    5. as well as an Academy Award nomination, for her portrayal of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play ‘Fences'.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who was named Harvard Artist of the Year 2017?
 - Actress Viola Davis. 
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wins best actress award for Sarbjit at international film festival


  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s film Sarbjit has given her yet another reason to celebrate.
  • The actor who played the character of Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur, has won the Best Actress award at the International Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA).
  • Sarbjit The Film, directed by Omung Kumar, was the biopic on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and was sentenced to death.
  • He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has won the Best Actress award at the International Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA)?
 - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for her role in Sarbajit. 
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Andy Murray beats Fernando Verdasco to win first Dubai Championships title


  • Britain's Andy Murray saw off Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in straight sets to win the Dubai Championships for the first time.
  • The world number one dropped his first two service games but recovered to win 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 14 minutes.
  • It is Murray's first tournament win of 2017 and the 45th of his career, which will see him extend his lead over Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the Dubai Championships title of tennis?
- Andy Murray. 
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SERB Fellowship Award To Lalji Singh


  • Lalji Singh, former Director,the center for cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has been selected for the award of SERB Fellowship.
  • It is given by the science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) which is a statutory body of the Government of India.
  • The Award supports research of scientists who are active and performing even after superannuation.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been selected for the award of SERB Science and Engineering Research Board Fellowship? 
 - Lalji Singh, former Director,the center for cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). 
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Rihanna named Humanitarian of Year


  • The popular singer Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year, and will come to campus to accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony.
  • Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.
  • The Harvard Foundation recognizes prominent public-spirited leaders each year in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year, and will come to campus to accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony?
- Rihanna.
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Sri Lanka wins 'Most Popular Tourism Destination Award'


  • Sri Lanka won the "Most Popular Tourism Destination Award" at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) in China.
  • The island nation won the prestigious award for the second consecutive year which is a testament to its growing popularity among Chinese travel enthusiasts, Xinhua news agency cited the statement as saying.
  • China has been Sri Lanka's second largest source market for tourism since 2014.
  • The volume of visitors to this event has been increasing annually and this has enabled Sri Lanka to gain greater exposure and visibility for its unique destination brand.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17: 
Which country won the "Most Popular Tourism Destination Award" at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) in China. 
 - Sri Lanka.
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M P Veerendra Kumar presented Moortidevi award


  • Eminent Malayalam author and journalist M P Veerendra Kumar was today presented the 30th Moortidevi award by Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation.
  • Kumar was chosen for the prestigious award for his Malayalam travelogue Hymavathabhoovil, which dwells upon ancient trails of;
    1. Indian culture,
    2. myth,
    3. literature and people strewn in the plains, valleys and
    4. mountains of India.
  • The book also highlights environmental concerns over "fragile mountain ecosystem" and calls for action over lack of water resources and waste disposal systems.
  • Kumar, who earlier won the Sahitya Akademi award for the same book, is also the Kerala state unit President of Janata Dal (United).
  • Kumar is Chairman and Managing Director of the Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi and a Rajya Sabha MP.
  • He has served thrice as the chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI) and is currently a director in the news agency.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the 30th Moortidevi award by Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation?
 - Malayalam author and journalist M P Veerendra Kumar. 
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President Pranab Mukharjee honours helicopter unit


  • The Hon’ble President of India and Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Shri Pranab Mukherjee awarded the Prestigious President’s Standard and Colours to 125 Helicopter Squadron and Mechanical Training Institute (MTI) respectively, during a grand ceremonial parade held at Air Force Station Tambaram.
  • The Commanding Officer of 125 Helicopter Squadron Group Captain VD Badoni and Commanding Officer of MTI Group Captain A Arunachaleswaran received the President’s Standard and Colours respectively.
  • The ceremonial parade was commanded by Group Captain A Arunachaleswaran. The President also released First Day Covers of 125 Helicopter Squadron and Mechanical Training Institute at the function.
  • There was a spectacular display of precision and daredevilry by the Air Warriors drill team. Fly past consisting of Mi-35 and Mi-17 Helicopters, Pilatus and Kiran trainer aircraft was synchronized with significant events of the parade.
  • The grand ceremony concluded with a breathtaking air show demonstrated by Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT), which won the admiration of one and all.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Hon’ble President of India and Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Shri Pranab Mukherjee awarded the Prestigious President’s Standard and Colours to whom during a grand ceremonial parade held at Air Force Station Tambaram? 
 - 125 Helicopter Squadron and Mechanical Training Institute (MTI). 
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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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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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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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ISSF Shooting World Cup: Jitu Rai wins gold in 50m free pistol, Amanpreet silver


  • Jitu Rai and Amanpreet Singh win gold and silver, respectively in men’s 50m free pistol at the ISSF Shooting World Cup.
  • It was India’s first gold in the competition.Jitu’s winning score of 230.1 was a world record, while Amanpreet shot 226.9 to win silver.
  • The bronze went to Vahid Golkhandan of Iran, who shot 208.0.
  • The 29-year-old marksman, who made an eighthplace finish in the men's 10m air pistol final at the Rio Olympics, was languishing towards the bottom of the table in the initial stages of the final before he made a late surge to come into medal contention.
  • Jitu posted a final score of 216.7, which include poor shots such as just a score of 8.8 on his second attempt, tomake a third-place finish on podium.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which two Indian shooters won the  gold and silver, respectively in men’s 50m free pistol at the ISSF Shooting World Cup?
 - Jitu Rai and Amanpreet Singh. 
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Kohli, Ashwin win top BCCI awards


  • Virat Kohli will become the first player to receive the Polly Umrigar Award - given to the International Cricketer of the Year - for the third time, at the BCCI Annual Awards in Bangalore on March 8.
  • Kohli first received the award in 2011-12 and in 2014-15.
  • R Ashwin, the No. 1 ranked bowler and allrounder by the ICC in Tests, will become the first player to receive the Dilip Sardesai Award twice.
  • Ashwin first won the award, instituted to honour the best performance in the bilateral series between India and West Indies, after he was named the Man of the Series in the three-Test series in 2011.
  • Last year, Ashwin was again named the Man of the Series in the four-Test series in West Indies after he struck two centuries and finished with 17 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who will become the first player to receive the Polly Umrigar Award - given to the International Cricketer of the Year - for the third time, at the BCCI Annual Awards in Bangalore on March 8?
- Virat Kohli. 
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Lipstick Under My Burkha Wins Award at Glasgow Film Fest


  • Indian filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava's Lipstick Under My Burkha, which has been denied a certificate by the country's movie censor board, has bagged the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival 2017.
  • Scottish actor David Tennant presented Shrivastava with the award, which was voted for by the festival's audience.
  • The Prakash Jha production, starring;
    1. Konkona Sen Sharma and
    2. Ratna Pathak Shah,
    chronicles the secret lives of four women of different ages in a small town in India as they search for different kinds of freedom.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian movie has won the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival 2017?
 - Lipstick Under My Burkha. 
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Rangaswamy Becomes First Woman to Be Honored BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Former Indian women's cricketer Shantha Rangaswamy has become the first female cricketer to be nominated for the BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Rangaswamy will receive the award at the BCCI Annual Awards 2016-17 on March 8.
  • Rangaswamy was the first Indian women's cricket team captain and the first woman cricketer to win the Arjuna Award.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has become the first female cricketer to be nominated for the BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award?
- Shantha Rangaswamy
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India’s Radhanagar beach in Andaman Islands features in top 10, ranks 8 in the world


  • Radhanagar on the Havelock Island in the Andamans has featured among the top 10 in TripAdvisor’s ‘World’s Travellers’ Choice Award-Winning Beaches’.
  • The Radhanagar beach has secured No 8 position in the world and first spot in Asia.
  • TripAdvisor has honoured 343 beaches, including the top 25 in the world and local lists for ;
    1. Africa,
    2. Asia,
    3. Australia,
    4. Caribbean,
    5. Central America,
    6. Europe,
    7. South America,
    8. the South Pacific,
    9. the UK and
    10. the US Award.
  • 1.The Baia do Sancho Fernando de Noronha in Brazil topped the list followed by;
    2. Grace Bay Providenciales in Turks and Caicos,
    3. Eagle Beach in Aruba,
    4. Playa Paraiso Cayo Largo in Cuba,
    5. Siesta Beach Siesta Key in the US,
    6. La Concha Beach in Spain and
    7. Playa Norte Isla Mujeres in Mexico.
  • Elafonissi Beach in Greece secured No 9 position and Galapagos Beach in Ecuador was at No 10 in the list.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian island has featured among the top 10 in TripAdvisor’s ‘World’s Travellers’ Choice Award-Winning Beaches’?
 - Radhanagar on the Havelock Island in the Andamans. 
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