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EDII wins International Mercury Award 2016-17


  • The Ahmedabad-based Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), an acknowledged national resource institute for;
    1. entrepreneurship education,
    2. research,
    3. training and
    4. institution-building,
    has received the prestigious International Mercury Awards for the year 2016-17 for the best overall presentation of its 2015-2016 annual report.
  • Instituted by MerComm, Inc. the world's only independent awards organisation, the International Mercury Awards, honour outstanding achievement in professional communications in around 80 countries.
  • Founded in 1987, the Mercury Awards promote :
    1. excellence,
    2. quality and
    3. performance
    in the various fields of public relations.
  • The award entertains participation from;
    1. agencies,
    2. associations,
    3. corporations,
    4. government agencies,
    5. nonprofit groups, and
    6. organizations
    from around 80 countries worldwide every year.
  • Judges from the International Academy of Communications Arts and Sciences (IACAS) evaluate entries on the basis of ;
    1. objectivity,
    2. audience connection,
    3. use of imagination and
    4. original solutions,
    6. use of illustration and
    7. overall expression of the message
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which institution of India received the prestigious International Mercury Awards for the year 2016-17 for the best overall presentation of its 2015-2016 annual report? 
 - Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII). 
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Tata Steel's Katamati Mine wins Best Green Award


  • Tata Steel's Katamati iron mine has been honoured with the the Best Green Organisation of the Year Award at the Global Green Future Leadership Awards in recognition of its environmental protection measures.
  • The award was presented at a function organised by World CSR Day.
  • Katamati iron mine has been engaged in environmental protection efforts for years and has successfully implemented Environmental Management System as per the requirements of ISO 14001:2004.
  • The Global Green Future Leadership Awards is for any organisation that participates in environmentally friendly or green activities to ensure that all;
    1. processes,
    2. products, and
    3. manufacturing activities
    adequately address environmental concerns while maintaining a profit.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which firm has been honoured with the the Best Green Organisation of the Year Award at the Global Green Future Leadership Awards? 
 - Tata Steel's Katamati iron mine. 
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Corporation Bank bags ‘National MSME Excellence Award 2017’


  • Corporation Bank has been awarded once again ‘National MSME Excellence Award 2017’ organized by the Federation of Industry, Trade and Services (FITS).
  • D V Subramanya Varma, General Manager, Corporation Bank received the award from Haribhai P Choudhary, Honourable Union Minister of State, Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in New Delhi
  • Federation of Industry Trade and Services (FITS) is a national industry body working in the form of a bridge between the industry and the state/central governments.
  • Corporation Bank has taken several initiatives recognizing the constructive role played by MSME Sector in the nation development like,
    1. online loan facility for MSME borrowers,
    2. online facility for revival and rehabilitation of MSME,
    3. campaign for growth with various concessions,
    4. collateral free loans up to Rupees two crore under Credit Guarantee Scheme of CGTMSE with 50 bps concession in interest rate is offered to such guarantee covered accounts,
    5. concessions in interest rate are also offered to women beneficiaries and rated MSME units and others.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which bank has been awarded ‘National MSME Excellence Award 2017’ organized by the Federation of Industry, Trade and Services (FITS)?
 - Corporation Bank. 
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AIIMS wins first prize for sanitation & hygiene under Kayakalp awards


  • All India Institute of Medical Science, AIIMS of Delhi has won the first prize and a cash reward of 5 crore rupees for maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene under the Government's Kayakalp awards.
  • AIIMS was followed by North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong, which got a cash prize of 3 crore rupees.
  • While Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, received the third prize of one crore rupees.
  • Health Minister J P Nadda yesterday gave away the awards to the winners under various categories in New Delhi.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Nadda said, the thrust of Kayakalp is to inculcate culture of cleanliness for gaining the trust and confidence of community in these facilities.
  • The Kayakalp award scheme was launched in 2015.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which AIIMS has won the first prize and a cash reward of 5 crore rupees for maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene under the Government's Kayakalp awards? 
 - All India Institute of Medical Science, AIIMS of Delhi. 
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Indian-origin Scotland Yard officer wins bravery award


  • A heroic Indian-origin Scotland Yard officer has been honoured with a top bravery award in the UK for risking his own life to save a family trapped in a burning house, winning the vote of thousands of Londoners.
  • Shand Panesar, along with colleague Craig Nicholson, won the Total Excellence in Policing Awards at the annual ceremony for rescuing a couple from a burning building.
  • In September 2016, PC Nicholson and PC Panesar, arrived before the London Fire Brigade to a raging house fire in Hillingdon and quickly learnt that two people were trapped inside.
  • Although the officers had no fire safety equipment or protective clothing they acted in the best traditions of the Met and charged into the flame engulfed house without any hesitation.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian-origin Scotland Yard officer has been honoured with a top bravery award in the UK for risking his own life to save a family trapped in a burning house? 
 - Shand Panesar. 
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Usain Bolt wins Laureus 'Sportsman of the Year' award


  • World's "greatest" sprinter Usain Bolt defeated the likes of ;
    1. Cristiano Ronaldo and
    2. LeBron James
    to win the 'Sportsman of the Year' trophy for a record-equalling fourth time.
  • On the other side gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the women's category at the Laureus World Awards.
  • Bolt, who won this award in 2009, '10 and '13, walked away with the 'Oscar of Sports' for the fourth time, thereby joining tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams, and surfer Kelly Slater as four-time Laureus award winner.
  • Olympic gymnastics champion Biles notched up the 'Sportswoman of the Year' trophy, riding on her brilliant achievement at the Rio Games last year, where she finished with four yellow metals and a bronze.
  • The most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps bagged the 'Comeback of the Year' award after returning to the swimming pool and scooping five more gold medals.
  • Formula One champion Nico Roseberg claimed the 'Breakthrough of the Year' award.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won Laureus 'Sportsman of the Year' award? 
- Usain Bolt. 
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Haryana wins Rs 1 crore Kabaddi championship


  • Haryana won the first edition of the three-day Pandit Deen Dayal Updhyay All India National Style Kabaddi championship held at Motilal Nehru School of Sports here.
  • Haryana defeated the Railways team 33-27 to clinch the title.
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) beat Air India 45-37 to secure the third position.
  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar felicitated the players for their performances and gave away cash prizes of;
    1. Rs 1 crore,
    2. Rs 50 lakh and
    3. Rs 25 lakh
    to the top three teams.
  • This is the highest prize money for any kabaddi event in the country.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state won the first edition of the three-day Pandit Deen Dayal Updhyay All India National Style Kabaddi championship? 
 - Haryana. 
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Jehan Daruvala wins New Zealand GP, finishes fifth in Toyota series


  • Jehan Daruvala won the Toyota Racing Series’ New Zealand Grand Prix at the Chris Amon Circuit in Manfeild, New Zealand, on Sundayto finish the 2017 championship on a high.
  • Jehan, who started from pole, led through the race to the chequered flag in the main feature race, and the third of the weekend action.
  • There are only two Grands Prix, outside of Formula 1.
  • Macau has the distinction of hosting one, while the other happens to be the New Zealand Grand Prix.
  • Jehan Daruvala now holds the distinction of being the only Indian driver to register a win at a Grand Prix, having won the New Zealand Grand Prix at the Chris Amon Circuit in Manfeild.
  • Jehan will compete in the FIA F3 European Championship in 2017.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
 Who won the Toyota Racing Series’ New Zealand Grand Prix at the Chris Amon Circuit in Manfeild, New Zealand? 
 - Jehan Daruvala. 
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Kush Bhagat awarded CM title by World Chess Federation


  • Kush Bhagat, a second grade student from Hill Spring International School, was awarded the title of Candidate Master (CM) by World Chess Federation body, FIDE.
  • For his tremendous performance in UAE, Kush has been bestowed with this honour by FIDE.
  • The title comes after a range of admirable performances by him, over the span of last six months, beginning with his conquest of;
  • 1. U-7 Maharashtra State Championship 2016 title to becoming the World Schools Under 7 Blitz champion in Sochi (Russia), and
  • 2. finally his performance, with three gold medals at the first ever Western Youth Chess Championship 2016 at UAE.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who was awarded the title of Candidate Master (CM) by World Chess Federation body, FIDE?
- Kush Bhagat. 
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‘La La Land’ Wins Top Prize at BAFTA Awards in London


  • Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” dominated the 70th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night, claiming five prizes including;
    1. best film,
    2. director, and
    3. leading actress for Emma Stone.
  • The triumph maintained the musical’s momentum through this year’s awards season ahead of the Oscars on Feb. 26.
  • The BAFTA Fellowship award was presented to the hollywood’s legendary comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks (90) by Duke of Cambridge Prince William.
  • The BAFTA Fellowship is a lifetime achievement award presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) since 1971 in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which movie won the award of best film at the 2017 BAFTA Awards in London?
 - “La La Land”. 
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Grammys Awards 2017


  • The 2017 Grammy Awards handed out 84 awards to the music industry’s best and brightest.
  • The major awards were handed out during the televised broadcast, but many were handed out before the big show began.
  • The big winner of the night was Adele, who took home five Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Hello,” and, in a major upset, beat out Beyoncé for Album of the Year (25).
  • Adele also won all three of the major awards in 2012 for her 2011 album 21.
  • A Grammy Award or Grammy is awarded by the Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.
  • The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor the musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958.
  • The four main category of award includes,
    1. Album of the Year,
    2. Record of the Year,
    3. Song of the Year and
    4. Best New Artist.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which song won  "Song of the year" award at 2017 Grammy? 
- Hello by Adele. 
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GMR Hyderabad Airport bags CAPA award


  • GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, has won the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Chairman’s Order of Merit for its focus on environmental sustainability and becoming the first airport in Asia Pacific to become carbon neutral.
  • GHIAL received the award during the CAPA 12 Annual India Aviation Summit in Mumbai earlier this week.
  • CAPA India is a specialist aviation consulting and research practice in South Asia, with the region’s largest team of analysts and a portfolio of more than 125 advisory and research projects.
  • Airports Council International (ACI) has certified Hyderabad International Airport with Level 3+ Neutrality under its Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which airport has won the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Chairman’s Order of Merit for its focus on environmental sustainability and becoming the first airport in Asia Pacific to become carbon neutral? 
 - GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. 
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Sudarsan Pattnaik creates Guinness World Record for making tallest sand castle


  • Famous sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Saturday created a Guinness World Record by building the world’s tallest sand castle which is 48 feet and 8 inch (14.84 metre) at the Puri beach.
  • Sudarsan has broken the record of 45 feet and 10 inch sand castle which was created in USA, a Guinness World Records official said.
  • After verifying all the criteria of the sand castle, the official of Guinness World Records Swapnil Dangarikar presented a certificate to Sudarsan for the achievement.
  • Sudarsan and his 45 students took about 9 days to prepare this sculpture. The sand sculpture was built with theme of World Peace.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian sand artist created a Guinness World Record by building the world’s tallest sand castle which is 48 feet and 8 inch (14.84 metre) at the Puri beach? 
 - Sudarsan Patnaik. 
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Hyderabad surgeon Raghu Ram wins B C Roy award


  • Dr P Raghu Ram, president of Association of Breast Surgeons of India, has won the prestigious Dr B C Roy national award for outstanding service in the field of socio medical relief for 2016.
  • The announcement was made by Dr Jayshree Mehta, president, Medical Council of India, in a letter addressed to Ram, who is also director, KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases, and CEO, Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • The award, the highest recognition for medical practitioners in India, would be conferred on Ram by President Pranab Mukherjee on July 1, observed as Doctors day, according to a KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre perss release.
  • He is the youngest surgeon ever from the Telugu states (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) to have been selected for this award, it claimed.
  • The award recognises Dr Rams significant contribution towards improving the delivery of breast health care in India, and equally, creating the much needed awareness about importance of early detection of breast cancer in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh through a number of initiatives
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has won the prestigious Dr B C Roy national award for outstanding service in the field of socio medical relief for 2016? 
 - Dr P Raghu Ram. 
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Govt announces Arunachal Civil Service Awards


  • Chief Minister Pema Khandu has introduced the ‘Arunachal Civil Service Awards’ for excellence in public administration.
  • In a release, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) informed that this has been started to encourage good governance in the state and to recognize the extraordinary services rendered by the government employees in the state.
  • "It aims not only to boost the morale of the state government employees by recognizing their hard work and innovative work done by them, but also is expected to bring in a productive work culture.
  • The awards, which will acknowledge the outstanding and exemplary performance of civil servants, consists of ;
    1. a medal,
    2. a scroll, and
    3. cash award of Rs 1 lakh
    for an individual and Rs 5 lakhs for an organisation/ group/ team .
  • Nominations for the awards will be considered on the basis of implementation of innovative schemes or projects, showing innovation and adaptation to meet;
    1. the stakeholders’ requirement,
    2. building up perceptible system changes and institutions.
  • It also aims to honour civil servants and government employees who make public service delivery system efficient, corruption free, including speedy and judicious execution of work.
  • Extraordinary performance in emergent situations like floods, earthquakes etc shall also form the basis of being eligible for this award.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Chief Minister Pema Khandu has introduced which award for the excellence in public administration of Arunachal Pradesh? 
 - ‘Arunachal Civil Service Awards’. 
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Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor wins USD 1 million Israeli prize


  • Well known Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor was named on Monday the winner of a prestigious USD 1 million Genesis prize by Israel for his commitment to Jewish values.
  • The prize committee, headed by Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky, acknowledged Kapoor as “one of the most influential and innovative artists of his generation”.
  • Kapoor joins Itzhak Perlman, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and actor-director Michael Douglas as recipients.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian-origin British sculptor  was named the winner of a prestigious USD 1 million Genesis prize by Israel for his commitment to Jewish values? 
- Anish Kapoor. 
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Alastair Cook gets top British honor from Prince Charles


  • The England Test captain Alastair Cook was honored with the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, London on February 4, 2017.
  • CBE is one of the highest Order of honors among a series of top 5 British honors.
  • It is rewarded for contributions made in the field of ;
    1. arts and sciences,
    2. work with charitable and welfare organizations, and
    3. public service outside the Civil Service.
  • Alastair Cook played his debut test match at the age of 21 against India at Nagpur in 2006 and made his maiden century in the second innings.
  • The 32-year-old also became the youngest batsman to score 10000 run in Test cricket in May 2016.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which cricket player was honored with the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, London on February 4, 2017? 
 - Alastair Cook. 
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Pankaj Advani pockets the National Snooker Championship title


  • Champion cueist Pankaj Advani won the Indian National Snooker Championship with a 6-0 win over Pandurangaiah of Railways in a one-sided final.
  • Apart from clinching his 29th national title overall, Advani broke several other records.
  • He became the only Indian men’s cueist to be the holder of all national billiards and snooker titles at the same time .
  • After marching into the finals of the snooker nationals with a 5-2 victory over Sundeep Gulati of New Delhi, Advani put on a flawless show of precision in the summit clash, leaving the spectators at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana mesmerised.
  • The final top 8 standings of the National Snooker Championship:
    1. Pankaj Advani
    2. Pandurangaiah
    3. Malkeet Singh
    4. Sundeep Gulati
    5. Laxman Rawat
    6. A. Arvind Kumar
    7. Dharmendra Lily
    8. Anuj Uppal.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the Indian National Snooker Championship 2017 ? 
- Pankaj Advani. 
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PM Modi to be 'Guest of Honour' at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, scheduled from June 1 to 3, as the 'Guest of Honour'.
  • Official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said, "'This is to confirm that India has been invited as a Guest Country at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum which will be held in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia from June 1 to 3, 2017.
  • "As a part of this, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will attend the Forum as Guest of Honour.
  • The forum is an annual Russian business event for the economic sector that witnesses more than 4,000 people from over 60 different countries every year.
  • The forum brings together the chief executives of major Russian and international;
    1. companies,
    2. heads of state,
    3. political leaders,
    4. prime ministers,
    5. deputy prime ministers,
    6. departmental ministers, and
    7. governors.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who will be the guest of honour at  St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, scheduled from June 1 to 3 2017?
- Narendra Modi. 
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National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 presented by Home Minister Rajnath Singh


  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh presented the First National Entrepreneurship awards 2016 in New Delhi.
  • The awards have been presented in order to recognise the entrepreneurial spirit of India’s youth and encourage more young Indians to become entrepreneurs.
  • The Entrepreneurship Awards system has been created through a partnership between MSDE and a number of reputed institutions across the country including;
    1. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT - Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur and Chennai),
    2. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and XLRI, Jamshedpur.
  • Every year, one such institution will play the role of the lead institution to anchor the awards. For 2016-2017, the lead institution is IIT, Delhi.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
First National Entrepreneurship awards 2016 has been organised in which Indian city? 
- New Delhi. 
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