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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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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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Guided rocket Pinaka Mark-II test fired successfully


  • Pinaka rocket, which has now transformed into guided Pinaka, was successfully test fired from a defence test facility of Odisha coast.
  • The guided Pinaka has been combinedly developed by ;
    1.Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE),
    2.Hyderabad-based Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and
    3.Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL).
  • Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which has evolved from Pinaka Mark-I, is equipped with; 1.navigation,
    2.guidance and
    3.control kit and
    is converted to a guided Pinaka.
  • This conversion has facilitated enhancement of its strike range and considerably improved its accuracy .
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Pinaka rocket, which has now transformed into guided Pinaka, was successfully test fired from which place? 
- defence test facility of Odisha coast. 
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2nd Kalvari class submarine INS Khanderi launched in Mumbai


  • INS Khanderi – the second of the Kalvari class submarines – was launched at the Mazagaon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
  • It has superior stealth capabilities and also precision guided weapons that can be launched while underwater or on surface.
  • The submarine will now undergo rigorous tests and trials, both in the harbour and at sea, till December 2017.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
INS Khanderi – the second of the Kalvari class submarines was launched in which city? 
- Mumbai. 
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Mobile app for Indian Merchant Navy officers launched


  • The Maritime Union of India (MUI), country’s oldest union representing Indian Merchant Navy Officers since 1939, has launched android based mobile app named MUI.
  • The app was launched in the presence of;
    1.MPs Kirit Somaiya (Mumbai North-East constituency) and
    2.Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (Jodhpur) recently, said a senior member of the Union.
  • The app is aimed at connecting the maritime fraternity across the country to facilitate and enable Indian merchant navy officers to share comments, knowledge and other things related to their profession.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the name of android based mobile app launched by country’s oldest union representing Indian Merchant Navy Officers since 1939? 
Answer - The Maritime Union of India (MUI). 
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Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa Takes Charge As IAF Chief


  • Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa took over as the Chief of the Indian Air Force after Former Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha retired from post.
  • The present Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa developed the country's aerial targeting philosophy against potential adversaries and transformed the concepts of air operations of the Indian Air Force to contemporary war fighting practices.
  • Dhanoa, who is the 25th chief of the IAF since Independence, was commissioned in the IAF in June 1978 as a fighter pilot

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

Who took charge as the Chief of the Indian Air Force after Former Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha retired from post? 
- Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa
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Indian-origin entrepreneur gets Kyrgyzstan's top army post


  • An entrepreneur of Indian origin, Sheikh Rafik Mohammed, has assumed a top position in the defence department of Kyrgyzstan.
  • Rafik, who also holds Kyrgyzstan nationality, had worked as an adviser to former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Saliyevich Bakiyev.
  • Rafik belongs to Kerala and has earlier worked in;
    1. Iran,
    2.Saudi Arabia and
    3.Kyrgyzstan,  his media adviser said.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian origin entrepreneurhas assumed a top position in the defence department of Kyrgyzstan? 
 - Sheikh Rafik Mohammad. 
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Agni 5, India's Longest Range Nuclear Capable Missile, To Be Tested Today


  • Agni-5, India's longest range nuclear capable missile, will  be tested at Kalam Island off the Odisha coast today by the Defence Research and Development Organisation or DRDO.
  • The Agni 5 missile, with new technology for navigation and guidance, gives India the strategic depth it needs to contain its enemies, say scientists.
  • After a few more trials, it will soon join India's military arsenal.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Agni-5, India's longest range nuclear capable missile, will  be tested at which place? 
- Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. 
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Rajiv Jain to be new IB chief, Anil Dhasmana to head RAW


  • Jharkhand cadre IPS officer Rajiv Jain was on appointed as the new chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB) while Anil Dhasmana will head external intelligence agency RAW.
  • Jain, who is at present serving as the Special Director in the IB, will take over on 1 January after the incumbent Dineshwar Sharma completes his two-year tenure on 31 December.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB)? 
 - Rajiv Jain. 
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Bipin Rawat named new Army chief, BS Dhanoa new IAF head


  • The government on announced the appointment of ;
    1. Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat as the new Indian Army Chief and
    2.Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa as the new Indian Air Force Chief.
  • Rawat, who belongs to the 5th Battalion of 11th Gorkha Rifles, will take over from Dalbir Singh Suhag, while Dhanoa, a Kargil war veteran, will replace Arup Raha.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Indian Army Chief? 
- Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat. 
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India signs ₹5,000-cr deal to buy M777 Howitzer guns from US


  • India on Wednesday signed a ₹5,000-crore deal with the US to buy 145 M777 lightweight Howitzer guns for the Army.
  • The deal was approved by Defence Ministry in October to strengthen the Army, which has reportedly been facing a crunch in this weaponry segment.
    While 25 guns will come in ready-to-use condition, the remaining 120 will be assembled in India.

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

India signed a ₹5,000-crore deal with the US to buy which guns for the Indian Army ? 

 - 145 M777 lightweight Howitzer guns. 

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Lt General AK Bhatt to be appointed new DGMO of Indian Army


  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Monday approved the appointment of Lieutenant General AK Bhatt as the new Director General Military Operation (DGMO) of Indian Army.
  • The incumbent DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh has been promoted to General Officer Commanding of Strike 1 Corps. Notably, Bhatt was promoted to the rank of Lt General from Major General in April.

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

Who is the new Director General Military Operation (DGMO) of Indian Army?

 - Lieutenant General AK Bhatt.

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Made in India: INS Chennai to be commissioned today


  • INS Chennai, one of the largest destroyers built in India, is to be commissioned in the Indian Navy by Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar today.
  • After its commissioning, INS Chennai will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.
  • On completion of some additional sea trials of the ship-borne systems, the destroyer will be assigned to the Western Fleet and would be based in Mumbai.

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

INS Chennai, one of the largest destroyers built in India will be assigned to which fleet on Indian Navy.

- Western Fleet (Mumbai).

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Indian Army team wins gold medal in gruelling Cambrian Patrol exercise


  • A team from the Indian Army's Gorkha Rifles has won a gold medal at one of the most gruelling exercises in the world.
  • Team 2/8 Gorkha was awarded a gold medal in Exercise Cambrian Patrol organized by the British Army.
  • The medal went to the 8 men of the 2nd Battalion of 8 Gorkha Rifles.
  • The Cambrian Patrol is an annual international military patrolling exercise in the rugged Cambrian Mountains of Wales.
  • It is regarded as one of the toughest tests modern soldiers can face.

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

Which Indian army regiment team won gold medal in Cambrian Patrol exercise organized by the British Army?

 - Gorkha Rifles.

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ITBP celebrating its 55th raising day


  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is celebrating its 55th raising day.
  • The ITBP raised on 24 October 1962, under the CRPF Act, in the wake of the Sino-Indian War of 1962.
  • The ITBP was intended for deployment along India’s border with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

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

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is celebrating its 55th raising day on which date?

- 24 October 1962.

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INS Tahiyu commissioned into Indian Navy


  • The INS Tahiyu (315-tonne) is the sixth Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) Car Nicobar Class vessel was commissioned and allotted to the Eastern Fleet of the Navy at Vishakhapatnam.
  • INS Tahiyu is the 20th vessel in this class to be built by Kolkata-based shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).
  • The ship is fitted with three water jet propulsion systems powered by marine diesel engines generating 2720 KW of power.
  • The ship will be commanded by Commander Ajay Kashov and will have four officers and 41 crew members.

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

The INS Tahiyu was commissioned and allotted to which Fleet of the Navy?

 - Eastern Fleet of the Navy.

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IAF successfully test fires long range air-to-air MICA missile


  • Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully fired long-range air-to-air MICA missile from Mirage-2000 Upgrade combat aircraft on a manoeuvring target.
  • The missile achieved a direct hit on a target which was much smaller than an actual aircraft and flying at a low altitude.
  • IAF has become one of the few air forces in the world that have the capability of launching such beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile.

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

Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully fired which long-range air-to-air missile in September ?

 - MICA missile

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India and Russia joint military exercise Indra 2016 begins


  • The eighth edition of India-Russia 11-days joint military exercise ‘INDRA-2016’ has begun in the Ussiriysk District in Vladivostok, Russia
  • The main focus is on Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi-mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate.
  • The ‘INDRA’ series of annual bilateral exercises and is one of the major bilateral defence cooperation initiatives between India and Russia since 2003.

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

India is having a joint military exercise ‘INDRA-2016’ with which country?

 - Russia.

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India, France ink deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets


  • India and France inked the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian in New Delhi.
  • The aircraft will be equipped with latest missiles and weapon system.
  • The 7.8 billion Euro deal is crucial for the Indian Air Force and is expected to give India the dominant status in the air.
  • The features that make the Rafale a strategic weapon is its Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Meteor air-to-air missile with a range in excess of 150 kilometres.
  • The delivery of this aircraft will start in 36 months and will be completed in 66 months from the date the contract is inked.

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

Which country made the deal with India for 36 Rafale fighter jets?

 - France

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Guided missile destroyer 'Mormugao' launched in Mumbai


  • The vessel has been built by government-run Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) and belongs to the Visakhapatnam class of ships being constructed under Project 15B.
  • The Guided Missile Destroyer ship of Project 15B was launched by chief guest Reena Lanba, wife of Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Naval Staff.

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

Which Guided Missile Destroyer Ship has been launched by chief guest Reena Lanba, wife of Admiral Sunil Lamba (the Chief of Naval Staff)?

 - 'Mormugao'

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