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India Signs Financing Agreement with World Bank for US$ 48 Million for Nagaland Health Project


  • A financing agreement for IDA credit of US$ 48 million (equivalent) for the ‘Nagaland Health Project’ was signed with the World Bank .
  • The Financing Agreement was signed by;
    1.Mr. Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of Government of India and
    2.Mrs. Genevieve Connors, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank.
  • A Project Agreement was also signed by ;
    1.Dr. L. Watikala, Principal Director, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland and
    2. Ms. Genevieve Connors, Acting Country Director, World Bank.
  • The Objectives of the project are to improve health services and increase their utilization by communities in targeted locations in Nagaland.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
A financing agreement for IDA credit of US$ 48 million (equivalent) was signed with the World Bank and India for which project? 
 -  ‘Nagaland Health Project’. 
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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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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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India, Kenya sign MoU on cooperation in agriculture sector


  • India and Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the agriculture sector and allied sector and Line of Credit for USD100 million for agricultural mechanisation.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta held delegation level talks and praised the strength of the re-invigorated partnership between the two countries, which serves to increase;
    1. stability,
    2. prosperity, and
    3.security
    in the Indian Ocean region and in the Asia-Pacific.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India with which country have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the agriculture sector and allied sector and Line of Credit for USD100 million for agricultural mechanisation? 
 - Kenya. 
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Indian, French space agencies ink pact on satellite launch technology


  • Indian Space Research Organisation and French Space agency (CNES) today signed a partnership agreement in satellite launch technology.
  • The agreement was signed between ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall in the presence of visiting French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault.
  • ISRO is the second partner of CNES, in terms of volume, after NASA.
  • Of comparable size and sharing similar objectives, the space programmes of both countries are complementary, it was noted.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Indian and which space agency inked pact on satellite launch technology on 11th of January 2017
 - French. 
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Portuguese PM gifts Cristiano Ronaldo jersey to Narendra Modi


  • A jersey of Portugal’s famous football player Cristiano Ronaldo was gifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa after bilateral talks between them.
  • The red jersey bearing Ronaldo’s trademark ‘No.7’ was handed over to Modi by Costa
The jersey was personally signed by Ronaldo.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What was gifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa after bilateral talks between them?
 - A jersey of Portugal’s famous football player Cristiano Ronaldo. 
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Cabinet approves Agreement between India-Uruguay regarding Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters


  • The Union Cabinet has approved signing and ratifying an Agreement between India and Uruguay regarding Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters.
  • The Agreement will help in the availability of relevant information for the prevention and investigation of Customs offences.
  • The Agreement is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries.
  • Uruguay is an important trading partner of India among members of the MERCOSUR, a trading block in Latin America.
  • India signed a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with the MERCOSUR which came into effect from 1st June, 2009.
  • Trade between India and the Uruguay has been expanding gradually
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Union Cabinet has approved signing and ratifying an Agreement between India and which country regarding Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters?
 - Uruguay. 
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Japan to help develop Chennai, Varanasi as smart cities


  • Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu said Japan has decided to be associated with the development of
    1.Chennai,
    2.Ahmedabad and
    3.Varanasi
    as smart cities in the country.
  • This comes as a part of government's scheme to develop 100 cities as smart cities.
  • The last list of 27 cities to be developed as smart cities was released in September.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country will be helping India to develop Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as smart cities in the country? 
 - Japan. 
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Indo-Bangladesh border to get laser walls, smart sensors


  • In order to check infiltration and terrorism, the Border Security Force (BSF) will be installing laser walls and smart sensors along the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal.
  • The satellite-monitored smart sensors will have night and fog operability tools and will blip and alert the border guards.
  • The laser walls are set to become operational from next year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
In order to check infiltration and terrorism, the Border Security Force (BSF) will be installing laser walls and smart sensors along which country's border line of India? 
 - Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal.
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India eases visa process for Bangladeshis


  • India has eased the process of procurement of Indian tourist visas for Bangladeshis by allowing those with confirmed travel tickets to submit their visa applications directly without prior appointment starting January 1, 2017.
  • "The date of journey should be after 7 days but within one month of submission of the visa application form," said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India has eased the process of procurement of Indian tourist visas for which country by allowing those with confirmed travel tickets to submit their visa applications directly without prior appointment starting January 1, 2017?
 - Bangladesh. 
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Obama signs defence bill, enhances cooperation with India


  • US President Barack Obama has signed a $618-billion (around Rs. 42 lakh crore) defence policy bill, which "enhances security cooperation between the US and India", according to Senate defence committee chief John McCain.
  • The bill also provides aid for Pakistan, on the condition that it can prove it is taking "demonstrable steps" against the militant Haqqani network.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India signed a defence policy bill, which enhances security cooperation with which country? 
 - United States of America. 
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Team Indus, Japan’s Hakuto combine for Moon mission


  • Team Indus will carry a robotic rover developed by Hakuto, the Japanese team in the Google Lunar XPrize competition, to the Moon aboard the former's spacecraft.
  • Bengaluru-based Team Indus, the only Indian team in the competition to land a privately funded craft on the Moon, recently contracted with ISRO to launch its craft around December 28 next year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian company has combined with Japan’s  Hakuto to  land a privately funded craft on the Moon? 
 - Team Indus. 
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India, Tajikistan sign pact to limit terror-funding


  • India and Tajikistan on Saturday signed four pacts including one to share financial intelligence to counter money laundering and financing of terrorism to strengthen defence cooperation.
  • The pacts were signed after PM Narendra Modi and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon discussed multiple issues including radicalisation. Terrorism undermines all developmental efforts, Rahmon said.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the president of Tajikistan? 
 - Emomali Rahmon. 
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Indian appointed to Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee


  • A noted Indian-American expert on India-US civil nuclear deal has been re-appointed to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee of the US Department of Commerce.
  •  Vijay Sazawal’s appointment to Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) was announced by US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker along with 38 other members.
  • “Maintaining US leadership in the nuclear industry is critical to our country’s economic vitality and to global efforts to combat climate change,” Pritzker said.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian-American expert on India-US civil nuclear deal has been re-appointed to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee of the US Department of Commerce?
 - Vijay Sazawal. 
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India, Vietnam sign Civil Nuclear deal


  • India and Vietnam have signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement.
  • With this, Vietnam became 14th country with which India has signed the civil nuclear deal.
  • The MoU in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy was signed by;
    1. Sekhar Basu, Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy and
    2.Pham Cong Tac, Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Science and Technology in New Delhi.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
In the month of December India has signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy by which country? 
 - Vietnam. 
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India, Vietnam sign civil nuclear cooperation deal


  • India and Vietnam on Friday signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement for the peaceful use of atomic energy.
  • Three other agreements to;
    1.enhance aviation links,
    2.jointly work in the area of energy efficiency, and 3.to promote parliamentary cooperation were also signed.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India with which country signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement for the peaceful use of atomic energy on 9th of December 2016?  
- Vietnam. 
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BRICS nations to share tax information automatically to eliminate tax evasion


  • The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries have agreed to share tax information to ensure the fairness of the international tax system.
  • The decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of Heads of Revenue of BRICS Countries in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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

Which group of countries have agreed to share tax information to ensure the fairness of the international tax system.

 - The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). 

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India, Qatar sign 4 pacts on visa, cyberspace, investments


  • India and Qatar on Saturday signed four agreements on;
    1.visas,
    2.cyberspace, and
    3.investments
    following delegation-level talks led by PM Narendra Modi and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.
  • This is the third high-level bilateral engagement between the two countries in the past two years, which underlines India’s growing ties with Qatar.

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

India singed  4 pacts on visa, cyberspace, investments with which Gulf country on 3rd of December 2016? 

 - Qatar. 

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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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Donald Trump Nominates 2nd Indian-American Woman To Top Administration Post


  • US President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated a second Indian-American woman to a top administration position, putting her in charge of a federal agency within the health department as part of a "dream team" which he said would transform America's healthcare system.
  • "I am pleased to nominate (Dr) Seema Verma to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services," Mr Trump said in a statement.
  • The announcement came along with Trump's nomination of Congressman Tom Price as his Health and Human Services Secretary.
  • A leading expert in the country on Medicare and Medicaid, Dr Verma would serve as Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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

Donald Trump has nominated which Indian American Woman in charge of a federal agency within the health department as part of a "dream team" to transform America's healthcare system ?

 - Seema Verma.

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