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Netanyahu is first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia


  • Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Sydney on Wednesday on the first visit to Australia by a serving Israeli prime minister.
  • Netanyahu will start his four-day visit with talks with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull at his official Sydney address.
  • High on the list of discussion topics is likely to be whether Israel remains committed to a two-state solution to resolve the Palestinian conflict and whether Netanyahu will heed President Donald Trump’s call to “pull back” on settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
  • Netanyahu and Turnbull will sign agreements on technology and air services as well as discuss expanding co-operation in areas including;
    1. cyber-security,
    2. innovation and
    3. science.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is current Israel prime minister? 
- Benjamin Netanyahu. 
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UK Names Cressida Dick As London's First Female Police Chief


  • Britain appointed experienced counter-terrorism officer Cressida Dick as London's new police chief, the first woman to hold the job.
  • She is best known for heading an operation which led to the killing of an innocent Brazilian.
  • Ms Dick, 56, who left the Metropolitan Police in 2015 to work for Britain's Foreign Office, becomes the most senior officer in the country, heading a force of some 43,000 officers and staff.
  • Highly respected and popular with ordinary officers, Ms Dick joined the London force in 1983 as a constable and made her way up the ranks including a spell back in charge of her hometown of Oxford.
  • In July 2005, she was in charge of the operation that led to Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, being shot seven times in the head on a Tube train at Stockwell station in south London after he was mistaken for a would-be suicide bomber.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed London's new police chief? 
 - Cressida Dick. 
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Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser


  • President Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his new national security adviser picking a widely respected military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days.
  • A battle-tested veteran of both the Persian Gulf war and the second Iraq war, General McMaster is considered one of the military’s most independent-minded officers, sometimes at a cost to his own career.
  • The selection encouraged Republicans who admire General McMaster and waged a behind-the-scenes campaign to persuade Mr. Trump to select him.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
President Trump appointed which person as his new national security adviser in USA? 
 - Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. 
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UAE announces 100-year plan to finish building ‘first city on Mars’ by 2117


  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will build the first city on the Red Planet as part of the 2117 Mars project in collaboration with specialised international organisations and scientific institutes.
  • The Mars 2117 Project was announced by;
  • Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and
  • Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
  • The 100-year plan will involve scientific research programmes to nurture national cadres specialised in space sciences at universities in the UAE.
  • In 2015, the UAE announced its Mars Probe mission, which will send the Arab world’s first spacecraft to the Red Planet in a scientific exploration mission that will land on planet in 2021.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country will build the first city on the Red Planet as part of the 2117 Mars project in collaboration with specialised international organisations and scientific institutes? 
- The United Arab Emirates (UAE). 
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Longest elevated bike path in world opens in China


  • The longest elevated bike path in the world has been opened in a city in south-east China.
  • The five-mile long, 16-feet wide bicycle-only pathway – dubbed “the winding viaduct” – has been built in the city of Xiamen.
  • During an initial month-long trial period it will be open from 6.30am to 10.30pm, covering the city’s five major residential areas and three business centres.
  • The route can carry 2,023 cyclists per hour, while 300 hire bikes are available for people who do not have bicycles.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Longest elevated bike path in the  world was  opened in which country?
 - China.
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Naval drill Aman-17 with 37 nations begins in Karachi


  • The multinational Aman-17 naval exercise kicked off in Karachi on Friday with 37 countries taking part in the event.
  • Aman-17 is the fifth such exercise which Pakistan has been holding every alternate year since 2007.
  • Commander of the Pakistani naval fleet Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini inaugurated the exercise, which includes ;
    1. Australia,
    2. China,
    3. Indonesia,
    4. Turkey,
    5. Sri Lanka,
    6. Britain,
    7. US,
    8. Japan and
    9. Russia
    at the Karachi dockyard.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
How many countries are taking part in the multinational Aman-17 naval exercise kicked off in Karachi? 
 - 37
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China releases theme of BRICS Summit


  • China has released the theme and the cooperation priorities of the 2017 BRICS Summit which is scheduled to begin in September.
  • The summit will be held under the theme “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future. "
  • It will also feature five key priorities such as;
    1. deepening cooperation,
    2. strengthening global governance,
    3. carrying out people-to-people exchanges,
    4. making institutional improvements and
    5. building broader partnerships.
  • The BRICS comprises ;
    1. Brazil,
    2. Russia,
    3. India,
    4. China and
    5. South Africa.
  • The summit will take place in Xiamen which is located in east China’s Fujian Province.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country has released the theme and the cooperation priorities of the 2017 BRICS Summit which is scheduled to begin in September?
 - China. 
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Israel passes controversial law on West Bank settlements


  • Israel's parliament has passed a controversial law retroactively legalising almost 4,000 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
  • Under the legislation, the Palestinian landowners will be given financial compensation or alternative land.
  • The Palestinian president called the law "an aggression against our people".
  • Israel's attorney-general has said it is unconstitutional and that he will not defend it in the Supreme Court.
  • The legislation's passage comes amid an escalation in settlement activity since the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president.
  • Emboldened by a new administration it sees as a more sympathetic, Israel's government has advanced plans for thousands of new settler homes.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country's parliament has passed a controversial law retroactively legalising almost 4,000 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank?
 - Israel. 
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China Becomes World’s Largest Solar Energy Producer


  • China has become the world’s largest producer of solar energy, according to a new report from the country’s energy administration.
  • The most populous nation on Earth nearly doubled their capacity for solar power in 2016, but they still have a very low per-capita rate for solar power use.
  • China's National Energy Administration announced over the weekend that their photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached an impressive 77.42 gigawatts.
  • Germany, the former global solar-power leader, produced 40.78 gigawatts in November 2016.
  • China is not the only nation embracing renewable power. India announced on Monday that their PV capacity had reached 9 gigawatts, and they hope to replicate China's meteoric rise in alternative energy through the use of tariffs and subsidies.
  • Saudi Arabia, in response to slumping oil prices, announced in January 2017 a $30-50 billion investment in solar and wind power.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country has become the world’s largest producer of solar energy, according to a new report from the country’s energy administration?
 - China. 
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Dubai Gets First Woman Commercial Pilot In Royal Family


  • Shaikha Mozah Al Maktoum, one of the female members of Dubai's ruling family, is claimed to have become the first woman commercial pilot.
  • In 2016, Etihad Airways announced that more than half the UAE nationals employed by the airline are women, including nearly 50 pilots.
  • In recent years, an Emirati woman fighter pilot - Major Mariam Al Mansouri - made headlines around the world when she led an aerial raid against ISIS in Syria.
  • A few members of the Al Maktoum family took to Instagram to congratulate the young achiever, expressing their pride and joy on her accomplishment.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been claimed to have become the first woman commercial pilot in the royal family of Dubai's ruling family? 
 - Shaikha Mozah Al Maktoum. 
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Russia banned from London World Athletics Championships


  • Russia has been banned from international competition since November 2015 following a damaging report alleging that state-sponsored doping was rife in the country.
  • The ban had already been extended in March and then June 2016, preventing Russia’s athletes from competing at the Rio Olympics.
  • Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag in the world championships provided they can prove to the IAAF that they have been tested regularly outside Russia.
  • Thirty-five athletes have already applied to the governing body of international athletics for approval.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country's athletes has been banned from international competition since November 2015 following a damaging report alleging that state-sponsored doping was rife in the country? 
- Russia. 
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Qatar Airways launches world's longest flight


  • Qatar Airways launched the world's longest scheduled commercial service with its inaugural flight from Doha to Auckland.
  • The Boeing 777 flight will take 16 hours and 20 minutes, pass over 10 time zones, five countries and travel 14,535 kilometres before reaching Auckland.
  • This will make it the world's longest passenger service in terms of flying time, according to tracking website flightradar24.
  • In March last year, Emirates airline launched what was then thought to be the world's longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight, with a service from Dubai to Auckland, spanning 14,200 kilometres.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which airlines company launched the world's longest scheduled commercial service with its inaugural flight from Doha to Auckland? 
 - Qatar Airways. 
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Iran bars US wrestlers from Freestyle World Cup event


  • Iran banned US wrestlers from participating in the Freestyle World Cup competition this month in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order forbidding visas for Iranians.
  • The decision marks the first action taken by Iran in response to Trump’s executive order banning visas for seven Muslim countries.
  • Earlier this week, Iran said it would take retaliatory action.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country banned US wrestlers from participating in the Freestyle World Cup competition 2017? 
 - Iran. 
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Rex Tillerson sworn-in as US secretary of state


  • Former Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson(64) has taken the oath of office as US secretary of state by Vice President Mike Pence in the presence of President Donald Trump in the White House’s Oval Office.
  • Rex’s appointment is confirmed by the Senate after he secured 43 votes out of 56.
  • He is supported by Republican party but opposed by Democratic lawmakers in the Senate, who raked up his ties with Russia and President Vladimir Putin.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed US secretary of State? 
 - Rex Tillerson. 
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RTI Act comes into force in Sri Lanka


  • The Right to Information (RTI) Act came into force in Sri Lanka, a piece of legislation aimed at restoring transparency and good governance in a country that has been plagued by corruption and misrule.
  • The government had last week gazetted the categories of public authorities that fall within the purview of the RTI.
  • TISL will be filing several public interest RTI requests with the relevant public authorities, seeking information like that pertaining to the assets and liabilities declarations of the President and the Prime Minister and a request for financial reports of political parties.
  • The authorities are bound to respond to these requests as per the specified guidlines, within a maximum period of 28 days
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which neighboring country of India recently implemented the Right to Information Act? 
 - Sri Lanka. 
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U.K. Parliament Clears Brexit Bill with 498 Votes


  • Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May successfully held the first stage of passing the Bill in the Parliament on February 1, 2017 to pull Britain out of the European Union.
  • British MPs approved passing the bill with 498 to 114 votes empowering May to start the process of pulling Britain out of the European Union.
  • The Bill would now allow the government to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty which the Supreme Court ruled that she could not take that decision alone.
  • The bill could complete the legislative process by March 7.
  • Now the PM may progress to the next and more detailed legislative stage.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May successfully held the first stage of passing which Bill in the British Parliament on February 1, 2017?
 - Brexit Bill. 
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Kuwait bans visa for 5 Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan


  • Kuwait has suspended the issuance of visas for nationals of ;
    1. Syria,
    2. Iraq,
    3. Pakistan,
    4. Afghanistan and
    5. Iran.
  • After US President Donald Trump's executive order banning seven Muslim-majority countries last Friday, the Kuwaiti government has told would-be migrants from the five banned nations to not apply for visas, as it is worried about the possible migration of radical Islamic terrorists
  • Kuwait was the only nation to prohibit the entry of Syrian nationals prior to Trump's executive action. Kuwait City previously issued a suspension of visas for all Syrians in 2011.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Kuwait banned visa for how many Muslim-majority countries ? 
 - Five. 
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Ireland just became the world's first country to stop investing in fossil fuels


  • Ireland has voted to be the world's first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels.
  • The Irish Parliament passed the historic legislation in a 90 to 53 vote in favour of;
    1. dropping coal,
    2. oil and
    3. gas investments
    from the 8bn (£6.8bn) Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, part of the Republic's National Treasury Management Agency.
  • Once enacted, the bill would force the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to sell its investment in fossil fuel industries over the next five years.
  • In 2015, Norway's sovereign pension fund divested from some fossil fuel companies, but not all.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
 Which country has voted to be the world's first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels?
 - Ireland. 
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H1B visa reform bill introduced in US, minimum pay doubled to $130,000


  • A legislation has been introduced in the US House of Representatives which among other things calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to $130,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India.
  • The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 introduced by California Congressman Zoe Lofgren prioritises market based allocation of visas to those companies willing to pay 200% of a wage calculated by survey, eliminates the category of lowest pay, and raises the salary level at which H1B dependent employer are exempt from non displacement and recruitment attestation requirements to greater than $130,000.
  • This is more than double of the current H1B minimum wage of $60,000 which was established in 1989 and since then has remained unchanged.
  • It raises the salary level at which H1B dependent employer are exempt from attestation requirements to a new required wage level of 35 percentile points above the median national annual wage for Computer and Mathematical Occupations published by the Department of Labour Occupational Employment Statistics (roughly $132,000), which would be adjusted in the future without the need for new legislation, and eliminates the Master’s Degree exemption for dependent employers.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which reform Bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives which among other things calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to $130,000? 
- H1B visa reform Bill.
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President Trump bans people from seven majority Muslim nations from entering the US


  • American President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on January 27, 2017 to temporarily ban visas for refugees belonging to seven Muslim-majority countries namely;
    1. Iraq,
    2. Iran,
    3. Libya,
    4. Somalia,
    5. Sudan,
    6. Syria, and
    7. Yemen.
  • The decision aims at protecting United States from the entry of foreign terrorists to keep the nation safe.
  • The ban is not aimed at restricting Muslim countries from entering US.
  • As per the order, the travelers including legal permanent US residents residing in any of the seven mentioned countries would be prohibited from entering US for 90 days.
  • Besides, refugee admission would also be banned for 120 days.
  • The ban is not limited to these 7 nations. A further expansion of the list may be done as per the order of the US president.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
American President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on January 27, 2017 to temporarily ban visas for refugees belonging to how many Muslim-majority countries? 
 - Seven. 
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