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European Parliament election: Antonio Tajani new president


  • Italian conservative Antonio Tajani elected the new president of the European Parliament
  • Mr Tajani, 63, is a former spokesman for Italy's Silvio Berlusconi and an ex-European commissioner.
  • He defeated another Italian, Gianni Pitella, and will take over from Germany's Martin Schulz.
  • The European Parliament has the power to block or amend EU laws, and will have the final say on whether to approve a Brexit deal with the UK.
  • Mr Tajani secured 351 votes, against 282 for Mr Pittella, a socialist. The contest ran to the maximum four rounds.
  • Mr Tajani's European People's Party (EPP) group benefited from a new coalition with the parliament's liberals, the ALDE, who hope to curb the influence of anti-EU populist.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been elected as the new president of the European Parliament? 
 - Antonio Tajani. 
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South Korea ranked world’s most innovative economy


  • South Korea is the world’s most innovative economy, followed by
    1. Germany,
    2.Sweden,
    3.Japan and
    4.Switzerland, according to the latest Bloomberg Innovation Index.
  • South Korea won the top scores worldwide for manufacturing value-added as well as for tertiary efficiency, and was in the second place in ;
    1.R&D intensity,
    2.high-tech density and
    3.patent activity.
  • The Asian tech powerhouse was ranked sixth in terms of researcher concentration.
  • Rounding out the top 10 under the Innovation Index were;
    1. Singapore,
    2. Finland,
    3. the United States,
    4. Denmark and
    5. France.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country won the top spot by getting the tag of "World’s most innovative economy" 
according to the latest Bloomberg Innovation Index?
 - South Korea. 
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Obama Awards Biden Presidential Medal Of Freedom


  • President Obama awarded outgoing Vice President Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • The two have enjoyed an unusually close working relationship over the past eight years, and Obama himself even joked at the outset of the ceremony that "this also gives the Internet one last chance to talk about our 'bromance.' "
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
President Obama awarded which personality by the Presidential Medal of Freedom? 
 - outgoing US Vice President Biden. 
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Europe's first underwater museum opens


  • Europe’s first underwater sculpture museum featuring over 300 life-sized figures has been inaugurated.
  • The Lanzarote attraction, Museo Atlantico, took almost three years to complete and has 12 sprawling underwater installations by artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
  • With the sculptures placed at 39 feet on the sea bed, divers can now tour the underwater museum off the coast of Bahia de Las Colorada.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Europe’s first underwater sculpture museum featured how many life-sized figures which has been inaugurated recently ? 
- over 300.
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UK becomes first country to recognise parkour as a sport


  • The United Kingdom has become the world's first country to officially recognise parkour as a sport.
  • Parkour, also known as freerunning, is similar to military obstacle training and involves a participant getting from one point to another, tackling terrain using only his/her natural body strength.
  • The sport has been considered controversial since it uses minimal protection gear.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country has become the world's first country to officially recognise parkour as a sport? 
- United Kingdom. 
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Obama selects four Indian-Americans for presidential awards


  • US President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose four Indian-American scientists for the highest honour given by the US government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
  • The honour is recognition for keeping the US on the cutting edge with their innovations.
  • The four are part of the list of 102 scientists and researchers who are recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
  • These scientists are ;
    1.Pankaj Lal from Montclair State University,
    2.Kaushik Chowdhury from Northeastern University,
    3.Manish Arora from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and
    4.Aradhna Tripati from University of California, Los Angeles.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
US President Barack Obama has chosen how many Indian-American scientists for the highest honour given by the US government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research ?
 - Four. 
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Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile Babur-3


  • Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired its first Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 450km from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, giving the country a "credible" second-strike capability.
  • The missile, Babur-3, was fired from an underwater, mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy, the Inter Services Public Relations, the media wing of the Pakistani military.
  • Babur-3, which has a range of 450km, is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM).
  • Babur-2+ , which was successfully tested earlier in December, last year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the name of Pakistan's first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile? 
- Babur-3
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China launches 1st commercial space mission with new rocket


  • China successfully sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission using an updated version of the low-cost
  • Kuaizhou-1A rocket, amidst the Communist giant's determined bid to expand its ambitious space programme.
  • The rocket, carrying
    1. the satellite JL-1 and
    2.two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1,
    blasted off from northwestern China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province at around 12:11 pm Beijing Time, according to a statement from the center.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
China successfully sent how many satellites into space in its first commercial mission using an updated version of the low-cost? 
- 3.
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Russia removes LinkedIn from local App stores


  • Russia has directed Google and Apple to remove LinkedIn from the local Android and iOS App stores.
  • The directive comes weeks after a Russian court blocked the networking platform for disregarding a rule which requires companies to store Russian citizens' data within the country's borders.
  • Google and Android have complied with the order and the app is no longer available.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country has directed Google and Apple to remove LinkedIn from the local Android and iOS App stores?
- Russia. 
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Norway to become first country to switch off FM radio


  • Norway is set to become the first nation to switch off its FM radio network, with the parliament approving a proposal to shift to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).
  • This was opposed by 66% Norwegians over concerns that they may miss emergency warnings broadcasted via radio.
  • The shutdown will begin on January 11 in the northern city of Bodoe.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country  is set to become the first nation to switch off its FM radio network, with the parliament approving a proposal to shift to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB)?
 - Norway. 
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Michelle Obama selects Indo-American for education campaign


  • US First Lady Michelle Obama has selected a 16-year-old Indian-American to serve in the inaugural Student Advisory Board of the 'Better Make Room' education campaign.
  • Swetha Prabakaran, the only Indian-American on the list, has been chosen in recognition of her efforts to educate the youth in computer sciences.
  • She has previously been honoured as a White House Champion of Change.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian-American girl has been selected by  US First Lady Michelle Obamato serve in the inaugural Student Advisory Board of the 'Better Make Room' education campaign?
- Swetha Prabakaran. 
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China launches its longest bullet train


  • China on Thursday launched its longest bullet train 'Shangri-la of the World' from Kunming, in Yunnan Province, to Beijing.
  • This has expanded China's high-speed train network to about 20,000 kilometres.
  • It takes nearly 13 hours for the train to cover a distance of 2,760 kilometres.
  • A ticket for a second-class seat on the train costs 1,147 yuan
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What's the name of the longest bullet train launched by China recently? 
 - Shangri-la of the World. 
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Finland introduces basic income for unemployed


  • Finland has become the first country in the world to pay a basic income to randomly picked citizens on a national level in an experiment aiming at dismissing poverty, motivate people to join work force and decrease unemployment.
  • The experiment is conducted with 2,000 randomly picked unemployed participants between the ages of 25 and 58.
  • For two years, participants from different parts of the country will receive an unconditional monthly tax-free basic income of 560 euros ($586).
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country has become the first country in the world to pay a basic income to randomly picked citizens on a national level in an experiment aiming at dismissing poverty, motivate people to join work force and decrease unemployment? 
- Finland. 
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Haiti: Jovenel Moise confirmed as new president


  • Jovenel Moise has been declared the winner of Haiti's November 20 presidential election, ending a protracted electoral process that has paralysed the Caribbean country's politics for more than a year.
  • The Haiti provisional electoral council said on Tuesday that Moise was the majority winner with 55.6 percent of the vote.
  • Turnout was low at a reported 21 percent.
  • Haiti election 'better organised this time'
    Moise, previously a little-known businessman, was chosen to run on behalf of the Tet Kale party of former president Michel Martelly, who ended his term without an elected successor.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed President of Haiti? 
 - Jovenel Moise. 
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UN declares 2017 as International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development


  • The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
  • The decision to adopt 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development comes at a particularly important moment as the international community embraces the new Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved by the UN General Assembly last September.
  • Tourism is included as targets under three of the SDGs -
    1. SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;
    2.SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production and
    3. SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of? 
 - Sustainable Tourism for Development.
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Justice Mian Saqib Nisar appointed as Chief Justice of Pak


  • Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took oath as the 25th Chief Justice of Pakistan.
  • The oath was administered by the country's President Mamnoon Hussain at the President House.
  • The event was attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other dignitaries.
  • Justice Nisar has replaced Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali who retired after serving as Chief Justice for 15 months.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Chief Justice of Pakistan?
- Justice Mian Saqib Nisar
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Sorin Grindeanu named Romania's new Prime Minister


  • Romania's President Klaus Iohannis on Friday named Sorin Grindeanu from the ruling Social Democrat party as the country's new prime minister.
  • Grindeanu now faces a confidence vote in parliament on his programme and cabinet nominees.
  • Earlier, President Iohannis had turned down the party's first choice Sevil Shhaideh, an economist who would have become Romania's first female Muslim PM.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Prime Minister of Romania? 
- Sorin Grindeanu 
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World's highest bridge opens in China


  • The highest bridge in the world, set at a height of 1,854 feet, opened to traffic in China on Thursday.
  • The 1,341-metre-long Beipanjiang Bridge, soars over a river and connects the Guizhou and Yunnan mountainous provinces.
  • It has reportedly reduced travel time from four hours to one hour.
  • It cost $144 million (over Rs. 977 crore) to build, Chinese media reported.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The highest bridge in the world, set at a height of 1,854 feet, opened to traffic in which country? 
- China 
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China launches high-resolution remote sensing satellites


  • China has successfully launched a pair of high-resolution remote sensing satellites to get commercial images.
  • The satellites were launched Wednesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
  • The satellites, SuperView-1 01/02, blasted off at 11:23 am Beijing time on the back of a Long March 2D rocket.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country has successfully launched a pair of high-resolution remote sensing satellites to get commercial images? 
 - China. 
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China tests new jet fighter FC-31 Gyrfalcon prototype


  • China has tested the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter, state media reported Monday, as it tries to end the West's monopoly on the world's most advanced warplanes.
  • The test comes as the nation flexes its military muscles, sending its sole aircraft carrier the Liaoning into the western Pacific in recent days to lead drills there for the first time+ .
  • The newest version of the J-31 -- now renamed the FC-31 Gyrfalcon -- took to the air for the first time
  • The new FC-31 has "better stealth capabilities, improved electronic equipment and a larger payload capacity" than the previous version+ which debuted in October 2012, the newspaper said, quoting aviation expert Wu Peixin.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which new jet fighter plane was tested by China on 26th of December, as it tries to end the West's monopoly on the world's most advanced warplanes? 
 - FC-31 Gyrfalcon prototype
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