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Whanganui river granted same legal rights as human being


  • In a world-first a New Zealand river has been granted the same legal rights as a human being.
  • The local Māori tribe of Whanganui in the North Island has fought for the recognition of their river – the third-largest in New Zealand – as an ancestor for 140 years.
  • The new status of the river means if someone abused or harmed it the law now sees no differentiation between harming the tribe or harming the river because they are one and the same.
  • Two guardians will be appointed to act on behalf of the Whanganui river, one from the crown and one from the Whanganui .
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
In a world-first  agreement, which river of New Zealand has been granted the same legal rights as a human being? 
- Whanganui. 
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Bangladesh declares March 25 as ‘Genocide Day’


  • Bangladesh’s unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 25 as Genocide Day, in remembrance of the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani Army on the night of March 25, 1971.
  • The Pakistan Army swooped on unarmed civilians on the night of March 25, 1971, to crush the Bengali rebellion following refusal by the military leadership to accept the election results of 1970.
  • In this election the Awami League got thumping majority. ‘Operation Searchlight’ was also launched in the first hours of March 25th in Dhaka.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Bangladesh’s unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 25 as which day? 
 - Genocide Day.
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Iran Successfully Test-Fires Hormuz-2 Ballistic Missile


  • The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced that the Iranian military successfully test-fired a Hormuz-2 ballistic missile this week.
  • The missile destroyed a floating target at a distance of approximately 155 miles
  • Hormuz-2 is a naval strike ballistic missile intended to hit moving targets at sea with high precision, and has a range of nearly 300 kilometres (186 miles), Press TV reported.
  • The missile is similar in appearance to the anti-ship Khalij-e-Fars (Persian Gulf) ballistic missile.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced that the Iranian military successfully test-fired which ballistic missile? 
 - Hormuz-2. 
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Hawaii becomes first state to sue over Trump's revised travel ban


  • Hawaii has become the first state to file a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students.
  • Attorneys for the state filed the lawsuit against the US government on Wednesday in the federal court in Honolulu. The state had sued over Trump’s initial travel ban, but that lawsuit was put on hold while other cases played out across the country.
  • Trump’s new executive order, signed on Monday, bars new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and replaces an initial order issued on 27 January, which was chaotically rolled out and subsequently halted by a federal court following a barrage of legal challenges from states and advocate groups across the country.
  • The new order sought to alleviate some of these complaints by offering exemptions to lawful permanent US residents and current visa holders from the six countries –
    1. Yemen,
    2. Somalia,
    3. Sudan,
    4. Iran,
    5. Syria and
    6. Libya
    as well as staggering the timeframe of implementation.
  • Hawaii argues in an amended complaint that the new order remains incompatible with freedom of religion protections in both the state and federal constitutions, will harm the state’s economy and educational institutions, and would prevent Hawaiians with family members in the six targeted countries from reuniting.
  • Judge Derrick Watson granted the state permission to refile the amended motion for a new restraining order on Trump’s second ban.
  • The government has been instructed to file a response to the motion by 13 March, with a date in court set for 15 March at 9.30amHawaiian time, just hours before the second executive order will come into full force.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state has become the first state to file a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students? 
 - Hawaii. 
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Europe launched fifth Sentinel Earth observation satellite


  • Europe launched the fifth of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites on Monday as part of its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to provide speedy images of land, oceans and waterways.
  • The Sentinel-2B satellite, part of a system of satellites that is to monitor Earth, blasted off on board a Vega rocket from Europe's spaceport in French Guyana.
  • It will join its twin Sentinel-2A, which has been in orbit since 2015, to take high-resolution, color and infrared images for a wide array of environmental initiatives, including crop forecasting and monitoring natural disasters.
  • The two satellites will orbit 488 miles (786 km) above Earth, on opposite sides of the planet.
  • Together, they will be able to cover all of;
    - Earth's land surfaces,
    -large islands,
    -inland and coastal waterways every five days,
    -providing more up-to-date images and at higher resolution than have been available.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who launched the fifth of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites as part of its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to provide speedy images of land, oceans and waterways? 
 - Europe. 
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Sri Lanka wins 'Most Popular Tourism Destination Award'


  • Sri Lanka won the "Most Popular Tourism Destination Award" at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) in China.
  • The island nation won the prestigious award for the second consecutive year which is a testament to its growing popularity among Chinese travel enthusiasts, Xinhua news agency cited the statement as saying.
  • China has been Sri Lanka's second largest source market for tourism since 2014.
  • The volume of visitors to this event has been increasing annually and this has enabled Sri Lanka to gain greater exposure and visibility for its unique destination brand.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17: 
Which country won the "Most Popular Tourism Destination Award" at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) in China. 
 - Sri Lanka.
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Bakri Hassan Saleh sworn in as Sudan’s first PM


  • A former army general and top aide to President Omar al-Bashir was sworn in as Sudan’s first prime minister since the post was scrapped in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup.
  • Bakri Hassan Saleh, a military officer involved in the bloodless coup that brought Bashir to power three decades ago, was named prime minister by the executive bureau of the president’s National Congress Party (NCP).
  • Saleh, 68, who will also retain his current post of Sudan’s first vice president, was sworn in at a presidential palace in Khartoum.
  • Bashir had led the 1989 coup against then-prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi with the help of Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who was sworn in as Sudan’s first prime minister since the post was scrapped in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup? 
 - President Omar al-Bashir. 
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Malaysia to cancel visa-free entry for North Koreans


  • Malaysia will cancel visa-free entry for North Koreans entering the country starting next week as diplomatic ties between the two countries fray further following the murder of Kim Jong-nam at the Kuala Lumpur airport.
  • North Koreans will be required to obtain a visa as of March 6 before entering Malaysia for national security reasons.
  • Malaysia is one of the few countries that North Koreans could visit without a visa.
  • A reciprocal arrangement made Malaysians the only foreigners given visa-free entry to the secretive, nuclear-armed state.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Malaysia will cancel visa-free entry for which country's citizens entering the country starting next week as diplomatic ties between the two countries fray further following the murder of Kim Jong-nam at the Kuala Lumpur airport? 
- North Koreans. 
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Normani Kordei named American cancer society global ambassador


  • Fifth Harmony star Normani Kordei has been named a global ambassador for the American Cancer Society.
  • The singer has partnered with charity bosses to raise awareness about breast cancer screenings and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines.
  • The 20-year-old singer said the organisation's work is something she can really relate to.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been named a global ambassador for the American Cancer Society?
 - Normani Kordei. 
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Somali president names Hassan Ali Khaire prime minister


  • Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has chosen political newcomer Hassan Ali Khaire, a former oil company executive, as the country's prime minister.
  • Mohamed took office peacefully this month after legislators selected him from 21 possible candidates.
  • A dual US-Somali citizen with a reputation as a technocrat, he has promised to tackle hunger, corruption and violence in Somalia, which has been mired in civil war for a quarter of a century.
  • Khaire is a dual Norwegian citizen who once worked as a primary school teacher in Norway and also for the Norwegian Refugee Council before joining British energy explorer Soma Oil and Gas.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Prime Minister of Somalia? 
 - Hassan Ali Khaire. 
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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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