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National Career Services (NCS) and Jeevan Praman Facility for EPFO Pensioners Launched in Hyderabad Post Office


  • The Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya launched;
    1. The National Career Service (NCS) for youths and,
    2. Jeevan Praman facility
    to EPFO pensioners through Post Offices at DakSadan in Hyderabad on February 12, 2017.
  • The Post Offices will serve as an Employment Registration Centres for Unemployed rural youth on behalf of the “National Career Service” Portal where youths can register themselves for employment in 1,55,000 post offices established across the country for over 3000 occupations offered under 52 sectors in NCS.
  • It would build a bridge between the net connected urban areas and non connected rural areas and help the youth to avail facility to register for employment at their doorstep hassle-free and have access to a rich repository of career content.
  • The centre aims to provide employment to five crore people over next five years.
  • Besides, the EPFO pensioners can also submit their Digital Life Certificate (Jeevan Praman) through the Head Post Offices. This will also benefit the EPFO pensioners to avail the facility at their doorstep.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
National Career Services (NCS) and Jeevan Praman Facility for EPFO Pensioners was firstly launched in which post office? 
 - Hyderabad Post Office. 
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Government Launches Mission XI Million To Promote Football Among School Children


  • As a step in the direction of fulfilling PM Narendra Modi's vision of making football the sport of choice in India, Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel launched the Mission XI Million.
  • Mission XI Million is an ambitious program which is touted as being the biggest school sport outreach programme in the country.
  • Mission XI Milliion, a unique initiative, is launched to encourage school children to play football.
  • The game will help children inculcate healthy habits in their lives and pick important lessons in teamwork and sportsman spirit.
  • As part of the programme, Government will motivate and incentivize school principals and sports teachers to promote football games in school on a regular basis.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which program has been launched by government of India to promote Football among school children? 
 - Mission XI Million. 
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Cabinet approves 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan for covering 6 crore rural households


  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan' (PMGDISHA).
  • It has been approved to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate. The outlay for this project is Rs.2,351.38 crore to usher in digital literacy in rural India by March, 2019.
  • PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world.
  • Under the scheme;
    1. 25 lakh candidates will be trained in the FY 2016-17;
    2. 275 lakh in the FY 2017-18; and
    3. 300 lakh in the FY 2018-19.
  • To ensure equitable geographical reach, each of the 250,000 Gram Panchayats would be expected to register an average of 200-300 candidates.
  • Digitally literate persons would be able to;
    1. operate computers/digital access devices (like tablets, smart phones, etc.),
    2. send and receive emails,
    3. browse internet,
    4. access Government Services,
    5. search for information,
    6. undertaking cashless transactions, etc.
    and hence use IT to actively participate in the process of nation building.
  • The implementation of the Scheme would be carried out under the overall supervision of;
    1. Ministry of Electronics and IT in active collaboration with,
    2. States/UTs through their designated State Implementing Agencies,
    3. District e-Governance Society (DeGS), etc.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which new digital awareness programme has been implemented by the Union Government for the rural India? 
- 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan' (PMGDISHA). 
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Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) Launched in Assam


  • Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) launched in Assam.
  • The Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched this scheme for the development of villages of the state Assam.
  • Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana is a mega mission with a financial outlay of Rs. 30,000 crore will be implemented in all the villages in Assam in the next five years culminating in 2021-22.
  • Through Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) it has been aimed at bringing in revolutionary changes by doubling the farm income in the State.
  • This scheme is launched in a move to bring about paradigm shift towards holistic development of villages in Assam.
  • Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) will be implemented through ‘saturation model’ by covering each revenue village through focused interventions in direct economic activities, logistic support including market linkages, and community support.
  • Under the Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) five teams will be constituted in each block to work as a catalyst to implement different missions of the programme.
  • These teams will prepare development plans for them to be implemented in each village.
  • Under this scheme village knowledge centre will be set up in each village and by bringing in synergy between the scheme and MGNREGA play ground will be built in each village of Assam
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which program was launched recently by the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal for the development of villages in the state of Assam? 
 - Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY). 
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National Action Plan for Children, 2016 released by WCD Ministry


  • National Action Plan for Children, 2016 (NPAC) was launched at a special function held to celebrate the National Girl Child Day in New Delhi.
  • The Action Plan has four key priority areas;
    1. survival,
    2. health and nutrition;
    3. education and development;
    4.protection and participation.
  • The NPAC defines;
    1. objectives,
    2. sub-objectives,
    3. strategies ,
    4. action points and
    5.indicators
    for measuring progress under the four key priority areas and also identifies key stakeholders for the implementation of different strategies.
  • The plan also puts focus on new and emerging concerns for children such as:
    1. online child abuse,
    2. children affected by natural and man-made disasters and
    3.climate change, etc.
  • The plan takes into account the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides a roadmap towards achieving them though co-ordination and convergence with different stakeholders.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
National Action Plan for Children, 2016 (NPAC) was launched at a special function held to celebrate the National Girl Child Day in which city? 
 - New Delhi. 
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Govt inks MoU to set up 1,000 Janaushadhi Kendras


  • The government signed an agreement with the National Yuva Cooperative Society to set up 1,000 Janaushadhi Kendras across the country and targets to open such medical stores in every block and gram panchayat to provide quality medicines at an affordable price.
  • At present, 750 Janaushadhi Kendras, providing more than 600 medicines and 150 medical devices, are operational and the target is to open 3,000 by end of this fiscal for achieving health safety.
  • BPPI is the nodal implementation agency for the PMBJP, which is an an initiative of the Department of Pharmaceuticals under the Chemicals and Fertilisers ministry to make quality medicines accessible to all citizens at an affordable price.
  • The PMBJP scheme would drastically reduce the out of pocket health expenditure for the common man and give an impetus to the Make in India mission in the pharma sector.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Union Government signed an agreement with which corporative society to set up 1,000 Janaushadhi Kendras across the country? 
 - the National Yuva Cooperative Society. 
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Govt. launches 'ShaGun' - a web-portal for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan


  • To put an innovative progress in elementary education sector of the country by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).
  • Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar yesterday launched a dedicated web portal 'ShaGun', which has been prepared by World Bank in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • On this occasion, the Union Minister also reiterated government's commitment for improving the 'Quality' of Education.
  • Learning Outcomes are assessment standards indicating the expected levels of learning that children should achieve for that class. These outcomes can be used as check points to evaluate learning at different points of time.
  • The learning outcomes would help teachers to understand the learning levels of children in their respective classes individually as well as collectively.
  • Learning outcomes should be the point of reference for conducting achievement surveys.
  • Hence it is necessary that the defined Learning Outcomes are also shared with parents and community at large.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the name of the  web portal launched by the Union government for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan? 
 -  'ShaGun'.
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World's Largest LED Street Light Replacement Project Launched


  • Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal launched the "world's largest" LED street light replacement project completed by SDMC in south Delhi wherein two lakh conventional street lights have been replaced with energy efficient LEDs.
  • The initiative under the Street Lighting National Programme being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited of Ministry of Power, will save 6.10 crore units of electricity per year thus reducing the electricity bill by 54 per cent.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World's Largest LED Street Light Replacement Project is launched in which city of India? 
 - Delhi. 
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PM Modi announces scheme to skill Indian youth seeking jobs abroad


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government will shortly launch the Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY) which is aimed at skilling Indians seeking employment abroad.
  • The prime minister was speaking at the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention in Bengaluru.
  • The Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana is targeted at Indian youth seeking overseas employment.
  • PKVY will train and certify Indians, who are keen on overseas employment in select sectors, in line with international standards.
  • It will be implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation through its training partners and in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Skill Development Ministry.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched which program aimed at skilling Indians seeking employment abroad?
 - Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY). 
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Many New Projects Under Namami Gange Approved For Haridwar and Varanasi


  • Many new projects under Namami Gange programme in Haridwar and Varanasi have been approved by National Mission for Clean Ganga.
  • In Haridwar, approval for 68 MLD sewage treatment plant (STP) in Jagjeetpur and 14 MLD STP in Sarai have been approved at an indicative cost of Rs 110.30 crore and Rs 25 crore respectively under Hybrid Annuity based PPP mode.
  • Apart from this, while Rs 8.34 crore has been allocated for tertiary treatment of existing 27 MLD plant in Jagjeetpur.
  • Rs 5.32 crore has been allocated for tertiary treatment of existing 18 MLD plant in Sarai under Design, Build, Operate and Transfer (DBOT) mode.
  • Also, I&D works at Jagjeetpur and Sarai would be done at an indicative cost of Rs 81.15 crore and Rs 29.75 crore respectively under DBOT mode
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Many new projects under Namami Gange programme have been approved by National Mission for Clean Ganga in which two Indian cities? 
- Haridwar and Varanasi. 
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurates six major Railway projects


  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated six major Railway projects in Kerala including the dedication of the newly-built 9.6-km long Tiruvalla-Chengannur double line which would ease the heavy rail traffic congestion in the Ernakulam-Kottayam-Kayamkulam section.
  • Prabhu also inaugurated infrastructure facilities at
    1.Kozhikode,
    2.Palakkad,
    3.Thrissur and
    4.Thiruvananthapuram railways stations through video conferencing from Kozhikode.
  • A new platform was launched at Palakkad station, high-speed public WiFi service was made available at Thrissur station.
  • The minister also launched an escalator each in Thrissur and Thriruvananthapurtam stations besides laying foundation stone for the extension of Foot Overbridge at Kozhikode railway station.
  • Now the number of free wi-Fi enabled railway stations in the state has increasd to five.
  • The service was launched earlier in
    1.Ernakulam,
    2. Thiruvananthapuram,
    3.Kollam and
    4.Kozhikode stations.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated, how many major Railway projects in Kerala recently? 
 - Six. 
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Swachh Swasth Sarvatra Scheme launched


  • The government on Thursday launched the 'Swachh Swasth Sarvatra, an initiative to achieve better health outcomes through;
    1.improved sanitation,
    2.increased awareness and
    3.healthy lifestyles.
    The scheme was jointly introduced by ;
    1.the Health,
    2. Water and
    3.Sanitation and
    4.Human Resource Development Ministries to mark the 'Good Governance Day .
  • The Health Ministry also announced setting up of Community Health Centres and a grant of Rs 10 lakh each for these facilities to achieve benchmarks of hygiene and sanitation.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which new scheme is being launched by the Union Government  to achieve better health outcomes for Indian citizens? 
 - Swachh Swasth Sarvatra
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PM inaugurates Rs. 12k cr Char Dham highway project in U'khand


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Char Dham Highway Development Project in Uttarakhand's Dehradun.
  • The project aims to improve connectivity to the Char Dham pilgrimage centres of
    1.Gangotri,
    2.Yamunotri,
    3. Kedarnath and
    4. Badrinath.
  • Around 900 km of national highways will be developed in Uttarakhand under the project at an approximate cost of Rs. 12,000 crore.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who laid the foundation stone of the Char Dham Highway Development Project in Uttarakhand's Dehradun?
 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Vasundhara Raje launches Annapurna Rasoi Yojana


  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has gone the Amma way.
  • Amma canteens offer affordable hygienic food to the less privileged in Tamil Nadu, Vasundhara Raje government has introduced Annapurna Rasoi Yojana in Rajasthan.
  • Breakfast shall be made available at Rs 5 and nutritious food for Rs 8.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Chief Minister of India has introduced Annapurna Rasoi Yojana in his state ? 
 - Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
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Union Cabinet approves Pune Metro Rail Project


  • The Union Cabinet today approved the development of phase-I of Pune Metro Rail Project which will cover a length of 31.25 km at the total completion cost of Rs. 11,420 crore.
  • It's comprising two corridors Corridor-1 (Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to Swargate) and Corriodor-2 (Vanaz to Ramwadi)

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

The Union Cabinet has approved the development of phase-I of which  Metro Rail Project on 7th of December 2016?  

 - Pune. 

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Union HRD Ministry launches Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan


  • Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan (VISAKA) was launched by the Union Ministry for HRD to bring awareness about the cashless economic system.
  • It was launched by Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.
  • It is the campaign by Higher Educational institutions for the digital economy.

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

Which program was launched by the Union Ministry for HRD to bring awareness about the cashless economic system? 

 - Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan (VISAKA)

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Scheme for giving LPG to BPL families launched in Kairon


  • Union minister of state Vijay Sampla and Punjab cabinet minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon launched scheme for giving LPG to BPL families.
  • It would also go a long way in reducing indoor pollution and other health-related problems being faced by them.
  • Scheme aims at providing five crore LPG connections to BPL households pan India in three years.

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

Scheme for giving LPG to BPL families launched in which city of Punjab?

 - Kairon.

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Online applications for affordable houses


  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) has enabled online submission of applications by the urban poor for affordable houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) from Thursday.
  • Out of over 2 lakh common services centres across the country will enable online submission of applications for Rs 25 per application.

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

What is the full form of HUPA?

- Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

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PM Narendra Modi launches Urja Ganga in Varanasi


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of highly ambitious gas pipeline project Urja Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The gas pipeline project aims to provide piped cooking (PNG) gas to residents of the eastern region of the country and CNG gas for the vehicles.
  • It envisages laying a 2,050-km pipeline connecting Jagdishpur (UP) to Haldia (West Bengal) by 2018.

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

What is the name of the ambitious gas pipeline project whose foundation has been laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh?

 - Urja Ganga.

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Aviation scheme UDAN(Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) takes off


  • The Centre unveiled a regional connectivity scheme, known as UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik), with flights priced at Rs.2,500 for one hour of flying time to and from regional airports.
  • Under the scheme, airlines will be offered a slew of sops at smaller airports such as waiver of landing and parking charges.

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

Under which new Aviation scheme flights price has been fixed to Rs.2,500 for one hour of flying time to and from regional airports?

 - UDAN(Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik).

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