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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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Centre to establish Krishi Vigyan Kendra in each district


  • Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has announced at least one ‘Krishi Vigyan Kendra’ in each of the districts in the country to provide technical assistance to farmers will establish.
  • Earlier, he was interacting via video conference with all the Krishi Vigyan Kendra experts, district level officers associated with agriculture development and progressive farmers of 12 States.

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

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has announced which new initiative in each of the districts in the country?

 - Krishi Vigyan Kendra.

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Govt. releases Rs. 99.62 crore under AMRUT scheme


  • Andhra Pradesh government has released Rs. 99.62 crore to AP-Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (AP-UFIDC) for the year 2016-17.
  • It's done for works taken up under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme.
  • The scheme is being implemented in 33 cities and towns in the State.
  • The funds will be disbursed to the eligible urban local bodies for improving civic infrastructure like:
    1. roads,
    2. water supply,
    3. sewerage,
    4. solid waste management and
    5. storm water drains.

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

What is the full form of AMRUT scheme?

 - Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation.

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Rs.114 cr approved for HRIDAY projects


  • The Union Ministry of Urban Development has approved projects worth Rs.114 crore.
  • Its given under the HRIDAY scheme for improving infrastructure facilities around core heritage sites in five cities.
  • These five cities are:
    1.Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh),
    2. Amritsar (Punjab),
    3.Dwaraka (Gujarat),
    4. Puri (Odisha) and
    5.Warangal (Telangana).

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

The Union Ministry of Urban Development has approved projects worth Rs.114 crore under HRIDAY scheme for improving infrastructure facilities around which five cities?

-  1.Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh),
2. Amritsar (Punjab),
3.Dwaraka (Gujarat),
4. Puri (Odisha) and
5.Warangal (Telangana).

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Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana launched in Jammu & Kashmir


  • Jammu &Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan have launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in the state.
  • The scheme provides free LPG connections to the women from BPL households.
  • A new LPG bottling plant would be started in Kargil, while gas production would be increased in Leh.

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

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is launched in which new state on 30.09.2016?

 - Jammu and Kashmir.

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Govt sets target of toilets in every household by 2019: Tomar


  • Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Tomar has set a target of toilets in every household by 2019.
  • According to Tomar 23 districts are now totally free from open defecation.
  • Toilets have been made in every household in 85,000 villages of the country.
  • Swachh Bharat Week is being celebrated from 25th September to 2nd October.

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

Swachh Bharat Week is being celebrated at what time of the year?

 - 25th September to 2nd October

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