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Punjab to reserve 33 per cent government jobs for women


  • The congress government in Punjab led by Amarinder Singh decided to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in all government jobs.
  • This was among many decisions that the state cabinet took in it's first meeting.
  • The reservation would also apply to contractual appointments of women in government jobs.
  • The representation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and urban local bodies would go up from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.
  • The government decided to do away with the “VIP culture” by removing;
    1. red,
    2. amber and
    3.  blue beacons
    from official vehicles of all state;
    1. ministers,
    2. MLAs,
    3. bureaucrats and
    4. political appointees, and
    scrap the practice of laying of foundation stones while inaugurating public projects.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state government has decided to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in all government jobs? 
- Punjab. 
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A sangam of litterateurs in Panchkula


  • Writers, poets, thinkers, litterateurs of Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Sanskrit from Haryana and several other states of the country have converged on Panchkula for the three-day Haryana Sahitya Sangam at the Indradhanush Auditorium.
  • Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the event, organised jointly by all seven academies of the state, Swarna Jayanti Celebrations Authority and the Information and Public Relations Department.
  • The event includes an exhibition of books, published by;
    1. the Haryana Sahitya Akademi,
    2. Haryana Sanskrit Academy,
    3. Haryana Punjabi Academy,
    4. Haryana Urdu Academy,
    5. Haryana Granth Academy,
    6. Haryana Kala Parishad and
    7.  the Haryana Itihaas Avam Sanskriti Academy.
  • Khattar unveiled the mascot “Laddo” of the Haryana Sahitya Sangam.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What's the mascot of  Haryana Sahitya Sangam unveiled by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar? 
 - Laddo
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Sanjauli police post becomes first in India to be linked with CCTNS


  • Sanjauli police station has become the first police post in the country to be linked with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), a nationwide online tracking system.
  • The system will facilitate people in;
    1. lodging online/offline complaints,
    2. police verification of job applicants,
    3. tenants,
    4. character verification and
    5. migrant labourer registration.
  • People, specially;
    1. senior citizens,
    2. differently abled and
    3. women,
    in far-flung areas of the state can lodge First Information Reports (FIRs) through the nearest police post.
  • He added that in future, all police posts in Himachal Pradesh would be linked with CCTNS.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which police station has become the first police post in the country to be linked with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), a nationwide online tracking system? 
 - Sanjauli. 
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First Airbus training centre in Asia to come up near Delhi's IGI Airport


  • Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the first ever Airbus India Training Centre in Asia.
  • Airbus will be setting up a greenfield training facility in Aerocity, close to Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.
  • This training facility is being set up to cater to the growing demand of skilled people in the domestic aviation space.
  • It is expected to be operational by the end of 2018.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which aircraft manufacturing company will be setting up a greenfield training facility in Aerocity, close to Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport?
- Airbus. 
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Following Amma’s Lead, Karnataka Marks Rs 100 Cr for Namma Canteen


  • Unveiling one of the flagship schemes in the 2017–18 Karnataka budget, CM Siddaramaiah announced the setting up of Namma Canteens in the state capital Bengaluru, along the lines of the Amma canteens introduced by late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
  • The Chief Minister announced that 198 such canteens will serve breakfast and lunch for Rs 5, and Rs 10, respectively.
  • The budget proposal has earmarked Rs 100 crore for the project, Siddaramaiah said during his Budget address on Thursday.
  • In other districts, subsidised food will be made available at Saviruchi Sanchari (mobile) canteens, which will be run by Self-Help Groups.
  • The Amma Unavagams, or Amma Canteens, are subsidised food outlets first set up in 2011 by the Jayalalithaa–led government in Chennai.
  • They were later expanded to other parts of the state, with the state government opening 360 such outlets in June 2014.
  • The Namma Canteen has been one of the populist measures that Karnataka has been contemplating for some time now, and has received the formal seal of approval this budget.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the current Chief Minister of Karnataka? 
 - Siddaramaiah. 
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Telangana launched Rs. 605-crore ‘KCR Kit’ scheme for pregnant women, new born


  • Focussing on women welfare and new born, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has come out with an innovative scheme – KCR Kit.
  • The scheme is designed to address complications during the time of pregnancy and aimed at reducing infant mortality rate and encourage institutional deliveries.
  • The KCR Kit consists of 16 essential things needed for a new-born and will be useful for up to three months.
  • The kit comes packed with soaps useful for mother and child, baby oil, baby bed, mosquito net, dresses, sarees, hand bag, towels and napkins, powder, diapers, shampoo and toys for the kid.
  • The government proposes to earmark Rs. 605 crore for the scheme.
  • The State has initiated a number of measures for the welfare of women and children. In order to provide nutritious food to pregnant and lactating women and infants under Arogya Lakshmi, eggs, milk and nutritious food will be made available through the Anganwadis.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Focussing on women welfare and new born, which Indian state has come out with an innovative scheme – KCR Kit which is aimed at reducing infant mortality rate and encourage institutional deliveries? 
- Telangana. 
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Hyderabad best Indian city in living standards: Mercer


  • Hyderabad for the third year in a row has emerged as the best city in terms of living standards among Indian cities, while Vienna has been ranked at the top globally in a list by consultancy firm Mercer.
  • The National Capital for the second straight year hit the lowest score among Indian cities for living standards, as per the Mercer's Quality of Living rankings 2017.
  • Both Hyderabad and Pune ranked higher for quality of living than the country's traditional business centres ;
    1. Mumbai and
    2. New Delhi,
    which have been ranked at 154 and 161, respectively, by the report.
  • New Delhi scored well on account of its;
    1. airport facility,
    2. availability of international schools and the 3. low probability of natural disasters.
    These positives were offset by a variety of negatives including ;
    1. a 'notorious' crime rate,
    2. air pollution and
    3. water availability
  • Globally, Vienna remained at the top for overall quality of living for the eighth year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities.
  • European cities in the top ten list are:
    Zurich (2)
    Munich (4),
    Dusseldorf (6),
    Frankfurt (7),
    Geneva (8),
    Copenhagen (9) and
    Basel -- a newcomer -- at 10th place.
  • The only non-European cities in the top ten are;
    Auckland (3) and
    Vancouver (5).
  • Singapore topped the city infrastructure ranking, followed by;
    Frankfurt and
    Munich
    both in 2nd place.
  • While on the other hand;
    Baghdad (230) and
    Port au Prince (231)
    ranked at the bottom for city infrastructure.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian city has emerged as the best city in terms of living standards among Indian cities, in a list by consultancy firm Mercer? 
 - Hyderabad. 
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Krishi Unnati Mela begins in New Delhi


  • National Agricultural Fair "Krishi Unnati Mela 2017" is being organised during March 15-17, 2017 at IARI, PUSA New Delhi.
  • IARI is supported by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India.
  • Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is the Project Management Partner for the fair.
  • Major attraction of the mela would be digitisation in agriculture, organic farming, agribusiness models, precision farming, skill building and entrepreneurship development
  • Live demo of water use efficient technologies, recycling of waste water for agriculture and on-spot soil and water testing will also be held
  • The technical sessions on various themes are planned to educate farmers on various agricultural technologies and government schemes for agricultural development.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
National Agricultural Fair "Krishi Unnati Mela 2017" is being organised during March 15-17, 2017 at which venue? 
 - IARI, PUSA New Delhi. 
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NTPC installs India’s largest Floating Solar PV Plant in Kerala


  • NTPC started power generation from India’s largest floating solar power plant at Kayamkulam in Kerala, on Friday.
  • The 100 kWp floating solar generation plant, largest of its kind in India, was indigenously developed as a part of ‘Make In India’ initiative, at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) in Kerala’s Kayamkulam district.
  • Solar panels mounted on floating boards that hold them in place saves land usage and has been found to be efficient than the ones installed on land.
  • These floating platform were indigenously developed by NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance, the R&D arm of NTPC Ltd, in collaboration with Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Chennai and a patent has been applied for.
    NTPC Ltd.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
NTPC started power generation from India’s largest floating solar power plant at which place in Kerala? 
 - Kayamkulam.
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Arunachal Govt launches new scheme Adarsh Gram Yojana


  • The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has launched a new scheme - Adarsh Gram Yojana - with a view to reach to the poor people in rural areas.
  • The programme has been launched in line with the basic philosophy of the Prime Minister - Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has launched which new scheme with a view to reach to the poor people in rural areas? 
 - Adarsh Gram Yojana.
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International Vision Zero Conference’ on Occupational, Safety and Health


  • The international conference on the VISION ZERO and its relevance to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), is being organized from 15th to 17th, March 2017 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
  • It's organised by;
    1.  Directorate General Factory Advice and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI),
    2. Government of India,
    3. Ministry of Labour and Employment and German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV),
    4. Germany in association with International Social Security Association (ISSA).
  • An exhibition on OSH is also being organized during the conference from 15th to 17th March, 2017 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
  • The exhibition will provide the most efficient platform to support technological communication and business trade.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The international conference on the VISION ZERO and its relevance to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), is being organized from 15th to 17th, March 2017 at which place? 
- Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. 
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Himachal Pradesh launches mobile App ‘Mera Hunar’


  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh launched mobile App and website 'Mera Hunar HP', a first of its kind in the country.
  • 'Mera Hunar' is a web based platform where the skilled, semi-skilled persons can apply for various jobs as per their convenience like ;
    1. plumber,
    2. carpenter,
    3. mechanic,
    4. security guards,
    5. drivers,
    6. tourists guides, etc online.
  • The platform is available both in English and Hindi.
  • This platform will directly connect the prospective employers with the job seekers as the application, will contain the address and the phone numbers of those looking for jobs and other details as well.
  • This will benefit those looking for daily jobs within their area.
  • This would further supplement the Skill development scheme of the state government and would be of great help to those passing out fresh from Industrial Training Institutes.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state's Chief Minister has launched mobile App and website 'Mera Hunar HP', a first of its kind in the country? 
 - Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. 
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Women Safety app 'Ammavin Aran' launched by AIADMK


  • The AIADMK IT Wing has launched the first-of-its-kind women safety application in Tamil Nadu.
  • The app is called 'Ammavin Aran' meaning 'mother's fortress'.
  • The app was launched as a part of Women's Day celebration.
  • The app was launched as a tribute to Jayalalithaa.
  • The app will give the user details about the nearest police station and hospital along with map details and phone number.
  • There is an in-built whistle, which can manipulate the phone speaker to create a loud noise when pressed by anyone in distress.
  • Also, the app carries an in-built call recorder and and 'Tips' icon to provide life saving information.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What's the name of the first-of-its-kind women safety application that  AIADMK IT Wing has launched  in Tamil Nadu?
 - 'Ammavin Aran'. 
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Karnataka CM launches 'Pratibimba' to project achievements


  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaia launched a comprehensive web-based platform showcasing the government's performance and achievements to the citizens.
  • Developed as the Chief Minister's dash board, 'Pratibimba,' which means reflection, will serve as a tool to improve efficiency in governance and allow citizens to track government's progress.
  • 'Pratibimba" is a reflection of the growth story and development of the state, and the dash board will reflect the works of all the departments across flagship schemes, key programmes and projects undertaken in the state.
  • The dash board is available both in;
    - English and
    - Kannada.
  • Karnataka is the second state in the country after Andhra Pradesh to have such a dash board.
  • It will help people across the stateand the country to get a detailed information regarding the steps taken by us in fulfilling our promise of;
    - transparent,
    - responsible and
    - people friendly government
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaia launched which comprehensive web-based platform showcasing the government's performance and achievements to the citizens?
- Pratibimba. 
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PM Modi to Inaugurate India’s Longest Cable Bridge in Gujarat


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Gujarat for a two-day visit.
  • During his stay in Gujarat, the PM inaugurated a four-lane bridge over the river Narmada in Bharuch.
  • The 1.4-kilometre 'extradosed' cable-stayed bridge is reportedly the longest in the country.
  • It is expected to ease traffic woes on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai National Highway, considered to be one of the busiest in India.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who will  Inaugurate India’s Longest Cable Bridge in Gujarat?
 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Chandigarh hosted ‘Destination North East’ 2017


  • Chandigarh hosted a three-day long ‘Destination North East’ 2017 event, aimed at showcasing North East as a potential destination for investment.
  • The event was organised by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), government of India and an industry body PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • The event saw around table discussions and exhibition stalls showcasing various features of the North East Region in order to attract investments in;
    - tourism,
    -skill development,
    -food processing,
    -handlooms and handicrafts,
    -rural livelihoods,
    -entrepreneurship and microfinance, - - -horticulture and floriculture,
    -medicinal & aromatic plants,
    -organic farming and bamboo development,
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which place hosted a three-day long ‘Destination North East’ 2017 event, aimed at showcasing North East as a potential destination for investment? 
 - Chandigarh. 
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National Conference on Jal Kranti held in Delhi


  • Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti inaugurated a national conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan in New Delhi.
  • About 700 participants representing various stakeholder groups such as;
    1. farmers,
    2. panchayat members,
    3. NGOs and
    4. students
    will attend the day-long conference.
  • Ministry of Water Resources and River Development had launched Jal Kranti Abhiyan on June, 2015 to consolidate water conservation and management in the country through a holistic and integrated approach involving all stakeholders.
  • One of the main objectives of the Abhiyan is strengthening grass root involvement of all stakeholders including panchayati raj institutions and local bodies for participatory irrigation management.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who inaugurated a national conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan in New Delhi recently ?
- Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti. 
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First smart tribal village inaugurated in Jammu & Kashmir


  • Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali inaugurated the first smart tribal model village 'Hubbi' in Rajouri district of the state.
  • The Rural Development Department has introduced smart classes in schools, better roads, electricity, and water facility in the village.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who inaugurated the first smart tribal model village 'Hubbi' in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir?
 - Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali. 
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Dharamshala is second capital of Himachal Pradesh


  • Himachal Pradesh state cabinet on Thursday approved Dharamsala, situated in the snow-capped.
  • Dhauladhar range, as the second capital of the hill state.
  • HP state cabinet has approved Dharamsala as 2nd capital of state.
  • On January 19, HP CM Virbhadra Singh had proposed Dharamsala as state's winter capital.
  • Dharamsala lies in Kangra district, some 250km from the state capital Shimla.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Himachal Pradesh state cabinet has approved which place as 2nd capital of State? 
 - Dharamsala
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Tirtha Darshan scheme announced by Haryana govt


  • A Tirtha Darshan scheme, under which senior citizens of the state will be able to go on pilgrimage within the country on government expenses, was announced in the Haryana Assembly.
  • Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar informed the house about the scheme prepared state government, during ongoing budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here.
  • Under the scheme, the government would bear the entire cost of the tour of senior citizens belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. The scheme is reserved for domiciles of Haryana.
  • In case of a couple, the expenses of the spouse belonging to BPL family would also be borne by the government.
  • They would also be able to take along an assistant. In case of senior citizens of non-BPL families, the government would bear only 70 per cent of the cost.
  • The senior citizens would be selected for the pilgrimage on the basis of draw of lots. There are more than 400 destinations which can be visited under the scheme.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which scheme has been launched by Haryana Assembly , under which senior citizens of the state will be able to go on pilgrimage within the country on government expenses? 
 - Tirtha Darshan scheme. 
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