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First Gramin Khel Mahotsav to be held next month in Delhi.


  • Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced that the first Gramin Khel Mahotsav will be held from 25th to 31st of next month in New Delhi.
  • Addressing a press conference in the national capital, Goel said the games will be held in five sports disciplines ;
    1. Athletics,
    2. Kabaddi,
    3. Kho-Kho,
    4. Volley Ball and
    5. Wrestling.
  • He said a need has been felt to deepen the sports culture among the rural youth.
  • The Sports Minister said this festival will help participation of rural youth in large numbers in popular sports and encourage them to achieve excellence and adopt healthy life style.
  • These games are intended to act as a catalyst to promote sports in rural areas across the country and will be replicated in other states and union territories as well.
  • In order to capture the popular imagination and encourage the youth of Delhi to take keen interest in sports, renowned wrestlers;
    1. Sushil Kumar,
    2. Yogeshwar Dutt and
    3. Geeta Phogat
    are being invited to participate in demonstration matches.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced that the first Gramin Khel Mahotsav will be held from 25th to 31st of next month in which city?
 - New Delhi.
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Punjab bans manufacture of gutkha, pan masala


  • Punjab government has prohibited;
    1. the manufacture,
    2. storage,
    3. sale or distribution
    of food products containing tobacco or nicotine like gutkha and pan masala in the state for one year.
  • The ban also applies on;
    1. processed,
    2. flavoured,
    3. scented,
    4. chewing tobacco,
    whether they are packaged or unpackaged or sold as one or separate products, an official spokesperson said.
  • The decision has been taken in view of the orders of the Supreme Court wherein it observed that to circumvent ban of sale of gutkha, the manufacturers are selling pan masala (without tobacco) with flavored chewing tobacco in separate sachet.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state has prohibited the manufacture, storage, sale or distribution 
of food products containing tobacco or nicotine in the state for one year? 
- Punjab. 
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Kashmir to observe 2017 as the ‘Year of Apple’


  • Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti declared 2017 as ‘Year of Apple’ in a major bid to promote the famed Kashmiri apples in domestic and foreign markets.
  • The Chief Minister launched the High Density Apple Plantation Scheme in Srinagar.
  • These high-density plants will be routed through J&K Bank along with the subsidy.
  • Fifty per cent subsidy would be provided by the government to the farmers under the scheme,
  • These facilities would be be set up at;
    1. Jablipora in Anantnag and
    2. Aglar in Pulwama in first stage,
    besides establishment of e-markets for the online sale of the produce
  • The government has launched a Market Intervention Scheme to stabilise the rates of apple produce and benefit growers.
  • A network of mandies is being laid to maximise direct interface between growers and buyers
  • Jammu and Kashmir is the largest apple producing State in India at 11.2 metric tonnes, which accounts for 71% of national production.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti declared 2017 as year for which commodity in Kashmir ? 
- ‘Year of Apple’. 
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Khajuraho Dance Festival 2017


  • The Khajuraho Dance Festival started at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh from February 20, 2017. The seven day festival will conclude on February 26, 2017.
  • The dance festival is conducted every year by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad.
  • This cultural festival showcases various Indian classical dance styles such as ;
    1. Kathak,
    2. Bharathanatyam,
    3. Odissi,
    4. Kuchipudi,
    5. Manipuri and
    6. Kathakali
    with performances of some of the best exponents in the field.
  • The dances are performed in an open-air auditorium, usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and the Vishvanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Some of the activities to be undertaken as a part of the festival include;
    1. international art conclave,
    2. dialogue on art,
    3. documentaries,
    4. short films
    among others.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Khajuraho Dance Festival started at which city in Madhya Pradesh from February 20, 2017?
 - Bhopal. 
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Bihar Government Prohibits State Officials from Consuming Liquor Anywhere In The World


  • After making Bihar a dry state in keeping with his 2015 Assembly election promise, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken his policy to a whole new level.
  • The minister has made a new rule, according to which, no officials of the state government are allowed to consume liquor outside the state or country. Bihar is the only state to have passed such a rule.
  • State’s governor declared an amendment to the Bihar Government Servants’ Conduct Rules 1976 and said the rule was effective immediately.
  • The decision was taken by Nitish during a Cabinet meeting. The government officials have gone a step ahead to sign pledges promising that they would abstain from consuming alcohol anywhere in the world.
    Guilty officials will either be dismissed, suspended or face salary cuts.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state government has prohibited state officials from Consuming Liquor Anywhere In The World? 
- Bihar. 
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South Asian Speakers’ Summit starts in Indore


  • Speakers of six countries will deliberate on ways to achieve sustainable development goals during a two-day South Asian Speakers' Summit
  • The summit, was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday, will be attended by presiding officers and delegates from;
    1. Afghanistan,
    2. Bangladesh,
    3. Bhutan,
    4. Sri Lanka,
    5. Maldives and
    6. Nepal.
  • It will conclude with the adoption of an 'Indore Declaration' - laying down the outcome of the discussions and action points agreed upon by the participants - at a closing ceremony.
  • The summit will have a plenary session on 'Identifying Resources for SDGs Implementation in South Asia: Opportunities for Parliamentary Cooperation' on the inaugural day.
  • The session will inform the delegates about the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the South Asian region and will discuss ways in which legislatures can ensure that adequate financial and other resources accompany implementation of national and regional strategies.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The two-day South Asian Speakers' Summit will be organised in which Indian city? 
 - Indore. 
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Air Asia signs MoU with Odisha in connection with two-ways direct flights


  • Thailand-based airliner Air Asia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Odisha government in connection with beginning of two-ways direct flights from Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Odisha capital Bhubaneswar.
  • The airline will begin its flight service from the Biju Patnaik International Airport by end of next month.
  • Earlier last year, the Odisha government had allowed the Thai Air Asia to receive subsidy support of 1 lakh 70 thousand per round trip for starting air serviceoperations from Bhubaneswar to Singapore/Bangkok/ Kuala Lumpur.
  • Recently, the Odisha government had reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) on Aviation Turbine Fuel to zero per cent for direct international flights.
  • Earlier in January this year, international cargo operations began from Bhubaneswar airport.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which airlines company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Odisha government in connection with beginning of two-ways direct flights from Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Odisha capital Bhubaneswar?
- Air Asia. 
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International Conference on NexGen


  • Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries-NxGnMiFu-2017 concluded
  • International Conference on "NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries" [NxGnMiFu-2017] concluded in New Delhi.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that this conference must look at the working conditions of the poorest of the poor/ the have-nots/ downtrodden and see how much scientific research can change and improve their lives.
  • The conference focused mainly on issues related to Innovative Mining Technologies for;
    1. Complex Geo-mining Conditions;
    2. Mine Safety, Monitoring and Risk Management;
    3. Clean Coal Initiatives;
    4. Coal to Liquid,
    5. Methanol and Urea;
    6. Harnessing Coal Bed Methane,
    7. Shale Gas and Underground Coal Gasification;
    8. Technological Developments in Oil and Gas Sectors and
    9. Alternate Clean Energy Initiatives.
  • It aimed to deliberate and identify the R&D needs to innovate new techniques, technologies and applications for clean, safe, symbiotic sustenance of society, environment and industries in post-2020 era.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries-NxGnMiFu-2017 concluded
International Conference on "NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries" [NxGnMiFu-2017]  in which city? 
 - New Delhi. 
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J&K govt launches e-Prison project


  • The Jammu and Kashmir government launched the e-Prison project to enumerate jail inmates in the State, where numbers of detainees keep swelling during unrest.
  • The information about jail inmates is currently being maintained manually. To avoid delays in processing the information and manage all the jails efficiently, the automation of prison department has been started.
  • The government has already digitised records of 500 inmates. The project will digitise 25 district jails, two Central jails and one sub-jail in the State.
  • The second phase of the project will focus on videoconferencing between jails and prison headquarters, e-court, tele-medication in jails.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state government launched the e-Prison project to enumerate jail inmates in the State? 
 - Jammu and Kashmir.
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Madhya Pradesh govt to set up tourism board with CM as its head


  • The state MP government on decided to set up a tourism board. The decision was reached at a meeting of the tourism cabinet in Pachmarhi.
  • The chief minister will be the chairman of the board, the minister for tourism and chief secretary will be vice-chairmen while principal secretaries of the departments of;
    1. finance,
    2. forest,
    3. urban development,
    4. environment and
    5. culture
    will be the directors.
  • The main work of the board would be implementation of the state's tourism policy, attract private sector participation, facilitate investors and extend benefits to them as is permissible under the tourism policy.
  • The Board would also have to formulate;
    1. new policies,
    2. monitor new tourism projects,
    3. select and increase land banks and organise fairs,
    4. food festivals,
    5. cultural programmes,
    6. cottage industry carnivals.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who will be the head of Madhya Pradesh's newly organised tourism board? 
- Chief Minister
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Mamata Banerjee declares Kalimpong as separate district of West Bengal


  • A new district of Kalimpong was carved out of Darjeeling, which has seen separate statehood demands since 1980s, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee making the formal announcement.
  • Announcing a slew of development projects for the newly created district at a colourful ceremony, Banerjee said "a Rs 220 crore road link project will be taken up to connect Kalimpong with Sikkim via the old Silk Route."
  • Rs 50 crore water supply project by the public health engineering department will be taken up soon to address Kalimpong's water scarcity problem.
  • Darjeeling Hills has been witness to violent statehood movements since 1986 under the leadership of Subhas Ghising and after a few years' thaw, again under Bimal Gurung, the present chief executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, in a bid to break away from West Bengal.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which new district was carved out of Darjeeling (West Bengal), which has seen separate statehood demands since 1980s? 
 - Kalimpong. 
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Aero India starts in Bengaluru to focus on Make in India


  • The 11th edition of the Aero India air show which starts in Bengaluru on Tuesday is expected to be one of the largest in recent years, with a focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative.
  • Around 270 Indian and 279 foreign firms are slated to participate in the event where some major companies, including ;
    1. Airbus and
    2. Boeing Co,
    are expected to sign deals under the Make in India banner.
  • The highlight of the show at the city’s Yelahanka Air Force Station will be fighter jets that make up a large part of the 72 aircraft being showcased.
  • Among these will be Rafale fighter jets made by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation SA.
  • India bought 36 of these aircraft for an estimated $8.9 billion last year in a deal that has been negotiated several times over the years.
  • Rafale planes have been used by the French armed forces in combat operations for more than a decade. They entered service with the French Navy in 2004 and the Air Force in 2006.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The 11th edition of the Aero India air show has been organised in which city? 
 - Bengaluru. 
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Sachin Tendulkar Adopts Donja Village In Maharashtra For Transformation


  • Cricket great and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has adopted the village of Donja in Maharashtra's Osmanabad district.
  • He has done this welfare work under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna, sanctioning over Rs. 4 crore for the development of the village from his MPLAD fund.
  • The amount will be spent on development of ;
    1. a new school building,
    2. a water Supply scheme
    that would provide potable water to each household, concrete roads and a sewage line attached to the same, a press release stated.
  • ETendulkar had earlier adopted the vilage of Puttamraju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Five special village level meetings have been held since the village was adopted by Tendulkar, under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana with participation of women from the village.
  • Over 400 of the 610 households in Donja village did not have toilets when the village was adopted by Tendulkar. Since then, over 231 toilets have been built and are being used.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
 Who  has adopted the village of Donja in Maharashtra's Osmanabad district?
 - Sachin Tendulkar. 
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Karnataka amends law to allow kambala


  • Paving the way for the conduct of kambala, traditional buffalo race, the Karnataka
    Legislative Assembly on Monday passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017.
  • The Bill seeks to exempt kambala and bullock-cart racing from the ambit of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.
  • Kambala is currently stayed by the High Court following a petition by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
  • Thousands in the coastal districts of;
  • Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, where kambala is widely held, had protested the ban.
  • They argued that the annual kambala races in paddy fields were part of their tradition.
  • The sport did not torture animals
    The movement gathered momentum after the jallikattu agitation in the neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
  • Governor Vajubhai R. Vala is likely to refer the Bill to the President for his assent.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Paving the way for the conduct of which traditional sports , the Karnataka 
Legislative Assembly passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017? 
 - kambala.
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GNFC township becomes 100% cashless


  • Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers (GNFC) township, the state owned company's township at Bharuch.
  • It has a population of around 5,000 and floating population of around 10,000 every day, has become 100% cashless and probably the first such township in India.
  • It has facilities like;
    1. a big shopping centre,
    2. restaurants,
    3. eateries,
    4. schools and colleges,
    5. hospital,
    6. stadium,
    7. guest house, etc.
  • The GNFC township shall be launched by Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani.
  • The GNFC is the first integrated industrial township in the country to go 100% digital in all financial transactions.
  • All the shops in the GNFC township, which include paan shops, laundries, vegetable shops, barber shops, provision stores, cycle repairing shops, flour mills, conduct their business only through cashless transactions using;
    1. PoS machines,
    2. e-wallets like BHIM,
    3. UPI, SBI Buddy, etc.
  • Niti Ayog, government of India, has adopted the GNFC's 100% cashless township model for replication in other parts of the country.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state owned company's township because 100% cashless? 
 - Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers (GNFC). 
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India’s first floating elementary school inaugurated on Manipur’s Loktak Lake


  • Loktak lake, the largest freshwater lake in the country, has now become home to first of its kind loktak floating elementary school.
  • Situated about 50 km from Imphal, the school has been inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in Manipur.
  • The Loktak Lake is referred as the “lifeline of Manipur” as it is highly productive and many lives depend on the lake for endurance.
  • The lake is also an Important Bird Area as it’s a potential breeding site for waterfowl and is a staging site for migratory birds.
  • Now the Loktak Lake has added a feather to its cap by supporting the first of its kind Floating Elementary School.
  • The school was recently inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in Manipur.
  • It aims to provide education to drop outs students, who were rendered homeless due to the recent evacuation of phumdis.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India’s first floating elementary school was  inaugurated in which lake? 
 - Manipur’s Loktak Lake. 
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MEA co-hosted Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue


  • Aimed at building synergy between business and foreign policy, the Ministry of External Affairs hosted co-host the second Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue on February 13-14 in Mumbai.
  • At the inaugural dialogue of the event, themed 'Where Geopolitics meets Business', Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar participated in a discussion with his counterpart from Bangladesh, Shahriar Alam.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs is co-hosting the Second Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue with Gateway House on 13-14 February in Mumbai.
  • This is India's premier geoeconomics conference focused on building synergies between business and foreign policy
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Ministry of External Affairs co-hosted the second Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue on February 13-14 in which city? 
- Mumbai.
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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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National Women’s Parliament begins in Andhra Pradesh


  • The three-day National Women’s Parliament, being organised by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
  • The theme of this event is ‘Empowering Women — Strengthening Democracy’, which began in the state capital region Amaravati.
  • The vision of NWP is to enable and encourage ;
    1. social,
    2. political and
    3. economic empowerment
    of women in all strata of the society.
  • One of the objectives of NWP is to generate;
    1. new ideas,
    2. concepts,
    3. theories and
    4. ideologies
    for women empowerment.
  • An ‘International Woman Icon of the World’ award and 12 best young achievers awards for women in different fields will be presented at the NWP.
  • The NWP would facilitate interaction among women from all backgrounds and girl students to sensitise the society on issues like ;
    1. malnutrition,
    2. social security,
    3. sexual harassment,
    4. sanitation,
    5. oppression and
    6. other gender-based problems.
  • One of the objectives of NWP is to make young girls realise their potential and make them aware of the canvas where they can leave their footprints.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The three-day National Women’s Parliament, being organised by which state Legislative Assembly?
 - Andhra Pradesh.
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Hunar Haat” starts in Delhi


  • Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi  inaugurated the second edition of “Hunar Haat” -- an exhibition to;
    1. encourage,
    2. promote and
    3. provide
    national and international market to master artisans and craftsmen of Minority communities from across the country.
  • With the theme “Craft Aur Cuisine Ka Sangam”, the second chapter of “Hunar Haat” is being organised from February 11 to 26 at State Emporia Complex, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi.
  • On the occasion, Mr Naqvi said this “Hunar Haat” is unique in the sense that it has been showcasing crafts and traditional cuisines brought from different parts of the country.
  • “Hunar Haat” is being organised through;
    1. National Minorities Development and;
    2. Finance Corporation (NMDFC)
    under Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development (USTTAD) scheme of the Minority Affairs Ministry.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who  inaugurated the second edition of “Hunar Haat” in New Delhi recently? 
- Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. 
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