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TODAY (27-04-17)--CURRENT AFFAIRS1) The benchmark Sensex index of BSE achieved which landmark on 26 April 2017?  It closed over 30,000 points for the first time ever2) What is the name of the spacecraft of U.S. space agency NASA that completed its final flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan on 26 April 2017 before starting its plunge into the planet? Cassini3) Fori Nehru, who passed away on 25 April 2017, was the oldest living member of the Nehru family. She was married to Jawaharlal Nehru’s cousin B.K. Nehru. What was her original nationality? Hungarian4) During April 2017 a ban on religious names for Muslim babies was imposed in which region of China? Xinjiang5) Who was appointed the new Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on 26 April 2017?  Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar6) The Nasdaq Composite Index hit which major milestone on 25 April 2017?  It surpassed the 6,000 point mark for the first time  ...



1.The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on February 3, 2017 by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.The Bill provides for holding, transfer and receiving of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, which were demonetized after November 8, 2016, as a criminal offence and punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000. It seeks to replace the ordinance on demonetization announced by the government in December 2016. Besides, any Ordinance passed by a government should be replaced by appropriate Bill within 42 days of commencement of a session otherwise it will lapse.2. The Assam government on February 3, 2017 announced that it has decided to set up Anomaly Committee to address the grivances of the employees regarding implementation of 7th Pay Commission. The Commission met 107 organisations to take their views before submitting its report to the government. The Assam government has decided to implement the Pay Commission from April 2017.3. The 19th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav or International Drama Festival of India kicked off on February 1, 2017 in New Delhi. The 21 days annual theatre festival will conclude on February 21, 2017 and would take place at five different cities including New Delhi, Kurukshetra, Pune, Agartala, Hyderabad and Patna during the course of time. The festival would see 94 performances from 12 Countries & 16 Indian States. It is the Asia’s biggest International theatre festival conducted by the National School of Drama. The festival aims to develop theater across the country.4. The Centre of Integrative Oncology (CIO) was inaugurated by Dr. Saumya Swaminathan, Secretary, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare & Director General, Indian Council for Medical Research and Shri Ajit M. Sharan, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH at the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research  (NICPR) at Noida on the 3rd  February, 2017. The aim of the CIO is to build collaborations in the areas of cancer prevention, research and care in an integrated approach involving both modern and traditional medicine.5 One of the India’s international border, 3,323-km-long India-Pakistan border runs through four states, Jammu and Kashmir , Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat .will have smart fencing soon said by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on February 3, 2017. The fencing method will have a multi-tier security system in case of any infiltration bid or attempts to cut the fence, security personnel will get an alarm.6. Right to Information (RTI) Act has come into effect in Sri Lanka from February 3, 2017. RTI was one of the major announcements made by the present Sri Lankan government ahead of the 2015 election. RTI Commission which comprises of 5 persons namely Mahinda Gammanpila, Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, S. G Punchihewa, Judge A. W. A. Salam and Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran , is vested with a variety of powers and is responsible for ensuring people can utilize the Right to Information effectively.7. In the latest Global 500 rankings of most valuable and powerful brands across the globe, Sundar Pichai’s Google has surpassed Apple to achieve the top position. The Brand Finance Global 500 list published on February 2, 2017 had featured Apple as the top brand for continuous five years.This is for the first time since 2011 that Google has been placed at the top spot. The third place has been occupied by Amazon. The ranking is based upon factors such as marketing investment, familiarity, loyalty, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation.8. As per the latest ICC Ranking of the Men’s batting, Virat Kohli is still on the top spot with 799 points. He is followed by Aaron Finch of Australia at second position with 771 points and Glenn Maxwell of Australia is third. Virat is ranked Second in Tests and Third in ODIs. This makes him the only Indian batsman to be raked in top five among all formats. Among the T20 Team Ranking, India stood at second spot with a rating of 124. New Zealand was first and West Indies at third.9. Indian cueist Pankaj Advani clinched his 29th Indian National Snooker Championship title on February 2, 2017 at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune. The World Champion defeated Pandurangaiah of Railways 6-0 in a one-sided final. With this win, Advani has become the only Indian player to win all the national titles in both the long and short formats of snooker, 6-red Snooker and 15-red Snooker. 10. A team of Scientists from the United States and India in a study found that consuming litchi and then skipping the dinner can cause a very low blood glucose level, lower than 70 mg/dL, which may eventually lead to death especially in children. The study was published in the Journal Lancet Global Health. The group of scientist made the study after over 100 children from the northern India’s Muzaffarpur, Bihar died mysteriously after eating litchi’s  and skipping the evening meal....



1.The Indian Policy Think Tank, NITI Aayog together with Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched a first of its kind online portal, India Innovation Index in India to rank the states on the basis of innovation. The Index has been developed by the Indian sides in consultation with the World Economic Forum, the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University, OECD, UNIDO, ILO, UNESCO, ITU and others. 2.Indian singer Neeti Mohan to collaborate with UN for women empowerment project titled “Music To Inspire – Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking” which is managed by the UNODC.Neeti is the first Indian female singer to collaborate with UN .She has joined the ranks of Ashton Kutcher, Nicholas Cage, Demi Moore, Ashley Judd, Gillian Anderson 3.India and Sri Lanka has signed an MoU on February 2, 2017 for the construction of a multi-ethnic tri-lingual school in a north central district of the island nation.The school would provide an opportunity to Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim students to learn in a multi-cultural environment and thus promote reconciliation and unity in Sri Lanka.The MoU was signed between India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Secretary to the Ministry of Education Sunil Hettiarachchi. 4.The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s(SAARCs)53rd Programming Committee Meeting began on February 1, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal.The two day meeting was attended by joint secretary/director general of the eight member nations.The meeting that concluded on February 2, 2017 was organized as a part of the annual activities of the group that mandates to have at-least two meeting of the committee in a year. The main area of discussion revolved around Budget allocation for the management of SAARC. 5.HSBC has estimated the GDP growth rate of India at 7.1 percent for the year 2017-18which is up from the 6.3 percent in the year 2016-17. The main reason for this increase is cited to sufficient remonetization by April end, thus boosting the consumption level in the country to normal. Besides, the schemes announced in Budget 2017-18 are also seen to play major role in the growth rate. Besides, the investment is projected to remain weak within a range of 7.5-8 percent. 6.National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on February 2, 2017 sanctioned a loan amount of Rs. 157 crore to the Government of Haryana to undertake drinking water project.Under the project, the government would undertake drinking water supply scheme in 84 villages of districts Palwal and Faridabad.As per the project, portable drinking water would be supplied in selected villages in blocks Prithla, Palwal and Ballabhgarh from Yamuna flood plain by constructing ranney wells and deep tubewells. 7.Every year World Wetlands Day is observed on 2nd February to marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands or Ramsar Convention on 2 February 1971. 2017 Theme: Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction.This year motto is to raise awareness and to highlight the vital role of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities, and in helping to build resilience.  ...



1.With which country India conducted a high level consultation on January 31, 2017 to share views on counter terrorism?A.Japan B.RussiaC.France D.Germany ans:D2.The World’s Largest Battery Storage Plant has been set up in which country on January 30, 2017?A.California, United States B.London, United KingdomC.Berlin, Germany D.Paris, France and:A3.Which of the following states have won the eGovernance awards for Excellence under the state category at the CSI -Nihilent eGovernance Awards held in Coimbatore on January 31, 2017?A.Andhra Pradesh and Telangana B.Haryana and NagalandC.Rajasthan and Telangana D.Haryana and Rajasthan ans:C4.Which bollywood actress has been recently appointed as the brand ambassador of the campaign ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD)?A.Priyanka Chopra B.Katrina KaifC.Deepika Padukone D.Anushka Sharma ans:D5.Researchers from which country have developed the world’s first heat-driven transistor?A.Sweden B.FinlandC.Norway D.Singapore ans:A6.Arnab Goswami has changed the name of its proposed news channel Republic on January 28, 2017. What is the new name of the channel? A.Republic Forever B.New RepulicC.Republic TV D.Republic Union ans:c ...


CURRENT AFFAIRS (30-11-2016)

• The IAS officer who was recently appointed as the Chief Secretary of Delhi is – M. M. Kutty• A group of scientists recently revealed that the Great Barrier Reef suffered from its worst coral die-off ever recorded. The Great Barrier Reef is located in - Australia• The Parliament of Thailand recently invited Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to be the new king of the country. He will also be known as - King Rama X• The Indian snooker player has won bronze at IBSF World Snooker Championship 2016 is -Pankaj Advani• The Indian short film that won the award UNESCO Salon Youth Video Competition is - Magical Piano• Asia’s first and longest cycle highway was inaugurated in- Uttar Pradesh• Percent of tax that will be levied if the declarant voluntarily declare the undisclosed income- 30 Percent• RBI reduced the monthly cash withdrawal limit from the  Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) accounts to- Rs 10000• Head of the Committee of Chief Ministers on demonetisation that was constituted recently- N Chandrababu Naidu• Country that hosted the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)- India• The South Indian temple that has eased its dress norms and permitted women devotees to offer their prayers wearing salwar suits is- Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple• Wealthiest Hindu place of worship- Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple• Bangladesh Liberation war was fought in- 1971• The second Indian-American to be nominated by Trump for a top post in his administration is-Seema Verma• The Court that held the son, irrespective of his marital status has no legal right to live in his parent’s house. Parent’s house means, the house self-acquired by the father/mother is - Delhi High Court Australia’s Great Barrief Reef sees largest coral die-off ever         As per a recently conducted study, a mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem. The 2,300-kilometre Great barrier reef in Australia is the world’s biggest  ...