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Which country won the badminton's Sudirman Cup?

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South Korea won badminton's Sudirman Cup for the first time in 14 years with an emotional 3-2 victory over 10-time champions China at Australia's Gold Coast. The victory - their first in the biennial tournament since Eindhoven in 2003 - ended China's 14-year grip on the Sudirman Cup.

Which football club won the Copa del Rey?

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The Spanish football club Barcelona won the Copa del Rey for record 29th time. They defeated Alaves 3-1 in the final.  The Copa del Rey or King's Cup is an annual football cup competition for Spanish football teams. The competition was founded in 1903, thus making it the oldest Spanish football competition.

Which state government has launched a pension scheme for journalists?

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a slew of incentives for journalists, including a Rs 10,000 monthly pension scheme, for those who are above 60 years and have completed 20 years in the profession. He also announced a life insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh and a cashless mediclaim policy of Rs 500,000. 

Which country launched satellite navigation positioning system to provide positioning service to transportation and city planning and management?

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China launched a national satellite navigation and positioning system which will provide positioning service to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning and management. The system consists of 2,700 base stations, a national database centre and 30 provincial level database centres.

Who became the first Indian to win a gold medal in an international fencing event?

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India's C.A Bhavani Devi won the gold medal in the sabre event of the Turnoi Satellite Fencing Championship held at Reykjavik in Iceland. In the final, she beat Sarah Jane Hampson of Great Britain 15-13 on points. With this, Bhavani Devi became the first Indian to win a gold medal in an international fencing event. 

Which village has been declared as Biodiversity Heritage Site by Manipur government?

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The state government of Manipur declared Dailong village of Tamenglong district as a Biodiversity Heritage Site of the state. Dialong village, covering an area of 11.35 sq km, has been declared as Biodiversity Heritage Site under Section 37(1) of Biological Diversity Act, 2002.

Where was a new glass frog species with transparent skin and visible beating heart found?

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A new glass frog species with transparent skin through which its beating heart is visible has been discovered by scientists who warn that the amphibian may already be at threat of extinction. The frog (Hyalinobatrachium yaku), discovered in the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador, has unique physical and behavioural traits.

Which of the following stations is not part of the Delhi Metro's Heritage Line?

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The Delhi Metro made a major foray into the Walled City of the national capital, as the ITO-Kashmere Gate 'Heritage Line' was thrown open to public. It has three stations, namely Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort. 

By which year India's own Global Positioning System (GPS) will become operational?

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will start the operation of the country’s own global positioning system (GPS), Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS), by early 2018.

Which Swedish film has won the Palme d'Or, the top prize at Cannes Film Festival?

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The Swedish film 'The Square', directed by Ruben Östlund, won the Palme d'Or, the top prize at Cannes Film Festival. The film '120 Beats Per Minute!' won the Grand Prix, the runner-up prize. The Best Actor prize was awarded to Joaquin Phoenix for 'You Were Never Really Here' while Diane Kruger won Best Actress for 'In the Fade'.

Yesterday's

Which team was defeated by Arsenal to win the FA Cup for record 13th time?

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Arsenal won the FA Cup by defeating Chelsea 2-1 in the final played at Wembley. The winning goal for Arsenal was scored by Aaron Ramsey. With the win, Arsenal has won a record 13th FA Cup and seventh under Arsene Wenger, who now has become the most successful manager in FA Cup history.

In which city of India was the first Zika case confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO)?

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India's first three cases of the Zika virus were reported between February 2016 and January 2017 in Ahmedabad. This was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its disease outbreak bulletin release. Zika virus is a member of the virus family Flaviviridae. It is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti and A. albopictus. 

Name the founding member of The Allman Brothers Band who died recently at the age of 69.

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Rock trailblazer Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away recently. H was 69. The musician first found fame in the band he started with older brother Duane in the late 1960s. Among The Allman Brothers Band's best-known songs is Jessica, from 1973, which was used as the opening theme tune to Top Gear.

Where was the India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference held?

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India hosted the ‘India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference’ in the Fijian capital of Suva. It was hosted by Ministry of External Affairs and was inaugurated by Acting Fijian Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum. The conference is being held under the framework of the Forum for India Pacific Islands Co-operation (FIPIC), with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as its key knowledge partner.

Which of the following statements to "Dr. Ambedkar National Award for Social Understanding and upliftment of Weaker Sections" is correct?

I. The award consists of a citation and Rs. 10.00 lakh as cash prize.

II. The award for the year 2012 was presented to Samta Sainik Dal.

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The President of India Pranab Mukharjee presented the “Dr. Ambedkar National Award for Social Understanding and up-liftment of Weaker Sections for the year 2011, 2012 and 2014”. The award consists of a citation and Rs. 10.00 lakh as cash prize. For 2011 it was presented to Professor S.K. Thorat, while Samta Sainik Dal was presented the award for the year 2012. For the year 2014, it was jointly presented to Babu Lal Nirmal of Rajasthan and to Amar Sewa Sangam of Tamil Nadu.

Who won the 5,000 meters race at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon?

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British double Olympic champion Mo Farah ran the year's fastest 5,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting. He clocked 13:00:70 seconds. Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha finished second in 13:01.21 and Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworwor claimed third in 13:01.35.

In which state was the DRDO's new Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) inaugurated?

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The new Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was inaugurated by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley at a place 70 km away from Kolar in Karnataka. The ATR is a facility under the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which works on a range of UAVs (unmanned air vehicles). 

Consider the following statements with respect to world’s largest telescope:

I. Named Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) it is being built in Northern Chile.

II. The ELT is being built by the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

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The construction work on world’s largest telescope named Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) began at ESO's Paranal residencia in northern Chile. The diameter of the main mirror is 39 metres and it is designed to be an adaptive telescope. The ELT is being built by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), an international collaboration supported by the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

In which country was the 28th NATO Summit held? 

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The 28th edition of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit started in Brussels, Belgium. The top agenda of the meeting was terrorism. The 2018 NATO summit will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.

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