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Identify the personality who passed away recently.

I. She was known as 'Pakistan's Mother Teresa'.

II. She was a German physician who worked to eradicate leprosy.

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Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau, a German physician and nun known as “Pakistan’s Mother Teresa” was accorded a full state funeral, a first for a Christian woman in the Muslim-majority country. She died on August 10, 2017 after spending 57 years to working to eradicate leprosy, tuberculosis and other diseases in Pakistan.

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Which Indian-American professor has developed a breakthrough therapy for treating Sepsis?

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A team led by an Indian-American professor, Pinaki Panigrahi has developed a breakthrough therapy for treating Sepsis - a condition of bacterial infection that spreads fast and leads to organ failure and kills 60000 infants globally. The therapy developed over the last 20 years has been found to reduce the risk of infection by 40% in trials and it can be inexpensive, i.e., less than one dollar for a course.

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India won 2 Silver and 6 Bronze at the Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship held at _________.

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India won two silver and six bronze medals at the Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship in Amman – the capital city of Jordan. Neel Joshi (Under-15) and Yuvraj Wadhwani (Under-13) ended runner-up in their respective sections to win the Silver medal. The bronze medals were won by Sunayna Kuruvilla, Ashita Pranaya, Yoshna Singh, Ananya Dabke, Navmi Sharma and Yuvna Gupta.

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Which of the following plays has been written by renowned Polish-US playwright and screenwriter Janusz Glowacki?

I. Antigone in New York

II. The Fourth Sister

III. Hunting Cockroaches

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Renowned Polish-US playwright and screenwriter Janusz Glowacki passed away at the age of 78 on August 19, 2017. In 1987, his drama "Hunting Cockroaches" won the Hollywood Drama League Critics Award. "Antigone in New York" was awarded the Le Balladine Award in Paris for the best play of 1997, and "The Fourth Sister" won the main Grand Prize at the International Theatre Festival in Dubrovnik in 2001.

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Consider the following statements with respect to historic lamp "Ayrton Light" in news recently:

I. It lies atop the Elizabeth Tower that houses the Great Bell, called the Big Ben.

II. It was installed in 1885 at the request of Queen Victoria.

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For the first time in 70 years, the historic lamp atop the Elizabeth Tower that houses the UK’s iconic Great Bell, known as Big Ben, will be switched off temporarily as it needs to be fully dismantled and restored. The lamp is known as “the Ayrton Light” and it is switched on in the evening whenever Parliament is sitting. It was installed in 1885 and switched off previously during World War-I and World War-II. The light is said to have been installed at the request of Queen Victoria, so that she could see from Buckingham Palace when members of either the Commons or the Lords were sitting after dark.

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When is the World Photographer day observed?

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The World Photography Day was observed on August 19, 2017 across the world. This day is observed to inspire photographers across the planet to share a single photo with the world. On August 19 in 2010, World Photo Day hosted its first global online gallery.

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Who stepped down as the chief strategist of US President Donald Trump?

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Stephen Bannon stepped down as the chief strategist of US President Donald Trump, ending a controversial tenure as the administration is engulfed in a storm over the president’s remarks on violence in Virginia. Bannon, 63, the chief executive of Trump’s presidential campaign and an architect of his election victory, was the leading champion of conservative populism within the administration.

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At which place Telecom regulators of 23 Asia-Pacific countries will meet on August 21, 2017?

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Telecom regulators of 23 countries from the Asia-Pacific will meet in Delhi on August 21, 2017 to discuss challenges in framing rules for digital ecosystem and regional roaming, among others. Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha will inaugurate the meeting that is being jointly organised by the International Telecom Union (ITU) and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

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What is the stressed advance ratio as of March 2017, according to RBI?

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Reserve Bank of India (RBI) called for recapitalization of state-run banks to help them resolve the Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) issue in a time-bond manner. RBI Governor Urijit Patel said that gross NPA ratio of the banking system at 9.6 per cent and stressed advances ratio at 12 percent as of March 2017.

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At which place did the Haridwar bound Utkal Express derail on August 19, 2017?

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In a major train mishap, at least 21 passengers were killed and over 80 others injured as 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli, 40-km from Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar. The Railways has announced a compensation of Rs. 3.5 lakh for the family of those killed, Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 for people with minor injuries.

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Yesterday's

Who has been appointed as the Russia's new ambassador to India?

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Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed career diplomat Nikolay Kudashev as Russia's new ambassador to India. Kudashev, a specialist in South East Asia, is currently the Deputy Director General Secretariat of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia. The appointment of Kudashev comes nearly seven months after the death of Russia's previous ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin. 

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Where was the Orient Craft Textile facility inaugurated by Union Textile Minister?

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Union Minister for Textile and Information & Broadcasting, Smriti Irani will inaugurate the Orient Craft Textile facility on August 20, 2017 at Irba near Ranchi in Jharkhand. She will also lay the foundation stones for 70 new projects, which is being undertaken under special make in Jharkhand drive, called Momentum Jharkhand.

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Centre has doubled the child care allowance for women with disabilities. What is the new allowance?

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The Centre has doubled the child care allowance from Rs 1500 to Rs 3000 for women employees with disabilities. The allowance shall be payable from the time of the child’s birth till the child is two years old. Moreover, it shall be payable for a maximum of two eldest surviving children. 

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When was the World Honey Bee Day celebrated by TRIFED?

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The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) celebrated World Honey Bee Day (WHBD) on August 19, 2017 in India and on August 19, 2017 at all its Regional Offices and 43 Retails Outlets spread across the country. The main aim of the Honey Bee Day is to make people aware about Beekeeping and uses of its products including Honey.

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Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of Technical Committee of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017?

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The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has reconstituted the Steering and Technical Committee for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017 to be held in November 2017 in Goa. Filmmaker and screenwriter Nagesh Kukunoor has been appointed as the Chairman of the Technical Committee constituted for IFFI 2017. He replaces senior Odiya director and cinematographer AK Bir, Who held position for last two years.

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Where was the Second Japan-India Cyber Dialogue held?

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The Second Japan-India Cyber Dialogue was held in New Delhi on August 17, 2017. The Japanese delegation was led by Ambassador Masato Otaka, Ambassador in charge of Cyber Policy, while the Indian Delegation was led by Ambassador Sanjay Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs. Japan and India reaffirmed their commitment to an open, free, secure, stable, peaceful and accessible cyberspace, enabling economic growth and innovation. 

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Consider the following statements with respect to Rs 50 notes to be issued by RBI:

I. It will have a motif of Hampi with chariot on the reverse.

II. The base colour of the note is Fluorescent Blue. 

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will shortly issue new Rs 50 denomination banknotes with the motif of Hampi with chariot on the reverse. The base colour of the note is Fluorescent Blue. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse.

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To which country did the United States approve $500 million aid to boost the country’s transport and power sectors?

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The United States (US) approved US $500 million aid to Nepal to boost the country’s transport and power sectors, including a second cross-border electricity transmission line with India. The aid will be provided by the US governments Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a foreign aid agency set up by the US Congress in 2004. It is independent from the State Department and the USAID.

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Who topped the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen in August 2017?

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India captain Virat Kohli continued to be the world’s top-ranked One-day batsman in the latest ICC ODI rankings. Australian David Warner is placed second. Other Indian batsmen in the top-15 are former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (12th), Shikhar Dhawan (13th) and Vice-captain Rohit Sharma (14th). However, no Indian bowlers figure in the top-10 list. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (13th) is the lone Indian in top 15. 

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Which country's new constituent assembly overwhelmingly voted in favour of assuming the powers of the opposition-led parliament?

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Venezuela's controversial new constituent assembly has overwhelmingly voted in favour of assuming the powers of the opposition-led parliament. The head of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro called the move an "illegitimate dissolution" of the elected parliament.

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