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28 February 2017

Which Indian badminton player would represent International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Badminton World Federation (BWF)?

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Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal would join the BWF’s Athletes Commission as a representative of the IOC-AC (International Olympic Committee – Athletes Commission) Earlier in 2016, Saina was appointed as a member of the IOC Athletes' Commission soon after the Rio Olympics. Currently, ranked world number 10 in BWF rankings, she won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in January 2017.

RAHAT medical project was launched in Rajasthan recently. What does RAHAT stands for?

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the RAHAT medical project. The acronym RAHAT stands for Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment programme (RAHAT), which has been launched by a private hospital. The programme is essentially a telemedicines platform for the management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), which is a very serious type of heart attack. 

To which country does the world's first robot table tennis tutor FORPHEUS belongs that recently set a Guinness record for playing the game better than most humans?

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The world's first robot table tennis tutor FORPHEUS in Japan set a Guinness World Record for its unique technological intelligence and educational capabilities, which enabled it to play the game better than most humans.  The FORPHEUS stands for Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonised aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics. The robot table tennis tutor has been developed by Taku Oya of Omron Corporation.

What is the full-form of TROPEX 17 that concluded recently?

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The month-long Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX 17) of the Indian Navy concluded on February 23, 2017. It has started on the Western Seaboard on January 24, 2017. The exercise saw participation of over 45 ships from both the Eastern and Western Naval Commands of the Indian Navy. The exercise was conducted in complete coordination with the Army and Air Force to test the various facets of war-fighting and joint combat capabilities of the armed forces.

Which team was defeated by Kalinga Lancers to win the fifth edition of Hockey India League (HIL) title?

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Kalinga Lancers defeated Dabang Mumbai 4-1 to lift their maiden Hockey India League title. The final was played at Chandigarh. With this, Kalinga Lancers claimed the purse of Rs. 2.5 crore, whereas the runner-up Dabang Mumbai received Rs. 1.25 crore. Uttar Pradesh Wizards defeated Delhi Waveriders 5-4 in the bronze play-off final to claim the bronze medal in the fifth edition of the tournament. With the win, the Wizards claimed Rs. 75 lakh as cash award.

Which Indian pair won the gold in the 10m mixed team air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi?

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The duo of Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu triumphed in the 10m mixed team air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi. Japan’s pair Yukari Konishi and Tomoyuki Matsuda came second and the third position was bagged by Slovenia's Naphaswan Yangpaiboon and Kevin Venta. However, since the mixed event is being used on a trial basis in line with IOC's aim to achieve gender equality in its 2020 Tokyo Olympics program, medals are not being awarded even though the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) executive committee has ratified the recommendations.

For which district the Haryana government decided to set up a sex ratio monitoring dashboard?

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The Haryana government has decided to set up a sex ratio monitoring dashboard for Panipat. The dashboard has been set up as part of the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' programme. The dashboard is an online system to monitor the sex-ratio in the district. It will have the data of child sex-ratio collected from all villages by the Health and Women and Child Welfare Departments every month. It has been developed in association with National Informatics Centre (NIC) as a pilot project.

According to Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), 35 percent of crop yield is wasted due to pests, particularly nematode. Which one of the following worms is not a nematode?

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The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has said that about 30-35% of the annual crop yield in India gets wasted because of pests. Among such pests, nematodes (microscopic worms many of which are parasites) had emerged as a major threat to crops in the country. As per estimates, these pests comprising of roundworms, threadworms and eelworms, have caused loss of 60 million tonnes of crops annually or 10-12% of the crop production every year.

Which state government decided to withdraw tax incentives given to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)?

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The PSU behemoth Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) suffered a major setback with Odisha government deciding to withdraw tax incentives given to the Rs. 34,555 crore worth Paradip Refinery. The withdrawal will cost Rs. 2,000 crore to IOC in the year 2017 and will progressively increase every year as more petrol and diesel as also petrochemicals are sold within the State.

Which states are the three largest consumer of low price high nutrition (LPHN) biscuits, as revealed by Biscuits Manufacturers Welfare Association (BMWA)?

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The state of Maharashtra has emerged as the largest consumer of low price high nutrition (LPHN) biscuits. This was revealed by Biscuits Manufacturers Welfare Association (BMWA). Other states following Maharashtra in the consumption of LPHN are Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. In India, a total of 36 lakh tonne biscuit is consumed annually and these states approximately consume one-sixth of the total LPHN biscuits sold in the country.

89th Academy Awards were given away on February 27, 2017. In this context, which one of the following winner is not correctly matched with his/her category?

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Option (a) is incorrect because the Best Director Award was won by Damien Chazelle for the film La La Land. In all La La Land won six awards, including best Original Score, Production Design and Cinematography. The film was nominated in record 14 categories, the most nominations in Oscar history after Titanic and All About Eve.

27 February 2017

With which country Pakistan signed 10 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance bilateral relationship?

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The agreements were signed after the conclusion of 5th Session of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC). HLSCC was established in the year 2009. The agreements and MoUs were signed in the fields of hydrocarbons, environment, forestry, information, exchange of financial intelligence relating to money laundering and exchange of armed forces personnel.

Who became the first Latino to be elected as the leader of the US Democratic Party?

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Thomas Perez, the former US labour secretary, was elected as the leader of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). He is the first Latin American to lead the democrats. He beat Keith Ellison, the Democrat from Minnesota, by winning 235 of 435 votes cast.

India won three medals on the opening day of the sixth Asian Para-Road Cycling Championship being held in _____________.

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At the sixth Asian Para-Road Cycling Championship that began in Bahrain on February 25, 2017, India bagged all three medals in the 12.8 Km Individual Time. The gold was won by Abhishek from Chandigarh, while the Silver and Bronze medal were won by Divij Shah (West Bengal) and Harinder Singh (Border Security Force) respectively.

Which place is also called 'Varanasi of Hills' where famous International Shivratri Festival was held recently?

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The world famous Mandi International Shivratri Festival began in Himachal Pradesh on February 25, 2017. Nearly 200 deities from different parts of the state are participating in the festival this time. The week-long festival started with religious procession known as Jaleb. The chief deity Mandi “Mado Rai” (Lord Vishnu) led the procession. In view of the large number of gods and goddesses that are invited to the festival from its 81 temples, Mandi town has the title of 'Varanasi of the Hills'.

Which city saw the inauguration of APEDA-GULF FOOD 2017 recently?

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The APEDA-GULF FOOD 2017 exhibition began in Dubai on February 26, 2017. The exhibition will end on March 2, 2017. APEDA pavilion was inaugurated by Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary of India. In the exhibition, 64 exporters under the banner of APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) are participating. These exporters deal into range of agriculture and processed food products.

What is the real per capita income of Odisha in 2016-17 at 2011-12 prices, as per Odisha Economic Survey 2016-17?

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As per Odisha Economic Survey 2016-17, the state registered a gross state domestic product (GSDP) growth rate of 7.94 percent in 2016-17 against the national average of 7.1 percent. The real per capita income of Odisha increased from Rs. 47,632 in 2011-12 to Rs. 61,678 in 2016-17 at 2011-12 prices. Over the same period, India's per capita income grew 6.5 percent to Rs. 81,805 from Rs. 77,524.

What is the name of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool rolled out by Google to combat online incendiary comments?

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The search engine giant Google has rolled out an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool named ‘Perspective’, to stamp out incendiary comments on their websites. The programming tool aims to assist editors trying to moderate discussions by filtering out abusive “troll” comments. It will be provided free to media groups, including social media sites. Perspective is an application programming interface (API) for facilitating communication between systems and devices.

Whose record was broken by AB de Villiers to become the fastest to reach 9000 runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs) in mere 205 innings? 

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South Africa’s dashing and swashbuckling cricketer AB de Villiers became the fastest to reach 9000 runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He achieved the feat in mere 205 innings. En route to his 9000 runs he broke the record of former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who reached 9000 ODI runs in 228 innings. He achieved the feat during the third ODI against New Zealand in Wellington.

Which of the following countries is not a member of Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), the 13th Summit of which will be hosted by Pakistan on March 1?

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Pakistan will host the multi-nation 13th Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) Summit on March 1, 2017 in Islamabad. The theme of the summit is ‘Connectivity for Regional Prosperity’. ECO was established in 1985 by Iran, Turkey and Pakistan with its headquarters in Teheran. In 1992, seven new Members were admitted. These are Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan.

The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has “fully backed” a proposal to ban the use of elephants in circuses. Elephants are listed _______  of the wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

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The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has “fully backed” a proposal to ban the use of elephants in circuses. In this regard, CZA has written to the chief wildlife wardens of the states to ensure the rehabilitation of the elephants which were in their possession. Indian elephants are listed in Schedule-I of the wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The performance of animals and their use in circuses is regulated by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).

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