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Which state has launched the ‘Test and Treat Strategy’ for better treatment of HIV-hit people?

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The Mizoram Health Minister Lal Thanzara launched the ‘Test and Treat Strategy’ of the Mizoram state AIDS Control Society (MSACS) to improve treatment for HIV affected people in the state. Under the ‘Test and Treat Strategy’, the HIV affected people would be given free Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) irrespective of the CD4 count.

Which Indian agricultural microbiologist was conferred with the Japan's highest award in environmental sector?

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Indian agricultural microbiologist Shrihari Chandraghatgi was conferred the Ministry of Environment Award for 2017 in Japan. He was conferred the award for developing cutting edge technologies to address burning environmental problems. Chandraghatgi, who is President and CEO of EcoCycle Corporation, is the first foreigner to be given the Ministry of Environment Award, the highest award in environmental sector in Japan.

Which two nations were given the status of test-playing nation by the International Cricket Council (ICC)?

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The International Cricket Committee (ICC) voted to admit Ireland and Afghanistan as test-playing nations. With this, the total number of test-playing nations goes up to 12. Until 1982 there were only seven but that year Sri Lanka were admitted. Zimbabwe then joined in 1992 and Bangladesh became the most recent member in 2000.

Which city has topped the list of 30 new smart cities under the Smart Cities Mission?

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The Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu announced the names of 30 new Smart Cities on June 23, 2017. With this, under the Smart Cities Mission, the total number of smart cities has gone up to 90. Among the selected cities, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala topped the challenge. 

Which two states have been declared 4th and 5th Open Defecation Free (ODF) States in the country?

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Under the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G), rural Uttarakhand and rural Haryana have declared themselves as the 4th and 5th Open Defecation Free (ODF) States of India. The two today joined the league of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, which were the first three states to be declared ODF. 

Which country has approved the sale of 22 Guardian drones to India?

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The US State Department has approved the sale of 22 unmanned Guardian drones to India. The deal was approved ahead of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to the US. The deal, estimated to be worth $2 to 3 billion. The Guardian drones manufactured by General Atomics were requested by Indian Navy in 2016. It is essentially an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform.

With which Indian company did Thales sign a agreement to form Joint Venture to execute offsets for Rafale fighter jets deal?

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Thales and Reliance Defence Limited (RDL) announced their decision to form a joint venture (JV) to execute part of the offset obligations for the 36 Rafale fighter jets India has contracted from France. The agreement was signed by Patrice Caine, chairman and CEO of Thales, and Anil Ambani, chairman, Reliance Group, at the on-going Paris Air Show.

Which country has announced to provide US $7.5 million to help advance India's power grid?

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The US will provide US $7.5 million to help advance India's power grid as part of their commitments to ensure access to affordable and reliable energy in both countries. The Ministry of Science and Technology and industry will match the commitment of US' Department of Energy, bringing the total commitment to US $30 million.

With which two multilateral institutions did India sign a loan agreement for part funding for “24X7 Power for All in Andhra Pradesh Project”?

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India signed a loan agreement for part funding of US $240 million from the World Bank (IBRD) and US $160 Million from AIIB (60:40 ratio) for “24X7 Power for All in Andhra Pradesh Project”. The objective of the project is to increase the delivery of electricity to customers and to improve the operational efficiency and system reliability in distribution of electricity in selected areas in Andhra Pradesh.

Who has been named as presidential nominee by Congress-led Opposition?

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On behalf of opposition parties, Congress president Sonia Gandhi announced former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar as their presidential candidate. Kumar, a five-time Member of Parliament, was elected unopposed as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha and served from 2009 to 2014. She is a lawyer and a former diplomat.

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Who is set to become the next US Ambassador to India, according to White House?

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According to the White House, Kenneth I Juster, a top aide of US President Donald Trump, is set to be America's new ambassador to India. If nominated and approved by US Senate, he will succeed Richard Verma - the first Indian-American to be appointed so. Presently, Juster, 62, is the Deputy Assistant to the US president for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of his National Economic Council.

Which airways has been named as the World’s Best Airline at the SKYTRAX 2017 World Airline Awards?

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Qatar Airways was named the World’s Best Airline at the SKYTRAX 2017 World Airline Awards. Voted Best Airline by travellers across the world in the annual passenger survey, the Doha based carrier has now won the prestigious Airline of the Year title for a fourth time. Singapore Airlines, a perennial favourite in the awards was ranked No. 2 in the world, also receiving awards as the Best Airline in Asia. Referred to as the “Oscars of the aviation industry”, the World Airline Awards are held in high esteem.

The first 50 MW unit of 100 MW Sainj Hydro Power project was commissioned recently. In which state does it lies?

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The first 50 MW unit of 100 MW Sainj Hydro Power project of Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) was commissioned and synchronised with northern grid through Parvati-Kol Dam transmission line. Sainj Hydro Power Project has been constructed on Sainj River, a tributary of Beas river.

Keshari Nath Tripathi has been given the additional charge of Governor of Bihar. He is the Governor of ________.

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The President of India Pranab Mukherjee appointed Keshari Nath Tripathi, the Governor of West Bengal, as the Governor of Bihar. He will be discharging his duty in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements for the office of the Governor of Bihar is made. He was given the additional charge post-resignation of Ramnath Kovind as the Governor of Bihar, who has been named by the NDA government as its Presidential candidate.

Which state cabinet has approved the Solar Energy Policy 2017-2027?

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The State Cabinet of Chhattisgarh chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh approved the new Solar Energy Policy for the period 2017-2027. The move is a bid to promote production and usage of non-conventional energy in the State. As per the policy, the grid Connectivity facility will be provided up to 10 kilowatt rooftop and solar power plant under this policy. Further, there will be exemptions in electricity charges on the consumption of power by self or inside the State on captive power plants.

Consider the following statements with respect to iconic al-Nuri Mosque of Iraq which was blown up by ISIS recently:

I. Iraqis lovingly call the minaret Al-Hadba, or "the hunchback".

II. Named after Nuruddin al-Zanki, it was built in 1172-73.

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The iconic al-Nuri Mosque was blown up by ISIS recently. Iraqis lovingly call the minaret Al-Hadba, or "the hunchback". The mosque is named after Nuruddin al-Zanki, a noble who fought the early crusaders from a fiefdom that covered territory in modern-day Turkey, Syria and Iraq. The al-Nuri mosque was built in 1172-73, shortly before his death, and housed an Islamic school.

The patients of which disease shall submit Aadhar details for availing cash assistance from the government?

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According to a notification issued by the Union Health Ministry, tuberculosis (TB) patients, hospitals and healthcare workers availing cash assistance under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) will need to register with the Aadhaar database by August 31, 2017. RNTCP is being implemented by State governments and Union Territory administrations via government health facilities and registered private health facilities across the country.

What percentage of it's stake in Larsen & Toubro (L&T) was sold by the government recently?

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The Union Government sold its 2.5% stake in Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to state-run entities, including SBI and LIC, for about Rs 4,200 crore. The transaction was done through the Specified Undertaking of the Unit Trust of India (SUUTI). The government held 6.55% stake in engineering firm L&T and the shareholding after the sale has come down to a little over 4%. 

SEBI recently eased entry norms for Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs). In this context, consider the following statements:

I. It expanded the eligible jurisdictions for grant of FPI registration to countries having diplomatic tie-ups with India.

II. It permitted FPIs, operating under the Multiple Investment Managers (MIM) structure to appoint multiple custodians.

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Both the statements are correct. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) decided to ease the entry norms for overseas investors by permitting a direct access to Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) from eligible jurisdictions. The regulator rationalised "fit and proper" criteria for FPIs as well as simplified broad based requirements for such investors.

Which of the following statements is correct?

I. Banks’ credit growth was up 6.02% in the fortnight ended June 9, 2017.

II. In the fortnight ended May 26, 2017, advances had grown by 5.08%.

III. In the fortnight ended June 9, 2017 bank's deposits grew at 11.19% 

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According to the RBI data released recently, banks’ credit growth was up 6.02% to Rs. 76,58,212 crore in the fortnight ended June 9, 2017 from Rs. 72,22,939 crore in the same period of fiscal 2016. In the fortnight ended May 26, 2017, advances had grown by 5.08% with outstanding loans at Rs. 75,93,546 crore. In the reporting fortnight, bank deposits grew at 11.19% to Rs. 105,77,947 crore from Rs. 95,13,148 crore in the fortnight ended June 10, 2016.

Which country will become the third populous nation by 2050, according to the World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision?

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The World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision was published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on June 21, 2017. It predicts that and India's population could surpass that of China's around 2024, two years later than previously estimated, and is projected to touch 1.5 billion in 2030. Further, by 2050, the third most populous country will be Nigeria, which currently ranks seventh, and which is poised to replace the United States.

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