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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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Where was the first regional centre of New Development Bank (NDB) opened?

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The first regional centre of the BRICS-promoted New Development Bank (NDB) was officially opened in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 17, 2017. The idea for setting up NDB was proposed by India at the 4th BRICS summit in 2012 held in New Delhi and it started operation in July 2015. It is headquartered in Shanghai, China. It is headed by KV Kamath.

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Who won the Bulgaria Open International Series of Badminton on August 17, 2017?

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Lakshya Sen, the young Indian shuttler from Uttarakhand, on August 17, 2017 clinched the men’s singles title of Bulgaria Open International Series of badminton. He won the title after beating Zvonimir Durkinjak of Croatia in the summit clash in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is presently World Junior No 1.

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In which state did the historical Manimahesh Yatra begin recently?

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The historical annual Manimahesh Yatra began in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. As part of the Yatra, pilgrims in large number from different parts of the country offer prayers to God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Every year this yatra begins on Janamashtami and concludes after fifteen days on Radha Ashtami. Manimahesh Yatra is pilgrimage to Manimahesh Lake (4115m) situated at the base of Manimahesh Kailash Peak. 

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At which Indian port the first tranche of American crude oil will arrive in September 2017?

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The first shipment of American crude oil is expected to reach India in the last week of September 2017. The first tranche of oil to be exported from the shores of Texas will reach the Paradip Port in Odisha. With this India, the world’s third-largest oil importer joins Asian countries like South Korea, Japan and China to buy American crude oil.

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Arrange the following political parties in descending order in terms of donations received from corporate houses between 2012-13 and 2015-16.

I. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

II. Indian National Congress (INC)

III. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)

IV. Communist party of India (Marxist)

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Corporate houses have donated a total of Rs 956.77 crore to national parties between 2012-13 and 2015-16. This constitutes 89 percent of the total contribution from known sources, according to Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). Among the national parties, BJP received the maximum donations of Rs 705.81 crore from 2,987 corporate donors. It is followed by Indian National Congress (INC), which received Rs 198.16 crore from 167 corporate donors. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) received Rs 50.73 crore, Communist party of India (Marxist) Rs 1.89 crore and Communist Party of India (CPI) received Rs 0.18 crore.

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What is the name of the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew?

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Navika Sagar Parikrama, the first ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew, is scheduled to commence in early September 2017. They will begin their voyage from Goa on an Indian-built sail boat INSV Tarini and expect to return to Goa in March 2018, after completing the circumnavigation. 

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What is the name of campaign launched to create awareness and encourage people to participate in making this Diwali pollution free?

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The Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched the 'Harit Diwali Swasth Diwali' campaign on August 17, 2017. As part of the campaign, the Environment Ministry will undertake several activities to create awareness among various stakeholders and encourage people to participate in combating air pollution.

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With which of the following countries the US and Japan have agreed to advance their multilateral security and defence cooperation?

I. India

II. South Korea

III. Australia

IV. Singapore

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The US and Japan have agreed to advance their multilateral security and defence cooperation with countries like India, South Korea and Australia, amidst China's growing assertiveness in the Asia Pacific region.

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Which 2 mobile apps were launched by NHAI to facilitate the availability of FASTags for Electronic Toll Collection?

I. My Toll App

II. MyFASTag

III. FASTag

IV. MyRFID App

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National Highways Authority of India launched two mobile Apps – MyFASTag and FASTag Partner in New Delhi today, to facilitate the availability of FASTags for Electronic Toll Collection.  

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Who was appointed as the Interim CEO of Infosys?

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Vishal Sikka resigned as Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Infosys with immediate effect.  Sikka has now been appointed as executive vice-chairman. The IT major named U B Pravin Rao as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

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