Current Affairs 2017 (August)(English)

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31 August 2017

Which of the following has not won the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2017?

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President Ram NathKovind presented the National Sports & Adventure Awards on National Sports Day on August 29, 2017. The winners of Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2017 are: Premlata Agrawal won the land Adventure title; More Rohan Dattatrey won the Water Adventure title; and Ashok Abbey and Ved Prakash Sharma won the life time achievement title.

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Which University was conferred with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for the year 2016-17?

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Punjabi University, Patiala was conferred with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for the year 2016-17. The Trophy is given annually to the university/institutions for their all-round performance in Inter-University Tournaments. It was established in th year 1956-57.

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In which state did the Prime Minister lay the foundation stone for various National Highway Projects worth Rs 15000 crore?

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and lay the foundation stone for various National Highways projects in Rajasthan worth Rs.15,000 crore. These include inauguration of 12 National Highways projects worth Rs 5610 crores and laying foundation stone for 11 projects worth Rs 9490 crores.

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Which of the following features correctly relates to New Industrial Policy to be released in October 2017?

I. It will subsume the National Manufacturing Policy.

II. It contains measures to facilitate the use of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics.

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Both the statements are correct. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under Ministry of Commerce is in the process of formulating a New Industrial Policy and will unveil it in October 2017. Six focus groups for the policy are: (i) Manufacturing and MSME, (ii) Technology and Innovation, (iii) Ease of Doing Business, (iv) Infrastructure Investment, Trade and Fiscal Policy and (v) Skills and Employability for the future. 

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Where was the fourth session of India-Tanzania Joint Trade Committee (JTC) held?

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The Fourth Session of the India-Tanzania Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting was held in New Delhi, on August 29, 2017. During the meeting both the sides discussed potential areas of cooperation and agreed to enhance sectoral co-operation based on respective needs and comparative advantage for mutual benefit.

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On which food product did the Centre impose stock holding limit in September and October 2017?

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The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution directed that no producer of sugar shall hold any stock of sugar in excess of quantities at the end of the month of September and October 2017. For September, 2017 the stock holding limit is 21% of the total sugar available with them during 2016-17 sugar season. For October, 2017, the limit is 8% of the total sugar available with them during 2016-17 sugar season.

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With which City Police Department the skill development program YUVA is associated?

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Under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Rajnath Singh inaugurated YUVA - a skill development program of Delhi Police on August 29, 2017. With the help of this program Delhi Police wants to engage more with the youth. Delhi Police has tied up with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for providing mass job linked skill training for the selected youth.

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How many medals were won by India at the World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles?

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A 101-member Indian Police contingent has returned to country with record breaking haul of 321 medals including 151 Gold, 99 Silver and 71 Bronze medals at the World Police & Fire Games held in Los Angeles, California in USA. Indian Police contingent participated only in seven sports events i.e. Athletics, Archery, Wrestling, Boxing, Judo, Swimming and Shooting. 

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Which organisation announced the Women Transforming India Awards 2017?

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NITI Aayog, in partnership with MyGov and the United Nations, announced the winners of the Women Transforming India Awards, 2017. The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of women in India. A total of 12 women were awarded.

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Which state government has decided to end interview in all the non-gazetted posts of Group B, C and D categories?

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The Uttar Pradesh (UP) cabinet decided to end the process of holding interview for selection of candidates for the government jobs in all the non-gazetted posts of Group B, C and D categories. The UP Cabinet also decided to fix the support price of common variety of paddy at Rs 1,550 per quintal, and Rs 1,590 per quintal for grade-A paddy.

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Which space organisation has opened the door to domestic industries?

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has opened the door to domestic entities that can give it up to 18 spacecraft a year starting mid-to-late 2018. The ISRO currently makes four categories of spacecraft — communication, remote sensing, navigation and scientific missions and in three sizes of 1,000 kg to 4,000 kg. The first lot of spacecraft from this exercise was expected in about six months from the signing of the contracts.

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Consider the following statements with respect to International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances:

I. It is observed every year on August 30.

II. The Day was first celebrated in the year 2011.

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Both the statements are correct. On 21 December 2010, by its resolution 65/209 the UN General Assembly expressed its deep concern about the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world, including arrest, detention and abduction. In 2011, it was decided to declare 30 August the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

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30 August 2017

Which football player was named UEFA Player of the Season for 2016-2017? 

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Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA Player of the Season for 2016-2017. He defeated Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon to win this coveted Award. For the third time, Ronaldo has picked up this trophy.

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Which football player was named the UEFA Women's Player of the Season 2016-17?

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Lieke Martens has won the UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award. She is a Dutch footballer who plays for FC Barcelona in the Primera División and the Netherlands national team.

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Where was Sports Talent Search Portal launched by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu?

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Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu launched Sports Talent Search Portal of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The portal was launched at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.

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Which hockey player’s birth anniversary is celebrated on 29 August as National Sports Day?

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National Sports Day is observed every year on August 29 to mark the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. On this occasion, National Sports Award are presented to outstanding sportsperson and coaches by the President of India. National Sports Day comprises of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (highest sports honour), Arjuna Awards (outstanding sportsperson), Dronacharya Awards (best coach) and Dhyan Chand Awards (lifetime achievement).

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Which statement is correct regarding the Agreement signed to Improve Grid Integration of Renewable Energies?

I. It was signed between Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

II. The agreement was signed under the “Indo-German Energy Programme – Green Energy Corridors”(IGEN-GEC). 

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) signed an agreement on technical cooperation under the “Indo-German Energy Programme – Green Energy Corridors”(IGEN-GEC). The main objective of this programme component is to improve the sector framework and conditions for grid integration of renewable energies.

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Against which disease the Union Government is all set to launch a new drug?

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The Centre is looking to launch a new drug, traditionally used for acne, to deal with the seasonal outbreaks of acute encephalitis. In 2008, researchers at the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar found that minocycline an antibiotic typically used to treat severe acne — surprisingly seemed to cure rats infected with the Japanese Encephalitis virus.

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Which Mission will be launched for improving India’s position in ocean research field?

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The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is all set to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018, which is expected to improve India’s position in ocean research field. India was the first country in the world to have been given the pioneer area for exploration of deep-sea mineral, namely, polymetallic nodules in the Central Indian Ocean Basin in 1987.

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Where was an atomic fuel reserve established by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)?

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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) decided to start up an atomic fuel reserve in Kazakhstan.  It is aimed to ensure the supply of nuclear fuel in the event of disruption due to political or market problems.

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