Current Affairs 2017 (January)(English)

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31 January 2017

With which Union Ministry the North Eastern Council (NEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to harness the hidden potential of Cane and Bamboo of North Eastern Region?

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The North Eastern Council (NEC) and the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Shillong. The MoU intends to harness the hidden potential of Cane and Bamboo of North Eastern Region. The MoU provides a push for the integrated and inclusive development of Cane & Bamboo Sector of North East Region by way of skilled manpower, technology dissemination, marketing support and institutional support. As per the MoU, the CBTC will be transformed into a Regional Centre of Excellence and the BCDI will be converted as a separate entity under the name Indian Institute of Bamboo Technology (IIBT).

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In how many districts the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to set up weather stations by 2019?

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to set up weather stations in 660 districts of the country by 2019. In the first phase, the IMD plans to set up the system in 130 districts which have already been shortlisted. IMD has also tied up with the Ministry of Agriculture to use the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the districts, to use them as weather forecasting observatories.

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The Kerala government has decided not to abandon the Athirappilly hydro electricity project. On which of the following rivers this project is being built?

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On the sidelines of a discussion on 'electricity crisis and management' organized by Calicut Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kerala electricity minister M.M. Mani declared that the government has not yet abandoned the Athirappilly hydro electricity project, stating that it will be a great loss for the state if the project is discarded. Environmentalists have been opposing the Athirappilly project, citing the irreparable loss of biodiversity it is likely to cause. Activists have also been arguing that the project would lead to displacement and eventual extinction of the primitive tribal group, 'Kadars', in the area. The 163-MW project was proposed in 1996 by the Kerala State Electricity Board, which was to include a dam of 23-metre height, with a storage capacity of 8.44 Million Cubic Metres (MCM), on the Chalakkudy river in the Vazhachal Forest Division. It lies in Thrissur district of Kerala.

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Who among the following has been appointed as the new Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly?

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Jorhat BJP legislator Hitendranath Goswami will succeed Ranjit Das as the new Speaker of the Assam Assembly. Ranjit Das had on Dec 25, 2016 resigned as Assam Assembly Speaker after he was made president of the State BJP unit. Goswami is currently member of Bharatiya Janata Party, which he joined in March 2014. He was a member of Asom Gana Parishad until February 2013, when he resigned from the party membership.

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Which state decided to amend the delimitation of rules under the Public Service Commission so that the entire process of appointment of grade B and below State government employees could also be done through the Commission?

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The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to amend the delimitation of rules under Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) so that the entire process of appointment of grade B and below State government employees would also be done through the Commission. CM Khandu has asked the Commission to devise a specific calendar of activities/examinations so that the candidates could plan and prepare themselves accordingly. 

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What was the level of India’s foreign exchange reserves in the week ended January 20?

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In its weekly statistical supplement, the Reserve Bank of India stated that India’s foreign exchange reserves soared by $ 932.4 million to $ 360.775 billion in the week ended January 20. The country’s forex reserves had increased by $ 687.9 million to $ 359.843 billion in the previous week. Foreign currency assets, which constitute a major chunk of the forex reserves, had gone up by $ 926.4 million to $ 338.434 billion during the week. Gold reserves remained unchanged at $ 18.584 billion during the week, while its special drawing rights (SDRs) went up by $ 2.3  million to $ 1.442 billion. India’s reserve position in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) increased by $ 3.7 million to $ 2.315 billion during the week.

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Who won the full marathon of 42-km in the men's category at the 31st edition of Pune International Marathon (PIM)?

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The 31st edition of Pune International Marathon (PIM) concluded on January 28, 2017. Hossy Rutto of Kenya won the 42 km run with a timing of 2 hrs, 12 min and 18 sec in the men’s category, while Gladus Zepeke of Kenya stood first in women’s category in the half-marathon with a timing of 1 hr, 12 mins and 40 sec. 

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Consider the following statements regarding 2017 Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold.

I - It was held at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow.

II - Men’s Singles title was claimed by Sameer Verma who defeated B. Sai Praneeth. 

III - Women’s Singles was won by P V Sidhu who defeated Gregoria Mariska.

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The 2017 Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold recently concluded at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow. Men’s Singles title was claimed by Sameer Verma by defeating B. Sai Praneeth. Women’s Singles was won by P V Sidhu by defeating Gregoria Mariska. Men’s Doubles title was won by Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen. Women’s Doubles was Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Cristinna Perdersen. Mixed Doubles title was claimed by Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy.

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Noted Actress Emmaunelle Riva, best known for her roles in the film "Amour", died recently at the 89. She belonged to _________.

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Emmaunelle Riva, the French actress died at the age of 89. Her 60 year career came to a triumphant climax with her Oscar nomination for Michael Hanekes "Amour". She is best known for her roles in the films "Hiroshima mon amour "(1959) and "Amour" (2012). The actress won a BAFTA and a Caesar award for "Amour".

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In which of the following mountain ranges new species of songbird were found recently?

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A new species of songbird were found in the jungles of Western Ghats by Indian Ornithologists. The newly discovered songbird Sholicola ashambuensis is confined to the Agasthyar Malai mountain ranges. Besides, the team also found two new genera that is endemic to the Western Ghats. They designated  the Western Ghats shortwings as Sholicola (closely related to flycatchers) and the laughing thrushes as Montecincla (closely related to babblers).

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30 January 2017

Consider the following statements and choose the correct option

I - Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

II - President Pranab Mukherjee gave Governor of Assam, PB Acharya additional charge of Meghalaya.  

III - The appointment, eligibility, tenure and other provisions related to Governor are mentioned in the Articles 156-167.

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President Pranab Mukherjee gave Governor of Assam, Banwarilal Purohit additional charge of Meghalaya. Besides, President also gave Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh. These appointments came a day after President accepted the resignation of V. Shanmuganathan, as Governor of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. The appointment, eligibility, tenure and other provisions related to Governor are mentioned in the Articles 156-167 of the Indian Constitution.

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At which place 'India Pharma & Medical Device 2017’ Conference with the vision 'For Responsible Healthcare’ will be organised ?

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The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) under Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), will be organising ‘India Pharma & Medical Device 2017’ Conference in Bengaluru. The three-day conference will be organised from February 11, 2017 with the vision 'For Responsible Healthcare’. The Themes are – ‘Medical Devices- Shaping the Future-Making the Right Choices' and ‘Pharma - Shaping the future of India Pharma'.  The conference aims to provide a platform to tap global potential for the Indian Pharmaceutical and Medical Device sector and provide an opportunity to project India as an attractive investment destination for this sector.

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Consider the following statements regarding North East Investors Summit and choose the correct option

I - It was inaugurated by Union Textiles Minister Zubin Irani in Shillong.

II - The theme of the summit was 'Discover the Untapped India'.

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The North East Investors Summit 2017, the first-of-its-kind summit for investors from North Eastern Region (NER) was inaugurated by Union Textiles Minister Zubin Irani in Shillong, Meghalaya. It was organised jointly by the Ministry of Textiles and the Ministry of DoNER, in collaboration with industry associations FICCI and CII from January 29-30. The theme being “Exploring Opportunities in North East Region”, the summit aims to showcase the region as a global destination for investment, and to explore the possibility of bringing in convergence of efforts of various central ministries and north eastern states to attract investment in the region.

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US President Donald Trump has signed an order to suspend the US Refugee Admissions Programme for ________ until it is reinstated "only for nationals of countries for whom" members of Trumps Cabinet deem can be properly vetted.

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US President Donald Trump ordered "extreme vetting" of people entering the US from certain Muslim-majority countries and banned the entry of Syrian refugees until further notice, as part of new measures to "keep radical Islamic terrorists" out of America. The executive order "Protection of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States" notes that the steps taken by the US in the aftermath of 9/11 has not been able to deter terrorists from entering the country. The executive order suspends the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days until it is reinstated "only for nationals of countries for whom" members of Trumps Cabinet deem can be properly vetted.

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For how many year(s) the UN Security Council has extended an arms embargo on the Central African Republic and a travel ban and asset freeze on blacklisted individuals?

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The UN Security Council has extended an arms embargo on the Central African Republic and a travel ban and asset freeze on blacklisted individuals for another year. The resolution also added a new provision making sexual violence a criterion for sanctions. It also encouraged member states to require that airlines provide advance passenger information to national authorities to make sure the travel ban is enforced.

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Which state agreed to a proposal for setting up of a Consulate General Office of Royal Government of Bhutan?

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Assam Government agreed to a proposal for setting up of a Consulate General Office of Royal Government of Bhutan in Guwahati and conveyed willingness to the Ministry of External Affairs. They also decided to share intelligence inputs between them to put a tab on terrorist activities. The meeting discussed mechanism for vibrant entry-exit mechanism to give an impetus to industry and commerce. They also discussed the existing boundaries that Assam shared with Bhutan and exchanged inputs on missing boundary pillars and vowed to take immediate steps to address the issue.

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Consider the following statements regarding Kerala Science Congress that was recently inaugurated in Thiruvalla.

I - It was the 29th edition of Congress, inaugurated by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam.

II - The theme of the Congress is ‘Ecology and Environment’.

III - It is being organised jointly by Union Ministry of S&T and Kerala Forest Research Institute.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the 29th Kerala Science Congress at the Mar Thoma College in Thiruvalla. ‘Ecology and Environment’ was the theme of this three-day annual event. It was jointly organised by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment and the Kerala Forest Research Institute.

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Who launched Film Condition Assessment, as part of National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM) in Pune?

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Ajay Mittal, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, launched the Film Condition Assessment, which is the first phase of implementation of National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM) in Pune. This is a one-of-its-kind Rs.597.41 crore project in the world to enable creation of global facilities of film preservation in India. It aims to make rich filmic heritage available for the future generations to come. The condition of about 1,32,000 film reels at NFAI would be assessed and necessary measures would be taken to prolong their life. Each film reel will be tracked and monitored through RFID tagging, during the first phase. 

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Which of the following ministries has announced the results of different competitive presentations in the Republic Day Parade 2017? 

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The results of different competitive presentations in the Republic Day Parade – 2017 have been announced by the Ministry of Defence. In Services Category, Madras Engineer Group won prize for Best Marching Contingent. In Para-Military Forces Category, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) contingent won prize for Best marching contingent. In the tableau category, Arunachal Pradesh tableau, which depicted the Yak dance, won first position. It was followed by Tripura’s Hojagiri dance. In the category of tableaux representing Union Ministries/Departments, first prize has been awarded to the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship which depicted the theme ‘Transforming India through Skill Development’.

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Consider the following statements regarding 105th edition of Australian Open 2017.

I - Men’s title was won by Novak Djokovic of Serbia. 

II - Women’s title was won by Serena Williams of America.

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The 105th edition of Australian Open 2017 recently concluded in Melbourne Park, Austrlia. Men’s title was won by Roger Federer of Switzerland. Women’s title was won by Serena Williams of America. Men’s Doubles was won by Henry Kontinen and John Peers. Women’s Double title was claimed by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova. Mixed Doubles was won by A. Spears and J. Cabal. 

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