Current Affairs 2017 (June)(English)

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30 June 2017

ISRO’s communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched from ________.

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ISRO’s communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched by the European launcher Arianespace Flight VA238 from Ariane Launch Complex No 3 (ELA 3) at Kourou, French Guiana. The 3,477 kg GSAT-17 carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services. 

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Who was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Governors  of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)?

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The Union Ministry of Textiles appointed Rajesh V Shah as Chairperson on the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). He will hold the post until March 31, 2019. As per the provisions of the National Institute of Fashion Technology Act, 2006, the Chairperson of its Board of Governors shall be an eminent academician, scientist or technologist or professional, who is to be nominated by the Visitor, in this case the President of India.

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Which two edibles from India has been added to Oxford English Dictionary in its quarterly update?

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The authoritative Oxford English Dictionary (OED) included Indian food essentials ‘chana’ and ‘chana dal’ in its vast list of more than 600 other words and phrases. These words and phrases have been deemed popular enough by OED to be included in its quarterly update.

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With which country did India sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India?

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Union Cabinet gave approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India. The two countries shall work to enhance cooperation at the national, regional and international level to design, implement and monitor a professionally-designed National Water Conservation campaign in India.

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Who will head the Air India-specific Alternative Mechanism constituted to look after its strategic disinvestment?

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave ‘in-principle’ approval to the disinvestment of Air India and its five subsidiaries. It also approved the constitution of an Air India-specific Alternative Mechanism headed by Minister of Finance including Minister for Civil Aviation and such other Minister(s) to guide the process on strategic disinvestment from time to time.

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Which of the following statements is correct?

I. The revised rates of allowances recommended by 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) shall come into effect from October 2, 2017.

II. The Union Cabinet decided not to abolish 12 of the 53 allowances recommended by 7th CPC to be abolished.

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The statement I is incorrect because the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on allowances will come into effect from July 1, 2017. Further, the 7th CPC had recommended that 53 allowances be abolished and 37 be subsumed in an existing or a newly proposed allowance. However, Cabinet decided not to abolish 12 of the 53 allowances.

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Which sports body granted official recognition to the cash-rich Indian Super League (ISL)?

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The Kuala Lumpur-based Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has granted official recognition to the cash-rich Indian Super League (ISL). It means that there will be two national leagues in the country from 2017-18. So, as of now, the winner of the I-league will participate in the AFC Champions League qualifiers, while the next ISL champion will be eligible for an AFC Cup qualifying slot.

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The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees. Which of the following countries is not one among them?

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The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States (US). These six nations are Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen. According to the new guidelines, applicants from the six countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the US.

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The Swasth Saarthi Abhiyaan (SSA) was inaugurated by Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan. Whose initiative is it?

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Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, together, inaugurated the Swasth Saarthi Abhiyaan (SSA) at Siri Fort Auditorium. The SSA is a two month long mega campaign focusing on providing preventive healthcare to the auto, taxi and bus drivers of the region. It is an initiative of Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

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Name the Indian-American who has been appointed as the US Ambassador to Peru.

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The US President Donald Trump appointed Indian-American Krishna R Urs as the new US Ambassador to Peru. A career service American diplomat since 1986, Urs is currently Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where he was also the Deputy Chief of Mission.

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Which of the following is/are objectives of proposed National Energy Policy (NEP)?

I. Access at Affordable Prices

II. Improved Security and Independence

III. Greater Sustainability

IV. Economic Growth

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The NITI Aayog recently released the Draft National Energy Policy (NEP), which builds on the achievements of the earlier omnibus energy policy – the Integrated Energy Policy (IEP), and sets the new agenda consistent with the redefined role of emerging developments in the energy world. There are four key objectives of our energy policy: Access at affordable prices, Improved security and Independence, Greater Sustainability and Economic Growth.

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Consider the following statements regarding National Biopharma Mission ‘Innovate in India (i3)’:

I. It seeks to increase the share of Indian biopharmaceuticals in the global biopharmaceuticals market from 2.8% to 5%.

II. It will be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).

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Both the statements are correct. The National Biopharma Mission ‘Innovate in India (i3)’ was launched on June 30, 2017 in New Delhi. The Mission is the first ever Industry-Academia mission to accelerate biopharmaceutical development in India. The Mission will witness an investment of US $250 million with US $125 million as a loan from World Bank.

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29 June 2017

Whose autobiography is "Advice and Dissent"?

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The autobiography of Dr. YV Reddy, former Governor of RBI, titled “Advice and Dissent: My Life in Public Services” will be released in July 2017. The book throws light on the lessons of Dr Reddy's fascinating professional life, as on the politics of his years in public service. Dr Y.V. Reddy was Governor of the RBI from 2003 to 2008. 

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In a first, Indian men's & women's throwball teams bag gold medals in World Games held at _______.

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The Indian men’s & women’s throwball teams bagged a gold medal each in the World Games, held at Kathmandu, Nepal. The women’s team defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in the final to clinch the title, while the men posted win over Bangladesh in their final match to finish at the top of the podium. This was the first time that the Indian teams had participated in these Games, which took place from June 15 to 18, 2017.

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What is the amount of fine imposed on Google by EU anti-trust regulator?

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European Competition Commission imposed a record US $2.7 billion (2.42 billion-euro) on search engine giant Google. The EU anti-trust regulator took a tough line in the first of three investigations into the Google’s dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a single company in an antitrust case, exceeding a 1.06-billion-euro sanction imposed on U.S. chipmaker Intel in 2009.

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For which state's public financial institutional reforms projects did India sign a US $35 million loan agreement with the World Bank?

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Indian signed a loan agreement for IBRD Credit of US $35 Million from World Bank for “Assam State Public Financial Institutional (PFI) Reforms Project”. The programme size is US $44 million, of which US $35 million will be financed by the Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded out of State Budget. The programme duration is 5 years. The objective of the project is to improve predictability and transparency in budget execution and efficiency in tax administration in Assam. 

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India finished second in ISSF Junior Shooting World Championship. Where was the championships held?

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The Indian shooting squad finished second at the ISSF Junior World Championship that concluded in Suhl, Germany. India came second with 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals, while China topped the tally in the rifle/pistol tournament with 19 medals, including 8 Gold.

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Which company has got the environment clearance for exploratory drilling in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin?

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The Environment Ministry has given the environment clearance to the State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for exploratory drilling in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin in Andhra Pradesh. As part of the exploratory drilling, the ONGC will drill five wells to explore shale gas and oil in the KG basin at an estimated cost of Rs. 217 crore.

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For implementing which project Rajashtan Government signed three MoUs with Reliance Foundation, Tata Trusts and USAID?

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The Rajasthan government signed three MoUs to leverage technology to reduce maternal mortality rates (MMR) and early neonatal mortality rates (NMR) and to enhance health services in the state. The MoU was signed with Reliance Foundation, Tata Trusts and USAID for implementing Project ASMAN to reduce MMR and early NMR in Ajmer, Bhilwara, Jhalawar and Kota districts.

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Who will head the 11-member committee formed by Maharashtra government to recommend names for Padma Awards 2018?

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The Maharashtra government constituted an 11-member committee to scrutinise and recommend names from Maharashtra for the Padma Awards 2018. The committee will be headed by Minister for Water Conservation Ram Shinde, as per a Government Resolution (GR).

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Which state has announced to set up MSME Corporation with a budget of Rs. 100 crore?

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The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu announced the establishment of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Corporation. The MSME Corporation will be set up with a budget of Rs. 100 crore to strengthen MSMEs in the state. He also launched the logo of AP MSMEDC on the occasion of International MSME Day observed every year on June 27.

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Who was suspended for one year by the Sri Lanka Cricket for speaking in media without board's mission?

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The Sri Lanka Cricket suspended fast bowler Lasith Malinga for one year for speaking to media without the board’s permission. He responded against the criticism by Sri Lanka’s sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara over the team’s fitness levels. Also, Sri Lanka Cricket appointed fielding coach Nic Pothas as the interim coach after the resignation of Graham Ford midway through his contract.

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When was International MSME Day observed?

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The Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) on the occasion of International MSME Day on June 27, 2017 launched the ‘Digital MSME Scheme’. Other than this, the Minister for MSME Kalraj Mishra gave away National Awards for MSME 2015, and handed over three Memorandums of Understandings to SAP India, Intel and HMT respectively.

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Consider the following agreements/MoU signed between India and the Netherlands:

I. MoU on Cultural Cooperation

II. MoU on Water Cooperation

III. Agreement on amending Social Security Arrangement

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All the given agreements/MoU were signed between India and the Netherlands during the official visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Netherlands on June 27, 2017. The visit marked 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and The Netherlands. 

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