Current Affairs 2017 (March)(English)

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31 March 2017

Which state recently became the first to win the Deodhar Trophy of cricket?

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Tamil Nadu (TN) cricket team defeated India ‘B’ cricket team to win the Deodhar Trophy. In the final played at Vizag, it defeated India ‘B’ by 42 runs to become the first state side to win the three-team one-day tournament.

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23-year old Srinath Narayanan of Chennai became India's 46th Grandmaster (GM). In this context, which of the following is (are) one of the criteria for becoming a GM?

I. Scoring five Grandmaster results or "norms" in FIDE-sanctioned tournaments.

II. Reaching a minimum rating of 2500 Elo ratings in the FIDE rating system.

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23-year old Srinath Narayanan of Chennai became India's 46th Grandmaster (GM) by crossing the 2500 Elo rating by beating Spaniard David Anton Guijarro (2676) with black at the Sharjah Masters 2017. This was his sixth GM norm. A chess player achieves the title of Grandmaster (GM) when he meets two criteria. First, scoring three Grandmaster results or "norms" in FIDE-sanctioned tournaments; and second, reach a minimum rating of 2500 Elo ratings in the FIDE rating system.

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Which online retailer of the UAE was acquired by Amazon recently?

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Amazon, the USA based e commerce giant, made its entry in the UAE by acquiring Souq.com, the Middle East’s largest online retailer. The deal’s specific value was not announced, but according to analysts it is estimated anywhere between US $650 million to US $1 million. Souq.com, based in Dubai is the largest e-commerce platform in the Arab world.

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Where was the third G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) meeting under the German presidency held recently? 

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The third meeting of the G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) was held under the G-20 German Presidency in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The meeting was co-hosted by Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, and Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Since the inception of the FWG in 2009, this is the fourth occasion that India is hosting this meeting. Previously, India had hosted the meetings in Neemrana, Rajasthan (2012 under Mexican Presidency), in Goa (in 2014 under G-20 Australian Presidency) and in Kerala (2015 under G-20 Turkish Presidency).

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Which aircraft was inducted by the Indian Navy into the INAS 312 at INS Rajali in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu?

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Indian Navy inducted Boeing P-8I aircrafts into INAS 312 at INS Rajali in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu. Boeing P-81 aircrafts succeeded TU-142M LRMR ASW aircraft, which was de-inducted on March 29, 2017. The baton was handed over by Commander Yogender Mair, the last Commanding officer of TU142M aircraft squadron to Commander V Ranganathan, the first Commanding Officer of the Boeing P-8I aircraft Squadron. The Boeing P-8I aircraft dedicated to the nation by the erstwhile Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on November 13, 2015, is the third type of aircraft, after the Lockheed L1049G Super Constellation and the TU-142M aircraft, to be operated by INAS 312.

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Which Indian institute will begin the Phase II/III trial of VPM1002 vaccine for TB in June 2017?

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The Pune-based Serum Institute of India Pvt. Limited will begin a Phase II/III vaccine trial for tuberculosis using a novel, recombinant BCG (bacillus Calmette-Guérin) vaccine in June 2017. The new TB vaccine VPM1002 is based on the BCG vaccine that is in use. However, it is more powerful and efficacious as it contains a gene, better recognised by the immune system.

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Which chemical element was found in the exosphere of Mars by the Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA) experiment on-board the ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)?

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The MENCA (Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser) experiment on-board the ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has discovered 'hot' (suprathermal) Argon in the exosphere of Mars. The words 'hot' as well as 'suprathermal' indicate that they are more energetic compared to the thermal populations and hence their kinetic temperatures are higher. MENCA is a mass spectrometer, developed at Space Physics Laboratory of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSCC) at Thiruvananthapuram. 

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Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's written book 'Master on Masters' was launched recently. He is a renowned _________.

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Renowned Bollywood director, producer Karan Johar launched a book written by legendary Sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The book is titled ‘Master on Masters’. The book is on 12 legendary musicians of the country like Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Amir Khan, Ustad Alla Rakha, Kesarbai Kerkar, Kumar Gandharva, Bhimsen Joshi and Ustad Bismillah Khan, among others.

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Which country announced a cut of US $2 million in its contribution to United Nations (UN) budget?

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Israel announced a US $2 million cut in its contribution to the United Nations (UN) budget because of constant criticism by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) of its policies towards the Palestinians. This is the second cut since the passing of UNSC resolution in December 2016 condemning Israel's settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories. Then it had cut US $6 million from its contribution of US $11.7 million.

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On which issue the Supreme Court has asked the government to frame draft guidelines?

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The Supreme Court (SC) directed the Centre to prepare a fresh memorandum of guidelines for the police to brief the media with an aim to protect the rights of both the accused and the victims of crime. The direction was given by SC bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar. The bench gave six weeks to the Centre to prepare the draft memorandum of the guidelines.

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From which date the Bharat Stage (BS)-IV emissions standards will come into effect across the country?

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The highest court of the land Supreme Court (SC) getting tougher on air pollution banned the sale and registration of Bharat Stage –III (BS-III) emission norm-compliant vehicles with effect from April 1, 2017. As a result, the whole of India will see the dawn of BS-IV emission norms from April 1. While BS-III vehicles emit 2.30gm of carbon monoxide per kg of fuel, the emission drops to 1gm per kg in BS-IV vehicles.

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30 March 2017

Who was adjudged as the Player of the Series of the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Test Series?

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Indian team under Captain Virat Kohli won the four-match Test Series against Australia by 2-1. In the final and 4th test match played at HPCA stadium, Dharamsala India beat Australia by eight wickets to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Ravindra Jadeja was declared as Player of the Match and Player of the Series for his stellar all-round performance with bat and ball. With this win, India ended the month as No.1 Test team in the world and also kept the ICC Test Mace. 

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In which product does India became a net exporter for the first time? 

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As per Central Electricity Authority (CEA), India for the first time turned around from a net importer of electricity to net exporter of electricity. CEA is the designated authority of India for Cross Border Trade of Electricity. During April-February 2017, India has exported around 5,798 Million Units to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar which is 213 Million units more than the import of around 5,585 Million units from Bhutan.

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Which of the following is/are one of the feature of newly introduced 12-sided British pound coin?

I. It features a hologram that changes from the pound symbol to the numeral one.

II. It boasts of a hidden high security feature Integrated Secure Identification System (iSIS).

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The new coin is hailed as the most secure in the world and features a hologram that changes from the pound symbol to the numeral one. It also has micro-lettering and milled edges. It boasts of a hidden high security feature Integrated Secure Identification System (iSIS), which embeds physical security layer in each coin that can be quickly detected when scanned by coin-counting or payment machines. It is slightly larger in diameter, but lighter than the round pound. It’s the first new pound coin to be introduced in 30 years.

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President Pranab Mukherjee presented Dr. B. C. Roy National Awards for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. When was the award instituted?

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President Pranab Mukherjee presented Dr. B. C. Roy National Awards for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Awards for the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Bidhan Chandra Roy Award Fund was instituted in 1962 in memory of B. C. Roy by Medical Council of India and is given in five categories. The Award is of the value of Rs. 100,000 and a Silver Salver in each category.

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With which of the following agencies Jharkhand government signed a MoU for the development of Deoghar airport?

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Airports Authority of India (AAI), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Jharkhand Government signed a tripartite MoU for development of Deoghar Airport in Deoghar district of Jharkhand.  The existing Deoghar Airport will be developed for operations of A-320 and C-130 Aircraft. 

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Who put forth the proposal for holding second referendum on Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom (UK)?

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The Members of Scottish Parliament (MSP) passed a motion for second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom (UK) as suggested by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Scottish parliamentarians voted 69-59 in favour of the move. Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party, which holds a majority in Parliament, was backed by the Green Party. Earlier in 2014, the Scottish parliament had rejected a referendum for independence from the UK by 55-45 percent, which led to resignation of the then First  Minister Alex Salmond.

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Who was appointed as the Executive Director of the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP)?

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed former South Carolina Governor David Beasley to head the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP). Beasley will replace another American Ertharin Cousin, who has been the WFP executive director since 2012. The World Food Programme is a specialised agency of the UN and is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. It was founded in 1961.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter to trigger Brexit from EU under the __________ of Lisbon Treaty.

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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May on March 28, 2017 signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union (EU). With this, the process of Britain’s exit from the 27-nation EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will be triggered with effect from March 29. The negotiating window for the whole exit process is two years, that is, till March 2019.

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India and Bavaria decided to form a joint working group on exploring ways for cooperation in water sector. Bavaria is a free state of ___________.

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Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti suggested the formation of a joint group to identify areas of co-operation in water sector. This was stated after her talks with Bavaria’s Minister of Environment and Consumer Protection Ulrike Scharf. Bavaria, a Free State in Germany, has a rich experience of successfully cleaning the River Danube in Germany and India may benefit from their experience.

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Which of the following with respect to Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) is correct?

I. It is an ambitious project of the Indian Navy to modernise the meteorological infrastructure of the nine Naval Air Stations.

II. It was inaugurated at INS Rajali at Arakkonam by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba.

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The first-ever ‘Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS)’ was inaugurated at INS Rajali on 28 March 2017. It was inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff. The IAAMS is an ambitious project of the Indian Navy to modernise the meteorological infrastructure of the nine Naval Air Stations (NAS). It is equipped with the state of the art Meteorological Sensors viz., Radar Vertical Wind Profiler, Transmissometer, Ceilometer and Automatic Weather Observation System.

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Consider the following statements with respect to INLCU L51 inducted into Indian Navy recently.

I. It has a displacement of 900 tons.

II. It spans 62.8 m in length and 11 m in breadth.

III. It can sustain speeds up to 15 knots.

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All the statements are correct. INLCU L51 was commissioned into the Indian Navy on March 28, 2017 by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair. INLCU L51 is commanded by Cdr Vishwesh S Nadkarni. LCU 51 is first of the eight ships of the LCU Mk IV Class. It has been built by M/s Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata.

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