Current Affairs 2017 (May)(English)

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31 May 2017

With which country India signed a MoU on Defence Cooperation?

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India and Fiji signed an agreement that provides for stepping up defence and security ties including in defence production and military training. MoU on defence cooperation envisages several areas of cooperation including in defence industry, military training and humanitarian assistance and disaster management.

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At what rate Indian economy is expected to grow in the fiscal 2017-18, according to the World Bank?

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The World Bank expects India’s economy to expand at 7.2 percent in 2017-18, but said that the note ban temporarily disrupted growth in 2016-17, which slowed to an estimated 6.8 percent.

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Name the former Governor of Manipur who has been appointed as the Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.

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Manipur Governor and former Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla has been appointed as the Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. The 77-year-old Heptulla succeeds Lt Gen (Retd) MA Zaki who completes his five-year term in May 2017. 

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Who has been named as the Chairman of National Scheduled Caste Commission?

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Seven months after the post of Chairman of the National Schedule Castes Commission (NSCC) fell vacant; the NDA government has named Ramshankar Katheria as its next chairman. Katheria is a BJP MP from Agra and is a former junior Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister.

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Who won the Monaco Grand Prix of Formula One Racing?

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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel of Germany won the Monaco Grand Prix to extend his championship lead over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to 25 points. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen of Finland finished second and Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull finished third in the race.

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What is the name of the cyclone that hit the Bangladesh coast?

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Cyclone Mora with a speed of 85 kilometres per hour hit the coast of Bangladesh between Cox's Bazaar and the city of Chittagong on May 30, 2017. The cyclone hit the coast packing winds of up to 117 kilometres per hour.

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Where was the India's first digital bank for sanitary pads launched?

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On the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, Mumbai MLA Bharati Lavekar has inaugurated India’s first digital bank for sanitary pads. People can now log onto teefoundation.in to either donate pads or money, while anyone can access the resources available on the portal. 

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Who will lead the 'Darwaza Band' campaign launched for the promotion of toilet usage across the country’s villages?

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For promotion of toilet usage across the country’s villages, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation came out with an aggressive new campaign called Darwaza Band starting May 30, 2017. Bollywood Actor Amitabh Bachchan will lead the campaign. The campaign supported by the World Bank is designed to encourage behaviour change in men who have toilets but are not using them.

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Who was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for being an international icon?

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Actress Priyanka Chopra will be conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for being an international icon. She became a popular face in the west after she starred in the American TV series Quantico. She won two consecutive People's Choice Awards for portraying the role of FBI recruit Alex Parrish in the show.

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With which country Prasar Bharati signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to step up cooperation in the broadcasting sector?

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Government-run Prasar Bharati signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Morocco's Societe Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Television (SNRT) to step up cooperation in the broadcasting sector. The MoU was signed during the the fifth India Morocco Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) in Rabat, Morocco's capital.

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30 May 2017

Which country won the badminton's Sudirman Cup?

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South Korea won badminton's Sudirman Cup for the first time in 14 years with an emotional 3-2 victory over 10-time champions China at Australia's Gold Coast. The victory - their first in the biennial tournament since Eindhoven in 2003 - ended China's 14-year grip on the Sudirman Cup.

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Which football club won the Copa del Rey?

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The Spanish football club Barcelona won the Copa del Rey for record 29th time. They defeated Alaves 3-1 in the final.  The Copa del Rey or King's Cup is an annual football cup competition for Spanish football teams. The competition was founded in 1903, thus making it the oldest Spanish football competition.

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Which state government has launched a pension scheme for journalists?

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a slew of incentives for journalists, including a Rs 10,000 monthly pension scheme, for those who are above 60 years and have completed 20 years in the profession. He also announced a life insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh and a cashless mediclaim policy of Rs 500,000. 

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Which country launched satellite navigation positioning system to provide positioning service to transportation and city planning and management?

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China launched a national satellite navigation and positioning system which will provide positioning service to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning and management. The system consists of 2,700 base stations, a national database centre and 30 provincial level database centres.

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Who became the first Indian to win a gold medal in an international fencing event?

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India's C.A Bhavani Devi won the gold medal in the sabre event of the Turnoi Satellite Fencing Championship held at Reykjavik in Iceland. In the final, she beat Sarah Jane Hampson of Great Britain 15-13 on points. With this, Bhavani Devi became the first Indian to win a gold medal in an international fencing event. 

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Which village has been declared as Biodiversity Heritage Site by Manipur government?

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The state government of Manipur declared Dailong village of Tamenglong district as a Biodiversity Heritage Site of the state. Dialong village, covering an area of 11.35 sq km, has been declared as Biodiversity Heritage Site under Section 37(1) of Biological Diversity Act, 2002.

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Where was a new glass frog species with transparent skin and visible beating heart found?

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A new glass frog species with transparent skin through which its beating heart is visible has been discovered by scientists who warn that the amphibian may already be at threat of extinction. The frog (Hyalinobatrachium yaku), discovered in the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador, has unique physical and behavioural traits.

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Which of the following stations is not part of the Delhi Metro's Heritage Line?

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The Delhi Metro made a major foray into the Walled City of the national capital, as the ITO-Kashmere Gate 'Heritage Line' was thrown open to public. It has three stations, namely Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort. 

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By which year India's own Global Positioning System (GPS) will become operational?

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will start the operation of the country’s own global positioning system (GPS), Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS), by early 2018.

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Which Swedish film has won the Palme d'Or, the top prize at Cannes Film Festival?

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The Swedish film 'The Square', directed by Ruben Östlund, won the Palme d'Or, the top prize at Cannes Film Festival. The film '120 Beats Per Minute!' won the Grand Prix, the runner-up prize. The Best Actor prize was awarded to Joaquin Phoenix for 'You Were Never Really Here' while Diane Kruger won Best Actress for 'In the Fade'.

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