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GK Tornado -2017

Dear readers,
This GK Tornado is a complete docket of important news and events that occurred in last 4.5 months (1th June–15th Oct 2017).
Tornado is important and relevant for all competitive exams like Banking, Insurance, SSC and UPSC Exams.

Banking & Financial Awareness


1. RBI keeps repo rate unchanged at 6% - On 4th October 2017, RBI in its fourth Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement
decided to keep the policy Repo rate unchanged at 6%. Therefore, the reverse repo rate under the LAF remains at 5.75 per
cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate at 6.25 per cent. However, RBI cut the Statutory
Liquidity Ratio (SLR) by 0.5 percent to 19.5 percent.
New Policy & Reserve Rates
1. Repo Rate 6% (unchanged)

2. Reverse Repo Rate 5.75% (unchanged)

3. CRR (Cash Reserve Ratio) 4.00% (unchanged)

4. SLR (Statutory Liquidity Ratio) 19.05% (changed)

5. MSF (Marginal Standing Facility) 6.25% (unchanged)

6. Bank Rate 6.25% (unchanged)

2. RBI opens branch in Dehradun – RBI had opened its use of any official financial institution or bank as an
new branch in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The branch intermediary. Peer-to-peer lending removes the
was inaugurated by Uttarakhand Chief Minister middleman from the process and matches lenders with
Trivendra Singh Rawat. Earlier, the state government borrowers online, but it also involves more time, effort
had to do financial transactions through the Kanpur and risk than the general lending process.
branch of the RBI. 5. RBI issues guidelines for Peer to Peer lending
3. Reserve Bank of India recently acknowledged HDFC platform – Following are the guidelines -
Bank Ltd as a Domestic-Systemically Important ● Unless an NBFC has received the Certificate of
Bank (D-SIB). With this, HDFC Bank joins State Bank Registration, it cannot start the the business of a
of India and ICICI Bank in the elite D-SIB list. P2P lending platform.
Note: The higher capital requirements applicable to D- ● New companies who are looking for registration
SIBs will be applicable from April 1, 2016, in a phased with the bank as an NBFC-P2P must have a net
manner and would become fully effective from April 1, owned funds of not less than 20 million rupees
2019. or such higher amount as the RBI may specify.
4. P2P platforms will now act as NBFCs: Govt. - ● The existing NBFC-P2Ps have to apply for
According to the gazette notification issued by the registration as NBFC-P2Ps within 3 months.
government, all Peer-to-peer lending (P2P) platforms Functions of NBFC-P2P – Following are the functions
will now considered as Non-Banking Financial of NBFC-P2P –
Companies (NBFCs) and will be regulated by Reserve (i) It is necessary to provide online platform to
Bank of India (RBI). members involved in P2P lending.
About Peer-To-Peer Lending (P2P) - Peer-to-peer (ii) Cannot lend on its own.
lending (P2P) is a method of bulk funding that enables (iv) Cannot hold its own balance sheet of funds received
individuals to borrow and lend money - without the from lenders or funds given to borrowers

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(v) NBFC-P2P can’t cross-sell products. 2,44,323 crore and this includes masala bonds of
Guidelines for lenders and borrowers – Rs.44,001 crore.
(1) A lender can’t lend more than Rs 10 lakh to all 8. Two regional rural banks record Over Rs 150-cr
borrowers at any point of time across all P2Ps Profit in FY17: According to the Reserve Bank of
(2) Borrowers can’t borrow more than Rs 10 lakh from India’s ‘Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in
all lenders at any point of time across all P2Ps India’ - Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank and
(3) Not more than Rs 50,000 can be borrowed from Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank recorded net profit
single lender to the same borrower, across all P2Ps. of more than ₹150 crore during 2016-17.
(4) The maturity of the loans shall not exceed 36 9. RBI to pay Rs 30,659 cr dividend to Govt. - The
months. Reserve Bank has to pay Rs 30,659 crore to the
Fund transfer mechanism – Bank account is mandatory government for the fiscal ended June 2017. It is a less
for transfer of funds. The transfer of funds between lenders than half of what it paid in 2016. Previous year in 2016
& borrowers on the P2P platform will be done through RBI had paid Rs 65,876 crore dividend to the
escrow account mechanisms. Cash transactions are not government.
allowed in P2P platform. 10. RBI issues new Rs 200, Rs 50 banknotes - After
6. RBI to conduct financial literacy drive in 9 states – demonetization, Rs 200 is the fourth note introduced
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to launch by the apex bank.
a financial literacy drive in 80 blocks in 9 states. Features of Rs. 200 bank note – The note will carry
The nine states include - Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, the signature of RBI governor Urjit Patel, the year of
Bihar, Odisha, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, printing on the left, and the Swachh Bharat logo with
Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. the slogan.
Objective – ● Colour – The colour of the bank note is Bright
● The main objective of the financial literacy drive Yellow.
is to educate people on e-transactions, formal ● Design: It has a motif of Sanchi Stupa on the
sector borrowings and insurance purchases. reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage.
● Also, to create awareness among people on - e- ● Dimension - The dimension of the bank note will
transactions through electronic means such as be 66mm X 146mm.
NEFT, RTGS, IMPS, Internet Banking, Mobile ● Latent image with denominational numeral 200.
Banking and UPI (Unified Payment Interface). ● Windowed security thread with inscriptions
Key points – ‘भारत’ and RBI with colour shift. Colour of the
● Depositor Education and Awareness Fund (DEAF) thread changes from green to blue when the note
will implement the pilot project in collaboration is tilted.
with banks and six non-governmental organisations ● Denominational numeral with Rupee Symbol, ₹
(NGOs) 200 in colour changing ink (green to blue) on
● Six NGOs include - CRISIL Foundation, Dhan bottom right.
Foundation, Swadhaar Fin Access, Indian School of ● Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right.
Micro Finance for Women (ISMW), Samarpit and ● Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (200)
the PACE Foundation. watermarks
● The total cost of the project over a period of three Features of 50 Rs bank note – The note will carry
years would be around Rs 18.40 Cr. the signature of RBI governor Urjit Patel, the year of
7. Masala Bonds to be treated as ECB: RBI - Masala printing on the left, and the Swachh Bharat logo with
bonds were treated by Foreign Portfolio Investors the slogan and language panel.
(FPI) till 3rd October 2017.Now, The Reserve Bank of ● Colour: The bank note is fluorescent blue in
India (RBI) announced that it is free from FPI and colour.
being treated by External Commercial Borrowings ● Design: The note bears the motif of ‘Hampi with
(ECB). Chariot’ on the reverse that depicts India’s
Note: Masala bonds are rupee-denominated overseas cultural heritage.
bonds. Currently, the limit for investment by Foreign ● Ashoka pillar emblem on the right side.
Portfolio Investors (FPIs) in corporate bonds is Rs ● Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (50)
watermarks.

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● Dimension - Dimension of the banknote will be 15. RBI broadens scope of Banking Ombudsman
66 mm x 135 mm. Scheme – With the amendment, from 1 July 2017, the
● Windowed demetalised security thread with banking ombudsman scheme will include –
inscriptions ‘भारत’ and RBI, i. sale of insurance, mutual funds and other third-party
● Note: Till now, India has currency denominations investment products by banks
of Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2,000. ii. mobile and online banking services.
11. RBI identified 12 accounts with 25% of bank bad Now, a bank customer also files a complaint to Banking
loans - The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had identified Ombudsman on following issues –
12 accounts which represents 25% of the gross bad i. Mutual Fund & Insurance policy - wrongly sold
loans in the banking system. RBI had ordered the third party products such as mutual fund schemes &
banks to implement the insolvency and bankruptcy
insurance policies.
code on these 12 accounts to recover the dues. These
accounts are overdue of above Rs 5,000 crore each. ii. mobile and online banking services - delay or
Name of some accounts include - Lanco Infratech failure of online payments or fund transfers and
Ltd, Essar Steel, Bhushan Steel, Electrosteel Steel, Alok unauthorized electronic payments or fund transfers.
Industries, Jyoti Structures, Monnet Ispat and Jaypee Key points -
Associates. Note: IDBI Bank has initiated insolvency ● So far, the banking ombudsman only accepted
proceeding against Lanco Infratech ltd. complaints about banking products and services.
12. RBI initiates PCA against six banks as NPA mounts - ● Third-party products sold by banks, such as
The Reserve Bank of India has initiated prompt insurance and mutual fund products, were kept
corrective action (PCA) against six banks in view of out of its ambit.
the high level of bad loans. ● RBI has included in its amended scheme that in
Six banks include – Bank of Maharashtra, Central Bank case of any grievance, you can lodge a complaint
of India, IDBI Bank, UCO Bank, Dena Bank and Indian against the bank for its non-adherence to RBI’s
Overseas Bank. The move will restrict the bank from instructions on mobile banking and electronic
announcing the dividend, opening branches, hiring and banking services in India.
giving loans to companies rated below investment Increase in compensation amount: The RBI has
grade. increased the compensation limit from Rs10 lakh to
13. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up Supervisory Rs20 lakh. The compensation excludes the amount
Colleges for six Scheduled Commercial Banks which involved in the dispute. For case, if you have a
have sizeable international presence. The banks
complaint about a transaction amount of, say, Rs15
include - - State Bank of India, ICICI Bank Ltd., Bank of
lakh. The compensation will be over and above this
India, Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank Ltd. and Punjab
amount.
National Bank.
16. RBI limits Customer liability in Online Banking – As
The objectives of the colleges are to enhance
per the RB guidelines on customer liability –
information exchange and cooperation among
supervisors, to improve understanding of the risk ● The full amount will be credited to the account
profile of the banking group and thereby facilitate - If the customers report to the banks regarding
the loss they suffer through online banking
more effective supervision of internationally active
banks. transactions within 3 days, then the amount
involved will be credited to their accounts within
14. RBI fined Rs. 3 cr penalty on UBI - The RBI has
imposed a penalty of Rs. 3 crore on state- a time period of 10 days.
owned Union Bank of India for “non-compliance” ● Only Rs. 25,000 will be credited to the account
with the directions on Know Your Customer (KYC) - In case the third-party fraud is reported with a
norms. This action is based on deficiencies in delay of 4 to 7 working days, a customer will face
liability of up to Rs. 25,000.
regulatory compliance and is not intended to
pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or ● Only Rs. 10,000 will be credited to the account
agreement entered into by the bank with its - If the fraud is report after 7 days, the customer
customers. liability will be determined as per the bank’s
Board approved policy. The maximum liability of a

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savings bank account customer will be Rs10,000 ● Aadhaar card mandatory - To ensure hassle-free
in such cases. benefits to farmers under the Interest Subvention
17. RBI’s notification related to Interest Subvention Scheme, the banks are advised to make Aadhaar
Scheme for Short Term Crop Loans during the year linkage mandatory for availing of short-term crop
2017-18 – A farmer can avail loans up to Rs. 3 lakh at loans in 2017-18.
an interest rate of 7% p.a. during the year 2017-18. ● Note: The Cabinet has approved the total
● This interest subvention of 2 per cent will be
expenditure of Rs 20,339 crore for this financial
calculated on the crop loan amount from the date year (FY) as interest subsidy on short-term crop
of its disbursement up to the date of actual
loans.
repayment by the farmer or up to the due date of
the loan fixed by the banks, whichever is earlier,
subject to a maximum of one year.

India’s GDP Growth Rate Projected by Different Org. – 2017

1. The Reserve Bank of India - 6.7% in 2017-18. ● UN projected World GDP growth rate at 2.7% in
Note: Also, the projection of real GVA (Gross Value 2017-18.
Added) growth for 2017-18 has been revised down to ● UN projected World GDP growth rate at 2.7% in
6.7 per cent from the August 2017 projection of 7.3 2018-19.
per cent. ● UN Secretary‑General - António Guterres
● RBI Governor – Dr. Urjit Patel ● UN headquarter – New York, US
● RBI headquarter – Mumbai, India ● Members countries - 193
2. International Monetary Fund (IMF) - 6.7% in 2017- 6. The credit rating agency Fitch Ratings 6.9% for 2017-
18. 18.
● IMF projected India’s GDP growth rate at 7.4% in ● Fitch CEO – Paul Taylor
2018-19. ● Fitch Ratings headquarter – New York, US
● IMF projected World GDP growth rate at 3.5% in 7. India Ratings and Research - 6.7% in 2017-18.
2017 and 3.6% in 2018. ● India Ratings and Research MD & CEO - Rohit
● IMF Chief – Christine Lagarde Sawhney.
● IMF headquarter – Washington, D.C. (US) ● India Ratings and Research headquarter – Mumbai,
3. World Bank - 7% in 2017-18. Maharashtra
● World Bank projected India’s GDP growth rate at 8. Domestic rating agency CRISIL - 6.7% in 2017-18.
7.5% in 2018-19. ● CRISIL MD & CEO - Ashu Suyash
● World Bank projected India’s GDP growth rate at ● CRISIL headquarter – Mumbai, Maharashtra
7.5% in 2019-20. 9. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) - 7.1% in 2017-18.
● World Bank projected World GDP growth rate at ● CSO Director General – Davendra Verma
2.7% in 2017-18. ● CSO headquarter – New Delhi, India
● World Bank President – Jim Yong Kim 10. Japanese financial holding company Nomura - 7.1% in
● World Bank headquarter – Washington, D.C. (US) 2017-18.
● Members countries - 189 ● Nomura CEO: Koji Nagai
4. Asian Development Bank (ADB)- 7% in 2017-18. ● Nomura headquarter - Minato, Tokyo, Japan
● Asian Development Bank (ADB) projected India’s 11. HSBC - 7.1% in 2017-18.
GDP growth rate at 7.5% in 2018-19. ● HSBC CEO: Stuart Gulliver
● ADB President: Takehiko Nakao ● HSBC headquarter – London, UK
● ADB headquarter –Mandaluyong, Philippines 12. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
● Members countries - 67 Development (OECD) - 6.7% in 2017-18.
5. United Nation (UN) - 7.3% in 2017-18. ● OECD projected India’s GDP growth rate at 7.2% in
● UN projected India’s GDP growth rate at 7.9% in 2018-19.
2018-19. ● OECD Secretary-General: Angel Gurría
● OECD headquarter – Paris, France
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Digital Banking

1. National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) – It is a guidance and support of the Reserve Bank of India
payment system which facilitates one-to-one funds (RBI) and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).
transfer. Under this facility, any customer can ● NPCI – Headquarter: Mumbai, Maharashtra
electronically transfer funds from any bank branch to 5. About Unified Payments Interface (UPI)- It is an
any individual, firm or corporate having an account instant payment system to transfer money between
with any other bank branch in the country. two parties bank accounts. It is a similar to NEFT or
● Transaction Limit: There is no minimum & RTGS transfers in that way. It is developed by the
maximum limit of amount. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
● Note: For cash-based remittance and remittance 6. Immediate payment service (IMPS) – It is an instant
to Nepal - the maximum amount per transaction is real-time payment service which help customer to
limited to Rs 50,000. transfer money anytime and anywhere in India. This
● Timing: At present, NEFT operates in hourly service is similar to NEFT & RTGS and available 24/7
batches - there are twelve settlements from 8 am throughout the year including bank holidays. This
to 7 pm on week days (Monday through Friday) service is offered by National Payments Corporation of
and six settlements from 8 am to 1 pm on India (NPCI).
Saturdays. ● Transaction limit – There is a maximum limit of
2. Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) – Under this 2 lakhs.
facility the transfer of funds is done individually on an 7. Interbank Mobile Payment Service (IMPS) – It is an
order by order basis (without any delay). The RTGS instant interbank fund transfer service in which mobile
system is primarily meant for large value transactions. phones are used as channel through which transaction
● Transaction Limit: The minimum amount is Rs. 2 happens with the use of Mobile Money
lakh. There is no upper ceiling for RTGS Identifier(MMID). For each account, MMID is generated
transactions. by bank and it is linked with registered mobile
● Timing: The RTGS service window for customer's number. Now, account details are fetched from MMID
and via registered mobile number transaction occurs.
transactions is available to banks from 9.00 hours
● **Only MMID and Registered Mobile Number of
to 16.30 hours on week days and from 9.00 hours
Payee are needed. Mobile Money Identifier is a 7
to 14:00 hours on Saturdays for settlement at the
digit number, issued by banks.
RBI end. However, the timings that the banks
● Transaction Limits - RBI has defined the
follow may vary depending on the customer
maximum limit per day transaction. If transaction
timings of the bank branches.
happens in encrypted format (from net banking)
3. Indian Financial System Code (IFSC) – It is a 11-digit
then limit is 50,000 rupees per day whereas if
alpha-numeric code which identifies a bank-branch
transaction happens in unencrypted messaging
participating in the NEFT & RTGS system. IFSC is used
formats (from mobile instrument via text
by the NEFT system to identify the originating /
message) then limit is 1,000 rupees per day.
destination banks / branches and also to route the
8. *99# Service – It is a mobile banking facility which is
messages appropriately to the concerned banks /
based on Unstructured Supplementary Service Data
branches.
(USSD). With the help of this service a bank customer
Note: IFSC code represent –
can perform financial activities by just dialing *99#
● First 4 alpha characters indicate – bank name
from his/her mobile registered with the bank. *99# is
● Fifth characters is – 0
a common number across all Telecom Service
● Last 6 characters indicate – bank branch.
Providers (TSPs). The service works across all GSM
● For ex - SBIN0000125 – Here – SBIN indicates –
service providers and handsets.
State Bank of India. 0124 represent the Lucknow
9. About Unstructured Supplementary Service Data
Main Branch name.
(USSD) – USSD allows transmission of information
4. About NPCI - National Payments Corporation of India
through a GSM (Global System for Mobile
(NPCI) is an umbrella organization for all retail
Communications) network. It is used to send text
payments system in India. It was set up with the
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program in the network. At present, it is one of the best on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and developed
accessible communications technology to deliver by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
mobile financial services to low-income customers. ● The Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched BHIM
10. Aadhar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) – It is an app for Android and iOS devices on 30th Dec 2016
Indian payment system which is based on unique at the Digi Dhan Mela event in New Delhi.
identification number, the AADHAAR. The system
allows a person holding an Aadhaar number to carry Features of BHIM App -
out financial transaction on a Micro-ATM provided by ● Maximum limit- User can transfer maximum
the Banking correspondent. It is developed by National amount upto Rs 20,000 in a day.
● You can send upto Rs. 10,000 in a single
Payments Corporation of India.
transaction.
11. Aadhaar Payments Bridge System (APBS): It is a ● Transaction Charges – There is no transaction
payment gateway platform used for Aadhaar schemes. charges.
Under this facility - Aadhaar number used as a central ● UPI PIN – It is a four or six digit number which is
key for electronically channelizing the Government set by the users itself on BHIM after the
subsidies and benefits in the Aadhaar Enabled Bank registration process. UPI PIN is used for
Accounts (AEBA) of the intended beneficiaries. It is authenticating all transactions done on UPI
platform (BHIM or *99# or UPI apps).
developed by National Payments Corporation of India.
● VPA - Virtual Payment Address (VPA) is a unique
It was used for the first time on 1 January 2013 when identifier which you can use to send and receive
Direct Benefit Transfer was launched by Government money on UPI.
of India. Note: You can use two VPA’s. First one is the
12. BHIM APP – Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) is an default VPA (mobile number@upi). The second
instant payment application which allow users to one, you can create on “My Profile” page.
transfer fund with the help of mobile phone. It is based

Important news related to digital banking -

1. State Bank of India has launched an Artificial Note: Airtel Payments Bank (APB), a joint venture
Intelligence powered chat assistant to help customers between Bharti Airtel Ltd and Kotak Mahindra Bank
in various banking activities. The chat assistant is Ltd.
known as SBI Intelligent Assistant (SIA). This chatbot 4. Paytm Payments Bank join hands with NPCI for
is made by an Artificial intelligence banking platform - RuPay digital card - Paytm Payments Bank (PPB)
Payjo. joined with the National Payments Corporation of
‘SIA’ is considered as a revolution in the digital India (NPCI) for RuPay digital card. With this debit
banking field. It can resolve and handle about 10,000 card customer will get free insurance cover of up to Rs
queries per second. 2 lakh in the case of death or permanent total
2. Canara Bank has launched its first digital Banking disability.
branch in Bengaluru. This branch is named as ‘CANDI’. 5. Google Tez – The new payment app for India by
3. Airtel Payments Bank has become the first payment Google. It is a mobile wallet app which is based on the
bank in India to merge the UPI (Unified Payment Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform. This works
Interface) on its digital platform. With this initiative, similar to the BHIM app.
the bank customers can now link their bank accounts
on Bhim app and make UPI payments.

Important points related to digital banking

1. DCB Bank launches first iris-based ATM in as the machine verifies the customer from the Aadhaar
Telangana - ATM dispense cash without a debit card details like the iris and fingerprint.

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2. DCB Bank launched first Aadhaar-based ATM in 8. First Digital District – Nagpur declared first digital
Bengaluru - The ATM accepts Aadhaar number and district in India.
Aadhaar fingerprint (biometric) instead of ATM / 9. First Digital Village - Akodara village in Sabarkantha
debit card and PIN to dispense cash from the bank district of Gujarat became India’s first Digital village.
account. The village was adopted by ICICI Bank under its digital
3. Country’s first banking robot - Lakshmi launched village project 2015.
by City Union Bank in Chennai. 10. First cashless island - Karang, a small lake island in
4. RBL Bank becomes the first Indian bank to launch Manipur, has become the country’s first cashless
Aadhaar Payment Bridge System for small ticket island.
micro-finance loan disbursements. 11. First ‘digital’ tribal colony - The Nedumkayam tribal
5. RBL Bank launches India’s first credit card exclusively colony at Nilambur in Malappuram lacks basic
for GOLF LOVERS. facilities including toilets. However, the colony has
6. India’s first cash giving app ‘CASHe’ launched by Tslc now become a role model to the country by becoming
Pte Ltd. the first 'digital' tribal colony in India.
7. First Digital State - Kerala declared first digital state
in India.

List of committees on Digital Banking -


● Committee for accelerating growth of Digital Payments in India is headed by Ratan P. Watal.
● Committee to study financial technology and digital banking issues in India is headed by - Sudarshan Sen

Mobile Apps launched by different banks

1. SBI make over-the-counter payments without using


● ‘Mingle’ - the social media banking platform for cash.
Facebook and Twitter users. ● M- Pesa – ICICI bank launched this service in
● ‘Buddy’ - a mobile wallet app in collaboration with collaboration with Vodafone. With this facility, a
Accenture and MasterCard. customer can transfer money and make payments
● ‘eforex’ - an internet-based platform that enables via mobile phone.
customers to book their foreign exchange ● Pocket - ICICI Bank launches India's first digital
transactions online. bank app ‘Pockets’.
● MobiCash – A digital wallet in partnership with ● Money2India - It is an online money transfer
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). tracking service offered to Non-Resident Indians.
● SBI Quick – With this app customer can get ● Eazypay - India’s first mobile app for merchants to
balance or mini statement of account through accept payments on mobile phone through
mobile phone. multiple digital modes.
● Samadhan – A self-service mobile app for ● ICICIBankPay on Twitter - This service in India
everyday banking needs. enables ICICI Bank customers to transfer money to
2. ICICI anyone in the country who has a Twitter account.
● Mera iMobile - India’s first mobile banking ● Smart Vault – Fully automated lockers which is
application for rural customers. based on robotic technology to access the lockers
● iMobile – With the help of this app a customer can from the safe vault conveniently at any time of
perform banking activities just like – transfer of their preference in total privacy, without any
funds, bill payments, can check account balance, intervention of the branch staff.
etc. ● Contactless Credit and Debit Cards - India’s first
● Tap n Pay – ICICI bank launched this service in ‘Contactless’ debit and credit cards, enabling its
collaboration with Tech Mahindra Limited which is customers to make electronic payments by just
based on Near Field Communications (NFC) waving the cards near the merchant terminal in
technology. This service allows any customer to lieu of dipping or swiping them.

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● Software robotics - ICICI bank launched India’s ● Wave N Pay – Contactless credit cards, enabling its
first 'software robotics' initiative. Over 200 customers to make electronic payments by just
software robots are now performing over 1 million waving the cards near the merchant terminal in
transactions per day for the bank which comprises lieu of dipping or swiping them.
10% of its total transactions.
● ICICI Bank launched “ATM on Wheels” India’s first 7. Kotak Mahindra Bank –
Mobile ATM, in Mumbai. ● 811 mobile app - digital banking system on mobile.
3. HDFC Note: 811 offers a zero -balance savings account
● EVA - HDFC Bank launches chatbot Eva for with zero charges for all digital transactions,
customer services. Electronic Virtual Assistant
Note: Kotak is the first bank in India to integrate the newly
(Eva) is India's first Artificial Intelligence -based
banking chatbot and can answer millions of introduced Aadhaar-based OTP authentication process for
customer queries across multiple channels. account opening on mobile. Only Aadhaar and PAN
● Chillar - It is India's first multi-bank mobile numbers are required to open and operate 811.
payment app that links directly to your bank 8. Yes Bank –
account. It allows customer to send money ● PhonePe - It works over the Unified Payments
instantly from their HDFC Bank account to anyone Interface(UPI) platform developed by the National
in their phone book or to a beneficiary using their Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and is
‘Account number & IFSC code' or ‘UPI ID’. powered by YES Bank. PhonePe is a one stop UPI-
● PayZapp – With this you can do online payments based app which can serve all your payment needs,
and money transfer.
in a safe and secure manner.
4. AXIS
● YES mPower - Yes Bank partnered with Silicon
● ‘Lime’ - India’s first Mobile App integrating Wallet,
Valley-based bot platform Gupshup to launch an
Shopping, Payments and Banking
artificial intelligence-powered banking chatbot
● First Multi- Currency Contactless Card service
‘YES mPower’ that instantly gives information
launched by - Axis Bank has launched the first
Contactless Debit, Credit and Multi-Currency Forex about loan products. The ‘YES mPower’ bot is
Card in association with VISA payWave in the available through Facebook Messenger
country 9. Indian Bank –
5. Federal Bank ● IndPay – A mobile application service that enables
● ‘Scan N Pay’ - allows customers to instantly its customers to operate bank account from
transfer money to any of the Federal Bank anywhere, anytime.
accounts through android phones 10. Bank of Baroda –
● Lotza’ is Unified Payment Interface app of Federal ● M-Connect - It offers you the chance to manage all
Bank. of your banking operations using your Smartphone
● FedMobile – Customers can access specified in a convenient, safe and simple manner.
banking services including information relating to 11. Union Bank of India –
their Account(s), transaction details and such ● U-Mobile - The mobile banking facility that will
other services as may be made available by the help you do banking transactions using your
Bank from time to time.
mobile phone.
● FedBook Selfie - India’s first mobile app for bank
12. ‘Project Ananya’ by Syndicate Bank – Syndicate
account opening.
Bank had launched the ‘Project Ananya’ which provide
6. PNB launches –
● mBanking - With the help of this app a customer latest digital banking services to its customer.
can perform banking activities just like – transfer 13. MobiKwik launched ‘Bubble Pin’ as a one-step offline
of funds, bill payments, can check account balance, payments mode, which allows users to make payments
etc. without data connection.

Banking & Financial terms

1. AEPS – Aadhar Enabled Payment System 3. ATM – Automated Teller Machine


2. APBS – Aadhar Payment Bridge System 4. ALM - Asset Liability Management

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5. BBPS – Bharat Bill Payment System 45. UIDAI - Unique Identification Authority of India
6. BHIM - Bharat Interface for Money 46. VPA - Virtual Payment Address.
7. CBS – Core Banking System 47. GDR – Global Depository Receipt
8. CIDR - Central Identities Data Repository 48. GAAR - General anti avoidance rule
9. CTS – Cheque Truncation System 49. PAN – Permanent Account Number
10. CDR - Corporate Debt Restructuring 50. PLR – Prime Lending Rate
11. CASA – Current Account Saving Account 51. SLR – Statutory Liquidity Ratio
12. CAD – Capital Account Deficit 52. SDR – Special Drawing Rights
13. CRR – Cash Reserve Ratio 53. DTAA – Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement
14. ECS – Electronic Clearing Scheme
15. DNS - Domain Name System 54. TIEA – Tax Information Exchange Agreement
16. DEAF - Depositor Education and Awareness Fund 55. EFSF – European Financial Stability Facility
17. EFTPOS - Electronic funds transfer at point of sale
18. EFT – Electronic Fund Transfer. 56. PPP – Purchasing Power Parity
19. FRBM - Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management 57. PPP – Public Private Partnership
20. LGD - Loss Given Default 58. NPS – New Pension Scheme
21. GNFV - Gross Negative Fair Value 59. EEFC - Exchange Earner's Foreign Currency
22. SFTs: Securities financing transactions 60. FII – Foreign Institutional Investor
23. HCE - Host Card Emulation
61. DII – Domestic Institutional Investor
24. PFE - Potential Future Exposure
25. ICAAP - Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process 62. GST – Goods and Services Tax
26. IFSC - Indian Financial System Code 63. DTC – Direct Tax Code
27. IMPS - Immediate Payment Service 64. FCNRA – Foreign Currency Non- Resident account
28. IMPS - Interbank Mobile Payment Service
29. MMID - Mobile Money Identifier 65. MFI - Micro Finance Institutions
30. MPIN - Mobile Personal Identification Number 66. MFDC – Micro Finance Development Council
31. NPA – Non- Performing Assets 67. TRAI - Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
32. NPCI - National Payment Corporation of India 68. MSF – Marginal Standing Facility
33. NFS – National Financial Switch
69. IDF – Infrastructure Debt Fund
34. NACH – National Automated Clearing House
35. NEFT – National Electronic Fund Transfer 70. CRIS – Comparative Rating Index for Sovereign
36. NFC - Near field communication 71. LIBOR – London Inter Bank Operation Rate
37. NDTL – Net Demand and Time Liabilities. 72. MIBOR – Mumbai Inter Bank Operation Rate
38. OTC – Over the Counter 73. MICR – Magnetic Ink Character Recognition
39. PIN – Personal Identification Number 74. SARFAESI - Securitization and Reconstruction of
40. PAC - Personal Access Code Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest
41. PCA - Prompt Corrective Action 75. BCBS - Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
42. PSPs - Payment Support Providers 76. NPCI - National Payments Corporation of India
43. RTGS – Real Time Gross Settlement
44. USSD - Unstructured Supplementary Services Data

Agreement

1. IOC overtakes ONGC to become India's most 3. NABARD sanctioned loan of Rs 1,350-cr to
profitable PSU - Indian Oil Corporation has overtaken Rajasthan Government for the creation of rural
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to infrastructure in the state under the Rural
become India’s most profitable state-owned company. Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).
2. SAAB & Adani Group join hands to build Gripen E 4. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide
fighter jets in India - Swedish defence major SAAB a USD 152 million to Nepal for the implementation
and Adani Group has join hands to manufacture Gripen and enhancement of its power transmission and
E fighter jets in India under the Defence Ministry’s $10 distribution. ADB and Nepal’s Ministry of Finance
billion single-engine fighter jet procurement signed the loan agreement in Kathmandu.
programme.
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5. The Finance Ministry & World Bank ink pact of $24 commitment under the Paris Climate agreement
million to improve India’s Forest Ecosystem Services. according to French Development Agency (AFD).
6. World Bank to provide $250-million loan to train 11. World Bank has approved a loan assistance of 44
India's job seekers - The World Bank has cleared million dollars for the Assam State Public Finance
a USD 250-million loan for making Indian youth more Institutional Reforms (ASPIRe) Project.
employable through reskilling, in a move that is seen to 12. West Bengal Gets $300 Million ADB Loan - ADB has
aid the Skill India Mission. Under the program, adults sanctioned a USD 300 million loan facility for
in 15-59 years of age, underemployed or unemployed, carrying forward fiscal reforms in West Bengal. The
will get the skill training. board of Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a
7. ADB approved loan of $80-Million to Himachal loan of USD 300 million to continue a comprehensive
Pradesh - Asian Development Bank (ADB) has series of fiscal reforms in West Bengal.
approved a loan of $80 million (about Rs 524 13. Reliance Defence inks Pact with Serbia’s Yugoimport to
crore) for the modernization of Himachal Pradesh’s Manufacture Ammunition in India.
technical and vocational education and training (TVET) 14. Asian Development Bank has pledged USD 10 billion
institutions. for development projects in India.
8. The government of India and Asian Development Bank 15. India, World Bank sign USD 35 million agreement to
(ADB) has signed a 220 million dollar loan for enhance efficiency in tax administration in Assam.
improving connectivity as well as transport efficiency 16. Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has
and safety on State Highways of Rajasthan. approved $150 million equity investment loan to the
9. AIIB approves USD 329 mn loan to build roads in India Infrastructure Fund.
Gujarat - China based Asian Infrastructure Investment 17. India signed an agreement with Sri Lanka on 6 June
Bank (AIIB) announced its approval to a $329 million 2017 to provide fresh assistance of USD 318 million as
loan to build access roads across 4,000 villages in a line of credit for the development of the nation’s
Gujarat. railway sector.
10. To reduce emissions and promote sustainability to 18. India & World Bank signed an agreement – for
help India’s smart city programme, France and the Himachal Pradesh Financial Management Capacity
European Union have extended a grant of 3.5 million Building programme. USD 36 million.
euros under the ‘Moblise Your City’ (MYC) 19. India signed a USD 39.2 million loan agreement with
initiative. Three Indian cities- Nagpur, Kochi and the World Bank for the Assam Citizen Centric Service
Ahmedabad -- will get the grant as part of the EU’s Delivery project

Financial & Economy News

1. GIC Re launched India’s 3rd largest IPO - General South Africa) with an initial authorised capital of
Insurance Corp of India (GIC Re) launched its mega Rs the bank is USD 100 billion.
11,370 crore initial public offer (IPO). This is India's ● The headquarter of NDB is in Shanghai, China.
third biggest IPO ever after Coal India's Rs 15,200 ● K.V. Kamath is the first President of NDB.
crore and Reliance Power's Rs 11,700 crore issues. 4. BSNL Launches digital wallet bespoke - BSNL went
2. Wholesale inflation rose to a four-month high of 3.24 digital by launching a bespoke mobile wallet (mobile
per cent in August as prices of food articles, led by payment App) that would enable its existing 100
onions and vegetables, soared. Inflation based on the million customers to make Bill payments. The wallet
Wholesale Price Index was 1.88 per cent in July 2017 has been developed and issued by MobiKwik on behalf
and 1.09 per cent in August 2016. of BSNL.
3. First regional centre of New Development Bank 5. Nestle set up a first food safety institute in
opened in Johannesburg, South Africa. Manesar, Gurugram to help develop standards in
Note: food safety and quality. It will provide guidance and
● The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly training on food safety. While this is the first such
referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, is a institute in India, Nestle already runs a similar
multilateral development bank established by the Institute each in China and Lausanne, Switzerland.
BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and 6. India becomes 1st country to give to UN Tax Fund
with $100000 contribution - India has contributed
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$100,000 to a UN fund to help developing countries Central Statistical Organization (CSO), Ministry of
actively participate in the discussion of tax Statistics and Programme Implementation.
issues, becoming the first country to make the Note:
contribution. The UN Tax Trust Fund aims to support
● The CSO had revised base year of IIP from 2004-
the work of the Committee of Experts on International
05 to 2011-12 in May 2017 to capture structural
Cooperation in Tax Matters.
changes in economy and improve quality and
7. WTO estimated World Trade to grow at 3.6% in
2017. According to revised estimates circulated by representativeness of indices.
the World Trade Organisation, the World trade in ● The revised IIP (2011-12) reflects changes in
goods is estimated to grow at a higher 3.6 percent in industrial sector and also aligns it with base year
2017. Earlier growth was projected at 2.4 percent in of other macroeconomic indicators like Wholesale
2017. Price Index (WPI) and Gross Domestic Product
8. US shut down Pakistan’s Habib Bank - The US (GDP).
banking regulators has shut down the Pakistan’s Habib ● The IIP covers 407 item groups. Sector wise these
Bank office in New York for constantly failing to items falls into 3 categories viz. Manufacturing
attention concerns over possible terrorist financing (405 items), Mining (1 items) & Electricity (1
and money laundering. item). The weights of three sectors are 77.63%,
Note: Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan is a Karachi 14.37%, 7.9% respectively.
based multinational bank. It is the largest bank by 13. ICEX launches world’s first diamond futures
assets in Pakistan. Sultan Ali Allana is a Chairman and contracts - The Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) as
Nauman Dar is a President & CEO of HBL. launched world’s first diamond futures contracts to
9. India’s Forex reserves cross $400 billion for first provide exporters with a hedging tool. ICEX has
time - According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI), received approval from market regulator Securities
India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves have crossed Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to commence trading
$400 billion mark for the first time. The increase was with diamond futures contracts.
due sharp rise in foreign currency assets. Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) –
Note: India is now at sixth position in forex reserves ● ICEX is deemed recognized Stock exchange
ranking behind China (3,053 billion reserves), Japan providing a nation-wide on-line trading platform in
($1,188 billion), Switzerland ($743 billion), Saudi commodity derivative.
● It is a public-private partnership with Reliance
Arabia ($489 billion) and Taiwan ($441 billion).
Capital, MMTC Ltd, Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd,
10. Air India Ties up with PNB, IndusInd - Air India has
Indian Potash Ltd, KRIBHCO and IDFC Bank as
tied up Punjab National Bank and IndusInd Bank to
major shareholders.
secure loans to the tune of over Rs 3,000 crore for
● It was established under the SCRA, 1956 in terms
meeting working capital requirements.
of Section 131(B) of Finance Act, 2015 pursuant to
11. Core sector growth rises to 4.9% in August 2017 -
central Government notification issued in August
According to Ministry of Commerce & Industry, eight
2015.
core sectors grew by 4.9% in August 2017, the highest
14. Union Government launches Bharat 22 ETF to sell
growth rate since April 2017. It was higher than 3.1%
stakes in 22 firms - The Union Finance Ministry has
in August 2016 and 2.6% in July 2017
launched second exchange-traded fund (ETF),
12. IIP rises to 9-month high of 4.3% in August 2017-
named Bharat 22. It will help to speed up
According to data released by Central Statistics Office
Government’s disinvestment programme budgeted to
(CSO), factory output measured in terms of Index of
raise a record Rs 72,500 crore in the FY 2018.
Industrial Production (IIP) has grown nine-month high
Note:
to 4.3% in August 2017.
● Bharat 22 comprise of 22 stocks including those of
About Index of Industrial Production (IIP) - The IIP
central public sector enterprises (CPSEs), public
is composite indicator that measures short-term
sector banks (PSBs) and its holdings under the
changes in volume of production of basket of industrial
Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of India
products during given period with respect to chosen (SUUTI).
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● Bharat 22 is a well-diversified ETF spanning six 17. New Development Bank (NDB) - has approved USD
sectors — basic materials, energy, finance, 470 million loan for Madhya Pradesh’s Multi-Village
industrials, FMCG and utilities. Rural Drinking Water Supply Scheme Project.
● The sector wise weightage in the Bharat 22 Index 18. Telecom giant Verizon has acquired Yahoo’s core
is basic materials (4.4%), energy (17.5%), finance business for $4.48bn (£3.51m), thus ending Yahoo’s
(20.3%), FMCG (15.2%), industrials (22.6%), and two-decade long run as an independent company.
utilities (20%). Verizon is the No.1 wireless operator in the US.
About Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) 19. Union Government restricts import of gold, silver
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are essentially items from South Korea. India is the world's biggest
index funds that are listed and traded on gold consumer after China and it imposes a 10 percent
exchanges like stocks. They are basically basket of import duty on gold and silver.
stocks with assigned weights that reflects the 20. India to import crude oil from US for first time –
composition of an index. They are similar to India, the world’s third-largest oil importer, for the
first time will import crude oil from the United States.
mutual funds in a certain manner but are more
The purchase comes after Prime Minister Narendra
liquid as they can be sold quickly on stock
Modi’s visit to the US in June 2017 when President
exchanges like shares. The ETFs trading value is
Donald Trump had assured that US looks forward to
based on the net asset value of the underlying
export more energy products to India.
stocks that it represents 21. DIPP to set up India’s first TISC in Punjab –
15. MCX gets SEBI approval to launch India’s first gold Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)
options contract – Commodity derivatives bourse will establish India’s first Technology and Innovation
Multi Commodity Exchange Ltd (MCX) has received Support Center (TISC) at Patent Information Centre of
markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of Punjab. TISC will be established in Punjab under the
India’s (SEBI) approval to launch India’s first gold World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO)
options contract. TISC program.
Note: The MCX is the country’s largest metals and 22. NMCE, ICEX to merge to create India’s third biggest
energy commodity bourse. It is country’s first listed commodity exchange - National Multi Commodity
commodity futures exchange that facilitates online Exchange (NMCE), India’s first demutualised online
trading, and clearing and settlement of commodity national multi-commodities exchange will merge with
futures transactions, thereby providing a platform for Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX). The merged entity
risk management. will create India’s third biggest commodity exchange.
16. CCEA approves implementation of Dairy Note:
Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund ● The largest commodity exchange by volume is the
scheme - The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) followed by
(CCEA) has approved implementation of Dairy National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange
Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) (NCDEX).
scheme with an outlay of Rs 10881 crore. ● At present, India has six national commodity
Note: exchanges namely, Multi Commodity Exchange
● The Dairy Processing & Infrastructure (MCX), National Commodity and Derivatives
Development Fund will be set up as a corpus of Rs Exchange (NCDEX), National Multi-Commodity
8004 crore with National Bank for Agriculture and Exchange (NMCE) and Indian Commodity
Rural Development (NABARD). Exchange (ICEX), ACE Derivatives exchange (ACE)
● The scheme will be implemented during the and Universal commodity exchange (UCX) apart
period from 2017-18 to 2028-29. from numerous regional exchanges.
● The project will be implemented by National ● Government had established regulatory body is
Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and National Forward Markets Commission (FMC) in 1953. It
Dairy Development Corporation (NCDC) directly was merged with the Securities and Exchange
through the End Borrowers. Board of India (SEBI) in September 2015.
23. Union Government launches new tax payer service
module Aaykar Setu - Aaykar Setu, a new tax payer
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service module - The module was launched in a ● Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) was assisted
mobile responsive android version along with the by the US Department of Treasury to create a debt
desktop version to enhance mobile access experience. policy.
24. India’s Largest Municipal Bond Programme About Municipality Bonds - Municipality bonds can be
launched - Union Urban Development Minister issued by the city corporations to fund developmental
Venkaiah Naidu has launched India’s largest municipal projects. Institutional investors, as well as the public, can
bond programme. The Pune Municipal Corporation buy these bonds. The corporations can use the revenues
(PMC) became the first municipal corporation in the earned from the developmental projects like Metro rail
country to tap money through municipal bonds in 14 network to repay the interest and principal on these
years. The AA+ rated PMC’s municipal bonds raised Rs bonds. These municipal bonds have now been permitted
200 crore at 7.59 per cent rate at the Bombay Stock
for public offering by SEBI.
Exchange (BSE).
Municipal bonds have been in existence in India from the
Note:
year 1997. Cities such as Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Nashik
● This is the first-ever mobilisation of debt capital
and Madurai have already issued them. These bonds will
by a municipal corporation on the BSE BOND
platform. This will also be the first issuance since help the city corporations to directly raise funds without
the publication of ‘Issue and Listing of Debt the help of grants from the state governments or agencies
Securities by Municipalities Regulations, 2015’ by such as World Bank.
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

SBI Bank in News

1. SBI launched India’s first bond index in London - 7. SBI tops share of Wilful Default to PSBs - SBI,
SBI along with FTSE Russell, global index and data accounts for over 27 per cent of the total amount owed
provider launched FTSE SBI Bond Index series at to public sector banks by wilful defaulters. As many as
London Stock Exchange (LSE). It is India’s first bond 1,762 wilful defaulters owed SBI Rs 25,104 crore.
index series for overseas investors. Punjab National Bank (PNB) is next on the list with
2. SBI launches ‘SBI Realty’ portal for home buyers - 1,120 wilful defaulters having outstanding non-
SBI has launched ‘SBI Realty’ a dedicated portal that performing assets (NPAs) of Rs 12,278 crore. Together
will help home buyers to choose flats from its 3,000 these two banks account for Rs 37,382 crore or 40 per
approved projects across the country. cent of the total outstanding loans.
3. SBI launched SME Assist for MSME Clients – SBI has 8. SBI Tops Trust and Popularity Charts - According to
launched a new initiative ‘SME Assist’ to provide a survey conducted by Brand Finance, a business
a short-term working capital demand loan to its MSME valuation and strategic consultancy, SBI is India’s most
clients. It offers loans to MSME customers on the basis trusted and most popular bank.
of their input credit claims under Goods and Services Note: On the trust charts, SBI is followed by HDFC
Tax (GST). The loan processing fee under the scheme is
Bank and Central Bank of India whereas on the
Rs 2,000.
4. SBI to set up India’s largest Innovation Centre in popularity charts, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank take
Mumbai – SBI will set up a 15,000-sqft innovation the second and third spots respectively.
centre at its Global IT Centre in Belapur in Navi 9. SBI Eases Minimum Balance Rules On Savings
Mumbai. Accounts - SBI had lowered the Minimum Average
5. SBI launches first paperless Banking services Monthly Balance (MAB) requirement in a savings
sbiINTOUCH in Nepal – SBI has launched its fully account to Rs 3,000 from Rs 5,000 and also revised
automatic digital banking services in the Nepalese downwards penalties for not maintaining such a
capital Kathmandu. balance.
6. SBI, World Bank finance ₹400-cr solar projects –
SBI and the World Bank had financed 100 MW of
rooftop solar projects worth Rs. 400 crore in India.

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Other Bank in News

1. IDBI Bank only PSB to get ‘high’ rating for code by RBI. Ujjivan SFB commenced its operations as a
compliance - According to the Code Compliance Small Finance Bank with effect from February 1, 2017.
Rating of banks done by the Banking Codes and Note: Samit Ghosh is the MD & CEO of Ujjivan SFB.
Standards Board of India (BCSBI) 2017, only one (IDBI It headquartered is in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Bank) out of 26 public sector banks and eight out of 17 6. Fino Payments Bank has launched its mobile banking
private sector banks got ‘high’ rating for their app called “BPay”.
adherence to code compliance. 7. Canara Bank has launched its first ‘Digital Banking
The eight private sector banks that got ‘high’ rating Branch’ named 'CANDI' in Bengaluru. The most
are- Axis Bank, DCB Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, attractive feature of the digital branch is a humanoid
IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank and robot that addresses basic queries of customers on
YES Bank. The three foreign banks are Citibank, HSBC banking products and services. This is a first-of-its
and Standard Chartered Bank, that were surveyed got kind initiative by a public-sector bank in the country.
‘high’ ranking. 8. Karur Vysya Bank opens its first Aadhaar
2. Kotak Bank launched ‘Kotak Remit’ an Aadhaar- Enrolment Centre in Chennai. KVB is the first private
based integrated outward forex remittance solution for sector bank to provide this service in India.
both customers and non-customers. 9. Corporation Bank has bagged the best performance
3. Fincare Small Finance Bank starts banking awards for Self Help Groups bank linkage program for
operations - Fincare Small Finance Bank Karnataka for 2015-16 and 2016-17 from National
(previously known as Disha Microfin Limited) kick- Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
started its banking operations with about 25 (Nabard).
operational branches across Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, 10. KVGB Bags Best Performer Award - National Bank
Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The bank was given for Agriculture and Rural Development
final small finance bank (SFB) licence from the Reserve (NABARD) has conferred the ‘best performance
Bank of India (RBI) in May 2017. award’ for 2015-16 and 2016-17 to Karnataka Vikas
Note: Rajeev Yadav is the CEO of Fincare Small Grameen Bank (KVGB) for its work in the field of
Finance Bank. Its headquartered is in Bengaluru, credit-linking joint liability groups (JLGs).
11. IDBI Bank has launched ‘Project Nishchay’ in
Karnataka.
partnership with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
4. PNB & BSNL ties up for mobile wallet “Speedpay” -
to accelerate its turnaround program and improve
Punjab National Bank (PNB) & BSNL has joined hands
financial performance.
to roll out open mobile wallet Speedpay across 10
12. HDFC Life Insurance Company has launched 'Neo', a
states in the country. Under the agreement, BSNL will
servicing bot for Twitter that uses artificial
expand Speedpay services in Punjab, Chandigarh(UT), intelligence for customer service. This is the second
Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar bot put in operation by HDFC Life, after the launch
Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and of SPOK, which was an email bot to answer customer
Uttarakhand. queries.
5. Ujjivan Small Finance Bank receives scheduled 13. Tata AIA Life Launches ‘Eazy Connect’ - Tata AIA
bank status from RBI - Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Life announced the launch of ‘Eazy Connect’, that will
Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ujjivan Financial extend online customer service to social media
Services Ltd, has been given scheduled bank status platforms.

Rank of India in Global Indexes: 2017

1. Valuable Nation Brand list 2017 – India ranked at 8th ● CEO – David Haigh
positions among 100 countries. The report is prepared 2. Global Financial Centres Index 2017 – India’s
by Brand Finance. financial capital Mumbai was ranked at 60th position
● India’s Previous year ranking – 7th among 92 financial centres. The repost is published by
● Top three countries are – China, Germany & Japan. the Z/Yen and China Development Institute.
● Brand Finance headquarter – London, UK
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● London has topped the index followed by New 8. Ease of Doing Business 2017 – India ranked at 130th
York & Hong Kong. positions among 190 countries. The report is
● The GFCI is released twice a year in March & published by World Bank Group.
September. ● India’s Previous year ranking - 131
3. Global Hunger Index 2017: India ranked at 100th ● Top three countries are – New Zealand, Singapore
positions among 119 countries. The report is & Denmark.
published by International Food Policy Research ● World Bank Group Headquarters– Washington,
Institute (IFPRI). DC, USA
● India’s Previous year ranking – 97th ● President - Jim Yong Kim
● Most hunger countries in the list– The Central 9. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index
African Republic (CAR), Chad and Sierra Leone. 2017 – India ranked at 8th positions among 25
● IFPRI headquarter – Washington D.C., US countries. The report is published by A.T. Kearney.
● Director General - Shenggen Fan ● India’s Previous year ranking – 9th
4. Global Retail Development Index 2017 – India ● Top three countries are -US, Germany & China.
ranked at the top position among 30 countries. The ● A.T. Kearney Headquarter – Chicago, Illinois,
repost is published by - A.T. Kearney's. United States
● India’s Previous year ranking – 2nd ● CEO - Johan Aurik
● The countries ranked on second & third spot – 10. Global Competitiveness Index 2017 – India ranked
China and Malaysia. at 40th positions among 137 countries. The report is
● A.T. Kearney Headquarter – Chicago, Illinois, published by World Economic Forum (WEF).
United States ● India’s Previous year ranking – 39th
● CEO - Johan Aurik ● Top three countries are – Switzerland, US &
5. World Human Development Index 2017 – India Singapore.
ranked at 131st positions among 188 countries. The ● World Economic Forum Headquarter – Cologny,
report is published by United Nations Development Switzerland
Programme (UNDP). ● Founder & CEO - Klaus Schwab
● India’s Previous year ranking – 130 11. Global Human Capital index 2017 – India ranked at
● Top three countries are - Norway, Australia and 103rd positions among 130 countries. The report is
Switzerland. published by the World Economic Forum.
● UNDP Headquarter – New York ● India’s Previous year ranking – 105
● Director General - Achim Steiner ● Top three countries are – Norway, Finland &
6. Global Connectivity Index 2017 – India ranked at Switzerland.
43rd positions among 50 countries. The report is ● World Economic Forum Headquarter – Cologny,
compiled and published by Huawei a leading global Switzerland
information and communications technology. ● Founder & CEO - Klaus Schwab
● India’s Previous year ranking - 44 12. Global Innovation Index 2017 - India ranked at 60th
● Top three countries are – US, Singapore and positions among 130 countries. The report is
Sweden. published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the
● Huawei headquarters– Shenzhen, China World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
● CEO - Ren Zhengfei (CEO) ● India’s Previous year ranking – 66
7. Word Press Freedom Index 2017 – India ranked at ● Top three countries are – Switzerland, Switzerland
136th positions among 180 countries. The report is & the Netherlands.
compiled and published by Reporters Without ● World Intellectual Property Organization
Borders. Headquarter – Geneva, Switzerland
● India’s Previous year ranking - 133 ● CEO - Francis Gurry
● Top three countries are – Norway, Sweden & 13. Global Peace Index 2017 - India ranked at 137th
Finland. positions among 163 countries. The report is
● Reporters Without Borders Headquarters– Paris, published by the Institute for Economics & Peace.
France
● India’s Previous year ranking – 141
● Director General - Christophe Deloire
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● Top three countries are – Iceland, New Zealand & ● President & CEO- David Hirschmann
Portugal. 18. Sustainable Development Goal Index 2017 - India
● Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) headquarter ranked at 116th positions among 157 countries. The
– Sydney, Australia. report is published by Sustainable Development
● Chairman - Steve Killelea Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann
14. World Happiness Index 2017 - India ranked at Stiftung.
122nd positions among 155 countries. The report is ● India’s Previous year ranking – 110
published by United Nations Sustainable Development ● Top three countries are – Sweden, Denmark &
Solutions Network. Finland.
● India’s Previous year ranking – 118 19. Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017– India
● Top three countries are – Norway, Denmark & ranked at 79th positions among 176 countries. The
Iceland. report is published by Transparency International (TI).
● UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network ● India’s Previous year ranking – 76
Headquarter – New York, USA ● Top 3 countries - New Zealand and Denmark in
● Director - Jeffrey Sachs joint first place followed by Finland and Sweden.
15. Global Resilience Index 2017 - India ranked at 60th ● Counties bottom of the index: Somalia was
positions among 130 countries. The report is ranked the most corrupt country. Other countries
published by FM Global. with lower rankings were Syria, South Sudan,
● India’s Previous year ranking – 107 North Korea.
● Top three countries are – Switzerland, ● Transparency International (TI) Headquarter –
Luxembourg & United Kingdom. Berlin, Germany
● FM Global Headquarter – Johnston, (US) ● Chairman - José Ugaz
● Chairman & CEO - Shivan S. Subramaniam 20. Global Index of Talent Competitiveness 2017 –
India ranked at 92th positions among 118 countries.
16. Economic Freedom Index 2017 – India ranked at
The report is published by INSEAD in partnership with
143rd positions among 186 countries. The report is
The Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership
published by ‘The Heritage Foundation’.
Institute of Singapore (HCLI).
● India’s Previous year ranking – 123
● India’s Previous year ranking – 89
● Top three countries are – Hong Kong, Singapore &
New Zealand.
● Top three countries are – Switzerland, Singapore,
United Kingdom
● The Heritage Foundation headquarter –
Washington, D.C 21. Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI)
2017 - India ranked at 40th positions among 130
● President - Edwin Feulner
countries. The report is published by the World
17. International Intellectual Property Index 2017 –
Economic Forum.
India ranked at 43rd positions among 45 countries.
The report is published by US Chamber of Commerce’s • India’s Previous year ranking – 52
Global Intellectual Property Centre (GIPC). • Top three countries are – Spain, France & Germany.
● India’s Previous year ranking – 37 • World Economic Forum Headquarter – Cologny,
● Top three countries are – United States, United Switzerland
Kingdom & Germany. • Founder & CEO - Klaus Schwab
● US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual
Property Centre (GIPC) headquarter – Washington,
D.C

Schemes under Ministry of Finance-

1. Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY)- • For the senior citizens aged 60 years and above

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• The Scheme provides an assured return of 8% p.a. • Launched by the PM on January 22, 2015 at
payable monthly (equivalent to 8.30% p.a. Panipat, Haryana.
effective) for 10 years. • Objective- Improve Child Sex Ratio, Protection and
• The scheme will be operated by LIC. education of girl child.
2. Jan Suraksha Yojana- • Current brand ambassador-Olympic Bronze
(i) PRADHAN MANTRI JEEVAN JYOTI BIMA YOJANA- medallist Sakshi Malik.
• PMJJBY is a one-year life insurance scheme. 2. Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana-
• Renewable from year to year, offering coverage for • Launched by the Prime Minister on January 21,
death due to any reason and is available to people 2015.
in the age group of 18 to 50 years • Under Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Women
• Premium of Rs.330/- per annum per member and Child Development.
• life cover of Rs. 2 lakhs • It is a part of BBBP (Beti Bachao Beti Padhao).
(ii) PRADHAN MANTRI SURAKSHA BIMA YOJANA- • Only for girls whose age are equal or below 10
• Premium of Rs.12 per year years.
• Age group 18 to 70 years • Tenure- 21 years from the date of opening or girl’s
• Under it, risk coverage available will be Rs.2 lakh marriage
for accidental death and permanent total disability • Current interest rate- 8.3 Percent.
and Rs. 1 lakh for permanent partial disability • Account can be opened via post offices or
(iii) Atal Pension Yojana- commercial banks.
• Launched in 2015 3. POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses) e-
• Focussed on all citizens in the unorganised sector Box-
• Age- min 18 years, Max- 40 years • Online complaint management system
• The Union Govt. would also co-contribute 50% of • Action against the offenders under the POCSO Act,
the subscriber’s contribution or Rs. 1000 per 2012.
annum, whichever is lower. • Any human being up to the age of 18 years is
• Subscribers would receive the fixed pension at the recognised as a child under the POCSO Act.
age of 60 years, depending on their contributions. 4. SHe-box’ (sexual harassment electronic box) portal-
3. PRADHAN MANTRI MUDRA YOJANA (PMMY)- • Launched in July 2017.
• Launched in 2015 • Online platform to enable women employees of
• In this scheme, Mudra (Micro Units Development the central govt. to file complaints related to
and Refinance Agency) bank has been opened to sexual harassment at the workplace.
fund all MFI (Micro Financial institutions) which 5. ‘SABLA’ Scheme-
provide loans to the MSMEs. • Launched in 2010, also known as Rajiv Gandhi
• The lending priority will be given to SC/ST Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls.
enterprises. • Development of adolescent girls of 11-18 years by
• MUDRA Bank has launched three loan instruments: making them ‘self-reliant’.
(i) Shishu- loans up to Rs 50,000 (ii) Kishor- loans • Focus areas- Nutrition, Skill development and
above Rs 50,000 and up to Rs. 5 lakhs Health.
(iii) Tarun- loans above Rs 5 lakh and up to Rs 10 6. Tejaswini Project-
lakh • Initially the project has been implemented in 17
4. Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana- districts in Jharkhand.
• To provide social security to the persons who are • Tejaswini Socio-Economic Empowerment of
above or equal to 60 years. Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW)
• Implemented through LIC. Project.
• It will provide an assured pension based on a rate • Project is financed by World Bank.
of return of 8% per annum for ten years. 7. Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)
Schemes under Ministry of Women and Child • Launched in October 2, 1975.
Development –
1. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP)-
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• Provides food, education, and primary healthcare produce only to middlemen approved by the
to children under 6 years of age and their mothers. government in authorized Mandis (markets).
• Anyone can visit to the Aanganwadi centre and 5. Rashtriya Gokul Mission-
enroll these services. • Conservation of indigenous breeds and their
8. Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahayog Yojana- development to improve their genetic makeup,
• Provide financial aid of Rs 6,000 to pregnant enhancing the milk productivity and distribution of
women who undergo institutional delivery for disease free high genetic breed.
hospital admission. 6. Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojajna-
• The scheme provided cash transfer to pregnant • Launched in 2016.
women above the age of 18 years for up to two • Improve organic farming and soil health.
live births. • Also known as Traditional Farming Improvement
Schemes under Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Programme.
Welfare – Note-
1. Pradhan Mantri FASAL Bima Yojana (PMFBY)- • Sikkim has become India's first fully organic state
• Launched in 2016 and replaced two crop insurance by implementing organic practices on around
schemes National Agricultural Insurance Scheme 75,000 hectares of agricultural land.
(NAIS) and Modified NAIS. 7. e-pashuhaat portal-
• Provide insurance coverage and financial support • Connect farmers and breeders of bovine animals.
to the farmers in the case of failure of any of the • Launched in November 26, 2016 on the occasion of
notified crop as a result of natural calamities, pests birth anniversary of the father of India’s White
& diseases. Revolution Verghese Kurien.
• Premium Paid by farmers are- 8. Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture
Rabi crop- 1.5 Percent • Launched in 2014-15 during 12th five-year plan
Kharif crop- 2 Percent • This mission integrates the following schemes-
Annual commercial and horticultural crops- 5 (1) National Horticulture Mission
percent (2) Horticulture Mission for North East &
2. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana- Himalayan States
• Attract investments in irrigation system and (3) National Bamboo Mission
bringing efficiency in water usage in irrigation. (4) National Horticulture Board
• Nodal Agency- State Agriculture Departments (5) Coconut Development Board
(Because Agriculture is a state subject in schedule (6) Central Institute for Horticulture, Nagaland
VII of the constitution.) 9. Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Unnat Krishi Shiksha
• Tagline- Per drop more crop Scheme
3. Soil Health Card Scheme- • Launched in the year 2016.
• Launched by the Prime Minister on February 2015 • Promote agricultural education
at Suratgarh in Rajasthan. 10. Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana-
• In this scheme, the government issue soil cards to • Launched in 2007 to achieve 4 percent annual
farmers which will carry crop-wise information of growth in the agricultural sector during the 11th
nutrients and fertilisers required for the individual five-year plan.
farms to help farmers to improve productivity. • Incentivize the states to increase their investment
4. NAM (National Agricultural Market) in Agriculture
• National Agricultural Market is a whole-India 11. Price Stabilization Fund-
electronic trading portal to facilitate farmers, • Launched in 2014-15 to help regulate the price
traders, buyers, exporters and processors with a volatility of important agri-horticultural
common platform for trading commodities. commodities like onion, potatoes and pulses were
• Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) also added subsequently.
is a marketing board established by state • The fund provides a strategic buffer.
governments which forces the farmers to sell their 12. Mission Fingerling-

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• Development and management of fisheries sector strengthen the Fish Seed infrastructure in the
in India to achieve fish production targets under country.
the Blue Revolution.
• In this 20 States have been identified based on
their potential and other relevant factors to
Other programs and schemes-

1. ‘Saubhagya’ (Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana) Scheme- • Prime Minister of India Sh. Narendra Modi on
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 'Power January 5, 2015 had launched the world's largest
for all' scheme today to mark the birth anniversary and most extensive LED distribution programme,
of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All).
• The scheme will be named ‘Saubhagya’ and will • Recently UJALA scheme launched in Melaka,
provide subsidy on equipment like transformers, Malaysia.
meters and wires. 7. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)
2. Mission Indradhanush • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by
• It was launched by Union Health Minister J. P. Prime Minister on May 1st, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar
Nadda on 25 December 2014. Pradesh.
• It aims to immunize all children under the age of 2 • It is an ambitious social welfare scheme which aims
years, as well as all pregnant women, against to provide free LPG connections to BPL households
seven vaccine preventable diseases. in the country.
• The diseases being targeted are diphtheria, 8. Sagarmala project
whooping cough, tetanus, poliomyelitis, • Sagar Mala project is a strategic and customer-
tuberculosis, measles and Hepatitis B. oriented initiative of the Government of India to
• Later Japanese Encephalitis and Haemophilus modernize India's Ports so that port-led
influenzae type B, Rubella, Japanese Encephalitis, development can be augmented and coastlines can
Injectable Polio Vaccine Bivalent and Rotavirus also be developed to contribute in India's growth.
added. 9. ‘Himayat’ Programme
3. Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) • It is a training-cum-placement programme for
• Prime Minister Modi launched the Intensified unemployed youth in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mission Indradhanush (IMI) at Vadnagar in Gujarat 10. DIKSHA Portal
on October 8, 2017. • For teacher training by HRD Ministry
• Through this programme, Government of India 11. DISHA-
aims to reach each and every child under two • District Development Coordination and Monitoring
years of age and all those pregnant women who Committee (DDCMC) to be named “Disha” for
have been left uncovered under the routine effective development coordination of almost all
immunisation programme. the programmes of Central Government
4. Udaan 12. Mission Bhagiratha
• Udaan provides exposure to the youth of J&K to • Safe drinking water scheme launched in in Medak
the best of corporate India and corporate India to District of Telangana by PM.
the rich talent pool available in the State. 13. E-Library ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’
• The scheme not only provides skill enhancement • The Union Government has launched Accessible E-
and job opportunity but also connects these bright Library ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ for Divyang under
youths from the J&K with the vibrant corporate Prime Minister’s Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan.
sector of India. 14. National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS)
5. UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) • The scheme was announced by the union
• is a regional airport development and "Regional government which aims to providing apprenticeship
Connectivity Scheme (RCS)" training to over 50 lakh youngsters in order to create
more jobs.
6. UJALA Scheme-
15. Swadesh Darshan scheme –

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• The scheme was launched by Union Tourism Ministry • Urja Ganga”, 1500 km long gas pipeline project which
with an aim to develop theme based tourist circuits costing Rs 51,000 crore to provide piped cooking gas
in the country. to residents of Varanasi within two years.
16. Smart Ganga City Scheme in 10 cities ‘Kaushalya Setu’
• The scheme was launched by Union Minister for • Skill development programme by Maharashtra govt.
Water Resources, River Development and Ganga 'Farm Tourism'
Rejuvenation Uma Bharti and Union Urban • Launched by Haryana to attract people to villages.
Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. Annapurna Rasoi Scheme
• These cities are – 1. Haridwar, 2. Rishikesh, 3. • Rajasthan Government has launched Annapurna
Mathura-Vrindavan, 4. Varanasi, 5. Kanpur, 6. Rasoi Scheme to provide quality meal at cheap price
Allahabad, 7. Lucknow, 8. Patna, 9. Sahibgunj, 10. to poor and needy on lines with Tamil Nadu
Barrackpore. Government’s Amma canteens.
Biotech-KISAN Programme- • The tagline for the scheme is: “Sabke liye bhojan,
• Empowers farmers, especially women farmers. sabke liye sammaan (Food for all, respect for all)”.
• Launched by of the Department of Biotechnology, Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan (VISAKA)
where scientists will work in sync with farmers to • launched by the Union Ministry for Human Resource
Development (HRD) to make people aware about
understand problems and find solutions.
cashless economic system.
‘Urja Ganga’ gas pipeline project in Varanasi

Obituaries

1. IAF Marshal passed away recently, who led the Indian 6. Veteran Marathi writer and journalist passed away in
Air Force in the 1965 India-Pakistan War -- Arjan Mumbai -- Arun Sadhu.
Singh. Note: He is better known for his novel in Marathi
Note: Mr. Singh served as the IAF's Chief of Staff during the "Simhasan" and "Mumbai Dinank". As a journalist, he
1965 India-Pakistan war. Mr. Singh also served the has won several awards including Sahitya Academy
nation as an ambassador to Switzerland (in 1971), as award, Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, NC Kelkar and
High Commissioner to Kenya (in 1974) and became Acharya Atre award.
the Lt. Governor of Delhi (in 1989). 7. An American men's lifestyle and entertainment
2. Noted BJP politician and religious leader, has passed magazine ‘Playboy’ founder has passed away at his
away at a Delhi -- Mahant Chand Nath. home -- Hugh Hefner.
Note: He had won the Alwar seat in the 2014 Note: In 1953, Playboy magazine was founded by Hugh
parliamentary elections after defeating Congress Hefner and his associates in Chicago. Hefner built a
candidate and former Union minister Jitendra Singh. brand that defined the sexual culture of the second
3. Bollywood actress passed away due to heart attack -- half of the 20th century.
Shakila. 8. The Indian actor of American descent passed away at
Note: She best known for her roles in Guru Dutt's films, his residence in Mumbai -- Tom Alter.
Aar Paar (1954) and C.I.D. (1956). Note: He made his big screen debut in 1976 with a small
4. Veteran American actor, musician, and singer has role in Dharmendra-starrer Charas and later went on
passed away in Los Angeles, United States -- Harry to work in films like Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Gandhi,
Dean Stanton. Kranti, Bose: The Forgotten Hero and Veer Zara.
5. French businesswoman, world's richest woman 9. A veteran Congress leader passed away at a hospital
passed away in Paris -- Liliane Bettencourt. in Gurugram -- Makhan Lal Fotedar
Note: In 2016, Bettencourt was ranked as the richest Note: Fotedar was ushered into politics by Jawaharlal
woman in the world with a fortune of USD 39.5bn by Nehru in early 1950s and he gradually strengthened
Forbes magazine. Bettencourt was the only child of his position in the Congress to become one of the most
Louise Madelaine Berthe and Eugene Schueller powerful persons in the party.
(founded L’Oreal).
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10. Veteran Parliamentarian and freedom fighter passed 20. Baldwin Lonsdale passed away recently, was the
away at Vellore in Tamil Nadu -- Era Sezhiyan. President of --Vanuatu.
Note: Sezhiyan was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1962 Note: President of Vanuatu Baldwin Jacobson Lonsdale
on a DMK ticket from Perambalur constituency. has passed away in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
11. Tamil poet popularly known as ‘Kavikko’ has passed 21. Italian fashion legend passed away in Rome -- Carla
away in Chennai -- S. Abdul Rahman. Fendi.
Note: Rahman was one of the most admired poets of Note: Carla, one of the five Italian sisters (Paola, Anna,
modern Tamil literature. Franca, and Alda) at the helm of the iconic Italian
12. Noted historian and former ICHR chairman passed label, was the public face of the company famous
away in Guwahati, Assam -- Basudev Chatterji. colourful 'baguette' bags.
Note: He taught at St Stephen's College in Delhi, the 22. The founder and chairman of pharmaceutical major
University of Hyderabad besides supervising Lupin Ltd, has passed away -- Desh Bandhu Gupta.
undergraduates at the University of Cambridge. Note: He founded Lupin in 1968 and created a global
13. Eminent rights activist and the protagonist of a pharmaceutical major with a presence in over 100
reformist movement 'Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal' countries.
passed away in Pune -- Mehrunnisa Dalwai. 23. Noted singer has passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal
Note: She has worked for justice and equal rights for -- Sabita Chowdhury.
Muslim women and spearheaded a march in Mumbai Note: She was wife of legendary composer Salil
seeking abolition of triple 'talaq'. Chowdhury.
14. Noted politician of Indian National Congress has 24. The French politician and Holocaust survivor passed
passed away -- Palvai Govardhan Reddy. away in her home in Paris -- Simone Veil.
Note: He was representing the Telangana State as a Note: Simone served as minister of health under the
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). center-right government of Valery Giscard d’Estaing
15. The star of hit TV series ‘Batman’ passed away -- and later as president of the European Parliament.
Adam West. 25. Renowned cartoonist passed away at the hospital in
Note: Adam West was the popular star of 1960s “Batman” Pune -- Mangesh Tendulkar.
TV show. Note: His cartoons specially about government offices and
16. P N Bhagwati, who passed away recently, was known on traffic rules was famous.
for introducing -- Public Interest Litigation (PIL). 26. The Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate and
Note: Former Chief Justice of India P N Bhagwati democracy campaigner, has passed away -- Liu
considered a pioneer of judicial activism in the Xiaobo.
country for introducing the concept of PILs (Public Note: He was the most prominent human rights and
Interest Litigation) passed away after brief illness. democracy advocate of China.
17. Former German Chancellor passed away at his house 27. India's former ambassador to the US passed away in
in the western state of Germany --Helmut Kohl. Goa -- Naresh Chandra.
18. British actor who played Professor Everard in ‘Harry Note: He was conferred with the Padma Vibhushan -
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix passed away-- India's second highest civil honour - in 2007.
Sam Beazley. 28. The legendary South African jazz musician, has passed
Note: As Professor Everard, Beazley became known as one away in Nelspruit, South Africa -- Ray Phiri.
of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's most Note: Phiri was known primarily for his contributions to
celebrated head teachers. Paul Simon’s Graceland album and ensuing tours.
19. The President of Ramakrishna Math and Mission 29. Veteran Bengali actress has passed away in Kolkata,
passed away in a Kolkata -- Swami Atmasthananda. West Bengal -- Sumita Sanyal
Note: Atmasthananda was born near Dhaka (now in Note: She has worked in around 50 Bengali films and was
Bangladesh) and had received ‘mantra diksha’ from also part of Hindi films like Guddi, Mili, Aashirwad and
Swami Vijnananandaji Maharaj in 1938. Mere Apne.

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30. The Oscar-winning American film and television actor Note: Inder has worked in several popular films like
passed away at UCLA Medical Center due to Wanted’, ‘Tumko Na Bhool Payenge’ ‘Kahin Pyaar Na
unexpected complications during a short Ho Jaaye’ and Akshay Kumar’s 'Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi.'
hospitalization --- Martin Landau. 38. Veteran congress leader and former union minister
Note: He won his Academy Award (Oscars) for his passed away in Silchar, Assam -- Santosh Mohan Dev.
poignant portrayal of washed-up Bela Lugosi in Note: He was Union Minister for Heavy Industries and
1994’s Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. Public Enterprise in the first UPA government led by
31. The former Chief Minister of Sikkim has passed away Dr Manmohan Singh.
in New Delhi -- Nar Bahadur Bhandari. 39. The veteran molecular biologist and a vehement critic
of genetically modified crops, has passed away in
Note: Bhandari was the founder leader of Sikkim Sangram
Hyderabad--Pushpa Bhargava.
Parishad had governed Sikkim from 1979 to 1994. Note: Mr. Bhargava was the Founder-Director of Centre for
32. An Iranian- born mathematician who was the first Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad.
woman to win the coveted Fields Medal passed away - Bhargava is a recipient of over 100 national &
- Maryam Mirzakhani. international awards and the Legion d'Honneur in
Note: Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford University in 1998 of France.
California won the Fields Medal, the equivalent of the 40. The veteran Karnataka BJP leader who credited with
Nobel Prize for Mathematics in 2014. building the party brick by brick in its early years in
33. Space scientist and the former chairman of the Indian the State passed away in Bengaluru -- BB Shivappa.
Space Research Organization(ISRO) passed away in Note: Shivappa played an important role in the formation
Bengaluru-- Prof. 'Udupi Ramachandra Rao. of the first ever non-Congress government in
Note: He initiated the development of the medium Karnataka, led by Ramakrishna Hegde in 1983.
powered GSLV rocket for two-tonne spacecraft in 41. Eminent Dhrupad singer passed away in Pune-- Ustad
1991.Prof. Rao was decorated with the Padma Sayeeduddin Dagar.
Vibhushan (2017) and the Padma Shri (1976). Note: He had dedicated his life to keeping the Dhrupad
34. American songwriter the lead singer of Linkin Park tradition alive.Dhrupad is a genre in Hindustani
passed away in California, U.S.-- Chester Bennington. classical music initially sung only in the temples, the
Note: He was best known as the front man for the rock singer facing the Lord.
band Linkin Park the sixth-greatest band of the music 42. Noted actor who portrayed the role of Minister of
video era and the third-best of the new millennium. Magic ‘Cornelius Fudge’ in four of the ‘Harry Potter’
35. Renowned scientist known for his contributions to the films passed away in London, England --Robert Hard.
study of cosmic rays passed away at his residence in 43. Former Union minister and BJP's Member of
Noida -- Professor Yash Pal. Parliament from Ajmer passed away in New Delhi --
Note: He received the Kalinga Prize (in 2009) awarded by Prof Sanwar Lal Jat.
UNESCO, Padma Bhushan (in 1976) and Padma Note: Prof Sanwar Lal Jat was member of the Rajasthan
Vibhushan (in 2013). Legislative Assembly for five terms and also served as
36. Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and Congress Minister in the Rajasthan Government thrice.
Leader passed away due to heart attack in Bengaluru - 44. Bollywood actor who made his Bollywood debut with
- N. Dharam Singh. Bandit Queen passed away -- Sitaram Panchal.
Note: Mr. Singh headed the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) 45. Veteran poet and writer passed away due to illness --
coalition government from May 2004 to February Vijay Nambisan.
2006. He represented the Karnataka Legislative Note: In 1988, he became the first All India Poetry
Assembly seven times without a defeat and was a Champion for his poem 'Madras Central' organised by
member of the Lok Sabha from Bidar constituency in the Poetry Society of India and the British Council. He
2009 general election. also translated works of devotional poetry of
37. Bollywood actor passed away due to heart attack at Poonthanam and Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri.
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46. German-born Catholic Missionary Sister who devoted time cinematographer was in Purbaraag directed by
her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan passed away Ardhendu Mukherjee.
in Karachi, Pakistan -- Ruth Pfau. 54. The well-known comic and character actor, has passed
away in California, United States -- Jay Thomas.
Note: She was also known as Pakistan's Mother Teresa
Note: Jay played obnoxious TV talk show host Jerry Gold
and founder of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in
on “Murphy Brown” from 1989 until 1998.
Karachi. Ruth Pfau was honoured with the country's
55. The well-known climate awareness activist former
two highest civilian awards the Hilal-e-Imtiaz and the Marshall Islands foreign has passed away in Majuro,
Hilal-e-Pakistan. Marshall Islands -- Tony de Brum.
47. Australia's former Olympic and world cycle champion 56. India's oldest football Olympian passed away at his
passed away --Stephen Wooldridge. residence in Bengaluru -- Ahmed Khan.
Note: He won gold for Australia in the 2004 Athens Note: Ahmed was part of the famous 'barefoot' football
Olympics, was also a four-time world champion in the squad that made its debut in Olympic football at the
discipline and the 2002 Commonwealth Games 1948 London Games.
champion. He was inducted into the NSW Hall of
57. Pulitzer-prize winning poet passed away in Hudson,
Champions in 2015.
48. Veteran photographer passed away at a private New York -- John Ashbery.
hospital in New Delhi -- S Paul. Note: His 1975 collection, "Self-Portrait in a Convex
Note: He joined The Indian Express in the 1960s and Mirror," was the rare winner of the book world's
retired from the newspaper in 1989. Paul received unofficial triple crown: the Pulitzer Prize, the National
recognition and fame as a professional photographer Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle
when his pictures were selected for publication in
prize.
three renowned British publications (Amateur
Photographer, Miniature Camera & Miniature Camera 58. Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP passed away after
World). suffering a cardiac arrest -- Sultan Ahmed.
49. The first woman doctor of Madhya Pradesh has Note: Mr. Ahmed was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from
passed away in Indore -- Dr. Bhakti Yadav. Uluberia (Lok Sabha constituency) on a Trinamool
Note: Dr. Yadav had offered free treatment to patients for Congress ticket. He also served as the Union Minister
last 68 years. She was awarded Padma Shri for her of State for Tourism in the Manmohan Singh
exemplary services in the field of medicine in April
government.
2017.
50. Noted Polish-US playwright and screenwriter passed 59. Arunachal Pradesh health and family welfare minister
away -- Janusz Glowacki. passed away at a private hospital in Guwahati --
Note: Glowacki was the author of award-winning plays Jomde Kena.
“The Fourth Sister” and “Antigone in New York”. Note: He was a resident of Gensi village in Lower Siang
51. Hollywood's one of the most successful comedians district. Kena was elected as the deputy speaker
passed away at his home in Las Vegas US-- Jerry during the Nabam Tuki government and served as a
Lewis.
parliamentary secretary under the Dorjee Khandu and
Note: He was started out on New York's Borscht Belt
comedy circuit as a singer at the age of five. Jerry Jarbom Gamlin ministries.
Lewis was one of the most popular comic actors of the 60. The renowned Marathi poet and activist has passed
1950s and '60s. away in Mumbai, Maharashtra -- Shirish Pai.
52. Former Manipur Chief Minister and a member of the Note: Pai was the daughter of noted writer-journalist
first Lok Sabha, has passed away in Imphal, Manipur -- ‘Acharya’ Pralhad Keshav Atre.
Rishang Keishing.
61. Noted journalist and activists was shot dead at her
Note: Keishing served as Chief Minister of Manipur from
(1980 to 1988) and (1994 to 1997). Raishang joined Rajarajeshwari Nagar's residence in Bengaluru --
Congress under Jawaharlal Nehru and his political Gauri Lankesh.
career spanned over 70 years. Note: She was the editor of popular Kannada tabloid
53. Oldest Indian cinematographer passed away in Lankesh Patrike founded by her father P
Kolkata, West Bengal-- Ramanda Sengupta. Lankesh(writer).
Note: He worked with legends like Jean Renoir, Ritwik
Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen. In 1946, the first film as a full-

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62. The veteran Kannada actor, producer and singer who “The Sopranos” starting in season five and until the
passed away in Bengaluru, Karnataka -- Rattihalli series’ conclusion in 2007.
Nagendra Sudarshan. 64. The major litigant in Ayodhya's disputed structure
Note: In his five-decade film career he acted in Tamil, case passed away due to cardiac arrest -- Swami
Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, and Malayalam films. Bhaskar Das.
63. Veteran actor passed away during open heart surgery Note: He was the Chief of Nirmohi Akhara and main priest
in New Jersey -- Frank Vincent. of Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya. Swami Jee has
Note: He is known for his role in films like “The Sopranos” challenged the Allahabad High Court verdict of 2010
and “Goodfellas”.Vincent most notably appeared as in the Supreme Court claiming ownership of Akhara
Tony Soprano’s arch nemesis, Phil Leotardo in the over entire campus of disputed structure.

New Appointments
International

1. US President Trump has nominated former justice 9. India has re-nominated Justice as its candidate for
department official as the new director of the Federal another term as Judge at the International Court of
Bureau of Investigations (FBI) -- Christopher Wray. Justice (ICJ) -- Dalveer Bhandari.
Note: He has replaced James Comey. Note: He was elected in April 2012 during simultaneous
2. The Chancellor of Germany is --Angela Merkel. balloting in both the General Assembly and the Security
Note: In German politics, the Chancellor is the equivalent Council to a seat on the ICJ.
of a prime minister in many other countries. 10. The new crown prince of Saudi Arabia by King Salman --
3. Indian American has been chosen for the 2017 NASA Mohammed bin Salman.
Astronaut Candidate Class--Lt Col Raja Grinder Chari. Note: Saudi King ‘Salman’ named his son ‘Mohammed bin
Note: Lt Col Raja Grinder Chari is a commander of the Salman’ as crown prince also named deputy prime
461st Flight Test Squadron as well as the director of the minister and minister of defence.
F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in 11. Russian Diplomat appointed as Chief of United Nations
California. Counter-Terrorism Centre -- Vladimir Voronkov.
4. The first Sikh to be elected to the British Parliament’s 12. The new MD & CEO of National Stock Exchange(NSE) --
House of Commons -- Preet Kaur Gill. Vikram Limaye.
Note: Labour Party candidate Preet Kaur Gill has won 13. The new Deputy Chairman of the International Cricket
Birmingham Edgbaston seat. Council (ICC) board-- Imran Khawaja.
5. The newly appointed Indian Ambassador to European Note: Imran Khawaja has been unanimously elected as
Union (EU) -- Gaitri Issar Kumar. the new Deputy Chairman of the International Cricket
6. Indian-origin has become the youngest Prime Minister of Council (ICC) board.
Ireland -- Leo Varadkar. 14. New Prime Minister in Romania -- Mihai Tudose.
7. International Law expert has been elected as the Judge of 15. The president of the India International Centre (IIC)--N N
the United Nations' International Tribunal for Law of the Vohra
16. The President of the International Economic Association
Sea (ITLOS) -- Neeru Chadha.
(IEA) for three years -- Kaushik Basu.
Note: Chadha got 120 votes with the highest in the Asia- Note: ‘Kaushik Basu’ has served as India’s chief
Pacific group. economic adviser and chief economist at the World
8. UNICEF has appointed education activist & Syrian Bank.
refugee as its newest and youngest Goodwill Ambassador 17. The first woman chief executive of Hong Kong --Carrie
-- Muzoon Almellehan. Lam.
Note: Almellehan lived as a refugee for three years in Note: The Chief Executive of Hong Kong (CE) is the
Jordan before being resettled in the United Kingdom highest office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative
(UK). Region (HKSAR).
18. The first female Prime Minister of Serbia -- Ana Brnabic.
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Note: She succeeded Ivica Dacic. 28. America's foremost expert on US-India trade relations
19. Newly elected President of Mongolia-- Khaltmaagiin has been nominated as the U.S ambassador to India --
Battulga. Kenneth I. Juster.
Note: Khaltmaagiin Battulga has won the 2017 Note: The United States Ambassador to India is the chief
Mongolian presidential election by 50.6% votes. diplomatic representative of United States in India.
20. The new Prime Minister of Mongolia -- Ukhnaa 29. Former speaker of Singapore’s parliament has been
Khurelsukh. declared as the President of Singapore -- Mdm Halimah
Note: President of Mongolia has appointed ‘Ukhnaa Yacob.
Note: Under section 15 of the Presidential Election Act,
Khurelsukh’ as the new Prime Minister of Mongolia.
declared Mdm Halimah to be elected to the office of
21. Indian-origin personality appointed as the UNICEF’s President as only one candidate stands nominated at end
Global Goodwill Ambassador -- Lilly Singh. of nomination period.
Note: She will use her channel to showcase the 30. UN Secretary-General ‘Antonio Guterres’ has appointed
organisation’s work and urge millions of her followers to the first special envoy for the oceans --Peter Thomson.
work for children’s rights. Note: Peter Thomson played a leading role at the first-
22. India’s alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of ever UN conference on oceans in June. The 193 UN
member states issued an urgent call for action to reverse
the Asian Development Bank (ADB) -- Subhash Chandra
the decline in the health and productivity of the world's
Garg. oceans.
Note: The secretary of Department of Economic Affairs 31. Former Secretary-General of UN has been elected as
(DEA) Subhash Chandra Garg has been appointed as Chair of Ethics Commission of the International Olympic
India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of Committee (IOC) -- Ban Ki-moon.
the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines. Note: Mr. Moon was the 8th Secretary-General of the
23. The new Ambassador of India to the Republic of United Nations (Jan 2007 - Dec 2016).
Kazakhstan -- Prabhat Kumar. 32. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has appointed
24. Newly elected Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea -- former Economy Minister as his new Prime Minister --
Peter O’Neill. Mercedes Araoz.
Note: Peter O’Neill is the leader of the People’s National Note: Araoz replaced Fernando Zavala. She served as
Congress and represents the constituency of Ialibu- Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism from 2006 to July
Pangia. 2009, after which she was appointed Peru's finance
25. Who has been re-elected as President of Kenya -- Uhuru minister.
Kenyatta. 33. The Prime Minister has given resignation to the
Note: Kenyatta got 54.27 % votes beating his rival Raifa President ‘Gudni Th. Johannesson’-- Iceland.
Odinga who got 44.74% of votes. Kenya is a country in Note:The resignation paves the way for the new election
East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. to be held on 4th November 2017.
26. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India -- Sohail 34. New President of Southern African country ‘Angola’--
Mahmood. Joao Lourenco.
Note: He replaced ‘Abdul Basit’ after his premature Note: He took over the position from Jose Eduardo dos
retirement earlier this month. Santos. Lourenco will be Angola's first head of state to be
27. Russian President ‘Vladimir Putin’ has appointed career constitutionally limited to serving two five-year terms.
diplomat as Russia's new ambassador to India -- Nikolay 35. The deputy Director-General (DG) of World Health
Kudashev. Organization (WHO) -- Soumya Swaminathan.
Note: Currently, Nikolay Kudashev is the Deputy Note: This position is the second-highest at the UN’s
Director General Secretariat of the Ministry of foreign health agency. Dr. Swaminathan is a pediatrician and an
Affairs of Russia. Kudashev’s appointment comes nearly internationally-recognized researcher on TB
seven months after the death of Russia's previous (Tuberculosis) and HIV.
ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin.

National
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1. The new chairperson of the premier Film and Television 10. New Chairperson on the Board of Governors of the
Institute of India (FTII) --Veteran actor Anupam Kher. National Institute of Fashion Technology(NIFT) -- Shri
Note: He will succeed Gajendra Chauhan. FTII is Rajesh V. Shah.
considered as a premier institute for training in Cinema Note: He has replaced Shri Chetan Chauhan.
and Television established in 1960. 11. India’s 14th President replacing ‘Pranab Mukherjee’ --
Ram Nath Kovind.
He was conferred the Padma Shri (2004) and the Padma
Note: He was administered the oath of office by Chief
Bhushan (2016) for his contribution in the field of
Justice of India ‘JS Khehar’ at a special function in the
cinema and arts.
central hall of Parliament. Kovind was elected as the
2. The ‘Cross of the Order of Merit’, the highest civilian President on 20 July 2017 after he defeated the
honour awarded to individuals for their services to Opposition parties' nominee Meira Kumar.
Germany -- Rajesh Nath. 12. The new Chief Election Commissioner of India -- Achal
Note: The award was instituted in 1951 and is Kumar Jyoti.
Germany’s only honour that is awarded to both Germans Note: Currently, Achal Kumar Jyoti is the Election
and foreigners for achievements in the economic, social, Commissioner of India along with O P Rawat.
political, or intellectual realms. 13. The new CEO & MD of Larsen & Toubro -- SN
3. Former Indian-American assistant secretary of South and Subrahmanyan.
central Asia has been appointed as the President of US Note: He replaced AM Naik, who will continue as Non-
India Business Council (USIBC) -- Nisha Desai Biswal. Executive Chairman for three years.
Note: USIBC serves as a direct link between business and 14. The Attorney General of India --K K Venugopal.
Government leaders, resulting in increased trade and Note: Attorney General appointed by the President of
investment to strengthen ties between the two nations. India under Article 76(1) of the Constitution and holds
4. HSBC has appointed as its next chief executive -- John office during the pleasure of the President.
Flint. 15. The new Chairman of Indian Institute of Management
Note: He will take over from current chief executive (IIM) Amritsar -- Sanjay Gupta.
Stuart Gulliver. Note: Sanjay Gupta is the Editor in Chief of Dainik
5. The Indian govt. has appointed as its next ambassador to Jagran since 2014 and has been associated with the
China -- Gautam Bambawale. Jagran Group for more than two decades.
Note: Currently, Bambawale is India’s high 16. The new chief of the National Disaster Response Force
commissioner to Pakistan. (NDRF) -- Sanjay Kumar
6. Registrar of Copyrights for a period of five years -- Note: He will succeed R K Pachnanda, who was has
Hoshiar Singh. taken charge as DG the Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Note: The Copyright Office is under the control of a (ITBP).
Registrar of Copyrights, who acts under the 17. The new Ambassador of India to the Republic of
superintendence and directions of the central
Indonesia -- Pradeep Kumar Rawat.
government.
Note: He will succeed Nengcha Lhouvum
7. The new Independent Directors of India Post Payments
Bank (IPPB) for a period of 3 years -- K G Karmakar Mukhopadhaya.
and Gauri Shankar. 18. Who has been appointed Chairman of IIT-Kharagpur --
8. New MD of Manappuram Home Finance -- Jeevandas Sanjiv Goenka.
Narayan. Note:The Chairman of RP Sanjiv Goenka Group 'Sanjiv
Note: Earlier, Mr. Narayan was the managing director of Goenka' has been selected as the Chairman of the Board
the erstwhile State Bank of Travancore until retirement
of Governors at IIT-Kharagpur for three years.
in 2016. 19. Who has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador
9. New Managing Director(MD) and CEO of IDFC Ltd for 3 for Autism-- Saima Wazed Hossain.
years -- Sunil Kakar. Note: Saima is a globally renowned champion for the
Note: Prior, Kaka had worked with Max New York Life cause of Autism spectrum disorder. She will serve as the
Insurance Company since 2001 as CFO. goodwill ambassador for autism in the South-East Asia
region for a period of 2 years.

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20. The new Chairperson of Broadcasting Content Note: In Olympics history, Sindhu has become the fifth
Complaints Council (BCCC) -- Vikramajit Sen. Indian woman (Karnam Malleswari, Mary Kom, Saina
Note: Former Supreme Court Judge Justice Vikramajit Nehwal and Sakshi Malik) to clinch a medal.
Sen has been appointed as the new Chairperson of 29. Tamil film actor has been appointed brand icon of Pro
Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) for Kabaddi League franchise Tamil Thalaivas -- Kamal
three years. Haasan.
21. The new director-general(DG) of the Directorate of Note: Tamil Thalaivas co-owned by India batting legend
Revenue Intelligence (DRI) -- Debi Prasad Dash. Sachin Tendulkar.
Note: DRI is the major intelligence agency that works to 30. The new Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar-- Sushil Kumar
secure India’s national and economic security by Modi.
preventing the outright smuggling of contraband such 31. Who re-appointed as Managing Director (MD) & Chief
as firearms, gold, narcotics, Fake Indian Currency notes, Executive Officer (CEO) of Axis Bank for three-year from
antiques, wildlife and environmental products. June 2018-- Shikha Sharma.
22. The president of the National Rifle Association of India Note: Sharma began her career with the erstwhile infra
(NRAI) -- Raninder Singh. lender ICICI Ltd in 1980.
Note: The NRAI is associated with International 32. The new secretary general of the Federation of Indian
Shooting Sports Federation, Asian Shooting Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) -- Sanjaya
Confederation, Commonwealth Shooting Federation, Baru.
South Asian Shooting Confederation, and Indian Note: He will assume the charge from 1st
Olympic Association. September,2017 and will succeed A Didar Singh. The
23. The new Director General (DG)of Goods and Services Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Tax Intelligence (GSTI)-- John Joseph. Industry (FICCI) is an association of business
24. New secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs organizations in India.
(DEA) in the finance ministry-- Subhash Garg. 33. Officially sworn-in as the 7th President of Iran -- Hassan
Note:He will oversee capital markets, Budget Rouhani.
preparation as well as infrastructure financing and Note: Rouhani won re-election in May 2017, after
decide on borrowing, along with RBI. securing 57% of the votes and defeating his main
25. The new MD & CEO of Oriental Bank of Commerce -- contender Ebrahim Raeisi.
Mukesh Kumar Jain. 34. Vice chairman of NITI Aayog resigned -- Arvind
Note: He has replaced ‘Animesh Chauhan’. Slogan of Panagariya.
Oriental Bank of Commerce is 'Where every individual Note: He has submitted a letter to PM Narendra Modi
is committed'. and requested to be relieved by the end of this month.
26. The governing body of Ramakrishna Mission The Union Government of India announced the formation
of NITI Aayog on 1st January 2015 and the Prime
unanimously elected the 16th president of Ramakrishna
Minister serves as the Ex-officio chairman.
Math and Mission -- Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj.
35. Noted economist will be the new Vice-Chairman of NITI
Note: He succeed ‘Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj’ Aayog -- Dr. Rajiv Kumar.
who passed away in June this year.
Note: Currently, Rajiv Kumar is a senior fellow at the
27. Who has been appointed as the Chief Minister of Centre for Policy Research, a non-governmental think
Nagaland -- TR Zeliang. tank on public policy based out of New Delhi.
Note: Zeliang staked claim to form government in 36. New chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) --
Nagaland with a majority support of 47 members of the Dhirendra Swarup.
Legislative Assembly. Note: Swarup was the former Chairman of the Pension
28. Offer letter to the Rio Olympics silver medallist ‘P V Funds Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).
Sindhu’ as a Group-I officer in the state -- Andhra The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) is an Indian stock
Pradesh. exchange located at Dalal Street, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
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37. New CMD of Small Industries Development Bank of India 45. Resigned as managing director (MD) and Chief executive
(SIDBI) -- Mohammad Mustafa. officer(CEO) of Infosys Ltd.-- Dr. Vishal Sikka.
Note: SIDBI is an independent financial institution aimed Note: The company's board has accepted his resignation
to aid the growth and development of micro, small and with immediate effect.
medium-scale enterprises (MSME) in India and is
46. The President and Managing Director (MD) of General
headquartered in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
Motors (GM) India -- Sanjiv Gupta.
38. The brand ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission in UP-
- Akshay Kumar. Note: He will replace Kaher Kazem. General Motors
Company(GM) is an American multinational corporation
Note: The chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath has announced
to make his upcoming movie ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ tax- headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.
free in the state. The movie stresses on the importance of 47. The Executive Director of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy
building toilets and ending open defecation in the Board of India (IBBI) -- Mamta Suri.
country. Note: Earlier, Dr. Suri was serving as the Chief General
39. The new Chief Justice of India (CJI) -- Justice Dipak Manager of the Insurance Regulatory Development
Misra. Authority of India. IBBI is a regulator over the Insolvency
Note: He replaced incumbent Justice J S Khehar. The Professionals, Insolvency Professional Agencies and
Chief Justice of India (CJI) is the head of the judiciary of
Information Utilities.
India and the Supreme Court of India.
48. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rajya Sabha TV --
40. Indian-American has been appointed as the Deputy
Comptroller for Minority Affairs of Nassau County, New Shashi Shekhar Vempati.
York -- Dilip Chauhan. Note: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at public
Note: The Comptroller’s Office has been a driving force in broadcaster Prasar Bharati ‘Shashi Shekhar Vempati’ has
advocating for increased business opportunities for been given the additional charge of CEO in Rajya Sabha
Minority and Women Owned Enterprises (MWBEs) to TV (RSTV).
meet the County’s goals. 49. The new Chairman of Railway Board -- Ashwani Lohani.
41. Who sworn in as the Vice President of India -- Note: Lohani, who is the Current Chairman and
Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu. Managing Director of Air India has a degree in
Note: Naidu was elected as the Vice President by mechanical engineering and has also served as Delhi’s
defeating opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi Divisional Railway Manager.
(Mahatma Gandhi's grandson). The Vice-President of 50. The union govt. has appointed senior IAS officer as the
India is elected by an electoral college consisting of Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India --
Elected and nominated members of both house (Lok Rajiv Bansal.
Sabha and Rajya Sabha) of Parliament. Note: Air India is the flag carrier airline of India, owned
42. The union govt. has appointed lyricist as Chairman of the by Air India Limited and operates a fleet of Airbus and
Boeing aircraft serving 90 domestic and international
Central Board of Film Certification(CBFC) -- Prasoon
destinations.
Joshi. 51. Non-official director/non-executive chairman of
Note: He has replaced former Chairman ‘Pahlaj Syndicate Bank -- Mr. Ajay Vipin Nanavati.
Nihalani’. There are 12 members in the new board, which Note: In 2015, the government had bifurcated the posts
include Ms. Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh of chairman and managing director in public sector
Chandra Lal, Vivek Agnihotri and Ms Vidya Balan. banks.
43. Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Hindustan 52. The Director General (DG) Railway Protection Force --
Shri Dharmendra Kumar.
Copper Limited (HCL) for a period of five years--
Note: Presently he is working in CISF as Additional DG.
Santosh Sharma. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a security force of
Note: Hindustan Copper Ltd. is a Government-owned India entrusted with protecting railway passengers,
corporation in the Central Public-Sector Enterprise passenger area and railway property of the Indian
under the Ministry of Mines (India), Government of India. Railways.
44. The new MD & CEO of India Infrastructure Finance 53. The new non-executive Chairman of Infosys-- Nandan
Company Limited (IIFCL) -- Sankara Rao. Nilekani.
Note: The Infosys co-founder and the architect of
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non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Note: She will be the first Indian woman ambassador to
Infosys. be a part of the FOA advocacy panel. The 'Friends of
54. After latest Union cabinet reshuffle, who has become the Australia' (FOA) program has been devised as a way of
new Defence Minister of India -- Nirmala Sitharaman.
fostering mutually beneficial and long-term friendship
Note: She has become the India’s first woman Defence
with those that Tourism Australia regards as unique
Minister after Indira Gandhi. Now, Suresh Prabhu has
storytellers.
become the new Union Minister of Commerce and
63. Chairman-cum-Managing Director of NMDC (National
Industry.
Mineral Development Corporation) -- N Baijendra
55. The new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India
Kumar.
-- Rajiv Mehrishi.
Note: The NMDC (National Mineral Development
Note: Three senior bureaucrats (Ashwini Attri, Anita
Corporation) Limited is a state-controlled mineral
Pattanayak and Ranjan Kumar Ghose) have been
producer of the Government of India under
appointed as the Deputy Controller and Auditor General.
administrative control of the Ministry of Steel.
56. Senior IAS officer took charge as the Union Home
64. Unanimously elected as the Chairman of Press Trust of
Secretary -- Rajiv Gauba.
India (PTI) -- Viveck Goenka.
Note: Rajiv Gauba has a graduate degree and is a Gold
Note: Press Trust of India (PTI) is the news agency in
Medallist in Physics (BSc) from Patna University.
India, headquartered in New Delhi and is a non-profit
57. Senior bureaucrat has been appointed Secretary in the
cooperative among more than 500 Indian newspapers.
Department of Financial Services (DFS) -- Rajiv Kumar.
65. The union govt. has appointed interim GSTN Chairman --
Note:The DFS looks after the functioning of banks,
A.B Panday.
financial institutions, insurance companies and the
Note: The union govt. has given Unique Identification
national pension system.
Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO ‘A.B. Pandey’ additional
58. The Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary
charge of Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN).
Education (CBSE) -- Anita Karwal.
66. The chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of Indian
Note: She has replaced ‘Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi’ who
Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Ltd.
has been moved to the National Skill Development
for five years -- Mahendra Pratap Mall.
Agency as Director General(DG).
Note: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation
59. Former Information and Broadcasting Secretary will be
(IRCTC) is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that
the new the Election Commissioner of India-- Sunil
handles the catering, tourism, and online ticketing
Arora.
operations of the Indian railways.
Note: Achal Kumar Joti is the CEC (Chief Election
67. The chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of the
Commissioner of India), Om Prakash Rawat is the other
United India Insurance Co. Ltd. for five years--M.
Election Commissioner. Election Commission of India is
Nagaraja Sarma.
a permanent Constitutional Body established under
Note: Currently, Sarma is the general manager, Oriental
Article 324 of the Constitution.
Insurance Co. Ltd.
60. Who has been appointed as the new Union Minister of
68. The Director General (DG) of the National Investigation
Railways -- Piyush Goyal.
Agency (NIA) -- Y.C Modi.
Note:He succeeded Suresh Prabhu, who has become the
Note: Mr. Modi will take over from Sharad Kumar after
new Union Minister of Commerce and Industry.
he completes his tenure on 30th October this year.
61. Who has taken charge as Managing Director (MD)and National Investigation Agency (NIA) is a central agency
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vijaya Bank -- R A established by the Indian Government to combat terror
Sankara Narayanan. in India.
Note:He took charge from Dr Kishore Sansi, who had 69. The director general (DG) of the Sashastra Seema Bal
attained Superannuation on 31st August. (SSB) -- Rajni Kant Misra.
62. Bollywood actress has been appointed woman Note: He will hold the post till the date of his
ambassador in 'Friends of Australia' (FOA) advocacy superannuation (31st August,2019). Sashastra Seema Bal
(SSB) is one of India's Central Armed Police Forces,
panel -- Parineeti Chopra.

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currently under the administrative control of the Note: The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Minister (PMEAC) is a non-constitutional, non-
70. Bollywood Actor has been appointed as the Brand permanent and independent body constituted to give
Ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Uttarakhand -- economic advice to the Government of India, specifically
Akshay Kumar. the Prime Minister.
Note: In August 2017, he was also appointed as the 77. The new Governor of Bihar -- Satya Pal Malik.
brand ambassador for the cleanliness campaign in Uttar 78. Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit will now be the
Pradesh new Governor -- Tamil Nadu.
71. The Union government has constituted a GST Committee 79. The new Governor of Assam -- Prof Jagdish Mukhi.
on Exports headed by -- Dr Hasmukh Adhia. 80. The Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar--
Note: The panel is mandated to recommend to the GST Admiral (Retd) Devendra Kumar Joshi.
Council a suitable strategy for helping the export sector 81. The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh_-- Brigadier (Retd)
in the post-GST set-up. B D Mishra.
72. NPCI’s (National Payments Corporation of India) interim 82. The Governor of Meghalaya -- Ganga Prasad.
Chairman -- B Sambamurthy. 83. The Supreme Court of India (SCI) has appointed senior
Note: National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is advocate and former additional solicitor general as
the umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems amicus curiae on a petition seeking re probe into the
in India, aims to allow Indian citizens to have assassination of Mahatma Gandhi-- Amrender Sharan.
unrestricted access to ‘e-payment’ services. Note: Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead at point blank
73. The chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of National range in New Delhi on 30th January 1948 by Nathuram
Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Ltd.-- Balraj Vinayak Godse.
Joshi. 84. A five-member Commission to examine the sub-
Note: NHPC Limited is an Indian Hydropower generation categorization of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) --
company that was incorporated in the year 1975 with an Justice (Retd.) G. Rohini.
objective to plan, promote and organize an integrated Note: The Commission will examine the extent of
and efficient development of hydroelectric power in all inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among
aspects. the castes or communities included in the broad category
74. The CMD of Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) Ltd. for a of OBCs with reference to such classes included in the
period of five years -- P. Alli Rani. Central List.
Note: Currently, she is director (finance) in Container 85. The Union govt. has set up a study group under Special
Corporation of India Limited. secretary in the home ministry to examine the problems
75. The Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC (Oil and of people along IB, LOC in J&K -- Rina Mitra.
Natural Gas Corporation) -- Shashi Shanker. Note: The study group will look into broadly three issues
Note: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) is “demand for land for relocation in case of shelling”,
a Public-Sector Undertaking (PSU) of the Government of “construction of more bunkers” and “compensation
India, under the administrative control of the Ministry of issues” related to shelling.
Petroleum and Natural Gas. It produces around 77% of 86. New Managing Director (MD)& Chief Executive Officer
India's crude oil (equivalent to around 30% of the (CEO) PNB MetLife India Insurance Company Ltd (PNB
country's total demand) and around 62% of its natural MetLife) --Ashish Srivastava.
gas. Note: Earlier, Srivastava was an interim CEO at PNB
76. The first Chairman of the five-member Economic MetLife.
Advisory Council (EAC- PM) --Bibek Debroy.

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Pranab Mukherjee (Former President of India) David Grossman (Winner - Man Booker International
2. Book titled “I Do What I Do” authored by – Raghuram Prize 2017)
Rajan (former RBI Governor) 5. Book titled “How India Sees the World” – Shyam
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Captain Vikram Batra) by – C. Raj Kumar.
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Sagar Maharaj. authored by – Arundhati Roy.
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diagnosed HIV-positive.) 19. Book titled “Beren And Luthien” authored by – J.R.R.
11. Book titled “Cryptocurrency for Beginners” authored Tolkien.
by – Amit Bhardwaj. 20. Book titled “Yug Purush, Bharat Ratna, Atal Ji”
12. Book titled “Making of a legend” authored by – authored by – Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”.
Bindeshawr Pathak. 21. Book titled “Matoshree” authored by - Lok Sabha
13. Book titled “Dalhousie Through My Eyes” authored Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
by – Kiran Chadha.

Honors & Awards


National Awards

1. The ‘Femina Miss India 2017 title’ -- Manushi Chillar Note: P T Usha has conferred honorary doctorate
(Haryana). degree for her contributions to Indian sports and
➢ First runner up: Sana Dua (Miss J&K). women empowerment.
➢ Second runner up: Priyanka Kumari (Miss 8. 5th Bhupen Hazarika National Award 2017-- Yeshe
Bihar). Dorjee Thongchi.
2. The Sahitya Academy Yuva Puraskar 2017 in English Note: The award has been instituted a Maharashtra-
Language -- Manu S Pillai. based social organisation ‘Sarhad’ for outstanding
Note: He won the award for his book ‘The Ivory literary work at national and international level.
Throne – Chronicles of the House of Travancore’. 9. The Yoga Institute selected as the first recipient of the
3. Indian mountaineer has honored by Govt. of Nepal for Prime Minister's Award for outstanding contribution
scaling Mt. Everest for a record six times -- Love Raj for promotion and development of yoga -- Ramamani
Singh Dharmashaktu. Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute,Pune.
4. The RedInk Award Journalist of the Year 2017-- Raj 10. The state has gotten the awarded for constructing the
Kamal Jha. highest number of rural roads, under the Pradhan
5. France’s highest civilian award ‘Legion of Honor’ -- Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)-- Bihar.
Soumitra Chatterjee 11. The state has gotten the award for use of non-
Note: Bengali actor Chatterjee has been selected for conventional construction material in constructing
his outstanding contribution to cinema and theatre. roads -- Madhya Pradesh.
6. The water conservation model has been selected for 12. The state govt. has won the prestigious UN Public
the national award for excellence in the MGNREGP -- Service Award for year 2017-- West Bengal.
Jal Sanchay. Note: Chief Minister ‘Mamata Banerjee’ has received
the ‘2017 UN Public Service Award’ at a ceremony held
Note: The model is adopted successfully by the
in The Hague, Netherlands on behalf of her state govt.
authorities in Nalanda district of south central Bihar. 13. Honored with Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for his
7. IIT Kanpur. conferred honorary doctorate degree efforts to reform public-school system in India -- Azim
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Note: The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy considered Note: Neerja is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language
the most prestigious prize in philanthropy. biographical thriller film directed by Ram Madhvani
14. The city has topped the newly released list of 30 cities and written by Saiwyn Quadras and Sanyuktha Chawla
for development as smart cities under Smart City Shaikh.
Mission -- Thiruvananthapuram. 28. The Bollywood star has received the ‘Global Diversity
15. Indian personality has been bestowed with the 2017 Award’ at Britain’s House of Commons - Salman Khan.
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes Award -- 29. The prestigious A Nageswara Rao (ANR) National
Mahesh Bhagwat.
Award for his contribution to the Telugu film industry -
Note: Currently, he is serving as the first
Commissioner of Police of Rachakonda. - S S Rajamouli.
16. The Indian metro has become the world’s first Note: The ANR National Award was instituted by the
completely green metro system -- Delhi Metro. Akkineni International foundation in the honor of
Note: Delhi Metro has secured the platinum rating for Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
adherence to green building norms for its 10 30. The National Institute of Ayurveda has entered the
residential colonies from the Indian Green Building Guinness Book for 'Most people receiving Nasya Panch
Council (IGBC).
Kararma simultaneously' -- Jaipur.
17. 2017 Mahanayak Samman -- Shakuntala Barua.
18. Best Action Movie award at the Shanghai International Note: 733 Ayurvedic practitioners performed Nasya
Film Festival (SIFF) -- Sultan. Karma, which has been registered in the Guinness
19. Prime Minister’s trophy for ‘Best Performing Book of records.
Integrated Steel Plant’ in 2015-16 -- Tata Steel. Ltd. 31. The Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence-2016 -
Note: Tata Steel Ltd. (TISCO) has won the Prime - Digambar Behera.
Minister’s trophy for ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Note: The Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence
Plant’ in India during 2014-2015 and 2015- 16. for the year 2016 to Prof Digambar Behera. The award
20. Eminent scientist has chosen for the prestigious Von was instituted by Odisha Bigyan Academy (OBA) and is
Hippel Award for his immense contribution in given to any Odia scientist working anywhere in India
materials research-- Professor C.N.R Rao. or abroad each year for his/her lifetime research
Note: The award citation noted Mr. Rao’s immense contributions in the field of science and technology.
work on novel functional materials, including 32. Kolkata’s transwoman has crowned the first Miss
nanomaterials, graphene and 2D materials, TransQueen India in Gurugram, Haryana-- Nitasha
superconductivity, and colossal magnetoresistance. Biswas.
21. Indian film Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars Note: Currently, Biswas is pursuing Masters in
2018 -- Newton. Business Management in Kolkata, West Bengal. Miss
Note: Newton is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language black Transsexual Australia 2017 Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena
comedy film directed by Amit V Masurkar and had crowned the first Miss TransQueen India.
Produced by Drishyam Films. 33. The Airport has bagged the National Award for
22. The Sportsperson of the Year award during the ‘Maruti ‘Excellence’ in Energy Management -- Rajiv Gandhi
Suzuki Sportsperson of the Year’ Charity Gala Awards - International Airport.
- P V Sindhu. 34. Indian personality has won the PLuS Alliance Prize for
23. Indian music composer has been shortlisted for the Global Leadership -- N R Narayana Murthy.
2017 World Soundtrack Awards (public choice award)
Note: Narayana Murthy for Global Leadership and
-- A R Rahman.
24. Indian city has been declared as a World Heritage City Veena Sahajwalla for Research Innovation for her
(WHC) by UNESCO -- Ahmedabad. project 'The new science of green manufacturing.
25. Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has 35. First lifetime achievement award for his contribution
received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his to Badminton -- Prakash Padukone.
contributions as a Lok Sabha member -- LK Advani. Note: Padukone had won the 1980 All England,
26. JD(U) leader has also received the Lifetime
besides bagging a bronze at the 1983 World
Achievement Award as a Rajya Sabha MP -- Sharad
Yadav. Championship in Copenhagen and a gold medal at the
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36. According the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) 42. Mohun Bagan Ratna Award 2017 -- Subrata
World university ranking, Indian university has been Bhattacharya.
names the top university in India -- IISc-Bangalore. Note: Former club striker Balwant Singh has been
awarded the Best Football Player of the Year prize.
Note: The University of Oxford has retained its first
43. East Bengal football club’s highest honour 'Bharat
place in the rankings, followed by University of Gaurav' - Dhanraj Pillay
Cambridge, California Institute of Technology and Note: He represented the country in four Olympics,
Stanford University. World Cups, Champions Trophy, and Asian Games. He
37. The state’s CM has announced a reward of one crore played total 339 matches for India, scoring 170 goals.
rupees to Arjuna awardee archer Vennam Jyoti 44. Mukesh Ambani has become the Asia’s second richest
Surekha -- Andhra Pradesh. man according to the 2017 Bloomberg Billionaires
Index (BBI).
Note: He also announced a 500- sq yd house site in
Note: Currently, Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma is the
Vijayawada and a government job for her. The Chief richest person in Asia with a net worth of USD 43.2
Minister also announced 10 lakh rupees reward for billion.
Devisri Prasad (10-year) of Tirupati on setting the 45. Three-time National Award Winner Veteran actress
Guinness World Record in skating. has been selected for this year's Prem Nazir Award --
38. Agriculture Leadership Award-2017 Sharada.
- K Chandrashekhar Rao Note: The award, carrying a purse of Rs 75,000, a
Note: He has been selected for his innovative services statuette and a citation.The award will be presented to
rendered to the welfare of farmers and the farm sector. Sharada at a function at Chirayankeezhu (Kerala) on
39. Indian-origin crowned as the UK’s ‘Child Genius’ in a 15th August.
popular television quiz competition --Rahul Doshi 46. Veteran journalist and star of Mysore Columnist has
Note: He won the Channel 4 show 'Child Genius' by bagged for the first Kesari Media Award -- T J S George.
defeating his nine-year-old opponent Ronan 10-4 in 47. The first person from India to win Anna Politkovskaya
the programme's finale. Rahul has an IQ of 162, which Award -- Gauri Lankesh.
is believed to be higher than the likes of Albert Einstein Note: The Anna Politkovskaya Award was established
and Stephen Hawking. to remember and honour Russian journalist Anna
40. Internationally-acclaimed senior kathak dancer has Politkovskaya, who was murdered in Moscow on
been conferred with a fellowship by the Department of October 7, 2006 over her reportage of the second war
Culture, Government of India (GoI) -- Nandakishore in Chechnya.
Kapote.
48. Indian-origin personality will be honoured with the
Note: Kapote will carry out a detailed study on ‘Hand
Gestures and Kathak Dance in Abhinaydarpan Asia Game Changers Award- 2017--Dev Patel.
41. Bollywood actress has won the 2017 IIFA Women of Note: He will be honoured by the Asia Society for
the Year award -- Tapsee Pannu making a transformative and positive difference for the
Note: She has won the 2017 IIFA Woman of The Year future of Asia and the world. Patel has turned his
for her role in Pink at the 18th edition of the attention and star power to philanthropy.
International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in
New York City, United States.

International Awards

Nobel Prize 2017 – efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such


weapons.
1. Nobel Prize in Peace ● ICAN headquarter at – Geneva, Switzerland.
● Winner - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear ● ICAN Executive Director - Beatrice Fihn
Weapons (ICAN) 2. Nobel Prize in Literature
● Field - ICAN for its work to draw attention to the ● Winner - Kazuo Ishiguro.
catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use ● He is a British author and best known for his novel
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● He was born in Nagasaki, Japan. Other Awards –


3. Nobel Prize in Economics
● Winner - Richard Thaler 1. The first Israeli author to win the Man Booker
● Field – for his work in behavioral economics. International Prize 2017 for his novel ‘A Horse Walks
● Richard Thaler born in New Jersey, United States. Into a Bar’-- David Grossman.
He is a professor of behavioural sciences and
2. Indian mountaineer has honored by Govt. of Nepal for
economics at University of Chicago.
4. Nobel Prize in Medicine scaling Mt. Everest for a record six times -- Love Raj
● Winner - Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Singh Dharmashaktu.
Michael W. Young Note: He has been honored by Adventure Sports
● Field - for their discoveries on how plants, animals Tourism Society in Lalitpur Metropolitan City near
and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that Kathmandu, Nepal.
it is synchronized with the Earth's revolutions. 3. US author has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize---
● Jeffrey C. Hall – He is from New York, US and
George Saunders.
currently Professor at Brandeis University.
● Michael Rosbash – He is from Missouri, US and Note: He has become only the second American writer to
currently Professor at Brandeis University. win Britain's renowned Prize, which was awarded for his
● Michael W. Young – He is from Miami, Florida, US first full-length novel "Lincoln in the Bardo".
and Professor at Rockefeller University, University 4. The 2017 Orwell Prize winner-- John Bew.
of Texas at Austin, Stanford University School of Note: John Bew has been bestowed with the 2017
Medicine. Orwell Prize for his extraordinary biography ‘Citizen
5. Nobel Prize in Physics
Clem’, which is about Clement Attlee.
● Winner - Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S.
5. The Member of the Order of the British Empire person is
Thorne.
-- Annabel Mehta.
● Field - Their decisive contributions to the LIGO
(Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Note: Social activist Annabel Mehta has been conferred
Observatory) detector and the observation of with the Member of the Order of the British Empire in
gravitational waves. recognition of her 40 years of service to underprivileged
● Rainer Weiss born in Berlin, Germany. He is a communities in Mumbai and the NGO 'Apnalaya'.
Professor at Massachusetts Institute of 6. The World’s best Airline at the SKYTRAX World Airline
Technology.
Awards 2017 at the Paris Air Show France -- Qatar
● Barry C. Barish born in Nebraska, U.S. He is a
professor at California Institute of Technology. Airline.
● Kip S. Thorne born in Utah, U.S. He is a professor Note: Qatar Airways also won the World’s Best Business
Class, the World’s Best First-Class Lounge, and the Best
at California Institute of Technology.
Airline in the Middle East awards.
6. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 7. An Indian-origin boy in the UK has secured the top
● Winner - Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test -- Arnav
Richard Henderson. Sharma.
● Field - They developed cryo-electron microscopy 8. The Indian anti-hunger activist has honoured for the
for the high-resolution structure determination of prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award -- Ankit
biomolecules in solution. It’s a method of Kawatra.
simplifying and improving the imaging of 9. Indian NGO has won the 2017 UNDP Equator Prize for
biomolecules. sustainable farming model -- Swayam Shikshan Prayog.
● Jacques Dubochet born in Aigle, Switzerland. He 10. Indian-Americans, will be honoured with the Great
is a professor at University of Lausanne. Immigrants Award for their role in helping advance the
● Joachim Frank born in Siegen, Germany. He is a country's society, culture, and economy -- Shantanu
professor at Columbia University. Narayen and Vivek Murthy.
● Richard Henderson born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 11. The old city of Hebron in the west bank has been
He is a professor at Laboratory of Molecular declared as the Palestinian World Heritage Site by --
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12. A Nigerian lawyer teacher & peacemaker has won the Note: The company has been recognized for its LEED
2017 UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) -- Platinum rated constructed manufacturing facility in
Zannah Mustapha. Chennai.
Note: Mustapha founded a school 10 years ago in 19. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan's ambassadorship extended
Maiduguri which is the epicentre of the Boko Haram for another two years after success of polio drive--
insurgency. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
13. The best actor in drama series at the 69th Prime time
Note: Earlier, He had served as UNICEF Goodwill
Emmy Awards-2017 -- Sterling K Brown.
14. The Personality of the Year award by Skoch Consultancy Ambassador for Polio in India. The World Health
Services (SCS)-2017 -- Kishore Sansi. Organization (WHO) also appointed Bachchan as its
15. Highest civilian award Order of Australia for community goodwill ambassador for hepatitis in South-East Asia
work in Australia - Guruswamy Jayraman (Indian region to boost awareness and intensify action to arrest
origin) the epidemic.
16. The WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Autism in South-East 20. The world's most liveable city named by Economist
Asia Region -- Saima Wazed Hossain. Intelligence Unit (EIU) -- Melbourne (Australia).
17. The television series has won the Outstanding Drama Note: It was a record seventh time in a row from 2011 to
Series award at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Award 2017 in the top spot for Melbourne. Vienna once again
-- The Handmaid's Tale. came second and Vancouver third.The Economist
18. The Climate and energy efficiency solutions company, Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Liveability Index ranks 140
has been conferred with the ‘Golden Peacock Award’ -- cities each year on those topics, as well as stability,
Danfoss India. culture, and environment.

Summits & Conference 2017

1. 3rd International Conference on Yoga 2017 – New ● The 15th India-EU Summit will be held in
Delhi, India. Brussels, Belgium.
● Theme of the conference is – “Yoga for Wellness”. ● The 13th India-EU Summit was held in Brussels,
● Conference was organised by – Ministry of Ayush. Belgium.
● Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated 6. 8 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017 -
th

the conference. Hyderabad, India.


2. 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017 – New ● Theme of the Summit – ‘Women First, Prosperity
Delhi, India. for All’.
● Theme of the conference – ‘Cyber4All: An Inclusive, ● 7th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2016 –
Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Silicon Valley, USA.
Cyberspace’ 7. 3rd India International Science Festival (IISF) 2017
● The 4th GCCS conference held in The Hague, – Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Netherlands. ● The 2nd IISF held in New Delhi in 2016.
3. India – ASEAN Youth Summit 2017 – Bhopal, Madhya ● The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of
Pradesh Technology (IIT) New Delhi in 2015.
Theme of the summit - “Shared Values, Common 8. India Mobile Congress 2017 - New Delhi.
● Note: This is the first time India is all set to host its
Destiny”
own mobile mega show. The Indian telecom
4. First ASEAN – India Music Festival held in New market is the second-largest in the world after
Delhi, India. China. India has a total subscriber base of over 1.18
● Note: Theme – ‘Shared Values, Common Destiny’. billion subscribers.
5. 14th India - European Union (EU) 2017 Summit – 9. 19th UN Climate Change Summit 2017- Bonn,
New Delhi, India. Germany.
● President of European Union (EU) – Donald ● Note: The United Nations Climate Change
Tusk. Conferences are yearly conferences held in the
● Member countries – 28 framework of the United Nations Framework
● European Union (EU) headquarter - Brussels, Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Belgium.
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● 18th UN Climate Change Summit 2016 - Marrakech, ● Secretary General – Le Luong Minh.
Morocco. ● Chairman - Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
10. 9th BRICS Summit 2017 - Xiamen, China. ● ASEAN headquarter – Jakarta, Indonesia.
● Theme of the Summit - “BRICS: Stronger
Partnership for a Brighter Future”. ● Venue of ASEAN (32nd & 33rd) 2018 Summit -
● The Summit was attended by – Singapore.
● President of Brazil – Michel Temer ● Venue of 28-29th ASEAN Summit 2016 –
● President of Russia – Vladimir Putin Vientiane, Laos
● Prime Minister of India – Narendra Modi 13. 29 APEC 2017 Summit – Danang, Vietnam
th

● President of China – Xi, Jinping ● Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation


● President of South Africa – Jacob Zuma (APEC)organisation comprising 21 members
● Note: BRICS comprises 5-member countries: countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada,
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Chile, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong,
● Venue of 10th BRICS Summit 2018- Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia,
Johannesburg, South Africa. Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru,
● Venue of 8th BRICS Summit 2016- Goa, India. The Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei,
11. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit Thailand, United States, Vietnam.
2017 – Astana, Kazakhstan. ● Chairman - Trần Đại Quang
● Note:
● Executive Director - Alan Bollard
● SCO General Secretary – Rashid Alimov.
● SCO Headquarter - Beijing, China. ● APEC headquarter – Singapore
● Official Language – Chinese, Russian. ● Venue of 30th APEC 2018 Summit - Port Moresby,
● SCO comprises 8-member countries: China, Papua New Guinea.
Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, ● Venue of 28th APEC Summit 2016 – Peru, Lima
Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. 14. 4th BIMSTEC 2017 Summit – Kathmandu, Nepal
● India and Pakistan became full members of ● Note:
the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ● Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral
on 9 June 2017. Technical and Economic Cooperation
● Venue of SCO Summit 2018- China. (BIMSTEC)organisation comprising 7 members
● Venue of SCO Summit 2016- Tashkent, countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar,
Uzbekistan. Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand.
About Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan is a Central Asian ● Chairmanship – Nepal (since 2014)
country, it has eastern border with China and Russia. ● BIMSTEC headquarter – Dhaka, Bangladesh
● Venue of 3rd BIMSTEC Summit 2014 - Nay Pyi
Capital – Astana
Taw, Myanmar.
Currency - Tenge
15. G-20 Summit 2017 – Hamburg, Germany.
President - Nursultan Nazarbayev ● Theme of the summit – “Shaping an Inter-
Prime Minister - Bakhytzhan Sagintayev connected World”
Legislature - Parliament ● The G20 comprises 19 countries plus the
Upper house - Senate European Union. These countries are
Lower house - Mazhilis Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France,
12. ASEAN (30th & 31st) 2017 Summit – Manila, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico,
Philippines. Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea,
● Association of South East Asian Nations Turkey, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United
(ASEAN) organisation comprising 10 South east States of America (USA).
Asian countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, ● Meeting of G20 Labour Ministers 2017 –
Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore,
Bad Neuenahr, Germany.
Thailand and Vietnam.
● Meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and
● Its motto is - “One Vision, One Identity, One Central Bank Governors 2017 – Baden,
Community.
Germany.
● Note: ASEAN Summit held twice a year.

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● Venue of G-20 2018 Summit - Buenos Aires, ● Chief Guest at 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017
Argentina is - H.E. Dr. Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of the
● Venue of G-20 2016 Summit – Hangzhou, Republic of Portugal.
China ● The PBS convention is held on January 9th each
16. 43rd G-7 Summit 2017 - Sicily, Italy. year to commemorate the return of Mahatma
● Theme of the summit - “Building the foundations Gandhi from South Africa in 1915. It is celebrated
of renewed trust.” to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian
● The G-7 comprises 7 countries – Canada, community to the development of the country.
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, ● Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBS) 2016 was cancelled.
United States. ● 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBS) 2015 –
● Venue of 42nd G-7 2018 Summit – Shima, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Japan ● Singapore to Host Regional Pravasi Bharatiya
● Venue of 44th G-7 2016 Summit – Canada Divas in 2018.
17. NATO Summit 2017 – Brussels, Belgium. 19. 104th Indian Science Congress 2017 – SV
● Note: University, Tirupati.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ● Focal theme - Science & Technology for National
Development.
comprises 29 countries – Albania, Belgium,
● 105th Indian Science Congress 2018 to be
Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, hosted by Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, ● Focal Theme - Reaching the Unreached Through
Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Science & Technology
Luxembourg, Netherland, Norway, Poland, 20. 25th CHOGM 2018 Summit– The next 25th meeting of
Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the heads of government of the Commonwealth of
Turkey, United Kingdom, United States. Nations will be held in the London, United Kingdom.
● NATO headquarter - Brussels, Belgium. ● Note: In 2017, Vanuatu was selected to host 25th
● NATO Secretary General - Jens Stoltenberg CHOGM Summit but due to the damage done by
● NATO 2018 Summit – Brussels, Belgium. Cyclone Pam, it was decided to be held in United
● NATO 2016 Summit -Warsaw, Poland Kingdom in 2018.
● Note: Turkey’s offer to host the 2018 NATO ● Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
summit is rejected by Canada and 18 European held after a gap of every two years.
NATO members. Hence, 2018 NATO Summit will ● Total member countries – 52.
be held in Brussels, Belgium. ● Headquarter – London, United Kingdom.
18. 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBS) 2017 – ● CHOGM 2015 Summit – Malta.
Bengaluru, Karnataka. 21. 3rd World Conference on Environment 2017 – New
● Theme of 2017 PBS is “Redefined Engagement Delhi, India.
With Indian Diaspora”. ● It was organized by the National Green Tribunal
● Note: (NGT) and inaugurated by the President Pranab
Mukherjee.

Important News – India

1. The TATA Projects has launched initiative to promote 3. A pact with Bird Academy to train more than thirty
green cover and to protect the environment -- Green thousand unemployed youth across various states in
Thumb. the aviation space -- The National Skill
2. India successfully test-fires 1st all weather tracked- Development Corporation (NSDC).
chassis -- QR-SAM. Note: Now, they will set up training centres in India under
Note: India successfully test-fired its first all-weather the guidance of aerospace and aviation sector skill
tracked-chassis Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile council.
(QR-SAM) from a mobile launcher at Integrated Test 4. Rutland Island (South Andaman) site for the
Range at Chandipur in Odisha. country’s long-range missile test facility -- National
Board of Wildlife.
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Note: Since 2012, Defence Research and Development with the State Governments for cooperative
Organisation (DRDO) has been seeking the approval federalism.
for the test facility. 13. Indian Railways Human Resources Round Table
5. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has passed
Conference has started in the city -- New Delhi.
a resolution to rename the city’s ‘The Officers' Mess
Road’ in Chanakyapuri area to -- Alexander M Note: The 3-themes of the conference are Stakeholders
Kadakin Marg. Expectations from HR, The Future of Work – HR Role
Note: Alexander M Kadakin was born in Chisna, Russia and and Creativity Within Constraints.
served as ambassador from 2009 in India until his 14. The Union Govt. has launched a video conferencing
last breath in January 2017. aided legal service for the people living in rural areas
6. The three mobile Apps (Mycall App, Myspeed App -- Tele Law.
and Do Not Disturb), an upgraded official website and
Note: The ‘Tele-Law’ portal will be available across the
a portal in New Delhi -- Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India (TRAI). Common Service Centre network connecting the
Note: The three Apps have been launched with a view to citizens to legal service providers.
help mobile phone users rate their experience about 15. The first underwater metro tunnel in India will come
voice call quality in real time. up in the city -- Kolkata.
7. India has signed an agreement with Sri Lanka to Note: It will pass through the Hooghly River and connect
provide fresh assistance of 318 million US Dollar the two main terminals Howrah and Sealdah
credit line for the development of --Railway sector.
16. The city to host the second edition of National Health
Note: India has already provided four Lines of Credit for
the development of railway in Sri Lanka through its Editors Conference on Yoga -2017-- New Delhi.
EXIM bank amounting around USD 966 million. Note: The conference on Yoga was inaugurated by the
8. The ministry has launched ‘Skill for Life, Save a Life’ Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge)
initiative to promote skill development in the health Shripad Yesso Naik.
sector in New Delhi -- Health Ministry. 17. India's first canal top solar PV System on cooling
Note: The initiative aims to upscale the quality and quantity
water (CW) channel inside power station--NTPC
of trained professionals in the healthcare system.
9. The ‘Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh’a National Human Mouda (Nagpur).
Milk Bank and Lactation Counselling Centre at the Note: This novel Solar PV system makes use of side walls of
Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) in New CW channels as load bearing structure thereby
Delhi_-- Mr. C K Mishra. significantly decreasing cost of civil and mounting
Note: It is established in collaboration with the Norwegian structure.
government, Oslo University, and Norway-India 18. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for
Partnership Initiative (NIPI). Participation in the ANUGA 2017 Exhibition -- India.
10. Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL) is planning Note: ANUGA (Allgemeine Nahrungs Und Genußmittel
to develop how many stations on the Konkan route-- Ausstellung) is the world’s biggest and most
twenty-one. important trade fair for Food and beverage trade.
Note: A total 147 kms of railway track would be doubled 19. The first phase of Metro for the city in Kerala -- Kochi
under the expansion and modernization project at a Metro.
cost of Rs. 3,000 crores. Note: The Kochi metro project became the first metro in the
11. The union ministry has launched Mission Retro- country which connects rail, road, and water
Fitment program -- Railway ministry. transport facilities. Kochi Metro Rail Limited is a 50-
Note: Mission Retro-Fitment is an ambitious program to 50 Joint Venture of Centre and the Kerala
upgrade the level of furnishing & amenities in the government.
coaches of Indian Railways. 20. The 71st country to join the United Nations TIR
12. The SATH program for cooperative federalism -- NITI (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention to
Aayog. boost trade through smoother movement of goods
Note: NITI Aayog has launched a program Sustainable across territories -- India.
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regional production networks through better 28. Aa dedicated Webpage has been launched for
connectivity. facilitating taxpayers with regard to addressing
21. Sushma Swaraj has inaugurated a Programme for issues related to Information Technology Services
young overseas Indians in New Delhi-- Know India and Electronics goods-- The Ministry of Electronics
Programme (KIP). and Information Technology.
Note: The Know India Programme (KIP) is a three-week Note: Now, the Webpage can be accessed through
orientation programme for the Indian diaspora. Ministry’s Web Portal ‘www.meity.gov.in’.Any
22. A special blue 'umbrella emoji' for its Indian users to Individuals, Companies and Entrepreneurs in IT and
celebrate monsoon -- Twitter. Electronics sector can visit the webpage for sector-
Note: The emoji went live on 16th June and will be active specific information.
till 31st August this year. 29. People suffering from tuberculosis (TB) will have to
23. The authority has cleared the final raising of Sardar submit their number to avail benefits under a central
Sarovar Dam (SSD) in Gujarat by lowering of gates government scheme -- Aadhaar number.
and impounding of water in the reservoir upto its Full Note: The Health Ministry also asked those who do not have
Reservoir Level (FRL) of EL 138.68 mts --Narmada Aadhaar card to get themselves enrolled by 31st
Control Authority (NCA).
Note: The ‘Sardar Sarovar Project’ would primarily meet August 2017.
the water requirement of drought prone and desert 30. A scheme 'Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty'
areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan. (VAJRA)has been launched to bring together the
24. The ministry has launched ‘National Mission on Indian scientists abroad --The Department of
Cultural Mapping of India’ -- Ministry of Culture. Science and Technology (DST).
Note: This Mission is part of the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Note: The idea of the scheme is to bring the best of the
Bharat’ umbrella and a stage will be provided to the world to India and conduct research here.
registered artists for performance and displaying 31. Election Commission (EC) has disqualified Madhya
their talent. Pradesh Minister for submitting wrong expenditure
25. The American aerospace giant and ‘Tata Group’ have accounts in the 2008 poll -- Narottam Mishra.
signed a pact to produce, operate, and export the Note: Mr. Mishra has also been debarred from contesting
combat-proven F-16 fighters in India -- Lockheed poll for three years.
Martin. 32. The Union Minister has presented the 100 volumes of
Note: The deal announced during the Paris Air show The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi(CWMG)
between Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) and published by the Publications Division to Sabarmati
Lockheed Martin is ideally suited to meet Indian Air Ashram in Ahmedabad -- Venkaiah Naidu.
Force's single-engine fighter needs. Note: To ensure that Gandhian thoughts reach the new
26. Airports in small towns would come on the aviation generation readers, all these restored editions have
map by this September through the regional also been made available as e-Books, and are
connectivity scheme ‘UDAAN’ -- thirty-three. available for online sale.
Note: The ‘UDAAN’ scheme is designed as a demand-driven 33. Kalraj Mishra has launched a Scheme to boost Digital
one so that States can participate in it to make it India Mission -- Digital MSME Scheme.
fruitful. Note: This scheme revolves around Cloud Computing which
27. A Mobile App – ‘Celebrating Yoga’ to connect people is emerging as a cost effective and viable alternative
through Yoga for a scientific healthy living at a in comparison to in-house Infrastructure installed by
function in New Delhi -- Dr. Harsh Vardhan. MSMEs.
Note: The mobile application will help to provide a 34. The union Govt. has cleared the proposal for setting
platform to share information and insights about up a new airport in -- Jewar (Greater Noida).
people's participation during Yoga activities on Note: The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development
International Yoga Day (21st June). Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land for a
world-class international airport.
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35. India's First Blood Bank for Cattle to Come up in the 42. Western Railways have changed the name of
state -- Odisha. ‘Elphinstone Road station as -- Prabhadevi.
Note: The blood bank would be established on the premises Note: Prabhadevi is a local deity, whose temple is located in
of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology at the vicinity of the railway station. In December 2016,
an estimated cost of Rs. 3.25 crore. the Maharashtra Assembly had unanimously adopted
36. Harsh Vardhan has launched "National Biopharma a resolution to rename these railway stations which
Mission" to accelerate biopharmaceutical were subsequently followed by a nod from the
development in India. Note: Under the Mission, the Central Government.
ministry launched a programme named Innovate in 43. The Power Ministry has launched the app and the
India (i3) to create an enabling ecosystem to promote portal for providing e-Bidding solution to states to
entrepreneurship and indigenous manufacturing in select Independent Power Producers (IPPs) --
the sector. MERIT.
37. India’s tallest Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower has Note: The objective of is to increase transparency and
installed at -- Indira Gandhi International Airport accountability and transfer maximum benefit to the
(IGIA), Delhi. consumer reflects a 360-degree approach of a
Note: It will be the 7th tallest ATC tower in the world. ‘government in action’.The app also gives information
38. Who has launched a month-long plantation drive to regarding reasons for deviation from merit order
mark Van Mahotsav -- Dr. Harsh Vardhan. such as must run conditions, transmission
Note: Van Mahotsav is an annual tree-planting movement constraints etc.
in India, which began in 1950. The purpose of the 44. The first government hospital in the country to
festival is to raise the awareness of trees among perform a lung transplant -- PGIMER, Chandigarh.
people and to highlight the need for planting and Note: The institute has been successfully performing heart,
tending of trees as one of the best ways to prevent kidney, pancreas, liver, and Cornea transplants.
global warming and reduce pollution. 45. India’s first high-speed rail training centre will set up
39. An agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd in the state -- Gujarat.
(KHI) of Japan to manufacture stainless steel coaches Note: The rail training centre will set up at a cost of Rs 600
and bogies for metro rail -- The Bharat Heavy crore, and is expected to start operating by 2020.
Electricals Limited (BHEL). 46. The union govt will organize three-day international
Note: The agreement covers establishing engineering, fair in 3 to 5 November 2017 -- World Food India
design, and manufacturing facilities at BHEL using 2017.
Japanese technology. It will also entitle BHEL for all Note: International fair will provide a platform to Indian
technology advances and upgrades. farmers and manufacturers to showcase their
40. India’s first university only for Dalit students will products and explore partnerships with foreign
come up in -- Hyderabad. companies, organized by the Food Processing
Note: The purpose of establishing an exclusive university Ministry. The World Food India is a step aimed at
for Dalit students is to provide them a comprehensive creating India a 'Global Food Factory' and 'Global
education, so that they would come out as complete Food Retail Market'.
and knowledgeable citizens. 47. Indian Railways has launched virtual server to
41. The Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1) submarine cable optimize server usage and faster connectivity --
system stretch from Marseille in France to Hong Kong RailCloud.
-- Reliance Jio. Note: The technology is developed by rail PSU RailTel at an
Note: He was administered the oath of office by Chief estimated cost of approx Rs 53 crore. The RailCloud
Justice of India ‘JS Khehar’ at a special function in the technology enables maximising the usage of available
central hall of Parliament. AAE-1 is claimed to be the server and storage resulting in accommodation of
bigger data and more applications within same
world’s longest 100Gbps technology-based
server space.
submarine system. It will have 21 cable landings
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48. The two programmes to take education to the million light-years away from Earth and roughly
remotest corners of the country with the help of more than 10 billion years old.
technology -- Swayam and Swayam Prabha. 54. The city hosted the National Conference of NITI
Note: Under Swayam, courses would be offered through Aayog -- New Delhi.
digital classrooms with online study material Note: The focus of the conference is on best practices in
available free of cost in videos. Swayam Prabha social and economic sectors across states.
would tap into the potential of Direct to Home Service 55. The union minister ‘Arun Jaitley’ has launched a new
wherein a person can install a dish antenna for about pension scheme for the senior citizens in new Delhi --
Rs 1,500 & have access to 32 digital educational Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana.
channels run by the HRD Ministry. Note: The scheme provides an assured return of 8% per
49. The union Railway Minister ‘Suresh Prabhu’ has annum payable monthly for 10 years and exempted
inaugurated the Science Express Climate Action from Service Tax or GST. The scheme can be
Special at -- Madgaon station. purchased offline as well as online through Life
Insurance Corporation of India(LIC). The PMVVY
Note: The Science Express is an innovative mobile science
scheme will be available till 3rd May,2018.
exhibition of the Department of Science and
56. The first solar-powered 1600 HP DEMU train in India
Technology mounted on a 16-coach AC train. The
has launched from the station -- Safdarjung railway
objective is to increase awareness on climate change
station.
and its mitigation among various sections of society,
57. The ministry will launch a new sub-scheme
especially students.
‘Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana’ (AGEY) under
50. 100 metres from the edge of River Ganga as a ‘No- the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana--The Union Rural
Development Zone’ in the stretch between Haridwar Development ministry.
(Uttarakhand) and Unnao (Uttar Pradesh) -- NGT Note: The AGEY aims to provide an alternative source of
(National Green Tribunal). livelihoods to members of Self Help Groups (SHGs)
Note: There shall be no dumping of waste of any kind under DAY-NRLM by facilitating them to operate
within 500 metres from the edge of River Ganga.The public transport services in backward rural areas.
NGT also declared an environment compensation of 58. The Indian Railways has launched an integrated
Rs. 50,000 on anyone who dumps waste in River mobile application to cater various passenger
Ganga. requirements -- SAARTHI.
51. The union Cabinet has approved the establishment of Note: The Rail SAARTHI (synergised advanced application
the International Rice Research Institute, South Asia rail travel help and information) such as safety for
Regional Center at the campus of National Seed women, complaint facility and suggestion for
Research and Training Center in -- Varanasi. improvement.
Note: This Center will be the first international Center in 59. The 5th ‘North East Connectivity Summit- 2018’ will
eastern India and it will play a major role in be held in the state -- Arunachal Pradesh.
harnessing and sustaining rice production in the Note: The summit organised by the FICCI is one of the most
region. The Centre will also undertake capacity important forums for action oriented deliberations
building exercises for stakeholders across the rice on sub-regional economic integration and
value chain. connectivity between North East India and South-
52. The National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination East Asia. The 4th North East Connectivity Summit
(2017-22) launched by -- Shri J P Nadda. will be held in Nagaland in September 2017.
60. The National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP)
Note: The Strategic Plan gives year wise elimination targets
in New Delhi-- Arun Jaitley.
in various parts of the country depending upon the
Note: The WTO-Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) was a
endemicity of malaria in the next 5 years. This plan
major milestone for the global trading system and all
focuses on the states like Odisha, Jharkhand,
actions covered under the plan have been categorised
Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
by prioritising the activities into short, mid, and long
53. Indian scientists have discovered an extremely large term.
supercluster of galaxies, which is as big as 20 million 61. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
billion suns-- Saraswati. has launched the mobile app for syncing Aadhaar
Note: Inter University Centre for Astronomy and data on the mobile phone-- mAadhaar app.
Astrophysics (IUCAA) team of astronomers has
named it ‘Saraswati’. This is one of the largest known
structures in the neighborhood of the universe, 4,000
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Note: Once you register in mAadhar app, your Aadhaar card right to outsource or issue licenses for provision of
profile including phone number, address and other catering services to private licensees
details get stored on the app. 70. Online application has been invited from girl students
62. The country’s first Bio-CNG (bio-methane) bus at a for enrolment in UDAAN project 2017-19 --The
bio-energy programme, ‘Urja Utsav’--Tata Motors. Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE).
Note: The use of Bio-CNG will contribute in a positive Note: The scheme is open for deserving girl students who
manner to the Smart Cities proposition of keeping
aspire to pursue higher education in engineering and
them clean. The bio-methane engines could be used
in LCV, ICV and MCV buses. to assist them to prepare for entrance exam while
63. The railway station has become the India’s first studying in Class 11 and 12th in Kendriya
station to run by all women staff -- Matunga railway Vidyalaya(KV), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya(JNV) or
station. government schools affiliated to CBSE or any board.
64. The science & technology ministry has launched a 71. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism
low-cost indigenously developed hearing screening Corporation (IRCTC) has planned to install 1,100
device for newborns -- Sohum. water vending machines at 450 stations in 2017-
Note: The Sohum uses brain-stem auditory evoked
2018 to ensure clean drinking water at low cost.
response technology which is recommended as best
screening choice. SOHUM, has been developed by Note: A glass of 300 ml water dispensed through these
School of International Biodesign (SIB), a startup M/S machines will cost just one rupee. At present, there
Sohum Innovation Labs India Pvt. Ltd. are 1,106 water vending machines at 345 stations in
65. The Union Government has approved climate change the country.
projects for three states under National Adaptation 72. The Union minister has launched a mobile app for
Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC)-- Rajasthan, road maintenance in all the States -- Aarambh.
Gujarat and Sikkim.
Note:The mobile phone app aims at use of Geographic
66. The United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African
Information System (GIS) based mapping for making
Partners (UNPCAP-02) 2017 has started in the city --
New Delhi. road inventories, condition surveys, and producing
67. The city will host the tenth edition of Urban Mobility cost estimates and other relevant data for
India conference beginning 4th November this year -- preparation and monitoring of annual road
Hyderabad. maintenance plans.
Note: The three-day event will be jointly organised by the 73. The FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of
Union Ministry of Urban Development and the India) directs the concerned food business operators
Telangana Government.The theme of this year’s to discontinue the manufacture, storage, distribution,
conference is intelligent, inclusive and sustainable
sale and import of stapled tea bags by--1st
mobility.
68. The union Minister Maneka Gandhi has launched January,2018.
online complaint system for registering sexual Note: The FSSAI has also directed all food safety
harassment complaints at workplace in New Delhi -- commissioners to take action to prevent the use of
sexual harassment e-box. unsafe packaging materials by companies and take up
Note: This online portal is open for central government measures for enforcement of its order.
women employees only and later on, complaints from 74. The first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs)
private sector will be entertained effectively. The
‘Shachi’ and ‘Shruti’ at their shipyard in Pipavav,
Ministry will soon conduct a national level survey to
examine the magnitude of sexual harassment at Gujarat --Reliance Defence and Engineering
workplace. Limited (RDEL).
69. Who has formed a new catering policy to improve Note: These two NOPVs are the first warships to be
food quality in trains & stations-- Indian Railway launched by a private sector shipyard in India.
Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC). 75. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a
Note: As per the new catering policy of 2017, the IRCTC will national memorial on the second death anniversary
manage catering services on all mobile units, and of former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in --
pantry car contracts will also be reassigned to
Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu).
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Note: The Kalam memorial was built by the Defence 82. The Union government has launched a portal to
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in provide a platform to sell agricultural produce -- e-
Pei Karumbu. The memorial, build at a cost of 20 RaKAM.
crores, blends Mughal and Indian architecture. Its Note: The e-RaKAM is a first of its kind initiative that
main entrance resembles Delhi's India gate and the leverages technology to connect farmers of the
main door is a replica of the entrance of the smallest villages to the biggest markets of the world
Brihadiswara Temple in Tanjavur. through internet.
76. Microsoft officially unveiled a mobile-only 83. Indian Army has developed a mobile app for soldiers
productivity application to simplify large group to track promotions and postings-- Humraaz app.
communication for Indian organisations -- Kaizala. Note: With the help of this app soldiers can view their
Note: “Microsoft Kaizala, a made for India product, brings monthly ‘salary slips’ & the ‘Form 16’ and also
together the two disparate worlds of mobile only download them.The app will be launched in the
messaging apps and a digitally integrated modern second week of August for prompt communication of
workplace The application had been optimized for 2G information to junior commissioner officers and
networks to enable connectivity in remote locations other personnel.
and offered features with offline support. 84. The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Madan B
77. The High Court ordered that “Vande Mataram” must Lokur has imposed a ban on the use of five harmful
be played and sung in all schools, colleges, and metals in firecrackers as they cause enormous air
universities at least once a week -- Madras High pollution -- lithium, mercury, arsenic, antimony,
Court. lead metals.
Note: The court also ruled that the national song must be Note: The order came after the Central Pollution Control
played and sung in all government offices and Board's (CPCB) Member Secretary told the top court
institutions, private companies, factories, and that standards on air pollution caused by the bursting
industries at least once a month. of firecrackers are yet to be laid down.
78. Scientists have developed new Artificial intelligence 85. India’s first private sector missile sub-systems
(AI) software to create three dimensional (3D) manufacturing facility has set up in the city --
models from 2D photographs -- SurfNet. Hyderabad.
Note: It will give them the ability to understand the 3D Note:It has been established a line with the ‘Make in India’
environment around them using standard 2D initiative and Government’s policy to encourage
cameras. SurfNet software can be used in object private sector participation in defense product.
recognition, robotics, and even self-driving cars. 86. The union govt. has ordered state-run oil companies
79. The union govt. will provide vaccine free from next to raise subsidised cooking gas (LPG) prices by four
year and it would help in tackling the liver related rupees per cylinder every month to eliminate all the
diseases -- Hepatitis C. subsidies by -- March 2018.
Note: For this purpose, union government is planning to Note: Every household is entitled to 12 cylinders (14.2-kg
provide up to 3,000 crore rupees in the budget. each) at subsidised rates in a year and any
80. The Defence Research and Development Organisation requirement beyond that is to be purchased at
(DRDO) has launched India's first unmanned tank market price.
that was being developed in Chennai lab -- 87. SEBI has constituted a committee on fair market
‘Muntra’(Mission UNmanned TRAcked). conduct, which will be headed by former Lok Sabha
Note: Muntra-S: Country's first unmanned surveillance secretary and law secretary T K Viswanathan.
missions. Muntra-M: for detecting mines. Muntra-N: Note: The committee has been tasked with suggesting
for operation in areas where there is a nuclear improvements to the existing SEBI norms, including
radiation or bio weapon risk. on insider trading and Fraudulent and Unfair Trade
81. The oil company will operate India’s first petroleum practices (FUTP).
R&D facility for testing high-end BS-VI quality fuel
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88. The 2nd programme of AGRI-UDAAN to promote 93. Delhi Police's women safety mobile application via
innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture cab aggregator Uber's application while travelling in
launched in -- New Delhi. taxis -- Himmat.
Note: It will mentor startups and help them connect with Note: In addition to the emergency button in the Uber app,
potential investors. The program focuses on riders will now have one more touch point to access
catalyzing scale-up stage food and agribusiness the police helpline in case of an emergency.
startups through rigorous mentoring, industry 94. Union ministry has launched a 2017 Swachh
networking and investor pitching. Survekshan (Gramin) -- Drinking Water and
89. The Union Ministry has launched a contest for Sanitation ministry.
designing a logo for the 'Women of India Festival' to Note: All districts of the country will be ranked on the basis
be held at ‘Dilli Haat’ in October 2017 -- Women and of performance, sustainability and transparency
Child Development Ministry. Under the Swachh Survekshan Gramin.
Note: The event is organized and fully sponsored by the 95. A special event ‘Dawn of cruise tourism in India’ has
Ministry as part of their major initiative of economic launched in the city to promote cruise tourism in
empowerment of women. The Women of India India -- Mumbai.
Festival offers the biggest selection of organic Note: This initiative has a potential revenue gains to all
products prepared or grown by women. stakeholders of close to Rs. 35000 crores.
90. The World Bank has allowed India to construct 96. NITI Aayog shortlisted Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and
hydro-electric power facilities on tributaries of the Karnataka under its 'Sustainable Action for
Jhelum and Chenab rivers under the Treaty -- Indus Transforming Human Capital', SATH initiative to
Waters Treaty. handhold them and transform their health sector.
Note: Earlier, Pakistan is opposed to the construction of the Note: To give major push to competitive, cooperative
Kishanganga and Ratle hydroelectric power plants federalism, the government think tank had invited all
being built by India in Jammu and Kashmir. India is states and Union Territories to participate in its SATH
permitted to construct hydroelectric power facilities initiative to transform Health and Education sectors.
on these rivers subject to specified constraints. 97. India’s first micro forest being built in --
91. Tata Memorial Centre has joined hands with the Chhattisgarh.
Indian Dental Association (IDA) to start India's first Note: Micro forest (land of 19 acres), housed around 70
digital initiative for prevention and early detection of government office buildings in Raipur (Chhattisgarh)
oral cancer. is being converted into India’s first micro forest to
Note: Tata Memorial Centre and The Indian Dental create an oxy-zone.
Association (IDA) together have launched a special 98. Indian city to host the India – ASEAN Youth summit
course on ‘Oral Cancer’ on 27th last month. The day 2017-- Bhopal.
is celebrated as the World Head and Neck Cancer Day Note: The India – ASEAN Youth summit- 2017 held in
to create awareness and early detection of oral Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) with theme ‘Shared values,
cancer. common destiny’.Over 175 delegations of youths
92. The union Govt. has proposed to establish new AIIMS from Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia,
under various phases of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam
Suraksha Yojana in different parts of the country -- and India will attend the Summit.
14. 99. The NCERT’s Web portal for supply of textbooks to
Note: An additional 1,563 new beds will be added in the schools and individuals--
existing capacity of AIIMS at Delhi and 73 existing “www.ncertbooks.ncert.gov.in”.
medical institutions are being upgraded by setting up Note: The portal will ensure better distribution of
of super specialty blocks, trauma centres in the textbooks across the country and address the
country. concerns of schools and parents, regarding
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100. The union govt. has fixed an ambitious target of which recorded less than 30% admissions in the last
installing 60 giga watt (GW) wind power capacity in five years.
the country by --2022. Note: With over 27 lakh seats lying vacant in various
Note: The annual wind power capacity addition of around engineering colleges across the country, such colleges
5500 mega-watts is required to meet wind capacity will be closed down from next year.
target of 60 GW.The current wind power installed 106. The ministry will celebrate Sankalp to Siddhi- New
capacity in the country is over 32.5 GW. India Manthan in all the districts of the country from
101. The union govt. has set a target of providing skill 19th to 30th of this month -- Agriculture and
training to one crore people in next three years under Farmers Welfare ministry.
-- Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. Note: This program will last for two and a half hours in
Note: The skill training will be provided through Pradhan which the first video message of the Prime Minister
Mantri Kaushal Kendra(PMKK). The target is to set to be shown. A film will be shown on the efforts being
up five hundred such Kendras in various parts of the made by the government for agricultural
country out of which two hundred are functional. A development and the resolution will be taken to free
separate national skill certification board will be set the country from poverty, corruption, terrorism,
up in the Ministry to enable the ITIs to provide communalism and casteism.
equivalence to class 10th and 12th at par with CBSE 107. The nationwide campaign Gaj Yatra has been
and ICSE. launched by the Union Govt. to protect elephant.
102. National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed an 108. The parliamentary panel B C Khanduri has
interim ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags recommended 100% pension to widow of deceased
which are less than 50 microns in the entire Delhi soldier.
Note: An environment compensation of Rs. 5,000 on Note: In the report, the panel has recommended the 100%
anyone found in possession of such banned plastic. pension to widow of deceased soldier so that she can
The tribunal directed Delhi government to seize the take care of her family.
entire stock of plastic within one week. The National 109. Defence Ministry has approved delegation of
Green Tribunal (NGT) was established in 2010 by the administrative and financial powers to the Border
National Green Tribunal Act. Roads Organisation (BRO).
103. Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Note:BRO develops and maintains road networks in India’s
(DIPP) under Ministry of Commerce and Industry has border areas and friendly neighbouring countries.
approved two projects for development of industrial 110. The Union govt. has directed internet majors Google,
clusters in Andhra Pradesh -- Hindupur and Bobbili. Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft, and
Note: The objective of the above projects is to provide Yahoo to immediately remove links of the dangerous
quality and reliable infrastructure to industrial units online game -- Blue Whale Challenge.
located in these clusters. Note: There are instances of children committing suicide in
104. The National Skill Development Corporation India while playing this online game. The Blue Whale
(NSDC) and Google India jointly launched the Challenge is a suicide game in which the player is
Android Skill Development Programme to impart given certain tasks to complete for a period of 50
mobile app development training on the Android and days and the final task leads to suicide.
Web platform 111. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)
Note: It will also improve the quality of mobile app has approved the proposal for the strategic
development ecosystem in India. Now, NSDC would disinvestment -- Department of Investment and
introduce a specific course to create applications for public Asset Management (DIPAM).
the mobile platform that can be used on smartphones Note: The department will set up an alternative mechanism
and tablets running on the Android operating system. comprising of the Finance Minister, Minister for Road
105. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Transport and Highways and Minister of
has decided to close down those technical colleges Administrative Department to decide on the matters
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stage of inviting of Express of Interests till inviting of height in Bharmour area. Every year this yatra begins
financial bid. on Janamashtami and concludes after fifteen days on
112. The union minister Rajnath Singh has launched the Radha Ashtami.
live twitter wall for promoting Bharat Ke Veer portal. 118. The Defence Acquisition Council meeting has cleared
Note: This portal facilitates online donation directly to the a proposal to procure AH-64 Apache attack
families of CAPF Martyrs who have sacrificed their helicopters for Army -- Six.
lives for the country in line of duty from January Note: The cost of Apaches (including associated equipment,
2016. spares, training, weapons and armaments) is about
113. JP Nadda has launched 15 medical outlets of ‘AMRIT 4,168 crore rupees.The Council has also approved a
Deendayal’ in Assam, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab proposal to procure two gas turbine engines for
through Video Conference from Shimla. Naval ships at a cost of 490 crore rupees.
Note: Mr Nadda has also inaugurated one outlet of AMRIT 119. Textile Minister Smriti Irani has inaugurated
Deendayal at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), "Second Groundbreaking” ceremony at Jamshedpur
Shimla.The purpose of AMRIT Deendayal programme in Jharkhand for laying foundation stones of 70 new
is to provide different kind of medicines and companies.
equipment’s on cheap rates to the patients. Note: The foundation stones for 70 companies were laid
114. Energy Efficiency Services Limited has signed an MoU whose permissions have been granted after receiving
with oil marketing companies for distribution of the proposals few months ago. This is part of
UJALA Energy Efficient Appliances through-- Petrol Jharkhand government emphasis to boost
Pumps. manufacturing in the state.
Note: In the first phase, distribution will commence from 120. The union govt. has doubled the child care allowance
Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The consumer can for women employees with disabilities to -- Rs. 3000
purchase Energy efficient LED bulb at Rs. 70, tube per month.
light at Rs. 220 and 5 star rated ceiling fans at Rs. Note: Currently, the allowance of Rs. 1,500 per month is
1200. given to Divyang female employees for taking care of
115. The Government eMarketplace (GeM) SPV and the their newborn child. The decision to hike the
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has signed a allowance is based on the recommendations of
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a seventh central pay commission.
GeM Industry forum -- GeMSamvad. 121. India has registered a growth of foreign tourist
Note: GeMSamvad will be a participative and collaborative arrivals from January to July this year -- over 15%.
approach with the industry for promoting Indian Note: The highest number of tourists arrived from
industry and entrepreneurship. The purchases Bangladesh (20.12%), followed by the US (16.26%),
through GeM have been made mandatory by Union the UK (10.88%) and France (3.01%).
Finance Ministry by adding Rule No 149 in the 122. India’s first museum on the Partition of the Indian
General Financial Rules, 2017. Sub-continent will open in the state -- Punjab.
116. Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched the ‘Harit Diwali, Note: The museum will include newspaper clippings and
Swasth Diwali’ campaign in New Delhi. donated personal items meant to tell the story of how
Note: As a part of the campaign, the Environment Ministry the region’s struggle for freedom from colonial rule
will undertake various activities to create awareness turned into one of its most violent episodes.
among various stakeholders and encourage people to 123. The National Highways Authority of India has
participate in combating air pollution. launched a mobile app for smooth functioning of
117. The historical annual ‘Manimahesh Yatra’ is under electronic toll collection --MyFASTag.
way these days in -- Chamba district (Himachal Note:The mobile apps will ease the process and will make it
Pradesh). possible to buy or recharge FASTags at the click of a
Note: Pilgrims are visiting Manimahesh to worship God mobile button.
Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The famous sacred 124. The board of oil and gas company has given 'in-
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stake in Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd. in New Delhi to become an interactive venue of interest for all age
-- Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC). groups.
Note: The ONGC board also constituted a committee of 131. The union External Affairs Minister ‘Sushma Swaraj’
directors to examine various aspects of the has inaugurated the country’s first ‘Videsh Bhavan’ --
acquisition and to provide its recommendations to Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Mumbai.
the board of directors.Earlier, the union govt. had Note: The ‘Videsh Bhavan’ in the city is the first integrated
also approved the sale of its 51.11% stake in oil office complex of the MEA established in any state of
refiner HPCL to India's largest oil producer ONGC. the country. The facility will help in effective
125. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India management of the MEA’s engagement with the
(TRAI) has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Maharashtra government.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia 132. Who planning to form a national registry of skilled
Commission (MCMC) to jointly conduct capacity people to help upgrade the large number of unskilled
building exercises in the fields of broadcasting and population in the country -- Indian Society for
telecommunications regulation. Training and Development (ISTD).
126. UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) Note: ISTD has been appointed as the nodal agency for
has joined hands with CSC India for launching door assessment for testing and certification of skills for all
step enrolment facility in the national capital who sectors and states.
cannot travel the Aadhar centres. 133. Arun Jaitley has launched BEML’s third Line Ultra-
Note: CSC India provides permit and monitors operations of Modern Metro Manufacturing Facility to enhance the
common service centres across India which are production of metro cars for the forthcoming metro
meant to provide government services in rural area. projects in India.
127. Venkaiah Naidu has officially launch the Sports Note: He also inaugurated the indigenously designed and
Ministry’s National Sports Talent Search Portal at the developed biggest ever diesel excavator BE1800D
Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. and crawler dozer BD475-1 and T-72 hull. It has been
Note: The portal will provide a three-step simple process designed for fitting into tanks, at Kolar Gold Fields
for registration, profile creation and upload of (KGF) unit of Bharath Earth Movers Limited.
achievements. Around 1000 kids will be selected and 134. Ministry of Textiles will organize a Pan India camps
they will receive scholarships of Rs 5 lakh per year in handlooms and handicrafts clusters, under the
for eight years. initiative ‘Hastkala Sahyog Shivir’ on 7-17th of
128. The task force has been constituted by the Union October this year.
Government on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for India’s Note: This initiative is dedicated to ‘Pandit Deendayal
economic transformation -- V. Kamakoti task force Upadhyay Garib Kalyan Varsh’, the birth centenary
Note: The eighteen members panel, headed by Dr. V. year of Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay. These camps
Kamakoti will comprise of experts, academics, will be organized in more than 200 handloom Block
researchers, and industry leaders. It will explore Level Clusters and Weavers’ Service Centres in
possibilities to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) for collaboration with State Governments.
development across various fields. 135. Scientists have developed carbon nanotubes over
129. The National Institution for Transforming India 50,000 times thinner than a human hair which can
(NITI) Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has launched the separate salt from-- seawater.
Mentor India Campaign in -- New Delhi. Note: The team found that water permeability in carbon
Note: The campaign is a strategic nation building initiative nanotubes (CNTs) with diameters of 0.8 nanometre
to engage leaders who can nurture and guide significantly exceeds that of wider carbon nanotubes.
students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs. The 136. The ministry will launch Deep Ocean Mission by
labs are dedicated workspaces where students from January 2018 to spur research activities in ocean
Class 6th to 12th learn innovation skills and develop science and develop technology to harness ocean
ideas that will go on to transform India. resources-- Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).
130. National Sports Museum to be established to Note: The proposed inter-ministerial and interdisciplinary
popularize the sports as a way of life within the project aims to explore and harness mineral
country in -- New Delhi. resources beneath the ocean floor.
Note: The Museum will showcase India’s achievements in 137. The union govt. extended the deadline to furnish
sports and also focus on the traditional sports within Aaadhar to avail benefits of social welfare schemes
the country.The proposed Museum would go beyond till -- 31st December 2017.
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138. Rajnath Singh has inaugurated an initiative under 144. The ministry has approved constitution of a 13-
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana ‘YUVA – a skill member Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) to
development program’, by Delhi Police. shape and influence India's preparation for multi-
Note: This initiative will connect with youth by upgrading
disciplinary events -- Sports Ministry.
their skill as per their competencies. Now, the Delhi
Police has tied up with National Skill Development Note: The Steering Committee will have the mandate to
Corporation (NSDC) and Confederation of Indian work till 31st December 2020 with clearly defined
Industry (CII) for providing mass job linked skill terms and references. These include review of the
training for selected youth. core probable list of each High Priority and Priority
139. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has disciplines for the Commonwealth Games, Asian
launched its navigation satellite ‘IRNSS-1H’ from Games, and Olympic Games.
Satish Dhavan Space Centre at Sriharikotta, on board
145. Ahmedabad city has been formally accorded the
the rocket PSLV C39.
Note: The satellite IRNSS-1H is a part of the indigenous status of India’s first World Heritage City by UNESCO
navigation system called ‘NavIC’. NavIC system is --
equivalent to the GPS service, having footprint over Note: Earlier, in July the UN agency had inscribed
the whole of India and about 1500 kilometers from Ahmedabad as India's first World Heritage City at a
its borders on all sides. meeting held in Poland.
140. The union Govt. has approved increase in income 146. The formation of an inter-ministerial task force to
criteria for creamy layer for excluding socially
expedite implementation of the Centre’s Namami
advanced persons from the purview of reservation of
other backward classes (OBC) from six lakh rupees Gange mission -- Nitin Gadkari.
per annum to -- eight lakh rupees per annum Note:The ministry will come out with a detailed schedule
Note: Now, more people to take advantage of reservation on achieving various targets under the mission in a
benefits extended to the OBCs in government services time-bound and transparent manner.
and in admission to Central educational institutions. 147. The Environment Ministry has launched an
The income limit is based on increase in consumer
environment awareness initiative on the occasion of -
price index.
141. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the -Teacher’s Day.
annual conference of ‘Rajaswa Gyan Sangam, 2017’ in Note: Under the initiative, an online environmental quiz
-- New Delhi. competition will be conducted at the national level to
Note: The objective of the Conference is to enable a two- generate interest among school children about the
way communication between the policy-makers and science related to environment.This will help in
the senior officers in the field offices with a view to sensitizing the children on the issues related to
increase revenue collection and facilitate effective environment and development.
implementation of law and policies in key result 148. India-Nepal joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran XII’
areas. was held at -- Saljhandi, Nepal.
142. Sumitra Mahajan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Note: It is largest exercise in terms of troop’s participation
inaugurated an exhibition Naya Bharat-Hum Karke in series of military training exercises undertaken by
Rahenge to aware the youth in -- New Delhi. India with various countries. Surya Kiran series of
Note: Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has organised the exercises are held alternately in India and Nepal.
event in coordination with DAVP. It is being 149. Who has constituted an ‘Expert Task Force’ to
organized at 39 places across the county to provide a major thrust to job creation by enhancing
commemorate the 75 years of Quit India Movement India’s exports -- NITI Aayog.
and forthcoming 75 years of Independence in 2022. Note: The panel will give recommendations on sector-
143. The union Govt. has extended the deadline for linking specific policy interventions in key employment
of Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar sectors and measures to enhance trade in services
till -- 31st Dec 2017. with high employment potential. An urgent and
Note: Earlier, the govt. has granted a similar extension for sustained expansion of the organized sector is
furnishing of Aadhaar for availing the benefits of essential to address India’s unemployment and
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150. The union govt. has been constituted under the 156. According to the govt. report, the Pradhan Mantri
Chairmanship of former apex court judge to identify MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) has helped in creating jobs --
key data protection issues in India -- Justice BN 5.5 crore.
Srikrishna. Note: Around Rs 3.42 lakh crore loan has been disbursed to
Note: The committee will study various issues and make over 8 crore people under the scheme (mostly small
specific suggestions for consideration of the entrepreneurs). MUDRA loan is available for non-
government on the principles to be considered for agricultural activities (like dairy, poultry, bee-
data protection. keeping) for up to Rs 10 lakh.
151. Indian Ambassador to Nepal laid the foundation 157. An eight feet bronze statue of Indian freedom
stone for the proposed Pension Paying Office (PPO) at struggle leader was unveiled at the naval base INS
Butwal Nepal-- Manjeev Singh Puri. Netaji Subhas at Kolkata -- Subhas Chandra Bose.
Note: It will benefit approximate 45000 Indian Army Note: The Statute has been unveiled by Mr. Krishna Bose
Gorkha pensioners and family pensioners in the (Niece-in-law of Netaji) and Vice Admiral H.C.S. Bisht
region.This bond with the Ex-Servicemen contributes (Eastern Naval Command Chief) by cutting the ribbon
immensely to warmth and strength of India-Nepal together.
relationship. 158. Kochi city will host the fifth edition of the ‘Coastal
152. India and Sri Lankan joint maritime naval 7th Edition Shipping and Inland Water Transportation Business
exercise has begun at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Summit 2017’ at Hotel Crowne Plaza.
Pradesh -- SLINEX 2017. Note: The summit will create a platform to discuss various
Note: The exercise will be concluded on 14th September topics such as Indian Coastal Shipping & Inland
this year. The exercises were held in both Harbour Water Transport (Policies, Current Updates & Vision).
Phase (professional, cultural, and social interactions) 159. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board
and Sea Phase (anti-piracy exercises, cross-deck (AIMPLB) will constitute a committee to advise the
helicopter operations, gun firings and anti-surface method and process for undertaking large scale
exercises). community reform program within the Islamic
153. The first ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- Shariah.
2017’ will be conducted by the National Disaster Note: The Board reiterated that Talaq-e-biddat or triple
Response Force (NDRF) as the lead agency in -- Delhi. Talaq in one-sitting, is sinful but valid.
Note: The delegates from all 7 nations of the BIMSTEC 160. The food regulator has launched a nationwide online
grouping (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, platform to bring in transparency in food safety
Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand) will participate in the inspection and sampling -- Food Safety and
event. Standards Authority of India(FSSAI).
154. The union minister has inaugurated the new head Note: The food regulator asked the state govt. to adopt this
quarter building of Bureau of Police Research and system as it would help eliminate discrepancy and
Development (BPR&D) in New Delhi -- Rajnath make food safety officers accountable.The system will
Singh. ease out the process of sample collection, make it
Note: BPR&D was set up in 1970 to identify the needs and transparent and traceable and controls the quality of
problems of the police in the country. The Bureau compliances.
undertake research projects and studies, and suggest 161. Telecom company has launched Voice over LTE
modalities to overcome problems and challenges and (VoLTE) services in Mumbai -- Bharti Airtel.
meet the needs and requirements of the police. Note: VoLTE (works over 4G) will offer High Definition
155. The union govt. allowed import of 3 lakh metric (HD) voice calls along with faster call setup
tonnes of raw sugar at concessional duty of -- 25%. time.Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) is a
Note: The import shall be open to millers and refiners who standard for high-speed wireless communication for
have their own capacity to convert raw sugar into mobile phones and data terminals.
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162. The online facility has been launched by the Union tribal hilly tract of Maharashtra. The storage capacity
government to resolve foreign trade issues -- also rose to 4.73 million cubic metres, MCM
Contact@DGFT. (earlier,1.27 MCM). The foundation stone of the
Note: The Union government has set up an online service project was laid out by Prime Minister Jawaharlal
facility that can be used by importers and exporters Nehru on 5th April,1961.
to resolve all foreign trade-related issues. 169. The Minister of State for Culture, EF & CC Dr. Mahesh
163. India’s first Hyperloop project will come up in the Sharma has inaugurated the Aizawl Circle of
state -- Andhra Pradesh. Archeaological Survey of India (ASI) in -- Mizoram.
Note: The Hyperloop Technology is a brainchild idea of Note: The Aizawl Circle of ASI will cover Mizoram, Manipur
Tesla founder Elon Musk, who dubs it as the 5th & Tripura. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is
mode of transportation. the premier organization for the archaeological
164. The Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has researches and protection of the cultural heritage of
launched BSF Half Marathon online registration the nation.
portal at a function in New Delhi -- 170. The Union Home Minister ‘Rajnath Singh’ made
www.marathon.bsf.gov.in. operational the New Intelligence Set-up of --
Note: The marathon will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Sashastra Seema Bal.
Stadium in Delhi on 22nd October.It will be dedicated Note: This new unit will gather information along the
to martyrs and BSF will facilitate their family borders with Bhutan and Nepal.
members on the occasion. 171. The 38th meeting of Transport Development Council
165. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese is scheduled to be held in this city --Vadodara.
counterpart Shinzo Abe jointly laid the foundation Note: The Council meeting has given an opportunity to the
stone for the high-speed bullet train project between state Transport Ministers to get an exposure on the
-- Ahmedabad and Mumbai. new and upcoming reforms in the transport sector. A
Note: The high-speed bullet train project expected to be discussion on the subject of Public Transport
completed by 2022. The train will cover distance of Reforms and way forward to Bus Ports.
508-km in around two hours, cost an estimated 172. India’s first State of art virology laboratory at Dr
Rs.1,10,000 crore Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for
166. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of Homoeopathy in --Kolkata.
India (TRAI) report, India's telecom subscriber base Note:The laboratory will also be used to create new drugs
dipped marginally in July this year by 1.3 lakh to -- and technologies in treating these viral diseases.
121.07 crore. 173. New Delhi city hosted the first-ever National
Note: The landline or fixed line customer base declined to Conference on “Mission Mode to address Under-
2.39 crore from 2.4 crore. Nutrition”.
167. The Tribunal has refused to lift ban on 10-year-old Note: The conference has been organized by the Ministry of
diesel vehicles in the Delhi-National Capital Region -- Women & Child Development in collaboration with
National Green Tribunal (NGT). Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and
Note: The NGT has also dismissed the Centre's plea seeking Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
modification of its ban order on diesel vehicles. 174. The Union Cabinet has approved increase of cost
According to the NGT, one diesel vehicle causes norms for supplementary nutrition provided in
pollution equal to 24 petrol vehicles and 40 CNG Anganwadis and for out of school adolescent girls
vehicles. under-- Integrated Child Development Services
168. PM Modi dedicated to the nation the Dam on (ICDS).
Narmada river at Kevadia in Gujarat -- Sardar Note: It will involve an additional investment of 12
Sarovar Dam. thousand crore rupees over the next three years.
Note: The project will irrigate 2,46,000 hectares of land in Now, the revised cost norms for children up to 6
the strategically important desert districts of Barmer years will be Rs. 8 eight, for adolescent girls, pregnant
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for severely malnourished category Rs. 12 will be More than 50 countries and 13 Indian States are
given. participating in VASTRA 2017.
175. The union Govt. will introduce a curated food 181. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the
experience zone 'Food Street' at the global food fair in 'Power for all' scheme in New Delhi -- Saubhagya
-- New Delhi. Note: The scheme ‘Saubhagya’ will provide subsidy on
Note: It will provide a platform to investors to taste the equipment like transformers, meters, and wires and
foods and then take a call on investing in India under expected to cover all rural families after expected
the ‘make in India’ programme. This will bring electrification of all villages by the end of 2017.
together culinary practices, flavours, fragrances from 182. The Web Portal of Warehousing Development and
cuisines across the world. Regulatory Authority (WDRA) and Electronic
176. TARASA Ship has been Commissioned into the Indian Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWR) System in
Navy at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai ---. New Delhi.
Note: INS Tarasa (T94) is a patrol vessel of the Car Nicobar- Note: The e-NWRs would be immune from any tempering,
class of Indian Navy and the last ship in the series of mutilation, fudging, loss or damage and with no
four Water Jet Fast Attack Craft. The ship is designed possibility of any multiple financing. These NWRs will
for a maximum speed of 35 knots, with an endurance not only facilitate an easy pledge financing by banks
of nearly 2,000 nautical miles at 12-14 knots. and other financial institutions but also smooth
177. A web portal has been launched for effective trading on various trading centres like commodity
implementation of National Child Labour Project exchanges, electronic National Agriculture Markets
(NCLP)-- PENCIL (Platform for Effective (e-NAM) and other electronic platforms.
Enforcement for No Child Labour). 183. The Union Cabinet has approved the enhancement of
Note: PENCIL portal has five components (Child Tracking age of superannuation of doctors other than Central
System, Complaint Corner, State Government, Health Service (CHS) doctors to -- 65 years.
National Child Labour Project, and Convergence) and Note: The decision would help in better patient care, proper
developed by the Labour Ministry. academic activities in Medical colleges as also in
178. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate effective implementation of National Health
Change will hold a quiz on environment throughout Programmes for delivery of health care services. The
the country_--Prakriti Khoj. retirement age of doctors in some departments is 60
Note: The quiz is planned in five rounds, the qualifying years and others 62.
round (first round) will begin on 25th Sep and 184. A monthly Jan Sampark program to enable the public
continue till 29th of this month.The second round to interact with its officials for seeking information
(30th October to 3rd of November), the third round related to adoption as well as flagging their concerns
(20th to 24 of November) while the fourth round (4th -- Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).
to 6th of December) and fifth round (18th to 20th Note: Around 150 Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs),
December). Adoptive Parents and representatives of agencies
179. The Minister of Communication ‘Shri Manoj Sinha’ participated in the session.The event will now be a
has launched the Internet and Technology event in regular feature every month apart from the quarterly
India at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi -- India Mobile Facebook live chat by CEO CARA.
Congress 2017. 185. The third India International Science Festival will be
Note: The India Mobile Congress is being organised by held from 13-16 October at -- IIT-Chennai.
Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). Note: The festival is being organised by the Ministry of
180. The 6th edition of the four-day international textile Earth Sciences and Ministry of Science and
and apparel fair in Jaipur, Rajasthan -- VASTRA Technology. The first two were held at IIT-Delhi and
2017. National Physical Laboratory, Delhi.
Note: VASTRA 2017 is an all-encompassing trade fair and 186. Energy Efficiency Services Limited will procure ten
conference on Textiles and Apparel presenting a thousand electric vehicles from -- Tata Motors.
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Note: These cars will be used to replace the petrol and Note:The objective of this initiative is to ensure clearer
diesel cars used by government and its agencies over vision and safe travel for truck drivers who are the
a 3 -4 years period. The total number of vehicles used most frequent users of national highways.
by the government and its agencies is estimated to be 192. The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has
5 lakhs. launched a health scheme to promote women’s health
187. The ‘Kandla Port’ has been renamed as -- Deendayal and hygiene, especially in rural areas -- Sanitease.
Port. Note: The objective of ‘Sanitease’ is to create awareness and
Note: Kandla Port is the largest sea port of India (by volume provide logistics for women specially in the rural
of cargo handled) located in Kutch District of Gujarat. parts of the state.
188. The international exhibition ‘World Dental Show 193. A festival of Tourism will begin all over the country
2017’ has opened in the Indian city -- Mumbai. and continue till 25th of this month -- Paryatan
Note: Indian Dental Association (IDA) hosted the exhibition Parv.
which has witnessed participation from the Note: The festival organized by the Ministry of Tourism in
international exhibitors are displaying their latest collaboration with other Central Ministries, State
dental wares in 250 well-furnished stalls. Governments, and Stakeholders.It will have three
189. The first US crude oil cargo of 1.6 million barrels main components, Dekho Apna Desh, Tourism for All
bought by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) from the US and Tourism & Governance.
reached at -- Paradip Port (Odisha). 194. The Chairman of National Highways Authority of
Note: Now, Indian Oil will process the crude at its East- India (NHAI) has launched a world-class, new
Coast base refineries, located at Paradip, Haldia, multilingual website of the organization -- Shri
Barauni and Bongaigaon. Deepak Kumar.
190. The first ever ASEAN-India Music Festival hosted by Note: A Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS)
the city Indian -- New Delhi. Mobile App that will facilitate close, in-house
Note: The music festival has been organized by the External monitoring of NHAI projects on a mobile phone
Affairs Ministry in collaboration with Culture 195. The union minister Harsh Vardhan has launched
Ministry to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of SECURE Himalaya project in association with UNDP
ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations. at the Global Wildlife Programme (GWP) conference
191. The union minister has launched the countrywide in New Delhi.
five days ‘Free Eye Check-up Campaign’ and Note: The purpose of the 6-year project is to secure
distribution of spectacles for truck drivers, cleaners, livelihoods, conservation, sustainable use and
and helpers -- Nitin Gadkari. restoration of high range Himalayan ecosystems,
which is meant for specific landscapes.

Important Day

1. The Global Day of Parents is observed every year on -- 1st Note: It was established on 19th August 1982.
June. 4. The World Environment Day (WED) observed every year
Note: The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly across the world on -- 5th June.
in 2012 with resolution A/RES/66/292 and honours parents Note: The theme for World Environment Day 2017 is
throughout the world. "Connecting People to Nature" and the host country is
2. The World Milk Day has been observed on -- 1st June. Canada.
Note: The World Milk Day is a day established by the United 5. The World Oceans Day is observed every year on -- 8th June.
Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to Note: The overall theme of this year is 'Our Oceans, Our
recognize the importance of milk as a global food. Future'.
3. The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of 6. The World Day Against Child Labour is observed every year
Aggression is a UN observance each year on-- 4th June. on -- 12th June.
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Note: The day focus attention on the global extent of child 17. The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug
labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed every year on --26th
7. The International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) is June.
observed every year on --13th June. Note: The theme for 2017 is ‘Listen First - Listening to
Note: The day raise worldwide awareness on albinism and children and youth is the first step to help them grow
to prevent attacks and discrimination against persons with healthy and safe’.
albinism. 18. The National Doctors’ Day (NDD) is celebrated every year in
8. Countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor India on -- 1st July.
Day (WBDD) every year on -- 14th June. Note: The day honour the legendary physician and the 2nd
Note: The day raise awareness of the need for safe blood Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.
and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their 19. International Co-operative Day is an annual celebration of
voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. the co-operative movement observed on -- the first
9. The ASEAN Dengue Day (ADD) is observed every year on-- Saturday in July.
15th June. Note: The theme for the 2017 International Day of
Note: The day raise awareness on dengue and to mobilize Cooperatives is Co-operatives ensure no-one is left behind.
resources for prevention and control involving private and 20. The World Sports Journalist Day (WSJD) is observed on --
public-sector stakeholders. The theme of the 2017 is 2nd July.
‘United fight against dengue’. Note: The day mark the services of sports journalists for the
10. The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is being promotion of sports.
observed globally on --17th June. 21. The 2017 International Plastic Bag Free Day (IPBFD) is
Note: The theme of 2017 is 'Link between land degradation observed on -- 3rd July.
and migration'. Note: The day highlight the need to phase-out plastic bags
11. International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in and to promote organic reusable bags.
Conflict is being observed on -- 19th June. 22. The World Population Day is observed across the world on -
Note: Theme of this year is ‘Preventing Sexual Violence -11th July.
Crimes through Justice and Deterrence’. Note: The theme of this year is ‘Family Planning-
12. The World Refugee Day (WRD) is observed every year on --- Empowering People, Developing Nations’.
20th June. 23. The World Youth Skills Day is observed globally every year
Note: The day raise awareness of the situation of refugees on --15th July.
throughout the world. Note: The theme of 2017 is "Skills for the Future of Work".
13. International Yoga Day is being celebrated world-wide on --- 24. The 2017 World Day for International Justice (WDIJ) is
21st June observed on --17th July.
Note: The theme of this year is "Yoga for Health", to 25. Nelson Mandela International Day’ celebrated every year in
highlight the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way honour of Mandela's birthday on --18th July.
Note: The day is observed annually with the slogan ‘Take
to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body.
Action! Inspire Change’.
14. The United Nations Public Service Day is observed every
year on -- 23rd June. 26. The 2017 National Broadcasting Day (NBD) is celebrated in
Note: The day recognize the work of public servants and to India -- 23rd July.
encourage young people to pursue careers in the public
27. Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed every year in honour of the
Kargil War's Heroes -- 26th July.
sector.
Note: On this day in 1999 that the Indian Armed Forces, as
15. The International Widows day (IWD) is observed every year
part of Operation Vijay recaptured Indian posts in Kargil
on-- 23rd June.
which had been occupied by Pakistan's army.The Kargil war
Note: 2017 theme is “Empowering Women for Greater
was fought for more than 60 days, 527 soldiers from Indian
Achievements”.
Armed Forces sacrificed their lives during the war.
16. The Day of the Seafarer (DotS) was observed on --25 June.
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Note: The Theme of this year is "Eliminate Hepatitis" to 39. The 2017 World Mosquito Day (WMD) is observed on --
mobilize intensified action towards the health targets in the 20th August.
2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Note: The World Mosquito Day (WMD) raise awareness
29. The International Tiger Day is observed globally to raise about the threat of malaria and other diseases transmitted
awareness for tiger conservation -- 29th July. by one of the world’s deadliest killers the mosquito.
Note: According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), only 40. The 413th birthday of 11th guru of Sikhs is being celebrated
3,890 tigers are left in the world. with religious fervor--Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
30. The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed Note: The Guru Granth Sahib (also called the Adi Granth or
across the world -- 30th July. Adi Guru Darbar) is more than just a scripture of the Sikhs
Note: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for the Sikhs treat this Granth as their living perpetual Guru.
(UNODC) selected this year ‘Act to Protect and Assist Sri Guru Arjan Dev ji completed the Aad Granth in 1604 and
Trafficked Persons’ as the focus of the Day. first Parkash was done at Sri Harmandir Sahib.
31. The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is observed every 41. The 2017 International Day for the Remembrance of the
year from -- 1st to 7th August. Slave Trade and its Abolition is observed on --23rd August.
Note: The 2017 theme is “Sustaining Breastfeeding Note: The day pay tribute to all those who fought for
Together”. freedom, and, in their name, to continue teaching about
32. The National Handloom Day is celebrated in India -- 7th their story and the values therein.
August. 42. The 2017 International Day against Nuclear Tests (IDANT) is
Note: The National Handloom Day is celebrated in India on observed on -- 29th August.
7th to mark a 1905 movement that boycotted British Note: The purpose of the day is to end nuclear testing and
products in favour of the revival of domestic ones. to promote peace and security.
33. The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is 43. The National Sports day in India is celebrated every year to
observed on -- 9th August. mark the birthday of hockey player Dhyan Chand -- 29th
Note: The day promote and protect the rights of the world’s August.
indigenous population. Note: Dhyan Chand was an Indian field hockey player, who
34. The International Biodiesel Day (IBD) is celebrated every is considered as one of the greatest field hockey players of
year on --10th August. all time.
Note: The Biodiesel is an alternative fuel which can be used 44. The state is celebrating the biggest cultural festival
in place of fossil fuels. It is manufactured from vegetable Thiruonam (the 10th day) and the most auspicious day of
oils, recycled grease, algae, and animal fat. Onam -- Kerala.
35. The International Youth Day (IYD) is observed every year Note: Keralites across the globe irrespective of religious
on--12th August. differences is celebrating the festival in full vigour.
Note: The 2017 theme is “Youth Building Peace”, which 45. Teachers' Day is being celebrated throughout the country
recognizes the contributions of young people to preventing on -- 5th September.
conflict, supporting inclusion, social justice, and sustainable Note: On Teacher's Day, students across the nation honour
peace. the teachers and gurus in their lives.
36. The Parsi New Year is being celebrated across the world -- 46. The International Literacy Day (ILD) is being observe on --
Navroz. 8th September.
Note: The day is dedicated to clean and purify the mind and Note: The day raise public awareness to eradicate illiteracy
start a new year with love and peace. and create environment in favour of adult education
37. The World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed every year programmes. The International Literacy Day (51st) is being
across the world on --19th August. celebrated at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi (India).
Note: The theme of this year 2017 is #NotATarget. 47. The traditional Bonderam festival has started in Divar Island
38. The World Photography Day is observed every year across of Goa on -- 9th September.
the world on --19th August. Note: The word “Bonderam” originated from the
Note: On this day, camera persons take stock of the involvement of flags.
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48. The International Day for South-South Cooperation has Note: 2017 Theme: Connecting Ships, Ports, and People.
been observed on -- 12th September. 57. International Translation Day is celebrated every year on --
Note: The day celebrates the economic, social and political 30th September.
developments made in recent years by regions and Note: This year, the United Nations celebrates for the first
countries in the south. The Global South-South time International Translation Day. The celebrations have
Development Expo 2017 will be hosted by Turkey. been promoted by FIT (the International Federation of
49. The Cauvery Maha Pushkaram has been celebrated from Translators) ever since it was set up in 1953.
today on the banks of river Cauvery in --Tamil Nadu. 58. The International Day of Older Persons --1st October.
Note: Maha Pushkaram is celebrated from 12 September Note: The theme of this year is “Stepping into the Future:
and is considered auspicious as the configuration of stars Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of
happen only once in 144 years. Older Persons in Society.”
50. The National Hindi Divas is being observed every year 59. International Day of Non-violence is observed on
across the country on -- 14th September. -- 2nd October.
Note: In 1949, on this day the Constituent Assembly Note: The International Day of Non-violence was
adopted Hindi written in Devanagari script as the official established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) by
language of the country. passing the resolution in 2007 in an effort to spread the
51. The National Engineers Day (NED) 2017 is celebrated in message of non-violence
India -- 15th September. 60. The World Habitat Day is observed every year on -- first
Note: This year's theme of democracy and conflict Monday of October.
Note: The theme of 2017 is 2017 ‘Housing Policies:
prevention focuses on the critical need to strengthen
Affordable Homes’.
democratic institutions to promote peace and stability. 61. The 2017 World Animal Day (WAD) is observed every
52. The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone year on -- 4th October.
Layer is observed every year on -- 16th September. Note: The day raise the status of animals in order to
Note: The Ozone layer is a fragile shield of gas which improve welfare standards around the globe. It is done
protects the Earth from the harmful ultraviolet radiation of by encouraging individuals, animal welfare
the sun and thus helping preserve life on the planet. This organisations, community groups, youth and children’s
clubs and businesses to organise events in celebration of
year, the theme for the Day is 'Caring for all life under the this day.
sun'. 62. The World Teachers’ Day (WTD) 2017 is being observed
53. The International Day of Peace is observed across the world across the world on -- 5th October.
annually on -- 21st September. Note: The theme of 2017 World Teachers’ Day is
Note: The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”.
Safety and Dignity for All.” 58. Air Force Day 2017 is being observed annually across
India on -- 8th October.
54. The World Tourism Day (WTD) is being observed annually
on -- 27th September. Note: The Indian Air Force has displayed various Aircraft
at Air Force Station Hindan air base near Delhi with
Note: The theme of this year is 'International Year of parade and air display.
Sustainable Tourism for Development’. 59. World Post Day is celebrated each year on -- 9th October
55. The World Rabies Day is observed across the world to raise Note:The anniversary of the establishment of the
awareness about the rabies disease and its preventable Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern.
measures - 28th September. 60. The International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) is observed
Note: The theme for World Rabies Day-2017 is “Rabies: every year across the world on -- 11th October.
Zero by 30”. Note: The theme of 2017 is “EmPOWER Girls: Before,
during and after crises”.
56. The World Maritime Day is being observed across the world
on -- 28th September (last Thursday of September).

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1. UNDOC will collaborate with the state govt. to intensify Note: Bihar was the first state to implement the Right to Food
anti-drug drive -- Punjab. Act on February 1, 2014.
Note: The Punjab government has decided to collaborate 11. The state govt. will start free mortuary van service for
with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime citizens -- Punjab.
(UNODC) as part of its efforts to root out the drug 12. The Indian University has signed MoU with South
menace in the State. Korea’s Academy of Korean Studies for academic
2. India’s first automatic coastal warning for disasters will linkages and collaborations --Nalanda.
come up in the state -- Odisha. 13. As per latest Child Rights and You (CRY) report 2017
Note: Odisha will be able to warn its coastal population by Indian state has highest number of child labourers --
pressing a single button from a control room in the Uttar Pradesh.
event of natural disasters like tsunami or cyclone. Note: Around 8 lakh children in India between the age group
3. India’s first state to launch single-women pension 5 and 6 years are engaged in child labour.
scheme -- Telangana. 14. The state Cabinet has approved for setting up of a cloud
Note: The Telangana Govt. has become the only state based IP CCTV surveillance system in the State -
government in India to launch the single-women Andhra Pradesh.
pension scheme. 15. The state government launched the website
4. The state govt. has launched a web portal 'PashuBazar' to facilitate online sale or purchase of
'Mahaswayam’ -- Maharashtra. cattle --Telangana.
Note: This web portal will cater to job seekers, employers, Note: New cattle rules issued by the Central government
entrepreneurs, and training institutes who can avail were under study and the rules would be applicable to
details regarding skill development and employment. online sale too.
5. India’s first freight village will be developed by the 16. The state govt. has announced to wave off entire crop
Inland waterways authority of India (IWAI) in -- loans up to Rs. 2 lakhs for small and marginal farmers -
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. - Punjab.
Note: ‘Freight Village’ is a focused industrial estate that Note: The state govt. will take over the outstanding crop loan
attracts companies requiring logistic services. from institutional sources of all the families of farmers
6. India’s first-ever Rural LED Street Lighting Project will who committed suicides in the state.
be set up in the state -- Andhra Pradesh. 17. A regional Silk Research and Production centre will be
Note: under center's Street Lighting National Project, 10 lakh set up in the city of Uttar Pradesh -- Gorkahpur.
conventional street lights with LED lights in Gram 18. The state’s government has launched the Anuyatra
Panchayats of 7 districts (Guntur, Prakasham, Nellore, campaign for disabled persons -- Kerala.
Kurnool, Kadapa, Ananthapur, and Chittoor) in Andhra 19. Andhra Pradesh chief minister ‘N Chandra babu Naidu’
Pradesh. has laid foundation stone of the Greenfield Airport at --
7. The state government has launched digital wallet ‘T- Orvakal (Kurnool district).
Wallet’--Telangana. Note: The airport will be constructed in 2,000 acres land at a
Note: This is the first official e-wallet from any state
government in India and used over the web version. cost of Rs. 120 crores with international standards.
8. The state govt. has signed MoU with Union Aviation 20. The Odisha Govt. has approved projects under the Atal
Ministry for Udan scheme -- Tamil Nadu. Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation
Note: Tamil Nadu state govt. has signed a MoU with the (AMRUT) -- 53 urban projects.
union Ministry of Civil Aviation for the Note: These new projects would be carried out in nine cities
implementation of the UDAN scheme in the state. including Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack and Balasore,
9. The Kerala government unveiled an empowerment
with fund sharing patter of 50:50 (Centre and state
programme for the differently abled persons --
Anuyatra. government).
Note: Twenty-three differently abled children who were 21. Maharashtra Forest Minister has announced to launch
given special training in magic at the a mobile app to help in recording data about tree
Thiruvananthapuram-based Magic Academy were plantations in the state -- My Plant.
declared as the ambassadors of ‘anuyatra’. Note: Using this app, people and organizations can feed the
10. The state govt. will carry out a social audit of the Public data about the saplings they have planted with the
Distribution System to determine effective Forest Department.
implementation of the Right to Food Act, 2013 in the 22. The state govt. entered into an agreement with c ‘Ola’
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in the field of passenger transport in the next five years Note:37-acre land has been allotted in Narela Shankari area
-- Maharashtra govt. of Bhopal for the Global Skill Park. Training will be
Note: The state govt intends to develop skills of youth and imparted to 1000 students every year by trainers of
create jobs and through the Pramod Mahajan international standard. The park will function on the
Kaushalya Vikas Yojana. spirit of ‘With Industry -For Industry’."
23. The state govt. will implement a health insurance 32. Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu has launched a
scheme in the state to provide free health services to web portal to assist visitors to apply for and obtain the
the poor -- Haryana. mandatory ILP, online from anywhere in the country--
arunachalilp.com.
Note: The Haryana government will bear the cost of the
Note:The e-Inner Line Permit (eILP) programme is a digital
premium. The state govt. will establish medical colleges
step for hassle-free entry of domestic visitors to the
in every district to meet the shortage of doctors in
state. Inner Line Permit (ILP) is an official travel
government hospitals.
document issued by the Government of India (GoI) to
24. The state govt. has decided to increase the retirement allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected
age of regular state government employees to 60 years area for a limited period.
-- Arunachal Pradesh. 33. Delhi Traffic Police relaunched its mobile app in an
improved avatar that will allow general-public to
25. The state govt. will construct 9 thousand kilometre of
report traffic offences occurring on city roads --Traffic
roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana Sentinel.
(PMSSY) in the next one year-- Assam govt. Note: The mobile application was lunched under the Traffic
Note: 720 new bridges will be constructed and another 1000 Sentinel scheme in December 2015, that allowed users
wooden bridges will be converted to reinforced to report traffic violations by uploading photos and
concrete or RCC during this period. videos and earn reward points.
34. The state govt. has launched a scheme to deposit the
26. The Union Minister of MSMEs ‘Kalraj Mishra’ has
salary of two lakh six thousand Anganwadi Sevika and
announced sanctioning Rs. 20 crores for a Technology
assistants in the state directly into their bank accounts
Centre for the state -- Tripura.
-- Maharashtra.
Note: This centre will be utilized for bamboo and rubber Note: The scheme which reduces the delay in disbursement
elated enterprising works, which will benefit the youth of the salary of these employees. The money will be
of the state. deposited through Public Financial Management
27. The state govt. will establish Micro, Small, Medium System.
Entrepreneurs (MSME) Corporation by earmarking 100 35. The Tamil Nadu Housing and Urban Development
crore rupees. -- Andhra Pradesh. Minister ‘K Radhakrishnan’, Chennai Metropolitan Area
Note: The MSME Corporation office will be constructed at will be expanded to -- 8,878 square KMs.
Amaravati in 15 acres of land. Note: Now, the whole of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur
28. The state government has launched a digital ride districts besides Arakkonam taluk in Vellore would be
sharing app 'G-Ride'for techies -- Kerala. included in Chennai Metropolitan Area.
Note: The G-Ride app automatically matches co-workers and 36. The state has been declared as ‘disturbed area’ under
neighbours and help them travel together to work. AFSPA for next 6 more months under the Armed Forces
29. The state govt. has launched ‘Elevate 100’ scheme to (Special Powers) Act -- Nagaland.
identify and nurture innovative start-ups -- Karnataka. Note: According to The Disturbed Areas (Special Courts) Act,
1976 once declared ‘disturbed’, the area has to
Note: The purpose of the scheme is to identify 100 most maintain status quo for a minimum of 3 months.
innovative start-ups in the state to elevate them to the 37. The state who has become the first Indian state to
next level of success.
make social boycott a crime -- Maharashtra.
30. The 2017 Dree festival has celebrated in the state -- Note: The Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social
Arunachal Pradesh. Boycott (Prevention Prohibition and Redressal) Act
Note: ‘Apatanis’ pray their traditional Gods to bring in a prescribes a maximum punishment of 3 year in jail and
bountiful harvest season along with defeat of a fine of Rs 1 lakh.
destructive forces in the society through this festival. 38. The state government will set up modern ornamental
The festival is marked by grand ritual and community fish hatchery in the state-- Haryana
feasts. Note: The fish hatchery would be set up in district Jhajjar at a
31. India’s biggest Global Skill Park will be set up in the city cost of Rs.13.68 crore.
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39. The Central Public-Sector Unit Energy Efficiency Note: This expansion of existing primary health centre
Services Limited (EESL) will invest how many crores in networks will benefit the rural population of the
Tamil Nadu over the next three years --Rs. 11,000 state. The State government has given approval to 60
crores. more primary health centers (PHCs), which will take
Note: The scheme of giving solar pumps for farming will be the total number of PHCs in Gujarat to 1453.
extended to cover the whole country soon. The UDAY 47. The state govt. has decided to set up eight new Women
scheme has enabled the Tamil Nadu discom to reduce Police Stations at sub-division level in the state--
its debt burden from nearly 14-thousand crore rupees Haryana Govt.
in 2013-14 to 3783 crore rupees last year. Note: These will be established at Assandh, Dadri, Hansi,
40. The state govt. has decided to merge all regional Co- Gohana, Manesar, Dabwali, Ballabgarh and Naraingarh
Operative Banks into a mega State Co-Operative Bank-- and each Women Police Station would have a hundred
Chhattisgarh. percent lady police staff.
Note: Now, the 264 branches will remain functional and will 48. The state govt. has formed the Saputara Area
hereon work as Scheduled Co-Operative Banks. It will Development Authority (SADA) for “comprehensive
help in reducing the interests on farm loans by up to development” Dang district -- Gujarat govt.
2%. The farmers will get modern facilities including Note: The authority will carry out planned development in
core-banking, mobile and internet banking. 419-hectare area of ‘Saputara’ for tourism purpose. The
41. The state govt. has decided to extend the current SADA will prepare maps and development plans
subsidy on electricity for citizens who use up to 400 considering the future requirements of next twenty-
units a month--Delhi govt. years.
Note: Now, the subsidy will continue to be Rs 2 per unit for 49. Odisha CM has dedicated the state’s longest road bridge
consumers in the slab of 0-200 units, and Rs.2.97 per to the nation named it after -- Netaji Subhas Chandra
unit for consumers in the slab of 201-400 units. The Bose.
total amount of subsidy will be 1,720 crore rupees for Note:The 2.88 km bridge over the river Kathajodi will
the current financial year. connect the Bhubaneswar with Cuttack and reduce the
42. The state govt. has launched a flagship programme distance by 12 km.
‘Livelihood Intervention and Facilitation of 50. Madhya Pradesh govt. has started a Yojana in 25
Entrepreneurship’ (LIFE) at Songsak--Meghalaya. thousand schools of the state to encourage best works -
Note: LIFE is a programme of the State Rural Livelihood - Shala Siddhi Prohatsan Yojana.
Society, which is implementing the Centre's flagship Note: The selection committee will forward applications of
programme National Rural Livelihoods Mission three primary and three middle schools for awards to
(NRLM). NRLM promotes livelihood through women the District Institute for Education and Training
Self Help Groups (SHGs) and their Federations. (DIET).The Yojana will help in encouraging teachers
43. Uttar Pradesh government has signed Memorandum of working in the government schools by recognizing
understanding (MoU) with the Centre for setting up of their best works.
an All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) 51. The metro city will host global business meet in
hospital in -- Gorakhpur. November 2017-- Kolkata.
Note: The hospital will have 750 free beds and the project Note: The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association
will cost 1,750 crore rupees. The OPD of the new AIIMS with the West Bengal Government will host a Global
will start by September,2018 and trauma centres will Business meeting ‘Horasis Asia Meeting’ in November
be established by 2020. this year. It will focus on sustainable business practices
44. The first Technology and Innovation Support Center in various areas, including power and energy.
(TISC) of India will be set up in -- Punjab. 52. The state govt. has organized first ever weekly cultural
Note: TISC will be set up at Patent Information Centre in programme ‘Cultrue of Cruise' at Dal Lake to bring
Punjab under the World Intellectual Property artists from various fields on one stage -- Jammu and
Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program. Kashmir (J-K).
45. The state hosted the National conference on crowd Note: In the festival, the organisers would hold regular
management -- Kerala. interactions with cross sections of the society and
Note:The conference was organized by the National Disaster tourists who visit
Management Authority (NDMA) jointly with the Kerala 53. “Janahitha” to receive complaints from public through a
State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA). special portal -- Telangana.
46. The state govt. will set up 60 new primary Health 54. The Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has
Centers in the rural areas of the state -- Gujarat inaugurated the Research Institution of World
Government.
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Ancient, Traditional, Culture & Heritage (RIWATCH) 62. The state government has signed MoU with Airport
Museum at – Roing (Arunachal Pradesh). Authority of India (AAI) for aviation development --
Note: It will serve as a place of exchange of cultural values Uttarakhand.
of various tribes of the state and the North East. Note: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has signed MoU
55. The ‘Mission Football’ at a grand ceremony at JN with Govt. of Uttarakhand for development for
Sports Complex, Shillong launched by -- Dr. Mukul aviation sector in the state.
Sangma. 63. The 2017 Aadi Perukku festival is celebrated in which
Note: Mission Football is an initiative to help develop skills Indian state -- Tamil Nadu.
of football enthusiasts and develop young footballers Note: The Aadi Perukku festival is being celebrated with
for the country. traditional gaiety to express gratitude to water bodies
56. ‘Rojgar Mela’ inaugurated by the minister in Kukas in Tamil Nadu.
area of Jaipur(Rajasthan) -- Col Rajyavardhan 64. The union Govt. has approved establishment of Post
Singh Rathore. Graduate Institutes for Research in Yoga and
Note: Three thousand students have been enrolled in the Naturopathy at -- Nagmangla(Karnataka) and
Rojgar Mela and more than 40 companies would Jhajjar(Haryana).
Note: An autonomous Research body, Central Council for
take interviews of them.
Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) is working
57. The state hosted the fifth edition of South India
under the Ministry of AYUSH as the apex body for
Writers Ensemble (SIWE) at Chengannur -- Kerala Research and Education in the field of Yoga and
state. Naturopathy.
Note: The core theme of this year festival is ‘tolerance’.The 65. Telangana state has tied up with Microsoft to use its
three-day event is being organized by People for AI-based MINE platform to screen children for eye
Performing Arts and More, an art and cultural outfit. problems.
58. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister ‘Yogi Adityanath’ has Note:The Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE) is
launched online UP- RERA (Real Estate Regulatory an artificial intelligence platform to reduce avoidable
Act.) registration platform in Lucknow-- www.up- blindness.
rera.in 66. The Punjab govt. has initiated the process of inducting
Note: Now the builders of Uttar Pradesh can register their Harmanpreet Kaur to the post of Deputy
projects on the site and instantly get a RERA Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the state police.
registration number. Note: The state Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed
59. The state government has formally named the Outer the state Director General of Police (DGP) to complete
Wheeler island in Bhadrak district as APJ Abdul the necessary formalities for her appointment.
Kalam Island as a tribute to the former president -- 67. The Maharashtra government has constituted
Odisha government. committee on safety measures for women in IT sector -
Note: Dr Kalam's emotional attachment with the interim - Rashmi Shukla committee.
test range at Chandipur in Balasore district and Note: The committee will suggest measures that can be
Wheeler Island in Bhadrak district. undertaken to ensure safety of women working in the
IT sector.
60. The Union government has launched two Mobile
68. The Maharashtra govt. has launched Aadhaar-
apps to the user community in timely manner for
authenticated Direct Benefit Transfer portal --
their safety--India Quake & Sagar Vani. MahaDBT.
Note: The 'India Quake' will automatically disseminate Note: Now, Maharashtra state has become the first state in
relevant parameter (location, time and magnitude) India to launch such a system that will provide direct
after the occurrence of earthquakes. The 'Sagar Vani' benefits with Aadhaar authentication. The MahaDBT
is a software platform where various dissemination portal is an Aadhaar-authenticated electronic
modes are integrated on a single central mechanism that will enable direct transfer of benefits
server.Mobile apps have been Developed by the for over 40 schemes currently implemented.
National Centre for Seismology (NCS). 69. Jharkhand state Cabinet has approved Religious
61. The state government has launched its flagship Freedom Bill 2017 in which forceful or allurement
health scheme Care Companion Programme (CCP) -- induced religious conversion will be a non-bailable
Punjab. criminal offence.
Note: The CCP scheme is targeted to improve patient Note: In the event of violation of section three, there will be
outcome by implementing better family engagement. up to three years imprisonment or Rs. 50,000 penalties
or both. If the crime involved a minor, woman or
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person from SC or ST community then the prison term 76. The Jammu and Kashmir govt. has announced to
would be up to four years and a penalty of one lakh spend around Rs 1 lakh Cr on development works with
rupees. special emphasis on education and road connectivity
70. The Uttar Pradesh state cabinet has decided to go over the next five years.
Digital by transforming all state-run offices into e- Note: The new projects are being taken up regularly whereas
offices. old ones are being completed with expedited urgency.
Note: ‘e-office’ would commence from the state secretariat 77. The UP govt. has launched awareness drive along
from 1st October and by January next year all the state banks of river Ganga to maintain cleanliness.
government offices would be equipped with the Note: The Chief Minister ‘Yogi Adityanath’ flagged off an
system. The Cabinet has also decided to spend around awareness drive the 'Namami Gange Jagriti Yatra’ in 25
57 crore rupees for purchase of computers and training districts situated on the banks of river Ganga for
of the employees for the purpose. maintaining the cleanliness and ever-flowing nature of
71. Bihar Govt. has decided to compulsory retire non- the river. Around one lakh Home guard volunteers will
performing head masters, teachers, and education organise public gathering and other awareness
department officials above the age of 50 years. programmes in the district under this project till the
Note: Those teachers having failed thrice in the assessment 6th Sep 2017.
test would also be removed. The state government is in 78. The Gujarat govt. has distributed NAMO e-tabs to
process of identifying non-performing institutions and college students across the state.
all those responsible for poor show will be given Note: e-tablet which costs Rs 8000 is being distributed to the
compulsory retirement. students for one thousand Rupees only. The
72. A service to provide air transit from Kempegowda Government will distribute e-tablets to 4 lakh students
International airport to Electronic City within during this year for which provision of Rs.300 crore
Bengaluru city -- Helitaxi service. has been made. 21.5 lakh students have already
Note: The commercial operations will begin in another registered for this NAMO- e-TAB.
couple of months. 79. Bihar govt. has launched mobile therapy vans which
73. The Maharashtra Govt. has launched two online would provide basic medical assistance to elderly
portals 'MahaDBT & MahaVASTU' to streamline the people, widows and other section who requires social
process of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). security.
Note: The portals were launched with an aim to bring in Note: The vans equipped with basic medical apparatus and
more transparency in construction sector and to accompanied by technical team would provide basic
provide direct benefits with 'Aadhaar' authentication. medical care to elderly people, widows and disabled in
MahaDBT portal is Aadhaar-authenticated electronic the districts. The van is an outcome of a joint project of
mechanism that will enable direct transfer of benefits the World Bank and the Bihar government which is run
for over 40 schemes and DBT scheme,Aadhaar will be by Social Welfare department.
mandatory to claim benefits through this portal. 80. Chief Minister of Maharashtra ‘Devendra Fadnavis’ has
MahaVASTU portal is an Online Building Permission launched an initiative providing job opportunities to
Management System with an electronic workflow for unemployed youth in Mumbai -- Namo Yuva Rojgar
sanctioning building approvals with full transparency. Kendra.
74. India’s initiative to develop green airports, two airports Note: Under this Yuva Rojgar Kendra and Mumbaikars can
in Andhra Pradesh are going to go completely green -- get fresh and healthy food as well as farm produce
Tirupati and Vijayawada. procured directly from farmers.
Note:Airports Authority of India (AAI) has commenced 81. The state assembly has passed Religious Freedom Bill
installation of 1MWp solar power plant at both the 2017, which aims to stop the forced conversions in the
airports. It has also completed installation of solar state -- Jharkhand.
power plants at 29 airports/locations with a total Note: A person converting willingly will have to inform the
capacity of 12.84 MWp Deputy Commissioner about details such as time, place
75. The state govt. to provide land with record to landless and the person who administers the conversion
slum dwellers -- Odisha. proceedings.
Note: According to the decision, 600 square feet land will be 82. Chief Minister of Odisha 'Naveen Patnaik' has launched
provided in 112 Notified Area Councils while 450 Facebook's programme for women entrepreneurs in
square feet land would be provided in 107 municipal the state -- She Means Business.
areas. In corporation areas, government will provide Note: The ‘SheMeansBusiness programme’ has been launched
houses to the slum dwellers. in 16 countries across the world including India.The
programme was launched in partnership with Odisha’s
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micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) 90. The Telangana govt. has decided to conduct a
department and Project Mission Shakti.Around 25000 comprehensive land survey in the state to address
women entrepreneurs and Self-Help Group (SHG) disputes and litigations over maintenance of land
members will get training on digital marketing skills by records and ownership.
the end of 2018. Note: The survey would be done in 10,875 villages in the
83. The Indian cities have been selected for the state.The surveying personnel would stay put in the
implementation of a biodiversity conservation project villages for conducting the survey and they will update
supported by Germany -- Kochi, Mangaluru, and land records online.
Panaji. 91. The state govt. has decided to build an Eco-Park on
Note: These cities will receive support for the project, which thirty-four acres of land -- Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
aims to support the “implementation of National Note: The park is a first-of-its-kind project in the region,
Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans through the planned under the convergence of local resources and
mainstreaming of biodiversity objectives across city it is expected to be completed by end of this year.The
regions”. The project’s primarily aims to achieve Aichi eco-park will have a botanical garden, a cactus garden,
Target 2. a cafeteria and other amenities
84. The state government has launched “Indira Canteen” 92. The state government has launched a new ‘E-Waste
for urban poor-- Karnataka. Disposal’ scheme in state schools -- Kerala.
Note: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has launched the Note: The E-waste includes old monitors, mouses, keyboards
‘Indira Canteen’ scheme aimed at providing food at low and UPS, among other things that have been lying
cost to the urban poor.The canteens are loosely unused since 2000 in the state.
modelled on late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. 93. The UP govt. has decided to end the process of holding
Jayalalithaa’s ‘Amma Canteens’. interview for selection of candidates for the
85. Social education start-up ‘Meghshala Trust’ has government jobs in all the non-gazetted posts of Group
launched offline mobile app on Google Play Store for B, C and D categories.
Karnataka teachers --Meghshala. Note: The decision has been taken keeping in mind the
Note: The app empowers teachers with the necessary tools system followed by the Government of India. The state
and resources to create classroom learning government has decided to do away with interview in
experiences. It is preloaded with over 2,500 of the recruitment of non-gazetted officers from Class II to
Meghashala’s ‘TeachKits’, aligned to the Karnataka IV.
State curriculum for science, maths, English and social 94. The Gurugram city to host Digital Haryana Summit
studies in Kannada, English, and Hindi. (SHS).
Note: The Haryana government will organize Digital Haryana
86. India’s first-ever railways disaster management centre
Summit (DHS) in Gurugram on 15th September 2017.
will come up in the city -- Bengaluru.
The purpose of the summit is to bring together
Note: India’s first-ever railways disaster management centre different stakeholders and develop a singular agenda
will come up near Bengaluru, Karnataka by 2018. for the digital transformation of Haryana, in line with
87. India’s first-ever aviation university Rajiv Gandhi the Digital India initiative.
National Aviation University (RGNAU) will come up in 95. The Karnataka govt. has tied up with tech giant
Uttar Pradesh. Microsoft to develop India’s first Farm Price
Note: India’s first-ever aviation university will be Forecasting Model.
inaugurated at Fursatganj in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh. 96. Coast Guard launched an aviation infrastructure
88. New Delhi hosted the Chief Electoral Officers’ including a multi-mission maritime aircraft hanger,
Conference of all States and Union Territories. MMMA in -- Bhubaneswar.
Note: The Chief Electoral Officers’ Conference of all States Note: This is part of the ongoing effort by the Coast Guard to
and Union Territories has been inaugurated by Chief strengthen the maritime and coastal security. The
Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti and Election newly launched aviation infrastructure would provide
Commissioner OP Rawat in New Delhi. a fillip towards futuristic expansion plan of Coast
Guard's air arm.
89. The Telangana govt. has launched an exclusive 24×7
97. The state govt. will provide free education to girls up to
helpline ‘181’ for women.
graduation -- Karnataka.
Note: The helpline will respond to calls on dowry harassment Note: The state govt. will provide free education for girls
cases, stalking, domestic violence, sale of girl child and across the state from Class 1 up to graduation in all
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public and aided private schools and colleges, 105. The state govt. has signed a memorandum of
excluding professional institutions. understanding (MoU) with the US-based Hyperloop
98. The Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik has Transportation Technologies (HTT) to build India's
inaugurated the fourth Government Medical College in first Hyperloop system -- Andhra Pradesh govt.
-- Koraput. Note: Hyperloop will cover 35 km distance between
Note: The Medical College has been named after ‘Saheed Vijayawada and Amaravati only in five
Laxman Naik’ (freedom fighter of Koraput). minutes.Hyperloop is a transportation system which
99. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has launched a proposes to propel a pod-like vehicle through a near-
project at Shahpur primary school -- Gyankunj e-class vacuum tube at more than airline speed. Hyperloop is
project. faster than fastest high-speed rail and claimed to have
Note: The entire project will work on pilot basis with speeds even greater than commercial air travel.
Interactive e-class room and smart boards have been 106. The state govt. has hiked the Freedom Fighters pension
provided under this initiative. 1609 government from 12-thousand rupees to thirteen thousand rupees
primary schools have been provided laptop, projector, per month -- Tamil Nadu govt.
infrared camera, smart board, speaker and WiFi router Note: According to an order by the Public Department, family
facilities for 3,173 class rooms of standard 7 and 8. pension to their eligible heirs would be enhanced from
100. ‘Ye India ka time hai’ event has been organized at 6000 rupees to 6500 rupees with retrospective effect
National Institute of Technology at -- Raipur, from the 15th August.
Chattisgarh. 107. The state govt. will start implementing Direct Benefit
Note: Students of NIT Raipur participated in a brainstorming Transfer (DBT) under MGNREGA to ensure
session on 'New India Manthan' and discussed their transparency and check corruption at all levels --
views on ‘what kind of India do they imagine for the Nagaland govt.
year 2022’. Note: Wages of the MGNREGA workers will be directly
101. The Gujarat state Govt. have signed the Memorandum credited to the individual accounts of the job card
of Understanding(MoU) to save the children of holders through National Electronic Fund Management
Anganwadi from malnutrition -- Amul (Gujarat Milk System or Public Financial Management System.
Marketing Federation). 108. The state govt. has announced 1 lakh Rupees cash
Note: Under the ‘Take Home Ration’, district dairies in reward to those providing information about the
cooperation with the Gujarat milk marketing federation administrators and curators of the deadly Blue Whale
will provide nutritive foods to more than 42-lakh Challenge -- Gujarat govt.
children of more than 53 thousand Anganwadis ,
Note: The cyber cell of the Gujarat police has launched a
pregnant-mothers, lactating mothers and young girls.
helpline number (079-22871917) for anyone seeking
102. The state govt. will upgrade employment exchanges to
information on the online game.
Modern Career Centres -- Assam.
Note: As a pilot project two district employment exchanges in 109. The state govt. will provide skill development training
Guwahati and Jorhat will be upgraded as modern to 30 thousand surrendered militants -- Assam govt.
career centres. Note: Another 24 thousand youths in Assam will be trained
103. The state has set up a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under the Prime Minister Kaushal Vikash Yojna. The
Cell for the implementation of DBT across schemes in Assam Skill Development Mission will provide skill
the country-- Assam govt. training in 40 sectors.
Note: The purpose of the cell is to coordinate efforts at the 110. The state govt. and Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt.
state level in taking the DBT initiative forward with Ltd have signed a lease agreement to set up a state of
immediate effect. The Chairman of the cell will be the the art milk and milk products processing plant --
Chief Secretary of Assam. Maharashtra Govt.
104. The state govt. has signed a Memorandum of Note: As per the MoU, a dairy development initiative will
Understanding (MoU) with ‘Google India’ to take begin in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions in the state
Internet connectivity to the remotest part of the state-- to provide access to milk producers to markets in
Assam govt. Nagpur and Mumbai.
Note: Through the MoU with Google, Assam govt. would work 111. The state assembly has passed a bill seeking to
to provide Internet connection to 26,000 villages and deduct a fraction of the salary of state govt.
1,500 tea garden areas to increase digital literacy.The
employees for the benefit of their parents -- Assam.
MoU would be used as a launch pad to materialise the
state government's vision of women empowerment, Note: The Assam Employees’ Parents Responsibility and
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is aimed at ensuring that employees do not neglect 119. The first Indian state to launch electric bus service --
their loved ones in times of need. The bill has Himachal Pradesh.
provisions for deducting 10% of an employee’s pay Note: The state govt. has launched the first electric bus
and transferring it to the account of the relative service on 51km ecologically fragile between Manali
concerned. and Rohtang Pass.The move was made amidst concern
112. The state govt. has fixed a target of constructing 5 lakhs over increasing environmental degradation in the
39 thousand houses in the next 15 months for the Rohtang Pass area due to plying of diesel taxis.
urban poor in the state -- Andhra Pradesh. 120. The Union Minister has launched 'Pt Deen Dayal
Note: Construction of one lakh and 30 thousand houses is Upadhayay Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana' in
underway and the remaining houses will be grounded Uttarakhand-- Dr. Harshvardhan.
soon.AP Township and Infrastructure Development Note: It will experiment and endeavour to formulate and
Corporation is chosen as the nodal agency for implement appropriate S&T Interventions for
construction of these houses. Sustainable Development through cluster approach in
113. A well-equipped skill city with a capacity of 10 Uttarakhand.This project has been inspired by
thousand training seats will be set up at block levels in teachings and ideals of ‘Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay’
-- Assam.
whose birth centenary is being celebrated this year.
Note: A Singapore based premier institute will support the 121. Odisha state Govt. has launched a scheme for pregnant
state govt. in this regard and it will take 4 to 5 years to
women, in Odisha-- Sampurna Yojna.
complete.A temporary complex with 400 capacities is
Note: The main objective of this scheme is to reduce the
being set up in Guwahati.
death ration of the new born child and mother
114. The state govt. has inaugurated the second
mortality rate.
International Yoga Festival and International Yoga
Sports Championship 2017 in -- Kashmir. 122. The state govt has launched 'Vision-2025' project
Note: Around 300 participants from various parts of India, across the state__ Karnataka.
Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Bulgaria, USA, and Nepal are Note: The project aimed at evolving a draft policy for
participating in the festival. The festival is being development of the state for the year 2025 by seeking
organized by the Yoga Society of Kashmir at the Sher-i- the opinion of the general public.
Kashmir International Conference Centre. 123. The union govt. has approved 221 rural roads projects
115. The state’s high court has ordered the state and bridges involving an expenditure of 782.24 crore
government to grant books and uniform instead of cash
rupees under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’
to the Below Poverty Line students -- Chhattisgarh.
116. The state government has launched Shaheed Gram (PMGSY)-- Himachal Pradesh.
Vikas Yojana to provide houses to freedom fighters -- Note: The projects would be funded in the ratio of 90:10 by
Jharkhand. the central and state governments. The approval
Note: Under the scheme, villages of many tribal freedom includes 11 bridges at different locations in the state.
fighters will be developed and their habitants will be 124. The state govt. has launched a mass marriage scheme
provided with basic amenities. ‘Mukhyamantri Samoohik Vivaah Yojana’ for BPL
117. The first Indian state to set up family welfare district families ___ Uttar Pradesh.
committees to examine the complaints of women Note: The state govt. will spend Rs 35,000 on each couple,
against their husbands and in-laws and find an besides gifting them mobile phones and household
amicable solution -- Tripura. items, and the social welfare department will conduct
Note: Now, Tripura High Court is the first high court among the mass marriages.
24 high courts of the country that has constituted the 125. The state govt. has launched a campaign against child
family welfare district committees. marriage & dowry on the occasion of Mahatma
118. The state govt. has constituted a Screening Committee Gandhi’s birth anniversary -- Bihar.
on anti-profiteering -- Haryana. Note: People pledged not to get married a girl below 18 years
Note: It is mandatory (under section 171 of GST Act.) to pass or a boy below 21 or participate in a child marriage or a
on benefit to the customer. If a person is not getting the wedding with dowry.
benefit of reduction in tax, he/she can send the 126. Prime Minister ‘Narander Modi’ laid the foundation
grievance to the steering committee. The Steering stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
Committee would send the consumer complaints to the at --Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh.
Standing Committee which will examine the prima Note: The 750-bed hospital AIIMS, will be built at a cost of
facie evidence within two months. approximately 1,350 crore rupees.
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127. Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh & Meghalaya have Note: ISRO will explore the possibility of using geospatial
signed an MoU under a program to boost cultural ties -- technology, which include data generated through
Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat. global positioning system (GPS), geographical
Note: Under the program, the states will connect with each information systems (GIS) and satellite remote sensing
other to know more about the culture, heritage, and for expediting the development of Assam.
traditions of each other. 129. India’s first-ever Industrial Training Institute for the
128. A research centre for start-ups, academicians, Divyangans will come up in the state-- Assam.
environmentalists, and entrepreneurs in Guwahati, Note: The foundation stone for the institute was laid at
Assam -- Indian Space Research Organization Dibrugarh ITI Complex at Borboruah in Assam.
(ISRO).

Important News – World

1. Officially joined North Atlantic Treaty Organization Note: Now, she will participate in the “Little Miss World
(NATO) and become the 29th member country -- 2017” competition that will be held at Greece.
Montenegro 9. The country has ratified automatic exchange of
Note: Earlier, Montenegro Foreign Minister ‘Srdjan information with India to help flush out black money--
Darmanovic’ submitted the official accession papers in a Switzerland.
ceremony at the US State Department. 10. Re-elected to the UN's principal organ on economic,
2. India and Spain signed agreements in cyber security, social, and environmental issues for another three-year
renewable energy, technical cooperation in civil aviation, term --India
visa waiver for diplomatic passport holders--seven. Note: India was among 18 nations to win election to the
Note: The agreements were signed after Prime Minister Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with President of 11. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Board of
Government of Spain Mariano Rajoy at the Moncloa Governors has approved the membership of the countries
Palace in Madrid. at its second annual meeting --Argentina, Madagascar,
3. The temple was discovered by Chinese archaeologists, and Tonga.
remained hidden for nearly 1000 years-- The Fugan Note: These members will join the AIIB once they
Temple. complete the required domestic processes and deposit
4. The city hosted the 2017 Shanghai Cooperation the first instalment of the capital with the bank.
Organization (SCO) summit -- Astana. 12. A country has announced to opening of online visitor visa
Note: The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic, and applications for Indian nationals --Australia.
military organisation which was founded in 2001 in Note: The online application option would make applying
Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, for the country's visitor visas easier and enhance the
Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. experience for Indians.
5. Nepal has tied up with the country to build Budhi- 13. The countries have been re-elected to the United Nations
Gandaki Hydropower Project (1200MW) -- China. Economic and Social Council -- India, Japan, and the
Note: Nepal has signed a agreement with Gezhouba Philippines.
Group Corporation (CGGC) of China to build 1,200- 14. The first ‘Afghanistan-India air corridor’ at the Kabul
megawatt Budhi-Gandaki hydroelectric project. International Airport, Afghanistan -- Ashraf Ghani.
6. The news agency will set up USD 1 million fund to boost Note: The aim of the corridor is to create direct route
BRICS media cooperation -- Xinhua (China). (bypass Pakistan) to improve commerce in Afghanistan.
Note: Xinhua (news agency of China) will set up a USD 15. The interplanetary Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) of ISRO
million fund to institutionalize media cooperation among completed 1000 Earth days in its orbit -- Mangalyaan.
the BRICS countries including awards for journalists from 16. The city hosted the World Summit on Information Society
the five-member states. (WSIS) Forum-2017 -- Geneva (Switzerland).
7. The 2017 European Union Film Festival (EUFF) held in 17. As per a new study conducted by the UN Refugee Agency,
the city -- New Delhi. the number of people displaced worldwide in 2016 --65.6
Note: The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) has million
started at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi with an aim 18. The first country to contribute one lakh US Dollars to a
to improve cultural ties between India and European UN fund -- India.
countries. Note: The UN Tax Trust Fund aims to support the work of
8. The 2017 Little Miss Universe Internet beauty contest the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in
title --Padmalaya Nanda. Tax Matters.
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19. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) city has been declared Note: Saola is recognised by two parallel horns with
the ‘World Book Capital’ for the year 2019 by UNESCO -- sharp ends, which can reach 51cm in length and are
Sharjah. found on both males and females.
Note: Sharjah has been chosen by an international 29. The eighth meeting of the SAARC Ministers of Law and
committee of UNESCO experts for the quality of its Order preceded by meeting of the SAARC Secretaries of
literary and cultural activities, and its efforts to make Law and Order and Immigration Authorities has begun in
books accessible to the entire population of the country. -- Colombo, Sri Lanka.
20. The biggest new generation destroyer weighing 10,000 Note: The meeting focused on the issue of tackling
tonnes to become a global naval power at the Jiangnan terrorism apart from discussing liberalization of visa,
illegal trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic
Shipyard -- China Navy.
substances, and small arms. The South Asian Association
Note: It is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile,
anti-ship, and anti-submarine weapons. for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional
intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of
21. The 6th Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting was
convened between India and -- Myanmar. nations in South Asia.
15. Recently, the US House of Representatives has passed a
22. The 41st session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee
bill that proposes to advance defence cooperation with --
has started in -- Krakow, Poland.
India.
Note: The World Heritage Committee consists of
Note: The amendment passed by the House requires the
representatives from 21 of the States Parties to the
Secretary of Defence, in consultation with the Secretary of
Convention Concerning the Protection of the World
State, to develop a strategy for advancing defence
Cultural and Natural Heritage, elected by the General
Assembly of States Parties to the Convention. cooperation
16. The country will introduce a new procedure for officials
23. The world's most detailed scan of the brain's internal
wiring has been produced by scientists at -- Cardiff visiting the country to meet political representatives and
prisoners -- Sri Lankan.
University.
Note: The move comes as government is unhappy with
Note: The MRI machine reveals the fibres which carry all
the outcome of the visit by UN Special Rapporteur on
the brain's thought processes. It has been done in Cardiff,
Human Rights and Counter-terrorism.
Nottingham, Cambridge, and Stockport, as well as London
England and London Ontario. 17. The Navy has tested the world's first-ever active laser
weapons system (LaWS) which is now deployed and
24. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the
ready for war -- United States Navy.
end of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the -- Democratic
Note: The system has special materials that release
Republic of Congo (DRC).
photons and at the speed of light, it silently hits an object,
Note: Though the agency marks an end to the outbreak
in the country, enhanced surveillance will continue, as burning it to a temperature of thousands of degrees. Each
strike travels 50,000 times the speed of an incoming
well as strengthening of preparedness and readiness for
Ebola outbreaks. ICBM.
25. A new fast-growing Israeli flower has named after Prime 18. Tri-Nation navies concluded the eight days 'Malabar
Minister Narendra Modi -- Crysanthumun. Naval Exercise' aimed at achieving deeper military ties
Note: The Danziger flower farm is one of Israel's leading between the three nations near Chennai in Bay of Bengal -
floriculture companies with approximately 80,000 square - US, Japanese and Indian
meters of state-of-the-art greenhouses specializing in Note: The naval exercise featured 95 aircraft, 16 ships
reproduction of plants. and two sub marines. Aim of exercise is to Increase
26. The Informal Leader’s Meeting of the 5 BRICS countries interoperability amongst the three navies and develop
was held in -- Hamburg, Germany. common understanding of procedures for Maritime
Note: The meeting was held in run up for the upcoming Security Operations.
9th BRICS Summit, which will take place in Xiamen, China 19. The country to host the 2022 World Short Course
in September. Swimming Championships -- Russia.
27. The country hosted the 2017 Everest International Model Note: The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has
United Nations (EIMUN) Regional Conference -- Nepal. selected the Russian city to host the 2022 World Short
Note: The fourth edition of Everest International Model Course Swimming Championships.
United Nations (EIMUN) Regional Conference was held in 20. The country has declared total independence from IMF
Kathmandu, Nepal from 10-14 July,2017. and World Bank (WB)-- Bolivia.
28. The world’s first centre for breeding Saola will be
constructed at Bach Ma National Park in -- Vietnam.

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Note: The President of Bolivia Evo Morales has declared 28. The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has
his government’s full independence from the opened in the country -- Switzerland.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. Note: The longest pedestrian suspension bridge 'Charles
21. The country who has successfully launched an advanced Kuonen Suspension Bridge' has opened in Swiss Alpine
satellite-carrying rocket “Simorgh” -- Iran. resort of Zermatt Matterhorn in south Switzerland.
Note: Iran has successfully launched Simorgh’ into space 29. International organization has released 2017 ICT Facts
from the Imam Khomeini National Space Station in and Figures report -- International Telecommunication
Semnan. Union.
22. The world's first full-scale floating wind farm has started Note: 830 million young people online worldwide, 320
to take shape off the north-east coast of -- Scotland. million are in China and India.
Note: The technology will allow wind power to be 30. Country to host the 15th meeting of the Foreign Ministers
harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional of BIMSTEC countries --Nepal.
bottom-standing turbines used. The Peterhead wind farm
Note: The 15th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of
(Hywind) is a trial which will bring power to 20,000
BIMSTEC countries will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
homes.
31. Israel launched the country’s first environmental
23. The new species of giant ocean sunfish has been
research satellite from a launch site in French Guiana --
discovered by an international team of researchers led by
VENμS.
Murdoch University in Perth, Australia --hoodwinker
(mola tecta). Note: It in a joint venture between the Israel Space
Note: The heaviest type of bony fish that can weigh over Agency (ISA) and its French counterpart CNES (Centre
two tonnes and grow to three metres long. The new National d’Etudes Spatiales).
species has so far been found around New Zealand, 32. The country has officially informed the United Nations
around the southeast coast of Australia, off Africa and (UN) that it will withdraw from the Paris Climate
southern Chile. Agreement -- United States.
24. Dubai as the data hub for the Middle East North Africa Note: In June 2017, President Donald Trump announced
and South Asia (MENASA) region for the city’s integrated his decision to withdraw from the Paris deal. Earlier,
initiatives to mine and manage its data -- The United Former US President Barack Obama had pledged as part
Nations (UN). of the Paris accord to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by
Note: The designation will be part of a portfolio of local as much as 28% from 2005 levels by 2025 to help slow
and regional data portals, analytics and reports to engage global warming.
stakeholders and help accelerate progress. 33. India and the country have signed a bilateral agreement
25. The 2017 BRICS Youth Forum opened to discuss the for the transfer of sentenced prisoners -- Somalia.
development of the youth in the countries of the grouping Note: The agreement was signed between External
in-- Beijing, China. Affairs Minister ‘Sushma Swaraj’ and Foreign Minister of
Note: The three-day forum gathered 50 youth the Federal Republic of Somalia ‘Yusuf Garaad Omar’.The
representatives working as civil servants, scholars, agreement will help Indian inmates imprisoned in
entrepreneurs, artists, and journalists from the BRICS Somalia or vice versa be near their families while serving
countries. The theme of the forum is 'Enhance BRICS the remainder of their sentence and also facilitate their
Partnership, Promote Youth Development'. social rehabilitation.
26. The mostly submerged unknown continent beneath the 34. The country has announced scrapping of visa
South Pacific has been named as -- Zealandia. requirements for visitors from 80 countries including
Note: Zealandia measured 1.9 million square miles and is India to host the Football World Cup 2022 -- Qatar.
94% underwater. It had only three major landmasses, Note: Citizens of 33 mostly European countries can enter
New Zealand’s North, and South Islands to the south, and without a visa for 90 days in single or multiple trips
New Caledonia to the north Zealandia. during a 180-day period. Americans, Britons, Canadians,
27. The 7th edition of South Asian Association for Regional and citizens of 44 other countries can enter visa-free for
Cooperation (SAARC) Artists Camp & Exhibition of an initial 30 days on single or multiple trips, and can
Paintings begins in -- Nepal. extend that for a further 30 days.
Note: These events provide platform to artists for 35. The country has ratified the second commitment period
exchanging ideas with fellow artists and helping in of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain
creating special bonding among them. Around 40 artists the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming its stand on
from SAARC member countries (except Afghanistan) climate action-- India.
taking part in the camp.
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Note: India deposited its Instrument of Acceptance of the Note: Italy currently holds the rotating helm of the G-7
Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol under the UN industrialized nations. The group consists of seven major
Convention on Climate Change. advanced economies including Canada, France, Germany,
36. The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States.
participated in the two days 15th BIMSTEC Ministerial
43. According to global leader in broadband testing Ookla,
Meeting in --Nepal.
Note: During the meeting of foreign ministers of the Bay the fastest mobile Internet in the world -- Norway.
of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Note: Average internet connection speed of Norwegians'
Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), countries will review mobile phones has increased by 69% during the last year
the progress in identified fourteen areas of cooperation and has speed of 52.6 megabits per second.The
and discuss ways to accelerate cooperation. The BIMSTEC Netherlands and Hungary are ranked number two and
(Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, three on the list of the world's fastest mobile networks,
Bhutan, and Nepal) states are among the countries
44. Nepal and China have signed three pacts to further boost
dependent on the Bay of Bengal.
their ties in -- Power and energy sectors.
37. An India-built state-of-the-art Advanced Offshore Patrol
Vessel (AOPV) to boost its search and rescue capabilities - Note: The pacts were signed to undertake a feasibility
- Sri Lankan Navy. study to excavate natural gas and petroleum in the
Note: The new patrol vessel is named as “SLNS Sayurala”. Himalayan country.The agreements signed will cover
It is the largest vessel built by an Indian ship builder for a economic and technological cooperation, oil and gas
foreign navy to date. resources exploration, and promotion of investment.
38. India and US will co-host the Global Entrepreneurship 45. According to Rice University scientist, a microplate
Summit from 28th to 30th November this year at --
discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another
Hyderabad.
piece to Earth’s tectonic puzzle-- Malpelo.
Note: The Summit is an unique opportunity for bringing
together entrepreneurs and start-ups with global leaders. Note: The Malpelo Plate, named for an island and an
Mr. Modi during his meeting with Trump in Washington underwater ridge it contains.
in June had invited Ivanka (US President Donald Trump’s 46. The country has launched its first cyber court specializing
daughter) for the Summit. in handling Internet-related cases in the e-commerce hub
39. The UN health agency, World Health Organization (WHO) of Hangzhou -- China.
has declared the country free of polio. -- Somalia Note: The Hangzhou Internet Court in Hangzhou will
Note: According to the UN health agency, it had not handle cases such as online trade disputes and copyright
recorded any case of polio disease in Somalia in the last
lawsuits. The cases handled by the court will be tried
three years. Somalia recorded the last case of polio in
2014 in the central part of the country. online.
40. The Oxford University Press has launched online 47. The United States (US) and South Korean forces has
dictionaries in the Indian languages -- Tamil and begun joint drills in the South -- Ulchi Freedom
Gujarati. Guardian.
Note: The launch is a part of Oxford Global Languages Note: 17,500 US soldiers and about 50,000 South Korean
initiative with an aim to build dictionaries and troops are participating in the drill. This year's drills will
lexicographical resources for around 100 of the world’s
center on war games to confirm arrangements to
languages and to make them available online. Earlier, the
Hindi online dictionary was launched in 2016. coordinate their command systems by using computers.
41. The ISRO and NASA are jointly working on the mission to 48. The country will chair the IONS maiden International
co-develop and launch a dual frequency (L & S Band) Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise-2017--
synthetic aperture radar satellite by 2021 -- NASA-ISRO Bangladesh.
Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR). Note: The International Maritime Search and Rescue
Note: In this joint mission, NASA will be responsible for Exercise will be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian
design and development of L-band SAR, 12m un-furlable Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in the Bay of Bengal in
antenna, GPS system and data recorder. It is the first big
November 2017.
collaboration between NASA and ISRO.
42. The host of summit of Group of Seven (G-7) Interior 49. Google has launched the latest version of its mobile
operating system -- Android Oreo.
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Note: The Oreo boasts of a two times faster boot speed, they be search queries, videos, sensor streams, or
autofill option, and a longer battery life. The new update interactions with users.The 'Project Brainwave' uses the
comes with a Picture-in-Picture feature that allows the massive field-programmable gate array (FPGA)
user to see two apps simultaneously. infrastructure that Microsoft has been deploying over the
50. British scientists have developed the world’s smallest past few years.
surgical robot which could transform daily operations for 56. A internet based software has been launched by the
tens of thousands of patients -- Versius. Election Commission of India in Assam -- Eronet.
Note: The robot ‘Versius’ mimics the human arm and can Note: Eronet is useful for various activities relating to
be used to carry out a wide range of laparoscopic electoral roll such as the inclusion of name, deletion,
procedures like hernia repairs, colorectal operations, and name correction, transfer of name including providing the
prostate and ear, nose, and throat surgery.The robot is new photo identity cards.
controlled by a surgeon at a console guided by a 3D 57. The world's toughest law against plastic bags in the
screen in the operating theatre. country to reduce plastic pollution -- Kenya.
51. US-based Indian doctor has discovered an inexpensive Note: The law punishes Kenyans producing, selling or
prevention technique against sepsis -- Dr. Pinaki using plastic bags with a maximum fine of over Rs. 25
Panigrahi. lakhs or a four-year jail term. It took Kenya three
Note: His team found that feeding babies with probiotic attempts over ten years to pass the ban which critics say
bacteria dramatically reduces the risk of sepsis in new could cut 80,000 jobs.
borns. This is a breakthrough study and going to be an 58. A group of 20 students of the country have been
inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds sponsored by Government of India (GoI) to study Hindi at
of thousands of newborns from a top killer ‘Sepsis’. the Central Institute of Hindi in Agra --Sri Lankan.
52. Indian scientists have discovered a new species of frog Note: Government of India has sponsored their visit,
that has a snout-shaped nose, just like a pig in West Ghats academic fees, and local hospitality for one year in
--Nasikabatrachus bhupathi. Agra.Hindi is the most popular foreign language in Sri
Note: Soiled-dwelling species ‘Nasikabatrachus bhupathi’ Lanka and is being taught in almost 80 institutions all
discovered by scientists from the Centre for Cellular and over the island.
Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad. It has been 59. President of Swiss Confederation arrived in New Delhi on
named after the Indian herpetologist S. Bhupathy. a three-day visit to India -- Ms. Doris Leuthard.
53. Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has Note: India and Switzerland enjoy robust economic ties,
signed the MoU with the Institute of Chartered with Switzerland being seventh largest trading partner
Accountants of Nepal (ICAN) to establish mutual co- and eleventh largest foreign investor for India. It will
operation for the advancement of accounting knowledge. provide an opportunity to both sides for holding wide-
Note: ICAI has a membership base of over 5,000 ranging discussions on bilateral, global, and regional
members in Nepal issues of mutual interest.
54. A two-day meeting of Heads of Governments of Shanghai 60. Two-day Indian Ocean Conference 2017 being organized
Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member States has by India Foundation in Temple Trees in -- Colombo.
begun in --Kyrgyz Republic. Note: The theme of this year’s conference is Peace,
Note: Rajnath Singh (Home Minister) is leading the Progress and Prosperity and will involve participants
Indian delegation which includes senior officers from from more than 35 countries. This will be second IOC
Home and External Affairs Ministries and National conference (first edition-Sep16 in Singapore).
Disaster Management Authority. 61. The 2017 International Military Music Festival
55. A deep learning acceleration platform 'Project Brainwave' “Spasskaya Tower” has started in --Moscow, Russia.
for real-time artificial intelligence (AI) --Microsoft. Note: Music Festival is a mega event, where military
Note: Real-time AI is becoming increasingly important as musicians represent the variety of national, artistic and
cloud infrastructures process live data streams, whether military traditions of the world.
62. Swedish defence giant and Adani group have announced a 63. The 9th BRICS summit has begun in the Chinese city with
collaboration in defence manufacturing entailing billions theme “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future
of dollars of investment -- Saab. -- Xiamen.
Note: They mainly eyeing a contract for single-engine Note: In a joint declaration, Brazil, Russia, India, China,
fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. The project will and South Africa (BRICS) condemned all terror attacks
encompass design, development, and production of worldwide, including those attacks in the member states,
Gripen jets for India in line with the Make in India stressing that there can be no justification whatsoever for
initiative. any such act.

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64. The world’s highest sandcastle has built in the country -- Note: The objectives of this national ITS Policy will be to
Germany. contribute to reducing urban traffic congestion,
Note: According to the Guinness World Records, the improving the situation around parking of vehicles in
world's highest sandcastle is now standing 16.68 meters cities, improving road safety, and improving the security
tall in the German city of Duisburg. of passenger and goods traffic.
65. Astronaut returned to Earth, wrapping up a record- 72. The countries have signed a treaty to ban nuclear
breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for U.S. weapons, a pact that the world’s nuclear powers spurned
space endurance -- Peggy Whitson. but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless
Note: Whitson’s 665 days off the planet 288 days on this – Fifty countries.
mission alone exceeds that of any other American and any Note: They would be barred from developing, testing,
other woman worldwide. producing, manufacturing, otherwise acquiring,
66. Nepal has signed how much amount of United Nations possessing, or stockpiling nuclear weapons ‘under any
Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the circumstances’.
next five years -- USD 635 million. 73. Who will limit oil exports to North Korea under UN
67. The species who has moved from ‘Endangered’ to sanctions over its nuclear and missile development --
‘Vulnerable’ category in the IUCN Red List -- Snow China
Leopard. Note: China accounts for some 90% of the North's trade,
68. The United States of America is considering closing its making its cooperation critical to any efforts to derail
embassy located in the country -- Cuba. Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and long-
69. International organisation WHO has granted USD range missiles.
175,000 for healthcare of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s 74. Iran has tested a new ballistic missile that can carry
Bazar of -- Bangladesh. multiple warheads and has a range of 2,000km-
Note: The WHO grant will support 20 mobile medical Khorramshahr.
teams to provide essential services for at least two Note: The Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in
months. size and more tactical. Iran unveiled the ballistic missile
70. The country will lift its ban on internet calling as its president stepped up pressure on the United States
applications, easing restrictions online as the by defending its right to strengthen military defenses.
conservative kingdom faces new criticism over 75. Twitter has announced a test project allowing tweets to
censorship-- Saudi Arabia. be expanded to -- 280 characters.
Note: Now, Voice and video calling apps such as Note: Twitter is an online news and social networking
WhatsApp and Skype will be widely available to users. service where users post and interact with messages
The move is aimed at improving business confidence as (tweets). Registered users can post tweets, but those who
the kingdom transitions into a post-oil era, access to VoIP are unregistered can only read them.
(Voice over Internet Protocol) will reduce operational 76. Who has provisionally suspended the WADA
costs and spur digital entrepreneurship. accreditation of the laboratory of the National Anti-
71. The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Doping Organization of France due to analytical issues --
Aayog) and the federation have signed a Statement of World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA).
Intent (SoI) to cooperate in the field of Intelligent Note: The provisional suspension came into effect on
Transportation Systems (ITS) -- International Road Sunday and prohibits the Paris Laboratory from carrying
Federation, Geneva (IRF Geneva). out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of
urine and blood samples.

Sports News
National
1. The first Indian woman to cross the 65m mark in the 3. The 2017 men’s singles title at the Thailand Grand Prix
hammer throw -- Sarita R Singh. Gold badminton tournament -- B Sai Praneeth.
2. The 2017 HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship boys Note: The Thailand Masters Grand Prix Gold 2017 was the
singles title --Nitin Kumar Sinha. third Grand Prix's badminton tournament of the 2017
Note: Indian wild card ‘Nitin Kumar Sinha’ has won the BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix.
boys singles title of HCL Asian Junior Tennis 4. First Indian Pair to reach Quarter finals in World TT
Championship at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Championships -- Manika Batra and Mouma Das.
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Note: They created history with luck on their side as they 17. India has won ‘Team Bronze’ in 25- meter Rapid Fire
got a walkover from the Netherlands and Polish Pistol Men Junior Shooting World Championship in Suhl,
combination of Li Jie and Li Quian.
Germany --.
5. The ITF men's Futures tennis title in Singapore -- Note: The trio of Anish, Anhad Jawanda, and Shivam
Ramkumar Ramanathan.
6. The first-ever AIFF Women’s player of the year for 2016- Shukla notched up a combined score of 1711 to claim
Sasmita Malik. third place and take India's overall tally from the
Note: She won the award for her immense contribution competition to two Golds, one Silver and one Bronze
to the success and growth of the Indian women’s football medal.
team. 18. India has won medals in the ‘Wushu competition’ of the
7. Mohun Bagan striker has won the 2016 AIFF player of the first ever BRICS Games in Guangzhou, China -- Six.
year -- Jeje Lalpekhlua. Note: Around 300 athletes from five countries Brazil,
Note: Jeje Lalpekhlua won the award for scoring a total of China, India, Russia, South Africa) with 10 events in 3
7 goals in the last 9 games he has played for India in the sports (men's basketball, women's volleyball and Wushu).
2016-17 season. 19. Srinivas Gokulnath has become the first Indians to
8. Indian sportsperson has featured in the 2017 Forbes list complete the 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM) in
of world’s highest paid atheltes -- Virat Kohli.
the solo 18-59 age category.
9. Indian pair have won gold in mixed team 10m air pistol
event at 2017 International Shooting Sport Federation Note: Srinivas Gokulnath finished the distance in 11 days
(ISSF) Gabala World Cup-- Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu. and 18 hours and Samarth took 11 days and 21 hours to
Note: The event will see the eight best shooters of the
world compete in each Olympic discipline along with finish the race. The race was won by Christoph Strasser.
reigning Olympic and World Championship medalists and 20. Former India hockey captain will be awarded, East Bengal
wild-cards. football club’s highest honour ‘Bharat Gaurav’ -- Dhanraj
10. Nguyen Duc Hoa has won the 2017 Mumbai Mayor’s Cup Pillay.
International Open Chess Tournament. Note: Currently, Pillay serves as the manager of the
Note: He defeated Indian chess player Grandmaster Indian national hockey team.
Neelotpal Das in the final round with 8.5 points. 21. The Indian Super League (ISL) has been granted official
11. India’s shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has lifted the recognition by the -- Asian Football Confederation
Indonesia Open Super Series men's singles Premier title at (AFC).
Jakarta, Indonesia. Note: Now, there will be two national leagues in the
Note: In the final, Srikanth defeated Kazumasa Sakai country from 2017-18 and the winner of the I-league will
(Japan) in straight games 21-11, 21-19. participate in the AFC Champions League qualifiers.
12. India bag how many medals in Asian Junior Wrestling 22. The first Indian woman wrestler Kavita Devi to compete
Championships--five. in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Note: India bagged five medals (Gold-1-, Silver-2, Bronze- Note: Former Indian powerlifter and South Asian Games
2) in the 2017 Asian Junior Wrestling Championships in gold medal winner Kavita Devi will become the first
Taiwan. Indian woman to compete in the World Wrestling
13. Former Indian Captain has resigned from the post of Entertainment (WWE).
‘Head Coach’ of the Senior Indian Cricket team -- Anil 23. Ankush Dahiya has won gold in the 60kg category at the
Kumble. 2017 Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament.
14. International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that 24. The flag bearer athlete for the Indian contingent in the
the Women’s World Cup winning team will bag a handy 22nd Asian Athletics Championship (AAC)-2017 -- Tintu
prize money of -- USD 660,000. Luka.
Note: Earlier, the ICC had declared that the total prize Note: Over 1,200 athletes and officials from 43 countries
money for the tournament would be 2 million US Dollars. in Asia witnessed the largest sporting event at Kalinga
15. Yashaswini Singh Deswal has won a gold at the women's Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The official mascot of
10 metre air pistol event in the ISSF Junior World the Championship is 'Olly Turtle' that represents the
Championship Rifle/Pistol competition in Suhl, Germany. famous Olive Ridley sea turtle.
16. Indian shuttler has won the Australian Open Super Series 25. India has won the 2017 Asian Team Snooker
Badminton trophy -- Kidambi Srikanth. Championship --
Note: Srikanth beat Olympic champion Chen Long (World Note: India's leading cueist Pankaj Advani teamed up with
No.6) 22-20, 21-16 to win the Series title. Laxman Rawat to demolish Pakistan in the final of the

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Asian Team Snooker Championship in Bishskek, 35. The Indian duo Manav Thakkar and Manush Shah
Kyrgyszstan. claimed gold in the doubles event of Slovenia Open Junior
26. The new chief coach of the Indian cricket team till ICC and Cadet Open Table Tennis championship.
World Cup 2019 -- Ravi Shastri. Note: Indian duo beat the top-seeded Chinese Taipei pair
Note: Earlier, the head coach ‘Anil Kumble’ has resigned of Feng I-Hsin and Tai Ming-Wei 11-7, 11-6, 17-15 at
from the post after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Otocec, Slovenia.
27. The first Indian to complete the 4,900- Kilometers RAAM 36. India will host the South Asian boxing Championship
(Race Across America) in the solo category -- Gokulnath. (SABC) for the first time from 6th to 10th December this
Note: A solo rider has 12 days to finish the race and has to year --.
ride over 400 kilometers a day to finish it in given time. Note:Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, SARCC
Sleep is for under 3-hours a day. countries and countries like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and
28. Indian women's cricket team skipper has surpassed Ukraine among other top boxing nations participating in
former England captain'Charlotte Edwards' (5992 runs) the Championship.
to become the highest run-scorer in the One-Day 37. India's boxer Gaurav Bidhuri has won the bronze medal
Internationals (ODI) -- Mithali Raj. at the 2017 World Boxing Championships in Hamburg,
Note: Mithali Raj became the first women’s player to Germany.
reach 6000 ODI runs. Now, Mithali Raj has 6,028 runs in Note: He lost his semi-final bantamweight (56kg)
181 ODIs at an average of 51.37. category clash to Duke Ragan (America).
29. Harinder Pal Sandhu has won the South Australian Open 38. Divya Deshmukh has won gold in the girls’ Under-12
Squash tournament 2017. category at the World Cadets Chess Championship.
Note: Harinder Pal Sandhu from India has won the South Note: It is Divya’s second world title after her victory in
Australian Open squash title by defeating Rhys Dowling in the under-10 World Youth Chess Championship-2014 in
the final by 11-8, 12-10, 11-4 at Adelaide, Australia. Durban.
30. Sundar Singh Gurjar has won the gold at World Para 39. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the first
Athletics Championships. wicketkeeper in world cricket to effect 100 stumpings in
Note: The 2017 World Para Athletics Championships is a One Day Internationals(ODI) --.
track and field meet for athletes with disabilities, Note: Mr. Dhoni achieved the feat in his 301st ODI in
governed by the International Paralympic Committee, Colombo (Sri Lanka), when he whipped off the bails to
being held at Olympic Stadium in London. remove batsman Akila Dananjaya (Sri Lankan) off leg-
31. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's bowling.
appointed the Indian Cricket team's bowling coach -- 40. Konsam Ormila Devi bagged a gold medal in 44kg
Bharat Arun. weight category at Commonwealth Youth (boys & girls)
Note: Bharat Arun’ coaching career started with Tamil weightlifting championships in Australia --.
Nadu in 2002, where he continued to work for four years Note: Ormila lifted 57kg in snatch and 76kg in clean and
and led the team into the finals of Ranji Trophy twice, in jerk for an overall effort of 133kg, to finish on the top of
2003 and 2004 respectively. the podium.
32. Olympic bronze-medallist has become the first Indian to 41. Indian pair Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg has won the
be picked as the International Boxing Association's mixed doubles title at 2017 Hellas Open International
representative for the IOC Athletes' Forum -- MC Mary Badminton Series --.
Kom. Note: They defeated compatriots Karishma Wadkar and
Note: She has been invited to attend the 8th International Utkarsh Arora by 21-19 21-19 in the final.
Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Forum in Lausanne 42. Neel Joshi (boy) and Ananya Dabke (girl) bagged the
from 11th to 13th November this year. under-15 (boys & girls) titles in the Dutch Open Junior
33. The 57th National Open Athletics Championships 2017 Squash Championship in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
has begun at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in -- Chennai. 43. I H Manudev has won the first National Masters snooker
Note: Around 1200 athletes from various states and tournament title in Chennai.
departments & public-sector undertakings would be Note: Manudev defeated former Asian champion Alok
taking part in the four-day meet. Kumar 4-1 to win the National Masters Snooker’s Title.
34. Indian Shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy has clinched the 44. Harinder Pal Sandhu has won the Victorian Open squash
women's singles Under-19 title at the Belgian Junior Open tournament in Melbourne, Australia.
badminton tournament at Herstal, Belgium. Note: He defeated top-seed Rex Hedrick (Australia) by
Note: She defeated Vivien Sandorhazi (top seed, Hungary) 12-14, 11-3, 11-4.
in a three-game final (21-19, 17-21, 21-12) in summit 45. ICC has chosen captain of the ICC Women’s World Cup
clash at the Hall Omnisport La Prealle. 2017 team -- Mithali Raj.
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46. Indian Shuttler H S Prannoy has won the 2017 US Open 56. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has
Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title at Anaheim - nominated Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the
-. game -- Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Note: In the final match, Prannoy beat Kashyap(India) 21- Note: Dhoni is already a recipient of the prestigious Rajiv
15, 20-22, 21-12. In the women's singles tournament, Aya Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Padma Shri award.
Ohori (Japan) won the final beating Michelle Li (Canada). 57. Hyderabad has won the 2017 Kalpathi AGS – Buchi Babu
47. India will host the men's World Championship for the All-India Invitation cricket tournament.
first time in 2021, Note:The Hyderabad team have won the 2017 Kalpathi
Note: Earlier, the major men's boxing events hosted by AGS – Buchi Babu All-India Invitation cricket tournament.
India have been the 1990 World Cup in Mumbai and the 58. The player has won the 2017 BWF Korean Open Super
2010 Commonwealth Championships in New Delhi. Series Women’s Singles title -- PV Sindhu.
48. Indian weightlifter Konsam Ormila Devi has bagged a Note: With this, Sindhu has become the first Indian to win
gold medal at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting the Korea Super Series crown.
Championships in Kathmandu, Nepal, 59. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has won the All-
Note: The weightlifter from Manipur lifted 56kg in snatch India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament-
and 70kg in clean & jerk for a total effort of 126kg in the 2017.
44kg weight category to finish on the top of the podium. Note: The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has
49. The first Indian to win in the FIA Formula 3 won the 91st edition of All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold
European Championship -- Jehan Daruvala. Cup hockey tournament at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
50. The world youth champion Indian boxer has clinched a 60. Indian shooter has won a bronze in men's trap event at
gold medal in Commonwealth Youth Games Bahamas -- the 7th Asian Championship Shotgun at Astana,
Sachin Siwach. Kazakhstan -- Kynan Chenai.
Note: Siwach defeated Welsh boxer James Nathan Probert Note: Kynan first shot 116 out of 125 to qualify for the six
4-1 in the final to claim the gold in the light flyweight men final round in third sport and then held on to the
(49kg) category. position till the end of the finals.
51. Ajay Singh has won bronze medal in Asian Youth and 61. Young Indian shuttler clinched the Bulgaria Open
Junior Weightlifting Championships at Kathmandu, Nepal. International Series title in Sofia, Bulgaria -- Lakshya Sen.
Note: Dressel won the 50m freestyle (22.76) and the Note: He defeated second seed Zvonimir Durkinjak
100m butterfly before leading off a world-record (Croatia) 18-21 21-12 21-17 in a 57-minute match.
performance in the 4x100-meter mixed freestyle relay. 62. Shapath Bharadwaj has won a bronze medal in the
double trap event at the ISSF Junior Shotgun World Cup in
Dressel has become the second swimmer to win seven
Porpetto, Italy.
gold medals at a single World Championships, after Note: Lakshay Sheoran and Manisha Keer combined to
Michael Phelps. win a bronze in the mixed team trap competition. He shot
52. Indian shuttler has won the men’s singles Lagos a 48 in the final to finish behind gold-medal winning
International 2017 -- Rahul Yadav Chittaboina. Briton James Dedman and silver medalist Finland's Miki
Note: He won the men’s singles title by defeating his Ylonen.
compatriot Karan Rajan Rajarajan by 21-15 21-13 in the 63. Dhyan Chand Award will be given to Bhupender
summit clash at the 2017 Lagos International Badminton Singh(Athletics), Syed Shahid Hakim(Football) and
Classics in Lagos, Nigeria. Sumarai Tete(Hockey) for their life time contribution to --
53. Manju Kumari has won the bronze medal in the 59kg Sports development.
category Junior World Wrestling Championship in Note: The awardees will receive their awards from
Tampere, Finland. President ‘Ram Nath Kovind’ in a special function at the
54. Veer Dev Gulia bagged a bronze medal on the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 29th of August.
competition at Tampere in Finland. 64. Para Athlete and Hockey player have been selected for
Note: In the Men's 74 kg freestyle category, Gulia finished this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award_-- Sardar
third after beating Yamasaki Yajuro of Japan, 8-5 in the Singh & Devendra.
bronze medal play-off bout. Gulia had made it to the play- Note: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the
off despite losing in the quarterfinals as his last-eight spectacular performance in the field of sports by a
stage opponent Isa Shapiev of Uzbekistan reached the sportsperson over a period of four years.
gold medal round. 65. The 58th edition of Subroto Cup International Football
55. Indian athlete bagged Gold in women's pentathlon event Tournament held in --New Delhi.
at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Note: A total of 99 teams from India and abroad are
Turkmenistan -- Purnima Hembram. participating across three categories in this edition of
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famous inter-school football tournament. Teams from Note: Rahul created new records en-route to his standout
Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Afghanistan and Singapore total lift of 351 kilogram (156kg in snatch and195
are participating in this edition.Football carnival will be kilograms in clean & jerk).
played in three categories Sub-Junior boys (Under-14), 74. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Senior
Junior Girls (Under-17), Junior Boys (Under-17). Badminton Championship has begun at -- Kochi
66. The Indian pair have won bronze in mixed team trap Note: A total of 665 players (175-Indian players) from
event in Asian Shotgun Shooting Championship in Astana, forty countries in eight different groups are participating
Kazakhstan -- Kynan Chenai & Shreyasi Singh. in the week-long Championship. It is for the first time the
Note: They defeated Lebanon shooters 40-38. Kynan Championship is being held in India.
Chenai had won bronze in men's trap event. 75. India finishes in medals tally with one gold and two silver
67. India's shooter bagged a bronze medal at the Asian medals at Moscow Shotgun World Championships -- fifth.
Shotgun Championship in Kazakhstan -- Maheshwari Note: Italy topped the tally with nine gold medals for a
Chauhan. total of 17 medals in all and USA (12 medals) -2nd.
Note: Maheshwari also led India to the team silver, 76. Who has lead Indian challenge at Korea Super Series, in
alongside compatriots Rashmmi Rathore and Saniya Seoul, South Korea -- P V Sindhu.
Sheikh. 77. The state has won the Chief Minister's cup with 45 gold
68. Indian pair has won gold in the skeet mixed team event at medals at the National kickboxing championship being
the 7th Asian Championship Shotgun --Mairaj Ahmad held in Raipur -- Maharashtra.
Khan and Rashmmi Rathore. Note: Chhattisgarh secured second position with 27 gold
69. India player continued to be the world's top-ranked One- and Haryana third with 15 gold medals. Around two
day International (ODI) batsman in the latest ICC ODI thousand players from 27 states participated in the four-
rankings_--Virat Kohli. day event.
Note: Other Indian batsmen in the top-15 are former 78. The country to host Junior Asian Wrestling Championship
skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni(12th), Shikhar Dhawan (JAWC)- 2018 -- India.
(13th) and vice-captain Rohit Sharma(14th). As for the Note: India will host the Junior Asian Wrestling
ICC ODI Team Rankings, India team are currently at Championship (JAWC)- 2018, which is scheduled to be
number three. held from 19 to 22 July 2018, in New Delhi.
70. The company has won the coveted Indian Premier League 79. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has
(IPL) media rights for 2018-23 -- Star India. released its first ever players handbook '100 things every
Note: Star India acquired digital as well as media rights professional cricketer must know' in New Delhi --
for Indian Premier League for a term of five years 2018- Note: The book was released by the Committee of
2023 with a whooping bid of Rs. 16,347.50 crores on 4th Administrators (COA) and is in line with the
September 2017. recommendations of the Lodha panel.
71. Indian sportsperson has won silver in senior men’s 80. The four-day annual Border Security Force (BSF) sports
double trap at 2017 ISSF World Shotgun Championship in meet has begun in -- Jammu.
Moscow -- Ankur Mittal. Note: The Inter-Frontier Sports Competition of the
72. The country will host the 2019 edition of the Border Security Force is aimed at preparing the Jawans
Commonwealth (Youth, Junior and Senior) Weightlifting for national and international-level championships.
Championships -- India. 81. India lose Davis Cup Tennis World Group Play-offs tie
Note: The Executive Board of Commonwealth against -- Canada.
Weightlifting Federation met at Gold Coast, Australia and Note: India has lost the World Group Play-off tie of Davis
decided to allot the 2019 edition of the competitions to Cup Tennis Tournament to the host Canada 2-3.
India. 82. India's Pooja Kadian has won the first ever gold medal at
73. Indian weightlifters Rahul’ have qualified for next year's Wushu World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Commonwealth Games after winning a gold medal each in Note: Pooja defeated Evgeniya Stepanova in the final.
their respective weight divisions -- Sivalingam Sathish
Kumar and ‘Ragala Venkat.

International

1. The football club has won the 2017 UEFA Champions 2. West Indies cricket team's official name changed to --
League trophy -- Real Madrid. WINDIES.
Note: Real Madrid is a professional football club based
in Madrid, Spain.
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Note: The cricket board for West Indies has re- 14. Finnish racing driver has won the Formula One
branded themselves as Cricket West Indies from the Austrian Grand Prix tournament 2017-- Valtteri
former West Indies Cricket board. Bottas.
3. The Cricketing country has launched Twenty20 league, Note: Finnish racing driver Valtteri Bottas has won the
the league will be called the T20 Global League-- South 2017 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix tournament at
Africa. Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.
4. The French Open mixed doubles tournament 2017 -- 15. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched
Bopanna and Dabrowski. an anti-corruption investigation in --. Sri Lanka,
Note: They beat the pair of Anna-Lena Groenefeld Note: According to the Sri Lanka Cricket, forty of its
(Germany) and Robert Farah (Colombia) by 2-6, 6-2, contracted players called for an immediate inquiry
12-10. Rohan Bopanna has become only the fourth into the allegations made by Pramodya
Indian (after Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, and Wickremasinghe (former player and selector)
Sania Mirza) to win a Grand Slam crown. insinuating unnatural and mysterious match
5. Rafael Nadal has won the 2017 French Open Men’s patterns.
Singles Tennis Tournament. 16. Lewis Hamilton has won the Formula One British
6. The first Sri Lankan cricketer to be inducted into ICC Grand Prix.
Hall of Frame -- Muttiah Muralidaran. Note: Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton is a British
Note: Muralidaran has become the first player from Sri Formula One racing driver who races for the Mercedes
Lanka and the 83rd overall to be inducted into the Hall AMG Petronas team. British Grand Prix is currently
of Fame. held at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of
7. Who has won the 2017 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Silverstone in North amptonshire in England.
tournament -- Lewis Hamilton. 17. Roger Federer has won the 2017 Wimbledon title in
Note: British Formula One racing driver Lewis the men’s single category.
Hamilton has won the 2017 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Note: Federer defeated Marin Cilic (Croatia) by 6-3, 6-
Prix tournament Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit 1, 6-4. It was Federer’s record 8th Wimbledon title and
Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. overall 19th Grand Slam.
8. Pakistan has clinched its maiden ICC Champions 18. Garbine Muguruza. has won Wimbledon Women’s
Trophy title with a massive 180-run victory over India singles title beating Venus Williams (United States) 7-
at the Oval in London. 5, 6-0.
Note: The Man of the series: Hasan Ali (Pakistan). Note: The 2017 Wimbledon Championships was a
9. Jelena Ostapenko has won the 2017 French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament which took place at
Women’s Singles Tennis Tournament. the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in
Note: Jelena Ostapenko has won the 2017 French Open Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom.
Women’s Singles Tennis Tournament by defeating 19. England has won the 2017 ICC women world cup title
Simona Halep (Romania) in the final by 4–6, 6–4, 6–3. by defeating India at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
10. The winner of the 2017 Halle Open Men’s Singles title Note: Chasing a target of 229, India being bowled out
is -- Roger Federer for 219 in 48.4 overs. Shrubsole (England) who took
Note: The Halle Open is a tennis tournament held in six wickets was declared Player of the Match. Tammy
Halle, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Beaumont (England) was awarded Player of the Series
11. Germany has won the 10th edition of FIFA title. She had made 410- runs in the tournament.
Confederation Cup Football-2017 title. 20. British racing driver has won the Singapore Grand Prix
Note: The four-time World Cup winners, Germany won -- Lewis Hamilton.
the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup by defeating Chile Note: Hamilton has built a 28-point cushion, courtesy
1–0 in the final to win their first title.The FIFA a no show from main championship rival Vettel (235
Confederations Cup is an international association points) and Hamilton (263 points). The Singapore
football tournament for national teams, currently held Grand Prix is a motor race on the calendar of the FIA
every four years by FIFA. Formula One World Championship.
12. Tennis star of Serbia defeated Gael Monfils to clinch 21. The World Cup 2019 will be played from 30th May to
the Eastbourne International Men’s Singles title -- 15th July in 2019 in -- United Kingdom (UK).
Novak Djokovic 22. Kylie Masse has won the women's 100m backstroke
13. Karolina Pliskova has won the Eastbourne gold in a new world-record time at the world aquatics
International Women’s Singles title. championships in Budapest.

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23. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) has won the Hungarian Note: Real Madrid has won the 2017 UEFA Super Cup
Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring in football tournament by defeating Manchester United in
Mogyoród. the final by 2-1 at the Philip II Arena in Skopje,
Note: The 2017 Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix Macedonia.It is their 4th UEFA Super Cup title.
was the eleventh round of the 2017 Formula One 32. Legendary sprinter retires from the Athletics world --
season and the 32nd running of the Hungarian Grand Usain Bolt.
Prix. Note: Running the final race of his career, after taking
24. American newest star of the pool has become the first the baton from his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake,
swimmer to win three gold medals on a single night at suffered cramps on his left hamstring as he tried, in
either the worlds or the Olympics -- Caeleb Dressel. vain, to chase down his rivals in the men's 4x100m
25. The world's most expensive footballer, with Paris relay race in the World Athletics Championships in
Saint-Germain signing him for a five-year deal from London. Britain won the gold in 37.47 seconds while
Barcelona for a fee of Rs. 1,680 crores -- Neymar. United States (38.01) and Japan took the silver and
Note: Earlier, Paul Pogba (Manchester United) was the bronze respectively.
most expensive player. Neymar scored 105 goals in 33. Alexander Zverev has won fifth Rogers Cup
186 Barcelona appearances, will earn Rs. 6.5 crore-a- championship.
week before tax. Note: He defeated Swiss Roger Federer in straight set
26. Who formally announced its bid for the 2028 Summer 6-3, 6-4 at the Rogers Cup final to claim his second
Olympics after agreeing on a deal with the Olympic Masters 1000 title in Montreal, Canada. The events
organizers -- Los Angeles (United States). alternate from year to year between the cities of
Note: Now, this deal with Olympic organizers paves Montreal and Toronto.
the way for Paris to host the Summer Olympics in 34. Real Madrid star has been banned for five-match by
2024.The 2020 Summer Olympics will be hosted by the Spanish football federation after pushing the
Tokyo, Japan.Earlier, Los Angeles hosted Olympics in referee following his red card -- Cristiano Ronaldo.
1984.
Note: Ronaldo received an automatic one-match ban
27. The ten days grand event World Athletics and an extra four games for his reaction towards
Championships will begin in -- London. referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea. He has also
Note: 25 Indian athletes are taking part in this event. been fined USD 4,500.
India has taken part in every championship since the
35. Real Madrid has won the 2017 Spanish Super Cup
first one in 1983.Legendary long jumper Anju Bobby
beat their rivals Barcelona 2-0 at a joyous Santiago
George's bronze in Paris 2003 has been the lone medal
Bernabeu.
at this global stage.
Note: Real Madrid football club is a professional
28. The country is hosting the FIBA Asia Championship-
football club based in Madrid, Spain founded on 6th
2017 -- Lebanon.
March 1902 as Madrid Football Club.The Spanish
Note: Asia’s biggest basketball tournament, the FIBA Super Cup is a Spanish football championship
Asia Cup has started in Beirut, Lebanon. contested by the winners of La Liga and the Copa del
29. Olympic Champion has won the men's 400 meters Rey.
event and retained his title in World Athletics 36. British racing driver has won the 2017 Belgian Grand
Championships, London --Wayde Van Niekerk (South Prix of Formula One (F1) at Circuit de Spa-
African). Francorchamps Stavelot, Belgium--Lewis Hamilton.
Note: Niekerk, clocked 43.98 seconds to finish at the Note: Hamilton is the only driver to have won at least
top of podium. Steve Gardiner (Bahamas) finished one Grand Prix in every season he has competed in.The
second in the event while Abdalelah Haroun (Qatar) Belgian Grand Prix is an automobile race, part of the
claimed the Bronze. Formula One World Championship.
30. Olympic gold medallist has won the men's 3,000 37. Nozomi Okuhara defeated ace shuttler PV Sindhu to
metres steeplechase at the IAAF World Athletics claim the 2017 BWF World Championships at the
Championships in London -- Conseslus Kipruto. Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland
Note: The Kenyan clocked eight minutes and 14.12 Note: Sindhu lost to her Japanese rival Okuhara 19-21
seconds to continue his in-form performance in the 22-20 20-22. Sindhu became only the second Indian to
event after the Rio Olympic Games last year. win a silver medal after Saina Nehwal had achieved the
31. The team has won the UEFA Super Cup football feat in the last edition at Jakarta in 2015.
tournament-2017-- Real Madrid.

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38. The 2017 Italian Formula One Grand Prix tournament - 41. Los Angeles (USA). will host the 2028 Olympics.
- Lewis Hamilton. Note: The full IOC will award the 2024 Games to
Note: British racing driver Lewis Hamilton has won Paris and the 2028 Games to Los Angeles.
the 2017 Italian Formula One Grand Prix tournament 42. Australian fast bowler has called it quits from Test
at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy. Match and ODIs --John Hastings.
39. A Spanish professional tennis player has defeated Note: Hastings wants to solely focus on T20 cricket. He
Kevin Anderson (South Africa) to claim US Open tennis has represented Australia in 1 test, 29 ODIs and 9
tournament-2017 in New York -- Rafael Nadal T20Is.
Note: It is Nadal's second Grand Slam title of the year 43. American has won the all-around title at the
and 16th overall. gymnastics world championships in Montreal --
40. American tennis player defeated Madison Keys to win Morgan Hurd.
2017 US Open Women's Singles title -- Sloane Note: She won the United States' seventh straight
Stephens. Olympic by edging out Elsabeth Black (Canada) 55.232
Note: The US Open is owned and organized by a not- to 55.132
for-profit organization United States Tennis
Association (USTA).
List of Upcoming Sports Venue

1. Asian Games - The Asian Games, also known as Asiad is a Pancontinental multi-sport event held every four years among
athletes from all over Asia. The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation (AGF).
Note: First Asian games were held in New Delhi, India in 1951.
● Venue of Asian Games 2014 – Incheon, South Korea.
● Venue of Asian Games 2018 - Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia.
● Venue of Asian Games 2022 – Hangzhou, China.
● Venue of Asian Games 2026 – Nagoya, Japan.
2. Commonwealth Games (CWG) - The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from
the Commonwealth of Nations held every four years.
Note: The first Commonwealth Games held in 1911 in London, England.
● Venue of CWG Games 2010 – New Delhi, India.
● Venue of CWG Games 2014 – Glasgow, Scotland.
● Venue of CWG Games 2018 – Gold Coast, Australia.
● Venue of CWG Games 2022 – Birmingham, England.
Note: The 2022 Commonwealth Games will no longer take place in Durban, South Africa as the South African
government failed to give financial guarantees for the event.
3. Olympics Games - The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by
occurring every four years but two years apart.
Note:
● The first modern Olympics games were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896.
● International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarter - Lausanne, Switzerland.
● IOC President - Thomas Bach
Summer Olympic -
● Venue of Summer Olympic Games 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
● Venue of Summer Olympic Games 2020 – Tokyo, Japan
● Venue of Summer Olympic Games 2024 – Paris, France
Winter Olympic –
● Venue of Winter Olympic Games 2014 – Sochi, Russia.
● Venue of Winter Olympic Games 2018 – Pyeongchang, South Korea.
● Venue of Winter Olympic Games 2022 – Beijing, China.
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4. ICC World Cup Cricket - The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International (ODI)
cricket. The event is organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), every four years.
Note: The first World Cup was held in England in June 1975. West Indies won the title by defeating Australia in the final.
Australia has been the most successful team in the World Cup, with 5 titles and 2 runners up.
India won the first World Cup title in 1983 by defeating West Indies in the final.
Australia won the World Cup title in 2015 after defeating New Zealand in the final.
● International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarter - Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
● President of ICC – Zaheer Abbas.
● Chairman of ICC – Shashank Manohar.
● CEO – David Richardson.
● Venue of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh.
● Venue of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – Australia & New Zealand.
● Venue of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – England, Wales.
● Venue of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – India.
5. ICC World Cup T20 – The ICC World Twenty20 is the international championship of Twenty20 cricket. It is organised the
International Cricket Council (ICC).
Note:
● The first T20 World Cup was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2007.
● India won the first T20 world cup title after defeating Pakistan in the final.
● West Indies won the T20 World Cup title two times.
West Indies wont the title in 2016 after defeating England in the final.
● Venue of World Cup 2014 – Bangladesh.
● Venue of World Cup T20 2016– India.
● Venue of World Cup 2020 – Australia.
6. ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup – The ICC Women's Cricket World Cup is the oldest and most prestigious international
women's cricket tournament.
Note:
The first Women’s World Cup was held in England in 1973, two years before the inaugural men's tournament. England
won the title by defeating Australia in the final.
Australia has been the most successful team in the Women’s World Cup, with 6 titles and 3 runners up.
England won the Women’s World Cup in 2017 by defeating India in the final.
● Venue of ICC Women Cricket World Cup 2013 – India.
● Venue of ICC Women Cricket World Cup 2017 – England.
● Venue of ICC Women Cricket World Cup 2021 – New Zealand.
7. ICC Women’s World Cup T20 - The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 is the international championship for Women’s
Twenty20 cricket. It is organised the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Note:
● The first Women’s T20 World Cup was held in England in 2009.
● England won the first T20 world cup title after defeating New Zealand in the final.
● Australia has been the most successful team in the Women’s World Cup, with 3 titles and 1 runners up.
● West Indies won the title in 2016 after defeating Australia in the final.
● Venue of World Cup 2014 – Bangladesh.
● Venue of World Cup T20 2016– India.
● Venue of World Cup 2020 – Australia.
8. Hockey Men’s World Cup – The Hockey World Cup is an international field hockey competition organised by the
International Hockey Federation (FIH). It is held every four years, bridging the four years between the Summer Olympics.
Note: The first Men’s Hockey World Cup was held in 1971 Barcelona, Spain. Pakistan won the title after defeating Spain in
the final.
Pakistan has been the most successful team in the World Cup, with 4 titles from 6 appearances in the final.
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Australia won the title in 2014 after defeating Netherlands in the final.
Note:
● International Hockey Federation (IHF) headquarter - Lausanne, Switzerland.
● President of IHF - Narinder Batra.
● Venue of Hockey Men’s World Cup 2010 – New Delhi, India.
● Venue of Hockey Men’s World Cup 2014 – The Hague, Netherlands.
● Venue of Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 – Bhubaneswar, India.
9. Hockey Women’s World Cup - The Women’s Hockey World Cup is an international field hockey competition organised
by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). It is held every four years, bridging the four years between the Summer
Olympics.
Note: The first Women’s Hockey World Cup was held in 1974 in Mandelieu, France. Netherlands won the title after
defeating Argentina in the final.
Netherlands has been the most successful team in the World Cup, with 7 titles from 11 appearances in the final.
Netherlands won the title in 2014 after defeating Australia in the final.
● Venue of Hockey Men’s World Cup 2010 – Rosario, Argentina.
● Venue of Hockey Men’s World Cup 2014 – The Hague, Netherlands.
● Venue of Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 – London, England.
10. FIFA (Football) World Cup – The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the
senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is held every
four years.
Note: The first FIFA World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay. Uruguay won the title after defeating Argentina in the final.
Brazil has been the most successful team in the World Cup, with 5 titles from 7 appearances in the final.
Germany won the title in 2014 after defeating Argentina in the final.
Note:
● Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) headquarter - Zürich, Switzerland.
● President of FIFA - Gianni Infantino.
● Venue of FIFA World Cup 2014 – Brazil.
● Venue of FIFA World Cup 2018 – Russia.
● Venue of FIFA World Cup 2022 – Qatar.
11. FIFA Women's World Cup – The FIFA Women's World Cup is an international football competition contested by the
senior women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is held
every four years.
Note: The first FIFA Women’s World Cup was held in 1991 in China. United States won the title after defeating Norway in
the final.
USA is the most successful nation in the tournament's history, with 3 titles and 1 runners up.
USA won the title in 2015 after defeating Japan in the final.
● Venue of FIFA World Cup 2015 – Canada.
● Venue of FIFA World Cup 2019 – France.
12. FIFA (U-17) World Cup – The FIFA U-17 World Cup, founded as the FIFA U-16 World Championship, later changed to its
current name in 2007, is the world championship of association football for male players under the age of 17 organized by
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is held every two years.
Note: The first FIFA (U-17) World Cup was held in 1991 in Italy. Ghana won the title after defeating Spain in the final.
Nigeria is the most successful nation in the tournament's history, with five titles and three runners up.
Nigeria won the title in 2015 after defeating Mali in the final.
● Venue of FIFA (U-17) World Cup 2015 – Chile.
● Venue of FIFA (U-17) World Cup 2017 – India.

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