|The eminent Dhrupad maestro fo Dagar family who passed away on 30.07.2017||Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar|
|The rocket capable of placing a low earth satellite in space, launched by Iran from Imam Khomeini Iranian Space Agency is named||Simorgh|
|The mobile phone App launched by the Ministry of Earth Sciences for timely dissemination of Ocean Information and Advisory Services that includes Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories, Ocean State Forecast (OSF), High Wave Alerts and Tsunami early warnings is named||Sagar Vani|
|The place in Tamil Nadu where a memorial of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi||Rameshwaram|
|The mobile phone App for performance based maintenance of rural roads launched by the Ministry of Rural Development is named||Aarambh|
|The Indian badminton player who has won the United States Open Grand Prix Gold defeating Parupalli Kashyap in the finals||HS Prannoy|
|The former Chairman of UGC, Padma Vibhushan awardee, scientist and educationist who passed away on 24 July 2017||Prof. Yash Pal|
|The former Chairman of ISRO, Padma Bhushan awardee and the first Indian to be inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington who passed away on 24 Jul 2017||Prof. U.R. Rao|
|The 1,00,000 ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier commissioned by the United States Navy is named||USS Gerald R. Ford|
|The recruiting app launched by Google for small and medium sized business enterprises is named||Hire|
|The new Chief Minister of Nagaland who has taken over from Shurhozelie Liezietsu||TR Zeliang|
|The former Indian test cricketer who has been appointed the bowling coach of the Indian national cricket team||Bharat Arun|
|Agaween village at which India has launched solar project with state-of-the-art technology for its electrification is located in||Egypt|
|The company which has developed India's first bio-methane bus (bio-methane is produced out of bio-degradable materials like kitchen waste)||Tata Motors|
|The Union Minister of Textiles who has been given the additional charge as Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting||Smriti Irani|
|The former Chief Minister of Sikkim who passed away on 16 July 2017||Nar Bahadur Bhandari|
|The place in Uttar Pradesh where the establishment of International Rice Research Institute, South Asia Regional Center has been approved by the Union Cabinet||Varanasi|
|The Indian-origin Canadian YouTube star and actress known by her digital alias Superwoman, who has been chosen by the UNICEF as its newest Goodwill Ambassador||Lilly Singh|
|The massive supercluster of galaxies (about 4 billion light years away and spreads over a great wall about 600 million light years across) discovered by a group of astronomers belonging to Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune, besides NIT, Jamshedpur and Newman College, Thodupuzha has been named||Saraswati|
|The Chinese literary critic, writer, poet, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who passed away on 13 July 2017||Liu Xiaobo|
|The country to which India has granted a financial aid of 500,000 US dollars to enable it to fight the terror group ISIS||Philippines|
|The country in which China has dispatched troops to establish its first overseas military base||Djibouti|
|The Indian woman cricketer who has become the first player to cross 6000 runs in the history of women's ODI during the ICC World Cup match against Australia (surpassing England captain Charlotte Edwards's 5992 runs)||Mithali Raj|
|The State which has become the first in the country to fix minimum educational qualification for candidates interested in contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies||Rajasthan|
|The new coach of Indian cricket team who has been appointed to take over after the former coach Anil Kumble resigned in June 2017||Ravi Shastri|
|The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgia which has been removed from the list of WHS in danger||Gelati Monastery|
|The airport which has ranked first in Customer Satisfaction among 49 airports in the country in the latest CSI survey conducted by an independent agency commissioned by the Airport Authority of India for the period of January-June 2017||Raipur (Swami Vivekananda Airport)|
|The new tax payer service module compiling various tax tools, live chat facility, dynamic updates, and important links to various processes within the Income Tax Department in a single module is named||Aaykar Setu|
|The joint military exercise conducted by the Navies of India, USA and Japan in the Bay of Bengal from 10 to 17 July 2017||Malabar 17|
|The venue of G-20 Summit (12th meeting) held from 7 to 8 July 2017||Hamburg, Germany|
|The rank of India in the Global Cybersecurity Index released by International Telecommunication Union (the list is topped by Singapore, USA and Malaysia at 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively)||23rd|
|The company with which the National Book Trust has launched the Har Haath Ek Kitaab scheme to enable people to buy and donate books to underprivileged children||Snapdeal|
|The new Chief Election Commissioner who has succeeded Shri Naseem Zaidi||Achal Kumar Joti|
|The Indian telecom company which has launched the Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1) submarine cable system, (the longest 100Gbps technology based submarine system) with a length of over 25,000 km from Marseille, France to Hong Kong||Reliance Jio|
|The state in which 6.6 crore trees were planted in just 12 hours in an attempt to break the record of 5 crore tree in 24 hours by Uttar Pradesh||Madhya Pradesh|
|The IPS officer currently serving as Police Commissioner in Rachakonda, Telangana who has been conferred the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes award by the US State Department||Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat|
|The team which has won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup defeating Chile in the finals at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg (Russia)||Germany|
|The new Attorney General of India who has taken over from Shri Mukul Rohtagi||KK Venugopal|
Designated by: United Nations General Assembly
First observed: 1993
Theme: Co-operatives ensure no-one is left behind
Designated by: United Nations Development Programme
First observed: 1989
Theme: Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations
Designated by: UNESCO
First observed: 2015
Designated by: UN General Assembly
First observed: 2010
Theme: Action Against Poverty
Designated by: World Health Organisation
First observed: 2008
Theme: Eliminate Hepatitis
Designated by: St Petersburg Tiger Summit
First observed: 2010
Theme: Fresh Ecology for Tigers' Protection
Designated by: United Nations General Assembly
First observed: 2014
Theme: Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons
Jigyasa is a student- scientist connect programme launched by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS). The focus is on connecting school students and scientists so as to extend student’s classroom learning with that of a very well planned research laboratory based learning. The Programme is expected to connect 1151 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 38 National Laboratories of CSIR targeting 100,000 students and nearly 1000 teachers annually.
The program will also enable the students and teachers to practically live the theoretical concepts taught in science by visiting CSIR laboratories and by participating in mini-science projects. The model of engagement includes:
The Railways on 14.07.17 launched the country’s first solar-powered local train at Safdarjung in Delhi with a battery bank facility that ensures sufficient power even in the absence of sunlight.
The 1,600 horsepower train has been manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, its solar system and panels have been developed and fitted by the Indian Railways Organization of Alternative Fuel (IROAF). The IROAF has developed this system with a smart inverter, which optimises power generation on a moving train to cater to full load even during night hours with the help of a battery bank that ensures sufficient electricity.
The system reduces diesel consumption and the carbon signature of these commuter trains by reducing carbon dioxide generation by 9 tonnes per coach per year.
A solar-powered DEMU train with six trailer coaches will save about 21,000 litres of diesel, thereby saving Rs. 12 lakh every year, the Railways added.
Host city: Bhubaneshwar (Kalinga Stadium)
Mascot: Olly, the Olive Ridley
Venue for 2019 games: Doha, Qatar
|Gentlemen's Singles||Roger Federer (Switzerland)||Marin Cilic (Croatia)|
|Ladies' Singles||Garbine Muguruza (Spain)||Venus Williams (USA)|
|Gentlemen's Doubles||Lukasz Kubot (Poland) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil)||Oliver Marach (Austria) and Mate Pavic (Croatia)|
|Ladies' Doubles||Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) and Elena Vesnina (Russia)||Chan Hao-ching (Chinese Taipei) and Monica Niculescu (Romania)|
|Mixed Doubles||Jamie Murray (UK) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland)||Henri Kontinen (Finland) and Heather Watson (UK)|
Note: Roger Federer won his 8th Wimbledon title (highest number of Wimbledon Genlemen's singles titles by any person).
Best Film: Neerja
Best Director: Aniruddha Roy Choudhary for Pink
Best Actor: Shahid Kapoor (Udta Punjab)
Best Actress: Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab)
Best Music Direction: Pritam Chakraborty (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)
Developed by: DRDO
Three variants: Muntra-S, Muntra-M, Muntra-N
Muntra-S: For unmanned surveillance
Muntra-M: For detecting mines
Muntra-N: For areas where there is nuclear radiation or bio-weapon risk
Host: England and Wales
Dates: 24 June to 23 July 2017
Teams: Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan
Semi-finalists: Australia, England, India and South Africa
Winners and runners-up: England and India
Player of the series: Tammy Beaumont (England)
Most runs: Tammy Beaumont (England)
Most wickets: Dane van Niekirk (S Africa)
Captains: Mithali Raj (India), Heather Knight (England)
Most runs by an Indian: Mithali Raj
Most wickets by an Indian: Deepti Sharma
Venue for 2021 World Cup: New Zealand
PMVVY is a Pension Scheme announced by the Government of India exclusively for the senior citizens available from 4th May, 2017 to 3rd May, 2018; The Scheme can be purchased offline as well as online through Life Insurance Corporation of India
Following are the major benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY):
Minimum / Maximum Purchase Price and Pension Amount:
|Mode of Pension||Minimum Purchase Price||Maximum Purchase Price||Minimum Pension amount||Maximum Pension amount|
|Yearly||Rs. 1,44,578/-||Rs. 7,22,892/-||Rs. 12,000/-||Rs. 60,000/-|
|Half-yearly||Rs. 1,47,601/-||Rs. 7,38,007/-||Rs. 6,000/-||Rs. 30,000/-|
|Quarterly||Rs. 1,49,068/-||Rs. 7,45,342/-||Rs. 3,000/-||Rs. 15,000/-|
|Monthly||Rs. 1,50,000/-||Rs. 7,50,000/-||Rs. 1,000/-||Rs. 5,000/-|
Shri Ram Nath Kovind
Date of Birth: 01 October 1945
Place of Birth: Derapur (U.P.)
Governor of Bihar: From 16 August 2015 to 20 June 2017
To take office on: 25 July 2017
A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on July 7 despite opposition from nuclear powers. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favour with one country, NATO member, The Netherlands voting against. Singapore abstained.
None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons viz. the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel, took part in the negotiations or the vote. Even Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945 boycotted the talks as did most NATO countries.
The treaty will be open for signature to all States at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, and enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries.
National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22) was launched by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare recently. The Strategic Plan gives year wise elimination targets in various parts of the country depending upon the endemicity of malaria in the next 5 years. The target year for elimination of malaria is 2027.
The National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) launched in 2016 outlined India’s commitment for eliminating malaria by 2030.
National Biopharma Mission is the first ever Industry-Academia mission to accelerate biopharmaceutical development in India. The program named Innovate in India (i3) will witness an investment of USD 250 million with USD 125 million as a loan from World Bank and is anticipated to be a game changer for the Indian Biopharmaceutical industry.
India has been an active player in the pharmaceutical industry and has contributed globally towards making life saving drugs and low cost pharmaceutical products accessible and affordable for those in need. Be it the Rotavirus vaccine, heart valve prosthesis or affordable insulin, India has been a forerunner in these and many more. Despite, these advances Indian biopharmaceutical industry is still 10-15 years behind their counterparts in the developed countries and faces stiff competition from China, Korea and others. The lacuna primarily exists due to disconnected centers of excellence, less focus on translational research and staggered funding. There was an immediate need felt to focus on consolidated efforts to promote product discovery, translational research and early stage manufacturing in the country to ensure inclusive innovation.
i3 is committed to addressing these gaps with a Mission to make India a hub for design and development of novel, affordable and effective biopharmaceutical products and solutions. The aim of the Mission is to Enable and nurture an ecosystem for preparing India’s technological and product development capabilities in biopharmaceuticals to a level that will be globally competitive over the next decade, and transform the health standards of India’s population through affordable product development.
The Mission to be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology will bring together expertise from national and international corridors to provide strategic guidance and direction to move promising solutions through the product development value chain. The program thereby stands unique in its approach as it becomes a cradle to innovate, co-create and co-facilitate scientific discoveries and offers young entrepreneurs an avenue to engage with the best in the industry.
The following are the new additions to the World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO
|Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk||Russia|
|Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura||Germany|
|Historic city of Yazd||Iran|
|Kujataa Greenland: Norse and Inuit Farming at the Edge of the Ice Cap||Denmark|
|Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region||Japan|
|Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System||Poland|
|The English Lake District||United Kingdom|
|Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site||Brazil|
|Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar||Croatia, Italy, Montenegro|
|Historic city of Ahmedabad||India|
|Asmara, a modernist city of Africa||Eritrea|
|Hebron/Al-Khalil, old town||Palestine|
|Kulangsu, a historic international settlement||China|
|Mbanza Kongo, Vestiges of the Capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo||Angola|
|Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura||Cambodia|
|Khomani Cultural Landscape||South Africa|
|Landscapes of Dauris||Mongolia and Russia|
|Los Alerces National Park||Argentina|
|Qinghai Hoh Xil||China|
Pranaber Preyosi - Sangeeta Ghosh
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - Arundhati Roy (featured in Man Booker Prize 2017 long list)
1. When is the Chartered Accountants Day observed in India?
2. What is the official emergency number in the United Kingdom?
3. Which type of flower has been named after the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel?
4. With which of the following fields was P Chandra Sekharan associated?
5. Which country will host the Theatre Olympics in 2018?
6. With which of the following States is the Paika rebellion associated?
7. Where is the Al Aqsa mosque located?
8. Which High Court recently passed an order making it mandatory to sing Vande Mataram in all schools?
9. On which day is the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrated across India?
10. N Dharam Singh who passed away recently was the former Chief Minister of -
11. Evo Morales who recently declared his country's complete independence from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund is the President of -
12. Jeff Bezos, who briefly overtook Bill Gates to become the world's richest person is the founder of -