Current Affairs Capsule 8

7/05/2017
  • India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched on Thursday by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou. Where is Kourou located?-----French Guiana
  • Which state is all set to become the first state in the country to have a blood bank for the cattle? It would be established at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.25 crore.----Odisha
  • Who was appointed as Chairperson on the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), in place of former cricketer Chetan Chauhan who resigned from the post after being made the Sports Minister of Uttar Pradesh?-----Rajesh V Shah
  • Name the former chief economic advisor who was appointed President of International Economic Association (IEA)?-----Kaushik Basu
  • Name the Bollywood actress who was appointed as the ambassador for Skill India campaign of National Skill Development Corporation?-----Priyanka Chopra
  • What is the rank of India out of 128 countries in the 2017 Social Progress Index (SPI)? The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity.-----     93rd
  • The World Bank has cleared a ___________ loan to make Indian youth more employable through reskilling, in a move that will aid the Skill India mission.-----$250 million
  • Name the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir who has been appointed as the new President of the India International Centre (IIC)?----- N N Vohra
  • Name the eminent scientist and Padma Vibhushan awardee who has been appointed the Chairman of the committee to prepare the final draft of the National Education Policy?-----K Kasturirangan
  • Name the Indian movie which has become the first Indian movie to earn Rs 2000 crore worldwide?     -----Dangal
  • Name the girl from Haryana who won 54th Femina Miss India World 2017?-----Manushi Chhilla
  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been awarded the highest public service honour (UN Public Service Award) by the United Nations for her project to combat child marriage and ensure education to the girl child in the state. What is the name of the project?-----Kanyashree Prakalpa
  • Which organisation signed an MoU with the Housing and Urban Development Corp (HUDCO) to enable its members avail credit-linked subsidy of up to Rs 2.67 lakh for buying affordable homes under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)?-----Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)
  • The Union Government launched the "City Liveability Index" - a first of its kind initiative introduced by the Urban Development Ministry - to measure the quality of life in ____ major cities including capital cities and those with population over one million.-----140
  • External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj announced that the passport application fee for applicants under the age of eight and over the age of 60 had been reduced by ___ per cent.-----10%
  • ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with other co-passenger satellites on June 23, 2017 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota. What is the total number of satellites launched in this mission? Cartosat-2E series satellite is an earth observation satellite that provides high-resolution scene-specific spot imagery providing data in various scales.-----31 satellites
  • Which city has become India's first city to deliver diesel at home? On June 15, Mypetrolpump, a one-year-old startup, conducted a soft launch with three delivery vehicles, each with a capacity of 950 litres.-----Bengaluru
  • Who has been awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 7th Asian Award held in London?-----Nisha Dutt
  • Which city has become the India's first city to use robot to control its ever growing and unruly traffic?    ----- Indore
  • Name India's third largest private sector bank which in association with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL) has launched India's first open loop EMV contactless metro card that would make travel a convenient and hassle free experience for commuters in Kochi?-----Axis Bank
  • The first India-Afghanistan air corridor was inaugurated in ___________.     Kabul
  • Name the famous Indian hotel which has acquired an 'image trademark', making it the first building in the country to get intellectual property rights protection for its architectural design? The hotel acuired the trademark under Trade Marks Act, 1999.-----Taj Mahal Palace hotel
  • Name the bollywood actor who was roped in by the Central Government to promote Goods and Services Tax (GST)?-----Amitabh Bachchan
  • _________ has launched digital enrollment process APY@NPS for Atal Pension Yojana.-----PFRDA
  • Which state government implements Green Protocol to make wedding ceremonies more nature friendly by banning use of plastic and other non-biodegradable articles including disposable glasses and plates and thermocol decorations?-----Kerala
  • Name the first Indian bank to launch bio-degradable prepaid gift cards? The biodegradable cards, announced on the occasion of World Environment Day, will be accepted at all domestic merchant outlets and online portals.-----Axis bank
  • Which state government signed MoU with Union Aviation Ministry for Udan scheme? Under Udan scheme air fares on routes between towns and cities currently poorly connected will be capped at 2,500 rupees for every 500 km of travel.-----Tamil Nadu
  • Which Indian bank is going to develop 100 digital villages in various States of the country as part of its initiative to promote digital banking among the rural population?-----Vijaya Bank
  • At which place Vatsalya - Maatri Amrit Kosh, a National Human Milk Bank and Lactation Counselling Center was inaugurated?-----Delhi
  • The world's first hybrid "aeroboat" capable of travelling on land, water, snow and sand has been built by joint venture between India and ________.     Russia
  • What is the Repo Rate as per 2nd bi-monthly monetary policy review for 2017-18 of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?-----6.25%
  • Name the Senior bureaucrat who has been appointed as Registrar of Copyrights office? The Office of Copyrights is under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.-----Hoshiar Singh
  • Which place near Bhopal is set to become India's first private railway station? It will be India's first railway station to be redeveloped as a public-private partnership (PPP). Bansal Group, a local firm has been awarded the contract to build, maintain and operate the station for eight years.-----Habibganj
  • In which State, India's first Rural LED Street Lighting Project will be set up? In first phase, 10 lakh LED street lights will be installed in Gram Panchayats of 7 districts in State; Guntur, Prakasham, Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, Ananthapur & Chittoor.-----Andhra Pradesh
  • What is the rank of India among 63 countries in the 2017 IMD World Competitiveness Index?----- 45
  • Which State launched India's first single woman pension scheme of India? Under this scheme single woman will be given Rs 1000 per month.-----Telangana
  • According to 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), what is the rank of India among 30 developing countries in terms of ease of doing business in the country?-----First
  • Which committee has been formed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on corporate governance?-----Uday Kotak Committee
  • With which company Reliance Infrastructure promoted Mumbai Metro One has partnered to display its services in Google Maps application.-----Google
  • Which telecom company will be merged with Telenor India?-----Airtel
  • Who has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prasar Bharti?     Shashi Shekar -----Vempati
  • Which Indian city will get the country's first 'freight village' spread over around 100 acres.----- Varanasi
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