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1) The Union Government on 31 The first-such bus was launched on
March 2017 lowered the interest rates 31 March 2017 and will run between
on small saving schemes by how Ultadanga in the north and Garia in
much percent? 0.1% south Kolkata. At just Re. 1 for the

17.5 km stretch, the bus will be the

Explanation: The Union Government
cheapest mode of transport for a
on 31 March 2017 lowered the interest

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passenger in the country.
rates on small saving schemes such
as the Public Provident Fund (PPF), The company claimed to produce
Kisan Vikas Patra and the Sukanya biogas principally from cow dung in its
Samriddhi scheme by 0.1 per cent for plant in Birbhum district. The fuel is
the April-June 2017 quarter. transported to Kolkata in tankers.
Now investments in the PPF scheme Biogas is produced from animal and
will fetch a lower annual rate of 7.9%, plant waste and principally consists of
the same as 5-year National Savings methane. It is a non-toxic colourless
Certificate (NSC). The existing rate for flammable gas that can be used as
these two schemes is 8%. Kisan Vikas fuel for vehicles, cooking and
Patra (KVP) investments will yield generating electricity. It is also a clean
7.6% and mature in 112 months. source of fuel and environment-
The one for the girl child savings, the
Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme,
will offer 8.4% annually, from 8.5% at
3) During March 2017 a unique
present, while it will be the same at
initiative to unearth budding footballers
8.4% for the 5-year Senior Citizens
was launched in Kerala jointly by the
Savings Scheme.
FIFA and the All India Football
Term deposits of 1-5 years will fetch Federation (AIFF). What is the name
a lower 6.9-7.7% that will be paid given to this initiative? Mission 11
quarterly while the 5-year recurring Million
deposit has been pegged lower at
Explanation: The Mission 11 Million
is the name of the unique initiative by
global football governing body FIFA
2) Indias first-ever bus running on and the All India Football Federation
cow-dung biogas was launched in (AIFF) to unearth budding footballers
which city on 31 March 2017? and further popularise the game
Kolkata among the students in India. It was
launched with much fanfare in Kochi
Explanation: A Kolkata-based
(Kerala) on 29 March 2017.
company, Phoenix India Research and
Development Group, claimed to have The programme follows FIFAs
launched Indias first-ever bus running choice of Kochi as a venue for the
on cow-dung biogas. The company upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
has tied up with heavy vehicle major
As per the initiative, those studying
Ashok Leyland to manufacture the 54-
in Class V and above would be
seater bus at a cost of Rs 13 lakh
selected. The initiative is would reach
out to nearly 15,000 schools across
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country and around one crore students merger catapulted SBI to among the
would take part in it. top 50 banks in the world.
With this six-way mega merger, the
merged entity (SBI) will have a deposit
4) US private space company SpaceX
base of more than Rs. 26 lakh crore
on 30 March 2017 achieved which
and advances level of Rs. 18.50 lakh

milestone with the launch of the Falcon

crore. It will have a total customer
9 rocket? It successfully launched
base of 37 crore with a branch network
its first recycled rocket

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of around 24,000 and nearly 59,000
Explanation: Entrepreneur Elon ATMs across the country.
Musk-led SpaceX launched its first
The government had in February
recycled rocket on 30 March 2017 in
2017 approved the merger of these
the form of Falcon 9, which was the
five associate banks with SBI. Later in
biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down
March 2017, the Cabinet approved
costs and speed up flights.
merger of BMB as well.
The rocket was launched from
SBI first merged State Bank of
Floridas Kennedy Space Center
Saurashtra with itself in 2008. Two
hoisting a broadcasting satellite into
years later, State Bank of Indore was
the orbit.
merged with it.
The rocket used in this flight had

been landed on an ocean platform
almost exactly a year ago after a
space station launch for NASA with
2) What is the length of the Chenani-
SpaceX refurbishing and testing the
Nashri Tunnel Indias longest road
15-foot booster.
tunnel that links Kashmir Valley with
Jammu and which was inaugurated by
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2
2-3 April 2017 April 2017? 9.28 km
Explanation: The 9.28 km long
1) Which 6 banking entities of India
Chenani-Nashri Tunnel that reduced
became history on 1 April 2017 as they
the distance between Jammu and
were merged with State Bank of India?
Srinagar by 30 km, was inaugurated
State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur
by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2
(SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad
April 2017.
(SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM),
State Bank of Patiala (SBP), State The tunnel, also known as Patnitop
Bank of Travancore (SBT) and Tunnel, bypasses Patnitop, Kud, and
Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) Batote and will thus reduce traffic jams
on NH 44 in winter. According to the
Explanation: Five associate banks of
Union Govt., the estimated value of
SBI State Bank of Bikaner and
daily fuel savings will be to the tune of
Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of
Rs. 27 lakh.
Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of
Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala The work on the tunnel was started
(SBP) and State Bank of Travancore on 23 May 2011. The main tunnel is 13
(SBT), besides Bharatiya Mahila Bank metres in diametre, while the parallel
(BMB) became part of the State Bank escape tunnel is 6 metres diameter.
of India (SBI) on 1 April 2017. This

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3) What is the name of the scheme for avenged her Olympic final defeat to
providing physical aids and assisted- Marin in an imperious fashion with a
living devices for senior citizens straight game. This was Sindhus first
belonging to BPL category that was India Open Super Series title.
launched in Andhra Pradeshs Nellore
Earlier Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)
district on 1 April 2017? Rashtriya
defeated Chinese Taipeis Chou Tien-
Vayoshri Yojana

Chen in mens singles title by almost

Explanation: Rashtriya Vayoshri humiliating him by 21-13, 21-10 to win

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Yojana was launched by the Ministry his first India Open Super Series.
for Social Justice and Empowerment
Axelsens victory was special
on 1 April 2017 at Nellore (Andhra
because he had reached the
Pradesh). Under the scheme, physical
tournaments final in last two editions
aids and assisted-living devices for
but failed to win the match. Two years
senior citizens were distributed to
ago he had lost to the home-boy
senior citizens belonging to below
Kidambi Srikanth and in the 2016
poverty line (BPL) category.
edition Japans Kento Momota got the
The scheme has been implemented better of him.
through the sole implementing agency

Artificial Limbs Manufacturing
Corporation (ALIMCO), a public sector 5) Around 250 people were killed in a
undertaking. The aids to be distributed huge mudslide in which Latin
under the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana American country on 1 April 2017?
scheme include walking sticks, elbow Colombia
crutches, walkers, tripods / quadpods,
hearing aids, artificial dentures and Explanation: Around 250 people
spectacles. were killed when a giant wall of water
carrying tons of mud and debris
The ambitious scheme, first of its surged through Mocoa- a city in
kind in the country, is expected to southwest Colombia in the early hours
benefit 5,20,000 Senior citizens over a on 1 April 2017 after heavy rains
period of the 3 years. caused a nearby river to overflow.
Many of the residents of Mocoa, a
city of about 350,000 near the border
4) P.V. Sindhu defeated which player
with Ecuador, were sleeping when the
in the finals to win her maiden India
wave swept through town just after
Open Super Series title on 2 April
midnight. Houses were buried under
2017? Carolina Marin (Spain)
feet of mud.
Explanation: Indias P.V. Sindhu

avenged her Rio Olympic final defeat
to Spains Carolina Marin in an
emphatic style with a straight game 4-5 April 2017
21-19, 21-16 win in the womens
singles final of India Open Super 1) Which important achievement has
Series at a packed Siri Fort Sports been made in India in the field of
Complex on 2 April 2017. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
recently, as disclosed by data released
It is worth mentioning that Sindhu during April 2017? For the first time
had lost to Marin the Rio Olympic since 1991 FDI flow into India has
womens singles final. But she
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taken care of current account deficit demonetization of Rs. 500 and Rs.
(CAD) 1,000 currency notes during November
Explanation: The deficit funding,
which had historically been done
through borrowings by companies in
3) Kishori Amonkar, who passed away
the overseas markets or remittances

on 3 April 2017, was an iconic

by non-resident Indians (NRIs) and
personality associated with which
portfolio inflows, is undergoing a shift
field? Hindustani classical music

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in the country.
Explanation: Kishori Amonkar was
Gross FDI from April 2016 to
the foremost Hindustani classical
January 2017, the first 10 months of
vocalist of present era. She passed
the fiscal year that just ended, had
away at the age of 84 in Mumbai on 3
totalled $53.3 billion, compared with
April 2017.
$47.2 billion in the same period a year
earlier and $55.6 billion in the entire Amonkar was recognised as one of
fiscal 2016. the foremost singers in the Hindustani
tradition and as an innovative
Thus, for the first time since the
exponent of the Jaipur gharana. Her
opening up of the economy in 1991,
mother was the well-known vocalist
Indias current account deficit (CAD)
Mogubai Kurdikar, who trained under
the excess of imports over exports is
Alladiya Khan Saheb, the doyen of the
being funded by Foreign Direct
Jaipur gharana.
Investment (FDI). This is being seen
as an important achievement and is a She was known primarily for her
sign of rising confidence among long- skillful singing of classical khayal
term investors in Union Govt.s ability songs set in the traditional ragas of
to strengthen the countrys economic Hindustani music, but also performed
foundation for sustained growth. the lighter classical thumri repertoire,
bhajan and devotional songs.

In recognition of her contribution to
2) According to media reports of 3
the arts, she received many awards,
April 2017, the RBI is likely to start the
including the Padma Bhushan (1987)
process of printing the currency note of
and Padma Vibhushan (2002), two of
which new denomination? Rs. 200
Indias top civilian honours.
Explanation: The board of the

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has
4) Which institute topped in the top
cleared a proposal to introduce
100 university NIRF ranking that was
banknotes of Rs. 200 denomination.
released by the Union Ministry Human
This was disclosed in a section of
Resource Development (MHRD) on 3
reports in media on 3 April 2017. The
April 2017? Indian Institute of
process of printing the new Rs. 200
Science (IISc)
notes is likely to begin after June 2017,
once the government officially Explanation: The Bengaluru-based
approves this new denomination. Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
bagged the top position in the top 100
The move to introduce lower
university ranking. The ranking
denomination notes comes against the
prepared by National Institutional
backdrop of the governments move to
Ranking Framework (NIRF) was
rework the currency mix after the
released by the HRD Ministry on 3
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April 2017. Indian Institute of was detonated on the third car of a
Technology (IIT) Madras came in a metro train going through a tunnel
close second while IIT Bombay took between the two stations.
third spot.
This was the first terrorist attack in
Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru the history of the St. Petersburg Metro
University (JNU), which was at third system. Nine people were initially

position in the last ranking, has been reported to have died, and five more
ranked second this year in died later from their injuries, bringing

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Universities category. the total to 14.
Top 10 institutions in the list Later on 4 April 2017 the suspected
perpetrator was named as Akbarzhan
1. Indian Institute of Science,
Jalilov, a Russian citizen born in
2. Indian Institute of Technology,


3. Indian Institute of Technology,
Bombay 6 April 2017
4. Indian Institute of Technology,
1) Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
5. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
(PMUY), the flagship scheme of Govt.
6. Jawaharlal Nehru University of India to provide LPG connections to
Below Poverty Line (BPL) households,
7. Indian Institute of Technology, achieved which milestone mark
Kanpur recently? The number of
8. Indian Institute of Technology, beneficiaries crossed 2 crore mark
Guwahati Explanation: The total beneficiaries of
9. Indian Institute of Technology, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
Roorkee (PMUY) crossed 2 crore (20 million)
mark recently. The stated objective of
10. Banaras Hindu University, the scheme is to provide 5 crore (50
Varanasi million) LPG connections to women
from families below the poverty line by
year 2019.
5) Which Russian city was site of huge
explosion in a metro rail station on 3 The scheme was launched on 1 May
April 2017 that resulted in the death of 2016 from Ballia Uttar Pradesh. The
14 people? St. Petersburg scheme was carried out in a well-
planned manner and that has
Explanation: The metro system of accounted for its success. LPG
Russias St. Petersburg city was hit by distributors were first asked to get rid
a terrorist attack on 3 April 2017 that of duplicate accounts. The Prime
was executed by detonating an Minister had then launched the
explosive device. The explosion took #GiveItUp campaign urging people to
place between Sennaya Ploshchad leave the subsidy if they can afford to
and Tekhnologichesky Institut metro pay the full price.
stations. The explosive device was
contained in a briefcase and the bomb
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2) During March 2017 Googles the move will result in a 50% drop in
Android operating system achieved emissions by 2020.
which major landmark, as was
The number of diesel cars in the city
disclosed on 4 April 2017? Android
has risen despite tests finding they are
became more popular than
damaging to public health.
Windows for the first time


Explanation: According to data

released by global internet traffic 4) Who took over as the third full-time

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monitoring agency StatCounter on 4 member of SEBI on 5 April 2017?
April 2017, Googles Android has Madhabi Puri Buch
toppled Microsofts Windows as the
worlds dominant computing platform Explanation: Madhabi Puri Buch took
in March 2017. It overtook Windows in charge as whole time member of
terms of number of people using it to Securities and Exchange Board of
browse the internet. India (SEBI) Indias market regulator
on 5 April 2017 for a tenure of three
During March 2017 Android boasted years. She will handle the market
a 37.93% market share compared with regulation department, market
Windows 37.91%. intermediaries regulation and
supervision department and integrated
This is, thus, the first time ever that
surveillance department among others.
Android has become more popular
than PC giant Microsofts Windows for Prior to this assignment, Buch
the first time since the 1980s when served as consultant to the New
Windows was launched. It marks the Development Bank (NDB) in
end of Microsofts leadership Shanghai, China.
worldwide of the operating system
market. She is the third full-time member of
SEBI, other two full-time members
being Gurumoorthy Mahalingam and
3) Which global city is poised to Rajeev Kumar Agarwal. While the
become first major world city to have Board is headed by Ajay Tyagi, other
an ultra-low emission zone to tackle members include Shakti Kanta Das
rising levels of air pollution, as (Economic affairs Secretary), V. K.
announced on 5 April 2017? London Jairath Magya and RBI Deputy
Governor V Acharya.
Explanation: On 5 April 2017 London
became the first city in the world to
announce an ultra-low emission zone
to tackle rising levels of air pollution,
under which the drivers of the most
polluting cars will have to pay an extra
7 April 2017
London mayor Sadiq Khan on 5 April 1) The Union government on 5 April
announced that from 8 April 2017 the 2017 approved setting up of an
new zone will be launched, when most independent regulator to recommend
polluting cars, vans and motorbikes passenger and freight fares and set
will have to pay 12.50 pounds to drive service level benchmarks for Indian
through central London, while buses, Railways. What is the name of this
coaches and HGVs will pay 100 proposed entity? Rail Development
pounds. Londons authorities feel that Authority (RDA)
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Explanation: The Rail Development The RBI maintained the growth
Authority (RDA) will be established as forecast for FY18 at 7.4% while it
an independent regulatory body in pared its forecast for FY16-17 at 6.7%
New Delhi. It will have an initial corpus compared to 6.9% in the February
of Rs. 50 crore, will have a Chairman policy review.
along with three members with a fixed

term of five years and it can engage

experts from relevant areas. 3) According to the announcement

made by the RBI during April 2017,

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RDA will act within parameters of
fund transfer via NEFT or National
Railway Act, 1989 and undertake the
Electronic Funds Transfer is set to get
following broad functions: tariff
faster. For making this possible, fund
determination, ensuring fair play and
transfer will happen in batches of how
level playing field for stakeholder
much duration? 30 minutes
investment in Railways, setting
efficiency and performance standards, Explanation: Fund transfer via
dissemination of information. It will National Electronic Funds Transfer
only be a recommendatory body and (NEFT) is presently done in hourly
the final decisions on setting fares will batches. To make the process faster
be made by the Railway Ministry. the fund transfer will now happen in
batches of 30-minute intervals.
The Chairman of RDA can be from
the private sector and will be selected NEFT is an electronic payment
by a committee chaired by the Cabinet system that allows individuals to
Secretary transfer funds between banks. This
fund transfer system is maintained by

the RBI.
2) The Reserve Bank of India on 6
Fund transfer under NEFT is settled
April 2017 kept the key policy rate or
in batches as opposed to the real-time
the repo rate unchanged at 6.25% in
settlement process in RTGS or Real-
the first bimonthly policy review of
Time Gross Settlement Systems,
2017-18. Which is the only rate in
which is also an fund transfer system
which a change was carried out in the
maintained by the RBI.
policy review? Reverse Repo Rate
Explanation: All the six members of 4) Which landmark anniversary of the
Reserve Bank of Indias (RBI)s purchase of Alaska by the United
Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) States from the Russian Empire was
voted in favour of the decision to hold observed recently? 150th
the rate. The Reverse Repo Rate
(RRR), however, has been raised by Explanation: Alaska, the 49th state of
25 basis points to 6%. RRR is the rate the United States, was acquired by the
that sucks out excess liquidity from the country from the Russian Empire on
system. 20 March 1867 for 7.2 million dollars,
at a price of approximately two cents
The hike in the reverse repo comes per acre.
as a surprise as most economists had
also expected RBI to introduce a The area went through several
Standing Deposit Facility (SDF) to help administrative changes before
drain surplus cash from the system. becoming organized as a territory on
11 May 1912. It was admitted as the
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49th state of the U.S. on 3 January 2) What landmark history was made in
1959. countrys High Courts recently?
Women now head the four major
Now Alaska is the largest state in the
High Courts of India
United States by area, the 3rd least
populous and the least densely Explanation: With the appointment of
populated of the 50 United States. Indira Banerjee as Chief Justice of the

However, Alaska is one of the richest Madras High Courts on 31 March

US states thanks to its abundance of 2017, women Judges created history

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natural resources, such as petroleum, by heading the four historical High
gold and fish, as well as its vast Courts, which were among the first few
expanse of many tourist locations. created in colonial India.
Delhi HC has been headed by
. Justice G. Rohini since 13 April 2014.
Bombay High Court is headed by
8-10 April 2017 Justice Manjula Chellur. She became
Bombay High Court Chief Justice on
1) Two church establishments in which 22 August last year. Calcutta HC has
country were hit by suicide bombings been headed by acting chief justice
on 9 April 2017 resulting in the death Nishita Nirmal Mhatre since 1
of at least 45 people? Egypt December 2016.
Explanation: On 9 April 2017, on the
occasion of Palm Sunday (the Sunday ..
before Easter), two churches in Egypt
3) What important trend in FII equity-
were hit by terror attack. St. Georges
buying was witnessed during March
Church in the northern Egyptian city of
2017, as disclosed by the latest data
Tanta and Saint Marks Coptic
released on 8 April 2017? It was the
Orthodox Cathedral, the principal
highest monthly inflows in the
church in Alexandria, seat of the
history of Indias capital markets
Coptic papacy were hit by twin suicide
during March 2017
bombings on the day.
Explanation: According to data
At least 45 people were killed and
provided by Central Depository
more than 136 injured. The twin-terror
Services (India) Ltd. On 8 April 2017,
attack prompted anger and fear among
foreign institutional investors (FIIs)
Christians and leading to troop
bought equities worth Rs. 30,906 crore
deployments and the declaration of a
in March 2017.
three-month state of emergency in
Egypt. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi The same trend was seen in the debt
summoned the countrys Security market, with FII investments hitting Rs.
Council as Islamic terror group ISIS 25,354.8 crore in March 2017. FIIs
claimed responsibility for the attack. thus set a record for the highest
monthly inflows in the history of Indias
The assault is the latest on Egypts
capital markets. FIIs have never before
Christian minority that has been
put so much money in Indian markets
increasingly targeted by Islamist
in a single month, even during the bull
militants, and it is being seen as a big
challenge to President Sisi.
The main reason behind FIIs

renewed interest in the country was
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the resounding victory of the BJP in the West Bengal Transport
the key State of Uttar Pradesh during Department on the India side and by
March 2017. BRTC on the Bangladesh side. The
two other services are on the Kolkata-

Dhaka-Agartala and the Kolkata-
4) Which film was declared the Best
Dhaka routes.
Film at 64thNational Film Awards that

were announced on 7 April 2017?

Kaasav (Marathi) ..

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Explanation: Marathi film Kaasav 6) The Tax Department during April
(meaning turtle) was declared the Best 2017 gave banks how much more time
Film at the 64thNational Film Awards to obtain permanent account number
that were announced in New Delhi on (PAN) or Form-60 from all account
7 April 2017. The film will thus get the holders? Up to 30 June 2017
prestigious Golden Lotus award.
Explanation: The tax department had
Akshay Kumar was declared Best in January 2017 asked banks, post
Actor for his lead role in Hindi film offices and cooperative banks to
Rustom while Surabhi Lakshmi was document PAN or declaration of Form
adjudged Best Actress for her role in 60 received from account holders and
film (Minnaminungu). This is the first- maintaining all records for transactions
ever National Award for Akshay under Rule 114B of Income Tax Act.
Kumar. Form 60 is a declaration form filed by
an individual without PAN.
Rajesh was declared Best Director
for Marathi film Ventilator. Telugu film Though the deadline for getting the
Sathamanam Bhavathi was declared PAN or Form 60 (if PAN is not
Best Popular Film Providing available) by banks effectively ended
Wholesome Entertainment. on 28 February 2017, the tax
department on 5 April 2017 notified the

extension of the time till 30 June 2017.

5) The third bus service between

Indian and Bangladesh was started on
8 April 2017 between which two
destinations? Kolkata and Khulna 11-12 April 2017
Explanation: In a bid to bolster India-
Bangladesh bilateral ties, a Kolkata-
1) Which private sector bank on 10
Khulna-Dhaka bus service, covering
April 2017 earned its place in the list of
409 km, was flagged off on 8 April
Indias 10 most valuable banks for the
2017. This service would be available
first time ever? RBL Bank
on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
from Kolkata and on Tuesdays, Explanation: According to the data of
Thursdays and Saturdays from Dhaka. Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), RBL
Bank Ltd. on 10 April 2017 entered the
The bus service was introduced on
list of Indias 10 most valuable banks.
the occasion of Bangladeshi Prime
With a market capitalisation of Rs.
Sheikh Hasinas official visit to India.
21,508.52 crore, the bank replaced
This is the third such service that has IDFC Bank Ltd in the elite club.
been introduced and is being run by
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RBL Bank was formerly known as 3) The Election Commission of India
Ratnakar Bank. It has 215 branches (ECI) cancelled the by-election of
and 374 ATMs across 16 states and which constituency of Tamil Nadu on
Union territories. 10 April 2017 following allegations of
cash for votes? R.K. Nagar
HDFC Bank Ltd, Indias most
profitable bank, is the most valuable Explanation: The by-election to R.K.

bank in India with a market cap of Rs Nagar constituency was necessitated

3.68 trillion, followed by state-run State following the death of former Tamil

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Bank of India (Rs2.34 trillion) and Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on
ICICI Bank Ltd (Rs1.62 trillion). Kotak 5 December 2016. The by-election for
Mahindra Bank is No.4, followed by this prestigious constituency was
Axis Bank Ltd, IndusInd Bank Ltd, Yes slated for 12 April 2017.
Bank Ltd, Bank of Baroda and Punjab
But the Election Commission had
National Bank.
received complaints of widespread
distribution of cash and gifts. The
. searches of Income Tax department
on 7 April 2017 allegedly revealed, in
the leaked documents, that Rs. 89
2) What is the name of the former crore was routed for distribution to
Indian naval officer whose death voters in R.K. Nagar.
sentence was confirmed by Pakistani
In view of such vitiated atmosphere,
Army Staff General on 10 April 2017?
the ECI on 10 April 2017 announced
Kulbushan Jadhav
cancellation of the by-election in RK
Explanation: Pakistani authorities Nagar.
have claimed that former Indian naval

officer Kulbushan Jadhav (alias
Hussain Mubarak Patel) was arrested
from Balochistan on 3 March 2016.
They have alleged that he was held for
4) The first rail freight service from the
espionage and sabotage activities
UK to China departed from Essex on
against Pakistan.
10 April 2017. This train, which will
He was tried through Field General cover 7,500 miles long journey and
Court Marshall (FCGM) under pass through seven countries, is part
Pakistan Army Act and awarded death of which ambitious initiative of China?
sentence. On 10 April 2017 Chief of One Belt, One Road (OBOR)
Army Staff General Qamar Javed
Explanation: China has embarked on
Bajwa confirmed his death sentence
the ambitious One Belt, One Road
through FGCM.
initiative under which it seeks to boost
India has acknowledged that Jadhav its connectivity and trade across Asia,
is a retired Navy officer, but denied the Africa and Europe. The initiative was
allegation that he was in any way first proposed by Chinese President Xi
connected to the government. India Jinping in year 2013 and has been
made it clear that his execution will be launched as part of Chinas revived
perceived as assassination. 21stcentury Silk Road diplomacy that
seeks to push it to take a bigger role in

global affairs as a major global power.
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Under this initiative the first freight promote digital transactions. These
train from China to UK had arrived in schemes are being implemented by
London in January 2017. Now the the National Payment Corporation of
reverse train from UK to China left India (NPCI).
Essex on 10 April 2017 its 17-day,

7,500-mile journey for Yiwu in, eastern
Chinas Zhejiang province.

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countries France, Belgium, 6) Which history was created in the US
Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and automobile history as Tesla Inc.
Kazakhstan before arriving in Yiwu. It became the most valuable US car
is carrying British goods including soft maker on 10 April 2017? For the
drinks, vitamins and baby products. first time the most valuable US car
maker is not based in Detroit

. Explanation: Silicon Valleys Tesla
Inc. overtook General Motors on 10
5) President Pranab Mukherjee on 9
April 2017 to become the US car
April 2017 picked up the lucky winners
maker with the largest market
from the 100th draw of lots under digital
capitalization. Its market value of
payments promotion schemes at
$50.887 billion exceeded GMs by
Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
about $1 million.
Which PSU banks customer won the
Rs. 1 crore top prize for undertaking a It was thus for the first time in the era
digital transaction of Rs. 1,590? of the modern automobile that the
Central Bank of India most valuable US car maker is not
based in Detroit, the traditional auto
Explanation: A transaction of Rs.
manufacturing hub of the country.
1,590 bagged a Central Bank of India
customer a lucky bounty of Rs. 1 crore Tesla Inc. is based in Palo Alto,
under the Union Governments California and is primarily engaged in
promotional scheme to popularise manufacturing electric cars and
digital payments Lucky Grahak Lithium-ion battery energy storage for
Yojana. cars.
The second prize of Rs. 50 lakh went
to a Bank of Baroda customer. A .
customer of Punjab National Bank is
the winner of third prize of Rs. 25 lakh.
All the three customers had conducted 7) What is the name of the app and
transactions using their RuPay debit web portal launched by the Union
cards. Government on 9 April 2017 that
Following demonetisation of old Rs facilitates people to contribute towards
500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November family of martyrs from central
9 last year, the government took a paramilitary forces? BharatKeVeer
slew of measures to promote digital Explanation: BharatKeVeer is the
payments in the country. The name of the ambitious application and
government launched the Lucky web portal that was launched by Union
Grahak Yojana for consumers and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 9
Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana for April 2017 with the objective to enable
merchants on December 25, 2016, to willing donors to contribute towards the
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family of a braveheart who sacrificed marked the entry of Gandhi in Indian
his/her life in line of duty. The amount politics and established him in Indias
so donated will be credited to the struggle against the British raj.
account of Next of Kin of those
To mark the occasion, Prime
Central Armed Police Force/Central
Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated
Para Military Force soldiers.
an exhibition titled Swachhagraha

The idea of launching such IT portal Bapu Ko Karyanjali Ek Abhiyan, Ek

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Kumar while he was watching a 2017. On the other hand Bihar
documentary film on terrorists, which Government also kicked-off the year-
showed how terror leaders financially long commemorative celebrations.
support the families of the terrorist who

carry out terror acts.
This portal is technically supported
2) According to the media reports of 12
by National Informatics Centre (NIC)
April 2017, state-owned fuel retailers
and powered by State Bank of India
have planned to implement daily
(SBI). To ensure maximum coverage,
revision of fuel price in five cities from
a cap of Rs. 15 lakh is imposed on
1 May 2017 ahead of a nationwide roll-
donation and donors will be alerted if
out of the scheme. Which 5 cities are
amount exceeds, so they can choose
these? Puducherry,
to divert part of the donation to another
Vishakhapatnam, Udaipur,
account or the corpus.
Jamshedpur and Chandigarh

Explanation: State refiners currently

13 April 2017 revise fuel prices every fortnight to

reflect volatility in the currency and
global oil markets. Refiners have
decided to implement daily revision of
1) 100th Anniversary of which important fuel prices across the country later this
event associated with Indias Freedom year. The scheme will, however, be
Movement was observed during April first implemented in 5 cities across the
2017? Champaran Movement country as a pilot project.
Explanation: Mahatma Gandhis first The daily revision of fuel prices will
Satygraha was undertaken in the be first implemented in Puducherry
erstwhile undivided Champaran district and Vishakhapatnam in South India,
in northern Bihar in April 1917 after he Udaipur in the West, Jamshedpur in
learned about the abuses suffered by the East and Chandigarh in the North.
farmers. The farmers were forced into The roll out of daily dynamic pricing
growing indigo by British in five cities will help them identify the
planters/estate owners. problems ahead of a nationwide roll-
out of the scheme later this year.
It was on 10 April 1917 that
Mahatma Gandhi set foot in the state State refiners Indian Oil Corp,
of Bihar for the first time. On 18 April Bharat Petroleum Corp and Hindustan
1917 when he appeared in Motihari Petroleum Corp operate 90% of the
Court, nearly 2000 local people retail outlets in the country.
accompanied him. Champaran

Movement was the first of three
movements during 1917-18 that
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3) What is the name of the first of its This is the first time that an industrial
kind application launched by Union robot has been conceptualised,
Power Minister Piyush Goyal on 12 designed and manufactured in India. It
April 2017 which empowers citizens is expected to increase productivity by
with real time information sharing on 15-30%, with a payback period of 15 to
power supply? Urja Mitra 18 months.

Explanation: Urja Mitra is the name

of a first of its kind application which .

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provides a central platform, Web-
Portal (www.urjamitra.com) as well as
Mobile App (iOS version and android 5) Former Union Minister and former
version) with the primary objective of Mayor of Lucknow Akhilesh Das Gupta
empowering citizens by real time passed away on 12 April 2017. He was
information sharing on power supply. the President of which sporting
association? Badminton
Now power consumers across the
Association of India (BAI)
nation would have prior intimation of
expected duration and cause of Explanation: Akhilesh Das Gupta was
scheduled power outages and post a Rajya Sabha MP for 18 years. A
fault intimation of unscheduled power former badminton player, Das Gupta
outages duration. was the son of freedom fighter and
former UP Chief Minister Babu
Consumer can also view real time
Banarasi Das.
power outages in any part of the
country, lodge a complaint on power He was at the helm of Badminton
outages in its area. Complaints can Association of India (BAI) from 2011.
also be lodged on helpline number During Akhilesh das Guptas tenure,
1912. Saina Nehwal earned a bronze medal
at the 2012 London Olympics,

whereas PV Sindhu raised the profile
of India badminton further, winning a
silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
4) What is the name of Indias first- Cash awards as well as exposure to
ever industrial-articulated robot that the shuttlers in all age categories had
was launched on 11 April 2017 by TAL become a routine for the Indian
Manufacturing Solutions? BRABO badminton ever since he took over
from the then BAI chief VK Verma.
Explanation: TAL Manufacturing
Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary The Central Bureau of Investigations
of Tata Motors, on 11 April 2017 (CBI) had recently investigated
launched Indias first industrial- Akhilesh Das Gupta and other office
articulated robot and it goes by the bearers of the Delhi Capital Badminton
name BRABO. Association (DCBA) on charges of
nepotism in selection of a team that
BRABO is meant to complement the
went to Tokyo for the Youth Sports
human workforce and perform
Exchange Program in 2014.
repetitive, high volume, dangerous and
time-consuming tasks from raw
material handling to packaging of .
finished products.
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14 April 2017 services or both by the Union
These bills were passed in Rajya
Sabha on 6 April 2017 and by Lok
Sabha on 29 March 2017.


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Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 12 April
2017 approved listing of 11 central
public sector enterprises (CPSEs) in
1) President Pranab Mukherjee on 13 the equity market. What is the
April 2017 gave his approval to four mandated public shareholding in
supporting pieces of legislation related profitable CPSEs, which is being
to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) adhered to by this listing? 25%
that will pave the way for the roll out of
one nation, one tax regime from 1 Explanation: Under the new
July 2017. Which bills are these? a) disinvestment policy, unveiled in the
The Central GST Act, 2017 b) The 2016-17 union budget, CPSEs having
Integrated GST Act, 2017 c) The a positive net-worth, no accumulated
GST (Compensation to States) Act, losses and having earned profits in
2017 and d) The Union Territory three preceding consecutive years are
GST Act, 2017 required to achieve mandatory listing
norms of 25% public holding.
Explanation: The GST, the biggest
taxation reform since Independence, To adhere to this clause, the CCEA
will subsume central excise, service on 12 April 2017 approved listing of 11
tax, Value Added Tax (VAT) and other CPSEs. These 11 CPSEs are 5
local levies to create a uniform market. railway subsidiaries Rail Vikas
Nigam Ltd, IRCON International Ltd.,
The Central Goods and Services Tax Indian Railway Finance Corp. Ltd.,
Act, 2017, provides for the levy of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism
Central Goods and Services Tax by Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) and RITES
the Centre on the supply of goods and Ltd.; 3 defence ministry enterprises
services within the boundary of a state. Bharat Dynamics Ltd., Garden Reach
Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. and
The Integrated GST Act deals with
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd.; 2
the levy of Integrated Goods and
entities under the Steel Ministry
Services Tax by the Centre on inter-
MSTC Ltd. and Mishra Dhatu Nigam
State supply of goods and services.
Ltd. and one unit under the power
The Goods and Services Tax ministry North Eastern Electric
(Compensation to States) Act, Power Corporation Ltd.
provides for compensation to the

states for the loss of revenue arising
on account of implementation of the 3) The first-ever G20 Ministerial Meet
Goods and Services Tax. on Digital Economy was held during
April 2017 in which European city, in
The Union Territory GST Act makes
which India was represented by Ravi
a provision for levy and collection of
Shankar Prasad? Dusseldorf
tax on intra-State supply of goods,
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Explanation: German city Dusseldorf filed for bankruptcy in the US last
hosted the first edition of G20 month. The nuclear business write-
Ministerial Meet on Digital Economy on down has pushed Toshibas liabilities
6-7 April 2017. The title of the meet beyond its level of assets.
was Digitalisation: Policies for a Digital
Toshibas inability to report earnings
has also raised speculation of a

India was represented in the meet by possible delisting from the Tokyo
Union Electronics and Information Stock Exchange. The group on 11

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Technology Minister Ravi Shankar April 2017 issued warnings that it may
Prasad. He shared Indias experience not be able to continue in business.
of carrying out various digital initiatives

in the country and strengthening
countrys digital infrastructure.
The meet concluded with adaptation
15-18 April 2017
of declaration on Shaping
Digitalisation for an Interconnected
World which primarily seeks greater 1) Turkish President Recep Tayyip
availability of affordable broadband Erdogan narrowly won a historic
connectivity, broader adoption of referendum on 16 April 2017. What will
digital technologies and services be the main implication of this result
improved digital skills and literacy for for the President? It will make
G20 economies. G20 is the him much powerful
organisation of 20 major economies of Explanation: The referendum on 16
the world and includes developed and April 2017 was held to approve some
emerging economies. sweeping constitutional changes as to
create a presidential system that will
grant President Erdogan more power
than any leader since modern Turkeys
founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his
4) Which Japanese
successor Ismet Inonu.
conglomerate on According to the data released by
11 April 2017 the Turkish Election Commission, the
warned that it may Yes campaign won 51.4% of the vote
not be able to continue as a going against 48.6% for No in a count
concern as it is grappling with billions based on 99.5% of the ballot boxes.
of dollars in losses? Toshiba Turnout was a high 85%.
Explanation: Toshiba, the 142-year- However, Turkeys two main
old Japanese conglomerate with its opposition parties said they would
headquarters in Tokyo, had posted an challenge the results over alleged
operating loss of 576.3 billion yen violations. The referendum was held
($5.2 billion) for the nine months under a state of emergency that has
ended 31 December 2016. It had seen 47,000 people arrested in an
earlier missed two previous deadlines unprecedented crackdown after a
for financial results. failed military putsch against the
President in July last year.
The group has inflicted billions of
dollars in losses from its Westinghouse
Electric nuclear business, which had .
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2) Which states Assembly on 16 April Explanation: The Visakhapatnam-
2017 passed the Bill to enhance the Kirandul passenger train became the
reservations for Muslims from 4% to first train in the country to have a
12% for admission into educational vistadome railway coach as the trial
institutions and for the State services? run of this coach was flagged-off by
Telangana Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
through video conference at the

Explanation: The Telangana

Visakhapatnam Railway Station on 16
Legislature on 16 April 2017 passed
April 2017.

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the Bill enhancing the reservations for
Muslims to 12% and that of Scheduled The most unique feature of
Tribes (ST) to 10% for admission into Vistadome coach is that it has
educational institutions and for the transparent glasses installed on its
State services. roof that offer a breathtaking view of
the hills and valleys to the tourists that
Currently, reservation for Muslims is
visit Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh.
at 4%, while for Scheduled Tribes, it is
at 6% in the state. Other features of this state-of-the-art
coach are LED lights, rotable seats
The Bill, termed as historical by the
and GPS based info system, etc.
ruling TRS and the AIMIM, received
support from the Congress and the
CPI (Marxist) even as the BJP
opposed the Bill claiming that
reservation on the basis of religion was
against the constitutional norms.
The passed bill will now be sent for
the Presidents assent with a request
to include it in the 9th Schedule of the
Constitution as was done in the case
of Tamil Nadu.
4) Robert Taylor, who passed away
during April 2017, was a noted pioneer
in which field? Computer Science
Explanation: As a computer scientist
Robert Taylor played vital roles in
creating the internet, personal
computer and the mouse, apart from
numerous other innovations.
Taylor was the creator of Arpanet, a
single computer network to link with
the others that would evolve into what
3) Trial run of Indias first vistadome we now know as the internet. He had
railway coach was inaugurated on 16 correctly predicted the network would
April 2017. This coach has been one day become an efficient and
attached to which train that passes necessary utility for the public.
through the picturesque Araku Valley Taylors team also developed the
of Andhra Pradesh? networking technology Ethernet and a
Visakhapatnam-Kirandul passenger what-you-see-is-what-you-get
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(WYSIWYG) word processing program United States on Afghanistan as it
called Bravo that would become the targeted a series of caves used by
basis for Microsoft Word. He also Islamic State militants in the countrys
played a key role in the creation of the Nangarhar province. At least 36
computer mouse. persons were killed in the attack. It is
one of the largest non-nuclear bombs
He passed away at the age of 85 at
ever used in the battlefield.

his home in Woodside, California on

13 April 2017. GBU-43 is also known by another

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name Massive Ordnance Air Blast

bomb (MOAB) while the media
5) Approximately how many persons nicknamed it as Mother of All
have been identified under the second Bombs. It weighs 9,797 kgs and is
phase of the Operation Clean Money about 20 feet long. It is capable of
which was launched on 14 April 2017 burrowing through 200 feet of earth
with an aim to detect black money and 60 feet of concrete before
generation post demonetization? detonating.
This bomb was first tested in March
Explanation: More than 60,000 2003 at the time of US led invasion of
persons, including 1,300 high risk Iraq. The test resulted in a huge
persons, have been identified for mushroom cloud that could be seen as
investigation into claims of excessive far away from 32 km. It has been
cash sales during the demonetisation developed by Albert L Weimorts, Jr. of
period. They will be investigated under Air Force Research Laboratory.
Operation Clean Money II, which was

launched on 14 April 2017.
As part of the first phase of the
Operation Clean Money, launched on
31 January 2017, the Income Tax
Department had sent online queries
and investigated 17.92 lakh persons
out of which 9.46 lakh persons have
responded to the department.

7) Which Indian badminton player won
the mens singles title of Singapore
Open super series tournament on 16
April 2017? B. Sai Praneeth
Explanation: Indias B. Sai Praneeth
defeated the more fancied fellow
6) What is the official name of one of Indian Kidambi Srikanth in the mens
the most powerful bomb that was singles final of Singapore Open super
dropped on Afghanistan by the United series badminton tournament to clinch
States on 13 April 2017? GBU-43 his maiden superseries title on 16 April
Explanation: GBU-43 is the official
name of the massive bomb that was Sai Praneeth defeated Srikanth by
dropped on 13 April 2017 by the 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 as he made a
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brilliant comeback after losing the first on the other their deposits continue to
game in a historic all-Indian final. remain high, again mainly due to
On the other hand womens singles
title was won by world no.1 Tai Tzu
Ying of Chinese Taipei as she
2) State Bank of India (SBI) on 18 April
defeated Olympic champion Carolina

2017 achieved which major distinction

Marin of Spain by 21-15, 21-15. This
from the perspective of market
was the fifth consecutive Super Series
capitalization? It became the most

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title for Ying.
valued PSU by market capitalization

Explanation: State Bank of India

19 April 2017 (SBI), that gained 2% to reach Rs. 296

levels on 18 April 2017, became the
most valued PSU by market
capitalisation (m-cap). Thus far in the
calendar year 2017 (CY17), SBI has
outperformed the market with over
18% rise, as against 11.5% gain in the
benchmark index.
Shares of public sector banks
(PSBs) were in focus on the day with
the Nifty PSU Bank index hitting 52-
1) The growth in bank credit during week high on the National Stock
2016-17 stood at 5.1%, as was Exchange (NSE) in intra-day trade.
disclosed in the data released by the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) during The rally in bank stocks has largely
April 2017. What is an important fact been fuelled by the recent Reserve
associated with this data? This is Bank of Indias (RBIs) action plan on
the slowest in bank credit in over 60 Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) and
years an improvement in operational and
financial performance over the next
Explanation: According to data few quarters.
released by the RBI on 14 April 2017,
outstanding bank credit as on 31
March 2017 stood at Rs 78.82 lakh
crore. Thus the growth for the whole
year was 5.1% as against 10.3% last 3) What is the
year (2015-16). The last time loans name of the visa
grew slower than this was in 1953-54 programme used
when bank credit growth had slowed by over 95,000
down to 1.7%. temporary foreign workers (majority of
them Indians), that was abolished by
Other than bad loans and corporate the Australian Government on 18 April
investment coming to a standstill, bank 2017? Visa 457
credit growth was also constrained by
demonetisation. Besides bad loans, Explanation: Visa 457 is the name of
one of the biggest concerns for the the Australian visa programme that
RBI is managing the surplus liquidity allowed businesses to employ foreign
with banks. While on the one hand workers for a period up to four years in
banks are seeing lower credit growth,
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skilled jobs where there is a shortage Explanation: Chris Gayle of West
of Australian workers. Indies became the first entrant to the
T20 10,000 run club while batting in
This visa programme was extremely
the IPL league match for his team
popular amongst Indian workers as the
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
majority of the visa holders were from
against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on 18
India followed by the UK and China.
April 2017. He scored a belligerent 77

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm off 38 balls to end with 10,074 runs.
Turnbull on 18 April 2017 announced

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Before the match he has 9,997 runs
the decision to abolish Visa 457
in T20 games. The hard-hitting West
programme as he said Australian
Indian already holds a host of records
workers must have priority for
in the T20 format.
Australian jobs. The programme will be
replaced by another visa programme,
with new restrictions.
20-21 April 2017
4) What is Indias place in the
4th edition of Huawei Global
1) Chinese Government during April
Connectivity Index (GCI) that was
2017 announced which decision
released on 18 April 2017? 43rd
pertaining to Arunachal Pradesh with
Explanation: India gained one place far-reaching implications on Sino-
to get 43rd spot in the Huawei Global Indian relations? China for the first
Connectivity Index (GCI) for 2017. This time announced standardised
was the fourth edition of the annual official names for six places in
GCI study that shows how countries Arunachal Pradesh
are progressing with digital
Explanation: Upping the ante against
transformation based on 40 unique
India, China on 14 April 2017 for the
indicators that cover five technology
first time announced standardised
enablers: broadband, data centers,
official names for six places in
cloud, big data and Internet of Things.
Arunachal Pradesh, days after it
US topped the list with Singapore lodged strong protests with India over
and Sweden a close second and third. the Dalai Lamas visit to the frontier
India performs well on the key state.
indicators of a knowledge economy but
Chinas Ministry of Civil Affairs
falls behind in its broadband
announced that it had standardised in
assessments giving it an overall rank
Chinese characters, Tibetan and
of 43.
Roman alphabet the names of six
places in Arunachal Pradesh, which it
calls South Tibet. Chinas state media
said the move was aimed at
5) On 18 April reaffirming Chinas claim over the
2017 who state.
became the first-
The official names of the six places
ever batsman in
using the Roman alphabet are
the world to reach
Wogyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidngarbo Ri,
10,000 runs mark in Twenty20 (T20)
Mainquka, Bmo La and Namkapub
cricket? Chris Gayle
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The India-China border dispute at 8.65%. But there were reports in
covers the 3,488 km-long Line of some section of media that the
Actual Control (LAC). While China Finance Ministry is nudging the Labour
claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Ministry to lower the interest rate by up
Tibet, India asserts that the dispute to 50 basis points.
covers Aksai Chin area which was
Union Labour Minister Bandaru
illegally occupied by China during the

Dattatreya on 20 April 2017 made it

1962 war.
clear that the Ministry has ratified

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EPFO trustees decision and no
change in it will be undertaken. He
said that the Ministry will still pocket
2) The Union cabinet on 19 April 2017
Rs. 158 crore on providing interest rate
decided to put an end to the practice of
of 8.65%.
using red beacons atop vehicles in the
country. Under it, all government
vehicles, including those ferrying the
President, Prime minister, Chief
4) Union Government during April
Ministers, central and state ministers,
2017 extended the ceasefire
judges of the Supreme Court and high
agreement with two insurgent groups
courts or any other VIP, will be barred
in Nagaland for how much duration?
from using them. This decision comes
One year
into force from which date? 1 May
2017 Explanation: The ceasefire
agreement was signed between the
Explanation: At present, red beacons
Union Government and the National
are installed in vehicles of dignitaries
Socialist Council of Nagaland
specified by Central and State
(Reformation) and the National
governments. Now, from 1 May 2017
Socialist Council of Nagaland
neither state nor central government
(Neokpao- Khitovi). It was slated to
can nominate any official to use one.
expire on 28 April 2017.
The government also decided to
The Union Government on 18 April
make amendments to the rules
2017 extended the agreement for one
governing the use of blue beacons and
more year from 28 April. The
said they can only be used by vehicles
agreement was signed on 3 August
like ambulances, fire tenders and
police cars, but only in cases of
emergency as notified by the The two insurgent groups, which
government. operate in Nagaland, are among
several other armed groups of the

state such as NSCN (Isak-Muivah) and

NSCN (Khaplang).
3) What is the decided interest on

provident fund deposits for 2016-17 for

EPFO subscribers? 8.65%
5) Which electronic sports will be
Explanation: It is worth mentioning
featured as a full sport at the 2022
that the trustees of the Employees
Asian Games, as was announced by
Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)
the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on
had in December 2016 decided to
19 April 2017? Video Gaming
keep the interest rate for year 2016-17
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Explanation: The Olympic Council of monitoring of important schemes and
Asia (OCA) on 19 April 2017 programs.
announced that it will introduce e-
The second meeting of the Council
sports (video gaming) to the official
was held on 15 July 2015, which had
program of the Asian Games at
reviewed the progress made by the
Hangzhou, China. It will also be a
three sub-groups of chief ministers and
demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian

the two task forces.

Games in Palembang, Indonesia.

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The council is collaborating with
Alisports, a unit of Chinas Alibaba
Group, to bring e-sports to the games. 2) The first PSU disinvestment of fiscal
However, no details were given on year 2017-18 took place in which PSU
which particular video games would be during April 2017? National
included in the Games. Aluminium Company Ltd (Nalco)
Explanation: National Aluminium
Company Ltd (NALCO) became the
first public sector undertaking (PSU) to
22-24 April 2017 be divested by the Union Govt. in the
current fiscal (2017-18) as the govt.
1) Which edition of NITI Aayogs raised over Rs.1,200 crore through the
Governing Council was held on 23 sale of 9.2% stake in it. Both retail and
April 2017 in which a precursor of the institutional investors lapped up the
ambitious 15-year Vision Document shares offered to them.
to accelerate the countrys economic
The government has set a target of
development was presented? Third
Rs. 46,500 crore through minority
Explanation: The third meeting of stake sale and Rs.15,000 crore from
NITI Aayogs Governing Council was strategic disinvestment in 2017-18. In
held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 23 2016-17, the government had raised
April 2017. The meeting was chaired over Rs. 46,247 crore from
by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The disinvestment.
meeting was attended by Chief

Ministers of all states except West
Bengal and Delhi.
In the meeting, NITI Aayogs Vice- 3) The Supreme Court in its ruling of
Chairman, Arvind Panagariya, April 2017 described what amount as a
presented a roadmap for rapid just and proper amount as alimony,
transformation of India by outlining for maintenance to be paid by a
key aspects of the document, husband to his estranged wife? 25%
comprising a seven-year strategy of the net salary
paper and a three-year action plan.
Explanation: In an important order,
At the Councils first meeting on 8 the Supreme Court set a benchmark
February 2015, the Prime Minister had for maintenance to be paid by a
laid down the key mandates of NITI husband to his estranged wife, stating
Aayog such as fostering cooperative that 25% of his net salary might
federalism by addressing national constitute a just and proper amount
issues through mutual cooperation and as alimony.
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A bench of Justices R. Banumathi
and M. M. Santanagoudar made the 25 April 2017
observation while directing a resident
1) In one of the deadliest attacks on
of West Bengals Hoogly, earning Rs.
security forces, Maoists killed 25
95,527 a month, to set aside Rs.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
20,000 as maintenance for his former
personnel and injured seven in
wife and their son, turning down the

Chhattisgarh on 24 April 2017. This

mans plea that the amount was
attack took place in which Maoist-

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infested district of the state? Sukma
Its order came on the mans plea
Explanation: The attack took place on
challenging a Calcutta high court order
24 April 2017, when a team of around
directing him to pay her Rs. 23,000 per
100 men, belonging to the 74thbattalion
month. Though the apex court said
of the CRPF, based at the Burkapal
there was nothing amiss in the high
camp on the Dornapal-Jagargunda
court order, it reduced the amount by
road in south of Sukma district, was
Rs. 3,000 on the ground that the man
out to provide protection for road
had remarried and hence needed to
construction work in the area.
provide for his new family.
Over 300 Maoists attacked the

CRPF men just after noon. They were
carrying automatic weapons such as
4) Six Madhesi parties of Nepal on 20 AK-47, SLR, and INSAS. While many
April 2017 merged to form which single jawans died on the spot a few
political entity to fight jointly in the succumbed to their injuries later.
upcoming local elections on 14 May CRPF personnel involved in the attack
2017? Rashtirya Janata Party claimed to have killed 10 to 12
Explanation: Rastirya Janata Party
(RJP) is the name of the new united This is the second Maoist attack in
political entity formed by 6 Madhesi the last 50 days in Sukma district.
parties of Nepal. These six parties are Twelve CRPF men were killed in
Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, March 2017 near Bhejji village.
Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes

Samajbadi Party, Tarai Madhes
Sadbhawana Party, Madhesi 2) Which three African countries have
Janadhikar Forum- Ganatantrik and been chosen to test the worlds first
Nepal Sadbhawana Party. malaria vaccine, as announced by the
WHO on 24 April 2017? Ghana,
The Madhesi parties, who claim to
Kenya and Malawi
represent the interests of inhabitants of
the southern Terai region who are Explanation: Ghana, Kenya and
mostly of Indian origin, have been Malawi will begin piloting the first-ever
demanding that the Constitution project for injectable Malaria vaccine
promulgated in 2015 be amended to that will start from next year (2018).
revise the provisions of citizenship and This announcement was made by the
re-demarcation of the provincial World Health Organization (WHO) on
boundary before going to these 24 April 2017.
The vaccine, which has partial
effectiveness, has the potential to save
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tens of thousands of lives if used with poor households, aimed at reducing
existing measures. the use of polluting fuels such as wood
and dried cow dung.
These three countries (Ghana,
Kenya and Malawi) were chosen for LPG in India is still primarily used as
the vaccine pilot because all have a cooking fuel. Japan on the other
strong prevention and vaccination hand is cutting back on LPG as

programs but continue to have high cooking fuel and is moving to cheaper
numbers of malaria cases. alternatives such as natural gas.

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The malaria vaccine has been
developed by pharmaceutical
4) Who social activist
company GlaxoSmithKline, and the
became the sixth Indian
$49 million for the first phase of the
to be bestowed with the
pilot is being funded by the global
vaccine alliance GAVI, UNITAID and
Environmental Prize, as
Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
was announced on 23 April 2017?
Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Prafulla Samantra
Malaria remains one of the worlds
Explanation: Prafulla Samantra was
most stubborn health challenges,
named as one of the six winners of the
infecting more than 200 million people
Goldman Environmental Prize for
every year and killing about half a
2017, as announced in San Francisco
million, most of them children in Africa.
on 23 April 2017.

Samantra was one of the key
3) According to the data released by leaders responsible for rallying tribes,
Oil Ministrys Petroleum Planning & indigenous to Odishas Niyamgiri
Analysis Cell (PPAC), India has region, and using legal provisions to
replaced which country as the worlds thwart mining-to-metals conglomerate,
second-largest importer of liquefied Vedanta. The company has been
petroleum gas (LPG)? Japan forced to suspend plans to mine
Explanation: PPACs data has
disclosed that Indias import of LPG He led a 12-year long legal battle
soared 23% during the financial year that affirmed the indigenous Dongria
that ended 31 March 2017 to 11 million Kondhs land rights and protected the
tonnes while that of Japan slipped Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, open-
3.2% during the same period to 10.6 pit aluminum ore mine.
million tonnes. India thus toppled
Since 1990 when the awards were
Japan to become worlds second
first instituted, five Indians Medha
largest LPG importer. China remains
Patkar, M.C. Mehta, Rasheeda Bi,
the worlds top importer.
Champaran Shukla and Ramesh
This increase in LPG imports is Agrawal have won the prize.
primarily due to Narendra Modi Samantra will be the sixth to win the
governments push to provide cooking prestigious prize.
gas cylinders to the poor and wean
This prize awarded annually to
them off polluting fuels. The
grassroots environmental activists, one
government in May 2016 embarked on
from each of the worlds six
a drive to provide free cooking gas
geographic regions and is often called
connections to women from extremely
Green Nobel.
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26 April 2017 2) Who will be
conferred with
the Dada Saheb
Phalke Award for
2016, as was
announced by the Information &
Broadcasting Ministry on 24 April

2017? K. Vishwanath

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Explanation: 87-year old renowned
1) French voters on 23 April 2017
director Kasinadhuni Viswanath was
chose which candidates to go to a
on 24 April 2017 named for the
runoff election to determine countrys
prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award
next president? Emmanuel Macron
for outstanding contribution to the film
and Marine Le Pen
industry. He is a celebrated filmmaker
Explanation: Emmanuel Macron and in Telugu film industry but has also
Marine Le Pen will fight it out in been active in Tamil and Hindi cinema.
Frances most consequential election
He is known for making films on
in recent history as they made it to the
content-driven stories that have
final elections.
revolved around social themes like
The first round of election was held disability, untouchability and the evils
on 23 April 2017 in which Emmanuel of dowry.
Macron of En Marche! (24.01% votes)
He becomes the 48th recipient of the
and Marine Le Pen of National Front
award, the highest recognition in
(21.30% votes) emerged ahead of
Indian cinema, which consists of a
other leaders. As no candidate won a
golden lotus, a cash prize of Rs. 10
majority, a run-off election between the
lakhs and a shawl.
top two candidates (Macron) and Le
Pen will be held on 7 May 2017. The recipient of five National Film
Awards, Viswanath is known for his
It is the first time in the nearly 59-
movies Sankarabharanam,
year history of Frances Fifth Republic
Sagara Sangamam (starring Kamal
that both of the final candidates are
Haasan and Jayaprada), Swati
from outside the traditional left-right
Mutyam, Saptapadi, Kaamchor,
party structure.
Sanjog and Jaag Utha Insaan
Macron, a former investment banker, among others.
abandoned traditional parties a year

ago to form his own movement. On the
other hand Le Pen had campaigned 3) Which entity will conduct the
stridently against Muslims and her National Eligibility Test (NET), as was
success was a victory for people who confirmed by University Grants
oppose the European Union. Commission (UGC) on 25 April 2017?
The result was a rebuke of Frances
traditional mainstream parties and thus Explanation: Ending confusion for
setting the country on an uncertain nearly 5 lakh students, the University
path in an election that could also Grants Commission (UGC) on 25 April
decide the future of the European 2017 said it has convinced the Central
Union. Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
to conduct National Eligibility Test

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(NET) the entrance test based on station midway will prove to be a major
which college and university teachers boost to tourism.
are recruited.

For the first time in 33 years, the
NET was facing uncertainly after
CBSE had written to the Human 5) What is the

Resource Development (HRD) Ministry name of the NASA

earlier this year expressing its inability woman astronaut

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to conduct the exam. who on 24 April
2017 broke the
In the absence of any national
record for
testing body, CBSE conducts major
cumulative time spent in space by a
higher education related entrances
U.S. astronaut? Peggy Whitson
apart from school leaving exams at
Class 10 and Class 12 level for CBSE Explanation: Peggy Whitson on 24
affiliated schools. It also conducts the April 2017 broke the record for most
Joint Entrance Exam-main (JEE Main) days spent in space (cumulatively) by
for engineering schools including a US astronaut. She broke the
Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). previous record set by Jeff Williams
who had spent a total of 534 days in

Whitson has been currently living
and working aboard the International
Space Station (ISS), for which she was
launched in November 2016 using a
Russian Soyuz capsule. At the time of
her launch, she had already
4) Indias first and longest sea accumulated 377 total days in space.
ropeway will be built between which Her mission was recently extended
places, as announced on 24 April for an additional three months. Now
2017? Mumbai and Elephanta when she will return from ISS in
Island September 2017, she would have
Explanation: Indias first and longest accumulated more than 600 days in
ropeway to connect Mumbai with the space.
famous Elephanta Island in the
Arabian Sea is planned to be
constructed by the Mumbai Port Trust
(MPT). This was announced on 24 27 April 2017
April 2017.
The 8-km ropeway will begin from 1) The
Sewri in Mumbais east coast and end benchmark
at Raigad districts Elephanta Island, Sensex index
globally renowned for Elephanta of BSE achieved which landmark on
Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage 26 April 2017? It closed over
site. 30,000 points for the first time ever
The approximately 40-minute ride by Explanation: Driven by an upbeat
a 20-seater cable car, with a transit sentiment in the global markets, BSEs
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benchmark Sensex index crossed the However, since 30 November 2016,
30,000 mark 26 April 2017. This was due to the spacecrafts dwindling fuel
the third time that Sensex crossed this resources for further orbital
mark. corrections, Cassini entered the final
phase of the project.
However, this was the first time that
Sensex closed at over 30,000 points. Cassini completed its last close flyby

In the morning at 10:37 am, BSEs 30- of Saturns hazy moon Titan during
share Sensex rose 0.56% or 168.58 April 2017 and began a series of 22

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points higher at 30,111.82 points. The dives between Saturn and its rings on
index ended on 30,133.35 points, the 26 April 2017 before it plunges into the
first-ever above 30k closing for it. ringed planet to bring an end to its 20-
year-long journey.
The Sensex has breached the
30,000 mark two times earlier first
time in March 2015 and for the second
3) Fori Nehru,
time on 5 April 2017.
who passed
On the other hand NSEs Nifty ended away on 25 April
the day on 9,351.85 points, it highest- 2017, was the
ever closing. oldest living
member of the
The main reason for this rally was an
Nehru family.
upbeat sentiment in the global
She was married
markets, on the back of robust US
to Jawaharlal Nehrus cousin B.K.
corporate earnings and a centrist
Nehru. What was her original
victory in the first round of the French
nationality? Hungarian
presidential election.
Explanation: 109-year old Fori Nehru

was a Hungarian by birth and was
2) What is the known as Magdolna Friedman before
name of the she married Jawaharlal Nehrus cousin
spacecraft of B.K. Nehru in 1935. B.K. Nehru was
U.S. space Indian Ambassador to the United
agency NASA States.
that completed
She was the founder of the Cottage
its final flyby of Saturns moon Titan on
Industries Emporium. In the aftermath
26 April 2017 before starting its plunge
of the Partition, Fori joined the
into the planet? Cassini
Emergency Committee for refugees,
Explanation: Cassini is the name of and started a massive employment
an unmanned spacecraft sent to the campaign for refugee women in 1947,
planet Saturn by NASA. It was part of which later evolved into the Cottage
the Cassini-Huygens joint mission that Industries Emporium.
was launched from Earth on 15
She passed away at her home in
October 1997 through Titan
Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh on 25
IVB/Centaur. It entered Saturns orbit
April 2017.
on 1 July 2004.

While Huygens separated from the
orbiter and landed on Saturns moon 4) During April 2017 a ban on religious
Titan on 14 January 2005, Cassini names for Muslim babies was imposed
continued its probe of Saturn. in which region of China? Xinjiang
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Explanation: Officials in the western retire in June 2017. Pachnanda is
region of Xinjiang during April 2017 currently serving as DG of the National
released a list of banned baby names Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
amid an ongoing crackdown on Muslim

religion. This province is home to
roughly half of Chinas 23 million 6) The Nasdaq Composite Index hit
Muslims and to the Uighur minority.

which major milestone on 25 April

2017? It surpassed the 6,000 point
According to media reports, names
mark for the first time

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such as Islam, Quran, Saddam and
Mecca, as well as references to the Explanation: U.S. stock index Nasdaq
star and crescent moon symbol, are all Composite Index touched an intraday
unacceptable to the ruling Communist record of 6,036.02 on 25 April 2017
party. Children with those names will and in the process successfully
be denied household registration, a breaching the 6,000 point mark for the
crucial document that grants access to first time.
social services, healthcare and
education. Overall, it has taken the Nasdaq 46
years since its inception in 1971 to hit
It is worth mentioning that Xinjiang is 6,000. It is worth mentioning that
one of the most militarised regions in Nasdaq has been laden with tech
the country. Hence young men are companies and the tech industry has
banned from growing beards and performed incredibly will off-late.
women are forbidden from wearing
face veils in the province.

28 April 2017
5) Who was appointed the new
Director General of the Central 1) The first-ever flight under Union
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on 26 Governments ambitious UDAN
April 2017? Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar regional connectivity scheme was
launched by Prime Minister Narendra
Explanation: Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, a Modi on 27 April 2017 between which
1983-batch officer of the Indian Police cities? Shimla and New Delhi
Service (IPS), was on 26 April 2017
appointed new Director General of the Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Modi launched the first flight under
countrys largest para-military force. UDAN regional connectivity scheme
The appointment came two days after between Himachal Pradeshs capital
the CRPF lost 25 jawans in the deadly Shimla and New Delhi on 27 April
Sukma attack. 2017. This flight will allow tourists to fly
to Shimla from New Delhi for just Rs.
Bhatnagar currently serves as the 2,000.
Director General of the Narcotics
Control Bureau (NCB). He replaces Air India subsidiary Alliance Air will
acting DG Sudeep Lakhtakia. operate the Delhi-Shimla flight. The
Shimla Airport (at Jubbarhatti) had
On the other hand, R K Pachnanda been shut for scheduled flights since 6
was appointed as the new Director September 2012, affecting tourists and
General of the Indo Tibetan Border business travellers to the state.
Police (ITBP). He will assume charge
from Krishna Chaudhary, who is set to UDAN scheme stands for Ude Desh
ka Har Nagarik and it aims to build
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efficient regional air connectivity 3) Vinod Khanna, the immensely
across the country. The seating popular Hindi film actor of yesteryears,
capacity of airlines under the UDAN passed away at a hospital in Mumbai
scheme will range from 19 to 78 and on 27 April 2017. As a Bollywood
50% of the seats in every flight will heartthrob he was best known for his
have a fare cap of Rs 2,500 per seat roles in films such as Amar Akbar
per hour. 5 airline companies have Anthony, Qurbaani and Insaaf. He

been chosen for the scheme Airline was a 4-time Lok Sabha Member of
Allied Services (Alliance Air), SpiceJet, Parliament from which constituency of

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Turbo Megha Airways, Air Deccan and Punjab? Gurdaspur
Air Odisha.
Explanation: Vonod Khanna was the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member
of the Lok Sabha from Gurdaspur in
2) The Employees Provident Fund
Punjab. He was into his fourth term as
Organisation (EPFO) during April 2017
MP from the seat.
came up with which important
guideline regarding EPF subscribers? Feted as one of the most handsome
It has done away with the actors of the Hindi film industry,
requirement of EPF subscribers to Khanna made his acting debut in 1968
get their employers approval or with Man Ka Meet. In many of the
submit doctor certificates to earlier films, Khanna played a negative
withdraw provident fund savings for or a supporting role. A much sought
medical purposes after actor in the 1970s and 1980s, he
acted in several blockbusters,
Explanation: Till now EPF subscribers
including Mera Gaon Mera Desh,
were required to produce a certificate
Reshma Aur Shera, Elan, Insaaf
from the employer stating that the
and Dayavan.
Employees State Insurance Scheme
facility is not provided to them along At the height of his popularity,
with a doctors certificate of serious Khanna surprised his fans when he
illness. took a break from acting for five years
to join Osho Rajneesh at his Oregon
Now these subscribers can withdraw
ashram in the U.S. in 1982.
their provident fund savings to pay
hospital bills in case of serious illness But he returned to cinema in the late
by submitting a self-declared form to eighties, and courted success again
the EPFO. The move is in line with the with films such as Insaaf and
governments policy of moving towards Satyameva Jayate.
a self-declaration regime.
He was last seen in the Shah Rukh
Employees with EPF accounts are Khan-starrer Dilwale in 2015. He was
allowed to withdraw provident fund 70.
savings up to six months salary in

cases of hospitalisation for at least a
month, major surgical operation or in 4) What is the name of the Director if
case they are suffering from the Indian Institute of Management,
tuberculosis, leprosy, paralysis, cancer Ahmedabad (IIM-A) who resigned from
and heart ailments. his post ahead of tenure on 26 April
2017? Ashish Nanda

Explanation: According to the
information disclosed by IIM,
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Ahmedabad on 27 April 2017, Director
Ashish Nanda has tendered his
resignation citing personal reasons.
Nanda, a former professor at
Harvard Law School, was the first
professor from a foreign school to

head an IIM. He will retire from his

post on 1 September 2017.

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His resignation came as a surprise
as he is leaving the institute one year
before his tenure expires. He was
appointed for a period of five years,
and when he relinquishes office (1
Sept), he will be completing four years.

5) Which vehicle will replace the old
war-horse Maruti Suzuki Gypsy in the
Defence forces, as was approved by
the Ministry of Defence recently?
Tata Safari Storme
Explanation: Indian carmaker, Tata
Motors has signed a contract with the
Indian Army for supplying 3,192 Safari
Storme cars under a new category,
GS800 or General Service 800.
Storme will thus replace the old war-
horse Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. Over
35,000 Gypsies are due for
replacement in the coming years.
The Ministry of Defence had floated
a price request for vehicles with three
basic criteria-minimum payload
capacity of 800 kilograms, hard roofs
and air-conditioning. The cars that
were considered under this proposal
were the Tata Safari Storme and the
Mahindra Scorpio, both with all-wheel-
drive capabilities.
After the approval of this contract,
Tata Motors has become the leading
supplier of defence vehicles to the
Indian Armed Forces.