Which state government flagged off the “Elevate 100” scheme to identify, nurture and enhance innovative startups in 2017?
The Karnataka government flagged off the “Elevate 100” scheme to identify, nurture and enhance innovative startups in 2017. As an initiative of the Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology, the top 100 shortlisted startups will benefit from funds worth Rs. 400 crores.
Maryam Mirzakhani is a reputed mathematician who passed away in 2017. Which country did she belong to?
Maryam Mirzakhani belonged to Iran. She was a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. Recognizing her humongous contribution to the field of mathematics she was awarded the “Fields Medal”, the highest honor in the subject. She died of Breast Cancer.
Select the journalist who has been posthumously awarded the Anna Politkovskaya Award.
Gauri Lankesh, a journalist-activist has been posthumously awarded the Anna Politkovskaya Award. The award recognized her as a chief human rights defender in war and conflict zones.
Which railway station in India has launched the first solar-powered 1600 HP DEMU train?
1. Habibganj railway station
2. Safdarjung railway station
3. Mumbai central railway station
Safdarjung railway station has launched India’s first solar-powered 1600 HP DEMU (diesel electric multiple unit) train. The station is a part of Dehli Suburban Railway. The augmentation has been appreciated for its initiative to make trains more eco-friendly as it draws energy from a diesel-driven generator to power the lights and fans.
Who is the newly sworn-in secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in the finance ministry?
Subhash Garg is the newly sworn-in secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in the finance ministry. Prior to this appointment, he was an IAS officer and also served as the executive director of World Bank for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Bhutan.
Which city in India has sought approval from the Union Government for the establishment of a turtle sanctuary?
Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh has sought approval from the Union Government for the establishment of a turtle sanctuary. Along with it, a River biodiversity park is also set to be launched. These measures come in response to Namami Gange Program whose primary objective is to protect the aquatic biodiversity of Ganges.
FIFA recently launched an official account in an Indian regional language in Twitter for the U-17 WC. What language was it?
FIFA recently launched an official account in Hindi in Twitter for the U-17 WC. This action comes as a result of India being the host for its first-ever FIFA event. The account began to tweet feed starting from on 6th October 2017, keeping the Indian football fans informed right from the start.
Who has been declared the 2017 Nobel Prize winner for literature?
Japanese-born English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro was declared the 2017 Nobel Prize winner for literature. Some of his notable works include Never Let Me Go, The Remains of The Day, The Buried Giant etc.
Who has been sworn in as the 17th Governor of Meghalaya in 2017?
Ganga Prasad has been appointed as the 17th Governor of Meghalaya. He became the member of the Legislative Council of Bihar in 1994. He served in the same till 2014.
Select the first Indian state to deem social boycott a crime.
Maharashtra is the first Indian state to deem social boycott a crime. The Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act was proposed in 2016 and clocked the Presidential assent in July 2017. According to new act, social boycott on accounts of community, caste, religion etc. is illegal.
Based on the 2017 BMI Research, what is projected to be India’s GDP growth for FY 18?
Based on the 2017 BMI Research, 6.9% is projected to be India’s GDP growth for FY 18. The Indian economy suffered a major setback due to demonetization that swept across the country in 2016 that the GDP growth rate dipped to 6.1% in the latter part of 2016-2017. But the latest research forecasts a positive growth.
For the benefit of passengers, the Indian Railways has launched an integrated mobile app known as “Rail Saarthi”. What is the expansion of Saarthi?
1. Synergized Advanced Application Rail Travel Help and Information
2. Synchronous Advanced Application Rail Travel Help and Information
3. Synergic Advanced Application Rail Travel Help and Information
Synergised Advanced Application Rail Travel Help and Information is the expansion Saarthi. Passengers get information on safety for women, complaint facility, feedback suggestion for improvement etc through the app.
What is the name of the low-cost screening device that the Government of India (GOI) has launched to detect congenital hearing loss in newborns?
Sohum is the name of the low-cost screening device that the Government of India (GOI) has launched to detect congenital hearing loss in newborns. It was developed by the School of International Biodesign (SIB) startup Sohum Innovation Labs India Pvt Ltd.
FIA Formula 3 European Championship had its first Indian winner in 2017. Find who.
FIA Formula 3 European Championship was won by Jehan Daruvala.The 18-year old race driver clinched the title at the Nuremberg circuit on 2nd July 2017.
Select the Indian commodity exchange which is set to collaborate with Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) in 2017.
1. Universal Commodity Exchange
2. National Multi-Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. (NMCE)
3. Multi Commodity Exchange
NMCE and ICEX decided to merge in July 2017. They will settle and close the deal by December 2017. The agreement was established based on an Indian regulatory requirement that the deal/exchange gain at least Rs 100-core minimum net worth with regards to commodity exchanges.
Malabar trilateral naval exercise (2017) was held between India and which of the following countries?
1. United States and India
2. United States and Japan
3. United States and Russia
Malabar trilateral naval exercise (2017) was held between India, United States and Japan. Though, it was a bilateral naval exercise held between India and United States, Japan became a permanent member of the exercise in 2015.
Who is the first female Chief Executive of Hong Kong?
Carrie Lam has become the first female Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Prior to her present post, she was the Chief Secretary for Administration, the highest rank held by the principal officials of Hong Kong.
Select the integrated website SBI has launched to tend to home buyers.
SBI Realty is the integrated website SBI has launched to tend to home buyers. State Bank of India (SBI)’s new portal seeks to help home buyers to buy flats from 3,000 approved projects spread across 30 cities in 13 states.
Who has been newly appointed as the Governor of Tamil Nadu in 2017?
Banwarilal Purohit has been newly appointed as the Governor of Tamil Nadu in 2017. He previously served as the Governor of Assam between 2016 and 2017. He succeeds Vidyasagar Rao in the office.
India signed loan agreement with ADB to enhance road connectivity and efficiency in the state highways of Rajasthan. What was the amount of the loan?
Asian Development Bank and the Government of India came together to improve road safety and project management in Rajasthan by signing a loan agreement of $220 million. The first portion of loan will go into bettering 1,000 Kms of major district roads and state highways.
The 2017 Asian Team Snooker Championship title was bagged by
India bagged the 2017 Asian Team Snooker Championship title. The Indian Snooker team led by Pankaj Advani beat Pakistan to bag the 2017 Asian Team Snooker Championship title.
Which country has renamed the northern reaches of South China Sea as North Natuna Sea?
Indonesia has renamed the northern reaches of South China Sea as North Natuna Sea in July 2017. The sea is situated in the north of Indonesian Natuna Islands which rubs shoulders with southern Vietnam exclusive economic zone.
Select the Indian business magnate who has topped Forbes Magazine’s “India Rich List” in 2017.
Mukesh Ambani topped Forbes Magazine’s “India Rich List” in 2017. The chairman of Reliance Industries Limited has occupied the apex position for 10 consecutive years now. It was determined that his overall net worth was $38 billion in 2017. He was followed by the tech tycoon Azim Premji, the chairman of Wipro, with a net worth of $19 billion.
The exemption of service charge on train e-tickets will be in effect till
The exemption of service charge on train e-tickets will be in effect till March 2018. The Railway Board has mandated Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation to extend the service fee exemption on tickets booked online to benefit passengers. Originally the fee waiver was instituted in November 2016.
Who won the first edition of the 2017 National Masters Snooker Tournament?
I H Manudev won the first edition of the 2017 National Masters Snooker Tournament, defeating the former Asian champion Alok Kumar. The tournament was held on July 16th in Chennai.