[Dated: 17th May] Important Current Affairs GK Quiz for Upcoming SBI PO Exams (13th& 14th May 2017):
Dear Readers, Here we have given the Current Affairs GK questions based on the previous days Daily Current Affairs updates. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming Banking exams can use these questions.
Explanation: The Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has launched the NHAI’s (National Highways Authority of India) Masala Bond at the London Stock Exchange, UK. The NHAI witnessed an overwhelming response from a wide range of investors, some of them were first-timers to participate in a Masala Bond market. The initially benchmarked issue of Rs. 1,500 crore was upsized to Rs. 3,000 crore at a price yielding 7.30% annually in view of the highly positive response from the investor market. According to the London Stock Exchange, there are 38 Masala Bonds currently in the market, raising around 5 billion dollars.
Explanation: Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft has successfully test fired Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile in RADAR guided mode. The test was performed on a Manoeuvrable Aerial Target at the Interim Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. The objective behind the test was to assess the Derby integration with aircraft systems on-board Tejas including the aircraft avionics, fire-control radar, launchers and Missile Weapon Delivery System and evaluate its performance. The test firing achieved all its planned objectives and the missile hit directly on the target with complete destruction of it. The flawless launch is a major step towards clearing BVR capabilities on LCA aircraft for final operational clearance.
Explanation: GM crop regulator of India has recommended the commercial use of genetically modified mustard in a submission to the Environment Ministry amid opposition by anti-GM groups. The nodal regulator for Genetically Modified GM crop, The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee(GEAC) has given a positive recommendation with certain conditions. Now, GEAC has pushed the hybrid plant developed by scientists at the Delhi University closer to becoming the country’s first edible GM crop.
Explanation: Saturdays will be no bag days in all government schools in Uttar Pradesh. The decision was taken at a high-level committee meeting headed by Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Secondary Education Dr Dinesh Sharma in Lucknow. There are around 1.8 crore children studying in 1.7 lakh government schools in 75 districts of the state. Dr Sharma has instructed to submit a proposal in this regard within a week.
Explanation: The 112-foot tall bust of ‘Adiyogi’ Lord Shiva at the Isha Yoga Foundation in Tamil Nadu has been declared the world’s largest bust (sculpture) by the Guinness World Records. The bust, unveiled by PM Narendra Modi earlier this year, refers to the source of Yoga and symbolises the 112 methods of self-transformation that the first Yogi offered.
Explanation: According to the 2016 Indian Exclusion Report (IXR) released by the Centre for Equity Studies (CES), in terms of exclusion from access to public goods, Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims continue to remain the worst-hit communities. The report has found out that the same historically disadvantaged groups such as Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, and persons with disabilities and age-related vulnerabilities continue to remain as the most severely and consistently excluded groups of the society.
Explanation: The External Affairs Ministry is holding its first outreach programme, Videsh Sampark in Hyderabad to create awareness among stakeholders about various welfare and safety measures being taken for overseas Indians. The day-long deliberations will focus on consular and passport services, and also about issues concerning the Diaspora. Minister of State for External Affairs Gen VK Singh will inaugurate the Conference.
Explanation: India test fired a surface-to-air missile ‘Spyder’ from a test range in Odisha as part of missile launch practice of a series of tests of the short-range quick reaction. Spyder was test fired from a mobile launcher at launch complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur and targeted a pilot-less target aircraft.
Explanation: Two researchers from the Department of Chemistry at IIT Madras successfully produced white light using a mixture of two natural extracts – red pomegranate and turmeric. The experiment was conducted by former research scholar Vikram Singh along with his colleague Ashok Mishra. Both the researchers used a simple and environment-friendly procedure to extract dyes from pomegranate and turmeric.
Explanation: World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed Amitabh Bachchan as its Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region. He has been appointed to boost awareness to stop the spread of hepatitis, which is one of the leading causes of liver cancer and cirrhosis. As an ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan will participate in public awareness programmes to scale up prevention measures, early diagnosis and treatment. It is estimated that around 325 million across the world suffer from chronic hepatitis which is an inflammation of the liver resulting in liver scarring, liver cancer and death if untreated.
Explanation: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed British humanitarian expert Mark Lowcock as the UN Humanitarian Chief. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York that Lowcock will replace Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien in September. Lowcock is currently the top civil servant in the British Government’s Department for International Development. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs mobilizes and coordinates humanitarian action with international, national and civil society partners to provide aid during disasters, emergencies and conflicts.
Explanation: Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May in every year
Explanation: Manjit Singh, co-founder of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, has been appointed as the member of President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (PACFBNF) by the US President Barack Obama. Singh is the President of Agilious, a software technology consulting firm he founded in 2013.
Explanation: India’s first contactless business credit card has been launched by ICICI bank in association with Jet Airways, India premier international airline,, for Small and Mid-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and their employees. The card has been christened as the ‘Jet Airways ICICI Bank Business Advantage Card’, which helps customers to save on their business expenses. The card is powered by the ‘VISA payWave’ contactless technology that enables the cardholder to make payments by simply tapping the card at contactless enabled terminals in more than 48 countries, including India. The card can also be used by dipping or swiping at non-contactless merchants.
Explanation: The terrorist group Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh or ISIS or ISIL, has recently launched its first mobile app “Huroof” for children to teach them the Arabic alphabet and it has full of references to weapons and jihad. The app has games for memorizing and how to write the Arabic letters in addition to including a nasheed (a cappella Islamic songs) designed to help teach the alphabet. The lyrics in the nasheed are littered with jihadist terminology, while other games within the app also include militaristic vocabulary with basic words like tank, gun, rocket, etc.
Explanation: Reliance Jio Infocomm, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), has launched “JioMoney Wallet” , a digital wallet service, for Indian consumers. The service will enable customers to make bill payments, mobile recharges and insurance premium payments, as well as do online shopping. It also allows users to send and receive money to and from family and friends. The wallet service, which allows consumers to use barcode scan to pay at physical stores, will also offer deals, coupons and cashback directly to customers on their mobile phone from local merchants. Additionally, the service will enable easy transfer of JioMoney balance into the customer’s bank account.
Explanation: Indian women wrestlers, including Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat, settled for a silver medal each in their respective weight categories at the Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi.
Explanation: Ramudri Someswara Rao won a gold medal in the men’s 200-metre T44 event at the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix in China. Ramudri clocked 25.29 seconds in the finals, followed by silver-medallist Lal Vinay Kumar who clocked 26.15 seconds. Indian para-athlete Sep Hokato Sema won a bronze medal in the shot put event.