Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 5 July 2017 – News Headlines

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Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 5 July 2017 – News Headlines

 

 

Current Affairs and News Headlines – 5 July 2017

 

India inks seven MoUs with Israel. India and Israel Wednesday inked seven agreements in a wide range of areas including cooperation in space, water management and agriculture.

 

MERIT app and e-Bidding portal for utilization of domestic coal in IPP Power Stations launched. Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal has launched the ‘MERIT app (Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency)’ and the e-bidding portal for offering an e-Bidding solution to States.

 

The Karnataka Government launched the ‘Elevate 100’ scheme to identify and nurture innovative start-ups.

 

The Energy Resources Institute ranks second among world’s climate think tanks. The institute was ranked number two under the category 2016 Top Climate Think Tanks in the Rest of the World-Absolute Global Rankings during ICCG’s 23rd annual conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

 

Microsoft India signed an agreement with National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) to offer Microsoft Aspire School Program (MASP) Pro Plus to over 55,000 member schools.

 

UDAY covers 97% of discom debt: Centre. The Union Ministry of Power has announced that about 97% of the total outstanding debt of all state power distribution companies (discoms) has been covered under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY).

 

The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) was ranked number two by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), an internationally-renowned body whose activities focus on the design of climate policy and related governance issues.

 

China says India ‘trampled’ on Panchsheel pact. Upping the ante on the Sikkim stand-off, China on Wednesday accused India of “trampling” on the Panchsheel principles and asked New Delhi to “correct its mistakes” as soon as possible by pulling back troops.

 

Swayam Shikshan Prayog is a city-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) awarded the United Nations Development Programme’s Equator Prize.

 

Sanjay Kumar appointed new NDRF Chief. Senior IPS officer Sanjay Kumar was appointed as Director General (DG) of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

 

President Pranab Mukherjee approved a Legislative Bill to ban the hookah bar in Gujarat. The main aim of the government is to protect the youth from this dangerous addiction, which causes various types of cancer.

 

Haryana government to run electric buses in Gurgaon. The Haryana government is planning to set up an environment-friendly transportation system in Gurgaon on the pattern of Poland.

 

Indo-Thai joint military exercise Maitree 2017 begins in Himachal Pradesh. A joint military training exercise Maitree 2017 between Indian Army and Royal Thailand Army commenced at Bakloh in Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh.

 

Why Isro a choice for foreign satellite launches? 104 satellites were launched by Isro in a single PSLV-C37 flight this February — the highest by any spacefaring country. Reliable technology and low costs have made ISRO & Antrix Go-to agencies for nations.

 

The United Forum of Bank Unions decided to observe July 19, the 48th anniversary of nationalization of major banks, as Save public sector banks day.

 

Volkswagen returns to Iranian market after 17-year absence. European firms have been eyeing opportunities in Iran since a nuclear deal with world powers came into force in January 2016, lifting many sanctions in exchange for tight controls on the country’s atomic programme.

 

Pankaj Advani-led India beat Pakistan to win Asian Snooker Championship. India’s leading cueist Pankaj Advani teamed up with Laxman Rawat to demolish Pakistan in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship on Wednesday.

 

Somesh Goyal appointed as DGP of Himachal Pradesh. Goyal’s main concern as the DGP would be to improve the delivery system, project a people-friendly image of police, root out drug menace and ensure safety of women.

 

Dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka kills 225. Sri Lanka is suffering its worst-ever dengue outbreak, with the mosquito borne virus killed 225 people and infected more than 76,000 this year.

 

Jurassic-era crocodile with T-rex teeth discovered in Madagascar. As per the study, the animal found in Madagascar in Africa was a top land predator of the Middle Jurassic period, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

 

Money-laundering case: Non-bailable warrant issued against Mallya. A non-bailable warrant against liquor baron Vijay Mallya has been issued by a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act Court today.

 

French PM Edouard Philippe wins overwhelming majority in Parliament. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has won an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly. He won the confidence vote by 370-67.

 

US warns Pakistan to act against Haqqani Network or face their wrath. Senator John McCain, who is in Kabul after his visit to Pakistan, asked Pakistan to do more in its efforts in countering terror groups operating from its soil.

 

World’s most detailed scan of the brain’s internal wiring produced. This detailed scan of brain’s wiring will help increase understanding of a range of neurological disorders and can be used instead of invasive biopsies.

 

Wreckage of missing IAF chopper found in Arunachal’s Pampunpare, 3 feared dead. Wreckage of the Indian Air Force chopper, which went missing in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, has been found in the state’s Pampunpare district. All 3 crew members on board the helicopter are feared dead.

 

New Israeli Crysanthumum flower named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The step comes as a special gesture to mark the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish nation.

 

China-backed AIIB approves USD 329 million loan for Gujarat rural roads. China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing has approved a USD 329 million loan to build access roads to 4,000 villages in 33 districts of Gujarat.

 

North Korea says it tested ICBM that can carry nuclear warhead; US calls for global action. North Korea said on Wednesday its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can carry a large nuclear warhead, triggering a call by Washington for global action to hold Pyongyang accountable for its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

 

Agra police cracks international phishing case in record two days, recovers Rs 28 lakh. In a major international anti-cybercrime crackdown, the Agra police has recovered Rs 28 lakh from England-based hackers, an amount they looted by phishing a footwear exporter from the city.

 

Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – July 5, 2017

 

1. Which union minister has launched a month-long plantation drive to mark Van Mahotsav-2017?
A) Prakash Javadekar
B) D. V. Sadananda Gowda
C) Nitin Gadkari
D) Harsh Vardhan

 

2. Which country conducted a successful Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test ?
A) South Africa
B) North America
C) Canada
D) North Korea

 

3. Rakesh Dubey was appointed as the new president of ____________.
A) Annapurna Microfinance
B) Madura Micro Finance
C) Satin Creditcare Network
D) Microfinance Institutions Network

 

4. Which of the following Israeli flowers was named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
A) Crysanthumum
B) Aaronsohnia
C) Madonna lilies
D) Oncocyclus

 

5. Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Amritsar?
A) Parimal Rai
B) Santosh Kumar
C) Sanjay Gupta
D) V P Singh Badnore

 

6. Which rank did the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) for the The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) ?
A) 5
B) 2
C) 3
D) 4

 

7. Who was appointed as the first female Chief Executive of Hong Kong?
A) Carrie Lam
B) Woo Kwok Tsang
C) Lili Voga
D) Chang Yuet-ngor

 

8. The 2017 Save Public Sector Banks Day (SPSBD) will be celebrated on which date in India?
A) July 19
B) July 8
C) July 15
D) July 11

 

9. With Whom Microsoft India signed a pact recently ?
A) Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO)
B) Indian Diamond Institute
C) National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA)
D) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

 

10. Exercise Maitree 2017 is a continuation of a series of joint exercises between India and this country.
A) Sri Lanka
B) USA
C) Thailand
D) Russia

 

Answers

 

1. D) Harsh Vardhan
2. D) North Korea
3. D) Microfinance Institutions Network
4. A) Crysanthumum
5. C) Sanjay Gupta
6. B) 2
7. A) Carrie Lam
8. A) July 19
9. C) National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA)
10. C) Thailand

 

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