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Current Affairs One liner of the Week: 29 January to 4 February 2017

Feb 4, 2017 16:32 IST

The week’s recap covers important current affairs happenings that occurred between 29 January to 4 February 2017  like Indian Institutes of Infromaton Technology (Amendment) Bill,  Death of renowned theatre personality of Odisha and UN sanctions list  among others.

•    Noted corporate executive Travis Kalanick quits US President Doanld Trump’s Economic Advisory Council. Travis is the CEO of – Uber Technologies Inc.

•    It is with this multinational corporation India signed a USD 201.50 million financing agreement – World Bank Group

•    He has become the World No.1 Junior Badminton player - Lakshya Sen

•    The USA imposed new sanctions on this country following its recent ballistic missile test – Iran

•    The United Nations recently removed the name of former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar from its ISIS and al-Qaida sanctions list. Hekmatyar belongs to – Afghanistan

•    The India Innovation Index was launched by – NITI Aayog

•    The Indian Institutes of Infromaton Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017 will be introduced in the Parliament to give the status of Institute of National Importance to – The Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Kurnool

•    The country that will launch World’s first and largest nuclear icebreaker fleet for a vast arctic army is - Russia

•    Indian airline service won the ‘Asia’s Greatest Brands – 2016’ award - SpiceJet

•    He was appointed as the new Chairman of the Real Estate company Godrej - Pirojsha Godrej

•    World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on - 2 February

•    Father of Pac-Man and famous Japanese business tycoon who passed away recently - Masaya Nakamura

•    This country became the first in the world to pass a bill to completely stop investment in fossil fuel - Ireland

•    The renowned theatre personality of Odisha who passed away recently - Asim Basu

• Total expenditure predicted in the Union Budget 2017 - Rs 21.47 lakh crore

• India’s largest start-up incubator will be set up in - Karnataka

• State that tied up with MakeMyTrip to promote its home-stay scheme - Madhya Pradesh

• Operation launched by the Income Tax Department to track deposits post demonetisation - Operation Clean Money

• India Post recently became the third entity to receive a final license to start payments bank in India. The other two are - Paytm and Bharti Airtel

• States that bagged the Winners of Excellence eGov awards 2017 recently - Rajasthan and Telangana

• Country that was invited as a Guest Country at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017 - India

• Person appointed as the DGP of Karnataka recently - Rupak Kumar Dutta

• This former Delhi Police Commissioner has been appointed as the new CBI Director- Alok Verma

• This country is set to launch the world’s first and largest nuclear icebreaker fleet - Russia

• This country is the focus nation in the 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela – Egypt

• India recently held high-level consultations on countering terrorism with this country - Russia

• This state is hosting the 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela – Haryana

• This former Union Minister passed away on 1 February 2017 after suffering from a heart attack - E Ahamed

• The Survey of India is planning to remeasure the height of this mountain peak – Mount Everest

• Researchers have found new species of songbird in this Indian mountain range – Western Ghats

• Meghalaya’s first ever Apparel and Garment Centre was inaugurated at - Ampati

• Person appointed as the Interim Managing Director and CEO of India Post Payments Bank - A P Singh

• 2017 North East Film Festival began in - Pune

• Entity that was granted the Payments Bank Licence by RBI recently - India Post

• State Bank of India launched a new wealth management product named SBI Exclusif in - Kerala

• Bombay Natural History Society has launched climate change programme to assess conservation of these two bird groups in the Central Himalayas - Finches and Pheasants

• This globally wanted terrorist was recently placed under house arrest by Pakistani authorities - Hafiz Saeed

• This country has unveiled controversial state history textbooks – South Korea

• The UN Security Council is going to hold urgent talks on missile test with this country- Iran

• The Chadian diplomat appointed as the Chairman of the African Union Commission is - Moussa Faki Mahamat

• The Supreme Court recently appointed a four-member Committee of Administrators to run Board of Control for Cricket in India. The Committee will be headed by - Vinod Rai

• The person appointed as the President of the Table Tennis Federation of India is - Dushyant Chautala

• Name the famous French actress, best known for her roles in films Hiroshima mon amour and Amour, who passed away recently is - Emmanuelle Riva

• As per the Economic Survey, the trade deficit declined to this many USD between April 2016 and December 2017 – USD 76.5 billion

• As per the Economic Survery, the agriculture sector is set to grow at this per cent during 2016-17 – 4.1 per cent

• Sir John Hurt, who passed away recently, belonged to - England

• Indian Space Research Organisation recently ground tested the Cryogenic Upper Stage engine meant for the rocket - GSLV-Mark-III

• Indian-American appointed as special assistant to US President on ethics and compliance matters - Uttam Dhillon

• Person sworn-in as Karnataka Lokayukta recently - P Vishwanath Shetty

• India's first Fanatic Sports Museum was inaugurated in - Kolkata

• The person crowned as the Miss Universe 2016 is - Miss France Iris Mittenaere

• The winner of the 2017 Australian Open Men’s Singles title is - Roger Federer

• The winner of the 2017 Australian Open Women’s Singles title is - Serena Williams

• The Indian doctor selected for the 2017 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame is - Gullapalli N. Rao

• The winner of the 2017 Tata Steel Chess Tournament is - Wesley So

• As per an announcement made by the Union Ministry of Finance, the General Anti Avoidance Rules will come into force on – 1 April 2017

• The 2017 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold women’s singles badminton title was won by – P V Sindhu

• The 2017 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold men’s singles badminton title was won by – Sameer Verma

• This former professional tennis player was appointed as the UN in India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals – Ashok Amritraj

• The National Anti-leprosy day was observed on – 30 January 2017

• As per the advance estimates released by the Central Statistics Office, the growth rate of GDP at constant market prices for the year 2016-17 is placed at - 6.1 per cent

• Inflation based on Wholesale Price Index (WPI) declined in 2015-16 to - (-) 2.5 per cent

• As per a recent finding, consumption of lychee fruit on an empty stomach can result in - very low blood glucose level and acute encephalopathy

• The person who recently took over as the 25th Director General of the Border Roads (DGBR) is - Lt. General Sanjeev Kumar Shrivastava

• UNICEF recently launched an appeal for US $3.3 billion to help 48 million children caught up in crises worldwide amid fears of - a funding cut from top donor the United States

• Tax rate that will be imposed on the Income earned from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh as per the Union Budget 2017 - 20 per cent

• Surcharge to be imposed on the Income earned between Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore as per the Union Budget 2017 - 10 per cent

• Initiative that will be launched by Union Government to provide education and skills through digital means, as per the Union Budget 2017 - DigiGaon

• Amount of financial assistance that will be granted to the pregnant women who undergo institutional delivery under Maternity Benefit Scheme as per Budget 2017 - Rs 6000

• Coverage of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana will be increased in the FY 2017-18 to - 40 per cent

• Scientists have uncovered evidence of at least two billion years of volcanic activity on - Mars

• The Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju recently announced the government’s decision of installing smart fence along - India-Pakistan Border
• Scientists have discovered remnants indicating towards the existence of a lost continent under - Mauritius

• A new Centre of Integrative Oncology has been inaugurated in – Noida

• India has signed an MoU to construct a multi-ethnic secondary school with – Sri Lanka

• Start-up firm that launched an integrated accreditation and ERP technology solution to enable higher educational institutions to better manage their multiple accreditation standards - E-paathsala

• Bank that launched mobile App Mission FINFIT in collaboration with Bangalore startup Fisdom - Lakshmi Vilas Bank

• The cab hailing firm Uber launched its two-wheeler aggregation service  UberMOTO in - Hyderabad

• Star that was captured performing an unusual act of preying on its companion star by the space observatory ASTROSAT - Vampire Star

• This cricketer has been banned from all forms of cricket for one year for violating the doping code - Andre Russel

• The person appointed as the Managing Director of BAE Systems’ India operations is - Nik Khanna

• The 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav or National Theatre Festival commenced on 1 February 2017 in - New Delhi

• The Union Government recently approved the amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, to modify the list of SC in - Odisha

• The veteran journalist, who witnessed Mahatma Gandhi assassination, who recently passed away is - Devdutt

• The Indian singer, whose composition will be a part of an album for United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund project titled 'Music To Inspire - Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking," is - Neeti Mohan

• The 69th United States Secretary of State under Donald Trump’s government is - Rex Tillerson

• The SAARC programming committee meeting is being conducted in – Kathmandu, Nepal

• This country has suspended the issuance of visas to travellers from Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan – Kuwait

• This country planning to launch its first-ever mission to Mars in 2020 – The United Arab Emirates

• This space orbiter will be the first-ever from an Arab country to embark on a Mars mission - Hope


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