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Current Affairs One liners of the Week: 2 January to 7 January 2017

Jan 7, 2017 19:11 IST

2 January to 7 January 2017: The recap of the week covers important current affairs happenings of the week like International Conference on Yoga for Diabetes, Robert Marchand’s record in cycling and  Zawar Mines among others.

• It is with this country India signed a Protocol to amend the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention in January 2017 - Kazakhstan

• The country that launched its second Tongxin Jishu Shiyan satellite – China

• The 14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was inaugurated in – Bengaluru

• This city hosted the International Conference on Yoga for Diabetes – New Delhi

• This Pakistani cricketer has become the first batsman to score test hundreds in 11 countries – Younis Khan

• The helpline number 14444 launched by the Government to promote – Digital Payments

• This multilateral organisation released the statistical estimates on Migrants Workers Report – International Labour Ogranisation

• 105-year-old man Robert Marchand made history by cycling more than 14 miles in an hour. He belongs to – France

• As per a directive of the Ministry of External Affairs, NRIs can deposit old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes till – 30 June 2017

• As per the advance estimates released by the CSO, the GDP in 2016-17 is set to grow at – 7.1%

• The RBI agreed to provide Rs 100 crore in Rs 100 notes to this country – Nepal

• Hindustan Zinc Ltd recently got environmental clearance for Zawar Mines expansion project. The mines is located in - Rajasthan

• Union Government approved 26% strategic stake sale in this public sector undertaking - Bharat Earth Movers Limited

• This minister has been named Samajwadi Party’s new national president- Akhilesh Yadav

• The new President of Samajwadi Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit is – Naresh Uttam

• This is the real reason behind Titanic’s sinking according to a newly surfaced documentary- Fire

• This Chief Minister launched the Aarogya Raksha family health insurance scheme on the first day of the New Year in his state- N. Chandrababu Naidu

• The Vice Chief of Army Staff who recently took over as the 27th Army Chief of India is - Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat

• The footballer player who was awarded the World’s Best Playmaker for the year 2016 by IFFHS is - Lionel Messi

• The Indian tennis player who recently announced retirement from the professional tennis is - Somdev Devvarman

• The Union Sports Ministry recently suspended Indian Olympic Association for not replying to a show-cause notice over the appointment of - Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life-presidents of the organisation

• India’s first transgender school ‘Sahaj International’ recently started in - Kerala

• Top PSU lenders that slashed their benchmark lending rates by up to 90 basis points are - State Bank of India, Punjab National Band and Union Bank

• A member of Pakistan's first-ever cricket Test team, who died in a Lahore hospital after a brief illness is - Imtiaz Ahmed

• Mumbai prodigy who created history by winning all three gold medals on offer in the 1st Western Asia Youth Chess Championships is - Kush Bhagat

• University that was pulled by the External Affairs Ministry for not implementing the Memoranda of Understanding it had signed with three Palestinian universities is - Jamia Millia Islamia

• The federation that in its report claimed that ninety-three journalists and media staff were killed around the world in the course of their work in 2016, with Iraq and Afghanistan the deadliest countries is - International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

• President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent for the promulgation of - the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016.

• The country drafted the resolution that seeks to end violence in Syria via a nationwide ceasefire between the government and rebels that was passed by UNSC – Russia

• The British diplomat appointed as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the European Union is - Sir Tim Barrow

• It is in this city Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Govind Singh – Patna

• This governmental agency released a consultation paper on net neutrality in India- The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

• The author of the book The People's President: Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is – SM Khan

• It is with this country Union Cabinet agreed to sign an agreement for cooperation in field of agriculture and allied sectors – Portugal

• The annual World Braille Day was observed on – 4 January

• Power Minister Piyush Goyal today launched the web portal and a Mobile App for - the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana – UDAY

• The United Nations has designated the year 2017 as – The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development  

• The Union government has launched this survey in 500 cities and towns- Swachh Bharat survey

• This Minister has been elected as the working President of DMK – M K Stalin

• India recently test-fired long range intercontinental nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-IV which is a- Surface-to-surface missile

• Person appointed as Executive Director of RBI in place of US Paliwal- Surekha Marandi

• Social reformer who was honoured by Google Doodle recently on her 186th birth anniversary- Savitribai Phule

• Karnataka Minister who passed away recently while he was in Chikkamagaluru to attend the silver jubilee celebrations of the Transport Cooperative Society at Koppa- Mahadev


• The Australian opening batsman who was recently inducted into ICC Hall of Fame posthumously is - Arthur Morris

• Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India. He succeeds - Justice T. S. Thakur

• PM Narendra Modi inaugurated 104th Indian Science Congress in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The theme for the event is - Science and Technology for National Development

• The winner of the 2016 Mubadala World Tennis Championship is - Rafael Nadal

• This multilateral organisation lifted 3-year ban on import of vegetables from India – European Union

• It is with this country India reached an agreement on fisherman issue – Sri Lanka

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced pan-India expansion of this programme to benefit pregnant and lactating mothers across the country - Maternity Benefit Programme (MBP)

• The Union Sports Ministry constituted a nine-member committee to make recommendations for bringing out - a comprehensive National Sports Development Code

• NASA is sending first African-American space station crew member to space station in 2018. His/Her name is - Jeanette Epps

• The person appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Reliance Power is - Suresh Nagarajan

• He is appointed as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff - Lieutenant General Sarath Chand

• The company that launched the training program, named Digital Unlocked, for Indian small and medium businesses is - Google

• This country is the latest to associate itself with India’s smart cities mission – Japan

• This city is going to play host to the ninth edition of JIFF- Jaipur

• This place in Delhi is soon going to become completely vehicle-free zone for three months- Connaught Place

• Veteran actor, who gave countless memorable performances in movies of diverse genres, died at his residence in Mumbai after a massive heart attack on 5 January 2017 is - Om Puri

• The 7th edition of Yashwant International Film Festival will be held from 20 to 26 January 2017 in - Mumbai

• Union Government imposed an anti-dumping duty ranging from 6.30 US dollars to 351.72 US dollars per tonne on imports of jute and its products from - Bangladesh and Nepal

• Fourth Assam International Agri-Horti show began in - Guwahati, Assam

• The Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi has declared 'null and void' Chief Minister V Narayanasamy's order banning use of social media for - official communication

• The Frenchman who managed to set a new world record for cycling the furthest distance in one hour for riders aged 105 or older by riding more than 22.5 kilometers at an indoor venue on the outskirts of Paris is - Robert Marchand

• Union Cabinet approved to sign a MoU with this country in the field of agriculture and allied sectors – Kenya

• The H1-B visa reform bill was introduced by the legislature of – the USA

• Tony Atkinson who died recently was an eminent British – Economist

• It is with this multilateral organisation Indian officials discussed issues regarding sharing of waters with Pakistan under the Indus Water Treaty – World Bank

• The former Prime Minister of Portugal who recently took over as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations is - Antonio Guterres

• The Supreme Court sacked Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke who served as - the President and Secretary of Board of Control for Cricket of India, respectively

• The Indian academician appointed as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission is - David R Syiemlieh

• Andhra Pradesh Government launched the NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme to provide the medical treatment for the Above Poverty Line families on payment of - monthly premium of Rs. 100 per head

• Person appointed as the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army recently- Bipin Rawat

• India’s first transgender school Sahaj International opened in- Kerala

• Writers chosen for the 2016 Navlekhan Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith- Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh

• Indian-origin British professor who was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Knighthood- Shankar Balasubramanian

• The former Prime Minister of Portugal who recently took over as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations is - Antonio Guterres

• The Supreme Court sacked Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke who served as - the President and Secretary of Board of Control for Cricket of India, respectively

• The Indian academician appointed as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission is - David R Syiemlieh

• The Indian-origin Saudi-based entrepreneur who was appointed Major General of Kyrgyzstan in recent past is - Shaikh Rafik Mohammed

• World famous 11-day gala festival Bargarh Dhanua Jatra began on 3 January 2016 in - Bargarh, the western Odisha

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