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October 21, 2017

October 2017 Current Affairs Quiz - Set 7

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Which city has topped The Economist Intelligence Unit's Safe Cities Index 2017 ?

Which Indian city ranked 43rd in the Safe Cities Index 2017 ?

The World Standards Day is observed on ?

What is the Theme of World Standards Day 2017 ?

Who is the president of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) ?

Who is the Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ?

Who is the President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ?


AIC of India Administrative Officers Online Exam Call Letters out

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Friends, the Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited (AIC) has released the call letters for it's Administrative Officers (Scale I) Recruitment online Exam 2017. As you know, the leading Crop Insurance Company has invited online applications for the recruitment of above mentioned posts from 15th September 2017 to 10th October 2017. Now it has came out with the Online Exam Call Letters for the same. You can download your call letters from the official website of the Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited ( or from below link. The link will be active from 20th October 2017 19th November 2017. All the Best :)

Thanks to Raamkumar J for the update

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October 20, 2017

English Vocabulary from "The Hindu News Paper" - 16th October 2017

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Hai Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu News Paper dated 16th October 2017. Happy reading :)

Note : There were no editorials in THE HINDU on 15th October 2017 (Sunday)

Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "Toxic farming : on insecticide regulation"
  • Toxic - poisonous and harmful to people, animals, or the environment
  • Insecticide - a chemical for killing insects, especially those that damage plants or crops
  • Regulation - an official rule that controls the way that things are done
  • Exposure - the state of being put into a situation in which something harmful or dangerous might affect you
  • Belt - an area of land where there is a particular industry, activity etc
  • Evident - easy to see, notice, or understand
  • Miserably - feeling or showing unhappiness
  • Investment - the act of putting money, effort, time, etc. into something to make a profit or get an advantage
  • Rely - to trust someone or something to do something for you
  • Volume - an amount of something
  • In the face of something - in a situation where you have to deal with something unpleasant or difficult

20th October 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (20th October 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 20th October 2017

International Current Affairs
  • India and Russia today began their first ten-day, tri-service military exercise, Indra.
    • This exercise will see participation from all three services- the Army, Air Force, and Navy. 
    • Over 400 Indian personnel are taking part in the exercise being organised in Russia. 
    • Important Note :  It is overall 10th edition of INDRA exercise and India’s first bilateral military exercise with any country involving all three services.
  • The China-India war began on this day (20th October) in the year 1962, when the People's Liberation Army of China invaded Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh (then known as the North East Frontier Agency). 
    • In the war that lasted till November 21, around 3,250 Indian soldiers were killed. 
    • India also lost about 43,000 square kilometres of land, captured by China in Aksai Chin.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) have signed the IBSA Trust Fund Agreement today.
    • This agreement seeks to fight poverty in developing countries. 
    • It was signed at the 8th IBSA trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting in Durban, South Africa.
National Current Affairs
  • According to Central Pollution Control Board data, after the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR till November 1, the city witnessed its cleanest Diwali in three years.
  • The Bengaluru Metro which was launched as south India's first Metro service, has completed six years of operation today. 
    • The Metro, which is India's second largest operational network, runs 50 trains.

Essays for IBPS PO VII : Food Grain Production in India

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Food Grain Production in India

Main Points to Highlight : Freedomfivm hunger and malnutrition presupposes availability of food-grains at reasonable rates all over the country. The present availability of food grain in the country is 38 gms per person per c1,61.,% which is very low. India is an agricultural country and the monsoon plays a very vital role here. We had nine successive good monsoons over the past years. India is still a country of malnourished people and self sufficiency in food-grains is still a far cry. The rapid increase in population has outpaced our food-production growth and there is an urgent need of a new thrust of food production. We need more and more technology and research in agriculture. Besides food-production, there are other problems like distribution, storage, subsidies etc. to be tackled

Food is one of the basic human needs. It is the chief means of subsistence. Therefore, agricultural development is as important as industrial development. They are interrelated and interdependent. Development means providing means of sustenance to the people. Adequate availability of food-grains at reasonable prices ensures freedom from hunger and malnutrition. Availability and entitlement of food both are important. Food should be within the easy reach of the masses. India's population is increasing at the rate of over 2 percent per annum. Therefore, the production of food-grains, procurement, storage, distribution and timely movement to the deficient regions are to be given top priority. The per capita availability of food-grains in India is nearly 463 grams per day. 

India is basically an agricultural country and in this sector monsoon plays an important role. The south-west monsoon starts in June and lasts till October and causes rains in various parts of the country in various degrees. Rains play a vital role in agriculture. The kharif crop depends chiefly on the south-west monsoon and the rabi crop on north-east monsoon which blows from November to May. It brings rain mainly to the peninsular India and here the main crop is paddy.

Reading Comprehension Practice Test on Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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Directions (Q.No. 1-5) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

GST is the Goods and Services Tax rolled out across the country on July 1. Since then, a number of teething issues have emerged - some more serious than others. The most pressing problem is to do with the availing of input tax credits by exporters. The problem, according to exporters, is that they have to wait an inordinate amount of time before the refunds are processed and paid. 

As a result, they say a large part of their working capital estimated at about Rs. 65,000 crore is stuck, rendering their businesses untenable. Another pressing problem  is the capacity of the GST Network portal for filing tax returns. Since the rollout, the portal has fared poorly in the face of peak traffic. According to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the portal can process 1 lakh returns an hour, which translates to 24 lakh returns in a day. 

The third issue being faced by the government is that taxpayers are missing the deadlines to file returns and so it can't accurately estimate how much revenue GST is yielding. For example, while the government said it had earned Rs. 90,669 crore from GST in August, it also said that only about 55% of registered taxpayers had filed their returns even five days after the deadline.

October 19, 2017

English Vocabulary from "The Hindu News Paper" - 14th October 2017

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Hai Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of Today's Hindu News Paper dated 14th October 2017. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on the title to read the Editorial

  • Benefit of doubt - to treat someone as if their behaviour is honest or correct, even though you are not certain that it is
  • Probe - an attempt to find out the truth about an issue
  • Trial - process of examining a case in a court of law and deciding whether someone is guilty or innocent
  • Verdict - an official judgment made in a court
  • Acquit - to state officially that someone is not guilty of the crime they were accused of
  • Domestic worker - a person who is paid to help with cleaning and other tasks in a person's home
  • Merely - used for emphasizing that something is small or unimportant
  • Indictment - an official statement accusing someone of committing a serious crime, or the document with which this is done
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