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September 30, 2017

30th September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Daily Current Affairs of 30th September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (30th September) is International Translation Day
    • The observance of this day seeks to recognize contribution of unsung heroes behind international diplomacy who work as language professionals to facilitate dialogue and contribute to development and strengthens world peace and security. 
    • Theme of International Translation Day 2017 : Let’s tell the world about what we do
  • Saudi Arabia today voted to allow women to issue fatwas.
    • The move was approved by 107 votes, ending 45 years of only men being allowed to issue the legal pronouncements in the kingdom. 
    • Important Noe : The ruling comes just days after Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on women's driving.
  • The 3rd India International Science Festival (IISF-2017) will be held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu from 13th to 16th 2017. 
    • This is the third IIS festival, which has been organised since the NDA government came to power in 2014. 
    • The first two were held at IIT-Delhi and National Physical Laboratory, Delhi.
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5 States get new Governors Today : Here is the List

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President Ram Nath Kovind today made crucial appointments of governors to 5 states today. The states of  Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Meghalaya got new governors. Tamil Nadu got its first full-time Governor in a year amid the continuing political crisis. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory, also got a new governor. Madhya Pradesh and Telangana remain under additional charge of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh governors respectively. Here is the list :

Newly Appointed Governors List

  • New Governor of Tamil Nadu : Banwarilal Purohit
  • New Governor of Arunachal Pradesh : Brigadier BD Mishra (retd)
  • New Governor of Meghalaya : Ganga Prasad
  • New Governor of Assam : Jagdish Mukhi
  • New Governor of Bihar : Satyapal Malik
  • New Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar : Admiral DK Joshi

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Essays for IBPS PO VII : India - As the Next Global Leader

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India : As the Next Global Leader

Main Points to Highlight : Since independence India became part of all important international organizations and plays a significant role in the creation of non-aligned movement during the Russian- USA cold war period. Now India is member of major international organization such as UNO, World Bank, IMF; UNESCO, UNICEF; ILO, WTO, and FATF etc. Currently India is a non permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for two years fin- which the election was held this year. In that election she got a record 189 votes. Only four countries voted against. This shows India's popularity throughout the world. In the first three to four decade after independence India could not play any major role on the international front affairs due to fragile economic condition and involvement in three major wars: two with Pakistan and one with China. India was mostly dependent on foreign aid for its socioeconomic and infrastructure development, but after 1991 economic liberalization she has become a major contributor of aid to the third world countries. In 2008 India achieved a remarkable feat by becoming a trillion dollar economy. Currently India is at the cynosure of the world leaderfor its contribution to each and every continent of the globe. Indian CAG (Controller and Auditor General) which is another example of a unique institution in the field of auditappointed as the external auditor of two major UN organizations: (International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) and World Intellectual Property Right (W1PR).

In the 20th century entire world considered USA, Russia, Japan and some of the European countries as the global leaders. But in the 21st century two more countries from Asia emerged as the global leader that is India and China. Question is: who is a global leader? Though, there is no clear cut definition, a global leader is one who can play a major role in world affairs, work for maintaining peace and tranquility and can extend all type of help in preventing global crisis such as climate change, food insecurity, hunger, poverty etc.

As mentioned above India emerged as a global leader in the 21st century due to it's all round development. Thereafter she never looked back and made rapid progress in the growth trajectory. First of all entire credit goes to her founding fathers and constitution writers. They did not left any loophole in the constitution. They established a responsible legislative body to make law and new policy, an executive body to execute various policy enacted by legislation and an independent judiciary to safe guard the constitution and the fundamental rights of each citizen. No individual or politician in India can take the power and law in hand at will like what is happening in African countries or even in Pakistan. Pakistan is a country got freedom with India but the military power there has the power to topple the civilian government creating instability. But this is not the case with India. Great Indian leaders made a system by amalgamating the best features of other democratic countries. That is why India is known as one of the stable countries of the world.
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September 29, 2017

29th September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (29th September 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 29th September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (29th September) is World Heart Day.
    • The World Heart Day is an international campaign held on 29th September by the World Heart Foundation to inform people about cardiovascular diseases, which are the biggest cause of death.
    • This day promotes preventative measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
    • Theme of World Heart Day 2017 : ‘share the power
  • The International Police Organization, Interpol today announced it had admitted Palestine and Solomon Islands as member states.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India has signed Letter of Intent (LoI) with Norway to extend cooperation within health sector through Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for period of three years starting from 2018.
    • Through this LoI, cooperation between both countries will continue to be aligned with development goals of India as outlined in its National Health Policy, 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    • Letter of Intent - A document containing a declaration of the intentions of the writer
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September 2017 Current Affairs Quiz - Set 12

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Who has been recently appointed as the new Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) ?



The 'Father of nephrology in India', was recently passed away. Who is he ?



Name the first self-governing country in the world to grant national voting rights to women ?



Who has became the first woman to win an individual World Championship motorbike race ?



The sovereign wealth fund, the largest in the world, has hit $1 trillion for the first time. This fund is related to which country ?


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English Vocabulary from "The Hindu News Paper" - 29th September 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 29th September 2017. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on the titles to read the Editorials 

Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "Hope in Darjeeling — On end of blockade"
  • Blockade - an official action that is intended to prevent people or goods from moving from one place to another
  • Tripartite - involving three people or organizations
  • Breakthrough - a discovery or achievement that comes after a lot of hard work
  • Forthwith - immediately
  • Consolidate - to combine several small things into one large unit
  • Truce - an agreement between two people or groups involved in a war, fight, or disagreement to stop it for a period of time
  • Address - to give attention to or deal with a matter or problem
  • Setback - a problem that delays or that stops progress or makes a situation worse
  • Livelihood - something such as your work that provides the money that you need to live
  • Agitation - an attempt to cause social or political changes by arguing or protesting, or through other activities
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UPSC Engineering Services Examination 2018 Notification out

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Friends, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the notification for the Engineering Services Examination 2018 to fill up 588 job positions in various branches like Civil, Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunication & Mechanical Engineering. All eligible candidates can apply online from 27th September 2017 to 23rd October 2017. Check complete details below. All the Best :)

Name of the Organization : Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Name of the Exam : Engineering Services Examination 2018


Total Number of Vacancies : 588 Posts

Eligible Services / Posts for the Exam
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
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Essays for IBPS PO VII : Role of Media in the Modern World

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Role of Media in the Modern World

Main Points to Highlight : Media plays a very prominent role in shaping the society The original role of the media was and still is to give to the public all relevant information about various events in the country and the world Now the written media includes a host of publications, dailies, fortnightly weeklies, monthly all giving information about events with supplement of suggestions and comments by learned people. Today, the print media has acquired such proportions that there is absolutely no avenue of knowledge or information that is left out. Thus, the media, whatever it is print or the electronic, its importance at least in the modern world cannot be denigrated. While we are sitting in our drawing rooms at home, we can get all the information of all happenings around the world We get a sea of knowledge and all the information, relaxing at home. If the common man loses faith in the truth of the media, it will be a bad symptom and a bad day for all.

The importance and the impact of the media, written or electronic cannot be marginalized in the world of today. In the modern world of quick communication and quick information, media plays a very crucial role.The original role of the media was and still is to give to the public all relevant information about occurrences in the country and the world Today, the written media includes a host of publications, dailies, fortnightly, weeklies, monthly all giving information about events with supplement of suggestions and comments by learned people. At the moment, the print media has acquired such proportions that there is absolutely no avenue of knowledge or information that is left out.Multifarious avenues are being touched upon, whether it is local, national or international. All avenues of news, business, health, sports, films and entertainment are being dwelt upon at great length. Advantage of media in spreading of news, knowledge and information through the length and breadth of the world is part and parcel of daily social life.In these days of awareness, even the remotest villages of India get at least one daily newspaper in their local language. This keeps them abreast of the latest news and happenings of the world. Moreover, written media is the cheapest medium of collecting all important information of the district, city, country and the world.
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September 28, 2017

Last 6 Months' General Awareness Quiz 2017 (Set 3)

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  1. Which two countries have launched 'Friendship 2017', a joint counter terrorism drill, in September 2017 ?
    1. Russia and India
    2. China and India
    3. Russia and Pakistan
    4. China and Pakistan
    5. China and Japan
  2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi revived the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) on September 25, 2017. Who was appointed its Chairman ?
    1. Ratan Watal
    2. Bibek Debroy
    3. Surjit Bhalla
    4. Rathin Roy
    5. Amitabh Kant
  3. Shyam Saran Negi, independent India's first voter turned 100 on July 1, 2017. He belongs to which of the following states ?
    1. Maharashtra
    2. Haryana
    3. Himachal Pradesh
    4. Madhya Pradesh
    5. Uttar Pradesh
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28th September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (28th September 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 28th September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (28th September) is World Rabies day.
    • World Rabies Day is an international campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, a non-profit organization with headquarters in the US and UK. 
    • Theme of World Rabies day 2017 : “Rabies: Zero by 30”. 
  • Today (last Thursday of September) is World Maritime Day.
    • The United Nations (UN), via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. 
    • This day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work.
    • Theme of World Maritime Day 2017 : "Connecting Ships, Ports and People"
  • Two US Congressmen have introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives for the second year in a row to support India's permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
    • Adding that permanent membership for India on the UNSC would strengthen democracy around the world, the Congressmen said that India is a pillar of stability in south Asia.
  • Thailand's Supreme Court today sentenced former PM Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia to five years in prison after finding her guilty of mishandling a rice scheme which led to at least $8 billion in losses. 
  • Russia today destroyed the last batch of its chemical weapons stockpile, fulfilling its obligation under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
  • A 3-year-old girl in Nepal has been named the new Kumari of Kathmandu after her predecessor retired when she reached puberty. 
    • The practice is part of a tradition that worships young girls as "living goddesses" where the Kumari is considered an embodiment of the Hindu goddess Taleju.
National Current Affairs
  • Nation paid homage to great freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his 110th Birth Anniversary today.
  • The 190th Gunners Day was celebrated today.
    • The Regiment of Artillery in India was raised on September 28, 1827 as 5 Bombay Mountain Battery as part of the Bombay Army in the Presidency of Bombay and it's now celebrated as Gunners' Day.
    • Note : They're known as gunners as they handled guns and artillery equipment.
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Banking Awareness : Top 20 Economies in World 2017

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Hi friends, I am Sindhu. Today I am sharing important General Knowledge topic, Top 20 Biggest Economies in the World, based on GDP. This list contains projected GDP's of 20 Countries/Economies in current prices (U.S. dollars) of year 2017. Happy Reading :)

What is GDP ?
GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is the total market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a given year. In Nominal method, market exchange rates are used for conversion. To make meaningful comparison, PPP is used to compare economies and incomes of people by adjusting for differences in prices in different countries.

Top 20 Countries / Economies in the World (as per Nominal GDP)


Rank
Country / Economy
GDP (in billions of $)
1
United States
19,417.144
2
China
11,795.297
3
Japan
4,841.221
4
Germany
3,423.287
5
United Kingdom
2,496.757
6
India
2,454.458
7
France
2,420.440
8
Brazil
2,140.940
9
Italy
1,807.425
10
Canada
1,600.265
11
Russia
1,560.706
12
Korea
1,498.074
13
Australia
1,359.723
14
Spain
1,232.440
15
Indonesia
1,020.515
16
Mexico
987.303
17
Turkey
793.698
18
Netherlands
762.694
19
Saudi Arabia
707.379
20
Switzerland
659.368

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September 2017 Current Affairs Quiz - Set 11

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Who has been recently appointed as the new Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) ?



The first and only five-star ranked IAF officer in India, was recently passed away. Name him ?



Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore recently announced that 152 athletes selected under a government scheme which will give them a monthly stipend of ₹50,000 to prepare for 2020 Olympics. Which scheme it is ?



The Indian government is considering a proposal to introduce its own cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin. Name it ?



External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was on a visit to New York (US). During this visit, she attended  _____________


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Central Bank of India Recruitment of Office Assistant (RSETI) 2017

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Friends, the Central Bank of India (CBI) is inviting applications for filling up the post of Office Assistant for RSETI (Rural Self Employment Training Institute) Kota on contract basis for the Year 2017-18.  Last date of receipt of applications is 4th October 2017. Check complete details below. All the Best :)

Name of the Bank : Central Bank of India (CBI)

Name of the Post : Office Assistant


Age : 35 years

Educational Qualification :
  • Essential : Shall be a Graduate viz. BSW/BA/B.Com with computer knowledge.
  • Desirable : Knowledge in basic accounts & book keeping.
Eligibility Criteria :
  • Should be well conversant with the local language.
  • Should be resident of the same or nearby district/residing at the head quarter of RSETI centre.
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English Vocabulary from "The Hindu News Paper" - 28th September 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 28th September 2017. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on the titles to read the Editorials 
  • Consent - permission to do something
  • Verdict - an official judgment made in a court
  • Notion - knowledge or understanding of something
  • Acquitting - to state officially that someone is not guilty of the crime they were accused of
  • Conclude - to decide that something is true after looking at all the evidence you have
  • Rationale - the set of reasons that something such as a plan or belief is based on
  • Debatable - something that is debatable is not certain because it is possible for people to have different opinions about it
  • Unsettling - something that is unsettling makes you feel nervous, confused, or upset
  • By and large - used for referring to something in a very general way
  • Vital - very important, necessary, or essential
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SBI in Top 3 Best Places to Work in India

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India's largest State Bank of India (SBI) is at the 3rd position in recently released list of 50 best places to work in India for 2017. Search Engine giant Google topped the list followed by India's largest power plant equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

The list was curated from Indeed Today's (American worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings) hundreds of thousands of company reviews from employees. Indeed has over 15 million company reviews globally and these companies are the most highly rated on overall employee experience.

The ranking is on the basis of both overall and across individual categories as determined by reviews left by visitors to Indeed on individual company pages.
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September 27, 2017

Latest Pattern Reasoning Practice Test for IBPS POs, Clerks 2017

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Latest Pattern Reasoning Practice Test 2017

Directions (Q.No. 1-5) : Study the information given below and answer the questions based on it

Eight persons A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H are sitting in a row facing north; each of them belongs to different countries like India, US or China. It is known that D belongs to India and is sitting next to H. Two people are sitting between H and E, who belongs to China. D is sitting neither between H and E nor between A and B. C belongs to China and only one person is sitting to his left. A and B are not sitting next to each other. Out of these eight people, the maximum number of people belongs to India. B belongs to India and three people from the same country are not sitting next to each other. Two people belong to China and both are sitting adjacent to each other. G doesn't belong to US and is sitting next to a person who belongs to China. Neither A nor B is sitting adjacent to H. F is sitting to the immediate left of B and A and B don't belong to the same country.
  1. Who belong to US ? 
    1. F, A, H 
    2. G, F 
    3. A, H 
    4. A, H, D 
    5. Can't be determined 
  2. Find the odd one out ? 
    1. G
    2. B
    3. E
  3. Who are the immediate neighbors of A ? 
    1. G, D
    2. F, D
    3. Can't be determined 
  4. How many people are sitting between G and F ? 
    1. 3
  5. Which of the following statements is wrong ?
    1. Only two people belong to US 
    2. B is sitting at the extreme right corner
    3. Two people are sitting between G and A. 
    4. Both the neighbors of H belong to India 
    5. None of these
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27th September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (27th September 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 27th September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • World Tourism Day is being observed today.
    • The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
    • The World Tourism Day celebration was started by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the year 1980.
    • This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism.
    • The United Nations has named the year 2017 as the 'International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development'. 
    • Theme of World Tourism Day2017 : Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development.
  • India has slipped down by one rank to be placed at the 40th position out of 137 countries on the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index report 2017-18
    • Switzerland topped the list.
    • Pakistan has jumped up seven positions to be ranked 115 as against last year's 122. 
    • India continues to top in South Asia, with its highest ever score.
    • Top 5 Countries in Global Competitiveness Index Report 2017-18 :
      • Switzerland (1st)
      • United States (2nd)
      • Singapore (3rd)
      • Netherlands (4th) 
      •  Germany (5th).
  • Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law that makes the Ukrainian language the main medium of instruction in state schools.
    • The move has been criticised for infringing on the rights of minorities by limiting the scope of their native languages to be used for instruction.
  • Saudi Arabia's King Salman today issued a royal decree allowing women to drive, ending its status as the only country in the world to impose such a ban.
  • Over 36 lakh Iraqi Kurds today cast their vote in a referendum proposing independence for Iraq's Kurdistan region
    • Note : Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East but don't have a permanent nation state.
National Current Affairs
  • To meet the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women in rural areas, the Karnataka government is going to launch a scheme titled 'Mathru Purna' on October 2. 
    • The women will be provided one full meal including rice and dal in a day apart from calcium and iron tablets under the scheme. 
  • An Anti-child abuse documentary will be played before the movies in theatres across India and will initially be screened in 11 cinemas of Delhi. 
    • The documentary made in Hindi and English aims to stop child-abuse and encourage people to report such incidents. 
    • Note : As per National Crime Records Bureau, India reported 94,172 child-abuse cases last year.
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English Vocabulary from "The Hindu News Paper" - 27th September 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 27th September 2017. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on the titles to read the Editorials 

Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "Power problem — On Saubhagya scheme"
  • Long-standing - having existed for a long time
  • Realisation - the process of achieving something that you have planned or hoped for, or the moment when this happens
  • Budgetary - relating to a budget
  • Addressing - to give attention to or deal with a matter or problem
  • Plague - something that is very common and harmful
  • Household - the people who live in a house or flat when they are considered as a single unit
  • Criterion - a standard that is used for judging something or for making a decision about something
  • Affordability - the state of being cheap enough for people to be able to buy
  • Account for something - to form the total of something
  • Understate - to say that something is less important, serious, big etc than it really is
  • Penetration -  the act of getting into a place or group
  • Ease - to make or become less severe, difficult, unpleasant, painful, etc
  • Recurring - happening again
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Essays for IBPS PO VII : Slowdown of Indian Economy and Improvement

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Slowdown of Indian Economy and Improvement


Main Points to Highlight : The Indian economy exemplified as a success story of the third world economies just a couple of years ago is at crossroads today limping at a pace slowest in almost a decade showing signs of drifting towards the pre 1991 era. Ironically, the man who steered us clear of the 1991 storm, and is at the helm of affairs now is helpless and at loggerheads owing to constant accusations of policy paralysis, corruption allegations and leadership crises weighing down his options. Some of the factors are: high and constantly increasing Current Account Deficit (CAD); sharp deceleration of industrial production; India's expansionary fiscal policy and global financial crisis. Some hoard of measures that can be implemented to bring everything under control. 

Indian economy is described as an economy which is tenth largest in the world by nominal GDP and third largest in terms of purchasing power parity. This economy was growing at a fast pace in recent past has been plagued by such a slowdown that our currency is on a free-fall and it is not able to ascertain its lower limit. 

Economy of a country depends on number of factors which are divided in three general categories like Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. Over independence-era, Indian economy till 1991 was based on a mixed economy which combines the features of capitalism and socialism resulting in interventionist policies and import substituting economy. This economy has always given much emphasis on agriculture which is called as backbone of the nation as the percentage of people dependent on it is approximately 60% of the total population. But the misery is that its contribution in total GDP of the nation is less than 10%. 

Looking on the various sectors that contribute to make the Indian economy like agriculture, trade, services etc. In context of Indian economy, the most important one is the trade aspect that consists of import, export and various business processes. Trade aspect alternately tells us about the industrial growth of a nation and its dependence on other nation. Recent slowdown of economy is attributed to the fact that import has exceeded the level of export that lead to heavy deficit of balance of trade.
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Computer Knowledge Quiz (MS Excel) - Set 4

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  1. ______________ moves to the previous cell in a worksheet or the previous option in a dialog box.
    1. Shift+Tab
    2. Ctrl+Tab
    3. Alt+Tab
    4. Esc+Tab
    5. None of these
  2. __________ are equations that preform calculations on values in your worksheet.
    1. Functions
    2. References
    3. Formulas
    4. Constants
    5. None of these
  3. In MS Excel a formula starts with 
    1. A Plus Sign (+)
    2. A Minus Sign (-)
    3. A Greater Than Sign (>)
    4. An Equal Sign (=)
    5. None of these
  4. Which of the following is not a term pertaining to spreadsheets ?
    1. Formula
    2. Cell
    3. Browser
    4. Character
    5. None of these
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September 26, 2017

Modi's new scheme 'Saubhagya' - Highlights

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On the occasion of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay's birth centenary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a new scheme titled 'Saubhagya' or the 'Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana'.

The Saubhagya scheme will provide free electricity connection to poor families of India. this scheme aims to improve the environment, public health, education and connectivity with the help of last-mile power connections across India. It will help reduce the use of kerosene lamps in non-electrified households. Here are some major highlights of this scheme.

Important Highlights of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya Scheme)

  • The Saubhagya scheme basically means Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana.
  • Aim of this scheme is to provide electricity to all families in India
  • This scheme will provide free electricity connection to poor families of India.
  • Saubhagya does not envisage any subsidy for electricity consumption. That is, consumers will have to pay the bill as per their utilisation.
  • The scheme will ensure "a substitute to kerosene". By substituting kerosene use in rural areas it would save import expenditure.
  • The scheme will inject more than Rs 16000 crore in the economy to create assets, which in turn will add more investment in the economy and create jobs.
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26th September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (26th September 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 26th September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is on a 2 day visit to India.
    • He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held talks with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a bid to bolster bilateral ties between the two nations.
    • He will also be meeting National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
    • Important Note : This is the first cabinet-level visit to India under the Trump administration.
  • To enable authorities to determine a driver's identity when caught speeding, Germany has passed a new law banning drivers from covering their faces.
  • Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has called a snap general election and said that he will dissolve the Parliament's lower house later this week on Thursday.
National Current Affairs
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today launched  a web portal called ‘PENCIL’ for effective implementation of the National Child Labour Project (NCLP).
    • PENCIL is an electronic platform for no child labour in the country is being developed by the Labour Ministry.
    • PENCIL portal has five components. They are, 
      • Child Tracking System, 
      • Complaint Corner, 
      • State Government, 
      • National Child Labour Project 
      • Convergence
    • PENCIL - Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour
  • Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah today launched a Vision-2025 project to provide a governance strategy for state's development over the next seven years. 
    • Calling the project a "new kind of thinking", Siddaramaiah said public opinion will be gathered to build a state of people's dream. 
  • First Helicopter service was started from Srinagar to world's second coldest inhabited place Drass today under Udan Scheme.
    • The centre had approved operation of helicopter services in the State of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on a pilot basis in 10 sectors, stipulating that the most inaccessible destination points should be chosen.
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