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October 19, 2017

Meet the new Prime Minister of New Zealand - Jacinda Ardern

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Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern has been named the next Prime Minister of New Zealand. She is going to replace Bill English who took the office on 12th December 2017.

Ardern was first elected to parliament as a list MP at the 2008 general election and has been the MP for Mount Albert since 8 March 2017.

Ardern will be New Zealand's third woman Prime Minister, after Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark. It is the first time that a party without the highest vote share has formed the government.

Ardern, who was born on 26th July 1980, also becomes New Zealand’s youngest prime minister for 150 years

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Most Expected Current Affairs Questions : October 2017 - Set 7

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What is India's rank in Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2017 ?



Which US bank has recently upgraded over 5,000 ATMs that allow customers to withdraw cash with a smartphone instead of debit or credit cards ?



World Sight Day (WSD) is observed on ?



The World Sight Day of the year 2017 is observed on ?



What is the Theme of World Sight Day 2017 ?



Who has been appointed the new Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) ?



The 3rd International Conference on Yoga was recently held at which city ?

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October 18, 2017

18th October 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (18th October 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 18th October 2017

International Current Affairs
  • The United States launched its first air strike against ISIS in Yemen. 
    • The strike targeted two camps in the Yakla and al-Abl in southern al-Bayda province that were used to train militants to conduct terror attacks using machine guns and grenade launchers. 
    • This strike was carried out in cooperation with the Yemeni government.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India and Japan signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP), aimed towards expanding bilateral cooperation between both countries in the field of skill development.
    • Under the provisions of MoC, Indian technical interns will be sent to Japan for on-the-job training for a period of three to five years, who can then return to India as assets for the Skill India initiative.
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Meet the Man Booker prize 2017 winner : George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo)

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American writer George Saunders has won this year's Man Booker Prize 2017 for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo, a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife.  It is the second year in a row an American has won the prestegious, which was opened to U.S. authors in 2014. Last year, U.S author Paul Beatty has won this award for his novel "The Sellout".

About George Saunders :

Saunders is an American writer of short stories, essays, novellas, children's books, and a novel. He currently working as a professor at Syracuse University.

Books written by him :
  • CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1996)
  • Pastoralia (2000)
  • The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (2000)
  • The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil (2005)
  • In Persuasion Nation (2006)
  • Tenth of December: Stories (2013)
  • A Two-Minute Note to the Future (2014)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo (2017)
Awards Received by him :
  • National Magazine Award for Fiction,
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters, Academy Award,
  • PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story
  • World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story
  • Folio Prize 2014
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RBI Assistants Recruitment Notification 2017 out - 623 Posts

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RBI Assistants Recruitment 2017

Good news friends, the much awaited notification of RBI Assistants Recruitment 2017 has been out. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is inviting online applications for the recruitment of 623 Assistants posts for the year 2017. You can apply online from today (18th October 2017) to 10th November 2017. The online Preliminary exam will be tentatively scheduled to be held during 27th and 28th November 2017. Check complete details below. All the Best :)

Name of the Organization : Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

Name of the Post : Assistant

Vacancy Details :
  • SC - 92 Posts
  • ST - 79 Posts
  • OBC - 144 Posts
  • General - 308 Posts
  • Total - 623 Posts
Important Dates :
  • Starting Date of Online Applications : 18th October 2017
  • Last Date of Online Applications : 10th November 2017
  • Schedule of Online Preliminary Test (Tentative) : 27th & 28th November 2017
  • Schedule of Main Online Exam (Tentative) : 20th December 2017 

Eligibility Criteria for RBI Assistants 2017 (as on 1st October 2017)

Age
  • Minimum : 20 Years
  • Maximum : 28 Years
Educational Qualifications :
  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks (pass class for SC/ST/PWD candidates) in the aggregate and the knowledge of word processing on PC.
Application Fee :
  • Rs. 50/- for SC/ST/PWD/EXS
  • Rs. 450/- for OBC / General

    Selection Process of RBI Assistants 2017 :


    Preliminary Exam :
    S. No
    Name of Tests (Objective)
    No. of Questions
    Max Marks
    Total Time
    1
    English Language
    30
    30
    Composite time of 1 Hour
    2
    Numerical Ability
    35
    35
    3
    Reasoning Ability
    35
    35
    3
    Reasoning Ability
    35
    35
    Total
    100
    100

      Main Exam :


      S. No
      Name of Tests (Objective)
      No of Questions
      Max Marks
      Duration
      1
      Test of Reasoning
      40
      40
      30 minutes
      2
      Test of English Language
      40
      40
      30 minutes
      3
      Test of Numerical Ability
      40
      40
      30 minutes
      4
      Test of General Awareness
      40
      40
      25 minutes
      5
      Test of Computer Knowledge
      40
      40
      20 Minutes
      Total
      200
      200



      Check detailed notification of RBI Assistants Recruitmebnt 2017 from HERE

       Apply Online from HERE

      Thanks to Venu Sharma and Biswaraj Bandhu Bhattacharyaa  for the update

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      October 17, 2017

      17th October 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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      Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (17th October 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

      Daily Current Affairs of 17th October 2017

      International Affairs
      • Today (17th October) is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
        • This day has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution  designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.
        • Fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the development of the post-2015 development agenda.
        • Theme of the year 2017 : “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies
      • Pakistan today won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by more than two-thirds vote as the General Assembly elected 15 countries to serve on the 47-member body. 
        • Pakistan said its membership to this council demonstrates a strong vote of confidence of the international community in its contributions to the global human rights agenda.
      • The European Union today imposed new sanctions against North Korea in response to its nuclear programme. 
        • The sanctions include a ban on EU investment in North Korea and a ban on the sale of refined petroleum products and crude oil. Last month, the UN put a cap on North Korean imports of crude oil and banned its textile imports.
      National Current Affairs
      • 2nd Ayurveda Day is being observed today.
        • This day is observed on the occassion of Dhanwantari Jayanthi.
        • Theme of Ayurveda Day 2017 : 'Run for Ayurveda'
      • On the occasion of the 2nd Ayurveda Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in Delhi today. 
        • It is the first institute under the Ministry of AYUSH with a National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) accreditation. 
        • The institute will have separate Yoga, Panchakarma, and Kriya Kalpa units, among others.
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      IBPS RRB Officers (Scale I, II & III) Main Exam Call Letters out

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      Friends, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has activated the call letter download links for IBPS RRB VI Officers (Scale I) Main Exam and IBPS RRB Officers (Scale II & III) Single Exam 2017. The links will be active from today (17th October 2017) to 5th November 2017. All the Best :)
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      English Vocabulary from "The Hindu News Paper" - 13th 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 13th October 2017. Happy reading :)

      Note : Click on the title to read the Editorial
      • Minor - someone who is too young to have the legal responsibilities of an adult
      • Implication - a possible effect or result
      • Anomaly - something unusual, unexpected, or different from what normally happens
      • Offence - a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment
      • Regardless of - without being affected or influenced by anything else that happens or exists
      • Consent - permission to do something
      • Exception - someone or something that is not included in a rule, group, or list or that does not behave in the expected way
      • Provided - only if a particular thing happens or is done
      • Statutory - controlled by a law or statute
      • Permissible - allowed to be done by a law or rule
      • Harmonise - creating, amending and abolishing laws
      • Reformist - wanting to change and improve society or an institution
      • Indisputably - in a way that cannot be challenged or denied
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      Essays for IBPS PO VII : Use of Technology in Education

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      Use of Technology in Education

      Main Points to Highlight : With Internet and computers becoming more and more widespread Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is also assuming a more and more important role. The role of Internet and technology has been realized the world over and changes are being made to implement and incorporate this technology in the field of education. This essay will explore the use and the implementation of technology in education and how the use of technology has changed the equations of education. 

      In 2004, Uttarakhand state government was the first Indian state to award a project to develop e-learning SCORM based modules for implementation in 1100 government schools. This was a gigantic step towards recognizing and taking steps to implement technology in the field of education. In other words, it was an attempt to modernize education by integrating the latest trends in education from the world. 

      As early as in 1999, 99%- of teachers in the United States had access to a computer in their schools and 84%- had either one or more computers in their classrooms. Along with this, Internet was also being made available in almost all the schools. This made the incorporation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) a necessity for education. 

      As the developing countries are also catching up, they realized that the future of education relies on the incorporation of technology in education. Based on this, many developing countries like India and some states in Africa have taken the step to do exactly that. They are now coming up with newer and better ideas on how to integrate technology into learning environments.
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      One Word Substitutions for IBPS Bank Exams 2017 - Lesson 84

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      Friends, this is the 83rd Lesson of our One Word Substitutions lesson series. Today we are giving you one word substitutes of the letter 'R'. Read and practice well. Happy Reading :)

      One Word Substitutes Practice Test - 84

      • Getting upset or angry easily
        • ratty (adjective)
      • Sounding loud in a harsh manner 
        • raucous (adjective)
      • Sexy and exciting 
        • raunchy (adjective)
      • Damage something very badly
        • ravage (verb)
      • Talk or write in an enthusiastic fashion 
        • rave (verb)
      • Very hungry 
        • ravenous (adjective)
      • Someone who has an exciting social life 
        • raver (noun)
      • Behaving in a crazy fashion 
        • raving (adjective)
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      October 16, 2017

      16th October 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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      Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (16th October 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

      Daily Current Affairs of 16th October 2017

      International Current Affairs
      • Today (16th October) is World Food Day.
        • This day is observed every year around the world in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organizaiton of the United Nations in the year 1945.
        • Theme of World Food Day 2017 : "Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development."
      • Today is World Spine Day.
        • This day is observed to raise awareness about spinal health and spine disorders to individuals, communities, professionals and all stakeholders associated with spine care.
        • Theme of World Spine Day 2017 : “Your Back In Action
      • The first ever Tri Services Joint Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces, INDRA-2017 is going to be held in the Eastern Military District of Russia from 19th to 29th of October 2017.
      • The UK and Germany today agreed that they will remain committed to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran after US President Donald Trump announced that he would not certify Iran's compliance with the pact.
        • However, the countries also agreed that the international community needs to continue to explore ways of addressing concerns about Iran's ballistic missile programme.
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      English Vocabulary from "The Hindu News Paper" - 12th 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 12th October 2017. Happy reading :)

      Note : Click on the title to read the Editorial

      Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "The will to die — on ‘living wills’"
      • Living wills - a written document in which a person says what type of medical treatment they would like if they become so ill that they are certain to die and are unable to communicate their wishes about their treatment
      • Directive - an official order
      • Robust - strong
      • Safeguard - to protect something or someone from being harmed or having problems
      • Debate - a discussion in which people or groups state different opinions about a subject
      • Euthanasia - the practice of killing a very old or very ill person without causing them pain
      • Dignity - respect that other people have for you or that you have for yourself
      • Vegetative state - a condition in which a person shows no sign of any brain activity
      • Incapacitation - unable to live or work normally
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      IBPS RRB VI Office Assistants Preliminary Exam 2017 Marks out

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      Friends, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the Marks of IBPS RRB VI Office Assistants Preliminary Exam 2017. The organization has conducted  Preliminary Online exam for the recruitment of Office Assistants in Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) during 17th, 23rd and 24th September 2017 and released the results of the same on 9th October 2017. Now it has came out with marks secured by the candidates in the exam. You can check your IBPS RRB VI Clerks Marks from the official website of the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (ww.ibps.in) or from below link. The link will remain active from today (16th October 2017) to 12th November 2017. All the Best :)
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      October 2017 Current Affairs Quiz - Set 6

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      Who recently took oath as the new Governor of Assam ?



      Which is the most valued bank in India with a market capitalisation of ₹4.66 trillion ?



      Name the first player in history to score for India in a FIFA World Cup ?



      “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030", is the theme of which international day of the year 2017 ?



      International Day of the Girl Child is observed on ?



      The 1st BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2017 (DMEx-2017) was recently held at which Indian city ?


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      One Word Substitutions for IBPS Bank Exams 2017 - Lesson 83

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      Friends, this is the 83rd Lesson of our One Word Substitutions lesson series. Today we are giving you one word substitutes of the letter 'P'. Read and practice well. Happy Reading :)

      One Word Substitutes Practice Test - 83

      •  The state of being the same or similar 
        • parallelism (noun)
      • Make someone immobile in all or part of the body 
        • paralyze (verb)
      • Loss of control in part or most of the body 
        • paralysis (noun)
      • More important than all else 
        • paramount (adjective)
      • Someone having sexual or romantic relationship 
        • paramour (adjective)
      • A mental illness in which one suspects that someone is trying to harm him / her
        • paranoia (noun)
      • Suspecting that other people are trying to harm him or her 
        • paranoid (adjective)
      • All the equipment that one needs for an activity 
        • paraphernalia (noun
      • Make somebody's speech or writing easier to understand 
        • paraphrase (verb)
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      October 15, 2017

      15h October 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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      Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (15th October 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

      Daily Current Affairs of 15th October 2017

      International Current Affairs
      • Today (15th October) is the International Day of Rural Women.
        • Aim of this Day : "To recognize the critical role and contribution of rural women".
        • Theme of International Day of Rural Women 2017 : “Challenges and opportunities in climate-resilient agriculture for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls
      • Today (15th October) is Global Hand-washing Day.  
        • This is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
        • Theme of the Global Hand-washing Day 2017 : “Our hands, our future !
      • The 5th India-Sri Lanka joint training exercise “Mitra Shakti 2017” was held Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharshtra.  
        • The two week long exercise (October 13 and 25) is based on Counter Terrorist Operations (CTO) and Infantry company from both countries are participating in it.
      • In an effort to end a decade-long rift, the Palestinian political parties Hamas and Fatah have signed reconciliation deal.
        • According to this deal, legislative, presidential and national council elections should be conducted within one year of its signing. 
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