Who has been appointed new Chairman of UPSC ? David R. Syiemlieh
Prof. David R. Syiemlieh, the member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) was on January 2, 2017 appointed the new chairman of it by the President of India. He will hold the top UPSC post till January 21, 2018. He had been serving the UPSC as its member since June 2012. He succeeds Alka Sirohi as the UPSC Chairman. Prof. Syiemlieh belongs to Meghalaya and is a seasoned academician. He has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University in Arunachal Pradesh.
Who has been appointed the new CBI Director ? Alok Kumar Verma
Alok Kumar Verma, a 1979-batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre was appointed as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after a three-member selection panel chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared Mr. Verma’s name for the top CBI post on January 19, 2017. Prior to this new assignment, he was the Delhi Police Commissioner. He will have a term as the CBI Chief for two years. Chief Justice of India Justice J.S. Khehar and the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge were the two other members of the selection panel.
Where was the 104th Indian Science Congress organised ? Tirupati
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress (ISC) at Tara Karma Stadium of Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh on January 3, 2017. It is the second time that Tirupati hosted the ISC as it had hosted it in 1983 also. About 14,000 scientists and scholars from India and abroad including many Nobel laureates of science from the USA, Israel, Japan and France participated in the event which concluded on January 7. ‘Science and Technology for National Development’ was the focal theme of the 104th ISC.
What was the theme of 10th Jaipur Literature Festival ? Freedom to Dream : India at 70
The 10th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) was organised from January 19 to 23, 2017 at the iconic Diggi Palace in Jaipur with the theme of ‘Freedom to Dream : India at 70’. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the event in notable presence of veteran lyricist Gulzar, American poet Anne Waldman and spiritual writer Sadhguru. The five-day literary festival witnessed participation of 250 authors, thinkers, journalists and cultural icons and exchange of ideas on numerous political, social, cultural issues.
What is India’s rank in WEF’s Inclusive Growth and Development Report-2017 ? 60th
India has been ranked 60th among 79 developing economies in the World Economic Forum’s ‘Inclusive Growth and Development Report-2017’. India got 3·38 points, much below its neighbours China (15th rank) and Pakistan (52nd) despite its promising GDP and labour productivity growth. Lithuania emerged on top of the index which is based on 12 indicators.
Who became the new Director of the CIA ? Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo became the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after the US Senate gave its nod to his name as the Director of the US intelligence body. Pompeo garnered support of sixty-six senators while thirty-two voted against him. US Vice-President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Mr. Pompeo as the Director of CIA at the White House in Washington on January 23, 2017. Pompeo previously served as the US Representative for Kansas’ 4th Congressional district from 2011-2017.
Which country launched its first-ever military communications satellite–Kirameki-2 ? Japan
Japan launched its first military communications satellite—Kirameki-2 onboard the H-IIA launch vehicle on January 24, 2017 from the Tanegashima Space Centre, South Japan. The successful launch of Kirameki-2 satellite is a big step of Japan to upgrade its defence communications network to better deal with growing security challenges in the region. It has a life span of 15 years. Kirameki-2 is the first of three satellites series that will replace three civilian ones currently used by Japan’s military for communication purposes. The new satellite will allow Japanese military units to communicate on a high-speed and high-capacity network.
Which two countries were jointly ranked the least corrupt nations in the Corruption Perceptions Index-2016 ?
New Zealand and Denmark
Denmark and New Zealand were jointly ranked as the least corrupt countries in the Corruption Perception Index-2016 released by the Transparency International, a Berlin-based anti-corruption organisation, in January 2017. Denmark and New Zealand shared the top spot among the least corrupt nations with 90 points each. This year 176 nations have been included in the index. Finland and Sweden finished second and third among the least corrupt countries respectively. Somalia was declared the most corrupt country in the TI’s Corruption Perception Index 2016 as it got only 10 points. The Index is prepared on the basis of data of the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and other global institutions. This year India shared 79th spot in the CPI-2016 with China.
Which country conducted the first flight test of Ababeel missile ? Pakistan
Pakistan on January 24, 2017 successfully conducted the first flight test of long range surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile named Ababeel. The missile has a maximum range of 2,200 km with high precision capability to beat hostile radars. The development of Ababeel Weapon System is aimed at ensuring survivability of Pakistan’s ballistic missiles in the growing regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment.