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1) What is the name of India’s first all-women crew circumnavigation expedition (round the globe expedition) that was flagged-off from Goa on 10 September 2017? – Navika Sagar Parikrama

Explanation:Navika Sagar Parikrama” is the name of India’s first all-women crew circumnavigation expedition that is also considered the first-ever such attempt in the world. This expedition was flagged-off on 10 September 2017 at the INS Mandovi Naval training base near Panaji in Goa by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman..

INSV Tarini, a 55-foot sailing vessel, will be used in the mission. It has been built indigenously by Aquarius Shipyard, Goa and was inducted into the Indian Navy earlier in 2017.

The mission comprises of 6-member crew of the Indian Navy led by Lt. Cdr Vartika Joshi and would cover the expedition in five legs with stop-overs at four ports (Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (the Falklands) and Cape town (South Africa) for replenishment of ration and repairs as necessary, before returning to Goa in April 2018.

The other crew members of the expedition are Lt. Cdr. Pratibha Jamwal, Lt. Cdr. Swathi P., Lt. Aishwarya Boddapati, Lt. Sh. Vijaya Devi) and Lt. Payal Gupta.

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2) Rafael Nadal raced to a third US Open title as he defeated Kevin Anderson in the men’s singles final of 2017 US Open on 10 September 2017. With this title Nadal has now how many singles Grand Slam titles? – Sixteen

Explanation: World no. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain won his 16th Grand Slam crown on 10 September 2017 as he comfortably defeated South African Kevin Anderson in the men’s singles final of 2017 US Open by 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. This was his third US Open title, his earlier two titles coming in 2010 and 2013. Nadal’s Grand Slam tally is now just three behind Roger Federer’s record 19.

World No. 32 Kevin Anderson became the first South African in a US championship final since Cliff Drysdale in 1965 and was bidding to become his country’s first Slam champion since Johan Kriek at the 1981 Australian Open.

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3) Who captured the first tennis Grand Slam title of her career by winning women’s singles title of 2017 US Open on 9 September 2017? – Sloane Stephens

Explanation: Sloane Stephens won the US Open, beating compatriot Madison Keys by 6-3, 6-0 in the women’s singles title of 2017 US Open on 9 September 2017. This was first-ever Grand Slam title for Stephens who was unseeded in the tournament and was ranked 83rd in the world before the tournament. She had defeated hot favourite Venus Williams in the semi-finals.

Stephens had reached the semi-finals of 2013 Australian Open and had defeated Serena Williams en route. Since then, she has reached a career-high singles ranking of 11 in the world. On the other hand the other finalist Madison Keys was also making her first appearance in a Grand Slam final. Previously, she had made it to the Australian Open semifinals once before, her previous best performance at a Grand Slam.

This was the first all American final for the US Open women’s singles since 2002 and the first non-Williams all-American final since 1984.

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4) Which PSU entity is poised to receive the Maharatna status as agreed upon by a committee headed by the Cabinet secretary? – Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL)

Explanation: State-run oil marketing company Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) is all set to become a Maharatna company. The company is at present a Navratna firm. The decision to elevate BPCL to Maharatna status was taken by a panel headed by the Cabinet secretary.

Under government rules, a firm is eligible for Maharatna status if it is already a listed Navratna firm, has an average turnover, net worth and annual net profit after tax of at least Rs. 25,000 crore, Rs. 15,000 crore and Rs. 5,000 crore, respectively, in the last three years. Moreover, the company should have significant global operations.

Maharatna and Navaratna state-owned units operate in strategic fields such as coal, petroleum, steel, heavy engineering, power supply, telecommunications and transportation services.

At present, there are seven Maharatna companies – Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL), Coal India Limited (CIL), GAIL, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), NTPC, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

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5) Which state recorded India’s lowest infant mortality rate (IMR) consecutively for the last three years, as was disclosed in a report released by the Union Health Ministry during September 2017? – Manipur

Explanation: According to the Health Ministry report, Manipur’s infant mortality rate (IMR) stands at 9 deaths per 1000 live births, the lowest in the country. This is the third consecutive year that Manipur has achieved this distinction.

The national IMR, according to the latest available data, is 43 deaths per 1000 births. Better medical facilities, proper and effective immunization, dedicated doctors and health workers, high health consciousness, a tremendous increase in institutional deliveries and women empowerment are being assigned as the key reasons for Manipur’s success.

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6) Who won the prestigious President’s post in the JNU students union (JNUSU) election 2017, the result of which were declared on 10 September 2017? – Geeta Kumari

Explanation: United Left candidate Geeta Kumari won the president’s post of Jawaharlal Nehru University Student’s Union on 10 September 2017. She defeated Nidhi Tripathi of ABVP by 464 votes in a close fight.

The United-Left alliance retained all four seats in these elections defeating the RSS-backed ABVP with considerable margins. Vice-President’s post was won by AISA’s Simone Zoya Khan. Duggirala Srikrisha (Left) won the General Secretary’s post. The post of Joint Secretary went to Shubhanshu Singh (Left).

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