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1) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 October 2017 inaugurated the first phase of Ro-Ro (Roll on, Roll off) ferry service in Gujarat which is claimed to be South Asia’s first world-class Ro-Ro ferry service. This prestigious ferry service connects which two places? – Ghogha and Dahej

Explanation: The Ro-Ro (Roll on, Roll off) ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej in Gujarat is claimed as South Asia’s first world-class Ro-Ro ferry service. The first phase of this ferry service was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra on 22 October 2017.

The 31-km ferry service will cut travel time from nearly eight hours to one and hugely benefit the people working in the diamond-cutting and polishing hub of Surat. The on-road distance between the two towns will be down from 360 km to 30 km.

The ferry service has been funded partly by the Gujarat government and the Sagarmala project of the central government. The project has been constructed and designed by Essar Projects, the EPC arm of the Essar Group.

By linking South Gujarat and Saurashtra and allowing vehicles with passengers aboard, the ferry service will save travel time and fuel and clear congested roads. It will also give a boost to the entire Saurashtra economy. Transporters and travellers could simply reach Ghogha port, drive their vehicles inside a Ro-Ro ferry and reach Dahej within 90 minutes flat for the onward journey.

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2) Union Government during October 2017 came up with which new notification associated with Small Savings schemes? – It allowed banks to accept deposits under Small Savings schemes

Explanation: In order to encourage savings, the Union Government during October 2017 allowed banks, including top three private sector lenders, to accept deposits under various small savings schemes like National Savings Certificate (NSC), recurring deposits and monthly income plan. Until now, most of the small savings schemes were sold through post offices. Increased outlets for selling small savings scheme would result in higher mobilisation under the scheme.

According to a recent government notification, banks can also sell National Savings Time Deposit Scheme 1981, National Savings (Monthly Income Account) Scheme 1987, National Savings Recurring Deposit Scheme 1981 and NSC VIII issue.

As per the notification, all public sector banks and top three in the private sector (ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank) to receive subscription from the expanded portfolios. So far, these banks were allowed to receive subscription under Public Provident Fund, Kisan Vikas Patra-2014, Sukanya Samriddhi Account and Senior Citizen Savings Scheme-2004.

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3) What is the name of the Solicitor-General of India who resigned from his post on 20 October 2017? – Ranjit Kumar

Explanation: Ranjit Kumar, the Solicitor-General of India, which is the second highest ranking law officer of the government, resigned with immediate effect on 20 October 2017.

He had joined the government’s team of law officers in the Supreme Court in 2014. His tenure of three years as Solicitor General had ended on 6 June 2017, but the government had extended the tenure on an ad hoc basis.

Earlier Mukul Rohatgi had quit as Attorney-General of India in June 2017 and had returned to private practice.

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4) India defeated which country in the finals on 22 October 2017 to win the 2017 Asia Cup Hockey title? – Malaysia

Explanation: India on 22 October 2017 ended their 10-year wait for continental triumph when they beat a gutsy Malaysia 2-1 in a nail-biting final to clinch their third Asia Cup hockey title. India had last won the title in 2007 in Chennai.

Pakistan won the bronze medal after edging out Korea 6-3 in the third-fourth place play-off match earlier in the day. The top-ranked Indians finished unbeaten in the tournament, having won all their matches except for the 1-1 draw against Korea in the Super 4 stage. They had humiliated Pakistan by 4-0 in the semi-finals.

The 2017 Asia Cup was held in Dhaka (Bangladesh).

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5) Which Indian player won the men’s singles title of 2017 Denmark Open badminton Super Series on 22 October 2017? – Kidambi Srikanth

Explanation: Indian ace Kidambi Srikanth registered a comfortable 21-10, 21-5 victory over his opponent Lee Hyun-Il of South Korea to win the men’s singles title of 2017 Denmark Open Super Series. Lee had no answers to Srikanth’s razor-sharp smashes and cross court returns as he won the final in just 25 minutes.

This was Srikanth’s third Super Series title this year after Australian Open and Indonesian Open. Earlier, 2013 World Champion Ratchanok Inthanon (Thailand) produced another gritty display to stave off the challenge from World No. 5 and defending champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 14-21, 21-15, 21-19 to win her first title of the season.

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