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1) Which port trust was renamed as Deendayal Port Trust by the Union Government on 25 September 2017? – Kandla (Gujarat)

Explanation: The Kandla Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has been rechristened as Deendayal Port after Hindutva icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya from 25 September 2017. Located on the Gulf of Kutch, Kandla is one of major ports on west coast. It is the largest port of India by volume of cargo handled.

The Union Government in exercise of powers conferred on it under Indian Ports Act, 1908 made the amendment to replace “Kandla” with “Deendayal”, as per a notification issued by the Ministry of Shipping.

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2) Which state is poised to become the first in the country where entire assembly poll will be conducted using the EVMs equipped with VVPAT? – Gujarat

Explanation: The Election Commission of India (EC) will use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) gadgets with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in all 50,128 voting booths in Gujarat, which goes to the Assembly Elections at the end of this year (2017). This was announced by Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) B.B. Swain on 28 September 2017. Gujarat will thus become the first state in the country where entire assembly poll will be conducted using the EVMs equipped with VVPAT.

VVPAT machines are being put to use in Gujarat following a petition filed by Ms. Reshma Patel, one of the conveners of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti.

VVPAT machines, which will be attached to the EVMs, will allow voters to verify if their vote has gone to the intended candidate. This would ensure transparency in the voting process.

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3) President Ram Nath Kovind on 30 September 2017 appointed which 5 persons as the new Governors/Lt. Governors of states/UTs? – Banwarilal Purohit, Satya Pal Malik, Ganga Prasad, Brig BD Mishra (Retd.) and Admiral DK Joshi (Retd.)

Explanation: Five new Governors/Lt. Governors were appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind on 30 September 2017. Banwarilal Purohit was appointed new Governor of Tamil Nadu. As of now, Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao held the post as additional charge.

Senior BJP leader Satya Pal Malik was appointed the new Bihar Governor. He will take charge from West Bengal Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi, who has been holding additional charge since Kovind’s elevation to Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Former member of the Bihar Legislative Council Ganga Prasad was appointed Meghalaya Governor. He will take over from Banwarilal Purohit, who till now was the Governor of Assam and was holding additional charge.

– Brig BD Mishra (retd.) will be the new Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. He will take over from Nagaland Governor Padmanabha B Acharya, who was holding dual charge.

– Admiral DK Joshi (Retd.) was appointed the new Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. His incumbent BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi has been shifted to Assam.

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4) What is India’s rank in World Economic Forum’s (WEF) global competitiveness index that was released on 26 September 2017? – 40 out of 137 countries

Explanation: India is placed at the 40th rank in the global competitiveness ranking of 137 countries that was released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on 26 September 2017. India thus remains the most competitive country in South Asia.

The ranking is one lower than last year’s, but the two rankings are not comparable because of a change in the methodology by WEF. According to WEF India’s score is its highest ever according to the current methodology. Switzerland was ranked as the world’s most competitive economy in the index.

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5) Veteran film, television and theatre actor Tom Alter passed away on 29 September 2017 at the age of 67. He was of …………………descent – American

Explanation: Tom Alter was the son of American Christian missionaries of Swiss-German ancestry and his grandparents migrated to India from Ohio, United States in November 1916. He was born in the hill station of Mussoorie in 1950.

He acted in over 300 movies apart from numerous TV shows. Among his notable roles during the first decade of his acting career were Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’ (1977), Shyam Benegal’s ‘Junoon’ (1979), Manoj Kumar’s magnum opus ‘Kranti’ (1981) and Raj Kapoor’s ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ (1985). In the 90s, Alter was seen in many films, prominent among them Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Aashiqui’, ‘Junoon’ and ‘Gumrah’, Ketan Mehta’s ‘Sardar’ and Priyadarshan’s ‘Kala Pani’.

He was also famous for his role as the gangster Keshav Kalsi in the hit soap opera ‘Junoon’ which ran for a record five years during the 1990s. He also ventured into direction and was a sports journalist in the 80s and 90s. He was the first person to interview Sachin Tendulkar for TV when the cricketer was yet to debut for India.

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6) During September 2017 which automobile company was awarded the order for 10,000 electric vehicles by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), the world’s largest single electric vehicle procurement order? – Tata Motors

Explanation: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, will procure 10,000 electric vehicles from Tata Motors Limited. This was announced by Power Ministry during September 2017.

The tender floated by EESL is the world’s largest single electric vehicle procurement. Three leading manufacturers; Tata Motors Limited, Mahindra & Mahindra and Nissan participated in the tender.

Tata Motors won the tender and will now supply the Electric Vehicles (EVs) in two phases; in the first phase 500 e-cars will be supplied to EESL by November 2017 and the rest 9,500 EVs will be delivered in the second phase.

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7) What was India’s infant mortality rate (IMR) in 2016 according to data released by the Office of the Registrar General on 29 September 2017? – 34 per 1,000 live births

Explanation: India’s infant mortality rate (IMR) declined to 34 per 1,000 live births in 2016 from 37 per 1,000 live births in 2015. It thus registered 8% decline in IMR as compared to 2015.

In numbers, India has registered 90,000 fewer infant deaths in 2016 as compared to 2015. A major reason for this achievement is the increase in number of institutional deliveries. In 2005, only 38% deliveries were taking place in hospitals; but now, more than 79.8% are institutional deliveries.

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