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1) The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently allowed which made-in-India aircraft to be used for commercial flights? – Dornier 228

Explanation: The DGCA has recently allowed Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)-manufactured Dornier 228 to be used for civilian flights. Thus the 19-seater aircraft became the first plane to be made in the country for commercial flights.

Dornier 228 is a non-pressurised plane, has a maximum cruise speed of 428 kmph and a range of 700 km. It is capable of night flying. It has been used by defence forces extensively.

HAL successfully carried out test flights of this plane at Kanpur airport during December 2017. HAL has a “transport aircraft division” in Kanpur since 1960. With DGCA’s approval, HAL can now sell this plane to airlines in India and it can be used by them for regional flights under the Union Government’s ambitious UDAN scheme.

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2) What is the name of India’s first home-grown high purity gold reference standard that was launched at the India Government Mint (IGM) Mumbai on 23 December 2017? – BND-4201

Explanation: BND-4201 (or Bharatiya Nirdeshak Dravya-4201) is the name of India’s first-ever home-grown high purity gold reference standard. It is the reference material for gold of ‘9999’ fineness (gold that is 99.99% pure).

BND-4201 was launched at the India Government Mint (IGM) on 23 December 2017. This gold reference standard has been developed through a collaboration between IGM, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre – National Centre for Compositional Characterisation of Materials (Hyderabad), and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (New Delhi).

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3) What is the name of the new online platform launched for central government employees on 25 December 2017 that facilitates access to all service details of the employees? – electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS)

Explanation: electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS) is the name of the new online platform launched for central government employees on 25 December 2017 to apply for leave and access their service-related information.

The platform (e-HRMS) was launched by Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh on the occasion of Good Governance Day on 25 December.

With launch of e-HRMS, employees will be able to not only see all their details with respect to service book, leave, GPF, salary, etc. but also apply for different kind of claims/reimbursements, loan/advances, leave, leave encashment, LTC advances, tour etc. on a single platform.

They shall not be dependent on the administration for updating data. They may themselves update it with their login subject to verification.

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4) Indian professional boxer Vijender Singh defeated which African boxer on 23 December 2017 to win his tenth consecutive bout and successfully defend his two titles? – Ernest Amuzu

Explanation: Indian star boxer Vijender Singh’s juggernaut in professional boxing rolled on as his won the tenth consecutive bout of his career on 23 December 2017. He defeated African champion Ernest Amuzu by points in a 10-round bout to successfully defend his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight titles. He also succeeded in continuing his unbeaten run in the pro circuit.

This tenth bout of his professional career was held at a jam-packed Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur (Rajasthan). Prior to this bout, West African Boxing Union Middleweight champion Amuzu had 23 wins under his belt including 21 knockouts out of 25 fights.

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5) BSE Sensex closed above which mark for the first time on 26 December 2017? – 34,000 points

Explanation: BSE Sensex closed above 34,000 points mark for the first time ever on 26 December 2017. Sensex hit an all-time high of 34,061.88 before settling 0.21%, or 70.31 points up at 34,010.61. All the sectoral indices on BSE ended higher.

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