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1) India achieved which significant landmark in power sector during April 2016-February 2017 period, as was disclosed by the Union Power Ministry on 29 March 2017? – India became a net exporter of electricity for the first time

Explanation: India achieved a significant landmark as it became a net exporter of electricity during the April-February period this fiscal (2016-17) for the first time ever.

During the current year 2016-17 (April-February), India has exported around 5,798 million units to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar which is 213 million units more than the import of around 5,585 million units from Bhutan.

Export to Nepal and Bangladesh increased 2.5 and 2.8 times respectively in the last three years. Ever since the cross border trade of electricity started in mid-80s, India has been importing power from Bhutan and marginally exporting to Nepal in radial mode at 33 kV and 132 kV from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively.

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2) In its order of 29 March 2017, the Supreme Court ordered a ban on sale and registration of which vehicles with effect from 1 April 2017? – BS-III fuel compliant vehicles

Explanation: The Supreme Court on 29 March 2017 ordered a freeze on the registration and sale of BS-III fuel compliant vehicles from 1 April 2017, when the next level and environmentally friendly BS-IV fuel emission norms will kick in.

It its order the apex court observed that the health of the citizen is more important than the commercial interests of the automobile industry.

The Bench, led by Justice Madan B. Lokur, pronounced the operative part of the judgment despite pleas by vehicle manufacturers that they had a stockpile of over 8.2 lakh BS-III vehicles, which would become redundant and leave the automobile industry in doldrums.

It is worth mentioning that BS-III (Bharat Stage III) fuel emission standard was introduced in the country in April 2005 (in NCR in 13 large cities) and was implemented nationwide in April 2010. On the other hand BS-IV standard was introduced in NCR and 13 large cities in April 2016 and comes into effect nationwide from 1 April 2017.

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3) The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on 27 March 2017 launched an online film certification system that is expected to make the CBFC paperless and transparent. What is the name given to this ambitious system? – E-Cinepramaan

Explanation: ‘E-Cinepramaan’ is the name of the online film certification system (OFCS) that was launched by Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu on 27 March 2017.

This online system is being seen as a big step towards making the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) paperless and transparent, enabling effective monitoring and real-time progress tracking for applicants.

E-Cinepramaan will enable producers to track the status of their application online and would be inform them through SMSes and e-mails about any required action. The system also has inbuilt alerts to ensure that time-limits are adhered to.

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4) Which Indian banker was featured in the list of world’s 30 best CEOs, published during March 2017 by American financial magazine Barron’s? – Aditya Puri

Explanation: HDFC Bank managing director Aditya Puri’s name has featured in the list of ‘World’s 30 Best CEOs’, published by American financial magazine Barron’s.

According to the magazine Puri has transformed HDFC Bank from a start-up into one of the world’s highest-quality banks, generating eye-popping returns by maintaining lending standards while expanding beyond corporate loans into a full-service retail bank.

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5) During March 2017 scientists of which country started testing a new device what they call as the world’s largest ‘artificial sun’ in an attempt to make hydrogen fuel as an emissions-free alternative fuel? – Germany

Explanation: German scientists during March 2017 initiated landmark testing on a newly developed device which is claimed to be the world’ largest ‘Artificial Sun’. This device, called ‘Synlight’, is an attempt to make hydrogen fuel, an emissions-free alternative fuel that can be produced from diverse domestic energy sources.

This ‘artificial sun’ has been created from 149 powerful short-arc lamps and emits light about 10,000 times stronger than typical sunlight. It has been developed at the German Aerospace Center in Juelich near Cologne, Germany.

According to the researchers, the aim of the experiment is to find novel ways of making solar fuels, including hydrogen, which is believed as an important renewable energy source in the future.

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6) Which state won the Santosh Trophy football tournament for 2017 on 26 March 2017? – Bengal

Explanation: Bengal lifted the Santosh Trophy for the 32nd time as it defeated Goa by 1-0 in the finals on 26 March 2017. The lone goal was scored by Manvir Singh in 119th minute. Bengal, thus, ended a six-year wait having last won the title in 2011. Goa last won it in 2009.

Playing in front of a vociferous home crowd, five-time winners Goa tried their best and controlled the match, but ran out of steam in the extra time.

Santosh Trophy is the prestigious national tournament of the country that was founded in 1941. Bengal has been the most successful team having won the tournament 32 times.

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