3 January 2017 Current Affairs

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1) The Consumer Affairs Department of the Union Government on 2 January 2017 came out with which statement pertaining to payment of service charges in the hotels/restaurants? – Consumers have the discretion to not pay service charges added the bill by any hotel/restaurant

Explanation: In a statement issued on 2 January 2017, the Consumer Affairs Department asked the state governments to advise the hotels/restaurants to prominently display that “the service charges are discretionary / voluntary and a consumer dissatisfied with the services can have it waived off.”

This statement was issued following several complaints from consumers that hotels and restaurants are seeking ‘service charge’ in the range of 5-20%, in lieu of tips, which a consumer is forced to pay irrespective of the kind of service provided to him/her.

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2) The flight-trial of India’s long range, strategic ballistic missile, Agni-IV was successfully conducted on 2 January 2017. What is the range of this missile? – Up to 4,000 km

Explanation: Agni-IV is a two-stage, surface-to-surface missile that can travel 4,000 km and can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tonne. The flight trial of this missile was successfully conducted from a road-mobile launcher on Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha kcoast on 2 January 2017.

It has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes. Both its stages are powered by solid propellants.

Agni-IV had been launched five times earlier in 2011, 2012, twice in 2014 and once in 2015. All the five were missions were successful.

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3) The Supreme Court on 2 January 2017 removed BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke primarily on which charge? – Failing to comply with its order on implementing administrative reforms in BCCI as recommended by the Lodha panel

Explanation: A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India, T.S. Thakur, on 2 January 2016 removed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts. The Bench also said all other office bearers must submit an unconditional undertaking that they would comply with its order on Lodha panel reforms.

The court also issued a show cause notice to Thakur asking why perjury and contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for misleading the court.

At its next hearing on 19 January 2017, the court will decide on a new set of administrators who will take over the functioning of BCCI to ensure implementation of the Lodha reforms.

The court had issued the notice to Thakur on perjury after it found discrepancies in his statements on seeking a letter from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to state that implementation of Lodha panel’s recommendations and the apex court’s directions amounted to government interference in the board’s working and could mean the derecognition of BCCI.

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4) What is the name of the India-born DNA expert who was chosen to be conferred with a knighthood by the British Queen as announced in the New Years’ Honours List 2017? – Shankar Balasubramanian

Explanation: Shankar Balasubramanian, the Chennai-born professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Cambridge, has been chosen for the prestigious knighthood award for year 2017. This was announced in the New Years’ Honours List 2017.

According to the knighthood citation, 50-year old Balasubramanian is the co-inventor of Next Generation DNA sequencing, considered the most transformational advance in biology and medicine for decades. His work has spawned an entirely new discipline of Bioinformatics.

The New Years’ Honours List 2017 includes several Indian-origin academics and individuals who have distinguished themselves in different walks of life. It also includes the largest ever number of individuals from the black and Asian minority ethnic communities of Britain.

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5) Lt Gen Bipin Rawat took over as the new Chief of the Indian Army by succeeding General Dalbir Singh Suhag. What is his chronological order as the Chief of the Army Staff? – 27th

Explanation: Bipin Rawat took over as the head of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army, succeeding General Dalbir Singh Suhag on 31 December. Rawat, whose appointment had kicked up a row, was designated as Army chief by the ruling NDA government ignoring protests from opposition including Congress. Rawat, a Gurkha officer is the 27th Chief of the armed forces.

Rawat, who learnt his art in Kashmir and the northeast, headed the Indian brigade during the UN peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008. Indian peacekeepers performed splendidly under his leadership. The general is credited with providing dynamic leadership under the UN banner.

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6) What is the chronological order of Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa as the Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) after he took over the charge from Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha? – 22nd

Explanation: Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa on 31 December 2016 took over as the Chief of the Indian Air Force after Former Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha retired from post. He thus became Air Chief Marshal and became the 22nd Chief of the Air Staff.

Dhanoa has mainly flown the Kiran and MiG-21 aircraft and has flying experience across the entire spectrum of fighter aircrafts from the Jaguar to the state-of-the-art MiG-29 and Su-30 MKI.

He also became the third Chief of the IAF to come from Sikh community after Arjan Singh and Dilbag Singh.

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