Daily : January 3, 2017

Agni-IV missile successfully test fired

Agni-IV missile successfully test fired

Question: Recently Agni-IV missile was successfully test fired from a road-mobile launcher on Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha coast, it has strike range of-
(a) 3000 Km
(b) 2500 Km
(c) 4000 Km
(d) 3500 Km
Related facts:

  • On 2 January 2017; India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV from a road-mobile launcher on Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha coast.
  • Agni-IV is a two-stage, surface-to-surface missile with the strike range of 4,000 km.
  • It can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tone.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed the missile.
  • It is 20 meters long and weighs 17 tonnes.
  • Both its stages are powered by solid propellants.
  • The last trial conducted by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC) of Indian Army on November 9, 2015 was also successful.


launch of the BHIM App

Mobile payment app BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) launched

Question: Recently a mobile payment app BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) was launched by-
(a) Arun Jaitley
(b) Arvind Panagariya
(c) Narendra Modi
(d) Rajnath Singh
Related facts:

  • On 30 December 2016; At a Digi Dhan programme in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched mobile payment app BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money).
  • The application is developed by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • The indigenously developed mobile application — BHIM — has been named after Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.
    The app verifies the phone number automatically.
  • Note that the phone number used for the transactions has to be the same phone number registered with the bank for the account you intend to use.
  • As of now, transactions are supported for only one account per user.
  • The bank account menu allows users to change the bank account at any time.
  • There are three ways to transfer money, through a QR code, through a phone number, or through the UPI address.
  • A QR code is available by default in the profile section.
  • This can be saved to the phone as an image, or directly shared through instant messengers or email.
  • A phone number based UPI address is generated automatically, but users have the option of creating and saving additional UPI addresses.
  • Security is through a UPI pin that has to be set up on start, and can be changed later on.
  • Every time the app is launched, the pin is demanded, but not on screen unlock. IFSC and MMID transactions are supported for banks without UPI.


77th session of indian history congress

77th Indian History Congress

Question: 77th annual session of Indian History Congress was held on 28-30 December 2016 in which of the following city?
(a) Bengaluru
(b) Thiruvananthapuram
(c) New Delhi
(d) Pune
Related facts:

  • On 28-30 December 2016; 77th annual session of Indian History Congress was held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  • The three-day session was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee.
  • Indian History Congress was hosted by the Kerala University after a gap of 58 years.
  • The three-day 76th annual session of Indian History Congress was held at Malda, West Bengal on December-27-29, 2015, under the aegis of the Gour-Banga University.
  • Indian History Congress is the largest professional and academic body of Indian historians with over 30,000 members.
  • It was established in 1935.


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