Daily : April 17, 2017

Akhilesh Das Gupta

Akhilesh Das Gupta

Question: Recently, senior Congress leader and former union minister Akhilesh Das Gupta passed away. He was the president of association for-
(a) Tennis
(b) Badminton
(c) Kabaddi
(d) Shooting
Answer- (b)
Related facts:

  • On April 12th, 2017, senior Congress leader and former union minister Akhilesh Das Gupta passed away. He was 56 years.
  • He was the President of the Indian Badminton Association (BAI) in present.
  • He was also Vice President of the Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association (UPOA), Vice President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Vice President of Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC).
  • He was a three-time Rajya Sabha member (1996-2014) and the Union Steel Minister during 2006-2008.
  • He was born on March 31, 1961.
  • He was the son of former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and freedom fighters Babu Banarsi das.


Ramesh Chandra Agarwal

Ramesh Chandra Agrawal

Question: Ramesh Chandra Agrawal recently passed away. He was the Chairman of which one of the following newspaper group?
(a) Dainik Jagaran
(b) Amar Ujala
(c) The Hindu
(d) Dainik Bhaskar
Answer- (d)
Related facts:

  • On 12th April, 2017, Ramesh Chandra Agrawal, President of the Daily Bhaskar Newspaper Group, passed away. He was of 73 years.
  • He was born on November 30th, 1944 in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • He laid the foundation of Dainik Bhaskar with his father in Bhopal in 1958.
  • Its Indore edition was launched in year 1983.
  • Dainik Bhaskar stepped out of Madhya Pradesh for the first time in 1966 and launched its first edition from Rajasthan.
  • Dainik Bhaskar is now published from 14 Indian states with 62 editions and is the fourth largest circulated daily in the world.
  • Forbes placed him at number 95 in the list of 100 richest people of India in 2012.
  • Apart from this, he was also awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Life Time Achievement Award in Journalism.


Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare supports potato growers in Uttar Pradesh

Approval for procurement of potatoes from farmers in Uttar Parades

Question: How much the rate per metric tonne for procurement of potatoes has been fixed by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Welfare in Uttar Pradesh?
(a) Rs.4250
(b) Rs.4460
(c) Rs.4750
(d) Rs.4870
Answer- (d)
Related facts:

  • On April 11th, 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has approved the procurement of potato under Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) in Uttar Pradesh for the crop season 2016-17.
  • A maximum quantity of 1,00,000 metric tonne (MT) of potato may be procured under the scheme by the State Agency.
  • The purchase will be made at Rs. 4,870/- per MT.
  • An additional Rs. 1217.50/- per MT or actual whichever is less for overhead expenses, such as transportation charges, mandi tax, and godown charges will also provided by government.
  • The Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) will be implemented by the State Agency.
  • The Potatoes will be purchased from the Cooperative Societies, farmers’ organizations or directly from the farmers to eliminate the possibility of middlemen taking advantage of the scheme and to maintain transparency.
  • The procured stocks will be disposed of in the open market to ensure maximum realizable price.
  • Payment to farmers as far as possible will be made through non-cash transaction and receipts for sales must be through banking channel only, preferably through Demand Draft.


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