Monthly : July 2017


India-Africa trade

Question:India has been actively promoting trade with Africa. A recent report reveals that India’s trade with African countries may touch USD 117 billion. By which of the following years this target is likely to be achieved?
(a) 2018-2019
(b) 2020-2021
(c) 2021-2022
(d) 2022-2023
Answer (c)
Related facts:

  • A report of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry dated July 23, 2017, India’s trade with African countries is likely to touch USD 117 billion by year 2020-2021.
  • Indian exports to the African continent was USD 24 billion in 2015 -16 which is expected to grow to USD 70 billion by 2021-22.
  • India has been able to intensify its presence in African countries through a significant line of credit worth USD 10 billion for development projects in Africa over a five-year period.


57th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships 2017

57th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships

Question:57th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships of Indian Athletics Federation was held at…
(a) Andhra Pradesh
(b) Tamil Nadu
(c) Kerala
(d) Punjab
Answer- (a)
Related facts:
57th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship of Indian Athletics Federation concluded from July 15th-18th, 2017atAcharya Nagarjuna University ground, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
• Kerala emerged champions with 159 points followed by Tamil Nadu (110) and Haryana (101) third.
• Haryana (79 points) won the title of championship in men’s category while Kerala won the title of championship in women’s category with 105 points.
• The host Andhra Pradesh remained overall in the 9th position (7th in the men’s and 13th in the women’s).
• Punjab’s Davinder Singh Kang (Javelin Throw) was declared the top athlete among men with 1127 points.
• Kerala’s Anu R. (400m Hurdles in 57.21 seconds) finished the championships as the best woman athlete with 1105 points.

The main results of the championship are:

Events Men’s Winner Women’s winner
100 meters race Elakkiyadasan, Tamilnadu Merlin Joseph, Kerala
200 meters race Amiya Kumar Mallick, Odisha Srabani Nanda, Odisha
400 meters race Amoj Jacob, Delhi Anilda Thomas, Kerala
Triple jump Arpinder Singh, Haryana Sheena NV, Kerala
Discus Throw DharmarajYadav, U.P. Himani Singh, U.P.
Hammer Throw Bhupinder Singh, U.P. Sarita R. Singh, U.P.
Shot Put Tejinder Singh Toor, Punjab Manpreet Kaur, Haryana
  •  Siddhanth Thingalaya from Maharastra created a new meet record to win the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.76s.


“Sohum”- An innovative Newborn hearing screening Device


Question: “Sohum”- an innovative Newborn hearing screening device has recently been Developed by which one of the following?
(a) Amrita Vidyalaya of Biotechnology
(b) School of Biotechnology
(c) School of International Biodesign
(d) Indian School of Bioscience
Answer- (c)
Related facts:

  • On July 17, 2017, ‘SOHUM’ was formally launched by the Minister of State for Science and Technology & Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary, in New Delhi.
  • SOHUM is an indigenously developed newborn hearing screening device.
  • This device was developed by School of International Biodesign (SIB) startup M/s Sohum Innovation Labs India Pvt. Ltd.
  • This battery-operated device is non-invasive i.e.which means babies do not need to be sedated.
  • Device measures auditory brain waves via three electrodes placed on the baby’s head. When stimulated, they detect electrical responses generated by the brain’s auditory system.
  • The aim is to screen two percent of hospital-born babies in the first year, before scaling up and device has been installed in five clinical centers who are currently running the hearing screening program.
  • This innovative medical device has been developed under Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology.


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