Daily : October 24, 2017

Kolkata to host international puppet festival

International Puppet Festival

Question: In which one of the following cities international puppet festival will be organized from October 26 and October 31, 2017?
(a) New Delhi
(b) Kolkata
(c) Jaipur
(d) Agra
Answer: (b) 
Related Facts:

  • From October 26-31, 2017, International puppet festival will be held in Kolkata city.
  • West Bengal’s Principal Secretary Tourism and Home Affairs Minister Atri Bhattacharya will inaugurate the festival.
  • Artists from the United Kingdom, Germany, Peru, Portugal, Italy, Lithuania, Brazil, Singapore and India will participate in this ceremony.
  • Kolkata will host such a ceremony for the first time.
  • The aim of the puppet festival is to regenerate the feelings associated with puppets.
  • This function will be held in Mohorkunj Kolkata.


The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh addressing the gathering after inaugurating the West Zone Regional Training Centre of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), in Jodhpur on October 16, 2017. The Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and the Director, IB, Shri Rajiv Jain are also seen.

West Zone Regional Training Centre of IB

Question: At which place was the inauguration of the Western Zone Regional Training Center of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently?
(a) Jaisalmer
(b) Jodhpur
(c) Bikaner
(d) Ajmer
Answe: (b) 
Related Facts:

  • On October 16th, 2017, the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the West Zone Regional Training Centre of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
  • The purpose of the training centre is to strengthen and professionally empower the State Police Special Branches.
  • The West Zone will include states of Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
  • Intelligence Bureau is India’s internal intelligence agency, which was rebuilt in the year 1947 under the Ministry of Home Affairs as the Central Intelligence Bureau.
  • It is notable that IB places lot of emphasis on continuous upgradation of professional skills of IB employees through regular In-service training courses.
  • In the 21 month period between January, 2016 and September, 2017, a total of 12, 142 personnel were given training in intelligence and national security related subjects.
  • Presently, Rajiv Jain is the Director of Intelligence Bureau.


Golden Jubilee Women Biotech Park Inaugurated

Women Bio-Tech Incubator

Question: Where was the IISF-2017 organized recently?
(a)  Jaipur
(b) Chennai
(c) Bangalore
(d) Uttar Pradesh
Answer :(b) 
Related Facts:

  • On October 16th, 2017, Union Minister of Science & Technology Dr. Harshvardhan inaugurated Women Bio-tech Incubator at Golden Jubilee Biotech Park for Women Society during IISF, 2017 in Chennai.
  • M. S. Swaminathan, Founder Chairman, Women Biotech Park, and State Minister of Industry, Government of Tamilnadu – Shri M C Sampath were present at the occasion.
  • Biotech Park is a good example of a Centre and State Government Partnership.
  • With the support of the State Government it will drive many important initiatives under Start up India and Make in India.
  • Women Scientists Conclave with the theme “Women Scientist and Entrepreneurs – Game Changers Driving Science for New India” was held as a part of India International Science Congress, 2017 in Chennai.
  • The Atal Innovation Mission also aims to promote the innovation ecosystem.
  • The Conclave is being attended by over 350 Women Scientists, Researchers, Faculty and Entrepreneurs.
  • Harshvardhan also released a book – Genesis of Biotech Park – on this occasion.
  • It is noteworthy that The first women to receive a medical doctorate degree was  Anandibai Joshee in 1885, the first Indian women Doctorate in Basic Science wasJanaki Ammal in 1931 and India’s first woman to get a doctorate of science from an Indian university was Asima Chatterjee in 1944.


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