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China agrees to import rice from 17 mills in India

  • China has agreed to import rice, non-basmati and basmati varieties from 17 registered mills in India.
  • These mills are in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
  • It is considered as a major breakthrough in India’s efforts to ensure market access for Indian products (especially rice) in China as it is the world’s largest rice importer.
  • India had repeatedly sought market access for Indian products citing the country’s widening goods trade deficit with China.
  • The products included non-basmati rice, pharmaceuticals and many fruits and vegetables among others. However, China had not granted market access to India’s non-basmati rice claiming that it failed to meet Chinese norms on quality, safety and health standards.
  • China’s apprehensions included the possibility of the cabinet beetle (or Khapra beetle) pest getting transported along with Indian non-basmati rice consignments to China.
  • In India, China’s objection to Indian non-basmati export was seen more political in nature than anything else as it imports non-basmati rice from its all weather friend Pakistan.

    India successfully test-fires Agni-I ballistic missile

  • India successfully test-fired indigenously built nuclear-capable intermediate range Agni-I ballistic missile on Tuesday from a mobile launcher from Odisha coast.
  •  The surface-to-surface missile, powered by solid propellants and equipped with a sophisticated navigation system, has a 700-km target range.
  • The 15-metre-long and 12-tonne heavy missile has already been inducted into Indian Armed Forces.

    Kohli enters top 5 in Test batsmen rankings for 1st time

    India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli has moved up nine places to a career-best fourth rank in the latest ICC Test batsmen rankings.
    He averages 69 in Tests and 84.33 across all formats this year, scoring 2277 runs in 37 innings. Moreover, Kohli is ranked at the top spot in T20I batsmen rankings and second in ODI batsmen rankings.

    Indian Master Receives 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

    Captain Radhika Menon is the first female captain in the Indian Merchant Navy and the first female to receive the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.
    Captain Menon was nominated for the award by the Government of India, for her great determination and courage in leading the difficult rescue operation to save all seven fishermen from the fishing boat Durgamma.
    The boat was adrift following engine failure and loss of anchor in severe weather.
    Food and water had been washed away and they were surviving on ice from the cold storage.

    Ques 1. Which of the following IndianMarkets has been ranked as the most expensive retail location in India, according to real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield?
    a. Kannauj Market, Uttar Pradesh
    b. New Market, Kolkata:
    c. Khan Market, Delhi
    d. Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

    Ques 2. Who has been elected as the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) for 2017?
    a. Y. Venugopal Reddy
    b. Pankaj Patel
    c. Upendra Kumar Sinha
    d. T. S. Vijayan
    Ques 3. Musician M Balamuralikrishna who has passed away in Chennai was awarded by the title
    a. Padam Bhushan
    b. Bharat Ratan
    c. Padam Shri
    d. Padma VibhushanQues 4. Which Indian actress has featured on the ‘BBC 100 Women 2016’, a list of the most influential and inspirational women this year?
    a. Sunny Leone
    b. Deepika Padukone
    c. Sonakshi Sinha
    d. Anushka SharmaQues 5. Which Indian cricketer has recently entered ICC’s top 5 in Test batsmen rankings for 1st time?
    a. Shikhar Dhawan
    b. Virat Kohli
    c. Ravindra Jadeja
    d. Ajinkya Rahane

    Ques 6. Who among the following won the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea?
    a. Radhika Mahawar
    b. Radhika Shekhawat
    c. Radhika Menon
    d. Radhika Dixit


    1. Khan Market, Delhi
    2. Pankaj Patel
    3.  Padam Bhushan
    4. Sunny Leone
    5. Virat Kohli
    6. Radhika Menon