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The one liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred between 15 May to 20 May 2017. The important happenings of the week covered in this segment include course on 'emotional intelligence' (EI), first pair of howitzers received by Indian Army after the Bofors scandal and Madhav Chitale committee report among others. 
  • This state in May 2017 launched an e-textbook portal for school students – Haryana
  • The state government that urged the Centre to enforce a ban on use of LED lights and bull trawling techniques for fishing in coastal states, saying they are harmful to the marine ecology - Goa
  • Indian Grand Master who with six points after eight rounds moved into the top spot in the open section of the Asian Chess Championship at Chengdu, China on 19 May 2017 is - Vidit S Gujrathi
  • Sports Minister Vijay Goel has invited players with a minimum age of 8 years to upload their video or bio-data on - the Sports Ministry Talent Search Portal
  • The state’s police has introduced a course on 'emotional intelligence' (EI) for its personnel to ensure that they adopt a sensitive approach while dealing with unruly situations - Maharashtra
  • Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal has said that the this Bird Sanctuary in Jhajjar, a heaven for the migratory birds, would be developed as a beautiful tourist destination - Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary
  • He headed the committee that in May 2017 submitted its report to Ministry of Water Resources - Madhav Chitale
  • The former coal secretary who was convicted in a coal scam case by the special CBI court is - HC Gupta
  • Women and Child Development Ministry has developed a manual on Living conditions in Institutions for - Children in conflict with Law
  • Union Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Minister Anant Geete recently inaugurated the Test Track Facility in Chennai. The Facility is developed by - Global Automotive Research Centre
  • Simbex-17 that recently commenced is a bilateral naval exercise between India and - Republic of Singapore
  • President Pranab Mukherjee recently received the first copy of book ‘Metaphysics, Morals and Politics.’ The author of the book is - Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay
  • The winner of the All India Open Rapid FIDE Rating Chess Tournament is - R R Laxman
  • As per a new report of the UNICEF, the number of unaccompanied and separated children moving across borders registered in 80 countries in 2015–16 is - 300000
  • Indian wildlife activists who won the 2017 Whitley Awards - Sanjay Gubbi and Purnima Barman
  • Anil Madhav Dave, who passed away recently, was the Union Minister of - Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  • Indian scientist who won the 2017 Dan David prize in the “Future” category - Shrinivas Kulkarni
  • Indian-American student won the 2017 National Geographic Bee contest - Pranay Varada
  • HADR Exercise of Indian Navy that began recently - Karavali Karunya
  • High Court of this state has ordered an inquiry into allegations of fraud in the recruitment of Review and Assistant Review Officers at the state’s Assembly Secretariat during the tenure of previous government - Uttar Pradesh
  • The Indian who was appointed one of the on-field umpires for the opening match of the Champions Trophy beginning on the first of June is - Sundaram Ravi
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in May 2017 banned open defecation and dumping of waste on the floodplains of this river - Yamuna
  • Cabinet of this country has approved a bill that will allow its emperor to abdicate this thrown to allow the prince crown to take charge of the same – Japan
  • Indian Army in May 2017 received the first two M-777 A-2 ultra-light howitzers (ULH) from this company - BAE systems
  • The Union Cabinet approved construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors. The total capacity of the plants will be - 7000 MW
  • The Indian Agricultural Research Institute will be set up in – Assam
  • The former FBI Director recently appointed as the special prosecutor to oversee the Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections is - Robert Mueller
  • The Union Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry recently directed all States to lift stock limits on - Pulses
  • Portal launched by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to keep a tab on tax evaders - www.cleanmoney.gov.in
  • EPFO's Citizen Charter 2017 and e-court management system were launched by - Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya
  • Most polluted place on the planet, with over 37 million pieces littered on its beaches - Henderson Island
  • Person appointed as group CEO of Dish TV - Anil Dua
  • The Veteran actress who played role of mother in films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Aashiqui, Saajan, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun among others, and died in May 2017 is - Reema Lagoo
  • The company that was listed Tata Group as the most valuable brand in India was ranked at first position in Brand Finance report of 2017 is – Tata Group
  • As per reports, the Australian state that is considering a legislation to legalise assisted suicide for terminally ill patients is – Victoria
  • Union Environment Minister who passed away in New Delhi at the age of 60 in May 2017 is - Anil Madhav Dave
  • India will be signing a MoU with this country to combat International terrorism – Australia
  • This award-winning Mexican journalist was shot dead by unidentified assailants - Javier Valdez
  • The Union Cabinet on 17 May 2017 approved the amendment in Section 2 and Section 3 of - Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971.
  • This Union Minister inaugurated the 15th National meeting of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) - Thawar Chand Gehlot
  • This Indian institute successfully created the country’s first smart grid project - Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST)
  • The amount by which the International Cricket Council raised the total prize money for Champions Trophy is - USD 500000
  • The theme of the 2017 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is - Big Data for Big Impact
  • He was recently appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University - Tariq Mansoor
  • The renowned wildlife biologist who was recently nominated for the Whitley Awards, also known as Green Oscars, is - Purnima Devi Barman
  • This country recently unveiled a dinosaur had been preserved in stone for over 110 million years - Canada
  • This Indian mountaineer has set a new record by scaling the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest for the fourth time - Anshu Jamsenpa
  • The National Green Tribunal has announced an environment compensation of Rs 5000 for vehicles found over-speeding inside this national park- Kaziranga National Park
  • The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) has successfully created the country's first -Smart Grid Project
  • Country that agreed with China to minimize South China Sea disputes - Vietnam
  • Orange alert was issued by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) recently for - Odisha
  • Country that upheld the ban on Sikhs carrying ceremonial knives - Italy
  • Indian Railways will install 19000 high definition CCTV cameras at 983 stations across the country under - Nirbhaya Fund
  • This country in recent past a country which was a participant of China’s One Belt One Road conference in Beijing has backed India's concern over the Kashmir issue – Sri Lanka
  • Minister for I&B Venkaiah Naidu in May 2017 announced a separate 24x7 DD channel for this state - Jharkhand
  • A report 'Financial security for India's elderly - The imperatives’ that says India will transform gradually from young to a 'greying' country and by 2050 every 5th Indian will be in 60s as against every 12th at present was released by - PFRDA-CRISIL
  • The Indian official appointed as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is - Ovais Sarmad
  • The country that recently declared a state of emergency over cholera outbreak is – Yemen
  • The winner of the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix is - Lewis Hamilton
  • He was recently named as the Prime Minister of France - Edouard Philippe
  • This state’s government has decided to allow the use of Aadhaar card as proof of identity and residence for issuing cast certificates- West Bengal
  • This state has made the study of its official language compulsory in all schools including private English medium ones - West Bengal
  • This Indian cricketer has launched a foundation dedicated to empowering underprivileged mothers and children- Suresh Raina
  • This US-based Indian squash player won his first professional title on 14 May 2017 - Ramit Tandon
  • State that topped the 2017 Public Affairs Index (PAI) in governance - Kerala
  • Person who topped the Forbes magazine's annual list of the 100 best venture capitalists - Jim Goetz
  • Former Puducherry Chief Minister Ramaswamy passed away recently, he began his political career by joining - Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)
  • State that ranked at 1st position in Small States category of 2017 Public Affairs Index - Himachal Pradesh
  • The ticket sales for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 were officially launched jointly by Vijay Goel and this footballer - Spanish World Cup winner Carles Puyol
  • Indian Navy has signed an MoU with this organisation on Data Sharing and Scientific cooperation in the field of Meteorology and Oceanology - Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad
  • According to Power Minister Piyush Goyal in the current year India has climbed up to this position in World Bank’s electricity accessibility rankings – 26 from 99th spot in 2014
  • Person appointed as Secretary of Department of Telecommunications - Aruna Sundararajan
  • City that topped the 2017 Savills Tech Cities Index - Austin
  • Malicious software that affected various computers recently and restricted users' access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it - Ransomware
  • Health worker in Ganjam district of Odisha, who bagged the prestigious Florence Nightingale award 2017 - Krishna Kumari
  • Theme of 2017 International Mother’s Day - Every Mother knows
  • This Indian airport has become the busiest single-runway airport in the world with 1 flight in 65 seconds- Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai)
  • NASA Scientists have detected this unusual element on the distant Neptune sized planet - Strong Water Signature
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched river conservation project ‘Narmada Seva Mission’ in this state –Madhya Pradesh
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the second meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) in this city – New Delhi
  • This Indian manufacturing sector registered a record growth last financial year- Indian Coir Sector
  • The expanded Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between India and Chile will come into effect on - 16 May 2017
  • He won the men’s singles title of the Madrid Open of Tennis - Rafael Nadal
  • International Day of Families was observed on 15 May 2017 with this theme - Families, education and well-being
  • He won the Spanish Grand Prix in May 2017 - Lewis Hamilton
  • The government has revised the base year of Wholesale Price Index (WPI) and Index of Industrial Production (IIP) from 2004-05 to - 2011-2012
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