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The one liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred between 26 June and 1 July 2017. The important happenings of the week covered in this segment include National Bio-pharma Mission, 11th National Statistics Day and GST Roll-out among others.
  • Union Government recently launched National Bio-pharma Mission.  The loan provided by the World Bank for the Mission is - USD 125 million
  • As per a new policy paper titled ‘Reducing global poverty through universal primary and secondary education,’ the world poverty could be cut in half if all adults completed secondary education. The paper was released by - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Arnav Sharma, an 11-year-old Indian-origin boy in the United Kingdom, secured the top possible score, more than Einstein and Hawking, on a Mensa IQ test. His score is - 162
  • A group of archaeologists recently discovered unprecedented carved skulls at a Stone Age temple, called Göbekli Tepe. The temple is located in - Turkey
  • He, the founding father and President of Ligue 1 football club Montpellier, passed away on 29 June 2017 - Louis Nicollin
  • India signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India with this country- Israel
  • This country would be hosting the upcoming 12th G20 Summit from 7-8 July 2017 - Germany
  • The Indian delegation at the 12th G20 Summit would be led by - Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Jitendra Singh, the Minister of state for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), launched this new training programme for state government officials - Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT)
  • Indian-American who was appointed as the US Ambassador to Peru - Krishna R Urs
  • Theme of 11th National Statistics Day - Administrative Statistics
  • UNSC adopted a resolution for reducing joint UN-AU peacekeeping force in - Darfur region
  • Organisation that launched the web application to provide free legal services to prisoners -NALSA
  • According to a data published by Switzerland’s central banking authority Swiss National Bank money parked in Swiss banks by Indians has nearly halved to this amount in 2016 - 676 Swiss francs (about Rs 4500 crore)
  • As per reports, he will succeed Nasim Zaidi as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India - Achal Kumar Jyoti
  • Two food items from India that were added to Oxford English Dictionary in its quarterly update - Chana and Chana Dal
  • Company that got the environment clearance for exploratory drilling in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin - Oil and Natural Gas Corp
  • India’s communication satellite that was launched from Kourou in French Guiana on 29 June 2017 - GSAT-17
  • The Government has made it mandatory to link existing Aadhaar numbers with Permanent Account Number (PAN) of taxpayers with effect from - July 1, 2017
  • This football league was granted official recognition by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) - Indian Super League
  • British High Commissioner Sir Dominic Asquith on 28 June 2017 called on Chief Minister of a state to discuss about the British companies which are keen to investing in Amaravathi City. The state is - Andhra Pradesh
  • The social media website with which the Election Commission of India collaborated to launch a special drive to enrol left out electors is – Facebook
  • The Union Government recently launched two key interventions for the first major oil field auctions to be held under a new Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy. These two key interventions are - Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and National Data Repository (NDR)
  • The Union Cabinet approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Israel on - National Campaign for Water Conservation in India
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently released the coin and postal stamp in the honour of Shrimad Rajchandra on his 150th birth anniversary. Shrimad Rajchandraji was the guru of -Mahatma Gandhi
  • India signed a USD 35 million loan agreement with the World Bank For  - Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project
  • This city has been crowned the ‘World Book Capital' for 2019 by UNESCO- Sharjah
  • He, former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, has taken oath as the member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) - Dr. Manoj Soni
  • According to a new study, this climatic factor is going to lead to displacement of about two billion people by 2100 – Rise in ocean level
  • Person appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Governors  of National Institute of Fashion Technology - Rajesh V Shah
  • According to new visa criteria released by the United States, applicants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen would require this to get approval – Close family or business tie with the US
  • The biggest ever joint military exercise took off on 29 June 2017 between – Australia and the United States
  • The grading of India as per the Trafficking in Persons report 2017 is - Tier 2
  • The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir who was recently appointed as the President of the India International Centre is - Narinder Nath Vohra
  • The winner of the 2017 Copa del Rey Juvenil title is - Real Madrid
  • The Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board announced to increase the group insurance cover for the pilgrims to - Rs 3 lakh
  • Committee constituted to draft the final National Education Policy (NEP) document - K Kasturirangan committee
  • First turbaned Sikh woman to be appointed as Canada’s Supreme Court judge - Palbinder Kaur Shergill
  • European Competition Commission imposed a record USD 2.7 billion (2.42 billion-euro) fine on -Google
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) formed a committee to implement reform proposals of  - Justice RM Lodha Committee
  • This cricketer faces a suspension ban of six months for breaching his contract- Lasith Malinga
  • The operations of this Indian cargo port were disrupted after a recent cyber attack - Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT)
  • The 6th Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting was convened between India and this country –Myanmar
  • This country has launched the biggest-ever new generation destroyer – China
  • The institution or ministry whose new draft of a New Energy Policy says that the government should split the seven units of state-controlled Coal India Limited (CIL) into independent companies is – NITI Aayog
  • India and the Netherlands on 27 June 2017 released a Joint Communiqué at - The Hague
  • India on 27 June 2017 signed an agreement for IBRD Credit of an amount from World Bank for “Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project” in New Delhi. The amount for which the agreement was signed is - USD 35 Million
  • The winner of the Femina Miss India World 2017 is - Manushi Chhillar
  • The winner of the 2017 Australian Open Men’s Singles title is - Srikanth Kidambi
  • The Social Democrat appointed as the new Prime Minister of Romania is - Mihai Tudose
  • The winner of the 2017 Halle Open Men’s Singles title is - Roger Federer
  • He is the first Indian to complete Race Across America in solo category- Srinivas Gokulnath
  • RAAM is considered as one of the toughest competitions in the world for this sporting event-Cycling
  • This country has launched its first self-developed ‘next generation’ bullet train – China
  • This Indian businessman, founder and Chairman of Lupin- India’s second-largest pharmaceutical company passed away on 26 June 2017- Desh Bandhu Gupta
  • State that launched the Mukhbir Yojana to curb female foeticide - Uttar Pradesh
  • This Union Ministry launched a web portal VAJRA for advance research - Ministry of Science and Technology
  • State Government that announced to implement a health insurance scheme for poor - Haryana
  • A bipartisan bill was introduced in the US to revoke the Major Non-Nato Ally (MNNA) status against - Pakistan
  • India signed 11 agreements/MoUs ranging from science and technology, education, anti-terrorism, climate, among others on 24 June 2017 with this country – Portugal
  • India and the United States on 26 June 2017 released a Joint Statement (JS) titled - United States and India: Prosperity through Partnership
  • As per reports, Trump administration is poised to declare this country among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking – China

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