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हिंदी करंट अफेयर्स प्रश्नोत्तरी 2017 के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें.

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Tata Group Named Country’s Most Valuable Brand in Brand Finance List

Brand finance in its 2017 report that lists India’s 100 most valuable brands has named Tata Group as the most valuable brand in India at an estimated brand value of $13.1 billion. Brand Finance is a global brand valuation and strategy consultancy firm. Tata Group has managed to top the list despite its brand value declining 4% from $13.7 billion in 2016.

As per the report, the total brand value of India’s top 100 brands have surged 15% in 2017 compared to the global average of 11%. Overall 68 of India’s 100 most valuable brands have registered growth in value this year.

Telecom operator Airtel at an estimated valuation of $7.7 billion has been ranked second in the list followed by Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) with $6.8 billion.

IT firm Infosys and State Bank of India have been ranked fourth and fifth in the list with an estimated value of $6.2 billion and $5.5 billion respectively.

Backed by the addition of 35 new routes and increase in operations in the existing route, Indigo Airlines  jumped from No. 95 in 2016 to No. 62 in 2017 in the Brand Finance list.

Handset maker Micromax’s performance has suffered the most with its brand value dropping by 39% and fell to the 95th position in the list of top 100 brands.

Air carrier Indigo Airlines gained the most. Indigo jumped from No. 95 in 2016 to No. 62 in 2017 in the Brand Finance list.

The report has named ITC as the most powerful brand in the country. As per the report it is the country’s only AAA rated brand with a Brand Strength Index score of 86. 

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Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave Passes Away

Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave has passed away. He was 60.

Anil Madhav Dave was born in Badnagar of Madhya Pradesh on July 6, 1956. He is a Member of Parliament representing Madhya Pradesh. Dave was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 2009.  Last year, he was sworn in as a minister with independent charge of environment, forest and climate change.  He was very passionate on implementing environmental projects including conservation of the Narmada river. He had also founded an organisation called ‘Narmada Samagra’ for conservation of Narmada.

Dave has also held various posts like Member, Standing Committee on Environment and Forest and Science & Technology; Member, Standing Committee of Water Resources; Member (Board of Governors) of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan etc. He was also a nominated member of Indian Council for Cultural Relations. He was the Chairman of Select Committees on  Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 as well as on Coal Mines (Special Provision) Bill, 2015.

Dave has also penned several books on the subject of environment and climate change. Some of his famous books are: Beyond Copenhagen; Yes I Can, So Can We; Creation to Cremation; rafting through a civilization: a travelogue; Shatabdi ke Paanch Kaale Panne; Sambhal Ke Rehna Apne Ghar Me Chhupe Hue Gaddaron Se; Mahanayak Chandrashekhar Azad; Roti Aur Kamal ki Kahani; Samagra Gram Vikas etc.

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BSNL Signs MoU with Facebook and MobiKwik

BSNL has inked agreements with Facebook and MobiKwik in order to popularize the internet and its value added services among its customers. Further, BSNL has also signed a third MoU with Disney Land India to offer premium online gaming services to its mobile customers. The series of MoUs signed by BSNL comes at the backdrop of a stiff competition faced by BSNL from private telecom companies like Airtel and Reliance Jio.

Agreement with Facebook

As per the terms of agreement signed with Facebook, BSNL will facilitate connectivity for Facebook’s `Express Wi-Fi Program’. Express Wi-Fi service program of the Facebook has been launched commercially in India and the service is now available via 700 hotspots across four states of Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya. Express Wi-Fi is a part of Facebook’s global initiative to expand internet connectivity. Express Wi-Fi” services will complement mobile data offerings by providing a low-cost, high bandwidth service allowing users to get online for accessing apps, downloading contents amongst other things at affordable rates.

Agreement with MobiKwik

As per the MoU signed with the digital payments firm Mobikwik, BSNL and MobiKwik will work together to create  a BSNL mobile wallet to facilitate payment for its products and services. The wallet will be made available exclusively to the customers of BSNL. In addition, MobiKwik will also facilitate digital sale of BSNL SIM cards through its app and website.

 

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