|A.||Prashant Agarwal||B.||Sushma Swaraj
Explanation:The 53rd session of programming committee meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has started at Kathmandu, Nepal on February 1, 2017. The senior officials of all 8 member countries are participating in the meeting. The Indian delegation is lead by Prashant Agarwal, Joint Secretary (SAARC). During the two day meeting number of issues such as budget of SAARC secretariat and its 5 regional centres and regular activities of the Association will be discussed. This is the first senior level meeting of Association since postponement of 19th SAARC Summit in November 2016.
|A.||Thrissur Lok Sabha constituency
|B.||Kozhikode Lok Sabha constituency
|C.||Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency
|D.||Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency of Kerala|
Explanation:E. Ahamed (78), the former Union minister, has passed away in New Delhi on February 1, 2017. He represented the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency of Kerala and was the National President of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). He served as Minister of State for External Affairs in the Manmohan Singh government (2004–14).
Explanation:Recently, India has been invited as a Guest Country at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) which will be held in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia from June 1 to 3, 2017 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the forum as a Guest of Honour. The SPIEF is a unique international event in the world of economics and business, held annually with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation.
Explanation:The South Asian Speakers Summit will be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from February 18-19, 2017. The speakers of parliaments of the south Asian nations will share their experiences and deliberate on their role in achieving sustainable development goals. The summit, which is primarily an International Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) initiative, is expected to see the participation of the speakers of parliament from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Recently, it is in news because Pakistan and Myanmar has rejected an invitation from the Indian Parliament and the IPU to attend the meeting.
|C.||Anushka Sharma||D.||Aishwarya Rai
Explanation:Anushka Sharma, the Bollywood actress, has been appointed the new ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Campaign by the Ministry of Urban Development. She will highlight the women-centric aspects of open defecation as part of the nationwide health and sanitation campaign and will join the campaign with megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is also the brand ambassador of this campaign.