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- Which Union Ministry launched Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 in New Delhi on 25th April 2018 to bring in transformational change in rural developmental process by leveraging knowledge base and resources of the Premier Institutions of India?
1.Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry
2.Union Ministry of Human Resource Development
3.Union Home Ministry
4.Union Ministry of Women and Child Development
5.None of theseAnswer – 2.Union Ministry of Human Resource Development
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, which seeks to bring in transformational change in rural developmental process by leveraging knowledge base and resources of the Premier Institutions of India. Under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0, students from selected colleges and universities will go to nearby villages to get acquainted with the life of the village people and the problems faced by them in day to day life. Through this activity, students will not only learn about the basic challenges faced by rural people but would also be encouraged to come up with practical solutions for their betterment. Under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0, 750 reputed Higher Educational Institutes (both public and private) have been selected and faculty and students of each selected institute would adopt a cluster of villages/panchayats to undertake above stated activity. Firstly, the faculty and students will have to study the living conditions in the adopted villages and thereafter identify problems which may be related to health, cleanliness, plantation, waste management, financial inclusion, women and child development. Based on the above findings, a workable action plan has to be prepared incorporating possibilities of leveraging the technological interventions and the need to improve the processes in implementation of various government schemes. Inputs and insights from these plans would be used for rural development programmes by the Government. Indian Institute of Technology – IIT Delhi has been designated as the National Coordinating Institute for this programme. Besides, selected institutes would also have to coordinate with the district administration and elected public representatives of panchayat/villages.
- Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh addressed the National Kharif Conference 2018 in ____ on April 25, 2018?
5.None of theseAnswer – 2.New Delhi
While addressing the conference, Mr. Singh outlined that the Central Government is working towards making agriculture policy and programs ‘income-oriented’ rather than ‘production-oriented’. PM Modi’s multi-dimensional Seven-point Strategy: In order to achieve this objective, government is encouraging the adoption of ‘multi-dimensional seven-point’ strategy suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which includes enhancing irrigation coverage focusing on ‘More crop per drop’, provision of quality seeds, large investments in warehouses and cold chains, promotion of value addition through food processing, Implementation of National Agricultural Markets and e-platforms (e-NAM), introduction of crop insurance and promotion of allied activities such as Dairy-Animal husbandry, Poultry, Horticulture, and Fisheries. Mr. Singh added that farmers should be encouraged to participate in the ongoing Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, in which every block will organize Kisan Kalyan Karyashala on May 2, 2018 wherein Agriculture officers and scientists will discuss ways to increase income through new technology and progressive farmers will also narrate their success stories.
- On 25th April 2018, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, conducted a high level meeting to review the preparedness of the Ministry for prevention and control of vector borne diseases like kalaazar, dengue, malaria and chickungunya in India. Name the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare?
2.J P Nadda
3.Rajyavardan Singh Rathore
5.None of theseAnswer – 2.J P Nadda
J P Nadda ordered the officials for launching aggressive IEC (Information Education and Communication) campaigns to create awareness on prevention and control of vectors before the season starts. He asked Secretary (Health) to speak to the State Health Secretaries to involve in the prevention and control activities of vector borne diseases. He directed the officials and Nodal officers to visit kalaazar endemic States of Jharkhand and Bihar immediately and report to him by 2ndMay 2018. He asked the officials to organise and complete the Training of Trainers (ToT) for ventilator management for 125 doctors for management of H1NI cases.
- On April 24, 2018, Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons awarded Letters of Intent (LoI) to how many agencies for 22 monuments under ‘Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’ project?
5.None of theseAnswer – 2.9
The third award ceremony of ‘Adopt a Heritage Project’ was conducted in New Delhi by Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and State/UTs Governments. ‘Adopt a Heritage Scheme’ was launched on World Tourism Day i.e. September, 27 2017 by President Ram Nath Kovind. This scheme has been initiated by Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Under this scheme, Ministry of Tourism invited private and public sector entities to adopt as many as 116 ASI-protected monuments/sites and to take up the responsibility for its maintenance, conservation and development. The project received encouraging response and so far 31 entities have been shortlisted by the Oversight and Vision Committee.
- A Cancer Screening Mela was organized in Mizoram by the Health Department of Mizoram jointly with Public Foundation of India and National Health Mission under the initiative of Swasth Uttar Purv. What was the theme of the mela?
1.Come on Mizoram, together let’s beat Cancer
2.Let’s beat Cancer together, at Mizoram
3.Fight against cancer at Mizoram
4.Mizoram stands united against Mizoram
5.None of theseAnswer – 1.Come on Mizoram, together let’s beat Cancer
The Cancer Screening Mela was funded by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) at Kolasib District, Diakkawn YMA Hall in Mizoram. The event saw participation from a wide range of people belonging to various fields. Theme of the mela was: ‘Come on Mizoram, together let’s beat Cancer’. Over 1000 participants participated in the screening. The mela was conducted to create awareness on cancer prevention and early diagnosis, early detection and management
- On April 25, 2018, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, released a commemorative postage stamp on former Chief Minister of ____, Late Shri Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna?
5.None of theseAnswer – 2.Uttar Pradesh
While releasing the commemorative postage stamp, PM Modi mentioned about Mr. Bahuguna’s contributions in the education sector and development in the hilly areas of India. Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna was the 9th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He held office from November 8, 1973 to November 29, 1975.
- On 21st April 2018, the chief minister of which state launched the Pravasi pension scheme?
5.None of theseAnswer – 1.Kerala
The Pravasi Pension Scheme offers people hailing from Kerala but living outside the state or country, a pension of Rs 2,000 a month. People aged over 60 years are eligible for this scheme. To avail this scheme a person has to pay Rs 100 per month. They should register in the scheme launched by Kerala Pravasi Pension Board. The contribution will be for five years. The scheme is not applicable for state and central government employees.
- CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) under Union Ministry of Communications have signed a MoU on technical knowledge sharing for establishing a nationwide Time Stamping & Time Synchronization network. What does “I” represent in CSIR?
5.None of theseAnswer – 3.Industrial
As per the terms of the MoU, DoT will be setting up Nationwide, Time Stamping & Time Synchronization network consisting of 22 Time Synchronization Centers (TSC’s) with technical assistance from CSIR-NPL. This network will provide synchronizing pulse in Indian Standard Time(IST) to all Telecom & Internet Service providers across India. Synchronizing the telecom network with IST time stamp will enable the security agencies to overcome the difficulty in analyzing and correlating the cyber events and will also improve the telecom network efficiency by reducing the Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) call drop. In context of this news, it is important to note that CSIR-NPL is responsible for generating, maintaining and disseminating Indian Standard Time (IST).
- On 25th April 2018, the third ship of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV project was inducted into the Indian Navy at Port Blair. The ship was commissioned as ____ by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief A&N Command?
5.None of theseAnswer – 4.INLCU L53
The ship was commissioned as INLCU L53 by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief A&N Command. It was designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. The ship shows the potential of India’s indigenous ship building capability. It is in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative. LCU MK-IV is an amphibious ship. It has a displacement of 830 Tons. It is capable of transporting combat equipment like Main Battle Tanks Arjun, T72 and other Armoured Vehicles. The ship has advanced equipment and advanced systems like Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS). Indigenous CRN 91 Gun with Stabilised Optronic Pedestal offers offensive capability for undertaking patrolling. The ship is commanded by Lt Cdr Vikas Anand. It has five officers and 45 sailors. It can carry 160 troops in addition. The ships will be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command. Remaining five ships of the project are in an advanced stage of construction. They will be inducted into Indian Navy in the next year and half.
- On April 26, 2018, NDMA conducted a mock exercise on earthquake preparedness in three North Eastern States -Tripura, Nagaland and Mizoram. Expand NDMA?
1.National Disaster Management Authority
2.National Defence Members Association
3.Natural Disaster Management Authority
4.National Defence Management Authority
5.None of theseAnswer – 1.National Disaster Management Authority
Conducting such mock exercise was required as these three states fall under seismic vulnerability zone V. The mock exercise helped in filling gaps, ensuring better communication and improving coordination among various stakeholders and agencies that are a part of response mechanism. It also generated awareness among the local people about the Do’s and Don’ts to be followed before, during and after an earthquake. With an objective to improve preparedness and response for various disaster situations, NDMA has so far conducted more than 600 mock exercises for various disaster situations across India.
- What is the rank of India out of 180 countries in the 2018 ‘World Press Freedom Index’ released by Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), also known as Reporters Without Borders?
5.None of theseAnswer – 3.138
India’s 138th rank in the 2018 ‘World Press Freedom Index’ marks a drop of two places as compared to 136th rank in 2017. Killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot down outside her house in Bengaluru in September 2017 has been cited as the main reason behind India’s low ranking on the index. Besides, hate crime has been identified as another issue plaguing India. Among world’s major powers, Russia retained its position at 148th rank while US slipped to 45th as compared to 43rd rank in 2017. China too retained its spot at 176th. Among India’s neighbouring countries, Bhutan (94th), Nepal (106th) and Sri Lanka (131st) rank ahead of India. Myanmar, Pakistan and Bangladesh rank 137th, 139th and 146th respectively. Norway topped the index for second consecutive year, while North Korea at 180th spot remained the most repressive country.
2018 ‘World Press Freedom Index’ – Top 3 Countries:
Rank – Country
1st – Norway
2nd – Sweden
3rd – Netherlands
- Name the joint training exercise between India and Malaysia that will be conducted in the forests of Sengai Perdik, Hulu Langat, Malaysia from 30 April 2018 to 13 May 2018?
5.None of theseAnswer – 1.Harimau Shakti
Harimau Shakti is aimed to enhance cooperation & coordination between armed forces of India and Malaysia and to share the expertise of both the contingents. Counter insurgency operations will be conducted in jungle terrain. Indian contingent will be represented by 4 GRENADIERS, one of the oldest infantry battalions. The Malaysian contingent will be represented by soldiers from 1 Royal Ranjer Regiment and the Royal Malay Regiment. This is the first time a joint training exercise of this magnitude comprising Indian and Malaysian soldiers is conducted in Malaysia. Main focus of the exercise will be on tactical operations in jungle warfare. A cross training phase and a field training phase of seven days in the jungles of Hulu Langat will be carried out.
- On April 24, 2018, Government of India signed a Legal Agreement worth $250 million with which bank for flexible financing arrangements for National Biopharma Mission (NBM)?
1.Asian Development Bank (ADB)
2.Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
4.State Bank of India (SBI)
5.None of theseAnswer – 3.World Bank
National Biopharmaceutical Mission is the first ever Industry-Academia mission to accelerate biopharmaceutical development in India. This programme has been named Innovate in India (i3). It is a $250 million dollar initiative that includes a $125 million loan from the World Bank. Objective of this programme is to make India a hub for design and development of novel, affordable and effective biopharmaceutical products. The thrust areas for the mission are vaccine development, biotherapeutics, diagnostics and development of medical devices. The mission will be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology, Union Ministry of Science & Technology. On April 24, 2018, a Legal Agreement for flexible financing arrangements for this NBM was signed between BIRAC, Department of Economic Affairs under Union Ministry of Finance and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (a member institution of World Bank Group).
- As per data released by Commerce Ministry, India’s global trade in 2017-18 stood at ____ ?
5.None of theseAnswer – 1.$767.9 billion
India’s global trade at $767.9 billion in 2017-18 marks an increase by 16.32 per cent as compared to $660.2 billion in 2016-17. Bilateral trade with Latin American Countries (LAC) including Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Brazil has recorded healthy growth of 19.63 per cent in 2017-18. Out of all the above stated LACs, India-Bolivia bilateral trade grew phenomenally at 205 per cent from $253 million in 2016-17 to $772.44 million in 2017-18.
- Name the first woman lawyer to be appointed as Supreme Court judge directly from the bar?
5.None of theseAnswer – 2.Indu Malhotra
Indu Malhotra will be the first woman judge to be appointed as Supreme Court judge directly from the bar. She is 61 years old. She will be the seventh woman to become a Supreme Court judge. Previously, Justices M. Fathima Beevi, Sujata Manohar, Ruma Pal, Ranjana Desai, Gyan Sudha Misra and R. Banumathi, held the post of Supreme Court judge.
- Which mobile app was launched by Hardeep Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C), for allotment of Government accommodations in General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) in Delhi under the control of the Directorate of Estates, on 24th April 2018?
5.None of theseAnswer – 1.m-Awas
On 24th April 2018, Hardeep Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) launched a Mobile App (m-Awas) for allotment of Government accommodations in General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) in Delhi under the control of the Directorate of Estates. m-Awas was developed by NIC (National Informatics Centre). e-Awas, the application of online allotment will support this App. 61,317 residential accommodations of various types are available in Delhi which are allotted to the eligible Central Government employees through Automated System of Allotment (ASA), by using login Id and password. This app will enable applicants of the Central Government accommodation in Delhi and people in waiting list, to apply for allotment.
iv. Users can also view waiting list and allotment lists. The app is user friendly. It can be downloaded and used in an android mobile phone. It can be downloaded for free from the website of GPRA: https://gpra.nic.in. This will be extended to applicants of 8 other cities where ASA is in operation for the purpose of registration and filling of DE-II form.
- Chinese entomologists have discovered a giant mosquito belonging to _____ species, with a wing size of 11.15 cm in Sichuan province of China?
5.None of theseAnswer – 1.Holorusia Mikado
The giant mosquito belongs to the world’s largest mosquito species Holorusia Mikado. It was found in August 2017 during a field trip to Mount Qingcheng in Chengdu. It was first found in Japan and was named by British entomologist John Obadiah Westwood in 1876. The Holorusia mikado species generally has a wing size of nearly 8 cm. These mosquitoes do not feed on blood. They feed mainly on nectar. The adults have a life span of a few days. Holorusia mikado also known as the crane fly are mainly found in the Chengdu plain of the western parts of Sichuan.
- Name the technical committee chairman of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and the executive vice-president of Kerala State Athletics Association (KSAA) who passed away in Kochi, Kerala, on 25th April 2018?
5.None of theseAnswer – 2.Tony Daniel
Tony Daniel was 66 years old. He was born in Ernakulam, Kerala. He represented Kerala State and University at the national championships in junior and senior categories between 1968 and 1972. He was the State Sprint Champion in 1970. He was the Secretary of Kerala Athletics Association for eight years. He was the Deputy Competition Manager during the Commonwealth Games, Delhi 2010 and Competition Director (Athletics) in South Asian Games, Guwahati 2016.
- What was the theme of World Intellectual Property Day 2018 that was observed all over the world on 26th April 2018?
1.Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity
3.Importance of Intellectual Property Rights of women
3.Women and Intellectual Property Rights
4.Establishing fair Intellectual Property Rights
5.None of theseAnswer – 1.Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity
Every year April 26 is celebrated as World Intellectual Property Day to create awareness on the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity. This day was declared by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000. 26 April marks the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization came to force in 1970. The theme for World Intellectual Property Day 2018 is – Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity.
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- Name the MD & CEO and headquarters of National Housing Bank (NHB)?MD & CEO – Sriram Kalyanaraman; Headquarters – New Delhi
- Which state houses the Malampuzha Dam constructed on Bharathapuzha River?Kerala
- Who is the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of Indian Army?General Bipin Rawat
- Where is Phawngpui National Park located?General Mizoram
- Who is the Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland?Francis Gurry