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Current Affairs Quiz – August 20 2017

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    1. Street Lighting National Programme has launched by Government of India has illuminated____________ with installation of 30 lakh LED street lights across the country.
      i.20,000 KM of Indian roads
      ii.50,000 KM of Indian roads
      iii.15,000 KM of Indian roads
      iv.30,000 KM of Indian roads
      v.30,000 KM of Indian roads
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer – ii.50,000 KM of Indian roads
      Explanation:

      Government of India’s Street Lighting National programme (SLNP) has illuminated 50,000 KM of Indian roads with installation of 30 lakh LED street lights across the country. With this milestone Energy Efficiency Services Limited has become the world’s largest street light management company.Street Light National Programme (SLNP) was launched by Government of India in January 2015, with an aim to replace 3.5 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights.

    2. Which entity will invest about Rs 52,000 crore in expanding Paradip refinery in Odisha after the Odisha State Gvernment agreed to restore part of tax incentives?
      i. Hindustan Petroleum
      ii. GSPC
      iii. Bharat Petroleum
      iv. Indian Oil Corporation
      v. Chennai Petroleum Corporation
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer – iv. Indian Oil Corporation
      Explanation:

      Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will invest about Rs 52,000 crore in expanding Paradip refinery in Odisha and setting up petrochemical complex after the Odisha State Government agreed to restore part of tax incentives.In February 2017, Odisha State Government withdrew 11-year VAT or sales tax deferment on Paradip refinery products sold in the state by IOC.Now, Odisha Government has agreed to restore part of tax incentives and has agreed to give Rs 700 crore per annum of an interest-free loan for 15 years to make up for the withdrawn incentive.


    3. Which one from the following have established between India and US with an aim to elevate their strategic consultations on August 17, 2017?

      i.India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue
      ii.TWO-BY-TWO Ministerial Dialogue
      iii.India-US power and Commercial Dialogue
      iv.TWO-BY-ONE Ministerial Dialogue
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –ii.TWO-BY-TWO Ministerial Dialogue
      Explanation:

      India and US have established TWO-BY-TWO Ministerial Dialogue with an aim to elevate their strategic consultations.The new format would include External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and their American counterparts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary James Mattis. Two-BY-TWO Ministerial Dialogue between India and US will replace India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, once described by the US State Department as the signature mechanism for advancing the United States’ and India’s shared priorities.

    4. On November 13, 2017, Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry will be conducting National Assessment Survey (NAS) for the students of class __________ for assessing various learning outcomes.
      i.3,4 and 6
      ii.5,7 and 8
      iii.4,5 and 7
      iv.3,5 and 8
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer – iv.3, 5 and 8
      Explanation –

      On November 13, 2017, Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry will be conducting National Assessment Survey (NAS) for the students of class 3, 5, and 8 for assessing various learning outcomes.It is to be noted that so far, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has conducted four rounds of National Achievement Survey (NAS) for Class 5, three rounds for classes 3 and 8 and one round for Class 10.

    5. How much of percentage would be raised every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 per cent as per the child care allowance for women with disabilities issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)?
      i.12 per cent
      ii.30 per cent
      iii.25 per cent
      iv.20 per cent
      v.30 percent
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –
      iii.25 per cent
      Explanation:-

      Government has doubled monthly child care allowance for women with disabilities. At present, the allowance of Rs 1500 per month is given to differently-abled female employees for taking care of their newborn child. This has been raised to Rs. 3000 per month. As per the order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the limit would be automatically raised by 25 per cent every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 per cent.

    6. Which state government which has decided country liquor would be grain-based, be branded and make it mandatory for the bottles to sport a hologram as in the case of IMFL to prevent adulteration and revenue leakage?
      i.Tamil Nadu
      ii.Uttarpradesh
      iii.orissa
      iv.Assam
      v.Karnataka
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –iv.Assam
      Explanation:-

      To prevent adulteration and revenue leakage, the Assam government has decided that country liquor would be grain-based, undergo chemical tests and be branded and make it mandatory for the bottles to sport a hologram as in the case of IMFL. Unlike earlier, the grain will be fermented to make extra neutral alcohol (ENA), which will be used to make the spirit. The whole process will be monitored in factories and there will be chemical tests.

    7. Who is the chief Minister of Assam?
      i.Banwarilal Purohit
      ii.Sarbananda Sonowal
      iii.Edapadi K palanisami
      iv.K.Chandrasekar Rao
      v.Mamta Banerjee
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –ii.Sarbananda Sonowal

    8. How many days did the Electoral Officers’ Conference of all States and Union Territories commence in New Delhi.
      i.Two days
      ii.four days
      iii.one day
      iv.Three days
      v.five days
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –i.Two days
      Explanation:-

      A two day Chief Electoral Officers’ Conference of all States and Union Territories commenced in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Shri. A.K. Joti, Chief Election Commissioner of India and Shri. O.P. Rawat, Election Commissioner of India.The emphasis is on the need of providing E-services to stakeholders and also emphasised the requirement to develop E-Payment gateways for various election services of Election commission of India.

    9. Which Rail corporation has opened plant to recycle construction waste?
      i.Kochi Metro Rail Corp
      ii.Mumbai Metro Rail Corp
      iii.Delhi Metro Rail Corp
      iv.Kolkata Metro Rail Corp
      v.Tamilnadu Metro Rail Corp
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –iii.Delhi Metro Rail Corp
      Explanation:-

      Delhi Metro has opened a facility to recycle the waste produced during its demolition and construction work.The construction waste generated by DMRC is generally dumped at pre-designated sites identified and approved by the government. According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) to utilize this waste, this new facility has been constructed. It is provided to “recover and recycle” about 95% of incoming waste like cement concrete pile heads, re-bars, concrete blocks, broken bricks, cement plaster and many other materials.

    10. Who was presented with the ‘Kalpana Chawla Award for Courage and Daring Enterprise’ on August 15, 2017?
      i.Preethi Srinivasan
      ii.Mariyappan Thangavelu
      iii.Varun Singh Bhati
      iv.Devendra Jhajhariya
      v.Deepa Malikh
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –i.Preethi Srinivasan
      Explanation:-

      Preethi Srinivasan, the former State under-19 cricket captain, who braved a debilitate accident to support those suffering from spinal cord injuries like her was presented with the ‘KalpanaChawla Award for Courage and Daring Enterprise’.The award was presented by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during the 71st Independence Day celebrations.

    11. Find the Chief Minister who has been selected for the prestigious Agriculture Leadership Award-2017.
      i.Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala
      ii. Dr. Mukul Sangma,Megalaya
      iii. Shri Siddaramaiah,Karnataka
      iv. Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh
      v. Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao,Telengana
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –v. Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao,Telengana
      Explanation:-

      The Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has been selected for the prestigious Agriculture Leadership Award-2017.A committee is headed by agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan has recommended the CM’s name. The award will be presented on 5th September at Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi.The Chief Minister has been selected for the award for his innovative services rendered to the welfare of farmers and the farm sector. The award, instituted by Indian Council of Food and Agriculture in 2008 since then it is presented every year.

    12. Who has been appointed as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) on August 16,2017?
      i.K Venkataraman
      ii.P R Seshadri
      iii. R.Subramaniakumar
      iv. Shyam Srinivasan
      v. Dr. N. Kamakodi
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –ii.P R Seshadri
      Explanation :-

      The Reserve Bank of India has accorded their approval for the appointment of Shri P R Seshadri as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Karur Vysya Bank (KVB).He replaced K Venkataraman.He is appointed for the period of three years.

    13. On what date of every year the birthday of Shri Rajiv Gandhi is celebrated and it is called Sadbhavana Diwas?
      i.6th August
      ii.11th August
      iii.20th August
      iv.25th August
      v.28th August
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –20th August
      Explanation :

      The birthday of Shri Rajiv Gandhi is celebrated on 20th August every year. It is called Sadbhavana Diwas. The Sadbhavana Diwas 2017 is the 73rd birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. This day is celebrated in order to make aware the people about the necessary environment topics.

    14. Which comedian played the first black comics to perform for white audiences in the 1960s civil rights movement?
      i.Chris rock
      ii. Will Ferrell
      iii. Dick Gregory
      iv. Jason Segel
      v. Kristen Wiig
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –iii.Dick Gregory
      Explanation-

      Dick Gregory was a comedian who played a prominent role in the 1960s civil rights movement after becoming one of the first black comics to perform for white audiences. He died on 19th of August 2017 at age 84.He was born in St. Louis in U.S.A.Gregory who lived in Washington died of heart failure in Sibley Memorial Hospital.He wrote several books, including “Murder in Memphis,” which analyzed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

    15. Maharashtra will look at ways to use structured finance instruments for adopting micro irrigation of _________ for Maharashtra farmers.
      i.Rice
      ii.wheat
      iii.jute
      iv.cotton
      v.Maize
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –iv.cotton
      Explanation:-

      It will look at ways to use structured finance instruments for adopting micro irrigation for Maharashtra farmers.The Maharashtra platform is aimed at measures such as micro irrigation for cotton. It will look at ways to use structured finance instruments for adopting micro irrigation for Maharashtra farmers.The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG), a consortium of public and private sector entities under the International Finance Corporation (IFC) will be raising up to $10 million to help about four lakh cotton farmers in Maharashtra.

    16. Name of the City in which police inducts 5 Harley Davidson Street 750 bikes in their fleet.
      i.Mumbai
      ii. Delhi
      iii. Chandigarh
      iv. Chennai
      v. Kolkatta
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer –v. Kolkatta
      Explanation:-

      On August 18, 2017 Kolkata Police is inducting five new Harley-Davidson Street 750s in their squad. The bikes bought for Rs 5.5 lakh each and department has planned to use these high-end bikes during a chase, VIP visits, and for ceremonial purposes.Street 750 consider as faster than the trademark Royal Enfield bikes. The bikes will be used for chases considering it is fast.
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      In which state scientists have discovered two new species of earthworm in the Western Ghats mountain ranges?
      i.Manipur
      ii.Meghalaya
      iii.Kerala
      iv.karnataka
      v.Tirupra
      [spoiler title="Answer & Explanation" icon="plus" style="fancy"]Answer –iii.Kerala
      Explanation:-

      Scientists have discovered two new species of earthworm in the Western Ghats mountain ranges in Kerala on 19th of August 2017.These new species belong to the ancient family Moniligastridae.
      The findings were published in the Journal Zoo Keys in August 2017.The discovery was made by scientists S Prasanth Narayanan, S Sathrumithra, G Christopher all affiliated with Kerala’s Mahatma Gandhi University. The two new species are named as Drawida polydiverticulata and Drawidathomasi.





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