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  1. Khelo India Programme is related to?
    1. Infrastructure
    2. Sports
    3. Imports
    4. Exports
    5. GST
    Answer – 2. Sports
    Explanation :
    Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore announced that Khelo India programme will be relaunched at a cost of Rs 1756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. While making this announcement, Mr. Rathore also stated that 2018 will be celebrated as Year of Sports. Revamped Khelo India Programme was approved by Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2017. Under this programme, Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme will be rolled out. Each year, 1000 most talented young athletes across select sports disciplines will be covered in this scholarship scheme. Under Kehlo India programme, 20 universities across India will be developed as hubs of sporting excellence. These universities would enable talented sports persons to pursue education as well as competitive sports.

  2. In which Indian city, UN Women and Facebook inaugurated ‘We The Women’ event aimed to empower and recognise the contribution of women in our society?
    1. Kolkata
    2. Pune
    3. Patna
    4. Mumbai
    5. Hyderabad
    Answer –4. Mumbai
    Explanation :
    UN Women and Facebook inaugurated ‘We The Women’ event in Mumbai, aimed to empower and recognise the contribution of women in our society. Famous women achievers including Union Textile Minister, Smriti Irani, Wrestler Sakshi Malik, Cricketer Mithali Raj, Television and Film Producer Ekta Kapoor participated in this event. This two-day event was held at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai under the curatorship of journalist Barkha Dutt. Participants expressed their viewpoints on various issues including sexism, gender equality and sexual harassment. The event also hosted a flea market and food stalls showcasing food items by female chefs.

  3. To eliminate which disease, the Union Health Ministry has launched a 15-day door-to-door campaign across the country?
    1. HIV
    2. Measles
    3. Dengu
    4. Malaria
    5. Tuberculosis
    Answer – 5. Tuberculosis
    Explanation :
    Union Health Ministry has launched a 15-day door-to-door campaign across the country to eliminate the tuberculosis (TB). Under this campaign, aimed to detect, diagnose and treat TB, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and TB supervisors will make door-to-door visits to detect Tuberculosis patients and will give them free medical treatment till they are cured. According to data by World Health Organisation, every year, around 1.1 million TB cases (out of total 2.8 million TB cases) remain unreported and are thereby missed from treatment. The door-to-door campaign is expected to plug this slippage. Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease which affects the lung and is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB).

  4. Which city inaugurated the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – India Connectivity Summit (AICS)?
    1. New Delhi
    2. Gurugram
    3. Kochi
    4. Mumbai
    5. Ahmadabad
    Answer – 1. New Delhi
    Explanation :
    Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – India Connectivity Summit (AICS) begun in New Delhi on December 11, 2017. Theme of this two-day Summit is ‘Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century’. The Summit aims at accelerating existing connectivity prospects, evolving suitable policy recommendations, identifying issues of concern and developing strategies to enhance economic, trade and industrial relations between India and ASEAN member countries. Infrastructure, Shipping, Roadways, Digital, Energy, Finance and Aviation have been outlined as the focus areas for this summit. Ministers including Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) and Gen. V.K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs will be attending this Summit.

  5. Which state celebrates “Adivasi Mahotsav”, a tribal festival?
    1. Bihar
    2. Jharkhand
    3. Nagaland
    4. Chhattisgarh
    5. Manipur
    Answer – 4. Chhattisgarh
    Explanation :
    The Tribal Development Department organised a two-day Tribal Festival, “Adivasi Mahotsav” in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Adivasi Mahotsav is celebrated to commemorate the martyrdom day of freedom fighter and great revolutionary from Chhattisgarh, Shahid Veernarayan Singh. The festival was inaugurated by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh at Government Science College Ground, Raipur. The function was presidedover by Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram. A tribal literature festival was organized at Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Auditorium during the festival. Regional folk dances such as Bihu, Hojgiri of Tripura, Cherav dance of Mizoram, and other folk dances of Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya were performed.

  6. Which country founded the world’s biggest automated container terminal?
    1. Russia
    2. Japan
    3. China
    4. USA
    5. Australia
    Answer – 3. China
    Explanation :
    China started trial operations of Shanghai Yangshan Deep Water Port, referred to as world’s biggest automated container terminal. The port covers 2.23 million square metres areas and has a 2350-metre shoreline. Once this port is made fully operational, it will handle 4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). This handling capacity will be gradually expanded to 6.3 million TEUs. Several automated handling equipments including machinery used in loading and unloading, bridge cranes, a rail-mounted gantry crane and an automated guided vehicle (AGV) are being used at the port. All these equipments have been designed and manufactured in China by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company.

  7. Name the countries which started a joint drill to track missiles from North Korea?
    1. United States, South Korea and Japan
    2. United States, South Sudan and London
    3. Germany, South Korea and Russia
    4. Australia, South Africa and Japan
    5. Canada, South Korea and China
    Answer – 1. United States, South Korea and Japan
    Explanation :
    United States (US), South Korea and Japan started a joint drill to track missiles from North Korea. This drill is being conducted in waters near the Korean peninsula and Japan. This two-day drill is the sixth since June 2016. It is being conducted as a response to recent announcement by North Korea that it has test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and has achieved nuclear statehood. Two ships from US and one each from Japan and South Korea are participating in this drill.

  8. According to the property consultant “Cushman & Wakefield’s ‘Office Space Across the World 2017” report, Which country tops the most expensive office location in the world?
    1. Holland
    2. Chile
    3. Hong Kong
    4. Mauritius
    5. Australia
    Answer – 3. Hong Kong
    Explanation :
    According to property consultant Cushman & Wakefield’s ‘Office Space Across the World 2017’ report, Delhi-NCR is 84th most expensive office location in the world. ‘Office Space Across the World 2017’ report evaluated 215 global locations. The rankings were based on occupancy costs per workstation and workplace densities. Occupancy costs per workstation included base rents and common area maintenance charges. Delhi-NCR ranked 84th with an annual cost of USD 5392 (over Rs 3.5 lakh) per workstation. Other office locations in India ranked below 100, thereby making Indian office market, one of the most affordable across the world. The list was topped by Hong Kong with an annual cost of USD 27431 per workstation. Hong Kong was followed by London and Tokyo.

  9. Which country depreciates its currency after talks with International Monetary Fund (IMF)?
    1. China
    2. Myanmar
    3. Afghanistan
    4. Pakistan
    5. India
    Answer – 4. Pakistan
    Explanation :
    In the last week, Pakistan allowed its currency (Pakistani rupee) to depreciate after important talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This decision was taken to ensure materialisation of $2.5 billion worth of receipts from two international bonds launched in November 2017. As a result, on December 8, 2017, Pakistani Rupee touched Rs. 110 against US dollar and closed at Rs. 107 at the end of the session. First round of discussions (between Pakistan Government and IMF) on external sector of Pakistan’s economy concluded on December 8, 2017. State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will now allow Pakistani rupee’s exchange rate to adjust as per market conditions.

  10. According to Global investment bank Nomura, India’s economy will increase _____% growth rate in 2018?
    1. 7%
    2. 7.9%
    3. 7.6%
    4. 8%
    5. 7.5 %
    Answer – 5. 7.5 %
    Explanation :
    Global investment bank Nomura has predicted India’s economy to register a 7.5 % growth rate in 2018, saying it is on the cusp of a cyclical recovery. Nomura said in the report that, the Indian economy is on the cusp of a cyclical recovery. The government has continued to implement structural reforms and prudent macro policies, the benefits of which may be harder to pinpoint right now, but over time will be positive for growth. It said higher crude oil prices and state election results are the main risks. Given the base effects, Nomura expects the growth in the first half of 2018to be at 7.8 %.

  11. Which bank bagged best Nationalised Bank award in FE Best Banks Awards 2015-16?
    1. SBI
    2. City Union Bank
    3. IDBI Bank
    4. HDFC Bank
    5. IOB
    Answer – 1. SBI
    Explanation :
    FE Best Banks Awards 2015-16, ceremony took place in Mumbai on December 9, 2017. FE Best Banks Awards are considered as India’s most coveted banking awards. FE Best Bank Awards were launched in February 1997. These awards are presented annually to banks that have delivered outstanding performance on various parameters including growth, profitability and soundness. Winners of these awards are decided on basis of FE Best Bank Survey. FE Best Bank Survey is an annual survey conducted by Financial Express (business newspaper) with Ernst & Young as the knowledge partner.

  12. Who received ‘Yeraringan’ Award 2017?
    1. Sanjay Dutt
    2. Charles Chrispin
    3. Nathan Scarlett
    4. M.S. Swaminathan
    5. Ashnegi Thompson
    Answer – 4. M.S. Swaminathan
    Explanation :
    Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu conferred the ‘Yeraringan’ Award to Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, in Chennai. The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Banwarilal Purohit and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. In 1947, Prof. Swaminathan moved to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI, Pusa) in New Delhi as a post-graduate student in genetics and plant breeding. He qualified for the Indian Police Service but chose a different career path leading to food security for India. He was a Fellow of many of the leading scientific academies of India and the world, including the Royal Society of London and the US National Academy of Sciences.

  13. To which Armed Forces, President Ram Nath Kovind awarded Presidential Colours to its submarine arm?
    1. Indain Army
    2. Indian Navy
    3. Indian Coastal Guards
    4. Indian Air Force
    5. Para (Special Force)
    Answer – 2. Indian Navy
    Explanation :
    President Ram Nath Kovind awarded Presidential Colours to the submarine arm of the Indian Navy that is celebrating its golden jubilee. The event was held at the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) at Vishakapatnam. President Ram Nath Kovind was given a 21-gun salute upon his arrival at the ENC headquarters. He also inspected a guard of honour at the INS Circars Parade Ground. It was attended by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Flag Office Commanding-in-Chief of ENC Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh and other senior officers of the force.

  14. Who was elected as the president of Indian National Congress?
    1. Sonia Gandhi
    2. Preyanka Gandhi
    3. Motilal Gandhi
    4. Sanjay Gandhi
    5. Rahul Gandhi
    Answer – 5. Rahul Gandhi
    Explanation :
    Rahul Gandhi was elected unopposed as president of the Indian National Congress. Rahul Gandhi was the only candidate to file his papers on the last day for nominations. His mother Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were among the leaders who proposed his name for the President post. Sonia Gandhi served as party president for 19 years. Rahul Gandhi became a Lok Sabha member in 2004.

  15. In which country, the World’s Biggest Floating Solar Project was inaugurated?
    1. Russia
    2. China
    3. Japan
    4. India
    5. Germany
    Answer – 2. China
    Explanation :
    A unit of China Three Gorges Corporation is building a $151 million floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s eastern province of Anhui, China. China Three Gorges Corporation started building the 150-megawatt project in July 2017. Part of the plant has connected to the grid. The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that formed after a coal mine collapsed. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018. India has recently commissioned its largest floating solar power plant in Wayanad, Kerala.

  16. According to Cartographers surveying Antarctica, which is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT)?
    1. Mt Terror
    2. Mt Erebus
    3. Mt Hope
    4. Mt Ellsworth
    5. Mt Sidley
    Answer – 3. Mt Hope
    Explanation :
    Cartographers surveying Antarctica have discovered that Mt Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) at 3,239 metres above sea level. Until now, maps showed Mt Jackson as the tallest mountain in the territory at 3,184 metres, according to researchers at British Antarctic Survey (BAS). New satellite data reveals Mt Hope being 55 metres taller than Mt Jackson and 377 metres higher than previously thought. Mt Hope is the highest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory. However, Mt Vinson remains the highest mountain in Antarctica standing at 4,892 metres.

  17. Who bagged bronze medal in the men’s 10m Air Pistol at the 10th Asian Championship in Wako City, Japan?
    1. Jitu Rai
    2. Annie Oakley
    3. Bob Munden.
    4. Tom Knapp
    5. Jerry Miculek.
    Answer – 1. Jitu Rai
    Explanation :
    Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu bagged a bronze medal each at the 10th Asian Championship in Wako City, Japan. Jitu Rai won an individual bronze in the men’s 10m Air Pistol. Indian team comprising Shahzar Rizvi and Omkar Singh and Jitu Rai, bagged the Team gold inmen’s 10m Air Pistol event. Heena Sidhu claimed an individual bronze in the women’s 10m Air Pistol. Indian team consisting of Nivetha Paramantham, Heena Sidhu and Harveen Srao won Team silver in women’s 10m Air Pistol. India added another individual bronze through Anmol Jain in the junior men’s 10m Air Pistol. Indian team of Anmol Jain, Gaurav Rana and Abhishek Arya won Team silver in the 10m Air Pistol event.

  18. By defeating Argentina, which country won gold medal in the Hockey World League 2016-17?
    1. France
    2. Spain
    3. Poland
    4. India
    5. Australia
    Answer – 5. Australia
    Explanation :
    Australia won gold in the Hockey World League 2016-17 by defeating Argentina in the finals. The final match was held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Australia beat Argentina by 2-1. Two goals from Austrlian side were scored by Blake Govers and Jeremy Hayward, while Agustin Bugallo scored one goal from Argentinean side. In the bronze-medal play-off, India beat Germany by 2-1. This match too was played in Bhubaneswar. Odisha government presented a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to each Indian player for winning this bronze medal. India has won bronze medal in Hockey World League for the second time. Earlier it won bronze in 2014-15 season played at Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

  19. How many medals, the Indian diving team won in “Road to Asian Games 2018” Indonesia Open Aquatic Championship 2017 held at Jakarta?
    1. 5 medals
    2. 6 medals
    3. 7 medals
    4. 8 medals
    5. 9 medals
    Answer – 2. 6 medals
    Explanation :
    The Indian diving team won 6 medals (1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medal) in “Road to Asian Games 2018” Indonesia Open Aquatic Championship 2017 held atJakarta from December 5 to 9, 2017. Siddhart Pardeshi won the gold medal in the 10 m Platform event by securing 345.90 points. Kongbrailatpam Ramananda Sharma won two silver medals in 1 m and 3 m Springboard events by finishing with 282.70 points and 358.80 points respectively. The pair of Ramananda and Siddhart secured 313.40 to bag a bronze medal in 3 m Synchronise diving event. Chingsubam Puskar Meetei won another bronze medal in the 10 m Platform diving event with 297.35 points.

  20. Who is the father of DNA fingerprinting in India’?
    1. Mothi Singh
    2. Suraendar Singh
    3. Lalji Singh
    4. Ankur Kay
    5. Bijlir Das
    Answer – 3. Lalji Singh
    Explanation :
    eminent scientist and ‘father of DNA fingerprinting in India’, Lalji Singh, passed away following a massive heart attack while he was on his way to Delhi. Lalji Singh was 70 years old. He was the 25th vice chancellor of the BHU (Banaras Hindu University). He was also the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award. He was the founder of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), also served as its director. He was the officer-on-special-duty (OSD) at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) in Hyderabad between 1995 and 1999. He also founded Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES).

  21. Who is Batuk Gathani?
    1. Actor
    2. Singer
    3. Dancer
    4. Athlete
    5. Journalist
    Answer – 5. Journalist
    Explanation :
    Batuk Gathani, veteran journalist and foreign correspondent for Indian and international news organisations passed away in London. Batuk Gathani was 82 years old. He was born in Nairobi to a Gujarati business family. He reported for ‘The Hindu’ and ‘Frontline’ from Europe for several years. He was president of the Indian Journalists Association for several years. After retiring he continued to be an active member of the Indian community in the U.K. and the Indian Journalists Association.

  22. When is the International Mountain Day celebrated all over the world?
    1. December 9
    2. December 10
    3. December 11
    4. December 12
    5. December 13
    Answer – 3. December 11
    Explanation :
    International Mountain Day was celebrated all over the world. The theme for International Mountain Day 2017 is: Mountain under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration. This year’s theme is linked to the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting, held on 11-13 December 2017 in Rome, Italy. International Mountain Day 2017 highlights how climate, hunger and migration are affecting highlands and to ensure that sustainable mountain development is integrated into the 2030 Agenda and in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Where is the headquarters of World Meteorological Organization is located?
    Answer – Geneva, Switzerland

  2. Under which ministry, the DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) is operated?
    Answer – Ministry of Science and Technology

  3. Which state of India inaugurated the largest floating solar power plant?
    Answer – Kerala

  4. Who are the founders of Indian National Congress?
    Answer – Allan Octavian Hume, Dadabhai Naoroji, Dinshaw Wacha

  5. Which is the capital city of Pakistan?
    Answer – Islamabad. Currency – Pakistani rupee

  6. What is the native Folk dance of Goa called as?
    Answer – Fugdi;
    Bardo Chham – Arunachal Pradesh;
    Bagurumba, Bihu, Jhumur – Assam;
    Raut Nacha – Chhattisgarh.