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- Which is the first country to which AIIB has committed over $1 bn of financing?
Answer – 2. India
Danny Alexander, Vice-President and Corporate Secretary of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has stated that India is the first country where AIIB has approved more than $1 billion of financing. AIIBs has lent funding support primarily for energy, transport and broader infrastructure projects. Currently AIIB is making efforts to mobilise private investment for infrastructure projects across Asia. Mr. Danny Alexander also mentioned that AIIB is keen to support India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and Mumbai Metro Project. It is to be noted that, last week, AIIB announced funding support for Part 6 of the Bangalore Metro project.
- Union Water Resources Ministry is planning to merge phase-I and II of which two rivers by the “Inter-linking of rivers (ILR) project”?
Answer – 2. Ken-Betwa
Union Water Resources Ministry is planning to merge phase-I and II of Ken-Betwa inter-linking of rivers (ILR) project. This project aims to link the rivers Ken in Madhya Pradesh and Betwa in Uttar Pradesh. Estimated cost for the first phase was Rs 18000 crore while second phase would cost Rs 8000 crore. Merging Phase – I and Phase – II is being considered on insistence of Madhya Pradesh State Government, which is one of the beneficiary state of this project. Other beneficiary state is Uttar Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh has insisted on including three projects of Phase – II viz. Kotha Barrage, Bina Complex and Lower Orr dam, in the first phase itself.
- India with which country signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of agriculture and fisheries?
Answer – 3. Colombia
Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Colombia in the field of agriculture and fisheries. The MoU envisages cooperation between India and Colombia in several aspects of agriculture including innovative agricultural practices/approaches, new agricultural mechanizations and cooperation in research in oil seeds and oil palm. In fisheries, India and Colombia will cooperate in marine industrial fishing, research & training in the field of fisheries and aqua-culture. A Joint-Working Group (JWG) will be constituted to finalise the plan for carrying out activities under the scope of this MoU.
- Flexi-fare system was introduced by which of the below given sector?
1. Indian Government
2. Indian Railways
3. Indian Airways
4. Indian Roadways
5. Indian Waterways
Answer – 2. Indian Railways
Indian Railways has formed a six-member committee to review the flexi-fare system in premium trains. The committee comprises Ravinder Goyal, Adviser in Niti Ayog, Meenakshi Malik, Executive Director for Revenue Management in Air India; Iti Mani, Director for Revenue, at Le Meridien, Delhi, S Sriram, Professor of transport economics and railway board officials. Mandate of this committee is to evaluate all options and recommend the best option keeping in mind, cost-effectiveness from passengers’ perspective and optimisation from railways’ perspective. Post implementation of flexi-fare system, railways lost several passengers as berths remained vacant. This committee has also been asked to explore scope for rolling out loyalty benefit programme for passengers.
- Which state Government hosted the Society for Nuclear Medicine International Conference (SNMICON) 2017?
4. New Delhi
Answer – 4. New Delhi
49th Annual Conference of the Society of Nuclear Medicine – India – SNMICON 2017 is held in New Delhi. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence inaugurated SNMICON 2017. SNMICON 2017 provides a unique platform for higher-level scientific discussions in the field of molecular imaging and targeted radionuclide therapy. Speakers from organizations like Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) etc. are participating in SNMICON 2017.
- Which state Government has started efforts to adopt Clinical establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act with an aim to ensure the minimum standards of facilities and services provided by them?
1. Madhya Pradesh
2. Arunachal Pradesh
Answer – 3. Maharashtra
Maharashtra Government has started efforts to adopt Clinical establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act with an aim to ensure the minimum standards of facilities and services provided by them. Maharashtra Health Minister Dr. Deepak Sawant stated that this step would regulate all clinical establishments in Maharashtra. The draft Clinical Establishment Bill has been pending in Maharashtra since 2010 due to opposition from medical fraternity. This bill will pave way to control unethical practices adopted by some of the private hospitals. The proposal is pending with the Planning Department. The government has initiated discussion with Indian Medical Associations and other private practitioners to clear the bill.
- Government approved ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’, under which, the practice of instant triple talaq will be made illegal and would attract a jail term of how many years?
Answer – 2. 3
Government approved ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’, under which, the practice of instant triple talaq will be made illegal and would attract a jail term of three years.Triple Talaq is a practice under which a Muslim man can divorce his wife by simply uttering the word ‘talaq’ three times. In August 2017, Supreme Court of India banned the practice of ‘triple talaq’ calling it unconstitutional.The draft ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ has been prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were also the members of this inter-ministerial group. All cases of instant triple talaq across India (except Jammu and Kashmir) will fall under the purview of this bill.
- What is the revised upper age limit of Rajasthan state while applying for government jobs?
1. 35 years
2. 39 years
3. 45 years
4. 40 years
5. 50 years
Answer -4. 40 years
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced the increase in age limit while applying for government jobs from 35 to 40 years. On the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the BJP government in Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje made few other announcements also. She announced developmental works for Jhunjhunu district worth Rs 2,237 crore. The other announcements include 48-hour free treatment for victims of road accidents in government and private hospitals, free angiography of patients in government hospitals and more than one lakh government jobs in the near future. She also announced that equipment worth Rs 25 crore will be purchased and developmental work will be done for the SMS Medical College and related hospitals.
- In which state the Serendipity Arts Festival is celebrated?
5. Himachal Pradesh
Answer – 4. Goa
The second edition of the Serendipity Arts festival is held in Goa. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the festival. The festival is hosted across 11 venues which are a mix of indoor and outdoor locations. The uniqueness of the festival is that it does not focus on a single art form, but brings together seven of them. It celebrates the best of craft, music, theatre, culinary arts, visual arts and photography. Curating these projects are renowned personalities like Manjari Nirula (craft), Shubha Mudgal (music), Lillete Dubey (theatre), Sanjeev Bhargava (dance) and Manu Chandra (food) etc.
- Which state Government hosted the World Conference on Vedas, “Vishwa Ved Sammelan”?
1. New Delhi
Answer – 1. New Delhi
Vice-President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the World Conference on Vedas, “Vishwa Ved Sammelan”, at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi.The event witnessed daily havan ritual amid chanting of the Vedic hymns by Muslim women. Fifty one couples having interfaith and intercaste marriages were felicitated during the event. The eminent speakers of the event were Rajya Sabha Vice Chairman P J Kurien, Vijay Bhatkar, Swami Chidanand, Surdarshan Jugessur, Glen Martin, Arif Mohammad Khan and Acharya Nardeva. A special session on the World Parliament and endorsement of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, and Veda, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and declaration on human rights were salient features of the conference.
- World Inequality Report will be published how many times in a year?
4. Twelve Times
5. Four Times
Answer – 2. Twice
According to World Inequality Report 2018 released by World Inequality Lab, deregulation and related economic reforms in India since 1980s have led to significant increase in inequality. World Inequality Lab will now publish this report on biannual basis.
World Inequality Report 2018 has been prepared by researchers and project officer of World Inequality Lab based at the Paris School of Economics. It was coordinated by economists Facundo Alvaredo, Thomas Piketty, Lucas Chancel, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman. The report presents new findings and research analysis on inequality across the world, derived from an extensive database. World Inequality Report 2018 is the inaugural edition of this report.
- In a bid to encourage more visitors from India, which country has eased visa application procedures for Indian tourists?
Answer – 3. Israel
In a bid to encourage more visitors from India, Israeli government has eased visa application procedures for Indian tourists. The Israeli consulate in India announced that documentation related to seeking Israeli visa has been reduced for all Indians who have visas of Schengen countries, US, Canada and Australia and have completed their travel to these countries Over 55000 Indians travellers visited Israel from January – November 2017. This marks a 31 per cent rise over the corresponding period in the previous year. Israeli Tourism Ministry India Director, Hassan Madah mentioned that they are also working on introducing e-visa processing and easing the group visa process.
- Which is the first country in the world to shut down its national broadcasts of its frequency modulation (FM) network and switchover to digital radio?
Answer – 5. Norway
Norway has become the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its frequency modulation (FM) network and switchover to digital radio. In Norway, transition to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) begun in January 2017. DAB enable better sound quality and more channels. Besides, cost of DAB is one eighth of the cost of FM radio. However, this switchover has been done only for national radio channels of Norway. Most of the local stations still broadcast on FM. It is expected that many other European countries, including Switzerland, Britain and Denmark may soon switchover to DAB.
- Oxford Dictionaries declare which word as “The word of the Year 2017”?
Answer – 3. Youthquake
Oxford Dictionaries has declared “Youthquake” as 2017’s Word of the Year, reflecting what it calls a political awakening among millennial voters. It was first coined in the 1960s by Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, who used it to describe sudden changes in fashion, music and attitudes. The Oxford English Dictionary defines youthquake as the “series of radical political and cultural upheavals occurring among students and young people in the 1960s”. Youthquake’s use in Britain peaked during the June 2017 general election, after polls delivered a better-than-expected result for the Labour party.
- Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) have partnered with which company to manufacture, assemble, integrate and test aircraft components?
2. GE Aviation
3. AAR Corp
5. Triump group
Answer – 2. GE Aviation
Tata Sons has announced that GE Aviation and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) have entered into a partnership to manufacture, assemble, integrate and test aircraft components. GE Aviation and TASL will jointly manufacture CFM International LEAP engine components in India, catering to the global market. CFM International LEAP engine is currently considered as world’s leading jet engine. It has also been announced that both the companies will jointly pursue military engine and aircraft system opportunities for the Indian market. In order to develop a robust ecosystem for aircraft engine manufacturing in India, a new Centre of Excellence will be established. TASL, a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Sons is the lead systems integration company for delivering weapons to Indian security forces.
- Who bagged the title of Peter England Mr India 2017?
1. Vishnu Raj Menon
2. Rohit Khandelwal
3. Parikshit Singh
4. Jitesh Singh Deo
5. Rahul Rajashekharan
Answer – 4. Jitesh Singh Deo
Jitesh Singh Deo bagged the title of Peter England Mr India 2017. Jitesh Singh Deo hails from Lucknow. He will now represent India at Mr World 2020. Sixteen contestants from across India competed for the title. The first runner up was Abhi Khajuria and the second runner up was Pavan Rao. The winners were felicitated by actor Kangana Ranaut.
- Who is elected the new president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA)?
1. Vishnuraj S Menon
2. Yamaha Fascino
3. Altamash Faraz
4. Viren Barman
5. Narinder Batra
Answer – 5. Narinder Batra
International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra has been elected as president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for a four-year term at its Annual General Meeting. Narinder Batra secured 142 votes in the polls and was elected as presidentof the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). He is 60 years old. Incumbent Secretary General Rajeev Mehta was re-elected for his second term without any contest as he was the lone candidate for the post. Anandeshwar Pandey was elected as treasurer. R K Anand was elected as senior vice president. The election results will however be subject to the final decision of the Delhi High Court.
- Which company has set a $52.4 billion, all-stock deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch’s empire?
3. Walt Disney
Answer – 3. Walt Disney
The Walt Disney Co. has set a $52.4 billion, all-stock deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch’s empire. The deal values the 21st Century Fox assets in the transaction at $66.1 billion, including $13.7 billion in 21st Century Fox debt, or $28 a share. The enterprise value of the deal is $69 billion. 21st Century Fox shareholders will receive 0.2745 Disney shares for each Fox share held, giving Fox shareholders about 25% of Disney. Disney expects to realize $2 billion in cost savings from combining Disney and Fox’s overlapping businesses within two years of the deal’s closing.
- The engineers from which University have created bioluminescent trees that glow like fireflies?
1. Colombia University
2. University of Caifornia
3. Arizona state University
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
5. Cambridge University
Answer – 4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers have created bioluminescent trees that glow like fireflies. MIT engineers used an enzyme called luciferase to create the bioluminescent trees that glow like fireflies. Luciferase acts on a molecule called luciferin, causing it to emit light. Another molecule called Co-enzyme Ahelps the process along by removing a reaction byproduct that can inhibit luciferase activity. The resulting plant functions like a desk lamp. Researchers believe with further work, the technology could also be used to provide lights bright enough to illuminate a workspace or even an entire street, as well as low-intensity indoor lighting.
- On what date, NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission launched Atal Tinkering Lab’s Community Day in New Delhi?
1. December 11
2. December 12
3. December 13
4. December 14
5. December 15
Answer – 5. December 15
On December 15, 2017, NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission launched Atal Tinkering Lab’s Community Day in New Delhi. The initiative was launched by NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant. Under this initiative, 25 young Mentors interacted with more than 200 students who are not enrolled in the formal education system. The mentors visited four locations in New Delhi and conducted brief sessions with children from various NGOs (NGOs working with disabled children, girls from the weaker sections of society and street and working children) on how innovations can help resolve the problems in the communities. Objective of this initiative was to provide these children with educational tools and encourage them to become problem solvers.
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- What is the capital city of Colombia?
Answer – Bogota; Currency – Peso
- Where is the National Museum of Natural History located?
Answer – New Delhi
- What is the Currency of Israel?
Answer – Israeli new shekel; Capital – Jerusalem.
- Where is the headquarters of Indian Medical Association (IMA) located?
Answer – New Delhi
- River Namsen and River Gaula are in which country?
Answer – Norway
- Who is the present chairman of State Bank of India (SBI)?
Answer – Rajnish Kumar; Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra; Founded in – 1955