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- 24th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council Meeting 2017 through Video Conferencing was hosted by which state?
2. New Delhi
Answer – 2. New Delhi
24th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council Meeting was held on December 16, 2017 in NewDelhi through video conferencing. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley. During the course of this meeting, it was decided that Inter-State e-way Bill system for Inter-State movement of goods is to be made compulsory from February 1, 2018. Uniform System of e-way Bill for Inter-State and Intra-State movement will be implemented across India by June 1, 2018. Although System for inter-State as well as intra-State e-way Bill generation will be ready by January 16, 2018, States have been given discretion for implementing e-way Bill for intra-State movement of goods on any date before June 1, 2018.
- Eastern India’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) station was inaugurated in which state to supply CNG to vehicles?
4. West Bengal
Answer – 3. Odisha
Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated Eastern India’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Bhubaneswar, Odisha to supply CNG to vehicles. The two CNG stations are located at Chandrasekharpur and Patia area in Bhubaneswar. These stations were part of Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL’s) Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Mr. Pradhan announced that in a bid to promote the use of CNG, Government is planning to build 15 similar CNG stations in Bhubaneswar and 10 others in Cuttack in a phased manner. In order to use CNG, an owner has to convert his/her scooter/auto rickshaw into CNG mode by spending Rs 15500. Bank of Maharashtra is providing an interest-free loan for this purpose.
- Which village of Chattisgarh state got electricity connection for the first time since independence?
Answer – 5. Jokapatha
Jokapatha village, a tribal village in Balrampur district of Chhattisgarh got electricity connection for the first time since independence. In context of this news, it is important to note that in September 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’ scheme with an aim to provide electricity connections to over 4 crore families in rural and urban areas by December 2018. Total financial outlay of the ‘Saubhagya’ scheme is Rs 16320 crore. Just like Jokapatha village, Chhattisgarh State Government under Chief Minister Raman Singh has provided electricity connections to several such villages which had been deprived of power supply since India’s independence in 1947
- What is the Tribal sub-plan adopted by the central Government in a bid to ensure overall development of tribal areas across India and for ensuring inclusive growth of Scheduled Tribes (STs)?
1. Scheduled class Component
2. Scheduled Tribal Plans
3. Scheduled Tribe Component
4. Scheduled Tribal Growth
5. Scheduled Tribal Development
Answer – 3. Scheduled Tribe Component
In a bid to ensure overall development of tribal areas across India and for ensuring inclusive growth of Scheduled Tribes (STs) including tribal women, Central Government has adopted Tribal Sub-Plan which will now be referred to as ‘Scheduled Tribe Component’. Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been implementing some special schemes meant for the benefit of Schedule Tribe (ST) women and girls including Scheme of Ashram Schools in Tribal Areas to provide residential schools for STs to increase the literacy rate and Scheme for Strengthening Education among ST Girls in Low Literacy Districts where the ST population is 25% or more. Under a separate scheme, State Governments/Union Territories/Universities are given central assistance for constructing new hostel buildings for ST Girls and Boys.
- After Gujarat elections, to get suggestions about _________, the Election Commission (EC) has decided to set up a panel?
1. The Election held
2. Amendment to a Provision
3. The infrastructure of the Polling booths
4. The Management of the Polls
5. Security Provided
Answer – 2. Amendment to a Provision
Commission (EC) decided to set up a panel to suggest amendments to a provision in Representation of People Act and the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) barring campaigning, 48 hours ahead of polling.The panel has been setup in response to complaints about several instances of violation of the code of conduct ahead Gujarat elections. This panel will evaluate the effectiveness of Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act of barring campaigning 48 hours ahead of polling in context of fast changing communication technologies. Member of this panel will include representatives from election commission, information and broadcasting, law and Information Technology Ministries. Representatives of National Broadcasters Associations (NBA) and Press Council of India (PCI) will also be a part of this panel.
- Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has temporarily barred which telecommunication company from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification of mobile customers using eKYC process?
Answer – 4. Airtel
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has temporarily barred Bharti Airtel from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification of mobile customers using eKYC process. UIDAI has also barred Airtel Payments Bank for processing e-KYC of clients. This action is in response to complaints that Bharti Airtel has been using Aadhaar-eKYC based SIM verification process to open payments bank accounts of its subscribers without their consent. UIDAI has also considered allegations that such Airtel Payments Bank accounts are being linked to receive LPG subsidy. Owing to this action of UIDAI, Bharti Airtel will not be able to carry out ‘electronic-verification’ or link mobile SIMs of its customers with their Aadhaar number. Even Airtel Payments Bank will not be able to open a new account with Aadhaar e-KYC.
- India is in which position as a producer of horticultural crops and fruits in World?
Answer – 2. Second
Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh has announced that India is the second largest producer (after China) of horticultural crops and fruits in the world. Announcement in this regard was made by Mr. Singh at the World Orange Day 2017 event in Nagpur on December 17, 2017. In India, production of 30 crore metric ton horticulture crops on 2.5 crore hectare land is expected for the year 2016-17. Union Agriculture Ministry is implementing Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture across India to promote orchards that not only help in maintaining nutrient security and providing employment but also help in conserving the environment. Besides, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is implementing All India Coordinated Fruits Crop Research Project in 10 centres of 8 states viz. Punjab, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Arunachal Pradesh.
- Which country is the top supplier of crude oil to India?
4. Saudi Arabia
Answer – 5. Iraq
Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan stated that, Iraq has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become India’s top crude oil supplier in 2017-18. For April-October period of 2017-18, Iraq supplied 25.8 million tonnes (MT) of oil to India and overtook Saudi Arabia, which has traditionally been India’s top oil supplier. Saudi Arabia supplied 21.9 MT of crude oil to India during this period. Currently, India’s 80 per cent oil demand is met from imports. India imported 125.8 MT of crude oil in the April –October 2017. India’s dependence on Middle East for oil imports has increased from 58 per cent in 2014-15 to 63.5 per cent in the April-October 2017.
- Who will be honoured with the Moortidevi Award for the year 2017?
2. Vishwanath Tripathi
3. Joy Goswami
4. Vyomkesh Darvesh
5. Veerendra M
Answer – 3. Joy Goswami
Bengali poet Joy Goswami will be honoured with the Moortidevi Award for the year 2017. The selection committee was headed by poet and scholar Satya Vrat Shastri. It was unanimously decided to award Joy Goswami for his poetry collection named ‘Du Dondo Phowara Matro’. The Moortidevi annual award is given for an expressive and perceptive work which highlights human values written in any Indian languages or English. The Moortidevi Award consists of a Saraswati Statue, a Citation Plaque and cash award of Rs 4 lakh. It is the first time the Moortidevi Award is given to a Bengali poet.
- Who will be awarded with the National Design Award 2017?
1. Sanjeev Kumar
2. Mithun Chakraborty
3. G Satheesh Reddy
4. Naseeruddin Shah
5. Ajay Devan
Answer – 3. G Satheesh Reddy
Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister G Satheesh Reddy will be awarded the National Design Award. Satheesh Reddy is given the National Design Award for his contribution to indigenous design and development of various missile systems. He will receive the National Design Award during the Indian Engineering Congress held on 21st December 2017 at Chennai. Satheesh Reddy heads Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex. He has also played an important role in formulation of national policies, guiding research and innovation in industry, academia and R&D institutes.
- Which country’s women cricket team has won the BBC Team of the Year Award 2017?
1. South Africa
Answer – 2. England
England’s women cricket team has won the BBC Team of the Year Award 2017. The England’s women cricket team has won the BBC Team of the year award after it won against India in the World Cup
- Which company has been honoured with the coveted Golden Peacock Innovation Management Award for the year 2017 for driving innovation in mines?
1. Dalli-Rajhara Mine
2. Ratnagiri Mine
3. Bellary Mine
4. Tata Steel Joda Mine
5. Barajamda Mine
Answer – 4. Tata Steel Joda Mine
Tata Steel’s Joda East Iron Mine (JEIM) has been honoured with the coveted Golden Peacock Innovation Management Award for the year 2017 for driving innovation in mines.Tata Steel’s Joda East Iron Mine (JEIM) is located in Kendujhar district of Odisha. Use of iron waste for sustainable mining and digitisation in excavation of iron ore are some of the innovations implemented at JEIM. The award was presented to Debashis Jena, Chief of JEIM at Institute of Directors (IOD) India’s 2nd Global Convention, which was recently held at Singapore. Golden Peacock Award, that were instituted by IOD, not only brings worldwide recognition and prestige for the awardees, but also gives a competitive advantage in driving its business.
- Who won Chile’s presidential election 2017?
1. Michelle Bachelet
2. Sebastián Piñera
3. Richardo Charles
4. Richard Lagos
5. Patricino Darwin
Answer – 2. Sebastián Piñera
Conservative leader and billionaire, Sebastián Piñera, has won Chile’s presidential election. Mr. Pinera defeated Left-winger Alejandro Guillier, who was supported by Chile’s incumbent President Michelle Bachelet. About 14 million Chileans were eligible to vote in this election. However, voter turnout for this election was low at 48.5%. Mr. Pinera secured 54.57% votes while his opponent Mr. Guillier got only 45.43% vote.
- Which Indian city hosted the Phasing out ceremony of MI-8 “PRATAP” helicopter?
Answer – 1. Bangalore
Phasing out ceremony of MI-8 “PRATAP” helicopter was held at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru on December 17, 2017. The ceremony was attended by several Indian Air Force (IAF) veterans. Soviet-era MI-8 helicopters (rechristened as the “PRATAP”) were formally inducted in the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter inventory in the year 1972. Indian Air Force inducted 107 MI-8 helicopters between 1971 and 1988. ’PRATAP’ helicopters played important role in major IAF operations including Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka and Operation Meghdoot in the Siachen Glacier. These helicopters were extensively used even for Humanitarian and Disaster Relief operations across India.
- Who is the French sailor who has broken the record for sailing around the world alone by circumnavigating the world in 42 days and 16 hours?
1. François Aregnaudeau
2. Marcel Bardiaux
3. Francois Gabart
4. Augustin Rousseau
5. Marcel Bardiaux
Answer – 3. Francois Gabart
Francois Gabart, a French sailor, has broken the record for sailing around the world alone by circumnavigating the world in 42 days and 16 hours. Francois Gabart’s new record is more than 6 days faster than the previous record, created by France’s Thomas Coville in 2016. Francois Gabart reached the finish line near Ouessant island, near France’s western coast, on his trimaran (boat) named Macif on 17th December 2017. The organisers tracked his journey through satellite. The race time was announced by an observer from the World Sailing Speed Council. Francois Gabart is 34 years old and an engineer by profession.
- Ricardo Kaka is related to which of the below given Sport?
Answer – 4. Football
Former Brazilian World Cup champion Ricardo Kaka made the announcement of his retirement as a football player. Ricardio Kaka is 35 years old. He started his career with Sao Paulo in Brazil. He is a talented attacking midfielder. He joined Real Madrid club in 2009. He has received the Ballon d’Or award, which honours the world’s best player annually. He has suggested that after his retirement he would be interested in joining club AC Milan for a management career.
- PV Sindhu ended up in which position at the Dubai World Badminton Superseries Finals 2017?
Answer – 2. Second
PV Sindhu won silver medal at the Dubai World Badminton Superseries Finals 2017. India’s PV Sindhu lost against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the finals of the singles event in Dubai World Badminton Superseries 2017. PV Sindhu lost 21-15, 12-21, 19-21 to Akane Yamaguchi. This is the third time in the last two years PV Sindhu has settled for a silver medal in a big event after Olympics 2016 and World Championships 2017.
- Who defeated New Zealand’s Tayla Tuahine Ford in the final of the 62kg women’s freestyle category and won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa?
1. Priyanka Ritu
2. Sangita Kumari
3. Geeta Phogat
4. Sakshi Malik
5. Babita Kumar Phogat
Answer – 4. Sakshi Malik
Sushil Kumar and Sakshi Malik won gold medals at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa. India’s Sushil Kumar defeated New Zealand’s Akash Khullar in the final of the men’s 74kg freestyle category and won a gold medal. This is Sushil Kumar’s first medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. India’s Sakshi Malik defeated New Zealand’s Tayla Tuahine Ford in the final of the 62kg women’s freestyle category and won a gold medal. Also, Parveen Rana won a bronze medal in the men’s 74kg freestyle category.
- Which Profession do Keely Smith belongs to?
Answer – 2. Singer
Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer, died due to heart failure in Palm Springs, California, US. Keely Smith was 89 years old. She was known for her solo jazz songs and her musical partnership with Louis Prima. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia on March 9, 1928. As a teenager she started singing with Louis Prima’s band. In 1953, she married Louis Prima and together they won a Grammy Award in 1959 for their hit song “That Old Black Magic”.
- When is the National Minority Rights Day observed all over India?
1. December 16
2. December 17
3. December 18
4. December 19
5. December 20
Answer – 3. December 18
On 18th December 2017, National Minority Rights Day was observed all over India. On 18 December every year, National Minorities Rights Day is observed in India since 2013. Since, the United Nations adopted the “Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities” on 18th December 1992. This day is celebrated to create awareness on rights of the minorities. It is celebrated in India by the National Commission for Minorities (NCM). This commission was set up by the central government under the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.
- What is the theme for International Migrants Day 2017?
1. Safe Migration in a World on the Move
2. Enhancing The Protection Of Migrants
3. Contributions and Rights Of Migrants Worldwide
4. Leaving No One Behind
5. Safe Migration Cannot Be Limited to the Global Elite
Answer – 1. Safe Migration in a World on the Move
On 18th December 2017, International Migrants Day was celebrated all over the world. The theme for International Migrants Day 2017 is: Safe Migration in a World on the Move.18 December was declared as International Migrants Day by the General Assembly of United Nations as it adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families on 18th December 1990. This day is celebrated by spreading information about human rights and fundamental freedom of migrants, ensuring protection of migrants, etc.
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- Who is the Chief Election Commissioner of India?
Answer –Achal Kumar Jyoti
- Who is the present chairman of IRDAI?
Answer – T. S. Vijayan; Headquarters – Hyderabad
- National Design Research Forum (NDRF) is established by?
Answer – Institution of Engineers (India)
- What is the capital of Chile?
Answer – Santiago; Currency – Peso
- Where is the headquarters of International Organization for Migration (IOM) located?
Answer – Geneva, Switzerland