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  1. As per the the National Green Tribunal (Practices and Procedure) Rules, 2011, the chairperson has been allowed to constitute a how many member bench panel in ‘exceptional circumstances’?
    1. Single
    2. Double
    3. Triple
    4. Four
    5. Five
    Answer – 1. Single
    Explanation :
    Union Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a notification to amend the National Green Tribunal (Practices and Procedure) Rules, 2011. As per this notification, National Green tribunal (NGT) chairperson has been allowed to constitute a single-member bench in ‘exceptional circumstances’. However, term ‘exceptional circumstances’ has not been defined in the notification. As per the earlier rules, the bench should comprise two or more members with at least one judicial member and another expert member. Currently, regional benches in Kolkata and Chennai are both functioning with one member (judicial) each. The expert members in these benches have retired.

  2. In which year, Dr Ambedkar scheme for social Integration through inter caste marriage was launched?
    1. 2015
    2. 2013
    3. 2017
    4. 2016
    5. 2012
    Answer – 2. 2013
    Explanation :
    Central Government has removed income limit for incentive under ‘Dr Ambedkar scheme for social Integration through inter caste marriage’. This scheme was launched in 2013 with a target to provide monetary incentive to at least 500 inter-caste couples (where either the bride or the bridegroom is a Dalit) per year. As per rules of this scheme, such couples whose total annual income does not exceed Rs 5 lakh were eligible to get a one-time incentive of Rs 2.5 lakh from the Central Government.The objective behind this scheme was to appreciate the socially bold step and to financially help the newly-wedded couple to settle down in the initial phase of their married life. Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has now issued a directive that the condition of “total income of the newly-wedded couple should not exceed Rs 5 lakh per annum” has been removed and thus there is no income limit to be eligible for incentive under this scheme.

  3. Which Indian state became the first state in India to have Industrial policy exclusively for women entrepreneurs?
    1. Odisha
    2. Gujarat
    3. Goa
    4. Maharashtra
    5. Bihar
    Answer – 4. Maharashtra
    Explanation :
    Maharashtra State Cabinet approved ‘Industrial Policy for Women Entrepreneur’ with an aim to encourage women entrepreneurs in the state. In the context of this policy, a woman or a group of women who have financed 100% for the project and hired minimum 50% women employees will be considered as women entrepreneurs. Under this policy, a woman entrepreneur in Maharashtra would get financial assistance from state government in the range of Rs 15 lakh up to Rs 1 crore for capital investment in project at the subsidized rate of interest up to 5%. For projects headed by women entrepreneurs, electricity will be supplied at a subsidized rate of Rs 1-2 per unit instead of Rs 7-8 per unit charges for industries. Besides, across Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) areas in the state, some portion of land will be reserved for women industrialists. With this, Maharashtra has become the first state in India to have such policy exclusively for women entrepreneurs.

  4. ’India-Japan Act East Forum’ has been set up to identify specific projects for economic development of which part of India?
    1. North-East
    2. North-West
    3. South East
    4. South West
    5. South
    Answer – 1. North-East
    Explanation :
    India and Japan held the first meeting under the newly established ‘India-Japan Act East Forum’ in New Delhi. ’India-Japan Act East Forum’ has been set up to identify specific projects for economic development of the North-Eastern region of India. The specific projects will be pertaining to infrastructure, connectivity, industrial linkages as well as people-to-people contacts in north-eastern region of India. Agreement to set up this forum was signed in September 2017, during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India. The first meeting of this forum, held on December 5, 2017 was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu.

  5. Which of the below given organization which was was slated to become treaty-based International Intergovernmental organization?
    1. Bhel
    2. Tata Power Solar
    3. Adani Renewables
    4. Mahindra Solar
    5. International Solar Alliance (ISA)
    Answer – 5. International Solar Alliance (ISA)
    Explanation :
    International Solar Alliance (ISA), which was launched in November 2015, was slated to become treaty-based International Intergovernmental organization as soon as its framework agreement is ratified by 15 countries. Guinea became the 15th country to ratify the Framework Agreement of ISA and on account of this ratification; ISA became a legal entity from December 6, 2017. Till date, 46 countries have signed and 19 countries have ratified the Framework Agreement of ISA.

  6. With which country, the Somali Government has signed a Strategic Framework under which it will support Somalia’s development in priority areas over the next four years?
    1. India
    2. Russia
    3. United Nations
    4. China
    5. Canada
    Answer – 3. United Nations
    Explanation :
    Somali Government and United Nations (UN) signed the UN Strategic Framework for Somalia (UNSF), under which United Nations will support Somalia’s development in priority areas over the next four years. Under this framework, 23 UN agencies and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia will support Somali’s development in pre-identified priority areas enlisted in country’s National Development Plan and for achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals. The framework has incorporated inputs, feedback and aspirations of Somali civil society, government machinery and the general public. Besides, efforts under the framework will also focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment, youth engagement and empowerment and human rights.

  7. In which city, the 3rd edition of the Dialogue between the NITI Aayog and the Development Research Council (DRC) of China, the DRC- NITI Aayog Dialogue was held at?
    1. Delhi
    2. Beijing
    3. Shangai
    4. Mumbai
    5. Kolkata
    Answer – 2. Beijing
    Explanation :
    The 3rd edition of the Dialogue between the NITI Aayog and the Development Research Council (DRC) of China, the DRC- NITI Aayog Dialogue was held in Beijing, China. The meeting was co-chaired by Vice Chairman NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, and Mr Li Wei, President (Minister), DRC. The Indian delegation consisted of senior officials from NITI Aayog and Ministries of New & Renewable Energy and Food Processing. The Chinese delegation comprised of researchers and officials from DRC and ministers from various departments. In-depth discussions were held on sharing of experiences and best practices in the areas of Electric mobility, clean energy, Higher education and Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The two sides agreed that the 4th NITI Aayog – DRC Dialogue will be held in India in 2018.

  8. In the RBI’s 5th Bi-Monthly Policy, which of the below given options were remained unchanged?
    1. Repo Rate
    2. Reverse Repo Rate
    3. Bank Rate
    4. None Of These
    5. All The Above
    Answer – 5. All The Above
    Explanation :
    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced Fifth Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement for financial year 2017-18.
    Policy Repo Rate 6.00% Unchanged – since 2nd August 2017
    Reverse Repo Rate 5.75% Unchanged – since 2nd August 2017
    Marginal Standing Facility Rate 6.25% Unchanged – since 2nd August 2017
    Bank Rate 6.25% Unchanged – since 2nd August 2017
    Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) 4.00% Unchanged – since 9th February 2013
    Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) 19.50% With Effect from 14th October 2017

  9. Which company has won an order for an additional 100 units of airframes for the air launched version of BrahMos missile?
    1. TATA Aerospace
    2. Godrej Aerospace
    3. Reliance Aerospace
    4. Facebook Aerospace
    5. Google Aerospace
    Answer – 2. Godrej Aerospace
    Explanation :
    Godrej Aerospace, a unit of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., has won an order for an additional 100 units of airframes for the air launched version of BrahMos missile. Godrej Aerospace handed over the 100th set of airframe assemblies to BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL) for use in its missile systems on 5th December 2017. BrahMos missile is a stealth universal supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from ships, submarines, aircraft and land based platforms. It can be used for precision strike to destroy targets on land and sea.

  10. Who wins Children’s Peace Prize for building refugee school in Lebanon?
    1. Mohamad Chatura
    2. Aurora Chrishantha
    3. Mohamad Diyon
    4. Ranges Duminda
    5. Mohamad Al Jounde
    Answer – 5. Mohamad Al Jounde
    Mohamad Al Jounde, a 16-year old Syrian teenager was awarded the 2017 International Children’s Peace Prize.i. Mohamad Al Jounde has been awarded for building a school and providing education to hundreds of Syrian refugee children who fled to Lebanon to escape the conflict. At the age of 12 years, Mohamad decided to set up a school in the Bekaa Valley refugee camp in Lebanon.The school currently has 200 students. Range of subjects from Maths to English and even photography are taught in this school. Moaham Al Jounde was presented 2017 International Children’s Peace Prize by Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  11. Which state hosted the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)-2017”?
    1. Maharashtra
    2. West Bengal
    3. Kerala
    4. New Delhi
    5. Gujarat
    Answer – 4. New Delhi
    Explanation :
    President Ram Nath Kovind presented the “National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)-2017” at a function in New Delhi. The function was organized by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The awards consisted of certificate, and medal or shield along with Rs. 43.50 Lakhs in cash. Chhattisgarh bagged the ‘Best State in Promoting Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities’ award. Chhattisgarh Social Welfare Minister Ramshila Sahu received the award. ‘Award for the Best District in Providing Rehabilitation Service to differently abled’ was given to Madurai. Madurai Collector K.Veera Raghava Rao received the award.

  12. According to a new survey conducted by TripAdvisor, Taj Mahal, holds which position in “Best UNESCO world heritage site in the world” list?
    1. First
    2. Second
    3. Third
    4. Fourth
    5. Fifth
    Answer – 2. Second
    Explanation :
    The Taj Mahal, is the second best UNESCO world heritage site in the world, according to a new survey conducted TripAdvisor. The survey lists the UNESCO Cultural and Natural heritage sites best rated by travellers around the globe. With over 8 million visitors per year, Taj Mahal is rated second after Cambodia’s Angkor Wat in the first position. Great Wall of China is also included in the list. Machu Pichu in Peru in South America has bagged the fourth spot. Iguazu National Park in Brazil, Italy’s Sassi of Matera, Auschwitz Birkenau and historic Krakow in Poland, the old city of Jerusalem in Israel and the historic areas of Istanbul in Turkey have also made to the list.

  13. Which movie wins Best Asian Film award at Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards?
    1. Firange
    2. Dangal
    3. Dark Wind
    4. Judwaa 2
    5. Daddy
    Answer – 2. Dangal
    Explanation :
    “Dangal” was chosen the Best Asian Film at the seventh Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, in Sydney. “Dangal” was directed by Nitesh Kumar. It is a sports drama based on the life of Haryana wrestler MahavirPhogat and his daughters. The film starred Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra. Besides “Dangal”, “Pink” and Marathi film “Kasav: Turtle” were among the nine films which were nominated for the AACTA Best Asian Film award.

  14. Who is the first International Ambassador of UK who will be tasked with promoting investment opportunities?
    1. Saurabh Kumar
    2. Sreenath R
    3. Nalin Surie
    4. Deepak Parekh
    5. Valentine Richard
    Answer – 4. Deepak Parekh
    Explanation :
    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced Indian businessman, Deepak Parekh, as International Ambassador who will be tasked with promoting investment opportunities. Deepak Parekh is one of the first of a network of international ambassadors that would include high-level business and cultural figures based in London or overseas.The role of the new ambassadors will be to work closely with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and London & Partners to share information about London across the world, while providing market intelligence to London-based businesses. Deepak Parekh is the Chairman of HDFC Ltd. He is also a member of the City of London’s Advisory Council for India which guides the city’s engagement with India. Sadiq Khan was in India to promote London as a business and tourism destination and to strengthen the bonds between India and London.

  15. Which Bollywood actor will promote the government’s flagship agriculture schemes like soil health card and crop insurance?
    1. Amir Khan
    2. Akshay Kumar
    3. Shahrukh Khan
    4. Salman Khan
    5. Anil Kapoor
    Answer – 2. Akshay Kumar
    Explanation :
    A senior Agriculture Ministry official said that, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar will promote the government’s flagship agriculture schemes like soil health card and crop insurance. The Union Agriculture Ministry has involved Akshay Kumar for television advertisements to intensify the publicity of the agri-schemes. Already, a TV ad on soil health card scheme is prepared for release soon. Besides soil health card scheme, Akshay Kumar will promote Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana and others.

  16. Who was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan?
    1. Sharat Sabarwal
    2. Shiv Shankar Mukerjee
    3. Azar A.H.Khan
    4. C M Bandari
    5. Jaimini Bagwati
    Answer – 3. Azar A.H.Khan
    Explanation :
    Azar A.H.Khan was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan. Azar A.H.Khan is presently Consul General in the Consulate General of India, Istanbul. He has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

  17. Akash is a ________________ missile?
    1. Ballistic
    2. Anti Tank
    3. Anti Submarine
    4. Air To Surface
    5. Surface To Air
    Answer – 5. Surface-To-Air
    Explanation :
    India successfully test-fired supersonic surface-to-air Akash missile, with an indigenous radio frequency seeker.In the test conducted at Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha, Akash missile successfully hit its target. The target for this test was an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ‘Banshee’. Akash missile is the first surface-to-air missile which has been tested with an indigenous radio frequency seeker. Akash missile has a strike range of about 25 km and is being inducted into Indian Army as short range surface to air missile. It can carry a 55-kg fragmentation warhead that is triggered by proximity fuse. Akash missile has a capability to knock down aerial targets like fighter jets, air-to-surface missiles, cruise missiles as well as incoming ballistic missiles. Akash missile has been developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

  18. Which company has announced the launch of ‘Files Go’ app that takes a mobile-first approach to freeing up space, finding files faster and easily sharing them with others, even when offline?
    1. Apple
    2. Facebook
    3. Google
    4. TATA
    5. Reliance
    Answer – 3. Google
    Explanation :
    Google announced the launch of ‘Files Go’ app that takes a mobile-first approach to freeing up space, finding files faster and easily sharing them with others, even when offline. Files Go is globally available on the Google Play Store for all phones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher. ‘Files Go’ helps to free up space and will even deliver personalised suggestions as to which files or apps to delete. The app also checks into duplicate files, videos and memes using its mobile vision technology. It lets you transfer files to another smartphone directly without using data or even when you are offline. Google claims that all files transfers are encrypted and the transfer speeds are as fast as 125 Mbps.

  19. Which country was crowned ICC Intercontinental Cup champions, defeating United Arab Emirates on the final day at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi?
    1. Myanmar
    2. Bhutan
    3. Afghanistan
    4. Pakistan
    5. China
    Answer – 3. Afghanistan
    Explanation :
    Afghanistan was crowned ICC Intercontinental Cup champions, defeating United Arab Emirates on the final day at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. After seven matches of the four-day competition, Afghanistan finished on top of the eight-team table with 121 points. Ireland settled for the second spot with 109 points. Afghanistan has captured the title for the second time, by defeating United Arab Emirates by 10 wickets on the final day claiming the title by 12 points.

  20. South Asian Regional Badminton Championship was held at?
    1. Patna
    2. Guwahati
    3. Pune
    4. Mumbai
    5. Chennai
    Answer – 2. Guwahati
    Explanation :
    India bagged its first-ever South Asian Regional Badminton Team Championship at the Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium, Guwahati, Assam. Indian team won over Nepal by 3-0 and clinched its first-ever South Asian Regional Badminton Tournament. Ashmita won over Rashila Maharjan in the girls’ singles event by 21-9, 21-6. In the boys’ doubles event, the pair of Arintap Dasgupta and Krishna Prasad G. defeated Nepalese pair Dipesh Dhami and Nabin Shrestha. Nepal won the first game 21-19. India won the next two games 21-14, 21-11 to secure the championship.

  21. Which country was banned from the 2018 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over its state-orchestrated doping programme?
    1. China
    2. India
    3. Spain
    4. Russia
    5. Australia
    Answer – 4. Russia
    Explanation :
    Russia was banned from the 2018 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over its state-orchestrated doping programme. A report by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and two subsequent IOC investigations have confirmed that Russian athletes took part in an elaborate drug cheating programme which peaked during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The IOC has also banned Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was sports minister during the Sochi Games, for life. No Russian athlete with a previous doping violation will be allowed to compete and no official who had a leadership role at Sochi 2014 will be invited to Pyeongchang. However clean Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

  22. When is the Mahaparinirvan Diwas celebrated in India?
    1. December 6
    2. December 7
    3. December 8
    4. December 9
    5. December 10
    Answer – 1. December 6
    Explanation :
    The 62nd Mahaparinirvan Diwas was observed in India. Dr. B R Ambedkar died on 6th December 1956, hence Dr. B R Ambedkar Mahaparinirvan Din or death anniversary is observed every year all over India on 6th December to pay him tribute and honour. President Ram Nath Kovind led the nation in paying homage to Bharat Ratna Baba Saheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on his 62nd Mahaparinirvan Diwas. Vice President M. Venkiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Sumitra Mahajan also offered tributes to the Father of the Indian Constitution, Dr. Ambedkar.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Where is the headquarters of National Green Tribunal (NGT) located?
    Answer – New Delhi

  2. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is in which state?
    Answer – Maharashtra

  3. What is the capital of Japan?
    Answer – Tokyo.
    Currency – Japanese yen

  4. What is the currency of Somalia?
    Answer –Somali shilling.
    Capital – Mogadishu

  5. Where is the headquarters of NCDEX (National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange) located?
    Answer – Mumbai

  6. Who is the CEO of Google?
    Answer – Sundar Pichai