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- Which Indian city will host the International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels, ICSB 2018?
4. New Delhi
Answer – 4. New Delhi
International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels, ICSB 2018 will be held in New Delhi on 26th and 27th February, 2018. This conference is being jointly organised by Mission Innovation – India Unit and Biofuture Platform and will be hosted by Department of Biotechnology under Union Ministry of Science and Technology. Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 22 countries and the European Union to accelerate global clean energy innovation, while Biofuture Platform is a multi-stakeholder mechanism for policy dialogue and collaboration among leading countries to increase the use of low carbon sources as the feedstock for the production of energy, chemicals and materials. The Conference will be inaugurated by Union Minister for Science and technology, Earth Sciences and Environment Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
- On February 23, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the 4th Global Business Summit in New Delhi. What was the Theme of this Global Business Summit?
1. New Laws, New Initiatives
2. New Rules, New Regulations
3. New Economy, New Rules
4. New Economy, New India
5. New India, New Initiatives
Answer – 3. New Economy, New Rules
On February 23, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the 4th Global Business Summit in New Delhi. During the address, PM Modi outlined that Indian government is taking stringent action against financial irregularities and will not accept unlawful acquisition of public money. Global Business Summit, is a flagship initiative of the Times Group. The first edition was held in January 2015. It brings together, visionaries, heads of state, thought leaders, policy makers, academicians and corporate heads for discussing current macroeconomic issues and share their views on the same. Theme for Global Business Summit 2018 was ‘New Economy, New Rules’. This year’s Summit was presented by Yes Bank and Economic Times.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched development schemes worth __________ for Daman and Diu?
1. Rs 500 crore
2. Rs 900 crore
3. Rs 1000 crore
4. Rs 1200 crore
5. Rs 1000 crore
Answer – 3. Rs 1000 crore
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched development schemes worth Rs 1000 crore for Daman and Diu. On February 24, 2018, PM Modi launched the Pawan Hans helicopter service between Diu and Daman. Diu and Daman are separated by Gulf of Khambhat and it takes 16 hours to commute between these two places by road. The chopper service will reduce the commute time to an hour. PM Modi also launched Ahmedabad-Diu flight service under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik–let the common citizen of the country fly), Regional Air Connectivity scheme. In Daman, PM Modi laid foundation stones for several projects, including a water treatment plant, an electric sub-station, a gas pipeline, a municipal market and a foot-bridge. He also inaugurated anganwadis (child care centres) and schools constructed under corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
- In which city, the annual three-day partnership summit of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was held at?
Answer – 4. Visakahpatnam
The annual three-day partnership summit of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) began in Visakahpatnam on February 24, 2018. This summit is being jointly organised by the Andhra Pradesh State Government, the CII, and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It was inaugurated by Vice-President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu. The inaugural session of this summit was attended by Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, noted industrialists Gautam Adani and Adi Godrej along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. The key highlight of the first day was a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Andhra Pradesh State Government and Adani group for the construction of the port with an estimated investment of Rs 8000 crore.
- Which State Government constituted the State Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (SCPUL)?
1. Jammu & Kashmir
2. Arunachal Pradesh
Answer – 1. Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir State Government constituted the State Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (SCPUL). Objective behind setting up this council is to promote J&K’s official language (Urdu). SCPUL would be headed by the Education Minister of Jammu & Kashmir State Cabinet, while vice-chancellors of all central and state universities in J&K, administrative secretaries of finance, school education, culture and law departments; secretary of the J&K academy of art, culture and languages would be the official members. J&K State Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu has stated that Rs. 2 crore has been set aside for this Council.
- Which state hosted the 7th edition of Youth Festival 2018?
2. Madhya Pradesh
4. New Delhi
Answer – 4. New Delhi
On 22nd February 2018, the 7th edition of Youth Festival began at Central Park, New Delhi. The 7th edition of Youth Festival is themed: ‘Let Love Live’. This year’s Youth Festival celebrates the freedom to love. It will be conducted till 27th February 2018. The Youth Festival is organised by Sahitya Kala Parishad and the Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Delhi Government. The festival features dance, music and special acts conveying a message of love and harmony. Both renowned and upcoming artistes perform in the festival. The focus is however on young artistes. Groups like Salaam Baalak Trust, Khirkee 17, Tanva Creative Dance Ensemble, Sursagar Society of Delhi Gharana, Sifar, and Bal Ashram perform in this festival.
- Who will assist the government in developing IT infrastructure for National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS)?
1. Navtej Sarna
2. Nandan Nilekani
3. Rahul Srivasta
4. Kumar Sinha
5. T P Seetharam
Answer – 2. Nandan Nilekani
A NITI Aayog official has announced that, Nandan Nilekani will assist the government in developing IT infrastructure for National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS). The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) aims to offer medical cover for up to Rs 5 lakh to more than 10 crore poor families.This will cover up to 40 % of India’s population. In 2018-2019 union budget, an initial corpus of Rs 2,000 crore has been allocated for NHPS. Nandan Nilekani is the former Chairman of UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). He is also a member of the GST return simplification committee. The premium on insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh under NHPS has been decided at Rs 900-1,000 per family annually.
- Where did the 15th edition of Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival started off?
1. Mumbai, Maharashtra
2. Chennai, TamilNadu
3. Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
4. Darjeeling, Sikkim
5. Kolkata, West Bengal
Answer – 5. Kolkata, West Bengal
On 22nd February 2018, the 15th edition of Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival started off in Kolkata, West Bengal. The festival will be conducted till 25th February 2018. Leading dramatists from all over India are taking part in this theatre festival. On the first day of the festival, winners of a contest that was conducted for college groups and upcoming theatre associations, made their performance. Actor Soumitra Chatterjee and theatre performers Bratya Basu, Debshankar Haldar, Goutam Haldar, Meghnad Bhattacharya mentored the participants. The festival also featured actor Sharman Joshi’s and Tejashri Pradhan, a Marathi theatre and TV performer’s performances. This festival is conducted to provide a platform for theatre artists to display their talent.
- In which state the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav celebrations began at?
3. Madhya Pradesh
Answer – 3. Madhya Pradesh
Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav celebrations began in Madhya Pradesh. The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is organized by the Ministry of Culture under the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat matrix. This event is held in several locations of Madhya Pradesh like Bhopal, Gwalior etc. Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is being celebrated to highlight the idea of unity in diversity. It is conducted for 7 days. Nagaland and Manipur are the states paired with Madhya Pradesh. The event will feature a variety of art forms such as classical music, folk music, dance, theatre, literature, visual arts, etc. A literary meet named ‘Samvaad’, will be held with participation from writers and poets from Manipur, Nagaland and other North Eastern States.
- What is the status given to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for the fourth consecutive term of five years?
5. None of these
Answer – 1. ‘A’
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), India has retained its ‘A’ status of accreditation with Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) for the fourth consecutive term of five years. GANHRI, is a global network of national human rights institutions (NHRIs), the administrative bodies set up to promote, protect and monitor human rights in a particular country. GANHRI was formerly known as the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions. GANHRI accreditation confers international recognition and protection to the NHRI of a particular country. ‘A’ status accreditation is given to those NHRIs, which are found fully compliant with the UN mandated Paris Principles. Any NHRI getting ‘A’ status accreditation can participate in the work and decision-making of the GANHRI. As per Paris Principles, one of the key responsibilities of NHRIs is to protect human rights by receiving, investigating and resolving complaints and mediating conflicts.
- In which city, the 3-day India International Textiles Expo (IITExpo) was organised from 21st to 23rd February, 2018?
Answer – 2. Colombo
A three –day India International Textiles Expo (IITExpo) was organised in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 21st to 23rd February, 2018. This Expo was organised by Powerloom Development & Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL) with the support of Union Ministry of Textiles & Ministry of Commerce & Industry. The expo was inaugurated by Sri Lankan Minister of Special Assignments, Dr. Sarath Amunugama. At the Expo, 45 exhibitors from various textile clusters of India displayed variety of fabrics, home textiles and traditional items suitable for apparel, industrial and general consumers.
- ‘Lamitye’ is the joint counter insurgency/counter terrorism exercise between India and which country?
Answer – 5. Seychelles
8th edition of Indo-Seychelles joint counter insurgency/counter terrorism exercise, named ‘Lamitye’ began on February 24, 2018 in Seychelles. ’Lamiye’ means friendship in Creole (local dialect). ‘Exercise Lamitye’ is conducted biennially with an aim of enhancing cooperation and interoperability between Indian Army and Seychelles People’s Defence Forces. Indian contingent to 8th edition of ‘Exercie Lamitye’ comprises four officers, five Junior Commissioned Officers and 36 army personnel from other Ranks.
- Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has instructed all banks to integrate SWIFT (Society for World Interbank Financial Telecommunication System platform) with its core banking solutions (CBS) by ____________.
1. March 1, 2018
2. March 30, 2018
3. April 1, 2018
4. April 30, 2018
5. May 30, 2018
Answer – 4. April 30, 2018
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has instructed all banks to integrate SWIFT (Society for World Interbank Financial Telecommunication System platform) with itscore banking solutions (CBS) by April 30, 2018. This instruction by RBI is aimed at tightening internal controls in banks in wake of Rs 11400 crore fraud that has been unearthed at Punjab National Bank (PNB). The modus operandi of PNB fraud revolved around the misuse of SWIFT system by two officials of PNB in a Mumbai Branch. SWIFT system is used by banks across the world to transmit messages relating to cross border financial transactions.Through SWIFT, the two accused officials of PNB, issued unauthorised letters of undertaking (a kind of Bank guarantees) to diamond and jewellery importer Nirav Modi-linked companies. The officials did not make these entries in the CBS. This fraudulent activity was going on since 2011. As SWIFT was not integrated with CBS in PNB, these transactions went undetected for over seven years.
- Bharti Airtel and information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei have successfully conducted India’s first 5G network trial under a test setup at Airtel’s network experience centre in Manesar, Gurgaon. What is the speed limit achieved during this trial?
1. 1 gigabit per second
2. 2 gigabit per second
3. 3 gigabit per second
4. 4 gigabit per second
5. 5 gigabit per second
Answer – 3. 3 gigabit per second
Bharti Airtel and information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei have successfully conducted India’s first 5G network trial under a test setup at Airtel’s network experience centre in Manesar, Gurgaon. Airtel and Huawei have claimed that 3 gigabit per second data speed was achieved during this trial. 5G mobile networks could offer data speed up to 100 times faster than current 4G networks. It is to be noted that India is planning to roll out 5G services for consumers by 2020 and Department of Telecommunication under Union Ministry of Communications is expected to finalise a roadmap for 5G services by June 2018.
- Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha launched India’s first locally developed 4G/LTE telecom system. LTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for _________________?
1. Mobile devices
2. Data terminals
3. Laptops & Desktops
4. All the above
5. 1 & 2
Answer – 5. 1 & 2
On February 23, 2018, Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha launched India’s first locally developed 4G/LTE telecom system. Mr. Sinha launched this system during an international buyers-sellers meet of telecom industry organised under the aegis of Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council. This system has been designed and developed by India’s leading telecom equipment manufacturer VNL Ltd. VNL Ltd. has designed and developed this 4G/LTE system by taking into consideration, the requirement for high speed connectivity, particularly in rural areas of India. It not only ensures seamless connectivity at most affordable prices but also reduces import dependence for such equipments. Abbreviation LTE stand for Long-Term Evolution. In context of telecommunication technology, LTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile devices and data terminals.
- Who was appointed the next Ambassador of India to Plurinational State of Bolivia?
1. Mukta Tomar
2. Ajay Bisaria
3. M. Subbarayudu
4. Vani Sarraju
5. Jaideep Sarkar
Answer – 3. M. Subbarayudu
M. Subbarayudu was appointed the next Ambassador of India to Plurinational State of Bolivia. M. Subbarayudu is an Indian Foreign Service Officer (IFS) of the 1994 batch. He is currently the Ambassador of India to Lima. His residence is in Lima. He has been concurrently appointed the next Ambassador of India to Plurinational State of Bolivia. He will soon take up this new assignment.
- Which company has commissioned a first-of-its-kind Medium-Voltage (MV) training lab at INS Valsura, Gujarat, for the Indian Navy?
1. Tata Power
2. Siemens India
Answer – 2. Siemens India
Siemens India has commissioned a first-of-its-kind Medium-Voltage (MV) training lab at INS Valsura, Gujarat, for the Indian Navy. The MV training lab was inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff, on 24th January 2018. This MV lab facilitates Indian Navy officials to train, manage and operate modern equipment of Indian Navy without going to the field. This lab will be utilized for first stage training of naval personnel on Medium Voltage Power Generation, Protection & Distribution and MV Drives & Motors. Siemens supplied Motors & Converters, Medium Voltage and Low Voltage Switchboards and automation systems for the facility. This lab consists of equipment manufactured in India and is in line with the Make in India initiative.
- Neelabh Mishra recently passed away. Who was he?
Answer – 5. Journalist
On 24th February 2018, Neelabh Mishra, a senior journalist, died after suffering multiple organ failure, at Apollo Hospital, in Chennai. Neelabh Mishra was 57 years old. He was the editor-in-chief of National Herald newspaper. Mishra was instrumental in the launch of National Herald’s digital news website in 2016. He also re-launched the National Herald as Sunday newspaper in 2017. He also made National Herald’s sister publications Navjivan and Qaumi Awaz as news websites.
- Billy Graham died after suffering from cancer. He counselled presidents and preached to millions of people from various parts of the world. He was from which country?
Answer – 4. USA
On 21st February 2018, Billy Graham, died after suffering from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, at his residence in Montreat, North Carolina, US. Billy Graham was 99 years old. He was an evangelist. He counselled presidents and preached to millions of people from various parts of the world. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour, from president Ronald Reagan in 1983.
- Nanette Fabray passed away recently. Who was she?
Answer – 5. Actress
On 22nd February 2018, Nanette Fabray, an award-winning actress, passed away due to natural causes, at her residence in Palos Verdes, California, US. Nanette Fabray was 97 years old. She started her acting career at the age of three. She has worked in several movies and TV shows. She had won three Emmy awards. She had also received the SAG Life Achievement Award in 1987. She had overcome hearing loss and later became an advocate for the rights of the deaf. She was awarded with the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award for this.
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- Which is the capital city of Seychelles?
Victoria; Currency – Seychellois rupee
- Where is the headquarters of UIDAI located?
- Dachigam National Park is in which state?
- Who is the Managing Director & CEO of Vodafone?
- Who is the Current Chairman of NHRC?
H. L. Dattu