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  1. Which Indian city has been named as the most dynamic city in the world by ranking top in the 2017 JLL City Momentum Index?
    C.New Delhi
    Answer – B.Bangaluru
    Explanation :
    India’s IT Hub, Bengaluru has been ranked at the top position in the 2017 City Momentum Index released by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting being held in Davos. The index identifies the most dynamic cities of the world. From India six cities have find place in top 30 most dynamic cities. Besides Bengaluru other Indian cities in the list includes Hyderabad (5), Pune (13), Chennai (17), Delhi (23) and Mumbai (25)

  2. The US space agency NASA is set to launch a mission to which asteroid by 2023 to explore the history and composition of the early solar system?
    A.10 Hygiea
    B.4 Vesta
    C.16 Psyche
    D.1 Ceres
    Answer – C.16 Psyche
    Explanation :
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has given its approval to explore an iron-rich asteroid “16 Psyche” as a part of its mission to learn more about the history and composition of the celestial body. Scientists believe that 16 Psyche is one of the most mysterious objects in the solar system at a distance of about 230 million miles (370 million km) away from Earth and located in the large asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The space agency will explore the asteroid to understand how planets separated into layers in their early histories. The mission is targeted to be launched in October 2023 and reaching the asteroid in 2030 through Mars in 2025.

  3. India signed an MoU with which country in the field of Youth Affairs that was approved by the Union cabinet on January 18, 2017?
    Answer – D.Russia
    Explanation :
    The MoU signed between India and Russia for cooperation in the field of Youth Affairs was approved by the cabinet on January 18, 2017. The approval has opened way for the youths of both the nations to develop international perspective and expand their knowledge and expertise in area of youth matters by establishing people-to-people contacts. Besides, it would help in promoting exchange of ideas, values and culture amongst Youth and consolidate friendly relations between the two countries.

  4. In which country, the world’s first baby was born using the new three-person IVF technology called pronuclear transfer’?
    Answer – A.Mexico
    Explanation :
    A baby girl was born in Ukraine on January 5, 2017 using the new technique of three-person IVF called ‘pronuclear transfer’. The infant is being considered as the world’s second baby to be developed using three-person IVF technique. The world’s first baby was born Mexico in April 2016. Three-person IVF was legalised in the UK in 2015. The objective of three-person IVF is to create a child free of mitochondrial disease in cases where parents had one such disease.

  5. Which Indian cricketer has been inducted into the Legends Club ‘Hall of Fame’ on January 17, 2017?
    A.Mohammad Azharuddin
    B.Javagal Srinath
    C.Kapil Dev
    D.Ravi Shastri
    Answer – C.Kapil Dev 
    Explanation :
    Cricket icon Kapil Dev was inducted into Legends Club ‘Hall of Fame’ at the Cricket Club of India on January 17, 2017. Former India player and Legends Club president Madhav Apte presented Kapil with a citation. He was already inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame on July 11, 2013.

  6. The West Bengal Fisheries Department has recently proposed to give legal protection to which species of fish to protect them from getting extinct?
    B.Hisla Fish
    D.Golden Snapper
    Answer – B.Hisla Fish
    Explanation :
    The West Bengal State Department of Fisheries has announced to protect the endangered Hisla Fish from getting extinct and thus has proposed to introduce law to arrest anyone found in illegal catching, buying or selling of Hilsa fish weighing less than 500 gms. With the introduction of the proposed provision, Hilsa Fish would become the first fish to get legal protection. The West Bengal’s famous Hilsa Fish, known as the kings of fishes, is on the verge of getting extinct because of over-fishing, pollution and migration barrier. Thus to protect these fish the fisheries department will put stringent measures in places under CrPC and IPC.

  7. With which country India has signed an MoU on the Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Competency that got the ex-post facto approval from the Union cabinet on January 18, 2017?
    A.United Kingdom
    D.United Arab Emirates
    Answer – D.United Arab Emirates 
    Explanation :
    The Union Cabinet also approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Arab Emirates on the Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Competency. The proposed MoU will enable recognition of maritime education and training, certificates of competency, endorsements, training documentary evidence and medical fitness certificates for seafarers issued by the Government of the other country in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 1/10 of the Convention, and cooperation between the two countries in training and management of seafarers.

  8. Who has been sworn in as the CEO and Managing Director of Bharti AXA General Insurance on January 17, 2017?
    A.Anoop Rao
    B.V.K. Sharma
    C.Sanjeev Srinivasan
    D.Pankaj Murarka
    Answer – C.Sanjeev Srinivasan 
    Explanation :
    Sanjeev Srinivasan has been appointed as CEO and Managing Director of Bharti AXA General Insurance on January 17, 2017. Srinivasan was currently working as Chief Commercial and Principal Officer of General Insurance from August 2016. He will focus to create a balanced portfolio, driving new distribution tie—ups and creating a customer centric brand to drive profitable growth.

  9. Which Indian scientist died on January 16, 2017 who was well-known as the Black Hole Man of India?
    A.M.G.K. Menon
    B.Raja Ramanna
    C.Soumya Swaminathan
    D.CV Vishveshwara
    Answer – D.CV Vishveshwara
    Explanation :
    Veteran Indian Scientist CV Vishveshwara and pioneer in the discovery of black hole in India died on January 16, 2017 in Bengaluru following prolonged illness. He was 78. Known as the Black Hole Man of India, CV Vishveshwara contributed in the physics of black hole even before the word black hole was coined. He had published three ground-breaking single-author papers in the late 1960s for better understanding of black holes.

  10. What is the name of the Chinese Robot Journalist who made its debut reporting on January 18, 2017 by writing an article in a second?
    A.Xiao Nan
    Answer – A.Xiao Nan 
    Explanation :
    A first of its kind robot journalist named Xiao Nan on January 18, 2017 made debut in the world of journalism by writing a 300-character-long article in just a second. The article written on the Spring Festival travel rush was published in the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily. Wan Xiaojun, a professor at Peking University, leading the team studying and developing such robots informed that the robot is able to write both short stories and longer reports.

  11. Deepak Roy who died on January 11, 2017 was a pioneer in which field? 
    Answer – B.Director
    Explanation :
    Veteran film director Deepak Roy has passed away in New Delhi. He was 67. He started his career as a film critic in 1974 and ventured into direction in 1982. Roy directed more than 90 documentary films. He won a National award in 1996 for “Limit to Freedom” under the category of best investigative film and in 1997 for  “Dhanna” under social issues’ category.

  12. For what amount the ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has acquired 8.41 percent stake in financial technology service provider Fino Paytech Ltd (FPL)?
    A.Rs. 100 crore
    B.Rs. 155 crroe
    C.Rs. 120 crore
    D.Rs. 170 crore
    Answer – A.Rs. 100 crore
    Explanation :
    ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has acquired 8.41 per cent stake in Fino Paytech Ltd (FPL) for a total consideration of Rs 100 crore. FPL provides technology-based solutions and services related to financial inclusion. Earlier this month, FPL was granted payment bank licence by the RBI.

  13. Who has been appointed as the new President of the European Parliament on January 17, 2017?
    A.Sergio Mattarella
    B.Petro Poroshenko
    C.François Hollande
    D.Antonio Tajani
    Answer – D.Antonio Tajani 
    Explanation :
    Italian Political Leader Antonio Tajani has been elected as the new president of the European Parliament on January 17, 2017 in Strasbourg, France. He will replace Germany’s Martin Schulz. 63-year-old, member of the European People’s Party, Tajani won 351 votes to defeat his Italian counterpart Gianni Pitella against 282 votes in four rounds of voting. The European Parliament has the control over the EU laws and has the power to amend or block EU laws. It will also has the final say on whether to approve a Brexit deal with the UK.

  14. Who has been conferred with the 2016 Bharat Award under the National Bravery Award?
    A.Late Km. Tarh Peeju
    B.Master Sonu Mali
    C.Km. Neelam Dhruv
    D.Master Sumit Mamgain
    Answer – A.Late Km. Tarh Peeju
    Explanation :
    Eight-year-old Late Km. Tarh Peeju of Arunachal Pradesh has been conferred the 2016 Bharat Award for sacrificing her life to save two of her friends from drowning. The National Bravery Awards 2016 has been conferred upon 25 children that include 13 boys and 12 girls. Among the 25 awards, four awards have been given posthumously. The children will receive a medal, certificate and cash. They will receive their awards from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23, 2017 prior to Republic Day and thereafter will participate in the Republic Day Parade.’

  15. What is the growth estimate of Indian economy for the year 2017 according to the United Nations report on World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017 released on January 17, 2017?
    A.7.1 percent
    B.7.7 percent
    C.6.9 percent
    D.6.4 percent
    Answer – B.7.7 percent
    Explanation :
    Based on the United Nations report on World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017 released on January 17, 2017, India’s economy is projected to grow by 7.7 percent in the fiscal 2017 because of being the fastest growing large developing economy. The UN report projected that India is going to be benefitted due to its strong private consumption and gradual introduction of significant domestic reforms.

  16. How many more countries have applied to join the Beijing based Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) besides the 57 founding members?
    Answer – B.Thirty
    Explanation :
    The Foreign Ministry spokesperson of China, Hua Chunying on January 17, 2017 informed that thirty more countries have applied for joining the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) besides 57 founding members. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an international financial institution that aims to support the building of infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region. It was officially established with 57 founding members and authorized capital of USD 100 billion.

  17. Which Indian island has been declared as the first cashless island of India by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on January 13, 2017?
    A.Hope Island, Andhra Pradesh
    B.Majuli, Assam
    C.Karang Island, Manipur
    D.Sagar Island, West Bengal
    Answer – C.Karang Island, Manipur 
    Explanation :
    Contributing to the Government’s Digital India Campaign, a small lake island Karang in Manipur has been declared as the country’s first cashless island by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on January 13, 2017. The island fulfilled the Centre’s necessary criteria to be named as the cashless island. A campaign was organized from January 9 to 12 by the Karang Island Boat Association and Panthoibi Khoyol Standard Association in the island to promote cashless transactions.

  18. What is the rank of India in the powerful passport ranking Passport Index 2017 ?
    Answer – D.78
    Explanation :
    India has been placed at 78th position in the Passport Index 2017 with a visa-free score of 46 that was released on January 12, 2017. The Index that was launched by the global financial advisory firm Arton Capital assigns a “visa-free score” to countries based on the number of nations their citizens can visit without a visa or on arrival. It was released by Germany was placed at the top with a visa-free score of 157, Singapore and Sweden both stood second with a visa-free score of 156. Singapore overtook South Korea to become the highest ranked Asian passport.

  19. Which Indian Mass Communication Institute has launched a full-time diploma course in Urdu language on January 17, 2017?
    A.Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC)
    B Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication
    C.AJK Mass Communication Research Center
    D.Heritage Institute of Management & Communication
    Answer – A.Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC)
    Explanation :
    The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has launched a full-fledged postgraduate diploma course in the Urdu language journalism on January 17, 2017 to promote Urdu Language in IIMC. The diploma course was launched by the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu. The institute offered a five-month journalism course in the Urdu language before launching the full-version.

  20. Mawlynnong village which was named as the Cleanest Village in Asia‘ in 2003 is located in which state of India ?
    D.Arunachal Pradesh
    Answer – B.Meghalaya
    Explanation :
    Mawlynnong village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state has become a role model for cleanliness said by the Secretary of the village. Mawlynnong was awarded the prestigious tag of ‘Cleanest Village in Asia‘ in 2003. Every family in this village have constructed toilets in 1989 and 3 public toilets have been constructed under Swachh Bharat Mission. To maintain its cleanliness, all villagers carry cleanliness drive on every Saturday.Now it have created opportunities to become tourists’ prime destination in North East.

  21. Which state has launched a first of its kind Aanandan Scheme on January 14, 2017 to help the poor in getting basic necessity items?
    A.Andhra Pradesh
    C.Madhya Pradesh
    Answer – C.Madhya Pradesh
    Explanation :
    Madhya Pradesh government lead by Shivraj Singh Chouhan has launched Aanandam programme of the newly-formed Aanand Department. Aim : To help the poor and the needed person. Aanandam scheme will help the poor people to get the daily needs  like jackets, sarees, blankets, utensils, school bags from the wealthy people. For this particular place is allocated in each district to collect these items.

  22. The Union Cabinet on January 18, 2017 has approved to set up Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI) in which state at a total outlay of Rs. 200.78 crore?
    Answer – D.Jharkhand
    Explanation :
    The Union Cabinet has approved the 12th Plan Proposal of the DARE/ICAR Plan Scheme for the ‘Establishment of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI)- Jharkhand’. The total estimated outlay of the project is Rs. 200.78 crores that will be 100% contributed by ICAR. The project would be bulid on 1,000 acre land provided by the Government of Jharkhand at the Gauria Karma Village in Barhi Block of Hazaribag. lARI-Jharkhand would be a unique Institution, which would possess all the hallmark identities as that of IARI at New Delhi including all sectors of agriculture like field crops, horticultural crops, agro-forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry, piggery, silk and lac rearing, honey production etc.

  23. Which country became the associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN on January 16, 2017?
    C.South Africa
    Answer – A.India
    Explanation :
    India became an Associate member of CERN on January 16, 2017 with the Indian government completing its internal approval procedures in respect of the agreement it had signed with CERN on November 21, 2016. On November 21, 2016, Sekhar Basu, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Fabiola Gianotti CERN Director General signed an Agreement to admit India to CERN as an Associate member. But India had to “notify CERN of its final approval for the Agreement to enter into force” and become an Associate member.