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- Indian Coast Guard commissioned C-437, an interceptor boat at Porbandar. What is the maximum speed of this boat?
1. 60 knots
2. 55 knots
3. 50 knots
4. 45 knots
5. 40 knotsAnswer – 4. 45 knots
On March 17, 2018, Indian Coast Guard commissioned C-437, an interceptor boat at Porbandar. Indian Coast Guard’s C-437 interceptor boat is 27.80 metres long, has displacement of 106 tonnes and can attain a maximum speed of 45 knots. It is equipped with advanced navigational and communication gear and is capable of carrying out multifarious roles such as surveillance, search and rescue operation as well as rendering assistance to boats in distress at sea. C-437 will not only strengthen the security umbrella of the West coast but will also help augment patrolling to prevent illicit activities such as smuggling, infiltration and illegal fishing.
- How many total amendments are passed to the Finance Bill 2018 by Lok Sabha, including an amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010?
5. 24Answer – 2. 21
Lok Sabha passed 21 amendments to the Finance Bill 2018 including an amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. As per Representation of Peoples Act, political parties in India cannot accept foreign funds. As per Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010, which repealed and replaced FCRA 1976, any company registered abroad or with subsidiaries abroad was defined as foreign firm. Through Finance Act, 2016, definition of foreign firm was changed and a firm with less than 50 per cent of share capital held by a foreign entity was no longer considered a foreign firm. Despite of this change, foreign funds received by a political party before FCRA 2010 was enacted, were open to scrutiny. The retrospective amendment to FCRA 2010 through Finance Bill 2018 will do away with the scope for scrutiny of a political party’s funding since 1976 and will thus provide relief to Bharatiya Janata Party as well as Congress from 2014 Delhi High Court judgement that held both guilty of violating the FCRA.
- In which state “Nabakalebara festival” was celebrated?
5. OdishaAnswer – 5. Odisha
On March 18, 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind released Rs 1000 and Rs 10 commemorative coins on Nabakalebara festival in Puri, Odisha.Nabakalebara is a festival observed in the Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri, Odisha at a predefined time according to Hindu Calender. It is a symbolic recreation of the wooden forms of deities at Jagannath Temple, Puri. ‘Naba’ means new and ‘Kalebara’ is body. The commemorative coins were released during the centenary celebrations of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan. Odisha Governor S C Jamir, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and Minister of Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram were also present at the occasion.
- KUSUM scheme is related to which of the following?
1. Solar Power Plants
2. Animal Husbandry
5. 1&3Answer – 5. 1&3
On March 15, 2018, R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Power and New & Renewable Energy informed Lok Sabha that Central Government is in the process of formulating a ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ scheme. KUSUM scheme envisages, installation of grid-connected solar power plants each of capacity up to 2 MW in the rural areas and installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid. It will also provide for solarization of existing grid-connected agriculture pumps to make farmers independent of grid supply. Under KUSUM, farmers will be able to sell surplus solar power generated to power distribution companies (DISCOMs) and get extra income. Besides, KUSUM is also aimed at solarization of tube-wells and lift irrigation projects of Government sector. Details on funds to be allocated and mode of implementation will be decided at the time of approval of the Scheme.
- In which state, the Governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi inaugurated the 7th Women Science Congress at the ongoing 105th session of Indian Science Congress?
5. BiharAnswer – 2. Manipur
On March 18, 2018, Governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi inaugurated the 7th Women Science Congress at the ongoing 105th session of Indian Science Congress in Imphal, Manipur. First edition of Women Science Congress was held in 2012. Objective of Women Science Congress is to inspire young women to be a part of scientific community and engage themselves in active scientific research. More than 1000 women scientists from different parts of India participated in 7th Women Science Congress. Keshari Nath Tripathi also released a souvenir of Women Science Congress on the occasion.
- In which Indian city, the South Asia’s First Ever Coworking & Coplay Space was Launched?
5. AhmadabadAnswer – 1. Gurugram
Monkey Business, a first of its kind co-working space in South Asia that also provides onsite childcare was launched in South Point Mall, Gurugram, Haryana. Monkey Business, is ideal for young parents to work while their kids are engaged in productive activities at the onsite play area. Spread over 3000 sq ft, Monkey Business has thoughtfully designed play zone and includes a nap area, a feeding and diaper changing room. Monkey Business is managed by a group of working moms. Some of these moms have corporate world experience while others have been associated with education sector.
- Which is the most expensive city in the world as per Worldwide Cost of Living 2018 report by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)?
3. Hong Kong
5. SingaporeAnswer – 5. Singapore
Singapore is the most expensive city in the world as per Worldwide Cost of Living 2018 report by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Worldwide Cost of Living is a bi-annual study of 133 cities conducted by London-headquartered Economist Intelligence Unit. It serves as a reference for companies to calculate cost-of-living allowances and prepare compensation packages for expatriates and business travellers. To derive the rankings, cost of more than 100 items such as cars, food, rent and clothing were compared across 133 cities.
- India has imposed anti-dumping duty on import of Ofloxacin from which country, to protect domestic producers from below-cost shipments?
5. FranceAnswer – 4. China
India has imposed anti-dumping duty on import of Ofloxacin from China to protect domestic producers from below-cost shipments. Ofloxacin is a pharmaceutical product, used in treatment of certain infections. Aarti Drugs, a pharmaceutical company had approached Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) for initiation of anti-dumping investigation and imposition of the duty on Ofloxacin exported to India from China. DGAD conducted a probe and concluded that Ofloxacin exported to India from China was indeed below its normal value and thus recommended to slap anti-dumping duty. Anti-dumpping duty on import of ‘Ofloxacin’ from China will be in the range of USD 2.58 to USD 9.48 per kg for three years.
- Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Africa’s only female head of state and a renowned biologist, resigned from her post on March 17, 2018. She was the president of which country?
5. AlgeriaAnswer – 3. Mauritius
Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Africa’s only female head of state and a renowned biologist, resigned from her post on March 17, 2018. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has resigned in wake of allegations against her for using a credit card provided by an NGO to buy items worth $26000 not related to her work. Since 2015, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim had been associated with Planet Earth Institute (PEI), a London-based NGO, for promoting science, technology and innovation in Africa. PEI had provided a credit card to Ameenah Gurib-Fakim for covering her travel expenses related to the work. However, she has been accused of using it to buy jewellery and clothing for personal use.
- Who was appointed as the additional non-executive independent director of Vedanta Limited?
1. Prem Chanda Gupta
2. Aman Mehta
3. Vijay Kelkar
4. U.K. Sinha
5. Nusli WadiaAnswer – 4. U.K. Sinha
On 13th March 2018, Vedanta Limited said that, it has appointed U.K. Sinha as its additional non-executive independent director. U K Sinha’s appointment is for a fixed term starting from end of business hours on 13th March 2018 to 10th August 2021. He is the former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). He is an IAS officer of the Bihar cadre. He was Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Unit Trust of India Asset Management Company (UTIAMC) also known as UTI Mutual Fund.
- Who has become the second woman pilot of Indian Air Force to fly solo in a fighter aircraft?
1. Avani Chaturvedi
2. Bhawana Kanth
3. Mohana Singh
4. Haritha Kaur
5. Dhwani DhawanAnswer – 2. Bhawana Kanth
On 16th March 2018, Bhawana Kanth became the second woman pilot of Indian Air Force to fly solo in a fighter aircraft. Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth flew in a MiG-21 Bison aircraft from Ambala Air Force Station on 16th March 2018. The first woman pilot of Indian Air Force to fly solo is Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi. Bhawana Kanth is 25 years old. She is one of the three in the first batch of women pilots who were inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron on 18th June 2016.
- Which state’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra has been named the best such centre in India for its initiatives like nutrition gardens and integrated farming techniques?
5. GujaratAnswer – 4. Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra has been named the best such centre in India for its initiatives like nutrition gardens and integrated farming techniques. The Krishi Vigyan Kendra is located in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh. It is affiliated to the IGKV (Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya). It has been named the best of the 650 agriculture science centres in India. Dr S K Patil, vice chancellor of IGKV in Raipur, and Birbal Sahu, coordinator of Kanker Krishi Vigyan Kendra, received the ‘Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Award-2017’ from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 17th March 2018 in New Delhi. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh for infrastructure development and a citation certificate. The centre has taken initiatives like nutrition garden, integrated farming system and promoting the production of ‘Kadaknath’ chicken.
- Which city hosted the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18 title?
5. BengaluruAnswer – 5. Bengaluru
Chennaiyin FC won the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18 title at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Chennaiyin FC defeated Bengaluru FC 3-2 and won the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18 title. Mailson Alves scored 2 goals and Raphael Augusto scored 1 goal for Chennaiyin FC team. Sunil Chhetri and Miku scored one goal each for Bengaluru FC team.
- Name the Indian who has secured number 1 rank in Asia in F53 Javelin category?
1. Annu Rani
2. Deepa Malik
3. Jane David
4. Diane Lopez
5. Hollie ArnoldAnswer – 2. Deepa Malik
India’s Deepa Malik has secured number 1 rank in Asia in F53 Javelin category. On 15th March 2018, Deepa Malik bagged gold medal in the F53/54 Javelin event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai. She has qualified for the Asian Para Games 2018 that will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 8th to 16th October 2018. She has received Arjuna award in 2012 and Padma Shri award in 2017.
- Name the former England batsman, who announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket?
1. Kevin Pietersen
2. Alastair Cook
3. Eoin Morgan
4. Stuart Broad
5. Joe RootAnswer – 1. Kevin Pietersen
On 17th March 2018, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket. Kevin Pietersen is 37 years old. He was the captain of England cricket team in 2008-09 period. His international cricket career ended in 2014 when he was sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). He played 104 test matches for England. He also played 136 one-day internationals and 37 Twenty20 internationals. He played for Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore teams in the Indian Premier League.
- When is the Global Recycling Day celebrated all over the world?
1. 18th March
2. 17th March
3. 16th March
4. 15th March
5. 14th MarchAnswer – 1. 18th March
On 18th March 2018, Global Recycling Day was celebrated all over the world. The Global Recycling Day has been launched by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). It also coincides with the 70th anniversary of BIR. This is the first ever observation of Global Recycling Day. Its aim is to create awareness on the importance of recycling. It insists to consider recyclables as “resource – not waste.” Recyclables have become world’s Seventh Resource apart from the six major natural resources: water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals.
- ‘Mahila Suraksha’, is a handbook on _______________?
1. Medival India
2. Women’s Safety
3. Agriculture and Farmers
4. Ancient India
5. Prime Minister and his Schemes and achivementsAnswer – 2. Women’s Safety
On 14th March 2018, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur released ‘Mahila Suraksha’, a handbook on women’s safety. The ‘Mahila Suraksha’ handbook has been brought out by the Shimla administration. It explains personal safety measures and safeguards related to crimes, and also about sexual harassment at workplace. It also has important telephone and helpline numbers. Jai Ram Thakur said that, the efforts of Shimla administration to bring out a handbook in Braille in both English and Hindi will help the visually challenged women.
STATIC GK based on Current Affairs
- Indian Coast Guard was established in the year?1978
- Which is the capital city of Mauritius?Port Louis; Currency – Mauritian rupee
- Where is Visvesvaraya Stadium located?Mandya, Karnataka
- Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is located at?Brussels, Belgium
- Great Himalayan National Park is in which state?Himachal Pradesh