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  1. Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was related to which of the following?
    1. Elementary education
    2. Tax-free gratuity amount
    3. Period of maternity leave
    4. 1&2
    5. 2&3
    Answer – 5. 2&3
    Explanation:
    On March 22, 2018, Parliament passed Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which authorises Central Government to fix tax-free gratuity amount and period of maternity leave with an executive order. Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was introduced by Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar in the Lok Sabha during the winter session and was passed on March 15, 2018. Under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, formal sector workers with five or more years of service are eligible for maximum Rs. 10 lakh tax-free gratuity after leaving job or at time of superannuation. After implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations, ceiling of tax-free gratuity amount for central government employees was increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. Need to bring in the amendment bill was felt as unions had been demanding for inclusion of this change into the Act. Now since the Rajya Sabha has passed the bill, Centre may notify tax-free gratuity of Rs 20 lakh for the organised sector.

  2. In which city, Kerala’s first-ever global digital summit held at?
    1. Thrissur
    2. Kochi
    3. Trivandrum
    4. Kasargode
    5. Kannur
    Answer – 2. Kochi
    Explanation:
    On 22nd March 2018, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched the M-Kerala app, at #Future, Kerala’s first-ever global digital summit held in Kochi. The M-Kerala app will help citizens to avail nearly 100 government services using their mobile phones. The M-Kerala app also has mobile payment options. The #Future summit was held on 22nd and 23rd March 2018. Theme of the Summit was “Towards a Digital Future”.

  3. Union Defence Ministry released a notification stating that Indian government will now; fully fund the education of martyrs’ children. Every year, Rs. ________ will be spent by the Government for this cause?
    1. Rs. 4 crore
    2. Rs. 5 crore
    3. Rs. 6 crore
    4. Rs. 7 crore
    5. Rs. 8 crore
    Answer – 2. Rs. 5 crore
    Explanation:
    On March 21, 2018, Union Defence Ministry released a notification stating that Indian government will now; fully fund the education of martyrs’ children. Earlier, Government did provide educational concession to martyrs’ children. However it was limited only up to Rs 10000 a month. This cap has now been lifted and hence, education of children of army officers, ‘persons below officer rank’ missing in action, and those disabled or killed in action will be fully funded by Government. Around 3400 such children will be covered under this initiative and every year, Rs. 5 crore will be spent by the Government for this cause.

  4. Which State Government launched, NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels, a multi-utility vehicle aimed at taking technology to the remote corners of the state?
    1. Telangana
    2. Gujarat
    3. Maharashtra
    4. Odisha
    5. Andhra Pradesh
    Answer – 5. Andhra Pradesh
    Explanation:
    Andhra Pradesh (AP) State Government launched, NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels, a multi-utility vehicle aimed at taking technology to the remote corners of the state. NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels was launched from State Secretariat in Amaravati. AP Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu has announced that 12 more Naipunya Rathams will be rolled out by May 2018. NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels, which is a part of AP State Government’s ‘Smart village Smart Ward Programme’ will not only facilitate in furthering digital literacy but will also create an awareness about various government schemes.

  5. Name the Godavari-class guided-missile frigate of the Indian Navy which was decommissioned in Mumbai on March 22, 2018?
    1. INS Godavari
    2. INS Ganga
    3. INS Cauvery
    4. INS Indus
    5. INS Son
    Answer – 2. INS Ganga
    Explanation:
    INS Ganga, an indigenously built frigate of the Indian Navy, was decommissioned in Mumbai on March 22, 2018. Commissioned on December 30, 1985, INS Ganga is a Godavari-class guided-missile frigate of the Indian Navy. It was Built in Mumbai by Mazagon Dock Limited. Decommissioning ceremony of INS Ganga was attended by several officers who had earlier served on board the ship. Vice Admiral A K Bhal, who served on INS Ganga as crew member from 1989 to 1991 was the Chief Guest for the ceremony, while Vice Admiral (Retd.) K K Kohli, the first Commanding Officer of INS Ganga was the special Guest of Honour.

  6. Name the first flight which landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (Israel) after passing through Saudi Arabia air space?
    1. Jet Airways
    2. Indigo
    3. Air India
    4. SpiceJet
    5. GoAir
    Answer – 3. Air India
    Explanation :
    On March 22, 2018, Air India flight (AI 139) became the first flight to land at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (Israel) after passing through Saudi Arabia air space. This is the first time, Saudi Arabia has allowed a commercial flight to Israel to use its airspace. In a bid to further people-to-people contact and diplomatic ties between India and Israel, Air India introduced the direct thrice-a-week flight from New Delhi to Israel’s Capital Tel Aviv. Saudi Arabia’s decision to permit Air India to use its airspace enabled it to take a shorter route, saving 2.10 hours of travel time. Israel’s national carrier El Al, which operates flights to India, does not fly through Saudi Air space. Rather, it takes a longer route over the Red Sea.

  7. Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot launched “First Indian Sign Language Dictionary” in New Delhi. How many total words were there in this dictionary?
    1. 6000
    2. 5000
    3. 4000
    4. 3000
    5. 2000
    Answer – 4. 3000
    Explanation:
    Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot launched “First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 words” in New Delhi. The Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary has been developed by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC) under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) of Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. With a focus on providing more information in Indian Sign Language, the dictionary will be instrumental in removing communications barriers between the deaf and hearing communities. As per the census 2011 data, there are 5071007 Deaf people and 1998535 with speech disability in India. Words in the ISL dictionary have been placed under five broad categories viz. everyday terms, legal terms, academic terms, medical terms and technology terms.

  8. Which state hosted the first National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement 2018?
    1. Odisha
    2. Karnataka
    3. Kerala
    4. Goa
    5. New Delhi
    Answer – 5. New Delhi
    Explanation:
    Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir inaugurated the first National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement in New Delhi on March 23, 2018. This conference has been organised by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), under Union Ministry of Home Affairs. More than 110 delegates from nearly 50 State and Central law enforcement agencies involved in combating drug trafficking viz. State Police forces, State Excise departments, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), Border Guarding Forces, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Central Bureau of Narcotics (CBN) will be participating in this two-day conference. Deliberations at the conference will be aimed at forming a roadmap for drug law enforcement and coming up with related recommendations. The conference will conclude on March 24, 2018 and Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh will be the Chief Guest at the closing session.

  9. Which state Government hosted the 46th All India Police Science Congress 2018?
    1. Uttarkhand
    2. Himachal Pradesh
    3. Uttar Pradesh
    4. Sikkim
    5. Bihar
    Answer – 2. Himachal Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On 22nd March 2018, the 46th All India Police Science Congress began in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. All India Police Science Congress was organised by the Himachal Pradesh Police Department and The Bureau of Police Research and Development. It was held for 2 days. It was inaugurated by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Director General Bureau of Police Research and Development A P Maheshwari said that, forums have been created for collaboration of scholars of IIT, IIM and the police to tackle threats posed by criminals in the virtual world. The Police Science Congress created an opportunity to exchange, learn and understand the best practices followed in other states and union territories.

  10. International Energy Agency (IEA) has stated that Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of ______ gigatons in 2017?
    1. 24.5 gigatons
    2. 26.5 gigatons
    3. 28.5 gigatons
    4. 30.5 gigatons
    5. 32.5 gigatons
    Answer – 5. 32.5 gigatons
    Explanation:
    International Energy Agency (IEA) has stated that Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatons in 2017. 32.5 gigatons carbon emissions in 2017 marks a 1.4% increment over previous year. The rise in carbon emissions during 2017 has been largely attributed to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements. Global energy demand rose by 2.1 percent in 2017 to 14050 million tonnes of oil equivalent. 70 percent of this incremental demand was met by oil, natural gas and coal. In context of this news, it is important to note that Carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of global average temperature rise.

  11. Which Airport has been rated as the world’s best airport for the sixth consecutive year by UK-based consultancy firm Skytrax?
    1. Changi Airport, Singapore
    2. Haneda Airport, Japan
    3. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru
    4. Incheon International Airport , South Korea
    5. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
    Answer – 1. Changi Airport, Singapore
    Explanation:
    Singapore Changi Airport has been rated as world’s best airport for the sixth consecutive year by UK-based consultancy firm Skytrax. Changi Airport, owned by Government of Singapore, is one of the world’s busiest airports by international passenger and cargo traffic. In 2017, Changi Airport served 60 million passengers from almost 100 countries across the world. Major attractions at Changi airport include a rooftop swimming pool, two 24-hour movie theatres screening the latest blockbusters for free and a sunflower garden that features several varieties of sunflowers grown in the airport’s on site nursery. The awards were announced at Skytrax World Airport Awards function held in Stockholm, Sweden. Changi Airport is followed by Incheon International Airport in South Korea at No.2 and Haneda Airport in Japan at No.3. Among Indian Airports, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai ranked 63rd, while Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru and Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi ranked 64th and 66th respectively.

  12. Which country has abolished its employer-sponsored 457 visa programme which was mainly used by Indians?
    1. USA
    2. Canada
    3. South Africa
    4. Australia
    5. Ireland
    Answer – 4. Australia
    Explanation:
    Australia has abolished its employer-sponsored 457 visa programme which was mainly used by Indians. The 457 visa programme has been replaced with a new programme that requires higher English-language proficiency and job skills. The 457 visa programme was launched in the 1990s. It was used by more than 95,000 foreign workers, of which majority were Indians. On 18th March 2018, it was replaced by a new Temporary Skills Shortage visa programme. The 457 visa programme permitted companies to employ foreign workers up to 4 years in skilled jobs where there was a shortage of Australian workers. People with that visa were allowed to live in Australia with their immediate family.

  13. Which bank rolled out ‘Yellow Army Savings Account’ to commemorate its association with the Indian Premium League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK)?
    1. Equitas Small Finance Bank
    2. Postal Payment Bank
    3. IDBI Bank
    4. Airtel Bank
    5. Paytm Bank
    Answer – 1. Equitas Small Finance Bank
    Explanation:
    On March 22, 2018, Equitas Small Finance Bank (SFB) rolled out ‘Yellow Army Savings Account’ to commemorate its association with the Indian Premium League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK). ’Yellow Army Savings Account’ will fetch interest rate of 6 per cent per annum for balance below Rs. 10 lakh and 6.5 per cent per annum for balance above Rs. 10 lakh. Visa debit card of ’Yellow Army Savings Account’ carries personal accident cover of up to Rs. 5 lakh, air accident cover of Rs. 30 lakh and lost card liability of up to Rs. 25000. Besides, ’Yellow Army Savings Account’ holders can avail a range of exclusive offers on movie ticket-booking, entertainment and lifestyle purchases, food etc. As per an agreement between Equitas and CSK, Equitas will be the principal sponsor of CSK and the banking partner of CSK for three years.

  14. Which Organisation entered into a Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for production of space grade Lithium-Ion cells?
    1. ONGC
    2. HAL
    3. Reliance
    4. ISRO
    5. Indian Railways
    Answer – 4. ISRO
    Explanation:
    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) have entered into a Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) for production of space grade Lithium-Ion cells. Lithium-Ion cells have high energy density, reliability and long cycle life and are thereby used by ISRO as power sources for satellite and launch vehicle applications. Technology to produce space grade Li-ion cell has been developed by ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC). Under the TTA signed with ISRO, BHEL will produce space grade Li-Ion cells which can meet India’s space programme requirements.

  15. President Trump appointed whom as his third national security adviser?
    1. John Thune
    2. John R. Bolton
    3. John Barrasso
    4. Roy Blunt
    5. Cory Gardner
    Answer – 2. John R. Bolton
    Explanation:
    On 22nd March 2018, President Trump named John R. Bolton as his third national security adviser. John R Bolton replaces Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. John R Bolton will take charge as national security adviser on 9th April 2018. He is a former American ambassador to the United Nations. He was undersecretary of state for arms control during the administration of George W. Bush.

  16. Name the first woman Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, the upper house of parliament, in Pakistan?
    1. Maryam Nawaz
    2. Ayla Malik.
    3. Hina Rubani Khar
    4. Marvi Memon
    5. Sherry Rehman
    Answer – 5. Sherry Rehman
    Explanation:
    On 22nd March 2018, Sherry Rehman became the first woman Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, the upper house of parliament, in Pakistan. Sherry Rehman is 57 years old. She belongs to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). She was Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US between 2011 and 2013. In 2015, she was elected to the Senate.

  17. Which Organisation has bagged the “Most Informative Pavilion” award in the Pride of India Expo, in Manipur?
    1. BHEL
    2. Hindustan Petroleum
    3. DRDO
    4. HAL
    5. IRCTC
    Answer – 3. DRDO
    Explanation:
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has bagged the “Most Informative Pavilion” award in the Pride of India Expo, in Manipur. The Pride of India Expo was a part of the 105th Indian Science Congress (ISC) held in Manipur. It was conducted from 16th March to 20thMarch 2018. DRDO displayed cutting-edge indigenous defence technologies with more than 150 exhibits and models from 18 of its laboratories and received a good response.

  18. ‘We Are Sikhs’ campaign, nicknamed the “Oscars of the Public Relations Industry”, has received the 2018 PRWeek award in the category of Public Cause. This campaign was launched in which country?
    1. Australia
    2. Canada
    3. Switzerland
    4. America
    5. UK
    Answer – 4. America
    Explanation:
    ‘We Are Sikhs’ campaign that was launched in April 2017 in America, has received the 2018 PRWeek US award, nicknamed the “Oscars of the Public Relations Industry”, in the category of Public Cause. “We are Sikhs” ad campaign was launched by National Sikh Campaign (NSC), a non-profit organization. The campaign was conducted by Sikhs to inform Americans about their religion. The campaign was executed by FP1 Strategies. The campaign has bagged the award for projecting Sikhs as neighbours and everyday Americans who suffer from discrimination due to ignorance of their faith. The award was presented in New York recently. USD 1.3 million was raised by Sikhs and also some Hindus for the campaign. The ad campaign was shortlisted among five finalists for the ‘Best for a Cause’ award.

  19. Name the instrument developed by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) that measures the traces of uranium in water?
    1. Uraniumeter
    2. Fluorimeter
    3. Energymeter
    4. Atometer
    5. Dacometer
    Answer – 2. Fluorimeter
    Explanation :Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has developed “Fluorimeter”, an instrument that measures traces of uranium in water. Fluorimeter has been developed by the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT). RRCAT is a unit of DAE based in Indore. Cost of the fluorimeter is Rs 1 lakh. It will detect traces of uranium in water. It will be highly useful in regions like Punjab where uranium traces have been detected in water at dangerous levels. DAE has transferred its technology to another one of its unit, Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), for mass production of Fluorimeter,. Fluorimeter can examine traces of uranium in a sample of water from 0.1 PPB (Parts-per-billion) unit to 100 PPB. The permissible radiological limit of uranium concentration for drinking water has been fixed at 60 PPB by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. High levels of uranium traces present in drinking water will increase radiological and chemical risks to human health.

  20. In which year, the first Bihar Diwas day was celebrated?
    1. 2008
    2. 2009
    3. 2010
    4. 2011
    5. 2012
    Answer – 5. 2012
    Explanation:
    On 22nd March 2018, celebrations for the 106th foundation day of Bihar began at three locations: Gandhi Maidan, S K Memorial Hall and Rabindra Bhawan in Patna, Bihar. Theme of 106th foundation day of Bihar is: “Centenary of Champaran Satyagraha and Elimination of Dowry and Child Marriage”.The celebrations will be held till 24th March 2018. Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the main function at Gandhi Maidan. He released the following books: ‘Ek Tha Mohan’, ‘Bapu Ki Chiththi’, ‘Champaran Ki Kahani’ and ‘Neel Ke Dhabbe’. The first Bihar Diwas was celebrated in 2012. Bihar separated from undivided Bengal in 1912 as an independent state. Floral tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait. A laser show is conducted at Gandhi Maidan as a part of the celebrations. Local artists performed street plays, folk songs and dances at various locations of Patna.

  21. Which state celebrated its 106th foundation day on 22nd March 2018?
    1. Jharkhand
    2. Bihar
    3. West Bengal
    4. Nagaland
    5. Arunachal Pradesh
    Answer – 2. Bihar
    Explanation:
    On 22nd March 2018, celebrations for the 106th foundation day of Bihar began at three locations: Gandhi Maidan, S K Memorial Hall and Rabindra Bhawan in Patna, Bihar. Theme of 106th foundation day of Bihar is: “Centenary of Champaran Satyagraha and Elimination of Dowry and Child Marriage”.The celebrations will be held till 24th March 2018. Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the main function at Gandhi Maidan. He released the following books: ‘Ek Tha Mohan’, ‘Bapu Ki Chiththi’, ‘Champaran Ki Kahani’ and ‘Neel Ke Dhabbe’. The first Bihar Diwas was celebrated in 2012. Bihar separated from undivided Bengal in 1912 as an independent state. Floral tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait. A laser show is conducted at Gandhi Maidan as a part of the celebrations. Local artists performed street plays, folk songs and dances at various locations of Patna.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary is in which stae?
     Bihar

  2. ISRO was established in the year?
     1969

  3. Where is the headquarters of Equitas Small Finance Bank located?
     Chennai, Tamil Nadu

  4. Purple Line is the boundary line between which two countries?
     Israel and Syria

  5. Kanwar Sanctuary is in which state?
     Himachal Pradesh