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- In which city the National Trust under Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment organised a National Conference on Down Syndrome?
4. New Delhi
Answer – 4. New Delhi
A ‘National Conference on Down Syndrome’ was held in New Delhi on March 26, 2018. This conference was organised by the National Trust under Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey, the Chairman of National Trust. Objective of this conference was to seek commitments of various stakeholders and increase awareness about Down Syndrome. Besides, it served as an opportunity for parents of individuals having Down syndrome, to obtain information about latest development in education and skilling and inclusive living of persons with Down Syndrome. Intellectuals from all walks of life attended this conference and shared their ideas and knowledge on Down Syndrome with an aim to enable a positive change. A book entitled “Twilights Children” based on the lives of person suffering from Down Syndrome was released during the course of the conference.
- Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of which country, was on a five-day official visit to India started from 22nd March, 2018?
Answer – 2. Germany
Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany, was on a five-day official visit to India starting from 22nd March, 2018. Mr. Steinmeier was accompanied by his wife Elke Budenbender, a CEO delegation, Indologists and a media delegation. This was Mr. Steinmeier’s first visit to India as German President. Earlier he had visited India several times in his former capacity as the foreign minister and vice chancellor of Germany. Last German president to visit India was Joachim Gauckin February 2014. On March 24, 2018, Mr. Steinmeier held a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Sunder Nursery adjacent to Humayun’s tomb in Delhi. During this meeting, Mr. Steinmeier and PM Modi held discussion on several global, political and economic issues of mutual interest. During the course of this visit, Mr. Steinmeier also met President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu and Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Apart from Delhi, Mr. Steinmeier also visited Varanasi and Chennai. Germany is India’s largest trading partner in Europe and the sixth largest trading partner in the world. Bilateral trade between India and Germany in 2016-17 stood at USD 18.76 billion. Besides, Germany is also the 7th largest foreign direct investor in India.
- In which Indian city, , International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), signed the Host Country Agreement?
3. New Delhi
Answer – 3. New Delhi
On March 26, 2018, International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), signed the Host Country Agreement in New Delhi. The agreement was signed by V.K. Singh, Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs and Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of ISA in presence of R K Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy. The Agreement gives ISA a juridical personality and authorises it to contract, to institute and defend legal proceedings and to acquire and dispose off movable and immovable properties. Besides, ISA shall enjoy all such privileges, applicable tax concessions and immunities that are necessary for ISA’s Headquarter to independently discharge its function and carry out its programmes.
- Which State Government launched a special programme to build one lakh toilets across the state under the Swachh Bharat Mission?
Answer – 5. Assam
Assam State Government launched a special programme to build one lakh toilets across the state under the Swachh Bharat Mission. This special programme is named ‘Mission Sambavh’ (Mission Possible ), under which, construction works will be completed within 10 days. The programme was launched at Morigaon district, in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal. Assam State government has set a target to make the state Open Defecation Free (ODF) during 2018. It is to be noted that five districts in Assam have already been declared ODF.
- Which state Government inaugurated the ‘Print Biennale India 2018’, the first-ever International Exhibition of Graphic Prints?
2. New Delhi
3. Andhra Pradesh
Answer – 2. New Delhi
‘Print Biennale India 2018’, the first-ever International Exhibition of Graphic Prints was inaugurated in New Delhi on March 25, 2018. The exhibition is being hosted by India’s National Academy of Art, the Lalit Kala Akademi. Eminent Artist-Printmaker, Shakti Barman was the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony. A total of 200 original prints, created by Indian and international artists are being displayed at this exhibition. These prints offer a glimpse of giant strides in printmaking that is taking place in India and the world. The exhibition has brought together participants from 17 countries such as USA, UK, Sri Lanka, Mexico, China, Sweden, Poland, Argentina, Greece, Bangladesh, and Mauritius. An exhibition ‘Eminent Printmakers of India’ showcasing master Indian printmakers, was also inaugurated on March 26th, 2018 at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi.
- Which state government has planned to setup a seawater desalination plant, with capacity to desalinate 100 million litre water per day?
5. Tamil Nadu
Answer – 1. Gujarat
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani stated that a seawater desalination plant, with capacity to desalinate 100 million litre water per day will be set up near Jodiya town in Jamnagar district. It is to be noted that Jamnagar in Saurashtra region of Gujarat faces severe water shortage especially during summer season. The proposed desalination plant will thus help to reduce water shortage. However, no information related to timeline for setting up this plant or related cost has been disclosed so far.
- Which District of Gujarat has become the first district in India to have 100 percent solar powered Primary Health Centers (PHC)?
Answer – 5. Surat
Surat district in Gujarat has become the first district in India to have 100 percent solar powered Primary Health Centers (PHC). All 52 PHCs in Surat are now powered by solar system. This initiative will not only contribute in reducing the electricity bill by 40 percent but will also help in fighting global warming. Surat is also making significant leap in making gram panchayats within districts, solar powered. 150 out of 572 gram panchayats in Surat are now powered by solar system.
- 4 days Madhavpur Mela festival was inaugurated in which state?
Answer – 3. Gujarat
On 25th March 2018, the Madhavpur Mela started at Madhavpur Ghed village in Porbandar district of Gujarat. The Madhavpur Mela is held for four days till 28th March 2018. For the first time, there will be a cultural integration with the North-East people during this festival as the Madhavpur Mela and Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh share common roots. This festival will feature art, dance, music, poetry, story-telling and folk drama from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and other North-Eastern States. There will also be sale of art and crafts of Gujarat and handloom and handicraft products from Arunachal, Manipur and other North-Eastern states. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Ministry of Culture and states of Gujarat, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur are playing a major role in this festival.
- Under the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) of Indian government, Powergrid has laid 16 square kilometers of underground lines in which Indian city?
Answer – 2. Varanasi
In Varanasi, overhead power cables are being taken off after underground lines have been laid for more than 16 sq km. Under the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) of Indian government, Powergrid has laid 16 square kilometers of underground lines in Varanasi. This will be utilized by nearly 50,000 consumers. In June 2015, Former Union minister of state for power and coal Piyush Goyal announced the Rs 432-crore project for underground cabling work under IPDS for Varanasi. Work on this project was started in December 2015. Atul Nigam, managing director of Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, said that, line loss in the area covered by IPDS has reduced to 9.9% from 42.7%.
- Name the declaration signed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo and Indonesia, that promotes better management and conservation of Cuvette Centrale region in the Congo Basin, the world’s largest tropical peatlands?
1. Congo Declaration
2. Brazzaville Declaration
3. Kinshasa Declaration
4. Basilique Declaration
5. Peatlands Declaration
Answer – 2. Brazzaville Declaration
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo and Indonesia have signed Brazzaville Declaration that promotes better management and conservation of Cuvette Centrale region in the Congo Basin, the world’s largest tropical peatlands. Peatlands are wetlands that contain a mixture of partially decomposed organic material. The declaration was signed on the sidelines of the Third Partners Meeting of the Global Peatlands Initiative, that was held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from 21st – 23rd March 2018. Indonesia has been made a party to this agreement as it is considered as most experienced country in the world on peat management issues. Equivalent of three years of global greenhouse gas emissions are stored in peatland of Cuvette Centrale region in the Congo Basin, which are about the size of England. Thus it is of utmost importance to conserve these peatlands as the emissions stored could be released in atmosphere if the they are degraded or drained.
- Which country proposed new legislation to counter fake news, under which, offender will be penalised with 10-year jail term?
Answer – 3. Malaysia
Explanation On March 26, 2018, Malaysia’s government proposed new legislation to counter fake news, under which, offender will be penalised with 10-year jail term. The bill defines fake news as any news, information, data and reports presented in the form of print, visuals or audio, which contains wholly or partly false content. Individuals who create, offer, circulate, print or publish fake news or publications containing fake news will be penalised with a 10-year jail term, a fine of up to 500000 ringgit or both. Although incumbent Government has stated that this law is needed to protect public harmony and national security, opposition members consider it as an attack on the press and an attempt to instil fear among people before the general election in August 2018.
- On which date, Earth Hour 2018 was observed all over the world?
1. 24th March
2. 25th March
3. 26th March
4. 27th March
5. 28th March
Answer – 1. 24th March
On 24th March 2018, Earth Hour 2018 was observed all over the world. India pledged “Give Up To Give Back” on Earth Hour 2018. People all over the world observed the Earth Hour 2018 by switching off non-essential lights for an hour between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. In India, Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Akshardham Temple in New Delhi and Buddha Statue in Hyderabad, Howrah Bridge in Kolkata and Gateway of India in Mumbai are the landmarks where lights were switched off between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The Earth Hour started in 2007 in Australia. The Earth Hour is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).The Earth Hour aims to create awareness on the importance of conserving the environment and wildlife. The worldwide campaign for Earth Hour 2018 trended as #CONNECT2EARTH.
- According to Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, what will be the size of Indian economy by 2025?
1. $4 trillion
2. $5 trillion
3. $6 trillion
4. $7 trillion
5. $8 trillion
Answer – 2. $5 trillion
On March 26, 2018, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg stated that India is on track to double the size of its economy to $5 trillion by 2025. India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in value terms currently stands at USD 2.5 trillion, making it the sixth largest economy in the world. According to Mr. Garg, Indian economy is now positioned to attain 7-8 per cent annual growth and with focus on start-ups, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and investment in infrastructure development, it can even clock a higher growth in coming years. Mr. Garg also asserted that inflation will be contained within the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) target of 4 per cent, plus/minus 2 per cent and will thus not pose any risk to growth. In February 2018, consumer price based retail inflation (taken into account by RBI while formulating its monetary policy) was at 4 month low of 4.44 per cent.
- Name the Telecommunication System used by banks across the world to transmit messages relating to cross border financial transactions?
1. GPI system
2. GPS system
3. SWIFT system
4. Tracker system
5. Transaction system
Answer – 3. SWIFT system
SWIFT (Society for World Interbank Financial Telecommunication System platform) has announced the extension of its gpi (Global Payment Innovation) Tracker to cover all payment instructions sent across the network. SWIFT system is used by banks across the world to transmit messages relating to cross border financial transactions. gpi Tracker, developed by SWIFT, gives end-to-end visibility on the status of a payment transaction from the moment it is sent until it is confirmed. gpi tracker was introduced in May 2017 and now accounts for 10 per cent of entire SWIFT cross border payment traffic. Extending the tracker to cover all payment instructions sent across the network will enhance the transparency and reliability of the process.
- Union Ministry of Railways entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with which Government entity, by which, it(entity) has to provide a financial assistance of Rs. 150000 crore for identified Railway projects from 2015 to 2019?
5. SBI Insurance Ltd
Answer – 1. LIC
Union Ministry of Finance has approved Government guarantee of Rs. 5000 crore in financial year 2017-18 for Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) bonds to be subscribed by Life Insurance Corporation (LIC). In March 2015, Union Ministry of Railways entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LIC, by which, LIC has to provide a financial assistance of Rs. 150000 crore for identified Railway projects from 2015 to 2019. The fund is to be raised by IRFC by issuing bonds to LIC. These bonds have a tenor of 30 years. However, owing to exposure limit constraints on account of IRDA guidelines; LIC has not been able to subscribe to IRFC bonds beyond a certain limit. Thus, Union Ministry of Finance approved Government guarantee in order to overcome the exposure limit constraint.
- In which city of India, Microsoft opened ‘Garage’, the Microsoft India Development Centre?
Answer – 4. Hyderabad
On 26th March 2018, Microsoft opened the ‘Garage’ at the Microsoft India Development Centre in Hyderabad, Telangana. The Garage was inaugurated at the Microsoft India Development Centre in Hyderabad by Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao. It is a platform for Microsoft employees that encourages experimentation, working together across organisations and to discover ideas and develop prototypes, adding value to existing products. This facility has been developed on a 8,000 sq ft space. It will support Microsoft teams for different projects. It consists of the following facilities: a Hub for hackathons and workshops, a Makerspace and an Advanced Makerspace with electronic workbench, 3D printers, laser cutter, PCB milling machine for creating prototypes. It has a reality room for carrying out work in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality and dedicated space and equipment for working on Deep Learning.
- As per the latest global Automobile Sales Data, India has become the __________ largest automobile market in the world?
Answer – 3. Fourth
As per the latest global Automobile Sales Data, India has overtaken Germany to become the fourth largest automobile market in the world. During 2017, Automobile sales (including passenger and commercial vehicles) in India touched 4 million units, outpacing Germany’s 3.81 million vehicle sales. In terms of year-on-year growth, Automobile Sales in India during 2017 grew 9.5% while in Germany it grew by 2.8%. Strong growth in Automobile Sales in India is expected to continue in 2018 on account of government’s thrust on infrastructure, stricter norms for banning overloading and macroeconomic environment buoyancy.
- Who has been nominated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development as India’s representative to the Executive Board (EXB) of UNESCO?
1. Aroon Purie
2. Fareed Zakaria
3. Geeta Dharmarajan
4. Ravi Amale
5. J S Rajput
Answer – 5. J S Rajput
J S Rajput has been nominated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development as India’s representative to the Executive Board (EXB) of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). J S Rajput is a former director of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). He received the Padma Shri award in 2014. He was presented the Maharishi Ved Vyas award by the Madhya Pradesh government. He edited a book named ‘Education of Muslims in India’. It was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. The EXB is one of the constitutional organs of UNESCO. It is elected by the General Conference. It has a term of 4 years and 58 seats. EXB goes through the work for the organisation and the corresponding budget estimates. It is responsible for all policies and programmes of UNESCO. On 8th November 2017, elections of members of EXB for the 2017-21 term was conducted. India won with 162 votes in Group IV at the 39th session of the General Conference. The next meeting of the board will be held between 4th and 17th April 2018 in Paris.
- London-based South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF) has received the Frederick Pincott Award for 2017 from the Indian High Commissioner, Y K Sinha for _____________________?
1. Promoting English cinema in Britain for the last 18 years
2. Promoting Hindi cinema in Britain for the last 18 years
3. Promoting Short film in Britain for the last 18 years
4. Promoting Agriculture in Britain for the last 18 years
5. Promoting Desalination Process in Britain for the last 18 years
Answer – 2. Promoting Hindi cinema in Britain for the last 18 years
London-based South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF) has received the Frederick Pincott Award for 2017 from the Indian High Commissioner, Y K Sinha for promoting Hindi cinema in Britain for the last 18 years. SACF has been active in boosting original research and books on Indian films, documentary filmmaking and also inviting and honouring filmmakers from India. The institute will also launch a new six-week course at the British Film Institute (BFI) that will look into the history of Indian cinema through literature. It was set up in London in January 2000 by Lalit Mohan Joshi, along with film critic Derek Malcolm, film archivist P K Nair and social historian-researcher Kusum Pant Joshi.
- Which state has won the National ‘Water Digest Award’ for Water Conservation-Diversion and increasing the irrigation capacity in the state?
Answer – 4. Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh has won the National ‘Water Digest Award’ for Water Conservation-Diversion and increasing the irrigation capacity in Chhattisgarh. On 21st March 2018, Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Megwal presented the award to Chhattisgarh Water Resources Department Secretary Sonmoni Borah, in New Delhi. ‘Water Digest’ magazine gives away this award every year. Chhattisgarh was presented this award for improving irrigation capacity, community participation, water management, water diversion, water conservation, work on inter-linking of rivers, enhancement of irrigation facilities, etc. This award is presented in association with Central Water Resources River Development and Ganga Cleaning Ministry, UNESCO, Central Water Board, Central Water Commission and Ganga Purification National Mission. The award is recognised by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). This is the first time Chhattisgarh Water Resources Department has received a national award.
- Which country’s U-16 football team won the Jockey Cup International Youth Invitational Football Tournament in Hong Kong?
2. Hong Kong
Answer – 1. India
On 25th March 2018, India U-16 football team won the Jockey Cup International Youth Invitational Football Tournament in Hong Kong. India U-16 team defeated Hong Kong 4-2 in the final and won the Jockey Cup International Youth Invitational Football Tournament. Bekey Oram scored 2 goals and Rohit Danu and Lalrokima scored one goal each for the Indian team. The team was coached by Bibiano Fernandes. This team remains unbeaten in 22 matches including friendly matches against National Youth Teams and International Club and Academy sides.
- Which country hosted the ISSF Junior World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun 2018?
Answer – 4. Australia
On 26th March 2018, Anish Bhanwala won gold medal in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Junior event at the ISSF Junior World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun in Sydney, Australia. Anish Bhanwala scored 29 hits and won gold medal in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Junior event. This is the 3rd individual gold medal for India in the ISSF Junior World Cup. China’s Cheng Zhipeng scored 27 hits and won silver medal. China’s Zhang Jueming scored 23 hits and won bronze medal in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Junior event. China won the team gold medal and created a new Junior World Record with 1733 points. India’s Anish Bhanwala, Anhad Jawanda and Adarsh Singh won silver medal. Another Indian team comprising Sandhu, Japtyesh Singh Jaspal and Mandeep Singh won bronze medal.
- Which Hockey team won the 8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2018 (A Division) at the Padma Shri Mohammad Shahid Synthetic Hockey Stadium in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh?
1. Hockey Uttar Pradesh
2. Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
3. Railway Sports Promotion Board
4. Hockey Punjab
5. Air India Sports Promotion Board
Answer – 4. Hockey Punjab
On 25th March 2018, Hockey Punjab won the 8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2018 (A Division) at the Padma Shri Mohammad Shahid Synthetic Hockey Stadium in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Hockey Punjab defeated Petroleum Sports Promotion Board 2-1 in the finals and won the 8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2018 (A Division). In the Bronze medal match, Railway Sports Promotion Board defeated Air India Sports Promotion Board 5-3.
- When is the International Day of Solidarity with detained and missing staff members observed all over the world?
1. 21th March
2. 22th March
3. 23th March
4. 24th March
5. 25th March
Answer – 5. 25th March
On 25th March 2018, International Day of Solidarity with detained and missing staff members was observed all over the world. The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is an annual observance to mark the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, a former journalist. He was working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). He was kidnapped by armed gunman in 1985. His body was discovered in Bekaa Valley of Lebanon in 2009. This day aims to initiate action, demand justice and highlight the importance to protect UN staff and peacekeepers, also people who work for non-governmental community and the press.
- On which date, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade observed all over the world?
1. 23th March
2. 24th March
3. 25th March
4. 26th March
5. 27th March
Answer – 3. 25th March
On 25th March 2018, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was observed all over the world. When and Why: The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed every year on 25th March. This day honours and remembers people who suffered and died due to the slavery system. It also aims to create awareness on the hazards of racism. The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in the world history. In memory of the victims of transatlantic slave trade the United Nations declared 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in 2007. Theme: The theme for International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 2018 is: “Remember Slavery: Triumphs and Struggles for Freedom and Equality”.
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