1. Consider the following statements :
1. Iran Unveils New ‘Fateh’ Submarine
2. It is Iran’s first submarine in the semi-heavy category.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. Only 1
B. only 2
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2.
2. Consider the following statements :
1. The 55th Munich Security Conference (MSC) concluded in Germany.
2. Munich Security Conference is an annual conference on the international security policy that takes place in Munich, Germany since 1963.
3. Consider the following statements :
1. Australia officially declared rat-like Bramble Cay Melomys extinct.
2. It is the first mammal believed to have been killed off by human-induced climate change.
4. Where did the Prime Minister inaugurate the ‘Virtual Experimental Museum’ in Man Mahal?
D. Fatehpur Sikri
5. Consider the following statements :
1. HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar launched Operation Digital Board.
2. Digital board will be introduced all over the country in government and government aided schools from class 9th onwards as well as in higher education institutions.
3. UGC will be the implementing agency for ODB in HEIs.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A. 1 and 2 are correct
B. 1 and 3 are correct
C. 2 and 3 are correct
D. All of the above
6. Consider the following statements :
1. Cabinet clears National Rural Economic Transformation Project.
2. DAY-NRLM lays special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable communities and their financial inclusion.
7. Who wins international human rights award?
A. Enriqueta Estela Barnes de Carlotto
B. Abdul Aziz Muhamat
C. Louise Arbour
D. Shulamith Koenig
8. Mojaddedi passed away. He is the Former interim President of which country?
9. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) withdrew how much percent limit on investments by FPIs in corporate bonds of an entity with a view to encourage more foreign investments?
A. 10 Percent
B. 15 percent
C. 20 Percent
D. 25 Percent
10. Who is the author of the Simplicity & Wisdom ?
A. Dinesh Sahara
B. Volkmar Denner
C. Ratan Tata
D. Anil Ambani
Answer: 1) C
The Iranian President has unveiled a “state-of-the-art” domestically produced submarine capable of ring cruise missiles. It is Iran’s first submarine in the semi-heavy category. The submarine can operate more than 200 metres below sea level for up to 35 days. It has subsurface-to-surface missiles with a range of about 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles), making it capable in reaching Israel and U.S. military bases in the region.
Answer: 2) C
The 55th Munich Security Conference (MSC) concluded in Germany. It is an annual conference on the international security policy that takes place in Munich, Germany since 1963. During the MSC 2019, India raised the issue of the Pulwama terror attack during bilateral meetings with several countries, including the US, Germany, and Russia. It is an independent venue for policymakers and experts for open and constructive discussions about the most pressing security issues of the day and of the future. The Munich Security Report is annually published by MSC which is an annual digest of relevant figures, maps, and research on crucial security challenges.
Answer: 3) C
A rodent known as the Bramble Cay melomys has been officially declared extinct by the Australian Government, with climate change caused by humans reported as the cause. The creature only lived on the small Australian sand island of Torres Strait, between the coast of Queensland and Papua New Guinea. The Australian Government’s determination comes after scientists for the Queensland Government and University of Queensland said in 2016 that the Bramble Cay melomys was the first mammal to go extinct due to human-induced climate change.Torres Strait is only 340 metres long and 150 metres wide, and has suffered from more frequent and intense weather events that led to extremely high water levels. Amid a list of endangered species released by the government, the Bramble Cay melomys was moved into the extinct category. The document also spelled out bad news for the spectacled flying-fox bat, whose population has halved in the past decade.
Answer: 4) C
The Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi inaugurated the newly established Virtual Experiential Museum (VEM) in a Centrally Protected Monument under Archeological Survey of India, Man – Mahal, situated on the bank of the Ganges near holy Dashashwamedh Ghat at Varanasi . Virtual Experiential Museum has been established by the National Council of Science Museum (NCSM) working under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. NCSM has worked hard to show a glimpse of various cultural aspects, tangible and intangible, of Varanasi through the use of modern and sophisticated virtual reality technology in this museum. Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) helped in designing and curation of this Virtual Experiential Museum and also in preparing of script for various documentaries to be shown in this VEM.
A tour of VEM will be a unique experience for the visitors where they will get the experience of the holy ghats, classical music, weaving of sari, Ram Leela, 3D view of monuments, narrow lanes and betel shop etc. of Varanasi in an interesting way with the help of curved T.V. screen, paintings, touch screens and projectors etc.
Answer: 5) D
Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar on February 20, 2019 launched Operation Digital Board in New Delhi to leverage technology in order to boost quality education in the country. According to Javadekar, Operation Digital Board is a revolutionary step which will make the learning as well as the teaching process interactive and popularize flipped learning as a pedagogical approach. Digital board will be introduced all over the country in government and government aided schools from class 9th onwards as well as in higher education institutions. The process will begin from the coming session of 2019 itself, the Minister explained.
Operation Digital Board (ODB) aims at converting a class room into a digital class room and in addition to availability of e-resources at any time and at any place to students, it will also help in provisioning of personalised adaptive learning as well as Intelligent Tutoring by exploiting emerging technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics. An expert committee has worked out optimum configuration of the Digital Class Rooms under ODB. UGC will be the implementing agency for ODB in HEIs. UGC in its Commission meeting held on 29th Jan 2019, has passed a resolution for extending digital education to every classroom in the country by 2022.
Answer: 6) C
The Union Cabinet has approved the Implementation of an Externally Aided Project namely “National Rural Economic Transformation Project (NRETP) under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) through loan assistance (IBRD Credit) from World Bank. The technical assistance provided by NRETP and the higher level interventions facilitated by the project will enhance the livelihoods promotion and access to finance and scale-up initiatives on digital finance and livelihood interventions.
DAY-NRLM lays special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable communities and their financial inclusion. Innovative projects will be undertaken under NRETP to pilot alternate channels of financial inclusion, creating value chains around rural products, introduce innovative models in livelihoods promotion and access to finance and scale-up initiatives on digital finance and livelihoods interventions. DAY-NRLM provides for mutually beneficial working relationship and formal platforms for consultations between Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Community Based Organizations(CBOs).
Answer: 7) B
Sudanese refugee, Abdul Aziz Muhamat, who spent 5 years in the Australian detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, was given the Martin Ennals Award 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, for exposing “the very cruel asylum seeker policy of the Australian Government”.
It is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize for human rights”. Abdul Aziz Muhamat’s podcast “The Messenger”, created from more than 4,000 WhatsApp messages Muhamat sent from the detention centre, had won best radio/audio feature at Australia’s Walkley Awards in 2017.
Answer: 8) A
Former Afghan interim president and ex-Jihadi leader Sibghatullah Mojaddedi has passed away. He fought the Soviets and rose to become the country’s interim President after the collapse of the Afghan communist regime in 1992. Mojaddedi’s death comes three days before the 30th anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Answer: 9) C
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lifted the 20% limit on investments by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) in corporate bonds of an entity with a view to encouraging more foreign investments. In April 2018, RBI was stipulated that FPI should not have an exposure of more than 20% of its corporate bond portfolio to a single corporate.
Answer: 10) A
A book ‘Simplicity & Wisdom’ written by Dinesh Shahra was launched at Parmarth Ashram in Kumbh Mela. Launched by the Governor of West Bengal– Keshari Nath Tripathi and Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Head of Parmarth Ashram, this book is dedicated to Late Vedanti Swami Pragananandji. The book aims at guiding towards saintly wisdom and leading a content and happy life.
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