1. Which is the first non-banking finance company(NBFC) that will receive loan worth $100-million from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) ?
A. L&T Infrastructure Finance Company
B. Hindustan Construction Company
C. GMR Group
D. Reliance Infrastructure Limited
2. Consider the following statements:
1. India abstains from voting for LGBTQ rights at the UN Human Rights Council.
2. The Supreme Court struck down Section 377, decriminalising homosexuality.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. Only 1
B. only 2
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2.
3. Where was the Agri Business Incubation Centre set up by Union Agriculture Ministry ?
A. Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar
B. Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University of Hyderabad, Telangana
C. Indian Agricultural Research Institute of New Delhi
D. Indira Gandhi Agriculture University of Raipur, Chhattisgarh
4. Consider the following statements:
1. The USTR announced a 301 probe against France on a digital services tax.
2. Section 301 cases can be self-initiated by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) or as the result of a petition filed by a firm or industry group.
5. Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as Cabinet Minister, he belong to which state ?
B. Uttar Pradesh
6. Consider the following statements related to Spektr-RG:
1. Russia launched Spektr-RG, a space telescope from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan
2. Spektr-RG is a space observatory intended to observe black holes, neutron stars and magnetic fields.
3. The observatory includes two X-ray mirror telescopes.
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
7. Mr. C. Kapur passed away recently, he was the former secretary of which Indian sport federation(association) ?
A. Boxing Federation of India(BFI)
B. Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI)
C. All India Football Federation(AIFF)
D. National Rifle Association of India(NRAI)
8. Consider the following statements:
1. The National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) was launched as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme on 15th August 1995.
2. In the year 2013, the extension of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme was extended to the Education Guarantee centers and children studying in the Alternative and Innovative Education Centers.
9. What was the theme of the World Youth Skills Day 2019 ?
A. Theme – “Improving the image of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)”
B. Theme – “Skills for the Future of Work”
C. Theme – “Learning to learn for life and work”
D. Theme – “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment”
10. Consider the following statements:
1. The high-level committee proposes to set up a National Digital Health Mission.
2. The report of the committee entitled ‘National Digital Health Blueprint’ was released by Health Minister Dr Harshavardhan in New Delhi.
Answer: 1) A
The Beijing-headquartered multi- lateral developmental lender Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Friday said it will provide USD 100 million in loans to L&T Infrastructure Finance Company for on-lending to wind and solar power infrastructure projects in the country. The project will help in increasing the supply of renewable energy in India & also helps to reduce the carbon intensity by 30-35 percent of the 2005 levels by 2030 which was India’s commitment under Paris agreement.India has set a target to install 175 Gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy capacity by 2022, of which a total of 80.04 GW of renewable energy capacity has been installed in the country till May 2019.
Answer: 2) C
Despite India decriminalising homosexuality, it again abstained from voting in favour of LGBTQ rights at the United Nations Human Rights Council. In 2016, India had abstained vote on the appointment of the Independent Expert. A resolution moved by Latin American states seeking to renew the mandate of the independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI).
Sec 377 of Indian Penal Code
Answer: 3) D
An Agri Business Incubation Centre has been set up by the Union Agriculture Ministry in Indira Gandhi Agriculture University of Raipur, Chhattisgarh under the National Agriculture Development Scheme Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation (RAFTAAR).It focuses on innovations, skill building and entrepreneurs development in agriculture and allied sectors.
It will help to grow agri-preneurship in the state and foster a start-up culture.
Answer: 4) A
The U.S. will consider a “301 investigation”, against India if the trade issues between the two countries are not resolved quickly. Recently the USTR announced a 301 probe against France on a digital services tax.It is a probe employed as a precursor to tariffs and other trade measures against a country.A Special 301 Report is prepared annually by the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act (1974) was also used to authorise a 2017 probe that resulted in tariffs on Chinese exports to the U.S. from July 2018.
Answer: 5) A
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned as minister from the Punjab cabinet. in a Cabinet reshuffle, Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh had divested Sidhu of the key portfolios of local government, tourism and cultural affairs and allotted him power and new and renewable energy sources ministry. But he did not assume the new charge. Sidhu was born in Patiala, Punjab, India to a Jat Sikh father and Hindu mother.He was the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Sources of the State of Punjab.As a professional cricketer, Sidhu had a career spanning over 19 years after his first-class debut in 1981–82.
Answer: 6) D
Russia launched Spektr-RG, a space telescope from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, which is a joint project with Germany.It is a space observatory intended to observe black holes, neutron stars and magnetic fields. It has been developed by Russia with Germany.
The observatory includes two X-ray mirror telescopes:
A German-built eROSITA (Extended Roentgen Survey with an Imaging Telescope Array.A Russian-built ART-XC (Astronomical Roentgen Telescope X-ray Concentrato.The Spektr-RG intends to replace the Spektr-R, known as the “Russian Hubble”, which Roskosmos lost control of in January. Spektr-R was launched in 2011 to observe black holes, neutron stars and magnetic fields. Its successor will take up similar duties.
Answer: 7) B
Former Secretary of Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI), Mr. C. Kapur passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. He served for the cue-sports for more than 40 years. BSFI is the central authority overseeing the growth and development of cue sports in India. BSFI was established in the year 1926. BSFI is currently accredited from various national and international sports organizations like Indian Olympic Association, Asian Confederation of Billiards sport, International Billiards and Snooker Federation.
Answer: 8) A
More than 900 children were reported ill across the country with zero fatalities due to the consumption of mid-day meals in the past three years, according to officials of the Human Resource Development Ministry. The Ministry had received 35 complaints from 15 States and Union Territories (UTs) regarding substandard food quality in the same period. The Midday Meal Scheme comes under the HRD Ministry’s Department of School Education and Literacy.
With a view to enhancing enrolment, retention and attendance and simultaneously improving nutritional levels among children, the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) was launched as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme on 15th August 1995.In 2001 MDMS became a cooked Mid Day Meal Scheme under which every child in every Government and Government aided primary school was to be served a prepared Mid Day Meal with a minimum content of 300 calories of energy and 8-12 gram protein per day for a minimum of 200 days.In September 2004 the Scheme was revised to provide for Central Assistance for Cooking cost @ Re 1 per child per school day to cover cost of pulses, vegetables cooking oil, condiments, fuel and wages and remuneration payable to personnel or amount payable to agency responsible for cooking.
Answer: 9) C
On July 15 every year, World Youth Skills Day is marked to promote youth skills development and abilities. In 2019, UNESCO and the UNEVOC network will join the global celebrations to mark the day and also to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development. Also, TikTok and National Skill Development Corporation have collaborated to celebrate the day this year by launching an in-app campaign ‘Skills4All’. This year, the theme for World Youth Skills Day 2019 is ‘Learning to learn for life and work’.
Answer: 10) C
A high-level committee formed by the government has proposed setting up of a National Digital Health Mission. The report of the committee entitled ‘National Digital Health Blueprint’ was released by Health Minister Dr Harshavardhan in New Delhi. Both the Centre and state governments will be the owners and stakeholders in the new organisation. The proposal has been put in the public domain for suggestions from all stakeholders, including common people.
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