1. Acting at the request of the Chief Justice of India, the Union Cabinet decided to increase the number of Supreme Court judges. What will be the new strength of the Supreme Court with increased judges?
2. Consider the following statements related to Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019:
1. The Rajya Sabha on passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, to amend the provisions under the Motor Vehicles Act of
2. The legislation was previously introduced in 2017 but couldn’t pass the Rajya Sabha and lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha.
3. The 2019 Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari.
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
3. Which Ministry recently launched a competition for designing postage stamps?
A. Finance Ministry
B. Home Ministry
C. Ministry of Defence
D. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
4. Which Chief Minister launched the campaign ‘Save Green, Stay Green’?
A. Ms. Mamta Banerjee
B. Naveen Patnaik
C. Devendra Fadnavis
D. Vijay Rupani
5. Which of the following payment banks will be transformed into a small finance bank (SBF)?
A. Airtel Payments Bank
B. Paytm Payments Bank
C. India Post Payments Bank
D. Jio Payments Bank
6. A joint venture company namely Khanij Bidesh India Ltd. (KABIL) is to be set up with the participation of which tree public sector companies with the objective of constituting KABIL is to ensure a consistent supply of critical and strategic minerals to Indian domestic market?
1. Hindustan Copper Limited
2. Steel Authority of India Limited
3. National Aluminum Company Limited
4. Mineral Exploration Company Limited
Which of the above statements are correct?
A. 1, 2 and 3
B. 1, 3 and 4
C. 1, 2 and 4
D. 2, 3 and 4
7. Which Ministry recently launched a competition for designing postage stamps?
B. home Ministry
C. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
D. Ministry of Defence
8. RN Ravi has been sworn in as the Governor of which state?
A. West Bengal
B. Madhya Pradesh
C. Himachal Pradesh
9. Which among the following states does not fall under the one nation one ration card pilot project?
D. Andhra Pradesh
10. Which Indian journalist has been selected for the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2019?
A. Rajdeep Sardesai
B. Ravish Kumar
C. Arnab Goswami
D. Shekhar Gupta
Answer: 1) A
The Union Cabinet approved increasing the number of judges in the top court from the present 31 to 34, including the Chief Justice of India. At present, the sanctioned strength of the apex court is 31.
Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Act, 1956
Answer: 2) D
The Rajya Sabha on passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, to amend the provisions under the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. The Bill had earlier been passed by the Lok Sabha. The legislation was previously introduced in 2017 but couldn’t pass the Rajya Sabha and lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. The 2019 Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. The Bill aims to enforce stricter penalties for road traffic violations.
Fines for traffic offences: To ensure stricter adherence to traffic norms, the MVAB 2019 proposes a multi-fold increase in the quantum of punishment for traffic offences. The government’s view is that the steep fines will act as a deterrent for offenders.
Protection of good samaritans: As per the proposal, persons who provides emergency medical or non-medical assistance to a road accident victim will be safeguarded from any harassment from law enforcement or medical officials. The aim is to ensure an accident victim can receive requisite assistance and/or access to a medical facility in the crucial ‘golden hour’.
Motor Vehicle Accident Fund: The proposal requires the government to constitute a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund that insures all road users in India. The fund will be used for cashless treatment of road accident victims in the golden hour, compensation of persons injured in a hit-and-run accident, and compensation to representatives of a victim killed in a hit-and-run case, among any other compensation prescribed by the government.
Answer: 3) D
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has launched a competition for designing a Postage Stamp along with the First Day Cover to commemorate Golden Jubilee edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI).The contest is open on MyGov platform from 1st August 2019 to 15th August 2019.The winner will receive a Certificate of appreciation and travel and hospitality for 2 nights and 3 days to become a part of 50th IFFI which is organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), Government of Goa.An interested person may log in to www.mygov.in to participate in the competition.
Answer: 4) A
The West Bengal Government has launched an awareness campaign for preserving the greenery and keeping the environment clean. The State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched the campaign named as ‘Save Green, Stay Clean’ in Kolkata. The Chief Minister informed that during her 8 years ruling, the percentage of tree plantation has gone up to 19 per cent from 11 per cent of Left Regime.
Answer: 5) C
The postal department said it has decided to convert the India Post Payments Bank into a small finance bank, enabling it to offer small loans to customers.Besides, the department looks to open one crore accounts for IPPB in 100 days.India Post will partner with Common Service Centre to provide a suite of citizen-centric services such as banking, remittance, insurance, DBT, bill and tax payments etc at post offices.
India Post Payments Bank
Answer: 6) B
A joint venture company namely Khanij Bidesh India Ltd. (KABIL) is to be set up with the participation of three Central Public Sector Enterprises namely, National Aluminium Company Ltd.(NALCO), Hindustan Copper Ltd.(HCL) and Mineral Exploration Company Ltd. (MECL).
The objective of constituting KABIL is to ensure a consistent supply of critical and strategic minerals to Indian domestic market. While KABIL would ensure mineral security of the Nation, it would also help in realizing the overall objective of import substitution, he said.
The sustained source of mineral and metal commodities is imperative for the transportation and manufacturing segment . The KABIL would carry out identification, acquisition, exploration, development, mining and processing of strategic minerals overseas for commercial use and meeting country’s requirement of these minerals. The sourcing of these minerals or metals is to done by creating trading opportunities, G2G collaborations with the producing countries or strategic acquisitions or investments in the exploration and mining assets of these minerals in the source countries.
The new company will help in building partnerships with other mineral rich countries like Australia and those in Africa and South America, where Indian expertise in exploration and mineral processing will be mutually beneficial bringing about new economic opportunities. The equity participation between NALCO, HCL and MECL is in the ratio of 40:30:30. The joint venture agreement was signed in the presence of Shri Pralhad Joshi, Hon’ble Minister of Mines, Coal and Parliamentary Affairs. Shri Anil Mukim Secretary (Mines) and other senior officers were also present.
Answer: 7) C
International Film Festival of India
Answer: 8) D
RN Ravi was sworn in as the Governor of Nagaland at a function at Raj Bhawan in Kohima. Acting Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court, Arup Kumar Goswami, administered him the oath of office and secrecy. Prior to his new appointment, 67-year-old R.N Ravi served as a former Intelligence Bureau officer and an interlocutor for the Naga peace talks.
Answer: 9) A
In a major boost to national food security government launched the One Nation-One Ration Card scheme on a pilot basis in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.Families who have food security cards can buy subsidized rice and wheat from any ration shop in these states.Their ration cards should be linked with Aadhar Number to avail this service.The white Ration Cardholders in Telangana have been getting the portability facility, enabling them to buy their subsidized rice and other food grains from any Fair Price Shop in the state.
Answer: 10) B
Indian journalist Ravish Kumar was awarded this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize.The four other winners of the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award are Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea.Ravish Kumar is the sixth journalist to receive this award.Earlier, Amitabh Chaudhary (1961), BG Verghese (1975), Arun Shourie (1982), RK Lakshman (1984), P. Sainath (2007), has received this award. Apart from this, 40 Indians have also received this award.
Ramon Magsaysay Award
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