1. Which of the following Mutual Fund has been renamed as ‘Nippon India Mutual Fund’?
A. Reliance Mutual Fund
B. Bharti AXA Mutual Fund
C. HSBC Mutual Fund
D. ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund
2. Which of the following Ministry has launched Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme (PMILP) ‘DHRUV’ from ISRO Headquarters Bengaluru?
A. Home Ministry
B. Human resource development ministry
C. Ministry of Food Processing Industries
D. Ministry of Environment
3. Which of the following Municipal Corporation has launched India’s first garbage cafe?
A. Patna Municipal Corporation
B. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
C. Ambikapur Municipal Corporation
D. Surat Municipal Corporation
4. Which of the following state’s Police have made compulsory to link its “Hawk-Eye” app to every company or individual offering Internet-based cab service?
A. Uttar Pradesh Police
B. Bihar Police
C. Punjab Police
D. Telangana Police
5. Who has become the 1st female player to complete 20 years in International Cricket?
A. Mithali Raj
B. Pooja Clothing
C. Triple male
D. Veda Krishnamurthy
6. What is the theme of World Mental Health Day (WMD), 2019?
A. Living with Schizophrenia
B. Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention
C. Young people and mental health in a changing world
D. The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health
7. Who has won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature?
A. Peter handke
B. Kazuo Ishiguro
C. Olga Tokarczuk
D. Bob delene
8. Who has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature?
A. Kazuo Ishiguro
B. Olga Tokarczuk
C. Bob delene
D. Peter handke
9. Consider the following statements:
1. Union Govt. will open 40,000 wellness centres under Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
2. The union government also announced 8% Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees (50 lakhs) and pensioners (65 lakhs), paid from July this year.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
10. Consider the following statements:
1. World Space Week (WSW) is observed every year from 6th to 10th October in various parts of the world.
2. The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”
Answer: 1) A
Reliance Mutual Fund has been renamed as “Nippon India Mutual Fund“. The organization was renamed following the purchase of 75% stake in Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management by Nippon Life Insurance. Now, Nippon India Mutual Fund has become the largest foreign-owned Asset Management Company in India. In Reliance Mutual Fund, both Reliance Capital and Nippon Life (Japan’s largest life insurance company) held 42.88% stake each, while the rest was with public shareholders.
Answer: 2) B
Union Minister of HRD Ramesh Pokhriyal has inaugurated the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme (PMILP) ‘DHRUV’ (named after a pole star ‘DHRUV TARA’) from ISRO Headquarters at Bengaluru. The objective of the program is to allow talented students to realize their full potential and contribute to society. It will conclude on 24th of this month at IIT (Indian Institutes of Technology), Delhi. Sixty brightest and talented students from Science, Mathematics and Performing Arts (Class 9 to Class 12) have been chosen for the programme. It aims to further sharpen innovative imagination, skills and knowledge of the students who are expected to contribute to bringing solutions to socio-economic, political and environmental issues in the country.
Answer: 3) C
Chhattisgarh Health Minister T. S. Singh Deo has inaugurated the first-of-its-kind ‘Garbage Cafe’ in Ambikapur city of Chhattisgarh. In this unique ‘Cafée, poor people and rag pickers will get free food in exchange for one kilogram of plastic, while breakfast will be provided if half a kilogram of plastic is brought to the cafe. The café is being run by the Ambikapur municipal corporation. According to the Mayor of Ambikapur Ajay Tirkey, the collected garbage will be sold at Solid-Liquid Resources Management Centre. The collected plastic waste would further be turned into granules and will then be used in the construction of roads in the city. The Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh’s first dustbin-free city) has been hailed as the second cleanest city in the country in Swachhata rankings.
Answer: 4) D
The Telangana Police have made it compulsory to link its “Hawk-Eye” app containing an “emergency button” to every company or individual offering Internet-based cab service. When a commuter in distress presses the button, the message will be transmitted to Telangana police’s Hawk-Eye app through a back-end operational workflow that will pass on location and other details of the cab to the police. The late-hour working conditions in the IT and other service industries necessitated such an app-based facility to ensure the security of women.
The emergency button will be integrated in such a way as to alert police patrol system. The process of integrating police patrols with passenger cabs has been achieved for Ola, Tora and Move-in Sync and 112 (Shout App developed by the Ministry of Home Affairs).
Answer: 5) A
India women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj (36-years) became the first female player to last more than 20 years in international cricket. She achieved the feat while leading India to an emphatic eight-wicket win over South Africa Women in the first ODI at Vadodara. Mithali (ODI debut against Ireland on June 26, 1999) completed 20 years and 106 days in the 50-over format. The right-handed batswoman has played 204 ODIs till now, the most by a female. Mithali who retired from T20 cricket last month has also played 10 Tests and 89 T20 Internationals for India. On 1 February 2019, during India’s series against New Zealand Women, Raj became the first woman to play in 200 ODI matches.
Longest One-Day International careers: (Men/Women)
Answer: 6) B
The World Mental Health Day is observed every year on 10th October to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
The theme for this year World Mental Health Day is ‘Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention.’ This year, the initiative is being supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Association for Suicide Prevention and United for Global Mental Health. India makes up for 17% of the world’s population and records a high number of suicidal deaths (around 2.2 lakh people every year).Three to ten people in every 1000 person have severe mental morbidity in India.
Answer: 7) C
The Nobel Prizes in Literature 2018 and 2019 were announced at The Swedish Academy in Stockholm. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 was awarded to Handke (Austrian writer) ‘for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience’.
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 was awarded to Olga Tokarczuk (Polish author) for ‘a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.’ Tokarczuk is only the 15th woman to win the Nobel literature prize in more than a century. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature was postponed following sex abuse allegations that had rocked the Swedish Academy. A Literature Nobel Prize laureate earns a gold medal, a diploma bearing a citation, and a sum of money.
Answer: 8) D
Answer: 9) A
According to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash, Union Cabinet has doubled honorarium for ten lakh ASHA workers from the existing 1000 rupees to 2000 rupees per month. The government will open 40,000 wellness centres across the country this year under Ayushman Bharat Scheme. The union government also announced 5% Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees (50 lakhs) and pensioners (65 lakhs), paid from July this year. The Cabinet has also approved relaxation of the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar-seeded data as a pre-condition for release of funds to the beneficiaries under the PM-Kisan scheme till 30th November this year. The scheme provides income support of 6,000 rupees per year to landholding families, subject to certain exclusions.
Ayushman Bharat Yojana
Answer: 10) B
World Space Week (WSW) is observed every year from 4th to 10th October in various parts of the world. World Space Week is officially defined as “an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition”.
The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”
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