1. Name the movie which has won the ‘Best Screenplay’ and ‘Best Director’ awards at the ‘Asian Film Festival’ in Barcelona, Spain.
B. Gully boy
2. Who among the following has been appointed as the FIFA’s Chief of global football development by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA)?
A. Faruk Ahmed
B. Arsene Wenger
C. Fernando Gomes
D. Lambert Maltock
3. Which one of the followings has been named in the Time 100 Next, an expansion of the Time 100 list of the most influential persons in the world?
A. P.V. Sindhu
B. Hima Das
C. Dutee Chand
D. Virat Kohli
4. When is the International Day for Tolerance Day observed every year?
A. 12th November
B. 13th November
C. 14th November
D. 16th November
5. Recently National Mission ‘NISHTHA’ was launched in Jammu and Kashmir. What is the objective of this national mission?
A. To improve learning outcomes at Elementary level
B. Elimination of corruption at all levels of the governance
C. Skill development of women in rural areas
D. Financial inclusion of the remote rural area
6. Which city has topped the quality of tap water ranking released by Consumer Affairs Ministry in November 2019?
7. Which is the first country in the world to launch ‘Typhoid conjugate vaccine’ (TCV)?
D. Sri Lanka
8. In which state APEDA held the first ever international buyer seller meet on Agriculture & Horticulture produce in November 2019 ?
D. Arunachal Pradesh
9. Where was the fifth International Conference on Yoga held in November 2019?
10. Who among the following has been appointed as new President of Sri Lanka?
A. Anil Rajapakasa
B. Gotabaya Rajapakasa
C. Sunil Rajapakasa
D. None of these
11. Consider the following statements :
1. ISA ‘Steel Conclave 2019’ to open on Nov 21.
2. Union Minister for Steel Shri Jitendra Pradhan will be the Chief Guest at the Steel Conclave.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
12. Consider the following statements:
1. Injeti Srinivas Committee submitted its report to the Finance Minister.
2. An initiative called Corporate Social Responsibility was launched to provide voluntary contribution of companies in environmental and social welfare functions.
13. Consider the following statements:
1. NITI Aayog released the report on ‘Health Systems for a New India: Building Blocks—Potential Pathways to Reforms’.
2. The report –is based on the data collected by Access Health International for the public sector and Price Water house Coopers for the private sector.
3. In this report, it is recommended to extend the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to the entire country.
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
14. Consider the following statements:
1. ISRO to launch Cartosat-3, 13 commercial nanosatellites on 28th November.
2. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 09:28 Hrs (IST) on 25th November 2019.
15. Consider the following statements related to “SAANS” campaign:
1. Darjeeling’s green and white teas get GI tag.
2. These two varieties of Darjeeling tea have been registered under Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999 (effective from October 2019).
3. Darjeeling Tea was the first product in India to receive GI tag in the year 2006.
Answer: 1) A
Manoj Bajpayee-starrer and critically acclaimed movie “Bhonsle” has won the ‘Best Screenplay’ and ‘Best Director’ awards at the ‘Asian Film Festival’ in Barcelona, Spain. The movie was directed by Devashish Makhija. The movie “Bhonsle” revolves around a police constable played by Manoj Bajpayee, who tries to help in the struggles of migrants and their battles with the local politicians. It also addresses the concerns of various ethnic groups and highlights the issues that they face in order to survive in a city like Mumbai, away from their home.”Bhonsle” was premiered in the ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section of the 2018 Busan International Film Festival. It was also screened at renowned film festivals including the MAMI Film Festival, 2018 Dharamshala Film Festival, the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Bengaluru International Film Festival and the Singapore South Asian International film festival.
Answer: 2) B
Veteran coach Arsene Wenger has been named FIFA’s Chief of global football development. He will be responsible for the growth of the game for both men and women around the world and would also be the leading authority on technical matters, including potential changes to the sport’s laws. Wenger, 70, would also be tasked with coach education and aiding a programme designed to help former players enter management. Wenger made the Gunners one of the strongest sides in Europe, winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups and taking his team to the 2006 Champions League final.
Answer: 3) C
India sprinter Dutee Chand has been named in the TIME 100 Next, an expansion of the TIME 100 list of the most influential persons in the world. The list, an initiative of TIME magazine, highlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science, activism, etc. Dutee Chand from Odisha won two silver medals — 100m, 200m — at the Jakarta Asian Games and had become the first Indian woman sprinter to win gold in 100m at the 31st Summer Universiade Competition in Naples, Italy in 2019.
Answer: 4) D
International Day for Tolerance is observed by the United Nations (UN) all across the world on November 16 every year. In 1996, the UN General Assembly by a resolution invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. The Day is observed to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. In 1995, to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO created a prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.
The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence. The prize is awarded every two years on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November. The Prize may be awarded to institutions, organizations or persons, who have contributed in a particularly meritorious and effective manner to tolerance and non-violence.
Answer: 5) A
National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) was launched in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The event was attended by around 300 teachers, Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and Chief Education Officers, DIET Principals and Educational Administrators. NISHTHA is a National Mission aimed at improving learning outcomes at Elementary level through integrated Teacher Training.
Answer: 6) B
Mumbai residents need not buy reverse osmosis (RO) water purifiers as a study by the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry has found samples of tap water collected from the financial capital compliant with the Indian standards for drinking water, according to a report. However, other metro cities of Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai failed in almost 10 out of 11 quality parameters tested by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) which is under the aegis of the Consumer Affairs Ministry.
Answer: 7) C
Pakistan is the first country in the world to introduce World Health Organisation-recommended typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) in its national immunisation program. It is the first typhoid vaccine that can be given to children as young as 6 months of age and confers longer term protection against typhoid. The government of Pakistan is launching the vaccine introduction with a campaign in Sindh Province.
Answer: 8) D
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) held the first ever international buyer seller meet on agriculture and horticulture produce in Arunachal Pradesh. Buyers from seven countries (Nepal Bhutan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Greece) participated in this event. In this event, products from Arunachal Pradesh have been displayed. This includes kiwi, large cardamom, pineapple, spices, flowers etc.
Answer: 9) A
Union Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) organized a two-day International Conference on Yoga at Mysuru, Karnataka from 15-16 November 2019. During the Conference, the Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik announced that the International Yoga Day 2020 event will be held in Mysuru. Theme: ‘Yoga for Heart Care’. The theme-based annual event largely focuses on research in yoga with experts discussing and sharing their thoughts on the subject.
Answer: 10) B
Gotabaya Rajapakasa (70-years) has been sworn-in as new President of Sri Lanka at the Ruwanweli Seya precincts in the ancient north-central town of Anuradhapura. He will succeed President Maithripala Sirisena for a five-year term.
Rajapaksa secured 52.25% votes (6,924,255) while Sajith Premadasa received 41.99% votes. Gotabaya is the younger brother of former President (from 2005 to 2015) Mahinda Rajapksa and served as defence secretary during the end of LTTE war. The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is the Executive head of state and head of government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and commander-in-chief of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces.
Answer: 11) A
The Indian Steel Association supported by the Ministry of Steel, Government of India is organising the second Edition of “ISA – Steel Conclave 2019” on 21st – 22nd November, 2019 at Hotel The LaLiT, New Delhi to deliberate on Indian and Global Perspectives of the Steel Industry. Union Minister for Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan will be the Chief Guest at the Steel Conclave.
The Conclave would feature discussions among the Senior Industry Leaders, Government and Consultants on the Innovations and Technology, Role of Steel in Construction & Design, Steel Exports, Capital Goods, Environmental Management and other Cutting-edge Issues.
A report on the “Status of Indian Steel Industry” will be released on the occasion. ISA STEEL AWARDS will also be presented under categories:
Steel Industry Overview
Answer: 12) C
The 11-member Company Law Committee (CLC), set up under the chairmanship of Injeti Srinivas in September 2019 has submitted its report to Finance Minister. Recently a High Level Committee on CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) was formed under the chairmanship of Injeeti Srinivas.
Recommendation of the committee
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
An initiative called Corporate Social Responsibility was launched to provide voluntary contribution of companies in environmental and social welfare functions. Its main principle is that companies get income from the society itself, so they too should contribute something to the society.
Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 provides for CSR. Under the existing rule, the power to decide about CSR is given to the company’s board. According to this rule, a company with a net worth of Rs 500 crore or a turnover of more than Rs 1000 crore or a net profit of more than 5 crore has to spend 2% of the average of the net profit of the last three years for CSR related activities. CSR activities are described in the Seventh Schedule.
Answer: 13) D
Government think tank NITI Aayog released a report ‘Health Systems for a New India: Building Blocks—Potential Pathways to Reforms.’
Highlights of the report
The report identified four focus areas of the future health system –
Answer: 14) B
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C47) will launch Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites into Sun Synchronous orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration, that is with 6 solid strap-on motors.
PSLV-C47 will also carry 13 commercial nanosatellites from the United States of America as part of a commercial arrangement with New Space India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 09:28 Hrs (IST) on 25th November 2019. Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile advanced satellite having high-resolution imaging capability.
Answer: 15) A
The two tea varieties of Darjeeling (green tea and white tea) have been registered as a geographical indication (GI) products in the country. These two varieties of Darjeeling tea have been registered under Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999 (effective from October 2019).
This will “strengthen the protection of the intellectual property rights of the Darjeeling tea” which is considered as “niche and luxury” products in the country and abroad. Total annual production of 8.5 million kilograms of Darjeeling tea, green tea comprises one million kilogram and white tea one lakh kilogram.
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