1. Which of the following cities hosted the 8th National Tribal Craft Mela?
2. Name the city which ranked first in the first-ever Prosperity & Inclusion City Seal and Awards (PICSA) Index?
A. Geneva, Switzerland
B. Zurich, Switzerland
C. Auckland, New Zealand
D. Sydney, Australia
3. Which of the following has been named as the ‘2019 Word of the Year’ by the Oxford Dictionary?
A. Climate excision
B. Climate Denial
C. Climate Emergency
4. Recently, in which of the following states the Lion Safari Park was opened for public deemed to be as one of the biggest Safari Park of Asia?
C. Madhya Pradesh
D. Uttar Pradesh
5. Sangram Dahiya is associated with which sports?
6. Constitution Day is observed on ___.
A. 27 November
B. 26 November
C. 25 November
D. 24 November
7. Which government announced a relief package of Rs 3,795 crore for farmers?
A. Government of Maharashtra
B. Government of Goa
C. Government of Gujarat
D. Government of Jharkhand
8. Which state’s athletes will get five percent reservation in government jobs?
D. Madhya Pradesh
9. Who among the following has won the Scottish Open title?
A. Lakshya Sen
B. Rafael Nadal
C. Novak Djokovik
D. Dominic Thiem
10. Renowned personality Sudhir Dar passed away recently, he was a veteran ________.
C. Classical singer
11. Consider the following statements:
1. A government survey shows 2.2% of Indians have a disability.
2. Prevalence of disability was lowest among males than females.
3. 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. Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs has launched Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal, , in Ghaziyabad.
2. The portal provides a transparent and robust real-time web-based monitoring system for credit-linked Subsidy Services, CLSS, beneficiaries.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
13. Consider the following statements:
1. Madhya Pradesh govt to set up state’s 1st vulture conservation.
2. Nine species of vulture can be found living in India.
3. They are in danger of extinction due to a veterinary drug called diclofenac (vultures do not have a particular enzyme to break down diclofenac).
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 related to Golden rice:
1. Bangladesh could be the first to cultivate Golden Rice .
2. It is a variety of rice (Oryza sativa) produced through genetic engineering to biosynthesize beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, in the edible parts of rice.
3. It is intended to produce fortified food to be grown and consumed in areas with a shortage of dietary vitamin A.
15. Consider the following statements:
1. Government gave Coal India a target of producing 2 million cubic meters of gas per day in two-three years.
2. The methane is held underground within the coal and is extracted by drilling into the coal seam and removing the groundwater.
3. The country’s coal and CBM reserves are found in 10 states of India, with the Gondwana sediments of eastern India holding the bulk.
Answer: 1) A
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the 8th National Tribal Craft Mela at State Tribal Museum Complex in Bhubaneswar. As a part of Odisha Government’s ‘5Ts’ initiative, 45 Supplementary Readers prepared in 21 Tribal languages were released simultaneously by CM Patnaik.5Ts’ initiative is aimed at achieving progress through Transparency, Teamwork, Technology, Time and Transformation. The objective of the National Tribal Craft Mela is to preserve, promote and popularize traditional tribal art and crafts. It helps the artisans to look for better opportunities to develop their skills through cross-cultural interactions for the commercial viability of their products.
Answer: 2) B
The first-ever Prosperity & Inclusion City Seal and Awards (PICSA) Index, released in the Basque Country capital of Bilbao in northern Spain. The Index is designed to showcase not only the quantity of economic growth of a city but also its quality and distribution across populations. Bangalore stood at 83rd rank, while Delhi and Mumbai ranked 101 and 107 among 113 cities in the world in terms of economic and social inclusivity. Zurich (number-1) scores strongly across all measures, particularly on the quality of life, work, housing, leisure, safety, and education – with the Swiss higher education system attaining an especially high score.Austrian capital (number- 2) scores close to top marks on healthcare. Copenhagen, Luxembourg and Helsinki complete the top five.
Answer: 3) C
Oxford Dictionaries has named “climate emergency” as its 2019 Word of the Year.
It also included ‘climate action’, ‘climate denial’, ‘eco-anxiety’, ‘extinction’ and ‘flight shame’. The word is selected because it shows the increase in usage since 2018.Climate emergency defines as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change.
Answer: 4) D
Etawah Lion Safari (Uttar Pradesh) which was formerly known as Etawah Safari Park has been opened for public without the lion segment. The Safari has been inaugurated by the Uttar Pradesh Forest Minister Dara Singh Chauhan. It is spread in 350 hectares of land and has been developed as an educative tourist destination for children as well as youths. It is one of the biggest safari parks in Asia, spread over an area of 350 hectares (860 acres). The Etawah lion safari is the first in India to have a lion breeding centre set up with an aim to develop a research facility on Asiatic lions. The Safari project was envisioned by then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2005.
Answer: 5) A
Sangram Dahiya (Haryana) clinched double trap titles, winning gold at the 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship in New Delhi. In the men’s category, Sangram shot 142 out of 150 targets to clinch the gold medal. Former world champion Ankur Mittal has won Silver and Prithvi Singh Chahal bronze. Varsha clinches the gold ahead of state-mate Manisha Keer, winning Silver. Both Sangram and Varsha also won the team gold for their respective States.
Answer: 6) B
Constitution Day (Samvidhan Divas) is being celebrated 26 November across the country to mark the adopting of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949 (came into force on 26th January in 1950). The government has planned year-long activities throughout the country to mark 70 years of the adoption of the Constitution. A joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament (Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha) held today to celebrate the Samvidhan Divas. The constitution (longest written constitution of any country) replaced the Government of India Act, 1935 as the country’s fundamental governing document, and the Dominion of India became the Republic of India.
The Chairman of the drafting committee ‘B. R. Ambedkar’ is widely considered to be the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. The constitution declares India a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic, assuring its citizen’s justice, equality and liberty, and endeavours to promote fraternity. The Constitution empowers the people as much as the people empower the Constitution.
Answer: 7) C
Gujarat Government has announced a relief package 3,795 crore rupees for farmers who suffered crop loss due to unseasonal rains. The relief package will help more than 56 lakh farmers across the state. According to Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, total package (1,641 crore rupees) will be given through a budgetary provision and 2,145 crores under the State Disaster Response Fund. Farmers will get assistance in the range of 4,000 rupees to 13,000 rupees.
Answer: 8) D
Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Jitu Patwari has announced that sports-persons of the state will get 5% reservation in government jobs. The Minister also announced that children from all CBSE, government and private schools would be involved in the Under 16 state-level Olympics. At present, the competition is being organized for children above 16 years of age. It includes 10 sports (hockey, basketball, football, volleyball, kabaddi, kho-kho, athletics, wrestling, badminton and table tennis).
Answer: 9) A
India’s Lakshya Sen (18-year) has won the Scottish Open men’s singles title in Glasgow. Lakshya Sen defeated Ygor Coelho 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 to seal his fourth title in three months. Within a month, Lakshya won his first BWF Super 100 title at the Dutch Open, with the second one coming soon after, at the SaarLorLux Open in Germany.
Answer: 10) B
Cartoonist Sudhir Dar (87-years) passed away due to cardiac arrest in Noida. Sudhir Dar began his career with The Statesman (in 1961), after which he moved to the Hindustan Times. Dar’s cartoons were often political in nature, often taking direct shots at the bureaucracy and the general corruption in Indian politics
Answer: 11) A
The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation have conducted a Survey of Persons with Disabilities during July 2018 to December 2018 as a part of 76th round of National Sample Survey (NSS).
In NSS 76th round survey, for classification of disabilities, all the specified disabilities as stated in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 have been considered.
Some important findings of the survey
1. Prevalence and incidence of disability
2. Level of education among persons with disabilities
Answer: 12) B
Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs has launched Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal, CLAP, in New Delhi.
About the Portal
Answer: 13) C
Uttar Pradesh government will set up state’s first vulture conservation and breeding centre in farenda area of Maharajganj district. The new centre would be set up in association with the Bombay Natural History Society, a wildlife research organization.States’ first vulture conservation and breeding centre of its kind will be set up on the lines of Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre at Pinjore in Haryana, which is also the first in the country.
Answer: 14) D
Bangladesh could be the first to cultivate Golden Rice, genetically altered to fight blindness.Golden rice is developed in Bangladesh by the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute.
Answer: 15) A
Recently the Ministry of Coal asked the state-run coal miner Coal India Limited (CIL) to produce 2 MMSCB (million metric standard cubic metres) per day of coalbed methane (CBM) gas in the next 2 to 3 years.India has the fifth-largest coal reserves in the world, and CBM has been looked at as a clean alternative fuel with significant prospects.
What is Coalbed methane (CBM)?
Uses of CBM
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