1. Who among the following becomes the first female President of the European Commission (EC)?
A. Ursula von der Leyen
B. Christine Lagarde
C. Diane Morris
D. Sophia Gren
2. International Day of Persons with Disabilities is being observed on ______.
A. 2 December
B. 3 December
C. 4 December
3. Who among the following created history becoming the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy?
A. Avni Chaturvedi
B. Mohan Singh
4. Who among the following has been appointed as the Director-General of Ordnance Factories (DGOF) and chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)?
A. Ajay Kumar
B. Surjeet Singh Deswal
C. Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar
D. Shri Hari Mohan
5. Shelley Morrison who passed away recently was a veteran ________.
A. Hollywood actress
B. The banker
D. Social Worker
6. Name the authors who won the 12th ‘Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize’ for his book, “Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From“?
A. Ruskin Bond
B. Tony joseph
C. Gregory David Roberts
D. Taslima Nasreen
7. Which of the following teams has won the Syed Mushtaq Trophy 2019-20?
B. Tamil Nadu
8. Who becomes the fastest cricketer to score 7,000 Test runs?
A. Virat Kohli
B. Rohit Sharma
C. Cheteshwar Pujara
D. Steve Smith
9. Where was the the organised of the Global Migration Film Festival?
10. International Day of Persons with Disabilities is being observed on ______.
A. 5 December
B. 4 December
C. 3 December
D. 2 December
11. Consider the following statements:
1. Parliament passes bill to merge UTs Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
2. The Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli currently has only one district, while the Daman and Diu UT has two districts.
3. There were 9 Union Territories and 27 states in the country after Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two union territories by the central government.
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
12. Consider the following statements:
1. Ministry of Jal Shakti tabled data on water contamination in Parliament.
2. Maharastra has the highest number of rural habitations affected by contamination.
3. Iron is the most common contaminant of drinking water followed by salinity arsenic, fluoride and heavy metal.
13. Consider the following statements related to G20 Summit:
1. Saudi Arabia Second (Arab) nation to take over the G20 presidency from Japan.
2. Saudi Arabia will host the G20 Summit in its capital, Riyadh on November 21, 2020.
3. The G20 (or Group of Twenty) is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union (EU).
14. Consider the following statements:
1. Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reduced it’s forecast for global growth to a decade low.
2. The GDP growth rate of the economy has slipped to 5 percent in the first quarter of FY20, the lowest in over six years.
3. US-China trade War has very significant impact on the global economy.
15. Consider the following statements:
1. Cabinet approves launch of Bharat Bond Exchange Traded Fund.
2. Bharat Bond Exchange Traded Fund will also provide access to retail investors to invest in bonds with smaller amount (as low as Rs. 2,000) thereby providing easy and low-cost access to bond markets.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: 1) A
German Ursula von der Leyen (60-years) took charge as the first female President of the European Commission (EC). Von der Leyen served in the federal government of Germany (from 2005 to 2019) as the longest-serving member of Angela Merkel’s cabinet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Ursula von der Leyen. Ms Leyen invited Prime Minister Modi to visit Brussels for the next India-EU Summit.
Answer: 2) B
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on the 3rd of December every year to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase awareness. The theme for this year is ‘Promoting the Participation of Persons with Disabilities and their leadership: Taking Action on the 2030 Development Agenda. International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations (UN) since 1992.
Answer: 3) C
Sub Lieutenant Shivangi has created history to become the first woman pilot of the Navy. Shivangi was inducted into the Indian Navy under the Short Service Commission Pilot entry scheme. She was commissioned into the Navy in June 2018. A batch of three trainee officers of the 7th Dornier Conversion Course including a lady officer qualified as Dornier pilots and were awarded at the coveted golden Wings ceremony held at INS Garuda.
Answer: 4) D
Shri Hari Mohan (1982-batch Indian Ordnance Factories’ Service officer) has been appointed as the Director-General of Ordnance Factories (DGOF) and chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). He has made significant contributions in improving the production of Armoured Fighting Vehicles like Ajeya Tanks, MBT Arjun, Bridge Layer and Trawls Tanks. He has also made a significant contribution to the modernisation of steel plants of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) during his tenure in Ministry of Steel & Mines. Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) consisting of the Indian Ordnance Factories is an industrial organisation, functioning under the Department of Defence Production of Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
Answer: 5) A
Former Hollywood actress Shelley Morrison (83-years) passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Morrison played Rosario Salazar, a maid from El Salvador, in the original run of ‘Will & Grace’ from 1999 to 2006, becoming part of a cast that won a Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble in a comedy series.
Answer: 6) B
English author Tony Joseph has won the 12th ‘Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize’ for his book, “Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From“.
The book tells the tale of the people of South Asia through research in six disciplines, including path-breaking new DNA evidence. The award was instituted in 2008 and it carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh along with a trophy. Last year, the prize was awarded to Sujatha Gidla for her Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family And The Making Of Modern India.
Answer: 7) C
Karnataka lifted the Syed Mushtaq Trophy 2019-20 (Cricket) after a thrilling one-run win over Tamil Nadu in the final. This is the second consecutive title win for Karnataka. Karnataka rode on skipper Manish Pandey’s 60 runs (45-ball) to post a total of 180/5 in 20 overs. The encounter went to the last over in which off-spinner K Gowtham was asked to defend 13 runs.
Answer: 8) D
World No.1 Test batsman Steve Smith (30-year) has become the fastest cricketer to score 7,000 Test runs. Australian Steve Smith had gone past legendary Don Bradman’s 73-year-old record to become the fastest batsman to score 7000 runs in just 126 innings. He has a mountain to climb to reach Ricky Ponting, who amassed 13,378 runs in his 168 Tests. India’s Virender Sehwag is the third fastest in 134 innings.
Answer: 9) A
The Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) was organised in Dhaka. The day-long festival screened 15 films on the theme of migration and its various aspects. The GMFF started in 2016 and this year it is being organised across many cities in the world between 28 November to 18 December. The short films and documentaries shown during the festival were selected through a global competition for which 600 entries were received. The festival was organised by the International Organisation of Migrants (IOM) and Dhaka University Film Society with the support of the European Union.
Answer: 10) B
The Indian Navy day is being observed every year on 4th December to celebrate achievements and role of the naval force in the country. Admiral Karambir Singh is the current Chief of the Naval Staff. The Navy day is celebrated to honour the courageous attack on the Karachi harbour during the Indo-Pakistan war (on 4th December 1971) by the Indian Naval Missile boats as well as to reverence all the martyrs of that war. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosle (Maratha Emperor) of the 17th century is considered as “Father of the Indian Navy”. The Indian Navy is commanded by the President of India as Commander-in-Chief. It is the marine branch of the Indian Armed Forces
Answer: 11) A
Rajya Sabha on December 3, 2019 passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 .
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy addressed the Rajya Sabha and said that the bill has been brought to provide for merger of union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, in view of fruitful utilization of manpower, improve administrative efficiency, reduce administrative expenditure and improve service delivery as well as facilitate better monitoring of schemes. It would also ensure better cadre management of employees, he added.
The merger would bring about administrative convenience, speedy development and effective implementation of central and state government schemes.
The new entity would be called the UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu and would be governed under the jurisdiction of the Bombay High Court.
Daman Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli Merger Bill: Key Highlights
List of 8 Union Territories
History of Daman Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli
Dadara Nagar Haveli became independent on August 2, 1954. It later joined India in 1961.
Answer: 12) B
Ministry of Jal Shakti tabled data on water contamination in Parliament. Rajasthan has the highest number of rural habitations affected by contamination.
Highlights of the report
Answer: 13) C
Saudi Arabia became the first Arab nation to take over the G20 presidency from Japan.
It will focus on three aims:
Answer: 14) D
The global economy will see its weakest growth since the 2019-2020 financial crisis this year, slowing from 3.6% last year to 2.9% this year before a predicted 3.0% in 2021, the OECD said.
Major Economic Indicators
Impact on India
Economic slowdown In India
Answer: 15) A
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for creation and launch of Bharat Bond Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) to create an additional source of funding for Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), Central Public Financial Institutions (CPFIs) and other Government organizations. Bharat Bond ETF would be the first corporate Bond ETF in the country.
Features of Bharat Bond ETF
ETF will be a basket of bonds issued by CPSE/CPSU/CPFI/any other Government organization Bonds (Initially, all AAA rated bonds)
Bharat Bond ETF Structure:
Benefits of Bharat Bond ETF to investors:
Bharat Bond ETF Benefits for CPSEs:
Developmental impact on Bond Markets:
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