1. Nirmala Sitharaman was ranked at which position in the list of the world’s most powerful women released by Forbes recently?
2. Voters backing Bougainville’s independence from which country have won a landslide referendum victory- a major step toward the troubled isles becoming the world’s newest nation ?
A. Marshall Islands
B. Papua New Guinea
C. Solomon Islands
3. Where Will National Tribal Dance Festival held be organized?
4. National Energy Conservation Day is being observed on ______.
A. 11 December
B. 12 December
C. 13 December
D. 14 December
5. Renowned personality Gollapudi Maruti Rao passed away recently, he was a ______.
A. Telugu actor & writer
B. Odisha Minister
6. Who inked partnership with FSSAI for develop an app to prevent food wastage?
A. Nlr foundation
B. Nasscom Foundation
C. Sehgal Foundation
D. Naad foundation
7. Which is the first telephone operator to introduce ‘Voice over WiFi’ (WiFi Calling) in India?
B. Reliance Jio
D. Reliance Communications
8. The Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019 is aimed at giving the three deemed Sanskrit Universities the full-fledged Central Universities status. Which university is not included in these three full-fledged Central Universities ?
A. Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan , Bhopal
B. Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi
C. Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth , Tirupati
D. Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi
9. 2-plus-2 When will the India-US talks be held?
A. 18 December
B. 19 December
C. 20 December
D. 21 December
10. In which state 45 new fast track courts will be established?
11. Consider the following statements related Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019:
1. Cabinet approves Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019.
2. The amended Act would also ensure that the substratum of the business of a corporate debtor is not lost.
3. The Board has 12 members, which includes representatives from the Ministries of Finance and Law, and the Reserve Bank of India which oversees the insolvency proceedings in the country and regulates the entities registered below it.
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 related to 36th International Geological Congress (IGC):
1. India to Host 36th International Geological Congress (IGC).
2. India organized the 22nd IGC for the first time in 1966.
3. The theme of the forthcoming conference is ‘Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Development’.
13. Consider the following statements:
1. First Time Census is Beign Held on Complete Digital Platform to Ensure Data Security And Efficiency.
2. The process of Economic Census was first held in 1978.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
14. Consider the following statements:
1. Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Exercise Mitra Shakti-VII Concludes.
2. Contingent comprising of 120 personnel each from Sri Lankan and Indian Army participated in the exercise.
3. The conduct of such bilateral military training exercises is an important step to uphold the values of peace, prosperity, international brotherhood & trust.
15. Consider the following statements:
1. Moody’s reduces India’s GDP rate for FY20 to 5.6%.
2. Moody’s Investors Service was established in 1908, headquarters in New York, USA.
Answer: 1) A
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, HCL Corporation CEO and Executive Director Roshni Nadar Malhotra and Biocon Founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw have been named among the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes.
The Forbes 2019 list of ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ has been topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde in the second spot and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, ranked third. Also on the list is Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (29).
“In 2019, women around the globe took action, claiming leadership positions in government, business, philanthropy and media. These trailblazers are not to be messed with,” Forbes said.Sitharaman, a newcomer on the Forbes most powerful women list, is ranked 34th. India’s first female finance minister, Sitharaman has also served as the country’s defence minister.Sitharaman is the first female to hold the portfolio full time. Before this, former prime minister Indira Gandhi briefly took the additional charge of the ministry.
Answer: 2) B
Voters of the Pacific Island Bougainville has favoured independence from Papua New Guinea. They have won a landslide referendum victory, according to results released. It is a major step toward the troubled isles becoming the world’s newest nation. According to the Bougainville Referendum Commission, 1,76,928 people — around 98% of voters — had backed independence with just 3,043 supporting the option of remaining part of Papua New Guinea with more autonomy. The historic vote caps a decades-long peace process and a long recovery from a brutal civil war between Bougainville rebels, Papua New Guinea security forces and foreign mercenaries that ended in 1998 and left up to 20,000 people dead — 10% of the population.
Answer: 3) C
A three-day National Tribal Dance Festival will be held in Raipur, Chhattisgarh (from 27 to 29 December 2019).Nearly 1,400 artists belonging to 151 art troupes from 23 states and guest artists from six countries including Sri Lanka, Belarus, Uganda and Bangladesh will participate in this tribal folk cultural programme.
There are 4 different categories of dance for the competition:
Answer: 4) D
The National energy conservation day is celebrated every year on the 14th of December by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under the Ministry of Power. BEE is observing National Energy Conservation Week from 9th to 14th December 2019. The objective of the day to aware people about the importance of energy as well as saving or conserving more energy by using less energy. The Energy Conservation Act in India was executed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in the year 2001.Energy Conservation is a term to use the least amount of energy while avoiding unnecessary use of energy.
Answer: 5) A
Renowned Telugu actor & writer Gollapudi Maruti Rao (80-years) passed away at a private hospital in Chennai. Mr. Maruti Rao was a multi-faceted personality as he was a journalist, playwright, writer, actor and television personality. Some of his memorable films as an actor include ‘Intlo Ramayya, Veedhilo Krishnayya’, ‘Challenge’, ‘Samsaram oka Chadarangam’, ‘Aditya 369’ and ‘Leader’. Mr. Rao was born in 1939 in Vizianagaram in Madras Presidency, in present-day Andhra Pradesh.
Answer: 6) B
Food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Nasscom Foundation have signed an MoU to develop a technology platform to prevent food wastage and encouraging food donation by developing an app for the purpose. They will develop a common 24×7 helpline number and a mobile application ‘Food Donation in India’ to donate food to the needy. It will help in facilitating the registration of surplus food distribution organisations.
Answer: 7) C
Indian telecom giant Airtel today rolled out voice over WiFi service for its customers in Delhi NCR. It is said to be rolled out across the country gradually. Notably, Airtel also becomes the first telco to introduce WiFi calling service in the country.
The WiFi calling service allows users to a private or a public WiFi network to make outgoing calls to any mobile or landline number across operators. It is aimed to enhance calls in areas with weak cellular signals but stable WiFi connection. It is different from app-based calling from Whatsapp; WiFi Calling connects your voice to your mobile carrier’s network using the internet instead of cell towers.
Answer: 8) D
Lok Sabha passed the Sanskrit Central Universities Bill, 2019 . The Bill was initiated by the Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
Key Features of Bill
Answer: 9) A
The Second India-US 2-Plus-2 Ministerial Dialogue will be held in Washington DC on 18th December. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will lead the Indian delegation. In addition, both sides will exchange views on salient regional and global issues. The India-US 2 plus 2 Ministerial Dialogue was initiated in September 2018 in order to provide a positive, forward-looking vision for the India-US strategic partnership and to promote synergy in diplomatic and security efforts.
Answer: 10) B
To expedite the trial of cases relating to women and children, 45 new fast track courts will be set up in Odisha. State Law Minister Pratap Jena said 21 courts would be dedicated for cases of rape and sexual harassment of women. The remaining 24 fast track courts will specifically deal with the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases. The State government’s action comes after Centre’s decision to formulate a scheme for setting up 1,023 fast track special courts for expeditious trial and disposal of rape cases.
Answer: 11) A
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to make amendments in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (code), through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019. The amendments aim to remove certain difficulties being faced during insolvency resolution process to realise the objects of the code and to further ease doing of business.
Highlights of the Bill
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016
Answer: 12) B
India is going to host the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in New Delhi during the first week of March 2020. The theme of the forthcoming conference is ‘Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Development’.
India, with the scientific support of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be hosting the 36th IGC at Delhi during 2-8 March 2020.Popularly described as the Olympics of Geosciences, the IGCs are a prestigious global geoscientific events held once in four years and participated by around 5000-6000 geoscientists from all across the world.
Answer: 13) C
The Seventh Economic Census was launched in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.The Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI) has tied up with Common Service Centre (CSC), an SPV under Ministry of Electronics and IT, to carry out the 7th National Economic Census.
According to Mr A.K Sadhu, DG (Social Statistics), Central Statistics Office (CSO), for the first time the entire Census is being conducted on a digital platform by the use of an application which will ensure high accuracy and data security. Delhi is the 26th state where the survey has been launched, while the process is already on in 20 states and 5 UTs. In Delhi the entire process will take around three months where enumerators will survey around 45 lakh establishments and households.Stating that the National Economic Survey, which is conducted every five years, is very crucial for framing of policies and planning for the government and other organisations, Mr Sadhu said: “We are using ICT platform for the first time…we have moved from paper to digital platform to ensure promptness and accuracy of the entire process. It is for this reason that we will be able to complete the entire process in a record time.”
Answer: 14) D
The 7th edition of the joint training exercise between the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army, Exercise Mitra Shakti concluded on 14 December 2019 at Aundh Military Station, Pune. Contingent comprising of 120 personnel each from Sri Lankan and Indian Army participated in the exercise.
The two week long exercise had commenced on 01 December and focused on enhancing interoperability for developing the capability to undertake joint operations in counter terrorism operations under United Nations mandate.
The themes chosen for the joint training exercise were both, live & contemporary affecting both the nations, the joint training exercise concluded with a 48 hour long culmination exercise which was witnessed by Senior Military & Defence officials of the Indian Army as well as representatives of the Sri Lankan Army. The culmination exercise showcased the standards achieved by the contingents during the joint training & demonstrated the commitment as well as capabilities of the participating armies in working closely with each other to maintain world peace under the United Nations flag. The conduct of such bilateral military training exercises is an important step to uphold the values of peace, prosperity, international brotherhood & trust. The exercise was a grand success and has taught valuable lessons to the troops of the participating countries.
Answer: 15) A
Global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has lowered its 2019 GDP growth forecast for India to 5.6 percent based on slow employment growth weighs on consumption.GDP is the final value of the goods and services produced within the geographic boundaries of a country during a specified period of time (normally a year).
‘GDP growth rate is an important indicator of the economic performance of a country.
Major credit rating agencies of the world:
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