1. Which organization has conducted ‘Swachchh Samundra NW-2019’?
A. Indian Coast Guard
B. Indian Navy
2. According to the US National Science Foundation, What is the rank of India in scientific articles production?
3. PM Modi has recently launched the Atal Bhujal Yojana. What is the project outlay of the scheme?
A. 3000 crores
B. 4500 crores
C. 6000 crores
D. 5000 crores
4. Rohtang tunnel named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, connects which two places?
A. Srinagar and Leh
B. Lahaul Valley and Spiti
C. Dharamshala and Kullu
D. Leh and Manali
5. Which Railway Station of India certified with the five-star rating by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for food safety and hygiene?
6. Information & Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar has announced the launch of Digital Radio in which year?
7. Who is appointed as the ‘Sexiest Vegetarian Personality’ by PETA?
B. Pinaki Chandra Ghosh
C. Manushi Chhillar
D. Cv Ramulu
8. Which Indian cricketer has been included in Wisden’s top five players of the decade list?
A. MS Dhoni
B. Ravindra Jadeja
C. Rohit Sharma
D. Virat Kohli
9. Which tennis player has announced his decision to retire in 2020?
A. Leander Paes
B. Mahesh Bhupathi
C. Sania Mirza
D. Rohan Bopanna
10. Martin Peters passed away recently, he was a ______.
C. Union Minister
D. Bar code inventor
11. Consider the following statements:
1. SC’s use of extraordinary powers in the Constitution to allow a divorce.
2. The Hindu Marriage Act 1945 lays down the law for divorce, which applies to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs.
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. The locust attack in Gujarat.
2. Gujarat has not witnessed such an invasion of locusts since 1983-94.
3. Locusts are a collection of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers.
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
13. Consider the following statements related Prepaid payment instrument:
1. RBI introduces new prepaid payment tool for transactions upto Rs 10,000 a month.
2. Prepaid payment instrument are the financial instruments that facilitate the purchase of goods and services against the value stored on such instruments.
14. Consider the following statements:
1. The last solar eclipse of this year recently will take place on December 26, which will fall over the eastern hemisphere of the Earth.
2. There are three types of eclipses.
3. An eclipse happens when the moon while orbiting the Earth comes in between the sun and the Earth, due to which the moon blocks the sun’s light from reaching the Earth, causing an eclipse of the sun or a solar eclipse.
15. Consider the following statements.
1. Federal Bank joined hands with Magicbricks to recover dues from 30 big accounts.
2. The bank has got into a pan-India arrangement with the housing portal in order to recover dues in 30 major accounts amounting to Rs 40 crore in the fourth quarter of this year.
Answer: 1) A
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted a two-day regional level pollution response exercise named ‘Swachchh Samundra NW-2019’ at sea off Vadinar in Gulf of Kutch. The exercise was conducted to validate and reinforce the response mechanism for oil pollution incidents and enable the Indian Coast Guard to fine-tune the actions required in such eventualities. The exercise was conducted in two phases. During phase one a tabletop exercise simulating oil spill from a tanker was conducted. While a real-time demonstration of the oil spill scenario was conducted during the second phase of the exercise. The Gulf of Kutch (GoK) region handles 70 percent of the oil imported by India and 11 Single point Moorings (SPMs) out of a total of 27 SPMs i.e. 42 percent in the country are located in this area. Thus, the exercise was planned to evaluate the preparedness for Pollution Response Operations for any such incident in this highly ecologically sensitive area.
Answer: 2) B
As per the report compiled by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), India has emerged as the world’s third-largest publisher of science and engineering articles. China, which accounts for 20.67 percent of all global publications in scientific articles, is at the top position, followed by the US at 16.54 percent. As per the report in 2008, India published 48,998 science and engineering articles. This increased to 1,35,788 articles in 2018 and the country now accounts for 5.31 percent of the total world publications in science and engineering. India’s emergence as the third-largest publisher is mainly due to a phenomenal double-digit growth rate in the last decade from 2008 to 2018. The other countries which made it to the top 10 list are Germany (1,04,396), Japan (98,793), UK (97,681), Russia (81,579), Italy (71,240), South Korea (66,376) and France (66,352).
National Science Foundation
Answer: 3) C
On the Birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has launched Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) in an event held in New Delhi. ATAL JAL scheme has been designed with the principal objective of strengthening the institutional framework for participatory groundwater management and bringing about behavioural changes at the community level for sustainable groundwater resource management in seven States (Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh). Out of the total outlay of Rs. 6000 crores to be implemented over a period of 5 years (2020-21 to 2024-25), 50% shall be in the form of World Bank loan and be repaid by the Central Government.
Answer: 4) D
Prime Minister Narendra Modi named Rohtang passageway in Himachal Pradesh as Atal Tunnel to mark the 95th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The strategic Atal tunnel will change the fortunes of this region and will help in promoting tourism in the region.The 8.8-kilometre-long tunnel is the world’s longest tunnel above an altitude of 3,000 metres. After completion of the tunnel, it will provide all-weather connectivity to remote areas of Lahaul and Spiti Valley and reduce the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 Kilometres.
It is a 10.5-metre wide single tube bi-lane tunnel with a fire-proof emergency tunnel built into the main tunnel itself.
Answer: 5) A
Iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai has been conferred with ‘Eat Right Station’ certification with the five-star rating by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for food safety and hygiene. The CSMT is the first station on the Central Railway to get this certification. The CSMT has been judged on the basis of compliance of food safety and hygiene, availability of healthy diet, food handling at preparation, food waste management, promotion of local and seasonal food and creating awareness on food safety and healthy diet. ‘Eat Right Station’ initiative is a part of the ‘Eat Right India’ movement launched by FSSAI and an FMCG major which is aimed at promoting food safety and hygiene at the static catering units at railway stations.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
Answer: 6) B
According to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, the union government is bringing Digital Radio in 2024. The audio of digital radio will be clearer and its reach will be higher. All India Radio is an institution that is a part of people’s lives, be it music, news or entertainment. Akashvani has one of the largest news gathering and dissemination apparatus in the world. Prasar Bharti is looking forward to a change in the format of these awards so that it brings out the hidden talent of the people.
Answer: 7) C
Former Miss World Manushi Chhillar has been voted the Sexiest Vegetarian Personality by American animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Manushi is a strong advocate for vegetarianism and has expressed her views on the subject even on global platforms. Manushi has been roped in for Yash Raj Films’ biggest historical drama ‘Prithviraj’ where she will be seen in the lead role opposite Akshay Kumar.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Answer: 8) D
Indian skipper Virat Kohli (31-year) is one of the five players named in the Wisden Cricketers of the Decade. Virat Kohli joins Australian batsman Steve Smith, and South Africans, Dale Steyn, and AB de Villiers. Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry is the only female cricketer in the list. In 2019, Kohli scored 2,370 across formats at an average of 64.05.Kohli has 5,775 more international runs and 22 more international hundreds than anyone else in this decade.
Answer: 9) A
Indian tennis legend Leander Paes announced his retirement on Thursday stating that the year 2020 will be his last as a professional player. Leander Adrian Paes is an Indian professional tennis player. Paes has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. He holds a career Grand Slam in men’s doubles and mixed doubles, and achieved the rare men’s doubles/mixed doubles double at the 1999 Wimbledon tournament. His mixed doubles Wimbledon title in 2010 made him the second man (after Rod Laver) to win Wimbledon titles in three decades. Paes received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India’s highest sporting honor, in 1996–97; the Arjuna Award in 1990; the Padma Shri award in 2001; and India’s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan prize in January 2014, for his outstanding contribution to tennis in India.
Answer: 10) B
England World Cup winner Martin Peters (76-years) passed away. Peters was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning side and scored in the final against West Germany. Peters is the fifth member of England’s World Cup final team to have died, after captain Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, Ray Wilson and Gordon Banks. Peters joined West Ham in 1959 as a 15-year-old, made his debut in 1962 and was a key player in the side who won the 1965 Cup Winners Cup final at Wembley.
Answer: 11) A
Supreme Court used its extraordinary powers under article 142 to allow divorce on the ground of “irretrievable breakdown of marriage” which are not included in Hindu marriage Act 1955.
Grounds for divorce under Hindu law
Under Section 13 of the Act, the grounds for divorce include:
Article 142 of the Constitution
What law Commission Suggest on ‘irretrievable breakdown’?
Answer: 12) B
Gujarat is under attack from hoppers — new-born locusts — that have flown in across the international border. The locusts, known as tiddis locally, have wreaked havoc on standing crops of castor, cumin, jatropha, cotton, and potato, and fodder grass. Gujarat has not witnessed such an invasion of locusts since 1993-94. According to local experts, the State administration has been caught napping despite an alert from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of a massive locust attack in South Asia covering Pakistan and India. The Locust Warning Organization (LWO) in Jodhpur had noticed the swarms and predicted their trajectory across the international border.
Answer: 13) C
Reserve Bank of India has introduced a new type of prepaid payment instrument (PPI) which could be used only for the purchase of goods and services up to a limit of ₹10,000 per month.
Prepaid payment instrument
Types of Prepaid Payment Instrument
1. Closed system PPI
2. Semi-Closed System Payment Instruments
3. Semi-open System Payment Instruments
4. Open system PPI
Answer: 14) D
The last solar eclipse of this year recently will take place on December 26, which will fall over the eastern hemisphere of the Earth.
There are three types of eclipses:
1. Total solar eclipse:
2. Partial solar eclipse
3. Annular solar eclipse
Answer: 15) A
Federal Bank has partnered with online real estate platform Magicbricks for listing and e-auctioning of immovable properties repossessed by the bank in recovery proceedings. The move is aimed at speedy recovery of the bank’s impaired assets while helping customers get the best rate in the market for their properties. The bank has got into a pan-India arrangement with the housing portal in order to recover dues in 30 major accounts amounting to Rs 50 crore in the fourth quarter of this year. Under the deal, Federal Bank will leverage on Magicbrick’s reach across demographic profiles and consumer categories, removing any geographical restrictions for buyers.
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