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National Current Affairs Quiz - December 2018

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1. Various Assembly Election Results 2018 -

  1. 2018 Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Election Results (90 Seats) -
    1. Indian National Congress (INC) emerged largest Party with 68 Seats. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 2nd with 15 Seats.
    2. In terms of Votes, INC got 43 % votes while BJP got 33%.
  2. 2018 Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly Election Results (230 Seats) -
    1. Indian National Congress (INC) emerged largest Party with 114 Seats. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 2nd with 109 Seats.
    2. In terms of Votes, BJP got 41 % votes while INC got 40.9%.
    3. INC Leader Kamal Nath is set to be appointed as Next chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, replacing BJP's Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
  3. 2018 Mizoram Legislative Assembly Election Results (40 Seats) -
    1. Mizo National Front emerged largest Party with 26 Seats.
    2. In terms of Votes, MNF got 37.6 % votes while INC got 30.2%.
  4. 2018 ____________________ Legislative Assembly Election Results (200 Seats)-
    1. Indian National Congress (INC) emerged largest Party with 99 Seats. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 2nd with 73 Seats.
    2. In terms of Votes, INC got 39.3 % votes while BJP got 38.8%.
  5. 2018 Telangana Legislative Assembly Election Results (119 Seats) -
    1. Telangana Rashtra Samithi emerged largest Party with 88 Seats. INC 2nd with 19 Seats.
    2. In terms of Votes, TRS got 46.9 % votes while INC got 28.4%.

 

Rajasthan
Haryana
Punjab
Jammu and Kashmir
None of These


2. 3-day AdventureNext 2018 event, concluded in _____________________, organised by The Adventure Travel Trade Association as first-of-its-kind in India & Asia, with theme Pulse of Tomorrow. Major partner was Jharkhand Tourism.

Jharkhand
Chhattisgarh
Madhya Pradesh
Odisha
None of These


3. 3rd edition of Women Transforming India Awards organized by NITI Aayog in ____________________. NITI Aayog also launched upgraded portal of Women Entrepreneurship Platform. 2018 theme is – Women and Entrepreneurship and 15 winners have been selected.

Ahmedabad
Guwahati
Jaipur
New Delhi
None of These


4. 4th edition of Kochi-Muziris biennale began at Fort Kochi (_________________), as first Biennale in world in which participation of women accounts for half of participating artists. 108-day long event will showcase 94 artists, with Theme Possibilities for a Non- Alienated Life.

  1. Contemporary artists Bose Krisnamachari and Riyaz Komu proposed state government the idea of Biennale on the lines of Venice Biennale.
Gujarat
Andhra Pradesh
Telangnaa
Karnataka
Kerala


5. 55th SKOCH Summit held in Constitution Club of India (________________), hosted by socio-economic issues think tank SKOCH group. Various Awardees in this year's SKOCH Summit -

  1. Skoch Golden Jubilee Challenger Award - Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu
  2. Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award - Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal won 31 SKOCH awards for its performance in different fields)
  3. Skoch IT minister of the Year - Nara Lokesh
  4. Skoch Governance Person of the Year - K T Rama Rao
Jaipur
Guwahati
New Delhi
Ahmedabad
None of These


6. NITI Aayog released Baseline Report of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index, stating Indian progress towards 2030 SDG targets.

  1. SDG India Index is developed in collaboration with Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Global Green Growth Institute and United Nations.
  2. SDG India Index tracks progress of all States / UTs on 62 Priority Indicators selected by NITI Aayog, guided by MoSPI’s National Indicator Framework comprising 306 indicators. Index spans 13 out of 17 SDGs. Progress on SDGs 12, 13 & 14 could not be measured as relevant State/UT level data were not available and SDG 17 was left out as it focuses on international partnerships.
  3. Classification Criteria based on SDG India Index Score is as -
    1. Aspirant (0-49) - Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
    2. Performer (50-64) - Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Delhi and Lakshadweep
    3. Front Runner (65-99) - Himachal Pradesh (Top State), Kerala, Tamil Nadu, ____________________ (Top UT) and Puducherry
    4. Achiever (100) - Not Available
Chandigarh
Daman and Diu
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Lakshadweep
None of These


7. A postal stamp dedicated to Nabin Chandra Das, inventor of Rosogolla launched during Bagbazar-O-Rosogolla Utsob in West Bengal, marking 150th year of its invention. Tussle between Bengal and _________________ over originship of Rosogolla started in 2015. GI authorities ruled in the favour of West Bengal.

Jharkhand
Odisha
Chhattisgarh
Gujarat
None of These


8. ______________, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were the top three performing states under the maternity benefit programme Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY).

Andhra Pradesh
Gujarat
Rajasthan
Kerala
None of These


9. Annual river festival named Dwijing held on the bank of River Aie at Chirang district in _______________.

Assam
Bihar
Chhattisgarh
Jharkhand
None of These


10. Assam government announced three schemes for the welfare of farmers. -

  1. Assam Farmers’ Credit Subsidy Scheme (AFCSS) - Under it, ________________ of amount of Farmer Loans will be reimbursed by state government, upto 25000.
  2. Assam Farmers’ Interest Relief Scheme (AFIRS) - Currently, 3% of 7% interest against farm loan is paid by Central government and remaining 4% is required to be paid by farmers. Under AFIRS, State government will pay remaining 4% loan.
  3. Assam Farmers’ Incentive Scheme (AFIS) - Government would focus on bringing back defaulting farmers into banking system. Government will give INR 10000 to a farmer to help him repay loan.
50 %
40%
15 %
25%
None of These


11. Atal Ayushman Yojana launched in __________________, enabling every household to avail medical treatment of up to 5 lakh rupees annually.

Assam
Haryana
Punjab
Uttarakhand
None of These


12. Bills passed in Winter Session 2018-2019 -

  1. Lok Sabha passed Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, known as Triple Talaq Bill. It would replace the ordinance passed in September 2018. It makes all types of declaration of triple talaq to be void and illegal. Declaration of Triple Talaq would be a cognizable offence, attracting up to three years’ imprisonment with a fine.
    1. Cognizable offence is one for which a police officer may arrest an accused person without a warrant.
    2. A Muslim Women against whom the triple talaq is pronounced is entitled to seek subsistence allowance from her husband for herself and for her dependent children and the amount of the allowance will be determined by Magistrate.
  2. Lok Sabha passed Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016, banning commercial surrogacy and allowing only altruistic surrogacy. It protects rights of the surrogate mother and child born from surrogacy and promotes ethical surrogacy.
    1. Surrogacy is defined as an agreement between a couple who cannot conceive and a surrogate mother to carry their child.
    2. The bill is applicable to all Indian states, except Jammu and Kashmir.
    3. Bill provides for constitution of National Surrogacy board and State Surrogacy board for regulation of surrogacy process.
    4. It bars couple who already have children, to go for surrogacy.
    5. Women can only surrogate once in her lifetime and her age should be in between 25 to 35 years.
    6. Couple who intend for surrogacy should be aged between 23 to 50 years and married for at least 5 years.
  3. Lok Sabha passed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016, which seeks to empower the transgender community in the country by providing them a separate identity.
  4. Lok Sabha passed Consumer Protection Bill 2018 -
    1. It aims to protect consumers' interests through a redressal mechanism that would ensure timely and effective settlement of disputes.
    2. It seeks to establish a ______________________________ (CCPA) to protect consumer rights and look into the issues related to false or misleading ads. It calls for strict punishment and fines for misleading advertisements and food adulteration.
    3. District Commissions will have mandate to hear complaints having claim worth one crore rupees. In the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 this limit was 20 lakh rupees. Limit of Commissions’ at State level enhanced from 1 to 15 crore rupees. Complaints above 15 crore rupees worth of claim will be settled by National Commission.
Combined Consumer Protection Authority
Central Consumer Protection Authority
Central Consumer Procurement Authority
Central Cabinet Protection Authority
None of These


13. Cabinet Approvals (Dec 06, 2018) -

  1. MOUs -
    1. Japan - Environmental Cooperation.
    2. USA - Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Earth Sciences.
    3. Apprved Revised Model MOU between Financial Intelligence Unit(FIU) – India (FIU-Ind) with its counterpart foreign Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) for exchange of information.
    4. France - energy efficiency / energy conservation. 
    5. Algeria - Space Sciences, Technologies and Applications.
    6. Armenia - Joint issue of postage stamp
    7. Japan - Postal, Healthcare and Wellness.
    8. Tajkistan, Uzbekistan, Morocco - Peaceful uses of Space Technology for Development.
    9. Russia - Joint Activities under Human Spaceflight Programme.
    10. Zimbabwe - geology, mining and mineral resources. 
  2. General Approvals -
    1. Approved Amendment of Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act 1951. Proposed amendment ensures representation of the Opposition Party in Trust. It will empower Government to terminate and replace a Trustee to participate in functioning of Trust or for any other reason.
    2. Approved Agriculture Export Policy 2018, along with establishment of Monitoring Framework at Centre, to oversee implementation of Agriculture Export Policy. It aims to double farmers’ income by 2022 by doubling agricultural exports from present US$ 30+ Billion to ~US$ 60+ Billion by 2022 and reach US$ 100 Billion later. Its Elements have been organised in two categories – Strategic and Operational.
    3. Approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project on river Ravi in Punjab, to be completed by June 2022.
      1. On completion, Irrigation Potential of 5,000 ha in Punjab and 32,173 ha in J&K would be created.
      2. Some of water of River Ravi at present is going waste through the Madhopur Headworks downstream to Pakistan whereas there is water requirement in Punjab and J&K. Implementation of the project would minimise such wastage of water.
      3. Balance cost of works component of ShahpurKandi Dam project is Rs. 1973 crores. Out of this, 485 Crores would be provided as Central Assistance.
    4. Approved launching National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) to be implemented by Department of Science &Technology at a total outlay of INR 3660 crores for 5 years.
      1. It addresses increasing technological requirements of society. It would develop and bring Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and associated technologies within reach in country and adoption of CPS technologies to address National / Regional issues.
      2. 4 focused areas along which mission implementation will proceed - Technology Development. HRD & Skill Development, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Start-ups Ecosystem Development AND International Collaborations.
      3. It aims at establishment of 15 Technology Innovation Hubs (TIH), 6 Application Innovation Hubs (AIH) and 4 Technology Translation Research Parks (TTRP). These Hubs & TTRPs will connect to entities in developing solutions at reputed academic, R&D and other organizations across country in a hub and spoke model.
  3. CCEA Approvals -
    1. Approved sale of Government’s existing ____________________________ stake in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to Power Finance Corporation (PFC), to achieve integration across Power Chain and have enhanced capability to support energy access and efficiency by improved capability to finance power sector.  REC and PFC are Central PSEs under Ministry of Power.
    2. Approved streamlining National Pension System (NPS) -
      1. Enhancement of contribution by Central Government for its employees covered under NPS Tier-I from 10% to 14%.
      2. Providing freedom of choice for selection of Pension Funds and pattern of investment to central government employees. ·
      3. Tax exemption limit for lump sum withdrawal on exit has been enhanced to 60%. Entire withdrawal will now be exempt from income tax.
      4. Contribution by Government employees under Tier-II of NPS will now be covered under Section 80 C for deduction up to 1.50 lakh.
32.63%
72.63%
62.63%
42.63%
52.63%


14. Cabinet Approvals (Dec 17, 2018)-

  1. MOUs -
    1. France - New and renewable energy.
    2. Afghanistan - Human resource development.
    3. Approved Joint Issue of Postage Stamps by India and South Africa on theme 125th Year of Mahatma Gandhi’s Pietermaritzburg Station Incident & Birth Centenary of Nelson Mandela.
    4. Australia - Disability Sector.
  2. General Approvals -
    1.  Approved establishment of 2 new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Madurai (Tamil Nadu) at cost of 1264 crores and Bibinagar (__________________________) at cost of 1028 crores, under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
  3. CCEA Approvals -
    1. Approved proposal of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas to release deposit free LPG connections to poor families, who have not been considered earlier for release of LPG connections under Pradhan MantriUjjwalaYojana (PMUY), for their names not covered in any of Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) list OR Seven identified categories (SC/STs households, beneficiaries of Pradhan MantriAwasYojana(PMAY) (Gramin), Antyodaya Anna Yojana(AAY), Forest dwellers, Most Backward Classes (MBC), Tea & Ex-Tea Garden Tribes, people residing in Islands / river islands).
      1. PMUY was launched on 1st May, 2016 through which deposit free LPG connections are released with the cash assistance of Rs 1600 per connection by Government. Interest free loan are available to purchase stove and refill by Oil Marketing Companies.
      2. Over 5.86 crore LPG connections are released so far under PMUY, against target of 8 crore.
    2. Approved construction of a 5.634 km long new 4 - lane bridge across river Ganga, just 38 meters on upstream side of existing MG Setu on NH-19 at Patna in Bihar, with cost of 2926 croreS. It is to be completed by January 2023. Total Project is 14.5 km long and passes through Patna, Saran and Vaishali districts of Bihar.
    3. Approved setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) in every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20000 tribal persons. CCEA approved cost of 2242 crores during 2018-19 and 2019-20 for rolling out revamped scheme.
      1. There will be an Autonomous Society under Ministry of Tribal Affairs similar to Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to run EMRSs.
      2. Upgradation of already sanctioned EMRSs with unit cost subject to a maximum of 5 crore per school.
      3. Setting up sports facilities in 163 tribal dominated districts at a unit cost of 5 crore each to be constructed by 2022.
      4. Facts -
        1. 102 of such blocks are already having EMRSs. Thus, 462 new EMRSs will be established in these blocks across country.
        2. Increase in construction cost of EMRS from current 12 crore to 20 crore to improve construction quality.
        3. Recurring cost to be enhanced to 109000 per student per year from existing 61500 per student per year from 2019-20.
Telangana
Hyderabad
Kerala
Karnataka
None of These


15. Cabinet Approvals (Dec 28, 2018) -

  1. General Approvals -
    1. Approved Submission of India's second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change towards fulfilment of reporting obligation under Convention.
      1. BUR contains five major components - National Circumstances, National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Mitigation Actions, Finance, Technology and Capacity Building Needs and Support Received and Domestic Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) arrangements.
    2. Approved draft National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill 2018, that seeks to replace existing regulator Central Council for Homoeopathy (CCH) with a new body to ensure transparency. It includes constitution of a National Commission with three autonomous boards entrusted with conducting overall education of Ayurveda.
    3. Approved National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM) Bill 2018, to replace existing regulator (Central Council for Indian Medicine). National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine aims to promote transparency and accountability. It provides for constitution of a National Commission with four autonomous boards.
      1. Board of Ayurveda would be responsible for overseeing the overall education of Ayurveda.
      2. Board of Unani, Siddha and Sowarigpa will be responsible for overseeing the overall education of Unani, Siddha and Sowarigpa.
      3. The bill provides for two common boards, Board of Assessment and Rating and Board of Ethics and Registration.
    4. Approved proposal for Amendment in Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012, to make punishment more stringent for committing sexual crimes against children, Inlcluding death Penalty.
      1. Section-4, Section-5 and Section-6 are proposed to be amended to provide option of stringent punishment, including death penalty, for aggravated penetrative sexual assault crime on a child.
      2. Amendments are also proposed in section-9 to protect children from sexual offences in times of natural calamities and disasters.
      3. Section-14 and 15 are proposed to be amended to address menace of child pornography.
    5. Approved Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 2018, which was last reviewed and issued in 2011. It will lead to enhanced activities in coastal regions while conserving the coastal environment. Features Include -
      1. Allowing Floor Space Index (FSI) or Floor Area Ratio (FAR) as per current norms in CRZ areas, which was frozen as per 1991 Development Control Regulation (DCR) levels in As per CRZ 2011 Notification
      2. Densely populated rural areas to be afforded greater opportunity for development
      3. Tourism infrastructure for basic amenities to be promoted.
      4. Pocedure for CRZ clearances has been streamlined.
      5. A No Development Zone (NDZ) of 20 meters has been stipulated for all Islands.
      6. All Ecologically Sensitive Areas have been accorded special importance
      7. Pollution abatement has been accorded special focus
      8. Defence and strategic projects have been accorded necessary dispensation. 
    6. Approved Gaganyaan Programme with demonstration of Indian Human Spaceflight capability to low earth orbit for a mission duration ranging from one orbital period to a maximum of seven days. A human rated GSLV Mk-lll will be used to carry orbital module which will sustain a 3-member crew for the mission. Total fund requirement for Gaganyaan Programme is within 10000 crores.
  2. MOUs -
    1. Cuba and South Korea in area of Biotechnology.
    2. Approved Framework Agreement with Sao Tome & Principe (Central Africa) on Cooperation in Exploration and Uses of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes.
  3. CCEA Approvals -
    1. Approved listing 7 Central Public Sector Enterprises(CPSE) on Stock Exchange through Initial Public Offering (IPO) /Further Public Offer (FPO) -
      1. Telecommunication Consultants (India) Ltd.[TCIL]- IPO
      2. RailTel Corporation India Ltd. - IPO
      3. National Seed Corporation India Ltd. (NSC) - IPO
      4. Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Limited (THDC) - IPO
      5. Water & Power Consultancy Services (India) Limited [WAPCOS Ltd.] - IPO
      6. FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals (India) Limited [FAGMIL]- IPO
      7. Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL) – FPO
    2. Approved increase in Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Fair Average Quality (FAQ) of "Milling Copra" to 9521 per quintal for 2019 season (Hike of INR 2000 per quintal).
    3. Increased export incentives granted for Onions under Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) from existing 5% to _______________________________, to benefit farmers.
15%
12%
8%
10%
None of These


16. Central Railways developed an in-house robot named 'USTAAD' - '___________________________, to checks for safety in under gear parts of train coaches.

  1. Also, Central Railways’ Nagpur division introduced technology called Automated Train Examination System (ATES) for enhancement of train safety, developed by Konkan Railway. It eliminates mechanical examination of parts of trains, to uplift efficiency and safety
Underwater Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid
Underwater Security Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid
Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid
Underwater Surveillance Through Accepted Intelligence Assisted Droid
None of These


17. Civil aviation ministry and Airports Authority of India (AAI) launched an official mobile app for the global aviation summit to be held in ________________ in January 2019. App is named GAS 2019.

Delhi
Mumbai
Ahmedabad
Jaipur
None of These


18. Country’s first music museum will be set up in Thiruvaiyaru (________________), birthplace of Saint Tyagaraja, one of Trinities of Carnatic music. Other two Trinities are Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri.

Kerala
Tamil Nadu
Karnataka
Telangana
None of These


19. Cyclonic Storm Phethai stuck _______________ with winds upto 100 KMPH. It is 6th cyclone of 2018 North Indian Ocean Cyclone season. Previous ones being Sagar, Mekunu, Luban, Titli and Gaza.

Rajasthan
Gujarat
Karnataka
Andhra Pradesh
None of These


20. ________________ Updates -

  1. Govt. launched 'Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana', which will offer free travel packages for senior citizens to five religious circuits. 1100 senior citizens from every constituency will be able to avail this facility at one go. Total 77000 pilgrims will be able to avail this facility every year.
  2. High Court banned online sale of medicines by e-pharmacists across country, till proper regulations are set in place.
  3. Police became first police force in country to digitise all malkhanas across every police station in state under e-malkhana project.
    1. Makhanas are rooms for keeping seized arms and ammunition.
  4. Police entered Limca Book of Records for training 208125 women and girls in 989 self-defence programme in 2017. It has set a target to train around 3.5 lakh women in 2019.
  5. Government launched a 10-day special inspection drive named- “Operation Minimum Wage”, to check implementation of minimum wage rules set by state government. Violation would be checked as per Minimum Wages Act 2017 and labourers can lodge a complaint by calling 155214.
  6. Government launched a common mobility card called ‘One’, with a tagline of ‘One __________ One Ride’. It would enable access to Metro and bus services with a single card at a 10 % discount. Further provision of coverage of auto-rickshaws, taxis and other modes would be inducted soon.
Delhi
Mumbai
Kolkata
Ahmedabad
None of These


21. Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) announced results of first ever States’ Start-up Ranking 2018 (exercise began in January 2016). On the basis of performance, States are recognised in several categories -

  1. Best Performer - ___________
  2. Top Performers - Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, and Rajasthan
  3. Leaders - Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana
  4. Aspiring Leaders - Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal
  5. Emerging States - Assam, Delhi, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Uttarakhand
  6. Beginners - Chandigarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim, and Tripura
Gujarat
Haryana
Assam
Rajasthan
None of These


22. First Swadesh Darshan Project in ____________________________ has been inaugurated, named Development of Tribal Circuit: Peren-Kohima-Wokha Project. It was sanctioned by Tourism Ministry in November 2015 for INR 97 Crores. Ministry has sanctioned another project in Nagaland “Development of Tribal circuit: Mokokchung–Tuensang-Mon” for 99.67 crores.

Assam
Nagaland
Manipur
Meghalaya
None of These


23. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched media campaign “________________”, calling for elimination of industrially produced trans-fat in food supply. It will support FSSAI’s target of eliminating trans-fat in India by 2022, a year ahead of global target by World Health Organization (WHO).

No Trans fat
Heart Attack Eliminate
Trans fat Rewind
Heart Attack Rewind
None of These


24. Forbes India Celebrity 100 list -

  1. Top 5 Most Earning Celebrities - ___________________ (1), Virat Kohli (2), Akshay Kumar (3), Deepika Padukone (4), M S Dhoni (5)
Amitabh Bachchan
Akshya Kumar
Aamir Khan
Shahrukh Khan
Salman Khan


25. Foundation stone of Institute of High-Altitude Medicinal Plants (IHAMP) laid in Bhaderwah in Doda district of _____________. It will provide research in medicinal plants and promote cultivation of medicinal plants.

Haryana
Punjab
Jammu & Kashmir
Himachal Pradesh
None of These


26. General Conferences (Dec 01 - 10, 2018) -

  1. 1st India Indonesia Business forum (IIBF) was held at Port Blair in _______________.
  2. Indian Owl Festival, India’s first owl fest, held at Pingori village in Pune (Maharashtra).
  3. Conference on partnership between European Union and India for Cultural Heritage Conservation held in New Delhi.
  4. Global Agriculture and Food Summit 2018 held in Ranchi (Jharkhand), with participation of 7 countries.
  5. National Mission for Clean Ganga organised a two-day international workshop on 'Developing a Ganga Museum Concept: Exchanging Experiences and Ideas between India and Europe' in Delhi.
  6. India Water Impact Summit 2018 organized by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (Ganga) in New Delhi. During this, Govt. announced sanction of 254 projects worth over 24 thousand crore rupees under National Mission for Clean Ganga.
  7. 13th edition of CII Agro Tech India 2018 held in Chandigarh.
  8. Minister for Electronics & IT, Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a National Challenge for Youths,  Ideate for India - Creative Solutions using Technologyin New Delhi. It aims to give school students across the country a platform to become solution creators for problems they see around them and their communities.
  9. 1st International Conference under aegis of National Hydrology Project (Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation) at Indian School of Business Mohali with theme ‘Sustainable Water Management’.
  10. Conference on ‘Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code – A New Paradigm for Stressed Assets’ organised in New York (USA), addressed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley through Video Conferencing. 
  11. Annual Startup India Venture Capital Summit held in Goa with theme ‘Mobilizing Global Capital for Innovation in India.’
  12. Military Literature Festival (MLF) 2018 held in Chandigarh.
  13. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh laid Foundation stone of Pusa Kisan Haat in Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) in New Delhi. It will allow farmers to sell their agricultural products, along with other farmer friendly facilities.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Lakshadweep
Daman and Diu Administration
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
None of These


27. General Conferences (Dec 11 - 20, 2018) -

  1. 39th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit held in Riyadh (____________________). Next (40th) Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit will be held in UAE.
  2. 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices held in Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). To boost medical device sector, Govt. announced setting up of a National Medical Devices Promotion Council under Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
  3. 4th edition of Partners’ Forum held in New Delhi, hosted by government of India in association with Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and child Health (PMNCH). It aims to explore findings of 12 success factors case studies which shows how the countries are working towards improvement of women’s and children health.
  4. Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (I/C), Giriraj Singh inaugurated a Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre (MTDC) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) named Samadhan at Rajghat (New Delhi).
  5. All India Institute of Ayurveda New Delhi organized a National conference ‘AYUSHCHARYA’ on Dinacharya (Daily Regimen) and Ritucharya (Seasonal Regimen) for public health promotion.
UAE
Saudi Arabia
Kuwait
Qatar
None of These


28. General Conferences (Dec 21 - 31, 2018) -

  1. To commemorate 200th Birth Anniversary of Sikh philosopher, reformer and freedom fighter, Sri Satguru Ram Singhji, an International Seminar held in New Delhi.
  2. World Herbal Forest Project inaugurated as a collaboration of Patanjali and Haryana Government, at Morni Hill, near Chandigarh. It is aimed at developing a forest of medicinal plants which will provide a boost to Ayurvedic industry. About 25 different varieties of plants found in the country will be housed in this forest.
  3. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated Centre of Excellence Genetic Blood Disorders at Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences in Karimnagar (_______________________).
  4. Sahitya Kala Parishad, Department of Art, Culture and Languages (Delhi Government) organized 6th edition of Yuva Natya Samaroh at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi.
  5. 15th edition Global SME Business Summit organised by Ministry of MSME and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Government e-marketplace in New Delhi.
  6. First meeting of Follow-up Committee for implementation of the Trilateral Chabahar Agreement between India, Afghanistan and Iran held in the port city of Chabahar in Iran.
    1. India Ports Global Limited Company has opened its office and took over operations at the Shaheed Behesti port at Chabahar.
  7.  A Joint workshop between ICRC and CUNPK on “Integrated Protection on Civilians (IPOC)” in UN peacekeeping operations conducted at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi.
  8. International Gita Festival 2018 organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana, as 3rd edition of the event. Mauritius is partner country and Gujarat is partner state.
  9. 12th edition of annual Global Healthcare Summit held in Mumbai,  jointly organized by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO).
  10. India submitted its Sixth National Report (NR6) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), during 13th National Meeting of the State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) in New Delhi.
    1. Submission of national reports is a mandatory obligation on Parties to international treaties, including CBD. 
    2. NR6 provides an update of progress in achievement of 12 National Biodiversity Targets (NBT) developed under Convention process in line with the 20 global Aichi biodiversity targets. 
  11. 3 state level campaign on “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” organized in Maharashtra, Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli to spread awareness among people to save and educate girls.
Kerala
Karnataka
Telangana
Andhra Pradesh
None of These


29. Government Launched Digital Sky platform, for managing flying of _____________________ (RPAS) (known as drones) across Country.

  1. In August 2018, Govt released Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) to enable safe flying of RPAS in India.
  2. Digital Sky Platform will implement 'no permission, no take-off’ (NPNT) system of software-based self-enforcement to minimize deviations from CAR.
  3. Nano drones in India can start flying legally from Dec 1, 2018. For micro and above categories, operators and pilots are required to register on Digital Sky Portal.  
  4. Payments for Unmanned Aerial Operator’s Permit (UAOP) and Unique Identification Numbers (UIN) will be accepted through the Bharat Kosh (bharatkosh.gov.in) portal.
  5. Flying in ‘green zones’ will require only intimation of time and location of flights. Permissions will be required for flying in ‘yellow zones’ and flights will not be allowed in the ‘red zones’. Location of zones will be announced soon.
Remotely Pivoted Aerial Systems
Real Piloted Aerial Systems
Remotely Procured Aerial Systems
RarelyPiloted Aerial Systems
Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems


30. Government banned Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for its unsocial activities during its violent campaign for secession of Punjab. KLF is ___________________ organisation to be proscribed under UAPA law.

  1. KLF came into existence in 1986 with objective of establishing an independent Khalistan by secession of Punjab from India through violent means.
20th
30th
40th
50th
None of These


31. Government included Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttrarakhand, Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh and Parasnath in ______________________________ under Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASAD), meant to develop pilgrimage and heritage destinations in country. Number of sites under PRASAD has now reached to 41 in 25 states.

Haryana
Rajasthan
Chhattisgarh
Jharkhand
None of These


32. Government launched Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar annual awards to recognise exemplary work done in field of disaster management. 3 institutions and individuals will be given the award annually with cash rewards between 5 - 51 lakh. For 2019, award would be announced on _______________________, birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

January 13
January 23
January 30
February 23
None of These


33. Government notified Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules 2018, allowing phone calls and internet on flights and ship voyage within India’s territory. Airlines and shipping companies operating in India can provide in-flight and maritime voice and data services by partnering with an Indian telecom company, using satellites.

  1. Both domestic and foreign satellites can be used for providing IFMC (in-flight and maritime connectivity) services by a telco after permission of Department of Space.
  2. The in-flight and maritime connectivity services will only be activated once aircraft reaches a minimum height of ____________ in Indian airspace. Objective is to avoid any interference with terrestrial mobile networks.
  3. Licences for IFMC will be granted for an annual fee of Rs. 1 for a period of 10 years.
3000 metres
1000 metres
2000 metres
5000 metres
None of These


34. Government renamed Ross Island, Neil Island and Havelock Island in ____________________________ as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island, Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep respectively.

Puducherry
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Daman and Diu
Lakshadweep
Andaman and Nicobar Islands


35. __________ Updates -

  1. Government launched a mobile app named as ‘Shiksha Setu’, aiming to help students and bring transparency in Education administration. It will contain information about attendance, fee, online admission and scholarships in all the Haryana government colleges.
  2. Govt. renamed Child Care Institutes in state as Jagannath Ashrams, stating that since all Child Care Institutions have a similar goal of all-round development of children, it would be appropriate to give a single name to all.
Himachal Pradesh
Haryana
Punjab
Jammu and Kashmir
None of These


36. _________________ assembly adopted a resolution to declare cow as the “rashtra mata” or ‘mother of the nation', to boost cow protection efforts in State.

Himachal Pradesh
Uttarakhand
Haryana
Punjab
None of These


37. INS ______________, a Pondicherry-class vessel that was decommissioned in March 2018, will be sent to the seabed at a depth of 26m about 7km off Puducherry coast to create India’s first underwater museum.

Vikram
Vikrant
Sindhu
Kalavari
Cuddalore


38. IT Industry Body National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) partnered with IIT ________________ to provide re-skilling/upskilling of four million people on digital skills.

Madras
Delhi
Bombay
Kanpur
None of These


39. India' first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) opened at Adani Aerospace Park in Hyderabad, Built by Adani Group and _______________-based Elbit Systems. iT will develop Hermes 900 medium altitude long-endurance UAVs.

USA
Israel
Russia
Germany
None of These


40. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) approved registration of record _______________ new breeds of livestock and poultry in 2018. Newly registered breeds include -

  1. 2 cattle breeds – Ladakhi (J&K) and Konkan Kapila (Maharashtra & Goa)
  2. 3 buffalo breeds – Luit (Assam & Manipur), Bargur (Tamil Nadu), Chhattisgarhi (Chhattisgarh);
  3. 1 sheep breed – Panchali (Gujarat)
  4. 6 goat breeds – Kahmi (Gujarat), Rohilkhand (UP), Assam Hill (Assam & Meghalaya), Bidri (Karnataka), Nandidurga (Karnataka), Bhakarwadi (J&K)
  5. 1 pig breed – Ghurrah (UP)
  6. 1 donkey breed – Halari (Gujarat)
  7. 1 chicken breed – Uttara (Uttarakhand).
10
22
18
12
15


41. Indian Ports Association (IPA) launched a new Port Community System ‘__________________________’, as a cloud based new generation technology, with user-friendly interface to increase ease of doing business. URL for portal is www.indianpcs.gov.in. Various Services offered by this platform will reduce up to 2 days in a life of transaction.

PCS 2x
PCS 1x
PCS 3x
PCS 5x
None of These


42. Indian Railways will build India’s first vertical-lift bridge to connect Rameswaram to mainland India, allowing ships to pass without any hindrance. It would replace __________________-year-old Pamban bridge, to be ready by 2023.

  1. New Vertical Bridge will have a 63-metre stretch which will lift up while remaining parallel to the deck to allow access to the ships.
  2. Pamban Bridge was first sea bridge of India and was the longest sea bridge in India until the Bandra-Worli Sea Link was opened in 2010.
54
104
94
124
None of These


43. India’s first international indigenous film festival will be held in February 2019 in ___________________, as an initiative of activist film collective ‘Video Republic’.

Odisha
Jharkhand
Chhattisgarh
Bihar
None of These


44. India’s largest Cancer Institute named National Cancer Institute (NCI) opened in Jhajjar (________________), to be formally inaugurated in January 2019 for public services. It wil be headed by G.K. Rath. NCI is built at cost of Rs 2035 crores, and will act as thenodal institution for all cancer-related activities in India.

Manipur
Assam
Himachal Pradesh
Punjab
Haryana


45. __________________ assembly passed law to ban sexual extortion of woman in offices and became first Indian state to amend law on Sextortion.

  1. New law amended section 154, 161 and schedule of Criminal Procedure Code and Section 53 of Evidence Act to bring Sextortion as a similar offence prescribed under RPC. New Section E has been added to Section 354 of Ranbir Penal Code that makes sexual harassment a criminal offence with 3 years of imprisonment.
  2. Ranbir Penal Code - Indian Penal code is not applicable to Jammu and Kashmir and in place of IPC, a similar criminal law Ranbir Penal Code applies in . It was introduced by Ranbir Singh during Dogra Dynasty and it came in effect from 1932. Provision of code was prepared by Thomas Babington Macaulay.
Haryana
Jammu and Kashmir
Punjab
Uttarakhand
None of These


46. Kaiga Atomic Power Station in ______________________ has set a new world record, with one of its units operating uninterrupted for more than 940 days. This is a record for all kinds of nuclear power-generating units, including advanced gas-based reactors globally.

Karnataka
Kerala
Telangana
Andhra Pradesh
None of These


47. ____________________ became first state to have 4 international airports, with inauguration of Kannur airport. other three international airports are AT Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut.

Odisha
Andhra Pradesh
Telangana
Karnataka
Kerala


48. Kolkata-Patna bercame India’s 2nd Inland Water Transport (IWT) origin-destination pair for containerised cargo movement on National Waterway-1.

  1. Ministry of Shipping is developing NW-1 (River Ganga) under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) from Haldia to Varanasi (1390 Km) with assistance of World Bank, at estimated cost of INR ______________________ crores.
5369
369
15369
10369
None of These


49. _______________ Updates -

  1. Government announced setting up of a new Adhyatmik Vibhag (spiritual department), to be set up by merging several existing departments.
  2. Government declared Kuno wildlife sanctuary as a national park, in compliance with condition imposed by Supreme Court for ‘translocation of Asiatic lions from Gir in Gujarat.’
Gujarat
Madhya Pradesh
Rajasthan
Haryana
None of These


50. ______________ Updates -

  1. Government launched World Bank assisted State’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART) Project to transform rural aras. SMART Project aims to create and support value chains in post-harvest segments of agriculture, facilitate agribusiness investment, stimulate SMEs within value chain. It will be implemented in 10,000 villages of state.
  2. Govt. launched ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Schools’ for students in rural areas.
  3. Government allowed citizens to inspect records in district-level offices and local bodies throughout state under Right To Information (RTI) for 2 hours every Monday (3 pm to 5 pm ). It aims to bring transparency in functioning of government and reduce RTI applications. People can directly go to the offices and inspect the records.
  4. Government approved INR 4089 crores for Tembhu lift irrigation scheme in Tembhu village of Satara district. The perennially drought prone areas of Satara, Solapur and Sangli districts will get benefit by this scheme.
Punjab
Rajasthan
Gujarat
Haryana
Maharashtra


51. _____________ Assembly passed bill named  Protection from Mob Violence Bill 2018, which recommends life imprisonment for those involved in mob violence if it results in death of a person.

Manipur
Meghalaya
Assam
Tripura
None of These


52. ______________ Govt. launched State Health Insurance Scheme(MHIS-IV) in convergence with that of Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme. It targets to cover over 8 lakh households offering over 2300 medical and surgical packages and up to Rs 5 lakh per family, functional from February 2019. It covers all citizens in state while Ayushman Bharat(Centre’s Scheme) targets bottom 40 % of lower income families.

Assam
Manipur
Meghalaya
Tripura
None of These


53. Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment and Forests & Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan inaugurated newly constructed International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) Complex in INCOIS (__________________________).

  1. UNESCO Category 2 Centre established as a training facility at INCOIS will give an opportunity to Nations bordering Indian Ocean and small island nations in Pacific to benefit from expertise of INCOIS in areas of ocean science and management.
  2. UNESCO approved offer of Government of India to establish ITCOocean as a UNESCO Category 2 Centre in November 2017, Aimed at assist Member Nations of IOC/UNESCO in areas of ocean science and management.
Ahmedabad
Surat
Mumbai
Hyderabad
None of These


54. Minister of State (IC) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh launched iGOT (_____________________________) developed by Department of Personnel and Training (Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions). It will augment existing training mechanism with online module-based training coupled with certification. This will make training inputs available to government servant on site and on flexitime basis.

Integrated Global Online Training Programme
Integrated Government Online Trading Programme
International Government Online Training Programme
Internal Government Online Training Programme
Integrated Government Online Training Programme


55. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched Asiatic Lion Conservation Project, to protect world’s last ranging free population of Asiatic Lion and its associated ecosystem. Its budget for 3 years is approx INR 98 Crore.

  1. Asiatic lions once ranged from Persia (Iran) to Palamau in Eastern India, were almost driven to extinction by indiscriminate hunting and habitat loss. Single population of less than 50 lions persisted in Gir forests of ________________________ by late 1890's. With efforts of Indian Government, number of Asiatic lions increased to over 500.
Rajasthan
Haryana
Gujarat
Punjab
None of These


56. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched Twitter account ___________________ to spread awareness about cybercrimes and normal precautions to be taken.

@CyberDost
@CyberHelp
@CyberGov
@CyberMitra
None of These


57. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways notified amendments in Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, to rule that All new vehicles will be sold pre-fitted with High Security Registration Plates – HSRP from the 1st ___________________, 2019. It is likely to improve the coverage of HSRP on vehicles, while ensuring its quality by the vehicle manufacturers.

May
April
Feb
March
None of These


58. Ministry of Shipping approved development of INR 156 crore freight village in Varanasi (__________________), adjoining Inland Waterways Terminal on River Ganga. It will serve as a cargo hub, and a centre for aggregation and value addition.

Uttar Pradesh
Haryana
Punjab
Himachal Pradesh
None of These


59. MoRD (Ministry of Rural Development) signed MOU with _______________________ India Ltd for training rural youth for skill development, to provide training to over 5000 candidates in two years with assured placement to the rural youth of our country

Maruti Suzuki
Volkswagen
Toyota
Bajaj
None of These


60. NITI Aayog partnered with Perlin (Singapore-based AI start up) to launch ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon’,  to further expand the idea of‘Artificial Intelligence, AI for All’. It aims to develop solutions that deliver twin benefit of efficient computing to address the infrastructure challenges, while also not compromising on privacy of data for training AI algorithms. Hackathon will be run two stages in Jan and Mar 2019.

  1. First stage will invite ideas for use cases of multi-party computation in areas such as Healthcare, Education, Agriculture, Urbanization, Financial Inclusion.
  2. 2nd stage will call for these ideas to be matured and developed, with a focus on privacy preserving AI and distributed computing.
  3. Winners will share in a prize pool worth USD _________________.
$100,000
$500000
$150,000
$50,000
None of These


61. NITI Aayog released 2nd Delta ranking for Aspirational Districts, measureing progress made by them between June - October 2018 across six developmental areas - Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion, Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure -

  1. Most Improved (June - October 2018 Period) -
    1. Virudhunagar (Tamil Nadu)
    2. Nuapada (Odisha)
    3. Siddharthnagar (Uttar Pradesh)
    4. Aurangabad (Bihar)
    5. Koraput (Odisha)
  2. Least Improved (June - October 2018 Period) -
    1. Pakur (__________________________) - Rank 111
    2. Hailakandi (Assam) - Rank 110
    3. Chatra (Jharkhand) - Rank 109
West Bengal
Odisha
Bihar
Jharkhand
None of These


62. NITI Aayog unveiled its comprehensive national Strategy for New India, which defines clear objectives for 2022-23, titled ‘_____________________’. Focus of Strategy document is to further improve policy environment in which private investors and other stakeholders can contribute their fullest towards achieving the goals set out for New India 2022 and propel India towards a USD 5 trillion economy by 2030. Document has been disaggregated under four sections - Drivers, Infrastructure, Inclusion and Governance.

Strategy for New India @175
Strategy for New India @75
Strategy for Young India @75
Strategy for Developing India @75
None of These


63. _____________________ Updates

  1. Banned all mining activities within 10 km of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, following a plea challenging environmental clearance granted to 24 mines within 10 km radius. Supreme Court in 2006 had prohibited mining within 1 km of national parks and sanctuaries.
  2. Has put INR 5 crore penalty on West Bengal Govt for its failure to comply with orders to improve air quality of Kolkata and Howrah.
  3. Dismissed Tamilnadu government’s order of May 2018 to permanently shut down Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi. Recently, the Tamil Nadu government has announced to approach the Supreme Court challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s order allowing the reopening of .
    1. Thoothukudi Sterlite Plant is largest copper smelter plant in India, operated by Vedanta group. It started operation in 1998 till 2018 when the plant was shut on the orders of Tamil Nadu government in May 2018, after various violent protests from locals demanding the entire shutdown of operational smelting plants.
    2. This plant is long-opposed by local residents for polluting their environment as well as causing a range of health problems and has been subject to several closures, on grounds of violating environmental norms.
President
Prime Minister
Supreme Court
CAG
National Green Tribunal


64. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) launched a toll-free number _________________________________ and a facility to file complaints through Common Service Center (CSC). People can now send their complaints related to human rights violation through both the free number and CSCs.

14433
12233
14455
24433
None of These


65. New State government of ______________________ abolished condition of a minimum educational qualification to contest local body elections, which was put in place in 2015 by previous Goverment.

  1. Candidates were Required to have passed Class X for contesting municipal elections, Class VIII for contesting panchayat polls for the post of a sarpanch, and Class X for contesting zila parishad or panchayat samiti elections.
West Bengal
Odisha
Chhattisgarh
Rajasthan
None of These


66. ______________ Updates -

  1. Government launched Peoples Empowerment - Enabling Transparency and Accountability of Odisha Initiatives (PEETHA) initiative, as part of 3T initiative of Technology, Transparency and Team Work model. PEETHA is a sub-scheme of the Odisha government's flagship Ama Gaon Ama Bikash Yojana.
  2. Govt. announced INR 10000 crores Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme to empower small, marginal & landless farmers as well as landless labourers. It would cover 92% (over 30 lakh) of cultivators, loanee and non-loanee, share-croppers & landless labourers.
  3. Forest department will add another olive ridley mass nesting site to its wildlife map, after preparing beach at Bahuda river mouth in Ganjam districtm, to lure endangered turtles to come over for mass nesting next year.
    1. Gahirmatha marine sanctuary and Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam district are main Olive Ridley Nesting sites in Odisha.
    2. Olive Ridley turtle is smallest and most abundant of all sea turtle found in world, known for their unique mass nesting called Arribada, where thousands of females come together on the same beach each year to lay eggs.
  4. Kandhamal Haldi (turmeric) will get Geographical Indications (GI) tag, famous for its healing properties. It is main cash crop of tribal people in Kandhamal. It is also used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.
Jharkhand
Chhattisgarh
Odisha
West Bengal
None of These


67. PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Bogibeel Bridge as India’s longest rail-road bridge with length of _____________________ km.

  1. Former PM HD Deve Gowda laid foundation stone for Bogibeel bridge in January 1997, work started in April 2002 by Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  2. Its India's only fully welded bridge and for first time European codes and welding standards were adhered to. It has lifespan of over 120 years.
  3. It connects southern bank of Brahmaputra River in Assam’s Dibrugarh district with Silapathar in Dhemaji district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh. It is constructed at a cost of Rs 5,900 crores and it is Asia’s second-longest railroad bridge.
  4. It is referred to as “Lifeline of Assam”, and is an important asset for entire north-eastern region.
  5. Benefits include reducing travel time from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh to four hours and eliminate a detour of over 170 km via Tinsukia. It also reduces train travel time between Delhi and Dibrugarh by about three hours.
1.94
4.94
8.94
14.94
None of These


68. PM Narendra Modi inaugurated International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC) in ____________________, as 6th campus of IRRI SARC. IRRI SARC will educate scientists and agriculture leaders about latest technologies and innovations for sustainable farming.

Delhi
Varanasi
Mumbai
Patna
None of These


69. PM Narendra Modi released commemorative stamp on Maharaja Suheldev, who ias said to have defeated and killed Ghaznavid general Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masud at Bahraich (_________________), in early 11th century.

Himachal Pradesh
Punjab
Haryana
Uttar Pradesh
None of These


70. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched ‘Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin’ initiative In ____________________, to improve accessibility to basic sanitary pads and create employment opportunity to women.

  1. In February 2018, state government had launched ‘Khushi’ scheme, to provide free sanitary napkins in government schools.
Odisha
Jharkhand
Chhattisgarh
West Bengal
None of These


71. Power Ministry mandated use of smart prepaid electricity meters in the country beginning April 2019, to be completed in 3 years. This would help in reduction in AT&C losses, better health of DISCOMs, ease of bill payments and doing away with paper bills.

  1. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways mandated fitting of ______________________ (HSRP) for all vehicles from April 2019. An HSRP is a chromium-based hologram on number plates, making it easier to track in case of stolen vehicle.
High security registration plates
Hole security registration plates
Humid security registration plates
High security recursion plates
None of These


72. President’s rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, after a span of _______________________________ years, after President Ram Nath Kovind signing a proclamation to implement recommendation of state Governor Satya Pal Malik for the same

12
22
2
32
None of These


73. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced annual _____________ Award for National Integration, to be given annually for outstanding efforts to further national integration.

Mahatama Gandhi
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Sardar Patel
None of These


74. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched several developmental initiatives in _______________________, worth over INR 14500 crores, as part of Mission Purbodaya : a prosperous East for building a new India -

  1. Released a commemorative stamp and coin on Paika Rebellion. The Paika Rebellion (Paika Bidroha) was fought against British rule, in 1817. It is noted as First ever armed conflict as part of Indian Freedom movement. A Chair on Paika Rebellion has been set up in Utkal University Bhubaneswar.
  2. Inaugurated Lalitgiri Museum, a famous Buddhist centre of archaeological importance, comprising Stupa, Viharas (monasteries) and images of Lord Buddha. 
  3. Dedicated IIT Bhubaneswar campus and inaugurated new ESIC Hospital at Bhubaneswar.
  4. Laid foundation of Paradip-Hyderabad Pipeline Product Project by IOCL and Bokaro-Angul section of Jagdishpur-Haldia & Bokaro-Dhamra Gas Pipeline Project by GAIL.
West Bengal
Bihar
Chhattisgarh
Jharkhand
Odisha


75. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands, to mark ______________________ anniversary of hoisting of Tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

  1. On December 30 in 1943, Indian tricolour was hoisted at Cellular Jail in Port Blair for first time by legendary freedom fighter Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. It was before India attained Independence, declaring island as the free territory from British rule.
  2. Central Government released Rs 75 coin to commemorate this historic event.
  3. On this occasion, Govt. renamed Ross Island as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and Havelock Island renamed as Swaraj Dweep.
55th
25th
75th
105th
None of These


76. ______________ District court became first court in India to allow e-payments of court fee, judicial deposits, fines and penalties, the facility which will be eventually available across all courtrooms in country to bring transparency to cash transactions.

Pune
Mumbai
Ahmedabad
Patna
None of These


77. Punjab Assembly passed a resolution for seeking _________________ reservation for women in Parliament and State legislative assembly.

20 %
10 %
30 %
50 %
None of These


78. Railways Minister Piyush Goyal dedicated India’s first railway university to Nation in Vadodara (_____________________), as 3rd such institution in world after Russia and China, named as National Rail and Transportation Institution (NRTI). Chairman of Railways Board Ashok Lohani is named Vice Chancellor of University.

Himachal Pradesh
Punjab
Haryana
Gujarat
None of These


79. Shi Yomi became ______________________ district of Arunachal Pradesh, created by bifurcating West Siang district with its headquarters at Tato. 2 more districts Pakke-Kesang and Lepa Rada will be formally inaugurated in state.

  1. In August 2018, State assembly passed Arunachal Pradesh Re-Organisation of Districts (Amendment) Bill 2018 for creation of three new districts, Pakke-Kesang, Lepa Rada and Shi Yomi.
13rd
3rd
33rd
43rd
23rd


80. Silao Khaja, the Traditional delicacy of Nalanda district of _______________________, has been granted GI tag by Geographical Indications Registry (Chennai). Silao Khaja is a crisp, multi-layered dough sheeted sweet, made up of wheat-flour, sugar, maida, ghee, cardamon and aniseeds as ingredients.

Jharkhand
Chhattisgarh
Bihar
West Bengal
None of These


81. ______________ Updates -

  1. Government distributed 200 NavIC- powered satellite-enabled communication devices developed by ISRO to 80 fishing boat groups in Tamil Nadu. These gadgets will help fishermen to get cyclone and weather updates on a real-time basis. Alerts received can be read on NavIC App.
    1. NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) is touted to be Indian version of USA's merican GPS (Global Positioning System), consisting of 8 satellites. NavIC provides accurate real-time position, navigation and timing services over India and region extending 1,500 km around Indian borders.
  2. Government hiked health insurance cover under Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) from 2 to Rs 5 lakh. Through this, state would cover 1027 medical procedures for most of those who earn less than 72,000 per annum.
  3. Government launched a 24-hour toll-free helpline ‘181’ for women facing domestic violence and sexual harassment.
Tamil Nadu
Telangana
Kerala
Karnataka
None of These


82. ___________________’s MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre entered Guinness Book of World Records ‘for organising the largest men’s Health Awareness programme on prostate cancer on a single day.’

Kerala
Telangana
Karnataka
Andhra Pradesh
None of These


83. Tourism Ministry handed over an MOU to Resbird Technologies under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project for development of a mobile audio guide application for five iconic sites - Amer Fort (__________________), Kaziranga (Assam), Colva Beach (Goa), Kumarakom (Kerala), Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar).

Rajasthan
Haryana
Punjab
Himachal Pradesh
None of These


84. Tribal Baduga community in Nilgiris district of ___________________ celebrated their annual Heddaiyamman festival.

Tamil Nadu
Andhra Pradesh
Kerala
Karnataka
None of These


85. ______________ Updates -

  1. State Cabinet approved constituting Bundelkhand Development Board (BDB) and Purvanchal Development Board (PDB). Cabinet also approved setting up of the State Traders Welfare Board to address problems faced by traders in state with regards to the GST.
  2. Government announced creation of an umbrella university named after former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. University would be the controlling authority of all medical and dental colleges and nursing institutions in state.
  3. Government initiated One District, One Product scheme to encourage indigenous and specialized products and crafts of state. It aims to revive Rich traditional heritages of state by reviving them through modernization and publicisation.
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Punjab
Uttar Pradesh
None of These


86. _________________ Govt. approval for an online system for mutation of propert, to ease property mutation and check illegal practices. State Cabinet also approved a proposal by Flipkart to set up a logistic hub at Haringhata in Nadia district, at investment of Rs INR 991 crores.

Gujarat
Odisha
Jharkhand
West Bengal
None of These


87. Government notified ________________ Central Agencies giving them power to intercept, monitor and decrypt all data contained in any computer system in India. The Agencies are Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, CBI, National Investigation Agency, Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Research and Analysis Wing, Directorate of Signal Intelligence (in Jammu & Kashmir, the North-East and Assam) and the Delhi Police.

  1. Section 69 of Information Technology Act 2000 provides for interception and monitoring along with decryption for cyber-crime investigations. This notification by government caused oppositon in Parliament.
  2. Government clarified that it has not given blanket power to any agency to intercept information from any computer and they have to strictly adhere to existing rules and stick to the book while carrying out such action.
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