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1. Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) siged 2 MoUs with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), to launch the programme “__________________” with objective to promote awareness about forests and environment.

  1. Through this collaboration, knowledge will be imparted to students/teachers of NVS and KVS on environment, forest, environmental services and contemporary areas of forestry research by way of lectures and interactive sessions by scientists of ICFRE institutes.
  2. MoUs are signed for period of 10 years are expected to make youth sensitive about issues of environment and forests and help them to become responsible citizens.
PRAKRITI
SUKRITI
SANSKRITI
KRITI
None of These


2. 17.86 KM long Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake to Shiv Vihar section of Delhi Metro Pink Line has been flagged off, taking Delhi Metro to league of top metro networks with operational length over 300 km (like London, Beijing, Shanghai and New York). Delhi Metro Network has now become _____________ kilometres long with 229 metro stations.

114
214
314
414
None of These


3. 4 day international dance festival titled "Udbhav Utsav" held in Gwalior (________________).

West Bengal
Odisha
Jharkhand
Madhya Pradesh
None of These


4. 4th International Film Festival of Shimla “IFFS 2018” concluded in Shimla (________________). Best Feature Film award was given to Sinjar by Sandeep Pampally.

Uttarakhand
Rajasthan
Punjab
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh


5. 6th India International Silk Fair (IISF) held at Pragati Maidan in ____________________, organised by Indian Silk Export Promotion Council (ISEPC).

  1. India is 2nd largest producer of silk after China.
Mumbai
Pune
New Delhi
Imphal
None of These


6. According to Teen Age Girls (TAG) Report, which compares the performance of each State based on the status of their teenage girls -

  1. _________________ topped the charts, followed by Mizoram, Sikkim, Manipur and Himachal Pradesh. Top three cities - Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.
  2. This is India’s first report on what it means to be a teenage girl in India, Compiled by Naandi Foundation with support from Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Kerala
Karnataka
Telangana
Andhra Pradesh
None of These


7. According to a World Health Organization report, __________________ is world’s most depressed country, closely followed by China and USA. Also according to the 2015-16 National Mental Health Survey (NMHS) implemented by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, every 6th Indian needs mental health help.

USA
India
Russia
Iraq
None of These


8. Ahead of Kumbh Mela 2019, _________________ Government will rename Allahabad district as Prayagraj.

Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
Rajasthan
Himachal Pradesh
None of These


9. Alphonso Mango from Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Thane and Raigad districts of _________________ has been registered as Geographical Indication (GI).

  1. GI is an indication used on products with a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. GI products can benefit the rural economy in remote areas, by supplementing the incomes of artisans, farmers, weavers and craftsmen.
  2. King of mangoes, Alphonso, better known as ‘Hapus’ in Maharashtra, is in demand in domestic and international markets not only for its taste but also for pleasant fragrance and vibrant colour.
Maharashtra
Goa
Gujarat
Rajasthan
None of These


10. _______________________ Government become first Indian state to offer a Wage Compensation Scheme for pregnant women working in tea gardens of stae -

  1. INR 12000 will be given to pregnant women in 4 instalments - 2000 in 1st trimester, 4000 in 2nd trimester, 3000 for institutional delivery and 3000 for registration of child's birth. Women will also get maternity leaves, ranging 3 months before delivery to 3 months after delivery.
Meghalaya
Tripura
Nagaland
Assam
None of These


11. __________________ celebrated its 3rd Bihu festival known as Kati Bihu’ festival across state. Name of the other 2 Bihu festivals is: Rongali and Bohagi Bihu.

Nagaland
Manipur
Meghalaya
Assam
None of These


12. BSNL signed MOU with Nokia Solutions and Networks to leverage Industry 4.0 for manufacturing excellence at Nokia’s factory in Oragadam, near Chennai (___________________). It will now leverage Industry 4.0 solutions such as Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), connected Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, and the Internet of Things to enhance operations and increase productivity.

Telangana
Tamilnadu
Kerala
Andhra Pradesh
None of These


13. _____________________'s Shahi litchi got Geographical Indication (GI) tag, making it an exclusive brand. Shahi litchi is famous for its sweet, juicy, unique flavour and aroma, is mostly grown in Muzaffarpur and neighbouring districts including East Champaran, Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai.

West Bengal
Odisha
Chhattisgarh
Jharkhand
Bihar


14. CSIR has developed Less Polluting Firecrackers named – SWAS (__________________), safe minimal aluminium (SAFAL) and safe thermite cracker (STAR), which are environment friendly and are 15-20 % cheaper than conventional ones.E-crackers also being developed with products like E-Ladi, E-Anar, E-cracker.

Safe water releaser
Safe water restorer
Sore water releaser
Safe water rehearsal
None of These


15. Cabinet Approvals (Oct 03, 2018) -

  1. General Approvals -
    1. Approved implementation of  Indore Metro Rail Project (_____________) , with Ring Line of length 31.55 Km, to connect major public nodes.
      1. Length of the Ring Line is 31.55 km, with 30 Stations on Ring Line
      2. Estimated cost is INR 7500 crores and it will be completed in four years.
    2. Approved implementation of Bhopal Metro Rail Project (_____________), comprising two corridors of total length 27.87 Km - Karond Circle to AIIMS (14.99 Km) and Bhadbhada Square to Ratnagiri Tiraha (12.88 Km) -
      1. Estimated cost is INR 6941 crores and project will be completed in 4 years.
    3. Approved 2nd Protocol amending Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with Singapore.
    4. Approved Redevelopment of Railway Stations by IRSDC as Nodal Agency, through simplified procedures and longer lease tenure (upto 99 years). Multiple sub leasing, simplified bid procedures Redevelopment will create smart stations that will function as mini smart cities.
    5. Approved establishment of National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation(NIMHR) in Sehore District (Bhopal-Sehore highway) instead of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, as decided earlier.
  2. MOUs -
    1. Russia - Road Transport, MSME.
  3. CCEA Approvals -
    1. Approved providing a package of 469 crores for Revival and Mill Development Plan (RMDP) of PSU NEPA Limited, in Nepanagar (Madhya Pradesh).
    2. To boost farmers’ income, CCEA approved increase in Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all Rabi crops for 2018-19 to be marketed in 2019-20 season. It will give additional return to farmers of INR 62635 crores to at least 50 % return over cost of production and will aid in doubling farmers’ income.
      1. Increase in MSPs of wheat has been raised by 105 per quintal, safflower by 845 per quintal, barley by 30 per quintal, masur (lentil) by 225 per quintal, gram by 220 per quintal and rapeseed & mustard by 200 per quintal.
West Bengal
Odisha
Jharkhand
Madhya Pradesh
None of These


16. Cabinet Approvals (Oct 10, 2018)

  1. General Approvals -
    1. Approved closure of National Jute Manufactures Corporation Ltd. (NJMC) and its subsidiary Birds Jute & Exports Ltd. (BJEL).
      1. NJMC has been incurring losses for several years and was under reference to BIFR since 1993. Its primary product was hessian jute bags used for packaging of food grain used by various State Governments.
    2.  Approved establishment of permanent campuses of 2 new Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs) at Tirupati (___________________________) and Berhampur (Odisha). Cost  is INR 3074 crores.
    3. Approved merger of skills space regulatory institutions National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) into National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET).
      1. NCVET will regulate entities engaged in vocational education and training, and establish minimum standards for their functioning. 
    4. Approved Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employees Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days’ wages for the financial year 2017-18 for About 11.91 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees.
  2. MOUs -
    1. Lebanon - agriculture and allied sectors.
    2. Romania - Tourism.
    3. Finland - Environmental Cooperation.
  3. CCEA Approvals -
    1. Approved closure of Biecco Lawrie Limited (BLL) including giving Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) to its employees.
      1. BLL is a Schedule ‘C’ CPSE with 67.33% and 32.33% equity share held by Oil Industry Development Board (OIDB) and Government of India respectively. It operates in four segments - Switchgear Manufacturing, Electrical Repair, Projects Division and Lube blending & filling facility.
      2. BLL has been making losses for several years. Net worth of Company stood  - 78.88 crores at end of FY 2017-18 and accumulated loss during 2017-18 were - 153.95 crores.
Telangana
Kerala
Andhra Pradesh
Karnataka
None of These


17. Cabinet Approvals (Oct 24, 2018) -

  1. General Approvals -
    1. Approved setting up of Indian Institute of Skills(IISs) across the country in Public Private Partnership (PPP), to augment global competitiveness of key sectors of Indian economy by providing high quality skill training and applied research education.
    2. Approved appointment of Adjudicating Authority and establishment of Appellate Tribunal under Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act (PBPT) 1988. It is aimed at better administration of cases referred to Adjudicating Authority and speedy disposal of appeals filed against order of the Adjudicating Authority before Appellate Tribunal.
    3. Approved constitution of a High Level Steering Committeefor periodically reviewing and refining the National Indicator Framework (NIF) for monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with associated targets. It will be chaired by Chief Statistician of India and Secretary in Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI, Currently Pravin Srivastava.
      1. SDGs with 17 Goals and 169 Targets intend for promotion of sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth, creating greater opportunities for all, reducing inequalities, raising basic standards of living, fostering equitable social development and inclusion, promoting integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems.
      2. NIF will help in outcome-based monitoring & reportingon progress on SDGs at National level.
    4. Creation of 1 post of Director in basic pay of Rs. 2,25,000/- (fixed) plus NPA (under 237500) each for new AIIMS at Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh), Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Bathinda (Punjab), Guwahati (Assam), Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh) and Deoghar (Jharkhand).
  2. MOUs -
    1. Approved signing and ratification of Extradition Treaty with Malawi (East Africa).
    2. MoU among BRICS Nations for Cooperation in Social and Labour Sphere, Environment.
    3. MoU with Singapore on constitution of a Joint Working Group (JWG) on FinTech.
    4. MoU between Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Certified Professional Accountants Afghanistan (CPA Afghanistan) 
  3. CCEA Approvals -
    1. Creation of special  Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF), with size _________________________________________ crores, comprising 5,266 crores to be raised by Nodal Loaning Entities (NLEs), 1316 crores beneficiaries contribution and 939 crores budgetary support from Government.  NABARD, National Cooperatives Development Corporation (NCDC) and Banks shall be NLEs.
      1. It aims to achieve fish production of 15 million tonnes by 2020 and 20 million tonnes by 2022-23, up from current production of 11.4 million tonnes.
    2. Increase in supervisory visit charges for ASHA Facilitators from 250 per visit to 300 per visit for 2018-2019 to 2019- 2020. ASHA Facilitator will undertake about 20 supervisory visits per month.
    3. New Railway Between Bahraich and Khalilabad in Uttar Pradesh, to serve 5 districts of Uttar Pradesh including 4 aspirational districts (Bahraich, Balrampur, Shravasti and Siddharth Nagar) and Sant Kabirnagar. It will cost approx 4939 crores and will be completed by 2024-25.
9522
7522
17522
522
None of These


18. Central Government launch ______________________________________ (IMPRESS) scheme to promote research in Social Sciences.

  1. Government support would be funding of 414 crore on 1500 projects for policy themes in the social sciences at cost of 20-25 Lakh per project.
  2. 11 Thematic Areas - State and Democracy Urban transformation, Media, Culture and Society Employment, Skills and Rural transformation Governance, Innovation and Public Policy Growth, Macro-trade and Economic Policy Agriculture and Rural Development Health and Environment Science and Education Social Media and Technology Politics, Law and Economics.
  3. Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR) will be the project implementing agency.
Internal Policy Research in Social Sciences
Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences
Impactful Policy Role in Social Sciences
International Policy Research in Social Sciences
None of These


19. Central Information Commission (CIC) brought sports Body ________________ under the RTI (Right to Information) Act.

Hockey India
SAI
AIFF
BCCI
None of These


20. Coal India and NLC India (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation) will jointly set up __________________ MW of power generation capacity of which 3000 MW would be solar powered while the rest 2000 MW would be coal-fuelled.

  1. Coal India has been tasked to become a net zero emission energy company by the ministry of coal, a move which requires it to generate 3,000 MW of solar power.
5000
3000
15000
2000
None of These


21. ________________ government launched Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship Programme that seeks to attract young leaders across the country to work with it on addressing some of the most pressing urban challenges. Fellows will be assigned to work with ministers or senior officials and will be paid remuneration of Rs 1.25 lakh per month (75,000 per month to Associate Fellows).

Delhi
Mumbai
Nashik
Pune
None of These


22. Dharmendra Pradhan (Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship) launched SATAT (_______________________________) as an innovative initiative to make available Compressed Bio-Gas CBG in market for use in automotive fuels.

  1. Under it, with PSU Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) are inviting Expression of Interest (EoI) to set up CBG production plants, by 31st March, 2019.
  2. Government is keen to set up 5000 CBG plants in next 5 years. Government will incur 75,000 Crore capital expenditure for setting up infrastructure for City Gas distribution network.
  3. SATAT initiative promises efficient municipal solid waste management and tackling problem of polluted urban air due to farm stubble-burning and carbon emissions.
Safe Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation
Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation
Sustainable Acceptable Towards Affordable Transportation
Sustainable Alternative Towards Accurate Transportation
None of These


23. Election Commission announced Schedule for General Elections to Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, _________________________ (NE) & Telangana (To be held in November - December 2018).

Manipur
Assam
Sikkim
Mizoram
None of These


24. Environment Ministry launched Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali campaign, which was initiated in 2017-18, aiming to minimize bursting of crackers. This campaign is now merged with “_________________________” movement, initiated as a social mobilization for protection of environment.

Global Good Dual
Green Good Dual
Global Green Deed
Global Good Deed
Green Good Deed


25. First India-_____________Innovation Centre entrepreneurial technology hub launched in Bengaluru (Karnataka), to forge local partnerships and joint ventures between companies from two countries.

Ireland
Brazil
Israel
Argentina
None of These


26. Foundation stone for India's largest Dry Dock laid at Cochin Shipyard in ________________________, aimed at raising India’s share in global shipbuilding to 2 % (.66 % currently). Currently, Cochin Shipyard has two dry docks. New Dry Dock is being constructed at a cost of 1799 crores. It will be 310 m long, 75m wide, with a depth of 13 m and drought of 9.5m.

Kerala
Kartnataka
Telangana
Andhra Pradesh
None of These


27. Foundation stone for Second Generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-refinery of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited laid at Baulasingha village in Bargarh ditrict of _________________.

  1. The Bio-refinery, the first of its kind to be set up, will have a capacity to produce 3 crore litres of fuel grade Ethanol annually using Rice straw as feedstock. Ethanol produced from this plant will be blended with Petrol. The cost is around 100 Crores.
  2. India has surplus biomass availability of about 120-160 MMT annually which if converted, has potential to yield 3000 crore litres of ethanol. National Biofuel Policy of India 2018 targets 20% Ethanol blending to Petrol by 2030. However, due to non-availability of Ethanol, current Ethanol blending in Petrol is about 3 to 4%.
  3. Setting up of 2G Ethanol plants will help achieve target of Ethanol blending in Petrol. Bargarh Bio-Refinery will utilize about 2 lakh tonnes of Rice straw annually as feedstock which will be sourced from nearby locations.
Jharkhand
Odisha
Chhattisgarh
West Bengal
None of These


28. Four peaks of Himalayan range near Gangotri glacier have been named after Former PM Late Shri ___________________.

Gulzarilal Nanda
Morarji Desai
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Vishwanath Pratap Singh
None of These


29. General Conferences (Oct 1-10, 2018) -

  1. Workshop on 'Best Practices in International Arbitration’ held in New Delhi by NITI Aayog in collaboration with ICC International Court of Arbitration.
  2. 2-day First ever Regional Conference on ‘Women in Detention and Access to Justice’ held at Shimla (____________________________), by Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).
  3. First Uttarakhand Investors Summit held in Dehradun, atracting investments over 125000 Crores.
  4. Exhibition “Revisiting Gandhi: The Art of Shelly Jyoti” held at IGNCA (New Delhi).
  5. India Chem 2018, 10th Biennial International Exhibition & Conference held in Mumbai, as largest event of Chemicals and Petrochemical Industry in India. 
  6. PM Narendra Modi has unveiled a 64-foot-tall statue of peasant leader Sir Chhotu Ram at his native village Sampla in Rohtak district of Haryan, sculpted by renowned sculptor and Padma Bhushan-recipient Ram Vanji Sutar.
  7. International Conference on Technological Advancements in Railway and Metro Projects (IC-TRAM 2018) held in New Delhi.
  8. Women Health for Women Empowerment Conference held in Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh).
  9. Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference of India Region held in Guwahati (Assam).
  10. 14th Hospitality India and Explore the World Annual International Travel Awards 2018 held in New Delhi. Nepal won tourism award. Also, Chandragiri Hills Limited of Nepal got the best tourism destination of Nepal award in hospitality and tourism sector.
  11. Actor Ruhaan Rajput received the Mid-day Young Achiever Icons Award for 2018 recently in Mumbai,. in film and television category for his work in industry in short time.
Uttarakhand
Rajasthan
Haryana
Punjab
Himachal Pradesh


30. General Conferences (Oct 11-20, 2018) -

  1. 6th UAE-India High-Level Joint Task Force meeting held in Mumbai. During this, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu announced setting up of a special UAE desk to facilitate investments and resolve any business issues between two nations.
  2. 8th European Congress on SMEs held in Katowice (_________________________), with theme Science- Business-Self Government TOGETHER FOR ECONOMY.
  3. Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi unfurled India’s highest tricolour on the terrace of the majestic Haj House in Mumbai. It measured 20×30 feet and stood 350 feet.
  4. 46th world’s largest IHGF-Delhi Fair held at India Expo Centre & Mart at Greater Noida (UP). It has played a vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from country and has special importance for handicrafts sector. 
  5. Turkey will host a summit for Turkey, France, Germany and Russia in Istanbul, to discuss conflict in Syria and efforts for a lasting solution to end war in Syria.
  6. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare has released 12th Analytical Report of the National Health Profile 2018, prepared by Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) since 2005.
  7. inaugural ‘Workshop on Best Practices in International Arbitration’ organised by NITI Aayog and ICC International Court of Arbitration in New Delhi.
  8. 6th Interregional Ministerial Meeting of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) held in Singapore. C. R. Chaudhary (Minister of State (MoS) for Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution) Visited On India's Behalf.
  9. India and Japan held their 2nd edition of ‘Japan-India Act East Forum’ in New Delhi.
  10. Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan Launched air quality early warning system for Delhi.
  11. 6th India International Silk Fair (IISF) HELD in New Delhi. India is 2nd largest producer of silk in world, providing gainful employment to around 8 million artisans and weavers in rural areas.
Norway
Sweden
Poland
Switzerland
None of These


31. General Conferences (Oct 21 - 31, 2018) -

  1. 4th World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM-2019) will be organised in Mumbai in January - February 2019, to be organised jointly by Government of Maharashtra, Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS), IIT Bombay & TISS Mumbai. WCDM 2019 will be largest assembly on disaster management outside UN system.
  2. 5th National Summit on “Good & Replicable Practices & Innovations in Public Health Care Systems in India” held at Kaziranga (______________________________).
  3. 10th Edition of BIOFACH INDIA, the largest show on the “Organic Sector” in India, held at Pragati Maidan (New Delhi), with theme Enhancing export of organic products trade from India – strategies and synergies.
  4. 6th North East festival and 15th edition of Indian International Centre festival organized in New Delhi.
  5. 20th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2018 held at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Dubai (UAE).
  6. 5th Edition of ‘Women of India National Organic Festival’ held in New Delhi.
  7. Krishi Kumbh 2018 held in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), to pave way for new technology to be imbibed and better opportunities to created in the agriculture sector.
  8. 36th Indian Carpets Expo held at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), to augment efforts of the handicrafts and small and medium industries.
  9. 3-day Sagar Discourse 2 conference held in Panaji  (Goa), organized by Forum for Integrated National Security.
  10. Conclave on Capital Goods for Steel Sector, manufacture in India, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Bhubaneswar (Odisha). 38 pacts worth $5 billion were signed among 20 technology providers, to boost manufacturing of capital goods for iron and steel industry.
  11. Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) launched Harit Diwali-Swasth Diwali campaign aimed to reduce adverse environmental conditions after Diwali celebrations due to excessive bursting of crackers. It is merged with “Green Good Deed” movement that has been initiated as social mobilization for conservation and protection of environment.
  12. First trilateral meeting among India, Afghanistan and Iran of Coordination Council of Chabahar Agreement took place in Tehran (Iran). Indian delegation was led by Secretary (Economic Relations) TS Tirumurti.
  13. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated International Arya Mahasammelan 2018 in Delhi.
  14. NITI Aayog organized 4th NITI Lecture Series at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, with theme AI for ALL: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Inclusive Growth.
  15. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation organised a seminar on Gandhian thoughts and Swachhta to make India a Swacch Bharat by 2019 - 150 the birthday celebration of M K Gandhi.
  16. 2nd Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF 2018) began in Assam, with theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ Focus region of GIFF 2018 is the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region.
  17. Childrens Film Bonanza concluded at Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh), organized by Children’s Film Society of India (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting).
Mizoram
Manipur
Nagaland
Assam
None of These


32. Gogha- Dahej Ro-Pax Ferry service inaugurated in _______________________________, under Sagarmala programme of Ministry of Shipping.

  1. In a successful trial run, 12 loaded trucks were transported by Ro- Pax ferry from Dahej to Goghaacross the Gulf of Cambay, via sea route.
  2. Land route is a 294 km or 8 hour drive, while Ro-Pax service reduces this to just 31 km through sea route by crossing Gulf in Cambay,taking just 1.5 hours.
  3. This is an important development for diamond and textiles traders & workers in Surat to travel via coastal shipping and save the travel time by almost half.
  4. Fully operational Ro Pax service with carrying capacity of 100 vehicles and 500passengers is now opened
  5. Total cost of project is estimated to be 615 Crores, of which 117 Crore is funded by Central Government under Sagarmala programme.
Rajasthan
Gujarat
Haryana
Punjab
None of These


33. Government allowed foreign tourists to visit _______________________ without any restrictions, overpowering its earlier order that made it mandatory for foreign tourists to register with Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) within 24 hours of their arrival. However, citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan will require Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Lakshadweep
Daman and Diu
Goa
None of These


34. Government announced recepients of Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for 2014, 2015 & 2016 -

  1. 2014 - ___________________ dancer Rajkumar Singhajit Singh
  2. 2015 - Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh)
  3. 2016 - Ram Vanji Sutar (Noted sculptor).
  4. Tagore Award -
    1. First Tagore Award was conferred on Noted Sitar Maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar, in 2012. 2nd was conferred on Shri Zubin Mehta in 2013. It carries an amount of Rs. 1 crore, a citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft item.
Marathi
Gujarati
Bhojpuri
Assamese
Manipuri


35. Government launched an air pollution prediction system for _________________, making it easier to alert general public about air quality 48 hours in advance. It is called Air Quality Early Warning System.

Pune
Delhi
Nashik
Ahmedabad
None of These


36. Government observed Vigilance Awareness Week from _________________________ 2018, with 2018 Theme Eradicate Corruption-Build a New India.

Oct 29 - Nov 3
Oct 9 - 16
Nov 29 - 16
Sep 9 - 16
None of These


37. Government will build a stadium of international standard for differently-abled persons in ___________, expected to be completed by 2022, at an estimated cost of over 200 crores.

  1. State Govt also launched flagship scheme “Blue Revolution: Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries”, to enable self-sufficiency in fish production.
Nagaland
Assam
Manipur
Tripura
Meghalaya


38. Government will introduce a bill in Winter Session in December 2018, to speed up inter-state river water dispute resolution among states and manage affairs of 13 river basins across country. Named River Basin Management Bill 2018, it will replace River Board Act ________________ which is only advisory in nature.

  1. Authorities will be set up for river basins of Ganga, Indus, Godavari, Mahanadi, Mahi, Narmada, Pennar, Cauvery, Krishna, Tapi, Subarnrekha, Brahmani-Baitarini and Brahamaputra- Barak-inter-state rivers of north-east.
1956
1856
1976
1946
None of These


39. Government’s think tank NITI Aayog signed agreement with ____________________ India to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to address challenges in agriculture and healthcare and promote adoption of local languages. This will help NITI Aayog to move beyond pilots and understand how to scale AI implementation in sectors characterized by preponderance of public goods.

Google
Microsoft
Facebook
TCS
None of These


40. Govt. laid foundation stone for proposed Museum on Prime Ministers of India at Teen Murti Estate in _________________.

  1. Teen Murti Estate has a total area of 25.50 acres out of which, Nehru Memorial Museum Building occupies around 2 acres only. Government decided to set up Museum on Prime Ministers of India in remaining area of Teen Murti Estate.
Guwahati
Ahmedabad
Mumbai
Pune
New Delhi


41. Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved US _________________ million for enhancing climate resilience for millions of people living in India’s coastal communities. This project will focus on selected vulnerable areas of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha states. It will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions – over 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 will be absorbed through restored ecosystems.

  1. It is part of Green Climate Fund (GCF)'s recently approved over $1 billion new investments for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change, during a meeting in Manama (Bahrain).
$23.4
$43.4
$33.4
$53.4
None of These


42. __________________ Forest Department started vaccination of lions in Gir sanctuary to protect them from a deadly canine distemper virus (CDV) and protozoa infections, The virus blamed for death of as many as 23 lions in Gir sanctuary in less than month.

  1. Asiatic lions are believed to have split from African Lions 100,000 years ago. Gir sanctuary is the only wild population of Asiatic lions in world, having over 523 Asiatic Lions.
Rajasthan
Gujarat
Haryana
Punjab
None of These


43. ________________ Updates -

  1. State Government introduced Pashu Sanjeevni Sewa scheme to provide free of cost health care services to livestock in the state through mobile veterinary clinics. Livestock farmers would be able to avail service 24×7 after giving a call on toll free No.1962.
  2. State Government launched an anti-terrorist force (ATF) ‘Kavach, to deal with security challenges. For this, police recruits will be trained by National Security Guard (NSG).
  3. Launched first-of-its-kind National Autism Intervention Research Centre in Gurugram, in association with Behaviour Momentum India.
Haryana
Gujarat
Rajasthan
Punjab
None of These


44. Home Ministry suggested filling up civil posts in UT of Chandigarh in ratio of ____________________ between Punjab and Haryana. It also suggested to make it optional for Sikh women to wear a helmet while riding 2 Wheeler.

40:60
50:50
70:30
30:70
60:40


45. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced Swachh Campus rankings -

  1. Cleanest Government universities -
    1. Maharashi Dayanand University, ____________________
    2. Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, Punjab
    3. Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi
  2. Cleanest residential campus of private universities - Symbiosis International University, Pune
  3. Cleanest non-residential campus of private universities - ITM University, Raipur
  4. Cleanest technical institutions -
    1. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Coimbatore
    2. IIT Guwahati
    3. Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University in Bhubhaneshwar
    4. IIIT Delhi.
Punjab
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Rajasthan
None of These


46. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched web portal of Scheme (SPARC), at url www.sparc.iitkgp.ac.in.

  1. SPARC scheme aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in world. Under this, 600 joint research proposals will be awarded for 2 years.
  2. Government in August 2018 had sanctioned SPARC scheme at total cost of 418 Crores for implementation up to 31-3-2020 and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is theNational Coordinating Institute to implement it.
Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration
Society for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration
Scheme for Promulgation of Academic and Research Collaboration
Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Recursive Collaboration
None of These


47. ______________________ Police Launched ‘Bharosa’ centre to support women and children afflicted by violence. It would ensure speedy justice to women in distress and has facilities to record statements of children in POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) cases.

Delhi
Mumbai
Pune
Nashik
Hyderabad


48. IIT-__________________ will collaborate with Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) to enhance data-driven governance, by supporting State government on various data science and ICT-related challenges.

Madras
Delhi
Kanpur
Mumbai
None of These


49. IRCTC launched Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered chatbot __________________, aimed at facilitating accessibility by answering users’ queries pertaining to various services offered to railway passengers.

Ask Sahayak
Ask Disha
Ask Tool
Ask Sahaj
None of These


50. India's first engine-less train, "______________________", developed by Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has been unveiled. It is first long-distance train, without a separate locomotive (engine). It is capable of running at a speed of up to 160 kmph.

Train 58
Train 38
Train 8
Train 28
Train 18


51. IndiaSkills 2018, 2nd edition of India’s biggest skill competition held at Aerocity Ground in New Delhi. some of awardees in 46 trades will participate in 45th WorldSkills Competition at Kazan (_______________) in 2019.

Russia
Spain
Poland
Norway
None of These


52. Indian Railways launched its Project ‘_________________’ to upgrade 140 rakes of Mail/Express trains in first phase, enhancing and upgrading several passenger friendly facilities.

Pragati
Kayakalp
Utkrisht
Samridhi
None of These


53. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed MoU with Central University of _______________ for setting up Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in University. Another MoU was signed between CUJ and Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIR-CSIO), To create awareness about space research and to motivate young minds to take up research related to space.

Punjab
Haryana
Rajsasthan
Jammu
None of These


54. Indian postal services honoured Udaipur-based non-profit organisation Narayan Seva Sansthan, by launching their rs ______________ postal stamps.

100
50
25
2
5


55. India’s first National Environment Survey (NES) will begin in January 2019 to map environment data of ___________________ districts across 24 states and 3 UTs. The earliest first set of complete green data from this survey will be available in 2020.

  1. It will be carried out by MoEFCC through Environmental Information System (ENVIS). It will be done through grid-based approach, using grids measuring 9×9 km to collect comprehensive data on various environmental parameters.
  2. Green data from this survey will provide important tool in hands of policy-makers for decision making at all levels – district, state and national. skilled manpower required for survey will be provided from persons skilled and trained under MoEFCC’s Green Skill Development Programme.
155
255
55
355
None of These


56. India’s first agri and food business online learning platform launched at SR Innovation Exchange (SRiX) Campus at Warangal (_________________). It is an Indo-UK collaborative initiative and a technology business incubator under the Department of Science and Technology.

Telangana
Kerala
Karnataka
Andhra Pradesh
None of These


57. India’s first gallery on robotic dinosaurs was opened to the public at the Pushpa Gujral Science City, in Kapurthala (________________).

Haryana
Punjab
Himachal Pradesh
Uttarakhand
None of These


58. India’s longest river bridge with total length of 19.3 kilometers will be built on Brahmaputra river, connecting Dhubri (___________________) to Fulbarani (Meghalaya). At present, India’s largest river bridge is Dhola-Sadia bridge, its length is 9.15 kilometers. It will be completed by 2026-27 and will be public-funded work, with loan from Japanese Finance Agency (JICA).

Assam
Nagaland
Manipur
Mizoram
None of These


59. Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has set sail a container cargo belonging to food and beverage giant PepsiCo (India) from ________________ to Varanasi on river Ganga (National Waterway-1). It is India's first container movement on inland vessel post-independence.

Kolkata
Mumbai
Pune
Bhubaneswar
None of These


60. Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) will start a new Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) facility in collaboration with ______________________ Government to provide much-needed connectivity for Majuli Island. It will cut down circuitous road route of 423 KMs that trucks take from Neamati to Majuli Island via Tezpur Road Bridge, by limiting distance to only 12.7 KM.

  1. Majuli is one of the biggest riverine islands in the world located on river Brahmaputra and faces serious challenges of connectivity. It has 144 villages with a population of over 1,50,000. Currently, there are only four road bridges across river Brahmaputra - at Jogighopa, Guwahati, Tezpur and Sadiya for connectivity between southern and northern parts of Assam.
  2. Earlier, IWAI started a similar Ro-Ro service between Dhubri and Hatsingimari which reduced the travel distance by 190 KMs.
Nagaland
Meghalaya
Manipur
Assam
None of These


61. Insolvency Law Committee (ILC) submitted its 2nd Report on Cross Border Insolvency to Arun Jaitley, which was constituted by Ministry of Corporate Affairs to recommend amendments to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of India 2016,  

  1. ILC recommended adoption of UNCITRAL Model Law of Cross Border Insolvency ___________________, for it it provides for a comprehensive framework to deal with cross border insolvency issues.
  2. UNCITRAL Model Law has till now been adopted in 44 countries and forms part of international best practices in dealing with cross border insolvency issues. The model law gives precedence to domestic proceedings and protection of public interest.
1967
1955
1977
1997
None of These


62. _____________________ Government unveiled 'Unnati Scheme' to help entrepreneurs from SC/ST Communities. Under it, State Govt. will invest up to Rs 20 crore to create end-to-end support infrastructure for startups and entrepreneurs from a marginalised background.

Kerala
Karnataka
Telangana
Andhra Pradesh
None of These


63. ______________ will become first state to have 100% penetration of LPG, becoming first smoke-free state.

Odisha
Andhra Pradesh
Telangana
Karnataka
Kerala


64. Kingdom of ______________________ will be Partner Country in 25th DST – CII Technology Summit to be organized in 2019.

Netherlands
Poland
Sweden
Norway
None of These


65. Lonar Lake, an ancient circular lake created by a meteorite strike, in Maharashtra and St. Mary’s Island, a hexagonal mosaic of basaltic rocks in an island off Udupi (______________________) will be made global geoparks by Geological Survey of India (GSI).

  1. St. Mary’s Island which was declared a national geo-heritage site in 1975 is estimated to be an 88-million-year-old.
  2. Lonar crater became a geo-heritage site in 1979. It is around 50,000 years old.
Telangana
Andhra Pradesh
Kerala
Karnataka
None of These


66. ___________________ Government announced creation of Niwari as its 52nd district, carved out of Tikamgarh district. It will include tehsils of Niwari, Orchha and Prithvipur.

Jharkhand
Odisha
Madhya Pradesh
West Bengal
None of These


67. ______________ Updates -

  1. State government approved assistance of Rs 1,610 crore for the Tarli Irrigation Project in the Satara district. Project consists of 8 lift irrigation schemes on Tarli river.
  2. Launched website and app Maha madat to analyze drought situation, to help in accurate analysis of drought-like situation in villages of state. Drought can be declared if a region does not receive rain for a span of 21 days.
Rajasthan
Maharashtra
Haryana
Punjab
None of These


68. Mammals of India (MaOI) model of repository on Indian mammals, by National Centers for Biological Sciences (NCBS) Bangalore -

  1. It is a first of its kind repository of Mammals in India, as an online portal that aim is to develop individual pages for all Indian mammals covering all related information.
  2. The website mammalsofindia.org provides facility for common citizen to upload photographic observations about mammals.
  3. MaOI is an initiative under Biodiversity Atlas project (a species-based bioinformatics platform).
  4. There are about _____________________ species of mammals known from India, which is about 8.86% of the world species.
26
426
826
1426
None of These


69. Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the first Mega Food Park in ______________________ , located at Village Shah and Vasravi, Taluka Mangrol, District Surat. State's 2nd mega food park is sanctioned in Mehsana.

Haryana
Punjab
Himachal Pradesh
Gujarat
None of These


70. Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu released the policy on biometric based digital processing of passengers at airports called “_______________”.

  1. It aims to develop standards for digital processing of passengers at airport to ensure uniform implementation and passenger experience across airports. This Central Platform will be operational by February 2019, starting from Bangalore & Hyderabad Airports.
Digi Yatra
Digi Safar
Digi Sahaj
Digi Sugam
None of These


71. Minister of State (IC) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh laid foundation stone of new Science Centre, the “Technology Facility Centre” (TFC) in Jorhat (______________________), in premises of CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST).

Assam
Meghalaya
Manipur
Mizoram
None of These


72. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju distributed cheques worth 37.73 Crores to villagers of West Kameng district in ___________________. Over 56 years after India’s war with China, for land acquired by Army to set up its bases, bunkers and barracks.

Assam
Arunachal Pradesh
Manipur
Meghalaya
None of These


73. Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy RK Singh launched award scheme under Saubhagya Scheme (known as ________________). It will felicitate the power distribution companies (DISCOMs) for achieving 100 % household electrification.   There will be two quantum of award -

  1. Under first quantum of award, 1st DISCOM / Power Department that achieves 100 % household electrification by end of November 2018 would be provided cash award of Rs 50 Lakh. 
  2. 2nd quantum of award includes cash award of Rs 100 crore as grant to concerned DISCOM to be spent in distribution infrastructure development in their area of operation.
Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bima Har Ghar Yojana
Pradhan Mantri Sugam Bijli Har Ghar Yojana
Pradhan Mantri Sugam Bima Har Ghar Yojana
Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana
None of These


74. ____________________________ Updates -

  1. _________________ and World Bank jointly released report on Strengthening Forest Fire Management in Country. It provides recommendations on five broad themes – policy, institutions and capacity, technology, community engagement and data and information.
    1. People are main driver of fires in India and forest fires are distributed close to people and infrastructure. But over longer term, shifts in climate caused by anthropogenic global warming may further alter India’s forest landscape and fire regime.
    2. India’s monsoons are largely responsible for seasonal nature of forest fires in country. Forest fires peak during dry months of March or April before arrival of monsoon.
    3. Forest fires in Northeast are concentrated in smaller area that is subject to repeat burning. Peak fire season is most concentrated (shortest) in Northeast and Northern state of Bihar. Fires in other regions, particularly districts in Central and Southern India are more expansive.
    4. According to National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), fires affecting forests have significant ecological value. Between 2006 and 2015, NRSC scientists forest fires were detected in just under half (281 of 614) of protected areas in India.
    5. Report is significant in light of recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report that explores possibilities of keeping global temperature rise within 1.5 degree Celsius to prevent catastrophic impacts due to unchecked temperature rise.
  2. Reconstituted Supreme Court-empowered Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA). Bhure Lal will continue to be Chairman of reconstituted 20 Member EPCA.
    1. EPCA is Supreme Court mandated body tasked with taking various measures to tackle air pollution in the National Capital Region, notified in 1998 under Environment Protection Act 1986. It is also mandated to enforce Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in NCR as per the pollution levels.
    2. In November 2017, EPCA enforced several measures, including ban on brick kilns, closure of Badarpur thermal power plant, hot mix plants and stone crushers, and construction activities in NCR.
Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Ministry of External Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs
Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change


75. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched India for Humanity initiative,to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of __________________. It will feature year-long series of artificial limb fitment camps in a number of countries spanning globe. MEA has collaborated with renowned charitable organisation Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS).

Lal Bahadur Shastri
Swami Vivekanand
M K Gandhi
Rabindranath Tagore
None of These


76. Ministry of Finance ruled that sessions courts in 34 States / UTs, will act as special courts for trial of offences under the benami transaction law.. It was consulted with CJI, under Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act 1988 for trial of offences punishable under provision of the Act.

  1. In case of _________________, courts of additional session’s judge in each district have been designated as the special court.
  2. Every endeavour should be made by special court to conclude the trial within six months from date of filing of complaint.
  3. Benami transaction refers to transactions made in a fictitious name, or the owner is not aware of the ownership of the property, or the person paying for the property is not traceable.
Delhi
Chandigarh
Daman and Diu
Lakshadweep
None of These


77. Ministry of __________ -

  1. ___________________ sanctioned 5 new battalions of anti-riot and crowd control Rapid Action Force (RAF), to be stationed at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Hajipur (Bihar), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Mangalore (Karnataka) and Nuh (Haryana). Total number of RAF battalions in the country has gone up to 15.
  2. Clarificfied that members of Gorkha community living in Assam are Not Foreigners and Belong to State, amid questions arising about the same after recently released National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam that left out 40 Lakh People.
Defence
External Affairs
Home Affairs
Finance
None of These


78. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways launched Youth Road Safety Learners Licence programme in _______________________, as a Public–private partnership (PPP) initiative in collaboration with Diageo India and Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE). It attempts to bring structured training program for young, first-time drivers as they apply for learner’s license.

Mumbai
Nashik
Pune
New Delhi
None of These


79. ______________Updates -

  1. _______________ and IBM launched a first-of-its-kind internship programme for students selected by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM). It will see 38 students receive a two-week paid training in areas like artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, cybersecurity, cloud computing and blockchain.
    1. 14 Selected teachers from ATLs will also be trained by IBM volunteers and mentors to become innovation coaches.
  2. Launched model guidelines for Public-Private partnership in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).  Under these, private partner will invest in upgrading, building and deploying human resources. They will be responsible for operational management and service delivery. Newly issued guidelines will help streamline private participation and encourage world-class infrastructure and patient care in the health sector.
Competition Commission of India
Suipreme Court
Enforcement Directorate
CBI
NITI Aayog


80. National Dolphin Research Centre (NDRC) will be set up on banks of the Ganga river in Patna University campus in Patna (______________________), as Asia’s first Dolphin research centre.

  1. Gangetic river dolphin (Platanista gangetica) is one of four freshwater dolphin species in world. The other three are found in Yangtze river, Indus river in Pakistan and Amazon river.
Assam
West Bengal
Bihar
Odisha
None of These


81. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) celebrated Silver Jubilee (25 years) on ______________, 2018. It was set up in 1993.NHRC also released special silver jubilee logo and commissioned documentary titled ‘NHRC: 25 years, Billion Hopes’.

October 12
October 26
October 6
October 30
None of These


82. National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) partnered with Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) to launch a month-long rafting expedition of a team of 40 members which will be led by _________________ (first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest). It will conclude in Patna in Bihar.

Kiran Bedi
Bachendri Pal
Mary Kom
Arundhati Bhattacharya
None of These


83. __________________ celebrated festival of Fulpati, observed on 7th day of Dashain festival. Tradition is to bring nine types of Fulpati into home on seventh day of Navaratri.

Nepal
Myanma
Bhutan
Bangladesh
None of These


84. ______________ Railways launched two mobile apps, NCR RASTA (Railway assets Summerised Tracking Application) and Yatri RASTA (Railway Approach to Station Tracking Application) for its employees and passengers, respectively, for locating assets and stations.

North Central
Southern
Eastern
Western
None of These


85. Assam Petro-chemicals launched Asia's first cannisters based and India's first "Methanol Cooking Fuel Program" in __________________ (Assam). 500 households inside the Assam Petro Complex will be the first pilot project, scaling it to 40,000 households in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Goa and Karnataka.

  1. It aims at reducing import of crude and an effort to provide clean, import substitute, cost effective and pollution free cooking medium.
  2. Safe handling cannister based cooking stoves are from Swedish Technology and through a Technology transfer a large-scale cooking stove manufacturing plant will come up in India in next 18 months, producing 10 lakh Cookstoves and 1 Crore Cannisters per year. 
  3. This Cooking medium can directly substitute LPG, Kerosene, Wood, Charcoal and any other fuel for cooking. The gaseous form, Methanol - DME, can be blended in 20% ratio with LPG.
  4. It is a much more cost effective and environment friendly solution for domestic cooking needs.
Darrang
Guwahati
Dibrugarh
Namrup
None of These


86. ___________ Updates -

  1. State Government launched Nirman Kusuma programme for providing financial assistance to children of construction workers for their technical education in state. It aims to help fulfil dreams of construction workers’ children by providing financial assistance for their education in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and polytechnics.
    1. Under it, ITI student is entitled to get financial assistance of Rs. 23,600 and diploma student to get Rs. 26,300 per annum. Besides this, State government also -
      1. Increased financial assistance for girl students by 20%.
      2. Doubled death benefits for the construction workers, to 2 lakh now. Accidental benefit for construction workers’ also doubled to 4 lakh.
  2. State Government launched an automatic public address system to warn citizens about cyclone and tsunami, as first such technology in field of Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) in India. It has been implemented under the assistance of World Bank with a cost of 82 crores.
    1. 122 towers have been installed along 480 km long coastline, to produce sirens during emergency. Sound from towers can be heard in communities within 1.5 km. Button will be pressed from state emergency centre in Bhubaneswar during an emergency situation.
    2. Six coastal districts named Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Ganjam have been covered under the system.
Gujarat
Telangana
West Bengal
Odisha
None of These


87. PM Narendra Modi gave awards to top Ranked State, District and State with maximum citizen participation based on National Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018. As part of Swachh Survekshan Grameen, 6786 villages were covered. top ranked States / Districts -

  1. States - _____________________, Gujarat, Maharashtra
  2. Districts  - Satara (Maharashtra), Rewari (Haryana), Pedapalli (Telangana)
  3. States with maximum citizen participation  - Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra
  4. Districts with maximum citizens’ participation  - Nashik (Maharashtra), Solapur,  (Maharashtra), Chittorgarh (Rajasthan)
Rajasthan
Haryana
Sikkim
Arunachal Pradesh
None of These


88. PM Narendra Modi launched ________________ Portal and App, on theme “Self4Society”. It will enable IT professionals and organizations to bring together their efforts towards social causes, and service to society, on one platform. It is also expected to generate wider participation of interested people who are motivated to work for the benefit of society.

Sashakt
Sugam
Sahaj
Saral
Main Nahin Hum 


89. President Ram Nath Kovind approved bill seeking punishment for sexual offenders, cyber criminals and traditional unlawful acts like bootlegging and dacoity in ________________. This will replace 1986 Act that had jurisdiction for the undivided Andhra Pradesh but not for ____________.

Telangana
Kerala
Karnataka
Andhra Pradesh
None of These


90. President approved ________________’s The Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Bill 2017, to allow companies to retrench (lay off) up to 300 employees without seeking prior approval of government. It will replace the Industrial Disputes Act 1947. Compensation to a retrenched labourer will be 60 days’ salary instead of present 15 days’ and no government permission will be required.

Meghalaya
Manipur
Nagaland
Assam
None of These


91. ____________ Updates -

  1. State Govt. launched 3 apps to prevent crop residue burning, To check and create awareness about environmental effects of crop residue burning. Apps are i-Khet Machine, e-PEHaL and e-Prevent.
  2. State government signed four MoUs with Israeli institutions to address issues of farmers and depleting groundwater level in state.
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Punjab
Uttarakhand
None of These


92. QS Quacquarelli Symonds released “QS India University Rankings 2019” as first standalone ranking of India’s higher education institutions - Top 5 universities in QS India University Rankings 2019 -

  1. Indian Institute Of Technology _____________________
  2. Indian Institute Of Science Bangalore
  3. Indian Institute Of Technology Madras
  4. Indian Institute Of Technology Delhi
  5. Indian Institute Of Technology Kharagpur
Kanpur
Bombay
Varanasi
Dhanbad
None of These


93. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal laid foundation stone of 2 key railway projects in __________________, Including INR 6000 Crores and 295 km Long Katghora-Mungeli-Kawardha-Dongargarh line. It would accelerate the growth of mineral rich region and bring prosperity.

Haryana
Chhattisgarh
Rajasthan
Himachal Pradesh
None of These


94. Railways will Build first station inside a tunnel, at Keylong, at a height of 3,000 metres, on strategic Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line in ______________.

  1. It will be part of world’s highest rail network at 5,360 metres height. 465-km railway line will have 30 stations and is estimated to cost 83,360 crores.
Jammu and Kashmir
Punjab
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
None of These


95. Severe Cyclone Titli caused heavy losses in _________________ and Andhra Pradesh, with winds above 150 KMPH.

Odisha
Assam
Nagaland
Arunachal Pradesh
None of These


96. Seychelles (_________ ) launched world’s first Sovereign Blue Bond, a financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects. It raised USD 15 million and demonstrates potential to harness capital markets for financing sustainable use of marine resources.

East Africa
West Africa
Central Africa
Northern Africa
None of These


97. Shipping and Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone for development work of Ghagra River as National Waterway-40 at Basti in _____________________, as part of Sagarmala Programme.

  1. Waterway will stretch from Manjhighat at Ganga-Gaghra river confluence to Faizabad or Ayodhya along Gaghra River for 354 kms.
  2. It was declared as National Waterway (NW)-40 during the year 2016.
  3. Together with National Waterway-1 (on river Ganga), NW-40 will be a major transport modal choice for cargo and passenger movement.
Rajasthan
Uttar Pradesh
Haryana
Punjab
None of These


98. _____________ Railway became Unmanned Level Crossing (UMLC) Free Zone, by elimination of all 1054 UMLCs by providing alternate routes like provision of subways, the road under bridges etc.

Western
Eastern
Northern
Southern
None of These


99. Special Centre for Disaster Research (SCDR) at __________________ University signed pact with Skymet Weather Services Pvt. Limited, to help obtain weather data for undertaking cutting-edge research in the field of hydro-meteorological disasters risk mitigation.

Aligarh Muslim
Banaras Hindu
Delhi
Dr. Bhimrao Ambedakr
Jawaharlal Nehru


100. State government of _____________________________ signed an MoU with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation, to support the knowledge ambitions and economic growth of state.

Assam
Manipur
Arunachal Pradesh
Meghalaya
None of These


101. ____________ Updates -

  1. Prohibited plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the Delhi-NCR, to deal with critical air pollution situation in Delhi-NCR.
  2. Ruled that no Bharat Stage-IV vehicle shall be sold across the country with effect from April 1, 2020. Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission norm would come into force from April 1, 2020.
    1. Bharat stage emission standards were instituted by Government to regulate the output of air pollutants from motor vehicles. BS-IV norms were in force across country since April 2017
    2. In 2016, Government decided to switch over to BS-VI grade fuel directly from BS-IV skipping BS-V.
Supreme Court
RBI
SEBI
SBI
None of These


102. ______________ State Govt. Updates -

  1. Announced 3 % sub-quota in recruitments for sports persons, up from 2 % Earlier.
  2. Created a national record by opening over 16 lakh postal savings accounts under Sukanya Samridhi Yojana. Also, over 1500 post offices out of total 6717 in state have migrated to Digital Advancement of Rural Post Offices in New India (Darpan) system.
Telangana
Tamil nadu
Kerala
Karnataka
None of These


103. Tea Board of India will launch an app aimed at guiding small growers, whose share in total tea production is increasing. Name of the app is _________________. It aims to establish two-way communication between manufacturer and customers.

Chai Sahaj
Chai Sugam
Chai Sahay
Chai Sashakt
None of These


104. Textiles Ministry will release 7.8 crore rupees for construction of a textile tourism complex in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi district of ____________.

Tripura
Assam
Nagaland
Manipur
Meghalaya


105. ______________ High Court directed state government to provide reservation to transgenders in educational institutions and public appointments, for welfare of transgender persons in state.

Punjab
Rajasthan
Uttarakhand
Haryana
None of These


106. World Economic Forum (WEF) launched new Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution in India, based in Maharashtra, as fourth center in chain-ones as part of WEF’s global network along with San Francisco (US), Tokyo (Japan) and Beijing (____________________).

  1. It will facilitate to bring together government and business leaders to pilot emerging technology policies. It has selected drones, artificial intelligence and blockchain as the first three project areas.
  2. First project will focus on expanding access to data to accelerate adoption of AI in socio-economic areas like education, healthcare and agriculture. 2nd will focus on application of smart contracts to boost productivity and transparency while reducing inefficiency.
Vietnam
Spain
Russia
China
None of These




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