Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Q1. Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pardhan has said that Under the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme more than 15 crore people have been benefited and government saved around .............. in the last two years?
(a) Rs 72,400 crore 
(b) Rs 52,500 crore 
(c) Rs 84,700 crore 
(d) Rs 22,000 crore
(e) None of the above
Extra Info: Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pardhan has said that Under the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme more than 15 crore people have been benefited and government saved around Rs 22,000 crore in the last two years.

Q2. Mexico support to India’s membership to the Nuclear Supplier Group and working towards elevating relationship from Privileged Partners to Strategic Partnership were two important outcomes of the bilateral talks held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Mexican President. Who is the present president of Mexico?
(a) Ollanta Humala
(b) Enrique Pena Nieto
(c) Yingluck Shinawatra
(d) Rosen Plevneliev
(e) None of the above
Extra Info: Mexico support to India’s membership to the Nuclear Supplier Group and working towards elevating relationship from Privilege Partners to Strategic Partnership were two important outcomes of the bilateral talks held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico city.

Q3. India has expressed concern over the continuous decline in contributions to the UN Development Programme(UNDP) at a time when the agency has to step up its activities and assist member states in their efforts to achieve the ambitious 2030 development agenda. Where is the headquarter of UNDP?
(a) Paris, France
(b) Nairobi, Kenya
(c) Brussels, Belgium
(d) Tokyo, Japan
(e) New York, USA
Extra Info: First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Mohd Noor Rahman Sheikh said at the annual session of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Population Fund Executive Board that nations are entering the phase of implementation of the transformative Agenda 2030 to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP as the main development UN Agency has to play a key role in assisting member states in their efforts.

Q4. Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation for using a prohibited drug. She belongs to which of the following countries?
(a) USA
(b) France
(c) Russia
(d) Denmark
(e) China
Extra Info: Maria Sharapova has been provisionally banned from tennis after she revealed. she tested positive at the Australian Open for a recently banned drug that she has been taking for 10 years for health reasons.

Q5. T S John has passed away at a hospital recently. He was the former assembly speaker of?
(a) Kerala
(b) Tamil Nadu 
(c) Karnataka
(d) Bihar
(e) Gujarat
Extra Info: Former Kerala Assembly Speaker T S John has passed away at a hospital at Chertala in Alapuzha. He was 74 years old. He was a leader of a faction of the Kerala Congress (Secular), had also served as a minister from October 19, 1978, to October 27, 1978, in the A K Antony cabinet. 

Q6. Asian Development Bank has approved a USD 100 million (around Rs. 660 crores) loan to strengthen a key irrigation system and improve water management in the Vennar sub-basin of Cauvery Delta in which state?
(a) Kerala
(b) Madhya Pradesh
(c) Maharashtra
(d) Gujarat
(e) Tamil Nadu
Extra Info: Multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 100 million (around Rs 660 crore) loan to strengthen a key irrigation system and improve water management in the Vennar sub-basin of Cauvery Delta in Tamil Nadu.

Q7. The International Monetary Fund(IMF) approved 1.5 billion US dollar loan to which of the following countries. IMF has already transferred 168 million US dollars as the first Installment with immediate effect to support the country’s economy?
(a) Greece
(b) Jordan
(c) Bulgaria
(d) Sri Lanka
(e) Qatar
Extra Info: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved 1.5 billion US dollar loan to Sri Lanka. For this IMF has already transferred 168 million US dollars as the first Instalment with immediate effect to support the country’s economy, which is showing "signs of strain". The Executive Board of the IMF has accepted this 36-month extended arrangement under its Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with Sri Lanka for an amount equivalent to 1.1 billion  under special drawing rights (US$ 1.5 billion).

Q8. The Union Government has decided to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme. The award will be introduced with an aim to promote yoga. Who is the present minister of State for AYUSH?
(a) Dharmendra Pradhan
(b) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
(c) Shripad Yesso Naik
(d) Jitendra Singh
(e) None of the above
Extra Info: The Union Government on 08th June 2016 decided to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme. The award will be introduced with an aim to promote yoga. At present, the AYUSH ministry is working on the scheme and it will start giving the award from 2017. Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik announced the plan in New Delhi while inaugurating the National Health Editors' Conference.

Q9. Thailand-based agro-industrial conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) has forayed into the packaged foods business in India with a new chicken processing plant in which of the following states?
(a) Karnataka
(b) Andhra Pradesh
(c) Kerala
(d) Gujarat
(e) Maharashtra
Extra Info: Thailand-based agro-industrial conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) has forayed into the packaged foods business in India, with a new chicken processing plant in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, as it sees an uptick in this segment.

Q10. The government under the Chief Minister’s Nagarothana scheme will take up a slew of projects worth how much to revamp the IT City’s (Bengaluru) infrastructure?
(a) Rs 7,300 crore
(b) Rs 28,100 crore 
(c) Rs 17,400 crore 
(d) Rs 95,200 crore 
(e) Rs 55,300 crore
Extra Info: The government under the chief minister's Nagarothana scheme will take up a slew of projects worth Rs 7,300 crore to revamp the IT City's (Bengaluru) infrastructure.

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