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“Current Affairs Pulse – 20/11/2017”

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1) With reference to National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) consider the following and answer
a. Banned terrorist outfit that carries out an armed struggle to establish a People’s Republic of Nagaland.
b. The outfit recognise the Shillong Acord of 1975 signed by the then NNC (Naga National Council) with the government of India.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

2) Consider the following with reference to Hajj Policy 2018-2022 and answer
a. Union government formed a six-member committee to study the ways to improve India’s Haj policy and look into the issue of subsidy to the pilgrimage in light of a 2012 Supreme Court order on gradually reducing and abolishing it by 2022.
b. Committee had recommended that the quota of private tour operators be increased from the present 26.47% to 30%.
c. India has an annual Haj quota of 1.70 lakh. Out of this, according to the allocation for 2017, 1.25 lakh pilgrims could travel to Saudi Arabia through the Haj Committee of India (HCoI).
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

3) With reference to Red sanders, consider the following and answer
a. It is endemic to the southern Eastern Ghats mountain range of South India.
b. The wood is of strong aromatic nature.
c. Red sanders are categorized as “Endangered” by IUCN.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

4) Consider the following with reference to International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and answer
a. Founded in 1952 and held biannually.
b. Festival is conducted jointly by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and the Government of Goa.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

5) Consider the following with reference to World Toilet Day and answer
a. It is celebrated on 20 November.
b. Open defecation contributes to the spread of many serious diseases such as soil-transmitted helminthiasis, diarrhea and schistosomiasis
c. World Toilet Day as an official UN international day.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

6) Consider the following with reference to Bodh Gaya and answer
a. Bodh Gaya is said to be the location where the Buddha attained enlightenment under what became known as the Bodhi Tree.
b. It was known as Uruvela in the Buddha’s time.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

7) With reference to National Policy on Electronics, consider the following and answer.
a. The policy was drafted by the Department of Information Technology of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.
b. The Indian market in 2008-09 was $45 billion and is expected to reach $400 billion by 2020.
c. Another important objective of the policy is to significantly upscale high-end human resource creation to 2500 PhDs annually by 2020 in the sector.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

8) Which among the following releases “World Economic outlook”?
a. IMF
b. World Bank
c. World Economic Forum
d. WIPO
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

9) Who among the following is crowned as Miss world 2017 after 16 years from India.
a. Kavith Wankhade
b. Meg Ryan
c. Manushi chhillar
d. Nirmala Sitha

10) Consider the following with reference to Land Boundary Agreement (LBA and answer.
a. LBA paves the way for exchange of 162 enclaves under the control of either countries as per the 1974.
b. Land accord was originally agreed in 1974 by Indira Gandhi of India and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

11) Consider the following with reference Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) and answer
a. It is a comprehensive programme for prevention and control of vector borne diseases namely Malaria, Filaria, Kala-azar, Japanese Encephalitis (JE), Dengue and Chikungunya.
b. Union Health Ministry and Family Welfare for first time has unveiled National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Malaria Elimination (2017-22).
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

12) With reference to Rajaji National Park,consider the following and answer
a. Rajaji became the second tiger reserve in Uttarakhand.
b. Rawasan River flows in southeast of the park.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

13) With reference to DALY, consider the following an answer
a. A measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death.
b. It is a part of National Health Policy, 2017.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

14) With reference to the newly discovered parasitic plant in North eastern region, consider the following and answer.
a. Gleadovia konyakianorumis , New species of parasitic flowering plant that has no chlorophyll.
b. Gleadovia konyakianorumis a Stem parasite that grows up to 10 cm in height.
c. It is only the fourth species from the genus Gleadovia to be found in the world.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/11/17

15) Consider the following with reference to MSF and answer.
a. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also known in English as Doctors Without Borders,
b. MSF has general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 19/11/17

16) With reference to newly launched Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), consider the following and answer.
a. JPSS will provide the global environmental data used in numerical weather prediction models for forecasts, and scientific data used for climate monitoring.
b. JPSS is developed by the European space Agency (ESA).
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 19/11/17

17) With reference to Hausla-2017, consider the following and answer.
a. Hausla-2017, a week-long festival for children living in Child Care Institutions across the country.
b. National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) celebrated Baal Utsav as part of Hausla-2017
c. Main objective of the programme was to promote child participation and showcase their talents in other creative activities.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “PIB”- 20/11/17

18) With reference to Aadi Mahotsav, consider the following and answer
a. It is a fortnight long Tribal Festival.
b. The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much.
c. The ‘theme’ of “Aadi Mahotsav” is ‘A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “PIB”- 20/11/17

19) Consider the following with reference to NCST and answer
a. NCST is constitutional body set up under Article 338A added through Constitution (89th Amendment) Act, 2003.
b. It Investigate and monitor all matters relating to the safeguards provided for the STs under the Constitution or under any other law.
c. Senior tribal leader from Chhattisgarh and ex-parliamentarian Nand Kumar Sai (71) is the Chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Tribal.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “PIB”- 20/11/17

20) Consider the following with reference to International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) and answer.
a. The 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) organised by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
b. ICMM was established in 1921, after World War I had revealed the lack of care provided to victims and the need to strengthen cooperation between the health services of the armed forces worldwide.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 19/11/17

“Daily Current Affairs – 20/11/2017”

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National News

1. Maharashtra Government Launches a new Initiative to control ‘Childhood Obesity’:

  • The new initiative to fight against childhood obesity was launched by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
  • Over 6,000 children will get benefits in Pune by making them aware about their Body Mass Index (BMI).A BMI dialer will be given to the schools through which children will be able to know their BMI.

2. National Anti-Profiteering authority by Union Government:

  • The Union Cabinet approved setting up of National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA).
  • It has a Chairman and Technical Members of National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under GST regime.
  • The NAA is tasked to ensure, benefits of reduction in tax on supply of goods or services flow to consumers.

3.Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad: Amitabh Kant:

  • NITI ayog CEO, Amitabh Kant also added,Ivanka Trumpwill lead US team for summit on women entrepreneurs in India.
  • It will be attended by 1,500 entrepreneurs from 170 countries and co-hosted by India and the US for the first time.The Summit will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Theme:’Women First, Prosperity for All’

4. Rae Bareli to get the ‘Smart City’ tag:

  • Rae Bareli, constituency of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, will get Smart City tag.
  • The Smart City Mission: It was launched by the Modi government in June 2015 with the aim of transforming 100 Indian cities by 2019-20.
  • The GOI provides Rs 500 crore to each city over a period of five years for implementing various projects.

5. Maharashtra Bans Plastic Bottles at Government Offices, Hotels:

  • The Maharashtra government, in a bid to become plastic-free state from March 2018, has banned packaged water bottles in Mantralaya and other government offices.
  • Plastic bottles of mineral water have also been banned at hotels and the regulation will soon be imposed on restaurants.

International News

1. First WHO Global Ministerial Conference in Russia:

  • The WHO Global Ministerial Conference “Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era:
  • A Multisectoral Response” held in Moscow, Russia.
  • A Ministerial Declaration signed at the Conference by the countries,with a target to end TB by 2030.

2. World Toilet Day: 19 November:

  • World Toilet Day (WTD) is an official United Nations international observance day, celebrated on 19 November, to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis.
  • This is done through public communications, campaigns, reports and events. Worldwide, 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation.

3. India’s Manushi Chhillar Wins Miss World 2017:

  • India’s Manushi Chhillar won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017.
  • The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000.
  • Stephanie Hill, who is Miss England was the first runner up and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was second runner up.
  • Theme for the year 2017 is ‘Wastewater.’

Economic News

1. RBL Bank opens all women branch in Chennai:

  • Private sector RBL Bank has set up an all women branch in Chennai.
  • The branch at R A Puram, would be managed by eight women and offer all products and services across liability and assets.

2. Reliance Capital arm, YES Bank in bancassurance pact:

  • Reliance General Insurance, a subsidiary of Reliance Capital, has signed a comprehensive bancassurance-corporate agency agreement with YES Bank.
  • YES Bank with its network of 1,040 branches across all 29 States and seven Union Territories will enable Reliance General Insurance to reach a large base of retail and MSME clients.
  • This is the first partnership signed by YES Bank since the open-architecture norms under the corporate agency regulations were introduced by the IRDAI in April 2016.

3. Moody’s ups ratings of SBI, HDFC Bank, Exim India, IRFC:

  • Moody’s Investors Service upped the long-term ratings of four Indian financial institutions including SBI and HDFC Bank by a notch to Baa2 following the upgrade of the country’s sovereign rating to the same level.
  • The four institutions with revised rating are Export- Import Bank of India (EXIM India), HDFC Bank, Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited (IRFC) and State Bank of India (SBI), Moody’s said in a statement.
  • In the case of HDFC Bank, the rating agency has also upgraded the bank’s baseline credit assessment (BCA) and adjusted it to Baa2 from Baa3.

4. PNB, ACE tie-up for farm machinery financing:

  • Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Action Construction Equipment Ltd (ACE) have tied up for augmenting tractors/agricultural implements financing to the farmers across the country through PNB’s branch network.
  • This tie-up will enable PNB to facilitate the availability of quality farm machinery equipment to its farmer base at an interest rate of 9.2 percent per annum.
  • For ACE, the tie-up will enable to tap into PNB’s branch network and customer base and thus further strengthen its presence in India.

5. Reliance General Insurance ties up with Yes Bank:

  • Reliance General Insurance, a subsidiary of Reliance Capital, inks a bancassurance agreement with YES Bank.
  • This is the first partnership signed by YES Bank since the open-architecture norms under the corporate agency regulations were introduced by the IRDAI in April 2016.

6. Yes Bank Ties up with ICDK for Fintech Collaboration:

  • Private sector lender Yes Bank signed an MoU with Innovation Centre Denmark India (ICDK India), a partnership between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.
  • The tie up is to bring Fintech innovations and startups from Denmark to India and to expand both the markets.

7. Ericsson ties up with Airtel for for next step,5G:

  • Multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden partnered with India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel for deploying 5G technology in the country.
  • Apart from Ericsson, Airtel has similar partnership with Nokia for 5G technology standard and management of connected devices.

“Daily Current Affairs – 19/11/2017”

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National News

1. Gadkari lays foundation stone for Cochin Shipyard’s Rs 970-crore Ship Repair Facility:-

  • The Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that Cochin is all set to become a global ship repair hub.
  • He was speaking at Cochin, after laying the foundation stone for a Rs 970-crore International Ship Repair Facility (ISRF) for Cochin Shipyard Limited.
  • The facility is being built at Cochin Port Trust where CSL has leased out a 40-acre plot for the project.
  • Shri Gadkari also inaugurated the conference Build The Ship – 2017 organized by the Ministry of Shipping in Cochin.

2. Qaumi Ekta Week will be observed from November 19-25, 2017:-

  • With a view to foster and reinforce the spirit of Communal Harmony, National Integration and pride in vibrant, composite culture and nationhood, the “Qaumi Ekta Week” (National Integration Week) will be observed all over the country, from the 19th to 25th November, 2017. The week long programmes to be observed during Qaumi Ekta Week will be as under:
  • November 19, 2017 will be observed as National Integration Day and programmes like meetings, symposia and seminars will be organized to emphasize the themes of secularism, anti-communalism and non-violence.
  • November 20, 2017 will be observed as Welfare of Minorities Day and Items of the 15 Point Programme are emphasized on this day. In riot prone towns, special fraternal processions are taken out.

3. Japan Mela in Kerala:-

  • The Indo Japan Chamber of Commerce Kerala (INJACK) is organising first Japan Mela in Kochi.The event will showcase the best Japanese products and services that creates market for Japan.
  • It will be inaugurated by Kenji Hiramatsu, Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary in India.

4. Karnataka ties up with Intel’s Mobileye:-

  • The Aim of the partnership is to launch a project for automotive safety. The project will create a repository of road and traffic information.
  • Nivruti Rai, country head, Intel India, vice president of Data Center Group, said the project contribute to make roads safer with driving becoming more intelligent and efficient.

5. CANEUS establishes Space centre in Andhra Pradesh:-

  • CANEUS International,a agreement with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and the Andhra Pradesh State Skills Development Corporation (APSSDC) to establish a Centre of Excellence on Space Sciences and Technologies for Development (CoE4SSTD) at Hindpur in Anantapur.

6. Mumbai hosts Conference on Natural Resources:-

  • A two-day conference on ‘Towards Resource Resilient India’ started in Mumbai.Issues related to both biotic and abiotic natural resources were discussed.
  • It was Organised by the Indian National Association.

7. Assam: Namami Barak festival to begin today in Silchar:-

  • In Assam, the first ever Namami Barak festival at Police Parade ground in Silchar. Namami Barak is an celebrated to pay tribute to the River Barak.

8. India to have 200 crore IoT devices in 4 years,Ravi Shankar Prasad:-

  • Internet of things (IoT) devices in India are expected to rise for 200 crore in the next 3-4 years
    IoT:
  • Any product whose function can be controlled using internet comes under the category of IoT.

9. 12th North East Business Summit:-

  • The Two-day “12th North-East Business Summit” was inaugurated in New Delhi.The summit aims to explore the scope for business opportunities in the North-Eastern region of India.
  • The Summit is being organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), with Manipur being the state partner for the event.

10. Scientific and Technological Cooperation agreement between India and Belarus:-

  • The Union Cabinet approved an agreement between India and Belarus on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.It is been approved for mutual benefit in the areas of science, technology, agriculture.
  • The agreement was signed between Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB).

11. PM Awas Yojana:-

  • Under the PMAY-U, the Centre aims to provide houses to all the urban poor by 2022.The Centre approved the enhancement of the carpet area of houses for The middle-income group (MIG) category under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U).
  • Under the MIG-I category, the carpet area of the houses has been enhanced from 90 sq.mtr to 120 sq.mtr, while under the MIG-II segment, it has been increased to 150 sq.mtr from the current 110 sq.mtr, said by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

12. First Air Ambulance in Assam:-

  • Assam Transport, Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary formally launched an air ambulance service at NEDF (North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd) House, Dispur.
  • The air ambulance is equipped with all emergency medical equipment and medical team to take care of patients onboard.

International News

1. India’s global rank up for reducing greenhouse gas emissions:-

  • India is ranked 14th in this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2018 out of 56 nations for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • The top three rankings are still unoccupied as the report says no country is on a Paris-compatible path.
  • Sweden ranks fourth in this year’s CCPI, following the empty top three.

2. Founding Ceremony of International Solar Alliance Held in Germany:-

  • A Curtain Raiser Event for the Founding Ceremony of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held in Bonn, Germany.
  • Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy was present at the event from the Indian side.
  • The ISA was jointly launched on 30 November 2015 by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and then-President of France, Francois Hollande, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties 21 (CoP21) at Paris, France.

3. Annual naval exercise by Japan and US Japan:-

  • Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S Navy(U.S.N) have started a joint drill. This is the annual bilateral training exercise of two countries.
  • The exercise in the waters surrounding Okinawa,near Korean Penninsula

4. Ahmedabad Metro Signs with S.Korea:-

  • MEGA Co. Ltd., the implementing agency for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project, gives ₹1,025-crore contract for manufacturing 96 Metro coaches to the South Korean rolling stock manufacturer, M/S Hyundai Rotem.

5. 4th Global Conference on Sustained Eradication of Child Labour Held in Argentina:-

  • The Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour was organized by the Government of
  • Argentina and was held in Buenos Aires,Argentina.
  • This Global Conference covers both the sustained eradication of child labour and the elimination of forced labour. It will also address the issue of the quality of youth employment.

Economic News

1. United Bank of India plans to raise Rs 500 cr:-

  • State-owned Union Bank of India (UBI) plans to raise up to Rs 500 crore to comply with the global standard Basel III banking norms by March 2019.
  • Banks globally have to comply with the Basel III norms so as to improve and strengthen their capital planning processes.

2. Paytm and ICICI Bank ties up together to offer short-term instant digital credit:-

  • Digital payments services company, Paytm entered into a tie-up with ICICI Bank to jointly launch ‘Paytm-ICICI Bank Postpaid’, that offers short-term credit to their common customers.
  • The offers instant digital credit for various transactions including payment for movie tickets, bill payments, flights, as well as physical goods without any documentation or transaction fees.
  • Under this facility, real-time credit assessment of customers is done through Big Data based algorithm of ICICI Bank.

“Current Affairs Pulse – 19/11/2017”

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Beyond Piketty: on income inequality

Demonetization and the GST aggravated income inequality!

• Both policies, it is asserted, are guaranteed to yield long-term benefits.
• Lack of robust evidence – Problem for both proponents and the critics as well.

Tracking income inequality:

• Tomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, demonstrating that rising income inequality is a by-product of growth in the developed world.
• Lucas Chancel and Piketty (2017), in ‘Indian income inequality, 1922-2014: From British Raj to Billionaire Raj?’ – describes the evolution of income inequality in terms of income shares.

Some of the principal findings are:

o National income accruing to the top 1% income earners is now at its highest level since the launch of the Indian Income Tax Act in 1922.
o Top 1% of earnings;
 1. less than 21% — 1930s
2. dropping to 6% in the early 1980s
3. Rising to 22% today.
o Bottom 50% Earnings;
1. 1951-1980 period 28% of total growth and grew faster than the average, while the top 0.1% incomes decreased.
 2. 1980-2014 period, the situation was reversed top 0.1% of earners captured a higher share of total growth than the bottom 50%.
3. Sharp reduction in the top marginal tax rate, and transition to a more pro-business environment had a positive impact on top incomes.

India’s wealth gain:

• According to Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report 2017
o Number of millionaires in India is expected to reach 3,72,000.
o Total household income is likely to grow by 7.5% annually to touch $7.1 trillion by 2022.
• Since 2000, wealth in India has grown at 9.2% per annum, faster than the global average of 6% even after taking into account population growth of 2.2% annually.
• However, not everyone has shared the rapid growth of wealth.
• Based on the India Human Development Survey 2005-12.
o A high Gini coefficient of per capita income distribution, a widely used measure of income inequality, in 2005 became higher in 2012.
o More glaring is the disparity in ratios of per capita income
1. Between top 1% and bottom 50%, the ratio shot up from 27 in 2005 to 39 in 2012.
o Ratio of highest income
1. Between the top 1% and the bottom 50%, it nearly doubled, from a high of 175 to 346.

Poverty and inequality:

• Only in the more affluent States the Inequality measured in terms of share of income of the top 10% increased poverty sharply.
• Surprisingly, higher cereal prices did not have a significant positive effect on poverty.
• Because of GST & Demonetizationpoverty reduction slowed in 2016-17 due to deceleration of income growth.

In sum, regardless of the longer-term outlook and presumed but dubious benefits of the policy shocks, the immiseration of large segments of the Indian population was avoidable.

“Daily Current Affairs – 17/11/2017 & 18/11/2017”

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National News

1. Bihar government to set up ‘State Ayush Society’:-

  • Bihar State Government gave approval for setting up a ‘State Ayush Society’ with an aim to promote the usage of alternative medicine in the state.
  • Approval for setting up a ‘State Ayush Society’ was given at a State cabinet meeting chaired by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
  • Bihar’s ‘State Ayush Society’ will be set up as part of Central Government’s “National Ayush Mission”.
  • It will be registered under the Society Registration Act.

2. India becomes world’s top sulphur dioxide emitter:-

  • INDIA is overtaking China as the world’s largest emitter of human-caused sulphur dioxide (SO2), a toxic air pollutant that causes haze and acid rain, a new study based on satellite data showed last week.
  • Emissions in China have declined by 75 percent since 2007 while those in India have increased by 50 percent, according to a study published in the latest edition of journal Scientific Reports.

3. Railway Minister gives directions for “comprehensive training programme”:-

  • Under the direction of Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal, a comprehensive plan for imparting training to all employees of Indian Railways is being prepared with a view to upgrade skill & knowledge.
  • This comprehensive training programme named as “Project Saksham” will help boost productivity and efficiency.
  • Under this plan, all employees in each zone will be put through a week’s training in skills and knowledge relevant to their work area over next one year.
  • A communication to this effect from Chairman Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani, has been sent to all General Managers of zonal railways and railways production unit.

4. Vice President to inaugurate Aadi Mahotsav:-

  • The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ – a fortnight long Tribal Festival with the theme of ‘A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’ on 16 Nov 2017 at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi.
  • The inaugural function will be presided over by Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram.
    Ministers of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor and Shri Sudarshan Bhagat will be specially present to grace the occasion.
  • Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs Ms. Leena Nair, Managing Director, TRIFED Shri Pravir Krishna and other senior officials will also be present on the occasion.
  • Over 750 tribal artisans from over 25 States will be participating in the festival. Aadi Mahotsav is scheduled to be organized at four venues throughout Delhi.

5. Cabinet approves the establishment of the National Anti-profiteering Authority:-

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for the creation of the posts of Chairman and Technical Members of the National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under GST, following up immediately on sharp reduction in the GST rates of a large number of items of mass consumption.
  • This paves the way for the immediate establishment of this apex body, which is mandated to ensure that the benefits of the reduction in GST rates on goods or services are passed on to the ultimate consumers by way of a reduction in prices.
  • The establishment of the NAA, to be headed by a senior officer of the level of Secretary to the Government of India with four Technical Members from the Centre and/or the States, is one more measure aimed at reassuring consumers that Government is fully committed to take all possible steps to ensure the benefits of implementation of GST in terms of lower prices of the goods and services reach them.

6. 12th North East Business Summit inaugurated in New Delhi:-

  • The Two-day “12th North-East Business Summit” was inaugurated in New Delhi.
  • The summit aims to explore the scope for business opportunities in the North-Eastern region of India.
  • Focus areas are Infrastructure and Connectivity with Public Private Partnerships, Skill Development, Financial Inclusion, Services Sector Development- Particularly in Tourism, Hospitality & Food Processing.
  • The Summit is being organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), with Manipur being the state partner for the event.

7. India to Host Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017:-

  • India, for the first time ever, is going to host the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), one of the world’s largest conferences in the field of Cyber Space and related issues, on 23 & 24 November 2017, at Aerocity, New Delhi.
  • The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the mega event, while Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs will deliver the keynote address in the Valedictory function.
  • Incepted in 2011 in London, second GCCS was held in 2012 in Budapest with focus on relationship between internet rights and internet security, which was attended by 700 delegates from nearly 60 countries.
  • Themed on Cyber4All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development, this is the fifth edition of GCCS wherein international leaders, policymakers, industry experts, think tanks and cyber experts will gather to deliberate on issues and challenges for optimally using cyber space.

8. R.K. Singh launches ‘Saubhagya’ Web-Portal:-

  • Shri R.K. Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – ‘Saubhagya’ Web Portal.
  • The portal can be accessed at http://saubhagya.gov.in.
  • Addressing the media during the event, Shri Singh said that the Saubhagya Dashboard is a platform for monitoring household electrification progress, which would disseminate information on Household Electrification Status (State, District, village-wise), Household Progress on live basis, State-wise Target vs Achievement, Monthly Electrification Progress, etc.

9. National Press Day: November 16:-

  • The first Press Commission had conceived a Press Council with the aim of establishing high standard in the preservation of freedom of the press and journalism in India.
  • As a result, the Press Council was established in India on July 4, 1966, which started its duties from November 16, 1966.
  • Since then, every year on November 16, it is celebrated as National Press Day.
  • Today there are press councils or media councils in almost 50 countries in the world. In India, the Press is called watchdog while Press Council of India is called moral watchdog.
    National Press Day draws our attention to the pressures and responsibilities of the press.

10. President launches schemes worth Rs 3,455 cr in Jharkhand:-

  • President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stones of various schemes entailing total expenditure of Rs 3,455 crore in Jharkhand to coincide with the state’s 17th Foundation Day.
  • Kovind launched the Rs 636-crore ‘Mukhyamantri Health Insurance Scheme’ under which 57 lakh of the 68 lakh families in the state will benefit. Beneficiaries will get treatment costing Rs 2 lakh under the scheme.
  • The President also kicked off the Rs 290-crore ‘108 Ambulance’ service in the state.
    Kovind launched JOHAR (Jharkhand’s Opportunities for Harnessing Rural Development) schemes entailing expenditure of Rs 1,500 crore to help tribal and Dalit families double their incomes in four years.
  • He also laid the foundation stones of two flyovers at Harmu and Kantatoli, which will cost Rs 490 crore.
  • Jharkhand was created on November 15, the birthday of Birsa Munda who fought against the British.

11. Cabinet approves Rs 3,320 cr plan to boost judicial infrastructure:-

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of a centrally-sponsored scheme for the development of infrastructural facilities for the judiciary beyond the 12th Five-Year Plan till March 31, 2020.
  • The scheme, with an estimated outlay of Rs 3,320 crore for the development of such infrastructure will be implemented in a mission mode through the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms.
  • The scheme, which will continue from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2020, will increase the number of courtrooms and residential accommodation for judges and also judicial officers of the district and subordinate courts all over the country.

International News

1. Zimbabwe is under military control after army seizes power from Mugabe:-

  • Zimbabwe’s military leaders have seized control of the impoverished southern African nation, placing longtime leader Robert Mugabe under house arrest and deploying armored vehicles to the streets of the capital, Harare.
  • Mugabe, 93, the world’s oldest living leader, was unable to leave his home, according to Jacob Zuma, the President of neighboring South Africa. Troops were reportedly stationed at Zimbabwe’s Parliament and the presidential palace.
  • A simmering succession battle in the ruling Zanu-PF party came to a head two weeks ago when Mugabe sacked his powerful vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
  • Mugabe’s decision fueled speculation he was preparing to anoint his wife, Grace, as his successor.

2. International Day for Tolerance: 16 November:-

  • The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. It is observed on 16 November.
  • In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November.
  • This year’s theme is ‘Together’.

3. WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Sustainable Development Era:-

  • Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, reaffirmed India’s commitment to eliminating TB by 2025 at 1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Sustainable Development Era’ at Moscow, Russia.
  • The Ministerial and High-Level meetings offer participating nations the potential to strengthen and energize the discourse on TB and are perhaps the biggest window for global action on TB in the foreseeable future.
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is also organizing a side event at the conference on ‘Ending TB: Our Promise to Our People’ assisted by Global Coalition against TB to be attended by 7 MPs and other world leaders.

Economic News

1. Centre lifts restrictions on export of all types of pulses:-

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval for removing the prohibition on the export of all types of pulses to give the farmers greater choice in marketing their produce for improved incomes.
  • The CCEA also empowered the committee chaired by Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, to review the export or import policy on pulses.

2. Toyota Kirloskar signs MoU with AP govt:-

  • Andhra Pradesh government and Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to undertake a feasibility study on the introduction of electric vehicles and the necessary systems and infrastructure required for the move.
  • Toyota Kirloskar managing director Akito Tachibana said the collaboration with the state government is intended to find out the suitable types of electric vehicles (EVs) and systems that are required to create an ecosystem for the Electric Vehicles in the state and the country.

“Current Affairs Pulse – 18/11/2017”

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1) Which among the following are global credit rating agencies?
a. Standard & Poor’s (S&P)
b. Moody’s
c. Fitch Group
Choose the correct code:
a) 2 only
b) 1 & 2 only
c) 2 & 3 only
d) All the above
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

2) According to Moody’s recent rating, consider the following and answer.
a. Moody’s Investors Services raised India’s sovereign rating for the first time in 13 years.
b. Moody’s said it expects real GDP growth in India to moderate to 6.7% in this fiscal year.
c. India’s rating is now Baa3 (with stable outlook)
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

3) Consider the following with reference to Ease of Doing Business and answer
a. India makes highest-ever jump to rank 100 out of 190 countries.
b. Ranking is released by World Bank
c. India ranks at 100 out of 190 countries.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

4) Consider the following with respect to Left Wing Extremism and answer
a. In 1967, LWE was limited to the three police station areas namely Naxalbari, Khoribari and Phansidewa.
b. In 2016, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), 106 districts in 10 states
c. Core objective of the LWE movement is the establishment of People’s Revolutionary State
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

5) Consider the following with reference to Pulicat Lake
a. Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish water lake or lagoon in India.
b. Barrier island of Sriharikota separates the lake from the Bay of Bengal.
c. 96% of the lagoon is in Tamil Nadu and 3% in Andhra Pradesh
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

6) With reference to Civil Aviation of India, consider the following and answer.
a. Five-member team of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that was conducting an audit of the Indian aviation sector and has found the regulatory mechanism “unsatisfactory”.
b. Since independence, for first time an Integrated Civil Aviation policy has been brought out by the government.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

7) With reference to PSLV, consider the following and answer
a. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is the third generation launch vehicle of India.
b. PSLV earned its title ‘the Workhorse of ISRO’ through consistently delivering various satellites to Low Earth Orbits
c. The PSLV- C39 mission, carrying the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite, failed.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

8) With reference to Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, consider the following and answer.
a. Research and development centre functioning under Ministry of Science and Technology.
b. LPSC has developed indigenous cryogenic upper stage for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

9) With reference to Petcoke, consider the following and answer
a. In the process of extracting more gasoline and other high value fuels from each barrel of crude oil, a solid carbon material known as petcoke is produced.
b. Fuel grade petcoke represents roughly 80 percent of worldwide petcoke production,
c. Petcoke is also produced in the production of synthetic crude oil, or syncrude.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

10) With reference to recent request by Supreme Court on banning pet coke and furnace oil, consider the following and answer.
a. Environment Ministry and the Central Pollution Control Board, brought into “immediate effect a prohibition on the use of pet coke and furnace oil by any industry, operation or processes on all states and UTs.
b. court also imposed a fine of ₹2 lakh on the Ministry of Environment for not fixing any emission standards for industries using pet coke and furnace oil in the NCR.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

11) Consider the following with reference to Kambala, and answer.
a. Kambala is an annual Buffalo Race held traditionally in region known as Tulu Nadu.
b. It is believed to be celebrated to please the Gods for a good harvest.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

12) With reference to Mega Seed park proposal in Andhra, consider the following and answer.
a. Mega seed park was being established in accordance with a MOU signed by the State government with Iowa University in the U.S.
b. Seed development would be ensured in different agro-climatic zones and Andhra Pradesh would surpass Tamil Nadu in seed production.
c. Government would tie-up with Melinda Bill Gates Foundation to utilise drones for soil testing and upload the data on the Cloud.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

13) With reference to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2015, consider the following and answer.
a. Code creates time-bound processes for insolvency resolution.
b. National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) will adjudicate insolvency resolution for companies & individuals as well.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

14) With reference to Gini coefficient, consider the following and answer
a. It measures inequality of a distribution be it of income or wealth — within nations or States.
b. India’s income inequality is at its highest level since the Indian Income Tax Act was introduced in 1922.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

15) With reference to Central Board of Film Certification or the CBFC, consider the following and answer.
a. Central Board of Film Certification or the CBFC is a Statutory body under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India, which regulates the exhibition of cinema in all Indian languages under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act 1952.
b. Orders of CBFC can be appealed to Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

16) With reference to “Superbugs” in India, consider the following and answer.
a. WHO has published a list of antibiotic-resistant ‘priority pathogens’- a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria, most of these 12 superbugs have presence in India
b. These include Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and various Enterobacteriaceae
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

17) With reference to International Solar Alliance (ISA), consider the following and answer
a. International Solar Alliance was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande.
b. PM gave a new term “Surya Putra” for all the nations which fall between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
c. International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (IASPA) will be the formal name of International Solar Alliance.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

18) With reference to Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was, consider the following and answer
a. It is a massive programme to provide all weather rural road connectivity.
b. Covers every rural habitation with a minimum population of 500 in the plains and 250-plus in hill states, tribal districts and desert areas.
c. 81 per cent of the targeted habitations numbering about 1.45 lakh have so far been connected
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “PIB”- 18/11/17

19) With reference to Ahmedabad, consider the following and answer.
a. 600-year-old walled city of Ahmedabad was awarded heritage status.
b. The city was founded by emperor Ahmed Shah.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

20) Consider the following and answer
a. Air Pollutants can be solid particles, liquid droplets only.
b. Ground Level Ozone, Smog and POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) are called secondary pollutants.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 18/11/17

“Editorial made simple: The ASEAN outreach”

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The ASEAN outreach

• Philippines has been the centre of attraction because of
o Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India summit
o special celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of ASEAN
o East Asia summits
o Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) leaders’ meeting.
o ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.
• Modi joined these meetings, underscoring India’s commitment to deepening ties with the ASEAN member states and the wider Indo-Pacific region as part of the ‘Act East’ policy.

Indo-Pacific region:

• The Indo-Pacific region is now central to global politics and economics.
• China is the most important player in the region & Chinese President Xi Jinping made clear in his speech that Beijing is now more confident than ever of projecting regional and global power.
• Adding to china’s fortune, administration in the U.S. lacks seriousness of purpose and is unable to communicate effectively its priorities for the region.
• Thus the transition is very significant for countries like India

ASEAN & India:

• India’s relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of its foreign policy India’s Act East Policy.
• In a symbolic move, all 10 ASEAN heads of state have been invited to be guests of honour for next year’s Republic Day function.
• Targeting China, Mr. Modi also assured ASEAN of “steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security”
• ASEAN members and India together consist one of the largest economic regions with a total population of about 1.8 billion.
• ASEAN is currently India’s fourth largest trading partner, accounting for 10.2% of India’s total trade.
• India is ASEAN’s seventh largest trading partner.
• India’s service-oriented economy perfectly complements the manufacturing-based economies of ASEAN countries.

China’s Profile grows:

• U.S. continues to be unsure of its security commitments.
• Trump gave mixed signals during his Asia trip where his ‘America First’ policy was on full display.
• China has actually managed to emerge as a beacon of open and free global trade order.

For a Balance of power:

• Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being resurrected without the U.S.
• Indo-Pacific quadrilateral involving Japan, Australia, India and the U.S. is back.
• New Delhi is no longer diffident about engaging with other regional players if it helps to further Indian interests.

Way Forward:

• Period of transition very significant for countries like India that have a stake in the long-term stability.
• Formidable security challenges remain intact.
• India needs to do a more convincing job as a beneficial strategic partner of ASEAN.
• ASEAN nations should be clearer and more specific in their expectations from New Delhi

“Current Affairs Pulse – 17/11/2017”

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1) With reference to National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA), consider the following and answer
a. Anti-profiteering section is set up to make sure that businesses pass on the benefits of tax rate reduction under the GST regime.
b. Section 171 of the Central GST Act provides that reduction in tax rate has to be passed on to the customers by way of commensurate reduction in prices.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

2) With reference to Pulses in India, consider the following and answer.
a. India is the largest consumer of pulses but a fourth of its demand of pulses is met through import.
b. The major problems related to productivity of pulses and cereals are technological setbacks
c. Indian pulses are not much yielding genetically and are also vulnerable to pests
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

3) With reference to Price Support Scheme (PSS) consider the following and answer
a. Department of Agriculture and Cooperation implements the Price Support Scheme for Oil Seeds and Pulses.
b. The procurement is through the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED)
c. NAFED is the nodal procurement agency for Oilseeds and pulses, apart from the Cotton Corporation of India.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

4) Consider the following with reference to “Padmavathi” issue and answer
a. earliest known composition of the Padmini tale is Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat, dating to 1540.
b. Padmavathi was a princess of Sinhal
c. Padmavati commit sati.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

5) Consider the following with reference to Photochemical smog and answer
a. It is the chemical reaction of sunlight, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds
b. Also causes airborne particles and ground level ozone.
c. It is present in all modern cities.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

6) With reference to Existing Mechanism on Regulation of Media, consider the following and answer
a. Press Council of India: It is a statutory body to regulate newspapers, journals, magazines and
other forms of print media but it cannot penalize them for violation of its guidelines.
b. Program & advertisement code for regulating content broadcast on television, are issued under the cable Television Network act 1995
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

7) With reference to the recent measures taken by the government to curb pollution, consider the following.
a. The government has directed the state-run power producer NTPC to mix crop residue pellets with coal for power generation in its thermal power plants in a bid to curb crop burning in Punjab and Haryana.
b. Ministry has directed the NTPC to mix straw/crop residue pellets with coal, up to 10%, for power generation in all of its thermal power plants.
c. This step would give the farmers a monetary return of ₹5,500 per tonne of crop.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

8) With reference to Saubhagya scheme, consider the following and answer
a. New scheme launched to ensure electrification of all willing households in the country in rural as well as urban areas
b. objective of the ‘Saubhagya’ is to provide energy access to all by last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all remaining un-electrified households in rural as well as urban areas.
c. Recently the government has launched a Online portal for the scheme.

Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

9) Consider the following with reference to NTPC and answer.
a. NTPC limited is a Central Public-Sector Undertaking (CPSU), operational under the Ministry of Power.
b. India’s largest power generator and accounts for 25% of total electricity generated in the country.
c. Recently it has installed India’s largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) at Kayamkulam in Kerala.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

10) With reference to Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), consider the following and answer.
a. FCRA seeks to regulate the foreign contributions or donations to organizations and individuals in India and to curb those such contributions which might be detrimental to the national interest.
b. Home ministry had cancelled the license of 20,000 NGOs for violating the various provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
c. Despite being a law related to financial regulation, this law does not fall within the purview of the RBI but under the Home Ministry as it is an internal security legislation.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

11) With reference to UAV in India, consider the following and answer
a. Rustom (Warrior) is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation.
b. Nishant is a multi-mission Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with Day/Night capability used for battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

12) With reference to Environment Pollution Control Authority, consider the following and answer
a. A central Government constituted committee for National Capital Region
b. Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has notified the Graded Response Action Plan to combat air pollution in NCR Delhi region.
c. Government has assigned the task of implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan to the EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority).
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

13) With reference to Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC), consider the following and answer
a. PPAC was created in April 2002 attached to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
b. Its functions are to administration of subsidy on PDS Kerosene, Domestic LPG & to analyzing the trends in the international oil market and domestic prices.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “PIB”- 17/11/17

14) Consider the following with reference to NPT and answer
a. Three objectives viz. non-proliferation, disarmament, and the right to peacefully use nuclear technology, are sometimes called three pillars of NPT.
b. India, Pakistan & Israel have not signed the treaty. North Korea acceded to the NPT in 1985, then withdrew in 2003.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

15) With reference to recent verdict regarding the “Minor wife”, consider the following and answer
a. Supreme Court held that sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, who is below 18 years of age, is rape.
b. The court ended the decades-old disparity between Exception 2 to Section 375 IPC and other child protection laws.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

16) With reference to the power of Governor, consider the following and answer
a. Article 167(a) of our constitution says that it is the duties of Chief Minister to communicate to the Governor of the State all decisions of the council of Ministers relating to the administration of the affairs of the State and proposals for legislation.
b. Article 167(b) of our constitution says that it is the duties of Chief Minister to furnish such information relating to the administration of the affairs of the State and proposals for legislation as the Governor may call for
c. Article 167(c) of our constitution says that it is the duties of Chief Minister if the Governor so requires, to submit for the consideration of the Council of Ministers any matter on which a decision has been taken by a Minister but which has not been considered by the Council.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

17) With reference to Shanghai Cooperation Organization, consider the following and answer
a. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a Eurasian political, economic, and security organization.
b. India and Pakistan joined SCO as full members on June 2017.
c. Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu is on a visit to Russia from November 15-17, to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “PIB”- 17/11/17

18) With Reference to RCEP and India, consider the following and answer
a. It would boost India-ASEAN trade relations and also its trade ties with China, Japan, South Korea etc. thus taking forward the Act East Policy.
b. There would increase investments in India from China, Japan, South Korea etc.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

19) With reference to “Qaumi Ekta Week” (National Integration Week), consider the following and answer
a. It will be observed all over the country, from the 19th to 25th November, 2017.
b. November 20, 2017 will be observed as Welfare of Minorities Day
c. It is to emphasize the themes of secularism, anti-communalism and non-violence.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “PIB”- 17/11/17

20) With reference to National Solar mission, consider the following and answer.
a. The Government’s target to develop 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022 includes 100GW Solar, 60GW wind, 10GW biomass and 5GW small hydro.
b. Of the total 100 GW solar installations, 40 GW would be rooftop and balance 60 GW would be ground-mounted utility scale.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 17/11/17

“Editorial made simple – An itinerary in search of a strategy: on Trump’s East Asia tour”

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An itinerary in search of a strategy: on Trump’s East Asia tour

• Donald Trump’s statements and Twitter posts through his 12-day, five-nation tour of Asia — the longest for a U.S. President in 25 years.

Trump’s ‘Terrific’ China:

• Mr. Trump gave an overview of the “terrific” tour and the new friendships that he has developed.
• Unprecedented reception in Beijing. conversations with the “terrific” President Xi Jinping and the special honour he received at the Forbidden City.
• Trump’s business deals topped the list of achievements
o Figure at $300 billion and hoped that it would exceed $1 trillion in the coming months, though the actual numbers remain unclear

Important Background developments:

• Trump administration has started using in a clear acknowledgment of India’s prominence.
• Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO summit in Vietnam would elucidate his vision for the Indo-Pacific region

Trump’s View & attitude:

• U.S. has been taken advantage of by all countries and global institutions, particularly the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
• But he would not blame other countries or their leaders for this situation; it was all the fault of the U.S. administrations that preceded him.
• Trump then declared- “Those days are over”
• He was there “to offer a renewed partnership with America”
• Bilateral trade agreements abide by the principles of fair and reciprocal trade.
• He calls it the Indo-Pacific dream.

Analysis:

• U.S. has trade deficits with all the five countries (China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam) that Mr. Trump visited.
• Trump said that the U.S. would not tolerate this.
• In the case of the Philippines, which has a small surplus with the U.S., the relationship more about military purposes than trade.
• Rise of China has added additional buoyancy for neighbouring countries.
• Post 2008 crisis- U.S. itself was alarmed by the assertiveness of China.
• Thus, the Obama administration announced the Pivot to Asia strategy in response.
• Mr. Trump also told his Asian hosts that they were free to pursue their interests solo, as he would pursue his. He hinted that America is washing its hands of any leadership role.

Security concerns:

• Mr. Trump asked them all to join hands with the U.S. in stopping North Korea’s nuclear adventurism.
• He asked Japan, Vietnam and South Korea to buy “our weapons”, cited Saudi Arabia as an example.
• Mr. Trump’s “Indo-Pacific dream” may not appear to be much of a dream for most countries in the region.
• Conflicts in Asia, in the west and the east, could appear to be good opportunities for profit from the perspective of business (strategical, political, economic view).

“Current Affairs Pulse – 16/11/2017”

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1) With recent development in implementing the ‘BS’ norms, consider the following and answer.
a. Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas announced that BS-VI fuel norms would be implemented in Delhi by April 1, 2018, instead of the scheduled deadline of April 2020.
b. BS-VI norms will require Selective Catalytic Reduction Technology to cut down NOx.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

2) With reference to ‘Governor’ of a state, consider the following and answer
a. Governor is the constitutional head of the state in the same way as President is the Constitutional head of the Union
b. Governor in a state in India is actually an agent of the President and a servant of the Union of India.
c. Governor is generally outsider and does not belong to the state in which he holds the office
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

3) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in India:
1. is a constitutional body
2. India is the third country following Australia and New Zealand to have such a systemm 3. has original jurisdiction in matters related to environment

Which among the above is / are correct statements?

[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 3 & 1
[D] None of them

Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

4) Consider the following with reference to National Tiger Conservation Authority and answer
a. National Tiger Conservation Authority was launched in 2005, following recommendations of the Tiger Task Force.
b. Given statutory status by 2006 amendment of the Wildlife Protection Act.
c. Prime Minister is the Chairman of the NTCA
Which among the above is / are correct statements?

[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 3 & 1
[D] None of them

Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

5) Consider the following with reference to “National wildlife Action Plan” & answer
a. Plan was drafted by a 12 member committee chaired by JC Kala, a former secretary to the ministry.
b. The first NWAP was adopted in 1983, while the second was adopted in 2002.
c. Mitigation of human-wildlife conflict, coastal and marine ecosystem conservation and a focus on wildlife health are among the key areas
Which among the above is / are correct statements?

[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 3 & 1
[D] All of them

Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

6) With reference to NEERI consider the following and answer
a. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) is a research institute was established in Nagpur in 1958 with focus on water supply, sewage disposal, communicable diseases.
b. NEERI is a pioneer laboratory in the field of environmental science and engineering and part of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

7) Consider the following statements in regards to Shrine of Saint Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani that was damaged in fire and answer
a. Shrine was built in 1395 by Shah Sikandar to pay tribute to Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani
b. Mir Sayyid Ali was a Persian illustrator and painter of miniatures.
c. Mir Sayyid Ali was the son of artist Mir Musavvir, who is one among the two invited by Humayun from Persia to serve him.
Which among the above is / are correct statements?

[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 3 & 1
[D] All of them
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

8) With reference to the term “offset clause”, consider the following and answer.
a. Particular amount has to be re-invested in domestic market as per the agreement
b. India, the offsets policy was introduced first time in Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2005
c. Dassault Reliance Aerospace will execute offsets for the recently concluded India-France deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets. It will be the largest offset contract to be executed by any defence company in India
Which among the above is / are correct statements?

[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 3 & 1
[D] All of them
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

9) With reference to National Human Rights Commission of India, consider the following and answer
a. Given a statutory basis by the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.
b. Chairperson, should be retired Chief Justice of India.
c. Chairperson and members of the NHRC are appointed by the President of India.
Which among the above is / are correct statements?

[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 3 & 1
[D] All of them
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

10) Consider the following in light of recent French- India relationship, and answer
a. France like to deepen cooperation with India in the Indo-Pacific bilaterally and not as a multilateral arrangement like the recently convened “quadrilateral”.
b. France is the only western country with large territory in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) including the Reunion Islands.
c. France is India’s oldest strategic partner, and has conducted India’s first international ‘Varuna’ joint naval exercises since 1983.
Which among the above is / are correct statements?
[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 3 & 1
[D] All of them
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

11) With reference to FICV (future infantry combat vehicle), consider the following and answer
a. Project FICV 2017 was conceived on private-public partnership basis in the defence sector
b. This was enabled by Defence Procurement Procedure of 2008 (DPP-2008), which lays down a “Make” procedure for developing “high-tech, complex systems” through Indian industry.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

12) With reference to SPP- strategic Partnership policy, consider the following and answer
a. objectives of this policy is to reduce current dependence on imports.
b. policy is a part of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).
c. SP model will initially be applicable in four segments: Submarines, Helicopters, Fighter Aircraft and Armoured fighting vehicles (AFV)/Main Battle Tanks (MBT).
Which among the above is / are correct statements?
[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 3 & 1
[D] All of them
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

13) Consider the following with reference to IndiaRAP,
a. Global charity unveiled an India Road Assessment Programme (IndiaRAP) that will rate highways’ safety levels, and seek to eliminate the most unsafe roads.
b. IndiaRAP programme is being supported by FedEx Express and will be hosted by the Asian Institute of Transport Development
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

14) With reference to Cybersecurity of India, consider the following and answer
a. India has been ranked 23rd out of 165 nations in the second Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI).
b. The index has been topped by Singapore with a 0.925 score
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

15) Consider the following with reference to recent ‘Capital Infusion’ in our country,
a. The government had announced a capital infusion of ₹2.11 lakh crore in public sector banks over two financial years.
b. Of the amount, the government plans to issue recapitalisation bonds worth ₹1.35 lakh crore and the remaining would come from budgetary provisions.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

16) Consider the following with reference to joint Hydrographic Survey along with the Tanzanian Navy and answer
a) INS Sarvekshak, a hydrographic survey ship of Southern Naval Command, arrived Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania for undertaking joint Hydrographic Survey along with the Tanzanian Navy.
b) In recent past, Indian Naval Hydrographic Ships Jamuna, Sutlej and Darshak have undertaken various hydrographic surveys of Dar-es-Salaam, Zanzibar, Makoni and Port Tanga in Tanzania.
c) NS Sarvekshak has also undertaken various foreign cooperation surveys in the last few years in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Seychelles and Kenya.
Which among the above is / are correct statements?
[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 3 & 1
[D] All of them
Refer “PIB”- 16/11/17

17) When in National Press Day Celebrated?
a. 17th Nov
b. 16th Nov
c. 15th Nov
d. 14th Nov
Refer “PIB”- 16/11/17

18) Which of the following countries does Houthi rebels based on?
a. Yemen
b. Oman
c. Qatar
d. UAE
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17

19) Consider the defence deal under the scheme ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ and answer
a. Portable Diver Detection Sonar would be manufactured by Tata Power SED in India at their facility at Bengaluru with Transfer of Technology from DSIT Israel under ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ category
b. Induction of Portable Diver Detection Sonar would further enhance Indian Navy’s Underwater Surveillance Capability in the field of Low Intensity Maritime Operations.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “PIB”- 16/11/17

20) With reference to recently held APEC, consider the following and answer
a. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was held in Da Nang, Vietnam. The theme of summit was ‘Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future
b. It is regional economic forum of 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 16/11/17