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Daily current affairs: 29 -05- 2018

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International News:

1. Hamburg to host 2018 Global Wind Summit:

 

 

 

 

 

  • The first edition of the Global Wind Summit will be held in Hamburg from September 25-28, 2018.
  • The organisers of the four-day event are expecting speakers from about 100 countries, including India, China, the US, Spain and Denmark.
  • The conference on wind is the largest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide.

2. 108th session of UNWTO Executive council in San Sebastian:

 

 

 

  • The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, Shri K. J. Alphons along with a delegation of senior officials attended the 108th session of UNWTO Executive Council from 23rd to 25th May 2018 held in San Sebastian, Spain.
  • The Executive council decided that in order to address new challenge and trends, the organization will pay special attention to scaling up innovation and digitization in the sector.
  • During the three day Executive Council meeting, Sh. K. J. Alphons chaired the ‘Programme and Budget Committee’ meeting of UNWTO.

Points to Remember:

  • The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
  • The UNWTO Executive Council represents the Organization’s governing body whose task is to take all necessary measures in consultation with the Secretary-General, for implementation of its own decisions and recommendations of the Assembly and report thereupon to the Assembly.
  • The Council meets at least twice a year, the next to be held in Bahrain.
  • The council consists of 30 Full Members.
  • Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili is the Secretary-General of UNWTO.

3. Saad Hariri As PM Of Lebanon Third Time:

 

 

 

 

  • Lebanese lawmakers designated Prime Minister Saad Hariri for a third term.
  • The presidency made the announcement after Hariri was endorsed by enough members of parliament.
  • Speaker Nabih Berri, who has held the position since 1992, was also given a new term.Hariri has been prime minister since December 2016 and served his first term from 2009 to 2011.

National News:

1. 4th International Yoga Day Celebrations Main Event to be Organized in Dehradun:

  • The main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations (IDY-2018) will be held on 21st June 2018 at Dehradun in Uttrakhand.
  • Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH announced that Dehradun (Uttarakhand) has been selected as the venue for Main Event of 4th International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2018.

 

2. Lok Sabha MP Baijayant Panda resigns from Biju Janata Dal:

  • Lok Sabha MP from Odisha’s Kendrapara constituency, Baijayant Panda, resigned from the Biju Janata Dal.
  • Mr. Panda, who is the vice-president of IMFA, a ferro alloy producer, was suspended from the primary membership of the BJD for “anti-party” activities on January 24.

3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Launches Survey On NaMo App:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a survey on the NaMo App, asking people to rate the performance of the government at the Centre and MPs and MLAs in their constituencies.
  • He launched the initiative, to mark the completion of four years of the NDA government, which came to power at the Centre in 2014.

4. Akshay Kumar Launches Twin Pit Toilet Technology Campaign In New Delhi:

  • Film actor Akshay kumar launched the twin pit toilet technology campaign in New Delhi. Mr Kumar said, the real challenge in the society is to fight the age old mentality revolving around sanitation and cleanliness.
  • The actor appealed everybody to spread the awareness on the issue and make the cleanliness drive more effective.
  • The twin pit toilet technology is an Indian invention that collects defecation for a period of five years and then it turns into a valuable organic compost.

5. Sushant Singh Rajput To Promote NITI Aayog’s BHIM App, Women Entrepreneurship:

  • Rajput has signed an agreement to promote the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) of the Aayog. The actor will endorse the Women Entrepreneurship Platform and encourage use of Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) application by appearing in various video, print and social media campaigns of NITI Aayog.
  • NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) was launched on March 8, 2018, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. It aims to power a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem through an enabling network of industry collaborations, partnerships, mentors and peer-to-peer connect.

6. Queen Maxima Of Kingdom Of Netherlands Arrives India, Meets NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman:

  • Queen Maxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who is also the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development arrived in New Delhi today on a four-day visit to India.
  • She met Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar and CEO Amitabh Kant. During the visit, Queen Maxima will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The visiting dignitary will have a meeting with Finance Minister Piyush Goyal.
  • Queen Maxima will have a field visit to Meerut in Uttar Pradesh and she is scheduled to address a Round Table on Private Sector for Financial inclusion in Mumbai.

Important Government Schemes and Programmes

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1.Program for Organ Transplant:

  • Government of India has launched National Organ Transplant Programme for carrying out the activities as per Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994 training of manpower and promotion of organ donation from deceased persons.
  • Under the said programme, an apex level organization, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) has been set-up at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi for National networking, National Registry, to provide an online system for procurement and distribution of Organs & Tissues and to promote Deceased Organ and Tissue Donation.
  • Government has taken various steps to simplify organ donation law/rules and procedures such as Website of National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (www.notto.nic.in) provides updated information and online facility for registering pledges for organ donation.
  • A 24×7 call centre with toll free helpline number (1800114770) has been established for providing information on organ donation and coordinating matters relating to retrieval and allocation of organs recovered from cadaver donors.
  • National Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant Registry (NOTTR) have been launched. NOTTO has launched National Registry for maintaining National Waiting list of patients who require organs/ tissue.
  • Policy and criteria for organ allocation in case of Kidney, Liver, Heart & Lung and Cornea have been approved.
  • Standard Operating Procedures for various vital organs has been approved and uploaded on NOTTO website.

2.Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission:

The Union Cabinet has approved the National Health Protection Scheme that was announced in the Union Budget 2018-19.

Context:

  • In-patient hospitalization expenditure in India has increased nearly 300% during last ten years. (NSSO 2015).
  • More than 80% of the expenditure are met by out of pocket (OOP).
  • Rural households primarily depended on their ‘household income / savings’ (68%) and on ‘borrowings’ (25%), the urban households relied much more on their ‘income / saving’ (75%) for financing expenditure on hospitalizations, and on ‘(18%) borrowings. (NSSO 2015).
  • AB-NHPM will have major impact on reduction of Out of Pocket (OOP) expenditure on ground of: Increased benefit cover to nearly 40% of the population, (the poorest & the vulnerable), Covering almost all secondary and many tertiary hospitalizations. (except a negative list), Coverage of 5 lakh for each family, (no restriction of family size)

Background:

  • RSBY (Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana) was launched in the year 2008 by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and provides cashless health insurance scheme with benefit coverage of Rs. 30.000/- per annum on a family floater basis (for 5 members), for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, and 11 other defined categories of unorganized workers.
  • To integrate RSBY into the health system and make it a part of the comprehensive health care vision of Government of India, RSBY was transferred to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) w.e.f 01.04.2015.

The present:

  • The Union Cabinet has approved launch of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).
  • The scheme has the benefit cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year. The target beneficiaries of the proposed scheme will be more than 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on SECC database.
  • Benefits of the scheme are portable across the country and a beneficiary covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.
  • The beneficiaries can avail benefits in both public and empanelled private facilities.
  • All public hospitals in the States implementing AB-NHPM, will be deemed empanelled for the Scheme.
  • As for private hospitals, they will be empanelled online based on defined criteria.
  • At the national level to manage, an Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission Agency (AB-NHPMA) would be put in place. States/ UTs would be advised to implement the scheme by a dedicated entity called State Health Agency (SHA).
  • The Government has also recently announced two major initiatives as part of Ayushman Bharat for a New India-2022 programme.
  • This is aimed at making path breaking interventions to address health holistically, in primary, secondary and tertiary care systems, covering both prevention and health promotion.

The initiatives are as follows:

  • Health and Wellness Centre.
  • National Health Protection Scheme.

3.Health – National Health Programmes:

The National AIDS Control Programme:

  • It was launched in 1992 and it is being implemented as a comprehensive programme for prevention and control of HIV/ AIDS in India.
  • Over time, the focus has shifted from raising awareness to behaviour change, from a national response to a more decentralized response and to increasing involvement of NGOs and networks of People living with HIV (PLHIV).
  • The NACP I started in 1992 was implemented with an objective of slowing down the spread of HIV infections so as to reduce morbidity, mortality and impact of AIDS in the country.
  • In November 1999, the second National AIDS Control Project (NACP II) was launched to reduce the spread of HIV infection in India, and to increase India’s capacity to respond to HIV/AIDS on a long-term basis.
  • NACP III was launched in July 2007 with the goal of Halting and Reversing the Epidemic over its five-year period.
  • NACP IV, launched in 2012, aims to accelerate the process of reversal and further strengthen the epidemic response in India through a cautious and well defined integration process over the next five years.

NACP – IV Objectives:

  • Reduce new infections by 50% (2007 Baseline of NACP III), Provide comprehensive care and support to all persons living with HIV/AIDS and treatment services for all those who require it.

New Initiatives under NACP IV:

  • Establishment and scale up of interventions for Transgenders (TGs) by bringing in community participation and focused strategies to address their vulnerabilities
    Employer-Led Model for addressing vulnerabilities among migrant labour e. Female Condom Programme.
  • Scale up of Multi-Drug Regimen for Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) in keeping with international protocols.
  • Social protection for marginalised populations through mainstreaming and earmarking budgets for HIV among concerned government departments
  • Establishment of Metro Blood Banks and Plasma Fractionation Centre Launch of Third Line ART and scale up of first and second Line ART, Demand promotion strategies specially using mid-media, e.g., National Folk Media Campaign & Red Ribbon Express and buses (in convergence with the National Health Mission).

4.Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme:

  • The National TB Control Programme was started in 1962 with the aim to detect cases earliest and treat them.
  • In the district, the programme is implemented through the district Tuberculosis Centre (DTC) and the Primary Health Institutions.
  • The District Tuberculosis Programme (DTP) is supported by the state level organization for the coordination and supervision of the programme.
  • The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), based on the DOTS strategy, began as a pilot project in 1993 and was launched as a national programme in 1997 but rapid RNTCP expansion began in late 1998.
  • The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme has initiated early and firm steps to its declared objective of Universal access to early quality diagnosis and quality TB care for all TB patients’.

5.National Leprosy Eradication Programme:

  • The National Leprosy Eradication Programme is a centrally sponsored Health Scheme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
  • The Programme is headed by the Deputy Director of Health Services (Leprosy) under the administrative control of the Directorate General Health Services Govt. of India.
  • While the NLEP strategies and plans are formulated centrally, the programme is implemented by the States/UTs.
  • The Programmes also supported as Partners by the World Health Organization, The International Federation of Anti-leprosy Associations (ILEP) and few other Non-Govt. Organizations.

Objectives:

  • Early detection through active surveillance by the trained health workers;
  • Regular treatment of cases by providing Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT) at fixed in or centres a nearby village of moderate to low endemic areas/district;
  • Intensified health education and public awareness campaigns to remove social stigma attached to the disease.
  • Appropriate medical rehabilitation and leprosy ulcer care services.

Strategies for Leprosy elimination in India:

  • Decentralized integrated leprosy services through General Health Care system.
    Early detection & complete treatment of new leprosy cases.
  • Carrying out house hold contact survey in detection of Multibacillary (MB) & child cases.
    Early diagnosis & prompt MDT, through routine and special efforts
  • Involvement of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in the detection & complete treatment of Leprosy cases for leprosy work.

6.National Mental Health Programme:

  • Psychiatric symptoms are common in general population in both sides of the globe.
  • These symptoms – worry, tiredness, and sleepless nights affect more than half of the adults at some time, while as many as one person in seven experiences some form of diagnosable neurotic disorder.

Burden of Disease:

  • The World Bank report (1993) revealed that the Disability Adjusted Life Year (DALY) loss due to neuro-psychiatric disorder is much higher than diarrhoea, malaria, worm infestations and tuberculosis if taken individually. According to the estimates daily loss due to mental disorders are expected to represent 15% of the global burden of diseases by 2020.

Programme:

  • The Government of India has launched the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) in 1982, keeping in view the heavy burden of mental illness in the community, and the absolute inadequacy of mental health care infrastructure in the country to deal with it.

NMHP has 3 components:

• Treatment of Mentally ill
• Rehabilitation
• Prevention and promotion of positive mental health.

Objectives:

• To ensure availability and accessibility of minimum mental health care for all in the foreseeable future, particularly to the most vulnerable and underprivileged sections of population.
• To encourage application of mental health knowledge in general health care and in social development.
• To promote community participation in the mental health services development and to stimulate efforts towards self-help in the community.

Strategies:

• Integration mental health with primary health care through the NMHP
• Provision of tertiary care institutions for treatment of mental disorders
• Eradicating stigmatization of mentally ill patients and protecting their rights through regulatory institutions like the Central Mental Health Authority, and State Mental health Authority.

Agencies like World Bank and WHO have been contacted to support various components of the programme. Funds are provided by the Govt. of India to the state governments and the nodal institutes to meet the expenditure on staff, equipments, vehicles, medicine, stationary, contingencies, training, etc. for initial 5 years and thereafter they should manage themselves.
Govt. of India has constituted central Mental Health Authority to oversee the implementation of the Mental Health Act 1986. It provides for creation of state Mental Health Authority also to carry out the said functions.
The National Human Rights Commission also monitors the conditions in the mental hospitals along with the government of India and the states are currently acting on the recommendation of the joint studies conducted to ensure quality in delivery of mental care.

7.NATIONAL AYUSH MISSION (NAM):

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Ayush Mission (NAM) from 01.04.2017 to 31.03.2020 with an outlay of Rs. 2400 crore over the 3 year period.
    The Mission was launched in September, 2014.

Features of the scheme:

  • The National AYUSH Mission intends to build on India’s unmatched heritage represented by its ancient systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Sidhha, Unani & Homeopathy (ASU&H) which are a treasure house of knowledge for preventive and promotive healthcare.
  • The positive features of the Indian systems of medicine namely their diversity and flexibility; accessibility; affordability, a broad acceptance by a large section of the general public; comparatively lesser cost and growing economic value, have great potential to make them providers of healthcare that the large sections of our people need.

The following are the expected outcomes of the schemes:

  • Better access to AYUSH healthcare services through increased number of healthcare facilities offering AYUSH services and better availability of medicines and trained manpower.
  • Improvement in AYUSH education through well-equipped enhanced number of AYUSH Educational institutions.
  • Improved availability of quality AYUSH drugs by increased number of quality pharmacies and Drug Testing Laboratories coupled with stringent enforcement mechanism.
  • Increased awareness and acceptance of the Yoga & Naturopathy as promotive and preventive health-care systems.
  • To meet the increasing domestic demand of herbal raw-materials and also to promote export.

Current Affairs Pulse – 24th March, 2018

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1.) Which of the following plateau have the following characteristics?
1.) It is made up of limestone, sandstone and granite.
2.) It is bounded by the river Son in the north.
3.) Its central part act as a water divide between Son and Mahanathi.
A.) Bundelkhand B.) Chotanagpur C.) Bhagelkhand D.) Deccan Plateau
Solution: C

2.) Which of the following Tiger Reserve have the following characteristics?
1.) The reserve has terai and savannah grassland ecosystem.
2.) It is bounded by the river Sharda in the north east and River Ghagra in the South east.
3.) It is identified as one of the worst man-animal conflict zones.
A.) Pilghit Tiger Reserve
B.) Sunderbans Tiger reserve
C.) Buxa Tiger Reserve
D.) None of the Above
Solution: A

3.) Which of the following statements is not correct about Mixed Cropping?
A.) Its main objective is insurance against crop failure.
B.) The crops are sown in definite row arrangement.
C.) The sowing time of component crops are same.
D.) There is competition between the component crops.
Solution: B

4.) Which of the following rivers are tributaries of Krishna River?
1.) Ghataprabha River
2.) Malaprabha River
3.) Bhima River
A.) 1 and 2 only B.) 2 and 3 only C.) 1 and 3 only D.)All are correct
Solution: D

5.) Which of the following statements are correct regarding System Rice Intensification?
1.) SRI is a combination of several practices those include changes in nursery management, time of transplanting, water and weed management.
2.) It is a low water, labor-intensive, method that uses younger seedlings singly spaced and typically hand weeded with special tools
A.) 1 only B.) 2 only C.) Both are correct D.) None of the above
Solution: C

6.) Which of the following statements are correct?
1.) Recently Mangalajodi Ecotourism trust has won the United Nations World Tourism Organization Award.
2.) The Mangalajodi is a village on the banks of Chilika lake.
A.) 1 only B.) 2 only C.) Both are correct D.) None of the above
Solution: C

7.) Which of the following statements are correct with reference to Indian Meteorological Department?
1.) It is the principal agency responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting and seismology.
2.) It is an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
3.) IMD is also one of the six Regional Specialized Meteorological Centers of the World Meteorological Organization.
A.) 1 and 2 only B.) 2 and 3 only C.) 1 and 3 only D.) All are correct
Solution: D

8.) The Hope Island is located in
A.) Bay of Bengal B.) Arabian sea C.) Indian Ocean D.) None of the Above
Solution: A

9). Which of the following are the reasons for increase in NPA of Scheduled Commercial Banking?
1. GDP slowdown.
2. Lack of Bankruptcy code.
3. Priority Sector Lending.
4. Relaxed lending norms for corporate honchos when their financial status and credit rating has not been analyzed properly.
Codes:
(a) 1, 2 and 4
(b) 1, 3 and 4
(c) All
(d) 1 and 4
Solution: A

10. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has launched “Unified Payments Interface”. Which of the following statements are correct related to it?
1. It is a single interface across all National Payment Corporation System.
2. It allows instantaneous transfer of funds across different banks with the help of single identification and password.
3. The user needs to create a digital wallet in order to use this platform.
4. It will give boost to e-commerce.
(a) 1 and 2 (b) 1, 3 and 4 (c) 1, 2 and 4 (d) All
Solution: C

11. Consider the following statements about Bonds issued under Discom package UDAY:
1. The bonds to be issued are of SLR grade.
2. Bonds issued would be under private placements.
3. These bonds are low-rated as compared to Bonds of the Central and State governments.
Which of the above statements related to the Bonds is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 3 (b) Only 2 (c) 2 and 3 (d) 1, 2 and 3
Solution: B

12. Consider the following statements
1. The Attorney General of India is the Indian Government’s Chief legal advisor.
2. The salary of the Attorney General is fixed by the Parliament.
3. The Attorney General is appointed by the President of India under Article 76.
Select the correct statement is/is given below.
a. 1 only b. 1, 2 only c. 2 & 3 only d. 1 & 3 only
Solution: D

13. Consider the following statements with respect to Pterocarpus santalinus
1. It is locally named as Red sanders.
2. It is critically endangered species in the IUCN red list.
3. To curb the menace of its smuggling, the Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force (RSASTF) was created in 2015.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: B

14. Consider the following with respect to Capital Gains tax
1. Long term capital gains mean gains arising from the transfer of long-term capital asset.
2. This budget proposed tax applies to the above assets, if the assets are held for a minimum period of twelve months from the date of acquisition.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution:C

15. Consider the following statements with respect to TRAI
1. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was established by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997.
2.TRAI regulates telecom services, including fixation/revision of tariffs for telecom services which were earlier vested in the Central Government.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

Current Affairs Pulse – 23rd March, 2018

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1. Which of the following statements are correct?
1. Aadhaar number is blocked on the death of holder.
2. The 12 digit number is random in nature.
3. Only state code is alone employed to help profile the holder through Aadhar
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: A

2. Consider the following statements
1. Members of the Parliament enjoy special privileges (e.g privilege against arrest).
2. The judiciary can’t interfere in the internal affairs of the Parliament.
3. In case MPs misuse their privileges, the Parliament can initiate procedures under the in-house retribution system is named as “Privilege Motion”.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: D

3. Which of the following statements are correct?
1. Kerala became the first Indian state to declare Internet a basic human right.
2. Kerala is the first Indian state which creates a single window for accessing thousands of government services via “m- keralam” app.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

4. Consider the following statements
1. UIDAI will introduce the “face ID” to enable Aadhar holders to authenticate their identity to access services.
2. The Face ID would help the people without biometrics or those with poor biometrics to avoid authentication failures.
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: D

5. Particulate matter pollution causes
1. Chest tightness and shortness of breathe
2. Reduced lung function
3. Asthma attacks
4. Heart attacks and premature deaths.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 4 only b. 1,2 and 3 only c. 1,2 and 4 only d. 1, 2,3 and 4
Solution: D

6. Consider the following statements
1. The range of supersonic missile was initially capped at 290 km as per obligations of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
2. Since India’s entry into the club, the range has been extended to 450 km and the plan is to increase it to 600km.
Which of the following statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

7. Consider the following statements
1. The Central Government has constituted National Company Law Tribunal under the Companies Act, 2013.
2. The NCLT comes under the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Policy
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A
It comes under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

8. Which of the following statements are correct with reference to MUDRA scheme?
1. The Person can get loan upto 10 lakh at affordable interest rate.
2. No Collateral is required for loans.
3. The person can use Mudra Cards in POS machines/e-commerce for Purchase.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

9. Consider the following statements
1. Aadhar is for both residents of India and NRIs.
2. The Aadhar is an identifier, not a profiling tool.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B
Aadhar is only for residents of India, not for NRIs.

10. Which of the following statements are correct with reference to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988?
1. If it were a registered vehicle, the number plate should have been displayed in the front, rear and sides prominently.
2. The Act has no provision to deal with matters of vehicle alteration.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution:A
Section 52 of the Act says “no owner of a motor vehicle shall so alter the vehicle that the particulars contained in the certificate of registration are at variance with those originally specified by the manufacturer.”

11. Which of the following correct with reference to application of Artificial Intelligences
1. AI tools (deployed by Facebook) can be used to detect fake accounts
2. Anti Money Laundering Pattern Detection
3. Chat bots
4. Algorithm trading
5. Fraud detection
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 4 only b. 1,2 and 5 only c. 1,2,3 and 4 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

12. Consider the following statements with respect to Recent Supreme Court judgement on SC, ST Act
1. In respect of public servants, no arrest should be made without the written permission of the official’s appointing authority
2. In respect of private citizens, the Senior Superintendent of Police in the district should approve the arrest.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

13. Consider the following statements
1. Lingayatism is a Shaivite religious tradition in India.
2. Lingayatism was founded by the 12th-century philosopher and statesman Basava in Karnataka.
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

14. Consider the following with respect to Gobar Dhan Scheme
1. This scheme is used for converting rural and urban waste into clean energy through Biogas
2. It helps to monetise the agricultural waste.
Which of the following is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B
Galvanising Organic Bio Agro Resources scheme is for rural areas only.

15. Consider the following statements with reference to Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana
1. RSBY is a pan national insurance scheme targeting BPL households.
2. RSBY will be subsumed under the new National Health Protection Scheme
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

16. The “Global Financial Stability Report” is released by
1. RBI
2. IMF
3. BIS
4. World Bank
Solution: B

17. Which of the following statements are correct regarding UIDAI?
1. It is a statutory authority.
2. It works under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
3. It is mandated to assign a 12-digit unique identification (UID) number (termed “Aadhaar”) to all the residents of India.
a. 1only b. 2& 3 only c. All are correct d. 1 &3 only
Solution: C

18. Consider the following statements
1. US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency tasked with protecting American consumers.
2. The FTC is investigating whether Facebook violated the terms of a 2011 decree regarding Social network proceedings.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

19. Consider the following statements with respect to BrahMos
1. It is a ballistic missile
2. It is joint collaboration of India and Russia.
3. It is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea, and air against surface and sea faced targets.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All
Solution: B

20. Consider the following statements with respect to ED
a. It is a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency in India.
b. It is part of the Department of financial services, Ministry of Finance.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A
It is part of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.

Current Affairs Pulse – 22nd March, 2018

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1. Which of the following statements are correct regarding Open Acreage Licensing Policy
1. It is production sharing model.
2. Exploration companies can select the exploration blocks on their own, without having to wait for the formal bid round from the Government.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B

2. Consider the following statements regarding Directorate of Revenue Intelligence
1. DRI is the major intelligence agency which enforces the prohibition of the smuggling of items including drugs, gold, diamonds, foreign currency, and counterfeit Indian currency.
2. DRI functions under the Central Board of Direct Taxes in the Ministry of Finance.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A

3. Consider the following statements with respect to “Global Entry”
1. It is a programme run by the US Customs and Border Protection.
2. India became a member of global entry in 2017.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

4. Which of the following statements are correct regarding SC, ST Act?
1. It is one of the most important instrument to prevent atrocities on Dalits/Adivasis.
2. The recent Supreme court guidelines stated that A public servant can be arrested under this act only after getting permission from the appointing authority.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

5. Consider the following statements with reference to Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme
1. The Scheme will provide a cover of 5 lakh per family per year.
2. The Scheme will subsume the ongoing Schemes-Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme.
3. The targeted beneficiaries will be more than 10 crore families belong to the Poor and Vulnerable population based on 2011 census.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: A

6. Consider the following statements regarding Atal Bhujal Yojana
1. The Scheme aimed at sustainable ground water management with community participation in select over-exploited and ground water stressed areas in all States.
2. ABHY is designed as a Central Sector Scheme with a total outlay of Rs. 6,000 crore and is proposed to be implemented with World Bank assistance.
Which of the following is/are correct?
a.1only b.2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B
The Government has proposed Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY) aimed at sustainable ground water management with community participation in select over-exploited and ground water stressed areas in seven States (Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh)

7. Which of the following statements are correct with reference to National Rural Drinking Water Programme
1. 77% of rural habitations in India have achieved a fully covered status under this Scheme.
2. The Scheme comes under the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

8. Consider the following statements regarding Indian Rhino Vision 2020.
1. IVR 2020 is a partnership among the Government of Assam, the International Rhino Foundation, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Bodoland Territorial.
2. It is intended to attain a population of 3,000 wild one-horned rhinos in seven of Assam’s protected areas by the year 2020.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

9. Which of the following National parks are located in the Assam?
1. Kaziranga National park
2. Manas National park
3. Pobitora National park
a). 1 and 2 only b). 1 and 3 only c). All are correct d). 2, 3 only
Solution: C

10. Consider the following statements
1. According to WHO report, India had about 2.79 million new cases of TB in 2016.
2. Chemists and hospital treating TB patients who don’t inform health authorities about them could face upto 2 years jail.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

11. Consider the following statements
1. Lead Acid Batteries are far more better than Lithium ion batteries.
2. The Lithium attracts 28% GST, the highest GST slab which leads to high costs.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B

12. Consider the following statements regarding Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy
1. HELP opens up India’ entire sedimentary basin for investment from domestic and foreign players.
2. Single, uniform license for extraction and exploration for all types of hydrocarbon prospects.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

13. Which of the following rivers are the tributaries of Cauvery?
1. Amaravati
2. Bhavani
3. Penneru
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: A

14. Consider the following statements regarding Cauvery Management Board
1. The CMB would monitor the storage position in the Cauvery basin and the trend of rainfall, and assess the likely inflows for distribution among the States.
2. It will consist of representative of each states and also technical experts.
Which of the following is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

15. Consider the following statements regarding Fifteenth Finance Commission
1. The Commission will make recommendations for the five years commencing on April 1, 2020.
2. This Commission will be headed by Mr. N.K. Singh.
Select the correct statement is/is given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

16. Consider the following with respect to Schizophrenia
1. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to understand reality.
2. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices that others do not, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and a lack of motivation.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

17. Which of the following statements are correct regarding National Company Law Tribunal?
1. The NCLT has the power under the Companies Act to adjudicate relevant matters.
2. It comes under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

18. Consider the following statements with reference to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code
1. Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India is under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
2. Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India to exercise regulatory oversight over insolvency professionals, insolvency professional agencies and information utilities.
3. IBC doesn’t enable provisions to deal with cross border insolvency.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All the Above
Solution: A

19. Consider the following statements regarding Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016
1. The Act establishes Real Estate Regulatory Authority in each state for regulation of the real estate sector.
2. RERA acts as an adjudicating body for speedy dispute redressal.
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

20. Consider the following statements with respect to Central Information Council
1. It is a constitutional body
2. The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be appointed by the President.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B
The Central Information Commission has been constituted under the Right to Information Act, 2005. The jurisdiction of the Commission extends over all Central Public Authorities.

Current Affairs Pulse – 20th March, 2018

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1. Consider the following statements regarding a No-Confidence Motion in India:
1. There is no mention of a No-Confidence Motion in the Constitution of India.
2. A Motion of No-Confidence can be introduced in the Lok Sabha only.
Which of the statements given above is / are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both 1 and 2 d. Neither 1 nor 2
Solution: C

2. Which of the following statements are correct?
1. Lingayats of Kannada region questioned the theory of rebirth and rejected the caste hierarchy.
2. Karnataka cabinet grants religious minority status to such Lingayats community.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

3. Consider the following statements with reference to Mathikettan Shola National Park
1. It is located in a global biodiversity hotspot.
2. Indian Neutrino Observatory Project lies just 4.9 km from the national park.
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

4. Which of the following Indian Schemes are challenged in the WTO by United States Trade representative?
1. Merchandise Exports from India Scheme
2. Duty free Import Authorisation Scheme
3. Special Economic Zone
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All the above
Solution: D

5. Consider the following statements with reference to e cigarette
1. It is a handheld electronic device that simulates the feeling of tobacco smoking.
2. The health risks of e-cigarettes are uncertain.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A
The health risks of e-cigarettes are not uncertain. It may lead to the accumulation of fat in the liver.

6. Consider the following statements
1. Coral bleaching is an environmental event where Coral in warming waters expel the colourful algae that live within their skeletons.
2. Tiny coral fragments, once collected from the sea floor, are nurtured in tanks and then transferred to an underwater rope nursery or improvised skeleton in order to resilient the bleaching.
3. After Seychelles in some areas lost 90% of its coral reefs in 1998 in such bleaching, they adopted such transfer method.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1and 2only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

7. Which of the following factor is dealt in Article 47 of Indian Constitution?
a. Health b. Education c. Environment d. All the above
Solution: A

8. Consider the following statements with reference to “Health and Wellness Centre”
a. It is part of Ayushman Bharat programme.
b. National Health Policy, 2017 has envisioned Health and Wellness Centres as the foundation of India’s health system.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

9. Which committee is related to corporate governance in India?
a. Uday Kotak committee
b. NK Singh committee
c. Rangarajan committee
d. Urjit patel committee
Solution: A

10. Consider the following statements with respect to Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India
1. It is a statutory body.
2. IRDAI is a 10-member body including the chairman, five full-time and four part-time members appointed by the government of India.
Which of the following is/ are correct pairs?
a). 1only b). 2 only c). Both are correct d). None of the above
Solution: C

11. Which of the following statements are correct with reference to PJ Nayak Committee recommendation?
a. Conversion of Public Sector Banks into Companies as per the Companies Act
b. Formation of a Bank Investment Company(BIC) under the Companies Act
c. Transfer of shares by the central government in PSBs to the BIC
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: D

12. Which of the following factors reflect the Indian federal characteristics?
1. Bicameral Legislature
2. Separation of powers
3. Independent judiciary
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. Only 1 b. Only 2,3 c. Only 1,3 d. All are correct
Solution: C

13. Consider the following statements
a. The Centre government has written to Law Commission to prepare for draft law on online “hate speech”.
b. The Law Commission had been asked to include its earlier recommendations of Viswanathan and Bezbaruah Committees.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

14. Which of the following statements are correct with respect to National Company Law Tribunal
1. The NCLT was established under the Companies Act 2013.
2. The NCLT is a quasi judicial body.
3. Decisions of the NCLT may be appealed to the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal. The decisions of NCLAT is final.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?
a. 1and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: A

15. Consider the following statements
a. The Ministry of Electronics and IT has formed four committees to prepare a roadmap for the national artificial intelligence programme.
b. The four committees will be for citizen centric services; data platforms; skilling, reskilling and R&D; and legal regulatory and cyber security.
Which of the following is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

16. Consider the following statements regarding Enforcement directorate
1. It is part of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.
2. The prime objective of the Enforcement Directorate is the enforcement of two key Acts namely, the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.
Select the correct statement is/is given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

17. Consider the following with respect to Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal
1. TDSAT is a statutory body.
2. The TDSAT consists of a Chairperson and two Members.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

18. Consider the following statements regarding the payment banks:
1. They are allowed to distribute third-party financial products such as mutual funds and insurance products.
2. No foreign shareholding is allowed in the payment bank.
3. They cannot undertake lending operations.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: B

19. Consider the following statements regarding WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement
1. It is the WTO’s first ever multilateral accord that aims to simplify custom regulations for the cross border movement of goods.
2. Union Cabinet also has decided to constitute National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) to facilitate the coordination with such TFA provisions.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

20. Consider the following statements regarding Kotak Committee recommendation
1. The listed Companies should be required to have at least 6 directors on the board with a minimum of 50% representation of independent directors.
2. One woman director should be mandatorily presented in the Board.
3. The audit committees should monitor the flow of funds to unlisted subsidiaries, including those established overseas.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

21. Consider the following statements with respect to Merchandise Export from India Scheme
1. It has completely different strategy with Foreign Trade Policy to promote exports.
2. Objective of MEIS is to offset infrastructural inefficiencies and associated costs involved in export of goods and products, which are produced and manufactured in India.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B

Current Affairs Pulse – 19th March, 2018

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1. Which of the following statements with reference to “Udayamimitra”
1. SIDBI launched the ‘Udyami Mitra’ Portal to improve accessibility of credit and handholding services to MSMEs.
2. Under the portal entrepreneurs can apply for loan without physically visiting bank branches.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

2. Consider the following statements with reference to National Investment and Infrastructure Fund
1. India’s first sovereign wealth fund.
2. A governing council under the chairmanship of the Finance Minister act as an advisory council to NIIF.
3. It is also similar to National Investment Fund
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. None of the above
Solution: A

3. Consider the following statements
1. Anthropological Survey of India has discovered a number of Acheulian artefacts along with contemporary Soanian ones in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh.
2. Recent assessments of the South Asian Paleolithic records have suggested that most Soanian assemblages are younger than Acheulian evidence in the Sivalik region.
3. One of the oldest dated Acheulian sites in India are those at Attirampakkam in Tamil Nadu.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

4. Which of the following statements are correct with reference to Swadesh Darshan Scheme?
1. The Union Government will set up five Special Tourism Zones in partnership with States.
2. In this scheme, Infrastructure will be built around the places of tourist interest under the umbrella of 15 thematic circuits.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

5. Consider the following statements with reference to “Kadaknath”
1. The chicken variety is known for high iron content and lower cholestrol
2. GI tag for Kodaknath is claimed by both Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

6. Consider the following statements
1. A steady reduction in the numbers of vultures in India was linked to the use of veterinary medicines such as diclofenac.
2. The Diclofenac drug was banned for veterinary use in India.
3. Meloxicam, A replacement drug affects cattle the same way as diclofenac, but is harmless for vultures
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

7. Consider the following statements
1. Tamil Nadu Bhoodan Yagna Act, 1958 was enacted to regulate the lands received as donations for the Bhoodan Yagna Movement.
2. The Bhoodan Yagna Movement was started by Acharya Vinoba Bhave.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

8. Consider the following statements
a. The Banks Board Bureau has representatives from government and RBI apart from independent banking professionals.
b. The BBB was conceived by the PJ Nayak Committee.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

9. Consider the following statements
1. A motion of no-confidence is moved to remove the council of ministers and thus oust the government from office.
2. No-confidence motion can be moved in any of the both houses in the parliament.
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B
No-confidence motion can be moved only in Lok Sabha.

10. Consider the following statements regarding Purchaser Manager’s Index
1. The PMI is based on five major indicators: new orders, inventory levels, production, supplier deliveries, and the employment environment.
2. PMI is an indicator of the economic health and investor sentiments about the manufacturing sector.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

11. Which of the following statements are correct with respect to Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010?
1. The law is within the purview of the Finance Ministry.
2. As per FCRA, if an NGO is put under prior permission category, it is barred to receive foreign funding from abroad.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B

12. Consider the following statements
1. Microplastics are particles of less than 5 mm that enter the environment either as primary industrial products or via urban waste water.
2. Washing of clothes also releases synthetic microfibres into water bodies and the sea.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

13. With reference to Orb media Study, what are plastic contaminations that are presented in the bottled water?
1. Polypropylene
2. Nylon
3. Polyethylene Terephthalate
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1, 2 and 3 d. All are correct
Solution: D

14. Consider the following statements with respect to Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
1. The host nation at any time and for any reason can declare a particular member of the diplomatic staff to be persona non grata.
2. The sending state must recall this person within a reasonable period of time, or otherwise this person may lose their diplomatic immunity.
Which of the following is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

15. Consider the following statements with respect to Gorkhaland
1. It is proposed statehood demand by the people of the hill regions of District Darjeeling demanding separation from the Indian state of West Bengal.
2. It has to be carved out of the hills of Darjeeling and areas of Dooars and Siliguri terai contiguous to Darjeeling..
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

16. Consider the following statements regarding TRAI
1. It is not statutory body.
2. Its mission is to create and nurture conditions for growth of telecommunications in India
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B

17. Which of the following countries sharing borders with Caspian Sea
a. Iran b.Russia c.Azerbaijan.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 & 2 only b. 2 & 3 only c. All are correct d. 3 only
Solution: C

18. What benefits do states having ‘Special Category’ status enjoy?
1. 30 percent of planned expenditure (central budget) goes to ‘special category’ states.
2. Centre bears 90% of the state expenditure (given as grant) on all centrally-sponsored schemes.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

19. Consider the following statements with respect to National Investigation Agency
a. NIA is a statutory body
b. It acts as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

20. Consider the following statements with reference to Index of Industrial Production
1. The IIP is gauged by the government organ.
2. IIP represents only sample of manufacturing sector because its calculation are based on surveys.
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

Current Affairs Pulse – 18th March, 2018

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1. Consider the following statements with reference to Directorate of Revenue Intelligence
1. DRI is run by officers from the Central Board of Excise and Customs
2. DRI enforces the prohibition of the smuggling of items including drugs, gold, diamonds, electronics, foreign currency, and counterfeit Indian currency.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

2. Consider the following statements regarding National Financial Reporting Authority
1. The NFRA to be an independent regulator overseeing the auditing profession.
2. The NFRA comprises a chairman and 3 full time members.
3. They are all appointed by Finance Minister
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: A

3. Consider the following statements with reference to Financial Action Task Force
1. FATF is an initiative of G20.
2. FATF is aimed to develop policies to combat money laundering. In 2001 its mandate expanded to include terrorism financing.
3. The FATF decided to put Pakistan on the watch list for terror financing.
Select the correct statement is/is given below.
a. 2 & 3 only b. 1, 2 only c. 3 only d. 1 & 3 only
Solution: A
It is an initiative of G7.

4. Consider the following statement with respect to Falcon 9 rocket
1. It is launched by European Space Agency.
2. The rocket punched a hole in the earth atmosphere, temporarily disrupting GPS navigation.
3. The hole was caused by a circular acoustic shock wave.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

5. Which of the following statements are correct?
1. The oldest nuclear DNA from Africa ever has been discovered from Morocco.
2. It adds new clues to the world’s understanding of human history.
3. This is the second major archaeological achievements made in Morocco in a year.
Select the correct statement is/is given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

6. Consider the following statements
1. Scientists studying volcanoes have recorded thunder given off by volcanoes during eruption.
2. That thunder is in both audible and non-audible frequencies.
Which of the following is/are incorrect?
a. 1 only b.2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: D

7. Consider the following statements
1. Synthetic dyes in clothing industry are carcinogenic and act as chronic reproductive toxins.
2. A smart new material which is produced from Polystyrene, is used to break down the such synthetic dyes in waste water.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

8. Which of the following statements are correct regarding “Neuron”?
1. A neuron is a cell that carries electrical impulses.
2. The last new neurons in human were observed in 13 years olds.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

9. Indian Association for the Cultivation of Sciences have created nanoparticles to help cell imaging. The nano particles is made from
1. Folic acid
2. Riboflavin
3. Lactose
a). 1 and 2 only b). 1 and 3 only c). All are correct d). 2, 3 only
Solution: C

10. Which of the following statements are correct with reference to Vitamin B12?
1. It is water soluble.
2. Its supplements may reduce the diabetes risk.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

11. Consider the following statements regarding Graphene
1. It is a two dimensional form of carbon that consists of single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice.
2. It is the strongest material ever tested, almost 300 times stronger than steel.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

12. Consider the following statements
1. Ministry of Women & Child Development has launched #YesIBleed campaign on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018.
2. The campaign aims to create holistic approach to issue of menstruation, which is experience that transcends culture, class, and caste.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: A
Ministry of Home Affairs has launched #YesIBleed campaign on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018.

13. Which of the following works are associated with Stephen Hawkins?
1. Gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity.
2. The theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

14. Consider the following statements with reference to PM Ujjawala Yojana
1. It is aimed at providing 5 Crore LPG connections in the name of women in BPL households across the country.
2. The identification of BPL is based on 2011 census.
Which of the following is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B
The identification of BPL is based on Socio Caste Economic Census.

15. Consider the following statements regarding Cold fusion
1. It is interaction of hydrogen or deuterium gas with metals such as palladium, Zirconium is claimed to set off a nuclear reaction at lower temperature.
2. Now, India is taking tentative steps towards this fusion research after 25 years in the Baba Atomic Research Centre.
Select the correct statement is/is given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

16. Consider the following statements with reference to Hippocampus
1. The Hippocampus is a region which is believed to be the abode of long term memory and emotional responses.
2. This was also believed to be true in other mammals such as chimpanzee and rodents.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

17. Consider the following statements
1. The Cadmium selenium quantum dots currently used for cell imaging purposes are highly toxic to human beings.
2. Indian Association for Cultivation of Sciences have created new nanoparticle for same purpose from basic human body ingredients
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: D

18. Which of the following statements are correct?
1. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is gearing up to make more Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas).
2. The HAL was in negotiations with airlines to sell the civilian version of Dornier 228 transport aircraft to take advantage of UDAN.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

19.Consider the following statements
1. The right to freedom in Article 19 guarantees the Freedom of speech and expression, as one of its six freedoms.
2. Public demonstrations resorting to violence, including stone-throwing, are not protected by such fundamental right to free speech and expression
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

20. Consider the following statements with respect to MSME Sambandh
1. The objective of the portal is to monitor the implementation of the Public Procurement from MSEs by Central Public Sector Enterprises.
2. The CPSEs have to procure minimum of 20 per cent of the total annual purchases of the products or services produced or rendered by MSE
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

Current Affairs Pulse – 15th March, 2018

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1. Consider the following statements with respect to Stephen Hawking
a. Stephen Hawkings, the most famous Britain scientists has died.
b. His most of the works centred on bringing together relativity (the nature of space and time) and quantum theory (how smallest particles in the universe behave).
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

2. Which of the following are correct regarding Mathikettan National Park
1. It is in Tamil nadu.
2. It is situated within 5 km from the India-based Neutrino Observatory project site.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B
Mathikettan National Park is in Idukki district of kerala.

3. Consider the following statements with reference to Expert Committee Appraisal committee conditions on Environmental clearance of Neutrino project
1. The consent to establish and operate the INO project have to be obtained from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board
2. The INO team has to obtain the necessary forest and National Board for Wild Life clearances as per law.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

4. Which of the following statements are correct regarding Neutrinos?
1. Neutrinos are subatomic particles with no charge and mass.
2. Neutrinos are tiny even by subatomic standards.
3. Among the lightest particles, the neutrinos can penetrate environments that many others particles cannot.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: D

5. Consider the following statements
1. Sand with more than 60% to 65% of silica was not considered appropriate for use in construction of buildings.
2. It would not act as a good binding agent.
3. Such sand was used only for industrial purposes in optical, ceramic and abrasive industries.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: D

6. Consider the following statements regarding Bhima Koregaon
1. It was the last battle of the Anglo-Maratha war fought at Koregaon on the banks of Bhima River.
2. The battle paved the way for British supremacy in India and ended the prospects of an indigenous ruler having sway over the country.
Which of the following is/are correct?
a. 1only b.2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

7. What are the parameters in Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems Score?
1. Urban Planning.
2. Urban Capacities.
3. Transparency and Accountability.
4. Legitimate Political representation
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1, 2 and 3 d. All are correct
Solution: D

8. With reference to Orb media Study, what are plastic contaminations that are presented in the bottled water?
1. Polypropylene
2. Nylon
3. Polyethylene Terephthalate
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1, 2 and 3 d. All are correct
Solution: D

9. Central Zoo Authority : Wildlife Protection (amendment) Act, 1991
National Biodiversity Authority: Biodiversity Act, 2002
National Green Tribunal : Environmental Protection Act, 1986
Which of the following is/ are correct pairs?
a). 1 and 2 only b). 1 and 3 only c). All are correct d). 2, 3 only
Solution: A
The National Green Tribunal has been established on 18.10.2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010 for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment

10. Consider the following statements
1. A single Packed bottle can hold dozens or possibly even thousands of microplastic particles.
2. Packed water can be lifeline for many of the 2.1 million people world wide
3. As per UN reports, Around 4000 children died every day from water borne disease.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: D

11. Consider the following statements
1. The World Bank in its India Economic Update has predicted India’s economy to grow at 6.7% in the current financial year, which is set to accelerate to 7.3% in 2018-19.
2. The Central Statistics Office predicted GDP growth to be 6.6% in the current financial year.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

12. Which of the following rivers are the tributaries of Cauvery?
a. Amaravati
b. Bhavani
c. Penneru
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: A

13. Consider the following statements with reference to “A Brief History of Time”
1. The book was written by Albert Einstein.
2. The book sought to explain non scientists to the fundamental theories of universe.
Select the correct statement is/is given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B
The book was written by Stephen Hawking

14. Consider the following with respect to National Security Adviser
a. The NSA is tasked with regularly advising the Prime Minister on all matters relating to internal and external threats.
b. It is the chief executive of the National Security Council.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

15. Consider the following statements
a. RBI bans Letter of Understanding as a result of PNB fraudulent case.
b. Because of such ban, The cost of imports will go up.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

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1. Consider the following statements with respect to Meteorites
1. Meteorites mostly originate from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
2. The meteorites help to understand the formation of early life formation.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

2. Which of the following are correct with reference to GSI’ study on Meteorite that fell at Mukundpura village in Odisha in 2017?
1. It is carbonaceous meteorite.
2. It has water bearing minerals in it.
3. It has significant clues to the origins of life.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: D

3. Consider the following statements
1. Letter of Undertaking in simple terms is bank guarantee issued by Indian bank against which overseas bank provide finance on Libor rates.
2. The RBI decided to discontinue issuance of letters of undertaking (LoU) for trade credit for imports into India in the wake of PNB fraudulent case.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

4. Consider the following statement with respect to section 7 of Aadhaar Act
1. Any Central or State department which requires an individual to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number as a condition for receipt of any subsidy, benefit or service.
2. Supreme Court has extended the Aadhaar linkage deadline for all kind of services till its final verdict of the Aadhar scheme
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A
The Supreme court has restricted its relaxation of the deadline to services outside the ambit of Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act.

5. Which of the following questions are correct with reference to Supreme Court verdict on Foreign Law firms?
1. Foreign Law firms and lawyers cannot practice law in the country.
2. Overseas Lawyer firms cannot open offices in the Country.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

6. Consider the following statements with reference to 20:80 Gold Import Scheme
1. The Scheme mandated that 20% of all gold imports would have to be exported.
2. It was introduced in response to a stressed current account deficit in 2012-13 due to a surge in gold imports.
Which of the following statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

7. Consider the following statements regarding Command Area Development Programme
1. It was restructured and renamed as Command Area Development and Water Management (CADWM) Programme in 2004.
2. The programme was being implemented under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) as a component of Har Khet Ko Pani..
3. From July, 2016 onwards, the CADWM implementation was focused on a mission-mode completion of the 99 Priority Irrigation projects through NABARD funding.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: D

8. Consider the following statements
1. As per the National Strategic Plan 2012–17, the program has a vision of achieving a “TB free India”, and aims to achieve Universal Access to TB control services.
2. Revised National TB Control Program seeks to employ the WHO recommended tuberculosis control strategy, DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Short Course), to the Indian scenario.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

9. Consider the following statements regarding CRPF
1. It functions under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India.
2. The CRPF’s primary role lies in assisting the State/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and counter insurgency.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

10. Which of the following statements are correct regarding Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016?
1. Ministry of Communication and Information Technology had drafted Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016.
2. The bill mandates any creation about geospatial information will need permission of a government body called “Security Vetting Authority”.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. Only 1 b. Only 2 c. Only 1,2 d. None of the above
Solution: A

11. Consider the following statements regarding National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017
1. The Bill allows Union Government to increase capital of NABARD from Rs. 5000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore.
2. The Bill provides that Union Government alone must hold at least 51% capital share of NABARD.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

12. What are the causes of forest fire?
1. Shifting Cultivation
2. Human activities carrying naked flame in the forest
3. Wind velocity
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: D

13. Consider the following with respect to Judicial Activism
1. Judicial activism compels the authority to act and sometimes also direct the government and government policies and also administration.
2. Judicial activism refers to the interference of the judiciary in the legislative and executive fields.
3. It mainly occurs due to the non-activity of the other organs of the government.
Which of the following is/are correct?
a.1 and 2 only b. 1and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only, d. All are correct
Solution: D

14. Consider the following statements
1. Salaries and Pensions expenditure is a part of Capital expenditure of Government.
2. Tamilnadu has the second highest expenditure on salaries and pensions among comparable peer states.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B

15. Consider the following with respect to LEMOA
1. India and France signed an agreement on the provision of military logistics services.
2. It will ensure that both militaries can share logistical support, supplies, and services on a reimbursable basis, and provides a framework to govern them.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B

16. Consider the following statements with reference to Western Digital Corporation’s 14 TB drive
1. It is helium filled drive instead of using normal air.
2. It helps to reduce power consumption 30%.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

17. Consider the following statements with reference to recent Cabinet approval to commercial coal mining
1. Government opens up commercial coal mining for Indian and foreign companies in the private sector.
2. There shall be no restriction on the sale and/or utilisation of coal from the mine.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

18. Consider the following statements
1. A judge is appointed to the High Court by the President of India on the recommendation of the collegium — a closed group of the Chief Justice of India, the four most senior judges of the court.
2. The Judges used to be appointed by the President on the advice of the Union Cabinet.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B
A judge is appointed to the High Court by the President of India on the recommendation of the collegium — a closed group of the Chief Justice of India, the two most senior judges of the court.

19. Consider the following statements with respect to NIA
1. The Agency has been empowered to conduct investigation and prosecution of offences under the Acts specified in the Schedule of the NIA Act.
2. A State Government may request the Central Government to hand over the investigation of a case to the NIA.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C