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All the below MCQs were taken from the Hindu [Dated: March 6, 2017]

1. Government of India, in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO, is organizing a three-day International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance ICEGOV 2017 in Delhi. It is organised by which of the following Ministry?
 a) Ministry of External Affairs
 b) Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology
 c) Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
 d) Ministry of Science & Technology
2. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘World Wildlife Day’,
1. World Wildlife Day 2017 encourages youth around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife including habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking.
 2. The day of signature of the UN Conference Environment, is celebrated as UN World Wildlife Day to raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
3. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV)’,
 1. It is an international conference series, established by the International Telecommunication Union in 2007.
 2. It focuses on the use of technology to transform relationships between government and citizens, businesses, civil society and other arms of government.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
4. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)’,
 1. The focus of the convention is to completely control the trade of wild species.
 2. It was formed in 1973 and regulates the international trade in over 35,000 wild species of plants and animals.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
5. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)’,
1. Wild species are categorized in Appendices I to III and it often reflects species’ threat status on the Red List of the IUCN.
 2. The species listed in Appendix I to III are prohibited from trading.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
6. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)’,
 1. Appendix I prohibit trade in species classified as highly endangered.
 2. Appendix II allows trade under very specific conditions and it requires importing countries obtain a permit, but not the exporting country.
3. Appendix III species require only a certificate of origin to be traded.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 3 only           b) 1 and 2 only            c) 2 and 3 only                        d) all the above
7. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Dynamical Model’ of IMD,
 1. It helps in India’s annual summer monsoon forecast.
2. It was tested at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, (IITM) Pune for a decade.
 3. It works by simulating the weather on powerful computers and extrapolating it over particular timeframes.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 3 only           b) 1 and 2 only            c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3
8. Just 10 milligrams of VX on the skin is enough to kill. Exposure to near-lethal and lethal doses quickly causes
1. Loss of consciousness
2. Convulsions
3. Flaccid paralysis
4. Apnoea
Select the correct code
a) 1, 2 and 3 only       b) all the above           c) 1, 3 and 4 only        d) 1, 2 and 4 only
9. Bahrain has a land boundary with
a) Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
b) Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
 c) Kuwait and Qatar
d) None of the above
10. India is the largest producer and consumer of which
 1. Pulses
2. Rice
3. Cotton
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                     b) 1 and 3 only            c) 2 and 3 only                        d) all the above
11. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?

S. No. Tribes State
1 Chuktia Bhunjia Odisha
2 Bangni-Boker lhoba Arunachal Pradesh
3 Shompen Sikkim


Select the correct code

a) 1 only                     b) 1 and 2 only                        c) 3 only                      d) 2 and 3 only

12. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘United Nations University’,
 1. The mission of the UN University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States.
2. UNU pursues Peace and Governance, Global Development and Inclusion, Environment, Climate and Energy.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both             d) neither

 

KINGMAKERS CURRENT AFFAIRS MCQ

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All the below MCQs were taken from the Hindu [Dated: March 4 & 5, 2017]

1. Which of the following Dam constructed by India and its river is/are correctly matched?
      Dam                      –           River
1. Kishenganga          –           Jhelum
 2. Baglihar                  –           Chenab
 3. Ratle                       –           Indus
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 1 and 2 only            c) 2 and 3 only                        d) all the above
2. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘None of The Above (NOTA)’,
1. NOTA in India provides for a ‘right to reject’.
 2. The candidate with the maximum votes wins the election irrespective of the number of NOTA votes polled.
Which of the above statement/s is/are incorrect?
Select the appropriate code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
3. ‘Kurukh’, an endangered tribal language of the Dravidian family, is set to get a new lease of life in West Bengal. It is spoken by which of the following tribal community?
 a) Santhal
 b) Oraon
 c) Munda
 d) Bhumij
4. Consider the following statements with respect to ’49 (O)’,
 1. 49(O) doesn’t require the involvement of the presiding officer.
2. 49(O) deemed unconstitutional by the SC as it did not protect the identity of the voter.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
5. Recently Weapon Locating Radar, SWATHI was developed by DRDO’s Electronics & Radar Development Establishment. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Weapon Locating Radar (WLR)’,
 1. It provides fast, automatic and accurate location of all enemy weapons like mortars, shells and rockets firing within its effective zone of coverage.
 2. Its only and exclusive role is to perform Weapon Location Mode for enemy Artillery.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
6. After months of difficulty posed mainly by India, Pakistan has succeeded in getting its official elected to the post of the Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).Consider the following statements,
 1. The Secretary-General of SAARC is appointed for a three-year term by election by a council of Ministers from member states.
 2. The Secretary-General is assisted by eight deputies, one from each nation.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
7. Which of the following countries are observer states of SAARC?
 1. Australia                 4. Russia
 2. China                      5. Iran
 3. United States         6. Japan
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1, 2, 4 and 6           b) 2, 3, 4 and 5            c) 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6        d) all the above
8. The Syrian Army has recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State (IS) for the second time in a year, with help from allied forces and Russian war-planes. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Palmyra’,
 1. Palmyra is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site and home to some of the world’s most magnificent ancient ruins.
 2. The art and architecture of Palmyra has Greco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
9. ‘Carbapenems’ was in news recently in the context of which of the following?
 a) fertilizer used in paddy fields to avoid pest attack
 b) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug applied to reduce inflammation
 c) steroid banned by National Anti-doping agency
 d) antibiotics used for the treatment of infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria
10. As of April 2016, 192 states had given their consent to be bound by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Consider the following,
 1. Israel has signed but not ratified the agreement.
2. Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan have neither signed nor acceded to the treaty.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both             d) neither
11. ‘Dynamical Model’ was in news recently. It is related to
a) Weather forecast model of IMD
 b) Sewage disposal model of NMCG
c) model that ranks cities in Ease of Living Index
d) Skill convergence model under PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana
12. As a part of budgetary allocation, which of the following has the highest percentage of allocation?
a) LPG subsidy
 b) Food Subsidy
c) Urea Subsidy
d) MGNREGA
13. Which of the following is/are endangered as per IUCN Red list of Threatened Species?
 1. Indian Softshell Turtle
2. Cochin Forest Cane Turtle
3. Elongated Tortoise
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 3 only           b) 1 and 2 only            c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3
14. Monsoon Mission initiative is under which of the following ministries?
a) Earth Sciences
b) Agriculture
c) Science and Technology
d) Environment, Forests and Climate Change
15. Women of this tribe are not allowed to wear petticoat, blouse and coloured saree. They even go to social functions clad in a single piece of white saree. Girls who have attained puberty cannot take food cooked by others. They have to prepare their own food and consume it inside the kitchen room. Even at public functions, women and girls are handed over raw food items and asked to prepare food for themselves. Footwear is strictly prohibited for women and girls. The tribe is
 a) Chuktia Bhunjia
b) Adi tribe
c) Todas
d) Khond Porja
16. Which of the following is/are among the recommendations made by ‘Working Group on Migration’ set by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation in 2015?
 1. Migrants should be enabled to avail benefits of Public Distribution System (PDS) in the destination state by providing for inter-State operability of PDS.
2. States should be encouraged to proactively eliminate the requirement of domicile status to prevent any discrimination in work and employment.
3. The Protocols of the Registrar General of India needs to be amended to enable caste based enumeration of migrants so that they can avail the attendant benefits in the States
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 3 only           b) 1 and 2 only            c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3
17. A Financing Agreement for IDA credit of US$ 63 million (equivalent) for the “Tejaswini” was made recently. It is
 a) Socio-Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women Project
b) A light combat aircraft production facility
c) Access to social justice program for transgenders
d) Economic program for marginalized widows
18. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘India Meteorological Department (IMD)’,
1. It has the responsibility for forecasting, naming and distribution of warnings for tropical cyclones in the Persian Gulf region.
2. It is the principal agency responsible for seismology.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both             d) neither

 

KINGMAKERS CURRENT AFFAIRS MCQ

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All the below MCQs were taken from the Hindu [Dated: March 3, 2017]

 
1. Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) and Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited (JSHL) have signed the Licensing Agreement for Transfer of Technology of High Nitrogen Steel (HNS) for armour applications. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘DMRL’,
1. It is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
 2. It is responsible for the development and manufacture of complex metals and materials required for modern warfare and weapon systems.
 3. It is located in Hyderabad.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 1 and 2 only                        c) 2 and 3 only            d) all the above
2. DMRL and JSHL have signed the Licensing Agreement for Transfer of Technology of High Nitrogen Steel (HNS) for armour applications. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘HNS’,
 1. It is non magnetic as well as corrosion resistant.
 2. HNS cost is about 40% more compared to Rolled Homogenous Armour Steel.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
3. ‘Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna’ is related to which of the following?
 a) Provide LPG connections to people in tribal areas
 b) Improving the connectivity to the holy centres in the Himalayas
 c) Make rail travel comfortable for elderly, differently-abled and ailing travelers
 d) None of the above
4. Signalling a major shift in its position on talks with Pakistan on the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), India has accepted an invitation to attend the next meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) to be held in Lahore in March. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘IWT’,
 1. It is a water-distribution treaty between India and Pakistan, brokered by the World Bank.
 2. The Treaty provides an arbitration mechanism to solve the issue.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
5. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘e-pashuhaat’ portal,
 1. It has been developed for connecting breeders and farmers regarding availability of bovine germplasm.
 2. It is under the scheme National Mission on Bovine Productivity.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
6. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)’,
 1. It has been recognized as the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law.
 2. India is planning to become a member of UNCITRAL.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
7. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?

S. No. Languages Origin (Family)
1 Santhali, Munda and Hoe Austro-Asiastic
2 Lepcha, Tamang and Bhutia Tibeto-Burman group
3 Kurukh, Sauria Paharia and Kumarbhag Paharia Dravidian


Select the correct code

a) 2 only                     b) 1 only                      c) 3 only                      d) 1, 2 and 3

8. ‘Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger’ is related to
 a) UNESCO
b) International Language Association
c) Modern Language Association
d) None of the above
9. Which of the following Indian States shares longest boundary with Bangladesh?
a) West Bengal
b) Meghalaya
c) Tripura
d) Mizoram
10. Haemophilus Influenzae is a
a) Bacteria
b) Virus
c) Fungi
d) Protista
11. Super Bugs were recently in news. They are
a) Bugs that infect the Cyber World
b) Anti-biotic resistant bacteria
c) Virus with high resistance towards vaccines
d) both (b) and (c)
12. Leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, a social media campaign – #WeAreEqual – has been initiated, targeting at raising awareness about gender discrimination. It is an initiative of
a) the Ministry of Women and Child Development
b) the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
c) NITI Aayog
d) Prime Minister’s Office

 

 

KINGMAKERS CURRENT AFFAIRS MCQ

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All the below MCQs were taken from the Hindu [Dated: March 2, 2017]

 
1. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)’,
1. It was established by Article 338 of the Constitution.
 2. The term of office of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and each member is three years from the date of assumption of charge.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
2. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)’
 1. The Chairperson has been given the rank of Union Cabinet Minister.
 2. The commission submits its report to the President and at the state level to the Governor.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
3. Recently, Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) was in news in the context of which of the following?
 a) Tax evasion by Multi-National companies
 b) Setting the prices of international transactions in advance
 c) Determining prices in advance by equity market forces
 d) All the above
4. Recently India signs financing agreement with which of the following organisation for the ‘Tejaswini Project’?
a) International Monetary Fund
 b) Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
 c) International Development Association
 d) International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
5. A Financing Agreement for a credit of US$ 63 million (equivalent) for the ‘Tejaswini’ was recently signed by India. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Tejaswini’,
 1. It aims to improve completion of market-driven skills training and secondary education for adolescent girls and young women in select districts of Jharkhand.
 2. The project has three main components-Expanding social, educational and economic opportunities, Intensive service delivery, State capacity-building and implementation support.           
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
6. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?
   Organisation            –           Provides loan to
1. IDA                        –           poorest countries
 2. IBRD                     –           private sector
 3. IFC                         –           capital infrastructure projects
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 1 and 2 only                        c) 2 and 3 only                        d) all the above
7. Consider the following statements regarding ‘Aleppo’,
1. Aleppo was Syria’s industrial and financial centre.
2. It is a Unesco World Heritage site and was famous for its 13th Century citadel, 12th Century Great Mosque and huge covered markets.
3. It is a coastal city located on the shores of Mediterranean Sea.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 2 only           b) 1 and 3 only                        c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3
8. Namami Gange Programme envisages which of the following?
1. River Surface Cleaning and Sewerage Treatment Infrastructure
2. River Front Development and Public Awareness
3. Bio-Diversity and Afforestation
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 2 only           b) 3 only                      c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3
9. The river Euphrates passes through
a) Jordan
b) Lebanon
c) Syria
d) none of the above
10. The state can discriminate the fundamental right to movement of its citizen on which of the following grounds?
1. In the interests of the general public
2. For the protection of any Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both             d) neither
11. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?

S. No. App Solution
1 Pratirodh protects from USB mass storage device threats
2 AppSamvid protects systems by allowing installation of genuine applications through white listing
3 M-Kavach to address the security threats in mobiles


Select the correct code

a) 2 only                     b) 1 only                      c) 3 only                      d) 1, 2 and 3

12. Consider the following regarding ‘Bot net’,
1. It is a group of computers controlled by cybercriminals to spread malware and launch other malicious attacks on their targets.
2. Attackers can make your computer a part of their botnet by infecting it with something called a ‘bot code’.
3. Cyber criminals can drop this code onto your computer by sending you emails containing malicious links or attachments, fake social media posts, or exploiting existing security vulnerabilities on your system.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code

a) 1 and 2 only           b) 1 and 3 only                        c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3
 
 

 

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All the below MCQs were taken from the Hindu [Dated: March 1, 2017]

 

1. The VX nerve agent was first synthesized in the early to mid-1950s by Ranaji Ghosh, a chemist working for Imperial Chemical Industries in Britain. Consider the following statements,
 1. VX is the deadliest nerve agent ever created.
2. Just a tiny drop absorbed through the skin is enough to cause fatal disruption of the nervous system.
 3. VX is hard to detect as it is a clear, tasteless and colorless liquid with a consistency something like engine oil.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 3 only           b) 1 and 2 only            c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3
2. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Djibouti’,
 1. It is bordered by Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.
2. It has littoral border with both Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea.
3. It is located at the horn of Africa.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 3 only           b) 1 and 2 only            c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3
3. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?

 

S. No. Telescope Country related to
1 Trappist robotic telescope Chile
2 Giant Magellan telescope US


Select the correct code

a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both             d) neither

4. Recently, two critically endangered species were found on the peripheries of the Eravikulam National Park. They are seen in pristine forests where moisture content and relative humidity are high. The name of the species is ‘Impatiens panduranganii’ and ‘Impatiens travancorica’. The species are
a) Rubber Trees
b) Jewel weeds
c) Reptiles
d) Amphibians
5. ‘FORPHEUS’ was in news recently in the context of
a) ping-pong robot
b) satellite that measures ocean surface temperature
c) habitable exo-planet
d) heat resistant material for Space tourism
6. Consider the following regarding ‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’,
1. India is the first country in the world to have such malware cleaning systems.
2. It is both desktop and mobile security solution for a secure cyber space in the country.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both             d) neither
7. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?

 

S. No. Rebels Country
1 Boko Haram Nigeria
2 Al-Shabab South Sudan
3 Houthi Yemen


Select the correct code

a) 1 and 2 only           b) 1 and 3 only                        c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3

8. Which of the following Tiger Reserve/s is/are found in the border of two states?
1. Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam
2. Dampa
3. Pench
Select the correct code
 a) 3 only                     b) 1 and 3 only                        c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3
9. World Competitiveness Centre is released by
a) World Economic Forum
b) IMF
c) IMD
d) World Bank
10. The aim of the World Forestry Congress is to contribute to orient/shape international action in silvicultural aspects and stimulate global competency and reflection that can inform the development of the global forestry sector. Siviculture indicate
a) practice of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests to meet diverse needs and values
b) practice of sustainable development by effectively utilizing the natural resources especially the forests and forest based products
c) practice of valuing ecological services while calculating the net present value in the context of ‘compensation’
d) practice that indicates the exploitation of carbon sinks and human intervention in eco-sensitive areas
11. Which of the following forms a major ethnic group in Syria?
a) Arabs
b) Kurds
c) Armenians
d) Asyrians
12. The river Orinoco drains which of the following?
a) Germany
b) Russia
c) Venezuela
d) Mexico

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All the below MCQs were taken from the Hindu [Dated: February 28, 2017]

1. US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is in talks with five Indian states to build a high-speed travel network and will also raise $100 million to invest in the country. Consider the following statements,
1. It is a transportation system where a pod-like vehicle is propelled through a near-vacuum tube connecting cities at speeds matching that of an aircraft.
 2. The hyperloop system is being designed to transport only freight.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
2. As the value of rhinoceros horn touches $65,000 per kg, poaching has begun to drive the African black rhinoceros. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Black rhinoceros’,
 1. The species is endemic to India.
 2. The species overall is classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).             
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
3. China is constructing its first overseas military base in Djibouti – just a few miles from Camp Lemonnier, one of the Pentagon’s largest and most important foreign installations. Djibouti has littoral border with which of the following?
 1. Mediterranean Sea
 2. Red Sea
3. Persian Gulf
4. Gulf of Aden
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 and 4 only                        c) 1, 2 and 4 only                    d) all the above
4. Bahrain, which historically served as a gateway between East and West, is planning to enhance air connectivity with India and other Asian countries. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Bahrain’,
1.
It is bordered by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
 2. It is the site of the ancient Dilmun civilization.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) neither
5. According to a report, India continues to bear the ignominy of being the source of the illegal trade and export of tortoises and freshwater turtles (TFT). Which of the following species of tortoises and fresh water turtles are found in India and are listed as ‘threatened species’ under IUCN’s red list?
 1. Tricarinate hill turtle
 2. Elongated tortoise
3. Crowned river turtle
4. Spotted pond turtle
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 3                   b) 2 and 4                    c) 1, 2 and 4                d) all the above
6. According to Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) scientist, pests eat away about 30-35% of the annual crop yield in India. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Nematodes’,
1. They are microscopic worms consisting of roundworms, threadworms and eelworms.
 2. They have successfully adapted to nearly every ecosystem from marine to fresh water, to soils, and from the tropics to the harsh polar region, as well as the highest to the lowest of elevations.
 3. All nematodes are detrimental to plant health.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 1 and 2 only                        c) 2 and 3                    d) all the above
7. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) plans to further tighten the regulations for algorithmic trading to minimise instances of misuse of such systems. Consider the following statements regarding ‘Algo-trading’,
1. It is used to execute complex trading strategies at a very high speed.
2. It uses software programmes to execute trading strategies.
3. On the National Stock Exchange (NSE), algo trades accounted for close to 60% of all trades.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 3 only           b) 1 and 2 only                        c) 2 and 3 only                        d) all the above
8. Many countries and regulators, including the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), have been debating on the issue of algo-trading for many years. Consider the following with respect to IOSCO,
1. It is a Global forum for national Securities Commissions.
2. It works intensively with the G20 and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) on the global regulatory reform agenda.
3. SEBI is a member of IOSCO.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 3 only           b) 1 and 2 only                        c) 2 and 3 only                        d) all the above
9. Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) and Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) are regulated by
a) SEBI
b) RBI
c) State government
d) Central government
10. Which of the following Chemical substances affect the nervous system?
1. VX nerve agent
2. Tabun
3. Sarin
Select the correct code
 a) 1, 2 and 3               b) 2 and 3 only                        c) 1 only                      d) 1 and 3 only
11. Gulf of Tadjoura is located at
a) Venezuela
 b) Djibouti
c) Thailand
d) Panama
12. Consider the following statements,
1. Corbett is a Tiger Reserve, national Park as well as Important Bird area.
2. Corbett National park is located at the flood plains of North India.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 only                     b) 2 only                      c) both             d) neither

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The Solar Probe Plus spacecraft is set to launch as early as July 2018

NASA may send robotic spacecraft to Sun next year

The mission will hopefully unveil why the surface of the Sun is not as hot as its atmosphere.

NASA plans to send its first robotic spacecraft to the Sun next year that is slated to get within six million kilometers of the blazing star to probe its atmosphere.

“This is going to be our first mission to fly to the Sun,” said Eric Christian, a NASA research scientist at Goddard Space Flight Centre.

“We can’t get to the very surface of the Sun,” but the mission will get close enough to answer three important questions, Christian said.

First, the mission will hopefully unveil why the surface of the Sun, called the photosphere, is not as hot as its atmosphere, called the corona.

According to NASA, the surface temperature of the Sun is only about 5,500 degrees Celsius. However, the atmosphere above it is a sizzling two million degrees Celsius.

“You would think the farther away you get from a heat source, you would get colder. Why the atmosphere is hotter than the surface is a big puzzle,” Christian said.

The scientists also want to know how solar wind gets its speed, ‘Live Science’ reported.

“The Sun blows a stream of charged particles in all directions at a million miles an hour. But we do not understand how that gets accelerated,” he said.

The mission may also ascertain why the Sun occasionally emits high-energy particles that are a danger to unprotected astronauts and spacecraft.

NASA has designed a 11.4 centimeters carbon-composite shield, which is designed to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft of 1,370 degrees Celsius.

The unmanned probe will have special heat tubes called thermal radiators that will radiate heat that permeates the heat shield to open space, “so it does not go to the instruments, which are sensitive to heat,” Christian added.

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Yazidi refugees hold banners at a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp. Photo: Reuters

Canada to resettle 1200 Yazidi refugees by the end of 2017

The Justin Trudeau government announced on 21 February that Canada will give asylum to 1200 Yazidis, the most vulnerable refugees in the world by the end of the year.

The efforts follow the Canadian Parliament’s resolution last year to take in the Yazidis facing genocide in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic extremists.

According to Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, though initially, the aim was to bring over the women and girls who stand the risk of facing persecution, the government decided to help all, especially since the extremist group was also targeting boys.

Key Highlights

• Canada began its operation of rescuing these vulnerable refugees on 25 October 2016.

• Around 400 Yazidis have already been airlifted to the country in the last few months.

• The migrants have been brought over on commercial flights at a controlled pace to avoid overwhelming Canada’s refugee system.

• The whole operation is expected to cost around 28 million Canadian Dollars.

• While the majority of the refugees will come from Iraq, some will also be from Lebanon and Turkey.

Ever since Justin Trudeau took over as the Prime Minister of Canada in 2015, his government has helped resettle almost 40000 Syrian refugees

About the Yazidi community

• Yazidis are ethnically a Kurdish-speaking minority religious community.

• Their pre-Islamic religion is thought to have its origin in the Zoroastrianism of ancient Persia.

• They are neither Arabic nor Muslim and so, the Islamic State considers them polytheistic heretics.

The rescue operation for the Yazidis differs slightly from the regular one, as these are being conducted in a more closed manner in order to protect the identity of these vulnerable groups. In addition to the resettlement of the 1200 refugees, the Canadian government also intends to facilitate them with private sponsorships.

While appreciating the efforts of the Trudeau government, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel stressed that like Canada other countries also need to wake up to the fact that if these people are not provided with a safe haven now, they might get wiped off completely.

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Jharkhand to ban polythene soon

RANCHI: Jharkhand government has decided to ban polythene in the state, an official said on Monday.

“Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has asked to bring a proposal regarding banning of the polythene in the next cabinet meeting. There will be also a move on sending people to jail who uses polythene in the state,” said an official to IANS.

The official said that motive behind the ban is to protect environment and save the cows.

“Cows eat polythene which causes their death. Banning of polythene use will protect their lives,” the official added.

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All the below MCQs were taken from the Hindu [Dated: February 25 & 26, 2017]

1.Consider the following statements with respect to ‘East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC)’,
1. ECEC aligns with port-led industrialization under the Bharath Mala initiative.
 2. It covers the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor, Chennai-Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor and Orissa-West Bengal Industrial Corridor.            
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                      b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) none
2.Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016’,
 1. The Bill requires the central government to develop a National Transportation Policy, in consultation with the states.
 2. Motor Vehicle Accident Fund will be constituted to provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users in India.                                   
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                      b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) none
3. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016’,
 1. The Bill does not recognize offences committed by juveniles.
 2. The Bill defines a Good Samaritan as a person who renders emergency medical or non-medical assistance to a victim at the scene of an accident.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                      b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) none
4. Which of the following recently signed pact to provide loans and grants to develop 800 km Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor, which is the first phase of a planned 2,500-km East Coast Economic Corridor?
a) Asian Development Bank
b) World Bank
c) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
d) New Development Bank
5. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has clarified that place of effective management (PoEM) regulations won’t apply to companies and firms that have a turnover or gross receipts of less than Rs 50 crore per annum.Consider the following statements with respect toPoEM,
1. It
is a tax framework to determine the tax liability of any foreign company that for all purposes is managed from abroad but pay tax domestically.
 2. It is mainly used to determine whether a company, subsidiary or a firm really has a base in India and if all the decisions regarding the running of the company are taken from India.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                      b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) none
6.Consider the following statements with respect to PoEM,
1. The regulations are mainly aimed at companies which for all purposes have a base in India but as part of tax planning have holding companies registered outside India.
 2. The government has taken a view that since such shell companies are only brought in as part of tax planning, they should pay tax in India.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                      b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) none
7. Recently India planned for the sustainable development of ‘Sylhet’. It is located in
a) Pakistan Occupied Kashmir
b) Nepal
c) Bangladesh
d) Myanmar
8.The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened and some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world, including India, have been deposited. Consider the following statements,
 1. It is the world’s largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops.
 2. It is a gene bank built underground in the accessible permafrost region of Antarctica.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                      b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) none
9.Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Svalbard Global Seed Vault’,
1. The seed vault is managed under terms spelled out in a tripartite agreement between the Norwegian government, the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center
 2. Countries that deposit will retain ownership rights over the seeds sent to the facility.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                      b) 2 only                      c) both                         d) none
10. The mobile app ‘Saathiya Salah’ (downloadable from Google play-store) which acts as a ready information source for the
a) Pregnant mothers
b) Adolescents
c) Juvenile delinquents
d) Women in general
11.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently signed between the National Scheduled Castes Finance andDevelopment Corporation NSFDC, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Development Commissioner(Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles. Consider the following,
1. The basic objective of the MoU is to help Scheduled Caste artisans and their families by promoting production and marketing of high value quality Handicrafts products.
2. Assam is a tribal state which has no Scheduled Caste population.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 only                      b) 2 only                      c) both             d) neither
12. India’s Universal Immunization Programme provide free vaccines against 11 life threatening diseases, to 26 million children annually, the largest birth cohort in the world. Which of the following are covered under the Programme?
1. Pneumonia and Meningitis
2. Hepatitis C Virus
3. Rotavirus diarrhea
4. Japanese Encephalitis
Select the correct code
a) 1, 3 and4 only         b) 2, 3 and 4 only                    c) 1, 2 and 3 only                    d) all the above
13. GraphAir technology results in good and transformable graphene properties, comparable to graphene made by conventional methods. Consider the following statements with respect to this technology,
 1. It eliminates the need for a highly-controlled environment for the production of Graphene.
 2. “GraphAir” technology grows graphene film in ambient air with a natural precursor, making its production faster and simpler.
3. This technology was developed by Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
 a) 1 and 3 only           b) 1 and 2 only            c) 2 and 3 only                        d) 1, 2 and 3
14. Ten degree channel divides which of the following?
a) Barren Island and Car Nicobar
b) Saddle Peak and little Andaman
 c) Port Blair and Saddle Peak
d) Little Nicobar and Great Nicobar
15. Which of the following is not an objective of Trade Facilitation in Services?
a) streamlining, simplification and standardization of Customs procedures
b) portability of social security contributions
c) a single window mechanism for foreign investment approvals
d) cross border insurance coverage to boost medical tourism
16. Consider the following statements regarding ‘Uganda’,
1. Jinja, Kampala and Kigali are located at Uganda.
2. It is a land locked country through which equator passes.
3. The river Nile flows through Uganda.
Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
Select the correct code
a) 1 and 3 only            b) 1 and 2 only            c) 2 and 3 only            d) 1, 2 and 3
17. NIRF ranks engineering colleges, business schools and universities in three separate categories. This year, it will have a common list of all institutions across disciplines and fields. The IITs, IIMs and universities will be ranked in a common list. However, it will also additionally bring out the ranks in the larger sub-categories, like last year. NIRF was put in place by
a) Ministry of Human Resource Development
b) Ministry of Statistics and Programme implementation
c) Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
d) Niti Aayog
18. It was earlier known as Hailey National Park. It is India’s oldest and most prestigious National Park. It is also being honored as the place where Project Tiger was first launched in1973.It covers the neighboring Sonanadi WildlifeSanctuary and Reserve Forest areas. It is
a) Corbett National Park
b) Ranthambore National Park
 c) Gugamal National Park
d) Hemis National Park