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“Editorial made simple – Warm, warmer: on climate change”

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Warm, warmer: on climate change

• 23rd conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn
• Developing countries including India are focusing on the imperatives of ensuring adequate financing for mitigation and adaptation.

Measures Taken:

• Reducing the intensity of its greenhouse gas emissions per unit of GDP by 20-25% from 2005 levels by 2020, based on the commitment made in Copenhagen in 2009.
• India is also on track to achieve the pledge under the 2015 Paris Agreement for a 33-35% cut in emissions intensity per unit from the base year by 2030, and thus heed the 2°C warming goal.
• Ambitious policy on renewable energy to generate 175 gigawatts of power from green sources by 2022 through
• Wider adoption of rooftop solar energy
• Implementing net metering systems

Background during this measure:

• Growth rate of just over 7%.
• parallel target for 40% share of renewable energy by that year.
• Impact of extreme weather events such as droughts and floods.

Development in Bonn:

• New Transport Decarbonisation Alliance.
• Shift to sustainable fuels
• Commit to eco-friendly mobility
• More walkable communities
• This aligns with the India’s policy of bringing electric mobility introduce electric mobility through buses first, and cars by 2030.

Way Forward:

• National law to raise the efficiency of transport.
• Concerns on increase in coal, oil and gas production could negate some of the gains made should tackled.
• Use a combination of incentives for clean production and levies on fuel to maintain a balance, could be the way out.

“Current Affairs Pulse – 16/11/2017”

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National News

1. 37st India International Trade Fair begins in New Delhi:-

  • 37th India International Trade Fair (IITF) begin at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
  • The 14-day annual event, organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind.This year the theme of the fair is “Startup India Standup India“. Vietnam is the Partner Country, while Kyrgyzstan is the Focus Country. Jharkhand is participating as a Partner State in the event.
  • As many as 7,000 participants from 22 countries will show case their products ranging from electronics to textiles.

2. Piyush Goyal approves Vizag-Jagdalpur express’ extension to Chhattisgarh’s Kirandul:-

  • Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal approved to extend Visakhapatnam-Jagdalpur express upto Dantewada’s Kirandul to facilitate easy transport of passengers in the Naxal-affected region.
  • The Union Minister approved several rail projects for the state while chairing a high-level meeting of officials in the presence of state Chief Minister Raman Singh.
  • He also sanctioned a new rail line between Nagpur Road Halt and Manendragadh via Chirmiri.

3. Sainik Sankshema Sabha to be organised in all districts of Andhra and Telangana:-

  • Ex-servicemen Welfare Board officials have announced that Sainik Sankshema Sabha will be organised in all districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • Inaugurating the Lieutenant General R.K. Anand, the General Officer Commanding Dakshin Bharat Area, said this at a rally and grievance redressal programme held in Secunderabad.
  • Headquarters Telangana & Andhra Sub Area under the aegis of HQ Dakshin Bharat Area has conducted.
  • Thousands of former armed forces personnel from Ranga Reddy, Medchal, Malkajgiri, Vikarabad and Hyderabad districts including those who had served in World War-II attended the rally.

4. WCD Ministry to Host Hausala 2017 to Celebrate Child Rights Week:-

  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development will celebrate the Child Rights Week (Hausla 2017) from 16th to 20th November 2017.
  • The country celebrates the Children’s Day on 14th November and the International Child Rights Day is celebrated on 20th November every year.
  • The period between the two important events will be celebrated as Child Rights Week by WCD Ministry by hosting an Inter CCI Festival for the children who reside in Child Care Institutions (CCIs).

5. Chhattisgarh launches toll-free helpline number for senior citizens:-

  • Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh, in his address to people of state in his monthly radio programme Raman Ke Goth aired from Akashwani Raipur, said that state Government has launched toll free number 1800-180-1253 and helpline number 0771-2511253 in Police Headquarters Raipur with senior citizen cell, for helping senior citizens.

6. India’s First Cartoon Network theme park to be set up in Gujarat:-

  • India will have the first Cartoon Network-branded theme park.
  • Turner International India, which owns the Cartoon Network brand, has entered into a brand partnership with Gujarat based real estate, entertainment and hospitality group Rajgreen for the launch of a 61,000-square meter property Amaazia, in Surat.

7. First Ever APCERT Conference in New Delhi:-

  • The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under the aegis of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology organizing the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) Conference from November 12-15, 2017 in New Delhi.
  • This is the 15th Conference of APCERT and first ever conference in India and South Asia and is expected to be attended by 21 economies.
  • The conference theme is “Building Trust in the Digital Economy“. This will be inaugurated by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, and is expected to be attended by over 300 cyber security professionals from the Asia Pacific region, USA, Europe, Industry, Academia, Government and Media.

8. India’s 1st Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit to be organised at Dantewada:-

  • To inspire, nurture and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in tribal youth, the NITI Aayog in partnership with the US government organized India’s first Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit at Dantewada.
  • The summit is inaugurated by MoS Science and Technology YS Chowdhary held at Dantewada in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
  • This event is an 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, being held in India which ensures yet another step towards tribal-centric sustainable and inclusive development.

9. Railway introduces Project Saksham to upgrade knowledge of employees and for boosting productivity:-

  • Under the direction of Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal, a comprehensive plan for imparting training to all employees of Indian Railways is being prepared with a view to upgrade skill & knowledge.
  • This comprehensive training programme named as “Project Saksham” will help boost productivity and efficiency.

International News

1. PM Modi inaugurated Rice Field laboratory in Manila named after him:-

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines and inaugurated ‘Shri Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory’.
  • Four agreements were signed by India and Philippines in areas including Defence Cooperation and Logistics, agriculture, Micro, Medium and Small Enterprises-MSME and forging closer relations between the Indian Council of World Affairs and the Philippines Foreign Service Institute.
  • In the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, it was agreed that bilateral cooperation in areas of terrorism and boosting trade and investment could be further enhanced.

2. UN to host first talks on use of ‘killer robots’:-

  • The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions.
  • More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla’s Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls from activists who have warned the machines will put civilians at enormous risk.
  • A UN disarmament grouping known as the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) will hold five days of talks on the issue in Geneva.

3. Japan to relax visa regime for Indians from January 1:-

  • Japan will simplify its visa rules from January 1 next year for Indians and issue multiple-entry-visa for short-term stay, a move which is expected to benefit tourists and business persons as well as repeat visitors, the Japanese embassy.

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

  • Founding Ceremony of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held at Bonn, Germany.
  • Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India hoped that, in the spirit of affirmative action, developed countries will earmark a percentage of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) towards solar energy projects in developing countries.

5. China launches world’s first fully electric cargo ship:-

  • China launched the world’s first all-electric ship, which can travel up to 80 km with 2000-tonnes cargo after a two-hour charge.
  • It was launched in Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong Province.The ship has been manufactured by the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited.

6. Dr. Bhamre to Represent India at ‘UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial: Vancouver 2017’:-

  • Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre will represent the Government of India at the ‘UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial: Vancouver 2017’, which is being held between November 14-15, 2017.
  • It will be the second time Dr. Bhamre will be attending the conference.

Economic News

1. Rajyavardhan Rathore releases the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017:-

  • Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore released the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017 in NewDelhi.
  • The objective of constructing the India Youth Development Index (YDI) 2017 is to track the trends in Youth Development across the States.
  • The Index enables recognizing the high and low performing states, identifies the weak domains and informs the policy makers the priority areas of intervention for youth development in the states.

2. Uber approves Softbank Multibillion Dollar Investment offer:-

  • Uber Technologies Inc. approved SoftBank Group Corp.’s offer to buy a multibillion-dollar stake in the ride-hailing company, setting the stage for one of the largest private start-up deals ever.
  • The agreement lets SoftBank and other firms invest up to $1 billion in Uber and proceed with a tender offer in coming weeks to buy up to $9 billion in shares from existing investors.

3. Wholesale Price Index rises to six months high of 3.59 % in October:-

  • Wholesale inflation rose to a six-month high of 3.59 per cent in October from 2.6 per cent in September as food items and fuel became more expensive.

4. India will overtake Japan and Germany in nominal GDP by 2028:-

  • India will emerge as the third largest economy overtaking Japan over the next ten years on the back of falling dependency, financial maturity and higher income and affordability, says a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

5. BSE Institute sets up India’s first in-house Block Chain Lab:-

  • The leader in financial education, Bombay Stock Exchange Institute Ltd. (BIL), has signed an MoU with DLT Labs in Mumbai to set up the country’s first state-of-the-art Block Chain Lab in an institution.
  • The collaborative efforts of BSE Institute and DLT Labs aim at providing knowledge driven and best in class education and training in the field of financial technology, especially Block Chain.

“Editorial made simple – Eastern promise”

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Eastern promise

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Philippines to attend the ASEAN-India summit, the East Asia Summit and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership summit.

Impact:

• India takes centre-stage in the Asian region now referred to as “Indo-Pacific”.
• Also in ties with the U.S. & India’s Act East policy
• The submit is important in all three spheres: political, strategic and economic.

Other important Events during the summit:

• First meeting of the India-U.S.-Japan-Australia quadrilateral, a grouping first mooted in 2006 by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
• Which was a direct signal that it will counter China’s actions in the South China Sea if necessary.
• The ‘Quad’(also called a “coalition of democracies” of the Indo-Pacific) doesn’t just pertain to maritime surveillance, an “alternative financing model” to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
• Mr. Modi’s meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump saw a similar emphasis on cooperating in the Indo-Pacific.

ASEAN’s importance:

• Modi’s speech to ASEAN vowed to bring India’s economic and business ties
• ASEAN leaders also expected to attend Republic Day festivities.
• 10 ASEAN countries account for about 11% of India’s global trade.
• India has joined the ASEAN “plus six”, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, to discuss the RCEP free trade agreement.

Challenges:

• India- only member that is also part of another security arrangement involving China and Russia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, India’s ability to balance its interests will be tested.
• Talks on RCEP FTA keeps India aloof since the deal could give China an unfair edge in goods trade.

“Current Affairs Pulse – 15/11/2017”

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1) With reference to Araku Valley, consider the following and answer.
a. Araku Valley is a Hill station in Visakhapatnam district.
b. Valley in the western Ghats inhabited by different tribes.
c. Araku Valley, are rich in biodiversity and is mined for bauxite.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

2) With reference to first-of-its kind report on the ‘India State-Level Disease Burden,’ released on Tuesday, consider the following and answer.
a. Life expectancy at birth in the country improved significantly during 1990 to 2016- 70.3 years for females and 66.9 years for males in 2016.
b. malnutrition continues to be the single largest risk for health loss.
c. Empowered action group States [Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand] and Assam still fares bad.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

3) With reference to the Tribal leader “Birsa Munda”, consider the following and answer
a. Birsa Munda pronunciation (1875–1900) was an Indian tribal freedom fighter, religious leader, and folk hero who belonged to the Munda tribe.
b. His portrait hangs in the Central Hall of the Indian parliament, the only tribal leader to have been so honored.
c. Birsa’s claim to be a messenger of God and the founder of a new religion.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

4) Consider the following with reference to Taj trapezium Zone and answer
a. Area of 10,400 sq km around the Taj Mahal to protect the monument from pollution.
b. Supreme Court of India delivered a ruling on December 30, 1996 regarding industries covered under the TTZ, in response to a PIL seeking to protect the Taj Mahal from environmental pollution.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

5) Consider the following with reference to National Green Tribunal and answer
a. It is a statutory body established by NGT Act 2010.
b. Chairperson of the NGT is a retired Judge of the Supreme Court
c. NGT has not been vested with powers to hear any matter relating to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the Indian Forest Act, 1927
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

6) With reference to INDC targets of INDIA, consider the following and answer.
a. Reduction in emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35% by 2030 below 2005 levels.
b. Increase the share of non-fossil fuels-based electricity to 40% by 2030
c. Enhance its forest cover which will absorb 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

7) With reference to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) consider the following and answer
a. is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf, except for Iraq.
b. Saudi-led coalition cited Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism and abruptly cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar in June 2017
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

8) Consider the following with reference to “Open Defecation in India”, consider the following and answer.
a. India alone has an estimated 600 million people defecating openly, according to a study by the United Nations
b. Rural Uttarakhand and rural Haryana have declared themselves as the 4th and 5th Open Defecation Free (ODF) States of India.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

9) With reference to International court of Justice, consider the following and answer
a. International Court of Justice was established in 1945 via the UN Charter and its jurisdiction is worldwide.
b. President and the Vice-President are elected by the Members of the Court every three years by secret ballot.
c. ICJ is composed of fifteen judges elected to nine-year terms by the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council from a list of persons nominated by the national groups in the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

10) With reference to Chief Justice of India, consider the following and answer
a. Justice Dipak Misra is the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI).
b. Supreme Court of India has total sanctioned strength 31 judges excluding the Chief Justice.
c. Every Judge of the Supreme Court is appointed by the President after consultation with the Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts in states,
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

11) With reference to Kamov 226t Deal between India & Russia, Consider the following and answer
a. Defence deal comes at a time when India would be looking to assure Russia that despite its growing ties with US, Russia remains India’s all-weather friend and ally.
b. Kamov 226T is a twin-engine light but multi-role chopper, that Russian Helicopters offers for both military and civilian purposes
c. Helicopters will replace India’s ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

12) With reference to the recently released Joint training doctrine by armed forces, consider the following and answer
a. It flows from the ‘Joint Doctrine Indian Armed Forces – 2017’ released earlier this year.
b. Aim of the doctrine is to promote ‘synergy’ and ‘integration’ among the three Services and other stake-holders leading to an enhanced efficiency and optimum utilization of resources
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

13) With reference to the recent “Creamy layer”, consider the following and answer
a. Mandal Commission and E.V. Chinnaiah cases had confined the creamy layer concept to the Other Backward Classes section only.
b. Five-judge Constitution Bench in the M. Nagaraj judgment of 2006 had decided that creamy layer should be excluded from the reservations for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in government jobs.
c. Article 16 (4A), which arms the State with power to make provisions for quota in promotion with consequential seniority to SC/ST communities
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

14) With reference to the wealth inequality in India, consider the following and answer
a. India’s richest 1 per cent now hold a huge 58 per cent of the country’s total wealth — higher than the global figure of about 50 per cent.
b. Close to 92% of adult population has wealth below $10000.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

15) With reference to GI tag, consider the following and answer
a. Geographical Indication (GI) Registry and Intellectual Property India presented the Geographical Indication Tag status to Banglar Rasogolla of West Bengal.
b. Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation had applied seeking the GI tag status for Mamallapuram stone sculptures and has been approved.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

16) Consider the following with reference to UDAN scheme and answer.
a. UDAN scheme seeks to provide connectivity to un-served and under-served airports of the country through revival of existing air-strips and airports.
b. Airline operators will bid for up to 40 subsidised seats and minimum seats will be 9. There will be 50% seats on market based pricing.
c. On these routes for regional flights Airfares will be capped at 2500 rupees for an hour’s flight.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

17) Government recently launched Bharat 22, with reference to this, consider the following and answer.
a. Bharat 22 is a second exchange-traded fund (ETF).
b. Bharat 22 comprise of 22 stocks including those of central public-sector enterprises (CPSEs), public sector banks (PSBs) and its holdings under the Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of India (SUUTI).
c. It will help to speed up Government’s disinvestment programme.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

18) Consider the following in light of National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and answer
a. National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) was launched under Bharat Nirman with objective of ensuring provision of safe and adequate drinking water supply.
b. As per the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution, the responsibility for drinking water may be devolved to the panchayati raj institutions (PRIs).
c. In the Union Budget 2017-18, a provision of Rs. 6050.00 crore has been made for NRDWP.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

19) With reference to India-US relationship, consider the following and answer
a. US also committed to UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, an Indian initiative
b. US supports India’s bids for permanent membership of the UN Security Council, Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, and the Australia Group.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 15/11/17

20) Who among the following is nominated from India for a seat in ‘International court of Justice’.
a. Dalveer Bhandari
b. Christopher Greenwood
c. Ravi Shankar
d. A.K. Saseendran

“Daily current Affairs – 15/11/2017”

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National News

1. Dantewada holds India’s 1st Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit:-

  • India’s first Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit has been organised in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, aiming to inspire, nurture and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship among the tribal youth.
  • Union MoS Science and Technology YS Chowdhary inaugurated the event, organized by NITI Aayog in partnership with Government of United States of America.
  • The event is a part of 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit being held in India.

2. West Bengal Gets GI Tag for Rosogolla:-

  • West Bengal has won a long-drawn-out battle over rasgulla when Chennai-based Geographical Indications (GI) Registry announced that one of India’s signature sweets originated in the state and not Odisha.
  • Bengal and Odisha have been locked in this fight over the GI registration of rasgulla since 2015.
  • West Bengal CM Mamta Benerjee expressed her happiness as Bengal has been granted GI (Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla.

3. President of India inaugurates 37th India International Trade Fair-2017:-

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 37th India International Trade Fair (IITF) -2017 on November 14, 2017 in New Delhi.
  • Speaking on the occasion, the President said that IITF is more than just a trade fair or exhibition.
  • Commencing every year on November 14, it is a showcase of India on the global stage.
  • It is also a symbol of India’s ancient and enduring commitment to international trade.
  • 3,000 exhibitors, including 222 companies from abroad, are participating at IITF 2017.

4. Government of India launched BHARAT-22 Exchange Traded Fund:-

  • The Government of India launched has the BHARAT-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) managed by ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund targeting an initial amount of about Rs.8,000 crore.
  • This New Fund Offer is open till November 17, 2017. The Units of the Scheme will be allotted 25% to each category of investors.
  • In this ETF, the Retirement Fund has been made separate category of Investors. In case of spill-over, additional portion will be allocated giving preference to retail and retirement funds. There is a 3% discount across the board.
  • The strength of this ETF lies in the specially created Index S&P BSE BHARAT-22 INDEX.
  • This Index is a unique blend of shares of key CPSEs,Public Sector Banks (PSBs) and also the Government owned shares in blue chip private companies like Larsen & Tubro (L&T), Axis Bank and ITC.
  • The shares of the Government companies represent 6 core sectors of the economy – Finance, Industry, Energy, Utilities, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Basic Materials.

International News

1. Saudi Arabia approves Yoga as a sports activity:-

  • Saudi Arabia has officially approved Yoga as a sporting activity under its Ministry of Trade and Industry.
  • So, anyone who now wishes to practice or teach yoga can do so by applying for a licence.
  • The Crown Prince known as MBS launched the new vision 2030 that focuses on development and investing in youth.

2. 10th South Asia Economic Summit held in Nepal:-

  • 10th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) begun in Kathmandu, Nepal on November 14, 2017.
  • Theme of this summit: “Deepening Economic Integration for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in South Asia”.
  • 200 participants including ministers, government officials, researchers, eminent experts and thinkers will attend this three day long summit.
  • South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) is being organized since in 2008.

Economic News

1. UP tops in mobilising Jan Dhan a/cs:-

  • Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), which was launched in 2014 to further the financial-inclusion process in the country, seems to have gathered momentum in some northern States post demonetisation.
  • With its area and size of population, Uttar Pradesh tops in opening new PMJDY accounts after demonetisation.
  • In fact, one-fifth of the more than five crore new PMJDY accounts in the Indian banking system came from Uttar Pradesh alone.

2. International solar alliance to support setting up 1000 GW of solar energy capacity:-

  • The International Solar Alliance announces a target to support setting up 1000GW of solar energy capacity by 2030 across its member countries.
  • This initiative by India to harness the untapped resource of sunshine-rich countries between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn was backed by the France, and was launched at the Paris climate talks in 2015.
  • Sixteen countries have ratified the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and it will come into force on December 6, when it will recognized as a UN treaty body.

“Current Affairs Pulse – 14/11/2017”

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1) With reference to Inflation in India, consider the following and answer
a. India calculates its inflation on two price indices i.e., the
wholesale price index (WPI) and the consumer
price index (CPI)
b. Recent rise in inflation is attributed to rise in vegetable & crude oil price rise.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

2) Consider the following with reference to Chief Justice of India & answer
a. President can issue the removal order after an address by the Parliament, supported by a special majority of each House of Parliament.
b. Minimum number of Judges who are to sit for the purpose of deciding any case involving a substantial question of law as to the interpretation of this Constitution or for the purpose of hearing any reference under Article 143(3) shall be five
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

3) Consider the following with reference to National commission for Schedule caste (NCSA) and answer
a. NCSA was established by article 338 of the constitution.
b. NCSA is responsible for safeguarding OBC & Anglo-Indian community’s right too.
c. Center & state government are required to consult the commission on all major polices affecting SCs.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

4) Who among the following personalities called Gandhi as Mahatma for the first time.
a. Rabindranath Tagore
b. Subhas Chandra Bose
c. Motilal Nehru
d. Helena Blavatsky

5) With reference to Mercury and its impact, consider the following & answer.
a. U.S. environmental Protection Agency has prescribed a safe level of 30 microgram/kg of mercury in fish
b. Minamata is known worldwide due to Minamata disease, a neurological disorder caused by mercury poisoning.
c. “dancing cat fever” is caused by mercury poisoning.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

6) With reference to Stubble burning, consider the following and answer
a. Stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana in northwest India has been cited as a major cause of pollution in Delhi.
b. “Happy Seeder” that shred the crop residues into small pieces and uniformly spread them across the field, as an alternative to burning the crops
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

7) With reference to Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, consider the following & answer
a. Bill seeks to increase the number of weeks given for maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks
b. Act will apply not only to establishments employing more than 10 people but also to women up to the birth of their first two children.
c. Bill seeks to make it mandatory for every establishment having more than 50 employees to provide for crèche facilities within a prescribed distance
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

8) With reference to “Global Breastfeeding Scorecard” 2017, consider the following and answer
a) Report released by the Global Breastfeeding Collective, led by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
b) India spends an abysmal $0.15 (less than ₹10) per child to ensure that it meets the breastfeeding guidelines, and is poised to lose an estimated $14 billion in its economy, or 0.70% of its Gross National Income.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

9) Which among the following Articles of the constitution are correctly matched
a. Article 142- Enforcement of decrees and orders of Supreme Court
b. Article 143- Power of President to consult Supreme Court
c. Article 144- Civil and judicial authorities to act in aid of the Supreme Court

Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

10) With reference ‘Tejas’/ fighter jet, consider the following and answer.
a. IT has the origin from Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, which began in the 1980s to replace India’s ageing MiG-21 fighters
b. Planned to be equipped with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and electronic warfare systems
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

11) Consider the following Geostrategic moves by India & China and answer.
a. Hambantato Port’s majority of the stake is held by China
b. India is offering to run Mattala airport under 40 years lease agreement.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

12) Consider the Iran-Iraq Earth Quake in geographical perspective and answer.
a. Epicenter, Penjwin, is located between Eurasian & Arabian Plates.
b. The Earthquake is a strike-slip earth quake which is common in these active fault lines.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

13) Consider the following with reference to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and answer
a. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an international organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
b. IAEA reports to both the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

14) Consider the following & answer
a. Headline inflation in India is measured in
terms of Wholesale Price Index (WPI) and the
Office of the Economic Adviser, Department
of Industrial Policy & Promotion is entrusted
with the task of releasing this index.
b. WPI is prepared by Office of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

15) With reference to the scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), consider the following and answer
a. Accidental Insurance Cover of Rs. 1 Lakh; life cover of Rs.30000/- payable on death of beneficiary.
b. The scheme was based on a supply side model by improving the delivery systems.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

16) Consider the following with reference to RCEP and answer
a. proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the ten-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
b. 19th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) meetings and other related meetings were held in Hyderabad, Telangana
c. RCEP is viewed as an alternative to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade agreement that includes several Asian and American nations but excludes China and India.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

17) Consider the following with reference to north-east monsoon:
1. Blows from land to sea
2. Comes between October to December
3. Brings rainfall in coastal Tamil Nadu & Andhaman Islands

Which of the above is / are correct statements?
[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 1 & 3
[D] 1, 2 & 3
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

18) With reference to International Solar Alliance (ISA), consider the following & answer
a. ISA was jointly launched on 30 November 2015 by Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, and then-President of France, H.E. François Hollande, on the side lines of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties 21 (CoP21) at Paris, France.
b. ISA is a treaty-based alliance of 121 prospective solar-rich Member Nations situated fully or partially between the Tropics, and aims at accelerating development and deployment of solar energy globally.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “PIB”- 14/11/17

19) Consider the following with reference to “World Diabetes Day” and answer
a. World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus and is held on November 14 each year.
b. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched BGR-34, an anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug designed for type 2 Diabetes mellitus.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “PIB”- 14/11/17

20) Consider the following with reference to J. Nehru’s Birthday.
a. It’s the 128th birth anniversary of country’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
b. Nehru came from a family of migrant Kashmiri Pandits.
c. Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and others were set up under Nehru’s vision for the country.
d. Children’s Day was celebrated on 20 November, which was observed as the Universal Children’s Day by the United Nations. But, after Pandit Nehru’s death in 1964, it was decided to celebrate his birthday as Children’s Day.
Which of the statements are true?
a) 1,2,3 only
b) 2,3,4 only
c) 1,3,4 only
d) All the above
Refer “The Hindu”- 14/11/17

“Editorial made simple – Why ABBA must go: On Aadhaar”

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Why ABBA must go: On Aadhaar

• In October 2017, the death of an 11-year-old Dalit child, Santoshi Kumari, of Jharkhand, was widely reported.
• She had been pleading with her mother to give her rice as she slipped into unconsciousness and lost her life.
• Government insists that she had malaria but her mother, Koyli Devi, denies it.
• Similar event was experienced by- Ruplal Marandi, and is related to the government’s Aadhaar experiment.
• Post starvation deaths in 2002, many improvements happened.
• In Baran – recognition of the vulnerability of the Sahariyas — a tribal community
• Special PDS package consisting of free pulses and ghee being announced.
Seeding – practice of entering Aadhaar numbers for each household member on the ration card.

Issue on the Ground:

• Central government has been insisting on 100% Aadhaar “seeding” for schemes such as PDS, MGNREGA and pensions.
• It is mandatory for ABBA- Aadhaar-based Biometric Authentication.
• To achieve 100% target, field functionaries delete names who dint submit Aadhar details claiming these are fake.
• Santoshi’s family was one such example.
• Many are unaware of seeding requirement.
• Jharkand- pensioners faced this problem.

Barriers of ABBA:

• ABBA requires that family members be enrolled for Aadhaar and correct seeding.
• Power supply, a functional PoS machine, mobile and Internet connectivity, State and Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) servers to be ‘up’, and for fingerprint authentication to be successful.
• Ruplal Marandi’s family was one example- Biometric mismatch cost Marandi life

Stand against ABBA:

• ABBA has no role in reducing corruption-> hidden truth
• Quantity fraud is the practice of cheating on quantities sold-> is the root problem.
• Neither seeding nor the ABBA can stop quantity fraud.
• Jharkhand- despite successful ABBA authentication- faced this problem.
For example, an elderly person asking a neighbour to fetch their grain would count as identity fraud
• Two caveats on seeding
o Works against identity fraud only on universal system
o Raises privacy issues.

Way Forward:

• ABBA must be withdrawn immediately from the PDS and pensions -instead alternative technologies such as smart cards could be followed
• Sabotaging the PDS would be disasters because it is the lifeline for the poor.

“Daily current Affairs – 14/11/2017”

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National News:-

1. Northeast to get India’s first ever ‘Air Dispensary’:-

Northeast is all set to get India’s first-ever “Air Dispensary” based in a helicopter and the Union Ministry of Development of Northeast (DONER) has already contributed Rs. 25 crore as part of the initial funding for this initiative.
As per the envisaged plan, Dr Jitendra Singh said, to begin with, helicopter will be based at two locations, namely Imphal in Manipur and Meghalaya in Shillong.
Both of these cities have premier postgraduate medical institutes from where specialist doctors, along with the necessary equipment and paramedical staff, would be able to move into the helicopter and hold a dispensary/OPD in different locations across the eight States of North Eastern Region.
On its way back, he said, the same helicopter can also transport a sick patient, requiring admission, to a city hospital.
Giving an account of other new helicopter service plans for Northeast, Dr Jitendra Singh said, three twin-engine helicopters are planned to be placed for initial operation on six routes in the region around Imphal, Guwahati and Dibrugarh.

2. Col. Rajyavardhan releases the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017:-

  • Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore released the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017.
  • The objective of constructing the India Youth Development Index (YDI) 2017 is to track the trends in Youth Development across the States.
  • The Index enables recognizing the high and low performing states, identifies the weak domains and informs the policy makers the priority areas of intervention for youth development in the states.
  • The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, an Institute of National Importance has come out with Youth Development Index and Report 2017.
  • This is a pioneering attempt made by the Institute in 2010 which it followed up with the India Youth Development Index in 2017.

3. 4th Annual India-Canada Ministerial Dialogue on Trade Held in New Delhi:-

  • The 4th India-Canada Ministerial Dialogue on Trade and Investment was held in New Delhi.
  • The Indian Delegation was led by the Minister for Commerce and Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu while the Canadian side was headed by the Minister for International Trade, Mr. François-Philippe Champagne.
  • The talks were held in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere covering a host of trade and investment issues.
  • Both sides recognized that the current bilateral trade is much below the potential between the two world’s robust economies, despite the huge untapped potential for two-way trade and investment.

4. Army Organised Youth Fest at Kishtwar:-

  • Army organised a mega event Youth Fest : 2017 on 13 Nov 2017 at the historic Chowgan ground of Kishtwar.
  • The Fest was an amalgamation of varied programmes highlighting the rich culture of different regions of India and stalls of food, entertainment and games for people of all the age groups to rejoice & cherish.
  • The event also encompassed display of various ethnic specialities from across the country.

5. Government launches BharatNet Phase II:-

  • The government launched Phase II of BharatNet project through which it aims to provide high-speed broadband connections to all panchayats by the end of 2019.
  • Jio has given over Rs 13.19 crore, Airtel Rs 5 crore, Idea Cellular Rs 5 lakh and Vodafone Rs 11 lakh to take connectivity to villages in rural India.
  • The government is starting the Phase II with an outlay of Rs 34,000 crore.
    Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said BharatNet Phase I is 90 per cent completed.
  • It will be fully completed by December 2017.
  • Under Phase I, 1 lakh panchayats or 3 lakh villages were connected. Phase II of BharatNet is expected to connect 1.5 lakh panchayats.

6. Biggest Asean-India business summit in Delhi in January:-

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the largest so far Asean-India business and investment summit is slated to be held in New Delhi in January next year.
  • Addressing the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit here, Modi also said that a conference to discuss increasing connectivity between both regions is also due to take place next month in New Delhi.
  • The Prime Minister also said that work is in progress to conclude a maritime transport agreement with the Asean.
  • Modi arrived on a three-day visit to the Philippines during which he will attend the 15th India-Asean Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit.

International News:-

1. World Diabetes Day: 14 November:-

  • World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus and is observed on November 14 each year.
  • Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), each World Diabetes Day focuses on a theme related to diabetes.
  • Type 2 Diabetes is largely preventable and treatable non-communicable disease that is rapidly increasing in numbers worldwide.
  • Type 1 Diabetes is not preventable but can be treated with insulin shots.
  • This year’s theme is ‘Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future’.

2. Rice Field laboratory in Manila named after PM Modi:-

  • While on his visit to Philippines, PM Narendra Modi visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines and inaugurated ‘Shri Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory’.
  • He also presented two Indian rice seed varieties to the IRRI gene bank.
    IRRI is a premier research organisation dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science.

3. 4th India-Canada Annual Ministerial Dialogue begins:-

A high-level delegation led by the Canadian International Trade Minister, Mr. François-Philippe Champagne is visiting India to attend the 4th Annual Ministerial Dialogue (AMD) scheduled to begin in New Delhi. The Indian delegation will be led by the Commerce and Industry Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu.

4. India-Bhutan Development Cooperation Talks:-

India-Bhutan Development Cooperation Talks:The Annual India-Bhutan Development Cooperation Talks were held in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was led by Mr. Vijay Gokhale, Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs, and the delegation from Bhutan was led by Dasho Sonam Tshong, Foreign Secretary of Bhutan.
Government of India has committed assistance of Rs. 4500 Crore for implementation of development projects during Bhutan’s 11th Five Year Plan (2013 – 2018).

5. Dubai police officers set a Guinness World Record by pulling 3 lakh kg plane:-

  • Dubai police officers set a Guinness World Record by pulling the world’s largest passenger airliner Airbus A380 for 100 metres.
  • The plane which weighs 3.02 lakh kg was dragged by 56 police officers to break the previous record set by 100 people who pulled a 2.18-lakh kg airplane at Hong Kong International Airport in 2011.

Economic News:-

1. PNB MetLife to sell policies to Bahrain Bank customers:-

  • Private sector life insurer PNB MetLife has inked a corporate agency tie-up with Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) to sell retail and group insurance products of the company to the foreign bank’s customers in India.

2. YES Bank’s fintech survey to study ecosystem worldwide:-

  • YES Bank is all set to launch a first-of-its-kind fintech survey. Called India Fintech Opportunities Review, the study will cover India and a few major fintech markets in the world.
  • A research initiative of YES FINTECH, which is the bank’s innovation programme to accelerate fintech start-ups, the survey will cover more than 1,000 firms globally.

3. Home loan limit for Central Government employees raised to Rs.25 Lakh:-

  • The government has raised the maximum amount that a Central government employee can borrow from the government for house-building to Rs.25 lakh from the earlier Rs.7.5 lakh.
  • The interest rate on the loan amount shall be at a uniform rate of 8.5% at simple interest, in place of the earlier four slabs of interest rates ranging from 6% to 9.5%.

“Current Affairs Pulse – 13-11-2017”

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1) With reference to “Quad”, consider the following and answer.
a. Quad is still an idea, where ‘Like-minded’ countries are looking forward on working together.
b. US, India, Japan are the only countries that forms the Quad for now.
c. 1st formal meet between these countries took place along the East Asian summit & ASEAN meet in Manila.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

2) With reference to India’s Air quality monitoring programs, consider the following and answer.
a. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research which is under
Ministry of Earth Science, monitors greater metropolitan cities of India to provide location specific information on air quality
b. SAFAR system is developed by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune & has been combined with the early warning system on weather parameters.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

3) With reference to high level delegation led by the Canadian International Trade Minister, Mr. François-Philippe, consider the following and answer.
a. Champagne is visiting India to attend the 4th Annual Ministerial Dialogue (AMD) which is to begin tomorrow in New Delhi.
b. Aim of this meet is to attain progressive, balanced, and mutually beneficial agreement covering both goods and services through concluding Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

4) With reference to the New education policy, consider the following
a. The committee is headed by Kasturirangan, which is expected to submit its first draft by end of December.
b. The policy is to have positive impact in education from 2020 to 2040.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

5) Consider the following with reference to NAQI and answer
a. Index is a part of the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
b. Index will measure eight major pollutants, namely, particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5), nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, ammonia and lead only.
c. Index will be extended to 46 cities having a population of more than one million, and 20 state capitals over the next five years
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

6) Where does Bhavani Islands located?
a. River Krishna
b. River Godavari
c. River penneru
d. Near Sundarbans, Bay of Bengal
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

7) Consider the following with reference to East Asia Summit.
a. Its consists of countries from East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian regions.
b. There are six priority areas of regional cooperation within the framework of the EAS such as Environment and Energy, Education, Finance etc.
c. India endorses regional collaboration in all six priority areas.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

8) Consider the following with reference to New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1)
a. It is an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of antibiotics
b. Strains are recently been found in Ganga river
C. Infection was identified as a carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae strain, which is also listed in WHO’s list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

9) With reference to GST network, consider the following and answer
a) It is a not for profit, non-Government, private limited company incorporated in 2013.
b) All States including NCT of Delhi and Puducherry, and the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers (EC), together hold another 24.5%.
c) GST Network (GSTN), a private body, is developing
the front-end infra with the help of Infosys.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

10) Consider the following with reference to CBI and answer,
a. CBI was set up in 1941 by the government as the Special Police Establishment.
b. CBI is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
c.The appointment of the director of CBI is by a committee consisting of Prime Minister (chairperson), Leader of Opposition (member), Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court Judge recommended by the Chief Justice (member)
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

11) With reference to International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC), consider the following and answer.
a. It is a multi-mode network for moving freight between India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe only.
b. India and Iran’s long-standing agreement, signed in 2002, to develop Chabahar into full deep-sea port, is synonymous with INSTC.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

12) With reference to Asia-Africa Growth Corridor or AAGC, consider the following and answer
a. An economic cooperation agreement between the governments of India and Japan
b. Unlike OBOR, now BRI (Belt and Road Initiative), which entails development of both land corridor (new economic belt) and ocean (marine silk road), AAGC will essentially be a sea corridor linking Africa with India and other countries
c. AAGC-led growth in Africa and Asia will be responsive to the collective commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

13) With reference to Rafael fighter jet deal, consider the following and answer
a. Rafale is a twin-engine fighter, multi-role fighter aircraft manufactured by French aviation company Dassault.
b. Weapons package of deal includes Meteor radar guided Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile which is considered the best in the class with range of over 150kms
c. Rafale fighter jets are likely to succeed ageing fleet of Indian Air Force (IAF’s) Mirage fighters for nuclear warhead delivery as part of India’s nuclear doctrine.

Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

14) Consider the following with the reference to Optical Fiber network and answer.
a. Bharat Net Project is the new brand name of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) which was launched in October, 2011 to provide broadband connectivity to all 2.5 Lakh Gram Panchayats. It was renamed Bharatnet in 2015.
b. Government will start its second and final phase to provide high-speed broadband in all panchayats by March 2019.
c. Government is also setting up WiFi hotspots across all connected villages.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “PIB”- 13/11/17

15) With reference to BIS (Bureau of Indian standards), consider the following and answer.
a. BIS is under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
b. New Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016 Act which replaces Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986.
c. The aim is to help in ease of doing business in country, enhance ‘Make In India’ campaign.

Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

16) The country which recently signed $500 million agreement with Nepal to build infrastructure such as electricity & transportation needs is?
a. US
b. Japan
c. Australia
d. China
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

17) If the foreign minister of japan- Taro Kono’s suggestion were taken in to account for forming the ‘Quad’, then which among the following countries would be included?
a. Germany
b. Russia
c. China
d. France
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 3,4 only
d) 1,4 only
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

18) Which among the following boarders the ‘South china sea’?
a. Hong Kong
b. Brunei
c. Vietnam
d. Malaysia
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2,3 only
B) 2,3,4 ONLY
c) 3,4,1 only
d) All the above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

19) With reference to Rohingya issues, consider the following and answer.
a. Rohingya’s are ethnic Muslim minority group, living primarily in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state
b. Rohingya’s are Sufi-inflected variation of Sunni Islam.
c. They speak Bengali dialect, as opposed to commonly spoken Burmese language in Myanmar.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

20) With reference to Hambantota port, consider the following and answer
a. Hambantota port is located on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka overlooking the Indian Ocean.
b. Sri Lanka has signed a US $1.1 billion deal to sell a 70% stake of the strategic Hambantota deep-sea port to China.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 13/11/17

“Daily current Affairs – 13/11/2017”

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National News:-

1. Cabinet approves appointment of Second National Judicial Pay Commission:-

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved appointment of Second National Judicial Pay Commission (SNJPC) for Subordinate Judiciary in the country.
  • The Commission is to be headed by Shri Justice (Retd.J P.Venkatrama Reddi, former Judge of Supreme Court of India. Shri R. Basant, a former Judge of the Kerala High Court is the Member of the Commission.
  • The Commission will make its recommendations to the State Governments preferably within a period of 18 months.

2. Cabinet approves Creation of National Testing Agency:-

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) as a Society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, and as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.
  • The NTA would initially conduct those entrance examinations which are currently being conducted by the CBSE.
  • Other examinations will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up.
  • The entrance examinations will be conducted in online mode at least twice a year, thereby giving adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best.
  • In order to serve the requirements of the rural students, it would locate the centres at sub-district/district level and as far as possible would undertake hands-on training to the students.

3. India’s first Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh:-

  • India’s first Military Literature Festival (MLF) will be held in Chandigarh in December as a tribute to the armed forces.
  • The MLF will be held here from December 7 to 9.
  • Top thinkers, authors, historians, curators and experts related to defence matters will participate in the event.

4. Environment ministry forms 7-member panel to monitor Delhi pollution:-

  • The environment ministry has reportedly taken action and ordered the forming of a 7-member committee to tackle the Delhi air pollution.
  • The committee formed by the environment ministry will look to formulate short-term and long-term plans.
  • The committee will be headed by environment secretary CK Mishra.

5. WCD Ministry to celebrate CCI Festival “Hausala 2017”:-

  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development will celebrate the Child Rights Week (Hausla 2017) from 16th to 20th November, 2017.
  • The country celebrates the Children’s Day on 14th November and the International Child Rights Day is celebrated on 20th November every year.
  • The period between the two important events will be celebrated as Child Rights Week by WCD Ministry by hosting an Inter CCI Festival for the children who reside in Child Care Institutions (CCIs).

6. Butterfly conservatory park to come up in Gurugram:-

  • North India’s biggest Butterfly Conservatory Park will be set up in Haryana’s Gurugram district to save species under threat from rapid urbanisation from going extinct.
  • Butterflies thrive on flowering plants. The park will be of scientific importance and be a green area in Gurugram.

7. Varanasi Tops The List of Country’s Most Polluted City:-

  • At a time when National Capital is hitting the headlines over alarming levels of pollution, a report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has found that the air quality of holy city Varanasi is most polluted among the 42 cities monitored recently.
  • Varanasi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) at 4 PM was at an alarming 491, followed by Gurugram at 480, Delhi at 468, Lucknow at 462 and Kanpur at 461.
  • Notably, pollution level is categorised as ‘severe’ when the AQI ranges between 401 and 500, which affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.

International News:-

1. APEC 2017 summit to be held in Vietnam:-

  • APEC 2017 is the year-long hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting to be held in Vietnam.
  • It will culminate with the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang to be hosted at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.
  • It marks the second time Vietnam will be playing host to the APEC, having hosted the event previously in 2006.
  • It is scheduled on 10-11 November.

2. World Pneumonia Day: November 12:-

  • World Pneumonia Day is observed on 12th November every year around the world.
  • World Pneumonia Day was first observed in 2009 when over 100 organisations joined to form the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia.
  • World Pneumonia Day helps to highlight the severity of pneumonia and encourages more organisations to look at ways of fighting the disease.

3. Extreme weather events: India 6th most vulnerable country:-

  • India is the sixth most vulnerable country in the world in terms of facing extreme weather events with Haiti, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Vietnam taking top five positions in the fresh list of nations facing climate risk.
  • The ranking was released here by the German watch, an independent Berlin-based development and environmental organization, in its latest global climate risk index (CRI).
  • The Index put the United States (US) at 10th position with Chinese Taipei, Macedonia and Bolivia being the other three vulnerable countries in the list of top ten.

4. Bangladesh’s first Hindu Chief Justice resigns:-

  • Bangladesh’s first Hindu Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has resigned after facing allegations of bribery and money laundering.
  • A month ago he had gone abroad. Sinha became the country’s 21st Chief Justice on January 17, 2015.
  • His tenure was going to be completed on January 31 next year.

5. UNHCR to get Mother Teresa Award 2017 for social justice:-

  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been named as the recipient of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, 2017 as an acknowledgement of its exceptional work worldwide.
  • The UNHCR provides humanitarian aid to innumerable people internally displaced by conflicts and helping stateless people all over the world.
  • Harmony Foundation has instituted the only official award in memory of Mother Teresa, who attained sainthood in September 2016.

6. 31st ASEAN Summit started in Philippines:-

  • The Philippines will conclude its year-long ASEAN hosting duties with the 31st ASEAN Summit from 12-14 November.
  • Around 20 world leaders are in the Philippines to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit.
  • ASEAN’s theme for 2017 is ‘Partnering for Change, Engaging the World’.
  • It was formed on 8 August 1967. It has 10 member countries.
  • Rodrigo Duterte is the current Chairman of the organization.

Economic News:-

1. Mumbai to host Asian Bankers Association summit:-

  • For the first time, the nation’s financial capital will host the 34th annual conference of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA).
  • The two-day conference will be held in the megapolis from November 16 and will be hosted by State Bank, with the theme of ‘Asia’s turn to transform’.