September Current Affairs Online Model Test

September Current Affairs Online Model Test

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Question 1
Which state to host the 3rd India International Science Festival (IISF)-2017?
A
Kerala
B
Odisha
C
Tamil Nadu
D
Madhya Pradesh
Question 1 Explanation: 
The 3rd India International Science Festival (IISF-2017) will be held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu from October 13-16. The festival is being organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST).Top scientists from the government are expected to participate in the four-day festival at IIT-Chennai.The event will be jointly inaugurated by science and technology ministers of Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Portugal.
Question 2
The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is an autonomous body under which union ministry?
A
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
B
Ministry of Law and Justice
C
Ministry of Home Affairs
D
Ministry of Women and Child Development
Question 2 Explanation: 
The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Women and Child Development. It functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions. Recently, it is in news because, CARA has started a monthly ‘Jan Sampark’ program to enable the public to have interaction with its officials for seeking information related to adoption as well as flagging their concerns. The first of its kind programme was held in New Delhi recently. The event will now be a regular feature every month apart from the quarterly Facebook live chat by CEO CARA.
Question 3
The Union government has set up special fund ‘DPIDF’ to boost dairy sector. What does “DPIDF” stands for?
A
Dairy Processing and Infra Development Fund
B
Dairy Processing and Internal Development Fund
C
Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund
D
Dairy Processing and Internet Development Fund
Question 3 Explanation: 
The Union government has set up the Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DPIDF) worth Rs 10,881 crore to boost the dairy sector. With this investment, 95 lakh farmers from about 50,000 villages would be benefited. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and the National Cooperative Development Cooperation (NCDC) will utilise DPIDF to provide the loan for building an efficient milk procurement system and other infrastructure. The DPIDF will focus on building an efficient milk procurement system by setting up infrastructure and installing electronic milk adulteration testing equipment, besides creating and expanding infrastructure and manufacturing faculties for the value-added products for milk unions and milk companies.
Question 4
Which state government has declared 2017 as e-Pragati year?
A
Andhra Pradesh
B
Uttar Pradesh
C
Assam
D
Karnataka
Question 4 Explanation: 
N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, has declared the year of 2017-18 as e-Pragati year. The flagship e-pragati training programme is for AP government officials to familiarize and update new technologies and its usage. The six-week training is conducted by a team from Indian School of Business (IBS), Hyderabad to all the 32 departments of AP government. These departments will start using the latest technology from October for administration & e-governance, which will bring transparency and make everything visible online.
Question 5
Who has clinched the women’s singles U-19 title at the Belgian Junior Open badminton tournament?
A
Maneesha Arora
B
Vaishnavi Reddy
C
Arathi Sara
D
Nikita Soni
Question 5 Explanation: 
Indian shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy has clinched the women’s singles Under-19 title at the Belgian Junior Open badminton tournament. She defeated top seed Vivien Sandorhazi in a three-game final at Herstal, Belgium on September 25, 2017.
Question 6
The joint military training exercise “Panda-Kangaroo 2017” was held between Australia and which country?
A
South Korea
B
China
C
Thailand
D
Singapore
Question 6 Explanation: 
The joint military training exercise “Panda-Kangaroo 2017” was held between Chinese and Australian ground forces in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, from September 10 to 20. The exercise is an important platform for enhancing the mutual understanding and trust and deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. This is the first joint training held in China by Chinese and Australian armies. The two ground forces have conducted such joint training in 2015 and 2016 in Australia.
Question 7
Which of the following is the India’s first indigenously built Scorpene submarine delivered to the Indian Navy?
A
INS Kalvari
B
INS Khanderi
C
INS Vela
D
INS Godavari
Question 7 Explanation: 
India’s first indigenously built Scorpene submarine “ INS Kalvari” has been delivered to the Indian Navy at the Mazagon Dock Ltd shipyard and will soon be commissioned. Kalvari is named after the dreaded Tiger Shark, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean. It can carry 18 torpedoes and travel 1,020km underwater. The 66-metre submarine can dive up to a depth of 300 metres to elude enemy detection. It has superior stealth and the ability to launch crippling attacks on the enemy with precision-guided weapons. The attack can be carried out with torpedoes as well as tube-launched anti-ship missiles underwater or from the surface. This Scorpene submarine is designed to operate in all theatres of war, including the tropics. Kalvari is capable of handling various missions such as anti-surface warfare (attacking surface ships), anti-submarine warfare (destroying submarines), intelligence gathering, mine-laying and area surveillance.
Question 8
Who has been appointed as the new interim chairman of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)?
A
M Balachandran
B
B Sambamurthy
C
K K Rao
D
M S Jadon
Question 8 Explanation: 
B Sambamurthy, the former Director and CEO of the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), has been appointed as new interim Chairman of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). He will succeed M Balachandran, who was Non-Executive Chairman of NPCI from September 23, 2013 till September 20, 2017. Prior to the appointment, he was the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Corporation Bank.
Question 9
The joint military exercise “Iron Union 5” will start between United States and which country?
A
UAE
B
Israel
C
Afghanistan
D
Russia
Question 9 Explanation: 
The joint military exercise “Iron Union 5” will start between United States and United Arab Emirates (UAE) exercise in Abu Dhabi on September 23, 2017 to consolidate their bilateral relations and exchange training and military expertise. The purpose of the exercise is to upgrade and boost the readiness of the UAE’s armed forces and to allow both armies to promote their international co-operation in joint military operations.
Question 10
The Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary (NWS) is located in which state?
A
Maharashtra
B
Himachal Pradesh
C
Jammu & Kashmir
D
Nagaland
Question 10 Explanation: 
The Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary (NWS) is located between Bhandara district and Gondia district of Maharashtra and covers an area of 152.81 square kilometres. This sanctuary has a number of fish, 34 species of mammals, 166 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles and four species of amphibians. Apart from this, this sanctuary is a home of many interesting varieties of frogs and toads like Tree-frog, Bull-frog, Six-toed frog, an uncommon toad; Ramanella Montana etc.
Question 11
Mahant Chand Nath, who passed away recently, was the Member of Parliament (MP) from which Lok Sabha constituency of Rajasthan?
A
Bharatpur
B
Alwar
C
Jaipur
D
Churu
Question 11 Explanation: 
Mahant Chand Nath (61), the noted BJP politician and religious leader, has passed away at a Delhi hospital on September 17, 2017. He represented the Alwar Lok Sabha constituency of Rajasthan. Nath had won the Alwar seat in the 2014 parliamentary elections after defeating Congress candidate and former Union minister Jitendra Singh.
Question 12
India signed how much amount of loan deal with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to upgrade Alang-Sosiya Shipyards?
A
$111 million
B
$76 million
C
$99 million
D
$126 million
Question 12 Explanation: 
India has signed a loan deal of $76 million with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a project to upgrade the environment management plan at Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yards. The total cost of the project will be $111 million, out of which $76 million will be provided as soft loan from JICA. Out of the remaining amount, $25 million as taxes and fees will be borne by Government of Gujarat and the balance $10 million will be shared by Ministry of Shipping and Government of Gujarat. The project will be executed by Gujarat Maritime Board and is likely to be completed by 2022. The project will help the Alang-Sosia ship-recycling yards to comply with international safety and environmental regulations. It will attract more business at the recycling facilities at Alang, thereby further consolidating India’s share in the global ship-recycling industry. The project will also help in safeguarding the marine and coastal environment.
Question 13
What is the theme of the 2017 International Day of Democracy?
A
Democracy and conflict prevention
B
Fight for democracy
C
Democracy for Universal Peace
D
Space for Civil Society
Question 13 Explanation: 
The International Day of Democracy is observed every year on September 15 to provide an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. The 2017 theme “Democracy and Conflict prevention” focuses on the critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace and stability.
Question 14
Which city to host the 5th edition of Coastal Shipping and Inland Water Transportation Business Summit-2017?
A
Chennai
B
Kochi
C
Kolkata
D
Gandhinagar
Question 14 Explanation: 
The 5th edition of the ‘Coastal Shipping and Inland Water Transportation Business Summit 2017’ will be held at Hotel Crown Plaza in Kochi, Kerala on September 22. The summit will be an initiative to explore the immense potential of coastal shipping and waterways as well as an effort to build a shared commitment and decipher the role that each stakeholder will have to play in integrating the coastal and waterways transport infrastructure. On this occasion, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam will present the India Seatrade Award for Excellence in Coastal Shipping & Inland Water Transportation.
Question 15
Which union minister will inaugurate the 2017 National Conference on “Uniformed Women in Prison Administration”?
A
Nirmala Sitharaman
B
Prakash Javadekar
C
Kiren Rijiju
D
Maneka Gandhi
Question 15 Explanation: 
Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, will inaugurate the 2-day National Conference on “Uniformed Women in Prison Administration” in New Delhi on September 14. The Conference is being organised for women officers of the rank of Jailors to Dy. Superintendents of Prisons. This Conference will have Panel Discussions, Deliberations and Syndicate Discussions on 4 themes: a) Are Woman Prison Officers getting mainstream duties?, b) Difficulties in balancing family and work environment of Women Prison Officers, c) Training needs of Woman Prison Officers and Correctional Staff and d) Is there need for change of uniform for Woman Prison Officers? The Conference is expected to benefit the participants being in their impressionable stage of service, by implementation of the knowledge gained through the Conference.
Question 16
Which union minister has launched the nation-wide hackathon #OpenGovDataHack?
A
D V Sadananda Gowda
B
Prakash Javadekar
C
Ravi Shankar Prasad
D
Nirmala Sitharaman
Question 16 Explanation: 
Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, has launched a nation-wide hackathon #OpenGovDataHack on September 12, 2017. As part of the Startup Eco-system Development program, NIC and IAMAI have collaborated to conduct Nation Wide Hackathon #OpenGovDataHack across seven states of India. The purposeof the hackathon is to support & showcase potentially great Ideas/Talent from Inner India by reaching out in their own State/City (7 Cities). It is to enable them making their ideas developed into Apps/Infographics primarily by use of Open Government Data around the themes of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Transport, Education, Crime and Health to a stage, after which it can be evaluated by jury and be selected for Prizes and future support/funding.
Question 17
Which state has topped in manufacturing excellence according to recent study by ASSOCHAM?
A
Gujarat
B
Kerala
C
Karnataka
D
Assam
Question 17 Explanation: 
According to a recent study “Manufacturing Excellence and Emergence in India: The state level analysis” conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM), Karnataka ranks first among states in terms of manufacturing excellence. Kerala stood second despite poor industrial growth over a five-year period from 2009.
Question 18
Rattihalli Nagendra Sudarshan, who passed away recently, was the noted personality of which field?
A
Politics
B
Film Industry
C
Law
D
Science
Question 18 Explanation: 
Rattihalli Nagendra Sudarshan (78), the veteran Kannada actor, producer and singer, has passed away in Bengaluru, Karnataka on September 8, 2017. In his five decade film career, Sudarshan acted in Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam films. He was one of the villains in Nayagan directed by Manirathnam. His last film was Super (2010) by Upendra in Kannada. Music lovers still remember him for songs such as Hoovandu Balibandu and Irabeku, Irabeku, Ariyada, which he sung in Shubhamangala (1975) directed by Puttanna and songs from his own film Naguva Hoovu (1971).
Question 19
Which online facility has been launched by the Union government to resolve foreign trade issues?
A
Contact@IDFT
B
Contact@DGTI
C
Contact@DGFT
D
Contact@FTID
Question 19 Explanation: 
The Union government has set up an online service facility that can be used by importers and exporters to resolve all foreign trade-related issues. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), which comes under Ministry of Commerce, has asked all exporters and importers to use the system – Contact@DGFT – for resolution of their matters. Traders can raise all matters related to the directorate or other agencies of the Centre and States through this facility activated at the DGFT website. Contact@DGFT system has been activated as a single point contact for resolving all foreign trade-related issues. The DGFT notice to all regional authorities, export promotion councils, commodity boards and members of trade and industry has stated that the best efforts will be made for expeditious resolution.
Question 20
Which Indian university has been named the top university in India, according to 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings?
A
IIT-Kharagpur
B
IIT-Kanpur
C
IISc-Bangalore
D
IIT-Bombay
Question 20 Explanation: 
The 2018 World University Rankings (WUR), released by Times Higher Education, has found that India’s flagship Indian Institute of Science (IISc) fall from previous year’s 201-250 band to 251-300. This was attributed to drops in its research influence score and research income. In it, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has been named the top university in India, followed by IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Kharagpur. Globally, the University of Oxford has retained its first place in the rankings, followed by University of Cambridge, California Institute of Technology and Stanford University. The World University ranking is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
Question 21
Which country to host the Across Barriers-International Business Women’s Summit (ABIBWS)?
A
Bhutan
B
India
C
Sri Lanka
D
Nepal
Question 21 Explanation: 
The Across Barriers-International Business Women’s Summit (ABIBWS) will be organized by the South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF) at Kathmandu in Nepal from September 11. The basic objective of 2-day summit is to bring together women entrepreneurs from the SAARC, ASEAN, China and some other countries. The summit will be a regional hub for connecting women SMEs (small and medium enterprises) with public and private sector for exploring opportunities to identify joint business ventures. The summit will also offer a unique opportunity for business meetings with the members of the visiting international business delegates and Nepalese women entrepreneurs. According to organisers around 75 delegates from 18 countries including India will participate in the summit.
Question 22
Which expert committee has constituted by the Union Government to identify key data protection issues in India?
A
BN Srikrishna
B
R S Rawat
C
Tushar Mehta
D
H R Khan
Question 22 Explanation: 
The Union Government has recently told Supreme Court that an expert committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of former apex court judge Justice BN Srikrishna to identify key data protection issues in India and recommend methods to address them. The government told the apex court that after the committee’s report is submitted, there is a possibility that the law shall be passed regulating data protection. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, state that the committee will study various issues and make specific suggestions for consideration of the government on the principles to be considered for data protection. The apex court has fixed the matter for further hearing on November 20, 2017.
Question 23
The Union government will organize North East Calling event in which city to promote tourism of North East India?
A
Guwahati
B
Shillong
C
Agartala
D
New Delhi
Question 23 Explanation: 
The 2-day event ‘North East Calling’ will be organized by the Union government under its Destination North East series at India Gate lawns in New Delhi on September 9, 2017. The purpose of the event is to promote the art, culture, handicrafts, business and tourism of North East India. The event will showcase all activities and products of North-East and the entry for the general public is free. The event will include music festival for bands of North-East, Cultural night for dances of North-East and Handloom Demo Show presenting the clothes of North-East.
Question 24
Which of the following airports has bagged the National Award for ‘Excellence’ in Energy Management?
A
Chennai International Airport
B
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
C
Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport
D
Vijayawada International Airport
Question 24 Explanation: 
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has bagged the National Award for ‘Excellence’ in Energy Management at a conference hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The conference was focused on recognising companies that are engaged in energy efficiency initiatives by adopting best practices and technological advancement in their daily operations in turn displaying commitment towards energy conservation. The airport is operated by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd GHIAL, a public–private venture.
Question 25
Which Indian sportsperson has won gold in the girls’ Under-12 category at the World Cadets Chess Championship?
A
Natasha Krishna
B
Rakshitta Ravi
C
Divya Deshmukh
D
Meenali Ilamparthi
Question 25 Explanation: 
Divya Deshmukh (11) has won gold in the girls’ Under-12 category at the World Cadets Chess Championship at Pocos de Caldas, Brazil. She scored a total of 9.5 points to give India its only medal in the championship this year. It is Divya’s second world title after her victory in the under-10 World Youth Chess Championship-2014 in Durban.
Question 26
Which state government has launched an online Public Grievance Redressal System (PGRS)?
A
Assam
B
Punjab
C
Haryana
D
Goa
Question 26 Explanation: 
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrrikar has launched an online Public Grievance Redressal System at the state secretariat on September 1, 2017. It is a single window online portal for citizens to register grievances towards any state government department. The system’s performance in terms of glitches would be monitored and addressed gradually. In the future, a call centre facility would be added to the system. Under the online Public Grievance Redressal System, citizens will be notified about the status of their complaint through SMS and email based on a unique grievance id. There is a provision for automatically escalating unaddressed grievances to higher authorities periodically. Written complaint registration will be continued and uploaded online by the public grievances department.
Question 27
Who has been appointed as the new Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog?
A
Rutvak Agrawal
B
Vijay Parasher
C
Umesh Singhal
D
Rajiv Kumar
Question 27 Explanation: 
Noted economist Rajiv Kumar has taken over charge as the new vice-chairman of government think tank Niti Aayog. He replaced Indian-American economist Arvind Panagariya who left the think tank to return to academia. Kumar was a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University. He also served as Secretary General of industry association, FICCI. He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) between 2006 and 2008. He also served as the Chief Economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and held senior positions in the Asian Development Bank, the Indian Ministry of Industries, and the Ministry of Finance.
Question 28
The world’s highest sandcastle has recently built in which country?
A
Germany
B
India
C
China
D
South Africa
Question 28 Explanation: 
The world’s highest sandcastle 54.72 feet (16.68 metres) tall has recently built in the German city of Duisburg. It was constructed in over 3 weeks and is supposed to stand until at least September 24, 2017. The representative of Guinness World Records (GWR) has certified the record. It takes the title from a 14.84-meter (48.69-foot) sandcastle built early this year in India. The new sandcastle is decorated with sand models of tourist attractions such as Athens’ Acropolis, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Question 29
Which Indian pair has won the mixed doubles title at 2017 Hellas Open International badminton Series?
A
Chirag Shetty and Karishma Wadkar
B
Valiyaveetil Diju and Jwala Gutta
C
Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg
D
Karishma Wadkar and Utkarsh Arora
Question 29 Explanation: 
The Indian pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg bagged the mixed doubles title at the Hellas Open International badminton series after registering a straight-game victory in Livadia on September 3, 2017. The top-seeded Indian combination of Garg and Kapoor defeated compatriots Karishma Wadkar and Utkarsh Arora by 21-19 21-19 in the final.
Question 30
Who has been appointed as new Union Minister of State (IC) in Ministries of Power & New & Renewable Energy?
A
Raj Kumar Singh
B
Hardeep Singh Puri
C
Santosh Kumar Gangwar
D
Shripad Yesso Naik
Question 30 Explanation: 
Raj Kumar Singh has recently take charge as new Union Minister of State (IC) in Ministries of Power & New & Renewable Energy after latest reshuffle in the Union Cabinet on September 3, 2017. He succeeded Piyush Goyal, who is now Cabinet Minister for Railways. Singh is the Member of Parliament (MP) from Arrah Lok Sabha constituency. Singh is also the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
Question 31
Gauri Lankesh, the noted journalist was shot dead. She hailed from which state?
A
Kerala
B
Karnataka
C
Andhra Pradesh
D
Telangana
Question 31 Explanation: 
Gauri Lankesh, the noted journalist and activists, was shot dead at her Rajarajeshwari Nagar’s residence in Bengaluru, Karnataka on September 5, 2017. She was the editor of popular Kannada tabloid Lankesh Patrike founded by her father and well-known writer P Lankesh. Lankesh was also part of a panel formed by State government to help surrender Naxals to reform. She was known to be a notable social and political commentator and acclaimed for her lifelong support for free speech and strong journalistic ethics, her works were popular in all quarters, her critics alike. The state government has formed a three team comprising of senior police officer to investigate the crime. AIR correspondent reports that killing of senior journalist known for her out spoken views, is being compared with the murder of rationalist, liberal thinkers, M M Kulburgi, Pansare and Dabholkar in recent years. Several associations of writers and journalists are holding protest in the state demanding immediate arrest of the perpetrators of crime.
Question 32
Who has become the first Indian to be signed by Australian Basket Team?
A
Yadwinder Singh
B
Amritpal Singh
C
Amjyot Singh
D
Vishvas Bhriguvanshi
Question 32 Explanation: 
Amritpal Singh, the captain of the Indian basketball team, has scripted history by becoming the first Indian-born player to be picked up by an Australian National Basketball League (NBL) team. He will be a part of the Kings side as they begin their pre-season tour where they will also take on popular NBA side Utah Jazz, which will be an incredible achievement for Indian basketball. With this, Amritpal has become the first Indian player to play for an Aussie team in the NBL.
Question 33
Who has been appointed as high performance specialist coach for Indian Senior Women Hockey Team (ISWHT)?
A
Gurpreet Singh
B
Harendra Singh
C
Kuldeep Das
D
S P Kumar
Question 33 Explanation: 
Harendra Singh, the hockey coach and Dronacharya Awardee, has been appointed as High Performance Specialist Coach for Indian Senior Women Hockey Team (ISWHT). The decision was recently taken jointly by SAI and Hockey India on the basis of his recent and past performance. Under his coaching, the junior men team won the Junior Men World Cup in 2016 at Lucknow. He was also the Chief Coach of the Senior Men Hockey team from 2008 to 2009 and National coach from 2009 to 2010. He is a Level III certified Coach. Harendra Singh will take over the new responsibility shortly. It has also been decided that the present Chief Coach of India senior women Hockey Team, Mr. Waltherus Norbertus Maria Marijne will take over as Chief Coach of Indian Senior Men Hockey Team on his return from the on-going Europe tour. Marijne has accepted the offer of Chief Coach of the senior Indian Men Hockey Team.
Question 34
Which country to host 2018 Junior Asian Wrestling Championship (JAWC)?
A
South Africa
B
China
C
Russia
D
India
Question 34 Explanation: 
India will host the 2018 Junior Asian Wrestling Championship (JAWC), which is scheduled to be held from July 19 to 22 in New Delhi. Recently, the United World Wrestling (UWW) has announced the hosting rights to Indian city for the tournament. The UWW is the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling and is headquartered in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.
Question 35
Parali I island, which has vanished due to coastal erosion, was part of which state/UT?
A
Gujarat
B
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
C
Lakshadweep
D
West Bengal
Question 35 Explanation: 
R M Hidayathulla, who is from Androth in Lakshadweep, in his research work stated that biodiversity-rich uninhabited ‘Parali I island’ of Lakshadweep has been eroded to an extent of 100% due to coastal erosion. The study stated that the complete erosion and inundation of Parali I was pointing to the gravity of issues associated with coastal erosion within the atoll. Apart from Parali I, net erosion was higher in Parali II (80%), followed by Thinnakara (14.38%), Parali III (11.42%) and Bangaram (9.968%). Hidayathulla was awarded a doctoral degree in July 2017 by Calicut University in Kerala for his work entitled “Studies on coastal erosion in selected uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep archipelago Archipelago with Special Reference to Biodiversity Conservation.” He conducted studies on the biodiversity of five uninhabited islands — Bangaram, Thinnakara, Parali I, II and III, of which Parali I has been inundated.
Question 36
Which campaign has been launched by the Union Environment Ministery at conference on “Sustainable Landscapes & Forest Ecosystems: Theory to Practice”?
A
Nature and We
B
Trees: Pillar of life
C
Wood is Good
D
Live with Trees
Question 36 Explanation: 
Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has launched the “Wood is Good” campaign at conference on “Sustainable Landscapes & Forest Ecosystems: Theory to Practice” in New Delhi on September 12, 2017. Wood is a climate-friendly material, as it is a renewable resource, having zero carbon footprints. The conference has organized to deliberate and come out with out-of-the-box ideas and solutions on increasing the forest cover much beyond the stipulated 33 per cent. The union ministery advocated the balancing of environmental and developmental concerns and also urged the gathering of scientists and foresters to devise a solution to the problem of weeds.
Question 37
Which state government has tied up with Mother Dairy to set up a state-of-the-art milk and milk products processing plant?
A
Goa
B
Maharashtra
C
Kerala
D
Bihar
Question 37 Explanation: 
The Maharashtra Government and Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Pvt. Ltd have signed a lease agreement to set up a state-of-the-art milk and milk products processing plant. As per the MoU, a dairy development initiative will begin in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions to provide access to milk producers to markets in Nagpur and Mumbai. Apart from transferring the Nagpur dairy on lease and land for setting up a new dairy at Gove Bhiwandi, Maharashtra will provide assistance, including funds, for a coordinated approach to improve productivity through animal breeding, nutrition and health. Mother Dairy is a subsidiary of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).
Question 38
Which union ministry has signed an MoU with Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for automatic and regular exchange of information?
A
Ministry of Corporate Affairs
B
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
C
Ministry of Finance
D
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Question 38 Explanation: 
The Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) have signed a MoU for automatic and regular exchange of information to curb the menace of shell companies, money laundering and black money in the country. This will also prevent misuse of corporate structure by shell companies for various illegal purposes. The MoU will enable sharing of specific information such as PAN number data in respect of corporates, Income Tax returns of corporates, financial statements filed with the Registrar by corporates, audit reports and statements of financial transactions received from banks relating to corporates. The information shared will pertain to both Indian corporates as well as foreign corporates operating in India. In addition to regular exchange of data, CBDT and MCA will also exchange with each other any information available in their respective databases, for the purpose of carrying out scrutiny, inspection, investigation and prosecution.
Question 39
The National Agri-food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) has signed MoU with Bonn food industries to promote coloured wheat. The NABI is an autonomous body of which union ministry?
A
Ministry of Food Processing Industries
B
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
C
Ministry of Science and Technology
D
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Question 39 Explanation: 
The National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) has signed MoU with Ludhiana based Bonn Food Industries to promote coloured wheat with antioxidant qualities beneficial for control of diabetes, cholesterol and obesity. It has been developed by routine way of plant breeding by crossing high yielding Indian cultivars PBW550, PBW621, HD2967 with colored wheat procured from Japan and America, which is as rich in anthocynanins as blueberries and high in zinc. Anthocyanins can act as antioxidants that remove free radicals from the body and help in prevention of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, inflammation, cancer, obesity and aging. Anthocyanin rich colored wheat developed at NABI also has enhanced Zinc content-one of the most deficient micro-nutrients in the developing countries. The NABI is an autonomous body of Ministry of Science and Technology.
Question 40
Which of the following teams has won the 2017 Kalpathi AGS – Buchi Babu All-India Invitation cricket tournament?
A
Guwahati
B
Chennai
C
Kochi
D
Hyderabad
Question 40 Explanation: 
The Hyderabad team have won the 2017 Kalpathi AGS – Buchi Babu All-India Invitation cricket tournament. In the final at Chennai on September 15, they defeated TNCA President’s XI by 8 wickets.
Question 41
Who has won the 2017 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix tournament?
A
Daniel Ricciardo
B
Valtteri Bottas
C
Sergio Perez
D
Lewis Hamilton
Question 41 Explanation: 
Lewis Hamilton, a British racing driver who races in Formula One for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team, has won the 2017 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix tournament at Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.
Question 42
Who will be new Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA)?
A
Manoj Jhalani
B
Parameswaran Iyer
C
Nitin Yadav
D
YC Modi
Question 42 Explanation: 
YC Modi, a 1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, has been appointed as Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA) and will hold the post till his superannuation, i.e. May 31, 2021. He will take over from incumbent NIA Chief Sharad Kumar Sinha after he completes his tenure on October 30, 2017. Currently, Modi is special director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). NIA was set up after an Act was enacted on December 31, 2008. The federal probe agency is tasked with probing terrorism and terror-financing related cases.
Question 43
Which of the following has become the India’s first payments bank to integrate the UPI on its digital platform?
A
FINO Payments Bank
B
Airtel Payments Bank
C
Paytm Payments Bank
D
India Post Payments Bank
Question 43 Explanation: 
The Airtel Payments Bank (APB) has become the India’s first payments bank to integrate the UPI on its digital platform. This will add to customer choice and convenience for making secure digital payments to online/offline merchants and making instant money transfers to any bank account in India.
Question 44
Which state government has launched a mobile app ‘People First’ for citizens?
A
Odisha
B
Assam
C
Andhra Pradesh
D
Uttar Pradesh
Question 44 Explanation: 
N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, has launched ‘People First’ mobile application at the Collectors’ conference in Vijayawada. The app will empower citizens with real-time governance. It will keep the citizens updated with the latest schemes and services of the government and the users will also be able to use the app for registering their complaints. The registered complaints will be addressed as soon as possible and selected complaints will be directly monitored by the chief minister himself.
Question 45
Which country has signed MoU with Sri Lanka to upgrade Thondaman Vocational Training Centre?
A
South Korea
B
India
C
China
D
Japan
Question 45 Explanation: 
India and Sri Lanka have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to upgrade Thondaman Vocational Training Centre at Hatton located in Nuwara Eliya district of the Island nation. The up gradation of the center will be done using a grant of around Rs 9 crore from the Government of India. The project includes construction of new infrastructure facilities as well as renovation of existing building. The project also includes supply of machinery, equipment & tools for the new courses, furniture and vehicles. A total of 500 youth of Sri Lanka are expected to be trained as skilled workers with suitable skills catering to the job market annually with the completion of the project. This project is in line with Government of India’s efforts to assist and cooperate with government of Sri Lanka in the field of vocational training and skill development.
Question 46
What is the theme of 2017 International Day of Peace?
A
Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All
B
Together for Peace
C
Together for Peace: Dignity for All
D
Together initiate World Peace
Question 46 Explanation: 
The United Nations’ International Day of Peace is observed every year on September 21 to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year, in 2017, the day will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Its messages will be shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives. The day will highlight solidarity with refugees and migrants and showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities. The 2017 theme “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” honours the spirit of ‘TOGETHER’, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.
Question 47
Zannah Mustapha has won the 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award. He hails from which country?
A
Thailand
B
Bangladesh
C
Israel
D
Nigeria
Question 47 Explanation: 
Zannah Mustapha, a Nigerian lawyer and teacher, has won the 2017 UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugees Award for his crucial mediating role and efforts to help children affected by the insurgency in the country. Mustapha’s The Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School in Maiduguri, which is the capital of Borno state and the centre of Boko Haram violence, stayed open through the insurgency and now provides education to more than 500 students. His school took in children of Nigerian Army soldiers as well as of Boko Haram militants. Apart from this, he had been instrumental in securing their freedom – as well as the release of 82 additional schoolgirls in May 2017 from Chibok kidnapped by the Boko Haram militant group. The 2017 award ceremony will be held on 2 October in Geneva, Switzerland.
Question 48
Jake LaMotta, who passed away recently, was the legendary personality of which sports?
A
Table Tennis
B
Wrestling
C
Boxing
D
Sprint
Question 48 Explanation: 
Jake LaMotta (95), the legendary American boxer, has passed away in Aventura, Florida. He was given the nickname “The Raging Bull” for his aggressive style in the ring, and was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the film Raging Bull, which examined his tumultuous life outside of the ring. The film, directed by Martin Scorsese, is considered one of the greatest sports movies of all time and one of the best films ever made.
Question 49
Who has become the first Indian to be picked as AIBA representative at IOC athletes’ forum?
A
Sachin Tendulkar
B
Milkha Singh
C
Abhinav Bindra
D
Mary Kom
Question 49 Explanation: 
M C Mary Kom, the five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist, has become the first Indian to be picked as the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) representative for the IOC Athletes’ Forum scheduled in November 2017. She has been invited to attend the 8th International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Forum in Lausanne from November 11th to 13th. Regarding to this, AIBA has sent an invitation letter to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI). However, the event overlaps with the Asian Championship in Vietnam, which is scheduled from November 2 to 12. If Mary Kom is selected for the tournament after trials later this month, her participation at the IOC event would become uncertain.
Question 50
The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise ‘Pralay Sahayam’ was held in which state?
A
Kerala
B
Tamil Nadu
C
Telangana
D
Andhra Pradesh
Question 50 Explanation: 
The 2-day Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise “Pralay Sahayam” was held in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Telangana on September 22, 2017. The exercise was for all agencies involved in search, rescue and relief operations during natural disasters, to interact and evolve a seamless and optimized disaster management strategy. The purpose of the exercise is to create public awareness about man-made and natural climate change and urban disasters including floodings.
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