- Question 1: Nathu La is one of the three open trading border posts between ___ and India?
Explanation:The bilateral trade between India and China through Nathu La border has resumed. General Secretary of the Indo-China Border Traders' Welfare Association, Tenzing Tsepel, said, trading through Nathu La was possible only for two weeks last year due to the Doklam standoff which resulted into losses. He expressed hope of a better transaction this year.
A meeting was also held between the representatives of both sides yesterday on how to make this year's trade more efficient and cordial. An official said, Issues like currency exchange, road connectivity and problems due to inclement weather were discussed at the meeting.
- Question 2: How many Indian cities figured in World’s 20 most polluted cities list by WHO
Explanation: Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figure in a list of world's 20 most polluted cities in terms of particulate matter PM2.5 levels in 2016. PM2.5 includes pollutants like sulfate, nitrate and black carbon, which pose the greatest risk to human health.
According to data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), other Indian cities that registered very high levels of PM2.5 pollutants were Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur. They were followed by Ali Subah Al-Salem in Kuwait and a few cities in China and Mongolia.
- Question 3: Government has released draft new telecom policy aimed at creating 40 lakh new jobs by ...?
Explanation: Government has released the draft of the new Telecom policy - National Digital Communications Policy, 2018.
The policy aims at creating 40 lakh new jobs by 2022, attracting 100 billion US dollars investment in the sector and ensuring broadband coverage at 50 mbps for every citizen.
- Question 4: Where is Mahakaleshwar Temple?
Explanation:The Supreme Court today refused to interfere with the rituals being observed at the historic Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain while dealing with the issue of protecting the - Jyotirlingam' at the ancient temple.
A division bench in its order said that it has neither interfered in the merit nor the religious ceremony of the temple in Madhya Pradesh.
- Question 5: Kottayam Pushpanath was ___ novelist ?
Explanation: Noted detective novelist Kottayam Pushpanath, who expanded the world of horror fiction in Malayalam literature, died in Kottayam today. He was 80. He died due to age-related ailments.
Pushpanath wrote over 100 detective and horror novels in Malayalam, some of them were adopted for films. Many of his works were translated into various languages including Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
- Question 6: New Zealand Open Badminton Championship is underway at ....?
Explanation: Four Indian male shuttlers B Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram, Sameer Verma and Lakshya Sen advanced to second round of singles in the New Zealand Open Badminton Championship at Auckland.
- Question 7: Name new coach of Indian Hockey team?
Explanation: Hockey India has named Women's hockey coach Harendra Singh as chief coach of the Indian men's team.
Incumbent men's in-charge Sjoerd Marijne was re-appointed as Indian women's hockey coach. Men's team under the tutelage of Marijne had returned without a medal in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia, for the first time since the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
- Question 8: Shahzar Rizvi is related with...?
Explanation: Indian shooter Shahzar Rizvi today grabbed the number one spot in International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) world rankings, in 10m air pistol event. He had won a silver medal in the just-concluded World Cup in Changwon, Korea.
- Question 9: Cabinet approves the continuation of Umbrella Scheme Green Revolution....?
Explanation:The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, today approved the continuation of Umbrella Scheme Green Revolution - Krishonnati Yojana in Agriculture Sector.
Briefing media after Cabinet meeting in New Delhi, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, this has been done beyond 12th five-year plan for the period of 2017-18 to 2019-20.