18 May, 2018
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  • Question 1: International Bio-diversity Day is observed on...?
  • Explanation:International Bio-diversity Day and day is observed on 22nd May every year to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme this year is - Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity. It marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity and to highlight progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels.
  • Question 2: Where is Biratnagar Camp Office?
  • Explanation: India today said, the purpose of the Biratnagar Camp Office of the Embassy of India in Nepal opened in 2008 to deal with the situation arising out of devastating Kosi floods, has been fulfilled.
  • Question 3: Where is Balasore?
  • Explanation:India today successfully test- fired BrahMos, supersonic cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range in Balasore, Odisha as part of service life extension programme. The life extension test firing of BrahMos was conducted from a Static Inclined Launcher, proving the efficacy and longevity of the system. Defence Ministry in a release said, the precision strike missile flew in its designated trajectory and the key components functioned perfectly.
  • Question 4: Name the NITI Aayog vice-chairman?
  • Explanation: NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar today exuded confidence that Indian economy will achieve 9 per cent growth rate on sustained basis by 2022 on the back of reforms like GST, demonetisation and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).
  • Question 5: ___ committee has been set up to recommend a framework for applications of AI in defence forces?
  • Explanation:Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the government is serious about introducing applications of artificial intelligence (AI) for defense forces. She also called for building adequate infrastructure for its use. In February, the government had set up a high-powered task force headed by Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran to recommend a framework for applications of AI in defense forces.
  • Question 6: PM Modi held his first informal summit with Mr Putin in..?
  • Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home this morning after a successful visit to Russia. In a special gesture, Russian President Vladimir Putin personally bid farewell to the Prime Minister at the airport at the conclusion of Mr Modi's day-long visit to Russia. During his short visit, Mr Modi held his first informal summit with Mr Putin in Sochi yesterday.
  • Question 7: ___will provide pension to 16 lakh senior citizens?
  • Explanation:The Assam government will provide pension to 16 lakh senior citizens of the state. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the Panchayat and Rural Development department to take necessary step in this direction in a bid to empower the senior citizens.
  • Question 8: ___ is on high alert over Nipah virus outbreak?
  • Explanation:Kerala continues to be under high alert due to the outbreak of Nipah virus. Two more people lost their lives in Kozhikode district of Kerala. State Health Minister K K Sahailaja said that 12 people who are presently under treatment in Kozhikode are confirmed to be infected by the Nipah virus, out of which two are in critical condition. Meanwhile the reason of two death in Malappuram district last week is ascertained to be Nipah virus contamination.
  • Question 9: As per Fitch India's growth to accelerate to ___ in next fiscal?
  • Explanation: Credit rating agency Fitch has said that India's economic growth will accelerate to seven point three per cent in the current financial year and seven point five per cent in the next fiscal. In its second-quarter Sovereign Credit Overview for Asia Pacific region, Fitch said the growth rate will accelerate as money supply has recovered to its pre-demonetisation level and disruptions related to the rollout of GST have diminished.
  • Question 10: Prajnesh Gunnesweran is related with..?
  • Explanation:India's Prajnesh Gunnesweran has entered the second round of men's singles at the French Open Qualifiers. In the opening round in Paris yesterday Gunnesweran defeated Italian Salvatore Caruso in straight sets 6-4 6-4.
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