03 Mar, 2018
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  • Question 1: First Khelo India School Games have been launched in...?
  • Explanation: Launching the first Khelo India School Games in New Delhi this evening, Mr Modi said, India does not lack sporting talent and the youthful nation can do even better.
  • Question 2: ___ has allowed some 7000 Syrians to stay for another 18 months under protected status ?
  • Explanation:The United States has said, it would allow some 7,000 Syrians to remain in the US for at least another 18 months under protected status as civil war rages in their native country. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that after carefully considering conditions on the ground, the US has determined that it is necessary to extend the Temporary Protected Status designation for Syria.
  • Question 3: Hohos are tribes from..?
  • Explanation: It may be mentioned that the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organizations had resolved to impose a statewide total bandh, if the Election Commission of India issued notification for Assembly elections in Nagaland.
  • Question 4: Govt will contribute ___ of the wages of the employees for all sectors for next three years?
  • Explanation:For Creating job opportunities and facilitating generation of employment, the budget has come up with several measures. It will contribute 12 percent of the wages of the new employees in the EPF for all the sectors for next three years. Women employees contribution in EPF reduced to 8 percent for first three years of their employment against existing rate of 12 percent or 10 percent with no change in employer’s contribution.
  • Question 5: The six day Bharat Parv event just ended in...?
  • Explanation:The six day Bharat Parv event came to an end today. The Parv was organized by the Ministry of Tourism at the Red Fort in Delhi. People in large number visited the Bharat Parv to celebrate the diverse and fascinating culture, cuisine and handicrafts.
  • Question 6: Gov. plans to double farmers' income by ___ ?
  • Explanation: Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh said, India’s per capita power consumption of 1,200 units is likely to go up by three to four times by 2030 as it aspires to become a developed country with GDP growth rate averaging 8.5 percent and the country is also committed to environmental protection.
  • Question 7: H S Prannoy is related with..?
  • Explanation: In the India Open Super 500 tournament, which began in New Delhi today, H S Prannoy lost in the opening round even as the compatriots Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu entered the second round. Prannoy looked uncomfortable as he took the court against compatriot Shreyansh Jaiswal despite developing foot corns and handed over the match to his younger colleague 4-21, 6-21.
  • Question 8: India has been ranked in the list of wealthiest countries ?
  • Explanation:India has been ranked sixth in the list of wealthiest countries with total wealth of 8,230 billion US dollars, while the United States topped the chart. According to a report by New World Wealth, India was the best performing wealth market globally in 2017 as its total wealth swelled from 6,584 billion dollars in 2016 to 8,230 billion dollars in 2017, registering a 25 per cent growth.
  • Question 9: AS per the latest Economic Survey GDP growth projection is __ in 2018-19?
  • Explanation:Leading trade and industry bodies have welcomed the GDP growth projection of 7 to 7(point)5 per cent in 2018-19 laid out in the Economic Survey. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tabled the Survey in Parliament.
  • Question 10: Kamala Mills fire tragedy is related with...?
  • Explanation:The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has suspended five of its officials in connection with the fire in a Central Mumbai pub that claimed 14 lives.
  • Question 11: Presence of foreign bank ATMs in India have declined by __ per cent over the last three years ?
  • Explanation: There are as many as 45 foreign banks in India, including Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, Bank of America, Barclays Bank, HSBC, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, DBS Bank, Credit Suisse AG, BNP Paribas, Doha Bank and Qatar National Bank among others.
  • Question 12: Commonwealth Games 2018 will be held in...?
  • Explanation:Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik has been named in the Indian women's wrestling team for next year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, after a selection trail held in Lucknow.
  • Question 13: Shiv Kapur is related with..?
  • Explanation:Indian golfer Shiv Kapur won the Royal Cup at Pattaya,, which is his third Asian Tour title of 2017. The 35-year-old, who had just one win in almost 11 years till April this year, has now won three times in last eight months.
  • Question 14: ___ will publish the first draft of the National Register of Citizens?
  • Explanation:The draft list will be available on various websites and citizens could also find their names through SMS service midnight tonight as well as from nearby NRC Seva Kendra .
  • Question 15: On 26th January, 2018 leaders of __ ASEAN countries coming to India as chief guests?
  • Explanation:2018 Republic Day on 26th January this time will be celebrated with leaders of all ten ASEAN countries coming to India as chief guests.
  • Question 16: In IBBI, what is the meaning of 2nd B?
  • Explanation:Allahabad Bank has entered into an agreement with state-run National e-Governance Services Limited (NeSL) for utilizing the latter’s Information Utility Services envisaged under the Insolvency and bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) Code, 2016.
  • Question 17: Vikas Samiksha Yatra is related with...?
  • Explanation:Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has laid foundation stones for more than 100 projects worth Rs 700 crore in Nalanda district as part of his state-wide Vikas Samiksha Yatra.
  • Question 18: ___ has got Rs. 2,257 crore from the government?
  • Explanation:State-run Bank of India has received capital infusion of Rs. 2,257 crore from the government. The bank has received infusion of Rs. 2,257 crore from the Government of India, in the form of Common Equity Tier-1 Capital, which is being kept as Share Application money and would be alloted after due procedure/ conditions for allotment.
  • Question 19: Allahabad Bank raises Rs ___ crore in debt to comply with Basel III norms?
  • Explanation:State-owned Allahabad Bank on Friday said it has raised Rs 500 crore to comply with the global banking standards under Basel III. The bank had earlier in May informed about getting board approval to raise additional tier I capital worth Rs 2,000 crore through a private placement in one or more tranches within this financial year.
  • Question 20: Parliament passes NABARD (Amendment) Bill, 2017, seek to amend the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act...?
  • Explanation:Parliament has passed the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017 with the Rajya Sabha approving it on Tuesday. The Bill seeks to amend the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act, 1981. The Bill allows the central government to increase the authorised capital of the Bank from Rs. 5,000 crore to Rs. 30,000 crore.
  • Question 21: Govt has exempted cruise tourists with e-visa from biometric enrolment till ...?
  • Explanation: Union Cabinet had recently approved a proposal that government will bear the merchant discount rate (MDR) charges on transactions up to Rs 2,000 made through debit cards, BHIM UPI or Aadhaar-enabled payment systems to promote digital transactions.
  • Question 22: No Charges on Debit Card Transactions up to Rs ___ ?
  • Explanation:Customers will not have to pay any transaction charges for payments through debit card, BHIM app and other payment made for up to Rs 2,000.
  • Question 23: Whistle language commonly called - bird language - is the language from ...?
  • Explanation:The unusual and very efficient whistle language commonly called - bird language - used as a means of communication by villagers in remote northern Turkey entered the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. UNESCO has accepted the "bird language" of Black Sea villagers as an endangered part of world heritage in need of urgent protection.
  • Question 24: Recently, ___ Countries have entered UN Security Council ?
  • Explanation:Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to make a difference.
  • Question 25: ___ is hosting 171st Araadhanai Music Festival?
  • Explanation:The main function of the festival is the choral singing of Thyagaraja’s five kritis in Ghana ragas.
  • Question 26: GAIL has Commissions India's Second-Largest Rooftop Solar Plant in ___ ?
  • Explanation:State-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd has commissioned the country's second-largest rooftop solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh
  • Question 27: Where is Zojila Tunnel ?
  • Explanation:
  • Question 28: The Constitution Amendment bill ____ seeks to create a new commission with constitutional status for the OBCs at par with the National Commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  • Explanation: The Lok Sabha today took up discussion on the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 for consideration and passing. In the last session, the Rajya Sabha had made certain amendments in the bill. The Constitution Amendment bill seeks to create a new commission with constitutional status for the OBCs at par with the National Commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  • Question 29: ___ Bank has partnered with Rajasthan Govt. to Promote Startup Culture ?
  • Explanation:Under this partnership, HDFC Bank will team up with the state government to provide end-to-end solutions like current accounts, credit cards and other solutions to startups under its SmartUp programme
  • Question 30: A very powerful storm ___ recently affected western Europe?
  • Explanation: Three people have died and tens of thousands have been left without power as Storm Eleanor sweeps across western Europe. At least 29,000 homes were without electricity in France yesterday as a result of the bad weather.
  • Question 31: __ govt has formed an education board for non-English medium schools?
  • Explanation: The Maharashtra government has decided to form an education board for non-English medium schools. Speaking at a function in Sindhudurg district, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that the government has decided to form an international education board to prepare syllabus for non-English medium schools.
  • Question 32: Who is Don Pramudwinai?
  • Explanation: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai in Bangkok last evening and discussed a range of issues. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet that the two leaders discussed issues of connectivity, security and cultural co-operation to keep up with the growing momentum of bilateral ties.
  • Question 33: Recently, Cabinet has approved the Agreement between India and ___ on Land Border Crossing?
  • Explanation:It will also facilitate movement of people on the basis of valid passports and visas which will enhance economic and social interaction between the two countries.
  • Question 34: Recently, MoU between India and __ on Cooperation in Oil and Gas Sector has been approved?
  • Explanation:The cooperation envisaged under the agreement will facilitate promotion of investments in each other’s countries, technology transfer, R&D, conducting joint studies, capacity building of human resources and collaboration in the area of Start-ups.
  • Question 35: The Reserve Bank of India has initiated'prompt corrective action against __ over its high bad loans?
  • Explanation:High net non-performing assets (NPA) and a negative return on assets (ROA) for two years in a row have prompted the action. The action would help improve its risk management, asset quality and profits.
  • Question 36: NABARD has Sanctioned Rs 372.51 crore to ___?
  • Explanation:NABARD has sanctioned Rs 372.51 crore loan assistance under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) to Odisha towards irrigation and rural bridge projects for the last quarter of this fiscal.
  • Question 37: ___ has Introduced Desktop ATMs in Rural India?
  • Explanation:The Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank (APGVB) has operationalized its first desktop ATM in Telangana. The mini-ATM within the branch premises will facilitate customers to withdraw small amounts.
  • Question 38: __ has been appointed as the new Deputy National Security Adviser?
  • Explanation: Rajinder Khanna was appointed the deputy National Security Adviser (NSA). He was the former chief of the country’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
  • Question 39: ___ has been appointed as the Secretary (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry?
  • Explanation: According to the order issued by the personnel ministry, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post, in place of Vijay Keshav Gokhale, who was recently named as the Foreign Secretary.
  • Question 40: The Indian economy will expand by ___ in 2017-18, according to the new data of the government’s Central Statistics Office ?
  • Explanation:The economy had grown by 6.3% in the September quarter, after slumping to a three-year low of 5.7% GDP growth in the June quarter as the implementation of goods and services tax (GST) and demonetisation took their toll. The Indian economy grew at 7.1% in 2016-17.
  • Question 41: ___ has shown country’s Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education?
  • Explanation:The country’s Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education has registered an increase from 24.5% in 2015-16 to 25.2% in 2016-17, according to the All India Higher Education Survey (AIHES) launched by Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar.
  • Question 42: ___ will host 3rd Edition of Science Film Festival?
  • Explanation:Goa will be hosting the third edition of the Science Film Festival of India in January 2018. The festival, titled SCI-FFI Goa, is being organised by the state-based Vidnyan Parishad, Goa Department of Science and Technology.
  • Question 43: India has excluded ___ from a SAARC Initiative
  • Explanation:India has excluded Pakistan from the list of SAARC member countries with which it will be connecting its state-of-the-art National Knowledge Network (NKN) for sharing scientific databases and remote access to advanced research facilities.
  • Question 44: The world's biggest cleanliness survey - Swachh Sarvekshan Survey 2018 - has been launched in India by PM Narendra Modi. It will be conducted from the 4th of January to ...?
  • Explanation:The cleanliness survey was launched in 2016 as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The main objective of Swachh Survekshan is to encourage large-scale citizen participation and create awareness towards making towns and cities a cleaner and better place to live in.
  • Question 45: Aayakar Setu is a scheme by...?
  • Explanation: Income Tax Department has launched an on-line chat service on its national website www.incometaxindia.gov.in. This is aimed at facilitating the taxpayers resolve their queries. The facility is available on all working days from Monday to Friday between 10 AM and 6 PM. The module can also be accessed through a mobile application called ‘AayakarSetu’ on Android phone.
  • Question 46: ___ has highest contributing in Atal Pension Yojana
  • Explanation: The PFRDA said in a statement that the subscribers' base under the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has reached more than 80 lakhs and growing at a good pace. Uttar Pradesh is the highest contributing state at 11.41 lakh APY subscribers, followed by Bihar and Tamil Nadu. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India (PFRDA) run Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has reached a subscriber base of 80 lakh.
  • Question 47: As per ___ report 57% Indian doctors are not qualified?
  • Explanation: The government has termed as erroneous a World Health Organisation (WHO) report which claimed that 57 per cent of allopathic doctors in India do not have medical qualification.
  • Question 48: __ will host city contract for 39th National Games in 2022?
  • Explanation: The tripartite contract was signed between the IOA, the Meghalaya State Olympic Association and the state government. Meghalaya had successfully co-hosted the South Asian Games in 2017.
  • Question 49: Parliament passes NABARD (Amendment) Bill, 2017, seek to amend the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act...?
  • Explanation:Parliament has passed the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017 with the Rajya Sabha approving it on Tuesday. The Bill seeks to amend the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act, 1981. The Bill allows the central government to increase the authorised capital of the Bank from Rs. 5,000 crore to Rs. 30,000 crore.
  • Question 50: Saksham Yadav was related with...?
  • Explanation:Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav has died of his injuries after road accident near Delhi.
  • Question 51: No Charges on Debit Card Transactions up to Rs ___ ?
  • Explanation:Customers will not have to pay any transaction charges for payments through debit card, BHIM app and other payment made for up to Rs 2,000.
  • Question 52: Whistle language commonly called - bird language - is the language from ...?
  • Explanation:The unusual and very efficient whistle language commonly called - bird language - used as a means of communication by villagers in remote northern Turkey entered the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. UNESCO has accepted the "bird language" of Black Sea villagers as an endangered part of world heritage in need of urgent protection.
  • Question 53: Recently, ___ Countries have entered UN Security Council ?
  • Explanation:Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to make a difference.
  • Question 54: ___ is hosting 171st Araadhanai Music Festival?
  • Explanation:The main function of the festival is the choral singing of Thyagaraja’s five kritis in Ghana ragas.
  • Question 55: GAIL has Commissions India's Second-Largest Rooftop Solar Plant in ___ ?
  • Explanation:State-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd has commissioned the country's second-largest rooftop solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh
  • Question 56: Where is Zojila Tunnel ?
  • Explanation:
  • Question 57: The Constitution Amendment bill ____ seeks to create a new commission with constitutional status for the OBCs at par with the National Commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  • Explanation: The Lok Sabha today took up discussion on the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 for consideration and passing. In the last session, the Rajya Sabha had made certain amendments in the bill. The Constitution Amendment bill seeks to create a new commission with constitutional status for the OBCs at par with the National Commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  • Question 58: ___ Bank has partnered with Rajasthan Govt. to Promote Startup Culture ?
  • Explanation:Under this partnership, HDFC Bank will team up with the state government to provide end-to-end solutions like current accounts, credit cards and other solutions to startups under its SmartUp programme
  • Question 59: A very powerful storm ___ recently affected western Europe?
  • Explanation: Three people have died and tens of thousands have been left without power as Storm Eleanor sweeps across western Europe. At least 29,000 homes were without electricity in France yesterday as a result of the bad weather.
  • Question 60: __ govt has formed an education board for non-English medium schools?
  • Explanation: The Maharashtra government has decided to form an education board for non-English medium schools. Speaking at a function in Sindhudurg district, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that the government has decided to form an international education board to prepare syllabus for non-English medium schools.
  • Question 61: Who is Don Pramudwinai?
  • Explanation: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai in Bangkok last evening and discussed a range of issues. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet that the two leaders discussed issues of connectivity, security and cultural co-operation to keep up with the growing momentum of bilateral ties.
  • Question 62: Recently, Cabinet has approved the Agreement between India and ___ on Land Border Crossing?
  • Explanation:It will also facilitate movement of people on the basis of valid passports and visas which will enhance economic and social interaction between the two countries.
  • Question 63: Recently, MoU between India and __ on Cooperation in Oil and Gas Sector has been approved?
  • Explanation:The cooperation envisaged under the agreement will facilitate promotion of investments in each other’s countries, technology transfer, R&D, conducting joint studies, capacity building of human resources and collaboration in the area of Start-ups.
  • Question 64: The Reserve Bank of India has initiated'prompt corrective action against __ over its high bad loans?
  • Explanation:High net non-performing assets (NPA) and a negative return on assets (ROA) for two years in a row have prompted the action. The action would help improve its risk management, asset quality and profits.
  • Question 65: NABARD has Sanctioned Rs 372.51 crore to ___?
  • Explanation:NABARD has sanctioned Rs 372.51 crore loan assistance under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) to Odisha towards irrigation and rural bridge projects for the last quarter of this fiscal.
  • Question 66: ___ has Introduced Desktop ATMs in Rural India?
  • Explanation:The Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank (APGVB) has operationalized its first desktop ATM in Telangana. The mini-ATM within the branch premises will facilitate customers to withdraw small amounts.
  • Question 67: __ has been appointed as the new Deputy National Security Adviser?
  • Explanation: Rajinder Khanna was appointed the deputy National Security Adviser (NSA). He was the former chief of the country’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
  • Question 68: ___ is hosting 1st PIO Parliamentary Conference?
  • Explanation:PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the first Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentary Conference in Delhi on the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The day is celebrated every year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community in the development of India.
  • Question 69: Paytm Payments Bank has tied up with ___ for FD Facility?
  • Explanation:Paytm Payments Bank has partnered Induslnd Bank to introduce a facility to create a fixed deposit (FD) when the customer balance exceeds Rs. 1 lakh at the end of the day. Paytm Payments Bank customers can redeem their deposits instantly, anytime without paying any pre-closure or miscellaneous charges and can earn up to 6.85 percent annual interest.
  • Question 70: ___ has become the 1st Country to Legalise Equal Pay?
  • Explanation:Iceland has become the first country in the world to legalize equal pay between men and women. In Iceland now it will be illegal to pay men more than women for the work. Under the new rules, companies and government agencies employing at least 25 people will have to obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies.
  • Question 71: Name the 1st WTO Director-General ?
  • Explanation: Peter Sutherland, the first Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has passed away in Dublin, Ireland. He was 71.
  • Question 72: ___ has topped logistics index chart 2017?
  • Explanation:Gujarat has topped the logistics index chart, according to a Report released by Union Minister for Commerce & Industry Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi. The chart is an indicator of the efficiency of logistical services necessary for promoting exports in particular and economic growth in general.
  • Question 73: __ is hosting 11th Red Panda Winter Carnival?
  • Explanation:Music composer A R Rahman became the brand ambassador of Sikkim. The declaration was made by Sikkim CM Pawan Kumar Chamling. Chamling felicitated the legendary music composer during an inauguration of the 11-day Sikkim Red Panda Winter Carnival at Palzor Stadium in Gangtok.
  • Question 74: World’s Largest Ice Festival recently held in ....?
  • Explanation:World’s largest Ice Festival 'International Ice and Snow Festival' was held in Harbin, China. This is one of China’s coldest cities in the winter. It is the 34th annual Ice Festival in Harbin, north-east China.
  • Question 75: Complete the full form of RDSO Research Designs and ___ Organisation?
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  • Question 76: What is the name of India’s 1st Multi-Petaflop Supercomputer ___ ?
  • Explanation:Union Minister of Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicated India’s fastest and first multi-petaflops supercomputer named - Pratyush - to the nation in Pune. It is established at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.
  • Question 77: ___ has been named as the best central bank governor in Asia-Pacific for 2018 by the UK-based magazine?
  • Explanation:The managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Ravi Menon, has been named the best central bank governor in Asia-Pacific for 2018 by UK-based magazine, The Banker.
  • Question 78: ___ is hosting three day International Dharma Dhamma conference?
  • Explanation: President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated three day International Dharma- Dhamma conference this afternoon in RAJGIR in Bihar. The conference is on State and Social Order in Dharma -Dhamma Traditions.This conference has been jointly organised by India Foundation, Nalanda University, Ministry of External Affairs, Asean India and Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha.
  • Question 79: Railways launched __ App for freight managers?
  • Explanation:In a major digital initiative to help plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations, Railways have launched Smart Freight Operation Optimisation and Real Time Information, SFOORTI, App for freight managers. The App provides features for monitoring and managing freight business using Geographic Information System, GIS, Views and Dashboard. With this application both passenger and freight trains can be tracked over Zones, Divisions and Sections in single GIS View.
  • Question 80: Name the PM of Israel?
  • Explanation: Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu will be on a six day visit to India from 14th of this month. He will arrive in New Delhi along with a business delegation. Benjamin Netanyahu will attend the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi besides meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Question 81: Nepal will receive internet bandwidth from ...other than India ?
  • Explanation:Nepal will receive internet bandwidth from China from tomorrow, ending the Himalayan nation's sole dependence on India for connecting to the cyberspace. State-owned telecom company Nepal Telecom (NT) said that all the groundwork has been completed to formally connect Nepal with Chinese bandwidth.
  • Question 82: Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least ___ million years.
  • Explanation: The find pushes back the date for the origins of the Lepidoptera, one of the most prized and studied insect groups. Researchers say they can learn more about the conservation of butterflies and moths by studying their early evolution.
  • Question 83: Spain has surpassed the United States to become the world's second most visited country after ___? .
  • Explanation: Spain last year surpassed the United States to become the world's second most visited country after France. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaking during a visit to Italy said that 82 million people visited in 2017, a nine percent increase over the previous year.
  • Question 84: Bhima-Koregaon clashes has related with..?
  • Explanation: On January 1st, a youth was killed allegedly during the violence that erupted in Koregaon Bhima village in Pune district.
  • Question 85: Recently, Cyclone Ockhi hit __?
  • Explanation: The Kerala Government today decided to constitute a monitoring committee to ensure disbursal of financial assistance to families of Cyclone Ockhi victims in a time bound manner. The decision in this regard was taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
  • Question 86: ___ has rolled out e-Raktkosh web portal in all 45 government blood banks?
  • Explanation:Punjab has rolled out e-Raktkosh web portal in all the 45 government blood banks. The web portal provides the guidelines and streamlines the workflow of blood blanks and storage centres across the nation and interconnects all blood banks with a single network.
  • Question 87: ___ has become the First State to Launch High-Risk Pregnancy Portal?
  • Explanation:This portal not only helps in early identification of high-risk pregnant cases up to the grass-roots level but also ensures their timely referral to the civil hospitals for further management and delivery by specialists.
  • Question 88: India’s Second FTII will be Set up in ___?
  • Explanation:Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh announced that Arunachal Pradesh would get its first Film and Television Institute, being set up by the Union Government. The first Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) was set up in Pune.
  • Question 89: The Reserve Bank of India has announced to issue Rs10 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, the size of banknote will be ___?
  • Explanation:The new denomination has the motif of Sun Temple, Konark on the reverse, depicting the country's cultural heritage.
  • Question 90: Philippe Coutinho is related with...?
  • Explanation: Team Liverpool sold Brazilian football player Philippe Coutinho to Team Barcelona for 160 million Euros ($192 million). With this, transfer of Philippe Coutinho has become the 2nd Most Expensive transfer in World Soccer History.
  • Question 91: ___ has won the inaugural Tata Open Maharashtra Tennis cup?.
  • Explanation: Gilles Simon of France has lifted the inaugural Tata Open Maharashtra Tennis trophy.
  • Question 92: John Young who died recently was a famous..?
  • Explanation:Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the Moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died at 87. Young was the only agency astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs and the first to fly into space six times. He was the ninth man to walk on the Moon.
  • Question 93: In the financial year 2016-17, total FDI of ___ billion dollars, which is an all-time high?
  • Explanation: During the year 2014-15, total FDI inflows received were 45.15 billion dollars as against 36.05 billion in 2013-14. During 2015-16, country received total FDI of 55.46 billion. In the financial year 2016-17, total FDI of 60.08 billion dollars, which is an all-time high.
  • Question 94: Under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme, annual allocation of __ crore rupees is provided?
  • Explanation: Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval to continuation of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme, MPLADS, till the term of the 14th Finance Commission which is 31st March 2020. The scheme will entail an annual allocation of 3,950 crore rupees. The MPLADS funds are released to the nodal District Authorities on receipt of requisite documents and as per provisions of Guidelines on MPLADS.
  • Question 95: Where is Matunga suburban station?
  • Explanation:The Matunga suburban station on the Central Railway of Mumbai division has figured in the Limca Book of Records 2018 for having an all-woman staff. The achievement comes six months after Matunga became the first railway station in the country to be run by an all-woman staff.
  • Question 96: Which state is hosting Five-day Ice Hockey Tournament 2018?
  • Explanation:In Kargil, the five-day Ice Hockey Tournament 2018 concluded today at Goshan International Ice Hockey Rink Goshan Drass. The Cup was lifted by Goshan-A by a margin of two goals defeating Himalayan B.
  • Question 97: ___ has for the first time allowed women to spectate a football match?
  • Explanation: Saudi Arabia has for the first time allowed women to spectate a football match, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country. Women fans filled into a stadium in the city of Jeddah yesterday.
  • Question 98: ___ has distributed more than 27,000 appointment letters to youths at Skill Summit ?
  • Explanation: The event was organized in collaboration with various private companies on the occasion of Youth Day. The state government also announced that five lakh rupees compensation will be given to the next kin of those who die in foreign countries.
  • Question 99: ___ has asked Centre's help for relief to Myanmarese
  • Explanation: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has said that his government was making efforts to ensure that all refugees from Myanmar returned to their country. The Myanmarese people had crossed over to Mizoram in November last year, following clashes between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army militants in the Chin state of that country.
  • Question 100: Who is Mizoram Chief Minister?
  • Explanation: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla today said that his government was making efforts to ensure that all refugees from Myanmar returned to their country. The Myanmarese people had crossed over to Mizoram in November last year, following clashes between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army militants in the Chin state of that country.
  • Question 101: yed Mushtaq Ali is related with...?
  • Explanation: In the on-going Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 League, Gujarat defeated Saurashtra by 8 wickets in the West Zone opener at the SCA Stadium in Rajkot today. In the Central Zone match in Raipur, Rajasthan defeated Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha by six wickets.
  • Question 102: ___ is hosting Blind Cricket World Cup 2018?
  • Explanation: Defending champions India beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the Blind Cricket World Cup in Dubai yesterday. Sent into bat, Pakistan notched up 282 for eight wickets in the stipulated 40 overs.
  • Question 103: Yuki Bhambri is related with...?
  • Explanation: India's Yuki Bhambri outclassed Spaniard Carlos Taberner to reach the third and final qualifying round of the Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne.
  • Question 104: India has topped the domestic air traffic demand at ___ in November?
  • Explanation: Global aviation body the International Air Transport Association has said that India's domestic air passenger traffic grew by 16.4 per cent in November last year, topping the growth chart worldwide. The IATA, comprising major air carriers, said India continued to witness double-digit growth for the 39th consecutive month.
  • Question 105: Army Day is observed on...?
  • Explanation:The 70th Army Day is being celebrated on 15th January 2018. The day is celebrated to pay homage and salute to the courageous and brave Indian soldiers who have been sacrificing their lives for protecting the country.
  • Question 106: How many members are there is in UN ?
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  • Question 107: The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked India at ___ position on a global manufacturing index?
  • Explanation:The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked India at 30th position on a global manufacturing index - below China’s 5th place but above other BRICS peers, Brazil, Russia and South Africa.
  • Question 108: Johnson & Johnson has partned with ___ on Health Interventions?
  • Explanation:Maharashtra’s mine workers who face an increased risk of tuberculosis will be part of awareness programmes on the illness, as part of a partnership that the Maharashtra Government recently formalized with Johnson & Johnson. Other interventions under the ambit of the agreement include hospital-acquired infections and maternal and infant mortality.
  • Question 109: Charu Rohatgi was a famous...?
  • Explanation:TV actress Charu Rohatgi, known for her roles in serials like - Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon - and - Uttaran - passed away.
  • Question 110: Where is Barmer refinery
  • Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Rajasthan to inaugurate the commencement of work of oil refinery at Pachpadra in Barmer district of Rajasthan. It will be first oil refinery in the state.
  • Question 111: UIDAI to enable face authentication in fusion mode on registered devices by 1st ...?
  • Explanation: Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has decided to include face recognition alongside iris or fingerprint scan as a means of verifying Aadhaar users. It will help those who face difficulties in biometric authentication due to old age, hardwork or worn-out fingerprints. In a statement, UIDAI said, the face authentication will start from 1st of July this year.
  • Question 112: Where is Mount Mayon?
  • Explanation: In the Philippine, authorities have raised the alert level over Mount Mayon, an active volcano known for its deadly eruptions. The volcano began spewing ash and rocks over the weekend and today morning magma could be seen in its crater. Thousands of villagers living nearby have been evacuated from their homes.
  • Question 113: ___ is hosting Winter Olympics 2018?
  • Explanation: North and South Korea held further talked on the North's plan to attend the Winter Olympics Games. Last week North Korea agreed to send a delegation to the Games in the South, easing months of tensions between the neighbours.
  • Question 114: 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup final will be held in..?
  • Explanation:Defending champions India will take on arch rivals Pakistan in the title clash of the Blind Cricket World Cup. The match will be played on Saturday at Sharjah. In the semi-final at Ajman in the United Arab Emirates today, a dominant India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets.
  • Question 115: ___ has rolled out e-Raktkosh web portal in all 45 government blood banks?
  • Explanation:Punjab has rolled out e-Raktkosh web portal in all the 45 government blood banks. The web portal provides the guidelines and streamlines the workflow of blood blanks and storage centres across the nation and interconnects all blood banks with a single network.
  • Question 116: Recently, Cyclone Ockhi hit __?
  • Explanation: The Kerala Government today decided to constitute a monitoring committee to ensure disbursal of financial assistance to families of Cyclone Ockhi victims in a time bound manner. The decision in this regard was taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
  • Question 117: Bhima-Koregaon clashes has related with..?
  • Explanation: On January 1st, a youth was killed allegedly during the violence that erupted in Koregaon Bhima village in Pune district.
  • Question 118: Spain has surpassed the United States to become the world's second most visited country after ___? .
  • Explanation: Spain last year surpassed the United States to become the world's second most visited country after France. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaking during a visit to Italy said that 82 million people visited in 2017, a nine percent increase over the previous year.
  • Question 119: ___ hosts Australian Open Tennis
  • Explanation:The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia
  • Question 120: Nepal will receive internet bandwidth from ...other than India ?
  • Explanation:Nepal will receive internet bandwidth from China from tomorrow, ending the Himalayan nation's sole dependence on India for connecting to the cyberspace. State-owned telecom company Nepal Telecom (NT) said that all the groundwork has been completed to formally connect Nepal with Chinese bandwidth.
  • Question 121: Name the PM of Israel?
  • Explanation: Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu will be on a six day visit to India from 14th of this month. He will arrive in New Delhi along with a business delegation. Benjamin Netanyahu will attend the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi besides meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Question 122: India's IT services firm __ has signed a deal worth over 690 million dollars with M&G Prudential?
  • Explanation:India's largest IT services firm, Tata Consultancy Services has signed a deal worth over 690 million dollars with M&G Prudential, savings and investments business of Prudential plc. in the UK and Europe.
  • Question 123: The Centre has sanctioned projects over ___ crore rupees in the North East for better network connectivity?
  • Explanation:The Centre has sanctioned projects over 10,000 crore rupees in the North East for better network connectivity. Talking to reporters in Guwahati, Telecommunication Minister Manoj Sinha said, most of the projects will be completed this year. He said, 2 MoUs have been signed to cover the uncovered areas in the North East including Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Question 124: Narayana Sadashiv Pharande, who passed away recently, was a...?
  • Explanation:Prof. Narayana Sadashiv Pharande (78), the senior BJP leader and former Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC), has passed away in Pune, Maharashtra.
  • Question 125: The Indian economy will expand by ___ in 2017-18, according to the new data of the government’s Central Statistics Office ?
  • Explanation:The economy had grown by 6.3% in the September quarter, after slumping to a three-year low of 5.7% GDP growth in the June quarter as the implementation of goods and services tax (GST) and demonetisation took their toll. The Indian economy grew at 7.1% in 2016-17.
  • Question 126: ___ has shown country’s Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education?
  • Explanation:The country’s Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education has registered an increase from 24.5% in 2015-16 to 25.2% in 2016-17, according to the All India Higher Education Survey (AIHES) launched by Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar.
  • Question 127: ___ is hosting Indo-US joint military exercise Vajra Prahar 2018 ?
  • Explanation:Goa will be hosting the third edition of the Science Film Festival of India in January 2018. The festival, titled SCI-FFI Goa, is being organised by the state-based Vidnyan Parishad, Goa Department of Science and Technology.
  • Question 128: India has excluded ___ from a SAARC Initiative
  • Explanation:India has excluded Pakistan from the list of SAARC member countries with which it will be connecting its state-of-the-art National Knowledge Network (NKN) for sharing scientific databases and remote access to advanced research facilities.
  • Question 129: __ has been named advocacy ambassador for Swachh Aadat Swachh Bharat initiative?
  • Explanation:Actress Kajol has become an advocacy ambassador for Hindustan Unilever’s Swachh Aadat Swachh Bharat haath muh bum initiative. She is an active supporter of eradicating preventable deaths from hygiene-related issues.
  • Question 130: India has recently signed a pact on illegal migrants’ return with ...?
  • Explanation:India and the United Kingdom (UK) have recently signed two agreements on return of Indians, who are living in Britain as illegal migrants and sharing criminal records and intelligence. The development comes close on heels of India seeking UK’s help in early extradition of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya from Britain to face the law at home in connection with cases of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs. 9,000 crores.
  • Question 131: ___ has highest contributing in Atal Pension Yojana
  • Explanation: The PFRDA said in a statement that the subscribers' base under the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has reached more than 80 lakhs and growing at a good pace. Uttar Pradesh is the highest contributing state at 11.41 lakh APY subscribers, followed by Bihar and Tamil Nadu. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India (PFRDA) run Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has reached a subscriber base of 80 lakh.
  • Question 132: As per ___ report 57% Indian doctors are not qualified?
  • Explanation: The government has termed as erroneous a World Health Organisation (WHO) report which claimed that 57 per cent of allopathic doctors in India do not have medical qualification.
  • Question 133: Where is Holkar Cricket Stadium?
  • Explanation:The first-day image captured by India's recently launched weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite shows a part of Indore city in Madhya Pradesh with the Holkar Cricket Stadium in the centre.
  • Question 134: Where is Davos?
  • Explanation:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Davos, Switzerland to attend the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Under the theme “Creating a shared future in a Fractured World”, the Meeting aims to set an agenda to address political, economic and Social challenges of recent times.
  • Question 135: Presence of foreign bank ATMs in India have declined by __ per cent over the last three years ?
  • Explanation: There are as many as 45 foreign banks in India, including Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, Bank of America, Barclays Bank, HSBC, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, DBS Bank, Credit Suisse AG, BNP Paribas, Doha Bank and Qatar National Bank among others.
  • Question 136: ___ has launched Balasaheb Thackeray Shaheed Sanmaan scheme?
  • Explanation:The Maharashtra government on Saturday launched `Balasaheb Thackeray Shaheed Sanmaan' scheme, under which family members of martyrs would be provided jobs with the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC).
  • Question 137: ___ has prepared a proposal to shift from paper to online lottery
  • Explanation:Maharashtra government has prepared a proposal to shift from paper to online lottery in order to earn more revenue. Maharashtra principal secretary (planning) Vijay Kumar Gautam said the state government is studying the lottery model of Kerala, which earns a huge revenue through it
  • Question 138: ___ will publish the first draft of the National Register of Citizens?
  • Explanation:The draft list will be available on various websites and citizens could also find their names through SMS service midnight tonight as well as from nearby NRC Seva Kendra .
  • Question 139: CBI has registers 22 cases against ___ officials?
  • Explanation:The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered 22 cases against certain officials including Chief Managers of Punjab National Bank and others on a complaint from the Bank. The agency said, the bank in its complaint alleged that certain officials of the Bank fraudulently sanctioned and disbursed loans to private persons dealing in the business of coal during the period from 2011 to 2016.
  • Question 140: In IBBI, what is the meaning of 2nd B?
  • Explanation:Allahabad Bank has entered into an agreement with state-run National e-Governance Services Limited (NeSL) for utilizing the latter’s Information Utility Services envisaged under the Insolvency and bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) Code, 2016.
  • Question 141: Vikas Samiksha Yatra is related with...?
  • Explanation:Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has laid foundation stones for more than 100 projects worth Rs 700 crore in Nalanda district as part of his state-wide Vikas Samiksha Yatra.
  • Question 142: ___ has acquired 51 % share of Government in HPCL
  • Explanation:The government has entered into an agreement with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited for the strategic sale of its 51.11 per cent equity share-holding in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation limited for 36,915 crore rupees.
  • Question 143: ___ scientists have developed an ultra-thin electronic skin tattoos?
  • Explanation:Scientists in Germany have developed ultra thin electronic skin tattoos that can help control virtual and physical objects with mere hand gestures.The polymer foil having sensors is extremely thin and almost invisible. It sticks to the palm of the hand like a second skin.
  • Question 144: Davos is hosting __ World Economic Forum?
  • Explanation:At the summit, India will narrate its growth story to the world by showcasing path-breaking reforms that have been implemented in the last three and half years in the country.
  • Question 145: India’s first runway on - Sea Bridge - will come up in...?
  • Explanation:India’s first runway on - Sea Bridge - will come up in Lakshadweep because the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has recently got a green nod to extend Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport.
  • Question 146: ___ will host the Ministerial Meeting of International Energy Forum from 10th to 12th April 2018?
  • Explanation:India will host the Ministerial Meeting of International Energy Forum in New Delhi from 10th to 12th April this year. Speaking to media in New Delhi, Secretary General of IEF Dr Sun Xiansheng said, more than 60 Energy Ministers will participate in the event and it will be the largest global gathering of Energy Ministers. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will deliver the concluding address.
  • Question 147: Imperfect is the auto-biography?
  • Explanation:Sanjay Manjrekar, the former India batsman-turned-commentator, has launched his autobiography ‘Imperfect’ in Mumbai, Maharashtra on January 17, 2018. The book was released by Dilip Vengsarkar, Manjrekar’s first international captain. He has played 37 Test matches.
  • Question 148: __ is the winner of Sir Garfield Sober Trophy for Cricketer of the Year 2017?
  • Explanation:Indian captain Virat Kohli has been named the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year 2017. He also bagged the top honour for ODI players in the ICC annual awards at the 2017 ICC annual awards announced in Dubai on January 18, 2018.
  • Question 149: ___ district of Himachal Pradesh has also been included in Aakankshi Zila Yojna of the Union Government?
  • Explanation:Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh has also been included in Aakankshi Zila Yojna of the Union Government. Total 115 backward districts of India have been included in this scheme by the Union Govt. Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda launched this scheme today at Chamba.
  • Question 150: International Conference on dam safety is being held at.. ?
  • Explanation:India will host an International Conference on dam safety at Thiruvananthapuram tomorrow. The two-day conference will be jointly inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Ministry of Water Resources said in a statement on Monday that dam professionals, academicians, scientists, as well as industries will deliberate on the problems associated with the dam safety and share concepts and techniques to address the design and construction of new dams along with disaster mitigation measures for the existing dams.
  • Question 151: According to a Sanctum Wealth Management report,India will become the fastest growing large economy in the world in...?
  • Explanation:According to a Sanctum Wealth Management report, when the rest of the world offers low growth and insufficient structural change, India, by contrast, is seen as a reforming economy with the prospect of strong long-term growth.
  • Question 152: Govt has released rupee 167 crore to ___ states with international border for development of infrastructure ?
  • Explanation: Home Ministry has released 167 crore rupees to nine states with international border for the development of infrastructure in forward areas.
  • Question 153: ___ has become India’s first state to launch Public Cloud Policy to speed up e-governance?
  • Explanation:Maharashtra has become the India’s first state to launch Public Cloud Policy, which will allow all government departments to access public cloud. . The step will create business opportunities worth $2 billion while helping the state government departments to shift all their data to clouds.
  • Question 154: Ministry of Water Resources has released assistance of rupee __ crore for irrigation projects?
  • Explanation:Ministry of Water Resources has released central assistance of 734 crore rupees for different irrigation projects. Of the total amount released last week, 247 crore rupees were for nine prioritized projects under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) for Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) works and over 487 crore rupees for Command Area Development (CAD) works of 17 projects.
  • Question 155: _ has received prestigious Crystal Award at World Economic Forum?
  • Explanation:Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan received the prestigious Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos last night for raising awareness about human rights issues and his work for acid attacks victims.
  • Question 156: ___ will be the new the Chief Election Commissioner of India?
  • Explanation:Om Prakash Rawat today took over as the Chief Election Commissioner. He succeeded Achal Kumar Joti who has retired . Mr Rawat's tenure will end in December this year. He was appointed Election Commissioner in August 2015.
  • Question 157: UN has approved ___ million dollar cut in annual budget for next year?
  • Explanation: The United Nations has approved a 286 million US dollar cut in its annual budget for the next year, a five per cent historic reduction in spending. The UN said in a statement that the General Assembly on Sunday approved the regular budget of 5.3 billion dollars for 2018-2019.
  • Question 158: Siddharth Singh is related with...?
  • Explanation:Young Indian shuttler Siddharth Pratap Singh secured his maiden international title, bagging the Swedish Open Junior International Series with a straight-game victory over Denmark's Mads Christophersen in the finals in Uppsala in Sweden.
  • Question 159: Recently, ___ government has announced various initiatives for inclusive development of the tribal population in the state?
  • Explanation:The initiatives include special ration cards, setting up of tribal research institutes and Eklavya Mode Residential Schools among others. Speaking in the Assembly yesterday, State Tribal Affairs Minister Choudhary Zulfkar Ali said, multiple steps have been taken in education, agriculture, dairy and sheep husbandry sectors to uplift the tribals.
  • Question 160: Mahamastakabhisheka of Bhagavan Bahubali in Shranabelagola takes place in...?
  • Explanation:The President Ramnath Kovind is slated to inaugurate 88th Mahamastakabhisheka of Bhagavan Bahubali in Shranabelagola on February 7th. The anointing ceremony of 57 feet high gigantic monolithic statue of Lord Gommateshwara Bahubali that stands on the Vindyagiri hill is held once in 12 years. The Mahotsav will be held from February 7th to 26th.
  • Question 161: ___ hosts Sagar Fair ?
  • Explanation:The West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee has said that the Sagar Fair at the confluence of river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal is as holy as any other holy place in the country.
  • Question 162: As per IMF India will Grow at ___ in 2018?
  • Explanation:According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), India is projected to grow at 7.4% in 2018 as against China’s 6.8%, making it the fastest growing country among the emerging economies.
  • Question 163: Government will infuse over Rs 88,139 crore in ___ PSBs
  • Explanation:The government today announced 88,139 crore capital infusion in 20 Public Sector Banks (PSBs) during the current fiscal to boost lending and revive growth. The capital infusion plan for 2017-18 includes 80,000 crore rupees through Recapitalization Bonds and 8,139 crore rupees as budgetary support. IDBI Bank will get the highest amount of 10,610 crore rupees followed by State Bank of India 8,800 crore rupees.
  • Question 164: Sushma Swaraj inaugurates India-ASEAN Friendship Park
  • Explanation:The name of the park has been inscribed in the all the languages of ASEAN countries. Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Swaraj said, the park will attract the attention of all the visitors. She said, it demonstrates the shared commitment of India and the ASEAN nations of protecting the environment.
  • Question 165: The indigenous 14 seater __ prototype 1N aircraft was successfully flight tested in Bengaluru today.
  • Explanation:The maiden flight took off from HAL airport and flew for about 40 minutes at the maximum height of 8500 feet clocking the speed of 145 knots. It was a textbook flight with all the system parameters found to be normal.
  • Question 166: Ashok Gajapathi Raju announcesd name of ___ new airports, helipads to be set-up under UDAN?
  • Explanation:Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today announced the name of 73 new airports and helipads to be set-up under the Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN. He announced the results of second bidding round of UDAN at a press conference in New Delhi.
  • Question 167: Bharat Parv will begin at __ on Republic Day?
  • Explanation:As part of the Republic Day celebrations, cultural extravaganza Bharat Parv will begin at the Red Fort in Delhi from Friday. The prime objective of the event is to generate a patriotic mood, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country and to ensure wider participation of the general public.
  • Question 168: National Girl Child Day is observed on .... ?
  • Explanation:Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Mr Rakesh Srivastava launched the Phase -1 i.e. the beneficiary module of the Rapid Reporting System (RSS) for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) on the occasion of National Girl Child Day (24th January).
  • Question 169: Rakhi Halder is related with..?
  • Explanation:Lifter Rakhi Halder created a new national record in clean and jerk en route to a gold medal in the 63kg women's category in the 33rd Women Senior National Weightlifting Championships, in Mangaluru today.
  • Question 170: India will Host ___ International Energy Forum Meet?
  • Explanation:The 16th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial meeting will be held in New Delhi in April 2018. According to the Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, the meeting will be hosted by Government of India in New Delhi and co-hosted by the Government of China and South Korea.
  • Question 171: and World Bank Sign $120 million Loan Agreement for Water Supply ?
  • Explanation:The Government of India, the Government of Uttarakhand and the World Bank Board signed a $120 million Loan Agreement which will help increase access to improved water supply services in peri-urban areas in the State of Uttarakhand.
  • Question 172: Goverment has allowed ___ Small Finance Banks and ___ Payments Banks to offer Atal Pension Yojana
  • Explanation:Government has allowed Small Finance Banks and Payments Banks to offer Atal Pension Yojana (APY). Finance Ministry in a statement said, 10 Small Finance Banks and 11 Payment Banks have got license from Reserve Bank of India to start banking operations in the country.
  • Question 173: ___ will host informal WTO Ministerial gathering in March
  • Explanation:Trade ministers from various countries including Australia, Japan and Switzerland met today for an informal WTO ministerial gathering in Davos to discuss the way forward for the global trade organisation, with India offering to host another such meeting in March. The meeting, also attended by the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, was held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual summit. India was represented by Deepak Jagdish Saksena, ambassador and permanent representative to the WTO.
  • Question 174: Mobile app ___ has been launched to track the status of consignments.
  • Explanation:Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has appealed the officers to perform the role of trade facilitator to cut down costs, time and bring efficiency to the system.On the occasion, Mr Jaitley also launched ICETRAK app of CBEC. The app tracks the status of consignments.
  • Question 175: Where is Neral-Matheran train service ?
  • Explanation:The Neral-Matheran narrow gauge train service, immensely popular with tourists, resumed today after it was discontinued in May 2016 due to safety concerns following two derailments. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who e-inaugurated the service at a railway function at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai , said that resumption of the service would boost tourism.
  • Question 176: AS on January India's Foreign exchange reserves was ___ billion?
  • Explanation:The rally in the foreign exchange reserves continued for the fourth week in a row, and scaled a new peak at 414.784 billion USD in the week to January 19, helped by rise in foreign currency assets. According to the Reserve Bank data issued in Mumbai showed that the reserves rose by 959.1 million USD to touch during the reporting week. In the previous week, the reserves had touched 413.825 billion USD after it rose by 2.7 billion USD.
  • Question 177: Assam government has identified ___ focus sectors to be highlighted during Global Investors Summit
  • Explanation:The Assam government has identified 12 focus sectors to be highlighted during the Global Investors Summit to be held in Guwahati on the 3rd and 4th of next month. Talking to reporters, State Commerce and Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary today said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will attend the event. He said, several Union ministers, delegates from foreign countries and industry leaders will attend also the summit.
  • Question 178: Government has collected ___ crore rupees under GST in the December 2017?
  • Explanation:Government has collected 86,703 crore rupees under GST in the last month. Finance Ministry said, one crore taxpayers have been registered under GST so far. Of them over 17 lakh are Composition Dealers which are required to file returns every quarter. It said, over 56 lakh GSTR 3B returns have been filed for the month of December till yesterday.
  • Question 179: Hugh Masekela was related with..?
  • Explanation:Trumpeter, composer and singer Hugh Masekela, affectionately known as the - father of South African jazz has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 78.
  • Question 180: International Customs Day is observed on ....?
  • Explanation:International Customs Day (ICD) recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security. It focuses on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face in their jobs.
  • Question 181: Who is UIDAI CEO
  • Explanation:The UIDAI today asserting that Aadhaar is an identification and not a profiling tool. Fielding questions on Twitter in a live chat, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan
  • Question 182: The Ministry of Finance has announced that Payments Banks and Small Finance Banks will offer social security scheme named ____________ to their subscribers?
  • Explanation:Payments banks is a new model of banks conceptualised by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). These banks can accept a restricted deposit, which is currently limited to ₹1 lakh per customer and may be increased further. These banks cannot issue loans and credit cards.
  • Question 183: India and ___________ released first ever set of commemorative postage stamps to mark the long-term friendly bilateral relationships between the two countries.
  • Explanation:India and Vietnam released first ever set of commemorative postage stamps to mark the long-term friendly bilateral relationships between the two countries.
  • Question 184: ___ has launched the release of benefits under Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana, aimed at the inclusive growth of the distressed sections of the society.
  • Explanation:The government is likely to impose anti-dumping duty on a Chinese antibiotic. The commerce ministry's investigation arm Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties,DGAD has recommended levy of up to 9.48 dollar per kg in its final findings.
  • Question 185: ___ has become the first Indian Metro to get a Floating Market.
  • Explanation:Kolkata has become the first Indian Metro to get a Floating Market. The market will be located on a water-body with boats doubling up as shops. The market, located on the eastern fringes of the city, was inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
  • Question 186: Name the first woman chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).
  • Explanation:Usha Ananthasubramanian, managing director at Allahabad BankBSE -1.28 % has become the first woman chairman of the Indian Banks' Association, the 71-year old industry body for banks.
  • Question 187: ___ heads of ASEAN countries were the chief guests at Republic Day?
  • Explanation:India celebrated its 69th Republic Day on 26th January in Rajpath, New Delhi.
  • Question 188: ___ has won the first prize at the Republic Day parade 2018 in New Delhi.
  • Explanation:Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has congratulated the team behind the state's tableau which won the first prize at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. The certificate issued by the Ministry of Defence says that the tableau on the coronation ceremony of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, presented by Maharashtra at the Republic Day parade this year, has been awarded the first prize. Mr Fadnavis in a tweet said it was a great news and proud moment.
  • Question 189: ___ will be next foreign secretary of India?
  • Explanation:Seasoned diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale will take charge as the next foreign secretary today, succeeding S Jaishankar. A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Mr Gokhale is currently serving as the Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • Question 190: How many players have won 20 or more Grand Slam singles titles before Roger Federer
  • Explanation: His sixth Australian Open Crown brought the Swiss star to the elite group of Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf, the only players to have won 20 or more Grand Slam singles titles.
  • Question 191: Recently, super computer ___ has been launced?
  • Explanation:Environment Minister Harshvardhan has launched a 2.8 PetaFlops capacity high-performance computer system 'Mihir' in NOIDA. The system will be able to predict weather and climate accurately. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Harshvardhan said, this will be helpful in addressing the various issues of agriculture operations and fishing in the country. He said the system will help the MeT department in predicting severe climate-related calamities and warnings for fishermen.
  • Question 192: ___ has launched - Shakti - app for women’s safety in the state?
  • Explanation:Jai Ram Thakur, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, has launched the - Shakti - app to ensure safety and protection of women in the state. The app was developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Himachal Pradesh government. It would be available in both Hindi and English languages and would not require internet connectivity.
  • Question 193: The first-ever India-Vietnam Bilateral Army Exercise (VINBAX-2018) has started in ...?
  • Explanation: The first-ever India-Vietnam Bilateral Army Exercise, christened as - VINBAX-2018 - has started in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh on January 29, as part of joint training undertaken with friendly foreign countries by Indian Army. It is the first-ever military exercise between the two countries.
  • Question 194: India’s first ever - Khadi Haat - has been launched in ...?
  • Explanation: To mark the 69th Republic Day 2018, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have launched the India’s first-ever ‘Khadi Haat’ in Connaught Place, New Delhi.
  • Question 195: Govt launches Rapid Detection Kits to detect Adulterants in Fresh ...?
  • Explanation:The government has launched the Rapid Detection Kits to detect Adulterants in Fresh Fish. Launching the kit in New Delhi, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, the kit will help in detecting chemicals in the fish. He said continuous ingestion of ammonia and formaldehyde can lead to many health issues including abdominal pain, vomiting, unconsciousness, and sometimes even cause death.
  • Question 196: ___ has launched Let Us Play Football scheme?
  • Explanation: In Jammu and Kashmir, though it's not a suitable season to play football in a region like Ladakh where the temperature these days is dipping below -15, School Children in Kargil on Monday played football with full spirit and enthusiasm under Let Us Play Football scheme.
  • Question 197: Manoj Kumar is related with...?
  • Explanation:In Boxing, India was assured of a medal on the opening day of the India Open in New Delhi yesterday, while top pugilists like MC Mary Kom and Manoj Kumar advanced to the quarterfinals. Pooja in the 69-kilogram weight category assured India of a medal after she made it to the semifinals, without even a fight, due to the small size of her draw.
  • Question 198: Under-19 Cricket World Cup will be played between ,,,?
  • Explanation: India has stormed into the final of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup with a stunning 203-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final at Christchurch in New Zealand. Man of the match Shubman Gill hit a century with his unbeaten 102. Paceman Ishan Porel bagged 4 wickets.
  • Question 199: Anti-Leprosy Day is observed on..?
  • Explanation:Jan. 30 is Anti-Leprosy Day. The day, observed every year on the Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi, remembers his selfless efforts and care for the people affected by leprosy. Anti-Leprosy day aims to make people aware of the real need to fight the infectious disease. A campaign named as the ‘Sparsh’ Leprosy Awareness Campaign, has been organised in all the Gram Sabhas throughout the country by the Central Leprosy Division of the Health Ministry.
  • Question 200: ___ is hosting the 2018 National Handloom Expo ?
  • Explanation: The National Handloom Expo (NHE) has been inaugurated by Assam Handloom and Textile Minister Ranjit Dutta at Guwahati, Assam on January 29, 2018.
  • Question 201: World Cancer Day is observed on...?
  • Explanation:World Cancer Day is being observed today. The day is observed on 4th February every year to raise awareness about cancer, its treatment and to encourage methods of its prevention. The primary goal of the day is to reduce the illness and related deaths by 2020.
  • Question 202: India has lifted the ICC Under-19 World Cup for the record ___ time?
  • Explanation:India has lifted the ICC Under-19 World Cup for the record fourth time. T They defeated Australia by eight wickets at bay oval at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand, who were also eyeing the title for the fourth time. India achieved the target of 217 runs, with 67 balls to spare. They remained unbeaten throughout the contest.
  • Question 203: Govt has removed MEP of ___ to boost exports of kitchen staple?
  • Explanation:The government has removed the minimum export price (MEP) of onion to boost exports of the kitchen staple. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade said in a notification in New Delhi yesterday that requirement of MEP on export of onions stands removed till further orders and all varieties of onions can now be exported without any MEP.
  • Question 204: A unique model floating market has come up in Patuli in ....?
  • Explanation:A unique, first-of-its-kind, floating market has come up in Patuli in Kolkata. The market is similar to the ones on Dal Lake in Srinagar and in Bangkok. The project is being implemented by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA).
  • Question 205: Udyanotsav of the Mughal Gardens has been inaugurated at...?
  • Explanation:President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated the annual Udyanotsav of the Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Mughal Gardens will remain open for the public from tomorrow to 9th of March between 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Question 206: India’s new payments banks will be allowed to accept deposits upto ___ ?
  • Explanation:These payments bank will be allowed to accept deposits (of up to Rs 1 lakh), provide payments and remittances services, and distribute third-party financial products.
  • Question 207: Where is Sal river?
  • Explanation:The Centre has sanctioned a new project to control pollution in Sal river at Navelim town in Goa. The project was sanctioned today by the Environment Ministry under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP).
  • Question 208: In union budget 2018The allocation for the health sector has been raised by ___ crore rupees.
  • Explanation:Talking to PTI, Mr Kumar regretted that a completely baseless and false propaganda is being spread by the opposition leaders against the ambitious scheme of the Modi government. On funding of the scheme envisaging to cover about 50 crore people, the Niti Aayog vice-chairman said the allocation for the health sector has been raised by 6,000 crore rupees.
  • Question 209: ___ is hosting 1st International Kala Mela?
  • Explanation:Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the first International Kala Mela at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in New Delhi on Sunday evening. The objective of the event is to focus on direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur and also educating and raising awareness about art.
  • Question 210: ___ and SIDBI Launch India’s First MSE Sentiment Index?
  • Explanation:i. The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley launched CriSidEx, India’s first sentiment index for micro and small enterprises ( MSEs) developed jointly by CRISIL & SIDBI.
  • Question 211: ___ is the Chief Executive of the Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC)?
  • Explanation: Dr. Dinesh Srivastava, the distinguished nuclear scientist, has taken charge as the new Chief Executive of the Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC). He succeeded G. Kalyanakrishnan. In this capacity Dr. Srivastava will also be Chairman of the NFC Board.
  • Question 212: ___ committee is drafting new National Education Policy (NEP)?
  • Explanation: he 9-member committee, headed by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, was constituted by the Union HRD Ministry to draft new National Education Policy (NEP) on June 2017. The committee will submit its report by March 31, 2018.
  • Question 213: ___ is the new Chief Justice of Bangladesh?
  • Explanation: Syed Mahmud Hossain has been sworn-in as the 22nd chief justice Chief Justice of Bangladesh. He succeeded acting chief justice Abdul Wahab Mian.
  • Question 214: Full form of: LTCG is - long-term capital tax ___ ?
  • Explanation:Finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia said the sell-off in India's equity markets is due to weak global sentiment and not because of the long-term capital gains tax (LTCG) announced in the budget.
  • Question 215: ___ is hosting the first-ever International Kala Mela?
  • Explanation: The first-ever International Kala Mela has been inaugurated by the Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in New Delhi on February 4, 2018. The aim of the event is to focus on direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur and also educating and raising awareness about art.
  • Question 216: MPC full form is Monetary Policy ....?
  • Explanation:Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting will begin today in Mumbai. The six-member MPC headed by RBI Governor Urijit Patel will meet for the Sixth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2017-18.
  • Question 217: ___ containing complete information of taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers across the NCR region has been launched?
  • Explanation: Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal today launched the upgraded version of original Himmat App and QR code containing complete information of taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers across the NCR- region.
  • Question 218: Recently an emergency has been declared in ...?
  • Explanation: India said it is disturbed by the declaration of emergency in the Maldives and is carefully monitoring the situation in the island nation.
  • Question 219: India is buying Rafael fighter aircraft from...?
  • Explanation: The Government has said the details of the agreement on Rafael fighter aircraft with France cannot be disclosed to the public. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, the Inter-Governmental Agreement, IGA, between India and France on the purchase of the aircraft is classified information.
  • Question 220: National Informatics Centre has organized three-day National Meet on Grassroot Informatics in ...?
  • Explanation:National Informatics Centre (NIC) is organizing a three-day National Meet on Grassroot Informatics- VIVID 2018 from today in New Delhi. The event will be inaugurated by Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad at India Habitat Centre. The theme for VIVID 2018 is - Cyber Security and Innovation.
  • Question 221: ___ has decided to hike defence spending by over 40 percent
  • Explanation:France has announced plans to boost defence spending by more than 40 per cent, bringing it into line with NATO targets after complaints from US President Donald Trump that Europe is not pulling its weight. European NATO members have come under pressure from Trump to relieve the burden on the US, which currently accounts for about 70 per cent of combined NATO defence spending.
  • Question 222: What is the range of Nuclear-Capable Prithvi-II Missile ?
  • Explanation:ii. Prithvi-II is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kilogram of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. It is a surface-to-surface missile and has a strike range of 350 km.
  • Question 223: Where is Atapaka Bird Sanctuary?
  • Explanation:The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to hold the first-of-its-kind, one-day Pelican Festival at the Atapaka Bird Sanctuary on Kolleru.
  • Question 224: ___ has been ranked the top environment policy think tanks in India ?
  • Explanation:The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been ranked the top environment policy think tanks in India while it has secured the 16th position in global rankings, climbing up two positions from the last year.
  • Question 225: ___ and NCERT have joined hands to teach students digital safety?
  • Explanation:Google and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) signed a pact to integrate a course on 'Digital Citizenship and Safety' in information and communication technology curriculum. It was signed on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (06th February).
  • Question 226: The US-based ___ has successfully launched the world's most powerful operational rocket Falcon Heavy towards Mars.
  • Explanation:Falcon Heavy's thrust and capacity are the highest since NASA's Saturn V, which carried astronauts to the Moon. Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Question 227: MSF is: Marginal Standing ...
  • Explanation: Marginal standing facility (MSF) is a window for banks to borrow from the Reserve Bank of India in an emergency situation when inter-bank liquidity dries up completely
  • Question 228: Madavoor Vasudevan was related with...?
  • Explanation:i. Kathakali maestro Madavoor Vasudevan Nair collapsed on stage and died while performing at Agasthyacodu Mahadeva Temple, Kerala. He was 89.
  • Question 229: Jhulan Goswami is related with..?
  • Explanation:Indian women's cricket team pacer Jhulan Goswami has become the first woman in the world to take 200 wickets in ODI cricket.
  • Question 230: ___ has topped NITI Aayog Health Index?
  • Explanation: Uttar Pradesh fared the worst among 21 states on an outcomes-based comprehensive health index prepared for the first time by the federal think tank Niti Aayog, which ranked Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu in the top three.
  • Question 231: ___ has launched web-based monitoring system and fly-ash mobile application?
  • Explanation: Power Minister R K Singh launched a web-based monitoring system and a fly-ash mobile application. It will act as an interface between producers and consumers. The ASH TRACK Mobile App will manage 200 million tonnes of fly ash by tracking coal-based power plants situated within 100 km and 300 km from given location and availability of fly ash.
  • Question 232: Recently, ___ has initiated disciplinary action against more than 13000 employees?
  • Explanation: Railway Ministry has initiated disciplinary action against more than 13 thousand employees who are on unauthorised absence for a long time. Railways have instructed all the officers and supervisors to weed out these employees from the employees’ rolls after following due process.
  • Question 233: Where is Sinai Peninsula?
  • Explanation: The Egyptian army announced the launch today of a major operation in the Nile Delta and the northern Sinai Peninsula, heart of a persistent Islamic State group insurgency. The army said in a statement, police and troops have been put on "maximum alert" for the duration of Operation Sinai 2018.
  • Question 234: ___ committee has been constituted by Union Government to expedite capital acquisition for Armed Forces modernisation?
  • Explanation: Nirmala Sitharaman, the Union Defence Minister, has constituted a 13-member advisory committee to monitor and expedite capital acquisition projects for the modernization of the armed forces. The committee will undertake an independent review and check the status of ongoing critical projects worth more than Rs 500 crore.
  • Question 235: Which country has become the world’s first country to repeal same-sex marriage?
  • Explanation: Bermuda has become the world’s first country to legalise and then repeal same-sex marriage. The governor of the British island territory John Rankin approved a bill reversing the right of gay couples to marry, despite 2017 Supreme Court ruling that authorized same-sex marriage.
  • Question 236: John Mahoney was a famous...?
  • Explanation: John Mahoney (77), an English-American actor of stage, film and television, has passed away in Chicago, United States on February 4, 2018.
  • Question 237: ___ is hosting the 6th World Government Summit (WGS-2018)?
  • Explanation: The 6th edition of World Government Summit (WGS) 2018 will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from February 11 to 13. The Indian delegation will be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Question 238: Which union ministry has launched the Start-up-India ranking framework?
  • Explanation: Suresh Prabhu, the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, has launched the Start-up-India ranking framework in New Delhi to help the Startup India initiative to drive economic growth of the country.
  • Question 239: The Government is estimated to save ___ crore rupees annually in procurement of foodgrains as its tax expenses have reduced after the introduction of GST?
  • Explanation: Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today said, only GST is being levied on procurement and not state taxes, resulting in 18 per cent reduction in taxes on foodgrain procurement. He added that the Centre is expected to save 1,600 crore rupees annually.
  • Question 240: National Unani Day is celebrated on ...?
  • Explanation: The National Unani Day (NUD) is celebrated every year on 11th February to mark the birth anniversary of great Unani researcher Haqim Ajmal Khan. He was an eminent Indian Unani physician who was versatile genius, freedom fighter, educationist and founder of scientific research in Unani Medicine.
  • Question 241: ___ has been appointed as non-executive chairman of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)?
  • Explanation: Biswamohan Mahapatra has been appointed as non-executive chairman of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for a period of two years, with effect from February 8, 2018
  • Question 242: ___ railway zone has become the first Rail Zone in India with 100% LED Lighting at railway stations?
  • Explanation:The South Central Railway (SCR) has become the first railway zone in India to complete 100 per cent LED lighting at all the 733 stations under its jurisdiction.
  • Question 243: ___ has been conferred the - Grand Collar of the State of Palestine?
  • Explanation:Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with the - Grand Collar of the State of Palestine - by President Mahmoud Abbas for his key contribution to promote relations between India and Palestine
  • Question 244: __ is hosting the 2018 International Conference on Unani Medicine?
  • Explanation:The 2018 International Conference on Unani Medicine has inaugurated by Dr Jitendra Singh (the Union Minister of Development of North-East Region) with theme - Integration of Unani System of Medicine in Mainstream Healthcare - in New Delhi on November 10, 2018.
  • Question 245: __ is hosting the 4th Nepal Buildcon and Wood International Expo 2018?
  • Explanation: The 4th Nepal Buildcon and Wood International Expo 2018 has started at Kathmandu on February 9, which was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Kamal Thapa. Manjeev Singh Puri, who is Indian Ambassador to Nepal, graced the event as guest of honour
  • Question 246: Yuki Bhambri is related with...?
  • Explanation: A total of 13 Indians will feature in the singles main draw of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger to be played at the SDAT tennis stadium in Chennai. Three Indians got into the main draw after coming through the final qualifying round. The singles main draw will see top-seed Jordan Thompson of Australia (ranked 103) take on Egypt's Karim-Mohamed Maamoun in round one.
  • Question 247: Every youth who is completing ___ years of age, will be given comprehensive health care with universal checkup?
  • Explanation: Union Health and Family Welfare minister JP Nadda today said that, Under the Aayushyman Bharat programme, every youth, who is completing 30 years of age, will be given comprehensive health care with universal checkup. He was speaking after the inauguration of BhaBhatron-II machine of radiation treatment for cancer patient and laying foundation stone of 165 bed Cancer hospital building in Aurangabad.
  • Question 248: India Rank is __ in Global Intellectual Property Index?
  • Explanation:India has increased “substantially” its score in the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index, ranking 44th among 50 nations, according to the US Chambers of Commerce report. Last year, India ranked 43rd out of 45 countries in the Index.
  • Question 249: Govt. plans to train 80,000 students under Green Skill Development programme in ...?
  • Explanation: 80,000 students to be trained under Green Skill Development programme in 2019-2020: Harsh Vardhan Government has increased the Green India mission budget by 48 per cent and 1000 crore sapling plantation will be done between 2021 to 2030. The allocations include 20 crore for Green India Fund,350 crore for project tiger and 170 crore rupees for development of wildlife habitat.
  • Question 250: ___ will host 8th edition of Theatre Olympics from Feb 17?
  • Explanation: India will host the 8th edition of Theatre Olympics from 17th of this month. The event which will continue till 8th of April will inaugurated by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu at Lal Quila in the national capital.
  • Question 251: Sudarsan Pattnaik is a ...?
  • Explanation:Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created 108 sand Shiva Lingas yesterday at Puri beach on the occasion of 'Maha Shivaratri'. While each Shiva Linga is about 2 feet high, there is also a 5 feet high idol of Lord Shiva. Mr Pattnaik also prayed to Lord Shiva for World peace. Students of his sand art institute also joined hands with him to complete this sculpture.
  • Question 252: World Radio Day is observed on...
  • Explanation:Feb. 13 is World Radio Day. It is a day to remember the unique power of radio which touches lives and brings people together from every corner of the globe. The theme of this year's World Radio Day is Radio and Sports to promote the inseparable relationship between sports and gender, as well as how improved gender equality in sports broadcasting can lead to greater freedom of expression for all.
  • Question 253: Asma Jahangir was a famous...?
  • Explanation: In Pakistan, leading human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir was laid to rest in her family's farmhouse on Bedian Road, Lahore today. Her funeral prayers were offered at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium.
  • Question 254: India witnessed Over ___ growth in foreign tourist arrivals in January?
  • Explanation: More than 10 lakh foreign tourists visited India in January, around eight per cent higher than the corresponding month last year. In a statement, tourism ministry said, the number of foreign tourist arrivals in January, 2018 was 10.66 lakh as compared to 9.83 lakh in January, 2017, and 8.45 lakh in January, 2016.
  • Question 255: Government Savings Certificates Act was passed in...?
  • Explanation: The government has also proposed merger of Government Savings Certificates Act, 1959 and Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 with the Government Savings Banks Act, 1873. Government has proposed to allow premature closure of Public Provident Fund (PPF) accounts and permit opening of small savings accounts in the name of minor. It will make amendments in Small Savings Act in this regard. In a statement, Finance Ministry said that the legislative changes proposed in the Finance Bill 2018 are aimed at adding flexibility in operation of the account under Small Savings Schemes (SSS).
  • Question 256: The 2018 National Productivity Day (NPD) is observed on ...?
  • Explanation: The National Productivity Council (NPC) is observing National Productivity Day (NPD) on 12th February 2018, and National Productivity Week till 18th February. It is the 60th Anniversary of the National Productivity Council (NPC) and is being celebrated as Diamond Jubilee Year.
  • Question 257: Indian swimmer ___ has become the first Asian to swim across Ocean Seven?
  • Explanation: Rohan More, the Pune-based Indian long-distance swimmer, has become the first Asian and the youngest person in the world to swim across the Ocean Seven. Despite sudden drop in water temperature, he covered the distance in 8 hours and 37 minutes.
  • Question 258: Who is the Managing Director and CEO of Punjab National Bank
  • Explanation: Managing Director and CEO of Punjab National Bank, PNB Sunil Mehta has said that the scam in the bank was first detected by its officials at first in 2011 and they had reported it to the concerned agencies.
  • Question 259: ___ will Host 8th Theatre Olympics?
  • Explanation:In an effort to put India firmly among the top nations in the world theatre map, the country will play host to the 8th Theatre Olympics, the greatest carnival of thespianism.
  • Question 260: ___ has introduced Yoga Council Bill, 2018?
  • Explanation:The Assam government has introduced a Bill in the state Assembly to set up a yoga council for regulating the teaching and practice of yoga. On behalf of the Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary introduced 'The Assam Yoga Council Bill, 2018' in the House.
  • Question 261: India has signed a loan agreement with NDB for $100mn for __ Water Project?
  • Explanation: India has signed the second loan agreement with New Development Bank, NDB, for 100 million dollars for Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring Project for Desert Areas. This is the first tranche loan approved by the NDB under the Multi Tranche Financing Facility of 345 Million dollars for this project. The project implementation period is six years. Rajasthan government will implement the project primarily through its Water Resources Department.
  • Question 262: India's first radio festival held on...?
  • Explanation: India's first radio festival is being held in New Delhi on Feb. 15 to mark World Radio Day. The festival is being organized by International Association of Women in Radio and Television, in collaboration with UNESCO. In the inaugural session, Paralympian Deepa Malik in her address said, radio talks about positivity and it is pivotal in celebrating sports.
  • Question 263: 3rd International Exhibition and Conference on Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry held in...?
  • Explanation: Mega healthcare programme Ayushman Bharat will unfold in the next two months to ensure health insurance of up to five lakh rupees per year per family to 10 crore families. Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar informed this during the inauguration of 3rd International Exhibition and Conference on Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry in Bengaluru.
  • Question 264: Manish Kaushik, K.Shyam Kumar, Shaikh Salman Anwar are related with...?
  • Explanation: Indian boxers won 10 medals, including 5 gold, at the Asian Games Test event in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta on Thursday. Manish Kaushik, K.Shyam Kumar, Shaikh Salman Anwar and Ashish won a gold each in their respective categories while Pavitra was the lone Indian gold-winner in the 60-kilogram category of women's draw.
  • Question 265: World champions ___ has remained top of the FIFA rankings 2018?
  • Explanation: World champions Germany remain top of the FIFA rankings published in Lausanne, Switzerland today. Olympic champions Brazil are second in the football rankings with European title-holders Portugal third. Iceland were the only climbers in the top 20, up by two places to 18th. Mexico are the top north and central American team in 17th.
  • Question 266: Yuki Bhambri is related with..?
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  • Question 267: ___ has Won Senior Women National Football Championship For First Time
  • Explanation: Tamil Nadu has won the Senior Women's National Football Championship for the first time. Tamil Nadu, which was playing its first-ever final, defeated Manipur, 2-1 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha.
  • Question 268: Govt. has decided to set up ___ more Ekalavya schools ?
  • Explanation:The Centre will set up 562 more Ekalavya Model Residential Schools in tribal areas of the country. Briefing media in New Delhi on the budgetary provisions of his ministry, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram said, 271 such schools have already been sanctioned out of which, 190 are currently operational.
  • Question 269: Who is Justin Trudeau ?
  • Explanation:Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau is in India on a seven-day State visit. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, his visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in key areas of mutual interest including trade and investment, energy, science and innovation, higher education, infrastructure development, skill development and space.
  • Question 270: ___ has become the oldest No. 1 in tennis history?
  • Explanation: 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has become the oldest world number one in Tennis history. The 36-year old Swiss replaced Rafael Nadal at the top of the standings after recording a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Dutch Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open at the Netherlands. Federer surpassed Andre Agassi, who held the top spot aged 33, in 2003.
  • Question 271: Garo National Liberation Army is associated with...?
  • Explanation:In Meghalaya, a terrorist belonging to Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has surrendered before security forces. The terrorists surrendered before the Border Security Force officials and South Garo Hills police with arms and ammunition. Police said, a resident of Damra in Goalpara district of Assam, he had joined the terror outfit last year.
  • Question 272: Total ___ Airports will be connected under UDAN scheme out of which ten airports are from Gujarat?
  • Explanation: In Gujarat, Air Odisha on Saturday launched its maiden flight under the Centre's UDAN scheme, linking Mundra with Ahmedabad. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday launched the inaugural flight from Ahmedabad Airport. AIR correspondent reports that Air Odisha is starting services from Ahmedabad to Jamnagar, Mundra and Diu in the first phase of its operation under the UDAN scheme.
  • Question 273: In Gujarat, Air Odisha has launched its maiden flight under the Centre's UDAN scheme, linking ___ with Ahmedabad.
  • Explanation: Of these, the Mundra-Ahmedabad service took off today which will connect Mundra, a mega private port in Kutch district to Ahmedabad. Total 400 Airports will be connected under this scheme out of which ten airports are from Gujarat.
  • Question 274: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is located in...?
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  • Question 275: ___ is hosting Magnetic Maharashtraconvergence summit?
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  • Question 276: The sixth conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) of India Region will be held in ...?
  • Explanation: The sixth conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) of India Region will begin in Patna today. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will inaugurate the two-day event.
  • Question 277: ___ is hosting World Sustainable Development Summit 2018?
  • Explanation:Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 (WSDS 2018) at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • Question 278: India's 1st National Rail and Transportation University will be set up in..?
  • Explanation:The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has approved the Ministry of Railways' transformative initiative to set up India's first ever National Rail and Transport University (NRTU) in Vadodara, Gujarat to skill its human resources and build capability.
  • Question 279: Recently, India and __ have Completed 2nd phase of Joint Oceanographic Survey?
  • Explanation: Indian Navy in collaboration with its Sri Lankan counterpart has successfully completed the second phase of the joint oceanographic survey conducted off the South Western Coast of Sri Lanka. The survey commenced with the arrival of Indian Naval Ship Sutlej in Sri Lanka.
  • Question 280: Recently, Hamesha Vijayee exercise was conducted in...?
  • Explanation:The Indian Army's Southern Command had conducted exercise - Hamesha Vijayee - in the deserts of Rajasthan to evaluate the capability of the armed forces to strike deep into the enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle.
  • Question 281: ___ Project has been Launched For Financial Inclusion of Rural Population?
  • Explanation: The Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha launched DARPAN- Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India - Project to improve the quality of service, add value to services and achieve 'financial inclusion' of the unbanked rural population.
  • Question 282: ___ has Topped Forbes List of Best Countries for Business in 2018?
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  • Question 283: ___ has set up a world record in 60 metres race?
  • Explanation:Christian Coleman has set up a world record in 60 metres race. The World silver medallist ran the distance in 6.34 seconds at the US indoor national championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Question 284: __ India Joint research projects on Water Quality Research and Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment has been launched in New Delhi ?
  • Explanation:The UK- India Joint research projects on Water Quality Research and Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment were launched in New Delhi. The projects were jointly launched by NITI Aayog member Dr V K Saraswat, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Ashutosh Sharma and Research Councils UK- India Director Daniel Shah.
  • Question 285: Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram Statehood Day is observed on..
  • Explanation:Prime Minister Narendra has extended his greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram on their Statehood Day. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the warm nature of the people of Arunachal Pradesh is extremely endearing.
  • Question 286: Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector from 2017-18 to 2019-20 has an outlay of Rs. ___ crore?
  • Explanation:The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for a new skill development scheme covering the entire value chain of the textile sector excluding Spinning & Weaving in organized Sector, titled "Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS)" from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with an outlay of Rs. 1300 crore. The objectives of the scheme are to provide demand-driven, placement oriented skilling program to incentivize the efforts of the industry in creating jobs in the organized textile and related sectors.
  • Question 287: India’s surface-to-surface Agni-II ballistic missile range is __ thousand kilometres?
  • Explanation:India’s surface-to-surface Agni-II ballistic missile, with a strike range of 2 thousand kilometers was today test-fired successfully from the Abdul Kalam Island, off Orissa coast at 0838 hrs. As part of user trial, the Strategic Forces Command with logistics support from Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out the test.
  • Question 288: What is the name of India’s indigenous light transport aircraft?
  • Explanation:Union minister for Science and Technology Dr.Harsh Vardhan witnessed successful test flight of India’s indigenous light transport aircraft SARAS in Bengaluru. This was the second test flight of the prototype PT1N of SARAS. The first flight was successfully carried out on January 24th.
  • Question 289: Saweety Boora and Meena Kumar Devi are related with..?
  • Explanation:Former world silver-medallist Saweety Boora and Meena Kumar Devi assured themselves of medals by entering the semifinals on a second successive day of mixed results for Indian boxers at the 69th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Meena in 54 kg category defeated Italian Giulia Lamagna to make the last-four stage, along with Saweety, who outpunched American Leah Cooper in her quarterfinal bout in 75 kg category.
  • Question 290: ___ is hosting the National conference on doubling farmers income?
  • Explanation:The National conference on Agriculture 2022 - Doubling Farmers’ Income - has started at National Agriculture Science Complex (NASC) in New Delhi on February 19, 2018. It is organized by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • Question 291: ___ is hosting the regional conference of southern states on water resources?
  • Explanation: During the meeting, issues such as the implementation of the latest orders of the Supreme Court on sharing of Cauvery waters, interlinking of rivers like Godavari-Cauvery, notification of jurisdiction of Krishna and Godavari Water Management Boards, Polavaram Project are among issues scheduled to come up for discussion.
  • Question 292: ___ has decided to impose Carbon Tax From 2019 ?
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  • Question 293: Where is Silkyara Bend-Barkot Tunnel?
  • Explanation:The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the construction of 4.531 km long 2-Lane Bi-Directional Silkyara Bend - Barkot Tunnel with escape passage including approaches on Dharasu -Yamunotri section between Chainage 25.400 Km. and Chainage 51.000 Km in Uttarakhand.
  • Question 294: The theme of World Environment Day is -
  • Explanation:The government of India and the UN jointly announced that India will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2018. World Environment Day is celebrated globally on June 5. The theme for World Environment 2018 is - Beat Plastic Pollution.
  • Question 295: UGC has constituted four-member Empowered Expert Committee under the chairmanship of ...?
  • Explanation: University Grants Commission today constituted a four-member Empowered Expert Committee, which is being entrusted to conduct the appraisal of applications for shortlisting 20 Institutions of Eminence. N Gopalaswami, former Chief Election Commissioner of India is the Chairperson of the committee. The government is likely to announce the names of the selected institutions by April 2018.
  • Question 296: AS of now, e-NAM has reached 479 mandis across ___ states and 1 union territory?
  • Explanation:Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today launched six new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) platform in New Delhi. Mr Singh said the new features will make it more user-friendly.
  • Question 297: In the term NUHF, what is the meaning of H ?
  • Explanation:The Union Cabinet has given approval for creation of National Urban Housing Fund (NUHF) for Rs.60,000 crores. This fund will be situated in Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • Question 298: PM Modi has launched Amma two-wheeler scheme in ...?
  • Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be launching the Tamil Nadu government’s subsidized - Amma Two-Wheeler Scheme - meant for working women. Prime Minister Modi will also launch a massive tree plantation drive across the state.
  • Question 299: India will co-host the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit with __
  • Explanation: India and France will co-host will co-host the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 11th March 2018, where at least 10 heads of state are expected to be present.
  • Question 300: ___ is hosting India International Textiles Expo?
  • Explanation: The 3-day India International Textiles Expo (IITExpo) has started in Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on February 21, 2018. It is being organized by Powerloom Development & Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL) with the support of Union Ministry of Textiles & Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India (GoI).
  • Question 301: Delhi diamond exporter booked for Rs 389-crore ___ loan fraud?
  • Explanation:CBI has registered a case against a Delhi-based diamond jewellery exporter for an alleged bank loan fraud to the tune of around 390 crore rupees towards Oriental Bank of Commerce. Dwarka Das Seth International Private Limited has been booked by the agency for the alleged fraud.
  • Question 302: Neelabh Mishra who died recently was a...?
  • Explanation:Mishra, 57, was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai earlier this month and developed multiple organ failures before a liver transplant could be carried out.
  • Question 303: Recently, the Reserve Bank of India has launched Ombudsman Scheme for__ for redressal of complaints against them.
  • Explanation: The Reserve Bank of India has launched Ombudsman Scheme for non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) for redressal of complaints against them. In a statement, RBI said, the scheme will provide a cost-free and expeditious complaint redressal mechanism relating to deficiency in the services by NBFCs covered under the scheme.
  • Question 304: Rani Rampal is related with...?
  • Explanation: Ace striker Rani Rampal was today named the captain of a 20-strong Indian women's hockey team for next month's series against Korea. Announcing this, chief coach Harendra Singh said in New Delhi that Korea Tour will help to analyse the areas that require improvement ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
  • Question 305: Vikas Krishan and Gaurav Solanki are related with...?
  • Explanation:Former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Gaurav Solanki (52kg), have advanced to the semifinals to assure themselves of medals at the 69th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament for men and women.
  • Question 306: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated projects worth ___ crore rupees at Daman city in Union territory of Daman and Diu?
  • Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated projects worth 1,000 crore rupees at Daman city in Union territory of Daman and Diu. He also inaugurated helicopter service between Daman and Diu. The helicopter service will cut down the distance between Daman and Diu to 1 hour 10 minutes. Besides, the service will also include joy rides for Daman City on weekends.
  • Question 307: Billy Graham was a famous...?
  • Explanation: Billy Graham, one of the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has passed away in North Carolina, USA on February 21, 2018. He is credited for transforming American religious life through his preaching and activism.
  • Question 308: Special package of Rs ___ crore has been to strengthen power transmission in Arunachal Pradesh
  • Explanation:The Centre has announced a special package of 925 crore rupees for strengthening the power transmission and distribution system in Arunachal Pradesh. Union Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy, RK Singh made the announcement yesterday while chairing a review meeting of the power sector with senior officers of the state government in Itanagar.
  • Question 309: ___ has won the 5th Commonwealth bridge championship 2018?
  • Explanation: The Indian team, led by Kiran Nadar, won the 5th Commonwealth bridge championship, held from February 14 to 18 in Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Question 310: __ committee has been constituted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to look into bank frauds?
  • Explanation: Yezdi Hirji Malegam, age 80, is an Indian chartered accountant who was the president of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India from 1979 to 1980. He was the chairman of National Advisory Committee on Accounting Standards.
  • Question 311: NPPA stands for - National ___ Pricing Authority?
  • Explanation:National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has decided not to stop any coronary stent manufacturer from withdrawing products from the Indian market. However, the authority said, companies will have to follow mandatory requirement of informing it six months prior to the intended date of discontinuation besides other formalities.
  • Question 312: Marit Bjoergen is an athlete from..?
  • Explanation: Norway's Marit Bjoergen became the most successful athlete in Winter Olympics history today as she took bronze in Pyeongchang, South Korea in cross country skiing's women's team sprint free. However, Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins won the gold and the first Olympic cross country title for the United States.
  • Question 313: 2nd meeting of Canada-India Business Forum held in...?
  • Explanation: The second meeting of the Canada-India Business Forum will be held in New Delhi. Canada Prime Minister Canada, Justin Trudeau will take part in the meet. Earlier, the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber in partnership with the Canada-India Business Council hosted a business sessions in Mumbai on Tuesday.
  • Question 314: ___ of GDP is likely to come from exports by 2025?
  • Explanation:Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that the government will soon come out with a comprehensive strategy to increase the share of global trade to 40 percent of the gross domestic product. Speaking at Maharashtra’s maiden global investor summit in Mumbai today, Mr. Prabhu said exports constitute only about 18 percent of India’s GDP which currently stands at 2.6 trillion dollars.
  • Question 315: ___ has become the first Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo?
  • Explanation:Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo. An Indian Air Force official said she flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo sortie from IAF's Jamnagar base in Gujarat.
  • Question 316: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, EPFO has declared ____ per cent interest rate for 2017-18 for its about 5 crore members?
  • Explanation:This was decided during the meeting of Central Board of Trustees of EPFO in New Delhi. For 2016-17 the rate was 8.65 percent and in 2015-16 the rate was 8.8 percent.
  • Question 317: India has successfully Test-Fired Dhanush Missile, what is the strike range of this missile ?
  • Explanation:India has successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface 'Dhanush' ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off Odisha coast. It was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
  • Question 318: __ will host 1st International Solar Alliance in March 2018?
  • Explanation:India will host the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit on 11th March 2018. It will be attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
  • Question 319: Khajuraho Dance Festival is held in...?
  • Explanation:The 44th edition of Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018 was held at Khajuraho temple, a UNESCO world heritage site in Madhya Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and was organised by culture department of state government.
  • Question 320: Assam will observe - Rhino Day - on ...?
  • Explanation:The Assam government has announced to observe September 22 as 'Rhino Day' to generate public awareness on protection of the one-horned pachyderm.
  • Question 321: During India's 1st 5G Trial what speed has been achieved...?
  • Explanation:Chinese technology giant Huawei and telecom services provider Bharti Airtel announced to have successfully conducted 5G network trial under a test set-up in India. The trial was conducted at Airtel’s Network Experience Centre in Manesar (Gurugram).
  • Question 322: Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Ltd (ABIPBL) started operations and it the __ payments bank to roll out operations?
  • Explanation:Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Ltd (ABIPBL) started operations, making it the fifth payments bank to roll out operations. The Reserve Bank has issued a licence to the bank under Section 22 (1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 to carry on the business of payments bank in India.
  • Question 323: ___ has become the first Associate member of the ICC to start a Twenty20 franchise league in the North America market?
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  • Question 324: ___ will host the 2018 SAARC Business Leaders Conclave?
  • Explanation:The bi-annual event of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC-CCI) is going to be held in Nepal for the second time and the government is going to host the regional event jointly with SAARC-CCI. Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, has been invited to deliver a keynote speech at the conclave.
  • Question 325: Who authored the book - Hari Singh Nalwa: Champion of the Khalsaji – 1791-1837?
  • Explanation:This Book Reading Series commenced with the book titled - Hari Singh Nalwa: Champion of the Khalsaji – 1791-1837 authored by Dr. Vanit Nalwa, a senior consultant Psychologist.
  • Question 326: Bhaichung Bhutia is related with...?
  • Explanation:Veteran footballer Bhaichung Bhutia has resigned from the Trinamool Congress. He said in a tweet that he has resigned from all the official and political posts of TMC and was no longer associated with any political party. Bhutia, who joined TMC in 2013, contested from Darjeeling in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He had lost to BJP's SS Ahluwalia by a margin of nearly 2 lakh votes.
  • Question 327: Recently, DRDO has successfully carried out test flight of ___ drone?
  • Explanation:Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flown it's Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Rustom 2 at its Aeronautical Test Range at Chalker in Chitradurga district of Karnataka. The flight assumes significance as this is the first flight in user configuration with higher power engine.
  • Question 328: Recently, Health Ministery has launched a viral load test for people living with ...?
  • Explanation:Health Minister J P Nadda today launched the viral load testing for people living with HIV (PLHIV) in New Delhi. On the occasion, Mr Nadda said, it is a historic day and viral load test will be a big step forward in treating and monitoring people living with HIV.
  • Question 329: ___ has been as named Australia's new deputy prime minister
  • Explanation: In Australia, Michael McCormack has been elected new Deputy Prime Minister after being selected as the leader of the country's National Party, the junior partner in the country's coalition government. McCormack replaces former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce who was forced to resign last week amid public anger over an extramarital affair with his former press secretary.
  • Question 330: ___ has announced Rs.5 lakh health-cum-life insurance scheme for farmers?
  • Explanation:Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced five lakh rupees health-cum-life insurance scheme for farmers in the state. He said the proposed scheme will be implemented soon. Addressing the regional conference of Farmers’ Coordination Committees held in Karimnagar yesterday, Mr Rao said the state government will pay the entire premium behalf of the farmer and allocate 500 crore rupees in the coming budget for implementation of the scheme.
  • Question 331: National conference on e-Governance will be held in ...?
  • Explanation:The 21st national conference on e-Governance will be held today and tomorrow in Hyderabad. The government of India and Telangana Administrative Reforms department are jointly organising the conference with the main theme around- technology for accelerating development.
  • Question 332: Financial Intelligence Unit has released a list of around ___ Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), which have been categorized as high-risk financial institutions?
  • Explanation:The FIU under the Finance Ministry has released the list on its website showing the names of these NBFCs which have been found non-compliant to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act rules. As per the PMLA, all NBFCs have to appoint a principal officer in the financial institutions and report all suspicious and cash transactions of over ten lakh rupees to the FIU. But, these companies have been found not following this rules as on 31st of January this year.
  • Question 333: ___ is a financial instrument for making donations to political parties?
  • Explanation: The first sale of Electoral Bonds will commence from the 1st of next month for a period of ten days. The Ministry of Finance said, State Bank of India has been authorized to issue and encash Electoral Bonds initially at its four authorised branches.
  • Question 334: Ramkumar Ramanathan is related with...?
  • Explanation: In Tennis, Ramkumar Ramanathan today achieved his career-best ranking of 133rd position after jumping seven places. The 23-year-old had earned 12 points for qualifying into the main draw of the ATP Delray Beach Open but had lost in the first round.
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