1ST WEEK (ENGLISH)

SET 1

1. The Budget 2019 allocates how much amount of capital support for the Indian Railways in 2019-20?

a) Rs 36,292 crore
b) Rs 58,166 crore
c) Rs 64,587 crore
d) Rs 1,58, 658 crore

2. Which region of Jammu & Kashmir got connected to the National Grid on February 3, 2019?

a) Amargarh 
b) Ladakh
c) Srinagar
d) Shopian

3. When the World Cancer Day is celebrated every year?

a) 4 February
b) 5 February
c) 6 February
d) 7 February

4. A new High Court for Andhra Pradesh will be built in which of the following state’s city?

a) Amravati
b) Vijayawada
c) Hyderabad
d) Nellore

5.
 Germany, France and the United Kingdom have officially set up a payment channel called INSTEX with which country?

a) Italy
b) Russia 
c) Denmark 
d) Iran

6. 
The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to which state’s government over death of labourers?

a) Madhya Pradesh
b) Rajasthan
c) Haryana
d) Uttar Pradesh

7. The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution to extend sanctions against which nation?

a) Central African Republic (CAR)
b) Democratic Republic of the Congo
c) Venezuela
d) Syria

8. The United States has pulled of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with which nation?

a) Russia
b) NATO
c) North Korea
d) Japan

9.
 How many youth participated in the special workshop organised by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony for past victims of communal violence?

a) 42
b) 38
c) 15
d) 20

10. Who has been appointed as the new CBI director on February 2?

a) M Nageswara Rao
b) Rakesh Asthana 
c) Rishi Kumar Shukla
d) Alok Verma

Answers

1. (c) Rs 64,587 crore

The capital support from the budget for railways is proposed at Rs 64,587 crore in 2019-20. The railways’ overall capital expenditure programme is of Rs 1,58, 658 crore.

2. (b) Ladakh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 3, 2019 dedicated the 220 kV Srinagar- Alusteng – Drass- Kargil – Leh Transmission System to the nation, a step that would ensure quality power supply to Ladakh round the year. With this, Ladakh now stands connected to the National Grid.

3. (a) 4 February

The World Cancer Day 2019 was observed across the world on February 4, 2019 with an aim to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer. Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 9.6 million deaths in 2018. 

4. (a) Amravati

The Andhra Pradesh High Court’s new building at Amaravati was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi. The two-storied building is located at Nelapadu in Amaravati region and has 16 court halls and the building costing Rs 150 Crore houses a 2.70 lakh square feet office space.

5. (d) Iran

Germany, France and the UK have officially set up a payment channel with Iran called INSTEX to help continue trade and avoid US sanctions. The long-awaited special payment system will help save the Iran nuclear deal by allowing Tehran to keep trading with EU companies despite Washington re-imposing sanctions after US President Donald Trump had quit the accord in 2018.

6. (d) Uttar Pradesh

The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to Uttar Pradesh government over reported death of three labourers and injury to two others due to electrocution in Bareilly district. It has asked a detailed report in the state government within four weeks in the matter along with the relief and rehabilitation to be provided if not already provided. 

7. (a) Central African Republic

The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution to extend sanctions against the Central African Republic (CAR) for another year. Resolution 2454, adopted unanimously yesterday by the 15-member council, will renew the sanctions regime – an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze till January 31, 2020.

8. (a) Russia

US President Donald Trump announced on February 1, 2019 that the United States will pull out of the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which it had signed with Russia during the Cold War.

9. (a) 42

The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) on February 4, 2019 organised a special workshop for 42 youth, who have been victims of communal violence in the past, under the Know My India Programme in Bengaluru. 

10. (c) Rishi Kumar Shukla

Rishi Kumar Shukla, 1983 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was on February 2, 2019 appointed as the new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).  He will be serving for a fixed term of two years. He has been appointed in the place of former CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma, who was removed from the post on January 10.

SET 2

1. Which organisation recently issued advisory guidelines requesting banks to waive off the processing, documentation, inspection, ledger folio charges for the Kisan Credit Card Scheme?
a) Indian Banking Association
b) Reserve Bank of India
c) Securities and Exchange Board of India
d) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

2. How many awardees have been selected for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2017 by the Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi?
a) 28
b) 42
c) 56
d) 78

3. How much rent will now be exempted from the TDS as per the Interim Budget 2019?
a) Rs 2.4 lakh
b) Rs 3.2 lakh
c) Rs 4.0 lakh
d) Rs 4.5 lakh

4. Which country celebrated its 71st Independence Day on February 4, 2019?
a) Bangladesh
b) Sri Lanka
c) Myanmar
d) Malaysia

5. Which two companies together lost a market capitalisation of USD 50 billion on February 1, 2019 after the new FDI norms for the e-commerce sector came into effect in India?
a) Amazon and Walmart
b) Walmart and Flipkart
c) Flipkart and Myntra
d) Myntra and Jabong

6. Nayib Bukele has claimed victory in the presidential election of which nation?
a) Mexico
b) El Salvador
c) Colombia 
d) Brazil

7. Which nation has pardoned around 50,000 convicts on its 40th revolution anniversary?
a) Pakistan
b) India
c) Iran
d) Bangladesh

8. The Union Ministry of Coal has signed an MoU with which nation’s Ministry of Energy for cooperation in the field of coal mining?
a) Germany 
b) Romania
c) Bolivia
d) Poland

9. ISRO has set up the Human Space Flight Centre for Gaganyaan mission in which city?
a) Bengaluru
b) Hyderabad
c) Pune
d) New Delhi

10. What is the name of the payment channel that has been set up by the EU nations to continue trade with Iran?
a) EU-XE
b) SITE
c) PAYT
d) INSTEX

ANSWERS

1. (a) Indian Banking Association
The Indian Banking Association (IBA) on February 4, 2019 issued advisory guidelines requesting banks to waive off the processing, documentation, inspection, ledger folio charges and all other service charges for crop loans up to Rs 3 Lakhs or for the Kisan Credit Card Scheme.

2. (b) 42
The President, Ram Nath Kovind will confer the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2017 on February 6, 2019 at Rashtrapati Bhawan during a special investiture ceremony. The General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi selected 42 artists from the field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Puppetry and Overall contribution/scholarship in the Performing Arts.

3. (a) Rs 2.4 lakh
The Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) on fixed deposits and postal deposits will be exempted for interest earned up to Rs 40,000 from Rs 10,000 currently. The rent up to Rs 2.4 lakh will be exempted from TDS.

4. (b) Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka celebrated its 71st Independence Day on February 4, 2019 in Colombo. Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was the guest of honour at the main function held in Colombo. 

5. (a) Amazon and Walmart
As the shares of Amazon and Walmart lost 5 percent and 2 percent, respectively, both the companies together lost a market capitalisation of USD 50 billion on February 1, 2019. The fall in stock prices can be attributed to disruption caused in their e-commerce operations in India after introduction of the new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms for the e-commerce sector came into effect.

6. (b) El Salvador
Former mayor of San Salvador, Nayib Bukele has claimed victory in the El Salvador’s presidential election. With most votes counted, the former mayor of the capital city had nearly 53 per cent of the vote with his closest rival, Carlos Calleja garnering 32 per cent votes.

7. (c) Iran
The Iranian Judiciary Chief Amoli Larijani announced on February 4, 2019 that 50,000 convicts will receive pardons from Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. 

8. (d) Poland
The Union Ministry of Coal has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland. The key objective of the MoU is to foster relations in the field of coal mining and clean coal technologies through the already established joint coal working group as well as research institutes and academia between the two countries.

9. (a) Bengaluru 
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on January 31, 2019 unveiled its Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) at ISRO Headquarter campus in Bengaluru, Karnataka for its maiden manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’. The space centre shall be responsible for implementation of Gaganyaan project which involves end-to-end mission planning.

10. (d) INSTEX
The United Kingdom along with other European nations such as Germany and France on January 31, 2019 set up a new transaction channel called ‘INSTEX’ that will allow companies to continue trading with Iran despite US sanctions.

SET 3

1. The National Board of Wildlife recently accorded wildlife clearance for which train project in India?

a) Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project
b) Vande Bharat Express – Train-18
c) Nadikudi – Srikalahasti Rail Line Project
d) Bilaspur-Manali-Leh Railway Line Project

2. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold the second summit in which country?

a) Singapore
b) South Korea
c) Italy
d) Vietnam

3.
 The ‘Church of Saint Francis’ and the ‘Mosque of Grand Imam Ahmad Al Tayeb’ will be contructed in which country?

a) Saudi Arabia
b) United Arab Emirates
c) Qatar
d) Dubai

4. Which state constituted a committee to review various schemes being implemented for the welfare of tribals on February 6, 2019?

a) Rajasthan
b) Odisha
c) Maharashtra
d) West Bengal

5. 
Which state recently became the first to set up a Price Monitoring and Research Unit to track the violation of prices of medical devices and essential drugs?

a) Telangana
b) Kerala
c) Karnataka
d) Tamil Nadu

6. Which among the following is India’s 40th communication satellite that was launched on February 5 from French Guiana?

a) GSAT-31
b) GSAT-27A
c) GSAT-19
d) GSAT-35

7. Who among the following leaders has proposed a new missile treaty with potential to include India?

a) Vladimir Putin
b) Donald Trump
c) Xi Jinping
d) Emmanuel Macron

8. Asia’s oldest captive elephant and Guinness record holder passed away on February 5, 2019. How old was she?

a) 77
b) 88
c) 92
d) 85

9. 
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for three highway projects in which state on February 6, 2019?

a) Uttar Pradesh 
b) Maharashtra
c) Odisha
d) Bihar 

10. 
Under Andhra Pradesh’s vote-on-account budget for 2019-20, the state government has allocated how much amount under the Market Intervention Fund for farmers?

a) Rs 800 crore
b) Rs 1000 crore
c) Rs 1200 crore
d) Rs 500 crore

Answers

1. (a) Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project

The National Board of Wildlife, led by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, in January 2019 accorded wildlife clearance to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project (MAHSR) that passes through the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai.

2. (d) Vietnam

President Donald Trump announced on February 5, 2019 that he will hold the second summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on February 27-28, 2019 as part of his administration’s endeavours to denuclearise North Korea.

3. (b) United Arab Emirates

UAE leaders announced the construction of the “Church of Saint Francis” and ‘Mosque of Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb’ in Abu Dhabi in honour of the two religious leaders. They will serve as beacons to uphold the values of tolerance, moral integrity and human fraternity in the UAE.

4. (c) Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Government has set up a committee to review various schemes being implemented for the welfare of tribals in the state. The 17-member committee will be headed by former MLA and Shramjeevi Sanghatna president Vivek Pandit.

5. (b) Kerala

Kerala became the first state to set up a Price Monitoring and Research Unit to track the violation of prices of medical devices and essential drugs. The move came more than 5 years after NPPA proposed such a system for the states and UTs.

6. (a) GSAT-31

Indian Space Research Organisation’s latest communication satellite, GSAT-31 was successfully launched by Arianespace aboard its launch vehicle Ariane 5 from the spaceport in French Guiana on February 5, 2019. GSAT-31 is India’s 40th communication satellite and it will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites.

7. (b) Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has proposed a new nuclear missiles treaty that could possibly include India as he delivered the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Some of India’s Prithvi and Agni class missiles could fall under the ambit of such a treaty. 

8. (b) 88

The oldest captive elephant in Asia and Guinness record holder, 88-year old Dakshayani, passed away at a care centre in Pappanamcode on February 5, 2019. In 2016, she was conferred the “Gaja Muthassi” (elephant granny) title and entered the Guinness book of records.

9. (c) Odisha

The Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on February 6, 2019 laid the foundation stone for three highway projects worth over Rs 2,345 crore in Odisha. The projects will ensure better connectivity of the mineral-rich Angul and Dhenkanal districts of Odisha with the rest of the state. 

10. (b) Rs 1000 crore 

In an election eve vote-on-account budget for 2019-20, the Chandrababu Naidu government in Andhra Pradesh on February 5, 2019 announced an economic support scheme for farmers and doubled the unemployment pension to Rs 2,000. The state government also doubled the allocation to Rs 1000 crore under the Market Intervention Fund for farmers.

SET 4

1. Textile Minister Smriti Irani has launched India Size project in which city?
a) Pune
b) Mumbai 
c) Lucknow 
d) Ahmedabad

2. The Union Cabinet on February 6, 2019 approved MoU between India and which nation in the field of Biotechnology?
a) Switzerland
b) Poland
c) Finland
d) Italy

3. Which city hosted the 2nd National Conference of Micro Missions of National Police Mission?
a) Bengaluru 
b) Chennai 
c) New Delhi 
d) Mumbai 

4. Donald Trump has nominated US treasury diplomat David Malpass to head which international body?
a) United Nations
b) World Bank
c) IMF
d) WHO

5. Which nation signed an accord to become the 30th member of the US-led NATO on February 6, 2019?
a) Greece
b) Macedonia
c) Palestine
d) Israel

6. Which state has declared forcing women to undergo virginity test as a punishable offence?
a) Haryana
b) Uttar Pradesh
c) Maharashtra
d) Tamil Nadu

7. The Union Cabinet has approved how much higher power allocation to the state of Telangana?
a) 85 percent
b) 70 percent
c) 65 percent
d) 55 percent

8. According to NASA and NOAA, which year has been recorded as the fourth warmest on record?
a) 2019
b) 2017
c) 2018
d) 2016

9. Which project was launched to help India arrive at a standard Indian Size for the ready-to-wear clothing industry?
a) Standard Indian project
b) Indian Clothing Project
c) Ready-to-wear India project
d) India Size project

10. The government has decided to set up Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog for the welfare of which animal?
a) Cow
b) Tiger
c) Rhino 
d) Goat

ANSWERS

1. (b) Mumbai
The Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani launched the India Size project in Mumbai on February 6, 2019.  A first-of-its-kind project in the history of the country, India Size aims to arrive at a standard Indian Size for the ready-to-wear clothing industry, on the lines of the standardised sizes available in countries such as the USA and the UK.

2. (c) Finland
The Union Cabinet has approved the MoU between India and Finland for cooperation based on mutual interest in the field of Biotechnology, for funding and implementing ambitious industry-led innovative and transnational projects within the broad scope of research development and innovation.

3. (c) New Delhi 
The Bureau of Police Research and Development, BPRD will organise the 2nd National Conference of Micro Missions of National Police Mission in New Delhi on February 7, 2019. The two day Conference will discuss the issues of Skills and Competence at the grass-root level, attitudinal changes in police, gender sensitisation, harnessing technology and community policing. Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir N. N.Vohra will inaugurate the conference. 

4. (b) World Bank
The US President, Donald Trump has nominated senior Treasury official David Malpass as the next chief of the World Bank. He would replace Jim Yong Kim as the president if voted by the Directors of the World Bank Group. The position of Managing Director of International Monetary Fund has gone to Europe.

5. (b) Macedonia
Macedonia on February 6, 2019 signed an accord to join NATO to become the 30th member of the US-led alliance. The Macedonia-NATO accord follows a deal with Greece ending a 27-year-old dispute over Macedonia’s name. The accord must now be ratified by allied governments.

6. (c) Maharashtra
The Maharashtra government on February 6, 2019 announced that it will soon make forcing a woman to undergo virginity test a punishable offence. The demeaning custom is allegedly followed in the Kanjarbhat community among others, whereby a newly-wed woman has to prove that she was virgin prior to the marriage. Some youths from the community have launched an online campaign against it.

7. (a) 85 percent
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Power to allocate 85 per cent power from Telangana Super Thermal Power Project (4000MW) of NTPC Ltd to the Telangana government. The higher allocation will ensure that the central government has taken the necessary measures as enumerated in the thirteenth schedule of the AP reorganisation act.

8. (c) 2018
An independent analysis by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have found that earth’s global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880. According to scientists, global temperatures in 2018 were 0.83 degrees Celsius warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean. Globally, 2018’s temperatures rank behind those of 2016, 2017 and 2015. 

9. (d) India Size project
The Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani launched the India Size project in Mumbai on February 6, 2019. A first-of-its-kind project in the history of the country, India Size aims to arrive at a standard Indian Size for the ready-to-wear clothing industry, on the lines of the standardised sizes available in countries such as the USA and the UK.

10. (a) Cow
The Union Government has decided to set up Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog to upscale sustainable genetic up-gradation of cow resources and to enhance production and productivity of cows. The committee would also look into implementing policies and schemes for welfare of cows. It aims to enhance the production and productivity cows.