1ST WEEK MAY (ENGLISH)

SET 1

1. The United Nations Security Council recently designated which organisation’s chief as a Global Terrorist?
a) Jaish-e-Mohammad
b) Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen
c) National Thawheed Jamath
d) Jamathei Milathu Ibrahim

2. Which Indian shooter has attained world number one position in 10m air rifle?
a) Apurvi Chandela
b) Anjum Moudgil
c) Manu Bhaker
d) Divyansh Singh Panwar

3. Who has been nominated by Hockey India for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award?
a) Akashdeep Singh
b) PR Sreejesh
c) Deepika
d) Chinglensana Singh Kangujam

4. Which nation’s President has signed a controversial internet bill into law?
a) South Korea
b) China 
c) Sri Lanka
d) Russia 

5. Which nation has barred preaching religious, radical ideologies glorifying terrorism?
a) Australia
b) New Zealand 
c) Sri Lanka 
d) United Kingdom 

6. 
Who was named as first non-British President of the Marylebone Cricket Club?

a) MS Dhoni
b) Kumar Sangakkara
c) Brett Lee
d) Chris Gayle

7. The National Shooting Federation recently nominated whom for the 2019 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award?
a) Jitu Rai
b) Abhinav Bindra
c) Apurvi Chandela
d) Heena Sidhu

8. Who was named as the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA)?
a) Virgil Van Dijk
b) Dele Alli
c) Raheem Sterling
d) John Stones

Answers

1. (a) Jaish-e-Mohammad

The 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council on May 1, 2019 designated Pakistan’s Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a Global Terrorist. With the addition of Azhar to the Al‑Qaida Sanctions List, he will be subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. The Sanctions List currently contains the names of 262 individuals and 83 entities.

2. (a) Apurvi Chandela

India’s Apurvi Chandela on May 1, 2019 became world number 1 in women’s 10m air rifle event, according to the latest rankings released by the International Shooting Sport Federation. In February 2019, Chandela shot a world record score of 252.9 to clinch gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi. 

3. (b) PR Sreejesh

Hockey India on May 1, 2019 nominated ace Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and three other players for the Arjuna Award. The player names recommended for the Arjuna Award include midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and forward Akashdeep Singh and women’s team defender Deepika.

4. (d) Russia 

President Vladimir Putin on May 1, 2019 signed a new measure into law that will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country’s internet from the rest of the world and create a new national network. The ‘sovereign internet’ bill aims to expand government control over the Internet. 

5. (c) Sri Lanka 

The Sri Lankan Government has issued orders preventing any person from preaching religious, extremist or radical ideologies that glorify terrorism. The order also banned any foreigner from preaching any such ideology and few persons involved in it have been deported. 

6. (b) Kumar Sangakkara

Former Sri Lanka captain, Kumar Sangakkara was on May 1, 2019 appointed as the President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), England. With this, Sangakkara became the first non-British to head the Club.

7. (d)  Heena Sidhu

The National Shooting Federation on April 29, 2019 recommended pistol ace Heena Sidhu and trap shooter Ankur Mittal for the 2019 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sporting honour. 

8. (c) Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling was named as the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA). The Manchester City and England forward topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership as a clear winner, with 62 percent of the votes.

SET 2

1. Which Indian wrestler bagged gold medal in the 2019 Ali Aliyev Wrestling Tournament?

b) Vinesh Phogat
c) Sushil Kumar
d) Harpreet Singh

2. Which country topped the recently released ICC Test Team Rankings?

a) England
b) India
c) New Zealand
d) Australia

3. Which Indian Navy Ship will be decommissioned soon after having served for 36 years?

a) INS Kalvari
b) INS Vikram
c) INS Ranjit
d) INS Viraat

4. Who among the following was recently awarded with France’s Highest Civilian Honour?

b) K Sivan 
c) Sudha Krishnan
d) Ajay Narayan Jha

5. ISRO plans to launch which among the following satellites by the end of May 2019?

a) RISAT 2
b) RISAT 2BR1
c) RISAT 4DX
d) RISAT 3A

6. When was World Press Freedom Day 2019 observed?

a) May 2
b) May 3
c) May 1
d) April 30

7. According to a new Supreme Court ruling, who can file a dowry harassment complaint on behalf of the victim?

a) Father

b) Mother 
c) Brother 
d) Any Relative

8. Who among the following boycotted the proceedings of the in-house Supreme Court panel?a) Complainant 
b) CJI Ranjan Gogoi
c) Justice Indu Malhotra 
d) Justice SA Bobde

ANSWERS

1. (a) Bajrang Punia

World number one Bajrang Punia on May 2, 2019 won the gold medal after defeating Viktor Rassadin 13-8 in the finals of men’s 65kg freestyle in the 2019 Ali Aliyev Wrestling Tournament in Kaspiisk, Russia. This is his second title in two weeks. Earlier on April 23, Bajrang won gold in the same category, beating Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov 12-7 in the final of the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi’an, China.

2. (b) India

3. (c) INS Ranjit

4. (a) A S Kiran Kumar

Former ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar was on May 2, 2019 conferred with France’s highest civilian honour, Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Legion d’Honneur, for his contribution to India-France space cooperation.

5. (b) RISAT 2BR1

6. (b) May 3

7. (d) Any Relative

The Supreme Court of India in a landmark judgement on April 30, 2019, ruled that any relative of a woman, who is undergoing cruelty and dowry harassment by her husband or in laws, can file a complaint against them.

8. (a) Complainant

The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on May 1, 2019 had a meeting with the three-member in-house Supreme Court committee that was looking into the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him by a former woman employee of the court. The move comes after the complainant on April 30 decided to boycott the proceedings of the in-house panel set up by the apex court to inquire into the charges.

SET 3

1. Which space agency is planning to send a probe to study the sun in 2020?
a) ISRO 
b) NASA
c) CNSA
d) Roscosmos 

2. Which financial institution has imposed fines on prepaid payment instrument issuers for violating norms?
a) SIDBI
b) RBI 
c) NHB
d) WB

3. Stevo Pendarovski has won the run-off Presidential elections conducted in which of the following nations?
a) Catalonia 
b) North Macedonia 
c) Northern Ireland 
d) Albania 

4. How many constituencies have gone to polls in Uttar Pradesh in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha Polls?
a) 10
b) 13
c) 8
d) 14

5. The United States has decided to deploy a carrier strike group and a bomber task force in the Middle East as a warning message to which nation?
a) Turkey 
b) Syria
c) Iran
d) Yemen 

6. The fifth phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 saw polling in how many constituencies?
a) 51
b) 75
c) 99
d) 105

7. The Indian Navy recently launched the fourth Scorpene class Submarine of Project 75. Name the submarine.
a) INS Kalvari
b) INS Vela
c) INS Khanderi
d) INS Vagir

8. Which personality recently invested in Ola Electric Mobility (OEM), the electric vehicle business of cab aggregator Ola?
a) Mukesh Ambani
b) Aditya Birla
c) Ratan Tata
d) Anil Ambani

ANSWERS

1. (a) ISRO 

The Indian Space Research Organization is planning to send a probe to study the sun early in 2020. The satellite would be in a halo orbit around the L1 (Lagrangian point 1) of the Sun-Earth system so that it has the advantage of continuously viewing the Sun without any occultation or eclipses. The L1 is 1.5 million kms from the Earth. 

2. (b) RBI 
The Reserve Bank of India on May 3, 2019 announced that it has imposed penalties on five prepaid payment instrument (PPI) issuers, including Vodafone m-pesa and PhonePe, for violation of regulatory norms.

3. (b) North Macedonia

Stevo Pendarovski, supported by the ruling Social Democrats (SDSM), has won the North Macedonian presidency in a run-off vote, conducted on May 5, 2019. The 56-year-old garnered 51.66 percent of the vote, beating nationalist VMRO’s Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova who got 44.73 percent. The remaining 3.61 percent of the votes were void.

4. (d) 14
In the fifth phase of polls in Uttar Pradesh, the polling has begun in 14 parliamentary constituencies including Lucknow, Raibarely, Amethi, Sitapur, Kaushambi, Gonda, Banda, Fatehpur, Faizabad, Mohanlalganj, Kaiserganj, Daurahra, Barabanki and Behraich. The polling will decide the fate of a total of 182 candidates including key candidates such as Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

5. (c) Iran 
The United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran, US national security adviser John Bolton announced on May 5, 2019.

6. (a) 51

The voting for fifth phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 was held on May 6, 2019 in 51 constituencies spread over seven states. The polling was held for 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in Rajasthan, 7 each in Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, 5 in Bihar and 4 in Jharkhand. In Jammu and Kashmir, polling was held in Pulwama and Shopian districts of Anantnag and Ladakh constituencies.

7. (b) INS Vela
The Indian Navy on May 6, 2019 launched the fourth Scorpene class Submarine of Project 75 ‘INS Vela’ at the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of Mazagon Dock Limited at Mumbai, Maharashtra. The submarine will now undergo rigorous trials and tests in both harbour and sea phases before induction into the Indian Navy.

8. (c) Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata, the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, invested in Ola Electric Mobility (OEM), the electric vehicle business of cab aggregator Ola. However, the details of the investment were not disclosed. Tata is also an early investor in ANI Technologies, Ola’s parent company. He had invested in ANI Technologies in July 2015.

SET 4

1. Who was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court?
a) Justice Ramachandra Menon
b) Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi
c) Justice Alok Kumar Singh
d) Justice Vikram Sethi

2. Which institution recently rejected plea by 21 opposition parties for 50% VVPAT verification?
a) Election Commission of India
b) Supreme Court
c) Delhi High Court
d) Central Government

3. When was the World Asthma Day 2019 observed?
a) 4 May
b) 5 May
c) 6 May
d) 7 May

4.
 Which Indian Navy Ship was decommissioned after having served for 36 years?

a) INS Kalvari
b) INS Vikram
c) INS Ranjit
d) INS Viraat

5. 
Which organisation launched USD 5 billion Action Plan for Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Blue Economies for the Asia and Pacific?

a) United Nations
b) World Bank
c) Asian Development Bank
d) Greenpeace Organisation

6. India agreed to strengthen economic co-operation with which nation recently?
a) United States
b) China
c) Russia
d) United Kingdom

7. Who was named as the new Prime Minister of Mali on May 5, 2019?
a) Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
b) Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga
c) Boubou Cisse
d) Dioncounda Traoré

8. 
Which sportsperson was awarded with the highest US civilian honour?

a) Michael Jordan
b) Serena Williams
c) Tiger Woods
d) Dwayne Johnson

9.
 Which nation has launched Ramzan campaign to benefit over 2.5 million people in Yemen?

a) Bahrain 
b) Saudi Arabia 
c) Qatar 
d) UAE

10. 
The Election Commission has allowed relaxation of the model code of conduct in which among the following states?

a) Karnataka
b) Jammu and Kashmir
c) Madhya Pradesh 
d) Maharashtra 

Answers

1. (a) Justice Ramachandra Menon
Justice PR Ramachandra Menon was on May 6, 2019 sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court. The office the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh fell vacant after the resignation of Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi following his appointment as Judicial Member in the Lokpal.

2. (b) Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on May 7, 2019 rejected the review petition filed by 21 opposition parties seeking 50 percent verification of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during counting of votes in Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The petition was filed after the conclusion of third phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 by leaders of 21 Opposition political parties led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. 

3. (d)  7 May
The World Asthma Day was observed across the globe on May 7, 2019, the first Tuesday of May 2019. The day is observed across the world to spread awareness about Asthma and its care around the world. The day is organised and sponsored by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) as a partnership between health care groups and asthma educators to raise awareness about asthma. 

4. (c) INS Ranjit
INS Ranjit, a Rajput class front-line missile destroyer, was decommissioned at a ceremony at Naval Dockyard at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, after having served the Indian Navy for 36 years. On the sunset of May 6, 2019, the National Flag, Naval Ensign and Commissioning Pennant onboard the INS Ranjit were lowered for one last time, indicating the end of the Ranjit era in the Indian Navy.

5. (c) Asian Development Bank
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched the Action Plan for Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Blue Economies for the Asia and Pacific region at the 52nd Annual Meeting of ADB’s Board of Governors in Fiji. The plan will expand financing and technical assistance for ocean health and marine economy projects to USD 5 billion from 2019 to 2024.

6. (a) United States
India and the United States have agreed to strengthen economic co-operation and bilateral trade by ensuring greater collaboration amongst stakeholders, including government, businesses and entrepreneurs. 

7. (c) Boubou Cisse
Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on May 5, 2019 named a new government under Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, after his predecessor Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga resigned last month amid widespread protests over an upsurge of deadly inter-communal violence. Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his entire cabinet resigned on April 18 following the massacre of around 160 members of the Fulani herding community on March 23 in the village of Ogossagou.

8. (c) Tiger Woods
US President Donald Trump on May 6, 2019 bestowed Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, describing the golfer as one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports. The 43-year-old is only the fourth and the youngest golfer ever to have received the highest American civilian award.

9. (d) UAE 
The UAE has launched its Ramzan campaign in Yemen, which will include a package of charity and humanitarian initiatives that will benefit over 2.5 million people, including 1.5 million children and 5 lakh women.

10. (d) Maharashtra 
The Election Commission of India has permitted relaxation in the model code of conduct for the Maharashtra government to undertake drought relief works. The relaxation was made after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis wrote to the EC on April 30 on the issue. Polling for all the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state got over on April 29.