2ND WEEK (ENGLISH)

SET 1

1. When is the International Women’s Day celebrated across world?

a) 7th March
b) 8th March
c) 9th March
d) 10th March

2. 
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 7, 2019 released the Dictionary on which of the following to highlight the India’s Freedom Struggle?

a) Indian Army
b) Indian Air Force
c) Indian Martyrs
d) Police Officers

3. 
Which app has been launched by Union Urban Affairs Minister that digitilises the process of conversion of a property from leasehold to freehold?

a) e-Dharti
b) Proper-T
c) Urban-U
d) Conversion 

4. 
The Supreme Court has approved to form mediation panel to resolve Ram Temple-Babri Masjid dispute case. The mediation proceedings are scheduled to take place in which city?

a) Prayagraj
b) Faizabad
c) Varanasi
d) Lucknow

5. Thirty-six nations have signed an open letter criticizing which nation’s human rights record?

a) Russia
b) Israel
c) Myanmar 
d) Saudi Arabia

6. Ausaf Sayeed has been appointed as the new Indian Ambassador to which nation?

a) Egypt
b) Kazakhstan 
c) Saudi Arabia
d) UAE

7. The Union Cabinet has approved a MoU on Cancer Research Initiative between India and which nation?

a) Germany 
b) Japan
c) UK 
d) Austria

8. Kummanam Rajasekharan recently resigned as the Governor of which state?

a) Mizoram
b) Assam
c) Meghalaya
d) West Bengal

9. The BCCI in the latest list of Central Contracts demoted which player?

a) Khaleel Ahmed 
b) Rohit Sharma 
c) Jasprit Bumrah
d) Shikhar Dhawan

10. Marayoor jaggery, a world-famous delicacy, got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag recently. It belongs to which state?

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

Answers

1. (b) 8 March

The International Women’s Day 2019 was observed across the world on March 8, 2019 with an aim to empower women in all settings, be it rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who work constantly to assert women’s rights and realise their full potential.

2. (c) Indian Martyrs

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 7, 2019 released the Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle (1857-1947) at an event in Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi. This five-volume dictionary contains account of the martyrs from India’s First War of Independence in 1857, to India’s Independence in 1947.

3. (a) e-Dharti

Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep S Puri has launched e-Dharti app, which is a new online system where all the three main modules namely Conversion, Substitution and Mutation have been made online.  The payment system in L&DO has also been completely digitised. The public can now submit their applications online by visiting L&DO website and are not required to visit this office for submission of them and for follow up of their applications.

4. (b) Faizabad

The Supreme Court of India has decided to refer the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid title dispute case for mediation. The mediation will be held in Faizabad, newly renamed as Ayodhya and its status report will have to be submitted to the court within four weeks. The court has barred media from reporting mediation proceedings, which are to be held confidentially.

5. (d) Saudi Arabia

Thirty-six countries have signed an open letter criticising Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. The letter, read at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 7, 2019, is the first collective rebuke of the kingdom. The letter urges Saudi Arabia to release human rights activists jailed for exercising their fundamental freedoms and to disclose all information available about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

6. (c) Saudi Arabia 

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Seychelles, has been appointed as the next ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia. The Indian Foreign Service officer of the 1989 batch will succeed Ahmad Javed, who had been serving as envoy to Saudi Arabia since December 2015.

7. (c) UK 

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and UK on Cancer Research Initiative. The MoU was signed on November 14, 2018. The initiative will provide funding to develop new research alliances and undertake impactful research to enable significant progress against cancer outcomes.

8. (a) Mizoram

Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan resigned from his post on March 8, 2019. President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the resignation of Rajasekharan. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has been given additional charge of the state.

9. (d) Shikhar Dhawan

The BCCI in the latest list of Central Contracts rewarded the young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant with a Grade A retainership while demoted senior opener Shikhar Dhawan from the elite A plus category. The BCCI handed retainership to 25 cricketers in four groups of A plus (Rs 7 crore), A (Rs 5 crore), B (Rs 3 crore) and C (Rs 1 crore).

10. (b) Kerala

Marayoor jaggery, a world-famous delicacy from Idukki, Kerala, finally got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Central Government. High sweetness without salty taste, high iron content, less sodium, less insoluble impurities, organic method of production are its special features.

SET 2

1. Who launched the countrywide Pulse Polio Programme 2019? 

a) Narendra Modi
b) Ram Nath Kovind
c) Arun Jaitley
d) Dr Harsh Vardhan

2. 
President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padam Shri 2019 on which of the following personality?

a) Nambi Narayan
b) Bachendri Pal
c) Teejan Bai
d) Gautam Gambhir

3. 
Who has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of the state of Palestine?

a) Mohammad Shtayyeh 
b) Mohammad Abbas
c) Muhammad Mustafa
d) Ziad Abu-Amr

4. Which state has increased its reservation quota of OBCs to 27 per cent?

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

5. Which nation’s cricket board has written to the ICC for action against India for wearing camouflage caps?

a) Bangladesh
b) Pakistan
c) Australia
d) Sri Lanka

6. 
The Election Commission has appointed three special observers for which state?

a) Odisha
b) Mizoram
c) Jammu and Kashmir
d) Nagaland

7. Which Indian wrestler won a gold medal in 65kg freestyle at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Bulgaria?

a) Bajrang Punia
b) Vinesh Phogat
c) Sakshi Malik 
d) Sushil Kumar

8. When was National Immunisation Day 2019 observed in India?

a) 9th March
b) 10th March
c) 11th March
d) 12th March

9. 
Which organisation will carry out first all-female spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS)? 

a) NASA
b) ISRO
c) CNES
d) SpaceX

10. Which of the following personality attended the wedding of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta?

a) Antonio Guterres
b) Ban Ki-Moon
c) Emmanuel Macron
d) Justin Trudeau

Answers

1. (b) Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind on March 9, 2019 launched the Pulse Polio programme 2019 by administering polio drops to children less than five years old at the Rahstrapati Bhawan. The President administered the polio drops on the eve of the National Immunisation Day that is observed on 10 March every year.

2. (d) Gautam Gambhir

The Padma Awards 2019, one of the highest civilian awards of India, were announced on January 25, 2019 on the occasion of Republic Day eve. Gautam Gambhir, Prabhu Deva, and Late Kader Khan are among the Padma Shri awardees this year.

3. (a) Mohammad Shtayyeh 

Mohammad Shtayyeh has been named as the new Prime Minister of Palestine by the President of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. Shtayyeh, a long time ally of the Abbas, is the member of the central committee of the President’s Fatah party. Shtayyeh replaces Rami Hamdallah, who had been prime minister since 2014.

4. (d) Madhya Pradesh

The Madhya Pradesh government has issued an ordinance increasing reservation quota for the Other Backward Classes to 27 per cent from the current 14 per cent. The ordinance was issued and notified, after it received the assent from the state’s Governor Anandiben Patel on the same day.

5. (b) Pakistan  

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a strongly worded letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC), calling for action against India for wearing camouflage military caps during the third ODI against Australia.

6. (c) Jammu and Kashmir

The Election Commission (EC) has formed a three-member committee to assess the situation on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir before it takes a decision about holding the assembly elections in the troubled state.

7. (a) Bajrang Punia

India’s star wrestler Bajrang Punia won a gold medal in 65 kilogram freestyle at the International wrestling tournament, “Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov” in Ruse, Bulgaria. Punia, a World Championship silver medallist, overpowered Jordan Oliver of USA 12-3 in the final held on March 10, 2019. He also secured the maximum ranking points from the tournament.

8. (b) 10 March

President Ram Nath Kovind on March 9, 2019 launched the Pulse Polio programme 2019 by administering polio drops to children less than five years old at the Rahstrapati Bhawan. The President administered the polio drops on the eve of the National Immunisation Day that was observed on March 10, 2019.

9. (a)  NASA

US space agency NASA recently announced to carry out first all-female spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS) on March 29, 2019. Astronauts will get ground support from Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

10. (b) Ban Ki-Moon

Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and a host of politicians and Bollywood celebrities attended the wedding of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta.

SET 3

1. Which country was the largest importer of the weapons in the world during 2014-18?
a) Saudi Arabia
b) India
c) China
d) Australia

2. Which country was the world’s largest exporter of weapons during 2014-18, as per the report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)? 
a) Russia
b) United States
c) France
d) Germany

3. Google Doodle on March 12, 2019 celebrated 30 years of which invention?
a) Internet
b) HTTP
c) World Wide Web
d) Search Engines

4. Who took over as the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) recently?
a) K.N. Vyas
b) S.R. Krishnan
c) N.L. Murthy
d) A.K. Mohanty

5. The Election Commission of India on March 11, 2019 formed a three-member committee to assess the situation on the ground in which state?
a) Jammu and Kashmir
b) Chhattisgarh
c) Uttar Pradesh
d) Bihar

6. Which state has launched its 1st round polio immunization?
a) Assam
b) Manipur
c) Mizoram
d) Nagaland

7. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the President of this nation, has delayed the elections and announced that he would not be seeking a fifth term.
a) Georgia
b) Iceland
c) Algeria
d) Angola

8. Who has been reappointed as the coach of Spanish football club Real Madrid till 2022?
a) Pele
b) Jüergen Klinsmann
c) Michel Platini
d) Zinedine Zidane

9. Which space agency’s lunar orbiter has observed water molecules moving around the dayside of Moon?
a) NASA
b) ISRO
c) CNSA
d) ESA

10. The United Nations has requested which nation to establish a hybrid court to probe war crime allegations during LTTE war?
a) India
b) Sri Lanka
c) Bangladesh
d) Pakistan

ANSWERS

1. (a) Saudi Arabia
After maintaining its position of world’s largest arms importer for about 8 years, India dropped down to be the second largest importer of weapons during 2014-18. Saudi Arabia is now the world’s largest weapons importer.

2. (b) United States
As per the annual report ‘Trends in International Arms Transfers-2018’released on March 11, 2019 by the think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the five largest arms exporters in 2014-18 were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China, respectively, accounting for 75 percent of the total volume of arms exports in 2014-18.

3. (c) World Wide Web
Google Doodle on March 12, 2019 celebrated 30 years of the World Wide Web (WWW), an invention of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The doodle showed the Earth revolving inside a computer connected to a switch on its letters.

4. (d) A.K. Mohanty
Dr. A.K. Mohanty, distinguished Scientist, took over as the Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) from K.N. Vyas, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission. During the past 36 years, Mohanty has worked in several areas of nuclear physics covering collision energy from sub-Coulomb barrier to relativistic regime.

5. (a) Jammu and Kashmir
The Election Commission (EC) formed a three-member committee to assess the situation on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir before it takes a decision about holding the Assembly elections in the state. The three members of the committee are two retired IAS officers Noor Mohammed and Vinod Zutshi and a retired IPS officer, A.S. Gill.

6. (d) Nagaland
Nagaland has launched the first round of immunisation as part of  the nationwide Pulse Polio programme. Around one-and-a-half lakh children of less than five years will be given polio drops to sustain polio eradication.

7. (c) Algeria
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has announced that he will not seek a fifth term and delayed the next month’s Presidential polls following weeks of protests against his candidacy. The 82-year-old leader said, the elections would follow a national conference on political and constitutional reform to be carried out by the end of this year. He did not give a date or timeline for the delayed election.

8. (d) Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane has been re-appointed as the coach of Spanish football club Real Madrid till 2022. The Frenchman replaces Santiago Solari, who was sacked after less than five months in charge. Former Real midfielder Zidane had resigned from the club after leading it to three consecutive Champions League titles.

9. (a) NASA
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has observed water molecules moving around the dayside of Moon, a finding that could help scientists learn about accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future lunar missions.

10. (b) Sri Lanka
The United Nations has again requested Sri Lanka to establish a hybrid court consisting of international judges, lawyers and investigators to probe war crime allegations during three-decade long LTTE war. The demand had been rejected by Sri Lankan government earlier saying it has its own strong justice system.

SET 4

1. C Lalsawta was sworn in as the first Lokayukta Chairman of which state?

a) Nagaland
b) Mizoram
c) Assam
d) Tripura

2. 
Over 40 countries including India decided to ground which model of Boeing aircraft?

a) Boeing 737 MAX
b) Boeing 747 – 8
c) Boeing Next Generation 737 
d) Boeing 777 X

3. Which company became the official sponsor of ICC World Cup 2019 on March 12, 2019?

a) GoDaddy
b) Bira 91 beer
c) MRF Tyres
d) Emirates Airlines

4. Which court has reserved its verdict on plea against BCCI representing India?

a) Allahabad HC
b) Supreme Court
c) Madras HC
d) Delhi HC

5. How much money has the RBI decided to infuse into the system through open market operations?

a) Rs 12,500 crore
b) Rs 50,000 crore
c) Rs 32,500 crore
d) Rs 5600 crore

6. As per NASA, the first person on this planet is likely to be a woman.

a) Venus
b) Jupiter
c) Mars
d) Mercury

7. Russian Nobel laureate Zhores Alferov passed away at the age of 88 in the beginning of March. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his outstanding contribution in which field?

a) Physics
b) Chemistry
c) Literature
d) Physiology or Medicine

8. 
Which state presented the Tax-Free Deficit Budget for 2019-20 on March 12, 2019?

a) Haryana
b) Meghalaya
c) Gujarat
d) Sikkim

9. India fetched what position in the latest report of the World Gold Council in terms of the quantum of gold holding?

a) 3rd
b) 11th
c) 23rd
d) 31st

10. Who led to the development of World Wide Web, which recently completed its 30 years?

a) Tim Berners-Lee
b) Lerry Page
c) Jerry Yang
d) Bill Gates

Answers

1. (b) Mizoram

Retired IAS officer C Lalsawta was on March 11, 2019 sworn-in as the first Chairman of the newly-constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram. The appointment of the Lokayukta chairman was done after due consultations and fulfilment of judicious selection procedures.

2. (a) Boeing 737 MAX

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on March 12, 2019 midnight ordered to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft fleet in India with immediate effect following the Ethiopian Airlines crash. India joined the growing list of countries to have temporarily grounded the aircraft. Ethiopia, China, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom had earlier decided to suspend the Aircraft.

3. (a) GoDaddy

GoDaddy Inc., the company that manages internet names and registrations, on March 12, 2019 signed a partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC) as official sponsor of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

4. (c) Madras HC 

The Madras High Court has reserved its verdict on a public interest litigation petition filed by a Delhi-based woman seeking a direction to the Centre to de-recognise BCCI and its affiliated bodies and associations as the official representative of India.

5. (a) Rs 12,500 crore

The Reserve Bank of India, RBI has said it will infuse 12,500 crore rupees into the system through open market operations (OMOs) on March 14, 2019. The central bank said that based on an assessment of prevailing liquidity conditions and also of the durable liquidity needs going forward, it will conduct the purchase of the government securities under open market operations.

6. (c) Mars

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said that the first person on Mars is ‘likely to be a woman’. The NASA administrator did not identify a specific person but said women are at the forefront of the agency’s upcoming plans. NASA will also have its first all-female spacewalk at the end of March.

7. (a)  Physics

Zhores Alferov, a Russian physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, passed away on March 2, 2019. He was 88. His death was announced by the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, where Alferov had been a deputy since 1995. In 2000, Alferov had received the Nobel Prize in Physics together with US scientists Jack Kilby and Herbert Kroemer, for developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed-and optoelectronics.

8. (b) Meghalaya

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who also holds the finance portfolio of the state, presented the budget 2019-20 on March 12, 2019. The Meghalaya budget 2019-20 has a fiscal deficit of Rs 1323 crore, which is around 3.65 percent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).

9. (b) 11th

As per the latest report of the World Gold Council, India has the 11th largest gold reserve and the current gold holding is pegged at 607 tonnes. The top spot is occupied by US gold reserves of 8,133.5 tonnes, followed by Germany at second with 3,369.7 tonnes gold reserves.

10. (a) Tim Berners-Lee

Google Doodle on March 12, 2019 celebrated 30 years of the World Wide Web (WWW), an invention of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The doodle showed the Earth revolving inside a computer connected to a switch on its letters.

SET 5

1. Who was appointed by Supreme Court as mediator to resolve disputes of cricket administration in BCCI?
a) PS Narasimha
b) DK Jain
c) AM Sapre
d) SA Bobde

2. Indian and Pakistani officials on March 14, 2019 held the first round of talks to discuss and finalise the modalities for Kartarpur Corridor. The corridor will connect which district of Punjab with Pakistan?
a) Amritsar
b) Gurdaspur 
c) Ferozpur
d) Kartarpur 

3. When was the World Kidney Day 2019 observed globally?
a) 12 March
b) 13 March
c) 14 March
d) 15 March

4. China for the fourth time on March 13, 2019 put a technical hold on the proposal to designate Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”. The proposal was moved in UNSC by which group of countries?
a) ASEAN
b) G20
c) SAARC
d) P3

5. Which city hosted the 34th edition of ‘Aahar 2019’-International Food and Hospitality Fair?
a) New Delhi
b) Mumbai
c) Jaipur
d) Lucknow

6. The President of India awarded how many Kirti Chakras to the Armed Forces Personnel in 2019?
a) Five
b) Three 
c) Two
d) Four

7. The President of India awarded how many Shaurya Chakras to the Armed Forces Personnel in 2019?
a) 18
b) 20
c) 17
d) 15

8. Which nation would be soon setting up six nuclear power plants in India?
a) Russia
b) Japan
c) US
d) Germany 

9. Which city is hosting the Special Olympics World Games 2019?
a) Abu Dhabi
b) Oslo 
c) Tokyo
d) Sydney 

10. Over 100 have been schools closed in this nation after hundreds were poisoned due to dumping of toxic waste in a river. 
a) Indonesia
b) Thailand
c) Malaysia
d) Bangladesh

ANSWERS

1. (a) PS Narasimha

The Supreme Court on March 14, 2019 appointed senior advocate P S Narasimha as mediator for resolving various disputes related to cricket administration in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

2. (b) Gurdaspur
Indian and Pakistan’s officials on March 14, 2019 held the first round of talks to discuss and finalise the modalities for Kartarpur Corridor at the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border. The Kartarpur Road Corridor will link India’s border district of Gurdaspur with the historic Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, which was the resting place of Guru Nanak.

3. (c) 14 March
The World Kidney Day 2019 was observed on March 14, 2019, the second Thursday of March, with an aim to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys. The theme of World Kidney Day 2019 was “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere”.

4. (d) P3
Giving setback to India, China for the fourth time blocked a bid in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to designate Pakistan’s Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”. The proposal was moved by P3 countries (France, United Kingdom and United States) on February 27, 2019 to the 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council in wake of Pulwama terror attack.

5. (a) New Delhi
The 34th edition of Aahar 2019 – the International Food and Hospitality Fair, started in New Delhi on March 12, 2019. The 5-day fair was organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).

6. (b) Three
The President and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, Ram Nath Kovind conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to the Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 14, 2019.

7. (d) 15
The President and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, Ram Nath Kovind conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to the Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 14, 2019.

8. (c) US
India and the United States have agreed to build six American nuclear power plants in India, in an effort to boost bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation. The United States also reaffirmed its strong support of India’s early membership in the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group.

9. (a) Abu Dhabi
Special Olympics World Games 2019 began at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on March 14, 2019. Held in the West Asia for the first time, 7,500 athletes will take part in 24 Olympic-style sports over seven days. The event has already made history by welcoming a record-breaking 200 nations at the Games. Among the 200 nations, 195 will compete in the Games and five will observe.

10. (c) Malaysia
In Malaysia, over 100 schools have been closed after the dumping of toxic waste into a river caused hundreds of people to fall ill, including many children. A lorry is believed to have dumped the waste in southern Johor state, sending hazardous fumes across a wide area.

SET 6

1. When is the World Consumer Rights Day observed every year?

a) 12 March
b) 13 March
c) 14 March
d) 15 March

2. The West Nile Virus was recently in news due to its outbreak in which state of India?

a) Kerala
b) Haryana
c) Bihar
d) Maharashtra

3. The Reserve Bank of India categorised which bank as a Private Sector Bank for regulatory purposes?

a) Punjab National Bank
b) IDBI Bank
c) HDFC Bank
d) ICICI Bank 

4. Which country decided to freeze all assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in application of its Monetary and Financial Code?

a) United States
b) United Kingdom
c) France
d) India

5. The Geographical Indications Registry on March 1, 2019 granted the GI Tag to four categories of Arabica Coffee. Arabica Coffee is grown specifically in which state?

a) Punjab
b) Sikkim
c) Karnataka
d) West Bengal

6. 
What is the theme of the 6th edition of the Global Environment Outlook Report?

a) Healthy Planet, Healthy People
b) Save Planet, Save Water
c) Plant Trees, Plant Joy
d) Work now for Bright future 

7. The Supreme Court has set aside life ban imposed on which cricketer?

a) S Sreesanth
b) K L Rahul
c) Hardik Pandya
d) R Ashwin 

8. When was World Sleep Day 2019 observed across the world?

a) March 13th 
b) March 15th 
c) March 14th 
d) March 11th

9. When did the Supreme Court appointed mediation panel begin its first meeting on the Ayodhya case?

a) March 12th 
b) March 14th 
c) March 13th 
d) March 15th 

10. The Supreme Court has pulled up which state government over inadequate functioning of foreigners’ tribunals?

a) Jammu and Kashmir 
b) Assam
c) Arunachal Pradesh
d) Tripura

Answers

1. (d) 15 March

The World Consumer Rights Day was observed across the world on March 15, 2019 with an aim to promote basic rights of consumers and to ensure that these rights are respected and protected. The theme of 2019 World Consumer Rights Day was ‘Trusted Smart Products’.

2. (a) Kerala

As per the media reports, a seven year old boy from Malappuram District of Kerala is suffering from a West Nile Virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne disease, mostly reported in the continental United States. The West Nile Virus is mainly transmitted to human beings by the bite of an infected mosquito.

3. (b) IDBI Bank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on March 14, 2019 categorised the IDBI Bank Limited as a ‘Private Sector Bank’ for regulatory purposes with effect from January 21, 2019. The Reserve Bank of India also named the State Bank of India (SBI), the ICICI Bank and the HDFC Bank as Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs).

4. (c) France

France decided to freeze all assets of Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in application of the country’s Monetary and Financial Code. The decision came after China blocked the UNSC bid to designate Azhar as global terrorist.

5. (c) Karnataka

The Geographical Indications Registry granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Coorg Arabica Coffee, Wayanad Robusta Coffee, Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee, Araku Valley Arabica Coffee and Bababudangiris Arabica Coffee. The Coorg Arabica Coffee is grown specifically in Kodagu district in Karnataka.

6. (a) Healthy Planet, Healthy People

UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) with the theme ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People’ calls on decision makers to take immediate action to address pressing environmental issues to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other Internationally Agreed Environment Goals, such as the Paris Agreement.

7. (a) S Sreesanth

The Supreme Court of India on March 15, 2019 set aside the life ban imposed by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on cricketer S Sreesanth for indulging in spot-fixing during 2013 Indian Premier League.The judgment was delivered by a two-judge bench, comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph.

8. (b) March 15th 

The World Sleep Day was observed across the globe on March 15, 2019 with the theme ‘Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging’. The day is observed annually on the Friday before the March Equinox on the Earth, when the subsolar point appears to leave the Southern Hemisphere and cross the celestial equator, heading northward as seen from Earth.

9. (c) March 13th 

The first meeting of the three-member mediation committee on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case began in Ayodhya on March 13, 2019. The mediation meeting led by former Supreme Court judge, Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla was attended by panel members’ spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu and several litigants from both sides.

10. (b) Assam

The Supreme Court on March 13, 2019 pulled up the Assam government over inadequacies in the functioning of foreigners’ tribunals in the state. The court sought details on the matter March 27. During the hearing, the state government told the apex court that 50,000 migrants were declared foreigners by the tribunal in the past 10 years.