3RD WEEK MAY (ENGLISH)

SET 1

1. Which international agency described that Moon is shrinking and shaking from millions of years?
a)    ISRO
b)    NASA
c)    Roscosmos
d)    CNSA

2. Which extinct bird has recently re-appeared after revaluation process?
a)    White-throated rail
b)    Big head plum
c)    Brown beak crow
d)    Celestial peacock 

3. A species of which snake have discovered in the eastern part of Odisha recently?
a)    King Cobra
b)    Kraits
c)    Vine
d)    Python

4.  Which car manufacturing company has announced to abandon combustion engines by 2039?
a)    BMW
b)    Toyota
c)    Maruti Suzuki
d)    Mercedes-Benz

5. Who has been appointed as Yes Bank’s Additional Director by RBI?
a)    G Prasad
b)    R Gandhi
c)    M Mahesh
d)    P Pandey

6. Which city recently declared environmental emergency after the City’s air quality sharply worsened as a result of a series of wildfires?
a)    London
b)    Navotas City
c)    Kabul
d)    Mexico City

7. Who won the Women’s Singles Title in Madrid Open tennis?
a)    Kiki Bertens
b)    Simona Halep
c)    Serena Williams
d)    Petra Martic

8. The United Nations recently imposed sanctions on which terror group?
a)    ISIS-Khorasan
b)    ISIL-Libya
c)    Kurdistan Communities Union
d)    Mujahidin Indonesia Timur

9. Which country was recently chosen as Co-chair of Consultative Group of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery?
a)    China
b)    Japan
c)    India
d)    France

10. Which institution directed 18 states, 2 UTs to submit action plan on utilisation of treated wastewater?
a)    Supreme Court
b)    NGT
c)    Ministry of Environment
d)    Namami Gange

ANSWERS

1. (b) NASA
NASA claims that as per first evidence these faults of shrinking is still active and producing moonquakes today as the Moon continues to gradually cool.

2. (a) White-throated rail
Study published in zoological journal explained that an extinct bird came back from the dead after a process called ‘iterative evolution’ twice.

3. (c) Vine
A species of new vine snake have discovered in the eastern part of Odisha. This new species have found after a century because last discovery was made about vine snake in year 1906. 

4. (d) Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz recently announced that company would stop selling traditional combustion engine cars by 2039 and plans for its new vehicles sold worldwide by that time to be carbon-neutral.

5. R Gandhi
RBI appoints former deputy governor R Gandhi on board of Yes Bank. It is rare for the RBI to make a special board appointment.

6. (d) Mexico City

Mexico City recently declared environmental emergency after the City’s air quality sharply worsened as a result of a series of wildfires. Smoke from nearby wildfires pushed pollution of the city to levels deemed potentially harmful to human health.

7. (a) Kiki Bertens

Kiki Bertens of The Netherlands won the Women’s Singles Title in Madrid Open tennis, defeating Simona Halep. With this victory, Bertens became first woman ever to win Madrid singles title championship without dropping a set.

8. (a) ISIS-Khorasan
UN imposed sanctions on terror group ISIS-Khorasan for its links with Al-Qaeda and involvement in several attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group was formed in 2015 by a Pakistani national.

9. (c) India
India was chosen as the Co-chair of the Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) for the fiscal year 2020.  The move came after India expressed its interest to Co-chair the Group during its last meeting in October 2018.

10. (b) NGT
NGT directed 18 States and 2 Union Territories to submit their respective action plans on utilisation of treated wastewater to reduce pressure on the groundwater resources across the country.

SET 2
1. Which institution recently launched the ‘Vision 2021’ document for e-payment system?
a) FICCI
b) RBI
c) NITI Aayog
d) SEBI

2. Which nation has banned headscarf in primary schools?
a) Australia
b) New Zealand
c) Sri Lanka
d) Austria 

3. Which nation’s President has declared a national emergency to protect its computer networks?
a) Australia
b) United States
c) China
d) Japan

4. Which nation’s President is set to propose a merit-based immigration policy?
a) United States
b) United Kingdom
c) Japan 
d) Australia

5. Which among the following US states has passed a stringent abortion law?
a) Florida
b) Oklahoma
c) Virginia 
d) Alabama

6. 
Which nation would be hosting the 2023 Asian Football Cup?

a) Malaysia
b) India 
c) China 
d) Russia

7. When the National Dengue Day is observed every year in India?
a) 15 May
b) 16 May 
c) 17 May
d) 18 May

8. Which of the following countries did not join the global initiative ‘Christchurch call to action’ to combat terrorism and extremism online?
a) USA
b) France
c) India
d) Canada

9.
 Which country recently blocked all editions of Wikipedia?

a) USA
b) China
c) Russia
d) Canada

10. Which state has 35 percent of the country’s Graphite deposits as per the Geological Survey of India (GSI)?
a) Odisha
b) Arunachal Pradesh
c) Assam
d) Tamil Nadu

Answers 

1. (b) RBI
The Reserve Bank of India released ‘Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2019 – 2021’ for safe, secure, quick and affordable e-payment system. The main agenda of the document is the ‘no-compromise’ approach towards safety and security of payment systems.

2. (d) Austria
The Austrian MPs on May 15, 2019 approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling right-wing government.

3. (b) United States
US President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to protect the US computer networks from foreign adversaries. The announcement was made through an executive order that effectively bars US companies from using foreign telecoms that are believed to pose a risk to the security of the nation.

4. (a) United States
US President Donald Trump is set to announce a new proposal to overhaul the legal immigration system to give preference to foreigners based on merit rather than family ties. The decision could largely benefit thousands of Indian professionals, who end up waiting for long to get the Green Card. 

5. (d) Alabama
Alabama’s Senate has approved a stringent abortion law, which would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a crime punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison.

6. (c)China
China would be hosting the Asian Cup Football tournament in 2023. Initially South Korea was also one of the bidders for the tournament, however, the Korean Football Associated decided to pull out to strategically focus on a joint bid with North Korea to host the Women’s World Cup in the same year.

7. (b) 18 May
The National Dengue Day is observed on May 16 every year in India, with the recommendation of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The day aims to create awareness about dengue and calls to intensify preventive measures and preparedness for the control of disease.

8. (c) India
India recently joined the ‘Christchurch call to action’ initiative to combat terrorism and extremism online. The initiative was launched jointly by India, France, New Zealand, Canada and several other countries. However, the USA has declined to be a part of the initiative as of now.

9. (b) China
China blocked all the language editions of the online encyclopedia ‘Wikipedia’. China began the pro9cess of blocking language editions of Wikipedia in April 2019.

10. (b) Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh has 35 percent of the country’s Graphite deposits as per the Geological Survey of India (GSI). The State could become a leading producer of graphite in the country in future.

SET 3

1. When will be the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 held?
a) 18 May
b) 19 May
c) 20 May
d) 21 May

2. When will the Election Commission declare the results of 2019 General Elections?
a) May 23
b) May 25
c) May 27
d) May 29

3. Which sportsperson received the Knighthood on May 16, 2019?
a) Sir Alex Ferguson
b) Sir Kenny Dalglish
c) Sir Andy Murray
d) Sir Alex Scott

4. Who was awarded with the prestigious Sasakawa Award 2019?
a) Narendra Modi
b) Venkaiah Naidu
c) Nripendra Misra
d) Pramod Kumar Mishra

5. When is the World Telecommunication Day observed every year?
a) 16 May
b) 17 May 
c) 18 May
d) 19 May

6. Who among the following cricket veterans has been named in the ICC’s list of commentators for ICC cricket World Cup 2019?
a) Sachin Tendulkar
b) Rahul Dravid
c) Saurav Ganguly 
d) VVS Lakshman 

7. Former Congress leader Kadavoor Sivadasan passed away on May 17. He was a five-time MLA from which Indian state?
a) Kerala
b) Tamil Nadu
c) Karnataka
d) Andhra Pradesh

8. Which Indian actor has collaborated with American TV host David Letterman for a Netflix special?
a) Ranveer Singh 
b) Anil Kapoor
c) Anupam Kher
d) Shahrukh Khan

9. Which country has become the first in Asia to approve same-sex marriage?
a) Indonesia
b) Singapore
c) Malaysia
d) Taiwan

10. Who was appointed as head coach of the Indian men’s senior football team?

a) Igor Stimac
b) Ante Rebic 
c) Alen Halilovic 
d) Ivan Perisic 

ANSWERS

1. (b) 19 May
The Indian General Elections 2019 are drawing to a close with the final round of voting on May 19, 2019. The 7-phased elections began on April 11, 2019 to elect people’s representatives in all Parliamentary constituencies across the country for the 17th Lok Sabha. 

2. (a) May 23
The Lok Sabha elections 2019 are underway to elect people’s representatives from 543 constituencies for the 17th Lok Sabha. The election results will be declared on May 23, 2019. 

3. (c) Sir Andy Murray
Sir Andy Murray on May 16, 2019 received the Knighthood by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his services to tennis and charity.

4. (d) Pramod Kumar Mishra

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction honoured Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the ‘Sasakawa Award 2019 for Disaster Risk Reduction’. 

5. (b) 17 May 
The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was observed on May 17, 2019 across the world with an aim to raise awareness that the use of Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring societies and economies together, bridging the digital divide.

6. (c) Saurav Ganguly
The International Cricket Council has released its list of commentators for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. The stellar line-up features three Indians including former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

7. (a) Kerala
Kadavoor Sivadasan, former Kerala Minister and veteran Congress leader passed away due to age-related ailments early on May 17 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was 87. 

8. (d) Shahrukh Khan
India’s Shahrukh Khan has collaborated with the veteran American talk show host David Letterman for a Netflix stand-alone special. The show will be all about in-depth conversations. 

9. (d) Taiwan

Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. The move marks a huge victory for the LGBT community of the island nation. 

10. (a) Igor Stimac
Croatian World Cupper Igor Stimac was appointed head coach of the Indian men’s senior football team for a two-year term. Stimac has experience of over 18 years in coaching, structuring, and developing football and players back home, and internationally.

SET 4

1. When did the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 conclude?
a) 17 May
b) 18 May
c) 19 May
d) 20 May 

2. India recently delivered a pair of Mi-24 attack helicopters to which country?
a) Sri Lanka
b) Afghanistan
c) Qatar
d) Bangladesh

3. A High-Level Committee on Digital Payments recently submitted its report to the RBI. The Committee is headed by whom?
a) Nandan Nilekani
b) Kishore Sansi
c) Sanjay Jain
d) Aruna Sharma

4. UPI payments app BharatPe appointed which personality as its Brand Ambassador?
a) Aamir Khan
b) Amitabh Bachchan
c) Salman Khan
d) Akshay Kumar

5. The voting for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 was held in how many constituencies?
a) 542
b) 543
c) 544
d) 545

6. Which state’s 26 reservoirs have hit ‘zero water’ storage level?
a) Karnataka 
b) Maharashtra
c) West Bengal
d) Telangana

7. When is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development observed?
a) 20th May
b) 19th May
c) 21st May 
d) 22nd May 

8. How many states voted in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha Polls, held on May 19?
a) 7
b) 8
c) 10
d) 11

9. 
With which country naval exercise SIMBEX-2019 is scheduled from May 16 to May 22, 2019?

a) Saudi Arabia
b) Sri-Lanka 
c) Spain
d) Singapore

10.
 How many missions have been announced by ISRO to be conducted in next 10 years?

a) 6
b) 7
c) 8
d) 9

ANSWERS

1. (c) 19 May
The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 concluded on May 19, 2019 with the seventh and final phase of polling in 59 constituencies across 7 States and a Union Territory.


2. (b) Afghanistan

Vinay Kumar, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, handed over Mi-24 attack helicopters to Acting Defence Minister Asadullah Khalid at the Kabul Air Force base, Afghanistan.

3. (a) Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani-headed panel on Digital Payments submitted its report to the Reserve Bank of India. The Reserve Bank will now examine the recommendations of the Committee.

4. (c) Salman Khan
UPI payments app BharatPe appointed Bollywood actor Salman Khan as its brand ambassador. The campaign will be focused towards educating merchants and users about UPI payments.

5. (a) 542
The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 were conducted in 542 parliamentary constituencies across states and union territories. The election results will be declared on May 23, 2019.

6. (b) Maharashtra 
The statistics revealed by the Water Conservation department of Maharashtra reveals that 26 reservoirs in the state hit zero water storage level on May 18, 2019. The dams that have zero storage at the moment include Paithan, Manjara, Majalgaon, Yeldari, Siddeshwar, Lower Terna, Sina Kolegaon and Lower Dhudna in Aurangabad division. 

7. (c) 21st May 
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development will be observed on May 21, 2019. The day provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity, as three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension.

8. (a) 7

The voting for the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 was held on May 19, 2019 in 59 constituencies across 7 States and a Union Territory.

9. (d) Singapore

Indian Naval ships INS Kolkata and INS Shakti would participate in annual bilateral naval exercise between India and Singapore – SIMBEX-2019. Along with INS Kolkata and INS Shakti, Indian long range maritime patrol aircraft Poseidon-8I (P8I) will also participate in SIMBEX-19. This naval exercise is scheduled from May 16 to May 22, 2019. 

10. (b) 7
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) recently announced for its upcoming mission over next 10 years. Apart from much awaited and ambitious Chadrayaan-2 some other mega missions will be conducted. Among these seven mega missions ISRO has defined XPoSat and Aditya-L1 missions only.

SET 5

1. Which former Prime Minister’s death anniversary is observed on May 21?
a) Jawaharlal Nehru
b) Rajiv Gandhi
c) Lal Bahadur Shastri
d) Gulzarilal Nanda 

2. 
Google has announced suspension of its services with which technology giant?

a) Alibaba
b) Xiaomi
c) Baidu
d) Huawei

3. 
Which nation has suspended the procedure of filling landing cards by travelers from India and other nations?

a) US
b) Japan
c) France
d) UK 

4. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for protecting which cattle breed recently?
a) Ongole
b) Ruhade
c) Sambati
d) Anchita

5.
 What is the name of farthest place in universe where NASA’s spacecraft has recently found evidence of water?

a) Webar Galaxy
b) Giant Gracia
c) Wire Gross
d) Ultima Thule

6.
 Name of Indian spinner who recently started lifestyle brand CheQmate?

a) Kuldeep Yadav
b) Ravidra Jadeja
c) Yuzvendra Chahal
d) Ashish Nehra

7. When the World Metrology Day is observed every year?
a) 19th May
b) 20th May
c) 21th May 
d) 22th May

8. Starbucks recently opened ‘silent cafe’ in which country?
a) Japan
b) France
c) USA
d) China

9. Who was elected as the President of Indonesia recently?
a) Joko Widodo
b) Prabowo Subianto
c) Sandiaga Uno
d) Ma’ruf Amin

10. The Indian Navy recently began the IMCOR exercise with which country?
a) Russia
b) Malaysia
c) Myanmar
d) South Carolina

Answers

1. (b) Rajiv Gandhi
The 28th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was observed across the nation on May 21, 2019. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bombing at Sriperumbudur of Tamil Nadu on this day in 1991. 

2. (d) Huawei
Google has suspended all business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services and cancelled its Android license.

3. (d) UK
The UK government has scrapped the requirement of filling out landing cards by international travelers coming to the UK from countries like India, as part of a series of measures aimed at a smoother entry into Britain.

4. (a) Ongole
Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for protecting Ongole cattle breed on May 20, 2019. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu released a compendium on Ongole breed of cattle at Vijayawada recently.

5. (d) Ultima Thule
NASA has recently discovered evidences of water, ice and organic molecules on Ultima Thule’s surface, farthest place in universe.  NASA has published the first profile of Ultima Thule revealing details about the complex space object.

6. (c) Yuzvendra Chahal
India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in association with High Times Solutions (HTS) has started lifestyle brand “CheQmate”.

7. (b) 20 May
World Metrology Day is observed every year on 20 May to commemorate the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875. The theme of the 2019 World Metrology Day was ‘The International System of Units – Fundamentally better’.

8. (d) China
American coffee company Starbucks recently opened a ‘silent cafe’ in Guangzhou, China. The half of the staff at this café is hearing impaired. People can place orders without saying a word.

9. (a) Joko Widodo
Joko Widodo was re-elected as President of Indonesia for the second term, defeating rival Prabowo Subianto. Widodo and his Vice-Presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent margin over Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.

10. (c) Myanmar
The Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR) began on May 20, 2019 at Andaman and Nicobar Command. For this purpose, Myanmar Navy Ship UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV-54) arrived at Port Blair.

SET 6

1. The lawmakers of which nation amended the penal code on May 21 to introduce life sentence without parole?
a) Serbia 
b) Georgia 
c) Armenia
d) Poland

2. Which nation’s opposition has submitted no confidence motion against the ruling government?
a) Malaysia
b) Sri Lanka 
c) Indonesia
d) Australia

3. Who among the following, who is a three-time Formula One world champion, passed away on May 20?
a) Niki Lauda 
b) Graham Hill
c) James Hunt
d) Mike Hawthorn

4. Who was appointed as Pakistan High Commissioner to India? 
a) Mueenul Haq
b) Sohail Mehmood
c) Imtiaz Ahmad 
d) Zaheer Ali

5. Who won the Man Booker International Prize 2019?
a) Annie Ernaux
b) Jokha Alharthi
c) Olga Tokarczuk
d) Alia Trabucco 

6. Google announced suspension of its services with which technology giant?
a) Huawei 
b) Baidu 
c) Xiaomi
d) Alibaba

7. The voting for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 was held in how many constituencies of Uttar Pradesh?
a) 62
b) 80
c) 91
d) 100

8. Which institution recently announced creation of a specialised supervisory and regulatory structure for commercial banks, urban cooperative banks and NBFCs?
a) Finance Ministry
b) SEBI
c) RBI
d) FICCI

9. The joint exercise IMCOR is being held between India and which country?
a) Maldives
b) Mauritius 
c) Malaysia
d) Myanmar 

10.
 When is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development observed every year?

a) 19th May 
b) 20th May
c) 21st May 
d) 22nd May

ANSWERS


1. (a) Serbia
 

The Serbian lawmakers on May 21, 2019 amended the penal code to introduce a life sentence without parole, despite concerns voiced by the Council of Europe. Until now, the maximum sentence in Serbia, which seeks to join the European Union, was 40 years in prison.

2. (b) Sri Lanka
The opposition party in Sri Lanka has submitted a no confidence motion against the ruling government over Easter Sunday attacks as several programmes were organized to mark one month of the incident which killed over 250 people including 45 foreigners. 

3. (a) Niki Lauda 

Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda passed away on May 20, 2019. He was 70.  One of the best-known figures in motor racing, Lauda took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984. He is also remembered for his remarkable recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

4. (a) Mueenul Haq
Pakistan appointed Mueenul Haq as the High Commissioner to India. Haq succeeds Sohail Mehmood. Haq, a career diplomat, is currently serving as Ambassador to France.

5. (b) Jokha Alharthi

Oman author Jokha Alharthi won the prestigious ‘Man Booker International Prize 2019’ for her novel “Celestial Bodies”. The “Celestial Bodies” novel is the story of three sisters Mayya, Asma, and Khawla. The novel confronts Oman’s history of slavery, which was abolished in the country only in 1970.

6. (a) Huawei
Google has suspended all business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services and cancelled its Android license.

7. (b) 80
The seven-phased 2019 Lok Sabha Elections in Uttar Pradesh concluded on May 19, 2019 for 80 constituencies. Uttar Pradesh has 80 parliamentary constituencies, of which, 17 are reserved for a candidates belonging to scheduled caste.

8. (c) RBI
The RBI’s central board approved creation of a specialised supervisory and regulatory structure for commercial banks, Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and urban cooperative banks.

9. (d) Myanmar 
The Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR) began on May 20, 2019 at Andaman and Nicobar Command. For this purpose, Myanmar Navy Ship UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV-54) arrived at Port Blair.

10. (c) 21st May
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed on May 21, 2019 every year  to deepen understanding of the values of cultural diversity, as three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension.