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1. Recently, India successfully test fired the Surface to Air Missile AKASH with indigenous radio frequency seeker from which of the following place in India?
On 5 December 2017, India has successfully test-fired a supersonic Surface to Air Missile AKASH with domestically built indigenous radio frequency seeker against target Banshee from Chandipur near Balasore, Odisha.
Akash is an indigenous missile targeting a UAV 'Banshee', was fired from the launch complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. It is the first supersonic surface-to-air missile with the indigenous seeker in India and is being inducted into Indian Army as a short range surface-to-air missile.
2. The Tropical Cyclone Ockhi affected coastal states of India named by which of the following countries?
Worldwide, cyclones are named by following 9 regions- North Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific, Central North Pacific, Western North Pacific, North Indian Ocean, South West Indian Ocean, Australian, Southern Pacific, South Atlantic.
Cyclones in the North Indian Ocean basin are named by the Indian Meteorological Department and the first tropical cyclone was named in 2004 as Onil (given by Bangladesh). The name Ockhi was also given by Bangladesh which means ‘eye’ in the Bengali language.
3. Which of the following statements is not correct regarding Cryptocurrency?
a. Cryptocurrency is digital or virtual currency
b. Cryptocurrency can be stored electronically in Blockchain
c. Cryptocurrency usually offered through IPOs
d. Cryptocurrency usually offered through ICOs
It is a digital or virtual currency created and stored electronically in block chains (a master ledger records and stores all the information regarding the currency along with its owner) while it has no physical existence and cannot be redeemed in another commodity like gold. Encryption techniques have been used to control its creation as a monetary unit and to verify the transfer of funds involved. Till date, there are no guidelines or policies regarding its supply available from any regulatory authority in India. So, a completely decentralised network is involved in the supply of Cryptocurrency.
The cryptocurrencies a new avatar of blockchain-based financial products issued through initial coin offerings (ICO) has become a viable alternative to more traditional means of raising capital globally. ICO is like IPO (Initial Public Offering) but it differs in the extent that instead of issuing shares of a company or enterprise, ICO offers crypto-tokens at a predetermined rate.
4. Which of the following state become the first to adopt endorse Centre’s triple talaq draft bill?
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. Madhya Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh has become the first State to endorse the Central government’s draft bill that makes instant triple talaq a cognisable and non-bailable offence. The draft law, which provides for three-year imprisonment and a fine to a man trying to divorce his wife by uttering “talaq” three times, got the State government’s approval at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on Tuesday night.
On August 22, the Supreme Court struck down triple talaq, calling the practice unconstitutional and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution, which provides for equality before the law. The draft ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ was sent by the Centre to the States as the practice continued despite the Supreme Court striking it down.
5. The USA has launched the largest-ever joint air drill with which of the following countries?
a. South Korea
The United States along with South Korea kicked off their largest-ever joint air exercise, an operation North Korea has labelled an "all-out provocation", days after Pyongyang fired its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile on 4 December 2017.
The annual exercise comes five days after the nuclear-armed North test-fired a new ICBM, which it says brings the whole of the continental United States within range.