21 December 2017: The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover topics like Indian army's major exercise 'Hamesha Vijayee', India’s MoU with Myanmar over Rohingya Muslims and new acting Chairperson of NGT among others.
1. Which state’s government has approved the setting up of ‘cow protection committees’?
c) Uttar Pradesh
2. Who passed the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017?
a) Union Cabinet
b) Lok Sabha
c) Rajya Sabha
3. India has signed a MoU with which nation to develop Rakhine state, to enable safe return of Rohingya Muslims?
c) United States
4. Who resigned as the Chairperson of National Green Tribunal on 19 December 2017?
a) Justice Swatanter Kumar
b) Justice Raghuvendra Singh Rathore
c) Justice U D Salvi
d) Justice M Sasidharan Nambiar
5. Indian army conducted a major exercise called 'Hamesha Vijayee' in which state?
b) Arunachal Pradesh
d) Jammu and Kashmir
6. Which nation has announced its intention of hosting a meeting of WTO member nations in Feb 2018 to garner support for issues like food security?
7. Indian navy conducted bilateral military exercise ‘Naseem-Al-Bahr’ with which nation’s naval force?
a) Saudi Arabia
8. India has signed a financial agreement for a skill strengthening project with which International financial institution?
a) International Monetary Fund
b) International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
c) World Bank
d) Asian Development Bank
9. The lawmakers of which nation voted to remove presidential age limits, paving way for their current President to serve a sixth term in office?
d) The Gambia
10. Indian navy completed the 2nd phase of joint oceanographic survey with which country’s naval force?
b) Sri Lanka
d) United States
11. Who has been appointed as the acting chairperson of National Green Tribunal (NGT), following Justice Swatanter Kumar’s superannuation?
a) Justice Jawad Rahim
b) Justice Raghuvendra Singh Rathore
c) Justice M Sasidharan Nambiar
d) Justice U D Salvi
12. Which among the following bills has been passed by both the houses of the Parliament, as of 19 December 2017?
a) The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017
b) The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017
c) Calcutta Pilots Act of 1859
d) The 1911 Prevention of Seditious Meeting Act
Answers with explanation
1. (c) Uttar Pradesh
In perhaps the first such move in any state, the Uttar Pradesh government has approved the setting up of 'Cow Protection Committees' in each district in Uttar Pradesh, headed by the district magistrate and police chief. The panel also includes two private "cow-loving persons."
2. (b) Lok Sabha
The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed by the Lower House of the Parliament, Lok Sabha on 20 December 2017. The bill would amend regulations governing compensation amount payable for acquisition of immovable property by the central government for defence and security purposes.
3. (b) Myanmar
India on 20 December 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Myanmar to develop Rakhine state, the region from where thousands of Rohingya Muslims had fled to Bangladesh following a military crackdown. Under the deal, the Indian government has proposed to take up, among others, a project to build prefabricated housing in Rakhine State, so as to meet the immediate needs of returning people.
4. (a) Justice Swatanter Kumar
The Chairperson of National Green Tribunal (NGT), Justice Swatanter Kumar announced his retirement from the post on 19 December 2017, after completing his five-year tenure. A full bench reference was organised at the NGT on the occasion.
5. (c) Rajasthan
The Indian army's Southern Command conducted a major exercise called 'Hamesha Vijayee' in the deserts of Rajasthan to evaluate the capability of the armed forces to strike deep into enemy territory. The exercise was conducted in an integrated air-land battle scenario.
6. (c) India
India has announced that it would be hosting a meeting of World Trade Organisation (WTO) member countries in February 2018 to muster support for food security and other issues. India has been keenly pushing agriculture issues at the World Trade Organisation.
7. (d) Oman
The Indian navy recently conducted bilateral military exercise ‘Naseem-Al-Bahr’ with Oman’s naval force. The exercise is the 11th edition and has been a biennial feature since 1993. The Indian ships, Trikand and Teg, entered Muscat on 16 December 17 for the harbour phase.
8. (c) World Bank
India on 19 December 2017 signed a financing agreement worth US$ 125 million with the World Bank for ‘Skills Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement Operation (Strive) Project”. The main objective of the operation is to improve access to quality and market-driven vocational training and apprenticeships.
9. (b) Uganda
The lawmakers of Uganda voted overwhelmingly to remove presidential age limits, paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni to serve a sixth term in office. The highly controversial bill was passed with 315 votes in favour, 62 against and two abstentions. Under current laws Museveni, 73, would not be eligible to run for office again in 2021 as candidates over 75 are not allowed.
10. (b) Sri Lanka
The Indian Navy in collaboration with the Sri Lankan navy successfully completed the second phase of the joint oceanographic survey conducted off the South Western Coast of Sri Lanka. The main aim behind launching the joint oceanographic survey was to update all the navigational charts, covering the southern Sri Lankan waters with the latest hydrographic data.
11. (d) Justice U D Salvi
Judicial member, Justice U D Salvi has been appointed as the acting Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), following the retirement of Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on 19 December 2017. Salvi would be serving at the position until the appointment of a new Chairperson.
12. (a) The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017 that aims to bring about major changes in the Companies Act, 2013, was passed by the upper house of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha on 19 December 2017 by a voice vote. The Bill seeks to amend the companies law to strengthen corporate governance standards, initiate strict action against defaulting companies and help improve ease of doing business in the country.