1 January to 7 January 2018: JagranJosh weekly quizzes will help you revise for competitive exams at an ease, as it hosts the most important occurrences of the week. The quizzes in this week’s segment cover topics including Mali election, UNESCO and Open Defecation free among others.
1. Who was appointed as the Prime Minister of Mali?
a) Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga
b) Boubacar Keita
c) Abdoulaye Idrissa
d) Modibo Sidibe
2. Who inaugurated the online portal ‘NARI’ for women empowerment in New Delhi on 2 January 2018?
a) Nirmala Sitharaman
b) Maneka Sanjay Gandhi
c) Venkaiah Naidu
d) Ram Nath Kovind
3. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 3 January 2017 approved mandatory packaging of foodgrains and sugar in which material?
4. CCEA on 3 January 2018 approved construction, operation and maintenance of 2-lane bi-directional Zojila Tunnel in which state?
a) Himachal Pradesh
c) Arunachal Pradesh
d) Jammu & Kashmir
5. Who took charge as the new chief of the Narcotics Control Bureau?
b) R R Bhatnagar
c) Bipin Rawat
d) Raman Singh
6. Which country recently confirmed its withdrawal from UNESCO following the withdrawal of US?
a) Saudi Arabia
7. The United States has suspended security aid to which nation?
b) North Korea
8. Which state has decided to impose a spot fine of Rs 500 for open defecation?
d) Uttar Pradesh
9. Which two nations have become the first in Gulf to introduce VAT?
a) Kuwait and Qatar
b) UAE and Saudi Arabia
c) UAE and Kuwait
d) Bahrain and Oman
10. Which state has become the second one in the North East to be declared Open Defecation free?
c) Arunachal Pradesh
1. (a) Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga
Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita appointed Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga as the new Prime Minister of the country. Boubeye Maiga is expected to form a new government following the resignation of his predecessor Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga and his entire cabinet.
2. (b) Maneka Sanjay Gandhi
Union Minister of Women & Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurated an online portal NARI in New Delhi on 2 January 2018. The portal will provide women citizens with easy access to information on government schemes and initiatives for women.
3. (c) Jute
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 3 January 2017 approved mandatory packaging of foodgrains and sugar in the jute material for the Jute Year 2017-18. The Jute Year 2017-18 period is from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.
4. (d) Jammu & Kashmir
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 3 January 2018 approved construction, operation and maintenance of 2-lane bi-directional Zojila Tunnel with parallel escape tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.
5. (a) Abhay
IPS officer Abhay took charge as the new chief of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The post of the NCB DG was lying vacant since April 2017 when the incumbent R R Bhatnagar was appointed as the DG of CRPF.
6. (b) Israel
Israel formally notified the UN’s culture and education body of its withdrawal from the organization. UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay stated that Israel would leave on 31 December 2018.
7. (d) Pakistan
The United States of America has suspended over 1 billion US dollar security assistance to Pakistan, accusing the nation of harbouring terror groups like the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network within its border and showing the unwillingness to take ‘decisive actions’ against them.
8. (c) Maharashtra
The state government of Maharashtra has announced a spot fine of 500 rupees for open defecation. In a Government Resolution (GR) issued by the urban development department recently, the state government has empowered various municipal corporations and councils to levy spot fines on people and institutions for littering, spitting and urinating in public places.
9. (b) UAE and Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) for the very first time on 1 January 2018. The move is a first for the Gulf region, which has long boasted of a tax-free system. VAT is a five per cent tax that will be levied on most goods and services to boost revenue.
10. (c) Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh has emerged as the second state in the Northeast, after Sikkim, to be declared Open Defecation Free. The state has 21 districts in total and it managed to attain the feat much before the national deadline of 2 October 2019.