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Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 13 March to 19 March 2017

Mar 19, 2017 11:02 IST

13 March to 19 March 2017: Quizzes for the week 13 March to 19 March covers the most important happenings of the week. These quizzes will help you in revising the week at an ease, as it hosts the most important occurrences/happenings of the week that may be asked in the nearest competitive exam that will be faced by you. The quizzes covered in this weekly segment include Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme and All England Open.

1.    Union Minister Uma Bharti introduced the Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Lok Sabha on 14 March 2017.

I.    The bill proposes the creation of a Single Standing Tribunal with multiple benches instead of the existing multiple tribunals.

II.    The bill proposes the appointment of Assessors to provide technical support to the tribunal.

III.    The bill proposes the introduction of a mechanism - Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) to resolve disputes cordially through negotiations before it is referred to the tribunal.

IV.    The bill proposes the setting up of a transparent data collection system at the national level for each river basin and the establishment of a centre authorised agency for the same.

Which among the above statements is correct with respect to the proposals mentioned in the bill?

a)    Only I and II

b)    All of the above

c)    None of the above

d)    Only IV

2.    The National security advisers in the US aren’t subject to Senate confirmation but the appointment of Lieutenant General HR McMaster to the post required a senate vote because:

I.    He refused to retire from military service

II.    He chose to remain as an active military officer

III.    Generals need chamber’s approval when they’re promoted

IV.    He doesn’t have prior experience in serving a political office

Which among the above statements is correct?

a)    All of the above
b)    None of the above
c)    I, II and III
d)    I, II and IV

3.    The Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) on 15 March 2017.

I.    The main objective of the scheme is to enhance export competitiveness by bridging the gap in export infrastructure.

II.    The scheme would help in ensuring smoother movement in export cargo and better quality standards and certification.

III.    Under this scheme, all central and state agencies including Commodities Boards, SEZ authorities and Export Promotion Councils will be eligible for financial support.

IV.    The funding would be in form of grant-in-aid and in normal cases it would not be more than the equity being funded by the implementing agency.

Which among the above sentences is correct with respect to the scheme’s objectives?

a)    All of the above
b)    Only I and II
c)    I, II and III
d)    I, II and IV

4.    The Executive Committee of National Mission for Clean Ganga recently approved 20 projects worth nearly Rs 1900 crore. In this regard, consider the following statements.

I.    Out of 20 projects, 13 are in Uttarakhand.

II.    All the projects will be completely funded by the Union Government.

Which is/are correct?

a)    Only I
b)    Only II
c)    Both I and II
d)    Neither I nor II

5.    Tamil Nadu’s state budget for financial year 2017-18 was presented in the assembly on 16 March 2017. Consider the following statements in context to the 2017 Tamil Nadu Budget. Consider the following statements in context to the project

I.    It was presented by the Chief Minister E Palaniswami.

II.    The State Planning Commission has been replaced by the State Development Policy Council.

III.    Mookaiyur in Ramanathapuram district of the state will get new fishing harbor.

Which is/are correct?

a)    Only I
b)    Only I and II
c)    Only II and III
d)    I, II and III

6.    Which country’s river has been granted same legal rights as that of a person?

a)    India
b)    New Zealand
c)    Brazil
d)    Greece

7.  Identify the former Chief of the Russian Athletics Federation's Medical Commission who was recently banned for lifetime by CAS in a doping case.

a)    Alexander Dyachenko
b)    Sergei Portugalov
c)    Anastasia Karabelshikova
d)    Ivan Podshivalov

8.    Who won the All England Open Men's Singles title?

a)    Lee Chong Wei
b)    Shi Yuqi
c)    Lin Dan
d)    Rashid Sidek

9.    Mission Fingerling was launched by which Ministry to achieve Blue Revolution?

a)    Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
b)    Ministry of Power
c)    Ministry of Food Processing Industries
d)    Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

10.    As per an announcement of the Railway Ministry, a museum will be built in this State in the honour of Swami Vivekananda.

a)    Uttarakhand
b)    West Bengal
c)    Tamil Nadu
d)    Gujarat

11.    Shashank Manohar resigned as the Chairman of which international sports body?

a)    International Olympic Committee (IOC)
b)    International Hockey Federation (FIH)
c)    International Cricket Council (ICC)
d)    International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

12.    Which bloc’s highest court ruled in favour of allowing employers to ban their workers from wearing visible religious symbols including the Hijab?

a)    NATO
b)    EU
c)    SAARC
d)    ASEAN

13.    World’s first fluorescent frog was recently discovered in which of the following countries?

a)    France
b)    Argentina
c)    Australia
d)    New Zealand

14.    Double Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell Shand announced her retirement from international cycling. She represented which country?

a)    Great Britain
b)    Australia
c)    United States of America
d)    New Zealand

15.    Who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Manipur recently?

a)    Manohar Parrikar
b)    Laxmikant Parsekar
c)    M Venkaiah Naidu
d)    N Biren Singh

 

ANSWERS WITH EXPLANATION

1. (b) All of the above

The Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti introduced the Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Lok Sabha on 14 March 2017. The minister called the bill as a revolutionary step towards the resolution of Inter- State River Water Disputes.

2. (c) I, II and III

Though National security advisers aren’t subject to Senate confirmation, McMaster’s appointment to the position of Trump’s National security adviser had to be considered because he chose to remain as an active military officer rather than retire from the service and generals need the chamber’s approval when they’re promoted or given a different assignment.

3. (a) All of the above

Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) on 15 March 2017. The main objective of the scheme is to enhance export competitiveness by bridging the gap in export infrastructure, which has not been addressed by any other scheme.

4. (c) Both I and II

The Executive Committee (EC) of National Mission for Clean Ganga on 15 March 2017 approved 20 projects worth nearly Rs 1900 crore. Out of 20 projects, 13 are in Uttarakhand. All the above mentioned projects will be completely funded by the Union Government, including the expenditure on operation and maintenance of these projects.

5. (c) Only II and III

The Budget was presented by D Jayakumar, the Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu.  State Development Policy Council that will be created as replacement of State Planning Commission will be responsible for advising the state government on policy coherence and formulation of porgrammes to guide development of State.

6. (b) New Zealand

The Whanganui River in New Zealand has become the first landmark in the world to be granted the same legal rights as that of a human being, following a 140-year struggle. The river’s new legal identity comes with the passing of the Whanganui River Claims Settlement bill.

7. (b) Sergei Portugalov

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 13 March 2017 upheld a lifetime ban levied against Sergei Portugalov for his role in providing illicit substances to Russian athletes. He is former Chief of the Russian Athletics Federation's Medical Commission. The CAS upheld the ban as part of an arbitration involving the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and the Russian Athletics Federation.

8. (a) Lee Chong Wei

Top-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia on 12 March 2017 won his fourth All England Open crown.  He defeated first-time finalist Shi Yuqi of China 21-12, 21-10, to grab the Men’s Singles title at the tournament.

9. (a) Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

The main motive behind Mission Fingerling is to enhance the fisheries production from 10.79 mmt (2014-15) to 15 mmt by 2020-21.

10. (c) Tamil Nadu

The Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 12 March 2017 announced that a rail museum would be built at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district, where Swami Vivekananda delivered his elated speech.

11. (c) International Cricket Council (ICC)

Shashank Manohar, the chairman of the International Cricket Council announced on 15 March 2017 that he will be resigning from his position due to personal reasons. His resignation would be effective immediately.

12. (b) EU

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, the highest court in the European Union recently passed a ruling, allowing companies to ban staff from wearing visible religious symbols including Islamic headscarves at work.

13. (b) Argentina

A group of scientists discovered the world’s first fluorescent frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) near Santa Fe in Argentina. The frog sports a muted palette of greens, yellows and reds under normal light, but emits a bright blue and green glow in the dark. The scientists found that the South American polka dot tree frog uses fluorescent molecules totally unlike those found in other animals.

14. (a) Great Britain

Double Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell Shand on 14 March 2017 announced her retirement from international cycling. She had won the women's team pursuit at four editions of the World Championships (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014). She grabbed the gold medal in the same discipline at the Olympic Games in London and Rio in 2012 and 2016. She represented the Great Britain Cycling Team.

15. (d) N Biren Singh

After the declaration of the results of Manipur Elections 2017, Manipur Governor Najma Haptullah invited the BJP-led coalition to form the next government in the state after being assured of requisite support from regional parties and Independents.

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