20 March to 26 March 2017: Quizzes for the week 20 March to 26 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 Decisions of the Union Cabinet, World Water Day and Majuli Island among others.
1.Which of the following Indian cities were included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
a) I, II and III
b) II, III and IV
c) I, III and V
d) All of them
2. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 21 March 2017 released the 2016 Human Development Report (HDR).
I. Among the 188 countries ranked in terms of human development, India stood at 131.
II. Only two SAARC nations rank above India in the list, Sri Lanka (73) and Pakistan (105).
III. The top three countries in the list include Norway at rank 1, followed by Australia and Denmark.
IV. The report found that life expectancy in India has improved by 10.4 years between 1990 and 2015.
Which of the above statements is correct in relation to the HDR report?
a) Only I
b) I, II and III
c) Only I and IV
d) All of the above
3. The Uttarakhand High Court has accorded the status of "living human entities" to the Ganga and Yamuna, the two most sacred rivers of India. Consider the following statements in context to the opinion of the court
I. The High Court said, Holy Rivers Ganga and Yamuna have been declared to be treated as living human entities.
II. The court ordered to the Director of Namami Gange project for cleaning and rejuvenating the river.
III. The Chief Secretary and the Advocate General of Uttarakhand will act as the "legal parents" of the holy rivers.
Which is/are correct?
a) Only III
b) Only I and II
c) Only I and III
d) I, II and III
4. The World Water Day (WWD) was observed on 22 March 2017 with theme
a) Water and Jobs
b) Water and Energy
c) Why Wastewater?
d) Water and Jobs
5. Who of the following was appointed as Full Time Interim Director General of International Solar Alliance (ISA) in March 2017?
a) Upendra Tripathy
b) Ghanshyam Singh
c) Ankur Khanna
d) Madhabi Puri Buch
6. Majuli is soon to become India’s first carbon neutral district and biodiversity heritage site. The place is located in which of the following states?
a) Arunachal Pradesh
b) West Bengal
7. The Union Cabinet gave its approval for amendments to/repealment of which of the following Acts to facilitate implementation of GST regime.
I. The Customs Act, 1962
II. The Customs Tariff Act, 1975
III. The Central Excise Act, 1944
IV. The Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985
a) I, II and III
b) II, III and IV
c) I, III and IV
d) All of them
8.NASA is planning to send which object for a deep space mission in late 2017?
c) Safety pin
9. What was the theme of 2017 International Day of Forests?
a) Forests and Energy
b) Forests and Greenery
c) Forests and Life
d) Forests and Animals
10. According to the Forbes 2017 World Billionaire Report, who is the world’s youngest self-made billionaire?
a) Diane Kemper
b) John Collison
c) Jane Goldman
d) Amy Goldman Fowler
11. Which Indian personality was selected to newly formed United Nations (UN) group on antimicrobial resistance?
a) Meghnad Saha
b) KK Josh
c) Soumya Swaminathan
d) Abhish Shivam
12. The NASA Transition Authorization Bill authorised how much amount for NASA's mission for the financial year 2018?
a) USD 19 billion
b) USD 19.5 billion
c) USD 20 billion
d) USD 20.5 billion
13. Scientists belonging to which country has developed a new, superfast wireless internet network?
a) New Zealand
14. The Union Cabinet approved four GST related bill recently. Identify which of the following is not one of them.
a) The Central Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017
b) The Integrated Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017
c) The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017
d) The States Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017
15. Name the telecom giant that announced that its board has approved the merger of Vodafone India and its wholly-owned subsidiary Vodafone Mobile Services Limited with itself.
a) Idea Cellular
b) Bharti Airtel
c) Reliance Jio
ANSWERS WITH EXPLANATION
1. (d) All of them
Five Indian cities have been included in the Tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely, Historic City of Ahmadabad, Delhi – A Heritage City, Jaipur City, Rajasthan, Ekamra Kshetra- The Temple City, Bhubaneswar and The Victorian & Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai. It was announced by the Union Government on 22 March 2017 in the Parliament.
2. (c) Only I and IV
India has slipped to rank 131in the 2016 Human Development Report (HDR) that was released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 21 March 2017. Only two SAARC nations rank above India in the list, Sri Lanka (73) and Maldives (105). The top three countries in the list include Norway at rank 1, followed by Australia and Switzerland.
3. (d) I, II and III
The Uttarakhand High Court on 20 March 2017 accorded the status of "living human entities" to the Ganga and Yamuna, the two most sacred rivers of India. Giving the "legal status" of living humans to the holy rivers, the court ordered that the Director, Namami Gange project for cleaning and rejuvenating the river, the Chief Secretary and the Advocate General of Uttarakhand will act as the "legal parents" of the holy rivers and work as a the human face to protect, conserve and preserve them and their tributaries.
4. (c) Why Wastewater?
The World Water Day (WWD) was observed globally on 22 March 2017 with theme Why Wastewater? The year’s theme for the world water day focuses on wastewater and ways to reduce and reuse as over 80 per cent of all the wastewater.
5. (a) Upendra Tripathy
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, Government of India and Ségolène Royal, Minister for Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs Government of France jointly decided to appoint Upendra Tripathy, as the Interim Director General (IDG) of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on a full time basis.
6. (c) Assam
Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam, on 21 March 2017 launched initiatives to develop Majuli as India’s first carbon neutral district and as a biodiversity heritage site. The launch coincided with the celebration of International Day of Forest at Brahmaputra State Guest House in Guwahati.
7. (d) All of them
The Union Cabinet gave its approval to amend The Customs Act, 1962, The Customs Tariff Act, 1975 and The Central Excise Act, 1944 to facilitate the implementation of GST regime. Besides, approval for the repealment of the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 was also given.
8. (a) Clock
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is planning to send its next-generation atomic clock into space in late 2017. The mission is a key advance by the international organisation for safely navigating future human exploration of the solar system.
9. (a) Forests and Energy
The International Day of Forests is observed every year on 21 March to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests for the benefit of current and future generations.
10. (b) John Collison
According to the World Billionaire Report 2017 by Forbes, John Collison, age 26, is now the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, just two months younger than Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel.
11. (c) Soumya Swaminathan
Soumya Swaminathan, the director of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), was named to United Nations’ ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance to coordinate on the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.
12. (b) USD 19.5 billion
The US President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that updates NASA's mission to add exploration of Mars and authorizes USD 19.5 billion in spending for the U.S. space agency for the fiscal year 2018. The law is known as the NASA Transition Authorization Act. It's the first time in seven years that there has been an authorization bill for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also known as NASA.
13. (c) Netherlands
Scientists belonging to the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed a new wireless technology based on infrared rays, which is reportedly 100 times faster than the existing wireless internet networks.
14. (d) The States Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 20 March 2017 approved the four GST related bills, namely, The Central Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The CGST Bill), The Integrated Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The IGST Bill), The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The UTGST Bill) and The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to the States) Bill 2017 (The Compensation Bill).
15. (a) Idea Cellular
Idea Cellular, owned by Kumar Mangalam Birla, on 20 March 2017 announced that its board has approved the merger of Vodafone India and its wholly-owned subsidiary Vodafone Mobile Services Limited with itself. This merger will lead to creation of the country's largest telecom entity with about 400 million customers.