Quizzes for the week covers the most important occurrences/happenings of the week that may be asked in the upcoming competitive exam. The questions covered in this weekly segment include first Asian country to recognize same sex marriage, new Director-General of the World Health Organisation and indefinite ban on sand mining in Narmada River.
1. Name the institute/organisation that has developed a technique that types Braille in real time and helps deaf-blind people "watch" television without intermediaries.
a) Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
b) University of Cambridge
c) Stanford University
d) University of Pennsylvania
2. Which Indian won the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) award in the Environmental Engineering category?
a) Prashant Ranganathan
b) Sairandi Sathyanarayanan
c) Pratik Naidu
d) Sahithi Pingali
3. Donald Trump, during his speech at the Arab Islamic-American Summit, called for the international isolation of which Muslim country?
4. Who of the following was named the Premier League Player of the Season?
a) Cristiano Ronaldo
b) Eden Hazard
c) Harry Kane
d) N'Golo Kante
5. Which state’s government has ordered an indefinite ban on sand mining in Narmada River?
a) Madhya Pradesh
6. The UN has released the first draft of its nuclear ban treaty that would legally prohibit the possession of nuclear weapons. Which among the following non-nuclear states has opposed the draft plan?
d) South Africa
7. Which of the following football clubs won the La Liga title for the record 33rd time?
b) Athletic Bilbao
d) Real Madrid
8. Who of the following was recently appointed as the Director-General of the World Health Organisation?
a) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
b) Margaret Chan
c) David Nabarro
d) Sania Nishtar
9. Which country hosted a historic three-day summit attended by hundreds of indigenous leaders to formally recognise its first inhabitants?
b) South Africa
d) Sri Lanka
10. Minor changes were introduced in the definition of startup. Consider the following statements in context to the agreement.
I. It says that to qualify under the startup action plan, an entity must not be older than 3 years.
II. It says that the entity’s turnover must not cross the sum of Rs 225 crore in three years.
III. For startups in the biotechnology sector, the period shall be up to 7 years.
Which is/are correct?
a) Only III
b) Only I and II
c) Only I and III
d) None of these are true
11. Which country became the first Asian country to recognize same sex marriage?
12. The ICC Cricket Committee recently recommended the use of DRS for all T20 Internationals. Who is the Chairman of the Committee?
a) Shaun Pollock
b) Rahul Dravid
c) Andrew Strauss
d) Anil Kumble
13. Who is the winner of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League?
a) Manchester United
14. Which of the following cities is declared as the world's most densely populated city by the UN Habitat?
15. India’s longest bridge Dhola-Sadia has been built over which tributary of the Brahmaputra River?
a) Teesta River
b) Subansiri River
c) Manas River
d) Lohit River
1. (a) Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have invented a technique that types Braille in real time and helps deaf-blind people "watch" television without intermediaries. The technique developed under "PervasiveSUB Project" compiles all the subtitles of television channels and sends them to a central server which forwards them to smartphones or tablets.
2. (a) Prashant Ranganathan
Indian teenager Prashant Ranganathan from Jamshedpur won the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) award for his innovation for fighting against pesticide and getting rid of its side effects through biodegradable use at the Los Angeles in California.
3. (a) Iran
US President Donald Trump during his speech at the Arab Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh on 21 May 2017, called for an international isolation of Iran, as the country according to him was fuelling ‘sectarian conflict and terror’ and spreading destruction and chaos across the region.
4. (d) N'Golo Kante
French midfielder N'Golo Kante on 21 May 2017 was named the Player of the Year by English Premier League. He saw off competition from teammates Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta, Tottenham Hotspur trio Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen, Everton's Romelu Lukaku, and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez to clinch the award.
5. (a) Madhya Pradesh
The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, ordered an indefinite ban on sand mining in Narmada River on 22 May 2017. The ban would stand till a government-appointed committee led by the state’s Minister for Mineral Resources Rajendra Shukla submits its report on scientific ways of mining in the river.
6. (b) Australia
The United Nations on 22 May 2017 released the first draft of the nuclear ban treaty that would legally prohibit the possession of nuclear weapons. The nine known nuclear-armed states – the US, China, France, Russia, India, UK, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea- have opposed the ban treaty and so have the countries that rely on US’s concept of nuclear deterrence for protection including Japan and Australia.
7. (d) Real Madrid
Real Madrid clinched the La Liga title for the first time since 2012 with a 2-0 win over Malaga. The goals for Real were scored by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. This was the record 33rd La Liga title for the Real Madrid.
8. (a) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The World Health Assembly elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). With this, he became the first African to head the UN health agency. He will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. He will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been serving as WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007.
9. (a) Australia
Hundreds of indigenous leaders gathered for a historic summit on formally recognising the country's first inhabitants in central Australia on 23 May 2017. The three-day summit at Uluru coincides with the 50th anniversary of a vote that allowed indigenous Australians to be included on a national census.
10. (d) None of these are true
Under the new definition, an entity shall be considered as a startup if its turnover is less than Rs 25 crore - which remains unchanged - and has not completed seven years from the date of its incorporation/registration. However, in the case of startups in the biotechnology sector, the period shall be up to 10 years. Earlier, companies which were not older than five years from the date of incorporation were eligible for concessions under the plan, which was announced in 2016.
11. (a) Taiwan
Taiwan recently became the first Asian country to recognize same sex marriage after the constitutional court’s ruling came in support of legalizing same-sex marriage. The panel of judges gave two years time to the island’s parliament to amend or enact new laws.
12. (d) Anil Kumble
The ICC Cricket Committee, chaired by India's head coach Anil Kumble, made a host of recommendations concerning future international cricket. The recommendations were made by the group that met in London on 23 May and 24 May 2017. One of the key recommendations is the use of Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) for all T20 Internationals.
13. (a) Manchester United
Manchester United on 24 May 2017 won their first ever UEFA Europa League title. The team defeated Ajax 0-2 to clinch the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League title. It is the second major trophy of the season for the Manchester United.
14. (c) Dhaka
According to UN Habitat data, Kota is the world’s 7th most densely populated city with a population density of 12100 people per sq km. Dhaka tops the list with 44500 people per sq km while Mumbai with 31700 ranks second in the list of 10 most densely populated cities in the world.
15. (d) Lohit River
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated India’s longest bridge “Dhola-Sadia Bridge” in Assam on May 26, 2017. The three-lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra River. It links Dhola in Assam to Sadia.