Quizzes for the week 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 First Country to Ban Metals Mining, NASA’s Cassini and Swachh Iconic Places among others.
1. Which of the following shorts films has been selected by UNESCO to screen as a part of the World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Indonesia?
b) Dying to be Me
2. Which country became the first in world to ban metals mining?
b) El Salvador
d) New Zealand
3. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has entered into which planet’s unexplored region?
4. NITI Aayog, the think tank of the Union Government, in April 2017 came up with a vision document 2031-31 that envisages a new India.
Consider the following statements in context to the document
I. It envisages that every Indian will have houses with toilets, vehicles and power in next 15 years, i.e. by 2032.
II. It says that the per capita income would go up by three fold to Rs 3.14 lakh in 2031-32 from Rs 1.06 lakh in 2015-16.
III. It also talks about India where the gross domestic product or whose economy would rise from Rs 137 lakh crore level in 2015-16 to Rs 469 lakh crore in 2031-32.
Which is/are correct?
a) Only III
b) Only I and II
c) Only I and III
d) I, II and III
5. Which of the following places are NOT included in the 10 Swachh Iconic Places of the Phase II of Swachh Iconic Places initiative?
b) Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain
c) Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa
d) Red Fort, Agra
6. Who of the following was crowned the Miss Teen Universe 2017?
a) Srishti Kaur
b) Nieveles Gonzalez
c) Nicole Obando
d) Xirelle Agustin
7. Who of the following was recently appointed as the Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force?
a) R. K. Pachnanda
b) Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar
c) Krishna Choudhary
d) None of the above
8. Which country appointed Hana Khatib as first female judge in its Muslim sharia court system?
9. Name the Indian professional shot putter who recently won a gold medal in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Jinhua, China.
a) Deepa Malik
b) Harwant Kaur
c) Manpreet Kaur
d) None of the above
10. Who of the following NASA astronaut recently set a new US record for most cumulative days spent in space?
a) Peggy Whitson
b) Sunita Williams
c) Jeff Williams
d) None of the above
11. Which country is the world’s fifth largest military spender, as per latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)?
b) United States
12. Which country recently became the first time importer of Indian mangoes?
b) New Zealand
13. Which city was designated as UNESCO World Book Capital 2018?
14. India’s first-ever “village of books” will open in which state to promote tourism?
b) Himachal Pradesh
d) Tamil Nadu
15. B S Sandhu was appointed as the new Director General of Police of which state?
a) Uttar Pradesh
d) Himachal Pradesh
Answers with Explanation
1. (c) Azaad
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will screen short film ‘Azaad’ as a part of the World Press Freedom Day celebrations. The event, which will celebrate the principle of freedom of press, will take place in Jakarta from 1 May -4 May 2017. The event will be co-organised by the UNESCO, the Government of Indonesia, and the Press Council of Indonesia.
2. (b) El Salvador
El Salvador in April 2017 became the first country in the world to ban metal mining. The El Salvador unicameral legislature passed the ban with support from a sweeping coalition. The law was favoured by nearly 80 percent of the El Salvadorian population. The law bans "prospection, exploration, exploitation, extraction or processing of metallic minerals in El Salvador." The law entered into force after being signed by President Salvador Sanchez Ceren.
3. (b) Saturn
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its first dive into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings on 26 April 2017. No spacecraft has ever ventured into the region before. To ensure no damage is caused to the scientific instruments on the spacecraft by the potentially damaging particles in the rings, the spacecraft’s dish-shaped high-gain antenna was manoeuvred face forward as a protective shield.
4. (d) I, II and III
NITI Aayog, the think tank of the Union Government, on 26 April 2017 came up with a vision document 2031-32 that envisages a new India. The document envisages an India where every Indian will have houses with toilets, two-wheelers or cars, air-conditioners, power and digital connectivity in next 15 years, that is, by 2032.
5. (d) Red Fort, Agra
The Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation unveiled phase-II of the Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission. Under SIP-II, 10 new Iconic places have been proposed to be brought to a higher standard of swachhta and visitors’ amenities. These are: Gangotri; Yamunotri; Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain; Char Minar, Hyderabad; Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa; Adi Shankaracharya’s abode Kaladi, Ernakulam; Gomateshwar, Shravanbelgola; Baijnath Dham, Devghar; Gaya Tirth; and Somnath temple, Gujarat.
6. (a) Srishti Kaur
India’s Srishti Kaur on 26 April 2017 was crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017. She emerged victorious among 25 other contestants from around the world in the annual beauty pageant. Canada’s Samantha Pierre and Ary Trava from Mexico were the runners-up in the event held at the Ruben Dario National Theatre in Managua, Nicaragua.
7. (b) Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar
The Union Government on 26 April 2017 appointed Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar as the Director General (DG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He will retain the post till 31 December 2019 i.e. the date of his superannuation, or till further orders, whichever is earlier.
8. (a) Israel
Israel recently appointed Hana Khatib as first female judge in its Muslim sharia court system. Hana Khatib, an attorney from the northern town of Tamra, was selected by an Israeli justice committee to become a religious judge, or qadi, in the court’s ruling on personal law for Muslims inside Israel.
9. (c) Manpreet Kaur
Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur on 25 April 2017 clinched a gold medal in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Jinhua, China. She came up with a best throw of 18.86 metre, a national record. In 2015, she made a national record after throwing a shot put at the distance of 17.96 metre.
10. (a) Peggy Whitson
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Peggy Whitson on 24 April 2017 set a new US record for most cumulative days spent in space. With this, Whitson surpassed cosmonaut Jeff Williams’ record of 534 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
11. (c) India
As per latest annual update of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) military expenditure database, the United States is the largest military spender in the world with an expenditure of $611 billion. India acquired the 5th position as largest military spender in 2016.
12. (d) Australia
Indian mangoes will be imported to Australia for the first time after protocols were revised to allow the Asian-grown fruit into the local economy. The fruit would be allowed into Australia as long as they were treated with irradiation before leaving India.
13. (a) Athens
Athens, the capital of Greece, was designated as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2018 by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, in Paris. The city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry.
14. (d) Maharashtra
India’s first-ever ‘village of books’ will open at Bhilar village in Maharashtra on 4 May 2017 to promote tourism and Marathi language. Currently, all the books provided by the Maharashtra government are in Marathi language but soon, books in Hindi and English will also be added to the collection.
15. (c) Haryana
The Haryana government on 27 April 2017 appointed senior IPS officer Baljit Singh Sandhu as the new Director General of Haryana Police. The 1984 batch IPS officer would be replacing K P Singh, who has been appointed as the Director General of Prisons.