26 June to 1 July 2017: Weekly Quizzes cover the most important happenings of the week and they will help you in revising the week at an ease and prepare for competitive exams. The quizzes covered in this segment include National Biopharma Mission, 11th National Statistics Day and GST Rollout among others.
1. As per reports, Trump administration is poised to declare this country among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking.
d) North Korea
2. Who of the following was appointed as the Prime Minister of Romania?
a) Klaus Iohannis
b) Sorin Grindeanu
c) Mihai Tudose
d) Victor Ponta
3. Which country has launched its first self-developed ‘next generation’ bullet train?
4. A bipartisan bill was introduced in the US to revoke the Major Non-Nato Ally (MNNA) status against which country?
5. Which committee was constituted to draft the final National Education Policy (NEP) document?
a) K Kasturirangan committee
b) TV Kattimani committee
c) T S R Subramanian committee
d) KJ Alphonse committee
6. Name India’s communication satellite that was launched from Kourou in French Guiana on 29 June 2017.
7. Which two food items from India were added to Oxford English Dictionary in its quarterly update?
a) Arhar and Tur Dal
b) Masoor and Urad Dal
c) Chana and Chana Dal
d) Masoor and Moong Dal
8. Which city has been crowned the ‘World Book Capital' for 2019 by UNESCO?
9. According to a data published by Switzerland’s central banking authority Swiss National Bank money parked in Swiss banks by Indians has nearly halved to what amount in 2016?
a) About Rs 3000 crore
b) About Rs 4500 crore
c) About Rs 6000 crore
d) About Rs 8300 crore
10. Who of the following will succeed Nasim Zaidi as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India?
a) Sukumar Sen
b) SY Quraishi
c) Achal Kumar Jyoti
d) OP Rawat
11. Arnav Sharma, an 11-year-old Indian-origin boy in the United Kingdom, secured the top possible score, more than Einstein and Hawking, on a Mensa IQ test. How much has he secured?
12. Union Government recently launched National Biopharma Mission. How much loan does the World Bank provide for the Mission?
a) USD 125 million
b) USD 120 million
c) USD 115 million
d) USD 110 million
13. Which country is hosting the upcoming 12th G20 Summit from 7-8 July 2017?
14. Which space agency successfully launched its sounding rocket to form colourful clouds after ten failed attempts?
c) European Space Agency
15. UK Prime Minister Theresa May recently won the confidence vote of the Parliament. She belongs to which political party?
a) Labour Party
b) Co-operative Party
c) Democratic Unionist Party
d) Conservative Party
Answers & Explanations
1. (b) China
In US, the Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking. US officials said on 26 June 2017 putting the world's most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria.
2. (c) Mihai Tudose
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on 26 June 2017 appointed Social Democrat Mihai Tudose as the Prime Minister and mandated him to form a new government. He was officially validated as proposal for the Prime Minister office by the National Executive Committee convention of the main ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD).
3. (c) China
China launched its first self-developed 'next-generation' bullet train 'Fuxing' with a maximum speed of 400kmh on 26 June 2017. The train was launched on one of the country’s busiest lines -Beijing-Shanghai line. With the launch, Beijing aims to capture global high-speed rail market.
4. (d) Pakistan
Two US lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill in Congress, seeking to revoke Pakistan’s status as a Major Non-Nato Ally (MNNA). The movers also argue that since Pakistan has failed to effectively fight terrorism, it no longer deserves US economic and military assistance. MNNA status was granted to Pakistan in 2004 by then President George W. Bush.
5. (a) K Kasturirangan committee
The Union ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) appointed a nine-member committee to work on a new National Education Policy (NEP). The former ISRO chief Dr. K Kasturirangan will head the committee on NEP.
6. (b) GSAT-17
India's latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on 29 June 2017. The satellite was launched by French rocket Ariane-5. The European launcher Arianespace Flight VA238 blasted off from Ariane Launch Complex No 3 (ELA 3) at Kourou, a French territory located in northeastern coast of South America.
7. (c) Chana and Chana Dal
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) included Indian food essentials ‘chana’ and ‘chana dal’ in its vast list of more than 600 other words and phrases. These words and phrases have been deemed popular enough by OED to be included in its quarterly update.
8. (b) Sharjah
Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates has been named as 'the World Book Capital' for 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova for the quality of its literary and cultural activities and for its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the nation.
9. (b) Rs 4500 crores
Amid the continuing clampdown on the suspected black money stashed behind the framed secrecy walls, a data published on 29 June 2017 says that money parked by Indians in the banks of Switzerland has nearly halved to 676 Swiss francs (about Rs 4500 crore) in 2016. The data was released by Switzerland’s central banking authority SNB (Swiss National Bank).
10. (c) Achal Kumar Jyoti
Achal Kumar Jyoti, a 1975-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Gujarat cadre, will be the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India. Media reports suggest that Jyoti would take charge from incumbent Nasim Zaidi, who is due to retire from his post on 6 July 2017.
11. (c) 162
Arnav Sharma, an 11-year-old Indian-origin boy in the United Kingdom, secured the top possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test. He secured two points higher than physicist Albert Einstein and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, making him one of the brainiest children in the country.
12. (a) USD 125 million
The Cabinet Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan, on 30 June 2017 launched a first ever Industry-Academia mission. Under the Mission, the government will launch a programme named Innovate in India (i3) that will witness an investment of USD 250 million with USD 125 million as a loan from World Bank.
13. (d) Germany
Leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies will be converging at the upcoming 12th G20 Summit on 7-8 July 2017 at Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany. The topics that are expected to dominate the discussion include counter-terrorism and economic reforms.
14. (d) NASA
NASA successfully launched its sounding rocket to form colourful clouds after ten failed attempts, cancelled for reasons including high winds, cloudy skies and boats in hazardous area. The rocket carried various chemicals to form artificial clouds to track particle motion.
15. (d) Conservative Party
UK Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament on 30 June 2017. Theresa May won by 323 votes in favour and 309 against in the 650-seat parliament. In order to make her minority government win the vote, May struck a deal with the DUP and its 10 MPs at Westminster.