27 March to 2 April 2017: Quizzes for the week 27 March to 2 April 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 World Autism Day, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Lisbon Treaty.
1. As per the notification of the Union Government, a senior official of the MoEF will permanently chair the Animal Welfare Board of India. In this regard, consider the following statements.
I. In AWBI’s 55-year history, it was always chaired by somebody outside government, like veterinarians, animal welfare activists or retired judges.
II. The first chair of the Board was Rukmini Devi Arundale.
Which is/are correct?
a) Only I
b) Only II
c) Both I and II
d) Neither I nor II
2. How much amount of loan was signed by the World Bank with Uttarakhand and Union Government to improve health services in the state?
a) USD 100 million
b) USD 150 million
c) USD 200 million
d) USD 250 million
3. A court in which nation has passed a ruling sentencing the country’s own President to death for ‘high treason’?
4. Who of the following was recently appointed as the first woman field officer of the BSF after 51 years?
a) Tanushree Pareek
b) Vidhya Krishnan
c) Amita Chawla
d) None of the above
5. Which state is going to provide free power connection to the below poverty line households in its urban and rural areas?
c) Uttar Pradesh
6. She became the first woman to be appointed as the president and CEO of ‘The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights'. Name her.
a) Sheila Dixon
b) Vanita Gupta
c) Loretta Lynch
d) Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
7. The Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological Systems was inaugurated at
a) INS Rajali
b) INS Baaz
c) INS Dega
d) INS Shikra
8. The book ‘Home of the Brave’ traces the history of
a) Border Security Force
b) Rashtriya Rifles
c) National Security Guards
d) Central Industrial Security Force
9. Consider the following statements related to the e-billing system Aviation Turbine Fuel Digital Issue and Payment.
I. It was launched by the Indian Air Force on 28 March 2017.
II. It was jointly developed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (DGCA) and the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL).
Which of these statements is/are true?
a) Only I
b) Only II
c) Both I and II
d) None of them
10. Which Article of the Lisbon Treaty was invoked after British Prime Minister Theresa May signed a letter that will trigger Britain's exit from the European Union (EU)?
a) Article 1
b) Article 27
c) Article 50
d) Article 61
11. As per union government the number of the personnel opting for Voluntary Retirement Service (VRS) in central paramilitary forces rose to around what percent in year 2016-17 as compared to 2015-16.
a) 200 per cent
b) 300 per cent
c) 345 per cent
d) 450 per cent
12. Which of the following countries recently gave final legislative approval to a bill that permits the medicinal use of marijuana?
c) Sri Lanka
d) None of the above
13. What amount of loan agreement was signed between India and New Development Bank for major district roads project in Madhya Pradesh?
a) $300 million
b) $350 million
c) $400 million
d) $450 million
14. He wrote the book – ‘Indian Railway-The weaving of a National Tapestry’.
a) Bibek Debroy
b) Anand Neelakanthan
c) Kiran Doshi
d) K Vijay Kumar
15. What is the theme of the 2017 World Autism Awareness Day?
a) Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity
b) Respect, Acceptance, Inclusion
c) Employment: The Autism Advantage
d) Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination
Answers with Explanation
1. (c) Both I and II
The Union Government in March 2017 notified that Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) will be permanently chaired by a senior official of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF). At present, the Board is chaired by Sharad Singh Negi, Special Secretary and Director-General (Forests), MoEF. In AWBI’s 55-year history, it was always chaired by somebody outside government, like veterinarians, animal welfare activists or retired judges.
2. (a) USD 100 million
The World Bank signed USD 100 million credit agreement to improve quality of health care services in all 13 districts of Uttarakhand. The aim of the agreement is to make available affordable, quality health care to all citizens and also reduce the financial risk for its citizens.
3. (d) Yemen
A court in Yemen’s capital city Sanaa sentenced the country’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and six other top government officials to death for treason on 25 March 2017. The court lies in a territory that is controlled by the armed Houthi movement, the arch enemy of the Saudi-backed pro-government forces.
4. (a) Tanushree Pareek
The Border Security Force on 25 March 2017 received its first woman field officer, Tanushree Pareek, after 51 years. The BSF received her after a convocation ceremony conducted in the BSF academy at Tekanpur, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
5. (c) Uttar Pradesh
The below poverty line households in the urban and rural areas of Uttar Pradesh will henceforth get free power connection and those above the poverty line will get the 100 per cent financing option with easy EMIs.
6. (b) Vanita Gupta
Indian-American Vanita Gupta was appointed as president and CEO of ‘The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights'. With this, Gupta, who earlier headed civil rights division in the Department of Justice in the Obama Administration, also became the first woman to head the prestigious organisation.
7. (a) INS Rajali
The Chief of the Indian Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lamba inaugurated the first ever Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS). It was inaugurated on 28 March 2017 at INS Rajali, which is informally known as Arakkonam Naval Air Station, in Tamil Nadu.
8. (b) Rashtriya Rifles
Home of the Brave traces the early history of the Rashtriya Rifles, its organization, its raising and its subsequent deployment in Punjab, the North East and in Jammu and Kashmir. The book also reflects upon the role of the Rashtriya Rifles, India’s formidable counter-insurgency force, in strengthening the professionalism of the Indian Army and military ethics and values throughout its rank and file.
9. (c) Both I and II
The Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC on 28 March 2017 formally launched the Aviation Turbine Fuel Digital Issue and Payment (ATF DIP) system. It was jointly developed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (DGCA) and the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL).
10. (c) Article 50
British Prime Minister Theresa May has signed a letter that will trigger Britain's exit from the European Union (EU). The letter is an official notification to other 27 European Union members that Britain has invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
11. (d) 450 per cent
The government has said the number of personnel opting for Voluntary Retirement Service (VRS) in central paramilitary forces rose to around 450% in year 2016-17 as compared to previous year. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju cited personal and domestic reasons, among others, for personnel going on VRS.
12. (a) Argentina
The Argentine Senate on 29 March 2017 gave final legislative approval to a bill that permits the medicinal use of marijuana. The measure was accepted unanimously by the senators with 58 votes in favour.
13. (b) $350 million
The objective of the Project is upgradation of major district roads in the state of Madhya Pradesh to improve connectivity of the interior areas of the state with the national and state highway networks.
14. (a) Bibek Debroy
The theme of Indian Railway-The weaving of a National Tapestry is the historical development of railways in India. The book is organized into chapters dealing with different periods of development in chronological order.
15. (a) Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity
The theme of the 2017 World Autism Awareness Day is Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity.