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GK Questions 30th December 2017 PJH

Today’s Current Affairs
India’s first pod taxi to follow US safety norms
  • NISAR: ISRO, NASA jointly working Dual Frequency Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Satellite
  • Government, World Bank ink loan agreement for Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project
  • India to become fifth largest economy in 2018: Report
  • China successfully launches remote sensing satellites of Yaogan-30 project
  • UP Government launches Prakash Hai to Vikas Hai Scheme
  • UP inks MoU with South Korea in field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming
  •  Blue Flag pilot project launched for beach clean-up and development
  • Vijay Rupani sworn in as Chief Minister of Gujarat
  • MHA directs NGOs to open account in designated banks integrated with PMFS

Question 1: Which State hosted the Two-day Regional Conference on ‘Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices’?

1. Manipur
2. Assam
3. Mizoram
4. Nagaland
5. Arunachal Pradesh

Answer: 2.

Explanation:

Two-day Regional Conference on ‘Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices’ was held in Guwahati, Assam from 22nd – 23rd December, 2017. The conference was organized by Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) under Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions in collaboration with Assam State Government.

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Question 2: Which state has issued a circular banning festivities and special darshans at temples to celebrate New Year?

1. Telangana
2. Andhra Pradesh
3. Odisha
4. Maharashtra
5. Karnataka

Answer: 2.

Explanation:

Andhra Pradesh Endowments Department has issued a circular banning festivities and special darshans at temples to celebrate New Year. The circular was issued by the Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust of the Endowments Department. It bans festivities and special darshans for New Year at Hindu temples.

Question 3: Environment ministry’s pilot project “Blue Flag” is related to which of the following?

1. Beach clean-up
2. Fishermen safety
3. Protect Oceans
4. Transportation
5. Infrastructure

Answer: 1.

Explanation:

In a bid to raise standards of cleanliness and setting up basic amenities at beaches, Union Environment Ministry has launched a pilot project for beach clean-up and development. Under this project, Environment Ministry has asked each coastal state and union territory to nominate one beach which will be developed by deploying funds through the ongoing Integrated Coastal Management Programme.

Question 4: Meeting of India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) was held at?

1. Moscow
2. New Delhi
3. Vladivostok
4. Pune
5. Sochi

Answer: 2.

Explanation:

Meeting of India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) was held in New Delhi on December 23, 2017. This meeting was held to undertake a comprehensive review of bilateral economic cooperation between India and Russia in the areas of trade and investment, energy, transport, agriculture, industry and space.

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Question 5: In which Indian Airport, the first aircraft runway on a ‘sea bridge’ will be constructed?

1. Veer Savarkar Airport, Port Blair, Andaman
2. Tiruchirapalli Airport, Trichy
3. Dabolim Airport, Goa
4. Agatti Ariport, Lakshadweep
5. Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar

Answer: 4.

Explanation:

India’s first aircraft runway on a ‘sea bridge’ will be constructed at Agatti Ariport, Lakshadweep. Airports Authority of India (AAI) has got an approval to extend the existing runway at Agatti Airport, Lakshdweep by building a Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) platform on the beach and shallow sea.

Question 6: 24-member Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha has recommended body wearable cameras for traffic policemen and Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) officials enforcing the Motor Vehicles Act. This committee was headed by whom?

1. K R Narayanan
2. Roopa Ganguly
3. Swapna Dasgupta
4. Narendra Jadev
5. Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe

Answer: 5.

Explanation:

24-member Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha, headed by Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe has recommended body wearable cameras for traffic policemen and Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) officials enforcing the Motor Vehicles Act. Committee expects that body wearable cameras will reduce arbitrariness and corruption by the enforcement officials. It has prescribed that offences recorded through these body wearable cameras should be digitally stored and monitored in the control room.


Question 7: Which state government signed an MoU with South Korea to improve cooperation in the field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming?

1. Madhya Pradesh
2. Uttarkhand
3. Bihar
4. Uttar Pradesh
5. Jharkhand

Answer: 4.

Explanation:

The Uttar Pradesh government signed a MoU with South Korea to improve cooperation in the field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming. A South Korean delegation met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at Lucknow. They signed a MoU for improving cooperation in tourism, skill development, culture and farming. This is expected to provide more employment opportunities and development in these fields.

Question 8: In which country, the World’s longest glass pedestrian bridge was inaugurated?

1. Russia
2. Japan
3. China
4. USA
5. Cambodia

Answer: 3.

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Explanation:

World’s longest glass pedestrian bridge opened in Hebei Province of China on December 24, 2017. Length of this bridge is 488 meters, and the width is about two meters. The bridge connects two mountain peaks in Hunyagu in Pingshan County and is suspended at an altitude of 218 meters above the valley. Nearly 1077 glass panels weighing 70 tons are fitted on this bridge.

Question 9: What are the things highlighted and Presented on the resolution which was adopted in regard with the “Nelson Mandela Peace Summit”?

1. Promote Conflict Resolution
2. Promote Race Relations
3. Promote Human Rights
4. Promote Gender Equality
5. All The Above

Answer: 5.

Explanation:

The UN General Assembly has planned to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birthday with a high-level meeting on world peace. On 22nd December 2017, a resolution was adopted in regard with the “Nelson Mandela Peace Summit”. The peace summit will contain speeches by UN officials.

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Question 10: In which city the Special representatives of India and China held talks to discuss important aspects related to border issues?

1. Kolkata
2. Beijing
3. Shangai
4. Mumbai
5. New Delhi

Answer: 5.

Explanation:

Special representatives of India and China held talks in New Delhi to discuss important aspects related to border issues. This was the 20th round of border talks between India and China. Indian side was led by National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval while Yang Jiechi, represented China.

Question 11: India Government Mint from which city has launched India’s first home-grown high purity gold reference standard – the Bharatiya Nirdeshak Dravya (BND-4201)?

1. India Government Mint (IGM), Kolkata
2. India Government Mint (IGM), Mumbai
3. India Government Mint (IGM), Noida
4. India Government Mint (IGM), Hyderabad
5. India Government Mint (IGM), Trichy

Answer: 2.

Explanation:

India Government Mint (IGM), Mumbai launched India’s first home-grown high purity gold reference standard – the Bharatiya Nirdeshak Dravya (BND-4201). BND-4201, is the reference material for gold of ‘9999’ fineness (gold that is 99.99 per cent pure).

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Question 12: Which Private Airlines became the first Indian carrier to operate over 1000 flights in a day across India?

1. GoAir
2. Air India
3. SpiceJet
4. Vistara
5. IndiGo

Answer: 5.

Explanation:

IndiGo became the first Indian carrier to operate over 1000 flights in a day across India. On December 22, 2017, Indigo’s flight 6E 185 from Mumbai to Kochi became the 1000th flight. On the same day, IndiGo also took the delivery of its 31st Airbus A-320 Neo aircraft, taking its fleet size to 150 aircrafts. Earlier, on December 21, 2017, IndiGo had launched the first ATR flight between Hyderabad and Mangalore under Central Governments regional air connectivity scheme, UDAN.

Question 13: India has initiated a dumping probe on imports of ‘Sodium Nitrite’ from which country, which is used in industries such as pharma and food processing?

1. Japan
2. China
3. Australia
4. Russia
5. Iran

Answer: 4.

Explanation:

India has initiated an dumping probe on imports of ‘Sodium Nitrite’, used in industries such as pharma and food processing, from Russia. The Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) has found sufficient evidence for dumping of Sodium Nitrite. If it is proved that dumping has caused material injury to domestic industry, DGAD would impose anti-dumping duty on Sodium Nitrite.

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Question 14: Who was appointed the new Chief Minister (CM) of Himachal Pradesh?

1. Thaawar Chand
2. Y S Chowdary
3. Keshava Rao
4. Suresh Prabhu
5. Jairam Thakur

Answer: 5.

Explanation:

BJP announced Jairam Thakur as the new Chief Minister (CM) of Himachal Pradesh. Jai Ram Thakur will take oath as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on 27 December 2017. He is 52 years old. He was an active member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) when he was a college student. He was made ABVP state secretary in 1986. He joined Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in the 1990s. He was appointed as the state BJP chief in 2006.

Question 15: India lost against which country in the final and became runners-up of the SAFF U15 Women’s Championship in Dhaka?

1. Bangladesh
2. China
3. Pakistan
4. Afghanistan
5. Myanmar

Answer: 1.

Explanation:

India lost against Bangladesh in the final and became runners-up of the SAFF U15 Women’s Championship in Dhaka, Bangladesh. India was defeated by Bangladesh 1-0 in the finals of the SAFF U15 Women’s Championship. Earlier, India had lost to Bangladesh 3-0 in the group stage of the championship. The match was very closely fought. In the 41st minute the goal hit by Shamsun Nahar made the difference and India emerged as runners-up.

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Question 16: Who was appointed the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Uber Technologies?

1. Mark Twain
2. Barney Harford
3. Edger Allien
4. William Faulker
5. Stephen King

Answer: 2.

Explanation:

Barney Harford, former chief executive of Orbitz, was appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Uber Technologies. Barney Harford will join Uber Technologies on 2 January 2018. He will look over global ride-hailing operations, marketing, customer support and the food delivery business. He has been an adviser in Uber Technologies since October 2017. He will have to regulate Uber’s day-to-day business. He has been bestowed with the responsibility to generate profit at Uber, which has recently faced considerable loss.


Question 17: Which is the first country to send a female ambassador (Dominique Mineur) to Saudi Arabia?
1. Belgium
2. Norway
3. Sweden
4. Mauritius
5. Thailand

Answer: 1.

Explanation:

Belgium has become the first country to send a female ambassador (Dominique Mineur) to Saudi Arabia. Dominique Mineur is currently Belgium’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. She will shift to Riyadh in 2018 summer. Saudi Arabia is one of the least gender equal countries in the world. Recently it has relaxed some of its restrictions on women.

Question 18: Name the E-commerce giant which has acquired a startup named Blink that builds wireless home security systems?

1. Flipkart
2. Snapdeal
3. Swiggy
4. Shopclues
5. Amazon

Answer: 5.

Explanation:

E-commerce giant Amazon has acquired a startup named Blink that builds wireless home security systems. Blink’s home security cameras were first introduced in 2016. Its key feature is the ease of set-up. As it can operate on batteries, it does not require wiring/plugging. This acquisition will help Amazon to create a presence in connected home video cameras market. Financial considerations related to this acquisition deal have yet not been disclosed.

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Question 19: Which country has successfully conducted the first flight of its first indigenous amphibious aircraft ‘AG600’?
1. China
2. Russia
3. Japan
4. USA
5. India

Answer: 1.

Explanation:

China successfully conducted the first flight of its first indigenous amphibious aircraft ‘AG600’, in southern Guangdong Province, China. The AG600 aircraft is code named “Kunlong”. It was launched from the Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in Zhuhai, Guangdong. In Chinese “Kun” means enormous legendary fish and “Long” means a dragon. The aircraft is 39.6 meters long.

Question 20: Which game has been excluded from the 2022 edition of Commonwealth Games?

1. Swimming
2. Hockey
3. Shooting
4. Rowing
5. Boxing

Answer: 3.

Explanation:

On 21st December 2017, it was announced that shooting has been excluded from the 2022 edition of Commonwealth Games. Shooting is listed in Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)’s optional sports. A candidate city can include a maximum of 7 sports from that list in its final programme.

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