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CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ WITH ANSWER for UPSC BANKING PSC EXAMS 4

CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ WITH ANSWER for UPSC BANKING PSC EXAMS 4

Q1. Centre has decided to open 3,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras by .............?
(a) January, 2018
(b) December, 2016
(c) June, 2018
(d) March, 2017
(e) None of the above
Centre has decided to open 3,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras by March 2017 to provide quality medicines at affordable rates. Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers Yesterday in an official release said that 437 such Kendras have become operational across the country so far. Of them, the maximum 122 Jan Aushadhi Kendras are in Chhattisgarh followed by Uttar Pradesh.

Q2. Government has approved nine highway projects of 414 kilometer at an estimated cost of Rs 2600 crore. These projects are not related to which state?
(a) West Bengal
(b) Uttar Pradesh 
(c) Nagaland
(d) Andhra Pradesh
(e) Telangana
Government has approved nine highway projects of 414 kilometer at an estimated cost of Rs 2600 crore. These projects are related to the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Nagaland and Uttar Pradesh. The projects were approved at standing finance committee chaired by Road Transport and Highways Secretary Sanjay Mitra. 

Q3. Which among the following country's forces launched an operation to retake a northern town Sherqat from Islamic State terror group recently?
(a) Yemen
(b) Iran
(c) Syria
(d) Saudi Arabia
(e) Iraq

Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake a northern town Sherqat from Islamic State terror group. Tens of thousands of civilians are thought to be trapped in Sherqat, which lies on the Tigris River, 100 kilometers south of Iraq's second-largest city. 

Q4. Which city is set to become Odisha's second smart city?
(a) Sambalpur
(b) Balasore
(c) Rourkela
(d) Puri
(e) Cuttack
The steel city Rourkela is set to become Odisha's second smart city. It figures among the list of 27 smart cities released in New Delhi by Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu. Rourkela, which had missed the bus in the first round when the list of 20 smart cities with Bhubaneswar at the top was declared on January 28. 

Q5. Guinness World Records granted the inaugural award for smallest national flag to the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at Waterloo for the flag measuring 1.178 micrometres in length. It is invisible without the aid of an electron microscope. Quantum Computing (IQC) institute located at which country?
(a) USA
(b) Canada
(c) Germany
(d) Russia
(e) France
The Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo set a world record for creating a Canadian flag measuring about one one-hundredth the width of a human hair. Nathan Nelson-Fitzpatrick, nanofabrication process engineer at IQC, led the creation of the flag with assistance from Natalie Prislinger Pinchin, a Waterloo co-op student from the Faculty of Engineering. They created it on a silicon wafer bearing the official logo of the Canada 150 celebrations using an electron beam lithography system in the Quantum NanoFab facility at Waterloo.

Q6. Which among the following banks has  provides 'customised loan repayment facility to farmers'?
(a) DCB Bank
(b) State Bank of India
(c) ICICI Bank
(d) Bank of Baroda
(e) IDFC Bank
Reaching out to the unbanked populace in rural pockets has been DCB Bank's mantra. The bank has, according to Narendranath Mishra, Head - Agri and Inclusive Banking, at least one-fourth of its new branches in unbanked locations across the country. The bank, according to Mishra, also conducts financial literacy programmes in catchment areas, offers small-ticket housing and business loans (for amounts as low as ?2 lakh) and also micro-finance loans through business correspondents.

Q7. Which Bank and Paytm have entered into a tie-up to make available financing o
n two-wheelers booked on the latter's platform?
(a) Axis Bank
(b) IndusInd Bank
(c) HDFC Bank
(d) ICICI Bank
(e) Bandhan Bank
IndusInd Bank and Paytm have entered into a tie-up to make available financing on two-wheelers booked on the latter's platform. While booking a two-wheeler on Paytm, which is a mobile payment and e-commerce platform, customers will have to pay the booking amount and can then avail a loan on the balance amount from the financing partner.

Q8. The flagship rural housing scheme Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), started by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has been restructured and renamed as ___________________, which will be launched next month.
(a) Mukhya Mantri Awaas Yojana (MMAY)
(b) Grameen Vias Awaas Yojana (GVAY)
(c) Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY)
(d) Atal Bihari Awaas Yojana (ABAY)
(e) None of the above
The flagship rural housing scheme Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), started by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has been restructured and renamed as Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY), which will be launched next month. The IAY will be subsumed by the PMAY from April 1 next year. Under the new scheme, the government is aiming to construct one crore houses by 2019.

Q9. Who has been elected as the chief-selector by BCCI?
(a) Anurag Thakur
(b) Gagan Khoda
(c) Ajay Shirke 
(d) MSK Prasad
(e) Sarandeep Singh
BCCI appointed a new selection panel. Ajay Shirke has been re-elected as the BCCI secretary. MSK Prasad, former wicket-keeper has been elected as the chief-selector. Other members include Jatin Paranjpae, Devan Gandhi, Gagan Khoda and Sarandeep Singh. The decision was taken in the 87th Annual General Meeting of the BCCI in Mumbai.

Q10. Name the person, who has appointed by facebook for a strategic role for its Messenger app?
(a) Ajay Kaul
(b) Surinder Singh 
(c) Monika Kapil Mohta
(d) SS Mallikarjuna Rao 
(e) Anand Chandrasekaran
Facebook has roped in former chief product officer at Snapdeal, Anand Chandrasekaran, for a strategic role for its Messenger app. In a global role, Chandrasekaran will be working out of the Silicon Valley headquarters of the company and will help develop strategies and partnerships for the platform that already boasts of a billion users globally.

Q11. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a viability gap funding/partial capital grant of how much crore for GAIL (India) Ltd's 2,539-km long Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra (JHBDPL) natural gas pipeline?
(a) Rs 2,100 crore
(b) Rs 3,200 crore
(c) Rs 15,953 crore
(d) Rs 10,257 crore
(e) Rs 5,176 crore
The World Bank has appointed Junaid Ahmad as its new Country Director for India. He will replace Onno Ruhl who completed his four-year term. Hailing from Bangladesh, Ahmad was previously the Chief of Staff to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. An economist by training, he holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Q12. Who has appointed as new Country Director by World Bank for India recently?
(a) Onno Ruhl
(b) Junaid Ahmad
(c) Kausik Basu
(d) Asim Bose
(e) None of the above
The World Bank has appointed Junaid Ahmad as its new Country Director for India. He will replace Onno Ruhl who completed his four-year term. Hailing from Bangladesh, Ahmad was previously the Chief of Staff to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. An economist by training, he holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Q13. Which among the following countries has agreed to host the ministerial session of the International Energy Forum in 2018?
(a) France
(b) Germany
(c) India
(d) China
(e) Russia
India has agreed to host the ministerial session of the International Energy Forum in 2018, upon a request from the Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry & Natural Resources Khalid A Al-Falih.

Q14. India's Priyesha Deshmukh (23) won a historic bronze medal in the first World Deaf Championships held in Kazan, Russia. She won medal in the game of.....?
(a) boxing
(b) archery
(c) wrestling 
(d) shooting
(e) weightlifting
Deaf Indian shooter Priyesha Deshmukh has won the bronze medal in her first-ever international competition at the first World Deaf Shooting Championships held in Kazan, Russia. She won bronze in the 10m air rifle category and it was her maiden international participation. The Pune-based 23-year-old, who only began playing the sport three years ago, won the medal after scoring 180.4 points.

Q15. Anandi Ramalingam has been appointed as the first woman whole-time director at which of the following PSUs?
(a) GAIL
(b) SAIL
(c) BHEL
(d) IOC
(e) BEL
State-run Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) announced the appointment of Anandi Ramalingam as its first woman whole-time director. Ramalingam, who assumed charge as director (marketing), was General Manager of the military communication strategic business unit in the Bengaluru complex prior to her elevation.


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