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WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ JAN 9- 15 2017 for UPSC BANKING PSC EXAMS

WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ JAN 9- 15 2017 for UPSC BANKING PSC EXAMS


1. Ken-Betwa River linking project on 13 January 2017 received environmental, forest and tribal clearances. Consider the following statement in context to Ken-Betwa River linking project. 
I. The project aims at addressing the water needs of dry swathes in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. 
II. The NDA government's ambitious project aims at addressing the water needs of dry swathes in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 
III. In the first phase of the project Ken River will be linked with Betwa at an expense of Rs 9500 crore. 

Which is/are correct? 
a) Only I and II 
b) Only II and III
c) Only I and III
d) I, II and III

2. India successfully test-fired the Guided Pinaka rocket recently. In this regard, consider the following statements. 
I. It was launched from Integrated Test Range launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha. 
II. It is also known as Pinaka Rocket Mark-II. 
Which is/are correct? 
a) Only I
b) Only II 
c) Both I and II
d) Neither I nor II

3. The Finance Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on 11 January 2017 presented the Annual State Budget 2017-18 in the legislative assembly. Consider the following statement in context to the budget. 
I. It calls for regularization of all 61000 ad-hoc daily wagers employed by the previous government. 
II. It proposes to implement the 7th pay commission from 1 April 2017. 
III. It proposes to create a social security fund and provide a universal basic income to below the poverty line people. 

Which is/are correct?
a) Only I and II 
b) Only I and III
c) Only II and III
d) I, II and III

4. India-Portugal signed seven agreements on 7 January 2016. Consider the following statements in context to the agreements.
I. They were inked during PM Narendra Modi's visit to Portugal. 
II. Agreement in the field of agriculture and allied sectors were signed. 
III. MoU in the sector of defence was inked. 

Which is/are correct?
a) Only I
b) Only I and II 
c) Only II and III
d) I, II and III

5. Consider the following statements related to Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana. 
I. It seeks to train and certify Indians who are willing to seek employment abroad. 
II. It is a part of the government's efforts to make India skill capital of the world. 
III. It is implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation. 

Which of them is/are true?
a) I and II only
b) II and III only
c) I and III only
d) I, II and III

6. US President Barack Obama has ended a two-decade-old 'wet foot, dry foot' policy that allows migrants of a country who arrive in the US without a visa to become permanent residents. Name the country whose residents were benefited by the policy.
a) Guatemala 
b) Mexico 
c) Cuba
d) Belize

7. According to official data, the Retail inflation fell to what percent in December 2016. 
a) 2.97 per cent 
b) 3.41 per cent 
c) 3.63 per cent
d) 4.01 per cent

8. According to data released by the Central Statistics Office, the country's industrial production grew by what percent in November 2016?
a) 2.1 per cent 
b) 3.4 per cent
c) 5.7 per cent 
d) 6 per cent 

9. The world's largest open air theatre, 11-days Bargarh Dhanu Yatra that concluded in second week of January 2017 with the death King Kansa at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna is held in which state?
a) Bihar
b) Uttar Pradesh
c) Jharkhand
d) Odisha

10. The World Bank has released January 2017 Global Economic Prospects report on 10 January 2017. Consider the following statements in context to the report. 
I. After a post-crisis low 2016, the global economy will accelerate moderately to 3.7 per cent in 2017.
II. China will see a growth of 6.9 per cent in 2017.
III. Russia is expected to grow at 1.5 per cent in 2017. 

Which is/are correct?

a) Only III
b) Only I and II 
c) Only I and III
d) I, II and III 

11. The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards were recently conferred in Bengaluru, Karnataka. In this regard, consider the following statements.
I. The number of awards to be conferred for Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017 has been doubled to 30.
II. It is for the first time that an Indian woman living in Saudi Arabia was honoured with the Samman.
Which is/are correct?
a) Only I
b) Only II 
c) Both I and II
d) Neither I nor II

12. Which of the following movies won the 74th Golden Globes Best Motion Picture Award in the Musical or Comedy category?
a) Moonlight
b) Nocturnal Animals
c) La La Land
d) Fences

13. Who of the following won the Best FIFA Men's Player 2016 award?
a) Cristiano Ronaldo
b) Lionel Messi
c) Antoine Griezmann
d) None of the above

14. It is in this State Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) touched 900-mark after a gap of 20 years.
a) Punjab
b) Haryana
c) Rajasthan
d) Bihar

15. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently signed agreement with which country for satellite launch technology?
a) Japan
b) USA
c) France
d) China


ANSWER


1. (b) Only II and III
EXPLANATION:
 The NDA government's ambitious project aims at addressing the water needs of dry swathes in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. This linking of the two rivers will help in irrigating an area of 6.35 lakh hectares annually, of which 3.69 lakh hectares will be in Madhya Pradesh and 2.65 lakh hectares of Uttar Pradesh. 

2. (c) Both I and II
EXPLANATION:
 India on 12 January 2017 successfully test-fired the Guided Pinaka rocket from Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha. The test-firing of the rocket met all mission objectives.

3. (c) Only II and III
EXPLANATION:
 The budget proposes for implementation of the 7th pay commission from 1 April 2018. It proposes to provide specially designed micro-credit ATM cards with cash credit limit up to Rs 10000 to all registered construction workers. This card includes their life, health insurance and accidental benefits. It also proposes to regularise all 61000 ad-hoc or casual daily wagers employed by previous NC-Congress government.

4. (b) Only II and III 
EXPLANATION:
 The MoUs were signed after bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa in New Delhi. PM Antonio Costa was on a seven-day visit to India.


5. (d) I, II and III
EXPLANATION:
 The Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of the 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

6. (c) Cuba
EXPLANATION
: US President Barack Obama has ended a two-decade-old 'wet foot, dry foot' policy that allows only Cuban migrants who arrive in the US without a visa to become permanent residents. The move is likely to be one of the final foreign policy decisions of Obama's term and it terminates decades' long policy that many argued amounted to preferential treatment for a single group of migrants.

7. (b) 3.41 per cent
EXPLANATION:
 Retail inflation fell to a nearly 3-year low of 3.41 % in December 2016, from 3.63 per cent in November. Inflation eased mainly on account of falling prices of vegetables and pulses. According to official data, overall food inflation fell to 1.37 per cent in December last year, from 2.11 per cent in November.

8. (c) 5.7 percent 
EXPLANATION: 
Allaying fears of a slowdown following demonetisation, the country's industrial production grew 5.7 percent in November 2016, compared to a contraction of 3.4 percent in November of the previous year. The manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75 percent of the index, grew 5.5 percent in November 2016.

9. (d) Odisha
EXPLANATION:
 The world's largest open air theatre, 11-days Bargarh Dhanu Yatra in Odisha concluded last night with the death King Kansa at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna. As per practice, Lord Krishna accompanied by his brother Balaram, who were invited by Kansa's minister Akrura to demon's king durbar. After a battle, the demo King tumbled down the stairs of his durbar making an end of his tyrannical rule. Kansa rules Bargarh town for 11 days.

10. (a) Only III
EXPLANATION: 
After a post-crisis low 2016, the global economy will accelerate moderately to 2.7 per cent in 2017. China's output was anticipated to slow to 6.5 per cent in 2017.

11. (c) Both I and II
EXPLANATION: 
The President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 9 January 2017 presented the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2017 to 30 personalities. The awards were presented during the occasion of 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Bengaluru, Karnataka. In 2016, it was decided that the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas conventions will be held after an interval of two years. Therefore, the number of awards to be conferred for Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017 has been doubled to 30. It is for the first time that an Indian woman living in Saudi Arabia was honoured with the Award. Zeenat Musarrat Jafri, along with her husband, set up the first Indian school in Riyadh in 1982.

12. (c) La La Land
EXPLANATION:
 The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on 9 January 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the USA. These annual awards honour the best in Motion Pictures and Television for the year 2016. La La Land won the award for the Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy).

13. (a) Cristiano Ronaldo
EXPLANATION
: Ace Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo on 9 January 2017 was honoured with the Best FIFA Men's Player 2016 award in Zurich, Switzerland. He garnered 34.54% of total votes to grab the title. He beat Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who scored 26.42% of total votes, and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann (7.53% of total votes) to the prize.

14.(b) Haryana
EXPLANATION
: The Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) touched 900-mark for the first time in 20 years in Haryana. The SRB in December 2016 was 914.

15. (c) France
EXPLANATION
: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French Space agency (CNES) on 9 January 2017 signed a Partnership Agreement for satellite launch technology.


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