1). National Mission on Bioeconomy was launched in Shillong by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) under the which of the following ministry?
a) Ministry of Finance
b) Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
c) Ministry of Science and Technology
d) Ministry of Bioscience
e) None of the above
Explanation: National Mission on Bioeconomy was launched in Shillong by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The mission focuses on sustainable utilization of renewable biological resources for food, bio-based products and bio-energy through knowledge-based approaches. It could have the potential to generate new solutions for the planet’s major challenges in the field of energy, health, food, water, climate change and deliver social, environmental and economic benefits.
2). Recently which of the following state becomes the first state/UT to adopt Centre's Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in all its urban local bodies (ULB)?
Explanation: Rajasthan becomes the first state to adopt Centre's Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in all its urban local bodies (ULB). Almost 5 lakh conventional streetlights have been replaced with LED streetlights across the state. The project has been funded by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public energy services company under the administration of Union ministry of power at no cost to the state
3). Recently which of the following metro railway station was renamed as Lok Kalyan Marg Metro station?
a) East Course Metro Station
b) Race Course Metro station
c) North course metro station
d) MG metro station
e) None of the above
Explanation: Race Course Metro Station will now be called Lok Kalyan Marg Metro station in line with renaming of the Race Course Road earlier this week. While the station name boards will be changed immediately, it will be followed by gradual changes in the automatic announcement system, maps, digital displays inside the trains and so on. "Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has initiated the process of changing the name of the Race Course Metro station to Lok Kalyan Marg Metro station as per the directive of the Government,"
4). What is the rank of Mumbai in the MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index?
Explanation: Five Indian cities have made it to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index of 'Top 100 destination cities for 2016', with Mumbai ranking at number 27, Chennai at the 30th rank, New Delhi at number 48, Kolkata at 62nd rank, and Pune at the 91st, MasterCard said in a press release. In the Fastest Growing Destination Cities category, Mumbai and Chennai ranked 14 and 19, respectively, with at least one million overnight visitors in 2016. Furthermore, Mumbai was the only Indian city to secure a spot in Asia Pacific's 'Top 10 Destination Cities', in terms of International Overnight Visitors in 2016. With 4.86 million visitors along with a visitor spend of $3.6 billion (nearly Rs 23,949.9 crore) in 2016, Mumbai ranked 10th, with Shanghai preceding it.
5). Which company has been appointed as the asset management company for the creation and launch of a new Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)?
Explanation: ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund has been appointed by the government to manage the second Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) exchange traded fund (ETF) comprising public sector undertakings’ (PSUs) stocks in the current fiscal with an estimated corpus of Rs6,000 crore. The appointment criteria and evaluation process comprises both technical and financial parameters. The other fund houses in the race were Reliance, HDFC, SBI, UTI, Kotak, and Birla Sun Life Mutual Funds, industry sources said.
6). ftCash team up along with which bank to launch UPI for micro-merchants?
e) Birla Sun Life Mutual Funds
Explanation: : Mobile payments and loans start-up ftcash, backed by IvyCap Ventures, is the first fintech start-up to launch Unified Payment Interface (UPI) for merchants in association with ICICI Bank. ftcash is a virtual POS for micro-merchants to accept payments through credit cards, debit cards, and wallets such as Freecharge, Mobikwik, and PayPal, among others.
7). Which of the following committee head on development of corporate bond?
a) H R khan committee
b) TSR Subramanian committee
c) Aravind Subramanian committee
d) Deepak mohenty committee
e) None of the above
Explanation: H R Khan Committee on development of corporate bond in August 2016 recommended that foreign portfolio investors be allowed to trade directly in corporate bonds. In accordance with it, the Securities Exchange Board of India now allowed foreign portfolio investors (FPI) to trade directly in corporate bonds without needing any broker. FPIs will have an option to “directly access corporate bond market without brokers as has been allowed to domestic institutions such as Banks, Insurance Companies, Pension Funds etc”. The FPIs can only do the trading for their own need and not on behalf of some others
8). The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) decided to relax its regulations to enable employees to apply for shares over Rs _____________ limits?
Explanation: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) decided to relax its regulations to enable employees to apply for shares over the Rs 200,000 limit. New Regulations: The application for shares of the value in excess of Rs 2 lakh shall be considered as application for additional shares and shall be considered only in the event of under-subscription in the employee reservation portion. The unsubscribed shares available in the employee reservation portion shall be allotted on a proportionate basis to the employees who have applied for the additional shares. Value of total allotment to an employee under the employee reservation portion, including the additional allotment shall not exceed Rs 5 lakh. Another Decision: SEBI also decided to increase the limit of foreign investment in Indian stock exchanges by 10 per cent to 15 per cent and allow foreign portfolio investor to acquire shares of unlisted stock exchanges through transactions outside of recognized stock exchange including the initial allotment.
9). Uttarakhand government has signed MoUs worth Rs _____ crore to boost tourism?
Explanation: The Uttarakhand government has signed MoUs worth Rs 507 crore to boost tourism. MoUs were signed with nine companies during the ‘Atulya Bharat’ investors’ meet organized by the Union Tourism Ministry at New Delhi. The MoUs were largely related to Tent City, wellness resorts, yoga, wellness institutes, Tehri lake, a hill resort and the functioning and management of the Dak Bungalows in the state
10). Which of the following city administration tied up with French Development Agency (AFD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoUs) on Smart City Project and 'Technical Cooperation' in the field of Sustainable Urban Mobility ?
e) None of the above
Explanation: Chandigarh Administration and French Development Agency (AFD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoUs) on Chandigarh Smart City Project and 'Technical Cooperation' in the field of Sustainable Urban Mobility here today. The MoUs were signed by K K Jindal, Secretary Transport, Chandigarh Administration and Minister Counsellor, Embassy of France in India, Jean Marc FENET and Director French Development Agency, Nicolas Fornage.
11). Who has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council?
a) Arun Gopal
b) Arun Goyal
c) K K Jindal
d) Aravind Subramanian
e) Deepak mohenty
Explanation: Senior IAS officer Arun Goyal has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council. The Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is mandated to decide on tax rate, exempted goods and the threshold limit. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved Goyal’s appointment against the newly created post, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said. Goyal, a 1985 batch IAS officer of Union Territory cadre, is at present working as Additional Secretary, Project Monitoring Group, Cabinet Secretariat.