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Current Affairs Q&A - December 2018


INDIAN AFFAIRS
1.How many Indian states have achieved 100 % household electrification as on 29th November 2018?
1) 12
2) 15
3) 18
4) 10
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 15
Explanation:
8 States have achieved 100% saturation in household electrification under Saubhagya scheme. They are Madhya
Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal. With this a total of 15
states in India have 100 % household electrification now. This announcement was made by RK Singh, Union
Minister of State (IC) for Power and Renewable Energy after the ‘Review, Planning & Monitoring (RPM) Meeting
with States and State Power Utilities’ in New Delhi, on 29th November 2018. So far, 2.1 crore connections have
been released under Saubhagya. It is expected to achieve 100% saturation in India by 31st December 2018. Also,
the Government is committed to ensure 24×7 access to electricity for all by 31st March 2019. An award scheme
had also been announced, to create healthy competition among DISCOMs (Distribution Company)/Power
Departments of States, with awards of more than Rs 300 crore to be won by States/DISCOMs.

2.Government has launched ‘Bhasha Sangam’, a unique initiative to introduce school students to _____
Indian languages, on 22nd November 2018?
1) 25
2) 26
3) 22
4) 18
5) None of these
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Answer - 3) 22
Explanation:
On 22nd November 2018, Government has launched ‘Bhasha Sangam’, a unique initiative to introduce school
students to 22 Indian languages. Bhasha Sangam has been launched under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. It will
continue till the 21 December 2018. Bhasha Sangam is a programme for schools and educational institutions to
offer multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages. It also aims to improve linguistic tolerance and respect
and promote national integration. There are 22 languages listed in Schedule VIII of Indian Constitution.

3.The Air forces of India and which country will take part in a joint exercise ‘Cope India 2019’ (CI19) at two
air force stations in West Bengal from December 3 to 14, 2018?
1) United Kingdom
2) United States
3) Russia
4) France
5) None of these
Answer - 2) United States
Explanation:
Air forces of the United States and India will take part in a 12-day joint exercise ‘Cope India 2019’ (CI19) at two air
force stations in West Bengal from December 3 to 14, 2018. The exercise will be held at Air Station Kalaikunda and
Air Station Arjan Singh (Panagarh) in West Bengal. This exercise is conducted after a gap of 8 years. The previous
edition of this exercise was held in 2010. This is a bilateral US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) sponsored Field Training
Exercise (FTX). This will focus on US-Indian mutual cooperation and building on existing capabilities, aircrew
tactics and force employment. Around 200 US Airmen with 15 aircraft from the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan
and 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard will participate on behalf of United States.

4.Where did India-Mozambique Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technical
Cooperation held its 4th session on 29th November 2018?
1) Mumbai, India
2) New Delhi, India
3) Maputo, Mozambique
4) Vilankulo, Mozambique
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi, India
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, India-Mozambique Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technical
Cooperation held its 4th session in Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan, New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by the
External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation of the
Republic of Mozambique, Mr. Jose Condungua Antonio Pacheco. Bilateral relations between the two countries
were reviewed. In 2017, India was the largest destination for Mozambican exports, which accounted for 35% of its
total export revenue. Tica-Buzi Highway funded by Indian credit-line of about 150 million US Dollars was
implemented recently in Mozambique.

5.National Archives of India and National Documentation and Information Center of Mozambique, signed a
MoU to improve cooperation in the field of ____?
1) Linguistic Research
2) Archival Management
3) Historic Documentation
4) Information Technology
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Archival Management
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, India-Mozambique Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technical
Cooperation held its 4th session in Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan, New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by the
External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation of the
Republic of Mozambique, Mr. Jose Condungua Antonio Pacheco. Bilateral relations between the two countries
were reviewed. National Archives of India and National Documentation and Information Center of Mozambique,
signed a MoU to improve cooperation in the field of archival management.

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6.Which state celebrated “Sangai Festival”, an annual cultural festival to promote tourism, from 21st
November to 30th November 2018?
1) Meghalaya
2) Manipur
3) Assam
4) Odisha
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Manipur
Explanation:
From 21st November to 30th November, Manipur Tourism Department organized an annual cultural festival
known as “Sangai Festival” which was previously known as “Tourism Festival”. But in 2010 it was renamed after
the State Animal of Manipur Sangai Deer. The Sangai Festival is celebrated to promote Manipur as the World Class
tourism destination. The Festival showcases the culture, handloom, handicraft and fine arts, Cuisines and Music,
Indigenous sports, Adventure sports as well as the scenic natural beauty of the Manipur. Sangai Festival is
celebrated at Keibul Lamjao & Loktak Lake, Hapte Kangjeibung and Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre, Mapal
Kangjeibung and Khuman Lampak, Kangshang, Trade & Permanent Exhibition Centre at Lamboi Khongnangkhong.

7.Where was India’s first owl fest named “Indian Owl Festival” held on 29th and 30th November 2018?
1) Pune, Maharashtra
2) Shillong, Meghalaya
3) Jalandhar, Punjab
4) Kochi, Kerala
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Pune, Maharashtra
Explanation:
On 29th and 30th November 2018, the Indian Owl Festival, India’s first owl fest, was held at Pingori village in
Purandar taluka of Pune, Maharashtra. The festival was organised by Ela Foundation. It created awareness on owl
conservation and feature art forms like pictures, paintings, lanterns, lamp shades, posters, origami, stitched
articles, poems and stories on owls. The festival featured skits and short films on owls. Out of the 262 species of
owls that are found in the world, 75 are threatened. As per a report of Traffic India, a wildlife trade monitoring
body, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2010, owls were found to be consumed and traded for black magic,
street performances, taxidermy, private aviaries/zoos, food, folk medicines, etc. They are protected under the
Wildlife (Protection) Act of India.

8.Maharashtra assembly approved what percentage reservation for the Maratha community in jobs and
educational institutes in Maharashtra, on 29th November 2018?
1) 10 %
2) 16 %
3) 12 %
4) 21 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 16 %
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, Maharashtra assembly unanimously approved 16% reservation for the Maratha
community in jobs and educational institutes. With this move, the total reservation for OBC, SC/ST groups, other
minor social groups, and the Marathas in Maharashtra will be 68% from the existing 52%. The bill is named the
Maharashtra State Reservation (of seats for admission in education institutions in Maharshtra and for
appointments in public services and posts under the state) for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC)
Act, 2018. It will come into force after Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao clears the law. The Maratha
community comprises 32% population of Maharashtra. Reservation for this community has been granted based on
the report by the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC) which declared the Maratha
community as socially and educationally backward.

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9.Central Water Commission (CWC) has given approval to which state for Rs.5912 worth Makedatu Project
on river Cauvery?
1) Telangana
2) Karnataka
3) Maharashtra
4) Tamil Nadu
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Karnataka
Explanation:
On 26th November 2018, Central Water Commission (CWC) has given approval to Karnataka’s disputed Makedatu
Project on river Cauvery and asked the Karnataka government to formulate detailed project report for the
Makedatu Project. Makedatu is a deep gorge situated 100 km away from Bangaluru. This Rs.5912 crore project
aims to alleviate the drinking water problems of Bangaluru and Ramanagara. The approval comes with a condition
that Karnataka must provide Tamil Nadu with the required water from river Cauvery as prescribed by the
Supreme Court.

10.National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a fine of _____ rupees on thermal power plants which do not
meet 100% fly ash disposal criteria during electricity generation?
1) Rs 2 crore
2) Rs 5 crore
3) Rs 3 crore
4) Rs 4 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Rs 5 crore
Explanation:
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed Rs 5 crore fine on thermal power plants which do not meet 100%
fly ash disposal criteria during electricity generation. The Thermal Power plants on which the fine is imposed
needs to deposit Rs 5 crore with Central Pollution Control Board in a month. The move intended to curb the
pollution caused by the Thermal Power plants. Although Fly ash is not a major source of pollution but it affects the
crop grown in its vicinity.

11.India and which country signed a protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for the exports, on
28thNovember 2018 in New Delhi?
1) China
2) Japan
3) Qatar
4) United Arab Emirates
5) None of these
Answer - 1) China
Explanation:
On 28th November 2018, India and China signed a protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for the
exports. The protocol was signed in New Delhi, during the visit of Chinese Vice Minister, General Administration of
Customs of China Hu Wei, who led a 6-member delegation to India. This move will help India to start export of fish
meal and fish oil to China. So far, China had not allowed these exports by India. It had earlier allowed import of rice
from India. China imports fish oil worth USD 143.29 million per year and fish meal worth USD 263.43 million per
year. Hu Wei met India’s Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan. They discussed issues of market access for
products like milk and milk products, agricultural goods like soy meal, fruits and vegetables, tobacco and
pharmaceuticals.

12.Where was the first India Indonesia Business forum (IIBF) held on 29th November 2018?
1) Nagpur, Maharashtra
2) Guwahati, Assam
3) Kavaratti, Lakshadweep
4) Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, the first ever India Indonesia Business forum (IIBF) was held at Port Blair in Andaman
and Nicobar Islands. The forum was held as part of policies of Delhi and Jakarta to extend their strategic
partnership in the Indo-Pacific Region including Indian Ocean Region. It aimed to improve the commercial and
people to people linkages between Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India with Aceh and North Sumatera Province
of Indonesia. A 30-member delegation comprising members of Chamber of Commerce of Aceh, state and local
enterprises, shipping and logistics companies, academics, media and officials of Foreign Ministries of India and
Indonesia participated. Members of Andaman Chamber of Commerce and officials of Andaman and Nicobar
Administration also participated. This edition of IIBF is a part of continuing engagements between Aceh and
Andaman that started in July 2018, when the 1st Business Forum was held in Aceh.

13.‘South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference’ was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti
(GSDS) along with UNESCO- MGIEP and Standing Together to Enable Peace Trust, in _____, from 28th to
30th November 2018?
1) Kolkata
2) Gandhinagar
3) Ahmedabad
4) Delhi
5) None of these
Answer – 4) Delhi
Explanation:
On 28th November 2018, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), under the Ministry of Culture, Government of
India organised a 3 day ‘South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference’ in partnership with UNESCO- MGIEP and
Standing Together to Enable Peace Trust. The conference was held at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat, Delhi, India. The
conference was organized to mark the beginning of celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Chief Guest in the Inaugural Session was Shri Shrikrishna G Kulkarni, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and
member of Government of India’s Committee to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation. About
100 youth leaders from South Asian countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka
and different parts of India came together to discuss different dimensions of ‘peace’. The thematic thrust areas of
the conference included Gender; Interfaith issues; Food Security in the context of Gandhian vision of village
economy; Digital Media; Arts, Democracy and Dialogue.

14.Name the Union Ministry that organized “Hausla 2018”, the national festival for Children of Child Care
Institutions (CCIs), from 26th to 29th November 2018?
1) Ministry of Women and Child Development
2) Ministry of Human Resource Development
3) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
4) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Ministry of Women and Child Development
Explanation:
The National Festival for Children of Child Care Institutions (CCIs) – “Hausla 2018” of the Ministry of Women and
Child Development (MWCD) was held at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. It was a 4 day event, from 26 to
29th November 2018. Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Ministry of Women and Child Development
and Ms. Mary Kom, Indian Olympic Boxer & Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) addressed the opening
ceremony. The festival witnessed participation of more than 600 Children drawn from CCIs from 16 states in the
various events like painting competition,debate, athletics meet, football, chess competition Safe Neighbourhood
Project making activity and speech writing as part of the Festival. The theme for the event was “Child Safety”. The
Childline India Foundation (CIF) and National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD)
will be assisting the Ministry in organizing the events. The concluding ceremony was organized on 29th November
(evening) at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi in which a cultural programme by the children of CCIs, presentation
of Best State Team Award based on performance during Hausla 2018 and Prize distribution to all winners of each
individual category was held.

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15.National Green Tribunal imposed a fine of _____ rupees on West Bengal for non-compliance with the 2
years old directive to improve air quality in Kolkata and Howrah?
1) Rs 2 crore
2) Rs 3 crore
3) Rs 5 crore
4) Rs 7 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Rs 5 crore
Explanation:
On 27th November 2018, The National Green Tribunal imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore to be deposited with Central
Pollution Control Board within two weeks on West Bengal which fails to comply with the 2 years old directive to
improve the air quality in Kolkata and Howrah. Kolkata and Howrah comes under one of the most polluted cities of
the country, so In 2016 NGT recommended several measures to control pollution but West Bengal fails to comply
with those direction.

16.Which institute launched “Empowering People Against Hepatitis: The Empathy Campaign” to create
awareness about Hepatitis B and C disease throughout India, on 26th November 2018?
1) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
2) Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS)
3) Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER)
4) National Institute of Homeopathy (NIH)
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS)
Explanation:
On 26th November 2018, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) launched “Empowering People Against
Hepatitis: The Empathy Campaign” to create awareness about Hepatitis B and C disease throughout India. The
campaign was launched at Metro Bhawan in New Delhi. It was launched in association with Delhi Metro Rail
Corporation (DMRC). It is also supported by Airports Authority of India (AAI). Nearly, 60 million people in India
are affected by Hepatitis virus infections that lead to liver cirrhosis and cancer. At the launch, DMRC staff took a
pledge for the cause. ILBS medical and para medical staff carried out screening and vaccination for the volunteers.
Over 250 DMRC staff were screened and vaccinated for hepatitis B and C in the health-check camp.

17.Name the software launched by Indian Railways that will enable the Union Railway Minister Piyush
Goyal to keep track of punctuality of trains and freight and passenger earnings from anywhere in India?
1) eDiary
2) RailDairy
3) eDrishti
4) RailMoney
5) None of these
Answer - 3) eDrishti
Explanation:
On November 29, 2018, the Indian Railways launched a software named- ‘eDrishti’, that will enable the Union
Railway Minister Shri. Piyush Goyalto keep track of punctuality of trains as well as freight and passenger earnings
from anywhere in the country. The software has been developed by the Centre for Railway Information System
(CRIS). This would enable the railway minister to know the following:
• A day’s freight and passenger earnings,
• Freight loading and unloading,
• Punctuality,
• The progress of major projects,
• Public grievances,
• The movement of trains across the country,
• Details of railway stations,
• Video monitoring of the IRCTC kitchens,
• Live status of reserved and unreserved passengers travelling on trains.
• The software has also been connected with the base kitchens of the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism
Corp (IRCTC).

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18.Dr Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC) and which university signed a MoU for Socio-economic
Transformation and Sustainable Development, on 30thNovember 2018?
1) Jawaharlal Nehru University
2) Madras Institute of Technology
3) Delhi University
4) Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Jawaharlal Nehru University
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, Dr Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC) and Jawaharlal Nehru University signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Socio-economic Transformation and Sustainable Development. The
MoU will facilitate and enhance research activities and policy formulation aimed at Socio-economic
Transformation and Sustainable Development. This would define the areas for fundamental, academic research in
which both the parties would work in a collaborative framework to benefit from each other’s initiatives.

19.Where did Confederation of Indian industry (CII) organise its 15th India Health Summit-2018, on
29th and 30th November 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) Kolkata
3) New Delhi
4) Chennai
5) None of these
Answer - 3) New Delhi
Explanation:
From 29th November to 30th November 2018, The leading industry body, Confederation of Indian industry (CII)
organised its Annual Flagship, 15th India Health Summit-2018 in New Delhi. The theme of the summit this year is
‘Indian Healthcare – A Changing Paradigm’. Ms Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare
released a report, ‘Creating the New Ecosystems to Provide Healthcare’ on the occasion. Union Minister of Skill
Development and Entrepreneurship & Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan also addressed the
summit.

20.The _____ edition of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Agro Tech India-2018 was inaugurated by
President Ram Nath Kovind on 1st December 2018 in Chandigarh?
1) Fifth
2) Ninth
3) Fifteenth
4) Thirteenth
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Thirteenth
Explanation:
On December 1, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the four day 13th edition of CII
Agro Tech India-2018 in Chandigarh. The fair would conclude on December 4, 2018. The International Agro
Technology and Business Fair was organized by Confederation of Indian Industries. The theme for the 2018
edition was “Technology in Agriculture: Increasing Farmer’s Income”. Great Britain was the partner country while
the focus countries were Canada and China. Also the host states were Punjab and Haryana and the partner
ministries included Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

21.Which state celebrates the 19th Hornbill Festival 2018 from 1st to 10th December 2018?
1) Manipur
2) Nagaland
3) Meghalaya
4) Arunachal Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Nagaland
Explanation:
The 19th Hornbill Festival 2018 is celebrated from 1st to 10th December 2018 in Nagaland. It is celebrated at the
Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, located around 12 kilometers from the capital of the Nagaland, Kohima. The

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Hornbill Festival is one of the most cherished festivals of Nagaland. It is named after Hornbill, one of the most
venerated bird species in the state. The 10-day festival is celebrated annually during the first week of December,
i.e. from December 1-10. It is organized by State Tourism and Arts and Culture Department, Government of
Nagaland to encourage inter-tribal harmony and promote culture and traditions of the different tribes of the state.

22.When was the 55th Nagaland Statehood Day celebrated, that commemorates Nagaland’s formal
inception as a state in 1963?
1) December 2
2) December 1
3) December 3
4) December 4
5) None of these
Answer - 2) December 1
Explanation:
December 1, is annually seen as Nagaland Statehood Day since its formal inception as state in 1963, with the
enactment of the state of Nagaland Act in 1962. On December 1, 1963 Nagaland was inaugurated as the 16th State
of the Indian Union by Dr Sarvapelli Radhakrishnan, the then President of India. December 1, 2018 marked the
55th Nagaland Statehood Day and was celebrated at the Secretariat Plaza in Kohima.

23.Name the large scale tri-service exercise involving the Navy, the Army and the Air Force of India, that
was conducted at sea off Goa and Karwar coasts from 17th November to 23rd November 2018?
1) Madad 2018
2) Cope India 2018
3) Shakthi 2018
4) Tricolour 2018
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Madad 2018
Explanation:
From 17th November to 23rd November 2018, A large scale tri-service exercise involving the Navy, the Army and
the Air Force ‘Madad 2018’ was conducted at sea off Goa and Karwar coasts in a move aimed at fine-tuning joint
war-fighting capabilities and enhancing operational synergy. The biennial exercise was coordinated by the Indian
Navy’s Western Naval Command in consultation with Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQIDS). The Kolkata
Class destroyers, Landing Ships, Fleet support ship with ship borne helicopters, MARCOS and other force levels
from all the three maritime commands of the Indian Navy were deployed in the exercise. The exercise also saw
participation of Amphibious troops, Special Forces, Engineers along with support elements from the Indian Army,
and C-17, C-130J, IL-76, AN 32 aircraft and Garuds of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

24.Where will India’s first international indigenous film festival be held in February 2019?
1) Assam
2) Maharashtra
3) Kerala
4) Odisha
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Odisha
Explanation:
India’s first international indigenous film festival will take place in February next year in Odisha. It will be an
initiative of activist film collective ‘Video Republic’. The three-stop event will kick off in Bhubaneswar on February
19 and 20, moving on to Puri from February 21 to 23 and will eventually culminate in an interaction with the
adivasi communities at Niyamgiri. Films made by indigenous people or made by non-indigenous filmmakers in
collaboration with the indigenous communities will be shown in the event.

25.Tamil Nadu government hiked the health insurance cover under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive
Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) from Rs 2 lakh to ____ lakh , on 30th November 2018?
1) Rs 5 lakh
2) Rs 6 lakh
3) Rs 3 lakh
4) Rs 4 lakh

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5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 5 lakh
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, the Tamil Nadu government hiked the health insurance cover under the Chief Minister’s
Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) from Rs two lakh to Rs five lakh. This would come into effect
from December 1, 2018 and would benefit 1.58 crore families as a cashless scheme. Through this the state would
cover 1027 medical procedures for most of those who earn less than Rs. 72,000 per annum.

26.Which state had the most number of beneficiaries under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS)
under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)?
1) Maharashtra
2) Madhya Pradesh
3) Uttar Pradesh
4) Gujarat
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Gujarat
Explanation:
Around 2.75 lakh beneficiaries have availed a subsidy scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban),
with Gujarat topping the chart. Maharashtraand Madhya Pradesh had the most number of beneficiaries under the
Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) after Gujarat. Over 88,000 beneficiaries have been disbursed CLSS in
Gujarat, while 74,000 people have availed the subsidy in Madhya Pradesh in three categories – economically
weaker section (EWS), low income group (LIG) and middle income group (MIG) categories under the PMAY (U).

27.Where did NITI Aayog organise Development Dialogue on “Health Systems for A New India: Building
Blocks”, on 30th November 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) New Delhi
3) Kolkata
4) Pondicherry
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, NITI Aayog initiated a series of Development Dialogue through its first event on “Health
Systems for A New India: Building Blocks” in New Delhi. The conference featured senior government functionaries,
and eminent national and international experts in the healthcare space. The conference focused on strengthening
governance, policy and regulatory frameworks and institutions for a developed health system that can grow to a
globally competitive healthcare insurance.

28.Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has approved formula for compensation to the patients who had
received faulty Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implants manufactured by M/s. DePuy
International Limited. This decision was taken by a Central Expert Committee under the Chairmanship of
_____?
1) Dr. R.K. Arya
2) Dr. M. Mathan Kumar
3) Dr. Sudeep Singhla
4) Dr. Anjal Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Dr. R.K. Arya
Explanation:
On November 29, 2018, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India approved formula for
compensation to the patients receiving faulty Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implants manufactured by
M/s. DePuy International Limited, U.K (M/S Johnson & Johnson Pvt Ltd). The approved formula would see patients
being compensated anywhere between Rs. 30 lakh and Rs. 1.23 crore, depending on the age and level of disability
of the patient. The decision was taken by a Central Expert Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. R.K. Arya,
Director, Sports Injury Centre that determined the quantum of compensation. This was based on the
recommendations of an expert committee, constituted by the Ministry, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Arun Kumar
Agarwal, that examined the issues relating to faulty ASR Hip Implants. Furthermore, all state and union territory

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governments have been requested by the ministry to form state-level committees to examine affected and send
their recommendations to the central committee that has proposed the compensation formula.

29.Which country took over the chairmanship of Kimberley Process from European Union during the 15th
Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) Plenary 2018, held in Brussels, Belgium, from 12th-
16thNovember 2018?
1) United States
2) France
3) India
4) Germany
5) None of these
Answer - 3) India
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, India took over the chairmanship of Kimberley Process from European Union during the
four-day 15th Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) Plenary 2018, that was held in Brussels, Belgium,
from 12th-16thNovember 2018. The chairmanship of the KPCS for India would be operation from January 2019.
And the next Intersessional session is slated to be held in India as Chair. Botswana and the Russian Federation will
serve as Vice-Chair during the period of 2019-2020.

30.India has almost a _____ of the world’s stunted children, according to the Global Nutrition Report 2018?
1) Third
2) Fourth
3) Fifth
4) Seventh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Third
Explanation:
India is facing a major malnutrition crisis as it holds almost a third of the world’s stunted children, according to a
Global Nutrition Report 2018.The report classifies India as experiencing two forms of malnutrition anemia and
stunting. Stunting or low height for age is caused by long term insufficient nutrient-intake and frequent infections.
With 46.6 million children who are stunted, India tops the list among 140 countries followed by Nigeria ( 13.3
million) and Pakistan (10.7 million). India also accounted for 25.5 million children who are wasted followed by
Nigeria (3.4 million) and Indonesia (3.3 million). The World health organization is a Global Nutrition Report
Partner.

31.Name the country that has the highest number of children and teens with HIV in South Asia, as per the
‘Children, HIV and AIDS: The World in 2030’ report released by UNICEF (United Nations International
Children’s Emergency Fund)?
1) Thailand
2) China
3) India
4) Malaysia
5) None of these
Answer - 3) India
Explanation:
On 30th November 2018, a report by UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund ) which
was released ahead of AIDS day estimated that 1,20,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 were living with HIV
in India in 2017, the highest number in South Asia. The report titled ‘Children, HIV and AIDS: The World in 2030’
warned that around 80 adolescents will be dying of AIDS every day globally by 2030 if progress in preventing
transmission is not accelerated. In India, an estimated 120,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 were living
with HIV in 2017. In Pakistan, this number was 5800, followed by Nepal (1,600)and Bangladesh (less than 1,000).
In 2017, the estimated number of children under 5 years old newly diagnosed with HIV was 43 per cent lower
than the comparable estimate in 2010 a decline greater than the 35 per cent recorded globally. “The report makes
it clear, without the shadow of a doubt, that the world is off track when it comes to ending AIDS among children
and adolescents by 2030,” said UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore.

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32.Which will be the focal country of the 12-day 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair that will begin from
January 30, 2019, in Kolkata?
1) Mexico
2) Czech Republic
3) Croatia
4) Guatemala
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Guatemala
Explanation:
Guatemala will be the focal country of the 12-day 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair that will begin from
January 30, 2019, in Kolkata. Around 20 countries from Asia, Europe and Latin America would take part. The fair
will be inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The fair would conclude on February 10,
Publishers and Booksellers Guild officials told the media here in the presence of Ambassador of Guatemala in India
Giovanni Castillo.

33.Where will the two-day Global Aviation Summit be organised by the Government and Federation of
Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on 15th and 16th January 2019?
1) Kolkata
2) New Delhi
3) Mumbai
4) Bengaluru
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Mumbai
Explanation:
The two-day Global Aviation Summit will be organised by the Government and Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on 15th and 16th January 2019, in Mumbai. It would provide a platform for the
stakeholders to brainstorm on the future of aviation industry and identify the growth areas. The ministry along
with industry body Ficci would be organising the summit with the theme 'Flying for all -- especially for the next 6
billion'. Among others, the future of drones, sustainable growth of aviation, cargo and logistics in the aviation
industry would be discussed.

34.President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the ____ International Ambedkar Conclave in New Delhi as part
of the commemoration of Constitution Day, on 30th November 2018?
1) First
2) Second
3) Twenty fifth
4) Tenth
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Second
Explanation:
On 30th November 2018 the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 2nd International
Ambedkar Conclave in New Delhi as part of the commemoration of Constitution Day. The Forum of SC and ST
Legislators and Parliamentarians and the Dr Ambedkar Chamber of Commerce organized the conclave. The
Government of India has classified the birthplace of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar in Mhow (Dr. Ambedkar Nagar), the
Deeksha bhoomi in Nagpur, the Parinarvana temple in Delhi, Chaitya bhoomi in Mumbai and ‘Ambedkar Memorial
Homes’ in London as pilgrimage sites”. The Union Government is also planning to transform ‘Ambedkar
International Center‘ set up in Delhi as a think tank and an institution offering government recognised academic
courses, research opportunities, and training programmes for government officials and corporates.

35.Where did Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Shipping, Surface Transport and Ganga Rejuvenation
inaugurate the second edition of Khasdar Mahotsav cultural fest?
1) Mumbai
2) New Delhi
3) Bengaluru
4) Nagpur
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Nagpur

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Explanation:
On 30th November 2018, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Shipping, Surface Transport and Ganga
Rejuvenation inaugurated the second edition of Khasdar Mahotsav at the Ishwar Deshmukh College of Physical
Education in Nagpur. Mr Nitin Gadkari in presence of versatile Bollywood Film Actor Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff
said that this event is not just a cultural programme but an attempt to provide the future generation with better
infrastructure and facilities and make their aware about India’s Rich heritage.

36.The Global Agriculture and Food summit was held on 29th and 30th November 2018 in _____?
1) Guwahati, Assam
2) Darjeeling, West Bengal
3) Ranchi, Jharkhand
4) Cuttack, Odisha
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Ranchi, Jharkhand
Explanation:
On November 29 2018 the two-day Global Agriculture and Food summit had been inaugurated by Union
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in Tana Bhagat Stadium, Khel Gaon at Ranchi,Jharkhand. Governor of
Jharkhand Droupadi Murmu was the chief guest for the closing ceremony on November 30. Nearly 10,000 farmers
from the Jharkhand had participated in the Summit. Experts in agriculture, research, educationists in agriculture
institutions and universities, companies related to agriculture business were also participated in the summit.
Tunisia, China, Israel, Philippines and Mongolia are participating as associated countriesin International session.
Government of Jharkhand is organizing Agri Trade Exhibition during Global Agriculture and Food Summit 2018 on
29-30th November 2018 at Ranchi.

37.Which entity launched a new mass media campaign named “Heart Attack Rewind,” for the elimination
of industrially produced trans-fat in the food supply, on 30th November 2018?
1) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
2) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
3) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
4) National Health Portal (NHP)
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
Explanation:
On 30th November 2018 the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched a new mass media
campaign “Heart Attack Rewind,” for the elimination of industrially produced trans-fat in the food supply and is a
follow-up to an earlier campaign called “Eat Right” by FSSAI. The campaign will warn citizens about the health
hazards of consuming trans-fats and offer strategies to avoid them through healthier alternatives. The first mass
media campaign of its kind will support FSSAI’s global target of eliminating trans-fat in India by the year 2022. A
30-second public service announcement will be broadcast in 17 languages for a period of four weeks on YouTube,
Facebook, Hotstar, and Voot and will also be placed on outdoor hoardings and run on radio stations in Delhi and
the National Capital Region. In line with the objective to get Freedom from trans-fat: ‘Trans Fat: India@75′, the
FSSAI is committed to reducing the industrially produced trans fatty acids from present 5% to less than 2 % by
2022 in a phased manner.

38.Defence Acquisition Committee (DAC) approved military procurements worth _____ rupees for the
Indian armed forces which include BrahMos missiles for two Indian Navy ships, and Armoured Recovery
Vehicles (ARVs) for the Indian Army’s main battle tank Arjun, on 1st December 2018?
1) Rs 3,000 crore
2) Rs 2,000 crore
3) Rs 1,600 crore
4) Rs 4,000 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 3,000 crore
Explanation:
On 1st December 2018, the Defence Acquisition Committee (DAC) approved military procurements worth Rs
3,000 crore for the Indian armed forces which include BrahMos missiles for two Indian Navy ships, and Armoured
Recovery Vehicles (ARVs) for the Indian Army’s main battle tank Arjun. The DAC (the ministry’s highest decision-

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making body on procurement) meeting was chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. India is procuring
two stealth frigates at a cost of USD 1 billion from Russia and both the ships will be equipped with indigenously
developed BrahMos missiles. Russia’s state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport and India’s Goa Shipyard Limited
(GSL) signed the contract in New Delhi recently to build the Grigorovich-class ‘Project 1135.6’ frigates with
technology transfer from Russia. The ships are expected to be delivered by 2027.

39.Special Forces of India and which country completed the three-day tactical exercise called ‘Vajra Kayaa’
which is part of their joint military drill ‘Vajra Prahar 2018’ in Jaipur, on 1st December 2018?
1) United States
2) Bangladesh
3) France
4) Sri Lanka
5) None of these
Answer - 1) United States
Explanation:
On 1st December 2018, The Special Forces of India and United States completed the final maneuvers of their three-
day tactical exercise called ‘Vajra Kayaa’ which is part of their joint military drill ‘Vajra Prahar 2018’ in Jaipur.
Vajra Kayaa was based on narrative of an imaginary country going into a civil war due to weak democratic
structure and which has now been taken over by armed terrorists.

40.President Ram Nath Kovind, presented Standards to 118 Helicopter Unit and Colours to Air Defence
College in _____, on 29th November 2018?
1) Guwahati, Assam
2) Kolkata, West Bengal
3) Dehradun, Uttarakhand
4) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Guwahati, Assam
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented Standards to 118 Helicopter
Unit and Colours to Air Defence College in Guwahati, Assam. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister
Sarbananda Sonowal and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa were present during the programme.

41.Where did Bureau of Police Research and Development organize the 2nd National Conference of Heads
of Investigating Agencies, on 29th November 2018?
1) Hyderabad
2) Pune
3) Chennai
4) New Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 4) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, Bureau of Police Research and Development will organize the 2nd National Conference
of Heads of Investigating Agencies in New Delhi.The two-day Conference will deliberate on various legal aspects,
procedures and use of technology in investigation to improve its quality and secure effective prosecution.
The theme of the conference is “Capacity Building of Police Investigators in the Era of New Age Crimes”. More than
200 delegates from all States and Union territories will participate in the conference.

42.Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has put the imports of ____ dore in restricted category,
which means that an importer now, needs a license to import this commodity?
1) Gold
2) Silver
3) Zirconium
4) Titanium
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Gold

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Explanation:
On 30th November 2018, The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) which works under Ministry of
Commerce and Industry has put the imports of gold dore in restricted category. It means that an importer now,
needs a license to import this commodity. Gold dore is a semi-pure alloy which is refined for further purification.
Refined gold bars are manufactured from gold dore bar. India, the world’s second-biggest gold consumer after
China, imports about 900 tonnesof gold a year. Also in a separate notice, the DGFT prescribed wastage norms and
value addition in respect of gold religious idols (only gods and goddess) -both plain and studded, of eight carats
and above (up to 24 carats). The DGFT prescribed that percentage of wastage for plain gold idols will be 2.5 per
cent and for studded gold idols it will be 5 per cent.

43.Government has constituted a 6-member committee to look at selling 149 small and marginal oil and
gas fields of state-owned ONGC and Oil India to private and foreign companies to boost domestic output.
Who is the head of the committee?
1) Rajiv Kumar
2) Sanjay Arora
3) Rithuparna Sen
4) Deeksha Sashant
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rajiv Kumar
Explanation:
A six-member committee has been constituted by the government which will look at selling as many as 149 small
and marginal oil and gas fields of state-owned ONGC and Oil India to private and foreign companies to boost
domestic output. The committee will be headed by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and includes Cabinet
Secretary P K Sinha, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Oil Secretary M M Kutty, NITI Aayog CEO
Amitabh Kant and ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker. Earlier on 12thOctober, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi called a meeting to review domestic production profile of oil and gas and the roadmap for cutting
import dependence by 10 per cent by 2022 and this committee is a follow up of that meeting.

44.Name India’s first locomotive-less train that crossed the 180 kmph speed limit during a test run in the
Kota-Sawai Madhopur section, on 2nd December 2018?
1) Train 18
2) Bolt
3) Train 98
4) Train FX
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Train 18
Explanation:
On 2nd December 2018, India’s first locomotive-less train named Train 18, crossed the 180 kmph speed limit
during a test run in the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section. Train 18 will become India’s fastest train when it is made
operational. This train has been developed indigenously, costing Rs 100 crore. It is a high-tech, energy-efficient,
self-propelled (engine-less) train. It features aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker
turn-around at destinations. It has an advanced regenerative braking system to save power. It is fully air-
conditioned. It has 16 coaches. Train 18 is expected to start its commercial run from January 2019. It is expected to
replace the current Shatabdi Express. Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will launch one more Train 18 this fiscal and 4
by the next fiscal.

45.Nagaland government signed a 5-year MoU with e-Governance Academy of which country to provide
advisory and technical knowledge for setting up of e-Governance Academy of Nagaland (e-GAN), on
30th November 2018?
1) Estonia
2) Ireland
3) Greece
4) Australia
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Estonia

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Explanation:
On 30th November 2018, Nagaland government signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with e-
Governance Academy of Estonia to provide advisory and technical knowledge for setting up of e-Governance
Academy of Nagaland (e-GAN). The MoU is aimed at strengthening bilateral technical cooperation in the fields of
information technology and e-governance. The agreement was signed during the on-going 4thedition of the e-Naga
Summit, by department of IT&C commissioner and Secretary of the state, KD Vizo and Arvo Ott, director e-
Governance Academy of Estonia.

46.Where was the international workshop on “Developing a Ganga Museum Concept: Exchanging
Experiences and Ideas between India and Europe”, held on 29th and 30th November 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) Kolkata
3) Hyderabad
4) New Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 4) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 29th and 30th November 2018, an international workshop on “Developing a Ganga Museum Concept:
Exchanging Experiences and Ideas between India and Europe” was held in New Delhi. The workshop was
organized by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) along with GIZ India, as a part of Indo German
Development Co-operation. Experts from India and the European Union participated. NMCG is planning to set up a
Ganga Exhibition and a Ganga Museum for public outreach, portraying river Ganga’s history and mythology, its
importance for the livelihood of a huge population, and efforts for Ganga Rejuvenation. In the workshop, ideas and
experiences related to the proposed Ganga Museum and Ganga Exhibition, were discussed.

47.Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik launched AB-PMJAY in Jammu, on 1st December 2018.
What does “B” represent in AB-PMJAY?
1) Bima
2) Bandan
3) Bharat
4) Bhujal
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Bharat
Explanation:
On 1st December 2018, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik launched the ambitious “Ayushman Bharat-
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)” at Teacher’s Bhawan in Jammu. The scheme which would benefit
over 31 lakhresidents in the state will provide medical facilities to the poor and vulnerable families in secondary
and tertiary care hospitals of the country. Marking the launch of the scheme, theGovernor along with other
dignitaries distributed Golden Cards among 10 eligible beneficiaries for availing the annual health cover facility.
Recently the state received ‘Best Performing Large State’ award on account of high reduction in Infant Mortality
Rate (IMR) in a single year and for effective implementation of health schemes by the India Today group at the
“State of the States Conclave 2018”.

48.Which state government has issued a government resolution allowing citizens to inspect records in
district-level offices and local bodies throughout the state under the Right To Information (RTI) for 2
hours every Monday?
1) Gujarat
2) Rajasthan
3) Maharashtra
4) Madhya Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Maharashtra
Explanation:
On 26th November 2018, Maharashtra government issued a government resolution allowing citizens to inspect
records in district-level offices and local bodies throughout Maharashtra under the Right To Information (RTI) for
2 hours every Monday. This move aims to bring transparency in the functioning of the government and to reduce
RTI applications and appeals. People don’t need to file RTI applications or pay any fee. They can directly go to the

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offices and inspect the records. All district-level offices and local bodies like municipal corporations and councils,
zilla parishads, etc, have been instructed to allow inspection from 3 pm to 5 pm every Monday. This resolution is
not applicable to Mantralaya, the state secretariat of Maharashtra, due to logistical issues. If a public holiday falls
on Monday, inspection would be allowed on the next working day.

49.Where was the first 2-day India-ASEAN InnoTech Summit held on 29th and 30th November 2018?
1) Kolkata
2) Pune
3) Dehradun
4) New Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 4) New Delhi
Explanation:
The first 2-day India-ASEAN InnoTech Summit was held on 29th and 30th November 2018 in New Delhi. It was
organized by: Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in association with the Department
of Science and Technology (DST) and the Ministry of External Affairs. The theme of the Summit was: ‘India ASEAN
InnoTech Summit: Accelerating towards innovative development‘.Participating ASEAN Member Countries: Brunei,
Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

50.Which state/union territory government announced the launch of a common mobility card called ‘One’,
for easy commute on public transport, on 4th December 2018?
1) Gujarat
2) Delhi
3) Chandigarh
4) Jharkhand
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Delhi
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, Delhi government announced the launch of a common mobility card called ‘One’, with a
tagline of ‘One Delhi One Ride’, for easy commute on public transport. It was launched by Delhi Transport Minister
Kailash Gahlot and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director Mangu Singh. This would enable
access to Metro and bus services with a single card at a 10 per cent discount. Further provision of coverage of
auto-rickshaws, taxis, RTVs and other modes of transport would be inducted under this card.

51.The 8th session of the foreign Office Consultation between India and Sudan was held in ____ to review
bilateral relations?
1) Mumbai
2) Kolkata
3) New Delhi
4) Hyderabad
5) None of these
Answer - 3) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, 8th session of the foreign Office Consultation between India and Sudan was held in New
Delhi to review the entire gamut of bilateral relations that include political, trade, investments, defence and
security. The Indian side was led by the Dr B. Bala Shankar, Joint Secretary (West Asia and North Africa) in the
Ministry of External Affairs and Sudanese side was led by Mahmoud Fadl Abdel Rasoul

52.Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba announced the conduct of the TROPEX exercise, from January to
March 2019. What does “T” represent in TROPEX?
1) Tropical
2) Theatre
3) Trial
4) Traditional
5) None of these
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Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba announced conduction of a 2-month long Theatre
Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX) in January 2019. It would end in March 2019. Its objective is to
check on the costal defence system. This would test the combat capability of the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian
Air Force and Coast Guard, and would strengthen interoperability and joint operations in complex conflict
situation. Under this, it would also conduct a large-scale coastal defence exercise ‘Exercise Sea Vigil’ to test the
robustness of the entire coastal security apparatus. The Sea vigil exercise is a yearly exercise that takes place on
the Western Seaboard with participation of over 45 ships from both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands of
the Indian Navy. This would involve all stake holders across mainland and Island territories including
participation of ships, submarines and aircrafts.

53.“SHINYUU Maitri-18”, the first 5-day bilateral air exercise between India and which country started in
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, on 3rd December 2018?
1) China
2) Malaysia
3) Singapore
4) Japan
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Japan
Explanation:
On December 3, 2018, the first 5-day bilateral air exercise “SHINYUU Maitri-18” between India and Japan,
commenced at the Air Force station in Agra in northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The theme of the exercise is: ‘Joint
mobility and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) on transport aircraft’. It would be attended by:
The Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) from Japan’s side and Indian Air Force (IAF) from the Indian side. The
JASDF’s ‘C2′ aircraft is participating along with IAFs ‘AN-32’ and ‘C-17’.

54.Where was the 223rd meeting of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), EPFO (Employees' Provident
Fund Organisation) held on 4th December 2018?
1) New Delhi
2) Mumbai
3) Kolkata
4) Indore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) New Delhi
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment chaired the
223rd meeting of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), EPFO in New Delhi. The Board approved the constitution of
the following committees and authorized Chairman CBT, EPFO to nominate members to the committees:-
• Finance, Investment and Audit Committee
• Pension & EDLI Implementation Committee
• Exempted Establishments Committee

55.Finance ministry has approved _____ rupees investment for FY19 and FY20 to upgrade Doordarshan
(DD) and All India Radio (AIR)?
1) Rs 850 crore
2) Rs 670 crore
3) Rs 450 crore
4) Rs 980 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 850 crore
Explanation:
On 05th December 2018, Finance ministry has approved Rs 850 crore investment to upgrade Doordarshan (DD)
and All India Radio (AIR). The sanctioned amount will be invested over FY19 and FY20. Decision came after Centre
has started a manpower audit of Prasar Bharati, acting on the recommendation of an expert committee in 2014 led
by Sam Pitrodawhich recommended that Prasar Bharati ‘undertake a comprehensive manpower audit and human
resources planning exercise to map workforce requirements for the future, in line with the public broadcaster’s
mandate’.
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56.Where was “Conference on EU-India Partnership for Cultural Heritage Conservation” held on 4th and
5thDecember 2018?
1) Kolkata
2) Guwahati
3) New Delhi
4) Kochi
5) None of these
Answer - 3) New Delhi
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, a two-day “Conference on EU-India Partnership for Cultural Heritage Conservation”
commenced at the National Museum Auditorium, Janpath, New Delhi. It concluded in December 5, 2018. Its
objective is to enhance EU-India collaboration in the field of cultural heritage conservation. The conference was
inaugurated by: Minster of State (I/C) Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri. As part of this, the Delegation of the European
Union together with the National Museum Institute, Government of India, will convene 20 Indian and 18 European
experts. It also marked the pinnacle of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), which will conclude on
December 6-7, 2018.

57.Which state government launched a new programme for transparency and awareness on various
government schemes, called PEETHA (Peoples Empowerment Enabling Transparency and Accountability),
on 4th December 2018?
1) Telangana
2) Gujarat
3) Assam
4) Odisha
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Odisha
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, Odisha government launched a new programme for transparency and awareness on various
government schemes, called- the Peoples Empowerment Enabling Transparency and Accountability or PEETHA. It
was launched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. PEETHA is based on a 3-T (Technology, Transparency and
Team work) model, and is a sub-scheme of the Odisha government’s flagship Ama Gaon Ama Bikas Yojana (AGAB).
Under this initiative, camps will be organised at the gram panchayat level from the 15th to the 20th of each month,
beginning December 2018. In each such camps, benefits like LED bulb, Old Age pension, Artist pension, Mission
Shakti etc will be distributed to the beneficiaries there. Furthermore, block level officers will be appointed by the
state government for supervising the implementation of the scheme. Every month, the best panchayat in each
Block will be given Rs. 5 lakh for organising PEETHA.

58.The ____ session of Policy Commission of World Customs Organisation was held in Mumbai from 3rd to
5thDecember 2018?
1) 80th
2) 75th
3) 68th
4) 91st
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 80th
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, the three day 80th session of Policy Commission of World Customs Organisation concluded
in Mumbai. It started on December 3, 2018. It was organized by Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs
(CBIC). It was inaugurated by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, and was attended by 102 delegates from 33 nations.
The Indian delegation was headed by Chairman, CBIC, Shri S. Ramesh, along with Member (Customs), Shri P K Das
and senior officers. Objective of the WCO meeting was to discuss on various matters related to customs.

59.Where was the second meeting of the newly constituted ‘NITI Forum for North East’ held on
4th December 2018?
1) Guwahati, Assam
2) Imphal, Manipur
3) Shillong, Meghalaya

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4) Itanagar, Arunchal Pradesh


5) None of these
Answer - 1) Guwahati, Assam
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, the second meeting of the newly constituted ‘NITI Forum for North East’ commenced in
Guwahati, Assam. The meeting was co-chaired by: Vice Chairman NITI AAYOG, Dr Rajiv Kumar and Minister of
State (IC) for DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh. The meeting mainly focused on issues pertaining to five critical sectors –
Tourism, Bamboo, Dairy, Fisheries and Tea.

60.Central government announced the inclusion of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Amarkantak and _____ under the
Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) scheme, on 4th December
2018?
1) Kanyakumari
2) Parasnath
3) Coorg
4) Anantapur
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Parasnath
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, the central government announced inclusion of Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttrarakhand,
Amarkantak in Madhya Pradeshand Parasnath in Jharkhand under the scheme Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and
Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASAD). With this, the number of pilgrimage sites under the scheme
increased to 41 sites in 25 states. The PRASAD scheme was launched by the Tourism Ministry in 2014-15.

61.Which state/union territory government launched a 3 day, 2 night free pilgrimage scheme, consisting
of five religious circuits, for senior citizens named- the ‘Mukhyamantri Teerth Yatra Yojana’, on
6th December 2018?
1) Manipur
2) Delhi
3) Andaman and Nicobar Islands
4) Madhya Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Delhi
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a 3 day, 2 night free pilgrimage scheme,
consisting of five religious circuits, for senior citizens named- the ‘Mukhyamantri Teerth Yatra Yojana’. The AAP
government will bear the expenses of 77,000 pilgrims every year although preference would be given to
economically backward families. On an average, the scheme will incur a cost of Rs 7000 per pilgrim and would
cover an insurance of Rs. 1 lakh for each pilgrim. Under this scheme, 1,100 senior citizens, above 60 years, from
each of the 70 assembly constituencies in Delhi can undertake free pilgrimage. The beneficiaries above the age of
70 can take an attendant above the age of 20 years and the beneficiaries would be certified via the respective area
lawmakers.

62.The Cooperative department of Punjab decided to merge how many District Central Cooperative Banks
(DCCBs) with the Punjab State Cooperative Bank (PSCB), on 3rd December 2018?
1) 20
2) 35
3) 70
4) 55
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 20
Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, the Cooperative department of Punjab has decided to merge 20 District Central
Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) with the Punjab State Cooperative Bank (PSCB). The aim of the merger is to
strengthen the state’s rural credit system and facilitate farmers taking credit from cooperative banks. The 20
DCCBs were having 804 branches across the state and were facing a loss of Rs 700 crore. With the merger, the
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was taken in view of RBI guidelines, which mandate that all DCCBs should have a Capital to Risk Weighted Assets
Ratio (CRAR) of 9 per cent. At present the DCCBs are adhering to the required CRAR of 9 per cent, but there was
hardly any space for majority of these DCCBs to enhance their business and to increase their profitability.

63.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched SMART (State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness
and Rural Transformation) initiative, on 6th December 2018, for which World Bank has provided financial
assistance of ____ dollars?
1) $210 million
2) $370 million
3) $450 million
4) $180 million
5) None of these
Answer - 1) $210 million
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched a unique initiative called- State of
Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation or “SMART”. This will be implemented in in 10,000 villages
with an objective to achieve sustainable farming within the next 3 years. This is a World Bank (WB) assisted
project which has a net worth of 300 million US dollars. Of this WB has provided financial assistance of $210
million. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is the industry partner of the initiative. Additionally, 50 MOUs have
been signed under this project involving top companies like TATA, Amazon etc.

64.Swedish firm Spowdi and Indian firm EMVEE signed a MoU, on 3rd December 2018, to set up local
manufacturing and assembly unit in which city?
1) Bengaluru
2) Mumbai
3) New Delhi
4) Chennai
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Bengaluru
Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, Sweden and India signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) in the Renewable
Energy sector to enhance the technology and bring in power efficiency. Among the two MoUs signed, the first was
signed between Swedish firm Spowdi and EMVEE for setting up local manufacturing and assembly unit in
Bengaluru and the second MoU was inked between Swedish Neutral and Tata Power DDL for setting up pilot for
earth fault protection in Delhi. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of inauguration of the ‘Sustainability by
Sweden – Showroom India’ by Swedish Energy, Agency Business Sweden and Embassy of Sweden under the
Sweden India Nobel Memorial Programme. The showroom has been set up in India as a next step towards bi-
lateral programme – India Sweden Innovations Accelerator (ISIA), in which over 20 Swedish innovative
technologies would be presented. The India-Sweden Innovations’ Accelerator (ISIA) programme is a part of
intergovernmental cooperation between India and Sweden in the area of new and renewable energy technology.

65.Which museum signed a MoU with Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, New Delhi, on 4th December 2018,
to provide an amazing discount offer to Delhi NCR tourists?
1) Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum
2) National Rail Museum
3) National Handicrafts Museum
4) National Science Museum
5) None of these
Answer - 2) National Rail Museum
Explanation:
On 4th December 2018 the Ministry of Railways’ National Rail Museum (NRM) and Madame Tussauds Wax
Museum, New Delhi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide an amazing discount offer to Delhi
NCR tourists. This innovative and first time ever, public-private museum collaboration, is expected to attract more
tourists to both National Rail Museum and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. A special discount of 35%on ticket
prices will be offered to NRM visitors when they visit Madame Tussauds Museum, while Madame Tussauds Wax
Museum visitors will be getting an attractive discount of 30% on combo packages of NRM. In order to promote

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railway heritage and also enable children to learn about national heroes, there will be a special provision for
school children and groups. They will be able to enjoy both museums at a 45% discount.

66.Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio, inaugurated the first ever Swadesh Darshan Project in
Nagaland named “Development of Tribal Circuit: Peren-Kohima-Wokha Project” worth ____rupees, on
5th December 2018?
1) Rs 97.36 crore
2) Rs 123.56 crore
3) Rs 67.98 crore
4) Rs 80.55 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 97.36 crore
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Shri Neiphiu Rio, inaugurated the first ever Swadesh Darshan
Project in Nagaland named-“Development of Tribal Circuit: Peren-Kohima-Wokha Project”. It was sanctioned by
the Ministry of Tourism in November 2015 for Rs. 97.36 Crores. It would include facilities like Tribal Tourist
Village, Eco Log Huts, Open Air Theatre, Tribal Rejuvenation Centre, Cafeteria, Helipad, Tourist Interpretation
Centre, Wayside Amenities, Last Mile Connectivity, Public Conveniences, Multipurpose Hall, Nature Trails,
Trekking Routes etc. Additionally, the Ministry sanctioned another project in Nagaland called -“Development of
Tribal circuit: Mokokchung–Tuensang-Mon” forRs.99.67 crore.

67.Union Cabinet approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project on river Ravi in Punjab, with
central Assistance of ____ rupees for irrigation component, for over 5 years from 2018-19 to 2022-23?
1) Rs 567.77 crore
2) Rs 485.38 crore
3) Rs 985.65 crore
4) Rs 679.90 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Rs 485.38 crore
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved implementation
of Shahpurkandi Dam Project, Punjab on river Ravi. For this, central Assistance of Rs. 485.38 cr (for irrigation
component) would be provided over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23. This will be made through NABARD
under existing system for funding of 99 PMKSY-AIBP projects under LTIF. This project would help minimising
some of the water of the River Ravi which at present is going waste through the Madhopur Headworks
downstream to Pakistan.

68.Union Cabinet approved the strategic sale of what per cent of the Government of India’s equity
shareholding in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to Power Finance Corporation (PFC) along with
transfer of management control, on 6th December 2018?
1) 44.58 %
2) 67.56 %
3) 41.50 %
4) 52.63%
5) None of these
Answer - 4) 52.63%
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the strategic
sale of the Government of India’s existing 52.63% of total paid up equity shareholding in Rural Electrification
Corporation (REC) to Power Finance Corporation (PFC) along with transfer of management control. Both REC and
PFC are Central Public Sector Enterprises under the Ministry of Power.

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69.Union Cabinet approved the launch of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems
(NM-ICPS), at a total outlay of ____ rupees for a period of 5 years, on 6th December 2018?
1) Rs 3660 crore
2) Rs 4235 crore
3) Rs 1296 crore
4) Rs 5678 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 3660 crore
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the launch of
National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS), at a total outlay of Rs. 3660 crore for a
period of 5 years. It will be implemented by Department of Science &Technology. It is a comprehensive mission
which would address the following: technology development, application development, human resource
development & skill enhancement, entrepreneurship and start-up development in CPS and associated
technologies.

70.Union Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United States
of America (USA) focused on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in which field, on 6th December 2018?
1) Earth Sciences
2) Maritime Defence
3) Genetic Engineering
4) Food Processing and Technology
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Earth Sciences
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United States of America (USA). The MOU focuses on Scientific and
Technical Cooperation in the Earth Sciences. The MoU was signed on 1st November 2018.

71.Union Cabinet approved a MoU between India and which country, that was signed in June 2018, focused
on postage stamp, and following which Commemorative Postage Stamps including depiction of “Manipuri
Dance” of India were released?
1) South Korea
2) Armenia
3) Egypt
4) Kazakhstan
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Armenia
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved Memorandum
of Understanding signed between India and Armenia. The MOU focuses on joint issue of postage stamp. It was
signed in June, 2018 between: Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications and the National Postal Operator
of Armenia (“HayPost” CJSC). The Theme of the joint postage stamps on India-Armenia was: “Dence”. The Joint
stamps were released in August, 2018. The Commemorative Postage Stamps depict “Manipuri Dance” of India and
“HovArek Dance” of Armenia.

72.Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, laid foundation stone of Pusa
Kisan Haat in Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) Agricultural Technology Information Centre
(ATIC) in _____, on 6th December 2018?
1) New Delhi
2) Mumbai
3) Kolkata
4) Chennai
5) None of these
Answer - 1) New Delhi

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Explanation:
On 6th December 2018, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister laid the
Foundation stone of Pusa Kisan Haat in Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) Agricultural Technology
Information Centre (ATIC) in New Delhi. Pusa Kisan Haat will be built across 2.5 acres which includes 60 stalls
measuring 3m x 3m where farmers can sell their agricultural products.

73.Where was the annual India Water Impact Summit 2018 held from 5th to 7th December 2018?
1) New Delhi
2) Hyderabad
3) Lucknow
4) Guwahati
5) None of these
Answer - 1) New Delhi
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin
Gadkari inaugurated 3-day annual India Water Impact Summit 2018 in New Delhi. It concluded on December 7,
2018. It was jointly organized by: The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and The Centre for Ganga River
Basin Management and Studies (cGanga). The theme for the 2018 version was: ‘Showcasing and Enhancing
Impacts of National and International Efforts on Ganga Rejuvenation.’

74.The Supreme court approved the draft of Witness Protection Scheme 2018 to ensure security to the
witness, on 5th December 2018. This Scheme was drafted by which Union Ministry?
1) Ministry of Women and Child Development
2) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
3) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
4) Ministry of Home Affairs
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Ministry of Home Affairs
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, the Supreme court bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and S. Abdul Nazeer approved the draft of
Witness Protection Scheme 2018to ensure security to the witness. This Scheme was drafted by the Ministry of
Home Affairs. The draft has been asked to be implemented across all states with immediate effect. The draft
witness protection scheme, finalised in consultation with the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and
Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), has three categories of witnesses based on the threat
perception. The protection measures shall be proportionate to the threat and for a specific duration not exceeding
three months at a time.

75.Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified amendments to central Motor Vehicles Rules,
1989, and announced that all new vehicles will be sold pre-fitted with the high-security registration plates
from _____?
1) 1 April 2019
2) 1 January 2019
3) 1 March 2019
4) 1 July 2019
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 1 April 2019
Explanation:
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways notified amendments to central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 and
announced that all new vehicles will be sold pre-fitted with the high-security registration plates from 1st April
2019. The High Security Registration plates helps in keeping track of the vehicle so that lost or stolen vehicles can
be traced.

76.Where was Global Venture Capital Summit held on 7th December 2018?
1) Madhya Pradesh
2) Maharashtra
3) Goa
4) Tamil Nadu

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5) None of these
Answer - 3) Goa
Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce and
Industry and the Government of Goa hosted the annual #startupindia Global Venture Capital Summit in Goa. The
theme of the Summit was: ‘Mobilizing Global Capital for Innovation in India.’ The International Finance
Corporation (IFC), a sister organisation of the World Bank Group, Invest India and the Indian Private Equity and
Venture Capital Association (IVCA) were the partners for this initiative. Participation came from around 100 funds
from countries like United States of America, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Government of Goa through
its participation aims to make the state, one of the most preferred start-up destinations in India, and one of the
top25 start-up destinations in Asia by 2025.

77.Ministry of shipping approved a Freight Village worth _____ rupees in Varanasi adjoining Inland
Waterways Terminal at River Ganga, on 6th December 2018?
1) Rs 156 crore
2) Rs 250 crore
3) Rs 345 crore
4) Rs 400 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 156 crore
Explanation:
On 6th December 2018, Ministry of shipping had approved Rs 156 Crore Freight Village in Varanasi adjoining
Inland Waterways Terminal at River Ganga. Ministry of Shipping is developing 1390 km National Waterway – 1 on
River Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) from Haldia to Varanasi with the assistance of World Bank at an
estimated cost of Rs 5369 Crore. The Varanasi Freight Village is a designated area where facilities for various
modes of transportation, distribution of goods and other logistics operations will be available in a synchronized
manner on a large scale.

78.Which pair has become India’s Second Inland Water Transport origin destination pair for containerized
cargo movement on National Waterway-1?
1) Paradip-Cuttack
2) Kolkata-Patna
3) Mumbai-Chennai
4) Panaji-Kochi
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Kolkata-Patna
Explanation:
After the Success of container cargo being shipped form Kolkata to Varanasi, Kolkata-Patna has become India’s
Second Inland Water Transport origin destination pair for containerized cargo movement on National Waterway-
1. Bihar Capital Patna will witness to a new landmark in India’s Inland Water Transport (IWT) sector with 16 TEUs
of Container Cargo from food giants PepsiCo India and Emami Agrotech Ltd reaching Gaighat IWT terminal from
Kolkata on river Ganga.

79.Where was the 1st International Conference on Bears held from 3rd to 6th December 2018?
1) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
2) Agra, Uttar Pradesh
3) Darjeeling, West Bengal
4) Nagpur, Maharashtra
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Explanation:
On December 3, 2018, a four day 1st International Conference on Bears commenced in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. It
concluded on December 6, 2018. Its objective was to share knowledge on principles of welfare of bears and other
wild animals in zoos, sanctuaries and rescue centres. It was organized by Wildlife SOS, a conservation non-profit
organisation in collaboration with Bear Care Group from the US and Canada. The conference focused on bear care,
wildlife conservation and human wildlife conflict mitigation.

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80.Indian Coast Guard conducted the Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise named ‘Clean
Sea – 2018’ at the sea off _____, on 6th December 2018?
1) Chandipur, Odisha
2) Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
3) Mumbai, Maharashtra
4) Calicut, Kerala
5) None of these
Answer – 2) Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, the Indian Coast Guard conducted the Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response
Exercise titled ‘Clean Sea – 2018’ at sea off Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It was conducted under
observation of: Inspector General Maneesh V Pathak, Commander Coast Guard Region (Andaman and Nicobar
Islands) and Overseen by Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Administration Shri Chetan B Sanghi. The
following participated in the exercise: Coast Guard Ships Viswasth, Vijith, Rajveer, Rajshri, 4 interceptor boats and
its air assets Dornier and Chetak helicopters.

81.Central Government has approved Anti-Smuggling National Coordination Centre (SCord) under _____ to
tackle Smuggling?
1) Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)
2) Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR)
3) Directorate of Defence Trade Controls (DDTC)
4) Directorate of Maritime Safety (DMS)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)
Explanation:
The Central Government has approved Anti-Smuggling National Coordination Centre (SCord) under the
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to tackle Smuggling. Scord will help India to formulate a national anti-
smuggling policy to tackle Smuggling on real time basis. Border Agencies BSF, Assam Rifles, ITBP, SSB and Coast
Guards would be member of SCord and all organization be coordinate with each other on real time basis.

82.Where was Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting (RCEM) conducted by Directorate of Revenue
Intelligence (DRI) on 4th and 5th December 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) Bhopal
3) Chandigarh
4) New Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 4) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 4th and 5th December 2018, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) concluded day 2 day Regional Customs
Enforcement Meeting (RCEM) organized at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi. In the meeting
extensive discussions were held regarding mutual strategy to counter crime related to drugs, precious metals and
stones, money laundering and black economy. Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley was the chief guest of the
RCEM. During the Meeting, emphasis was made on sharing data and intelligence between the Custom
Administrations.

83.Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced sanction of 254 projects worth over ____ rupees under National
Mission for Clean Ganga, at the India Water Impact Summit 2018 held in New Delhi, on 5th December 2018?
1) Rs 24,000 crore
2) Rs 12,000 crore
3) Rs 32,000 crore
4) Rs 48,000 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 24,000 crore
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, speaking in the India Water Impact Summit 2018, held in New Delhi, Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari announced sanction of 254 projects worth

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over 24 thousand crore rupees under National Mission for Clean Ganga. Out of that, the government has
earmarked 20 thousand crores for five years towards the clean Ganga programme. And additional 3 thousand
crore rupees next year under the programme has been sanctioned. Under this, the Ministry announced taking up
construction of 197 ghats in five states, including Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Over the span of 4 years, around
five thousand crore rupees have been spent under NMCG.

84.Which state has become the first state in India to create a fund for high-end technology and innovation,
named ‘Science & Technology Innovation (STI) Fund’ and has approved 50-crore rupees for the fund?
1) Kerala
2) Telangana
3) Madhya Pradesh
4) Gujarat
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Gujarat
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani approved 50-crore rupees to Science & Technology
Innovation (STI) Fund for assistance in research and development. Gujarat thus became the first state in the
country to create such a fund for high-end technology and innovation. The assistance will be for a maximum
period of three years. Assistance up to Rs. 50-lakh will be provided to UGC and AICTE recognized central and state
universities and colleges. Similar assistance have been provided under the Biotechnology Policy and IT Policy
which will be implemented by Gujarat Council of Science & Technology (GUJCOST) as identified by Gujarat
Government’s Science & Technology Department.

85.Lieutenant governors (LGs) and administrators of Union territories have been empowered by the
central government to designate civil courts as special courts to adjudicate contracts related to
infrastructure projects. This comes under which section of the Specific Relief Act, 1963 (47 of 1963)?
1) Section 20B
2) Section 21A
3) Section 40C
4) Section 31A
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Section 20B
Explanation:
On 06th December 2018, Lieutenant governors (LGs) and administrators of Union territories have been
empowered by the central government to designate civil courts as special courts to adjudicate contracts relating to
infrastructure projects. This comes under Section 20B of the Specific Relief Act, 1963 (47 of 1963). According to
this the state government, in consultation with the chief justice of the high court, can designate one or more civil
courts as special courts within the local limits of the area to exercise jurisdiction and to try a suit under this Act in
respect of contracts relating to infrastructure projects.

86.The 10th edition of ‘INDRA NAVY’, the bilateral exercise between the navies of India and which country
started at Vishakhapatnam, on 9th December 2018?
1) Australia
2) Russia
3) France
4) United States of America
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Russia
Explanation:
On December 09 2018, the 10th Edition of INDRA NAVY, the bilateral exercise between Indian Navy and Russian
Federation Navy (RuFN) started at Vishakhapatnam. The Maritime exercise will conclude on December 16. The
Primary aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the two navies, develop common
understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. This Year’s edition of exercise would be held in
two phases, The Harbour phase would be held at Visakhapatnam from 9-12 December and the Sea phase would be
held from 13-16 December in Bay of Bengal. Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Air Defence Drills, Surface firings,
Visit Board search and Seizure (VBSS) operations and tactical procedures will be the thrust of exercises at sea.

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Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet will command the Indian ships at the
exercise.

87.Where was the Military Literature Festival (MLF) 2018 held from 7th to 9th December 2018?
1) New Delhi
2) Dehradun
3) Kolkata
4) Chandigarh
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Chandigarh
Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, the 3-day Military Literature Festival (MLF) 2018, commenced at Lake Club in Chandigarh.
The festival will conclude on December 9, 2018. The festival is a joint initiative of: Punjab Chief Minister Captain
Amarinder Singh, Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and The Western Command, Indian Army. A ‘Clarion Call’
theatre was set up which screened 40 short films on the Army’s wars since Independence, is the new attraction.

88.Name the Union Minister for Electronics & IT, Law & Justice, who launched a National Challenge for
Youths, “Ideate for India – Creative Solutions using Technology”, in New Delhi, on 6th December 2018?
1) Suresh Prabhu
2) Narendra Singh Tomar
3) Ravi Shankar Prasad
4) Manoj Sinha
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Ravi Shankar Prasad
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, Union Minister for Electronics & IT, Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, launched a
National Challenge for Youths,“Ideate for India – Creative Solutions using Technology”, in New Delhi. The
Challenge has been designed and launched by: The National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics & IT in
collaboration with Intel India, with support from the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L),
Ministry of Human Resource Development. The DoSE&L will propagate the challenge to State Education
Departments, NVS, KVS and CBSE authorities. The National Challenge will be open to at least 1 million students of
classes 6 – 12 all across the country – all 29 States and 7 Union Territories over the next 3 months ending in March
2019.

89.The the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) was inaugurated in which state on 9th December 2018?
1) Tamil Nadu
2) Kerala
3) Telangana
4) Maharashtra
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Kerala
Explanation:
On 9th December 2018, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu
jointly inaugurated the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL). KIAL is the fourth international airport in the
state. The other three are Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode and with the commissioning of KIAL, Kerala
becomes the state with the highest density of airports in the country. Vijayan and Prabhu flagged off the first flight,
an Air India Express with 180 passengers bound for Abu Dhabi. Spread across 2,000 acres and costing close to Rs.
1,800 crore, the new airport in Kannur can reportedly handle around 2,000 passengers at a time and will serve
more than 1.5 million international passengers yearly.

90.India’s first underwater museum will be opened in _____, in a decommissioned Indian Naval vessel
named INS Cuddalore?
1) Odisha
2) Maharashtra
3) Puducherry
4) Andhra Pradesh
5) None of these

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Answer - 3) Puducherry
Explanation:
On December 8, 2018, Indian Navy agreed to gift INS Cuddalore, a decommissioned Pondicherry-class vessel, to
the Union territory of Puducherry for the creation of country’s first underwater museum. The 60 m long and 12 m
wide vessel was decommissioned in March 2018 after sailing 13000 nautical miles. It would be sent to the sea bed
at a depth of 26 m and 7 km off the Pondicherry coast to act as an underwater marine museum for scuba diving
and snorkelling activities. This would enhance tourism in the UT. It would also help in enhanced marine
biodiversity and boosting fishing industry.

91.NITI Aayog has launched ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon’ to develop AI (Artificial Intelligence) Applications
to make positive social and economic impact in India, in partnership with which Singapore based AI
startup?
1) iRobot
2) Thoughtworks
3) Perlin
4) Freshwork
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Perlin
Explanation:
NITI Aayog has launched ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon’ to develop AI (Artificial Intelligence) Applications to make
positive social and economic impact in India, in partnership with a Singapore based AI startup named Perlin. NITI
Aayog is inviting developers, students, start-ups and companies to participate in the Hackathon. This Hackathon is
a part of National AI Strategy which has a vision to expand the idea of “Artificial Intelligence, AI for All”.

92.Kazakhstan opened a consulate, under the leadership of the managing director of Chandan Steel
Limited _____, in Gujarat to further business partnership, on 10th December 2018?
1) Dilip Chandan
2) Ram Kishan Maurya
3) Vishwas Chandan
4) Shyam Kumar
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Dilip Chandan
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, Kazakhstan opened a consulate, under the leadership of the managing director of Chandan
Steel Limited, Dilip Chandan, in Gujarat to further business partnership. The consulate was inaugurated on the eve
of the 27th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It would help in enhancing
development of mutually beneficial cooperation between Kazakhstan and India in the fields of IT industry,
engineering, tourism and transport and logistics infrastructure, as well as agriculture.

93.Name the 2nd edition of the 11-day exercise between Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian Federation
Aerospace Force (RFSAF) that commenced at Air Force Station Jodhpur, on 10th December 2018?
1) INDRAAIR 2018
2) AIRINDRA 2018
3) AVIAINDRA 2018
4) AVIONICS 2018
5) None of these
Answer - 3) AVIAINDRA 2018
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, 11-day long AVIAINDRA 2018, the 2nd edition of exercise between Indian Air Force (IAF)
and Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFSAF), commenced at Air Force Station Jodhpur. It would conclude on
21 December 2018. The exercise would be conducted in 2 phases and is unique in nature, wherein the foreign
participant does not bring its air assets. The inaugural IAF-RFSAF Ex AVIAINDRA was conducted in 2014.

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94.Which district became the 23rd district of Arunachal Pradesh on 9th December 2018?
1) Shi Yomi
2) Min Shu
3) Sei Jong
4) Jeo Rada
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Shi Yomi
Explanation:
On December 9, 2018, Arunachal Pradesh got Shi Yomi as its 23rd district after its inauguration by Chief Minister
Pema Khandu in presence ofUnion Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. The district, consisting of four circles —
Mechuka, Pidi, Tato and Monigong — was carved out of West Siang district. This including two other districts-
Pakke-Kesang, Lepa Rada– was created after the approval of District Re-Organisation Bill, 2018 on August 29,
2018. The Pakke-Kessang district was carved out of East Kameng district with five administrative units namely
Pakke-Kessang, Seijosa, Pijiriang, Passa Valley and Dissing Passo with district headquarters at Lemmi. Lepa Rada
was created by bifurcating the Lower Siang district with headquarters at Basar with four administrative units –
Tirbin, Basar, Daring and Sago.

95.Tamil Nadu Government launched 24-hour toll free helpline number ____ for women facing domestic
violence and sexual harassment to get assistance such as police help, legal aid or medical services, on
10th December 2018?
1) 108
2) 181
3) 193
4) 175
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 181
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, Tamil Nadu Government launched a 24-hour toll free helpline number 181 for women
facing domestic violence and sexual harassment to get assistance ranging from police help, legal aid or medical
services including ambulance. The Service developed at a cost of 62.70 lakh will be available round-the-clock on all
days of the week and women can also get information about the welfare schemes aimed at their benefit.

96.Which entity conducted the largest ever Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) at 2144 centres in 92
cities across India, on 9th December 2018?
1) Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
2) National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
3) Indian Certificate of Secondary Education
4) Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Explanation:
On 9th December 2018, The Central Board of Secondary Education, (CBSE), conducted the largest ever Central
Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) at 2144 centres in 92 cities across the country. As many as 16,91,088 teaching job
aspirants took the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET). Among them the number of female candidates were
9,78,818 while male candidates numbered 7,12,071. 199 transgender candidates also participated in the 11th
edition of the teacher eligibility test while 33,107 differently abled candidates filled their applications for the exam
this year. This year onwards, the score cards and CTET certificate will be given to the candidates in a digital
format. CBSE will create DigiLocker accounts of the candidates and digitally signed certificates will be legally valid
as per the IT Act. The mark sheets and certificates will contain encrypted QR code and can be downloaded using
the login credentials that will be sent by the board.

97.Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) launched the Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train,
on 8thDecember 2018, which will tour for _____ days, across several cities?
1) 24
2) 12
3) 16
4) 30

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5) None of these
Answer - 3) 16
Explanation:
On December 8, 2018, Indian Railways’ catering and tourism arm IRCTC announced the launch of the Buddhist
Circuit Tourist Train. The Tourist Circuit will consist of destinations including: Delhi, Bodhgaya, Nalanda/Rajgir,
Varanasi/Sarnath, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Sravasti and Agra. According to the IRCTC website, the train will depart
on December 8 and December 22 completing a 16-day tour. Portal for booking of tickets
are: https://www.irctcbuddhisttrain.com/. Earlier, Indian Railways launched another tourist circuit train called
the Shri Ramayana Express

98.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced the rise in contribution of the government in National
Pension Scheme (NPS) to ____ % from existing 10 %, burdening the government by Rs 2,840 crore for 2019-
20?
1) 15 %
2) 16 %
3) 14 %
4) 12 %
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 14 %
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the rise in contribution of the government in
National Pension Scheme (NPS) to 14 per cent from existing 10 per cent, burdening the government by Rs 2,840
crore for 2019-20. The change in contribution was recommended by Committee of Secretaries (CoS), thus
resulting in a total corpus of 24% from the previous 20%.Out of the 24%, 14 per cent would be contributed by the
government and the remaining 10 per cent by the employees. Furthermore, he also made entire withdrawal
amount tax free at the time of retirement by enhancing the tax exemption limit for lump sum withdrawal on exit to
60%.At present, 40 per cent of the total accumulated corpus utilised for purchase of annuity is already tax
exempted, and of 60 per cent of the accumulated corpus withdrawn by the NPS subscriber at the time of
retirement, 40 per cent is tax exempt and balance 20 per cent is taxable. This would benefit 18 lakh employees.

99.Where was the Regional Conference on ‘Good Governance – Focus on Aspirational Districts’ held on
10th and 11thDecember 2018?
1) Bengaluru, Karnataka
2) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
3) Pune, Maharashtra
4) Hyderabad, Telangana
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Explanation:
On December 11, 2018, a 2-day Regional Conference on ‘Good Governance – Focus on Aspirational Districts’
concluded at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It started on December 10, 2018 and was inaugurated by the Governor
of Kerala Shri Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam. It was organized by: The Department of Administrative Reforms and
Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India and
Government of Kerala. This conference was aimed at providing a common platform for formulation and
implementation of best practices in citizen centric governance.

100.Which state/union territory government launched a 10-day special inspection drive named
“Operation Minimum Wage” on 10th December 2018, to check implementation of minimum wage rules?
1) Puducherry
2) Delhi
3) Telangana
4) Uttar Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Delhi
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, the Delhi government launched a 10-day special inspection drive named- “Operation
Minimum Wage”, to check implementation of minimum wage rules it had set. The operation will continue till

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December 21, 2018. The violation would be checked as per the Minimum Wages Act, 2017 and as per the act, the
labourers can lodge a complaint by calling 155214. As per the Act, the punishment for not paying minimum wages
can be Rs. 50,000 fine or a jail term for three years or both.

101.Lepa Rada became _____ district of Arunachal Pradesh, on 11th December 2018?
1) 28th
2) 26th
3) 24th
4) 30th
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 24th
Explanation:
On 11th December 2018, Arunachal Pradesh gets its 24th district – Lepa Rada, a day after Shi Yomi became a new
district. Lepa Rada is carved out of the Lower Siang district, comprising four administrative circles – Tirbin, Dari,
Sago and Basar. Basar will be headquarters of Lepa Rada. The state assembly on 29th August 2018 had passed a
bill for creation of three new districts – Pakke-Kesang, Lepa Rada and Shi Yomi – in the state.

102.Where was the first International Conference, on the theme- ‘Sustainable Water Management’, held on
10th and 11th December 2018?
1) Rohtak, Haryana
2) Dehradun, Uttarakhand
3) Mohali, Punjab
4) Kochi, Kerala
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Mohali, Punjab
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, the 2- day first International Conference, on the theme- ‘Sustainable Water Management’,
commenced at Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali in Punjab. It concluded on December 11, 2018. It was
organized under National Hydrology Project, Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga
Rejuvenation by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). In the conference, Governor of Himachal Pradesh,
Acharya Devvrat was the Chief Guest and Shri U.P. Singh, Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Water
Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation was the Guest of Honour. A CD of documentary entitled
‘Bhakra Beas Nation’s Pride’ on BBMB was also released on the occasion. Countries like Australia, United Kingdom,
USA, Spain, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka etc. took part in the two-day conference.

103.Where was the third exhibition of the 2nd series of collection titled “Uncrowned Glory – An exhibition
of Ethnic Ornaments of Himachal Pradesh” inaugurated on 11th December 2018?
1) Shimla
2) Manali
3) New Delhi
4) Mumbai
5) None of these
Answer - 3) New Delhi
Explanation:
On December 11, 2018, Dr Dharmendra Singh Gangwar, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of
Culture inaugurated the third exhibition of the 2nd series of collection titled “Uncrowned Glory – An exhibition of
Ethnic Ornaments of Himachal Pradesh” in National Museum, New Delhi. This exhibition aims to showcase the
silver and gold ornaments, from different communities and regions of Himachal Pradesh, through photographic
prints. This also helps in preserving and transmitting the intangible aspects of the communities through
generations. The exhibition will be open for public till the 31st of December 2018.

104.Which state government announced the creation of an umbrella university named after former Prime
Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on 12th December 2018?
1) Gujarat
2) Uttar Pradesh
3) Himachal Pradesh
4) Karnataka

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5) None of these
Answer - 2) Uttar Pradesh
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, the Uttar Pradesh Government announced creation of an umbrella university named after
former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting headed by Chief
Minister Yogi Adityanath at Lucknow. The University would be the controlling authority of all the medical and
dental colleges and nursing institutions in the state. This would help in bringing transparency in entrance and
examination system and would enhance quality of medical education.

105.The Ambassador of the European Union to India, H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski inaugurated India’s first
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in _____, on 8th December 2018?
1) Surat, Gujarat
2) Manipal, Karnataka
3) Kota, Rajasthan
4) Raipur, Chhattisgarh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Manipal, Karnataka
Explanation:
On December 8, 2018, the Ambassador of the European Union to India, H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski inaugurated
India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Department of European Studies (DES) at the Manipal
Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, Karnataka. On the commemoration of EU day, in Manipal, he
awarded the first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence to Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). The award
comes with a grant of € 1,00,000 to pursue EU-India interdisciplinary studies in culture, literature, education and
society. In 2018, Manipal Academy of Higher Education has been chosen develop a Centre of Excellence in
European Studies, the first of its kind in India. It will focus on India-EU Interdisciplinary Studies: Culture,
Literature, Education and Society.

106.Where was the National conference ‘AYUSHCHARYA’ on Dinacharya (Daily Regimen) and Ritucharya
(Seasonal Regimen) for public health promotion, held on 10th and 11th December 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) Kolkata
3) Puducherry
4) New Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 4) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 10th and 11th December 2018, a two day National conference ‘AYUSHCHARYA’ on Dinacharya (Daily Regimen)
and Ritucharya (Seasonal Regimen) for public health promotion was organized by All India Institute of Ayurveda
(AIIA) in New Delhi. Introducing a new term AYUSHCHARYA and citing scientific noesis of Dinacharya, Ratricharya
and Ritucharya, Director AIIA Prof Tanuja Nesari gave the inaugural address to the conference. The conference
was attended by nearly 200 academicians, physicians, scientists and researchers from all over country. The
present conference was the part of celebration of 3rd National Ayurveda Day which was celebrated this year on
November 5, 2018 on the occasion of the Dhanawantari Jayanti or Dhanteras with the theme “Ayurveda for Public
health”.

107.Ministry of Commerce and Industry released India’s 1st Agriculture Export Policy 2018, aimed to
propel India to become a USD 5 trillion economy by the end of ____?
1) 2023
2) 2025
3) 2031
4) 2028
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 2025
Explanation:
On December 11, 2018, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry released the Year End review of the policies to
envision the creation of a ‘Vision of New India’ which would propel India to become a USD 5 trillion economy by
the end of 2025. Out of the USD 5 trillion, the focused plans will be on boosting: Services sector contribution to

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USD 3 trillion, Manufacturing to USD 1 trillion and Agriculture to USD 1 trillion. As on December 6, 2018, the Union
Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved the creation of first Agriculture Export Policy. The Department of
Commerce in its aim to enable India to become a USD 5 trillion economy, released India’s 1st Agriculture Export
Policy 2018.

108.Which state hosted the AdventureNext 2018 event from 3rd to 5th December 2018?
1) Maharashtra
2) Arunachal Pradesh
3) Madhya Pradesh
4) Jammu and Kashmir
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Madhya Pradesh
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, the 3-day AdventureNext 2018 event, concluded in the host destination of Madhya Pradesh–
the heart of India. It was organised by: The Adventure Travel Trade Association and Madhya Pradesh Tourism. It
was a first-of-its-kind in India & Asia, and the theme of the event was “Pulse of Tomorrow”. The Major partner in
the event was Jharkhand Tourism.

109.India’s 1st Agriculture Export Policy 2018, released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, would
boost India’s agricultural exports to _____ dollar by 2022?
1) USD 60 billion
2) USD 50 billion
3) USD 25 billion
4) USD 75 billion
5) None of these
Answer - 1) USD 60 billion
Explanation:
As on December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved the creation of first
Agriculture Export Policy. The Department of Commerce in its aim to enable India to become a USD 5 trillion
economy, released India’s 1st as Agriculture Export Policy 2018. As per the policy, a corpus of USD 1 billion has
been created to boost 12 champion sectors in services. It would boost India’s agricultural exports to USD 60 billion
by 2022 and to achieve Agriculture Ministry’s target of USD 100 billion. The recommendations in the Agriculture
Export Policy have been organised in two categories – Strategic and Operational.

110.Where was the fourth Partners’ Forum to improve the health and well-being of women, children and
adolescents, held on 12th and 13th December 2018?
1) Kolkata
2) Mumbai
3) New Delhi
4) Pune
5) None of these
Answer - 3) New Delhi
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated the 2-day fourth Partners’ Forum in
New Delhi. It concluded on December 13, 2018. India is hosting the Partners’ Forum for the second time. The
previous chapters were held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2014, New Delhi, India in 2010 and Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania in 2007. Its objective was to improve the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents.

111.Name the Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre (MTDC) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission
(KVIC), that was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (I/C),
Giriraj Singh, in New Delhi, on 13th December 2018?
1) Srishti
2) Samridhi
3) Samadhan
4) Sahyadhri
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Samadhan

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Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (I/C), Giriraj Singh
inaugurated a Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre (MTDC) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)
named “Samadhan” at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat in New Delhi. Samadhan is an industrial training institute set up on
PPP mode with the MSME Ministry, to provide comprehensive industry and business related guidance and quality
knowledge to entrepreneurs, industries, corporate and institutions. The Minister also inaugurated a mustard-oil
manufacturing unit at the KVIC office at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat. Giriraj Singh also planted Moringa saplings in
the premises of the mustard oil manufacturing unit at the MTDC.

112.How many states have achieved complete household electrification under the PM Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar
Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) scheme, as per Ministry of Power’s announcement on 12th December 2018?
1) 15
2) 12
3) 7
4) 9
5) None of these
Answer - 4) 9
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, Ministry of Power announced that 9 states have achieved complete household
electrification under the PM Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) scheme. Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar,
Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal. With this, 16 States in the
country now have 100 per cent household electrification. Furthermore, the country is expected to achieve 100 per
cent household electrification by December 31, 2018. Additionally, 31.68 crore LED bulbs have been distributed
under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LED for All (UJALA) scheme resulting in estimated cost saving of Rs.16,457
crore per year. The Power Ministry also aims to replace 1.34 crore conventional streetlights with smart and energy
efficient LED lights by March, 2019.

113.Who is the head of the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted by the government on 13th December
2018, to check on the recommendations on stressed power projects given by the high-level panel headed
by Cabinet Secretary P. K. Sinha?
1) Anil Kumar Jha
2) Arun Jaitley
3) Injeti Srinivas
4) Ram Naik
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Arun Jaitley
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, the government constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley to check on the recommendations on stressed power projects given by the high-level panel headed by
Cabinet Secretary P. K. Sinha. The other members of the GOM are:
 Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari,
 Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu,
 Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan,
 Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and
 Power Minister R K Singh.

114.Home Ministry has launched a Twitter account named _____ to create awareness about cybercrimes
and normal precautions to be taken?
1) @CyberDost
2) @CyberSecurity
3) @CyberPatrol
4) @CyberPolice
5) None of these
Answer - 1) @CyberDost
Explanation:

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Home Ministry has launched a Twitter account to spread awareness about cybercrimes and normal precautions to
be taken. The Twitter handle @CyberDost is aimed at enhancing people's basic knowledge about cybercrimes and
precautions to be taken for prevention.

115.Which high court ordered a ban on sale of online medicines by e-pharmacists across India, on 12th
December 2018?
1) Madhya Pradesh High Court
2) Delhi High Court
3) Maharashtra High Court
4) Uttar Pradesh High Court
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Delhi High Court
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018, the Delhi High Court ordered a ban on the sale of medicines online by e-pharmacists
across India and has directed the Delhi government and the Centre to put the order into effect immediately. The
order was passed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao, acting on a PIL filed by Zaheer Ahmed, a
New Delhi-based dermatologist.

116.Name the head of the 7-member panel constituted by the government to select managing directors of
public sector insurance companies, on 13th December 2018?
1) G N Bajpai
2) Mathew Varghese
3) T Bhargava
4) B P Sharma
5) None of these
Answer - 4) B P Sharma
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, the government has constituted a seven-member panel to select managing directors of
public sector insurance companies. The panel would be headed by Banks Board Bureau (BBB) chairman B P
Sharma. The other members of the panel are Financial Services Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises
Secretary and Chairman of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India. Three insurance sector
experts G N Bajpai, Mathew Varghese and T Bhargava have also been appointed on the selection panel. In 2014 the
Modi government had constituted BBB to select managing directors and chairman for public sectors banks after
the post of CMDs was bifurcated into two separate positions as non-executive chairman and managing director.

117.Indian Coast Guard has launched ‘Operation Oliver’ to ensure safe breeding of Olive Ridley sea turtles
in which state?
1) Odisha
2) Assam
3) Bihar
4) West Bengal
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Odisha
Explanation:
The Indian Coast Guard has launched ‘Operation Oliver’ as part of its annual mission to ensure the safe mid-sea
sojourn of breeding Olive Ridley sea turtles in Gahirmatha marine sanctuary area, Devi river mouth, and
Rushikulya beach of Odisha. The turtle conservation programme is executed in a joint coordination with the forest
department of Odisha to keep watch and vigil on illegal fishing along the turtle concentration zone. As a part of the
operation, a fleet of ships and a service aircraft has been pressed into service besides the coast guard has also
organised interactive sessions with fishermen communities to sensitise them on the legal embargo on fishing
during ridleys’ nesting season. The Coast Guard patrol in turtle congregation sites would remain in force till the
marine turtles finish laying eggs on nesting beaches.

118.Indian Railways announced commission of 41 projects worth _____ rupees for Kumbh Mela which will
be held from 15th January to 4th March 2019 in Allahabad?
1) Rs 700 crore
2) Rs 900 crore

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3) Rs 1200 crore
4) Rs 1500 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 700 crore
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, Indian Railways announced commission of 41 projects worth Rs. 700 crore for Kumbh
Mela which will be starting on January 15 till March 4, 2019 in Allahabad. Out of this, 29 projects have already
been completed. The railways would run about 800 special trains during the Kumbh Mela from various stations of
Allahabad district to the Kumbh Mela. It would also operate 4-5 special trains for transporting five thousand
Pravasi Bhartiyas from Allahabad to New Delhi, who will visit Varanasi to participate in the – Pravasi Bhartiya
Divas. Additionally, 4 big enclosures have been constructed at the Allahabad Junction Railway Station to house 10
thousand pilgrims.

119.Where was the 18th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation
(IRIGC-MTC), held on 13th December 2018?
1) Dehradun
2) New Delhi
3) Mumbai
4) Kochi
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, the 18th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation
(IRIGC-MTC) was held in New Delhi. The meeting was co-chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her
Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu. It was a part of the bilateral Special and Privileged Strategic
Partnership between Russia and India.

120.Which state has emerged as the largest beneficiary of Ayushman Bharat scheme, with a total of Rs
193.34 crore allotted for the state, till November 2018?
1) Madhya Pradesh
2) Uttar Pradesh
3) Karnataka
4) West Bengal
5) None of these
Answer - 4) West Bengal
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, minister of state for health and family welfare Anupriya Patel announced that West Bengal,
Bihar and Chhattisgarh emerged the largest beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat. Till November 2018, the
government had spent Rs 798.34 crore on the scheme, of which:
• West Bengal was allotted a total of Rs 193.34 crore,
• Bihar got an allocation of Rs 188.27 crore, and
• Chhattisgarh Rs 114.43 crore.

121.India and _____ signed a revised Inter-Governmental Agreement on restructuring the existing IRIGC-
MTC to the IRIGC on Military and Military Technical Cooperation, on 13th December 2018?
1) United States of America
2) Nepal
3) Russia
4) Japan
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Russia
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, the 18th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation
(IRIGC-MTC) was held in New Delhi. The meeting was co-chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her
Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu. It was a part of the bilateral Special and Privileged Strategic
Partnership between Russia and India. A revised Inter-Governmental Agreementon restructuring the existing
IRIGC-MTC to the IRIGC on Military and Military Technical Cooperation was also signed by the two Ministers.
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122.The Dam Safety Bill 2018 was introduced in Lok Sabha, on 12th December 2018. The bill was drafted
by which ministry?
1) Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
2) Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
3) Ministry of Science and Technology
4) Ministry of Urban Development
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal
introduced the Dam Safety Bill 2018 in Lok Sabha. It was introduced on behalf of the Road and Transport Minister
Nitin Gadkari. The bill will be applied to specified dams across all states. The Dam Safety Bill, 2018 was drafted by
Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR,RD&GR). The bill aims to provide
a robust legal and institutional framework for the safety of dams under Central and state governments.

123.Where is the Pratibha Parva programme to nurture talent in school children, organized from 13th to
15thDecember 2018?
1) Delhi
2) Maharashtra
3) Madhya Pradesh
4) Goa
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Madhya Pradesh
Explanation:
In Madhya Pradesh, Pratibha Parva, a programme to nurture talent in school children is organized in all primary
and secondary schools from 13th to 15th December 2018. Around 70 lakh students of more than one lakh
government schools are taking part in this congregation of children. The aim of this programme is to assess the
skill of students in quality education and strengthening the corrective academic efforts.

124.Where was the 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices “Increasing access to medical devices” held
from 13thto 15th December 2018?
1) Patna, Bihar
2) Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
3) Guwahati, Assam
4) Kolkata, West Bengal
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Explanation:
On December 15, 2018, the three day 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices “Increasing access to medical
devices” concluded Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It was the first time the
WHO Global Forum on Medical devices was being held in India. This Forum was meant to face the challenges
present in the selection, regulation and use of medical devices.

125.A National Medical Devices Promotion Council will be set up under the Ministry of Commerce and
Industry. Who will be the head of the Council?
1) Ramesh Abhishek
2) Arthika Chaudhary
3) Ramesh Seth
4) Sindhya Johnson
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Ramesh Abhishek
Explanation:
At the 4th WHO Forum, held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, from 13th to 15th December 2018, Union Minister
of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, announced setting up of a National Medical Devices
Promotion Council under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce
& Industry. The Council will be headed by Secretary, DIPP, Shri. Ramesh Abhishek. It will also have representatives
of healthcare industry and quality control institutions. Furthermore, Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone,

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Visakhapatnam, will provide technical support to the Council. The establishment of the council will boost the
domestic manufacturing sector and would aid in exports as well.

126.The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has approved registration of a record number of
how many new breeds of livestock and poultry in 2018?
1) 12
2) 25
3) 15
4) 20
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 15
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh announced
that Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) approved registration of record 15 new breeds of livestock and
poultry in 2018. This took the total registered breeds of livestock and poultry to 40 from 2014-18. The 15 newly
registered breeds include:
• 2 cattle breeds – Ladakhi (J&K) and Konkan Kapila (Maharashtra & Goa);
• 3 buffalo breeds – Luit (Assam & Manipur), Bargur (Tamil Nadu), Chhattisgarhi (Chhattisgarh);
• 1 sheep breed – Panchali (Gujarat);
• 6 goat breeds – Kahmi (Gujarat), Rohilkhandi (UP), Assam Hill (Assam & Meghalaya), Bidri
(Karnataka), Nandidurga (Karnataka), Bhakarwali (J&K);
• 1 pig breed – Ghurrah (UP);
• 1 donkey breed – Halari (Gujarat) and
• 1 chicken breed – Uttara (Uttarakhand).

127.Water Conservation Fee (WCF) will be levied on water extraction, to discourage misuse of water by
industries from _____, as per the guidelines notified by Central Ground Water Authority?
1) June 1, 2019
2) April 1, 2019
3) January 1, 2019
4) August 1, 2019
5) None of these
Answer - 1) June 1, 2019
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, the Central Ground Water Authority notified revised guidelines for ground water
extraction and levied fee for extraction. It will be effective from June 1, 2019. The introduction of the concept of
Water Conservation Fee (WCF) was done in the guidelines where a fee will be levied on water extraction, to
discourage misuse of water by industries. This would also compel industries to adopt measures relating to water
use efficiency.

128.Which state has become the first state in India to enact a law banning sexual exploitation of women by
those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant?
1) Maharashtra
2) Telangana
3) Haryana
4) Jammu and Kashmir
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Jammu and Kashmir
Explanation:
On 14th December 2018, Jammu and Kashmir became the first state in the country to enact a law banning sexual
exploitation of women “by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant”. The
decision in this regard was taken by Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya
Pal Malik by approving the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and the Jammu and Kashmir
Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 seeks to
amend the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC)-a criminal code, whereby specific offence under section 354 E is being
inserted to provide for the offence of ‘Sextortion’. ‘Sextortion’ is a physical or non-physical form to extort sexual
favours. People entrusted with power use ‘sextortion’ in a form of ‘corruption’.
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129.Name the Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings (ECBC-R) launched by Ministry
of Power on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day 2018, on 14th December, in New Delhi?
1) National Building Code of India 2018
2) Green Building Guidelines 2018
3) ECO Niwas Samhita 2018
4) ECO Imaarat Niyam 2018
5) None of these
Answer - 3) ECO Niwas Samhita 2018
Explanation:
On 14th December 2018, Ministry of Power launched the ECO Niwas Samhita 2018, an Energy Conservation
Building Code for Residential Buildings (ECBC-R) on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day 2018 in
New Delhi. The codes were launched in the presence of Chief Guest Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Hon’ble Speaker, Lok
Sabha and Shri R.K. Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New &Renewable Energy. The code aims to benefit
the occupants and the environment by promoting energy efficiency in design and construction of homes,
apartments and townships.. The Code is also expected to assist large number of architects and builders who are
involved in design and construction of new residential complexes in different parts of the country.

130.The _____ edition of India’s largest contemporary art exhibition Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) was
held in Kochi, on 12th December 2018?
1) 2nd
2) 3rd
3) 4th
4) 5th
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 4th
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018, 4th Edition of India’s largest contemporary art exhibition Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB)
featuring a dynamic range of multi-media artworks held in Kochi with a theme “Possibilities for a Non-Alienated
Life”. The Biennale was curated by Anita Dube and it was the first Biennale in the world where half of the
participating artists are women. 94 artists participated at the 10 venues of the city in the 108 day long event.

131.Which state/union territory launched a community policing scheme named “Prahari’’, to prevent
crime, and maintain law and order, on 14th December 2018?
1) Madhya Pradesh
2) Goa
3) Puducherry
4) Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Delhi
Explanation:
A community policing scheme named “Prahari’ was launched in southwest district of Delhi on 14th December 2018
with a view to prevent crime, and maintain law and order. Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik launched
the scheme -- Prahari -- under which civic personnel such as chowkidars and security guards, deployed in
commercial and VIP areas, will act as the eyes and ears of the police for prevention of crime.

132.Where did Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani dedicate
India’s first National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), on 15th December 2018?
1) Vadodara, Gujarat
2) Nagpur, Maharashtra
3) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
4) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Vadodara, Gujarat
Explanation:
On December 15, 2018, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani dedicated
the nation’s first National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) in Vadodara, Gujarat. It is India’s first and
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who is the Chairman of the Railway Board of India. The Minstry of Railways had sanctioned Rs. 421 crore for the
upcoming 5 years for the operation of the project. It has been built on 110 acres of land at Pipaliya village in
Waghodiya Taluka, District Vadodara.

133.What is the name of the first-of-its-kind reality show launched by DD Kisan, on 14th December 2018,
which will showcase the impact women have had on Indian agriculture?
1) Mahila Desh
2) Mahila Kisan Awards
3) Mahila Shakthi
4) Mahila Puraskar
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Mahila Kisan Awards
Explanation:
On 14th December 2018, DD Kisan launched a first-of-its-kind reality show 'Mahila Kisan Awards', to showcase the
impact women have had on Indian agriculture and also educate people. It will be telecast from 17th December, the
show will see participation of women farmers from across the length and breadth of India, including from Jammu
& Kashmir, all the states of North Eastern Region, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana, Goa,
Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh among others.

134.Government has notified the Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules 2018 as per which, In-Flight and
Maritime Connectivity (IFMC) services will be activated once the aircraft attains a minimum height of ____
metres in Indian airspace?
1) 3,000 metres
2) 2,000 metres
3) 4,000 metres
4) 5,000 metres
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 3,000 metres
Explanation:
On 14th December 2018, Government notified rules for in-flight calls, internet access through mobile phones,
thereby allowing Indian & foreign airlines and shipping companies operating in the country to provide in-flight
and maritime voice & data services in partnership with a valid Indian telecom licence holder. The rules are called
as the Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules, 2018 and shall come into force on the date of their publication in
the Official Gazette. The in-flight and maritime connectivity (IFMC) can be provided using telecom networks on
ground as well as using satellites. A valid telecom licence holder in India can provide the service through domestic
and foreign satellites which have permission of the Department of Space to do so. The IFMC services will be
activated once the aircraft attains a minimum height of 3,000 metres in Indian airspace to avoid interference with
terrestrial mobile networks. The IFMC licences will be granted against an annual fee of Re 1 for a period of 10
years and the permit holder will have to pay licence fees and spectrum charges based on revenue earned from
providing services.

135.Where was the first ever National Workshop on Explosive Detection (NWED -2018) held on 14th and
15thDecember 2018?
1) Pune, Maharashtra
2) Dehradun, Uttarakhand
3) Hyderabad, Telangana
4) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Pune, Maharashtra
Explanation:
ON 14th December 2018 the first ever two days, National Workshop on Explosive Detection (NWED -2018) was
held at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism
Squad (ATS) Chief Atulchandra Kulkarni was the chief guest of the workshop. A total of 200 delegates from
different DRDO labs, Army, CRPF, CISF, Police, Academic Institutes, Industry and other Security agencies attended
the workshop. HEMRL developed, OPX-Revelator, which is a portable, miniaturised, electronic detector capable of
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was unveiled in the workshop. The OPX-Revelator has the capability to detect more than 25 explosives in traces,
IEDs and in the presence of contaminants like mud, sand, sugar, diesel oil etc.

136.Ministry of Railways has decided to give a discount of what per cent on existing haulage rate per
Twenty Feet Equivalent Unit (TEU) on the transport of empty containers and empty flat container wagons,
with effect from 1 January 2019?
1) 45 %
2) 25 %
3) 56 %
4) 14 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 25 %
Explanation:
On 14th December 2018, Ministry of Railways under Piyush Goyal decided to give a discount of 25 per cent on
existing haulage rate per Twenty Feet Equivalent Unit (TEU) on the transport of empty containers as well empty
flat container wagons. The move will come into force with effect from 1 January 2019 and will remain valid for one
year, up to 31 December 2019 but there will be a review meeting conducted by the railways after 30 June 2019.
The move is aimed to facilitate movement of containers by rail towards ports, efficient handling of traffic at ports
and attract larger share of container traffic to Rail. This initiative would also fulfil the demand for container train
operators (CTOs) and is expected to give a boost to container business both in imports, exports and domestic.
Presently 18 private container train operator (CTO) and Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) are operating
this container service.

137.Where was the Institute of High Altitude Medicinal Plants (IHAMP) inaugurated with an estimated cost
of Rs. 100 crore, on 15th December 2018?
1) Bhaderwah, Jammu and Kashmir
2) Boleng, Arunachal Pradesh
3) Ravangla, Sikkim
4) Sarkhaghat, Himachal Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Bhaderwah, Jammu and Kashmir
Explanation:
On 15th December 2018, The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik
and Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr. Jitendra Singh laid the foundation stone of
Institute of High Altitude Medicinal Plants (IHAMP) with an estimated cost of Rs. 100 crore at Bhaderwah in
District Doda in Jammu & Kashmir. The institute will be a dedicated facility for research in medicinal plants found
at high altitude and shall also become a major source of income for the farmers in cultivation of medicinal plants.
The institute would work towards introduction of new technologies in the cultivation of local medicinal plants
through intensive research, training and capacity building of the farmers. A special camp for registration under
AYUSHMAN Bharat (PM-JAY) in which as many as 200 eligible beneficiaries were enrolled and were give Golden
cards on the spot, was also inaugurated by Shripad Yesso Naik and Dr. Jitendra Singh on the occasion.

138.India and France are celebrating the _____ anniversary of their strategic partnership in 2018?
1) 25th
2) 20th
3) 30th
4) 45th
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 20th
Explanation:
France and India are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their strategic partnership in 2018. French Foreign
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian embarked on a two-day visit to India, holding extensive talks with his Indian
counterpart Sushma Swaraj to further boost bilateral ties in key areas besides meeting senior state government
officials as well as interacting with Indian and French personalities from the film, television and tourism
industries. On 14th December 2018, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France,
arrived in New Delhi for an official visit to India.

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139.Which District Court has become the first court in India to allow e-payments of court fee, judicial
deposits, fines and penalties?
1) Indore District Court
2) Mangaluru District Court
3) Visakhapatnam District Court
4) Pune District Court
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Pune District Court
Explanation:
On 15th December 2018, Pune District court became the first court in India to allow e-payments of court fee,
judicial deposits, fines and penalties, the facility which will be eventually available across all courtrooms in the
country to bring transparency to cash transactions. The Pune district court administration is starting the e-
payment facility in the Shivajinager district and sessions court. The move in which all the e-payments will be
collected at–pay.ecourt.gov.in/epay would also help to end the long queues on court premises to pay cash. The
court administration has tied up with State Bank of India (SBI) for the purpose in which civil lawyers and litigants
can make payments online round the clock and there will be no additional bank charges for payments up to Rs
2,000. The person making the e-payment will get a unique case number record (CNR) which will remain the same
till matter is disposed of. Chief justice of Bombay High Court RK Menon officially inaugurated the E-payment
system.

140.Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the 900th Coach and a Humsafar Rake at the Modern Coach
Factory in which state, on 16th December 2018?
1) Tamil Nadu
2) Madhya Pradesh
3) Uttar Pradesh
4) Rajasthan
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Uttar Pradesh
Explanation:
On 16th December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Rae Bareli for the first time where he launched
various development projects and Allahabad which is recently renamed to Prayagraj to review the preparation of
Kumbh Mela. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath also visited Rae Bareli on 13thDecember to oversee
preparations of Prime Minister’s one day visit. On 16th December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited
traditional seat of Former Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and laid foundation stone for various projects. Shri
Narendra Modi Visited Modern Coach Factory in Uttar Pradesh where he flagged off the 900th Coach and a
Humsafar Rake. Prime Minister said that the Projects that were dedicated, inaugurated or for which foundation
stone has been laid are comulatively worth Rs. 1000 crore. As per Prime Minister, Government is trying to make
Rae Bareli a Global Hub of Rail Coach manufacturing.

141.Name the Indian Naval Ship (INS) that successfully carried out a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure
(VBSS) operation off the coast of Somalia in the Horn of Africa, on 13th December 2018?
1) INS Savitri
2) INS Kalvari
3) INS Sunayna
4) INS Prithvi
5) None of these
Answer – 3) INS Sunayna
Explanation:
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sunayna, an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) of the Southern Naval Command based at Kochi,
while being mission deployed, successfully carried out a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) operation, on
13th December 2018, on sighting a suspicious fishing vessel approximately 20 nm off the coast of Somalia in the
Horn of Africa. The successful operation resulted in seizure of illegal arms such as five rifles that included AK-47
and 471 rounds of ammunition. After confiscation of the arms and ammunition to prevent their illegal use by the
crew for piracy related activities, the fishing vessel was allowed to proceed further. INS Sunayna has been
deployed for anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden since October 6, 2018.

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142.Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a new Airport Complex, an Integrated Command and
Control Centre for the Kumbh Mela at _____, on 16th December 2018?
1) Haridwar, Uttarakhand
2) Nashik, Maharashtra
3) Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
4) Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
Explanation:
On 16th December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Prayagraj after Rae Bareli to review the
preparation of Kumbh Mela. He also visited Swachh Kumbh Exhibition. Prime Minister inaugurated a new Airport
Complex, an Integrated Command and Control Centre for the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. Prime
Minister said in a gathering that his government is making every effort to showcase India’s glorious past and
vibrant future at the Ardh-Kumbh.

143.India and France announced that, there will be an exchange of 10,000 students between the two
countries by which year, on 15th December 2018?
1) 2020
2) 2022
3) 2021
4) 2025
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 2020
Explanation:
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian embarked on a two-day visit to India, holding extensive talks with his
Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj to further boost bilateral ties in key areas besides meeting senior state
government officials as well as interacting with Indian and French personalities from the film, television and
tourism industries. On 15th December 2018, India and France held discussions on deepening bilateral strategic
partnership through cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, defence, space and civil nuclear energy sectors. There
will also be an exchange of 10,000 students between the two countries by 2020, of which 7500 Indian students
already left to pursue their studies in France in 2018.

144.Indian government signed a deal with France-based European Information Technology Corporation
Atos to procure the Bull Sequana, the high-performance supercomputers, worth ____ rupees, on
15th December 2018?
1) Rs 4,500 crore
2) Rs 9,500 crore
3) Rs 5,600 crore
4) Rs 3,200 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 4,500 crore
Explanation:
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian embarked on a two-day visit to India, holding extensive talks with his
Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj to further boost bilateral ties in key areas besides meeting senior state
government officials as well as interacting with Indian and French personalities from the film, television and
tourism industries. On 15th December 2018, the Indian government signed a deal with France-based European
Information Technology Corporation Atos to procure supercomputers worth Rs 4,500 crore for academic and
research institutions across India. The contract signed will last for 3 years for designing, building and installing the
Bull Sequana, the high-performance supercomputers with a cumulative computing power of more than 10
petaflops in India. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Mr Jean Yves Le Drian, French Minister of
Europe and Foreign Affairs and Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary – Ministry of Electronics and Information
Technology. This agreement has been awarded to Atos under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), a
scheme of Rs.4500 crores spread over seven years, aimed at creating a network of over 70 high-performance
supercomputing facilities for various academic and research institutions across India. The delivery of BullSequana
supercomputers is expected to start in early 2019.

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145.Where did Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate 175 km of sewerage network under National
Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) on 16th December 2018, to reduce 7.8 crore litres of sewage falling into
river Ganga every day?
1) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
2) Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
3) Guwahati, Assam
4) Ranchi, Jharkhand
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
Explanation:
On 16th December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 175 km of sewerage network under National
Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, which will reduce 7.8 crore litres of sewage falling
into river Ganga each day. The Project was inaugurated in the Presence of Uttar Pradesh Governor Shri Ram Naik,
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Prime Minister also laid
foundation stone for two more projects under One City-One Operator Scheme with the sanctioned cost of Rs.
767.59 Crore.

146.Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Swachch Kumbh’ Model on 16th December 2018, on the
banks of _____ river, where the ‘Ganga Puja’ would be performed?
1) River Ravi
2) River Ganga
3) River Sangam
4) River Yamuna
5) None of these
Answer - 3) River Sangam
Explanation:
On 16th December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Rae Bareli for the first time where he launched
various development projects and Allahabad which is recently renamed to Prayagraj to review the preparation of
Kumbh Mela. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath also visited Rae Bareli on 13th December to oversee
preparations of Prime Minister’s one day visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Prayagraj after Rae Bareli to
review the preparation of Kumbh Mela. He also visited Swachh Kumbh Exhibition.PM inaugurated ‘Swachch
Kumbh’ Model on the banks of Sangam,where the ‘Ganga Puja’ is to be performed.

147.Assam Government approved to waive off what per cent of loan of farmers of maximum upto Rs.25000
under the state's Debt Relief Scheme, on 18th December 2018?
1) 25 %
2) 45 %
3) 50 %
4) 60 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 25 %
Explanation:
On Dec 18,2018 Assam Government spokesperson and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary
announced that government has approved to waive off 25 per cent of loan of farmers of maximum upto Rs.25000
under the state's Debt Relief Scheme. The state government approved the cost of Rs.600 crore to help around eight
lakh farmers loan of the state. The state government will provide up to Rs 10,000 subsidy on loans taken from
Kisan Credit Card (KCC).The Government has also approved an interest relief scheme for farmers to take loans at
zero interest from next financial years.

148.Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) ordered creation of a 12 member committee of senior officials
chaired by _____ for a fresh cadre review and restructuring of the Income Tax Department, on
17th December 2018?
1) S Ramesh
2) S K Dash
3) Virendra Singh
4) Rahul Dawan
5) None of these

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Answer - 2) S K Dash
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) ordered creation of a 12 member committee of
senior officials chaired by S K Dash for a fresh cadre review and restructuring of the Income Tax Department. The
decision was taken by the government with a aim to create a “caring but strict” direct taxes regime in the country.
The Committee has to accomplish the task within the next three months and it has to submit its report to the
government by 28th February 2019. A specific four points charter to be followed has been given to the new
committee formed to undertake cadre review and restructuring of the income tax department.

149.Union Cabinet was apprised of joint issue of postage stamps by India and which country on the theme
"125th Year of Mahatma Gandhi's Pietermaritzburg Station Incident and Birth Centenary of Nelson
Mandela", on 17thDecember 2018?
1) South Africa
2) Australia
3) United Kingdom
4) United States of America
5) None of these
Answer - 1) South Africa
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi apprised of joint
issue of postage stamps by India and South Africa on the theme "125th Year of Mahatma Gandhi's
Pietermaritzburg Station Incident and Birth Centenary of Nelson Mandela". The MoU in this regard was signed on
July 24 2018 and the joint stamps were released on July 26 2018. The images of “Mahatma Gandhi” of India and
“Nelson Mandela” of South Africa are depicted on the Commemorative Postage Stamps.

150.Union Cabinet approved a MoU signed between India and Australia for cooperation in which field, on
17thDecember 2018?
1) Maritime Defence
2) Disability Sector
3) Women Empowerment
4) Solar Energy
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Disability Sector
Explanation:
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed between India and Australia for Cooperation in the
Disability Sector at Sydney, Australia on 22nd November 2018 during the state visit of president Shri Ram Nath
Kovind to Australia was approved by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on
17th December 2018. The MoU is aimed to encourage cooperation between India and Australia, through joint
initiatives in the disability sector. It will strengthen bilateral ties between India and Australia and will facilitate in
improving rehabilitation of persons with disabilities especially for persons with intellectual disability and mental
illness in both the countries. Both the nations will take up specific proposals in disability sector as mutually agreed
upon, for implementation under the MoU.

151.Union Cabinet approved signing of a MoU between India and _____ on cooperation in Human Resource
Development (HRD) which will facilitate students and faculty in that country to use SWAYAM (Study Webs
of Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) courses, on 17th December 2018?
1) Afghanistan
2) Nepal
3) Sri Lanka
4) Myanmar
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Afghanistan
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, the Union Cabinet approved signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between
India and Afghanistan on cooperation in Human Resource Development (HRD) which will facilitate students and
faculty of educational institutions in the neighbouring country to register and use the SWAYAM (Study Webs of
Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) courses. The MoU facilitates the students and faculty of educational

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institutions in Afghanistan to register and use the SWAYAM courses besides allowing them to upload on SWAYAM,
the courses developed in Afghanistan. SWAYAM is MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) platform which offers
various online courses prepared by the best faculty from across the country.

152.Union Cabinet approved a MoU between Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), India and
Commissariat a l energieatomique et aux energies alternatives (CEA) and BlueStorage SAS of which
country for cooperation in the field of new and renewable energy, on 17th December 2018?
1) Germany
2) Russia
3) France
4) Spain
5) None of these
Answer - 3) France
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, the Union Cabinet apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed
between the Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), India and Commissariat a l energieatomique et aux
energies alternatives (CEA), French state-owned research entity and BlueStorage SAS, a French Company. The
MoU was signed on October 3, 2018 in New Delhi in three originals each in Hindi, English and French language.
The main objective of the agreement is to define the modalities of discussions concerning the future collaboration
regarding a pilot project to provide SECI an e-vehicle charging station with embedded batteries, powered by solar
panels and optimised connection to the grid. The MoU will also support the ambitious plan of the Indian
government for the deployment of electrical vehicles, maximizing solar mobility and minimizing the impact on the
electrical grid.

153.Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved setting up of Eklavya Model Residential
Schools (EMRS) in every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20000 tribal persons, at a
financial cost of ____ rupees during 2018-19 and 2019-20?
1) Rs 5678.89 crore
2) Rs 2242.03 crore
3) Rs 4500.06 crore
4) Rs 7878.56 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Rs 2242.03 crore
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for setting up of
Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) in every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20000
tribal persons.A financial cost of Rs. 2242.03 crore during 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been approved by CCEA for
rolling out the revamped scheme. There will be an autonomous society similar to Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to
runs EMRSs under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The Grants for Maintenance which are admissible after every five
years has been enhanced from Rs. 10 Lakh to Rs. 20 Lakh.

154.Union Cabinet approved establishment of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in
Tamil Nadu and Telangana under which scheme on 17th December 2018?
1) Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana
2) Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Scheme
3) Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana
4) Central Government Health Scheme
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval
for various new projects and schemes. Cabinet approves establishment of two new AIIMS at Tamil Nadu &
Telangana under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. The Union Cabinet approved establishment of two
new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Tamil Nadu and Telangana under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya
Suraksha Yojana. The first AIIMS will be established at Madurai in Tamil Nadu at a cost of Rs 1264 crore whereas
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the creation of one post of Director at each of the above two new AIIMS in the basic pay of Rs. 2,25,000 plus NPA.
Each AIIMS will be developed broadly on the pattern of AIIMS New Delhi and will have a capacity of 750 beds.

155.Name the state that received Geographical Indication (GI) Tag for its sweet delicacy named ‘Silao
Khaja’, on 11thDecember 2018?
1) Assam
2) Bihar
3) Andhra Pradesh
4) West Bengal
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Bihar
Explanation:
On 11th December 2018, the traditional delicacy of Nalanda district of Bihar, Silao Khaja which is popular among
the tourists visiting Buddhist sites of Rajgir and Nalanda was granted GI tag by Geographical Indications Registry
at Chennai. The application to obtain GI Tag was filed by Silao Khaja Audyogik Swavalambi Sahakari Simiti Limited,
Bihar. Silao Khaja is a crisp, multi-layered dough sheeted sweet, made up of wheat-flour, sugar, maida, ghee,
cardamom and aniseeds as ingredients. Environment factors including local water and climate like high ph levels
along with high Chlorine content of Silao region contribute to the puffiness and crispness of Khaja according to
Public Health Division of Government of Bihar.

156.Indian Air Force flew India's first military flight using Blended Bio-Jet Fuel on which aircraft in
Chandigarh, on 17th December 2018?
1) An-32 transport aircraft
2) An-49 transport aircraft
3) Bn-67 transport aircraft
4) Tn-11 transport aircraft
5) None of these
Answer - 1) An-32 transport aircraft
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, the Indian Air Force flown India's first military flight using Blended Bio-Jet Fuel on an
An-32 transport aircraft in Chandigarh. The project is a combined effort of IAF, DRDO, Directorate General
Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) and CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had
said the IAF intended to fly the An-32 with 10 per cent biojet fuel on Jan 26, 2019 Republic Day flypast. This fuel is
made from Jatropha oil sourced from Chattisgarh Biodiesel Development Authority (CBDA) and then processed at
CSIR-IIP, Dehradun. In August 2018, commercial airline Spicejet flew country's first ever bio-jet fuel-powered
flight between Dehradun and Delhi.

157.Union Cabinet approved amendments to the Telegraph Act and _____ act, to provide legal backing for
seeding of Aadhaar with mobile number and bank accounts as an optional KYC(Know your customer), on
17th December 2018?
1) Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)
2) Right To Information (RTI) Act
3) Data Privacy and Protection (DPP) Act
4) Customer Information Protection (CIP) Act
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, The Cabinet approved amendments of existing laws to provide legal backing for seeding
of biometric ID Aadhaar with mobile number and bank accounts as an optional KYC(Know your customer). The
decision was taken following the supreme court instructions which has barred mandatory use of 12 digit unique
identifier by private firms. The amendments in the relevant sections of the Telegraph Act and Prevention of Money
Laundering Act (PMLA) will be effected through the original Aadhaar Act.

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158.The governments of India, Nepal and which other country are planning to form a joint task force that
would allow free movement of wildlife across political boundaries and check smuggling of wildlife across
the Kanchenjunga Landscape?
1) Myanmar
2) Bhutan
3) Bangladesh
4) Taiwan
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Bhutan
Explanation:
The governments of India, Nepal and Bhutan are planning to form a joint task force that would allow free
movement of wildlife across political boundaries and check smuggling of wildlife across the Kanchenjunga
Landscape, a trans-boundary region spread across Nepal, India and Bhutan. Earlier this month, the forest officials
and representatives of non-government organisation of the three countries mulled up the proposal after visiting
parts of the landscape and later held a meeting at Siliguri in north Bengal. The landscape which covers an area of
25,080 sq km including parts of eastern Nepal (21%), Sikkim and West Bengal (56%) and western and south-
western parts of Bhutan (23%) lies to the south of Mount Kanchenjunga. The move was necessary because
according to International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)- 1,118 sq km of riverine
grassland and tree cover were lost in the landscape between 2000 and 2010 and 74 % of the area was converted
into rangeland and 26% to agricultural land.

159.Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved construction of a new 4 lane bridge across
river Ganga on NH-19 at Patna parallel to existing MG Setu, with a capital cost of _____, on 17th December
2018?
1) Rs 2926.42 crores
2) Rs 5678.99 crores
3) Rs 1335.50 crores
4) Rs 3400.80 crores
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 2926.42 crores
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
approved construction of a new 4 lane bridge across river Ganga on NH-19 at Patna parallel to existing MG Setu.
The Construction of 5.634 km long bridge across river Ganga is expected to be completed by January 2023 with a
capital cost of Rs. 2926.42 crores. The project will greatly facilitate the traffic movements without any congestion
for the road users in Patna because the existing 4 lane MG Setu is facing a traffic of more than 60000 PCUs at
present.

160.Where did Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurate a three-day conference on Soft Power, on
17th December 2018?
1) Kolkata
2) New Delhi
3) Mumbai
4) Bengaluru
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
On December 17, 2018, the Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a three-day conference on Soft
Power in New Delhi. The Center for Soft Power is the first center in India that is dedicated to the study of Indian
soft power. It was established in collaboration with Indic Academy.

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161.Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) signed a MoU with which company for training rural youth for
skill development under Deendayal upadhyaya grameen kaushalya yojana (Ddu-Gky), on 19th December
2018?
1) Maruti Suzuki India Ltd
2) Infosys Limited
3) Google India Limited
4) Tata Motors Limited
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Maruti Suzuki India Ltd
Explanation:
On 19th December 2018, Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) signed a MoU with Maruti Suzuki India Ltd for
training rural youth for skill development under Deendayal upadhyaya grameen kaushalya yojana (Ddu-Gky). The
MoU was signed in the presence of Minister of Rural Development Shri. Narendra Singh Tomar. Deen Dayal
Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU–GKY) is the flagship placement linked skill-training programme
under the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). The partnership between the government and the Maruti
Suzuki India Ltd will provide training to atleast 5000 candidates in two years with assured placement to the rural
youth of our country. The agreement for the training of youths was done under “Champion Employers” policy in
which the industry leaders who have the potential to provide training and captive employment to the candidates
are aligned to the objectives of DDU-GKY.

162.Name the author of the book “Timeless Laxman”, written on famous cartoonist RK Laxman, released
by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Maharashtra, on 18th December 2018?
1) Usha Srinivas Laxman
2) Jayanti Laxman
3) Manish Chawla
4) Suchampa Bhaji
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Usha Srinivas Laxman
Explanation:
On December 18, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a 1-day state visit to Maharashtra. Prime
Minister also released a book, titled “Timeless Laxman”, based on the famous cartoonist, RK Laxman. The book was
penned by the cartoonist’s daughter-in-law, Smt. Usha Srinivas Laxman.

163.Chief Minister of Odisha, Navin Patnaik, announced financial aid of Rs 10 Crore for the establishment
of Odiya Cultural Centre, in which city on 17th December 2018?
1) Cuttack, Odisha
2) Surat, Gujarat
3) Mumbai, Maharashtra
4) New Delhi, Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Surat, Gujarat
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, Shri Navin Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha announced financial aid of Rs 10 Crore for
the establishment of Odiya Cultural Centre in Surat, Gujarat. The announcement was made by Navin Patnaik came
at the Odisha Mohotsav organized by Odiya Pravasi Samaj residing in Surat. The CM said that he had requested
Gujarat Government for the land allocation and Central Government for a direct flight between Bhubaneswar and
Surat.

164.Where did the high-level meeting between Indian and Indonesian Coast Guard conclude on
17th December 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) Ahmedabad
3) New Delhi
4) Visakhapatnam
5) None of these
Answer – 3) New Delhi

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Explanation:
On December 17, 2018, a high-level meeting between Indian and Indonesia Coast Guard concluded in Coast Guard
Headquarters, New Delhi. It was a part of a 4-day conference that commenced from December 16, 2018. The
Indian delegation was led by Director General Indian Coast Guard (DG ICG) Shri G Rajendra Singh. The 7-member
Indonesian delegation of the Indonesia Coast Guard (BAKAMLA) was led by Chief of BAKAMLA Vice Admiral
ATaufiqoerrochman. Mutual cooperation between the two agencies in the multilateral forum of Asian Coast
Guards, ‘HACGAM’, was also acknowledged. During the 6th India-Indonesia Joint Defence Cooperation Committee
(JDCC) meeting, held in New Delhi on August 09, 2018 both sides had agreed that Chief of BAKAMLA will visit
India for a High Level Meeting (HLM).

165.Which Union Ministry has released the drafts of a new child protection policy, which would be the first
policy dedicated to the protection of children which was earlier under National Child Policy 2013?
1) Ministry of Home Affairs
2) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
3) Ministry of Women and Child Development
4) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Ministry of Women and Child Development
Explanation:
On December 18, 2018, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) released the drafts of new child
protection policy. This would be the first policy dedicated to the protection of children which was earlier under
National Child Policy 2013. The policy will be applied to all institutions and organizations (including corporate and
media houses) government and private sector. Under this, any abuse on a child can be reported to the helpline
number 1098, police or child walfare committee. Unlike the earlier National Child Policy 2013, it does not speak
about children who may need additional special protection measures: including those affected by migration,
communal or sectarian violence, children forced into begging or in conflict with the law, and those infected with
HIV/AIDS. It further categorised 11 forms of offences, under various laws, as punishable acts.

166.Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the ‘Republic’ Summit, organized by Republic TV, in _____, on
18thDecember 2018?
1) New Delhi
2) Hyderabad
3) Bengaluru
4) Mumbai
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Mumbai
Explanation:
On December 18, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a 1-day state visit to Maharashtra. He
addressed the ‘Republic’ Summit, organized by Republic TV, in Mumbai. In the Republic Summit he indicated that
the 28% slab of GST would soon, be restricted to a few select items, such as luxury goods to ensure 99% of all
items,used by the common man, would be kept at a GST slab of 18% or less.

167.Where was National Cancer Institute (NCI), the largest cancer hospital of India, built at a cost of Rs
2035 crore, opened for public, on 18th December 2018?
1) Mohali, Punjab
2) Jhajjar, Haryana
3) Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
4) Haridwar, Uttarakhand
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Jhajjar, Haryana
Explanation:
On 18th December 2018, National Cancer Institute (NCI) which is the largest cancer hospital of India built at a cost
of Rs 2035 crore opened for public in Jhajjar, Haryana but the formal inauguration will be held in January 2019.
NCI is a project under All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi and it will be headed by Dr GK Rath
who is the Chief of Institute of Rotary Cancer Hospital in AIIMS. The NCI will be the nodal institution for all the
activities related to cancer in the country and it will have linkage with other cancer institutes of the country.

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168.Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the Foundation Stone of Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro and the
Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander Metro, worth ____ rupees in Kalyan, Maharashtra, on 18th December 2018?
1) Rs 45,000 crores
2) Rs 33,000 crores
3) Rs 28,000 crores
4) Rs 67,000 crores
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Rs 33,000 crores
Explanation:
On December 18, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a 1-day state visit to Maharashtra. In Kalyan,
the Prime Minister laid the Foundation Stone of 2 important metro corridors worth Rs. 33,000 crores. The 2
corridors are: the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro; and the Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander Metro. Here, he also launched
the 90,000 units’ EWS and LIG Housing scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. In the second half of his
visit the PM reached Pune where he laid the Foundation Stone of Pune Metro Phase-3.

169.The Central Government has set up National Medical Devices Promotion Council (NMDPC) to tackle
patient safety and pricing on Medical Devices, under which Union Ministry?
1) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
2) Ministry of Finance
3) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
4) Ministry of Human Resource Development
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Explanation:
On 7th December 2018, the central government set up a new National Medical Devices Promotion Council
(NMDPC) to plug loopholes in India’s regulatory framework for medical devices to ensure safety of patients,
pricing and restrictions on import of pre-owned equipment. The council will operate under Department of
Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and will have 14 members,
including representatives from the Health Ministry and Niti Aayog. The NMDPC has also appointed the Association
of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD) as a member of the Council. The council is aimed to boost and
strengthen the Indian medical devices sector, lead India to an export driven market inorder to feature among the
top 5 medical devices manufacturing hubs worldwide.

170.Manoj Sinha, Union Minister of state (Independent charge) for communications, released a postage
stamp on ____ who was a great contributor in Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagraha, on 18th December
2018?
1) Surjit Saini
2) Rajkumar Shukla
3) Vinesh Singhla
4) Mohit Chauhan
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Rajkumar Shukla
Explanation:
On 18th December 2018, Shri Manoj Sinha who is Union Minister of state (Independent charge) for
communication and Minister of state for Railways released a postage stamp on Rajkumar Shukla in New Delhi.
Department of Post paid tribute to Rajkumar Shukla who made a great contribution in the launch of Champaran
Satyagraha by Mahatma Gandhi at Champaran, Bihar in 1917.

171.NeVA Project implemented by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs aims to introduce Paperless Assembly
or e-Assembly. What does “A” represent in NeVA?
1) Assembly
2) Act
3) Application
4) Association
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Application

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Explanation:
NeVA - National e-Vidhan Application
On 18th December 2018, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, River Development and
Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, while giving a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, gave details
on the status of implementation of National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) Project. Paperless Assembly or e-
Assembly is a concept involving of electronic means to facilitate the work of Assembly. e-Vidhan is a Mission Mode
Project (MMP) included in Digital India Programme. It is implemented by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
(MoPA). MoPA is the ‘Nodal Ministry’ for its implementation in all the 31 States/ UTs with Legislatures. The total
project cost of the project is over 738 crores and funding of NeVA is on the pattern of Central Sponsored Scheme
i.e. 60:40; and 90:10 for North East & hilly States and 100% for UTs.

172.President’s rule is set to be imposed on which state, based on union cabinet’s ruling and the
governor’s report, after a gap of 22 years?
1) Arunachal Pradesh
2) Jammu and Kashmir
3) Rajasthan
4) Gujarat
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Jammu and Kashmir
Explanation:
On December 20, 2018, six months after the Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, President’s rule is set to be
imposed on J&K, as per the union cabinet’s ruling and the governor’s (Satya Pal Singh) report, after a span of 22
years. President’s rule was first imposed in the state in 1986, whereas the previous instance of President Rule was
in 1996, 22 years ago. Under Article 92 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, the state will be under the
governor’s rule for 6 months under political crisis situations. The Governor has to dissolve the Legislative
Assembly after six months after which it directly comes under President’s rule for another six months after which
elections have to be held in the state. President’s rule can be extended by another six months. Also, no Presidential
proclamation shall in any case remain in force for more than three years except for the intervention of Election
Commission of India.

173.Meghalaya has launched Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS-IV) in convergence with Centre’s
Ayushman Bharat scheme. MHIS-IV aims to cover over 8 lakh households offering over 2300 medical and
surgical packages and up to ____ rupees per family, from February 1, 2019?
1) Rs 5 lakh
2) Rs 2 lakh
3) Rs 3 lakh
4) Rs 4 lakh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 5 lakh
Explanation:
On December 20,2018, Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K Sangma launched the Meghalaya Health Insurance
Scheme (MHIS-IV) in convergence with that of the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme. The MHIS-IV targets to
cover more than 8 lakh households offering over 2300 medical and surgical packages and up to Rs 5 lakh per
family. The new scheme will be functional from February 1,2019.MHIS-IV covers all citizens in the state while the
Ayushman Bharat(Centre’s Scheme) targeted the bottom 40 percent of lower income families.

174.National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) partnered with which institute
to provide re-skilling/upskilling of 4 million people on digital skills through its FutureSkills Platform, on
16th December 2018?
1) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras
2) Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bengaluru
3) National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar
4) Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

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Explanation:
On December 16, 2018, Industry body the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM)
partnered with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras to provide re-skilling/upskilling of four million people
on digital skills. The partnership will be directly with the Sector Skills Council (SSC) of NASSCOM, the education
and skill development initiative of Nasscom, through its FutureSkills Platform. The workforce would involve: IT-
ITeS industry, students entering the workforce and employees of other industries/government. It would provide
reskilling on new emerging technologies like AI, IOT, CyberSecurity, Big Data, Cloud and BlockChain.

175.Name the state that ranked as Best Performer in the first ever States Start-up Ranking 2018 released
by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) at an event in New Delhi, on 20th December
2018?
1) Maharashtra
2) Madhya Pradesh
3) Gujarat
4) Rajasthan
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Gujarat
Explanation:
On December 20,2018, Gujarat Ranked as Best Performer in first ever States Start-up Ranking 2018 released by
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) at an event in New Delhi. The objective of the exercise was
to encourage States and Union Territories to take proactive steps towards strengthening the Start-up ecosystems
in their states.A total of 27 States and 3 Union Territories participated in the exercise. States have been recognised
as follows:
Category State
Best Performer Gujarat
Top Performers Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, and Rajasthan
Leaders Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana
Aspiring Leaders Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal
Emerging States Assam, Delhi, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu,
and Uttarakhand
Beginners Chandigarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim, and
Tripura
Along with the States,Fifty-one officers from States and Union Territories have been identified as “Champions”,
who have made significant contributions towards developing their State’s Start-up ecosystem. The States are
Ranked based on some of the Categories such as Start-up policy leaders, incubation hubs, seeding innovation,
scaling innovation, regulatory change champions, procurement leaders, communication champions, North-Eastern
leader, and hill state leader.

176.Maharashtra government approved a sum of Rs 4,089 crore for the Tembhu lift irrigation scheme on
_____ river, on 20th December 2018?
1) Brahmaputra
2) Krishna
3) Cauvery
4) Godavari
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Krishna
Explanation:
On Dec 20 2018, Maharashtra government approved a sum of Rs 4,089 crore for the Tembhu lift irrigation scheme
in Tembhu village of Satara district. The perennially drought prone areas of Satara, Solapur and Sangli districts will
get benefit by this scheme. It is about constructing a dam placed in a watercourse to increase the depth of water or
to divert it into a channel for navigation or irrigation on the river Krishna near Tembhu village and lifting 22
billion cubic feet water to irrigate 80,000 hectare areas in seven talukas – Karad, Kadegaon, Tasgaon, Khanapur,
Atpadi, Kavathe-Mahankal and Sangola – spread across Satara, Sangli and Solapur districts.
177.10 monuments were adopted under the ‘Adopt A Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’ scheme, on
17thDecember 2018. The Red Fort in Delhi was adopted by which organisation?
1) Dalmia Bharat Ltd.
2) Apeejay Park Hotels
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3) Adventures Tour Operators Association of India


4) Yatra Online
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Dalmia Bharat Ltd.
Explanation:
On December 17, 2018, Minister of State (independent charge) for Culture and Minister of State for Environment,
Forest and Climate change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, announced the adoption of 10 monuments under the ‘Adopt A
Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’, scheme.
The following shows the MOUs signed under this scheme by various organizations.
Agency/Institution/Organization Name of State
Monument
Dalmia Bharat Ltd. Red Fort Delhi
Golconda Fort Andhra Pradesh
Adventures Tour Operators Association of India Area surrounding Uttarakhand
Gangotri Temple
and Trail to
Gaumukh
Mt. Stok Kangri Jammu and Kashmir
Trek, Ladakh
Apeejay Park Hotels Jantar Mantar Delhi
Bliss Inns Surajkund Haryana
(V-Resorts)
Yatra Online Qutub Minar Delhi
Ajanta Caves Maharashtra

Leh Palace, Leh Jammu and Kashmir

Hampi (Hazara Karnataka


Rama Temple)

178.How many monuments have been identified as “Adarsh Smarak” for upgradation of existing
facilities/amenities by Archaeological Survey of India?
1) 50
2) 125
3) 100
4) 60
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 100
Explanation:
Archaeological Survey of India has identified 100 monuments as “Adarsh Smarak” for upgradation of existing
facilities/amenities. On December 17, 2018, Minister of State (independent charge) for Culture and Minister of
State for Environment, Forest and Climate change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, announced the adoption of 10 monuments
under the ‘Adopt A Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’, scheme.

179.Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation for 472 km of national highways costing _____ rupees
in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, on 20th December 2018?
1) Rs 5583.92 crore
2) Rs 4567.78 crore
3) Rs 2377.56 crore
4) Rs 6783.23 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 5583.92 crore
Explanation:
On Dec. 20 2018, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River
Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkariinaugurated and laid foundation stones for national highways

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projects worth Rs 9,533 crore at separate events in Roing and Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh Chief
Minister Pema Khandu and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also accompanied with Union
Minister Nitin Gadkari.This project will help the development of North Eastern Region of India by job creation,
tourism and employment for the youth. Minister inaugurated bridges across Dibang and Lohit River System,
including road between Chowkham-Digaru of worth Rs 1508.30 crore. The Minister also inaugurated the two-
laned, 25.14 km Mahadevpur to Buri Dihing constructed at a cost of Rs 136.60 crore and 22.23 km Bordumsa-
Namchik constructed at a cost of Rs 189.91 crore. He also laid the foundation for 96.47 km of national highways
projects costing Rs 2114.82 crore in Roing. Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation for 472 km of national highways
costing Rs 5583.92 crore. These include the 26.12 Km Akajan-Likabali-Bame road and 6 packages on Joram-
Kolorlang Road on NH 713 for a total length of 94.39 km.

180.Which state government has approved the release of second instalment of the Chah Bagicha (tea
estate) Dhan Puraskar Mela, as per which beneficiaries will receive Rs 2,500 by 15th of January 2019?
1) Kerala
2) Assam
3) Arunachal Pradesh
4) Bihar
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Assam
Explanation:
The Assam government has approved the release of second instalment of the Chah Bagicha (tea estate) Dhan
Puraskar Mela. Assam Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that all the beneficiaries will get 2,500 rs in
their bank accounts by 15th of the next month. He said that government will bear 200 crore rupees towards this.
Our Correspondent reports that previously 2,500 rupees was transferred to the each of over 7 lakh account
holders in tea garden areas at 26 districts. It may be recalled that the Assam government had announced that 5000
rupees will be provided to tea garden workers who had opened bank accounts after demonetization.

181.‘Strategy for New India @75’ launched by NITI Aayog, defining clear objectives for 2022-23, aims to
establish a New India by _____ and to propel India towards a USD 5 trillion economy by _____?
1) 2022, 2030
2) 2020, 2025
3) 2025, 2030
4) 2023, 2025
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 2022, 2030
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, the NITI Aayog unveiled its comprehensive national Strategy for New India dubbed as
‘Strategy for New India @75’, defining clear objectives for 2022-23. The document aims for establishing a New
India by 2022 and to propel India towards a USD 5 trillion economy by 2030. This was released by the Union
Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, in the presence of NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, Members Dr
Ramesh Chand and Dr VK Saraswat and CEO Shri Amitabh Kant. Over 800 stakeholders from within the
government – central, state and district levels – and about 550 external experts were consulted during the
preparation of the document for the past one year.

182.‘Strategy for New India @75’, the national Strategy for New India released by NITI Aayog, aims to
achieve a GDP growth rate of what percent on average during 2018-23?
1) 9 %
2) 8.5 %
3) 8 %
4) 7.5 %
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 8 %
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, the NITI Aayog unveiled its comprehensive national Strategy for New India dubbed as
‘Strategy for New India @75’, defining clear objectives for 2022-23. The document aims for establishing a New
India by 2022 and to propel India towards a USD 5 trillion economy by 2030. It aims achieve a GDP growth rate of
about 8% on average during 2018-23 and increase Tax-GDP ratio to 20% of GDP.

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183.‘Strategy for New India @75’, the national Strategy for New India released by NITI Aayog, aims to
complete Bharat Net programme in which year and to complete all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats digitally?
1) 2019
2) 2020
3) 2021
4) 2022
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 2019
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, the NITI Aayog unveiled its comprehensive national Strategy for New India dubbed as
‘Strategy for New India @75’, defining clear objectives for 2022-23. The document aims for establishing a New
India by 2022 and to propel India towards a USD 5 trillion economy by 2030. It aims completion of Bharat Net
programme in 2019 and connecting all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats digitally.

184.‘Strategy for New India @75’, the national Strategy for New India released by NITI Aayog, aims to
increase gross enrolment ratio in higher education from 25% in 2016-17 to _____?
1) 50 %
2) 45 %
3) 60 %
4) 35 %
5) None of these
Answer - 4) 35 %
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, the NITI Aayog unveiled its comprehensive national Strategy for New India dubbed as
‘Strategy for New India @75’, defining clear objectives for 2022-23. The document aims for establishing a New
India by 2022 and to propel India towards a USD 5 trillion economy by 2030. It aims to increase gross enrolment
ratio in higher education from 25% in 2016-17 to 35%.

185.What is the name of the new autonomous body that has been recommended by NITI Aayog’s ‘Strategy
for New India @75’, to make the arbitration process cost effective and speedy, and to pre-empt the need
for court intervention?
1) Arbitration Court of India
2) Arbitration Council of India
3) Arbitration Committee of India
4) Arbitration Panel of India
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Arbitration Council of India
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, the NITI Aayog unveiled its comprehensive national Strategy for New India dubbed as
‘Strategy for New India @75’, defining clear objectives for 2022-23. The document aims for establishing a New
India by 2022 and to propel India towards a USD 5 trillion economy by 2030. It has set up a new autonomous
body, viz., the Arbitration Council of India to make the arbitration process cost effective and speedy, and to pre-
empt the need for court intervention.

186.Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has launched the ‘Asiatic Lion Conservation
Project’ to protect and conserve the world’s last ranging free population of Asiatic Lion, with a total budget
of ____ rupees for the next 3 years?
1) Rs 97.84 crore
2) Rs 112.56 crore
3) Rs 67.66 crore
4) Rs 50.50 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 97.84 crore
Explanation:
On 20th December 2018, The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, launched the ‘Asiatic Lion
Conservation Project’ with an aim to protect and conserve the world’s last ranging free population of Asiatic Lion.
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Asiatic Lions with the help of state of the art techniques/instruments, regular scientific research studies, disease
management, and modern surveillance/patrolling techniques. The project will be funded through, the
Development of Wildlife Habitat, a centrally sponsored scheme (CSS-DWH), with the contributing ratio of 60:40
for central and state share. The 2015 census showed a population of 523 Asiatic Lions in the Gir Protected Area
Network of 1648.79 sq. km in Gujarat. The Asiatic Lions are already included in the list of 21 critically endangered
species for recovery programme and financial assistance under the species recovery component of CSS-DWH.

187.Ministry of Home Affairs has authorized 10 security and intelligence agencies of India to access any
computer in India for monitoring, decrypting and interception, as per sub section (1) of section 69 of
which act?
1) Cyber Security Act, 2016
2) Information Act, 2000
3) Computer Security Act, 2003
4) Internet Surveillance Act, 2012
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Information Act, 2000
Explanation:
On 20th December 2018, The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order which authorizes ten security and
intelligence agencies of the country to access any computer in the country for the purpose of monitoring,
decrypting and interception. Ten Intelligence agencies which have given authorization to access any computer
resource are Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Direct
Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency, Cabinet
Secretariat (R&AW), Directorate of Signal Intelligence (For J&K, North-East and Assam) and Commissioner of
Police, Delhi. The Authorization are given under sub section (1) of section 69 of the Information Act, 2000. The
order mandates the service provider or any person in charge of the computer resource to extend technical
assistance to the agencies. The Non Compliance may result in seven year of imprisonment and fine.

188.Where was the 15th edition of Global SME Business Summit organised by Ministry of MSME,
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Government e-marketplace, on 19th and 20th December 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) New Delhi
3) Kolkata
4) Chennai
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 19th December 2018, 15th edition of a two day Global SME Business Summit was organised by the Ministry of
MSME and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Government e-marketplace in New Delhi. The
agenda of the summit is to bring together renowned speakers with unbounded experience and expertise, a global
audience, and various national and international SME stakeholders to integrate Indian MSMEs into the Global
Value Chains (GVCs). The theme of the event was ‘Building Partnerships through Global Value Chains.’ The event
will comprise plenary sessions on various topics and will also feature workshops on international trade,
international trade through e-commerce, and domestic trade hubs. Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil
Aviation, Suresh Prabhu and Giriraj Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises (MSME) along with other dignitaries, CEOs and academicians from India and across the word
addressed the summit.

189.Patanjali’s World Herbal Forest Project, was inaugurated in _____, on 20th December 2018, which is a
collaboration between Patanjali and the state Government?
1) Dehradun, Uttarakhand
2) Sonavali, Himachal Pradesh
3) Patiala, Punjab
4) Morni Hill, Haryana
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Morni Hill, Haryana

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Explanation:
On 20th December 2018, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the World Herbal Forest
Project, a collaboration of Patanjali and Haryana Government, at Morni Hill, near Chandigarh. The project covers
over 52,000 acres of land in Morni Hills and is aimed at developing a forest of medicinal plants which will provide
a huge boost to the Ayurvedic industry across the country. Yoga guru Ramdev and Patanjali CEO Acharya
Balkrishna were also present during the inaugural function. About 25 different varieties of plants found in the
country will be housed in this forest. 50,000 plants each of 20 medicinal varieties are being sown in the first phase
of the project.

190.India and Japan Exchanged notes on Japanese Official Development assistance loan of _____ yen for
Chennai Metro Project (Phase 2), Program for Japan-India Cooperative Actions towards sustainable
Development goals in India and Project for Dairy Development, on 21st December 2018?
1) Yen 105.497 billion
2) Yen 122.57 billion
3) Yen 159.78 billion
4) Yen 198.50 billion
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Yen 105.497 billion
Explanation:
On 21st December 2018, India and Japan Exchanged notes on Japanese Official Development assistance loan of Yen
105.497 billion (approximately Rs 6668.46 crore) for three projects which are as follows:
• Chennai Metro Project (Phase 2) for JPY 75.519 billion.
• Program for Japan-India Cooperative Actions towards sustainable Development goals in India for JPY
15 Billion.
• Project for Dairy Development for JPY 14.978 billion.

191.Government introduced the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to amend which act to improve the
ease of doing business, ease burden of the special courts and modify punishments, on 21st December 2018?
1) Companies Act, 2013
2) Industries Regulation Act, 2015
3) Factories Act, 2000
4) Industry Codes Act, 2005
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Companies Act, 2013
Explanation:
On December 20, 2018, the government introduced the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to amend the
Companies Act, 2013 to further improve the ease of doing business, ease burden of the special courts and modify
punishments. The bill would replace the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, that was promulgated on
November 2, 2018 and would amend provisions in the Companies Act, 2013. According to the bill, following
amendments are going to take place:
• A total of 16 types of corporate offences have been shifted from special courts to in-house
adjudication, increasing the scope of in-house assessment from 18 to 34 Sections of the Act.
• Amending section 441 to enhance the jurisdiction of Regional Director for compound offences,
• Amending clause (41) of section 2 to empower the central government to allow certain companies to
have a different financial year instead of being determined by the National Company Law Tribunal.
• Amending section 12 of Act to empower Registrar to remove names of companies from register of
companies if the companies are not operational according to the provisions of the Act.

192.Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced financial assistance up to _____ US Dollars, in the form of
budgetary support, currency swap and concessional lines of credit for socio-economic development of the
Maldives, on 17thDecember 2018?
1) USD 1.4 billion
2) USD 2.5 billlion
3) USD 5.6 billion
4) USD 2.8 billion
5) None of these
Answer - 1) USD 1.4 billion
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Explanation:
On December 18, 2018, the President of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih concluded his
maiden 3-day state visit to India. On 17th December 2018, Prime Minister announced financial assistance up to US$
1.4 billion in the form of budgetary support, currency swap and concessional lines of credit to fulfil the socio-
economic development programmes of the Maldives.

193.How many MoUs were signed between India and the Maldives during President of the Maldives, H.E.
Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s 3-day visit to India, that concluded on 18th December 2018?
1) 2
2) 6
3) 4
4) 7
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 4
Explanation:
On December 18, 2018, the President of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih concluded his
maiden 3-day state visit to India. On December 17, 2018, after successful completion of the delegation level talks
between the PM of India and President of Maldives, 4 MOUs were signed. They are as follows:
• Agreement on the Facilitation of Visa Arrangements
• Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation
• Memorandum of Understanding for Establishing Mutual Cooperation to Improve the Ecosystem for
Agribusiness;
• Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the field of Information & Communications Technology
and Electronics.

194.Which entity released the SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) India Index: Baseline Report 2018, in
New Delhi, 21st December 2018?
1) United Nations
2) NITI Aayog
3) World Health Organisation (WHO)
4) Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
5) None of these
Answer - 2) NITI Aayog
Explanation:
On December 21, 2018, the Sustainable Development Goal, SDG India Index: Baseline Report 2018 was released by
the NITI Aayog in New Delhi. It was released by:
• NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar,
• NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant,
• NITI Aayog Members Dr Ramesh Chand, Dr VK Paul and Dr VK Saraswat,
• UN Resident Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev and
• MoSPI Secretary & CSI Shri Pravin Srivastava.
It was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Global
Green Growth Institute and United Nations in India.

195.Kerala and _____ emerged as toppers among the states in the ‘Front Runners’ category with a composite
score of 69, in the SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) India Index 2018?
1) Tamil Nadu
2) Karnataka
3) Maharashtra
4) Gujarat
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Tamil Nadu
Explanation:
On December 21, 2018, the Sustainable Development Goal, SDG India Index: Baseline Report 2018 was released by
the NITI Aayog in New Delhi. A composite score was computed between the range of 0-100 for each State and UT
based on the 13 selected goals. The higher the score of a State/UT, the greater the distance to target achieved

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which means if a State/UT achieves a score of 100, it signifies that it has achieved the 2030 national targets. There
are 4 categories of the index based on the scores the state/UT has achieved. They are:
• Achiever (100),
• Front Runner (65-99),
• Performer (50-64) and
• Aspirant (0-49).
The SDG Index score for Sustainable Development Goals 2030 ranged
• Between 42 and 69 for State and
• Between 57 to 68 for Union Territories.
Among the states: Kerela, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are at the top of the list and running as ‘Front
Runners’ with the scores of 69 each for Kerala and Himachal Pradesh and 66 for Tamil Nadu.

196.Which union territory ranked the highest among union territories in the ‘Front Runner’ category with
a composite score 68 in the SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) India Index 2018?
1) Puducherry
2) Chandigarh
3) Delhi
4) Andaman & Nicobar Islands
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Chandigarh
Explanation:
On December 21, 2018, the Sustainable Development Goal, SDG India Index: Baseline Report 2018 was released by
the NITI Aayog in New Delhi. A composite score was computed between the range of 0-100 for each State and UT
based on the 13 selected goals. Chandigarh and Puducherry ranked the highest with 68 and 65 composite scores
respectively earning the category of ‘Front Runner’. Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman &
Diu, Delhi and Lakshadweep were ranked in the ‘Performer’ category.

197.What was India’s average score in the SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) India Index 2018?
1) 25
2) 76
3) 38
4) 57
5) None of these
Answer - 4) 57
Explanation:
On December 21, 2018, the Sustainable Development Goal, SDG India Index: Baseline Report 2018 was released by
the NITI Aayog in New Delhi. A composite score was computed between the range of 0-100 for each State and UT
based on the 13 selected goals. The ranking took India’s average score at 57. None of the states/UTs were marked
in the ‘Achiever’ category.

198.Name the chairman of the Logistics Development Committee constituted by the Economic Advisory
Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) on December 21, 2018?
1) Dr. Bibek Debroy
2) Dr. Hasmukh Adhia
3) N.K. Singh
4) Arvind Veermani
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Dr. Bibek Debroy
Explanation:
On December 21, 2018, the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) constituted a Logistics
Development Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman EAC-PM. Other members of the
committee included Secretaries and heads of the concerned departments/ministries such as Revenue, Commerce,
Logistics, DIPP, Civil Aviation, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Railways, Central Board of Indirect Taxes
and Customs (CBIC) etc. The committee would be working on challenges in logistics development and associated
commerce and suggest policy reforms for ease of doing trade in India.

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199.National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC) signed a MoU with which
institute for facilitating Skill Development Training to the target group of NBCFDC, on 21st December
2018?
1) BSE Institute Ltd.
2) NSE Institute Ltd.
3) Indian Business School
4) National Skill Development Institute
5) None of these
Answer - 1) BSE Institute Ltd.
Explanation:
On 21st December 2018, National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC), an
autonomous corporation under Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with BSE Institute Ltd. for facilitating Skill Development Training to the target group of
NBCFDC. The BSE Institute Ltd, which is a 100% subsidiary of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE Limited), works as a
promoter of Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) Sector Skill Council of India constituted under the
aegis of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) which is a nodal body for industry interface
and MSDE. The MoU was signed between Sh. K. Narayan, MD of NBCFDC and Sh. Ambarsh Dutta, MD & CEO of BSE
Institute Ltd in the presence of Shri Vijay Sampla, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment. The training
for the said target group will be commenced in current financial year at select locations and expanded on a pan
India in the coming years. NBCFDC facilitate skill development training to Other Backward Classes (OBC),
Economically Backward Classes (EBCs), Denotified Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes (DNTs) and senior citizens
under its “Skill Development Training Programme (SDTP)” so that eligible members may engage in developmental
activities by way of self/wage employment.

200.A new generation Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) with a speed of _____, having underslung
equipment and some features of the Train 18, was launched by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai,
on 19th December 2018?
1) 120 kilometres an hour
2) 130 kilometres an hour
3) 140 kilometres an hour
4) 150 kilometres an hour
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 130 kilometres an hour
Explanation:
On 19th December 2018, a Train-18 like new generation Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) with
underslung equipment and some features from the Train 18 was launched by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF),
Chennai. The coaches of the new MEMU are longer at 23.1m against 21.3m in the older MEMU and the train is
capable of running at around 130 kilometres an hour. The new train is equipped with a CCTV surveillance system
both inside the coaches and outside the driver’s cab, a Talk Back system to enable passengers to talk to the driver
in case of emergency and a GPS based passenger information and announcement system.

201.Where was the 1st meeting of India China High-Level Mechanism on Cultural & People-to-people
exchanges, held on 21st December 2018?
1) Mumbai, India
2) Shanghai, China
3) New Delhi, India
4) Beijing, China
5) None of these
Answer - 3) New Delhi, India
Explanation:
On December 21, 2018, 1st meeting of India China High-Level Mechanism on Cultural & People-to-people
exchanges was held in New Delhi. It was co-chaired by EAM Sushma Swaraj & Chinese State Councilor & FM Wang
Yi. The meeting acknowledging the Wuhan Summit identified 10 areas or pillars for boosting people-to-people
cooperation. The 2 sides discussed on cooperation in tourism, art, films, media, culture, yoga, sports, academic and
youth exchanges.

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202.The ____ edition of India- China High Level Media Forum was held in New Delhi on 20th and
21st December 2018?
1) 2nd
2) 3rd
3) 4th
4) 5th
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 3rd
Explanation:
On December 20-21, 2018, as a part of the high-level talks, the 3rd India- China High Level Media Forum held in
New Delhi. It was hosted by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). The media forum was jointly inaugurated
by visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian External Affairs MinisterSushma
Swaraj. The forum focused on three key themes:
• enhancing media understanding,
• promoting a closer development partnership, and
• proposing a roadmap for future media cooperation.

203.Where was the newly constructed UNESCO Category 2, International Training Centre for Operational
Oceanography (ITCOocean) Complex inaugurated and dedicated to the Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari
Vajpayee, on 22nd December 2018?
1) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2) Hyderabad, Telangana
3) Mumbai, Maharashtra
4) Panaji, Goa
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Hyderabad, Telangana
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment and Forests &
Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the newly constructed International Training Centre for
Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) Complex in the INCOIS campus at Hyderabad, Telangana. He dedicated the
ITCOocean to the Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and named the academic building as Atal
Bhavan and the Guest House as Atal Atithi Griha. This UNESCO category 2 centre was established by the Ministry
of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India earlier in 2013 but it upgraded to assist UNESCO and its
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). It will help in providing capacity building and training
activities in operational oceanography. It will thus benefit the South Asian and African states bordering the Indian
Ocean and the small island nations in the Pacific from INCOIS’ ocean science and management practices.

204.Which state government introduced a Rs 2250 crore worth scheme named “Mukhya Mantri Krishi
Yojana” to help around 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers to double their income by 2022?
1) West Bengal
2) Chhattisgarh
3) Jharkhand
4) Haryana
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Jharkhand
Explanation:
On 21st December 2018, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced a Rs 2250 crore scheme named as “
Mukhya Mantri Krishi Yojana” which will help around 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers to double their
income by 2022. The Central Government has set a goal to double the income of all the farmers by 2022. The
Scheme will start from 2019-20 financial year. It will help farmers to procure seeds, fertilisers and other
requirements for agricultural purposes. Under the scheme, the state government will give Rs 5000 per acre up to
maximum of 5 acre to 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers. Those farmers who have less than 1 acre land will
also get Rs. 5000.

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205.“Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” field level awareness campaign for Maharashtra, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and
_____ will be organized from the first week of January 2019?
1) Madhya Pradesh
2) Gujarat
3) Goa
4) Rajasthan
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Goa
Explanation:
From First Week of January 2019, the three state level campaign on “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” will be organized in
Maharashtra, Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli to spread awareness among people to save and educate girls. The
Campaign will be organized by the Pune office of Regional Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information &
Broadcasting, Government of India in coordination with Women and child development departments of respective
state and Union Territory (UT). The campaign was launched by Ms. Gauri Gadgil who is a ‘divyang’ child and an
international swimmer by placing her fingers on traditional instrument ‘Dholak’. An orientation cum workshop on
the flagship project was organized for Private Registered Cultural Troupes (PRTs) on 20th December in Pune.

206.28% slab rate of GST (Goods and Services Tax) will be applicable for how many items with effect from
1st January 2019, as decided in the 31st Meeting of the GST Council held in New Delhi, on 22nd December
2018?
1) 28
2) 34
3) 45
4) 50
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 28
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, 31st Meeting of the GST Council under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Shri. Arun
Jaitley was held in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. There were 34 items in the 28 per cent tax bracket which included
luxury and 'sin goods' till now. The GST Council decided to take out 6 items from this list. 28% slab rate will only
be applicable to 28 items now.

207.New GST (Goods and Services Tax) return filing system will be implemented mandatorily by _____?
1) July 1, 2019
2) August 1, 2019
3) September 1, 2019
4) March 1, 2019
5) None of these
Answer - 1) July 1, 2019
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, 31st Meeting of the GST Council under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Shri. Arun
Jaitley was held in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Third party insurance has been brought down to 12 per cent, IIM
courses and Bank charges (savings bank, Jan Dhan Yojana) has been exempted, New return filing system will be
started on trial basis from April 1 which will be implemented mandatorily by July 1, 2019.

208.Which state government announced the Rs 10,000 crore worth Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and
Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme to empower small, marginal & landless farmers and labourers, on
21st December 2018?
1) Assam
2) Odisha
3) Bihar
4) Jharkhand
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Odisha
Explanation:
On 21st December 2018, the Odisha Cabinet headed by CM Naveen Patnaik announced the Krushak Assistance for
Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme to empower small, marginal & landless farmers as well as

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landless labourers. The Rs 10,000 crore scheme, which would be executed through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)
mode, covers 92% (over 30 lakh) of cultivators, loanee and non-loanee, share-croppers & landless labourers.
According to the scheme an amount of Rs 10,000 per family at the rate of Rs 5,000 each for Kharif and Rabi
seasons shall be provided as financial assistance for taking up cultivation. This assistance is for five crop seasons
spanning three years from 2018-19 to 2021-22 and is also not linked to the extent of land owned thereby
benefiting share croppers and actual cultivators most of whom own very small extent of land. The KALIA scheme
also has a component for about ten lakh landless households in the form of livelihood support by providing each
household a unit cost of Rs 12,500 to take up activities like goat rearing units, mini layer units, duckery units,
fishery kits for fishermen and women, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping.

209.Where was the "Rashtriya Balrang-2018", a cultural festival for school students from across India,
held from 19th to 21st December 2018?
1) Mumbai, Maharashtra
2) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
3) Ranchi, Jharkhand
4) Ahmedabad, Gujarat
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Explanation:
The two-day "Rashtriya Balrang-2018" organised by the School Education Department of Madhya Pradesh in
collaboration with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalya, was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, from
19th to 21st December 2018. School students from 18 States and two Union Territories participated in the cultural
festival.

210.The GST (Goods and Services Tax) rate reduction decided in the 31st Meeting of the GST Council held
on 22nd December 2018, will have an overall impact of _____ rupees on revenue?
1) Rs 5500 crore
2) Rs 2800 crore
3) Rs 4850 crore
4) Rs 7690 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 5500 crore
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, 31st Meeting of the GST Council under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Shri. Arun
Jaitley was held in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The GST rate reduction will have an overall impact on revenue of Rs
5500 crore.

211.Where was the annual conference of Directors General of Police (DGPs) and Inspectors General of
Police (IGPs) held from 20th to 22nd December 2018?
1) Narmada district, Gujarat
2) Chamoli district, Uttarakhand
3) Fazilka district, Punjab
4) Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Narmada district, Gujarat
Explanation:
On 20th December 2018, Three day annual conference of Directors General of Police (DGPs) and Inspectors
General of Police (IGPs) commences at a tent-city set up near the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in Narmada District of
Gujarat. The three day annual conference concluded on 22nd December 2018. The top police officers of the
country will meet for multiple sessions of discussions on issues concerning the country including militancy in
Jammu and Kashmir, cross border terrorism, attempts to radicalize youth, Naxal menace and the situation in the
Northeast. Issues including communal tension, circulation of communally sensitive news and pornographic
materials through social media are also expected to be discussed at the three day meeting. The Annual Conference
was held in the presence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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212.Where was the 55th SKOCH Summit held on 22nd December 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) New Delhi
3) Kolkata
4) Guwahati
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, the 55th SKOCH Summit was held in Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. It was hosted
by SKOCH group, the think tank for socio-economic issues with focus on inclusive growth. The Summit had 3 sub
sessions focusing on the following themes:
• Economic Manifesto,
• Deciphering Digital Economy Policy,
• Banking and Finance: The Next Five Years.
• A book titled India 2030 was also released on the occasion.

213.Who won the SKOCH Chief Minister of the Year Award at the 55th SKOCH Summit held on
22nd December 2018?
1) Chandrababu Naidu
2) Raman Singh
3) Vasundara Raje
4) Mamata Banerjee
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Mamata Banerjee
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, the 55th SKOCH Summit was held in Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. Awards were
distributed recognizing the efforts and contributions of the different people and states.
Following shows the list of awardees:
Category Awardee
Skoch Golden Jubilee Challenger Award Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu
Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee
SKOCH Award for hydel project in Purulia West Bengal State Electricity Distribution
Company Limited (WBSEDCL)
SKOCH Sprinter of the Year Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu
Naidu
Skoch IT minister of the Year Nara Lokesh
SKOCH Governance Person of the Year K T Rama Rao
West Bengal won 31 SKOCH awards for its performance in different fields.

214.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region
(IFC-IOR) at Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) in ______, on 22nd December 2018?
1) Noida, Uttar Pradesh
2) Gurugram, Haryana
3) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
4) Rajkot, Gujarat
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Gurugram, Haryana
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, Defence Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Information Fusion Centre –
Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) at Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) Gurugram, Haryana. The
IFC-IOR is aimed to engage with partner nations to develop maritime domain awareness and share information on
vessels of interest in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). It would also help enhance maritime security and safety. The
information exchange at the IFC-IOR would be initially undertaken by virtual means, using telephone calls, faxes,
emails and video conferencing over internet. It would undertake conduct of exercises and training capsules in
maritime information collation and sharing.

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215.Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and which state topped the charts as the best performing
states under the maternity benefit programme named Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, on
21st December 2018?
1) Madhya Pradesh
2) Uttar Pradesh
3) Tamil Nadu
4) Bihar
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Madhya Pradesh
Explanation:
On December 21, 2018, Minister of State for the Women and Child Development Ministry Virendra Kumar released
the performance of states and UTs under the maternity benefit programme named Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana
Yojana. Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh topped the charts as the best performing states.
According to the finding, 51.70 lakh beneficiaries are covered annually under the PMMVY. Grants-in-aid
amounting to Rs 2,048.59 crores and Rs 369.31 crores have been sanctioned to the states and the Union
Territories during the year 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively.

216.Where did President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurate the Centre of Excellence for Genetic Blood
Disorders on 22ndDecember 2018?
1) Karimnagar, Telangana
2) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
3) Karimpuzha, Kerala
4) Conoor, Tamil Nadu
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Karimnagar, Telangana
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, on his first visit to Karimnagar, inaugurated
the Centre of Excellence for Genetic Blood Disorders at the Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences in Karimnagar,
Telangana. This centre will work on Sickle Cell Anaemia, Thalassemia and Other Genetic Blood Disorders. It was
set up by Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences.

217.National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned all mining activities within 10 km radius of the Sariska Tiger
Reserve, on 20th December 2018. Which state houses Sariska Tiger Reserve?
1) Arunachal Pradesh
2) West Bengal
3) Sikkim
4) Rajasthan
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Rajasthan
Explanation:
On 20th December 2018, National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed all mining activities within 10 km radius of
Rajasthan’s Sariska Tiger Reserve be stopped immediately. The order was issued when the tribunal was hearing
an appeal challenging environmental clearance granted to 24 mining projects with 10 km radius of the reserve’s
boundary.

218.Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the highest denomination in the form of a coin worth _____
rupees, on commemoration of the birth anniversary of late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on
25th December 2018?
1) Rs 50
2) Rs 75
3) Rs 100
4) Rs 200
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Rs 100
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative Rs 100 coin in memory of
former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This Rs 100 currency will be the highest denomination in the form of a

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coin and comes weeks after the government introduced Rs. 200 denomination notes for the first time. The coin
was released on commemoration of the birth anniversary of the late Pm on December 25, which is also celebrated
as ‘Good Governance Day’. Following are the features of the coin:
• One side depicts the picture of the late PM along with his name inscribed on it.
• On the bottom of the same face 1924 and 2018 are inscribed to mark the years of Mr Vajpayee’s birth and
death
• The other has the Ashoka Pillar Lion Capitol with the words ‘Satyamev Jayate’ inscribed at the bottom. It
also has ‘India’ carved in Engish and ‘Bharat’ carved in Devanagari script.
• It weighs 135 grams and is made of 4 metals viz. Silver(50%), Copper (40%), Zinc (5%) and Nickel (5%).

219.Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative stamp on the National Police Memorial, at
the Conference of Director Generals of Police, held in Narmada district, Gujarat, on 23rd December 2018.
Where is National Police Memorial located?
1) Kolkata
2) New Delhi
3) Mumbai
4) Ahmedabad
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 23rd December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the website of the Cyber Coordination Centre
on the concluding day of 3-Day Conference of Director Generals of Police, which was organized at Kevadiya in
Narmada district of Gujarat. A one stop shop on all cyber related issues, whether it is cybercrime or cyber security,
the Cyber Coordination Centre is focused on improving cyber security in the country and on preparing the Police
forces to prevent and investigate cybercrimes and financial frauds. It would also act as bridge between law
enforcement agencies on the one hand, and academia and private cyber security professionals on the other. Prime
Minister Narendra Modi also released a commemorative stamp on the National Police Memorial located in New
Delhi, on the occasion besides releasing a special issue of Indian Police Journal on Police martyrdom, published by
the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).

220.India’s first music museum will be set up with assistance from the Central government in ______?
1) Mysuru, Karnataka
2) Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu
3) Indore, Madhya Pradesh
4) Nashik, Maharashtra
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu
Explanation:
On December 23, 2018, the State Minister for Culture and Tamil Development Shri K Pandiarajan announced
setting up of the country’s first music museum in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamilnadu. The venue chosen for the project is the
birth place of Saint Tyagaraja, one of the Trinities of Carnatic music. The museum will be set up with assistance
from the Central government.

221.Which state houses the Lalitgiri Archaeological Museum inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on 24thDecember 2018?
1) Gujarat
2) Odisha
3) Jharkhand
4) Himachal Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Odisha
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a one-day visit to the state of Odisha. He
inaugurated the Lalitgiri Archaeological Museum. Lalitgiri in Odisha is a famous Buddhist centre of archaeological
importance, comprising Stupa, Viharas (monasteries) and images of Lord Buddha.

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222.Where was the 6th edition of Yuva Natya Samaroh, a theatre festival of five young directors, held from
22nd to 26th December 2018?
1) Kolkata
2) New Delhi
3) Chennai
4) Mumbai
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 22nd December 2018, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi,
organized the sixth edition of five-day long Yuva Natya Samaroh at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi. The event
will conclude on 26th December. It is a theatre festival of five young directors with some of the best modern,
mythological as well as Parsi style drama. The festival will start with the famous and well-discussed story by
Mithileshwar titled Babuji and directed by Rajesh Singh while the Parsi play Safed Khoon directed by Samiruddin
(Javed Sameer), will be presented on the last day of the festival.

223.Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and dedicated the new campus of IIT-Bhubaneswarat
built at a cost of 1660 crore rupees at _____
1) Aragul, Odisha
2) Sambalpur, Odisha
3) Berhampur, Odisha
4) Balasore, Odisha
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Aragul, Odisha
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a one-day visit to the state of Odisha. On his
day long visit to Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated projects worth around Rs 15,000 crore in
Odisha. These projects part of Mr Modi’s vision of ‘Purbodaya – a prosperous East for building a new India’. They
consist of projects related to health, road and highways, higher education and culture. A brief description of the
projects are as follows: The Prime Minister inaugurated and dedicated the new campus of IIT-Bhubaneswarat
Aragul built at a cost of 1660 crore rupees. IIT Bhubaneswar would spur the industrial development of Odisha, and
work towards technology to improve the lives of the people.

224.Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative stamp and coin on the Paika Rebellion
(Paika Bidroha) fought against British rule in which state in 1817, as this year marks the 200th anniversary
of the rebellion?
1) Karnataka
2) Uttar Pradesh
3) Odisha
4) Kerala
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Odisha
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a one-day visit to the state of Odisha. He also
released a commemorative stamp and coin on the Paika Rebellion. The Paika Rebellion (Paika Bidroha) was fought
against British rule, in Odisha in 1817. This year marks 200thanniversary of the 1817Rebellion led by Buxi
Jagabandhu of Khorda district against the Britishers. He also announced setting up of a Chair on the Paika
Rebellion, in Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. Mr Modi also inaugurated ESIC hospital in Bhubaneshwar costing
73.5 crore rupees.

225.Where was the Centre for Agricultural Research and Training set up by Oil and Natural Gas
Corporation (ONGC) in collaboration with Eklavya foundation inaugurated on 23rd December 2018?
1) Goa
2) Telangana
3) Maharashtra
4) Uttar Pradesh
5) None of these

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Answer – 2) Telangana
Explanation:
Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan
inaugurated a Centre for Agricultural Research and Training in Telangana on 23rd December 2018 for imparting
training to farmers in organic farming using the latest technology. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), in
collaboration with Eklavya foundation, has set up the Centre as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Pradhan inaugurated the CSR project for the construction of hostel, classrooms, computer labs and administrative
block at the Centre meant to benefit more than 3500 farmers and 200 students and consumers by way of
promoting organic farming.

226.Which state houses India’s longest railroad bridge named Bogibeel bridge, which is 4.94 km long and
built at a cost of Rs. 5900 crores by Indian Railways, and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on December 25, 2018?
1) Odisha
2) Assam
3) Biharu
4) Chhattisgarh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Assam
Explanation:
On December 25, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Bogibeel bridge, India’s longest railroad bridge
in Assam. Till now Vembanad rail bridge in Kerala was dubbed as the longest railway-bridge in India at 4.62km of
length. The 4.94 km structure was built at a cost of Rs. 5900 crores by Indian Railways. It is India’s only fully
welded bridge for which European codes and welding standards were adhered to for the first time in the country.
It is also Asia’s 2nd longest rail-and-road connector having a life span of 120 years. It will reduce travel time from
Assam to Arunachal Pradesh to four hours and will cut out the detour of over 170 km via Tinsukia. It will also cut
down train travel between Delhi and Dibrugarh by three hours. Its initial budget was about Rs. 3,200 crore and
had an original planned length of 4.31 km.

227.Name Indian Navy’s 10th Naval Hospital Ship that was commissioned at the Naval station Karanja in
Uran, Maharashtra, on 24th December 2018?
1) INHS Sandhani
2) INHS Pratham
3) INHS Nakshatra
4) INHS Drakshi
5) None of these
Answer - 1) INHS Sandhani
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, the Indian Navy commissioned its 10th Naval Hospital Ship named ‘INHS Sandhani’ at the
Naval station Karanja in Uran near Mumbai, Maharashtra. The 30-bedded multi-speciality hospital was unveiled by
Preeti Luthra, President of NWWA (Navy Wives Welfare Association), Western Region. It has a team of specialists
in the fields of medicine, surgery, gynaecology, paediatrics, anaesthesia and dental sciences.

228.Ministry of Information & Broadcasting organized an India-China Film festival during the 1st India-
China High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges in ____ that concluded on
24th December 2018?
1) Kolkata
2) New Delhi
3) Bengaluru
4) Mumbai
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
From 22nd December 2018, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting organized an India-China Film festival
during the first India-China High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges in New Delhi. The
event concludes on 24th December 2018. The three-day long Film Festival was organized by the Directorate of
Film Festivals of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi. A total of seven

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films including four Chinese and three Indian Films was screened during the Festival. The opening film was CZ12
also known as the Chinese Zodiac. The list of Indian films screened includes Dangal (Hindi), Maacher Jhol (Bengali)
and Ventilator (Marathi).

229.Where was International Gita Mahotsav 2018 held from 7th to 23rd December 2018?
1) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
2) Kurukshetra, Haryana
3) Guwahati, Assam
4) Rajkot, Gujarat
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Kurukshetra, Haryana
Explanation:
On December 23, 2018, the 17-day long International Gita Mahotsav 2018 concluded in Kurukshetra, Haryana. It
commenced from December 7, 2018. The event was organized by the following:
• Kurukshetra Development Board,
• Haryana Tourism,
• District Administration,
• North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala
• Information and Public Relations Department, Haryana.
In this year’s edition, Mauritius was the partner country and Gujarat was the partner state. Major attractions
included:
• International Gita Seminar (Dec 13-15),
• ‘Sant Sammelan’ on Dec 16 in which holy men from around the country and abroad participated and
• recital of ‘Srimad Bhagwad Gita’ by devotees (Dec 17).
• ‘Ashtadash Shloki Gita’ recited by 18,000 students along with global Gita chanting on Dec 18.
• 200 famous painters from across the country to draw paintings on the walls of Kurukshetra on the theme
of the Mahabharata under the ‘paint-the-wall’ competition.

230.The Baduga tribal community of which state celebrated their annual Heddaiyamman festival, on
26th December 2018?
1) Karnataka
2) Himachal Pradesh
3) Goa
4) Tamil Nadu
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Tamil Nadu
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, the tribal Baduga community in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu celebrated their annual
Heddaiyamman festival. In connection to this festival, People will observe 48 days fast and walks in religious
processions and holding up a holy shaft which symbolizes the miracle of the traditional Badaga goddess. Week
long celebrations will continue in different villages including Petthala, Beragani, and Ketti.

231._____ in Madhya Pradesh, was notified as ‘national park’, on 24th December 2018, enabling
translocation of lions from Gir in Gujarat?
1) Chhatarpur
2) Ujjain
3) Kuno
4) Satna
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Kuno
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, Kuno, in Madhya Pradesh, was announced to be notified as ‘national park’. This move was
made after the compliance with the last condition imposed by a Supreme Court was met. This would enable
translocation of lions from Gir in Gujarat to Kuno.

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232.Which state cabinet announced the approval of an online system for mutation of property, on
24th December 2018?
1) Maharashtra
2) Karnataka
3) Madhya Pradesh
4) West Bengal
5) None of these
Answer - 4) West Bengal
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, the West Bengal cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced approval
of an online system for mutation of property. Its objective is to ease the process of property mutation and check
illegal practices.

233.Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched the ‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’
on 25thDecember 2018, under which, each household in the state can avail medical treatment of up to _____
rupees annually?
1) Rs 5 lakh
2) Rs 2 lakh
3) Rs 3 lakh
4) Rs 4 lakh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 5 lakh
Explanation:
On December 25, 2018, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat launched the ‘Atal Ayushman
Uttarakhand Yojana’ in Dehradun. Under the scheme, each household in the state will be able to avail medical
treatment of up to 5 lakh rupees annually. A total of 99 government and 66 private hospitals have been selected
under the scheme. Under this, the CM also signed MOUs with private hospitals and also announced availability of
free of cost OPD facilities for children and elderly people in the state. It will benefit 23 lakh households and cover
1,350 critical diseases. He also distributed scheme-related golden cards to beneficiaries. He also launched the
mobile application and website for ‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’. Additionally, the chief minister also
announced that the state’s dedicated air ambulance service will be operational from 26 January, 2019.

234.Name the state cabinet that has approved Flipkart’s proposal to set up a logistic hub at Haringhata, in
Nadia district, at an estimated investment of Rs 991 crore?
1) Tamil Nadu
2) Gujarat
3) Maharashtra
4) West Bengal
5) None of these
Answer - 4) West Bengal
Explanation:
On 24th December 2018, West Bengal cabinet approved a proposal by Flipkart to set up a logistic hub at
Haringhata, in the Nadia district, at an estimated investment of Rs 991 crore. The cabinet has also given its nod for
regularizing land ownership in Midnapore’s Khas Mahal, which is a government land that was leased out to
individuals for residential purposes for a fixed period of time.

235.Which state is the first to have launched 4,000 Atal Seva Kendras in rural areas, 22 at district
headquarters, 51 at sub-divisional level and 20 Antyodya Saral Kendras at Tehsil level, simultaneously?
1) Uttar Pradesh
2) Punjab
3) Haryana
4) Kerala
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Haryana
Explanation:

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On December 25, 2018, on the eve of former late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 94th birth anniversary dubbed as
‘Good Governance Day’, Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar launched 485 schemes of 37 departments
under ‘Digital Haryana’ initiative. Among the schemes thus launched on the occasion, the following states a few:
• The chief minister inaugurated 22 ‘Antyodya Saral Kendras’for all district headquarters from Karnal,
• This made Haryana the first state to have a launch of 4,000 Atal Seva Kendras in rural areas, 22 at district
headquarters, 51 at sub-divisional level and 20 Antyodya Saral Kendras at Tehsil level, simultaneously
• A toll free Antyodaya Helpline number was inaugurated
• A SARAL App would be launched so that people could get all information about schemes on their smart
phones at home.

2356.Union Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology has announced draft rules of _____ to end
the complete encryption system to trace ‘unlawful’ activities for better national security?
1) Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2018
2) Information Security (Amendment) Rules 2018
3) Cyber Encryption (Updating) Rules 2018
4) Software Encryption (Restriction) Rules 2018
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2018
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, the Union Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) announced draft
rules of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2018. Its objective is to end the complete
encryption system to trace ‘unlawful’ activities for better national security. These would amend and replace the
Information Technology Act, 2000 and would include the inter-ministerial consultations, followed by discussions
with major social media platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and WhatsApp, and associations
representing intermediaries. According to the amended rules under Section 79 of the IT Act, It will be mandatory
for online platforms to deploy technology to enable access to content seen as “unlawful”. Information about
“unlawful acts” can be sought from the intermediaries by “court order”. The parameter to judge unlawful acts
would be Article 19(2) of the Constitution, which places restriction on freedom of speech and expression. The
measures proposed include breaking end-to-end encryption so that the origin of messages can be traced. Online
platforms will keep a record of “unlawful activity” for a period of “180 days”, double the 90 days in the older
version. When required by lawful order, the intermediary shall, within 72 hoursof communication, provide such
information or assistance as asked for by any government agency. The intermediary should publish on its website
the name of the Grievance Officer and his contact details.

237.Which state renamed all the childcare institutes currently run in the state as ‘Jagannath Ashram’, on
25thDecember 2018?
1) Haryana
2) Jharkhand
3) Assam
4) Bihar
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Haryana
Explanation:
On 25th December 2018, Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar renamed all the childcare institutes
currently run in the state as ‘Jagannath Ashram’, clubbing them because of their common goal of all-round
development of the children.

238.Power Ministry has mandated the use of smart prepaid electricity meters in the India from which
month?
1) April 2019
2) March 2019
3) June 2019
4) August 2019
5) None of these
Answer - 1) April 2019

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Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, the Power Ministry mandated the use of smart prepaid electricity meters in the country
beginning April 2019. The transition is expected to be completed by next 3 years. This would help in:
• reduction in AT&C losses,
• better health of DISCOMs,
• incentivising energy conservation,
• ease of bill payments and
• doing away with the paper bills.

239.____ zoo has been closed for an indefinite period following the deaths of six peacocks in the zoo,
between December 16 and 24, 2018?
1) Patiala zoo
2) Patna zoo
3) Gwalior zoo
4) Ranchi zoo
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Patna zoo
Explanation:
Patna Zoo has been closed for an indefinite period following the confirmation of H5NI virus killing six peacocks in
the zoo. According to Patna Zoo Deputy Director R K Sinha, the zoo had been closed following deaths of six
peacocks between December 16 and 24, 2018. He said the bodies of peacocks were sent to National Institute of
High-Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal where it was confirmed that birds died after being infected with H5N1
virus. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said, the process of immunisation and disinfection is on and
the zoo would only be re-opened when it is established that it has been freed from the virus following laboratory
test.

240.Where is the 12th Annual Indian Subcontinent Decision Sciences Institute (ISDSI) conference held
from 27th to 30th December 2018?
1) New Delhi
2) Kolkata
3) Mumbai
4) Chennai
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Mumbai
Explanation:
On December 27, 2018, the four day long 12th Annual Indian Subcontinent Decision Sciences Institute (ISDSI)
conference commenced in SPJIMR, Mumbai. The conference will continue till December 30, 2018. The theme of
this international conference is “Data Driven Decision Making in the Digital Age”. The main objective of this
conference is to provide a platform for academicians, researchers and practitioners to:
1.Disseminate research, providing insights into the challenges, opportunities, emerging strategies and analytical
tools in the domain of decision making;
2.Present case studies on application of tools and techniques;
3.Explore cutting- edge ideas, results and share experiences.

241.Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) proposed to establish a governing council
to ensure efficient delivery of export-related interventions on 25th December 2018. Who will be the
Chairperson of the council?
1) Ram Mohan Mishra
2) Dr. Arun Kumar Panda
3) Dr. Athish Gupta
4) Rafeek Hussain
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Dr. Arun Kumar Panda
Explanation:
On December 25, 2018, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) has proposed to establish a
governing council under the chairmanship of Secretary, MSME, Dr. Arun Kumar Panda. It will be co-chaired by
Development Commissioner in MSME Ministry, Shri. Ram Mohan Mishra. Its objective is to ensure efficient
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delivery of all export-related interventions. This council will be a part of the ministry’s action plan to boost
shipments from micro, small and medium enterprises. According to the recommendations of the ministry,
♦ A strategic action plan titled ‘Unlocking the Potential of MSME Exports’will be prepared.
♦ This will have a detailed analysis of various trade agreements, including FTAs to identify areas of concern for
MSMEs.
♦ A study will be conducted of special economic zones and export promotion zones to reassess their role and
objectives.
♦ A tech-enabled online portal shall be developed featuring country-wise list of global products and services in
demand.
♦ A formal platform may also be created by the ministry to engage in all bilateral and multilateral trade
negotiations it makes which will have an impact on the enterprises.

242.The 3rd ‘Dwijing Festival’ celebrations is held from 27th December 2018 to 7th January 2019, on the
banks of which river in Chirang district of Assam?
1) Aie River
2) Manas River
3) Kopili River
4) Barak River
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Aie River
Explanation:
On December 27, 2018, the 12-day 3rd ‘Dwijing Festival’ celebrations commenced in the on the banks of the Aie
river in Chirang district of Assam. It will continue till January 7, 2019.It will be organised by Assam Tourism and
Bodoland Tourism. The festival started as Aie River Festival in 2016-17 to promote river tourism in the rural areas
under the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC). It started under the name of ‘AIE RIVER WINTER FESTIVAL’. The
name was officially changed to “Dwijing (river bank in Bodo language)” in 2017. The association of the Hagrama
Bridge, the longest rural river bridge of the state, with the festival increased its popularity.

243.Name the district that has topped the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme,
released by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, on 26th December 2018?
1) Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu
2) Nuapada, Odisha
3) Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh
4) Aurangabad, Bihar
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant released the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational
Districts Programme. The ranking shows the incremental progress achieved by 111 aspirational districts (out of
115) during June 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018, across six key development sectors. Three aspirational districts
from West Bengal did not participate, while one district of Kerala could not take part because of floods. The 6
developmental sectors are: Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion,
Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure. The data has been received from household surveys conducted by
NITI Aayog’s knowledge partners, namely, TATA Trusts and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (IDInsight).
The Most Improved Districts:
Rank District State
1 Virudhunagar Tamil Nadu
2 Nuapada Odisha
3 Siddharthnagar Uttar Pradesh
4 Aurangabad Bihar
5 Koraput Odisha

244.Which is the least improved district in the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts
Programme, released by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, on 26th December 2018?
1) Hailakandi, Assam
2) Pakur, Jharkhand
3) Kiphire, Nagaland
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4) Koraput, Odisha
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Pakur, Jharkhand
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant released the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational
Districts Programme. The ranking shows the incremental progress achieved by 111 aspirational districts (out of
115) during June 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018, across six key development sectors. Three aspirational districts
from West Bengal did not participate, while one district of Kerala could not take part because of floods. The 6
developmental sectors are: Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion,
Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.
The Least Improved Districts:
Rank District State
107 Kiphire Nagaland
108 Giridih Jharkhand
109 Chatra Jharkhand
110 Hailakandi Assam
111 Pakur Jharkhand

245.The 26th National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) themed “Science, Technology and Innovations
for a clean, Green and Healthy Nation” is held from 27th to 31st December 2018, in _____?
1) Mumbai, Maharashtra
2) Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
3) Panaji, Goa
4) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Explanation:
On 27th December 2018, the 26th National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) was inaugurated by the Chief
Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik at Sikhya O Anusandhan (SOA) University in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The
theme for this year NCSC is “Science, Technology and Innovations for a clean, Green and Healthy Nation.” The
event will conclude on 31st December 2018. In 2017, NCSC was held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 27th December
to 31st December. National Children’s science Congress (NCSC) provides a platform to the children to showcase
their creativity and ability to innovate. The National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC),
Government of India supported the NCSC 2018 in which Children in the age group of 10-17 years including school
students including differently abled children will participate. Children from 10 member Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) and five Gulf countries will also participate in the event.

246.K J Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, handed over a MoU under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’
project to which company for development of a mobile Audio Guide App for five iconic sites, on
27th December 2018?
1) M/s Resbird Technologies
2) Can Do Automation Pvt. Ltd.
3) M/s Bluechip Technologies
4) Rexxit Electronics Pvt. Ltd.
5) None of these
Answer - 1) M/s Resbird Technologies
Explanation:
On 27th December 2018, Shri. K J Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, handed over a Memorandum of
Understanding under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project to M/s Resbird Technologies for development of a mobile
Audio Guide App for five iconic sites. Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Kaziranga (Assam), Colva Beach (Goa), Kumarakom
(Kerala) and Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar) are the five iconic sites for which the mobile Audio Guide App is to be
developed. Besides this, seven shortlisted agencies under ‘Monument Mitras’ project were handed over the Letters
of Intent, which will give them the opportunity to associate their CSR activities with a heritage site if their Vision
Bid is selected. Till now, ten Memoranda of Understanding have been executed with various Monument Mitras for
development, operation and maintenance of tourist amenities at heritage and tourist sites across India.

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247.A total of 864 projects at a cost of _____ rupees was approved under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
(Urban), at the 41st meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee, in New Delhi on
27th December 2018?
1) Rs 14,662 crore
2) Rs 11,567 crore
3) Rs 15,899 crore
4) Rs 10,789 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 14,662 crore
Explanation:
On 27th December 2018, the 41st meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee under the
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs to sanction more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) was held at New Delhi. A total of 3,10,597 more affordable houses for the
benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) has been approved by the Ministry of Housing &
Urban Affairs. The approval consists of:
1.Beneficiary Led Construction (BLC) vertical- 1,91,556
2.Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP)vertical- 1,18,941
The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and
Urban Affairs. A total of 864 projects with a project cost of Rs 14,662 crore with central assistance of Rs 4,658
crore have been approved in the meeting. With this new approval the cumulative number of houses sanctioned
under PMAY (U) now is 68,54,126.

248.The mechanical branch of which Central Railways division has introduced a new advanced technology
called Automated Train Examination System (ATES) for the enhancement of train safety?
1) Nagpur
2) Mumbai
3) Pune
4) Solapur
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Nagpur
Explanation:
The mechanical branch of Central Railways’ Nagpur division has introduced a new state-of-the-art technology
called Automated Train Examination System (ATES) for the enhancement of train safety. The system, developed by
Konkan Railway Corporation Limited, eliminates manual examination of trains and measures axle box
temperature, wheel disc temperature and records the under-gear of rolling stock of running trains through
infrared and other cameras. ATES also checks every train passing through the track on which it is installed and
immediately warns about hot axle and brake binding cases. In the first phase, this system has been installed in Ajni
where total two units have been installed one covering all down direction trains coming from Chennai and
Mumbai to Nagpur and the other covering up direction freight trains. The ATES was inaugurated by General
Manager Central Railways, Devendra Kumar Sharma at Betul station on December 18.

249.Where was the 5-day long 42nd Indian Social Science Congress inaugurated by Governor of Manipur,
Dr. Najma A. Heptulla, on 27th December 2018?
1) Imphal, Manipur
2) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
3) Raipur, Chhattisgarh
4) New Delhi, Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Explanation:
On December 27, 2018, Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma A. Heptulla inaugurated the 5-day long 42nd Indian Social
Science Congress at theKalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) campus in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The
event was organised by: KIIT and Indian Social Science Academy (ISSA). The theme of the conference is “Human
Future in Digital Era.” The previous conference, the 41st Indian Social Science Congress was held in Periyar
University in Tamil Nadu, with the focal theme of “Indian University Education System: A Critical Appraisal”.

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250.Government banned the Khalistan Liberation Force under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on
27thDecember 2018, for its involvement in terror activities, aimed at secession of which state?
1) West Bengal
2) Punjab
3) Haryana
4) Uttar Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Punjab
Explanation:
On December 27th, 2018, The Government has banned the Khalistan Liberation Force under the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act, for its wholesome involvement in various killings, bombings and other allied terror
activities, in the course of its aggressive call for the aimed secession of Punjab. The verdict has been given effect to
owing to the efforts by several militant organizations for revival of militancy in the state of Punjab. The complete
ban on Khalistan Liberation Force(KLF) has been brought into effect because of its proven contribution towards
the increment in the number of events for extortion, kidnappings, bank robberies and assassination attempts of
significant Government functionaries.

251.Ministry of Road Transport and Highways notified that it is mandatory to fit High Security
Registration Plates (HSRP) for all vehicles from _____?
1) April 1, 2019
2) June 1, 2019
3) August 1, 2019
4) February 1,2019
5) None of these
Answer – 1) April 1, 2019
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways notified that it is mandatory to fit high
security registration plates (HSRP) for all vehicles from April 1,2019. The official notification mandates that the
high security registration plate including the third registration mark shall be supplied by the vehicle
manufacturers along with the vehicles manufactured on or after April 1, 2019. The vehicle dealers can also provide
the HSRP plates for old vehicles. The HSRP helps in keeping track of the vehicle, and makes it easier to trace a lost
or stolen vehicle.

252.Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stones for how many projects for Yamuna Rejuvenation
under the Namami Gange Programme in New Delhi, on 27th December 2018?
1) 15
2) 21
3) 18
4) 11
5) None of these
Answer - 4) 11
Explanation:
On 27th December 2018, Shri Nitin Gadkari, the current Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development
and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping laid foundation stones for 11 projects for
Yamuna Rejuvenation under the Namami Gange Programme in New Delhi. Under the Namami Gange Programme
which has been initiated by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), a total of eleven projects have been
undertaken to conserve the River Yamuna in Delhi. These projects are being covered by the Yamuna Action Plan
(YAP) III which were launched by the Government of India with JICA assistance in Delhi and are located in three
drainage zones which are Kondli, Rithala and Okhla. The executing agency for the projects is the Delhi Jal Board.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Environment and Forest and Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi
were also present at the occasion. Eight sewerage infrastructure projects, Waste Water Treatment Plants and
Decentralized STPs comes under YAP-III.

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253.Union Cabinet approved Framework Agreement between India and which country for Cooperation in
the Exploration and Uses of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes, on 28th December 2018?
1) Sao Tome & Principe
2) Nauru
3) San Marino
4) Marshall Islands
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Sao Tome & Principe
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved
Framework Agreement between India and Sao Tome & Principe. The MOU was signed on Cooperation in the
Exploration and Uses of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes. The Framework Agreement was signed in New Delhi,
on 7th September 2018.

254.Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the Indian Human Spaceflight Initiative named
Gaganyaan Programme on 28th December 2018, for which the expenditure for first phase amounts to
______?
1) Rs 9023 crores
2) Rs 8027 crores
3) Rs 7899 crores
4) Rs 4587 crores
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 9023 crores
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra
Modi approved the Indian Human Spaceflight Initiative: Gaganyaan Programme. The initiative consists of
demonstration of Indian Human Spaceflight capability to low earth orbit for a mission duration ranging from one
orbital period to a maximum of seven days. This will have a 3-member crew who will be carried by the human
rated GSLV Mk-lll developed by ISRO. The space suit has been designed by DEBEL, a unit of the Defence Research
and Development Organisation. The crew would be trained by Indian Army and Russia. The 1st phase of the
expenditure accounts to a cost of Rs. 9023 crores. First human space flight demonstration is targeted to be
completed within 40 months from the date of sanction.

255.Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal for amendment of which act that aims
at providing stringent punishment for committing sexual assault crime on a child, on 28th December 2018?
1) Sexual Offenders Punishment (SOP) Act, 2016
2) Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012
3) Child Abusers Punishment (CAP) Act, 2015
4) Protection of Children and Women from Sexual Offenders (PCWSO) Act, 2014
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra
Modi approved the proposal for amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
Amendments were made in Section-4, Section-5, Section-6, Section-9, Section-14, Section-15 and Section-42 of
Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. Amendments in Section-4, Section-5 and Section-6
aims to provide option of stringent punishment, including death penalty, for committing aggravated penetrative
sexual assault crime on a child to protect the children from sexual abuse. Amendments in section-9 to protect
children from sexual offences in times of natural calamities and disasters and in cases where children are
administered, in any way, any hormone or any chemical substance, to attains early sexual maturity for the purpose
of penetrative sexual assault. Amendments of Section-14 and Section-15 aims to address the menace of the child
pornography by levying fine further penalizing the perpetrator with jail term or fine or both.

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256.Western Railway (WR) introduced a special heritage train on the Patalpani-Kalakund section in
Ratlam district of _____, on 25th December 2018?
1) Madhya Pradesh
2) Rajasthan
3) Gujarat
4) Goa
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Madhya Pradesh
Explanation:
On 25th December 2018, Western Railway (WR) introduced a special heritage train on the Patalpani-Kalakund
section in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam district. Railways ministry had decided to create infrastructure to preserve
the British era Patalpani-Kalkund metre gauge rail line, which is part of Western Railway's Ratlam division.The
metre gauge line has since been converted into broad gauge line. The 9.5-km route passes through several tunnels
offering a spectacular view of waterfalls and lush green mountain ranges.

257.Where did President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurate the 12th Global Healthcare Summit on
28th December 2018?
1) New Delhi
2) Mysuru
3) Kolkata
4) Mumbai
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Mumbai
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 12th Global Healthcare
Summit in Mumbai. It was organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. In his address he
announced that since the launch of Ayushman Bharat in September 2018, 6.5 lakh patients belonging to the
deprived families have been hospitalized and over Rs. 850 crore has been spent for their medical treatments.

258.Name the head of the single-member panel that has recommended creation of new specialised units
for information warfare in areas where the counter-insurgency operations are being conducted?
1) Sanjay Mitra
2) DS Hooda
3) Arindam Chaudhary
4) Ravi Handa
5) None of these
Answer - 2) DS Hooda
Explanation:
A single-member Hooda panel, set up by the Defence Ministry and the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB)
has recommended creation of new specialised units for information warfare in areas where the counter-
insurgency operations are being conducted. The panel which was set up by the government based on the
recommendation of Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra about five months ago was headed by former Northern Army
Commander Lieutenant General (retired) DS Hooda who had overseen the surgical strikes conducted across the
Line of Control (LoC) in 2016. He has recommended that the Army should set up the specialised information
warfare units on an experimental basis and evolve them as per the output received from their operations besides
restructuring of the cyber warfare operations.

259.Ministry of Railways announced its plan to build India’s first lift bridge at an estimated cost of Rs. 250
crore, to reconnect ______ in Arabian Sea with mainland India in the next 4 years?
1) Rameswaram
2) Lakshadweep
3) Nedungad
4) Padangal
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rameswaram

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Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, Ministry of Railways announced their plan to build India’s first lift bridge to reconnect
Rameswaram Arabian Sea with mainland India in the next 4 years. The bridge, over two-kilometre-long, which is
likely to cost Rs. 250 crore, will have a 63-metre stretch. This will replace the existing 104-year-old Pamban bridge
which has a total length of 2,058 m. It will be three-metre higher than the existing bridge with navigational air
clearance of 22 metre above sea level.

260.Where is the world’s oldest yoga institute, whose centenary celebrations were inaugurated by
President Ram Nath Kovind, on 28th December 2018?
1) New Delhi
2) Ahmedabad
3) Chennai
4) Mumbai
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Mumbai
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the centenary celebrations of
the world’s oldest yoga institute located in Mumbai that has marked 100 years of its establishment.

261.Central Government has given an extension of 6 months to complete the ongoing exercise for updating
the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in which state by 30th June, 2019?
1) Bihar
2) Assam
3) Arunachal Pradesh
4) Meghalaya
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Assam
Explanation:
On 28th December, 2018, the Center has given an extension of six months to complete the ongoing exercise for
updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam by 30th June, 2019 as the enumeration of citizens in the
NRC cannot be completed within the earlier specified date of 31st December, 2018. The Registrar General of India,
Mr. Sailesh issued a notification that stated that the Central Government considers the extension necessary in lieu
of public interest to complete the update of National Register of Citizens. The first notification regarding the same
was issued by the Government on 6th December, 2013 and had set a deadline of 3 years to complete the entire
process but since then five extensions have been given but the exercise had not been completed. The draft NRC
was published on 30th July, 2018 and excluded 40 lac people from the list which stirred a huge controversy. It
included 2.9 crore people out of the total 3,29 crore applications.

262.Where was the three-day Rosogolla fest known as “Bagbazar-O-Rasogolla” launched on 28th December
2018?
1) Raipur, Chhattisgarh
2) Kolkata, West Bengal
3) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
4) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Kolkata, West Bengal
Explanation:
On 28th December 2018, a postal stamp dedicated to the inventor of Rosogolla, West Bengal’s spongy and syrupy
round-shaped sweet, Mr. Nabin Chandra Daswas launched at the three-day Rosogolla fest known as “Bagbazar-O-
Rasogolla” in Kolkata, West Bengal. The Rosogolla fest will conclude on 30th December 2018.The Rosogolla fest
“Bagbazar –O-Rosogolla” was organized at Bagbazar Gourimata Udyan marking the 150th year of its invention.
West Bengal won the Geographical Indication (GI) for ‘Banglar Rosogolla’ on 14th November 2017. A statue of
Inventor, Mr Nabin Chandra Das was also unveiled on the inauguration day of Rosogolla fest.

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263.Name the inventor of Rosogolla, in whose honour a postal stamp was dedicated and a statue was also
unveiled, at the inauguration of “Bagbazar-O-Rasogolla” fest on 28th December 2018?
1) Satyarupa Das
2) Nabin Chandra Das
3) Azeem Banerjee
4) Binod Roy
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Nabin Chandra Das
Explanation:
On 28th December 2018, a postal stamp dedicated to the inventor of Rosogolla, West Bengal’s spongy and syrupy
round-shaped sweet, Mr. Nabin Chandra Das was launched at the three-day Rosogolla fest known as “Bagbazar-O-
Rasogolla” in Kolkata, West Bengal. The Rosogolla fest will conclude on 30th December 2018. The Rosogolla fest
“Bagbazar –O-Rosogolla” was organized at Bagbazar Gourimata Udyan marking the 150th year of its invention.
West Bengal won the Geographical Indication (GI) for ‘Banglar Rosogolla’ on 14th November 2017. A statue of
Inventor, Mr Nabin Chandra Das was also unveiled on the inauguration day of Rosogolla fest.

264.What will be the theme of the 8-day 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) that will start
on February 7, 2019?
1) Freeze the moment
2) Revelation of an Era
3) Nature’s Fury
4) Joy of Creating
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Nature’s Fury
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, it was announced that the 8-day 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) will
start in February 7, 2019. It will conclude in February 14, 2019. The theme of the Festival would be ‘Nature’s Fury.’
It will be organized by: the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy and Department of Information and Public
Relations of Government of Karnataka. The festival is always held on first Thursday of February every year.

265.Which state/union territory police has become the first police force in India to digitise all malkhanas
across every police station under the e-malkhana project?
1) Maharashtra
2) Chandigarh
3) Delhi
4) Rajasthan
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Delhi
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, Delhi Police became the first police force in country to digitise all malkhanas across every
police station under the e-malkhana project. Accordingly, around 3,11,600 case properties have been encrypted in
digital form. Also, the e-malkhana project of the remaining 10 districts at Chinamaya Mission was also inaugurated
by the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The efforts of the personnel involved in the project was
commended and certificate of merit to 14 personnel — one from each district, was presented. A booklet on e-
malkhana functioning was also released and a short film on how the project was executed was shown. Malkhanas
are rooms for keeping seized arms and ammunition.

266.National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) launched toll-free number _____ and a facility to file
complaints through Common Service Center (CSC), on 28th December 2018?
1) 18121
2) 14433
3) 15567
4) 17552
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 14433

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Explanation:
On 28th December, 2018, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) launched a toll-free number and a
facility to file complaints through Common Service Center (CSC). The toll-free number is 14433 and has been
unveiled by Justice (retd.) H.L.Dattu, Chairperson of NHRC at the headquarters of the body, Manav Adhikar
Bhawan. People can now send their complaints related to human rights violation through both the toll free
number and CSCs, although the toll-free number will only be available during office hours. A collaboration
between NHRC and CSC has been formed and the service has been provided to 750 CSCs with at least one in each
district. Secretary General of NHRC, Mr. Ambuj Sharma also mentioned that the service will be expanded to all
CSCs in a phased manner.

267.Where was ALIMCO’s 6th Auxiliary Production Unit and State-of-the-Art Limb Fitting Center
inaugurated on 29thDecember 2018?
1) Dehradun, Uttarakhand
2) Faridabad, Haryana
3) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
4) Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Faridabad, Haryana
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, attented the
inaugural function ofALIMCO’s 6th Auxiliary Production Unit and State-of-the-Art Limb Fitting Center as the Chief
Guest in Village Nawada, Tigaon, Ballabhgarh, Faridabad, Haryana. The foundation stone for establishment of
State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation Center was laid on June 16, 2018. For the establishment, Chief Minister Haryana
approved appox. 5 Acre land at Village NawadaTigaon, Block Ballabhgarh, District Faridabad (Haryana) to ALIMCO
at the lease rate of Rs. 1/- per Acre per year. This facility is equipped with high-end machines for providing best
and quality service to the Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjans). Contemporary Assistive Aids and Devices like
Motorized Tricycle, Wheelchairs, Walking Stick and Crutches etc. will be manufactured in ALIMCO’s Auxillary
Production Unit of Nawada, Faridabad. At Present, it has 5 Auxiliary Production Centres (AAPCs) situated at
Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Jabalpur (MP), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Chanalon (Punjab) and a new production unit in
Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh).

268.Chariot festival was celebrated in Madurai Meenakshi temple of which state on 29th December 2018?
1) Andhra Pradesh
2) Tamil Nadu
3) Telangana
4) Kerala
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Tamil Nadu
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, Chariot festival was celebrated in Madurai Meenakshi temple in Tamil Nadu. The
Chapparam (Chariot) festival symbolizes the importance of preserving all kinds of food and fodder. A specialty of
the festival is that the chariot of Goddess Meenakshi is pulled by lady devotees alone.

269.Where was an International Seminar to commemorate the 200th Birth Anniversary of Sikh
philosopher, reformer and freedom fighter , Sri Satguru Ram Singhji inaugurated on 28th December 2018?
1) Chandigarh
2) New Delhi
3) Varanasi
4) Haridwar
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 28th December 2018, to commemorate the 200th Birth Anniversary of Sikh philosopher, reformer and freedom
fighter , Sri Satguru Ram Singhji, an International Seminar was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Culture
(I/c), Dr Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi. The seminar was organised by the Union Ministry of Culture in
collaboration with Panjab University, Chandigarh and Kuka Martyrs Memorial Trust. The function was attended by
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Avinash Rai Khanna; Ex-MP Rajya Sabha Sardar Tarlochan Singh ; Ex-MP Rajya Sabha Sardar H S Hanspal and Vice
Chairman KMMT & President Vishav Namdhari Sangat, Sardar Surinder Singh Namdhari in addition to a large
congregation of followers of Satguru.

270.Which was the first state to adopt the Mahila Police Volunteer Scheme (MPVs) which aims to engage
MPVs as a link between police and community and help women in distress?
1) Maharashtra
2) Haryana
3) Madhya Pradesh
4) Kerala
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Haryana
Explanation:
On 28th December 2018, the Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Ministry of
Home Affairshas approved the proposals of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and
Madhya Pradesh for implementation of Mahila Police Volunteer Scheme (MPVs). The scheme envisages the
engagement of Mahila Police Volunteers (MPVs) as a link between police and community and help women in
distress with one MPV engaged per Gram Panchayat across the country. Under the scheme, the Mahila Police
volunteer is required to mobilize community to form Mahila and Shishu Rakshak Dals (MASRD) to act as
community watch groups. The MPV would be given a monthly honorarium of Rs 1,000. The first state to adopt the
initiative was Haryana in which the scheme was started at Karnal and Mahindergarh District on a pilot basis under
Nirbhaya Fund during the financial year 2016-2017.

271.India will provide grant assistance of _____ rupees towards Bhutan’s 12th Five Year Plan, and a
transitional Trade Support Facility of INR 400 Crore over a period of 5 years to strengthen bilateral trade
and economic linkages, as announced on 27th December 2018?
1) INR 2500 Crore
2) INR 3000 Crore
3) INR 4000 Crore
4) INR 4500 Crore
5) None of these
Answer - 4) INR 4500 Crore
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, Prime Minister of Bhutan, His Excellency Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering concluded his 3-
day visit to India. His visit commenced from December 27, 2018. On December 27, 2018, a meeting between Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering was held in New Delhi. Government of
India’s development assistance package for Bhutan’s 12th Five Year Plan for the period 1 November 2018 to 31
October 2023. Under this, India will provide grant assistance of INR 4500 Crore towards Bhutan’s 12th Five Year
Plan, and a transitional Trade Support Facility of INR 400 Crore over a period of five years to strengthen bilateral
trade and economic linkages.

272.Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched pension management software SAMPANN for pensioners of
telecom department, on 29th December 2018 in Varanasi. Expand SAMPANN?
1) System for Authority and Management of Pension
2) System for Automated Management of Pension
3) Scheme for All-India Management of Pension
4) Systematic Allocation of Monthly Pension
5) None of these
Answer - 1) System for Authority and Management of Pension
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Varanasi and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh for one day.
In Varanasi, he launched the System for Authority and Management of Pension (SAMPANN) software which is
developed to ease the problems of pensioners.

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273.Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a ground station will be developed in which country by
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to reap the benefits of the South Asian Satellite, on
27th December 2018?
1) Myanmar
2) Bhutan
3) Sri Lanka
4) Bangladesh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Bhutan
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, Prime Minister of Bhutan, His Excellency Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering concluded his 3-
day visit to India. His visit commenced from December 27, 2018. On December 27, 2018, a meeting between Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering was held in New Delhi. Both parties
discussed space science as a new area of cooperation between the two countries. Under this, a ground station will
be developed in Bhutan by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to reap the benefits of the South Asian
Satellite.

274.Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the One District, One Product Regional Summit held in _____
on 29thDecember 2018?
1) Ghaziabad
2) Varanasi
3) Kanpur
4) Lucknow
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Varanasi
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Varanasi and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh for one
day. He attended the One District, One Product Regional Summit at Deendayal Hastakala Sankul in Varanasi. Here
he laid foundation stone for 14new development projects worth around 98 crores. Also, in the event, loans worth
Rs. 2000 crore were disbursed.

275.Name the Rajbhar community icon on whom Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a
commemorative postage stamp on 29th December 2018, in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh?
1) Maharaja Suheldev
2) Rajnath Sachdeva
3) Maharaj Phogat
4) Virendra Seghal
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Maharaja Suheldev
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Varanasi and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh for one day.
In Ghazipur, He released a commemorative postage stamp on Rajbharcommunity icon Maharaja Suheldev. He also
laid the foundation stone of a Medical College in Ghazipur. At a cost of around Rs 250 crore, the district Hospital of
Ghazipur will have 300 beds after the college is ready. He announced that Poorvanchal will be made a medical hub,
and a centre for research in agriculture.

276.Where did Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicate the 6th International Rice Research Institute
(IRRI) South Asia Regional Centre campus to the nation, on 29th December 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) Varanasi
3) Guwahati
4) Kolkata
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Varanasi
Explanation:On December 29, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Varanasi and Ghazipur in Uttar
Pradesh for one day. He dedicated the 6th International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) South Asia Regional Centre

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campus in Varanasi to the nation. It will serve as a hub for rice research and training in South Asia and SAARC
region.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
1.European Union has set a goal to become the first major economy to be ‘Climate Neural’ by ____?
1) 2050
2) 2020
3) 2035
4) 2025
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 2050
Explanation:
The European Union has set a goal to become the first major economy to be ‘Climate Neural’ by 2050 after that the
emissions of greenhouse gases needs to be offset by planting trees or burying the gases underground. As per
European Union, this target can be achieved by using Solar and Wind Energy for electricity generation. Climate
Neutrality means the emissions are to be balanced by methods of removing warming gases from the atmosphere
by planting new forests or through carbon capturing technologies.

2.Where was the 3rd ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) India Business Summit held on
27thNovember 2018?
1) New Delhi, India
2) Jakarta, Indonesia
3) Beijing, China
4) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Explanation:
On 27th November 2018, the 3rd ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) India Business Summit was
organised by the ASEAN India Business Council (AIBC) Malaysian Chapter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Summit
consisted of 3 events: ASEAN India Business Conference, ASEAN India Business Excellence Awards and Gala
Dinner. It was organized under the guidance of Ministry of International Trade and Industries. The award
ceremony was presided by the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry YB Datuk Ignatius Darell
Leiking. ASEAN – India Business Summit honours businessmen from the ASEAN and Indian Business community
with special achievement awards.

3.Name the Indian who was awarded the special ASEAN – India Achievement award for the businessman of
year, at the 3rd ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) India Business Summit held on 27th
November 2018?
1) Sunil Kumar
2) Rakesh Vadwani
3) Pardeep Batra
4) Rai Kamal
5) None of these
Answer – 3) Pardeep Batra
Explanation:
On 27th November 2018, the 3rd ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) India Business Summit was
organised by the ASEAN India Business Council (AIBC) Malaysian Chapter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Spice
Garden group of restaurants owner Pardeep Batra was awarded the special ASEAN – India Achievement award for
the businessman of year.

4._____ became the first country in the world to criminalize the act of falsely inducing children into
orphanages as a form of slavery, on 30th November 2018?
1) Canada
2) United States
3) Australia
4) Saudi Arabia
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5) None of these
Answer - 3) Australia
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, Australia became the first country in the world to criminalize the act of falsely inducing
children into orphanages as a form of slavery. The Modern Slavery Bill was passed by both houses of parliament
and under it the new law, so-called “orphanage trafficking” will be treated as a slavery and trafficking offense.
Evidence shows that about 80 per cent of these children have family who could care for them if they had the right
support.

5.Name the country that amended the Offensive Weapons Bill 2018 to ensure the right to possession of
kirpans by Sikhs, on 30th November 2018?
1) United States
2) United Kingdom
3) Germany
4) France
5) None of these
Answer - 2) United Kingdom
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, the United Kingdom government amended the Offensive Weapons Bill 2018 to ensure
right to possession of kirpans by Sikhs. The move would maintain status quo in continuing to legally safeguard the
sale, possession and use of large kirpans and to not criminalise the Sikh community for the sale or possession of
one. The move was led by the first female Sikh MP in the House of Commons, MP Preet Kaur Gill. The bill is aimed
at strengthening existing legislative measures on offensive weapons, focusing on corrosive substances, knives and
certain types of firearm. It would also ban the sale of corrosive substances to anyone under the age of 18.

6.Ebola outbreak in which country was declared the second largest in history, by World Health
Organization, on 29th November 2018?
1) Nigeria
2) Congo
3) Libya
4) Zambia
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Congo
Explanation:
Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak
that killed thousands a few years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on 29th November 2018.
WHO's emergencies chief, Dr. Peter Salama, called it a "sad toll" as Congo's health ministry announced the number
of cases has reached 426. That includes 379 confirmed cases and 47 probable ones. So far this outbreak, declared
on Aug. 1, has 198 confirmed deaths, with another 47 probable ones.

7.Asia Pacific Summit-2018 was held in _____ on 1st and 2nd December 2018?
1) New Delhi, India
2) Seoul, South Korea
3) Dhaka, Bangladesh
4) Kathmandu, Nepal
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Kathmandu, Nepal
Explanation:
On December 1 2018 two day Asia Pacific Summit-2018 has started in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.This
summit was organized by South Korea-based Universal Peace Federation and supported by the Government of
Nepal. This summit has attended by 1500 participants from 45 countries including India. Focus on various global
issues including peace, development, good governance and role of parliamentarians,climate change and role of
media. Theme 2018 is “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: Interdependence ,Mutual Prosperity, and
Universal Values”.

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8.Where was the first entirely online Heads of Government level intergovernmental meeting of Climate
Vulnerable Forum (CVF) held on 22nd November 2018?
1) Morocco
2) France
3) Marshall Islands
4) Vietnam
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Marshall Islands
Explanation:
The first entirely online Heads of Government level intergovernmental meeting of Climate Vulnerable Forum
(CVF) was held in the Marshall Islands on 22nd November 2018, in order to raise a concern about Global warming
and set a target to keep the rising temperature beyond 1.5 degree Celsius. Climate Vulnerable Forum founded by
Maldives government sought to increase awareness about the countries considered vulnerable to Global Warming.
India is one of the Observer state of the Forum.

9.Name the country which has announced that, it will quit from Organization of the Petroleum Exporting
Countries (OPEC) in January 2019, to concentrate on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export?
1) Saudi Arabia
2) United States
3) Iraq
4) Qatar
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Qatar
Explanation:
Qatar announced that it was quitting Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) from January
2019. The decision meant Doha could focus on cementing its position as the world's top liquefied natural gas
(LNG) exporter. Doha is one of the smallest oil producers in OPEC.

10.Where was the 13th G-20 Summit held on 30th November and 1st December 2018?
1) Johannesburg, South Africa
2) Buenos Aires, Argentina
3) Cairo, Egypt
4) Istanbul, Turkey
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, the two day 13th G-20 Summit commenced at Buenos Aires in Argentina. It was hosted by
President of Argentina, Mr. Mauricio Macri. The theme of the 2018 edition of the Summit was: “Building Consensus
for Fair and Sustainable Development”. It had 3 sub-themes for the summit. They were:
• The first was ‘Putting People First’ that focused on the global economy, on the economic outlook or the
future of work.
• The second session talks of Building Consensus, a topic of importance at this time certainly, and this will
deal with international trade, finance, taxation, sustainable development and climate change and
• The third session is called ‘Embracing Opportunities’ and these are related to energy, infrastructure,
sustainable food security.

11.Which country will host the G20 Summit in 2022?


1) Japan
2) Saudi Arabia
3) Qatar
4) India
5) None of these
Answer - 4) India
Explanation:
The 14th edition of the G20 summit will be held in Japan while Saudi Arabia will host the 15th. India upon
attaining 75 years of Independence on 2022 will host the G-20 Summit in 2022, which was previously scheduled to
be hosted by Italy. The 2017 edition of G-20 Summit was held in Hamburg, Germany. The Group of Twenty (G20) is
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a leading forum of the world’s major economies that seeks to develop global policies to address challenges. The
G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada,
China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea,
Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

12.The _____ edition of RIC (Russia, India and China) Trilateral Meeting was held in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, on 30th November 2018?
1) First
2) Fourth
3) Sixth
4) Second
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Second
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President
Vladimir Putin held a trilateral meeting, the second among the three countries after a gap of 12 years, on the
sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The following took place in the meeting:
• Agreed to hold regular consultations to jointly promote international and regional peace and stability,
• To strengthen cooperation through BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the SCO (Shanghai
Cooperation Organisation) and the East Asia Summit (EAS) mechanisms,
• To address global challenges such as terrorism and climate change, and to encourage peaceful resolution of
all differences.

13.The 1st JAI trilateral meeting between Japan, India and which country was held on 30th November 2018
in Argentina?
1) Argentina
2) Afghanistan
3) Australia
4) America
5) None of these
Answer - 4) America
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, India, Japan and the US held a trilateral meeting for the first time on the sidelines of the
G20 Summit in Argentina. Thus the acronym ‘JAI’ means: ‘Japan, America and India’. The 3 nations agreed on the
importance of the free and open Indo-Pacific vision for global stability and prosperity, and pledged to deepen
trilateral cooperation. The meeting was focused on the betterment of the Indo-Pacific region with India
articulating a five action points that would serve the common interest of promoting peace and prosperity in the
Indo-Pacific region. Based on that, the 3 nations agreed to work together in areas such as connectivity, sustainable
development, disaster relief, maritime security and unfettered mobility.

14.Where was the BRICS (Brazil Russia India China and South Africa) Leaders Informal Meeting held on
30thNovember 2018?
1) Bern, Switzerland
2) Hamburg, Germany
3) Buenos Aires, Argentina
4) New Delhi, India
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, PM Modi along with the heads of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation,
the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, held the annual Informal
BRICS Leaders’ Meeting on the margins of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was organised by:
President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.

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15.US, Mexico and Canada signed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace the 24-year old
_____ agreement, on 30th November 2018?
1) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
2) North Atlantic Trade Agreement (NATA)
3) Pacific Region Free Trade Agreement (PRFTA)
4) American Trade Treaty (ATT)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 3 nations of US,
Mexico and Canada signed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It will replace the 24-year old North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Agreement was signed by: US President Mr. Donald Trump;
President of Canada, Mr. Justin Trudeau; President of Mexico, Mr. Enrique Pena Nieto.

16.Name the country that will host the 11th BRICS (Brazil Russia India China and South Africa) Summit in
2019?
1) South Africa
2) Russia
3) India
4) China
5) None of these
Answer - 5) None of these; It will be hosted by Brazil
Explanation:
The 11th BRICS (Brazil Russia India China and South Africa) Summit to be hosted by Brazil in 2019. The BRICS
members are known for their significant influence on regional affairs, all are members of G20. Since 2009, the
BRICS nations have met annually at formal summits. China hosted the 9th BRICS summit in Xiamen on September
2017, while South Africa hosted the most recent 10th BRICS summit in July 2018.

17.Which nation has the most powerful passport, according to Global Passport Power Rank 2018,
launched by Arton Capital?
1) United States
2) Singapore
3) United Arab Emirates (UAE)
4) United Kingdom
5) None of these
Answer - 3) United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, Arton Capital launched the passport index named – Global Passport Power Rank 2018, in
which United Arab Emirates (UAE)topped the charts, among 197 nations, as the nation having the most powerful
passport. The index, compiled by Arton Capital, ranks national passports based on the number of countries a
holder can enter without a visa or by obtaining one on arrival. UAE passport holder can fly to 113 countries
without Visa and a total of 167 countries without prior-visa requirement. UAE is followed by Singapore & Germany
in the 2nd place with 166 countries. The bottom 5 countries in the list consist of: Afghanistan at 93rd position, Iraq
at 92nd , Pakistan at 91st, Syria at 90th and Somalia at 89th position. India stood at 66th position.

18.The top 10 fastest growing cities in the world from 2019 to 2035 are in India, as per Oxford Economics
report. Which Indian city tops this list?
1) Mumbai, Maharashtra
2) Surat, Gujarat
3) Agra, Uttar Pradesh
4) Bengaluru, Karnataka
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Surat, Gujarat
Explanation:
On 06th December 2018, according to Oxford Economics report, the top 10 fastest growing cities in the world from
2019 to 2035 are in India. Gujarat’s Surat tops the list followed by Uttar Pradesh’s Agra. Surat, a diamond
processing and trading center in the western state of Gujarat, will see the fastest expansion through 2035,

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averaging more than 9 percent. Agra and Bangalore gets 2nd and 3rd spot respectively. By 2035, the GDP of Asian
countries will be 17 percent higher than all North American and European urban centers combined. Mumbai was
termed as the world’s 12th richest city with a total wealth of $950 billion and India is the 6th largest wealth
market in the world (in terms of total wealth held) after USA, China, Japan, Germany and the UK.

19.India is the _____ highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 % of global emissions
in 2017, according to a study by Global Carbon Project?
1) Second
2) Third
3) Fourth
4) Fifth
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Fourth
Explanation:
India is the fourth highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 percent of global emissions in
2017, according to a study by Global Carbon Project on 06th December 2018. The top 10 emitters were China, the
US, the EU, India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Iran, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. The top four emitters in 2017, which
covered 58 per cent of global emissions, were China (27 percent), the US (15 percent), the European Union (10
percent) and India (7 percent).The rest of the world contributed 41 per cent last year. India’s emissions look set to
continue their strong growth by an average of 6.3 per cent in 2018, with growth across all fuels including coal (7.1
percent), oil (2.9 percent) and gas (6 percent). The Indian emissions were projected to grow 2 percent in 2017,
compared to 6 per cent per year averaged over the previous decade, due to significant government interventions
in the economy.

20.Which country has become the first Latin American Country to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
1) Mexico
2) Costa Rica
3) Panama
4) Argentina
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Panama
Explanation:
The Strategic Central American Nation, Panama became the first Latin American Country to join China’s ambitious
Belt and Road Initiate after the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Panama. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his
Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela inked 19 separate deals during the bilateral meeting held on 3rd
December 2018.

21.Where was the 12th session of India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) for Economic and Technical
Cooperation, held on 3rd and 4th December 2018?
1) New Delhi, India
2) Mumbai, India
3) Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
4) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Explanation:
External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj co-inaugurated in the 12th session of the India-UAE Joint
Commission Meeting (JCM) for Economic and Technical Cooperation, held on 03-04 December, 2018, in Abu Dhabi.
The meeting was co-chaired by: EAM of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of the UAE, Sheikh
Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In the JCM, the two sides discussed all the areas of mutual interest including: Trade
& Commerce; Investments; Energy Security; Agriculture & Food Security; Railways; Defence and Space; Security
and Combating Crime; Education & Culture; Civil Aviation; Consular, Immigration and Indian Community related
issues.

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22.A Currency Swap Agreement was signed between which Indian bank and the Central Bank of the UAE
(United Arab Emirates), 0n 4th December 2018?
1) State Bank of India (SBI)
2) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
3) National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
4) Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Explanation:
On 4th December 2018, Currency Swap Agreement was signed between the Reserve Bank of India and the Central
Bank of the UAE. The MoU was signed by Ambassador of India to UAE, Shri Navdeep Suri and Dy. Governor of
Central Bank of UAE.

23.India signed a MoU on Development Cooperation in Africa with which country for establishing a Centre
of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) in Ethiopia, on 4th December 2018?
1) United Arab Emirates (UAE)
2) Japan
3) United States of America (USA)
4) South Korea
5) None of these
Answer – 1) United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a MoU on Development Cooperation in Africa,
for establishing a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) in the Federal Democratic Republic of
Ethiopia.

24.Where did External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-inaugurate Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum, on
4thDecember 2018?
1) Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
2) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
3) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4) Doha, Qatar
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, EAM Sushma Swaraj along with the Foreign Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed
Al Nahyan co-inaugurated the Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). This
marked the celebrations of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth and centenary celebrations of the birth of Shaikh
Zayed, founder of the UAE.

25.India signed an agreement with which country to pay for the crude oil it imports from the country in
rupees, on 6th December 2018?
1) Iran
2) Iraq
3) Qatar
4) Saudi Arabia
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Iran
Explanation:
On 06th December 2018, India has signed an agreement with Iran to pay for crude oil it imports from the Persian
Gulf nation in rupees. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed following the US letting India and
seven other nations to keep buying Iranian oil despite sanctions were reimposed on the Islamic state on November
5. Indian refiners will make rupee payments in a UCO Bank account of the National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC). Earlier
India paid its third largest oil supplier in Euros using European banking channels. Half of these funds would be
earmarked for settling payments for exports of Indian goods to Iran. India had won the exemption from the US
after it agreed to cut imports and escrow payments.Under the 180-day exemption, India is allowed to import a
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this year. India is the second biggest purchaser of Iranian oil after China and third’s biggest oil consumer. Iran is its
third largest supplier after Iraq and Saudi Arabia and meets about 10 percent of total needs.

26.Where did the two day 175th Meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
Conference & one day 5th OPEC and Non OPEC Ministerial Meeting, conclude, on 7th December 2018?
1) Doha, Qatar
2) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3) Vienna, Austria
4) Melbourne, Australia
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Vienna, Austria
Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, two day 175th Meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
Conference & one day 5th OPEC and Non OPEC Ministerial Meeting concluded in Vienna, Austria. The 175th
meeting of the OPEC conference commenced on December 6, 2018, in Vienna, Austria. It was conducted under the
chairmanship of OPEC President, HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, the UAE minister of Energy and Industry and
Head of its delegation. The next Ordinary meeting will convene in Vienna, Austria in April 2019. The 5th OPEC and
Non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting commenced in December 7, 2018, in Vienna, Austria.

27.Who was appointed as the President of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
Conference for 1 year with effect from January 1, 2019?
1) Manuel Salvador Quevedo Fernandez
2) Mustapha Guitouni
3) Agustin Mba Okomo
4) Etienne Lepoukou
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Manuel Salvador Quevedo Fernandez
Explanation:
The 175th meeting of the OPEC conference commenced on December 6, 2018, in Vienna, Austria. It was conducted
under the chairmanship of OPEC President, HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, the UAE minister of Energy and
Industry and Head of its delegation. In this conference the following happened: Qatar withdrew its OPEC
membership with effect from January 1, 2019. HE Manuel Salvador Quevedo Fernandez, People’s Minister of
Petroleum of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, was elected as the President of the conference for 1 year with
effect from January 1, 2019. HE Mustapha Guitouni, Algeria’s minister of Energy, was elected as the Alternate
President for the same period. Mr. Agustin Mba Okomo, Equatorial Governor of OPEC was appointed as the
Chairman of Board of Governors for the year 2019. Mr. Etienne Lepoukou, Gabon’s Governor of OPEC was
appointed as Alternate Chairman for the same period.

28.Which country tops in road deaths with 1.51 lakh road deaths in 2016, according to the Global Status
Report on Road Safety, released on 7th December 2018?
1) United States
2) India
3) China
4) South Korea
5) None of these
Answer - 2) India
Explanation:
On 07th December 2018, according to the Global Status Report on Road Safety, India tops in road deaths with 1.51
lakh road deaths in 2016 and globally the toll of road deaths increased from 1.25 million to 1.35 in a span of three
years. The spike in road deaths globally has come as a shocker considering that the countries had pledged to halve
their road deaths by 2020. The United Nations had declared the 2010-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road
Safety. According to the report,at this rate, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target 3.6 to halve road
traffic deaths by 2020 will not be met.

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29.Which country has become the first country to abolish all fares on public transport by 2019?
1) Luxembourg
2) Monaco
3) Ireland
4) Japan
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Luxembourg
Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, Luxembourg became the first country to abolish all fares on public transport by 2019. The
move of free public transport was done to enhance the traffic congestion scenario in Luxembourg City, which is
one of the worst traffic congestion-hit cities in the world.

30.Where was the world’s largest Arabic audio library launched on 6th December 2018?
1) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
2) Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
3) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4) Muscat, Oman
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Explanation:
On 6th December 2018, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched
the Dubai Audio Library, the largest Arabic audio library in the world, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The
library, targets seven million visually impaired people in the Arab world, and is an initiative undertaken by the
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai in collaboration with the website Bookshare.org. The first book
uploaded to the Dubai Audio Library, Zayed Diwan, is a collection of 87 poems written by Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The library will provide 300,000 books in
Arabic and more than 10,000 volunteers will convert Arabic books into digital format and edit them before
uploading them to the website.

31.Name the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General who launched a new framework named as UN Global
Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, on 6th December 2018?
1) Antonio Guterres
2) Tedros Adhanom
3) Pedros de Silva
4) Audrey Auzolay
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Antonio Guterres
Explanation:
On 6th December 2018 United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a new framework
named as UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact. The objective of new framework is to combat the
scourge of international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human
rights and sustainable development sectors. It is an agreement between the UN chief, 36 organizational entities,
INTERPOL and the World Customs Organisation. The UN Office of Counter-Terrorism will act as the Coordination
Committee and will oversee the implementation of the Compact.

32.Conference on ‘Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code – A New Paradigm for Stressed Assets’ was held in _____,
on 5th December 2018?
1) New York, United States of America (USA)
2) New Delhi, India
3) Mumbai, India
4) California, United States of America (USA)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) New York, United States of America (USA)
Explanation:
On 5th December 2018, a conference on the theme ‘Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of India – New Paradigm for
Stressed Assets’ was held at the Indian Consulate in New York. The conference was organised by the Insolvency
and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) jointly with the Consulate General of India, New York, USA. The Union

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Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Arun Jaitley addressed the conference via Video Conferencing. Dr. M.
S. Sahoo, Chairperson, IBBI also addressed at the function. The Conference was followed by a roundtable with
prospective stakeholders of the Indian insolvency regime which witnessed participation of many international
fund houses and law firms.

33.Which country has approved a new law allowing foreign blue-collar workers into the country to ease
labour shortages from April 2019?
1) Australia
2) Ethiopia
3) Spain
4) Japan
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Japan
Explanation:
On December 8, 2018, Japanese parliament approved a new law allowing foreigners into the country to ease
labour shortages from April 2019. According to the law, Workers in the first category will be allowed in for five
years if they have a certain level of skill and some proficiency in Japanese and Workers with a higher level of skills
would qualify for the second visa category and would eventually be allowed to apply for residency. After the
passing of the legislation, 345,150 blue-collar workers will be allowed in the next 5 years. The initial numbers
considered for this was 500,000.

34.United Nations Conference adopted a global pact “The Global compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular
Migration”, on 10th December 2018. Where was the United Nations conference held?
1) Marrakesh, Morocco
2) Philadelphia, United States
3) Sri Lanka, Colombo
4) Budapest, Hungary
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Marrakesh, Morocco
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, A United Nations Conference in Moroccan city of Marrakesh adopted a global pact “The
Global compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” to better handle migrant flows despite a string of
withdrawals driven by anti-immigrant populism. The pact is described as a “Roadmap to prevent suffering and
chaos” by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

35.Which country became the 38th member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international
body to combat money laundering, terrorist financing etc., on 10th December 2018?
1) Egypt
2) Pakistan
3) Israel
4) Afghanistan
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Israel
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, Israel became a full member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international
body set up to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other threats to the international financial
system. Earlier in 2000 the Jewish state was blacklisted by the organization and was removed from the list in
2002, but now has become the group’s 38th member. A FATF compliance report on Israel ranked the country as
one of three leading states, alongside the US and the UK, for the effectiveness of its anti-money laundering
apparatus, its battle against terror financing, the work of its Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition
Authority, and its policy of seizing the financial proceeds of crime. The FATF membership will tag Israel as an
attractive country for international investment and improve the status of the Israeli financial sector and its ability
to operate in the global economy.

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36.The 14-day 7th Sino-India joint exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018, commenced at ____, on 10th December
2018?
1) Arunachal Pradesh, India
2) Chengdu, China
3) Wuhan, China
4) Sikkim, China
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Chengdu, China
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, the 14-day 7th Sino-India joint exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018, commenced at Chengdu,
China. It will conclude on December 23, 2018. The Indian contingent consists of 11 SHIKKLI led by Col Puneet
Pratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer, 11 SIKHLI. The Chienese contingent consists of a regiment from Tibetan
Military District of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) led by Col Zhou Jun. Major General Kuang Dewang, senior
representative of joint training from PLA. The aim of the exercise is to build and promote close relations between
armies of both the countries. The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international counter
insurgency/ counter terrorism environment under UN mandate.

37.India signed an ascension pact to the 30-member Trans Regional Maritime Network (T-RMN), on
December 10, 2018. T-RMN is led by which country?
1) France
2) Russia
3) United States
4) Italy
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Italy
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, India signed an ascension pact to the 30-member Trans Regional Maritime Network (T-
RMN) at Italian Naval Headquarters in Rome, Italy. This agreement was signed by CMDE KM Ramakrishnan. The T-
RMN consists of 30-member countries and is led by Italy. This agreement will give India an access to the
information on ships passing through the Indian Ocean Region, that will help in keeping tabs on the security
forces.

38.Where was Vivah Panchami, the wedding of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita, celebrated on 12th December
2018?
1) Dhaka, Bangladesh
2) Janakpur, Nepal
3) Uttar Pradesh, India
4) Colombo, Sri Lanka
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Janakpur, Nepal
Explanation:
In Nepal, the historic city of Janakpur is celebrated Vivah Panchami, the wedding of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita,
on 12thDecember 2018. The entire city including famous Janaki temple was beautifully decorated with colorful
lights. Devotees in a very large number witnessed one of the biggest religious and cultural event of Hindus. The
Swayamvar and marriage ceremony was held at Rangbhoomi in Barabeegha ground. Chief Minister of Uttar
Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath graced the occasion. Lakhs of devotees from India and Nepal including thousands of
sadhus and saints attended the wedding ceremony.

39.India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was on a 5-day visit to the United States from 3rd to 7th
December 2018, at the invitation of the United States Secretary of Defence _____?
1) James N Mattis
2) Mike Pompeo
3) Kenneth Juster
4) Philip S Davidson
5) None of these
Answer - 1) James N Mattis

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Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman concluded her 5-day visit to the United States at the
invitation of the US Secretary of Defence, James N Mattis. The visit commenced on December 3, 2018. On her visit,
Sitharaman, the first woman defence minister of India, was accorded the Armed Forces Enhanced Honours
Cordon, a red-carpet welcome, during her maiden visit to the US. She was accompanied by US Ambassador to India
Kenneth Juster on her official visit. The whole visit revolved around the US-India Defence partnership.

40.Where was the 39th annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held on 9th December 2018?
1) Doha, Qatar
2) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3) Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4) Amman, Jordan
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Explanation:
On December 9, 2018, the annual 39th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit was held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It
concluded with the ‘Riyadh Declaration’ containing 72 topic covering cooperation and regional affairs of Gulf
nations. It consisted of participation of GCC member countries Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain except
Qatar. The 40th Summit will take place in the UAE.

41.Nepal government banned Indian currency above the denomination of ____ rupees on 14th December
2018?
1) Rs 100
2) Rs 500
3) Rs 200
4) Rs 1000
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 100
Explanation:
On December 14, 2018, the Nepal government banned Indian currency above Rs 100. New Indian note of Rs 2,000,
Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations were banned as the Nepal government has not yet legalised them in the market.
The announcement was made by Nepal’s Minister for Information and Communications Gokul Prasad Baskota.

42.Japan has selected a Chinese character for its defining symbol for 2018. What does the character mean?
1) Success
2) Disaster
3) Glory
4) Downfall
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Disaster
Explanation:
Japan has selected the Chinese character for 'disaster' as its defining symbol for 2018, a year that saw the country
hit by deadly floods, earthquakes and storms. At the end of every year, the general public votes for the Chinese
character they think embodies the key news and events of the previous 12 months. A total of 20,858 people out of
193,214 chose the character 'disaster'. The country was hit by a series of natural disasters in 2018.

43.India and _____ signed the bilateral annual Haj agreement 2019, on 13th December 2018?
1) United Arab Emirates (UAE)
2) Saudi Arabia
3) Qatar
4) Oman
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Saudi Arabia
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, a bilateral annual Haj agreement 2019 was signed between India and Saudi Arabia by
Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, and Haj and Umrah Minister of Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia, Dr Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This year more than 2,100 women have

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already applied to go to Haj without ‘Mehram’ (male companion) after the Modi Government had lifted ban on
women going to Haj without Mehram last year and they had also been exempted from the lottery system. The Haj
Committee of India has received more than 2.47 lakh applications next year’s pilgrimage which includes about 47
per cent women. For the first time after the Independence, a record 1,75,025 Muslims from India performed Haj
2018 which include about 48 per cent women and that too without any subsidy.

44.Name the country which announced that it will organise a Gita festival in February 2019?
1) Sri Lanka
2) Nepal
3) Mauritius
4) Maldives
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Mauritius
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, Mauritius Acting President Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory announced that Mauritius
would organise a Gita festival in February 2019. A delegation from India has also been invited for the event. He
made this announcement at the inauguration of a three-day international seminar organised as part of the
international Gita festival in Kurukshetra, Haryana.

45.How many MoUs were signed between India and Myanmar, during President of India, Ram Nath
Kovind’s 5-day maiden visit to Myanmar, from 10th to 14th December 2018?
1) 2
2) 4
3) 6
4) 8
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 2
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind embarked on a 5-day maiden visit to Myanmar.
The visit concluded on December 14, 2018. The President was accompanied by First Lady Smt. Savita Kovind. 2
MOUs were signed in the areas of judicial and educational cooperation. The MOUs are as follows:
• MOU on training of Myanmar judicial officers in India, in the field of civil law, criminal law, environmental
and medical jurisprudence signed between National Judicial Academy of India and the Office of the Union
Chief Justice of Myanmar.
• MOU to enhance cooperation in science and technology, especially for the research in industry, agriculture
and other fields, signed between Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and
Technology, India and Department of Research and Innovation, Ministry of Education, Myanmar.

46.Where was the 5th Enterprise India Show held on 13th December 2018?
1) Bangladesh
2) Nepal
3) Sri Lanka
4) Myanmar
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Myanmar
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 5th Enterprise India Show, in
Myanmar, which witnessed the participation of Indian industries to network, partner and explore business
opportunities in Myanmar. The show was hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry and the Union of Myanmar
Federation of Chambers of Commerce.

47.Australia became one of the few countries to formally recognize which city as the capital of Israel, on
15thDecember 2018?
1) West Jerusalem
2) Tel Aviv
3) Haifa
4) Eilat
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5) None of these
Answer - 1) West Jerusalem
Explanation:
On 15th December 2018, Australia became one of the few countries to formally recognize West Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel however it will not move its embassy from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached. Both Israel
and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their Capital and this despites is not resolved yet. USA under the
leadership of Donald Trump had already recognized the disputed city as the Capital of Israel. Australian Prime
Minister Scott Morrison also clarified that Australia will recognize the future state of Palestine with East Jerusalem
as its capital when the city’s status is determined in a peace deal.

48.The military of which country lifted a ban on United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) operations from
the northeast part of the country, that was imposed based on accusations of training “spies” supporting
Boko Haram jihadists, on 14th December 2018?
1) Kenya
2) Nigeria
3) South Sudan
4) Syria
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Nigeria
Explanation:
On 14th December 2018, the Nigerian military lifted a ban on United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) operations
in the ravaged northeast after earlier suspending the aid agency and accusing it of training “spies” supporting
Boko Haram jihadists. Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency has killed more than 27,000 people since it began in 2009
and has triggered a humanitarian crisis in the wider Lake Chad region, where the jihadists have stepped up attacks
in recent months.

49.What is the rank of India in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Gender Gap Report 2018?
1) 55
2) 27
3) 145
4) 108
5) None of these
Answer - 4) 108
Explanation:
On December 18 2018, WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2018 has been released and India has ranked 108th in
World Economic Forum (WEF) same as the previous year 2017 at 108th. Iceland holds the top spot in the index for
the 10th consecutive year. Philippines tops in Asia in the World Economic Forum's latest gender equality rating
and ranked 8th worldwide. The Global Gender Gap Index 2018 ranks 149 countries on health, education, economic
and political indicators, including wage equality, educational attainment and representation in national
government.
List of Top Ten Countries for Global Gender Gap Index 2018
Rank Name of Rank No. Name of
No. Countries Countries
1 Iceland 6 Rwanda
2 Norway 7 New Zealand
3 Sweden 8 Philippines
4 Finland 9 Ireland
5 Nicaragua 10 Namibia

50.Where was the 7th round of India – South Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
(CEPA) negotiations, held from 11th to 13th December 2018?
1) Mumbai, India
2) New Delhi, India
3) Seoul, South Korea
4) Pyeongchang, South Korea
5) None of these
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Answer - 3) Seoul, South Korea


Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, the three day 7th round of India – South Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership
Agreement (CEPA) negotiations concluded in Seoul, South Korea. It was held between 11-13 December, 2018.
Delegation from Indian sugar industry was representing India in the CEPA negotiations. The meetings were
arranged by the Indian Embassy in Seoul. Korea and India signed the Comprehensive Economic Partnership
Agreement in Seoul on 7 August 2009 and was operationalized with effect from 1 January 2010. The CEPA is
Korea’s first free trade agreement with a member of the BRICS nations. The trade deal, which came after
negotiations of more than three years and twelve rounds, commits the two countries to lowering or eliminating
import tariffs on a wide range of goods over the next 8 years, and helps expand opportunities for investments and
trade in goods as well as services.

51.Name the compact adopted by United Nations General Assembly on 17th December 2018, as it agreed
upon a framework affirming international solidarity and cooperation for refugee protection and host
community development?
1) Compact for Refugee Protection
2) Compact for Migrant Workers’ Protection
3) Global Compact on Refugees
4) Global Compact on Migrant population and refugees
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Global Compact on Refugees
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, the U.N. General Assembly agreed upon a framework affirming international solidarity
and cooperation for refugee protection and host community development while adopting the Global Compact on
Refugees. The Global Compact on refugees received 181 votes in favour in the 193-member assembly. The United
States and Hungary were the only that voted against the agreement, while the Dominican Republic, Eritrea and
Libya abstained. The compact which aims to ease the burden on developing nations, which host 90 percent of
some 25 million refugees, will provide more investment to further strengthening infrastructure and the provisions
of services for refugees and host communities.

52.India is the _____ most deadliest place to be a journalist, as per the annual worldwide round-up of deadly
violence and abusive treatment of journalists released by Reporters without Borders (RSF), on
20th December 2018?
1) Third
2) Sixth
3) Fifth
4) Second
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Fifth
Explanation:
India is the fifth-most deadliest place to be a journalist and Afghanistan is the worst, as per the annual worldwide
round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment of journalists released by Reporters without Borders (RSF), on
20th December 2018. According to the report, Journalists have never before been subjected to as much violence
and abusive treatment as in 2018. The figure increased by eight percent to 80, and by 15 percent, in the category
of number of professional journalists killed, from 55 in 2017 to 63 in 2018. The numbers had been declining for
the previous 3 years. The number of journalists detained worldwide at the end of the year – 348 – is up from 326
at this time last year.

53.United States of America (USA) withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)
Treaty with which country on December 19, 2018?
1) Germany
2) France
3) Russia
4) Italy
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Russia

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Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, the Russian government announced USA’s withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-Range
Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The treaty aimed to end arms race between USA and USSR during cold war and to
ensure some strategic stability in Europe. Under this treaty, all the nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges
of 500–1,000 km or (short-range) and 1,000–5,500 km (intermediate-range) were banned. It also banned the
development, testing and possession of short and medium-range ground-launched nuclear missiles having range
between 500-5,000 km.

54.Name the country that has announced regulations for mandatory phase-out of single-use plastic
shopping bags with effect from July 1, 2019?
1) Australia
2) France
3) China
4) New Zealand
5) None of these
Answer - 4) New Zealand
Explanation:
On December 18, 2018, New Zealand government announced regulations for mandatory phase-out of single-use
plastic shopping bags with effect from July 1, 2019. The phase out will apply to all new plastic shopping bags with
handles that are made of plastic up to 70 microns in thickness. New Zealand has recently become a signatory to the
New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, a global pledge to address the root causes of plastic pollution.

55.Name the first-ever negotiated global framework on a common approach to international migration in
all its dimensions, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, on 10th December 2018, in Marrakesh,
Morocco?
1) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
2) Global Compact for Migrant Safety
3) Global Compact for Migrant Regulation
4) Global Compact for Protection and Support of Migrants
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and
Regular Migration, the first-ever negotiated global framework on a common approach to international migration
in all its dimensions, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The compact was adopted by the General Assembly with 152 votes in
favour, 12 abstentions, and five votes against, namely by the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the
United States of America. The compact is aimed to address issues that concern the world’s 258 million people on
the move and countries of origin, transit and destination. The Compact is the outcome of a long negotiation
process and provides a strong platform for cooperation on migration, drawing on best practice and international
law though it is non-legally binding. The compact was signed about a week before the UN celebrated International
Migrants Day on 18th December 2018 with the theme Migration with Dignity.

56.What is the rank of Indians in the “misperception index” as per MORI Perils of Perception Survey 2018,
done by Ipsos India, an independent market research company?
1) 10
2) 12
3) 36
4) 48
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 12
Explanation:
Indians placed at 12th rank in the “misperception index” according to the MORI Perils of Perception Survey 2018,
done by Ipsos India, an independent market research company.It behind several countries like, Italy, Singapore,
Hong Kong, South Korea, Chile and Argentina, among others. Thailand, Mexico, Turkey, Malaysia, and Brazil were
ranked first in five and performed poorer than India. “Misperception index” is based on questions which asked to
people and it revealed the wide chasm between what people perceived and what was real. The survey was
conducted during September 28-October 16 this year in 37 countries online.

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57.Which city was confirmed as the new political capital of Burundi, on 22nd December 2018?
1) Bujumbura
2) Gitega
3) Muyinga
4) Kabezi
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Gitega
Explanation:
On Dec.22 2018, Burundi confirmed the small central city of Gitega the country’s new political capital. The
previous capital Bujumbura, on the north-eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, became a country‘s economic capital.

58.The 1st meeting of the Follow-up Committee for implementation of the Trilateral Chabahar Agreement
between India, Iran and which country was held in Chabahar, Iran, on 24th December 2018?
1) Afghanistan
2) Turkey
3) Pakistan
4) Kazakhstan
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Afghanistan
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, the first meeting of the Follow-up Committee for implementation of the Trilateral
Chabahar Agreement between India, Afghanistan and Iran was held in the port city of Chabahar in Iran. The
meeting was held at the level of Joint Secretary or Director General. Following happened during the meeting:
• India Ports Global Limited company opened its office and took over operations at the Shaheed Behesti port
at Chabahar.
• Discussions were held on full operationalization of the Trilateral Transit Agreement.
• The routes for the trade and transit corridors between the three countries were agreed on.
• Protocol to harmonize transit, roads, customs, and consular matters was agreed to be finalized at the
earliest.
• It was decided to hold an event to promote and popularize the potential of Chabahar on 26 February 2019.
• The next Follow-up Committee meeting, followed by the 2nd Coordination Council Meeting the level of
Secretaries/ Deputy Ministers, will held in India in 2019.

59.Where was the 24th meeting of Conference of Parties (COP-24) to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held from 2nd to 14th December 2018?
1) Katowice, Poland
2) Paris, France
3) Hague, Netherland
4) Bern, Switzerland
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Katowice, Poland
Explanation:
From 2nd December 2018, the 24th meeting of Conference of Parties (COP-24) to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) also known as ‘Katowice Climate Change Conference’ was held at
Katowice, Poland with an aim to finalize guidelines for implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted in 2016.
The event concludes on 14th December 2018.

60.Women’s group from which Indian state won the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award of the Women
and Gender Constituency in the technical category, for a technology named Bhungroo, at the 24th
Conference of the Parties (COP24) held from 2nd to 14th December 2018?
1) Rajasthan
2) Maharashtra
3) Uttar Pradesh
4) Gujarat
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Gujarat

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Explanation:
On 11th December 2018, a Gujarat women’s group got a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) award for women’s leadership with low cost and sustainable technology to tackle storms, at a
side event of the on-going 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. Gujarat was given the
Gender Just Climate Solutions Award of the Women and Gender Constituency in the technical category, one of the
nine stakeholder groups of the UNFCCC. The award was given for a technology named Bhungroo which protects
groundwater via a filtration system and increases soil fertility by reducing salinity. This technology has helped the
Gujarat, which is prone to short periods of heavy rains and flooding, followed by long droughts, to tackle the
severe impacts of excessive rainwater from storms. Each installed “Bhungroo” unit provides food security for 30 to
100 people, generating an additional income of about $5700 per year.

61.World Bank promised _____ dollars in climate action loans for the period 2021-2025, at the 24th
Conference of the Parties (COP24) held from 2nd to 14th December 2018?
1) $200 billion
2) $150 billion
3) $300 billion
4) $400 billion
5) None of these
Answer - 1) $200 billion
Explanation:
On 11th December 2018, a Gujarat women’s group got a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) award for women’s leadership with low cost and sustainable technology to tackle storms, at a
side event of the on-going 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. Michal Kurtyka was the
President of Conference of Parties 24 (COP24) meeting in which about 20 thousand delegates from about 200
countries, including politicians, representatives of non-governmental organizations, scientific community and
business sector took part. Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Environment Minister, led the 17 member Indian delegation
to the conference. The major success of the conference was the agreement from the delegates of 196 countries on a
rule book officially titled as the Paris Agreement Work Programme, to govern the implementation of the 2015
Paris climate treaty. Developed countries, led by Germany and Norway, pledged financial support for the second
replenishment of the Green Climate Fund, which is currently depleted while the World Bank promised $200 billion
in climate action loans for the period 2021-2025.

62.Which country became the first country in Southeast Asia to approve the licensed use of marijuana and
kratom for medical use and research, on 25th December 2018?
1) China
2) Thailand
3) Vietnam
4) Singapore
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Thailand
Explanation:
On December 25, 2018, Thailand approved the licensed use of marijuana and kratom for medical use and research.
It became the first country in Southeast Asia to take such action.

63.Name the country that withdrew from International Whaling Commission (IWC), in order to pursue
commercial whaling in its adjacent waters, including its Exclusive Economic Zone, from July 2019?
1) Australia
2) Indonesia
3) Japan
4) China
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Japan
Explanation:
On 24th December 2018, The Japanese government officially announced to withdraw from the International
Whaling Commission (IWC), enabling Japan to pursue commercial whaling in its adjacent waters, including its
Exclusive Economic Zone. Japan will resume commercial whaling in July 2019 and the whaling area will not
include the Antarctic Ocean or the Southern Hemisphere. The move came more than three months after the global

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body for the conservation of whales rejected a Tokyo-led proposal to lift a 32-year ban on the commercial hunting
of the ocean mammals. Japan could no longer take advantage of the IWC exemption for scientific whaling because
the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas requires its signatories to work through “the appropriate
international organizations” for marine mammal conservation. The country consumes between 3,000 tons to
5,000 tons of whale meat in a year according to the government of Japan.

64.Name the country whose parliament called the Knesset, approved of a law to permit exports of medical
marijuana, on 26th December 2018?
1) Spain
2) Mexico
3) Israel
4) Egypt
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Israel
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, approved of a law to permit exports of medical marijuana.
This made Israel the 3rd country after the Netherlands and Canada, to take its medical cannabis global.

65.A Nepali citizen will not be able to spend more than _____ rupees per month while paying for goods and
services in India, as per the new restrictions imposed by Nepal government, on 25th December 2018?
1) Rs 50,000
2) Rs 1 lakh
3) Rs 2 lakh
4) Rs 90,000
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Rs 1 lakh
Explanation:
On 25th December 2018, in order to address the country’s current account deficit, Nepal imposed a monthly limit
on the amount of Indian currency its citizen can spend in India while paying for goods and services. With the
approval of new restrictions a Nepali citizen would be unable to spend more than ₹1 lakh per month while paying
for goods and services in India. The policy which came into effect from 25th December 2018 will also be applicable
to use of prepaid, credit and debit cards of Nepali banks for purchasing done in Indian Markets. However, the
latest measure would exempt payment in hospitals and pharmacies in India. The decision was taken to deal with
the growing problem of current account deficit and the balance of payment crisis between India and Nepal.

66.United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted two Russian Resolutions on _____ and has been
backed by India regarding the same, on 28th December 2018?
1) International Information Security (IIS)
2) International Maritime Security (IMS)
3) International Cyber Security (ICS)
4) International Data Security (IDS)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) International Information Security (IIS)
Explanation:
On 28th December, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted two Russian Resolutions on
International Information Security (IIS) and has been backed by India regarding the same. This has been done for
achieving democratic, inclusive and transparent UN negotiations process on security in the use of information and
communication technologies. The two resolutions are: “Developments in the field of information and
telecommunications in the context of international security” and “Countering the use of information and
communications technologies for criminal purposes” and has thus, a new chapter has been opened by UN on IIS.
These documents are the world’s first code of conduct in the digital paradigm and hence creates the foundation for
peaceful interaction and to prevent war, confrontation and other aggressive actions. The resolution has been
supported by several countries and has been co-authored by 30 countries and it’s key aim is to launch a broad
transparent political discussion on combating information crime.

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BANKING & FINANCE


1.Reserve Bank of India has relaxed the securitisation norms by relaxing the Minimum Holding Period
(MHP) requirement. Relaxation on MHP will be allowed when the NBFC retains _____% of the book value of
these loans?
1) 10 %
2) 40 %
3) 55 %
4) 20 %
5) None of these
Answer - 4) 20 %
Explanation:
The Reserve Bank of India in a move to make more liquidity available to non-banking finance firms (NBFCs), has
issued a circular to relax the securitisation norms by relaxing the Minimum Holding Period (MHP) requirement.
The NBFC sector is facing liquidity shortage after Infrastructure Leasing & Finance Services, a core investment
company, started defaulting on loans. The cost of funds has gone up for the non-banking finance firms putting
pressure on profitability. NBFCs are now allowed to securitise loans with maturity of more than five years after
holding them for six months on their books, as compared to one year earlier. The relaxation on the MHP will be
allowed when the NBFC retains 20% of the book value of these loans and it shall be applicable to securitisation /
assignment transactions carried out during a period of six months from the date of issuance of the said circular.

2.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that, the interest subsidy that exporters get under the
‘Interest Equalisation Scheme on Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit’ has been increased to what
percent from 3%?
1) 7 %
2) 5 %
3) 8 %
4) 10 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 5 %
Explanation:
In order to boost MSME sector exports, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said the interest subsidy that exporters get
under the ‘Interest Equalisation Scheme on Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit’ has been increased to 5%
from 3%.

3.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code mandatory for all market
transactions regulated by RBI. How many characters does the LEI contain?
1) 16
2) 12
3) 20
4) 11
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 20
Explanation:
On December 1, 2018, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code mandatory for all
market transactions regulated by the central bank. The LEI is a 20-character unique identity code assigned to
entities who are parties to a financial transaction. The participants of the implementation include:
• Government securities markets,
• Money markets (markets for any instrument with a maturity of one year or less) and
• Non-derivative forex markets.
• However they exclude individuals and transactions undertaken on recognised stock exchanges.
• This is a key measure taken by RBI to help improve the quality of risk management by bettering the
accuracy of the financial data in the system.

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4.State Bank of India (SBI) revised its fixed deposit (FD) interest rates on select maturities by 5 to ____ basis
points for deposits below Rs. 1 crore, on 28thNovember 2018?
1) 8
2) 10
3) 15
4) 12
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 10
Explanation:
On November 28, 2018, State Bank of India (SBI) revised its fixed deposit (FD) interest rates on select maturities
by 0.05-0.10 per cent or 5-10 basis points. The hiked interest rates are on deposits below Rs. 1 crore. These
changes were done ahead of the fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review outcome on December 5.

5.RBI (Reserve Bank of India) announced the date of its implementation of the Net Stable Funding Ration
(NSFR) norms to be from _____?
1) April 1, 2020
2) July 1, 2020
3) February 1, 2020
4) June 1, 2020
5) None of these
Answer - 1) April 1, 2020
Explanation:
On December 1, 2018, RBI announced the date of its implementation of the Net Stable Funding Ration (NSFR)
norms to be from April 1, 2020. In the backdrop of global crises since 2007, the Basel Committee on Banking
Supervision (BCBS) proposed certain reforms to strengthen global capital and liquidity regulations with the
objective of promoting a more resilient banking sector. The NSFR norms were thus issued and from the aforesaid
date the NSFR norms would be active in the Indian banking sector. The norms would be applicable for Indian
banks at the solo as well as consolidated level, whereas, foreign banks operating as branches in India, the
framework would be applicable on stand-alone basis (for Indian operations only).

6.Which bank launched a new pan-European smartphone payment system called TARGET Instant Payment
Settlement (TIPS) in Rome, on 30th November 2018?
1) European Investment Bank (EIB)
2) European Central Bank (ECB)
3) Barclays
4) Societe Generale (SG)
5) None of these
Answer - 2) European Central Bank (ECB)
Explanation:
On 30th November 2018, the European Central Bank (ECB) launched a new pan-European smartphone payment
system called TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS) in Rome. TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS)
system will let people and companies in Europe transfer euros to each other within seconds and regardless of the
opening hours of their local bank. U.S. firms PayPal, Google, Facebook and Amazon, and China’s Alibaba and
Tencent currently dominate such services in Europe. Payments take 10 seconds or less to process and cost the
payment provider a fifth of a euro cent, or 0.002 euro; however, the first 10 million transactions for each bank will
be free before the end of 2019. TIPS system is directly linked to central bank funds, avoiding the need for time-
consuming checks between commercial banks.

7.World Bank unveiled _____ dollars in climate action investment for 2021-25, adding which amounts to a
doubling of its current five-year funding, on 3rd December 2018?
1) USD 200 billion
2) USD 370 billion
3) USD 450 billion
4) USD 150 billion
5) None of these
Answer - 1) USD 200 billion

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Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018 , the World Bank unveiled USD 200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25,
adding this amounts to a doubling of its current five-year funding.The move coincides with a UN climate summit in
Katowice (Poland). The breakdown of 200 billion dollars would comprise approximately 100 billion in direct
finance from the World Bank. Around one-third of the remaining funding will come from two World Bank Group
agencies with the rest private capital mobilised by the World Bank Group. In the 2018 fiscal year, running from
July 2017 to June 2018, the World Bank had committed USD 20.5 billion to climate action, compared with an
annual average of USD 13.5 billion for the 2014-2018 period. UN climate summit started on 03rd December 2018
in Katowice (Poland) with a warning that today’s generation is the last that can prevent catastrophic global
warming, as well as the first to be suffering its impacts. This Climate conference has been called as Paris 2.0.
Agreement saw countries commit to limiting global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6
degrees Fahrenheit), and to the safer cap of 1.5C if at all possible.

8.Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a ____ dollar loan in New Delhi,
under the Odisha Skill Development Project to promote skill development in Odisha, on 3rd December
2018?
1) $85 million
2) $45 million
3) $60 million
4) $35 million
5) None of these
Answer - 1) $85 million
Explanation:
On December 3, 2018, the Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $85 million loan
in New Delhi, under the Odisha Skill Development Project to promote skill development in Odisha. This project
would also receive a $2 million technical assistance grant from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, financed by
the Government of Japan. It will be administered by ADB. The agreement was signed between:
• Additional Secretary in the Finance Ministry Sameer Kumar Khare and
• Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission Kenichi Yokoyama.

9.Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has proposed to relax norms for
registration of Insurance Marketing Firms (IMFs). This was done based on recommendations of a panel
formed by the Government in June 2018 to review the regulations pertaining to insurance marketing
firms, headed by ____?
1) Ajay Tiwari
2) Suresh Mathur
3) Arvind Subramaniam
4) R Gandhi
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Suresh Mathur
Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) proposed to relax
norms for registration of Insurance Marketing Firms (IMFs) with an aim to improve penetration of insurance
products in the country. Earlier in June the IRDAI had formed a panel headed by Suresh Mathur, Executive Director
(insurance marketing firms), IRDAI, with nine more members to review the regulations pertaining to insurance
marketing firms. Based on the recommendations of the panel, IRDAI has proposed several changes in the existing
framework governing IMFs. IRDAI is considering reducing the net worth requirement to Rs 5 lakh from current Rs
10 lakh for registration as an insurance marketing firm for applicants opting for an aspirational district. The NITI
Aayog has designated 117 districts in 28 states as aspirational districts.

10.What is the repo rate as per 5th Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy released by Reserve Bank Of India (RBI),
on 5thDecember 2018?
1) 6 %
2) 6.25 %
3) 6.75 %
4) 5.75 %
5) None of these
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Answer - 5) None of these; Repo Rate is 6.5 %


Explanation:
Policy rates as per 5th Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy released by Reserve Bank Of India (RBI), released on 5th
December 2018.
Repo Rate 6.5%
Reverse Repo rate 6.25%
Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate 6.75%
Bank Rate 6.75%
Reserve Ratios:
CRR 4%
SLR 19.5%

11.GDP (Gross domestic product) of India has slowed down to ____ % in the 2nd quarter of 2018-19, as per
5th Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy released by Reserve Bank Of India (RBI)?
1) 7.1 %
2) 7.4 %
3) 7.5 %
4) 7.2 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 7.1 %
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, RBI released its 5th Bi-monthly monetary policy produced by the Monetary Policy
Committee chaired by RBI Governor Dr. Urjit Patel. GDP of India has slowed down to 7.1% in the 2nd quarter of
2018-19 after four consecutive quarters of acceleration. The reasons for this decline are:
• Decline in rural demand, subdued growth in kharif output, depressed prices of agricultural commodities
and sluggish growth in rural wages, which resulted in low private consumption and
• Growth of imports accelerated at a much faster pace than that of exports, resulting in net exports pulling
down aggregate demand.

12.Index of industrial production (IIP) slowed down to what per cent in September 2018, as per 5th Bi-
Monthly Monetary Policy released by Reserve Bank Of India (RBI)?
1) 3.8 %
2) 4.5 %
3) 5.2 %
4) 2.75 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 4.5 %
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, RBI released its 5th Bi-monthly monetary policy produced by the Monetary Policy
Committee chaired by RBI Governor Dr. Urjit Patel. Growth in the index of industrial production (IIP) slowed down
to 4.5 per cent in September 2018. The growth in core industries recovered in October on the back of double-digit
expansion in coal, cement and electricity. The purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for manufacturing touched an
eleven-month high of 54.0 in November, supported by an expansion in output, and domestic and export orders.

13.The total durable liquidity injection was ____ rupees for 2018-19, as mentioned in the 5th Bi-Monthly
Monetary Policy released by Reserve Bank Of India (RBI)?
1) Rs 2.85 trillion
2) Rs 4.55 trillion
3) Rs 3.60 trillion
4) Rs 1.36 trillion
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Rs 1.36 trillion
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, RBI released its 5th Bi-monthly monetary policy produced by the Monetary Policy
Committee chaired by RBI Governor Dr. Urjit Patel. There was large currency expansion in October and especially
during the festive season in November. Currency in circulation, however, contracted in each of the last three weeks

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in November. Due to the liquidity crunch, the Reserve Bank injected durable liquidity amounting to Rs.360 billion
in October and Rs.500 billion in November through open market purchase operations, bringing total durable
liquidity injection to Rs.1.36 trillion for 2018-19.

14.What was the GDP (Gross domestic product) prediction for India for 2018-19, as mentioned in the 5th
Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy released by Reserve Bank Of India (RBI)?
1) 7.6 %
2) 7.9 %
3) 7.4%
4) 7.7 %
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 7.4%
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, RBI released its 5th Bi-monthly monetary policy produced by the Monetary Policy
Committee chaired by RBI Governor Dr. Urjit Patel.
GDP Prediction
For 2018-19 7.4%
For 2018-19 H2 7.2-7.3%
For 2019-20 H1 7.5%
CPI Inflation
For 2018-19 H2 2.7-3.2%
For 2019-20 H1 3.8-4.2%

15.Digital lending company CASHe has partnered with which mobile Point-of -Sale (POS) payment services
provider, to launch the CASHe emi Mcards for a smooth loan experience at the point-of-sale?
1) Mswipe
2) Mpa y
3) QuickPay
4) SwipePay
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Mswipe
Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, digital lending company for young salaried millennials CASHe partnered with Mswipe,
India’s leading mobile Point-of -Sale (POS) payment services provider, to launch the CASHe emi Mcards for its
customers which will provide hassle-free loan experience at the point-of-sale. The card will offer instant pre-
approved credit of up to INR 10,000 with three equated monthly instalments (EMIs) repayment plan. Cardholders
can make a minimum purchase of INR 2,500 per transaction up to the limit of INR 10,000 at any of the 3 50,000,
Mswipe terminals available in 650 cities across the country.

16.Name the online financial products marketplace that has launched a first of its kind feature ‘Chance of
Approval’, to help loan applicants choose their most-suited lender on its platform in India?
1) PayPal.com
2) Paisabazaar.com
3) PayTM.com
4) MoneyBhai.com
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Paisabazaar.com
Explanation:
India’s largest online marketplace for financial products, Paisabazaar.com has launched a first of its kind feature
Chance of Approval, that will help loan applicants choose their most-suited lender on its platform in India. ‘Chance
of Approval’, is an advanced predictive algorithm that has been created by Paisabazaar.com using the last four
years of lending data. Globally a few leading players, like Credit Karma in the US, have developed similar features
to improve the acceptance rate on their platforms but this is the first such initiative in India. The ‘Chance of
Approval’ feature will match a borrower’s profile, like income, credit score, age etc., with the various lending
criteria of banks and NBFCs, to provide customers with the chances of getting their loan application approved –
Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor – against each lender. It is also planning to extend this feature to its other lending
products like Credit Card, Business Loan and Home Loan.
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17.ICICI Securities (ISec) launched the _____ instant fund credit feature to enable real-time payments in
bank accounts upon selling stocks in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), on 3rd December 2018?
1) eATM
2) ePAy
3) StockPay
4) SharePay
5) None of these
Answer - 1) eATM
Explanation:
On December 3, 2018, ICICI Securities (ISec), a brokerage firm, launched the ‘eATM’ instant fund credit feature to
enable real-time payments in bank accounts upon selling stocks in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). This feature is
available to retail investors who can get payment against sell of stocks in BSE instantly compared to earlier waiting
time of T+2 days. The payment is made directly to the bank accounts to within 30 minutes and the limit is Rs.
50,000 per client per day. This is being offered to all ICICIdirect customers at no additional cost and will be
available to stocks sold on the BSE. It is open to all trades in cash segment on nearly 600 stocks traded in BSE.

18.HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company announced tie-up with which bank on 5th December 2018, for
distribution of HDFC ERGO’s non-life insurance offerings to the customers of the bank through its network
branches?
1) Canara Bank
2) DBS Bank
3) Axis Bank
4) Federal Bank
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Federal Bank
Explanation:
On 05th December 2018, HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company, India’s leading private sector general insurance
company and Federal Bank, announced tie-up for the distribution of HDFC ERGO’s range of non-life insurance
offerings to the customers of the Bank through its network branches. This Corporate Agency Tie-up offer’s
comprehensive Insurance solutions to customers both digitally and physically, which benefits the customers in
many ways. Federal Bank’s deep rooted presence in Southern markets allows the Company to strengthen its
foothold within the region. Also, this enables Federal Bank to offer their customers’ a comprehensive solution for
all their financial requirements under a single roof.

19.Large borrowers having working capital of Rs. 150 crores and above can draw a minimum loan
component of ____% of the capital, as per guidelines issued by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), with effect from
April 1, 2019?
1) 50 %
2) 40 %
3) 60 %
4) 25 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 40 %
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued guidelines for enhancing the credit discipline of large
borrowers by allowing a minimum of 40% of the working capital to be drawn. According to the guidelines, large
borrowers having working capital of Rs. 150 crores and above can draw a minimum loan component of 40% of the
capital. Also, the drawings in excess of the minimum ‘loan component’ threshold may be allowed in the form of
cash credit facility. This will be effective from April 1, 2019. Further, the 40 per cent loan component will be
revised to 60 per cent, with effect from July 1, 2019.

20.Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed its first Alternative Procurement Arrangement (APA) with ____
to allow procedures on co-financed projects to follow a single procurement framework, on 6th December
2018?
1) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
2) World Bank
3) European Investment Bank (EIB)

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4) State Bank of India (SBI)


5) None of these
Answer - 2) World Bank
Explanation:
On 06th December 2018, Asian Development Bank (ADB) has entered into an arrangement with the World Bank to
put in place a single framework that will make co-financed projects more efficient. ADB’s first Alternative
Procurement Arrangement (APA) with the World Bank will allow procedures on co-financed projects to follow a
single procurement framework. The APA is a step further towards reducing procurement timelines in line with
Strategy 2030. Strategy 2030 is ADB’s long-term plan to respond effectively to the Asia and Pacific region’s
changing needs. In 2017, ADB operations totalled USD 32.2 billion, including USD 11.9 billion in co-financing. This
will lessen the burden on executing and implementing agencies that have traditionally used multiple procurement
frameworks on a single project and project implementation.

21.Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) announced extension of credit facility of _____ dollars to
Tanzania for water supply projects in the country, on 7th December 2018?
1) USD 500 million
2) USD 210 million
3) USD 400 million
4) USD 350 million
5) None of these
Answer - 1) USD 500 million
Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) announced extension of credit facility of USD 500
million to Tanzania for water supply projects in the country. This is according to a MOU signed on May 10, 2018,
between the EXIM Bank and Government of Tanzania. According to the RBI’s statement, of the total credit by Exim
Bank: goods and services of value of at least 75 per cent of the contract price shall be supplied by the seller from
India and remaining 25 per cent of goods and services may be procured by the seller for the purpose of the eligible
contract from outside India. Also, the agreement under the line of credit is effective from September 18, 2018.

22.National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed a loan agreement worth _____
with Green Climate Fund (GCF) to boost rooftop solar power capacity projects through private sector
participation, on 8th December 2018?
1) USD 100 million
2) USD 250 million
3) USD 300 million
4) USD 170 million
5) None of these
Answer - 1) USD 100 million
Explanation:
On December 8, 2018, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed a loan
agreement worth USD 100 million with Green Climate Fund (GCF) to boost rooftop solar power capacity projects
through the private sector participation. The Total corpus of the project is USD 250 mn, which will be executed by
Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd. The Agreement was signed, on the sidelines of ongoing COP24 in Katowice, Poland, by:
Shri Shankar A Pande, Chief General Manager, NABARD in the presence of Shri A K Mehta, Additional Secretary,
Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). GCF is an UNFCC-promoted Fund that has
NABARD as the National Implementing Entity (NIE).

23.Which bank has approved a $400 million loan for a Water Sanitation Project in Andhra Pradesh?
1) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
2) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
3) World Bank
4) SoftBank
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Explanation:
The Beijing Headquartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) had approved a $400 million loan for a
Water Sanitation Project in Andhra Pradesh. The Project will be very helpful for women and girls of affected

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community in Andhra Pradesh and it will reduce the health risks and health expenditure for the people of Andhra
Pradesh. India is the second largest shareholder of Asian Infrastructure Development Bank after China. After this
Loan the overall loan amount of India from AIIB reached to $2 Billion spread over nine projects. This loan will
strengthen the AIIB’s capacity and loan demand from other states is also expected to increase.

24.Which entity announced that it will implement an ‘Ombudsman Scheme for Digital Transactions’
covering services provided by entities falling under Reserve Bank’s regulatory jurisdiction?
1) Union Ministry of Finance
2) State Bank of India (SBI)
3) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
4) Indian Banks' Association (IBA)
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Explanation:
On 5th December 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that it will implement an ‘Ombudsman Scheme for
Digital Transactions’ covering services provided by entities falling under Reserve Banks regulatory jurisdiction.
The scheme will be notified by the end of January 2019. The ombudsman scheme will provide cost-free
mechanism to redress grievances of customers related to digital transactions to strengthen consumer confidence.
In another customer protection initiative, the RBI has issued instructions on limiting customer liability in respect
of unauthorized electronic transactions involving banks and credit card issuing non-banking financial companies
(NBFCs) and will very soon work out a frame work for the same purpose involving transactions of prepaid
payment instruments PPIs like mobile wallets.

25.Jana Small Finance Bank launched Jana Bankable Debit Card in association with which entity, on
11th December 2018?
1) Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
2) Hockey India (HI)
3) Indian Olympics Association (IOA)
4) Badminton Association of India (BAI)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
Explanation:
On 11th December 2018 Jana Small Finance Bank in association with the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) has launched Jana Bankable Debit Card. This card is designed for cricket fans who like deals and offers on
online shopping, gym membership, health & wellness products, food delivery, music and travel on top brands like
Snap Fitness, Snapdeal, Gaana.com, IXIGO, Myntra, Crocs, Puma and GrowFit. The card comes with images of the
top Indian cricketers – Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya. The Jana Small Finance Bank is
the official sponsor of BCCI for all the cricket matches that are played in India. To grab the business, the bank is
also offering interest rate of 8.5% and 9.1% for senior citizens on fixed deposit on tenor of 181 days to 5 years
besides, offering 9% interest rate on Fixed Deposit with no premature withdrawal on a tenor of more than one
year and up to 3 years.

26.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a fine amounting to ____ rupees on Indian Bank for violating cyber
security norms, on 11th December 2018?
1) Rs 2 crore
2) Rs 5 crore
3) Rs 3 crore
4) Rs 1 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Rs 1 crore
Explanation:
On December 11, 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a fine amounting to Rs. 1 crore on Indian Bank
for violating cyber security norms. The Indian Bank had contravened the Circular on Cyber Security Framework in
banks due to which it had to face the penalty. It is with regard to RBI’s directions on Frauds- Classification and
Reporting by Commercial Banks. The penalty was imposed under the provision of Banking Regulations Act 1949.

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27.Government of India and which bank signed a loan agreement of 31 million dollars to develop Tourism
and boost Jobs in Tamil Nadu, on 11th December 2018?
1) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
2) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
3) World Bank
4) European Investment Bank
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Explanation:
On December 11, 2018, Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a loan agreement of
31 million dollars in New Delhi to develop Tourism and boost Jobs in Tamil Nadu. It was signed by: Additional
Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Sameer Kumar Khare and Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director for
ADB in India. This was a tranche 4 loan for Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism (IDIPT)
for Tamil Nadu. The total cost of the project is $44.04 million, of which the Government will provide $13.04
million. The estimated completion date of the project is June 2020.

28.The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a ____ dollar loan agreement to
reduce floods and riverbank erosion in flood prone areas along the Brahmaputra river in Assam, on
13th December 2018?
1) $60 million
2) $40 million
3) $50 million
4) $70 million
5) None of these
Answer - 1) $60 million
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, the Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $60 million
loan agreement to reduce floods and the riverbank erosion in flood prone areas along the Brahmaputra river in
Assam. The loan is part of the 120 million dollars multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) for the Assam integrated
Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program approved by ADB in October 2010. The
Program will fund a combination of structural and nonstructural measures in the three subproject areas of
Palasbari-Gumi, Kaziranga, and Dibrugarh along the Brahmaputra river which include 20 km of riverbank
protection works and upgrading of 13 km of flood embankments.

29.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed Bandhan Bank to open how many new branches, by the end of
December 2018, releasing the restriction it had put on the bank for opening new branches in September
2018?
1) Jana Small Finance Bank
2) Federal Bank
3) Corporation Bank
4) Bandhan Bank
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Bandhan Bank
Explanation:
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed Bandhan Bank to open as many as 40 new branches, by the end of
December, releasing the restriction that RBI has put on the Bandhan bank’s branch opening spree three months
back. The RBI had barred the bank from opening new branches in September after the private-sector lender failed
to bring down main shareholder’s stake to below 40 % as mandated in the licensing norms for universal banks.
Bandhan Financial Services (BFSL) the promoter of Bandhan Bank, currently holds 82.28 % stake in the bank. The
bank is planning either to float an open offer for sale or to acquire a non-bank lender which would in turn bring
down the promoters’ stake.

30.Global financial technology company OBOPAY, announced the launch of a new generation pre-payment
instrument called OBOPAY Card in partnership with Mastercard and which bank, on 14th December 2018?
1) Axis Bank
2) Canara Bank
3) Federal Bank

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4) ICICI Bank
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Federal Bank
Explanation:
On December 14, 2018, OBOPAY, the global financial technology company, announced the launch of a new
generation pre-payment instrument called- OBOPAY Card-in partnership with Federal Bank and Mastercard. It is
built as a one-stop solution that facilitates easy disbursements and payments by enterprises. The highlights of the
card include:
• The multi-wallet facility that allows dedicated payments and allocation of money for various purposes,
• The ‘Split transaction’ feature which provides payment flexibility to users and multiple payment scenarios
among many others.
• Card to card money transfer, making online payments, withdrawing cash at ATMs.

31.Customers will be covered under standalone compulsory personal accident (CPA) from _____, as per
notification of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI)?
1) January 1, 2019
2) April 1, 2019
3) March 1, 2019
4) August 1, 2019
5) None of these
Answer - 1) January 1, 2019
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, as per notification of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI),
customers would be covered under standalone compulsory personal accident (CPA) from January 1, 2019. IRDAI
introduced standalone PA cover where a single PA cover can be taken for multiple vehicles. Additionally, if an
owner-driver has a 24 hour personal accident cover against Death and Permanent Disability (Total and Partial) for
CSI of at least Rs 15 lakh, no separate CPA is necessary.

32.Where did Minister of State (Independent Charge) for communications, Manoj Sinha launch India Post’s
Internet banking facility for post office savings bank (POSB) customers, on 14th December 2018?
1) Kolkata
2) New Delhi
3) Mumbai
4) Kochi
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
On December 14, 2018, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for communications, Manoj Sinha launched India
Post’s Internet banking facility for post office savings bank (POSB) customers, at the National Media Centre in New
Delhi. Under this new facility, customers will be able to:
• Transfer funds from one post office savings bank account to another POSB account,
• make online deposits from savings bank account to recurring deposit (RD) account and public provident
fund (PPF) account of post office.
A POSB customer can access the internet banking facility at ebanking.indiapost.gov.in. Additionally, the revamped
India Post website and e-commerce portal for rural entrepreneurs were launched as well. Also, the event
witnessed Disbursement of scholarship under Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana & Conferment of Meghdoot award by
the minister.

33.Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) imposed a fine of ______ rupees each
on Iffco Tokio General Insurance and Royal Sundaram General Insurance for violating motor tariff claims
and file & use guidelines, on 20th December 2018?
1) Rs 2 lakh
2) Rs 3 lakh
3) Rs 4 lakh
4) Rs 5 lakh
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Rs 5 lakh
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Explanation:
On Dec.20 2018 The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has imposed fine of Rs 5
lakh each on Iffco Tokio General Insurance and Royal Sundaram General Insurance for violating motor tariff claims
and file & use guidelines. Irdai also informed the companies violated File & Use guidelines and circulars issued by
it from time to time advising insurers that they shall continue to use the coverage, terms & conditions, wordings,
warranties, clauses and endorsements of the erstwhile tariff of classes of insurance covers until further orders.

34.Paisabazaar.com, online marketplace for financial products, partnered with which bank to offer the
bank’s home loan product to customers on the Paisabazaar platform, on 20th December 2018?
1) Canara Bank
2) Federal Bank
3) Karnataka Bank
4) DBS Bank
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Karnataka Bank
Explanation:
On December 20, 2018, Paisabazaar.com, online marketplace for financial products, and Karnataka Bank entered
into a partnership to offer the bank’s home loan product to customers on the Paisabazaar platform.
Paisabazaar.com works with 30 partners for its home loan product, which includes country’s biggest private and
public banks and housing finance companies (HFCs).

35.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in consultation with the government of India has decided to have “rule-
based dynamic limit” for total Outstanding External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) to ____ Pc of GDP?
1) 6.5
2) 7.2
3) 5.7
4) 8.2
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 6.5
Explanation:
On 20th December,2018,The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) in consultation with the government of India had decided
to have “rule-based dynamic limit” for total Outstanding External Commercial Borrowings(ECBs) to 6.5 Pc of GDP.
The limit in ECBs was announced based on the gross domestic product (GDP) figures.The soft limit works out to
$160 billion during March end for the current financial year while it decreased to $126.29 billion,on September
30,2018. This comes in the backdrop of RBI’s Previous month decision of extant ECB provisions, reducing the
mandatory hedge coverage from 100 per cent to 70 per cent.

36.US Federal Reserve has raised the interest rate from 2.25 per cent to what per cent which will result in
increase of borrowing costs for individuals and businesses?
1) 2.5 %
2) 2.75 %
3) 3.00 %
4) 3.25 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 2.5 %
Explanation:
The US Federal Reserve has raised the interest rate from 2.25 per cent to 2.5 per cent which will result in increase
in the borrowing costs for the individuals and businesses. This is the fourth hike in interest rate in 2018. The
Federal Reserve continued raising interest rates gradually as US economy is showing strength and unemployment
rates has been gone down to 3.7 per cent.

37.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that India’s current account deficit (CAD) widened to ____ %
of the Gross domestic product (GDP) in the July-September quarter of the current fiscal?
1) 3.5 %
2) 2.9 %
3) 4.5 %
4) 1.8 %

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5) None of these
Answer - 2) 2.9 %
Explanation:
On 7th December 2018, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that India’s current account deficit (CAD) widened to
2.9% of the GDP in the July-September quarter of the current fiscal, against 1.1% in the year-ago period, mainly
due to a large trade deficit. The deficit for the second quarter was $19.1 billion compared with $6.9 billion in the
year-earlier period. The central bank said that the widening of CAD on a year-on-year basis was primarily on
account of a higher trade deficit at $50 billion compared with $32.5 billion a year ago. Country’s balance of
payments was in deficit of $1.9 billion in the July-September quarter as compared with a surplus of $9.5 billion in
the year ago period.

38.Which entity relaxed norms pertaining to setting up of cyber security operation Centre for small
market intermediaries citing that they lack knowledge in cyber security, on 14th December 2018?
1) Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
2) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
3) Finance Ministry
4) Indian Banks Association (IBA)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
Explanation:
On 14th December 2018, Indian Market Regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) relaxed norms
pertaining to setting up cyber security operation Centre for small market intermediaries citing that they lack
knowledge in cyber security. Cost factor involved in setting up own security operation centre along with lack of
knowledge in cyber security were the main reasons SEBI cited for easing the norms. Under new framework, Small
intermediaries can utilize services of market Security Operations Center (SCO) which will be set up by the Market
Infrastructure Institutions (MIS). Membership of Intermediaries in Security Operations Centre (SCO) is not
mandatory.

39.Korean Won and _____ are the two new currencies added to the List of Currencies for Exchange Rate, by
Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs (CBIC), on 12th December 2018?
1) Turkish Lira
2) Japanese Yen
3) Chilean Peso
4) Brazilian Real
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Turkish Lira
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018, the Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs (CBIC) which works under Ministry of
Finance notified the Korean Won and Turkish Lira in the List of Currencies for Exchange Rate in order to decrease
the transaction cost and enhance the ease of doing business, thereby, benefiting the Indian, Korean and Turkish
businesses. The CBIC which so far notified exchange rates for 20 currencies for the purpose of valuation of
imported and exported goodswill include two more currencies Won and Lira in the list. The Central Board of
Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) notifies the Rate of Exchange under Section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962. The
initiative is expected to help exporters claim the benefits of Merchandise Export Incentive Scheme easily, as the
rates of TRY (Lira) and Won will be readily available on the realisation date of remittances. Bilateral trade
between India-South Korea stood at $16.36 billion while that between India and Turkey stood at $7.2 billion
during 2017-18.

40.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shortlisted how many major IT companies to set up a wide-based digital
Public Credit Registry (PCR) to capture details of all borrowers and willful defaulters, on 23rd December
2018?
1) 4
2) 6
3) 8
4) 10
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 6

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Explanation:
On 23rd December 2018,Reserve Bank of India has shortlisted six major IT companies, TCS, Wipro and IBM India,
Capgemini Technology Services India, Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India, and Mindtree Ltd. to set up a
wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR) to capture details of all borrowers and willful defaulters. PCR will
include data from entities like market regulator Sebi,corporate affairs ministry, Goods and Service Tax Network
(GSTN) and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) to enable banks and financial institutions to get a
360-degree profile of the existing as well as prospective borrowers on a real-time basis. PCR assumes significance
of rising bad loans in the financial system. The non-performing assets in the banking system stand at about Rs 10
lakh crore.CRILC is a borrower-level supervisory dataset that keeps record of loans of Rs 5 crore and above.

41.Punjab National Bank (PNB) in collaboration with which state government launched a special card
called PNB Rupay card, for Kumbh Mela 2019?
1) Uttar Pradesh
2) Himachal Pradesh
3) Uttarakhand
4) Rajasthan
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Uttar Pradesh
Explanation:
On December 23, 2018, State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) in collaboration with Uttar Pradesh government
launched a special card called PNB Rupay card, for Kumbh Mela 2019. It is aimed to create a model for digitization
at this edition of Kumbh Mela for convenient and hassle-free transactions for the participating 12 crore devotees.
This product can be used even in absence of internet.

42.Any retired RBI (Reserve Bank of India) official intending to take over the position of CEO or Chairman
of any other entity would have to wait for how many years, as per guidelines issued by RBI on
23rd December 2018?
1) 2
2) 3
3) 4
4) 1
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 3
Explanation:
On December 23, 2018, the central bank of India, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued norms providing guidelines of
cooling-period before a retired RBI top official starts to hold top ranking position in other entities. According to
RBI, any retired official intending to take over the position of CEO or Chairman of any other entity would have to
wait for 3 years. However, if the official is to join as a director of the company’s board, he/she would have to wait
for a period of 1 year.

43.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon introduce a new currency note of what denomination with
additional features?
1) Rs 20
2) Rs 50
3) Rs 10
4) Rs 5
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 20
Explanation:
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon introduce a new Rs 20 currency note with additional features. The
central bank has already issued new look currency notes in the denominations of Rs 10, Rs 50, Rs 100, and Rs 500,
besides introducing Rs 200 and Rs 2,000 bank notes. The new look notes are being introduced since November
2016 under Mahatma Gandhi (New) series. These are different in size and design compared to the notes issued
previously.

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44.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in consultation with the government has set up a 6-member committee to
review the economic capital framework of the central bank. Who is the head of the committee?
1) Bimal Jalan
2) Sanjay Gupta
3) Rana Singh
4) Manas Karath
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Bimal Jalan
Explanation:
On 26th December 2018, The Reserve Bank of India, in consultation with the government of India has set up a 6-
member committee headed by Former RBI Chief Bimal Jalan to review the economic capital framework of the
central bank. The committee will suggest how the central bank should handle its reserves and whether it can
transfer its surplus to the government. The six-member panel has former deputy RBI governor Rakesh Mohan as
its vice chairman and comprises economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, RBI central board members
Bharat Doshi and Sudhir Mankad and deputy governor NS Viswanathan. The panel will decide whether RBI is
holding provisions, reserves and buffers in surplus of the required levels. It would also propose a suitable profits
distribution policy taking into account all the likely situations of the RBI. The committee will also suggest an
adequate level of risk provisioning that the RBI needs to maintain. Surplus reserves that are created out of realized
gains will also come under the jurisdiction of this committee. The panel will submit its report within a period of 90
days from the date of its first meeting.

45.Which entity has launched a ‘Survey on Retail Payment Habits of Individuals (SRPHi)’ in 6 cities, for
which fieldwork was carried out by Sigma Research & Consulting Pvt Ltd?
1) Finance Ministry
2) NITI Aayog
3) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
4) National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) launched a ‘Survey on Retail Payment Habits of
Individuals (SRPHi)’ in 6 cities including four metropolitan cities. The survey will cover a sample of 6,000
individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds across six cities of: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai,
Bengaluru and Guwahati. The fieldwork for the survey was carried out by Sigma Research & Consulting Pvt Ltd.
The survey would capture payment habits of individuals and this will provide some idea about awareness and
usage habits of digital payment products.

46.Name the bank that penalised the highest number of employees for defrauding bank assets in the last 3
years out of 60 scheduled commercial banks operating in India?
1) Axis Bank
2) ICICI Bank
3) HDFC Bank
4) State Bank of India
5) None of these
Answer - 2) ICICI Bank
Explanation:
On December 27, 2018, according to data furnished by the Reserve Bank of India, between 2015 and 2017, private
lender ICICI Bank penalised the highest number of employees for defrauding bank assets in the last three year out
of 60 scheduled commercial banks operating in India. It is followed by State Bank of India and Punjab National
Bank. In all, banks took action against a staggering 13,949 officials, of which 16 per cent, or 2,236, belonged to
ICICI. However, the number of fraud cases has declined over the past 3 years.

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47.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed norms for City Co-operative Bank, allowing its depositors to
withdraw a sum not exceeding _____ rupees of the total balance in any deposit account, against the earlier
limit of Rs 1,000?
1) Rs 5,000
2) Rs 10,000
3) Rs 15,000
4) Rs 2,000
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 5,000
Explanation:
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed the norms for the Mumbai-based the City Co-operative Bank, allowing
its depositors to withdraw a sum not exceeding Rs 5,000 of the total balance in every savings bank or current
account or any other deposit account, against Rs 1,000 earlier. Earlier in April this year, the RBI had imposed
several restrictions on the cooperative bank, including limiting the withdrawal by depositors to Rs 1,000 amid
weakening of the financial position of the bank. The RBI had relaxed the said norm with the condition that-
wherever any depositor is having liability to the bank in any manner, i.e. either as a borrower or surety, including
loans against the bank deposits, the amount may be adjusted first to the relevant borrowal account/s. The central
bank has said that the modification in the directive “should not per-se be construed” to imply that it is satisfied
about an improvement in the financial position of the bank.

48.Which group became India’s largest conglomerate in terms of market capitalization with a total worth
of Rs. 10.40 lakh crore, as per Bloomberg data, on 28th December 2018?
1) Tata Group
2) HDFC Group
3) Reliance Group
4) Adani-Wilmar Group
5) None of these
Answer - 2) HDFC Group
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, according to Bloomberg data, Deepak Parekh-led HDFC group overtook Tata Group
become the country’s largest conglomerate in terms of market capitalisation. The total market capitalization
(MACP) of the group’s five listed companies is currently valued at Rs 10.40 lakh crore, which is Rs 1,185 crore
more than that of Tata Group. HDFC Bank, a part of the group, is only the third company in Indian corporate
history to cross the Rs 5-lakh crore market capitalisation threshold, after TCS (Rs 7.16 trillion) and RIL (Rs 7.09
trillion). Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance group is third in market cap ranking at Rs 7.06 lakh crore.

49.Reserve Bank of India cleared a proposal to give existing _____ rupees corpus to Small Industries
Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for funding micro finance institutions (MFIs), on 27th December 2018?
1) Rs 1000 crore
2) Rs 2100 crore
3) Rs 3000 crore
4) Rs 4300 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 1000 crore
Explanation:
On December 27, 2018, Reserve Bank of India cleared a proposal to give existing Rs 1000-crore corpus to Small
Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for funding micro finance institutions (MFIs). With this, soft loans to
MFIs would be provided on a condition that end borrowers should get loans at 15-17% rate, lower than the
market rate of 20-22%.For this SIDBI had tied up with entities such as Uttar Pradesh-based Cashpor Micro Credit
and Karnataka-based Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) and the next tie up would
be with Odisha. Additionally, this would also enable SIDBI to fund the “missing middle segment” whose range
varies from Rs 50000 to Rs 3 lakh, which can be increased o Rs 5 lakh, for the first time.

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50.State Bank of India (SBI) has been authorized to issue and encash Electoral Bonds through its 29
Authorized Branches, in the 7th Phase of sale, from 1st to 10th January 2019. The electoral bond is valid for
how many days?
1) 30
2) 15
3) 10
4) 25
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 15
Explanation:
The State Bank of India (SBI), in the VII Phase of sale of Electoral Bonds, has been authorized to issue and encash
Electoral Bonds through its 29 Authorized Branches w.e.f. 01.01.2019 to 10.01.2019. Electoral Bonds shall be valid
for fifteen calendar days from the date of issue and no payment shall be made to any payee Political Party if the
Electoral Bond is deposited after expiry of the validity period. The Electoral Bond deposited by an eligible Political
Party in its account shall be credited on the same day.

51.Union Government has decided to infuse ____ rupees in the United Bank of India as a part of Rs 28,615
crore capital infusion to be done in 7 public sector banks through recapitalisation bonds in near future?
1) Rs 2,159 crore
2) Rs 6,788 crore
3) Rs 5,223 crore
4) Rs 3,890 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 2,159 crore
Explanation:
On 26th December 2018, the Union Government decided to infuse Rs 2,159 crore in the State-owned United Bank
of India asa part of Rs 28,615 crore capital infusion to be done in seven public sector banks via recapitalisation
bonds in near future. According to sources, the recapitalization amount that the seven public sector banks might
receive is as follows:
Name of Bank Recapitalization Amount (Rs.)
Bank of India 10,086 crore
Central Bank of India 1,678 crore
United Bank of India 2,159 crore
Oriental Bank of Commerce 5,500 crore
Bank of Maharashtra 4,498 crore
UCO bank 3,056 crore
Syndicate Bank 1,638 crore

52.Which PSU (Public Sector Undertakings) emerged as the most profitable PSU in 2017-18 according to a
survey titled ‘The Public Enterprises Survey 2017-18’ prepared by the Department of Public Enterprises,
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises?
1) Indian Oil Corporation
2) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
3) National Thermal Power Corporation
4) Power Grid Corporation
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Indian Oil Corporation
Explanation:
On December 27, 2018, according to a survey titled ‘The Public Enterprises Survey 2017-18’ tabled in the
parliament, Indian Oil Corporation, ONGC and NTPC emerged as the top three most profitable PSUs in 2017-18.
The survey mapped the performance of central public sector units. It was prepared by the Department of Public
Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises. The top ten loss making PSUs claimed 84.71 per
cent of the total losses made by all the 71 CPSEs. The top ten profit making CPSEs accounted for 61.83 per cent of
the total profit earned by all the 184 profit making state-owned firms during the year. Indian Oil Corporation,
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12.49 per cent and 6.48 per cent, respectively to the total profit earned by CPSEs during the same period. The top 5
was closed off by, Coal India and Power Grid Corporation occupying the fourth and fifth spot in the list.

53.India has been getting foreign investment of over ____ dollars, and has surpassed China for the first time
in two decades, as per data from Dealogic, a Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and capital markets data
provider?
1) $32 billion
2) $38 billion
3) $43 billion
4) $52 billion
5) None of these
Answer - 2) $38 billion
Explanation:
According to data from Dealogic, a global Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and capital markets data provider, India
has been getting more foreign investment than its neighbour China for the first time in two decades. In 2018, India
whose financial market is supported by stable fundamentals, a bankruptcy code and fresh opportunities in sunrise
sectors, saw more than $38 billion of inbound deals compared with China’s $32 billion. China, which has
historically been the favourite for emerging market bets, is facing slowdown nowadays because of its trade
standoff with the United States. India has had a busy Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) calendar in 2018 and it will
continue to see good traction in inbound M&As besides, global investors are typically focusing on India despite
short-term uncertainty over the political climate. The wealthy foreign investors are attracted to deploy funds in
the country since the asset divestment is happening because of the new bankruptcy framework.

54.Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar said that the Provision Coverage Ratio (PCR) of Public sector
bank has gone up from 46.04 % as of March 2015 to what percent, as of September 2018?
1) 66.85 %
2) 54.78 %
3) 23.45 %
4) 78.65 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 66.85 %
Explanation:
The financial Services Secretary, Rajiv Kumar said that the Provision Coverage Ratio (PCR) of Public sector bank
has gone up from 46.04 per cent as of March 2015 to 66.85 per cent as of September 2018, reflecting improvement
in their financial health. The provision coverage ratio (PCR) gives an indication of the provision made against bad
loans from the profit generated. Higher the PCR, lower is the unexposed part of the bad debts. He also said that
Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of public sector banks (PSBs) have declined by Rs 23,860 crore in the first
half of the current financial year from a peak of Rs 9.62 lakh crore in March 2018. The consistent rise in PCR also
indicates the adoption of discipline for making adequate provisions for NPAs besides giving banks cushion to
absorb losses. The decrease in PCR has been achieved while being compliant with capital requirement norms.

55.Government has decided to infuse ____ rupees in Bank of India as part of Rs 28,615 crore capital
infusion to be done in nearly six public sector banks?
1) Rs 10,086 crore
2) Rs 5,789 crore
3) Rs 12,789 crore
4) Rs 9,890 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 10,086 crore
Explanation:
On 26th December 2018, the state-owned Bank of India said that the government has decided to infuse Rs 10,086
crore in the bank as part of Rs 28,615 crore capital infusion to be done in about half a dozen public sector
lenders. The capital infusion in the Bank of India’s equity will be done by way of preferential allotment of shares.
The government has decided to pump Rs 28,615 crore into seven public sector banks (PSBs) through
recapitalisation bonds in order to enhance the lending capacity of PSBs and help them come out of the Reserve
Bank of India’s Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework. Currently there are 11 PSBs under the Prompt
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preventing the growth of their loan books. Earlier the government had announced an infusion of Rs 65,000 crore
in PSBs in 2018-19, of which Rs 23,000 crore has already been disbursed, while Rs 42,000 crore is remaining.
Besides this the government would put an additional Rs 41,000 crore in PSBs over and above what was announced
earlier and on December 20, the government sought Parliament’s approval for infusion of an additional Rs 41,000
crore.

56.Banks recovered _____ rupees worth of bad loans in the fiscal ended March 2018, as per RBI (Reserve
Bank of India) report titled ‘Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India 2017-18’?
1) Rs 40,400 crore
2) Rs 38,500 crore
3) Rs 45,700 crore
4) Rs 53,800 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 40,400 crore
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, according to RBI report titled ‘Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India 2017-18’,
banks have recovered stressed assets helped by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) and amendments in the
Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interests (SARFAESI) Act. In the
fiscal ended March 2018, banks recovered Rs 40,400 crore worth of bad loans as against Rs 38,500 crore
recovered in FY17. The recovery was possible through various channels of: Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC),
SARFAESI Act, debt recovery tribunals (DRTs) and Lok Adalats. The breakdown of the recovery via these channels
are as follows: through IBC: Rs 4,900 crore, through SARFAESI: Rs 26,500 crore in FY18. The most recovery was by
the amended SARFAESI Act, which states that: A provision of three months’ imprisonment will be imposed in case
the borrower does not provide asset details and the lender would get possession of the mortgaged property within
30 days.

57.Name the small finance bank that has received the Reserve Bank approval to operate as scheduled
bank making it the fifth scheduled bank that operates from Kerala?
1) Jana Small Finance Bank
2) AU Small Finance Bank
3) ESAF Small Finance Bank
4) Manapuram Small Finance Bank
5) None of these
Answer - 3) ESAF Small Finance Bank
Explanation:
The Thrissur, Kerala-based ESAF Small Finance Bank has received the Reserve Bank approval to operate as
scheduled bank making it the fifth scheduled bank that operates from Kerala after Federal Bank, South Indian
Bank, Catholic Syrian Bank, and Dhanlaxmi Bank. The ESAF Small Finance Bank Ltd has received the RBI’s
approval for inclusion in the second schedule of the RBI Act, 1934 paving its way to operate as scheduled bank. In
2016, RBI gave approval to ESAF MFI along with 9 other applicants to start banking operations as a small finance
bank and within two years of its commencement of operations, it has received the scheduled bank tag. On the
operation front, the ESAF Small Finance Bank has a network of 432 outlets across 13 states with 2.6 million
customers and a loan book of Rs 4,660 crore and deposits if over Rs 3,300 crore. Its capital- to-risk-weighted-asset
(CRAR) ratio stands at 27.39 per cent.

58.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the relaxation offered to banks for offering liquidity support
to non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) until _____?
1) March 31, 2019
2) July 1, 2019
3) January 31, 2019
4) April 1, 2019
5) None of these
Answer - 1) March 31, 2019
Explanation:
On 28th December 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the relaxation offered to banks for offering
liquidity support to non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) until March 31st 2019, the facility which was initially
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(HFCs), it has allowed banks to use government securities equivalent to their outstanding credit for non-bank
lenders, NBFC and HFC, in addition to the outstanding credit they had for October 19, to comply with the
requirements of the liquidity coverage index (LCR). The highly liquid assets that banks and financial institutions
hold to meet their short-term obligations is known as LCR. Besides this the facility of single borrower limit for
NBFC (not financing infrastructure), which was increased from 10% to 15% of the capital funds until December
31, 2018 has been extended until March 31, 2019.

59.System-wide Gross Non-Performing Assets (GNPA) of banks rose to what percent amounting to Rs 10.39
trillion in FY18 from 9.3 % a year ago, as per the ‘Trends & Progress of Banking in 2017-18’ report
released by Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?
1) 12.3 %
2) 15.4 %
3) 14.6 %
4) 11.2 %
5) None of these
Answer - 4) 11.2 %
Explanation:
On 28th December 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the ‘Trends & Progress of Banking in 2017-18’
report which stated that, system-wide Gross Non-Performing Assets (GNPA) of banks rose to 11.2 % or at Rs 10.39
trillion in FY18 from 9.3 % a year ago. The share of public sector banks stood at Rs 8.95 trillion or at 14.6 percent
due to restructured advances slipping into NPAs and better NPA recognition whereas Private sector banks’ GNPA
ratio stood at a much lower level of 4.7 percent. The report stated that the resolute efforts on the part of private
sector banks to clean up their balance sheets through higher write-offs and better recoveries also contributed to
their lower GNPA ratios. In terms of the net NPA ratio, state-run banks saw significant deterioration at 8 percent in
FY18 from 6.9 percent year-ago. On the other hand the Asset quality of foreign banks improved marginally to 3.8
percent in FY18 from 4 percent in FY17.

60.Public sector banks have approved more than 1.12 lakh loan applications of MSMEs worth _____ rupees
under the government’s ’59 minutes’ loan scheme, as on 25th December 2018?
1) Rs 37,412 crore
2) Rs 45,890 crore
3) Rs 67,455 crore
4) Rs 25,133 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 37,412 crore
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, Public sector banks have approved more than 1.12 lakh loan applications of MSMEs worth
of 37,412 crore rupees under the government’s ’59 minutes’ loan scheme. As per reports given out by the Union
Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla, as on 25th of December, out of over 1.31 lakh applications, the
state-owned banks have accorded in-principal approval to 1.12 lakh applicants. Also sanctions have been made in
respect of 40,669 cases totalling over 14 thousand crore rupees. About 59 minutes loan scheme:
• According to the scheme, GST-registered Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can take loan up
to one crore in just 59 minutes through ‘psbloansin59minutes.com‘ portal.
• It is a part of PM Modi’s 12-point action plan for MSMEs.
• The automated, contact-less business loan approvals are provided for loans worth Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1 crore.
• The rate of interest starts from 8% and these loans are connected to Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro
and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) scheme.
• The website reduces the turnaround time from 20-25 days to 59 minutes.
• After approval, the loan will be disbursed in about a week.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMY


1.National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has stated that Indian economy is projected to
grow at 7% -____ % in the current fiscal year?
1) 7.3 %
2) 7.5 %
3) 7.4 %
4) 7.2 %
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 7.4 %
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, economic policy think-tank, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER)
said that Indian economy is projected to grow at 7-7.4 % in the current fiscal citing comfortable agricultural sector
outlook and a marked improvement in the external sector. According to a report by the NCAER, the real
agriculture Gross Value Added (GVA) is envisaged to grow at 3 per cent and real industry GVA at 7 per cent in
2018-19. The growth rates of exports and imports, in dollar terms, are estimated at 11.8 percent and 16.9 percent
respectively. According to NCAER’s Mid-Year Review of the Economy these forecasts at constant prices are based
on NCAER’s annual GDP macro model. The current account balance and central fiscal deficit, as percentages of
GDP, are projected at -2.3 percent and 3.2 percent respectively. NCAER also estimated that the combined output of
Kharif and Rabi food grains during the current year may be in the region of 290 million tonnes, which is slightly
higher than last year’s record output.

2.Bain & Company’s latest report states that, India has the fastest growing online retail market among top
global economies, with India’s online retail market having a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of what
percentage from 2013 to 2017?
1) 53 %
2) 67 %
3) 48 %
4) 76 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 53 %
Explanation:
Consultancy firm Bain & Company’s latest report states that, India has the fastest growing online retail market
among top global economies. According to the report, India’s online retail market had a compound annual growth
rate (CAGR) of 53% from 2013 to 2017. This rapid growth is due to heavily discount-driven e-commerce
marketplaces, improvement in delivery infrastructure and increased smartphone penetration and data usage.
India’s total e-commerce retail sales in 2017 was nearly $20 billion. As per the studies, another $50 billion of
online e-commerce could be introduced by adding new users and bringing back the currently inactive old users.
Inspite of the rapid growth, online retail penetration in India is low at 5% compared to markets like China (20%)
and the US (12%). India was in 8th rank in terms of online retail penetration among 11 countries. In India,
consumer electronics segment has the highest online penetration (17%, which is e-commerce sales as percentage
of total retail sales). It is followed by apparel and footwear (9%) and beauty and personal care (1%). Food &
grocery had overall retail sales of nearly $530 billion in 2017. It has one of the lowest online penetrations at 0.1%.

3.Indian Economy grows at what per cent in the second quarter (July-September) of 2018-19, as per the
report released by Central Statistics Office (CSO)?
1) 7.5 %
2) 7.6 %
3) 7.1 %
4) 7.3 %
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 7.1 %
Explanation:
On 30th November 2018, Central Statistics Office (CSO) released a report showing that Indian Economy grew at
7.1 per cent in the second quarter (July-September) of 2018-19 which is lower than the first quarter in which GDP
growth was 8.1 per cent. As per the report of CSO, despite having Manufacturing growth at 7.4, Indian Economy

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growth moderated in the second quarter of 2018 but it is higher than the second quarter of 2017-18 which shows
a growth rate of 6.3 per cent.

4.A double taxation avoidance agreement between India and which Special Administrative Region of
People’s Republic of China, came into effect on 30th November 2018?
1) Macau
2) Hong Kong
3) Wuhan
4) Xichuan
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Hong Kong
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, a double taxation avoidance agreement came into effect between India and the Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of People’s Republic of China. The agreement would ensure avoidance of
double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and improve transparency in tax
matters. It would also stimulate more the two-way flow of investments, technology and personnel from India to
HKSAR and vice versa. The agreement was originally signed on March 19, 2018 between the 2 countries. Also on
November 26, India and China have amended the bilateral tax treaty which will help prevent tax evasion by
allowing exchange of information.

5.Moody’s expects the real gross domestic product (GDP) in India to grow at what per cent in the year
ending March 2019 and 7.4 per cent in the following year?
1) 7.2 %
2) 7.3 %
3) 7.5 %
4) 7.6 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 7.2 %
Explanation:
On 03rd December 2018, Moody’s expects the real gross domestic product (GDP) in India to grow 7.2 per cent in
the year ending March 2019 and 7.4 per cent in the following year. Earlier Moody’s Investors service growth
prediction for India was 7.5% in 2018-19, 7.5% in 2019-20 released on 23rd August,2018. This growth is driven
by investment growth and strong consumption. Moody’s said in its report it has a stable outlook on the Indian
banking system for the next 12-18 months. The stable outlook is based on six parameters — operating
environment, asset quality, capital, funding and liquidity, profitability and efficiency, and government support.

6.CRISIL has cut India’s growth forecast for current fiscal to what per cent citing weakening global GDP and
trade growth as the reasons for the decline?
1) 7.4 %
2) 7.6 %
3) 7.7 %
4) 7.3 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 7.4 %
Explanation:
On December 3, 2018, Crisil cut India’s growth forecast for current fiscal, by 10 basis points, to 7.4 per cent citing
weakening global GDP and trade growth as the reasons for the decline. Due to lower global trade and GDP growth,
emerging economies such as India would face a downward growth. The decline is due to the global growth
prospects that are turning weaker than earlier estimate and if the liquidity problems persist that might effect the
demand, further hampering the GDP. India’s export will have a slow trajectory of growth compared to the early
part of 2018. However, India’s growth in fiscal 2019 will be faster compared to the previous fiscal despite the
decline. As for the rest of the fiscal of 2019, growth will find support from private consumption, continuous
government spending on construction activities, favourable inflation and revision in government salaries at the
state level.

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7.Economic Development Board (EDB), the investment promotion arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain signed a
MoU with which state Government to promote FinTech in their respective markets, on 4th December 2018?
1) West Bengal
2) Karnataka
3) Maharashtra
4) Uttar Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Maharashtra
Explanation:
On 4th December 2018, The Economic Development Board (EDB), the investment promotion arm of the Kingdom
of Bahrain signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maharashtra Government to promote FinTech in
their respective markets. The MoU was signed by Dr. Simon Galpin, Managing Director of EDB, and Mr. S.V.R.
Srinivas, IAS Principal Secretary, Directorate of Information Technology.

8.The number of patents granted by India increased by what per cent in 2017, as per WIPO’s “World
Intellectual Property Indicators 2018” report released in Geneva?
1) 50 %
2) 25 %
3) 40 %
4) 30 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 50 %
Explanation:
On 04th December 2018, according to the UN’s (United Nations) World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
The number of patents granted by India shot up by 50 per cent in 2017.The WIPO’s “World Intellectual Property
Indicators 2018” report released in Geneva. China’s patent authority led the world in the number of patents
granted with 420,144 and was followed by the US with 318,829. India ranked 10th in the number of patents given
last year, no Indian company or university figures in last year’s global list of the top 50 patent applicants. The
patents granted by India increased from 8,248 in 2016 to 12,387 last year.Patents granted to foreigners accounted
for 85% of the total increase. Japan’s Canon ranked at the top with 24,036 patent applications during the years
2013–2015; South Korea’s Samsung followed with 21,836 and China’s State Grid Corporation with 21,653.

9.India has the ____ highest FinTech adoption rate among digitally active consumers at 52 %, according to
EY FinTech Adoption Index, released on 4th December 2018?
1) Third
2) Fifth
3) Fourth
4) Second
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Second
Explanation:
On 04th December 2018,According to EY FinTech Adoption Index, India has the second highest FinTech adoption
rate among digitally active consumers at 52percent, only second to China at 69 percent. Usage is significantly high
in large cities with a 66 percent adoption rate followed by 51 percent usage and adoption in small and medium
cities. In India, fintech industry is being encouraged by the various government initiatives such as Jan Dhan Yojana,
Aadhaar and the emergence of UPI which provide a good foundation to boost financial inclusion in India. Rural
India lags at 33 percent. Money transfers and payments services leading the charge in India with adoption
standing at 72 percent. Insurance is the next popular category with an adoption rate of 47 per cent, much higher
than the global average of 24 per cent.

10.Credit to micro and small enterprises (MSEs) has increased 5 times to what amount, in the post-GST
period, according to a SBI research report, released on 4th December 2018?
1) Rs 1.23 lakh crore
2) Rs 5.67 lakh crore
3) Rs 3.45 lakh crore
4) Rs 4.89 lakh crore
5) None of these

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Answer - 1) Rs 1.23 lakh crore


Explanation:
On 04th December 2018, credit to micro and small enterprises (MSEs) has increased 5 times to Rs 1.23 lakh crore
in the post-GST period, according to a SBI research report. The 15-month post-GST period increased 5 times to
Rs.1.23 lakh crore, compared to Rs.25,700 crore during the corresponding pre-GST period. According to
International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimates, the potential demand for India’s MSME finance is about $370
billion, against the current credit supply of $139 billion, resulting in a finance gap of $230 billion. The SBI report
pegged the share of credit from NBFCs at 10 percent of the overall MSME pie. The Goods and Services Tax(GST)
was rolled out in July 2017. Report has cut its FY19 GDP forecast for FY19 to 7.2 percent from 7.4 percent earlier.

11.Fitch Ratings, in its Global Economic Outlook report, has lowered India’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
growth forecast to what per cent for current fiscal?
1) 7.4 %
2) 7.2 %
3) 7.1 %
4) 7.0 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 7.2 %
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, Fitch Ratings, in its report- Global Economic Outlook, slashed India’s GDP growth forecast to
7.2 per cent for current fiscal, even lower than RBI’s projection of 7.4%. The main reasons cited for the decline are:
higher financing cost and reduced credit availability. Additionally, Fitch estimated India’s GDP growth to be 7 per
cent and 7.1 per cent in financial years 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively. It also forecasted Indian rupee to
weaken to 75 to a dollar by end of 2019. For global projects, it retained its global GDP forecasts for 2018 at 3.3 per
cent and 3.1 per cent for 2019. It also retained China’s growth projections at 6.6 per cent in 2018 and 6.1 per cent
in 2019.

12.Which airlines became the first Indian carrier to have 200 aircraft in its fleet, on 6th December 2018?
1) IndiGo
2) SpiceJet
3) Jet Airways
4) GoAir
5) None of these
Answer - 1) IndiGo
Explanation:
On 6th December 2018, IndiGo became the first Indian carrier to have 200 aircraft in its fleet with a brand new
Airbus A320 Neo (VT-IZI) flying into Delhi from Toulouse, France, to join the low cost carrier. The airline, which
started operations on 4 August 4, 2006 with a Delhi-Impal flight, has so far placed orders for 530 Airbus A320
family planes and 50 ATRs. It is yet to receive about 220 A320 Neos, 150 A321 neos and over 40 ATRs from the
orders placed earlier.

13.Which country has retained its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances in 2018 with its
diaspora sending $80 billion back home, according to World Bank?
1) India
2) China
3) Mexico
4) Egypt
5) None of these
Answer - 1) India
Explanation:
On 08th December 2018,India retain its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances this year with its
diaspora sending $80 billion back home, according to World Bank. India is followed by China ($67 billion), Mexico
and the Philippines ($34 billion each) and Egypt ($26 billion). The Bank estimates that officially recorded
remittances to developing countries will increase by 10.8% to reach $528 billion in 2018, against a 7.8% growth in
2017. Global remittances, which include flows to high-income countries, are projected to grow by 10.3 per cent to
$689 billion. Bangladesh and Pakistan both experienced strong upticks of 17.9 percent and 6.2 percent in 2018,
respectively. For 2019, it is projected that remittances growth for the region will grow to 3.7 percent to $715

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billion. Reducing remittance flows to three per cent by 2030 is a global target under Sustainable Development Goal
(SDG) 10.7.

14.Which country became the world’s leading exporter of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) for the first time, on
7thDecember 2018?
1) Qatar
2) United States of America
3) Iran
4) Australia
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Australia
Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, Australia surpassed Qatar to become the world’s leading exporter of Liquified Natural Gas
(LNG) for the first time. This was announced according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics which stated that
Australia had exported 6.55 million tonnes of LNG in November 2018 compared to Qatar’s 6.27 million tonnes.
LNG is Australia’s third-largest export commodity behind coal and iron ore.

15.The number of countries with strong policy frameworks for sustainable energy increased from 17 to
____ in the eight years till 2017, according to ‘Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) 2018
report’ released by World Bank?
1) 23
2) 45
3) 59
4) 62
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 59
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, the World Bank released a report named Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy
(RISE) 2018.The report was released on the sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change (COP24). The number of countries with strong policy frameworks for sustainable
energy more than tripled — from 17 to 59 — in the eight years till 2017. RISE 2018 charts global progress on
sustainable energy policies and shows that policies matter – they are a leading indicator and building block of the
world’s transition to sustainable energy. RISE 2018 rates 133 countries from 2010-17 on electricity access,
renewable energy, energy efficiency and access to clean cooking to provide useful data to policymakers and help
the private sector make informed decisions about investing in energy projects.

16.Which country topped in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)’s report on the
world’s 100 biggest armaments groups, released on 10th December 2018?
1) United States
2) China
3) Japan
4) Russia
5) None of these
Answer - 1) United States
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, a Swedish think, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released
its report on the world’s 100 biggest armaments groups and said that Russia has emerged as the world’s second-
largest arms producer after the U.S. Russia surpassed Britain, which had held the spot since 2002 and remains
Western Europe’s No. 1 arms maker. The report stated that the combined arm sales of Russian companies
recorded 8.5 % year-on-year growth and amounted to$37.7 billion in 2017, or 9.5 % of a total $398.2 billion arms
sale around the world. The U.S. topped the list with 42 companies accounting for 57 % of total sales, including the
world’s largest arms producer, Lockheed Martin Corp. In a first, the Moscow-based and state-owned Russian
company that makes advanced air defence systems among other things, Almaz-Antey was listed among the world’s
top 10 weapons companies.

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17.Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its supplement report “Asian Development Outlook (2018)” has
retained India’s growth forecast at ____% for FY19 and 7.6% for FY20?
1) 7.5 %
2) 7.3 %
3) 7.7 %
4) &.2 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 7.3 %
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018, Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its supplement report “Asian Development Outlook
(2018)” has retained India’s FY19 growth forecast at 7.3% and 7.6% in FY20 despite downside risks posed by
stress in the non-banking sector, limited fiscal space as well as escalating trade tensions. The country’s GDP
growth moderated to 7.1 per cent in second quarter of 2018-19 from 8.2 percent in the first quarter, averaging 7.6
per cent growth in the first half. India is maintaining growth momentum on rebounding exports and higher
industrial and agricultural output. The slowdown came mainly from weak food prices, dampening rural
consumption, higher oil prices delivering a negative shock in the terms of trade, and rising costs for raw materials.

18.‘PCS1x’, a cloud based new generation technology, to increase ease of doing business was launched by
Indian Ports Association (IPA), on 11th December 2018. What does “C” represent in PCS?
1) Cloud
2) Communication
3) Code
4) Community
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Community
Explanation:
PCS - Port Community System
On 11th December 2018, the Port Community System ‘PCS1x’, a cloud based new generation technology, with
user-friendly interface to increase ease of doing business was launched by Indian Ports Association (IPA), under
the mentorship of Ministry of Shipping in Mumbai. Chairman IPA, Shri Sanjay Bhatia launched the
URL www.indianpcs.gov.in, in the presence of various stakeholders. Value added services such as notification
engine, workflow, mobile application, track and trace, better user interface, better security features, improved
inclusion by offering dashboard for those with no IT capability are the features offered by the PCS1x platform. The
web-based platform has been developed indigenously and is a part of the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’
initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and is being made mandatory by Ministry of Shipping.

19.Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has renamed the Institutional Trading Platform as _____?
1) Innovators Growth Platform
2) Growth Induction Platform
3) Trade Development Platform
4) Companies Trading Platform
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Innovators Growth Platform
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, Ajay Tyagi, Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) announced
approval on various norms taken in its board meeting in Mumbai. In order to boost the start-up sector, SEBI made
the listing process easier and renamed the Institutional Trading Platform as Innovators Growth Platform. The
relaxation in norms are mainly aimed for e-commerce, data analytics, biotechnology and nanotechnology firms to
raise funds through stock exchange listing. To get listed the start-ups have to have:
• 25 per cent of the pre-issue capital of the issuer company held, for at least 2 years, by qualified institutional
buyers, family trusts with net worth of more than Rs 500 crore and category III foreign portfolio investors
or
• a pooled investment fund with minimum assets of $150 million or
• an accredited investor with gross income of at least Rs.50 lakh annually with minimum liquid net worth of
Rs. 5 crore or
• a body corporate with net of Rs. 25 crores.
• Also, not more than 10% of the pre-issue capital may be held by Accredited Investors. Post-issue single
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holding can also exceed the current cap of 25 per cent.

20.Name the new facility introduced for Mutual funds, by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI),
that involves separation of distressed or illiquid assets from other healthier securities in a debt mutual
fund portfolio?
1) Saturating
2) Side-Pocketing
3) Security-Treasuring
4) Safe-Banking
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Side-Pocketing
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, Ajay Tyagi, Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) announced
approval on various norms taken in its board meeting in Mumbai. The new facility, known as side pocketing for
Mutual Funds, involves separation of distressed or illiquid assets from other healthier securities in a debt mutual
fund portfolio. This would allow insulation of the net value of the assets from the bad debts that might lessen the
worth at the time of default. Under this, fund houses will have the option for creating segregated portfolio, but
approval of trustees would be necessary for activating such a portfolio. If they don’t opt for side pocketing, they
would have to write down stressed assets on a conservative basis. This move would help protect interest of
investors.

21.Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) board has approved a proposal to expand the offer-for-
sale (OFS) mechanism to cover more listed companies. Companies with a market-cap of more than _____
rupees are eligible for OFS mechanism?
1) Rs 1,000 crore
2) Rs 2,000 crore
3) Rs 3,000 crore
4) Rs 4,000 crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 1,000 crore
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, Ajay Tyagi, Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) announced
approval on various norms taken in its board meeting in Mumbai. SEBI board also approved a proposal to expand
the offer-for-sale (OFS) mechanism to cover more listed companies wherein shareholders may want to sell their
stake. Companies having a market-cap of more than Rs.1,000 crore are eligible for OFS mechanism.

22.What is the rank of India in the AT Kearney FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) Confidence Index 2018?
1) 15
2) 8
3) 11
4) 13
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 11
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018, according to UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) report
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to South and South-West Asia decreased by 6% to USD 63 billion in 2017.
The drop is due to a drop in foreign funding flow to countries like India and Turkey. India remains the largest
investment destination in the sub-region due to its large and growing market and attracted USD 22 billion FDI in
the first half of 2018. India slipped three ranks to eleventh ranking in 2018, from 8th ranking in 2017 according to
the AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index 2018.India recorded a 9% drop in FDI. Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
witnessed sharp rises of 49 per cent, 87 per cent, 13 per cent and 53 per cent respectively in FDI.

23.Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to South and South-West Asia decreased by 6% to _____ dollars
in 2017, as per UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) report?
1) USD 63 billion
2) USD 42 billion
3) USD 55 billion

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4) USD 38 billion
5) None of these
Answer - 1) USD 63 billion
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018, according to UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) report
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to South and South-West Asia decreased by 6% to USD 63 billion in 2017.
The drop is due to a drop in foreign funding flow to countries like India and Turkey. India remains the largest
investment destination in the sub-region due to its large and growing market and attracted USD 22 billion FDI in
the first half of 2018. India slipped three ranks to eleventh ranking in 2018, from 8th ranking in 2017 according to
the AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index 2018.India recorded a 9% drop in FDI. Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
witnessed sharp rises of 49 per cent, 87 per cent, 13 per cent and 53 per cent respectively in FDI.

24.Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in its Monthly Oil Market Report predicted
the global economic growth to be what per cent for 2018 and 3.5% for 2019?
1) 3.7 %
2) 3.9 %
3) 3.6 %
4) 3.4 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 3.7 %
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in its Monthly Oil Market
Report predicted the global economic growth to be 3.7% for 2018 and 3.5% for 2019. The growth in the United
States and in the Euro-zone remains unchanged, standing at 2.9 percent and 1.9 percent for 2018, and at 2.6
percent and 1.7 percent for 2019. It decreased forecast for Japan to 1.0 percent for 2018 and 1.1% for 2019. India‘s
and China’s growth forecasts remain unchanged at 7.5 percent and 6.5 percent for 2018, and at 7.2 percent and 6.1
percent for 2019 respectively. Growth of Brazil also remains unchanged, standing at 1.1 percent for 2018 and at
1.8 percent for 2019.

25.Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) approved the proposal of clubbing of investment limits
for foreign portfolio investors on the basis of common ownership of more than ____ % of common control,
excluding the case of regulated public retail funds?
1) 50 %
2) 44 %
3) 76 %
4) 25 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 50 %
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, Ajay Tyagi, Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) announced
approval on various norms taken in its board meeting in Mumbai. SEBI also approved the proposal of clubbing of
investment limits for foreign portfolio investors on the basis of common ownership of more than 50 per cent of
common control, excluding the case of regulated public retail funds. This would bring unconnected FPIs, connected
only on account of a large common investor, within the aggregate investment limit. Although the move is not
supported on the basis of same set of beneficial owners as per the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The move
was based on the recommendations of a SEBI working group under Shri. Harun R Khan.

26.International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that global debt has reached an all-time high of _____
dollars compared to the earlier estimate of USD 182 trillion, on 14th December 2018?
1) USD 184 trillion
2) USD 250 trillion
3) USD 125 trillion
4) USD 375 trillion
5) None of these
Answer - 1) USD 184 trillion

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Explanation:
On December 14, 2018, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that global debt has reached an all-time
high of USD 184 trillioncompared to the earlier estimate of USD 182 trillion. According to the statement, more than
half of the global debt is being borne by 3 countries- the United States, China and Japan. The updated amount is the
equivalent of 225 per cent of the world GDP in 2017. On average, the world’s debt now exceeds USD 86,000 per
person — more than 2½ times the average income per-capita.

27.Where was India’s first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
inaugurated on 14th December 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) Mangaluru
3) Ghaziabad
4) Hyderabad
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Hyderabad
Explanation:
On December 14, 2018, India‘s first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was
inaugurated by Telangana’s Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali at Adani Aerospace Park in Hyderabad,
Telangana. The 50,000 square feet facility has been built by the Adani Group and Israel-based Elbit Systems. It will
develop Hermes 900 medium altitude long-endurance UAVs and Hermes 480 for the Indian and global markets.
The Adani Aerospace Park is the first defence and aerospace complex of Adani Group, situated at Hardware Park
on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

28.Name the e-commerce company that partnered with the Federation of Indian Micro and Small &
Medium Enterprises (FISME) to encourage MSMEs to sell products online through e-commerce, on
13th December 2018?
1) Flipkart
2) Amazon India
3) Snapdeal
4) Pepperfry
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Amazon India
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, Amazon India partnered with the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium
Enterprises (FISME) to encourage MSMEs to sell products online through e-commerce. Amazon.in will collaborate
with FISME to conduct various events and workshops across the country to educate MSMEs about:
• Online selling domestically,
• B2C exports to enable them to sell across multiple international locations.
• Areas such as logistics, cataloguing, imaging, taxation,
• Brand building, documentation, listing methodology and services such as Fulfilment by Amazon &
Sponsored Ads.

29.Indian Ordnance Factories, Bharat Electronics, Bharat Dynamics and _____ are the 4 companies listed in
the world’s top 100 arms producers in 2017, by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)?
1) Hindustan Aeronautics
2) Tata Aviation
3) MRL Ordinance Factories
4) Essar Electronics
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Hindustan Aeronautics
Explanation:
According to the latest rankings released by a Stockholm-based think tank, Stockholm International Peace
Research Institute (SIPRI), four Indian Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), have been featured on the world’s top
100 arms producers in 2017. The four PSU featuring in world’s top 100 arms producer are:
• Indian Ordnance Factories
• Hindustan Aeronautics
• Bharat Electronics
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• Bharat Dynamics

30.What is the rank of India in the list of countries by arms sales, as per the report by Stockholm
International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)?
1) 2
2) 5
3) 7
4) 10
5) None of these
Answer - 4) 10
Explanation:
According to the latest rankings released by a Stockholm-based think tank, Stockholm International Peace
Research Institute (SIPRI), four Indian Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), have been featured on the world’s top
100 arms producers in 2017. The four PSU featuring in world’s top 100 arms producer are:
• Indian Ordnance Factories
• Hindustan Aeronautics
• Bharat Electronics
• Bharat Dynamics
India currently ranks 10th in the list of countries by arms sales and stands at less than 2% in total global arms
sales.

31.European Parliament approved the world’s largest free trade agreement between which country and
the EU, on 12th December 2018?
1) China
2) Japan
3) Russia
4) France
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Japan
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018, the European Parliament approved a free trade agreement between Japan and the EU,
covering 635 million people and almost one-third of the world’s economy. The world’s largest free trade
agreement, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will remove duties on almost all agricultural and
industrial products as well as open up the service sector and procurement. It also moves to eliminate non-tariff
barriers to trade. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement which has been under discussion since 2013 will
come into effect from 1stFebruary 2019. This agreement is projected to increase exports between the two
economies by 34 percent for the EU and 29 percent for Japan, liberalising up to 99 percent of bilateral trade. The
elimination of tariffs will save consumers and importers €1 billion per year in the EU and will support a
substantial increase of jobs, maximizing benefits for both companies and citizens.

32.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced to raise the quantum of bilateral trade
between India and South Korea to ____ by 2030, as decided in the 9th India-Korea Joint Commission
Meeting held in New Delhi?
1) 90 billion dollars
2) 50 billion dollars
3) 70 billion dollars
4) 35 billion dollars
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 50 billion dollars
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, on the visit of Foreign Affairs Minister of Korea Ms. Kang Kyung-wha, Indian Foreign
Minister Mrs Sushma Swaraj announced to raise the quantum of the bilateral trade to 50 billion dollars by the year
2030. It was decided in the concluded the 9th India-Korea Joint Commission Meeting which was held in New Delhi.
The Indian side also extended an invitation to South Korea to join the International Solar Alliance as South Korea
as an indispensable partner in India’s ‘Act East’ policy.

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33.India’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating remains in which category, as per the US
regulator Federation of Aviation Administration (FAA)?
1) Category 2
2) Category 1
3) Category 3
4) Category 4
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Category 1
Explanation:
On December 18, 2018, the US regulator Federation of Aviation Administration (FAA) retained the highest aviation
safety ranking for India. According to FAA, India’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating remains
‘Category 1’. This ranking was based on an audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in July 2018.
This showed India’s adherence to the standards laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
and oversight of Indian Airlines.

34.India’s power sector has an “efficiency” gap that costs the Indian economy ____ % of GDP a year, as per
“In the Dark: How Much Do Power Sector Distortions Cost South Asia,” report released by Senior
Economist Fan Zhang of World Bank?
1) 5.67 %
2) 4.13 %
3) 3.45 %
4) 6.20 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 4.13 %
Explanation:
According to a newly released report by Fan Zhang, Senior Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank.- “In the
Dark: How Much Do Power Sector Distortions Cost South Asia,” India’s power sector has an “efficiency” gap that
costs the Indian economy 4.13% of GDP a year, equivalent to $86 billion in fiscal year 2016. The fiscal cost,
consisting of subsidies to distribution utilities was $ 8.8 billion (or 0.42 per cent of GDP) in financial year 2015-
2016. In India, about 178 million people still lacked access to power in 2017. Connecting all of India’s population
to reliable electricity would increase the income of rural households by $9.4 billion a year, while eliminating
power shortages would prevent an estimated $22.7 billion a year in business losses. Though India has world’s
fourth-largest coal reserves, it fell 14% short of meeting coal demand in fiscal year 2016.

35.India became the world’s _____ largest stock market by overtaking Germany for the first time in seven
years, on 22nd December 2018?
1) Third
2) Second
3) Fourth
4) Seventh
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Seventh
Explanation:
On 22nd December 2018, India achieved another milestone when Indian Stock market overtakes Germany for the
first time in seven years to become the world’s seventh largest stock market. This move reflects India’s positive
returns this year as companies dependency on domestic demand enabled them to avoid meltdown in other
emerging markets spurred due to U.S. – China trade war. South Asian Giant, India is projected to grow at 7.5
percent in 2018 and 7.3 percent in 2019 whereas Germany managed to achieve a growth rate of only 1.6 percent
in 2018. After the exit of United Kingdom from European Union, now European Union has only one country in top
seven economies of the world – France.

36.India’s foreign exchange reserves declined to _____ in the week that ended by December 14, 2018, on
account of a fall in foreign currency assets?
1) USD 393.12 billion
2) USD 456.67 billion
3) USD 234.54 billion
4) USD 678.90 billion

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5) None of these
Answer - 1) USD 393.12 billion
Explanation:
According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, India’s foreign exchange reserves declined by USD 613.9 million
to USD 393.12 billion in the week that ended by December 14, on account of a fall in foreign currency assets. The
reserves had increased by USD 16.6 million to USD 393.734 billion in the previous week while in the reporting
week, foreign currency assets, a major component of the overall reserves, dropped by USD 631.6 million to USD
367.865 billion. The foreign currency asset is expressed in US dollars and includes the effect of appreciation or
depreciation of non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen held in the reserves. In the week to April 13,
2018, the reserves had touched a record high of USD 426.028 billion and it has been degrading since then and is
now down by over USD 31 billion. As per the data, the gold reserves rose by USD 37.2 million to USD 21.187 billion
in the reporting week.

37.ICICI Bank has projected the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) to increase to what percent in 2019-20 and
7.2% in 2018-19?
1) 7.4 %
2) 7.6 %
3) 7.7 %
4) 7.9 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 7.4 %
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, ICICI Bank projected the GDP to increase to 7.4% in 2019-20. Its growth forecast for 2018-
2019 is at 7.2 mainly due to slow consumption. It states that one of the biggest factors restricting growth will be
the real estate and small scale units as they are yet to recover from effects of GST and demonetisation.

38.Name India’s national accreditation body that became the 3rd one in Asia- Pacific region to get
recognition for its accreditation programme for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
(OHSMS) Certification Bodies?
1) National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB)
2) Indian Standards Institute (ISI)
3) Board of Indian Standards (BIS)
4) Indian Board of Certification (IBC)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB)
Explanation:
On December 21, 2018, India’s national accreditation body, the National Accreditation Board for Certification
Bodies (NABCB), got recognition for its accreditation programme for Occupational Health and Safety Management
Systems (OHSMS) Certification Bodies in Asia- Pacific region. It is the third accreditation body in the Asia Pacific
Region to become internationally equivalent in the region, the other two being the accreditation bodies of Hong
Kong and Mexico. It is a constituent Board of the Quality Council of India, is responsible for accreditation of
certification/inspection bodies as per applicable international standards under an international system of
equivalence.

39.Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has announced extension of ban on import of milk and its
products, including chocolates, from which country for 4 months till April 23, 2019?
1) China
2) United States
3) Malaysia
4) Singapore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) China
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) announced extension of ban on import of
milk and its products, including chocolates, from China for four months till April 23, 2019. The ban was first
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consignments from China. The ban has been imposed as a preventive measure as India doesn’t import milk and its
products from China.

40.The Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of security-service SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises)
would be at 18-____% over the next 2 financial years, as per a research by CRISIL?
1) 26 %
2) 20 %
3) 30 %
4) 35 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 20 %
Explanation:
On December 27, 2018, according to a research from CRISIL, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of
security-service SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) would be at 18-20% over the next 2 financial
years. Security-service SMEs consist of 60-65 per cent of market share and have shown the similar growth rate of
18-20% for the past 3 financial years. The growth would be determined by the following factors:
1.Infrastructure development,
2.Urbanisation,
3.The growing incidence of crime and terrorism, and
4.The low police to population ratio.
In terms of infrastructure development, the CAGR is at 5% for the past 3 years (calendar years 2015 to 2018) and
would be the same for the next 3 years.

41.Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) has reviewed guidelines for Foreign Direct
Investment in E- commerce companies to protect the interests of domestic players which will be effective
from _____?
1) 1 February 2019
2) 1 April 2019
3) 1 August 2019
4) 1 July 2019
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 1 February 2019
Explanation:
On 26th December 2018, the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), under Ministry of Commerce &
Industry had reviewed guidelines for Foreign Direct Investment in E- commerce companies to protect the interests
of domestic players. It will be effective from 01 February, 2019. The government has barred e-commerce
companies from selling products of the companies in which they have stake and it has also imposed a limit on how
much one vendor can sell on a particular portal. The policy also prohibits ecommerce platforms from giving any
preferential treatment to any supplier and prohibited e-commerce companies from entering into an agreement for
exclusive sale of products. Besides, the cash back provided to buyers by group companies of marketplace entity
shall be fair and non-discriminatory. Also the E-commerce entities providing marketplace will not directly or
indirectly influence the sale price of goods or services and shall maintain level playing field. The e-commerce
marketplace entity will be required to furnish a certificate along with a report of statutory auditor to Reserve Bank
of India, confirming compliance of above guidelines, by 30th of September of every year for the preceding financial
year. The decision came in the backdrop of several complaints being flagged by domestic traders on heavy
discounts being given by e-commerce players to consumers.

42.Which state government has succeeded in increasing the state revenue generation in the past 2 years
with a record revenue collection of Rs 1598.49 crore during 2017-18 which is a new high in the last 30
years?
1) Himachal Pradesh
2) Arunachal Pradesh
3) Kerala
4) Punjab
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Arunachal Pradesh

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Explanation:
On 28th December 2018, a senior official of the Arunachal Pradesh government said that the government has
remarkably succeeded in increasing the state revenue generation in the past two years with the record revenue
collection of Rs 1598.49 crore during the year 2017-18 which is a new high in the last 30 years. The revenue
generation had crossed the Rs 1,000 cr mark for two consecutive years since Arunachal Pradesh attained
statehood in 1987 as in 2016-17, the revenue generation was Rs 1,253.57 crore. The improvement in result is
believed to be achieved through the Team Arunachal mantra which has ignited minds of the employees to deliver
goods to the people of the state. The government in the state has set a target to reach the Rs 2,000 crore mark in
2018-19. The source of revenue generation by the state government includes, share of central taxes, state taxes
among others.

43.Which country approved the issuance of its one-of-its-kind Panda Bonds in Chinese Currency, on
28th December 2018?
1) Bangladesh
2) Myanmar
3) Thailand
4) Pakistan
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Pakistan
Explanation:
On 28th December, 2018, Pakistan Cabinet approved the issuance of Pakistan’s one-of-its-kind Panda Bonds after
a meeting presided by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The approval for issuance of bonds in the capital markets of
China was given effect to the delay issuance of US dollar dominated Euro bonds worth 3 billion dollars. Finance
Minister, Asad Umar told the interest rate may range above 5.5% but the final price would be determined only at
the time of launching the bond. The size, tenure and pricing would be determined on the basis of market response.
The bonds will help the government diversify the investor base of capital market issuance and provide a source of
raising Renminbi, the Chinese Currency.

44.Government of India doubled export incentives for onion farmers to what percent due to the sharp
decline in the onion prices in the recent weeks, on 28th December 2018?
1) 20 %
2) 10 %
3) 15 %
4) 25 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 10 %
Explanation:
On 28th December, 2018, the Government of India doubled export initiatives for onion farmers to 10% in lieu of
the sharp decline in the onion prices in the recent weeks due to the supply of new crop from major onion
producing centers in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. This move will result in better price for onion in
the domestic markets and this will also help the farmers who have harvested their produce recently and who have
sown their crops expecting better prices. The existing export incentive was 5% and it is granted under the
Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS). Also, the export incentive for onions before July, 2018 was zero.

45.India’s fiscal deficit for April-November stood at _____ rupees which is 114.8 % of earlier full-year
estimates of fiscal deficit that was predicted to be Rs 6.24 lakh crore, or 3.3 % of the GDP, for FY19
1) Rs 7.16 lakh crore
2) Rs 4.67 lakh crore
3) Rs 3.45 lakh crore
4) Rs 5.67 lakh crore
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rs 7.16 lakh crore
Explanation:
On December 27, 2018, Fiscal deficit for April-November stood at Rs 7.16 lakh crore which is 114.8 per cent of
earlier full-year estimates of fiscal deficit that was predicted to be Rs 6.24 lakh crore, or 3.3 per cent of the GDP, for
FY19. It is slightly more than the 112 per cent recorded in the same period last fiscal i.e., FY18. Total expenditure
up to November was Rs.16,13,208 crore which is 66.1 per cent of the budget estimate of Rs 24.42 lakh crore. This

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shows that the main reason for the deficit was in the difference in tax receipts that stood at Rs 8.9 lakh crore which
is 49.32% of corresponding BE 18-19 of Total Receipts.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS


1.Vijay Varma and _____ are the two Indian Navy officers who were honoured with the 7th ‘Asian of The Year’
awards, at the Straits Times Global Outlook Forum 2019, in Singapore, on 28th November 2018?
1) Ravi Sharma
2) P Rajkumar
3) Shiv Ganesh
4) Ranjan Rao
5) None of these
Answer - 2) P Rajkumar
Explanation:
On 28th November 2018, An Indian Navy Commander (Pilot) Vijay Varma and Captain (Pilot) P Rajkumar were
honoured at the 7th ‘Asian of The Year’awards acknowledging their selfless service and bravery in rescue
operations during the devastating floods in Kerala. The winners were announced at the Straits Times Global
Outlook Forum 2019 held in Singapore. Commander Varma, 42, winched up a pregnant woman who gave birth just
after being airlifted to safety, during the rescue operation in a district of the port city of Kochi. Captain Rajkumar,
54, winched 26 people up from a rooftop in Kochi while hovering between trees and other houses besides pulling
up a wheelchair-bound pregnant woman. Rajkumar ended up with 32 people on board. The award was presented
to them by The Straits Times, a well-known Singapore daily. Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster
Management (AHA Centre).

2.Which organization has added Jamaican reggae, Georgian wrestling, Japanese raiho-shin rituals etc. to its
list of “intangible heritage”?
1) UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Fund)
2) UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
3) WHO (World Health Organization)
4) AIBA (International Boxing Association)
5) None of these
Answer - 2) UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added
Jamaican reggae, Georgian wrestling and Japanese raiho-shin rituals as among the new elements to its list of
“intangible heritage” for the world to treasure and improve the visibility of often little-known and understood arts
traditions. The announcement came at a gathering of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the
Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mauritius, which is meeting till December 1 to inscribe new elements to its much
coveted intangible heritage list. Every year UNESCO updates its Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists, which seeks to
ensure that traditions of essential cultural significance are preserved. The concept of protected list was started in
2008.

3.Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris, France revoked the honour of Freedom of Paris Award from _____, on
30th November 2018?
1) Aung San Suu Kyi
2) Vladimir Putin
3) Donald Trump
4) Emmanuel Macron
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Aung San Suu Kyi
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris, France revoked the honour of Freedom of Paris Award from
the Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi due to failure on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority issue. This move made Suu
Kyi the first person to lose the freedom of the French capital. Due to her inaction on the matter, she had already
been stripped of her honorary Canadian citizenship and her Amnesty International’s “Ambassador of Conscience
Award”.

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4.Who was conferred the Blue Cross, the ISSF’s (International Shooting Sport Federation) highest award at
the General Assembly in Munich, on 30thNovember 2018?
1) Deepak Punia
2) Sumit Rawat
3) Rahul Singh
4) Abhinav Bindra
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Abhinav Bindra
Explanation:
On November 30, 2018, India’s Olympic and world champion shooter Abhinav Bindra was conferred the Blue
Cross, the ISSF’s highest award at the General Assembly in Munich. He is the first Indian to be awarded the Blue
Cross. It was bestowed upon him for his outstanding services as the chairman of the International Shooting Sport
Federation’s Athletes Committee. Also the committee has brought out a comprehensive Athletes Handbook, for the
benefit of shooters around the world. Bindra was succeeded in the post by the American shooter Kimberly Rhode.

5.Padmasree Warrior, Komal Mangtani, Neha Narkhede and _____ are the 4 Indian-origin women named by
Forbes among America’s top 50 female technology moguls?
1) Kiran Rao
2) Sunita Sharma
3) Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan
4) Avni Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan
Explanation:
Four Indian-origin women have been named by Forbes among America’s top 50 female technology moguls, a list
that includes tech heavyweights IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Netflix executive Anne Aaron. Padmasree Warrior,
former chief technology officer (CTO) of Cisco, Komal Mangtani, senior director at app-based cab aggregator Uber,
Neha Narkhede, chief technology officer and co-founder of streaming platform Confluent and Kamakshi
Sivaramakrishnan, CEO and founder of identity-management company Drawbrige are in the list.

6.Name the institute that was awarded the “Outstanding Case Writer award” at the inaugural Case
Collection Managers Meet held in Hyderabad on 16th November 2018?
1) Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode
2) Indian Business School
3) ICFAI Business School
4) St Xavier Institute of Management
5) None of these
Answer - 3) ICFAI Business School
Explanation:
On 16th November 2018, The Highly prestigious “Outstanding Case Writer’ award” was presented to ICFAI
Business School by Mr. Richard McCracken, Director of the UK- Based independent home of the case method “The
Case Centre” at the inaugural Case Collection Managers Meet held in Park Hyatt, Hyderabad. The award was for
case “Breaking the Code of Silence” and Dr. J. Mahender, the Vice-Chancellor of ICFAI Foundation for Higher
Education collected the award on behalf of faculty members of ICFAI Business School.

7.Pawan Hans Ltd, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) and ____ are the 3 best performing
organisations that were awarded by Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Civil Aviation, at the conclusion of
Swachhta Pakhwada, on 15th November 2018?
1) NITI Aayog
2) Airport Authority of India (AAI)
3) National Informatics Centre (NIC)
4) National Aeronautics Institute (NAI)
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Airport Authority of India (AAI)
Explanation:
From 1st November 2018, a 15 days Cleanliness Drive: Swachhta Pakhwada was observed by Ministry of Civil
Aviation to highlight the importance of cleanliness to all the employees by citing the example of Father of the

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Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Shri Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary (Civil Aviation) inaugurated the event and
requested the employees to maintain cleanliness around their workstations. The event was concluded on 15th
November 2018. Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Civil Aviation presented the award to 3 best performing
organizations which are Pawan Hans Ltd, Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran
Akademi (IGRUA).

8.Name the Disabilities’ Advocate from Bangladesh who won the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al
Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in the Individual Category in Paris,
France, on 3rdDecember 2018?
1) Jalaludin Shah
2) Vashkar Bhattacharjee
3) Ruban Singhal
4) Arindam Chaudhary
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Vashkar Bhattacharjee
Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had
awarded Disabilities’ Advocate from Bangladesh, Vashkar Bhattacharjee and Private sector enterprise of China,
Tencent with UNESCO/Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with
Disabilities at a ceremony organized on International Day of Persons with disability at UNESCO headquarter in
Paris, France. Individual Category award winner, Vashkar Bhattacharjee from Bangladesh is a leading advocate
who collaborated with Local, National as well as international organization to produce learning resources
dedicated to persons with disabilities and to train teachers to use the accessible reading materials. Organization
Category award winner, Tancent from China is an Internet based technologies and cultural organization
recognized for its outstanding contribution towards employment of person with disabilities using inclusive digital
technologies. This year’s theme for the International day of Persons with disability focuses on empowerment of
persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality which is a part of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
development that pledges to “leave no one behind”.

9.Who was awarded “Hero to Animals” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for banning
Chinese Manjha ( A thread use in Kites) in Delhi, on 1st December 2018?
1) Rajath Seth
2) Imran Hussain
3) Savithri Ben
4) Vanitha Das
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Imran Hussain
Explanation:
On 1st December 2018, Mr. Imran Hussain, Delhi Minister of Food Supplies, Environment and Forest was awarded
“Hero to Animals” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for banning Chinese Manjha ( A thread
use in Kites) in Delhi. In July 2018, Mr Imran Hussain banned the sale, production, storage, supply, import and use
of Chinese manjha made of Nylon because Sharp edges of manjha hurt the birds and animals sometimes even
children.

10.Who became the first Indian to climb three routes in the Sahayadri mountain range in 12 days, from
November 16 to 28, 2018?
1) Tushar Raheja
2) Anil Sharma
3) Tuhin Satarkar
4) Abhishek Misra
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Tuhin Satarkar
Explanation:
On 3rd December, 2018 Tuhin Satarkar, became the first Indian to climb three routes in the treacherous Sahayadri
mountain range in 12 days, from November 16 to 28. The pune based bouldering(rock climbing) sensation
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Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his Marathi Malvas. Both the parents of the Red Bull athlete Tuhin were also
climbers. Tuhin took to the vertical sport at the age of eight and has been pushing boundaries ever since.

11.Name the footballer who won the 2018 Ballon d’Or Award held in Paris, France, on 3rd December 2018?
1) Christiano Ronaldo
2) Luka Modric
3) Neymar
4) Antoine Griezmann
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Luka Modric
Explanation:
On 3th December 2018, an annual football award, 2018 Ballon d’Or Award was announced. Real Madrid’s Croatia
midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or. The award functions held in Paris (France).
Juventus forward and 2017 winner Ronaldo came second, while Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine
Griezmann came third. Paris St. Germain’s France forward Kylian Mbappe, who also collected the Kopa award for
the best under-21 player, was fourth, with Barca forward Messi finishing fifth. The Ballon d’Or is an annual football
award presented by France Football. It has been awarded since 1956. 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia won by
France beating Croatia in the finals.2022 FIFA World Cup scheduled to take place in Qatar.

12.Who was the First Recipient of 2018 Ballon d'Or Féminin award,which was introduced in the year 2018
held in Paris,France on 3rd December 2018?
1) Pernille Harder
2) Jodie Taylor
3) Dzsenifer Marozsán
4) Ada Hegerberg
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Ada Hegerberg
Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, an annual football award ,2018 Ballon d’Or Award was announced.Real Madrid’s Croatia
midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or.Ada Hegerberg was named as the First
Recipient of Ballon d’Or Féminin award 2018.The award functions held in Paris (France).Juventus forward and
2017 winner Ronaldo came second, while Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann came third.Ada
Hegerberg of Norway becoming the inaugural recipient of the Ballon d’Or Féminin award was followed by Pernille
Harder of Denmark and Dzsenifer Marozsán of Germany.Paris St. Germain’s France forward Kylian Mbappe, who
also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player, was fourth, with Barca forward Messi finishing
fifth.The Ballon d’Or is an annual football award presented by France Football.It has been awarded
since 1956.The Ballon d’Or Féminin, also known as the Women’s Ballon d’Or was also introduced by France
Football that honours the best female association football player in the year 2018.2018 FIFA World Cup held
in Russia won by France beating Croatia in the finals.2022 FIFA World Cup scheduled to take place in Qatar.

13.Which Indian cricketer’s signed jersey has been placed next to Sachin Tendulkar’s portrait at the
Bradman Museum in Australia?
1) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
2) Virat Kohli
3) Rohit Sharma
4) Shikhar Dhawan
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Virat Kohli
Explanation:
On 2nd December 2018, the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has received a special honour as a signed
jersey that he donated after scoring his hundred in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) during
India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15 has been placed next to Sachin Tendulkar’s portrait at the Bradman Museum.
The Indian Captain Virat Kohli signed and presented his shirt to Cricket Australia Liaison Officer Pearce Gibbons in
appreciation of his assistance to the Indian side throughout the summer at the conclusion of the fourth test and
thereafter Pearce Gibbons donated the shirt to the museum for public display. Indian cricketers like the legendary
Kapil Dev and Tendulkar have a memento celebrating their achievements placed at the iconic museum. The
Museum is also known as ‘The Home of Cricket Memories.’

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14.Name the Tamil Writer who was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel “Sancharam”, on
5thDecember 2018?
1) Rajesh Kumar
2) S Ramakrishnan
3) Bala Kumaran
4) Jaya Kumar S
5) None of these
Answer - 2) S Ramakrishnan
Explanation:
On 5th December 2018, 52 years old veteran Tamil Writer S Ramakrishnan honoured with Sahitya Akademi
Award for his novel “Sancharam” which deals with the lives of nadhaswaram artistes. S Ramakrishnan has been
writing since last 27 years and he had written short stories, novels, plays, children’s literature and translations.
Ramakrishnan has authored and published 5 novels , 4 books for children, 10 collections of short stories, 24
collections of articles and nine plays. He had won Tagore Literary Award, Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Iyal Award
and award for best novel from Tamilnadu Government.

15.Who was awarded with Male World athlete of the year award for the first time at the International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco, on 4th December 2018?
1) Eliud Kipchoge
2) Atlawim Debebe
3) Teshome Getachew
4) Bekele Asefa
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Eliud Kipchoge
Explanation:
On 4th December 2018, Kenya’s Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge was awarded with Male World
athlete of the year for the first time at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletics
Awards 2018 held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Olympic Champion Kipchoge shattered the world marathon
record by 78 seconds whereas Ibarguen was Diamond leage champion in both long jumps and triple jump. Eliud
Kipchoge also won the London Marathon 2018.

16._____ was awarded with the Female World athlete of the year award for the first time at the International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco, on 4th December 2018?
1) Pascalia Chepkogei
2) Caterine Ibarguen
3) Belew Mekonnen
4) Fekede Tilahun
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Caterine Ibarguen
Explanation:
On 4th December 2018, Kenya’s Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and Colombian jumper Caterine
Ibarguen was awarded with Male and Female World athlete of the year for the first time at the International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletics Awards 2018 held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Olympic
Champion Kipchoge shattered the world marathon record by 78 seconds whereas Ibarguen was Diamond leage
champion in both long jumps and triple jump. Eliud Kipchoge also won the London Marathon 2018. Sweden’s
Vaulter Armand Duplantis and American Sydney Mclaughlin won the Men’s and Women’s Rising star awards
respectively.

17.Name the professor who has been awarded the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA) 2018?
1) Dr. Rajanish Giri
2) Dr. Prathiksha Patil
3) Dr. Anuprada Biswas
4) Dr. Kiran Rao
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Dr. Rajanish Giri

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Explanation:
Dr. Rajanish Giri, an assistant professor from the Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi (IIT-Mandi), has been
awarded the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA) 2018. Dr. Giri was selected for his proposed
innovative idea on Zika virus Capsid Folding and inhibitor discovery. He has also proven expertise in
understanding and solving the fundamental problems of protein folding in various structured and Intrinsically
Disordered Proteins. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology selected Dr. Giri
for the award. Along with the award he received a research grant, for three years, to delve more insight into the
biophysical research on Zika Capsid protein system.

18.Who topped Forbes India rich list 2018, released on 6th December 2018?
1) Azim Premji
2) Mukesh Ambani
3) Lakshmi Mittal
4) Pallonji Mistry
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Mukesh Ambani
Explanation:
Forbes India rich list 2018 consisting of 100 richest Indians was released on 6th December 2018. Mukesh Ambani
topped the chart with a net worth of $47.3 billion. He is followed by Azim Premji (Wipro) and Lakshmi Mittal
(Arcelor Mittal) ranking 2nd and 3rd respectively. Hinduja Brothers of Ashok Leyland and Pallonji Mistry of
Shapoorji Pallonji Group closed off the top 5 ranks.

19.Forbes India 2018 Celebrity 100, released on 6th December 2018, was topped by ____?
1) Deepika Padukone
2) Salman Khan
3) Shah Rukh Khan
4) Virat Kohli
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Deepika Padukone
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, Forbes India released Forbes List 2018 containing ranking influencing people in various
genres according to their net worth. The list is topped by actor Salman Khan with net worth of Rs. 253.25 crore. He
is followed by Virat Kohli (the highest paid sportsperson with net worth of Rs. 228.09 crore) and Akshay Kumar in
the 2nd and 3rd ranks. Deepika Padukone, the only female actor in the top 10, ranked 4th with net worth of Rs.
112.8 crores and is followed by MS Dhoni in the 5th rank. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are the only Sportspersons
who made it to the top 10 list.

20.Name the writer who has been selected for Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 under novel category in Hindi
language?
1) Inderjeet Kesar
2) Anees Salim
3) Chitra Mudgal
4) Mushtaq Ahmed
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Chitra Mudgal
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, the Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards in 24 languages. It
consists of 7 books of poetry, 6 novels, 6 short stories, 3 of literary criticism and 2 of essays.
Language Title of Work and Genre Winner
Assamese Kailoir Dinto Amar Hobo (Poetry) Sananta Tanti
Bengali Srikrishner Sesh Kata Din (Story) Sanjib Chattopadhyay
Bodo Dwngse Lama (Short Stories) Rituraj Basumatary
Dogri Bhagirath (Novel) Inderjeet Kesar
English The Blind Lady’s Descendants (Novel) Anees Salim
Gujarati Vibhajanni Vyatha (Essays) Sharifa Vijliwala
Hindi Post Box No-203-Naala Sopara (Novel) Chitra Mudgal

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Kannada Anushreni Yajamanike (Literary Criticism) K. G. Nagarajappa


Kashmiri Aakh (Short Stories) Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq
Konkani Chitralipi (Poetry) Paresh Narendra Kamat
Maithili Parineeta (Short Stories) Bina Thakur
Malayalam Gurupournami (Poetry) S. Ramesan Nair
Manipuri Ngamkheigee Wangmada (Short Stories) Budhichandra Heisnamba
Marathi Sarjanprerana ani Kavitwashodh (Literary Ma. Su. Patil.
Criticism)

21.Which writer has been selected for Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 under Poetry category in Sanskrit
language?
1) Sananta Tanti
2) Paresh Narendra Kamat
3) S Ramesan Nair
4) Dr Rama Kant Shukla
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Dr Rama Kant Shukla
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, the Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards in 24 languages. It
consists of 7 books of poetry, 6 novels, 6 short stories, 3 of literary criticism and 2 of essays.
Language Title of Work and Genre Winner
Nepali Kina Royeu Upamaa (Short Stories) Loknath Upadhyay Chapagain
Odia Prashanga Puruna Bhabana Nua (Literary Dasarathi Das
Criticism)
Punjabi Kone Da Suraj (Poetry) Mohanjit
Rajasthani Kavita Devai Deeth (Poetry) Rajesh Kumar Vyas
Sanskrit Mama Janani (Poetry) Rama kant Shukla
Santali Marom (Novel) Shyam Besra ‘Jiwi Rarec’
Sindhi Jia Mein Taandaa (Poetry) Khiman U. Mulani
Tamil Sanchaaram (Novel) S. Ramakrishnan
Telegu Vimarshini (Essay) Kolakaluri Enoch
Urdu Rohzin (Novel) Rahman Abbas

22.Who won the 2018 Turner Award, Britain’s prestigious contemporary art award, at Tate Britain in
London, United Kingdom, on 5th December 2018?
1) Evangeline Hodge
2) Charlotte Prodger
3) Caleb Richard
4) Rufus Huffman
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Charlotte Prodger
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, Glasgow based artist and film maker Charlotte Prodger won the 2018 Turner Award,
Britain’s prestigious contemporary art award, at Tate Britain in London, UK. Prodger, 44, won this award for her
33-minute film called ‘BRIDGIT’, that explores queer identity, which was shot in an iPhone. She would receive
$31,785 or £25,000 as a prize. The Award was instituted in 1984 by a group named Patrons of Art.

23.Name the person who won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018, at a ceremony in Rome, the headquarters
of United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on 6th December 2018?
1) Hadley De Silva
2) Rattan Lal
3) Amarnath Puri
4) Harriet Granger
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Rattan Lal

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Explanation:
On 06th December 2018, Rattan Lal, has won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 in a ceremony at the Rome
headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his outstanding contribution to sustainable
soil management. Rattan Lal is a distinguished university professor of soil science at the Ohio State University and
also the President of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS). The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the
pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka, is considered the highest honour in the soil science profession.
The first World Soil Day Award was on December 05 2018 given to “Practical Action”, Bangladesh for organizing
the best World Soil Day celebration in 2017. The new FAO-established award is funded by Thailand.

24.Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Shobhana Bhartia and _____ are the 4 Indians featured
in the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2018 released by Forbes?
1) Deepika Padukone
2) PV Sindhu
3) Priyanka Chopra
4) Mary Kom
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Priyanka Chopra
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, Forbes released The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2018. Four Indians who were
featured in the list were:
• IT stalwart Roshni Nadar Malhotra ranking 51st in the list,
• Biotechnology pioneer Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw ranking 60th,
• Media mogul Shobhana Bhartia at 88th position and
• Actor Priyanka Chopra at 94th spot.

25.Which Union Ministry was conferred the Skoch Award for National Significance in New Delhi, on
7th December 2018?
1) Ministry of Home Affairs
2) Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
3) Ministry of Women and Child Development
4) Ministry of Railways
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India was conferred the Skoch
Award for National Significance in New Delhi. The award was received by Secretary, Ministry of New Renewable
Energy Shri Anand Kumar. It was selected as the winner for its critical role in installing about 73 GW renewable
energy capacity in the country. This provided one billion units of electricity in the country with 21 per cent of total
installed capacity in the span of a year.

26.Name the Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize-winner who was honored by Harvard University in the United
States for her work in promoting girls’ education, on 6th December 2018?
1) Asma Jahangir
2) Malala Yousafzai
3) Sabeen Mahmud
4) Farzana Bari
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Malala Yousafzai
Explanation:
On 6th December 2018, Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai was honored by Harvard University
in the United States for her work promoting girls’ education. The 21-year-old Malala, received the 2018 Gleitsman
Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The award provides $125,000 for activism
that has improved quality of life around the world. Now 21, Yousafzai became the youngest person to win the
Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 when she was recognised for her global work supporting schooling for all children.
Currently she is a student at Oxford University in England.

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27.Who has retained the position of top newsmaker in India in the year 2018, according to the Yahoo Year
in Review list?
1) Virat Kohli
2) Narendra Modi
3) Anushka Sharma
4) Rahul Gandhi
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Narendra Modi
Explanation:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was once again the top newsmaker in India in the year 2018, according to the
Yahoo Year in Review list. Modi has featured at the top of the list for at least a couple of years now and is followed
this year by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra wrote his way into the list
with third position after landmark verdicts on triple talaq and Article 377.

28.Bharti Enterprises chairman ____ has received ESCP Europe’s highest honour ‘Doctor Honoris Causa’ for
his innovative entrepreneurship and contribution towards philanthropy in education?
1) Sunil Bharti Mittal
2) Aunbrata Biswas
3) Arpit Singh
4) Ranjan Mishra
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Sunil Bharti Mittal
Explanation:
On 08th December 2018, Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal has received ESCP Europe’s highest
honour ‘Doctor Honoris Causa’ for his innovative entrepreneurship and contribution towards philanthropy in the
field of education. With this, Mittal has become the first Indian to be honoured with this recognition in ESCP
Europe’s near 200 years history. Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the world’s first business school, founded by
a group of economic scholars and businessmen.

29.Name the person who is the most followed world leader on Instagram, according to the Twiplomacy
study 2018, conducted by Burson-Marsteller, an international public relations and communications firm?
1) Donald Trump
2) Narendra Modi
3) Joko Widodo
4) Pope Francis
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Narendra Modi
Explanation:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most followed world leader on Instagram. And, a photo he posted of his
meeting with Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma after their wedding was the most liked photo posted by a world
leader this year. Even the second most liked photo of a world leader belonged to PM Narendra Modi. This was of
him standing at a bus stop in a picturesque snowy Davos, where he attended the World Economic Forum 2018.
And, PM Narendra Modi is also the most "effective" world leader on Instagram, with every one of his 80 posts and
videos from this year garnering 873,302 interactions on the photo-sharing app. All this, according to the
Twiplomacy study 2018, which is conducted by Burson-Marsteller, an international public relations and
communications firm. According to the study, Narendra Modi is the most followed leader with 14.8 million
followers. Indonesian President Joko Widodo is second, and US President Donald Trump is third.

30.Who won the Miss World 2018 crown at the 68th edition of the Miss World event held in the Chinese
city, Sanya, on 8th December 2018?
1) Nicolene Pichapa
2) Maria Vasilevich
3) Kadijah Robinson
4) Vanessa Ponce de Leon
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Vanessa Ponce de Leon

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Explanation:
On 8th December 2018 Mexico‘s Vanessa Ponce de Leon won the coveted Miss World 2018 crown at the 68th
edition of the prestigious Miss World grand event held in the Chinese city, Sanya. The 26-year-old Vanessa was
crowned by Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar of India. Vanessa Ponce de Leon, has a degree in international
business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls.
Nicolene Pichapa from Thailand was adjudged runner up in Miss World 2018. Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss
Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were among the final five. A total of 118 contestants
from all around the world participated in the pageant. The Miss World continental winners were also announced
in the event. The winners include- Belarus – Miss World Europe, Jamaica – Miss World Carribbean, Mexico – Miss
World America, Uganda – Miss World Africa, and Thailand – Miss World Asia and Oceania.

31.Name the environmentalist who won the Lifetime Service Award in Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2018,
presented by Sanctuary Wildlife Foundation, on 8th December 2018?
1) Vandana Shiva
2) Rohit Choudhury
3) Imran Siddiqui
4) Iho Mitapo
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Vandana Shiva
Explanation:
On December 8, 2018, the Sanctuary Wildlife Foundation presented the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2018 to 8
environmentalists. The awardees are as follows:
Award Purpose Awardee Description
Lifetime Service Honouring the person Vandana Shiva Bio-piracy Activist,
Award who had a life food-sustainability
purpose to work for advocate and
nature and inspire changemaker
youth of India
Wildlife Service Employees, Rohit Choudhury Determined
Awards researchers, villagers campaigner,
involved in in situ environment activist.
nature conservation
Imran Siddiqui Tiger conservationist
and scientist,
firebrand
environmentalist
Iho Mitapo Grassroots
conservationist, eco-
entrepreneur, young
leader
Govardhan Meena Tiger Defender,
conflict manager and
changemaker
Puja Mitra Marine
conservationist,
animal welfare
activist and
administrator.
Young Naturalist Identifying young Maitreya Sukumar Student, birder,
Award naturalist and writer,
conservationist environmentalist
Green Teacher Award Educating the youth Nikita Pimple Educator, Naturalist
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32.Which institute won the DSCI Excellence Award 2018, given by Data Security Council of India (DSCI), for
its contributions in Cyber Security education, on 8th December 2018?
1) Indian Institute of Madras (IIT), Madras
2) Indian Institute of Madras (IIT), Kharagpur
3) National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy
4) Indian Institute of Scicences (IISc), Bangalore
5) None of these
Answer – 2) Indian Institute of Madras (IIT), Kharagpur
Explanation:
On December 8, 2018, IIT Kharagpur (KGP) won DSCI Excellence Award 2018, given by Data Security Council of
India (DSCI), for its contributions in Cyber Security education. It was awarded for its focused curricula and
research work in cryptography, hardware security, cyber security, network security which have helped spread
awareness among the student. Some of the notable ventures of the department of computer science and
engineering at IIT Kharagpur are: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-funded projects
on developing lightweight protocols for authenticating IoT nodes, IC reverse engineering and trojan detection and
the DST-funded ‘Swarnajayanti‘ project on secure authentication protocol for smart grids. The purpose of the DSCI
Excellence Award is to recognize, honour and reward organizations and individuals who address real risks, build
resilience, increase trustworthiness and create a conducive environment for business growth.

33._____ was presented the lifetime achievement award at the Trinity Arts Festival in Chennai, on
8th December 2018?
1) Sundaram Iyengar
2) T T Srinivasaraghavan
3) Rohit Bakshi
4) Kiran Rao
5) None of these
Answer - 2) T T Srinivasaraghavan
Explanation:
On December 8, 2018, Sundaram Finance Managing Director T T Srinivasaraghavan was presented the lifetime
achievement award at the Trinity Arts Festival in Chennai. The award was presented by publisher and former
Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, and the Press Trust of India, Chairman, N Ravi. He was awarded for his leadership
qualities that made Sundaram Finance as one of India’s most trusted non-banking finance companies. Over the last
13 years, he has been organising mikeless kutcheries for children aged below 15 years which got him an entry into
the Limca Book of Records for the longest open air kutcheri in the country.

34.Where was the 54th SKOCH Summit on the State of Power, Oil and Gas held on 5th December 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) Dehradun
3) Raipur
4) New Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 4) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 5th December 2018, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India has been conferred the
Skoch Award for National Significance at an event held in New Delhi. Secretary, Ministry of New Renewable
Energy Shri Anand Kumar received the award. The Ministry was conferred with the award considering its purpose
and critical role played in installing about 73 GW renewable energy capacities in the country. The award was given
at 54th SKOCH Summit on the State of Power, Oil and Gas, in New Delhi, and was organized by SKOCH Group,
India’s topmost independent think-tank for socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth. Presently 21%
of the total installed capacity comes from renewable energy source and the sector has been able to provide one
billion units of electricity in the country within the year. Currently India ranks 4th in the world in wind energy
capacity and 5th in solar & total renewable energy capacity installed in the world. In a latest push, Ministry of New
and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had announced its plans for 23 GW of solar projects in Leh and Ladakh regions of
Jammu & Kashmir.

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35.Who became the first Asian/Indian to win the 2018 Mister Supernatural title in the 3rd edition of the
competition held in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland, on 9th December 2018?
1) Rakesh Shetty
2) Prathamesh Maulingkar
3) Manish Jain
4) Pramod Karmakar
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Prathamesh Maulingkar
Explanation:
On December 9, 2018, Prathamesh Maulingkar from Goa, dubbed as Mr. India, became the first Asian/Indian to
win 2018 Mister Supernatural title after contesting 37 candidates in the 3rd edition of the competition held in
Krynica-Zdroj, Poland. He was followed by Mr. Poland at 2nd position and Mr. Brazil at 3rd position. Mr. Brazil was
also crowned with Mr Popularity sash.

36.Name the Indian who won the ‘Best entertainment host/presenter’ award at the Asian Academy
Creative Awards, held on 8th and 9th December 2018, in Singapore?
1) Amitabh Bacchan
2) Salman Khan
3) Kapil Sharma
4) Karan Johar
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Salman Khan
Explanation:
On December 9, 2018, the 2-day inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards concluded at Singapore’s Capitol
Theatre, Singapore. Indian winners of the Asian Academy Creative Awards are:
Category Show Winner
Best entertainment host/presenter Bigg Boss Salman Khan
Best direction (fiction) Netflix’s original series Sacred Games Anurag Kashyap
Best Editing Sacred Games Aarti Bajaj
Best comedy program Queens Of Comedy Discovery Communications
India
Best telenovela or soap opera series Porus One Life Studios
Best 2D animated program or series Lamput Cartoon Network India
Best Current Affairs program The Last Drop: India’s Water Crisis NGC Network India
Best non-scripted entertainment The Remix Greymatter Entertainment
Best Drama Miss Sherlock Miss Sherlock

37.Which politician will be awarded as “Best Woman Parliamentarian – Rajya Sabha” by Vice-President M.
Venkaiah Naidu, in New Delhi, on 13th December 2018?
1) Sushma Swaraj
2) Vasundhara Raje
3) Mamta Banerjee
4) Kanimozhi
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Kanimozhi
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Member of Parliament (MP), Kanimozhi will be
awarded as “Best Woman Parliamentarian – Rajya Sabha” by the Vice-President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu at Dr.
Ambedkar International Center in New Delhi. A 10-member board of Jury of eminent personalities headed by
Murali Manohar Joshi selected Kanimozhi for the award presented by Lokmat Group of Newspaper. She has been
awarded for her outstanding Contribution in Parliament and Strengthening Democratic Values and Principles for
Several Decades.

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38.Who became the first-ever recipient of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Coach of the Year
Award, on 11thDecember 2018?
1) Sascha Bajin
2) Petra Kvitora
3) Bethani Mattek-Sands
4) Ashley Peterson
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Sascha Bajin
Explanation:
On December 11, 2018, Sascha Bajin, coach of the world number five Naomi Osaka, became the first-ever recipient
of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Coach of the Year Award. Under his guidance, Osaka won her career
first WTA title at the Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and claimed her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open after
defeating American tennis ace Serena Williams. He also served as a Gold Member of the newly implemented WTA
Coach Program.

39.Which basketball team was named the 2018 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, at the Sports
Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show in Los Angeles, United States, on 11th December 2018?
1) Golden State Warriors
2) Los Angeles Lakers
3) Boston Celtics
4) Toronto Raptors
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Golden State Warriors
Explanation:
NBA (National Basketball Association) champion Golden State Warriors have been named the 2018 Sports
Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. The team was honored at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year
Awards Show in Los Angeles on December 11 2018. Golden State is the fourth team ever to receive the prestigious
honor joining the U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team (1980), the U.S. Women’s Soccer team (1999) and the Boston
Red Sox (2004).

40.Name the Indian Railway employee who has been conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 for his
novel “Marom” in Santhali language?
1) Anuj Kumar
2) Shyam Sundar Besra
3) Sajin Vohra
4) Ram Nath Bhalla
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Shyam Sundar Besra
Explanation:
Shri Shyam Sundar Besra, Chief Inspector of Ticket working in Asansol Division of Eastern Railway has been
conferred the coveted Sahitya Akademi Award 2018. He has been awarded for his novel “Marom” in Santhali
language which is primarily based upon natural, social, economic and political conditions of Santhal Pargana. The
novel highlights the situation emerged after the two main industrial development of the Santhal area after
Independence i.e Masanjore Dam at Dumka and Railway locomotive workshop at Chittaranjan.

41.Name the sportsperson who was honoured with the Meethoileima (Outstanding Queen) title by
Manipur government, on 12th December 2018?
1) Manu Bhaker
2) Hima Das
3) MC Mary Kom
4) Saina Nehwal
5) None of these
Answer - 3) MC Mary Kom
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018, MC Mary Kom, six times World Women Boxing Champion and Olympic Bronze medalist
honoured with Meethoileima title by Manipur government. She was honoured by Chief Minister N.Biren Singh who

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also handed over a cheque of Ten lakh rupees. The Chief Minister also declared that the Imphal West DC Road
towards Game Village will be named as MC Mary Kom Road. Meethoileima means Outstanding Queen.

42._____ is the first deceased journalist to be honoured with the Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year
award?
1) Jamal Khashoggi
2) Yasin Azeem
3) Rustum Daffne
4) Mike Delfino
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Jamal Khashoggi
Explanation:
On 11th December 2018, Time magazine had named “the Guardians” a group of killed, imprisoned, or targeted
journalists including Jamal Khashoggi as its 2018 Person of the Year honouring their dedicated pursuit of the truth
despite a war on facts and tremendous obstacles, including violence and imprisonment. The publication has
chosen the following journalists for the title this year—
• Slain Saudi journalist and the Washington Post contributor who was killed at the Saudi Arabian consulate
in Istanbul in October- Jamal Khashoggi. This is the first time that a Person of the Year is a deceased
person.
• Filipina journalist facing tax evasion charges- Maria Ressa,
• The wives of Reuters journalists- Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were imprisoned after investigating the
massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar,
• The staff of the Capital Gazette who were killed in the mass shooting at the office of Capital Gazette, the US
newspaper from Annapolis, Maryland.

43.Name the Uttar Pradesh based startup that won 2018 UN Climate Action Award at the United Nations
(UN) Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, on 11th December 2018?
1) GreenTouch
2) HelpUsGreen
3) GreenUs
4) GrowGreen
5) None of these
Answer - 2) HelpUsGreen
Explanation:
On 11th December 2018, the United Nations (UN) has honoured an Uttar Pradesh based startup company
‘HelpUsGreen‘, which works to clean up the mighty river Ganga by recycling thousands of tonnes of floral waste
from temples and mosques across many cities\towns in Uttar Pradesh to produce natural incense, organic
fertilizers and biodegradable packaging material through its ‘flowercycling’ technology. HelpUsGreen is one of 15
ground-breaking projects from around the world that has won this year’s UN Climate Action Award at a special
ceremony at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland. With the help of the startup about
1,260 women have been supported to date and 19 children whose mothers used to work as manual scavengers
have started going to school. About 11,060 metric tonnes of temple-waste has been ‘flowercycled’ to date by the
women, preventing as much as 110 metric tonnes of chemical pesticides that enter the river through temple waste.

44.Sharad Pawar and _____ received the Lokmat Parliamentary Award under the category of ‘Lifetime
achievement award’ at Lokmat National Conclave 2018, in New Delhi, on 13th December 2018?
1) Murli Manohar Joshi
2) Gulam Nabi Azad
3) Nishikant Dubey
4) Rama Devi
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Murli Manohar Joshi
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu honoured 8 winners of the Lokmat Parliamentary
Awards at Lokmat National Conclave 2018 held at Dr. Ambedkar International Center, Janpath in New Delhi.

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The list of Winners are:


Category Winner
Lifetime achievement award NCP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Pawar
Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi
Best Parliamentarian Award Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam
Nabi Azad
BJP MP Nishikant Dubey
Best debut woman parliamentarian (Lok Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini
Sabha)
Best woman parliamentarian (Lok Sabha) MP Rama Devi
Best woman parliamentarian in the Rajya DMK leader Kanimozhi
Sabha
Best debut woman parliamentarian (Rajya Chhaya Verma
Sabha)

45.Which state/union territory police has entered the Limca Book of Records for training 2,08,125 women
and girls in 989 self-defence programme in 2017?
1) Andaman & Nicobar Islands
2) Delhi
3) Uttar Pradesh
4) Madhya Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Delhi
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018, Delhi Police has entered the Limca Book of Records for training 2,08,125 women and
girls in 989 self-defence programme in 2017. The self-defence programme of Delhi Police was started in 2002 and
is carried out by the Special Police Unit For Women and Children (SPUWAC) which has trained 9,80,456 women
under 5,140 programmes till November 2017. The Delhi Police will receive the award in February next year. The
Delhi Police have set a target to train around 3.5 lakh women in 2019.

46.Who became the first ever Indian Table Tennis player to be awarded the ‘Breakthrough Table Tennis
Star’ award, at the 2018 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Star Awards, held in Korea, on
12th December 2018?
1) Manika Batra
2) Soumyajith Ghosh
3) Poulomi Ghatak
4) Mouma Das
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Manika Batra
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, the 2018 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Star Awards were held at the
Grand Hyatt hotel in Incheon, Korea. Manika Batra became the first ever Indian Table Tennis player to be awarded
the ‘Breakthrough Table Tennis Star’ award.

47.Name the minor boy from Odisha who has been selected for the National Bravery Award for saving his
uncle from a crocodile attack, and will be awarded in 2019?
1) Satyabatra Das
2) Situ Malik
3) Vimal Gogoi
4) Sajin Paul
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Situ Malik
Explanation:
12th December 2018, Situ Malik (15), a minor boy from Kendrapara district of Odisha has been selected for the
National Bravery Award for saving his paternal uncle from a crocodile attack. He will be awarded from Prime
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Minister Narendra Modi on January 23, 2019. Situ had saved his uncle Binod Malik from attack of a crocodile
which had sneaked into the village pond on February 20 2018.

48.Which company won the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ in
India for the performance year 2016-17?
1) Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL)
2) Tata Steel Limited
3) JSW Steel Limited
4) Essar Steel Limited
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Tata Steel Limited
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, Tata Steel Limited had been declared as the winner of the Prime Minister’s Trophy for
the ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ in the country for the performance year 2016-17 making it the fourth
consecutive year for Tata Steel being honoured with this coveted award. Along with the trophy a cash award of Rs.
2 crore was also given to the company. Having won the PM’s Trophy 11 times and receiving the Certificate for
Excellence twice, Tata Steel has been recognized as the best integrated steel plant 13 times, since the inception of
this award in 1992-93. The performance of the plants is judged by a Panel of Judges headed by Secretary (Steel)
and with members from eminent technologists, management experts, trade union leaders, economists, consumers
of iron & steel according to a scheme drawn up by an expert committee.

49.Who won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) that
concluded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, on 13th December 2018?
1) Majid Majidi
2) Ram Gopal Verma
3) Sean Austin
4) Lijo Jose Pellissery
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Majid Majidi
Explanation:
On December 13, 2018, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the closing ceremony of the 23rd International
Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) at Nisagandhi Auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Around 160 films from
around the world were screened at the week-long festival that commenced on December 7, 2018. The winners of
the IFFK 2018 awards are as follows:
 Lifetime Achievement Award: Filmmaker Majid Majidi (Iran).
 Suvarna Chakoram for Best Film: The Dark Room.
 Rajata Chakoram for Best Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery for Ee.Maa.Yove
The 24th edition of the IFFK will be held from December 6 to 13, 2019 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

50.Which state has been selected by the Union Ministry of Agriculture for “Krishi Karman” award in the
rice category, that will be awarded in February 2019?
1) West Bengal
2) Kerala
3) Jharkhand
4) Karnataka
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Jharkhand
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, the Union Ministry of Agriculture had selected Jharkhand for “Krishi Karman” award in
the rice category. The award which carries a cash prize worth Rs 2 crore and a citation will be given away in
February 2019 by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. As a gesture of appreciation to the farmers of the state for
achieving the milestone, two progressive farmers, i.e. one male and one female, would also be given ‘Agriculture
Minister’s Krishi Karman Award”. Each of the farmers would receive a cash award of Rs 2 lakh along with citation.

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51.Name the English writer who has been selected for the Jnanpith Award 2018?
1) Prathiba Ray
2) Amitav Ghosh
3) Amelia James
4) Rishi Chander
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Amitav Ghosh
Explanation:
On 14th December 2018, Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by eminent novelist, scholar and Jnanpith laureate
Pratibha Ray selected Renowned English writer Amitav Ghosh for the prestigious Jnanpith Award 2018. Amitav
Ghosh is one of the most prominent contemporary Writer who is famous connecting past with present in relevant
ways in his novels. Shadow Lines, The Glass Palace, The Hunger Tide, River of smoke, Flood of Fire are some of the
greatest novels of Amitav Ghosh. Amitav Ghosh is also recipient of the Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi Awards.

52.Who was crowned as Miss India Worldwide 2018 at 27th annual global pageant held in the Fords City of
New Jersey, United States, on 15th December 2018?
1) Sakshi Sinha
2) Shree Saini
3) Anusha Sareen
4) Roopa Hebbar
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Shree Saini
Explanation:
On December 15,2018, Indian-American Shree Saini has been crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018 at 27th annual
global pageant held in the Fords City of New Jersey. It is Organised by the New York-based India Festival
Committee (IFC). Sakshi Sinha from Australia was declared as the first runner up and Anusha Sareen from United
Kingdom declared as the second runner up.

53.Name the person who won the Mrs.India Worldwide 2018 title at the 27th annual global pageant held
in the Fords City of New Jersey, United States, on 15th December 2018?
1) Jeya Priya Pandian
2) Kavita Malhotra Pattani
3) Mandeep Kaur Sandhu
4) Anjali Menon
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Mandeep Kaur Sandhu
Explanation:
On December 15,2018, In the Mrs.India Worldwide 2018 Category,India’s Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, who hails from
Haryana, was declared as the winner and crowned at 27th annual global pageant.Jeya Priya Pandian from Malaysia
and Kavita Malhotra Pattani from USA were declared the first and second runner ups of the Mrs India Worldwide
2018. Girls andWomen’s of Indian Origin from 17 Countries Participated in this 27th annual global pageant.The
next edition of the Miss India Worldwide will be held in Mumbai in 2019.

54.Indian Film Producer _____ was honoured with the French Knight of the National Order of Merit for his
contribution to the world of cinema and Indo-French film industry, on 14th December 2018?
1) Rishi Kapoor
2) Ashok Amritraj
3) Vishal Chakraborthy
4) Mahesh Bhatt
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Ashok Amritraj
Explanation:
On December 14,2018,Producer Ashok Amritraj was honoured with the French Knight of the National Order of
Merit for his contribution to the world of cinema and Indo-French film industry. The award was presented to him
at the Closing ceremony of 2 day Indo-French Professional Meeting for the Film and Television Industry held in
Mumbai, India. He had Produced Hollywood Films such as Ghost Rider:Spirit of Vengeance with Nicholas Cage and
99 Homes starring Andrew Garfield.

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55.Where did National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog organize the 3rd edition of the
Women Transforming India Awards 2018 and launched the upgraded portal of the Women
Entrepreneurship Platform 2.0, on 16th December 2018?
1) Kolkata
2) New Delhi
3) Bengaluru
4) Hyderabad
5) None of these
Answer - 2) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 16th December 2018, National Institution for Transforming India( NITI AAYOG) organized the 3rd edition of
the Women Transforming India Awards 2018and launch the upgraded portal of the Women Entrepreneurship
Platform 2.0, in New Delhi. The Vice President of India M.Venkaiah Naidu was chief guest of the event where he
presented the awards and launched the portal. Theme of this year is ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’. 15 winners
have been chosen through an extensive six-month-long process. The primary objective of Women
Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) is to promote and support both established and aspiring Indian women
entrepreneurs. Many organisations such as Google, UN India Business Forum, CRISIL, SIDBI, NIC, NASSCOM, WEE
Foundation, SEWA bank, Mann Deshi Foundation etc. are the partners in the Women Entrepreneurship Platform.

56.Singers Shaan and ____ were given the “Sangeet Mahasamman” award by the West Bengal government at
the inaugural session of the Bangla Sangeet Mela (Bengal Music Festival) and Biswa Bangla Lok Sanskriti
Utsav (Folk Culture Festival), in Kolkata, on 15th December 2018?
1) Shreya Ghoshal
2) Arijit Singh
3) Asha Bhosle
4) Sonu Nigam
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Arijit Singh
Explanation:
On 15th December 2018,popular singers Shaan and Arijit Singh were given the “Sangeet Mahasamman” award by
the West Bengal government at the inaugural session of the Bengal music and folk culture festival. Legendary
singer Sandhya Mukhopadhyay gave away the awards, in Kolkata. Leading Bengali singers like Rupankar Bagchi,
Raghab Chattopadhyay, Manomoy Bhattacharya, Saikat Mitra, Pratik Chowdhury and music director Debojyoti
Mishra were also given the ‘Sangeet Mahasamman’ awards. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the eight-
day Bangla Sangeet Mela(Bengal Music Festival) and Biswa Bangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav( Folk Culture Festival). The
government has given cards to two lakh folk artistes or ‘Lok Prasar Shilpi’, and each of them are given Rs 1,000 as
monthly allowance.

57.Who won the Miss Universe 2018 title at the Miss Universe 2018 event, held in Thailand, on
16th December 2018?
1) Tamaryn Green
2) Catriona Elisa Gray
3) Angela Ponce
4) Nehal Chudasama
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Catriona Elisa Gray
Explanation:
On December 16 2018,Miss Universe 2018 was held at Muang Thong Thani, Pak Kret, Thailand. The 24-year-old
Filipino-Australian beauty Catriona Elisa Gray from Philippines bagged Miss Universe 2018 title.There are totally
93 contestants from various were participated in this contest. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh
Nel-Peters of South Africa. Tamaryn Green, a medical student from South Africa became first runner up and
Sthefany Guterrez from Venezuela studying to be a lawyer became second runner-up. Spain’s Angela Ponce made
history as the first transgender woman to compete with other contestant for the title of Miss Universe. India’s
Nehal Chudasama failed to enter it to the Top 20 of the Miss Universe 2018.This show hosted by Emmy Award-
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58.Who was named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's person of the year 2018?
1) Anushka Sharma
2) R Madhavan
3) Sachin Tendulkar
4) Sonam Kapoor
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Sonam Kapoor
Explanation:
On 18th December 2018, actor Sonam Kapoor named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's
person of the year 2018. In 2016, Sonam Kapoor was named PETA India's Vegetarian Celebrity, and she earned a
Compassionate Business Award from the group a year later for her cruelty-free handbag line. She donates “Kind
Kites” to children to help prevent injuries from manja. Her past works include urging the Minister of Environment,
Forests and Climate Change not to revoke the ban on classroom dissection for university life science and zoology
students calling for a Maharashtra-wide ban on glass-coated manja that can entangle and kill birds. Past winners of
PETA India’s Person of the Year Award include Anushka Sharma, Sunny Leone, Shashi Tharoor, Kapil Sharma,
Hema Malini, R. Madhavan and Jacqueline Fernandez.

59.Name the Indian movie that has been shortlisted for the 91st Oscars 2019 awards, in the Documentary
Short Subject category?
1) Black sheep
2) Period. End of Sentence
3) Women of the Gulag
4) A Nigh at the Garden
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Period. End of Sentence
Explanation:
"Period. End of Sentence", a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation
and delving upon the work of real life 'Pad Man' Arunachalam Muruganathan, has made it to the 91st Oscars 2019
awards shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category. The film is executive produced by Guneet Monga and
is co-produced by Monga's Sikhya Entertainment, which has backed films like "The Lunchbox" and "Masaan". Rima
Das’ Village Rockstars was India’s official entry to the Oscars this year but the film has not made it to the nine
shortlisted films in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

60.Which Oscar-winning Hollywood actor will be awarded the ‘2019 Cecil B. deMille Award’ which is a
lifetime achievement award, at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on 6th January 2019 in United
States?
1) Jeff Bridges
2) Brad Pitt
3) Robert De Niro
4) Harrison Ford
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Jeff Bridges
Explanation:
Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges will receive the ‘2019 Cecil B. deMille Award’ which is a lifetime achievement
award, at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on 6th January 2019 in United States, for his wide range of work,
from Western "True Grit" to comedy "The Big Lebowski". Bridges will be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press
Association with the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

61.Name Pakistan’s human rights activist who was posthumously awarded the UN (United Nations) Human
Rights Prize for 2018, in New York, on 18th December 2018?
1) Munizae Kalam
2) Safia Al Hamid
3) Asma Jahangir
4) Razia Samir
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Asma Jahangir

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Explanation:
On 18th December 2018, UN (United Nations) Human Rights Prize for 2018, which was posthumously awarded to
Pakistan’s iconic human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir, was received by her daughter, Munizae, at an
impressive ceremony in the General Assembly hall of United Nations, in New York. The award and a plaque were
handed over to Munizae Jahangir, a journalist and human rights activist herself, by the President of the General
Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa. Jahangir was an outspoken critic of Pakistan’s powerful military
establishment and she fought against religious extremism and for the rights of oppressed minorities in Pakistan.
Asma Jahangir was one of the four winners of the award which was announced by the United Nations in October
and is given once in every five years since 1968. The three others who received the awards were: Ms. Rebeca
Gyumi (Tanzania), Ms. Joenia Wapichana (Brazil) and Front Line Defenders (Irish organization). The award was
given at the event organised to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
marked annually on December 10.

62.How many workers employed in the Departmental Undertakings & Public Sector Undertakings of the
Central and State Governments and Private Sector Units employing 500 or more workers, were honoured
with the Prime Minister’s Shram Awards 2017?
1) 50
2) 100
3) 40
4) 60
5) None of these
Answer - 3) 40
Explanation:
On 20th December 2018, 40 workers employed in the Departmental Undertakings & Public Sector Undertakings of
the Central and State Governments and Private Sector Units employing 500 or more workers, were selected by the
Government of India for the Prime Minister’s Shram Awards 2017. The Prime Minister’s Shram Awards are given
in recognition of the workers’ distinguished performances, innovative abilities, outstanding contribution in the
field of productivity and exhibition of exceptional courage and presence of mind. The awards are given every year
in 4 categories namely- Shram Ratna Award, Shram Bhushan Award, Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana and Shram
Shree/Shram Devi Awards. This year none of the workers were conferred the prestigious Shram Ratna Award.
Three workers including one female were chosen for this year’s Shram Bhushan Awards which carries a cash
award of Rs. 1,00,000/- and a ‘Sanad’. Twelve awardees were selected for Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana Awards
carrying a cash award of Rs. 60,000/- and a ‘Sanad’. Total number of Shram Shree/Shram Devi Awardees was
twenty five including two female. The award carries a cash award of Rs. 40,000/- and a ‘Sanad’.

63.Which company won the National Energy Conservation Award 2018 in the pumps category for the
fourth time, on 14th December 2018?
1) Grundfos Pumps India
2) C.R.I. Pumps
3) Dencil Pumps
4) Shakti Pumps
5) None of these
Answer - 2) C.R.I. Pumps
Explanation:
On 14th December 2018, C.R.I. pumps, one of the Leading Manufacturer of energy efficient pumps won the
National Energy Conservation Award 2018 in the pumps category for the fourth time. C.R.I. Group joint Managing
Director, Mr. G. Selvaraj receives the award. C.R.I. is the highest contributor in the country for the projects of EESL
(Energy Efficiency Services Limited) to replace the old inefficient pumps with new 5 star rated smart pumps.

64.Who was awarded Drivers’ Driver of the Year award after claiming the 5th World Drivers’
Championship, on 22nd December 2018?
1) Sebastian Vettel
2) Lewis Hamilton
3) Fernando Alonso
4) Max Verstappen
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Lewis Hamilton

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Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, Lewis Hamilton was awarded Drivers’ Driver of the Year after claiming the 5th World
Drivers’ Championship. After this he became the 3rd man in history to secure the 5th world title. This was a part of
vote given by the F1 management for the first time among 17 of the 20 drivers participating in the event. He was
followed by Max Verstappen in the second place, Fernando Alonso in the third place. The top 5 was closed off by
Sebastian Vettel (4th) and Daniel Ricciardo in the 5th place.

65.Which organisation won 17 awards, which is the highest number of awards won by a single
organisation in the ‘National Energy Conservation awards 2018’ held in New Delhi, on 14th December
2018?
1) Indian Railways
2) Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
3) Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
4) Powergrid
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Indian Railways
Explanation:
On December 14, 2018, the Indian Railways won 17 awards in the National Energy Conservation awards 2018’
held in New Delhi. This was the highest number of awards bagged by a single organisation. It took part in 3
categories namely, railway stations, hospitals and institutions, out of the five major categories. The awards are as
follows:
• Under‘transport’ category, railways obtained 10 awards for subsector railway station.
• Under ‘building’ category, it bagged threeawards for subsector Railway hospitals.
• Under ‘institution’category, it got four awards for subsector state PWD, CPWD and PHED.
10 awards for railway stations were given in the subsector in which,
• Vidisha railway station in Madhya Pradesh won the 1st prize,
• Jamnagar Station in Gujarat got the second prize.
• seven certificates of merit were given to Dwarka, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Hyderabad, Nizamabad,
Guwahati, Jaipur and Kazipet
In the hospitals sector, the following got the 3 awards:
• Izzatnagar division which won the first prize,
• Railway Hospital of Rajkot division got the second prize and
• certificate of merit was given to the Railway Hospital of Ratlam division.
Four awards for state PWD subsector include
• Passenger reservation system complex building of Secunderabad division which won the first prize,
• Rail Soudha zone HQ office building got the 2nd prize and
• certificates of merit to rail Nilayam in Secunderabad and Hyderabad Bhawan (DRM Hyderabad office) in
Secunderabad.

66.Kalu police station located in _____, emerged as the top police station in the list of top 10 performing
police stations across India for 2018, released at the Inaugural Session of the DGPs or IGPs Conference in
Gujarat?
1) Nettapakkam, Puducherry
2) Murshidabad, West Bengal
3) Munsyari, Uttarakhand
4) Bikaner, Rajasthan
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Bikaner, Rajasthan
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh released the list of top 10 performing police stations
across the nation. The list was announced in the 3-day Inaugural Session of the DGPs or IGPs Conference in
Gujarat. The list was prepared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB). The police stations across the country were checked
for various parameters like infrastructure, detection of registered crime cases and friendly relations with the
public. The top three police stations in India for 2018 are Kalu (Bikaner, Rajasthan), Campbell Bay ( Andaman &
Nicobar Islands) and Farakka (Murshidabad, West Bengal). Other police stations have been ranked as follows:
• 4-Nettapakkam (Puducherry)

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• 5– Guderi (Karnataka)
• 6– Chopal (Himachal Pradesh)
• 7– Lakheri (Rajasthan)
• 8– Periyakulam (Tamil Nadu)
• 9– Munsyari (Uttarakhand)
• 10– Churchorem (Goa).

67.Who became the first Indian to win the Junior Debate Championship at the World Scholar’s Cup held at
Yale University, USA from November 16-21, 2018?
1) Aadi Sai Vijaykaran
2) Parul Mehta
3) Vikranth Sharma
4) Reema Charan
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Aadi Sai Vijaykaran
Explanation:
On 26th December 2018, 13 years old class 8 student from KC High School in Chennai, Aadi Sai Vijaykaran became
the first Indian to win the Junior Debate Championship at the World Scholar’s Cup held at Yale University, USA
from November 16-21. The theme for the cup was ‘An Entangled World: diplomacy, human relationships, the
science of memory, and literature, art and music’. The Tournament of Champions of World Scholar’s Cup is a
competition for young debaters from around the world in which only 2000 participants out of 40,000 qualified for
the final of “The tournament of Champions”.

68.Name the late music composer who was awarded the Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award in
Mumbai, on 24th December 2018?
1) Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar
2) Shantaram Pallikal
3) Surjit Aluwalia
4) Mithali Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar
Explanation:
On 24th December 2018, Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar was awarded the Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement
Award in Mumbai, on 24th December 2018. Kudalkar of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo, was given the Mohammed
Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of 1 lakh rupees and a trophy. He had a successful and long
partnership with Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma and as music composers.

69.Playback singer ______ was awarded the Mohammed Rafi Award in Mumbai on 24th December 2018?
1) Usha Timothy
2) Ranjani Srivats
3) Maria Sebastian
4) Arpit Mohanty
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Usha Timothy
Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, playback singer Usha Timothy was honoured with the Mohammed Rafi Award and 51,000
rupees in Mumbai. She had sung 1,000 songs in multiple Indian languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi,
Bhojpuri and Marathi, among others. The awards, instituted by the NGO Spandan Arts, were handed over by
Shelar.

70.Name the sitar player who was awarded the 2018 Tansen Samman, at the Tansen Music Festival in
Gwalior, by Madhya Pradesh government, on 26th December 2018?
1) Sanket Pandit
2) Manju Mehta
3) Roopali Sen
4) Vijay Sagar
5) None of these
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Answer – 2) Manju Mehta


Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, the Madhya Pradesh government honoured noted sitar player Manju Mehta with the 2018
Tansen Samman, at theTansen Music Festival in Gwalior. She received the award from Union minister Narendra
Singh Tomar, for her contribution to the field of music. The award consisted of a cash award of Rs 2 lakh and a
memento.

71.The photo division of which Union Ministry will organise the 7th National Photography Awards in
February 2019?
1) Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
2) Ministry of Human Resource Development
3) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
4) Ministry of Home Affairs
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
Explanation:
The photo division of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is organizing the 7th National Photography Awards.
It will be held in February 2019. Entries for all the awards have been invited from across the country. The
photographers will be awarded in mainly three categories - life time achievement award, awards for professional
photographers and the awards for the amateur photographers. The award for professional photographer has two
categories- professional photographer of the year award with cash prize of one lakh rupees and special mention
awards with cash prize of 50 thousand rupees. The Life Time Achievement award carries a cash prize of three lakh
rupees.

72.Who was crowned with the Mrs. India 2018 title at the Mrs. India My Identity Beauty Pageant 2018
finale held in New Delhi, on 26th December 2018?
1) Divya Patidar Joshi
2) Shefali Nadu
3) Charulatha Jain
4) Nirupama Sen
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Divya Patidar Joshi
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, Divya Patidar Joshi from Madhya Pradesh was crowned with the Mrs. India 2018 title at
the Mrs. India My Identity Beauty Pageant 2018 finale held in New Delhi. She defeated 24 promising contestants
and won all the rounds of Beauty with Brain contest along with Best Cat Walk title. With this win, in the year 2019,
she would be representing India for Mrs. Universe title.

73.Which state was chosen for its all-round development in all its ‘aspirational’ districts, and its Chief
minister was conferred the ‘Champions of Change’ award by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi, on
26th December 2018?
1) Tamil Nadu
2) Telangana
3) Meghalaya
4) Manipur
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Manipur
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh was conferred the ‘Champions of Change’ award by
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi.He was recognised for his leadership role in transforming the
governance in the north-eastern state. At a programme to identify the progress made in 115 ‘aspirational’ districts,
Manipur was chosen for its all-round development on various parameters in all its ‘aspirational’ districts. In the
event, the Vice President gave away 47 such awards. Other such awardees are:
1.Union Minister of State for Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti,
2.Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Sudarshan and
3.Member of Parliament Nishikant Dubey.

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The award selection jury was led by former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishna and former Supreme Court judge
Sudha Mishra.’

74.Who won the Balkan Athlete of the year award on 27th December 2018?
1) Simona Halep
2) Novak Djokovik
3) Luka Modric
4) Roger Federer
5) None of these
Answe r - 3) Luka Modric
Explanation:
On 27th December 2018, Croatia’s captain and Spanish club Real Madrid’s midfielder Luka Modric was named the
Balkan Athlete of the year beating Men’s tennis world number one player Novak Djokovic. The poll to name Balkan
Athlete of the year was organized by the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA). Serbian player Novak Djokovik got second
position whereas women’s number one tennis Romania’s Simona Halep got third position in the Balkan’s poll.
Luka Modric lead Croatia to the FIFA World cup final and bagged player of the tournament for the FIFA 2018
organized in Russia. Modrik had also won the prestigious men’s Ballon d’Or award for the first time in December
2018.

75.Name the person who has been named as the most admired man by Americans for the 11th year in a
row according to a gallup poll?
1) Donald Trump
2) Hillary Clinton
3) Barack Obama
4) Brad Pitt
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Barack Obama
Explanation:
Former President of United States of America (USA), Barack Obama has been named as the most admired man by
Americans for the 11th year in a row according to a gallup poll. Present President of USA, Donald trumps ranked
2nd for the fourth consecutive year. Former First Lady of USA Michelle Obama was also voted as the most admired
women by American. Hillary Clinton missed the top of the list for the list time in 17 years.

76.Name the film produced, directed and scripted by Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Officer Satyamam Dutta
that received the Best Short documentary film award in Asia South East International Short Film Festival
at Phnom Penh in Cambodia, on 28th December 2018?
1) Finding Beauty in Garbage
2) How Far Can You Run
3) Two minutes into the Future
4) Unseen Mystery
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Finding Beauty in Garbage
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, the 7 minutes long “Finding Beauty in Garbage”, film received the Best Short documentary
film award in Asia South East International Short Film Festival at Phnom Penh in Cambodia. It has also been
selected for special screening for 2018 Short and Sweet Film festival Utah, USA, Ooty Film Festival and Bengal
International Film festival. The film was produced, directed and scripted by Satyamam Dutta who is an Indian
Revenue Service (IRS) Officer.

77.Which institute entered Guinness Book of World Records ‘for organising the largest men’s Health
Awareness programme on prostate cancer on a single day’ on 28th December 2018?
1) MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre, Telangana
2) Manipal Institute of Medicine and Sciences, Karnataka
3) Adayar Cancer Institute, Tamil Nadu
4) Jeevan Sathya Institute of Health and Medicine, Maharashtra
5) None of these
Answer - 1) MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre, Telangana

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Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, Telangana’s MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre entered Guinness Book
of World Records ‘for organising the largest men’s Health Awareness programme on prostate cancer on a single
day.’ The programme was organised on October 26, 2018 and 487 participants took part in it. This is the first
Guinness World Records achievement for the state government in the field of medicine. The hospital also received
recognition from ‘High Range Book of World Records’. Thus these made MNJ Institute the first and only
government hospital in the state of Telangana to get 2 world records.

78.Government of India will award “Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar” for excellence in
which field, on 23rd January 2019, on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose?
1) Disaster management
2) Financial management
3) Scientific Inventions
4) Peace Propagation
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Disaster management
Explanation:
The Government of India invites nominations for the “Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar” for
excellence in the field of disaster management. The winners will be declared on 23rd January 2019, on the
occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The last date for applying is 7th January 2019

79.Name the Indian-American teenager who has won the inaugural “Digital Transformation Hackathon” at
Cornell University, New York, USA?
1) Sharon Sebastian
2) Mahum Siddiqi
3) Ashwin Muralidaran
4) Raghav Sanghvi
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Mahum Siddiqi
Explanation:
A 17-year old Indian-American teenager, Mahum Siddiqi has won the inaugural “Digital Transformation
Hackathon” at Cornell University, New York (USA) for designing a device which can detect the actual level of pain
of a patient during a diagnosis. The Device uses the neurological activity occurring in one’s brain to help doctors
determine the patient’s pain level effectively and efficiently. Mahum Siddiqi, a class 12 student at Vestal High
School is the only non-graduate student competing at the hackathon.

80.Keonjhar Police of which state in collaboration with India Post issued 10 postage stamps of Rs 5.00
denomination, each featuring the Ashok Chakra Awardees from Police Department across India, under the
“My Stamp” scheme, on 29th December 2018?
1) Madhya Pradesh
2) Rajasthan
3) Odisha
4) Assam
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Odisha
Explanation:
On 29th December 2018, the Keonjhar Police, Odisha, in collaboration with India Post has issued 10 postage
stamps, each featuring the Ashok Chakra Awardees from Police Department (State Police and Central police)
across the country, under the “My Stamp” scheme. The stamps which are of Rs 5.00 denomination and have the
background picture of Sun Temple, Konark, recognizes the acts of valour by khaki-clad personnel. “Ashok Chakra”,
which is India’s highest peacetime gallantry medal with 84 awardees till date is equivalent to “Param-Veer
Chakra“. Most of the “Ashok Chakra” medallists are defence personnel and few civilian. Out of this, only 10 are
police personnel.

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81.Swachh Surveksahan 2018 award for Best Capital City in the Solid Waste Management was conferred to
_____, on 28th December 2018?
1) Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)
2) Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
3) Greater Chennai Municipal Corporation (GCMC)
4) Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)
Explanation:
On December 28, 2018, Swachh Surveksahan 2018 award for Best Capital City in the Solid Waste Management was
conferred to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). It also ranked 27th in the list of 4041 cities in the
Swachh Surveksahan Rankings. This edition of the survey was conducted by a third-party agency, Karvy Group
appointed by MoHUA.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS


1.Who was appointed the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the World Gold Council, on 28th November
2018?
1) Russell Steve
2) David Tait
3) Orson Hodge
4) Carlos Sollis
5) None of these
Answer - 2) David Tait
Explanation:
On 28th November 2018, the market development organization for the gold industry, The World Gold Council
announced the appointment of David Tait who has a very successful career in the financial services industry as the
incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO). David began his professional career at Goldman Sachs. Before his
appointment as the CEO of World Gold Council, he worked as the Global Head of Fixed Income Macro Products at
Credit Suisse.

2.Name the person who took over as the Revenue Secretary in the Finance Ministry, on 30th November
2018?
1) Hasmukh Adhia
2) Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey
3) Dr. Rajinish Kumar
4) Mansoor Ahmed
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey
Explanation:
On 30th November 2018, UIDAI(Unique Identification Authority of India) CEO Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey took over
as the Revenue Secretary in the Finance Ministry after Hasmukh Adhia retires. Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, a 1984-
batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre with over 34 years of experience in state and Central governments, was
welcomed to his new office by the outgoing Finance and Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia.

3.Who has become the first woman President of Georgia?


1) Salome Zurabishvili
2) Lynette Brian
3) Susanne Mayer
4) Rufina Thomas
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Salome Zurabishvili
Explanation:
66 Years old Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia’s presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the
office in the country. She will take oath for the office on 16th December 2018. The French-born ex-diplomat,
backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, had taken 59.52 % of the total votes and defeated her rival candidate
Grigol Washadze who received 40.5% of the votes. The election was seen as a test of Georgia’s democratic
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credentials as it seeks European Union and NATO membership. She had served as Foriegn Minister of Georgia
from March 20, 2004 to October 19, 2005 and was previously an ambassador in the French Foreign Service.

4.____ will succeed Paul Polman who will step down as CEO of Unilever, in December 2018?
1) Alan Jope
2) Mark Jeffery
3) Caleb Hudson
4) Andrew Gilbert
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Alan Jope
Explanation:
Unilever’s Chief Executive Paul Polman will step down in December 2018 after ten years in the job. The Anglo-
Dutch group was forced to ditch a controversial post-Brexit plan to move its headquarters from London to the
Rotterdam, Netherlands. Mr Polman will be succeeded by Alan Jope, the Scottish executive who has been running
Unilever’s beauty and personal care business, its biggest division. The new CEO’s agenda will be Unilever’s bid for
GlaxoSmithKline’s Indian Horlicks nutrition business, where it is competing against consumer giant Nestle, as well
as handling any fallout from a possible no-deal Brexit as Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019.

5.Who became the first Indian to be elected as the vice-president of the International Shooting Sport
Federation (ISSF), on 1st December 2018?
1) Narinder Batra
2) Raninder Singh
3) Rajendra Prasad
4) Akanksha Sharma
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Raninder Singh
Explanation:
On 1st December 2018, Raninder Singh became the first Indian to be elected as the vice-president of the
International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). The elections were held during the General Assembly meeting of
ISSF in Munich in which Raninder secured 161 votes to make it to the coveted position. The 51-year-old Raninder
is currently the president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). The NRAI president was also awarded
the ISSF diploma of honour gold medal at the General Assembly by the outgoing longest serving president of the
ISSF, Olegario Vazquez Rana, who was at the helm for 38 years. Vladimir Lisin, of Russia was elected as the seventh
president of ISSF and Alexander Rather was elected as the new secretary general of ISSF in the same General
Assembly meeting. Also Indian Shooter and 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Abhinav Bindra was honoured with the
prestigious Blue Cross, the highest recognition of the ISSF in the meeting. He is the now the first Indian be
conferred with shooting’s highest award.

6.Name the person who was sworn in as President of Mexico on 1st December 2018?
1) Nicholas Andrews
2) Andrés Manuel López Obrador
3) Rex Van De Camp
4) Audre’ Wildred Mathew
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Explanation:
On 1st December 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador was sworn in as President of Mexico. He had won the
presidential election of Mexico which was conducted on July 2018. His first act after he became president was
signed an agreement with three Central American counterparts to create a plan to stem the flow of migrants
seeking asylum in the US. Lopez Obrador also thanked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stating he would
like to reach an agreement with both Ottawa and Washington to tackle immigration issues. Foreign dignitaries
including US Vice-President Mike Pence, first daughter Ivanka Trump and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro
attended the inauguration in the capital.

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7.National Green Tribunal (NGT) appointed _____ as the head of the three-member committee to oversee
rejuvenation work of the Ganga River, on 30th November 2018?
1) Justice U C Dhyani
2) Justice V K Mehta
3) Justice Sita Raman
4) Justice Rajveer Yadav
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Justice U C Dhyani
Explanation:
On 30th November 2018, The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has appointed former Uttarakhand High Court judge,
Justice U C Dhyani, as head of the three-member committee to oversee rejuvenation work of the Ganga River. It
also directed few measures to be adopted by enforcing agencies for cleaning of the river. Earlier on 6th August
2018, Justice Arun Tandon was appointed as the head of the said panel but he was replaced after the NGT
Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel was informed that he would be busy with the upcoming Kumbh event at
Allahabad. Other Members of the committee include nominee of Central Pollution Control Board and nominee of
IIT Roorkee. The NGT ordered that decentralised processing facilities should be set up closest to the source of
generation of solid waste near hotels, dharamshalas and ashram for segregation and treatment of biodegradable
waste and its appropriate disposal. It also directed that digital display boards be set up at major Ghats (Bathing
enclosures), where quality of the water may be displayed.

8.Who became Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Maharashtra, on 1st December
2018?
1) A S Rajeev
2) Arun Prathap
3) Manish Kataria
4) Roger Rodrigues
5) None of these
Answer - 1) A S Rajeev
Explanation:
On December 1 2018, a present Executive Director of Indian Bank Mr. AS Rajeev became Managing Director &
Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Maharashtra. He had worked in Syndicate Bank, Vijaya Bank and Indian Bank
with three decades of professional experience.He is a mathematics graduate with professional qualifications of
FCA, MBA, DISA and CAIIB. He had covered important areas of banking, including corporate credit, international
banking, treasury, risk management, credit monitoring and supervision, NPA management, planning and
development, human resources, finance, accounts and taxation among others.

9._____ became the first Indian to be elected as one of the 7 members of the Judges Committee of the
International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF), on 2nd December 2018?
1) Rudhra Kumar
2) Pawan Singh
3) Vijay Mahath
4) Randeep Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Pawan Singh
Explanation:
On 2nd December 2018, Pawan Singh became the first Indian to be elected as one of the 7 members of the Judges
Committee of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF). Pawan Singh is also the Joint Secretary General
of National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). He was a former coach of the Indian shooting team. Members of the
administrative council of ISSF voted to select the committee, at the elections held at Munich. The Judges
Committee consists of: a Chairman and 7 members. It is responsible for the uniform application of shooting rules.
It offers guidelines for international judges. It prepares and conducts courses for judges and jury members. It
approves applications for judge’s licenses’ and proposes juries to the executive committee for championships and
games. It meets at least once a year and reports to the administrative council.

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10.Who has taken charge as Technical Member in the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL), Ministry
of Power, for a period of 3 years?
1) Vijendra Yadav
2) Sushil Kumar
3) Sarthak Jain
4) Ravindra Kumar Verma
5) None of these
Answer – 4) Ravindra Kumar Verma
Explanation:
Ravindra Kumar Verma has taken charge as Technical Member in the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL),
Ministry of Power, for a period of 3 years. Justice Manjula Chellur, Chairperson of APTEL, administered the Oath of
Office and Secrecy to Ravindra Kumar Verma. Ravindra Kumar Verma has occupied various posts in Central
Electricity Authority (CEA) for over 37 years. He had superannuated as Chairperson of CEA and Ex-officio
Secretary to the Government of India on 30th June 2018. He has a vast experience in power sector related to
Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Grid Operation.

11._____ was appointed the new CEO of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), on
3rdDecember 2018?
1) Olivier Gers
2) Jon Ridgeon
3) Nigel Garfitt
4) Simon Sanders
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Jon Ridgeon
Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced the appointment
of Jon Ridgeon as its new CEO following approval by the IAAF Council on the first day of its 215th Council Meeting
in Monaco. British former hurdler JonRidgeon will take up the new role in March 2019. He succeeds Olivier Gers,
who resigned in March, and Nigel Garfitt, who has served as acting CEO. Ridgeon, 51, competed in both the 110m
and 400m hurdles between 1984 and 1996, winning silver in the shorter event at the 1987 World Championships
and represented Great Britain in the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Games. He was also one of the architects of the IAAF’s
Diamond League Series, an annual series of elite track and field athletic competitions.

12.Who was appointed the new finance secretary, by the Union Government, on 3rd December 2018?
1) Sumit Sehgal
2) Hasmukh Adhia
3) Ajay Narayan Jha
4) Rajeev Kapoor
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Ajay Narayan Jha
Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, Ajay Narayan Jha, the current expenditure secretary, in the Ministry of Finance has been
appointed as the new finance secretary, by the Union Government. Ajay Narayan Jha, is a 1982-batch IAS officer of
Manipur- Tripura cadre, and has succeeded Hasmukh Adhia who retired on November 30. Prime Minister
Narendra Modi-led appointments committee of the Cabinet has cleared Jha’s appointment to the post. Jha is an
alumnus of St Stephens College. He is also an MPhil in public administration from Delhi University. Besides he is a
recipient of World Bank scholarship to pursue masters in economic policy management from McGill University in
Canada.

13.Name the former IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) chief who was
appointed as Additional Director (Independent) on YES Bank board, on 3rd December 2018?
1) Surjit Agrawal
2) Ramesh Vinayak
3) Amarnath Payal
4) TS Vijayan
5) None of these
Answer - 4) TS Vijayan

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Explanation:
On December 3, 2018, Private sector YES Bank appointed the former chief of IRDAI and LIC, TS Vijayan, as
Additional Director (Independent) on its board for a period of five years. Vijayan is also a member of the ‘Search
and Selection Committee’, which was set up by the bank to identify a suitable successor to the Managing Director
and CEO. Rana Kapoor, MD and CEO of YES Bank, will step down from his current position on January 31, 2019.

14._____ was appointed as group Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Infrastructure Leasing and Finance
Company (IL&FS) on 3rd December 2018?
1) Ankush Agarwal
2) Shruthi Gandhi
3) N Sivaraman
4) Sapna Mittal
5) None of these
Answer - 3) N Sivaraman
Explanation:
On 03rd December 2018, Debt-laden Infrastructure Leasing and Finance Company (IL&FS), appointed N
Sivaraman as group Chief Operating Officer (COO). Sivaraman will be part of the core operating committee and
report to Vineet Nayyar, vice chairman and managing director, IL&FS Group.

15.Which Indian cricketer was signed as brand ambassador for Navneet Education Limited’s stationery
brand Youva, on 4th December 2018?
1) Rohit Sharma
2) Prithvi Shaw
3) Virat Kohli
4) R Ashwin
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Prithvi Shaw
Explanation:
On 4th December 2018, Navneet Education Limited signed Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw as brand ambassador for
its stationery brand Youva. Shaw will feature in a line of exclusive limited edition stationery, inspired by and with
inputs from him. He will be the face of the Youva Student Council, a platform that allows students to associate with
the brand as the “Youva Student Ambassador” and assist in creating its future line of products.

16.Name the Asian Games gold medalist who was made brand ambassador of State Bank of India (SBI)’s
YONO(You only need one) digital app on 3rd December 2018?
1) Hima Das
2) Manu Bhaker
3) Swapna Barman
4) Deepak Punia
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Swapna Barman
Explanation:
On 03rd December 2018, the State Bank of India has roped in Asian Games gold medalist Swapna Barman as brand
ambassador for its digital app YONO(You only need one). YONO is an integrated digital banking platform offered
by State Bank of India (SBI) to enable users to access a variety of financial and other services such as taxi bookings,
online shopping, or medical bill payments.

17.Name the person who stepped down as MD and CEO of Axis Capital, on 4th December 2018?
1) Ajay Khuntia
2) Dharmesh Mehta
3) Ramesh Parekh
4) Vikas Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Dharmesh Mehta
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, MD & CEO of Axis Capital, Mr. Dharmesh Mehta stepped down.

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18.Chirag Negandhi and ____ have been made Joint Managing Directors and Co-Chief Executive Officers of
Axis Capital?
1) Suraj PS
2) Salil Pitale
3) Nitesh Lade
4) Arushi Sharma
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Salil Pitale
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, MD & CEO of Axis Capital, Mr. Dharmesh Mehta stepped down. The bank had also elevated
Salil Pitale and Chirag Negandhi as Joint Managing Directors and Co-Chief Executive Officer. Both are currently Co-
Head of Investment Banking at Axis Capital since 2016. Pitale has been with Axis Capital and Axis Bank since 1999,
while, Negandhi has been associated with Axis Capital since 2005.

19.Who was elected to the Asia Pacific seat on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
(CESCR) of the United Nations for 4 years, on 6th December 2018?
1) Preeti Saran
2) Chandrashekhar Dasgupta
3) Raghuram Sivan
4) Vinay Khosla
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Preeti Saran
Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, Former senior Indian diplomat Preeti Saran has been elected to the Asia Pacific seat on the
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the UN for 4 years. This election was done by the
UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Saran has been appointed as a member to the 18-member committee
of experts that monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
(ICESR). The appointment would be effective from January 1, 2019 and she would replace 3 time elected former
Indian diplomat, Chandrashekhar Dasgupta. Prior to this, she had retired as the External Affairs Ministry Secretary
(East). During her 36-year diplomatic career, Ms Saran had also served as the ambassador to Vietnam and was a
minister and a counsellor at India’s mission to the UN in Geneva. She has also served her term at Moscow, Dhaka,
Cairo, Geneva and was the Consul General of India at Toronto.

20.Name the Indian-origin lawyer who became the first woman to be appointed as the National Director of
South Africa’s National Public Prosecutions (NDPP), on 5th December 2018?
1) Urmila Singh
2) Ruhi Wadia
3) Shamila Batohi
4) Anita Gupta
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Shamila Batohi
Explanation:
On 5th December 2018,Indian-origin lawyer Shamila Batohi has been appointed as the National Director of South
Africa’s National Public Prosecutions (NDPP), a statutory body that investigates high-level criminal matters in the
country. She is the first woman to occupy the post. Shamila Batohi will replace the previous prosecutor, Shaun
Abrahams who has been accused by the opposition and rights groups of shielding former president Jacob Zuma
from corruption charges during his nine years in office. She will start her new role in February 2019.

21.Nand Kishore and ____ were appointed as Nominee Directors of (IL&FS) Infrastructure Leasing &
Financial Service Investment Managers, on 6th December 2018?
1) Randeep Singh
2) Kaushik Modak
3) Akash Mehra
4) Ajit Dubey
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Kaushik Modak

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Explanation:
On December 6, 2018, IL&FS Investment Managers board approved appointment of Nand Kishore and Kaushik
Modak as additional directors in the company. They have been appointed to the board in the capacity of nominee
directors of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Service (IL&FS).

22.Who was appointed as the new government nominee on private sector ICICI Bank, on 5th December
2018?
1) Lalit Kumar
2) Madhav Narayanan
3) Akhil Pandey
4) Sanjay Pandit
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Lalit Kumar
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, the government appointed Lalit Kumar, a 1995-batch Indian Economic Service (IES) officer
as the new government nominee on private sector ICICI Bank. He is currently an Economic Advisor in the
department of financial services of the finance ministry. He would replace Lok Ranjan, who has been laterally
transferred to Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT). Lalit Kumar had also worked with the insurance
regular (Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India) as an executive director and financial adviser.

23.Who was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of New India Assurance (NIA) for a five
year period, on 4th December 2018?
1) G Srinivasan
2) Atul Sahai
3) Manish Joshi
4) Anshal Sarin
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Atul Sahai
Explanation:
On 04th December 2018,the government announced that Atul Sahai will be appointed as Chairman and Managing
Director (CMD) of New India Assurance (NIA) for a five year period replacing G Srinivasan. Atul Sahai is currently
the General-Manager at Oriental Insurance Company Pvt.ltd. New India Assurance country’s largest general
insurer posted a 56 percent year-on-year (YoY) drop in its net profit at Rs 3.28 billion for the September 2019
quarter. Sahai had joined NIA in 1984 and would retire in 2022. He had moved to OIC in 2012 after getting
promoted as a DGM.

24.Who was appointed as Chief Economic Advisor for a period of 3 years, on 7th December 2018?
1) Ravi Shankar A S
2) Krishnamurthy Subramanian
3) Leena Thomas
4) Manish Chauhan
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Krishnamurthy Subramanian
Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), chaired by PM Narendra Modi,
appointed Krishnamurthy Subramanian as Chief Economic Advisor for a period of 3 years. He is currently serving
as Associate Professor of Finance (with tenure) and Executive Director for the Centre for Analytical Finance at the
Indian School of Business, a top business school in India. He would replace Arvind Subramanian who resigned
from the post on 20 June 2018. His appointment comes barely 50 days before the Economic Survey released by
GOI. He has done his MBA and PhD in Financial Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
under the advice of Professor and ex-RBI governor Raghuram Rajan.

25.____ was appointed as additional director on the board of Axis Bank to replace incumbent Shikha
Sharma, on 8th December 2018?
1) Suraj Prasad
2) Amitabh Chaudhry
3) Shiv Kumar Kandala

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4) Tapas Jain
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Amitabh Chaudhry
Explanation:
On 08th December 2018, Axis Bank inducted Amitabh Chaudhry as additional director on its board. He will replace
incumbent Shikha Sharma whose fourth term has been curtailed by the RBI by nearly two-and-half years. The
board also gave its nod for the reappointment of Samir Barua, Som Mittal and Rohit Bhagat as independent
directors. Amitabh Chaudhry, the former MD and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company, was in
September named the MD and CEO of Axis Bank for a period of three years, with effect from January 1, 2019.

26.Name the former managing director of Facebook India, who has joined SoftBank as its first venture
partner at its $100 billion Vision Fund?
1) Juanita Remington
2) Kirthiga Reddy
3) Rashmika Patil
4) Pavithra Gunasekaran
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Kirthiga Reddy
Explanation:
On 08th December 2018, Kirthiga Reddy, the former managing director of Facebook India, has joined SoftBank as
its first venture partner at its $100 billion Vision Fund. She is the first women coming on board in a company
where the rest are all men. Reddy was Facebook’s first employee in India and served as the managing director for
India and South Asia market until 2016, following which she relocated to the company’s US headquarters, serving
as Managing Global Client Partner and Emerging Markets Lead.

27.Who was elected as the 14th chairman of the Coca-Cola Company, on 6th December 2018?
1) Muhtar Kent
2) James Quincey
3) Joel Davis
4) Sean Goldman
5) None of these
Answer - 2) James Quincey
Explanation:
On 6th December 2018 James Quincey was elected as the 14th chairman of the Coca-Cola Company, succeeding
Muhtar Kent, who plans to retire in April after a Coca-Cola system career that started in 1978. Quincey, currently
serves as president and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company and will become chairman following the company’s annual
meeting in April 2019. Brian Smith will become president and chief operating officer of the company on Jan. 1,
2019. The company also announced that Sam Nunn, the Coca-Cola director, will also retire and Maria Elena “Mel”
Lagomasino, will succeed Nunn as an independent director.

28.Name the 24th Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) who resigned on 10th December 2018?
1) Dr. Raghuram Rajan
2) Dr. Urjit Patel
3) Dr. Arvind Subramaniam
4) Dr. Surjit Bhalla
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Dr. Urjit Patel
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, 24th Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Dr. Urjit Patel, resigned citing personal reasons.
The resignation of the former governor was imminent from the recent government-RBI tussles on a host of issues,
including: central bank autonomy, the government reportedly seeking a share of the RBI reserves and relaxing the
restrictive prompt corrective action (PCA) framework for state-owned banks. With his resignation, he has become
the first governor since 1990 to step down before the end of his term. He succeeded ex-RBI Raghuram Rajan in
September 2016 and his term was due till September 2019. Prior to being the governor of the central bank, he was
the deputy governor in RBI.

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29.Who was appointed the Managing Director of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on 6th December 2018?
1) Wasim Khan
2) Abbas Mohammed
3) Rashid Khan
4) Hashim Ahmed
5) None of these
Answer – 1) Wasim Khan
Explanation:
On 6th December 2018, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed Wasim Khan, CEO of Leicenstershire County
Cricket Club as the Managing Director of PCB. The former Warwickshire batsman, Wasim Khan who had played 58
first-class matches in his professional career will leave his role as CEO of Leicestershire County Cricket Club and
will join PCB in February 2019.

30._____ resigned as Chief Executing Officer (CEO) of online Fashion Retailer Myntra, on 10th December
2018?
1) Ananth Narayanan
2) Vivek Kumar Singh
3) Himanshu Singh
4) Abhishek Singhania
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Ananth Narayanan
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, Ananth Narayanan Chief Executing Officer (CEO) of online Fashion Retailer Myntra which
is a unit of Walmart Owned Flipkart has resigned from his post. The Flipkart Executive, Amar Nagaram will head
Myntra after the resignation of Ananth Narayanan.

31.Name the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) president who resigned from the position of Minister of
State for Human Resource and Development, on 10th December 2018?
1) Manoj Sinha
2) Upendra Kushwaha
3) Rajiv Menon
4) Debashish Banerjee
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Upendra Kushwaha
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party(RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha resigned from the Union
council of ministers on account of seat sharing for 2019 elections. He was the Minister of State for Human
Resource and Development. His resignation came a day ahead of the start of Parliament’s Winter Session.

32._____ was appointed as the new Chairman of Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial
Telecommunication (SWIFT) India, on 10th December 2018?
1) Amrita Rao
2) Arundhati Bhattacharya
3) Rujuta Singh
4) Shivkumar Shukla
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Arundhati Bhattacharya
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) India appointed
former SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya as the new Chairman of its board. She will succeed former banker M. V.
Nair who will step down after the completion of his 5-year tenure. Earlier in October 2018, Arundhati
Bhattacharya was designated as an independent additional director on the board of Mukesh Ambani-controlled
Reliance Industries Ltd. She also had been elected as an advisor in the private equity firm ChrysCapital Advisors.

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33.Who resigned from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC), on
11th December 2018?
1) K Veermani
2) Surjit Bhalla
3) Shaktikanta Das
4) Bibek Debroy
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Surjit Bhalla
Explanation:
On December 11, 2018, Indian economist Surjit Bhalla announced his resigned from Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC). His resignation is effective from December 1, 2018. After the
resignation, he joined the CNN IBN group. Also he released a book called Citizen Raj: Indian Elections 1952-2019,
focusing on Indian elections since 1952.

34.Who was appointed as the 25th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on 11th December 2018?
1) Ravi Handa
2) Shaktikanta Das
3) S Krishnamoorthy
4) Arjun Rishab
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Shaktikanta Das
Explanation:
On 11th December 2018, Shaktikanta Das, former Economics Affairs Secretary appointed as 25th Governor of the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He succeeded Urjit Patel after he resigned from the post on 10th December 2018. Das
is former Economic Affairs Secretary from 2015 to 2017, worked closely with the central bank. He is currently a
member of the Finance Commission of India, and the government’s representative at the Group of 20 summits.
Urjit Patel resigned as the Governor of India’s central bank citing personal reasons amid tensions between the
government and the RBI over issues related to governance and autonomy of the central bank.

35.Comptroller and Auditor General _____ has become the Vice-Chair of the UN (United Nations) Panel of
Auditors for a term of 2 years ending on June 30, 2020?
1) Rajiv Mehrishi
2) Vishwanath Sridhar
3) Anika Singh
4) Lagnajith Desai
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rajiv Mehrishi
Explanation:
On December 11, 2018, Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi became the Vice-Chair of the UN Panel of
Auditors for a term of 2 years ending on June 30, 2020. The decision was taken in the panel’s annual meeting in
New York which was held from 3 to 4 December 2018. The panel is currently chaired by the Comptroller and
Auditor General of the UK and consists of External Auditors of the United Nations and its agencies. Presently, the
panel consists of 11 countries — India, Germany, Chile, Canada, France, Italy, Philippines, Ghana, Indonesia,
Switzerland and United Kingdom.

36.Name Flipkart’s CFO (Chief Financial Officer) who has been given additional charge as COO (Chief
Operating Officer)?
1) Sriram Venkataraman
2) Nitin Seth
3) Kalyan Krishnamoorthy
4) Ananth Narayanan
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Sriram Venkataraman
Explanation:
Flipkart’s chief financial officer (CFO) Sriram Venkataraman will take additional charge as chief operating officer
COO), filling a role that has remained vacant for nearly a year-and-a-half. Venkataraman will head the logistics

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vertical Ekart, the marketplace and the retail vertical. Flipkart’s previous COO Nitin Seth had resigned in mid-2017,
citing personal reasons.

37.Who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Telangana for the second term, on 13th December 2018?
1) Chandrababu Naidu
2) K. Chandrashekhar Rao
3) E.S.L. Narasimhan
4) R Mahendra Reddy
5) None of these
Answer - 2) K. Chandrashekhar Rao
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018 Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) President K. Chandrashekhar Rao was sworn in as the
Chief Minister of Telangana for the second term by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan
in Hyderabad. Party Member of Legislative Council Mohammed Mehmood Ali, who was deputy chief minister in
the previous TRS government, took oath as a minister along with Rao. In the recently concluded assembly election
the TRS won 88 seats in the 119-member assembly, defeating the Congress-led ‘Praja Kutami’. This was the first
Assembly elections in India’s youngest state because the last elections were held in united Andhra Pradesh in
2014.

38.Name the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) Officer who took Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member of
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 13th December 2018?
1) Bharat Bhushan Vyas
2) Rujuta Dev
3) Sita Raman S
4) Vinay Mittal A K
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Bharat Bhushan Vyas
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, Shri Bharat Bhushan Vyas, IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir cadre of 1986 batch was
administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) by Shri Arvind
Saxena, Chairman, UPSC. Born in 1957, Shri Bharat Bhushan Vyas has served in State & Centre in various
capacities, retired as Chief Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir and was serving as Adviser to the Governor, Jammu &
Kashmir before assuming the charge as Member, UPSC.

39._____ was appointed as the presiding officer in the Securities Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai, on
12th December 2018?
1) Justice Pranay Tilak
2) Justice Tarun Agarwala
3) Justice Varshani Mohak
4) Justice Mohit Aluwalia
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Justice Tarun Agarwala
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018, Justice Tarun Agarwala retired Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court has been
appointed as the presiding officer in the Securities Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai. Justice Agarwala will remain
presiding officer for a period of five years or till the age of 70 years, whichever is earlier. The Securities Appellate
Tribunal is a statutory body established under the provisions of Section 15K of the Securities and Exchange Board
of India(SEBI) Act, 1992, to hear and dispose of appeals against orders passed by the SEBI or by an adjudicating
officer under the Act. Justice Agarwala had graduated from the Allahabad University with a law degree. He started
practicing as an advocate in the Allahabad High Court in 1981 in the matters of Civil Law, Constitutional, Taxation,
Labour, Testamentary and Corporate Affairs matters.

40.Who was appointed as the new president of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and
Chairman of Governing Council, on 13th December 2018?
1) Brijendra Pal Singh
2) Bhupendra Kainthola
3) RS Kannaiha

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4) Vinod Chaudhary
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Brijendra Pal Singh
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, appointed Brijendra Pal Singh, the
director-producer of popular television series CID as the new president of the Film and Television Institute of
India (FTII) Society and Chairman of Governing Council. Mr B P Singh is currently the vice-chairman of the FTII
governing council and was former chairperson of FTII academic council (2014-2017). He succeeds veteran actor
Anupam Kher, who had stepped down as the chairman in October citing international commitments. The tenure of
Singh will be for the remaining period of block of three years starting from March 3, 2017 as per the provisions of
FTII rules.

41._____ was appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Guinea, on 14th December 2018?
1) Manoj Kumar
2) T.C. Barupal
3) Ashutosh Sharma
4) Manish Chandan
5) None of these
Answer - 2) T.C. Barupal
Explanation:
On December 14, 2018, T.C. Barupal was appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Guinea. He is
presently Consul General of India, Zanzibar.

42.Name the Intelligence Bureau Director who received an extension of tenure for six months, on
14th December 2018?
1) Rajiv Jain
2) PK Singh
3) RK Malhotra
4) Anuj Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Rajiv Jain
Explanation:
On December 14, 2018, Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the extension of tenure of
Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain for 6 months. Jain, a 1980-batch IPS officer from Jharkhand, was appointed
IB Director on December 30, 2016 for a period of two years. He is a recipient of the President’s Police Medal and
had served various departments of the IB, including the sensitive Kashmir Desk. He also was advisor to the
previous NDA government’s interlocutor on Kashmir K C Pant.

43.Who was re-designated from Advisor to Principal Advisor in NITI Aayog, on 14th December 2018?
1) Suresh Mathur
2) Jitendra Singh
3) Anil Srivastava
4) Roopan Mehta
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Anil Srivastava
Explanation:
On December 14, 2018, On December 14, 2018, Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the re-
designation of Shri Anil Srivastava from Advisor to Principal Advisor in NITI Aayog. He is a 1985 IAS from the
Madhya Pradesh care who is currently an Advisor, NITI Aayog.

44.Chief of Research and Analysis Wing _____ received an extension of tenure for six months, on 14th
December 2018?
1) Anil K Dhasmana
2) P Madhavan Nair
3) Anjali Menon
4) Suvarna Raj
5) None of these

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Answer - 1) Anil K Dhasmana


Explanation:
On December 14, 2018, On December 14, 2018, Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the
following: The chief of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain and chief of Research and Analysis Wing Anil K Dhasmana got
extensions of six months each. Dhasmana is a 1981-batch officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre and had served
the R&AW for 23 years.

45.Who was named the first woman CEO of the French unit of Air France-KLM Group, on 12th December
2018?
1) Anne Rigail
2) Lynette Scavo
3) Edie Regan
4) Susan Mayer
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Anne Rigail
Explanation:
On 12th November 2018, the French unit of Air France-KLM Group named Anne Rigail as its new CEO, making her
the first woman to lead the airline. The 49-year-old, who is currently Executive Vice President (Customer) at Air
France, will replace acting CEO Benjamin Smith.

46.Who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Mizoram for the third time, on 15th December 2018?
1) Zoramthanga
2) Kummanam Rajasekharan
3) Min Hoi
4) Anshal Sen
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Zoramthanga
Explanation:
On 15th December 2018, the President of Mizo National Front (MNF), Mr. Zoramthanga sworn in as the Chief
Minister of Mizoram for the third time at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl. MNF dethroned Congress by winning 26 seats in
the 40 member legislative assembly. Congress bagged 5 seats whereas BJP won just 1 seat. Mr Tawnluia sworn in
as the Deputy Chief Minister of Mizoram.

47.Who was appointed as the Director of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), on 14th December
2018?
1) Ramphal Pawar
2) Aman Mittal
3) Rakesh Agarwal
4) Varun Mathur
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Ramphal Pawar
Explanation:
On 14th December,2018, Ramphal Pawar, a 1988-batch IPS officer of the West Bengal Cadre appointed as the
Director of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).He was the Joint Secretary in National Intelligence Grid
(NATGRID).

48.Name Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister who was sworn into office again, two months after being
removed by the President Maithripala Sirisena, on 16th December 2018?
1) Ranil Wickremesinghe
2) Mahinda Rajapaksha
3) Arjuna Ranatunga
4) Sanath Jayasuriya
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Ranil Wickremesinghe
Explanation:
On 16th December 2018, Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn into office again,
two months after being removed by the President Maithripala Sirisena, thus bringing an end to weeks-long

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political crisis in the country. Mr. Wickremsinghe was removed as Prime minister on October 26 and was replaced
by Mahinda Rajapaksa who resigned on 15th December after failing to garner majority in Parliament. Mr.
Wickremsinghe has been sworn in as Prime minister for the 5th time, creating a record in Sri Lanka. The
reinstatement Mr. Wickremsinghe came after the Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled that President Sirisena had
acted illegally in November by dissolving the Parliament before it completed its four-and-a-half year term, thus
rejecting the Sirisena’s attempts to hold snap elections in early January. The court later said Mahinda Rajapaksa
should not exercise the powers of the office and ordered his resignation, seven weeks after he was appointed as
the Prime Minister.

49._____ assumed charge as Secretary of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), on
14th December 2018?
1) Naresh Sinha
2) Ashok Kumar Singh
3) Prabhu Kant
4) Rakesh Jayant
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Ashok Kumar Singh
Explanation:
On 14th December,2018, Ashok Kumar Singh, Lok Sabha Secretariat has assumed charge as Secretary, National
Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST). NCST is empowered to investigate and monitor matters relating to
safeguards provided for STs under the Constitution or under other laws or under Govt. order.

50.Name the person who took oath as the 18th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, on 17th December 2018,
in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh?
1) Kamal Nath
2) Vishwanath Seth
3) Mahinder Singh
4) Amarnath Patil
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Kamal Nath
Explanation:
On December 17 2018,Congress leader Kamal Nath,72 took oath as 18th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, after the 2018 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election. Governor Anandiben Patel
administered the oath of office of Kamal Nath. The Congress won 114 seats, has secured support of 121 MLAs,
including SP (1) and BSP (2) legislators and four independents, to cross the majority mark of 116 seats in the 230-
member Assembly.Congress took away the rule from BJP who ruled over 15 years.

51._____ took oath as the third Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, on 17th December 2018, in Raipur,
Chhattisgarh?
1) Raman Singh
2) Bhupesh Baghel
3) Prithvi Singh
4) Anupam Biswas
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Bhupesh Baghel
Explanation:
On 17th December,2018,Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel Sworn in as third Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh,at an
indoor stadium Raipur,Capital of Chhattisgarh.The Swearing in Ceremony is administered by Governor Anandiben
Patel. Bhupesh Baghel Succeeds Raman Singh,who was the Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh from 2003 to 2018. Two
senior Congress leaders T.S. Singhdeo and Tamradwaj Sahu also sworn in as cabinet ministers. The Swearning in
Ceremony was attended by Senior Congress leaders, including party chief Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister
Manmohan Singh and Mallikarjun Kharge attended the oath-taking ceremony of Bhupesh Baghel as the chief
minister of Chhattisgarh.

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52.Who took oath as the Rajasthan Chief Minister in Jaipur, Rajasthan, on 17th December 2018?
1) Vasundara Raje
2) Rajeev Singhania
3) Ashok Gehlot
4) Arjun Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Ashok Gehlot
Explanation:
On December 17 2018, Ashok Gehlot took oath as the Rajasthan Chief Minister. Governor Kalyan Singh
administered the oath at the historic Albert Hall in Jaipur,Rajasthan. Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, outgoing chief minister Vasundhara Raje attended the event. Ashok Gehlot was
a senior congress leader who has selected for Chief Minister third time. He was a Chief Minister for the first time in
1998 and again in 2008.

53.Name the person who has been elected as the new President of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry) for the year 2018-19?
1) Sangeetha Reddy
2) Shadja Chaudhary
3) Sandip Somany
4) Chaitanya Prasad
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Sandip Somany
Explanation:
On December 17 2018 ,Sanitary ware firm HSIL(Hindustan Sanitaryware and Industries Ltd)’s CMD Sandip
Somany has been elected as the new President of FICCI( Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Industry) for the year 2018-19 during its 91st annual general meeting. Sangita Reddy,a current Joint Managing
Director Apollo Hospitals has been elevated as Ficci Senior Vice President for next year, while Uday Shankar ,
current the Chairman and CEO of Star India and President of 21st Century Fox Asia-Pacific for Asia has joined the
chamber as Vice President.

54.Which politician took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan on 17th December 2018, in Jaipur?
1) Vijay Mathur
2) Sachin Pilot
3) Mathuri Merchant
4) Sonam Sharma
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Sachin Pilot
Explanation:
On December 17 2018, Sachin Pilot took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan after the successful lead in
2018 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election. Governor Kalyan Singh administered the oath at the historic Albert
Hall in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, outgoing
chief minister Vasundhara Raje attended the event.

55.Who became the third woman to be appointed the additional solicitor general (ASG) in the Supreme
Court, on 18th December 2018?
1) Indu Malhotra
2) Shivani Sircar
3) Arushi Sharma
4) Madhavi Goradia Divan
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Madhavi Goradia Divan
Explanation:
On 18th December 2018, the central government has appointed advocate Madhavi Goradia Divan as additional
solicitor general (ASG) in the Supreme Court.She is the third woman to be appointed as ASG in the apex court.
Senior lawyer Indira Jaising was the first woman ASG. Pinky Anand, the second woman lawyer to hold the post, is
still in office. Divan will represent the government in the Supreme Court and will hold office till 30 June, 2020.
Divan began her legal practice from the Bombay High Court and has represented two state governments in judicial

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proceedings in the past - those of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Earlier, PS Narasimha and Maninder Singh had
resigned as ASG.

56.Who was appointed as the new Chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) with
effect from January 1, 2019?
1) Rajiv Mishra
2) Anita Nair
3) S Paramesh
4) Pranab Kumar Das
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Pranab Kumar Das
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had approved the appointment of Pranab
Kumar Das as the new Chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) from January 1, 2019. Das,
who is currently a Special Secretary and Member (Customs) at CBIC, will succeed S. Ramesh, who superannuates
on December 31. Pranab Kumar Das is a 1983 batch IRS Officer of Customs & Central Excise Cadre and was
appointed as Member in the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) in 2017. The CBIC is headed by the
Chairman and consists of six members, who overlook various areas such as customs, central excise, service tax,
Goods and Services Tax (GST), administration and budget, among other.

57.Name the interim chief of Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) who was promoted to the rank of
Additional Director with immediate effect, on 18th December 2018?
1) Atul Kulkarni
2) Aryan Sharma
3) Manpreet Singh
4) M Nageswara Rao
5) None of these
Answer - 4) M Nageswara Rao
Explanation:
On 18th December 2018, M Nageswara Rao, the interim chief of Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) was promoted
to the rank of an Additional Director with immediate effect by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet under
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rao is a 1986-batch Indian Police Services officer from the Odisha cadre. Rao was
appointed the interim director of CBI after the government stepped in between CBI director Alok Verma and
special director Rakesh Asthana amid an ongoing feud between the two and sent both of them on leave. Earlier
while hearing the petition regarding the feud between Verma and Asthana, the Supreme Court allowed M
Nageswara Rao to act as interim chief of the CBI but asked him not to formulate any key policy decisions until it
hears the petition.

58.____ was appointed the first full-time Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of SEBI (Securities and Exchange
Board of India) for an initial period of 3 years, on 17th December 2018?
1) Arti Chhabra Srivastava
2) Veena Naik
3) Subash Mukthi Singh
4) Lal Chandra Nath
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Arti Chhabra Srivastava
Explanation:
On December 17, 2018, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) cleared the name of Arti Chhabra Srivastava as the first
full-time Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of SEBI for an initial period of 3 years. She is a 1990-batch Indian Ordinance
Factory Services officer, and his appointment was approved by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). CVOs are
considered an extended hand of the CVC, which is tasked with detecting graft by officials holding public office.
Functions of the CVO include:
• Mainly keeping tabs on its officials and detect and punish corruption and other malpractices,
• to examine existing rules and procedures of the organisation to eliminate or minimise scope for corruption
and malpractices,
• To ensure observance of rules by SEBI officials relating to annual property returns, gifts accepted, benami
transactions and regarding their relatives employed in private firms or businesses.
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59.Who was appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Djibouti, on 19th December 2018?
1) Sheena Prakash
2) Ashok Kumar
3) Surya Dev Nath
4) Rashmi Mondal
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Ashok Kumar
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, Ashok Kumar was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Djibouti.
He is presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

60.Name the Belgium Prime Minister who resigned amid pressure on his government because of his
support for the UN global pact on migration, on 18th December 2018?
1) Rufus Mikovich
2) Charles Michel
3) Marshal Gallagher
4) Daniel Silverado
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Charles Michel
Explanation:
On 18th December 2018, Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel resigned amid pressure on his government
because of his support for the UN global pact on migration. Due to the migration spat, Belgium Prime Minister lost
the backing of coalition partner nationalist New Flemish Alliance and opposition parties refused to support his
minority government during the debate in the parliament.

61._____ was appointed the next Ambassador of India to Mongolia, on 19th December 2018?
1) Asraful Khan
2) Mohinder Pratap Singh
3) Sreeram Kumar R
4) Vijay Mittal
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Mohinder Pratap Singh
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, Mohinder Pratap Singh was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Mongolia. He is
presently Director at Headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs.

62.Who was appointed the next Ambassador of India to the United States, on 20th December 2018?
1) Harsh Vardhan Shringla
2) Riva Ganguly Das
3) Ajay Bisaria
4) Ram Naik
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Harsh Vardhan Shringla
Explanation:
On Dec. 20 2018, Seasoned diplomat Harsh Vardhan Shringla was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to
the United States.He is now serving as Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh. He replaced Navtej sarna. Senior
diplomat Riva Ganguly Das, presently Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, has been appointed
as new High Commissioner to Bangladesh.

63.Name the person who has been appointed the chief financial officer (CFO) of Infosys, with effect from
March 1, 2019?
1) Nilanjan Roy
2) Anu Chhabra
3) Vikranth Sharma
4) Ishita Sen
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Nilanjan Roy

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Explanation:
Infosys has appointed Nilanjan Roy from Bharti Airtel its chief financial officer. It has appointed Roy as CFO with
effect from March 1, 2019. Roy will be joining the software services major from Bharti Airtel, where he is the
Global CFO. He has spent the last 13 years with Bharti Airtel and worked for 15 years with Unilever across their
global operations.

64.Who was appointed as LinkedIn’s Country Manager for India with effect from January 7, 2019?
1) Ritesh Agarwal
2) Mahesh Narayanan
3) Surya Chaabra
4) Vinay Singhania
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Mahesh Narayanan
Explanation:
On 20th December 2018, LinkedIn which is the Microsoft owned professional networking platform hires Mahesh
Narayanan as the Country Manager for India. Mahesh Narayanan will join LinkedIn from January 7, 2019. Before
Joining LinkedIn, Mahesh Narayanan had served music and audio streaming service Saavn and led Google India’s
mobile advertising business from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Narayanan will report to LinkedIn’s Managing Director for the
Asia Pacific (APAC) Mr. Olivier Legrand.

65.Name the Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) who has been elected the President of
South Asian Fencing Federation (SAFF) for 4 years?
1) Rahul Singhvi
2) Gautam Sharma
3) Mithun Vijay
4) Rajeev Mehta
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Rajeev Mehta
Explanation:
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General, Rajeev Mehta has been elected the President of South Asian
Fencing Body for a period of four years after the meeting of South Asian Fencing Federation (SAFF) at Hyderabad.
Rajeev Mehta is also the President of Fencing Association of India (FAI). The Game of fencing has been included in
the list of events for the South Asian games to be held in August next year in Nepal. The First South Asian Fencing
Championship 2019 will be held in Chhattisgarh.

66.Who was elected the President of Archery Association of India(AAI), on 22nd December 2018?
1) S Y Quarashi
2) B V P Rao
3) Chandrasekar N
4) Ratna Prabha S
5) None of these
Answer - 2) B V P Rao
Explanation:
On 22nd December 2018, B V P Rao was elected as the President of Archery Association of India(AAI),the election
was held under the Supervision of former Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi. Maha Singh was elected as
secretary of Archery Association of India,D K Vidyarthi was elected as the treasurer.Sunil Sharma was elected
senior vice-president and Rajendra Singh Tomar and Purnima Mahato will be the vice presidents. BVP Rao earlier
served as vice president of the archery association of the northeastern state. He was also earlier associated with
Sports Authority of India in various capacities. For the last four years, he served as an Advisor to Telengana
government. Vijay Kumar Malhotra has been as the president of Archery Association of India for 40 years from
1973 to 2012,after that he relinquished the position in 2015,he was appointed as the Honorary Life President of
AAI meanwhile Shri Tarlochan Singh was appointed as the Acting President of AAI.

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67.Who will replace United States Defence Secretary Jim Mattis as acting Pentagon chief on January 1,
2019?
1) Frank Gallagher
2) Patrick Shanahan
3) Mike Delfino
4) Arthur Peres
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Patrick Shanahan
Explanation:
On 23rd December 2018, United States President Donald Trump announced through a tweet that Defence
Secretary Jim Mattis will be replaced by his deputy Patrick Shanahan as acting Pentagon chief on January 1, 2019
the date which is two months earlier than planned. Earlier Jim Mattis, had announced his resignation on 21st
December 2018 due to strong policy differences with Mr Trump especially on Trump’s Syria troop with drawl
move but offered to stay on for two months in order to facilitate a smooth transition. Mr Shanahan, is a former
executive at the aerospace giant Boeing, joined the Pentagon in July 2017 after Mr Trump nominated him and was
reportedly a vocal supporter of the president’s plan to establish a sixth branch of the armed forces, known as the
“space force”.

68.Who was appointed the MD and CEO of Corporation Bank, effective from February 1, 2019?
1) Rakesh Jain
2) P V Bharathi
3) Ashish Raheja
4) Sayesha Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) P V Bharathi
Explanation:
On December 25, 2018, the Ministry of Personnel appointed P V Bharathi as the MD and CEO of Corporation Bank,
effective from February 1, 2019 till March 31, 2020 – the date of her superannuation. Bharathi is presently the
Executive Director of Canara Bank. Additionally, Birupaksha Mishra and Balakrishna Alse S have been appointed
as executive directors in Corporation Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce, respectively. Mishra is currently the
General Manager, Central Bank of India and Balakrishna is GM, Corporation Bank. Also, K Ramachandran has been
appointed as the Executive Director of Allahabad Bank from the current post of General Manager. Ramachandaran
will hold office up to the date of his superannuation, which is June 30, 2021.

69.Name the person who was appointed the next High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, on
20th December 2018?
1) Ankita Agrawal
2) Riva Ganguly Das
3) Aman Mittal
4) Sakshi Patel
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Riva Ganguly Das
Explanation:
On December 20, 2018, Riva Ganguly Das was appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh.
She is currently the Director General of Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR).

70._____ was appointed as the third member of Competition Commission of India (CCI)’s 4-member council,
on 24th December 2018?
1) Sunil Shetty
2) Anu Chhabra
3) Sangeeta Verma
4) Ashok Kumar Gupta
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Sangeeta Verma

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Explanation:
On December 24, 2018, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) announced the appointment of Sangeeta Verma
as its member in its 4-member council including the chairperson. Verma is a former Indian Economic Services
(IES) officer and had been appointed for a period of 5 years. The other members of the council include:
• Chairperson: Ashok Kumar Gupta,
• 2 other members: Augustine Peter and UC Nahta.

71.Who was appointed as executive director in Corporation Bank, on 25th December 2018?
1) Birupaksha Mishra
2) Sameer Khan
3) Vishal Singh
4) Rahul Saini
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Birupaksha Mishra
Explanation:
On December 25, 2018, the Ministry of Personnel appointed P V Bharathi as the MD and CEO of Corporation Bank,
effective from February 1, 2019 till March 31, 2020 – the date of her superannuation. Bharathi is presently the
Executive Director of Canara Bank. Additionally, Birupaksha Mishra was appointed as executive director in
Corporation Bank.

72.Name the person who was appointed as executive director in Oriental Bank of Commerce, on
25th December 2018?
1) Balakrishna Alse S
2) Sunita Iyer
3) Parmesh S
4) Runa Khatri
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Balakrishna Alse S
Explanation:
On 25th December 2018, Balakrishna Alse S was appointed as executive director in Oriental Bank of Commerce.
Currently Balakrishna is GM of Corporation Bank.

73.____ was appointed as the Executive Director of Allahabad Bank, on 25th December 2018?
1) Manish Chandan
2) Rujuta Dev
3) K Ramachandran
4) Shikha Sharma
5) None of these
Answer - 3) K Ramachandran
Explanation:
On 25th December 2018, K Ramachandran was appointed as the Executive Director of Allahabad Bank from the
current post of General Manager. Ramachandaran will hold office up to the date of his superannuation, which is
June 30, 2021.

74.Who received the South Indian Education Society (SIES) Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati National
Eminence Award as part of the Kanchi Mahaswami festival, on 23rd December 2018?
1) Arun Jaitley
3) P Chidambaram
3) Dr Manmohan Singh
4) Dr Rajinish Kumar
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Dr Manmohan Singh
Explanation:
On Dec.23 2018 ,former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh received South Indian Education Society (SIES) Sri
Chandrasekharendra Saraswati National Eminence Award as part of the Kanchi Mahaswami festival.He was
awarded for his contribution to the field of public leadership. Professor Dr Manjul Bhargava, Niti Aayog member
Dr V K Saraswat and Swami Chidanand Saraswati were awarded for their work in the fields of community
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leadership, science and technology and social thinkers, respectively. Japan-based philosopher and teacher of Hindu
philosophy, Dr Sengaku Mayeda, was conferred the award in-absentia in the international category.

75.Who was appointed the deputy managing director of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd on
26thDecember 2018?
1) Vinod Seth
2) Bijay Kumar
3) Sathya Batra Das
4) Vishwanath S
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Bijay Kumar
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd appointed retired Indian Administrative
Service official Bijay Kumar as itsdeputy managing director.

76._____ was appointed as a non-executive director of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd on
26th December 2018?
1) Sharmila Kataria
2) Kunal Kashyap
3) Sandeep Vaishnav
4) N Srinivasan
5) None of these
Answer - 4) N Srinivasan
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd appointed N Srinivasan as a non-executive
director.

77.Which state’s marketing board has become the first in India to appoint out-of-state representatives?
1) Uttar Pradesh
2) Arunachal Pradesh
3) Himachal Pradesh
4) Maharashtra
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Maharashtra
Explanation:
The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB) has appointed six officers as its representatives
outside the state to facilitate trade in semi-perishable commodities. With this move, the MSAMB will become the
first marketing board to appoint out-of-state representatives. These trade representatives will not only collect
relevant market information but also facilitate trade across states.

78.Who was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense Staff (Operations), on 26th December
2018?
1) Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva
2) Air Marshal Virendra Singh
3) Air Marshal Anshul Agarwal
4) Air Marshal Murali Kumar
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva
Explanation:
On 26th December 2018, the Defense Ministry appointed Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva who had served in three
out of four wings of Integrated Defense Staff (IDS) headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense Staff
(Operations). Air Marshal Sachdeva was commissioned as an Indian Air Force pilot in December 1981 and has
logged over 7200 hours of transport and instructional flying experience. Apart from being a Category ‘A’ flying
instructor, he has also held some of the prestigious appointments in Air Force, Joint Services and National
Technical Research Organization (NTRO). He has also been an Air Force examiner and has also commanded a
frontline transport squadron, a transport base and the college of Defense Management. He was the Senior Air Staff
Officer at Southern Air Command headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram prior to his present appointment.

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79.Name the person who was appointed as India’s chief boxing coach at the ongoing national camp, on
10thDecember 2018?
1) SR Singh
2) C A Kuttappa
3) Rakesh Bhattacharya
4) Nilkanth Das
5) None of these
Answer - 2) C A Kuttappa
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, 39-year-old Dronacharya awardee C A Kuttappa has been appointed as India’s chief boxing
coach at the ongoing national camp. He replaced veteran coach SR Singh. Kuttappa is just one of the two coaches
from the reigning national champions, the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), in the camp. As the head coach of
the Indian Boxing team, Kuttappa’s first major assignment would be the second edition of India Open, which is
scheduled to be held in January 2019 in Guwahati, Assam and the Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria.

80.Who was elected as the new President of Madagascar, on 27th December 2018?
1) Andry Rajoelina
2) Marc Ravalomanana
3) Ramon Miguel
4) Oliver Mandrova
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Andry Rajoelina
Explanation:
On December 27th, 2018, Andry Rajoelina, a former leader of Madagascar has won the country’s presidential vote
and in the process defeated Marc Ravalomanana, who was another former President of the country. Rajoelina won
nearly 56% of the votes and had got 39% of the vote during the first round of the election, whereas, Mr.
Ravalomanana had got 35%.The former president of the country, Henry Rajaonarimampianina was eliminated in
the first round of the election as he obtained just 9% of the votes. Both Rajoelina and Ravalomanana are wealthy
men and were barred from the 2013 presidential race and had promised to boost the economy of the country.
Although, the elections had been beset by allegations of fraud.

81.____ was appointed as acting Chief Justice of Andhra High Court, with effect from January 1, 2019?
1) Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar
2) Justice Mathur Srinivasan
3) Justice Amarnath Payal
4) Justice Rushyanth Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar
Explanation:
On December 28th, 2018, Honorable President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar as the
fresh acting Chief Justice of Andhra High Court. He would assume the charge on January 01, 2019. Upon the
requirement of creation of a new High Court for Andhra Pradesh in the state capital of Amravati, Mr. Praveen
Kumar was hired for the new position. Under the provisions of Article 223 of the Constitution of India, President
Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar, in order to discharge the designated duties of the
office of Chief Justice of Andhra High Court.

82.Name the person who was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of South Eastern Coalfields
Limited (SECL), on 27th December 2018?
1) Sathya Kumar S
2) Mahendra Prathap
3) Vinesh Balki
4) Ambika Prasad Panda
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Ambika Prasad Panda
Explanation:
On December 27th, 2018, with respect to the order issued by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ambika
Prasad Panda has been given the opportunity of discharging the duties of Chairman and Managing Director of

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South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL). Mr. Panda is holding the position of Director(Finance) in SECL, as of now.
The appointment of CMD of SECL has been done for a duration of five years.

83.Who was appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Liberia on 28th December 2018,
who is also the ambassador of India to the Republic of Cote d’ Ivoire?
1) Mayuri Singh
2) Y.K. Sailas Thangal
3) S.K. Sinthya Thomas
4) Manoj Prathap
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Y.K. Sailas Thangal
Explanation:
On 28th December 2018, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India announced that Mr. Y.K. Sailas
Thangal who is the ambassador of the India to the Republic of Cote d’ Ivoire has been concurrently accredited as
the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Liberia with residence in Abidjan. Y. K. Thangal, IFS Officer of 1996
batch was appointed as the Ambassador of India to Republic of Cote d’ Ivoire on 14th September 2018. India is
represented in Liberia through its embassy in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and an active honorary consulate in Capital of
Liberia, Monrovia since 1984.

84._____ who is presently the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Kenya was concurrently
accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Somalia, on 28th December 2018?
1) Sameer Khan
2) Rahul Chhabra
3) Manish Chandra
4) Vinay Sudeep
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Rahul Chhabra
Explanation:
On 28th December 2018, Rahul Chhabra who is presently the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Kenya
has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Somalia, with
residence in Nairobi, Kenya. Rahul Chhabra, an IFS Officer of 1987 batch was appointed as the Ambassador of
India to the Republic of Kenya on August 14, 2018. India is represented in Somalia through its embassy in Nairobi,
Kenya and Somalia maintains an embassy in New Delhi.

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS


1.State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) group has been granted license by Reserve Bank of India to operate SBM
Bank (India) Limited through _____ mode under the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 with effect from
December 1, 2018?
1) Strategic Alliance (SA)
2) Wholly Owned Subsidiary (WOS)
3) Joint Venture (JV)
4) Consortia
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Wholly Owned Subsidiary (WOS)
Explanation:
Mauritius based SBM group has been granted license by Reserve Bank of India to operate SBM Bank (India)
Limited through Wholly Owned Subsidiary (WOS) mode under the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 with effect from
December 1, 2018. Now at present SBM operate its branches in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and
Ramachandrapuram since 1994. It plans to open six new branches in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad
and Jaipur by next year. SBM Bank India has already announced the appointment of Sidharth Rath as MD & CEO of
SBM Bank (India) Limited.

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2.Which company has decided to merge with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH India)
through an-all equity deal?
1) PepsiCo
2) Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL)
3) Dabur
4) ITC India Limited
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL)
Explanation:
On 03rd December 2018,FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) approves the merger with
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH India) through an-all equity deal, valuing the total business of the
latter at 31,700 crore. The transaction is an all equity merger with 4.39 shares of HUL being allotted for every
share in GSKCH India.

3.IDFC Bank merged with non-banking financial company Capital First resulting in a merged entity IDFC
First Bank to be headquartered in Mumbai. Who will the MD and CEO of IDFC First Bank?
1) V Vaidyanathan
2) Rajiv Lall
3) Mahesh Kumar
4) R Srinivasan
5) None of these
Answer - 1) V Vaidyanathan
Explanation:
On 18th December 2018, the Infrastructure Development Finance Company Bank (IDFC Bank) and non-banking
financial company Capital First completed their merger process, creating a combined loan asset book of Rs 1.03
lakh crore for the merged entity IDFC First Bank, which will be headquartered in Mumbai. V Vaidyanathan will be
the managing director and chief executive officer (MD and CEO) of the merged entity while Rajiv Lall will be the
part-time non-executive chairman, subject to Reserve Bank of India approval. The merge entity will serve 7.2
million customers through its 203 bank branches, 129 ATMs, 454 rural business correspondent centres across the
country’s urban and rural geographies. The merger was announced on January 13, 2018. According to the merger
agreement, shareholders will receive 139 shares of IDFC Bank for each 10 shares held of Warburg Pincus-backed
Capital First.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


1.Internet Technology firm LinkSure Network of which country has unveiled a plan to provide free
worldwide WiFi service with a constellation of 272 satellites by 2026?
1) Japan
2) United States
3) Russia
4) China
5) None of these
Answer - 4) China
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, A Chinese Internet Technology firm, LinkSure Network which markets itself as a Global
Innovative Mobile Internet Company specializing in free internet access, content and location based services
unveiled a plan to provide to provide free worldwide WiFi service with a constellation of 272 satellites by 2026.
The Company founded in 2013 in Shanghai will launch its first satellite in 2019 from Jiuquan Satellite Launch
Centre in Northwest China’s Gansu province and by 2020 it will launch 10 satellites. The Company will invest 3
Billion Yuan (USD 431.4 million).

2.Which state announced about ‘SHOUT’ feature exclusively for women in the ‘112 India’, a pan India
single mobile app, on 1st December 2018?
1) Haryana
2) Kerala
3) Manipur
4) Nagaland
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5) None of these
Answer - 4) Nagaland
Explanation:
On 1st December 2018, in Kohima (Nagaland) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announces a pan India single
mobile app “112 India” which is connected to the Emergency Response support system (ERSS) exclusively for
women in emergency. A‘SHOUT’ feature has been made available exclusively for women in the ‘112 India’ app.
Rajnath Singh said women in distress will able to seek immediate assistance from nearby registered volunteers as
well as from the Emergency Response Centre (ERC) by using the ‘SHOUT’ feature. With this Nagaland became the
first state in the Northeast and second in the country after Himachal Pradesh to launch a pan-India single-number
emergency mobile application which will have a special women safety feature for immediate assistance from
police and volunteers. Under the ERSS project, women will be able to receive immediate assistance from police,
health and fire departments as well as from other agencies using number 112. The ERSS has been integrated with
police, fire, health and women helpline numbers to provide emergency services through the emergency number
‘112’.

3.Name the portal for online registration of drone operators in India, which was announced by Civil
Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, on 1st December 2018?
1) Drone Cloud
2) Digital Sky
3) Digital Fly
4) Drone Book
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Digital Sky
Explanation:
On December 1 2018 Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu announced about the a portal called ‘Digital Sky’ which
is a online registration method for drone operators in the country. Both pilots and owners of the drones should be
registered in this portal to operate. Nano drones can start flying legally already but for drones of micro size and
above categories, operators are required to register on the Digital Sky portal. Payments for Unmanned Aerial
Operator’s Permit (UAOP) and Unique Identification Numbers (UIN) will be accepted through the Bharat Kosh
(bharatkosh.gov.in) portal. Ministry added that Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) or drone operators or
remote pilots need to file a flight plan to obtain the permission to fly and location for below zones will be
announced shortly.

4._____ is the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered robot to fly in Space, which made an interaction with
the spacefaring crew of International Space Station (ISS), on 15th November 2018?
1) CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion)
2) SFIB (Space Flight Interactive Bot)
3) RAID (Real-time Artificial Intelligence Dexter)
4) IE (Intelligent Explorer)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion)
Explanation:
CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion), the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered robot to fly in Space,
was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in June 2018. German astronaut Alexander Gerst talked with
the artificially intelligent crew-assistant CIMON during a 90-minute experiment on November 15, 2018, aboard the
International Space Station (ISS).

5.SpaceX launched India’s first privately built satellite _____ along with 63 other satellite from 18 countries
from California, USA, on 3rd December 2018?
1) ExseedSAT 1
2) KalamSat 1
3) Xplorer 2
4) RainSat 3
5) None of these
Answer - 1) ExseedSAT 1

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Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, SpaceX founded by Elon Musk, launched India’s first privately built satellite ExseedSAT 1
along with 63 other satellite from 18 countries from the Vandenberg air force base in California, USA. ExseedSAT 1
was built at a cost of Rs. 2 Crore by the Mumbai based Startup Exseedspace. ExseedSAT 1 which weighs around 1
kg is an open radio transponder that works on ham frequencies. The satellite will have a life span of 5 years and it
will allow people to receive signals on 145.90 Mhz frequency with the help of a TV tuner.

6.The first manned Soyuz spacecraft since the failure of 11th October launch, carrying astronauts from
Russia, America and which other country, arrived at the International Space Station (ISS), on 3rd December
2018?
1) India
2) Japan
3) China
4) Canada
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Canada
Explanation:
On 3rd December 2018, the first manned Soyuz spacecraft since the failure of 11th October launch which carries
Russian, American and Canadian astronauts arrived at the International Space Station (ISS). Three Astronaut Oleg
Kononenko from Russia, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency were part of
this manned mission. The Astronauts successfully docked at the ISS and they will stay at the International Space
Centre for six and half months. It was the first manned voyage for the soviet-era Soyuz since a launch failure in
October which was caused due to a sensor damage during the assembly at Baikonur Cosmodrome.

7.Name Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high throughput
communication satellite that was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana,
5th December 2018?
1) GSAT-11
2) GSAT-29
3) GSAT-14
4) GSAT-40
5) None of these
Answer - 1) GSAT-11
Explanation:
On 05th December 2018, Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high
throughput communication satellite GSAT-11 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana. The
launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-246 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana carrying India’s GSAT-11 and
South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites. Ariane 5 is one of three launch vehicles operated by Arianespace along
with Soyuz and Vega. The 5,854-kg GSAT-11 will provide high data rate connectivity to users of Indian mainland
and islands through 32 user beams in Ku-band and 8 hub beams in Ka-band. Satellite is configured around ISRO’s
I-6K Bus and has a designed lifetime of more than 15 years.

8.BigRep and NOWlab firms of which country have produced the world’s first fully functioning e-
motorbike NERA using a 3D printer?
1) China
2) Japan
3) United Sttaes
4) Germany
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Germany
Explanation:
On December 5, 2018, German firm BigRep and NOWlab produced the world’s first fully functioning e-motorbike
NERA using a 3D printer. The bike was conceptualised and developed in 12 weeks and includes 15 parts excluding
the electrical components. It includes features like airless tires, embedded electronics, and forkless steering.

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9.Which software company has announced that it will shut down its messaging app Allo in March 2019
after 2.5 years of debut?
1) Microsoft
2) Yahoo
3) Google
4) Ubisoft
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Google
Explanation:
Technology major Google has confirmed that it will shut down its messaging app Allo in March 2019 after 2.5
years of debut. In October 2018, Google had announced that it will shut down its social media platform Google+
over the next 10 months.

10.What is the codename of the exercise conducted by Indian Air Force (IAF), as part of which, combined
guided weapons firing of Surface-to-Air Missiles, was performed from the Air Force Station at Suryalanka
in Andhra Pradesh, from 5th to 7th December 2018?
1) FIRE PRO-18
2) CROSS BOW-18
3) INGNITE-18
4) INDFIRE-18
5) None of these
Answer - 2) CROSS BOW-18
Explanation:
On December 8, 2018, the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully concluded combined guided weapons firing of
Surface-to-Air Missiles from the Air Force Station at Suryalanka in Andhra Pradesh, as part of a first-of-its-kind
two-day exercise codenamed- CROSS BOW 18. The exercise was carried out on December 5, 7 and 8 during day
and night in an integrated networked environment. In the exercise, successful firing of four different classes of
missiles, like Akash, Spyder, OSA-AK-M and IGLA, took place.

11.Scientists from Fujian Normal University of which country have developed a “rewritable” paper that
can be drawn or printed on over and over again by changing the temperature?
1) Japan
2) China
3) South Korea
4) Indonesia
5) None of these
Answer - 2) China
Explanation:
On December 8, 2018, Scientists from the Fujian Normal University in China developed a “rewritable” paper that
can be drawn or printed on over and over again by changing the temperature. The new material consisted of three
layers in a sandwich-like structure where the text could be changed or wiped clean over 100 times by changing the
temperature. According to a study published in the journal ACS Applied Material & Interfaces, the messages can
last more than half a year, compared to other re-writable papers. It can be used in practical applications such as
long-lasting information recording and reading, rewritable label, reprintable display.

12.Name the three-stage nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile successfully test fired by
India, from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast, on 10th December 2018?
1) Agni-5
2) Agni-2
3) Vishal-3
4) Dhanush-4
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Agni-5
Explanation:
On 10th November 2018, India successfully test fired the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 from Dr Abdul
Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast. This is the seventh trial of the indigenously-developed surface-
to-surface missile, while second one in the last six months. Agni-5 is a three stage missile with a length of 17 metre

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and width of two metre, can carry 1.5 tonnes of nuclear warheads and has a strike range of 5,000 km. Once
inducted in the military, India will join an exclusive club of countries like the US, Russia, China, France and Britain
which have intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities.

13.Which country launched its Chang’e-4 moon mission to reach the far side of the moon for the first time,
on 7thDecember 2018?
1) Japan
2) Russia
3) South Korea
4) China
5) None of these
Answer - 4) China
Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, China launched its Chang’e-4 moon mission aboard the Long March 3B launch vehicle to
reach the far side of the moon for the first time, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in
southwestern China. Chang’e is the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology. The China Aerospace Science and
Technology Corporation (CASC), the main contractor for China’s space program, announced the launch. The
completion of this mission will make China the first country to make a soft landing.

14._____ scientists have made nanowire devices from zinc oxide crystals that can inherently process and
even store information?
1) American
2) Indian
3) German
4) Australian
5) None of these
Answer - 3) German
Explanation:
On December 7, 2018, Scientists from the Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) in Germany made nanowire devices made
from zinc oxide crystals can inherently process and even store information. Further, a memristive element was
produced from nanowires by the researchers from Polytechnic University of Turin and RWTH Aachen University
in Germany. These may help build bioinspired “neuromorphic” processors, able to take over the diverse functions
of biological synapses and neurons. For this, scientists used a single zinc oxide nanowire measuring about a ten-
thousandth of a millimeter in size. This type of nanowire is over a thousand times thinner than a human hair. The
resulting memristive component not only takes up a tiny amount of space, but also is able to switch much faster
than flash memory.

15.Which Indian power station created a world record for the longest uninterrupted operation for 941
days, on 10thDecember 2018?
1) Bokaro Power Station-1, Jharkhand
2) Kaiga Power Station-1, Karnataka
3) Durgapur Power Station-2, West Bengal
4) Barauni Power Station-2, Bihar
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Kaiga Power Station-1, Karnataka
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, Karnataka’s Kaiga Power Station-1 has created a world record for the longest
uninterrupted operation for 941 days, thereby breaking the earlier record of 940 days by the United Kingdom.
Heysham-2 Unit-8 of the U.K. had held the earlier record of the longest uninterrupted operation (940 days) among
all nuclear power reactors (of all technologies) in the world. Kaiga Generating Station (KGS-1) equalled the world
record on Sunday and broke it on Monday, thus creating history. While KGS-1 is a Pressurised Heavy Water
Reactor (PHWR), Heysham-2 Unit-8 is an Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR).

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16.Name NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)’s probe that became the second human-
made object in history to reach the edge of our solar system, on 10th December 2018?
1) Voyager 2
2) Soyus 3
3) Galaxy 2
4) Star Rider 2
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Voyager 2
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, NASA’s Voyager 2 probe became the second human-made object in history to reach the
edge of our solar system i.e., the Interstellar space- the space between the stars. Voyager 2 probe now has exited
the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. Its twin, Voyager 1,
crossed this boundary in 2012, but Voyager 2 launched 41 years ago in 1977, carries a working instrument that
will provide first-of-its-kind observations of the nature of this gateway into interstellar space. Voyager 2 now is
slightly more than 18 billion kilometres away from the Earth. Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to have visited all
four gas giant planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and discovered 16 moons, as well as phenomena like
Neptune’s mysteriously transient Great Dark Spot, the cracks in Europa’s ice shell, and ring features at every
planet.

17.Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh launched the portal ENSURE-
National Livestock Mission-EDEG. This portal has been developed by which entity?
1) National Informatics Centre (NIC)
2) NITI Aayog
3) National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
4) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 3) National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
Explanation:
On 11th December 2018, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh launched a
portal ENSURE- National Livestock Mission-EDEG developed by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural
Development (NABARD) and operated under the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries. Under
the National Livestock Mission’s component called Entrepreneurship Development and Employment Generation
(EDEG), subsidy payment for activities related to poultry, small ruminants, pigs, etc. goes directly to the
beneficiary’s account through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). The NABARD has developed an online portal
“ENSURE” (https://ensure.nabard.org), in order to make the process of DBT better, simpler and transparent, so
that the information related to beneficiary and processing of application can be made readily available.

18.Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)’s indigenously developed Light Utility Helicopter achieved an
important milestone of flying at _____ kilometer altitude in Bengaluru, on 11th December 2018?
1) 6 Km
2) 7 Km
3) 8 Km
4) 9 Km
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 6 Km
Explanation:
On 11th December 2018, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) indigenously developed Light Utility Helicopter
achieved important milestone of flying at 6 Km altitude in Bengaluru. It is 3-ton class new generation helicopter
designed and developed by indigenously Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWR&DC) of HAL. It will
replace ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters used by Indian Armed Forces. It is capable of flying at 220
kmph, with service ceiling of 6.5 km and range of 350 km with 400 kg payload.

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19.Indian Navy’s first flyaway Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System was inducted by Chief of Naval staff,
Admiral Sunil Lanba. It will be operated and deployed by Submarine Rescue Unit (West) from its base in
which city?
1) Mumbai
2) Mangaluru
3) Kochi
4) Vishakapatnam
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Mumbai
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, Indian Navy’s first flyaway Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System was inducted by Chief of
Naval staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. The new system is a third generation, advanced
Submarine Rescue System having a Non-tethered Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV). It is capable of
undertaking rescue from a disabled Submarine upto 650 m depth. It would be operated and deployed by the crew
of Indian Navy’s newly formed Submarine Rescue Unit (West) from its base in Mumbai.

20.Which country announced the installation of the world’s first “floating” nuclear power plant (FNPP), on
11thDecember 2018?
1) China
2) Japan
3) Russia
4) United States of America
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Russia
Explanation:
On December 11, 2018, Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom announced commencement of
installation of Akademik Lomonosov, the world’s first “floating” nuclear power plant (FNPP). It has a capacity of
70MW and is equipped with two reactors of 35MW each. The life span of the project is 40 years, with the
possibility of being extended up to 50 years. After the completion of tests in March 2019, in the second half of
2019, the FNPP will be transported to its final destination to the port of Pevek in Russia’s extreme north-eastern
region of Chukotka. It will then replace the existing Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant and the Chaunskaya coal-fired
power plant. It will be used to maintain both uninterruptible power and plentiful desalinated water supply in
remote areas. This project will help the grid-isolated Russian Arctic regions.

21.NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has found evidence of water on which asteroid?


1) Apophis
2) Bennu
3) Seres
4) Vesta
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Bennu
Explanation:
On 12th December 2018,NASA’s (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has found evidence of water on asteroid Bennu.Data
obtained from the spacecraft’s two spectrometers OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES) and
OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (OVIRS) reveal the presence of molecules that contain oxygen and
hydrogen atoms bonded together, known as “hydroxyls.” Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification,
Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft launched in September 2016.It had reached Bennu asteroid in
December 2018. Samples will returned to Earth in 2023. Bennu is near-Earth carbonaceous asteroid about the size
of a small mountain in the Apollo group. It was discovered in September 1999 by the LINEAR Project.

22.Name the new human protein discovered by researchers to fight the Ebola virus?
1) ERPT7
2) RBBP6
3) THUL9
4) ZAUN4
5) None of these
Answer - 2) RBBP6

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Explanation:
Researchers have discovered a human protein that helps fight the Ebola virus, and could one day lead to an
effective therapy against the deadly disease. The newly discovered ability of the human protein RBBP6 to interfere
with Ebola virus replication suggests new ways to fight the infection, according to the study published in the
journal Cell.

23.Coastal Andhra Pradesh and North Tamil Nadu are expected to receive heavy rainfall on 16th and 17th
December 2018 due to a severe cyclone named ____, as per India Meteorological Department (IMD)?
1) Phethai
2) Feity
3) Jaggo
4) Rishu
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Phethai
Explanation:
As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), Coastal Andhra Pradesh and North Tamil Nadu are expected to
receive heavy rainfall on 16th and 17th December due to a severe cyclone Phethai which is heading towards
coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The Deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal is moving
northwestward and it could intensify and turn into a cyclonic storm. Earlier Cyclone Gaza caused massive
destruction in Tamil Nadu coastal areas. This is the fourth cyclone to hit the eastern coast this season.

24.Which country will host the 2020 Asia cricket cup, as approved by Asian Cricket Council (ACC)?
1) Afghanistan
2) Pakistan
3) Sri Lanka
4) Bangladesh
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Pakistan
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) awarded the hosting rights of the 2020 Asia cup to the
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a meeting held in Bangladesh Capital Dhaka. Pakistan will host the 2020 Asia
cricket cup. The Decision was taken by ACC President Nazmul Hassan Papon but the final venue of the event is still
unclear over whether it will be played in UAE or Pakistan.

25.When was International Tea Day celebrated to draw global attention on the impact of global tea trade
on workers and growers?
1) December 12
2) December 15
3) December 17
4) December 18
5) None of these
Answer - 2) December 15
Explanation:
On 15th December 2018, International Tea Day aimed to draw global attention of governments and citizens to the
impact of global tea trade on workers and growers was observed in Tea Producing countries. Indian Tea
Association (ITA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Tea Marketing Association
(CTMA) in a meeting held in Kolkata between Vivek Goenka, Chairman ITA and Wang Qing, President CTMA. ITA
Expects to double the export to China in next one year. The MoU aims to collaborate towards ensuring
sustainability of the industry globally and promoting black and green tea in International Markets.

26.Name the world’s oldest plant virus dating back 1,000 years that has been discovered by scientists at an
archaeological site in Arizona, United States of America?
1) Zea mays chrysovirus 1(ZMCV1)
2) Cucumber Mosaic Cucumovirus 11 (CMV11)
3) Banana bunchy top nanovirus 16 (BBTV16)
4) Barley yellow dwarf disease luteovirus 1 (BYDDL1)
5) None of these

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Answer - 1) Zea mays chrysovirus 1(ZMCV1)


Explanation:
On December 17 2018, World’s oldest plant virus named ‘Zea mays chrysovirus 1(ZMCV1)’ dating back 1,000
years has been discovered by scientist at a Native American archeological site. The previous oldest dating was
found as 750 years. This new plant virus has discovered when research team examined ancient plant material
from Antelope House, an Ancestral Puebloan ruin located at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona, United
States of America. Using carbon 14 dating, researchers confirmed that the age of the ancient samples was about
1,000 years old. The Ancestral Puebloans who lived in the canyon planted crops such as maize, beans and squash.
It’s clear from these remains that maize was a major food source for the inhabitants. The maize remnants
recovered at Antelope House consisted of cobs, ears with kernels, individual kernels, husks, leaves, shanks, stem
portions and tassels.

27.India launched _____ system to improve data relay and communication links with its remote sensing
earth observation satellites, on 16th December 2018?
1) Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS)
2) Indian Remote Sensing Communication System (IRSCS)
3) Indian Satellite Communication System (ISCS)
4) Indian Satellite Data Transfer System (ISDTS)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS)
Explanation:
On 16th December 2018,India launched the Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS) to improve data relay and
communication links with its remote sensing earth observation satellites. The two-satellite IDRSS will maintain
continuous communication link with India's remote sensing earth observation satellites. The first one is expected
to be launched in 2019. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) would carry three
Indian astronauts to the space in 2022. India has the largest remote sensing satellite system orbiting in the space.

28.Name the most distant object ever observed in our solar system, that has been discovered by scientists
in the United States?
1) 2018 VG18
2) 2018 SN34
3) 2018 NW23
4) 2018 RT11
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 2018 VG18
Explanation:
On December 17 2018, the most-distant object ever observed in our solar system is 2018 VG18 and has been
nicknamed "Farout". It has been discovered by scientists Sheppard from Carnegie Institution for Science, David
Tholen from University of Hawaii, and Chad Trujillo from Northern Arizona University in the US. It is the first to be
observed at a distance of more than 100 AU (astronomical units ) which almost 120AU from the sun.“1 AU is the
distance between the Earth and the Sun”. The second most distant observed solar system object is Eris about 96
AU from the sun. Pluto , a dwarf planet is currently at about 34 AU.

29.National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research confirms which planet is losing its
iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 & 2 observations made before several years?
1) Venus
2) Jupiter
3) Saturn
4) Neptune
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Saturn
Explanation:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at
the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 & 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into
Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn’s magnetic field.

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30.Name the 2250 kg military communication satellite launched by Indian Space Research Organization
(ISRO) from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on 19th December 2018, which is also the 35th Indian
Communication satellite?
1) GSAT-7A
2) GSAT-6A
3) GSAT-29C
4) GSAT-11C
5) None of these
Answer - 1) GSAT-7A
Explanation:
On 19th December 2018, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched 2250 kg military communication
satellite GSAT-7A from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. GSAT-7A is the 35th Indian Communication satellite. GSAT-
7A is the first satellite built primarily for Indian Air Force to qualitatively unify its assets and improve combined,
common intelligence during operation. The Satellite will improve the way Indian Air Force (IAF) interlinks,
operates and communicates with its aircrafts during flight with the help of command centres on ground. The
satellite will use “Ku band” for superior real time aircraft to aircraft communications. Space Vehicle, GSLV-F11
(Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) is used to release the satellite to an eventful geostationary orbit about
36000 km from the Earth.

31.Which state government launched ‘Shiksha Setu’ mobile App to provide information on attendance, fee,
online admission and scholarships of the state’s government colleges to students, on 18th December 2018?
1) Maharashtra
2) Goa
3) Tamil Nadu
4) Haryana
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Haryana
Explanation:
On 18th December 2018, Haryana government launched a mobile App ‘Shiksha Setu’ to provide students
information on attendance, fee, online admission and scholarships of the government colleges of the state. The App
will provides instant updates of the important notices, circulars and other programmes to students and teachers.
The App will bring transparency in the department and college administration while ensuring better connectivity
between students, parents, teachers and officials

32.Researchers at _____ institute have developed a new technique to produce high value graphene with 88
% graphene yield from discarded dry cell batteries?
1) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi
2) Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur
3) MS Ramiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru
4) Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT), New Delhi
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, researchers at Nagpur-based Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology have
developed a new technique to produce high value graphene from discarded dry cells batteries. They have achieved
88% yield of graphene from a single graphite rod. The research results have been published Journal of Hazardous
Materials and Bulletin of Material Science.

33.Scientists of which country have found evidence of water on 17 asteroids for the first time using data
from the infrared satellite Akari?
1) China
2) United States of America
3) France
4) Japan
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Japan

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Explanation:
Scientists have detected evidence of water on 17 asteroids. Japanese scientists revealed that there is evidence of
water on 17 asteroids for the first time using data from the infrared satellite Akari. The new revelation will
contribute to the understanding of the distribution of water in our solar system, the evolution of asteroids and the
origin of water on Earth.

34.Name National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s first flight to moon that marked its
50thanniversary on 21st December 2018?
1) Apollo 1
2) Apollo 8
3) Colombia 2
4) Colombia 11
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Apollo 8
Explanation:
NASA's first flight to the moon Apollo 8 is marking its 50th anniversary. On Dec. 21st, 1968, three men flew to the
moon for the first time in human history. Apollo 8 commander Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders orbited
the moon on Christmas Eve, reading from the Book of Genesis. To this day, the mission is considered NASA's
boldest and perhaps most dangerous undertaking ever. NASA whipped it together in four months, in order to beat
the Soviets to the moon.

35.Which state government provided 80 fishing boat groups with 200 ISRO developed satellite, NavIC
(Navigation with Indian Constellation), enabled communication devices free of cost, on 17th December
2018?
1) Kerala
2) Odisha
3) Gujarat
4) Tamil Nadu
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Tamil Nadu
Explanation:
On December 17, 2018, the Tamil Nadu government provided 80 fishing boat groups with 200 ISRO developed
satellite, NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation), enabled communication devices free of cost. These will
provide them real-time alerts on cyclone and weather updates. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System
constellation of eight satellites, named “NavIC”, provides position, navigation and timing services over India and its
neighbourhood.

36.Indian Navy inducted the ship named _____, the fifth ship of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class, on
19thDecember 2018?
1) IN LCU L55
2) IN LCU B12
3) IN LCU S11
4) IN LCU TH2
5) None of these
Answer - 1) IN LCU L55
Explanation:
On 19th December 2018, the Indian Navy inducted the IN LCU L55, the fifth ship of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-
IV class. The ship was commissioned into the Navy by Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar. It was
designed and built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE). LCU Mk-IV is an amphibious ship
with its primary role being transportation and deployment of Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, troops and
equipment from ship to shore.

37.Name the app launched by the Civil aviation ministry and Airport Authority of India (AAI) ahead of
Global Aviation Summit to be held on January 15-16, 2019 at Mumbai?
1) AAV 2019
2) GAS 2019
3) AIR 2k19

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4) FLY 2k19
5) None of these
Answer - 2) GAS 2019
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, the Civil aviation ministry along with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) launched an app
named ‘GAS 2019’. This app will enable users to interact with the co-delegates and speakers besides providing a
platform for networking through personal and group chats. This was launched ahead of the global aviation summit
to be held in Mumbai in January 2019. The Global Aviation Summit would take place on January 15-16, 2019 at
Mumbai.

38.Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) re-issued safety guidelines regarding the use of
which oral drug, on 20th December 2018?
1) Isotretinoin
2) Tryptophanin
3) Allegra
4) Deryphlin
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Isotretinoin
Explanation:
On December 20, 2018, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) re-issued safety guidelines
regarding the use of the oral drug, Isotretinoin. This drug that is used to treat severe nodular acne in women may
cause severe birth defects which is why CDSCO warned all the State and Union Territories’ drugs controllers.
According to the guidelines,
• all packs of Isotretinoin should carry a warning that the medicine can cause severe birth defects,
• the medicine should not be taken by a woman who is pregnant or likely to get pregnant.
Additionally, Drug Controller General Dr. S. Eswara Reddy directed all the drug controllers of the state and UTs to
monitor the distribution of the drug. The directions were based on recommendations of the Subject Expert
Committee (SEC) for Dermatology and Allergy, CDSCO.

39.Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh launched the iGOT and RTI Portal on Judgments/Orders of Supreme
Court, High Courts and CIC, in New Delhi, on 20th December 2018. What does “T” represent in iGOT?
1) Tax
2) Training
3) Terminal
4) True
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Training
Explanation:
iGOT - Integrated Government Online Training Programme
On December 20, 2018, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region
(DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh
launched the iGOT (Integrated Government Online Training Programme) in New Delhi. These initiatives were
launched on the eve of Good Governance Day. It was developed by Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry
of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions. He also launched RTI Portal on Judgments/Orders of Supreme Court,
High Courts and CIC. It has been developed by Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM), New
Delhi. This will provide a learning environment where a repository on the landmark cases on the RTI will be
available at one place.

40.Which country launched its first communication satellite of the Hongyun project, from a Long March 11
carrier rocket, to provide broadband internet services worldwide, on 22nd December 2018?
1) Japan
2) China
3) Australia
4) India
5) None of these
Answer - 2) China

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Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, China launched its first communication satellite, from a Long March 11 carrier rocket, to
provide broadband internet services worldwide to rival Google and other firms. It is the first in the Hongyun
project planned by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC). It weighs 247 kilogrammes and works in a
sun-synchronous orbit about 1,100 kilometres above earth. Powered by solar arrays, the satellite would verify
basic designs of Hongyun satellite and demonstrating low-orbit broadband communications technologies with a
life span of more than 1 year.

41.Name National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s lander that deployed its first
instrument Seismometer (SEIS) onto the surface of Mars, allowing scientists to study ground motion
known as marsquakes, on 19th December 2018?
1) InOrbit
2) InSight
3) Mars Rover
4) Red Rider
5) None of these
Answer - 2) InSight
Explanation:
On 19th December 2018, the US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced
that its InSight lander has deployed its first instrument Seismometer (SEIS) onto the surface of Mars, completing a
major mission milestone that will allow scientists to peer into the Martian interior by studying ground motion also
known as marsquakes. The Insight will deploy two more instruments namely Rotation and Interior Structure
Experiment (RISE) and Heat Probe (HP3) to study Mars’ deep interiors. The seismometer is the highest-priority
instrument on Insight because by analysing how seismic waves pass through the layers of the planet, scientists can
deduce the depth and composition of these layers.

42.India successfully test fired its nuclear capable long range ballistic missile _____ with a strike range of
4,000 km, off Odisha coast, on 23rd December 2018?
1) Prithvi 1
2) Agni-IV
3) Prithvi 2
4) Agni-VI
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Agni-IV
Explanation:
On Dec.23 2018, India successfully test fired its nuclear capable long range ballistic missile Agni-IV with a strike
range of 4,000 km .The strategic surface-to-surface missile was flight tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR)
at Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast earlier known as Wheeler Island and it is 20 meter long with a weight of
17 tonnes. This was the 7th trial of Agni-IV missile. Agni-IV missile is equipped with advanced Avionics, 5th
generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture. Radars and electro-optical systems had been
positioned along the coast of Odisha for tracking and monitoring all parameters of the missile.

43.Name the asteroid that made its closest approach to Earth in more than 400 years on 22nd December
2018?
1) 2003 SD220
2) 2005 SD567
3) 2015 VX950
4) 2022 BC456
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 2003 SD220
Explanation:
On 22nd December 2018, a small asteroid named 2003 SD220 flew safely by Earth. It looked like the hippo in new
radar images, as per National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 2003 SD220 is making its closest
approach to Earth in more than 400 years and won't be any closer until 2070.

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44.Name the new exotic planet discovered by researchers outside our solar system in the constellation
Cassiopeia, which is called “super-Earth”, and is five times the mass of Earth?
1) HD219134 b
2) SD687999 s
3) GY789700 d
4) FX126888 r
5) None of these
Answer - 1) HD219134 b
Explanation:
On December 22, 2018, located 21 light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia, a shimmering “super-Earth”,
five times the mass of Earth, dubbed as HD219134 b was discovered. Unlike the Earth, however, it most likely does
not have a massive core of iron, but is rich in calcium and aluminium alongside magnesium and silicon. It
shimmers red to blue like rubies and sapphires, because these gemstones are aluminium oxides which are
common on the exoplanet. According to the researchers it is one of three candidates likely to belong to a new
exotic class of exoplanets. The other two exoplanets studied were 55 Cancri e and WASP-47 e. The study was
published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters.

45.______ launched the U.S. Air Force’s newest ‘Global Positioning System (GPS) III’ satellite nicknamed
“Vespucci,” on a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, USA, on 23rd December 2018?
1) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
2) SpaceX
3) European Space Agency (ESA)
4) Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
5) None of these
Answer - 2) SpaceX
Explanation:
On December 23, 2018, SpaceX launched the U.S. Air Force’s newest ‘GPS III’ satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA. The solar-powered spacecraft, dubbed “Vespucci,” is the
company’s first official “National Security Space” mission. Vespucci’s nickname honours Italian cartographer and
explorer Amerigo Vespucci, after whom North and South America were named. It was competed through the Air
Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. The successful GPS III SV01 mission marked SpaceX’s 21st
and final launch of 2018, beating the company’s 2017 flight rate of 18 launches.

46.Researchers of which country made the world’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board using dynamic DNA
microscopic organic structures, on 23rd December 2018?
1) Japan
2) China
3) United States of America (USA)
4) Russia
5) None of these
Answer - 3) United States of America (USA)
Explanation:
On 23rd December 2018, researchers from California Institute of Technology, United States of America (USA)
made world’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board using dynamic DNA microscopic organic structures that can be
programmed to transform into predesigned patterns. Using this technique they fashioned a microscopic game of
tic-tac-toe in which players place their X’s and O’s by adding special DNA tiles to the board. They had chosen to
make the world’s smallest version of the Italian polymath Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic painting Mona Lisa. DNA
consists of a backbone and four types of molecules known as bases. These bases are adenine, guanine, cytosine,
and thymine.

47.Name the isolated central Asian country that launched its own and the first messaging app BizBarde in
its official language, on 24th December 2018?
1) Kazakhstan
2) Turkmenistan
3) Uzbekistan
4) Tajikistan
5) None of these

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Answer - 2) Turkmenistan
Explanation:
On 24th December 2018, the isolated central Asian country, Turkmenistan, where many of the social media sites
including Facebook and Whatsapp are banned, launched its own and the first Turkmen messaging app BizBarde
that will allow the exchange of messages, files, photos and videos. Eziz Beknazarov is the CEO of BizBarde app
developing company. The privately developed BizBarde app can be installed via the Google Android platform in
addition to Apple’s iOS and Microsoft home windows. Turkmenistan, the ex-Soviet republic, is one of the world’s
most isolated regimes that have blocked many western services including Twitter and Viber, along with popular
Russian networks Odnoklassniki and VKontakte. The country regularly finds itself at the bottom of global rights
and press freedom rankings because only officially sanctioned media are allowed to operate and internet access is
provided solely by the state-owned Turkmen Telecom.

48.Indian Coast Guard deployed 2 new hovercrafts, 3 Interceptor Vessels and a new hoverport at the
Jakahu base, to provide security to the Sir Creek area, on 25th December 2018. The Sir Creek area lies on
the border of which Indian state and Pakistan?
1) Punjab
2) Jammu and Kashmir
3) Gujarat
4) Haryana
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Gujarat
Explanation:
On 25th December 2018, Indian Coast Guard deployed two new hovercrafts which will be responsible for carrying
out round the clock surveillance in the Sir Creek area with Pakistan. The Sir Creek area lies on the border of
Gujarat and Pakistan. In addition to this three Interceptor Vessels are also located there for the operations. Coast
Guard Director General Rajendra Singh inaugurated a new hoverport at the Jakahu base which is responsible for
providing security to the Sir Creek area. The Sir Creek area in the Kutch district of Gujarat has been used by the
infiltrators from Pakistan to enter the Indian Territory. The hovercraft operate at high speeds between 30-40
knots (around 50-60 kilometres) per hour and can be highly useful in pursuit of any suspicious boat or individuals
in the waters around there. Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh provided around Rs 50,000 to the local
village there for enhancing cleanliness in the surrounding areas.

49.The mechanical branch of Central Railway‘s Nagpur division has developed a new AI-powered robot
named USTAAD to examine parts of the coach in real time. What does “U” represent in USTAAD?
1) Unmanned
2) Universal
3) Undergear
4) Union
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Undergear
Explanation:
USTAAD - Undergear Surveillance through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid
The mechanical branch of Central Railway‘s Nagpur division has developed a new AI-powered robot named
USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid) which examines parts of the coach
in real time with a HD camera and transmits them over WiFi. The new Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered robot
will click photos and record videos of the train, under the gears and then transmits them over WiFi to engineers
for maintenance and repair. Since USTAAD can watch and examine areas which cannot be seen and approached by
humans usually, due to the narrow spaces between under-gear parts, it will reduce chances of human error while
examining undergear equipment on Indian Railways trains. The special features of the robot include HD (high-
definition) camera that can be rotated in any direction as per commands given by the engineer and can capture
video as well as still photographs with zoom in or out facility.

50.Scientists from which Indian university have developed the world’s Thinnest Material by making use of
Magnesium Diboride?
1) Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
2) College of Engineering, Guindy
3) Manipal University

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4) National Institute of Technology, Raipur


5) None of these
Answer - 1) Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
Explanation:
The Year 2018 has been a great year for Indian scientists and technologists. Indian scientists have brought laurels
for the country in a wide range of fields ranging from nanotechnology to weather which are not in limelight apart
from space and defence. A protective gel named as Poly-oxime Gel was developed by scientists from Institute for
Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Bengaluru which will be very useful for the agriculture sector.
Scientists from Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar have developed world’s Thinnest Material by making
usage of Magnesium Diboride. It has its utility in next-generation materials and UV absorbing films. Space weather
warning model was framed by scientists of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata and it
helped in making predictions regarding sunspot cycle activities. The state of Sikkim was able to achieve a real-time
landslide warning system with help of the scientists from Amrita University and Sikkim State Disaster
Management Authority.

51.Which country successfully tested Russia’s S-400 missile air defence system worth USD 3 billion, on
27thDecember 2018?
1) China
2) Japan
3) India
4) United States of America (USA)
5) None of these
Answer - 1) China
Explanation:
On December 27, 2018, China successfully tested Russia’s S-400 missile air defence system. It received the last
shipments of the weaponry from Russia in July under a USD 3 billion contract signed in 2015. China was the first
foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014 to procure the S-400 missile. It has a
supersonic speed of 3 kilometre per second.

52.Name the country that successfully test fired a new hypersonic missile dubbed “Avangard” with a speed
of more than 30,000 kilometres per hour, on 26th December 2018?
1) France
2) Germany
3) United Kingdom
4) Russia
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Russia
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin over saw the successful test of a new hypersonic missile
dubbed “Avangard,” with speeds of more than 30,000 kilometres per hour in Moscow. The system would be ready
for use from 2019. It has the ability to fly at 20 times the speed of sound and could manoeuvre up and down,
meaning it could breach defence systems.

53.BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) of _____, which is claimed to be a rival to the American Global
Positioning System (GPS), started providing global services, on 27th December 2018?
1) India
2) South Korea
3) Japan
4) China
5) None of these
Answer - 4) China
Explanation:
China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), touted as a rival to the widely-used American GPS, has started
providing global services. The positioning accuracy of the system has reached 10 metres globally and five metres
in the Asia-Pacific region. Its velocity accuracy is 0.2 metres per second, while its timing accuracy stands at 20
nanoseconds. Pakistan has become the first country to use the BeiDou system ending its reliance on the Global
Positioning System (GPS).

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54.India’s total Greenhouse emissions grew by more than ____ % between 2010 and 2014, as per official
data released by the Government that will be submitted to the secretariat of the UN Framework
Convention of Climate change?
1) 45 %
2) 22 %
3) 34 %
4) 15 %
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 22 %
Explanation:
On 28th December 2018, an Official data released by Government of India that has to be submitted to the
secretariat of the UN Framework Convention of Climate change in every 2 years says that India’s total Greenhouse
emissions grew by more than 22 per cent between 2010 and 2014. The greenhouse gas emissions reached a level
of 2.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2014 and has created a net carbon sink of at least 300 million
tonnes. Carbon dioxide absorption through forests and croplands has also gone up. The energy sector including
electricity generation, transport and other fuel combustion activities are the main reason for the above mentioned
effect.

55.Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan submitted India’s 6th National Report (NR6) to the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the 13th National Meeting of the State Biodiversity Boards
(SBBs) held in _____, on 29th December 2018?
1) New Delhi
2) Mumbai
3) Kolkata
4) Guwahati
5) None of these
Answer - 1) New Delhi
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, the Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on behalf of the Indian government
submitted India’s 6th National Report (NR6) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the inaugural
session of the 13th National Meeting of the State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) in New Delhi. The meeting was
organized by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
(MoEFCC). He also released the document ‘Progress on India’s National Biodiversity Targets: A Preview’. India is
among the first five countries in the world, the first in Asia and the first among the bio-diversity rich megadiverse
countries to have submitted NR6 to the CBD Secretariat. The NR6 provides an update of progress in achievement
of 12 National Biodiversity Targets (NBT) developed under the Convention process in line with the 20 global Aichi
biodiversity targets.

56.Which country successfully launched the first test communication satellite of Hongyan constellation
and 6 Yunhai-2 atmospheric environment research satellites in its 297th Long March-2D rocket mission,
on 29thDecember 2018?
1) Japan
2) South Korea
3) China
4) United States
5) None of these
Answer - 3) China
Explanation:
On December 29, 2018, China successfully sent six Yunhai-2 atmospheric environment research satellites and a
test communication satellite ofHongyan constellation into orbit. They were launched by a Long March-2D rocket
from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. It was the 297th mission of the Long March rocket
series. The six Yunhai-2 satellites will study atmospheric environment, monitor space environment, prevent and
reduce disasters and conduct scientific experiments. The test satellite, the first for the constellation Hongyan,
meaning “swan goose” in Chinese, will be used to verify the function of mobile communications in low earth orbit
(LEO). The test satellite was developed by Aerospace Dongfanghong Development Ltd. Shenzhen, a company
under the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST).

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57.Scientists of which university have developed a virtual reality (VR) 3D model of cancer cell?
1) Oxford University, England
2) Cambridge University, England
3) Harvard University, United States
4) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Cambridge University, England
Explanation:
On December 26, 2018, Cambridge scientists developed a virtual reality (VR) 3D model of cancer cell. This virtual
representation of cancer cell allows viewers to ‘fly’ through tumour cells and observe them from different angles.
It came from an original one-millimetre cubed piece of breast cancer tissue biopsy, containing around 100,000
cells, that was rebuilt using virtual reality (VR).

ENVIRONMENT
1.United Nations World Meteorological Organization’s annual report states that Global temperature may
rise by 3-___ degree Celsius by the end of this century?
1) 6 degree Celsius
2) 5 degree Celsius
3) 4 degree Celsius
4) 8 degree Celsius
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 5 degree Celsius
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, United Nations World Meteorological Organization in its annual report said that Global
temperature may rise by 3-5 degree Celsius by the end of this century, which is higher than the target to limit the
increase in temperature to 2 degrees Celsius or less. As per United Nations, the Greenhouse gas concentration are
at a record level and if this trend continues the earth temperature will rise significantly. It is vital to limit the rise
in Global temperature to 2 Degree Celsius in order to avert extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels and loss
of plants and animal species. As per 2015 Paris Climate Conference, Countries pledged to limit the rise in the
temperature to 2C by reducing the use of fossil fuels which are the primary cause of Global Warming.

2.2018 is the _____ hottest year recorded, as per the report by World Meteorological Organization (WMO),
released on 29th November 2018?
1) Second
2) Third
3) Fourth
4) Fifth
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Fourth
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, Days before the beginning of COP24 climate summit in Poland, the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) has released a report pertaining to present climatic condition of the earth. The global average
temperature for the first 10 months of the year was nearly one degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era (1850-
1900). The earliest date for which a reliable estimate of temperature covering the whole planet could be made was
1880. 2018 is the fourth hottest year, just behind 2016, 2015 and 2017 in the ranking of the hottest years ever
recorded. The 20 warmest years ever measured have been in the past 22 years. There is a 75 to 80 % chance of a
moderate El Nino event forming in the next three months, possibly impacting weather patterns in several regions.
The forecast El Niño is not expected to be as powerful as the event in 2015-2016, which was linked with droughts,
flooding and coral bleaching in different parts of the world.

3.Where was Nishidhi stone inscription from the 12th century, issued to commemorate Jain ascetics who
perform Sallekhana vratha, found?
1) Pelling, Sikkim
2) Udaipur, Rajasthan
3) Shivamogga, Karnataka
4) Namakkal, Tamil Nadu
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5) None of these
Answer - 3) Shivamogga, Karnataka
Explanation:
A Nishidhi stone inscription from the 12th century was found at Nandi Basaveshwara temple in Harakere village in
Shivamogga district, Karnataka. The Nishidhi stone inscriptions are issued to commemorate Jain ascetics who
perform Sallekhana vratha and inscription found here proves that there was a strong influence of Jainism in the
region. R. Shejeshwara, Assistant Director, Department of Archeology, Heritage and Museums, and Jagadeesh,
historian, discovered the inscription during a field work undertaken in Harakere. The inscription is of 60 cm long
and 15 cm wide and is chiselled from a schist rock slab.

4.What is the rank of India in the Climate Change Performance Index released on the sidelines of COP24
UN Summit in Katowice, Poland, on 10th December 2018?
1) 4
2) 6
3) 9
4) 11
5) None of these
Answer - 4) 11
Explanation:
On December 10, 2018, the Climate Change Performance Index was released on the sidelines of COP24 UN Summit
in Katowice, Poland. The index was produced by the New Climate Institute, Climate Action Network and
Germanwatch. No countries were in the top three ranks because none did well in all categories assessed. But
among the league of nations, Sweden topped as the 4th country (for the second time as on 2017) followed by
Morocco in the 5th position. The European Union as a whole rose from 21st to 16th place. But Germany fell from
22nd to 27th because of its reliance on lignite coal, a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. dropped from
56th to 59th place due to high emissions and poor ratings for the federal government’s policies. The bottom 5
consisted of: Saudi Arabia (60), US (59), Iran (58), Korea (57), Chinese Taipei (56). India ranked 11th and other
neighbouring countries of India ranked the following: China (33). Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
and Myanmar were not assessed.

5.Which animal possesses the fastest animal movement on record, as per a study published in the journal
Royal Society Open Science, on 12th December 2018?
1) Jack Rabbit
2) Pronghorn Antelope
3) Dracula Ant
4) Peregrine Falcon
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Dracula Ant
Explanation:
On December 12, 2018, in a study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, scientists found that the
Dracula ant possesses the fastest animal movement on record. With speeds of up to 90 metres per second or 200
miles per hour, the ants can snap-jaws and power up their mandibles by pressing the tips together.

6.Mount Sopurat Volcano of which country erupted twice on Sulawesi Island sending ash about 7.5 km
high in the sky, on 16th December 2018?
1) Malaysia
2) Indonesia
3) Vietnam
4) Philippines
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Indonesia
Explanation:
On 16th December 2018, Central Indonesia’s Mount Sopurat Volcano erupted twice on Sulawesi Island sending ash
about 7.5 km high in the sky.Indonesia has around 129 active volcanoes and Mount Soputan is one of them. The
most active volcanoes of Indonesia are Kelud and Merapi. Indonesia,is prone to earthquakes and volcanic
eruptions due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” The Ring of Fire is a major area in the Pacific Ocean,

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approx 25000 miles, where about 75% of the world’s volcanoes are located. The Ring-of-Fire is also called as the
Circum-Pacific Belt.

7.The Corbett Foundation in collaboration with Conservation India and Sanctuary Nature Foundation has
launched a campaign to save the bird ‘Great Indian Bustard’. Which Indian state has the largest population
of Great Indian Bustard?
1) Gujarat
2) West Bengal
3) Rajasthan
4) Himachal Pradesh
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Rajasthan
Explanation:
On 14th December 2018, Wildlife organizations have got together to launch a campaign to save the Great Indian
Bustard which in recent years has come under the critically endangered list. With the total global population of the
Great Indian Bustard reaching and all time low at fewer than 150, this campaign is must needed to save the bird
from extinction. Rajasthan is the last stronghold of the Great Indian Bustard. Fewer than 150 birds survive, out of
which about 100 live in the Thar Desert. Gujarat has the next largest population of the bird – between 10 and 25
individuals. The wildlife organizations have launched the campaign are The Corbett Foundation in collaboration
with Conservation India and Sanctuary Nature Foundation. Many experts believe that these birds might be the first
species to become extinct in Independent India. This grassland species is extinct from 95% of its range now.
Rajasthan has additionally allocated Rs.12.9 crore for the project, of which Rs.4.55 crore will be deployed this
fiscal year.

8.A tsunami following a volcanic eruption hit the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands of which
country and caused heavy damage to the people, on 22nd December 2018?
1) Philippines
2) Indonesia
3) Japan
4) Vietnam
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Indonesia
Explanation:
On 22nd December 2018, a tsunami following a volcanic eruption hits the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra
islands of Indonesia without any early warning causing heavy damage to the holidaymakers and residents of
coastal areas. The tsunami was caused by an underwater landslide when a chunk of the volcanic Anak Krakatau
island slipped into the ocean. The tsunami was triggered by a volcano rather than earthquake due to which early
warning could not be generated. Indonesia do not have an early warning system for landslides or volcanic
eruptions. It was announced by Indonesia’s Disaster agency said that it will have to create a new tsunami early
warning system. In the tsunami, more than 373 people were killed, thousands were injured and many buildings
were heavily damaged.

9.Europe’s highest and most active volcano Mount Etna located in ____ erupted leading to an earthquake of
magnitude 4.8 on Richter scale on 26th December 2018?
1) Indonesia
2) Italy
3) Egypt
4) Mexico
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Italy
Explanation:
On 24th December 2018, Italy’s Mount Etna which is Europe’s highest and most active volcano erupted causing
temporary closure of Catania Airport on the Sicily’s eastern coast. The Volcanic eruptions leads to an earthquake
on magnitude 4.8 on Richter scale on 26th December 2018. According to the national institute for geophysics and
vulcanology (INGV) the earthquake happened in the middle of the night and was only one kilometre deep. The
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Charles F. Richter to measure the strength of Earthquakes. Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast
of Sicily, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Catania, between the cities of Messina and Catania.

10.Odisha is starting a new Olive Ridley mass nesting site at ____ River mouth in Odisha’s Ganjam district to
lure Olive Ridley turtles to come over for mass nesting in 2019?
1) Mahanadi
2) Bahuda
3) Baitarani
4) Vamsadhara
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Bahuda
Explanation:
The Forest Department of Odisha is all set to start a new Olive Ridley mass nesting site at Bahuda River mouth in
Ganjam district of Odisha to lure Olive Ridley turtles to come over for mass nesting in 2019. A few hundred of
endangered Olive Ridley turtles had nested at Bahuda River mouth coast in 2018. The new nesting point which is
located around 20 km to south of Rushikulya rookery coast, stretches for around 3 km from Sunapur to Anantpur
beach area. Gahirmatha marine sanctuary and Rushikulva rookery coast in Ganjam district of Odisha are main
Olive Ridley Nesting site in Odisha. Odisha is home to about 50% of the world’s total population of Olive Ridley
turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) which are included in vulnerable category by the IUCN Red list and are protected
under Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 in India. Trading of the products manufactured from these
turtles are also banned under Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
(CITES).

SPORTS
1.International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced that it will introduce a “Protest System” for
coaches and boxers in 2019 Mens World Championship to be held in which location?
1) New Delhi, India
2) Tokyo, Japan
3) Bangkok, Thailand
4) Moscow, Russia
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Moscow, Russia
Explanation:
On 29th November 2018, The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced that it will introduce a “Protest
System” for coaches and boxers in next year’s Mens World Championship to be held in Moscow, Russia which will
also acts as a qualifier for 2020 Olympic Games. The proposed new system for boxers and coaches has been tested
at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and recently concluded Women’s World Championship in Delhi.

2.Who has become the first woman to win the Greg Norman Medal as the best Australian golfer on the
international stage?
1) Minjee Lee
2) Asha Louie
3) Sabrina James
4) Sheena Weinstein
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Minjee Lee
Explanation:
22 Years old Australian Golfer, Minjee Lee became the first woman to win prestigious Greg Norman Medal as the
best Australian golfer on the international stage after her brilliant performance in 2018. Minjee Lee who breaks
into the Top 10 of the world ranking with the sixth rank joined the Jason Day and Marc Leishman in the list of
winners of Australian golf’s prestigious individual honour.

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3.Which football player claimed the Champions League Record of having the most goals for a club, on
28th November 2018?
1) Lionel Messi
2) Cristiano Ronaldo
3) Neymar
4) Mohammed Salah
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Lionel Messi
Explanation:
On 28th November 2018, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi surpassed his long rival Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal
after scoring his 106th Goal against PSV Eindhoven to reclaim the Champions League Record of having the most
goals for a club. Portugal star, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 105 goal playing for Real Madrid and leads the
competition’s all time chart with 121 Champion league goals.

4.International Olympic Committee (IOC) has set up an advisory committee on human rights chaired by
_____, which will start functioning in 2024?
1) Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein
2) Ghazid Hussain
3) Bob Huffman
4) Leo Castillo
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein
Explanation:
On 1st December 2018, The International Olympic Committee IOC has set up an advisory committee on human
rights chaired by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the former United Nations commissioner for human rights starting in
2024. President Thomas Bach said Saturday at meetings in the Japanese capital that “human rights standards” will
be included in Olympic host-city contracts beginning with the 2024 Olympic in Paris. Bach suggested the
committee would focus on issues like the rights of transgender athletes. “We should concentrate on what we can
really achieve and what we can really do,” Bach said. Bach was asked if the committee would look at human rights
in China, where the ruling Communist Party has been criticised for the interment of hundreds of thousands of
Muslims in western China.

5.Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has rolled out its revolutionary contracts system for Wrestlers, as
per which contracts will be reviewed after one year and the wrestlers have been placed in how many
grades?
1) Four
2) Three
3) Five
4) Six
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Four
Explanation:
On 1st December 2018, The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) rolled out its revolutionary contracts system for
Wrestlers. The announcement was made by WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in the presence of Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath, who inaugurated the senior National Championship at Nandini Nagar in
Gonda (U.P). The contracts will be reviewed after one year. The wrestlers have been placed in four Grades. Grade A
offers financial assistance of 30 lakh rupees and includes the names of star wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh
Phogat along with Pooja Dhanda. Grade B contract offers a financial assistance of 20 lakh rupees and includes two-
time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar and Rio Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik. The C category offers support
of 10 lakh rupees and features, among others, Sandeep Tomar, Sajan Bhanwal, Ritu Phogat, and Asian Games
bronze medalist Divya Kakran. Grade D category offers support of 5 lakhs and includes Rahul Aware, Naveen,
Sachin Rathi, and Anshu Malik. WFI is the only Indian Olympic Association-affiliated National Sports Federation to
offer contracts to its athletes and only the second after the BCCI.

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6.Name the Indian golfer who won her maiden professional title in the 17th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro
Golf Tour at the Noida Golf Course, on 30th November 2018?
1) Ridhima Dilawari
2) Shashi Talwar
3) Srishti Savarna
4) Pallavi Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Ridhima Dilawari
Explanation:
Ridhima Dilawari from New Delhi captured her maiden professional title in the 17th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro
Golf Tour at the Noida Golf Course, on 30th November 2018.The 18th and final leg of the season will be held from
11th to 14th of this month at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club. The 20-year-old took a year off after her second year at
Columbia university to represent India at the Asian Games.

7.Vinesh Phogat and ____ won Gold medals in 57 kg and 62 kg category respectively at the Tata Motors
Senior Women’s National Championship hosted by Uttar Pradesh, on 1st December 2018?
1) Sakshi Malik
2) Ruksana Khan
3) Apoorvi Singh
4) Pinky Reddy
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Sakshi Malik
Explanation:
On 1st December 2018, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik won the Gold medals in 57 kg and 62 kg category
respectively at the second day of Tata Motors Senior Womens National Championship hosted by Uttar Pradesh.
Railways topped the event with 188 points whereas Haryana with 186 points and Delhi with 93 points settled for
2nd and 3rd spot respectively.

8.Which state won the 2018-19 BC Roy Junior National Championships (Tier II) held in Rajkot on
28th November 2018?
1) Manipur
2) Haryana
3) Himachal Pradesh
4) Maharashtra
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Haryana
Explanation:
Haryana won the 2018-19 BC Roy Junior National Championships (Tier II), beating Manipur by a slender 1-0
margin in the final at Railways Ground, Rajkot on 28th November 2018.

9.Name the Indian who won gold in the Senior Women’s Sabre event of the Commonwealth Senior Fencing
Championships held in Canberra, Australia, from 23rd to 28th November 2018, by which she has become
the first Indian to win a gold in the Commonwealth Championship?
1) Rushmita Roy
2) Avantika Sen
3) Bhavani Devi
4) Vimala Ranjan
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Bhavani Devi
Explanation:
From 23rd to 28th November 2018, Commonwealth Senior Fencing Championships, was held in Canberra,
Australia. India won a total of 3 medals: 2 gold and 1 bronze, in the championship. The medal tally was topped by
England with 6 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals. Indian medal winners:
• Bhavani Devi won gold medal in the Senior Women’s Sabre event. She has become the first Indian to win a
gold medal in the Commonwealth Championship.
• Karan Singh won bronze medal in the Senior Men’s Sabre event.
• Karan Singh teamed with Sagar Sahi, Manpreet Singh and Vishal Thapar and won gold medal in the Senior
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Men’s Sabre team event.

10.Who won the Men’s Singles title of the Tata Open India International Challenge 2018 (badminton) held
in Mumbai, from 28th November to 2nd December 2018?
1) Lakshya Sen
2) Arjun M.R.
3) B. Sumeeth Reddy
4) Mahindra Singh
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Lakshya Sen
Explanation:
From 28th November to 2nd December 2018, Tata Open India International Challenge 2018 (badminton) was held
in Mumbai.
Winners:
Event Winner
Men’s Singles Lakshya Sen (India)
Women’s Singles Ashmita Chaliha (India)
Men’s Doubles Arjun M.R., B. Sumeeth Reddy (India)
Women’s Doubles Ng Wing Yung, Yeung Nga Ting (Hong Kong)
Mixed Doubles Nipitphon Phuangphuapet, Savitree Amitrapai (Thailand)

11.____ became the first Indian individual medal winner in an international ultra running event by winning
bronze in the 2018 International Association of Ultra Running (IAU) 24 Hour Asia & Oceania
Championships in Taipei, Taiwan, on 2nd December 2018?
1) Sunil Sharma
2) Vineet Chandra
3) Ullas Narayan
4) Mithun Desai
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Ullas Narayan
Explanation:
On 2nd December 2018, Ullas Narayan became the first Indian individual medal winner in an international ultra
running event by winning bronze in the 2018 International Association of Ultra Running (IAU) 24 Hour Asia &
Oceania Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. Ullas Narayan secured third position as he completed 250 km. He
finished behind Japanese runners Yoshihiko Ishikawa (253 km) and Nobuyuki Takahashi (252 km). Indian team,
comprising Ullas Narayan (250 km), Sunil Sharma (202 km) and L L Meena (192 km), also won a bronze medal
with their combined distance of 644 km. In the team event, Japan won gold with a distance of 756 km and
Australia got silver with 684 km.

12.Which Ethiopian athlete won the Full Marathon with the timing of 2 hours 17 minutes 17 seconds in
Pune International Marathon, on 2nd December 2018?
1) Atlawim Debebe
2) Teshome Getachew
3) Bekele Asefa
4) Dekebe Tafa
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Atlawim Debebe
Explanation:
On 2nd December 2018, Atlawim Debebe of Ethiopia, won the Full Marathon with the timing of 2 hours 17 minutes
17 seconds in Pune International Marathon. Second and third positions were secured by Ethiopians Teshome
Getachew and Bekele Asefa respectively. In women’s Full Marathon Kenya’s Pascalia Chepkogei came first with a
timing of 2 hour 50 minutes 27 seconds. Belew Mekonnen and Fekede Tilahun of Ethiopia occupied the second and
third positions respectively. Dekebe Tafa and Degefa Gezmu from Ethiopia won the men’s and women’s half
marathon respectively.

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13.Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils were renamed as _____, on 4th December 2018?
1) Delhi Patriots
2) Delhi Capitals
3) Delhi Rebels
4) Delhi Warrior
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Delhi Capitals
Explanation:
On 4th December 2018, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils were renamed as Delhi Capitals
and the announcement was made in a function in the capital held by owners GMR Group and JSW Sports. Co-
owners Parth Jindal, representing JSW Sport, and Kiran Kumar Grandhi of GMR, unveiled its new identity including
a new name and a logo. The logo has been inspired by the design of Parliament House‎ and the idea of three tigers
inscribed in the logo is derived from the Ashok Chakra. Earlier, Mohammed Kaif was named as the team’s assistant
coach while Ricky Ponting continues to be the head coach of the team.

14.Indian sportsman Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement from which sport on 4th December 2018?
1) Hockey
2) Cricket
3) Football
4) Shooting
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Cricket
Explanation:
On December 4, 2018, 37-year-old, former Indian opening batsman, Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement
from all forms of Cricket. Gambhir’s career began in 2003 with an ODI against Bangladesh and the Delhi-Andhra
Ranji Trophy (scheduled on December 5, 2018) would mark the conclusion of his career in cricket. Gambhir played
in 58 Tests between 2004 and 2016, scoring 4,154 runs at an average of 41.95, with the help of nine hundreds and
22 fifties. He also played in 147 ODIs between 2003 and 2013, besides featuring in 37 T20 Internationals. The
aggressive opener was India’s top-scorer in the finals of the 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the 2011 ODI
World Cup.

15.Which city has been officially confirmed as the host city of the 2023 International Association of
Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships?
1) Nairobi, Kenya
2) Budapest, Hungary
3) New Delhi, India
4) Islamabad, Pakistan
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Budapest, Hungary
Explanation:
On 4th December 2018, the Hungarian capital Budapest was officially confirmed as the host city of the 2023
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships. The decision in this regard was
taken at the IAAF Council meeting held in Monaco. The World Championships will return to Europe after a six year
hiatus following Doha, Qatar in 2019 and Eugene, USA in 2021. The 2017 IAAF World Championships was held at
London, England. Beside athletics, Budapest has recently hosted, the World Wrestling Championships in 2018 and
has been awarded the title of European Capital of Sport for 2019.

16.Who became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets breaking an 82-year-old record, on
6th December 2018?
1) Rohit Sharma
2) Yasir Shah
3) Rashid Khan
4) Will Somerville
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Yasir Shah

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Explanation:
On 06th December 2018, Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets
breaking an 82-year-old record, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s record of 36 Tests set against
South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936. Yasir achieved this by taking New Zealand’s batsman Will Somerville wicket
in Abu Dhabi.

17.Which country won the 9th edition of International Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2018 held in Ettikulam Beach
at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, Kerala?
1) France
2) India
3) Bangladesh
4) Italy
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Italy
Explanation:
On 06th December 2018, Italy won the Ninth edition of International Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2018 with their
consistent performance in all races held in Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. Singapore
was the runners-up and the defending champion USA came on the third spot. The host INA finished the fourth in
overall position. Team Italy represented by Midshipman Vincenzo Rocco and Midshipman Alberto Cabras. 1st
Lieutenant Ebrahim Showalter from Bahrain stood first in the individual position in the men’s category followed
by Midshipman Vincenzo Rocco from Italy and 2nd Lieutenant Dillon How from Singapore at second and third
positions respectively.

18.Which Australian cricketer broke an unwanted 130-year-old record in Australian cricket when he lost
his wicket for just 2 runs, on 7th December 2018?
1) Shaun Marsh
2) Tim Paine
3) David Warner
4) Glen Maxwell
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Shaun Marsh
Explanation:
On 7th December 2018 Australian batsman Shaun Marsh broke an unwanted 130-year-old record in Australian
cricket when he ended up gifting his wicket for just 2 runs to Ravichandran Ashwin on Day 2 of the first Test
between Indian and Australia in Adelaide. This was Marsh’s sixth successive single digit score and he became the
first Australian among the top five Test batsman since 1888 who has made six single-figure scores in a row. The
extent of his poor form can be understood from the fact that Marsh hasn’t been able to cross 40 runs in his last 13
innings. In fact, only five time out of those innings he has managed a score in double-digits.

19.Name the cricketer who set a new record of having the most double tons in Ranji Trophy history, after
he scored his eighth double ton in the competition, on 7th December 2018?
1) Paras Dogra
2) Aditya Kaushik
3) Ishant Sharma
4) Atul Parikhar
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Paras Dogra
Explanation:
Paras Dogra, a 34-year-old batsman who currently plays for Puducherry, set a new record of having the most
double tons in Ranji Trophy history after slamming his eighth double ton in the competition against Sikkim.
Dogra's 244-ball 253 is also his highest individual score.

20.Who became the youngest and the fifth Indian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit in golf, on
8th December 2018?
1) Shubhankar Sharma
2) Anirban Lahiri
3) Shiv Kapoor

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4) Jeev Milkha Singh


5) None of these
Answer - 1) Shubhankar Sharma
Explanation:
On 8th December 2018, Shubhankar Sharma became the youngest and the fifth Indian to win Asian Tour Order of
Merit in golf. The Indian won it even before the finish of the last two events of the year. Before Sharma, Jyoti
Randhawa (2002), Arjun Atwal (2003), Jeev Milkha Singh (2006 and 2008) and Anirban Lahiri (2015) had
achieved the feat. With the win, Shubhankar Sharma also captured the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings
title after a ground breaking year of achievements. The 22 years old Sharma’s Order of Merit win was confirmed
after he managed to secure total prize money of $755,994 on the Asian Tour for 2018. He will be officially crowned
as Asian Tour’s No. 1 during the BNI Indonesia Masters competition scheduled next week in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Shubhankar Sharma was also honoured with the Arjuna Award 2018, which was presented to him by the
President of India.

21.Which cricketer scored 267 unbeaten on his first-class debut and broke a 24-year-old world record of
highest score on first-class debut, on 8th December 2018?
1) Sunil Joshi
2) Ajay Rohera
3) Ramesh Chandar
4) Vinay Madhukar
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Ajay Rohera
Explanation:
On 8th December 2018, Madhya Pradesh batsman Ajay Rohera scored 267 unbeaten on his first-class debut
against Hyderabad while playing the Ranji Trophy match in Indore. Rohera broke Amol Muzumdar’s 24-year-old
world record of highest score on first-class debut which Amol set against Haryana at Faridabad back in 1994.
Rohera had also added another feather to his cap during his innings by becoming the highest individual scorer for
Madhya Pradesh surpassing J P Yadav’s 265. The 21-year-old, right-handed wicket-keeper batsman, Rohera’s 345-
ball knock comprised of 21 fours and five sixes.

22.The ____ edition of National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) was organized by National
Rifle Association of India in Shotgun and Rifle/Pistol categories at Jaipur and Thiruvananthapuram
respectively, during November – December 2018?
1) 53rd
2) 62nd
3) 49th
4) 23rd
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 62nd
Explanation:
From November 16 to December 03 2018, 62nd National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) Shotgun
was organized by National Rifle Association of India at Jaipur, Rajasthan. From November 15 to December 07
2018, 62nd National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) (Rifle/Pistol) was organized by National Rifle
Association of India at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

23.Where will the 2nd edition of Khelo India Youth Games 2019 be held from January 9 – January 20,
2019?
1) New Delhi, Delhi
2) Indore, Madhya Pradesh
3) Guwahati, Assam
4) Pune, Maharashtra
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Pune, Maharashtra
Explanation:
On 9th December 2018, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, launched jersey for Khelo
India Youth Games and announced that 2nd edition of the national-level competition is moving out of the Capital
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expanded its scope, and will allow participants to compete in two categories, (Under 17) and (Under 21), besides
allowing students from colleges and Universities to compete. In 2019 the number of participants will almost be
tripled with 9000 athletes as compared to 3500 young athletes that had participated in the games, in 2018. The 1st
edition of the game had chosen 1500 children under this scheme, all of who are being funded with Rs 5 lakh each
and are being provided the best training that they need to ensure that they win at the highest international levels.

24.Which Indian cricketer became the first Indian skipper to win a Test in South Africa, England and
Australia, on 10th December 2018?
1) Rohit Sharma
2) Virat Kohli
3) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
4) Shikhar Dawan
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Virat Kohli
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, Indian Skipper Virat Kohli became the first Indian skipper to win a Test in South Africa,
England and Australia after defeating Australia by 31 runs in the First Test Match of the Four Match Test Series at
Adelaide. Former Indian Captains Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni won Test matches as Captains in England and South
Africa but not in Australia. Out of 43 Tests, India has won 25 Tests in Kohli’s Captaincy. After this win India became
the Second Asian Country after Pakistan to win the Opening Test of a Series in Australia. The last Test India won in
Australia was at the WACA Ground in Perth in 2008 under the Captaincy of Anil Kumble.

25.Where was the 21st Usha National Athletics Sports Championship for the Blind held on 13th December
2018?
1) Kolkata
2) Mumbai
3) New Delhi
4) Pune
5) None of these
Answer - 3) New Delhi
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, the 21st Usha National Athletics Sports Championship for the Blind held in New Delhi in
the presence of champion boxer Vijender Singh. The championship witnessed six new national records in javelin,
long jump, discuss, 100m race and shotput and three new meet records in 100 meet race, javelin and shotput.
Radhika Bharat Ram is chairperson of India Blind Sports Association.

26.Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) announced that it is rebranding
its Allan Border Medal to ____ from 2019 onwards?
1) Australian Cricket Awards
2) International Cricket Awards
3) Annual Cricket Awards
4) Allan Cricket Awards
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Australian Cricket Awards
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) announced to
rebrand its Allan Border Medal to Australian Cricket Awards from 2019 onwards. This is due to the increase in
recognition of women’s cricket and the popularity of the T20 format. The event is held on an annual basis to
celebrate the performances of Australian players across national and domestic cricket. The 2019 Australian
Cricket Awards is slated to be held on February 11 at The Crown Palladium, Melbourne.

27.Which cricketer became the second fastest player to score 25 Test Centuries after scoring 123 runs on
the third day of the Second Test against Australia at Perth, on 16th December 2018?
1) Shikhar Dawan
2) Virat Kohli
3) Rohit Sharma
4) Prithvi Shaw

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5) None of these
Answer - 2) Virat Kohli
Explanation:
On 16th December 2018, Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli became the second fastest player to score 25
Test Centuries after scoring 123 runs on the third day of Second Test against Australia at Perth. Virat Kohli is only
behind of former Australian captain and cricketing legend Sir Don Bradman. Virat Kohli also equalled Sachin
Tendulkar’s record of 6 Test Centuries in Australia.

28.Who became the first Indian to win gold in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour, at the
BWF World Tour 2018, that was held in Tianhe, Guangzhou, China, from 12th to 16th December 2018?
1) Saina Nehwal
2) PV Sindhu
3) Ashwini Ponnappa
4) Jwala Gutta
5) None of these
Answer - 2) PV Sindhu
Explanation:
World Tour Finals 2018 concluded in Tianhe,Guangzhou, China.It was the final tournament of the 2018 BWF
World Tour.It was inaugurated from 12th December 2018.The total Prize of the Championship is $1,500,000. Rio
Olympics Silver medallist PV Sindhu,became the first Indian to win gold in the Badminton World Federation
(BWF) World Tour.She defeated Japanese Nozomi Okuhara, to claim the top honours of the season-ending event
and her first title of the year.With the win, Sindhu also equaled her head-to-head record with Okuhara to 6-6.
Event Winner Runner
Men’s Singles Shi Yuqi(China) Kento Momota (Japan)
Women’s Singles P. V. Sindhu(India) Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)
Men’s Doubles Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen(China) Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta
Watanabe(Japan)
Women’s Doubles Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-
Takahashi(Japan) chan(South Korea)
Mixed Doubles Wang Yilü and Huang Zheng Siwei and Huang
Dongping(China) Yaqiong(China)

29.Name the tennis player who has been named as the 2018 ITF (International Tennis Federation) World
Champion under Men’s Singles category, and will be awarded at the 2019 ITF World Champions Dinner, in
Paris?
1) Novak Djokovic
2) Roger Federer
3) Rafael Nadal
4) Dominic Thiem
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Novak Djokovic
Explanation:
On 13th December,2018, the International Tennis Federation announced Serbia’s Novak Djokovic as the 2018 ITF
World Champion. The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the 2019 ITF World Champions Dinner on
Tuesday 4 June, in Paris, during Roland Garros. In Men’s Singles Category: Djokovic receives the honour for the
sixth time. He won four titles including Wimbledon and the US Open, and climb from No. 22 in the rankings to
secure the year-end world No. 1 position. In the Men’s Doubles Category:USA’s Mike Bryan and Jack Sock will
receive the award. It will be the 12th time Bryan has received the award but the first time Sock has been honoured.

30.____ has been named as the 2018 ITF World Champion under Women’s Singles category and will be
awarded at the 2019 ITF World Champions Dinner, in Paris?
1) Serena Williams
2) Simona Halep
3) Barbora Krejcikova
4) Katerina Siniakova
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Simona Halep
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Explanation:
On 13th December,2018, The International Tennis Federation announced Romania’s Simona Halep as the 2018
ITF World Champion. The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the 2019 ITF World Champions
Dinner on Tuesday 4 June, in Paris, during Roland Garros. In women’s Singles Category: It is the first year Halep
has been recognised.Halep also enjoyed Grand Slam success in 2018.The Romanian has spent 40 weeks of the year
ranked as world No.1.she also won the 2018 WTA Shot of the Year. In the Women’s Doubles Category: Barbora
Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won the award.

31.Which cricketer became the second fastest player to score 25 Test Centuries after scoring 123 runs on
the third day of the Second Test against Australia at Perth, on 16th December 2018?
1) Shikhar Dawan
2) Virat Kohli
3) Rohit Sharma
4) Prithvi Shaw
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Virat Kohli
Explanation:
On 16th December 2018, Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli became the second fastest player to score 25
Test Centuries after scoring 123 runs on the third day of Second Test against Australia at Perth. Virat Kohli is only
behind of former Australian captain and cricketing legend Sir Don Bradman. Virat Kohli also equalled Sachin
Tendulkar’s record of 6 Test Centuries in Australia.

32.Who became the first Indian to win gold in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour, at the
BWF World Tour 2018, that was held in Tianhe, Guangzhou, China, from 12th to 16th December 2018?
1) Saina Nehwal
2) PV Sindhu
3) Ashwini Ponnappa
4) Jwala Gutta
5) None of these
Answer - 2) PV Sindhu
Explanation:
World Tour Finals 2018 concluded in Tianhe,Guangzhou, China.It was the final tournament of the 2018 BWF
World Tour.It was inaugurated from 12th December 2018.The total Prize of the Championship is $1,500,000. Rio
Olympics Silver medallist PV Sindhu,became the first Indian to win gold in the Badminton World Federation
(BWF) World Tour.She defeated Japanese Nozomi Okuhara, to claim the top honours of the season-ending event
and her first title of the year.With the win, Sindhu also equaled her head-to-head record with Okuhara to 6-6.
Event Winner Runner
Men’s Singles Shi Yuqi(China) Kento Momota (Japan)
Women’s Singles P. V. Sindhu(India) Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)
Men’s Doubles Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen(China) Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta
Watanabe(Japan)
Women’s Doubles Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-
Takahashi(Japan) chan(South Korea)
Mixed Doubles Wang Yilü and Huang Zheng Siwei and Huang
Dongping(China) Yaqiong(China)

33.Name the tennis player who has been named as the 2018 ITF (International Tennis Federation) World
Champion under Men’s Singles category, and will be awarded at the 2019 ITF World Champions Dinner, in
Paris?
1) Novak Djokovic
2) Roger Federer
3) Rafael Nadal
4) Dominic Thiem
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Novak Djokovic

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Explanation:
On 13th December,2018, the International Tennis Federation announced Serbia’s Novak Djokovic as the 2018 ITF
World Champion. The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the 2019 ITF World Champions Dinner on
Tuesday 4 June, in Paris, during Roland Garros. In Men’s Singles Category: Djokovic receives the honour for the
sixth time. He won four titles including Wimbledon and the US Open, and climb from No. 22 in the rankings to
secure the year-end world No. 1 position. In the Men’s Doubles Category:USA’s Mike Bryan and Jack Sock will
receive the award. It will be the 12th time Bryan has received the award but the first time Sock has been honoured.

34.____ has been named as the 2018 ITF World Champion under Women’s Singles category and will be
awarded at the 2019 ITF World Champions Dinner, in Paris?
1) Serena Williams
2) Simona Halep
3) Barbora Krejcikova
4) Katerina Siniakova
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Simona Halep
Explanation:
On 13th December,2018, The International Tennis Federation announced Romania’s Simona Halep as the 2018
ITF World Champion. The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the 2019 ITF World Champions
Dinner on Tuesday 4 June, in Paris, during Roland Garros. In women’s Singles Category: It is the first year Halep
has been recognised.Halep also enjoyed Grand Slam success in 2018.The Romanian has spent 40 weeks of the year
ranked as world No.1.she also won the 2018 WTA Shot of the Year. In the Women’s Doubles Category: Barbora
Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won the award.

35.Name the squash player who won record-equalling 16th national title by winning the women’s singles
title at the National Squash Championships in New Delhi, on 16th December 2018?
1) Dipika Pallikal
2) Joshna Chinappa
3) Janet Joseph
4) Rushmita Sehgal
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Joshna Chinappa
Explanation:
On December 16 2018,Joshna Chinappa secured the women’s singles titles at the National Squash Championships
in New Delhi . Chinappa matched Bhuvaneswari Kumari’s record of 16 national titles.

36.Who won the men’s singles title at the National Squash Championships in New Delhi, on 16th December
2018?
1) Vijay Ram
2) Mahesh Mangaonkar
3) Ritwik Bhattacharya
4) Saurav Ghosal
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Mahesh Mangaonkar
Explanation:
On December 16 2018, Mahesh Mangaonkar secured the men’s singles titles at the National Squash
Championships in New Delhi. This was his first victory.

37.Which country won their First Men’s Hockey World Cup Championship at the 14th edition of the Hockey
World Cup, held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, from 28th November to 16th December 2018?
1) Belgium
2) France
3) India
4) Netherlands
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Belgium
Explanation:

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On December 16,2018, Belgium defeated Netherland in Shoot Out Match and won their First Men’s Hockey World
Cup Championship,which is 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup.This is the third time India is hosting the Men’s
Hockey world Cup and First time it is held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.The Championship is held from 28th November
2018.It is organized by International Hockey Federation(FIH). Mascot: Turtle ‘Olly’ is the official Mascot of the
Championship. Belgium won the tournament for the first time after defeating the Netherlands 3–2 in the final on a
penalty shoot-out after a 0–0 draw.Australia won the third place by defeating England 8–1.

38.What was the anthem of the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, from
28th November to 16th December 2018?
1) Hockey Anthem
2) Jai Hind
3) Fire Ball
4) Rock the Ground
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Jai Hind
Explanation:
On December 16,2018, Belgium defeated Netherland in Shoot Out Match and won their First Men’s Hockey World
Cup Championship,which is 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup.This is the third time India is hosting the Men’s
Hockey world Cup and First time it is held in Bhubaneswar,Odisha.The Championship is held from 28th November
2018.

39.India finished at _____ place in the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha,
from 28th November to 16th December 2018?
1) Fourth
2) Ninth
3) Sixth
4) Eighth
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Sixth
Explanation:
On December 16,2018, Belgium defeated Netherland in Shoot Out Match and won their First Men’s Hockey World
Cup Championship,which is 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup.This is the third time India is hosting the Men’s
Hockey world Cup and First time it is held in Bhubaneswar,Odisha.The Championship is held from 28th November
2018. India was placed at sixth place in the Hockey World Cup 2018 after losing to Netherland in the QuarterFinal
Match. Midfielder Manpreet Singh lead the Indian team and Chinglensana Singh Kangujam was his deputy.

40.Who was awarded the Best Player award at the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup held in
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, from 28th November to 16th December 2018?
1) Arthur Van Doren
2) Primin Blaak
3) Thijs Van Dam
4) Rex Van De Camp
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Arthur Van Doren
Explanation:
On December 16,2018, Belgium defeated Netherland in Shoot Out Match and won their First Men’s Hockey World
Cup Championship,which is 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup.This is the third time India is hosting the Men’s
Hockey world Cup and First time it is held in Bhubaneswar,Odisha.The Championship is held from 28th November
2018.
Winners:
Title Winners
Winner Belgium
First Runner Up The Netherland
Second Runner Up Australia
Best Player Arthur Van Doren of Belgium
Goalkeeper of the tournament Primin Blaak of Netherland
Young player of the tournament Thijs van Dam of Netherland
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Top goalscorer Blake Govers of Australia and Alexander Hendrickx of


Belgium
Fair play award Spain

41.Where did Indian Armed Forces inaugurate the Tri Services Cycling and Trekking Expedition, on
17th December 2018?
1) Jammu and Kashmir
2) Arunachal Pradesh
3) Meghalaya
4) Sikkim
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Sikkim
Explanation:
On 17th December 2018,the Indian Armed Forces inaugurated Tri Services Cycling and Trekking Expedition in
Sikkim. Tri Services Adventure Expedition will be conducted from December 17, 2018 to January 05, 2019. The
expedition was undertaken by a Tri Services team comprising of three Officers, three warrant rank officers and
thirteen soldiers from the Army, Navy and Air Force. The expedition is in three phases which includes cycling-
cum-trekking, para gliding and sea diving.

42.Who was appointed the new coach of the Indian women’s cricket team, on 20th December 2018?
1) VVS Laxman
2) Irfan Pathan
3) WV Raman
4) Sunil Gavaskar
5) None of these
Answer - 3) WV Raman
Explanation:
On Dec.20 2018 Former India opener WV Raman has been appointed the new coach of the Indian women’s cricket
team. He played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs. Raman is an experienced coach includes of Tamil Nadu team, Bengal Ranji
Trophy team and India U-19 team .He had beaten South Africa’s Gary Kirsten and India’s Venkatesh Prasad for the
position of India’s women’s cricket coach.

43.Anup Kumar announced his retirement from which sport on 19th December 2018?
1) Cricket
2) Football
3) Hockey
4) Kabaddi
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Kabaddi
Explanation:
On December 19, 2018, Kabaddi World Cup Winning Captain Anup Kumar announces retirement from the
game. In his 15-year iconic career, Anup Kumar was part of the national team that won gold medals in 2010 and
2014. He won the Arjuna Award in 2012. He began his international career in 2006 at the South Asian Games in Sri
Lanka and was the captain of the national team in 2014. He also won 2 gold medals at the Incheon Asian Games in
2014 and the Kabaddi World Cup in 2016.

44.Which country topped the Global football ranking released by Federation Internationale de Football
Association (FIFA), on 20th December 2018?
1) France
2) Belgium
3) Argentina
4) Brazil
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Belgium
Explanation:
On 20th December 2018, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) released the Global football
ranking topped by Belgium who have 1727 points as per FIFA calculations. So Belgium is going to end the year as
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No. 1 ahead of World Champion France. France ranked 2nd with 1726 points and Brazil ranked third with 1676
points. India ranked at 97th Position in the latest FIFA ranking released on 20th December 2018.

45.International Cricket Council (ICC) Dispute Resolution Panel ordered Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to
pay _____% of the cost demanded by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after ICC rejected PCB’s
claim of compensation which blamed India for the lack of bilateral series?
1) 60 %
2) 50 %
3) 40 %
4) 70 %
5) None of these
Answer - 1) 60 %
Explanation:
On 19th December 2018, International Cricket Council (ICC) Dispute Resolution Panel ordered Pakistan Cricket
Board (PCB) to pay 60% of the cost demanded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the world
body’s rejection of PCB’s claim of compensation which blamed India for the lack of bilateral series between the
two nations. The ICC’s Panel ordered PCB to pay the BCCI 60% of the claimed cost and 60% of the administrative
costs and expenses of the ICC Panel. BCCI has to pay 40% of the administrative costs and expenses of the ICC Panel.

46.Name the Afghanistan cricketer, who created a record of the most runs scored by a number 11 batsman
in an innings in T20s, as he scored 27 runs, in the opening match of Australia’s Big Bash League on
19th December 2018?
1) Rashid Khan
2) Mujeeb Ur Rahman
3) Amjat Ali
4) Zaheer Abbas
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Explanation:
On 19th December 2018, Afghanistan cricketer Mujeeb Ur Rahman created a record of the most runs scored by a
number 11 batsman in an innings in T20s, as he scored 27 runs off 22 balls, in the opening match of Australia’s Big
Bash League on 19th December 2018. Also, he was the second-highest run-scorer for his team after Chris Lynn.
Earlier, the record belonged to Alankara Silvam, who hit 26 runs in a domestic T20 match in Sri Lanka.

47.Where was the 37th Senior National Rowing Championship held from December 17 to 23, 2018?
1) Mumbai
2) Pune
3) Darjeeling
4) Jaipur
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Pune
Explanation:
On December 23, 2018, the seven day 37th Senior National Rowing Championship concluded at Army Rowing
Node, College of Military Engineering in Pune. It started on December 17, 2018. The categories of the competitions
are: 2000 metres and 500 metres. It was inaugurated by Lt General Michael Mathews. The Army Team emerged as
the champions in 2018 and was followed by the Services team that came in second. This year, 498 rowers from 24
teams of various States (except West Bengal) and Associations competed in approximately 200 races over last four
days. It also saw participation by the Asian games medallists Subedar Sawarn Singh and Naib Subedar Dushyant
Chauhan in mixed event which was introduced for the first time in the National Championship.

48._____ became the fastest Asian to cycle the globe on 23rd December 2018, as she had spent 159 days
peddling up to 300 km a day in 14 countries?
1) Vandhana Venkat
2) Roopa Seth
3) Vedangi Kulkarni
4) Amrutha Balki
5) None of these

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Answer - 3) Vedangi Kulkarni


Explanation:
On December 23, 2018, Pune woman Vedangi Kulkarni, 20, became the fastest Asian to cycle the globe. She spent
159 days peddling up to 300 km a day in 14 countries. She started off from Perth in July and will be flying back to
the Australian city to complete the record. British adventurer Jenny Graham, 38, is the fastest woman to have
cycled the globe in 124 days in 2018.

49.How many weightlifters were provisionally suspended by International Weightlifting Federation on


24thDecember 2018, after the reanalysis of weightlifters’ urine samples collected during 2012 London
Olympics?
1) 10
2) 5
3) 12
4) 16
5) None of these
Answer - 2) 5
Explanation:
On 24th December 2018, The International Weightlifting Federation announced in Paris that five weightlifters
have been provisionally suspended after the reanalysis of weightlifters’ urine samples collected during 2012
London Olympics. The Weightlifters who are banned are Ukrainian Oleksiy Torokhtiy, Uzbek Ruslan Nurudinov,
Valentin Hristov of Azerbaijan, Armenia’s Meline Daluzyan and Belarusian Mikalai Novikau.

50.Which team won its third straight FIFA (The Federation Internationale de Football Association) Club
World Cup, in Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates), on 22nd December 2018?
1) Real Madrid
2) Al-Ain
3) Barcelona
4) Liverpool
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Real Madrid
Explanation:
On 22nd December 2018, European Champion, Real Madrid won third straight FIFA (The Federation
Internationale de Football Association) Club World Cup with the win over home team Al-Ain in the final held in
Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates). Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos scored for Real Madrid in the final which
leads them to victory of 4-1 against home team Al-Ain. Real Madrid have now four FIFA club World Cup titles, one
title more than Barcelona. Ballon d’Or award winner, Luka Modric gave his team Real Madrid a lead in the 14th
minute of game.

51.Who won the Maharashtra Kesari 2018 title, at the 62nd Maharashtra Kesari Wrestling Championship
held at Jalna, Maharashtra, on 23rd December 2018?
1) Abhijeet Katke
2) Bala Rafique Shaikh
3) Ranjan Kumar
4) Prithvi Jain
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Bala Rafique Shaikh
Explanation:
On 23rd December 2018, the wrestler Bala Rafique Shaikh achieved the Maharashtra Kesari 2018 title by
defeating Abhijeet Katke of Pune in the 62nd Maharashtra Kesari Wrestling Championship held at Azad ground,
Jalna, Maharashtra. Bala Rafique Shaikh defeated Abhijeet Katke by 11-3 With his aggressive style and good
moves. Bala Rafique Shaikh was honoured with a silver mace weighing 1.5 Kg and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. The
winners of Maharashtra Kesari are also eligible to apply for government jobs under sports quota. Maharashtra
Kesari is an Indian-style reputed wrestling championship, established in 1961 in Maharashtra. He is the disciple of
former Olympian and Hind Kesari Late Ganpatrao Anandalkar.

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52._____ won the men’s title in the CCI Western India Squash Championship organized by Squash Rackets
Federation of India in Mumbai, on 23rd December 2018?
1) Rutvik Rau
2) Mahesh Mangaonkar
3) Tushar Shahani
4) Sumit Rawat
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Mahesh Mangaonkar
Explanation:
On 23rd December 2018, National champion Mahesh Mangaonkar of Maharashtra and Yash Fadte of Goa clinched
the men’s and under 19 boys titles respectively in the CCI Western India Squash Championship organized by
Squash Rackets Federation of India in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Top seed Mangaonkar had defeated arch rival and
second seed Vikram Malhotra on 16th December 2018 in five games of nationals. Yash Fadte had knocked out
Rutvik Rau and Tushar Shahani in the previous two rounds and toppled second seed Veer Chotrani of Maharashtra
in five games in the under 19 boys final.

53.Name the American woman who became the youngest woman to win 50 World Cup ski races with
victory in the slalom in the French Alps, on 22nd December 2018?
1) Mikaela Shiffrin
2) Julie Mayer
3) Gabriel Sollis
4) Steffi George
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Mikaela Shiffrin
Explanation:
On 22nd December 2018, American Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest woman to win 50 World Cup ski races
with victory in the slalom in the French Alps. She finished 0.29 sec ahead of Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and 0.37sec
ahead of Sweden Frida Hansdotter in third place to win in Courchevel victory.

54.Name the Indian junior golfer who won the U.S. Kids Junior Golf World Championship held in Malaysia,
on 21stDecember 2018?
1) Arjun Bhati
2) Kartik Singh
3) Gurnavjeet Singh Bhatia
4) Sanjeev Kumar
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Arjun Bhati
Explanation:
On 21st December 2018, the 14 year old, Indian junior golfer Arjun Bhati bagged the first position against
America’s Aksel Moe during the three-level final match in the U.S. Kids Junior Golf World Championship held in
Malaysia. To claim 1st position in the championship, Arjun Bhati scored a total of 222 points followed by America
and Vietnam at 2nd and 3rd position with 225 and 226 points respectively. Indian Junior Golfers bagged 11
medals, including 4 Gold, scripting history by hallmarking India’s name at the US Kids Golf World Championship.
The gold medallists of India include Arjun Bhati (boys’ 13-14 group), Aarnav Nath (boys’ 12 group), Gurnavjeet
Singh Bhatia (boys’11group) and Kartik Singh (boys’ 8 group). The winners list also included Harjai Milkha Singh,
son of India’s most famous golfer Jeev Milkha Singh. Harjai won bronze in the category for Boys-8 years. The
competitions started from Under-7 and went right up to the age group of 15-16 for both boys and girls.

55.Who became the 25th Australian cricketer to be officially inducted into the International Cricket
Council’s Hall of Fame on 26th December 2018?
1) Steve Smith
2) Ricky Ponting
3) Tim Paine
4) David Warner
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Ricky Ponting

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Explanation:
On 26th December 2018, Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting became the 25th Australian cricketer to be
officially inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground
(MCG). A three-time World Cup winner (including two World Cups as captain in 2003 and 2007), Ponting did a lap
of honour as part of his induction during the tea break on Day-1 of the Boxing Day Test between India and
Australia at MCG. In February 2018, he was also inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. Ponting is the
highest run scorer for Australia in both Tests and ODIs, with 13,378 runs in the longest format and 13,704 runs in
the 50-over format. Other 2018 inductees in the list include India’s Rahul Dravid and England’s Claire Taylor,
bringing the total members in the prestigious list to 87.

56.Jyoti Randhawa was arrested on charges of poaching in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve's protected area in
Uttar Pradesh, on 26th December 2018. Which sport does he belong to?
1) Cricket
2) Hockey
3) Kabaddi
4) Golf
5) None of these
Answer - 4) Golf
Explanation:
Ace golfer Jyoti Randhawa was arrested on charges of poaching in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve's protected area in
Uttar Pradesh, on 26th December 2018.

57.Name the Indian cricketer who scored 1138 runs in 2018 and surpassed former Indian Captain Rahul
Dravid’s 16 year-record of highest runs in overseas Tests?
1) Shikhar Dawan
2) Prithvi Shaw
3) Virat Kohli
4) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Virat Kohli
Explanation:
On 27th December 2018, Indian Cricket team Captain, Virat Kohli surpassed former India’s Captain Rahul Dravid’s
16 years record of highest runs in overseas Tests after playing a knock of 82 runs on the second day of 3rd Test
against Australia. Rahul Dravid had scored 1137 runs in Overseas Tests in 2002 which was broken by Virat Kohli
who had scored 1138 runs in 2018.

58.Who became the first person to complete a solo journey across Antarctica, unaided and unsupported,
after finishing a two-month expedition in frigid temperatures and winds of 30 mph, on 26th December
2018?
1) Russell Steve
2) Colin O’Brady
3) Mike Delfino
4) Orson Hodge
5) None of these
Answer - 2) Colin O’Brady
Explanation:
On 26th December 2018, American adventurer Colin O’Brady became the first person to complete a solo journey
across Antarctica, unaided and unsupported, after finishing a two-month expedition in frigid temperatures and
winds of 30 mph. The 33 years old Colin O’Brady, took 54 days to complete the nearly 1,000 mile (1,600-
kilometer) crossing of the frozen continent from north to south, with his voyage being tracked by GPS, and live
updates of the trip were provided daily on his website colinobrady.com. On 3rd November 2018, O’Brady and an
Englishman, Army Captain Louis Rudd, 49, set off individually from Union Glacier in a bid to be the first to
complete a solo, unassisted crossing of Antarctica. Rudd is about a day or two behind O’Brady.

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59.Name the team that won the 115th Aga Khan Gold Cup hockey tournament held in New Delhi, on
10th December 2018?
1) Army XI Danapur
2) Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy
3) Steel Authority of India’s Hockey Academy
4) Punjab Panthers
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Steel Authority of India’s Hockey Academy
Explanation:
On 10th December 2018, Steel Authority of India’s Hockey Academy wins 115th Aga Khan Gold Cup tournament
by beating Army XI Danapur by 2-1 at Major Dhyan Chand hockey stadium in New Delhi. Jay Prakash Patel scored
the match-winning goal for the SAIL Hockey Academy (SHA) in the final match of Aga Khan Gold Cup which is one
of the oldest hockey tournament in the country. The SHA team defeated Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy by 4-2
in the semifinals. SAIL Hockey Academy is run by SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant.

60.International Cricket Council (ICC) has signed a contract with ____, the makers of whisky brand Royal
Stag, for a 5-year global partnership as an official sponsor?
1) Pernod Ricard India Pvt Ltd
2) Bagpiper India Pvt Ltd
3) Imperial Blue India Pvt Ltd
4) Original Choice India Pvt Ltd
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Pernod Ricard India Pvt Ltd
Explanation:
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has signed a contract with Pernod Ricard India Pvt Ltd, the makers of
whisky brand Royal Stag for a five-year global partnership as an official sponsor. The size of Royal Stag’s
sponsorship deal is estimated to be $5-6 million per year. The partnership which will last until 2023 would allow
Royal Stag a comprehensive presence across broadcast, digital and on-ground activations of all ICC global
tournaments, including the 2019 World Cup, T20 World Cup, World Test Championship and U19 World Cup and
Women’s World Cup. Recently Indian craft beer Bira 91 signed a similar five-year partnership with ICC, making it
the first Indian beverage brand to strike a global sponsorship deal with the cricket governing body.

61.Where was the 19th All India Police (AIPDM) Shooting Competition 2018 held from 6th to
11th December 2018?
1) Manesar, Haryana
2) Mohali, Punjab
3) Manali, Himachal Pradesh
4) Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Manesar, Haryana
Explanation:
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the 19th All India Police (AIPDM) Shooting Competition-2018
at Manesar, Gurugram in Haryana, on 6th December 2018. The competition was held till 11th December 2018.
More than 750 participants of 31 teams of State Police Forces and Central Armed Police Forces took part in the
event. Total of 13 matches and 41 medals and 13 Trophies were awarded to the winners.

62.Which Indian city will host the second event of the Hockey Series Finals from June 6 to 16 2019?
1) Mumbai
2) Raipur
3) Bhubaneswar
4) Kolkata
5) None of these
Answer - 3) Bhubaneswar
Explanation:
On 13th December 2018, Odisha sports minister Chandra Sarathi Behera announced that Bhubaneswar is set to
host one of the three Hockey Series Finals to be held from June 6 to 16 2019. India will host the second of the
Hockey Series Finals, Kuala Lumpur(Malaysia) will host the first event from April 23 to May 1.The last Hockey

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Series Final will be hosted by Le Touquet, France from June 15 to 23. Bhubaneswar had successfully hosted the
Hockey World Cup in 2018. The Hockey Series is open to national teams that are not playing in the Hockey Pro
League.

63.Anshuman Gaekwad, Shantha Rangaswamy and _____ comprise the ad-hoc committee formed by Board
of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to select head coach of the national women's senior cricket team?
1) Kapil Dev
2) Saurav Ganguly
3) Anil Kumble
4) Virendra Sehwag
5) None of these
Answer - 1) Kapil Dev
Explanation:
On 11th December 2018, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) formed an ad-hoc committee to conduct
interviews of eligible candidates for the post of head coach of the national women's senior cricket team. The panel
consists of Indian cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy. BCCI had invited
applications for the position of head coach after the expiry of Ramesh Powar's term.

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