1. Name the residential  schools launched by the government to focus quality education of tribals ?
    [A] Jan Shikshan Sansthans
    [B] Ekalavya Schools
    [C] Gurukul Shikshan Sansthan
    [D] Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan (VBABSS)
     [B] Ekalavya Schools
     Explanation:-

    The Government has launched Ekalavya Schools specially to focus quality education of tribals. The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley intimated that by 2022 every block with more than 50% St population and at least 20,000 tribal persons will have an Ekalavya Residential School.The Ekalavya Schools will be on par with Navodaya  Vidyalayas (schools aimed at providing quality education to all students irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds)in India and will have special facilities for preserving local art and culture besides providing training in sports and skill development.The government is committed to provide best quality education to the tribal children in their own environment specially for the upliftment of Economic and Social advancement of Schedule Castes and Schedule tribes.  

     

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  2. Which project was inaugurated  on World Wetlands Day (February 2) in Neknampur Lake in Hyderabad?
    [A] Bharatmala
    [B] Stargate project
    [C] Floating Treatment Wetland (FTW)
    [D] Setu Bharatam
     [C] Floating Treatment Wetland (FTW)
     Explanation:-

    The Floating Treatment Wetland (FTW) has been launched on  World Wetlands Day (February 2) in Neknampur Lake in Hyderabad to  to clean and purify the polluted waterbody. Plants planted on FTW can clean the lake by absorbing nitrates and other pollutants in the water. Its working is based on soil-less hydroponics technique. Under this technique the plants grow only sunlight and water ,soil is not required.There are small holes at bottom of base which facilitates flow of nutrients from water to plants through biological uptake process . Floating treatment wetlands (FTWs) are an emerging innovation in green technology specially helps in stormwater management. FTWs are designed to float on the surface of a wet pond and provides growing medium for emergent wetland plants. 

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  3. Which project has been launched by the government to encourage farmers for Solar Farming?
    [A] Krishi Mitra
    [B] Kusum
    [C] Wardha Farmer Family Project
    [D] Himalayan Farm Project
     [B] Kusum
     Explanation:-

    Recently The government has launched Kusum Scheme to encourage farmers for Solar farming. Specially to promote Solar Farming uner this Kusum Scheme the government  has announced Rs.1.4 lakh-crore. Kusum Scheme also known as  Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan will start with building 10,000 MW solar plants on barren lands and providing 1.75 million off-grid agricultural solar pumps and will provide extra income to farmers .They can sell additional power to grid through solar power projects set up on their barren lands. The farmers will be given 60% subsidy on the solar pumps, while 30% will be provided through bank loans. The surplus electricity generated by farmers will be bought by state electricity distribution companies (discoms) and will boost up country’s emerging green Economy.

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  4. Name the “world biggest healthcare” scheme?
    [A] Janani Suraksha Yojana
    [B]  National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS)
    [C] Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana
    [D] Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY)
 [B] Modicare
 Explanation:-

The world’s biggest healthcare scheme has been launched by the government known as Modicare.It has been Pointed as the world’s biggest government-funded healthcare scheme.The Scheme will be a cashless scheme, not a reimbursement one It has been announced as National Health Protection Scheme by Arun Jaitley.  The Ayushman Bharat scheme, also called ‘Modicare’, plans to give annual medical insurance cover to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. the model will be worked out between the government’s think tank Niti Aayog and the health ministry. It will increase the productivity of the common man and bring about a change in the socio-economic scheme. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana will be subsumed in the NHPS scheme once it is launched.

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5. Name the technique by which the UK government has created the country’s first ‘‘three-parent’ babies?
[A] Mitochondrial donation therapy (or MRT)
[B] Gene Therapy
[C] Hormonal Therapy
[D] Hyperbaric Therapy

 [A] Mitochondrial donation therapy (or MRT)
 Explanation:-

 Britain’s fertility regulator Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has allowed doctors to create country’s first ‘three-parent’ babies through mitochondrial donation therapy (or MRT) .This is aimed at preventing passage of incurable genetic diseases from mothers to offsprings. UK was first country to officially pass law to allow three parent baby.The procedure was successfully tested in Mexico, giving birth to world’s first three parent baby in September 2016 . MRT is medical technique in which defective mitochondria carried by a woman is replaced with the healthy mitochondria of a donor. Through invitro fertilization technique (IVF), the egg is then fertilised with the partner’s sperm. The embryo remains free from any such defects. It will prevent transmission of mitochondrial (genetic) disease. It has no impact on personality or looks of the offspring from third DNA set.

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6. Name the project agreement which has been signed up by IWAI with World Bank?
[A] Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana
[B] Jan Dhan Yojana
[C]Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana
[D] Jal Marg Vikas Project

 [D] Jal Marg Vikas Project
 Explanation:-

 The JMVP or Jal Marg Vikas Project is being implemented by IWAI with the financial and technical support of World Bank. It is a National Waterway-1 on Ganga River from Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) to Haldia (West Bengal). It will develop waterway between Varanasi and Haldia on Ganga River, covering distance of 1620 km by March, 2023. The project covers Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal with an to develop fairway with three metres depth to enable commercial navigation of at least 1500 tonne vessels on river. JMVP will provide cost-effective alternative mode of transportation, especially for bulk goods, hazardous goods and over-dimensional cargo.

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7. Which agreement has been signed by India for international transport and transit corridor facilitating transportation of goods with Central Asia?
[A] Sister State Agreement
[B] Preferential Trade Agreement
[C] Ashgabat Agreement
[D] Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti

 [C] Ashgabat Agreement
 Explanation:-

India joined the Ashgabat agreement on 1st Feb 2018  which promotes the establishment of an international transport and transit corridor linking Central Asia with the Persian Gulf to significantly ramp up trade and investment.The Ashgabat Agreement is a Multimodal transport agreement between founding members Oman, Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.The Agreement aims to create an international transport and transit corridor facilitating transportation of goods between Central Asia and the Persian Gulf. The agreement would also diversify India’s connectivity options with Central Asia and have a positive influence on India’s trade and commercial ties with the region.The agreement was originally signed on April 25, 2011 with an aim to set up a trade and transit corridor  among the four founding members – Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. 

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8. Who has been recently appointed as the CEO of Dabar India?
[A] Mohit Malhotra
[B] Ajit Jain
[C] Ajay Banga
[D] Sanjay Jha

 [A] Mohit Malhotra
 Explanation:-

  Mohit Malhotra has been appointed as the CEO of consumer goods company Dabar India.He was earlier the CEO of Dabur International. Dabur India Ltd is one of the leading FM CG Companies in India.They operate in key consumer products categories like Hair Care, Oral Care, Health Care, Skin Care, Home Care and Foods.  The company operates through three business units, namely consumer care division (CCD), international business division (IBD) and consumer health division (CHD). Their CCD business is divided into four key portfolios: healthcare, personal care, home care and foods. Their CHD business offers a range of healthcare products. Their IBD business includes brands, such as Dabur Amla and Vatika. The companys FMCG portfolio includes five flagship brands with distinct brand identities, Dabur as the master brand for natural healthcare products, Vatika for premium personal care, Hajmola for digestives, Real for fruit juices and beverages and Fem for fairness bleaches and skin care products. Dabur India is one of the India’s largest Ayurvedic medicine & natural consumer products manufacturer.
 

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9. Recently which International Crafts Mela has been held at Faridabad Haryana?
[A] India Art Festival
[B] Rajasthan International Folk Festival
[C] Chandrabhaga Mela
[D] Surajkund International Crafts Mela

 [D] Surajkund International Crafts Mela

 Explanation:-

  Recently Surajkund International Crafts Mela has been held at Faridabad Haryana. The festival’s name Surajkund derives its name from ancient amphitheater constructed in 10th century AD by Raja Suraj Pal, one of Tomar chieftains. This is unique monument was built to worship Sun God (Surya) and it resembles a Greek amphitheater.It was   inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the presence of Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar. The Mela is organized every year by Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs Ministry.This year Uttar Pradesh as theme state showcased its religious tourism, rural tourism and spiritual tourism apart from its art, culture and heritage 

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10. Who among the following constituted task force  to study AI application in military?

[A] Vishal Sikka
[B] Arnab Goswami
[C] N Chandrasekaran
[D] Jyoti Basu
 [C] N Chandrasekaran
 Explanation:-

A Task Force has been constituted by N Chandrasekaran to study application in military.The task force comprises National Cyber Security Coordinator Gulshan Rai, representatives from Indian Army, Navy and Airforce, chairman of Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), representatives from ISRO, Atomic Energy Commission and defence ministry. The Ministry of Defence (Department of Defence Production) constituted a 17 member task force headed by Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran to study use and application of artificial intelligence (AI) in military .The task force will study the whole gamut of issues surrounding strategic implications of AI in national security perspective, in global context. AI has potential to provide military superiority apart from driving technology-driven economic growth.AI is branch of computer science concerned with making computers behave like humans. The future progress of AI has potential to have transformative impact on national security. 

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