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31 December 2016

Who among the following has been appointed as the new Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?

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Viral Acharya has been appointed as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He will be joining the ranks of N S Vishwanathan, S S Mundra, R Gandhi as one of four deputy governors serving under RBI Governor Urjit R Patel. RBI appoints Governor and Deputy Governors for a term of four years. Also, it can have a maximum of four deputy governors.

Who has recently been appointed as General Secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)?

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The General Council of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) unanimously passed a resolution to appoint V.K. Sasikala as general secretary of the party. She will replace Late J. Jayalalithaa. The general council meeting was presided by party presidium chairman E. Madhusudhanan. AIADMK is an Indian political party in the states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.  It is currently in power in Tamil Nadu and is the third largest party in the Indian Parliament. It is a Dravidian party and was founded by M. G. Ramachandran. 

Which country has drafted a law that criminalises domestic violence for the first time and make gang-rape a capital offence?

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Myanmar government is drafting a law that could see men jailed for up to seven years for getting a woman pregnant but not marrying her. To become an act, it should be passed in Myanmar Parliament (Assembly of the Union). The new law would criminalise domestic violence for the first time and make gang-rape a capital offence. There are currently no laws to prevent domestic violence against women or combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

China has tested the improved version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter jet. Identify it.

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China has tested improved version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter jet christened as FC-31 Gyrfalcon. Previously known as the J-31, this twin engine, radar evading aircraft is still under development by Shenyang Aircraft Corp, part of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

Bihar Government declared ____ percent reservation in all judicial services for aspirants belonging to the Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).

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Bihar Government declared 50 percent reservation in all judicial services for aspirants belonging to the Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). Aspirants belonging to EBCs will get 21%reservation, OBCs will have 12% reservations, Scheduled Castes will have 16% reservation and Scheduled Tribes will get 1% reservation. In all categories, there will be 35% ‘horizontal reservation’ for women and 1% reservation for disabled person.

Maharashtra Cabinet approved the appointment of Associate Advocate General (AG) Rohit Deo as permanent Advocate General of the Bombay High Court. Which article of the Indian Constitution provides for the appointment of AG in an Indian state?

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Maharashtra Cabinet approved the appointment of Associate Advocate General (AG) Rohit Deo as permanent Advocate General of the Bombay High Court. He replaced Shreehari Aney. The Advocate General is the first law officer of a State. It is a Constitutional post and the authority is duly appointed as per Article 165 of the Constitution of India. The authority and function of Advocate General is also specified in the Constitution of India under Article 165 and 177. 

Former Union Home Secretary Anil Baijal has been appointed as the ______ Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi by President Pranab Mukherjee.

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Former Union Home Secretary Anil Baijal has been appointed as the 20th Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi by President Pranab Mukherjee. He replaced Najeeb Jung, the 19th Lieutenant Governor, who resigned from the post on December 22, 2016. Aditya Nath Jha was the first Lt Governor of Delhi who took office in November 1966.

By which year China will expand its bullet train network to 30,000 kms from existing 20,000 kms to cover 80 percent of its big cities? 

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According to a white paper titled 'Development of China's Transport', China will expand its bullet train network to 30,000 kms from existing 20,000 kms. It will thus cover 80 percent of its big cities as part of the country's efforts to establish a comprehensive transport system by 2020. It also plans to renovate 30,000 kms of expressways and provide tarmac and cement roads and shuttle bus services for administrative villages with the necessary conditions, while all villages will have access to mail service. Earlier, it had launched world's longest high speed train service, the Shanghai-Kunming line, which is 2,252 km in length.

Which Automotive Manufacturing Plant of Tata Motors bagged first prize in the Automobile Manufacturing Sector at the National Energy Conservation Award 2016?

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The Union Government awarded first prize to Tata Motors’ Dharwad plant in the Automobile Manufacturing Sector at the National Energy Conservation Award 2016. This award has been conferred by The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the Ministry of Power. The National Energy Conservation Day is celebrated on December 14 every year, recognizing industrial units that have made systematic efforts for efficient utilization and conservation of energy.

A committee has been constituted to ensure speedy resolution of commercial disputes and facilitate effective conduct of international and domestic arbitrations. Who is heading this committee?

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To ensure speedy resolution of commercial disputes and to facilitate effective conduct of international and domestic arbitrations raised under various agreements, a high-level committee has been constituted under the Ministry of Law and Justice. It will be headed by Justice B N Srikrishna, retired Judge of Supreme Court.

30 December 2016

To meet outstanding liabilities and use national assets in the best national interest, Union Cabinet has approved the sale of surplus land of India's first pharma company. Identify its name.

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To meet their outstanding liabilities and use national assets in the best national interest, Union Cabinet has approved the sale of surplus land of four pharamaceticals public sector undertakings. These are Hindustan Antibiotics Limited (HAL), Indian Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Limited (IDPL), Rajasthan Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Limited (RDPL) and Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Limited (BCPL). BCPL is the first pharma company of the country. There are five Pharma PSUs in india namely – HAL,IDPL, RDPL, BCPL and KAPL (Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Limited).

Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) for ratification of Framework Agreement of International Solar Alliance (ISA). Where is ISA headquartered?

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Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) for ratification of ISA’s Framework Agreement by India. ISA was launched jointly by Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister and François Hollande, President of France on November 30, 2015 at Paris on the side-lines of the 21st Conference of the Parties (CoP) meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCCC) . It is headquartered in Gwal Pahari, Gurgaon. It aims to bring together more than 121 solar resource rich nations for coordinated research, low cost financing and rapid deployment.

Identify the high-resolution remote sensing satellite that was recently launched by China to get commercial images.

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China successfully launched a pair of high-resolution remote sensing satellites SuperView - 1 aboard Long March 2D rocket to get commercial images. The satellites were launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province.

Who among the following has been appointed as the new Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police?

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S P Vaid has been appointed as the new Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police. He will replace K. Rajendra Kumar, who will retire on December 31, 2016. Currently, Vaid is the Special Director General (Law and Order), and will remain till October 2019.

The Union Government sanctioned Rs 200 crore to Tirupur dyeing industry as an interest free loan to be converted into grant based on the performance of the CETPs. In which state Tirupur lies?

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The Centre sanctioned Rs 200 crore to Tirupur dyeing industry, Tamil Nadu for setting up 18 Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs). The sanctioned fund will be in the form of interest free loan, which will be converted into grant based on the performance of the CETPs. Tirupur is a hub of the textile processing and knitting industry providing employment to over 5 lakh persons and contributing 22 percent of the total garment export of the country.

As per a recent Ordinance approved by the Union Cabinet, the possession of how many banned notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes will become a punishable offence after March 31, 2017?

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The Cabinet approved promulgation of an Ordinance to make possession of more than 10 banned scrapped banknotes (1,000 and 500 rupee notes) - a penal offence after March 31, 2017. It will come into force once it gets Presidential assent. The penalty imposed is a monetary fine of 10,000 rupees or five times the cash held, whichever is higher. Also, it held that furnishing wrong information while depositing the old currency between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017 will attract a fine of 5,000 rupees or five times the amount.

Indian Air Force (IAF’s) Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) recently became functional at Tuting. In which state Tuting lies?

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Indian Air Force (IAF’s) Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) became functional at Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh. It will facilitate air connectivity with rest of the country and give a fillip to tourism in the state and provide access to the pristine and picturesque landscape of Tuting on the banks of river Siang. The Tuting ALG will be used to bring in vital supplies from cities in Assam via fixed wing aircraft and helicopters besides meeting challenges during natural calamities.

Professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 29. She is from _______.

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Former World No. 1 and Serbian professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic announced retirement from tennis at the age of 29. Ana became the first Serbian woman to win a grand slam tournament when she beat Russia’s Dinara Safina in the 2008 French Open final.

Shinzo Abe became the first prime minister of Japan to offer condolences for the Pearl Harbour attack. What is the name of the operation under which Japanese attacked this American naval base in 1941?

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Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe offered his condolences for the Pearl Harbour attack which killed more than 2000 Americans 75 years ago in 1941. With this, he became the first Prime Minister of Japan to visit USS Arizona Memorial and offer condolences. The attack on Pearl Harbor or Hawaii Operation or Operation AI by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory in 1941. This attack led to the United States' entry into World War II.

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Human Resource Development has launched the Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative. What is the objective of this initiative?

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Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Human Resource Development has launched the Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative. The objective is to strengthen community health centres in 708 open defecation-free blocks across the country to enable them to achieve higher levels of cleanliness and hygiene. In this regard, 10 lakh rupees of financial assistance will be given to the community health centres. The initiative is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, under the National Health Mission. It is focused on the twin objectives of constructing toilets and enabling behavioural change, with the goal of making India free of open defecation by October 2, 2019.

In how many LWE districts did the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approve the implementation of Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Affected Areas?

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by PM Narendra Modi has approved Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Affected Areas. It will provide connectivity with necessary drainpipes and cross-drainage structures in 44 LWE districts and adjoining districts, critical from security and communication point of view. Currently, 106 districts in 10 States have been identified as Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts. The term length of this project is four years, viz., from fiscal 2016-17 to 2019-20. It will be implemented under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

Consider the following statements regarding 2016 Global Internet Freedom Index and choose the correct option.

I - This Index has been released by Freedom House.

II - India has been ranked at 42th position in the index.

III - Belgium was the worst abuser of internet freedom.

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2016 Global Internet Freedom Index has been released by Freedom House, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights. Top 10 countries in the index are Estonia (1st), Iceland (2nd), Canada (3rd), United States (4th), Germany (5th), Australia (6th), Japan (7th), United Kingdom (8th), France (9th) and Georgia (10th). India has been ranked at 29th position and remarked as ‘Partly Free’ among ‘Free’ and ‘Not Free’. In particular, it has fared better than China, which stands at 65th position and remarked as ‘Not Free’. In other words, China was the worst abuser of internet freedom.

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