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1)   Who is the author of art book  “Bhartiya Kala Mein Salil Kridayen Evam Sadyahsnata Nayika” released on Sept 20, 2017?
- Published on 21 Sep 17

a. Mahesh Sharma
b. Sanjib Kumar Singh
c. Kshetrapal Gangwar
d. Both b and c
e. All the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both b and c

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Culture released the book entitled “Bhartiya Kala Mein Salil Kridayen Evam Sadyahsnata Nayika”.

It was authored by Dr. Kshetrapal Gangwar and Shri Sanjib Kumar Singh at a function in National Museum.

This is an Art Book based on original research, written in Hindi and published by National Museum after few decades.

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Labour and Employment presided over the function.

This is a book written to highlight the Indian Art and describes the Water Sports (Salil Kridayen).

This form of art has been the part of Indian Art from time immemorial.

The literary sources and archaeological evidence proves that it was a dear subject for the artist and Literary persons.

Almost all the famous school of art of India bears these kind of sculptures and Paintings.

2)   Which government agency has developed a Handbook of State Statistics?
- Published on 01 Sep 17

a. DEA
b. NITI Aayog
c. Planning Commission
d. Both a and b
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


NITI Aayog has developed a Handbook of State Statistics that consolidates key statistics across sectors for every Indian State/UT.

While the State data on crucial indicators is currently fragmented across different sources, this handbook provides a one-stop database of important State statistics.

Starting with Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), the handbook provides sectorial compositions of State economies from 1980-81 to the latest possible year.

Five different GSDP series are available between 1980-81 and now, and this database covers all of them.

It covers statistics on State government finances from 1981 to 2017across indicators such as gross fiscal deficits, revenue deficits, social sector expenditure, capital expenditure etc.

Labour statistics from the national sample surveys (NSS), statistics on labour force participation rates (LFPR), worker-population ratio (WPR) by industry and unemployment rates are also presented.

Data on education covers primary, secondary and tertiary levels including enrolment ratios, schools, enrolment, teachers and performance indicators, among others.

Some of the health indicators covered by the handbook include infant mortality rate (IMR), birth rates, life expectancy, sex ratio at birth, immunisation and institutional deliveries among others.

For certain indicators such as IMR, TFR, birth rates, data from 1971 onwards to 2015 is available.

For other indicators the data series starts in 2005.

Data in the Handbook: Know More

  • The final section of the publication provides state-wise estimates of poverty numbers. Data has been presented according to the Lakdawala Methodology (data from 1973-74 to 2004-05) and the Tendulkar Methodology (data from 1993-94 to 2011-12).
  • Data is quinquennial, as estimates for poverty are derived from NSS Household Consumption Surveys.

3)   Who is the world's most highest paid author in 2017 with earnings of US 95 million according to Forbes?
- Published on 07 Aug 17

a. JK Rowling
b. Stephen King
c. John Grisham
d. Dan Brown
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: JK Rowling

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been named the world's most highly-paid author with earnings of £72.2m ($95m) this year.

The Edinburgh-based writer beat Dan Brown, Stephen King and John Grisham to top Forbes' list of the 10 highest earners in the global industry for the first time in almost 10 years.

Fans recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of her first book.

She has written a further six Harry Potter titles.

Her books have been turned into eight blockbuster feature films, and last year she made her screenwriting debut with a prequel movie, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

The mother-of-three, 52, first began writing about the wizarding world while struggling to make ends meet living as a single mother on benefits in Edinburgh.

The books' popularity soon made her a multi-millionaire and she has since released several other novels, founded children's charity Lumos.

She has amassed more than 11 million Twitter followers keen to keep track of her regularly-shared thoughts on political and social issues.

Aside from Rowling, the US business magazine's list also includes British authors Paula Hawkins and EL James–whose respective novels The Girl On The Train and 50 Shades Of Grey have both been turned into major movies in recent years - while the others are all American.

List organisers added that Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin, The Fault In Our Stars writer John Green and Divergent trilogy author Veronica Roth, just failed to make the top 10.

4)   National Book Trust is celebrating how many years of the organization in 2017?
- Published on 03 Aug 17

a. 65 years
b. 50 years
c. 55 years
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

A two-day national seminar was organized by the National body for book promotion and publication, National Book Trust, under Human Resource Development Ministry to coincide with the 60 Years programme of the Trust.

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State of Human Resource Development indicated that the Government of India is working on finalizing a National Book Promotion Policy, which will take care of providing a policy direction to the whole spectrum of book publication, writing and distribution in order to promote a culture of reading in the society.

The significant role is played by National Book Trust, India in creating a culture of reading and re-affirmed the commitment of the Government of India to support its endeavours to meet its avowed objectives.

Geographically India is surrounded by sea from three sides and its boundaries are open. We have been attacked several times by foreign invaders since ancient times and for about 200 years we were ruled by the British, even then we were able to preserve our culture and literature.

Moving ahead in empowering India because of wisdom provided by our ancient texts and sense of nationalism in our literature, the importance of printed books will not diminish.

On this occasion NBT books in Hindi tiled Aapki Sehat, authored by Dr Vijay Mittal and Dr Shyama Prasad: Ek Shikshak, authored by Ms Namrata Sharma were also released.

The speakers on the occasion included well-known writers - Dr Neerja Madhav, Dr Reeta Shukl, Dr Advaita Kala and Ms Malti Joshi.

They said that women writers like Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, Mahadevi Verma through their writings on nationalism tried to awaken the people of India.

5)   Who has titled her new political book “What Happened”?
- Published on 28 Jul 17

a. Hillary Clinton
b. Condoleeza Rice
c. Sarah Palin
d. Angela Merkel
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is calling her new book What Happened and promises unprecedented candour as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Simon & Schuster said that Ms. Clinton’s book will be a highly personal work that also is a “cautionary tale” about Russian interference in last year’s election and its threat to democracy.

In public remarks since last fall, the Democrat has cited Russia as a factor in her defeat to her Republican opponent, along with a letter sent by then-FBI Director James Comey less than two weeks before the election.

Mr. Comey’s letter, sent to Congress on Oct. 28, said the FBI “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into the private email server that Ms. Clinton used as Secretary of State.

Days later, Mr. Comey wrote that the FBI did not find anything new.

Clinton was the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election in the US.

What Happened is scheduled to come out September 12. Ms. Clinton’s previous works include the 2003 memoir Living History, published while she was a U.S. senator from New York, and a book about her years as secretary of state, Hard Choices, which came out in 2014 as she prepared to launch her presidential candidacy.

She also wrote It Takes a Village - And Other Lessons Children Teach Us when she was U.S. First Lady.

Ms. Clinton’s upcoming memoir isn’t the first political book to be called What Happened. Scott

McClellan, a former White House press secretary during the George W. Bush administration, released a book with the same title in 2008.

Mr. McClellan’s memoir was an unexpectedly critical take on his former boss that became a bestseller.

Hillary Clinton: Know More

  • Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician who was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009.
  • She is also a former First Lady of the United States
  • Born: 26 October 1947 Edgewater Hospital, Chicago
  • Party: Democratic Party
  • Spouse: Bill Clinton (m. 1975)
  • Education: Yale Law School (1969–1973)

6)   Which book is being released by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on 17th July on the issues faced by Indian Universities?
- Published on 17 Jul 17

a. Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and Global Perspectives
b. Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives
c. Future of Indian Colleges: Comparative and Global Perspectives
d. Future of Indian Colleges: Comparative and International Perspectives
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will receive the first copy of the book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’ at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 17, 2017.

He will receive the first copy of this book from Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen who will formally release it.

The book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’ is the academic and research work of scholars, educationists and practitioners from India and abroad.

It aims to provide international and comparative perspectives on higher education and highlights issues being faced by Indian Universities.

It has been complied by Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JGU University and is published by Oxford University Press.

7)   What is the title of the book authored by Sangeeta Ghosh on the late First Lady Suvra Mukherjee?
- Published on 14 Jul 17

a. Pranaber Preyosi
b. President’s Lady
c. President’s Wife
d. Both a and b
e. All the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and b

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of the book “President’s Lady” (Pranaber Preyosi) on his wife Late Smt. Suvra Mukherjee on July 13, 2017.

The book was received from Vice President of India, Mohd. Hamid Ansari who formally released it at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Ms. Sangeeta Ghosh, author of the book and all those who have brought out the publication were acknowledged.

Late Smt. Suvra Mukherjee was essentially a private person with a strong interest in music (particularly Tagore music) and paintings.

She confined herself to music, painting and writing. She tried to take Tagore music to a non-Bengali audience.

Born in Jessore (now in Bangladesh), she faced the uprooting that visited millions in the sub-continent as partition cut through not only the map, but also across the social and cultural fabric of the land.

She built a new life in Kolkata, with her love for the academic pursuits resulting in degrees in History and Political Science.

As the first lady, she brought her love of sangeet to the Rastrapati Bhawan, with her harmonium and tanpura, gifted to her by the Bengali music maestro DL Roy, accompanying her here.

Smt. Mukherjee was a vocalist, an exponent of Rabindra Sangeet and performed in the poet’s dance-dramas for many years in India, Europe, Asia and Africa.

She was also responsible for setting up the ‘Geetanjali Troupe’, with the mission of showcasing Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy through song and dance.

The book recounts how in 2013, pushing aside protocol concerns, the First Lady sat with her troupe and sang her favourite numbers of Tagore on the occasion of Rabindra Jayanti.

She also authored two books- the first, ‘Chokher Aloey’ a personal account of her close interaction with former Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi, and the second, ‘Chena Achenai Chin’, a travelogue recounting her visit to China.

Smt. Mukherjee was also a talented painter, with several exhibitions to her credit. In pursuit of this art, she drew inspiration from her mother, who was a critically acclaimed painter.

This bilingual compilation (English and Bengali) also contains reminisces of people who knew Smt. Mukerjee, including former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, Smt. Sheila Dikshit and other members of the Family.

8)   Who has penned “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” a catchy song for promoting UN SDGs?
- Published on 13 Jul 17

a. Pikotaro
b. PSY
c. Justin Bieber
d. Madonna
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pikotaro

Japanese comedian Pikotaro has adapted his catchy song, Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen’, to promote the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

The original went viral last year after pop star Justin Bieber tweeted that it was his favourite video.

Kazuhito Kosaka is known by his stage name Pikotaro.

The PPAP star beamed at the invitation to accompany the diplomat to New York and pledged to do his utmost for the awareness campaign.

The UN version, “SDGs”, debuts in July.

In the original PPAP song, Pikotaro mimics stabbing a pen into an apple and a pineapple while singing simple English lyrics and dancing to a catchy beat.

The UN action plan sets goals in fighting poverty, climate change and other global challenges

Pikotaro said it would be a challenge to achieve all the goals.

But he was happy to accept the Foreign Ministry’s appointment to the promotional role and to help by doing what he does best.

9)   Which ministry released a booklet highlighting efforts for self reliance in production of arms and ammunitions?
- Published on 07 Jul 17

a. Commerce
b. Energy
c. Power
d. Defence
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Defence

Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley released a booklet highlighting efforts made by Department of Defence Production in the last three years in pursuance of self-reliance in defence sector.

It is a compilation of the achievements of the Department of Defence Production in the field of indigenous production of weapon systems/platforms and policy initiatives undertaken in the past three years.

Ever since the launch of ‘Make in India’ initiative in September 2014, the focus has been to improve the business environment by easing processes to do business.

To encourage participation of Indian public and private sectors in defence production and promote innovation and indigenous development of equipment and weapon platforms has been the aim.

The booklet mentions a number of policy initiatives which have been taken by the Department of Defence Production.

These are relaxation in Foreign Direct Investment policy, providing exchange rate variation protection to domestic industry, level-playing field to private sector in terms of excise duty/custom duty at par with public sector.

It also spoke of liberalising licensing policy and extending the validity of industrial licensing to 15 years, streamlining defence offset guidelines and restoring services as an avenue for discharge of offsets.

It also includes facilitating exports by issuing NOC online, hosting procedure for issue of NOC and list of military stores in public domain besides doing away with end-user certificate.

The focus is also on revising make procedure to promote design and development, promulgating green channel policy, categorising certain Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) products as non-core, aligning payment terms of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), etc.

It also mentions about ‘Make in India’ portal for defence production which is a very industry-friendly website covering all policy procedural issues.

The booklet also mentions that Ordnance Factories and DPSUs, working under the administrative control of Department of Defence Production, have not only enhanced their production from ₹ 44,000/- crore to ₹ 56,000/- crore.

They have also delivered many state-of-the-art platforms to the Armed Forces, including Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’, Surface to Air Missile System ‘ Akash’.

During the last three years, 128 industrial licences have been issued.

Other highlights are, all naval ships and submarines on order are being constructed in Indian shipyards and percentage of capital procurement from Indian vendors has gone up from 47 to 61 in the last three years.

A number of steps are being taken to augment production capacity by DPSUs, such as infrastructure building for Mine Counter Measure Vessel at Goa Shipyard Ltd..

The new helicopter manufacturing facility at Tumakuru, second production line for Dhruv at Kanpur have also been utilised.

Indigenisation of manufacturing capacity for T-90 and PINAKA Rockets and manufacturing facilities for Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) at Ibrahimpatnam, Hyderabad also took place.

10)   PM Modi will be authoring a book on which subject, in a first-of-its-kind initiative?
- Published on 06 Jul 17

a. Dedicated to youth
b. Coping with exam stress
c. Environmental issues
d. Only a and b
e. All the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Only a and b

In a first-of-its-kind initiative by a serving Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has planned to write a book dedicated to the youth.

Through the book, Prime Minister Modi will try to address core issues like overcoming examination stress, keeping one’s composure and even what to do after the exams are over.

Publishers Penguin Random House (PRH) India on 3 July 2017 said the book will be in multiple languages and will be out in bookstores later this year (2017).

The book will cover many aspects that students can relate to, especially with regard to the crucial class X and XII examinations.

Through the book, the prime minister hopes to become a friend of the students and support them as they prepare for the examinations.

The tone and tenor of the book, which states why it is important to prioritise knowledge over marks, and how to take responsibility for the future, is informal and conversational.

The idea for the book came from Modi himself. In the wake of the good response to his ‘Mann Ki Baat’, the prime minister decided to compile those thoughts, complementing them with some unique new insights and anecdotes, in the form of a book.

Mann ki Baat is a radio programme hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Bluekraft Digital Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, will be the technology and knowledge partner for the book.

In a rare and unique initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to directly address the state of the students through this book.

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