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1)   Who has been sworn in as the 19th CM of Nagaland?
- Published on 20 Jul 17

a. TM Zeliang
b. TR Zeliang
c. Shurhozelie Liezietsu
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: TR Zeliang

Senior Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislator TR Zeliang (65) was sworn in as the 19th chief minister of Nagaland.

He was administered oath to office and secrecy by Governor P.B. Acharya. Earlier Governor had dismissed the Shurhozelie Liezietsu government under Clause (I) of Article 164 of the Constitution after he failed to prove majority on the floor of the Assembly.

Prior to it, Zeliang had staked claim to form government in Nagaland with a majority support of 47 members in the 60 member Legislative Assembly.

TR Zeliang will now have to prove his majority on the floor of the House. This is his second stint as chief minister in a little more than three years.

Earlier in February 2016, Zeliang was forced out of office following large scale protests over holding of urban local bodies election with 33% reservation for women.

After his resignation NPF had made party chairman Shurhozelie (80) as the CM.

But recently, he faced rebellion from his party MLAs.

The Governor had asked the Speaker to summon an emergent special session of the state assembly for the ousted CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu to seek the confidence vote.

2)   Who has been assigned the additional charge for the I&B Ministry w.e.f 18th July 2017?
- Published on 19 Jul 17

a. Narendra Singh Tomar
b. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
c. Smriti Zubin Irani
d. Arun Jaitley
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Smriti Zubin Irani

With Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu now NDA’s Vice-Presidential nominee, his two ministerial portfolios have been given to Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Smriti Zubin Irani.

The President has also accepted Naidu’s resignation from the Council of Ministers.

Tomar, Union Minister for Rural Development, shall be assigned charge of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in addition to his existing portfolios, Textiles Minister Irani shall be given additional charge of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The additional charges given to Irani and Tomar are temporary arrangements ahead of a Cabinet reshuffle, when these ministries will get full-time ministers.

A number of other ministries also require a reshuffle. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been holding additional charge of the Defence Ministry since March after Manohar Parrikar was made Goa Chief Minister.

Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan was given additional charge of the Environment Ministry in May due to the demise of Union Minister Anil Madhav Dave.

The BJP-led government has had two reshuffles in November 2014 and July 2016. With less than two years left for this government, many feel that a reshuffle is imminent before the 2019 general elections.

Smriti Irani: Know More

  • Smriti Zubin Irani is an Indian politician, former model, television actress and producer. Irani is a Member of Parliament, being nominated to the Rajya Sabha from the state of Gujarat.
  • Born: 23 March 1976 New Delhi
  • Spouse: Zubin Irani (m. 2001)

3)   Karnataka Government has constituted a committee to design a _______.
- Published on 12 Jul 17

a. State flag
b. State flower
c. State symbol
d. State insignia
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: State flag

Karnataka Government has constituted a nine-member committee to study the possibility of designing a separate state flag and providing it a statutory standing.

It will be headed by Principal Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture. It shall submit report to the state Government after looking into required possibilities.

The committee was constituted following representation of social activists from the state urged the government to design a separate flag for Kannada ‘naadu’ and accord statutory standing for it.

There is no prohibition in the Constitution for the State to have its own flag. Even there is no separate central or state law dealing with issue.

So, legally it can be said that state flag is not unauthorised.

Jammu and Kashmir is only state having separate flag of its own due to special status granted by Article 370 of the Constitution.

At present, the national flag code specifically authorises use of other flags subject to the regulation by the court.

It does not mention anything about separate state flag.

However, it clearly mentions that the manner in which the other flag is hoisted should not dishonour the national flag. It has to be always below the national flag.

Thus, if states have separate flag, it should be hoisted in such a way that it does not dishonour the national flag.

4)   Who has been appointed the next attorney general of India on June 30, 2017?
- Published on 03 Jul 17

a. Mukul Rohatgi
b. Soli Sorabjee
c. KK Venugopal
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: KK Venugopal

Senior advocate and constitutional expert KK Venugopal was on 30 June 2017 appointed as the 15th Attorney General of India.

His appointment was approved by President Pranab Mukherjee after his name was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Venugopal will succeed Mukul Rohatgi, who chose to return to private practice after a three-year term as the Attorney General of India, country’s top law position.

He returns as a law officer after four decades. Earlier, in 1977, he had served as Additional Solicitor General.

Hailing from Kerala’s Kasargode district, KK Venugopal started his legal career in Mysore in 1954, before practising at the Madras High Court under his father, late barrister M K Nambiar.

He started appearing in the SC in the early 1960s while being based in erstwhile Madras and was designated as a senior advocate by the SC in 1972.

Five years later, he was appointed as an Additional Solicitor General in 1977. Venugopal was also appointed by the Royal Government of Bhutan to serve as the Constitutional adviser for the drafting of the Constitution of Bhutan.

In 2015, he was conferred with Padma Vibhushan award, the second-highest civilian honour in India.

He had also been awarded with the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour.

He is a collector of antiquarian books and possesses a large personal library , including many books published in the 17th and 18th century.

With more than 50 years of practice in the Supreme Court, his legal acumen is unmatched.

How is the AGI Appointed?

  • The President shall appoint a person who is qualified to be appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court to be Attorney General for India.
  • It shall be the duty of the Attorney General to give advice to the Union Government on legal matters, and to perform duties of a legal character, referred or assigned to him by the President.
  • In the performance of his duties, the Attorney General shall have right of audience in all courts in the territory of India.
  • The Attorney General shall hold office during the pleasure of the President, and shall receive such remuneration as the President may determine Conduct of Government Business.

5)   Which group A engineering service was constituted on 21st June 2017?
- Published on 23 Jun 17

a. Indian Naval Material Management Service
b. Indian Naval Store Officers
c. Indian Naval Store Material Management
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Indian Naval Material Management Service

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved constitution of an organized Group ‘A’ Engineering Service, namely Indian Naval Material Management Service (INMMS) and consequent changes in cadre structure of existing Group ‘A’ cadre of Naval Store Officers of the Indian Navy.

Constitution of an Organized Group ‘A’ Service would attract the best talents available and bring in technically qualified Material Managers. It will improve the functional efficiency of Material Management of Naval Stores and ensure operational readiness of the Navy at all times.

The proposed INMMS would attract the best talents available and will provide a reservoir of technically qualified Material Managers for handling the Materials Management functions of Indian Navy.

It will improve the functional efficiency of Material Management of Naval Stores and ensure operational readiness of the Navy at all times as well as provide better career prospects for the incumbents.

6)   With the lowering of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, the live storage capacity would rise by _______ MCM.
- Published on 21 Jun 17

a. 1564
b. 5740
c. 4175
d. 3175
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 4175

Narmada Control Authority (NCA) has cleared the proposal of final raising of the Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) in Gujarat by lowering of the gates and impounding of water in the reservoir up to its Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of EL 138.68 meters.

Before clearing the proposal for raising the Sardar Sarovar Dam, the NCA in its meeting on 16 June 2017 considered all aspects of Environmental and Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) issues.

With this lowering of the SSD, the live storage capacity of the dam would increase from 1565 to 5740 million cubic metres (MCM) i.e. by 4175 MCM (267%).

Secondly, the clean hydro-power generation will go up by existing 1300 MW to 1450 MW with increase in annual generation by about 1100 Million Units (i.e. about INR 400/- crore per annum).

In addition, this additional storage would irrigate about 8 lakh hectares and provide drinking water to about one crore people. As it is well known, the Sardar Sarovar Project would primarily meet the water requirement of drought prone and desert areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Prior to clearance by NCA, the Environment Sub-group of NCA chaired by Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary (MoEF&CC) reviewed the implementation of Environment Safeguard Measures on 1 May 2017 and after observing substantial progress, recommended Phase-II proposal of lowering down of the gates and impounding of water in the reservoir to FRL of EL 138.68 mts.

The Environment Sub-group has also asked the State Governments to complete leftover works by 30 June 2017.

The Resettlement and Rehabilitation sub-group chaired by G Latha Krishna Rao, Secretary (MoSJ&E) reviewed the progress of R&R and the opinions received from Grievance Redressal Authorities (GRAs) of the States of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra on 16 June 2017.

The State Governments have assured to address all issues of Project Affected Families (PAFs) on priority basis in accordance with Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal (NWDT) Award, liberalized policies of the State Governments and Supreme Court Order dated 8 February 2017.

NCA has permitted final raising of SSD after following the procedure laid down by Supreme Court order dated 18 October 2000 in WP(C) 328 of 2002 in Narmada Bachao Andolan Vs. Union of India & others.

Last time the proposal of raising the SSD was cleared on 12 June 2014, wherein permission for Phase-I construction of piers, overhead bridge and installation of gates in open or raised position was granted.

At that time, the effective height of SSD remained at EL 121.92 meters with backwater levels of EL 134.32 meters at dam site.

7)   Who is the first judge to be absconding from office on the day of his retirement?
- Published on 14 Jun 17

a. Justice Karnan
b. Justice Bobde
c. Justice Misra
d. Justice Ghose
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Justice Karnan

Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan, who was sentenced six months of imprisonment by Supreme Court, retired on 12 June 2017 at the age of 62, the retirement age for a High Court judge.

Justice Karnan has been absconding from the office of Calcutta HC judge since May 2017 to escape arrest after the Supreme Court sentenced him to six months imprisonment for contempt of court and ordered his immediate arrest, making him India’s first such judge to face this.

Karnan was not present at the Calcutta High Court on the day of his retirement as he is banned from performing his judicial duties since February 2017.

In May 2017, Justice CS Karnan was sentenced for imprisonment for repeated incidents of contempt of court.

It was also the first time that the Supreme Court has sent a high court judge to jail on charges of contempt.

The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and Kurian Joseph prohibited media from publishing any orders passed by Justice Karnan.

Justice Karnan was accused of contempt after he named 20 corrupt judges of India earlier in 2017 and sought an investigation alleging corruption in the judiciary. In March 2017, the SC ordered the Calcutta government hospital to constitute a medical board to examine the medical condition of Justice Karnan and submit a report to the court.

However, Justice Karnan refused to undergo medical tests.

Instead, he sentenced eight judges of the Supreme Court to five years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 100000 each under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

8)   What has Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) being renamed as in English?
- Published on 06 Jun 17

a. Haryana Sahari Vikas Pradhikaran
b. Haryana Sarkari Vikas Pradhikaran
c. Haryana Sahakari Vihas Pradhikaran
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Haryana Sahari Vikas Pradhikaran

The BJP government in Haryana has altered the name of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) citing reason that it bears similarities with the name of former Chief Minister of the state Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The authority was called Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran in Hindi. In English, it was known as Haryana Urban Development Authority.

Now the government has decided to call it Haryana Sahari Vikash Pradhikaran in Hindi as well as English, the report says.

The decision was taken during a state cabinet meeting chaired by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar yesterday.

Speaking on the government’s decision, Health Minister Anil Vij said that similarities in the names of Hooda and HUDA used to create a lot of confusion. It is was difficult to differentiate between the two names.

9)   The National Contact centre has been launched by EC for what purpose?
- Published on 15 May 17

a. Get query or complaint relating to elections registered
b. Enquire on subjects such as elections, voting dates, electoral roll and online registration
c. Both of the above
d. Neither of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both of the above

The Election Commission of India has launched National Contact Centre with a toll free number- 1800111950.

The move would enable any citizen from any part of the country to call on the toll-free number and get their query or complaint addressed at any time of the day in Hindi or English.

The callers would be able to enquire on subjects such as elections, voting dates, electoral roll and online registration.

They would also be able to register their complaints by simply dialling the toll free number.

The executives at the Contact centre would also be making outbound calls to educate the electors and spread voter awareness.

The National Contact Centre is operated on a National Grievance Redressal System Software.

The Redressal software is a single window platform to manage complaints and feedback received through calls, emails, sms and website access in an integrated and time-bound manner.

Callers may connect with the executives to lodge a complaint and enquire about its status of receipt and disposal as well as to give suggestions and feedback at every step of the way.

The EC through the establishment of the Contact Centre aims to bring about electoral reforms that empower the citizens and officials to monitor and report any irregularity or violation of the ECI’s instructions during, before or post elections.

Soon each state and Union Territory would also be setting up dedicated State Contact Centres (SCC) and District Contact Centres (DCC) in order to ensure smooth flow of information across the contact centres for proper redressal of issues and queries of the citizens.

National Contact Centre would also have IT protocols to ensure that any call landing at NCC is properly redirected to the respective State Contact Centre.

10)   What does ICMIS stand for, in the context of SC?
- Published on 11 May 17

a. Integrated Client Management Information System
b. Integrated Client Management Indepth System
c. Indian Case Management Information System
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: None of the above

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated Supreme Court’s Integrated Case Management Information System (ICMIS).

This digital filing system will mark Supreme Court’s first towards becoming a paperless, digital court.

ICMIS is hailed as the biggest and most ambitious leap in judicial system.

Subsequently, all High Courts, District Courts, Sub-Division Courts will be integrated with the new system.

Later on, all the jails in the country will be Integrated by ICMIS software.

ICMIS will help litigants access data and obtain information about the filing, delays etc.

It would pave way for the integration of all courts in the country.

The appellants hereafter is not required to file the records as the records will be picked up electronically from trial courts and high courts.

The digital filing system will also help in ushering transparency as nothing can be manipulated with this paperless system.

Also, the litigants will be able to know the progress of the case on real time basis.

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