Indian Polity - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   What is the AIADMK party symbol frozen by ECI?
- Published on 23 Mar 17

a. Two leaves
b. Single leaf
c. Three leaves
d. Four leaves
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Two leaves

With the Election Commission freezing the ‘two leaves’ symbol of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the focus has now shifted to how the warring factions will come to terms with the changed circumstances.

Observing that a deeper examination of the issue was required and that the more than 20,000 pages of evidence would have to be examined, the EC, in its interim order, said any hasty decision during the nomination process for the byelection might lead to an erroneous conclusion.

The EC, which recognised that there was a split in the party, said pending the final settlement of the dispute, neither the OPS nor Sasikala group was permitted to use the name ‘All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.’

Also, they cannot use the party symbol for the bypoll on April 12.

Both the groups shall be known by such names as they may choose for their respective groups, showing, if they so desire, linkage with their parent party.

Both the groups shall also be allotted different symbols as they may choose from the list of free symbols notified by the Election Commission for the purpose of the byelection.

2)   Who has been sworn in as the Kerala CJI?
- Published on 22 Mar 17

a. Justice Navanithi Prasad Singh
b. Justice Bobde
c. Justice CP Thakur
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Justice Navanithi Prasad Singh

Justice Navnithi Prasad Singh was on 20 March 2017 sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Kerala High Court.

The Governor of Kerala Justice (retd) P Sathasivam administered the oath of office to Justice Singh at a function held at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram.

After doing schooling from Scindhia School in Gwalior, he did graduation and LL.B. from the Delhi University.

Justice Navanithi Prasad Singh practiced in commercial, taxation and constitutional matters in Patna and Jharkhand High Courts.

His private corporate clients include State Bank of India, Lalit Narain Mithila University and other statutory authorities.

He was designated as a Senior Advocate on 11 December 2004 by the Patna high court.

He was elevated as a Judge of the Patna High Court on 6 March 2006. Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh was born on 6 November 1955.

Articles 214, 216 and 217

  • Article 214 (High Courts for States): There shall be a High Court for each State.
  • Article 216 (Constitution of High Courts)Every High Court shall consist of a Chief Justice and such other Judges as the President may from time to time deem it necessary to appoint.
  • Article 217 (Appointment and conditions of the office of a Judge of a High Court): The Chief Justice of a High Court shall be appointed by the President by warrant under his hand and seal after consultation with the Chief Justice of India and the Governor of the State.

3)   Which persons should be barred from contesting polls for a lifetime, as per ECI?
- Published on 21 Mar 17

a. Convicted
b. Alleged criminals
c. On Parole
d. Pending criminal investigation
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Convicted

The Election Commission of India on March 20, 2017 informed the SC it was in favour of barring convicted persons from contesting polls for life and stopping the entry into judiciary and the executive.

Commission also said it will set up special courts to decide criminal cases linked to judiciary, bureaucracy and people's reps.

In its affidavit filed in response to a PIL seeking setting up special courts for trial of criminal cases against people from the legislature, executive and judiciary, the Election Commission said the issues raised by the petitioner, Delhi BJP spokesperson and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhaya, are not adversarial.

With regard to direction for setting a minimum qualification and maximum age limit for legislators, the commission said the issue is in legislative domain and will require amendment to the Constitution.

The commission said it has been championing the cause of decriminalisation of politics within the constitutional and statutory framework, wherever possible with the aid of article 324, relating to the functions and powers of the poll body.

It has also issued necessary instructions in support of the mandate to conduct free and fair elections and to decriminalize democracy.

4)   Who has been named the new UP CM on March 18, 2017?
- Published on 20 Mar 17

a. Yogi Adityanath
b. Sakshi Maharaj
c. Keshav Prasad Maurya
d. Manoj Sinha
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath was appointed the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He is a LS MP from Gorakhpur.

State party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya was considered the front runner for the post. He has been named Deputy CM along with Dinesh Sharma, the party's national vice president and Lucknow mayor.

Adityanath is a 5 time BJP MP. The 44-year-old has represented Gorakhpur since 1998.

The BJP, which won three-fourths majority in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, is returning to power after 14 years.

BJP: Know More

  • President: Amit Shah
  • Founded: 6 April 1980
  • Newspaper: Kamal Sandesh
  • Ideology: Integral humanism, Social conservatism, Conservatism, Hindu nationalism, Gandhian socialism, Hindutva
  • Political position: Right-wing politics

5)   BJP has picked Trivendra Singh Rawat as the new CM of __________
- Published on 20 Mar 17

a. Manipur
b. Goa
c. Uttar Pradesh
d. Uttarakhand
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Uttarakhand

The BJP has picked Trivendra Singh Rawat as the CM candidate in Uttarakhand.

Rawat was elected the legislature party leader by party MLAs on March 17, 2017.

Rawat defeated INC's Hira Singh Bhisht in Doiwala with a margin of 24,000 votes.

This has the third win in the constituency when elections were contested since 2002.

Rawat is a Thakur leader with strong RSS roots. He was RSS pracharak from 1983 to 2002.

He held several important positions in the Sangh.

Rawat holds a master's degree in journalism.

During the 2014 LS elections, Rawat was given the responsibility of regional election in-charge in UP under Shah. Where BJP emerged victorious.

Overseeing the BJP affairs in Jharkhand, he took over the party to victory in Assembly polls.

BJP registered a landslide victory in Uttarakhand. It won 57 of 70 seats.

This was the biggest win by any party in the state ever. The party won around 46.5 % of the votes.

Uttarakhand: Know More

  • Land area: 53,483 km²
  • Founded: November 8, 2000
  • Population: 10.08 million (2012)
  • Capitals: Dehradun, Nainital (Judiciary)

6)   Who has been sworn in as the 26th CM of Punjab?
- Published on 17 Mar 17

a. G. Badal
b. Capt. Amarinder Singh
c. Navjot Sidhu
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Capt. Amarinder Singh

Senior Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh was sworn in as 26th Chief Minister of Punjab.

He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor VP Singh Badnore at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.

Besides him, 7 ministers including Navjot Singh Sidhu also sworn in as cabinet ministers.

Two women MLAs Aruna Chaudhary and Razia Sultana were sworn in as Ministers of State (Independent Charge).

In the 2017 state election, Congress under the leadership of Amarinder Singh had won 77 seats in the 117 member Assembly elections.

7)   Who won the vote of confidence in Goa?
- Published on 17 Mar 17

a. BJP
b. INC
c. GKP
d. MGP
Answer  Explanation 


Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has won the vote of confidence during specially convened Goa Assembly by 22-16 votes.

It was announced by protem speaker Siddharth Kunkolienkar after the vote of confidence on the floor.

In the newly elected Goa Assembly, BJP had strength of 13 MLAs and Congress has 17 members.

In the trust vote, three members each of Goa Forward Party and MGP and three independents along with 1 NCP member supported the BJP coalition government led by Manohar Parrikar.

8)   Who has been sworn in as Manipur CM?
- Published on 16 Mar 17

a. Okram Ibobi Singh
b. Biren Singh
c. Yumnan Joykumar Singh
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Biren Singh

Biren Singh was sworn in as Chief Minister of Manipur in Imphal.

The oath of office was administered by Governor Najma Heptulla.

Eight others were also sworn in, taking the number of Ministers in the BJP-led government to nine. Yumnan Joykumar Singh of the National People’s Party (NPP) was appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister.

The lawmaker from the Uripok Assembly constituency is a former Director General of Police from the State.

Biren Singh is the first BJP CM of the NE state.

Manipur: Know More

  • Manipur is a state in northeastern India.
  • It has the city of Imphal as its capital.
  • It is bounded by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, and Assam to the west; Burma lies to its east.
  • Land area: 22,327 km²
  • Founded: January 20, 1972,
  • Population: 2.722 million (2011)
  • Capitals: Imphal, Guwahati (Judiciary)

9)   LS passed the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill 2016 for?
- Published on 15 Mar 17

a. Denial of inheritance rights for heirs whose ancestors left India for Pakistan
b. Denial of inheritance rights for heirs whose ancestors left India for China
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both of the above

LS on 14th March 2017 passed the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill 2016 denying inheritance rights to heirs of those who left the country for Pakistan and China.

This completes the process after the RS have assent to the long pending legislation last week.

The amendment was necessitated by the claim made by the Raja of Mahmudabad of Uttar Pradesh.

This was on properties belonging to his father which were declared enemy property and seized by the government of India following partition.

Lok Sabha had to pass a fresh bill to approve the amendments introduced by the upper House on the recommendations of the select committee which considered the legislation.

Home minister Rajnath Singh said the purpose of the bill was to clarify the rules that inheritance law would not apply to enemy property a question which first arose in 2010.

The government had passed an ordinance to enforce the law.

Rajnath Singh: Know More

  • Rajnath Ram Badan Singh is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • He currently serves as the Home Minister.
  • He previously served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and as a Cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee Government

10)   UP has the highest number of women MLAs since?
- Published on 14 Mar 17

a. Independence
b. 1950
c. Formation of Modi government
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Independence

When the 17th Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly convenes, there will be a record 38 women MLAs in attendance, the highest since Independence.

The positive result came despite political parties giving tickets to only 96 women candidates.

BJP gave tickets to 43 women, the highest among all the parties.

Of these, 32 won.

From BSP and Congress, two women won, while one each from the Samajwadi Party and Apna Dal were also elected.

According to records available with the Election Commission, in the first UP assembly election after Independence, held in 1952, 20 women were elected.

The strength of women in the assembly has fluctuated in the elections ever since.

The next major milestone was in 1985, when 31 women were elected. However, in 1989, the number fell to 18, while only 10 women were elected in 1991.

In 1993, 14 women MLAs were elected, a number which steadily increased to 20 in 1996 and 26 in 2002.

In 2007, however, the number fell to a mere three women MLAs, but in 2012 a record 35 were elected.

In 2017, this number has gone up even further, in what is a positive sign.

Out of 403 constituencies in the state in which the party contested, BSP fielded only 20 women candidates.

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