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1)   India has participated In the Fourth JITSIC in Paris. What does JITSIC stand for?
- Published on 19 Jul 17

a. Joint Indian Taskforce on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration
b. Joint India Taskforce on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration
c. Joint International Taskforce on Social Intelligence and Collaboration
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

Explanation:
India participated in the fourth Joint International Taskforce on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration (JITSIC) meeting reconvened in Paris to pursue the work on the Panama Papers in the last week of June 2017.

Based on legal instruments under the OECD and Council of Europe Multilateral Convention and tax treaties, a number of countries shared information in confidential Competent Authorities sessions, on structures that facilitate, enable and promote tax avoidance / evasion.

India also shared its experience in this regard.

Demonstrating the value and strength of JITSIC, 30 project participant countries have continued to exchange, analyse and act on information about taxpayers and intermediaries connected to Mossack Fonseca.

In the past six months, more than 570 requests for information have been sent to 32 countries.

India has also sent several requests for information to various jurisdictions in the Panama Paper cases since the last meeting in January 2017.

JITSIC members have established the capability to allow for fast, effective and coordinated multilateral responses to any future data leaks and are sharing the same.

JITSIC will continue to identify more arrangements as countries continue their investigations and share intelligence and new data comes to light.

Collaboration with JITSIC has been useful for India in its fight against offshore tax evasion.


2)   Where has the first edition of Wings 2017 Sab Uden Sab Juden Expanding Regional Connectivity hosted in July 2017?
- Published on 11 Jul 17

a. Kochi
b. Mumbai
c. Bangalore
d. Delhi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Delhi

Explanation:
The First edition of WINGS 2017 Sab Uden, Sab Juden”- Expanding Regional Connectivity was hosted in New Delhi by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The Plenary session was chaired by the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

Around 338 delegates from Government and Civil Aviation sector participated in the first edition of WINGS-2017.

This event brought together the key stakeholders of the Aviation Sector such as States, Tourism Departments and Tour Operators as a Group representing airline consumers to facilitate interaction.

It sought discussion with various airlines, airport operators, cargo operators and other ecosystem players at a common forum.

The event saw participation from 28 States and Union Territories and out of this 19 states and Union Territory made presentation emphasizing the incentives or special packages to the airlines other than the support offered by Government of India under RCS- UDAN.

During the Wings-2017, Interactive sessions with Stakeholders of entire Ecosystem such as Tourism Departments, Tour Operators, Airport Operators, Cargo Operators, Aircraft Manufacturers, Engine Manufacturers and other players in the value chain was convened.

The States enthusiastically capitalized upon the unique platform provided by the ministry, wherein they had 112 one to one discussions (G2B meetings) with the Airlines operators in an attempt to showcase their destinations and routes as viable business market for the airlines.

The WINGS 2017 lived upon the expectations and served as a unique outcome oriented platform for the stakeholders of the entire ecosystem in the Civil Aviation sector.

Some notable outcomes expected from the forum are identification, marketing of new routes, destination and most importantly making flying accessible to the citizens across the country.


3)   Where was the 4th National Summit on Good Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems held on July 6, 2017?
- Published on 07 Jul 17

a. Indore
b. Bhopal
c. Chennai
d. Kolkata
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Indore

Explanation:
Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha inaugurated the 4th National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems at Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

National Health Policy, 2017 is a landmark step as it commits to comprehensive primary healthcare, effective regulatory framework and best infrastructure.

The Health Ministry also gave away awards to the states on the basis of Health Indicators and Service Delivery.

The award for best performing States in the category of indoor services (based on change of IPD/1000 population from 2015-16 to 2016-17-HMIS) was given to Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Daman and Diu got the award among the Union Territories (UTs).

For the best out-patient services, the award was given to Gujarat, Punjab and Jharkhand whereas Dadra and Nagar Haveli got the award amongst the Union Territories.

For, average out of pocket expenditure per delivery in public health facility, the award was given to Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Among the UTs, the award was given to Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

The award for decline in IMR was given to Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal among the bigger states, Manipur received it amongst the smaller states and Puducherry amongst the UTs.

Best Performance in Revised National TB Control Programme was given to Assam and Himachal Pradesh.


4)   Where was the 6th India-Myanmar Joint Trade Committee Meeting on 27th June 2017 held?
- Published on 28 Jun 17

a. Laos
b. Imphal
c. New Delhi
d. Kolkata
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: New Delhi

Explanation:
The 6th India - Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting co-chaired by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce & Industry from India and Dr. Than Myint, Union Commerce Minister from Myanmar was held on 27th June 2017 at New Delhi.

The Joint Trade Committee plays a key role in facilitating issues related to enhancement of the bilateral economic partnership between the two countries.

Both countries have long history of shared religious, linguistic and ethnic ties.

Myanmar is India’s gateway to South East Asia and ASEAN with which India is seeking greater economic integration through ‘Act East’ Policy.

Myanmar shares a long land border of over 1600 Kms with India as well as a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal.

The bilateral relationship has been further strengthened by the high level exchanges between our countries. Prime Minister of India visited Myanmar in November 2014 for the Twelfth India-ASEAN Summit. State counsellor of Myanmar visited India in October 2016

Trade and Commerce play a significant role in the bilateral relationship of the two countries, with India’s trade with Myanmar growing by 6.01% from USD 2.05 bn in 2015 -16 to USD 2.18 bn in 2016-17.

The total export achieved in 2016-17 was 1.11 USD Billion, reflecting an annual growth of 3.79%. The import stood at 1.06 USD Billion showing a growth of 8.43%.

During the meeting discussions were held on exploring the feasibilities of direct shipping lines with Sittwe port and Vizag/ Chennai. Similarly, the need for direct air connectivity with Chennai/ Guwahati was discussed.

The quick finalisation of the Mode of Operation(MoO) for making the Border Haats functional on the ‘India-Myanmar border’ was lauded.

It was noted that 10 points spread across 4 states viz., Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur, have been identified for operationalising Border Haats.

Both sides also agreed to explore opening of two new Border Trade Points at Pangkhuwa and Zoninpuri.

Both sides also agreed to deepen their engagements in some of the mutually identified core sectors.

Comprehensive MoUs would be explored in areas of Health Care and Textiles. The MoUs on capacity building between RBI and CBM signed on 22 September, 2015 and on cooperation in the field of Power Sector signed on 19 October, 2016 will be operationalised quickly.

The proposed MoU between RBI and Central Bank of Myanmar on currency exchange rate fixation also needs to be expedited. Myanmar side was also requested to explore the suggestion of opening of a Counsellor Office in the North-East.

Project Development Fund for CLMV was also highlighted. The 4th India - CLMV Business Conclave has emerged as the main B2B forum for countries of the region and India.

The 5th Edition is now poised to be organized in Cambodia. She expressed the hope that the Conclave along with JTIF set up by the Ministry will help faster growth of business to business contacts and FDI inflows between the two countries.

The Minister requested the Government of Myanmar and its business community to actively partner in India’s initiatives to strengthen her manufacturing capacities, viz. ‘Make in India’ and stated that India is also ready for a similar move in Myanmar.


5)   Third Meeting of the National Medical Wellness and Tourism board was held in which city?
- Published on 20 Jun 17

a. Mumbai
b. Chennai
c. Delhi
d. Bangalore
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Delhi

Explanation:
The Third Meeting of the National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board was held today under the chairmanship of Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture.

In the Second Meeting of the Board held on 28th March, 2017, it was announced that comprehensive framework and roadmap on Medical and Wellness Tourism would be prepared and presented before the nation in time for the International Yoga Day on June 21st 2017.

The Committee presented its report for adoption by the Board in which a standard framework for assessment and accreditation of all AYUSH facilities that cater to Tourism has been created.

The institutions can apply online for self-assessment which would then be reviewed for accreditation.

All organisations that are already accredited and/or qualified and/or certified by NAAC, NABH, ISO-9004, Indian Yoga Association (IYA), Center of Excellence (CoE), Organisations affiliated by Universities, Approved Integrative Hospitals and government AYUSH Institutions and Green Leaf / Olive Leaf organisations approved by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala would be listed on the Ministry of Tourism website by 21st June 2017.

The Ministry of Tourism is also celebrating the 3rd International Day of Yoga through various initiatives:

  • A 30 second Radio Spot promoting Yoga was developed and is airing on 17 AIR FM stations starting 14th June.
  • A 60 second Television commercial promoting India as a land of Yoga has been developed. A month long TV campaign promoting Yoga is to be launched on Doordarshan network on 21st June.
  • A campaign promoting Yoga is running on all social network channels of Ministry of Tourism from 15th May 2017 to 21st June 2017.
  • IDY 2017 posters and standees developed to be used by India tourism international and domestic offices.
  • The International Day of Yoga was highlighted at the India stand at SATTE, Delhi in Feb 2017 and Yogshala Expo held in Delhi in June 2017.
  • The private sector is also encouraging participation in Yoga Day events with Tour Operators planning special trips to Yoga camps and special Yoga Experiences for groups who are visiting on the Yoga Day.
National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board
  • The National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board was constituted under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Tourism.
  • It was formed in October 2015.
  • It aims to provide dedicated institutional framework to take forward Medical Tourism and position India as competent and credible medical and well tourism destination.


6)   Which state government signed MoU with British Council to improve state education?
- Published on 16 Jun 17

a. Manipur
b. Assam
c. Meghalaya
d. Sikkim
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sikkim

Explanation:
The Human Resource Development department of Sikkim government signed an MoU with the British Council to enhance quality of education in the state.

The MoU will improve the educational structure of the schools of Sikkim as planned by the Chief Minister and his vision to revolutionise Sikkim's education and help children achieves greater feats in life.

The purpose of the MoU is to support the aims and aspirations of the young people of Sikkim through collaborative projects in the area of English, education and skills by strengthening the capacity of the teachers and other professionals, working with youth in the state and support its cultural economy.

The programme also include capacity building in teaching, learning and research pedagogy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Social Science teachers from undergraduate colleges and universities in Sikkim by UK higher education experts along with internship of young faculties at relevant UK Universities.


7)   GST Council has constituted how many sectoral groups for smooth roll-out of the indirect tax?
- Published on 12 Jun 17

a. 16
b. 17
c. 18
d. 19
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 18

Explanation:
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has constituted 18 sectoral groups like telecom, textiles, gems and jewellery, e-commerce and mining, constituting officers both from the Centre and states to address sector-specific issues and assist in smooth roll-out of the new indirect tax regime from July 1.

The constitution of the 18 sectoral groups was decided in the 14th meeting of the GST Council held on May 18-19 in Srinagar.

These 18 sectoral groups representing various sectors of the economy and containing senior officers of the Centre and the states are being set up to ensure smooth implementation of GST by timely responding to the issues and problems of their respective sectors.

These groups will interact and examine representations received from trade and industry associations/bodies of their respective sector, highlight specific issues for the smooth transition to the GST regime and prepare sector-specific draft guidance.

The other sectoral groups are banking, financial and insurance, exports (including export oriented units and special economic zones), information technology and information technology enabled services, transport and logistics, micro small and medium enterprises (including job work).

Also included are oil and gas (upstream and downstream), services received and provided by government, food processing, big infrastructure (airport and sea ports including maintenance, repair and overhaul, power sector, housing and construction).

Other groups are on travel and tourism, handicrafts, media and entertainment and drugs and pharmaceuticals.

The officials of these sectoral groups will deal with the issues and the problems of the respective sectors they represent.

The concerned industry groups/associations or even individual industry representatives may approach the respective sectoral group officers with their problems, if any, relating to GST implementation who, in turn, will try to guide and help them in resolving the same.

This exercise will help in dealing with most of the sectoral problems and issues at the local/regional level.


8)   The railways ministry has inaugurated the first HR round table conference for railways at which city?
- Published on 12 Jun 17

a. New Delhi
b. Kolkata
c. Chennai
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: New Delhi

Explanation:
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated Indian Railways’ 1st HR Round Table Conference. C

Railway is a large organisation & for every big organisation, it is necessary to revisit the basic issues, introspect them and bring a change to be competitive, versatile & efficient.

People in the organisation has to take a decision of change. Organisational change can happen only if the shortcomings are realised.

Railways is a complex organization. It has commercial role, social role and welfare role and has to meet expectations of people which are unique and conflicting. It also has to play a role of national transporter.

Railways is the most important strategic asset of country.

The change should start from the top level so it should be discernible to the people as discussed in the HR Round Table Conference. Railways as an organisation should cater to the larger corporate goals, corporate goals should cater to societal priorities.

The action & attention should be at Divisional level, Railway Divisions as a business unit should be a focal point of the changes.

Chairman Railway Board Shri AK Mital said that In all other organization the cost of employees is around 30% whereas in Indian Railways it is 60% of the operation cost.

The need of the hour is to increase the earning so that the cost of employees will go down which will be possible only when efficiency & output of each & every employees will improve.


9)   Where was the 18th Annual India Russia Summit held in 2017?
- Published on 02 Jun 17

a. Moscow
b. St. Petersburg
c. Mumbai
d. Chennai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: St. Petersburg

Explanation:
The complete list of MoUs signed by PM Modi with Russia are listed below:

List of MoUs/Agreements exchanged during the visit of Prime Minister to Russia (June 01, 2017)


Sl.No.Title of MoUs/AgreementIndian signatoryRussian Signatory
1.The program of cultural exchanges between the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of India for 2017-2019.Ambassador Pankaj SaranVladimir Medinskyii Minister for Culture
2.The General Framework Agreement for the construction of the third stage of the Kudankulam NPP (KK5 & KK6) along with the Credit ProtocolShri Satish Kumar Sharma, Chairman NPCILMr Alexei Likhachev, CEO ROSATOM
3.Agreement between the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) and the Council of India on Scientific and Industrial Research on granting access to Rospatent experts to the Indian Digital Library of Traditional Knowledge (TKDL)Ambassador Pankaj Saran Mr Grigory Ivliev Head of ROSPATENT
4.The contract between JSC «Russian Railways» and the Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India on the preparation of the justification for the implementation of the high-speed service at the Nagpur-Secunderabad sectionAmbassador Pankaj SaranOleg BeloserovPresident of Russian Railways
5.Memorandum of cooperation between ALROSA Joint Stock Company (Public Joint Stock Company) and the Council for the Promotion of the Export of Precious Stones and Jewellery of IndiaShri Praveen Shankar Pandya,Chairman,Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)Mr Sergei IvanovPresident ALROSA
Source: PIB

The Saint Petersburg Declaration by the Russian Federation and the Republic of India: A vision for the 21st century was also part of the summit.

Ties India and Russia span the spectrum from Culture to Defence (Sanskriti se Suraksha).

70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries have been marked by a high degree of convergence on various bilateral and global matters.

The Prime Minister mentioned St. Petersburg Declaration, issued today, as a benchmark of stability in a turbulent, interdependent and interconnected world.


10)   India has hosted a Pacific Island conference in ______.
- Published on 31 May 17

a. Fiji
b. Cook Islands
c. Samoa
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Fiji

Explanation:
India has hosted a two-day Pacific Islands Conference in Suva, the capital city of Fiji. The India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference held between 25 and 26 May 2017 was hosted by Ministry of External Affairs.

The conference that was inaugurated by the Acting Fijian Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum saw the signing of eight MoUs on the day of inauguration.

These MoUs were signed on 25 May 2017 by five participating nations, namely Fiji, Cook Islands, Nauru, Samoa and Niue. On behalf of India, the inaugural session of the conference was addressed by Gen. (Dr) V.K. Singh (Retd), Minister of State for External Affairs.

List of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) signed during the Inaugural session of India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference:



Serial No.CountryMoU
1.FijiMOU for cooperation on broadcasting between Prasar Bharti, New Delhi, India and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation for Exchange of Audio Visual Programmes.
2.FijiMoU between Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Government of the Republic of India and Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of the Government of the Republic of Fiji on Co-operation in the field of Renewable Energy.
3.FijiMoU between the Government of Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Fiji for establishing India - Fiji Centre of Excellence in IT.
4.FijiMoU between the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Fiji and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Republic of India on Cooperation in the field of Youth Development.
5.Cook IslandsMoU between the Government of Republic of India and the Government of Cook Islands for Establishing India - Cook Islands Centre of Excellence in IT.
6.NauruMoU between the Government of Republic of India and the Government of Republic of Nauru for establishing India - Nauru ICT Learning Centre of Excellence in IT.
7.SamoaMoU between the Government of Republic of India and the Government of Independent State of Samoa for Establishing India - Samoa Centre of Excellence in IT.
8.NiueMoU between the Government of Republic of India and the Government of Niue for Establishing India - Niue Centre of Excellence in IT.
India will contribute USD 1 million to Fiji’s Trust Fund for their Presidency of COP-23 to be held in November 2017.

The conference was held under the framework of the Forum for India Pacific Islands Co-operation (FIPIC).

The conference was organised by the Ministry of External Affairs wanted to boost the bilateral relations with the 14 Pacific Island countries.

The event saw Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF). India-Pacific Islands Countries discuss on a wide range of issues including climate change.

FIPIC was formed in November 2014, to strengthen India’s relationship with the Pacific Island Countries.

The first FIPIC summit was held at the level of Heads of Government in November 2014 in Suva, Fiji, which was followed by the FIPIC-II summit held in August 2015, in Jaipur, India.


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