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1)   Where is the World Food India 2017 expo being held in Nov 2017?
- Published on 17 Oct 17

a. New Delhi
b. Chennai
c. Mumbai
d. Kolkata
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: New Delhi

Explanation:
As India gets ready to host its biggest food event aiming to transform the food economy and double farmers’ income, a glimpse of the grandeur and the immensity of the event to industry leaders, heads of foreign missions and media in an interactive session was shared.

India is the second largest producer of food, leader in milk, fruits & vegetables, cereals and marine. It has a huge potential with 127 agro climatic zones and proximity to food importing nations.

With a 1.3 billion population, and a retail sector that is set to treble by 2020, it offers a large demand driven market.

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana, an enabling environment and an innovation culture to foster strategic partnerships in the food processing industry to create an advantage to all the stakeholders.

World Food India 2017 provides that platform for global partnerships to achieve the said goal.

The potential of India in the food processing industry will be realized during this event.

With World Food India 2017, the Minister said, India is poised to attract an investment target of roughly US$ 10 billion in food processing sector, which will generate 1 million jobs in the next 3 years.

World Food India platform will reinvigorate India’s position as a ‘Global Food Factory’ and a ‘Global Sourcing Hub’.

In a nutshell, the World Food India 2017 gears up to host over 2,000 participants, over 200 companies from 30 countries, 18 ministerial and business delegations, nearly 50 global CEOs along with CEOs of all leading domestic food processing companies, and representatives of 28 States in India.

Germany, Japan and Denmark are Partner Countries to World Food India whereas Italy & Netherlands are Focus Countries.

Curated by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, the ‘Food Street’ is set to be World food India’s most attractive highlight.

Food Street is an experiential platform that will bring together culinary practices, flavours, fragrances from the world's cuisines, and celebrate India's rich cultural heritage and diverse uniqueness of its produce to create contemporary renditions and fusion food.

The conference also saw a war against food wastage with #NoWasteOnMyPlate campaign.

The campaign lends itself to the strategic intervention that World Food India 2017 will provide in achieving two most critical goals of the Government - doubling farmers’ income by 2022 and reducing post-harvest losses by bringing together global and Indian leaders to collaborate and co-develop solutions across India’s food value chain.


2)   First ever conference of partner NGOs of which ministry was held in Delhi on Oct 9, 2017?
- Published on 10 Oct 17

a. MoEF
b. MoD
c. WCD ministry
d. Science and technology ministry
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: WCD ministry

Explanation:
The first ever conference of Partner NGOs of WCD Ministry was held in New Delhi on Oct 9, 2017.

The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurated the conference titled “Implementation of Policies, Schemes and Programmes for Women and Children: Challenges and Way Forward”.

More than 130 participants from various NGOs across the country attended today’s conference aimed at sensitizing them about the various schemes of WCD Ministry and to give them an opportunity to share their experiences and insights.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has taken up several new initiatives like One Stop Centres, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Women Helpline, National Policy for Women, Bill against Trafficking, National Alliance against Child Abuse amongst many such others.

The flagship scheme launched by the Prime Minister, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao has shown a tremendous success since 104 out of 161 BBBP districts have shown an increasing trend in Sex Ratio at Birth.

This implies a clear cut change in attitude and urged the NGOs to come forward to ensure further success of the scheme.

The conference was based on the following broad themes:

i) Violence Against Women: Prevention and Facilitating Access to Justice

ii) National Policy for Women: Policy Interventions for Gender Parity

iii) Trafficking of Women and Children: Role of State Institutions

iv) Cyber Crime and Children: Prevention and Harm Reduction

v) Implementation of JJ Act: Structural Challenges and Mainstreaming of Children

The expected outcome of the Conference is to ascertain the existing problems and drawbacks in the present set up of delivery system at the grassroots level.

It also aims to develop ways for constructive policy formulation and programme implementation by assessing the lessons discussed during the conference;

Another aim is to increase engagement of these organizations for advocacy on women empowerment and child safety and security.


3)   National Conference on Agriculture for which crop's campaign is being organised on Sept 19, 20 2017?
- Published on 21 Sep 17

a. Kharif
b. Rabi
c. Seasonal
d. Both a and c
e. All the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and c

Explanation:
The National Conference onv Agriculture for Rabi Campaign - 2017-18 is being organized on 19th - 20th September, 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

The Conference was inaugurated by Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh.

Farmers succeeded in attaining the ever highest production of more than 275 million tons of foodgrains and 32 million tons of oilseeds during 2016-17 as per the latest and the 4th Advance Estimates.

The quantum jump in pulse production from previous record of 19.25 million tons in 2013-14 to 22.95 million tons during 2016-17 also took place.

During the two day conference, with the overall aim of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Group Discussions were held on important topics such as on

1. Soil Health Card Scheme – Review and Improvements,
2. Increasing Coverage of Non-loanee Farmers, Area and Crops under PMFBY and use of Modern Technology for Greater Efficiency,
3. e-NAM-Ideas on Improvements,
4. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – Approach for Sustainable Agriculture,
5. Management of Drought,
6. Review of Post Harvest Management (PHM) & Value Chain in the Country,
7. Drought Proofing of 30 Vulnerable Districts, (8) Doubling Farmers’ Income. Each Group was

In addition, presentations on the following (ix) flagship schemes were made by Joint Secretaries and senior officials to set the tone for discussions:

i. Kharif review & Rabi prospects
ii. Seed Quality Control.
iii. E- National Agriculture Marketing (E-NAM).
iv.Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).
v. Soil Health Card (SHC).
vi. Organic Farming.
vii. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY).
viii. Horticulture/cold Chain.
ix. Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY).


4)   National Conference on which crucial concern is being held on 19th Sept 2017 by WCD ministry?
- Published on 19 Sep 17

a. Under nutrition
b. Vaccination
c. Drinking water
d. Sanitation
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Under nutrition

Explanation:
The Ministry of Women and Child Development held the first ever National Conference in New Delhi tomorrow on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition in the country.

The theme of the conference was “Malnutrition Free India-2022”.

Giving details about the conference, the Secretary WCD said that the Government has decided to lay focused attention on this issue.

For this said purpose, Ministry of Women and Child Development has identified 113 districts across the States/UTs based on the composite index of NITI Aayog and prevalence of stunting from NFHS-4 data.

At least one district has been selected from each State/UTs so that the action taken in the selected district can be emulated in the other districts also, he explained.

National Conference, first of its kind, aims at bringing convergence at District/Block levels of the three key Departments (Health & Family Welfare, ICDS/Social Welfare and Drinking Water and Sanitation) wherein a roadmap would be drawn to evolve an appropriate strategy in tackling the problem of stunting, under-nutrition and wasting comprehensively and conclusively.

The conference would be sensitizing the District Collectors/Deputy Commissioners/District Magistrates as well as the District-level officers of Health & Family Welfare, Nutrition (ICDS/SW), Drinking Water & Sanitation Departments in the 113 High Burden Districts along with the Principal Secretaries/Secretaries, in-charge of these three Departments of all States/UTs on a multitude of topics relating to stunting, under-nutrition and wasting and the key strategic interventions which are urgently required.

The District Magistrates/District Collectors/Deputy Commissioners in these 113 high burden districts, through a dashboard, will regularly monitor and review the schemes covering the aspects of nutrition across the line departments within their jurisdiction at least once in a three month period.

Such a review and monitoring at district level would be done in an exclusively and dedicated manner (between 1st to 10th of January, April, July and October every year) to address implementation of schemes having a direct bearing on nutrition and Health.

Malnutrition: Know More

  • The problem of malnutrition is inter-generational and is dependent on multiple factors which inter-alia, include proper Infant & Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices, Immunization, Institutional Delivery, Early Childhood Development, Food Fortification, Deworming, access to safe drinking water & proper sanitation (WASH), Dietary diversification, full ANC checkup, early initiation of breast feeding, ICT enabled real time monitoring and implementation of Anganwadi Services, Improving infrastructure of Anganwadi Centres along with training of Anganwadi workers and other related factors.
  • These factors can also be Area specific or dependent on particular geographical conditions.
  • Further, it requires a convergent approach among all the three departments i.e. Health & Family Welfare, ICDS/Social Welfare and Drinking Water and Sanitation to tackle the issue of malnutrition comprehensively and conclusively.
  • Some of the important sessions at the conference include efficacy of food fortification, sustainable solution through breast feeding, dietary diversification, improving maternal & child health through Mission Indradhanush, improving program delivery effectiveness, accelerating Real Time Monitoring among others.


5)   CBDT and CBEC held a joint conference under the umbrella of which meet for the first time?
- Published on 01 Sep 17

a. Rajaswa Gyan Sangam
b. Udesh Gyan Sangam
c. Sandesh Gyan Sangam
d. Sandharbh Gyan Sangam
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Rajaswa Gyan Sangam

Explanation:
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) have been holding annual Conferences of senior officers for a number of years.

In 2016, for the first time, a joint Conference of the two Boards was held under the umbrella of “Rajaswa Gyan Sangam” which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This year also, a joint Conference of the two Boards is scheduled to be held on 1st and 2nd of September, 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

The Rajaswa Gyan Sangam, 2017 will be attended by the senior officers of CBDT and CBEC.

For the first time ever, senior officers of the Finance Department of the States and Union Territories will be attending this event.

There will be several Joint Sessions of the officers of the two Boards.

One of the plenary sessions will be addressed by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on the first day when he will be speaking on “Inner Engineering - Technologies for Well Being”.

Sh. K V Chowdary, Central Vigilance Commissioner will address the joint session on the second day.

The objective of the Conference is to enable a two-way communication between the policy-makers and the senior officers in the field offices with a view to increase revenue collection and facilitate effective implementation of law and policies in key result areas.


6)   ASEAN countries include which of the following?
- Published on 16 Aug 17

a. Brunei
b. Brazil
c. Lao PDR
d. Only a and c
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Only a and c

Explanation:
Over 100 delegates from 10 ASEAN countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam - will participate in the India-ASEAN Youth Summit to be held in Bhopal from August 14-19.

A statement from the India Foundation said the think tank in collaboration with the ministry of external affairs and the ministry of youth affairs and sports will organise the first- of-its-kind event.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, her deputy V K Singh, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Vijay Goel, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be among the key speakers at the event.

The exercise will mark the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership in the ongoing year and also the commemorative years theme of "Shared Values, Common Destiny".

It aptly reflects the close cultural and civilisational links that India and South East Asia have enjoyed over two millennia.

More engagement with the region has come with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Act East Policy", it said.

PM Modi at the 12th ASEAN-India Summit and the 9th East Asia Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, in November, 2014, had formally enunciated the Act East Policy.

Apart from the 100 delegates from ASEAN countries, the summit will also have participation of 75 youth leaders from India.

The statement said participants will represent some of the largest institutions in their countries, including leaders from ruling as well as opposition parties, think tanks, media and universities.


7)   Where was the 7th meeting of BRICS Trade Ministers held from 1 to 2 August 2017?
- Published on 03 Aug 17

a. Shanghai
b. Beijing
c. Tokyo
d. Rio De Janeiro
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Shanghai

Explanation:
The 7th Meeting of BRICS Trade Ministers was held in Shanghai from 1-2 August.

A six-member delegation led by Commerce and Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, along with Ambassador J.S. Deepak, participated in the meetings.

Mr. Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce from China, presided over the meetings.

The other delegations were represented by Mr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry (South Africa), Mr. Marcelo Maia Tavares de Araujo, Secretary of Commerce and Services of Ministry of Industry (Brazil) and Mr Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development (Russia).

A collective courtesy call on Vice Premier Wang Yang was also organized for the BRICS Trade Ministers.

Separately, a bilateral meeting between Commerce and Industry Minister (CIM) and Chinese Commerce Minister was also held.

  • The Ministers adopted the following documents at the conclusion of the meeting:
  • 7th BRICS Trade Ministers’ Joint Statement
  • BRICS Trade in Services Cooperation Roadmap
  • BRICS E-Commerce Cooperation Initiative
  • BRICS IPR Cooperation Guidelines
  • Framework on strengthening the Economic and Technical Cooperation of BRICS Countries
  • Terms of Reference (ToR) of BRICS Model E-Port Network
  • Outlines for BRICS Investment Facilitation


8)   The first national conference for which post of police officers was held in New Delhi on Aug 1, 2017?
- Published on 02 Aug 17

a. DG
b. Commissioner
c. SP and CAPF commandants
d. ACP
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: SP and CAPF commandants

Explanation:
The Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated the National Conference for Young SPs of States/UTs and Commandants of CAPFs on Aug 1, 2017.

The two-day Conference is being organised by Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), Ministry of Home Affairs.
The young officers must be aware of the transformation taking place in India.

The schemes and initiatives of the Government are framed in such a manner that citizens are empowered to lead a better quality of life.

The Ministry highlighted about ’Digital India’ programme and said that the aim of the programme is to bridge the digital divide and the focus is more towards poor sections of society.

The digital empowerment is not sufficient, unless there is digital inclusion.

Technology should be affordable, inclusive and development oriented, he added.

Using social media and training of officers in cyber security must be given utmost priority.

During the conference, the Minister also released a book titled ‘National Police Research Repository’.

This is for the first time that such a conference is being held.

For effective policing, the police and CAPFs must make good use of two partners, citizens and technology.

From DG level to beat constables, the concept of taking community along, is being followed.

On behalf of Central Government, DG, BPR&D said that MHA is doing its best to increase the technological inputs in the training programmes.

There were also three presentations were given to showcase the use of best practices in policing by using technology.

The conference included sessions on topics like Technology for Police, Operations and Technology and Police-Media Interface.


9)   BRICS countries Labour and Employment minister's meeting was held in which country in 2017?
- Published on 28 Jul 17

a. China
b. Brazil
c. Russia
d. India
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: China

Explanation:
BRICS countries-Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa have agreed to work together to ensure stable employment and better quality of life for their people.

Decision in this regard was taken at the 2017 Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting held in Chongqing, China.

The meeting comes ahead of 2017 BRICS Summit to be held in Xiamen, China in September 2017.

Labour and Employment Ministers from BRICS counters discussed topics ranging from skills-driven development to a universally sustainable social security system.

They passed BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Declaration. It covers a variety of areas that are of critical importance to all BRICS countries including India and called upon strengthening collaboration and cooperation on these through appropriate institutionalisation.

These areas covered under the declaration consist of Governance in the Future of Work, Universal and sustainable social security systems, Skills for development in BRICS, BRICS Social Security Cooperation Framework, BRICS Network of Labour Research Institutions and BRICS entrepreneurship research.

They also presented four documents, including one on common ground in labour market governance and an action plan on skills-driven poverty alleviation.

They also held that they should work together to boost employment and inclusive growth, enhancing the skills of professionals to alleviate poverty.


10)   Which country will host the 5th Global Conference on CyberSpace in 2017, one of the world’s largest cyber-conferences?
- Published on 24 Jul 17

a. Pakistan
b. Bangladeshi
c. Nepal
d. India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: India

Explanation:
India will be hosting the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in 2017, one of the world’s largest conference on Cyber Space and related issues.

Themed on Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace, the GCCS 2017 will be inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi.

To be held in India for the first time, the two-day conference will see participation of around 2000 delegates from senior Government officials, industry leaders, academia and civil society from over 100 countries.

GCCS will congregate and deliberate on issues relating to promotion of cooperation in cyberspace, norms for responsible behaviour in cyberspace and to enhance cyber capacity building.

Many of these delegations will be headed at Ministerial level delegates thereby making it an important forum of global consultation of various issues of cyber space.

Among the multiple transformative programmes under Digital India, the biggest thing that India brings about to the table is Digital Inclusion that makes it sustainable and developmental; which has been given utmost importance under the theme Cyber4All.

The GCCS 2017 will take place on the 23rd and 24th of November, 2017 in Aero City, New Delhi. Multiple run-up events are planned across India and abroad to create awareness about GCCS 2017, along with 2 days of pre-event activities right before the conference.

GCCS: Know More

  • GCCS is a prestigious international conference that aims at encouraging dialogue among stakeholders of cyberspace, which has been taking place since 2011.
    Incepted in 2011 in London, GCCS witnessed a participation of 700 global delegates.
  • It helped in setting up rules and guidelines for the editions to follow.
  • The second conference was held in 2012 in Budapest with focus on relationship between internet rights and internet security and was attended by 700 delegates from nearly 60 countries.
  • The third edition of GCCS was held in 2013 in Seoul with participation from 1600 delegates.
  • The conference built on the themes such as Economic Growth and Development, Social and Cultural Benefits, a Safe and Secure Cyberspace, Cybercrime and International Security.
  • The fourth version GCCS 2015 was held on April 16-17, 2015 in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Nearly 1800 members from nearly 100 countries participated in this conference and over 60 countries participated with delegations led at Ministerial level.
  • The conference focused on Freedom, Security and Growth in cyber space. GCCS 2015 was a program designed as high level stock taking exercise and to generate input for other ongoing processes rather than an independent norm setting initiative.
  • The launch of Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) was main deliverable of the conference for capacity building in cyber space.
Goals and Benefits of GCCS
  • ‘Goal of GCCS 2017 is to promote an inclusive Cyber Space with focus on policies and frameworks for inclusivity, sustainability, development, security, safety & freedom.
  • Also on the anvil technology and partnerships for upholding digital democracy, maximizing collaboration for strengthening security and safety and advocating dialogue for digital diplomacy’.
  • It will be an opportunity to showcase the “Digital India” program as a positive, sustainable and scalable model for use of ICTs for addressing developmental challenges and growth opportunities.
  • It can help provide vision of inclusive digital society for inclusive growth, education, healthcare especially for developing world.
  • The plenary sessions and other activities during GCCS 2017 will be designed around the themes of Cyber4Inclusive Growth, Cyber4DigitalInclusion, Cyber4Security and Cyber4Diplomacy.
  • During various sessions and activities focused around these themes, GCCS 2017 will bring forth the business, empowerment and developmental potential of Cyber space for realizing the goals of sustainable development.
  • Cyber security will be one of the major focus areas in GCCS 2017 especially as the central government is in the process of setting up separate sector specific emergency response centres to ensure cyber security and strengthen technology infrastructure.
  • GCCS 2017 will be an excellent platform for Industry and its Associations, Civil Society, Academia, Governments and Think-tanks from across the world to deliberate on issues, opportunities and challenges faced in the cyber world and pave the way for a better digital future.
  • Indian start-ups will also get exposure to the global industry leaders and investors in GCCS 2017 to pitch their ideas through multiple seminars, side events and exhibitions.


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