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1)   A 3 day India-Afghan festival is being organised by which body in association with India and Afghan government and Afghan embassy on Nov 29, 2017?
- Published on 30 Nov 17

d. CPR
Answer  Explanation 


India-Afghan Cultural Festival in New Delhi has been jointly organized by the Government and Embassy of Afghanistan along with the Government of India and ICCR.

India and Afghanistan enjoy age old cultural and civilaisational ties and the deep-rooted linkages in the fields of music, art, architecture, language and cuisine constitute an important bond of friendship between the people of the two countries.

While exponents of Afghan classical music such as Ustad Sarahang were trained in the Patiala Gharana, the popular Indian music of bollywood resonates in Afghan homes,

The central Bamyan province of Afghanistan is an epitome of our shared Buddhist heritage, he added.

Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore's 'Kabuliwala' has connected Indians with the honest and large-hearted Afghans.

India-Afghan Festival is a unique event being organized and will further bring out the commonalities between the two countries through art, handicrafts, dance, music and other forms.

The three day festival includes cultural performances, handicrafts, exhibitions, cuisine and cultural shows from Afghanistan as well as India.

2)   How many Ms. World titles has India won to date?
- Published on 20 Nov 17

a. 4
b. 5
c. 6
d. 7
Answer  Explanation 


India's Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000.

Andrea Meza, who is Miss Mexico was the first runner up and Stephanie Hill from England was second runner up. Around 108 women from across the world participated in the beauty pageant.

Ms Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.

According to Ms Chhillar's profile on the Miss World website, Ms Chhillar aims to be a cardiac surgeon and has plans of opening non-profit hospitals in rural areas.

Ms Chhillar's profile also says she is a trained classical dancer and has a passion for outdoor sports like scuba diving, snorkelling and bungee jumping.

Ms Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was the first Indian woman to claim the title back in 1966, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1994, Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Ms Chopra in 2000.

The winner of last year's title, Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar.

3)   What is the name of the Child Rights Week from 16th to 20th Nov 2017?
- Published on 14 Nov 17

a. Hausla 2017
b. Samriddhi, 2017
c. Hunar, 2017
d. Samarth, 2017
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hausla 2017

The Ministry of Women and Child Development will celebrate the Child Rights Week (Hausla 2017) from 16th to 20th November, 2017.

The country celebrates the Children's Day on 14th November and the International Child Rights Day is celebrated on 20th November every year.

The period between the two important events will be celebrated as Child Rights Week by WCD Ministry by hosting an Inter CCI Festival for the children who reside in Child Care Institutions (CCIs).

The commemoration of the festival "Hausla 2017" will provide an occasion to showcase the talents of children from CCIs from various child care institutions across the country and provide them with a space to express their dreams and aspiration.

Children will be participating in various events like Bal Sansad, painting competition, athletics meet, football, chess competition and speech writing.

The following events are proposed to be organized:

1. Bal Sansad on 16th November 2017
2. Painting Competition on 16th November 2017
3. Athletics Meet, Chess Competition and Football Matches on 19-20th November 2017
4. Speech Writing

Child Reporters from street children's news magazine "Balaknama" will cover the entire event and publish it in their magazine, with due approval of the content from Ministry.

CIF, CARA and NIPCCD are assisting the Ministry in organising the events. UNICEF will be supporting the Ministry in publishing the compiled speeches in the form of a booklet.

4)   Where is the ASEAN defence ministers meeting plus being held in Oct 2017?
- Published on 24 Oct 17

a. Philippines
b. Malaysia
c. Indonesia
d. Thailand
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Philippines

The ASEAN defence ministers began their high-level security dialogue on Oct 23, 2017 to discuss security issues, including counter-terrorism, drug trafficking and maritime conflicts, facing the region.

They held a breakfast meeting before the formal opening of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) to specifically discuss the threat of violent extremism in the region

The Philippines, chair of the ASEAN this year, is hosting the 11th ADMM and 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) that include eight of ASEAN's dialogue partners namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the US.

The meeting hopes to come up with frameworks for maritime interaction, education and training exchanges, aircraft encounters among others.

ADMM: Know More

  • The ADMM is the highest defence consultative and cooperative mechanism in the ASEAN.
  • It aims to promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness among the 10 ASEAN member states-Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • The ADMM-Plus is a platform for the ASEAN Defence Ministers to engage their dialogue partners from Asia and the Pacific.

5)   Which city is set to host an International Puppet festival from Oct 26, 2017?
- Published on 16 Oct 17

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

ANSWER: Kolkata

The city is all set to host an International Puppet Festival from October 26.

West Bengal principal secretary Tourism and Home Affairs Atri Bhattacharya will be inaugurating the festival.

Artists from the UK, Germany, Peru, Portugal, Italy, Lithuania, Brazil, Singapore and India would be participating in the festival.

Kolkata will host such a festival for the first time and the six-day long festival will end on October 31, officials said.

The puppet festival is aimed at regenerating the emotions attached to puppetry and it will be held at Mohorkunj here.

6)   Make in India: Sweden 2017 was organised by which department in Stockholm on Oct 12 and 13th?
- Published on 13 Oct 17

b. DAE
c. DoT
d. Both a and c
Answer  Explanation 


Make in India: Sweden 2017, organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in Stockholm, from October 12-13aims to enhance Indo-Swedish cooperation and explore new areas of partnership.

Minister of Commerce and Industry also met the Co-Chair India-Sweden Business Leaders’ Round Table (ISBLRT) and Chairman, SEB, Mr. Marcus Wallenberg and President SAAB, Mr. HakanBuskhe.

The Commerce & Industry Minister acknowledged the importance of the partnership with SAAB, a pioneer Swedish company in the Indian market.

SAAB expressed interest in introducing full scope for development of industrial systems, from design and engineering to production.

The importance of technological cooperation was highlighted with focus on creation of high-technology zones close to forward going universities.

SAAB representatives appreciated the successful GST introduction in India that has resulted in growth of domestic trade. Importance of fostering an EU-India Free Trade Agreement was discussed, given its potential to open borders and enable products to compete.

It was agreed that higher economic integration and interdependencies will help resolve global political issues.

The main highlight of the event was the second edition of the India-Sweden Business Leaders’ Roundtable (ISBLRT) which focused on cooperation between the two countries, progress update of four joint working groups (Digitization, Smart Cities, Defence and Security and Skill Development) and the work plan for the year to come.

7)   The 4th Michibiki satellite launched by Japan on Oct 10, 2017 is a part of which satellite system?
- Published on 12 Oct 17

a. Quasi Zenith Satellite System
b. Quasi Zonal Satellite System
c. Geo Positioning Satellite System
d. Both a and c
e. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and c

Japan launched a fourth satellite for a new high-precision global positioning system (GPS) it hopes will encourage new businesses and help spur economic growth.

An H-2A rocket carrying Japan's fourth and final quasi-zenith satellite, the Michibiki No. 4, lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan on Oct 10.

Having four satellites that loop over Japan and Australia in a figure of eight orbit will allow for uninterrupted coverage and puts engineers on course to switch the system on in April.

Japanese GPS can locate devices to within several centimeters compared with the commonly-used U.S. system, which has an accuracy of about 10 meters.

Japan plans to have seven of the geo-positioning satellites in orbit by 2023.

Quasi-Zenith Satellite System

  • The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System is a three-satellite regional time transfer system in development and the satellite-based augmentation system for the Global Positioning System that would be receivable within Japan.
  • Planned completion date: 2017.
  • Start date: September 11, 2010.
  • Cost: 170 billion JPY.
  • Regime(s): 3x GSO.
  • Total satellites: 4 (7 in the future).
  • Country/ies of origin: Japan.
  • Operator: JAXA

8)   INA celebrates the Dilli seminar on 12th and 13th of Oct 2017 with which theme?
- Published on 10 Oct 17

a. ‘India and Southeast Asia-Maritime Trade, Expedition and Civilisation Linkages’
b. ‘India and Asia-Maritime Trade, Expedition and Civilisation Linkages’
c. ‘India and South Asia-Maritime Trade, Expedition and Civilisation Linkages’
d. ‘India and East Asia-Maritime Trade, Expedition and Civilisation Linkages’
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: ‘India and Southeast Asia-Maritime Trade, Expedition and Civilisation Linkages’

Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala is all set to conduct the fourth edition of the prestigious annual Dilli seminar on 12th and 13th of October 2017.

The theme for this year’s seminar is ‘India and Southeast Asia-Maritime Trade, Expedition and Civilisation Linkages’.

INA conducts the annual Dilli seminar on elements and issues of maritime history and heritage of the nation to help the young officers and cadets keep an eye on future developments in the maritime domain with a strong foundation of the past.

This year’s theme is aimed to explore and elucidate the impact of historic maritime trade that existed between India and Southeast Asian countries on their society, religion, spirituality, art, architecture, language, literature, administration and other areas of civilization.

The papers presented in the seminar would deliberate and analyse the impact of the historical maritime connections on the present, to extrapolate the future.

The Dilli series of seminar has always been an intellectually stimulating experience for all participants especially the young cadets and the 2017 edition promises to be equally informative, especially considering the growing significance of Southeast Asian countries in the present socio-economic, geographical and political situation.

9)   Which country celebrated its first gay marriage on Oct 1, 2017?
- Published on 03 Oct 17

a. Germany
b. Austria
c. Italy
d. Spain
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Germany

First same-sex marriage held in Germany

Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings on Oct 1, 2017, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on an equal legal footing with heterosexual couples.

About 60 guests and an equal number of journalists packed into Schoeneberg town hall’s “Golden Room” to witness the marriage of Karl Kreile and his partner of 38 years, Bodo Mende.

Germany has allowed same-sex partners to enter into registered partnerships since 2001, but these did not give couples exactly the same status in German law as marriage.

The German parliament voted to introduce marriage equality in June, after Chancellor Angela Merkel unexpectedly dropped her longstanding opposition to parliament holding a vote on the issue.

10)   Where is the 6th edition of international textiles and apparel fair VASTRA being held on 21st Sept 2017?
- Published on 22 Sep 17

a. Jaipur
b. Kota
c. Jodhpur
d. Jaisalmer
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jaipur

The Minister for Textiles and IB, Smriti Irani was inaugurating the 6th Edition of the 4-day international textiles and apparel fair VASTRA 2017, in Jaipur on 21st Sept 2017.

Growth of the textiles sector lies the growth of India and the growth of job opportunities.

Textiles sector provides direct employment to over 45 million people and indirectly impacts close to another 20 million households.

Government of India has brought in Rs. 6,000 crore package specially aimed at providing support to the textiles, apparel and made-ups sectors.

VASTRA 2017 is an all-encompassing trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel presenting a fusion of the finest and the latest in textiles products.

The event is jointly organized by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investments Corporation Limited (RIICO) and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is supported by the Government of Rajasthan.

More than 50 countries and 13 Indian States are participating in VASTRA 2017.

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