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1. Who will be the new Prime Minister of Nepal?
- Sher Bahadur Deuba
- G P Koirala
- B D Bhandari
- Aman Koirala
Explanation: Sher Bahadur Deuba, a Nepali Congress leader, will become the new Prime Minister of Nepal, after Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” resigned from the post. The resignation is to honor an accord signed in August 2016 when Prachanda was elected the prime minister with Deuba’s support.
2. Which Indian won the 2017 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International President’s Award?
- Sudhir Thilak
- Rohan Chakravarty
- O V Puthukkody
- Satish Ankur
Explanation: Rohan Chakravarty, a young Indian Wildlife and environment cartoonist, has won the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International President’s Award in Manado, Indonesia for his efforts to inspire change and attitudes towards nature.
3. Which City in India to host the 2018 annual convention of African Development Bank (AfDB) Group?
- Gandhi Nagar
Explanation: The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 52nd annual meeting of African Development Bank (AfDB) Group-2017 at the Mahatma Mandir convention centre in Gandhinagar Gujarat with theme “Transforming Agriculture for Wealth Creation in Africa”, which has started from May 22 and will continue till May 26, 2017.
4. Which country become the largest Stainless Steel Producer in the world in 2016, according to data of the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) 2017?
- United States
Explanation: China has become the largest stainless steel producer in the world in 2016, according to data released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) at annual conference held on May 14-19, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. India overtook Japan as the second- largest producer in 2016.
5. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (WDCDD) is observed on which date?
- May 20
- May 21
- May 22
- May 23
Explanation: The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed every year on May 21 to bridge the gap between different cultures. The day is an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to |live together in harmony. This day was created as a result of the destruction of the Buddha statues of Bamiyan in Afghanistan in 2001. The 2017 theme is “Local Culture as a Driver for Economic Growth”.
6. The World Turtle Day (WTD) is observed on which date?
- May 23
- May 24
- May 25
- May 26
Explanation: The World Turtle Day (WTD) is observed every year on May 23 to raise awareness on conservation of tortoise and turtles and on illegal trafficking. One of the greatest threats facing turtles and tortoises in India is smuggling to East Asian and Southeast Asian markets.
7. Who elected as the new Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO)?
- Dr. Tenenbam Kushro
- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
- Dr. Vishali Varadharajan
- Dr. Renuga Taper
Explanation: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia has been elected as the new Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). He will be the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member States. He will succeed Dr. Margaret Chan, who will step down from her 10-year post at the end of June.
8. Which country will be the first Asian country to recognize Same Sex Marriage?
Explanation: Taiwan has become the first Asian country to recognize same sex marriage after the constitutional court’s ruling comes in support of legalizing same-sex marriage. The panel of judges has given the island’s parliament two years to amend or enact new laws, which could potentially make Taiwan the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.
9. The World Health Assembly (WHA70) has started in which city?
- New Delhi
Explanation: World Health Assembly (70th edition) has started in Geneva, Switzerland on May 22, 2017 and ends on May 31, 2017. In it, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia has elected a new Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO). He will succeed Dr. Margaret Chan and will take office for a five-year term on July 1, 2017.
10. Which country’s officially recruited the World’s first Operational Robot police officer “Robocop”?
Explanation: The world’s first operational robot police officer “Robocop” was officially inducted into the Dubai police force at the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on May 21, 2017. The robot is around 5-foot tall and weighs a 100kg.
11. Which country is hosted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization 2017 (NATO) Summit?
Explanation: The 28th edition of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit has started in Brussels, Belgium on May 24 and 25, 2017 in which terrorism will top the agenda of the meeting. It is expected that NATO is to join the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition(IS) to fight against Islamist terrorism. The 2018 NATO summit will held in Istanbul, Turkey.
12. 2017 theme of World No Tobacco Day celebrated on which day?
- May 28
- May 29
- May 30
- May 31
12. According to World Economic Forum (WEF) citing UN Habitat Data Which country in the world most crowded?
- New York
Explanation: The capital of Bangladesh “Dhaka” is the world’s most crowded city with a population density of 44,500 people per square kilometre, released by World Economic Forum (WEF), citing UN Habitat data. According to UN Habitat data, of the top 10 most densely populated cities in the world, six are in Asia, three are in Africa and one is in South America. India’s financial capital Mumbai, home to 31,700 people per square kilometre has acquired second place, where as Kota in Rajasthan with 12,100 people per square kilometre was ranked seventh.
13. Which country is hosting the World Street Food Congress 2017?
Explanation: The 2017 World Street Food Congress (WSFC) will be held in Manila, Philippines from May 31 to June 4, 2017 with theme “Re-Imagine Possibilities”. In the fest industry’s global movers and shakers, leaders and innovators, entrepreneurs, chefs, street vendors, and food aficionados come together to share ideas, development and opportunities in a collaborative environment. The Bihari delicacy litti choka will represent India in the international food festival. Litti Choka is a two-dish combination which is wheat baked balls stuffed with roasted spices and Chokha a mixture of roasted potato tomatoes onions with garlic chillies among others.
14. Indo Thailand Airforce Exercise “Siam Bharat 17” has held in which city?
- Chiang Mai
Explanation: The Indo-Thailand Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) “Siam Bharat 17” table top exercise has held at Chiang Mai, Thailand from May 22 to 26 May 2017 between the Indian Air Force and Royal Thailand Air Force (RTAF). The 11-member IAF contingent is led by Group Captain Sucharu Rai VM. This is second such exercise to be conducted between the two Air Forces.
14. Which Committee has recently submitted its report on Scouts and Guides to the Union Government?
- Srinivas Rangarajan committee
- Abhijit Sen committee
- Harsh Malhotra committee
- Ratan Watal committee
Explanation: High-level committee on Scouts and Guides under the chairmanship of Harsh Malhotra has submitted its final report to Minister for State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Vijay Goel. Harsh Malhotra committee Committee has suggested mandatory revamp of the Bharat Scout and Guides and Hindustan Scouts and Guides. It has found a number of irregularities and anomalies in the management and financial management.
15. Who will be the new Chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities?
- George Kurian
- Sulekha Kumbhare
- Anand Paswan
- Gayarul Hasan
Explanation: The Union government has appointed 7 members in the minorities panel along with chairperson. Gayarul Hasan, a social activist from Uttar Pradesh, will become the new chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM). The other members are Activist and BJP leader from Kerala George Kurian, former Maharashtra minister Sulekha Kumbhare, Jain representative from Gujarat Sunil Singhi and Vada Dasturji Khurshed, chief priest of Udvada Athornan Anjuman, are the other members of the panel. This is for the first time that a Jain member will be part of the panel after the community was notified as ‘minority’ in January 2014.
16. Which Indian appointed as the new chairman of International Fertiliser Association (IFA)?
- Naoki Tajima
- Kaustubh Shah
- Vinodh Bhat
- Rakesh Kapoor
Explanation: Rakesh Kapur, Joint Managing Director of Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) at the 2017 IFA annual conference in Marrakech, Morocco. He is also the Chairman of the Fertiliser Association of India (FAI).
17. India’s longest bridge “Dhola-Sadia Bridge” has built over which tributary of the Brahmaputra River?
- Lohit River
- Subansiri River
- Manas River
- Kameng River
Explanation: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated India’s longest bridge “Dhola-Sadia Bridge” in Assam on May 26, 2017. This three lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra river. It links Dhola in Assam to Sadia. The bridge will reduce the distance from Rupai on NH- 37 in Assam to Meka-Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM.
18. Who will be the new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI)?
- Rangaraj Ragavan
- Rajan Anandan
- Rajiv Rathore
Explanation: Rajan Anandan, Google’s vice-president for South East Asia and India, has been appointed new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). He took over charge from FreeCharge’s co-founder and chief executive officer Kunal Shah. Beside this, Deep Kalra, chairman and group CEO of MakeMyTrip, has become the new Vice-Chairman of IAMAI.
19. The Yelagiri summer festival has started in which state?
- Andhra Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
Explanation: The two-day annual Yelagiri Summer Festival has started at Yelagiri hills in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu on May 27, 2017. The festival would be marked by cultural programmes by students as well as professional artists.
20. India’s first Multi-Modal Electric Vehicle System has launched in which city?
- New Delhi
Explanation: India’s first multi-modal electric vehicle project has been inaugurated by the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Nagpur Airport Complex to promote eco-friendly transport. With this, Nagpur became the first city in India to have electric mass mobility system with a fleet of 200 electric vehicles, including taxis, buses, e-rickshaw and autos.
21. Which city police have won the 2017 FICCI Smart Policing Award?
- Chennai city police
- Pune city police
- Kolkata city police
- Delhi city police
Explanation: The Pune city police have won the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Smart Police Award for the year 2017 for their initiatives on women and cyber security. Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla received the award from BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi during a programme organised by FICCI and Vivekanand International Foundation on Homeland Security in Delhi on May 25.
22. The book “Mann Ki Baat: a social revolution on radio” has been authored by whom?
- Laxman Singh
- Priya Ranjan
- Pankaj Kumar
- Rajesh Jain
Explanation: The book “Mann Ki Baat: a social revolution on radio” is a compilation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s addresses to the nation on radio every month under the programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’. It contains a comprehensive, qualitative and academic analysis of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ – the themes, the choice of topics, the salient features. It illustrates how ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has connected with the ‘New India’ – the youth in particular. The book is authored by Rajesh Jain, which is recently presented to President of India Pranab Mukherjee at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
23. Which Country hosted the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships?
Explanation: 2017 World Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) has started at Dusseldorf, Germany on May 29 with the Qualification matches. The main draw will start from May 20. Top-ranked Indian in the world, Achanta Sharath Kamal will lead the 8-member Indian squad. The team also includes Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai, reigning national champion Madhurika Patkar, Manika Batra and Mouma Das. It will be the 54th edition of the competition, and hosted by Germany for the seventh time.
24. Which country won the Sudirman Badminton Cup 2017?
- South Africa
- South Korea
Explanation: South Korea has won the 15th edition of the Sudirman Cup-2017 by defeating China in the final with a 3-2 win Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre in Australia on May 28, 2017. It is S.Korea’s fourth title, with the last one coming in 2003. It was the first time that Australia had hosted the tournament and the first time this event is hosted outside Asia and Europe since its establishment in 1989.
25. Which person will lead the toilet usage campaign “Darwaza Band” of the Union Government?
- Saaruk Khan
- Rani Mukerjee
- Sangeetha Phogat
- Amitabh Bachchan
Explanation: The Union Government has launched a new countrywide campaign “Darwaza Band” in Mumbai on May 30, 2017 for promotion of toilet usage in the rural areas across the country. The campaign has been supported by the World Bank and will lead by iconic star Amitabh Bachchan. The toilet usage campaign is designed to encourage behaviour change in men who have toilets but are not using them. The campaign also features actor, Anushka Sharma, who will be seen encouraging women to stand up for this issue in their villages and assume a leadership role.
26. Which country launched the First-Ever Women television channel “Zan TV”?
- Sri Lanka
Explanation: The first-ever women television channel “Zan TV (or Women’s TV)” has started in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 30, 2017 with a staff of all female presenters and producers. The purpose of the women TV channel is to highlight the rights of Afghan women, improve their status and ensure their equity with men in the conservative society. It is being seen as a groundbreaking step for women’s rights, in a male dominated country which is struggling for peace. Media entrepreneur Hamid Samar is the founder of Zan TV.
27. Which Bollywood actress honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award as Internationally Acclaimed Actress?
- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
- Priyanka Chopra
- Deepika Padukone
- Sonam Kapoor
Explanation: The bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra will be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award under the newly introduced “Internationally Acclaimed Actress” category for being an international icon. The award ceremony will be held on June 1, 2017 in Mumbai. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema and it was instituted in 1969.
28. Who become the first Indian to scale Mt. Everest 6 times?
- Love Raj Singh
- Rahin Lamba
- Limba Ram Singh
- Rajan Choudari
Explanation: Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu, a Padma Shri awardee, has become the first Indian mountaineer to conquer the world’s highest peak Mount Everest for a record sixth time on May 27, 2017. He works as an assistant commandant with the Border Security Force (BSF) in Dehradun. He first summited Everest in 1998 and followed it with up with successive ascents in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2013. He hails from Bona village of Munsiyari in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
29. 2017 International UN Peacekeepers Day observed on which Date?
- May 27
- May 28
- May 29
- May 30
Explanation: The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed every year on May 29 to honor the memory of martyred peacekeepers and pay tribute to all those who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage. The 2017 theme is “Investing in peace around the world”. On this day, in 2017, two Indian peacekeepers, Rifleman Brijesh Thapa and Private Ravi Kumar have been honored posthumously with a prestigious United Nation (UN)’s Dag Hammarskjold Medal for their courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.
30. What is the India’s rank in women workforce, according to the “India Development Report” of World Bank (WB)?
Explanation: India has been ranked 120th among 131 countries in women workforce, as per recently released World Bank (WB)’s India Development Report (IDR). As per the report, the participation level has been dropping since 2005, despite 42% women are graduates. The report states that only 27% of women of the age of 15 or older are working or actively looking for a job. Three of every five prime working age Indian women (26-45 years) are not economically active, meaning they neither work on a farm, nor in businesses, nor do they earn any wages.
31. Who will be the new vice-chairperson of National Commission for Minorities?
- Sulekha Kumbhare
- Sunil Singhi
- Rahul Paswan
- George Kurian
Explanation: George Kurian become the new vice chairperson of National Commission for Minorities (NCM). The post was vacant for over two months. Former Maharashtra minister Sulekha Kumbhare, Jain representative from Gujarat Sunil Singhi and Parsi representative Vada Dasturji Khurshed Kaikobad Dastoor are the other members of the Commission. The NCM is responsible for safeguarding the constitutional rights of minorities in India.
32. 2017 India Mobile Congress (IMC) held in which city?
- New Delhi
Explanation: The 2017 India Mobile Congress (IMC) will be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from September 27-29 to attract investments from global players in the telecom and mobile phone manufacturing sectors. The event will provide an in-depth insight into the mobile industry, highlighting specific areas of growth as well as the latest technological developments, next generation services and future trends.
33. India’s First Underwater Rail Tunnel completed under which River?
Explanation: The boring of India’s first underwater rail tunnel under the Hooghly River for establishing metro link between Howrah and Kolkata has completed before its scheduled deadline of July 2017. The tunnel is 16.6 km long, out of which 10.8 km runs under the ground. Of this 10.8 km, 502 metres is under the water and the whole thing connects Howrah to the west and Salt lake to the east.
34. Which country wins the 2017 Ice Hockey World Championship?
Explanation: Sweden won the 2017 Ice Hockey World Championship by defeating Canada 2-1 after a penaly shoot-out. With this win, Sweden has won its 10th ice hockey world title. The 2017 tournament was hosted by Paris, France, and Germany from May 5 to 21, 2017. The official tournament mascots were Asterix and Obelix, the main characters from the popular French comic book series “The Adventures of Asterix”.
35. Which Indian Cricketer won the 2017 CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award?
- R Ashwin
- Virat Kohli
- M S Dhoni
- A Rahane
Explanation: Ravichandran Ashwin has won the coveted International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017 at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai.
36. Which Indian Sportstar elected as the new member of BWF Atheletes’ commission?
- Saina Newal
- Ashwini Ponnappa
- Jwala Gutta
- P V Sindhu
Explanation: Indian Batminton Player P V Sindhu has been elected as the new member of Badminton World Federation (BWF) Athletes’ Commission after topped the ballot with 129 votes. With this, she became the second Indian after her compatriot Saina Nehwal to be inducted in the Commission. Apart from the Indian shuttler, Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland, Lithuania’s Akvile and Germany’s Marc Zwiebler were elected for a four-year term.
37. Which State to host 2017 Asian Junior Tennis Championship in India?
- Tamil Nadu
- West Bengal
Explanation: The 2017 HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship will be hosted by Hindustan Computers Limited (HCL) at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, Maharashtra from May 29. The tournament is the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for the under 18 category.
38. Who won the 2017 Formula 1-Monaco Grand Prix World Championship? .
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Sebastian Vettel
- Valtteri Bottas
- Daniel Ricciardo
Explanation: Sebastian Vettel, a German racing driver for Scuderia Ferrari, has won the 2017 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix World Championship at Circuit de Monaco La Condamine and Monte Carlo in Monaco.