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# Deen Dayal Veterinary University of which state proposed to set up the first goat fertility lab in the state under Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna at a cost of Rs 22 crore, on 30th December 2018?

1) Uttar Pradesh

2) Gujarat

3) Chhattisgarh

4) Goa

5) None of these

Answer – 1) Uttar Pradesh

Explanation: On December 30, the Deen Dayal Veterinary University in Uttar Pradesh proposed to set up the first goat fertility lab in the state under Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna at the cost of Rs 22 crore. The University has entered into a contract with Pradeshik cooperative Dairy Federation for marketing.

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#Which Union Ministry has established an Export Promotion Cell with an aim to create a sustainable ecosystem for the entire MSME (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) development?

1) Ministry of Home Affairs

2) Ministry of Finance

3) Ministry of Human Resource Development

4) Ministry of Commerce and Industry

5) None of these Answer 

5) None of these;

Answer is – Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Explanation:

On 31st December 2018, Giriraj Singh, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) informed the parliament that the MSME ministry has established an Export Promotion Cell with an aim to create a sustainable ecosystem for entire MSME development.

Benefits of Export Promotion Cell to the MSMEs:

• Evaluation of readiness of MSMEs to export their products and services.

• Recognition of areas where improvements are required in order to be able to export effectively and efficiently.

• Integration of MSME into global value chain.

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# Government has introduced Minimum Support Price for how many items of Minor Forest Produce (MFP), based on recommendations of the MFP Pricing Cell constituted by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED)?

 1) 17

2) 20

3) 25

4) 19

5) None of these

Answer – 1) 17

Explanation: On December 27, 2018, the Government introduced the Minimum Support Price of 17 items of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) items after revising 23 items.

These changes have been done under the recommendations of the MFP Pricing Cell constituted by the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED).

Among the items revised, 10 MFP items have been under the scheme from 2013-14 and 13 new items were included w.e.f. 31.10.2016. Futher, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs decided to announce the inclusion of seventeen (17) more MFP items in the scheme along with their MSP.

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# Name the state government that announced that if a farmer aged between 18 to 60 years dies, his family will be paid Rs 2 lakh, as part of ‘Krishi Krishak Bondhu’ scheme, on 31st December 2018?

1) Rajasthan

2) West Bengal

3) Punjab

4) Himachal Pradesh

5) None of these

Answer – 2) West Bengal

Explanation: On 31st December 2018, the Mamata Banerjee led West Bengal government announced two welfare initiatives for farmers as a part of the ‘Krishi Krishak Bondhu’ scheme which will come into effect from New Year’s Day i.e. January 1, 2019.

Under the first of the two schemes, If a farmer aged between 18 to 60 years dies a natural or unnatural death, the state government will pay his family Rs 2 lakh.

The farmers will be able to start applying for the scheme from February 1, 2019.

Under the second initiative, farmers would get Rs 2,500 twice a year for growing a single crop on one acre of land.

The farmers will be able to apply for this scheme from February 1, while the amount will be calculated from January 1, 2019. The West Bengal government has already waived tax and cess on agricultural land to help farmers in distress. 

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# Reserve Bank of India has allowed a one-time restructuring of existing debt of up to __ rupees to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by 31st March 2020? 

1) Rs 75 crore

2) Rs 25 crore

3) Rs 50 crore

4) Rs 90 crore

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Rs 25 crore

Explanation: On January 2, 2019, Reserve Bank allowed a one-time restructuring of existing debt of up to 25 crore rupees to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which are facing cash crunch in the wake of demonetisation and GST implementation. The restructuring will be implemented by 31st of March 2020.

The eligibility for the scheme entails that the aggregate exposure including non-fund based facilities of banks and NBFCs, to a borrower should not exceed 25 crore rupees as on January 1, 2019.

The restructuring of existing loans was permitted to MSMEs that are in default but ‘standard‘ as on 1st of January, 2019, without any downgrade in asset classification.

This means the MSMEs which have defaulted on payment but the loans given to them have continued to be classified as standard assets are eligible for the scheme.

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# Who was appointed the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of private sector lender RBL Bank, on 2nd January 2019? 

1) Prakash Chandra

2) Akanksha Sharma

3) Pankaj Sharma

4) Manjula Shekar

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Pankaj Sharma

Explanation: On January 2, 2019, Private sector lender RBL Bank appointed Pankaj Sharma as its chief operations officer (COO).

Prior to this, Sharma was heading retail operations of Axis Bank. Under his leadership, the ATM channel, phone banking and branch automation and digital initiatives at Axis Bank took shape.

He had previously worked with GE Countrywide, ICICI Bank and ICICI Prudential Life Insurance.

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#Government of India had launched a Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project named “Green – Ag: Transforming Indian Agriculture for global environment benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” in collaboration with __ in September 2018?

1) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

2) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

3) World Health Organization (WHO)

4) International Fund for Agriculture (IFA)

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Explanation: The Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Parshottam Rupala informed that the Government had launched a Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project namely, “Green – Ag: Transforming Indian Agriculture for global environment benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) during September, 2018. The project was launched in high-conservation-value landscapes of five States namely (i) Madhya Pradesh: Chambal Landscape, (ii) Mizoram: Dampa Landscape, (iii) Odisha: Similipal Landscape, (iv)Rajasthan: Desert National Park Landscape and v) Uttarakhand: Corbett-Rajaji Landscape. The project is aimed to mainstream biodiversity, climate change and sustainable land management objectives and practices into Indian agriculture. 

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#Srei Equipment Finance and which bank have entered into an agreement for financing the Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) and agriculture sector?

1) City Union Bank (CUB)

2) United Bank of India (UBI)

3) Indian Overseas Bank (IOB)

4) Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC)

5) None of these

Answer – 2) United Bank of India (UBI)

Explanation: The United Bank of India (UBI) and Srei Equipment Finance have entered into an agreement for financing the Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) and agriculture sector. Under the agreement UBI plans to leverage the co-lending model to offer credit at blended interest rate of 11-12 per cent. The Bank will leverage low its low cost loans with Srei Equipment finance to enable purchase of equipment and vehicle in the seamless manner. The Bank is eying around 200 crore business over the period of three months by this agreement.

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#Water Resources Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Devineni Umamaheswar Rao received the ‘Central Board of Irrigation and Power Award-2019′ for better planning and construction of Polavaram Irrigation Project on which river?

1) River Krishna

2) River Godavari

3) River Brahmaputra

4) River Narmada

5) None of these

Answer – 2) River Godavari

Explanation: On 4th January 2019, the Water Resources Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP), Devineni Umamaheswar Rao received the ‘Central Board of Irrigation and Power Award-2019’ for better planning and construction of Polavaram Irrigation Project on the Godavari River. AP Water Resources Minister, Rao received the award in the category of “Best Implementation of Water Resources Project”. The Minister of State (IC) Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh honoured Devineni Umamaheswar Rao at Scope convention Centre Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project which has been accorded the status of a national project is under the final phase of construction in West Godavari district and East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh and its reservoir spreads to parts of Chhattisgarh and Odisha. So far, 64 per cent of the project work is completed and the target is to complete the project by December 2019. About Rs

15,380.97 crore has been spent on the project. Out of which, an amount of Rs 6,727.26 crore has been reimbursed by the central government and the remaining Rs Rs 3,517.84 crore is still awaited. 4 2019.

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# Which state announced interest-free loans of up to Rs.3 lakh for 6 lakh women self-help groups (WSHGs) under ‘Mission Shakti’ scheme benefitting about 70 lakh women in the state, on 5th January 2019?

1) Assam

2) Odisha

3) Jharkhand

4) West Bengal

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Odisha

Explanation: On January 5, 2019, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest-free loans of up to Rs.3 lakh for six lakh women self-help groups (WSHGs) benefitting about 70 lakh women in Odisha. This was announced at the ‘Mission Shakti’ convention attended by about 50,000 women. In the convention, the chief minister did the following:

• He distributed financial assistance of Rs. 3,000 each to six lakh WSHGs to digitally empower women.

• Launched a scheme to distribute Rs. 15,000 seed money per group to three lakh new self-help groups.

• He also handed over revolving fund of Rs. 25 lakh to 338 block federations.

• Also announced incentives of Rs. 500 per month for anganwadi workers and Rs.200 for helpers. 5 , 2019.

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# Name the venture capital entity incorporated by NABARD (National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development) under the Companies Act, which will launch its maiden early stage capital fund offer to agriculture and rural enterprises?

1) NABVENTURES Ltd

2) NABARD Capital Ltd

3) NABFINANCE Ltd

4) NABARD Credit Ltd

5) None of these

Answer – 1) NABVENTURES Ltd

Explanation: On January 8, 2019, NABVENTURES Ltd, the venture capital entity incorporated by NABARD under the Companies Act, will launch its maiden early stage capital fund offer to agriculture and rural enterprises. This would support the agriculture and rural enterprises and fill the gap of adequate institutional support to them. It would also promote various enterprises to create more sustainable employment. 8 , 2019.

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#Government of India has formulated an Agricultural Export Policy, for the first time, to boost India’s agricultural exports to __ by 2022?

1) USD 100 billion

2) USD 60 billion

3) USD 50 billion

4) USD 75 billion

5) None of these

Answer – 2) USD 60 billion

Explanation: On January 10, 2019, the 4th meeting of the Council for Trade Development and Promotion (CTDP), chaired by Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, was held in New Delhi.

Representatives of 10 states including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh attended this meeting. Government of India formulated an Agricultural Export Policy, for the first time, to boost India’s agricultural exports to USD 60 billion by 2022. 10 , 2019.

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#National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) launched by Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi on 10th January 2019, has set a national level target of 20%–30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by which year?

1) 2020

2) 2030

3) 2024

4) 2035

5) None of these

Answer – 3) 2024

Explanation: On January 10, 2019, the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched a nationwide strategy, to tackle implementation of air pollution, under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) in New Delhi. Following states the national targets and the features of the NCAP as per suggestions available from the international experiences and national studies. They are: • national level target of 20%–30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 2024 taking 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration,

• Selection of 102 non-attainment cities identified with respect to ‘Ambient Air Quality India’ report of 201115 and WHO report of 2014-2018.

• monitoring stations in the country including rural monitoring stations would be increased, • technology support, emphasis on awareness and capacity building initiatives would be provided,

• setting up of certification agencies for monitoring equipment, source apportionment studies, emphasis on enforcement, specific sectoral interventions etc. would be promoted. 10 , 2019 ,

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# President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Constitution (One Hundred and third Amendment) Act, 2019 which grants __ % reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category, on 12th January 2019? 

1) 12 %

2) 5 %

3) 10 %

4) 7 %

5) None of these

Answer – 3) 10 %

Explanation: On 12th January 2019, The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Constitution (One Hundred and third Amendment) Act, 2019 which grants 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category. The Act amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution to provide reservation to the economically weaker sections in the general category. The 10 per cent reservation will be in addition to the existing 50 per cent reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (OBC) making the total reservation quota 60%.

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#Which state government became the first to implement 10 % quota for Economically Weaker sections of general category in educational institutions and government jobs with effect from January 14, 2019?

1) Rajasthan

2) Uttar Pradesh

3) Gujarat

4) Kerala

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Gujarat

Explanation: Gujarat became the 1st state to implement 10% quota to EWS (Economically Weaker sections). Gujarat Government announced to implement 10 per cent quota for Economically Weaker sections of general category in educational institutions and government jobs for general category poor candidates. This quota will be implemented for every job offers or admission process that is to start from January 14, 2019. The Centre had taken the decision under Article 46 of Guiding Principles of Constitution of India .This move by the Government is considered to be the historic move. 

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# Private sector lender IDFC Bank changed its name to __ with effect from 12th January 2019, owing to the merger of the bank with Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) Capital First? 

1) IDFC First Bank Ltd

2) IDFC Capital Bank Ltd

3) ID First Bank Ltd

4) Capital IDFC Bank Ltd

5) None of these

Answer – 1) IDFC First Bank Ltd

Explanation: On January 13, 2019, private sector lender IDFC Bank changed its name to IDFC First Bank Ltd owing to the merge of the bank with Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) Capital First on December 2018. The change was effective from January 12, 2019 by virtue of ‘Certificate of Incorporation pursuant to change of name’ issued by the Registrar of Companies, Chennai. The board of IDFC Bank also approved the appointment of V Vaidyanathan, founder and chairman of Capital First Ltd, as managing director and chief executive officer of the merged entity.

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17. Union Minister Dr Harshvardhan launched “Kumbh Mela Weather Service” mobile application and special weather services on 14th January 2019, for the benefit of people participating in Kumbh Mela held in which city?

1) Udaipur, Rajasthan

2) Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

3) Rajkot, Gujarat

4) Haridwar, Uttarakhand

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

Explanation: On 14th January 2019, Union Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Dr Harshvardhan launched the special weather services for the benefit of people visiting Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, during Kumbh Mela at a function in New Delhi. The service will provide information of the prevailing weather and forecasts for next 3 days through four Automatic Weather stations (AWS) and a mobile van AWS that have been installed and operationalized at different locations at Prayagraj. The observational sites are distributed in all four directions within 5-10 km radius. It will be helpful for the local and state authorities by providing the real-time location specific weather information for efficient management of the entire event and also benefit the pilgrims by keeping them abreast of the latest weather information. Besides a mobile application named “Kumbh Mela Weather Service” was also launched to inform about the live weather information (temperature, humidity, rainfall and winds) and warnings if any for Prayagraj for next 3 days as observed in all the AWS sites.

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18. Where was the 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ held from 12th to 14th January 2019, to encourage women farmers and entrepreneurs in the organic sector from the remotest parts of India? 

1) Ranchi

2) Chandigarh

3) Varanasi

4) Cuttack

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Chandigarh

Explanation: From 12th to 14th January 2019,The Ministry of Women and Child Development organised the three-day 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ in Chandigarh, to encourage the women farmers and entrepreneurs in the organic sector from the remotest parts of India. This programme is conducted twice in a year with a motive to connect the Indian women entreprenurs with with other buyers and create awarness about the importance of adopting organic products for a healthy and a environmental friendly life-style. The Festival visualised over 1,000 varied organic products, including fabric, wellness, grains, seeds, jewellery, bakery items and a lot more. 

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# A harvest festival named “Pongal” is celebrated in which state from January 15 to 18, 2019? 

1) Karnataka

2) Uttar Pradesh

3) Tamil Nadu

4) Gujarat

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Tamil Nadu

Explanation: On 15th January 2019, Pongal a harvest festival started in Tamil Nadu. It is a four-day festival according to the Tamil calendar and it is usually celebrated from January 15 to January 18.Pongal means to boil. Rice is boiled in milk and offered firstly to the sun and then cows and then to the family and friends. Pongal marks the beginning of the sun’s northward journey towards the equinox, known as Uttarayan. The first day of Pongal is celebrated in honour of Lord Indra and is called Bogi or Bhogi Pongal. The second day is dedicated to the Sun God and known as Surya Pongal. On third day Jallikattu festival starts and is dedicated to cattle and called Mattu Pongal. Fourth day marks the end of the festival for the year and is called Kaanum Pongal or Thiruvalluvar day.

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#Where was the three-day long 9th International Micro irrigation conference inaugurated by Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari, on 16th January 2019? 

1) Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

2) Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

3) Aurangabad, Maharashtra

4) Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Explanation: On January 16, 2019, Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the three-day long 9th International Micro irrigation conference at Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The conference would conclude on January 18, 2019. Aim of the conference was to share experiences in the use of new technologies and best management practices in drip, micro-sprinkler, and other localized irrigation systems. The Theme of the conference was: “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture”. The conference was organized by Ministry of Water Resources and River Development. 740 delegates including 100 foreign delegates from 56 countries are participating in the conference. 

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# Which state government launched “Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana”, which is a Rs 50,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme for farmers, on 15th January 2019?

1) Madhya Pradesh

2) Telangana

3) Rajasthan

4) Bihar

5) None of these

Answer – 1) Madhya Pradesh

Explanation: On 15th January 2019, “Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana” scheme was launched by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shri. Kamal Nath.It is Rs 50,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme for farmers. The loan waiver forms could be submitted till February 5 and farmers would start getting the benefits from February 22. On 5th January 2019, the state cabinet decided to waive crop loans of 55 lakh small and marginal farmers in the state.The eligibility cut-off date has been extended to December 12, 2018 from March 31, 2018. Only those farmers who have not registered themselves to pay GST and income tax can avail benefits under this schemes. Earlier former Chief Minister Shri. Shivraj Singh Chouhan also launched similar scheme named ‘Bhavantar Yojana’. 

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#Telangana government has received the green nod for its Rs. 13,384.80 crore Sita Rama Lift Irrigation Project to divert water from which river to irrigate 2.72 lakh hectare in 3 districts?

1) Krishna River

2) Godavari River

3) Brahmaputra River

4) Narmada River

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Godavari River

Explanation:

Telangana government has been given the green nod for its Rs. 13,384.80 crore Sita Rama Lift Irrigation Project that aims to divert Godavari river water to irrigate 2.72 lakh hectare in three districts. The project, which is expected to be completed in three years, would lead to submergence of about 1,930 hectare area and 157 villages consisting of 9,696 families are likely to be affected. 

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#Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued drafts norm for commodity indices allowing trading in commodity-index-based futures, on 16th January 2019. It has proposed a maximum weightage of __ % and minimum 1% for a constituent?

1) 25 %

2) 20 %

3) 45 %

4) 50 %

5) None of these

Answer – 2) 20 %

Explanation: On 16th January 2019, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued drafts norm for commodity indices allowing trading in commodity-index-based futures. Earlier only individual commodity futures and options on it were allowed. Only contracts that are compliant with certain conditions would be allowed to be part of the indices. SEBI proposed a maximum weightage of 20% and minimum 1% for a constituent. As per the drafts norms, the contracts should have traded for at least 90% of trading days in last 12 months and they should have a minimum average daily turnover. The turnover should be at least Rs 75 crore for agricultural and agri-processed commodities, and Rs 500 crore for all other commodities. Future contracts concerned should have been trading in the particular exchange for at least 12 months before re-balqncing an index. Initially tenor of the contracts can be of six months with a contract size of at least Rs 5 lakh. The draft norms are the recommendations made by the Commodity Derivatives Advisory Committee (CDAC) set by SEBI 3 years ago.

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#The total notional value of call options written by a scheme shall not exceed what percent of total market value of equity shares held in that scheme, as per norms for mutual fund investments in derivatives issued by SEBI? 

1) 20 %

2) 30 %

3) 10 %

4) 15 %

5) None of these

Answer – 4) 15 %

Explanation: On January 16, 2019, Markets regulator SEBI allowed mutual fund schemes (except Index Funds and ETFs) to write call options only under a covered call strategy for constituent stocks of Nifty 50 and Sensex indices. The announcement includes the following:

• The total notional value of call options written by a scheme shall not exceed 15 per cent of the total market value of equity shares held in that scheme.

• The total number of shares underlying the call options written should not exceed 30 per cent of the shares of a particular company held in the scheme.

• No scheme shall write a call option without holding the underlying equity shares.

• the call option written should be marked to market daily and the respective gains or losses should be factored into the daily net asset value of the respective scheme until the position closes or expires.

• the risks and benefit of the same, must be disclosed in the Scheme Information Document. 

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# New cases of Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) also known as monkey fever was reported in which state in December 2018? 

1) Madhya Pradesh

2) Haryana

3) Bihar

4) Karnataka

5) None of these

Answer – 4) Karnataka

Explanation: Two positive cases of Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), also known as monkey fever have been reported from Aralagodu Gram Panchayat limits in Sagar taluk in December 2018. Blood samples of a 40-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man from Aralagodu have tested positive for KFD. Both were admitted to McGann Hospital, a government hospital attached to Shivamogga Institute of Medical Sciences, for treatment and were on the path to recovery. Their health is being closely monitored. KFD is a tick-borne viral infection

that spreads from monkeys to humans through tick bite. High fever, ache in joints and bleeding in gums are some of the symptoms of the disease. In 2017, four died due to KFD in the district and 48 positive cases were reported during this period. In many cases, persons who venture in to forests to collect firewood or graze their cattle contract the disease through tick bite.

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26. Where was the Agri-Vision 2019 conference on ‘envisioning Agro-solutions for smart and Sustainable Agriculture” held on 17th and 18th January 2019?

1) Mumbai

2) Chennai

3) Hyderabad

4) Bengaluru

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Hyderabad

Explanation: On 17th January 2019, Vice-President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 2-days Agri-Vision 2019 conference on ‘envisioning Agro-solutions for smart and Sustainable Agriculture” in Hyderabad, Telangana. The conference was concluded on 18th January 2019. The Agro-vision 2019 conference was jointly organized by the Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Cornell University, USA. Vice-Chancellor of PJTSAU, Dr V Praveen Rao chaired a Panel discussion on “Technology in Agri Entrepreneurship: Success stories and experiences from the progressive farmers”. Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) chaired a session on “Post-harvest management and value addition of foods: Role of Farmer Producer’s organization (FPOs) in improving Market Access” on 18th January 2019. 

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#Which state government lifted ban on sale of live fish on 17th January 2019, three days after it banned the sale, transportation and storage of all kinds of fish, either dead or alive? 

1) Gujarat

2) Uttar Pradesh

3) Rajasthan

4) Bihar

5) None of these

Answer – 4) Bihar

Explanation: On 17th January 2019, the Bihar government lifted ban on sale of live fish, three days after it banned the sale, transportation and storage of all kinds of fish, dead or alive in Patna for 15 days. The ban on live fish was lifted following a directive from CM Nitish Kumar, who was upset after reports of growing protests by fishermen and vendors selling fish despite a blanket ban on all kinds of fish in Patna.

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# Name the state/union territory government that launched the first round-theclock Animal Health Care Services at a government hospital, a helpline number for animal health care assistance and the first Animal Health and Welfare Policy, recently?

1) Tamil Nadu

2) Daman & Diu

3) Delhi

4) Punjab

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Delhi

Explanation: On 16th January 2019, Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai inaugurated a round-the-clock Animal Health Care Services in a Government Veterinary Hospital in Tis Hajari here and also a helpline number for animal health care assistance. It is the first 24×7 animal health care service in a government veterinary hospital. The Animal Husbandry Department has also launched helpline number 011-23967555 for animal health care assistance to people in Delhi. The Delhi government last week had launched first Animal Health and Welfare Policy for the national capital and the round-the-clock veterinary health care hospitals were part of the scheme.

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29. “Jallikattu” (bull-taming) event held in ___, has entered the world record for the maximum number of bulls released into the sport arena, on 20th January 2019?

1) Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh

2) Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu

3) Kasergode, Kerala

4) Vidharba, Maharashtra

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu

Explanation: On January 20, 2019,Jallikattu’ as a symbol of the valour and courage of the Tamil people.A grand “jallikattu” (bull-taming) event held in Pudukottai and this event entered the world record for the maximum number of bulls released into the sport arena.This event had the participation of 1,354 bulls and 424 tamers.

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30. Amul launched Camel milk for the first time in the brand name of ‘Amul Camel Milk’ in selective areas of which state, on 24th January 2019? 

1) Rajasthan

2) Gujarat

3) Madhya Pradesh

4) Uttar Pradesh

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Gujarat

Explanation: On January 24th,2019 Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd,venture of diary brand Anand Milk Union Limited or Amul has launched the Camel milk first time in the brand name of ‘Amul Camel Milk’ in selective areas of Gujarat. Initially ‘Amul Camel Milk’ will be launched in areas like Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad and the Kutch of Gujarat.Price of 500ml will be Rs.50 and it should be refrigerated with shelf life of three days.Amul has already introduced the Camel Milk Chocolate.

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32. Where did Southern Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Association organize the South India MSME Summit-2019 on 29th January 2019? 

1) Mumbai

2) Kolkata

3) New Delhi

4) Bengaluru

5) None of these

Answer – 4) Bengaluru

Explanation: On January 29, 2019,southern Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Association organized the South India MSME Summit-2019 at Bengaluru. Basavaraj S Javali chaired the event. The summit is held with a motive to find solution for their major problems like absence of good infrastructure, technology issues, marketing, procurement issues, regulatory issues, red tape, harassment and victimization. 

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33. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) launched National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) at the 4th “Agrivision-2019” National Convention held in which city? 

1) New Delhi

2) Mumbai

3) Chennai

4) Kolkata

5) None of these

Answer – 1) New Delhi

Explanation: On January 28, 2019,Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) launches National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country.It is inaugurated at the fourth Convention of 2-day “Agrivision-2019” organized by Vidyarthi Kalyan Nyas in Pusa, New Delhi. During this inauguration,5th Dean Committee have been implemented in all the Agricultural Universities . The ICAR has recently launched Rs 1100 crore ambitious National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country. This project is to be funded by the World Bank and the Indian Government on a 50:50 basis. Rajendra Agriculture University has been upgraded as Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University to strengthen to bring green revolution in Eastern India including North East. At the same time, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) is to be set up in Barhi, Jharkhand after New Delhi, and another would be in Assam.

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