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#Who launched Van Dhan, the scheme for Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Minor Forest Produce (MFP) and Development of Value Chain of MFPs recently?

(1) Jual Oram

2) Narendra Modi

3) Ram Nath Kovind

4) Suresh Prabhu

5) None of these

Answer – 1) Jual Oram

Explanation: Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs launched the ambitious scheme of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs Van Dhan, a scheme for Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Minor Forest Produce (MFP) and Development of Value Chain of MFPs organized by TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs at a National Workshop in New Delhi.Ministry has expanded the coverage of the Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Produce Scheme to 50 Minor Forest Produces. Also the MSP has risen between 30-50% for all commodities.6000 Van Dan Vikas Kendras comprising 300 tribal gatherers are to be set up to provide employment to almost 45 Lakh Tribal.

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# Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had signed MoU with which of the following organization to collaborate in the area of food and agriculture? (ICAR)

? 1) Food and Agriculture Organization

2) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

3) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

4) Australian International Food Security Centre

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Explanation: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) andCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in order to collaborate in the area of food and agriculture, at ICAR Headquarters, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi.The huge network of Krishi Vikas Kendras (KVKs) available with ICAR will be roped in for technology demonstration and dissemination and a Joint Working Committee will be constituted to deliberate and formulate the collaborative programmes and will meet 4 times a year.Both the sides agreed to form a Steering Committee with the co-chairmanship of both the Director-Generals which will meet twice a year to monitor the progress. 

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#Name the Yojana approved by Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs chaired by PM Modi to provide financial support to integrated Bioethanol projects using lignocellulosic biomass and other renewable feedstock?

1) Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana

2) Pradhan Mantri Jan-Aushadhi Yojana

3) Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN Yojana

4) Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN Yojana

Explanation: The Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs chaired by PM Modi approved Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN (Jaiv Indhan – Vatavaran Anukool fasal awashesh Nivaran) Yojana. It will provide financial support integrated Bioethanol projects using lignocellulosic biomass and other renewable feedstock. The total financial outlay is of Rs.1969.50cr for the period from 2018-19 to 2023-24.

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#Name the Bank which had launched Rice Knowledge Bank-Assam,an agriculture web portal under its project – Agri-business and Rural Transformation (APART)?

1) Reserve Bank of India

2) Asian Development Bank

3) World Bank

4) State Bank of India

5) None of these

Answer – 3) World Bank

Explanation: Rice Knowledge Bank-Assam, which is an agriculture web portal is dedicated to magnify knowledge on rice production technologies and techniques, best production practices and state agriculture facts, was launched under World Bank funded project – Agri-business and Rural Transformation (APART). This portal is the repercussion of efforts of Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Services Society, Assam Agricultural University with technical assistance from International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).The motive behind this is to curtail the gap between research and on-field rice production practices for small-scale farmers in Assam. 

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# Which State Government launched the “Mukhyamantri Parivar Samman Nidhi” scheme primarily meant for farmers of the state who cultivate on land with areas upto five acres and the families with an income of less than Rs. 15,000 per month? 

 1) Punjab

2) Uttar Pradesh

3) Haryana

4) Assam

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Haryana

Explanation: On 27th February 2018, “Mukhyamantri Parivar Samman Nidhi” scheme was launched by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inChandigarh. It is primarily meant for farmers of the state who cultivate on land with areas upto five acres and the families with an income of less than Rs. 15,000 per month. The scheme involves two categories of beneficiaries- For the age group of 18-40: Families can receive Rs. 6000 in 3 installments if Rs. 2000 each and amount will be deposited in the account of the head of family OR A family can nominate a member who will receive Rs. 36,000 after five years OR A pension of Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month will be received after the person turns 60 OR The nominated beneficiary will get Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000 after five years depending on whichever option they choose.The scheme provides insurance facilities of- Rs. 2 lakh on natural death, Rs. 2 lakh for accidental death, Rs. 2 lakh for permanent disability and Rs. 1 lakh for partial disability.Those who are registered under the Pradhanmantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan, then they could receive a pension of Rs. 3,000 per month after they turn 60, whose premiums will be funded by the government. 

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#Where did Minister of State for Culture (Independent charge) and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the ‘Azaadi Ke Diwane’ museum?

1) Maharashtra

2) New Delhi

3) West Bengal

4) Tamil Nadu

5) None of these

Answer – 2) New Delhi

Explanation: On 4th March 2019, ‘Azaadi Ke Diwane’ museum was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Culture (Independent charge) and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma at the Red Fort Complex in Delhi. The museum has been dedicated to the freedom fighters of our country. It has been constructed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and is the fifth museum to be dedicated to freedom fighters.The other 4 are: Subhash Chandra Bose and INA museum Yaad-e-Jallian museum Museum on 1857- dedicated to the country’s first war of Independence. Drishyakala -dedicated to Indian Art.The museum incorporates the latest technology such as sensors in a state-of-art environment. 4 2019.

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#According to the National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS),how much percent of Indian rural households have access to toilets?

1) 92.5%

2) 95.5%

3) 96.5%

4) 90.5%

5) None of these

Answer – 3) 96.5%

Explanation: An Independent Verification Agency under the World Bank support project to the Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G)conducted the National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) between November 2018 and February 2019, covering 92040 households in 6136 villages across the country and found that 96.5% of the rural Indian households have access to toilets and they use it.It also re-confirmed the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of 90.7% of villages which were previously declared and verified as ODF by various districts and states.95.4% of the villages surveyed found to have minimal litter and minimal stagnant water.Since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission(SBM) programme, over 9 crore toilets have been built across rural India and over 5.5 lakh villages and 615 districts have been declared ODF, along with 30 ODF States and Union Territories.

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# According to 2018 World Air Quality Report,which city became the most polluted city and topped the Report?

1) Ghaziabad,India

2) Gurugram,India

3) Noida,India

4) Faridabad,India

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Gurugram,India

Explanation: On 5th March 2019, Gurugram in the National Capital Region (NCR) emerged as the most polluted region in the world in 2018 as per 2018 World Air Quality Report. As per the report, Delhi is the most polluted capital in the world. In the list of polluted cities, Delhi ranked 11th.Out of the top 10 polluted cities in 2018, seven were India, which are Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Bhiwandi, Noida, Patna and Lucknow.The report was based on a new study by Swiss based company IQ Air AirVisual and non profit organization Greenpeace on information from over 3000 cities.Bangladesh became the most polluted country closely followed by Pakistan and India while Iceland, Finland, Australia, Estonia and Sweden were among the least polluted countries.

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