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#How many Public Sector Banks (PSBs) are in India after Bank of Baroda merged with Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank?

1) 18

2) 21

3) 19

4) 20

5) None of these

Answer – 1) 18

Explanation: Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank merged with Bank of Baroda.Now the number of public sector banks (PSBs) has reduced to 18.The merger also reduced the number of banks kept under the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework by RBI to four as Dena Bank was among the five PSU banks kept under PCA.

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# Which of the following bank becomes the 3rd largest bank after it merged with Dena Bank & Vijaya Bank?

1) State Bank of India

2) Indian Bank

3) Union Bank of India

4) Bank of Baroda

5) None of these

Answer – 4) Bank of Baroda

Explanation: On April 1, 2019, the merger of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank into Bank of Baroda has come into effect. With this amalgamation, Bank of Baroda becomes the India’s second largest public sector bank and third largest commercial bank after State Bank of India (SBI) and HDFC Bank. India’s first ever three-way merger of banks has started its operation over Rs 15 lakh cr as of balance sheet, with deposits and advances of 8.75 lakh crore and 6.25 lakh crore rupees, respectively.Government has also infused Rs 5,042 crore into Bank of Baroda by way of preferential allotment of equity shares.Centre’s shareholding in the merged entity is 65.7%.BoB now has over 9,500 branches, 13,400 ATMs and 85,000 employees.

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#Which state’s Kandhamal Haldi (turmeric) received Geographical Indications (GI) tag recently?

1) Odisha

2) Karnataka

3) Kerala

4) Tamil Nadu

5) None of these

Answer – 1) Odisha

Explanation: Kandhamal Haldi (turmeric), Odisha’s locally grown turmeric in its Kandhamal district has received the Geographical Indications (GI) tag from Intellectual Property India. It is organically grown by tribals. In 2018, Kandhamal Apex Spices Asso ciation for Marketing (KASAM) in Phulbani, had applied for registration of the Kandhamal turmeric. It was accepted under sub-section (1) of Section 13 of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.

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#Find the name of African country ,which was opted by India to set up India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IAIARD) ?

1) Uganda

2) Malawi

3) Nigeria

4) Tanzania

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Malawi

Explanation: On 3rd April 2019, India has signed an agreement with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Consultancy Service (NABCONS) for setting up India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IAIARD) in Malawi to enhance capacity in the areas of agro-financing and entrepreneurship development for African countries.In this Institute, the trainees from Malawi and other African countries will be trained in the areas of micro-financing and agro-financing.This agreement will strengthen the bilateral relations between India and Malawi with the African Union. 

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#Name the organization, which release the report on food crises titled “Global Report on Food Crises” annually ?

1) International Food Policy Research Institute(IFPRI)

2) Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)

3) Food Corporation of India(FCI)

4) Food Security Information Network (FSIN)

5) None of these

Answer – 4) Food Security Information Network (FSIN)

Explanation: In accordance with the annual 2019 Global Report on Food Crises, around 113 million people across 53 countries faced severe huger in 2018. In comparison to the figures of 2017, the number is reduced from 124 million but it requires urgent humanitarian assistance. GRFC-2019.The report prepared by 15 leading global and regional organizations was led by UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). It was released by Food Security Information Network (FSIN).The report examined 53 countries that are vulnerable to food crises and provided the causes of severe food insecurity for 27 countries which were mainly persistent conflict and adverse weather events.The two-thirds of the total number of people facing acute food insecurity are in 8 countries viz. Yemen, Congo, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and Northern Nigeria.The report mentioned the short-term forecast of food insecurity in the year 2019 also, stating the above mentioned countries, will remain among the world’s most severe food crises.

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#Which state was notified with yellow weather warning by Meteorological Department recently?

1) Uttarakhand

2) Himachal Pradesh

3) Jharkhand

4) Bihar

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Himachal Pradesh

Explanation: On 7th April, 2019, The Meteorological Department issued a yellow weather warning for rain in Himachal Pradesh by forecasting thunderstorm with hail in isolated places over the state.Meteorological Department has issued colour-coded warnings to alert people ahead of severe or hazardous weather.Code color yellow is the least dangerous weather warning which indicates the possibility of severe weather over the next few days that could affect people. 

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#Name the flagship programme of India, that was honoured with ‘Public Water Agency of the Year’ award at the Global Water Summit held in London ?

1) Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme

2) National Mission for Clean Ganga

3) Rajiv Gandhi Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme

4) Water Mission for North East and Himalayan States

5) None of these

Answer – 2) National Mission for Clean Ganga

Explanation: National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) or Namami Gange which is India’s flagship programme, was presented, with the ‘Public Water Agency of the Year’ award by Global Water Intelligence at the Global Water Summit held in London on 9th April, 2019. National Mission for Clean Ganga was awarded this for its initiatives in the water sector which brings remarkable improvements in the lives of people.2019 edition of Global Water Summit was a 3-day event held at Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel, Hounslow which started from on 8th April. 
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# Which city became the most polluted city in the world as per the WHO report titled “Political Leaders Position and Action on Air Quality in India 2014-2019”? 

1) Patna

2) Gaya

3) Kanpur

4) Faridabad

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Kanpur

Explanation: The quality of air in Varanasi, Prime Minister Modi’s 2014 Lok Sabha constituency, is positioned 3rd on the WHO’s (World Health Organisation) list of 15 most polluted cities in the world, by the ‘Political Leaders Position and Action on Air Quality in India 2014-2019’ report, released by Climate Trends. Kanpur (in Uttar Pradesh) is the most polluted city in the world and is positioned 1 on the list. Faridabad in Haryana is in 2nd position after Kanpur, whereas Delhi is ranked 6th on the list. Other than these, the list of the most polluted cities according to WHO include Gaya and Patna in Bihar, Lucknow, Cities of Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurugram, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur.

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