1.Which city will become the first city to jointly host the Badminton and Para-Badminton World Championships in 2019?
[D] New Delhi
Correct Answer: A [Basel]
Basel, a city in northwestern Switzerland, will become the first city to jointly host the Badminton and Para Badminton World Championships after it was awarded the 2019 edition of the Para event. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed on November 23, 2017 that the two tournaments will be staged simultaneously for the first time. The Swiss city defeated Tokyo to land the 2019 Para Badminton World Championships in a vote which was delayed by the BWF Council to allow “further discussion”. The event will be the last held in the sport before Para Badminton makes its Paralympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020. There will be 14 medal events in badminton at the 2020 Paralympic Games.
2.Which app has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for government services?
Correct Answer: B [Umang]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Umang mobile application, an integrated platform for government to citizen services, on November 23, 2017. The acronym of Umang stands for ” Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance”, which has been developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). Currently, the app will host around 162 services from 33 government departments of central and state governments. The app provides all pan India e-Gov services ranging from central to local government bodies and other citizen-centric services like Aadhaar and Digilocker on one single platform.
3.Where is the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)?
Correct Answer: C [London]
The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) is an international financial institution founded in 1991. Its headquarters is located at London, England. It is in news recently because the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has recently approved India’s membership for the EBRD for which the required steps will be initiated by the Finance Ministry. The membership of EBRD would enhance India’s international profile and promote its economic interests. It would increase the scope of cooperation between India and EBRD through co-financing opportunities in manufacturing, services, information technology and energy.
4.The Rani Jhansi Marine National Park (RJMNP) is located in which state/UT?
[B] Uttar Pradesh
[D] Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Correct Answer: D [Andaman and Nicobar Islands]
The Rani Jhansi Marine National Park (RJMNP) is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal and covers an area of 256.14 square kilometres. It was founded in 1996 and commemorates Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi (1828-58). The park provides shelter to some very crucial wildlife and habitats which include Dugongs, Crocodiles, Marine Life, Coral Reefs, Mangroves, Terrestrial Moist forest and birds. It is an area which is strictly reserved for the betterment of the wildlife & biodiversity, and where activities like developmental, forestry, poaching, hunting and grazing on cultivation are not permitted. Their boundaries are well marked and circumscribed.
5.IKEA has launched its first experiential centre “IKEA Hej HOME’ in India at which city?
[C] Delhi NCR
Correct Answer: A [Hyderabad]
IKEA, the Swedish furnishing retailer, has launched its first experiential centre “IKEA Hej (Hello) HOME’ in India at Hyderabad. The Hej Home, designed and set up over a six-month duration, highlights what the retailer stands for and what to expect from an IKEA store. It is an exhibition of IKEA products and solutions which its future customers can actually buy it from its store (in Hyderabad) in spring 2018. The display includes the bedroom, living area, kitchen and dining, play area among others. After the Hyderabad store, the second store will open in Mumbai during 2019, followed by Bengaluru and Delhi NCR.