1. What is current Repo rate?
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut the benchmark repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) for the third time in a row and changed its policy stance to “accommodative" from “neutral" . The change in stance to “accommodative" means there is a possibility of further monetary easing in the months ahead MPC decided to reduce its benchmark repo rate to 5.75 percent from the current 6 percent. The reverse repo rate stands adjusted to 5.50 percent. The MPC, headed by Shaktikanta Das who took over as Reserve Bank of India governor in December 2018, has cut rates by 75 basis points so far in 2019. Note: The RBI cuts its FY20 GDP growth forecast to 7 percent from 7.2 percent The central bank has raised its H1 FY20 consumer inflation estimate to 3-3.1 percent from 2.9-3 percent
2. Which of the following ministry launched Swachh Survekshan 2020 League?
Swachh Survekshan League 2020 will be a quarterly cleanliness assessment of cities and towns in India and will be integrated with Swachh Survekshan 2020, the 5th edition of the annual cleanliness survey of urban India to be conducted between January - February 2020 by MoHUA under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission- Urban (SBM-U). Swachh Survekshan League 2020 (SS League 2020) has been introduced with the objective of sustaining the on ground performance of cities along with continuous monitoring of service level performance when it comes to cleanliness. SS League 2020 will be conducted in 3 quarters, i.e. April- June, July – September and October- December 2019 and will have a weightage of 2000 marks for each quarter to be evaluated on the basis of monthly updation of SBM-U online MIS by cities along with citizen’s validation on the 12 service level progress indicators through outbound calls. These two parameters will together determine the quarterly ranking of cities. Ranks will be assigned in two categories, namely, cities with population of one lakh and above and cities with population of less than 1 lakh. The performance of cities in SS League 2020 will be crucial to their ranking in Swachh Survekshan 2020 due to the 25% weightage of the quarterly assessments to be included in the annual survey in January 2020.
3. Who among the following has become the first South Asian American woman to preside over the US House of Representatives?
Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington DC, has become the first South Asian American woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. Although Nancy Pelosi has been serving as the Speaker of the House of Representatives since January 2019, members of the majority party in the House periodically take turns to temporarily preside over the chamber.
4. Recently which company became India’s most profitable public sector company?
Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), India's top oil and gas producer, has toppled Indian Oil Corp (IOC) to regain the crown of being the country's most profitable public sector company.
5. Who among the following has been named as the world's richest female musician by the Forbes magazine?
Singer Rihanna has been named as the world's richest female musician by the Forbes magazine with an estimated fortune of $600 million with the bulk of that coming from her beauty range.
6. Which Space agency is associated with James Webb Space Telescope?
NASA's $8.8-billion James Webb Space Telescope, the world's largest and most expensive one, has successfully passed final thermal vacuum test, making its parts cleared for use in space
7. Union government has announced to form National Statistical Office by merging CSO and:
In a bid to streamline and strengthen the statistical system, the government has decided to merge the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) and the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) to form NSO. The move was based on recommendations of the report of the National Statistical Commission, headed by former Reserve Bank of India governor C Rangarajan in 2001. It will be headed by “chief statistician of India-cum-Secretary (Statistics and Programme Implementation).” Note: Both the wings were previously part of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI). While the NSSO used to come out with various sample surveys such as on consumption expenditure, employment and unemployment, the CSO released data such as GDP and IIP.
8. World Hunger Day is observed every year on:
World Hunger Day is observed every year on 28 May. The theme for World Hunger Day 2019 is simply 'Sustainability'
9. Recently which country launched a rocket from a ship at sea for the first time?
China successfully launched a rocket from a ship at sea for the first time. It is launched from a platform on a large semi-submersible barge in the Yellow Sea. Note: The Yellow Sea is located between China and Korea
10. The reproductive strategy that involves development of a female gamete (sex cell) without fertilization is known as:
Parthenogenesis is a reproductive strategy that involves development of a female (rarely a male) gamete (sex cell) without fertilization. It occurs commonly among lower plants and invertebrate animals particularly rotifers, aphids, ants, wasps and bees and rarely among higher vertebrates.
11.Global Economic Prospects (GEP) Report is released by:
12. Which state has highest forest cover in terms of percentage of forest cover with respect to the total geographical area?
According to (ISFR) Indian State of Forest Report India has shown an increasing trend in the forest and tree cover, in comparison to the global trend of decreasing forest cover during the last decade. India is ranked 10th in the world, with 24.4% of land area under forest and tree cover. Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest cover of 77,414 sq km in the country in terms of area, followed by Arunachal Pradesh with 66,964 sq km and Chhattisgarh (55,547 sq km). In terms of percentage of forest cover with respect to the total geographical area, Lakshadweep with (90.33 per cent) has the highest forest cover, followed by Mizoram (86.27 per cent) and Andaman & Nicobar Island (81.73 per cent).
13. Beaches of Normandy is sometimes seen in news. It is located in:
U.S. President Donald Trump landed in France to join other world leaders on the beaches of Normandy in a tribute to the veterans and dead heroes of the D-Day landings that shaped the outcome of World War II. Note: The Normandy landings were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied France (and later western Europe) from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.
14. CRISPR-Cas9 is related to:
CRISPR –Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) are unusual but repeated DNA structures. CRISPR is a key part of the “immune system”. For instance, when a virus enters bacteria, it fights back by cutting up the virus’s DNA, this kills the virus but bacteria store some of the DNA. CRISPR-Cas9 - It is the gene editing tool
15. Who among the following received first Gold Card in UAE?
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship UAE, on Monday announced it had issued its first gold residence card-permanent residency (PR) to diaspora businessman M.A. Yusuf Ali, Chairman of Lulu Group. Unlike the long-term visa of five to ten years for businessmen and talented individuals, the Gold Card gives PR to the holder
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