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NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS AND EVENTS

Name the eminent Gujarati poet who was chosen for the 2017 Saraswati Samman, awarded by KK Birla Foundation?
He was given the prestigious award for his poetry collection 'Vakhar'.
Sitanshu Yashaschandra
Who is India's longest serving Chief Minister of India?
He became the chief minister of Sikkim on December 12, 1994 and recently completed 25 years of uninterrupted service in office.
Pawan Kumar Chamling
Name the northeastern state from which the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) was completely removed after 27 years? Meghalaya
Which missile was successfully test-fired from the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas? Israeli Derby Air-to-Air BVR missile
Who has become the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as the Supreme Court Judge? Indu Malhotra
The Union Home Ministry has decided to relax the 6 decade old Protected Area Permit regime in certain north-eastern states. Which state is still a protected area and is not included in the exemption? Sikkim
Which Union Ministry has recently launched Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0? Human Resource Development Ministry
Which Indian city has become first to run on 100% Renewable Energy during daytime?
By adopting renewable energy, the city is saving about 13,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
In which state Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan? Madhya Pradesh
Which city hosted the 2018 Secure India Conclave? New Delhi
2018 National Panchayati Raj Day (NPRD) is celebrated in India on? 24th April
What is the theme of the 29th Road Safety Week? Sadak Suraksha - Jeevan Raksha
Who promulgated the ordinance to provide death penalty to rapists of girls below 12 years? President of India, Ram Nath Kovind
Which Information Technology (IT) company became the first listed Indian IT firm to hit USD 100 billion market capitalisation mark? Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
As per International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook (WEO) report, what will be the India’s growth rate for the year 2019? 7.8 per cent
Against which top Government official, the opposition parties of Indian Parliament submitted a motion to impeach him? Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra
Chief Minister of which state has launched the Pocket Cop Project in order to ensure that the police force of the state is equipped with modern day technology?
Under the project, every officer in charge of the police station, Investigating Officer, PCR van and officials handling the passport verification process shall be equipped with a smartphone enabled with internet connectivity.
Gujarat
Who was conferred with the 2017 Dadasaheb Phalke Award posthumously? Vinod Khanna
Which Indian actress got featured in the Time's '100 Most Influential People' of 2018? Deepika Padukone
According to ASSOCHAM Healthcare Committee report, in which state 88 percent of the people have Vitamin D deficiency that causes chronic muscle pain, spasms, lower energy levels, depression, etc.? Delhi
Who was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award 2018 for the Best Leading Lady (Critics Award)? Aditi Rao Hydari
How many gold medals India won at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2018? 26
What was the position of India at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2018? Third
Who became the youngest Indian to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2018? Anish Bhanwala
Civil Services Day is observed every year on? 21st April
Who was appointed as the Chairman of Bank Board Bureau for two years replacing Vinod Rai? Bhanu Pratap Sharma
Which film won award in the Best Hindi language film category at the 65th National Film Awards? Newton
Who was awarded with the Best Actress award in feature films at the 65th National Film Awards? Sridevi
Who was appointed as the new Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2018-19? Rishad Premji
Name the former Managing Director of Intel South Asia who has been appointed as the new President of NASSCOM?
She is the first woman President of NASSCOM.
Debjani Ghosh
Which IIT institute installed India's first 5G radio laboratory?
It will help curb the emittance of radiation harmful to our health and will also allow less radio interference for better communication.
IIT-Delhi
Who was re-appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bandhan Bank? Chandra Shekhar Ghosh
Who became the only second Indian after legendary Milkha Singh to qualify for 400m finals in Commonwealth Games 2018? Mohammad Anas
Which navigation satellite was launched by ISRO recently? IRNSS-1L
Which state government has come up with Water ATM Policy to provide clean drinking water to people at public places in cities? Haryana
In which state, India's first high-speed electric locomotive was launched? Bihar
When was the GST E-way Bill rolled-out in India for the interstate transport of goods in India? 1st April 2018
The committee formed by Government of India to examine the process by which the CBSE conducts examinations is headed by? V S Oberoi
Which Indian cricketer was honoured with the Padma Bhushan award in the 2018 ceremony? Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Who was the flag bearer of Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games 2018? PV Sindhu
With which private sector bank the Indian army has signed a MoU on Defence Salary Package? HDFC Bank
Name the Virtual Assistant for banks that was recently launched by SIDBI on its foundation day? Samridhhi
What is the name of social media based remittance service launched by ICICI Bank for NRIs to transfer money using social media platforms? Social Pay
Name the mobile app launched by the Minister of Coal Shri Piyush Goyal for coal quality monitoring?
The app aims to help all citizens and coal consumers in monitoring the process of Third Party Sampling of coal across CIL subsidiaries.
UTTAM (Unlocking Transparency by Third Party Assessment of Mined Coal)
Which state won the 2018 Santosh Trophy by defeating West Bengal in the final held at Salt Lake stadium, Kolkata? Kerala
Which chicken breed from Madhya Pradesh recently got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag?
The chicken breed is in demand not only because of its taste but also due to its low cholesterol and high protein content. It sells at around Rs 500 per kg, which is around five times the price of normal broiler chicken.
Kadaknath
Which Indian State announced that cancer patients would be provided free chemotherapy treatment at district hospitals from June 2018 in 10 districts in the first phase?
The plan will start with hospitals in Nagpur, Gadchiroli, Pune, Amravati, Jalgaon, Nashik, Wardha, Satara, Bhandara and Akola.
Maharashtra
Name the Indian badminton player who was ranked No. 1 position by the World Badminton Federation?
He thus, became only the second Indian after Saina Nehwal to achieve this feat.
Kidambi Srikanth
Name the Indian tennis player who has become the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup?
He recorded his 43rd win by pairing with Rohan Bopanna against China.
Leander Paes
In which city, Euro-VI grade petrol and diesel was introduced for the first time? Delhi
Name the project launched by Department of Posts for total digitisation of postal operations in the country? DARPAN (Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for a New India)
Name the company which has signed a MoU with Ministry of Tourism to adopt Red Fort and Gandikota Fort for a period of 5 years at a cost of Rs 25 crores? Dalmia Bharat
What was the theme of National Maritime Day which was observed on 05 April 2018? Indian Shipping - An Ocean of Opportunity

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS AND EVENTS

In which country International Buddhist Conference 2018 was held? Nepal
Which African country recently made it legal to produce marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes? Zimbabwe
Which country is not a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)? Israel
World Malaria Day is observed every year on? 25th April
What was the theme of the 2018 World Malaria Day? Ready to beat malaria
Which country received the highest remittances of 69 billion dollar from its diaspora in the year 2017? India
Who won the Paraguay Presidential Elections 2018? Mario Abdo Benitez
Which Asian country has agreed to halt its nuclear tests and ICBM launches? North Korea
World Earth Day is observed every year on? 22nd April
What was the theme of 2018 World Earth Day? End Plastic Pollution
World Book and Copyright Day is observed every year on? 23rd April
8th South Asian Judo Championship was held in which country? Nepal
Which mission was launched by NASA of USA to discover new planets outside the solar system? Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
The world's first female foreign ministers meeting will be held in which country? Canada
Who has been chosen as the new chief of US space agency, NASA? Jim Bridenstine
Which country recently proposed an Indian-Nepal-China economic corridor with multi-dimensional connectivity through the Himalayas? China
Who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service? The New York Times and The New Yorker
Which country recently honoured the first conquest of Mount Everest without bottled oxygen?
In this event, two climbers who were the first to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen 40 years ago were honoured.
Nepal
Which nation is at the top of FIFA rankings as of April 2018? Germany
Which country hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games? Australia
What name is given to the most distant star which was discovered by NASA at a distance of nine billion light years? Icarus
Who became the first female Head of UN political affairs?
She replaced Jeffrey Feltman.
Rosemary DiCarlo

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