Q1. The ministry of electronics and IT has formed how many committees to prepare a roadmap for the national artificial intelligence programme?
Q2. Who has been appointed as non-executive chairman of National Payments Corporation of India for two years with immediate effect?
1. Ashish Oberoi
2. Rajneesh Sethi
3. Biswamohan Mahapatra
4. Srinivasan Mukherjee
5. Brijmohan Sharma
Q3. Dubai witnessed 15% growth in tourist arrivals from ________ in 2017.
2. United States of America
5. None of the above
Q4. What is the name of the asteroid that safely flew past Earth making a closest approach of about 64,000 kilometres?
1. Asteroid 2018 AB
2. Asteroid 2018 CB
3. Asteroid 2018 DE
4. Asteroid 2018 EF
5. Asteroid 2018 GH
Q5. Where is 2017 Asian Para-Cycling Championship held?
Q6. The government has directed the banks to accept online applications for which loan to make the loan disbursement process transparent and efficient?
1. Medical loan
2. Home Loan
3. Personal loan
4. Education loan
5. Gold loan
Q7. Which of the following banks has reported a loss of ?2,416.4 crore for the December quarter, marking its first quarterly loss in at least 17 years?
1. ICICI Bank
2. State Bank of India
3. Kotak Mahindra Bank
4. Canara Bank
5. Punjab National Bank
Q8. Who has been appointed as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) first-ever independent female director?
1. Chanda Kochhar
2. Kiran Mazumdar
3. Indra Nooyi
4. Naina Lal
5. Arundhati Bhattacharya
Q9. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) soon to start a pilot project called "pay as you use" on the ________ Highway.
Q10. ________, Punjab and Tamil Nadu were the top rankers in NITI Aayog’s latest Health Index report.
4. West Bengal
5. Uttar Pradesh
Answer1: 3. 4
The ministry of electronics and IT has formed four committees to prepare a roadmap for the national artificial intelligence programme. The committees will be headed by IIT directors and experts from industry bodies. The four committees will be for citizen centric services; data platforms; skilling, reskilling and R&D; and legal regulatory and cybersecurity.
Answer2: 3. Biswamohan Mahapatra
National Payments Corporation of India appointed Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman for two years with immediate effect. He succeeds B Sambamurthy who was the interim chairman. National Payments Corporation of India is the umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems in India, which aims to allow all Indian citizens to have unrestricted access to e-payment services.
Answer3: 3. India
Dubai witnessed 15% growth in tourist arrivals from India in 2017, hosting 2.1 million visitors, retaining top spot as the source market. It also became the first country to cross the 2 million mark in a single year. The growth is mainly due to the success of Dubai Tourism's ongoing collaboration with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the 'BeMyGuest' campaign.
Answer4: 2. Asteroid 2018 CB
Asteroid 2018 CB, estimated to be around 15-40 metres in size, safely flew past Earth making a closest approach of about 64,000 kilometres, nearly one-fifth the average Earth-Moon distance, on Saturday at 4:00 am IST, NASA revealed. "Asteroids of this size do not often approach this close to our planet -- maybe only once or twice a year," said NASA.
Answer5: 1. Naypyidaw
The Indian contingent won a silver medal and two bronze medals at the Asian Para-Cycling Championships held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Last year's silver medallist Divij Shah repeated his silver-winning performance while BSF soldier Harinder Singh won bronze adding to his bronze from the last year. New entrant Madhu Bagri, meanwhile, won bronze in hand-cycling.
Answer6: 4. Education loan
The government has directed the banks to only accept online applications for education loans in a bid to make the loan disbursement process transparent and efficient. The banks have also been asked to not consider any application received in physical form. The move also aims to tackle the delay in sanctioning of the education loans.
Answer7: 2. State Bank of India
India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) on Friday reported a loss of ?2,416.4 crore for the December quarter, marking its first quarterly loss in at least 17 years. The bank had reported a standalone profit of ?2,610 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal. The bank's net interest income during the quarter rose to ?18,688 crore.
Answer8: 3. Indra Nooyi
PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) first-ever independent female director. Nooyi will join the cricket body in June 2018 for a 2-year term. The introduction of an Independent Director, who must be female, was approved by the ICC in June 2017, aimed at improving the global governance of the sport.
Answer9: 2. Delhi-Mumbai
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will start a pilot project called "pay as you use" on the Delhi-Mumbai Highway. It will study and implement the ability of the system in the country. The project to be run for one year involves implementing a satellite-based electronic toll collection system running on GPS/GSM technology for around 500 commercial vehicles.
Answer10: 3. Kerala
Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu were the top rankers in NITI Aayog’s latest Health Index report. Report for the first time, attempted to establish an annual systematic tool to measure and understand the heterogeneity and complexity of the nation’s performance in the health sector. The report was released on Friday by Amitabh Kant (CEO of NITI Aayog).