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1. Which power company on August 17, 2017 became the first one to use QR code for bill payment in India?
[A] Adani Power
[B] JSW Energy
[C] Reliance Power
[D] Essar Energy
[E] Tata Power

Answer: E. Tata Power

Explanation:

Tata Power has become the first power utility to introduce a QR code based bill payments system in India. The company said though this functionality of bill payments through a QR code has been introduced in other service industries, it will be launched in the power industry for the first time in India by Tata Power. According to the statement, the QR code linked to Unified Payments Interface (UPI) will be printed on the electricity bills. The customers can scan the QR code with BHIM app or any other UPI linked bank app and pay their bills without any hassle, it said.
2. The _____ on August 17, 2017 made it compulsory for farmers to have Aadhaar  card for farm subsidies.
[A] SEBI
[B] RBI
[C] BBB
[D] FMC
[E] FSDC

Answer: B. RBI

Explanation:

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that farmers need to mandatorily link Aadhaar numbers to their accounts to avail subsidised farm loan. In line with the government's policy, the RBI said farmers can avail of short-term crop loans of up to Rs 3 lakh at subsidised interest rate of 7% that could go down to 4% on prompt repayment.
3. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is headquartered in ___________.
[A] Mumbai
[B] Chennai
[C] New Delhi
[D] Bengaluru
[E] Noida

Answer: C. New Delhi

Explanation:

NHAI is headquartered in New Delhi. It was established in 1988. On August 17, 2017 it launched two mobile apps to ensure smooth functioning of the Electronic Toll Collection system. The two apps -- MyFASTag and FASTag Partner -- will facilitate the availability of FASTags for electronic toll collection making it possible to buy or recharge FASTags online.
4. India on August 17, 2017 received a fund of $___ million from the Global Environment Facility for its "Ecosystems Service Improvement Project".
[A] 23.6
[B] 22.6
[C] 25.6
[D] 24.6
[E] 26.6

Answer: D. 24.6

Explanation:

A Grant Agreement from the Global Environment Facility of the World Bank of USD 24.64 million for Ecosystem Service Improvement Project was signed by Shri Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary (MI), Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Hisham Abdo Kahin, Acting Country Director for India on behalf of the World Bank. The objective of the Project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Departments of Forestry and Community Organisations to enhance forest ecosystem services and improve the livelihoods of forest dependent communities in Central Indian Highlands.
5. Which ministry will conduct the National Assessment Survey of school children?
[A] Finance
[B] Human Resource Development
[C] Urban Development
[D] Law and Justice
[E] Women and Child Development

Answer: B. Human Resource Development

Explanation:

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has announced November 13 as the date for conducting its National Assessment Survey (NAS) for the students of class 3, 5, and 8. This time, approximately 30 lakh students will be assessed in the year 2017-18 making it the world’s largest sample survey of student learning achievement.
6. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority is headquartered in _________.
[A] New Delhi
[B] Mumbai
[C] Chennai
[D] Bengaluru
[E] Pune

Answer: A. New Delhi

Explanation:

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority is headquartered in New Delhi. It is a government regulatory agency that controls the prices of pharmaceutical drugs in India. The NPPA was formed on 29 August 1997. On August 16, 2017 it reduced the prices of orthopaedic knee implants upto 70% lower than current market prices. A price cap on implants is expected to benefit millions of patients with orthopaedic problems.
7.

Consider the following statements: (1) The Union cabinet on August 16, 2017 approved the creation of a non-lapsible corpus fund for secondary and higher education, to help fund select education schemes for which demand exceeds budgetary allocations.



(2) The Madhyamik and Uchchtar Shiksha Kosh (MUSK) will have all the proceeds from the 1% cess the government collects under the ‘secondary and higher education cess’ which has been in place since 2007.



(3) To begin with, the fund may have a corpus between Rs. 3,000 crore and Rs. 5,000 crore.



(4) The fund will be akin to the Prarambhik Shiksha Kosh (PSK) already in place since 2005 to fund elementary education schemes such as Sarva Shikha Abhiyan.



Which of the above statements are true?


[A] Only 1,2 and 3
[B] Only 2,3 and 4
[C] Only 1 and 3
[D] All of the above
[E] None of the above

Answer: D. All of the above

Explanation:

The Union cabinet approved the creation of a non-lapsable corpus fund for secondary and higher education.The corpus—Madhyamik and Uchchtar Shiksha Kosh will have all the proceeds from the 1% cess the government collects under the ‘secondary and higher education cess’ which has been in place since 2007.The fund will be akin to the Prarambhik Shiksha Kosh.
8. The Indian government on August 15, 2017 announced to invest Rs. _____ crore to make 20 universities 'world class'.
[A] 1100
[B] 1200
[C] 1300
[D] 1000
[E] 1400

Answer: D. 1000

Explanation:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government plans to invest Rs 1,000 crore to transform 20 universities into "world class" educational institutions. Centre has taken an important step to grant the universities freedom from restrictions to make them world class universities.Govt will not interfere in their functioning & funds up to Rs 1,000 cr will be provided to transform these institutions.
9. As of August 16, 2017 India has _____ km of metro rail lines across 8 cities.
[A] 350
[B] 340
[C] 360
[D] 380
[E] 390

Answer: A. 350

Explanation:

At present, metro projects with a total length of more than 350 km are operational in eight cities -- Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Gurugram. On August 16, 2017 approved a new metro rail policy for expanding the metro network across various cities in the country. The metro policy will talk about standardising norms and developing a procurement mechanism for implementation of the projects. It will also talk about funding and financing, officials said.
10. India's first Partition museum has opened in _____.
[A] Jalandhar
[B] Patiala
[C] Mohali
[D] Amritsar
[E] Bathinda

Answer: D. Amritsar

Explanation:

A museum based on partition of the Indian subcontinent is set to open in Amritsar.It will feature photographs, newspaper clippings & personal items showcasing struggle for freedom & violence that followed during the partition of the country.Museum is a nonprofit trust that has raised money from individuals & companies including Airtel & Hindustan Times, Punjab government has donated the space.

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