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Question:

'Potemkin village' refers to

 

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(a) a place in Antarctica where potential Uranium reserves have been found out

(b) a place on Mars

(c) a politico-economic situation

(d) a place in Himalayas where potential anti cancerous trees have been found out

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Answer:
Explaination

 This refers to any kind of false structure built to deceive observers into believing that a situation is much better than it actually is. The term has its origin in the fake villages that were constructed by Russian military leader Grigory Potyomkin in the 18th century. In order to woo Empress Catherine the Great, Potyomkin arranged a show of prosperity during her inspection trip to Crimea in 1787 after the acquisition of new land in Crimea and other regions following Russia’s victory over the Ottoman empire. He made the situation on the ground look better than it was by erecting replicas of pretty towns and fancy fireworks.

Question:

Consider the following statements about G 20. Select the correct statements.

1. Its a forum of governments and central bank governors from  20 major economies.

2. Its secreteriat is in Beijing 

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(a) only 1

(b) only 2

(c) both 1 and 2

(d) neither 1 or 2

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Answer: only 1 is true
Explaination

G 20 does not have a Secretariat, does not have any staff working for it, and it is basically a leader led forum.

Question:The advanced armed drones called 'Wing Loong II' belongs to -View

(a) China

(b) Russia

(c) Japan

(d) Isreal

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Answer: China
Explaination

Wing Loong II is a Medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial system manufactured by the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Company

Question:Global Human Capital Index is released by -View

(a) WB

(b) WEF

(c) UNESCO

(d) IMF

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Answer:
Explaination

 India ranked low 103rd out of 130 countries surveyed on World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Human Capital Index (GHCI) 2017.

Question:Gender Parity Index is released by -View

(a) WEF

(b) WB

(c) UNESCO

(d) ILO

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Answer:
Explaination

It is a Socio - economic index usually designed to measure the relative access to education of males and females. This index is released by UNESCO. (i.e) it is calculated as the quotient of the number of females by the number of males enrolled in a given stage of education (primary, secondary, etc.). It is used by international organizations, particularly in measuring the progress of developing countries.

Question:Mekong Ganga Cooperation is an initiative by India and -View

(a) 5 ASEAN countries

(b) 4 ASEAN countries

(c) 6 ASEAN countries

(d) 3 ASEAN countries

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Answer:
Explaination

• The MGC is an initiative by India and five ASEAN countries, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam for cooperation in tourism, culture, education, as well as transport and communications. • It was launched in 2000 at Vientiane, Laos.

Question:Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization functions under Ministry of -View

(a) Chemicals & Fertilizers

(b) Environment

(c) Commerce and industry

(d) Science and Technology

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Answer:
Explaination

Question:MUSK SCHEME is related to -View

(a) Agriculture

(b) Education

(c) Environment

(d) Biotechnology

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Answer:
Explaination

• The Union Cabinet has accorded its approval for creation of a non-lapsable pool in the Public Account for secondary and higher education known as “Madhyamik and Uchchtar Shiksha Kosh” (MUSK). • Under it, all proceeds of secondary and higher education cess will be credited and utilised for the government’s schemes in education sector.

Question:Ease of Doing Business report based on an Enterprise Survey of 3,500 manufacturing firms across Indian states and union territories was conducted by -View

(a) NITI Aayog

(b) WEF

(c) World bank

(d) Jointly by a and b

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Answer:
Explaination

The survey has been conducted, along with the IDFC Institute, to assess the business regulations and enabling environment across India from firms’ perspective.

Question:Consider the following statements about 'S- 400 Triumf' air defense system. Select the correct statements 1.NATO members consider the S-400 a major threat because of its sheer long range. 2.China has bought S-400 missile systems. -View

(a) Only 1

(b) Only 2

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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Answer: C. The S-400 Triumf — NATO calls it SA-21 Growler — is a modern long-range surface-to-air missile (MLR SAM) system developed by Russia.
Explaination

Layered defense - It is capable of firing three types of missiles.