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1.Consider the following statements

  1. SBI reintroduced penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance in accounts.
  2. In case of failing to maintain Monthly Average Balance (MAB) in saving accounts, penalty of up to Rs. 100 plus service tax would be levied.
  3. The penalty amount will be used by the bank to cover expenses such as running operations and systems for its 250 million savings accounts.

which among are correct?

A. 1 & 2 only

B.1 and 3 only

C.2 and 3 only

D.All The above

Option D Explanation :The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to reintroduce penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance in accounts to be effective from April 1, 2017. In case of failing to maintain Monthly Average Balance (MAB) in saving accounts, penalty of up to Rs. 100 plus service tax would be levied. The penalty amount will be used by the bank to cover expenses such as running operations and systems for its 250 million savings accounts. The MAB to be maintained by different areas include, Metropolitan Area: Rs. 5000, Urban Area: Rs. 3000, Semi-Urban Area: Rs. 2000, Rural Area: Rs. 1000.

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2.Recently,India’s Largest flag was in news.Consider following statements.

  1. Hoisted on the tallest flag post at the Indo-China Border.
  2. The flag post was built by Amritsar Improvement Trust Authority of the Punjab government

A. Both 1 and 2 are correct & 2 is the correct explanation

B. 1 is wrong but 2 is correct explanation

C. 1 is correct but 2 is wrong

D. Both are wrong.

Option B Explanation : India’s largest flag was inaugurated by Anil Joshi, Cabinet Minister of Punjab, on the tallest flag post at the Indo-Pak Attari Border in Amritsar just 150 m away from the border. The flag post measured 110 metres (360ft) in length, 24 metres in width and 55 tons in weight. The flag post was built by Amritsar Improvement Trust Authority of the Punjab government at an approximate cost of Rs. 3.50 crore. The flag post, installed at the border, became an attraction for thousands of tourists who had reached there to watch the Beating Retreat Ceremony during the sunset.

3.The Advanced S-300 Missile Defence System of Iran which became operational recently has been manufactured by which country?

A.Germany
B.China
C.France
D.Russia

Option D Explanation :Iran’s advanced S-300 air defence system, delivered by Russia following a July 2015 nuclear deal after years of delay, is now operational state said by State television. The S-300 air defence system has been tested successfully in the presence of government and military officials. The deal to buy the S-300 system was originally signed in 2007 but Russia suspended it in 2010 citing a UN ban on arms sales to Iran. It was revived after the nuclear deal between Iran and major powers went into effect in January 2016. Iran also announced that domestically manufactured air defence system dubbed Bavar 373 which was “more advanced than the S-300” would be tested very soon.

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4.As per the scientists of United States, the mantle of the Earth is about _____ degree Celsius hotter than scientists previously thought.

A.45 Degree
B.50 Degree
C.65 Degree
D.60 Degree

Option D Explanation :According to the findings by United States based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Earth’s mantle is about 60 degree Celsius hotter than as previously thought by the scientists. The new study could change the thinking of the scientists regarding the issues in Earth science including how ocean basins form. The result is significant as a hotter mantle would be more fluid and thus help to better explain the movement of rigid tectonic plates. Since it is not possible to measure the mantles temperature directly, geologists have to estimate it through laboratory experiments that simulate the high pressures and temperatures inside the Earth. The finding was published in the journal Science

5. The joint military training exercise AL NAGAH-II is being conducted between Indian Army and the Army troops of which country?

A.Bangladesh
B.Oman
C.Japan
D.Myanmar

Option B Explanation : A 14 days long joint military training exercise AL NAGAH-II, of the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman kicked off on March 6, 2017 at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh. This is the second edition of the joint military exercise between the two countries. The first edition was held at Muscat, Oman in January 2015. Aim: To build and promote bilateral Army-to-Army relations and enhance interoperability; exchange skills and experiences between the two armies in the backdrop of counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment.

6.What is the theme of the 2017 National Safety Week (NSW) of India?

A. Safety: Right of all livings

B. Keep each other safe

C. Ensure safe and healthy working environment

D. Strengthen safety movement to achieve zero harm

Option B Explanation: The National Safety Week/Day (NSW) is celebrated every year in India from March 4 to 10 to raise safety awareness among people, and to prevent and lessen the loss of human life and tackle financial losses to the family by availing them of safety, health and environment-related support services. The 2017 theme is “Keep Each Other Safe”. It is observed by the National Safety Council (NSC) of India.

7.The 11th edition of The Indo-Nepal military exercise “SURYA KIRAN-XI” has started in which state?

A.Jammu and kashmir

B.Kerala

C.Uttarakhand

D. Assam

Option C Explanation: The 11th edition of joint military exercise “SURYA KIRAN-XI” has started between India and Nepal in Pithoragarh area of Uttarakhand from March 7, 2017. This is a battalion level joint exercise between the two armies. The purpose of the two week long exercise is to train both the troops in the area of various counter insurgency operations over a prolonged period. It will also focus on other important aspects such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and environmental conservation. Both the armies will mutually benefit from the varied experiences gained during the exercise. The exercise is part of a series of joint training with friendly foreign countries by the Indian armed forces.

8.Long Bhagoria Festival is celebrated by tribal community of which Indian state recently?
A.West Bengal
B.Assam
C.Madhya Pradesh
D.Himachal Pradesh

Option D Explanation :Bhagoria Festival, also known as Bhagoria Haat Festival, celebrated by the tribal people of the Indian state Madhya Pradesh began on March 6, 2017 in Jhabua district. The festival which has been organized at 34 places in the state is celebrated in the month of March before the Holi Festival by the local tribes called Bhils and Bhilalas. The week-long festival is organised at different Bhagoria haats (local markets) in the form of Svayamvara or Marriage Ceremony located in Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dhar, Khargone and Barwani districts in western Madhya Pradesh.

9.Which Indian university has been ranked among top 10 in Times Higher Education (THE)’s 2017 World’s Best Small Universities? 

A. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru

B. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati

C. Savitribai Phule Pune University

D. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay

Option A Explanation: Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru has been ranked at 8th among top 10 in Times Higher Education 2017 list of world’s best small universities. The list is topped by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (United States), followed by Ecole Normale Superrieure (France), Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) (South Korea) and Ecole Polytechnique (France). According to Times Higher Education (THE), to be eligible for the Best Small Universities rankings, the institutions must appear in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016-17, teach at least four subjects, and have fewer than 5,000 students. The Best Small Universities in the World for 2017 highlights that small universities provide high student satisfaction and good working relationships between students and their professors.

10. According to a report by researchers on March 1, 2017, the world’s oldest known fossil has been discovered by scientists in which country?

A.United States of America
B.Canada
C.China
D.Australia

Option B Explanation :According to research published in the journal Nature on March 1, 2017, scientists have discovered the oldest known fossil in Canada which is believed to be as old as 3.7 billion years old or even 4.3 billion years old. The study was conducted in northern Quebec’s Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt (NSB) of Canada by University College London (UCL) including researchers from the University of Ottawa. The scientists have not found fossils of the bacteria themselves; instead, they found small tubes or filaments of iron oxide that would have been given off by the bacteria over time.

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