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Quiz for the week covers the most important happenings of the week. These quizzes will help you in revising the week at an ease, as it hosts the most important occurrences/happenings of the week that may be asked in the nearest competitive exam that will be faced by you. The quizzes covered in this weekly segment include Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Prime Minister of France and Mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa.


1. Which city topped the 2017 Savills Tech Cities Index? 
a) Bengaluru 
b) Austin
c) San Francisco 
d) New York 

2. China and Southeast Asian countries on 18 May 2017 agreed to a draft framework for a long-mooted code of conduct (CoC) for the disputed South China Sea. Consider the following statements in context to the agreement.
I. The report assessed the competitiveness landscape of 140 economies.
II. China and the ASEAN had been hoping to agree on the framework this year, 25 years after committing to draft it.
 III. Senior officials have completed the negotiations of the draft Code of Conduct (COC) framework, ahead of the mid-2017 timeline which leaders of ASEAN and China had set. 
Which is/are correct?
a) Only III
b) Only I and II 
c) Only I and III
d) I, II and III

3. Cabinet of this country has approved a bill that will allow its emperor to abdicate this thrown to allow the prince crown to take charge of the same. 
a) Japan
b) UAE
c) North Korea
d) Myanmar

4. The state government that was directed by the Supreme Court to give 50 per cent reservation to the in-service candidates for admission to post-graduate medical diploma courses as per the regulations of the Medical Council of India. 
a) Uttar Pradesh
b) Bihar
c) Gujarat 
d) Maharashtra 

5. In a move triggered by a spike in measles cases, this country has declared a new law that makes a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription. 
a) Italy
b) Yemen
c) Benin
d) Guinea-Bissau

6. Which Indian scientist won the 2017 Dan David prize in the “Future” category?
a) Dronamraju Krishna Rao
b) Biman Bagchi
c) Shrinivas Kulkarni
d) Har Gobind Khorana

7. Which Indian-American student won the 2017 National Geographic Bee contest?
a) Veda Bhattaram
b) George Sudarshan
c) Jayant Narlikar
d) Pranay Varada 

8. Name the company that was listed Tata Group as the most valuable brand in India was ranked at first position in Brand Finance report of 2017. 
a) Airtel 
b) Reliance
c) State Bank of India
d) Tata Group 

9. Name the Veteran actress who died on 18 May 2017 in Mumbai. She played the role of mother in several films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Aashiqui, Saajan, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Maine Pyar Kiya, Aashiqui, Saajan and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun among others. 
a) Reema Lagoo
b) Jishnu Raghavan
c) Aarthi Agarwal
d) Smita Patil

10. The Union Cabinet approved construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors. The total capacity of the plants will be?
a) 7000 MW
b) 6780 MW
c) 8880 MW
d) 5600 MW

11. The Union Cabinet approved construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors. The total capacity of the plants will be?
a) 7000 MW
b) 6780 MW
c) 8880 MW
d) 5600 MW

12. 
Mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa set a new record by scaling the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest for fourth time. She is a native of which state?
a) Manipur
b) Assam 
c) Sikkim 
d) Arunachal Pradesh 

13. Who of the following was recently named as the Prime Minister of France?
a) Alain Juppé
b) Emmanuel Macron
c) Marine Le Pen
d) Edouard Philippe

14. Who of the following was recently appointed as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change?
a) Ovais Sarmad
b) Richard Kinley
c) Stephen Williams
d) None of the above

15. A committee that was constituted to prepare guidelines for desiltation of river Ganga from Bhimgauda (Uttarakhand) to Farakka (West Bengal) has submitted its report to Ministry of Water Resources. Who of the following was the chairperson of the committee?
a) Madhav Chitale
b) AK Sinha
c) Justice (Retd) Girdhar Malviya 
d) VK Bhasin



Answers with Explanation1. (b) Austin
Austin topped the list of 22 tech cities across the world, as per the 2017 Savills Tech Cities Index. San Francisco acquired 2nd position followed by New York and London. From India, Bengaluru ranked 20th among tech cities in the world. 

2. (c) Only I and III
China and Southeast Asian countries on 18 May 2017 agreed to a draft framework for a long-mooted code of conduct (CoC) for the disputed South China Sea. The agreement was reached with a hope that it could reduce the risk of clashes in one of the world's busiest waterways. China and the ASEAN had been hoping to agree on the framework this year, 15 years after committing to draft it.

3. (a) Japan

Paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries, Japan’s Cabinet on 19 November 2017 approved a bill that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down. Paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries, Japan’s Cabinet on 19 November 2017 approved a bill that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down.

4. (c) Gujarat 
The Supreme Court has directed the Gujarat government to give 50 per cent reservation to the in-service candidates for admission to post-graduate medical diploma courses as per the regulations of the Medical Council of India. The apex court on 19 May 2017 directed the state government to grant the reservation to these candidates in the second round of counselling, starting 20 May 2017 for admissions in PG courses.

5. (a) Italy
Italy's government on 19 May 2017 declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles cases. Speaking after a cabinet meeting approved the legislative decree, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said the move will "make compulsory certain vaccinations that until now were simply recommended.

6. (c) Shrinivas Kulkarni
Indian scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni won the prestigious 2017 Dan David prize in the “Future” category for his contribution in the field of astronomy. The “Future” category for 2017 is being shared by Kulkarni with two other recipients- Andrej Udalski of the University of Warsaw and Neil Gehrels of NASA.

7. (d) Pranay Varada
Pranay Varada, an Indian-American student, won the prestigious USD 50000 National Geographic Bee competition for year 2017. For the past one decade, this competition has been dominated by Indian-Americans.

8. (d) Tata Group 
Brand Finance report of 2017 has listed Tata Group as the most valuable brand in India with India at an estimated brand value of $13.1 billion. Brand Finance is a global brand valuation and strategy consultancy firm and it released its Brand Finance India 100 2017 report on 17 May 2017. Tata is followed by Telecom operator Airtel (2nd), Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) (3rd), Infosys (4th) and State Bank of India (SBI) (5th) respectively.

9. (a) Reema Lagoo
Veteran actress Reema Lagoo died on 18 May 2017 at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. She reportedly suffered a massive cardiac arrest. She was 59. Lagoo who appeared in several Hindi and Marathi films also acted in numerous television shows like Tu Tu Main Main and Shrimaan Shrimati. She played the role of a mother in several Bollywood films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Aashiqui, Saajan, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Vaastav, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Aruna Raje's Rihaee, Gumrah, Jai Kishen, Gumrah and Hum Saath-Saath Hain.

10. (a) 7000 MW
The Union Cabinet, presided by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 17 May 2017 gave a green signal for the construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR). The move aims to fast-track India’s domestic nuclear power programme and give a push to country’s nuclear industry. The 10 PHWR project will result in a significant augmentation of nuclear power generation capacity. The total installed capacity of the Plants will be 7000 MW. 

11. (a) 7000 MW
The Union Cabinet, presided by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 17 May 2017 gave a green signal for the construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR). The move aims to fast-track India’s domestic nuclear power programme and give a push to country’s nuclear industry. The 10 PHWR project will result in a significant augmentation of nuclear power generation capacity. The total installed capacity of the Plants will be 7000 MW. 

12. (d) Arunachal Pradesh
Anshu Jamsenpa, a native of Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh, conquered Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak on 16 May 2017 for the fourth time, setting a new record. Jamsenpa, a mother of two teenage children, had scaled Mount Everest twice in May 2011 and again two years later. 

13. (d) Edouard Philippe
French President Emmanuel Macron on 15 May 2017 named Edouard Philippe as the Prime Minister of the country. Philippe comes from the ranks of a center-right party outside Macron’s own movement.

14. (a) Ovais Sarmad

Ovais Sarmad, a senior Indian official, in the second week of May 2017 was appointed as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The appointment was made after consultation with the Conference of Parties through its Bureau.

15. (a) Madhav Chitale
Madhav Chitale committee constituted to prepare guidelines for desiltation of river Ganga from Bhimgauda (Uttarakhand) to Farakka (West Bengal) submitted its report to Ministry of Water Resources on 19 May 2017. The committee in its report has recommended a slew of measures like a study of reach wise sediment transport processes along with establishing annual sediment budgets to guide de-silting activities.
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