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Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 12 June to 18 June 2017

1. To provide legal aid for the people living in rural areas, the Union Government on 11 June 2017 launched 'Tele Law' service. Consider the following statements in regard to the Tele Law service. 
I. Under the scheme, the Tele-Law portal will be available across the CSC network connecting the citizens to legal service providers. 
II. The Ministry of Law and Justice partnered with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will provide legal aid services through its Common Service Centres (CSC) at the panchayat level, spread across the country.
III. In the first phase, the Tele-Law scheme will be tested as a pilot across 1000 Common Service Centres (CSCs) in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. 
Which is/are correct?
a) Only III
b) Only I and II 
c) Only I and III
d) I, II and III

2. Name the Bengali actor who was honoured with 2017 Legion d' Honneur, the highest French civilian Honour.
a) Shekhar Bose
b) Soumitra Chatterjee
c) Subhendu Banerjee
d) Tapen Chakravarty 

3. Jelena Ostapenko grabbed her first ever grand slam title by beating the match favourite, third-seeded Simona Halep in the final of French Open 2017. Which country does Jelena belong to?
a) Lithuania 
b) The Czech Republic
c) Russia
d) Latvia 

4. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has taken over the management of this Life Insurance Company. 
a) Exide Life Insurance 
b) IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company 
c) Peerless Group 
d) Sahara India Life Insurance 

5. Who is the author of the book titled Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature?
a) Jairam Ramesh
b) Satish Kumar
c) Anupam Mishra
d) Palagummi Sainath

6. Who of the following won the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix?
a) Lewis Hamilton
b) Sebastian Vettel
c) Daniel Ricciardo
d) None of the above

7. Which State Government will start free mortuary van service for its citizens?
a) Haryana
b) Assam
c) Odisha
d) Punjab

8. Name the two Indian origin people from Australia who were recognised by Queen Elizabeth II in her birthday honours list for 2017 for their contribution to the community.
a) Rajiv Khanna and Unnikrishnan Velayudhan Pilla
b) Rajiv Khanna and Jacques Nasser
c) Unnikrishnan Velayudhan Pilla and Jacques Nasser
d) None of the above

9. What is the theme of the 2017 World Blood Donor Day?
a) Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often
b) Blood connects us all
c) Thank you for saving my life
d) Safe blood for saving mothers

10. Who of the following in June 2017 became the youngest Prime Minister of Ireland?
a) Enda Kenny 
b) Simon Coveney
c) Leo Varadkar
d) Michael Noonan

11. The Nalanda University signed MoU with which country for academic linkages and colloborations? 
a) South Korea 
b) Japan 
c) Vietnam 
d) Malaysia 

12. Who was bestowed with the 2017 Nanniyode Rajan Memorial Award? 
a) Prayar Gopalakrishnan 
b) E Sreedharan 
c) Vakkom B Purushothaman 
d) K C Joseph 

13. Which Indian film has been shortlisted to compete in one of the categories at the Shanghai International Film Festival? 
a) Dangal
b) Bahubali 
c) Sultan 
d) Neerja

14. Which state’s government launched the Anuyatra campaign for disabled persons?
a) Maharashtra
b) Kerala
c) Uttar Pradesh
d) Andhra Pradesh 

15. Which technology giant topped the 2017 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list?
a) Apple
b) Google
c) Microsoft
d) Facebook

ANSWERS
1. (b) Only I and II
To provide legal aid for the people living in rural areas, the Union Government on 11 June 2017 launched 'Tele Law' service. Under the service, the legal aid will be provided through video conferencing to marginalised communities of rural areas. The first phase of the Tele-Law will be rolled out in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to understand the challenges and make necessary corrections to the scheme before it is scaled up and rolled out across the country. 
2. (b) Soumitra Chatterjee
The French government honoured Bengali Actor Soumitra Chatterjee with its highest civilian decoration Legion d’ Honneur. He is the only Indian recipient in the 2017 list. Soumitra Chatterjee will be the 33rd Indian and second Bengali after Satyajit Ray, who was awarded with the French government top civilian award in 1987.
3. (d) Latvia 
Jelena Ostapenko on 10 June 2017 grabbed her first ever grand slam title by beating the match favourite, third-seeded Simona Halep in the final of French Open 2017. The Latvian, after losing the first set 4-6, made a stunning comeback with two straight wins 6-4 and 6-3, making way for one of the biggest Grand Slam upsets. With the win, she became the first person from her country to ever win a Grand Slam singles title. 
4. (d) Sahara India Life Insurance 
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has announced taking over the management of the Sahara India Life Insurance Company. Insurance regulator, IRDAI in an order issued in New Delhi on 12 June 2017 said that Subrata Roy run insurer was "acting in a manner" prejudicial to interest of subscribers.
5. (a) Jairam Ramesh
A book titled Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature authored by Jairam Ramesh was released on 10 June 2017 at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum in New Delhi. The book offers a lively, conversational narrative of a relatively little known but fascinating aspect of Indira Gandhi’s tumultuous life.
6. (a) Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on 11 June 2017 won the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix 2017 held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The third position was grabbed by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
7. (d) Punjab
The Punjab government will start free mortuary van service for its citizens in the state. All government hospitals have been directed to provide such vans free of cost. For this, hospital attendants will be required to fill up a form to record whether the family of the deceased has proper arrangements for transporting the body.
8. (a) Rajiv Khanna and Unnikrishnan Velayudhan Pilla
Queensland-based Professor Rajiv Khanna received the Officer of the Order of Australia Medal for his work in medicine -- specifically his contribution to the development of cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of cancers, infectious complications and chronic disease. Unnikrishnan Velayudhan Pilla from Queensland was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in the general division (OAM) for service to the Malayali community in the state. 
9. (a) Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often
The theme of the 2017 World Blood Donor Day, observed annually on 14 June, was Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often.
10. (c) Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar, a 38-year-old Indian-origin doctor, on 15 June 2017 scripted history by becoming Ireland's youngest Prime Minister. Leo Varadkar, the country's first Indian-origin premier, officially took over from Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, as the Irish prime ministerial title is known, after a parliamentary vote in Dublin confirmed him as the leader by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions. 
11. (a) South Korea
The Nalanda University signed MoU with South Korea’s Academy of Korean Studies for academic linkages and collaborations in Patna, Bihar. As per the MoU, both the universities will increase their bilateral ties through joint research programmes, faculty and student exchange, mutual sharing of data, academic research/education, joint teaching & cooperation in other areas.
12. (b) E Sreedharan 
Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) Principal Adviser E. Sreedharan was bestowed with the 2017 Nanniyode Rajan Memorial Award for his contributions to the development of the country. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 25000 and a trophy.
13. (c) Sultan 
Sultan, the 2016 Indian romantic sports-drama film starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, has been shortlisted to compete in one of the categories at the Shanghai International Film Festival this June.  The film has been selected in the Jackie Chan Action Movie Week section where awards are given by the combined means of judge assessment and audience vote. 
14. (b) Kerala 
The Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari launched Anuyatra campaign in Thiruvananhapuram, Kerala. The innovative initiative of Kerala government is aimed at transforming the state to a disabled-friendly one and empowers differently-abled children by bringing them to the forefront of the mainstream society.
15. (b) Google
2017 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list was released recently by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. The technology giant Google topped the list with a brand value of over USD 245 billion. Besides Google, US tech giants Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook are among the five most valuable brands.
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