Correct Answer : Option (B) :   New Delhi

Explanation : The refurbished Handloom Haat was inaugurated by Textiles Minister Smriti Irani at Janpath, New Delhi. The main aim is to provide infrastructural support to handloom agencies so that they can enhance their sales of handloom products and provide a platform to display a wide variety of handloom products that are produced all over the country. The task of refurbishing was adopted in 2018. VisionNXT- Trend Forecasting Initiative which will predict the market for various handloom products according to trends, design and colours. Indian Textiles and Craft Repository which shall be supported by the DC Handlooms and the DC Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles. Design Innovation and Incubation which aims to support entrepreneurs, artisans, start-ups, NIFT alumni and students. A booklet - World Handmade Textile Biennales was released by Smriti Irani. Also, regional incubators shall be constituted NIFT campuses of Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru.

Correct Answer : Option (D) :   Iran

Explanation : The government has given a nod to the IDBI Bank to handle import and export transactions with Iran. This has been done to boost the trade between India and Iran amidst US sanctions on Iran. Earlier, UCO Bank used to handle the payments during the previous sanctions. The channel of payment to Iran through Euros using European banking channels was blocked from November 2018. Iran is the third largest supplier of oil to India, after Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Bilateral trade between India and Iran increased to USD 13.8 billion in 2017-18 from USD 12.9 billion in the previous fiscal. However, India's exports to Iran were only worth USD 2.5 billion.

Correct Answer : Option (A) :   Estonia

Explanation : Kaja Kallas, the leader of the Reform Party has been appointed as the first female Prime Minister of Estonia, after the liberal Reform Party declared victory in the elections against centre-left Prime Minister Juri Ratas's party. She will sworn in as the 18th Prime Minister of Estonia .She will succeed Juri Ratas. The Reform Party secured 28.8% votes against Centre party votes of 23%. The coalition government will be formed between Reform Party and far-right EKRE.

Correct Answer : Option (A) :   Gurugram

Explanation : Gurugram in the National Capital Region (NCR) emerged as the most polluted region in the world in 2018 as per 2018 World Air Quality Report. As per the report, Delhi is the most polluted capital in the world. In the list of polluted cities, Delhi ranked 11th. Out of the top 10 polluted cities in 2018, seven were India, which are Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Bhiwandi, Noida, Patna and Lucknow. The report was based on a new study by Swiss based company IQ Air AirVisual and non profit organization Greenpeace on information from over 3000 cities.

Correct Answer : Option (C) :   USA

Explanation : Red Flag 2019, the 12-day long advanced aerial combat training exercise held several times a year by the US Air Force, has been initiated at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, United States. The exercise is scheduled from 3rd to 16th March 2019 and air forces from United States, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, the Netherlands, Singapore and Saudi Arabia are participating in it.

Correct Answer : Option (B) :   IRDAI and NHA

Explanation : The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) and the National Health Authority (NHA) have formed a working group on the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). The joint working group, to be chaired by Dinesh Arora, Deputy CEO of NHA, will have 10 members from both the organisations. In six months, it will submit a report on how to detect and deter fraud through a common repository and capacity-building.

Correct Answer : Option (D) :   Ramesh Chandra

Explanation : India has nominated Ramesh Chandra, a member of Niti Ayog, to head Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Ramesh Chand's candidature is challenged by Qu Dongyu of China, Medi Moungui of Cameroon, Catherine Geslain-Laneelle of France and Davit Kirvalidze of Georgia. To get elected to the post of Director-General of FAO the candidate needs to secure a simple majority of the 194 members. The only Indian to head the FAO is Binay Ranjan Sen, who was the Director-General from 1956 to 1967. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO): FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations which leads international efforts to defeat hunger It was established as a specialized agency in 1945.

Correct Answer : Option (B) :   UNODC

Explanation : United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has referred to India as a Key Hub for Illicit Drug Trade. The study has found more than 1,000 drug listings from India published across 50 online crypto-market platforms. The report also states that in 2017 Indian authorities have dismantled two illicit Internet pharmacies, seizing close to 130,000 tablets containing psychotropic substances. India, Australia, France and Turkey together accounted for 83% of global production of morphine-rich opiate raw materials in 2017.

Correct Answer : Option (A) :   Odisha

Explanation : The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) has been honoured with the coveted SKOCH award for 2018 for its remarkable achievements in the field of disaster management at the 56th SKOTCH Summit at New Delhi on February 25, 2019. The Skoch award covers the best efforts in the areas of finance, governance, banking, disaster management, technology, economics and inclusive growth. The OSDMA received an Order-of-merit in the Gold category for constructing 879 multipurpose cyclone and flood shelters that played a key role in saving human lives during Cyclone Phailin in 2013. It also bagged an 'Order-of-merit' in the silver category for constructing disaster resilient houses for about 17,000 Phailin affected families by relocating them to safer places. The 'Order-of-merit' Bronze was given to the OSDMA for its Early Warning Dissemination System for different hydro-meteorological disasters across the coastline of Odisha which will benefit 1,205 villages in 22 blocks of six coastal districts.

Correct Answer : Option (C) :   Tripura

Explanation : The government of Tripura announced 'Notun Disha' (New Direction) for assessing the academic level of students in classes III-VIII and then improving their current level. It was launched by state Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath. Training will be provided by NGOs and educational institutions to 800 teachers. The duration of the project is 1 month. Rs. 28 crores have been allocated to the project.