Correct Answer : Option (D) :   Narendra Modi

Explanation : Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes for Science and Technology for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 in New Delhi. There were 34 prize winners. The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize is the most coveted national recognition bestowed upon young scientists and engineers to honour their research and developmental work in India. It was first instituted in 1957 to honour the eminent scientist Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar.

Correct Answer : Option (C) :   Punjab National Bank

Explanation : According to BCG-IBA Report - EASE Reforms for Public Sector Banks, released by Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Punjab National Bank (PNB) secured the top spot among all public sector banks in the implementation of 'Reforms agenda'. PNB which topped the list with a score of 78.4 out of 100 in the EASE-index was followed by BoB (77.8), SBI (74.6), and Oriental Bank of Commerce (69). The EASE (Enhanced Access and Service Excellence) report has shown significant enhancement in PSB performance on the back of Government's 4R's strategy- recognition, recovery, recapitalisation and reforms. The index has measured Banks on 140 objective metrics across 6 themes including customer responsiveness, credit off-take and digitalization.

Correct Answer : Option (C) :   Saubhagya Award

Explanation : The Central Zone Power Distribution Company (CZPDC), Bhopal and West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC), Indore was conferred with the "Saubhagya Award" under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana at the National Conference of Energy Ministers by the Union Minister of State for Energy, R.K. Singh. The award includes a cash prize of Rs 100 crore each.

Correct Answer : Option (A) :   Tripura

Explanation : The Digital India Awards have been instituted under the ambit of the National Portal of India ( by National Informatics Centre, MeitY, to promote exemplary initiatives in e-governance using the medium of World Wide Web. Tripura conferred with Platinum award in Web Ratna, whereas Himachal Pradesh won Gold and Kerala won silver under the category State/UT by Digital India Awards.

Correct Answer : Option (A) :   Hyderabad

Explanation : The 16th edition of BioAsia 2019 Asia's largest biotechnology and life-sciences forum was conducted in Hyderabad, Telangana. It was inaugurated by the Governor of Telangana E.S.L Narasimhan. The theme of the conference was 'Life Sciences 4.0 - Disrupt the Disruption'. 'Life Sciences 4.0: transforming health care in India' was launched by EY. The report discusses the disruptive impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) on the health care ecosystem in India.

Correct Answer : Option (B) :   47th

Explanation : India ranked 47th in the 'Inclusive Internet Index 2019' which is prepared by the 'Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for Facebook. The index was expanded to include 100 countries which will represent 94% of the world's population and 96% of global GDP. Sweden topped the index whereas Singapore ranked 2nd and the USA ranked 3rd. India maintained its previous year rank.

Correct Answer : Option (D) :   Smriti Irani

Explanation : Union textiles minister Smriti Irani,during her 2-day visit to the North-East, launched the Integrated Large Scale Eri Farming under North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh and will cover about one thousand acres land for Eri Farming in the chosen districts of the state.5 districts of the state,namely,Papumpare, East Kameng, Siang, East Siang and West Siang, will be covered by the project initially.The cost of project is Rs 37.25cr with GoI share of Rs 35.65cr. Government has decided to provide financial assistance to 4000 beneficiaries under NERTPS and skill training will be imparted to eri silk farmers and weavers under the Samarth Scheme.

Correct Answer : Option (C) :   Pakistan

Explanation : On the lines of Pulwama terror attack, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that India has decided to stop the flow of its share of water to Pakistan.In this regard, Centre is planning to build projects on 3 rivers flowing into Pakistan, to divert water towards Yamuna.The water will be diverted from the eastern rivers and supplied it to Indians in Jammu and Kashmir andPunjab.Under the Indus Waters Treaty, India shares water of the Beas and Sutlej rivers with Pakistan.

Correct Answer : Option (B) :   2 Lakh

Explanation : Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman also announced the increase in quota for Indian Haj pilgrims from 1.75 lakh to 2 lakh at the request of PM Modi. 2,340 Muslim women will go to Hajj this year, without mehram (companion) and without the lottery system. This will be the third such increase in the last 5 years.

Correct Answer : Option (A) :   Bhubaneswar

Explanation : The first-ever Skill Saathi Youth Conclave has inaugurated by Union Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at Rail Auditorium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The program aims to create a mass movement around skill development in the state and inspire youth to make the most of various skill development opportunities in the country. The conclave was aired live across 427 locations in Odisha, where more than 2 lakh candidates were mobilized for career counseling under Skill Saathi initiative. The initiative provides information on vocational training programs under Skill India mission, conduct psychometric test and provide face-to-face counselling interventions to guide aspirants to make the right choice of based on their interest and aptitude.