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6th Heart of Asia conference held in Amritsar, Punjab

  • The sixth edition of ‘Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process of Aghanistan‘ conference, an annual regional gathering of Asian and other countries was held in Amritsar, Punjab (India).
  • It was inaugurated jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
  • It concluded with adaptation of Amritsar Declaration with its prime focus on terrorism.
  • The delegates from nearly 40 countries and leading groupings like EU participated in conference.
  • Indian delegation was led by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
  • The theme of this edition of the conference was “Addressing Challenges, Achieving Prosperity”. The three big issues of the conference were
  • (i) countering terrorism to create stability in Afghanistan,
  • (ii) Providing Afghanistan connectivity to strengthen economic activities and
  • (iii) the development which is essential for its progress.

    Amazon launches in-house fashion brand ‘Myx’ in India


  • The Indian arm of e-commerce major Amazon has launched its second in-house private fashion label, an ethnic wear brand for women called ‘Myx’.
  • Amazon India had launched its menswear brand ‘Symbol’ in September.
  • Flipkart-owned Myntra owns 11 private labels, including Hrithik Roshan’s HRX and Virat Kohli’s Wrogn.

    ISRO to launch remote sensing satellite on Dec 7

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday announced that it is all set to launch PSLV-C36 carrying 1,235 kg remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A from the spaceport of Sriharikota on December 7.
  • The satellite would carry a high-resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner camera, medium-resolution LISS-3 camera and an advanced wide field sensor camera that operates in various bands.

    Website to educate women on legal rights launched in India

  • Tasmania-based Women’s Legal Service has launched a website for Indian women to educate them about their legal rights in partnership with TRS Law Offices.
  • The website, ‘Girlsgottaknow.in’, has different heads such as relationships, employment, partying, renting, and money.
  • Each of these sections has a brief description about the situation and legal options available.

    Indian contestant Srinidhi Shetty wins Miss Supranational


  • India’s representative Srinidhi Shetty has been crowned Miss Supranational 2016, an international beauty pageant.
  • This marks the second time that India has won the pageant following the win by Asha Bhat in 2014.

1. What was the theme of the 2016 World Soil Day?
a) Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life
b) Soils, foundation for family farming
c) Soils, a solid ground for life
d) None of the above

2. Which of the following countries was recently removed from the South America’s trade group Mercosur?
a) Argentina
b) Brazil
c) Paraguay
d) Venezuela

3. Who was recently awarded with the 2016 IAAF female Athlete of the Year award?
a) Genzebe Dibaba
b) Valerie Adams
c) Almaz Ayana
d) Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

4. Who was recently awarded with the 2016 IAAF male Athlete of the Year award?
a) Ashton Eaton
b) Usain Bolt
c) Renaud Lavillenie
d) David Rudisha

5. Who won the 2016 Women’s Asia Cup T20?
a) India
b) Pakistan
c) Bangladesh
d) None of the above

Which nation’s Prime Minister announced his surprise resignation on 5 December 2016, saying it is the right time to leave politics?
a) Italy
b) New Zealand
c) Spain
d) France

7. Which Indian district became the first to pay wages to tea garden workers through individual bank accounts?
a) Aurangabad
b) Kurnool
c) Nellore
d) Hailakandi

8. India and Qatar in November 2016 signed four agreements to boost the bilateral relations between the two nations. Consider the following statements in context to the project
I. Agreement on the exemption from visa requirement for holders of diplomatic, special and official passports was inked
II. Protocol on Technical Cooperation in cyber space and combating cyber crime
III. It was inked during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Qatar

Which is/are correct?
a) Only III
b) Only I and II
c) Only I and III
d) I, II and III

9. The Archaeological Survey of India has discovered a 10,500-year-old camping site. Where is it located?
a) Lahaul and Spiti Valley
b) Abbott Mount
c) Ladakh
d) Girnar

10. Phulel Singh Sujlana, who passed away recently, was the former international umpire of which sports?
a) Badminton
b) Cricket
c) Hockey
d) Boxing

11. Who was appointed as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of National Stock Exchange of India (NSE)?
a) TJ Ravichandran
b) S Balakrishnan
c) Ravichandran Nair
d) Shardul Vinayak

12. Who was appointed as the Interim director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)?
a) Raghav Aggarwal
b) Daksh Gupta
c) Rakesh Asthana
d) Anil Sinha

13. Name the renowned Urdu poet who passed away recently and belonged to Uttar Pradesh.
a) Bekal Utsahi
b) Sunil Taldar
c) Anand Sarohi
d) Raj Shukla

14. When is the International Volunteer Day observed globally?
a) 2 December
b) 3 December
c) 4 December
d) 5 December

15. The Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process concluded with adopting a declaration. Name it.
a) Amritsar Declaration
b) Kabul Declaration
c) Islamabad Declaration
d) Hyderabad Declaration

1. (a) Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life
2. (d) Venezuela
3. (c) Almaz Ayana
4. (b) Usain Bolt
5. (a) India
6. (b) New Zealand
7. (d) Hailakandi
8. (b) Only I and II
9. (c) Ladakh
10. (c) Hockey
11. (a) J Ravichandran
12. (c) Rakesh Asthana
13. (a) Bekal Utsahi
14. (d) 5 December
15. (a) Amritsar Declaration