Which is the best Indian university in the 2017 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released by Union Human Resource Development Ministry?
[A] Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
[B] Banaras Hindu University
[C] Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
[D] Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
[Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore]
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is a public university for scientific research and higher education located in Bangalore.
It was established in 1909 with active support from Jamshedji Tata and H.H. Sir Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore.
It is also locally known as the “Tata Institute”.
Top five universities:
 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
 Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
 Banaras Hindu University
 Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
 Jadavpur University
 In which state Kazakhstan has opened its honorary consulate in April 2017?
[A] Tamil Nadu
[C] Uttar Pradesh
Kazakhstan has opened its honorary consulate in Chennai.
The consulate will cover the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
It will be headed by well-known businessman Suraj Shantakumar.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kazakhstan.
 What is the position of India according to the rankings released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in the list of the world’s highest spenders on defence in 2016?
India has become world’s fifth largest military spender after the expenditure grew around 8.5 per cent in 2016.
India’s expenditure grew by 8.5 per cent to bring its spending to USD 55.9 billion.
Top ten spenders:
 USA  France
 Chins  UK
 Russia  Japan
 Saudi Arabia  Germany
 India  South Korea
 Name the personality!
He was an American pioneer of Modern Computing and the Internet.
He was instrumental in creating the internet and the modern personal computer.
He worked with Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in 1966 and was instrumental in creating a single computer network to link ARPA-sponsored researchers at companies and institutions.
That shared network, ARPANET has evolved into the internet.
He recently died at the age of 85.
[A] Gary Austin
[B] John T. Knox
[C] Tobias Barry
[D] Robert Taylor
 When is the World Homoeopathy Day observed every year?
[A] On April 9
[B] On April 10
[C] On April 11
[D] On April 12
World Homeopathy Day is celebrated every year on April 10 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder and father of Homoeopathy, Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann.
 Who was conferred with honorary rank of general of Nepal Army?
[A] Bipin Rawat
[B] Sunil Lanba
[C] Karambir Singh
[D] Sarath Chand
 Scientists from the University of Kerala have discovered a new species named Kani maranjandu in Western Ghats of Kerala. What is Kani maranjandu?
Kani maranjandu is a species of tree crab first identified in 2017.
Kani maranjandu represents a newly discovered genus (Kani), named for the local Kani tribe.
 In which state “Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana”, has launched?
[A] Tamil Nadu
[B] Andhra Pradesh
“Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana”, has been launched in District Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on 1st April, 2017.
The scheme provides Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category.
 Where the first electric taxi trial in the country is going to be launched on May 24, 2017?
The project will be undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation.
This is the first project of its kind in the country.
Mahindra and Mahindra will be providing 200 taxis for the project.
 Who is the winner of the 2017 Goldman Prize Winners for Asia?
[A] Ramesh Agrawal
[B] Anil Agrawal
[C] Norma Alvares
[D] Prafulla Samantara
An iconic leader of social justice movements in India, Prafulla Samantara led a historic 12-year legal battle that affirmed the indigenous Dongria Kondh’s land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, open-pit aluminum ore mine.
The winners for this year are:
 Mark Lopez [United States]
 Uros Macerl [Slovenia]
 Prafulla Samantara [India]
 Rodrigo Tot [Guatemala]
 Rodrigue Katembo [Democratic Republic of Congo]
 Wendy Bowman [Australia]