Bharatiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award for the year 2016 is awarded to——————.
[A] Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh
[B] Amlendu Tiwari
[C] Balram Kawant
[D] Tasneem Khan
 The award is given to young authors in Hindi for their first creations.
 Shraddha was chosen for her short story ‘Hawa Mein Phadphadati Chitthi’.
 Devansh was chosen for his poem ‘Akash Mein Deh’.
 How many states are covered under the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)?
8 states, 47 towns & 12 rivers are covered under the project.
 What was the theme of 2017 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas?
[A] “Redefined Engagement with Indian Diaspora”.
[B] Apna Bharat Apna Gaurav”: Connecting Across Generations’.
[C] “Connecting for a Shared Future: The Indian Diaspora, India and the Pacific”.
[D] “Global Indian: Inclusive Growth.”
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9 January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India.
January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa.
PBD conventions are being held every year since 2003. These conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities.
Indian-origin Portugal Prime Minister, Dr. Antonio Costa was the chief guest in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention (2017).
 What is the ranking of India in 2017 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTI) list?
India was ranked 92nd among 118 countries in the 2017 Global index of talent competitiveness (GTCI) list.
The index is produced by global business school INSEAD in partnership with Adecco Group and Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) of Singapore.
The GTCI measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent, providing a resource for decision makers to develop strategies for boosting their talent competitiveness.
Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2017 Rankings: Top Five
Switzerland (1st), Singapore (2nd), United Kingdom (3rd), United States (4th) and Sweden (5th)
 Which of the following is incorrect about ‘Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017’?
[A] The scheme will be implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) during the current financial year.
[B] The scheme to provide social security during old age and protect elderly persons aged 60 years and above against a future fall in their interest income due to uncertain market conditions.
[C] The scheme will provide an assured pension based on a guaranteed rate of return of 8% per annum for ten years, with an option to opt for pension on a monthly / quarterly / half-yearly and annual basis.
[D] VPBY-2017 is proposed to be open for subscription for a period of two years from the date of launch.
VPBY-2017 is proposed to be open for subscription for a period of one year from the date of launch.
 ‘Mission 41K’ is started by —————–.
[A] Ministry of Commerce and Industry
[B] Ministry of Science and Technology
[C] Ministry of Defence
[D] Ministry of Railways
Ministry of Railways has come up with ‘Mission 41k’ to save Rs. 41000 crore in the next decade in Railways’ energy costs.
 Which Indian origin British professor has been received Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2017.
[A] Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan
[B] Shankar Balasubramanian
[C] Tejinder Singh Virdee
[D] Chandrashekhar Khare
 He professor of chemistry and DNA expert at Cambridge University.
 He was recognized for his work as a co-inventor of Next Generation DNA sequencing.
 Who is the Chief Justice of India?
[A] Justice Dipak Misra
[B] Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar
[C] Justice Jasti Chelameswar
[D] Justice T. S. Thakur
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was elevated to the Bench of High Court of Punjab and Haryana, at Chandigarh, on February 8, 1999. He was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court twice i.e., with effect from August 02, 2008, and again, with effect from November 17, 2009. He was elevated as Chief Justice of the High Court of Uttarakhand, at Nainital, on November 29, 2009 and thereafter he was transferred as Chief Justice of High Court of Karnataka, where he assumed his office on August 8, 2010.
By a notification dated May 20, 2010 the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha appointed His Lordship as a member of the Judges Inquiry Committee for investigating the grounds on which the removal of Mr. Justice P.D. Dinakaran, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, has been sought.
On appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, he assumed office as Judge, Supreme Court on September 13, 2011.
 Who is the head of Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT)?
[A] Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq
[B] Qumar Javed Bajwa
[C] Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
[D] General Raheel Sharif
What is IMAFT?
IMAFT is military coalition comprising 39 nations.
It is an intergovernmental counter-terrorist alliance of countries in the Muslim world, united around military intervention against ISIL and other counter-terrorist activities.
It was established by Saudi Arabia in December 2015 and its command centre, headquarters is based in Riyadh.
 Ranking of India in 2017 Inclusive Development Index (IDI) is————-.
The index ranks 109 countries according to their current level of inclusive development, and also provides a view on recent performance over 5 years.
China is ranked at the 15th position, Nepal (27th), Bangladesh (36th) and Pakistan (52nd).
Two BRIC nations, Russia and Brazil, are at 13th and 30th places, respectively.