Which state has the highest number of arsenic-affected people in the country?
[B] Madhya Pradesh
[C] West Bengal
[D] Uttar Pradesh
According the report tabled in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Mahendra Singh Tomar, Bengal topped the list with more than 1.04 crore arsenic-affected persons as on March 4, 2017.
Bihar comes second with 16.88 lakh persons, with Assam in third spot with 14.48 lakh victims.
The total number of arsenic-affected people in the country is about 1.48 crore.
 Which scheme has launched by the Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry for developing export linked infrastructure in states with a view to promoting outbound shipments?
[A] Export Promotional Capital Goods Scheme
[B] The Merchandise Exports from India Scheme
[C] Services Exports from India Scheme
[D] Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme
[Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme]
The Central and State Agencies, including Export Promotion Councils, Commodities Boards, SEZ Authorities and Apex Trade Bodies recognised under the EXIM policy of Government of India; are eligible for financial support under this scheme.
The Central Government funding will be in the form of grant-in-aid, normally not more than the equity being put in by the implementing agency or 50% of the total equity in the project. (In case of projects located in North Eastern States and Himalayan States including J&K, this grant can be upto 80% of the total equity).The grant in aid shall, normally, be subject to a ceiling of Rs 20 Cr for each infrastructure project.
 The Lok Sabha has passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, on March 9, 2017. Which of the following is true about the bill?
 Maternity leave available to the working women to be increased from 12 weeks to 24 weeks for the first two children.
 Maternity leave for children beyond the first two will continue to be 12 weeks.
 Maternity leave of 12 weeks to be available to mothers adopting a child below the age of three months as well as to the “commissioning mothers”.
[A] 1 and 2 only
[B] 1 and 3 only
[C] 2 and 3 only
[D] 1, 2 and 3
Maternity leave available to the working women to be increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for the first two children.
 Which state Government has announced Tirtha Darshan Scheme under which senior citizens above 60 years of age in the state will be able to go on a pilgrimage within the country at government expense?
[D] Himachal Pradesh
 The first-ever Houston India Conference was hosted by Asia Society Texas Centre in Houston, United States from March 24, 2017. What was the theme of the conference?
[A] ‘Make in India -The Inside Story’
[B] ‘Make for India -The Inside Story’
[C] ‘Digital India -The Inside Story’
[D] ‘Innovative India -The Inside Story’
[‘Make in India -The Inside Story’]
The Houston India conference is designed to bring various constituencies that have an interest in India together and discuss with them the latest developments and the best practices of doing business in India.
The conference is organized by the Consulate General of India in Houston, India House, University of Houston, US India Skills and Education Council, Asia Society Texas Center, Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Greater Houston Partnership and World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.
 Which Tiger Reserve has become the first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot- Bhoorsingh the Barasingha?
[A] Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand
[B] Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan
[C] Sunderban Tiger Reserve, West Bengal
[D] Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madya Pradesh
[Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madya Pradesh]
The Barasingha, or swamp deer, is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh.
The Kanha tiger reserve, spread over Mandla and Balaghat districts, is the only place in the world where the species exists.
 Which of the following is NOT TRUE about Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana [RVY]?
[A] The scheme is fully funded by the Central Government.
[B] This is a Scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category.
[C] The scheme will be launched in District Raipur, Chhattisgarh on1st April, 2017.
[D] The Scheme will be implemented through the sole implementing agency, ‘Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO).
Correct statement – The scheme will be launched in District Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on 1st April, 2017.
 Which is India’s longest road tunnel?
[A] Chenani-Nashri Tunnel
[B] Rohtang Tunnel
[C] Jawahar Tunnel
[D] Kamshet Tunnel
Chenani-Nashri Tunnel, also known as Patnitop Tunnel, is a road tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir on NH 44.
The length of the tunnel is 9.28 km.
It will reduce the travel distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 30.11 km.
 On which day the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) is celebrated every year?
[A] March 10
[B] March 13
[C] March 15
[D] March 18
World Consumer Rights Day was inspired by President John F Kennedy, who gave an address to the US congress on 15 March 1962, in which he formally addressed the issue of consumer rights.
The first WCRD was observed on 15 March 1983.
World Consumer Rights Day 2017 theme: ‘Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’.
 Who is the winner of Saraswati Samman 2016?
[A] Mahabaleshwar Sail
[B] Padma Sachdev
[C] Govind Mishra
[D] Kiran Nagarkar
The Saraswati Samman was instituted in 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation.
It consists of Rs 15 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honoured with the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel Hawthan.
His first Konkani novel was Kaali Ganga in 1996. It dealt with the lives of the farming communities on the banks of the Kali River (Karnataka) in Karwar.
Sail received the Sahitya Akadami Award in Konkani language for his short story collection Taranga in 1993.