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256. Which IT firm has acquired Hedera Consulting, a Belgium-based business advisory and data analytics services company?   (Current Affairs)

Answer : B

Explanation :

The value of the deal was not disclosed. Hedera Consulting will be part of Cognizant Consulting business unit after acquisition. Hedera Consulting was founded in 2009. It is specialized in growth strategy, digitization, innovation and commercial excellence for clients in various industries.

257. Name the Indian pugilist who has been awarded the WBC Asia Boxer of the Year Award?   (Current Affairs)

Answer : A

Explanation :

Neeraj Goyat is the current WBC Asia champion in welter weight category. Neerav Tomar, another Indian pugilist, was awarded the 'WBC Asia honorary Promoter of the year 2017 Award' by the Asian Boxing Council. The awards were presented at WBC Asia and WBC MuayThai annual awards presentation ceremony.

258. What was the theme of World Press Freedom Day 2018 celebrate on 3rd May?   (Current Affairs)

Answer : A

Explanation :

In 1993, the UN General Assembly declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day. 3rd May is the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek for media pluralism and independence. World Press Freedom Day is celebrated to highlight the fundamental principles of press freedom and to offer tribute to journalists who have sacrificed their lives while on duty. The theme for World Press Freedom Day 2018 is:
Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law.

259. Which entity has launched ‘Free Intraday Trading’, a facility that allows financial market traders to do intra-day trading without paying any brokerage per trade?   (Current Affairs)

Answer : A

Explanation :

In financial parlance, intraday trading refers to the activity of buying and selling a security (equity,currency, commodity) on the same day. Under Kotak Securities’ ‘Free Intraday Trading’ facility, traders can do intra-day trades across cash, future and options segments at an annual subscription of Rs.999. As a value added service, individuals availing ‘Free Intraday Trading’ facility will get free access to Kotak Securities research and technology platform for the execution of their transactions.

260. On May 5, 2018 Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone of four national highway projects costing Rs 1,523 crore in which state?   (Current Affairs)

Answer : A

Explanation :

On May 5, 2018 Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will lay foundation stone of four national highway projects costing Rs 1,523 crore in Telangana. The ceremony to be held in Hyderabad and it will be attended by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. It includes six laning of Aramgarh-Shamsabad section of NH 44 between Hyderabad and Bangalore, rehabilitation and up gradation of NH 765D from Hyderabad outer ring road to Medak, construction of 4-lane flyover at Amberpet-X Roads, and construction of 6-lane elevated corridor from Uppal to Narapally on the Hyderabad-Bhopalpatnam section of NH 163.

261. To develop an innovative biopharmaceutical and medical devices industry in India, Government of India has signed an agreement with which bank?   (Current Affairs)

Answer : B

Explanation :

The agreement has signed at a cost of USD 250 million for five years with 50 per cent funding through the World Bank Loan. The agreement for the Project was signed by Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India; Mohd. Aslam, Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC); and Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank India, on behalf of the World Bank. It will also encourage to develop promote industry-academia interface and enable start-ups and small and medium enterprises to build innovation research capacities for developing affordable healthcare products.

262. Name the spacecraft launched by NASA aboard an Atlas V rocket to study “Marsquakes”, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, United States   (Current Affairs)

Answer : C

Explanation :

InSight has been designed to stay on the surface of Mars and listen to “Marsquakes”. The project costs $993 million. The US spent $813.8 million on the spacecraft and rocket launch. France and Germany spent $180 million on the instruments. A pair of mini-spacecraft named Mars Cube One, or MarCO are also launching on the rocket. It cost NASA $18.5 million. The MarCO are briefcase- sized satellites. They will fly on their own path to Mars behind InSight. They will test tiny new deep space communications equipment. InSight aims to explore interior conditions on Mars, inform efforts to send human explorers to Mars, find out how rocky planets like Earth formed, etc. InSight is expected to settle on Mars on 26th November 2018. InSight is the short form for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.

263. Justice C.K Prasad, Press Council of India Chairman mentioned RWB’s annual report has “lack of clarity”. As per the Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders’ (RWB) on April 25, India secured ___ rank in 2018?   (Current Affairs)

Answer : D

Explanation :

The parameters include the level of pluralism, media independence, environment and self- censorship, legal framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the
production of news and information. Mr. Prasad said the PCI had written to the RWB a number of times since 2015 to understand how the index was prepared, but hadn’t received any reply. “If the ranking is on the basis of statistical data, the council requests you to share it with us, so as to enable us to take remedial measures as it deems proper.

264. When did Department of Science & Technology (DST) celebrate its foundation day?   (Current Affairs)

Answer : B

Explanation :

DST is one of the three departments of Ministry of Science & Technology. It was set up on 3rd May 1971. Its objective is to explore and develop new areas of science and technology, to strengthen national Science & Technology capacity, cutting across institutions and disciplines. Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan, laid the foundation stone of New State of Art Building of DST on 3rd May 2018 in New Delhi. Dr Harsh Vardhan said that, construction of the new building is expected to be completed by 3rd May 2021. DST had entered into a MoU with IRCON Infrastructure & Services LTD for the new building. As a part of Swachh Bharat Mission, Swacchta Pakhwada is also observed in the Department of Science & Technology from 1st May 2018 to 15th May 2018.

265. Hardeep Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs inaugurated the ‘First Apex Conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities’ in ___?   (Current Affairs)

Answer : A

Explanation :

The conference is held for 2 days till 9th May 2018. It is organized for offering a platform for cross learning and knowledge sharing among the Smart City CEOs. The conference will let the CEOs learn from the experiences of all city leaders. The plenary sessions will have panel discussions and presentations by Smart City CEOs. It will focus on high impact projects. The way forward for the city level project implementation will also be discussed. An exhibition displaying various projects undertaken by Cities under Smart Cities Mission is held. This Conference also offers an opportunity for the Smart City CEOs to visit and appreciate smart city projects implemented by Bhopal Smart City Limited.

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