General Knowledge Quiz – 49

Q.1 Which of these is a kind of song to make children fall asleep?

Q.2 The first woman president of India, Pratibha Patil, was the first woman governor of which state ?

Q.3 Which of these metals or non-metals is the main constituent of both brass and bronze ?

Q.4 Which of these organs are found only in women ?

Q.5 What was the name of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan’s village in the film ‘Agneepath’?

Q.6 What does the ‘com’ indicate in ‘.com’ that appears in an Internet Domain Name?

Q.7 By what name do we better know the religious personality whose original name was Ghanshyam?

Q.8 After which musical note is the music director R D. Burman nicknamed ?

Q.9 The Nepanagar town of Madhya Pradesh is a prominent manufacturing center of which of these products?

Q.10 In which river is the Majuli Island, one of the largest river island in the world, situated?

 PM Modi’s schemes and initiatives launched in 2016

The year 2016 has been quite a fruitful one for the Modi government, with the launch of various schemes and other initiatives that have proved to be a boon for the common rank and file. With a vision to tackle numerous problems faced by the citizens, PM Modi left no stone unturned to make sure that India’s socio-economic condition undergoes a renovation.

Right from schemes which serve to empower women to the ones which were created for the upliftment of the society’s less privileged sections, the government also put emphasis on the creation of more employment opportunities for the youth.

Check out the major schemes which were launched this year:

1. Indian Railways Passenger Travel Insurance Scheme 

This scheme was announced in the railway budget 2016-17.

Launched by the Indian railways to provide an insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh at a premium of mere 92 paise, the scheme will be applicable for passengers holding confirmed, RAC or wait listed ticket.

The nominee will be paid a sum of:

  • Rs 10 lakhs in case of death or total disability
  • Rs 7.5 lakhs in case of partial disability
  • Up to Rs 2 lakhs for hospitalization expenses

2. Mission Bhagiratha

Launch date: August 7

An initiative by the state government of Telangana, its main objective is to provide safe drinking water to everyone through dedicated water pipeline in the state.

Aim: To provide 100 liters of clean drinking water per person in rural households and 150 liters per person in urban households.

3. Vidyalakshmi Scheme – Interest-free loan scheme for IIT students

Launch date: August 15


  • It has been launched to assist IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) students in getting loans to pay the fee
  • It was after listening to the concerns and feedback of the IIT students that this scheme was planned to be launched

Who is eligible?

The candidates whose family income is less than Rs 9 lakh per annum.

4. National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS)

Launch date: August 19

Through this scheme, industrial training will be promoted to the students in their field, which will later on help them in the placement and obtaining a good job.

Aim: The scheme has a target to train 50 lakh apprentices by the year 2019-20. The scheme has an outlay of Rs 10,000 crore and it involves incentivising employers in sharing 25 per cent of total cost of the stipend paid to the apprentices.

5. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Launch date: May 1

Aim: Under this scheme, free LPG connections will be distributed to women belonging to 3.5 crores BPL families across the country. The scheme provides a financial support of Rs 1,600 for each LPG connection to the BPL households.

6. Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA)

Launch date: June 9

Aim: Pregnant ladies will be given a free health check-up and required treatment for free on the 9th of every month. Medical checkups of all kinds under the scheme will be completely free. The scheme is applicable only to the women in their pregnancy period of 3 to 6 months.

7. Shala Asmita Yojana (SAY)

Aim: It is a student tracking system which will keep a record of every information related to each student such as attendance,  enrollment, mid-day meal service, learning outcomes and infrastructural facilities, among other things.

8. Extension of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao

Aim: The union government announced the extension of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme in 61 more districts to improve the declining girl child sex ratio.

9. Seema Darshan

Aim: The children will get an opportunity to experience the border environment. Its main objective is to encourage patriotism and nationalism among the students.

10. Rurban Mission

Launch date: February 21

Aim: The PM launched the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission as an initiative to give an urban look to rural areas. The scheme is divided into 300 clusters in the next three years.

11. Stand Up India scheme

Launch date: April 5

Aim: PM launched the ”Stand up India” scheme and a web portal for the scheme in Noida, with a vision to promote entrepreneurship. The objective is to facilitate bank loans between 10 lakh to 100 lakh to at least one SC or ST borrower and at least one woman borrower per bank branch of all scheduled commercial banks for setting up a Greenfield enterprise.

12. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana

Launch date: December 16

Aim: PMGKY is Union Government’s second income disclosure scheme (IDS) to allow tax evaders to come clean with unaccounted wealth. Any person can make a declaration under it in respect of undisclosed income in the form of cash or deposits in an account with bank or post office or specified entity.