December 2018 AgriExam

Agriculture Current Affairs December 2018

 

  1. The ___ edition of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Agro Tech India-2018 was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on 1st December 2018 in Chandigarh?

1) Fifth

2) Ninth

3) Fifteenth

4) Thirteenth

5) None of these

Answer – 4) Thirteenth

Explanation:

On December 1, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the four day 13th edition of CII Agro Tech India-2018 in Chandigarh. The fair would conclude on December 4, 2018. The International Agro Technology and Business Fair was organized by Confederation of Indian Industries. The theme for the 2018 edition was “Technology in Agriculture: Increasing Farmer’s Income”. Great Britain was the partner country while the focus countries were Canada and China. Also the host states were Punjab and Haryana and the partner ministries included Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

  1. 2018 is the ___ hottest year recorded, as per the report by World Meteorological Organization (WMO), released on 29th November 2018?

1) Second

2) Third

3) Fourth

4) Fifth

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Fourth

Explanation:

On 29th November 2018, Days before the beginning of COP24 climate summit in Poland, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released a report pertaining to present climatic condition of the earth. The global average temperature for the first 10 months of the year was nearly one degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era (1850-1900). The earliest date for which a reliable estimate of temperature covering the whole planet could be made was 1880. 2018 is the fourth hottest year, just behind 2016, 2015 and 2017 in the ranking of the hottest years ever recorded. The 20 warmest years ever measured have been in the past 22 years. There is a 75 to 80 % chance of a moderate El Nino event forming in the next three months, possibly impacting weather patterns in several regions. The forecast El Niño is not expected to be as powerful as the event in 2015-2016, which was linked with droughts, flooding and coral bleaching in different parts of the world.

  1. The Global Agriculture and Food summit was held on 29th and 30th November 2018 in ___?

1) Guwahati, Assam

2) Darjeeling, West Bengal

3) Ranchi, Jharkhand

4) Cuttack, Odisha

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Ranchi, Jharkhand

Explanation:

On November 29 2018 the two-day Global Agriculture and Food summit had been inaugurated by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in Tana Bhagat Stadium, Khel Gaon at Ranchi,Jharkhand. Governor of Jharkhand Droupadi Murmu was the chief guest for the closing ceremony on November 30. Nearly 10,000 farmers from the Jharkhand had participated in the Summit. Experts in agriculture, research, educationists in agriculture institutions and universities, companies related to agriculture business were also participated in the summit. Tunisia, China, Israel, Philippines and Mongolia are participating as associated countriesin International session. Government of Jharkhand is organizing Agri Trade Exhibition during Global Agriculture and Food Summit 2018 on 29-30th November 2018 at Ranchi.

  1. Finance ministry has approved ___ rupees investment for FY19 and FY20 to upgrade Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR)?

1) Rs 850 crore

2) Rs 670 crore

3) Rs 450 crore

4) Rs 980 crore

5) None of these

Answer – 1) Rs 850 crore

Explanation:

On 05th December 2018, Finance ministry has approved Rs 850 crore investment to upgrade Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR). The sanctioned amount will be invested over FY19 and FY20. Decision came after Centre has started a manpower audit of Prasar Bharati, acting on the recommendation of an expert committee in 2014 led by Sam Pitrodawhich recommended that Prasar Bharati ‘undertake a comprehensive manpower audit and human resources planning exercise to map workforce requirements for the future, in line with the public broadcaster’s mandate’.

  1. When was World Soil Day 2018 celebrated all over the world?

1) December 1

2) December 3

3) December 5

4) December 2

5) None of these

Answer – 3) December 5

Explanation:

World Soil Day is celebrated annually on 5th of December every year. It is celebrated at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the regional offices and through national and local events. World Soil Day 2018 aims to raise awareness and call people to Stop Soil Pollution. The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the “Global Soil Partnership“, FAO has supported the formal establishment of World Soil Day as a global awareness raising platform.

  1. The Cooperative department of Punjab decided to merge how many District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) with the Punjab State Cooperative Bank (PSCB), on 3rd December 2018?

1) 20

2) 35

3) 70

4) 55

5) None of these

Answer – 1) 20

Explanation:

On 3rd December 2018, the Cooperative department of Punjab has decided to merge 20 District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) with the Punjab State Cooperative Bank (PSCB). The aim of the merger is to strengthen the state’s rural credit system and facilitate farmers taking credit from cooperative banks. The 20 DCCBs were having 804 branches across the state and were facing a loss of Rs 700 crore. With the merger, the DCCBs would now be able to use the branches of the PSCB and function like other commercial banks. The decision was taken in view of RBI guidelines, which mandate that all DCCBs should have a Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) of 9 per cent. At present the DCCBs are adhering to the required CRAR of 9 per cent, but there was hardly any space for majority of these DCCBs to enhance their business and to increase their profitability.

  1. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched SMART (State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation) initiative, on 6th December 2018, for which World Bank has provided financial assistance of __ dollars?

1) $210 million

2) $370 million

3) $450 million

4) $180 million

5) None of these

Answer – 1) $210 million

Explanation:

On December 6, 2018, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched a unique initiative called- State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation or “SMART”. This will be implemented in in 10,000 villages with an objective to achieve sustainable farming within the next 3 years. This is a World Bank (WB) assisted project which has a net worth of 300 million US dollars. Of this WB has provided financial assistance of $210 million. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is the industry partner of the initiative. Additionally, 50 MOUs have been signed under this project involving top companies like TATA, Amazon etc.

  1. Union Cabinet approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project on river Ravi in Punjab, with central Assistance of __ rupees for irrigation component, for over 5 years from 2018-19 to 2022-23?

1) Rs 567.77 crore

2) Rs 485.38 crore

3) Rs 985.65 crore

4) Rs 679.90 crore

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Rs 485.38 crore

Explanation:

On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project, Punjab on river Ravi. For this, central Assistance of Rs. 485.38 cr (for irrigation component) would be provided over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23. This will be made through NABARD under existing system for funding of 99 PMKSY-AIBP projects under LTIF. This project would help minimising some of the water of the River Ravi which at present is going waste through the Madhopur Headworks downstream to Pakistan.

  1. Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, laid foundation stone of Pusa Kisan Haat in Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) in ___, on 6th December 2018?

1) New Delhi

2) Mumbai

3) Kolkata

4) Chennai

5) None of these

Answer –  1) New Delhi

Explanation:

On 6th December 2018, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister laid the Foundation stone of Pusa Kisan Haat in Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) in New Delhi. Pusa Kisan Haat will be built across 2.5 acres which includes 60 stalls measuring 3m x 3m where farmers can sell their agricultural products.

  1. India is the ___ highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 % of global emissions in 2017, according to a study by Global Carbon Project?

1) Second

2) Third

3) Fourth

4) Fifth

5) None of these

India is the fourth highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 per cent of global emissions in 2017, a study by the Global Carbon Project released on December
  1. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Council has approved India’s proposal to observe which year as International Year of Millets?

1) 2019

2) 2021

3) 2023

4) 2025

5) None of these

3) 2023
  1. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed a loan agreement worth ___ with Green Climate Fund (GCF) to boost rooftop solar power capacity projects through private sector participation, on 8th December 2018?

1) USD 100 million

2) USD 250 million

3) USD 300 million

4) USD 170 million

5) None of these

ANSWER – 1) The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) Saturday signed an agreement with Green Climate Fund (GCF) to infuse USD 100 million into the project designed to unlock private sector initiatives for creation of rooftop solar power capacity across India.

  1. ___ scientists have made nano wire devices from zinc oxide crystals that can inherently process and even store information?

1) American

2) Indian

3) German

4) Australian

5) None of these

Answer – 3) German

Explanation:

On December 7, 2018, Scientists from the Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) in Germany made nanowire devices made from zinc oxide crystals can inherently process and even store information. Further, a memristive element was produced from nanowires by the researchers from Polytechnic University of Turin and RWTH Aachen University in Germany. These may help build bioinspired “neuromorphic” processors, able to take over the diverse functions of biological synapses and neurons. For this, scientists used a single zinc oxide nanowire measuring about a ten-thousandth of a millimeter in size. This type of nanowire is over a thousand times thinner than a human hair. The resulting memristive component not only takes up a tiny amount of space, but also is able to switch much faster than flash memory.

  1. Where was the first International Conference, on the theme- ‘Sustainable Water Management’, held on 10th and 11th December 2018?

1) Rohtak, Haryana

2) Dehradun, Uttarakhand

3) Mohali, Punjab

4) Kochi, Kerala

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Mohali, Punjab

Explanation:

On December 10, 2018, the 2- day first International Conference, on the theme- ‘Sustainable Water Management’, commenced at Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali in Punjab. It concluded on December 11, 2018. It was organized under National Hydrology Project, Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). In the conference, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Devvrat was the Chief Guest and Shri U.P. Singh, Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation was the Guest of Honour. A CD of documentary entitled ‘Bhakra Beas Nation’s Pride’ on BBMB was also released on the occasion. Countries like Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Spain, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka etc. took part in the two-day conference.

  1. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh launched the portal ENSURE- National Livestock Mission-EDEG. This portal has been developed by which entity?

1) National Informatics Centre (NIC)

2) NITI Aayog

3) National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

4) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi

5) None of these

Answer – 3) National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

Explanation:

On 11th December 2018, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh launched a portal ENSURE- National Livestock Mission-EDEG developed by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and operated under the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries. Under the National Livestock Mission’s component called Entrepreneurship Development and Employment Generation (EDEG), subsidy payment for activities related to poultry, small ruminants, pigs, etc. goes directly to the beneficiary’s account through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). The NABARD has developed an online portal “ENSURE” (https://ensure.nabard.org), in order to make the process of DBT better, simpler and transparent, so that the information related to beneficiary and processing of application can be made readily available.

 

  1. Ministry of Commerce and Industry released India’s 1st Agriculture Export Policy 2018, aimed to propel India to become a USD 5 trillion economy before __?

1) 2023

2) 2025

3) 2031

4) 2028

5) None of these

Answer – 2) 2025

Explanation:

On December 11, 2018, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry released the Year End review of the policies to envision the creation of a ‘Vision of New India’ which would propel India to become a USD 5 trillion economy before 2025. Out of the USD 5 trillion, the focused plans will be on boosting: Services sector contribution to USD 3 trillion, Manufacturing to USD 1 trillion and Agriculture to USD 1 trillion. As on December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved the creation of first Agriculture Export Policy. The Department of Commerce in its aim to enable India to become a USD 5 trillion economy, released India’s 1st Agriculture Export Policy 2018.

  1. India’s 1st Agriculture Export Policy 2018, released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, would boost India’s agricultural exports to ___ dollar by 2022?

1) USD 60 billion

2) USD 50 billion

3) USD 25 billion

4) USD 75 billion

5) None of these

Answer –  1) USD 60 billion

Explanation:

As on December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved the creation of first Agriculture Export Policy. The Department of Commerce in its aim to enable India to become a USD 5 trillion economy, released India’s 1st as Agriculture Export Policy 2018. As per the policy, a corpus of USD 1 billion has been created to boost 12 champion sectors in services. It would boost India’s agricultural exports to USD 60 billion by 2022 and to achieve Agriculture Ministry’s target of USD 100 billion. The recommendations in the Agriculture Export Policy have been organised in two categories – Strategic and Operational.

  1. Which state has been selected by the Union Ministry of Agriculture for “Krishi Karman” award in the rice category, that will be awarded in February 2019?

1) West Bengal

2) Kerala

3) Jharkhand

4) Karnataka

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Jharkhand

Explanation:

On 13th December 2018, the Union Ministry of Agriculture had selected Jharkhand for “Krishi Karman” award in the rice category. The award which carries a cash prize worth Rs 2 crore and a citation will be given away in February 2019 by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. As a gesture of appreciation to the farmers of the state for achieving the milestone, two progressive farmers, i.e. one male and one female, would also be given ‘Agriculture Minister’s Krishi Karman Award”. Each of the farmers would receive a cash award of Rs 2 lakh along with citation.

  1. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has approved registration of a record number of how many new breeds of livestock and poultry in 2018?

1) 12

2) 25

3) 15

4) 20

5) None of these

Answer –  3) 15

Explanation:

On December 12, 2018, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh announced that Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) approved registration of record 15 new breeds of livestock and poultry in 2018. This took the total registered breeds of livestock and poultry to 40 from 2014-18. The 15 newly registered breeds include:

  • 2 cattle breeds – Ladakhi (J&K) and Konkan Kapila (Maharashtra & Goa);
  • 3 buffalo breeds – Luit (Assam & Manipur), Bargur (Tamil Nadu), Chhattisgarhi (Chhattisgarh);
  • 1 sheep breed – Panchali (Gujarat);
  • 6 goat breeds – Kahmi (Gujarat), Rohilkhandi (UP), Assam Hill (Assam & Meghalaya), Bidri (Karnataka), Nandidurga (Karnataka), Bhakarwali (J&K);
  • 1 pig breed – Ghurrah (UP);
  • 1 donkey breed – Halari (Gujarat) and
  • 1 chicken breed – Uttara (Uttarakhand).

  1. President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, dedicated the Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education (ACARE) and Rice Bio-Park at the in Yezin Agricultural University, to the people of which country, on 12th December 2018?

1) South Korea

2) Nepal

3) Bangladesh

4) Myanmar

5) None of these

Answer –  4) Myanmar

Explanation:

On December 12, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind paid his visit to the Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education (ACARE) at the Yezin Agricultural University in Nay Pyi Taw. Here, he dedicated the Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education to the people of Myanmar. It was established under the Bilateral Friendship Project and is funded by Government of India. The programme is run by Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). The project focuses on genetics, post-harvest technology, participatory knowledge management and capacity building for farmers in Myanmar. He also dedicated a Rice Bio-Park in Yezin Agricultural University to the people of Myanmar. Projects under the park are undertaken by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, funded by the Ministry of External Affairs. The projects are aimed at ensuring optimal use and value addition of the gamut of bio-sources in a rice farm, including rice straw and rice husk. He also launched a mobile app for farmers in Myanmar.

  1. Coastal Andhra Pradesh and North Tamil Nadu are expected to receive heavy rainfall on 16th and 17th December 2018 due to a severe cyclone named __, as per India Meteorological Department (IMD)?

1) Phethai

2) Feity

3) Jaggo

4) Rishu

5) None of these

Answer –  1) Phethai

Explanation:

As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), Coastal Andhra Pradesh and North Tamil Nadu are expected to receive heavy rainfall on 16th and 17th December due to a severe cyclone Phethai which is heading towards coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The Deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal is moving northwestward and it could intensify and turn into a cyclonic storm. Earlier Cyclone Gaza caused massive destruction in Tamil Nadu coastal areas. This is the fourth cyclone to hit the eastern coast this season.

  1. Maharashtra government approved a sum of Rs 4,089 crore for the Tembhu lift irrigation scheme on ___ river, on 20th December 2018?

1) Brahmaputra

2) Krishna

3) Cauvery

4) Godavari

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Krishna

Explanation:

On Dec 20 2018, Maharashtra government approved a sum of Rs 4,089 crore for the Tembhu lift irrigation scheme in Tembhu village of Satara district. The perennially drought prone areas of Satara, Solapur and Sangli districts will get benefit by this scheme. It is about constructing a dam placed in a watercourse to increase the depth of water or to divert it into a channel for navigation or irrigation on the river Krishna near Tembhu village and lifting 22 billion cubic feet water to irrigate 80,000 hectare areas in seven talukas – Karad, Kadegaon, Tasgaon, Khanapur, Atpadi, Kavathe-Mahankal and Sangola – spread across Satara, Sangli and Solapur districts.

  1. Which state government introduced a Rs 2250 crore worth scheme named “Mukhya Mantri Krishi Yojana” to help around 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers to double their income by 2022?

1) West Bengal

2) Chhattisgarh

3) Jharkhand

4) Haryana

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Jharkhand

Explanation:

On 21st December 2018, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced a Rs 2250 crore scheme named as “ Mukhya Mantri Krishi Yojana” which will help around 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers to double their income by 2022. The Central Government has set a goal to double the income of all the farmers by 2022. The Scheme will start from 2019-20 financial year. It will help farmers to procure seeds, fertilisers and other requirements for agricultural purposes. Under the scheme, the state government will give Rs 5000 per acre up to maximum of 5 acre to 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers. Those farmers who have less than 1 acre land will also get Rs. 5000.

  1. Which state government announced the Rs 10,000 crore worth Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme to empower small, marginal & landless farmers and labourers, on 21st December 2018?

1) Assam

2) Odisha

3) Bihar

4) Jharkhand

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Odisha

Explanation:

On 21st December 2018, the Odisha Cabinet headed by CM Naveen Patnaik announced the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme to empower small, marginal & landless farmers as well as landless labourers. The Rs 10,000 crore scheme, which would be executed through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode, covers 92% (over 30 lakh) of cultivators, loanee and non-loanee, share-croppers & landless labourers. According to the scheme an amount of Rs 10,000 per family at the rate of Rs 5,000 each for Kharif and Rabi seasons shall be provided as financial assistance for taking up cultivation. This assistance is for five crop seasons spanning three years from 2018-19 to 2021-22 and is also not linked to the extent of land owned thereby benefiting share croppers and actual cultivators most of whom own very small extent of land. The KALIA scheme also has a component for about ten lakh landless households in the form of livelihood support by providing each household a unit cost of Rs 12,500 to take up activities like goat rearing units, mini layer units, duckery units, fishery kits for fishermen and women, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping.

  1. Where was the Centre for Agricultural Research and Training set up by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in collaboration with Eklavya foundation inaugurated on 23rd December 2018?

1) Goa

2) Telangana

3) Maharashtra

4) Uttar Pradesh

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Telangana

Explanation:

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated a Centre for Agricultural Research and Training in Telangana on 23rd December 2018 for imparting training to farmers in organic farming using the latest technology. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), in collaboration with Eklavya foundation, has set up the Centre as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Pradhan inaugurated the CSR project for the construction of hostel, classrooms, computer labs and administrative block at the Centre meant to benefit more than 3500 farmers and 200 students and consumers by way of promoting organic farming.

  1. When was National Farmer’s Day (NFD) also known as Kisan Diwas celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Indian farmer’s leader and 5th Prime Minister of India Chaudhary Charan Singh?

1) December 22

2) December 23

3) December 24

4) December 25

5) None of these

Answer – 2) December 23

Explanation:

On 23rd December 2018, National Farmer’s Day (NFD) was celebrated throughout the country to acknowledge the role of farmers in India’s socio-economic development and to mark the birth anniversary of Indian farmer’s leader and 5th Prime Minister of India Shri Chaudhary Charan Singh. This day which is also observed as KisanDiwas is celebrated across the nation every year with the focus on the upliftment of the status of farmers.

  1. Where was the statue of Indian farmer’s leader and 5th Prime Minister of India Chaudhary Charan Singh, inaugurated on National Farmer’s Day (NFD)?

1) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

2) Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

3) Jaipur, Rajasthan

4) Patiala, Punjab

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

Explanation:

On 23rd December 2018, National Farmer’s Day (NFD) was celebrated throughout the country to acknowledge the role of farmers in India’s socio-economic development and to mark the birth anniversary of Indian farmer’s leader and 5th Prime Minister of India Shri Chaudhary Charan Singh. This day which is also observed as KisanDiwas is celebrated across the nation every year with the focus on the upliftment of the status of farmers. On this occasion Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh unveiled a statue of Sri Chaudhary Charan Singh in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh and addressed a public meeting and announced the allocation of Rs. 325 crore for the development of the city and rural areas.

  1. Who was appointed the MD and CEO of Corporation Bank, effective from February 1, 2019?

1) Rakesh Jain

2) P V Bharathi

3) Ashish Raheja

4) Sayesha Singh

5) None of these

Answer – 2) P V Bharathi

Explanation:

On December 25, 2018, the Ministry of Personnel appointed P V Bharathi as the MD and CEO of Corporation Bank, effective from February 1, 2019 till March 31, 2020 – the date of her superannuation. Bharathi is presently the Executive Director of Canara Bank. Additionally, Birupaksha Mishra and Balakrishna Alse S have been appointed as executive directors in Corporation Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce, respectively. Mishra is currently the General Manager, Central Bank of India and Balakrishna is GM, Corporation Bank. Also, K Ramachandran has been appointed as the Executive Director of Allahabad Bank from the current post of General Manager. Ramachandaran will hold office up to the date of his superannuation, which is June 30, 2021.

  1. Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan submitted India’s 6th National Report (NR6) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the 13th National Meeting of the State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) held in ___, on 29th December 2018?

1) New Delhi

2) Mumbai

3) Kolkata

4) Guwahati

5) None of these

Answer – 1) New Delhi

Explanation:

On December 29, 2018, the Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on behalf of the Indian government submitted India’s 6th National Report (NR6) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the inaugural session of the 13th National Meeting of the State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) in New Delhi. The meeting was organized by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). He also released the document ‘Progress on India’s National Biodiversity Targets: A Preview’. India is among the first five countries in the world, the first in Asia and the first among the bio-diversity rich megadiverse countries to have submitted NR6 to the CBD Secretariat. The NR6 provides an update of progress in achievement of 12 National Biodiversity Targets (NBT) developed under the Convention process in line with the 20 global Aichi biodiversity targets.

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