1. Which state was declared as a model state for Van Dhan Vikas Yojana?
a)   Assam
b)   Gujarat
c)   Madhya Pradesh
d)   Manipur

Answer (d)Manipur
Manipur has been declared as a winner state where the government’s Van Dhan Vikas Yojana has appeared as a major source of employment for the local tribals residing in the state.

 2. A stone from the Sita Eliya temple will be used for the construction of the Ram Temple. Where is the temple located?
a)   Sri Lanka
b)   Maldives
c)   Andaman & Nicobar Islands
d)   Lakshadweep

Answer (a) Sri Lanka
A stone from Sita Eliya in Sri Lanka will be used for the construction of the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Sita Eliya is the place in Sri Lanka where Goddess Sita is believed to have been held as a captive. The place has a temple dedicated to Goddess Sita.

3. Which state has banned the movement of passenger buses to and from Maharashtra?
a)   Gujarat
b)   Madhya Pradesh
c)   Goa
d)   Karnataka

Answer (b) Madhya Pradesh
The Madhya Pradesh government on March 18 announced a ban on the movement of passenger buses to and from Maharashtra from March 20, 2021. The ban comes in the wake of an alarming rise in COVID cases in Maharashtra.

4. Under Operation Sankalp, the Indian Navy undertook a Passage Exercise with which nation’s navy in the Persian Gulf?
a)   Oman
b)   Israel
c)   Bahrain
d)   Jordan

Answer  (c) Bahrain
The Indian Navy on March 17, 2021, undertook the Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force Corvette Al Muharraq under Operation Sankalp in the Persian Gulf.

5. Which nation’s Defence Secretary arrived in India on March 19, 2021 on his first official visit?
a)   United States
b)   Australia
c)   New Zealand
d)   France

Answer (a) United States
US Defence Secretary Lloyd J Austin III arrived in India on March 19, 2021 for a three-visit. He will be meeting the top political and military leadership of the country inluding Prime Minister Narendra Modi.