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Questions Based on Current Affairs April 23 2019

  1. Where was the first edition of Naval Commanders Conference held?
    1) Kolkata
    2) Mumbai
    3) New Delhi
    4) Bengaluru
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On 23rd April 2019, the first edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference held in New Delhi and will continue till 25th April 2019. The Hon’ble Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed Naval Commanders Conference on the opening day. It is the apex forum within the Service for interaction between the Naval Commanders, Chief of the Naval Staff, with the Commanders-in-Chief. They will review operational, material, logistics, HR, training and administrative activities which were undertaken during the previous six months.The themes of ‘Functional Reorganization of Indian Navy towards enhancing Operational Efficiency’ and ‘Optimal Manning’ were the core of discussions in this conference.

  2. What is the name of the newly reconstituted panel, that was formed after revamping the high-level ‘anti-hijack panel’ to include top officials especially National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
    1) Committee on Aircraft Hijack(COAH)
    2) Committee of Secretaries on Aircraft Hijack (COSAH)
    3) Secretaries of anti-hijack panel(SOAHP)
    4) Secretaries on Aircraft Hijack(SOAH)
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Committee of Secretaries on Aircraft Hijack (COSAH)
    Explanation:
    The Centre has revamped its high-level ‘anti-hijack panel’ to include top officials in the Prime Minister’s Office, especially National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval who will be able to coordinate any immediate military response.The new panel is called the Committee of Secretaries on Aircraft Hijack (COSAH).It will have 15 top officials including pre-identified nominated members who can represent regular members during their absence.Members: The Committee will have a main secretary to the prime minister, additional principal secretary, heads of R&AW (Research and Analysis Wing) and the Intelligence Bureau as its members.

  3. Who is the head of Committee of Secretaries on Aircraft Hijack (COSAH) panel?
    1) J B Mohapatra
    2) Arabinda Mitra
    3) Vijay Raghavan
    4) P K Sinha
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) P K Sinha
    Explanation:
    The panel Committee of Secretaries on Aircraft Hijack (COSAH)will continue to be headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha in spite of the presence of senior officials.The fresh order also states that a control room will be set up within the Cabinet Secretariat in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  4. As per the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)’s new notification from which year does, visually disabled students can use magnifying glasses and portable video magnifiers during the Class X final examination ?
    1) 2020
    2) 2021
    3) 2022
    4) 2023
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) 2020
    Explanation:
    On 18th April 2019, The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students will be allowed to use magnifying glasses and portable video magnifiers during the Class X final examination from 2020.Also, Alternative-type questions will be provided in lieu of questions having visual inputs for visually impaired candidates in social science subject.The board has directed all its affiliated schools to ensure that premises are disabled friendly by 2020 with all the educational institutions, including hostels, libraries, and laboratories to have barrier-free access. Also, the schools cannot deny admission to children with special needs in mainstream education.

  5. Which country has tested the world’s most advanced malaria vaccine in a bid to prevent the disease?
    1) Burundi
    2) Malawi
    3) Mozambique
    4) Zimbabwe
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Malawi
    Explanation:
    Malawi spearhead large scale pilot tests for the world’s most advanced experimental malaria vaccine in a bid to prevent the disease that kills hundreds of thousands across Africa every year. After more than three decades in development and almost $1 billion in investment, the cutting-edge trial will be rolled out in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe this week and then in Kenya and Ghana next week. It aims to immunize 120,000 children aged 2 and under to assess the effectiveness of the pilot vaccine and whether the delivery process is feasible.

  6. Which public sector bank’s authorized capital was increased by the central government in consultation with RBI recently?
    1) Canara Bank
    2) State Bank of India
    3) Bank of Baroda
    4) Allahabad Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) Allahabad Bank
    Explanation:
    The central government has increased the authorized capital of state-owned Allahabad Bank from Rs. 3,000 crore to Rs. 8,000 crore after consultation with the Reserve Bank of India.This move by the central government has enabled Allahabad bank to raise further fund up to a maximum ceiling of Rs. 8,000 crore.

  7. Which financial inclusion program of India is set to cross Rs 1 lakh crore accounts?
    1) Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana
    2) Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana
    3) Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
    4) Sukanya Samriddhi Account
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
    Explanation:
    On 21st April 2019, the total deposits in Jan Dhan Account are set to cross Rs 1 lakh crore soon. The scheme was launched on 28th August 2014 by the Modi-government with an aim to provide universal access to banking facilities to all households. On 3rd April, the total balance in the Jan Dhan accounts was at Rs 97,665.66 and the total number of Jan Dhan accounts crossed 35.39 crores. Also, more than 27.89 crores account holders have been issued the Rupay debit cards.Recently, the government increased the accident insurance cover to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1 lakh for new accounts opened after 28th August 2018 and the overdraft limit was also doubled to Rs 10,000.

  8. Who is the head of the expert committee, that is formed to identify the excess reserves that RBI holds?
    1) Mavalankar
    2) Bimal Jalan
    3) Rajendra Prasad
    4) Pattabhi Sitaramayya
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Bimal Jalan
    Explanation:
    According to the report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), the excess reserves that RBI holds could be up to Rs.3 lakh crore ($43 billion) or 1.5% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product). This also includes the excess capital in contingency reserves and revaluation reserves. RBI.The Bimal Jalan committee on the appropriate capital reserves for RBI was likely to identify this excess buffer. The committee was set up in December-end with a 6-member panel headed by former RBI governor Jalan.Indranil Sen Gupta, chief India economist at BofAML notified that RBI maintains higher contingency reserves as a percentage of its total book compared to its peers in Brazil, Russia and South Africa, thus a lower cap will bring in more funds.

  9. Name the public sector bank, which has signed BEML Limited (Bharat Earth Movers Limited) for financing Earth Moving and Construction Equipment.
    1) Bank of Baroda
    2) UCO Bank
    3) Syndicate Bank
    4) Punjab National Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Syndicate Bank
    Explanation:
    On 22nd April 2019, Syndicate Bank and BEML Limited (Bharat Earth Movers Limited) have signed an agreement for financing Earth Moving and Construction Equipment which is manufactured by BEML. Also, it will facilitate the availability of loans and address the growing demand for higher capacity equipment in the Mining Industry.Under this agreement, the customers will be provided loans in the range of Rs 20 Lakh to Rs 300 Lakh and preferential pricing by Syndicate Bank. Also, Syndicate Bank and BEML expect to book business worth Rs.100 crore by March 2020.

  10. As per the Stanford study published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, Indian Economy shrunk by ______ percent due to global warming?
    1) 50%
    2) 31%
    3) 40%
    4) 65%
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) 31%
    Explanation:
    As per the Stanford study, changes in the earth’s temperature have increased inequalities which resulted in the shrinking of the Indian economy by 31 percent due to global warming. The study published in the journal titled ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’. The study revealed that since the 1960s the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased earth’s atmosphere which has benefited cooler countries like Norway and Sweden but harmed the economic growth of warmer countries like India and Nigeria.The study also shows that from 1961 to 2010, global warming has decreased the wealth per person of the world’s poorest countries by 17-30 percent.

  11. Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) and Prin. L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research has signed MoU for cooperation in which sector?
    1) To support financial sector
    2) To enhance trading sector
    3) To enhance infrastructure
    4) To support startups in exports
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) To support startups in exports
    Explanation:
    Exporters’ body, the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has inked an agreement with Mumbai-based Prin. L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research in order to support startups engaged in the export sector.Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), FIEO has launched a postgraduate programme in foreign trade management (PGP-FTM) at Mumbai.The aim of this industry-academia partnership is to attract new entrepreneurs in exports to bridge the gap of availability of qualified skilled manpower in Exim trade.

  12. Which entity has collaborated with India Post for digitizing 1.5 lakh post offices in India, for creating World’s Biggest EPostal Network?
    1) TCS
    2) Microsoft
    3) IBM
    4) Intel
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) TCS
    Explanation:
    India Post has collaborated with India’s leading tech giant, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for the digitizing of 1.5 lakh post offices in India, thus creating World’s Biggest EPostal Network and the largest SAP implementations worldwide. Both the companies had struck a deal of over Rs. 1,100 crore in 2013 for an end-to-end IT modernization program.The prime objective of the deal was to digitize the Indian post offices with the modern technologies and systems for providing efficient services to the consumers, thus driving financial inclusion by providing advantage for accessibility to citizens in remote areas.The Core System Integration (CSI) program that’s been designed and deployed by TCS supports more than 5 lakh employees and 40,000 users. Furthermore, it processes 3 million postal transactions per day.

  13. Which of the following organizations have received the Swacchta Pakhwada Awards 2019?
    i. All India Radio
    ii.Publication Division of India
    iii. Press Information Bureau
    iv.Children’s Film Society of India
    1) Option i,ii,iii
    2) Option i,iii,iv
    3) Option i,ii,iv
    4) All the above Options
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Option i,ii,iv
    Explanation:
    Three organizations All India Radio, Publication Division and Children’s Film Society of India conferred Swacchta Pakhwada Award 2019. The award was given by Amit Khare, Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.The award was received by Director General of All India Radio F. Sheheryar and Director General (News) Ms. Ira Joshi on behalf of All India Radio.

  14. Name the eminent chef,who was appointed as the brand ambassador of Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC)?
    1) Ranveer Brar
    2) Vikas Khanna
    3) Sanjeev Kapoor
    4) Saransh Goila
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Vikas Khanna
    Explanation:
    Vikas Khanna, Michelin-star chef has been named brand ambassador of Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), a leading cultural organisation which will organise the annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) that would showcase the chef’s film ‘The Last Color‘ and Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer ‘Photograph’. i. The New York Indian Film Festival is North America’s longest-running and most prestigious Indian film festival that would be organised from May 7 to 12, 2019. This would be the 19th edition of the fest. ii. The festival will showcase 30 feature-length films, including 3 documentaries, 30 shorts and 19 regional films.

  15. Which organization’s Secretary General, Uday Kumar Varma has resigned recently?
    1) All India Chain Association
    2) All India Importers Association
    3) Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham)
    4) All India Manufacturers Organisation
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham)
    Explanation:
    Uday Kumar Varma, a former bureaucrat retired from the post of Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, resigned from the post of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) Secretary-General. Currently, Assocham’s Deputy Secretary-General Saurabh Sanyal is discharging the duties of secretary general. Uday Kumar Varma.Last year U K Varma took over Assocham’s General Secretary. He had succeeded D S Rawat.

  16. Which planet in the solar system has a massive solid inner core according to NASA’s recent report?
    1) Mercury
    2) Saturn
    3) Mars
    4) Venus
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) Mercury
    Explanation:
    NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has revealed that Mercury, the smallest planet in the solar system has a massive solid inner core. The final trip around Mercury before crash-landing in 2015 was made by NASA’s ‘MESSENGER’. The spacecraft orbited Mercury for around 2011 to 2015 and it was its second mission to Mercury.According to NASA’s information, both Mercury and the Earth have metallic cores and like Earth, Mercury’s outer core is of liquid metal. But there are indications that Mercury’s innermost core which is nearly 85% of Mercury’s volume is solid and it is nearly of the same size as Earth’s inner core.The new mission is on its way to Mercury. It is termed ‘BepiColombo‘ and is a joint mission by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to explore Mercury from 2 unique vantage points.

  17. Name the money lending platform, which has launched an application that offers loan to salaried professionals within 5 minutes with flexible repayment options.
    1) Peerform
    2) Funding Circle
    3) Money Loji
    4) Upstart
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Money Loji
    Explanation:
    On 23rd April 2019, a modern money lending platform named Money Loji has launched an application which offers loan to salaried professionals within 5 minutes with flexible repayment options starting from 7 days to a maximum of 90 days.It follows a three-step process which is – application, approval, and disbursement and the app requires the users to upload an identity proof, an address proof, last 3 months bank statement alongside the salary slips.The eligibility criteria to avail this benefit is a minimum in-hand salary of Rs 20,000 per month and a minimum age of 23 years.

  18. Solar power capacity addition in 2019-20 was estimated 7-7.5 GW by which rating agency?
    1) Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL)
    2) Investment Information & Credit Rating Agency(ICRA)
    3) Credit Analysis and Research limited (CARE)
    4) Small and Medium Enterprises Rating Agency of India (SMERA)
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Investment Information & Credit Rating Agency(ICRA)
    Explanation:
    On 23rd April 2019, rating agency ICRA (Investment Information & Credit Rating Agency) has estimated 7-7.5 GW solar power capacity addition in 2019-20, which includes 1 GW of rooftop solar based on tendering and awards of projects in the last 12-15 months.By contrast, solar capacity addition is estimated to have remained subdued at around 6 GW to 6.5 GW 2018-19 due to weak trend inaward of solar projects in the year 2017.Tendered project awards for solar PV (photovoltaic) projects during 2018 stood at about 11 GW against 4.5 GW in 2017, and nearly 56 percent of the capacity auctioned in 2018 has been accounted by central agencies, such as Solar Energy Corporation of India and NTPC Ltd.

  19. Mount Agung erupts recently, it is located in which country?
    1) Indonesia
    2) Malaysia
    3) Philippines
    4) Thailand
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) Indonesia
    Explanation:
    Mount Agung on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali erupted again, spewing volcanic ash into the sky to a height of 2km, an official said. The active volcano erupted at 3.21am and the thick ash column was blown to the south-west, causing a drizzle of volcanic ash in Karangasem, Bangli and Klunglung districts, said Mr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency (BNPB). No flights were grounded at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, Mr Sutopo said, adding that there were no immediate reports of casualties. The volcano’s status remains on level three of four possible levels and the authorities continue to impose a 4km exclusion zone.

  20. To promote copyright,reading & publishing, World Book and Copyright Day is observed annually on _______________?
    1) April 20
    2) April 21
    3) April 22
    4) April 23
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) April 23
    Explanation:
    World Book and Copyright Day, also known as World Book Day, is celebrated every year on April 23. This annual event is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the aim is to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. On April 23, 1616, prominent writers Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. Then in 1995, UNESCO’s General Conference was held in Paris where April 23 was regarded as the World Book and Copyright Day to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors.

  21. Which city is selected as the World Book Capital for the year 2019?
    1) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    2) Sharjah, UAE
    3) Jerusalem, Israel
    4) Ankara, Turkey
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Sharjah, UAE
    Explanation:
    Each year UNESCO and other international organisations select World Book Capital for a period of one year. This year Sharjah, UAE has been selected as a World Book Capital for 2019.This year World Book and Copyright Day event focuses on six broad themes: inclusivity, reading, heritage, outreach, publishing and children with a slogan “Read – you are in Sharjah”.

  22. What was the theme of National Fire Service Week 2019?
    1) Theme – “Fire Prevention is better than Fire Fighting”
    2) Theme – “Fire loss is National loss – Let us Adopt fire safety measures”
    3) Theme – “Fire Prevention & Fire Protection”
    4) Theme – “Fire Safety”
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) Theme – “Fire Prevention is better than Fire Fighting”
    Explanation:
    The Fire Service Week is observed nation-wide from 14th April to 20th April. Since 1968, 14th April is observed every year as the National Fire Service Day in remembrance of the lives lost in the devastating fire that erupted and the explosions that followed on 14th April 1944 at freighter SS Fort Stikine at the Victoria Dock in Bombay Port.This year the National Fire Service Week was observed with a theme “Fire Prevention is better than Fire Fighting”.In that incident, as many as 66 firefighters lost their lives.The day is observed under the aegis of the Fire Adviser, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India.

  23. When was International Mother Earth Day observed?
    1) April 20
    2) April 21
    3) April 23
    4) April 22
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) April 22
    Explanation:
    On April 22, 2009, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has passed a resolution declaring April 22 as ‘International Mother Earth Day’. This resolution was introduced by The Plurinational State of Bolivia and supported by more than 50 member states. This year marked the 10th anniversary of International Mother Earth Day. So, to commemorate the anniversary 9th Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature was held in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations headquarters in New York. The resolution recognizes that the Earth and its ecosystem are our home and promoting harmony between nature and Earth should be our prime concern.International Mother Earth Day also recognizes the collective responsibility of the people which is also called for in the Rio Declaration in 1992.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. What is the tagline of Allahabad Bank?
    A tradition of Trust

  2. When was Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana launched?
    28th August 2014

  3. What is the Capital and Currency of Norway?
    Capital-Oslo & Currency-Norwegian Krona

  4. Who is the President of Assocham?
    Balkrishan Goenka

  5. Which state celebrated ‘Agni Kheli’ festival?
    Karnataka