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  1. Which state Government has launched Disaster Response Force (DRF) vehicles in Hyderabad to handle situations like flash floods, heavy rains, building collapse and fire mishaps?
    1.Rajasthan
    2.Kerala
    3.Himachal Pradesh
    4.Telengana
    5.None of these
    Answer – 4.Telengana
    Explanation:
    Telangana Government has launched Disaster Response Force (DRF) vehicles in Hyderabad to handle situations like flash floods, heavy rains, building collapse and fire mishaps. The DRF vehicles will be parked at 24 locations with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) DRF staff. It will reached affected spots for relief work during necessary situations. DRF personnel will be available on the field for 24/7. This initiative has been launched with the main aim that Telengana should have its own disaster force.

  2. Where did the Esala Maha Perehera festival start on 16th August 2018?
    1.Birgunj, Nepal
    2.Dhaka, Bangladesh
    3.Kandy, Sri Lanka
    4.Jammu & Kashmir, India
    5.None of these
    Answer – 3.Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Explanation:
    On 16th August 2018, the historic Esala Maha Perehera festival started in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The festival will be held for 10 days. It started with a grand procession from Sri Dalada Maligawa, the biggest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. This festival is held in the month of Esala (July or August). This month is believed to commemorate the first teaching of Buddha after his enlightenment. The procession is carried out to obtain the blessings of the Gods for cultivation of crops and enrichment of the kingdom.

  3. According to Ifo institute, which country’s current account surplus will remain the world’s largest in 2018?
    1.Japan
    2.China
    3.United States
    4.Germany
    5.None of these
    Answer – 4.Germany
    Explanation:
    On 20th August 2018, the Ifo institute said that, Germany’s current account surplus will remain the world’s largest in 2018, in spite of increased trade tensions. Current account surplus measures the flow of goods, services and investments. Germany’s current account surplus will remain the world’s largest for the third year in 2018 at $299 billion. It is followed by Japan in second position with $200 billion. The Netherlands would be third with a current account surplus of around 110 billion dollars.

  4. As per All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey 2016-17, more than half of the agricultural households in India have outstanding debts. Which entity conducted this survey?
    1.NITI Aayog
    2.NABARD (National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development)
    3.Central Statistics Office (CSO)
    4.Ministry of Finance
    5.None of these
    Answer – 2.NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development)
    Explanation:
    As per NABARD All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey 2016-17, more than half the agricultural households in India have outstanding debts. Sample size of the survey: 1.88 lakh people from 40,327 rural households. Only 48% of these households are defined as agricultural households that have at least one member self-employed in agriculture and received over Rs 5,000 as value of produce from agricultural activities last year. 52.5% of the agricultural households had an outstanding loan. Whereas 42.8% of the non-agricultural households in rural India had an outstanding loan.

  5. ____ has directed all insurance companies to create provision to cover mental illness in policies?
    1.Ministry of Finance
    2.Ministry of Family Welfare
    3.Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    4.Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI)
    5.None of these
    Answer – 4.Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI)
    Explanation:
    Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has directed all insurance companies to create provision to cover mental illness in policies. IRDAI has notified all insurance companies to comply with the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 that came to effect on 29th May 2018, and make provisions for medical insurance of treatment for medical illness with immediate effect. According to Sec 21(4) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, every insurer is supposed to make provision for medical insurance for treatment of mental illness on the same basis that is available for treatment of physical illness.

  6. Name the Indian who has been awarded the WHO World No Tobacco Day 2018 Award for his remarkable contribution towards tobacco control?
    1.Sunil Mehta
    2.Sapna Twivedi
    3.Manjunath S
    4.S.K. Arora
    5.None of these
    Answer – 4.S.K. Arora
    Explanation:
    Delhi government’s additional director of health S.K. Arora has been awarded the WHO World No Tobacco Day 2018 Awardfor his remarkable contribution towards tobacco control. Tobacco prevalence in Delhi has reduced by 6.5% in the last 6 years. This is more than the rest of India average figures. National Health Policy 2017 has fixed targets of relative reduction in tobacco prevalence by 15% by 2020 and 30% by 2025. These targets have already been achieved by Delhi before 2017.

  7. Who was appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, on 20thAugust 2018?
    1.Partha Satpathy
    2.Bala Venkatesh Verma
    3.Srikumar Menon
    4.Surjith Sharma
    5.None of these
    Answer – 3.Srikumar Menon
    Explanation:
    On 20th August 2018, Srikumar Menon was appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. Currently, he is the Ambassador of India to Angola. He has been concurrently appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, with residence in Luanda. He will take up this new assignment soon.

  8. Name India’s indigenously developed helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile that was successfully flight tested in Pokhran, Rajasthan, on 19th August 2018?
    1.Vindhya
    2.Helina
    3.Rana
    4.Shakath
    5.None of these
    Answer – 2.Helina
    Explanation:
    On 19th August 2018, India successfully flight tested the indigenously developed helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ from Army helicopter in Pokhran, Rajasthan. HELINA is an indigenously designed and developed long-range precision-guided anti-airfield bomb. It was tested for its full range. It was released smoothly from the launch platform. The missile tracked the target and hit it with high precision. The missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode. This is one of the most advanced Anti-Tank Weapons in the world.

  9. Which Country won the 2018 SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship that was held at Changlimithang Stadium, in Bhutan, from 9th to 18th August 2018?
    1.Bhutan
    2.Bangladesh
    3.India
    4.Nepal
    5.None of these
    Answer – 3.India
    Explanation:
    From 9th to 18th August 2018, the 2018 SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship was held at Changlimithang Stadium, in Bhutan. It was the 2nd edition of the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship. Six countries participated: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Indian U-15 women’s team emerged as champions of the SAFF U-15 Championship. India defeated defending champions Bangladesh 1-0 in the final. Sunita Munda scored a goal for India in the second-half.

  10. When was World Mosquito Day observed throughout the world?
    1.August 20
    2.August 19
    3.August 17
    4.August 16
    5.None of these
    Answer – 1.August 20
    Explanation:
    World Mosquito Day, observed on 20th August every year. This day is a honor of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross’s discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. Mosquitoes have been around for over a hundred million years. Mosquitoes spread diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, Zika among human beings. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine holds Mosquito Day celebrations every year, including events such as parties and exhibitions, a tradition dating back to as early as the 1930s.

  11. Who won the Men’s single title of the Cincinnati Masters also known as Western & Southern Open 2018 held in Cincinnati, United States?
    1.Roger Federer
    2.Rafael Nadal
    3.Novak Djokovic
    4.Dominic Thiem
    5.None of these
    Answer – 3.Novak Djokovic
    Explanation:
    [table]

    Name of the title Winner Runner
    Men’s single Novak Djokovic of serbia Swizerland’s Roger Federer
    Women’s single Kiki Bertens of Netherland Romania’s Simona Halep
    Men’s Doubles Brazil’s Bruno Soares and United Kingdom’s Jamie Murray Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah
    Women’s Doubles Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova Belgium’s Elise Mertens and Netherland’s Demi Schuurs

    [/table]


  12. Who won the Women’s single title of the Cincinnati Masters also known as Western & Southern Open 2018 held in Cincinnati, United States?
    1.Kiki Bertens
    2.Simona Halep
    3.Sloane Jones
    4.Serena Williams
    5.None of these
    Answer – 1.Kiki Bertens
    Explanation:
    [table]

    Name of the title Winner Runner
    Men’s single Novak Djokovic of serbia Swizerland’s Roger Federer
    Women’s single Kiki Bertens of Netherland Romania’s Simona Halep
    Men’s Doubles Brazil’s Bruno Soares and United Kingdom’s Jamie Murray Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah
    Women’s Doubles Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova Belgium’s Elise Mertens and Netherland’s Demi Schuurs

    [/table]


  13. Which centre won an award for Outstanding Contribution to Gold Policy Research in 2017-18 at the 15th India International Gold Convention held in Kochi?
    1.India Gold Policy Centre (IGPC), IIM Ahmedabad
    2.Centre for Research on Gold (CRG), IIT Madras
    2.Indian Institute for Gold Policy (IIGP), IIM Kozhikode
    4.Centre for Gold Policy Formulation (CGPF), IIM Mumbai
    5.None of these
    Answer – 1.India Gold Policy Centre (IGPC), IIM Ahmedabad
    Explanation:
    The India Gold Policy Centre (IGPC), IIM Ahmedabad won an award for Outstanding Contribution to Gold Policy Research in 2017-18 at the 15th India International Gold Convention held in Kochi. The award was received by Professor Arvind Sahay, Chairman of IGPC, along with his team. The convention was held at Le Meridien Convention Centre. Around 400 delegates participated.

  14. Uri Avnery, died following a stroke on 20th August 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel. What was his profession?
    1.Scientist
    2.Politician
    3.Journalist
    4.Musician
    5.None of these
    Answer – 3.Journalist
    Explanation:
    Uri Avnery, an Israeli journalist and peace activist died at the age of 94 on 20th August 2018. He was one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinian state. He was a symbol of the Israeli peace camp. He was a publisher, member of parliament, author and activist.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Name the Chairman and headquarters of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI)?
    Answer – Chairman – Subhash Chandra Khuntia; Headquarters – Hyderabad

  2. Who is the President of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)?
    Answer – Kazi Salahuddin

  3. Name the Chairman and headquarters of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)?
    Answer – Chairman – Sanjay Mitra; Headquarters – New Delhi

  4. Who is the Director-General of WHO (World Health Organization)?
    Answer – Tedros Adhanom

  5. Where is the Sri Dalada Maligawa Buddhist temple located?
    Answer – Sri Lanka