Current Affairs Quiz: August 29 2018

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  1. Which company has become the Deep learning technology partner of NITI Aayog for “MoveHack”, a global mobility hackathon?
    1) Google
    2) Microsoft
    3) Intel
    4) NVIDIA
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) NVIDIA
    Explanation:
    On 28th August 2018, computer chip manufacturer NVIDIA collaborated with NITI Aayog as its Deep learning technology partner to support NITI Aayog’s “MoveHack” hackathon. MoveHack is a global mobility hackathon to crowdsource solutions, which focuses on the future of mobility in India. As deep learning partner of “MoveHack”, NVIDIA will offer participants with graphics processing unit (GPU), deep learning technologies, and remote access to NVIDIA DGX systems, purpose built deep learning supercomputers. It will also mentor the participants. Deep learning technology comes under machine learning (ML) in artificial intelligence (AI). It has networks capable of learning unsupervised from data that is unstructured or unlabelled.the Uttarakhand government. It would also get the benefit of total power generation once the project is complete.
  2. Who was appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom on 28th August 2018?
    1) Sharmila Kumar
    2) Ruchi Ghanashyam
    3) Randeep Vijay
    4) Sushil Kumar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Ruchi Ghanashyam
    Explanation:
    On 28th August 2018, Ruchi Ghanashyam was appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom. Ruchi Ghanashyam is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer of the 1982 batch. She is at present Secretary at Headquarters. She has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom. She will take up this assignment soon.the Uttarakhand government. It would also get the benefit of total power generation once the project is complete.
  3. Name the platform that has been launched by Google to enable Indian publishers of regional languages to publish their content online?
    1) Swadesh
    2) Navlekha
    3) Kithab
    4) Write India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Navlekha
    Explanation:
    On 28th August 2018, Google announced Project Navlekha at its 4th edition of Google for India Event held in New Delhi. Project Navlekha has been launched to enable Indian publishers of regional languages to publish their content online, without facing the trouble of selling printed copies. The official website of Navlekha can be easily interpreted by users. Users can also obtain help from experts to set up their publication website. Google will not charge for its publication tools and the domain name for the first 3 years. Users can also sign up for Google’s advertising placement service AdSense and monetise their website.the Uttarakhand government. It would also get the benefit of total power generation once the project is complete.
  4. Name the Indian who won gold medal in the men’s 800 metres event of Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia?
    1) Manjit Singh
    2) Jinson Johnson
    3) Ranjit Singh
    4) Madan Karthik
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Manjit Singh
    Explanation:
    Manjit Singh won gold medal in the men’s 800 metres event by finishing the race in 1:46.15 minutes. Jinson Johnson won silver medal in men’s 800 metres event by finishing in 1:46.35 minutes. This is India’s only second one-two finish in 800m at the Asian Games after Ranjit Singh and Kulwant Singh achieved the feat at the inaugural edition held in New Delhi in 1951. Manjit Singh who hails from Haryana has beaten Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old national record a few months ago. Jinson Johnson is from Kerala.the Uttarakhand government. It would also get the benefit of total power generation once the project is complete.
  5. Which Indian athlete won gold medal in the men’s triple jump event in the Asian Games 2018, in Indonesia?
    1) Darun Ayyasamy
    2) Arpinder Singh
    3) Vinit Joshi
    4) Shibu Joseph
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Arpinder Singh
    Explanation:
    Arpinder Singh made a best jump of 16.77m in his third attempt and won gold medal in the men’s triple jump event. This is India’s first men’s triple jump gold medal in 48 years after Mohinder Singh Gill won it in 1970.the Uttarakhand government. It would also get the benefit of total power generation once the project is complete.
  6. When was International Day against Nuclear Tests observed all over the world?
    1) August 29
    2) August 28
    3) August 27
    4) August 26
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) August 29
    Explanation:
    On 29th August 2018, International Day against Nuclear Tests was observed all over the world. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests. The first International Day against Nuclear Tests was observed in 2010. This day is observed to create awareness on the importance of banning nuclear weapon tests among the United Nations Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, youth networks, media, etc. Activities like symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, lectures in academic institutions, media broadcasts, etc are conducted on this day.the Uttarakhand government. It would also get the benefit of total power generation once the project is complete.
  7. When was National Sports Day celebrated in India commemorating the birth anniversary of Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand?
    1) August 30
    2) August 28
    3) August 27
    4) August 29
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) August 29
    Explanation:
    On 29th August 2018, National Sports Day was celebrated all over India. In India, National Sports Day is celebrated on August 29 every year on the birth anniversary of Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. Major Dhyan Chand who was born on 29 August 1905 was known for his extraordinary goal-scoring skills. He had won 3 Olympic gold medals in hockey. He passed away on 3rd December 1979. Every year on National Sports Day, Arjuna and Khel Ratna awards are conferred by the President to extraordinary Indian athletes.the Uttarakhand government. It would also get the benefit of total power generation once the project is complete.
  8. Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the increase in project outlay for the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) from Rs. 800 crore to _____, on August 29, 2018?
    1) Rs. 1,435 crore
    2) Rs. 1,879 crore
    3) Rs. 1,500 crore
    4) Rs. 2,890 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs. 1,435 crore
    Explanation:
    On August 29, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave its approval for increase in project outlay for the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) from Rs. 800 crore to Rs. 1,435 crore. The additional Rs. 635 crore has been given in the following manner: Rs 400 crore for Technology Costs and Rs 235 crore for Human Resource Costs.
  9. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved he umbrella scheme “Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)” of which Ministry?
    1) Ministry of Science and Technology
    2) Ministry of Earth Sciences
    3) Ministry of Human Resource Development
    4) Ministry of Urban Development
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Ministry of Earth Sciences
    Explanation:
    On August 29, 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved he umbrella scheme “Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)”. This is aimed to help in addressing issues relating to Sustainable Development Goal-14: to conserve use of oceans, marine resources.
  10. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the signing of MOU between India and Bulgaria for strengthening cooperation in which field, on August 29, 2018?
    1) Tourism
    2) Medical Research
    3) Airways Development
    4) Science and Technology
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Tourism
    Explanation:
    On August 29, 2018, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the signing of MOU between India and Bulgaria for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism. Focus areas are: to exchange information and data related to tourism and in Human Resource Development, to exchange visits of Tour Operators / Media /Opinion Makers for promotion of two way tourism, to encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour operators.
  11. National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) approved projects worth ____ in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal under the Namami Gange programme, on 28th August 2018?
    1) Rs 200 crores
    2) Rs 150 crores
    3) Rs 300 crores
    4) Rs 400 crores
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs 150 crores
    Explanation:
    On 28th August 2018, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) approved projects worth Rs 150 crores in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal under the Namami Gange programme, in its 5th Executive Committee meeting held in New Delhi. These projects comprise Interception and Diversion (I&D) works in which small rivers, rivulets and drains are intercepted before they empty into the main river. They are diverted to Sewage Treatment Plants (STP), hence the water that drains into the main river is clean. Development of Ghats is also included in the projects.
  12. National Health Agency (NHA) has signed a MoU with which entity to provide skill development for “Arogyamitras” under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)?
    1) Google
    2) Microsoft
    3) National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
    4) Indian Institute of Skill Development (IISD)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
    Explanation:
    On 27th August 2018, a MoU was signed between the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and National Health Agency (NHA) to provide capacity building for Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) for effective launch and implementation. The MoU was signed by Dr Indu Bhushan, CEO, NHA and Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC. According to the MoU, NSDC will train the Arogyamitras through its Skill Development Centres operating under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK).
  13. The Ministry of Tourism sanctioned two new projects under Heritage and North East Circuits of Swadesh Darshan Scheme for _____ in Punjab and Tripura, on 29th August 2018?
    1) Rs. 256.78 crore
    2) Rs. 164.95 crore
    3) Rs. 456.78 crore
    4) Rs. 788.90 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs. 164.95 crore
    Explanation:
    On August 29, 2018, the Ministry of Tourism sanctioned two new projects under Heritage and North East Circuits of Swadesh Darshan Scheme for Rs 164.95 crore in Punjab and Tripura. In Punjab, the project covers sites of Anandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Chamkaur Sahib, Ferozpur, Amritsar, Khatkar Kalan Kalanour Patiala. The sites of Surma Cherra- Unakoti- Jampui Hills- Gunabati-Bhunaneshwari- Matabari- Neermahal- Boxanagar- Chotta khola- Pilak- Avangchaarra have been covered under Tripura.
  14. RBI Annual Report has stated that, India remains a preferred destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). What was the capital inflow received by India in 2017-18?
    1) $43.7 billion
    2) $37.3 billion
    3) $25.7 billion
    4) $34.7 billion
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) $37.3 billion
    Explanation:
    On August 29, 2018, according to RBI Annual Report, India remains a preferred destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). This is due to strong domestic consumption from the both services and agriculture sectors and manufacturing sector. India received $37.3 billion capital inflow in 2017-18 as compared to $36.3 billion in the previous fiscal. During the 2015-16, the country received $36.06 billion. The increase in foreign capital flow was mainly due to higher flows into the communication services, retail and wholesale trade, financial services and computer services.
  15. Government of India and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of World Bank signed an agreement for _____ under the India Energy Efficiency Scale-Up Program in Delhi, on 29th August 2018?
    1) $300 million
    2) $250 million
    3) $200 million
    4) $150 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) $300 million
    Explanation:
    On August 29, 2018, the Government of India and the IBRD of World Bank signed a total of $300 million agreement for the India Energy Efficiency Scale-Up Program in Delhi. Out of the $300 million, $220 million is a Loan Agreement and a $80 million is a Guarantee Agreement. The $220 million loan,from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) to EESL, has a 5-year grace period, and a maturity of 19 years. The $80 million IBRD guaranteewill partially repay to commercial lenders or investors and enable EESL to raise funds. The program will be implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).
  16. Which bank has changed names and IFSC codes of nearly 1,300 branches in India, after merger with its associates and BMB (Bharatiya Mahila Bank)?
    1) Axis Bank
    2) State Bank of India (SBI)
    3) ICICI Bank
    4) YES Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) State Bank of India (SBI)
    Explanation:
    SBI has published a list of new branch codes as well as the IFSC codes of these branches. The merger of six associate banks and Bhartiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with State Bank of India (SBI) came to effect from April 1, 2017 resulting into increase in size and valuation of the bank. A total of 1,295 branches have been changed across the country as per the SBI list enlisting the old and new IFSC codes after rationalisation/merger with associate banks and BMB.
  17. Name the Indian Police Officer who successfully completed the ‘Ironman Triathlon’ event on 26th August 2018 in France?
    1) Ravinderkumar Singhal
    2) Mahinder Singh
    3) Raj Kumar Saini
    4) Vivek Kumar Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Ravinderkumar Singhal
    Explanation:
    Nashik Police Commissioner Ravinderkumar Singhal has successfully completed the immensely difficult ‘Ironman Triathlon’, which involves a set of physically grueling activities. The event, which includes cycling non-stop for a staggering 180 km, followed by swimming for around 4 km and finally by a 42-km full marathon, was held in France on 26th August 2018. Mr Singhal, 53, completed the triathlon in 15 hours and 13 minutes as against the stipulated time of 17 hours.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Who is the CEO of National Health Agency (NHA)?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Dr Indu Bhushan
  2. Name the MD & CEO of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Manish Kumar
  3. Who is the director general of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Rajiv Ranjan Mishra
  4. What is the capital and currency of Rwanda?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Capital: Kigali; Currency: Rwandan franc
  5. Who is the Chairman of Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI)?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Subhash Chandra Khuntia
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