Current Affairs Quiz: August 31 2018

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  1. The Central Government sanctioned _____ crore for the Gujarat’s Sardar Sarovar Dam project on the Narmada river, on 30th August 2018?
    1) Rs 730 crore
    2) Rs 890 crore
    3) Rs 546 crore
    4) Rs 978 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs 730 crore
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, the Centre sanctioned Rs 730 crore for the Gujarat’s Sardar Sarovar Dam project on the Narmada river. It also granted soft loan of Rs 1,500 crore for the state’s other irrigation projects. The Rs. 1500 crore loan will be repaid by the state in 15 years, with installments starting after a three-year grace period.
  2. The Government has constituted a 21 member PM-STIAC (Science, Technology, Innovation Advisory Committee) to advise PM on science, tech-related policy issues. Who is the Chairperson of the committee?
    1) K Vijay Raghavan
    2) Sathish Reddy
    3) P K Malhotra
    4) Ramandeep Roy
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) K Vijay Raghavan
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, the Government has constituted a 21 member high power committee to advise it on policy matters related to science, technology and innovation. The committee will advise the Prime Minister on all matters related to S&T, innovation and monitor the implementation of PM’s vision. The name of the committee is : PM-STIAC (Science, Technology, Innovation Advisory Committee). It is chaired by K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government. There are 9 permanent members. Among them some are: VK Saraswat, Member NITI Aayog and former DG of DRDO; A S Kiran Kumar, ex-Chairman ISRO etc.
  3. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology signed a MoU with which organization on innovation in clean energy transition, on 30th August 2018?
    1) International Energy Alliance (IEA)
    2) International Energy Agency (IEA)
    3) International Solar Alliance (ISA)
    4) International Energy Management (IEM)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) International Energy Agency (IEA)
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, and the International Energy Agency (IEA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on innovation in clean energy transition. This agreement will be coordinated :
    • In India by Mission Innovation IndiaUnit set up by DBT (under Ministry of Sceince & Technology) and
    • International Partnership and Initiatives Unit (IPI) of IEA.
  4. Which state has signed MoU with two US-based agencies namely ‘Malaria No More’ and ‘Malaria Elimination Trust’ to eradicted malaria?
    1) Kerala
    2) Assam
    3) Odisha
    4) Karnataka
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Odisha
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, Odisha government signed an MOU with two US-based agencies to eradicted malaria. The 2 agencies are: ‘Malaria No More’ and ‘Malaria Elimination Trust’. They will prepare a strategy on how to overcome the disease and help in preparing the public awareness campaign materials. The state has an existing anti-malaria campaign called: the Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran (DAMaN) Scheme that has brough down 85% of the malaria cases.
  5. What is the rank of Odisha in implementation of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, as per the National Level Rating Framework assessment?
    1) 1
    2) 2
    3) 5
    4) 10
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 2
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, in the National Level Rating Framework assessment, Odisha ranked second with a score of 53.19 in implementation of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme. The assessment was taken upto August 21, 2018. Andhra Pradesh scored highest with 54.11 score.
  6. As per RPAS regulations, foreigners have been barred from flying drones in India. What does “P” represented in RPAS?
    1) Prohibited
    2) Piloted
    3) Prevention
    4) Protection
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Piloted
    Explanation:
    RPAS – Remotely Piloted Aircraft System
    On August 30, 2018, as per the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) regulations, foreigners have been barred from flying drones in India. For commercial purpose, they need to lease RPAS to an Indian entity who in-turn will obtain UIN and UAOP from DGCA. Furthermore, micro drones could be allowed during night subject to various conditions and up to a height of 200 feet above ground level. These regulations would come into force from December 1, 2018.
  7. Where was the 4th version of Asian electoral stakeholders forum (AESF-IV) held on August 27-28, 2018?
    1) Kathmandu, Nepal
    2) Colombo, Sri Lanka
    3) New Delhi, India
    4) Dhaka, Bangladesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Explanation:
    From August 27-28, 2018, the 2 day fourth version of Asian electoral stakeholders forum (AESF-IV) was held Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was jointly organised by Election Commission of Sri Lanka and Asian community for free of charge elections (ANFREL). The concept of AESF-IV was ‘Advancing Election Transparency and Integrity: Advertising and marketing and Defending Democracy Together’.
  8. Which Indian Naval Ship entered the Port of Darwin, Australia on 29th August 2018 to participate in Exercise KAKADU 2018?
    1) INS Kalvari
    2) INS Sahyadri
    3) INS Vindhya
    4) INS Vikram
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) INS Sahyadri
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, after participating in the MALABAR 18 at Guam and RIMPAC 18 at Hawaii, INS Sahyadri entered the Port of Darwin, Australia on 29 Aug 18 to participate in Exercise KAKADU 2018. It is the 14th edition of the exercise and will be conducted from 29 Aug – 15 Sep 18. 23 warships, one submarine, 45 aircraft, 250 marines and approx 52 foreign staff from over 25 different countries would participate in it. From the Indian side INS Sahyadri is taking part under the captainship of Captain Shantanu Jha.
  9. What percent of the demonetized currency notes have been counted and accounted for by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), according to its annual report released recently?
    1) 98.80 %
    2) 99.30 %
    3) 85.50 %
    4) 87.78 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 99.30 %
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, in the annual report published by RBI, it announced that 99.30% of all of the demonetized currency notes have been counted and accounted for by the central bank. Rs 15.31 lakh crore worth currency notes have now been returned, since November 8, 2016. The total worth of notes that was in circulation at the time of demonetization was : Rs 15.41 lakh crore. Rs 10,720 crore of the currency did not return to the banking system.
  10. According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s annual report, India’s economic growth rate will grow at what per cent in the current financial year 2018-19?
    1) 7.4 %
    2) 7.6 %
    3) 7.8 %
    4) 7.9 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 7.4 %
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, its annual report, RBI stated that India’s economic growth rate will grow at 7.4 per cent in the current financial year. The reasons cited for better GDP are: Increased industrial activityand, Good Monsson. According to the report, agricultural production is likely to remain strong. The headline inflation may increase in the remaining portion of the year. RBI will work toward the medium term target for retail inflation of 4 percent.
  11. Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a loan agreement worth _____ million to double farming incomes in Madhya Pradesh, on 30th August 2018?
    1) $375 million
    2) $250 million
    3) $500 million
    4) $465 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) $375 million
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $375 million loan agreement to double farming incomes in Madhya Pradesh. It would be done via The Madhya Pradesh Irrigation Efficiency Improvement Project. It will cover 2 large irrigation systems: the Kundalia irrigation project, the existing Sanjay Sarovar Irrigation Project. The projects include developing 125,000 hectares of climate resilient and efficient irrigation networks. It would expand irrigation networks and system efficiency in more than 400 villages, benefiting over 800,000 people in Madhya Pradesh.
  12. The Government of India, the Government of Rajasthan and the World Bank signed a Development Policy Loan (DPL) worth _____ million for Rajasthan, on 29th August 2018?
    1) $250 million
    2) $200 million
    3) $150 million
    4) $400 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) $250 million
    Explanation:
    On August 29, 2018, the Government of India, the Government of Rajasthan and the World Bank signed a $250 million Development Policy Loan (DPL) for Rajasthan. To improve the performance of its Electricity Distribution Sector under the State’s 24×7 Power for All program. The name of the loan is : The Second Programmatic Electricity Distribution Reform Development Policy Loan. The loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a 3-year grace period, and a maturity of 21 years.
  13. When was International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances observed all over the world?
    1) August 29
    2) August 30
    3) August 31
    4) August 28
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) August 30
    Explanation:
    On 30th August 2018, International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances was observed all over the world. In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 30th August as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. This day was first observed on 30th August 2011. Enforced disappearance occurs when a person is secretly kidnapped or imprisoned by a state or political organization or a third party, with support of the State, following concealment of information about the person. This day creates awareness on enforced or involuntary disappearances like arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of enforced disappearances.
  14. Google has rebranded its payment app Google Tez to _____?
    1) Google Transfer
    2) Google Pay
    3) Google Bills
    4) Google Funds
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Google Pay
    Explanation:
    Google has rebranded its payment app Google Tez to Google Pay to improve its growth in India to add more features. This announcement was made at the 4th edition of Google for India event in New Delhi on 28th August 2018. Google has partnered with 4 banks: HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, ICICI Bank and Federal Bank, to enable instant disbursement of pre-approved loans to user’s account. If a user has pre-approved loans from one of these banks, they can use Google Pay, to mention the amount they want to borrow and input time period needed to repay. The amount will then be credited to the user’s account.
  15. Government of India has signed a $346 million loan to finance Karnataka State Highways lmprovement lll Project (KSHIP-lll) with which bank?
    1) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    2) World Bank
    3) International Monetary Fund (IMF)
    4) Soft Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of lndia signed a $346 million loan to finance Karnataka State Highways lmprovement lll Project (KSHIP-lll). This involves improvement of 419 kilometers of state highways to enhance connectivity to economic centers across 12 districts in Kamataka. The agreement was signed between: Shri Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs and Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s lndia Resident Mission.
  16. Germany announced a grant of _____ million soft loan for Clean Ganga Mission to India through German Development Bank KfW, on 30th August 2018?
    1) Euro 120 million
    2) Euro 150 million
    3) Euro 230 million
    4) Euro 450 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Euro 120 million
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, German envoy Jasper Wieck on behalf of Germany announced grant of Euro 120 mn soft loan for Clean Ganga Mission to India through German Development Bank KfW. The project would focus on:
    • Extension and replacement of sewerage system (around 360 kilometres),
    • Construction of sewage treatment plants of around 15 million litres per day (mld).
    • Construction of 13sewage pumping stations.
  17. Who was conferred Praful Bidwai memorial award 2018, on 30th August 2018?
    1) Pratyusha Singh
    2) Gowri Mandal
    3) Tanwar Bhatiya
    4) Ulka Mahajan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Ulka Mahajan
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, Ulka Mahajan was conferred Praful Bidwai memorial award 2018. The award was presented to her by social activist Medha Patkar. She is one of the 3 founders of Sarvahara Jan Andolan. The SJA has been working to empower extremely impoverished and marginalised communities of Raigad, Maharashtra, through people’s action.
  18. Which payments service provider will acquire the all-in-one aggregator app Tapzo?
    1) PayPal
    2) Paytm
    3) Amazon Pay
    4) PhonePe
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Amazon Pay
    Explanation:
    On August 30, 2018, Amazon announced that Amazon Pay, the payments arm of Amazon India, will acquire Sequoia-backed Tapzo. The deal values at about $35-40 million. Tapzo has so far raised over $20 million from Sequoia Capital and American Express Co.
  19. Which space agency will launch Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) in to the space on 12th September 2018, to measure the changes in the heights of Earth’s polar ice?
    1) China National Space Administration (CNSA)
    2) Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
    3) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    4) Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    Explanation:
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will launch Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) in to the space on 12th September 2018, to measure the changes in the heights of Earth’s polar ice. ICESat-2 is the most advanced laser instrument of its kind. It will measure the average annual elevation change of land ice covering Greenland and Antarctica to within the width of a pencil. It will capture 60,000 measurements every second. Its Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) measures height by timing how long it takes individual light photons to travel from the spacecraft to Earth and back.
  20. Name India’s manned space mission that will be launched into space by 2022, by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)?
    1) Mission Shakthi
    2) Gaganyaan Mission
    3) Vayushakthi Mission
    4) Mission Brahma
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Gaganyaan Mission
    Explanation:
    On 28th August 2018, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), unveiled India’s Gaganyaan programme for manned space flight that will be launched by 2022. The manned mission to space will have 3 crew members. It will be in space for 5 to 7 days and conduct experiments on micro-gravity. After the takeoff, the manned flight will reach the orbit in 16 minutes. When the crew returns to the Earth, it might land in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast or in the Bay of Bengal or even on land. The mission would be executed 6 months prior to India’s 75th Independence Day. It will be executed using GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle.
  21. Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill announced their retirement from the international Football Team of which country on 28th August 2018?
    1) Australia
    2) New Zealand
    3) England
    4) Brazil
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) England
    Explanation:
    On 28th August 2018, Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill announced their retirement from England international Football Team. Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill said that, they will still be available for the team in emergency situations. Jamie Vardy is a striker with Leicester City team. He is 31 years old. He entered international football in 2015. He had scored 7 goals in 26 appearances for England. Gary Cahill is a defender in the Chelsea team. He is 32 years old. He made his international debut in 2010.
  22. Which organization has developed the book on “Weather Information Portal for Indian Power System” along with IMD (India Meteorological Department), that has been released by R K Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy?
    1) Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
    2) Power System Operation Corporation limited (POSOCO)
    3) National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
    4) Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Power System Operation Corporation limited (POSOCO)
    Explanation:
    On 29th August 2018, R K Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy released a book on “Weather Information Portal for Indian Power System”, at Power System Operation Corporation limited (POSOCO), New Delhi. This book is a reference document developed by POSOCO along with IMD (India Meteorological Department) to enable better usage of Weather Portal in all areas of Power Sector. POSOCO manages the Inter-State Transmission of Power to utilities throughout India.
  23. Who has won the first gold medal for India in the women’s heptathlon event at the Asian Games 2018, in Indonesia?
    1) Swapna Barman
    2) Chitra Unnikrishnan
    3) Seema Johnson
    4) Anshula Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Swapna Barman
    Explanation:
    Swapna Barman won gold medal in the women’s heptathlon event with a score of 6026 points. She has crossed the landmark of 6000 points mark in Heptathlon. She has won the first gold medal for India in the women’s heptathlon event at the Asian Games.
  24. Which Indian athlete won gold medal in the men’s 1500m event, at the Asian Games 2018, in Indonesia?
    1) Manjit Singh
    2) Preetam Singh
    3) Jinson Johnson
    4) Ravi Muthiah
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Jinson Johnson
    Explanation:
    Jinson Johnson won gold medal in the men’s 1500m event. He finished in 3:44.72 sec. Manjit Singh finished in fourth position with a timing of 3:46.57sec.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Where is Vansda National Park located?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Gujarat
  2. Where is the headquarters of International Energy Agency (IEA)?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Paris
  3. Who is the Chairman & Managing Director of Power System Operation Corporation limited (POSOCO):
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Mr. K. V. S. Baba
  4. Name the CEO and headquarters of World Bank?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Headquarters: Washington D.C.; CEO: Kristalina Georgieva
  5. Where is the headquarters of Asian Development Bank (ADB)?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Manila, Philippines
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