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Questions Based on Current Affairs December 18 2019

  1. Name the mission launched by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad to engage all the people in digital communication infrastructure .
    1) National Communication Mission (NCM)
    2) National Broadband Mission (NBM)
    3) National Digital Mission (NDM)
    4) National Digital Communication Mission (NDM)
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) National Broadband Mission (NBM)
    Explanation:
    On December 17, 2019 The Minister for Communications, Law & Justice and Electronics and Information Technology(IT), Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launched National Broadband Mission (NBM) in New Delhi. The mission’s aim is to enable all the people to engage in digital communication infrastructure. The minister also launched logo of NBM and a booklet on the occasion.

  2. What is the target year set by the government of India to provide broadband access to all villages under  National Broadband Mission (NBM) ?
    1) 2022
    2) 2023
    3) 2025
    4) 2030
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) 2022
    Explanation:
    On December 17, 2019 The Minister for Communications, Law & Justice and Electronics and Information Technology(IT), Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launched National Broadband Mission (NBM) in New Delhi.The Mission has set a target to provide Broadband access to all villages by 2022.

  3. How much monthly GST (Goods and Services Tax) target was set by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) for the remaining four months (December 2019 to March 2020) of the fiscal year (FY 2019-20) ?
    1) Rs 1.3 trillion
    2) Rs 1.5 trillion
    3) Rs 1.6 trillion
    4) Rs 1.1 trillion
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Rs 1.1 trillion
    Explanation:
    On December 17, 2019, the Ministry of Finance(MoF) has set Rs 1.1 trillion monthly GST (Goods and Services Tax) target for the remaining four months of the fiscal year(FY 2019-20) and asked tax officials to step up efforts to achieve the goal. The announcement was made in a meeting amid government may fall short of tax collection target in a slowing economy.

  4. Name the certificate, that is mandatory for recycling the ships in India as per the Recycling of Ships Act, 2019 .
    1) ‘Certificate for Recycling’
    2) ‘Ready for Instant Recycling Certificate’
    3) ‘Ready for Recycling Certificate’
    4) ‘Certificate for Recycling in India’
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) ‘Ready for Recycling Certificate’
    Explanation:
    On December 13, 2019 the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind approved the Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019. After his assent the bill became an Act with effect from December 13, 2019. Ships to be recycled in India will need to obtain a ‘Ready for Recycling Certificate’ in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention. In this regard, a large number of recycling plots, especially at Alang,Gujarat, have obtained Statement of Compliance (SOC) with the Hong Kong Convention.

  5. Which country’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) has signed a MoU with Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India to establish a framework for promoting and supporting scientific and technological research by cooperation ?
    1) Russia
    2) France
    3) United States
    4) Bangladesh
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) France
    Explanation:
    On December 17, 2019 the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a framework for promoting and supporting scientific and technological research by cooperation. CSIR and CNRS have had long standing relations since 1975. MoU signing: The MoU was signed by Director General(DG) of CSIR, Dr.Shekhar C Mande and President and CEO of CNRS France, Prof Antoine Petit.

  6. Where was the foundation stone of ‘Bharat Vandana Park’ worth Rs.550 crores laid by Amit Shah ?
    1) Dwarka, New Delhi, Delhi
    2) Gobindapur, Kolkata, West Bengal
    3) Aarey, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    4) Kazhipattur , Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Dwarka, New Delhi, Delhi
    Explanation:
    On 17th December 2019, Amit Shah, Union Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) presided over in the ceremony to lay foundation stone for the Bharat Vandana Park, Dwarka, New Delhi in the presence of Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal, Member of parliament (MP) Parvesh Verma and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari at New Delhi. The park will be a major tourist attraction covering an area of 200 acres at a cost of Rs.550 crores, the park is located near the Indira Gandhi International Airport and metro station. The park is to be developed by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and will be completed by March 2022.

  7. Name the National Outreach Program, launched by Anup Wadhawan & Chairman of Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to bring more local sellers on-board .
    1) GeM Adarsh
    2) GeM Suraksha
    3) GeM Shram
    4) GeM Samvaad
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) GeM Samvaad
    Explanation:
    On December 17, 2019, Anup Wadhawan, Secretary of Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India (GoI) and Chairman of Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has launched the national outreach program ‘GeM Samvaad’ in New Delhi. The program will be held from 19, December 2019 -17, February 2020 with the participation of stakeholders across the country and with local vendors to facilitate on-boarding of local vendors on the market.The market through GeM Samvaad aims to get feedback from users which will be used to improve the system.

  8. Where did Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar co-chaired the 6th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) between India and Maldives ?
    1) Mumbai, India
    2) Mula, Maldives
    3) New Delhi, India
    4) Malé, Maldives
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) New Delhi, India
    Explanation:
    On December 13, 2019 Minister of External Affairs(MEA) Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid co-chaired the 6th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) between India and Maldives in New Delhi. The meeting was held on part of Abdulla Shahid’s 5 day (December 10-14) official visit to India. The meeting was held after a gap of 4 years.

  9. How many Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)’s were signed between India and Maldives during their 6th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) in New Delhi ?
    1) 5
    2) 3
    3) 2
    4) 4
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) 3
    Explanation:
    India and Maldives signed 3 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)’s during the 6th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) in New Delhi. They are as follows:

    Si.No MoU signed Field Indian side MoU signing
    1 Cooperation between the election commissions of India and Maldives. Shri Chandra Bhushan Kumar, Deputy Election Commissioner(EC)
    2 Cooperation between their Financial Intelligence Units(FIU) of India and Maldives. Shri Pankaj Kumar Mishra, Director of FIU
    3 Instrument of Ratification(also MoU) for the treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters of India and Maldives. Ambassador of India in Maldives, Shri Sunjay Sudhir


  10. Which plant is set to be destroyed using drones by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) ?
    1) Marijuana Plantations
    2) White Widow Plantations
    3) Quebec Gold Plantations
    4) Nederwiet Plantations
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Marijuana Plantations
    Explanation:
    On 18th December 2019, The central Government has decided to deploy drones to destroy marijuana plantations before it reaches the hands of the drug cartels. The decision has been taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The Centre has planned to use satellites to detect marijuana crops and then the crops will be destroyed by the drones by spraying chemicals.

  11. Telecom Operators are directed to pay, how much Interconnect Usage Charge (IUC) per minute for mobile calls made on competitors’ networks till 31 December 2020 ?
    1) 8 paise per minute
    2) 10 paise per minute
    3) 4 paise per minute
    4) 6 paise per minute
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) 6 paise per minute
    Explanation:
    On 17th December 2019, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to make other telecom operators continue to pay 6 paise per minute for every outgoing call till 31st December 2020. The rate was reduced from 14 paise to 6 paise from 1st October 2017 and it was to become zero from 1st January 2020. From 1st January 2021 the charges of wireless to wireless calls will be made zero as proposed by TRAI.

  12. Which bank has granted $250 million (about Rs 1,775 crore) loan to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to improve energy efficiency investments in India ?
    1) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    2) New Development Bank (NDB)
    3) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    4) World Bank (WB)
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    Explanation:
    On December 16, 2019, In a bid to support agricultural, residential and institutional consumers, Asian Development Bank (ADB),an international development finance institution & and the Government of India (GoI) have inked a $250 million (about Rs 1,775 crore) loan to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to expand energy efficiency investments in India by way of identifying new business opportunities, a gender action plan, mobilising private sector participation in energy efficiency services,etc. ADB will also grant $46 million (Rs 327 crore) from its Clean Technology Fund (CTF) & for the implementation of the project,a technical assistance (TA) of $2 million will be provided to EESL, a public sector energy service company.

  13. By how much percent, complaints received in Banking Ombudsman (BO) increased for the year 2018-19 from the previous year (2017-18) according to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) ?
    1) 19.25%
    2) 19.75%
    3) 19.55%
    4) 19.50%
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) 19.75%
    Explanation:
    On December 17, 2019,According to the annual Report of Ombudsman Schemes for 2018-19,released by Reserve Bank of India(RBI),the volume of complaints received by its 21 Offices of Banking Ombudsman (OBOs) has increased to 1,95,901 complaints in 2018-19 (Fiscal year-FY 19), up by 19.75% (or 32,311 complaints) from the previous year (2017-18), that accounted 1,63,590.

  14. Name the bank that has agreed to provide $100 million to India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund’s (NIIF) that aims to raise about $1 billion to invest in up to 10 private equity funds .
    1) New Development Bank (NDB)
    2) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    3) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    4) World Bank (WB)
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) New Development Bank (NDB)
    Explanation:
    On December 15, 2019, New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, has agreed to provide $100 million to India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund’s (NIIF) Fund of Funds(FoF), that aims to raise about $1 billion to invest in up to 10 private equity funds managed by fund managers in India.

  15. Which organization has partnered with Axis Bank for launching co-branded credit cards ?
    1) NTPC Limited
    2) Hindustan Petroleum
    3) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
    4) Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL)
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL)
    Explanation:
    On December 17, 2019 Axis Bank and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) has entered into a partnership to launch co-branded credit cards. The card will be useful for customers preferring cashless and hassle-free payments. The partnership also aims to offer rewards and benefits for its customers. On December 17, 2019 Axis Bank and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) has entered into a partnership to launch co-branded credit cards. The card will be useful for customers preferring cashless and hassle-free payments. The partnership also aims to offer rewards and benefits for its customers.

  16. Which country’s Pension Plan Investment Board, Credit Investments has agreed to invest $225 million in the India Resurgence Fund platform (IndiaRF) ?
    1) United States
    2) France
    3) Canada
    4) Russia
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Canada
    Explanation:
    On December 18, 2019, CPPIB (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board )Credit Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of CPPIB, has agreed to invest $225 million in the India Resurgence Fund platform (IndiaRF), a distressed assets buyout platform set up by Piramal Enterprises Ltd and Bain Capital Credit.

  17. What is the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth of India for the Fiscal Year 2019-20 (FY20) according to Moody’s ?
    1) 4.5%
    2) 4.9%
    3) 5.2%
    4) 5.5%
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) 4.9%
    Explanation:
    On December 16, 2019 American business, financial company & rating agency Moody’s has downgraded India’s FY20 (Fiscal Year 2019-20) GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth projection to 4.9% from its earlier estimate of 5.8%. The revision in the growth projection was due to weak household consumption.

  18. Who was awarded with the ‘India Cyber Cop of the Year 2019’ by NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies)-DSCI (Data Security Council of India) ?
    1) B.P Raju
    2) R.K.Raghavan
    3) PC Sharma
    4) Rishi Kumar Shukla
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) B.P Raju
    Explanation:
    On 17th December 2019, B.P Raju, CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) officer won ‘India Cyber Cop of the Year 2019’ award given by NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies)-DSCI (Data Security Council of India) in the Annual Information Security Summit held at Gurugram. He received the award for cracking a fraud case in an online entrance exam conducted by an engineering college in Rajasthan.

  19. Name the first Indian wrestler, who won the 2019 ‘Junior Freestyle Wrestler of the Year‘ at the age of 18 years by United World Wrestling (UWW) .
    1) Sushil Kumar
    2) Rahul Aware
    3) Mausam Khatri
    4) Deepak Punia
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Deepak Punia
    Explanation:
    On December 17, 2019, The World Championships silver medallist Deepak Punia was named as the 2019 ‘Junior Freestyle Wrestler of the Year‘ by United World Wrestling (UWW). Punia is the first Indian wrestler in 18 years to win a junior world title at the Junior World Championships held in Talinn, Estonia in August 2019.Other winners

    Sl.No Award Name Awardee Country
    1 Junior Freestyle Wrestler of the Year Deepak Punia India
    2 Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year Nihat Mammadli Azerbaijan.
    3 Freestyle Wrestler of the Year Rahman Mousa Amouzadkhalili Iran.
    4 Junior Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year Kerem KAMAL Turkey.
    5 San Marino Athlete of the Year Myles Nazem Amine (America) San Marino.
    6 Junior Women’s Wrestler of the Year Yui SUSAKI Japan.


  20. To which state, Governor of Nagaland, Ravindra Narayana Ravi was given additional charge as governor on 16th December 2019 ?
    1) Sikkim
    2) Arunachal Pradesh
    3) Meghalaya
    4) Mizoram
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Meghalaya
    Explanation:
    On 16th December 2019, Ravindra Narayana Ravi, Governor of Nagaland was given additional charge as Governor of Meghalaya by the President of India. Ravi will act as the governor in the absence of leave of Tathagata Roy who was the previous Governor of Meghalaya.

  21. Which country has launched its 2nd aircraft carrier, ‘Shandong’ recently ?
    1) United States
    2) China
    3) France
    4) Russia
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) China
    Explanation:
    On December 17, 2019,In order to further strengthen the military ambitions,China has launched its 2nd aircraft carrier, named after the Shandong province, from Sanya, an important establishment in the South China Sea. It is China’s 1st indigenously built aircraft carrier.Shandong’ is much larger than the china’s current aircraft carrier ‘Liaoning’, which can carry 36 combat aircraft. The ‘Liaoning’ vessel,has a capacity of 24 fighter jets, used for training & to test the fighter jet J-15, which has been specifically developed to operate from the decks of the aircraft carriers.

  22. Name the Canadian, who became the oldest person to complete the Antarctic Ice marathon 2019 at the age of 84 .
    1) Roy Jorgen Svenningsen
    2) Lou Marsh
    3) Clara Hughes
    4) Donovan Bailey
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Roy Jorgen Svenningsen
    Explanation:
    On 16th December 2019, Roy Jorgen Svenningsen became the oldest person to complete the Antarctic Ice marathon 2019. Roy Jorgen is from Edmonton,Canada. He completed the marathon in 11 hours and 41minutes. Roy has been running since 1964 and has spent a year training for the 42km Antarctic marathon. The winner of the Antarctic ice marathon 2019 is William Hafferty from the United States (US), he completed the marathon in a record time of 3 hours, 34 minutes and 12 seconds.

  23. Name the deceased Indian film and theatre actor, who played a significant role in the development of theatre movement in Maharashtra in the post-independence era .
    1) Ramesh Deo
    2) Nilu Phule
    3) Kashinath Ghanekar
    4) Shriram Lagoo
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Shriram Lagoo
    Explanation:
    On 17th December 2019, Sreeram Lagoo, Indian film and theatre actor, died at 92 in Pune. Sreeram died due to cardiac arrest, he was born in Satara, Maharashtra. He played a significant role in the development of theatre movement in Maharashtra in the post-independence era. He was well known for his roles in plays like ‘Natsamrat’, ‘Himalayachi Saoli’ and films like ‘Pinjra’, ‘Ek Din Achanak’, ‘Gharonda’, and ‘Lawaris’.In 1978 he won the Filmfare best supporting actor award for the film Gharonda. His autobiography is named Lamaan which means ‘the carrier of goods’.

  24. Gitanath Ganguly, who passed away recently, was the president of which club ?
    1) Chennai City Football Club
    2) Mohammedan Sporting Club
    3) Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
    4) Quess East Bengal Football Club
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
    Explanation:
    On 17th December 2019, Gitanath Ganguly, President of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club and retired Justice died at 83 following a cardiac arrest. Ganguly suffered from a leg injury after an accident in December. He was appointed as the President of the club in November 2018, after the Swapan Sadhan Bose- led panel moved the election and was the legal consultant of the club when Anjan Mitra was the General Secretary.

  25. Basil Fitzherber Butcher of West Indies passed away recently, he was associated with which of the following sports ?
    1) Football
    2) Cricket
    3) Badminton
    4) Tennis
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Cricket
    Explanation:
    On December 16, 2019 Former Guyana and West Indies(Windies) batsman Basil Fitzherber Butcher passed away at the age of 86 in Florida, United States(US) due to old age ailments. He was the first person of Amerindian (indigenous American) descent to represent the West Indies.

  26. What was the theme of the ‘International Migrants Day (IMD) 2019’, that was observed on December 18 ?
    1) Theme – “We Together”
    2) Theme – “Migration with Dignity”
    3) Theme – “Safe Migration in a World on the Move”
    4) Theme – “Migrate Safely”
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Theme – “We Together”
    Explanation:
    On December 18, 2019, The International Migrants Day (IMD) observed across the world with the aim to raise awareness about the challenges and difficulties that are faced by international migrants.The theme for the year 2019 is “We Together.”

  27. On which date, Minorities Right Day is observed annually in India since 2013 ?
    1) 15th December
    2) 16th December
    3) 17th December
    4) 18th December
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) 18th December
    Explanation:
    On 18th December of every year the Minorities Right Day is observed in India since 2013. The day aims to enlighten people about the problems related to minorities and their safety. Minorities Right Day in India is observed by the National Commission of Minorities (NCM) in India.

  28. What was the theme of the World Arabic Language Day 2019 that is observed on December 18 ?
    1) Theme – “Strengthening the Scope of Arabic”
    2) Theme – “The role of new technologies and how to harness them”
    3) Theme – “Arabic Language and Artificial Intelligence (AI)”
    4) Theme – “Arabic Language and Youth”
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Theme – “Arabic Language and Artificial Intelligence (AI)”
    Explanation:
    The World Arabic Language Day is observed annually on December 18, 2019 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2012. The day was chosen to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity of arabic language. The date (december 18) coincides with the day in 1973 when the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Arabic as the 6th official language of the organisation. Theme: The theme for the year 2019 is “Arabic Language and Artificial Intelligence (AI)”. The theme was chosen to promote and preserve the Arabic language with the help of AI and also deal with the issues related to the computerization of Arabic language.

  29. Which organization has launched country’s first waste exchange platform to buy and sell reusable and recycled products online ?
    1) Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation
    2) Greater Chennai Corporation
    3) Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewage Board
    4) Chennai Waste Management Board
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Greater Chennai Corporation
    Explanation:
    On 13th December 2019, the Greater Chennai Corporation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (TN) launched country’s first waste exchange platform(www.madraswasteexchange.com) to buy and sell reusable and recycled products online. It will run on a pilot basis for the first three months. Based on the response from public and waste recyclers, more features will be added to the website.

  30. Name the application launched by Madhya Pradesh (MP) police department to ensure the safety of women .
    1) ‘MP e-cop’
    2) ‘MP Safe’
    3) ‘MP Help’
    4) ‘MP e-Help’
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) ‘MP e-cop’
    Explanation:
    On 16th December 2019, the Madhya Pradesh (MP) police have launched an application named ‘MP e-cop’ to ensure the safety of women. The MP e-cop app includes SOS (an international code signal for extreme distress) facility which will send an alert SMS (Short Message Service) to 100 and any five phone numbers fed in the app as soon as the button is pressed.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Karanji Lake is located in which state ?
    Answer-Mysore, Karnataka
    Explanation:
    Karanji Lake is located in Mysore, Karnataka.This was in news recently because the first-ever festival at Karanji Lake was inaugurated by mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath. She also inaugurated a photo exhibition on the theme ‘lake ecosystem’ where more than 80 photos which had won prizes in the recently held competition by zoo, were displayed.

  2. Who is the Director General (DG) of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ?
    Answer-Audrey Azoulay

  3. What is the Capital & Currency of China ?
    Answer-Capital– Beijing Currency– Renminbi

  4. What is the tagline of Axis bank ?
    Answer-Tagline- Badhti ka naam zindagi

  5. Who is the President of New Development Bank (NDB) ?
    Answer-K.V. Kamath

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