Current Affairs Quiz: February 13 2018

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  1. Which city inaugurated the India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit 2018?
    1. Moscow
    2. Vladivostok
    3. Mumbai
    4. New Delhi
    5. Kolkata
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4. New Delhi
    Explanation :
    On 13th February 2018, India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit was held in New Delhi. India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. Gajender Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Sergey Beletskiy, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Russia, spoke at the summit. Heads of various business associations in agriculture sector of India and Russia attended the summit. This summit would strengthen business ties between India and Russia. Presentations were made by India and Russia highlighting agricultural trade opportunities.
  2. Which state government issued a notification announcing ban on the sale of loose cigarettes in the state?
    1. Jharkhand
    2. Bihar
    3. Punjab
    4. West Bengal
    5. Karnataka
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2. Bihar
    Explanation :
    Bihar government issued a notification announcing ban on the sale of loose cigarettes in Bihar. The notification regarding this ban was issued by Bihar’s health department’s special secretary Lokesh Kumar Singh. Lokesh Kumar Singh is also the executive director of Bihar Health Society. Bihar has become the 12th state in India to ban the sale of loose cigarettes. The notification specifies that as per Section 7 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, pictorial warnings of harmful effects of tobacco consumption should be made on the packets of tobacco products. Section 20 of COTPA, 2003, mentions that sale, purchase, distribution and promotion of tobacco products without these pictorial warnings is a punishable offence. Since, loose cigarettes don’t contain these pictorial warnings, its sale is banned.
  3. Which state government in collaboration with UNICEF launched “Dastak Campaign against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)?”
    1. Uttar Pradesh
    2. Gujarat
    3. Odisha
    4. Himachal Pradesh
    5. Punjab
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1. Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation :
    Uttar Pradesh government in collaboration with UNICEF launched “Dastak Campaign against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)”. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inauguratred the “Dastak Campaign against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)”. Also, he released a CD, sanitary kit and publicity material during the inauguration. Yogi Adityanath said that, the encephalitis affects children up to 15 years old. He said that 38 districts of Uttar Pradesh are affected with AES and JE. He said that, in order to control encephalitis, health department has been made the nodal agency. Departments such as urban development, Panchayati Raj, Women and Child Welfare, Rural Development, Medical Education, Animal Husbandry and basic education departments will work under the health department.
  4. As per a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW), _____% of incumbent chief ministers in India have criminal cases against them and 81% of them are crorepatis.
    1. 30%
    2. 35%
    3. 40%
    4. 45%
    5. 50%
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2. 35%
    Explanation :
    As per a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW), 35% of incumbent chief ministers in India have criminal cases against them and 81% of them are crorepatis. The report is based on analysis of self-sworn affidavits of current chief ministers (CMs), filed immediately before the latest elections of respective state assemblies and Union territories. 25 CMs (81%) , are crorepatis and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is the richest among all chief ministers. Mr. Naidu has declared assets worth over Rs 177 crore. Tripura CM Manik Sarkar has the lowest declared assets, worth Rs 27 lakh. The report outlined that there are only three (10 per cent) women Chief Ministers – Mamta Banerjee (West Bengal), Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Mehbooba Mufti (J&K). Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu (age 35 years) is the youngest Chief Minister. In terms of educational qualification, 10% of 31 chief ministers are 12th pass, 39% are graduates, 32% are graduate professionals, 16% are post graduates and 3% have doctorates.
  5. The Ultimate goal of ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna’ is to provide all-weather road connectivity to unconnected villages all over India. Earlier the target year was 2022 and now it has been advanced to _______?
    1. 2018
    2. 2019
    3. 2020
    4. 2021
    5. None of the above
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2. 2019
    Explanation :
    Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Ram Kripal Yadav has stated that Central Government is working towards connecting all villages through a road network by next year as part of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna’. Mr. Yadav added that earlier target of linking all villages by roads by 2022 has been advanced to 2019. ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna’ is a centrally sponsored scheme launched in December 2000. Ultimate goal of this scheme is to provide all-weather road connectivity to unconnected villages all over India.
  6. In which city, the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh inaugurated the ‘Indian Power Stations 2018’, a three-day International Conference on Operations and Maintenance?
    1. Kolkata
    2. Dispur
    3. Ahmadabad
    4. New Delhi
    5. Darjeeling
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4. New Delhi
    Explanation :
    On February 13, 2018, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh inaugurated the ‘Indian Power Stations 2018’, a three-day International Conference on Operations and Maintenance. This conference is being held from 13th – 15th February 2018, in New Delhi. It is being hosted by NTPC Limited to commemorate synchronization of its first Thermal plant at Singrauli Super Thermal Power Station, on February 13, 1982. Theme of the Conference is “Technological Challenges: Risks and Challenges in Power Generation”. The Conference will serve as a platform for sharing best practices for Operation and Maintenance of power plants. During the course of this conference, discussions will be held on safety measures, strategies for enhancing efficiency and reliability, environment management, renewable generation and other recent technological developments.
  7. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari released India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) which will guide road engineers and policy makers about road expansion. This manual is developed by CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) and is known as _______________?
    1. Indo-CSIR
    2. Indo-CRRI
    3. Indo-Guide
    4. Indo-Policy
    5. Indo-HCM
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 5. Indo-HCM
    Explanation 
    Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari released India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) which will guide road engineers and policy makers about road expansion. This manual is known as ‘Indo-HCM’ and has been developed by CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CRRI). CRRI was established in 1952 and is a constituent laboratory of India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. The manual has been developed on the basis of an extensive, country-wide study of the traffic characteristics on different categories of roads like single lane, two-lane, multi-lane urban roads, inter- urban highways and expressways. ‘Indo-HCM’ contains guidelines as to when and how to expand or manag:e different types of roads and their intersections and which services should be put in place.
  8. Indian Army announced that about 2300 Indian Army personnel are leaving to which country to join the UN peace keeping mission?
    1. South Sudan
    2. Angola
    3. Syria
    4. Somalia
    5. Yemen
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1. South Sudan
    Explanation :
    Indian Army announced that about 2300 Indian Army personnel are leaving for South Sudan to join the UN peace keeping mission. South Sudan is a war-torn African country. Indian Army personnel, joining this UN mission, are from Infantry battalion of Garhwal Rifles regiment. India is the largest cumulative troop contributor to UN Peacekeeping Operations. Over the past six decades, India has provided almost 200000 troops in nearly 50 of the 71 UN peacekeeping missions.
  9. Which Emirate city of UAE hosted the 6th edition of World Government Summit (WGS) 2018?
    1. Abu Dhabi
    2. Ajman
    3. Sharjah
    4. Ras al Khaimah
    5. Dubai
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 5. Dubai
    Explanation :
    6th edition of World Government Summit (WGS) 2018 was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 11th – 13th February, 2018. World Government Summit is a platform through which, prominent leaders from the public and private sectors, international thought leaders and pioneers engage in an inspirational, thought-provoking and future-focused dialogues, aimed to shape the future of governments and help improve the lives of citizens across the world. This summit was attended by over 4000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of governments and representatives of 16 international organisations. On February 11, 2018, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a keynote address at the 6th World Government Summit on the theme: ‘Technology for development’.
  10. Which country announced that it will withdraw from the UN’s comprehensive refugee response framework because of security issues and lack of funds?
    1. Tanzania
    2. Guatemala
    3. Kenya
    4. Zambia
    5. Belize
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1. Tanzania
    Explanation :
    Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced that Tanzania will withdraw from the UN’s comprehensive refugee response framework. Reasons for the withdrawal of Tanzania from UN refugee programme has been stated as security issues and lack of funds. The UN refugee programme provides solutions for refugees and integration into host communities. In January 2018, Tanzania informed the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that it was withdrawing the grant of citizenship to some Burundian refugees. Also, it said that, it would not encourage new asylum applications.
  11. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) tightened norms for bad loan resolution by setting timelines for resolving large Non-performing assets (NPAs). Which of the following is/are the existing frameworks which has been removed with the immediate effect?
    1. Corporate Debt Restructuring Scheme
    2. Strategic Debt Restructuring Scheme
    3. Flexible Structuring of Existing Long Term Project Loans
    4. Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets
    5. All the above
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 5. All the above
    Explanation :
    On February 12, 2018, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) tightened norms for bad loan resolution by setting timelines for resolving large Non-performing assets (NPAs). Along with setting new norms to be followed for identifying, reporting and resolving stressed assets, RBI has also withdrawn the existing resolution frameworks and the Joint Lenders’ Forum (JLF). The existing resolution frameworks which have been withdrawn with immediate effect include Corporate Debt Restructuring Scheme, Strategic Debt Restructuring Scheme (SDR), Flexible Structuring of Existing Long Term Project Loans and Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A).
  12. Which of the below given ports has received ‘Good’ score in a new ‘Port Performance Index’ compiled by Dun & Bradstreet?
    1. Jawaharlal Nehru Port (Maharashtra)
    2. Kamarajar Port (Tamil Nadu)
    3. Visakhapatnam Port (Andhra Pradesh)
    4. All the above
    5. 1&3
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4. All the above
    Explanation :
    Jawaharlal Nehru Port (Maharashtra), Kamarajar Port (Tamil Nadu) and Visakhapatnam Port (Andhra Pradesh) have received ‘Good’ score in a new ‘Port Performance Index’ compiled by Dun & Bradstreet. ‘Port Performance Index’ bench-marks performance of 13 Indian ports which handle around 67% of country’s maritime trade. It has been compiled on basis of a study conducted by Dun & Bradstreet and was handed over to Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu on February 12, 2018. The study looked into the issues and challenges pertaining to the ports sector in India by seeking feedback (on qualitative and quantitative aspects) from 700 respondents including government officials, trade associations, exporters/importers, cargo handling agents and freight forwarders.
  13. Name the company which has been honoured the World’s Most Ethical Company for the year 2018 by Ethisphere Institute?
    1. Tata Motors
    2. Tata Chemicals
    3. Tata Power
    4. Tata Steel
    5. Tata Consultancy Services
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4. Tata Steel
    Explanation :
    Tata Steel has been honoured as the World’s Most Ethical Company for the year 2018 by Ethisphere Institute. Tata Steel has been conferred with the Most ethical Company award for the sixth time in the ‘Metals, Minerals and Mining’ category. The award will be presented to Tata Steel on 13th March 2018. The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is done with reference to the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient (EQ) framework. This year about 135 entities from 23 countries are honoured.
  14. Who will be awarded the first ‘Raj Kapoor Award for Excellence in Cinema’ 2018?
    1. Ritwik Ghatak
    2. Rituporno Ghosh
    3. Ramesh Sippy
    4. Mani Ratnam
    5. Ram Gopal Varma
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3. Ramesh Sippy
    Explanation :
    It was announced that filmmaker Ramesh Sippy will be awarded the first ‘Raj Kapoor Award for Excellence in Cinema’. The ‘Raj Kapoor Award for Excellence in Cinema’ is instituted by the Asian Centre for Entertainment Education (ACEE) along with international organisations like World Bank, UNICEF, USC Annenberg Normal Lear Cenre, Hollywood Health and Society, Cinepolis Foundation and CMS. These awards are given in memory of film maker Raj Kapoor. Ramesh Sippy will be presented with the ‘Raj Kapoor Award for Excellence in Cinema’ at the ‘Elevate 2K18’ in Mumbai. ‘Elevate 2K18’ is a two-day conclave. It will be conducted bi-annually. Ramesh Sippi’s popular work is “Sholay”. He is a recipient of Padma Shri award.
  15. Who was elected the president of Sahitya Akademi 2018?
    1. Prathibha Ray
    2. Bhalachandra Nemade
    3. Kula Saikia
    4. Chandrashekhara Kambar
    5. Chandana Goswami
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4. Chandrashekhara Kambar
    Explanation :
    Chandrashekhara Kambar was elected as the president of Sahitya Akademi. Chandrashekhar Kambar is a Kannada writer. He has also received the Jnanpith award. Madhav Koushik, a Hindi poet, has been elected as the vice-president of Sahitya Akademi. Chandrashekhar Kambar has become the third Kannada writer to be the President of Sahitya Akademi. He obtained 56 out of 89 votes and surpassed his competitors Odiya writer Prathibha Ray and Marathi writer Bhalachandra Nemade. Chandrashekhar Kambar was the former vice president of Sahitya Akademi. He was also the first vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi.
  16. Name the India’s first online radio station that was launched recently?
    1. Radio Peace
    2. Radio Station
    3. Radio Web
    4. Radio Happy
    5. Radio Umang
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 5. Radio Umang
    Explanation :
    Radio Umang, claimed to be India’s first online radio station, was launched recently. Users can listen to Radio Umang through web streaming or by downloading the mobile app. Radio Umang app is available in Google Play Store. It will be soon made available for Appstore also. It provides programmes for 24 hours. It has gained a good reach in Hindi speaking states of India and in more than 60 countries. Theme of Radio Umang is love, peace and happiness. It features various talk shows apart from music. Vidhi Maheshwari has been made Creative Director of Radio Umang.
  17. In which country, the world’s first robot ski competition “The Edge of Robot: Ski Robot Challenge” was held at?
    1. China
    2. South Africa
    3. South Korea
    4. North Korea
    5. Canada
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3. South Korea
    Explanation :
    World’s first robot ski competition “The Edge of Robot: Ski Robot Challenge” was held near PyeongChang at Welli Hilli ski resort in South Korea. Eight humanoid robots from universities and other organisations participated in this robot ski competition. The robots had sensors, batteries and deep learning algorithms to move and ski on their own. Prize money of the competition was said to be $10,000.
  18. When is the World Radio Day celebrated all over the world?
    1. 10th February
    2. 11th February
    3. 12th February
    4. 13th February
    5. 15th February
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4. 13th February
    Explanation :
    On 13th February 2018, World Radio Day was celebrated all over the world. UNESCO proposed the observation of World Radio Day. Later, UN General Assembly, adopted a resolution to make 13 February as World Radio Day marking the day on which United Nations Radio was established in 1946. The World Radio Day is celebrated to spread awareness among public about the importance of radio and to promote the use of radio in various sectors. The theme for World Radio Day 2018 is: Radio and Sports. UNESCO has asked all radio stations to highlight the importance of sports as per this year’s theme.
  19. In which Indian city, Darwin Week begun on 12th February 2018?
    1. Baroda
    2. Pune
    3. Patna
    4. Kolkata
    5. Mumbai
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4. Kolkata
    Explanation :
    On 12th February 2018, Darwin Week began in Kolkata. The Darwin Week is observed by the India March for Science Organising Committee, Kolkata and Breakthrough Science Society, West Bengal Chapter. The Darwin Week will spread awareness about Darwin’s contributions to the science of evolution. It will also work to clear confusions about his theories. Seminars and discussions will be held as part of this event. The Darwin week will be conducted till 18th February 2018.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Who is the youngest Chief Minister in India?
    Answer
    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu (age 35 years)
  2. Mundra Port is in which state?
    Answer
    Gujarat
  3. Who is the Current MD & CEO of Bank of Baroda?
    Answer
    P. S. Jayakumar
  4. What are the currencies of Russia?
    Answer
    Russian ruble, Ruble sign
  5. Who is the Minister of Agriculture?
    Answer
    Radha Mohan Singh
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