Current Affairs Quiz: February 16 2019

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  1. Which State/UT hosted the 13th edition of PETROTECH-2019 recently?
    1) Chennai,TamilNadu
    2) Kolkata,WestBengal
    3) Greater Noida,NewDelhi
    4) Gandhinagar,Gujarat
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Greater Noida,NewDelhi
    Explanation:
    The 13th edition of PETROTECH-2019 was held at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, New Delhi from 10th to 12th February 2019. The event was attended by energy Ministers from 18 countries, top industry executives, and over 7000 delegates from 70 countries to discuss the way forward for the energy sector.
  2. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) along with which of the following ministry organised the 13th edition of PETROTECH-2019,in NewDelhi?
    1) Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
    2) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    3) Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
    4) Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
    Explanation:
    13th edition of PETROTECH-2019 was organised by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) in association with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  3. What is the theme of the 13th edition of PETROTECH-2019,organized by ONGC and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas?
    1) Theme-India Vision 2020: Issues, Challenges, Opportunities and Progress.
    2) Theme-Values and Ethics: Conceptual Framework from Different Perspectives
    3) Theme-The Next Economic Miracle, manuscripts that seek to focus
    4) Theme-Shaping the New Energy World through Innovation & Collaboration
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Theme-Shaping the New Energy World through Innovation & Collaboration
    Explanation:
    The theme of PROTECH-2019 was “Shaping the New Energy World through Innovation & Collaboration”.PETROTECH is a biennial conference and exhibition for national and international experts in the oil & gas industry to meet and exchange views and share knowledge, expertise, and experiences.
  4. Who launched the Dealer Owned Dealer Operated (DODO) for setting up of CNG stations during the 13th edition of PETROTECH-2019?
    1) Narendra Modi
    2) Dharmendra Pradhan
    3) Ram Nath Kovind
    4) Piyush Goyal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Dharmendra Pradhan
    Explanation:
    The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Dealer Owned Dealer Operated (DODO) model for setting up CNG stations. According to the general guidelines of the scheme, the entire earmarked dealer plot shall be developed exclusively for setting up of CNG station and allied commercial activities at the discretion of City Gas Distribution activities. As number of CNG stations in the country increases, more than 10% CNG stations may be based on DODO model.
  5. Which country had signed an MoU with Engineers India Ltd (EIL) for construction of an oil refinery plant?
    1) Tanzania
    2) Madagascar
    3) Mongolia
    4) Uganda
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Mongolia
    Explanation:
    Engineers India Ltd (EIL), a Public Sector Undertaking, under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and the Government of Mongolia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the PROTECH-2019, for Project Management Consultancy services for construction of an oil refinery plant in Mongolia by EIL. Government of Mongolia is in process to set-up 5 MMTPA greenfield crude oil refinery in Sainshand province, under Line of Credit (LoC) extended by Government of India. The MoU was signed by Altantsetseg Dashdavaa, Executive Director, Mongol Refinery State Owned LLC and Mr R.K.Sabharwal, Director (Commercial), EIL in the presence of Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and the Mongolian minister.
  6. Government had increased the validity of e-tourist and e- business visas from 60 days to ____ in order to increase the number of foreign tourists and facilitate the process of e-visa?
    1) 3 months
    2) 6 months
    3) 9 months
    4) 1 year
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 1 year
    Explanation:
    Duration of stay in India of e-tourists and e-business visas will be from 60 days to 1 year with multiple entry subjects.There has been removal of restriction of allowing foreigner for a maximum of 3 times. Government of India has made a series of amendments in e-visa regime, liberalizing it further and making it more tourists friendly. This step has been taken into consideration by Ministry of Tourism with Ministry of Home Affairs to ease the Visa regime in the country over the period of time.
  7. What is the new National Minimum Wage (NMW) per month for a worker,recently revised by an expert committee appointed by Government of India?
    1) Rs.8750 per month
    2) Rs.9750 per month
    3) Rs.7550 per month
    4) Rs.8550 per month
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs.9750 per month
    Explanation:
    An expert committee appointed by government suggested Rs. 9,750 per month or Rs. 375 per day as National Minimum Wage (NMW) for a worker. The Present NMW is Rs. 4,576.National minimum wage gas been proposed at various regional level in the range of Rs.8,892 to Rs. 11,622 per month, with supplementary house rent allowance of Rs. 1,430 per month for urban workers.The recommendations could form the basis for a national minimum wage covering all workers irrespective of skills, sectors, occupations and rural-urban areas.According to Committee’s formula, a family with 3.2 units of consumption requires food of Rs.2400, minimum 50 gm of protein and 30 gm of fat every day.The Labour ministry has proposed a statutory minimal wage which will be calculated by NMW calculator to address varying economic conditions at state and regional levels through a Code on Wages Bill.
  8. Where did Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the North Karnataka Agromet Forecasting and Research Centre (NKAFC)?
    1) Greater Noida,NewDelhi
    2) Mumbai,Maharashtra
    3) Kolkata,WestBengal
    4) Dharwad, Karnataka
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Dharwad, Karnataka
    Explanation:
    Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the North Karnataka Agromet Forecasting and Research Centre (NKAFC), India’s first agromet forecast centre, at University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Dharwad, Karnataka. The main objective of the centre is to give accurate reports on weather which would enable the farmers to protect the crops and get good yield. It will also educate farmers on how to manage the crops in different weather conditions and help them anticipate and plan their actions in advance.
  9. Which of the following scheme is launched as a pension scheme by Finance Minister during Union budget 2019-20 for the benefit of workers in Unorganised Sector?
    1) Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana
    2) Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana
    3) Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana
    4) Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana
    Explanation:
    On 15th February 2019, Finance minister has implemented the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana which is primarily a pension scheme for the labours, associated in the unorganized sector. It was announced in Budget 2019. Under this scheme, workers of unorganized sectors whose monthly income is less than Rs. 15,000 may avail the Rs. 3000 per month after 60 year of age The scheme will facilitate the benefits up to 10 crore workers which include lower class workers, labor, plumber, mechanic, sweeper, construction workers, etc. An amount of Rs. 500 crore has been allocated for the scheme. The benefits of the scheme will be availed within 5 years.
  10. The workers of unorganized sectors whose monthly income is less than Rs. 15,000 can joint the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana by just contributing ______Rupees per month,if the age of the worker is 18 year?
    1) Rupees 55 per month
    2) Rupees 100 per month
    3) Rupees 50 per month
    4) Rupees 150 per month
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rupees 55 per month
    Explanation:
    Under this scheme, workers of unorganized sectors whose monthly income is less than Rs. 15,000 may avail the benefits by contributing Rs. 100 per month to further get Rs. 3000 per month after 60 year of age. An 18 years old worker has to contribute Rs. 55 per month to avail the benefit.The scheme will facilitate the benefits up to 10 crore workers which include lower class workers, labor, plumber, mechanic, sweeper, construction workers, etc.
  11. What is the route of the Semi-high-speed Train 18 or “Vande Bharat Express” flagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently?
    1) Delhi to Varanasi
    2) Kalka to Shimla
    3) Delhi to Jalpaiguri
    4) Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Delhi to Varanasi
    Explanation:
    The semi-high-speed Train 18 or Vande Bharat Express was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modion 15th February 2019, from the New Delhi railway station.Vande Bharat Express will travel from Delhi to Varanasi in 9 hours and 45 minutes, with stoppage points at Kanpur and Allahbad (now Prayagraj).
  12. Union Home Ministry recently designated Dera Baba Nanak land post as Immigration checkpoint for Kartarpur corridor.It resides in which State/UT?
    1) Bikaner district of Rajasthan
    2) Banaskantha district of Gujarat
    3) Gurdaspur district of Punjab
    4) Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Gurdaspur district of Punjab
    Explanation:
    On 11th February 2019, Union Home Ministry issued a notification designating Dera Baba Nanak’s land post located in Gurdaspur district of Punjab as an authorized immigration check point to enter and exit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan.The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev spend more than 18 years of his life in Kartarpur which is located in Shakargarh in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab.Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu laid foundation stone of Dera Baba Nanak – Kartarpur Sahib Corridor which is upto international border on November 26, 2018 at Mann village in Gurdaspur district.
  13. India and European Union decided to mutually invest up to 40 Million Euros on 7 Research and Innovation projects in which of the following field?
    1) Water Challenge
    2) Health and Sanitation
    3) Education and Skills
    4) Urbanization
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Water Challenge
    Explanation:
    On 14th February 2019, India and the European Union has made a decision to mutually invest up to 40 Million Euros on 7 Research and Innovation projects to tackle and handle immediate water challenges in the country.The projects which are selected will develop or adapt the most acceptable existing creative and affordable solutions for Indian conditions, both in rural and urban areas, to facilitate solutions to cope up with water challenges.‘Horizon 2020’, EU’s programme and Indian government will invest together on projects for average duration of 4 years.The project will brace India’s Ganga rejuvenation initiative, transfer of European technologies to India to suit Indian needs.The 7 projects which are selected includes India-H20, LOTUS, PANI WATER, SAEASWATI 2.0, SPRING, PAVITR.
  14. Where did India and the United States organised the India-US CEO Forum and India-US Commercial Dialogue?
    1) Washington, D.C.
    2) New York
    3) NewDelhi
    4) Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) NewDelhi
    Explanation:
    On 14th February, 2019, India and the United States conducted the India-US CEO Forum and India-US Commercial Dialogue in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu. The forum marked the issues that affect business entities and areas for amalgamation for mutual benefit of both the economies, and also decided to establish working groups on financial services, healthcare and defense to accelerate trade and investment between the 2 countries. Both the countries greeted the development on cooperation between the Indian National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the US.
  15. What is the theme of World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2019 held in NewDelhi?
    1) Theme-Reconstructing Sociological Discourse in India: Perspectives from the Margins
    2) Theme-Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise
    3) Theme-International Migration, Indian Diaspora and Development
    4) Theme-Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Theme-Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise
    Explanation:
    World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2019, the flagship event of ‘The Energy and Resources Institute’ (TERI), was inaugurated by Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. It saw the presence of more than 2000 delegates in the fields od sustainable development, energy and environment sectors. The theme of WSDS 2019 was ‘Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise’.
  16. Ministry of AYUSH of India had signed MoU with which of the following Country in the field of medicinal plants?
    1) Bangladesh
    2) United States
    3) Japan
    4) Russia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Bangladesh
    Explanation:
    MoU was signed between the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and the Ministry of Health of Bangladesh on cooperation in the field of medicinal plants.In addition to that, MoU on mid-career training of 1800 Bangladesh civil servants. MoU between Hiranandani Group and Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority to facilitate investments in the Indian Economic Zone in Mongla, Bangladesh.
  17. Who was conferred with Sustainable Development Leadership Award 2019 for his outstanding contributions towards sustainable development in Fiji?
    1) Sitiveni Rabuka
    2) Frank Bainimarama
    3) Waisale Serevi
    4) Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Frank Bainimarama
    Explanation:
    Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, was honoured with the Sustainable Development Leadership Award 2019 for his outstanding contributions towards sustainable development in Fiji.
    TERI will set up Resource Efficiency Cell to enable inter-ministerial and inter-departmental synergy in promoting material resource efficiency in India.
  18. Which State hosted the 5th India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meeting, co-chaired by Sushma Swaraj and Dr Abdul Momen?
    1) Guwahati,Assam
    2) Dhaka,Bangladesh
    3) NewDelhi,India
    4) Chittagong,Bangladesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) NewDelhi,India
    Explanation:
    The 5th India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meeting, co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Minister of Bangladesh Dr Abdul Momen was held in New Delhi. It was the first high-level visit from a Bangladesh since the victory of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s victory in the parliamentary elections in December 2018 and Dr. Abdul Momen’s first time in India as Foreign Minister.
  19. Bhubaneshwar of Odisha hosted the _____ Edition of International Dam Safety Conference 2019?
    1) 5th
    2) 4th
    3) 3rd
    4) 6th
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 5th
    Explanation:
    State Water Resources minister Niranjan Pujari and Union Water Resources & Ganga Rejuvenation Secretary U.P. Singh inaugurated the 5th International Dam Safety Conference 2019 in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.Structural safety and efficiency of the 80% large dams more than 25 years old and 209 dams over 100 years old and the measures to be taken were discussed at the conference.
  20. Which Bank assisted the 5th International Dam Safety Conference,a part of Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP)?
    1) African Development Bank
    2) Asian Development Bank
    3) European Investment Bank
    4) World Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) World Bank
    Explanation:
    State Water Resources minister Niranjan Pujari and Union Water Resources & Ganga Rejuvenation Secretary U.P. Singh inaugurated the 5th International Dam Safety Conference 2019 in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. The conference was a part of the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) assisted by World Bank. 26 large dams in Odisha are covered under DRIP for rehabilitation including construction of an additional spill way for the Hirakud dam at Rs 600 crores.
  21. Which State/UT hosted two day,Asia’s largest conference on Early Childhood, Early Ed Asia 2019?
    1) Jaipur, Rajasthan
    2) Chennai,TamilNadu
    3) Lucknow,Uttarpradesh
    4) Hyderabad,Telangana
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Jaipur, Rajasthan
    Explanation:
    Early Ed Asia 2019, the two-day event which is Asia’s largest conference on Early Childhood, was held at the City Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It was the first time such a conference was held in India with over 6000 eminent early childhood educators, policy-makers, researchers and other stakeholders from India and foreign countries. The motto of the event was ‘Our Children. Our Future’. It was presented by Princess Diya Kumari, the Royal Family of Jaipur in association with ScooNews and Early Childhood Association (E.C.A).
  22. India and Sweden had signed agreement with which field?
    1) Tourism
    2) Security Protection agreement
    3) Agriculture
    4) Medicine
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Security Protection agreement
    Explanation:
    On 14th February 2019, Union Minister of Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman signed a Security Protection agreement between India and Sweden which will enable both the countries to share classified information each other.India and Sweden have been signing MoU in cooperation in the area of defence since 2009 and a bilateral meeting was held between both the nations in December 2018 in New Delhi.The agreement will provide a facilitating framework for greater cooperation on the high end and cutting edge technology and manufacturing.The agreement will boost ‘Make in India’ initiative by the Government of India. ‘Make in India’ is a type of Swadeshi movement launched by Government of India on 25th September 2014.
  23. Which of the following organization released World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2019 report?
    1) World Meteorological Organization
    2) World Trade Organization
    3) International Labour Organization
    4) World Customs Organization
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) International Labour Organization
    Explanation:
    On 14th February 2019, The International Labour Organization released World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2019 report. The report says unemployment rates will fall to 4.9% in 2019 and remains steady in 2020.The report says that it took 9 years to recover from the shock of 2007-08 global financial crisis during which the unemployment rate was fallen to 5.6 per cent.Progress on closing the gender gap in participation rates has stopped after a period of rapid improvement which tasted to 2003.In the global labour market 2 billion out of 3.3 billion people worked keeping their economic security at risk in informal employment.Among the age group 15-24 the global unemployment stood at 11.8% which is much higher than it among other age groups.
  24. India withdraws ‘Most Favoured Nation’ or MFN status of which country recently?
    1) Japan
    2) China
    3) Russia
    4) Pakistan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Pakistan
    Explanation:
    On 15th February 2019, India has withdrawn ‘Most Favoured Nation’ or MFN to Pakistan just a day after the terror attach in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmr in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF) personal lost their lives.MFN is a status or level of treatment accorded by one state to another in international trade to ensure non-discriminatory trade between all partner countries of the WTO.MFN status makes sure that any country with this status avoids any disadvantageous situation in comparison to the other partners in trade.It was in 1996 India granted MFN status to Pakistan. Decades of conflict, mistrust and war has resulted in the MFN status.
  25. Government of India, Himachal Pradesh Government and World Bank had signed an agreement worth,how much million for supplying water to the citizens of Greater Shimla?
    1) USD 20 Million
    2) USD 40 Million
    3) USD 50 Million
    4) USD 60 Million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) USD 40 Million
    Explanation:
    A loan agreement of $40 million (4 crore INR) was signed between the Government of India, Himachal Pradesh Government and World Bank, to help bring clean and reliable drinking water to the citizens of Greater Shimla area, who have been facing severe shortages of water and water-borne epidemics in the last few years.Shimla Water Supply and Sewage Service Delivery Reform Programmatic Development Policy Loan is expected to improve Water Supply & Sanitation (WSS) services in and around Shimla.Loan agreement was signed by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank India, on behalf of the World Bank.
  26. Which organization launched its UPI recently in India to facilitate secure payments and financial transactions on its platform?
    1) Amazon-Amazon Pay Unified Payment Interface (UPI)
    2) Flipkart-Flipkart Pay Unified Payment Interface (UPI)
    3) Jio-Jio Pay Unified Payment Interface (UPI)
    4) Snapdeal-Snapdeal Pay Unified Payment Interface (UPI)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Amazon-Amazon Pay Unified Payment Interface (UPI)
    Explanation:
    On 14th February 2019, Amazon in partnership launched ‘Amazon Pay Unified Payment Interface (UPI)’ to facilitate secure payments and financial transactions on its platform.Transactions held on Amazon is secured through mobile verification as well as with UPI pin. Customers can link their bank account with UPI pin.
  27. Amazon in partnership with which Bank launched ‘Amazon Pay Unified Payment Interface (UPI)’?
    1) Bank of India
    2) HDFC Bank
    3) Axis Bank
    4) State Bank of India(SBI)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Axis Bank
    Explanation:
    On 14th February 2019, Amazon in partnership with Axis Bank launched ‘Amazon Pay Unified Payment Interface (UPI)’ to facilitate secure payments and financial transactions on its platform. Amazon Pay UPI will be exclusively for Android users where every customer will be able to use their Amazon Pay UPI ID to shop on Amazon.in, make payments including recharges and bill payments without entering bank credentials. It will help Amazon customers in adopting BHIM UPI as a digital payment method, there by helping the Indian government’s Initiative of ‘Cashless India’.
  28. Tata Consultancy Services entered into partnership with _________ to equip 1.72 crore people with digital skills?
    1) World Economic Forum(WEF)
    2) Skill India
    3) International Labour Organization
    4) Digital India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) World Economic Forum(WEF)
    Explanation:
    Tata Consultancy Services on Thursday announced significant momentum in its partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Closing the Skills Gap coalition. Launched in 2017 with the goal of re-skilling or up-skilling one crore people in the global workforce by 2020, the initiative has secured pledges from leading international businesses to re-train 1.72 crore people, of which 64 lakh have already been trained.
  29. Who was appointed as the Finance Minister of India?
    1) Suresh Prabhu
    2) Arun Jaitley
    3) Piyush Goyal
    4) Raj Nath Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Arun Jaitley
    Explanation:
    On 15th February 2019, Union Minister Arun Jaitley has assumed charge as Finance Minister. The charge of Ministry of Finance was given on a temporary basis to Union Minister Piyush Goyal.The Finance and Cooperate Affairs Portfolios will be assigned to Union Minister Arun Jaitley by President Ram Nath Kovind as adviced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Arun Jaitley was in US undergoing medical treatment. During the period from January 23 to February 14 in his absence Railway and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal was given charge of Finance Ministry.Piyush Goyal also presented the 6th and final budget of NDA government on February 1,2019.
  30. Name the Application launched by Hardeep Singh Puri to capture and upload high resolution photographs of completed houses?
    1) Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
    2) Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
    3) Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna – Urban
    4) Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna – Urban
    Explanation:
    Union Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri launched the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna – Urban (PMAY-U) mobile application at New Delhi. The app will allow the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna(Urban) to capture and upload high resolution photographs of completed houses along with their families and 30 – 60 seconds video clips to share their stories about owning a house under the scheme. Selected beneficiaries from all States/UTs would be invited as special guests at the anniversary celebration of PMAY (U).The PMAY(U) was launched with an aim to provide houses to every eligible urban household in India by the year 2022 and has achieved a milestone of approving over 73 lakh houses from about 1 crore validated demand.
  31. Which of the following Portal was launched by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) for real time data on available depth on stretches of National Waterways?
    1) Lost and Found
    2) DISHA (AI based Assistant)
    3) Khan Prahari
    4) Least Available Depth Information System (LADIS)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Least Available Depth Information System (LADIS)
    Explanation:
    On 15th February 2019, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) launched a new portal ‘LADIS’ for real time data on available depth on stretches of National Waterways. Least Available Depth Information System (LADIS) will ensure real time data on ship and cargo owners on which they can undertake transportation on National Waterways (NW) in a more planned way.It is a step towards ensuring optimum use of National waterways. For smooth movement of vessels is required for an assured depth of waterways.
  32. Name the Mission launched by NASA to investigate Universe in the year 2023?
    1) Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE)
    2) Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
    3) SPHEREx mission
    4) Ocean Surface Topography Mission
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) SPHEREx mission
    Explanation:
    NASA’s next SPHEREx mission will aim to understand how our universe evolved and the prevalence of ingredients for life in galaxy. For this mission,Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) program is slated to launch in 2023.For 2 years, SPHEREx will contemplate the sky in optical and near-infrared light, gathering data on more than 300 million galaxies and 100 million stars in our galaxy.
  33. Nano Particles of which chemical component can be used as an alternative to antibiotics like ampicillin to prevent and treat a number of bacterial diseases?
    1) Phosphate
    2) Selenium
    3) Sulfate
    4) Acetate
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Selenium
    Explanation:
    Nano-selenium can be an alternative to antibiotics like ampicillin to prevent and treat a number of bacterial diseases or infections in humans. Scientists have found that nanoparticles of selenium, an essential micronutrient, can be used as an antibacterial agent. Selenium is found naturally in wheat, eggs, cheese, nuts and sea food.
  34. Name the Former Goa Deputy Chief Minister and BJP Lawmaker,who passed away recently at the age of 64?
    1) Sitaram Panchal
    2) Lekh Tandon
    3) Inder Kumar
    4) Francis D’Souza
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Francis D’Souza
    Explanation:
    On 14th February 2019, Former Goa Deputy Chief Minister and BJP Lawmaker, Francis D’Souza died in Healthway hospital in Old Goa at the age of 64. Mr. Francis was undergoing treatment after undergoing surgery for cancer at a hospital in the US. Mr. Francis was elected to Goa Legislative assembly in 1999 as a candidate of Goa Rajiv Congress party. Further, he shifted to BJP to get elected in 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017’s state legislative assembly from Mapusa constituency.Mr. D’souza was appointed as Deputy Chief Minister of Goa when BJP formed a govt. in 2012 under Manohar
    Parrikar’s leadership. He also had the designation of Urban Development Minister.
  35. Pedro Morales, passed away recently at the age of 76 belongs to which field?
    1) Actor
    2) Wrestler
    3) Footballer
    4) Cricketer
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Wrestler
    Explanation:
    World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) hall of famer, Pedro Morales, passed away at the age of 76. He hailed from Puerto Rico and died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.He had a career lasting more than 30 years and was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Who is the Chief Minister of Karnataka?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – H. D. Kumaraswamy
  2. What is the Capital and Currency of United States?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer -Capital- Washington, D.C. ; Currency- US Dollar
  3. Who is the Prime Minister of Bangladesh?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina
  4. Where is the Headquarter of The Energy and Resources Institute’ (TERI) located?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – NewDelhi
  5. Who is the Director General of International Labour Organization(ILO)?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Guy Ryder