Current Affairs Quiz: February 17 2019

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  1. In which City does Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of Defence Corridor during his visit to Uttarpradesh?
    1) Prayagraj
    2) Varanasi
    3) Jhansi
    4) Lucknow
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Jhansi
    Explanation:
    PM Modi on his visit to Jhansi laid foundation stone of Defence Corridor which will create a lot of direct and indirect employment to the youth in the region. Government decided to establish 2 defence corridors in the country, one at Tamil Nadu and the other in Uttar Pradesh. Jhansi is one among six nodal points of the UP defence corridors.The Defence Corridor will make India independent in defence production. The project will also attract many foreign and domestic Defence related companies to invest in the region.
  2. During the visit to UttarPradesh Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Pahari Dam Modernization Project.The Dam is located on which River?
    1) Yamuna River
    2) Dhasan River
    3) Ghaghara River
    4) Gomti River
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Dhasan River
    Explanation:
    PM Modi on his Jhansi visit inaugurated Pahari Dam Modernization Project. The dam is on Dhasan River which is a right bank tributary of Betwa River.The modernization will reduce the leakage of water from the dam and make more water available for the farmers which will be helpful to those farmers depending on water from the river.Pahari Dam was constructed in 1912 on Dhasan river in Jhansi district. The water is mainly used for irrigation purposes.
  3. Where did Prime Minister,Shri Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of Road Project worth Rs 500 crore?
    1) Nashik,Maharashtra
    2) Aurangabad,Maharashtra
    3) Yavatmal,Maharashtra
    4) Pune,Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Yavatmal,Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of Road Project worth Rs 500 crore funded by Central Road Fund in Yavatmal, Maharashtra.The project includes 10 road construction projects under which 176 km of roads will be constructed in Yavatmal at a cost of Rs. 456 crore.
  4. Name the School inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to improve the quality of education amongst tribal people?
    1) Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
    2) Ekalavya Model Residential School
    3) Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti
    4) National Institute of Open Schooling
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Ekalavya Model Residential School
    Explanation:
    Prime Minister inaugurated the Ekalavya Model Residential School which has a capacity of 420 students in Nanded, in order to improve the quality of education amongst tribal people.The School is spread in 16 acres and equipped with modern facilities including provision for food, residential facility, playground and IT facilities.
  5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Humsafar Express in which of the following Route?
    1) Yavatmal to Darjeeling
    2) Aurangabad to Shimla
    3) Ajni (Nagpur) to Pune
    4) Pune- Newmal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Ajni (Nagpur) to Pune
    Explanation:
    In order to boost connectivity in the Yavatmal and nearby areas, Prime Minister flagged off Humsafar Express which will run between Ajni (Nagpur) and Pune.Narendra Modi announced that around 14500 houses are built at Yavatmal under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) which aims at provide housing to all by 2022.Certificates and cheques were distributed to Self Help Groups (SHGs) under Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission by Prime Minister.A research centre is being built at Chandrapur to tackle with the Sickle cell disease.
  6. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated Lower Panazara Medium Project under PMKSY provide irrigation facility to 21 villages in Dhule,Maharashtra.S stands for_____ in PMKSY?
    1) S- Sinchayee (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY))
    2) S- Suraksha (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Suraksha Yojana (PMKSY))
    3) S- Sadak (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sadak Yojana (PMKSY))
    4) S- Swasthya (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Swasthya Yojana (PMKSY))
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) S- Sinchayee (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY))
    Explanation:
    Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated Lower Panazara Medium Project which has a total water storage capacity of 109.31 Mcum and irrigation potential of 7585 hectares, under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).This Project will provide irrigation facility to 21 villages of Dhule District in Maharashtra.
  7. Which Organisation/Ministry Organised the Second National Conference on “Sustainable and Environment-friendly Industrial Production” held in New Delhi?
    1) Minister Of Health and Family Welfare
    2) Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
    3) Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEFCC)
    4) Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEFCC)
    Explanation:
    Second National Conference was organised on 15th February in New Delhi on “Sustainable and Environment-friendly Industrial Production (SEIP) Project”. It was organised by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEFCC) under Indo-German Development Cooperation.
    There were 70 participants including representatives from 18 State Pollution Control Boards and 8 State Industrial Departments-including representation from J&K, Tripura, Jharkhand, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, etc.
  8. India’s first district cooling system is to be set up in which of the following city by United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Tabreed?
    1) Mumbai,Maharashtra
    2) East Delhi,New Delhi
    3) Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh
    4) Chennai,TamilNadu
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh
    Explanation:
    United Arab Emirates (UAE) based international cooling provider,National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed) entered into a 30-year concession with Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) to build India’s first district cooling system in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh.The agreement is for a contracted cooling capacity of 20,000 Refrigeration Tons (RTs) and will cater to the State’s Assembly, High Court, Secretariat and other Government buildings currently being constructed, for which cooling services will start in early 2021. The district cooling system will help save 40% of the energy currently being used and reduce CO2 emissions, as it uses only 50% of the primary energy consumption for cooling urban buildings, thus, improving the air quality and reducing general noise levels when compared to other traditional air conditioning systems.
  9. According to World Health Organization report, Measles cases nearly ______in 2018 from its previous year?
    1) Tripled
    2) Doubled
    3) Halfed
    4) Quartered
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Doubled
    Explanation:
    On 16th February 2019, World Health Organization says the number of Measles cases reported in 2018 is nearly double the infections contracted in the previous year.The number of Measles cases reported in 2018 is 2,29,068. It was 1,10,000 for 2017 who died from this highly infections diseases. In Europe itself there were 82,596 infections in 2018 as per WHO.WHO recommended to the Member States to close gaps in vaccination coverage. WHO won’t commit to a compulsory vaccination recommendation although it is working in affected areas.Measles is a viral infection caused by rubeola virus. It is a highly infectious disease but easily preventable by vaccination.Vaccination for measles was introduced in 1963 when there was an estimated 2.6 million deaths occurred every year due to the outbreak of the disease.
  10. Which Bank had became the first US bank with Cryptocurrency?
    1) JP Morgan Chase
    2) Bank of America
    3) Goldman Sachs
    4) Wells Fargo
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) JP Morgan Chase
    Explanation:
    On 14th February 2019, JP Morgan Chase rolled out as the first US bank with cryptocurrency. The change in opinion of JP Morgan is the first step in the program of making it more competitive. The currency is designed to be decentralized so that no one has control over transactions being sent over the network. JP Morgan Chase will be using the cryptocurrency to see its potential in using digital coins to reduce risk and enable instant transfers. JPM Coin is not for retail customers . It will be used internally by the bank to enable instant transfers of payments between institutional accounts.
  11. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) withdrew how much percent limit on investments by FPIs in corporate bonds of an entity with a view to encourage more foreign investments?
    1) 10 Percent
    2) 20 Percent
    3) 30 Percent
    4)25 Percent
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 20 Percent
    Explanation:
    On 15th February 2019, Reserve Bank of India lifted the limit on Corporate bonds. They withdrew 20% limit on investment by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) in corporate bonds of an entity.The move will encourage more foreign investors to invest in corporate bonds in the country. It aims at incentivizing FPIs to maintain a portfolio of assets. In April 2018, it was stipulated that no FPI should have an exposure of more than 20% of its corporate bond portfolio to a single corporate as per the review of the FPI investment in corporate debt.The directions in connection have been issued in the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). It is an Act in India to consolidate and change the laws related to foreign exchange with an objective to facilitate external trade and payments.FEMA will also promote the orderly development and maintenance of foreign exchange market in India.
  12. First Indian Wealth management company, Edelweiss signed MoU with which of the following bank to access each other product platforms?
    1) Asian Development Bank
    2) Bank of Singapore
    3) Bank of America
    4) World Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Bank of Singapore
    Explanation:
    On 14th February 2019, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Edelweiss and Bank of Singapore in order to form a strategic partnership. The MoU will provide an opportunity to clients of both entities to access each other product platforms.Edelweiss became the first Indian Wealth management company to sign an MoU with offshore private bank (Bank of Singapore).Bank of Singapore has signed similar MoU with financial companies from Switzerland and Japan.
  13. Which City topped and won the Swachhata Excellence Awards 2019?
    1) Alappuzha of Kerala
    2) Ambikapur of Chhattisgarh
    3) Kumbakonam of Tamil Nadu
    4) Raigarh of Chhattisgarh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Raigarh of Chhattisgarh
    Explanation:
    Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) cities and municipal corporations of Raigarh (1st prize), Ambikapur (2nd prize) and Kumbakonam (3rd prize) won the top Swachhata Excellence Awards 2019. The prizes were awarded by Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) at the Shehri Samridhi Utsav, an initiative organized by MoHUA in New Delhi.
  14. Who won the Female Player of the Year in International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Players of the Year for 2018?
    1) Caroline Ouellette
    2) Eva de Goede
    3) Meghan Duggan
    4) Hilary Knight
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Eva de Goede
    Explanation:
    Eva de Goede, 29, was named the Female Player of the Year in the International Hockey Federation’s Players of the Year for 2018 on 14th February 2019.
  15. Arthur van Doren won the Male Player of the Year in the International Hockey Federation’s Players of the Year for 2018.He belongs to which country?
    1) Australia
    2) Iceland
    3) Belgium
    4) Netherland
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Belgium
    Explanation:
    Arthur van Doren, 24, won the Male Player of the Year award for the second year in a row. He was one of four Belgian winners in the FIH Hockey Stars Awards for 2018.Last year, van Doren won both the Player and Rising Star of the Year Awards.
  16. Who won the Martin Ennals Award 2019,International human rights prize in Geneva Switzerland?
    1) Abdul Cordoba Berrio
    2) Abdul Aziz Muhamat
    3) Eren Keskin
    4) Marino Cordoba Berrio
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Abdul Aziz Muhamat
    Explanation:
    Sudanese refugee, Abdul Aziz Muhamat, who spent 5 years in Australian detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, was given the Martin Ennals Award 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, for exposing “the very cruel asylum seeker policy of the Australian Government”. He said that his name was stripped off and he was referred to as number- QNK002 and prisoners were fed through a chain-link fence and treated worse than animals.It was the first time that the prize focused on the plight of refugees and awarded to someone who has suffered violations due to the policies of a Western nation.
  17. Name the Music legend who was awarded with India’s highest civilian award,Bharat Ratna posthumously in the year 2019?
    1) Bhupen Hazarika
    2) Kishori Amonkar
    3) M Balamurali Krishna
    4) Annapurna Devi
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Bhupen Hazarika
    Explanation:
    Tej Hazarika, son of famed Assamese singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika, has said he has been invited by the Indian government to accept the Bharat Ratna on behalf of his late father and it will be his “tremendous honour” to receive the country’s highest civilian award. The Government of India has graciously extended me an invitation to accept the Bharat Ratna for my father. He sacrificed much and devoted selflessly to the cause of a united and progressive India and now he is being recognized for that with this well-deserved award
  18. Tapsee Pannu appointed as brand ambassador of which organization?
    1) PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew
    2) PepsiCo’s Gatorade
    3) PepsiCo’s Kurkure
    4) PepsiCo’s LAY’S
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) PepsiCo’s Kurkure
    Explanation:
    Bollywood actress Tapsee Pannu is signed as the brand ambassador the snack brand ‘Kurkure’ owned by PepsiCo. A television campaign was also launched by Kurkure to introduce the new brand positioning ‘Khayal toh chatpata hai’ celebrating the progressive thinking the young Indian homemakers in traditional Indian families and the breaking conventional barriers.This is the first time that the brand has attempted to include a social message with its product’s marketing.
  19. Who became the first Indian Woman Flight Engineer?
    1) Hina Jaiswal
    2) Arunima Sinha
    3) Roshini Sharma
    4) Shila Dawre
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Hina Jaiswal
    Explanation:
    Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal from Chandigarh, became the First Indian Woman Flight Engineer of the Indian Air Force(IAF). She was commissioned in the IAF’s engineering branch in 2015 and completed the 6-month Flight Engineer course from the 112 Helicopter Unit attached to the Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru.The Flight Engineer branch was opened to women officers in 2018.
  20. UN Secretary-General Appointed Chandramouli Ramanathan of India to which of the following post?
    1) Head of Programme Planning
    2) President for Programme Planning
    3) High Commissioner
    4) Controller, Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Controller, Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning
    Explanation:
    Chandramouli Ramanathan of India was appointed as the Controller, Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning, Finance and Budget in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, on 14th February 2019. Mr. Ramanathan has led high level management initiatives, including implementation of IPSAS(International Public Sector Accounting Standards) and Umoja(the United Nations Enterprise Resource Planning solution).
  21. Who was appointed as the CEO of Indeed?
    1) Rony Kahan
    2) Paul Forster
    3) Chris Hyams
    4) John Christopher
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Chris Hyams
    Explanation:
    Indeed, the world’s number one job site, has named its president, Chris Hyams, as its new CEO, effective April 1. He will replace Hisayuki “Deko” Idekoba, who has served in that role since October 2013.
  22. Who overtook former Indian captain Kapil Dev to become joint 7th highest Test wicket-taker?
    1) MS Dhoni
    2) Dale Steyn
    3) Virat Kohli
    4) Rohit Sharma
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Dale Steyn
    Explanation:
    South African pacer Dale Steyn overtook former Indian captain Kapil Dev to become joint 7th highest wicket-taker along with England’s Stuart Broad in the all-time list of Test cricket after registering figures of 4/48 against Sri Lanka.He is now behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708), Anil Kumble (619), James Anderson (575), Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (519) in the coveted list.
  23. The book ‘Sudhir Sukta’ was written by which acclaimed author, who passed away recently?
    1) Vishnu Wagh
    2) Kader Khan
    3) Fahmida Riaz
    4) Dibyendu Palit
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Vishnu Wagh
    Explanation:
    Eminent writer and former Deputy Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, Vishnu Wagh, suffered a heart attack while on a touring in Cape Town, South Africa. He was 53 years old.He has written over 20 plays in Marathi, 3 sangeet nataks, 18 Konkani plays and 16 one-act plays and directed over 50 plays in Konkani and Marathi.“Tuka Abhang Abhang”, “Suvari”, “Teen Poishancho Tiatro”, “Dharmashree”, and “Pedru Poddlo Baient” are some of his critically-acclaimed plays He was a part of Goa Legislative Assembly from St Andre constituency between 2012 and 2017 and the Chairman of the state-run Goa Kala Academy.He wrote book ‘Sudhir Sukta’.
  24. Name the Book written by Mr. Dinesh Shahra and launched by Governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi ?
    1) In Search of Lost Time
    2) The Great Gatsby
    3) Simplicity & Wisdom
    4) War and Peace
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Simplicity & Wisdom
    Explanation:
    ‘Simplicity & Wisdom’ written by Dinesh Shahra was launched at Parmarth Ashram in Kumbh Mela. Launched by the Governor of West Bengal– Keshari Nath Tripathi and Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Head of Parmarth Ashram, this book is dedicated to Late Vedanti Swami Pragananandji. The book aims at guiding towards saintly wisdom and leading a content and happy life.
  25. Which of the following Politician’s Speeches are compiled as a book titled “Selected Speeches: Volume-1” and released by Former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee recently?
    1) Sushma Swaraj
    2) Piyush Goyal
    3) Narendra Modi
    4) Venkaiah Naidu
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Venkaiah Naidu
    Explanation:
    Former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee released the book, which is a compilation of 92 selected speeches of Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu, in New Delhi. It contains the wide experience of the Vice President in Public Affairs. Mr. Mukherjee and Mr. Naidu also paid homage to the martyrs of Pulwama terror attack and said that the country must stand together to fight against terrorism.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Who is the President of UAE?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer -Khalifa bin zayed al nahyan
  2. Where is the Headquarters of World Health Organization located?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer -Geneva, Switzerland
  3. Who is the Chief of Indian Air Force(IAF)?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa
  4. What is the Capital and Currency of UAE?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Capital: Abu Dhabi;Currency: UAE Dirham
  5. Who is the MD and CEO of ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – MD and CEO:N.S.Kannan