Current Affairs Quiz: February 18 2019

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  1. Which Ministry has recently published a guidelines to establish charging station for EV (Electric Vehicles) at every 25 km to outline the ways to build fueling points?
    1) Ministry of Urban Development
    2) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    3) Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs
    4) Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs
    Explanation:
    The ministry of Housing and Urban affairs has published a set of guidelines to establish charging station for EV (Electric Vehicles) at every 25 km to outline the ways to build fueling points. This necessity of instituting charging stations has arrived as government expects that 25% of road vehicles will be electric by 2030. Norms and standards of Electric vehicles will be incorporated by the building byelaws agencies of the respective guiding documents of the state government and union territories. For making provisions for establishing EV infrastructures, Ministry has made amendments to the guidelines of MBBL (Model Building Bye laws), 2016 and URDPFI (Urban Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation), 2014.
  2. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated which of the following Irrigation projects in Kalahandi District of Odisha?
    1) Tungbhadra Irrigation Project
    2) Ret Medium Irrigation project
    3) Ganges Kobadak irrigation project
    4) Bhakhra Nangal Irrigation Project
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Ret Medium Irrigation project
    Explanation:
    Ret Medium Irrigation project which is constructed at a cost of Rs 768.46 crore, as stated officially.The project is expected to benefit 79 villages by providing them with irrigation facility for 8500 hectares of agricultural land under the four blocks of Bhawanipatna, Kesinga, Narla and Lanjigarh in the district. 38 more developmental projects worth Rs 1346 crore– out of which 23 projects were completed at an estimated cost of Rs 910.57 crore, while foundation stones were laid for 15 others,expected to incur a cost of Rs 435.28 crore.
  3. How much amount is released by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik each to 11,122 women self-help groups as seed money?
    1) Rs.5000
    2) Rs.10000
    3) Rs.15000
    4) Rs.20000
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Rs.15000
    Explanation:
    The chief minister also released Rs 15,000 each to 11,122 women self-help groups as seed money, Rs 25 lakh each to 14 block-level Mahasanghs, Rs 3000 each to 9836 SHGs as digital empowerment assistance under the ongoing Mission Shakti programme.
  4. Name the bank,which is penalised by RBI with Rs 1.5 crore recently?
    1) Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC)
    2) Bank of India
    3) Punjab National Bank (PNB)
    4) Indian Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC)
    Explanation:
    On 14th February 2019, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed monetary penalty on three Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) banks due to deficiencies in regulatory compliance with the directions issued by RBI on monitoring end use of funds, information exchange with other banks and on restructuring of accounts.
    Bank Penalty
    Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) Rs 1.5 crore
    Punjab National Bank (PNB) Rs 1 crore
    Bank of India Rs 1 crore
  5. Which of the following insurance group received broking licence recently from Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI)?
    1) WomemSHG.com
    2) YonoInsurance.com
    3) UnionInsurance.com
    4) IndianMoneyInsurance.com
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) IndianMoneyInsurance.com
    Explanation:
    Indiamoneyinsurance.com, a subsidiary of the Indiamoney.com Group has acquired a broking license from Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI) of India’s to enter Insurance Business. The company will come to process within next few days and projects to hire 2000 employees before the year ends.The brokerage also projects to institute 500 purchase centres of insurance across India with an investment of Rs. 4 billion.
  6. Name the Country,whose Custom duty on all its imported products are hiked to 200% by India recently?
    1) China
    2) Pakistan
    3) Russia
    4) Srilanka
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Pakistan
    Explanation:
    On 16th February, 2019, India with immediate effect has boosted the Customs Duty on all the goods imported from Pakistan to 200% followed by the day after India repealed Most Famous Nation (MFN) status from Pakistan.This punitory move followed by the Pulwana Terrorist attack on 14th February, 2019 that led to the death of 42 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force). This step is likely to strike Pakistan’s exports to India which were $381 million in the April-Nov period and for overall FY18, it was $489 million. This 200% tariff rate is higher than average bound rate of 113.5% for agriculture products and 34.6% for non-agriculture products.
  7. Non Performing Assets(NPAs) of which of the following scheme stood at Rs 7,277 crore in all PSBs(Public Sector Banks) by the end of March 2018?
    1) Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
    2) Kisan Vikas Patra
    3) Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY)
    4) Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY)
    Explanation:
    The Parliament was informed by the government on Tuesday that loans by PSBs(Public Sector Banks) amounting to Rs 7,277.31crore under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) had turned into non-performing assets(NPAs) by the end of March 2018.In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla stated that loans issued under PMMY by all member lending institutions (MLIs) amounted to Rs 5.71 lakh crore, since the beginning of the scheme until March 2018. Loans under PMMY can be covered under Credit Guarantee Fund for Micro Units (CGFMU). “As on 01.02.2019, over 15.73 crore loans amounting to Rs 7.59 lakh crore have been extended by MLIs under PMMY, since inception of the scheme. Almost 73 per cent of the loans under PMMY have been extended to women borrowers,” Shukla .
  8. Who was appointed as the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)?
    1) Pramod Chandra Mody
    2) Salil Parekh
    3) Sushil Chandra
    4) Ashwin Chandra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Pramod Chandra Mody
    Explanation:
    Pramod Chandra Mody, a 1982-batch IRS Officer was appointed as the new chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) which is the policy making body of the Income Tax Department. He has been appointed in place of Sushil Chandra, who was on Thursday named as Election Commissioner ahead of the Lok Sabha polls due this summer.Having worked on various posts in the I-T Department, he was currently working as the Member (Administration) in the CBDT.His tenure would last till June 2019.
  9. Name the app launched by Infosys to facilitate engineering students with best learning experiences?
    1) InfyStud
    2) InfyLearn
    3) InfyEng
    4) InfyTQ
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) InfyTQ
    Explanation:
    Infosys, the country’s 2nd largest IT firm has launched a next generation digital platform ‘InfyTQ’ to facilitate engineering students with best learning experiences by imparting technical and professional skills. InfyTQ is a free platform available on both mobile and desktop, featured with always-on, anytime, anywhere learning catered through a continuous transfer of digital skills.The app will assist the students with latest happenings, conceptual and practical aspects of technology, extensive hands on learning, etc.
  10. Centre has identified 106 Coastal and Marine sites as Conservation Reserves,according to which of the following biennial report?
    1) National Coastal and Marine plan for the period of 2017-2019
    2) National Wildlife Action plan for the period of 2017-2031
    3) National Marine Life Plan for the Period of 2018-2019
    4) National Coastal Life Plan for the Period 2017-2019
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) National Wildlife Action plan for the period of 2017-2031
    Explanation:
    According to a biennial report released by the government, the Centre has identified 106 Coastal and Marine sites as Conservation Reserves under its National Wildlife Action plan for the period of 2017-2031. This was the 2nd biennial updated report which was made by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and was submitted to UN body on Climate change in December 2018. According to report, India has been successful to sustain the ecosystem when it is at its edge of disappearing at an alarming rate. Also it will further conserve the coastal and marine ecosystems from the impact of climate change. Both the coastal and marine areas facilitate with food baskets and fish protein to population, and also provide valuable foreign exchange in turn.
  11. Which Team won the Irani Cup title recently and becomes the 3rd team after Bombay and Karnataka to defend the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup?
    1) Rest of India
    2) Delhi
    3) Vidarbha
    4) Tamil Nadu
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Vidarbha
    Explanation:
    On 16th February, 2019, Vidarbha became the only 3rd team in Indian Domestic Cricket history to defend their Irani cup titles at Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur by defeating rest of India. Vidarbha becomes the 3rd team after Bombay and Karnataka to defend the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup. Vidarbha chased a target of 280 run on the day and young Karnewar was the Player of the match.
  12. Who was the Former interim President and former Afghan mujahideen commander passed away recently at the age of 93?
    1) Yar Mohammad Tokhi
    2) Sibghatullah Mojaddedi
    3) Maharram Durrani
    4) Abadullah Hananzai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Sibghatullah Mojaddedi
    Explanation:
    Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, former Afghan mujahideen commander passed away in Kabul at the age of 93, owing to prolonged illness. He played a significant role in fighting the Soviets and went on to become the interim President of the country after the collapse of the Afghan communist regime in 1992.He died three days before the 30th anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  13. British author Andrea Levy passed away recently.Which of her following book was conferred with Orange prize?
    1) Small Island
    2) The Long Song
    3) Small Girl
    4) War and Peace
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Small Island
    Explanation:
    On 14th February 2019, The best-selling British author Andrea Levy, who explored the experience of Jamaican British people in a series of novel over 20 years, has died from the cancer at the age of 62. She was known for penning books ‘The Long Song’ and ‘Small Island’. Her book Small Island was conferred with Orange prize.She also won Whitbread book of the year, Commonwealth writers prize, etc. She is said to be the first black British author to achieve both critical and mainstream commercial success.
  14. Who is the author of Banned Punjabi Poem ‘Khooni Vaisakhi’ on the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre to be published in English after 99 years?
    1) Sahib Singh
    2) Mohan Singh
    3) Nanak Singh
    4) Sohan Singh Seetal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Nanak Singh
    Explanation:
    The banned Punjabi poem ‘Khooni Vaisakhi’ on the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre which was written by Punjabi writer Nanak Singh in 1919, will be published next month by Harper Collins in English. The poem was presented at Jallianwala Bagh on 13th April, 1919 by Nanak Singh also known as ‘Father of Punjabi Novels’ But this poem was banned by the British after its publication in 1920 as this poem was a blasting critique of the British. After so many years, this poem was rediscovered and was translated to English by Navdeep Suri. To mark the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, this poem will be published by Harper Collins.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Who is the Prime Minister of Pakistan?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Imran Khan
  2. Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is located in which State?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer -Odisha
  3. Who is the Union Minister of Housing and Urban affairs?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer -Hardeep Singh Puri
  4. What is the Capital of Pakistan?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer -Islamabad
  5. Loans under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) is covered under which scheme?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Credit Guarantee Fund for Micro Units (CGFMU)