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  1. Where did Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the “Development of Spiritual Circuit: Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple – Aranmula-Sabarimala” project worth Rs. 92.22 crores under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Tourism Ministry, on 15th January 2019?
    1) Maharashtra
    2) Tamil Nadu
    3) Karnataka
    4) Kerala
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) Kerala
    Explanation:
    On 15th January 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the project “Development of Spiritual Circuit: Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple – Aranmula-Sabarimala” at the cost of Rs. 92.22 crores under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Tourism Ministry in Kerala. He also dedicated the 13-km Kollam bypass on NH 66 in Kerala to the nationThe Sree Padmanaaswamy Temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams of Lord Vishnu and majority of the work under this project has been carried out at this temple. Under the Project, the ministry of tourism has developed and rejuvenated the temple along with its surroundings keeping in mind the factors of heritage and socio-cultural aspects. Ministry of tourism has sanctioned 7 projects in Kerala under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes for an approximate amount of Rs 550 crores.

  2. The bilateral army exercise named IMBEX 2018-19 between India and which country began at Chandimandir, in Chandigarh, on 14th January 2019?
    1) Malaysia
    2) Myanmar
    3) Mauritius
    4) Maldives
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Myanmar
    Explanation:
    On January 14, 2019, India-Myanmar bilateral army exercise, IMBEX begun at Chandimandir, headquarters of the Western Command in Chandigarh. It is the second edition of the IMBEX EXERCISE. The motive of IMBEX 2018-19 are:
    • To train the Myanmar delegation for participation in United Nations peace keeping operations under the UN flag.
    • It provided opportunities to the army personnel of both the nations to serve effectively in UN missions as also understand each other’s training, tactics, procedures and best practices.

  3. Name the convener of the 7-member Group of Ministers (GoM) under the title ‘GoM for boosting Real Estate Sector under the GST regime’ announced by Finance Ministry on 15th January 2019?
    1) Naveen Karmakar
    2) Dinesh Kumar
    3) Nitin Patel
    4) Manoj Sinha
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Nitin Patel
    Explanation:
    On January 15, 2019, the Finance Ministry announced constitution of a 7-member Group of Ministers (GoM) under the title ‘GoM for boosting Real Estate Sector under the GST regime’. This decision was taken under the suggestion of the 32nd Meeting of GST Council held on 10 January 2019 at New Delhi. Nitin Patel, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Gujarat is convener of the GoM. 6 other members of the group include:
    1.Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance Minister, Government of Maharashtra,
    2.Krishna Byre Gowda, Finance Minister, Government of Karnataka,
    3.Dr. T.M. Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister, Government of Kerala,
    4.Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Government of Punjab,
    5.Rajesh Agarwal, Finance Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh and
    6.Mauvin Godinho, Minister of Panchayat, Government of Goa.
    Manish Sinha, Joint Secretary (TRU-II), CBIC, was made the Secretary for the GoM for boosting the Real Estate Sector under GST regime.

  4. Where was the three-day long 9th International Micro irrigation conference inaugurated by Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari, on 16th January 2019?
    1) Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
    2) Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
    3) Aurangabad, Maharashtra
    4) Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Aurangabad, Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    On January 16, 2019, Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the three-day long 9th International Micro irrigation conference at Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The conference would conclude on January 18, 2019. Aim of the conference was to share experiences in the use of new technologies and best management practices in drip, micro-sprinkler, and other localized irrigation systems. The Theme of the conference was: “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture”. The conference was organized by Ministry of Water Resources and River Development. 740 delegates including 100 foreign delegates from 56 countries are participating in the conference.

  5. One out of every _____ Class 8 students in rural India is unable to read simple texts as per the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018 by NGO Pratham?
    1) 10
    2) 5
    3) 7
    4) 4
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) 4
    Explanation:
    On January 16, 2018, as per the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018, one out of every four Class 8 students in rural India is unable to read. The report was made after the survey conducted by an autonomous unit of education-NGO Pratham. The survey covered around 3.5 lakh households and 546,527 children between the ages of three and 16 across 596 rural districts.

  6. Which state government launched “Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana”, which is a Rs 50,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme for farmers, on 15th January 2019?
    1) Madhya Pradesh
    2) Telangana
    3) Rajasthan
    4) Bihar
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) Madhya Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On 15th January 2019, “Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana” scheme was launched by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shri. Kamal Nath.It is Rs 50,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme for farmers. The loan waiver forms could be submitted till February 5 and farmers would start getting the benefits from February 22. On 5th January 2019, the state cabinet decided to waive crop loans of 55 lakh small and marginal farmers in the state.The eligibility cut-off date has been extended to December 12, 2018 from March 31, 2018. Only those farmers who have not registered themselves to pay GST and income tax can avail benefits under this schemes. Earlier former Chief Minister Shri. Shivraj Singh Chouhan also launched similar scheme named ‘Bhavantar Yojana’.

  7. Where was the 1st one day Turtle Festival celebrated on 12th January 2019?
    1) Pune, Maharashtra
    2) Puri, Odisha
    3) Calicut, Kerala
    4) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Puri, Odisha
    Explanation:
    On January 12, 2019, Odisha celebrated its 1st one day Turtle Festival in Puri, Odisha. The festival was organized by Cox & Kings Foundation in association with Humane Society International/India and Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA). It was done to create awareness and promote ideas on conservation of olive ridley turtles. It was done in the interest of integrating conservation efforts with tourism and involving locals, tourists and others to be a part of the movement.

  8. Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre on a plea challenging the government’s notification authorising _____ central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system?
    1) 5
    2) 10
    3) 6
    4) 9
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) 10
    Explanation:
    On 14th January 2019, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre on a plea challenging the government’s notification authorising 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued the notice after the central government on 20th December 2018 had issued a notification allowing 10 government agencies to intercept communication on all social platforms and electronic devices. The ‘cyber and information security’ division of the Union Home ministry under the authority of Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba had passed the government order under the section 69 of the IT Act. The 10 agencies include: Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, the Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, Directorate of Signal Intelligence (in service areas of J-K, North East and Assam) and Delhi Police.

  9. Where was the Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019 organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), held on 15th and 16th January 2019?
    1) Dehradun
    2) Mumbai
    3) New Delhi
    4) Bengaluru
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Mumbai
    Explanation:
    On 15th January 2019, the Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the 2 day Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019 with a theme:‘Flying for all-especially the next 6 Billion’.It is being organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation in association with Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in Mumbai.The Summit Concluded on 16th January 2019.

  10. The domestic aviation market in India has been growing at ____ % annually for the last 4 years and this growth has been the highest in the world, as announced in the Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019?
    1) 50 %
    2) 35 %
    3) 20 %
    4) 75 %
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) 20 %
    Explanation:
    On 15th January 2019, the Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the 2 day Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019 with a theme:‘Flying for all-especially the next 6 Billion’.It is being organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation in association with Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in Mumbai.The Summit Concluded on 16th January 2019. The domestic aviation market in India has been growing at 20 percent annually for the last four years and this growth has been the highest in the world.

  11. Where did the 55-day long Kumbh Mela 2019 commence on 15th January 2019?
    1) Haridwar, Uttarakhand
    2) Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
    3) Surat, Gujarat
    4) Jaipur, Rajasthan
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On January 15, 2019, the 55-day long Kumbh Mela 2019 commenced with the Shahi Snan of Akharas at Sangam- the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati -at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. “Chalo Kumbh Chale” was the slogan used by the devotees commencing the mela. An area of 20 lakh sq.ft area, was designated for the street art projects under an initiative by Kumbh Mela Authority called ”Paint my city.” The whole kumbh area is divided into 20 sectors and 9 zones for keen vigil by sector and zonal magistrates. For the first time at the Kumbh Mela, a transgender ashram, known as the Kinnar Akhara, led by rights activist Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi from Mumbai, joined the first bathing day. The Kumbh Mela is the largest human congregation in the world, with the participation of over 130 million pilgrims.

  12. Vision 2040 document released at the Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019, aims to have _____ air passengers in 2040 from 187 million air passengers in 2018?
    1) 1.12 billion
    2) 2.35 billion
    3) 4.55 billion
    4) 3.78 billion
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) 1.12 billion
    Explanation:
    On 15th January 2019, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu unveiled the Vision 2040 document for aviation sector in the Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019, in Mumbai. The document is prepared by consultancy firm KPMG and industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in consultation with the government. The Vision 2040 document aims to have 1.12 billion air passengers in 2040 from 187 million air passengers in 2018. This comprises around 821 million domestic passengers and around 303 million international passengers (to and from India).

  13. India will need how many airports and an investment of $40-50 billion to handle at least 1.1 billion passengers flying to, from and within the country, as per Vision 2040 document released at the Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019?
    1) 150
    2) 200
    3) 250
    4) 300
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) 200
    Explanation:
    On 15th January 2019, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu unveiled the Vision 2040 document for aviation sector in the Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019, in Mumbai. The document is prepared by consultancy firm KPMG and industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in consultation with the government.The Vision 2040 document aims to have 1.12 billion air passengers in 2040 from 187 million air passengers in 2018. This comprises around 821 million domestic passengers and around 303 million international passengers (to and from India). It further states that India will need 200 airports and an investment of $40-50 billion to handle at least 1.1 billion passengers flying to, from and within the country.

  14. Where was the “Global Housing Technology Challenge-India” (GHTC- India) launched on 14th January 2019 to build houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) Mission?
    1) Mumbai
    2) New Delhi
    3) Kolkata
    4) Kanpur
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On January 14, 2019, Shri Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched the “Global Housing Technology Challenge-India” (GHTC- India) in New Delhi. Under this, the best globally available innovative construction technologies would be adopted by India to deliver ready to live-in houses in a shorter time, with lower cost and quality construction. This will be implemented under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) Mission. The challenge has three components. They are:
    1.Conduct of Grand Expo-cum-Conference,
    2.Identifying Proven Demonstrable Technologies from across the world and
    3.Promoting Potential Technologies through setting up incubation centers at selected IITs and organizing accelerator workshops under the Affordable Sustainable Housing Accelerators- India (ASHA-India) Program.

  15. India is expected to become the ____ largest aviation market by 2022, as per Vision 2040 document released at the Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019?
    1) Second
    2) Third
    3) Fourth
    4) Fifth
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Third
    Explanation:
    On 15th January 2019, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu unveiled the Vision 2040 document for aviation sector in the Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019, in Mumbai. The document is prepared by consultancy firm KPMG and industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in consultation with the government. The Vision 2040 document aims to have 1.12 billion air passengers in 2040 from 187 million air passengers in 2018. This comprises around 821 million domestic passengers and around 303 million international passengers (to and from India). It further states that India will need 200 airports and an investment of $40-50 billion to handle at least 1.1 billion passengers flying to, from and within the country. India, which is currently the seventh-largest aviation market in 2017-18, is expected to become the third-largest by 2022, inching closer to the U.S., which is projected number two. Besides the Indian commercial air fleet is expected to be 2,359 by March 2040.

  16. Telangana government has received the green nod for its Rs. 13,384.80 crore Sita Rama Lift Irrigation Project to divert water from which river to irrigate 2.72 lakh hectare in 3 districts?
    1) Krishna River
    2) Godavari River
    3) Brahmaputra River
    4) Narmada River
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Godavari River
    Explanation:
    Telangana government has been given the green nod for its Rs. 13,384.80 crore Sita Rama Lift Irrigation Project that aims to divert Godavari river water to irrigate 2.72 lakh hectare in three districts. The project, which is expected to be completed in three years, would lead to submergence of about 1,930 hectare area and 157 villages consisting of 9,696 families are likely to be affected.

  17. How many Indian institutions made it to the Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019 report, released by Times Higher Education (THE)?
    1) 36
    2) 75
    3) 49
    4) 25
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) 49
    Explanation:
    On 15th January 2019, the London-based, Times Higher Education (THE) released the Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019 report which shows that India has improved its ranking and secured a higher position with 49 institutions making it to the list. According to this year’s report 25 Indian institutions figure in the top 200 institutes, a rise from 17 last year. The report stated that the Indian Institute of Science (IISc),Bangaluru retains the highest spot for India (14th), followed by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (27th). Last year India had 42 institutions in the overall list. China remains the most represented nation with 72 institutions in total and claiming four of the table’s top five positions with Tsinghua University topping the chart. Nearly 450 universities from 43 countries, across four continents were compared this year.

  18. _____ emerged as the world’s most dynamic city in the 6th City Momentum Index, released by property consultant JLL, on 15th January 2019?
    1) Hyderabad
    2) Mumbai
    3) Bengaluru
    4) New Delhi
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Bengaluru
    Explanation:
    On January 15, 2019, according to the 6th City Momentum Index, released by property consultant JLL, Bengaluru has emerged as the world’s most dynamic city with a robust technology and innovation ecosystem in place. The report is titled: ‘JLL City Momentum: The World’s Top 20 Most Dynamic Cities’. The 2019 edition of the survey was conducted on 131 cities over a period of 3 years. The key theme in this year’s index was cities having a robust technology and innovation ecosystem. Among other Indian cities, Hyderabad ranked second with Delhi at fourth, Pune at fifth, Chennai at seventh and Kolkata at fifteenth position featuring in top 20 cities. 19 of the top 20 cities ranked were from Asia Pacific region. The other cities include Hanoi at the third position, Nairobi at 6th, Ho Chi Minh City at 8th Xi’an at 9th Guangzhou at 10th.

  19. Finance Ministry asked the public sector banks to bring down the government’s equity to at least what percent in the first phase, on 16th January 2019?
    1) 52 %
    2) 27 %
    3) 34 %
    4) 44 %
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) 52 %
    Explanation:
    On January 16, 2019, Finance Ministry asked the public sector banks to bring down the government’s equity to at least 52 per cent in the first phase. Dilution of government stake will help banks to meet 25 per cent public float norms of market regulator SEBI. This would also encourage the banks to follow the prudential lending norms. The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has already initiated step for Rs 20,000 crore share sale through qualified institutional placement (QIP). This would dilute the existing government stake of 58.53 per cent in the bank. Accordingly, other banks like Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, and Oriental Bank of Commerce among others have already issued or in process of issuing Employee Share Purchase Scheme (ESPS).

  20. India has decided to purchase ____ dollar worth of oil and gas from the United States per annum and $18 billion worth of defence equipment?
    1) $20 billion
    2) $10 billion
    3) $5 billion
    4) $8 billion
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) $5 billion
    Explanation:
    On 16th January 2019, India has decided to purchase $5 billion worth of oil and gas from the US per annum and $18 billion worth of defence equipment. India-US bilateral trade has increased from $119 billion to $140 billion in past two years. The US export to India has gone up by at least 30 per cent. Orders of 300 airplanes of $40 billion have been placed by commercial Indian airlines. The United States is India’s largest trading partner.

  21. Name the Indian who has been featured in the Top “Global Thinkers 2019” ranking released by the Foreign Policy publishing?
    1) Shiv Nadar
    2) Mukesh Ambani
    3) Kiran Mazumdar
    4) Ritesh Gupta
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Mukesh Ambani
    Explanation:
    Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani who is also the Richest Indian, has been featured in the Top “Global Thinkers 2019”ranking released by the prestigious Foreign Policy publishing. Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos and IMF Head Christine Lagarde also featured in the list of few names released by Foreign Policy Publishing. The Full list of ‘Global Thinkers 2019’ will be published on 22nd January 2019 at the 10th Anniversary of Global Thinkers listing. Mukesh Ambani has replaced Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma to become the Asia’s Richest person with a fortune of 44.3 billion dollar.

  22. Who won the Hindu Literary Prize 2018 in the “Fiction Category” at the Hindu Lit for Life event 2019?
    1) Neelum Saran Gour
    2) Manoranjan Byapari
    3) Venita Coelho
    4) Vinayak Varma
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) Neelum Saran Gour
    Explanation:
    On January 15th 2019, during the Hindu Lit for Life event 2019 the Hindu Literary Prize 2018 was announced to honour writers who have spent their lifetime mining the human spirit through their words and ideas. Winners under different categories are:
    Category Winner
    Fiction Category Neelum Saran Gour author of Requiem in Raga Janki
    non-fiction category Manoranjan Byapari author of Interrogating my Chandal Life: An Autobiography of a Dalit
    The Hindu Young World-Good Books Award for best book Fiction Venita Coelho for Boy No: 32
    The Hindu Young World-class Good Books Award for best book non-fiction A Brush with Indian Art of Mamta Nainy
    The Hindu Young World-Good Books Award for best picture book story Vinayak Varma’s Angry Akku

  23. ____ became the first Indian and the youngest man to climb the seven highest peaks and volcanic summits across all continents, on 16th January 2019?
    1) Rajesh Shukla
    2) Satyarup Siddhanta
    3) Anshul Agrawal
    4) Shekar Basu
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Satyarup Siddhanta
    Explanation:
    On January 16, 2019, software engineer and mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta, hailing from Haridevpur in South Kolkata, became the first Indian and youngest man to climb the seven highest peaks and volcanic summits across all continents. This feat was attained after he conquered Antartica’s highest point, Mount Sidley. He achieved the feat at the age of 35 years and 262 days. In 2018, Satyarup had scaled the highest volcanic peak in North America, Pico de Orizaba. He beat the record of Australia’s Daniel Bull who had done it at the age of 36 years 157 days.

  24. Who was appointed the new chief executive officer of International Cricket Council (ICC) on 15th January 2019?
    1) Deepak Gujral
    2) Manu Sawhney
    3) Sameer Khan
    4) Rahul Diwan
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Manu Sawhney
    Explanation:
    On January 15, 2019,The International Cricket Council (ICC) appointed former ESPN star sports CEO and former chairman of Singapore based sport hub Manu Sawhney as its new chief executive officer, replacing David Richardson. David Richardson, will step down after the World Cup that is to be held in England. Manu Sawhney will officially join the organisation In the month of July.Until then Sawhney will work along with outgoing CEO Richardson to ensure a smooth transition of leadership before assuming control. The appointment process was led by the apex body’s chairman Shashank Manohar and the Nominations Committee.

  25. _____ was appointed the chief coach for India’s women pugilists by Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on 15th January 2019?
    1) Ramjit Singh
    2) Mohammed Ali Qamar
    3) Shiv Singh
    4) Vinod Rai
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Mohammed Ali Qamar
    Explanation:
    On January 15, 2019, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) appointed India’s first Commonwealth Games gold medallist in boxing, Mohammed Ali Qamar, as chief coach for the country’s women pugilists. The 38-year old became the youngest ever to be appointed in the position. He replaced veteran Shiv Singh. Prior to this, he has been an assistant coach in the national camp for more than a year. Additionally, the Arjuna awardee has coached the Railways Sports Promotion Board’s women’s team for more than three years.

  26. Who was appointed the chief coach for India’s men pugilists by Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on 15th January 2019?
    1) Surjit Sinha
    2) Manish Adwyth
    3) Rahul Khana
    4) C A Kuttappa
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) C A Kuttappa
    Explanation:
    On January 15, 2019, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) appointed C A Kuttappa as the chief coach of India’s men pugilists.

  27. Name the cargo craft that departed from the International Space Station on 13th January 2019 and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California?
    1) SpaceX-CRS-16 Dragon
    2) SpaceX-Infra 8X
    3) SpaceX-HNX-211
    4) SpaceX-Reckon4
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) SpaceX-CRS-16 Dragon
    Explanation:
    On January 13, 2019,The SpaceX-CRS-16 Dragon cargo craft departed from the International Space Station and making a remark as the first night splashdown and recovered theDragon vehicle. SpaceX-CRS-16 Dragon is a Commercial Resupply Service mission to the International Space Station launched by NASA. The SpaceX-owned commercial cargo craft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California on January 13, 2019, closing out a 39-day mission. The cargo delivery included 40 mice sent to the space station to study the effects of microgravity on the animals’ immune systems, muscles and bones. It was the second nighttime splashdown of a Dragon spacecraft, following a return before dawn in July 2017.The returned SpaceX refurbished the spacecraft for another launch, a practice the company followed for five of its resupply missions to the space station.

  28. Death of the 14-year-old Hawaiian tree snail named George marked the extinction of which species?
    1) Cervus canadensis hanglu
    2) Achatinella apexfulva
    3) Pavo cristatus
    4) Equus caballus
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Achatinella apexfulva
    Explanation:
    On 15th January 2019, death of 14-year-old Hawaiian tree snail named George marked the first extinction of 2019. He was last known member of his species. He belonged to “Achatinella apexfulva” species. George was born in a captive breeding facility at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the early 2000s. He got his name after Lonesome George the Pinta Island tortoise who was also last of his species. Rebecca Rundell an evolutionary biologist with State University of New York was taking care of George.

  29. Where was the 1st National Level Sports Meet for the students of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) launched on 14th January 2019?
    1) Mumbai
    2) Hyderabad
    3) New Delhi
    4) Kolkata
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Hyderabad
    Explanation:
    On 14th January 2019, Shri Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor Minister of State for Tribal Affairs launched the 1st National Level Sports Meet for the students of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) at G.M.C Balayogi Stadium, Gachibowli, Hyderabad. The Minister also launched an app ‘EMRS Sports Meet’ dedicated on the occasion. Total 1777 students comprising of 975 boys and 802 girls representing 20 States of the country are participating in the event which is three day event till Jan.16, 2019. Shri. Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri. Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, and Shri. Deepak Khandekar, Secretary, Tribal Affairs will also be present for presentation ceremony to be held on Jan 16th 2019.

  30. Name the 12-year old boy who became the youngest Grand master in India and second in the world, on 15th January 2019?
    1) D K Sharma
    2) D Gukesh
    3) Chaitanya Prasad NCV
    4) Rushyant Sharma
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) D Gukesh
    Explanation:
    On January 15th 2019, a 12 year old Tamil Nadu boy D Gukesh became the youngest Grand master in India and second in the world. He achieved this feat by beating D K Sharma at 17th Delhi International Open Chess tournament in Delhi. D Gukesh became India’s 59th Grand Master. Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine is the world’s youngest Grand master. This was D Gukesh’s third Grand master norm. His first GM norm was during the Bangkok Open in 2018.

  31. Czech Republic’s Petr Cech announced his retirement from which sport on 16th January 2019?
    1) Hockey
    2) Baseball
    3) Football
    4) Badminton
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Football
    Explanation:
    On January 16, 2019, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech announced his retirement after having a career spanning 20 years in football. He has a record 202 clean sheets in his 15 seasons in the Premier League since joining Chelsea in 2004 from French club Rennes. He is also the Czech Republic’s most capped player, making 124 appearances after which he also retired from international soccer in 2016.

  32. Name the Croatian tennis player who became the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open at the age of 40, on 15th January 2019?
    1) Lucius Silva
    2) Ivo Karlovic
    3) Hubert Hurkacz
    4) Jimmy Connors
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Ivo Karlovic
    Explanation:
    On 15th January 2019, Croatian tennis player, Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open at the age of 40 years as he defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a man 18 years his junior, to reach the second round. The victory over Hubert Hurkacz made Karlovic the oldest victor at the tournament since Australian icon Ken Rosewall reached the third round of the 1978 tournament at the age of 44. Karlovic who is currently world number 73, also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors beat Jaime Oncins to reach the second round of the 1992 US Open.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Which state houses the Bhitarkanika National Park?
    Answer – Odisha
    Explanation:
    Bhitarkanika National Park located in Kendrapara district of Odisha appeared recently in the news, as the annual census of estuarine or saltwater crocodiles got underway in the Park. Crocodile experts and researchers, carried out the census till January 14, 2019.

  2. Name the President and headquarters of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)?
    Answer – President – Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu; Headquarters – Montreal, Canada

  3. Governor of Kerala is _____?
    Answer – P. Sathasivam

  4. Where is Kanha National Park located?
    Answer – Madhya Pradesh

  5. Who is the President of Boxing Federation of India (BFI)?
    Answer – Ajay Singh