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Current Affairs Quiz: January 20 2018

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  1. 25th meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council was held in New Delhi on January 18, 2018. In this meeting the council reduced the tax rates of 29 goods and 53 categories of service. The new rates will be applicable from_______?
    1. January 20, 2018
    2. January 22, 2018
    3. January 23, 2018
    4. January 25, 2018
    5. January 30, 2018
    Answer – 4. January 25, 2018
    Explanation :
    25th meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council was held in New Delhi on January 18, 2018. The meeting was chaired by Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley. Highlight of the 25th GST Council meet was the reduction of tax rates on 29 goods and 53 categories of service. The new rates will be applicable from January 25, 2018. Jaitley stated that although latest rate reductions would affect Central Government’s GST revenue, the impact would be small. GST is a destination-based, single indirect tax that is levied on consumption of goods or use of services across India. It was rolled out in India from July 1, 2017.

  2. In how many cities the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep S Puri, announced commencement of the Liveability Index Programme?
    1. 116 Indian cities
    2. 115 Indian cities
    3. 114 Indian cities
    4. 113 Indian cities
    5. 114 Indian cities
    Answer – 1. 116 Indian cities
    Explanation :
    Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep S Puri, announced commencement of the Liveability Index Programme in 116 Indian cities. Goal of assessing the cities on liveability standards and thereafter compiling the index rankings is to make Indian cities more ‘Liveable’. This programme would be funded by the World Bank. The list includes the identified Smart Cities and few more cities with a population of over 1 million.

  3. To strengthen the cyber security, What is the initiative launched by the Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology KJ Alphons?
    1. Cyber Relationship Framework
    2. Cybersecurity Policy Initiative
    3. Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative
    4. Cybersecurity Standardization
    5. Cyber Subharna Bharat initiative
    Answer – 3. Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative
    Explanation :
    Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology. KJ Alphons launched Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative. Objective of this initiative is to spread awareness about cybercrime and to train and prepare Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and frontline IT staff of all government departments to effectively deal and neutralise cyber threats. This initiative has been launched in association with National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and leading companies of Information Technology Industry. Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative is the first public-private partnership in the area of cyber security.

  4. In which district of Puducherry, the Union Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK)?
    1. Mahe
    2. Karaikal
    3. Yanam
    4. Villianur
    5. Chandernagor
    Answer –  2. Karaikal
    Explanation :
    Union Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj inaugurated Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) at Karaikal in the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry. This POPSK is expected to benefit people of Karaikal, as now they can avail passport related services without having to travel to Puducherry. POPSK is a joint initiative by the Ministry of External Affairs (India) (MEA) and the Department of Posts (DoP), where the Head Post Offices (HPO) and post offices across India will be utilized as Post Office Passport Seva Kendra for delivering passport related services to the citizens. Objective of this initiative is to ensure wider coverage of passport related services.

  5. Which state Government launched e-Hospital Management Information System, an online platform which hosts all clinical parameters of patients and reporting of performance criteria of hospitals?
    1. Gujarat
    2. Punjab
    3. Uttarkhand
    4. Odisha
    5. Jharkhand
    Answer – 4. Odisha
    Explanation :
    Odisha State Government launched Odisha e-Hospital Management Information System (OeHMIS), an online platform which hosts all clinical parameters of patients and reporting of performance criteria of hospitals. Through OeHIMS, patients can be registered online. Besides, individual electronic health records can be viewed and downloaded online through web portal or mobile application. Technical support for OeHMIS is being provided by Centre for the Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC). Odisha State Government has allocated Rs. 14.16 crore for implementation of this project. Pilot projects of OeHMIS have been launched at Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar and SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack. It will be extended to other health institutions in near future

  6. bharatkeveer.gov.in web portal is related to which of the following?
    1. Youths
    2. Martyrs
    3. Education
    4. Aadhar
    5. Politics
    Answer – 2. Martyrs
    Explanation :
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ graphic novel series on Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) martyrs, ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ anthem and a short film on India’s bravehearts. At the launch event, Mr. Singh stated that no amount of monetary compensations can be enough for those who lay their lives in the line of duty. Earlier, Mr. Singh had stated that Central Government was making all efforts to ensure that the kin of martyred troops are provided a compensation of not less than Rs one crore. It is to be noted that in April 2017, Mr. Singh had launched bharatkeveer.gov.in web portal that enables common people to make monetary donations (up to combined upper limit of Rs. 15 lakh for each martyr) to families of paramilitary troops killed in action.

  7. Which State Government approved Rs 4000 crore – Nanaji Deshmukh Krishi Sanjivani Yojna?
    1. Maharashtra
    2. Odisha
    3. Himachal Pradesh
    4. Arunachal Pradesh
    5. Maharashtra
    Answer – 1. Maharashtra
    Explanation :
    Maharashtra State Government approved Rs 4000 crore – Nanaji Deshmukh Krishi Sanjivani Yojna. Nanaji Deshmukh Krishi Sanjivani Yojna is aimed at promoting climate-resilient agriculture in 5142 villages across 15 districts of Maharashtra. Under this yojana, efforts will be made to improve soil quality, bringing in necessary changes in the crop pattern as per the availability of water in a particular region and develop food grain varieties which can sustain climate variations. This yojana will be rolled out in 2018-19 and will continue till 2023-24.

  8. Which state government announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Clean Authority of Tokyo for municipal solid waste incineration facilities?
    1. Andhra Pradesh
    2. Kerala
    3. Karnataka
    4. Telangana
    5. Bihar
    Answer – 4. Telangana
    Explanation :
    Telangana State government announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Clean Authority of Tokyo for municipal solid waste incineration facilities. Clean Authority of Tokyo runs incineration plant for burning up combustible waste taken out from home and office in 23 wards of Tokyo, Japan. The MoU was signed between Yoshimi Sato, Vice-President of Clean Authority of Tokyo and Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce (I&C), Telangana State Government. As per the terms of the MoU, Telangana State Government and Clean Authority of Tokyo will exchange knowledge on municipal solid waste incineration facilities. In future, both the sides may also exchange human resource for the same.

  9. How many total websites are launched during the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’ for Divyangs to empower the disabled persons in all over the country?
    1. 50
    2. 75
    3. 90
    4. 100
    5. 115
    Answer – 4. 100
    Explanation :
    During the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’, Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot launched 100 accessible websites for Divyangs to empower the disabled persons in all over the country. Divyang-friendly websites were launched especially for visually impaired, use features such as screen readers and screen magnifiers, which can relay website content to the user in audio format. Now 100 accessible websites are made accessible under the project. Minister also stated that another 900 such websites will be launched in a phased manner.

  10. Which Indian city hosted the 4th edition of the India International Science Festival 2018?
    1. Patna
    2. Lucknow
    3. Pune
    4. Mumbai
    5. Ahmadabad
    Answer – 2. Lucknow
    Explanation :
    Ministry of Science & Technology has confirmed that 4th edition of the India International Science Festival will be held in Lucknow. The decision was taken at the first preparatory meeting for the 4th India International Science Festival (IISF) chaired by Union Minister for Science & Technology, Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Officials of Ministries of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and DG, CSIR and representatives of Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA) were also attended the meeting.

  11. Which state government has signed an agreement to set up an incubator for promoting research with Software Technology Park of India (STPI), philanthropist Sushmita Bagchi, and IIT-Bhubaneshwar?
    1. Tamil Nadu
    2. Goa
    3. Kerala
    4. Delhi
    5. Odisha
    Answer – 5. Odisha
    Explanation :
    The Odisha government has signed an agreement to setting up an incubator for promoting research with Software Technology Park of India (STPI), philanthropist Sushmita Bagchi, and IIT Bhubaneswar in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. As per the above agreement ,The Centre of Excellence for Virtual & Augmented Reality” (VARCoE) will be set up at the campus of IIT, Bhubaneswar and it will become a landmark initiative for promoting research, technology incubation and product development in the country. Odisha state government has contributed the cheque of Rs 2.5 crore to Director, IIT, Bhubaneswar for this initiative. Susmita Bagchi, a philanthropist, also contributed Rs 2.5 crore to Director of IIT.

  12. What is Maitre-2?
    1. Train
    2. Bus
    3. Tunnel
    4. Flight
    5. Helicopter
    Answer – 2. Bus
    Explanation :
    Maitre-2, a second passenger bus to Kolkata via Dhaka was flagged off from Agartala, Tripura on January 19, 2018. The bus was flagged off by Tripura MLA Ratan Das and Tripura Road Transport Corporation Chairman Rajendra Reang. This bus service is expected to strengthen trans-border relationship between India and Bangladesh and enhance people-to-people connectivity. The distance between Kolkata and Agartala is about 1650 km, by Indian route. This distance is cut to 515 km if the buses go through Dhaka. Maitre-2 bus will run twice a week. It will take 20 hours for reaching the destinations. Fare for this bus service has been fixed at Rs. 2200.

  13. According to Census on Foreign Liabilities and Assets of Indian Direct Investment Companies 2016-17, released by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which country was the largest source of foreign investment (FDI) in India during 2016-17?
    1. Mauritius
    2. Singapore
    3. Thailand
    4. France
    5. Dubai
    Answer – 1. Mauritius
    Explanation :
    According to Census on Foreign Liabilities and Assets of Indian Direct Investment Companies 2016-17, released by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on January 19, 2018, Mauritius was the largest source of foreign investment (FDI) in India during 2016-17. This census provides comprehensive information on the market value of foreign liabilities (on account of FDI) and assets (on account of overseas direct investment, ODI and other investments) of Indian companies. Indian companies’ investment in a foreign entity by way of contribution to the capital or subscription to the Memorandum of Association is referred to as ODI. Total 18667 companies participated in this census. Out of these, 17020 companies had FDI/overseas direct investment (ODI) in their balance sheets in March 2017. Mauritius, with 21.8 per cent share was the largest source of FDI in India, while Singapore with 19.7 per cent was the major ODI destination.

  14. Who was appointed the new Governor of Madhya Pradesh?
    1. Pema Khandu
    2. Nitish Kumar
    3. Manohar Singh
    4. Anandiben Patel
    5. Ram Thakur
    Answer – 4. Anandiben Patel
    Explanation :
    Gujarat’s first woman former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has been appointed Governor of Madhya Pradesh. Patel had joined BJP as the president of party’s women wing in 1986. She succeeded PM Narendra Modi when he moved on to Delhi as the CM of Gujarat. She was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1994. In 1998, she became education minister of Gujarat. She retained the portfolio after being re-elected in 2002 from Patan. In 2012, Patel shifted Ghatlodia in Ahmedabad.

  15. Who was appointed the new Director General (DG) of the ‘black cats’ commando force National Security Guard (NSG)?
    1. Raghubar Das
    2. Shivraj Sunder
    3. Naveen Lal
    4. Pratap Singh
    5. Sudeep Lakhtakia
    Answer – 5. Sudeep Lakhtakia
    Explanation :
    Senior IPS officer Sudeep Lakhtakia has been appointed the new Director General (DG) of the ‘black cats’ commando force National Security Guard (NSG). He replaces Sudhir Pratap Singh. Lakhtakia is a 1984-batch IPS officer of Telangana cadre.The officer was serving as a Special DG in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters.

  16. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched the National Corporate Social Responsibility Data Portal in New Delhi which will be able to assist in_______, making Indian corporate sector socially responsible?
    1. Equity Market & Currency Market
    2. FDI’s
    3. Social audits or projects
    4. All the above
    5. None of these
    Answer – 3. Social audits or projects
    Explanation :
    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched the National Corporate Social Responsibility Data Portal in New Delhi. The portal will able to broadcast CSR related data to the general public. It will be able to assist in social audits or projects, making Indian corporate sector socially responsible. At the launch of National CSR Data Portal and Corporate Data Portal of the MCA , Arun Jaitley also stated that because of online availability of data, it has become easier to dissect any impropriety, including that of funds being channelled through shell companies. From proposing direct development sector, interactive reports and depth search for individual company contribution, the portal is not only a knowledge based but will also act as a catalyst for change.

  17. Which state will host its first maiden international martial arts games event in its capital?
    1. Punjab
    2. Jammu and Kashmir
    3. Haryana
    4. Bihar
    5. Uttarkhand
    Answer – 2. Jammu and Kashmir
    Explanation :
    Jammu and Kashmir will host its first maiden international martial arts games event in the in the summer capital Srinagar. Rameez Khan, general secretary of J-K State KiAiDo Association, the organisers of the event stated that more than 15 countries were expected to participate.‘Asian Martial Arts Games’ will provide a platform to the young martial art players of the state toperform and gaining experience from different countries’ players.

  18. Shriniwas Tiwari passed away recently. Who is he?
    1. Doctor
    2. Politician
    3. Journalist
    4. Researcher
    5. Athlete
    Answer – 2. Politician
    Explanation :
    On Jan 19 2017, Former Speaker of the Madhya Pradesh assembly and Congress leader Shriniwas Tiwari ,93 passed away in a hospital in New Delhi. Tiwari, popularly known as “White Tiger”. He is survived by his MLA son, Sunderlal Tiwari.

  19. Sulaiman ‘Dik’ Abed is related to which sport?
    1. Hockey
    2. Cricket
    3. Polo
    4. Swimming
    5. Ice hockey
    Answer – 2. Cricket
    Explanation :
    Former South Africa all-rounder Sulaiman ‘Dik’ Abed ,73 passed away in The Netherlands. He was an outstanding all-rounder such as batsman and a fast bowler with a fine leg cutter. Subsequently, he took up a contract with Enfield in the Lancashire Leagues in England and went on to amass more than 5,000 runs beside also bagging more than 800 wickets over a 10-year period from 1967 to 1976.

  20. To which Profession Anindya Sengupta belonged to?
    1. Teacher
    2. Criminologist
    3. Architect
    4. Journalist
    5. Businessman
    Answer – 4. Journalist
    Explanation :
    Senior journalist and Indian Journalists Association Secretary Anindya Sengupta,52 has passed away due to cancer. Sengupta started his career with Bengali newspaper ‘Bartaman’, and then worked with English dailies ‘The Statesman’ and ‘The Telegraph’. He had served as the secretary of Kolkata Press Club for six terms, and was presently the secretary of the Indian Journalists Association (IJA).

  21. Who is the author of the book ‘The Heartfulness Way’?
    1. Vivek Patnaik
    2. Pawan Kumar
    3. Kamlesh Patel
    4. Manish Yogi
    5. Suresh Prabhu
    Answer – 3. Kamlesh Patel
    Explanation :
    President Ram Nath Kovind launched a book on heartfulness techniques and principles titled ‘The Heartfulness Way’. The author of the book is Kamlesh Patel, widely known as Daaji, the fourth Global Guide of Heartfulness, and Joshua Pollock, a heartfulness trainer and practitioner. This book guaranteed to be a treat for those who are curious about what is heartfulness and how it can change our day-to-day lives. It was launched by Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Who is the Current Governor of Odisha?
     S.C. Jamir

  2. What is the capital of Maharashtra?
     Mumbai

  3. Mrugavani National Park is in which state?
     Telangana

  4. Name the highest peak in India.
     Mount K2

  5. What is the capital of Mauritius?
     Port Louis