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- Which Indian state hosted the International Dam Safety Conference 2018?
1. Andhra Pradesh
2. Madhya Pradesh
4. Uttar Pradesh
Answer – 3. Kerala
International Dam Safety Conference – 2018 begun at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 23rd January 2018. Dam safety conferences are organized every year under the Dam Safety Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP). This two-day conference was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan while Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister of State for of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation presided over the inaugural function. International Dam Safety Conference – 2018 is being organised by Central Water Commission in association with Kerala Water Resources Department (KWRD), National Institute of Technology – Calicut, Kerala State Electricity Board and College of Engineering, Trivandrum. Nearly 550 delegates from over 20 countries including leading dam safety specialists and seismic experts are participating in this conference.
- Which country will host the 16th International Energy Forum (IEF) 2018 Ministerial meeting?
Answer – 2. India
Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan has announced that 16th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial meeting will be held in New Delhi from 10th – 12th April 2018. This event will be hosted by Government of India and co-hosted by the Government of China and South Korea. Representatives from 92 countries (including 72 member countries of IEF and 20 guest countries) will be participating in the meeting. Besides, representatives from international multilateral energy organisations, including the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and International Energy Agency (IEA) will also attend this meet. India had last hosted the IEF ministerial meet in year 1996.
- Which Indian city will host the 7th edition of the Asia Steel International Conference 2018?
Answer – 1. Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha will host the 7th edition of the Asia Steel International Conference from February 6, 2018. This conference will be organised by Tata Steel and Indian Institute of Metals. 7th Asia Steel International Conference will serve as a platform for experts from across the world to discuss innovative and environment friendly technologies for making iron and promoting automation and digitisation in steel industry. Nearly 70 key speakers including those from countries such as Japan, China, Netherlands, the UK, Germany and the US will address this conference. This conference is held once in every three years. Last edition was held in 2015 at Yokohama, Japan.
- Which State government has entered into a sister-state agreement with the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland?
2. Andhra Pradesh
5. Andhra Pradesh
Answer – 5. Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh State government has entered into a sister-state agreement with the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. A letter of intent (LOI) in this regard was signed by Zurich Councillor and Head of the Department for Economic Affairs, Carmen Walker Späh and Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu in the presence of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. Under this agreement, Andhra Pradesh and Canton of Zurich will collaborate in various areas through exchange of experience and information, industry-specific programmes and projects, establishment of joint work groups and regular expert-level consultations. As Zurich is very strong in technology and innovation, this agreement will be beneficial for Andhra Pradesh in areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Life Sciences, Environmental Technology and Urban Development.
- Which state launched a state-level nutrition scheme for HIV-positive children, at a campaign on the eve of National Youth Day?
3. West Bengal
4. Himachal Pradesh
Answer – 4. Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur unveiled a state-level nutrition scheme for HIV-positive children, at a campaign conducted by Himachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society on the eve of National Youth Day, in Shimla. As per this nutrition scheme, nutritional supplement will be provided to boost immunity of more than 400 youth within the age of 18. Himachal Pradesh has made HIV test compulsory for every expectant mother from 2018. Jai Ram Thakur urged to conduct awareness campaigns in schools and colleges. He also insisted to organize skits and street shows to spread awareness among village people. Himachal Pradesh Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that, the Education Department will collaborate with the Health Department to ensure education for HIV-positive children all over Himachal Pradesh.
- What was the theme of Bengal Global Business Summit 2018?
1. Science and Technology for Indigenous Development of Bengal
2. Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions
3. Bengal Means Business
4. Come To Bengal, Ride The Growth
5. Smart Cities for West Bengal
Answer –3. Bengal Means Business
Bengal Global Business Summit 2018 was held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, New Town, in Kolkata. Partner countries of the Bengal Global Business Summit 2018 were: Japan, Italy, Poland, Germany, Republic of Korea, Czech Republic, Great Britain, France and United Arab Emirates. The theme of Bengal Global Business Summit 2018 was: “Bengal Means Business.”
Important MoUs signed during the summit are:
i. Department of Power & NES (West Bengal) with Government of Poland: MoU on Mining, Power & other sectors
ii. Department of Power & NES (West Bengal) with GIZ (Germany): Energy Action Plan for West Bengal
iii. Jadavpur University with Exeter University, Edinburgh University & Eotvos Lorand University: 3 MoUs for collaboration in several fields
- Which city of Malta was officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture?
Answer – 4. Valletta
Valletta, the capital of Malta was officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture. Every year, the European Union (EU) designates a European city/cities as European Capital of Culture for a period of one calendar year. During this period, series of cultural events are organised in the designated cities. During 2018, over 400 events will take place across Valletta and the neighbouring island of Gozo which is part of Malta. All events will revolve around three focal themes viz. Island Stories, Future Baroque and Voyages. Valletta is sharing the role of European Culture Capital 2018 with Leeuwarden, a city in the Netherlands.
- Which state Government signed a 120 million dollar loan agreement with Government of India and the World Bank for the Water Supply Program for Peri-Urban Areas of that state?
Answer – 5. Uttarakhand
Government of India, State Government of Uttarakhand and the World Bank signed a 120 million dollar loan agreement for Uttarakhand Water Supply Program for Peri-Urban Areas. In context of this news, Peri-Urban denotes those areas in the plains of Uttarakhand that are officially classified as rural but exhibit urban features in terms of density of population and the structure of the economy. This programme will not only increase water supply coverage but will also ensure sustainable water supply service delivery in peri-urban areas. The programme envisages development and implementation of a service-oriented and efficient water supply policy for peri-urban areas, strengthening current monitoring and evaluation systems and providing incentives for adoption of water supply master-plans in peri-urban areas.
- According to International Monetary Fund (IMF) update, Indian economy will grow at _____% in FY 2018-19?
Answer – 4. 7.4%
In its January 2018 update of the World Economic Outlook: Brighter Prospects, Optimistic Markets, Challenges Ahead, International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that Indian economy will grow at 7.4% in FY 2018-19. It is to be noted that in FY 2017-18, India lost its fastest growing economy tag to China owing to slowdown caused by demonetisation and the rollout of Goods and Services Tax (GST). However, IMF has forecasted that in FY 2018-19, India will reclaim fastest growing economy tag as China’s growth will slip to 6.6% against India’s 7.4%. For Global economic growth in current year, IMF has revised its forecast to 3.9%, faster than 3.7% forecast earlier in October 2017.
- As per the survey of CEOs conducted by consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), India holds which position in the “most attractive market for investments“?
Answer – 5. Fifth
India has been adjudged as the 5th most attractive market for investments in a survey of CEOs conducted by consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). In the survey, around 9 per cent of global CEOs consider India as one of the most important countries for growth. Interestingly India ranked above Japan which received 8 per cent share. PwC has stated that foreign direct investment (FDI) in India surged 17 per cent to over $25 billion during the first half of FY 2017-18. This surge can largely be attributed to opening up of several key sectors over the last few years. However it outlined that private investment in India has remained muted due to excess capacity and high financial stress. US topped the list with 46 per cent of global CEOs considering it as most important country for growth.
- Which Indian firm became the first Indian company to cross Rs. 6-lakh crore mark in market capitalisation?
1. Tata Motors
2. Reliance Industries Ltd
3. Godrej Ltd
4. Adani Group of Companies
5. ABG Shipyard
Answer – 2. Reliance Industries Ltd
Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) has become the first Indian company to cross the Rs. 6-lakh crore mark in market capitalisation as its share price touched a 52-week high of Rs. 974.5 on January 22, 2018. Market value of a company’s outstanding shares is referred to as market capitalisation (m-cap). It is calculated by multiplying the current market price of company’s share with total number of outstanding shares. During January 22, 2018 (Monday) trading session, RIL share price shot up on account of strong FY 2017-18 Third Quarter earnings that were announced after market hours on January 19, 2018 (Frday). With Rs. 971.2 share price, RIL’s market cap stood at Rs. 615150 crore. In terms of market cap, RIL is followed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) having market capitalisation of Rs. 595946 crore and HDFC Bank at Rs. 508648 crore.
- Who was appointed the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Angola?
1. Asaf Ali
2. Srikumar Menon
3. Binay Ranjan
4. Ali Yavar Jung
5. T. N. Kaul
Answer – 2. Srikumar Menon
Srikumar Menon was appointed as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Angola. Srikumar Menon is currently the Ambassador of India to South Sudan. He has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Angola. He will soon take charge as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Angola.
- Who was appointed the new Director General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)?
1. Braj Kumar
2. Kewal Singh
3. Siddhartha Shankar Ray
4. Dilip Chenoy
5. Lalit Mansingh
Answer – 4. Dilip Chenoy
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) appointed Dilip Chenoy as its Director General. Dilip Chenoy had held various positions including the managing director and CEO of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), director general of Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) and deputy director general of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Dilip Chenoy’s role as Director General of FICCI will be to manage day-to-day administrative affairs of FICCI. Secretary-general of FICCI is Sanjaya Baru. Director General position of FICCI had been vacant since Arvind Prasad retired from the position two years back.
- Who was appointed the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala?
1. Karan Singh
2. Ronen Sen
3. S Somanath
4. Nirupama Rao
5. Arun Kumar Singh
Answer – 3. S Somanath
S Somanath assumed charge as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at a function in Bengaluru, Karnataka. S Somanath replaces K Sivan as Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. S Somanath is currently the Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre at Valiamala, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre deals with liquid engines and stages for all launch vehicles and satellite programs. S Somanath was Associate Director (Projects) of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and also Project Director of GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle. He joined ISRO in 1985. He was a team leader for Integration of PSLV.
- Who was appointed the new Director General (DG) of National Security Guard (NSG)?
1. Navtej Sarna
2. Sudeep Singh
3. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
4. Sudeep Lakhtakia
5. Manohar Thorakya
Answer -4. Sudeep Lakhtakia
Sudeep Lakhtakia was appointed as the new Director General (DG) of National Security Guard (NSG). Sudeep Lakhtakia is an IPS officer of the 1984 batch of Telangana cadre. He is at present the special DG of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters. He will replace SP Singh as DG (Director General) of National Security Guard. SP Singh retires from the post in the end of January 2018.
- Name the movie which has won two awards at the 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018, in Iran?
1. M S Dhoni: The Untold Story
2. Sachin: A Billion Dreams
3. Mary Kom
Answer – 2. Sachin: A Billion Dreams
“Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, a biopic on Sachin Tendulkar, has won two awards at the 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018, in Iran. Helmer James Erskine won the the Best Director of a Long Documentary trophy and an honorary diploma for “Sachin – A Billion Dreams”. Producer of “Sachin – A Billion Dreams” Ravi Bhagchandka won the Special Award for the Best Film in the Long Documentary section.
- Who won the men’s singles title of the Swedish Open Junior International Series 2018, in Uppsala, Sweden?
1. Mads Christophersen
2. Akhilesh Das Gupta
3. Bukit Jalil
4. Stefen Peter
5. Siddharth Pratap Singh
Answer – 5. Siddharth Pratap Singh
Siddharth Pratap Singh won the men’s singles title of the Swedish Open Junior International Series 2018, in Uppsala, Sweden. Siddharth Singh won over Denmark’s Christophersen 21-15, 21-11 in the finals and won the men’s singles title of the Swedish Open Junior International Series 2018. Siddharth Singh is 19 years old. He hails from Raipur. This was his first international title. This was the first time he played outside Asia.
- Which country will host the 2018 Women’s World T20?
1. South Africa
4. West Indies
Answer – 4. West Indies
ICC (International Cricket Council) has announced that, 2018 Women’s World T20, will be hosted by Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and St Lucia of West Indies from 9 – 24 November, 2018. ICC has selected the three venues: Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and St Lucia by bidding process. The preliminary matches will be conducted at the Guyana National Stadium and Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia. Semi-finals and finals will be held at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and Barbuda. Australia, England, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka have qualified to participate in the 2018 Women’s World T20.
- Who has become the first Indian to obtain the world No.2 position in the boys’ under-18 category of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings?
1. Mouma Das
2. Manika Yadav
3. Manav Thakkar
4. Achanta Sharath
5. Sabhya Virmani
Answer – 3. Manav Thakkar
Manav Thakkar has become the first Indian to obtain the world No.2 position in the boys’ under-18 category of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings. Number 1 position in the U-18 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings is occupied by Li Hsin-Yang of Chinese Taipei. 3rd rank is secured by Wang Chuqin of China. Manav Thakkar is 17 years old. He hails from Surat.
- Jimmy Armfield recently passed away. To which sport he was associated with?
Answer – 2. Football
Jimmy Armfield, former England football captain died due to cancer. Jimmy Armfield was 82 years old. He is considered as one of the star players of team Blackpool. He is also a World Cup winner. His football career spun over 17 years with Blackpool team. In 2006, he was inducted into the Blackpool’s Hall of Fame.
- To which Profession Honsen Lyngdoh belonged to?
Answer – 4. Philanthropist
Philanthropist Honsen Lyngdoh of Meghalaya died at his residence, in Shillong, Meghalaya. Honsen Lyngdoh was 83 years old. He had been suffering from age-related ailments. He had received the National Citizens Award in 1992, honouring his contributions to the development of Meghalaya. He had funded many road construction projects in rural areas, even before the central government took initiatives like Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
STATIC GK based on Current Affairs
- Where is the Secretariat of International Energy Forum located at?
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- What is the capital of Andhra Pradesh?
- Chail Sanctuary and Daranghati Sanctuary are in which state?
- What is the currency of Malta?
Euro; Capital – Valletta
- What is the capital of Uttarakhand?
- In which year Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was established?