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Current Affairs Quiz: January 25 2018

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  1. In which Indian city, Election Commission of India (ECI) hosted a one-day International Conference on ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Election Process’?
    1. Lucknow
    2. Varanasi
    3. Bengaluru
    4. Mumbai
    5. New Delhi
    Answer – 5. New Delhi
    Explanation :
    Election Commission of India (ECI) hosted a one-day International Conference on ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Election Process’ in New Delhi. The Conference was organized under the VoICE.NET platform, a common knowledge/resource sharing network for 25 Election Management Bodies and International Organisations. It was attended by representatives from five Election Management Bodies (EMBs) viz. Australia, Guinea, Bhutan, Moldova & Zambia and Heads of two International Organisations viz. International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES).

  2. India with which country signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the areas of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) and space?
    1. China
    2. Vietnam
    3. Malaysia
    4. Myanmar
    5. Singapore
    Answer – 2. Vietnam
    Explanation :
    India and Vietnam signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the areas of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) and space. MoU documents were exchanged in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnam counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in New Delhi. Under the MoU, India and Vietnam will strive to enhance cooperation in the field of Information and Broadcasting based on principles of equality and in accordance with their national laws and regulations. In area of space cooperation, India and Vietnam have agreed on the implementation arrangement between Vietnam’s National Remote Sensing Department and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the establishment of tracking and data reception station and data processing facility in Vietnam. This arrangement will be set up under the ASEAN-India Space Cooperation.

  3. How many AMRIT pharmacy stores are there in India?
    1. 100
    2. 111
    3. 115
    4. 119
    5. 125
    Answer – 2. 111
    Explanation :
    Union Health Minister, J P Nadda has stated that his ministry is working to increase the number of AMRIT pharmacy stores by four times (from the existing 111 outlets) by the end of 2018. Since November 2015, Union Ministry for Health & Family Welfare has opened several Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) pharmacy stores across India with an aim to reduce the expenditure incurred by patients on treatment of cancer and heart diseases. According to Mr. Nadda, AMRIT stores have benefited over 52 lakh patients as medicine buyers have saved over Rs 267 crore by buying drugs from these stores.

  4. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the Bharat-ASEAN Maitri Park in which city of India?
    1. Delhi
    2. Mumbai
    3. Kolkata
    4. Pune
    5. None of these
    Answer – 1. Delhi
    Explanation :
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the Bharat-ASEAN Maitri Park in Delhi. The Bharat-ASEAN Maitri Park was inaugurated a day before the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit. The ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit will enhance India-ASEAN cooperation in areas such as counter-terrorism, security and connectivity. ASEAN consists of the following countries: Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.

  5. Central Government launched how many new schemes to promote young scientists and researchers in India?
    1. 3
    2. 4
    3. 5
    4. 6
    5. 9
    Answer – 2. 4
    Explanation : 
    1st Scheme – Teacher Associateship for Research Excellence (TARE) Scheme:
    Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan stated that this Scheme will connect the educators to leading public funded institutions like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) or national institutions like Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to pursue research.
    2nd Scheme – Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship:
    Under this scheme, support will be offered to 100 PhD scholars for training at foreign universities/laboratories up to 12 months during their doctoral research.
    3rd Scheme – Distinguished Investigator Award:
    Under this scheme, 100 fellowships will be offered to principal investigators of Science and Engineering Research Board/Department of Science and Technology projects.
    4th Scheme – Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR):
    This scheme aims to encourage science writing

  6. Central Government sanctioned the establishment of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at ____________?
    1. Gujarat
    2. Tamil Nadu
    3. Kerala
    4. Karnataka
    5. Maharashtra
    Answer – 4. Raichur, Karnataka
    Explanation :
    Central Government sanctioned the establishment of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Raichur, Karnataka. Prakash Javadekar, Union Human Resource Development Minister, said that, the required funds for IIIT-Raichur will be allocated in the 2018 Budget. Karnataka has been ordered to allocate alternative infrastructure for the institute for the academic year 2018-19 until it finds a land for the construction of a permanent campus. This IIIT will be set up on a public-private partnership mode. This is the second IIIT in Karnataka. The first one is in Dharwad.

  7. Which state government announced that, it has banned the sale of tobacco at stores that sell Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) items?
    1. Gujarat
    2. Kerala
    3. Karnataka
    4. Maharashtra
    5. Telangana
    Answer – 4. Maharashtra
    Explanation :
    Maharashtra government announced that, it has banned the sale of tobacco at stores that sell Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) items. The ban has been implemented to prevent youngsters getting addicted to tobacco products. The Central government had insisted state governments to ban the sale of tobacco at shops which sell chocolates, chips and other edible items Maharashtra has become the first state to implement this ban. It had issued a notification regarding this ban on 9th January 2018. Shops found out selling both tobacco and FMCG products will be punished. Also, their licence will be cancelled, with up to six months imprisonment, and fine.

  8. The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has decided to build how many km long Zojila Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir?
    1. 12.150 km long
    2. 13.150 km long
    3. 14.150 km long
    4. 15.150 km long
    5. 16.150 km long
    Answer – 3. 14.150 km long
    Explanation :
    National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) under the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd for construction of the 14.150 km long Zojila Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir. The main objective of the project is to provide all whether connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh region in Jammu & Kashmir. Currently connectivity with Leh region is only limited to 6 months in a year owing to snow and avalanches. The total capital cost of the project is Rs 6808.69 crore, which includes the cost towards land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation.

  9. Which country has announced the formation of a dedicated national security unit to counter fake news and disinformation?
    1. Australia
    2. United Kingdom
    3. China
    4. India
    5. Japan
    Answer – 2. United Kingdom
    Explanation :
    The UK government has announced the formation of a dedicated national security unit to counter fake news and disinformation. The dedicated national security unit to counter fake news and disinformation will be led by the UK Cabinet Office. The unit will flag fake information on social media. This announcement was made at a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC).

  10. Under what scheme the Central Government awarded 325 more routes to airlines as well as helicopter operators under its regional connectivity?
    1. SEDAN
    2. GARAM
    3. SWAG
    4. UDAN
    5. UDHAYA
    Answer – 4. UDAN
    Explanation :
    Central Government awarded 325 more routes to airlines as well as helicopter operators under its regional connectivity scheme, UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik). In awarding routes under second round of bidding, emphasis was laid on flight services to hilly and remote areas, including Kargil. After flight services start on these routes, a total of 56 new airports and helipads will be connected to 36 existing aerodromes. These routes have been awarded to 15 airlines and helicopter operators. Among the major Indian airline operators, IndiGo’s 20 proposals, SpiceJet’s 17 proposals and Jet Airways 4 proposals have been approved. Interestingly, in this second round of bidding, four helicopter operators have been granted rights to fly on selected routes. Under UDAN scheme, Airline operators have to offer half of their seats at discounted rates while helicopter operators have to offer up to 13 seats at lower fares.

  11. Who has been appointed the new Divisional Commissioner of Jammu?
    1. Anshul Mishra
    2. S.R. Sankaran
    3. Ajit Doval
    4. Smitha Sabharwal
    5. Hemant Kumar Sharma
    Answer – 5. Hemant Kumar Sharma
    Explanation :
    Hemant Kumar Sharma has been appointed as the Divisional Commissioner of Jammu. Hemant Kumar Sharma was Commissioner/Secretary to Government in Jammu & Kashmir Transport department. He also held additional charge of the post of administrative secretary, science and technology department. He is now appointed as Divisional Commissioner, Jammu. This post had been vacant after Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, who occupied this post went on central deputation. Hemant Kumar Sharma is an IAS officer of the 2002 batch. M Raju, secretary to the government, Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control department, has been given the additional charge of the posts of administrative secretary, transport and science and technology department.

  12. Who has taken charge as Director of ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, at Valiamala, Kerala?
    1. Dr Armstrong Pame
    2. Dr V Narayanan
    3. Dr Manish Shanker
    4. Dr Ganesh Selve
    5. Dr Kumaraswamy
    Answer – 2. Dr V Narayanan
    Explanation :
    Dr V Narayanan has taken charge as Director of ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, at Valiamala, Kerala. Dr V Narayanan is a senior scientist at ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). He replaces S Somanath as Director of ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre. Recently S Somanath was appointed as Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. Dr V Narayanan is an expert in rocket propulsion. He joined ISRO in 1984. He has published various technical papers in national and international journals. He has worked as Project Director for C25 Cryogenic Project. He had an important role in the launch of GSLV Mk III vehicle.

  13. Harman International has made whom as the global brand ambassador for its JBL and Harman Kardon audio brands?
    1. Katrina Kaif
    2. Priyanka Chopra
    3. Kangana Ranaut
    4. Deepika Padukone
    5. Kajal Aggarwal
    Answer – 2. Priyanka Chopra
    Explanation :
    Harman International has named actress Priyanka Chopra as the global brand ambassador for its JBL and Harman Kardon audio brands. Priyanka Chopra will be involved in various marketing initiatives, such as social media and brand awareness events for JBL and Harman Kardon. Harman International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. AR Rahman is also one of the brand ambassadors for Harman International.

  14. Who has become the first female cinematographer to be nominated for Oscar awards?
    1. B R Vijayalakshmi
    2. Deepti Gupta
    3. Anjuli Shukla
    4. Rachel Morrison
    5. Farah Khan
    Answer – 4. Rachel Morrison
    Explanation :
    Rachel Morrison has become the first female cinematographer to be nominated for Oscar awards. Rachel Morrison has been nominated for Oscar awards 2018 in the category of cinematographers for her work in the movie Mudbound. Rachel Morrison will compete against Roger Deakins, a British cinematographer. The Oscar awards will be broadcasted on 4th March 2018. Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscar 2018 event.

  15. Ursula K. Le Guin was related to which of the following?
    1. Books
    2. Dance
    3. Song
    4. Research
    5. Press
    Answer – 1. Books
    Explanation :
    Ursula K. Le Guin, science fiction author, passed away following several weeks of illness, at her residence in Portland, Oregon, United States. Ursula K. Le Guin is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer. She was 88 years old. She was well known for her Earthsea books. She had won various awards like honorary National Book Award in 2014, Newbery Medal etc. In 2017, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

  16. What is SARAS?
    1. Warship
    2. Submarine
    3. Aircraft
    4. Satellite
    5. None of these
    Answer – 3. Aircraft
    Explanation :
    The new upgraded version of SARAS aircraft developed by National Aeronautics Laboratories (NAL) completed a successful first flight on January 24, 2018. On January 24, 2018, the 14-seater SARAS PT1N flew in the skies for nearly 40 minutes. A team of 40 young scientists and engineers at NAL had been working on this aircraft for the past nine months. Earlier, Saras programme suffered a setback owing to an accident in March 2009. Although the new upgraded version that has been tested, has 14-seat capacity, the final product which will be taken care of by Indian Air Force would accommodate 19 people. NAL Director Jitendra Jadhav has stated that manufacturing of two Limited Series Prototypes would cost Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore

  17. When is the National Voters’ Day was observed all over India?
    1. 21th January
    2. 22th January
    3. 23th January
    4. 24th January
    5. 25th January
    Answer – 5. 25th January
    Explanation :
    On 25th January 2018, 8th National Voters’ Day was observed all over India. The theme for National Voters’ Day 2018 was: ‘Accessible Elections’. This day is celebrated to encourage more voters to take part in the polling process. 25 January is the foundation day of the Election Commission of India. The Election Commission of India came into action in 1950. Hence 25 January is celebrated every year as National Voters’ Day. The first National Voters’ Day was celebrated on 25th January 2011

  18. On 25th January 1971, which state was named the 18th state of India?
    1. Karnataka
    2. Andhra Pradesh
    3. Arunachal Pradesh
    4. Himachal Pradesh
    5. Jharkhand
    Answer – 4. Himachal Pradesh
    Explanation :
    Himachal Pradesh celebrated its 48th Statehood Day. On 25th January 1971, Himachal Pradesh was named the 18th state of India. This day is celebrated every year as Himachal Pradesh Statehood Day. A function was held at Aani, Kullu district, in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur participated in the event. At the event, he announced that, the civil hospital at Anni with the 50 beds will be improved to a 100 bed hospital. He also stated that the Sarahan-Bathad road will be upgraded to a major district road.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. What is the currency of Vietnam?
     Vietnamese Dong; Capital – Hanoi

  2. Bandhavgarh National Park is in which state?
     Madhya Pradesh

  3. Where is the headquarters of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) located at?
     New Delhi

  4. Where is Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary located?
     Leh District, Jammu & Kashmir

  5. Who is the Chief Election Commissioner of India?
     Om Prakash Rawat