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Current Affairs Quiz: January 26 2018

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  1. What are the three C’s focused on ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit held in New Delhi on January 25, 2018?
    1. Connectivity, Community and Culture
    2. Connectivity, Commerce and Contribution
    3. Connectivity, Commerce and Culture
    4. Constitution, Commerce and Culture
    5. Coefficient, Commerce and Curiosity
    Answer – 3. Connectivity, Commerce and Culture
    Explanation :
    ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations was held in New Delhi on January 25, 2018. Theme of this Summit was “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.A join statement, titled ‘Delhi Declaration’ was issued outlining the participating countries’ commitment to political, economic and socio-cultural cooperation. The declaration focused on the three Cs – Connectivity, Commerce and Culture. The participating countries reaffirmed their commitment in promoting peace, stability, maritime safety and security in the region and agreed to work closely together on regional and international security issues of mutual concern. In context of trade and commerce, the declaration called for further strengthening ASEAN-India economic relations, including effective implementation of theASEAN-India Free Trade Area, and efforts to conclude the mutually beneficial Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

  2. Which State Government has framed a comprehensive helipad policy which lays down strict guidelines for helipads, their location and other procedures to be followed?
    1. Gujarat
    2. Odisha
    3. Uttar Pradesh
    4. Maharashtra
    5. Madhya Pradesh
    Answer – 4. Maharashtra
    Explanation :
    Maharashtra State Government has framed a comprehensive helipad policy which lays down strict guidelines for helipads, their location and other procedures to be followed. This policy has been framed by the aviation department of Maharashtra Government’s General Administration Department. Need for such policy was felt owing to a series of near-mishaps of helicopters ferrying Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during last one year. One of the key rule to be followed is that helipads should be located close to cities but away from densely populated areas. Height restrictions have been imposed for constructing buildings in the area where a helipad is located. The helicopter pilot should not start the helicopter; neither should he/she start the air conditioning before the VVIP passenger gets on board.

  3. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid foundation stone for several projects in Uttar Pradesh. These projects are related to?
    1. Infrastructure
    2. National Highways
    3. Hospitals
    4. Research
    5. Water
    Answer – 2. National Highways
    Explanation :
    Union Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid foundation stone for several projects in Uttar Pradesh. These projects entail a combined investment of Rs 6517 crore. The seven National Highways projects among these have a total length of 246 km. In Maharajganj district , Mr. Gadkari opened the newly widened and strengthened 26.9 km Urka-Ramnagar section and 33 km long Siswa Babu to Kaptanganj section of National Highway 730. In Ghazipur district, Mr. Gadkari laid the foundation stone for widening and strengthening of 65.38 km long Ghazipur-Mau section of National Highway 29. At Ghazipur, Mr. Gadkari also laid the foundation stone for an Intermodal Terminal on National Waterways –I.

  4. Which state government launched the ‘Mahatama Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana’ to help the distressed sections of the society?
    1. Haryana
    2. Bihar
    3. Jharkhand
    4. Punjab
    5. Uttarkhand
    Answer – 4. Punjab
    Explanation :
    Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh launched the ‘Mahatama Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana’ to help the distressed sections of the society. The ‘Mahatama Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana’ aims to help the distressed sections of the society socially, economically and psychologically. Captain Amarinder Singh said that, 10.25 lakh farmers of Punjab coming under the debt waiver scheme will receive the benefits by November 2018. He also launched the e-POS scheme for fair price shops. This will replace the previous blue card system for distribution of Atta-Dal.

  5. Which state Government launched ‘Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat’?
    1. Assam
    2. Sikkim
    3. Manipur
    4. Mizoram
    5. Jharkhand
    Answer – 5. Jharkhand
    Explanation :
    Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched ‘Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat’ at Balijore village, in Dumka district of Jharkhand. Raghubar Das said that, Jharkhand is the first state in India, where beneficiaries are provided stoves along with gas connections. He said that, Rs 300 crore was alloted in the budget for LPG connection and stove distribution. Out of that, 10 lakh beneficiaries have been provided with connections so far. He added that, Jharkhand has set a target to provide connections to 28 lakh poor families in 2018. He also said that, ‘Adivasi Vikas Samiti’ will be formed in tribal populated areas. ‘Gram Vikas Samiti’ will be established in villages having less tribal count with 7 members in small villages and 11 members in bigger villages.

  6. India with which country launched the first ever set of commemorative postage stamps to highlight the bilateral ties between them with the theme of ‘ancient architecture’?
    1. Thailand
    2. Poland
    3. Vietnam
    4. Argentina
    5. Iran
    Answer – 3. Vietnam
    Explanation :
    India and Vietnam launched the first ever set of commemorative postage stamps to highlight the bilateral ties between them. India and Vietnam have released the first set of commemorative postage stamps. The theme of these stamps is ‘ancient architecture’. Two set of stamps were unveiled. They carried a picture of Sanchi Stupa and Thien Mu Pagoda. These stamps were designed by both Indian and Vietnam artists. AN Nanda, Secretary, Department of Posts and Truong Monh Tuan, Vietnam IT and Communications Minister, were present at the stamp release event.

  7. In a bid to strengthen the existing channels of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) distribution, Government has allowed to sell APY in which of the below given institutions?
    1. Small Finance Banks
    2. Payment Banks
    3. Schools & Colleges
    4. 1 & 2
    5. 2 & 3
    Answer – 4. 1 & 2
    Explanation :
    In a bid to strengthen the existing channels of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) distribution, Government has allowed Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks to sell APY to their customers. This decision will not only improve the outreach of APY to new subscribers but will generate fee income for Banks. As of now banks will get an incentive of Rs. 120-150 for each APY account. On January 15, 2018, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) had conducted an Orientation Meeting in New Delhi to familiarize these Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks in Atal Pension Yojana (APY). Atal Pension Yojana is Government of India’s Old Age Pension Scheme. It was launched in May 2015 and is being implemented through all Banks across India. As on January 23, 2018, APY subscriber base crossed more than 84 lacs.

  8. National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SME Corporation Malaysia for cooperation in development of ___________ in India and Malaysia?
    1. Peace
    2. Economic Prosperity
    3. Jobs
    4. Small and medium businesses
    5. All the Above
    Answer – 4. Small and medium businesses
    Explanation :
    National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SME Corporation Malaysia for cooperation in development of small and medium businesses (SMBs) in India and Malaysia. The MoU was signed in presence of Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister Giriraj Singh. Under this MoU, two entities will work together for improving global competitiveness of Indian and Malaysian MSMEs. Besides, they will also enter into technical collaboration for the same. In addition to NSIC-SME Corporation Malaysia MoU, three other agreements were also signed between Indian and Malaysian organisations to strengthen cooperation among smaller businesses in both the countries.

  9. In which Indian city the first floating market was inaugurated?
    1. Pune
    2. Kolkata
    3. Patna
    4. Srinagar
    5. Chandigarh
    Answer – 2. Kolkata
    Explanation :
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, inaugurated the floating market located at Lake Patuli on the eastern part of Kolkata. The floating market was opened for the public on 25th January 2018. This floating market has been created to accommodate nearly 200 shopkeepers from a market that was closed during the extension of the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. The floating market will accommodate nearly 114 boats. Each boat will accommodate two shops. Daily-use items like vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish, meat and poultry will be sold in these shops. People can reach the boats by means of wooden walkways. The market will be open on all days from 6 am to 9 pm. Kolkata has become the first metro in India to get a floating market.

  10. In the year 2018, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has approved conferment of 85 Padma Awards. Out of which how many are women awardees?
    1. 11
    2. 12
    3. 13
    4. 14
    5. 15
    Answer – 4. 14
    Explanation :
    On January 25, 2018, Government announced Padma Awards 2018. This year, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has approved conferment of 85 Padma Awards. This year’s 85 Padma Awards also include duo cases, wherein the award is counted as one. For 2018, 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri Awards have been announced. Among this year’s Padma Award winners, 14 are women. The winners list also includes 16 persons from the category of Foreigners (from 10 ASEAN Countries)/Non Resident Indian (NRI)/Person of India Origin (PIO)/Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and 3 Posthumous awardees.

  11. Who became the first woman chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA)?
    1. Archana Bhargava
    2. Usha Ananthasubramanian
    3. Arundhati Bhattacharya,
    4. Kalpana Morparia
    5. Naina Lal Kidwai
    Answer – 2. Usha Ananthasubramanian
    Explanation :
    Usha Ananthasubramanian became the first woman chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA). Usha Ananthasubramanian is the MD and CEO of Allahabad Bank. She was elected as Chairman of IBA for 2017-18 by its Managing Committee.The Chairman post of IBA was vacant since the superannuation of Jatinder Bir Singh. Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India, has been elected to the post of Deputy Chairman of IBA for 2017-18.

  12. Scientists from which country have created two monkeys named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua through cloning for the first time in the world?
    1. Hong Kong
    2. China
    3. Japan
    4. Thailand
    5. Poland
    Answer – 2. China
    Explanation :
    Chinese scientists have created two monkeys named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua through cloning for the first time in the world. Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua are female monkeys that are 7 and 8 weeks old. This success was mentioned in the journal Cell. This is the first time, researchers have cloned and created two healthy monkeys. These monkeys were created through the cloning method that was used to produce Dolly the sheep in 1996. The Chinese scientists collected the DNA-containing nucleus from monkey eggs and replaced it with DNA from monkey fetus. These modified eggs grew and divided. They developed into an embryo and this was placed inside the female monkeys to develop and give birth.

  13. A new population of red handfish has been discovered in which state of Australia, thereby making their population double now?
    1. Victoria
    2. Queensland
    3. South Australia
    4. Tasmania
    5. New South Wales
    Answer – 4. Tasmania
    Explanation :
    A new population of red handfish has been discovered in Tasmania making their population double now. The red handfish was considered extremely rare and they were confined to a small reef in Frederick Henry Bay near Hobart in south-east Tasmania.They were found recently at a nearby reef in Tasmania’s south-east coast by researchers from University of Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies and Reef Life Survey. These fishes are likely to be genetically isolated because they are not capable of doing long swims. On the whole, there are three species of critically endangered handfish in Tasmania. The red handfish is the rarest of the three species. They are just seven or nine centimetres long. They belong to the species Thymichthys politus.

  14. Supriya Devi recently passed away. Who is she?
    1. Doctor
    2. Dancer
    3. Singer
    4. Actress
    5. Writer
    Answer – 4. Actress
    Explanation :
    Bengali actress Supriya Devi passed away at her home due to a massive heart attack, in South Kolkata. Supriya Devi was 85 years old. She is survived by her daughter Soma. She was born on 8th January 1933. She was one of the leading Bengali actors of her time. She received Padma Shri award in 2014. She has also received the Banga-Vibhushan award in 2011. She had acted in nearly 50 films.

  15. When is the International Customs Day observed all over the world?
    1. 26th January
    2. 25th January
    3. 24th January
    4. 23th January
    5. 22th January
    Answer – 1. 26th January
    Explanation :
    On 26th January 2018, International Customs Day was observed all over the world. The slogan for International Customs Day 2018 is “A secure business environment for economic development.” International Customs Day is celebrated every year on 26th January 2018 to mark the first official conference of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) held in 1953 in Brussels, Belgium.The CCC was renamed World Customs Organization (WCO) in 1994. The International Customs Day is celebrated to improve the effectiveness of the member customs administrations.

  16. How many chief guests graced the 2018 Republic Day Parade?
    1. 15
    2. 13
    3. 12
    4. 10
    5. 8
    Answer – 4. 10
    Explanation :
    For the first time, 10 chief guests graced the Republic Day parade. ASEAN Flags were displayed through fly in the sky over Rajpath. One of the floats showed All India Radio displaying Prime Minister Modi’s monthly address “Mann Ki Baat”. The Income Tax Department float displayed Swachh Dhan Abhiyan, the anti-black money drive.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. What is the capital of Maharashtra?
     Mumbai (summer), Nagpur (winter)

  2. Who is the current Governor of Uttar Pradesh?
     Ram Naik

  3. Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is in which state?
     Jharkhand

  4. World Customs Organization (WCO) is located at?
     Brussels, Belgium

  5. What is the Capital of Australia?
     Canberra