Current Affairs Quiz: June 30 2018

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  1. Name the Indian-origin intellectual property litigator in Singapore who has been appointed judicial commissioner of Singapore’s Supreme Court by Singapore President Halimah Yacob?
    1.Patabiram Sridhar
    2.Dedar Singh Gill
    3.Raman Roy
    4.Navdeep Singh Joshi
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Dedar Singh Gill
    Explanation:
    Dedar Singh Gill is 59 years old. He is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience. He is one of Singapore’s top intellectual property litigators. Dedar Singh Gill will take charge as judicial commissioner of Singapore’s Supreme Court for a term of 2 years. Earlier he was managing director of law firm Drew and Napier LLC’s intellectual property department. He is also a member of the Law Society of Singapore, the Singapore Academy of Law and the International Trademark Association.
  2. On 29th June 2018, it was announced that ____ was elected the president of the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) for the next 4 years?
    1.Harpal Singh
    2.Ravindra Singh
    3.Mahendra Kumar Saini
    4.Janardan Singh Gehlot
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4.Janardan Singh Gehlot
    Explanation:
    This announcement was made after the Annual General Congress (AGC) of IKF. Observer and Director of International Affairs Olympic Council of Asia Vinod Tiwari also took part in the AGC. The England Kabaddi Association, headed by Ashok Das, was disaffiliated due to anti-Federation activities. Ashok Das was removed from all posts of the Europe Kabaddi Federation.
  3. Name the visually impaired lawyer who has become the first-ever visually impaired judge of Pakistan?
    1.Yousuf Saleem
    2.Ahmed Habibullah
    3.Rafeeq Hassan
    4.Mohammed Mubashir
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Yousuf Saleem
    Explanation:
    Yousuf Saleem is 25 years old. He hails from Lahore. On 26th June 2018, he took the oath to be sworn in as a civil judge at Punjab Judiciary Academy. He is visually impaired by birth. He is affected by retinitis pigmentosa. It is a group of rare, genetic disorders that affect the light sensitive parts of the eye.
  4. When was the International Asteroid Day celebrated all over the world?
    1.June 29
    2.June 30
    3.June 28
    4.June 27
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.June 30
    Explanation:
    In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly declared 30 June as International Asteroid Day. Near-Earth object (NEOs) is an asteroid or comet that passes near the Earth’s orbit. They pose potential threats to earth. The Tunguska asteroid event that happened on 30th June 1908, in Siberia, Russian Federation, was the largest asteroid impact recorded on Earth. International Asteroid Day marks the anniversary of the Tunguska. This day aims to create awareness about the asteroid impact hazard.
  5. When was the first International Day of Parliamentarism observed all over the world?
    1.June 25
    2.June 26
    3.June 29
    4.June 30
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4.June 30
    Explanation:
    30 June 2018, is celebrated as the first International Day of Parliamentarism. On 30th June 1889 the Inter-Parliamentary Union was established. This day celebrates parliaments and the ways in which parliamentary systems of government enhance the day-to-day lives of people. This day also provides an opportunity to parliaments to take stock, identify challenges, and find ways to address them.
  6. Which Indian actress has joined hands with UNESCO to promote a safe and secure cyber environment for youngsters?
    1.Priyanka Chopra
    2.Sonam Kapoor
    3.Sonakshi Sinha
    4.Aishwarya Rai
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3.Sonakshi Sinha
    Explanation:
    This announcement was made by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s New Delhi cluster office on 28th June 2018. Sonakshi Sinha will work to make sure that youngsters are not targeted for bullying, abuse, exploitation etc. through the internet. She highlighted the importance of education on the safe use of online spaces, and said that it will help boys and girls to be prepared to report any type of abuse or exploitation.
  7. International Arbitration Centre in Tokyo (IACT), Asia’s first arbitration centre specialised in ____, would be opened in Tokyo in September 2018, to resolve the increasing number of disputes in the region?
    1.intellectual property
    2.maritime disputes
    3.religious affairs
    4.cyber attacks
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.intellectual property
    Explanation:
    International Arbitration Centre in Tokyo (IACT) will have around 12 arbitrators from various parts of the world, who would try to resolve disputes within a time period of 1 year. Technological progress and diversification of applications have increased the number of patent infringement disputes. The increased number of disputes and legal complexities have made the resolution process more time-consuming. The IACT would also handle disputes between non-Japanese companies if both the parties agree.
  8. What rank has NTPC secured in the list of India’s Great Place to Work for 2018 of the Great Place to Work institute?
    1.10
    2.1
    3.15
    4.25
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4.25
    Explanation:
    NTPC is the only public sector undertaking in the top 25 of the India’s Great Place to Work for 2018 list. It has improved from the 38th position it had secured in 2017. NTPC has also been recognised as the Laureates for consistently getting featured in the list for 10 consecutive years. NTPC has been included in this list for successfully building and sustaining high trust-high performance culture. Only 5 companies have been given this recognition. The award was received by Rajesh Kumar, RED, West-I, NTPC at an award ceremony held on 28th June 2018 in Mumbai.
  9. On 29th June 2018, J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare presented the PMSMA ‘IPledgefor9’ Achievers and MMR Reduction Awards. What does “S” represent in the PMSMA?
    1.Swayam
    2.Surakshit
    3.Shiksha
    4.Swaraj
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Surakshit
    Explanation:
    The ‘IPledgefor9′ Achievers Awards were given to individuals and teams of doctors from the private sector and States for their remarkable services, outstanding support of institutions and commitment in achieving the mission’s objectives of safe motherhood to every woman in India. J P Nadda also presented awards to the States that have shown remarkable decline in MMR according to the recently released SRS data. He said that India has shown 22% reduction in Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) since 2013. Uttar Pradesh has shown 30% decline and has topped the chart in the reduction of maternal deaths.
  10. On 27th June 2018, A Liquid Based Cytology (LBC) technique — Direct to Slide — for screening ____ cancer was launched?
    1.colon
    2.lung
    3.cervical
    4.breast
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3.cervical
    Explanation:
    A. Tamilselvi, consultant urogynaecologist and obstetrician, Madras Medical Mission, said that, the LBC technique would help in detecting cervical cancer during the pre-cancerous stages. The conventional pap smear has certain limitations. In LBC, a soft brush touches the cervix and take cells from the neck of the uterus. This is transferred to a bottle containing a preservative used for laboratory analysis. The contents of the cell are processed on a slide. In the conventional method, the total number of cells collected would not get transferred to the slide. In LBC, the sample is completely transferred to the slide.
  11. On 29th June 2018, which city topped the list of “smart cities” in the Middle East and Africa, as per a report by McKinsey Global Institute named “Smart Cities: Digital Solutions for a More Livable Future”?
    1.Dubai
    2.Abu Dhabi
    3.Bahrain
    4.Riyadh
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Abu Dhabi
    Explanation:
    The study covered 50 international cities. It views how cities throughout the world use technology to enhance the quality of life. Abu Dhabi has ranked the first in the Middle East and Africa region with a rating of 18.4. It is followed by Dubai in the second position with a rating of 17.3. McKinsey states that, three factors make a city smart. First is the technology base, such as smartphones and sensors linked with high-speed communication networks. The second comprises specific applications, like translating raw data into alerts. The third is utilization of technology by cities, companies, and the public.
  12. On June 29,2018, The NITI Aayog launched the first Delta ranking (incremental progress) for the Aspirational Districts, based on self-reported data of districts between March 31, 2018 to May 31, 2018. Which district secured the first rank in the ranking?
    1.Dahod, Gujarat
    2.West Sikkim, Sikkim
    3.Bijapur, Chattisgarh
    4.Asifabad, Telangana
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Dahod, Gujarat
    Explanation:
    The districts provided real-time data points by filling up the Champions of Change Dashboard. The Districts started entering data from 1st April, 2018 in the Champions of Change Dashboard. 108 districts out of total 112, participated in this ranking. Some of the data points have been sourced from Central Ministries viz. Financial Inclusion, Skill Development and 3 indicators of Basic Infrastructure – Household Electricity Connections, Household Toilets and Rural Drinking Water. Most of the data points, however, have been self-reported by the various districts themselves.
  13. On June 30, 2018, which state government announced a new scheme called ‘Kanya Van Samruddhi Yojana’, wherein farmers families where girl children are born, will be given saplings for plantation?
    1.Telangana
    2.Andhra Pradesh
    3.Maharashtra
    4.Tamil Nadu
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3.Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    A farmer family blessed with a girl child between April 1 and March 31 can make an application with the gram panchayat after which they will get 10 saplings free of cost from the forest department. Beneficiaries will have to plant the saplings between July 1 and 7. The income from these trees will be utilised for safeguarding the future of the girls. The scheme will be applicable for maximum two girls.
  14. On June 30, 2018, NITI Aayog and ____ have signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) today to work together towards implementing a Proof-of-Concept (“PoC”) application using Blockchain Technology for fertiliser subsidy management?
    1.Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC)
    2.Green Star Fertilizers
    3.Essar Chemicals
    4.Mangalore Refineries and Petroleum Limited
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC)
    Explanation:
    There are multiple entities involved in verification process, and the transaction process which is why the subsidy disbursal takes two to three months’ time. With implementation of BlockchainTechnology,it is expected that the distribution will become effective and efficient, and subsidy transfer could be automated and made real time. It has inherent characteristics of distributed computing and ledger keeping of transactions i.e. confidentiality, authenticity, non-repudiation, data integrity, and data availability. The blockchain based process will also use Smart Contracts which will enable quick and accurate reconciliation of transactions between multiple parties with minimal human intervention.
  15. Where was the 4th Australia India Education Council (AIEC) meeting which was held on 29th June 2018?
    1.Adelaide, Australia
    2.Canberra, Australia
    3.New Delhi, India
    4.Mumbai, India
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Adelaide, Australia
    Explanation:
    The meeting emphasised on institutional partnership, collaboration in school policy, online education and skill development & vocational education and Training. Three Institutional Agreements have also been signed in the presence of HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and his Australian counterpart.They are : Deakin University agreement with India’s Central Jammu University, Curtin University agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and Indian National Council of Education Research and Training and Western Sydney University MoU with India’s Centurion University. This will strengthen Australia –India academic mobility in Higher Education including increasing Australian participation in the successful Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) conducted by the Government of India. The Ministers launched publication of the Australia-India Education Council project of a co-authored book “The Future of Higher Education Learning & Teaching” on higher education learning and teaching which included a project developing joint curriculum for India’s Teaching and Learning Centres.
  16. On June 30, 2018, as per Future Development blog of the World Bank’s Brookings Institute titled as ‘The start of a new poverty narrative’ India has been overtaken by which country as the country with largest number of extremely poor people at 87 million in early 2018?
    1.Nigeria
    2.Libya
    3.Syria
    4.Palestine
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Nigeria
    Explanation:
    India is moving down in global poverty ranking. From 125 million poor people in 2016, India had just 73 million people in the poorest of the poor index as of May 2018. As many as 44 Indians are being taken out of poverty every minute, which is highest in the world. The report predicted that India would be able to lift up to around 50 million more people out of poverty by 2022.
  17. On June 30, 2018, which Airline has launched a joint project with US Crop One Holdings to build the world’s largest vertical farming facility near Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport?
    1.Dubai Airline
    2.Singapore Airline
    3.Emirates Airline
    4.Qatar Airline
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3.Emirates Airline
    Explanation:
    The vertical farm facility will cover an area of 12,077 square metres with an output equivalent to 3.64 million square metres of farmland. The facility will harvest 2,700 kg of high-quality, herbicide and pesticide-free leafy greens daily, using 99 percent less water than outdoor fields. The construction of the facility is scheduled to start in November 2018 and will be completed by November 2019. The first products are expected to be delivered to EKFC’s customers, including 105 airlines and 25 airport lounges, in December 2019.
  18. On June 30, 2018, Cloud delivery network provider Akamai Technologies announced that India secured ____ rank in the list of top 10 target countries for Web Application Attacks?
    1.3rd
    2.4th
    3.5th
    4.6th
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.4th
    Explanation:
    On June 30, 2018, Cloud delivery network provider Akamai Technologies announced that India ranked fourth in the list of top 10 target countries for Web Application Attacks. Akamai researchers analysed nearly 112 billion bot requests and 3.9 billion malicious login attempts that targeted sites in the travel industry, including airlines, cruise lines and hotels among others. Akamai measured a 16 per cent increase in the number of DDoS attacks recorded since last.
  19. On June 30, 2018, according to European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and reports from newspaper Aftenposten, which country has the least traffic accidents in the world?
    1.Norway
    2.Netherlands
    3.France
    4.Russia
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Norway
    Explanation:
    On June 30, 2018, according to European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and reports from newspaper Aftenposten, Norway has least traffic accidents in the world. No other country in the EU or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) area has had a major reduction in death rates from 2010 up to now. The total number of traffic accidents in European Union has decreased only by 3 percent in four years. Last year Norway had 106 fatalities, which corresponds to 20 deaths per one million inhabitants still ranking Norway as one of the least accident prone nation.
  20. On June 30, 2018, The Multi Commodity Exchange of India LTd. (MCX) signed a MoU with which state government to create a value chain with final market linkages for thousands of cotton farmers?
    1.Madhya Pradesh
    2.Gujarat
    3.Karnataka
    4.Maharashtra
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4.Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    The agreement for the ‘Cotton Mission’ was signed by MCX MD and CEO Mrugank Paranjape and Additional Chief Secretary-Agriculture and Marketing Bijay Kumar in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Partners of the MCX in this project are: Agriculture department, Farmer Producer Organisations. They will connect to MCX’s organised market network for capacity building. Under this mission, MCX already has accredited warehouses in Yavatmal and Jalna and plans to provide delivery facilities in three or more new locations. Special emphasis will be given to farmers’ training, education and awareness so that they can plan and produce quality and marketable crops.
  21. Where was the ISSF Junior World Cup held from 22nd June to 29th June 2018?
    1.Suhl, Germany
    2.Sydney, Australia
    3.London, United Kingdom
    4.Hague, Netherlands
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Suhl, Germany
    Explanation:
    From 22nd June to 29th June 2018, the ISSF Junior World Cup was held in Suhl, Germany. In the Junior men 10m air rifle final, India’s Hriday Hazarika shot 248.7 points and won gold medal. Maximilian Ulbrich of Germany won silver medal shooting 248.4 points. Fu Gangfeng of China with 226.9 points won bronze medal.
  22. How many medals did India win in the ISSF Junior World Cup that was held in Suhl, Germany, and topped the medals tally?
    1.25
    2.26
    3.15
    4.20
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.26
    Explanation:
    India finished on top of the medal tally among 61 participating countries. India won a total of 26 medals with 15 gold, 2 silver and 9 bronze medals.
  23. Name the Indian who won the Junior men 10m air rifle event?
    1.Hriday Hazarika
    2.Vijender Singh
    3.Jasjeet Singh
    4.G Sathiyan
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Vijender Singh
    Explanation:
    In the Junior men 10m air rifle final, India’s Hriday Hazarika shot 248.7 points and won gold medal. Maximilian Ulbrich of Germany won silver medal shooting 248.4 points. Fu Gangfeng of China with 226.9 points won bronze medal.
  24. Name the Indian who won the 10m air pistol event and also created a new world record?
    1.Suarabh Karmakar
    2.Saurabh Chaudhary
    3.Manish Chauhan
    4.Anmol Anmol
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Saurabh Chaudhary
    Explanation:
    In the 10m air pistol event India’s Saurabh Chaudhary with 243.7 points won the gold medal and also created a new world record. South Korea’s Lim Hojin won silver medal with 239.6 points. China’s Wang Zhehao won bronze medal with 218.7 points.

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  1. Who is the President of Inter-Parliamentary Union headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland?
    Answer
    Gabriela Cuevas Barron
  2. Who is the director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs?
    Answer
    Simonetta Di Pippo
  3. Name the CMD of NTPC?
    Answer
    Gurdeep Singh
  4. What is the tag line of UCO Bank?
    Answer
    Honors Your Trust
  5. Where is Dalavai Lake situated?
    Answer
    Karnataka
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