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Current Affairs Quiz: May 16 2019

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Questions Based on Current Affairs May 16 2019

  1. Which country has the highest mortality rate among children under five years of age in 2015, as per the researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, US?
    1) China
    2) U.S.
    3) India
    4) Japan
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) India
    Explanation:
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, US (United States) evaluated India’s state-level information on the causes of casualty among children under 5 years of age for the years 2000-2015, to find that India had progressed from reducing the annual mortality among children under 5 years from 2.5 million in 2000 to 1.2 million in 2015 which, still was the highest in the world.The study used data from different countries to evaluate the causes of death among children under 5 years of age between 2000 and 2015.The research studies were published in The Lancet Global Health.The study also found great differences on child mortality rates between richer and poorer states, the highest mortality rate being in Assam which was more than 7 times that in Goa.

  2. Name the national agency, which has introduced a weightage system for appointments under compassionate grounds.
    1) National Small Industries Corporation(NSIC)
    2) Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs(CBIC)
    3) Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation(EPFO)
    4) Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India(ECGC)
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs(CBIC)
    Explanation:
    Recently, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has introduced a weightage system for appointments under compassionate grounds which will be based on nine criteria like family income, dependents, remaining service period of the deceased etc. The objective is to ensure objectivity, transparency and uniformity in the selection process for appointments on the compassionate ground.The guidelines for appointment are issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and CBIC introduced weightage points system for its cadres according to the guidelines of DoPT.Under this new system, the preference would be given to the widow of the deceased government servant.

  3. Which country is set to host the fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition for the first time, a part of International Army Games(5th edition) ?
    1) Russia
    2) China
    3) Azerbaijan
    4) India
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) India
    Explanation:
    For promoting geniality among the participating nations, India, for the first time will host a part of an international military sports event named ‘ Army Scout Masters Competition ‘ in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan’s for 9 days in August (August 6 to August 14, 2019).India will host the fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition as part of the games.The competition will be held under the patronage of the Indian Army and is organised by the Konark Corps at Jaisalmer military station. The last International Army Games (fourth edition) was held at Novosibirsk, Russia in 2018.The International Army Games provides a competitive platform for participants of various nations to test their skills and develop camaraderie among each other.

  4. Name the Indian State, which is urging the United Nations (UN) to set up an international centre for disaster mitigation and recovery.
    1) Karnataka
    2) Odisha
    3) West Bengal
    4) Kerala
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Odisha
    Explanation:
    The Odisha government urged the United Nations (UN) to set up an international centre for disaster mitigation and recovery in the state. The proposal was mooted by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik when he met the officials of United Nations, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other international organisations here in a meeting. Officials of the Department of Economic Affairs were also present. Stating that the UN system plays an important role in developing global public good, Patnaik said the United Nations University could consider setting up an international centre for disaster mitigation and recovery in Bhubaneswar.

  5. As per the Mint Globetrotter Index, which city topped the index and become the most expensive city?
    1) Amsterdam
    2) Cape Town
    3) Bali
    4) Delhi
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) Amsterdam
    Explanation:
    The Mint Globetrotter Index was prepared by Mint’s data partner Howindialives.com which is a database and search engine for public data that took into account 25 essential spends in total, ranging from multifarious categories, namely, accommodation, shopping, leisure, market and food and came up with an index which would help general public to travel well-informed. Amsterdam is the most expensive city on the index, whereas Bali is the 9th cheapest. Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa ranked 16 on the overall index and is 47% costlier than Delhi. Dubai is much more costlier than Delhi and ranks 24 on the overall cost index. The cost profile of Lagos is very similar to that of India and ranks 5th on the index and is the cheapest in the category.

  6. Name the initiative that is joined by several nations including India in Paris, to fight against online terrorism and extremism and make the internet secure.
    1) ‘Call to ban terrorism’
    2) ‘Call for action against terrorism and extremism’
    3) ‘Christchurch call to action’
    4) ‘Abolish terrorism’
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) ‘Christchurch call to action’
    Explanation:
    India joined France, New Zealand, Canada and several other nations in launching a key initiative, termed ‘Christchurch call to action’ in Paris to fight against online terrorism and extremism and make the internet secure. The initiative was termed after 51 people were killed (on 15th March, 2019) in an attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and the video of which went viral.The initiative was headed by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and France’s President Emmanuel Macron.The objective of the initiative is to assemble collective efforts to globally secure the internet from terror groups as the internet is no more immune to abuse by terrorist and violent extremist actors.

  7. Which organization has released the statement titled “Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2019–2021’ in order to achieve a ‘highly digital’ and ‘cash-lite’ society?
    1) Small Industries Development Bank of India(SIDBI)
    2) Reserve Bank of India(RBI)
    3) Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI)
    4) National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development(NABARD)
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Reserve Bank of India(RBI)
    Explanation:
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released its statement on ‘Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2019–2021’, which notifies the steps that RBI will take to promote innovation, cyber-security, financial inclusion, customer protection, and competition through which the vision looks forward to achieve a ‘highly digital’ and ‘cash-lite’ society. The Reserve Bank of India will implement the approach outlined in this Vision during the period 2019 – 2021.The report consists of 36 specific action points with 12 specific outcomes, based on different inputs from stakeholders and guidance of the Board for Regulation and Supervision of Payment and Settlement Systems.The RBI has notified the requirement for a self-regulatory organisation for the digital payment space, that would serve as a 2-way communication channel between the players and the regulator.

  8. Name the Indian actor, who will be honoured by Council of European Chambers of Commerce(CEUCC) for promoting Children’s Rights and his effort to protect the rights of girls.
    1) Akshay Kumar
    2) Shahrukh Khan
    3) Amitabh Bachchan
    4) Anil Kapoor
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) Anil Kapoor
    Explanation:
    As a part of Europe Day celebrations, the Council of European Chambers of Commerce(CEUCC) in India and European Union(EU) delegation will felicitate Indian actor Anil Kapoor for promoting Children’s Rights and his effort to protect the rights of girls in collaboration with Plan India and the European Union. Mr. Kapoor will be the Chief Guest for the celebrations. He will be accompanied by the EU Ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski, EU Member states Consuls and senior representatives from the European and Indian corporate world.The event will also demonstrate the emergence of Europe as the most favored destination for Indian filmmakers.

  9. Who was elected as President of South Africa recently?
    1) Cyril Ramaphosa
    2) Thabo Mbeki
    3) Ace Magashule
    4) Julius Malema
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) Cyril Ramaphosa
    Explanation:
    Cyril Ramaphosa’s party, African National Congress (ANC) won South African elections with majority and secured 57.51 percent votes and Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South African President. Last year in February 2018, Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South African President after President Jacob Zuma resigned from the post due to charges of corruption. This was the first time that African National Congress has got less than 60 percent votes in national polls.

  10. To which country, Ms. Padmaja has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner recently?
    1) Kiribati
    2) Tuvalu
    3) Nauru
    4) Palau
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Nauru
    Explanation:
    On May 15, 2019, the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, announced the appointment of Ms. Padmaja as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Nauru with residence in Suva. She is currently serving as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji. She is set to take up her responsibility soon. She succeeds Vishvas Vidu Sapkal.

  11. Name the app launched by BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) in order to aid mutual fund distributors accelerate transactions process?
    1) ‘BSE StAR MF‘
    2) ‘BSE MF’
    3) ‘BSE Fund’
    4) ‘BSE Transact’
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) ‘BSE StAR MF‘
    Explanation:
    BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) notified that it has launched an app named ‘BSE StAR MF‘ in order to enable more participation and aid mutual fund distributors to accelerate transactions process. BSE StAR MF’ is BSE’s mutual fund platform which helps distributors in purchasing and redeeming the mutual fund units on behalf of their clients.The ‘BSE StAR MF’ app that is downloaded from Google Play Store supports dynamic (real-time) client registration, digital transactions, creates and uploads mandate for SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans), generates multiple orders, tracks and permits the distributor in evaluating his business instantly.

  12. Which broadcaster has become the India’s first broadcaster which has started Souvenir store in Amazon?
    1) Raj
    2) Press Trust Of India
    3) Doordarshan
    4) Zee
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) Doordarshan
    Explanation:
    Public service broadcaster, Doordarshan has partnered with online retail giant Amazon India to launch a Souvenir Store. The store will offer whole range of merchandise which includes T-shirts, coffee mugs ad sippers with the tagline “I am in your DNA, I am your Doordarshan”. The purpose of this initiative is to establish stronger relationship with viewers of Doordarshan channel.

  13. Where was the new vine snake species named ‘Ahaetulla Laudankia’ discovered after a gap of 113 years?
    1) West Bengal
    2) Odisha
    3) Madhya Pradesh
    4) Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Odisha
    Explanation:
    A new vine snake species has discovered from the eastern state of Odisha after a gap of 113 years. It has been found in the regions of Similipal, Balasore, and Boudh. Zoologists from different institutes have participated in the discovery and the research was published in the Journal of Natural History. Zoologists have named snake species as Ahaetulla Laudankia of Laudankia. This snake belongs to the family Colubridae. It has a total of three prominent genera, Oxybelis found in the American continent, Thelotornis found in the African continent and Ahaetull found in India and South-east Asia.

  14. Name the journal which has published the discovery of a new bird like Dinosaur, named as “Alcmonavis Poeschli” by the researchers from Germany.
    1) International Journal of Environmental Research
    2) Science
    3) Nature
    4) eLife Sciences
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) eLife Sciences
    Explanation:
    Researchers in Germany have unearthed a new bird-like Dinosaur in Bavaria, Germany and named it as “Alcmonavis Poeschli”. The lead author of the study is Oliver Rauhut from Ludwig-Maximilians University’s (LMU) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. This new study is published in the journal called eLife Sciences which described Alcmonavis Poeschli as “the most bird-like bird discovered from the Jurassic”.For the first time, it was discovered in 1861 as Archaeopteryx which was a small feathered dinosaur around the size of a crow. It lived in marshland around 150 million years ago and was the named as the oldest flying bird.

  15. Which entity has tied up with the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) for promoting the Squash?
    1) HCL
    2) Wipro
    3) Infosys
    4) Microsoft
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) HCL
    Explanation:
    The Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) entered into a tie-up with HCL. The objective of this tie-up is to improve Indian Squash. There will be multiple tournaments organized under the ‘HCL Squash Podium Programme’ for both the senior and junior level. In recent past, very less Indian squash player has been able to make a major impact in professional squash except for Dipika Pallikal, Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa. Recently, Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won the Asian Championship in both men’s and women’s category held in Kuala Lumpur.

  16. Which country is set to host the Football Asian Cup 2023?
    1) Russia
    2) India
    3) China
    4) Malaysia
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) China
    Explanation:
    Recently, Korea Football Association (KFA) had withdraw their bid to host Asian Cup 2023 which leave the sole other bidders China with a free run to become hosts. KFA announced that they are pulled out to strategically focus on a joint bid with North Korea to host Women’s World Cup in 2023. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will confirm on June 4 about China’s bid to hold Asian Cup 2023 in China.Last time China hosted Asian Cup in 2004 when China lost to Japan by 3-1 in the final held in Beijing.This year the Asian Cup was held in UAE in which Qatar defeated Japan by 3-1 in the final.

  17. Former South Asian Games Gold medalist MB Balakrishnan passed away recently, he belonged to which sport?
    1) Badminton
    2) Swimming
    3) Javelin throw
    4) Table Tennis
    5) None of these
    Answer – 2) Swimming
    Explanation:
    On May 14, 2019, South Asian Games Gold medalist, 50m backstroke swimmer MB Balakrishnan passed away in a road accident in Chennai. The 29 years old hailed from Tamil Nadu. He was killed while he was riding his bike when a lorry hit him and ran over him. He is an alumnus of the Guindy Engineering College and pursued MS in the US. He was a gold medalist in the National Games in Guwahati, 2007. He held a national record in the 50m backstroke at the Senior National Championships, 2010 in New Delhi and won the 100m and 200m backstroke events at the South Asian Games.

  18. Name the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, who passed away recently in Sydney, Australia.
    1) Gough Whitlam
    2) Malcolm Fraser
    3) William McMahon
    4) Bob Hawke
    5) None of these
    Answer – 4) Bob Hawke
    Explanation:
    On May 16, 2019, the former 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke passed away aged 89 at his home in Sydney, Australia. He was unwell for months. He led the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991. He was born in Bordertown, South Australia on December 9,1929.He won the federal elections 4 times and was the longest serving prime minister after Robert Menzies and John Howard.

  19. _________ edition of International Day of Light is observed on May 16, 2019?
    1) Second
    2) Third
    3) First
    4) Fourth
    5) None of these
    Answer – 1) Second
    Explanation:
    Globally, May 16 is celebrated as International Day of Light. This the 2nd edition of the International Day of Light. UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) officially observes the International Day of Light so as to continuously appreciate light and for the exemplary role it plays in science, culture and art, education, sustainable development, medicine, communications, and energy.The Director General of UNESCO is Audrey Azoulay. On 16th May, 2019, globally, more than 300 events have take place in 60 countries.A special focus of celebrations on this day have been the ‘Illuminating Education conference’ that was held at the UNESCO Category 1 Institute ICTP in Trieste where presentations have covered a wide range of topics, namely, science education, challenges on diversity and gender equality, and practical career advice.

  20. International Day of Living Together in Peace is celebrated annually on _____________?
    1) 13th May
    2) 15th May
    3) 16th May
    4) 14th May
    5) None of these
    Answer – 3) 16th May
    Explanation:
    International Day of Living Together in Peace is celebrated on 16th May. This day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 72/130. This day is celebrated to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, solidarity and understanding across the world.International Day of Living Together in Peace was celebrated for the first time on May 16, 2018.The UN Interim Force in Lebanon(UNIFIL) celebrates this day by releasing doves which symbolizes Peace.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Chandoli National Park is located in which state?
    Maharashtra

  2. Who is the Prime Minister of Australia?
    Scott Morrison

  3. Where is the headquarter of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) located?
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  4. What is the Capital and Currency of South Africa?
    Capital: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein & Currency: South African rand

  5. Who is the President of Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI)?
    Debendranath Sarangi