Current Affairs Quiz: October 15 2018

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  1. Where was the 5th meeting of India-Azerbaijan Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Science and Technology Cooperation (IA-IGC) held on 11th and 12th October, 2018?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Mumbai
    3) Kolkata
    4) Chennai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On October 11, 2018, the 5th meeting of India-Azerbaijan Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Science and Technology Cooperation (IA-IGC) was held on for 2 days till 12 October, 2018 in New Delhi. It was co-chaired by:
    • Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu and
    • Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Government of Republic of Azerbaijan, Mukhtar Babayev.
    During the meeting, they discussed on:
    • Current economic situation,
    • Reviewed the current status of bilateral trade, investment,
    • Discussed on cooperation in the fields of trade, economy, science and technology.
  2. Haryana launched first-of-its-kind National Autism Intervention Research Centre at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in _____, on October 13, 2018?
    1) Hisar
    2) Gurugram
    3) Rohtak
    4) Chandigarh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Gurugram
    Explanation:
    On October 13, 2018, Haryana launched first-of-its-kind National Autism Intervention Research Centre at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurugram. This has been started in association with Behaviour Momentum India. It will help people suffering from autism who need behavioural and medical experts to get educated, learn play and social skills and improve their quality of life.
  3. West Bengal Government announced to give a compensation of _____ rupees to farmers who had incurred loss due to hailstorm this year, on 12th October 2018?
    1) Rs 210 crore
    2) Rs 420 crore
    3) Rs 510 crore
    4) Rs 960 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs 210 crore
    Explanation:
    On October 12, 2018, the West Bengal Government announced to give a compensation of 210 crore rupees to farmers who had incurred loss due to hailstorm this year. More than 3.25 lakh farmers of North and South Bengal will be receiving compensation. Farmers from 10 districts including Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, South Dinajpur, Malda, Birbhum, Nadia, North 24-Parganas and West Midnapore had incurred heavy loss due to the hailstorm.
  4. India’s first agri and food business online learning platform was launched at the SR Innovation Exchange (SRiX) Campus, in _____, on 13th October 2018?
    1) Warangal, Telangana
    2) Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
    3) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    4) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Warangal, Telangana
    Explanation:
    On October 13, 2018, India’s first agri and food business online learning platform was launched at the SR Innovation Exchange (SRiX) Campus, Warangal in Telangana. It was inaugurated by British Deputy High Commissioner Hyderabad Andrew Fleming. Additionally, Sarras Academies Ltd, a UK-based company, and SR Innovation Exchange have joined hands to launch the Academy. The name of the platform is: SRiX Agri-Business Academy. It is an Indo-UK collaborative initiative and a technology business incubator under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. It will focus on start-ups of agriculture, cleantech and IoT.
  5. NITI Aayog signed a MOU with which company to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to address challenges in agriculture and healthcare, on 12th October 2018?
    1) Google India
    2) Microsoft India
    3) Wipro
    4) TCS
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Microsoft India
    Explanation:
    On October 12, 2018, Microsoft India & NITI Aayog signed a MOU to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to address challenges in agriculture and healthcare. Under this agreement, Microsoft would combining the cloud, AI, research and its vertical expertise for new initiatives and solutions across several core areas. It will also accelerate the use of AI for:
    • Development and adoption of local language computing by Natural Language Processing tools,
    • Building capacity for AI among the workforce through education.
    • For solutions with farm advisory services & healthcare screening models at Primary Health Centres.
  6. India and Sri Lanka signed 2 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for construction of how many houses, on 13thOctober 2018?
    1) 1.5 lakh
    2) 1200
    3) 5600
    4) 2 lakh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 1200
    Explanation:
    On October 13, 2018, India and Sri Lanka signed 2 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for construction of 1200 houses. It will be done through 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of 60 crore Srilankan rupees. As per the new MoUs, 600 houses each will be constructed in the Southern and Northern Provinces. It will target low income landless and homeless beneficiaries with additional assistance of 5 lakh Sri Lankan rupees to each in installments, linked to the stages of construction of the house. Indian financial commitment, under grant, for housing in Sri Lanka currently stands at around 350 million US dollars.
  7. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and which organization announced India’s status as a polio-free country?
    1) World Health Organization (WHO)
    2) Indian Medical Association (IMA)
    3) World Polio Organisation (WPO)
    4) International Anti-Polio Campaign (IAPC)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) World Health Organization (WHO)
    Explanation:
    On October 13, 2018, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced India’s status as a polio-free country. The risk of children getting vaccine derived poliovirus was “minimal” in India which came up in the backdrop of oral polio vaccine vials being found contaminated with the type-2 polio virus. They also asserted that all vaccines provided under the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) are safe. This was achieved by high routine immunization coverage being achieved in India under Universal Immunization Programme (UIP).
  8. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, released an Analytical Report of the National Health Profile-2018, on 13th October 2018. It was prepared by _____?
    1) Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI)
    2) National Informatics Centre (NIC)
    3) NITI Aayog
    4) Indian Medical Association (IMA)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI)
    Explanation:
    On 13th October 2018, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, released an Analytical Report of the National Health Profile-2018. The report was prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), under the administration of the Directorate General of Health Services at Patna. It covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, comprehensive information on health infrastructure and human resources in health. CBHI publishes National Health Profile annually since 2005. This is the 12th edition. The Analytical Report of National Health Profile – 2018 indicates the progress made in India in various health related sectors.
  9. A new online portal for Industrial Entrepreneurs’ Memorandum (IEM) and Industrial Licence (IL) was developed by which body on 12th October 2018?
    1) Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)
    2) Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
    3) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    4) Department of Biotechnology
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)
    Explanation:
    On October 12, 2018, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) developed a new online portal for Industrial Entrepreneurs’ Memorandum (IEM) and Industrial Licence (IL). The portal is at https://services.dipp.gov.in. It will help facilitate filing of online applications for IEM and IL and under Arms Act as well as Industries (Development & Regulation)[I(D&R)] Act, 1951. It will be available, with effect from 16th October 2018, for public for filing application and no applications.
  10. Textile Ministry has decided to release 7.8 crore rupees for the construction of a textile tourism complex in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi district of which state?
    1) Meghalaya
    2) Mizoram
    3) Nagaland
    4) Manipur
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Meghalaya
    Explanation:
    Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta has announced that Textile Ministry will release 7.8 crore rupees for the construction of a textile tourism complex in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya. He informed that the funds for the complex will be released within 15 days.
  11. Where was “The Indian Ocean: Defining our Future” Conference held on October 11 and 12, 2018?
    1) New Delhi, India
    2) Colombo, Sri Lanka
    3) Dhaka, Bangladesh
    4) Jakarta, Indonesia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Explanation:
    On October 11, 2018, “The Indian Ocean: Defining our Future” Conference was held for 2 days till October 12, 2018 held at Temple Trees, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is aimed to explore strongest challenges in the Indian Ocean region. It was organized by the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in collaboration with the Global Maritime Crime Programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The inaugural address of the Conference was delivered by President Maithripala Sirisena while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe delivered the keynote address. Also, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson addressed the inaugural session.
  12. India and which country launched their first joint programme for Afghanistan to train its diplomats, on 14thOctober 2018?
    1) Pakistan
    2) China
    3) Sri Lanka
    4) Japan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) China
    Explanation:
    On October 14, 2018, India and China launched their first joint programme for Afghanistan to train its diplomats. For this, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar hosted 10 Afghan Diplomats who will be travelling to India for the 1st India-China joint training programme. This will be under the Trilateral Cooperation between India, China and Afghanistan. This is in line with the MOU to launch a joint programme in Afghanistan that was reached during an informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held inApril 2018 at China’s Wuhan city.
  13. World Bank announced funding of up to _____ dollars to the Government of Indonesia for relief work in the disaster-affected areas of Lombok and Sulawesi, on 14th October 2018?
    1) $1 billion
    2) $400 million
    3) $50 billion
    4) $250 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) $1 billion
    Explanation:
    On October 14, 2018, the World Bank announced funding of up to $1 billion to the Government of Indonesia for relief and reconstruction efforts in the disaster-affected areas of Lombok and Sulawesi. It would be guided by a US$5 million grant for technical assistance for resilient and community-led reconstruction detailed planning. The Package will include the following:
    • Cash transfers to the poorest 150,000 affected families for a period between 6 months to one year,
    • Finance rebuilding of critical public facilities and infrastructure assets: hospitals, schools, bridges, roads, highways, water supply infrastructure,
    • Strengthening monitoring and early warning systems,
    • Reconstruction of housing settlements and neighborhood level infrastructure and services.
  14. Which university has been named the World’s Most Innovative University for the fourth consecutive year in Reuters’ ranking of World’s Most Innovative Universities?
    1) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    2) Harvard University
    3) University of Pennsylvania
    4) Stanford University
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Stanford University
    Explanation:
    Stanford University has been named the World’s Most Innovative University for the fourth consecutive year in Reuters’ ranking of World’s Most Innovative Universities. This list ranks educational institutions based on new technologies they have invented and new markets and industries they have powered. Other universities in the top 5 of the list are:
    2 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    3 – Harvard University
    4 – University of Pennsylvania
    5 – University of Washington
  15. Where was the 17th Council of Heads of Government meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization held on 11th October 2018?
    1) Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    2) Kabul, Afghanistan
    3) Beijing, China
    4) New Delhi, India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    Explanation:
    On October 11, 2018, External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj took part in the 17th Council of Heads of Government meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. It focused on discussing prospects for further development of SCO and in-depth views on current international and regional issues. The SCO meeting consisted of a restricted format and an extended format. It started with a joint call on the President of Tajikistan Mr. Emomali Rahmon. In the Restricted format meeting, EAM spoke of the need to join hands to: Fight terrorism, address climate change and promote connectivity & regional peace.
  16. Name the 9-member high power group constituted by Naveen Gupta, President, ICA Institute, to study the systemic issues at debt-laden IL&FS Group?
    1) Anil Sharma
    2) Ravi Prakash
    3) Shivaji B Zaware
    4) Suman Rawat
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Shivaji B Zaware
    Explanation:
    On October 14, 2018, a 9-member high power group has been constituted by Naveen Gupta, President, ICA Institute, to study the systemic issues at debt-laden IL&FS Group. Shivaji B Zaware will be its convener and other members include: two past presidents of the CA Institute – Ved Jain and Nilesh S Vikamsey. Furthermore, it has also written to the Reserve Bank of India and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office seeking details about IL&FS issue. The group will suggest remedial measures and improvement in the system.
  17. OYO announced its partnership with which payments platform on 11th October 2018 to help OYO users easily book a room through the payments app?
    1) PhonePe
    2) Paytm
    3) PayPal
    4) MobiKwik
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) PhonePe
    Explanation:
    On 11th October 2018, OYO announced its partnership with payments platform PhonePe. With this tie up, OYO users can easily book a room through the PhonePe app. Through PhonePe app users can book more than 125,000 exclusive rooms that are part of OYO’s chain of hotels in India. PhonePe users can book a room at any OYO hotel in India by paying a token amount of Rs 99, and the remaining amount can be paid later at the hotel. Also, OYO will be able to access nearly 100 million PhonePe users.
  18. Which Indian state won the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award for its achievement in becoming the world’s first totally organic agriculture state, on 12th October 2018?
    1) Meghalaya
    2) Kerala
    3) Sikkim
    4) Himachal Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Sikkim
    Explanation:
    On 12th October 2018, Sikkim won the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy GoldAward for its achievement in becoming the world’s first totally organic agriculture state. The award is nicknamed the “Oscar for best policies”. It is co-organised by FAO, the World Future Council (WFC) and International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International). Brazil, Denmark, Quito and Ecuador received the Silver award. Sikkim has completely banned the sale and use of chemical pesticides. With this transition to organic farming, the tourism sector has benefited with the number of visitors increasing by more than 50 % between 2014 and 2017.
  19. Who has been announced as the winner of the New Academy prize in literature?
    1) Annette Burman
    2) Maryse Condé
    3) Ricky Martin
    4) Sean Anders
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Maryse Condé
    Explanation:
    Novelist Maryse Condé has been announced as the winner of the New Academy prize in literature. This award was created after the Swedish Academy postponed this year’s Nobel prize for literature following a rape scandal. Maryse Condé will receive £87,000 cash prize that was raised from crowdfunding and donations, at the award ceremony on 9 December 2018, a day before the Nobel award ceremony. Maryse Condé is from Guadeloupe, France. She is 81 years old. She has written around 20 novels.
  20. Who received the Special Lifetime Achievement Award by The Music Academy, on 10th October 2018?
    1) Shankar Srinivasan
    2) Dhilip Roy
    3) Vikku Vinayakram
    4) Manik Chand
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Vikku Vinayakram
    Explanation:
    Ghatam maestro Vikku Vinayakram was conferred with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award by The Music Academy on 10thOctober 2018. He has become the third artiste to receive this special award. He has also received the Grammy Award.
  21. Name the person who was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Thailand, on 11thOctober 2018?
    1) Suchitra Durai
    2) Ravi Parthiban
    3) Kashif Mohammed
    4) Aarthi Giritharan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Suchitra Durai
    Explanation:
    On 11th October 2018, Suchitra Durai was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Thailand. Suchitra Durai is an Indian Foreign Service Officer (IFS) of 1988 batch. She is at present, the High Commissioner of India to Kenya. She has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Thailand. She will take up this assignment soon.
  22. Which country will host the 2019 edition of 4th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays, beginning May 11, 2019?
    1) China
    2) Malaysia
    3) India
    4) Japan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Japan
    Explanation:
    On October 14, 2018, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations announced to be the host of the 2019 edition of 4th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays, beginning May 11, 2019. The 2019 meet will take place May 11 and 12 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, near Tokyo. This will serve as a qualifier for the world championships taking place in Doha in September and October. Athletes from various countries including Jamaica, Britain and the United States would participate. The first three editions of the IAAF World Relays, in 2014, 2015 and 2017, were held in the Bahamian capital of Nassau.
  23. Who was appointed as the captain of Indian football team for the international friendly match against China held in Suzhou, China, on 13th October 2018?
    1) Sunil Chhetri
    2) Ram Singh
    3) Sandesh Jhingan
    4) Vivek Kumar Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Sandesh Jhingan
    Explanation:
    Sandesh Jhingan was appointed as the captain of Indian football team for the international friendly match against Chinaheld in Suzhou, China, on 13th October 2018. This is the first time in 21 years, India and China played football after the Nehru Cup in Kochi in 1997. Indian team was coached by head coach Stephen Constantine. India and China finished the match in a 0-0 draw.
  24. Who became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a hundred on Test debut against West Indies in Rajkot, Gujarat, on 4th October 2018?
    1) Aman Mittal
    2) Prithvi Shaw
    3) Varun Kant
    4) Mithun Wadia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Prithvi Shaw
    Explanation:
    On 4th October 2018, 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a hundred on Test debut against West Indies in Rajkot, Gujarat. Overall, he is the 15th Indian batsman to score a hundred in his first Test. He is also the second youngest Indian to score a Test century. The youngest Indian to score a Test century is Sachin Tendulkar. Prithvi Shaw is the 7th youngest player in Test cricket history to score a hundred on debut. He also scored the third quickest century on debut. He had become the youngest player to score a century on Duleep Trophy debut in 2017.
  25. Who won the 2018 Formula Three (F3) European title in Hockenheim, Germany, on 13th October 2018?
    1) Ian Hollman
    2) Mick Schumacher
    3) Peter Patrick
    4) Roger Sanders
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Mick Schumacher
    Explanation:
    On 13th October 2018, Mick Schumacher, son of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, won the 2018 Formula Three (F3) European title in Hockenheim, Germany. Mick Schumacher finished at second position in the second race of the day and won his first junior championship with 347 points. He is 19 years old. With his first F3 title he has qualified for a FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) ‘super licence’, which is a prerequisite to participate in Formula One races.
  26. Who won the Men’s Singles title of 2018 Rolex Shanghai Masters (tennis) that was held in Shanghai, China, from 6th to 14th October 2018?
    1) Novak Djokovic
    2) Łukasz Kubot
    3) Marcelo Melo
    4) Jamie Murray
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Novak Djokovic
    Explanation:
    From 6th to 14th October 2018, the 2018 Rolex Shanghai Masters (tennis) was held at Shanghai Qizhong Tennis Center, Shanghai, China. It was a professional men’s tennis tournament. It was played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 10th edition of Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 event.
    Winners:
    EventWinnersRunners-up
    Men’s singlesNovak Djokovic (Serbia)Borna Ćorić (Croatia)
    Men’s DoublesŁukasz Kubot (Poland), Marcelo Melo (Brazil)Jamie Murray (United Kingdom), Bruno Soares (Brazil)
  27. Name the author of the book ‘Lalu-Leela’ released on 11th October 2018 in Patna?
    1) Shashi Tharoor
    2) Sushil Modi
    3) Nitish Kumar
    4) Raman Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Sushil Modi
    Explanation:
    On 11th October 2018, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi released a book named ‘Lalu-Leela’, at an event in Patna. The book has nearly 200 pages. It is about alleged illegal dealings of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members. This is Sushil Modi’s second book. His first book ‘Beech Samar Mein’ (In the Middle of War) was released two years back.
  28. When was the International Day of Rural Women themed “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” celebrated?
    1) October 12
    2) October 11
    3) October 15
    4) October 13
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) October 15
    Explanation:
    On 15th October 2018, International Day of Rural Women was celebrated all over the world. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly, declared October 15 as International Day of Rural Women. It was first observed in 2008. This day recognizes the role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in agriculture, rural development, food security and eradicating rural poverty. Theme: for International Day of Rural Women 2018 is “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Name the Director General and headquarters of UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)?
    Answer
      Director-General – José Graziano da Silva; Headquarters – Rome, Italy
  2. Who is the President of Tajikistan?
    Answer
      Mr. Emomali Rahmon
  3. Name the Secretary General and headquarters of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)?
    Answer
      Secretary General – Rashid Alimov; Headquarters – Beijing, China
  4. Where is Jaldapara National Park located?
    Answer
      West Bengal
  5. Name the Director and headquarters of Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI)?
    Answer
      Director & Head – Dr Madhu Raikwar; Headquarters – New Delhi