Current Affairs Quiz: September 13 2018

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  1. Union Cabinet has approved new umbrella scheme ‘PM-AASHA’, which aims to ensure remunerative prices to farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018. Expand PM-AASHA?
    1) Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan
    2) Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Samriti Abhiyan
    3) Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Subiksha Abhiyan
    4) Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Suraksha Abhiyan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, the Union Cabinet approved new umbrella scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan, PM-AASHA. It is aimed at ensuring remunerative prices to farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018.
  2. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved electrification of remaining un-electrified broad gauge routes of Indian Railways. A total of 13,675 kilometres of un-electrified routes will be electrified at a cost of ______ crore rupees by 2021-22?
    1) Rs 12,134.50 crore
    2) Rs 56,653.46 crore
    3) Rs 45,366.56 crore
    4) Rs 34,536.45 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs 12,134.50 crore
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has also approved electrification of remaining un-electrified broad gauge routes of Indian Railways. A total of 13,675 kilometres comprising of 108 sections of un-electrified routes will be electrified at a cost of Rs.12,134.50 crore rupees by 2021-22. This would reduce the consumption of high speed diesel oil by about 2.83 billion litres per annum saving Rs 13,510 crore per annum in fuel bill and net savings of Rs. 3,793 cr per annum. Additionally, the maintainance cost of will be reduced by almost from Rs. 32.84 per thousand GTKM for diesel to Rs. 16.45 per thousand GTKM for electric locomotive.
  3. Competition Commission of India approved the acquisition of Pipeline Infrastructure by which organization on 13th September 2018?
    1) Tata Infrastructure Limited
    2) India Infrastructure Trust
    3) National Infrastructure Trust
    4) Hindustan Infrastructure Trust
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) India Infrastructure Trust
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, the Competition Commission of India approved the acquisition of Pipeline Infrastructure by India Infrastructure Trust. The purchase will be done through the Trust’s proposed sponsor Rapid Holdings 2 Pte and investment manager PenBrook Capital Advisors. India Infrastructure Trust is proposed to be registered as an infrastructure investment trust (InvIT). Pipeline Infrastructure is a Reliance Industries Holding’s subsidiary.
  4. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched India’s first NSP Mobile App in New Delhi, on 13th September 2018. Expand NSP?
    1) National Scholarship Portal
    2) National Science Portal
    3) National Scholars Portal
    4) National Students Portal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) National Scholarship Portal
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched the country’s first “National Scholarship Portal Mobile App” (NSP Mobile App) in New Delhi. The app would:
    • Give information regarding various scholarships to the students,
    • Enable students to apply for scholarships,
    • Upload necessary documents,
    • Check the status of their application, scholarship disbursement etc,
    • Students would get the scholarships directly in their bank accounts under Direct Benefit Transfer.
  5. Chhattisgarh Assembly passed ____ crore supplementary budget for the financial year 2018-19, on 13thSeptember 2018?
    1) Rs 3,455 crore
    2) Rs 2,400 crore
    3) Rs 9,563 crore
    4) Rs 7,563 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs 2,400 crore
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, Chhattisgarh Assembly passed Rs 2,400 crore supplementary budget for the financial year 2018-19. It consisted of a bonus to farmers against paddy procurement in the ongoing Kharif season. It will start from November 1, 2018. With this the size of annual state budget went up to Rs 94,775 crore for financial year 2018-19.
  6. High Level Committee (HLC) chaired by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved additional Central Assistance to Maharashtra and which state from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), on 13th September 2018?
    1) Madhya Pradesh
    2) Assam
    3) Bihar
    4) Uttar Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, High Level Committee (HLC) chaired by the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh approved additional Central Assistance to UP and Maharashtra from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). The members of the High Level Committee were:
    • The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh,
    • Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley,
    • Union Home Secretary, Shri Rajiv Gauba and
    • senior officers of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance, Agriculture and NITI Aayog.
    UP was given assistance of Rs 157.23 crore for rabi drought during 2017-18. Maharashtra was given assistance of Rs 60.76 crore for pest attack & cyclone during 2017.
  7. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the Indo-Bhutan Border Centre at Darranga in which district of Assam, on 13th September 2018?
    1) Baksa
    2) Dispur
    3) Guwahati
    4) Karbi Anglong
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Baksa
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the Indo-Bhutan Border Centre at Darranga in Assam’s Baksa district. Along with this, he announced construction of 264 km of border roads touching four BTAD districts of the state namely Baksa, Udalguri, Chirang and Kokrajhar. Construction for revival of Rupsi Airport will take place from October 2018 with the assistance of the Central government.
  8. Which state cabinet approved the Bangla Krishi Sech Yojana for setting up micro-irrigation facility, on 13thSeptember 2018?
    1) Tamil Nadu
    2) Telangana
    3) Chhattisgarh
    4) West Bengal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) West Bengal
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, the West Bengal Cabinet sanctioned various projects. It sanctioned the following:
    • Setting up of a Rs 6,921-cr pump storage hydel project in Purulia for producing more electricity.
    • Revise the retirement age of nurses in state-run hospitals from 60 to 62 years,
    • Setting up 27 nursing schools in the state,
    • The Bangla Krishi Sech Yojana for setting up micro-irrigation facility.
  9. Jammu and Kashmir administration launched E-Plant clinics in which district on 13th September 2018?
    1) Katra
    2) Srinagar
    3) Jammu
    4) Udhampur
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Udhampur
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, Jammu and Kashmir administration launched E-Plant clinics in Udhampur district in an event organized by ADIO NIC and Agricultural Department. These have been established by the Agriculture Department in collaboration with Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI). This will make technological innovations and advancement in research in the agriculture sector and help guide farmers. It would provide identifying pests and other crop infestations, and also provide on-spot remedial measures.
  10. Which state government banned the manufacturing, sale, distribution and use or possession of e-cigarettes under the category of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), on 13th September 2018?
    1) Telangana
    2) Maharashtra
    3) Tamil Nadu
    4) Bihar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Tamil Nadu
    Explanation:
    The Tamil Nadu government has banned e-cigarettes in the state. Listing the ill-effects of using Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, knows as E-Cigarettes, the government order said, it is a myth that it is less harmful than Beedis and cigarettes.
    The ban covers distribution, trade, display, marketing, advertisement, use, import and possession of e-cigarettes.
  11. India signed how many agreements with Myanmar’s Rakhine State Government to facilitate capacity building and economic development in the province, on 13th September 2018?
    1) 2
    2) 3
    3) 4
    4) 6
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 2
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, India signed 2 agreements with Myanmar’s Rakhine State Government to facilitate capacity building and economic development in the province. To promote agricultural mechanization and computer literacy for employment opportunities in the software sector. The agreements were signed between: U Kyaw Lwin, Minister for Agriculture,Livestock, Forestry and Minerals, Dr. Chan Thar, Minister for Department of Social Affairs (both from Rakhine State Government) from Myanmar and Vikram Misri, Ambassador of India to Myanmar. According to MOU with Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Minerals of Rakhine: India will supply 15 tractors and 15 crawler harvesters to the State Government.
  12. Where was the 3rd Meeting of Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation between India and Afghanistan held on 10th September 2018?
    1) New Delhi, India
    2) Mumbai, India
    3) Kabul, Afghanistan
    4) Kolkata, India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Kabul, Afghanistan
    Explanation:
    On September 10, 2018, the Third Meeting of Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation between India and Afghanistan was held in Kabul. The meeting was co-chaired by: Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, H.E. Hekmat Khalil Karzai, and Foreign Secretary of India, Honorable Vijay Gokhale.
    Discussions of the meetings:
    • Review of outcomes of 1st and 2nd meetings of Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation
    • Bilateral cooperation between India and Afghanistan for political and economic stability,
    • Decision on improvement on development projects and infrastructure projects under the New Development Partnership.
  13. Which bank released its 2018 Flagship Statistical Report for Asia and the Pacific focused on ‘Technological Innovation for Agricultural Statistics’, on 13th September 2018?
    1) SoftBank
    2) World Bank
    3) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    4) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, Asian Development Bank released its 2018 Flagship Statistical Report for Asia and the Pacific. This report provides the latest available economic, financial, social, SDG indicators and environmental statistics for the 48 regional members of ADB. This year’s report is focusing on: Technological Innovation for Agricultural Statistics.
  14. What is the position of General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re), among the top 40 global reinsurers, as per a recent ranking published by Standard and Poor’s?
    1) 5
    2) 3
    3) 8
    4) 10
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 10
    Explanation:
    General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re), a Government-owned reinsurance company, has secured 10th position among the top 40 global reinsurers, as per a recent ranking published by Standard and Poor’s. The ranking published by Standard and Poor’s was done based on premium booked during FY18. In FY18, General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re) had achieved a top line growth of 24.5 %, with premium of Rs 41,799 crore.
  15. Government has decided to contain fiscal deficit at what percent of GDP for the fiscal year ending March 2019 to avoid a twin deficit problem?
    1) 5.4 %
    2) 3.2 %
    3) 2.4 %
    4) 3.3 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 3.3 %
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, Govt decided to contain fiscal deficit at 3.3 pc of GDP for the fiscal year ending March 2019 to avoid a twin deficit problem. Excise duty cut on petrol and diesel has been ruled out. Further, cutting expenditure, though might bring down the fiscal deficit , would result in a stunted economic growth in the long run. Hence, the share of non-oil tax to GDP has to be hiked. The government’s finances have shown improvement in July with fiscal deficit at 86.5 per cent of the Budget Estimate (BE).
  16. Which PSU (Public sector undertaking) launched India’s first 205T Electric Drive Rear Dump Truck (Model BH205-E), on 13th September 2018?
    1) BHEL
    2) NTPC
    3) BEML
    4) SAIL
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) BEML
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, BEML Limited launched country’s first 205T Electric Drive Rear Dump Truck (Model BH205-E). The dump truck has been developed for use in the project of Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. It is an electric drive rear dump truck for large scale mining operations. To make it environment friendly, it does not have transmission oil, final drive and brake cooling oil and weighs 335 tonnes when fully loaded.
  17. Name India’s first ocean surveillance and missile tracking ship which will undertake its first sea trial in the first week of October 2018?
    1) VC 11184
    2) INS G456
    3) BC 6788
    4) UI 7890
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) VC 11184
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, Hindustan Shipyard Limited announced that India’s first ocean surveillance and missile tracking ship VC 11184, will undertake its first sea trial in the first week of October 2018. This has been built for the National Technical Research Organisation under PMO and National Security Adviser. The cost of the project is Rs. 750 crore. It would be inducted in the Indian Navy.
  18. Who was presented the inaugural Meryl Streep Award for Excellence at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Awards in Washington, US, on 8th September 2018?
    1) Aishwarya Rai
    2) Janhvi Kapoor
    3) Zoya Akhtar
    4) Caroline Michael
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Aishwarya Rai
    Explanation:
    On 8th September 2018, Aishwarya Rai, Janhvi Kapoor, Zoya Akhtar were honoured at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Awards in Washington, US. Actress Aishwarya Rai was presented the inaugural Meryl Streep Award for Excellence. This award has been established to honour the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood. Director Zoya Akhtar was handed the Wyler Award for Excellence in Direction. Actress Janhvi Kapoor was presented the WIFT Emerald Award. Producer of the Year award was given to Catherine Hand for adapting Madeleine L’Engle’s award A Wrinkle in Time into a film, which was directed by Ava DuVernay.
  19. Who has been conferred the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) Award for his contribution towards prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and associated Sustainable Development Goals?
    1) Amitabh Kant
    2) Manoh Sinha
    3) Manoj Jhalani
    4) Ramesh Puri
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Manoj Jhalani
    Explanation:
    Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary & Mission Director (National Health Mission), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has been conferred the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) Award for his contribution towards prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and associated Sustainable Development Goals. Manoj Jhalani will be presented the UNIATF Award at the 3rd High-level meeting of the UN General Assembly organized by UNIATF in New York on 27th September 2018. This award is conferred in recognition of Indian Government’s efforts to prevent and control Non-Communicable Diseases. National Programme to control NCDs has been expanded by more than 8 times in the last 4 years. Now, it covers all the 36 States/Union Territories.
  20. Name the person who was conferred the honorary D Sc at the 6th annual convocation of Presidency University in Kolkata, on 11th September 2018?
    1) Anmol Banerjee
    2) C N R Rao
    3) Karuna S
    4) Yashwant Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) C N R Rao
    Explanation:
    On 11th September 2018, renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee C N R Rao was conferred the honorary D Sc at the 6th annual convocation of Presidency University in Kolkata. C N R Rao had been working in solid state chemistry for around forty years. Bengali Actor Soumitra Chatterjee was also awarded the honorary D Litt. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who is the chancellor of Presidency University, presided over the event. 750 students were awarded degrees and 4 students were awarded their PhD.
  21. Who has been renominated as the chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha?
    1) Veerapa Moili
    2) Dr Manmohan Singh
    3) L K Advani
    4) P Karunakaran
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) L K Advani
    Explanation:
    L K Advani, senior BJP leader, has been renominated as the chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Former Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank of BJP was renamed the chairman of the Lok Sabha Committee on Government Assurances. Chandrakant Khaire of the Shiv Sena was reappointed as the chairman of the Committee on Papers Laid on the Table. Dilipkumar Mansukhlal Gandhi of BJP has been awarded another term as the chairman of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation. P Karunakaran of the CPI(M) will continue as the chairman of the Committee on Absence of Members from the Sittings of the House.
  22. Who was appointed as Chairman of Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) on 12th September 2018?
    1) Madhan Kumar
    2) Mukhul Vaswani
    3) D Shivakumar
    4) Shashidhar Sinha
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) D Shivakumar
    Explanation:
    On 12th September 2018, Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) appointed D Shivakumar, as its chairman for a term of 3 years. D Shivakumar, is the former head of PepsiCo India. He is currently the Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy at Aditya Birla Group. Rohit Gupta, Sony Pictures Networks India President – Network Sales & International Business, was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Shashidhar Sinha, Media Brands CEO was re-appointed as honorary treasurer. Members of the board include: Harish Bhat – TGBL Director; Subhash Kamath – BBH Communications India Managing Partner; Sandeep Kohli – HUL Executive Director & Vice President; SK Palekar from IMT, Madhusudan Gopalan – P&G Hygiene and Health Care CEO and Vikas Agnihotri – Google India Director Sales.
  23. Name India’s oldest female athlete who has won gold medal in the 200 m race for the age group of 100 – 104, at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain?
    1) Ramani Kumar
    2) Man Kaur
    3) Angel Dsouza
    4) Prachi Patel
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Man Kaur
    Explanation:
    India’s oldest female athlete Man Kaur has won a gold medal at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain. Man Kaur is 102 years old. She was born in 1916. She hails from Patiala, Punjab. She won gold medal in the 200 m race for the age group of 100 – 104 at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain. Man Kaur started her career at 93 years. In 2017, she won gold medal in 100m race at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand.
  24. Sardar Singh, former Indian captain, has announced his international retirement from which game?
    1) Cricket
    2) Football
    3) Hockey
    4) Basket Ball
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Hockey
    Explanation:
    Sardar Singh, former Indian hockey captain, has announced his retirement from international hockey. Sardar Singh has made this decision after India’s disappointing performance at the Asian Games where it failed to defend the title and won only a Bronze medal. As a result, India did not get direct qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games. Sardar Singh is 32 years old. He hails from Sirsa in Haryana. He made his senior debut for India against Pakistan in 2006.
  25. Mehlli Gobhai passed away following a short term illness, on 13th September 2018. What was his profession?
    1) Politician
    2) Scientist
    3) Cricketer
    4) Artist
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Artist
    Explanation:
    On 13th September 2018, Mumbai-based artist Mehlli Gobhai passed away following a short term illness. Mehlli Gobhai was 87 years old. He was born in 1931. He had studied at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, the Royal College of Art, London and Pratt Graphic Centre and the Art Students League, New York. He had worked in New York for more than 20 years. He returned to Mumbai in the 1980s. He had held many solo and group shows in India and other countries. He had held solo exhibitions at Gallery Chemould, Bombay Art Gallery and Gallery 7 and the New India House in New York.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Where is Navegaon National Park located?
    Answer
      Maharashtra
  2. Who is the Foreign Secretary of India?
    Answer
      Vijay Gokhale
  3. Name the president and headquarters of Asian Development Bank (ADB)?
    Answer
      President – Takehiko Nakao; Headquarters – Manila, Philippines
  4. Who is the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of BEML?
    Answer
      Deepak Kumar Hota
  5. Name the Chairman-cum-Managing Director and headquarters of General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re)?
    Answer
      Chairman-cum-Managing Director – Alice G. Vaidyan; Headquarters – Mumbai
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