Current Affairs Quiz: September 19 2018

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  1. Name the author of the book “Narendra Modi: A Charismatic & Visionary Statesman”, that was released on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 68th birthday, on 17th September 2018?
    1) L K Advani
    2) Arun Jaitley
    3) Yogi Adityanath
    4) Amit Shah
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Amit Shah
    Explanation:
    On September 17, 2018, PM Narendra Modi went on a 2-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. On September 17, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Varanasi on the occasion of his 68th birthday. He interacted with children of a primary school, aided by non-profit organisation “Room to Read“.He also interacted with students of Kashi Vidyapeeth. A coffee-table book titled “Narendra Modi: A Charismatic & Visionary Statesman” written by BJP president Amit Shah was released.
  2. Name the portal launched by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to grant security clearance, on 18th September 2018?
    1) e – Clear
    2) e – Sahaj
    3) e – Approve
    4) e – Sign
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) e – Sahaj
    Explanation:
    On September 18, 2018, the Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba launched an online ‘e-Sahaj’ portal in New Delhi. Its objective is to grant Security Clearance. An applicant can: Submit application online and View the status of his application from time to time. This will provide an easier, faster and transparent way to monitor applications.
  3. The government along with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations launched an agricultural project worth ______ dollars, on conservation of biodiversity and forest landscapes, on 18thSeptember 2018?
    1) USD 33.5 million
    2) USD 22.7 million
    3) USD 45.8 million
    4) USD 78.8 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) USD 33.5 million
    Explanation:
    On September 18, 2018, the government along with UN body FAO launched an agricultural project worth USD 33.5 million on conservation of biodiversity and forest landscapes. This project is being funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project, to be implemented in five landscape in Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The project would involve: Biodiversity conservation, land degradation, climate change mitigation and sustainable forest management.
  4. Which state has launched a ‘Star Rating program’ for industries to support State Pollution Control Board’s (SPCB) regulatory efforts to reduce pollution?
    1) Tamil Nadu
    2) Odisha
    3) Himachal Pradesh
    4) Jammu and Kashmir
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Odisha
    Explanation:
    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched a ‘Star Rating program’ for industries to support State Pollution Control Board’s (SPCB) regulatory efforts to reduce pollution. This program is the first in India to use continuous monitored emissions data obtained in real time from major industrial plants. It will rate industries from 1 to 5 based on their compliance to pollution standards set by the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB). of the University of Chicago. Also, a website was launched where citizens can access information regarding this.
  5. Where was the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Technology Incubation Centre, inaugurated on 18thSeptember 2018?
    1) Kolkata
    2) Mumbai
    3) Pune
    4) Agartala
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Agartala
    Explanation:
    On 18th September 2018, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Technology Incubation Centre in Agartala, through video-conferencing from Bengaluru. The ISRO Technology Incubation Centre has been developed at the campus of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala. It was launched at the 1st edition of ‘SPACETRONICS’ organised by the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA). ISRO would incubate start-ups that could build applications, provide services and products that can be used internally and utilise opportunities globally.
  6. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the Revised Cost Estimate for _____ rupees for Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) partially funded by World Bank, on 19th September 2018?
    1) Rs 6788 crore
    2) Rs 3567 crore
    3) Rs 3466 crore
    4) Rs 8900 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Rs 3466 crore
    Explanation:
    On September 19, 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the Revised Cost Estimate of Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) partially funded by World Bank. It objective is to improve safety and operational performance of 198 Dams. The revised cost stands at Rs. 3466 crore. The initial total cost of the project was : Rs. 2100 crore. Out of Rs.3,466 crore:
    • Rs.2,628 crore will be funded by the World Bank
    • Rs.747 crore will be funded by DRIP States / Implementing Agencies (IAs) and
    • Rs.91 crore to be funded by Central Water Commission (CWC).
  7. India and Sri Lanka signed a MoU for construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse in which region of Sri Lanka, on 17th September 2018?
    1) Colombo
    2) Kandi
    3) Dambulla
    4) Trincomalee
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Dambulla
    Explanation:
    On 17th September 2018, India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. The MoU was signed by: Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Mr. K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, Secretary to Sri Lankan ministry of national policies and economic affairs. A 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse for fruits and vegetables to reduce its post-harvest losses, will be constructed with an Indian grant assistance of 30 crore Sri Lankan rupees. This project is in continuation of Indian Government’s efforts to tie up with Sri Lankan Government in people oriented development projects.
  8. India and World Bank signed a loan agreement for International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) Credit of _____ dollars for Uttrakhand Workforce Development Project (UKWDP), on 18th September 2018?
    1) USD 67 million
    2) USD 150 million
    3) USD 74 million
    4) USD 55 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) USD 74 million
    Explanation:
    On September 18, 2018, India and World Bank signed a loan agreement for IBRD Credit of USD 74 million for Uttrakhand Workforce Development Project (UKWDP). Its objective is to improve the quality and relevance of training at priority Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). Additionally, Project Agreement was also signed by: Dr. Iqbal Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Skill Development and Employment, Government of Uttrakhand and Mr. Jorge Coarasa, Acting Country Director, World Bank. It has a 5-year grace period, and a maturity of 17 years. The closing date for the Project is 30th June, 2023.
  9. Which insurance company signed a 5-year Corporate Agency Agreement with India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) to sell life insurance products to its consumers, on 18th September 2018?
    1) Max Life Insurance Limited
    2) Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (BALIC)
    3) Sun Life Insurance Limited
    4) Life Insurance Coporation of India (LIC)
    4) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (BALIC)
    Explanation:
    On 18th September 2018, India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) signed a 5-year Corporate Agency Agreement with Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (BALIC) to offer life insurance products to its consumers. BALIC is the first life insurer to tie up with IPPB since its launch on 1st September 2018. Initially, simple term and Point of Sale (POS) products of BALIC will be sold through IPPB. Postmen and ‘Grameen Dak Sevaks’ will be involved in selling insurance solutions. These products will be initially available in 3250 access points in IPPB’s network. Later it will be extended to 155,000 post offices throughout India.
  10. Who was appointed Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), on 18th September 2018?
    1) Punith Patil
    2) Anindo Majumdar
    3) Ravi Prasad
    4) Ram Mohan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Anindo Majumdar
    Explanation:
    On 18th September 2018, Financial Commissioner of Delhi Anindo Majumdar was appointed Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). Earlier, he was the chief secretary of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is a 1985-batch IAS officer of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram Union Territories (AGMUT cadre). His appointment has been approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  11. Name the person who has been appointed Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission?
    1) Shekhar Basu
    2) Rishi Tanwar
    3) Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas
    4) Arvind Subramaniam
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas
    Explanation:
    Director of Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas has been appointed Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission. He replaces Shekhar Basu. His appointment has been approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for a period till he attains 64 years of age (till 3 May 2021) or till further orders, whichever is earlier.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Where is Dudhwa National Park located?
    Answer
      Uttar Pradesh
  2. Where is the headquarters of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations?
    Answer
      Rome, Italy
  3. Who is the governor of Uttarakhand?
    Answer
      Baby Rani Maurya
  4. Name the Chairman of BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange)?
    Answer
       S Ravi
  5. Where is Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve located?
    Answer
      Maharashtra
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