Current Affairs Quiz: September 20 2018

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  1. Where did Prime Minister Narendra Modi lay foundation stone of India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC), on 20th September 2018?
    1) Pune, Maharashtra
    2) Dwarka, New Delhi
    3) Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
    4) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Dwarka, New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On September 20, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) in Dwarka. The estimated cost of the project is: Rs 25,703 crore. It will have an area of 221.37 acre and will be constructed in 2 phases. Phase-I and II will be completed by December 2019 and December 2024, respectively. It will be used for offering setting for international and national events, meetings, conferences, exhibitions and trade shows. It will have facilities like exhibition halls, convention centre, open exhibition spaces, mixed use commercial spaces like star hotels (5, 4 and 3 star).
  2. President Ram Nath Kovind signed the ordinance banning Instant Triple Talaq practice, on 20th September 2018. Under this ordinance, ‘triple talaq’ has been considered illegal and how many years of jail term will be awarded to the husband?
    1) 3
    2) 2
    3) 4
    4) 5
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 3
    Explanation:
    On September 19, 2018, the Law Ministry announced the signing of the ordinance banning the practice of instant triple talaq by the President. The name of the bill is: The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017. Under this ordinance, ‘triple talaq’ has been considered illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. A complaint can be filed only by the woman or her family and the offence remains non-bailable.
  3. Name the new portal launched by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, that will have information on budget, expenditure and Bill Payment position?
    1) My Budget
    2) Make Budget
    3) Budget Dashboard
    4) Budget Map
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Budget Dashboard
    Explanation:
    On September 19, 2018, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched a new web portal ‘Budget Dashboard’, incorporating features of Ministry of AYUSH and Department of Health Research. It will have information on budget, expenditure and Bill Payment position. It will consist of the following:
    • Details of Budget and expenditure,
    • Details of flagship schemes, Central sector expenditure, North East, SC/ST, Centrally Sponsored Schemes, etc.
    • A Unique feature of Bill Position for All India Pay & Accounts Offices (PAOs),
    • SMS facility of information on demand and SMS alerts for shortfall in expenditure.
  4. Name the monthly e-newsletter launched by Union Ministry of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises on 19th September 2018?
    1) MSME Alert
    2) MSME Insider
    3) MSME News
    4) MSME Circular
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) MSME Insider
    Explanation:
    On September 19, 2018, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Giriraj Singh, launched MSME Insider – a monthly e-newsletter of the Ministry. The e-newsletter would be distributed to about 50 lakh MSMEs registered on the Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum Portal. It will act as a bridge between the Ministry and MSME units and stakeholders. It will also help in creating the awareness about the schemes and propagate the agenda of the ministry.
  5. Where did Health Ministry launch a pilot service of transportation of sputum sample used for TB diagnosis through the Department of Posts, on 19thSeptember 2018?
    1) Delhi
    2) Madhya Pradesh
    3) Gujarat
    4) West Bengal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Delhi
    Explanation:
    On September 19, 2018, the Health Ministry launched a pilot service of transportation of sputum sample used for TB diagnosis through the Department of Posts in Karawal Nagar, Delhi. The transportation will be followed by testing the samples. This will enable appropriate management of the TB patients and reduced disease transmission. Along with this, the 2nd version of web-based application of RNTCP, Nikshay Version 2.0 was launched. NIKSHAY is web based solution for effectively monitoring of TB patients under Revised National Tuberculosis Programme (RNTCP). It was launched by Health Ministry and developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC).
  6. India signed Air Services Agreement to enable greater connectivity with which country on 19th September 2018?
    1) France
    2) Germany
    3) Kenya
    4) Morocco
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Morocco
    Explanation:
    On September 19, 2018, to enable greater connectivity, India and Morocco signed a revised Air Services Agreement. It was signed by: Shri Mohammed Sajid, Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy, Morocco and Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, India. This will enable greater freedom and more direct flights and strengthen economic and cultural ties in the process.
  7. Name the new scheme approved by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) through which it will pay cash relief to insured persons during the period of unemployment?
    1) Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna
    2) Atal Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana
    3) Atal Suraksha Bima Yojana
    4) Life Cover under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna
    Explanation:
    On September 20, 2018, the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) approved a new scheme- Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna for Insured Persons covered under the Employees’ State Insurance Act. The decision was taken at the ESIC board meeting chaired by the Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar in New Delhi. A relief will be payable in cash directly to Bank Account of insured person in case of unemployment. It would benefit insured persons covered under the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948.
  8. Which state has passed a unanimous resolution to name the newly-built Jharsuguda airport after noted freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai?
    1) Maharashtra
    2) Assam
    3) Arunachal Pradesh
    4) Odisha
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Odisha
    Explanation:
    On September 19, 2018, the state assembly of Odisha passed a unanimous resolution to name the newly-built Jharsuguda airport after noted freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai. Jharsuguda airport will be the second airport in Odisha to be renamed after Biju Patnaik International airport in Bhubaneswar.
  9. Haryana government has approved the construction of Kishau dam on which river?
    1) Tons River
    2) Ravi River
    3) Beas River
    4) Kaveri River
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Tons River
    Explanation:
    Haryana government has approved the construction of Kishau dam on Tons river, a tributary of the Yamuna. With the construction of this dam, Haryana would get additional 709 cusecs of water for drinking and irrigation purposes. According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by six states in the year 1994, Haryana’s share in the Kishau Dam is 709 cusecs water out of the live storage capacity of 1,324 million cubic metre (MCM).
  10. Name the Joint Air Force exercise of India and Russia that is held in Lipetsk, Russia from 17th to 28th September 2018?
    1) Aviaindra – 18
    2) Indra – 18
    2) Indrus – 18
    3) Rustum – 18
    4) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Aviaindra – 18
    Explanation:
    On September 17, 2018, India and the Russian Federation commenced their joint Air Force level exercise called Exercise Aviaindra till September 28, 2018. Its objective is to work on anti-terrorist operations in a bi-lateral scenario. It is being conducted at Lipetsk, Russia. It will be again conducted in Jodhpur, India from 10 Dec to 22 Dec 18. The Indian contingent comprises of 30 officers including four women officers of Flying, Admin and Medical Branch. The aircraft that would participate in the exercise include Su-30 SM, Mig-29, Su-25, Mi-8 and An-26.
  11. Development of which airport is the first project of Airports Authority of India (AAI) in Sri Lanka?
    1) Batticaloa Airport
    2) Jaffna Airport
    3) Koggala Airport
    4) Palaly airport
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Palaly airport
    Explanation:
    On September 20, 2018, Airports Authority of India (AAI) announced its project report for development of Palaly airport in northern Sri Lanka. This will be the first project undertaken by AAI in Sri Lanka. The detailed report of the project would be completed in 3 months.
  12. India and which country signed a MOU for establishment of the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre in Niamey, on 20th September 2018?
    1) Niger
    2) Kenya
    3) Siberia
    4) Russia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Niger
    Explanation:
    On September 20, 2018, India and Niger singed an MOU for establishment of the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre in Niamey, Niger. This was signed among: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, H.E. Mr. Saidil Moctar Mohamed, Minister and Special Adviser to the President of Republic of Niger, Shri T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations), MEA, and H.E. Mr. Ali Illiassou, Ambassador of Republic of Niger in India. The Convention Centre is being established in the context of the African Union (AU) Summit that Niger is to host in 2019.
  13. Where was the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism held from September 16-19, 2018?
    1) Manilla, Philippines
    2) Dublin, Ireland
    3) Seoul, Republic of Korea
    4) Johannesburg, South Africa
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Seoul, Republic of Korea
    Explanation:
    On September 16-19, 2018, the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea. It was organized by The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The theme of the summit is: A 2030 Vision for Urban Tourism. It was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Tourism Organization and the Seoul Tourism Organization. The main focus of the Summit was the future of urban tourism in the context of the 2030 Urban Agenda.
  14. Interest rates of the small savings scheme was increased for the third quarter (October 1 to December 31) by up to 40 bps. What is the new interest rate for the Public Provident Fund Scheme?
    1) 7.6 %
    2) 8.0 %
    3) 7.9 %
    4) 8.5 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 8.0 %
    Explanation:
    On September 20, 2018, the interest rates of the small savings scheme was increased or the third quarter (October 1 to December 31) by up to 40 bps.
    The changes in the schemes are as follows:
    SchemeNew interest rateTime
    Savings Deposit4.0Annually
    1 year Time Deposit6.9Quarterly
    2 year Time Deposit7Quarterly
    3 year Time Deposit7.2Quarterly
    5 year Time Deposit7.8Quarterly
    5 year Recurring Deposit7.3Quarterly
    5 year Senior Citizen Savings Scheme8.7`Quarterly and paid
    5 year Monthly Income Account7.7Monthly and paid
    5 year National Savings Certificate8Annually
    Public Provident Fund Scheme8Annually
    Kisan Vikas Patra7.7 (will mature in 112 months)Annually
    Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme8.5Annually
  15. Name the para shuttler who was conferred the Arjuna award by Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore, on 19th September 2018?
    1) Sathish Kumar
    2) Raj Kumar
    3) Harthik Patel
    4) Anil Tiwari
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Raj Kumar
    Explanation:
    On 19th September 2018, para shuttler Raj Kumar was conferred the Arjuna award by Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore. Raj Kumar had filed a case against the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, citing that his name had not been considered for the Arjuna Award by the selection committee. Arjuna Award has been conferred on him after Delhi High court delivered a verdict in favour of Raj Kumar. Raj Kumar, who hails from Punjab, had won a gold medal in the 2015 BWF Para-Badminton World Championships that was held in England.
  16. All-women crew of which Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV) has won the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award for completing the challenging task of sailing across the world for 8 months?
    1) INSV Tarini
    2) INSV Shakthi
    3) INSV Mithra
    4) INSV Prabha
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) INSV Tarini
    Explanation:
    All-women crew of INSV Tarini has won the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award for completing the challenging task of sailing across the world for 8 months. The INSV Tarini team was led by: Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi. Other crew members: Lieutenant P. Swathi, Lieutenant Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Vijaya Devi, Sub Lieutenant Payal Gupta and Lieutenant B Aishwarya. Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award is the highest national recognition for remarkable achievements in adventure on land, sea and air. The INSV Tarini team spent 194 days at sea as part of a mission under the Navika Sagar Parikrama project.
  17. Which Union Ministry conferred the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017 – 18 to schools that have done exemplary work in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene, in New Delhi, on 18th September 2018?
    1) Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare
    2) Union Ministry for Human Resource Development
    3) Union Ministry for Home Affairs
    4) Union Ministry for Urban Development
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Union Ministry for Human Resource Development
    Explanation:
    The Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar was instituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2016 to recognize, inspire and celebrate excellence in sanitation and hygiene practice in schools. Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar conferred the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017 – 18 at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi on 18th September 2018. Out of 52 Awardee schools, 37 schools are from rural areas and 15 from urban areas. 45 are government/government aided schools and 7 are private schools. 4 States (Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh) and 9 districts (Pondicherry, Srikakulam, Chandigarh, Hisar, Karaikal, Latur, Nellore, South Goa, Vadodara) were also awarded with Certificate of Recognition for having maximum number of schools awarded with National Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar.
  18. The government appointed MD and CEOs for 10 state-run banks, on 19th September 2018. Who has been appointed as MD and CEO of Syndicate Bank?
    1) Mrutyunjay Mahapatra
    2) Padmaja Chundru
    3) Pallav Mohapatra
    4) J Packirisamy
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Mrutyunjay Mahapatra
    Explanation:
    BankMD and CEO
    Syndicate BankMrutyunjay Mahapatra
    Indian BankPadmaja Chundru
    Central Bank of IndiaPallav Mohapatra
    Andhra BankJ Packirisamy
    Dena BankKarnam Shekhar
    Allahabad BankSS Mallikarjuna Rao
    Bank of MaharashtraAS Rajeev
    UCO BankAtul Kumar Goel
    Punjab & Sind BankS Harisnakar
    United Bank of IndiaAshok Kumar Pradhan
  19. Who was appointed as MD and CEO of Dena Bank on 19th September 2018?
    1) Karnam Shekhar
    2) SS Mallikarjuna Rao
    3) AS Rajeev
    4) Atul Kumar Goel
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Karnam Shekhar
    Explanation:
    BankMD and CEO
    Syndicate BankMrutyunjay Mahapatra
    Indian BankPadmaja Chundru
    Central Bank of IndiaPallav Mohapatra
    Andhra BankJ Packirisamy
    Dena BankKarnam Shekhar
    Allahabad BankSS Mallikarjuna Rao
    Bank of MaharashtraAS Rajeev
    UCO BankAtul Kumar Goel
    Punjab & Sind BankS Harisnakar
    United Bank of IndiaAshok Kumar Pradhan
  20. Name the persons who were appointed as members in Northern local board of RBI (Reserve Bank of India) by the Government on 19th September 2018?
    1) Rakesh Jain, Sachin Chaturvedi
    2) Revathy Iyer, Raghvendra Narayan Dubey
    3) SS Mallikarjuna Rao, AS Rajeev
    4) Padmaja Chundru, Pallav Mohapatra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Revathy Iyer, Raghvendra Narayan Dubey
    Explanation:
    On 19th September 2018, Government appointed four members to the local boards of RBI (Reserve Bank of India). Rakesh Jain and Sachin Chaturvedi have been appointed as member in Southern local board and Eastern local board of RBI. Revathy Iyer and Raghvendra Narayan Dubey have been appointed as member in Northern local board of RBI. Revathy Iyer and Sachin Chaturvedi have also been nominated as Director on the central board of RBI.
  21. Who was appointed an independent director on the board of Air India Ltd, on 19th September 2018?
    1) Arun Kumar
    2) Ramesh Prathap
    3) Rajeev Singh Sandhu
    4) D Purandeswari
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) D Purandeswari
    Explanation:
    On 20th September 2018, D Purandeswari was appointed an independent director on the board of Air India Ltd. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved her appointment as non-official independent director on the board of Air India Ltd. for a term of 3 years.
  22. Name the indigenously developed surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile successfully test fired by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Chandipur in Odisha, on 20th September 2018?
    1) Vihar
    2) Prahar
    3) Kiran
    4) Surya
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Prahar
    Explanation:
    On 20th September 2018, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the indigenously developed surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile ‘Prahar’, from Launch Complex-III, Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha. Prahar was developed by DRDO. It was launched from a mobile launcher. It is a contemporary weapon system. It can carry various types of warheads and neutralise a wide range of targets. It is a solid fuelled short-range missile. It is equipped with inertial navigation system. It is a quick reaction, all-weather, all-terrain, highly accurate battlefield support tactical weapon system.
  23. Name the weightlifter who will be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018 on 25th September 2018 in Delhi?
    1) Vijay Sharma
    2) Pooja Kadian
    3) Chougale Dadu Dattatray
    4) S. Mirabai Chanu
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) S. Mirabai Chanu
    Explanation:
    National Sports Awards for 2018 has been announced. The awardees will receive their awards from the President at a special event at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi on 25th September 2018. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of 4 years. It includes a cash prize of Rs. 7.5 lakh. Selection Committee head: Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar
    S. No.Name of the SportspersonDiscipline
    1Ms. S. Mirabai ChanuWeightlifting
    2Shri Virat KohliCricket
  24. Which sports body has launched the first edition of Indo International Premier Kabaddi League which would start on 26 January 2019?
    1) New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI)
    2) Asian Kabaddi Federation (AKF)
    3) Indian Kabaddi Federation (IKF)
    4) South Asian Kabaddi Federation (SAKF)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI)
    Explanation:
    On 19th September 2018, the New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI) launched the first edition of Indo International Premier Kabaddi League which would start on 26 January 2019. Selection trial for the league will start from October 6, 2018. Winner will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 1.25 crore. Over 1000 players, both domestic and International, would participate. The league will have 8 teams: Bengaluru Rhinos, Chennai Cheetahs, Delhi Dumars, Telangana Bulls, Patna Panthers, Haryana Hurricanes, Mumbai Marathas and Kolkata Tigers. Each team will have 2 to 3 international players. Double round robin format will be followed. 62 matches will be played in one and a half months. Players from New Zealand, Poland, Argentina, Tanzania, Australia, Norway, United Kingdom, Canada and USA, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Mauritius, Kenya, Iraq, Denmark, will participate.
  25. Kondapalli Koteswaramma who passed away in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, on 19th September 2018, was a revolutionary leader, feminist and a _____?
    1) actor
    2) writer
    3) hockey player
    4) doctor
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) writer
    Explanation:
    On 19th September 2018, revolutionary leader, writer and feminist Kondapalli Koteswaramma passed away, following a brain hemorrhage, in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. She was 100 years old. She was born in Pamarru area of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh. She had joined the Congress party when she was 10 years old. She was an active member of the United Communist Party in the 1940s and 50s. She had played an active role in the Telangana Rebellion (1946-1951). She had written her autobiography named ‘Nirjana Varadhi’ and three other books.
  26. Which writer is writing a book on sprinter Dutee Chand, who won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games?
    1) Pradeep Vadra
    2) Sundeep Misra
    3) Mayank Sinha
    4) Mohak Tapar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Sundeep Misra
    Explanation:
    On 18th September 2018, Westland Books announced that, journalist, author and filmmaker Sundeep Misra, would write a book on sprinter Dutee Chand, who won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games. The book is named “Story so far”. It would be released in 2019. It would be published by Westland Books. The book will narrate the hardships and controversies Dutee Chand has come across and how she has emerged as a rising star.

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  1. Who is the Secretary General of New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI)?
    Answer
      MV Prasad Babu
  2. Who is the governor of Gujarat?
    Answer
      Om Prakash Kohli
  3. What is the capital and currency of Morocco?
    Answer
      Capital – Rabat, Currency – Moroccan dirham
  4. Where is the headquarters of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)?
    Answer
      New Delhi
  5. Where is Biju Patnaik International airport located?
    Answer
      Bhubaneswar, Odisha
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