Current Affairs Quiz: August 10 2018

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  1. The Parliament passed the National Sports University Bill 2018 on 9th August 2018. This Bill aims to set up a first-of-its-kind National Sports University in which state?
    1.Manipur
    2.Himachal Pradesh
    3.Andhra Pradesh
    4.Telengana
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Manipur
    Explanation:
    On 9th August 2018, Parliament passed the National Sports University Bill 2018, as the Rajya Sabha approved it. The Lok Sabha had passed this Bill on 3rd August 2018. This Bill aims to set up a first-of-its-kind National Sports University in Manipur to promote sports. The main campus will be in Manipur. Regional centres of the university will also be set up in other parts of India and other countries. The Chancellor of the University will be from the sports field. Also, the academic council and academic activities will have members from sports field.
  2. The Global Innovation Index 2018 (GII- 2018) has been launched in India in New Delhi. What is India’s rank on the Global Innovation Index (GII) in 2018?
    1.69
    2.57
    3.48
    4.78
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.57
    Explanation:
    The launch event was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) along with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in collaboration with Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). CII is one of the founding partners of GII. Global Innovation Index 2018 is the 11th edition of GII. The theme for GII 2018 is: “Energizing the World with Innovation”. The GII 2018 analyses the energy innovation landscape of the next decade and identify possible new technological breakthroughs and innovative approaches and their sources at the country, region, or firm level.
  3. Where was ‘One District one Product’ Summit inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on August 10, 2018?
    1.Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
    2.Guwahati, Assam
    3.Patna, Bihar
    4.Ahmedabad, Gujarat
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    2 MoUs were also signed with US-based companies. They were:
    • MOU between Amazonand Quality Control of India to market products of artisans and
    • Another between NSEand BSE with Wipro GE Health Care.
    Under this, Amazon will train the artisans and small entrepreneurs of districts, including Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Ferozabad, Moradabad, Agra, Kanpur, Meerut, Bhadohi and Varanasi. A 3-day exhibition was inaugurated in which one product of each district would be on display.
  4. Name the web-based common platform that has been launched recently to bring together every stakeholder contributing to the Swachh Bharat Mission?
    1.Swachh Manch web portal
    2.Swachh Sudeshi web portal
    3.Swachh India web portal
    4.Swachh Bharat web portal
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Swachh Manch web portal
    Explanation:
    It is a web-based common platform which aims to bring together every stakeholder contributing to the Swachh Bharat Mission. It will enable uploads of pictorial evidence of citizens and organizations participating in the initiatives. The Swachh Manch will also be integrated with the Swachhata App as a citizens’ grievance redressal platform.
  5. Where did Parijat Urja Chakra in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) organize a special campaign to create awareness about the ill effects of crop residue burning, on 10th August 2018?
    1.Ambala, Haryana
    2.Patiala, Punjab
    3.Cuttack, Odisha
    4.Hyderabad, Telengana
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Ambala, Haryana
    Explanation:
    The campaign focused on sensitizing the participants about the importance of straw management and recommended machinery and techniques of straw management. Safety handbooks were also distributed amongst the farmers on safe use of crop protection products.
  6. Name the environmental single window hub for Environment, Forest, Wildlife and CRZ clearances launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on World Biofuel Day (10th August 2018)?
    1.PARIVESH
    2.SAMIKSHA
    3.DIKSHA
    4.SRAVESH
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.PARIVESH
    Explanation:
    PARIVESH – Pro-Active and Responsive facilitation by Interactive, Virtuous and Environmental Single-window Hub
    PARIVESH is a Single-Window Integrated Environmental Management System, developed in line with ‘Digital India’ initiative. It also follows the Minimum Government and Maximum Governance ideology. PARIVESH automates the complete process of submitting the application and tracking the status of proposals at every stage of processing. It will deal with proposals submitted by Project Proponents to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC), State Level Environmental Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAA), to obtain clearances from Central, State and district-level authorities. It is a workflow based application. It is based on the concept of web architecture.
  7. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance entered into a bancassurance deal with which bank on August 10, 2018?
    1.Vijaya Bank
    2.Canara Bank
    3.IDFC Bank
    4.DBS Bank
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Vijaya Bank
    Explanation:
    On August 10, 2018, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance entered into a bancassurance deal with Vijaya Bank. The General Insurance products would be available through the bank’s network of 2,129 branches. Insurance products such as health, personal accident, home, motor and travel along with a commercial line of insurance products will be offered. The partnership will strengthen the presence of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance in southern India.
  8. Which bank has become the first bank in India to introduce Iris Scan Authentication feature for Aadhaar -based transactions through its micro ATM tablets?
    1.ICICI Bank
    2.Axis Bank
    3.HDFC Bank
    4.State Bank of India (SBI)
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Axis Bank
    Explanation:
    On August 10, 2018, Axis bank has become the first bank in the country to introduce Iris Scan Authentication feature for Aadhaar -based transactions through its micro ATM tablets. This is being run as a pilot project in 8 branches of rural Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. The bank will be launching the same process for loan processing, insurance, eKYC account opening and others sections mostly extending to the semi-urban and urban regions as well.
  9. Who was appointed as a member of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights recently?
    1.Dr. R. G Anand
    2.Mahendra Singh
    3.Aman Mittal
    4.Sumit Rawat
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Dr. R. G Anand
    Explanation:
    Dr. R. G Anand has been appointed as member of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Government has appointed Dr. R. G Anand as Member of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights with effect from 13th July 2018 for a period of 3 years, or until he attains 60 years of age, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
  10. Which country’s U-20 football team won Torneo Internacional de Fútbol Sub-20 de L’Alcúdia (L’Alcúdia International Under-20 Football Tournament) also known as COTIF Tournament, held at Valencia, Spain?
    1.Brazil
    2.Argentina
    3.Russia
    4.France
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Argentina
    Explanation:
    Argentina’s U-20 football team won Torneo Internacional de Fútbol Sub-20 de L’Alcúdia by defeating Russian team in the Extra Time by 2-1 goals. India was playing for the first time in the tournament. Floyd Pinto was the coach of the Under 20 team appointed by AIFF (All India Football Federation). Indian team won over Argentina in the final group stage match, which held on August 5th, 2018 by 2-1 & Created History by defeating the 6 time Champion. Deepak Tangri’s goal in the fourth-minute at the start of the game was the first goal from India. Anwar Ali scored the second goal in free kick which lead India to win the match.
  11. Who won the FIFA eWorld Cup held at The O2 Arena in London, Britain, on 4th August 2018?
    1.Rashid Ali Khan
    2.Mosaad Aldossary
    3.Gregor Mendelev
    4.Peter Heinstein
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Mosaad Aldossary
    Explanation:
    On 4th August 2018, Saudi Arabia’s Mosaad Aldossary won the FIFA eWorld Cup held at The O2 Arena in London, Britain. Mosaad Aldossary defeated Belgium’s Stefano Pinna 4-0 on aggregate in the two-legged FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final. Mosaad Aldossary won a prize money of $250,000. He is 18 years old. He competes with the name ‘MSDossary’.
  12. Name the author of the book ‘Untold Story of Broadcasting’ released by Minister of state for Culture (I/C), Dr. Mahesh Sharma, on 9th August 2018?
    1.Dr. Gautam Chatterjee
    2.Dr. Gulab Kothari
    3.Sachidanand Joshi
    4.Kiran Kumar
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Dr. Gautam Chatterjee
    Explanation:
    On 9th August 2018, Minister of state for Culture (I/C), Dr. Mahesh Sharma, released 3 books: ‘Jewellery’, ‘Ghats of Banaras’and ‘Untold Story of Broadcasting’, at IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), in New Delhi. ‘Jewellery’ was written by Dr. Gulab Kothari. ‘Ghats of Banaras’ was written by Dr. Sachidanand Joshi and ‘Untold Story of Broadcasting’ was written by Dr. Gautam Chatterjee.
  13. When was World Biofuel Day observed all over the world?
    1.August 9
    2.August 11
    3.August 12
    4.August 10
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4.August 10
    Explanation:
    The World Biofuel Day is being observed by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas for the last three years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Guest for the inaugural session of the World Biofuel Day programme. On the occasion, Prime Minister launched web portal PARIVESH, a single window for environmental, wildlife, forest and Coastal Regulation Zone clearances. The Prime Minister also released a booklet on“National Policy on Biofuels 2018”.
  14. What was the theme of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples observed on 9th August 2018?
    1.Indigenous peoples’ self-respect and dignity
    2.Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement
    3.Indigenous peoples’ development and sustainability
    4.Life and welfare of indigenous peoples
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement
    Explanation:
    In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared August 9 as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This date marks the day of the first meeting, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in 1982. This day is observed to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. The theme for International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2018 is: Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement.
  15. What is the rank of Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in women’s singles rankings in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on 9th August 2018?
    1.11
    2.10
    3.8
    4.7
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.11
    Explanation:
    Following poor performance at the badminton World Championship, the ranks of Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth have dropped. Saina Nehwal has been ranked world number 11 currently, in women’s singles rankings. Kidambi Srikanth has gone down two places and has reached 8th position in men’s singles rankings.
  16. Name the Indian-American high school student who won the world championship at the International Geography Bee’s junior varsity division held in Berlin, Germany, in July 2018?
    1.Akash Karath
    2.Avi Goel
    3.Samuel D’souza
    4.Vivian Richards
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Avi Goel
    Explanation:
    Avi Goel is 14 years old. He is a tenth grader at Silver Creek High School in Evergreen, San Jose. He won a gold medal in seven out of the 10 medal events, and a silver medal in two of the events, topping the overall medals table. He also bagged the top spot in all the three events counting towards the world championship title: the International Geography Exam, the International Geography Showdown, and the International Geography Bee.
  17. Who was appointed as United Nation’s next human rights chief on 10th August 2018?
    1.Gina Haspel
    2.Michelle Bachelet
    3.Ballerina Hunsington
    4.Diana Edward
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Michelle Bachelet
    Explanation:
    Michelle Bachelet was Chile’s first female president. She served for two terms from 2006-2010 and 2014-2018. She was also the first head of UN Women. UN Women is an agency dealing with gender equality. It was formed in 2010. She will succeed Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein as the head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  18. On August 10, 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the project for construction of 6.930 km long 4-lane bridge on which river at Phulaut in Bihar?
    1.River Yamuna
    2.River Ganga
    3.River Kosi
    4.River Brahmaputra
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3.River Kosi
    Explanation:
    On August 10, 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, approved the project for construction of 6.930 km long 4-lane bridge at Phulaut in Bihar. There is a 10 km missing link between Phulaut and Bihpur on NH-106 which takes a detour of approximate 72 km. This bridge will take it down to 12 km. It will also fill the existing 30 km long gap between Udakishanganj and Bihpur of National Highway Number 106 in Bihar.
  19. On August 10, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the joint issue of Postage Stamps on India-South Africa. What will be the theme of the postage stamp?
    1.20 Years of Strategic Partnership between India and South Africa
    2.India South Africa Strengths and Ties
    3.Growth of India, South Africa Partnership
    4.Next level of India South Africa Partnership
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.20 Years of Strategic Partnership between India and South Africa
    Explanation:
    On August 10, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the joint issue of Postage Stamps on India-South Africa. The Theme of the postage stamp will be : “20 Years of Strategic Partnership between India and South Africa”. The Joint Issue depicts image of Deendayal Upadhyaya and Oliver Reginald Tambo of South Africa. This is a part of the MOU signed in May 2018. The joint stamps were released in June 2018.
  20. Which bill was passed in Lok Sabha on 9th August 2018, to overturn a Supreme Court order concerning certain safeguards against arrest under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe law?
    1.Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018
    2.Violence Against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Amendment Bill, 2017
    3.Safeguard of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Amendment Bill, 2018
    4.Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Protection Amendment Bill, 2018
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018
    Explanation:
    On 9th August 2018, the bill was passed by Rajya Sabha through voice vote. It was passed in Lok Sabha on 6th August 2018. Section 18A has been inserted to eliminate the need for a preliminary enquiry before registration of an FIR, or obtain approval of any authority before arrest of an accused, and to restore the provisions of Section 18 of the Act. The amended bill has removed the provision to obtain prior permission for the arrest of those committing atrocities against Dalits. Under the legislation, there is a provision to set up special courts to handle cases related to atrocities against SCs and STs.

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    Answer
    Ms. Stuti Kacker
  2. What is the tag line of Vijaya Bank?
    Answer
    A Friend you can bank upon
  3. Name the Director General and headquarters of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)?
    Answer
    Director General – Francis Gurry; Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
  4. What is the capital and currency of Canada?
    Answer
    Capital – Ottawa; Currency – Canadian dollar
  5. Who is the director general of National Informatics Centre (NIC)?
    Answer
    Ms. Neeta Verma