Current Affairs Quiz: December 10 2018

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  1. The 10th edition of ‘INDRA NAVY’, the bilateral exercise between the navies of India and which country started at Vishakhapatnam, on 9th December 2018?
    1) Australia
    2) Russia
    3) France
    4) United States of America
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Russia
    Explanation:
    On December 09 2018, the 10th Edition of INDRA NAVY, the bilateral exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) started at Vishakhapatnam. The Maritime exercise will conclude on December 16. The Primary aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the two navies, develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. This Year’s edition of exercise would be held in two phases, The Harbour phase would be held at Visakhapatnam from 9-12 December and the Sea phase would be held from 13-16 December in Bay of Bengal. Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Air Defence Drills, Surface firings, Visit Board search and Seizure (VBSS) operations and tactical procedures will be the thrust of exercises at sea. Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet will command the Indian ships at the exercise.
  2. Where was the Military Literature Festival (MLF) 2018 held from 7th to 9th December 2018?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Dehradun
    3) Kolkata
    4) Chandigarh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Chandigarh
    Explanation:
    On December 7, 2018, the 3-day Military Literature Festival (MLF) 2018, commenced at Lake Club in Chandigarh. The festival will conclude on December 9, 2018. The festival is a joint initiative of: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and The Western Command, Indian Army. A ‘Clarion Call’ theatre was set up which screened 40 short films on the Army’s wars since Independence, is the new attraction.
  3. Name the Union Minister for Electronics & IT, Law & Justice, who launched a National Challenge for Youths, “Ideate for India – Creative Solutions using Technology”, in New Delhi, on 6th December 2018?
    1) Suresh Prabhu
    2) Narendra Singh Tomar
    3) Ravi Shankar Prasad
    4) Manoj Sinha
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Ravi Shankar Prasad
    Explanation:
    On December 6, 2018, Union Minister for Electronics & IT, Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, launched a National Challenge for Youths,“Ideate for India – Creative Solutions using Technology”, in New Delhi. The Challenge has been designed and launched by: The National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics & IT in collaboration with Intel India, with support from the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L), Ministry of Human Resource Development. The DoSE&L will propagate the challenge to State Education Departments, NVS, KVS and CBSE authorities. The National Challenge will be open to at least 1 million students of classes 6 – 12 all across the country – all 29 States and 7 Union Territories over the next 3 months ending in March 2019.
  4. The the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) was inaugurated in which state on 9th December 2018?
    1) Tamil Nadu
    2) Kerala
    3) Telangana
    4) Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Kerala
    Explanation:
    On 9th December 2018, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu jointly inaugurated the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL). KIAL is the fourth international airport in the state. The other three are Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode and with the commissioning of KIAL, Kerala becomes the state with the highest density of airports in the country. Vijayan and Prabhu flagged off the first flight, an Air India Express with 180 passengers bound for Abu Dhabi. Spread across 2,000 acres and costing close to Rs. 1,800 crore, the new airport in Kannur can reportedly handle around 2,000 passengers at a time and will serve more than 1.5 million international passengers yearly.
  5. India’s first underwater museum will be opened in _____, in a decommissioned Indian Naval vessel named INS Cuddalore?
    1) Odisha
    2) Maharashtra
    3) Puducherry
    4) Andhra Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Puducherry
    Explanation:
    On December 8, 2018, Indian Navy agreed to gift INS Cuddalore, a decommissioned Pondicherry-class vessel, to the Union territory of Puducherry for the creation of country’s first underwater museum. The 60 m long and 12 m wide vessel was decommissioned in March 2018 after sailing 13000 nautical miles. It would be sent to the sea bed at a depth of 26 m and 7 km off the Pondicherry coast to act as an underwater marine museum for scuba diving and snorkelling activities. This would enhance tourism in the UT. It would also help in enhanced marine biodiversity and boosting fishing industry.
  6. Which country has approved a new law allowing foreign blue-collar workers into the country to ease labour shortages from April 2019?
    1) Australia
    2) Ethiopia
    3) Spain
    4) Japan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Japan
    Explanation:
    On December 8, 2018, Japanese parliament approved a new law allowing foreigners into the country to ease labour shortages from April 2019. According to the law, Workers in the first category will be allowed in for five years if they have a certain level of skill and some proficiency in Japanese and Workers with a higher level of skills would qualify for the second visa category and would eventually be allowed to apply for residency. After the passing of the legislation, 345,150 blue-collar workers will be allowed in the next 5 years. The initial numbers considered for this was 500,000.
  7. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed a loan agreement worth _____ with Green Climate Fund (GCF) to boost rooftop solar power capacity projects through private sector participation, on 8th December 2018?
    1) USD 100 million
    2) USD 250 million
    3) USD 300 million
    4) USD 170 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) USD 100 million
    Explanation:
    On December 8, 2018, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed a loan agreement worth USD 100 million with Green Climate Fund (GCF) to boost rooftop solar power capacity projects through the private sector participation. The Total corpus of the project is USD 250 mn, which will be executed by Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd. The Agreement was signed, on the sidelines of ongoing COP24 in Katowice, Poland, by: Shri Shankar A Pande, Chief General Manager, NABARD in the presence of Shri A K Mehta, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). GCF is an UNFCC-promoted Fund that has NABARD as the National Implementing Entity (NIE).
  8. Which bank has approved a $400 million loan for a Water Sanitation Project in Andhra Pradesh?
    1) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    2) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    3) World Bank
    4) SoftBank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    Explanation:
    The Beijing Headquartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) had approved a $400 million loan for a Water Sanitation Project in Andhra Pradesh. The Project will be very helpful for women and girls of affected community in Andhra Pradesh and it will reduce the health risks and health expenditure for the people of Andhra Pradesh. India is the second largest shareholder of Asian Infrastructure Development Bank after China. After this Loan the overall loan amount of India from AIIB reached to $2 Billion spread over nine projects. This loan will strengthen the AIIB’s capacity and loan demand from other states is also expected to increase.
  9. Who won the Miss World 2018 crown at the 68th edition of the Miss World event held in the Chinese city, Sanya, on 8th December 2018?
    1) Nicolene Pichapa
    2) Maria Vasilevich
    3) Kadijah Robinson
    4) Vanessa Ponce de Leon
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Vanessa Ponce de Leon
    Explanation:
    On 8th December 2018 Mexico‘s Vanessa Ponce de Leon won the coveted Miss World 2018 crown at the 68th edition of the prestigious Miss World grand event held in the Chinese city, Sanya. The 26-year-old Vanessa was crowned by Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar of India. Vanessa Ponce de Leon, has a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls. Nicolene Pichapa from Thailand was adjudged runner up in Miss World 2018. Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were among the final five. A total of 118 contestants from all around the world participated in the pageant. The Miss World continental winners were also announced in the event. The winners include- Belarus – Miss World Europe, Jamaica – Miss World Carribbean, Mexico – Miss World America, Uganda – Miss World Africa, and Thailand – Miss World Asia and Oceania.
  10. Name the environmentalist who won the Lifetime Service Award in Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2018, presented by Sanctuary Wildlife Foundation, on 8th December 2018?
    1) Vandana Shiva
    2) Rohit Choudhury
    3) Imran Siddiqui
    4) Iho Mitapo
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Vandana Shiva
    Explanation:
    On December 8, 2018, the Sanctuary Wildlife Foundation presented the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2018 to 8 environmentalists. The awardees are as follows:
    AwardPurposeAwardeeDescription
    Lifetime Service AwardHonouring the person who had a life purpose to work for nature and inspire youth of IndiaVandana ShivaBio-piracy Activist, food-sustainability advocate and changemaker
    Wildlife Service AwardsEmployees, researchers, villagers involved in in situ nature conservationRohit ChoudhuryDetermined campaigner, environment activist.
    Imran SiddiquiTiger conservationist and scientist, firebrand environmentalist
    Iho MitapoGrassroots conservationist, eco-entrepreneur, young leader
    Govardhan MeenaTiger Defender, conflict manager and changemaker
    Puja MitraMarine conservationist, animal welfare activist and administrator.
    Young Naturalist AwardIdentifying young naturalist and conservationistMaitreya SukumarStudent, birder, writer, environmentalist
    Green Teacher AwardEducating the youth on environmentNikita PimpleEducator, Naturalist and conservationist
  11. Which institute won the DSCI Excellence Award 2018, given by Data Security Council of India (DSCI), for its contributions in Cyber Security education, on 8th December 2018?
    1) Indian Institute of Madras (IIT), Madras
    2) Indian Institute of Madras (IIT), Kharagpur
    3) National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy
    4) Indian Institute of Scicences (IISc), Bangalore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Indian Institute of Madras (IIT), Kharagpur
    Explanation:
    On December 8, 2018, IIT Kharagpur (KGP) won DSCI Excellence Award 2018, given by Data Security Council of India (DSCI), for its contributions in Cyber Security education. It was awarded for its focused curricula and research work in cryptography, hardware security, cyber security, network security which have helped spread awareness among the student. Some of the notable ventures of the department of computer science and engineering at IIT Kharagpur are: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-funded projects on developing lightweight protocols for authenticating IoT nodes, IC reverse engineering and trojan detection and the DST-funded ‘Swarnajayanti‘ project on secure authentication protocol for smart grids. The purpose of the DSCI Excellence Award is to recognize, honour and reward organizations and individuals who address real risks, build resilience, increase trustworthiness and create a conducive environment for business growth.
  12. _____ was presented the lifetime achievement award at the Trinity Arts Festival in Chennai, on 8th December 2018?
    1) Sundaram Iyengar
    2) T T Srinivasaraghavan
    3) Rohit Bakshi
    4) Kiran Rao
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) T T Srinivasaraghavan
    Explanation:
    On December 8, 2018, Sundaram Finance Managing Director T T Srinivasaraghavan was presented the lifetime achievement award at the Trinity Arts Festival in Chennai. The award was presented by publisher and former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, and the Press Trust of India, Chairman, N Ravi. He was awarded for his leadership qualities that made Sundaram Finance as one of India’s most trusted non-banking finance companies. Over the last 13 years, he has been organising mikeless kutcheries for children aged below 15 years which got him an entry into the Limca Book of Records for the longest open air kutcheri in the country.
  13. Who was elected as the 14th chairman of the Coca-Cola Company, on 6th December 2018?
    1) Muhtar Kent
    2) James Quincey
    3) Joel Davis
    4) Sean Goldman
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) James Quincey
    Explanation:
    On 6th December 2018 James Quincey was elected as the 14th chairman of the Coca-Cola Company, succeeding Muhtar Kent, who plans to retire in April after a Coca-Cola system career that started in 1978. Quincey, currently serves as president and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company and will become chairman following the company’s annual meeting in April 2019. Brian Smith will become president and chief operating officer of the company on Jan. 1, 2019. The company also announced that Sam Nunn, the Coca-Cola director, will also retire and Maria Elena “Mel” Lagomasino, will succeed Nunn as an independent director.
  14. Which country launched its Chang’e-4 moon mission to reach the far side of the moon for the first time, on 7thDecember 2018?
    1) Japan
    2) Russia
    3) South Korea
    4) China
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) China
    Explanation:
    On December 7, 2018, China launched its Chang’e-4 moon mission aboard the Long March 3B launch vehicle to reach the far side of the moon for the first time, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in southwestern China. Chang’e is the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the main contractor for China’s space program, announced the launch. The completion of this mission will make China the first country to make a soft landing.
  15. _____ scientists have made nanowire devices from zinc oxide crystals that can inherently process and even store information?
    1) American
    2) Indian
    3) German
    4) Australian
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) German
    Explanation:
    On December 7, 2018, Scientists from the Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) in Germany made nanowire devices made from zinc oxide crystals can inherently process and even store information. Further, a memristive element was produced from nanowires by the researchers from Polytechnic University of Turin and RWTH Aachen University in Germany. These may help build bioinspired “neuromorphic” processors, able to take over the diverse functions of biological synapses and neurons. For this, scientists used a single zinc oxide nanowire measuring about a ten-thousandth of a millimeter in size. This type of nanowire is over a thousand times thinner than a human hair. The resulting memristive component not only takes up a tiny amount of space, but also is able to switch much faster than flash memory.
  16. Who became the youngest and the fifth Indian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit in golf, on 8th December 2018?
    1) Shubhankar Sharma
    2) Anirban Lahiri
    3) Shiv Kapoor
    4) Jeev Milkha Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Shubhankar Sharma
    Explanation:
    On 8th December 2018, Shubhankar Sharma became the youngest and the fifth Indian to win Asian Tour Order of Merit in golf. The Indian won it even before the finish of the last two events of the year. Before Sharma, Jyoti Randhawa (2002), Arjun Atwal (2003), Jeev Milkha Singh (2006 and 2008) and Anirban Lahiri (2015) had achieved the feat. With the win, Shubhankar Sharma also captured the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings title after a ground breaking year of achievements. The 22 years old Sharma’s Order of Merit win was confirmed after he managed to secure total prize money of $755,994 on the Asian Tour for 2018. He will be officially crowned as Asian Tour’s No. 1 during the BNI Indonesia Masters competition scheduled next week in Jakarta, Indonesia. Shubhankar Sharma was also honoured with the Arjuna Award 2018, which was presented to him by the President of India.
  17. Which cricketer scored 267 unbeaten on his first-class debut and broke a 24-year-old world record of highest score on first-class debut, on 8th December 2018?
    1) Sunil Joshi
    2) Ajay Rohera
    3) Ramesh Chandar
    4) Vinay Madhukar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Ajay Rohera
    Explanation:
    On 8th December 2018, Madhya Pradesh batsman Ajay Rohera scored 267 unbeaten on his first-class debut against Hyderabad while playing the Ranji Trophy match in Indore. Rohera broke Amol Muzumdar’s 24-year-old world record of highest score on first-class debut which Amol set against Haryana at Faridabad back in 1994. Rohera had also added another feather to his cap during his innings by becoming the highest individual scorer for Madhya Pradesh surpassing J P Yadav’s 265. The 21-year-old, right-handed wicket-keeper batsman, Rohera’s 345-ball knock comprised of 21 fours and five sixes.
  18. The ____ edition of National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) was organized by National Rifle Association of India in Shotgun and Rifle/Pistol categories at Jaipur and Thiruvananthapuram respectively, during November – December 2018?
    1) 53rd
    2) 62nd
    3) 49th
    4) 23rd
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 62nd
    Explanation:
    From November 16 to December 03 2018, 62nd National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) Shotgun was organized by National Rifle Association of India at Jaipur, Rajasthan. From November 15 to December 07 2018, 62nd National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) (Rifle/Pistol) was organized by National Rifle Association of India at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  19. Belisario Betancur passed away on 8th December 2018. He was the former President of which country?
    1) Austria
    2) Italy
    3) Colombia
    4) Vietnam
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Colombia
    Explanation:
    On December 8, 2018, former Colombian president Belisario Betancur passed away at 95. He became president in 1982, after failing 3 times for the presidential election, and governed till 1986. He was the first president under whom the rebel groups, that emerged in the 1960s, signed a peace agreement.
  20. Nebankur Gupta popularly known as ‘Nobby’ who had served at several major companies, died on 7th December 2018. He belonged to which field?
    1) Human Resource Developement
    2) Marketing
    3) Artificial Intelligence
    4) Genetic Engineering
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Marketing
    Explanation:
    On 7th December 2018, 70 years old Veteran Marketing Industry Expert, Nebankur Gupta popularly known as ‘Nobby’ who had served at several companies including Raymond, Videocon Industries and Philips died following a brief illness. Nebankur Gupta had a rich experience of over 3 decades in marketing, Project Management and Business Strategy. He was the first Indian to receive the title of “Marketing Superstar” by Advertising Age International, New York in 1995.
  21. Russia’s Lyudmila Alexeyeva died on 8th December 2018. She was a ____?
    1) Human Rights Activist
    2) Actress
    3) Doctor
    4) Politician
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Human Rights Activist
    Explanation:
    On 8th December 2018, Leading Russian human rights activist and former Soviet dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva died at the age of 91. She passed away in a Moscow hospital. Alexeyeva had been the leader of the Moscow Helsinki Group, one of Russia’s oldest human rights organisations which she helped found in 1976. Alexeyeva tirelessly defended human rights from the 1950s in the Soviet Union and continued to do so up to recent years under strongman leader Vladimir Putin. She lived in the United States after she was forced into exile in 1977 and returned Russia in 1993 after the fall of the USSR.
  22. When was the 16th International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) observed by the United Nations?
    1) December 4
    2) December 3
    3) December 6
    4) December 9
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) December 9
    Explanation:
    December 9 is globally seen as International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) and is observed by the United Nations. The day has been celebrated since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption. UN along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized a global campaign called- “Corruption: An impediment to Sustainable Development Goals”- for spreading the awareness on corruption. As per the UN data, every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Name the Chairman and headquarters of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)?
    Answer
      Chairman – Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala; Headquarters – Mumbai
  2. Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry is _____?
    Answer
      Dr. Kiren Bedi
  3. Who is the President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) headquartered in Beijing, China?
    Answer
      Jin Liqun
  4. What is the capital and currency of Colombia?
    Answer
      Capital – Bogota; Currency – Colombian peso
  5. Where is Silent Valley National Park located?
    Answer
      Kerala
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