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Current Affairs Quiz: December 30 2018

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  1. Where did President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurate the 12th Global Healthcare Summit on 28th December 2018?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Mysuru
    3) Kolkata
    4) Mumbai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Mumbai
    Explanation:
    On December 28, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 12th Global Healthcare Summit in Mumbai. It was organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. In his address he announced that since the launch of Ayushman Bharat in September 2018, 6.5 lakh patients belonging to the deprived families have been hospitalized and over Rs. 850 crore has been spent for their medical treatments.
  2. Name the head of the single-member panel that has recommended creation of new specialised units for information warfare in areas where the counter-insurgency operations are being conducted?
    1) Sanjay Mitra
    2) DS Hooda
    3) Arindam Chaudhary
    4) Ravi Handa
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) DS Hooda
    Explanation:
    A single-member Hooda panel, set up by the Defence Ministry and the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) has recommended creation of new specialised units for information warfare in areas where the counter-insurgency operations are being conducted. The panel which was set up by the government based on the recommendation of Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra about five months ago was headed by former Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General (retired) DS Hooda who had overseen the surgical strikes conducted across the Line of Control (LoC) in 2016. He has recommended that the Army should set up the specialised information warfare units on an experimental basis and evolve them as per the output received from their operations besides restructuring of the cyber warfare operations.
  3. Ministry of Railways announced its plan to build India’s first lift bridge at an estimated cost of Rs. 250 crore, to reconnect ______ in Arabian Sea with mainland India in the next 4 years?
    1) Rameswaram
    2) Lakshadweep
    3) Nedungad
    4) Padangal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rameswaram
    Explanation:
    On December 26, 2018, Ministry of Railways announced their plan to build India’s first lift bridge to reconnect Rameswaram Arabian Sea with mainland India in the next 4 years. The bridge, over two-kilometre-long, which is likely to cost Rs. 250 crore, will have a 63-metre stretch. This will replace the existing 104-year-old Pamban bridge which has a total length of 2,058 m. It will be three-metre higher than the existing bridge with navigational air clearance of 22 metre above sea level.
  4. Where is the world’s oldest yoga institute, whose centenary celebrations were inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind, on 28th December 2018?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Ahmedabad
    3) Chennai
    4) Mumbai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Mumbai
    Explanation:
    On December 28, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the centenary celebrations of the world’s oldest yoga institute located in Mumbai that has marked 100 years of its establishment.
  5. Central Government has given an extension of 6 months to complete the ongoing exercise for updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in which state by 30th June, 2019?
    1) Bihar
    2) Assam
    3) Arunachal Pradesh
    4) Meghalaya
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Assam
    Explanation:
    On 28th December, 2018, the Center has given an extension of six months to complete the ongoing exercise for updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam by 30th June, 2019 as the enumeration of citizens in the NRC cannot be completed within the earlier specified date of 31st December, 2018. The Registrar General of India, Mr. Sailesh issued a notification that stated that the Central Government considers the extension necessary in lieu of public interest to complete the update of National Register of Citizens. The first notification regarding the same was issued by the Government on 6th December, 2013 and had set a deadline of 3 years to complete the entire process but since then five extensions have been given but the exercise had not been completed. The draft NRC was published on 30th July, 2018 and excluded 40 lac people from the list which stirred a huge controversy. It included 2.9 crore people out of the total 3,29 crore applications.
  6. Where was the three-day Rosogolla fest known as “Bagbazar-O-Rasogolla” launched on 28th December 2018?
    1) Raipur, Chhattisgarh
    2) Kolkata, West Bengal
    3) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
    4) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Kolkata, West Bengal
    Explanation:
    On 28th December 2018, a postal stamp dedicated to the inventor of Rosogolla, West Bengal’s spongy and syrupy round-shaped sweet, Mr. Nabin Chandra Daswas launched at the three-day Rosogolla fest known as “Bagbazar-O-Rasogolla” in Kolkata, West Bengal. The Rosogolla fest will conclude on 30th December 2018.The Rosogolla fest “Bagbazar –O-Rosogolla” was organized at Bagbazar Gourimata Udyan marking the 150th year of its invention. West Bengal won the Geographical Indication (GI) for ‘Banglar Rosogolla’ on 14th November 2017. A statue of Inventor, Mr Nabin Chandra Das was also unveiled on the inauguration day of Rosogolla fest.
  7. Name the inventor of Rosogolla, in whose honour a postal stamp was dedicated and a statue was also unveiled, at the inauguration of “Bagbazar-O-Rasogolla” fest on 28th December 2018?
    1) Satyarupa Das
    2) Nabin Chandra Das
    3) Azeem Banerjee
    4) Binod Roy
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Nabin Chandra Das
    Explanation:
    On 28th December 2018, a postal stamp dedicated to the inventor of Rosogolla, West Bengal’s spongy and syrupy round-shaped sweet, Mr. Nabin Chandra Das was launched at the three-day Rosogolla fest known as “Bagbazar-O-Rasogolla” in Kolkata, West Bengal. The Rosogolla fest will conclude on 30th December 2018. The Rosogolla fest “Bagbazar –O-Rosogolla” was organized at Bagbazar Gourimata Udyan marking the 150th year of its invention. West Bengal won the Geographical Indication (GI) for ‘Banglar Rosogolla’ on 14th November 2017. A statue of Inventor, Mr Nabin Chandra Das was also unveiled on the inauguration day of Rosogolla fest.
  8. What will be the theme of the 8-day 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) that will start on February 7, 2019?
    1) Freeze the moment
    2) Revelation of an Era
    3) Nature’s Fury
    4) Joy of Creating
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Nature’s Fury
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2018, it was announced that the 8-day 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) will start in February 7, 2019. It will conclude in February 14, 2019. The theme of the Festival would be ‘Nature’s Fury.’ It will be organized by: the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy and Department of Information and Public Relations of Government of Karnataka. The festival is always held on first Thursday of February every year.
  9. Which state/union territory police has become the first police force in India to digitise all malkhanas across every police station under the e-malkhana project?
    1) Maharashtra
    2) Chandigarh
    3) Delhi
    4) Rajasthan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Delhi
    Explanation:
    On December 28, 2018, Delhi Police became the first police force in country to digitise all malkhanas across every police station under the e-malkhana project. Accordingly, around 3,11,600 case properties have been encrypted in digital form. Also, the e-malkhana project of the remaining 10 districts at Chinamaya Mission was also inaugurated by the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The efforts of the personnel involved in the project was commended and certificate of merit to 14 personnel — one from each district, was presented. A booklet on e-malkhana functioning was also released and a short film on how the project was executed was shown. Malkhanas are rooms for keeping seized arms and ammunition.
  10. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) launched toll-free number _____ and a facility to file complaints through Common Service Center (CSC), on 28th December 2018?
    1) 18121
    2) 14433
    3) 15567
    4) 17552
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 14433
    Explanation:
    On 28th December, 2018, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) launched a toll-free number and a facility to file complaints through Common Service Center (CSC). The toll-free number is 14433 and has been unveiled by Justice (retd.) H.L.Dattu, Chairperson of NHRC at the headquarters of the body, Manav Adhikar Bhawan. People can now send their complaints related to human rights violation through both the toll free number and CSCs, although the toll-free number will only be available during office hours. A collaboration between NHRC and CSC has been formed and the service has been provided to 750 CSCs with at least one in each district. Secretary General of NHRC, Mr. Ambuj Sharma also mentioned that the service will be expanded to all CSCs in a phased manner.
  11. Where was ALIMCO’s 6th Auxiliary Production Unit and State-of-the-Art Limb Fitting Center inaugurated on 29thDecember 2018?
    1) Dehradun, Uttarakhand
    2) Faridabad, Haryana
    3) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
    4) Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Faridabad, Haryana
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2018, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, attented the inaugural function ofALIMCO’s 6th Auxiliary Production Unit and State-of-the-Art Limb Fitting Center as the Chief Guest in Village Nawada, Tigaon, Ballabhgarh, Faridabad, Haryana. The foundation stone for establishment of State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation Center was laid on June 16, 2018. For the establishment, Chief Minister Haryana approved appox. 5 Acre land at Village NawadaTigaon, Block Ballabhgarh, District Faridabad (Haryana) to ALIMCO at the lease rate of Rs. 1/- per Acre per year. This facility is equipped with high-end machines for providing best and quality service to the Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjans). Contemporary Assistive Aids and Devices like Motorized Tricycle, Wheelchairs, Walking Stick and Crutches etc. will be manufactured in ALIMCO’s Auxillary Production Unit of Nawada, Faridabad. At Present, it has 5 Auxiliary Production Centres (AAPCs) situated at Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Jabalpur (MP), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Chanalon (Punjab) and a new production unit in Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh).
  12. Chariot festival was celebrated in Madurai Meenakshi temple of which state on 29th December 2018?
    1) Andhra Pradesh
    2) Tamil Nadu
    3) Telangana
    4) Kerala
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Tamil Nadu
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2018, Chariot festival was celebrated in Madurai Meenakshi temple in Tamil Nadu. The Chapparam (Chariot) festival symbolizes the importance of preserving all kinds of food and fodder. A specialty of the festival is that the chariot of Goddess Meenakshi is pulled by lady devotees alone.
  13. Where was an International Seminar to commemorate the 200th Birth Anniversary of Sikh philosopher, reformer and freedom fighter , Sri Satguru Ram Singhji inaugurated on 28th December 2018?
    1) Chandigarh
    2) New Delhi
    3) Varanasi
    4) Haridwar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On 28th December 2018, to commemorate the 200th Birth Anniversary of Sikh philosopher, reformer and freedom fighter , Sri Satguru Ram Singhji, an International Seminar was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Culture (I/c), Dr Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi. The seminar was organised by the Union Ministry of Culture in collaboration with Panjab University, Chandigarh and Kuka Martyrs Memorial Trust. The function was attended by His Holiness Sri Satguru Uday Singhji; MP Lok Sabha, Sardar Prem Singh Chandumajra; Ex-MP, Rajya Sabha, Sh Avinash Rai Khanna; Ex-MP Rajya Sabha Sardar Tarlochan Singh ; Ex-MP Rajya Sabha Sardar H S Hanspal and Vice Chairman KMMT & President Vishav Namdhari Sangat, Sardar Surinder Singh Namdhari in addition to a large congregation of followers of Satguru.
  14. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted two Russian Resolutions on _____ and has been backed by India regarding the same, on 28th December 2018?
    1) International Information Security (IIS)
    2) International Maritime Security (IMS)
    3) International Cyber Security (ICS)
    4) International Data Security (IDS)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) International Information Security (IIS)
    Explanation:
    On 28th December, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted two Russian Resolutions on International Information Security (IIS) and has been backed by India regarding the same. This has been done for achieving democratic, inclusive and transparent UN negotiations process on security in the use of information and communication technologies. The two resolutions are: “Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security” and “Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes” and has thus, a new chapter has been opened by UN on IIS. These documents are the world’s first code of conduct in the digital paradigm and hence creates the foundation for peaceful interaction and to prevent war, confrontation and other aggressive actions. The resolution has been supported by several countries and has been co-authored by 30 countries and it’s key aim is to launch a broad transparent political discussion on combating information crime.
  15. Name the small finance bank that has received the Reserve Bank approval to operate as scheduled bank making it the fifth scheduled bank that operates from Kerala?
    1) Jana Small Finance Bank
    2) AU Small Finance Bank
    3) ESAF Small Finance Bank
    4) Manapuram Small Finance Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) ESAF Small Finance Bank
    Explanation:
    The Thrissur, Kerala-based ESAF Small Finance Bank has received the Reserve Bank approval to operate as scheduled bank making it the fifth scheduled bank that operates from Kerala after Federal Bank, South Indian Bank, Catholic Syrian Bank, and Dhanlaxmi Bank. The ESAF Small Finance Bank Ltd has received the RBI’s approval for inclusion in the second schedule of the RBI Act, 1934 paving its way to operate as scheduled bank. In 2016, RBI gave approval to ESAF MFI along with 9 other applicants to start banking operations as a small finance bank and within two years of its commencement of operations, it has received the scheduled bank tag. On the operation front, the ESAF Small Finance Bank has a network of 432 outlets across 13 states with 2.6 million customers and a loan book of Rs 4,660 crore and deposits if over Rs 3,300 crore. Its capital- to-risk-weighted-asset (CRAR) ratio stands at 27.39 per cent.
  16. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the relaxation offered to banks for offering liquidity support to non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) until _____?
    1) March 31, 2019
    2) July 1, 2019
    3) January 31, 2019
    4) April 1, 2019
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) March 31, 2019
    Explanation:
    On 28th December 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the relaxation offered to banks for offering liquidity support to non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) until March 31st 2019, the facility which was initially available up to 31stDecember 2018. In order to facilitate banks to lend to NBFCs and Housing Finance Corporations (HFCs), it has allowed banks to use government securities equivalent to their outstanding credit for non-bank lenders, NBFC and HFC, in addition to the outstanding credit they had for October 19, to comply with the requirements of the liquidity coverage index (LCR). The highly liquid assets that banks and financial institutions hold to meet their short-term obligations is known as LCR. Besides this the facility of single borrower limit for NBFC (not financing infrastructure), which was increased from 10% to 15% of the capital funds until December 31, 2018 has been extended until March 31, 2019.
  17. System-wide Gross Non-Performing Assets (GNPA) of banks rose to what percent amounting to Rs 10.39 trillion in FY18 from 9.3 % a year ago, as per the ‘Trends & Progress of Banking in 2017-18’ report released by Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?
    1) 12.3 %
    2) 15.4 %
    3) 14.6 %
    4) 11.2 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 11.2 %
    Explanation:
    On 28th December 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the ‘Trends & Progress of Banking in 2017-18’ report which stated that, system-wide Gross Non-Performing Assets (GNPA) of banks rose to 11.2 % or at Rs 10.39 trillion in FY18 from 9.3 % a year ago. The share of public sector banks stood at Rs 8.95 trillion or at 14.6 percent due to restructured advances slipping into NPAs and better NPA recognition whereas Private sector banks’ GNPA ratio stood at a much lower level of 4.7 percent. The report stated that the resolute efforts on the part of private sector banks to clean up their balance sheets through higher write-offs and better recoveries also contributed to their lower GNPA ratios. In terms of the net NPA ratio, state-run banks saw significant deterioration at 8 percent in FY18 from 6.9 percent year-ago. On the other hand the Asset quality of foreign banks improved marginally to 3.8 percent in FY18 from 4 percent in FY17.
  18. Public sector banks have approved more than 1.12 lakh loan applications of MSMEs worth _____ rupees under the government’s ’59 minutes’ loan scheme, as on 25th December 2018?
    1) Rs 37,412 crore
    2) Rs 45,890 crore
    3) Rs 67,455 crore
    4) Rs 25,133 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs 37,412 crore
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2018, Public sector banks have approved more than 1.12 lakh loan applications of MSMEs worth of 37,412 crore rupees under the government’s ’59 minutes’ loan scheme. As per reports given out by the Union Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla, as on 25th of December, out of over 1.31 lakh applications, the state-owned banks have accorded in-principal approval to 1.12 lakh applicants. Also sanctions have been made in respect of 40,669 cases totalling over 14 thousand crore rupees. About 59 minutes loan scheme:
    • According to the scheme, GST-registered Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can take loan up to one crore in just 59 minutes through ‘psbloansin59minutes.com‘ portal.
    • It is a part of PM Modi’s 12-point action plan for MSMEs.
    • The automated, contact-less business loan approvals are provided for loans worth Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1 crore.
    • The rate of interest starts from 8% and these loans are connected to Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) scheme.
    • The website reduces the turnaround time from 20-25 days to 59 minutes.
    • After approval, the loan will be disbursed in about a week.
  19. Which country approved the issuance of its one-of-its-kind Panda Bonds in Chinese Currency, on 28th December 2018?
    1) Bangladesh
    2) Myanmar
    3) Thailand
    4) Pakistan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Pakistan
    Explanation:
    On 28th December, 2018, Pakistan Cabinet approved the issuance of Pakistan’s one-of-its-kind Panda Bonds after a meeting presided by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The approval for issuance of bonds in the capital markets of China was given effect to the delay issuance of US dollar dominated Euro bonds worth 3 billion dollars. Finance Minister, Asad Umar told the interest rate may range above 5.5% but the final price would be determined only at the time of launching the bond. The size, tenure and pricing would be determined on the basis of market response. The bonds will help the government diversify the investor base of capital market issuance and provide a source of raising Renminbi, the Chinese Currency.
  20. Government of India doubled export incentives for onion farmers to what percent due to the sharp decline in the onion prices in the recent weeks, on 28th December 2018?
    1) 20 %
    2) 10 %
    3) 15 %
    4) 25 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 10 %
    Explanation:
    On 28th December, 2018, the Government of India doubled export initiatives for onion farmers to 10% in lieu of the sharp decline in the onion prices in the recent weeks due to the supply of new crop from major onion producing centers in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. This move will result in better price for onion in the domestic markets and this will also help the farmers who have harvested their produce recently and who have sown their crops expecting better prices. The existing export incentive was 5% and it is granted under the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS). Also, the export incentive for onions before July, 2018 was zero.
  21. India’s fiscal deficit for April-November stood at _____ rupees which is 114.8 % of earlier full-year estimates of fiscal deficit that was predicted to be Rs 6.24 lakh crore, or 3.3 % of the GDP, for FY19
    1) Rs 7.16 lakh crore
    2) Rs 4.67 lakh crore
    3) Rs 3.45 lakh crore
    4) Rs 5.67 lakh crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer -1) Rs 7.16 lakh crore
    Explanation:
    On December 27, 2018, Fiscal deficit for April-November stood at Rs 7.16 lakh crore which is 114.8 per cent of earlier full-year estimates of fiscal deficit that was predicted to be Rs 6.24 lakh crore, or 3.3 per cent of the GDP, for FY19. It is slightly more than the 112 per cent recorded in the same period last fiscal i.e., FY18. Total expenditure up to November was Rs.16,13,208 crore which is 66.1 per cent of the budget estimate of Rs 24.42 lakh crore. This shows that the main reason for the deficit was in the difference in tax receipts that stood at Rs 8.9 lakh crore which is 49.32% of corresponding BE 18-19 of Total Receipts.
  22. Name the film produced, directed and scripted by Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Officer Satyamam Dutta that received the Best Short documentary film award in Asia South East International Short Film Festival at Phnom Penh in Cambodia, on 28th December 2018?
    1) Finding Beauty in Garbage
    2) How Far Can You Run
    3) Two minutes into the Future
    4) Unseen Mystery
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Finding Beauty in Garbage
    Explanation:
    On December 28, 2018, the 7 minutes long “Finding Beauty in Garbage”, film received the Best Short documentary film award in Asia South East International Short Film Festival at Phnom Penh in Cambodia. It has also been selected for special screening for 2018 Short and Sweet Film festival Utah, USA, Ooty Film Festival and Bengal International Film festival. The film was produced, directed and scripted by Satyamam Dutta who is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Officer.
  23. Which institute entered Guinness Book of World Records ‘for organising the largest men’s Health Awareness programme on prostate cancer on a single day’ on 28th December 2018?
    1) MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre, Telangana
    2) Manipal Institute of Medicine and Sciences, Karnataka
    3) Adayar Cancer Institute, Tamil Nadu
    4) Jeevan Sathya Institute of Health and Medicine, Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre, Telangana
    Explanation:
    On December 28, 2018, Telangana’s MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre entered Guinness Book of World Records ‘for organising the largest men’s Health Awareness programme on prostate cancer on a single day.’ The programme was organised on October 26, 2018 and 487 participants took part in it. This is the first Guinness World Records achievement for the state government in the field of medicine. The hospital also received recognition from ‘High Range Book of World Records’. Thus these made MNJ Institute the first and only government hospital in the state of Telangana to get 2 world records.
  24. Government of India will award “Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar” for excellence in which field, on 23rd January 2019, on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose?
    1) Disaster management
    2) Financial management
    3) Scientific Inventions
    4) Peace Propagation
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Disaster management
    Explanation:
    The Government of India invites nominations for the “Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar” for excellence in the field of disaster management. The winners will be declared on 23rd January 2019, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The last date for applying is 7th January 2019
  25. India’s total Greenhouse emissions grew by more than ____ % between 2010 and 2014, as per official data released by the Government that will be submitted to the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention of Climate change?
    1) 45 %
    2) 22 %
    3) 34 %
    4) 15 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 22 %
    Explanation:
    On 28th December 2018, an Official data released by Government of India that has to be submitted to the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention of Climate change in every 2 years says that India’s total Greenhouse emissions grew by more than 22 per cent between 2010 and 2014. The greenhouse gas emissions reached a level of 2.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2014 and has created a net carbon sink of at least 300 million tonnes. Carbon dioxide absorption through forests and croplands has also gone up. The energy sector including electricity generation, transport and other fuel combustion activities are the main reason for the above mentioned effect.
  26. Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan submitted India’s 6th National Report (NR6) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the 13th National Meeting of the State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) held in _____, on 29th December 2018?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Mumbai
    3) Kolkata
    4) Guwahati
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2018, the Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on behalf of the Indian government submitted India’s 6th National Report (NR6) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the inaugural session of the 13th National Meeting of the State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) in New Delhi. The meeting was organized by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). He also released the document ‘Progress on India’s National Biodiversity Targets: A Preview’. India is among the first five countries in the world, the first in Asia and the first among the bio-diversity rich megadiverse countries to have submitted NR6 to the CBD Secretariat. The NR6 provides an update of progress in achievement of 12 National Biodiversity Targets (NBT) developed under the Convention process in line with the 20 global Aichi biodiversity targets.
  27. Shehu Shagari passed away on 29th December 2018. He was the former 2nd President of which country?
    1) Egypt
    2) Turkey
    3) Nigeria
    4) Kenya
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Nigeria
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2018, Former 2nd Nigerian President Shehu Shagari passed away at 93. He was in power as the President from 1979 to 1983.
  28. Norman Gimbel died on 29th December 2018. He was a ____?
    1) Politician
    2) Scientist
    3) Wrestler
    4) Lyricist
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Lyricist
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2018, Oscar-and Grammy-winning lyricist Norman Gimbel died at 91. He was best known for writing the lyrics of “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “The Girl From Ipanema”. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.
  29. Which country announced 2019 as the ‘Year of Active Investment and Social Development’ in the backdrop of proposed investments from India to boost its economy?
    1) Bangladesh
    2) Australia
    3) Uzbekistan
    4) Afghanistan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Uzbekistan
    Explanation:
    On 28th December 2018, the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced 2019 as the ‘Year of Active Investment and Social Development’ in the backdrop of proposed investments from India to boost economy of the Central Asian country, in his annual address to the Parliament. The President stated that concrete measures will be taken on creating an open economy, radically improving the business environment and investment climate and reducing the state presence in the economy. He stressed that investment was the driver of economy, new technologies, advanced experience and highly qualified specialists come with investments into all sectors and regions. Uzbekistan has invited India for making large scale investments across sectors in Uzbekistan taking advantage of economic reforms and SEZs. The president informed that in 2018, Uzbekistan implemented 76 thousand projects worth 21 trillion Uzbek soums (UZS) and 1 billion USD.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Registrar General of India is _____?
    Answer
    Answer – Mr. Sailesh
  2. Name the MD and CEO and headquarters of ESAF Small Finance Bank?
    Answer
    Answer – MD and CEO – K Paul Thomas; Headquarters – Thrissur, Kerala
  3. Who is the President of Uzbekistan?
    Answer
    Answer – Shavkat Mirziyoyev
  4. Where is Neora Valley National Park located?
    Answer
    Answer – West Bengal
  5. What is the capital and currency of Cambodia?
    Answer
    Answer – Capital – Phnom Penh; Currency – Cambodian riel
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