Current Affairs Quiz: December 8 2018

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  1. Union Cabinet approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project on river Ravi in Punjab, with central Assistance of ____ rupees for irrigation component, for over 5 years from 2018-19 to 2022-23?
    1) Rs 567.77 crore
    2) Rs 485.38 crore
    3) Rs 985.65 crore
    4) Rs 679.90 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs 485.38 crore
    Explanation:
    On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project, Punjab on river Ravi. For this, central Assistance of Rs. 485.38 cr (for irrigation component) would be provided over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23. This will be made through NABARD under existing system for funding of 99 PMKSY-AIBP projects under LTIF. This project would help minimising some of the water of the River Ravi which at present is going waste through the Madhopur Headworks downstream to Pakistan.
  2. Union Cabinet approved the strategic sale of what per cent of the Government of India’s equity shareholding in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to Power Finance Corporation (PFC) along with transfer of management control, on 6th December 2018?
    1) 44.58 %
    2) 67.56 %
    3) 41.50 %
    4) 52.63%
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 52.63%
    Explanation:
    On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the strategic sale of the Government of India’s existing 52.63% of total paid up equity shareholding in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to Power Finance Corporation (PFC) along with transfer of management control. Both REC and PFC are Central Public Sector Enterprises under the Ministry of Power.
  3. Union Cabinet approved the launch of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS), at a total outlay of ____ rupees for a period of 5 years, on 6th December 2018?
    1) Rs 3660 crore
    2) Rs 4235 crore
    3) Rs 1296 crore
    4) Rs 5678 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  1) Rs 3660 crore
    Explanation:
    On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the launch of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS), at a total outlay of Rs. 3660 crore for a period of 5 years. It will be implemented by Department of Science &Technology. It is a comprehensive mission which would address the following: technology development, application development, human resource development & skill enhancement, entrepreneurship and start-up development in CPS and associated technologies.
  4. Union Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United States of America (USA) focused on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in which field, on 6th December 2018?
    1) Earth Sciences
    2) Maritime Defence
    3) Genetic Engineering
    4) Food Processing and Technology
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Earth Sciences
    Explanation:
    On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United States of America (USA). The MOU focuses on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Earth Sciences. The MoU was signed on 1st November 2018.
  5. Union Cabinet approved a MoU between India and which country, that was signed in June 2018, focused on postage stamp, and following which Commemorative Postage Stamps including depiction of “Manipuri Dance” of India were released?
    1) South Korea
    2) Armenia
    3) Egypt
    4) Kazakhstan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Armenia
    Explanation:
    On December 6, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved Memorandum of Understanding signed between India and Armenia. The MOU focuses on joint issue of postage stamp. It was signed in June, 2018 between: Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications and the National Postal Operator of Armenia (“HayPost” CJSC). The Theme of the joint postage stamps on India-Armenia was: “Dence”. The Joint stamps were released in August, 2018. The Commemorative Postage Stamps depict “Manipuri Dance” of India and “HovArek Dance” of Armenia.
  6. Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, laid foundation stone of Pusa Kisan Haat in Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) in _____, on 6th December 2018?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Mumbai
    3) Kolkata
    4) Chennai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  1) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On 6th December 2018, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister laid the Foundation stone of Pusa Kisan Haat in Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) in New Delhi. Pusa Kisan Haat will be built across 2.5 acres which includes 60 stalls measuring 3m x 3m where farmers can sell their agricultural products.
  7. Where was the annual India Water Impact Summit 2018 held from 5th to 7th December 2018?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Hyderabad
    3) Lucknow
    4) Guwahati
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On December 5, 2018, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated 3-day annual India Water Impact Summit 2018 in New Delhi. It concluded on December 7, 2018. It was jointly organized by: The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and The Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga). The theme for the 2018 version was: ‘Showcasing and Enhancing Impacts of National and International Efforts on Ganga Rejuvenation.’
  8. The Supreme court approved the draft of India’s First Witness Protection Scheme 2018 to ensure security to the witness, on 5th December 2018. This Scheme was drafted by which Union Ministry?
    1) Ministry of Women and Child Development
    2) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
    3) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
    4) Ministry of Home Affairs
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Ministry of Home Affairs
    Explanation:
    On December 5, 2018, the Supreme court bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and S. Abdul Nazeer approved the draft of India’s First Witness Protection Scheme 2018 to ensure security to the witness. This Scheme was drafted by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The draft has been asked to be implemented across all states with immediate effect. The draft witness protection scheme, finalised in consultation with the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), has three categories of witnesses based on the threat perception. The protection measures shall be proportionate to the threat and for a specific duration not exceeding three months at a time.
  9. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified amendments to central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, and announced that all new vehicles will be sold pre-fitted with the high-security registration plates from _____?
    1) 1 April 2019
    2) 1 January 2019
    3) 1 March 2019
    4) 1 July 2019
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 1 April 2019
    Explanation:
    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways notified amendments to central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 and announced that all new vehicles will be sold pre-fitted with the high-security registration plates from 1st April 2019. The High Security Registration plates helps in keeping track of the vehicle so that lost or stolen vehicles can be traced.
  10. Where was the Global Venture Capital Summit held on 7th December 2018?
    1) Madhya Pradesh
    2) Maharashtra
    3) Goa
    4) Tamil Nadu
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Goa
    Explanation:
    On December 7, 2018, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Government of Goa hosted the annual #startupindia Global Venture Capital Summit in Goa. The theme of the Summit was: ‘Mobilizing Global Capital for Innovation in India.’ The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a sister organisation of the World Bank Group, Invest India and the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA) were the partners for this initiative. Participation came from around 100 funds from countries like United States of America, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Government of Goa through its participation aims to make the state, one of the most preferred start-up destinations in India, and one of the top25 start-up destinations in Asia by 2025.
  11. Ministry of shipping approved a Freight Village worth _____ rupees in Varanasi adjoining Inland Waterways Terminal at River Ganga, on 6th December 2018?
    1) Rs 156 crore
    2) Rs 250 crore
    3) Rs 345 crore
    4) Rs 400 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs 156 crore
    Explanation:
    On 6th December 2018, Ministry of shipping had approved Rs 156 Crore Freight Village in Varanasi adjoining Inland Waterways Terminal at River Ganga. Ministry of Shipping is developing 1390 km National Waterway – 1 on River Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) from Haldia to Varanasi with the assistance of World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs 5369 Crore. The Varanasi Freight Village is a designated area where facilities for various modes of transportation, distribution of goods and other logistics operations will be available in a synchronized manner on a large scale.
  12. Which pair has become India’s Second Inland Water Transport origin destination pair for containerized cargo movement on National Waterway-1?
    1) Paradip-Cuttack
    2) Kolkata-Patna
    3) Mumbai-Chennai
    4) Panaji-Kochi
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Kolkata-Patna
    Explanation:
    After the Success of container cargo being shipped form Kolkata to Varanasi, Kolkata-Patna has become India’s Second Inland Water Transport origin destination pair for containerized cargo movement on National Waterway-1. Bihar Capital Patna will witness to a new landmark in India’s Inland Water Transport (IWT) sector with 16 TEUs of Container Cargo from food giants PepsiCo India and Emami Agrotech Ltd reaching Gaighat IWT terminal from Kolkata on river Ganga.
  13. Where was the 1st International Conference on Bears held from 3rd to 6th December 2018?
    1) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
    2) Agra, Uttar Pradesh
    3) Darjeeling, West Bengal
    4) Nagpur, Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Agra, Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On December 3, 2018, a four day 1st International Conference on Bears commenced in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. It concluded on December 6, 2018. Its objective was to share knowledge on principles of welfare of bears and other wild animals in zoos, sanctuaries and rescue centres. It was organized by Wildlife SOS, a conservation non-profit organisation in collaboration with Bear Care Group from the US and Canada. The conference focused on bear care, wildlife conservation and human wildlife conflict mitigation.
  14. Indian Coast Guard conducted the Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise named ‘Clean Sea – 2018’ at the sea off _____, on 6th December 2018?
    1) Chandipur, Odisha
    2) Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
    3) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    4) Calicut, Kerala
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  2) Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
    Explanation:
    On December 6, 2018, the Indian Coast Guard conducted the Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise titled ‘Clean Sea – 2018’ at sea off Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It was conducted under observation of: Inspector General Maneesh V Pathak, Commander Coast Guard Region (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) and Overseen by Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Administration Shri Chetan B Sanghi. The following participated in the exercise: Coast Guard Ships Viswasth, Vijith, Rajveer, Rajshri, 4 interceptor boats and its air assets Dornier and Chetak helicopters.
  15. Central Government has approved Anti-Smuggling National Coordination Centre (SCord) under _____ to tackle Smuggling?
    1) Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)
    2) Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR)
    3) Directorate of Defence Trade Controls (DDTC)
    4) Directorate of Maritime Safety (DMS)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)
    Explanation:
    The Central Government has approved Anti-Smuggling National Coordination Centre (SCord) under the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to tackle Smuggling. Scord will help India to formulate a national anti-smuggling policy to tackle Smuggling on real time basis. Border Agencies BSF, Assam Rifles, ITBP, SSB and Coast Guards would be member of SCord and all organization be coordinate with each other on real time basis.
  16. Where was Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting (RCEM) conducted by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on 4th and 5th December 2018?
    1) Mumbai
    2) Bhopal
    3) Chandigarh
    4) New Delhi
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On 4th and 5th December 2018, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) concluded day 2 day Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting (RCEM) organized at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi. In the meeting extensive discussions were held regarding mutual strategy to counter crime related to drugs, precious metals and stones, money laundering and black economy. Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley was the chief guest of the RCEM. During the Meeting, emphasis was made on sharing data and intelligence between the Custom Administrations.
  17. The top 10 fastest growing cities in the world from 2019 to 2035 are in India, as per Oxford Economics report. Which Indian city tops this list?
    1) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    2) Surat, Gujarat
    3) Agra, Uttar Pradesh
    4) Bengaluru, Karnataka
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Surat, Gujarat
    Explanation: 
    On 06th December 2018, according to Oxford Economics report, the top 10 fastest growing cities in the world from 2019 to 2035 are in India. Gujarat’s Surat tops the list followed by Uttar Pradesh’s Agra. Surat, a diamond processing and trading center in the western state of Gujarat, will see the fastest expansion through 2035, averaging more than 9 percent. Agra and Bangalore gets 2nd and 3rd spot respectively. By 2035, the GDP of Asian countries will be 17 percent higher than all North American and European urban centers combined. Mumbai was termed as the world’s 12th richest city with a total wealth of $950 billion and India is the 6th largest wealth market in the world (in terms of total wealth held) after USA, China, Japan, Germany and the UK.
  18. India is the _____ highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 % of global emissions in 2017, according to a study by Global Carbon Project?
    1) Second
    2) Third
    3) Fourth
    4) Fifth
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Fourth
    Explanation:
    India is the fourth highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 percent of global emissions in 2017, according to a study by Global Carbon Project on 06th December 2018. The top 10 emitters were China, the US, the EU, India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Iran, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. The top four emitters in 2017, which covered 58 per cent of global emissions, were China (27 percent), the US (15 percent), the European Union (10 percent) and India (7 percent).The rest of the world contributed 41 per cent last year. India’s emissions look set to continue their strong growth by an average of 6.3 per cent in 2018, with growth across all fuels including coal (7.1 percent), oil (2.9 percent) and gas (6 percent). The Indian emissions were projected to grow 2 percent in 2017, compared to 6 per cent per year averaged over the previous decade, due to significant government interventions in the economy.
  19. Which country has become the first Latin American Country to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
    1) Mexico
    2) Costa Rica
    3) Panama
    4) Argentina
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Panama
    Explanation:
    The Strategic Central American Nation, Panama became the first Latin American Country to join China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative after the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Panama. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela inked 19 separate deals during the bilateral meeting held on 3rd December 2018.
  20. Where was the 12th session of India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) for Economic and Technical Cooperation, held on 3rd and 4th December 2018?
    1) New Delhi, India
    2) Mumbai, India
    3) Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    4) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    Explanation:
    External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj co-inaugurated in the 12th session of the India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) for Economic and Technical Cooperation, held on 03-04 December, 2018, in Abu Dhabi. The meeting was co-chaired by: EAM of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In the JCM, the two sides discussed all the areas of mutual interest including: Trade & Commerce; Investments; Energy Security; Agriculture & Food Security; Railways; Defence and Space; Security and Combating Crime; Education & Culture; Civil Aviation; Consular, Immigration and Indian Community related issues.
  21. A Currency Swap Agreement was signed between which Indian bank and the Central Bank of the UAE (United Arab Emirates), 0n 4th December 2018?
    1) State Bank of India (SBI)
    2) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    3) National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
    4) Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  2) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    Explanation:
    On 4th December 2018, Currency Swap Agreement was signed between the Reserve Bank of India and the Central Bank of the UAE. The MoU was signed by Ambassador of India to UAE, Shri Navdeep Suri and Dy. Governor of Central Bank of UAE.
  22. India signed a MoU on Development Cooperation in Africa with which country for establishing a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) in Ethiopia, on 4th December 2018?
    1) United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    2) Japan
    3) United States of America (USA)
    4) South Korea
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    Explanation:
    On December 4, 2018, India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a MoU on Development Cooperation in Africa, for establishing a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
  23. Where did External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-inaugurate Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum, on 4th December 2018?
    1) Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    2) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    3) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    4) Doha, Qatar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    Explanation:
    On December 4, 2018, EAM Sushma Swaraj along with the Foreign Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan co-inaugurated the Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). This marked the celebrations of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth and centenary celebrations of the birth of Shaikh Zayed, founder of the UAE.
  24. India signed an agreement with which country to pay for the crude oil it imports from the country in rupees, on 6th December 2018?
    1) Iran
    2) Iraq
    3) Qatar
    4) Saudi Arabia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Iran
    Explanation:
    On 06th December 2018, India has signed an agreement with Iran to pay for crude oil it imports from the Persian Gulf nation in rupees. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed following the US letting India and seven other nations to keep buying Iranian oil despite sanctions were reimposed on the Islamic state on November 5. Indian refiners will make rupee payments in a UCO Bank account of the National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC). Earlier India paid its third largest oil supplier in Euros using European banking channels. Half of these funds would be earmarked for settling payments for exports of Indian goods to Iran. India had won the exemption from the US after it agreed to cut imports and escrow payments.Under the 180-day exemption, India is allowed to import a maximum of 300,000 barrels a day of crude oil. This compares to an average daily import of about 560,000 barrels this year. India is the second biggest purchaser of Iranian oil after China and third’s biggest oil consumer. Iran is its third largest supplier after Iraq and Saudi Arabia and meets about 10 percent of total needs.
  25. Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed its first Alternative Procurement Arrangement (APA) with ____ to allow procedures on co-financed projects to follow a single procurement framework, on 6th December 2018?
    1) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    2) World Bank
    3) European Investment Bank (EIB)
    4) State Bank of India (SBI)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) World Bank
    Explanation:
    On 06th December 2018, Asian Development Bank (ADB) has entered into an arrangement with the World Bank to put in place a single framework that will make co-financed projects more efficient. ADB’s first Alternative Procurement Arrangement (APA) with the World Bank will allow procedures on co-financed projects to follow a single procurement framework. The APA is a step further towards reducing procurement timelines in line with Strategy 2030. Strategy 2030 is ADB’s long-term plan to respond effectively to the Asia and Pacific region’s changing needs. In 2017, ADB operations totalled USD 32.2 billion, including USD 11.9 billion in co-financing. This will lessen the burden on executing and implementing agencies that have traditionally used multiple procurement frameworks on a single project and project implementation.
  26. Which airlines became the first Indian carrier to have 200 aircraft in its fleet, on 6th December 2018?
    1) IndiGo
    2) SpiceJet
    3) Jet Airways
    4) GoAir
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) IndiGo
    Explanation:
    On 6th December 2018, IndiGo became the first Indian carrier to have 200 aircraft in its fleet with a brand new Airbus A320 Neo (VT-IZI) flying into Delhi from Toulouse, France, to join the low cost carrier. The airline, which started operations on 4 August 4, 2006 with a Delhi-Impal flight, has so far placed orders for 530 Airbus A320 family planes and 50 ATRs. It is yet to receive about 220 A320 Neos, 150 A321 neos and over 40 ATRs from the orders placed earlier.
  27. Who won the 2018 Turner Award, Britain’s prestigious contemporary art award, at Tate Britain in London, United Kingdom, on 5th December 2018?
    1) Evangeline Hodge
    2) Charlotte Prodger
    3) Caleb Richard
    4) Rufus Huffman
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Charlotte Prodger
    Explanation:
    On December 5, 2018, Glasgow based artist and film maker Charlotte Prodger won the 2018 Turner Award, Britain’s prestigious contemporary art award, at Tate Britain in London, UK. Prodger, 44, won this award for her 33-minute film called ‘BRIDGIT’, that explores queer identity, which was shot in an iPhone. She would receive $31,785 or £25,000 as a prize. The Award was instituted in 1984 by a group named Patrons of Art.
  28. Name the person who won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018, at a ceremony in Rome, the headquarters of United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on 6th December 2018?
    1) Hadley De Silva
    2) Rattan Lal
    3) Amarnath Puri
    4) Harriet Granger
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rattan Lal
    Explanation:
    On 06th December 2018, Rattan Lal, has won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his outstanding contribution to sustainable soil management. Rattan Lal is a distinguished university professor of soil science at the Ohio State University and also the President of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS). The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka, is considered the highest honour in the soil science profession. The first World Soil Day Award was on December 05 2018 given to “Practical Action”, Bangladesh for organizing the best World Soil Day celebration in 2017. The new FAO-established award is funded by Thailand.
  29. Who was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of New India Assurance (NIA) for a five year period, on 4th December 2018?
    1) G Srinivasan
    2) Atul Sahai
    3) Manish Joshi
    4) Anshal Sarin
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Atul Sahai
    Explanation:
    On 04th December 2018,the government announced that Atul Sahai will be appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of New India Assurance (NIA) for a five year period replacing G Srinivasan. Atul Sahai is currently the General-Manager at Oriental Insurance Company Pvt.ltd. New India Assurance country’s largest general insurer posted a 56 percent year-on-year (YoY) drop in its net profit at Rs 3.28 billion for the September 2019 quarter. Sahai had joined NIA in 1984 and would retire in 2022. He had moved to OIC in 2012 after getting promoted as a DGM.
  30. Which software company has announced that it will shut down its messaging app Allo in March 2019 after 2.5 years of debut?
    1) Microsoft
    2) Yahoo
    3) Google
    4) Ubisoft
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Google
    Explanation:
    Technology major Google has confirmed that it will shut down its messaging app Allo in March 2019 after 2.5 years of debut. In October 2018, Google had announced that it will shut down its social media platform Google+ over the next 10 months.
  31. Which country won the 9th edition of International Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2018 held in Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, Kerala?
    1) France
    2) India
    3) Bangladesh
    4) Italy
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  4) Italy
    Explanation:
    On 06th December 2018, Italy won the Ninth edition of International Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2018 with their consistent performance in all races held in Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. Singapore was the runners-up and the defending champion USA came on the third spot. The host INA finished the fourth in overall position. Team Italy represented by Midshipman Vincenzo Rocco and Midshipman Alberto Cabras. 1st Lieutenant Ebrahim Showalter from Bahrain stood first in the individual position in the men’s category followed by Midshipman Vincenzo Rocco from Italy and 2nd Lieutenant Dillon How from Singapore at second and third positions respectively.
  32. Arun Kumar Shaw passed away following a prolonged illness in Kolkata, on 6th December 2018. He was a National Champion and first ____ to win Arjuna Award from Bengal?
    1) Cricketer
    2) Swimmer
    3) Shooter
    4) Hockey Player
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Swimmer
    Explanation:
    On 6th December 2018, 80 years old seven time National Champion and first swimmer to win Arjuna Award from Bengal Arun Kumar Shaw passed away following a prolonged illness in Kolkata. He won National championship in 1959, 1962, 1964, 1965-67 and worked as National selector for several years.
  33. Mohammad Asrarul Haque passed away on 7th December 2018. What was his profession?
    1) Singer
    2) Actor
    3) Journalist
    4) Politician
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Politician
    Explanation:
    On December 7, 2018, Senior Congress MP Mohammad Asrarul Haque passed away at 76. He was the state president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, a leading Islamic organisation in India. He was also a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the president of All India Milli Council. Earlier, he had contested from Bihar’s Kishanganj constituency in 2009 and 2014 general elections.
  34. When was Indian Armed Forces Flag Day observed throughout India?
    1) December 4
    2) December 5
    3) December 6
    4) December 7
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) December 7
    Explanation:
    On 07 December 2018, Indian Armed Forces Flag Day was observed throughout the nation to honour the martyrs as well as the soldiers who valiantly fight on our borders to safeguard the country from enemy. Since 1949, 07 December is observed as Indian Armed Forces Flag Day and Government of India has constituted ”Armed Forces Flag Day Fund” for the welfare and rehabilitation of the Ex-servicemen (ESM).
  35. What was the theme of International Civil Aviation Day 2018 celebrated on 7th December 2018?
    1) Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind
    2) Setting a whole new standard for Aviation
    3) Sky is the Limit
    4) Technological Development is the Key
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind
    Explanation:
    December 07 every year is observed as International Civil Aviation Day. The purpose of the annual celebration is to establish and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of States. The theme for International Civil Aviation Day this year is: “Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind.” This theme was established on a recurring basis for the 2016-2018 ICAO triennium, in order to highlight the enormous transformational power of air connectivity to improve people’s lives. The International Civil Aviation Day was established in 1994 as part of ICAO’s 50th anniversary activities.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Director General of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is _____?
    Answer
      Rajiv Ranjan Mishra
  2. Where is Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary located?
    Answer
      Goa
  3. Name the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) and headquarters of Oriental Insurance Company?
    Answer
      CMD – A V Girija Kumar; Headquarters – New Delhi
  4. What is the capital and currency of Iran?
    Answer
      Capital – Tehran; Currency – Iranian Rial
  5. Who is the President of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquartered in Rome, Italy?
    Answer
      Jose Graziano da Silva