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Current Affairs Quiz: January 1 2019

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  1. Ross Island of Andaman and Nicobar was renamed as _____, on 30th December 2018?
    1) Shaheed Dweep
    2) Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep
    3) Swaraj Dweep
    4) Mahatma Gandhi Dweep
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2018, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi embarked on a day long visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.On December 30, 2018, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. On this occasion, he announced renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar.
    The 3 islands are:
    • The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep,
    • The Neil Island would now be known as Shaheed Dweep and
    • The Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.
  2. Where did Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launch the Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin initiative on 30thDecember 2018?
    1) Pune, Maharashtra
    2) Agra, Uttar Pradesh
    3) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
    4) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2018, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Ujjwala Sanitary Napkin initiative in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Its objective is to provide access to hygiene products and employment to opportunities in every district of the state. Around 100 local manufacturing units will be set up by oil marketing companies at Common Service Centres (CSCs) across 93 blocks in all 30 districts of Odisha in the first phase. The units are expected to be ready by March 2019. The cost of setting up each manufacturing unit is expected to be Rs 2.94 crores. The sanitary napkins will be priced at Rs 42 per pack of eight pads. Each manufacturing unit will employ five or six Ujjwala beneficiaries and will thus employ nearly 600 women across all districts.
  3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of 50 MW LNG-based power project at Hope Town in ____, on 30th December 2018, which will be established by NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam at a cost of Rs 387.80 crore?
    1) Tamil Nadu
    2) Odisha
    3) Kerala
    4) Andaman & Nicobar Islands
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Andaman & Nicobar Islands
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2018, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi embarked on a day long visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of 50 MW LNG-based power project at Hope Town in South Andaman. The power plant will be established by wholly owned subsidiary of NTPC Ltd, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) at cost of Rs 387.80 crore in 18 months.
  4. Which state government announced its plan to create an Adhyatmik Vibhag (spiritual department) by merging several existing departments, on 29th December 2018?
    1) Gujarat
    2) Uttar Pradesh
    3) Rajasthan
    4) Madhya Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Madhya Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On 29th December 2018, The Congress-led Madhya Pradesh Government announced that that it is going to create an Adhyatmik Vibhag (spiritual department) by merging several existing department. The Congress had promised to form such a department before the last month’s Assembly elections. The proposed Adhyatmik Vibhag (Spiritual Department) going to be formed by merging Dharmik Nyas Evam Dharmasv Department (Religious Trust and Endowment Department), Anand Vibhag (Happiness Department) in addition to the Directorate of Religious Trust and Endowment, Madhya Pradesh Teerth Evam Mela Pradhikaran and Rajya Anand Sansthan.
  5. Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has extended the Credit-Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for Middle Income Group (MIG) Scheme by another 12 months till _____?
    1) March 31, 2020
    2) April 30, 2020
    3) June 30, 2020
    4) January 1, 2020
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer -1) March 31, 2020
    Explanation:
    On 31st December 2018, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs headed by Minister of State Hardeep S. Puri, extended the Credit-Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for Middle Income Group (MIG) Scheme by another 12 months till March 31, 2020. Around 93, 007 beneficiaries have been covered till date and have already received Rs 1,960.45 crore of subsidy in the scheme under which the government provides a subsidy of up to Rs 2.67 lakh on home loans. The scheme covers two income segments in the MIG viz. Rs 6,00,001 to Rs 12,00,000 per annum for MIG-I and Rs 12,00,001 to Rs 18,00,000 per annum for MIG-II. The dwelling unit carpet area to avail the benefit of the scheme include ‘upto 160 sq.m’ and ‘upto 200 sq.m’ for MIG I and MIG II respectively. In the MIG-I, an interest subsidy of 4 per cent has been provided for loan amounts up to Rs 9 lakh, while in MIG-II, an interest subsidy of 3 per cent has been provided for loan amount of Rs 12 lakh.
  6. Deen Dayal Veterinary University of which state proposed to set up the first goat fertility lab in the state under Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna at a cost of Rs 22 crore, on 30th December 2018?
    1) Uttar Pradesh
    2) Gujarat
    3) Chhattisgarh
    4) Goa
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On December 30, the Deen Dayal Veterinary University in Uttar Pradesh proposed to set up the first goat fertility lab in the state under Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna at the cost of Rs 22 crore. The University has entered into a contract with Pradeshik cooperative Dairy Federation for marketing. Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna or National Agriculture Development Programme is a State Plan Scheme of Additional Central Assistance launched in August 2007 as a part of the 11th Five Year Plan by the Government of India. It aims to achieve 4% annual growth in agriculture through development of Agriculture and its allied sectors.
  7. Which body issued guidelines to enable the government to monitor online food and grocery operators and food delivery platforms on 29th December 2018?
    1) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
    2) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
    3) Indian Standards Organisation (ISO)
    4) Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2018, the national food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued guidelines to enable government to monitor the online food and grocery operators such as Grofers and BigBasket as well as food delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato any time. The guidelines are part of directives issued by the regulator to re-operationalise licensing and registration of e-commerce food companies. According to the guidelines, the following has to be done:
    • Food products offered for sale are liable to sampling at any point in the supply chain.
    • An image of the said food should be out up in the platforms of the Companies so that consumers can recognise the product.
    • All mandatory information mentioned in the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act will also have to be provided to consumers before purchase
    • only fresh food should be delivered to consumers.
    • A remaining shelf life of 30% or 45 days of the food should be maintained before expiry at the time of delivery.
  8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative postal stamp, 75 rupees coin, and dedicated a 150 feet Flag Mast to mark the 75th anniversary of hoisting of Tricolour flag on Indian soil by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and formation of Azad Hind government, on 30th December 2018, in ______?
    1) Panaji, Goa
    2) Kolkata, West Bengal
    3) Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
    4) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2018, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi embarked on a day long visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. At Port Blair, he addressed a public event to mark the 75th anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and formation of the Azad Hind government in 1943. Here he released a commemorative postal stamp, 75 rupees coin, and First Day Cover. Mr Modi also dedicated the 150 feet high Flag Mast at South Point in Port Blair to commemorate the first unfurling of the Tricolor on Indian soil by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Port Blair on Dec 30, 1943. He also announced setting up of a deemed university after Netaji Bose.
  9. A ‘bancassurance’ pact was signed between which bank and SBI Life Insurance to sell the policies of the insurer in over 3,200 branches of the bank, on 31st December 2018?
    1) Allahabad Bank
    2) State Bank of India
    3) Canara Bank
    4) Federal Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Allahabad Bank
    Explanation:
    On 31st December 2018, a ‘bancassurance’ pact was signed between State-owned Allahabad Bank and SBI Life Insurance to sell the policies of the insurer in over 3,200 branches of the Allahabad Bank. The agreement is considered as one of the largest Bancassurance partnerships in the country. The agreement was signed in the presence of Allahabad Bank Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mallikarjuna Rao and SBI Life MD & CEO Sanjeev Nautiyal.
  10. India will remain the fastest growing major economy with GDP growth estimated to be _____% in FY19, as per Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)’s report titled ‘Growth Outlook for 2019’?
    1) 7.2 %
    2) 7.5 %
    3) 7.7 %
    4) 7.9 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 7.5 %
    Explanation:
    On December 31, 2018, in its report titled ‘Growth Outlook for 2019’, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) stated that India will remain the fastest growing major economy with GDP growth estimated to be 7.5% in FY19. The reasons cited for the growth are: Better demand conditions, settled GST implementation, capacity expansion resulting from growing investments in infrastructure and better credit inflow especially in the service sector (that is of 24%).
  11. Onisha Patel, Devika Kamath and _____ are the 3 Indian-origin women scientists who were among the 60 Superstars of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) list awarded by Australian government?
    1) Praneethi Roy
    2) Asha Rao
    3) Synthia Thomas
    4) Manisha Hegde
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Asha Rao
    Explanation:
    On December 31, 2018, three Indian-origin women scientists were among the 60 Superstars of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) list awarded by Australian government. The 3 scientists are Onisha Patel, Devika Kamath and Asha Rao. Under the initiative, due to gender gap in STEM courses, the government there is planning to train these scientists for one year to become influencers for female students. 32-year-old, Devika Kamath is an astrophysicist, Onisha Patel is doing her research on generate a cure for many cancers including breasts. Whereas, Asha Rao is a cyber mathematics expert and specialises in detection of money laundering.
  12. Which Indian cricketer was adjudged ‘Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year‘ and ‘Women’s ODI Player of the Year’ by International Cricket Council (ICC), on 31st December 2018?
    1) Mithali Raj
    2) Smriti Mandhana
    3) Harmanpreet Singh
    4) Jhulan Goswani
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Smriti Mandhana
    Explanation:
    On 31st December 2018, India Women Cricket team Vice-captain and Left-handed opener, Smriti Mandhana was adjudged ‘Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year‘ as well as the ‘Women’s ODI Player of the Year’by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
  13. Who became the first Bangladesh women’s cricket player to have been selected in the ICC T20I Team?
    1) Anjali Sena
    2) Mathurima Patel
    3) Rumana Ahmed
    4) Poorna Sen
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Rumana Ahmed
    Explanation:
    Rumana Ahmed is the first Bangladesh player to have been selected in the ICC T20I Team.
    Player (team)Category of award
    Alyssa Healy (Australia)ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year
    Sophie Ecclestone (England)ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year
    Suzie Bates (New Zealand)Captain ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year
  14. Name the US-based Kathak dancer who will be honoured with the National Nritya Shiromani award at the opening day of 10th Cuttack Mahotsav: International Dance and Music festival in Cuttack on 2nd January, 2019?
    1) Rukmani Sharma
    2) Anindita Neogy Anaam
    3) Sharon Joy
    4) Rithvika Mittal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Anindita Neogy Anaam
    Explanation:
    US-based Kathak dancer Anindita Neogy Anaam will be honoured with the National Nritya Shiromani award for promoting the dance form across the world. This award of national repute has been given in the past to the outstanding Indian classical dance performers and musicians of India and abroad. The award would be conferred on her in Cuttack on the opening day of the 10th Cuttack Mahotsav: International Dance and Music festival in Cuttack on 2nd January, 2019. Anindita Anaam is a recipient of prestigious national awards like Jayadev Rashtriya Puraskar and Bidagdha Nartaki Samman for her outstanding achievement in the preservation and promotion of Indian art in India and abroad.
  15. Who won the third term as Prime Minister of Bangladesh, on 31st December 2018?
    1) Mohammed Abdul Hamid
    2) Sheikh Hasina
    3) Abu Thahir Bhutto
    4) Abdul Salam Khan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Sheikh Hasina
    Explanation:
    On 31st December, 2018, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s alliance won Bangladesh’s election with a thumping majority giving her a third straight term. The alliance dominated by her Awami League, won 287 of the 298 seats for which results have been declared, the commission said. There are 300 constituencies in the country. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which boycotted the last poll in 2014, won just 6 seats.
  16. _____ has been appointed the new Information Chief Commissioner by the Government of India?
    1) Raghav Sanghvi
    2) Sudhir Bhargava
    3) Ajay Mishra
    4) Ram Mathur
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Sudhir Bhargava
    Explanation:
    The Government of India has appointed Sudhir Bhargava, an information commissioner in the Central Information Commission the new chief information commissioner. The government has also appointed four new information commissioners. President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the appointment of former bureaucrats Yashwardhan Kumar Sinha, Vanaja N Sarna, Neeraj Kumar Gupta and Suresh Chandra as the new information commissioners. The appointments came weeks after the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to disclose the process of appointment of the members of the Central Information Commission, including details on applicants and search committees. The court had asked the government to maintain transparency in the process.
  17. Name the second senior-most Supreme Court judge who retired on 30th December 2018?
    1) Justice Ananth Chaari
    2) Justice Madan B Lokur
    3) Justice Lal Chandra Kanth
    4) Justice Sumit Sharma
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Justice Madan B Lokur
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2018, the second senior-most Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B Lokur retired. He was among the four judges who held the controversial January-12 press conference against the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra over the issue of allocation of sensitive cases. He also played an active role in the pursuit of judicial reforms — computerisation of courts, judicial education, legal aid and legal services. His tenure in the Supreme Court began in June 2012.
  18. Sports Ministry has allotted ______ rupees for the funding of athletes under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for their preparations for 2020 Olympics?
    1) Rs 100 crore
    2) Rs 200 crore
    3) Rs 400 crore
    4) Rs 500 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs 100 crore
    Explanation:
    The Sports Authority of India Director General Neelam Kapur announced that The Sports Ministry has earmarked Rs 100 crore for the funding of athletes under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for their preparations for 2020 Olympics. Launched in September 2014, TOPS, is a flagship programme of the sports ministry to provide financial assistance to potential Olympic medal winners besides giving the financial assistance to prepare for Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. On September 2018, a TOPS Secretariat which consists of a team of professionals with management and sporting expertise was established in a bid to fine tune India’s preparations for the 2020 Olympics and build a sustainable sports ecosystem in the country. The TOPS team reviews every sport broadly along several parameters, including global performance trends from previous Olympics, World Championships and other major competitions specific to that sport to select a player. The athletes selected are provided support which covers essential items specific to their sports discipline including customised domestic and international training and competitions, purchase of equipment and out of pocket allowance.
  19. Who became the highest international wicket-taker of 2018 with 78 wickets, on 30th December 2018?
    1) Jasprit Bumrah
    2) Kagiso Rabada
    3) Kuldeep Yadav
    4) Adil Rasheed
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Jasprit Bumrah
    Explanation:
    On 30th December 2018, 25 years old Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah became the highest international wicket-taker of 2018 with 78 wickets after taking 9 wickets in the 3rd Test Match against Australia held in Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia. South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada ranked 2nd in the list of Highest International wicket taker of 2018 with 77 wickets. Indian spin bowler Kuldeep Yadav along with Adeel Rashid and Rashid Khan ranked 3rd with 76 wickets in 2018.
  20. Indian Cricket captain _____ equaled former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly’s record with 11th away test win as a captain on 30th December 2018?
    1) Shikhar Dawan
    2) MS Dhoni
    3) Rohit Sharma
    4) Prithvi Shaw
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 5) None of these; Correct Answer is – Virat Kohli
    Explanation:
    On 30th December 2018, Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli equaled Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly’s record with 11th away test win as a captain after defeating Australia in the 3rd Test Match held in Melbourne, Australia. Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy on Australian soil. India is leading the series with 2-1. Indian team also achieved the record of highest number of away Test wins after defeating Australia in the 3rd Test Match.
  21. Name the Indian wicket-keeper who became the 1st ever player to take 20 catches in a Test series, on 30thDecember 2018?
    1) Rishabh Pant
    2) Prithvi Shaw
    3) R Ashwin
    4) Hardik Pandya
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rishabh Pant
    Explanation:
    On 30th December 2018, 21 years old Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant became the 1st ever player to take 20 catches in a Test series by surpassing former cricketers Naren Tamhane and Syed Kirmani who had recorded 19 catches in 1954-55 and 1979-80 respectively. Pant achieved the feat to take 20 catches in just 3 matches whereas Naren Tamhane and Syed Kimani took 19 catches in 6 and 7 matches respectively. Rishabh Pant took 11 catches 6 in first innings and 5 in second innings against Australia in the 3rd Test Match to break the record of fellow wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha who took 10 catches in a match.
  22. Indian pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and _____ broke the 34 year record of highest test wickets in a calendar year and became the most successful pace trio with 131 wickets in 2018?
    1) Mohammed Shami
    2) Ravindra Jadega
    3) K. L. Rahul
    4) Ajinkya Rahane
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Mohammed Shami
    Explanation:
    On 30th December 2018, Indian pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah broke the 34 year record of highest test wickets in a calendar year to become the most successful pace trio with 131 wickets in 2018. The record was previously held by West Indies seamers Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall who had taken 130 wickets in 1984. South African trio of Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn hold the third position with 123 wickets in 2008. Current Indian bowling line-up had also created the record of having most wickets in Test in calendar year for india with a total of 257 wickets in 14 matches.
  23. Hong Kong-born Ringo Lam died on 31st December 2018. What was his profession?
    1) Film maker
    2) Cricketer
    3) Business man
    4) Photographer
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Film maker
    Explanation:
    On December 31, 2018, Hong Kong-born filmmaker and “City on Fire” director Ringo Lam died at 63. He worked on many other films like “Prison on Fire” and “School on Fire”, “Maximum Risk”, “In Hell” and “Replicant”. His final film was “Sky on Fire”.
  24. Larry Roberts died on 26th December 2018. He was a _____?
    1) Spiritual Leader
    2) Internet Pioneer
    3) Virtual Reality Pioneer
    4) Mathematician
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Internet Pioneer
    Explanation:
    On December 26, 2018, ARPAnet head and early internet pioneer Larry Roberts died at 81. He was the program manager for ARPAnet (precursor to the internet), and conceptualised the computer-to-computer networks in the 1960s. Later he formed his company Telenet and to commercialise packet switching technology.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Director General of Sports Authority of India is _____?
    Answer
    Answer – Neelam Kapur
  2. Where is Similipal tiger reserve located?
    Answer
    Answer – Odisha
  3. Who is the CEO of International Cricket Council (ICC)?
    Answer
    Answer – David Richardson
  4. Name the President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)?
    Answer
    Answer – Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal
  5. Which country houses the Chitwan National Park?
    Answer
    Answer – Nepal
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