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Current Affairs Quiz: January 10 2019

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  1. Union Cabinet approved Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to 6 communities namely Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutiya, Matak, Moran and the tea tribes, of which state, on 9th January 2019?
    1) Odisha
    2) Himachal Pradesh
    3) Arunachal Pradesh
    4) Assam
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Assam
    Explanation:
    On 9th January 2019,Union Cabinet has approved Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities of Assam.The communities that are proposed to be extended ST status include, Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutiya, Matak, Moran and the tea tribes. The move came before the centre introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha. This amendment bill will give a status to the various tribal people.
  2. Jammu and Kashmir Law Department set up a State law commission, for 3 years, under the chairmanship of ____, on 7th Jnauary 2019?
    1) Justice (Retd) M K Hanjura
    2) Justice (Retd) Azeem Bahadur
    3) Justice (Retd) Vinay Mishra
    4) Justice (Retd) L M Sushil Kumar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Justice (Retd) M K Hanjura
    Explanation:
    On January 7, 2019, the Jammu and Kashmir Law Department set up a State law commission, for three years, under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd) M K Hanjura. It will have a chairperson, two full-time members and two part-time members. The Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Secretary Shri. Achal Sethi will be the ex-officio member of the commission. The functions of the Commission are:
    • To identity redundant and obsolete laws that can be repealed and suggest measures for quick redress of public grievances
    • To examine the laws that affect the poor and carry out post-audit of socio-economic legislations,
    • To ensure speedy clearance of arrears and reduction in costs and quick and economical disposal of cases.
  3. Where was the “Development of North East Circuit: Umiam (Lake View) – U Lum Sohpetbneng- Mawdiangdiang – Orchid Lake Resort” project under Tourism Ministry’s Swadesh Darshan Scheme inaugurated on 9th January 2019?
    1) Arunachal Pradesh
    2) Sikkim
    3) Manipur
    4) Meghalaya
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Meghalaya
    Explanation:
    On January 9, 2019, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Shri. Conrad K Sangma, inaugurated the project “Development of North East Circuit: Umiam (Lake View) – U Lum Sohpetbneng- Mawdiangdiang – Orchid Lake Resort” under Tourism Ministry’s Swadesh Darshan Scheme, in Umiam, Meghalaya. The project was sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism in July 2016 for Rs. 99.13 Crores. It has facilities like: Traditional Healing Centre, Tribal Rejuvenation Centre, Tourist Information Centre, Multipurpose Hall, Log Huts, Cafeteria, Sound and Light show, Souvenir Shops, Water Sports Zone, Zip Line, Canopy Walk, Trekking Routes, Cycling Track, Last Mile Connectivity, Caravan Parking, Public Toilets, and Solid Waste Management.
  4. Ministry of Civil Aviation has approved operations of seaplanes in _____ under UDAN-3 (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik), making it the first island of India to operate seaplanes?
    1) Lakshadweep Islands
    2) Andaman Islands
    3) Hope Islands
    4) Quibble Islands
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Andaman Islands
    Explanation:
    The Ministry of Civil Aviation has approved operations of seaplanes in the Andaman Islands under UDAN-3 (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) making Andaman the first island of India to operate seaplanes. The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu has approved operations on 13 water aerodrome routes out of five are from Andaman Islands which others are from dams in Gujarat and coastal areas in Kerala. The Islands of Andaman that would be connected through seaplanes are Campbell Bay, Car Nicobar, Havelock, Hutbay, Neil, Long island and Diglipur. Operation of Seaplanes which are commonly used in Maldives and Mauritius is a part government’s ambitious regional connectivity scheme and it will give a huge push to tourism in the strategically important region.
  5. Which body has decided to set up a Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) to refine and strengthen the Credibility of Research Publications?
    1) National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
    2) University Grants Commission (UGC)
    3) All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
    4) Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) University Grants Commission (UGC)
    Explanation:
    On January 7, 2019, the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh announced that the University Grants Commission (UGC) approved list of journals and the proposal to establish a Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE). The good quality Research Journals in disciplines will be maintained by CARE and referred to as ‘CARE Reference List of Quality Journals’. The disciplines are: Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Arts, Culture, Indian Knowledge Systems etc. The ‘CARE Reference List of Quality Journals’ will be regularly updated and published by the UGC and the Members of the Consortium at their respective websites and will be used for all academic purposes.
  6. Name the bill passed by Lok Sabha on 7th January 2019 that aims to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce in five personal laws?
    1) Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018
    2) Family Welfare Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018
    3) Separation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018
    4) Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018
    Explanation:
    On 07th January 2019, the Lok Sabha has passed the Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The bill was moved by Minister of State for Law PP Chaudhary. The bill was introduced as various recommendations were made to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce. The bill seeks to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce in five personal laws Hindu Marriage Act(1955), Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act(1939),Divorce Act(1869), Special Marriage Act(1954) and the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act(1956). In 2010 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Resolution on the ‘Elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members’, which was signed and ratified by India. The Law Commission of India in its 256th Report recommended the elimination of discrimination against people affected by the disease. Leprosy is a chronic infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. Leprosy mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosal surfaces of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes.
  7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned the four-laned 98.717 km Solapur- Tuljapur-Osmanabad section on NH-211 (New NH-52) worth Rs.972.50-crore, in which state on 9th January 2019?
    1) Madhya Pradesh
    2) Uttar Pradesh
    3) Maharashtra
    4) Gujarat
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    On January 9, 2019,PM Modi, launched the four-laning of Solapur-Osmanabad section of NH-211, underground sewerage system and three sewage treatment plants in Maharashtra. It was launched in road and underground sewerage system projects developed at an investment of Rs.1,100 crore. Mr. Modi also laid the foundation stone for a Rs.1,811 crore housing project of 30,000 units under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.Mr. Modi commissioned the four-laned 98.717 km Solapur- Tuljapur-Osmanabad section on NH-211 (New NH-52). The Rs.972.50-crore toll road project will improve connectivity between Solapur and the Marathwada region. The housing project will benefit the homeless poor like rag pickers, rickshaw pullers, textile and beedi workers. Mr. Modi laid the foundation stone for the Rs.244 crore water supply and sewerage system as part of area-based development in the Solapur smart city area.This project, developed under the smart city mission, is expected to bring about significant improvements in service delivery.
  8. UGC has constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of _____, to review its quality mandate relating to promotion of Research and to review the existing M.Phil/ Ph.D Regulations?
    1) Prof. A S Madhan Kumar
    2) Prof. P. Balram
    3) Prof. Sudeep Mishra
    4) Prof. Anjali Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Prof. P. Balram
    Explanation:
    On January 7, 2019, the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh announced that the University Grants Commission (UGC) approved list of journals and the proposal to establish a Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE). The good quality Research Journals in disciplines will be maintained by CARE and referred to as ‘CARE Reference List of Quality Journals’. The disciplines are: Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Arts, Culture, Indian Knowledge Systems etc. The ‘CARE Reference List of Quality Journals’ will be regularly updated and published by the UGC and the Members of the Consortium at their respective websites and will be used for all academic purposes. Additionally, to review its quality mandate relating to promotion of Research and to review the existing M.Phil/ Ph.D Regulations, the UGC constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Prof. P. Balram.
  9. Name the bill passed by the Lok Sabha for regulation of the use and application of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) technology, on 8th January 2019?
    1) The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019
    2) The DNA Reference Regulation Bill, 2019
    3) Science and Technology Applications Regulation Bill, 2019
    4) Bio-Information Usage Regulation Bill, 2019
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019
    Explanation:
    On 08th January 2019, the Lok Sabha passed “The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019” by voice vote after a brief discussion. The Bill has been formulated recognizing the need for regulation of the use and application of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) technology, for establishing identity of missing persons, victims, offenders, under trials and unknown deceased persons. The bill was introduced by Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had set up a DNA profiling advisory committee. The key components of this Bill include establishment of a DNA Regulatory Board and accreditation of DNA laboratories undertaking DNA testing, analysing. Establishment of the National and Regional DNA Data Banks, as envisaged in the Bill, will assist in forensic investigations. The Bill will add value in empowering the criminal justice delivery system by enabling the application of DNA evidence, which is considered the gold standard in crime investigations.
  10. Which Union Ministry launched an online campaign, ‘#www: Web- WonderWomen’ to recognize the exceptional women who have been driving positive agenda of social change via social media, on 9th January 2019?
    1) Ministry of Human Resource Development
    2) Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
    3) Ministry of Women and Child Development
    4) Ministry of Home Affairs
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Ministry of Women and Child Development
    Explanation:
    On January 9, 2019, the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, has launched an online campaign, ‘#www: Web- WonderWomen’ to recognize the exceptional women who have been driving positive agenda of social change via social media. The partners of the campaign are: Breakthrough and Twitter India. Entries via Nominations from across the world are now invited open till 31st January, 2019. Nominations have been invited in a large number of categories including Health, Media, Literature, Art, Sports, Environmental protection, fashion among others. The shortlisted entries will be open for public voting on Twitter and the finalists will be selected by a specialized panel of judges.
  11. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a Global Report on “Trafficking in Persons”, as per which, more victims of human trafficking were reported to UNODC in 2016 than at any time in the past 13 years, and children account for _____ % of those being trafficked?
    1) 50 %
    2) 25 %
    3) 60 %
    4) 30 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 30 %
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a latest Global Report on “Trafficking in Persons”, which reveals that the number of human trafficking victims around the world is on the rise while armed groups and terrorists are trafficking women and children to generate funds and recruit. This report shows that human trafficking is on the rise with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Children now account for 30 per cent of those being trafficked, and far more girls are detected than boys. This report shows that more victims of human trafficking were reported to the United Nation’s agency in 2016 than at any time over the past 13 years. Trafficking for sexual exploitation is the most prevalent form in European countries, whilst in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, forced labour is the main factor driving the illicit trade. While the average numbers of reported victims had fluctuated during the earlier years for which UNODC had collected data, the global trend has shown a steady increase since 2010.
  12. Which body allowed tokenization of debit, credit and prepaid card transactions to enhance the safety of digital payments ecosystem in India, on 8th January 2019?
    1) Finance Ministry
    2) Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
    3) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    4) National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    Explanation:
    On 8th January 2019, the Reserve Bank of India has allowed tokenization of debit, credit and prepaid card transactions to enhance the safety of the digital payments ecosystem in the country. The central bank has allowed card schemes like Visa, Mastercard and others to start issuing tokens for third party payment applications as well. “Tokenisation and de-tokenisation” shall be performed only by the authorized card network and recovery of original Permanent Account Number (PAN) should be feasible for the authorized card network only. Tokenisation acts as an additional layer of security as it masks sensitive card data such as the 16-digit Account Number, expiration date and security code.
  13. National Housing Bank (NHB) gave fresh subsidy worth _____ rupees under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) to Aadhar Housing finance, on 8th January 2019?
    1) Rs 175.56 crore
    2) Rs 213.65 crore
    3) Rs 456.78 crore
    4) Rs 345.90 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs 175.56 crore
    Explanation:
    On January 8, 2019, National Housing Bank (NHB) gave fresh subsidy worth Rs 175.56 crore under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) to housing finance company, Aadhar Housing finance. The credit would be passed on to the loan accounts of 7,592 customers in the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG)who were eligible under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). This will reduce their monthly payable instalments.
  14. Indian Army signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Defence Salary Package with which bank on 8th January 2019?
    1) Punjab National Bank (PNB)
    2) State Bank of India (SBI)
    3) Union Bank of India (UBI)
    4) Indian Overseas Bank (IOB)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Punjab National Bank (PNB)
    Explanation:
    On January 8, 2019, Indian Army and Punjab National Bank (PNB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Defence Salary Package. Salient features of the MOU are:
    • free ‘RAKSHAK PLUS’ Scheme for serving pers and veterans,
    • overdraft facility range from Rs 0.75 to 3.0 lakhs,
    • multicity ‘At Par’ cheques,
    • instant credit of outstation cheques,
    • preferential allotment of lockers at concessional AMC and
    • free SMS alerts.
  15. Name the venture capital entity incorporated by NABARD (National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development) under the Companies Act, which will launch its maiden early stage capital fund offer to agriculture and rural enterprises?
    1) NABVENTURES Ltd
    2) NABARD Capital Ltd
    3) NABFINANCE Ltd
    4) NABARD Credit Ltd
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) NABVENTURES Ltd
    Explanation:
    On January 8, 2019, NABVENTURES Ltd, the venture capital entity incorporated by NABARD under the Companies Act, will launch its maiden early stage capital fund offer to agriculture and rural enterprises. This would support the agriculture and rural enterprises and fill the gap of adequate institutional support to them. It would also promote various enterprises to create more sustainable employment.
  16. Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) released a report on the “Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM)” on 8th January 2019. Who is the 13th CAG of India?
    1) Rajiv Mehrishi
    2) Rajiv GAuba
    3) N K Singh
    4) Arvind Saxena
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rajiv Mehrishi
    Explanation:
    On 8th January 2019, The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) released a report on the “Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM)” reveals that the government should frame a policy on off- budget financing and sources of such funding in view of its fiscal implication. CAG further said that the government should also consider disclosing the details of off- budget borrowings through disclosure statements in Budget as well as in accounts. The objective of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act, 2003 was to provide for the responsibility of the central Government to ensure inter- generational equity in fiscal management and long- term macro- economic stability. CAG said that the off- budget financing was being used to deter fertilizer arrears, food subsidy bills and outstanding dues of Food Corporation of India (FCI) through borrowings. The report said “Such off Budget arrangement, deters committed liability (subsidy arrears/bills) or create future liability and increases cost of subsidy due to interest payment. Incumbent and 13th CAG of India is Rajiv Mehrishi.
  17. IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) tied up with which insurance company to provide free travel insurance to air travelers, on 9th January 2019?
    1) Bharti AXA General Insurance Company
    2) Max Life Insurance Company
    3) Life Insurance Corporation of India
    4) National Insurance Company Limited
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Bharti AXA General Insurance Company
    Explanation:
    On 9th January 2019,IRCTC tied up with Bharti AXA General insurance company to provide free travel insurance to the air travellers. This insurance is applicable to only those who book ticket in the official website of air ticketing irctc, IRCTC Air –air.irctc.co.in. Through this tie up, every passenger would be availed of insurance upto 50 lakhs in case of accidental death or life time disability. This facility is made available to everyone irrespective of class of travel. Thee premium of the insurance will be borne by Irctc itself and it is applicable to both one way and round way travels.
  18. World Bank has projected India’s Gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at what percent in the fiscal year 2018-19, and 7.5% in the following two years?
    1) 7.3 %
    2) 7.2 %
    3) 7.6 %
    4) 7.7 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 7.3 %
    Explanation:
    On 9th January 2019, World Bank projected India’s GDP to grow at 7.3% in the fiscal year 2018-19, and 7.5% in the following two years. The Bank said India will continue to be the fastest growing major economy in the world. In India, the growth has accelerated, driven by an upswing in consumption, and investment growth has firmed as the effects of temporary factors wane, the World Bank said in its latest report. Domestic demand has strengthened as the benefits of structural reforms such as Goods and services Tax (GST) harmonization and bank recapitalization take effect. In 2018,China’s Projection is 6.5 and 6.2% each in 2019 and 2020 and 6% in 2021, according to the January 2019 Global Economic Prospects report released by the World Bank. Strong domestic demand is envisioned to widen the current account deficit to 2.6 per cent of GDP next year. The World Bank’s estimate suggest that India’s potential growth rate is around 7%, and is expected to remain around 7% .
  19. India is set to become the world’s _____ largest consumer market by 2030, as per the “Future of Consumption in Fast- Growth Consumer Market- India” report released by World Economic Forum?
    1) Second
    2) Third
    3) Fourth
    4) Fifth
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Third
    Explanation:
    On 9th January 2019, a report by World Economic Forum today said that India is set to become the world’s third largest consumer market behind only USA and China by 2030.The report titled “Future of Consumption in Fast- Growth Consumer Market- India” also noted growth of the middle class will lift nearly 25 million household out of poverty. The report said consumer spending in India is expected to grow from 1.5 trillion US dollar at present to 6 trillion US dollar by 2030. The report said that with the annual GDP growth rate of 7.5%, India is currently the world’s 6th largest economy.
  20. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting decided to increase the advertisement rates by what percent for the small and medium sized newspaper agencies on 8th January 2019, which will be valid upto 3 years?
    1) 45 %
    2) 30 %
    3) 15 %
    4) 25 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 25 %
    Explanation:
    On 8th January 2019,Ministry of informaion and broadcasting ‘s decided to increase the advertisement rates by 25% to the small and medium sized newspaper agencies.This new price is valid upto three years. This step is taken under the recommendation of the 8th rate structure committee meeting.According to the recent report,this decision would help the religional and vernacular newspapers which rely highly on advertisment for their renvenue and it is considered to be the good step for the small and medium newspaper agencies.The last hike was done in the year 2013.
  21. Standard Chartered released its long term forecast, which states that India will become the world’s _____ largest economy by 2030?
    1) Second
    2) Fourth
    3) Fifth
    4) Seventh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Second
    Explanation:
    On 08th January 2019, Standard Chartered released its long term forecast which states that India will surpass the U.S to become the world’s second largest economy by 2030 while China will be at First Position. China will become the largest economy by 2020, using purchasing power parity exchange rates and nominal GDP. India to accelerate to 7.8 percent by the 2020s while China will moderate to 5 percent by 2030 reflecting a natural slowdown given the economy’s size. According to Standard Chartered Asia’s share of global GDP which rose to 28 percent in 2018 from 20 percent in 2010 will likely reach 35 percent by 2030.
  22. Polavaram project of which state entered the Guinness book of world record by pouring 32,315.5 cubic meters of concrete non-stop in 24 hours, on 7th January 2019?
    1) Kerala
    2) Karnataka
    3) Andhra Pradesh
    4) Madhya Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Andhra Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, the Polavaram project of Andhra Pradesh got its place in the Guinness book of world record.This project entered the guinness by pouring 32,315.5 cubic meters of concrete non-stop in 24 hours.This project surpassed the leading record of 21,580 cubic metres which was achieved by Abdul Wahed Bin Shabib project. The state government invested Rs 15,380.97 crore on the project ; the central government is to release Rs3,517.84 crore. Polavaram irrigation project,is a multipurpose terminal reservoir will irrigate 38.78 Lac acres of land. It will also set up of 960 mw hydro power plant which will provide drinking water to 540 villages with a population of 28.5 Lac.
  23. Name the footballer who was conferred the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year award, for the second time, in Senegal, on 8th January 2019?
    1) Christiano Ronaldo
    3) Lionel Messi
    3) Neymar
    4) Mohamed Salah
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Mohamed Salah
    Explanation:
    On January 8, 2019, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was conferred with the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year award, for the second time, in Senegal. He also won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award for the second time in December 2018. He beat Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the title. Among other awardees, Houston Dash and South Africa forward Thembi Kgatlana was named Women’s Player of the Year.
  24. Which city traffic police launched the mobile application named ‘Police-E-Eye’ for the public to report on traffic violations to police and to keep a check on the same, on 7th January 2019?
    1) Nagpur, Maharashtra
    2) Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
    3) Calicut, Kerala
    4) Darjeeling, West Bengal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
    Explanation:
    On January 7, 2019, Coimbatore city traffic police launched a mobile application ‘Police-E-Eye’ for the public to report on traffic violations to police and to keep a check on the same. The app was developed by Aveon Infotech Pvt. Ltd under its Corporate Social Responsibility. The violations so filed can be photographed which will be sent to the police along with the location, time and date with the help of GPS.
  25. International Cricket Council (ICC) announced ____ as its 105th member, on 8th January 2019?
    1) USA Cricket
    2) Cricket Canada
    3) Iran Cricket
    4) Cricket Afghanistan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) USA Cricket
    Explanation:
    On 08th January 2019, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced USA Cricket as its 105th member. USA Cricket came into existence after USACA was expelled in June 2017 for lack of cooperation in terms of unifying the cricket community in the country. The application of USA Cricket to become the 93rd Associate member in compliance with the ICC constitution, was accepted as per the recommendation of the seven-member Membership Committee to the ICC Board last year. In October 2018 USA Cricket had appointed Paraag Marathe president of 49ers Enterprises and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the 49ers as the Chair of the Board. The International Cricket Council (ICC) was founded at Lord’s on 15 June 1909 as the Imperial Cricket Conference with Australia, England, and South Africa as its founding members. The Imperial Cricket Conference was renamed the International Cricket Conference in 1965.
  26. Which country will host the African Cup for the fifth time in 2019, as announced by the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Executive Committee?
    1) South Africa
    2) Brazil
    3) Egypt
    4) Kenya
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Egypt
    Explanation:
    On 8th January 2019, Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Executive Committee announced that Egypt will host African Cup for the fifth time in 2019. South Africa was the other country who made a bid to host the event. The Cup of Nations will take place from June 15 to July 13, 2019. Egypt has already hosted the African Cup in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006. The tournament will be enlarged to 24 teams from its standard 16 teams. Guinea’s football federation announced that it has agreed to move its staging of the Nations Cup from 2023 to 2025. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah retained his CAF Player of the Year Award at the CAF Awards on 08th January 2019 at Dakar, Senegal.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) is _____?
    Answer
    Answer – Prof. D. P. Singh
  2. Where is the headquarters of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)?
    Answer
    Answer – Vienna, Austria
  3. Name the MD and CEO and headquarters of Punjab National Bank?
    Answer
    Answer – MD & CEO – Sunil Mehta; Headquarters – New Delhi
  4. Who is the Founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum headquartered in Cologny, Switzerland?
    Answer
    Answer – Klaus Schwab
  5. Where is Kishtwar National Park located?
    Answer
    Answer – Jammu and Kashmir
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