Current Affairs Quiz: January 12 2019

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  1. Where was NIC’s (National Informatics Centre) Command & Control Centre (CCC) and Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence by NIC inaugurated on 10th January 2019?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Mumbai
    3) Hyderabad
    4) Bengaluru
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On January 10,2019, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Electronics & IT and Law and Justice inaugurated NIC’s (National Informatics Centre) Command & Control Centre (CCC) and Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence by NIC at New Delhi. It will have stamina to transform societies in the regime of transparency and efficient governance.
  2. Name the head of the committee that was constituted by Election Commission of India (ECI) to look into Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act 1951, which submitted the report on 10th January 2019?
    1) Shankar Ram S
    2) Umesh Sinha
    3) Joshwin Sebastian
    4) Debashish Banerjee
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Umesh Sinha
    Explanation:
    On 10th January 2019, the Committee constituted under the chairmanship of Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner Sh. Umesh Sinha to review and suggest modifications and changes in the provisions of the Section 126 and other sections of the Representation of the People Act 1951, provisions of Model Code of Conduct and any other Election Commission of India (ECI) instruction in this regard has submitted its report to the Commission. The Committee set up by the Commission included the representatives of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Ministry of Law & Justice, Press Council of India, News Broadcasters Association apart from senior officers of the Commission.
  3. Sino-Indian Digital Collaboration Plaza (SIDCOP) was launched in partnership between _____ and municipal governments of Guiyang and Dalian in China on 10th January 2019?
    1) National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM)
    2) Infosys
    3) NITI Aayog
    4) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM)
    Explanation:
    On 10th January 2019, an initiative was launched to bring Indian IT companies and Chinese enterprises closer on a single artificial intelligence enabled platform, Sino- Indian Digital Collaboration Plaza (SIDCOP). The Sino-Indian Digital Collaboration Plaza (SIDCOP) is a partnership between the National Association of Software & Services Companies (Nasscom) and municipal governments of Guiyang and Dalian in China. Domestic IT enterprises are renowned for their expertise in business transformation and operational optimization by using IT tools in complex business environments. The development assumes significance as Indian IT sector is seeking greater market access in China. This platform could be useful to connect with top providers from India and help Chinese enterprises source the right solution providers for their projects.
  4. Where was the 4th meeting of the Council for Trade Development and Promotion (CTDP), chaired by Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, held on 10th January 2019?
    1) Mumbai
    2) New Delhi
    3) Chennai
    4) Ahmedabad
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On January 10, 2019, the 4th meeting of the Council for Trade Development and Promotion (CTDP), chaired by Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, was held in New Delhi. Representatives of 10 states including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh attended this meeting.
  5. Government of India has formulated an Agricultural Export Policy, for the first time, to boost India’s agricultural exports to _____ by 2022?
    1) USD 100 billion
    2) USD 60 billion
    3) USD 50 billion
    4) USD 75 billion
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) USD 60 billion
    Explanation:
    On January 10, 2019, the 4th meeting of the Council for Trade Development and Promotion (CTDP), chaired by Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, was held in New Delhi. Representatives of 10 states including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh attended this meeting. Government of India formulated an Agricultural Export Policy, for the first time, to boost India’s agricultural exports to USD 60 billion by 2022.
  6. Which will be the first Indian state to roll out Universal Basic Income (UBI) and implement the scheme by 2022?
    1) Telangana
    2) Gujarat
    3) Sikkim
    4) Arunachal Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Sikkim
    Explanation:
    On January 11, 2019,Sikkim,though being a smallest state have set a initiative to introduce UBI in the entire nation.Sikkim’s long lasting chief minister and head of sikkim’s ruling party(sikkim democratic front) Pawan kumar chamling, quoted that if everything goes right then sikkim would be the first state to implement Universal Basic Income (UBI) system and execute it by 2022.This scheme is also regarded as an alternative to social welfare programmes with benefits towards reducing poverty.
  7. National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) launched by Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi on 10th January 2019, has set a national level target of 20%–30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by which year?
    1) 2020
    2) 2030
    3) 2024
    4) 2035
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) 2024
    Explanation:
    On January 10, 2019, the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched a nationwide strategy, to tackle implementation of air pollution, under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) in New Delhi. Following states the national targets and the features of the NCAP as per suggestions available from the international experiences and national studies. They are:
    • national level target of 20%–30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 2024 taking 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration,
    • Selection of 102 non-attainment cities identified with respect to ‘Ambient Air Quality India’ report of 2011-15 and WHO report of 2014-2018.
    • monitoring stations in the country including rural monitoring stations would be increased,
    • technology support, emphasis on awareness and capacity building initiatives would be provided,
    • setting up of certification agencies for monitoring equipment, source apportionment studies, emphasis on enforcement, specific sectoral interventions etc. would be promoted.
  8. Name the state that quit from the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna due to the use of Prime Minister’s picture in the official poster of the centre-state joint scheme, on 10th January 2019?
    1) Tamil Nadu
    2) Uttar Pradesh
    3) Madhya Pradesh
    4) West Bengal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) West Bengal
    Explanation:
    On January 10, 2019, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced exit of West Bengal from the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna due to the use of PM’s picture in the official poster of the centre-state joint scheme. According to the announcement, the states are supposed to bear 40% of the project cost, while the Centre will foot 60% of the bill. Furthermore, the centre had unilaterally changed the scheme to Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana in spite of agreed efforts to retain the state sponsored health scheme name: Swasthyasathi which was launched in 2016. Thus, West Bengal joined the league of states of Telangana, Kerala, Odisha, and Delhi which have opted out of the scheme for varied reasons.
  9. Where was the Global Skill Summit 2019 themed ‘Skilling Youth, Enabling Youth’ held on 10th January 2019?
    1) Udaipur, Rajasthan
    2) Ranchi, Jharkhand
    3) Shillong, Meghalaya
    4) Nagpur, Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Ranchi, Jharkhand
    Explanation:
    On January 10, 2019, the one-day Global Skill Summit 2019 was held in Ranchi, Jharkhand. It is the only state where overall three global summits were organized in a row merely in four years by the state government. The theme of the Summit was: ‘Skilling Youth, Enabling Youth’. It was under the #MOMEMTUM JHARKHAND campaign. It was attended by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, &Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Governor of Jharkhand Smt. Droupadi Murmu was the chief guest.
  10. Which state government withdrew the general consent accorded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe cases in the state, on 10th January 2019?
    1) Madhya Pradesh
    2) Chhattisgarh
    3) Jammu and Kashmir
    4) Haryana
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Chhattisgarh
    Explanation:
    On 10 January 2019, Government in Chhattisgarh withdrew the general consent accorded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe cases in the state. The state government has conveyed the decision to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Personnel and Training. CBI cannot initiate any investigation without the consent of the state government after this decision. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have already withdrawn the general consent given to the CBI.
  11. Six states namely Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and _____, signed an agreement for Renukaji Dam Multipurpose Project in New Delhi on 11th January 2019?
    1) Punjab
    2) Uttarakhand
    3) Gujarat
    4) Bihar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Uttarakhand
    Explanation:
    On January 11, 2019, 6 states, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, in the presence of Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari, signed an agreement for Renukaji Dam Multipurpose Project in New Delhi.Also a concession agreement was signed between U.P. Jal Nigam, NMCG and Prayagraj Water Pvt. Ltd., for Namami Gange projects for the city of Prayagraj, under Hybrid Annuity Mode and One City One Operator Concept.
  12. Where was the 64th National Symposium (Sarva Bhasha Kavi Sammelan) organized by All India Radio held on 10th January 2019?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Chennai
    3) Thiruvananthapuram
    4) Mysuru
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Chennai
    Explanation:
    On 10th January 2019, Tamil Nadu Governor, Bunwarilal Purohit inaugurated the 64th National Symposium (Sarva Bhasha Kavi Sammelan) organized by All India Radio for the first time in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. 23 poets representing all the 22 languages present in the Ninth Schedule of the Indian Constitution will participate in the symposium. A Special Programme based on the event will be aired on the eve of Republic Day, 25th January 2019 by the Public Service Broadcaster All India Radio. Director General of All India Radio, Mr Fayyaz Sheryar was present at the event.
  13. Composition Scheme will be made available for Suppliers of Services (or Mixed Suppliers) with a Tax Rate of 6% (3% CGST +3% SGST) having an Annual Turnover in the preceding financial year up to ____ rupees, as announced in the GST Council’s 32nd Meeting in New Delhi on 10th January 2019?
    1) Rs 50 lakhs
    2) Rs 100 lakhs
    3) Rs 20 lakhs
    4) Rs 40 lakhs
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs 50 lakhs
    Explanation:
    On 10th January 2019, the GST Council’s 32nd Meeting held under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley in New Delhi, took the following major decisions to give relief to Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises MSME (including Small Traders). Major Decisions:
    • Increase in Turnover Limit for the existing Composition Scheme: The limit of Annual Turnover in the preceding Financial Year for availing Composition Scheme for Goods shall be increased to Rs 1.5 crore.
    • Compliance Simplification: The compliance under Composition Scheme shall be simplified as now they would need to file one Annual Return but Payment of Taxes would remain Quarterly.
    • Higher Exemption Threshold Limit for Supplier of Goods: There would be two Threshold Limits for exemption from Registration and Payment of GST for the suppliers of Goods i.e. Rs 40 lakhs and Rs 20 lakhs. The Threshold for Registration for Service Providers would continue to be Rs 20 lakhs and in case of Special Category States at Rs 10 lakhs.
    • Composition Scheme for Services: A Composition Scheme shall be made available for Suppliers of Services (or Mixed Suppliers) with a Tax Rate of 6% (3% CGST +3% SGST) having an Annual Turnover in the preceding Financial Year up to Rs 50 lakhs.
  14. Union Cabinet approved the signing of Terms of Reference (TOR) that would govern the engagement of the designated Indian Expert to provide tax assistance to which country under the Tax Inspectors Without Borders Programme (TIWB), on 10th January 2019?
    1) Denmark
    2) Chile
    3) Eswatini
    4) Zambia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Eswatini
    Explanation:
    The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired Union Cabinet has approved the signing of Terms of Reference (TOR) that would govern the engagement of the designated Indian Expert to provide tax assistance to Swaziland (Eswatini) under the Tax Inspectors Without Borders Programme (TIWB) between India and Eswatini. Under the TIWB programme, an Indian Expert has been mutually selected by the Government of India and the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini. The conditions of the engagement of the designated Indian Expert to provide tax assistance to Eswatini under the TIWB Programme will be decided by the Terms of Reference (TOR). The agreement will give impetus to India’s support in capacity building in tax matters in developing countries.
  15. Where was Sanskriti Kumbh, a 29 days cultural extravaganza inaugurated on 10th January 2019?
    1) Rajkot, Gujarat
    2) Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
    3) Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
    4) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On 10th January 2019, Sanskriti Kumbh, a 29 days cultural extravaganza inaugurated by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik in the presence of the Union Minister of state for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma in Kumbh Mela area, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. Sanskriti Kumbh is celebrating the conglomeration of Spiritual Consciousness and Cultural Heritage of India in the main premises of Kumbh Mela area in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the oldest tradition in the world which showcases the unity in diversity of our country. The significance of Kumbh Mela has been enhanced at the Global level as the UNESCO has inscribed Kumbh Mela on the list of Intangible Cultural heritage for humanity in 2017 This time Kumbh is being organized in the city of Prayagraj which is located at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and Mystic river of Saraswati in Uttar Pradesh.
  16. Union Cabinet approved the proposal for entering into _____ dollar worth Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) between India and Japan, on 10th January 2019?
    1) $75 billion
    2) $25 billion
    3) $35 billion
    4) $50 billion
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) $75 billion
    Explanation:
    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave its nod to the proposal for entering into an agreement for $75-billion Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) between India and Japan.
    • The agreement authorizes the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to sign the Bilateral Swap Arrangement between the RBI and the Bank of Japan for a maximum amount of USD 75 billion.
    • It was concluded in October last year during summit level meeting at Yamanashi, Japan between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
    • The arrangement is expected to greatly enhance the RBI’s ability to manage exchange rate volatility and capital markets in India besides maintaining an appropriate level of balance of payments for meeting short-term deficiency in foreign exchange.
    • The facility will enable the agreed amount of Capital being available to India on tap for use thus improving prospects of Indian companies in tapping foreign capital as there would be greater confidence in stability of country’s exchange rate.
  17. Union Cabinet approved the creation of the post of Vice Chancellor for India’s first rail and Transportation University named the National Rail & Transport Institute (NRTI), located in _____ on 10th January 2019?
    1) Vadodara, Gujarat
    2) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    3) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
    4) Indore, Madhya Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Vadodara, Gujarat
    Explanation:
    On 10th January 2019, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the Union Cabinet meeting, which gave its approval to the proposal of creation of the post of Vice Chancellor for India’s first rail and Transportation University, National Rail & Transport Institute (NRTI), Vadodara in Gujarat. The Vice-Chancellor, who will be the Principal Executive Officer of the institution, shall exercise general supervision and control over the affairs of the institution. He shall be mainly responsible for implementation of the decisions of all the authorities of the Institution deemed to be University. Besides the institute seeks to forge collaboration with leading international institutions in the areas of faculty and student exchange as well as joint research. From 5 September 2018, the institute had started two fully residential undergraduate courses namely, Bachelor of Science in Transportation Technology and DBA in Transportation Management in which as many as 103 students from 20 states of the country took admission. The NRTI is the country’s first railway university and only third such university in the world after Russia and China.
  18. What is the rank of India in the 11th edition of EIU Democracy Index 2018 released by the Economist Intelligent Unit compiling the state of democracies in 167 countries in the world?
    1) 75
    2) 24
    3) 41
    4) 55
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) 41
    Explanation:
    On January 10, 2019, the 11th edition of EIU Democracy Index 2018 was released by the Economist Intelligent Unit compiling the state of democracies in 167 countries in the world. The Index was started in 2006. India got a rank of 41 falling in the ‘Flawed Democracy’ category. Following are the list of the ranks of her neighbours:
    • China (130),
    • Pakistan (112)
    • Bangladesh (88)
    • Afghanistan (143)
    • Nepal (97)
    • Bhutan (94)
    • Sri Lanka (71)
    • Myanmar (118)
  19. Which country topped the 11th edition of EIU Democracy Index 2018 released by the Economist Intelligent Unit compiling the state of democracies in 167 countries in the world?
    1) Iceland
    2) Norway
    3) Sweden
    4) New Zealand
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Norway
    Explanation:
    On January 10, 2019, the 11th edition of EIU Democracy Index 2018 was released by the Economist Intelligent Unit compiling the state of democracies in 167 countries in the world. The Index was started in 2006. Among the 167 nations, Norway topped the charts. It was followed by: Iceland (2), Sweden (3), New Zealand (4) and Denmark (5) closing off the top 5 rankings. The bottom 5 of the list are: Chad (163), Central African Republic (164), Democratic Republic of Congo (165), Syria (166) and North Korea (167).
  20. Which entity made changes in the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) 2015 on 9th January 2019?
    1) Finance Ministry
    2) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    3) Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
    4) World Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    Explanation:
    On January 9, 2019, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made a few changes in the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) 2015. According to the changes, it included charitable institutions and the central government under the ambit of the scheme. Due to this, besides individual and joint depositors, the scheme could be availed by charitable institutions, the central government, the state government or any other entity owned by the central government or the state government. It also allowed joint deposits of two or more eligible depositors in which case the deposit in such cases shall be credited to the joint deposit account.
  21. World Economic Forum recognized _____ steel plant at IJmuiden in the Netherlands as ‘Manufacturing Lighthouses’, on 10th January 2019?
    1) Reliance Steel Plant
    2) Tata Steel Plant
    3) Mittal Steel Plant
    4) JSW Steel Plant
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Tata Steel Plant
    Explanation:
    On January 10, 2019, the World Economic Forum announced that the Tata Steel plant at IJmuiden in the Netherlands has been recognized as‘Manufacturing Lighthouses’ – a distinction awarded to manufacturing facilities which are seen as leaders in technologies of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. This was announced after assessing more than 1,000 factories in 2018. Other than the TATA Steel Plant, 6 more units have been awarded the honour. This made Tata Steel part of a network of just 16 key factories to create the world’s leading learning platforms for production. Reason for the honour is because Tata Steel’s site at IJmuiden has been pioneering use of advanced analytics to
    • optimise the way raw materials are used,
    • increase the yield at every step of the steelmaking process and
    • further improve logistics between the different processes and the quality of the product for customers.
  22. Who was conferred the ICSIs Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘Translating Excellence in Corporate Governance into Reality’ in Mumbai on 10th January 2019?
    1) Mukesh Ambani
    2) Adi Godrej
    3) Kiran Rao
    4) Shiv Nadar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Adi Godrej
    Explanation:
    On January 10, 2019, Industrialist and Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej was conferred the ICSIs Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘Translating Excellence in Corporate Governance into Reality’ in Mumbai. The award instituted by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), was given at its golden jubilee celebrations. Other awards given by the institute are as follows:
    18th ICSI National Awards for Excellence in Corporate Governance were bagged jointly by
    • Cipla Ltd
    • Dabur India Ltd
    • ACC Ltd,
    • Hindustan Unilever Ltd,
    • Indian Oil Corp,
    • Tata Metaliks Ltd and
    • Indian Hotels Co Ltd.
  23. Virat Kohli and coach _____ received honorary membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for their contribution to cricket, on 11th January 2019?
    1) Rahul Dravid
    2) Saurav Ganguly
    3) Ravi Shastri
    4) Anil Kumble
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Ravi Shastri
    Explanation:
    On January 11, 2019, Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri received honorary membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for their contribution to the sport of cricket. Apart from them, the only other international cricketers to be granted the honorary membership of the SCG are iconic Sachin Tendulkar and Brain Lara of the West Indies.
  24. Name the person who took charge as Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on 11th January 2019?
    1) Alok Verma
    2) M. Nageswara Rao
    3) A.K. Sikri
    4) Ram Charan V
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) M. Nageswara Rao
    Explanation:
    On January 11, 2019, Additional Director M. Nageswara Rao took charge of the office of the Central Bureau of Investigation as the Director. Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha cadre Indian Police Service officer, was given charge as interim Director after the government on October 23 divested the previous Director, Alok Verma’s power. Alok Verma was removed from the post within 48 hours after rejoining as CBI Director. The decision was taken by a 2-1 decision by a selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with its other two members being Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge and Supreme Court judge A.K. Sikri.
  25. Who was sworn in as Venezuelan President for the 2nd term on 11th January 2019?
    1) Nicolas Maduro
    2) Ramsus Henry
    3) Mike Delfino
    4) Stephen Hejlsberg
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Nicolas Maduro
    Explanation:
    On January 11, 2019, Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuelan President for the 2nd term for a new 6-year term. Venezuela is one of the world’s largest oil producers and holds the presidency of oil cartel OPEC until 2025.
  26. _____ was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Taiwan, on 10th January 2019?
    1) Tsai Ing-wen
    2) Su Tseng-chang
    3) Lai Ching
    4) Sei Wang
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Su Tseng-chang
    Explanation:
    On 10th January 2019, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen appointed 71 years old Su Tseng-chang as the new Prime Minister of Taiwan during a cabinet reshuffle following the loss of Rulling Democratic Progressive Party in the local elections. Tseng-chang will replace Lai Ching-te who resigned from the post following the defeat in the elections. Taiwan’s rulling Democratic Progressive party (DPP) lost to the opposition Kuomintang (KMT).
  27. Name the new planet that is roughly twice the size of Earth located within its star’s habitable zone, which has been discovered using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope?
    1) K2-288Bb
    2) L1-422Dc
    3) FC-7899v
    4) Rd-4566z
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) K2-288Bb
    Explanation:
    meeting of the American Astronomical Society on 7 January 2019 held in Seattle, Washington Dc. It is estimated that liquid water may exist on the planet’s surface. The new world, known as K2-288Bb, is similar to Neptune. It is found 226 light-years away in the Taurus constellation.The planet contains a pair of dim, cool M-type stars that are 5.1 billion miles apart, about six times the distance between Saturn and the sun. The brightest of the two stars is half as massive as our sun, and the other star is one-third of the sun’s mass. K2-288Bb orbits the smaller, dimmer star, completing a full orbit every 31.3 days. Citizen scientists have discovered the planet to be twice the size of Earth .Its discovery was announced at the 233rd
  28. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan announced that India’s 1st Gaganyaan manned mission to outer space would be launched by ____?
    1) January 2023
    2) December 2021
    3) March 2022
    4) April 2025
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) December 2021
    Explanation:
    On January 11, 2019, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) chairman K Sivan announced that the 1st Gaganyaan manned mission to outer space would be launched by December 2021. Under Gaganyaan project, India is planning to send three astronauts to outer space for seven days and bring them back. As of 2019, 332 launches are planned this year. Detail of some of these missions are as follows:
    • Launch of Chandrayaaan -2 mission to the moon in mid-April 2019. Indian land up and rover will study south-pole of the moon for the first time under Chandrayaan- 2 mission.
    • GSAT-20 Satellite for high bandwidth connectivity to be launched in September-October 2019.
    • ISRO is conceiving a mission to Venus by 2023.
    • ISRO TV Channel will be launched by another 3-4 months (March to April 2019).
    • 6 incubation centres around the country would be set up by ISRO to help start-ups to begin new ventures.
    • ISRO will invite meritorious students to ISRO for developing Nanosatellites.
  29. South Africa’s Albie Morkel retired from which sport on 10th January 2019?
    1) Football
    2) Cricket
    3) Hockey
    4) Basketball
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Cricket
    Explanation:
    On January 10, 2019, South African allrounder Albie Morkel retired from all forms of cricket. His career spanned for nearly 20 years. He represented South Africa in 58 ODIs, 50 T20Is and one Test.
  30. Name the Indian Weightlifting Federation President who has been named as Chef de Mission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
    1) Narendar Batra
    2) Birendra Prasad Baishya
    3) Sunil Dev
    4) Rishab Chawla
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Birendra Prasad Baishya
    Explanation:
    On January 11, 2019,Indian Weightlifting Federation President Birendra Prasad Baishya is named as Chef de Mission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Baishya is also one of the Indian Olympic Association Vice Presidents.Tokyo 2020 organizing committee president is Yoshiro Mori. Tokyo Olympics is commence from 24 July to 9 August, 2020 in whicg 207 nations will participate. There will be 339 event in 33 sports (50 disciplines) in the Games. Tokyo will be hosting the Games for the second time in 2020 after having organised it 56 years back in 1964. The mascot for the Olympics is named Miraitowa.Miraitowa is a combination of the Japanese words for future and eternity.
  31. When was 26th Army Air Defence Day observed by Army Air Defence Corps in India?
    1) January 8
    2) January 10
    3) January 9
    4) January 7
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) January 10
    Explanation:
    January 10, 2019 was observed as 26th Army Air Defence Day by Army Air Defence Corps. A wreath Laying Ceremony was held at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, New Delhi. The Corps of Army Air Defence is the youngest arm of Indian Army.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. What is the capital and currency of Taiwan?
    Answer
    Answer – Capital – Taipei; Currency – New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
  2. Where is Mudumalai National Park located?
    Answer
    Answer – Tamil Nadu
  3. Who is the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh?
    Answer
    Answer – Bhupesh Bhagel
  4. Chairperson of NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies) is _____?
    Answer
    Answer – Rishad Premji
  5. Name the 23rd Chief Election Commissioner of India?
    Answer
    Answer – Sunil Arora
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