Current Affairs Quiz: January 14 2019

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  1. India and _____ signed a MoU for the establishment of the Joint Task Force on Blue Economy, in order to promote multi-sectoral cooperation in various aspects of Blue Economy, on 8th January 2019?
    1) Japan
    2) China
    3) Mexico
    4) Norway
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Norway
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrived in New Delhi for a three-day state visit to India at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. This made her the first foreign leader and head of the government to visit New Delhi in 2019. On 8th January 2019, India and Norway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of the Joint Task Force on Blue Economy, in order to promote multi-sectoral cooperation in various aspects of Blue Economy. The two sides recognised the importance of sustainable use of the oceans, including for food security, energy sources, mineral exploration and climate friendly maritime transport. The decision assumes significance in view of the fact that at least 15 per cent of Indian population resides in the coastal areas while 70 per cent of the Norwegian economy is dependent on the maritime industry of the country. The blue economy is an emerging concept which encourages better management of ocean or ‘blue’ resources.
  2. Which state government launched the ‘One Family One Job’ scheme on 12th January 2019, under which for every family one government job has been allotted?
    1) Assam
    2) Telangana
    3) Himachal Pradesh
    4) Sikkim
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Sikkim
    Explanation:
    On January 12, 2019, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling launched the ‘One Family One Job’ scheme, under which for every family one government job has been allotted, in Gangtok. New recruits were taken for Group C and Group D posts in 12 departments. As part of the scheme, a “Rojgar Mela” (employment fair) was organised at the Paljor stadium in Gangtok, where over 12,000 unemployed youths, from 32 constituencies, were handed out appointment letters. Letters were given to families, by the Department of Personnel, which do not have a government job. He also announced that over 25,000 already employed but unregularised government employees would also be subsequently regularised within 2019. Thus, Sikkim became the first state in the country to carry out such a programme for the people entitling them to state government employee benefits.
  3. Who will head the seven-member committee formed by the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council to look into revenue shortfall being faced by the states after the GST roll-out, and suggest steps for augmenting collections?
    1) Nitish Kumar
    2) Sushil Modi
    3) Suresh Kumar
    4) Debashish Banerjee
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Sushil Modi
    Explanation:
    On January 13, 2019,Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi is to head the seven-member committee to look into revenue shortfall being faced by the states after the GST roll-out, and suggest steps for augmenting collections, a GST Council notification said.The GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state ministers, had on December 22, 2018, decided to set up a group of ministers (GoM) to analyse reasons for the shortfall in revenue collections by the states since July 2017.
  4. Name the ordinance promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind to protect the rights of married Muslim women and criminalise the practice of triple talaq or “Talaq-e-Biddat”, on 12th January 2019?
    1) Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019
    2) Muslim Marriage Ordinance, 2019
    3) Marital Exploitation Prevention (Protection of Women) Ordinance, 2019
    4) Women’s Protection Ordinance, 2019
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019
    Explanation:
    Talaq On January 12, 2019, Ministry of Law and Justice announced that President Kovind has promulgated the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019.The ordinance is to protect the rights of married Muslim women and criminalise the practice of triple talaq or Talaq-e-Biddat” .On this occassion,The President also re-promulgated Companies Amendment Ordinance 2019 and Indian Medical Council Amendment Ordinance 2019. Instant “Triple” or “Talaq-e-Biddat”is an Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives immediately by uttering the word “talaq” (divorce) thrice. The pronouncement can be oral or written, or, in recent times, delivered by electronic means – telephone, SMS, email or social media.The Modi Government formulated a bill named The Muslim Women (Protection Of Rights on Marriage) bill 2017 and was passed in Lok Sabha on December 28th 2017 to protect the rights of married muslim women.
  5. President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Constitution (One Hundred and third Amendment) Act, 2019 which grants _____ % reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category, on 12th January 2019?
    1) 12 %
    2) 5 %
    3) 10 %
    4) 7 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) 10 %
    Explanation:
    On 12th January 2019, The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Constitution (One Hundred and third Amendment) Act, 2019 which grants 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category. The Act amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution to provide reservation to the economically weaker sections in the general category. The 10 per cent reservation will be in addition to the existing 50 per cent reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (OBC) making the total reservation quota 60%.
  6. Where did Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg along with India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu inaugurate the India-Norway Business Summit 2019 on 7th January 2019?
    1) Mumbai
    2) New Delhi
    3) Kolkata
    4) Chennai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg along with Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu inaugurated India-Norway Business Summit 2019 in New Delhi. At the summit she assured that the Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement between European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and India will be finalised soon and it will contribute to increased trade and better environment for businesses from the two nations. She emphasised on the vitality of a stable global framework for trade and investment for both the countries, especially in times like today where there is increased protectionism in certain market. Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the two country will be signing an agreement to facilitate a dialogue between India and Norway, to take business to a new level.
  7. Norway Government Pension Fund Global has made a portfolio investment of ______ dollars in India?
    1) $12 billion
    2) $10 billion
    3) $15 billion
    4) $13 billion
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) $12 billion
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrived in New Delhi for a three-day state visit to India at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. On 8th January 2019, India and Norway agreed to collaborate closely on the ocean economy and achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), while also vowing to step up cooperation in combating terrorism. The two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct an India-Norway Ocean Dialogue which aims to give “new energy and direction” to bilateral relations. Leaders of both the country expressed desire to work together for realizing Sustainable Development Goals including poverty, health, education, women’s empowerment, clean energy and sustainable use of ocean resources. The Norway PM pointed that the world will not be able to reach the sustainable goals unless “India is on board” and stressed for the reforms at the United Nations Security Council. It was also announced that the Norway Government Pension Fund Global has made a portfolio investment of $12 billion in India. Besides India and Norway are also cooperating in the field of mother and child health under the Norway-India partnership Initiative and desired to expand its scope.
  8. How many MoUs were signed between India and Norway during Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg’s three-day state visit to India, from 7th to 9th January 2019?
    1) 12
    2) 15
    3) 10
    4) 9
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 15
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrived in New Delhi for a three-day state visit to India at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. This made her the first foreign leader and head of the government to visit New Delhi in 2019. On 7th January 2019, the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg along with Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu inaugurated India-Norway Business Summit 2019 in New Delhi. At the summit she assured that the Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement between European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and India will be finalised soon and it will contribute to increased trade and better environment for businesses from the two nations. She emphasised on the vitality of a stable global framework for trade and investment for both the countries, especially in times like today where there is increased protectionism in certain market. Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the two country will be signing an agreement to facilitate a dialogue between India and Norway, to take business to a new level. During the summit, business entities from the two nations signed 15 MoUs across various sectors including finance, ICT, health-care, energy and aquaculture, among others.
  9. Private sector lender IDFC Bank changed its name to _____ with effect from 12th January 2019, owing to the merger of the bank with Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) Capital First?
    1) IDFC First Bank Ltd
    2) IDFC Capital Bank Ltd
    3) ID First Bank Ltd
    4) Capital IDFC Bank Ltd
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) IDFC First Bank Ltd
    Explanation:
    On January 13, 2019, private sector lender IDFC Bank changed its name to IDFC First Bank Ltd owing to the merge of the bank with Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) Capital First on December 2018. The change was effective from January 12, 2019 by virtue of ‘Certificate of Incorporation pursuant to change of name’ issued by the Registrar of Companies, Chennai. The board of IDFC Bank also approved the appointment of V Vaidyanathan, founder and chairman of Capital First Ltd, as managing director and chief executive officer of the merged entity.
  10. Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) of which country launched a new innovation strategy named “Fair Value for Innovation” at Raisina Dialogue, on 11th January 2019 in New Delhi?
    1) Switzerland
    2) Germany
    3) United States
    4) Myanmar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) United States
    Explanation:
    On 11th January 2019, the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) of United States Chamber of Commerce launched a new innovation strategy at Raisina Dialogue, 2019 in New Delhi. The Initiative is titled as “Fair Value for Innovation”. The Initiative will examine economic underpinnings in order to enable breakthrough innovation and explore the opportunities to harness innovation capital in India and around the globe through research, advocacy, partnerships and programs. India is the first market where GIPC is launching this new innovation initiative. The Raisina Dialogue is most influential conference on geopolitics and geo-economics of India which is convened by the Observer Research Foundation and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. The theme of this year’s Raisina Dialogue is “A World Reorder: New Geometries; Fluid Partnerships; Uncertain Outcomes”. The inaugural address was delivered by Prime Minister of Norway H E Ms Erna Solberg.
  11. Who won the Sushila Devi Literature Award for her novel “Things to Leave Behind” in the ‘Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman Author’ category at the Bhopalth January 2019?
    1) Manju Kapur
    2) Namita Gokhale
    3) Gayathri Prabhu
    4) Easterine Kire
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Namita Gokhale
    Explanation:
    Literature and Art Festival (BLF). Gokhale won the Sushila Devi Literature Award for her novel “Things to Leave Behind”. She was awarded in the ‘Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman Author’ category at the inaugural edition of Bhopal On January 12, 2019, Writer Namita The literature festival was addressed by the Union Minister of State for Culture, and Tourism, KJ Alphons and Madhya Pradesh Culture Minister Vijaylaxmi Sadho on January 12, at Bharat Bhawan the multi-cultural hub in Bhopal.
  12. Name the filmmaker who was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award, in the name of late Satyajit Ray, by West Bengal Film Journalists Association (WBFJA) in Kolkata, on 13th January 2019?
    1) Buddhadeb Dasgupta
    2) Ram Gopal Varma
    3) Sanjay Bansali
    4) Yash Chopra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Buddhadeb Dasgupta
    Explanation:
    On January 13, 2019, national award-winning filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award, in the name of late Satyajit Ray, by the West Bengal Film Journalists Association (WBFJA) in Kolkata. It was given in the third edition of the ‘Cinemar Samabartan’ ceremony. As a director, he has won the National Film Award for Best Direction twice, for Uttara (2000) and Swapner Din (2005). He is also a poet and an economics professor.
  13. ____ was appointed as an additional and independent director of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for 5 years, on 12th January 2019?
    1) Daniel Houghes Callahan
    2) Frank Gallagher
    3) Dominic Collins
    4) Samuel Ethan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Daniel Houghes Callahan
    Explanation:
    On January 12, 2019, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) hired former Citi executive Daniel Houghes Callahan, 62, as an additional and independent director for 5 years. With this, TCS has 11 directors, including seven independents in the expanded board. Prior to this, Callahan was a member of Citi’s operating committee until November 2018 and handled Citigroup’s technology as chief administrative officer. Callahan held senior positions in AIBM Japan, Morgan Stanley, and Credit Suisse.
  14. Name the rocket that launched Iridium Communications satellite comprising of 10 voice and data satellites, from the Vandenberg Air Force station in California, United States on 11th January 2019?
    1) Pegasus II
    2) SpaceX Falcon 9
    3) Titan IV
    4) Atlas-Able
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) SpaceX Falcon 9
    Explanation:
    On January 11, 2019, The SpaceX Falcon 9 launched Iridium Communications satellite comprises of 10 voice and data satellites,which is an alternative for entire fleet with a new generation of orbiters from the Vandenberg Air Force station in California. The Iridium constellation was originally developed by Iridium SSC, with first-generation satellites deployed between 1997 to 2002. The constellation’s name comes from the chemical element Iridium, which has atomic number 77. This launch was one of the eight launches that are scheduled for the Virginia-based Iridium Communications to put a total of seventy-five Iridium-NEXT satellites into Earth’s lower orbit. The Iridium NEXT satellites also carry a system by Aireon LLC for space-based air traffic surveillance over 100 percent of the globe.The Aireon system collects data automatically and in real time, even from remote areas over the world’s oceans.
  15. When was the 352nd birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh ji, celebrated as Prakash utsav at Patna Sahib, in Bihar, the birth place of Guruji?
    1) January 10
    2) January 11
    3) January 12
    4) January 13
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) January 13
    Explanation:
    On January 13, 2019, the 352nd birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh ji, was celebrated as Prakash Utsav at Patna Sahib, in Bihar, the birth place of Guruji. The main function was organised at Takhat Sri Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara, Patna Sahib. Guru Govind Singh ji was the creator of Khalsa Panth. The 10th Sikh Guru was a spiritual leader, philosopher, poet and master warrior. He is considered as the eternal guru by his followers because of his contribution to Sikhism.
  16. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin of _____ rupees on Guru Govind Singh ji in New Delhi on his 352nd birth anniversary, on 13th January 2019?
    1) Rs 250
    2) Rs 150
    3) Rs 350
    4) Rs 200
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Rs 350
    Explanation:
    On January 13, 2019, the 352nd birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh ji, was celebrated as Prakash utsav at Patna Sahib, in Bihar, the birth place of Guruji. On January 13, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin of 350 rupees on Guru Govind Singh ji in New Delhi on the eve of 352nd birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Where is Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary located?
    Answer
    Answer – Sikkim
  2. What is the capital and currency of Norway?
    Answer
    Answer – Capital – Oslo; Currency – Norwegian krone
  3. Who is the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh?
    Answer
    Answer – Kamal Nath
  4. Name the longest serving Chief Minister of Independent India?
    Answer
    Answer – Pawan Kumar Chamling, Chief Minister of Sikkim
  5. Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is _____?
    Answer
    Answer – N Chandrasekaran
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