Current Affairs Quiz: January 19 2019

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  1. Where was the 2019 edition of ‘Saksham’, an annual high intensity one-month long people-centric mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) launched on 16th January 2019?
    1) Kolkata
    2) New Delhi
    3) Mumbai
    4) Chennai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On January 16, 2019, the 2019 edition of ‘Saksham’, an annual high intensity one-month long people-centric mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was launched in New Delhi. It was launched by Shri. Rajiv Bansal, Addl Secretary & Financial Adviser Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The following lists the various activities that took place in the launch of Saksham 2019:
    • release of a comic book developed by PCRA jointly with NCERT for the children on various tips and day to day aspects of fuel conservation
    • a short animation film for children covering domestic and transport sector was released,
    • prizes for the ‘Saksham’ National Competition-2018 to the winners of Essay and Painting competitions were distributed,
    • oil companies and state govts. Were also awarded due to their contributions in the fields of fuel conservation,
    • publicity vans of PCRA, the fuel conservation messengers on wheels, equipped with audio, video and print displays were also flagged off to spread the conservation awareness.
  2. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the report of Task Force created by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to identify areas for use of ____Technology in improving Border Management, on 17th January 2019?
    1) Nuclear Technology
    2) Space Technology
    3) Nano Technology
    4) Artificial Intelligence Technology
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Space Technology
    Explanation:
    On 17th January 2019, Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister has approved the report of Task Force created by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to identify areas for use of Space Technology in improving Border Management. The task force was headed by the Joint Secretary Border Management (BM) and included members from BSF, Department of Space and BM Division, MHA. The task force consulted all stakeholders including Border Guarding Forces (BGFs), ISRO, National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and Ministry of Defence (MoD) to finalise the report. The space technology will now be used in the following areas of Border Management:
    • Island development
    • Border Security
    • Communication and Navigation
    • GIS and Operations Planning System
    • Border Infrastructure Development
  3. Finance Ministry started ‘Know Your Budget’ series to educate people on which social media platform, about the importance of Union Budget and its making, on 18th January 2019?
    1) Twitter
    2) Facebook
    3) Instagram
    4) WhatsApp
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Twitter
    Explanation:
    On January 18, 2019, Finance Ministry started ‘Know Your Budget’ series to educate people on Twitter about the importance of Union Budget and its making. The series contains definitions of various terms used in the budget. The series began with explaining the terms: Union Budget and Vote on Account. The government on February 1, 2019 would unveil the interim Budget for 2019-20.
  4. Where did Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, organize the 2nd regional conference on ‘Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)’ on 17th January 2019?
    1) Mumbai
    2) Kolkata
    3) Bengaluru
    4) Dehradun
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Mumbai
    Explanation:
    On January 17, 2019, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities organized the 2nd regional conference at Nehru Centre, Mumbai, on a scheme titled ‘Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)’. The conference consisted of Programme Implementing Agencies (PIAs) from the Western Region of the country which further would culminate in a National Conference in New Delhi. The Regional Conference was organized in order to disseminate the provisions of the revised scheme (2018) and to create better linkages between the department, agencies and stakeholders associated with the scheme. The western states concerned were, namely, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa and two Union Territories i.e., Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.
  5. Which state became the third state after Jharkhand and Gujarat to approve the 10 % reservation for economically backward among upper castes in jobs and educational institutions, on 18th January 2019?
    1) Telangana
    2) Uttar Pradesh
    3) Rajasthan
    4) Chhattisgarh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On 18th January 2019, Uttar Pradesh became the third state after Jharkhand and Gujarat to approve the 10 per cent reservation for economically backward among upper castes in jobs and educational institutions. The Approval was given in a meeting headed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath. The Reservation for the poor among upper castes came into effect on 14th January 2019, when Parliament passed “The Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill 2019”.
  6. Two Commemorative coins in the denomination of Rs 100 and ____ rupees were released to mark the 102nd Birth Anniversary of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran, on 17th January 2019?
    1) Rs 50
    2) Rs 5
    3) Rs 25
    4) Rs 10
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs 5
    Explanation:
    On 17th January 2019, Two Commemorative coins in the denomination of Rs 100 and Rs 5 were released to mark the 102nd Birth Anniversary of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran. Commemorative coins were released by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. A 66 feet wide and 52 feet tail “Dr MGR Centenary Arch” which was constructed near Marina Beach was also unveiled.
  7. Where did the 4-day 2nd world Orange Festival commence on 18th January 2019?
    1) Shimla
    2) Nagpur
    3) Lucknow
    4) Srinagar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Nagpur
    Explanation:
    On January 18, 2019, the 4-day 2nd world Orange Festival commenced in Nagpur, the city of oranges, for the first time. The festival will also showcase and brand the exquisite fruit in order to boost its export. The festival is bring presented by UPL and hosted by Maharashtra Tourism.
  8. Which state government launched the Project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management on 16th January 2019, for which Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing Rs. 1000 crores?
    1) Meghalaya
    2) Tripura
    3) Assam
    4) Kerala
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Tripura
    Explanation:
    On 16th January 2019, Tripura Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb launched the Project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management at State Forest Academy Ground in Hatipara in West Tripura. The project is jointly funded by the Government of India and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which is providing Rs. 1000 crores for a span of 10 years to improve forestlands in targeted catchment areas of Tripura. The 80 per cent of the cost is contributed by JICA and the rest would be funded by the state and central governments. A total of 1,447 check dams will be set up in hilly areas in seven districts of Tripura.
  9. Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre announced that ____ in Maharashtra will be the site of India’s second defence innovation hub after Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu?
    1) Mumbai
    2) Pune
    3) Nashik
    4) Kolhapur
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Nashik
    Explanation:
    On January 18, 2019, Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre announced that Nashik in Maharashtra will be the site of the country’s second defence innovation hub after Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. It was announced at a defence industry stakeholders meeting in Ojhar, Nashik. This is in line with the Defence Ministry’s target of making the country among the top five arms exporters by 2025. By that timeline, India aims to achieve annual arms exports of Rs 35,000 crore.
  10. The Embassy of which country and International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry (ICMEI), India have signed a MoU in the field of art and culture?
    1) Bangladesh
    2) Greece
    3) Mongolia
    4) Italy
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Mongolia
    Explanation:
    The Embassy of Mongolia and International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry (ICMEI), India have further strengthened the relationship between India and Mongolia by signing a MoU in the field of art and culture. The MoU was signed in the presence of H.E. Gonchig Ganbold Ambassador of Mongolia to India and Dr. Sandeep Marwah, President ICMEI. The MoU will enable the two countries to work together on different segments including print, radio, television, cinema, animation, Performing and Fine Arts, tourism, hospitality, education, environment, solar energy, skill development, PR events and advertising, Fashion and Design and Journalism. During the event, the deserving students from Mongolia were handed over the first scholarship of short-term course of Asian Academy of Film and Television which also includes boarding and lodging for three months. Besides, decisions regarding the visit of media team to Mongolia, festival of Films from Mongolia, joint venture in feature film and short film with Mongolian film makers, promotion of Mongolia as a film location, Tourism in Mongolia, etc. were also taken at a joint meeting.
  11. Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY), the Central Government scheme for employment generation has crossed the milestone of _____ beneficiaries as on January 14, 2019?
    1) 50 lakh
    2) 1 crore
    3) 10 crore
    4) 75 lakh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 1 crore
    Explanation:
    Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY), the flagship scheme of the Central Government for employment generation has crossed the milestone of one crore beneficiaries as on January 14, 2019. PMRPY was announced on August 07, 2016 and is being implemented by Ministry of Labour and Employment through the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO). Under the scheme, Government is paying full employers’ contribution of 12% (towards Employees’ Provident Fund and Employees’ Pension Scheme both), for a period of 3 years in respect of new employees who have been registered with the EPFO on or after 1st April 2016, with salary up to Rs. 15,000 per month. During 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 (up to January 15 2019) 33,031, 30,27,612, and 69,49,436 beneficiaries respectively, have been enrolled with EPFO under PMRPY. The number of establishments who have benefitted during the implementation of the scheme is 1.24 lakh.
  12. Where was the 7th Meeting of Tourism Ministers of ASEAN-India held on 18th January 2019?
    1) Xuhan, China
    2) Bangkok, Thailand
    3) New Delhi, India
    4) Ha Long City, Viet Nam
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Ha Long City, Viet Nam
    Explanation:
    On 18th January 2019, Union Tourism Minister K. J. Alphons, co-chaired the 7th Meeting of Tourism Ministers of ASEAN-India with Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien. The Meeting was held in Ha Long City in Viet Nam. The Meeting was also attended by the Tourism Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Combodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Tourism Ministers welcomed the decision of ASEAN-India Informal summit which was held on 15 November 2018 and lauched ASEAN-India Tourism Cooperation Year 2019. Earlier Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi also proposed to designate 2019 as the ASEAN-India Tourism Year. During the meeting, ministers noted the improved tourism performance of ASEAN and India in 2018 with the increase of 7.4 percent in arrival of tourists in ASEAN and India. The Preliminary number of tourist arrival stands at 139.5 million.
  13. Which country will host the 14th session of the Conference of Parties to United Nations Convention to combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 2019 to address the issues of land degradation and desertification?
    1) Japan
    2) United States
    3) Saudi Arabia
    4) Egypt
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 5) None of these; Correct Answer is – India
    Explanation:
    As per Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India will host the 14th session of the Conference of Parties to United Nations Convention to combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 2019 to address the issues of land degradation and desertification. The event will be participated by more than 100 countries and it is likely to be held in the month of October, 2019. UNCCD COP-14 aims to showcase the India’s commitment to achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030.
  14. _____ took over the chairmanship of the Group of 77 which is a coalition of 134 developing countries and China, on 15th January 2019?
    1) Bangladesh
    2) Indonesia
    3) Palestine
    4) Kuwait
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Palestine
    Explanation:
    On January 15, 2019, Palestine took over the chairmanship of the Group of 77 from Arab Republic of Egypt. Prior to this, Egypt was the previous Chair of the bloc which is a coalition of 134 developing countries, along with China. The decision to elect Palestine as 2019 Chair of the G77 was taken in September 2018 by the foreign ministers of the Groups’ member States. In October 2018, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution enabling Palestine, a non-member Observer State at the world body, to have additional privileges and rights, such as participating in international conferences held under its auspices, for the duration of its role as G77 Chair.
  15. HDFC Standard Life Insurance renamed itself to which of the following, on 16th January 2019?
    1) HDFC Insurance
    2) HDFC Life Insurance
    3) HDFC Insurance Corporation
    4) HDFC First Insurance
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) HDFC Life Insurance
    Explanation:
    On January 16, 2019, HDFC Standard Life Insurance renamed itself to HDFC Life Insurance. The change in name has been made effective immediately.
  16. Government of India and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Loan Agreement under Japan’s Official Development Assistance Loan Program on 18th January 2019, for Japan India Cooperative Actions towards Sustainable Development Goal in India for _____ rupees?
    1) Rs. 950 Crore
    2) Rs. 800 Crore
    3) Rs. 450 Crore
    4) Rs. 700 Crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs. 950 Crore
    Explanation:
    On 18th January 2019, Dr. C.S. Mohapatra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic affairs, Government of India and Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed the Loan Agreement under Japan’s Official Development Assistance Loan Program in New Delhi. Loan Agreement was signed for following projects:
    • Development of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road (Phase 1) for JPY 40.074 billion (Rs. 2470 Crore)
    • Program for Japan India Cooperative Actions towards Sustainable Development Goal in India for JPY 15 billion (Rs. 950 Crore)
  17. Name the Indian female wrestler who became the first Indian athlete to receive a nomination in the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award, on 18th January 2019?
    1) Geeta Phogat
    2) Vinesh Phogat
    3) Kavita Devi
    4) Babita Kumari
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Vinesh Phogat
    Explanation:
    On January 18, 2019, Indian female wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who hails from Haryana, became the first Indian athlete to receive a nomination in the prestigious Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award. She was nominated due to her comeback after battling a long injury lay-off to win a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games. Besides her, US Tour Championship winner Tiger Woods, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, American alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Manyu, and Dutch para-snowboarding star Bibian Mentel-Spee have also been nominated for the same. The deserving winner would be presented the award in Monaco, France on the 18th of February 2019.
  18. Who was named the event ambassador for the 16th Tata Mumbai Marathon which will be held on January 20, 2019?
    1) P V Sindhu
    2) Virat Kohli
    3) M C Mary Kom
    4) Saina Nehwal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) M C Mary Kom
    Explanation:
    On January 3, 2019, Six-time women’s world boxing champion and Olympic medallist M C Mary Kom was named as the event ambassador for the16th Tata Mumbai Marathon which will be held in January 20, 2019. It would be organized by Procam International. The marathon will have a prize money of USD 405,000 and will see the participation of over 46,000 runners.
  19. Which state government announced “Shaurya Award” to students in the name of 71 state police force martyrs who sacrificed their lives while maintaining law and order and protecting society since the formation of state in 1966?
    1) Jharkhand
    2) Haryana
    3) Chhattisgarh
    4) Goa
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Haryana
    Explanation:
    On 16th January 2019, Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal Khattar announced “Shaurya Award” to students in the name of 71 state police force martyrs who laid down their lives while maintaining law and order and protecting society since the formation of state in 1966. A prize money of Rs. 11,000 will be given to students for courageous deeds every year in a village block where school is located under this award. The announcement was made by Manohar Lal Khattar at the first state level function at National Police Memorial in New Delhi. Chief Minister, Mahohar Lal Khattar also released a book titled “Martyrs of Haryana Police” which highlights the heroic deeds of the police personnel.
  20. _____ was appointed the Director General (Investigation) in the National Human Rights Commission, on 17thJanuary 2019?
    1) Gurbachan Singh
    2) Rudhra Kumar
    3) Prabhat Singh
    4) Kuldeep Yadav
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Prabhat Singh
    Explanation:
    On 17th January 2019, the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India has appointed Senior IPS Officer Prabhat Singh as Director General (Investigation) in the National Human Rights Commission. Singh, a 1985 batch IPS Officer of AGMUT cadre is at present Special Director, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He has been appointed to the post for a period up to April 30, 2020, the date of his superannuation. The appointment of Mr. Singh came after the post of the Director General (Investigation) National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) fell vacant with the retirement of Gurbachan Singh (IPS 1984 batch) on 31 December 2018.
  21. Who took oath as the 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan on 18th January 2019?
    1) Justice Asif Saeed Khosa
    2) Justice Rasheed Ahmed Khan
    3) Justice Areef Sheikh
    4) Justice Mohammed Rafeeq
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Justice Asif Saeed Khosa
    Explanation:
    On 18th January 2019, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa who is known for his habit of citing works of literature in his judgements took oath as the 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan in a ceremony held at the President’s House, Islamabad. Justice Khosa, 64, was administered oath by President Arif Alvi, in the ceremony which was also attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, judges of higher courts, ministers, diplomats, civil and military officials, lawyers and foreign guests, including from India. He will serve as the top judge of Pakistan for nearly 337 days and is scheduled to retire on December 21, 2019. Because of his habit of citing works of literature in his judgements, he is known as the “poetic justice” and is regarded as Pakistan´s top expert in criminal law. Some famous judgements of Justice Khosa include overturning of the death penalty of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman jailed for blasphemy and disqualification from politics for life to the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif after corruption allegations in 2017 in the landmark Panama papers verdict.
  22. ____ was appointed the Acting Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, on 17th January 2019?
    1) Justice Murali Kumar
    2) Justice Ramji Desai
    3) Justice Lingappa Narayana Swamy
    4) Justice Siva Krishna
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Justice Lingappa Narayana Swamy
    Explanation:
    On 17th January 2019, the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind using the power conferred to him under Article 223 of the Constitution appointed Justice Lingappa Narayana Swamy as the Acting Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. He was appointed Acting Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court following the elevation of the incumbent Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari to the Supreme Court. Justice Swamy who began his career as an Advocate in 1987 and practiced in the Karnataka High Court is presently the senior most Judge of the Karnataka High Court. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Karnataka High Court in 2007 and was made a permanent judge in 2009.
  23. Name the first Hindu lawmaker in the United States Congress, who is running for the White House in 2020?
    1) Surya Devarakonda
    2) Susheela Patil
    3) Tulsi Gabbard
    4) Raveendra Chatterjee
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Tulsi Gabbard
    Explanation:
    Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu ever elected to US congress, is running for the White House in 2020, and could end up vying with Kamala Harris, who is likely to run also, for the affection, support and, most importantly, the financial backing of the country’s richest ethnic community, Indian Americans. Gabbard, 37, is a US army veteran and a three-term member of the US House of Representative from Hawaii.
  24. Which country launched the Epsilon – 4 rocket carrying 7 satellites developed by private sector companies and Universities, on 18th January 2019?
    1) China
    2) Unites States of America
    3) Japan
    4) South Korea
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Japan
    Explanation:
    On 18th January 2019, Japan launched the Epsilon – 4 rocket carrying 7 satellites developed by private sector companies and Universities from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima. The cost of launch which is roughly USD 50 million was borne by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to promote and encourage space exploration by private sector in Japan. The Epsilon series was developed in a bid to put small satellites into orbit at a low lost.
  25. Indian Navy inducted two Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) to boost coastal security, for Sagar Prahari Bal unit of the Navy, on 18th January 2019, in ____?
    1) Cuttack, Odisha
    2) Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu
    3) Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
    4) Kochi, Kerala
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu
    Explanation:
    On January 18, 2019, the Indian Navy inducted two Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) at Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, to boost coastal security. The vessels were acquired for Sagar Prahari Bal, a unit of the Navy. The boats can carry a variety of armament from heavy machine guns to grenade launchers with the upper deck canopies bullet-proof.
  26. 2018 was the ____ warmest year in India since 1901, as per the ‘Climate of India during 2018’ report by India Meteorological Department (IMD)?
    1) 3rd
    2) 4th
    3) 5th
    4) 6th
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 6th
    Explanation:
    On January 16, 2019, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in it’s report titled ‘Climate of India during 2018’ announced that 2018 was the sixth warmest year in India since 1901 and total of 1,428 people died due to extreme weather events in 2018 alone. It was the fourth warmest year globally on record. According to the government agency’s data, the average temperature over India during 2018 was “significantly above normal”. The annual mean surface air temperature (averaged over the country) during the year was 0.41°C above (1981-2010) average and it showed an increase of 0.6°C per 100 years in during 1901-2018. The country’s average season mean temperatures were also “above the average” with the winter season (January- February, +0.59 degree Celsius) being the fifth warmest since 1901 and the pre-monsoon season (March-May) the seventh warmest. Also, all the six warmest years on record in India were in the last 10 years and 11 out of 15 warmest years were during the recent past 15 years (2004-2018). The five warmest years on record are: 2016 (+0.72 degree Celsius), 2009 (+0.56 degree Celsius), 2017 (+0.55 degree Celsius), 2010 (+0.54 degree Celsius) and 2015 (+0.42 degree Celsius).
  27. Which country became the first Visiting cricket team to win bilateral series across the three formats against Australia in Australian soil, on 18th January 2019?
    1) Bangladesh
    2) India
    3) New Zealand
    4) England
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) India
    Explanation:
    On 18th January 2019, India defeated Australia in the third ODI at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to win the ODI series by 2-1 and became the first Visiting team to win bilateral series across the three formats against Australia in Australian soil. Indian team lead by Virat Kohli also became the first ever Indian side to win bilateral ODI series in Australia. Yuzvendra Chahal was given the player of the match award whereas Veteran Player M. S. Dhoni was honoured with Player of the series award. Earlier, India defeated Australia by 2-1 in the test series for the first time. Cheteshwar Pujara was awarded the Player of the series in Test Series against Australia.
  28. Who will lead the 18-member Indian women’s hockey team for the season opener tournament in Spain starting 26 January 2019?
    1) Pinky Rani
    2) Savita
    3) Rani Rampal
    4) Sujita Ravi
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Rani Rampal
    Explanation:
    On 18th January 2019, the Hockey India announced that striker Rani Rampal will lead the 18-member Indian women’s team for the season opener tournament in Spain starting 26 January 2019. Besides, goalkeeper Savita was appointed as the vice-captain of the Indian Women Hockey team for the tour. Throughout the tour the Indian Hockey team which is coached by Sjoerd Marijne is set to play four matches with Spain and two matches against the Women’s World Cup runners-up, Ireland.
  29. Which cricketer became the first Indian and the first Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricket, on 17th January 2019?
    1) Rajath Seth
    2) Wasim Jaffer
    3) Munnah Jalal
    4) Rakesh Jain
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Wasim Jaffer
    Explanation:
    On January 17, 2019, the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy history, Wasim Jaffer, became the first Indian and the first Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricket. This was achieved in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final for Vidarbha against Uttarakhand in Nagpur. He has scored more than 10,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy and has a tally of 1000 runs in the ongoing season of Ranji Trophy.
  30. Mary Oliver died at her residence in Florida, United States, on 17th January 2019. She was a _____?
    1) Educationist
    2) Poet
    3) Politician
    4) Athlete
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Poet
    Explanation:
    On 17th January 2019, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver died at her residence in Hobe Sound, Florida due to a disease caused lymphoma at the age of 83. She was critically acclaimed for her rapturous odes to nature and the animal life. Mary Oliver wrote more than 15 poetry and essay collections.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. President of International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry (ICMEI) is ____?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Dr. Sandeep Marwah
  2. Where is Ghataprabha Bird Wildlife Sanctuary located?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Karnataka
  3. Who is the Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission of India?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Justice H. L. Dattu
  4. Name the MD and CEO and headquarters of HDFC Life Insurance?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – MD & CEO – Ms. Vibha Padalkar; Headquarters – Mumbai
  5. Name the Governor of Haryana?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Satyadev Narayan
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