Current Affairs Quiz: January 5 2019

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  1. Where did Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the Dolaithabi Barrage Project which has been constructed at a total cost of Rs. 500 crore, on 4th January 2019?
    1) Mizoram
    2) Sikkim
    3) Manipur
    4) Assam
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Manipur
    Explanation:
    On January 4, 2019, On the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s one day visit to Imphal, Manipur, he inaugurated 12 projects worth over Rs. 1500 crore. He inaugurated the Dolaithabi Barrage Project which has been completed at a total cost of Rs. 500 crore.
  2. Which state topped among the Indian states in the latest ranking of Singapore’s Asia Competitiveness Institute’s (ACI), Ease of Doing Business (EDB) index 2018?
    1) Karnataka
    2) Andhra Pradesh
    3) Gujarat
    4) Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Andhra Pradesh
    Explanation:
    In the latest ranking of Singapore’s Asia Competitiveness Institute’s (ACI), Ease of Doing Business (EDB) index 2018, Andhra Pradesh emerged on top of the 21 states of India that were considered for the ranking, while Maharashtra and Delhi came in second and third place, respectively. Andhra Pradesh rose from the 5th rank in 2016 to the top spot in 2018. The ACI’s EDB index is based upon three parameters called ABC -Attractiveness to Investors, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness Policies. The index captured the business environment at the sub-national level on the basis of 72 hard and soft indicators. The Ease of Doing Business (EDB) list is compiled by a team of researchers led by Tan Khee Giap, who is the co-director of Asia competitiveness institute (ACI), and associate professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Suggestions regarding areas where improvement was needed in the state of Andhra Pradesh include bridging numerous institutional and infrastructural gaps in order to sustain its position in the future and improvement in sub environments such as facilitating business operations, infrastructure resilience and market potential.
  3. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked food businesses to comply with new packaging regulations that bar use of recycled plastics and newspapers to wrap food articles by _____?
    1) July 1, 2019
    2) February 1, 2019
    3) April 1, 2019
    4) August 1, 2019
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  1) July 1, 2019
    Explanation:
    Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said food businesses need to comply with new packaging regulations that bar use of recycled plastics and newspapers to wrap food articles by July 1, 2019. FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal said the new packaging regulations would raise the bar of food safety in India to the next level. The new regulations prohibit packaging material made of recycled plastics including carry bags for packaging, storing, carrying or dispensing articles of food.
  4. Which district of Arunachal Pradesh has achieved 100 % electrification under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – Saubhagya Scheme?
    1) Changalang
    2) West Kameng
    3) East Siang
    4) Tirap
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) East Siang
    Explanation:
    In Arunachal Pradesh, East Siang District has achieved 100 percent electrification under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana- Saubhagya Scheme. This was informed by the state’s Power Department. Pasighat Electrical division has electrified 2,662 households which were earlier left out till the end of December 2018. The power department has electrified 1,483 villages under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-Gram Jyoti Yojana in the state so far.
  5. Name the bill that was passed by the Parliament to provide retrospective recognition to central and state government funded institutions offering B.Ed and related courses, on 3rd January 2019?
    1) All India Council for Technical Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019
    2) National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019
    3) Educational Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2019
    4) Higher Education Courses (Amendment) Bill, 2019
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019
    Explanation:
    On 3rd January 2019, the Parliament following the approval from the Rajya-Sabha passed the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019, to provide retrospective recognition to central and state government funded institutions offering B.Ed and related courses that are not recognized under the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act. The NCTE (Amendment) Bill which will be a one-time measure would help over 17,000 students who have obtained B.Ed degrees from those institutions which do not have NCTE approval for the course under the 1993 law. 23 state and central universities and colleges offering B.Ed courses were found not recognised by the Council. The government would ensure that the quality of institutes offering B.Ed courses is maintained and proposes to start integrated course in B.ED as in Law and other courses from 2020. Lok Sabha has already passed this bill on July 23, 2018.
  6. Which state government approved 11 projects to revive the mythical Saraswati River, on 2nd January 2019?
    1) Gujarat
    2) Uttar Pradesh
    3) Madhya Pradesh
    4) Haryana
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  4) Haryana
    Explanation:
    On January 2, 2019, Haryana government approved 11 projects to revive the mythical Saraswati River at the meeting of Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB) headed Haryana Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The approved projects include:
    • the construction of Somb Saraswati barrage,
    • Developing storage capacity of Saraswati reservoir to 1475-hectare metersat village Rampur Herian, Rampur Kambian and Chillaur in Haryana
    • Adi Badri dam on Somb river, a tributary of the Yamuna that originates in the Shivalik Hills, in district Yamunanagar,
    • Grant-in-aid of Rs 50 lakh annually for carrying out research activities at the Centre of Excellence at Kurukshetra University.
    • Construction of waste water treatment plants for recycling of all waste water falling into Saraswati river,
    • Construction of RCC divide wall at Saraswati Tirath at Saraswati Nagar.
    • Construction of Saraswati Ghat at village Bhaini and Mangna in district Kurukshetra,
    • Construction of bridges on river Saraswati at village Ishargarh and Beer Pipli near Pratapgarh in district Kurukshetra,
    • Linking of Saraswati river heritage research institute with centre of excellence for research on Saraswati River established at Kurukshetra University.
  7. How many monuments were declared as ‘protected and of national importance’ by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in 2018, under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958?
    1) 21
    2) 15
    3) 9
    4) 6
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 6
    Explanation:
    On December 31, 2018, the Ministry of Culture announced that Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) declared 6 monuments as ‘protected and of national importance’ under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, in 2018. These sites are:
    • 125-year-old Old High Court Building in Nagpur, Maharashtra,
    • 2 Mughal era monuments in Agra- Haveli of Agha Khan and Hathi Khana,
    • The Neemrana Baori in Alwar district of Rajasthan,
    • The Group of Temples in Ranipur Jharail in Bolangir district of Odisha,
    • The Vishnu Temple in Kotali, Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand.
  8. Integrated Check Post constructed at a cost of over Rs. 125 crore, was inaugurated at Moreh, in which state by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 4th January 2019?
    1) Manipur
    2) Kerala
    3) West Bengal
    4) Jammu and Kashmir
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Manipur
    Explanation:
    On January 4, 2019, On the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s one day visit to Imphal, Manipur, he inaugurated 12 projects worth over Rs. 1500 crore. An Integrated Check Post was inaugurated at Moreh, Imphal, at a cost of over Rs. 125 crore, that will facilitate custom clearance, foreign currency exchange, immigration clearance etc.
  9. Parliamentary panel which keeps track of assurances given by ministers, presented its latest report on ____ in Rajya Sabha on 31st December 2018?
    1) Satpura Range
    2) Western Ghats
    3) Aravalli Range
    4) Eastern Ghats
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Western Ghats
    Explanation:
    On 31st December, 2018 the Parliamentary panel, which keeps track of assurances given by ministers, presented its latest report on Western Ghats on the floor of the Rajya Sabha. The panel examined issues regarding the categorisation of the Western Ghats as Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESA) as per the recommendations of two committees led by Madhav Gadgil and K. Kasturirangan. The ecologically sensitive areas (ESA) which is stretched in about 56,000 square kilometres of the Western Ghats could not be earmarked as ‘no-go’ zones due to State governments’ ‘insensitivity’ though three draft notifications had been issued over four years for earmarking ESA.
  10. Name the bill passed by the Parliament that seeks to do away with the no-detention policy in schools, on 3rdJanuary 2019?
    1) Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018
    2) Right to Free Education for Everyone (Amendment) Bill, 2019
    3) Right to Education and Employment (Amendment) Bill, 2019
    4) Educational Institutions Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2018
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018
    Explanation:
    On 3rd January 2019, the Parliament passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that seeks to do away with the no-detention policy in schools. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, was moved in the Rajya-Sabha by Union minister for Human Resources Development Prakash Javadekar and was passed by a voice vote. It is already passed by the Lower House (Lok-Sabha) on July 18 2018. Under current provisions of the Section 16 of the Act, no student can be detained up to class 8th but as per the amendment, it would be left to the States to decide whether to continue the no-detention policy. 25 states have favoured abolishing the no-detention policy. The bill provides for regular examination in classes V and VIII. The MHRD Minister assured that no child will be excluded from school in case he or she fails and such children will be provided two-month remedial teaching to perform better in another examination to be conducted by their schools. If the students still do not pass the exam, the state government may decide to detain them.
  11. Government of India had launched a Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project named “Green – Ag: Transforming Indian Agriculture for global environment benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” in collaboration with _____ in September 2018?
    1) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
    2) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
    3) World Health Organization (WHO)
    4) International Fund for Agriculture (IFA)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
    Explanation:
    The Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Parshottam Rupala informed that the Government had launched a Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project namely, “Green – Ag: Transforming Indian Agriculture for global environment benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) during September, 2018. The project was launched in high-conservation-value landscapes of five States namely (i) Madhya Pradesh: Chambal Landscape, (ii) Mizoram: Dampa Landscape, (iii) Odisha: Similipal Landscape, (iv)Rajasthan: Desert National Park Landscape and v) Uttarakhand: Corbett-Rajaji Landscape. The project is aimed to mainstream biodiversity, climate change and sustainable land management objectives and practices into Indian agriculture.
  12. Indian banking sector witnessed over what percent hike in cyber frauds in the financial year 2017-18, as per Reserve Bank of India’s Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India 2017-18?
    1) 25 %
    2) 35 %
    3) 50 %
    4) 75 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  3) 50 %
    Explanation:
    Indian banking sector witnessed over 50 percent hike in cyber frauds in the financial year 2017-18, as per Reserve Bank of India’s Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India 2017-18i. The volume of cyber fraud at banks has doubled in a year. A total of 2,059 cases of cyber fraud were reported in 2017-18 amounting to Rs 109.6 crore. A total of 5,917 bank frauds were reported in 2017-18 and nearly one-third of these were cyber frauds. As a measure, the RBI plans to set up a compliance and tracking system portal to tackle the proliferation of cyber fraud and seeks to establish a better redressal mechanism for consumers. This would address cybersecurity complaints from all regulated entities including Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs) and mobile banking interfaces. The process of redressal mechanism will be directed under the Internal Ombudsman Scheme of 2018.
  13. Which bank signed a MoU with Small Business FinCredit India Pvt. Ltd. (SBFC) to jointly provide credit worth up to Rs 1 crore to MSMEs for a tenure of 15 years, on 4th January 2019?
    1) Axis Bank
    2) HDFC Bank
    3) Canara Bank
    4) ICICI Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) ICICI Bank
    Explanation:
    On January 4, 2019, ICICI Bank, in a first-of-its-kind programme, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Small Business FinCredit India Pvt. Ltd. (SBFC), a systemically important Non-Banking Finance Company for entrepreneurs, to jointly provide credit worth up to Rs 1 crore to MSMEs for a tenure of 15 years. This MOU was signed under RBI’s circular dated September 21, 2018, that permits banks to engage with a non-banking financial company (NBFC) to co-originate loans for the creation of priority sector assets. Under this arrangement, ICICI Bank will co-originate loan against property with SBFC at a mutually agreed ratio.
  14. Which entity allowed custodial services in the commodity derivatives market enabling participation of institutional investors, including mutual funds, in the segment, on 1st January 2019?
    1) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    2) Ministry of Finance
    3) Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
    4) World Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
    Explanation:
    On 1st January 2019, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the market regulator has allowed custodial services in the commodity derivatives market enabling participation of institutional investors, including mutual funds, in the segment. The new framework will allow the existing custodians to add commodities as an asset class and provide physical delivery of both the securities and commodities. Currently, the regulation on custodian of securities allows safekeeping of securities, gold or gold related instruments, title deeds of real estate and services incidental but doesn’t allows protection of goods, which are underlying assets of commodity derivatives. Under the new rules, the responsibility of custodians will not be limited to holding of securities but would also include holding of goods. The new regulations will enable participation of institutional investors such as mutual funds and portfolio managers in commodity derivatives market.
  15. Name the Indian who became the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica?
    1) Poornima Rao
    2) Arunima Sinha
    3) Sudipta Sengupta
    4) Archana Sarthak
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Arunima Sinha
    Explanation:
    30 years old former National level Volleyball player turned mountaineer, Arunima Sinha became the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica. The Padma Shree Awardee, Arunima Sinha became the first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013. She is from Uttar Pradesh and had lost one of her legs in a horrific incident in which she was thrown off the Padmawati Express train in 2011. Arunima Sinha’s aim is to summit seven peaks across seven continents. She had already scaled five peaks which are Mt Everest, Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Ebrus. Mt Kosciuszko and Mt Aconcagua.
  16. Who received the “Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement” in literature during the 53rd Foundation day ceremony in Berhampur University, Odisha, on 3rd January 2019?
    1) Manoj Das
    2) Nabaghana Parida
    3) Shivaji Ram
    4) Joshua Tandon
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Manoj Das
    Explanation:
    On 3rd January 2019, Manoj Das, an eminent English and Odia Litterateur received the “Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement” in literature during 53rd Foundation day ceremony organized by the Berhampur University, Odisha. Noted Folk dance Guru Nabaghana Parida was awarded with Dakshin Odisha Loksanakruti Samman during the ceremony. Manoj Sinha has been already honoured with Sahitya Akademi Award, Orissa Sahitya Akademi award, Sarala Award, Sahitya Bharati Award and Padma Shri.
  17. Name the 15-year-old boy from Manipur who has been chosen by Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) for receiving National Bravery Award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, on Republic Day, on 26th January 2019?
    1) Arindham Chaudhary
    2) Wahengbam Lamnganba Singh
    3) Shakeel Ahmed Abbas
    4) Sreejith Anjal Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Wahengbam Lamnganba Singh
    Explanation:
    On January 3, 2019, 15-year-old class IXth student, Wahengbam Lamnganba Singh, of Kumbi area in Manipur, has been selected by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) for receiving National Bravery Award. He will be honoured because he had saved his two and half year’s old cousin brother from drowning in a pond, on May 16, 2018. He would receive the award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. The National Bravery Awards are given under the aegis of the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) every Republic Day. These awards are broadly classified into five categories, including the Bharat Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Bapu Gaidhani Award and the General National Bravery Awards.
  18. Who was appointed the new Chief Justice of Pakistan, on 2nd January 2019?
    1) Justice Asif Saeed Khosa
    2) Justice Saqib Nisar
    3) Justice Askar Mujeeb
    4) Justice Isfaq Ameen
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Justice Asif Saeed Khosa
    Explanation:
    On January 2, 2019, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court, was appointed as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan. He will succeed incumbent Chief Justice Saqib Nisar who will be retiring from service on January 17, 2019. Justice Khosa, 64, has been a senior Justice of the Supreme Court since December 2016. He has also served as an advocate in the Lahore High Court and Supreme Court.
  19. Name PayU India’s CEO who joined as the head of financial technology partnerships and investments for Naspers’ fintech business, on 4th January 2019?
    1) Amrish Rau
    2) Raveendra Nath
    3) Arvind Kumar
    4) Kapil Chaudhry
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Amrish Rau
    Explanation:
    On January 4, 2019, PayU India’s CEO Amrish Rau joined as the head of financial technology partnerships and investments for Naspers’ fintech business. Nasper is South African parent of PayU. Rau will continue to report to Laurent le Moal the chief executive of PayU, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. He joined PayU after Citrus Pay was acquired by PayU in 2016 for $130 million in cash.
  20. Which Indian cricketer became the first Indian wicketkeeper batsman to score a century in Test against Australia on Australian soil, on 4th January 2019?
    1) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    2) Rishabh Pant
    3) Virat Kohli
    4) Shikhar Dawan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rishabh Pant
    Explanation:
    On 4th January 2019, India’s wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper batsman to score a century in Test against Australia on Australian soil after hitting 159 runs on the 2nd day of 4th Test Match at Sydney, Australia. Rishabh pant broke Farokh Engineer’s record of highest Test runs against Australia on Australian soil. Farokh Engineer scored 89 runs in 1967. Rishabh Pant also became the only Indian wicket keeper who has two test centuries outside Asia.
  21. Name the Indian batsman who has faced highest deliveries in a test series in Australia with 1258 balls, beating India’s Former Captain, Rahul Dravid’s record of 1203 balls?
    1) Rohit Sharma
    2) K.L. Rahul
    3) Cheteshwar Pujara
    4) Hardik Pandya
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Cheteshwar Pujara
    Explanation:
    30 years old Indian Batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara has faced 1258 balls in the ongoing test series so far against Australia to become the batsman who had faced highest deliveries in a test series in Australia beating India’s Former Captain, Rahul Dravid’s record of 1203 balls. He achieved the feat by scoring 193 runs of 373 deliveries on the 2nd day of 4th Test Match against Australia in Sydney.
  22. When did United Nations observe the first official World Braille Day remembering the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille for visually challenged people?
    1) January 2
    2) January 3
    3) January 4
    4) January 5
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) January 4
    Explanation:
    On 4th January 2019, United Nations observed the first official World Braille Day remembering the birth anniversary of Louis Braille who was the inventor of Braille for the people with visual disabilities. World Braille day is observed annually on 4th January to raise awareness on the importance of Braille for approximately 1.3 billion people living with some form of distance or near vision impairment. Louis Braille was born on 4th January 1809 in France and he lost his vision at the age of 3. On the occasion of World Braille Day, half part of evening bulletin of All India Radio – Ahmedabad was read by a Visually challenged primary school teacher, Mr. Krishnabhai Thakar.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Where is Bhitarkanika National Park located?
    Answer
    Answer – Odisha
  2. Name the Chairman and headquarters of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)?
    Answer
    Answer – Chairman – Ajay Tyagi; Headquarters – Mumbai
  3. What is the tagline of ICICI Bank?
    Answer
    Answer – Hum Hain Na!
  4. Governor of Haryana is _____?
    Answer
    Answer – Satyadeo Narain Arya
  5. Name the Director General of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)?
    Answer
    Answer –  Usha Sharma
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