Current Affairs Quiz: January 6 2019

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  1. Minister of state (I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep S Puri launched the ____ edition of annual cleanliness survey of Urban India named “Swachh survekshan 2019”?
    1) Second
    2) Third
    3) Fourth
    4) Fifth
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Fourth
    Explanation:
    On 4th January 2019, The Minister of state (I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep S Puri launched the fourth edition of annual cleanliness of Urban India known as “Swachh survekshan 2019”. The Survey will be conducted across 4237 towns and cities between 4th January to 28th January 2019 by independent third party. The survey is completely paperless and digital and will be completed in a record time of 28 days. For the first time the survey will be conducted without giving any prior information. Data will be collected from 4 broad sources which are Service Level Progress, Direct Observation,Citizens feedback and Certification.
  2. What was the theme of the 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) inaugurated by Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, on 5th January 2019, in New Delhi?
    1) Promote the Habit of Reading
    2) Readers with special needs
    3) Reading is everyone’s right
    4) Readers and Publishers
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Readers with special needs
    Explanation:
    On 5th January 2019, the 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), which has the UAE‘s third largest emirate Sharjah as its 2019 guest of honour,inaugurated in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The event will conclude on 13th January. To promote the idea of inclusive learning through a series of exhibitions of audio, silent, tactile and Braille books, the Book Fair’s theme is “Readers with special needs”. It is co-organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) and the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). The nine-day-long fair, was inaugurated by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and H.E. Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, United Arab Emirates. Besides a calendar was also launched during the first day of the event based on the theme ‘Towards inclusive Learning ‘.During the fair, UNESCO and United Nation India supported, International Disability Film Festival “We Care” will present around 45 film screenings from 27 countries including India, Canada, the US, South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong and several European countries. Nearly 700 publishers are participating this year in the fair and more than 1300 stalls will be put up.
  3. Minister of State Mansukh L. Mandaviya stated that ____ Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana’ (PMBJP) Kendras have become functional in 35 States/UTs of India, as on January 4, 2019?
    1) 4677
    2) 5234
    3) 6345
    4) 3256
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 4677
    Explanation:
    On January 4, 2019, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya stated that 4677 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana’ (PMBJP) Kendras became functional in 35 States/UTs of the country. Also unbranded generic medicines worth Rs. 417 crores (MRP) have been sold through PMBJP Kendras till December 2018. The medicines are procured only from WHO-GMP certified manufacturers. Thus, PMBJP has saved approximately Rs. 1668 crores to the citizens of country.
  4. Which state government announced distribution of free sops to encourage farmers to enroll in the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana, on 5th January 2019?
    1) Telangana
    2) Uttar Pradesh
    3) Bihar
    4) Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    On January 5, 2019, Maharashtra Government announced distribution of free sops to encourage farmers to enrol in the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana. The things included: two LED bulbs, a DC fan and a mobile charging socket.
  5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his one-day visit to Baripada, in Odisha on 5th January 2019, inaugurated projects worth ______?
    1) Rs. 4500 crore
    2) Rs. 2300 crore
    3) Rs. 1234 crore
    4) Rs. 5467 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs. 4500 crore
    Explanation:
    On January 5, 2019, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s one-day visit to Baripada, in Odisha, he inaugurated projects worth Rs. 4500 crore. The following lists the inaugurations done by the PM:
    • He dedicated the Balasore-Haldia-Durgapur section of the IOCL’s Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur LPG pipeline to the nation, which will ensure easy supply of LPG in parts of Odisha and West Bengal,
    • Inaugurated the Multi Modal Logistic Park at Balasore and six Passport Sewa Kendras.
    • He laid the foundation stone for the four-laning three National Highway projects.
    • He also flagged off the second passenger train from Tatanagar to Badampahar.
  6. India and which country exchanged lists of nuclear installations under Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations Act, 1988, and list of prisoners for the 27th time, on 1st January 2019?
    1) China
    2) Pakistan
    3) Bangladesh
    4) Sri Lanka
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Pakistan
    Explanation:
    On January 1, 2019, India, Pakistan exchanged lists of nuclear installations and list of prisoners for the 27th time through diplomatic channels inNew Delhi and Islamabad. This was done under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations that was signed in December 1988 which came into force in January 1991. The pact states the two countries must inform each other of nuclear facilities to be covered under the agreement on January 1 every year. India handed over a list of 249 Pakistani civilian prisoners and 98 fishermen in its custody. The Pakistani side handed over a list of 537 prisoners — 54 civilians and 483 fishermen — in its jails. The first such exchange was done in January 1, 1992.
  7. National Green Tribunal imposed a fine of _____ rupees on Meghalaya government for its failure to curb illegal coal mining in the state, on 4th January 2019?
    1) Rs. 100 crore
    2) Rs. 150 crore
    3) Rs. 200 crore
    4) Rs. 250 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs. 100 crore
    Explanation:
    On 4th January 2019, The National Green Tribunal imposed a fine of 100 crore rupees on Meghalaya government for its failure to curb illegal coal mining in the state. The amount of the fine has to be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board within two months. The action comes after a high-level committee submitted an adverse report to a bench headed by NGT chairperson AK Goel. The report stated that majority of the mines in the state are operating without a lease or licence.
  8. Where will the Indus Food Meet 2019 be organized by the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) and Union Commerce Ministry on 14th and 15th January 2019?
    1) Pune, Maharashtra
    2) Rajkot, Gujarat
    3) Guwahati, Assam
    4) Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    From 14th January 2019, the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) and union commerce ministry is going to organize a two-day mega food international event, the Indus Food Meet 2019, at the India Exposition Mart of Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. The event will conclude on 15th January 2019. Odisha which will participate as ‘Partner State’ will be setting up its own Pavilion with 30 exhibitors to promote exports of food processing sector. Furthermore the Directorate of Horticulture and Agricultural Promotion & Investment Corporation of Odisha Limited (APICOL) along with local industry will showcase various processed food items of Odisha like spices, cashew, confectionary items, processed agro food, etc. The event which is an initiative to promote the country as a strong exporter of food and beverage products, would be hosting over 600 prominent global buyers from food and beverage industry from over 60 countries. This 2nd edition of Indus Food is likely to create a global food and beverage market place in line with global food expos like SIAL, ANUGA and GulfFood. A seminar on “Potential and prospects of Food Processing Industry in Odisha” is also being organized during the inaugural ceremony.
  9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his one-day visit to Palamu, Jharkhand on 5th January 2019, inaugurated projects worth a total of _____?
    1) Rs. 4800 crores
    2) Rs. 3500 crores
    3) Rs. 5200 crores
    4) Rs. 2900 crores
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs. 3500 crores
    Explanation:
    On January 5, 2019, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s one-day visit to Palamu, Jharkhand, he inaugurated projects worth a total of Rs. 3500 crores. The following states the foundations stones laid or the inaugurations done:
    • Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi witnessed the e-Grih Pravesh of 25,000 beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana.
    • He laid the Foundation Stone for the revival of North Koel (Mandal Dam) project, Kanhar Sone pipeline irrigation scheme.
    • He explained that a new system has been developed for monitoring the quality of houses constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana via photography and geo-tagging.
  10. Which country declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath as national heritage, on 2nd January 2019?
    1) Myanmar
    2) Bangladesh
    3) Sri Lanka
    4) Pakistan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Pakistan
    Explanation:
    On 2nd January 2019, the provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in northwest Pakistan has declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath in the provincial capital Peshawar as national heritage. The announcement which stated that a fine of 2 million Pakistani rupees and five years imprisonment to be awarded to anyone found guilty of damaging the historic site was made under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Antiquities Act of 2016. ‘Panj Tirath’ is named for the five pools of water present at the site and houses a Hindu temple “Shawal Thakardawara” and a lawn with date palm trees. Devotees believe that mythical king Pandu from the epic Mahabharata bathed in the pools during the month of Kartik and worshipped under the date palm trees in the area for two days. The site was damaged during the reign of the Afghan Durrani dynasty in 1747, however it was restored by local Hindus during the period of Sikh rule in 1834 and worship started again.
  11. Three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) namely Malwa Gramin Bank, Sutlej Gramin Bank and ____ have been amalgamated into a single RRB by the Government, with effect from 1st January 2019?
    1) Kutch Rural Bank
    2) Punjab Gramin Bank
    3) Chandigarh Rural Bank
    4) Patiala Gramin Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Punjab Gramin Bank
    Explanation:
    With the effect from 1st January 2019, the three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) – Punjab Gramin Bank, Malwa Gramin Bank and Sutlej Gramin Bank has been amalgamated into a single RRB by the Government. After consulting the sponsor banks of the three RRBs, the central government felt that in the interest of the banks and the areas served by them, they should be amalgamated into a single RRB. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the Government of Punjab, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India and Punjab and Sind Bank are the sponsor banks of the said RRBs. The three banks were merged into one entity as part of the Centre’s roll out of the third phase of amalgamation of RRBs, which has laid a roadmap to bring down their number across the country from 56 to 38. The move will enable RRBs cut overheads, improve their capital and use technology, besides helping them draw better scale-efficiency, higher productivity, improved financial inclusion and greater credit flow to rural areas.
  12. Ministry of Finance has revised the interest rates on select Time Deposit Small Saving Scheme for the quarter ending on 31st March 2019, as per which interest rates on one-year time deposit is hiked from 6.9% to what percent?
    1) 7.2 %
    2) 7 %
    3) 7.5 %
    4) 7.3%
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 7 %
    Explanation:
    The Ministry of Finance, Government of India has revised the interest rates on select Time Deposit Small Saving Scheme for the quarter ending on 31st March 2019. The Interest rates on one-year time deposit is hiked from 6.9% to 7% whereas the interest rate on three-year time deposit has been changed from 7.2% to 7%. Interest on Small Saving Schemes is revised every quarter by Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Interest rates applicable to Public Provident Fund (PPF), Kisan Vikas Patra and Sukanya Samriddhi were remains unchanged at 8%, 7.7% and 8.5% respectively. Now, Investment in time deposits of one-year, two year and three year maturity periods will fetch interest at same rate 7%.
  13. Srei Equipment Finance and which bank have entered into an agreement for financing the Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) and agriculture sector?
    1) City Union Bank (CUB)
    2) United Bank of India (UBI)
    3) Indian Overseas Bank (IOB)
    4) Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) United Bank of India (UBI)
    Explanation:
    The United Bank of India (UBI) and Srei Equipment Finance have entered into an agreement for financing the Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) and agriculture sector. Under the agreement UBI plans to leverage the co-lending model to offer credit at blended interest rate of 11-12 per cent. The Bank will leverage low its low cost loans with Srei Equipment finance to enable purchase of equipment and vehicle in the seamless manner. The Bank is eying around 200 crore business over the period of three months by this agreement.
  14. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) slapped a penalty of ____ on United India Insurance Co for violating norms regarding settlement of motor claims, on 4th January 2019?
    1) Rs 2 lakh
    2) Rs 5 lakh
    3) Rs 3 lakh
    4) Rs 1 lakh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs 5 lakh
    Explanation:
    On January 4, 2019, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) slapped a penalty of Rs 5 lakh on United India Insurance Co for violating norms regarding settlement of motor claims. The insurer also violated file and use guidelines issued by the Authority.
  15. Who became the first person to be declared a ‘fugitive economic offender’ under Section 12 of the Fugitive Economic Offenders’ Act, 2018 by a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court in Mumbai, on 4thJanuary 2019?
    1) Nirav Modi
    2) Vijay Mallya
    3) Amarinder Prathap
    4) Dinesh Wadia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Vijay Mallya
    Explanation:
    On January 4, 2019, Vijay Mallya became the first person to be declared a ‘fugitive economic offender’ under Section 12 of the Fugitive Economic Offenders’ Act, 2018 by a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court in Mumbai. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed an application before the court in November, 2018 and this declaration was made by Special judge MS Azmi. The ED had also sought immediate confiscation of about Rs 12,500 crore worth of assets. He is wanted in India for defaulting on Rs. 9,000 crore in loans to his failed Kingfisher Airlines from a consortium of 12 banks led by the State Bank of India.
  16. SoftBank Ventures Korea, the early-stage investment vehicle of Japanese internet conglomerate SoftBank Group, renamed itself as _____, on 2nd January 2019?
    1) SoftBank Ventures Internatioanal
    2) SoftBank Ventures Asia
    3) Ventura SoftBank
    4) SoftBank Investments
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) SoftBank Ventures Asia
    Explanation:
    On 2nd January 2019, SoftBank Ventures Korea, the early-stage investment vehicle of Japanese internet conglomerate SoftBank Group, has renamed itself SoftBank Ventures Asia and will focus on finding artificial intelligence-related startups globally, with an emphasis on Asia. The firm is looking to expand its presence beyond Seoul, Beijing, San Francisco, and Tel Aviv by targeting to open offices and hire investment professionals in Singapore and Shanghai. The new name is effective immediately and SoftBank Ventures Asia is already actively investing in the US, China, EU, Israel, Southeast Asia, and Korea. With a war chest of US$1.1 billion assets under management, SoftBank Ventures Asia has invested in over 250 companies across 10 countries, with a focus on AI, Internet of Things (IoT), and robotics startups. Softbank Ventures Asia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. and was established as SoftBank Ventures Korea in 2000.
  17. Finance ministry has exempted rupee payments to _____ that it gets from Indian refiners, from a withholding tax, with effect from November 5, 2018?
    1) National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)
    2) Saudi Arabian Oil Company (SAOC)
    3) Israel Oil Exporters Corporation (IOEC)
    4) Egyptian Oil Company (EOC)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)
    Explanation:
    On January 2, 2019, the finance ministry in it’s notification exempted rupee payments to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) that it gets from Indian refiners, from a withholding tax. The exemption, put in place December 28 but backdated to November 5, will allow Indian refiners to settle about $1.5 billion of outstanding payments to NIOC. India and Iran on Nov. 2, 2018, signed a bilateral agreement to settle oil trades through an Indian government-owned bank, UCO Bank, in the Indian currency.
  18. Where did Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) host the 3rd edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) on 4th January 2019?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Mumbai
    3) Bengaluru
    4) Hyderabad
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On January 4, 2019, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) hosted the 3rd edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) at the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, Janpath, New Delhi. A total of 33 winners – 30 Young Entrepreneurs and 3 Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders were awarded. MSDE partnered with premier institutes and organizations such as XLRI, Jamshedpur; IIT Bombay, Mumbai; IIT Delhi; IIT Guwahati, Assam; IIT Kanpur; and IIT Madras, Chennai for this ceremony.
  19. Water Resources Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Devineni Umamaheswar Rao received the ‘Central Board of Irrigation and Power Award-2019′ for better planning and construction of Polavaram Irrigation Project on which river?
    1) River Krishna
    2) River Godavari
    3) River Brahmaputra
    4) River Narmada
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) River Godavari
    Explanation:
    On 4th January 2019, the Water Resources Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP), Devineni Umamaheswar Rao received the ‘Central Board of Irrigation and Power Award-2019’ for better planning and construction of Polavaram Irrigation Project on the Godavari River. AP Water Resources Minister, Rao received the award in the category of “Best Implementation of Water Resources Project”. The Minister of State (IC) Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh honoured Devineni Umamaheswar Rao at Scope convention Centre Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project which has been accorded the status of a national project is under the final phase of construction in West Godavari district and East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh and its reservoir spreads to parts of Chhattisgarh and Odisha. So far, 64 per cent of the project work is completed and the target is to complete the project by December 2019. About Rs 15,380.97 crore has been spent on the project. Out of which, an amount of Rs 6,727.26 crore has been reimbursed by the central government and the remaining Rs Rs 3,517.84 crore is still awaited.
  20. Home Minister Rajnath Singh presented the 13th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism awards to 29 winners in 18 categories across Print, Broad cast and purely digital to recognize the outstanding contributions of journalists in 2017 in ____?
    1) Mumbai
    2) Kolkata
    3) New Delhi
    4) Lucknow
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On 4th January 2019, Home Minister Shri Rajnath singh presented the prestigious 13th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism awards to 29 winners in 18 categories across Print, Broad cast and purely digital to recognize the outstanding contributions of journalists in 2017 in New Delhi. The Award aims to celebrate the excellence in journalism and recognize the courage and commitment of the journalists. The award was instituted by The Indian Express Group in 2005 as part of centenary year celebration of its founder, Ramnath Goenka.
  21. Who was appointed the new Secretary of Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, on 4thJanuary 2019?
    1) Chhabilendra Roul
    2) Ruthramoorthy S
    3) Samuel Erick
    4) Shana Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Chhabilendra Roul
    Explanation:
    On January 3, 2019, Shri Chhabilendra Roul was appointed the new Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India. His tenure commenced effectively from 31.12.2018. He succeeded Smt. Bharathi S. Sihag, IAS (HP:83) who completed her tenure.
  22. ____ took over as the new Chief Justice of Nepal’s Supreme Court on 2nd January 2019?
    1) Justice Cholendra Shamsher J B Rana
    2) Justice Om Prakas Mishra
    3) Justice Pamal Kumar Singla
    4) Justice Amal Nath Pariwar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Justice Cholendra Shamsher J B Rana
    Explanation:
    On 2nd January 2019, Justice Cholendra Shamsher J B Rana took over as the new Chief Justice of Nepal’s Supreme Court. Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath to Rana at the swearing-in ceremony at Sheetal Niwas, the official residence of the President. Rana, who will have a tenure of four years, has succeeded Chief Justice Om Prakas Mishra.
  23. Name the person who resigned as independent director of Bandhan Bank on 5th January 2019, following his appointment as the chief economic advisor (CEA) to the government?
    1) Krishnamurthy V Subramanian
    2) Abilash Kumar
    3) Suman Mittal
    4) Anshul Kapoor
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Krishnamurthy V Subramanian
    Explanation:
    On January 5, 2019, Bandhan Bank announced the resignation of independent director Krishnamurthy V Subramanian following his appointment as the chief economic advisor (CEA) to the government. On December 7, 2018, the government appointed him as the CEA for a period of three years. He replaced Arvind Subramanian, who resigned from the post in June 2018.
  24. Who assumed charge as the new director of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, on 1st January 2019?
    1) Dr Suresh Rampal
    2) Dr Rakesh Aggarwal
    3) Dr Kailash Chandra
    4) Dr Shekar Kumar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Dr Rakesh Aggarwal
    Explanation:
    On January 1, 2019, Dr Rakesh Aggarwal assumed charge as the new director of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry. He succeeded Dr S Vivekanandan. He is also an elected fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences (India) and National Academy of Medical Sciences (India).
  25. India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a warning that a Cyclonic storm named _____ over Andaman Sea and neighbourhood is moving towards west-northwestwards with a speed of 21 kmph, on 5th January 2019?
    1) PABUK
    2) TEKAH
    3) SILOS
    4) MADNA
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) PABUK
    Explanation:
    On 5th January 2019, a warning was issued by The India Meteorological Department (IMD) that a Cyclonic storm “PABUK” over Andaman Sea and neighbourhood is moving towards west-northwestwards with a speed of 21 kmph. IMD issued guidelines to people living on the Andaman islands to remain at safe place and suspended all fishing operations in the Andaman sea and southeast and east central Bay of Bengal on 5th & 6th January 2019. The Cyclone PABUK will cross Andaman by the evening of 6th January and move towards Myanmar coast and weaken gradually during 7th and 8th January. PABUK was originated in the Gulf of Thailand and created landfall in Nakhon Si Thammarat province of Thailand on 4th January 2019.
  26. Scientists from Washington University of USA have successfully launched a telescope (X-Calibur instrument) from the McMurdo Station in which continent to analyze X-rays arriving from distant neutron stars, black holes and other exotic celestial bodies?
    1) Europe
    2) Antarctica
    3) Australia
    4) Asia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Antarctica
    Explanation:
    Scientists from Washington University of United states of America (USA) successfully launched a telescope (X-Calibur instrument) from the McMurdo Station in Antarctica that will analyze X-rays arriving from distant neutron stars, black holes and other exotic celestial bodies. The X-calibur instrument is carried aloft on a helium balloon intended to reach an altitude of 130,000 feet which is four times the cruising altitude of commercial airliners. Neutron stars are object of very small radius around 30 km and a very high density composed of closely packed neutrons.
  27. Which Sri Lankan cricketer broke the 22 years old record of maximum sixes in an ODI innings by a Sri Lankan player, by smashing 13 sixes, on 5th January 2019?
    1) Amila Aponso
    2) Dushmantha Chameera
    3) Akila Dananjaya
    4) Thisara Perera
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Thisara Perera
    Explanation:
    On 5th January 2019, 29 years old Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera smashed 13 sixes against New Zealand in the 2nd ODI to break the 22 years old record of maximum sixes in an ODI innings by a Sri Lankan player. The previous record was held by Sanath Jayasuriya who smashed 11 sixes in an innings. Thisara Perera’s maiden century in which he scored 140 runs in just 74 balls pulled off a thrilling victory of 21-runs over New Zealand.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Name the MD and CEO and headquarters of United Bank of India (UBI)?
    Answer
    Answer – MD & CEO – Ashok Kumar Pradhan; Headquarters – Kolkata, West Bengal
  2. Chairman of Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) is ____?
    Answer
    Answer – Mohit Singla
  3. Where is Chilika Lake located?
    Answer
    Answer – Odisha
  4. Who is the Chairman of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) headquartered in Mumbai?
    Answer
    Answer – Harsh Kumar Bhanwala
  5. Name the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi?
    Answer
    Answer – Anil Baijal
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