Current Affairs Quiz: January 9 2019

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  1. Union Government approved setting up of the Centre for Classical Language in _____ on January 5, 2019?
    1) Mysuru, Karnataka
    2) Tirur, Kerala
    3) Salem, Tamil Nadu
    4) Hyderabad, Telangana
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Tirur, Kerala
    Explanation:
    On January 5, 2019, the Union Government issued its nod for setting up the Centre for Classical Language at the Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University in Tirur, Kerala. As per the notification, the state government will enter into an MOU with the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development. Furthermore, in this regard, the HRD ministry had issued a communication in this regard to the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru. The centre is aimed at study and research and other aspects of Malayalam language and its development.
  2. India’s GDP would grow at what percent in 2018-19, as per the first advance estimates of National Income at Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices, for the financial year 2018-2019, released by Central Statistics Office (CSO)?
    1) 7.6 %
    2) 7.2 %
    3) 7.4 %
    4) 7.7 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 7.2 %
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the first advance estimates of National Income at Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices, for the financial year 2018-2019. India’s GDP would grow at 7.2% in 2018-19, showing acceleration from 6.7% growth in 2017-18 because of push from agriculture and manufacturing sectors. It is likely to attain a level of Rs. 139.52 lakh crore. Real GVA (Gross Value Added) is anticipated to grow at 7% in the current fiscal as against 6.5% in 2017-18. It is is anticipated to reach Rs.128.09 lakh crore in 2018-19.
  3. The growth rate in Per Capita Income is estimated at ____ % during 2018-19, as per the first advance estimates of National Income at Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices, for the financial year 2018-2019, released by Central Statistics Office (CSO)?
    1) 6.4 %
    2) 6.1 %
    3) 6.3 %
    4) 6.2 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 6.1 %
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the first advance estimates of National Income at Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices, for the financial year 2018-2019. The growth rate in Per Capita Income is estimated at 6.1 percent during 2018-19, as against 5.4 per cent in the previous year. It is likely to attain a level of Rs.91,921 as compared to Rs.86,668 for the year 2017-18. The Ministry will release second advance estimates of national income for the year 2018-19 and quarterly GDP estimate for October-December quarter on February 28, 2019.
  4. Consumer Price Index (CPI) has shown a rise of what percent during April-November 2018-19, as per the first advance estimates of National Income at Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices, for the financial year 2018-2019, released by Central Statistics Office (CSO)?
    1) 3.9 %
    2) 3.2 %
    3) 3.6 %
    4) 3.7 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 3.9 %
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the first advance estimates of National Income at Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices, for the financial year 2018-2019. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI), in respect of the groups – Food Articles, Manufactured Products, Electricity and all Commodities, has risen by (-)0.9 per cent, 4.1 per cent, 6.8 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively during April-November 2018-19. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) has shown a rise of 3.9 percent during April-November, 2018-19. The GDP at Current Prices in the year 2018-19 is likely to attain a level of Rs.188.41l akh crore, as against Rs. 167.73 lakh crore in 2017-18 showing a growth rate of 12.3 percent. The nominal Net National Income (NNI), also known as National Income (at Current Prices) is likely to be Rs.167.03 lakh crore during 2018-19, as against Rs.148.49 lakh crore for the year 2017-18. It registered a growth rate of 12.5 percent in 2018-19 as against the previous year’s growth rate of 10.1 per cent. Besides the Per Capita Net National Income during 2018-19 is estimated to be Rs.1,25,397 showing a rise of 11.1 per cent as compared to Rs.1,12,835 during 2017-18 with the growth rate of 8.6 percent.
  5. Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF), at current prices is estimated at ____ rupees in 2018-19, as per the first advance estimates of National Income at Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices, for the financial year 2018-2019, released by Central Statistics Office (CSO)?
    1) Rs. 44.45 lakh crore
    2) Rs. 55.58 lakh crore
    3) Rs. 67.45 lakh crore
    4) Rs. 32.56 lakh crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs. 55.58 lakh crore
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the first advance estimates of National Income at Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices, for the financial year 2018-2019. The barometer of investment, Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF), at current prices is estimated at Rs.55.58 lakh crore in 2018-19 as against Rs.47.79 lakh crore in 2017-18. The GFCF at constant (2011-12) Prices is estimated at Rs.45.86 lakh crore in 2018-19 as against ₹40.88 lakh crore in 2017-18. The discrepancies in the GDP estimates for current fiscal has been pegged at Rs.1,49,331 crore as against Rs.2,23,504 crore in 2017-18. The Government Final Consumption Expenditure (GFCE) at Current Prices is estimated at Rs.21.70 lakh crore in 2018-19 as against ₹19.08 lakh crore in 2017-18. whereas at Constant (2011-12) Prices, the GFCE is estimated at Rs.15.28 lakh crore in 2018-19 as against ₹14.0 lakh crore in 2017- 18. The Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) at Current Prices is estimated at Rs.55.58 lakh crore in 2018-19 as against Rs.47.79 lakh crore in 2017-18. At Constant (2011-12) Prices, the GFCF is estimated at Rs.45.86 lakh crore in 2018-19 as against Rs.40.88 lakh crore in 2017-18.
  6. Where is the world’s largest cricket stadium, which will have a seating capacity of over 1 lakh, being constructed?
    1) Motera, Ahmedabad
    2) Cachar, Guwahati
    3) New Town, Kolkata
    4) Koramangala, Bengaluru
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  1) Motera, Ahmedabad
    Explanation:
    The construction of the world’s largest cricket stadium, which will have a seating capacity of over 1 lakh, at Motera in Ahmedabad is underway. The stadium will be built across 63 acres of land and is being designed by renowned architect firm M/s. Populous. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 700 crore and the construction tender has been given to L&T. The infrastructure inside the stadium include three practice grounds and an indoor cricket academy.
  7. ____ has been announced as the 33rd district of Tamil Nadu after bifurcating Villupuram district, on January 8, 2019?
    1) Marakkanam
    2) Kallakurichi
    3) Ulundurpet
    4) Vikravandi
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Kallakurichi
    Explanation:
    On January 8, 2019, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswam announced the formation of a new district Kallakurichi by bifurcating Villupuram district which is one of the large districts in the State. With this, the state will now have 33 districts. The decision was taken because the previous coverage of the district Villupuram was huge and it was becoming difficult for the administrators to govern the district. The newly formed region is renowned for its rice production.
  8. Where will the 13th edition of the annual Global Healthcare Summit be held from July 19th to 21st, 2019?
    1) Mumbai
    2) New Delhi
    3) Hyderabad
    4) Chennai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Hyderabad
    Explanation:
    The 13th edition of the annual Global Healthcare Summit will be held in Hyderabad in India in July 19th to 21st, 2019. It was announced by Dr. Suresh Reddy, President-Elect of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), during a Kick Off Dinner Event, at the Hotel Daspalla, Kavuri Hills, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad on January 2, 2019. Dr. Reddy, who will assume charge as the President of AAPI in July this year at the convention in Atlanta, USA, said, the GHS 2019, planned to be organized by AAPI in collaboration with BAPIO & GAPIO, as well as Host Alumni Chapters, including OGKTMA, ATMGUSA, KAMCOSA, and GMCGA, will focus on preventive health, targeting Rural Health, Women’s Health, and providing special CPR Trainings, that will equip First Responders to help save life.
  9. Reserve Bank of India constituted a 5-member high-level committee under _____ to suggest measures to strengthen the safety and security of digital payments in India, on 8th January 2019?
    1) Salel Parekh
    2) Mahesh Jain
    3) Viral Achari
    4) Nandan Nilekani
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Nandan Nilekani
    Explanation:
    On January 8, 2019, the Reserve Bank of India constituted a 5-member high-level committee under Aadhaar architect Nandan Nilekani to suggest measures to strengthen the safety and security of digital payments in the country. The panel members include:
    • Infosys co-founder Nilekani,
    • former RBI deputy governor H R Khan,
    • former MD and CEO of Vijaya Bank Kishore Sansi and
    • former secretary in ministries of IT and steel Aruna Sharma and
    • chief innovation officer, Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIM Ahmedabad, Sanjay Jain.
  10. Which bank launched a new Current Account with Auto-Sweep facility on 8th January 2019, that will enable the bank’s existing and potential new customers to auto sweep-in and sweep-out the idle funds in the current account to Sweep Fixed Deposit and earn high interest?
    1) AU Small Finance Bank
    2) Jana Small Finance Bank
    3) Federal Bank
    4) Karnataka Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Jana Small Finance Bank
    Explanation:
    On 8th January 2019, the private sector Jana Small Finance Bank has launched a new Current Account with Auto-Sweep facility that will enable bank’s existing and potential new customers to auto sweep-in and sweep-out the idle funds in the current account to Sweep Fixed Deposit and earn high interest. In the said facility the customers will be able to earn interest of 8.5 percent for a tenor of 365 days on sweep deposit. The new facility will enable current account holders to earn higher interest on the idle funds while providing the flexibility of using the funds when the need in business arises. The Jana Small Finance Bank is offering an interest rate of 9% on Regular Fixed Deposit and 9.6% on senior citizen Fixed Deposit. Besides, the bank is also offering 9.25% interest rate on Fixed Deposit with no premature withdrawal.
  11. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted NBFC – P2P (Non-Banking Financial Company – Peer to Peer) Certificate to _____, enabling it to expand operations and target loan disbursals worth INR 100 Crore by the end of financial year 2018-19?
    1) EMarketIndia
    2) IndiaMoneyMart
    3) InstaShopping
    4) BuySellShare
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) IndiaMoneyMart
    Explanation:
    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted NBFC – P2P (Non-Banking Financial Company – Peer to Peer) Certificate to IndiaMoneyMart and this certification will enable IndiaMoneyMart to expand operations and target loan disbursals worth INR 100 Crore by the end of financial year 2018-19. The step will validates IndiaMoneyMart’s strong framework to make lending and borrowing transparent, digital and convenient in confrontation to the regulatory requirement. IndiaMoneyMart is offering loans starting from Rs. 10 thousands to Rs 10 Lakhs for a tenure ranging between 3 months to 36 months. The Milestone will enable IndiaMoneyMart to gain traction among investors seeking for alternative asset class and boost their sentiments. The Recognition of Peer to Peer or P2P lending sector by RBI has revolutionized the way borrowers seek loans and lenders invest idle cash.
  12. Which company signed MOUs with state-run Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, BPC, and HPC) on 7th January 2019, to ensure availability of FASTags at petroleum outlets across India?
    1) Tata Motors Private Limited
    2) Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL)
    3) General Electricals (GE) Pvt. Ltd.
    4) Larsen & Tubro Pvt. Ltd.
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL)
    Explanation:
    On 7th january 2019, Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL), a company promoted by NHAI, has signed MOUs with state-run Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, BPC, and HPC). It will ensure availability of FASTags at petroleum outlets across India. Indian highways management company ltd. (IHMCL) had launched the national electronic toll collection program (NETC) under the brand name “FASTag” in April 2016. This program has gain success and running at 450 toll plaza along with national highway and selected state toll plazas. The enhanced adoption of FASTag program will increase user convenience by offering seamless toll-fee payments at Plazas and thus help save time, money and fuel. IHMCL is also planning to launch two mobile applications named MYFASTag and IHMCLPOS, will enable customers to link the FASTags with their preferred bank account. FASTag can be recharged by using UPI (unified payment interface) platform. In the first phase, the tags will be available across 50 Fuel Station in Delhi NCR, which will subsequently be expanded to outlets across India.
  13. Who took charge as India’s new ambassador to China on 8th January 2019?
    1) Ajay Bisaria
    2) Lakshmi Ramakrishnan
    3) Vikram Misri
    4) Atul Goel
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Vikram Misri
    Explanation:
    On January 8, 2019, India’s new ambassador to China, Vikram Misri, took charge of the post. He reported to Hong Lei, Deputy Director General of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. He is a 1989-batch India Foreign Service (IFS) officer, and replaced Gautam Bambawale who retired in November 2018. Prior to this appointment, Misri served as Indian envoy in Myanmar. Earlier, he has served in various capacities at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as well as in the Prime Minister’s Office. He also served in various Indian Missions in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.
  14. Name the chairman of National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), ____ who took over as the president of Global Solar Council (GSC) on January 1, 2019?
    1) Pranav R Mehta
    2) Sunil Chandra
    3) Rishi Jain
    4) Vishwas Gupta
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Pranav R Mehta
    Explanation:
    The chairman of National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), Shri Pranav R Mehta, has taken over as the president of Global Solar Council (GSC) from January 1, 2019. He is dubbed as the Solar Man of India. He has been conferred with the ‘Visionary Disruptor Award’ by Solar Future Today, which he will be receiving on 15th January, 2019 at the sidelines of World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.
  15. Who joined International Monetary Fund (IMF) as its 11th chief economist, thus becoming the first woman to occupy the post, on 8th January 2019?
    1) Mallika Jayanth
    2) Sakshi Roy
    3) Gita Gopinath
    4) Priyanka Mayank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Gita Gopinath
    Explanation:
    On January 8, 2019, Mysore-born Gita Gopinath joined International Monetary Fund (IMF) as its 11th chief economist, thus becoming the first woman to occupy the top IMF post. She succeeded Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld who retired on December 31, 2018. She is the John Zwaanstra professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.
  16. Name the director general of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) who has been appointed as the Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) up to 31st December 2021?
    1) Rajesh Chauhan
    2) Athish Pramod
    3) Kumar Rajesh Chandra
    4) Aman Singh Mittal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  3) Kumar Rajesh Chandra
    Explanation:
    Civil aviation security head and senior IPS officer Kumar Rajesh Chandra was appointed as the Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) up to 31st DEC 2021 for a tenure of around 2 years. Kumar Rajesh Chandra , a 1985 IPS officer of Bihar cadre ,is at present the director general of the bureau of civil aviation security (BCAS). He will succeed SS Deswal, chief of indo-tibetan border. The SSB has about 80,000 personnel, guards India’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan.
  17. Who was reinstated as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director without given any major policy decision making powers, by the Supreme Court, on 8th January 2019?
    1) Shivaram S
    2) Alok Kumar Verma
    3) Akhilesh Singh
    4) Narendra Barua
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Alok Kumar Verma
    Explanation:
    On January 8, 2019, the Supreme Court, as per orders penned by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, reinstated CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma without giving him any major policy decision making powers. This was done against the October 23 2018 decision which had earlier divested him of his powers completely as per the corruption charges brought against him. After the successful conduct of the Central Vigilance Commission inquiry against those charges will further steps be taken against him by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI Director. The high-powered committee will comprise of the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha.
  18. ____ will resign as the President of World Bank on February 1, 2019, much before the end of his term in 2022?
    1) Kristalina Georgieva
    2) Jim Yong Kim
    3) Takehiko Nakao
    4) Christine Lagarde
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  2) Jim Yong Kim
    Explanation:
    World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has announced that he will step down from his position on February 1, much before the end of his term in 2022. Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank CEO, will assume the role of interim President. Kim, 58, has been in this position for over six years now.
  19. Name the mobile application launched by Reliance Jio Infocomm for pilgrims who will congregate during Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj that will be held from 15th January to 4th March, 2019?
    1) Kumbh Reliance
    2) Kumbh JioPhone
    3) Kumbh Seva
    4) Kumbh Help Station
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  2) Kumbh JioPhone
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, Reliance Jio Infocomm launched the Kumbh JioPhone application, especially designed for millions of pilgrims who will congregate during this year’s Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj. The new app which will be available to both existing and new JioPhone users will contain information on Kumbh, real-time travel information (special trains, buses etc.), booking tickets and receiving updates, ‘Yatri Ashray’ at stations, emergency helpline numbers, area routes and maps, pre-published bath and religious day schedules and railway camp mela. The new app has a feature called ‘Khoya Paya’ that will help users stay close to near and dear ones by finding their exact location. The Kumbh Mela which is set to take place from 15th January to 4th March, 2019 in Prayagraj is the world’s largest human congregation, with over 130 million pilgrims taking a dip in the holy waters in a span of just 55 days.
  20. NASA’s transiting exoplanet survey satellite (TESS) has discovered a planet named _____ orbiting around the star HD 21749, which lies about 53 light years from earth in the faint constellation reticulum?
    1) HD21749b
    2) FB14566c
    2) XC56788y
    4) RX98989e
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) HD21749b
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, NASA’s transiting exoplanet survey satellite (TESS) has discovered a planet named HD21749b orbiting around the star HD 21749, which lies about 53 light years from earth in the faint constellation reticulum. TESS does this work by carving the sky up into overlapping sectors, studying each one for 27 days at a time. Discovery team leader Diana Drogomir, institute of astrophysics and space research said that the planet has a density of water, a thick atmosphere and has an average surface temperature around 300 degrees Fahrenheit. HD 21749b completes one orbit of its host star, which is nearly as bright as our sun, every 36 earth days. It is a “sub Neptune”, around three times bigger than earth and 23 times more massive then earth, which means it’s likely gaseous rather than rocky.
  21. Where will the second edition of the Khelo India Youth Games be held from 9th to 20th January 2019?
    1) Kochi, Kerala
    2) Kolkata, West Bengal
    3) Pune, Maharashtra
    4) Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Pune, Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    From 9th January 2019, Maharashtra is going to host the second edition of the Khelo India Youth Games which includes completions in 18 different disciplines at Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune. The event will conclude on 20th January 2019. Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) is a part Khelo India which is the revamped national programme for development of sports in India. Students from colleges and universities are participating in the event for the first time. Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister of State for Youth affairs and sports Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will attend a virtual touch ceremony at Shree Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex. More than 6000 Under–17 and Under-21 athletes from all over the India are participating in the games. There are 6 team sports in KIYG and agenda includes Kabaddi and Kho-Kho. Khelo India Youth Games 2018 was held at Delhi.
  22. Australian cities Sydney and _____ have been announced as the first two host locations for the newest team event in men’s tennis for the multi-million dollar ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Cup from 2020?
    1) Melbourne
    2) Brisbane
    3) Perth
    4) Canberra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Brisbane
    Explanation:
    On 7th January 2019, Australian cities Sydney and Brisbane have been announced as the first two host locations for the newest team event in men’s tennis for the multi-million dollar ATP Cup from 2020. The two cities have beaten competition from other parts of Australia to host the re-launched team event, the ATP Cup, slated to start from 3-12 January next year with a 24-team competition. The third Australian city for the tournament is yet to be determined. The tournament will comprise more than 100 players from 24 nations with $15 million in prize money and 750 ATP Ranking points. Sydney will host the knockout rounds and the final at the Ken Rosewall Arena at the Olympic Tennis Center venue while Brisbane will hold tie matches at the Queensland Tennis Centre. The ATP Cup is seen as a threat to the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) 18-nation Davis Cup competition starting in Madrid in November this year.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Who is the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu?
    Answer
    Answer – Edappadi K Palaniswami
  2. Where is Mathikettan National Park located?
    Answer
    Answer – Kerala
  3. Who is the CEO of World Bank?
    Answer
    Answer – Kristalina Georgieva
  4. The Chief statistician of India (CSI) is ____?
    Answer
    Answer – Pravin Srivastava
  5. Name the MD & CEO of Jana Small Finance Bank?
    Answer
    Answer – MD & CEO – Ajay Kanwal; Headquarters – Bengaluru
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