Current Affairs Quiz: May 1 2018

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  1. Maharashtra State will get a new airport which is expected to be functional by September 2018, at ParuleChipi in which district?
    1.Pune
    2.Vidharba
    3.Sindhudurg
    4.Nagpur
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3.Sindhudurg
    Explanation:
    This airport is being constructed under the aegis of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) by IRB Sindhudurg Airport Pvt. Ltd. on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer (DBFOT) basis. Estimated cost for constructing this airport is Rs. 520 crore. Sindhudurg airport will have a 2500-meter runway and in terms of passenger handling capacity, it will be able to handle 200 departing and 200 passengers arriving during peak hours. Post completion, this airport will provide better connectivity to the Konkan region of Maharashtra, parts of Goa, North Karnataka and Western Maharashtra.
  2. 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh from 21st to 23rd January, 2019. What is the theme of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas?
    1.Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India
    2.Role of Indian Culture in building a New India
    3.Role of Indians in building a New World
    4.Role of Science in building a New India
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India
    Explanation:
    15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth. It will be organised by Union Ministry of External Affairs in association with the Uttar Pradesh State Government. Theme of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India”. Arrangements are being made in such a way that visiting Indian Diaspora will get an option to first participate in the Kumbh Snan (in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh) and then travel to New Delhi to be part of the Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2019.
  3. In March 2018, ISA had a setup a task force, which would be responsible for creating ecosystems for startups in solar innovations by enabling incubation, partnerships and access to finance. What does “I” represent in ISA?
    1.International
    2.Innovative
    3.Indian
    4.Information
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.International
    Explanation:
    The task force is being chaired by SoftBank Group Corp Chairman & CEO Masayoshi Son. At the meeting of this task force, convened by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on April 28, 2018, it was decided to identify six star centres of global excellence. This task force will also develop an overarching innovation strategy to promote innovation in the areas such as solar finance, technologies and applications.
  4. 20000 troops of Indian Army’s South Western Command are participating in the ongoing ‘Vijay Prahar’ exercise near Suratgarh in ____?
    1.Gujarat
    2.Rajasthan
    3.Uttar Pradesh
    4.Uttarakhand
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Rajasthan
    Explanation:
    Objective of this exercise is to fine-tune jointmanship between troops of Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) and maximising the impact of the joint operations. The exercise emphasises on testing fighting capabilities by launching mock offensives with fighting equipment and armed helicopters. Vijay Prahar will conclude on May 9, 2018.
  5. Where was the 9th India Japan Energy Dialogue held on May 1, 2018?
    1.Tokyo, Japan
    2.New Delhi, India
    3.Hyderabad, India
    4.Nagoya, Japan
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.New Delhi, India
    Explanation:
    The Indian side was represented by Minister of State(Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K Singh and Japanese side was represented by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Mr. Hiroshige Sekosigned. In the joint statement issued at the conclusion of the meeting, both India and Japan reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral energy cooperation and work together in promoting well-functioning energy markets. It has been agreed that both countries will initiate the discussion towards development of Electric Vehicles (EVs) by collaborating with “Policy dialogue on next generation/Zero emission vehicles”.
  6. On 1st May 2018, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and union minister of state for railways Ranjan Gohain flagged off _____ , which began its service from Raipur, Chhattisgarh on its first day?
    1.Ayodhya Express
    2.Antyodaya Express
    3.Amaravati Express
    4.Bhatinda Express
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Antyodaya Express
    Explanation:
    Antyodaya Express began its service from Raipur, Chhattisgarh on its first day. It is a fully unreserved, well-equipped weekly train between Durg and Firozpur Cantt. The train features modern coaches, RO drinking water, mobile charging facilities, bio-toilets, LED lights etc.
  7. As per data released by Union Ministry of Finance, the total gross Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue collected in the month of April 2018 surpassed the Rs 1 lakh crore mark and stood at ____?
    1.Rs 103458 crore
    2.Rs 111458 crore
    3.Rs 218456 crore
    4.Rs 123458 crore
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Rs 103458 crore
    Explanation:
    Rs 103458 crore GST collection for April 2018 consists Central GST (CGST) worth Rs 18652 crore, State GST (SGST) of Rs 25704 crore, Integrated GST (IGST) of Rs 50548 crore and cess of Rs 8554 crore. Since roll out of GST in July 2017, April 2018 is the first ever month in which GST collection surpassed Rs. 1 lakh crore mark. Surge in GST collection has been attributed to implementation of E-way bill system for movement of goods worth over Rs 50000 from one state to another.
  8. Name the singer who was conferred the P.C.Chandra Puraskaar 2018 recently?
    1.Latha Mangeshkar
    2.Asha Bhosle
    3.K J Yesudass
    4.Unni Menon
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Asha Bhosle
    Explanation:
    Actress Sharmila Tagore was the Chief Guest of the event. She presented the award to Asha Bhosle. Asha Bhosle made her singing debut in 1943. She has won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008. The P. C. Chandra Puraskaar honours people from various fields who have achieved great heights. The ‘P.C. Chandra Puraskaar’ award consists of Rupees Ten lacs which is tax exempted.
  9. Who is the Indian Information Services (IIS) officer who took over as the Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB), on May 1, 2018?
    1.Subash Chandra Garg
    2.Sitanshu Ranjan Kar
    3.Rajeev Kumar
    4.Bijoy Mathew
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Sitanshu Ranjan Kar
    Explanation:
    Sitanshu Ranjan Kar is a 1983-batch IIS officer, who has served at key positions in various media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting viz. All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan. He joined PIB in 2003. He succeeds Frank Noronha (superannuated on April 30, 2018) as the Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB). In 1988, Sitanshu Ranjan Kar became the first Indian to win the prestigious Visnews Fellowship of London, under which, he travelled throughout Europe and North America to experience cutting-edge technologies being used in television news production by leading broadcasters.
  10. Name the WhatsApp co-founder and CEO who has announced his exit from WhatsApp?
    1.William Brian
    2.Jan Koum
    3.Will Marian
    4.Robert Elrich
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Jan Koum
    Explanation:
    It is said that WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum has decided to exit from WhatsApp due to difference of opinion with parent company Facebook because of data privacy, encryption and other issues. Jan Koum sold WhatsApp to Facebook for over $19 billion in 2014. He has also planned to step down from Facebook’s board of directors. It is said that, Neeraj Arora is expected to be made the new WhatsApp CEO.
  11. On May 5, 2018, NASA will be launching ____, the first-ever mission dedicated to exploring the deep interior of Mars?
    1.InOrbit
    2.Intech
    3.InSight
    4.Redragon
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3.InSight
    Explanation:
    ’InSight’ will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. ‘InSight’ stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is a stationary robotic lander. InSight will be NASA’s first mission since the Apollo moon landings to place a seismometer (a device that measures quakes), on the surface of another planet. It will carry a suite of sensitive instruments to gather data. These instruments include an ultra-sensitive seismometer for detecting marsquakes, which has been built by a multinational team led by France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and a thermal probe, developed by German Aerospace Center (DLR) that can bury itself up to five metres underground and measure heat flowing from inside the planet.
  12. Where was the ISSF World Cup Stage 2 held from 20th to 30th April 2018?
    1.Tokyo, Japan
    2.Changwon, South Korea
    3.London, United Kingdom
    4.New Delhi, India
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Changwon, South Korea
    Explanation:
    On 20th to 30th April 2018, ISSF World Cup Stage 2 was held at the Changwon International Shooting Range in Changwon, South Korea. Nearly 876 athletes participated in the competition. They represented 70 National Olympic Committees. The total medals tally was topped by China with a total of seven medals: four golds, two silvers and one bronze. Russia is in 2nd place with three gold and two silver medals. The United States of America is in 3rd position with two golds and one bronze medals.
  13. Which country topped the medals tally in the ISSF World Cup Stage 2?
    1.Japan
    2.China
    3.Russia
    4.India
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.China
    Explanation:
    On 20th to 30th April 2018, ISSF World Cup Stage 2 was held at the Changwon International Shooting Range in Changwon, South Korea. Nearly 876 athletes participated in the competition. They represented 70 National Olympic Committees. The total medals tally was topped by China with a total of seven medals: four golds, two silvers and one bronze. Russia is in 2nd place with three gold and two silver medals. The United States of America is in 3rd position with two golds and one bronze medals.
  14. Name the Indian who won a silver medal in the 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup Stage 2?
    1.Amitav Ghosh
    2.Shahzar Rizvi
    3.Jitu Rai
    4.Ananth Kumar
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Shahzar Rizvi
    Explanation:
    Shahzar Rizvi won India’s first medal at the ISSF World Cup Stage 2. He won a silver medal in the 10m air pistol event. He scored 239.8. Russia’s Artem Chernousov won the gold medal with a final score of 240. Bronze medal was won by Bulgaria’s Samuil Donkov whose total score was 217.1.
  15. Who won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2018 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan?
    1.Sebastian Vettel
    2.Lewis Hamilton
    3.Max Verstappen
    4.Kimi Raikkonen
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Lewis Hamilton
    Explanation:
    Mercedes team’s Lewis Hamilton, who was trailing behind his team mate Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, managed to gain top spot after a crash between the Red Bulls affected Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas suffered a puncture. Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari came second while Sergio Perez of Force India came third. Azerbaijan Grand Prix was held for the first time in 2017.
  16. Hockey India has named ____ as the chief coach for the Indian men’s hockey team?
    1.Narendra Singh
    2.Harendra Singh
    3.Mahnendra Singh
    4.Gurjeet Singh
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Harendra Singh
    Explanation:
    Earlier, Harendra Singh was appointed as the chief coach of the Indian women’s hockey team in September 2017. Under his guidance the women’s team won the Asia Cup title in Japan in October 2017. However, the team didn’t perform as per expectations in the recently concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games. Harendra Singh will take over the role of chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team from Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne, who will now be the chief coach of the women’s national side.
  17. Where did the Indian Blind Football Federation (IBFF) conduct the third edition of All India Invitational Blind Football Tournament from 27th April to 1st May 2018?
    1.Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    2.Kochi, Kerala
    3.Kolkata, West Bengal
    4.Patna, Bihar
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Kochi, Kerala
    Explanation:
    Over 100 players from all over India participated in the tournament. The Round Robin League Games were played from 27th April to 29th April 2018 at the Alwaye Blind School Grounds. On 30th April 2018, semi-finals were played at the Jogo grounds. Finals of the tournament were also played there. Blind Football is a fast paced 5-a-side football played by visually impaired athletes with a ball having a noise-making device inside.
  18. Name the former Finance minister of West Bengal ____ who passed away after suffering from respiratory problems, at a hospital in Kolkata?
    1.Ashok Mitra
    2.Ashok Mittal
    3.Ravinder Singh
    4.Ajay Kumar
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1.Ashok Mitra
    Explanation:
    Ashok Mitra was 90 years old. He has written a few books. He is an eminent economist. He had written columns in newspapers on social and economic issues. He was the Finance minister of West Bengal from 1977 to 1987. He was the Chief Economic Adviser to the Central Government from 1970 to 1972.
  19. On 30th April 2018, former AIFF Secretary ____ died after suffering from a long term illness in Kannur, Kerala?
    1.Raman Raghunathan
    2.PP Lakshmanan
    3.Amaran Pillai
    4.Paritosh Gajjar
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.PP Lakshmanan
    Explanation:
    PP Lakshmanan was 83 years old. He was AIFF (All India Football Federation) Secretary from 1988 to 1996. He was the vice-president of Kerala Football Association (KFA) from 1971-88. He was KFA President from 1980-88. Also, he was Executive Committee Member of the Indian Olympic Association for five years.
  20. When did Gujarat and Maharashtra celebrate their Statehood Day named as Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day?
    1.April 30
    2.May 1
    3.April 29
    4.April 28
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.May 1
    Explanation:
    On 1st May 2018, Gujarat and Maharashtra celebrated their Statehood Day. Maharashtra and Gujarat came into existence as states on 1st May 1960. Hence May 1 is marked as Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day. On 1st May 1960 Maharashtra and Gujarat were formed on linguistic grounds.
  21. ‘Sujalam Sufalam Water Conservation Initiative’ to increase water conservation capacity was launched by which state on 1st May 2018?
    1.Rajasthan
    2.Gujarat
    3.Maharashtra
    4.Madhya Pradesh
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2.Gujarat
    Explanation:
    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that, the Gujarat government will start a month-long initiative named ‘Sujalam Sufalam Water Conservation Initiative’, from 1st May 2018 (Foundation Day of Gujarat) to increase its water conservation capacity. Activities like deepening ponds, desilting water reservoirs and check dams, cleaning and repairing Narmada canal networks, and executing rain water harvesting projects in urban areas will be done as a part of this initiative. Through this programme, the government has aimed to raise rain water conservation capacity in Gujarat by 11,000 lakh square feet.
  22. When was World Labour Day celebrated all over the world?
    1.April 29
    2.April 30
    3.May 1
    4.April 28
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3.May 1
    Explanation:
    International Workers’ Day also known as Labour Day or Workers’ Day or May Day is celebrated every year on 1st May. This day is a celebration of labourers and the working classes. May 1 was chosen as International Workers’ Day to commemorate the tragedy that happened due to a bombing at a labour protest against the police in Chicago in 1886. International Workers’ Day on May 1 is declared a holiday in most of the countries.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Which state houses the Anamudi Shola National Park?
    Answer
    Kerala
  2. Name the President and headquarters of International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF)?
    Answer
    Olegario Vázquez Raña, Headquarters – Munich, Germany
  3. Where is the headquarters of International Solar Alliance (ISA) that was launched in 2015?
    Answer
    Gurugram, Haryana
  4. Panambur Port is present in which state?
    Answer
    Karnataka
  5. Where is Sanjay Gandhi National Park located?
    Answer
    Maharashtra