Current Affairs Quiz: November 29 2018

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  1. Central government has announced _____% disinvestment of Air India’s ground handling subsidiary- Air India Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL) to partially pay off the accumulated Rs 500 billion debt of Air India?
    1) 75 %
    2) 80 %
    3) 55 %
    4) 100 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 100 %
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, the Central government announced 100% disinvestment of Air India’s ground handling subsidiary- Air India Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL) to partially pay off the accumulated Rs 500 billion debt of Air India. The decision was taken by an inter-ministerial panel, Air India Specific Alternate Mechanism, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
  2. Where did NITI Aayog organize the 2nd Phase of Urban Management Programme on ‘Water Recycling and Reuse’ in collaboration with Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) & Temasek Foundation (TF) International, on 26thNovember 2018?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Mumbai
    3) Kolkata
    4) Bengaluru
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On November 26, 2018, NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) & Temasek Foundation (TF) Internationalorganized the 2nd Phase of Urban Management Programme on ‘Water Recycling and Reuse’ at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. This event was in accordance to an MOU signed by the NITI Aayog and TF International to develop recycled water as part of sustainable and diverse water portfolio. The event focused on capacity building programme on management of water, particularly its recycling & reuse, and its importance for future urban planning and policy. 8 States/UTs were selected for the capacity building workshops through a Challenge Method. They were –Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Puducherry and West Bengal.
  3. West Bengal Assembly passed “West Bengal Green University (Amendment) Bill 2018” to rename the West Bengal Green University as _____, on 26th November 2018?
    1) Rani Rashmoni Green University
    2) Prithvi Raj Chauhan Green University
    3) Hemchandra Vikramaditya Green University
    4) Rani PushpaChandra Green University
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rani Rashmoni Green University
    Explanation:
    On 26th November 2018, State assembly of West Bengal passed “West Bengal Green University (Amendment) Bill 2018” to rename the West Bengal Green University as Rani Rashmoni Green University in the commemoration of Rani Rashmoni’s 225th Birth anniversary. West Bengal Green University Act was passed in year 2017 for setup of University in Hooghly. Rani Rashmoni had played a very important role in the field of education in West Bengal.
  4. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR – IMTECH) has partnered with German company Merck to establish a “High End Skill Development Centre” at CSIR- IMTECH in which city?
    1) Chandigarh
    2) Pune
    3) Dehradun
    4) Visakhapatnam
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Chandigarh
    Explanation:
    27th November 2018, India’s Premier National Research Laboratory, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR – IMTECH) announced a new partnership with a leading German Science and technology company, Merck to establish a “High End Skill Development Centre” at CSIR- IMTECH in Chandigarh. The first of its kind, this High End Skill Development Centre in Chandigarh will augment India’s Initiative for Skilling India in the area of Life Sciences. The Centre will train Indian students and researchers in Life Science Technologies. The Centre will be equipped with next generation technologies like Gene editing and Single-Molecule Biomarker detection.
  5. Where did Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launch ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ to provide a boost to Intellectual Property Right (IPR) culture in indigenous defence industry, on 27th November 2018?
    1) Hyderabad
    2) New Delhi
    3) Chennai
    4) Cuttack
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On November 27, 2018, Defence Minister, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, launched ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ in New Delhi. Its objective is to provide a boost to the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) culture in indigenous defence industry. The event showcased the successful outcomes of adopting and utilizing the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) applications which enhanced inventions and innovations among Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs). Department of Defence Production and Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA) had a significant role in spreading awareness about the benefits of creating the Intellectual Property culture in the defence sector. Thus, the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) was further entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating and implementing the programme to fulfill its objective.
  6. External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 9th India-Lao PDR (People’s Democratic Republic) Joint Commission Meeting along with H.E. Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith, Foreign Minister of Lao PDR, in ______, on 23rd November 2018?
    1) New Delhi, India
    2) Vientiane, Lao PDR
    3) Sekong, Lao PDR
    4) Mumbai, India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Vientiane, Lao PDR
    Explanation:
    External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 9th India-Lao PDR Joint Commission Meeting along with H.E. Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith, Foreign Minister of Lao PDR, in Vientiane, Lao PDR, on 23rd November 2018. They held constructive discussions covering cooperation in agriculture, trade and investment, defence, education, culture, information technology, energy and mining.
  7. India agreed to grant a total line of credit proposal offer of ______ dollar to Lao PDR (People’s Democratic Republic), on 23rd November 2018?
    1) USD 500 million
    2) USD 250 million
    3) USD 300 million
    4) USD 450 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) USD 250 million
    Explanation:
    On November 23, 2018, External Affairs Minister of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 9th Joint Commission Meeting on Bilateral Cooperation (JCM), between the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and the Republic of India, held in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Lao delegation was led by His Excellency Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR. They held constructive discussions covering cooperation in agriculture, trade and investment, defence, education, culture, information technology, energy and mining. In the meeting, India agreed to grant a total line of credit proposal offer of USD 250 million to Lao PDR.
  8. India’s Foreign Service Institute signed a MoU with Institute of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR for cooperation in which field, on 23rd November 2018?
    1) Marine Defence
    2) Information and Technology
    3) Diplomatic training
    4) Biotechnology
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Diplomatic training
    Explanation:
    On November 23, 2018, External Affairs Minister of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 9th Joint Commission Meeting on Bilateral Cooperation (JCM), between the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and the Republic of India, held in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Lao delegation was led by His Excellency Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR. They held constructive discussions covering cooperation in agriculture, trade and investment, defence, education, culture, information technology, energy and mining. In the meeting, MoU between the Institute of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR and the Foreign Service Institute of India were signed for cooperation in the field of Diplomatic training.
  9. Which edition of Sustainable Blue Economy Conference was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26th to 28th November 2018?
    1) Second
    2) Third
    3) Fourth
    4) First
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) First
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, the 1st 3-day Sustainable Blue Economy Conference concluded at Kenyatta International Convention Center, KICC, in Nairobi, Kenya. It started from November 26, 2018. It aims to work through the framework of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). The theme of this conference was ‘The Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’ It was primarily hosted by the Government of Kenya with Canada and Japan as co-hosts and supported by UNDP through a multi donor basket fund. The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference was built on the momentum of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris and the UN Ocean Conference 2017 ‘Call to Action’. From India Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari participated in the conference.
  10. Where was Saudi-India Business meeting held to discuss trade and regional cooperation between the two countries on 28th November 2018?
    1) Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    2) Hyderabad, India
    3) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    4) Mumbai, India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, Saudi-India Business meeting was held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with the Council of Saudi Chambers during the visit of the Indian Infrastructure & Housing delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Indian side was led by Manoj K Bharti, Additional Secretary, ED Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The meeting was aimed for business, trade and regional cooperation between the 2 countries. India is one of the 8 countries on the preferred list of Saudi Arabia.
  11. Which entity launched a Survey on India’s Startup Sector (SISS) to create a profile of the startup sector in India consisting of dimensions relating to turnover, profitability and workforce, on 27th November 2018?
    1) NITI Aayog
    2) Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)
    3) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    4) Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    Explanation:
    On November 27, 2018, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) launched a Survey on India’s Startup Sector (SISS) to create a profile of the startup sector in India consisting of dimensions relating to turnover, profitability and workforce. Its objective is to understand the problems faced by the startup sector. The details of the start-up entities were made available by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in March 2018.
  12. ‘SBI Ecowrap’ report released by the State Bank of India, states that the GDP growth in September quarter (which is the 2nd quarter) is expected to decelerate to 7.5 % – ____% over the previous three-month period?
    1) 7.7 %
    2) 7.6 %
    3) 7.8 %
    4) 7.9 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 7.6 %
    Explanation:
    On November 26, 2018, according to the ‘SBI Ecowrap’ report released by the State Bank of India, the GDP growth in the September quarter (which is the 2nd quarter) is expected to decelerate to 7.5-7.6 per cent over the previous three-month period. This could be concluded from the result of the SBI Composite Leading Indicator (CLI), a basket of 21 leading indicators for September quarter of the current fiscal. The reasons for this declining trend is due to slowdown in rural demand. In the previous quarter of April-June quarter of 2018-19, the GDP was 8.2 per cent at constant prices (2011-12). Furthermore, the second quarter GVA growth was slowing down due to decline in demand as observed in October 2018.
  13. Government of India conferred the National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) with which status, on 27th November 2018?
    1) Maharatna: Category – I
    2) Miniratna: Category – I
    3) Navratna: Category – II
    4) Maharatna: Category – II
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Miniratna: Category – I
    Explanation:
    On 27th November 2018 the Government of India conferred the National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) with the status of Miniratna: Category –I. This status will empower the company to take speedy decisions. With the status of Miniratna the company will have greater autonomy as the board’s power would get enhanced. One of the premier construction companies, NPCC has also been awarded with the ISO 9001:2015 Certification. The National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC), is a schedule ‘B’ Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the administrative control of Ministry of Water Resources and was incorporated in 1957. The Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) which have made profits in the last three years continuously and have positive net worth are eligible to be considered for grant of Miniratna status.
  14. Who was appointed the chairperson of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for a period of three years, on 26th November 2018?
    1) Sanjeev Lade
    2) Nageshwara Rao Guntur
    3) Nitesh Parekh
    4) Anbarasan Kamath
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Nageshwara Rao Guntur
    Explanation:
    On 26th November 2018, renowned scientist Nageshwara Rao Guntur has been appointed as chairperson of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) by the Ministry of Personnel and Training for the period of three years. Presently Shri Guntur is the chairman, Project Design Safety Committee, Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) and former distinguished scientist of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
  15. Name the person who was appointed as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi, on 27th November 2018?
    1) Devyani Ghosh
    2) Ranbir Singh
    3) Ashiq Shah
    4) Ranjith Patel
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Ranbir Singh
    Explanation:
    On 27th November 2018, 1991-Batch IAS Officer, Ranbir Singh who had earlier served as the commissioner of East Delhi Municipal Corporation was appointed as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi. Ranbir Singh will succeed Vijay Kumar Dev who had been appointed as the chief secretary of the Delhi Government. The Post of Chief Secretary of Delhi was vacant after the transfer of Anshu Prakash.
  16. Elysium Capital Advisory, a real estate-focused investment bank, has appointed _____ as a strategic advisor and mentor?
    1) Manisha Das
    2) Sachin Khandelwal
    3) Shruthi Gandhi
    4) Suraj PS
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Sachin Khandelwal
    Explanation:
    Elysium Capital Advisory, a real estate-focused investment bank, has appointed Sachin Khandelwal as a strategic advisor and mentor. Khandelwal will guide Elysium to strengthen existing business lines and help taking informed strategic decisions to pursue new growth areas. Before this, Khandelwal’s most recent engagement was as a key member on the board of Magma Fincorp and he was MD and CEO for their housing finance company. Also he had worked as MD and CEO of ICICI Home Finance Company.
  17. Name the Smart toilet developed by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and European space agency along with Sanitation Specialists, to detect diseases like Cancer and Diabetes by screening the Urine and directly sharing the data on users’ smartphone?
    1) TestMe
    2) FitLoo
    3) CheckLoo
    4) TestRun
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) FitLoo
    Explanation:
    Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and European space agency along with Sanitation Specialists have developed Smart toilet named “FitLoo” which can detect diseases like Cancer and Diabetes by screening the Urine and directly shares the data on users’ smartphone. The Smart Toilet ‘FitLoo’ is based on the automated sample testing technology used by astronauts at International Space Station (ISS). The toilet will screen Human Urine for the presence of extra proteins and glucose with the help of sensors located inside the bowl.
  18. ____ is India’s first advanced personal robot for kids that has been developed by graduates of Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) who are Co-founders of a start-up called Emotix?
    1) Alibaba –II
    2) Miko 2
    3) Chand 2
    4) Valmiki – I
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Miko 2
    Explanation:
    On 27th November 2018, Graduates of Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) who are Co-founders of a start-up called Emotix have launched India’s first advanced personal robot Miko 2 for Kids. IIT Bombay graduates Sneh Rajkumar Vaswani along with his batchmates Prashant Iyengar and Chintan Raikar have founded the Tech start-up Emotix. Miko 2 is India’s first advanced robot that can see, hear, sense, express, talk, recognize faces, remember names, Identify moods and initiate a conversation. It learn from its own environment to develop a bond with the child.
  19. Which Indian table tennis player won bronze medal in the U-21 Men’s singles category in the 2018 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge, Belgosstrakh Belarus Open, held in Minsk, Belarus, on 16th November 2018?
    1) Vijay Amarnath
    2) Manav Thakkar
    3) Pranav Kaushik
    4) Rana Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Manav Thakkar
    Explanation:
    On November 16 2018, India’s Manav Thakkar settled for a bronze medal in the U-21 Men’s singles category in the 2018 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge, Belgosstrakh Belarus Open held in Minsk, Belarus. Manav Thakkar lost to Russia’s Denis Ivonin in the semifinals by 2-3 to miss out on the gold. Zhao Zihao of China won the gold medal in the U-21 singles category by defeating Denis Ivonin of Russia.
  20. Where was the 14th edition of Hockey Men’s World Cup inaugurated on 27th November 2018?
    1) Guwahati, Assam
    2) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
    3) Kolkata, West Bengal
    4) Jodhpur, Rajasthan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
    Explanation:
    On 27th November, 2018 the 14th edition of Hockey Men’s World Cup kicked off with a grand opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik declared the Hockey World Cup open. The event is being held from 28th November to 16th December 2018. The three-hour opening ceremony show witnessed the performance of many renowned musicians and the troupe including global musical icon AR Rahman and Bollywood stars Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit. The event concluded with the official song of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 -‘Jai Hind Hind, Jai India’ which is sung and composed by Rahman and written by veteran writer Gulzar. A total of 16 teams are playing and are drawn into four groups, each containing four teams. Turtle ‘Olly’ is the official mascot for the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup. It represents the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles that travel thousands of miles in the ocean and arrive in millions every year on Odisha’s beaches for their annual nesting.
  21. Name the creator of American animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, who passed away due to Motor Neuron Disease, on 26th November 2018?
    1) Stephen Hillenburg
    2) Stephen Maxwell
    3) Raphael Reed
    4) Lee Castellano
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Stephen Hillenburg
    Explanation:
    On 26th November 2018, 57 year old, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg passed away due to Motor Neuron Disease also known as ALS, a disease he had been diagnosed with in 2017. SpongeBob, an American animated series, which was aired for nearly two decades since its premiere in 1999 is Nickelodeon’s biggest hit. Hollywood actor David Hasselhoff was starred in SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  22. Who is the author of the book “Fables of Fractured Times” released by former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, on 26th November 2018?
    1) Akhilesh Sircar
    2) Manish Tewari
    3) Rampraksah Karath
    4) Surjith Singh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Manish Tewari
    Explanation:
    On 26th November 2018, Former Prime Minister of India, Shri Manmohan Singh launched a book authored by his former Cabinet colleague Manish Tewari “Fables of Fractured Times”. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was also present during the launch of Manish Tewari’s Book. The Book is a compilation of articles written by Manish Tewari on a wide array of issues, trends and events of National and International Arena between 2017 and 2018.
  23. The first copy of the book “Making of New India: Transformation under Modi Government” was received by _____ from Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley, in New Delhi, on 27th November 2018?
    1) Vice President Venkiah Naidu
    2) President Ram Nath Kovind
    3) Prime Minister Narendra Modi
    4) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) President Ram Nath Kovind
    Explanation:
    On 27th November, 2018 The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, received the first copy of the book “Making of New India: Transformation under Modi Government”, from Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The book is edited by the nationalist think tank Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation (SPMRF) and members of the Niti Aayog: Dr Bibek Debroy, Dr Anirban Ganguly and Shri Kishore Desai. The book contains 51 essays on themes ranging from economy to diplomacy, education to public health. The book endeavours to elaborate on how the government has set out to realise the vision of a New India. Recently Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also unveiled a curated coffee table book titled ‘The Illustrated History of Indian Hockey: A Saga of Triumph, Pain and Dreams’ on 22nd November 2018.
  24. When did world’s largest uniformed youth organization, National Cadet Corps (NCC) celebrate the 70th NCC day all over India?
    1) November 27
    2) November 26
    3) November 25
    4) November 28
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) November 25
    Explanation:
    On 25th November 2018, World’s largest Uniformed Youth Organization, National Cadet Corps (NCC) celebrated 70th NCC day all over India with Cadets participating in Marches, Cultural activities and Social Development Programme. In 2018, NCC Cadets have contributed immensely in various relief operations during Kerala Floods. NCC Cadets also paid a pivotal role in spreading awareness about government initiatives like Swatch Bharat Abhiyan, Digital literacy, Yoga, Blood donation etc.

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  1. Who is the Prime Minister of Lao PDR (People’s Democratic Republic)?
    Answer
      Thongloun Sisoulith
  2. President of Hockey India is _____?
    Answer
      Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad
  3. What is the capital and currency of Belarus?
    Answer
      Capital – Minsk; Currency – Belarusian Ruble
  4. Name the Managing Partner and headquarters of Elysium Capital?
    Answer
      Managing Partner – Leo D. Corradini; Headquarters – Mumbai
  5. Who is the Chairman of DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation)?
    Answer
      Dr G Satheesh Reddy