Current Affairs Quiz: November 30 2018

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  1. Name the chairperson of the High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC) formed by the Government in July 2018, which has released its recommendations for stressed thermal power projects?
    1) Anil Kumar Jha
    2) Injeti Srinivas
    3) P K Sinha
    4) Rajiv Gauba
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) P K Sinha
    Explanation:
    On November 29, 2018, the High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC) chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha released its recommendations for stressed thermal power projects. This committee was set up by Government of India in July 2018 and aimed at suggesting measures to resolve the challenges faced by the thermal projects. This report focused on 34 thermal power stations, totaling to a capacity of 40 gigawatt (GW), which are entirely fuelled by coal and lignite. The problems arose when after the twelth Five Year Plan, 99 GW capacity of plants were added against a requirement of 88GW which led to overabundance and lower productivity. Other factors included: the debt burden of the distribution utilities and the financial stress and the erratic coal supply.
  2. Konkan 2018, the bilateral naval exercise between India and which country started off at Goa, on 28th December 2018?
    1) Russia
    2) France
    3) Germany
    4) United Kingdom
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) United Kingdom
    Explanation:
    On 28th November2018, the bilateral KONKAN exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom started off at Goa. KONKAN-2018 will be conducted from 28 Nov to 06 Dec 2018. The Bilateral KONKAN exercise provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbour, so as to build interoperability and share best practices. The harbour phase is scheduled from 28 Nov to 30 Nov 18, followed by the sea phase from 02 to 06 Dec 18. The Royal Navy will be represented by HMS Dragon, a Type 45 Class Destroyer equipped with an integral Wildcat helicopter. The Indian Navy will field INS Kolkata, the first ship of latest Kolkata class destroyers; equipped with integral seaking, besides IN submarine and maritime patrol aircraft, Dornier. Besides exercises at sea, KONKAN-2018 will also incorporate professional interactions and sports fixtures. The 10th edition of Indo-Russian joint military exercise EX INDRA- 2018 concluded on 28 November 2018.
  3. Which Indian institute signed a MoU with University of Auckland to foster academic exchange and research collaboration, faculty exchange and visiting/adjunct appointments and Student Mobility, on 26th November 2018?
    1) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi
    2) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur
    3) Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) Bangalore
    4) National Institute of Technology (NIT) Suratkal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur
    Explanation:
    On 26th November2018, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and University of Auckland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster academic exchange and research collaboration, faculty exchange and visiting/adjunct appointments and Student Mobility. It is the first strategic partnership of University of Auckland with a Higher Educational Institute of India. As per the MoU, the two renowned organization will explore opportunities in the field of Healthcare technologies, cyber security and artificial intelligence.
  4. ______ has formed a committee to prepare a policy for dealing with the scrapping of banned petrol and diesel vehicles?
    1) Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
    2) National Green Tribunal (NGT)
    3) NITI Aayog
    4) Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) National Green Tribunal (NGT)
    Explanation:
    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has formed a committee to prepare a policy for dealing with the scrapping of banned petrol and diesel vehicles. The committee will consist of secretary, Ministry of Road Transport, central government with representatives from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Environment Ministry and the Delhi government. Following the Supreme Court order, the Delhi government has deregistered 40 lakh vehicles, which include petrol vehicles that are 15-years-old and 10-years-old diesel vehicles, and they are being dumped in Mayapuri scrap market. Activities in the said market spew toxic fumes, chemicals and oils which create severe air pollution affecting public health. Thus the green panel directed the Delhi chief secretary to take steps and prepare an action plan for shifting the scrap yards from busy localities of the city to other appropriate locations, within three months.It also directed the chief secretary and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to furnish their separate report with regard to the action taken by March 31 next year.
  5. Karnataka government launched ‘DataCity’ initiative to enable corporates identify the relevant innovative start-ups, in partnership with which start-up accelerator, on 23rd November 2018, in Bengaluru?
    1) Hollow Cubes
    2) Numa
    3) Genie
    4) Rockwell
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Numa
    Explanation:
    On November 23, 2018, Karnataka government in partnership with start-up accelerator Numa, launched an initiative called ‘DataCity’ in Bengaluru. It will be jointly organised by Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and French utility company Suez. It will be a 7-month innovative programme that will enable corporates to identify the relevant innovative start-ups. These start-ups will be chosen based on the solutions they provide using data and technology, for addressing cities’ challenges. The areas of opportunity that could be explored are: mobility, water and waste management, energy, smart buildings, security and pollution management.
  6. _____ became the first Indian state to launch a single emergency number “112”, connecting police, fire, health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the state, on 28th November 2018?
    1) Karnataka
    2) Telangana
    3) Himachal Pradesh
    4) Madhya Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Himachal Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, Himachal Pradesh became the first Indian state to launch a single emergency number “112”, connecting police, fire, health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the state. Central government provided financial assistance of Rs. 4.71 crore and 13 vehicles for the implementation of the project in the state. One ERC has been established in Shimla and 12 District Command Centres have been made available across the state. The ERC has been integrated with police (100), fire (101), health (108) and women helpline (1090) services via single emergency number 112. The service is part of the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) under which ‘112 India’ mobile app is available and has been integrated with panic button of smartphones and ERSS state website. Additionally, a ‘SHOUT’ feature has been introduced in ‘112 India’ mobile app, exclusively for women, to seek immediate assistance.
  7. Where was the second edition of India-UAE Strategic Conclave organized by Economic Times, India, held on 27th and 28th November 2018?
    1) New Delhi, India
    2) Mumbai, India
    3) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    4) Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    Explanation:
    On 27th and 28th November 2018, the two day Second edition of India-UAE Strategic Conclave organized by Economic Times, India was held in the Capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi. Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Mr. Navdeep Suri inaugurated the conclave where Key Business leaders and senior government officials lay down the blueprint to improve Economic cooperation between the two countries and explore the opportunities to enhance trade.
  8. Republic of Korea, Singapore and _____ topped the chart of biennial survey of growth in the wealth of nations, as per preliminary findings in the 3rd edition of ‘Inclusive Wealth Report 2018’ released by United Nations (UN) Environment?
    1) Malta
    2) Egypt
    3) Spain
    4) Ireland
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Malta
    Explanation:
    On November 26, 2018, UN Environment released the 3rd edition of ‘Inclusive Wealth Report 2018’ and an Inclusive Wealth Index on margins of UN Environment Finance Initiative Global Roundtable in Paris, France. According to the preliminary finding, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Malta topped the chart of biennial survey of growth in the wealth of nations. 44 of the 140 countries – more than a third – ranked in the report’s Inclusive Wealth Index have declined in inclusive wealth per head since 1998. The report also revealed that carbon damage is relatively larger in high-income countries.
  9. The latest edition of Global Water Monitor & Forecast Watch List (November 2018), released by IScience (US based limited liability Corporation), states that, water deficits will increase and intensify in India in which year?
    1) 2019
    2) 2020
    3) 2021
    4) 2022
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 2019
    Explanation:
    On November 29, 2018, according to the latest edition of Global Water Monitor & Forecast Watch List (November 2018), released by IScience (US based limited liability Corporation), Water deficits will increase and intensify in India in 2019. Exceptional water deficits occur throughout Gujarat in the west and severe to exceptional deficits from Madhya Pradesh through Karnataka, as well as in Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, and India’s far northeast. The forecast predicts severe to exceptional surplus water for regions including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Mizoram. Moderate to severe deficits were forecast for Bihar. The monsoon rain deficits, caused due to the effect of El Niño, have caused drought-like conditions in almost a third of Indian districts. The months of May through July (2019), indicates primarily moderate deficits in India and some surpluses in Jammu and Kashmir, northern Pakistan, along the Gandaki River in central Nepal, and pockets of Tamil Nadu. The 12-month forecast through July 2019 indicates exceptional (greater than 40 years) water deficits in Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh.
  10. Which country became the first North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Country with the female Army Chief after appointment of Major General Alenka Ermenc to the post of Head of its Army, on 28th November 2018?
    1) Turkey
    2) Greece
    3) Germany
    4) Slovenia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Slovenia
    Explanation:
    On 28th November 2018, Slovenia became the first North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Country with the female Army Chief after appointment of Major General Alenka Ermenc to the post of Head of its Army. The 55 years Old former Army Commander, Alenka Ermenc started her military career in 1991 when Slovenia won independence from former Yogoslavia. Alenka Ermenc was serving as the Army’s Deputy-chief of Staff before as appointment to the post of Army Chief.
  11. Total credit growth from banks to the commercial sector grew at ____ % year-on-year at Rs 97.32 lakh crore in the fortnight ended November 9, 2018, the highest growth since demonetisation in 2016, as per Reserve Bank of India data?
    1) 15.6 %
    2) 14.32 %
    3) 16.6 %
    4) 17.45 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 15.6 %
    Explanation:
    Total credit growth from banks to the commercial sector grew at 15.6 % year-on-year at Rs 97.32 lakh crore in the fortnight ended November 9, 2018, as per Reserve Bank of India data, from previous Rs 84.22 lakh crore. It is the highest growth since demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in November 2016. During the reporting fortnight, the non-food credit grew by 15.12 per cent to Rs 90.51 lakh crore, while the total non-SLR investments rose 22.26 per cent to Rs 6.81 lakh crore.
  12. Which entity has issued norms for interoperability among clearing corporation to bring down the compliance costs for market intermediaries and trading costs?
    1) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    2) Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
    3) Union Ministry of Finance
    4) Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
    Explanation:
    On 27th November 2018, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued norms for interoperability among clearing corporation which is expected to bring down the compliance costs for market intermediaries and thereby the trading costs a well. Interoperability among clearing corporations means linking of multiple clearing corporations in order to allow market participants to effectively consolidate their clearing and settlement functions at the single clearing corporation. SEBI has directed all the clearing corporations to establish peer-to-peer link for ensuring interoperability. Interoperability will lead to efficient allocation of capital for the market participants.
  13. Who has been selected as the recipient of 2018 Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Lifetime Achievement Award for Classical Music?
    1) Ganesh Vaidya
    2) Keshav Ginde
    3) Amarnath Sen Gupta
    4) Abhilash Karath
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Keshav Ginde
    Explanation:
    On November 29, 2018, renowned flautist Pandit Keshav Ginde has been selected as the recipient of 2018 Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Lifetime Achievement Award for Classical Music. In 1984, Pt. Ginde invented and played his creative innovation, the ‘Keshav Venu’ flute, a 42-inch long flute which can produce 3.5 octaves compared to the maximum 2.5 octaves by regular flutes. This unique flute has been preserved by the Sangeet Natak Akademi in its national archives. The flute has also been recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the only flute that can produce 3.5 octaves.
  14. Name the Indian who was conferred with the highest French Civilian Award “Chevalier del la Legion d’Honneur” which means “Knight of the Legion of Honour” by the French Ambassador to India Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, on 28th November 2018?
    1) Mukesh Ambani
    2) S Narayanamoorthy
    3) Azim Premji
    4) Ritesh Banerjee
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Azim Premji
    Explanation:
    On 28th November 2018, Global Software Major Wipro’s Chairman Azim Premji was conferred with Highest French Civilian Award “Chevalier del la Legion d’Honneur” which means “Knight of the Legion of Honour” by the French Ambassador to India Mr. Alexandre Ziegler. The award is presented the Azim Premji for his Contribution towards developing Information Technology (IT) industry in India, his economic outreach in France and his contribution towards society through Azim Premji Foundation and University.
  15. Which Indian actress received Internation al Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) award for achievement in films in the Asia-Pacific Region, at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) held in Brisbane, on 29th November 2018?
    1) Anushka Sharma
    2) Nandita Das
    3) Deepika Padukone
    4) Aishwarya Rai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Nandita Das
    Explanation:
    On 29th November 2018, Actress-filmaker Nandita Das received Internation al Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) award for achievement in films in the Asia-Pacific Region at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) held in Brisbane. Singaporean Filmmaker, Yeo Siew Hua was also awarded with Young Cinema Awards for his film “A Land Imagined”. Nandita Das made her Directional debut with Film ‘Firaaq’ in 2008 and known for her acting in the controversial film “Fire (1996)”, “Earth (1998)” and “Between the Lines”.
  16. Which state was conferred the ‘best state’ award for its pavilions showcasing potential to boost tourism and promotion of local products, at the 38th India International Trade Fair, held in New Delhi, from November 14 to 27, 2018?
    1) Himachal Pradesh
    2) Arunachal Pradesh
    3) Kerala
    4) Uttarakhand
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Uttarakhand
    Explanation:
    On November 27, 2018, at the 2-week long 38th India International Trade Fair, which was held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from November 14 to 27, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu conferred ‘best state’ award to Uttarakhand and silver medal to Himachal Pradesh. The states were awarded due to their pavilions showcasing potential to boost tourism and promotion of local products. For Uttarakhand, Kedarnath reconstruction work, Home Stay scheme initiated by the Department of Tourism, nutraceutical products based on mountain grains, handloom products and handicrafts were displayed at the Uttarakhand pavilion. For Himachal Pradesh the he traditional products like Kullu and Kinnauri shawls, Chamba Rumaal, Kangra and Thanka paintings and wooden and metal craft manufactured by the rural entrepreneurs were exhibited at the Himachal pavilion.
  17. Where did the nine day long 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 conclude on 28th November 2018?
    1) Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
    2) Panaji, Goa
    3) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    4) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Panaji, Goa
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, the nine day long 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 concluded in Panaji, Goa. It showcased 217 films from over 68 countries. The Festival opened with World Premiere of ‘The Aspern Papers’. The Closing film of IFFI 2018 was World Premier of ‘Sealed Lips’.
  18. _____ was the country of focus for the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 that concluded in Panaji, Goa, on 28th November 2018?
    1) Germany
    2) Egypt
    3) Mexico
    4) Israel
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Israel
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, the nine day long 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 concluded in Panaji, Goa. Israel was the country of focus for the 49th edition of IFFI. 10 films in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai, were selected for the country focus package. The opening film for the Country Focus Section was ‘The Other Story’ by Avi Nesher.
  19. Which state was the State of Focus for the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 that concluded in Panaji, Goa, on 28th November 2018?
    1) Rajasthan
    2) Sikkim
    3) Nagaland
    4) Jharkhand
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Jharkhand
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, the nine day long 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 concluded in Panaji, Goa. Jharkhand was selected as the State of Focus for 49th IFFI 2018 and Jharkhand Day was celebrated on 24th November,2018 as part of the festival. This is for the first time that any state was made focus state at IFFI. Movies in the Jharkhand Package include Death in the Gunj, Ranchi Diaries, Begum Jaan with others.
  20. Name the person who received the IFFI Special Award for Lifetime contribution to Cinema, at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 that concluded in Panaji, Goa, on 28th November 2018?
    1) Lijo Jose Pellissery
    2) Salim Khan
    3) Chemban Vinod
    4) Silvia James
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Salim Khan
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, the nine day long 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 concluded in Panaji, Goa. The Awards given out in the 49th IFFI are as follows:
    Award categoryDescription of AwardWinner
    IFFI Special AwardLifetime contribution to CinemaSalim Khan
    Best Film in IFFI 2018Golden Peacock trophy, certificate and a cash prize amount of Rs. 40,00,000.Donbass (Ukraine)
    Best Director awardSilver Peacock Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 15,00,000Lijo Jose Pellissery for the film ‘Ee. Ma. Yau.’,
    Best Actor (Female)Silver Peacock Trophy and cash Prize of Rs 10,00,000.Anastasiia Pustovit for the Ukrainian film “When the Trees Fall”.
    Best Actor (Male)Silver Peacock Trophy and cash Prize of Rs 10,00,000Chemban Vinod for the film ‘Ee. Ma. Yau’
    Special Jury awardSilver Peacock Award and a cash prize of Rs. 15,00,000Milko Lazarov for movie ‘Aga’
    Centenary award for ‘Best Debut Feature Film of a Director’Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhAlberto Monteras II  for his Filipino Movie ‘Respeto’.
     ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi MedalLadakhi Movie ‘Walking with the Wind, directed by Praveen Morchhale.
    the Lifetime Achievement AwardVeteran Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman
  21. Best Film in IFFI 2018 award was given to ____ movie at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 that concluded in Panaji, Goa, on 28th November 2018?
    1) Donbass (Ukraine)
    2) Walking with the Wind (India)
    3) The Aspern Papers (United States)
    4) Sealed Lips (United Kingdom)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Donbass (Ukraine)
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, the nine day long 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 concluded in Panaji, Goa. The Awards given out in the 49th IFFI are as follows:
    Award categoryDescription of AwardWinner
    IFFI Special AwardLifetime contribution to CinemaSalim Khan
    Best Film in IFFI 2018Golden Peacock trophy, certificate and a cash prize amount of Rs. 40,00,000.Donbass (Ukraine)
    Best Director awardSilver Peacock Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 15,00,000Lijo Jose Pellissery for the film ‘Ee. Ma. Yau.’,
    Best Actor (Female)Silver Peacock Trophy and cash Prize of Rs 10,00,000.Anastasiia Pustovit for the Ukrainian film “When the Trees Fall”.
    Best Actor (Male)Silver Peacock Trophy and cash Prize of Rs 10,00,000Chemban Vinod for the film ‘Ee. Ma. Yau’
    Special Jury awardSilver Peacock Award and a cash prize of Rs. 15,00,000Milko Lazarov for movie ‘Aga’
    Centenary award for ‘Best Debut Feature Film of a Director’Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhAlberto Monteras II  for his Filipino Movie ‘Respeto’.
     ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi MedalLadakhi Movie ‘Walking with the Wind, directed by Praveen Morchhale.
    the Lifetime Achievement AwardVeteran Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman
  22. Who was appointed the Chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 28th November 2018?
    1) S Ramesh
    2) Sushil Kumar
    3) Arvind Saxena
    4) Ram Pillai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Arvind Saxena
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, the President appointed Shri Arvind Saxena as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) till 07. 08.2020, i.e., until he attains the age of 65 years. Prior to joining UPSC as Member, Shri Saxena was working as Director of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC). He is a recipient of Awards for Meritorious Services (2005) and Distinguished Services (2012).
  23. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship appointed ____ as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), on 28th November 2018?
    1) Rujutha Prabath
    2) A.M. Naik
    3) Sakshi S.L.
    4) Arushi Sharma
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) A.M. Naik
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship appointed Shri A.M. Naik as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Currently he is the Group Chairman of Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T). Earlier in 2009, Shri Naik was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s 3rd highest civilian award for his outstanding contribution to the economic growth of the country.
  24. Name the person who was sworn-in as the new Water Resources Minister in the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet of Kerala, on 27th November 2018?
    1) Mathew T Thomas
    2) K Krishnankutty
    3) Anju George
    4) M Mohideen Kutty
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) K Krishnankutty
    Explanation:
    On November 27, 2018, K Krishnankutty was sworn in as the new Water Resources Minister in the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet of Kerala. He replaced Matthew T. Thomas who resigned from the position. Prior to this, Krishnankutty was serving as state president, Janata Dal (Secular). He was previously elected to the Kerala Assembly in 1980, 1982 and 1991. He has earlier served as president, Agricultural Processing and Marketing Society, and chairman of the government-appointed committee for framing an agricultural policy for the state during 2011-2016. He also served as vice president of the District Cooperative Bank, Palakkad, and director, State Cooperative Bank.
  25. Who was named the New President of Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) on 26th November 2018?
    1) Akbar Ebrahim
    2) Ranjith Krishna
    3) Hari Teja
    4) J. Prithviraj
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) J. Prithviraj
    Explanation:
    On 26th November 2018, J. Prithviraj who was Vice-President of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) for two years has been named as the New President of FMSCI after Akbar Ebrahim who led FMSCI for the last two years. J. Prithviraj was representing Coimbatore Auto Sports Club before taking up the post. He had served as Chairman and member of various sub-committees. Shivu Shivappa will serve as the Vice-President of FMSCI which consists of 10 members.
  26. _____ was named the new permanent Chairman of Cricket Australia (CA) on 28th November 2018?
    1) Steve Robin
    2) Earl Eddings
    3) David Peever
    4) Hadley Hudson
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Earl Eddings
    Explanation:
    On 28th November 2018, Earl Eddings has been named as the new permanent Chairman of Cricket Australia (CA) following the resignation of David Peever amidst the mounting pressure and the Longstaff review. Earl Eddings who previously player Grade Cricket was appointed as the Cricket Australia Director in 2008 and he will serve as chairman until next October’s annual meeting when a new candidate will be nominated for the post with the consultation with the state associations.
  27. The world’s first genetically edited babies have been created in which country?
    1) United States
    2) Japan
    3) China
    4) Germany
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) China
    Explanation:
    On November 29, 2018, He Jiankui, a Chinese scientist announced creation of the world’s first genetically edited babies at Hong kong, China. The announcement was made at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, China. He sought to disable a gene called CCR5 that forms a protein doorway that allows HIV, the virus that causes Aids, to enter a cell. He is an associate professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen.
  28. Which company announced the launch of the world’s first GST calculator with two new innovations MJ-120 GST and MJ-12GST dedicated to the Indian market, on 28th November 2018?
    1) Canon India
    2) Casio India
    3) TechnoCrush India
    4) Nippon India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Casio India
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, Casio India has announced the launch of the world’s first GST calculator with two new innovations MJ-120 GST and MJ-12GST dedicated to the Indian market. It will make manual invoicing easy and hassle-free. The key features of the Casio MJ-12 GST and MJ-120GST calculators are as follows:
    • In-built GST tabs:All the five (0%, 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%) GST are in-built in MJ-120GST and MJ-12GST and The tax slabs are changeable as per the industry needs.
    • Gross value (net value + Tax),net value and tax paid under different GST slabs stay stored in the GST+0, GST+1, GST+2, GST+3, GST+4 buttons and the overall value in the five slabs stays stored in the GST GT button.
    • Tax- Mode application: a TAX- feature for all the five tax slabs to calculate the base value from MRP was introduced and will help in its application in calculating base value and net profit earned.
    • Multi-industry use: GST+/tax- key can calculate values in multiple formats.
    • Furthermore, the GST GT keyis for calculating gross value of a GST-based calculation and it can also be used for calculating the grand total of a calculation.
  29. Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) launched India’s First ___________ Satellite along with 30 other Foreign Satellite in Orbit by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC),Sriharikota on 29th November,2018?
    1)OCEANSAT-2
    2)Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS)
    3)NovaSAR
    4)RESOURCESAT-1
    5)None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS)
    Explanation:
    On 29th November 2018, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) successfully launched 31 satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota. The rocket injected the country’s first Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS), dubbed ‘Sharp Eye’, in its intended orbit besides 30 small commercial satellites from various countries into the orbits requested by the customers. HysIS is an earth observation satellite built around ISRO’s Mini Satellite-2 (IMS-2) bus weighing about 380kg. The mission life of the satellite is five years. The HysIS satellite will be used for a wide range of applications including agriculture, forestry, soil/geological environments, coastal zones and inland waters, etc. The 30 satellites are one each from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Malaysia, Netherlands and Spain, and 23 from the USA and the total weight of these satellites was about 261.50 kg. The next big event for the Indian space organisation will be its awaited mission to the moon – Chandrayaan-2 – in early 2019.
  30. Researchers at Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun have reported the presence of rare species of Hog Deer in the Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) located in _____?
    1) Meghalaya
    2) Jammu and Kashmir
    3) Manipur
    4) Tripura
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Manipur
    Explanation:
    Researchers at Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun has reported the presence of rare species of Hog Deer in the Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) in Manipur. Earlier it was believed that this endangered sub-species was confined to the eastern part of central Thailand. Hog Deer is losing its habitat in other countries and its population is decreasing year by year, so this small population of hog deer found in Manipur is significant for conservation of the species.
  31. How many years will a cricketer guilty of age fraud be barred from all Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recognised tournaments, as per BCCI’s recent announcement?
    1) 3
    2) 1.5
    3) 2
    4) 2.5
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) 2
    Explanation:
    On 27th November 2018 the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that a cricketer guilty of age fraud will be barred from all its recognised tournaments for two years. The BCCI conveyed that from the 2018-19 seasons, any cricketer who is found guilty of tampering his or her date of birth will be disqualified and barred from participating in any BCCI tournament for a period of 2 years i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Under the new rules, the board will take strict action against cricketers found guilty of tampering with their date of birth certificates while registering for BCCI tournaments. According to the earlier rules, a cricketer guilty of age fraud had to face a ban for a period of one year. The BCCI had banned a Meghalaya-bound Delhi player, Jaskirat Singh Sachdeva, for producing a fake birth certificate to play in an Under-19 tournament earlier in September 2018.
  32. Who retained his title as World Chess Champion, after beating his opponent Fabiano Caruana, at the World Chess Championship in London, on 28thNovember 2018?
    1) Magnus Carlsen
    2) Vishwanathan Anand
    3) Gary Kasparav
    4) Vladimir Kramnik
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Magnus Carlsen
    Explanation:
    Norway’s Magnus Carlsen retained his title as World Chess Champion beating US opponent Fabiano Caruana in a tie-breaker event, at the World Chess Championship in London, on 28th November 2018. Magnus Carlsen has won the Chess Championship thrice earlier. He had two match lead and he needs only a draw in the third tie-breaker to seal his victory.
  33. Harry Leslie Smith died on 28th November 2018. He was a British World War II veteran and a ____?
    1) Journalist
    2) Writer
    3) Political activist
    4) Doctor
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Political activist
    Explanation:
    On November 28, 2018, British World War II veteran and political activist Harry Leslie Smith died at 95. Smith was an outspoken human rights activist and worked as an advocate of National Health Service to protect refugees.
  34. Iravatham Mahadevan passed away in Chennai, on 26th November 2018. He was one of the world’s leading scholars on ____?
    1) Religions
    2) Philosophy
    3) Ancient Scripts
    4) Music
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Ancient Scripts
    Explanation:
    On 26th November 2018, one of the world’s leading Scholar on ancient scripts namely Indus Valley and Tamil Brahmi scripts, Iravatham Mahadevan passed away after a brief illness, aged 88, in Chennai. The Former Member of Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and Padma Shri-awardee devoted himself to the study of India’s early writing systems. He was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1970 for his research on the Indus script and the National Fellowship of the Indian Council of Historical Research in 1992 for his work on the Tamil Brahmi inscriptions. ‘The Indus Script – Texts, Concordance and Tables,’ compiled by Iravatham Mahadevan was published by the Archaeological survey of India in 1977
  35. Name the person who was awarded the Bhagirath Prayas Samman (BPS) 2018, at India Rivers Week (IRW) 2018 held in New Delhi, from November 24 to 26, 2018?
    1) Vishwanath Srikantaiah
    2) Arun Tiwari
    3) Ravi Thakur
    4) Jeeva Shantanu
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Vishwanath Srikantaiah
    Explanation:
    The India Rivers Week (IRW) 2018, a unique meeting on rivers in India was held at the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF), New Delhi, from November 24 to 26, 2018. The focus of this year’s three-day meet was ‘Can India Rejuvenate Ganga?’ The meeting this year took stock of the current progress on the rejuvenation of the Ganga, the appropriateness or effectiveness of the current road map and on developing a plan for the future that needs to be adopted if the Ganga is ever to be restored to its original state. This year’s event was dedicated to Dr G D Agrawal also known as Swami Gyanswarup Sanand, who passed away on November 11 this year after a prolonged fast, which he undertook after the government’s lack of response to his demands. Awards were also distributed in the event for the outstanding contribution to the cause of river rejuvenation. The Bhagirath Prayas Samman (BPS) 2018 was given to Vishwanath Srikantaiah, popular as Zen Rainman and the Anupam Misra Medal 2018, for path breaking media work on Rivers with focus on Ganga, was given away to River Journalist Shri Arun Tiwari. A Citizen’s Report on the Ganga Rejuvenation was also brought up by Dr Ravi Chopra and Sr. Shashi Shekhar on the request of the Organizing Committee of IRW.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Where is Anshi National Park located?
    Answer
      Karnataka
  2. Name the Chairman and headquarters of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)?
    Answer
      Chairman – Kailasavadivoo Sivan; Headquarters – Bengaluru
  3. Who is the President of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) headquartered in Gland, Switzerland?
    Answer
      Pavan Sukhdev
  4. The Governor of Goa is ____?
    Answer
      Mridula Sinha
  5. Where is the headquarters of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)?
    Answer
      Nairobi, Kenya
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