Current Affairs Quiz: October 9 2018

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  1. The “Closing the Skills Gap Task Force in India” constituted by the Union ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship and World Economic Forum is co-chaired by Dharmendra Pradhan and _____?
    1) Vikash Sharma
    2) Salil Parekh
    3) Amitabh Kant
    4) Narayana Swamy
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Salil Parekh
    Explanation:
    On October 8, 2018, a task force was constituted by the Union ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship in collaboration with World Economic Forum for addressing the skill gap in the country. This task force is called: Closing the Skills Gap Task Force in India and will be co-chaired by the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan along with Infosys MD and CEO Salil Parekh. This is the second country-led public-private collaboration of the World Economic Forum’s Closing the Skills Gap Project after South Africa. The functions of the task force would be to: Bring together various leaders from different sectors like business, government, education and Working on promoting education and training systems in the country.
  2. Where is the 3rd edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) held from 7th to 15th October 2018?
    1) Pune, Maharashtra
    2) Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
    3) Kochi, Kerala
    4) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On October 7, 2018, the 3rd edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) commenced at Visakhapatnam. It will be a week long exercise concluding on October 15, 2018. In the exercise: Indian side is represented by: INS Satpura, INS Kadmatt, INS Shakti, one submarine, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet. Japanese Side is represented by: Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Inazuma , under the command of Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukada, Commander, Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4). JIMEX-18 is aimed to enhance interoperability, improve understanding and imbibe the best practices of each other.
  3. Which state government launched 2 schemes called the Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojana and Chief Minister’s Krishi Samuh Yojana, on 8th October 2018?
    1) Nagaland
    2) Sikkim
    3) Manipur
    4) Arunachal Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Arunachal Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On October 8, 2018, Arunachal Pradesh Government launched 2 schemes called- the Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojana and Chief Minister’s Krishi Samuh Yojana in Itanagar. The Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojana will subsume three state flagship programmes, namely: CM’s Employment Generation Scheme, CM’s Agri-Mechanization Programme and CM’s Flagship Programme on Tea and Rubber. The Chief Minister’s Krishi Samuh Yojana aims at: Providing timely supports and marketing interventions of the government for better price realization and doubling farmers’ income.
  4. Where was the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference of India Region, Zone III, inaugurated on 8th October 2018?
    1) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
    2) Guwahati, Assam
    3) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
    4) Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Guwahati, Assam
    Explanation:
    On October 8, 2018, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference of India Region, Zone III in Guwahati. Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference plays an important role in promoting democracy. It provides a platform to the legislators to interact with domain experts and their peers.
  5. Government has decided to cover crop damages in wild animal attacks under which scheme on trial basis?
    1) Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna
    2) Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana
    3) Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana
    4) Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna
    Explanation:
    Union Agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh stated that the government has decided to cover damages to crops in wild animal attacks under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna in select districts on an experimental basis. The government has also brought under the Fasal Bima Yojna ambit certain horticultural crops on an experimental basis. Damages to individual or limited number of cultivators in localised events like water logging, land slide, hailstorms etc did not fall under the ambit of the Centre’s crop insurance scheme earlier, but they too are being covered now under new provisions.
  6. Where will the Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019 be held from 18-20 January, 2019?
    1) Kolkata
    2) Chennai
    3) Bengaluru
    4) Mumbai
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Bengaluru
    Explanation:
    The Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019, organised by the Karnataka’s Department of Agriculture, will be held from 18-20 January. The three-day fair, primarily for farmers, buyers, sellers and exporters of organic produces and millets, will have about 250 exhibitors occupying an exhibition space of 10,000 square meters including stalls from other states, countries, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and farmer federations.
  7. Name the world’s First Full-Scale Hyperloop Passenger Capsule launched by US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies or HyperloopTT?
    1) Infinite Loop
    2) Quintero One
    3) Hyper One
    4) Uno Fast
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Quintero One
    Explanation:
    On October 3, 2018, US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies or HyperloopTT launched the first full-scale transportation capsule which will be operational in 2019. The name of the capsule is: “Quintero One”. It is a 32-metre 5 tonne capsule that has 72 sensors, 75,000 rivets and 7,200 square metres of fibre. It was constructed completely out of a specially made dual-layer smart composite material called “Vibranium” made by HyperloopTT. It can move at speeds of more than 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) per hour and has a capacity to hold 30 to 40 passengers at a time.
  8. Which country joined the joint exercise codenamed ‘Kamandag’ (venom) with US and Filipino troops in the Philippines for the first time since World War II, on 6th October 2018?
    1) China
    2) Japan
    3) Australia
    4) India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Japan
    Explanation:
    On October 6, 2018, Japan joined the joint exercise codenamed- ‘Kamandag’ (venom) with US and Filipino troops in the Philippines for the first time since World War II. This marked the first time Japanese armoured military vehicles were used on foreign soil since 1945. This exercise consists of about 150 US, Filipino and Japanese troops participating in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training.
  9. As per Voluntary Retention Route (VRR) proposed by RBI (Reserve Bank of India), a foreign portfolio investor will be required to invest a minimum of _____% of the committed portfolio size (CPS) within the one-month period?
    1) 67 %
    2) 23 %
    3) 50 %
    4) 76 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 67 %
    Explanation:
    On October 8, 2018, RBI in consultation with the government and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), proposed a flexible route for FPIs to invest in debt markets. The route is called: voluntary retention route (VRR). Under this, a foreign portfolio investor will be required to invest a minimum of 67% of the committed portfolio size (CPS) within the one-month period. Under VRR-Govt, foreign portfolio investors will be eligible to invest in any government security, including treasury bills. Under VRR-Corp, FPIs may invest in corporate debt instruments, including commercial papers.
  10. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in its ‘Trade and Development 2017’ report has predicted India’s GDP to grow to what percent in 2018?
    1) 7 %
    2) 7.6 %
    3) 8.6 %
    4) 8 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 7 %
    Explanation:
    On September 26, 2018, UNCTAD in its ‘Trade and Development 2017’ report predicted India’s GDP to grow to 7% in 2018. Previously, in 2017 it was predicted to be 6.2%. India is currently among the world’s fastest growing economies with GDP growth of 7.7 per cent year on-year in the first quarter of 2018. Main reason for the growth is growing demand for exports which has led to a moderate recovery in industrial production. Effects of demonetization are still evident in private consumption. The Indian rupee is under pressure on foreign exchange markets.
  11. Developing countries of the East Asia and Pacific region will grow at what per cent in 2018, according to World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific economy update October 2018 edition?
    1) 6.8 %
    2) 7.3 %
    3) 8.3 %
    4) 6.3 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 6.3 %
    Explanation:
    On October 4, 2018, the World Bank released its East Asia and Pacific economy update October 2018 edition. According to the report, developing countries of the East Asia and Pacific region will grow at 6.3 per cent in 2018 mainly due to China’s moderate growth. In 2017, the growth of the region was at 6.6 percent. Major challenges faced are: Higher US interest rates owing to trade wars, A stronger US dollar and Financial market volatility in many emerging economies. iv. China’s growth will slow moderately to 6.5 per cent. Remaining East Asia and Pacific region will maintain a stable growth of 5.3 per cent between 2018-2020 mainly due to a domestic demand.
  12. India’s GDP growth is expected to touch what percent in 2018-19, according to World Bank’s South Asia Economic Focus ‘Budget Crunch’ report?
    1) 7.3%
    2) 7.5 %
    3) 7.6 %
    4) 7.7 %
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 7.3%
    Explanation:
    October 8, 2018, World Bank in its South Asia Economic Focus ‘Budget Crunch’ report released the projection of GDPs of various countries. It stated that India’s GDP growth is expected to touch 7.3% in 2018-19. Also, India’s GDP projection for 2019 & 2020 has been projected to 7.5%.Growth reached 6.7 per cent in fiscal year 2017/18. The main reasons for the growth are: GST, Recapitalisation of Banks, Stronger private spending and Export growth.
  13. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reduced minting of ____ rupee coins by half due to non-availability of raw material?
    1) Rs 1
    2) Rs 2
    3) Rs 10
    4) Rs 5
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Rs 10
    Explanation:
    A delay in procurement of raw material for coins has forced Reserve Bank of India to cut its demand for Rs 10 coins by half, raising the specter of shortage in circulation. RBI, which manages the supply, adjusted the entire coin indent plan for FY19 by raising the demand for smaller denomination of coins in lieu of Rs 10 coins, following India Government Mints’ failure to procure Rs 10 coin blocks on time.
  14. Flipkart is signing a pact with which insurance company to provide insurance to customers buying smartphones from its platform?
    1) SunLife Insurance
    2) Bajaj Allianz
    3) Aditya Birla Insurance Pvt. Ltd
    4) Max Life Insurance Ltd.
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Bajaj Allianz
    Explanation:
    On October 8, 2018, Flipkart enters into pact with Bajaj Allianz to provide insurance to customers buying smartphones from its platform. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) gave Flipkart the license to go on a pact with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance for the scheme. According to the scheme, Customers who buy the plan will be offered either a cash payout, or a free pickup, service and drop facility if their devices get damaged or stolen. The minimum insurance price for the scheme is Rs. 99 for a year which will be operational the day the device is delivered to a customer. The insurance offering will be available from October 10, 2018.
  15. Where was the 14th Hospitality India and Explore the World Annual International Travel Awards 2018 held on 8th October 2018?
    1) Mumbai
    2) Kolkata
    3) New Delhi
    4) Hyderabad
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    On October 8, 2018, at the 14th Hospitality India and Explore the World Annual International Travel Awards 2018 held in New Delhi, Nepal won the tourism award. The award ceremony was organised to honour the best-in-class in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Sector in India and Nepal. The Chandragiri Hills Limited of Nepal got the best tourism destination of Nepal award in the hospitality and tourism sector. The Minister of State for Tourism, India, Mr. K.J. Alphons was guest of honour in the occasion.
  16. Name the actor who received the Mid-day Young Achiever Icons Award for 2018 in the film and television category, recently in Mumbai?
    1) Alia Bhatt
    2) Varun Dhawan
    3) Ranveer Singh
    4) Ruhaan Rajput
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Ruhaan Rajput
    Explanation:
    Actor Ruhaan Rajput received the Mid-day Young Achiever Icons Award for 2018 recently in Mumbai. Ruhaan Rajput was awarded in the film and television category for his work in the industry in a short period of time. He was presented the award by Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Ruhaan Rajput is the director of “Einfolge”, a company that deals with patents, trademarks, etc. He is also the owner of “Gloss Skin and Hair Clinic”. The Mid-day awards is hosted every year to honour youngsters for their remarkable work in various fields.
  17. Name the person who resigned as the President of International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), on 7thOctober 2018?
    1) Kim Jong Yang
    2) Meng Hongwei
    3) Ian Hoffman
    4) Victor Stanley
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Meng Hongwei
    Explanation:
    On 7th October 2018, Meng Hongwei resigned as the President of International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). Meng Hongwei is from China. He has resigned after he was detained in China and having been kept under probe for alleged involvement in criminal activities. He became the Interpol President in 2016. He is the first Chinese official to become the Interpol President. Senior Vice-President of Interpol’s Executive Committee, Kim Jong Yang of South Korea, will be the acting president. A new president will be elected at the General Assembly Session, that will be held in Dubai from November 18 to 21, 2018.
  18. Which country won the Under-19 Asia Cup, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 7th October 2018?
    1) Bangladesh
    2) Pakistan
    3) Sri Lanka
    4) India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) India
    Explanation:
    On 7th October 2018, India won the Under-19 Asia Cup, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. India defeated Sri Lanka by 144 runs in the final and won the U-19 Asia Cup for the 6th time. Indian team batted first and scored 304/3 in the 50 overs. India’s Harsh Tyagi was declared the Man of the Match. India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal was the highest run-getter in the tournament with 318 runs and was declared Man of the Series.
  19. Name the Indian who has won the girls’ title in the IBSF (International Billiards & Snooker Federation) World Under-16 Snooker Championships, in St Petersburg, Russia?
    1) Viswa Priya Ramanathan
    2) Keerthana Pandian
    3) Manisha Thakar
    4) Arunima Rao
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Keerthana Pandian
    Explanation:
    India’s Keerthana Pandian has won the girls’ title in the IBSF (International Billiards & Snooker Federation) World Under-16 Snooker Championships, in St Petersburg, Russia. Keerthana Pandian defeated Belarussian Albina Leschuk 3-1 in the final and won the girls’ title in the IBSF World Under-16 Snooker Championships. It is her first international title. In the boys category, Belgium’s Ben Martens won the IBSF World Under-16 Snooker Championships title.
  20. Name the Indian pair who won the Under-15 girls doubles title in the Badminton Asia Junior U-17 & U-15 championships held in Mandalay, Myanmar?
    1) Meghana Reddy and Tasnim Mir
    2) Meiraba Luwang and Aditi Bhatt
    3) Pavithra Shankar and Nartana Muthuswamy
    4) Praniti Rao and P Sai Pallavi
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Meghana Reddy and Tasnim Mir
    Explanation:
    On 7th October 2018, Indian pair of Meghana Reddy and Tasnim Mir won the Under-15 girls doubles title in the Badminton Asia Junior Under-17 and Under-15 championships, at Mandalay, Myanmar. India won a total of 5 medals in the championships: 1 gold and 4 bronze medals. Bronze medal winners:
    • Meiraba Luwang – Under-17 boys singles
    • Aditi Bhatt – Under-17 girls singles
    • S Shankar Muthuswamy – Under-15 boys singles
    • Pranav Rao Gandham and P Sai Vishnu – U-15 men doubles
  21. Who won gold medal in the elite women’s 40 kilometre competition at Saksham Pedal Delhi, India’s Premier Cyclothon, on 7th October 2018?
    1) Christina Herald
    2) Deborah Herold
    3) Rithima Sen
    4) Haritha Bhaskar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Deborah Herold
    Explanation:
    On 7th October 2018, Deborah Herold won gold medal in the elite women’s 40 kilometre competition at Saksham Pedal Delhi, India’s Premier Cyclothon. Shreedhar Savanur won gold medal in men’s 50 kilometres. Silver and bronze medals were won by Manjeet Singh and Krishna Nakaodi. In the women’s elite race, Sonali Chanu won silver, and Swasti Singh won the bronze medal.
  22. Montserrat Caballé died following a long term illness, in Barcelona, Spain, on 6th October 2018. What was her profession?
    1) Athlete
    2) Singer
    3) Politician
    4) Astronaut
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Singer
    Explanation:
    On 6th October 2018, Spanish Opera singer Montserrat Caballé died following a long term illness, in Barcelona, Spain. She had performed in various operas. In 1965 she made her debut in the United States at Carnegie Hall.
  23. Natwar Thakkar died following a short term illness, in Guwahati, Assam, on 7th October 2018. He was a _____?
    1) Singer
    2) Gandhian
    3) Economist
    4) Actor
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Gandhian
    Explanation:
    On 7th October 2018, Gandhian Natwar Thakkar died following a short term illness, in Guwahati, Assam. Natwar Thakkar was 86 years old. He was born in 1932 in the then Bombay Presidency. He was a recipient of Padmashree award. Since 1955 he had worked among the tribals of Nagaland to spread the message of Mahatma Gandhi. He was popularly known as ‘Nagaland’s Gandhi’. In 1955, he had set up a “Nagaland Gandhi Ashram” in Chuchuyimlang village in Nagaland.
  24. Girish Patel passed away after suffering age related ailments in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. What was his profession?
    1) Politician
    2) Journalist
    3) Lawyer
    4) Writer
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Lawyer
    Explanation:
    On 6th October 2018, Gujarat human rights lawyer Girish Patel passed away after suffering age related ailments in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Girish Patel was 86 years old. He fought for the rights of poor people. In 1972, he became a member of Gujarat State Law Commission for 3 years. In 1974, he participated in Gujarat’s Navnirman Andolan against corruption and economic crisis. He fought cases for people displaced by various government projects like Sardar Sarovar project, Sabarmati Riverfront, etc.
  25. Pradip Chowdhury died following cardiac arrest on 4th October 2018. He was a ____?
    1) Cricketer
    2) Supreme Court Judge
    3) Journalist
    4) Doctor
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Journalist
    Explanation:
    On 4th October 2018, journalist and former News Editor of Press Trust of India (PTI) Pradip Chowdhury died following cardiac arrest. Pradip Chowdhury was 64 years old. He was popularly known as PC in journalistic circles. He joined PTI in 1979. In 2014, he retired as News Editor of PTI in Kolkata. He had served as PTI’s Islamabad correspondent for a short period. He had also served as PTI’s Gangtok bureau manager. He was a guitarist and also wrote limericks.
  26. When was World Post Day celebrated all over the world?
    1) October 11
    2) October 10
    3) October 9
    4) October 8
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) October 9
    Explanation:
    On 9th October 2018, World Post Day was celebrated all over the world. In 1969, October 9 was declared as World Post Day by Universal Postal Union Congress held in Tokyo, Japan. This day commemorates the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland. This day creates awareness about the role of postal sector in the everyday activities of people its contribution to the social and economic development. On this day, several countries introduce or promote new postal products and services.
  27. When did Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrate its 86th anniversary commemorating its official foundation day?
    1) October 8
    2) October 9
    3) October 7
    4) October 10
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) October 8
    Explanation:
    On 8th October 2018, the Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated its 86th anniversary commemorating its official foundation day. Indian Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the official establishment of Indian Air Force in 1932. A grand parade-cum-investiture ceremony was held at Air Force station Hindan, Ghaziabad. The parade was reviewed by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff. Air display and acrobatics by aircrafts like Jaguar, Bison, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and SU-30 MKI fighter jets and Rudra helicopters, were performed. As part of celebrations, IAF organised an 8 km cross-country run with 500 air warriors and a cycle rally with 100 children in Jammu, on 7th October 2018.

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    Answer
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    Answer
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  3. Name the secretary general and headquarters of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)?
    Answer
      Secretary-General – Mukhisa Kituyi; Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
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    Answer
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