Current Affairs Quiz: September 15 2018

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  1. Where was the two-day convention on ‘Revitalising India as a Heritage Destination’ to focus on preserving heritage properties, held on September 13-14, 2018?
    1) Guwahati, Assam
    2) Bharatpur, Rajasthan
    3) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    4) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Bharatpur, Rajasthan
    Explanation:
    On September 13-14, 2018, Rajasthan government held a two-day convention on ‘Revitalising India as a Heritage Destination’ to focus on preserving heritage properties in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It aimed to promote heritage tourism and preserve heritage. It was organized by Indian Heritage Hotels Association. Rajendra Singh Pachar was the convention chairman. It aimed to discuss about the preservation of heritage buildings, museums and promoting lesser-known destinations. It will also promote ‘battlefield tourism’, which aims to recreate the grand battles of Rajasthan.
  2. Which union ministry launched the Chiller Star Labelling Program on energy efficiency in chillers, in New Delhi, on 14th September 2018?
    1) Ministry of Science and Technology
    2) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    3) Ministry of Power
    4) Ministry of Finance
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Ministry of Power
    Explanation:
    On September 14, 2018, Ministry of Power launched the Chiller Star Labelling Program in New Delhi. It will be valid upto 31st December 2020. It aims to encourage the deployment of Energy Efficient chiller systems in the country. It has been formulated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). This has been launched ahead of the occasion of 24th World Ozone Day and the 31st Anniversary of Montreal Protocol, which will be observed on 16th September 2018.
  3. Rajasthan Forest Minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar inaugurated Rajasthan’s first lion safari at which Biological Park, on 13th September 2018?
    1) Sariska Tiger Reserve
    2) Desert National Park
    3) Nahargarh Biological Park
    4) Darrah National Park
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Nahargarh Biological Park
    Explanation:
    On 13th September 2018, Rajasthan Forest Minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar inaugurated Rajasthan’s first lion safari at Nahargarh Biological Park. This service will be available for visitors from October 2018. Visitors can see lions in their natural habitat in the park. Visitors will be taken on a 4 kilometer safari in a closed bus. Three sub-adult Asiatic lions have been shifted in the area now. The lion safari has been developed on 38 hectares of area in the park. Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has developed infrastructure for the lion safari spending Rs 4 crores.
  4. Which state government has launched a website to tackle unemployment under Yuva Nestam scheme through which an unemployment allowance will be provided to the state’s youth from October 2018?
    1) Telangana
    2) Karnataka
    3) Kerala
    4) Andhra Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Andhra Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On September 14, 2018, the Andhra Pradesh government announced the start of an unemployment allowance as part of Yuva Nestam scheme for the state’s youth from October 2018. For this purpose, the CM launched website yuvanestham.ap.gov.in. where candidates can register. It is aimed for the unemployed youth between the age group of 25 years to 35 years. It would give candidates an allowance of Rs. 1000 along with free of cost skill development training. The candidates are eligible for allowance even if any of their family members get a pension.
  5. Which state has been ranked the best among states in India for the construction of maximum number of roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) during 2017-2018?
    1) Uttar Pradesh
    2) Kerala
    3) Uttarakhand
    4) Gujarat
    5.None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Uttarakhand
    Explanation:
    On September 14, 2018, Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar awarded chief engineer of the Uttarakhand Rural Road Development Agency (URRDA) for making Uttarakhand the best among States in the country under PMGSY, in New Delhi. The award was for the construction of maximum number of roads under the PMGSY during 2017-2018. Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, it constructed a maximum of 1,839 kilometre roads against a target of 1,500 km set for the year 2017-18. It also received second rank for connecting 207 habitations with roads against a target of 172 under the scheme.
  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 2 hour ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ movement though video conference in how many locations in India, on 15th September 2018?
    1) 17
    2) 28
    3) 15
    4) 30
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 17
    Explanation:
    On September 15, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 2 hour ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ movement though video conference to 17 locations across the country. It aimed to ensure the goal of achieving ‘Swachhata’ within the targeted deadline: Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary on October 2, 2019.
  7. What is the rank of India out of 189 countries in the latest human development rankings released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on 14th September 2018?
    1) 142
    2) 110
    3) 130
    4) 150
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) 130
    Explanation:
    On September 14, 2018, India climbed one spot to 130 out of 189 countries in the latest human development rankings released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). India’s HDI value for 2017 is 0.640, which put the country in the medium human development category. India’s HDI value is above the South Asian average of 0.638. Its neighbours Bangladesh and Pakistan ranked 136 and 150 respectively. Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and Germany lead the ranking.
  8. According to UN’s annual multi-agency flagship report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, hunger remains the same as it was ____ years ago in 2017?
    1) 5
    2) 10
    3) 15
    4) 20
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 10
    Explanation:
    On September 11, 2018, according to UN’s annual multi-agency flagship report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, hunger remains the same as was ten years ago in 2017. This is a part of UNDP’s Sustainable Development goal: Zero Hunger by 2030. The report was published by the following:
    • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),
    • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),
    • World Food Programme (WFP),
    • the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and
    • World Health Organization (WHO).
  9. Where was the 23rd India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) held on 14th September 2018?
    1) Mumbai, India
    2) New Delhi, India
    3) Moscow, Russia
    4) Saint Petersburg, Russia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Moscow, Russia
    Explanation:
    On September 14, 2018, Mrs Swaraj and Mr Borisov also chaired the 23rd India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) in Moscow, Russia. The discussions included:
    • Ways to enhance bilateral trade which in 2017 reached USD 10.17 billion,
    • To enhance 2 way investment to USD 50 billion by 2025 which currently stands at USD 30 billion,
    • Discussion on working together on projects in third countries,
    • Discussion on cultural and tourism exchanges,
    • Cooperation in the area of space
  10. Reserve Bank announced purchase of government securities (G-secs) worth _____ rupees on September 19, 2018?
    1) Rs 10,000 crore
    2) Rs 18,000 crore
    3) Rs 9,800 crore
    4) Rs 11,000 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs 10,000 crore
    Explanation:
    On September 15, 2018, he Reserve Bank announced purchase of government securities (G-secs) worth Rs 10,000 crore on September 19. This will help induce liquidity in the system. It will buy securities having five different maturity dates i.e.: maturing in 2020, 2022, 2027, 2030, and 2042). The purchase of the government securities will be done through Open Market Operations (OMO). The submission for auction will take place through RBI’s Core Banking Solution (E-Kuber) system on the same day.
  11. Anti-evasion wing of the goods and services tax (GST) department has alleged that YES Bank has evaded central GST (CGST) dues, through a ‘cut and pay’ scheme amounting to _____ rupees?
    1) Rs 220 million
    2) Rs 330 million
    3) Rs 450 million
    4) Rs 570 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs 330 million
    Explanation:
    The anti-evasion wing of the goods and services tax (GST) department in Mumbai has alleged that YES Bank evaded central GST (CGST) dues, through a ‘cut and pay’ scheme, amounting to Rs 330 million.
  12. Which Indian airport received the Airports Council International Airport Service Quality (ACI ASQ) World no.1 airport award in the 5-15 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA) category at the ‘2018 ACI Customer Excellence Global Summit’ at Halifax in Canada?
    1) Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport
    2) Delhi Indra Gandhi International Airport
    3) GMR Hyderabad International Airport
    4) Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) GMR Hyderabad International Airport
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd received the Airports Council International Airport Service Quality World no.1 airport award trophy for the second consecutive year. Hyderabad Airport ranked World No 1 for 2nd consecutive year: ACI ASQ awardi. This was under the category of: 5-15 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA). It won World no 1 Airport in its category in 2016 as well.
  13. Which company was named ‘Steel Industry Leader’ globally by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2018 (DJSI), on 13th September 2018?
    1) Reliance Steel
    2) Tata Steel
    3) Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL)
    4) India Steel
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Tata Steel
    Explanation:
    On 13th September 2018, Tata Steel was named ‘Steel Industry Leader’ globally by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2018 (DJSI). The results of the annual DJSI review was announced by: index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) and investment specialist RobecoSAM. Tata Steel is the only India-based company to win among 60 sectors evaluated for DJSI 2018. Tata Steel leads the Steel industry in RobecoSAMs Corporate Sustainability Assessment based on its Total Sustainability Score in 2018.
  14. Who was announced as the recipient of Meera Puruskar for 2018-19 by the Rajasthan Sahitya Academy?
    1) Khuljit Singh
    2) Akash Powar
    3) Sawai Singh Shekhawat
    4) Amanjeet Saini
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Sawai Singh Shekhawat
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, Rajasthan Sahitya Academy announced that the Poet and writer Sawai Singh Shekhawat of Jaipur, Rajasthan would be honoured with Meera Puruskar. He would be awarded for his contribution to Hindi literature. The Meera Puruskar is the highest award of the academy. He would be awarded other awards for the year 2018-19 in October, 2018.
  15. Goods and Services Tax Network announced that ______ crore e-way bills have been generated across India since its inception in April 2018?
    1) 45.78 crore
    2) 22.48 crore
    3) 67.74 crore
    4) 34.56 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 22.48 crore
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, Goods and Services Tax Network announced that 22.48 crore e-way bills have been generated across India since its inception in April 2018. July 31 accounted for the highest 21.77 lakh e-way bills generated in a single day. Of this 22.48 crore bills, the inter state transport of bills accounted for 10.89 crore bills and and intra state was 11.58 crore.
  16. Which institute has developed India’s first indigenous medical kit that will offer protection from serious injuries caused by nuclear warfare or radioactive leakage?
    1) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
    2) Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS)
    3) Birla Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS)
    4) Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS)
    Explanation:
    Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) has developed India’s first indigenous medical kit that will offer protection from serious injuries and faster healing of wounds caused by nuclear warfare or radioactive leakage. The kit has been developed by INMAS after 20 years of work. So far, similar kits were bought from US and Russia at higher prices. The kit has been developed for the armed, paramilitary and police forces only, as they are the first to get exposed to radiation.
  17. Name India’s first underwater robotic drone that has been launched and handed over to the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) of DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization)?
    1) EyerovTUNA
    2) MarineEye
    3) SeaWatch
    4) WaterSpy
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) EyerovTUNA
    Explanation:
    On September 15, 2018, India’s first underwater robotic drone –EyerovTUNA was launched and handed over to the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) of DRDO. It was developed by EyeROV Technologies at Maker Village. It is the first commercial Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)/ underwater drone and was supported by Kerala Start up Mission (KSUM). It would be used by NPOL for research and development activities for defence purposes.
  18. Name the indigenously built patrol vessel commissioned by Indian Coast Guard in Chennai, on 15thSeptember 2018?
    1) Sarathi
    2) Vijaya
    3) Kali
    4) Durga
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Vijaya
    Explanation:
    On September 15, 2018, Indian Coast Guard Ship Vijaya, the second in the series of 98 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), was commissioned by Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra in Chennai. It has been designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro. It is designed to carry one twin engine helicopter and four high speed boats, including two inflatable boats for boarding, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol operations. It also has a 30 mm gun and will be fitted with a 12.7 mm gun with fire control system.
  19. What is the rank of India in the latest ICC (International Cricket Council) Test Team Rankings, as on 11thSeptember 2018?
    1) 2
    2) 1
    3) 4
    4) 5
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 1
    Explanation:
    On 11th September 2018, India lost the 5th and final Test against England by 118 runs at the Oval Stadium, in England. England team won the test series against India by a 4-1 margin. India continues to be at the number 1 position in the latest ICC (International Cricket Council) Test Team Rankings even after the 4-1 series loss against England. England has secured fourth spot in the ICC Test Team Rankings after the recent performance.
  20. James Foster of England has announced his retirement from which game, at the end of the ongoing season?
    1) Football
    2) Hockey
    3) Cricket
    4) Basketball
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Cricket
    Explanation:
    Former England wicket-keeper James Foster has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the end of the ongoing season. James Foster is 38 years old. He has played 7 Tests, 11 one-day internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals for England between 2001 and 2009. He has scored 13,761 first-class runs at an average of 36.69 from 289 matches. He secured 839 catches and 62 stumpings in first-class cricket. At domestic level he captained Essex team. He has opted coaching as a career now.
  21. Paul Collingwood, has announced that, he will retire from cricket at the end of the ongoing domestic season. He is the former captain of which International team?
    1) Australia
    2) New Zealand
    3) England
    4) South Africa
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) England
    Explanation:
    Former England cricket captain Paul Collingwood, has announced that, he will retire from cricket at the end of the ongoing domestic season. Paul Collingwood had retired from Test cricket in 2011. He will play his final game for Durham team against Middlesex team, starting from September 24, 2018. He is a 42-year-old all-rounder. He was the first England captain to win a trophy at a global tournament when they won the ICC World T20 title in 2010. He has played in 68 Tests, 197 one-day internationals and 36 Twenty20s. He has scored nearly 17,000 runs in first-class cricket.
  22. When was the 51st Engineers Day celebrated in India, to mark the birth anniversary of the greatest Indian engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya?
    1) September 14
    2) September 15
    3) September 13
    4) September 12
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) September 15
    Explanation:
    On 15th September 2018, 51st Engineers Day was celebrated in India. Engineers Day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of the greatest Indian engineer Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya who was born on 15 September 1861. He was the chief engineer for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagar dam on Kaveri river in Mysuru that was the biggest reservoir in Asia at that time. He was also the chief engineer of the flood protection system for Hyderabad.
  23. When did the Indian Coast Guard observe International Coastal Cleanup-2018 day in Mumbai?
    1) September 13
    2) September 14
    3) September 12
    4) September 15
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) September 15
    Explanation:
    On 15th September 2018, the Indian Coast Guard observed International Coastal Cleanup-2018 day in Mumbai. The International Coastal Clean-up day is observed in various parts of the world on 3rd Saturday of September every year. It is organized under the guidance of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and South Asia Co-operative Environment Program in the South Asian Region. Indian Coast Guard has been observing this practice since 2006. Nearly, 5000 kg of garbage was collected and handed to BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) for disposal.
  24. What was the theme of International Day of Democracy 2018 that was celebrated on 15th September 2018?
    1) Redefining Democracy
    2) Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World
    3) Establishing Democracy for the future growth
    4) Democracy for a better administration
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World
    Explanation:
    On 15th September 2018, International Day of Democracy was celebrated all over the world. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly, declared 15 September as the International Day of Democracy to promote the principles of democracy. This day provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world and to highlight the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy. Theme for International Day of Democracy 2018: Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Where is Ranthambore National Park located?
    Answer
      Rajasthan
  2. Name the governor of Uttarakhand?
    Answer
      Smt. Baby Rani Maurya
  3. Where is the headquarters of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)?
    Answer
      New York City, United States
  4. Who is the CEO & MD of Tata Steel?
    Answer
      T V Narendran
  5. Who is the Director of Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS)?
    Answer
      A K Singh