Current Affairs Quiz: September 16 2018

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  1. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the website for the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 that will be held in Varanasi. What is the theme for PBD 2019?
    1) Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India
    2) Indian Diaspora – Pride of India
    3) India’s growth and support of Indian Diaspora
    4) Indian Diaspora and Indian Culture
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India
    Explanation:
    On 15th September 2018, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the website for the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 that will be held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. As the website has been launched, the online registration for participation in PBD Convention 2019 has started. Uttar Pradesh government is the partner state for the convention. The website is available at: https://pbdindia.gov.in/en. Keeping in mind the people who will be attending the Kumbh Mela and Republic Day, the date for the PBD 2019 has been shifted from January 9 to January 21 to 23, 2019. PBD is usually celebrated on January 9 every year, that commemorates Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa on 9thJanuary, 1915. Theme for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 is: ‘Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India’.
  2. Which state has the highest number of people living with HIV in India, according to the 14th report “HIV Estimations 2017” released by Health and Family Welfare Ministry?
    1) Himachal Pradesh
    2) Haryana
    3) Bihar
    4) Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    On September 14, 2018, according to the 14th report “HIV Estimations 2017” released by Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of people living with HIV in India. It was compiled by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-National Institute of Medical Statistics (NIMS). It is a part of the series of HIV Estimations under National AIDS Control Programme (NACP).
  3. Which state launched the scheme named Swayangsiddha (self-reliance) in various districts to combat human trafficking, on 15th September 2018?
    1) Himachal Pradesh
    2) Assam
    3) Odisha
    4) West Bengal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) West Bengal
    Explanation:
    On September 15, 2018, the West Bengal government rolled out scheme, Swayangsiddha, in its different districts. It aims to combat human trafficking. Swayangsiddha means self-reliance, will be executed by the West Bengal Police. This would help in spreading awareness and empowering the young boys and girls against trafficking and child marraiges. Groups of students aged between 12 to 21 in schools and colleges known as Swayangsiddha Groups will be formed.
  4. The first ever dedicated dog park in India has been set up in which city?
    1) Bengaluru
    2) New Delhi
    3) Mumbai
    4) Hyderabad
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Hyderabad
    Explanation:
    On September 12, 2018, for the first time in India a dedicated dog park has been set up in Hyderabad. The park is spread across an area of 1.3 acres. It was developed by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at a cost of Rs 1.1 crore. It has also been certified by the Kennel Club of India.
  5. Which state launched the ‘Swachh Dhara’ programme to provide clean drinking water across the state, on 15thSeptember 2018?
    1) Telangana
    2) Andhra Pradesh
    3) Maharashtra
    4) Gujarat
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Andhra Pradesh
    Explanation:
    On September 15, 2018, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu flagged off the ‘Swachh Dhara’ programme at Amravati. It aims to provide clean drinking water across the state. According to the scheme:
    • Tankers providing water across the state will be cleaned periodically
    • It will be done through a six-layered cleaning process with the use of ultraviolet radiation to kill bacteria.
  6. Where was the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) held on 14th and 15th September 2018?
    1) Sydney, Australia
    2) Houston, United States
    3) Jaipur, India
    4) Colombo, Sri Lanka
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Houston, United States
    Explanation:
    On 14th and 15th September 2018, Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) was held in Houston, Texas, United States. Jaipur Literature Festival which is conducted since 2006, is held in Jaipur every year. This is the first time it is held in Houston. At Houston, JLF is conducted in partnership of Teamwork Arts, Asia Society Texas Center, Inprint, and the Consulate General of India. Congress leader and writer Shashi Tharoor and Indian ambassador to the US, Navtej Sarna, took part in the festival. Renowned authors and thinkers participated in the festival and discussions on various topics and other cultural events were also held.
  7. What is the rank of India globally in terms of number of family-owned companies, as per the ‘Credit Suisse Family 1000 in 2018’ study, published by Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI)?
    1) 2
    2) 3
    3) 4
    4) 5
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 3
    Explanation:
    On September 16, 2018, according to the ‘Credit Suisse Family 1000 in 2018’ study, published by Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI), India ranked third globally in terms of number of family-owned companies. India has a total of 111 companies and $839 billion total market capitalization. India follows China (159 companies) and the US (121 companies). Korea came in fourth place, with 43 companies followed by Indonesia in the 5th place. In the Non-Japan Asian region, China, India and Hong Kong dominate with a combined market capitalisation of $2.85 trillion.
  8. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has approved ____ rupees loan so far, to 93 prioritised irrigation projects under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY)?
    1) Rs 26,563.45 crore
    2) Rs 65,634.93 crore
    3) Rs 78,563.65 crore
    4) Rs 45,453.25 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Rs 65,634.93 crore
    Explanation:
    National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has approved Rs 65,634.93 crore loan so far to 93 prioritised irrigation projects under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY). NABARD is funding the central and state share of 99 prioritised irrigation projects under PMKSY through long term irrigation fund (LTIF). It is mandated to provide Rs 70,000 crore loan to these projects to be finished by 2019. Out of the 99 prioritised irrigation projects NABARD has sanctioned Rs 65,634.93 crore loan for 93 projects so far. Already, Rs 23,402.72 crore was disbursed for 86 projects, which includes the central share of 15,242.02 crore and state share of Rs 8,160.70 crore.
  9. NITI Aayog signed a MoU with which company regarding connectivity of all 100 Atal Incubation Centres for information exchange, on 13th September 2018?
    1) Wipro
    2) Cisco
    3) Qualcom
    4) Infosys
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Cisco
    Explanation:
    On September 13, 2018, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins during his three-day visit to India, signed two agreements with state-run telecom firm BSNL and Niti Aayog. The MOUs were related to technology and innovation. MOU with BSNL under the aegis of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will be regarding demonstrating possibilities of 5G. This will bring digitization and deliver fast services in various sectors. MOU with Niti Aayog is regarding connectivity of all 100 Atal Incubation Centres for information exchange.
  10. Which bank bagged Hindi implementation award “Rajbhasha Kirti”, awarded on the occasion of Hindi Divas, on 14th September 2018?
    1) State Bank of India
    2) Punjab National Bank
    3) United Bank of India
    4) Union Bank of India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Punjab National Bank
    Explanation:
    On September 14, 2018, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu presented “Rajbhasha Kirti” award to Punjab National Bank on the occasion of Hindi Divas. It received the award for outstanding performance in implementing the Official Language Policy during 2017-18. It was under the category of ‘Nationalised Banks and Financial Institutions in Region A’.
  11. Which company has acquired Finnish company Fluido, a top consulting partner of Salesforce, for 65 million euros?
    1) HCL
    2) TCS
    3) Mahindra Tech
    4) Infosys
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Infosys
    Explanation:
    On September 15, 2018, Infosys acquired Finnish company Fluido, a top consulting partner of Salesforce, for 65 million euros (about Rs 545 crore). Fluido has over 200 experts spread across six locations in Finland Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Slovakia. It is one of the largest sales force (software company) consulting partners in Europe. It offers cloud consulting, implementation and training services. This will make Infosys the largest sales force consulting partner in the Nordics.
  12. Which space agency launched Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESAT-2) to estimate the annual height change of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, on 15th September 2018?
    1) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    2) Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities
    3) China National Space Administration (CNSA)
    4) Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    Explanation:
    On September 15, 2018, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched it’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESAT-2) successfully from California on United Launch Alliance’s final Delta II rocket. It will estimate the annual height change of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to within four millimeters. It will be orbiting the globe, from pole to pole, at 17,069 mph from an average altitude of 290 miles. It carries a single instrument, the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) that would help in gathering data for the mission.
  13. What rank did India secure in the medal tally of the 52nd ISSF World Championship that was held in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 31st August to 15th September 2018?
    1) 2
    2) 3
    3) 5
    4) 4
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 3
    Explanation:
    From 31st August to 15th September 2018, the 52nd ISSF World Championship was held in Changwon, Republic of Korea. 1806 athletes from 90 countries participated in 59 shooting events and 4 disciplines. 36 countries have won medals. China topped the medal tally by winning 43 medals (20 gold, 15 silver, 8 bronze). Republic of Korea secured 2nd position with 36 medals (11 gold, 14 silver, 11 bronze). India finished in 3rd spot with a total of 27 medals (11 gold, 9 silver, 7 bronze).
  14. Name the Indian who won gold medal in 10m Air Pistol Men Junior event and also beat his own world record with a score of 245.5, at the 52nd ISSF World Championship held in Changwon, Republic of Korea?
    1) Arjun Singh Cheema
    2) Vijayaveer Singh
    3) Udayaveer Singh
    4) Saurabh Chaudhary
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Saurabh Chaudhary
    Explanation:
    From 31st August to 15th September 2018, the 52nd ISSF World Championship was held in Changwon, Republic of Korea. In the 10m Air Pistol Men Junior event, Saurabh Chaudhary beat his own world record with a score of 245.5 and also won a gold medal in the event.
  15. Which country won the SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Cup 2018, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 15thSeptember 2018?
    1) India
    2) Bangladesh
    3) Nepal
    4) Maldives
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Maldives
    Explanation:
    On 15th September 2018, India lost to Maldives in the final and Maldives won the SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Cup 2018, at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Maldives defeated India 2-1 in the final and won the SAFF Cup 2018 for the second time. Earlier, they had won the cup in 2008 edition, which they had co-hosted. Indian team had won the SAFF cup seven times earlier. Stephan Constantine was the coach of the Indian team. Captain of the Indian team was Subhashish Bose.
  16. Satya Prakash Malaviya passed away after fighting prostate cancer in Delhi, on 16th September 2018. What was his profession?
    1) Educationalist
    2) Doctor
    3) Politician
    4) Writer
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Politician
    Explanation:
    On 16th September 2018, former Union petroleum minister Satya Prakash Malaviya passed away after fighting prostate cancer in Delhi. Satya Prakash Malviya was 84 years old. He was born at Malviyanagar in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Initially, he started his political career as a member of Praja Socialist Party. Later, he joined the Congress. He was jailed for 18 months during the Emergency. He was a former Union petroleum minister. He was also environment minister in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet.
  17. Who is the author of the book “Kashi: Secret of the Black Temple” that was launched in New Delhi, on 14thSeptember 2018?
    1) Manish Chaudhary
    2) Vineet Bajpai
    3) Ram Prakash Rai
    4) Madan Kumar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Vineet Bajpai
    Explanation:
    On 14th September 2018, the book “Kashi: Secret of the Black Temple” written by Vineet Bajpai was launched in New Delhi. The book was launched by BJP national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia and former Chief Election Commissioner of India Navin Chawla. This is the 3rd book of Vineet Bajpai’s Harappa trilogy. The first two books are: “Harappa: Curse of the Blood River” and “Pralay: The Great Deluge”. The book delivers the story of a lost civilization. All the three books of the series were published by Vineet Bajpai’s TreeShade Books publishing platform.
  18. What was the theme of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer that was observed on 16thSeptember 2018?
    1) Keep Cool and Carry On: The Montreal Protocol
    2) Protect the Ozone Layer
    3) Keep a watch on the green house gas
    4) Care for the Ozone
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Keep Cool and Carry On: The Montreal Protocol
    Explanation:
    On 16th September 2018, International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was observed throughout the world. In 1994, United Nations General Assembly declared 16 September as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which marks the date of the signing the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987. This day aims to create awareness on issues related to climate change and ozone depletion. Theme for International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2018 is ‘Keep Cool and Carry On: The Montreal Protocol’.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. What is the tag line of Punjab National Bank?
    Answer
      The Name you can bank upon
  2. Name the CEO of Cisco, a networking hardware company, headquartered in California, USA?
    Answer
      Chuck Robbins
  3. Where is Jaldapara National Park located?
    Answer
      West Bengal
  4. Name the Chairman and headquarters of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)?
    Answer
      Chairman – Harsh Kumar Bhanwala; Headquarters – Mumbai`
  5. Who is the CMD of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)?
    Answer
      Anupam Shrivastava