Current Affairs 2 September 2018

1. Which Indian sprinter clinched gold in men’s 1500m race at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games?

(a) Jinson Johnson

(b) Manjit Singh

(c) Sriram Singh

(d) Muhammed Anas

(e) Dharambir Singh

2. Which of the following cities is the venue of the MOVE: India’s First Global Mobility Summit 2018?

(a) Amritsar

(b) Indore

(c) Bengaluru

(d) Lucknow

(e) New Delhi

3. Which country to host the 2019 Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships?

(a) South Korea

(b) Japan

(c) China

(d) North Korea

(e) India

4. Capital First’ announced that the regulator National Housing Bank (NHB) has approved the merger of the company with ______________.

(a) HDFC Bank

(b) YES Bank

(c) IDFC Bank

(d) Kotak Mahindra Bank

(e) IndusInd Bank

5. Who became the first-ever Indian javelin-thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal?

(a) Niraj Singh

(b) Neeraj Chopra

(c) Neeraj Kumar

(d) Neeraj Mishra

(e) Neeraj Gehlot

6. India’s first-ever test flight powered by biojet fuel was successfully conducted by which airline?

(a) Air India

(b) Jet Airways

(c) Indigo

(d) Spice jet

(e) Vistara

7. The world’s first public blockchain bond “bond-i” has recently launched by which International organization?

(a) World Bank

(b) AIIB

(c) SAARC

(d) UNO

(e) None of these

8. The book “281 and Beyond” is the autobiography of which Indian cricketer?

(a) Sachin Tendulkar

(b) VVS Laxman

(c) Rahul Dravid

(d) Kapil Dev

(e) Sunil Gavaskar

9. India’s first dedicated ‘Khadi Mall’ will soon be set up by which state government?

(a) Jharkhand

(b) Chhattisgarh

(c) Gujarat

(d) Madhya Pradesh

(e) Uttar Pradesh

10. Name the company that recently became the first US-based company with a market value of $1 trillion.

(a) Samsung

(b) Apple

(c) Walmart

(d) Amazon

(e) None of these

SOLUTION

1.(a) Exp.Indian sprinter Jinson Johnson from Kerala clinched gold with a timing of 3 minutes 44.72 seconds in men’s 1500m race at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games on August 30. He also holds the credit of winning silver in the 800m track event at the ongoing event, finishing behind compatriot Manjit Singh, who won the Gold. With this, India achieved a rare one-two in men’s 800m at the 18th Asian Games 2018. It was India’s only second one-two finish in 800m at the Games since Ranjit Singh and Kulwant Singh achieved the feat at the inaugural edition held in New Delhi in 1951.

2.(e) Exp. NITI Aayog will organize MOVE: India’s First Global Mobility Summit 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on September 7. The aim of the summit is to showcase innovation and build a platform to shape the future of mobility, The summit will constitute three designated components – the Conclave, Digital Exhibition, and Featured Events. The six themes of the 2-day summit are asset utilization and service, comprehensive electrification, alternative energy, reinventing public transit, logistics and goods transport and data analytics and mobility. The summit, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will help drive the government’s goals for vehicle electrification, renewable energy integration and job growth and also speed up India’s transition to a clean energy economy.

3.(d) Exp. North Korea will host the 2019 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships in its capital Pyongyang from October 27.

4.(c) Exp. Capital First announced that the regulator National Housing Bank (NHB) has approved the merger of the company along with Capital Home Finance and Capital First Securities Limited with IDFC Bank.

5.(b) Exp. Neeraj Chopra has created history by becoming the first-ever Indian javelin-thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal. He shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games on August 27. He also became the 2nd Indian after Milkha Singh to win a Commonwealth and Asian Games gold in the event in the same year. Beside this, Neeraj became the 3rd Indian javelin-thrower to win a medal at the Asian Games after Gurtej Singh (who won a bronze in the 1982 edition in New Delhi) and Parsa Singh (who became the first Indian to won a silver at the 1951 New Delhi Asian Games).

6. (d) Exp. SpiceJet has successfully conducted India’s first-ever test flight powered by biojet fuel between Dehradun and Delhi on August 27, 2018. The 43 minute flight was operated by the airline’s Bombardier Q-400 aircraft with total 25 on onboard, including crew. The flight was powered with a blend of 75% Air Turbine Fuel (ATF) and 25% biojet fuel. The biojet fuel, which is made from Jatropha crop, has been developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) based in Dehradun along with Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP). The advantage of using biojet fuel as compared to ATF is that it reduces carbon emissions and enhances fuel efficiency. The biojet fuel has been recognised by American Standard Testing Method (ASTM) and meets the specification standards of Pratt & Whitney and Bombardier for commercial application in aircraft. Globally, bio-fuel powered flights are operated in Canada.

7. (a) Exp. The world’s first blockchain bond “bond-i” has recently launched by World Bank (WB), which is to be created, allocated, transferred and managed through its life cycle using distributed ledger technology. The “bond-I” stands for Blockchain Operated New Debt Instrument and is also has reference to Sydney’s most famous beach ‘Bondi Beach’. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the sole arranger of the issuance for the bond. It was the first time that the World Bank bond raised capital from public investors through a legally valid bond issuance that uses blockchain from start to finish. This 2-year maturity bond has successfully raised 110 million Australian dollars (USD 80.48 million).

8.(b) Exp. The book “281 and Beyond” is the autobiography of veteran cricketer VVS Laxman, which will be launched by Westland Sport in November 2018. The title has been borrowed from the Hyderabad stylist’s fabulous series-turning innings of 281 against Australia at the Eden Gardens in 2001. His partnership along with Rahul Dravid in that match is one of the best batting partnerships in cricket history. He was known for his patience and wrist work and scored many memorable centuries during his playing days.

9.(a) Exp. India’s first dedicated ‘Khadi Mall’ will soon be set up by the Jharkhand government to boost market for khadi and khadi made products. The land in the Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) campus will be made available to the Khadi Board to develop the country’s first Khadi mall. The artisans would be provided technological aid for value addition in their products, while rural, urban and tourism ‘haats’ will provide them markets for their goods.

10. (b) Exp. Apple Inc. became the first US-based company with a market value of $1 trillion, four decades after it was co-founded by Steve Jobs in a Silicon Valley garage. The consumer-technology giant briefly touched the milestone in New York, based on share count data the company disclosed in a recent regulatory filing.

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