Current Affairs Quiz 11th September 2018

1.Who has created history by becoming first Indian to win a medal in IAAF Continental Cup?

(a) Arpinder Singh

(b) Neeraj Chopra

(c) Hima Das

(d) Swapna Barman

(e) None of these

2.Which state recently passed a resolution for establishing Legislative Council (Vidhan Parishad)?

(a) Telangana

(b) Odisha

(c) Manipur

(d) Jharkhand

(e) None of these

3.Chagos Islands, which is in news recently, is the disputed islands between which of the following countries?

(a) United Kingdom and United States

(b) Mauritius and United Kingdom

(c) Maldives and United States

(d) Maldives and Mauritius

(e) None of these

4.The Ocean Cleanup foundation deployed 2000 ft long device to clean Great Garbage Patch. Where is the patch located?

(a) North Pacific Ocean

(b) South Pacific Ocean

(c) North Atlantic Ocean

(d) South Atlantic Ocean

(e) None of these

5.Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for investment in which sector during his address at the Global Mobility Summit?

(a) Solar Power

(b) Electric-vehicles

(c) Digital Payment

(d) Unmanned vehicles

(e) None of these

6.Who won men’s singles final in the US Open Tennis?

(a) Rafael Nadal

(b) Roger Federer

(c) Novak Djokovic

(d) Juan Martin

(e) None of these

7.Which military communications pact has been signed by India and the United States in the first round of the ‘2-plus-2-dialogue’?

(a) GSOMIA

(b) LEMOA

(c) BECA

(d) COMCASA

(e) None of these

8.Which sportsperson has been appointed the new Brand Ambassador of BSNL?

(a) Bajrang Punia

(b) Mary Kom

(c) Neeraj Chopra

(d) Rani Rampal

(e) None of these

9.Burt Reynolds, who passed away recently, was the veteran personality of which field?

(a) Politics

(b) Film Industry

(c) Journalism

(d) Sports

(e) None of these

10.The Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC-2018) will be organized by which union ministry?

(a) Ministry of Women and Child Development

(b) Ministry of Urban Development

(c) Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation

(d) Ministry of Rural Development

(e) None of these

Solution

ANS1.(a)

Exp. Triple jumper Arpinder Singh created history on September 8, 2018 by becoming the first Indian to win a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup at Ostrava in Czech Republic. The 25-year-old won bronze while he was representing the Asia-Pacific team in the meet, which is held once every four years.

ANS2.(b)

Exp. On September 6, 2018, the Odisha Assembly passed a resolution for establishing Legislative Council ( Vidhan Parishad or second House of legislature). As per the resolution, the proposed Council will function similar to the Rajya Sabha in Parliament and will have 49 members.

  The Chagos Archipelago (or Chagos Islands) is a group of 7 atolls consists of more than 60 individual tropical islands in the Indian Ocean about 500 km south of the Maldives archipelago. The sovereignty over the Islands is disputed between Mauritius and the United Kingdom (UK). Recently, it is in news because India has supported Mauritius in International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the issue of de-colonisation of the Chagos Archipelago, which is home to Diego Garcia — the key military base of the U.K. and the U.S. in the Indian Ocean. India told ICJ that the historical survey of facts indicates that the Chagos Archipelago throughout the pre- and post-colonial era has been part of the Mauritian territory. These islands came under the colonial administration of the UK as part of Mauritian territory. Of the 22 countries which are giving their legal opinion at ICJ, the UK is supported by the US, Australia and Israel, while Mauritius is being supported by 17 countries, including India.

ANS4.(a)

Exp. The Ocean Cleanup foundation, an organisation founded by 24-year-old Dutch innovator Boyan Slat, on September 9, 2018 launched the world’s first ocean cleanup array from San Francisco, marking the start of the cleanup of Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean.

ANS5.(b)

Exp. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 7, 2018 unveiled a mobility road map that seeks investments in manufacturing electric vehicles and increased use of public transport for travel. PM Modi also announced that the government will soon come out with a policy on electric vehicles (e-vehicles) and Alternative Fuel Technology to give a boost to e-mobility in India.

ANS6.(c)

Exp. Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the Men’s singles final in the US Open Tennis. He defeated Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in straight sets. It was Djokovic’s 14th Grand Slam title and the third US Open title. With this win, he has equalled Pete Sampras’s mark of 14 Grand Slams. He is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six from the record 20 held by Roger Federer.

ANS7.(d)

Exp. In the first round of the ‘two-plus-two dialogue’ in New Delhi, India and the United States signed military communications pact “COMCASA” , which will give India access to advanced new defence systems like armed drones and will enable the Indian armed forces to exploit existing US-origin platforms much more efficiently. COMCASA is an India-specific version of the Communication and Information on Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA). It comes into force immediately & is valid for a period 10 years. The term “COMCASA” stands for Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) and is one of the four foundational agreements that the U.S. signs with allies and close partners to facilitate interoperability between militaries and sale of high end technology. COMCASA allows India to procure transfer specialised equipment for encrypted communications for US origin military platforms like the C-17, C-130 and P-8Is.

ANS8.(b)

Exp. Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom has been appointed the new Brand Ambassador of state-run telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for two years. The two-year contract will see boxer Mary Kom endorse as well as engage in various promotional events organized by BSNL for its different telecom services. Beside this, BSNL has also signed pact with Indian Army to provide various telecom services like PRIs, basic telephone, and leased circuits, among others on a pan India basis for a period of 3 years. Besides these services, BSNL will also provide broadband and mobile services under another existing agreement with the Indian Army.

ANS9.(b)

Exp. Burt Reynolds (82), the veteran Hollywood actor, has passed away in Florida, United States on September 6, 2018. Reynolds received an Oscar nomination when he portrayed porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) and was the No. 1 box-office attraction for a five-year stretch starting in the late 1970s. He was known for his work in 1970-80s films, ‘Deliverance’, ‘The Longest Yard’ and ‘Smokey and the Bandit’.

ANS10.(c)

Exp. The Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC-2018) will be organized by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in New Delhi from September 29 to mark the beginning of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. It will be a 4-day international conference that will bring together Sanitation Ministers and other leaders in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) from around the world. The purpose of the Convention is to share sanitation success stories and lessons from the participating countries. It will culminate on October 2nd, Gandhi Jayanti, which is also celebrated as the Swachh Bharat Diwas. Several mass mobilisation events and campaigns are being planned across the States in the run up to this Day.

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