Current Affairs Quiz 5th September 2018

1. Which state government has decided to organise employment camps for martyrs’ families?

(a) Haryana

(b) Punjab

(c) Rajasthan

(d) Uttar Pradesh

(e) Odisha

2. Indian men’s hockey team defeated which country to win bronze at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games?

(a) Japan

(b) South Korea

(c) China

(d) Indonesia

(e) Pakistan

3. Which Indian sportsperson was the India’s flag-bearer at the closing ceremony in the 18th Asian Games?

(a) Bajrang Punia

(b) Rahi Sarnobat

(c) Rani Rampal

(d) Vinesh Phogat

(e) Jinson Jhonson

4. According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s annual data, which country has topped the India’s FDI chart in FY18?

(a) Netherlands

(b) France

(c) Singapore

(d) Mauritius

(e) Sri Lanka

5. Who has been elected as the new chairman of the Indian Banks Association (IBA)?

(a) Shyam Srinivasan

(b) Sunil Mehta

(c) K R Kamnath

(d) O P Bhatt

(e) Raghuram Rajan

6. Who of the following Indians has/have received the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award?

(a) Deepa Joshi and Nileema Mishra

(b) Kulendi Francis and Anshu Gupta

(c) Sanjiv Chaturvedi

(d) Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk

(e) None of these

7. Who has been named for Dr B.C. Roy National Award for 2018 as Eminent Medical Person of the Year?

(a) Basant Kumar Mishra

(b) Indira Hinduja

(c) Siva Ramakrishna

(d) Kamini Rao

(e) Basant Singh

8. Who represented India at the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting 2018?

(a) Ravi Shankar Prasad

(b) Piyush Goyal

(c) Kalraj Mishra

(d) Sushma Swaraj

(e) None of these

9. The World Bank will provide how much amount of loan facility to Rajasthan for improving the performance of its electricity distribution sector?

(a) $200 million

(b) $300 million

(c) $250 million

(d) $500 million

(e) $550 million

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

(a) India

(b) Bhutan

(c) North Korea

(d) Pakistan

(e) South Korea

Solution

1.(c)

Expl. The Rajasthan government has decided to organise special employment camps in all district headquarters of the state to give government jobs to at least one person from the family of those who were martyred after 1947 but none of their kin was given a job. As per officials, there are more than 1,100 such martyrs in the state whose kin had not been given government jobs. Through the special camps, one dependent of those martyrs will now get a job, which will be organised from 15th September 2018. The first camp will be held in Jhunjhunu. It was recently announced by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje at a public meeting in Barmer district, during her pre-poll tour ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra’.

2.(e)

Expl. In Men’s hockey, Indian men’s national field hockey team defeated arch rival Pakistan 2-1 to clinch a Bronze at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. Akashdeep hit the first goal and 2nd was scored by Harmanpreet. Pakistan’s lone goal came from a counter-attack scored by Muhammad Atiq. With this, India ranked at 8th position with 69 medals – 15 gold, 24 Silver and 30 Bronze – at the 18th Asian Games. China leads the medals tally followed by Japan.

3. (c)

Expl. Rani Rampal, the Indian women hockey captain, was India’s flag-bearer at the closing ceremony of the 18th Asian Games 2018. India ended their Asian Games 2018 campaign with the highest medal tally at the tournament ever, with a total of 69 medals which includes 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals. In addition to local artists and a Chinese segment, the South Korean boybands Super Junior and iKon, and Indian singer Sidharth Slathia performed in the closing ceremony. More than 10,000 athletes gave their best at the Asian Games 2018, winning medals for their respective countries. 465 gold medals were won by the athletes of 28 countries. 37 out of 45 participating nations were able to win medals at the Asian Games 2018. China finished on top of the medal tally with 132 gold medals. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was India’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony. In it, the Games flag for the 2022 Asian Games received by Mayor of Hangzhou Xu Liyi.

4.(d)

Expl. According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s annual data, Mauritius accounted for the largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into India in the financial year FY18 followed by Singapore. The data shows that the total India’s FDI stood at $37.36 billion in the FY18, which is a marginal rise over the $36.31 billion recorded in the previous fiscal FY17. The provisional data for the financial year ended March revealed that FDI into the manufacturing sector witnessed a substantial decline to $7.06 billion, as against $11.97 billion in the year-ago period. However, FDI into communication services rose to $8.8 billion in 2017-18 as compared to $5.8 billion. The inflows into retail and wholesale trade also shot up to $4.47 billion as against $2.77 billion, while financial services sector too witnessed a rise in inflows to $4.07 billion from $3.73 billion in the previous year.

5. (b)

Expl. Sunil Mehta, the MD &chief executive of Punjab National Bank (PNB), has been elected as the new chairman of the Indian Banks Association (IBA) for 2018-19. Apart from him, Dinabandhu Mohapatra, MD & CEO of Bank of India (BoI), has been elected as IBA’s Deputy Chairman. The IBA is a representative body of management of banking in India and has its headquarters in Mumbai.

6. (d)

Expl. Two Indians, Dr. Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2018 on August 31. The award, which is regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize, was established in 1957. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, in its citation, stated that Wangchuk was recognised for his uniquely systematic, collaborative and community-driven reform of learning systems in remote northern India, thus improving the life opportunities of Ladakhi youth. Vatwani was recognised for his tremendous courage and healing compassion in embracing India’s mentally-afflicted destitute. Beside them, Youk Chhang from Cambodia, Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz from East Timor, Howard Dee from the Philippines and Vo Thi Hoang Yen from Vietnam are the other winners of the 2018 award.

7. (a)

Expl. Well-known neurosurgeon Dr. Basant Kumar Mishra from Odisha has been named for prestigious Dr B.C. Roy National Award for year 2018 as Eminent Medical Person of the Year. It is the highest medical honour of India, which will be given away by President Ram Nath Kovind on July 1, 2019. It was instituted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in 1962. Presently, Mishra is leading the Department of Neurosurgery & Gamma Knife Radio surgery at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. He is also the secretary of International Neurosurgeon Council. During his career, Misra has several firsts to his credit, including image guided aneurysm microsurgery, first doctor in South Asia to perform gamma knife radiosurgery and first in the country to perform awake craniotomy for brain tumours.

8. (a)

Expl. In Argentina, the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting 2018 was held in Salta with theme ‘Building consensus for fair and sustainable development’ on August 23-24. It took place as part of Sherpa Track for 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina by end of 2018. India was represented by Union Minister for Electronics and IT & Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad. The G20 Ministerial meeting allowed India to showcase the inclusive use of digital technology by the Government to empower the people. It also allowed India to articulate it’s views on global issues relating to cyber security, data protection and innovation for growth. The key issues of the meeting were future of work, infrastructure for development, and sustainable food future. It concluded with the adaptation of declaration that reflects G20’s commitment towards promoting policies and actions that catalyze digital transformations.

9. (c)

Expl. The World Bank (WB) will provide a $250 million loan facility to Rajasthan for improving the performance of its electricity distribution sector under the 24×7 Power for All program. For this, an agreement was signed among the Government of India, the Government of Rajasthan and the World Bank. The key areas that the programme will support include strengthening governance in the distribution sector by establishing annual performance MoUs between the DISCOMs and the State Government. To address the concerns of affordability and access to electricity for the poor, the program also supports the Union Government’s Domestic Efficient Lighting Program (DELP), under which more than 15 million LED lamps have been distributed in the State.

10. (c)

Expl. North Korea will host the 2019 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships in its capital Pyongyang(North Korea)

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