Current Affairs Quiz 8th October 2018

Q1. Sahyog HOP TAC-2018 is held between India and which country?

(a) Sri Lanka

(b) South Africa

(c) Thailand

(d)  None of these

Q2.Which two countries have reached a deal to replace NAFTA?

(a) US and Canada

(b) Canada and Mexico

(c) UK and US

(d) Russia and China

(e) None of these

Q3.Which IIT has decided to establish an ‘Academy of Leadership’?

(a) IIT Bombay

(b) IIT Indore

(c) IIT Madras

(d) IIT Kharagpur

(e) IIT Delhi

Q4.Who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine?

(a) James P Allison and Tasuku Honjo

(b) Michael W. Young and Michael Rosbash

(c) Jeffrey C. Hall and Yoshinori Ohsumi

(d) Tu Youyou and Satoshi Omura

(e)None of these

Q5.Which technology-driven futuristic initiative will be roll out by the Civil Aviation Ministry to make hassle-free air travel for passengers?

(a) BHIM Yatra

(b) Bharat Yatra

(c) Digi Yatra

(d) Aadhaar Yatra

(e) None of these

Q6.India recently signed a USD 5.43 billion deal to procure the S-400 Triumf missile system from which country?

(a) USA

(b) Japan

(c) Russia

(d) South Korea

(e) None of these

Q7.What is the theme of the 4th edition of the India International Science Festival (IISF – 2018)?

(a) Vigyan se Vikas

(b) Science for Transformation

(c) Building Partnerships Impacting Society

(d) Making of a New India

(e) None of these

Q8.The Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth year celebrations were launched on October 2, 2018, marking the beginning of the final year of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). When was the mission launched?

(a) 2013

(b) 2014

(c) 2015

(d) 2016

(e) 2017

Q9.Which of the following has been declared the “cleanest religious place” in India at Safaigiri Summit and Awards 2018?

(a) Jagannath Temple, Puri

(b) Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, J&K

(c) Kashi Vishvanath Temple, Varanasi

(d) Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

(e) None of these

Q10.Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith, Sir Gregory P. Winter won the 2018 Nobel Prize in which field?

(a) Medicine

(b) Physics

(c) Chemistry

(d) Literature

(e) None of these



Exp.On October 4, the first ever Indo-Vietnam Coast Guard joint exercise – Sahyog HOP TAC -2018’ held in the Bay of Bengal off Chennai between Indian and


Exp.The United States and Canada reached a deal on September 30, 2018 to salvage NAFTA as a trilateral pact with Mexico, beating a midnight deadline with agreements to substantially boost American access to Canada’s dairy market and protect Canada from possible US auto tariffs.


Exp.The IIT Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) has decided to establish an ‘Academy of Leadership’, which intends to develop innovative programmes combining the core curricula in science and engineering disciplines with philosophy and liberal arts. This academy will be based not only on scientific and technical training, but the teachings of ancient philosophies, reasoning, systems engineering and the past successes and failures of humanity. It will be called ‘Partha S Ghosh Academy of Leadership’, named after management consultant/strategist and philanthropist Partha S Ghosh. The institute has already received donation of $1 million from Ghosh, who is often addressed as a ‘creative problem solver’ and a ‘visionary leader’ by the government and industry leaders across multiple nations in Asia Pacific, Europe and America. Under this academy, programmes would be developed to nurture leadership qualities in individuals and organisations.


Exp.The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet on October 1, 2018 awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation”.


Exp.Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has recently released the policy on the biometric-based digital processing of passengers at airports called “Digi Yatra” to make hassle-free air travel for passengers. Digi Yatra is about Facial Recognition based passenger processing which is a common standard being adopted the world over. It will facilitate paperless travel and avoid identity check at multiple points. In the first phase in February 2019, Hyderabad and Bengaluru international airports will have the system on a pilot basis. In the second phase, in April 2019, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will roll out the programme initially at Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune and Vijayawada airports later on, all airports will adopt the system. Under the Digi Yatra, passenger can get a Digi Yatra ID by sharing minimum details like Name, e-mail ID, Mobile number and details of one approved Identity proof where Aadhar ID is not mandatory. This DigiYatra ID will be shared by passengers while booking ticket. Airlines will share the passenger data and DigiYatraID with the departure airport


Exp.India and Russia on October 5, 2018 signed a USD 5.43 billion deal for India to procure the S-400 Triumf missile system from Russia. The deal was signed following the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin and other delegates.


Exp.On October 5, the 4th edition of the India International Science Festival (IISF – 2018) has started at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The mega science expo will be formally inauguratedby the President Shri Ram NathKovind. It is being organized by Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati. The theme of this edition of Science Festival is “Science for Transformation”. IISF-2018 is expected to be represented by approximately 10000 delegates including 5000 students, 550 teachers, 200 students from North-East Region, 20 international delegates and approximately 200 startups.


Exp.Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) on October 2, 2014 with an aim to build a Clean and Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by October 2, 2019 as a befitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.


Exp.The cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has been declared the “cleanest religious place” in the country. Over 81.78 pilgrims visited the shrine in Trikuta hills in the district in 2017. Mata Vaishno Devi shrine has won the prestigious ‘cleanest religious place’ award at Safaigiri Summit and Awards 2018 ceremony organised by the India Today Group in Mumbai on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The award has been given in recognition of the significant strides made by the shrine board for ensuring sanitation and cleanliness all along the tracks and in the entire shrine area. The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVSB) has introduced water less urinals based on ‘flush-me-not’ technology to curtail water consumption significantly and reverse vending machines to promote scientific disposal and recycling of PET bottles. This is the 2nd successive year when the board has been awarded in the field of sanitation as in 2017 it had received the ‘Special Swachh Iconic Place’ award under the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign of the Government of India (GoI).


Exp.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on October 3, 2018 awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with one half to Frances H. Arnold “for the directed evolution of enzymes” and the other half jointly to George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter “for the phage display of peptides and antibodies”.

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