Current Affairs Quiz: May 16, 2018

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  1. Who among the following has been appointed as the new Minister in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B)?
    A) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
    B) Smriti Irani
    C) Piyush Goyal
    D) Venkaiah Naidu
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      Option A
    Explanation: 
    Smriti Irani has been removed of the high-profile information and broadcasting ministry and is now only in charge of textiles ministry. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has being given independent charge of the prestigious Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry in place of Irani while continuing as Sports Minister. 
  2. The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched REPLACE initiative to eliminate industrially-produced artificial trans fats from the global food supply by _______
    A) 2020
    B) 2022
    C) 2023
    D) 2025
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      Option C
    Explanation: 
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a comprehensive plan to eliminate industrially-produced artificial trans fats from the global food supply by 2023. The WHO launched an initiative called REPLACE that will provide guidance for all countries on how to remove artificial trans fats from their foods, possibly leading to a worldwide eradication. REPLACE stands for review dietary sources, promote use of healthier fats, legislate, assess changes, create awareness and enforce.
  3. The Government of India has recently unveiled National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy to harness renewable energy for generating power. It aims to achieve 175 GW installed capacity from renewable energy sources by which year?
    A) 2020
    B) 2022
    C) 2025
    D) 2030
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      Option B
    Explanation: 
    In an effort to boost clean energy generation, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has unveiled a National Wind-solar Hybrid Policy to promote new projects as well as hybridisation of the existing ones. The government has set an ambitious target of achieving 175 gigawatt (gw) of installed capacity from renewable energy sources by 2022, which includes 100 gw of solar and 60 gw of wind power capacity.
  4. Name the Pakistani actress who became the first actor to ever make debut at Cannes Film Festival in 2018
    A) Ayesha Khan
    B) Aiza Khan
    C) Mahira Khan
    D) Maya Ali
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      Option C
    Explanation:
    Pakistani actress Mahira Khan has created history by becoming the first actor of Pakistani origin to make debut at Cannes Film Festival 2018.
  5. The deadline for registration under the Swachh Bharat Summer Internship programme has been extended till__________
    A) June 15 2018
    B) July 31 2018
    C) June 30 2018
    D) July 15 2018
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      Option A
    Explanation: 
    The last date for registration for Swachh Bharat Summer Internship has been extended. Students of Higher Education institutions and members of NYKS can now register for the internship till 15th June 2018. Earlier the last date for registration was till 15th May 2018.
  6. Bihar state government has signed an MoU with which power distribution company recently to improve the power sector performance in the state?
    A) NHPC
    B) Tata Power
    C) Reliance Power
    D) NTPC
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      Option D
    Explanation: 
    With an aim to improve the performance of Power Sector in Bihar, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Government of Bihar (GoB) and NTPC Limited.  The MoU envisages transfer of Barauni Thermal Power Station (720 MW) to NTPC. In addition to this, Bihar State Power Generation Company’s (BSPGCL) entire equities in Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUN) & Nabinagar Power Generating Company (Pvt.) Limited (NPGC) will also be transferred to NTPC.
  7. How many States/UTs have inked pact with the Union Health Ministry for the ambitious Ayushman Bharat scheme?
    A) 5
    B) 3
    C) 7
    D) 9
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      Option A
    Explanation: 
    Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Uttarakhand along with the Union Territory of Chandigarh agreed to implement the ambitious national health protection mission, which aims to provide an annual coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family. The historic MoU under Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission, by the states and Union Territory was inked with the Union Health Minister J P Nadda at a regional workshop for northern states.
  8. EC George Sudarshan who died recently was a renowned ________
    A) Journalist
    B) Physicist
    C) Writer
    D) Agricultural Scientist
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      Option B
    Explanation: 
    Famous theoretical physicist Ennackal Chandy (EC) George Sudarshan passed away in Texas, USA. The renowned physicist E C G Sudarshan, who proved Albert Einstein wrong, was recommended for the Nobel Prize nine times but never awarded. The 86-year-old physicist was born in Kottayam on September 16, 1931.
  9. In which of the following cities was the 4th Global Exhibition on Services-2018 organised recently?
    A) Hyderabad
    B) Lucknow
    C) New Delhi
    D) Mumbai
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      Option D
    Explanation:
    The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 4th Global Exhibition on Services-2018 and launched a portal on 12 Champion Sectors in Services in Mumbai on May 15, 2018.
  10. Which among the given sports apparel brand has been approved by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as official sports apparel partner for Indian contingent’s till 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
    A) Adidas
    B) Puma
    C) Li-Ning
    D) Converse
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      Option C
    Explanation: 
    The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has announced Asia’s leading sports apparel brand Li-Ning as the Indian contingent’s official sports apparel partner till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As part of the partnership, Li-Ning will provide Indian athletes and officials with sports competition and training apparel, leisure wear and footwear for the Asian Games 2018, 2018 Summer Olympic Youth Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
  11. Who has been selected for Japan’s most prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize 2018 under “Culture and Community” category?
    A) Bindeshwar Pathak
    B) Muhammad Yunus
    C) Gopal Venu
    D) Urvashi Butalia
    View Answer
      Option A
    Explanation: 
    Sanitation pioneer and founder of Sulabh International Dr Bindeshwar Pathak has been selected for Japan’s most prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize. Pathak has been considered for the prize under “Culture and Community” section. The prize will be awarded on June 13 in Tokyo.
  12. Name the cabinet minister who has been assigned the additional charge of the Finance Ministry till incumbent minister Arun Jaitley recovers from kidney surgery?
    A) Manohar Parrikar
    B) Piyush Goyal
    C) Prakash Javadekar
    D) Suresh Prabhu
    View Answer
      Option B
    Explanation: 
    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been given the additional charge of the Finance Ministry till Arun Jaitley, who underwent a kidney surgery, recovers. S S Ahluwalia, who was until recently the Minister of State for Drinking Water & Sanitation, has been assigned the portfolio of Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. Alphons Kannanthanam has been relieved as Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. He continues as Minister of State for Tourism.
  13. Name the newly appointed Chairman of the International Cricket Council.
    A) Dave Richardson
    B) Anurag Thakur
    C) Shashank Manohar
    D) Haroon Lorgat
    View Answer
      Option C
    Explanation: 
    International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s)  incumbent chairman Shashank Manohar has been re-elected for a second term, after being the only nominee in the election for the post put forward by the ICC board. The former BCCI president had become the first-ever independent chairman of the ICC in 2016, and will now hold office for another two-year tenure.
  14. NALCO has inked pact with the Ministry of Mines recently to target Rs 9350 crore revenue from operations for FY 2018-19. NALCO is based in ________
    A) Ranchi, Jharkhand
    B) Kolkata, West Bengal
    C) Hyderabad, Telangana
    D) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
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      Option D
    Explanation:
    Aluminium major & Navratna CPSE National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has signed MoU with the Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India, setting highest ever target of Rs 9350 crore revenue from operations for FY 2018-19 which is 15% higher than last year. NALCO is headquartered at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  15. How much amount has been released by the Indian Government for the river training and construction of embankments work in Nepal?
    A) NRs 100.00 million
    B) NRs 180.74 million
    C) NRs 125.52 million
    D) NRs 150.81 million
    View Answer
      Option B
    Explanation: 
    India has released grant of NRs. (Nepalese Rupees) 18.074 crore for river training and construction of embankments along three major rivers of the Himalayan nation namely Lalbakeya, Bagmati and Kamla rivers in Nepal. The river training and embankment works in the Lalbakeya, Bagmati and Kamla rivers in Nepal aimed at flood control and water resources management, which benefit several million people inhabiting in the watershed of these rivers in India and Nepal.
  16. According to a recent data by Mercom Communications, India has emerged as the _________ largest solar market in the world in 2017.
    A) Third
    B) Fifth
    C) Second
    D) Sixth
    View Answer
      Option A
    Explanation:
     India emerged as the third largest solar market in the world in 2017 behind China and the United States according to the report of Mercom Communications India. In 2017, India’s solar market recorded growth rate at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)  of approximately 170 percent since 2010 while of the total 1.6 GW cumulative solar rooftop installations in India by 2017, 995 MW was installed last year.
  17. Which among the given entities has signed pact with software expert SAP to encourage GST adaptability and accessibility among the rural enterprises of India?
    A) Airtel
    B) Paytm
    C) BSNL
    D) Jio
    View Answer
      Option C
    Explanation: 
    State-owned telecom operator BSNL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with enterprise solutions provider SAP to jointly offer innovative GST (goods and services tax) solutions to enterprises across India. The MoU aims to ensure that every business in every town and village in the nation successfully adopts GST through BSNL’s country-wide reach and SAP’s expertise in providing robust technology offerings. 
  18. Jivya Soma Mashe who passed away recently was an internationally acclaimed artist of which tribal art form?
    A) Bhil
    B) Madhubani
    C) Gond
    D) Warli
    View Answer
      Option D
    Explanation:
    Internationally acclaimed artist Jivya Soma Mashe, who popularised the Warli tribal art form to the global stage, passed away at his native village in Dhamangaon in Talasari taluka of Thane district of Maharashtra after a prolonged illness. He was 84.

Static GK Based on Current Affairs

  1. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is based in___________
    A) Kolkata
    B) Mumbai
    C) New Delhi
    D) Hyderabad
    View Answer
      Option C
    Explanation:
    Formed-1927
    President- Narinder Dhruv Batra
  2. SAP SE is a multinational software corporation headquarter in which country?
    A) Germany
    B) United States
    C) France
    D) Japan
    View Answer
      Option A
    Explanation:
    SAP is headquartered in Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg, Germany with regional offices in 180 countries
  3. Barauni Thermal Power Station is located in which state?
    A) Jharkhand
    B) Bihar
    C) Madhya Pradesh
    D) Haryana
    View Answer
      Option B
    Explanation:
    Barauni Thermal Power Station is an existing 360 megawatt coal-fired power station owned by Bihar State Electricity Board. The power station is located at Begusarai district, Bihar
  4. Who is the CEO of the International Cricket Council?
    A) Zaheer Abbas
    B) Shashank Manohar
    C) David Richardson
    D) Mustafa Kamal
    View Answer
      Option C
    Explanation:
    The current ICC president is Zaheer Abbas, CEO is David Richardson and Chairman is Shashank Manohar.

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