Current Affairs Quiz: January 17, 2018

Current Affairs 17 January 2018 Quiz

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  1. The Ministry of Sports has recently launched the anthem and unveiled the mascot of the Khelo India initiative which is to be launched on January 31. The mascot of the initiative is Vijay the ___________and Jaya the ________
    A) Leopard; Squirrel
    B) Elephant; Girraffe
    C) Tiger;  Black Buck
    D) Rhinoceros; Black Buck
    View Answer
      Option C
    Explanation: 
    The union sports ministry’s ambitious programme, ‘Khelo India’ — an initiative to scout for talent at the grassroots and provide it substantial long-term scholarship – will be launched on January 31. In the run-up to the launch, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore unveiled the mascots (Vijay the tiger and Jaya the black buck) and launched the anthem “Aur khelna chahte hain hum…Khel mein hi masti hai….khel se abaad honge hum”.
  2. Name the Prime Minister of Romania who has stepped down from the post after his own Social Democrat Party leaders withdrew their support for him following a party dispute.
    A) Mihai Tudose
    B) Viktor Orban
    C) Boyko Borisov
    D) Pavel Filip
    View Answer
      Option A
    Explanation:
    Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has resigned after his party withdrew its support amid a power struggle with the group’s chairman, who himself, is barred from political office because of a vote-rigging conviction.
  3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of an oil refinery in Rajasthan’s _______district on January 16, 2018
    A) Bharatpur
    B) Nagaur
    C) Jaisalmer
    D) Barmer
    View Answer
      Option D
    Explanation:
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Rs 43,129 crore big-ticket refinery project in Barmer and said it will change the economic landscape of Rajasthan. Due to be completed by 2022, the project is expected to bring Rs 34,000 crore to the state government coffers annually. 
  4. Which among the given banks has tied up with the Invoicemart-a digital invoice discounting platform- as TReDS partner to provide loans to MSMEs associated with large corporates?
    A) Punjab National Bank
    B) Bank of Baroda
    C) State Bank of India
    D) Union Bank of India
    View Answer
      Option B
    Explanation: 
    Digital invoice discounting marketplace – Invoicemart has tied up with state-run lender Bank of Baroda to discount invoices for MSMEs. Buyers and sellers registered on the marketplace will now be able to access funding from Bank of Baroda. Invoicemart is a joint venture between Axis Bank Ltd and mjunction services ltd. TReDS is an online mechanism that helps MSMEs unlock working capital without the hassle of applying for loans.
  5. Name the veteran cinematographer, known for films like Rangeela and Khuda Gawah, who passed away recently
    A) S. Gopal Reddy
    B) W. B. Rao
    C) Santosh Sivan
    D) Kamal Bose
    View Answer
      Option B
    Explanation:
    Veteran cinematographer W. B. Rao, who worked on films like “Hum”, “Khuda Gawah” and “Rangeela” has passed away.
  6. Who among the following has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command?
    A) Ajendra Bahadur Singh
    B) Ravneet Singh
    C) Karambir Singh
    D) Ravindra Jayanti Nadkarni
    View Answer
      Option A
    Explanation: 
    Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh took over as the new Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command from Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh. Vice Admiral Singh was the Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Forces Command, prior to his current appointment.
  7. Name the state which has decided to form a non-banking financial company (NBFC) for efficient management of surplus funds of state public enterprises and autonomous bodies
    A) Uttar Pradesh
    B) Gujarat
    C) Maharashtra
    D) Haryana
    View Answer
      Option D
    Explanation:
    The Haryana government has decided to form a non-banking financial company (NBFC) — Haryana State Financial Services Limited — to act as an in-house treasury manager for efficient management of surplus funds of State public enterprises and autonomous bodies. It will be established as a limited company under the Companies Act and registered with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as an NBFC. The authorised capital of the company will be ₹10 crore and the paid up capital will be ₹2 crore in the first instance.
  8. Ever since joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in 2017, India for the first time participated in the meeting of the international military cooperation departments of the bloc which took place at _______
    A) Moscow, Russia
    B) New Delhi, India
    C) Beijing, China
    D) Astana, Kazakhstan
    View Answer
      Option C
    Explanation: 
    India, for the first time, took part in a meeting of the international military cooperation departments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Beijing, China, since joining the bloc last year. This is the first meeting attended by India in the field of defence cooperation under the SCO framework. The SCO comprises of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.
  9. NK Trikha who passed away recently was a veteran ___________
    A) Journalist
    B) Poet
    C) Actor
    D) Scientist
    View Answer
      Option A
    Explanation: 
    Veteran journalist NK Trikha has passed away. Trikha had worked at the Times of India Group’s Hindi newspaper ‘Navbharat Times’ for a long time and was also the editor of its Lucknow edition. He also served as a member of the Press Council of India and he was twice president of the National Union of Journalists (India).
  10. The digital launch of the ‘I4Fund Call for Proposal’ website on January 16, 2018 has been announced for joint research and development projects between India and which country?
    A) Mauritius
    B) Egypt
    C) Israel
    D) Syria
    View Answer
      Option C
    Explanation: 
    The ‘I4Fund Call for Proposal’ was announced with the joint launch of the website and the unveiling of the brochure by the two PMs (Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu). The “India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)” was announced in July, 2017. Under this, the Department of Science and Technology, India and the National Innovation Authority of Israel have established a 40 million US dollar Fund.

Static GK Based on Current Affairs

  1. How many countries are member to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)?
    A) 8
    B) 6
    C) 7
    D) 9
    View Answer
      Option A
    Explanation:
    The SCO comprises of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.
  2. What is the capital of Romania?
    A) Sofia
    B) Bucharest
    C) Chisinau
    D) Belgrade
    View Answer
      Option B
    Explanation:
    Currency-Romanian leu
  3. The digital invoice discounting platform Invoicemart is a joint venture between mjunction services ltd and ________
    A) HDFC Bank
    B) Yes Bank
    C) ICICI Bank
    D) Axis Bank
    View Answer
      Option D
    Explanation: 
    Invoicemart is a joint venture between Axis Bank Ltd and mjunction services ltd.
  4. Who is the Secretary General of SCO?
    A) Sabyr Imandosov
    B) Wang Kaiwen
    C) Rashid Alimov
    D) Aziz Nosirov
    View Answer
      Option C

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