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CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ
Q1. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) recently observed its Raising Day.
Explanation: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), a leader in infrastructure development in the border areas of the country, will celebrate its 58th Raising Day on 07 May 2018.
Q2. How much amount has been sanctioned by the Government of India for the inland waterway on Godavari River?
Answer: Rs 2,000 crore
Explanation: Union Minister for Road Transport and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari announced that the Central government will sanction Rs 2,000 crore for inland waterway on Godavari River. He asked Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra to come forward to take 10 percent equity each in the special purpose vehicle to be formed by the ministry to execute the project.
Q3. India’s tallest flag will be installed in which of the following cities under the Smart City Mission?
Explanation: In Assam, 97.3 meter tall national flag, the tallest in the country – will be installed in Guwahati under Smart City Mission.
Q4. Which Indian state government is set to conduct the first organised census of Indus Dolphins with the help of WWF-India?
Explanation: For the conservation of Indus dolphins – one of the world’s rarest mammals – the Punjab government along with WWF-India is conducting the first organised census on their population. Found only in India and Pakistan, the Indus dolphins are confined to only a 185 km stretch between Talwara and Harike Barrage in India’s Beas River in Punjab.
Q5. Name the celebrity who has been nominated as the Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project (WPSP)?
Answer: Shabana Azmi
Explanation: Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi has been nominated as the Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a Hillary Clinton-founded programme aimed at empowering the next generation of women around the world.
Q6. Who has been awarded the 2018 ONV Literary Prize?
Answer: M T Vasudevan Nair
Explanation: Jnanpith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair has won this year’s annual ONV Literary Prize, instituted in memory of iconic poet late O N V Kurup, for his overall contributions to Malayalam literature.
Q7. Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India has extended the timing of equity derivatives trading from current 3.30 pm to 11:55 pm with effect from .
Answer: October 1, 2018.
Explanation: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has allowed stock exchanges to extend the trading
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Session for futures and options (F&O) segment from the current 3.30 p.m. to 11.55 in the night beginning October 1, 2018.
Q8. The 15th edition of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2019 will be held in which city?
Explanation: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will now be celebrated every alternate year. There will be some theme-based sessions conducted in which the Ministry of External Affairs will invite about 12 people including both the nationals and the non-resident Indians. The 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2019 will be held during 21-23 Janury 2019 at Varanasi.
Q9. Star Khel Mahakumbh-a sports initiative- has been launched in which Indian city?
Answer: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Explanation: A sports initiative ‘Star Khel Mahakumbh’ was launched at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh in the presence of 1,500 athletes. The athletes will compete in volleyball, basketball, cricket, football, kabaddi and athletics.
Q10. Which Indian state has launched ‘Go to Village’ mission to bring inclusive development in the state?
Explanation: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched ‘Go to Village’ mission throughout the state from Konuma ground. The mission is aimed at identifying the eligible and deserving beneficiaries in every corner of the state and delivering government services at their doorstep. The mission was launched on Tuesday in 60 villages of all the 60 Assembly constituencies.
Q11. According to the Asian Developments Bank’s report, India’s economy is expected to grow at percent in 2018
Answer: 7.3 Percent
Explanation: The ADB, in its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018 report released in April, had claimed that the Indian economy is set to expand by 7.3 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and 7.6 percent in the next fiscal i.e FY 2019. Also developing Asia grew by 6.1 percent in 2017, and we expect growth will be 6 percent in 2018.
Q12. Which Indian city is set to host 6 day long Festivals of Bharat in May 2018?
Explanation: Delhi will host a six-day-long Festival of Bharat between May 9 and May 14 as a 21st century tribute to the majesty and depth of India’s civilization.
Q13. What is the rank of India in the AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index 2018?
Explanation: India has slipped three notches to the 11th position in the AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index for 2018. The US remained in the top position for investment intentions with Canada rising to the second position while Germany fell to the third.
Q14. According to the TRA’s Brand Trust Report 2018, which among the following has been ranked as the most trusted FMCG brand in India?
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Answer: Patanjali Ayurved Limited
Explanation: Patanjali Ayurved Limited has been ranked as India’s most trusted Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) brand in the TRA’s Brand Trust Report 2018. In overall brand ranking Patanjali is at 13th rank most trusted Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) brand. Samsung leads the list to become India’s Most Trusted
Brand. Sony and LG follow to retain pole positions as India’s second and third Most Trusted Brands. The fourth Most Trusted Brand is India’s leading multinational conglomerate, Tata.
Q15. Which category of Nobel Prize has been suspended from being given in the year 2018?
Explanation: The Nobel Prize in Literature, the world’s most prestigious accolade for writing, will not be awarded this year, for the first time since 1949 in the wake of a sexual and financial misconduct scandal. The Swedish Academy, that decides the Nobel Prize for Literature, will now announce the 2018 winner along with the 2019 winner next year.
Q16. Manish Raniga has recently assumed the charge of Chief Commercial Officer of which airlines?
Explanation: Manish Raniga, former vice-president for commercial strategy with Jet Airways, has joined low fare carrier GoAir as its Chief Commercial Officer.
Q17. The 12th informal meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers was held in which of the following countries?
Answer: Manila, Philippines
Explanation: The 12th informal meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers was held in Manila on the sidelines of the 51st Annual Meeting of Asian Development Bank (ADB). The meeting was chaired by Finance Minister of Nepal Yuba Raj Khatiwada.
Q18. The government of India has recently signed an agreement with which country to cooperate on information exchange for narcotics drug control?
Answer: Sri Lanka
Explanation: India and Sri Lanka has agreed on cooperation on exchange of information and other aspects to tackle smuggling of drugs in both countries.
Q19. NITI Aayog has partnered with entity to make use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in agriculture?
Explanation: NITI Aayog and IBM signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to develop a crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide real time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts.
Q20. Recently the government has set up NWIC as a single window source of updated data on water resources. Expand NWIC.
Answer: National Water Informatics Centre
Explanation: Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has recently set
up National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) in New Delhi. NWIC would be a repository of nation-wide water resources data and would work as a Subordinate Office under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The centre would be headed by a Joint Secretary level officer.