Current Affairs November 02, 2018

1. Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh approved release of _____ rupees from 2nd installment of Central Share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for Andhra Pradesh, in advance for 2018-19 ?

         1) Rs 900 Crore
         2) Rs 678.75 Crore
         3) Rs 550.55 Crore
         4) Rs 229.05 Crore
         5) None of the above

Answer –4 ) Rs 229.05 Crore

Explanation: On October 31, 2018, the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh approved release of 2nd installment of Central Share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) in advance for the year 2018-19, for Andhra Pradesh, to help providing relief measures to the affected people. The amount approved was Rs. 229.05 crore. As par report by IMCT(Inter-Ministerial Central Team), further assistance will be provided from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). The first installment for the same amount was released to Andhra Pradesh in June 2018.

2. Which Indian company has been named an Official Partner of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 ?

        1)  Wipro 
        2) Reliance
        3) Tata Steel
        4) Infosys
        5) None of the above

Answer – 3) Tata Steel

Explanation: Steel manufacturing giant Tata Steel has been named as an official partner of the 14th edition of the FIH mens hockey World Cup 2018 to continue their efforts of promoting development through sports across the country. A total of 16 nations will take part in the tournament which will see each team play three matches during the league stage over a span of 12 days before four cross-over matches take place on December 10 and 11. India will host the upcoming prestigious 2018 FIH World Cup for the 3rd time after having played hosts in 1982 in Mumbai and in 2010 in New Delhi. The tournament is scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha from November 28 to December 16.

3. Who has been conferred with the 2018 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literacy prize of the Kerala government ?

         1) M Mukundan
         2) K Satchidanandan
         3) Ram V Kumar
         4) Uma Shankar Singh
         5) None of the above

Answer –1 ) M Mukundan

Explanation: Malayalam writer M Mukundan has been selected for 2018 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literacy prize of the Kerala government. His popular works inlcude ‘Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil’, ‘Kesavante Vilapangal’, ‘Delhi Gadhakal’, ‘Appam Chudunna Kunkiyamma’ and ‘Lesli Achante Kadangal’. The award, which carries a cash prize of Rs five lakh and citation, is being given for his overall contributions to the language and literature.

4. Odisha has launched an early warning dissemination system (EWDS), developed as part of Central and state government project with the assistance of which bank ?

         1) Axis Bank
         2) ICICI Bank
         3) State Bank of India (SBI)
         4) World Bank
         5) None of the above

Answer –) World Bank

Explanation: On October 31, 2018, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched an early warning dissemination system (EWDS). It has been developed as a part of the Central and state government project with the assistance of World Bank. It is a part of the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project and covers 6 coastal districts namely– Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Ganjam. It has a State emergency centre in Bhubaneswar. It aims to provide early and timely information on natural calamities to the people of the state. It has a satellite based mobile data voice terminals, digital mobile radio, universal communication interface and mass messaging system to provide timely warning via alert messages on mobile phones.

5. Name of the Indian Sculptor who designed the world’s tallest statue ‘Statue of Unity’.

         1) Ram V. Sutar
         2) A M Davierwalla
         3) P V Janakiram
         4) Satish Gujral
         5) None of the above

Answer – ) Ram V. Sutar

Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Narmada district of Gujarat on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sardar Patel – who served as the first Home Minister of independent India – is credited with uniting all 562 princely states in pre-independent India to build the Republic of India. That is why it is called the ‘Statue Of Unity’. The statue was designed by 93-year-old acclaimed sculptor Ram V. Sutar, who is Padma Bhushan awardee. It is the world’s tallest statue, with a height of 182m. The viewing gallery at the height of 135 metres can accommodate up to 200 people at a time.

6. The Jharsuguda Airport of Odisha will be renamed after which eminent freedom fighter of the state ?

         1) Salegram Bariha
         2) Jagabandu Hota
         3) Trilochan Panigrahi
         4) Surendra Sai
         5) None of the above

Answer – ) Surendra Sai

Explanation: On November 1, the Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to rename the Jharsuguda airport of Odisha after eminent freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai. Renaming of the Jharsuguda airport in his name will fulfill long-pending demand of the Odisha Government, which reflects the sentiments of the local public of the respective area. Veer Surendra Sai, who was born on 22nd January 1809 in Sambalpur district of the State, had sacrificed his life fighting against British East India company. He and his associates resisted the British and successfully protected most parts of Western Odisha region for some time from the British rule. Surendra Sai died in Asirgarh Jail on 23rd May 1884.  It will also be a befitting tribute to the contribution of the revered personality associated with the State.

7. On 1st November 2018, Union Cabinet approved renaming of Jharsuguda Airport of which state as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda” ?

         1) Tamil Nadu
         2) Uttar Pradesh
         3) Odisha
         4) Bihar
         5) None of the above

Answer – ) Odisha

Explanation: On November 1, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved renaming of Jharsuguda Airport of Odisha as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”. This was done as per demand of the Odisha Government for giving tribute to the freedom fighter representing the state. Veer Surendra Sai is a well-known freedom fighter of Odisha.

8. The first-ever Indo-Japan joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2018’ has started in which of the following states ?

         1) West Bengal
         2) Mizoram
         3) Odisha
         4) Nagaland
         5) None of the above

Answer – ) Mizoram

Explanation: The first-ever Indo-Japan joint military exercise “Dharma Guardian- 2018” has started at a jungle warfare school in Mizorams Vairengte with a focus on strengthening counter-terror cooperation. The purpose of the exercise is to build and promote Army to Army relation in addition to exchange skills and experiences of both the armies. The focus of the two-week-long exercise will be to enhance tactical skills against global terrorism and increase inter-operability between the two forces. The Japanese contingent is represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles. Both the armies will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in urban warfare scenario.

9. What is the rank of India in Ease of Doing Business ranking as per the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2019 report ?

         1) 77
         2) 123
         3) 57
         4) 177
         5) None of the above

Answer – ) 77

Explanation: On October 31, 2018, according to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2019 report, India has shot up by 23 spots to reach the 77th position among 190 nations in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking. According to the report, India has improved on six of the 10 parameters on starting and doing business in a country. India is now recognized as among top ten improves for the 2nd consecutive year and has ranked first among South Asian countries compared to 6th rank in 2014. This include: ease of starting a business, construction permits, getting electricity, getting credit, paying taxes, trade across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. In 2017, India progressed 30 positions to reach the top 100. From 2014 to 2018, India moved from the 142nd place in the index to the 77th spot.

10. On 31st October 2018 , where did National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and United Nations (UN) Habitat organize a policy dialogue named ‘Urban Cafe: River for Habitat’, on World Cities Day 2018 ?

         1) Bengaluru
         2) Kolkata
         3) New Delhi
         4) Mumbai
         5) None of the above

Answer – ) New Delhi

Explanation: On 31st October 2018, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) partnered with United Nations (UN) Habitat and organized a policy dialogue named ‘Urban Cafe: River for Habitat’ in New Delhi, on World Cities Day 2018. Experts discussed on the following topics:

  • Various facets of our daily lives
  • Association of rivers with cities and economy
  • Challenges to maintain healthy river ecosystems and ways to deal with them
  • Developing an Urban River Plan from where the river enters the city and where it exits
  • Importance of ghats – the ghats connect river to the people and enhance safety of the river and people
  • River and river basins should be seen as national capital or asset
  • Public participation in restoring our river ecosystems