Current Affairs November 05, 2018

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1. On 2nd November 2018, Who became the first ever gymnast to win 13 world championship gold medals, at the world gymnastics championships in Doha, Qatar ?

         1) Susan Mayer
         2) Rachael Parker
         3) Simone Biles
         4) Gabriel Sollis
         5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) Simone Biles

Explanation: On 2nd Friday 2018, Simone Biles became the first ever gymnast to win 13 world championship gold medals, by winning her 13th gold medal at the world gymnastics championships in Doha, Qatar. She won her 13th career gold medal in the individual vault competition. Simone Biles has surpassed the previous all-time record of 12 world championship gold medals by Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo, made in 1996.  She won a total of the 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal, in the championship at Doha.  She has become the first American gymnast to win a world championship medal on all four events. Now she has 18 world championship medals overall.

2. How many agreements are signed in the Indo-French Conclave, in Nagpur, Maharashtra ?

        1)  15
        2) 12
        3) 25
        4) 20
        5) None of these

Answer – 2 ) 12

Explanation: Indo-French Conclave was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra, in which French and Indian firms signed 12 agreements worth 200 million euro. The Indo-French Conclave was organized by Indo French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI) and the Embassy of France in India. Agreement between energy firm Technique Solaire and the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency. It includes French multinational Thales Group signed agreements with 7 Indian firms: Godrej Precision Engineering, Bharat Forge, Amphenol Interconnect India, Larsen & Toubro, Solar Explosives, Mahindra Defence Systems and Coriolis. Agreement between aeronautical firm Turgis & Gaillard and the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC).

3. What is the rank of India globally in terms of web-borne threats, according to a recent report by global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab ?

         1) 12
         2) 3
         3) 10
         4) 6
         5) None of these

Answer – 1 ) 12

Explanation: India has ranked 12th in the world in terms of web-borne threats, according to a recent report by global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab. Regarding vulnerabilities in browsers and their plugins (drive-by download), infection happened when visiting an infected website, without any intervention from user and without their knowledge. In the 3rd quarter (July- September), 32.8 % of users were attacked by web-borne threats in India. Kaspersky Lab products detected 48,093,743 Internet-borne malware incidents on computers of KSN participants in India. This is the most used method by cybercriminals for these kind of attacks.

4. India-UAE Partnership Summit 2018 was held in __________.

         1) Dubai
         2) New Delhi
         3) Mumbai
         4) Abu Dhabi
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Dubai

Explanation: India-UAE Partnership Summit (IUPS) 2018 was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The summit aimed to promote investments from UAE to India and India to UAE. The focus sectors for IUPS 2018 were: investments in Education and SME’s, Skill Development and Placements. Focused Indian States were: Delhi, Assam, Punjab and West Bengal. It aimed to identify the investment areas, projects, funding needs and helped to raise investments to funds vital infrastructure projects.

5. On 2nd November 2018, Where was the 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting held ?

         1) Durban, South Africa
         2) New Delhi, India
         3) Dubai, United Arab Emirates
         4) Dhaka, Bangladesh
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Nelson Mandela

Explanation: On 2nd November 2018, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) ‘Be the Legacy’ internship programme was announced at the end of the 18th IORA meeting in Durban, South Africa. IORA was established in March 1997 through the vision of Nelson Mandela. The internship programme will be launched on July 18, 2019, the 101st birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela. The programme has been established by IORA members, including India, to honour former South African president Nelson Mandela.

6. Which two countries signed MoU on Cooperation In Sports, recently ?

         1) Russia and Japan
         2) India and Pakistan
         3) Pakistan and Japan
         4) India and South Korea
         5) None of these

Answer – ) India and South Korea

Explanation: India and South Korea signed an MoU on cooperation in sports in New Delhi. The objective of the MoU is to establish a framework to facilitate and promote cooperation between the two countries on the basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit. Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea Do Jong-hwan signed the MoU.

7. On 30th October 2018, Where was the 24th edition of the India-Italy Technology Summit held ?

         1) New Delhi
         2) Bengaluru
         3) Hyderabad
         4) Mumbai
         5) None of these

Answer – ) New Delhi

Explanation: On October 30, 2018, 24th edition of the India-Italy Technology Summit was held in New Delhi. The Summit was organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The summit focused on a number of areas including healthcare, aerospace, education, clean technology, renewable energy and information and communication technology.  It was co-hosted by India and Italy.

8. India’s first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge “Signature Bridge” has recently inaugurated in which of the following cities ?

         1) Delhi
         2) Chennai
         3) Kolkata
         4) Mumbai
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Delhi

Explanation: India’s first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge “Signature Bridge” has recently inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal across the Yamuna River.  The 675-metre long bridge, originally conceptualised in 2004, has finally available for public use from November 5. The bridge connects Outer Ring Road on the western flank of the Yamuna river with the Wazirabad Road on the east. Just like the Eiffel Tower in France, Signature Bridge will also have the facility to transport tourists on top of the main pillar, which is 154 m high, from where distance view of North Delhi can be seen. It shortens the travel time between north and northeast Delhi.

9. Who inagurated the 2-day Gyan Kumbh in Haridwar ?

         1) Ram Nath Kovind
         2) Raj Nath Singh
         3) Venkaiyah Naidu
         4) Narendra Modi
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Ram Nath Kovind

Explanation: A two-day Gyan Kumbh was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar. Its main objective is to inculcate good manners and character building in the students.

10. On which date, the 2018 World Tsunami Awareness Day (WTAD) is observed on which date ? 

         1) November 6
         2) November 4
         3) November 3
         4) November 5
         5) None of these

Answer – ) November 5

Explanation: The World Tsunami Awareness Day (WTAD) is observed every year on November 5 to raise awareness about precautionary measures against tsunami and share innovative approaches to risk reduction. Tsunamis are rare events, but can be extremely deadly. In the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, which is the highest number of deaths than in any other natural hazard. Along with risk of large loss of life, the day also highlight the economic losses tsunamis can inflict along vulnerable, densely populated coastlines, shown in red on this map.

11. On 1st November 2018, Who was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lao People’s Democratic Republic ?

         1) Randeep Singhal
         2) Ravi Parthiban
         3) Shraddha Sharma
         4) Dinkar Asthana
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Dinkar Asthana

Explanation: On 1st November 2018, Dinkar Asthana was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Dinkar Asthana is an Indian Foreign Service Officer (IFS) of the 1990 batch. He replaces Mr. Ravi Shankar Aisola. Currently, he is Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lao People’s Democratic Republic. He will take up this assignment soon.