Current Affairs November 07, 2018


1. The newly-built Ekana cricket stadium is located in which of the following cities? 

         1) New Delhi
         2) Pune
         3) Udaipur
         4) Lucknow
         5) None of these

Answer – 4 ) Lucknow

Explanation: On November 6, Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has renamed the newly-constructed Ekana International Cricket Stadium after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It has a seating capacity of around 50,000 and will host its first international match on November 6, when the 2nd Twenty-20 match between India and the West Indies will be played in the stadium in Lucknow. The stadium will now be known as Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium. Hence, Lucknow will host the first international match after 24 years.

2. Where is China’s 1st International Import Expo (CIIE) held from 5th to 10th November 2018 ?

        1) Beijing, China
        2) Wuhan, China
        3) Xichuan, China
        4) Shanghai, China
        5) None of these

Answer – 4 ) Shanghai, China

Explanation: India participated in China’s 1st International Import Expo (CIIE) at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. It is held from 5th to 10th November 2018. It is considered to be the world’s first import-themed national-level expo. Leaders of 18 countries, including Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan took part in it. Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurated 6-day China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. The Indian delegation was led by Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan.

3. Who will be awarded the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award by the Press Council of India (PCI) on 16th November 2018 ?

         1) VS Rajesh
         2) N Ram
         3) Ruby Sarkar
         4) Mihir Singh
         5) None of these

Answer – 2 ) N Ram

Explanation: Journalist and the Hindu Group of Publications Chairman N Ram has been chosen for the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award, presented by the Press Council of India (PCI), for his contribution to journalism.  PCI has also announced other winners of the National Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2018. The award will be presented on November 16, 2018, on the occasion of the National Press Day. Award winners under various categories are listed below:

  • Rural Journalism: Ruby Sarkar, Chief Correspondent, Deshbandhu, Bhopal & Rajesh Parshuram Joshte, Daily Pudhari, Ratnagiri
  • Developmental Reporting: VS Rajesh, Deputy Editor, Kerala Kaumudhi
  • Photo Journalism-Single News: Subhash Paul, Rashtriya Sahara, Delhi
  • Photo Journalism-Photo Feature: Mihir Singh of the Punjab Kesari, Delhi
  • Best Newspaper Art: covering cartoons, caricature and illustrations: P Narasimha, Cartoon Editor, Nava Telangana, Hyderabad

4. Who has been appointed India’s new Ambassador to Iran ?

         1) N K Saxena
         2) Priti Jindal
         3) Saurabh Kumar
         4) Gaddam Dharmendra
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Gaddam Dharmendra

Explanation: Gaddam Dharmendra, a 1990-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, has been appointed Indias new Ambassador to Iran. Dharmendra’s appointment comes at a time when the global focus is on oil imports from Iran as the US has recently imposed the toughest ever sanctions aimed at altering the Iranian regimes behaviour. He succeed Saurabh Kumar, who was appointed Indias ambassador to Myanmar.

5. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has invited expression of interest (EOI) from companies with a turnover of over _____ in the last 3 years to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR) ?

         1) Rs 1000 crore
         2) Rs 200 crore
         3) Rs 100 crore
         4) Rs 500 crore
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Rs 100 crore

Explanation: On November 7, 2018, the Reserve Bank initiated steps to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR). For developing the registry the RBI has invited expression of interest (EOI) from companies with a turnover of over Rs 100 crore in the last three years. This will enable the banks and financial institutions to get 360 degree profile of existing and prospective borrowers on a real-time basis.

6. On November 30, 2018, Name the author of the book ‘The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India’ that will be launched ?

         1) Praveen Singh
         2) Mukhil Joshi
         3)  Karunya Keshav & Sidhanta Pathak
         4) Sunil Goenker & Rahul Parrikhar
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Karunya Keshav & Sidhanta Pathak

Explanation: ‘The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India’, a book on history of women’s cricket in India, will be launched on November 30, 2018. It will provide a detailed narrative of cricket, from its origin to present day. The book is co-authored by sports journalists Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Pathak. It will also have rare photographs to show the highs and lows of the early years of women’s cricket. It is published by Westland Sport, a new imprint of Westland Publications.

7. Which of the following satellite is used for faster Internet connectivity ?

         1) GSAT-12
         2) GSAT-13
         3) GSAT-14
         4) GSAT-11
         5) None of these

Answer – ) GSAT-11

Explanation: GSAT-11, the heaviest Indian communication satellite built to date is back at the Guiana Space Centre for an early December launch. The satellite is for faster Internet connectivity. It returns to the South American port for the second time in six months after it was taken back to Bengaluru in April for inspections. K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Secretary, Department of Space said that the 5,700 kg spacecraft was shipped out of Bengaluru and has reached the European launch port.

8. The Government of India (GoI) has recently approved operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens for which of the following crops ?

         1) Potato, Wheat and Onion
         2) Tomato, Onion and Potato
         3) Tomato, Peas and Chilli
         4) Onion, Carrot and Peas
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Tomato, Onion and Potato

Explanation: The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has recently approved the operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens to ensure availability of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) throughout the country round the year without price volatility. One of the objectives of “Operation Greens” is the reduction in post-harvest losses by creation of farm gate infrastructure, development of suitable agro-logistics, creation of appropriate storage capacity linking consumption centres.  Operation Greens was announced in the Budget speech of 2018-19 with an outlay of Rs. 500 crore to stabilize the supply of TOP crops.

9. Who is the author of the book “Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman” ?

         1) Krishna Trilok
         2) Jhumpa Lahiri
         3) Aravind Adiga
         4) Amish Tripathi
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Krishna Trilok

Explanation: From Oscar-winning musician A.R. Rahman, whose biography Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman was launched in Mumbai says the book has been a journey for him and took him to those corners of his life which have remained candid for a long time. Written by author Krishna Trilok, the biography in association with Landmark and Penguin Random House was launched in Mumbai.

10. Which state government launched the Mo Bus services ?

         1) Bihar
         2) Odisha
         3) Haryana
         4) Rajasthan
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Odisha

Explanation: Odisha government has launched a new initiative named ‘Mo Bus’ services in the Bhubaneshwar ahead of the Men’s Hockey World Cup. The service will be launched as a part of state government-owned Capital Region Urban Transport’s (CRUT) ‘City Bus Modernisation’ programme. The buses will operate daily for 15 hours from 7 AM to 10PM on 9 routes according to the network plan finalised earlier. Following the launch, buses will be available in 10-12 min duration for commuters.The services will be launched for the residents of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri.

11. Who was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lao People’s Democratic Republic ?

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

Answer – ) Dinkar Asthana

Explanation: 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. 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 replaces Mr. Ravi Shankar Aisola. He will take up this assignment.