Current Affairs November 09, 2018

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1. On which date the International Day of Radiology is observed ?

         1) 7th November
         2) 9th November
         3) 6th November
         4) 8th November
         5) None of these

Answer – 4 ) 8th November

Explanation: International Day of Radiology was observed throughout the world on 8th November. Main theme of International Day of Radiology 2018 is: Cardiac imaging. This day marks the date of discovery of the existence of X-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen in 1895.

2. Which state government has signed an agreement with the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) to organize an international tribal film festival in the state, in January 2019 ?

        1) Odisha
        2) Arunachal Pradesh
        3) Meghalaya
        4) Maharashtra
        5) None of these

Answer – 2 ) Arunachal Pradesh

Explanation: Arunachal Pradesh government has signed a pact with the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) to organize an international tribal film festival in the state. It will showcase films on tribal communities from around the world. The three-day festival is scheduled for January 2019.

3. The 25th maritime exercise “SIMBEX-18” has started between India and which country ?

         1) Sri Lanka
         2) Saudi Arabia
         3) Singapore
         4) Seychelles
         5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) Singapore

Explanation: The 25th edition of bilateral maritime exercise “SIMBEX-18” has started between the Navies of the Republic of Singapore and India from 10th to 21st November 2018 off Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. The initial harbour phase will be held at Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 10 to 12 November followed by Sea Phase from 12 to 16 November in the Andaman Sea. The 2018 edition marks the Silver Jubilee of Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX). To mark the historical occasion, both navies are undertaking exercises over an extended geography. The SIMBEX 2018 will be the largest edition since 1994 in terms of scale and complexity.

4. Which country has recently announced a waiver on the visa-on-arrival fee for visitors from 20 countries including India, China ?

         1) Singapore
         2) Thailand
         3) Maldives
         4) Saudi Arabia 
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Thailand

Explanation: The waiver is expected to increase tourism in Thailand by 30%. To boost the slump in tourism, the Thai cabinet has announced a waiver on the visa-on-arrival fee for visitors from 20 countries – Andora, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The fee of 2,000 Baht (nearly ₹4,400) will be waived between December 1 and January 31.

5. Which IIT has developed a portable solar-powered cold storage device with a 500 kg capacity ?

         1) IIT Madras
         2) IIT Indore
         3) IIT Kanpur
         4) IIT Bombay
         5) None of these

Answer – ) IIT Madras

Explanation: The IIT Madras has recently developed a portable solar-powered cold storage device with a 500 kg capacity for storing vegetables, and fruits, among other items. The first unit of the device, which provides storage facility with temperature ranging between 4 to 10 degree celsius, was deployed at a farm in Madurantakam in Kancheepuram district, around 80 km from Chennai, recently. The device will help farmers store their produce for sufficient time so that it does not get spoilt before it is sold, thereby preventing wastage of agricultural produce. A startup called Tan90, initiated by IIT-M students, aims to commercialise the technology and take it to individual farmers with even smaller devices at affordable prices. The project has been funded by Department of Science and Technology (Ministry of Science and Technology) and IIT-M.

6. Unemployment rate in India has increased to _____% in October 2018, the highest in 2 years, as per a study by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy ?

         1) 6.9 %
         2) 7.5 %
         3) 7.2 %
         4) 6.5 %
         5) None of these

Answer – ) 6.9 %

Explanation: Unemployment rate in India has increased to 6.9% in October 2018, the highest in 2 years, as per a study by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy. Count of the unemployed persons actively looking for jobs almost doubled to 29.5 million in October 2018 from 14 million in July 2017 (and 21.6 million in October 2017). Labour participation rate, a measure of the proportion of adults willing to work, has declined to 42.4%, the lowest since January 2016. This is 2.4% lower compared to the 407 million persons employed in October 2017.

7. Paytm tied up with 2 government departments of this state for the better payment experience.

         1) Andra Pradesh
         2) Maharashtra
         3) Karnataka
         4) Kerala
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Karnataka

Explanation: Paytm tied up with 2 govt depts in Karnataka for better payment experience. Paytm extended a cashback of 10 percent for up to a maximum of Rs 20 per user on a minimum transaction amount of Rs 200 for payments. The two departments of Karnataka government are: The Directorate of Electronic Delivery of Citizen Services (EDCS) and DPAR (Department of Personnel and Administrative Service).

8. When was National Cancer Day observed?

         1)  November 8
         2) November 7
         3) November 6
         4) November 9
         5) None of these

Answer – ) November 7

Explanation: November 7 is celebrated as National Cancer Day annually. It was revived by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in 2014. Indian society of oncology had partnered with four states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Himachal Pradesh to launch the ‘Pendharkar model’. So far, 125 districts have the ongoing training programme. Under this, government staff at district hospitals will be trained in handling cancer care and providing chemotherapy.

9. Which country unveiled a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which will replace the International Space Station ?

         1) China
         2) Japan
         3) Russia
         4) Germany
         5) None of these

Answer – ) China

Explanation: China has unveiled a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which will replace the International Space Station. The core module was 17 metres in length. The replica was displayed at the Air Show China 2018 held in Zhuhai, China. 3 astronauts will be permanently stationed in the orbiting lab. The station will have a lifespan of nearly 10 years. It would be open to all countries to conduct science experiments. The crew will conduct biological and microgravity research. Assembly would be completed around 2022.

10. Which is the host country of Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018 ?

         1) Thailand
         2) Malaysia
         3) Cambodia
         4) India
         5) None of these

Answer – ) India

Explanation: The “Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018” (GITC) is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here during 9-11 November, 2018. The 18 countries namely, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, UAE, India and UK – participate in this event. his year, India is hosting the event in collaboration with Government of Korea and Rehabilitation International (RI).