Current Affairs November 10, 2018

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1. Where was the 34th National Junior Athletics Championships 2018 held from 2nd to 5th November 2018 ?

         1) Ranchi, Jharkhand
         2) Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
         3) Kochi, Kerala
         4) Nagpur, Maharashtra
         5) None of these

Answer – 1 ) Ranchi, Jharkhand

Explanation: From 2nd to 5th November 2018, 34th National Junior Athletics Championships 2018 was held at the Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium in Ranchi, Jharkhand. 14 junior national records and 24 meet marks were created. It was organized by Jharkhand Athletics Association under the guidance of Athletics Federation of India (AFI). Over 2000 athletes from various parts of India took part in the championship. This is an Annual Athletics event of AFI.

2. Which Indian personality has recently bestowed with France’s highest civilian honour “Knight of the Legion of Honour” ?

        1) Amartya Sen
        2) Soumitra Chatterjee
        3) Kailash Satyarthi
        4) Jawahar Lal Sarin
        5) None of these

Answer – 4 ) Jawahar Lal Sarin

Explanation: Jawahar Lal Sarin, the president of the Alliance Francaise de Delhi’s governing body, has been bestowed with Frances highest civilian honour “Knight of the Legion of Honour”. It is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipient. The award was presented to Sarin by Ambassador of France Alexandre Ziegler in recognition of his outstanding contribution to enhancing Indo-French cultural cooperation and promoting the French language. The Legion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour) was instituted in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

3. On 30th October 2018, Union government awarded which State Police for “good practices” under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) ?

         1) Uttar Pradesh
         2) Assam 
         3) Singapore
         4) Tamil Nadu
         5) None of these

Answer – 2 ) Assam

Explanation: On 30th October 2018, Union government awarded the Assam Police for “good practices” under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), an e-governance project.  The award has been given for citizen centric service delivery. Ministry of Home Affairs also awarded Anil Kumar Jha, Special Director General (CID) of the force, for his outstanding contribution in implementing the project. Assam police has automated passport verification and Permanent Residential Certificate (PRC) services using the online CCTNS. The award was presented at the 2-day conference on “CCTNS–Good practices and Success Stories” organised by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) in New Delhi.

4. Mahila-E-Haat online portal to promote women farmers and entrepreneurs launched by which ministry ?

         1) Ministry of Women and Child Development
         2) The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
         3) Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
         4) Ministry of Human Resource Development
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Ministry of Women and Child Development

Explanation: Mahila-E-Haat online portal to promote women farmers and entrepreneurs launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The main aim is to unique organic products of the women farmers and entrepreneurs from across the country. It was launched during the 5th “Women of India National Organic Festival, 2018”. It will serve as an e-platform to bring them together and promote the achievements of women farmers.

5. On 8th November 2018, Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved setting up of a Central Tribal University in Vizianagaram District of which state ?

         1) Tamil Nadu
         2) Andhra Pradesh
         3) Karnataka
         4) Kerala
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Andhra Pradesh

Explanation: On 8th November 2018, Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved setting up of a Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh. Cabinet has also approved provision of Rs. 420 crore for first phase expenditure in setting up the Central Tribal University. Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh will be set up in Relli village of Vizianagaram District as mentioned in the 13th Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 (No. 6 of 2014).

6. Gaddam Dharmendra was appointed as the Ambassador of India to __________.

         1) Greece
         2) Jordan
         3) Iran
         4) Mexico
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Iran

Explanation: Gaddam Dharmendra, a 1990-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, has been appointed India’s 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 regime’s “behaviour”. He will succeed Saurabh Kumar, who was appointed India’s ambassador to Myanmar.

7. On 6th November 2018, Manipur government signed a MoU with Pricewaterhouse Coopers Pvt. Ltd. and which company for implementation of Smart City Project in Imphal ?

         1) IL&FS Township and Urban Assets Limited
         2) Premium Builders Pvt. Ltd.
         3) Reliance Infra
         4) L&T Infratech
         5) None of these

Answer – ) IL&FS Township and Urban Assets Limited

Explanation: On 6th November 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Manipur government and IL&FS Township and Urban Assets Limited and Pricewaterhouse Coopers Pvt. Ltd. for implementation of Smart City Project in Imphal. The project will be finished within 3 years. During signing of the MOU, Manipur Government was represented by Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) Department Director Th. Harikumar and IL&FS Township and Urban Assets Limited by its Head-Urban Project (East and North-East) Chandana Roychowdhury. According to the MoU, the companies will design, develop, manage and implement Smart City Projects under the Smart City Mission in Imphal.

8. Which news agency has recently launched the world’s first AI news anchor ?

         1)  Kyodo News
         2) Lankapuvath
         3) Yonhap
         4) Xinhua
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Xinhua

Explanation: China’s state news agency Xinhua has recently launched the worlds first Artificial Intelligence (AI) news anchor at the ongoing 5th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen. Two AI news anchors that can read news in English as well as Mandarin were jointly developed by Xinhua and the Chinese search engine “Sogou”. “He” learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional human anchor.  The anchors were developed through Machine Learning (ML) programme to simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters, to present a “a lifelike image instead of a cold robot”.

9. The first Indian woman who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Strathclyde of United Kingdom in Glasgow, Scotland is: ?

         1) Premlata Agarwal
         2) Arunima Sinha
         3) Bachendri Pal
         4) Anshu Jamsenpa
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Arunima Sinha

Explanation: Arunima Sinha was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Strathclyde of United Kingdom in Glasgow, Scotland. She is 30 years old. In 2013, she became the world’s first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest. She is a former Indian national Volleyball player. She has been awarded for her inspirational achievements in mountaineering. Her left leg was amputated below the knee after being thrown from a train while resisting a robbery.

10. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced _____ rupees from Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund for a scheme to offer free education and vocational training to the children of fishermen who died or went missing in the 2017 Ockhi cyclonic storm ?

         1) Rs 250 crore
         2) Rs 45.50 crore
         3) Rs 13.92 crore
         4) Rs 456 crore
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Rs 13.92 crore

Explanation: On Nov.8 2018 The Kerala government has commenced a scheme to offer free education and vocational training to the children of fishermen who died or went missing in the 2017 Ockhi cyclonic storm. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that government would allocate Rs 13.92 crore from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Benefits of the scheme:- It expects that 194 students, which includes children at all levels, from lower primary to professional colleges, have been identified as beneficiaries. The scheme provide a package of:-

  • Rs 25,000 for children in classes 6 to 10,
  • Rs 10,000 per year for children in classes from LKG to Class V,
  • Rs 30,000 for higher secondary students and up to Rs 1,00,000 for students doing graduation.