Current Affairs November 11, 2018

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1. Which state government has recently rolled out the technology-driven & citizen-friendly ‘Mo Bus’ service ?

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

Answer – 4 ) Odisha

Explanation: In Bhubaneswar, the Odisha government has recently rolled out the technology-driven and citizen-friendly ‘Mo bus’ service featuring free wi-fi, CCTV surveillance, public information display system and on board announcements in the city. It will also provide the Mo Bus mobile app through which passengers can book their tickets and get to know the locations of the vehicle to minimise their waiting time at the Bus Queue Shelters (BQS). The service was launched as a part of state government-owned Capital Region Urban Transport’s (CRUT) ‘City Bus Modernisation’ programme. The bus service has been launched for the residents of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri.

2. Which city ranked as the most congested city in India as per the research titled ‘Mobility & Congestion in Urban India,’ by National bureau of economic research (NBER) ?

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

Answer – 2 ) Bengaluru

Explanation: On November 9, 2018, according to a recent research by National bureau of economic research (NBER), analysis of the current status of mobility in urban India, using Google maps was conducted. The name of the research paper is: ‘Mobility & Congestion in Urban India,’. It is the first large-scale analysis of traffic congestion in 154 Indian cities using Google maps. Researchers also analysed 22 million potential trips throughout the prominent cities of the country. According to the findings, Bangalore tops the index for most congested city, and Mumbai ranked 2nd. The other top 5 cities in the list of congested cities are: Delhi (3rd) , Chennai (4th) and Kolkata (5th).

3. Which port plans to host an edible oil refinery to maximise revenue and ensure captive cargo ?

         1) Paradip Port
         2) Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust
         3) Kandla Port
         4) Mormugao Port
         5) None of these

Answer – 2 ) Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

Explanation: India’s largest container port JNPT is planning to host an edible oil refinery to maximise revenue and ensure captive cargo. The port is situated in Maharashtra. The port already has a liquid cargo terminal in addition to the 4 container terminals.

4. Researchers of which institute have developed fluorescent carbon nanodots for simultaneous detection and destruction of cancer cells ?

         1)  Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee
         2) Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bengaluru
         3) Adayar Cancer Institute, Chennai
         4) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee

Explanation: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, have developed fluorescent carbon nanodots for simultaneous detection and destruction of cancer cells. The research team is led by P Gopinath. The nanosized (10-9 metre) carbon materials would serve as therapeutic and diagnostic agents for cancer. The research is supported by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Union Ministry of Science and Technology. They have been extracted from the leaves of the rosy periwinkle plant.

5. Which ministry enhances financial powers to Vice Chiefs of three Services, recently ?

         1) Ministry of Home Affairs
         2) Ministry of Defence
         3) Ministry of External Affairs
         4) Ministry of Finance
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Ministry of Defence

Explanation: The Defence Ministry enhanced financial powers to Vice Chiefs of the three Services. The move is aimed at expediting the decision-making process involved in the procurements for the Armed Forces

6. On 9th November 2018, Who was appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Madagascar ?

         1) Hasmukh Adhia
         2) Abhay Kumar
         3) Subir Dutta
         4) Rashid Khan
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Abhay Kumar

Explanation: On 9th November 2018, Abhay Kumar was appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Madagascar. He is an Indian Foreign Service Officer (IFS) of the 2003 batch. He has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Madagascar. At present he is Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the Indian Embassy of Brasilia. He will take up this assignment soon. He will replace Subir Dutta.

7. Name of the Indian city where the world’s largest hospital opened is:

         1) Kolkata
         2) Patna
         3) Lucknow
         4) Mumbai
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Patna

Explanation: The Bihar cabinet gave its nod for the redevelopment of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) into a world’s largest 5462-bed hospital at an estimated cost of Rs 5540.07 crore. The PMCH was established in 1925. The new PMCH will have 250 MBBS seats against the existing 150, and 200 PG seats against the existing 146. The hospital would be redeveloped by Bihar Medical Services & Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (BMSICL).

8. Who has been appointed the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court ?

         1) Justice Govind Mathur
         2) Justice S K Seth
         3) Justice Sanjay Karol
         4) Justice A P Sahi
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Justice Sanjay Karol

Explanation: On November 10, 2018, the Central government cleared the appointment of Chief Justices of 4 High Courts namely: Allahabad, Patna, Madhya Pradesh and Tripura. The most senior judge of Himachal HC, Justice Sanjay Karol, was appointed as the Chief Justice of Tripura HC. The most senior judge of the Rajasthan High Court, Justice Govind Mathur, was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. The senior-most judge of the Madhya Pradesh HC, Justice S K Seth, was appointed as the Chief Justice of the MP High Court. The most senior judge of the Allahabad HC, Justice A P Sahi, was appointed the Chief Justice of Patna HC.

9. Indian shooter who has won the historic men’s skeet gold at the Asian Shotgun Championship 2018 in Kuwait.

         1) Hriday Hazarika
         2) Saurabh Chaudhary
         3) Arjun Babuta
         4) Angad Vir Singh Bajwa
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Angad Vir Singh Bajwa

Explanation: In the 8th Asian Shotgun Championship 2018 in Kuwait, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa has won the men’s skeet gold with a perfect score of 60 – a World record – in the final on November 7. Angad shot a perfect 60 out of 60 in the final round to claim top spot ahead of China’s Di Jin who shot 58. With this, he became the first Indian skeet shooter to win a continental or world level event.  In the concurrently held 11th Asian Air Gun championship, Indian team of Elavenil Valarivan and Hriday Hazarika won the mixed air rifle gold with a world junior record of 502.1. The other Indian team of Mehuli Ghosh and Arjun Babuta bagged the bronze.

10. Which country overtook United States as the 2nd largest smartphone market after China, according to a report by research firm Canalys ?

         1) England
         2) Germany
         3) Japan
         4) India
         5) None of these

Answer – ) India

Explanation: On November 9, 2018, according to a report by research firm Canalys, India overtook US as the 2nd largest smartphone market after China. Worldwide smartphone shipments fell by 7.2 per cent year-on-year to 348.9 million units during July-September 2018, a fourth consecutive quarter of decline. This was also the worst third quarter performance since 2015.0,000 for students doing graduation. China saw a shipment of 100.6 million smartphones in the 3rd quarter followed by India which saw 40.4 million units during the same period. US was at 40 million units in the July-September 2018 period.

11. On 9th November 2018, Reserve Bank of India cancelled the certificate of registrations of how many non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) for unspecified reasons ?

         1) 25
         2) 27
         3) 35
         4) 31
         5) None of these

Answer – ) 31

Explanation: On November 9, 2018, the Reserve Bank of India cancelled the certificate of registrations of as many as 31 non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) for unspecified reasons. Bengal is followed by Uttar Pradesh, which has seen four NBFC licence cancellations. A majority of voluntary application for licence cancellation are also from Bengal. This can be seen from the fact that it also cancelled the certificate of registrations of 17 NBFCs following a request by them for the same. A majority 27 of the 31 companies which lost their licences are from Bengal.