Current Affairs November 12, 2018


1. Which state bans importing of fish officially for 6 months ?

         1) Tamilnadu
         2) Karnataka
         3) Goa
         4) Kerala
         5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) Goa

Explanation: Goa has banned importing/bringing fish from outside. The announcement was made on November 10. The ban has come for a second time this year, the first being in August for 15 days. The ban included import from Karnataka. The announcement has kicked off a controversy with fishermen from the State questioning the rationale behind the decision. The stringent measures have affected Karnataka fishermen and traders are facing a difficult situation.  Also, the government is to set up quality control laboratories in the State to test marine products within 6 months. Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that unless and until the consignment has FDA certification, fish cannot be brought/imported into Goa.

2. When was National education day celebrated in India ?

        1) November 9
        2) November 8
        3) November 11
        4) November 10
        5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) November 11

Explanation: On 11th November 2018, National education day was celebrated across India. In 2008, Central Government declared November 11 as National education day. This day recalls the contribution of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to education in India.This day commemorates the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, freedom fighter, educationist and the first Education Minister of independent India from 1947 to 1958. On this day, various programmes are organized in schools throughout India.

3. Which Indian wrestler has been ranked world No. 1 rank in 65 Kg category ?

         1) Sanjeet Kumar
         2) Sushil Kumar
         3) Bajrang Punia
         4) Yogeshwar Dutt
         5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) Bajrang Punia

Explanation: Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has recently touched a new high in his career by achieving the World number one rank in the 65kg category. Bajrang has won five medals this season, including Common Wealth Games and the Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship in Budapest. He was placed atop the ranking table with 96 points in the United World Wrestling (UWW) list.  Its duties include overseeing wrestling at the Olympics.  Bajrang was also the only Indian grappler to be given a seeding at the Budapest World Championship.

4. On 29th October 2018, Name the author of the book ‘Yoga and Mindfulness’ released by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu ?

         1)  Mansi Gulati
         2) Ruby Malik
         3) Shreya Shrivastava
         4) Smriti Mandhana
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Mansi Gulati

Explanation: On 29th October 2018, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu released the book ‘Yoga and Mindfulness’ authored by Yoga exponent, Ms. Mansi Gulati, at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Conference Hall, Vice President’s House, in New Delhi. This book helps in making yoga a part of your daily day life. It explains the link between physical exercises and mindfulness. This book stresses that, yoga is not just asanas, but anything you do with mindfulness and dedication is yoga.  It helps in understanding the philosophy behind yoga and also explains how various asanas are performed, with the help of pictures.

5. Which Indian mountaineer has recently been awarded an honorary doctorate by a prestigious University of Strathclyde ?

         1) Premlata Agarwal
         2) Malavath Purna
         3) Bachendri Pal
         4) Arunima Sinha
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Arunima Sinha

Explanation: Arunima Sinha, the Indian mountaineer who became the worlds first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013, has been recently awarded an honorary doctorate by a prestigious UK university ‘ University of Strathclyde’ at a graduation ceremony in Glasgow for her inspirational achievements in mountaineering. The award also recognises Ms Sinhas charitable work through the Arunima Foundation, which seeks to empower women, disabled people and generally improve the health and social and economic situation for poorer communities.

6. SIMBEX, the 25th edition of the India-Singapore bilateral naval exercise is being held in which port ?

         1) Lakshadweep
         2) Visakhapatnam
         3) Neil Island
         4) Port Blair
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Port Blair

Explanation: SIMBEX, the 25th edition of the India-Singapore bilateral naval exercise has begun at the tri-services command on November 10, 2018. The exercise is being held in Port Blair, Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The trilateral exercise between the countries is with an Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) country, likely Thailand, and eventually, plan to scale it up to a multilateral format. It will conclude on November 21. India and Singapore have vastly expanded their military cooperation in recent years under India’s Act East policy.

7. Which state government will start a dialogue for the purchase of 26 % equity shares of the Palatana gas thermal power project from the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) ?

         1) Karnataka
         2) Meghalaya
         3) Odisha
         4) Tripura
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Tripura

Explanation: Tripura government will start a dialogue for the purchase of 26 % equity shares of the Palatana gas thermal power project from the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS). It was started in 2014 as a joint venture between ONGC, IDFC, IL&FS and Tripura government. Palatana gas thermal power project is a 726.6 mw gas-based power project. It is run by ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC).  Tripura owns 0.5 % share in the project. Tripura is in the process of opening a dialogue with IL&FS to buy the 26 % shares. IL&FS had purchased 26 % equity shares at Rs 2.91 billion. IL&FS will be selling its entire 26 % in the Palatana thermal project.

8. Union Minister Ananth Kumar passed away recently, He was the former minister of which of the following department ?

         1) Housing and Urban Affairs
         2) Chemicals and Fertilizers
         3) Civil Aviation
         4) Road Transport and Highways
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Chemicals and Fertilizers

Explanation: Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away at 59 in Bengaluru. He held two portfolios in the NDA Government; of Parliamentary affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers. Kumar was the youngest minister in the Vajpayee cabinet. In 1998, he was inducted into the Union cabinet headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the minister for civil aviation and was instrumental in the signing of the MoU for the Bengaluru international airport.

9. Where was the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities 2018 event held from 9th to 11th November 2018 ?

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

Answer – ) New Delhi

Explanation: On November 9, 2018, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar inaugurated 3-day Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018 event in New Delhi. It was organized by:

  • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD),
  • In association with Rehabilitation International Korea and
  • Associated partner: LG Electronics.

10. Name of the NASA’s space instrument that will travel with the Lucy mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, in 2021.

         1) Delfino
         2) MaxR
         3) Rhino
         4) Ralph
         5) None of these

Answer – ) India

Explanation: NASA’s Ralph, a space instrument, will travel with the Lucy mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, in 2021. L’Ralph will investigate Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. Lucy will fly by 6 Trojans and 1 Main Belt asteroid, which is more than any other previous asteroid mission. The Lucy spacecraft carries a near-twin of Ralph named L’Ralph. These data would be helpful in finding how organic molecules form in primitive bodies, a process that might have led to the emergence of life on Earth.  L’Ralph will detect the chemical fingerprints of Trojan asteroids.