Current Affairs November 13, 2018


1. This IIT institute has developed a portable solar-powered cold storage device.

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

Answer – 2 ) 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. Each unit would cost between Rs 5.5 to Rs 6 lakh and storage capacity could be scaled down based on requirement. 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. The project has been funded by Department of Science and Technology (Ministry of Science and Technology) and IIT-M. 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.

2. Who has won the 2018 Fuzhou China Open Badminton tournament ?

        1) Lin Dan
        2) Chou Tien-chen
        3) Huang Yuxiang
        4) Kento Momota
        5) None of these

Answer – 4 ) Kento Momota

Explanation: World champion Kento Momota from Japan has won the 23rd edition of Fuzhou China Open Badminton tournament 2018 on November 11. Momota is known for his explosive movements on court and his unpredictable style of play. He defeated the 4th seed Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan 21-13, 11-21, 21-16 in 66 minutes.

3. Name of the Indian cricketer has been appointed captain of the United States national cricket team ?

         1) Nasser Hussain
         2) Ashish Bagai
         3) Saurabh Netravalkar
         4) James Anderson
         5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) Saurabh Netravalkar

Explanation: Saurabh Netravalkar, a former Mumbai medium pacer and India U-19 cricketer, has been appointed captain of the United States national cricket team. Saurabh Netravalkar is a 27-year-old software engineer. He had left to United States from India, to study computer science in Cornell University. He was India’s highest wicket-taker in the 2010 U-19 World Cup. He also played Ranji Trophy for a season.

4. Which State has planned to drop the holiday for International Labour Rights Day for the government employees ?

         1)  Jharkhand
         2) Assam
         3) Meghalaya
         4) Tripura
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Tripura

Explanation: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has dropped the May Day from the list of holidays in the State. He also claimed that his government has done justice by granting holiday on May 1 only to workers in industrial sector as the day is meant for workers and labourers and no one else. He said that the government employees do not need a holiday on International Labour Rights Day. Earlier the list of restricted holidays included 12 festivals and occasions in it, the New Year’s Day, Pous Parban (Bengali harvest festival), Basanti Puja, Mahavir Jayanti, May Day, Rath Yatra, Jhulanjatra Samapan, Biswakarma Puja, Akheri-Chahar-Sumba, Bhratridwitiya, Guru Nanak’s birthday and the World Disabled Day.

5. Name the world’s largest supercomputer designed to work like the human brain that has been switched on for the first time ?

         1) Super Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker)
         2) Superior Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker)
         3) Spiral Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker)
         4) Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker)
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker)

Explanation: Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker) machine, the world’s largest supercomputer designed to work like the human brain has been switched on for the first time. It has been designed and built in the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. It has a million-processor-core. It can complete over 200 million actions per second. It can model more biological neurons in real time than any other machine. It follows the massively parallel communication architecture of the brain to send information simultaneously to thousands of destinations.

6. Name the Indian CM who launched GPS Mapping of Government Schools and Personnel Location System in the state ?

         1) Naveen Patnaik
         2) Neiphiu Rio
         3) Vijay Rupani
         4) Manik Sarkar
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Neiphiu Rio

Explanation: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio launched GPS Mapping of Government Schools and Personnel Location System in Kohima. This would help in computerization and digitization of records of all the government schools. This is a first in the country initiative and was under taken by the School Education Department of the state.

7. The first Indian who climb Mt Giluwe, the second highest mountain in Papua New Guinea is ?

         1) Satyarup Siddhanta
         2) Raj Singh Dharmshaktu
         3) Mohan Singh Gunjyal
         4) Malavath Purna
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Satyarup Siddhanta

Explanation: Indian mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta became the first Indian to climb Mt Giluwe, the second highest mountain in Papua New Guinea. Satya now has scaled 5 of the 7 volcanic summits. Satyarup reached the summit of the mountain which is at an elevation of 4,367 metres.

8. T.N. Srinivasan passed away in Chennai on 10th November 2018. What was his profession ?

         1) Athlete
         2) Spiritual Leader
         3) Economist
         4) Film maker
         5) None of these

Answer – )  Economist

Explanation: On 10th November 2018, eminent economist Thirukodikaval Nilakanta Srinivasan passed away in Chennai. He was 85 years old. He was special adviser to the Development Research Center at the World Bank from 1976 to 1980. He was a Professor of Economics and International Area Studies Emeritus at Yale University. He received the Padma Bhushan in 2007. In 1972, he founded the Journal of Development Economics with macroeconomist Lance Jerome Taylor. He had written books such as: India’s Economic Reforms with renowned economist Jagdish Bhagwati and Reintegrating India with World Economy with economist Suresh Tendulkar.

9. As per the recent report of NBER’s Mobility & Congestion in Urban India, which is the most congested city in India ?

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

Answer – ) Bangalore

Explanation: 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. Bangalore tops the index for most congested city, and Mumbai ranked 2nd. 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. The other top 5 cities in the list of congested cities are: Delhi (3rd), Chennai (4th) and Kolkata (5th). Hyderabad was in the 6th place, while Pune followed in the seventh place.

10. Indian Army has decided to observe which year as the Year of the Disabled Soldier ?

         1) 2019
         2) 2021
         3) 2018
         4) 2020
         5) None of these

Answer – ) 2018

Explanation: On 12th November 2018, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat announced that Indian Army has dedicated the Year 2018 to the welfare of Disabled Soldiers who have been disabled in the line of duty, when serving for India. This announcement was made at an event conducted by Indian Army to observe 2018 as the Year of the Disabled Soldier, at Mammon Cantt in Pathankot, Punjab.

11. Which state decided to set up development boards for the Matua and Namasudra communities ?

         1) West Bengal
         2) Maharashtra
         3) Uttar Pradesh
         4) Jharkhand
         5) None of these

Answer – ) West Bengal

Explanation: West Bengal cabinet, headed by CM Mamata Banerjee, decided to set up development boards for the Matua and Namasudra communities. The chairperson and members of the welfare boards will be decided by the State Chief Minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee. The two boards are West Bengal Namasudra Welfare Board and West Bengal Matua Welfare Board. The boards will also ensure better implementation of the government’s developmental projects This decision was taken for social representation and welfare of the 2 communities present in large numbers in the state.