Current Affairs November 14, 2018


1. Name the cricketer who won his 7th Man of the Series award in ODIs, as India won the ODI series against West Indies, held between 21st October and 1st November 2018, across several cities of India ?

         1) Kuldeep Yadav
         2) Virat Kohli
         3) Shikhar Dawan
         4) Prithvi Shaw
         5) None of these

Answer – 2 ) Virat Kohli

Explanation: From 4th October to 11th November 2018, the international cricket team of West Indies visited India and played 2 Test matches, 5 One Day Internationals (ODIs) matches and 3 Twenty20 International (T20I) matches. India won the Test Series 2-0 against West Indies. Virat Kohli won his 7th Man of the Series award in ODIs. He has equaled the record of Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh. Prithvi Shaw was named the man-of-the-series,  who is 18-year-old finished the series with 237 runs. India won the ODI Series 3-1 against West Indies. The matches were held at Guwahati, Visakhapatnam, Pune, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram from 21st October to 1st November 2018. Virat Kohli scored 453 runs and finished as the highest-run getter of the series. India won the T20 Series 3-0. Kuldeep Yadav was named the Man of the Series.

2. 2018 is decided as the Year of the Disabled Soldier by: 

        1) Indian Air Force
        2) Indian Coast Guard
        3) Indian Navy
        4) Indian Army
        5) None of these

Answer – 4 ) Indian Army

Explanation: 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

3. Who was appointed as a non-executive director of Vodafone Group, on 9th November 2018 ?

         1) Indra Chatterjee
         2) Arpit Mehta
         3) Sanjiv Ahuja
         4) Pihu Goyal
         5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) Sanjiv Ahuja

Explanation: On 9th November 2018, Vodafone Group appointed Sanjiv Ahuja as a non-executive director with immediate effect. Sanjiv Ahuja is the Chairman of Tillman Global Holdings, which was founded by him in 2013. He was CEO and Chairman of wireless broadband companies LightSquared and Augere. He also founded and chaired Eaton Towers, a telecom infrastructure company, in Africa. He was Chief Operating Officer and President of Telcordia Technologies. He held various roles in Orange Telecommunications namely Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive and Chairman.

4. Which country has been named the safest country to visit, according to a report by ‘Which? Travel’, a travel magazine ?

         1)  Iceland
         2) Singapore
         3) United States
         4) Ireland
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Iceland

Explanation: On November 13, 2018, according to a report by Which? Travel, Iceland is the safest country to visit. Iceland topped the charts with the lowest risk of a natural disaster as well as crime rates. It was followed by UAE, Singapore, Spain and Australia in the top 5. Turkey was ranked the second most dangerous preceded by Thailand, India, and Mexico. South Africa came last owing to a high risk of crime, health and terrorism.

5. With which state government, All India Football Federation (AIFF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), recently ?

         1) Haryana
         2) Andra Pradesh
         3) Karnataka
         4) Odisha
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Odisha

Explanation: Odisha government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) at the Kalinga Stadium complex, Bhubaneswar, Odisha in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The training and connected infrastructure like gymnasiums, swimming pool, etc, will be housed at the Kalinga Stadium Complex. As per the agreement, the State government will host National team camps and also I-League side Indian Arrows.

6. Which of the following countries has become the world’s first nation to ban reef-killing toxic sunscreen ?

         1) New Guinea
         2) Nauru
         3) Vanuatu
         4) Papua
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Papua

Explanation: The Republic of Palau, an archipelago found in the western Pacific Ocean, has become the world’s first nation to ban the use of sunscreens that have been deemed harmful to coral reefs and ocean life. These sunscreens are made from “reef-toxic” chemicals such as oxybenzone, octinoxate and triclosan. The ban, which will come into force by 2020, has been signed into law by the Palau government. These chemicals causes corals to bleach at lower temperatures, and it reduces their resilience to climate change. It contains approximately 340 islands, forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia, and has an area of 466 square km.

7. Which Corporation and Vilnius signed a MoU of cooperation as part of ‘International Urban Cooperation’ in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, on 13th November 2018 ?

         1) Visakhapatnam Corporation
         2) Bhubaneswar Corporation
         3) Mumbai Corporation
         4) Kochi Corporation
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Kochi Corporation

Explanation: On November 13, 2018, Kochi Corporation and Vilnius signed a memorandum of understanding of cooperation in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania. It was signed as a part of the European Union (EU) project ‘International Urban Cooperation’. The MOU was signed by: Kochi Corporation delegation and opposition leader K.J. Antony to Vilnius. The MOU consists of cooperation in:

  • Urban planning,
  • Corporate planning,
  • Transport,
  • Solid water management and water management.

8. Who has taken its first step towards its mid-2023-planned mission to Venus ?

         1) ISRO
         2) SpaceX
         3) JAXA
         4) NASA
         5) None of these

Answer – )  ISRO

Explanation: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has taken its first step towards its mid-2023-planned mission to Venus. This AO for space-based experiments to study Venus is open to international scientists from various space agencies.  It issued an announcement of opportunity (AO) to the international space community to propose their scientific payloads to be carried on the mission.

9. Government set up a state-of-the-art National Data Repository, on November 13, 2018. It will be wholly funded by _____ ?

         1) Government of India
         2) National Geo-scientific Society
         3) World Bank
         4) International Monetary Fund
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Government of India

Explanation: On November 13, 2018, Government set up a state of -the- art National Data Repository.  It will be wholly funded by Government of India and will be housed with the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons. This was announced by the Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan at the DG Carbons Roadshow programme in Abu Dhabi. This will consist of a database of all the geo-scientific data of hydrocarbon resources in the country populated – over 9.3 lakh line kilometres of 2D seismic, 2.8 lakh square km of 3D seismic and 1,717 well data. With this, India has joined the league of countries like UK and Norway which have a National Data Repository for the upstream sector.

10. The 38th India International Trade Fair held in New Delhi. The theme of this year is:

         1) Rural Enterprises in India
         2) Digital India
         3) Promote Indian Trade
         4) Startup India Standup India
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Rural Enterprises in India

Explanation: The 38th India International Trade Fair (IITF) has begun at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Around 800 participants from States and government departments, domestic and international companies are taking part to showcase their product. This year the theme of the fair is ‘Rural Enterprises in India’. Afghanistan is the Partner Country, while Nepal will be the Focus Country. Jharkhand is participating as a Partner State in the event. The 14-day annual event will continue till 27th of November.

11. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an inland port in Varanasi on the Ganga River connecting Uttar Pradesh holy city and Haldia in West Bengal for navigation of large vessels, worth _____ rupees, with aid from World Bank, on 12th November 2018 ?

         1) Rs 2,678.45 crore
         2) Rs 7,899.99 crore
         3) Rs 5,369.18 crore
         4) Rs 6,345.20 crore
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Rs 5,369.18 crore

Explanation: On November 12, 2018, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. During his visit, he dedicated, inaugurated or laid the foundation stone of projects worth Rs. 2413 crore. The following lists the projects inaugurated:

  • Construction of Multimodal Terminal on the River Ganga at Ramnagar,
  • An inland port in Varanasi on the Ganga River connecting Uttar Pradesh holy city and Haldia in West Bengal for navigation of large vessels, worth Rs. 5,369.18 crore, with aid from World Bank.
  • Varanasi Ring Road Phase 1,
  • Construction for four laning of Babatpur-Varanasi Section of NH-56.