Current Affairs November 15, 2018

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1. What was the theme of Vigilance Awareness Week 2018 observed in India from 29th October to 3rd November 2018 ?

         1) Eradicate Corruption-Build a New India
         2) Better Nation: building a corruption free system
         3) Building a better India
         4) Digital Ways to build a corruption free India
         5) None of these

Answer – 2 ) Eradicate Corruption-Build a New India

Explanation: From 29th October to 3rd November 2018 ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ was observed by Indian Army regarding maintaining core values of honesty and integrity in the organization. The theme of Vigilance Awareness Week 2018 was “Eradicate Corruption-Build a New India”. On 29th October 2018, the Vigilance Awareness Week started with the pledge of Integrity towards the organization by various Directorates at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army). During the Vigilance Awareness Week various events like workshops, seminars, lectures, competitions and pledge of Integrity towards organization were conducted across India. All departments conducted activities related to the theme to promote ethical practices and encourage a culture of honesty and integrity.

2. Which State government is to provide free smartphones to all the 6 lakh women self-help groups under its Mission Shakti programme ?

        1) Haryana
        2) Uttarakhand
        3) Odisha
        4) Maharashtra
        5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) Odisha

Explanation: Odisha government is to provide free smartphones to all the 6 lakh women self-help groups under its Mission Shakti programme. Around 70 lakh women associated with various SHGs will benefit due to the move. The chief minister also urged the bankers to meet the credit requirement of Mission Shakti groups in a dignified and professional manner. In the inaugural ceremony, the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that women in Odisha have come a long way and the next ceiling to be broken is the digital one. The SHGs have a total saving of Rs 5,000 crore.

3. Munaf Patel announced his retirement from which sport on 9th November 2018 ?

         1) Cricket
         2) Hockey
         3) Shooting
         4) Football
         5) None of these

Answer – 1 ) Cricket

Explanation: On 9th November 2018, Indian fast bowler Munaf Patel announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Munaf Patel is 35 years old. He has expressed interest in taking up a coaching career. He made his debut for India in March 2006. In ODI cricket he had taken 86 wickets in 67 innings at an average of 30.26 and strike rate of 36.6.  He has played 13 Tests, 70 ODIs and 3 T20Is for India. He had 173 wickets in 140 List A matches and 101 wickets in 97 T20 matches. He played for the Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians in the IPL (Indian Premier League). He was part of the 2011 World Cup winning team. In test cricket he had taken 35 wickets at an average of 38.54.

4. India’s first multi-modal terminal has recently inaugurated on which of the following rivers ?

         1) Brahmaputra
         2) Yamuna
         3) Godavari
         4) Ganga
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Ganga

Explanation: On November 11, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first multi-modal terminal on the Ganga river in his parliamentary constituency in Varanasi and received the country’s first container cargo transported on inland waterways from Kolkata. The aim of the Centre’s Jal Marg Vikas Project is to develope the stretch of the river between Varanasi and Haldia for navigation of large vessels weighing up to 1,500 tonnes to 2,000 tonnes. This is the first of the four multi-modal terminals being constructed on the National Waterway-1 (River Ganga) as part of the World Bank-aided ‘Jal Marg Vikas Project’ of the Inland Waterways Authority of India. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the project implementing agency. Its objective is to promote inland waterways as a cheap and an environment-friendly means of transportation, especially for cargo movement.

5. Who has been appointed as the cheif Product Officer of Bharti Airtel ?

         1) Rajesh Singh Chaudhary
         2) Adarsh Nair
         3) Abhishek Sharma
         4) Gopal Vittal
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Adarsh Nair

Explanation: Bharti Airtel has appointed Adarsh Nair as Chief Product Officer, who will be the custodian of company’s digital products and platforms, and play a pivotal role in digital transformation.

6. Who was appointed India operation head of Apple on 13th November 2018 ?

         1) Ashish Chowdhary
         2) Hritesh Kataria
         3) R Narayanan
         4) Rahul Mehta
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Ashish Chowdhary

Explanation: On 13th November 2018, Apple appointed Ashish Chowdhary as its India operation head. Ashish Chowdhary is Chief Customer Operations Officer at Nokia Networks. He has held various positions in Nokia Networks such as Chief Business Officer, Head of Asia Middle East and Africa, Head of Global Services Business Unit, etc. He will leave Nokia Networks at the end of 2018. He will take charge as Apple’s India operation head in January 2019. He has 25 years of international experience in the enterprise and telecom sectors.

7. This social media starts #PowerOf18 campaign to boost youth engagement for 2019 polls, recently.

         1) Facebook
         2) LinkedIn
         3) Google
         4) Twitter
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Twitter

Explanation: Twitter India launched a new initiative titled #PowerOf18, aimed at encouraging the youth to contribute in public debates and participate in civic engagement for the 2019 general elections. The #PowerOf18 will serve as a resource for young Indians to find more information about the elections, support social causes they are passionate about and join the public conversation.

8. On 12th November 2018, Which entity signed a MoU with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in Abu Dhabi for storage of Crude Oil at Padur Underground Facility in Karnataka ?

         1) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
         2) Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL)
         3) Hindustan Petro Chemicals Limited (HPCL)
         4) Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
         5) None of these

Answer – )  Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL)

Explanation: On November 12, 2018, Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in Abu Dhabi. The MOU follows the arrival, on November 4, of the final shipment of the initial delivery of ADNOC crude in ISPRL underground facility at Mangalore, storing 5.86 million barrels of ADNOC crude oil. Under the MoU, ADNOC is expected to store crude in compartments at Padur. The ISPRL’s underground oil storage facility at Padur in Karnataka has a 2.5 million tonne capacity. This MOU was signed on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC).

9. Who has been honoured with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 6th Indian Social Work Congress in New Delhi ?

         1) Dr. Martha Farrell
         2) Vidhu Vincent
         3) Roohi Zuberi
         4) Binny Yanga
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Dr. Martha Farrell

Explanation: Late Dr. Martha Farrell has been honoured with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 6th Indian Social Work Congress in New Delhi.  She was among 14 people killed in a terrorist attack on a guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 13, 2015. Dr. Farrell was recognized for her lifelong work towards gender equality, women’s empowerment and prevention of sexual harassment at workplace.  Suheil Tandon, Martha’s son along with the team of Martha Farrell Foundation received the award.

10. Ministry of Finance has issued a notification regarding the release of the Rs 75 coin to commemorate 75th anniversary of which leader?

         1) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
         2) Sardar Vallabhai Patel
         3) Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
         4) Mahatma Gandhi
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

Explanation: On November 14, 2018, the Ministry of Finance issued a notification regarding the release of the Rs 75 coin to commemorate 75th anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose hoisting the Tricolour for the first time at Port Blair in Andaman Nicober Islands. It will weigh 35 grams. The composition of the coin is as follows:

  • 50 per cent silver,
  • 5 per cent each of nickel and zinc.
  • 40 per cent copper

11. Who is appointed as UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador at Asian Games gold medalist ?

         1) Hima Das
         2) P. V. Sindhu
         3) Saina Nehwal
         4) Dipa Karmakar
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Hima Das

Explanation: Asian Games gold medalist Hima Das appointed as UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador. She won a silver medal in the 400 meters sprint and also a gold in the 4X400 meters relay at the Asian Games in Jakarta this year will work towards supporting various initiatives by UNICEF.

12. On 14th November 2018, Where was the 38th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Culture, Mahesh Sharma ?

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

Answer – ) New Delhi

Explanation: On 14th November 2018, the 38th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Culture, Mahesh Sharma at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi. Nearly, 800 participants from various States, government departments and domestic and international companies are taking part in the IITF to display their products. Theme of the 38th IITF was: ‘Rural Enterprises in India’. The event will take place for 14 days. For the 38th IITF, Afghanistan is the Partner Country. IITF will act as a platform for all kind of businesses to exhibit their excellence and services to trade, industry and public. Nepal is the Focus Country. Jharkhand is the Partner State.

13. Name the India’s restoration project which has won the 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for conservation in Award of Distinction category ?

         1) Haveli Dharampura
         2) Royal Opera House
         3) Gateways of Gohad Fort
         4) LAMO center
         5) None of these

Answer – ) LAMO center

Explanation: The restoration of an aristocratic house from a state of partial ruin in Ladakh undertaken by the LAMO center has won the 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for conservation in the category of Award of Distinction. Apart from this, the 2018 Award of Excellence has been won by the renewal of the early 20th-century Shijo-cho Ofune-hoko Float Machiya of Kyoto, Japan. The LAMO (Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation) Center in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region was chosen for its systematic restoration project that used salvaged and local building materials, and indigenous construction techniques while adroitly introducing modern amenities to assure its ongoing use.