Current Affairs November 16, 2018


1. India has recently signed pact with which country to collaborate on cancer research ?

         1) Japan
         2) France
         3) United States
         4) United Kingdom
         5) None of these

Answer – 4 ) United Kingdom

Explanation: India and United Kingdom (UK) have recently signed a pact on India-UK Cancer Research Initiative for affordable approaches to Cancer. The five year initiative will be funded by India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and UK’s Cancer Research UK (CRUK) programme. It is a British Pounds 10 million (current value of Rs 93 crore) collaborative research programme that will address issues of affordability, prevention and care of cancer by bringing together Indian and UK experts across clinical research. The initiative will provide an opportunity to tackle the global epidemic of cancer by opening new pathways for international knowledge exchange and research base.

2. India’s first multi-modal terminal has recently inaugurated on

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

Answer – 4 ) Ganga

Explanation: 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 total estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,369.18 crore, which will be equally shared between the Government of India and the World Bank. 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.

3. On 13th November 2018, Name the Indian cricketer who has maintained his number one position in the ICC (International Cricket Council) ODI (One Day International) bowler rankings published ?

         1) Shikhar Dawan
         2) Jasprit Bumrah
         3) Kuldeep Yadav
         4) Yuzvendra Chahal
         5) None of these

Answer – 2 ) Jasprit Bumrah

Explanation: India captain Virat Kohli and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah maintained their top positions in the batsmen and bowlers ranking respectively in the latest ICC (International Cricket Council) ODI (One Day International) rankings published on 13th November 2018. In the ODI bowler’s ranking, Jasprit Bumrah remains in number one position with 841 points. Kuldeep Yadav remains in third place. Virat Kohli remained in the number one position in the ODI batsmen ranking with 899 points. Shikhar Dhawan is the third Indian in the top-10 list. He has secured 8th position. Yuzvendra Chahal is in fifth position.

4. Mahindra Electric Mobility has opened a new electric technology manufacturing hub in which of the following city ?

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

Answer – ) Bengaluru

Explanation: Mahindra Electric Mobility has opened a new electric technology manufacturing hub which is of worth Rs.100 crore in Bengaluru. The new plant has rolled out its lithium-ion three-wheeler range, Treo and Treo Yaari. The plant uses global standards of manufacturing processes. It will increase the manufacturing capacity to 25,000 units per annum from the current 5,000 units. The new facility will make battery packs, power electronics and motor assembly which are an integral part of an electric powertrain. It will also have a flexible production line where Mahindra can make both three- and four-wheelers.

5. Which energy source is expected to overtake coal as the world’s second largest energy source after oil by 2030, according to report by International Energy Agency (IEA) titled World Energy Outlook 2018 ?

         1) Diesel
         2) Nitrogen
         3) Natural gas
         4) Petrol
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Natural gas

Explanation: On November 13, 2018, according to report by International Energy Agency (IEA) titled World Energy Outlook 2018, natural gas is expected to overtake coal as the world’s second largest energy source after oil by 2030. Global electricity demand will grow 2.1 percent a year and will account for a quarter of energy used by 2040. CO2 emissions would rise by 10 percent to 36 gigatonnes in 2040, mostly driven by growth in oil and gas. This change is expected due to a drive to cut air pollution and the rise in liquefied natural gas (LNG) use. The estimates are based on the IEA’s “New Policies Scenario” that reflects legislation and policies to reduce emissions and fight climate change Energy demand would grow by more than a quarter between 2017 and 2040. Global gas demand would increase by 1.6 percent a year to 2040 and would be 45 percent higher by then than the present.

6. Astronomers recently found a ‘cold super-Earth’. The planet has been labeled ___________.

         1) Barnard’s Star g
         2) Barnard’s Star d
         3) Barnard’s Star e
         4) Barnard’s Star b
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Barnard’s Star b

Explanation: The planet for Barnard’s star – 2nd closest star system to our sun – appears to be a cold super-Earth. The planet has been labeled Barnard’s Star b (GJ 699 b). It orbits its red star every 233 days near the snow-line, a distance where water freezes. Barnard’s star is six light-years away from earth.

7. Which city is the venue of the 2018 Women’s World Boxing Championships ?

         1)  Patna
         2) New Delhi
         3) Pune
         4) Shimla
         5) None of these

Answer – )  New Delhi

Explanation: India is hosting the 2018 Women’s Boxing World Championships in New Delhi from November 15-24. This time, the 10-member Indian team, led by Mary Kom, is a mix of seasoned and young boxers. This 10th edition of the tournament is set to be the biggest ever as more than 300 boxers from 72 countries will be taking part. India had topped the table with four gold, three silver and one silver and three bronze medals.

8. On 15thNovember 2018, Reserve Bank of India pumped in ____ rupees into the system, through Open Market Operations ?

         1) Rs 65,000 crore
         2) Rs 15,000 crore
         3) Rs 50,000 crore
         4) Rs 12,000 crore
         5) None of these

Answer – )  Rs 12,000 crore

Explanation: On November 15, 2018, Reserve Bank of India pumped in Rs 12,000 crore into the system through purchase of government securities.  The eligible participants submitted their offers in electronic format on the Reserve Bank of India Core Banking Solution (E-Kuber) system on November 15. This was done via conduction of an Open Market Operations for an aggregate amount of Rs 120 billion through multi-security auction using the multiple price method. In the announcement it stated that RBI would purchase government dated securities maturing in 2021, 2022, 2024, 2027 and 2033 bearing various interest rates.

9. Jayesh Sanghrajka was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of __________.

         1) TCS
         2) Wipro
         3) Infosys
         4) IBM
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Infosys

Explanation: India’s second largest IT services firm Infosys named Jayesh Sanghrajka as its interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Sanghrajka has spent 13 years in Infosys over two stints and is currently Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. The current CFO, MD Ranganath, step down after an 18-year career with the company.

10. Where is the 3rd India International Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated from 14th to 17th November 2018 ?

         1) Shillong, Meghalaya
         2) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
         3) Gangtok, Sikkim
         4) Imphal, Manipur
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Shillong, Meghalaya

Explanation: On November 14, 2018, the 4-day 3rd India International Cherry Blossom Festival was celebrated at Polo 5th Ground, Shillong, Meghalaya. The 2018 edition was inaugurated by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma in the presence of Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu.  The festival celebrates the unique autumn flowering of the Himalayan Cherry Blossoms. The four-day long festival was organised by:

  • The Forest and Environment Department, Govt of Meghalaya,
  • Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development and
  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

11. Which state police has launched e-learning portal ‘Nipun’ for training its personnel ?

         1) Mumbai Police
         2) Kolkata Police
         3) Tamil Nadu Police
         4) Delhi Police
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Delhi Police

Explanation: Delhi Police has recently launched e-learning portal ‘Nipun’ to impart in-service training and provide up to date information to police officers. Many of the courses have been developed in-house while others have been made in collaboration with the University Grant Commission (UGC), FICCI, NHRC, NCPCR, and Janaki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University (DU) under the project “The Collaborative Learning and Partnership” (CLAP). The purpose of the e-learning portal is to impart online training and information through specialized courses designed by experts. It will benefit the police officers investigating various cases by providing online resource and information on law, standing orders, investigation checklists, forms for case files, latest High Court and Supreme Court rulings.

12. On 15th November 2018, Where was the 4th International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine inaugurated ?

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

Answer – ) New Delhi

Explanation: On November 15, 2018, the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated 4th International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.  It had the theme: ‘Future of Geriatric Medicine practice – Are you Ready?’. It was held along with the Asia Pacific Geriatric Medicine Network Conference at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The Congress focuses on sensitisation and reorientation of health care professionals.