Current Affairs November 19, 2018

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1. On 18th November 2018, Joint military exercise INDRA, between India and which country, started at Babina Military Station, in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh ?

         1) United States
         2) Germany
         3) Russia
         4) France
         5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) Russia

Explanation: On November 18, 2018, the 10th joint military exercise between Indian and Russia– EXERCISE INDRA, under the United Nations (UN) started at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station, in Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. This exercise will continue for 11 days ending in November 28, 2018. It will focus upon:

  • Special tactical level operations such as Cordon and Search,
  • Training on enhancing team building,
  • To share best practices
  • For peace keeping/ enforcement environment

2. Thomas Kurian will head Google’s cloud division. He was the ex-product chief of this company.

        1) Oracle
        2) Microsoft
        3) Amazon
        4) Google
        5) None of these

Answer – 1 ) Oracle

Explanation: The Oracle’s ex-product chief Thomas Kurian will head Google’s cloud division. Greene, who will remain a director on the Alphabet board, had joined Google in December 2015 to run its cloud business. He will replace Diane Greene. Kurian will join Google Cloud on November 26 and transition into the leadership role in early 2019.

3. On 18th November 2018, Which state launched its Online Open Learning training platform named KOOL ?

         1) Kerala
         2) West Bengal
         3) Karnataka
         4) Jammu & Kashmir
         5) None of these

Answer – 1 ) Kerala

Explanation: On November 18, 2018, the Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) unveiled its Online Open Learning training platform named- KOOL. It will be used under a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model, which will enable the state’s schools to go Hi-Tech. This will help Kerala to become India’s first complete digital state in Education. It will be enable training to teachers, students and the general public and the first batch will commence from December 2018. The state government is yet to approve KOOL Certificate acceptable for declaring the probation of teachers.

4. Which of the following introduced an Online Open Learning training platform KOOL to train teachers, students and the general public, recently ?

         1)  KITE
         2) University of Delhi
         3) Vellore Institute of Technology
         4) Jawaharlal Nehru University
         5) None of these

Answer – ) KITE

Explanation: The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has rolled out- KOOL, its Online Open Learning training platform. With the state’s schools going Hi-Tech, requiring teachers and students to be trained on different domains simultaneously, it was decided to launch KOOL. KOOL has been designed in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model. The platform can be used to train teachers, students and the general public.

5. On 16th November 2018, Who was elected the President of Association of Surgeons of India (ASI)?

         1) Sowmya Sehgal
         2) Arvind Kumar
         3) Tamonas Chaudhri
         4) Raghu Ram
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Raghu Ram

Explanation: On 16th November 2018,Eminent breast cancer surgeon Raghu Ram who is also the director of KIMS Ushalakshmi centre for breast diseases has been elected the President of Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) by defeating Tamonas Chaudhuri from Kolkata. Raghu Ram is a recipient of Padma Shri award and B.C. Roy National Award. ASI regarded as “Voice of Surgery” in India is the largest surgical Association of Asia Pacific Region.Americal College of Surgeons is the largest surgical association of the world.  The result was declared at ASI Headquarter in Chennai by Mr. Arvind Kumar who acted as the chief election officer.

6. Who among the following bagged the Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement, New Delhi ?

         1) Shivkumar Sharm
         2) Zakir Hussain
         3) Bhimsen Joshi
         4) Amjad Ali Khan
         5) None of these

Answer – ) Amjad Ali Khan

Explanation: One of India’s greatest sarod masters, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, was presented the ‘Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement’ at the Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, for his “immense contribution to the enrichment and promotion of the Indian classical music”. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan (in 2001) and is among the tallest Indian classical musicians. The award was presented to him by former diplomat Lalit Mansingh. Best known for his clear and fast ‘ekhara taans’, Khan was born in 1945 in Gwalior.

7.  On 18th November 2018, What was the theme of The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims observed ?

         1) Reduce road fatalities by 50% by 2020
         2)  Rules to remember
         3) Roads have stories
         4) Respect the rules
         5) None of these

Answer – )  Roads have stories

Explanation: On 18th November 2018, The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was observed throughout the world. This day also thanks the emergency services. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed every year on the third Sunday of November. This day remembers people killed and injured on the roads across the world, together with their families, friends and others who are affected. Theme: for The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2018 is “Roads have stories”. This day was started by RoadPeace organization in 1993. In 2005, United Nations endorsed this day as a global observance.

8. The joint military exercise between India and Russia EXERCISE INDRA 2018 was conducted in __________, Uttar Pradesh.

         1) Lucknow
         2) Jhansi
         3) Allahabad
         4) Kanpur
         5) None of these

Answer – )  Jhansi

Explanation: The joint military exercise between India and Russia EXERCISE INDRA 2018 on combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN) was conducted at Babina Military Station in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. The aim of the exercise is to practice joint planning and conduct to enhance interoperability of the two Armies in the peacekeeping/enforcement environment under the aegis of the UN. Company sized contingents of the 5th Army of the Russian Federation and a Mechanised Infantry Battalion of India participated in the training exercise. This is the tenth series of Exercise INDRA.

9. T. S. Kanaka, passed away after a brief illness in Chennai, on 16th November 2018. She was Asia’s first woman _____?

         1) neurosurgeon
         2) pilot
         3) judge
         4) marine engineer
         5) None of these

Answer – ) neurosurgeon

Explanation: On November 16 2018,Dr. T. S. Kanaka, Asia’s first and World’s Third woman Neurosurgeon passed away after a brief illness in Chennai at the age of 86. She had retired as the professor of Neurosurgery from Madras Medical College in 1990 and inspired women from all over the nation to make career in the field of Neurosurgery. She was born on March 31, 1932 and was raised in Chennai. She was one of the first few Neurosurgeons of the world. Deep Brain Stimulation was one of the area of interests of Dr. T.S. Kanaka.