GK & Current Affairs Quiz: January 18, 2018
First Published: January 18, 2018 | Last Updated:March 17, 2018
Who has won the Sir Garfield Sober Trophy for Cricketer of the Year 2017?
[B] Virat Kohli
[C] Quinton de Kock
[D] AB de Villiers
Indian captain Virat Kohli has been named the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year 2017. He also bagged the top honour for ODI players in the ICC annual awards at the 2017 ICC annual awards announced in Dubai on January 18, 2018. In the qualification period from September 21, 2016 to the end of 2017, Kohli scored 2,203 Test runs at an average of 77.80, including eight centuries, 1,818 ODI runs, including seven centuries at 82.63, and 299 T20I runs at a strike rate of 153. He has also been named as the captain of both the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year and ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year. This is the second time in succession that an Indian won the overall cricketer of the year award. Off-spinner R Ashwin had claimed the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for year 2016. Australian captain Steve Smith claimed the 2017 Test Player of the Year honour. He had scored 1,875 runs in 16 matches at an average of 78.12, with eight hundreds and five 50s.
Which Union minister has recently conferred the Honorary Fellowship of Institute of Company secretaries of India (ICSI)?
[B] Arun Jaitely
[C] P.P. Chaudhary
[D] Ravi Shankar Prasad
P.P. Chaudhary, the Union Minister of State for Law and Justice & Corporate Affairs, was conferred the Honorary Fellowship of Institute of Company secretaries of India (ICSI) at the headquarters of the institute at New Delhi on January 18, 2018. Chaudhary has conducted around 11,000 cases, mostly Constitutional Litigations for the last 38 years on matters related to land acquisition, farmers grievances, labour & service, central excise & customs and PILs related to restoration of natural water bodies and dams. The Honorary Fellow Membership is granted to distinguished persons having made significant contribution to the profession of Company Secretaries.
Which state government has signed a pact with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to set up bio-gas and bio-CNG plants?
[B] Uttar Pradesh
[D] Tamil Nadu
The Punjab government has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to set up bio-gas and bio-CNG plants in the state. The purpose of the MoU is to find sustainable solutions to paddy straw burning. The pact is part of the state’s concerted efforts to find sustainable solutions to paddy straw burning, which has emerged as a major environmental concern. The plants will be set up at a total investment of Rs 5,000 crore. By converting bio-mass to compressed bio-gas and bio-CNG, the plants will take help curb the menace of stubble burning and create additional income to farmers. The project will also create rural employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, besides providing a green organic source of compost for soil enrichment.
Which state government has launched Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana (MKSY) for artists?
The Odisha government has launched Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana (MMKSY) for literature and cultural artists of the state. Under this scheme, artists will receive a financial assistance of Rs. 1200 per month. In it, male artists with minimum 50 years of age and female artists with minimum 40 years of age can avail the financial assistance. This scheme will benefit around 50,000 artists across the state.
Who is the newly appointed MD & CEO of National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX)?
[B] Samir Shah
[C] Jeetmal Singh
[D] Vijay Kumar
Vijay Kumar has been appointed the new Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX) for three years with effective from January 18, 2018. He succeeded Samir Shah. He has over 25 years of experience in leadership roles in the areas of commodity trading and merchandising along with risk management, logistics and operations. Kumar is an agro-industry veteran who has worked for companies such as National Bulk Handling Corporation, Cargill, Reliance Industries, Arthur Andersen, ITC Ltd, Britannia and Sharp Group. He had worked at NCDEX as Chief Business Officer (CBO) between June 2009 and September 2014.
Kashinath, the noted Kannada actor and producer has passed away. He hailed from which state?
Kashinath (67), the noted Kannada film actor, director and producer, has passed away in Bengaluru, Karnataka on January 18, 2018. The senior actor had carved a niche for himself in the genre of comedy. He has not only acted but also directed and produced several Kannada films. Kashinath was recently seen in Chowka, released last year. The veteran actor has at least 40 films to his credit, spanning over a career of more than three decades. He hailing from Kundapur in Udupi district of Karnataka.
Which Indian cricketer has launched his autobiography “Imperfect”?
[B] Sanjay Manjrekar
[C] Rahul Dravid
[D] Sourav Ganguly
Sanjay Manjrekar, the former India batsman-turned-commentator, has launched his autobiography ‘Imperfect’ in Mumbai, Maharashtra on January 17, 2018. The book was released by Dilip Vengsarkar, Manjrekar’s first international captain. He has played 37 Test matches. His first Test match was in the Delhi against the West Indies. In 1996, in his early thirties, he finished his career with an average of 37, with four centuries, in Ahmedabad in 1996. He was clear to accept that after the middle-order pressure increased between Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, they came out of their self-imposed exits.
Which state has become the India’s first state to launch Public Cloud Policy to speed up e-governance?
[B] Andhra Pradesh
[D] Himachal Pradesh
Maharashtra has become the India’s first state to launch Public Cloud Policy, which will allow all government departments to access public cloud. . The step will create business opportunities worth $2 billion while helping the state government departments to shift all their data to clouds. This will accelerate e-governance and open up entire new area for investment by the private entrepreneurs to make available newest technologies for all the departments as government not only is the biggest data creator but also consumer.
Which country is hosting the 10th Global Forum for Food & Agriculture (GFFA-2018)?
The 10th Global Forum for Food & Agriculture (GFFA-2018) has started in Berlin, Germany on January 18, which includes the 10th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference. The theme of 3-day event is “Shaping the future of livestock – sustainably, responsibly, efficiently”. The discussions will focus on sustainable and productive animal production among other issues. The GFFA forum is organised by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL) in cooperation with GFFA Berlin e.V., the Senate of Berlin and Messe Berlin GmbH. The GFFA is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, is leading the Indian delegation at the GFFA-2018.
The Somasila Dam is located in which state?
[B] Himachal Pradesh
[C] Andhra Pradesh
[D] Uttar Pradesh
The Somasila Dam is a dam constructed across the Penna River near Somasila in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. The reservoir impounded by the dam has a surface area of 212.28 km2 with live storage capacity of 1.994 km3. It is the biggest storage reservoir in Penna River basin and can store all the inflows from its catchment area in a normal year.