GK & Current Affairs Quiz: January 24, 2018
January 24, 2018 March 17, 2018
1. Who has created a national record in the 63kg women’s category at the 33rd Women Senior National Weightlifting Championships?
[A] Amandeep Kaur
[B] S Thasana Chanu
[C] Karnam Malleswari
[D] Rakhi Halder
Correct Answer: D [Rakhi Halder]
Lifter Rakhi Halder of Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) has created a new national record in clean and jerk en route to a gold medal in the 63kg women’s category in the 33rd Women Senior National Weightlifting Championships, in Mangaluru, Karnataka on January 24, 2018. She lifted 128kgs in the clean and jerk for a total of 230kgs to create a new national record, bettering Karnam Malleswari’s feat (127kg) created in Athens in 1999. The silver in this category went to S Thasana Chanu of Karnataka (202kg) while the bronze was clinched by AIPSCB’s Amandeep Kaur (191kg). The day concluded with a gold medal for RV Rahul of RSPB in 85kg men’s division of the 70th Men National Weightlifting Championships.
2. The cultural extravaganza “2018 Bharat Parv” will organise from which Indian monument?
[A] India Gate
[B] Jantar mantar
[C] Red Fort
[D] Gateway of India
Correct Answer: C [Red Fort ]
As part of the 2018 Republic Day celebrations, cultural extravaganza Bharat Parv will organize by the Union Ministry of Tourism at the Red Fort in Delhi from January 26 to 31, 2018. The prime objective of the 3-day event is to generate a patriotic mood, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country and to ensure wider participation of the general public. The event includes display of Republic Day Parade Tableaux, Performances by the Armed Forces Bands, a Multi-Cuisine Food Court, Craft Mela, Cultural Performances from different regions of the country and Photo Exhibition by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP). The Cultural Performances include choreographed Folk and Tribal Dances and Music arranged through the North Zonal Cultural Centre as well as performances by cultural troupes from the different States and Union Territories. Bharat Parv will be open for public from 12 Noon to 10 PM. The event is open for public and entry is free. However, identity proof is to be carried for entry to the event.
3. Hugh Masekela, the legendary jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist has passed away. He hailed from which country?
[B] South Africa
Correct Answer: B [South Africa]
Hugh Masekela (78), the legendary jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, has passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 23, 2018. He was also known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home”. He also had a number 1 US pop hit in 1968 with his version of “Grazing in the Grass”.
4. The 2018 National Girl Child Day (NGCD) is celebrated on which date in India?
[A] January 24
[B] January 25
[C] January 23
[D] January 26
Correct Answer: A [January 24]
The National Girl Child Day (NGCD) is celebrated every year on January 24 with an aim to raise awareness about sex ratio levels and promote the empowerment of girls.
5. Who has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)?
[A] Kumar Manish
[B] Sanjaya Baru
[C] Shyamal Mukherjee
[D] Dilip Chenoy
Correct Answer: D [Dilip Chenoy]
Dilip Chenoy has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). Currently, Chenoy is Chairman of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (IILM). Earlier, he was MD & CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Director General of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Deputy Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
6. Which Bollywood personality has been honoured with the 24th Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum (WEF-2018)?
[A] Deepika Padukone
[B] Aamir Khan
[C] Shah Rukh Khan
[D] Priyanka Chopra
Correct Answer: C [Shah Rukh Khan]
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was honoured with the 24th Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He received the award for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India. Shahrukh received the award alongside Elton John and Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett.
7. Which country has acquired the top spot for global investment, as per latest PwC 21st CEO Survey 2018?
[A] United Kingdom
[C] United States
Correct Answer: C [United States]
As per latest PwC 21st CEO Survey 2018, the United States has acquired the top spot for global investment, followed by China, Germany, United Kingdom (UK), India and Japan. The survey reveals surprising faith and optimism among CEOs in the economic and business environment worldwide, at least over the next 12 months As per the survey, 54% of the CEOs plan to increase their headcount in 2018 while only 18% expect to reduce their staff. The sectors having the highest demand for new recruits are health care (71%), technology (70%), business services (67%), communications (60%), hospitality and leisure (59%).
8. Which state government has signed sister-state agreement with Canton of Zurich?
[A] Himachal Pradesh
[B] Andhra Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Andhra Pradesh]
The Andhra Pradesh government has signed a sister-state agreement with the Canton of Zurich in a bid to strengthen the friendly ties and promote mutual understanding. The Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Zurich Councillor and Head of the Department for Economic Affairs Carmen Walker Späh in the presence of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The purpose of LOI is to achieve mutual prosperity and development. The agreement will strengthen economic and scientific relations between the two governments in the areas such as information and communication technology, environmental technology, life sciences and urban and regional Development.
9. Rachel Morrison has become the first female cinematographer to be nominated for Oscar 2018. She hails from which country?
[A] United States
Correct Answer: A [United States]
Rachel Morrison, an American cinematographer, has been nominated for the 90th Academy Awards 2018 for her work in the film ‘Mudbound’. With this, she has become the first female cinematographer to receive an Oscar nomination in the 89-year-old history of the Awards.
10. The Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) is located in which city?
[D] New Delhi
Correct Answer: B [Chennai]
The Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) is the nodal agency for catering to the needs of the brackish water aquaculture research in India. The institute is headquartered at Chennai, Tamil Nadu and works under the Ministry of Agriculture. It is one of the research institutes under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) New Delhi.
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