Current Affairs Quiz - January, 2019
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1. Which city is the venue of the 42nd Indian Social Science Congress (ISSC)?
[D] New Delhi
Correct Answer: A [Bhubaneswar]
The 42nd Indian Social Science Congress (ISSC-2018) was inaugurated by Manipur governor Dr Najma Heptulla at KIIT University campus in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on December 27. The theme of the Congress was ‘Human Future in Digital Era’. The ISSC is the annual meet of social scientists organised by Indian Social Science Academy (ISSA). It is a multidisciplinary national forum, which promotes integration of Science of Nature-Humans-Society through intra, inter and multi disciplinary appraisal of current research and theory.
2. India has cut import tax on crude palm oil sourced from ASEAN nations from 44% to __?
Correct Answer: B [40%]
India has slashed import taxes on crude and refined palm oil sourced from Southeast Asian (ASEAN) countries after a request from suppliers. According to the official notification, the duty on crude palm oil was lowered to 40% from 44%, while the tax on refined palm oil was cut to 45% from 54% if imported from Malaysia and to 50%, if purchased from Indonesia or other member-nations of ASEAN. India imports 60% — 15.5 million tonnes annually — of its edible oil requirements, largely from Malaysia, Indonesia, Argentina and Ukraine. The reduction will lead to higher imports of palm oil by the world’s biggest edible oil buyer in coming months as it would narrow the difference between the tropical vegetable oil and competitors such as soyabean oil and sunflower oil.
3. The 3rd edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) hosted by which Union ministry?
[A] Ministry of Corporate Affairs
[B] Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
[C] Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
[D] Ministry of Human Resource Development
Correct Answer: C [Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship]
The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) hosted third edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) in New Delhi on January 4, 2019. The awards aim to recognize and honor outstanding young first-generation entrepreneurs and those who have contributed immensely in building the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Total of 43 awards will be presented this year. These include 39 awards for Young Entrepreneurs in different sectors and four awards for Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders. The winners will receive trophy, certificate and cash prizes ranging from Rs. 5 to 10 lakhs. There are special awards for women, persons with disability, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and entrepreneurs from areas with limited opportunities. The NEA is a platform focused on driving innovation, ushering in a positive change for youth in entrepreneurship across all the industries. The awards will inspire and promote growth of entrepreneurs in India.
4. On which date, the 2018 World Braille Day (WBD) was observed recently?
[A] January 3
[B] January 4
[C] January 2
[D] January 5
Correct Answer: B [January 4]
The World Braille Day (WBD) is observed every year on January 4 to remember the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille – for the people with visual disabilities. Louis Braille was born on 4th January 1809 in the town of Coupvray in northern France. At the age of just 3, he lost his both eyes in an accident. This resulted into the invention of the 6 dots- which is popularly known as braille. The day is also observed to raise awareness on the importance of Braille for approximately 1.3 billion people living with some form of distance or near vision impairment. It is a means of realizing fully the human rights of visually-impaired and partially-sighted people, and bringing written language to the forefront as a critical prerequisite for promoting fundamental freedoms. Around the world, 39 million people are blind, and another 253 million have some sort of vision impairment.
5. The Union Cabinet has approved the introduction of a Bill to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) of Arunachal Pradesh. Which of the following tribes will be included in the list?
[D] All of the above
Correct Answer: D [All of the above]
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the introduction of a Bill to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) of Arunachal Pradesh. Now, the bill – Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2018 – will be introduced in the Parliament for certain amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950. The bill proposes deletion of the Abor tribe from the state’s ST list “as it is the same as Adi” tribe. The bill seeks to include the Mishmi-Kaman (Miju Mishmi), Idu (Mishmi) and Taraon (Digaru Mishmi) tribes in the list. It also proposes inclusion of “Monpa, Memba, Sartang, Sajolong in lieu of the Momba” tribe. The Nocte, Tangsa, Tutsa and Wancho tribes would replace the words “any Naga tribe” in the state’s ST list. As there is no tribe called “Khampti”, the bill replaces it with “Tai Khamti” on the list.
6. The Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) 2019 will be held in which of the following cities?
[A] New Delhi
Correct Answer: B [Hyderabad]
The 13th edition of Global Healthcare Summit (GHS-2019) will be held in Hyderabad, Telangana from July 21 to 24. The summit is being organized in partnership with the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. It would have over a 100 speakers, who would share their expertise on clinical practice. The summit would have an international research competition for which the American Association of Physicians with Indian Origin (AAPI) would work in collaboration with a leading academic medical college in Hyderabad. The competition would be for medical students, residents, fellows and junior doctors. It would have five categories for abstract submission, including basic sciences, hospital administration, innovation, AYUSH and clinical science and patient-based research. A medical quiz competition for medical students would also be held during the summit. Winners would be given Rs. 5 lakh, Rs. 3 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh for first, second and third prizes respectively. More than 500 physicians are expected to attend the summit.
7. Who has become the first Indian business tycoon to be named “Fugitive Economic Offender (FEO)”?
[A] Mehul Choksi
[B] Nirav Modi
[C] Subrata Roy
[D] Vijay Mallya
Correct Answer: D [Vijay Mallya]
Former liquor baron Vijay Mallya has become the first Indian businessman to be declared a Fugitive Economic Offender (FEO) under the newly enacted Fugitive Economic Offenders Act of 2018 by the Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Mumbai. The tag now allows the government to confiscate and sold his properties in alleged Rs. 9,000 crore loan default case in India. According to the new law, a FEO is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued for his or her involvement in economic offences involving at least Rs. 100 crore or more and has left India to avoid prosecution. Mallya has been accused of defaulting on loan repayments and money laundering and had left India in March 2016. Mallya currently facing extradition from the United Kingdom after a Westminster Magistrates Court in London ordered his return to India to face fraud charges resulting from the collapse of his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. However, the ruling has been challenged in the High Court in the UK.
8. Rani, who won gold in 78 kg category at Senior National Women’s Judo Championship 2019, is the Lady Head constable of which state?
[C] Himachal Pradesh
Correct Answer: C [Himachal Pradesh]
Lady Head constable Rani of 5th Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) of Himachal Pradesh Police won a Gold medal in 78 kg category in the Senior National Women’s Judo Championship at Visakhapatnam on January 7, 2019. Rani was also declared the best Judoka at the Championship.
9. Which of the following journalists has been conferred with lifetime achievement award by the Mantralaya and Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh?
[A] Prajakta Pol
[B] Vishwas Waghmode
[C] Dinu Randive
[D] Mahesh Tiwari
Correct Answer: C [Dinu Randive]
Veteran journalist Dinu Randive (93) has been conferred with the lifetime achievement award by the Mantralaya and Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh, an association of journalists covering Maharashtra legislature and secretariat. Mr Randive started his journalistic career in 1956. He also participated in the freedom struggle, the Sanyukta Maharashtra movement and the Goa liberation movement. Award winners in other categories included Vishwas Waghmode, Mahesh Tiwari and Prajakta Pol.
10. On which date, the 2019 Non-Resident Indian Day is observed recently?
[A] January 8
[B] January 9
[C] January 6
[D] January 7
Correct Answer: B [January 9]
The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), also known as Non-Resident Indian Day, is observed every year on 9th of January to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915.
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