Current Affairs Objective Quiz-MCQ (16-30 September 2018)

Question: Which country on September 17, 2018 rolled out the world’s first hydrogen powered train?
(a) France
(b) Germany
(c) Israel
(d) China
Answer: b

(Germany on September 17 rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but eco-friendly technology.)


Question: Which of the following published the ‘Future of Jobs’ report in September 2018 ?
(a) World Bank
(b) United Nations Organization
(c) International Monetary Fund
(d) World Economic Forum
Answer: d


Question: According to the recently published ‘Future of Jobs’ report, what percentage of total task hours will be  performed by machines in 12 industrial sectors by 2025?
(a) 42 percent
(b) 52 percent
(c) 62 percent
(d) 72 percent
Answer: b

(In less than seven years, by 2025, machines are projected to overtake humans in workplace task hours in 12 key industry sectors, according to a ‘Future of Jobs’ report by the World Economic Forum . In 2018, humans performed an average of 71% of total task hours across the 12 industries spanning manufacturing, services and high tech. By 2025, that will drop to just 48%, according to the WEF. Machines will perform the remaining 52%.  In India, 54% of employees in these sectors will need reskilling by 2022)


Question: Region around which state’s secretariat and assembly has been declared ‘protected area’?
(a) Assam
(b) Nagaland
(c) Sikkim
(d) Meghalaya
Answer: a

(The region around Assam Secretariat and Assembly has been declared ‘Protected Area’ by the Kamrup Metropolitan district Guwahati administration with effect from September 18. )


Question: Which state has decided to set up cyber university to deal with cyber threats?
(a) Karnataka
(b) Tamil Nadu
(c) Maharashtra
(d) Uttar Pradesh
Answer: c

(The Maharashtra Government has taken the first step towards setting up a varsity dedicated to mitigating cyber threats. It has set aside Rs. 80 crore for the first round of its funding and the proposal for the project will be tabled in the State cabinet’s consideration in the first week of October. The new Cyber University will train 3,000 professionals to fight online space cyber attacks, internet crimes, and conduct cyber forensics. )


Question: Anna Rajam Malhotra, the first woman IAS officer of Independent India who died on September 17, 2018, joined the civil services in: 
(a) 1949
(b) 1951
(c) 1954
(d) 1957
Answer: b

(India’s first woman IAS officer after Independence, Anna Rajam Malhotra, who served in the Madras State under then Chief Minister C. Rajagopalachari and at the Central government, died in Mumbai on September 2018. She was 91. Born Anna Rajam George in Kerala’s Ernakulam district in July 1927 and later married R.N. Malhotra, who served as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1985 to 1990. Ms. Malhotra joined the civil services in 1951 and opted for the Madras cadre. )


Question: What is ‘Cyclone-30’ which was in the news recently?
(a) NASA’s satellite to monitor hurricane
(b) Radar to monitor the direction of cyclones in India
(c) Radioisotope producer for the treatment of cancer
(d) UN analysis report of the 30 most powerful cyclones in the world
Answer: c

(Cyclotrons are used to produce radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic use for cancer care. Cyclone-30, the biggest cyclotron in India for medical application became operational this month when 30 MeV beam reached the Faraday Cup for the first time.)


Question: A campaign for the release of Bandula elephant chained in Dehiwala Zoo for the past 66 years has garnered support from Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. In which country is Dehiwala Zoo located?
(a) Sri Lanka
(b) India
(c) Nepal
(d) Myanmar
Answer: a

(A campaign for the freedom of an old and feeble elephant chained in Colombo’s Dehiwala Zoo for the past 66 years has garnered support from New Delhi. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who is known for her activism for animal rights, has written to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, urging him to have Bandula, the jumbo, freed.)


Question: Who among the following inaugurated the All India Pension Court in New Delhi on September 18, 2018?
(a) Shri Narendra Modi
(b) Mr. Arun Jaitley
(c) Piyush Goyal
(d) Dr. Jitendra Singh
Answer: d


Question: Recently, the government has announced the merger of three banks. Which bank is not among those three proposed merging banks?
(a) Andhra Bank
(b) Dena Bank
(c) Vijaya Bank
(d) Bank of Baroda
Answer: a

(The government on September 17, 2018 proposed the amalgamation of state-owned Bank of Baroda (BoB), Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank to create India’s third-largest bank. The move is part of the reforms initiated in the public sector banking segment.)


Question: (Indian artiste Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan won top honours at the first- of-its-kind International ‘Maqom’ music festival held in the ancient city of Shakhrisabz. In which country is the Shakhrisabz located?
(a) Kazakhstan
(b) Uzbekistan
(c) Turkmenistan
(d) Turkey
Answer: b

(Indian artiste Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan won top honours at the first- of-its-kind International ‘Maqom’ music festival held in the ancient Uzbek city of Shakhrisabz. Maqom, the oriental system of music that is enhanced by string and percussion instruments across Asia, is quite different from the classical Hindustani “Thaat” system.)


Question: According to the Central Pollution Control Board, on the basis of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), how many polluted stretches are there in India’s rivers?
(a) 351
(b) 251
(c) 151
(d) 451
Answer: a

(The number of polluted stretches in India’s rivers has increased to 351 from 302 two years ago, and the number of critically polluted stretches — where water quality indicators are the poorest — has gone up to 45 from 34, according to an assessment by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Maharashtra, Assam and Gujarat ccount for 117 of the 351 polluted river stretches. The CPCB considers a BOD less than 3 mg/l an indicator of a healthy river and with a BOD greater than or equal to 30 mg/l is termed ‘priority 1′ river.)


Question: Along which International Border, did the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh on September  17, 2018 inaugurated two pilot projects of smart fencing which is India’s first Smart Fencing Pilot Project?
(a) India-Pakistan
(b) India-Bangladesh
(c) Indo-China
(d) Indo-Myanmar
Answer: a


Question: Which Indian state has announced the launch of its first ‘Dial FIR’ scheme where the crimes can be registered without going to the police station?
(a) Rajasthan
(b) Maharashtra
(c) Haryana
(d) Uttar Pradesh
Answer: d

(The Uttar Pradesh Police are set to launch a first of its kind dial-FIR scheme in the country where a common man can register regular crimes without going to a police station even as it is preparing an online photographic dossier of criminals that will be provided to policemen on 22,000 new i-pads.)


Question: ‘Chinta se Mukti’ mobile app has been started by which of the following?
(a) Employees State Provident Fund Organization (EPFO)
(b) Employees State Insurance Corporation (EPIC)
(c) Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)
(d) Indian Postal Department
Answer: b

(ESIC “Chinta Se Mukti“ mobile app is available on UMANG platform of Govt. of India. With this app, the Insured Persons can view their contribution history, personal profile, claim status and also their entitlement to benefits. Grievances can also be lodged through this app. Besides, Insured Persons can also view knowledge bank on health topics and audio-visuals on benefits under ESI Scheme.)


Question: Who among the followings inaugurated India’s first tourism mart 2018 on September 17, 2018 in New Delhi?
(a) President Shri Ramnath Kovind
(b) Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
(c) Union Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal
(d) Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley
Answer: c


Question: According to the Union Tourism Minister, how many jobs were created in the tourism sector in the last four years?
(a) 11.23 million
(b) 12.43 million
(c) 14.62 million
(d) 17.81 million
Answer: c


Question: Which country’s athlete set a new marathon world record in Berlin on September 16, 2018, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2 hour 1 minute 39 second?
(a) Jamaica
(b) Kenya
(c) Nigeria
(d) Sudan
Answer: b

(Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin on September 16, 2018, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2 hour 1 minute 39 second. The 33-year-old Olympic champion, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195 km race, took 1 minute 17 second off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto. It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.)


Question: Which honorable person of India addressed the Parliament of Serbia on September 15, 2018?
(a) President Shri Ramnath Kovind
(b) Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu
(c) Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
(d) External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj
Answer: b

(Marking the revival of the spirit of warmth and cooperation of Marshal Tito-Pandit Nehru years, the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu was extended the rare honour of addressing the special session of the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade on September 15, 2018. It was in the same hallowed hall of the National Assembly of Serbia that former Prime Minister, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru addressed the world leaders while launching the Non-Alignment Movement along with the veteran leader of Yugoslavia Marshal Tito.)


Question: Who among the following inaugurated the ‘Paryatan Parv’ on September 16, 2018 in New Delhi?
(a) Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
(b) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
(c) Chief Justice of India
(d) Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma
Answer: b


Question: At which range the Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) was successfully flight tested for the second time on September 16, 2018?
(a) Pune range
(b) Bangalore range
(c) Ahmadnagar Range
(d) Agra Range
Answer: c

(Indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM), was successfully flight tested for the second time from the Ahmednagar range on September 16. All the mission objectives have been met. The two missions on 15 and 16 September 2018 have been successfully flight tested for different ranges including the maximum range capability.)


Question: Moutaz Mousa Abdallah is the new Prime Minister of :
(a) Ethiopia
(b) Kenya
(c) Sudan
(d) Qatar
Answer: c

(Moutaz Mousa Abdallah has become the Sudan’s new Prime Minister. A 21-member cabinet was sworn in at the presidential palace in Khartoum on September 15. Mousa Abdallah is also holding the finance portfolio in a bid to revive the country’s ailing economy. Sudan has been grappling with an acute foreign exchange shortage and inflation above 65 percent for several months, prompting President Omar al-Bashir last Sunday to sack the previous cabinet to fix the situation.)


Question: In which state four new child friendly courts were started on 15th September, 2018, one of which was inaugurated by Justice Madan B. Lokur?
(a) West Bengal
(b) Telangana
(c) Odisha
(d) Maharashtra
Answer: a

(Four ‘child friendly courts’ were inaugurated in West Bengal on September 15, 2016 to help juvenile victims and offenders. Justice Madan B. Lokur of the Supreme Court inaugurated the State’s first such court at Bankshall court.)


Question: Which one of the following space agencies on September 15, 2018 launches most advanced space laser satellite ‘ICESat-2’?
(a) Chinese Space Agency
(b) American Space Agency NASA
(c) ISRO
(d) European Space Agency
Answer: b

(NASA’s most advanced space laser satellite blasted off on September 15, 2018 on a mission to track ice loss around the world and improve forecasts of sea level rise as the climate warms.The $1 billion ICESat-2 mission was launched aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force base in California at 1302 GMT. The launch marks the first time in nearly a decade that NASA has had a tool in orbit to measure ice sheet surface elevation across the globe. The preceding mission, ICESat, launched in 2003 and ended in 2009.)


Question: Who is the author of the book ‘Why I Am Hindu’?
(a) Murli Manohar Joshi
(b) Shashi Tharoor
(c) Namita Gokhale
(d) Madhur Bhandarkar
Answer: b


Question: At which  place, the Jaipur literary festival was held on September 14, 2018?
(a) Dublin
(b) Houston
(c) London
(d) Sydney
Answer: b

(The much awaited Jaipur Literature Festival began in Houston at the Asia Society of Texas on September 14, 2018. The festival is touted as the world’s largest free literary gathering. The inaugural session also saw Congress leader and writer Shashi Tharoor discuss his book “Why i am a Hindu” with writer Namita Gokhale.)


Question: India’s only  wetland cat  was recently in the news. What is the name of the only wetland cat of India?
(a) Himalayan cat
(b) Fishing cat
(c) Leopard cat
(d) Siamese Cat
Answer: b


Question: The Supreme Court, on 14 September, 2018, reversing its earlier decision, has restrained the Family Welfare Committee not to hear:
(a) Land dispute
(b) Harassing by the husband
(c) Dowry cases
(d) Child Marriage
Answer: c


Question: In order to deal with pollution in Ganga river in Kanpur, which of the following has been awarded Rs. 893 crore project by the Uttar Pradesh Government?
(a) Patanjali
(b) Hindustan Lever
(c) Shapoorji Pallonji
(d) ITC
Answer: c


Question: What is the  target to ‘End Aids’?
(a) End Aids by 2025
(b) End Aids by 2028
(c) End Aids by 2030
(d) End Aids by 2032
Answer: c


Question: The Supreme Court has questioned the tag of India being “leprosy free” during the hearing on September 14, 2018. When was India declared ‘leprosy free’?
(a) December 31, 2005
(b) December 31, 2007
(c) December 31, 2009
(d) December 31, 2011
Answer: a

(In its 22-page judgment, a Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra pointed out that though the country was declared leprosy-free on December 31, 2005, the reality is “entirely different”. The Supreme Court referred to progress reports of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) to show that only 543 districts of the total 642 districts in the country had achieved the World Health Organisation-required prevalence rate of less than one case of leprosy for 10,000 persons.)


Question: Which hurricane was declared disaster in the North Carolina, US in  the second week of September 2018?
(a) Hurricane Alabama
(b) Hurricane Lisa
(c) Hurricane Sandy
(d) Hurricane Florence
Answer: d


Question: Which of the following company has announced to make itself as a carbon neutral by 2040?
(a) Tata Motors
(b) Maruti
(c) Mahindra and Mahindra
(d) Ashole Leyland
Answer: c

(Mahindra Group has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2040. This was stated by chairman Anand Mahindra at the Global Climate Action Summit that is currently underway at San Francisco. Mahindra will focus on energy efficiency and the use of renewable power to achieve this target. Residual emissions will be addressed through carbon sinks.)


Question: Which country won the  the South Asian Football Federation-SAFE Championship 2018 by defeating India on September 15, 2018?
(a) Bangladesh
(b) Maldives
(c) Nepal
(d) Afghanistan
Answer: b

(Maldives have lifted the 2018 South Asian Football Federation Cup. In the final at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka on September 15, they defeated defending champions India 2-1. At half-time, the winners led One-nil. The win for Maldives comes 10 years after their first SAFF Cup title in 2008. Seven-time champions India had started as favourites in the summit-clash. )


Question: Where will the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conference be held in January 2019?
(a) Allahabad
(b) Lucknow
(c) Varanasi
(d) Shimla
Answer: c

(The 15th Prawasi Bhartiya Diwas -2019 will be held at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in January next year. The three day event will begin from 21st of January. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event and President Ram Nath Kovind will give valedictory speech on the 23rd. )


Question: Which state’s first  airport ‘Pakyong’ will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi  on September 23, 2018?
(a) Sikkim
(b) Mizoram
(c) Nagaland
(d) Manipur
Answer: a

(The Prime Minister, Narendra Modiwill visit Sikkim on September 23rd and inaugurate the state’s first Airport atPakyong in east district)


Question: On which date did the Indian Coast Guard observe the International Coastal Cleanup-2018?
(a) September 14
(b) September 15
(c) September 16
(d) September 13
Answer: b

(Along with the Swcchata campaign, the Indian Coast Guard observed International Coastal Cleanup-2018 day in Mumbai on September 15, 2018. The International Coastal Clean-up day is conducted in various parts of the world on third Saturday of September every year under the aegis of United Nations Environment Program and under the aegis of South Asia Co-operative Environment Program in the South Asian Region. The Indian Coast Guard has been involved in this activity since 2006. )


Question: Which country was affected by Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the second week of September 2018?
(a) Fiji
(b) Japan
(c) Philippines
(d) Taiwan
Answer: c

(Two persons were killed today in a landslide set off by Super Typhoon Mangkhut as it smashed through the Philippines. Mangkhut tore through the northern part of Luzon island, where it made landfall today, ripping off roofs, felling trees and knocking out power. The Typhoon packed sustained winds of 170 kilometres or 105 miles per hour and gusts of up to 260 km per hour as it left the Philippines. Approximate 5000 kgs of garbage was collected and handed over to BMC for disposal.)


Question: Which is the only marathon in India, that has been accorded the Gold Level?
(a) Delhi Marathon
(b) Ladakh Marathon
(c) Auroville Marathon
(d) Tata Mumbai Marathon
Answer: d

(The Tata Mumbai Marathon, to be held on January 20, 2019, has been accorded the gold label by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The 16th edition of the race became the only gold label marathon in the country and joined the elite list of marathons in Asia. )


Question: On which date the Prime Minister Shri  Narendra Modi launched the ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa Movement’?
(a) September 13
(b) September 14
(c) September 15
(d) September 16
Answer: c

(Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched nationwide Swachhata Hi Sewa Movement from New Delhi on September 15, 2018. The objective of the campaign is to mobilise people for sanitation to contribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a Clean India. It will continue till Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd of October. )


 

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