First Published: November 7, 2018 | Last Updated:November 7, 2018
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1. Which noted journalist has been chosen for the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award?
[A] Ruby Sarkar
[B] Rajesh Parshuram Joshte
[C] VS Rajesh
[D] N. Ram
Correct Answer: D [N. Ram]
N. Ram, the veteran journalist and The Hindu publishing group chairman, has been chosen for the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award 2018 for his outstanding contribution towards journalism. The award will be presented by the Press Council of India (PCI) on November 16 on the occasion of the National Press Day (NPD).
2. Which of the following cities is the venue of the 18th IORA Council of (Foreign) Ministers Meetings (COM)?
Correct Answer: B [Durban]
On 2nd November 2018, South Africa hosted the 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of (Foreign) Ministers Meetings (COM) in Durban under the theme of “IORA – Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East through Enhanced Co-operation for Peace, Stability and Sustainable Development”. This meeting was held during the on-going celebrations of the 150th year of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela. The Indian delegation was led by Gen.(Dr.) VK Singh (Retd.), Minister of State for External Affairs. The IORA is an international organisation consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean. The Association comprises 21 member states and its headquarters is located at Ebene, Mauritius.
3. Which company has received India’s first Letter of Credit (LC) payment via blockchain?
[A] Tata Motors
[C] Reliance Industries
Correct Answer: C [Reliance Industries]
HSBC Holdings Plc has executed India’s first trade financial transaction using blockchain for a deal involving an export by Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) to US-based Tricon Energy. The blockchain-enabled letter of credit (LC) reduces transaction timeline from 7-10 days to less than a day. The Letter of Credit (LC) was issued by ING Bank for Tricon Energy USA (importer) with HSBC India as the advisory and negotiation bank for RIL. The blockchain platform was integrated with the electronic bill of lading (eBL) platform to issue and manage an electronic bill of lading. This allows a digital transfer of the title of goods from the seller to the buyer in the underlying trade. It is claimed that the blockchain solution is a major improvement for any organisation involved in buying and selling goods internationally, as it brings together all parties onto one platform. It is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of ordered records called blocks and is deemed to be very transparent as all the stakeholders can view progress real time.
4. The Government of India (GoI) has recently approved operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens for which of the following crops?
[A] Tomato, Onion and Potato
[B] Onion, Carrot and Peas
[C] Potato, Wheat and Onion
[D] Tomato, Peas and Chilli
Correct Answer: A [Tomato, Onion and Potato]
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has recently approved the operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens to ensure availability of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) throughout the country round the year without price volatility. Operation Greens was announced in the Budget speech of 2018-19 with an outlay of Rs. 500 crore to stabilize the supply of TOP crops. One of the objectives of “Operation Greens” is the reduction in post-harvest losses by creation of farm gate infrastructure, development of suitable agro-logistics, creation of appropriate storage capacity linking consumption centres.
5. Who has been appointed India’s new Ambassador to Iran?
[A] Saurabh Kumar
[B] Gaddam Dharmendra
[C] N K Saxena
[D] Priti Jindal
Correct Answer: B [Gaddam Dharmendra]
Gaddam Dharmendra, a 1990-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, has been appointed India’s new Ambassador to Iran. He will succeed Saurabh Kumar, who was appointed India’s ambassador to Myanmar. Dharmendra’s appointment comes at a time when the global focus is on oil imports from Iran as the US has recently imposed “the toughest ever” sanctions aimed at altering the Iranian regime’s “behaviour”.
6. Who of the following lifted the 2018 Men’s Singles title at the Rolex Paris Masters?
[A] Milos Raonic
[B] Juan Martín del Potro
[C] Karen Khachanov
[D] Novak Djokovic
Correct Answer: C [Karen Khachanov]
In Tennis, Karen Khachanov has lifted the Who of the following lifted the 2018 Men’s Singles title at the Rolex Paris Masters with a stunning win over World No. 2 Novak Djokovic. In the title clash, Khachanov defeated Djokovic in straight sets by 7-5, 6-4 to end the Serb’s 22-match unbeaten run. With the victory, Khachanov has become the first Russian since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009 to win a Masters 1000 title.
7. Which sports journalist is the author of the book “The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India”?
[A] Jatin Sapru
[B] Karunya Keshav
[C] Mayanti Langer
[D] Boria Majumdar
Correct Answer: B [Karunya Keshav]
The book, titled ‘The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India’, is co-authored by sports journalists Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Pathak. This is the first comprehensive history of women’s cricket that documents the entire gamut of the women’s game starting from its humble beginnings, its spirited journey through its early years to the present-day when truly, the game has come of age. It talks about the numerous “twist and turns” of women’s cricket, including the early days of pioneers like Diana Eduljee and Shantha Rangaswamy in the early ’70s and the stars of today like Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur. The book will be launched as part of the publishing house’s new imprint, Westland Sport on November 30, 2018.
8. What is the theme of the 2018 National Ayurveda Day (NAD) of India?
[A] Ayurveda for Public Health
[B] Ayurveda for Prevention and Control of Diabetes
[C] Ayurveda: Cure and Protect Our Lives
[D] Live happily with Ayurveda
Correct Answer: A [Ayurveda for Public Health]
The 2018 National Ayurveda Day (NAD) is celebrated on November 5 with the theme “Ayurveda for Public Health” to create awareness on people’s health. The day focus on strengths of Ayurveda and its unique treatment principles. It create a sense of awareness in today’s generation and promote Ayurvedic principles of healing in society. The main aim of Ayurveda is the prevention of disease and promotion of health. Lord Dhanvantari is considered as divine propagator of Ayurveda. He is conferred with the virtues of granting health and wealth. Hence, Dhanvantari Jayanti (Dhanteras) was preferred for celebration of Ayurveda Day to nationalize this system of medicine which can prove to be a cornerstone for its ultimate globalization.
9. The newly-built Ekana cricket stadium is located in which of the following cities?
[C] New Delhi
Correct Answer: B [Lucknow]
On November 6, Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has renamed the newly-constructed Ekana International Cricket Stadium after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The stadium will now be known as ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’ . It has a seating capacity of around 50,000 and will host its first international match on November 6, when the 2nd Twenty-20 match between India and the West Indies will be played in the stadium in Lucknow . Hence, Lucknow will host the first international match after 24 years. The stadium was named after Vajpayee, as the former prime minister was a Member of Parliament from Lucknow for five consecutive times between 1991 and 2009 .
10. Which renowned personality has been honoured with ‘Distinguished Fellow Award’ by IndiaGlobal in Boston?
[A] Sachin Tendulkar
[B] Sudha Murthy
[C] Anupam Kher
[D] Piyush Goyal
Correct Answer: C [Anupam Kher]
In Boston, veteran actor Anupam Kher has recently been honoured with ‘Distinguished Fellow Award’ by IndiaGlobal – a leading think-tank that works on issues concerning non-resident Indians. He was given a fellowship at the 3rd IndiaGlobal Summit 2018. The event was held at the prestigious MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston, and was facilitated by MIT Sloan India Business Club.
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