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GK Questions 11th January 2018

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Question 1: World Book Fair 2018, with focus on environment was hosted by which Indian state?

1.    Maharashtra
2.    New Delhi
3.    Gujarat
4.    Kerala
5.    Karnataka

Answer: 2

Explanation:

New Delhi World Book Fair 2018 began on January 6, 2018 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. This fair is being jointly organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) and India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). It is spread over 30000 sq m space and has more than 1500 stalls. ‘Environment and Climate Change’ is the main theme of New Delhi World Book Fair 2018.


Question 2: Which state hosted the Conference on Transformation of Aspirational Districts 2018?

1.    Punjab
2.    Bihar
3.    Manipur
4.    Karnataka
5.    New Delhi

Answer: 5

Explanation:

Conference on Transformation of Aspirational Districts was held at the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, in New Delhi. The Conference on Transformation of Aspirational Districts was organized by NITI Aayog. The conference focused on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a New India by 2022

Question 3: Atal Pension Yojana subscriber base touches 80 lakh-mark. Which state has the highest number of subscribers (11.41 lakh)?

1.    Gujarat
2.    Maharashtra
3.    Uttar Pradesh
4.    Rajasthan
5.    Madhya Pradesh

Answer: 3

Explanation:

The Atal Pension Yojana’s (APY) subscriber base reached a mark of 80 lakhs. The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is run by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India (PFRDA). It has reached 80 lakh subscribers. Uttar Pradesh has highest number of subscribers (11.41 lakh).

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Question 4: Which state announced the setting up of 24X7 ‘Gudiya helpline’ for reporting crimes against women?

1.    Himachal Pradesh
2.    Gujarat
3.    Kerala
4.    Karnataka
5.    Andhra Pradesh

Answer: 4

Explanation:

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur announced setting up of 24X7 ‘Gudiya helpline’ for reporting crimes against women. ’Gudiya’ is a nickname given to the 16-year-old victim of rape and murder in Kotkhai town. The incident took place in 2017. Under ‘Gudiya helpline’ initiative, three special crime cells would be set up, one each at Mandi, Shimla and Kangra. Officers posted at these cells will be responsible for reporting cases of crime against women without any delay.

Question 5: In which city of telangana state, India’s first National Park for differently abled people was inaugurated?

1.    Warangal
2.    Karimnagar
3.    Nizambad
4.    Hyderabad
5.    Nalgonda

Answer: 4

Explanation:

Telangana State Government inaugurated India’s first National Park for differently abled people in Hyderabad. The park has speech therapist, vocational training instructors and physiotherapist for the differently-abled children. The park was inaugurated by Telangana Municipal administration and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao. At the inauguration, Mr. Rao stated that Telangana State Government is also planning an Information technology (IT) park on similar lines.

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Question 6: In which state, the Border Security Force (BSF) has launched “Operation Alert” along 200 km long International Border (IB) to prevent infiltration attempts by terrorists from the Pakistani side?

1.    Punjab
2.    Jammu and Kashmir
3.    Himachal Pradesh
4.    Arunachal Pradesh
5.    Haryana

Answer: 2

Explanation:

Border Security Force (BSF) has launched “Operation Alert” along 200 km long International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir to prevent infiltration attempts by terrorists from the Pakistani side. Senior officials of BSF in Jammu frontier have stated that, ‘Operation Alert’ has been declared in wake of intelligence report pertaining to movement of militants along the border. Infiltrators have been making desperate attempts to crossover by taking advantage of the thick cover of winter fog. Besides, Pakistan has been frequently resorting to ceasefire violations along the border.

Question 7: Which country hosted the Himalayan Hydro Expo 2018?

1.    India
2.    Pakistan
3.    Bhutan
4.    Myanmar
5.    Nepal

Answer: 5

Explanation:

Himalayan Hydro Expo began at the Exhibition Hall of Bhrikutimandap, in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Himalayan Hydro Expo 2018 is jointly organised by the Independent Power Producers’ Association Nepal (IPPAN) and Event Management Services. The expo is conducted for 3 days. The expo was inaugurated by Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal. The objective of the expo is to project the hydro power potential of Nepal and to bring together all the stakeholders at one place.

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Question 8: According to a South China Morning Post (SCMP) report, China is planning to build its second foreign naval base in which country?

1.    Afghanistan
2.    Pakistan
3.    India
4.    Nepal
5.    Srilanka

Answer: 2

Explanation:

According to a South China Morning Post (SCMP) report, China is planning to build its second foreign naval base in Pakistan. This will be China’s second foreign naval base after Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa in Indian Ocean. The base in Djibouti was formally opened in August 2017. According to Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming, China’s naval base in Pakistan will most likely come up in Gwadar on the southwestern coast of Balochistan, Pakistan.

Question 9: As per data released by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, which country is the Sri Lanka’s top source of tourists in 2017?

1.    India
2.    Canada
3.    Pakistan
4.    Australia
5.    Thailand

Answer: 1

Explanation:

As per data released by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, India continued to be Sri Lanka’s top source of tourists in 2017. As per the data, India accounted for 384628 tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka in 2017, which marks 7.8 per cent growth as compared to previous year. India was followed by followed by China, accounting for 268952 arrivals while 201879 tourist arrived in Sri Lanka from United Kingdom (UK). Despite of Sri Lankan tourism industry witnessing several setbacks during 2017, tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka touched an all- time high of 2116407.

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Question 10: Central Statistics Office (CSO) has announced the first advance estimates of National Income 2017-18 and stated that growth in India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during 2017-18 is estimated at ____% ?

1.    5.9%
2.    6.0%
3.    6.2%
4.    6.3%
5.    6.5%

Answer: 5

Explanation:

Central Statistics Office (CSO) has announced the first advance estimates of National Income 2017-18 and stated that growth in India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during 2017-18 is estimated at 6.5% as compared to 7.1% in 2016-17. This has been the slowest growth in past four years as GDP growth was 7.1% in 2016-17, 8% in 2015-16 and 7.5% in 2014-15. GDP growth in first half of 2017-18 was only 6% owing to lingering effects of demonetisation in November 2016 and disruptions caused due to rollout of goods and services tax (GST) in July 2017.

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Question 11: Who was appointed the Editor of the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW)?

1.    Gopal Guru
2.    Subramaniya Iyer
3.    Veera Raghavacharya
4.    Srinidhi Shekar
5.    Mukund Padmanabhan

Answer: 1

Explanation:

Gopal Guru was appointed as the Editor of the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW). Gopal Guru is a professor and political scientist. He currently works at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. He teaches Political Science. Earlier, he worked at the University of Delhi and the University of Pune. He has written several books. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta resigned as the Editor of EPW last year. He resigned following accusations that he had initiated unilateral legal proceedings against a business group after legal notice was served on an article.


Question 12: Who was appointed the Secretary (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry?

1.    Raj Kamal
2.    Ramnath Gaenka
3.    Sunil Jain
4.    T S Tirumurti
5.    Girish Pawaz

Answer: 4

Explanation:

T S Tirumurti was appointed as the Secretary (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry. T S Tirumurti replaces Vijay Keshav Gokhale as Secretary (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry. Vijay Keshav Gokhale was recently appointed as Foreign Secretary. T S Tirumurti is a Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1985-batch. He is currently the High Commissioner of India to Malaysia. Earlier he has worked as Under Secretary (Bhutan), Director (Foreign Secretary’s Office), Joint Secretary (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives) and Joint Secretary (United Nations Economic and Social).

Question 13: Who was appointed the chairperson of the Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (REAT) for Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

1.    Shekar Gupta
2.    Varadha Raju
3.    B. Rajendran
4.    Sidharth Sadha
5.    Rajender Singh

Answer: 3

Explanation:

Tamil Nadu government has appointed B. Rajendran as the chairperson of the Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (REAT) for Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. B Rajendran is a former High Court judge. The REAT was established under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016. He will be paid a monthly salary of Rs 80,000 as chairperson.


Question 14: Indian Coast Guard Ship C-161 (ICGS C -161) was commissioned on Friday at which city of Gujarat?

1.    Surat
2.    Vadodara
3.    Ahmedabad
4.    Gandhinagar
5.    Porbanda

Answer: 5

Explanation:

Indian Coast Guard Ship C-161 (ICGS C -161) was commissioned on Friday at Porbandar in Gujarat. ICGS C – 161 has been built by Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Limited. It is 27.64m long, has displacement of 107 tons and can achieve maximum speed of 35 knots. It is capable of operating in shallow water as well as deep seas. It can be used for surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue operations and can render assistance to boats and craft in distress at sea.

Question 15: What is the On-line chat service of Income Tax Department which was launched to help taxpayers to get their queries solved online?

1.    www.incometaxindia.gov.in
2.    www.incometax.gov.in
3.    www.incometaxind.gov.in
4.    www.incometaxindia.gov.com
5.    www.incometaxindia.gov.co.in

Answer: 1

Explanation:

The Income Tax Department has launched an on-line chat service on www.incometaxindia.gov.in, its official website. The on-line chat service has been launched to help taxpayers get their queries solved. A customer support executive will help the users to get their queries solved online. The on-line chat service is provided from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm.

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Question 16: Name the institution which is working for developing eco-friendly firecrackers and arriving at a cost-effective technology to make e-crackers (electronic-crackers)?

1.    IIT-Delhi
2.    Central Drug Research Institute
3.    Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
4.    Central Electrochemical Research Institute
5.    Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute

Answer: 3

Explanation:

Different labs of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) have decided to put joint efforts for developing eco-friendly firecrackers and arriving at a cost-effective technology to make e-crackers (electronic-crackers). Last year, Union Environment and Science &Technology Minister, Harsh Vardhan had urged scientific institutions and research bodies to conduct research on eco-friendly firecrackers. In response to this call by Mr. Harsh Vardhan, CSIR constituted an inter-ministerial expert committee to guide and mentor different labs developing less polluting firecrackers.

Question 17: Which space agency, has announced that it would launch two missions – GOLD and ICON – during 2018 to explore the little-understood area of 96 km above Earth’s surface?

1.    ISRO
2.    Nasscom
3.    NASA
4.    JAXA
5.    Roscosmos

Answer: 3

Explanation:

US space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that it would launch two missions – GOLD and ICON – during 2018 to explore the little-understood area of 96 km above Earth’s surface. Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission and the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) are complementary missions to explore ionosphere, a boundary area between Earth and the space (from about 60 km to 1000 km altitude) which is like a sea of particles that have been ionised by solar radiation.


Question 18: Which state hosted the 2nd edition of the Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship?

1.    Haryana
2.    Punjab
3.    Manipur
4.    Mizoram
5.    Meghalaya

Answer: 1

Explanation:

The 2nd edition of the Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship, began in Haryana. The Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship is considered as selection trials for the upcoming Common Wealth Games and the Asian Games. Boxers like Sarita Devi, Sarjubala, Sonia Lather are participating in the tournament. Around 300 top boxers participate in the tournament. Performance director for the Elite women’s team Raffael Bergamasco and women’s team head coach Shiv Singh are also present in the tournament.

Question 19: Who was the first native commander-in-chief of Pakistan Air Force who died recently?

1.    Subroto Mukerjee
2.    Aspy Engineer
3.    Arjan Singh
4.    Pratap Chandra Lal
5.    Asghar Khan

Answer: 5

Explanation:

Air Marshal Asghar Khan died due to cardiac arrest in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Asghar Khan was 96 years old. He is the first native commander-in-chief of Pakistan Air Force. He was being treated for a chest infection at the Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi. Asghar Khan Khan became the youngest head of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) at the age of 35.  


Question 20: India’s fastest and first multi-peta-flops supercomputer “Pratyush” has established at which institute?

1.    Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) Dehradun
2.    Central Institute of Technology (CIT) Kokrajhar
3.    Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Gwalior
4.    Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Pune

Answer: 4

Explanation:

Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Earth Sciences (MoES), has dedicated India’s fastest and first multi-peta-flops supercomputer “Pratyush’ to the nation in Pune on January 8, 2018. The supercomputer has been established at Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and will be a national facility for improving weather and climate forecasts under the umbrella of the MoES.

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