Current Affairs Quiz – 25 November 2017

Q1. On 22 November 2017, the Union Cabinet has given its approval for continuation of the scheme on Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) to make it self-sustainable by the end of

A. FY 2018-19
B. FY 2019-20
C. FY 2020-21
D. FY 2021-22

Q2. Which city will host the 2019 Badminton and Para-Badminton World Championships simultaneously? 

 

A. Tokyo
B. Prague
C. Basel
D. Ulsan

 

Q3. The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be hosted by:

A. Munich, Germany
B. Sochi, Russia
C. Pyeongchang, South Korea
D. Beijing, China

Q4. Samsung India has entered into a partnership with which state government to add 20 new Samsung Smart Healthcare centers across the state and provide affordable and quality healthcare to patients from the economically and socially weaker sections of society?

A. Maharashtra
B. Bihar
C. Uttar Pradesh 
D. Haryana

 

Q5.  Axis Bank in association with Mumbai Police launched its latest campaign #MuhPeTaala to promote:

A. financial inclusion
B. safe workplace for women
C. safe banking
D. cashless transaction

 

Q6. Mount Agung volcano which erupted twice in the last week of November (2017) is in which place:

A. Kamchatka, Russia
B.  Naples, Italy
C.  Luzon, Philippines
D. Bali, Indonesia

Q7. Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO has been planning to launch Aditya – L1 First Indian mission to study the Sun during

A. 2019–2020
B. 2020–2021
C. 2021–2022
D. 2022-2023

 


Answer 1: [B. FY 2019-20]

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for continuation of the scheme on Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) for another three financial years (FYs 2017-18 to 2019-20) and providing Grants-in-aid of Rs.18 crore to the Institute. It will make the Institute self-sustainable by the end of FY 2019-20.

What is IICA?

The Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) is an agency under the aegis and jurisdiction of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs of the Government of India, handling and dealing with various subjects, matters, and affairs in the arena and spectrum of corporate affairs regulation, governance, and policy.

IICA is a think-tank and repository of data and knowledge to support rational decision-making for the policymakers, regulators as well as other stakeholders working in areas related to the corporate sector. It offers services to stakeholders in the field of corporate laws, corporate governance, CSR, accounting standards, investor education, etc.

IICA was registered as a Society on 12.09.2008 at Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana, India under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 to establish, manage, maintain and run the IICA. 

Further knowledge links:

  1. http://iica.in/About_Us/about_us.aspx
  2. http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=173729
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Institute_of_Corporate_Affairs

Answer 2: [C. Basel]

Basel will host the 2019 Badminton and Para-Badminton World Championships simultaneously.

It becomes the first city to jointly host the Badminton and Para-Badminton World Championships after it was awarded the 2019 edition of the Para event.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF), the international body for Badminton confirmed that the two tournaments will be staged simultaneously for the first time.

Basel beat off competition from Japan’s capital Tokyo which was the second favorable contender.

Basel’s St. Jakobshalle, which has a capacity of 9,000, will host the two competitions.

The event will be the last held in the sport before Para-Badminton makes its Paralympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020.

Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany.

Source:

https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1058186/basel-awarded-2019-para-badminton-world-championships

Answer 3: [C. Pyeongchang, South Korea]

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be hosted by Pyeongchang, South Korea. The multi-sport event will take place from 9 to 25 February 2018.

This will be South Korea’s second Olympic Games and its first Winter Games; Seoul hosted the Summer Games in 1988.

Pyeongchang will be the third Asian city to host the Winter Games; the first two were in Japan, at Sapporo (1972) and Nagano (1998).

Beijing, China will host the same event in 2022.

Background 

The Olympic Winter Games is a major international sporting event held once every four years, for sports practiced on snow and ice.

The first Winter Olympics, the 1924 Winter Olympics, was held in Chamonix, France.

Further knowledge links:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Winter_Olympics
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Olympic_Games

Answer 4: [C. Uttar Pradesh]

Samsung India has entered into a partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh to add 20 new Samsung Smart Healthcare centers across the state and provide affordable and quality healthcare to patients from the economically and socially weaker sections of society.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Samsung India and the Department of Medical Health & Family Welfare, Government of Uttar Pradesh. 

As part of its Smart Healthcare program, Samsung will provide advanced and innovative healthcare equipment such as ultrasound and digital radiology (x-ray) machines manufactured by the Company along with a Samsung LED TV, Samsung air conditioner and refrigerator to selected government hospitals across the state.

Samsung Smart Healthcare program aims to support the Government’s efforts to benefit communities with limited access to quality healthcare. With innovative products such as ultrasound, digital radiology and accessories that facilitate healthcare intervention and multiple medical examinations, since 2015, Samsung has collaborated with 18 government hospitals across to country for the Samsung Smart Healthcare program.

Source:

https://news.samsung.com/in/samsung-partners-with-uttar-pradesh-to-set-up-20-samsung-smart-healthcare-centres

Answer 5: [C. safe banking]

During the International Fraud Awareness week, Axis Bank in association with Mumbai Police has launched its latest campaign #MuhPeTaala to promote safe banking. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about how to keep oneself safe from falling prey to fraudulent calls asking information such as pin code, CVV, OTP etc.

Source: https://brandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/advertising/axis-bank-mumbai-police-come-together-to-promote-safe-banking-via-muhpetaala-campaign/61733776

Answer 6: [D. Bali, Indonesia]

Mount Agung or Gunung Agung is a volcano in Bali in Indonesia, located south-east of Mt Batur volcano, also in Bali. Gunung Agung stratovolcano is the highest point on Bali.

Mount Agung spews ash and towering clouds of smoke on Tuesday (21 November) sending volcanic ash about 700m into the sky. Again on 25 November, it spewed grey volcanic ash as high as 1,500m from the crater.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-s-mount-agung-erupts-for-a-second-time-bali-9440086

Further knowledge links:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Agung

Answer 7: [A. 2019–2020]

Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO has been planning to launch Aditya – L1 First Indian mission to study the Sun during 2019 – 2020 timeframe by PSLV-XL from Sriharikota.

Aditya – L1 is the successor mission of ISRO’s Aditya-1 mission which was conceived as a 400kg class satellite carrying one payload, the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC) and was planned to launch in an 800 km low earth orbit. 

A satellite placed in the halo orbit around the Lagrangian point 1 (L1) of the Sun-Earth system has the major advantage of continuously viewing the Sun without any occultation/ eclipses. Therefore, the Aditya-1 mission has now been revised to “Aditya-L1 mission” and will be inserted in a halo orbit around the L1, which is 1.5 million km from the Earth. The satellite carries additional six payloads with enhanced science scope and objectives.

Aditya-1 was meant to observe only the solar corona. The outer layers of the Sun, extending to thousands of km above the disc (photosphere) is termed as the corona.

Aditya-L1 with additional experiments can now provide observations of Sun’s Photosphere (soft and hard X-ray), Chromosphere (UV) and corona (Visible and NIR). In addition, particle payloads will study the particle flux emanating from the Sun and reaching the L1 orbit, and the magnetometer payload will measure the variation in magnetic field strength at the halo orbit around L1.

What is Lagrange point (L1)?

A Lagrange point is a location in space where the combined gravitational forces of two large bodies, such as Earth and the sun or Earth and the moon, equal the centrifugal force felt by a much smaller third body. The interaction of the forces creates a point of equilibrium where a spacecraft may be “parked” to make observations.

These points are named after Joseph-Louis Lagrange, an 18th-century mathematician who wrote about them in a 1772 paper concerning what he called the “three-body problem.” They are also called Lagrangian points and libration points.

Further knowledge links:

  1. https://www.isro.gov.in/aditya-l1-first-indian-mission-to-study-sun
  2. https://www.space.com/30302-lagrange-points.html
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