Daily Current affairs Quiz – November 17,2018 for all competitive exams

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The Government has announced that it will be refunding the employers the pay for how many weeks of maternity leave given to employees?

  • 7 weeks
  • 6 weeks
  • 26 weeks
  • 12 weeks

7 weeks- The Union Women and Child Development Ministry has announced that the government will refund the employers the salaries for the first seven of the 26 weeks of maternity leave for women earning more than Rs 15,000 a month.


The multi-modal inland waterways project was inaugurated recently in which city?

  • Bengaluru
  • Varanasi
  • Agra
  • Prayagraj

VaranasiPrime Minister Narendra Modi on November 12, 2018 inaugurated an Inland Multi-Modal Terminal Port on river Ganga at Ramnagar in Varanasi. Constructed at the cost of Rs 207 crore, this inland waterways terminal is the first of the four Multi-Modal Terminals being constructed on National Waterways-I on River Ganga as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India.


Name the South African president who will be the chief guest at the 2019 Republic Day parade of India?

  • Cyril Ramaphosa
  • Mark Fergusen
  • Nick Gonzales
  • Daniel Castellano

Cyril Ramaphosa- On November 14, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a 2-day visit to Singapore. He attended the 33rd edition of the ASEAN Summit, 13th East Asia Summit , 16th ASEAN-India Summit and other related meetings. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa will be chief guest at the 2019 Republic Day parade of India


Two important projects were inaugurated on 15th November 2018, under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, at PTSO Lake in Tawang, of which state?

  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Kerala
  • Bihar

Arunachal Pradesh- Two important projects were inaugurated on November 15 under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India at PTSO Lake in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. These projects are launched as a part of Development of North East Circuit


Name the chairperson of the ‘Himalayan State Regional Council’ constituted by NITI Aayog to ensure sustainable development of the Himalayan region, on 16th November 2018?

  • Dr Meenakshi Das
  • Dr VK Saraswat
  • Dr Virendra Chauhan
  • Dr Himanshu Kumar

Dr VK Saraswat- On November 16, 2018, NITI Aayog constituted the ‘Himalayan State Regional Council’ in New Delhi. Its objective to ensure sustainable development of the Himalayan region. It will be chaired by the Dr VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog. Other members consisting the council are: Chief Secretaries of the Himalayan States as well as the Secretaries of key Central Ministries, senior officers of NITI Aayog special invitees.


Shri Ramayana Express, an 800-seat special tourist train that would run on the Ramayana circuit, was flagged off from which city on 16th November 2018?

  • Mumbai
  • Lucknow
  • Rajkot
  • New Delhi

New Delhi- On November 16, 2018, Shri Ramayana Express was flagged off from Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi. It is a the 800-seat special tourist train that would run on the Ramayana circuit to cover major spots related to the Hindu epic. The pilgrimage circuit it will travel on, named- Shri Ramayana Yatra-Sri Lanka, consists of two travel components –one each in India and Sri Lanka. The train aims to complete its journey till Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, in 16 days.


Cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ made landfall in Nagapattinam district of which state on 16th November 2018?

  • Kerala
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Karnataka
  • Andhra Pradesh

Tamil Nadu- On 16th November 2018, cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ crossed near Tamil Nadu causing severe damage to certain coastal regions. The cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam, nearly 300 km from Chennai, and Vedaranniyam. Nagapattinam district was the worst affected with the maximum rainfall of 48.4 mm recorded as on 16th November 2018.


Which state government launched the ‘Gau Samridhi Plus scheme’ or ‘Cow Samridhi Plus Scheme’ to offer insurance coverage to dairy farmers in the state, on 16th November 2018?

  • Telangana
  • Haryana
  • Rajasthan
  • Kerala

Kerala- On 16th November 2018, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched the ‘Gau Samridhi Plus scheme’ or ‘Cow Samridhi Plus Scheme’ to offer insurance coverage to dairy farmers in Kerala. Cow Samridhi Plus Scheme is a government subsidized scheme. It will provide insurance coverage to dairy farmers at low premium rates.


Nongkrem dance festival was celebrated in which state on 11th and 12th November 2018?

  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Jammu and Kashmir
  • Meghalaya
  • Manipur

Meghalaya- On 11th and 12th November 2018, Nongkrem dance festival, was celebrated by the people of the Khasi Hills, in Meghalaya. This festival is celebrated annually. People pray for good harvest, peace, and prosperity of the community. A unique dance named “Ka Shad Mastieh” is performed by the members of Hima Khyrim, a sub-tribe of the indigenous Khasi tribe. At the beginning of the celebrations a goat sacrifice ceremony is done at Smit located 15 kilometers to the southwest of Shillong.


Where did the 15-day Aadi Mahotsav festival commence on November 16, 2018?

  • Maharashtra
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Delhi
  • Madhya Pradesh

Delhi- On November 16, 2018, 15-day Aadi Mahotsav festival commenced in the national capital Delhi. It would be attended by Tribal Affairs MinisterJual Oram. The theme of the festival is ‘Celebration of the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce’. There are 2 venues of the festival- Delhi Haat and Central Park in New Delhi.


United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously agreed to lift arms embargoes, travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions on which of the following country after 9 years on 14th November 2018?

  • Ethiopia
  • Eritrea
  • Somalia
  • Sudan

Eritrea- On 14th November 2018, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously agreed to lift sanctions against Eritrea after 9 years. UNSC conducted a vote on the resolution that was drafted by the United Kingdom and backed by the United States and its allies. UNSC unanimously adopted a resolution 2444 to lift arms embargoes, travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions on Eritrea imposed in 2009.


The number of digital payment transactions in India reached ______ crore in August 2018, more than three-fold increase from October 2016?

  • 81
  • 78
  • 12
  • 66

244.81- The number of digital payment transactions in India touched 244.81 crore in August 2018, more than three-fold rise from October 2016. New payment modes, BHIM-UPI, AePS and NETC have transformed digital payment ecosystem by increasing Person to Person (P2P) as well as Person to Merchant (P2M) payments. The number of digital payment transactions increased 207 per cent to 244.81 crore in August 2018 as compared to 79.67 crore in October 2016.


Which bank launched a credit card Named Nexxt Credit Card which is India’s first Interactive card with buttons, on 14th November 2018?

  • Axis Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • IndusInd Bank
  • HDFC Bank

IndusInd Bank- On November 14 2018, IndusInd Bank has launched a credit card Named Nexxt Credit Card which is India’s first Interactive card with buttons. The main feature of this card is that it provides customer the choice of payment options at the point of sale (POS) such as Credit, EMI with four tenure options which are 6, 12, 18, 24 Months and Using Accumulated Reward Points.


Which city hosted the World Tolerance Summit 2018?

  • Dubai
  • New York
  • Geneva
  • Stockholm

Dubai The two-day summit to mark the World Tolerance Day was inaugurated on November 16, 2018 in Dubai. Held for the first time in UAE, the theme of the Summit was ‘Prospering from Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration’.


Where was the 13th East Asia Summit (EAS) held on 15th November 2018?

  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • Bangladesh
  • Philippines

Singapore- On November 15, 2018, PM Narendra Modi attended the 13th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Singapore. It was participated by leaders of 18 countries of Asia Pacific region of 10 ASEAN countries including India.


What was the theme of the 33rd ASEAN summit?

  • Resilience and Innovation
  • One ASEAN at the Heart of Dynamic Asia
  • Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • Strengthening ASEAN Maritime Cooperation

Resilience and Innovation- The 33rd edition of the ASEAN Summit concluded on November 15, 2018 at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre, Singapore. The Summit began on November 13, 2018.  The opening ceremony of the summit was addressed by Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, Chairman of this year’s Summit.


Where was the India-Taiwan SME Development Forum held from 13th to 17th November 2018?

  • New Delhi, India
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Mumbai, India
  • Changhua, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan- From 13th to 17th November 2018, the India-Taiwan SME Development Forum was held in Taipei, Taiwan. Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), Dr.Arun Kumar Panda, led the Indian Delegation. 20 enterprises from India in the field of general engineering, auto components, electronics & plastics are taking part in the forum.


Where was the 26th Conference of Central and States Statistical Organizations held on 15th and 16th November 2018?

  • New Delhi, Delhi
  • Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
  • Pune, Maharashtra
  • Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh- On November 15, 2018, 2-day 26th Conference of Central and States Statistical Organizations was held at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. It was organized by Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Quality Assurance in Official Statistics”.


Which organisation in November 2018 stripped Aung San Suu Kyifrom its highest honour Ambassador of Conscience Award?

  • Norwegian Nobel Committee
  • UNESCO
  • Amnesty International
  • All of them

Amnesty InternationalAmnesty International on November 12, 2018 stripped Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ award, over her indifference to atrocities committed by the Myanmar military against Rohingya Muslims and increasing intolerance of freedom of expression.


Which Indian project won the 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award in ‘Award of Distinction’ category?

  • LAMO Centre of Ladakh
  • University of Mumbai Library Building
  • Ruttonsee Muljee Jetha Fountain
  • Rajabai Clock Tower

LAMO Centre of Ladakh  The LAMO Centre of Ladakh won the 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation on November 9, 2018. This aristocratic house was restored from a state of partial ruin. Apart from Ladakh’s centre, two Mumbai projects fetched Honourable Mention under the 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards.


Name the author of the book ‘A Great Association-Glimpses into the Life of Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha’ released by Prasar Bharati’s CEO Shashi Shekar Vempati?

  • Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha
  • Swami Nithyanandha
  • Swami Ravishankar Shastri
  • Swami Nithyashree Poorva

Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha- ‘A Great Association-Glimpses into the Life of Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha’, a book authored by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha, was released by Prasar Bharati’s CEO Shashi Shekar Vempati. The book has been written on the life of Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha, the renowned saint of Narayanashrama Tapovanam, Kerala.


Which Indian wrestler was ranked world No. 1 rank in 65 Kg category?

  • Sushil Kumar
  • Pawan Kumar
  • Yogeshwar Dutt
  • Bajrang Punia

Bajrang PuniaIndian wrestler Bajrang Punia recently touched a new high in his career by achieving the World number one rank in the 65kg category. He was placed atop the ranking table with 96 points in the United World Wrestling (UWW) list.

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