Miscellaneous Current Affairs 2018

  1. India's longest rail-cum-road bridge 'Bogibeel' will come up over which river?
    A. Brahmaputra
    B. Ganga
    C. Kaveri
    D. Krishna
  2. A. Brahmaputra
    The Bogibeel Bridge is a combined road and rail bridge over the Brahmaputra River in Assam, which is expected to complete at the end of 2018. Sited about 17 km downstream of Dibrugarh town, the 4.94km bridge will facilitate road and rail connectivity between the north and south banks of the Brahmaputra in the eastern part of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge is 32m above the water level of the Brahmaputra and is fashioned on a bridge that links Sweden and Denmark. It has three lane roads on top and double line rail below. Upon completion, Bogibeel will be the longest rail-cum-road bridge in India and 2nd longest bridge over the Brahmaputra after Dhola-Sadiya Bridge which is a road bridge of length 9.15 km.
  3. Which IIT institute join hands with IBM Research for advanced research in the field of Artificial Intelligence?
    A. IIT Bengaluru
    B. IIT Bombay
    C. IIT Chennai
    D. IIT Kanpur
  4. B. IIT Bombay
    The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, joined hands with IBM Research to carry out advanced research in the field of Artificial Intelligence, becoming the ninth institute to join the AI Horizons Network - a research collaborative of IBM. IIT-B will pair graduate students with scientists from IBM Research-India to accelerate the application of AI.
  5. This country plans to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) after 9-years boycott.
    A. Iceland
    B. India
    C. Greece
    D. Malaysia
  6. B. India
    The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has officially decided to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), after a gap of nine years. PISA is an assessment test for 15-year-olds, organised every three years by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD), Paris, France. It was started in 2000 with about 43 states participating, and its latest edition in 2015 saw participation from 73 countries. India is applying with Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, and all schools, private and government, in Chandigarh for the 2021 test. The whole application process takes three years.

  7. Which Indian metro has become the second-most unaffodable transport network in the world after Hanoi in Vietnam?
    A. Bengaluru
    B. Delhi
    C. Gurugram
    D. Kolkata
  8. B. Delhi
    A study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has found that after the fare hike last year, Delhi metro has become the second-most unaffodable transport network in the world after Hanoi in Vietnam. The affordability is defined as the percentage of commuters' total income spent on travel. Last year, the Metro fares almost doubled after two hikes in May and October. The maximum fares escalated from Rs 30 to Rs 50 and then to Rs 60.
  9. Which ministry approved a proposal by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to increase the wages of artisans by over 36%?
    A. Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    B. Ministry of External Affairs
    C. Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    D. Ministry of Urban Development
  10. C. Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    The Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) approved a proposal by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to increase the wages of artisans by over 36%. Out of this 30%, 40% goes to artisans as wage incentives and the remaining 60% goes to the Khadi institutions. With this, the wages will be increased from Rs 5.50 per hank previously to Rs 7.50 per hank. This proposal for an increase in wages to Khadi spinners, along with payment of government subsidy Modified Market Development Assistance (MMDA), will be implemented.
  11. The Indian govt plans to collect the data on __________ for first time in 2021 Census.
    A. OBC
    B. Upper-class Muslims
    C. SC
    D. ST
  12. A. OBC
    This will be the first general census to collect data on 'Other Backward Classes' (OBC) since 1931. Although a socio-economic caste census (SECC) was conducted between 2011 and 2013 in deference to the demand of the powerful OBC lobby, it was part of the rural development ministry's survey of socio-economic status of households. The government has been collecting data on Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes since the first census of Independent India in 1951. Notably, Mandal Commission's recommendation for reservation for OBCs was broadly based on caste data collected in the 1931 Census. Registrar-General of India - Shailesh
  13. Which new ranking system has been announced by the Union Government for higher educational institutions to promote innovation?
    A. ARGW
    B. ARIIA
    C. ATAL
    D. ATLA
  14. B. ARIIA
    The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has announced new ranking system - named Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) - for higher educational institutions to promote culture of innovation and research in higher education at AICTE in New Delhi. The new ranking system will be formally launched on October 15, the birth anniversary of former President APJ Abdul Kalam. The first results will be declared on February 28, 2019, which is also Science Day. ARIIA - named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee- will focus on: budget expenses and revenues generated; facilitating access to advance centres; ideas of entrepreneurship; innovation ecosystems supported through teaching and learning; and innovative solutions to improve governance of the institution.
  15. Which among the following become the wettest place in India?
    A. Cherrapunji
    B. Mahabaleshwar
    C. Mawsynram
    D. Shillong
  16. B. Mahabaleshwar
    Maharashtra's Mahabaleshwar has become the wettest place in India this year, leaving behind Meghalaya's Cherrapunji. India Meteorological Department (IMD) data revealed that the hill station in the state of Maharashtra received a staggering 5661.6 mm rainfall this season till now, much more than Cherrapunji's 4735 mm. Cherrapunji holds two Guinness world records for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year, 26,471mm (1,042.2 in) of rainfall between August 1860 and July 1861 and the maximum amount of rainfall in a single month (9,300mm) in July 1861.

  17. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has appointed this committee to decide Vedanta's plea challenging closure of its Sterlite plant. The committee is named as:
    A. A K Goel Committee
    B. Aruna Sundararajan Committee
    C. M S Sivan Committee
    D. S J Vazifdar Committee
  18. D. S J Vazifdar Committee
    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has appointed former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice S J Vazifdar as head of a 3-member committee to decide mining company Vedanta Limited's plea challenging the Tamil Nadu government's order to close the Sterlite copper plant at Thoothukudi. The committee may, if necessary, visit the site and consider the technical data and take a decision as early as found viable preferably within 6 weeks after it assumes it's working. Recently, on 9th August 2018, the Tribunal had allowed Vedanta to access the administrative unit inside its Sterlite copper plant at Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. Though, the plant would remain closed and the company would not have access to its production unit and directed the district magistrate to ensure this. In March 2013, Sterlite's factory came into limelight when a gas leak led to the death of one person and injuries to several others, after which then chief minister J Jayalalithaa had ordered its closure.
  19. Which airport has emerged as the 2nd fastest growing airport in the world?
    A. Chennai International Airport
    B. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
    C. Indira Gandhi International Airport
    D. Kempegowda International Airport
  20. D. Kempegowda International Airport
    The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has emerged as the second fastest growing airport in the world in the first half of 2018 in terms of actual growth in the number of passengers. It has recorded 1,58,50,352 flyers during the six-month period. Only Tokyo's Haneda International has bettered KIA's growth. The report was published by RoutesOnline, a company focussing on the quality and standards of aviation globally. New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport is placed sixth (with a growth of 32,76,183) while Hyderabad is placed 17th in terms of actual growth of passengers (20,97,087 passengers).