August Current Affairs 2018

  1. Tamil Nadu has launched a campaign to highlight the impact of plastic pollution. Who has been appointed the brand ambassador of the project?
    A. Rajinikanth
    B. Kamal Hassan
    C. Vivek
    D. Nayantara
  2. C. Vivek
    On 23rd August 2018, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E.Palanisamy launched an app and a website on plastic pollution free Tamilnadu. He inaugurated a campaign to highlight the impact of plastic pollution. He appointed actor Vivek as the brand ambassador of the project. Tamil Nadu Government has announced plastic ban with effect from 1st January 2019.
  3. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami laid the foundation stone for developing a Special Investment Region (SIR) in which district of Tamil Nadu, on 25th August 2018?
    A. Namakkal
    B. Coimbatore
    C. Krishnagiri
    D. Salem
  4. C. Krishnagiri
    On 25th August 2018, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami laid the foundation stone for developing a Special Investment Region (SIR) in Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu. The Special Investment Region (SIR) is developed as part of Tamil Nadu’s efforts to enhance economic growth in northern parts of the state. The SIR will be developed by GMR Infrastructures Ltd and Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (TIDCO). The GMR Krishnagiri SIR will be developed on an area of 2,100 acres in Denkanikottai and Shoolagiri taluks of Krishnagiri.
  5. Who will be honoured with the Game Changer of the Year title of the 2018 Asia Game Changer Awards in October 2018?
    A. Sundar Pichai
    B. Mukesh Ambani
    C. Indra Nooyi
    D. PV Sindhu
  6. C. Indra Nooyi
    On August 26, 2018, Asia Society, a global cultural organization announced that PepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi will be honoured with the Game Changer of the Year title of the 2018 Asia Game Changer Awards in October 2018. Citi is the founding partner of Asia Society’s Asia Game Changer Awards. Indra Nooyi will be honored in recognition of her business achievements, humanitarian record and advocacy for women and girls around the world. Under her guidance, Pepsi had a life-saving collaboration with the United Nations on food, nutrition, global water, climate, and women’s empowerment issues.

  7. Reliance Power Netherlands BV won an international arbitration award of ______ from the Arbitration Tribunal regarding a dispute, on 26th August 2018?
    A. $56 million
    B. $112 million
    C. $45 million
    D. $67 million
  8. A. $56 million
    On August 26, 2018, Reliance Power Netherlands BV, a wholly owned subsidy of Reliance Power won an international arbitration award of $56 million (Rs 390 crore) from the Arbitration Tribunal regarding a dispute. This sum of money will be paid to Reliance Power Netherlands BV by Prestige Capital Holdings (a Seychelles-based company) and Kokos Jiang. This decision was taken by the Arbitration Tribunal constituted under Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). This is related to a contractual dispute in the context of the company’s coal mines in Indonesia.
  9. Name the former Indian cricketer who was appointed the head coach of Zimbabwe national cricket team, on 26thAugust 2018?
    A. Lalchand Rajput
    B. Anil Kumble
    C. Sunil Gavaskar
    D. Saurav Ganguly
  10. A. Lalchand Rajput
    On August 26, 2018, former India opener Lalchand Rajput was appointed the head coach of Zimbabwe national cricket team by the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC). He is likely to remain in charge for the 2020 World T20 and beyond. He was earlier appointed as the interim head coach of Zimbabwe in May. He has been the manager of the MS Dhoni-led Indian team during the T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007. He has secured Full Membership at the ICC and won six limited-overs series under Rajput Afghanistan.
  11. Which country successfully sent twin BeiDou 3 navigation satellites into the space on the Long March-3B carrier rocket, on 26th August 2018?
    A. Japan
    B. China
    C. South Korea
    D. Russia
  12. B. China
    On August 26, 2018,China successfully sent twin BeiDou 3 navigation satellites into the space on the Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. This was the 283rd mission of the Long March-3B carrier rocket. They were developed by the Innovation Academy for Microsatellites of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The twin satellites entered orbit more than three hours after the launch. They will work together with 10 other BeiDou-3 satellites already in orbit.
  13. Name the Indian-American scientist who has identified 50 protein biomarkers that can non-invasively detect inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?
    A. Vijay Krishnan
    B. Chander Mohan
    C. Kuljit Singh
    D. Pranab Bannerjee
  14. B. Chander Mohan
    Chander Mohan, an Indian-American scientist, has identified 50 protein biomarkers that can non-invasively detect inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is caused when the body’s immune system fights its intestinal cells. It leads to diarrhea, abdominal cramps, blood in stools and weight loss. Chander Mohan is a professor at University of Houston in the US. He has received a grant of USD 347,490 from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. He is examining stool protein biomarkers that indicate IBT along with Subra Kugathasan, an IBD expert and a gastroenterologist at Emory University in the US.
  15. Which country won its first FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title at the La Rabine Stadium in Vannes, France, on 24th August 2018?
    A. South Korea
    B. England
    C. Germany
    D. Japan
  16. D. Japan
    On 14th August 2018, Japan won its first FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title at the La Rabine Stadium in Vannes, France. Japan defeated Spain 3-1 in the final and won its first FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. England defeated France 4-2 and finished in the third position.
  17. Gopal Bose passed away on 26th August 2018. What was his profession?
    A. Writer
    B. Film Maker
    C. Cricketer
    D. Politician
  18. C. Cricketer
    On August 26, 2018, the former Bengal opener and captain Gopal Bose passed away at 7 He started his career with the first-class cricket in the 1968-69 season and accumulated 3757 runs at an average of 30.79. He was part of India’s squad for the England tour in 1974 and played one one-day international. He was the selector and coach of the Bengal junior team. He was also appointed manager for the Virat Kohli-led India Under-19 side during the 2008 Under 19 World Cup.
  19. Nand Lal Passi died following a long term illness, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, on 24th August 2018. He was a ______?
    A. Scientist
    B. Social Activist
    C. Surgeon
    D. Politician
  20. D. Politician
    On 24th August 2018, Former MLA and Samajwadi Party leader Nand Lal Passi died following a long term illness, at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Nand Lal Passi was 84 years old. In 1993, he was elected to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly as a Samajwadi Party candidate.
  21. Who is the author of the book “Atal Ji Ne Kaha” that was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 24thAugust 2018?
    A. Brijendra Rehi
    B. Sumit Rawat
    C. Vivek Kumar Singh
    D. Ranveer Sinha
  22. A. Brijendra Rehi
    On 24th August 2018, “Atal Ji Ne Kaha” a book on former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Atal Ji Ne Kaha has been written, compiled and edited by Brijendra Rehi. The book has been published by Darpan Publication. The book consists of 320 pages and 26 chapters. It has Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s select speeches on economy, policies, small industries, social development, nuclear programme, science and technology, terrorism etc. It also has his photographs and three interviews by Brijendra Rehi.
  23. Dudhwa Tiger Reserve has set up a helpline with toll-free number 1926 to control man-animal conflicts. Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is located in which state?
    A. Madhya Pradesh
    B. Uttar Pradesh
    C. Rajasthan
    D. Uttarakhand
  24. B. Uttar Pradesh
    The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) has set up a toll-free number 1926 to curtail man-animal conflicts. The forest department has done this in collaboration with the Reliance Foundation. The helpline will work in tandem with the ‘Dial 100’ emergency service. This initiative will be launched in other tiger reserves also.

  25. Who resigned as director of Reliance Naval and Engineering Ltd (RNAVAL) on 25th August 2018?
    A. Anil D Ambani
    B. Mukesh Ambani
    C. Akash Ambani
    D. Ajay Ambani
  26. A. Anil D Ambani
    Reliance Naval and Engineering Ltd (RNAVAL) announced that Anil D Ambani has resigned as director of the company. He has resigned in compliance with provisions of Section 165 of the Companies Act, 2013, prescribing the limit on directorships to only 10 public companies. RNAVAL operates India’s largest integrated shipbuilding facility. It has obtained licence and contract to build warships.
  27. Which Indian actor has joined Maharashtra Government’s Mission Shakti’ initiative to help sportspersons with medal-winning potential for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympiad?
    A. Shah Rukh Khan
    B. Aamir Khan
    C. Shahid Kapoor
    D. Ranveer Singh
  28. B. Aamir Khan
    Aamir Khan will be part of Maharashtra Government’s Mission Shakti’ initiative to groom sportspersons with medal-winning potential for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympiad. ‘Mission Shakti’ will target sports like weight-lifting, archery, shooting, swimming, athletics, volleyball and gymnastics, with excellence in physical endurance, fitness, superior stamina and other features included in a rigorous selection test.
  29. Where was India Banking Conclave 2018 held on 23rd and 24th August 2018?
    A. Chennai
    B. Mumbai
    C. Bhopal
    D. New Delhi
  30. D. New Delhi
    On 23rd and 24th August 2018, India Banking Conclave 2018 was held in New Delhi. The India Banking Conclave 2018 was organized by Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Knowledge Partner of the conclave was NITI Aayog. The conclave focused on reforming the banking sector. Politicians, Industrialists, Bureaucrats, Analysts, Academicians, Chartered Accountants, Company Secretary, Corporate Lawyers, top bankers and ministers participated in the conclave.
  31. With which country did India sign the Second Protocol amending the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) in New Delhi, on 24th August 2018?
    A. Mauritius
    B. United States
    C. Singapore
    D. Germany
  32. C. Singapore
    On 24th August 2018, India and Singapore signed the Second Protocol amending the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) in New Delhi. The Protocol was signed by Deputy Chief Negotiators, Rajneesh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India and Francis Chong, Senior Director, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore. CECA was the 1st comprehensive agreement covering trade in goods, services and investments, signed by India with any of its trade partners. CECA was signed on 29th June 2005. Its first review concluded on 1st October 2007. Signing of the Second Protocol concludes the negotiations on 2nd review of CECA that started on 11th May 2010.
  33. A part capacity of 126 MW wind power of India’s first Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) auction, was commissioned in _____, by Ostro Kutch Wind Private Ltd, on 24th August 2018?
    A. Alwar, Rajasthan
    B. Bhuj, Gujarat
    C. Uttarakhand, Dehradun
    D. Vishakapatanm, Andhra Pradesh
  34. B. Bhuj, Gujarat
    On 24th August 2018, a part capacity of 126 MW wind power of India’s first Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS)auction, was commissioned in Bhuj, Gujarat, by Ostro Kutch Wind Private Ltd. Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) had conducted India’s first auction of wind power projects in February 2017. Tariff of Rs 46 was discovered in that, which was much lower than feed in current tariffs. It was a 1,000 MW bid for projects to be connected on ISTS. Through ISTS power generated from one state (renewable resource rich state) can be transmitted to other renewable deficient states. Mytrah, Inox, Ostro, Green Infa and Adani won this auction. Ostro Kutch Wind Private Ltd was issued letter of award for 250 MW capacity on 5th April 2017, with commissioning period of 18 months.
  35. Name the app that has been launched by former President Pranab Mukherjee to enable voters to rate and review their political representatives?
    A. Report Card app
    B. Neta app
    C. Rate the Leaders app
    D. VotenReview app
  36. B. Neta app
    On 24th August 2018, Neta app that allows voters to rate and review their political representatives was launched by former President Pranab Mukherjee. The Neta App aims to build political accountability and transparency among leaders. It will enable users to rate their MLAs and MPs. It is billed as an instrument to measure voter sentiment in Indian constituencies. The Neta app has been developed by Pratham Mittal, a 27-year-old entrepreneur. It uses Artificial Intelligence, advanced algorithms, one time password and Aadhaar numbers to make sure that the users are genuine.
  37. On 25th August 2018, high-level 5G Forum submitted its 62-page report to the Department of Telecommunication (DoT). Who is the head of the committee?
    A. Raghavendra Rao
    B. S Sadhasivam
    C. AJ Paulraj
    D. David Kingsley
  38. C. AJ Paulraj
    On August 25, 2018, high-level 5G Forum headed by Stanford University’s Professor Emeritus AJ Paulraj, submitted its 62-page report to the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and suggested the following measures to be taken. The recommendations are as follows:
    - announcement of a 5G spectrum policy
    - earmarking additional airwave bandsthat may have an economic impact of more than $1 trillion by 2035
    - assignment of free bandwidthfor trials for a fixed time frame of 6 months
    - provision of spectrum licensefor 12 months after the trials
    - most guidelines on regulatory matters must be promulgated by March 2019to facilitate early 5G deployment
    - Even after 5G spectrum, 2G, 3G and 4G will continue to remain in use and it may take 10 or more years to phase out
    - DoT may provide financial support to telcos related to deployment and
    - additional financial support may be offered to internet service providers (ISPs), technology companies, local governments to participate in the trials
    - India is likely to see the first 5G commercial launch in 2020.
  39. _____ has launched The Stores, Proactive, Efficient and Expeditious Despatch of Extra Size/ Wt Consignment (SPEEDEX) contract to reduce the time taken for transportation of items and ensure early availability of stores to the field units?
    A. Indian Navy
    B. Indian Air Force
    C. Indian Coast Guard
    D. Border Roads Organisation
  40. B. Indian Air Force
    On August 25, 2018, Air Marshal RKS Shera, Air Officer-in-charge Maintenance, IAF formally launched The Stores, Proactive, Efficient and Expeditious Despatch of Extra Size/ Wt Consignment (SPEEDEX) contract. To reduce the time taken for transportation of items and ensure early availability of stores to the field units. This contract was concluded on 28 Jun 18 with M/s Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd and M/s Ashok Travel and Tours for the Air & Surface component respectively. The theme of the contract is: ‘lift, shift and move’, that on all principles of Military Logistics.