November Current Affairs 2018

  1. Which Union Ministry will develop Industrial Park Rating System to assess industrial parks in India?
    A. Union Ministry of Urban Development
    B. Union Ministry of Human Resource Development
    C. Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    D. Union Ministry of Finance
  2. C. Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    On November 19, 2018, Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu released report on Industrial Park Rating System at a national workshop in New Delhi. It is a part of centre's vision to make India a 5 Trillion Dollar economy out of which 20 per cent is expected to be generated from industries. It would help increase competitiveness of industries and promotion of the manufacturing sector as it would assess the parks against global standards. Industrial Park Rating System will be developed by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry to assess industrial parks in the country based on four pillars. They are: Internal and external infrastructure, connectivity, environment and safety management, and business support services. The system would assess 200 such parks on several parameters such as sewage effluent and treatment; and water treatment.
  3. Where is the 14th edition of Jashne Bachpan, a theatre festival for children, held from 17th to 25th November 2018?
    A. Mumbai
    B. New Delhi
    C. Kolkata
    D. Chennai
  4. B. New Delhi
    From 17 to 25th November 2018, the 9-day 14th edition of Jashne Bachpan, a theatre festival for children, commenced at the Sammukh, Abhimanch, Abhikalp and Little Theatre Group (LTG) auditorium in New Delhi. The theatrical event will conclude on November 25, 2018. Its objective was to bring theatre into prominence. The festival has been organized by National School of Drama's (NSD) Theatre in Education (TIE) Company. It will witness 21 productions from India and 3 foreign groups including Sri Lanka (non-verbal), Switzerland (English) and Indonesia (Javanese). The plays will be performed in vernacular languages like Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, and Malayalam besides non-verbal, English, Hindi and other foreign languages.
  5. Maharashtra government passed the Maratha Reservation Bill on 19th November 2018, in order to give reservation to Marathas. As per the bill, Maharashtra will create a new category called _____?
    A. SEBC (Socially and Educationally Backward Class)
    B. EBC (Economically Backward Class)
    C. Very Backward Class (VBC)
    D. Financially Backward Class (FBC)
  6. A. SEBC (Socially and Educationally Backward Class)
    On November 19, 2018, Maharashtra government led by CM Devendra Fadnavis passed the Maratha Reservation Bill. As per the bill, Maharashtra will create a new category called SEBC (socially and educationally backward class) in order to give reservation to Marathas. This has been passed for reservation by citing 'extraordinary circumstance' as rights of neither OBCs nor Marathas. This move has been recommended by Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission headed by Justice N G Gaikwad (retired).

  7. Central government announced setting up of Animation, Gaming and Visual effects Institute in which city on 19thNovember 2018?
    A. Bengaluru
    B. Chennai
    C. Mumbai
    D. Kolkata
  8. C. Mumbai
    On November 19, 2018, the central government announced setting up of Animation, Gaming and Visual effects Institute in Mumbai. This was announced by Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore. This will encourage the youth participation in the field of film and cinematography.
  9. Which state became the 3rd Indian state after Maharashtra and Gujarat to permanently ban Hookah bars or lounges, on 18th November 2018?
    A. Haryana
    B. Punjab
    C. Kerala
    D. Rajasthan
  10. B. Punjab
    On 18th November 2018, Punjab becomes 3rd Indian state after Maharashtra and Gujarat to permanently ban Hookah bars or lounges. The ban was announced after President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a bill passed by Punjab state assembly. Punjab state assembly has passed the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of advertisement and Regulation of trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and distribution) (Punjab Amendment) Bill 2018 in March this year. Smoking of hookah increases the health risks such as exposure to toxic chemicals that are not filtered out be water and tuberculosis which is an infectious disease resulting from sharing of hookah.
  11. The ____ edition of Indo-Japan Business Council- KONNICHI WA PUNE Festival was held in Pune, Maharashtra, on 17th and 18th November 2018?
    A. first
    B. fourth
    C. second
    D. third
  12. A. first
    On 17th & 18th November, 2018, the 2-day 1st Indo-Japan Business Council- KONNICHI WA PUNE Festival concluded in Pune, Maharashtra. It was organized by the Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC). The festival aimed to boost investment, promote businesses and cultural exchange between India and Japan. Maharashtra has emerged as one of the top destinations for the Japanese companies operating 750 out of the total 1309 Japanese firms in the country.
  13. Where was the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit 2018 held on 17th & 18th November 2018?
    A. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    B. Manila, Philippines
    C. Jakarta, Indonesia
    D. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  14. A. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    On 17th & 18th November 2018, 2-day APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit 2018 concluded in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. It was hosted by Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill. All 21 member countries of APEC participated in the Summit. It is the 1st such summit which in its 25-year history failed to agree on a formal joint statement.
  15. Three educational institutions which were built with Indian assistance of _____ Nepali rupees have been inaugurated in Kaski district of Nepal?
    A. 126.60 million Nepali rupees
    B. 160 million Nepali rupees
    C. 250.25 million Nepali rupees
    D. 190 million Nepali rupees
  16. A. 126.60 million Nepali rupees
    3 Educational institutions which were built with Indian assistance of 126.60 million Nepali rupees have been inaugurated in Kaski district of Nepal. As per Development Partnership programme, India government is providing assistance to institutions of all level starting from Primary school to universities of Nepal. Rabindra Adhikari, Nepal's Minister for culture, tourism and civil aviation inaugurated Shree Saraswati Tika Higher School, Lekhnath in Pokhra. Dr. Ajay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Indian Embassy inaugurated Shree Laxmi Adarsha Multiple campus, Lekhnath and Shree Gupteshwor Mahadev Multiple Campus, Pokhara.
  17. Housing finance firm HDFC announced that it has disbursed over ____ rupees subsidy to over 51,000 customers under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), on 18th November 2018?
    A. Rs 1,100 crore
    B. Rs 2,300 crore
    C. Rs 4,200 crore
    D. Rs 3,200 crore
  18. A. Rs 1,100 crore
    On November 18, 2018, Housing finance firm HDFC disbursed over Rs 1,100 crore subsidy to over 51,000 customers under the government's flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). It had provided loans of over Rs 9,800 crore under PMAY-Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) to the following customers: EWS (Economically Weaker Section), LIG (Low Income Group) and Middle Income Group (MIG) category. It had also approved 37 per cent of home loans in volume terms and 18 per cent in value terms to customers from the EWS and LIG segment as on September 30, 2018.
  19. SBICAP Ventures (SVL), an alternative asset manager and a wholly owned subsidiary of SBI Capital Markets, launched funds for Small and Medium Enterprises to raise a corpus of ____ rupees on 19th November 2018?
    A. Rs 4 billion
    B. Rs 2 billion
    C. Rs 3 billion
    D. Rs 2 billion
  20. A. Rs 4 billion
    On November 19, 2018, SBICAP Ventures (SVL), an alternative asset manager and a wholly owned subsidiary of SBI Capital Markets, launched twofunds for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and affordable housing sectors. The 2 funds are: Small and Medium Enterprises: to raise a corpus of Rs 4 billion and Affordable Housing Fund to raise a corpus of Rs 3.5 billion. It will be an equity fund and there will be two anchor investors ' SBI and SBI CAP/SVL putting in 10 per cent and 10-12 per cent respectively. Both funds are targeting closure of fund in the second half of next financial year (2019-20).
  21. Name the chief minister who was conferred 'Universal Acceptance Thought Leader award' by UASG (Universal Acceptance Steering Group) on 13th November 2018?
    A. Vasundhara Raje
    B. Chandrababu Naidu
    C. Devendra Fadnavis
    D. Yogi Aditynanth
  22. A. Vasundhara Raje
    On 13th November 2018, UASG (Universal Acceptance Steering Group) conferred 'Universal Acceptance Thought Leader award' on Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for providing Rajmail email service for citizens of Rajasthan in local script. UASG has recognised the work of Vasundhara Raje and IT Department for Rajmail project that offers access to email address to people in Rajasthan in Indic script. The technology for Rajmail was developed by Data XGen Technologies, a Rajasthan based firm. Vasundhara Raje was also awarded the 'Chief Minister of the Year' award in 2018.
  23. Who was appointed the full-time chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for 2 years, on 18th November 2018?
    A. Ajay Devnath
    B. Sanjay Kumar Mishra
    C. Rishi Kanwar
    D. Praveen Mittal
  24. B. Sanjay Kumar Mishra
    On November 18, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) appointed IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra as the full-time chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for 2 years. Earlier on October 27th 2018, he was appointed as the principal special director in the central probe agency and was entrusted with the 'additional' charge of ED director for three months. Prior to this appointment, he was posted as the chief commissioner of the Income Tax Department in Delhi. He replaced IRS officer Karnal Singh who retired after three year tenure as the ED director.

  25. Who was appointed as the new Coal Secretary, on 19th November 2018?
    A. Sumanta Chaudhuri
    B. Sakshi Chaudhary
    C. Ram Kumar S
    D. Anuj Kumar
  26. A. Sumanta Chaudhuri
    On November 19, 2018, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi named 1985-batch IAS from West Bengal cadre Sumanta Chaudhuri as the new Coal Secretary. He replaced Inder Jit Singh. Prior to this appointment, he was the Managing Director of Small Farmers Agri Business Consortium.
  27. Name the person who was appointed as Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs, on 19th November 2018?
    A. Anupama Rao
    B. Murali Srinivas
    C. Upma Chowdhry
    D. Pranav Roy
  28. C. Upma Chowdhry
    Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Upma Chowdhry, as Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs, on 19th November 2018.
  29. Who was appointed the new chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India, on 19th November 2018?
    A. Jalaj Srivastava
    B. Mani Sharma
    C. Jadav Sinha
    D. Ruhi Kapoor
  30. A. Jalaj Srivastava
    IAS officer Jalaj Srivastava, currently Additional Secretary in the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, was appointed the new chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19th November 2018. IWAI comes under the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways headed by Nitin Gadkari. Jalal Srivastava had also served as Chairman of New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and Principal Secretary of Department of VAT, Delhi Government. Srivastava is known for launching of 'shakti Cab' and 'URJA' project for women. Srivastava has written a crime thriller novel 'The Perfect Suicide'.
  31. Name the person who was appointed the new Tourism Secretary, on 19th November 2018?
    A. Rashmi Mandal
    B. Udaynath Chaudhary
    C. Yogendra Tripathy
    D. Mukunth Warrier
  32. C. Yogendra Tripathy
    Chairman and Managing Director of Food Corporation of India Yogendra Tripathy (1985-batch IAS) was appointed the new Tourism Secretary by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19th November 2018.
  33. Who was approved as the next governor of the Bank of Israel for 5 years by Israel's Cabinet, on 18th November 2018?
    A. Karnit Flug
    B. Ahmed Hashim
    C. Benjamin Leonard
    D. Amir Yaron
  34. D. Amir Yaron
    On November 18, 2018, Israel's Cabinet approved Amir Yaron as the next governor of the Bank of Israel for 5 years. He replaced Karnit Flug, who became the first woman to hold the post when she took over in 2013. Prior to this, he was the a finance professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
  35. The 0.7 m GROWTH-India telescope located at Indian Astronomical Observatory in ______ has made its first observation which is a follow-up study of a nova explosion?
    A. Pune, Maharashtra
    B. Chandipur, Odisha
    C. Jodhpur, Rajasthan
    D. Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
  36. D. Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
    The 0.7 m GROWTH-India telescope located at Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, has made its first observation which is a follow-up study of a nova explosion. The GROWTH-India is a part of multi-country collaborative initiative known as Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen (GROWTH)to observe transient events in the Universe. Universities and Research Institutes of USA, Japan, India, Germany, Taiwan, UK and Israel are part of this Initiative. GROWTH-India is India's first fully robotic telescope designed to capture cosmic events.
  37. Name the mobile app launched by National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) for retail investors to buy government securities?
    A. NSE goBID
    B. NSE gSEC
    C. NSEBuySec
    D. NSE Securities
  38. A. NSE goBID
    National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) launched a mobile app NSE goBID and web based platform for retail investors to buy government securities. Ajay Tyagi, Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI) launched the NSE goBID App. This platform will allow investors to invest in treasury bills (T-Bills) of 91, 182 and 364 days and government bonds from one year to almost 40 years. The NSE goBID app will be available to all registered retail investors.
  39. Which country completed the deployment of its indigenously developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) constellation with the successful launch of 2 more satellites, on 19th November 2018?
    A. Japan
    B. China
    C. South Korea
    D. Russia
  40. B. China
    On 19th November 2018, China completed the deployment of its indigenously developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) constellation with the successful launch of 2 more satellites. The two satellites were launched into space on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province, Chin
    A. The satellites entered a medium earth orbit over 3 hours after the launch. They will work with 17 other BDS-3 satellites already in space. BDS competes with the United State's Global Positioning System (GPS). It will start providing services to countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative by December 2018.