October Current Affairs 2018

  1. Name the head of the panel of governors constituted by President Ram Nath Kovind that submitted its report 'Approach to Agriculture : A Holistic Overview' on approach to agriculture for doubling farmer's income?
    A. Ananth Kumar
    B. Leela Chandran
    C. Raghuram Rajan
    D. Ram Naik
  2. D. Ram Naik
    On October 27, 2018, panel of governors constituted by President Ram Nath Kovind submitted its report 'Approach to Agriculture : A Holistic Overview' on approach to agriculture for doubling farmer's income. The committee was headed by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik. It made 21 major recommendations. Some of them being: Establishment of a KRISHAK SHIKAYAR NIVARAN CELL or farmer's grievances addressal system in every district, Development of climate-resilient and input-efficient varieties, Incentive grant to set up special agricultural zones and Regional hubs for region-specific crops, Slashing of premium rates of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana from 5 to 2.5 percent for big sowing area, Linking of the rural employment guarantee scheme MNREGA with productive agricultural activities, Encouraging women into agricultural activities since male counterparts are migrating.
  3. British Council and which state government have inked an MoU to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation between the state and the UK at Tawang in the sidelines of the Tawang Festival?
    A. Arunachal Pradesh
    B. Himachal Pradesh
    C. Meghalaya
    D. Sikkim
  4. A. Arunachal Pradesh
    On October 28, 2018, the British Council and the Arunachal Pradesh government inked an MoU to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation between the state and the UK at Tawang in the sidelines of the Tawang Festival. It was signed, in presence of CM Pema Khandu, by: British Council Director Alan Gemmell and Arunachal Pradesh Higher and Technical Education Director Dr Tayek Talom.
  5. India has donated _____ dollars to 'Pipeline to Peacekeeping Command Programme' which is a 3-year training programme for commanders of UN peacekeeping?
    A. $150,000
    B. $200,000
    C. $300,000
    D. $900,000
  6. C. $300,000
    On October 28, 2018, India donated $300,000 to a training programme of commanders for UN peacekeeping. This was announced by Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. India's contribution will be used with a specific focus on issues of conduct and discipline. The name of the programme is: 'Pipeline to Peacekeeping Command Programme' and it is 3 years training programme. It will be the first of its kind with a focus on issues of conduct and sexual exploitation and abuse. The amount was handed over by India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin to Atul Khare, the Under Secretary-General for Field Support.

  7. Who won the Miss Grand International 2018 title at the 6th edition of the beauty pageant in Yangon, Myanmar, on 25th October 2018?
    A. Clara Sosa
    B. Gladys Carredeguas
    C. Meenakshi Chaudhary
    D. Nga Phuong Bui
  8. A. Clara Sosa
    On 25th October 2018, Miss Paraguay Clara Sosa won the Miss Grand International 2018 title at the 6th edition of the beauty pageant in Yangon, Myanmar. Clara Sosa succeeds Miss Grand International 2017 Maria Jose Lora of Peru. India's, fbb Colors Femina Miss Grand India 2018. Meenakshi Chaudhary was named 1st runner up. Miss Grand Indonesia Nadia Purwoko was the 2nd runner up. Miss Grand Puerto Rico Nicole Colon was named 3rd runner up, and Miss Grand Japan Haruka Oda was adjudged 4th runner up. Other title winners are:
    - Best Swimsuit: Miss Grand Cuba Gladys Carredeguas
    - Miss Popular Vote: Miss Grand Vietnam Nga Phuong Bui
    - Best National Costume: Miss Grand Peru Andrea Moberg
    - Best Social Media: Miss Grand Indonesia Nadia Purwoko
    - Best Evening Gown: Miss Grand Thailand Moss Namoey Chanaphan
  9. United States military successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile aboard the USS John Finn using a SM-3 Block IIA missile, off the west coast of Hawaii on 28th October 2018. It was co-developed with which country?
    A. China
    B. Germany
    C. Japan
    D. India
  10. C. Japan
    On October 28, 2018, the US military aboard the USS John Finn successfully detected, tracked and targeted and a medium-range ballistic missile off the west coast of Hawaii. It was done by an SM-3 Block IIA missile and is the 3rd attempt so far. It is co-developed with Japan. Previously, the US military had two failed intercept tests, in June 2017 and January 2018. The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA is a part of the US-Japan Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system.
  11. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted crucial tests for smooth and precise landing of which lander aboard Chandrayaan 2, on 27th October 2018?
    A. Vikram
    B. Dhanush
    C. Akash
    D. Agni
  12. A. Vikram
    On October 26, 2018, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted crucial tests for smooth and precise landing of Vikram, the lander aboard Chandrayaan 2. The Lander Actuator Performance Test (LAPT) aimed to assess the performance of the navigational system onboard the lander. For conducting the tests, the mass had been reduced to 1/6th the actual lander.
  13. Who was conferred the first Chris Evert Women's Tennis Association (WTA) World No.1 Trophy, on 26th October 2018?
    A. Serena Williams
    B. Simona Halep
    C. Martina Hingis
    D. Naomi Okhura
  14. B. Simona Halep
    On 26th October 2018, world number one Simona Halep has become the first recipient of the Chris Evert Women's Tennis Association (WTA) World No.1 Trophy. 27-year-old Simona Halep, has won the Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy, following her first Grand Slam title at the Roland Garros and the WTA Year-End world number one singles award for the second consecutive year. The Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy has been named after WTA's first-ever world number one Chris Evert. Chris Evert became the first ever WTA World No.1 on November 3, 1975 and stayed on the top spot for 260 weeks.
  15. Which country has secured number one spot in the latest FIFA's world rankings released on 25th October 2018?
    A. France
    B. Belgium
    C. Croatia
    D. Argentina
  16. B. Belgium
    Belgium has secured number one spot in the latest FIFA's world rankings released on 25th October 2018. Belgium and France were tied at the top spot in September 2018. Belgium, with 1,733 points, moved forward by a single point and has secured the top spot. Brazil remains in third position, followed by Croatia and England. India remains at 97th place. Gibraltar, which only became FIFA member in 2016, has reached its best ranking of 190.
  17. Name the Indian who won silver medal in the men's 65kg freestyle wrestling at the 2018 Senior World Wrestling Championships held in Budapest, Hungary, from 20th to 28th October 2018?
    A. Vijendra Singh
    B. Bajrang Punia
    C. Deepak Punia
    D. Sushil Kumar
  18. B. Bajrang Punia
    From 20th to 28th October 2018, 2018 Senior World Wrestling Championships, was held in Budapest, Hungary. It was the 15th edition of World Wrestling Championships of combined events. A 30-member Indian team led by Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik and Asian Games gold medalist Bajrang Punia represented India. Jagminder Singh was the chief coach of freestyle team and Kuldeep Malik was in charge of women's squad. India won 2 medals: 1 bronze medal and 1 silver medal. India's 24-year-old Pooja Dhanda from Haryana defeated Grace Jacob Bhullen of Norway 10-7 and won bronze medal in the 57kg category. She has become the 4th Indian woman wrestler to have won a medal (all bronze) at the World Championships. India's Bajrang Punia, won a silver medal in the 65kg freestyle division. He lost to Japanese Takuto Otoguro in the final.
  19. Name the Indian golfer who won the Panasonic Open India title at the Delhi Golf Club, in New Delhi, on 28th October 2018?
    A. Sanjeev Kumar
    B. Praneeth Roy
    C. Khalin Joshi
    D. Rafale Thomas
  20. C. Khalin Joshi
    On 28th October 2018, Indian golfer Khalin Joshi won the Panasonic Open India title at the Delhi Golf Club, in New Delhi. Khalin Joshi, the 26-year-old golfer, secured a record-equalling winning score of 17-under 271 in the final. He won a cash prize of $72,000. This is his first Asian Tour title. He also became the 7th Indian to win the Panasonic Open India title in the last 8 editions of the tournament. Bangladesh's Siddikur Rahman finished second with a par on the 18th and won a cash prize of $44,000. India's Ajeetesh Sandhu, and Thailand's Suradit Yongcharoenchai shot a 70 and a 69 and shared the third spot. They received a cash prize of $22,600 each. Total prize money of the Panasonic Open was $400,000.
  21. Pankaj Bandyopadhyay died following a long term illness, in Kolkata, on 26th October 2018. What was his profession?
    A. Politician
    B. Scientist
    C. Athlete
    D. Singer
  22. A. Politician
    On 26th October 2018, Pankaj Bandyopadhyay, a founding member of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), died following a long term illness, in Kolkata. He was 72 years old. He was also former leader of the opposition in West Bengal assembly. He joined the Congress during late 1960s. He became an MLA from Tollygunge constituency in 1972 and 1996. He joined TMC when it was formed in 1998. He was the chairman of TMC's policy-making body. He retired from active politics in 2006.
  23. Madan Lal Khurana passed away following a long term illness, in New Delhi, on 27th October 2018. He was the former chief minister of which state/union territory?
    A. Tamil Nadu
    B. Rajasthan
    C. Madhya Pradesh
    D. Delhi
  24. D. Delhi
    On 27th October 2018, former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana passed away following a long term illness, in New Delhi. Madan Lal Khurana was 82 years old. He belonged to the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) party. He was the chief minister of Delhi from 1993 to 1996. He was the governor of Rajasthan in 2004.

  25. Where did Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the three-day long Krishi Kumbh 2018 through video conferencing, on 27th October 2018?
    A. Kanpur
    B. Chennai
    C. Lucknow
    D. Kolkata
  26. C. Lucknow
    On October 27, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three-day long Krishi Kumbh 2018 in Lucknow through video conferencing. Krishi Kumbh is having: Haryana and Jharkhand as partner states and Japan and Israel as partner countries. Under this, the Government is providing 50 to 80 per cent discount on machineries to stop farmers from stubble burning. In addition to setting up of solar pumps in farms sectors across the country, Rice Research Centre will be set up in Varanasi. He also called upon agriculture scientists and experts to use this event to find technology-related solution so that farmers and environment both are benefited.
  27. Indian railways has announced the world's highest railway line that will run along the border of India and which country, with the highest road point of 5,360 metres above mean sea level?
    A. Bangladesh
    B. Nepal
    C. China
    D. Pakistan
  28. C. China
    On October 26, 2018, Indian railways announced the world's highest railway line that will run along the India-China border. The rail line will have a highest road point of 5,360 metres above mean sea level. The estimated cost to build this 465 km-line will be Rs 83,360 crore. It will consist of 74 tunnels, 124 major bridges and 396 minor bridges and 30 stations. Keylong station on the route will be build inside a tunnel at a height of 3,000 metres, a first in India. More than half of the train route will be covered in tunnels, longest being 27 km, and the total length of the tunnels would be 244 km.
  29. Which state launched the flagship scheme 'Blue Revolution: Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries', on 26th October 2018?
    A. Arunachal Pradesh
    B. Kerala
    C. Meghalaya
    D. Telangana
  30. C. Meghalaya
    On October 26, 2018, Meghalaya launched the flagship scheme 'Blue Revolution: Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries'. For this, the Central Government has sanctioned 51 crore rupees. This would enable self-sufficiency in fish production.
  31. Which state has topped the TAG (Teen Age Girls) index, which compares the performance of each State based on the status of their teenage girls, as per The Teen Age Girls (TAG) Report, prepared by Project Nanhi Kali?
    A. Tamil Nadu
    B. Uttar Pradesh
    C. Kerala
    D. Goa
  32. C. Kerala
    On October 27, 2018, according to survey findings of The Teen Age Girls (TAG) Report, conducted by Project Nanhi Kali, Kerala topped the TAG index, which compares the performance of each State based on the status of their teenage girls. This is the nation's first report on what it means to be a teenage girl in India. This report was Compiled and published by the Naandi Foundation, with grant support from Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
  33. Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot announced the construction of the international standard National Sports Stadium for differently-abled in Shillong, Meghalaya at the cost of over ____ rupees, on October 25, 2018?
    A. Rs 100 crore
    B. Rs 150 crore
    C. Rs 200 crore
    D. Rs 300 crore
  34. C. Rs 200 crore
    On October 25, 2018, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot announced the construction of the international standard for differently-abled in Shillong, Meghalaya. It would be constructed at the cost of over Rs 200 crore and the state would provide 50 acres of land for the project. It will be one of the five National Sports Stadiums of international standard for differently-abled sportspersons, under the Assistance to Disabled Person scheme. It should come up before National Games 2022 in Meghalaya enabling it to host Olympics for the differently-abled. He also announced that the central government will also set up a Composite Regional Centre in the state.
  35. Which state has created a national record by opening over 16 lakh postal savings accounts under the Sukanya Samridhi Yojana?
    A. Kerala
    B. Gujarat
    C. Uttarakhand
    D. Tamil Nadu
  36. D. Tamil Nadu
    Tamil Nadu has created a national record by opening over 16 lakh postal savings accounts under the Sukanya Samridhi Yojana. Tamil Nadu's Chief Postmaster General (CPMG) M Sampath made this announcement in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, on 26th October 2018. The Chief Postmaster General (CPMG) also inspected the Vaalavanthankottai rural branch post office in Trichy to assess the progress of the Digital Advancement of Rural Post Offices in New India - Darpan scheme. He stated that over 1500 post offices, out of the total 6717 post offices in Tamil Nadu have already migrated to the Darpan system.
  37. Which company won 'Top Challengers Award 2018' for excellent performance during financial year 2017-18 and Best Seller in Crawler Equipment- Dozers and Rigid Dump Truck segment for mining sectors?
    A. Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML)
    B. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
    C. Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL)
    D. Kolkata Shipbuilders Limited
  38. A. Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML)
    Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) won 'Top Challengers Award 2018' for excellent performance during financial year 2017-18 and Best Seller in Crawler Equipment- Dozers and Rigid Dump Truck segment for mining sectors. Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) is a Mini Ratna Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Defence. CMD of BEML Deepak Kumar Hota received the award from Construction Economist Mr. Graham D Robinson, at an event held in Delhi. The award is instituted by ASAAP Information Global Group. It is awarded based on the performance evaluation that grew top line and bottom line, stayed profitable and managed to keep financial health within defined limits.
  39. Name the former State Bank of India (SBI) chairman who was appointed as an independent director of Wipro, on October 24, 2018?
    A. Rajinish Kumar
    B. Arundhati Bhattacharya
    C. R Gandhi
    D. Sandeep Kumar
  40. B. Arundhati Bhattacharya
    On October 24, 2018, Wipro announced appointment of former State Bank of India chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya as an independent director. Her term will begin from January 1, 2019. The tenure of her term is for a period of five years. She recently also joined Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) as an independent director.