16 February 2018: The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as Sci-Tech Oscar awards, Cauvery water dispute verdict and World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 among others.
1. Which Indian engineer was a part of a team that recently won the Sci-Tech Oscar award?
a) Vikas Sathaye
b) Nirav Modi
c) Sreenith Jaychandran
d) Keshav Ranjan
2. The Supreme Court recently announced its verdict on the dispute between states over which river’s water?
3. Which Indian state became the first one to opt out of Union Government’s National Health Protection Scheme?
d) West Bengal
4. Which city hosted the World Sustainable Development Summit 2018?
c) New Delhi
5. Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in as the new President of which nation?
c) South Africa
6. Which state’s water share in Cauvery River was increased by the Supreme Court, amending the Cauvery water tribunal’s order of 2007?
b) Tamil Nadu
d) Andhra Pradesh
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7. Which Union Ministry has announced one of the worlds’ largest recruitment processes for over 89000 posts?
a) Ministry of Home Affairs
b) Ministry of Defence
c) Ministry of Women and Child Development
d) Ministry of Railways
8. Brazil has announced that it would be declaring a social emergency along the border that it shares with this nation.
9. The World Anti-doping agency has suspended which nation’s laboratory?
b) North Korea
10. The United States blames which nation for NotPetya cyberattack?
b) North Korea
11. Scientists have discovered massive reserves of mercury hidden in permafrost in which nation?
12. India has signed a loan agreement worth $100mn with NDB for a water project in which state?
Answers with Explanation
1. (a) Vikas Sathaye
Vikas Sathaye, a Pune-born Indian engineer, recently received the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award along with his team for their contribution towards the conceptualisation, design, engineering and the implementation of the 'Shotover K1 Camera System' during his stint at Shotover Camera Systems in Queenstown, New Zealand.
2. (b) Cauvery
In a landmark verdict on the Cauvery water sharing dispute, the Supreme Court of India has increased Karnataka’s share of Cauvery water and reduced the share of Tamil Nadu by 14.75 tmcft water per year. Earlier, in accordance with the Cauvery Water Tribunal’s order in 2007, Karnataka had a share of 270 tmcft of Cauvery water. Now it will go up to 284.75 tmcft.
3. (d) West Bengal
The state of West Bengal on February 13, 2018 became the first one in India to opt out of the Union Government’s National Health Protection Scheme, which was announced during the presentation of Union Budget 2018-19.
4. (c) New Delhi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 (WSDS 2018) at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on February 16, 2018. The summit addressed several issues including combating land degradation, air pollution, facilitating a transition to clean energy and creating financial mechanisms to enable effective climate change mitigation.
5. (c) South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa, head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) was sworn in as South Africa's new President on February 15, 2018. He was elected as the new president of South Africa by the ruling party’s members after the resignation of Jacob Zuma.
6. (a) Karnataka
The Supreme Court of India on February 16, 2018 increased Karnataka’s share of Cauvery water and reduced the share of Tamil Nadu by 14.75 tmcft water per year. The court stated that the decision to increase the water share of Karnataka was taken due to the 10 tmcft groundwater and 4.75 tmcft drinking water requirement for Bengaluru residents.
7. (d) Ministry of Railways
The Ministry of Railways has announced one of the worlds’ largest recruitment processes for over 89 thousand posts in Group C Level I & Level II categories. The posts under Group C Level-1 Category include Track maintainer, Points man, Helper, Gateman and Porter in the age group of 18-31 years.
8. (b) Venezuela
Brazil has said it will declare a state of social emergency and boost troops on its border with Venezuela in response to an influx of people fleeing the crisis in that country. The government said in a statement that the declaration will free the authorities to allocate infrastructure funds and to put in place humanitarian measures on the Venezuelan border.
9. (d) Romania
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended Romania's drug-testing laboratory for six months. The Agency stated that it imposed the sanction on the lab in Bucharest due to a number of non-conformities with regulations. WADA has stepped up checks on laboratories around the world ever since it uncovered evidence of wide-ranging doping and cover-ups at the Moscow laboratory.
10. (a) Russia
The United States President Donald Trump's administration on February 15, 2018 blamed the Russian government for launching a massive cyberattack called NotPetya on Ukraine in 2017.
11. (c) Alaska
Scientists have discovered massive reserves of mercury hidden in permafrost in Alaska. Permafrost is a thick subsurface layer of soil that remains below freezing point throughout the year, occurring primarily in the polar regions.
12. (d) Rajasthan
India has signed the second loan agreement with New Development Bank (NDB) for 100 million dollars for Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring Project for Desert Areas. This is the first tranche loan approved by the NDB under the Multi Tranche Financing Facility of 345 Million dollars for this project.
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