18 January 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 like Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards, ICC awards and world’s largest air purifier among others.
1. Which country has built the world’s largest air purifier to fight pollution?
2. Which cricketer was named ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017?
a) AB de Villiers
b) Virat Kohli
c) Steve Smith
d) Rohit Sharma
3. Which country has appointed a Minister for Loneliness to tackle the issue of loneliness in the nation?
4. Who among the following is not a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowship for the year 2016?
a) Satyabrata Rout
b) Arvind Parikh
c) R Vedavalli
d) Ram Gopal Bajaj
5. Who was named as the captain of both ICC Test and ODI teams of the year 2017?
a) Steve Smith
b) Faf du Plessis
c) Kane Williamson
d) Virat Kohli
6. Which state has claimed to become the first in India to fully achieve door-to-door garbage collection target?
b) Uttar Pradesh
d) Madhya Pradesh
7. Which city will be hosting the Open Hearing and Camp Sitting by the National Human Rights Commission?
8. Who won the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award?
a) Steve Smith
b) Virat Kohli
c) AB de Villiers
d) Ravichandran Ashwin
9. Which state cabinet has approved 1 per cent reservation for orphans in government jobs?
a) Uttar Pradesh
10. Which two nations will march under a unified flag in Winter Olympics 2018?
a) North and South Korea
b) Israel and Palestine
c) Britain and Ireland
d) China and Taiwan
11. The five-judge SC bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra has begun hearing which high-profile case?
a) Vijay Mallya case
b) Constitutional validity of the Aadhaar
c) Entry of women in Sabarimala temple
d) Re-criminalising gay sex between consenting adults
12. Who won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 2016 for Bharatanatyam?
a) Uday Shankar
b) Mrinalini Sarabhai
c) Rukmini Arundale
d) Geeta Chandran
Answer with Explanation
1. (c) China
China has constructed an experimental air purifying tower called the Xian smog tower, which is touted to be the ‘world’s biggest air purifier’, to combat its severe smog and air pollution. The tower is undergoing tests by researchers of the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is reported to be having a positive effect on the air quality in the area.
2. (b) Virat Kohli
Indian Captain Virat Kohli was named the ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year at the ICC annual awards, which were announced in Dubai on 18 January 2018.The award is courtesy the 29-year-old’s splendid form during the qualification period, which was from September 2016 till the end of 2017, when he knocked up a total of 2203 runs including 8 centuries in tests, 1818 runs with 7 centuries in ODIs and 299 runs in T20 Internationals.
3. (c) UK
The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Theresa May on 17 January 2018 announced the appointment of Sports minister Tracey Crouch as the country’s first ‘Minister for loneliness’. The move has been made to tackle the isolation felt by more than one in ten people in the UK. In her additional role, Tracey Crouch would be required to develop a strategy to address loneliness in the nation.
4. (a) Satyabrata Rout
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2016 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 17 January 2018. While Arvind Parikh, R Vedavalli and Ram Gopal Bajaj received the Akademi fellowship, Satyabrata Rout won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Direction.
5. (d) Virat Kohli
Indian Captain Virat Kohli was named the ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year at the ICC annual awards, which were announced in Dubai on 18 January 2018. Besides this, Kohli also won the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award and was named the captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year.
6. (d) Madhya Pradesh
The Madhya Pradesh government has claimed that the state has become the first one in India to achieve 100 per cent door-to-door garbage collection target in urban bodies. The door-to-door garbage management was carried out after the state eliminated ill practices such as open defecation in urban areas.
7. (c) Jaipur
The National Human Rights Commission will be holding two-day Open Hearing and Camp Sitting in Jaipur from 18 January 2018 to address the grievances of the people. Chairman Justice HL Dattu will inaugurate the hearing of the cases.
8. (a) Steve Smith
The ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award went to Australian captain Steve Smith, who had scored 1875 runs in 16 matches at an average of 78.12, with eight hundreds and five 50s during the qualification period.
9. (d) Maharashtra
The Maharashtra state cabinet on 17 January 2018 approved one per cent reservation for orphans in government jobs under the general category. Speaking on the development, the state’s Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde said that it will help rehabilitate orphan children and secure their future.
10. (a) North and South Korea
North and South Korea, in a rare move, agreed on 17 January 2018 to march together under a single unified Korean flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, which is scheduled to go underway in South Korea in February 2018. The two warring Korean nations also agreed to field a joint women's ice hockey team in rare talks at the truce village of Panmunjom.
11. (b) Constitutional validity of the Aadhaar
A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra began the much-awaited hearing on the constitutional validity of Aadhaar card on 17 January 2018. The landmark hearing comes five months after a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy is intrinsic to right to life and liberty and thus is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Indian constitution.
12. (d) Geeta Chandran
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2016 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 17 January 2018. The Akademi award for Bharatanatyam went to Geeta Chandran.