Top Current Affairs Quiz: 21 November 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 UN pact on migration, Erik Solheim and International prototype of kilogram among others.
21 November 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 UN pact on migration, Erik Solheim and International prototype of kilogram among others.
1. Which state’s eco-friendly policy has led to an increase of its forest cover by over four per cent since 1993?
a) West Bengal
2. The International Cricket Council has rejected which nation’s compensation claim against India?
c) Sri Lanka
3. Saudi and UAE have announced USD 500 million in aid to which war-torn nation?
4. The US has suspended USD 1.66 billion security assistance to which nation?
5. Which nation refused to sign UN pact on migration on November 21, 2018?
c) New Zealand
6. Erik Solheim resigned as the head of which UN programme, amid audit on his travel expenses?
a) United Nations Development Programme
b) World Food Programme
c) United Nations Environment Programme
d) UN High Commissioner for Refugees
7. Which country plays host to the International prototype of kilogram?
8. The international space station turned how old on November 20, 2018?
a) 15 years
b) 10 years
c) 20 years
d) 8 years
9. Which state has launched an intensive project to conserve Gir lions?
d) Uttar Pradesh
10. Which state has passed a bill to give land rights to enclave dwellers?
c) West Bengal
d) Madhya Pradesh
Answers with Explanation
1. (b) Sikkim
A plethora of initiatives for preserving biodiversity in Sikkim such as spreading mass awareness and adopting an eco-friendly policy has led to an increase of its forest cover by over four per cent since 1993, as per the state’s Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling. The green cover in the tiny north-eastern state has risen to 47.62 per cent in 2017 from 43.95 per cent in 1993.
2. (b) Pakistan
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on November 20, 2018 dismissed a compensation claim by Pakistan over India’s refusal to honour an agreement to play bilateral series. The BCCI has welcomed the decision and said it will now approach the Dispute Panel to recover the legal cost from the PCB.
3. (a) Yemen
Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which lead a military coalition against the Huthi rebels in Yemen, on November 20, 2018 announced USD 500 million in aid to the country on the brink of famine. Both the nations will each give USD 250 million in response to the food crisis to support more than 10 million people.
4. (a) Pakistan
The United States has suspended its 1.66 billion dollar security assistance to Pakistan. The decision has been taken on the directions of President Donald Trump. Pakistan has taken no serious steps to address the core US concern that Pakistan often encourages groups that use violence against its neighbours.
5. (b) Australia
The Australian Government announced on November 21, 2018 that it would not sign the UN Global Compact for Migration saying that the agreement would undermine its existing immigration policies. According to the nation, its immigration policy already promotes safe, orderly and regular migration.
6. (c) United Nations Environment Programme
UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim resigned from his post on November 20, 2018 following an audit report questioning his huge travel expenses. A UN audit had found that Solheim had spent nearly five lakh US dollar on travel. The unjustified travel expenses come at a time when the world body is struggling with shrinking budgets.
7. (d) France
The International prototype of kilogram (IPK), which serves as the international standard of kilogram, is kept at the BIPM in Paris, France. It is made of 90 per cent platinum and 10 per cent iridium and is a cylinder of 39 mm diameter and 39 mm height. The replicas of the IPK are made of the same material and used at BIPM as reference or working standards.
8. (c) 20 years
The International Space Station (ISS) celebrated its 20th birthday on November 20, 2018. The project was launched by the Russian space agency Roscosmos on November 20, 1998 when it launched its Zarya module from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
9. (b) Gujarat
Gujarat government on November 20, 2018 launched a Rs 351-crore project for the conservation of the Gir lions. The project is launched in the backdrop of the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak that claimed 23 Asiatic lions lives in their only dwelling Gir National park in Saurashtra. This intensive project will also include an emergency ambulance van akin to the 108 emergency services.
10. (c) West Bengal
To end an era of undecided future for the people residing West Bengal (WB) enclaves, the WB Assembly unanimously passed a bill to provide land rights to enclave dwellers in north Bengal. The bill, moved by Minister of State for Land and Land Reforms Chandrima Bhattacharya, was passed in the House unopposed.