24 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 new Director of VSSC, global index of talent competitiveness 2018 and National Girl Child Day among others.
1. Who has taken charge as the new Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre?
a) Tapan Misra
b) S Somanath
c) Shailesh Nayak
d) Tessy Thomas
2. India has been ranked at which position on the global index of talent competitiveness 2018?
3. Which state cabinet approves 'one district, one product' scheme?
a) Uttar Pradesh
b) Madhya Pradesh
4. The National Girl Child Day is observed on which day?
a) January 24
b) January 22
c) February 2
d) January 25
5. The Supreme Court has asked the centre to set up a panel to resolve the dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the sharing of water from which river?
6. The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to which state government over closure of a large number of government schools due to less number of students?
a) Uttar Pradesh
7. Which country will host the ministerial meeting of International Energy Forum 2018?
d) Sri Lanka
8. Which country will host the 6th edition of ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018?
a) New Zealand
b) West Indies
9. India and World Bank signed USD 120 million pact for improved water supply in which state?
b) Madhya Pradesh
10. NIIF has partnered with which organisation to make its first investment?
a) SPM Terminals
b) PFA International
c) NFZ Abroad
d) DP World
11. Who was sworn-in as President of Liberia?
a) George Weah
b) Lilian Thuram
c) Randal Quarles
d) Meg Tahyar
12. Who took charge as the Election Commissioner of India recently?
a) Om Prakash Rawat
b) Ashok Lavasa
c) Sunil Arora
d) Harjeet Singh
Answers with Explanation
1. (b) S Somanath
Renowned scientist, S Somanath took charge as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, succeeding K Sivan who was recently appointed as ISRO Chairman. The space centre is Indian Space Research organisation’s lead centre for launch vehicles.
2. (c) 81
India has been ranked 81st on the annual global index of talent competitiveness, which was released on the first day of the 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. While Switzerland continues to top the list, India has improved its position from 92nd last year. In 2016, India was placed at the 89th rank. The index measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent.
3. (a) Uttar Pradesh
The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has approved 'one district, one product' scheme to promote products indigenous to every district. The implementation of the scheme will boost economic development of the state and will also help in the generation of five lakh new jobs annually.
4. (a) January 24
The National Girl Child Day was observed across India on January 24, 2018. The day is celebrated to increase the awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by the girl child in the society. It also aims to highlight the importance of education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care and safety of girl children.
5. (d) Mahanadi
The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to set up a tribunal within a month to resolve the dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the sharing of water from river Mahanadi. The bench, however, refused to grant any stay sought by the Odisha government on the seven small dams across Mahanadi River, which flows through Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha before pouring into the Bay of Bengal.
6. (c) Odisha
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Odisha government and the Centre on a media report that a large number of government-run primary and upper primary schools have been closed in the state due to less number of students.
7. (a) India
India will host the Ministerial Meeting of International Energy Forum in New Delhi from April 10 to April 12, 2018. The International Energy Forum (IEF), with a membership of 71 countries (both producers and consumers), is the most representative international organization in the field of oil and gas.
8. (b) West Indies
The 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 will be hosted by West Indies from November 9 to November 24, 2018. The preliminary round matches will be held at the Guyana National Stadium and Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia, while Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and Barbuda will stage the two semi-finals and the finals.
9. (c) Uttarakhand
India and World Bank on January 22, 2018 signed USD 120 million loan agreement to improve water supply services in peri-urban areas of Uttarakhand. The Uttarakhand Water Supply Program for Peri-Urban Areas will help the state in increasing water supply coverage as well as ensure sustainable water supply service delivery in peri-urban areas.
10. (d) DP World
National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) has partnered with UAE-based DP World to create an investment platform for ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India.
11. (a) George Weah
Former football star George Weah was sworn in as President of Liberia on 22 January 2018, completing the country's first transition between democratically-elected leaders in three generations.
12. (b) Ashok Lavasa
Ashok Lavasa on January 23, 2018 assumed charge as the Election Commissioner (EC) of India. He was appointed to the post by President Ram Nath Kovind on January 21, 2018. Lavasa succeeds Om Prakash Rawat, who was elevated as the Chief Election Commissioner. The third member of the top election body is Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.