3 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 ‘Caring Organisation of the Year’ award, Integrated Solar Based Micro Irrigation scheme and NABARD (Amendment) Bill, 2017 among others.
1. Which Indian Container port has won the ‘Samudra Manthan - Caring Organisation of the Year’ award?
a) Port of Chennai
b) Jawaharlal Nehru Port
c) Visakhapatnam Port
d) Haldia Port
2. Income tax raids uncovered 65 crore rupees worth undisclosed income from hair exporter in which state?
a) Tamil Nadu
3. Which state will be implementing the Integrated Solar Based Micro Irrigation scheme?
b) Uttar Pradesh
4. The United States cut off its financial aid to which nation on the first day of the New Year?
5. The ASI has decided to put a cap on daily visitors visiting which Indian heritage monument?
a) Qutub Minar
b) Taj Mahal
c) Jantar Mantar
d) Red Fort
6. Who has been appointed as the new Deputy National Security Adviser?
a) Rajinder Khanna
b) Dineshwar Sharma
c) Anil Dhasmana
d) Rajiv Jain
7. Which nation has extended its nationwide state of emergency by another three months?
8. Who passed the NABARD (Amendment) Bill, 2017 on 2 January 2018?
a) Union Cabinet
b) Rajya Sabha
c) President Ram Nath Kovind
d) Lok Sabha
9. According to researchers, 2 degrees Celsius rise in global warming will lead to the increase in threat of which natural disaster?
10. According to researchers, which eatable is likely to get extinct in 30 years?
a) Chewing Gum
11. Israel has issued notice to migrants from which ethnicity to leave the country or face imprisonment?
d) North Korea
12. Which state has issued a notification for creating an administrative framework for the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013?
b) Andhra Pradesh
d) Uttar Pradesh
Answers with Explanation
1. (b) Jawaharlal Nehru Port
The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s Premier Container Port, has won the ‘Samudra Manthan - Caring Organisation of the Year’ award. The award was instituted by Bhandarkar Shipping, which is a leading publication in the maritime industry. JNPT is India’s top container port in terms of volume and efficiency parameters.
2. (d) Karnataka
The Income Tax raids conducted by the Investigation Directorate in Karnataka unearthed Rs 65 crore worth tax evasion in the export of human hair offered by devotees in temples. According to a press release issued by the Directorate General of Income Tax in Bengaluru, the search and seizure operation conducted on a hair exporter in North Karnataka helped expose the huge undisclosed income.
3. (a) Haryana
Haryana government has announced that it will be implementing the integrated solar based micro irrigation scheme (ISBMI) in all districts of the State. The scheme will be implemented on a pilot basis in commands of 14 different canal outlets spread over 13 districts of the State.
4. (b) Pakistan
US president Donald Trump in his first tweet of the year 2018 slammed Pakistan for giving US nothing but lies and deceit when it came to curbing terrorism in its territory. Following the President’s show of zero tolerance towards terrorism, the White House confirmed suspending $255 million of military aid to Pakistan.
5. (b) Taj Mahal
At a high-level meeting attended by senior bureaucrats, ASI officials, police and paramilitary officers in Delhi on 2 January 2018, it was decided that only 40000 visitors will be allowed to visit the Taj Mahal in a day, starting from 20 January. However, it was decided that there will be no daily limit of the number of foreign tourists. The decision is yet to attain a final approval.
6. (a) Rajinder Khanna
Rajinder Khanna, the former chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was on 2 January 2017 appointed as the new Deputy National Security Adviser (NSA). Khanna served as the chief of India’s external intelligence agency RAW for a fixed two year period from December 2014.
7. (d) Egypt
Egypt has extended its nationwide state of emergency by another three months, citing security reasons. The latest extension, which will start on 13 January under a decree issued by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi yesterday, comes after two deadly attacks against Coptic Christians in Helwan district, south of the state’s capital, Cairo.
8. (c) Rajya Sabha
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed by the Parliament’s upper house, Rajya Sabha on 2 January 2018. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill by voice vote during its Monsoon Session in August 2017. The Bill will allow the central government to increase the authorised capital of NABARD from Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore.
9. (a) Drought
According to researchers, even a rise of just 2 degrees Celsius in global warming could make over a quarter of the world's land to become drier and desert-like. The change is expected to increase the threat of drought and wildfires. On the other hand, limiting the rise in temperature to under 1.5 degree Celsius would help dramatically reduce the fraction of the Earth's surface that will undergo such changes.
10. (d) Chocolate
With warmer global temperatures and dryer weather conditions threatening the survival of the fragile cocoa plant, researchers fear that chocolate could disappear by as early as 2050. To avoid the same, scientists are exploring the possibility of using the gene-editing technology CRISPR to evolve crops that can survive environmental challenges.
11. (b) Africa
The Israeli government has issued notice to thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment. Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that the migrants will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries and if they do not leave, they will start jailing them from April 2018. However, the order exempts children, elderly people and victims of slavery and human trafficking.
12. (c) Maharashtra
The state government of Maharashtra has issued a notification for creating an administrative framework for the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013. The notification issued last month provides for setting up of the State Food Commission, creating the post of District Grievance Redressal Officer and a Targeted Public Distribution System whereby essential commodities will be made available to ration card holders through Fair Price Shops.