16 July to 22 July 2018: The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise at ease. The week's updated quizzes cover the topics like Anti-Witch Hunting Bill, Paudhagiri Campaign and divisive Jewish nation-state law among others.
1. Which country has become the Regional Head of Asia Pacific Region in WCO?
d) Sri Lanka
2. President Ram Nath Kovind recently approved Anti-Witch Hunting Bill of which state?
a) Uttar Pradesh
c) West Bengal
3. Which country took the seat vacated by United States at the UN Human Rights Council?
4. Who won the Golden Ball Award in the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
a) Luka Modric
b) Harry Kane
c) Harry Kane
d) Kylian Mbappe
5. The LIC board has approved acquisition of up to 51 per cent stake in which bank?
6. The 'Paudhagiri' Campaign was launched in which state recently?
7. Researchers from which IIT branch have created mini-organs that mimic hair growth?
a) IIT Kanpur
b) IIT Madras
c) IIT Delhi
d) IIT Kharagpur
8. Which Indian athlete won the gold medal in javelin throw at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France?
a) Neeraj Chopra
b) Hima Das
c) Anisa Sayyed
d) Jitu Rai
9. Which IIT launched world’s first remotely operable Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) microscope?
a) IIT Madras
b) IIT Roorkee
c) IIT Bombay
d) IIT Hyderabad
10. Which country has topped the global ranking of nations' soft power?
11. Which State high court recently ruled that marriage does not imply woman’s consent for sex?
12. Which country has passed a divisive Jewish nation-state law?
Answers with Explanation
1. (b) India
India has become the Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July 2018 to June 2020. The WCO is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations.
2. (b) Assam
President Ram Nath on July 17, 2018 approved the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2015, thus, converting it to an Act. The Bill was unanimously passed by the Assam assembly in 2015.
3. (c) Iceland
The UN members unanimously elected Iceland to take a seat on the world body’s 47-member Human Rights Council. US had left the UNHRC in June, 2018 calling it a cesspool of political bias for its criticism of Israeli regime’s crimes against Palestinians.
4. (a) Luka Modric
Croatia’s captain, Luka Modric won the Golden Ball award for best player in the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament. Croatia led by Modric, who started out as underdogs, became a force to reckon with after their splendid performance against Argentina in the group stage. They not only defeated the South American team with a wide margin, but they also topped their group rankings and went on to defeat several other big teams to enter their first-ever World Cup finals.
5. (c) IDBI
Life Insurance Corporation of India's (LIC's) board has approved acquiring up to 51 per cent stake in the state-run IDBI Bank. Now LIC will approach markets regulator Sebi. Insurance regulator Irdai has already given its approval to the insurer for the stake purchase.
6. (b) Haryana
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on July 16, 2018 launched the 'Paudhagiri' campaign with an aim to increase the green cover in Haryana. CM Khattar launched the 'Paudhagiri' campaign by planting a 'maulsari' sapling in the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex premises of Gurgaon.
7. (c) IIT Delhi
Researchers from IIT Delhi have developed a silk-based hydrogel that emulates the process of hair growth, an advance that may help screen novel drugs for treating hair loss without using animal tests. The hydrogel is developed by combining a mixture of silk proteins, isolated from silkworm cocoons, and gelatin.
8. (a) Neeraj Chopra
India's star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France on July 17, 2018. Chopra with a throw of 85.17m was way ahead of his competitors, including Moldova's Andrian Mardare (81.48m) and Lithuania's Edis Matusevicius (79.31m), who took the silver and bronze medal respectively.
9. (a) IIT Madras
On July 16, 2018, IIT-Madras launched the world’s first remotely operable LEAP (Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) microscope. LEAP is high-performance microscope that can provide a precise atom-by-atom view of materials.
10. (a) UK
The United Kingdom has topped an annual global ranking of nations' soft power, with France placed second on the list of 30 countries which does not feature India. The 2018 'Soft Power 30' index was published by the UK-based strategic communications consultancy firm Portland and the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy.
11. (a) Delhi
The Delhi high court on July 17, 2018 ruled that marriage does not mean woman’s consent to sexual relation with her husband. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said that in a relationship like marriage, both man and woman have a right to say ‘no’ to physical relations.
12. (c) Israel
Israel has passed a law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country. The controversial bill defines the country as an exclusively Jewish state. It is being called racist and on the verge of being apartheid by the members of the Arab minority in the nation.
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