Current Affair Quiz (16 March)

1. Which of the following agencies of the United Nations is celebrating centenary in 2019?
c. ILO
d. WHO
S: c
E: ILO is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. The ILO was founded in 1919, in the wake of a destructive war, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice. The ILO became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946. As part of the 100th Anniversary, ILO is implementing seven centenary initiatives which are:
1. The future of work initiative
2. The end to poverty initiative
3. The women at work initiative
4. The green initiative
5. The standards initiative
6. The enterprise initiative
7. The governance initiative

2. Which is the first country in the world to offer free public transport?

a. Luxembourg
b. Russia
c. France
d. Germany

S: a
E: Luxembourg is to become the first country in the world to make all public transport free. All fares for trains, trams and buses will be scrapped by next summer as part of a new environmental initiative.

3. Who among the following is India’s permanent representative at the United Nations?
a. Syed Akbaruddin
b. Rajiv Chander
c. Vijay Gokhale
d. Pankaj Sharma

S: a
E: Syed Akbaruddin is an Indian Foreign Service officer serving as India's permanent representative at the [United Nations] since January 2016.

4. Where is India’s first vertical bridge situated?
a. Rameswaram
b. Madurai
c. Dhanushkodi
d. Madurai
S: a
E: Indian railways will be building country's first vertical-lift bridge connecting Rameswaram in Arabian Sea to mainland India that will allow ships and steamers to pass through without any hinderance. It will replace the existing 104-year-old Pamban bridge. The bridge has a 'Scherzer' rolling lift technology which lets the bridge open horizontally, letting the ships pass through.

5. Which of the following has been included in the UNESCO tangible heritage list in 2018?
a. Jantar mantar
b. Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai
c. Sun Temple
d. Rani Ki Vav
S: b
E: Having become a global trading centre, the city of Mumbai implemented an ambitious urban planning project in the second half of the 19th century. It led to the construction of ensembles of public buildings bordering the Oval Maidan open space, first in the Victorian Neo-Gothic style and then, in the early 20th century, in the Art Deco idiom. The Victorian ensemble includes Indian elements suited to the climate, including balconies and verandas. The Art Deco edifices, with their cinemas and residential buildings, blend Indian design with Art Deco imagery, creating a unique style that has been described as Indo-Deco. These two ensembles bear testimony to the phases of modernization that Mumbai has undergone in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.

6. Who among the following has been appointed as the Solicitor General of India?
a. Ranjit Singh
b. Tushar Mehta
c. KK Venougopal
d. Arvind Subhramanian
S: b
E: The Solicitor General of India is the second-highest rank for a law officer of the government. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was appointed the new Solicitor General of India, months ahead of thegeneral elections in 2019. He will hold office till June 30, 2020.

7. Where is the 25th High court of the country situated?
a. Andhra Pradesh
b. Telangana
c. Jammu & Kashmir
d. Patna
S: a
E: The 25th High court of the country will be situated in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh. Prior to that Andhra Pradesh and Telangana had a common High Court situated at Hyderabad.
8. Who is the first woman Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir high court?
a. Gita Mittal
b. Indu Malhotra
c. Leila Seth
d. Fathima Beevi

S: a
E: Justice Gita Mittal was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on 11 August 2018.

9. Who has been appointed as the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court?
a. Justice Ramesh Ranganathan
b. Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar
c. Justice TS Kehar
d. Justice Ranjan Gogoi
S: b
E: C Praveen Kumar was sworn in as the Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court.
10. Which of the following were used by Indian Air Force to hit the terrorist targets during air force surgical strike?

a. Spice 3000
b. Spice 2100
c. Spice 1990
d. Spice 2000
S: d
E: SPICE stands for 'Smart, Precise-Impact and Cost-Effective'. It is manufactured by the Israeli defence technology company Rafael. SPICE-2000 is not a bomb at all. It in fact is a 'guidance kit' that is attached to a standard warhead or bomb. The SPICE guidance kit consists of two pieces- one is attached to the bomb's head and the other is attached at the end.