Current Affairs Quiz Set 111

1. What is the name ofIndia’s first interactive online repository related to Air Quality?

a. IndAIR
b. HindAIR
c. PureAIR
d. UsAIR

S: a

  • The Council of Scientific Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) recently launched the country’s first interactive online repository named as IndAIR (Indian Air quality Studies Interactive Repository).
  • The aim of the project is to make air quality research available to everyone.
  • It presents these studies in an easily accessible web format for the media, researchers, and academics.
  • It is the first comprehensive effort to enlist existing Indian research and analysis on air pollution, its causes and effects.

2. The Union government has launched the Special Window for funding of stalled Affordable and Middle-Income housing projects. It has been established under which fund?

a. Category 11-AF
b. Category 12-AF
c. Category 13-AF
d. Category 14-AF

S: a

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of a 'Special Window' fund to provide priority debt financing for the completion of stalled housing projects that are in the Affordable and Middle-Income Housing sector.
  • For the purposes of the fund, the government shall act as the Sponsor and the total commitment to be infused by the Government would be upto INR 10,000 crore.
  • The fund will be set up as a Category-11 AIF (Alternate Investment Fund) debt fund registered with SEBI and would be professionally run.
  • For the first AIF under the Special Window, it is proposed that SBICAP Ventures Limited shall be engaged to be the Investment Manager.
  • This fund would in turn would provide relief to developers that require funding to complete a set of unfinished projects and consequently ensure delivery of homes to the home-buyers.

3. Where will be world’s first CNG port terminal situated?

a. India
b. China
c. Russia
d. Pakistan

S: a

  • Gujarat Government has given its nod to the world’s first CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar.
  • The U.K. based Foresight group and Mumbai based Padmanabh Mafatlal group joint venture will invest Rs.1900 crore to set up a CNG portterminal at Bhavnagar port.
  • Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board- GIDB under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also approved this proposal.
  • The proposed CNG port terminal will have annual capacity of 6 million matric tone, which will increased the total handling capacity of the port to 9 million matric tones.

4. When is the Public Service Broadcasting Day observed in India?

a. 12 November
b. 10 November
c. 14 November
d. 20 November

S: a

  • Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi had visited All India Radio on 12 November 1947 to address to displaced people, who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition.
  • That was Bapu's first and the only visit to All India Radio. Public Service Broadcasting Day is celebrated every year on this to commemorate this visit of Bapu.

5. Recently IOCL has received an environmental clearance for 2G ethanol plant. Where is it situated?

a. Sonipat
b. Panipat
c. Karnal
d. Kurukshetra

S: b

  • The IOCL had submitted a proposal seeking environment clearance for its proposed 100 KLPD Ligno-Cellulosic 2G ethanol plant at Baholi in Panipat district of Haryana.
  • This project not only promotes use of environment friendly fuel but also aids in fulfilment of government's goal of doubling farmers' income. The estimated investment in setting up the plant is Rs 766 crore.

6. Who among the following was head of the panel that confirmed the five-year ban on LTTE?

a. SanjeevNityanad
b. Sanjay Mehta
c. SamihtaDhingra
d. SangitaDhingraSehgal

S: d

  • The five-year ban imposed by the Centre on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been confirmed by a tribunal set up by the NarendraModi government to examine whether the prohibitions on the terror organisation should continue.
  • The tribunal headed by Justice SangitaDhingraSehgal confirmed the ban.
  • The tribunal, set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), had held hearings in Delhi and Chennai after it was constituted on May 27.
  • India had banned the LTTE after the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. Since then, the ban imposed on the group has been extended every five years. The terror organisation had suffered a military defeat in May 2009 in Sri Lanka.

7. Who among the following was the head of the panel of Supreme Court ruled that the office of the Chief Justice of India is a public authority under the Right to Information Act?

a. Deepak Gupta
b. DY Chandrachud
c. NV Ramana
d. RanjanGogoi

S: d

  • The Supreme Court ruled that the office of the Chief Justice of India is a public authority under the Right to Information Act.
  • The order was passed by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice RanjanGogoi. Other members of the bench are Justices NV Ramana, DY Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
  • A five-judge constitution bench had on April 4 reserved its verdict on the appeals filed in 2010 by the Supreme Court secretary general and its central public information officer against the high court and the central information commission's (CIC's) orders.
  • In a landmark verdict on January 10, 2010, the Delhi High Court had held that the office of the chief justice of India comes within the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) law, saying judicial independence was not a judge's privilege, but a responsibility cast upon him.

8. Which of the following states launched e-Ganna app?

a. Arunchal Pradesh
b. Andhra Pradesh
c. Uttar Pradesh
d. Madhya Pradesh

S: c

  • Uttar Pradesh government has launched a dedicated web portal and a mobile application, e-Ganna App, for sugarcane farmers of the state.
  • The app ad portal will have entire information about the issue of cane supply slips to the farmers for the whole cane crushing season from November to May.
  • The web portal and e-Ganna app will help in eradicating the cane mafia and middleman and strengthen the cane development societies.

9. Consider the following for Maharashtra’s President Rule.

I. President Ram NathKovind has approved a proclamation imposing President’s Rule in Maharashtra under Article 356(1) of the Constitution.
II. Upon the imposition of this rule, there would be no Council of Ministers. The VidhanSabha is either dissolved or prorogued.

a. Only I
b. Only II
c. Both I & II
d. None of the above

S: c

  • President Ram NathKovind has approved a proclamation imposing President’s Rule in Maharashtra under Article 356(1) of the Constitution, following a recommendation from Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
  • In his report to the President, the governor said a situation had arisen in which it was impossible to constitute or form a stable government in the State, and the government could not be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
  • Article 356 of the Constitution of India gives President of India the power to suspend state government and impose President’s rule of any state in the country if “if he is satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the government of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution”.
  • Upon the imposition of this rule, there would be no Council of Ministers. The VidhanSabha is either dissolved or prorogued.
  • The state will fall under the direct control of the Union government, and the Governor will continue to be head the proceedings, representing the President of India – who is the Head of the State. The imposition of the President’s rule requires the sanction of both the houses of Parliament.

10. Who among the following was not a member of the three-judge bench of Supreme court that dismissed the Rafale fighter jet deal review petition?

a. SharadBobde
b. RanjanGogoi
c. SK Kaul
d. KM Joseph


  • In a major relief for the government, the Supreme Court dismissed a review petition seeking a court-monitored criminal probe in Rafale fighter jet deal between the Indian government and France's Dassault Aviation.
  • The three-judge bench of the top court comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) RanjanGogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph dismissed the review pleas in a unanimous judgment.
  • The development comes as a huge relief for the government, which received a lot of flak over the deal after some leaked documents related to the deal surfaced earlier.
  • While the top court had earlier rejected pleas seeking court-monitored investigation into the controversial Rafale deal in December last year, it again initiated hearing a review petition in February this year.
  • Advocate PrashantBhushan and former Union minister Yashwant Sinha and ArunShourie filed review pleas in February 2019, demanding the court to reverse its verdict and initiate a probe into the dealings to acquire the 36 Rafale fighter jets.

11. When is the World Diabetes Day observed?

a. 11 November
b. 12 November
c. 13 November
d. 14 November


  • World Diabetes Day is held on 14 November each year. It seeks to raise awareness on diabetes. The awareness campaign is led by International Diabetes Federation
  • The theme for diabetes awareness month and World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes.

12. Which of the following countries has the highest diabetic patients in the world?

a. India
b. Russia
c. China
d. Netherlands


  • International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has launched the latest edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas to mark World Diabetes Day on 14 November.
  • The Worldwide prevalence of diabetes estimated at 463 million adults in 20-79 age group.
  • The number of people with diabetes is predicted to rise to 578 million by 2030 and to 700 million by 2045.
  • China has the highest number of adults with diabetes- 116 million adults in 20-79 age group India continues to be home to the second-largest number of adults with diabetes worldwide- 77 million in the 20-79 years age group.
  • India was the largest contributor to diabetes mortality with more than 1 million estimated deaths attributable to diabetes and related complications, in the larger South East Asian region.

13. Andhra Pradesh has launched ‘Nadu-Nedu’ scheme to introduce which of the following languages in schools?

a. English
b. Hindi
c. Punjabi
d. Sanskrit



  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy launched the 'Nadu-Nedu' programme to introduce English medium from classes 1 to 6 in state-run

14. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which country has the highest deaths due to pneumonia?

a. India
b. Nigeria
c. Pakistan
d. Republic of Congo


  • The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that globally, pneumonia claimed the lives of more than 800,000 children under the age of five last year--or one child every 39 seconds.
  • Most deaths occurred among children under the age of two, and almost 153,000 within the first month of life.
  • The report said just five countries were responsible for more than half of child pneumonia deaths: Nigeria (162,000), India (127,000), Pakistan (58,000), the Democratic Republic of Congo (40,000) and Ethiopia (32,000).
  • India had the second-highest number of deaths of children under the age of five in 2018 due to pneumonia, a curable and preventable disease that claimed the life of one child every 39 seconds globally.

15. Which of the following states launched Mukhyamantri Septic Tank SafaiYojana?

a. Punjab
b. New Delhi
c. Rajasthan
d. Andhra Pradesh


• Delhi CM ArvindKejriwal announced Mukhyamantri Septic Tank SafaiYojana on 15 November.
• The scheme aimed to help the people living in unauthorized colonies where sewer lines are yet to be laid. People in such areas depend on manual scavengers for cleaning the tanks, which is an illegal act. Under the scheme, the Delhi government will clean the septic tanks for free.
• Nearly 45 lakh citizens in the authorized and unauthorized colonies of Delhi do not have sewer pipelines and depend on septic tanks.
• The process of installing sewage pipelines across all the unauthorized colonies is going on. Also, it is important to ensure the cleanliness of the septic tanks through safe means.
• The scheme will help to collect waste from the septic tanks of the illegal colonies. It will ensure the safe disposal of waste in sewage treatment plants and the safety of people.
• Under the scheme, trained staff with all the safety equipment will be used for the work of septic tank cleaning.