Current affair Quiz : 27 August

1. The Defence Ministry has cleared procurement of how many naval helicopters at a cost of over Rs 21000 crore?

a) 99
b) 100
c) 111
d) 89

2. Who will launch will the second phase of FAME India scheme?

a) Narendra Modi
b) Rajnath Singh
c) Ram Nath Kovind
d) Venkaiah Naidu

3. Who has become the first Indian badminton player to enter the finals of Asian Games?

a) Saina Nehwal
b) PV Sindhu
c) Srikanth Kidambi
d) HS Prannoy

4. Who became the only second singles player to win an Asiad bronze in badminton at the 18th Asian Games?

a) PV Sindhu
b) Srikanth Kidambi
c) Saina Nehwal
d) Rohan Bopanna

5. Which country has banned discretionary use of state funds and first-class air travel by officials and leaders including the president and the prime minister?

a) India
b) Pakistan
c) Chile
d) Denmark

6. Vietnam War hero John McCain passed away on August 25 after battling from brain tumour. He served as the senator and a two- time contender for presidency in which nation?

a) United States
b) United Kingdom
c) Australia
d) Canada

7. Which state government has sought revival of cheetah reintroduction project?

a) Gujarat
b) Assam
c) Odisha
d) Madhya Pradesh

8. India recently held its 8th joint trade committee meeting with which nation?

a) China
b) Malaysia
c) Indonesia
d) Kenya

9. Which Indian athlete won the gold medal in men’s shot put with a record-breaking performance?

a) M. Sreeshankar
b) Tajinder Pal Singh
c) Muhammed Anas
d) Chethan Balasubramanya

10. Who won India’s first medal in 20 years in a women’s 100 event?

a) Hima Das
b) Anu Raghavan
c) Fouaad Mirza
d) Dutee Chand

Answers with Explanation

1. (c) 111

The Union Defence Ministry on August 25, 2018 gave its approval for the acquisition of 111 utility helicopters for Navy at an estimated cost of over Rs 21,000 crore. The utility helicopters will be used in attack missions as well as for search and rescue and surveillance operations.

2. (a) Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon launch the second phase of the FAME India scheme offering incentives for mass adoption of electric vehicles with an outlay of Rs 5,500 crore. The Prime Minister will unveil the scheme at the inaugural session of ‘MOVE’ – the global mobility summit.

3. (b) PV Sindhu

India’s PV Sindhu defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in their semifinal clash at the 18th Asian Games to become the first-ever badminton player to reach the final of Asian Games in either singles or doubles.

4. (c) Saina Nehwal

India’s medal account opened on Day 9 of the 18th Asian Games with star shuttler Saina Nehwal winning a historic bronze after losing to World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in women’s singles semifinals. Despite losing, Nehwal with her bronze medal became the only second singles player and the first female one to win an Asiad bronze after Syed Modi, who had won a bronze in 1982.

5. (b) Pakistan

Pakistan’s new government has banned the discretionary use of state funds and first-class air travel by officials and leaders, including the president and the prime minister, as part of its austerity drive. The decisions were made at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 24.

6. (a) United States

US Senator John McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam and a two-time contender for the presidency, died on August 25, 2018 at his home in Arizona at the age of 81. McCain had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, in 2017 and was being treated periodically with radiation and chemotherapy.

7. (d) Madhya Pradesh

The Madhya Pradesh forest department has written to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to revive the plan to reintroduce cheetahs in the state’s Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary. The ambitious project, conceived in 2009, had hit a roadblock due to the need of funds. The country’s last spotted feline died in Chhattisgarh in 1947. Later, the cheetah, which is the fastest land animal, was declared extinct in India in 1952.

8. (d) Kenya

The 8th meeting of India-Kenya Joint Trade Committee was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from August 22- 25, 2018. The meeting was co-chaired by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu and Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Government of Kenya.

9. (b) Tajinder Pal Singh

On Day 7 at the Asian Games, India’s 23-year-old Tajinder Pal Singh clinched the gold medal in men’s shot put with an Asian Games record. Tajinder began as the favourite and his opening effort of 19.96m was enough to give him the gold but he did better and his fifth throw of 20.75m broke the Games record set by Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Abdulmajeed (20.57m) in 2010.

10. (d) Dutee Chand

The Day 7 at the 18th Asian Games ended on a high with Dutee Chand grabbing the spotlight by winning silver in the women’s 100 m event. With this, she won the country’s first medal in 20 years in a women’s 100 event. India’s last medal in this event was a bronze, which was won by Rachita Mistry in 1998 Asian Games.