Latest Current Affairs Quiz for Exam: 19 April 2019

1. Which organisation releases World Press Freedom Index every year?

a) United Nations
b) Reporters Without Borders
c) Thomson Reuters
d) World Peace Council

2. What was India’s rank in the World Press Freedom Index 2019?

a) 136th
b) 138th
c) 140th
d) 142nd

3. Who has become the 1st Indian woman scientist to be selected in the fellow of Royal Society in 358 years?

a) Gagandeep Kang
b) Karanbeer Kaur 
c) Jaspreet Dhillon 
d) Preeti Sahai 

4. The Supreme Court has determined which illness as a ground to spare death row convicts from the gallows?

a) Mental illness
b) Alzheimer’s
d) Cancer

5. Which nation has successfully launched its 1st satellite into space under Japan’s Birds project?

a) Malaysia
b) Italy
c) Nepal
d) Bangladesh

6. Who among the following astronauts is soon going to set a new record for longest single spaceflight by a woman?

a) Christina Koch
b) Anne McClain
c) Sunita Williams 
d) Serena Auñón-Chancellor

7. Jaideep Sarkar has been appointed as India’s next High Commissioner to which nation?

a) Germany
b) South Africa
c) Canada
d) Australia

8. Which country’s peacekeepers were awarded Medals of Honour for their supreme dedication and sacrifices in South Sudan under the UN Mission in South Sudan?

a) USA
b) UK
c) Japan
d) India

9. Which company recently announced its plans to shut down operations in China?

a) eBay
b) Walmart
c) Amazon
d) Shein

10. Indian Ships will participate in the International Fleet Review 2019 in which country?

a) USA
b) Singapore
c) Australia
d) China


1. (b) Reporters Without Borders

The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on April 18, 2019 released the World Press Freedom Index 2019, reflecting growing animosity towards journalists. This year, the index has been topped by Norway again for the third year, followed by Finland and Sweden at second and third positions, respectively. 

2. (c) 140th

India’s rank in the World Press Freedom Index 2019 dropped down to 140th from 138th in 2018, two points below the previous year. As per the Index, one of the most striking features of the current state of press freedom in India is violence against journalists including police violence, attacks by Maoist fighters, criminal groups and corrupt politicians. 

3. (a) Gagandeep Kang

Gagandeep Kang has become first Indian woman scientists selected for Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London. She is the first Indian woman scientist getting selected as FRS in 358 years of history of this prestigious scientific academy.

4. (a) Mental illness

The Supreme Court of India on April 18, 2019 directed that mental illness of people on death row, if developed post-conviction, would now be a mitigating factor for appellate courts for sparing them from the gallows. 

5. (c) Nepal

Nepal has successfully launched its first satellite NepaliSat-1 into space from Virginia in the United States. The satellite was developed by the Nepalese scientists. NepaliSat-1 is a low orbit satellite. The launch of the satellite was initiated under the BIRDS project of the Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology. 

6. (a) Christina Koch

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) extended to 328 days. She would set a new record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old one of 288 days set by retired astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17.

7. (b) South Africa 

Jaideep Sarkar has been appointed as India’s next High Commissioner to South Africa. External Affairs Ministry said in New Delhi that he is expected to take up the assignment shortly. Sarkar, a 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently serving as India’s ambassador in Bhutan. He served in Indian Missions in Tokyo, Seoul and Bangladesh as well.

8. (d) India

150 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission (UNMISS) in South Sudan were awarded medals of honour for their supreme dedication and sacrifices in Malakal, South Sudan. Indian Horizontal Mobility Engineering Company had completed the renovation of 145 km of roadway connecting Bentiu and Leer in South Sudan.

9. (c) Amazon

Amazon is planning to close down online retail operations catering to consumers in China, in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba. 

10. (d) China

INS Kolkata and Shakti are scheduled to participate in the International Fleet Review in Qingdao, China as part of 70th Anniversary celebrations of People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy). International Fleet Review (IFR) is a parade of naval ships, aircraft and submarines, and is organised by nations to promote goodwill, strengthen cooperation and showcase their organisational capabilities.

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