Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 16 April to 22 April 2018
16 April to 22 April 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 TESS mission, Study in India portal and Pocket Cop project among others.
1. As per IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) report, what will be the India’s growth rate for the year 2019?
a) 7.8 percent
b) 7.6 percent
c) 7.4 percent
d) 7.3 percent
2. Who was conferred with the 2017 Dadasaheb Phalke Award posthumously?
a) Vinod Khanna
b) Sri Devi
c) Shashi Kapoor
d) Reema Lagoo
3. Which country has launched a website to report foreign spies?
b) North Korea
c) United States
4. Who has been appointed as the youth ambassador for Commonwealth?
a) Prince William
b) Prince Harry
c) Kate Middleton
d) Meghan Markle
5. Which state recently announced setting up of child protection committees?
a) Uttar Pradesh
b) West Bengal
c) Andhra Pradesh
d) Tamil Nadu
6. Which portal was launched recently by Union Human Resource Development Ministry to cover all aspects relating to studying in India for foreign students?
a) Invest in India
b) Study in India
c) Educate in India
d) Jobs in India
7. Which state’s Chief Minister has launched Pocket Cop project?
a) Uttar Pradesh
8. The Supreme Court of which nation has disqualified a former Prime Minister from holding public office for life?
a) South Africa
d) New Zealand
9. Who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service?
a) The New York Times and The New Yorker
b) The New Yorker and Reuters
c) Reuters and The Washington Post
d) The Washington Post and The New York Times
10. Which nation’s Supreme Court has restricted the deportation of convicted immigrants?
a) United States
11. NASA launched which mission recently to discover new planets outside the solar system?
12. Which Gulf nation has approved a draft law on property ownership by foreigners?
a) Saudi Arabia
Answers with Explanation
1. (a) 7.8 percent
The International Monetary Fund in the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) has projected India to grow at growth rate at 7.4 percent in 2018 and 7.8 percent in 2019, up from 6.7 percent in 2017. The report stated that India in 2018 and 2019 would re-emerge as one of the fastest growing major economies.
2. (a) Vinod Khanna
Vinod Khanna, the veteran Hindi film actor, was conferred the 2017 Dadasaheb Phalke Award posthumously for his immense contribution to Indian cinema.
3. (d) China
China has stepped up its campaign against foreign espionage with a website in Mandarin and English encouraging people to report national security threats such as bids to overthrow the socialist system. According to the website, the informants will be rewarded for discovering espionage equipment or for tip-offs on anyone suspected of buying or selling state secrets.
4. (b) Prince Harry
Queen Elizabeth has appointed Prince Harry as a youth ambassador for the Commonwealth, a role that will see him encouraging young people to use the network of mostly former British colonies to address their challenges.
5. (b) West Bengal
The West Bengal government plans to set up child protection committees at the villages to protect children from being abused.
6. (b) Study in India
Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satya Pal Singh jointly launched the Study in India programme of HRD Ministry by launching the ‘Study in India’ portal. Study in India Portal will be a single window to cover all aspects relating to studying in India for foreign students.
7. (c) Gujarat
The Chief Minister of Gujarat has launched ‘Pocket Cop Project in order to ensure that the police force of the state is equipped with modern day technology. Under the project, every officer in charge of the police station, Investigating Officer, PCR van and officials handling the passport verification process shall be equipped with a smartphone enabled with internet connectivity.
8. (b) Pakistan
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ruled that disqualification of a lawmaker under Article 62 of the Constitution would be for lifetime. The ruling has dashed the hopes of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of ever returning to power.
9. (a) The New York Times and The New Yorker
The New York Times and The New Yorker have jointly won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service on April 16, 2018 for exposing the powerful and wealthy sexual predators including one of the Hollywood’s most influential producers Harvey Weinstein. Their revelations inspired the global #MeToo movement that led to talks about gender and power dynamics in the workplace.
10. (a) United States
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the US law calling for the deportation of immigrants convicted of certain violent crimes is unconstitutionally vague. The ruling came on a plea filed by convicted California burglar James Garcia Dimaya, a legal immigrant from the Philippines.
11. (d) TESS
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on April 19, 2018 launched the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), the first-of-its-kind mission to discover planets outside the solar system, including some that could support life.
12. (b) Qatar
Qatar has announced the approval of a draft law on regulating the ownership and use of properties by foreigners. The draft law rules that non-Qataris might own and use properties under specific conditions. The law applies to land space including buildings and residential units, in addition to the detachment units in residential complexes.