Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 18 March to 24 March 2019

18 March to 24 March 2019: 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 such as new Goa Chief, India’s first Lokpal and West Nile Virus Fever among others.

1. Who was sworn-in as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa?

a) Pramod Sawant
b) Ramkrishna Dhavlikar
c) Vijai Sardesai
d) Vinod Palyekar

2. Who was appointed as India's first Lokpal on March 19, 2019?

a) Dinesh Kumar Jain
b) Pinaki Chandra Ghose
c) Pradip Kumar Mohanty
d) Ajay Kumar Tripathi

3. When was Global Recycling Day 2019 observed globally?

a) 16 March
b) 17 March
c) 18 March
d) 19 March

4. The Union Health Ministry reviewed preparedness on West Nile Virus Fever in which state?

a) Maharashtra
b) Bihar
c) Haryana
d) Kerala

5. Which regulatory body has directed the Central Pollution Control Board to prepare noise pollution maps?

a) Supreme Court
b) Delhi HC
c) National Green Tribunal
d) Uttarakhand HC

6. Which nation's President has resigned from his position after nearly 30 years in power?

a) Afghanistan
b) Tajikistan
c) Zimbabwe
d) Kazakhstan

7. Cyclone IDAI has affected over 1.5 million people in which among the following continents?

a) Oceania
b) Australia
c) Africa
d) South America

8. Which nation piloted two resolutions on single-use plastics and sustainable nitrogen management at the fourth session of United Nations Environment Assembly?

a) France
b) India
c) US
d) Japan

9. Gauri Sawant has been appointed as the first transgender election ambassador in which state?

a) Karnataka
b) Maharashtra
c) Tamil Nadu
d) Telangana

10. India Post has released a special stamp cover on which environmental initiative?

a) Green Energy
b) Ice Stupas
c) Hydrogen Lights
d) Green Electricity

11. Name the Second Scorpene Class Submarine which is set to be inducted into the Indian Navy by May 2019?

a) INS Khanderi
b) INS Kalvari
c) INS Karanj
d) INS Vela

12. Which country will host the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2020?

a) France
b) India
c) South Korea
d) Japan

ANSWERS

1. (a) Pramod Sawant

Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Pramod Sawant was sworn-in as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa in a late-night ceremony, hours after his predecessor, Manohar Parrikar was cremated with state honours.

2. (b) Pinaki Chandra Ghose

India gets its first Lokpal six years after the passage of Act, former Supreme Court judge, Pinaki Chandra Ghose was on March 19, 2019 appointed as India’s first Lokpal also known as the anti-corruption ombudsman.

3. (c) 18 March

The Global Recycling Day was observed across the world on March 18, 2019 to help recognise, and celebrate the importance recycling plays in preserving the precious primary resources. The theme of 2019 Global Recycling Day was ‘Recycling into the Future’.

4. (d) Kerala

The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on March 19, 2019 reviewed the current situation and state preparedness to deal with West Nile Virus Fever in Mallapuram district of Kerala along with the officials from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

5. (c) National Green Tribunal

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to prepare a noise pollution map and remedial action plan to solve the issue across the country. The green bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the CPCB to identify noise pollution hotspots and categorise cities with specified hotspots and propose a remedial action plan within three months.

6. (d) Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced his resignation after nearly 30 years in power.  The 78-year old leader had ruled the country since it emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The announcement came less than a month after the President sacked his government, citing a lack of economic development despite the country's vast energy resources.

7. (c) Africa

In Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been hit by a vicious cyclone, Cyclone IDAI, which has killed nearly 150 people, left hundreds more missing and stranded more than thousands. According to the UN, the cyclone has affected more than 1.5 million people in the three southern African countries.

8. (b) India

India piloted resolutions on two key global environmental issues, single-use plastics and sustainable nitrogen management, at the fourth session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) that was held in Nairobi from March 11-15, 2019. The UN Environment adopted both the resolutions with consensus.

9. (b) Maharashtra

The Election Commission of India has appointed transgender social activist Gauri Sawant, as one of the 12 election ambassadors from Maharashtra. During 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections there was no record of transgender voters.  Sawant's appointment is expected to help more people from the category to get registered during the final phase of voters enrollment.

10. (b) Ice Stupas

The Department of Post has released a special stamp cover on Ice Stupa. The special stamps aim to create awareness about depleting glaciers and affect the ecology around the Himalayas. Ice Stupas also known as artificial glaciers, are being built with an aim to reduce the problem of water shortage, faced by Ladakhi farmers due to the receding of glaciers.

11. (a) INS Khanderi

INS Khanderi, the second of the 6 Scorpene Class Submarines, will soon be inducted into the Indian Navy by May 2019. INS Khanderi was launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on January 12, 2017 and since then it has been undergoing trials and tests.

12. (b) India

Gianni Infantino, the President of International Football Federation (FIFA), on March 15, 2019 announced that India will host the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020. The 2020 World Cup will be the seventh edition of the U-17 Women's tournament.

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