Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 19 August to 25 August 2019

19 August to 25 August 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 like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Amazon rainforest fire, DTC 2.0 and world’s largest emitter of SO2 among others.

1. Who among the following has been nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in the National Sports Awards 2019?
a) Ravindra Jadeja
b) R. Ashwin
c) Deepa Malik
d) Dipa Karmakar

2. A raging fire has engulfed this rainforest, which contributes to about 20 percent of the earth’s oxygen. 
a) Amazon 
b) Nile 
c) Congo
d) New Guinea

3. Who among the following was arrested by CBI in relation to the INX Media corruption case?
a) Yashwant Sinha
b) P. Chidambaram
c) Arun Jaitley
d) Pranab Mukharjee

4. The Direct Tax Code (DTC) task force has recommended a major cut in corporate tax for both domestic and foreign companies. What is the newly recommended corporate tax rate?
a) 25 percent
b) 30 percent 
c) 15 percent
d) 20 percent

5. Which glacier in Iceland has lost its identity due to climate change?
a) Okjokull
b) Sesami
c) Milami
d) Sumatra

6. Which country is the largest emitter of SO2, according to Greenpeace data?
a) Russia
b) India 
c) China
d) Saudi Arabia

7. Which country bestowed its highest civilian award 'Order of Zaid’ upon Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
a) Bhutan
b) Thailand
c) UAE
d) Japan

8. Which among the following Indian structures featured in Time’s 2019 list of 100 greatest places in world? 
a) The Light Box Restroom
b) Nalanda Ruins
c) Galden Namgey Lhatse
d) Statue of Unity

9. US President Donald Trump recently showed interest in buying which nation?
a) Iceland
b) Ireland 
c) Cuba
d) Greenland 

10. Which court has agreed to examine validity of new triple talaq law?
a) Delhi HC
b) Madras HC
c) Supreme Court
d) Allahabad HC

11. What will be the retirement age of the Central Armed Police Force personnel as per the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs? 
a) 58
b) 59
c) 60
d) 61

12. PM Modi recently inaugurated Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant in which country?
a) Bangladesh
b) Bhutan
c) Sri Lanka
d) Malaysia


1. (c) Deepa Malik
A day after wrestler Bajrang Punia's name was recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the 12-member selection committee added 2016 Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik to this prestigious list. Malik is the second Indian Paralympian after Devendra Jhajharia (2017), and the first woman in the category, to be nominated for this coveted award.

2. (a) Amazon
Amazon rainforest, the world’s largest rain forest, which provides almost 20 percent of the earth’s oxygen, has been burning for over 16 days resulting in a major loss of trees and biodiversity.

3. (b) P. Chidambaram
Former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). P Chidambaram is accused of facilitating foreign investment into a television company, INX Media, in 2007, when he was the Finance Minister.

4. (a) 25 percent
The Direct Tax Code (DTC) task force has recommended a major cut in the corporate tax for both domestic and foreign companies. The panel has proposed reducing the tax from earlier 30 percent for large companies and 40 percent for foreign companies to an even rate of 25 percent for both domestic and foreign companies. 

5. (a) Okjokull
Iceland unveiled a plaque to its Okjokull ice sheet, the first of the country’s hundreds of glaciers to melt away due to climate change. Scientists see the shrinking of glaciers as one of many warning signs that the earth’s climate is lurching toward dangerous tipping points.

6. (b) India 
India is the largest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide in the world, as per the data released by environmental NGO Greenpeace on August 19, 2019. Anthropogenic sulphur dioxide is produced from burning of coal and it is known to largely contribute to air pollution.

7. (c) UAE
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the Order of Zayed, UAE’s highest civilian award by UAE Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on August 24, 2019. The gulf nation decided to honour the PM with its highest civilian award to recognise his "pivotal role" in strengthening ties between the two nations.

8. (d) Statue of Unity 
India’s 'Statue of Unity' and Soho House in Mumbai have been featured in the Time’s list of 100 greatest places in the world. The Time magazine in its annual list of 2019, compiled a list of 100 greatest places in the world that are new and noteworthy destinations to experience. 

9. (d) Greenland 
In a surprising move, US President Donald Trump expressed desire to buy Greenland. The Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen, who found the notion to be absurd, declined the offer. Trump, in fact, cancelled his scheduled visit to Denmark in September after the refusal. 

10. (c) Supreme Court 
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea by a Muslim body challenging the new triple talaq law. The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind moved the apex court on August 23, 2019 questioning the validity of the new triple talaq law.

11. (c) 60
As per the order issued by Union Home Ministry, all personnel of the forces, the Border Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal, Central Reserve Police Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police will retire at the age of 60, instead of 57 years.

12. (b) Bhutan
Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant in Bhutan was recently inaugurated by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. It is a one of the major projects under Bhutan's initiative to generate 10,000 MW hydropower by 2020.

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