31 December 2018: The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as Bangladesh national elections 2018, India’s second Biennial Update Report and Balkan athlete of the year 2018 among others.
1. Three islands belonging to which union territory have been renamed after legendary freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose?
a) Andaman and Nicobar Islands
c) Daman and Diu
d) Dadra and Nagar Haveli
2. The loan subsidy for the middle-income group under PMAY has been extended till when?
a) March 2019
b) September 2019
c) January 2020
d) March 2020
3. The Table Tennis Federation of India has revoked the suspension of which former national champion?
a) Soumyajit Ghosh
b) Sharath Kamal
c) Mouma Das
d) Anthony Arputaraj
4. Which legendary filmmaker, known primarily for paving the way for the birth of parallel cinema in India passed away on December 30, 2018?
a) Ritwick Ghatak
b) Bimal Roy
c) Mrinal Sen
d) Tapan Sinha
5. Which party emerged victorious in the Bangladesh national elections 2018?
a) Bangladesh Nationalist Party
b) Bangladesh Awami League
c) The Gano Forum
d) The Communist Party
6. Who was named Balkan athlete of the year 2018?
a) Luka Modric
b) Novak Djokovic
c) Lionel Messi
d) Roger Federer
7. India submitted the Second Biennial Update Report to which UN body?
8. Which Indian cricketer was named the captain of the ICC women’s T20I team of the year?
a) Mithali Raj
b) Harmanpreet Kaur
c) Poonam Yadav
d) Smriti Mandhana
9. Which country has successfully tested a new hypersonic nuclear weapon delivery system ‘Avangard’?
c) North Korea
10. Which two tennis greats among the following will face off across the net for the first time on January 1, 2018?
a) Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic
b) Roger Federer and Serena Williams
c) Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal
d) Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
Answers with Explanation
1. (a) Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 30, 2018 announced renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island would now be known as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.
2. (d) March 2020
The Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri said on December 31, 2018 that the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) loan subsidy for middle-income group has been extended till March 31, 2020. About one lakh beneficiaries have taken benefit of the scheme so far.
3. (a) Soumyajit Ghosh
The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) meeting in Sonepat on December 30, 2018 revoked suspension of former national champion Soumyajit Ghosh. The suspension was handed out to him in March 2018 following allegations of rape against him by an ex-girlfriend.
4. (c) Mrinal Sen
Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen passed away in the morning of December 31, 2018 in Kolkata, West Bengal after a prolonged battle with age-related ailments. The Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee was known primarily for paving the way for the reign of parallel cinema in the country with films such as Ek Din Achanak, Padatik,Mrigaya, Akaler Sandhane, Chorus, Kharij, Khandahar, Bhuwan Shome, Akash Kusum and Calcutta 71.
5. (b) Bangladesh Awami League
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured her third consecutive term and fourth overall with a landslide victory in the nation’s general elections. The results were announced by the Election Commission on December 31, 2018. Sheikh Hasina’s ruling party Bangladesh Awami League and its allies won 288 of the 299 parliamentary seats contested, surpassing its previous election win.
6. (a) Luka Modric
The captain of the Croatian national football team, Luka Modric, who led his team to the World Cup final in July, has been named Balkan athlete of the year 2018. Men's tennis world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia was second in the Balkan poll, while the Women's number one, Romania's Simona Halep, was third.
7. (d) UNFCCC
The Union Cabinet has approved Submission of India's second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) towards the fulfilment of the reporting obligation under the Convention. The second biennial update report aims to provide an update to India's first biennial report to the United Nation’s body on climate change.
8. (b) Harmanpreet Kaur
The International Cricket Council, ICC, announced women's ODI and T20I teams of the year 2018 on December 31, 2018. While New Zealand’s Suzie Bates was named as captain of the 50-over side, India’s Harmanpreet Kaur was appointed captain of the T20 team. Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav are the two Indians who feature in both the ODI and T20I squads.
9. (d) Russia
Russia has said it has successfully tested a new hypersonic nuclear weapon delivery system. The new Avangard weapon has been dubbed by President Vladimir Putin as a guided “fireball” that is practically invisible. It is one of an array of new nukes that Putin announced in March and that is at the centre of a potential new arms war bubbling up between Russia and the US.
10. (b) Roger Federer and Serena Williams
Roger Federer and Serena Williams, two of the greatest players in history, will face off across the net for the first time on January 1, 2018 when the United States will go up against defending champions Switzerland in the mixed doubles of the unique two-player, mixed teams Hopman Cup.