14th November, 2018 (National & International Current Affairs)

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1. Which of the following is not correct with respect to 10th Agricultural census?

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First Agricultural census was conducted with reference year 1970-71. The census is conducted every five years to collect data on structural aspects of operational holdings in the country. Tenth First Agricultural census was conducted with reference year 2015-16. Some key facts from tenth Agricultural census: • Total area under farming: 157.14 million hectares • Total number of operational holdings-146 million • State with largest number of operational holdings-Uttar Pradesh • Average size of land holdings-1.08 hectares • Among operated or farmed areas, Rajasthan topped the list • Percentage of land holders who are women-13.87% • The average size of operational holdings is highest in Nagaland (5 hectares) and lowest in Kerala (0.18 hectares)

2. Changi Naval Base is located in:

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Changi Naval Base (CNB) officially known as RSS Singapura - Changi Naval Base is the latest naval facility of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and was built to replace Brani Naval Base India and Singapore signed a bilateral agreement that will allow Indian Navy ships logistical support, including refuelling, at Singapore’s Changi naval base located near the disputed South China Sea.

3. Kanha National Park is located in:

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Kanha Tiger Reserve, also called Kanha National Park, is one of the tiger reserves of India and the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh The forest depicted in the famous novel by Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book is based on jungles including this reserve. It is also the first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot, "Bhoorsingh the Barasingha"

4. Who among the following has been appointed as new Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED)?

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Sanjay Mishra has been appointed the new Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Mishra has replaced Karnal Singh. Mishra has also been appointed as the Principal Special Director in the IRS.

5. Which of the following launched Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme”?

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To cater to the needs and aspirations of the youth, the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has come up with a youth-friendly scheme ‘Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme” for attracting them to cooperative business ventures. The scheme will be linked to Rs 1000 crore ‘Cooperative Start-up and Innovation Fund (CSIF)’ created by the NCDC. It would have more incentives for cooperatives of North Eastern region, Aspirational Districts and cooperatives with women or SC or ST or PwD members. The funding for the project will be up to 80% of the project cost for these special categories as against 70% for others. The scheme envisages 2% less than the applicable rate of interest on term loan for the project cost up to Rs 3 crore including 2 years moratorium on payment of principal. All types of cooperatives in operation for at least one year are eligible. Note: National Cooperative Development Corporation has embarked on Sahakar 22, a Mission for Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022. The NCDC has the unique distinction of being the sole statutory organisation functioning as an apex financial and developmental institution exclusively devoted to cooperative sector. It supports cooperatives in diverse fields apart from agriculture and allied sectors. It is an ISO 9001:2015 compliant organisation and has a distinctive edge of competitive financing.

6. Which country will host the 87th International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) General Assembly 2018?

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Dubai will host the 87th International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) General Assembly 2018, between November 18 to 21. Held for the first time in the UAE, the Interpol General Assembly will bring together officials of public security departments and global experts to discuss vital safety and security issues. Delegates will identify the most important challenges, explore the future role of technology and artificial intelligence in the fight against terrorism and organised crime, and discuss enhancing cooperation to make the world a safer place. Note: Headquarters of Interpol is located in Lyon, France Current Interpol's acting President is Kim Jong Yang of South Korea, replacing Meng Hongwei, Deputy Minister of Public Security of China, who resigned by mail in October 2018 after his detention by Chinese authorities on corruption charges

7. According to mid-term review of Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) validity period of Duty Credit Scrips has been increased from 18 months to:

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In mid-term review of Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) validity period of Duty Credit Scrips has been increased from 18 to 24 months and GST rates on transfer/sale of scrips has been reduced to zero Export incentives under Merchandise Exports from India (MEIS) have been increased by 2 percent across the board for labour intensive MSME sectors leading to additional annual incentive of Rs. 4,567 crore. This is in addition to the already announced increase in MEIS incentives from 2 percent to 4 percent for Ready-made Garments and Made Ups in the labour intensive Textiles Sector with an additional annual incentive of Rs. 2,743 crore Further, incentives under Services Exports from India Scheme (SEIS) have also been increases by 2% percent leading to additional annual incentive of Rs. 1,140 crore.

8. Border Roads Organization (BRO) is present under:

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9. Who among the following has been appointed as the India’s first ever youth ambassador to UNICEF?

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The United Nations Children’s Fund — India (Unicef—India) has appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as the country’s first ever youth ambassador. Hailing from Nagaon district, Das clinched a gold medal in Women’s 4x400 metre relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. She also won a silver in the Women’s 400m Race event. She had also won a silver medal in Women's 400m Race event with a clock timing of 50.59 seconds. Note: United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. The Polish physician Ludwik Rajchman is widely regarded as the founder of UNICEF and served as its first chairman from 1946 Headquarters of UNICEF is located in New York

10. Recently UN Security Council lifted sanctions on which country?

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The UN Security Council lifted sanctions on Eritrea following a landmark peace deal with Ethiopia and a thaw with Djibouti that have buoyed hopes for positive change in the Horn of Africa. The council unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution lifting the arms embargo, all travels bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions against Eritrea. Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a peace deal in July that ended two decades of hostility and led to friendlier relations with Djibouti, shoring up prospects for stability in the Horn of Africa. The resolution calls on Eritrea and Djibouti to continue efforts to settle a 2008 border dispute and asks Asmara to release information concerning Djiboutian soldiers missing in clashes a decade ago.

11. National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) is India’s first railway university located in:

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National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) is India’s first railway university located in Vadodara, Gujarat. This institute is located in the National Academy of Indian Railway (NAIR) having about 55 acres of campus. This university focussed on transport-related education, multidisciplinary research and training NRTI will offer multi-disciplinary programmes designed to cater to the needs of India’s transportation sector. The Institute will follow a demand-driven curriculum, while aligning with industry priorities.

12. Who among the following is the most recent champion in FIFA eWorld Cup?

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The FIFA eWorld Cup, formerly known as the FIFA Interactive World Cup(FIWC), is an eSports tournament held by FIFA and its presenting partner EA Sports. Each tournament has players competing in games of the latest incarnation of the FIFA video game series The most recent champion is Mosaad "Msdossary" Aldossary of Saudi Arabia

13. Long Walk to Freedom is an autobiography of:

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14. Who among the following has been appointed Chief Representative for Asia and the Pacific in Bank for International Settlements (BIS)?

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The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has appointed Siddharth Tiwari as the Chief Representative for Asia and the Pacific. Tiwari takes over from Eli Remolona who held the position from 2008 to 2018. About BIS: Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is an international financial institution owned by central banks which "fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks". The BIS carries out its work through its meetings, programmes and through the Basel Process – hosting international groups pursuing global financial stability and facilitating their interaction. It also provides banking services, but only to central banks and other international organizations. It is based in Basel, Switzerland, with representative offices in Hong Kong and Mexico City

15. 2018 Women's World Boxing Championships begin in:

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Women's World Boxing Championships begin in Delhi . This tenth edition of the tournament is set to be the biggest ever as more than 300 boxers from 72 countries will be taking part.

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