24th November, 2018 (National & International Current Affairs)

1. Recently there is news regarding Letter of comfort’ and ‘Sovereign Guarantee’. The news is in the context of:

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The government told the Supreme Court that no "sovereign guarantee" was given by the French government on the deal for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets. The French government has however given a 'letter of comfort' to India which would be good enough 'governmental guarantee', Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph. Note: India has secured a bank guarantee for about Rs 1,500 crore from Dassault in the Rafale jet deal as a safeguard against any violations of the offset policy prepared in accordance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), a leading financial daily said on Friday. A special clause in the deal, which mandates that five per cent of the total offset value be kept as a buffer in case of non-performance

2. Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation was promulgated in:

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3. ‘Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF)’ is founded by:

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The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) is a global partnership of countries that are disproportionately affected by the consequences of global warming. The forum addresses the negative effects of global warming as a result of heightened socioeconomic and environmental vulnerabilities The CVF was founded by the Maldives government before the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which sought to increase awareness of countries considered vulnerable.

4. Who among the following has been appointed as WhatsApp India Head?

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Abhijit Bose has been appointed the head of WhatsApp India. WhatsApp India will be the Indian arm of the messaging service and is expected to begin operations sometime next year. Bose was the co-founder and CEO of enterprise payments solutions firm Ezetap. The move is being taken by WhatsApp to meeting the union government’s demand to curb the spread of fake news on the platform.

5. Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center is located in:

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The Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center is North Korea's major nuclear facility, operating its first nuclear reactors.

6. In which year Motor Vehicles Act was enacted?

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Recently Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified the insertion of the item ‘Quadricycle’ as a ‘non transport’ vehicle under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

7. Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup-2018 anthem was composed by:

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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup-2018 anthem in the presence of music director A R Rahman here who has composed the music for it. The lyrics for the Hockey World Cup anthem 'Jai Hind, Jai India' have been penned by well known lyricist Gulzar. Turtle Olly was declared the official mascot of 2018 tournament at the Puri sea beach in Odisha.

8. Which bank has been brought under the purview of RTI, CVC and State Legislature?

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A day after Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, the State Administrative Council chaired by him decided to turn the J&K Bank Ltd into a public-sector bank, taking its autonomy away and making it accountable to the state legislature. Further, it will also be brought under the ambit of the J&K RTI Act and the Central Vigilance Commission. Until now, J&K Bank was classified as an ‘old private sector bank’ and supervised by the Reserve Bank of India. Besides, it is also subject to oversight by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

9. As per 6th edition of India Skills Report 2019 which state has topped the list of states with the highest employability rate?

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As per 6th edition of India Skills Report 2019, Andhra Pradesh has topped the list of states with the highest employability followed by Rajasthan and Haryana

10. Who among the following was publicly beheaded on the orders of Emperor Aurangzeb?

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Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion. Guru Tegh Bahadur resisted the forced conversions of Kashmiri Pandits and non-Muslims to Islam, and was publicly beheaded in 1675 on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi for himself refusing to convert to Islam The martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur is remembered as the Shaheedi Divas of Guru Tegh Bahadur every year on 24 November, according to the Nanakshahi calendar released by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in 2003

11. Ken River is located in:

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The Ken River, is one of the major rivers of the Bundelkhand region of central India, and flows through two states, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It is a tributary of the Yamuna. It originates from Kaimur Range in Jabalpur district. Note: Ken-Betwa Link Project (KBLP) aims to transfer surplus water from the Ken River in MP to Betwa in UP to irrigate the drought-prone Bundelkhand region spread across the two states.

12. Which of the following team won 2018 Women’s world T-20 title?

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Australia women lifted their fourth Women's World T20 trophy after comprehensively defeating England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua. Since the start of the tournament in 2009, Australia have won the title four times and are the most successful team in Women's World T20. Note: 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 was hosted in the West Indies. It was the sixth edition of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup, and the second hosted by the West Indies Australia's Alyssa Healy was named the player of the tournament

13. Who among the following has been named as the youngest-ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador?

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“Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown has been named UNICEF’s youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador.

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