2nd December, 2018 (National & International Current Affairs)

1. Who among the following awarded UNESCO/Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities?

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A Bangladeshi activist for the disabled, Vashkar Bhattacharjee, and Chinese ICT company Tencent were awarded the Unesco/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in a ceremony at the Unesco headquarters Bhattacharjee is a leading Bangladeshi advocate who works with local, national and international partners to produce resources for learners with disabilities, and to train teachers in the use accessible reading materials. Tencent, a private Internet-based technologies and cultural enterprise, has won recognition for its outstanding contribution to the empowering and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities by using inclusive digital technologies to provide greatly enhanced access to information Note: The annual prize, supported by Kuwait, acknowledges outstanding contributions to the empowerment of persons with disabilities through the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to access information and knowledge.

2. The first India-ASEAN InnoTech Summit was held in:

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The first India-ASEAN InnoTech Summit was held in New Delhi. It was organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in association with Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Ministry of External Affairs.

3. Gold dore is an alloy of Gold and:

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A doré bar is a semi-pure alloy of gold and silver, usually created at the site of a mine. It is then transported to a refinery for further purification. Recently Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under Ministry of Commerce and Industry has put imports of gold dore in restricted category

4. Ministry of commerce and industry releases Index of Eight Core Industries for every:

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The monthly Index of Eight Core Industries (ICI) is a production volume index. The objective of the ICI is to provide an advance indication on production performance of industries of ‘core’ nature before the release of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) by Central Statistics Office. These industries are likely to impact on general economic activities as well as industrial activities. ICI measures collective and individual performance of production in selected eight core industries viz. Coal, Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Petroleum Refinery Products, Fertilizers, Steel, Cement and Electricity The Index is compiled and released by Office of the Economic Adviser (OEA), Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

5. Recently, India has suggested Nine Point Agenda to G-20 is related to:

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6. International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated every year on:

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated every year on December 3rd. This year's theme for the Day is the empowerment of persons with disabilities, and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, part of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, that pledges to "leave no one behind"

7. "Architecture of Justice: A Pictorial Walk-through of the Supreme Courts and High Courts of India" has been authored by:

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The book "Architecture of Justice: A Pictorial Walk-through of the Supreme Courts and High Courts of India" has been authored by father-son duo Vinay Thakur and Amogh Thakur.

8. Which of the following country is the partner country at the International CII Agro Tech 2018 held in New Delhi?

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International CII Agro Tech 2018 was held in New Delhi with theme 'Technology in Agriculture: Increasing Farmer's Income’. It is organised by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). In the fair, the partner country is Great Britain while focus countries are Canada and China. Here, Punjab and Haryana are the the host states for international agricultural expo

9. What is the theme of the 2018 World AIDS Day?

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The World AIDS Day (WAD) is observed every year on 1st of December to raise awareness of AIDS. The 2018 theme is ‘Know your status’.

10. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed on:

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The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed on December 2 every year with an objective to raise awareness about slavery and its impact on the society. This day marks adaptation of resolution ‘Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Prostitution of Others’ by United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 2 December 1949. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, worst forms of child labour and forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

11. Which state has been adjudged the best state at the 38th India International Trade Fair (IITF) in New Delhi?

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Uttarakhand has been adjudged the best state at the 38th India International Trade Fair (IITF) in New Delhi. Beside this, Himachal Pradesh pavilion has been awarded silver medal for excellent display in the 2018 IITF.

12. Which country has become the first NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) nation to appoint a female Chief of Armed Forces?

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Slovenia has become the first NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) nation to appoint a female Chief of Armed Forces after Major General Alenka Ermenc took the post of Head of its Army.

13. Who among the following awarded coveted International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Blue Cross?

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India's Olympic and world champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has been conferred the sport's highest honour for his outstanding services as the chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation's Athletes Committee. With this Bindra is the first Indian to be awarded the Blue Cross. The award is conferred for outstanding contribution to sport of shooting and honours distinguished members of the international shooting fraternity. Blue Cross is the highest recognition conferred by parent body of international shooting ISSF.

14. Recently who among the following has bagged the 2018 Ballon d'Or?

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Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has bagged the 2018 Ballon d'Or. Modric has become the first player other than former team-mate and now Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona's Lionel Messi to claim the award in more than a decade. Before Modric, both Messi and Ronaldo had won five Ballon d'Ors each. Women's Ballon d'Or was also named for the first time. Lyon's Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg claimed the award. Note: Modric had won the Golden Ball in 2018 World Cup. He led Croatia to its maiden Cup Final before they lost to France in the summit clash.

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