7th November, 2018 (National & International Current Affairs)

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1. India procured K9 Vajra-T tracked self-propelled artillery gun from:

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Indian Army inducted its first new pieces of artillery in three decades. The M777 Ultra-Light Howitzer from the US and K9 Vajra-T tracked self-propelled artillery gun from South Korea were formally inducted into service at the Deolali field firing ranges in Maharastra. Note: The Army had last inducted Bofors artillery guns procured from Sweden in the early 1980s. Several attempts to procure new guns later have not made progress. In April 2017, the Indian engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Hanwa Techwin of South Korea signed a contract to manufacture the K9 Vajra-T guns. The K9 was shortlisted by the Army after extensive trials and the deal is worth about ₹4,500 crore for 100 guns. K9 Vajra-T is a 155-mm, 52-calibre self-propelled artillery gun with a maximum range of 40 km, customised from the original K9 Thunder gun. The fire control system has been customised for desert conditions to the requirements of the Army. As per agreement, the first 10 guns are to be imported from South Korea and the rest manufactured by L&T in India. All the 100 guns will be delivered by November 2020. The first regiment would be in place by July 2019. The M777 which is the lightest in its category will be deployed by the Army for use in the mountains. In November 2016, India signed a deal for 145 M777 ULHs with the U.S. under the Foreign Military Sales programme at a cost of $737 million. Of the 145 guns, 25 will be imported while the remaining 120 will be assembled in India in partnership with Mahindra group. Deliveries are slated to be completed by mid-2021.

2. World Science Day for Peace and Development is observed every year on:

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World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated each year on November 10. The theme for 2018 is “Science, a Human Right”, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (art. 27), and of the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers. World Science Day was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001 and celebrated for the first time in 2002.

3. Notes of a Dream is the Auto biography of:

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A.R. Rahman’s biography, Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman, was launched in Mumbai. The book is written by author Krishna Trilok

4. Which of the following is India’s heaviest communication satellite till date?

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GSAT-11 is a large planned Indian geostationary communications satellite. The satellite was planned to be launched in May 2018, but was delayed after ISRO recalled it back to India from the launch site in French Guiana for additional checks weeks after ISRO lost communication to another communication satellite, the GSAT-6A, soon after its launch in March 2018. After the satellite was found fit for the launch, the new launch date has been set to 4 December 2018 The 5725 kg satellite is based on the new I-6K Bus and carry 40 transponders in the Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies which are capable of providing up to 14 Gbit/s throughput. It is built to provide the Indian region superior communication and 12 GBPS connectivity with its multiple spot beams in Ka and Ku bands. GSAT-11 will be launched from the European spaceport in French Guiana along with South Korea’s weather satellite GEO-Kompsat 2A as ISRO's own Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) rocket can only lift a satellite weighing not more than four tonnes to Geostationary transfer orbit

5. Recently Ekana International Stadium is renamed as Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium. The stadium is located in:

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Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium(Formerly Ekana International Cricket Stadium) is an international standard cricket stadium in Lucknow. On 6 November 2018, the stadium hosted its first international match, a Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and the West Indies, becoming the 52nd stadium in India to host an international cricket match. In that match Rohit Sharma became the first cricketer to score four centuries in T20Is

6. The International Space Station programme is a joint project among how many Space agencies?

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The ISS programme is a joint project among five participating space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA. Therefore it is a collaboration between the U.S., Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan. It has been in operation since 1998 and due to be retired in 2024. Note: China has recently unveiled a core module of its space station which is expected to be completed by 2022. It is named “Tiangong” or “Heavenly Palace” with 3 astronauts placed permanently.

7. Global media compact is related to:

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The United Nations announced today the launch of the SDG Media Compact, an initiative marking a new drive to advance awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Compact seeks to inspire media and entertainment companies around the world to leverage their resources and creative talent to advance the Goals.

8. Which of the following is not correct with respect to Border Area Development program?

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9. Padur Strategic petroleum reserve is located in:

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The Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve is an emergency fuel store of 5.33 million metric tonnes, or 36.92 million barrels, of crude oil that can provide for 10 days of consumption and is maintained by the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd. As part of the first phase, storage facilities with capacity of nearly 5.33 MMT were created at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Mangaluru and Padur in Karnataka. The government in June approved the setting up two strategic petroleum reserve sites worth an estimated $2 billion, with a total capacity of 6.5 million tonnes in Karnataka and Odisha, as part of the second phase which is expected to augment India’s energy security by 11.5 days according the consumption data for FY 2017-18 Recently Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the filling of Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) in Karnataka by overseas National Oil Companies (NOCs). The SPR facility at Padur is underground rock cavern with total capacity of 2.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) having four compartments of 0.625 MMT each

10. Which of the following is wrongly matched?

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11. Recently which of the following district’s name is changed to Ayodhya?

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Close on the heels of renaming Allahabad ‘Prayagraj’, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced that the Faizabad district will be known as ‘Ayodhya’.

12. Which of the following is not correct with respect to Montreal Protocol?

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13. Who among the following is the head of the panel formed to accelerate strategic disinvestments in central public sector enterprises (CPSEs)?

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To accelerate strategic disinvestments in central public sector enterprises (CPSEs), the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) mandated a panel headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley to oversee the asset sale process. The panel—a so-called alternative mechanism approved by the CCEA may also help the government raise more revenue from asset sales. Minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari and the ministers to whose departments CPSEs report will be members of the panel, which will decide on matters relating to terms and conditions of the strategic sale—from calling for expressions of interest from potential buyers to inviting financial bids. Note: Strategic disinvestment implies the sale of a substantial portion of government stake in a CPSE with transfer of management control. Recently Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given in principle approval for strategic disinvestment of 100 percent Government of India's share in DCIL to consortium of 4 ports, namely Vishakhapatnam Port Trust, Paradeep Port Trust, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Kandla Port Trust

14. Angad Vir Singh Bajw is associated with which of the following sports?

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Indian skeet shooter Angad Vir Singh Bajwa shot a historic gold in the men’s skeet event at the eighth Asian Shotgun Championship. This is the first ever gold medal by any Indian skeet shooter at any continental or world level event.

 

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