8th November, 2018 (National & International Current Affairs)

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1. Which of the following international organization is related to Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme (AMF TCP)?

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Union Cabinet has been apprised of India joining as Member of Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme (AMF TCP) under International Energy Agency (IEA) on May 9, 2018. Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India has joined AMF TCP as its 16th member. The other member Countries of AMF TCP are USA, China, Japan, Canada, Chile, Israel, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Republic of Korea, Switzerland and Thailand. Note: The R&D work in AMF TCP is carried out within individual projects called "Annex". Over the years, more than 50 Annexes have been initiated in the programme and a number of fuels have been covered in previous Annexes such as reformulated fuels (gasoline & diesel), biofuels (ethanol, biodiesel), synthetic fuels (methanol, Fischer- Tropsch, DME) and gaseous fuels.

2. Gujarat government is planning to change which city name as Karnavati?

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Deputy chief minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel announced that the state government was contemplating changing the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati Karnavati, the site of an erstwhile city supposedly near Ahmedabad, derives its name from Karnadev Solanki (a Chalukya dynasty ruler), whereas Ahmedabad is named after Ahmad Shah I, the founder of Ahmedabad city and the most well-known king of the Gujarat Sultanate. Note: Prior to the establishment of Karnavati near the current site of Ahmedabad, a Bhil (tribal) woman called Asha founded Ashawal (also known as Ashapalli) either in the late ninth century or the early tenth century. Chaulukya ruler Karna of Anhilwara (modern Patan) had waged a successful war against the Bhil king of Ashaval and established a city called Karnavati on the banks of the Sabarmati River. Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 A.D. had laid the foundation of a new walled city near Karnavati and named it Ahmadabad after the four saints in the area by the name Ahmed.

3. Which country hosted “Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018”?

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“Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018” is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. This year, India is hosting the event in collaboration with Government of Korea and Rehabilitation International (RI).

4. Recently Union Cabinet has given its "in-principle" approval for leasing out how many airports of AAI for operation, management and development under PPP?

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The Union Cabinet has given its "in-principle" approval for leasing out six airports of AAI - Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru for operation, management and development under Public Private Partnership (PPP) through Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC). It has also given its approval for the constitution of an Empowered Group of Secretaries headed by CEO, NITI Aayog with Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs and Secretary, Department of Expenditure to decide on any issue falling beyond the scope of PPPAC.

5. As per new norms, Vice Chiefs of the three Services will be able to exercise financial powers upto:

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The Ministry of Defence has delegated greater financial decision-making powers to Vice Chiefs of the three Services in order to expedite the decision making process involved in the revenue procurements of the Armed Forces. With the new delegation, the Vice Chiefs will be able to exercise financial powers upto five times more than the existing powers with an enhanced ceiling of Rs. 500 crores.

6. Recently India’s first container vessel movement on inland waterways is started from Kolkata and Varanasi. What is the name of container vessel used?

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India’s first container vessel movement on the Ganga river (National Waterways-I) began. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) transported the container cargo belonging to the food and beverages giant PepsiCo (India), from Kolkata to Varanasi. The container vessel, named MV Rabindranath Tagore is transporting as many as 16 containers, which is equivalent to 16 truckloads of food and snacks through the Ganga river. The container vessel will reach Varanasi in the next 9 to 10 days. The vessel will make its return journey with fertilizers from IFFCO that will be procured from its Phulpur plant, which is situated near Allahabad. Note: The central government is developing the National Waterways-I (River Ganga). It is being developed under Jal Marg Vikas Project form Haldia to Varanasi, covering a distance of 1,390 km. It is being done at a cost of around Rs 5,369 crore, with the financial and technical assistance from the World Bank. This project would allow commercial navigation of container vessels with a capacity of 1,500 to 2,000 DWT.

7. Which of the following is not correct?

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The Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd. (ISPRL) has constructed and commissioned underground rock caverns for storage of total 5.33 MMT of crude oil at three locations namely Vishakhapatnam (1.33 MMT), Mangalore (1.5 MMT) and Padur (2.5 MMT). The total 5.33 MMT capacity under Phase-I of the SPR programme is currently estimated to supply approximately 9.5 days of India’s crude requirement according to the consumption data for FY 2017-18. Government has given ‘in principle’ approval in June 2018 for establishing additional 6.5 MMT SPR facilities at Chandikhol in Odisha and Padur in Karnataka, which is expected to augment India’s energy security by 11.5 days according the consumption data for FY 2017-18.

8. Who among the following has been authorised to sell the enemy shares?

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The government said approved a mechanism for sale of enemy shares which at the current price estimated at around Rs 3,000 crore. The decision, taken by the Union Cabinet, will lead to monetisation of movable enemy property lying dormant for decades and the proceeds will be used for development and social welfare programmes "Sale proceeds are to be deposited as disinvestment proceeds in the government account maintained by the Ministry of Finance," and the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management has been authorised to sell the shares. The process for selling these shares is to be approved by the alternative mechanism under the chairmanship of the finance minister and comprising minister of road transport and highways and Home Minister The mechanism will be supported by a high-level committee of officers co-chaired by the secretary in the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, Home Affairs secretary (with representatives from DEA, DLA, Corporate Affairs and CEPI) that would give its recommendations with regard to quantum, price/price-band, principles/ mechanisms for sale of shares. "In principle approval has been accorded for sale of enemy shares under the Custody of Ministry of Home Affairs/CEPI, Note According to Enemy Property Act, 1968, "Enemy property" refers to any property belonging to, held or managed on behalf of an enemy, an enemy subject or an enemy firm. Judicial recourse on enemy property disputes will be available before High Courts and the Supreme Court both. It prohibits civil courts and other authorities from hearing certain disputes relating to enemy property

9. ‘Besatu Varsh’ is the name of new year in:

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Bestu Varas is New Year in Gujarati and Varsha-pratipada or Padwa are other names of the same. Gujarat new year is celebrated on the next day of Diwali.

10. Paris Peace Forum will promote governance solutions in how many key areas?

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Vice President of India will attend the ceremony to commemorate the armistice of World War I at Arc de Triomphe, presided over by the French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron. As part of the Armistice Centenary, the French Government will also be hosting the Paris Peace Forum. The Forum is envisioned as a recurring, annual event to promote governance solutions in five key areas: Peace and Security, Environment, Development, New Technologies, and Inclusive Economy. Note: Vice President of India will also inaugurate the Indian War Memorial at Villers Guislain. India constructed this war memorial at Villers Guislain, a town around 200 km from Paris, to highlight the contribution of the soldiers of the undivided India to the freedom of France in the World War I.

11. Which of the following launched ‘The Beyond Fake News project’?

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The UK-based broadcasting channel BBC will launch the Beyond Fake News project on how and why misinformation is shared in India The project is based on findings from original BBC research into how and why disinformation is shared by accessing the user’s encrypted messaging app in India, Kenya and Nigeria. The BBC was given unprecedented access to user’s encrypted messaging apps

12. Who among the following has been selected for Press Freedom for Courage award?

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Freelance journalist Swati Chaturvedi who was selected among 16 nominees for the Reporters Without Borders awards, has been handed the Press Freedom for Courage for her book, I am a Troll: Inside The Secret World of The Bharatiya Janata Party's Digital Army.

13. Who among the following has been selected for Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award 2018 for his outstanding contribution towards journalism?

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N. Ram has been chosen for the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award 2018 for his outstanding contribution towards journalism. The award will be presented by the Press Council of India (PCI) on November 16 on the occasion of the National Press Day (NPD).

14. Who among the following was the author of ‘The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India’?

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The book, titled ‘The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India’, is co-authored by sports journalists Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Pathak

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