25 April 2018 Current Affairs
1. Which photographer won the UNESCO / Guillermo Canoe World Press Freedom Award?
[A] Bill Foley
[B] Abu Zid
[C] Carrie von
[D] Gary Lineker
Correct Answer: [B] Abu Zid
Egyptian photographer Mahmoud Abu Zed, who is in jail, is known as Shockon, has won the Guillermo Canoe World Press Freedom Award 2018 of UN Academic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Egyptian Foreign Ministry also warned UNESCO against identifying Abu Zeid and claimed that he had terror charges.
Key facts for NABARD grade-A exam 2018-
UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Award was established in 1997 in honor of Colombian journalist Guillero Cano Isza by UNESCO.
France Audrey Ajoule-UNESCO’s 11th DG, headquarters-Paris, France
2. According to the report released by the World Bank, which of the following citizens of the country is the best in sending money to foreign countries?
d. Sri Lanka
Correct answer: b. India
The World Bank has said in the report that in the year 2017, Indians settled abroad sent 69 billion dollars (remittance) which is 9.9 percent higher than the previous year.
3. In which country did a government bank launch the first unmanned bank operating a robot?
Correct Answer: a. China
A government bank in China has started the country’s first unmanned branch with facilities like robot and hologram machine capable of negotiating.
4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan in which district of Madhya Pradesh?
Correct Answer: C [Mandla]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan at Ram Nagar in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of 2018 National Panchayati Raj Day. The purpose of the scheme is to strengthen the country’s Panchayati Raj system and address critical gaps that hinder its success. The scheme focuses on training, building infrastructure and stepping up initiatives for e-governance under the e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project. Mr Modi also unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of an LPG bottling plant of Indian Oil Corporation at Maneri. He also inaugurated Aadi Mahotsava, a 3-day program on the conservation of ancient Tribal culture and heritage. The Prime Minister also unveiled a roadmap for the development of tribal areas in the state.
5. Country won the 8th South Asian Judo Championship?
[C] Sri Lanka
Correct Answer: [D] India
India has won the 8th South Asian Judo Championship held in Lalitpur, Nepal. On the closing day of the championship, Indian women and men won the team event. Keeping in view its victory, Indian women have won the championship by defeating hosts Nepal 5-0 in the final of the team event.
Indian men have also won team championships. He defeated Pakistan 3-2 in the final. Earlier, Indian women won all 7 gold medals in individual category whereas men won 3 gold and 3 bronze medals. India won 10 gold and 3 bronze medals in individual category and got top position in the medal list. Host Nepal remained second and Pakistan remained in third place.
Key facts for NABARD grade-A exam 2018-
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
6. Which state was recently removed AFSPA completely after 27 years?
a Arunachal Pradesh
d. Jammu Kashmir
Correct Answer: c. Meghalaya
The Armed Forces (Privilege) Law (AFSPA or AFSPA) from Meghalaya was completely withdrawn, whereas in Arunachal Pradesh, it will be applicable in eight districts and adjoining areas of Myanmar, adjacent to Assam border.
7. Who has become the first Egyptian footballer to win the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season?
[A] Mohamed Salah
[B] Kevin De Bruyne
[C] Gary Lineker
[D] Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Correct Answer: A [Mohamed Salah]
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool has become the first Egyptian player to be crowned the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year at the 45th PFA awards at Grosvenor House in central London on April 22, 2018. He is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 40 goals in a season, and has also matched Luis Suarez’s record of 31 Premier League goals in a campaign. He may yet break Rush’s goal record of 47 in a season. He currently has 41 goals in just 46 appearance in all competitions.
8. India has signed how much amount of loan agreement with World Bank to improve rural road network in Madhya Pradesh?
[A] $220 million
[B] $210 million
[C] $230 million
[D] $240 million
Correct Answer: B [$210 million]
On April 24, the Government of India (GoI), the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the World Bank have signed a $210 million loan agreement for the Madhya Pradesh Rural Connectivity Project. The project is expected to improve the durability, resilience and safety of the gravel surfaced rural roads and enhance the capacity of the state to manage its rural roads network. The project will cover 10,510 km stretch of rural roads in Madhya Pradesh that fall under the Chief Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (CMGSY) program. Of this 10,000 km will be upgraded from existing gravel to bituminous surface roads, while 510 km of new roads will be built to the same bituminous surface standard.
9. Who chaired the first meeting of the think tank on the Framework for National Policy on E-commerce?
[A] Narendra Modi
[B] Arun Jaitely
[C] Suresh Prabhu
[D] Smriti Irani
Correct Answer: C [Suresh Prabhu]
Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, chaired the first meeting of the think tank on the Framework for National Policy on E-commerce in New Delhi on April 24th, 2018. The think tank on the Framework for National Policy on E-commerce has been established recently by the Department of Commerce. It will provide a credible forum for an inclusive and fact-based dialogue leading to recommendations for informed policy making, so that the country is adequately prepared to take advantage of the opportunities, and meet the challenges, that would arise from the next wave of advancements in digital economy. Approx representatives of 50 organizations participated in the meeting. The think tank will explore options for providing a fillip to entrepreneurship in digital economy. It will identify specific policy interventions for nurturing domestic firms and create jobs in e-commerce.
10. Which city is hosting the 2018 Secure India Conclave?
[D] New Delhi
Correct Answer: D [New Delhi]
The 2018 Secure India Conclave has started in New Delhi on April 24, 2018, which is being organised by Global Counter Terrorism keeping in view Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of New India : Secure India 2018. Several sessions on Left Wing Extremism, internal security situation on Jammu and Kashmir, cyber security and other areas will be chaired by eminent personnel during the 2-day summit. The event will present a unique encapsulation of prevalent issues in India’s internal security and would serve as a current and exhaustive update for those attending the conclave.