31 December to 6 January 2019: The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise at ease. The week’s updated quizzes cover the topics such as Balkan athlete of the year 2018, first Chief Justice of Telangana HC and UNESCO withdrawal among others.
1. Which among the following bills was passed by the Parliament on January 3, 2018?
a) Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018
b) Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018
c) The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018
d) The Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018
2. Who was appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner recently?
a) Vanaja N. Sarna
b) Sudhir Bhargava
c) Neeraj Kumar Gupta
d) Suresh Chandra
3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi renamed three islands of Andaman and Nicobar after which freedom fighter?
a) Shaheed Bhagat Singh
b) Lala Lajpat Rai
c) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
d) Chandrashekhar Azad
4. Which legendary filmmaker, known primarily for paving the way for the birth of parallel cinema in India passed away on December 30, 2018?
a) Ritwick Ghatak
b) Bimal Roy
c) Mrinal Sen
d) Tapan Sinha
5. Who was sworn in as first Chief Justice of Telangana HC?
a) Justice T B N Radhakrishnan
b) Justice Praveen Kumar
c) Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale
d) Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta
6. Which nation ceased to be a member of OPEC from January 1, 2019?
a) Saudi Arabia
7. Jair Bolsonaro took over the Presidential office of which nation on January 1, 2019?
8. Who was named ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year?
a) Smriti Mandhana
b) Poonam Yadav
c) Mithali Raj
d) Harmanpreet Kaur
9. Which two nations formally withdrew from UNESCO with the close of the year 2018?
a) US, Palestine
b) Iran, Israel
c) Israel, US
d) North Korea, Russia
10. Who was named Balkan athlete of the year 2018?
a) Luka Modric
b) Novak Djokovic
c) Lionel Messi
d) Roger Federer
Answers with Explanation
1. (c) The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018
The Indian Parliament on January 3, 2018 passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that seeks to do away with the no-detention policy in schools.The Bill seeks to amend the Right to Education (RTE) Act to abolish the no-detention policy in schools. Under the current provisions of the Act, no student can be detained up to class VIII.
2. (b) Sudhir Bhargava
Sudhir Bhargava was appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), along with four new information commissioners in the central information commission.
3. (c) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Prime Minister Narendra Modi renamed three islands of Andaman and Nicobar after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on December 30, 2018. These three islands are – Ross Island, Neil Island and Havelock Island.
4. (c) Mrinal Sen
Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen passed away in the morning of December 31, 2018 in Kolkata, West Bengal after a prolonged battle with age-related ailments. The Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee was known primarily for paving the way for the reign of parallel cinema in the country with films such as Ek Din Achanak, Padatik,Mrigaya, Akaler Sandhane, Chorus, Kharij, Khandahar, Bhuwan Shome, Akash Kusum and Calcutta 71.
5. (a) Justice T B N Radhakrishnan
Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan was on January 1, 2018 sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court. Prior to this, Justice Radhakrishnan had been serving as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
6. (b) Qatar
Qatar ceased to be a member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries from January 1, 2019. The country had sent an official notification to the OPEC expressing its wish to pull out and to focus on its liquefied natural gas production in December. The decision came amid the ongoing diplomatic and economic blockade imposed on the country by its Persian Gulf neighbours and several Arab states.
7. (c) Brazil
Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took office on January 1, 2019 and used his inaugural speech to promise to build a “society without discrimination or division”. The 63-year-old Bolsonaro is seen as a deeply divisive figure whose racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks have angered many.
8. (a) Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana has been named as Best player of the year, ODI Player of the Year and included in ICC Women’s Team of the Year 2018. The cricketer had played a crucial role in India’s semi-final appearance at the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies.
9. (c) Israel, US
The United States and its ally Israel officially withdrew from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the close of the year 2018. The two nations had announced their intention to quit the international organisation in October 2017, accusing it of anti-Israel bias.
10. (a) Luka Modric
The captain of the Croatian national football team, Luka Modric, who led his team to the World Cup final in July, has been named Balkan athlete of the year 2018. Men’s tennis world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia was second in the Balkan poll, while the Women’s number one, Romania’s Simona Halep, was third.