Daily GK & Current Affairs Questions 19th Feb 2018

Daily GK & Current Affairs Questions 19th Feb 2018

Daily GK affairs brings you the important daily gk & current affairs questions 16th february 2018 to introduce you to concepts and certain important facts relevant to UPSC, SSC, Railways related questions which will help you in scoring more in exams..

Q.1)  Which state to launch cheap sanitary pad scheme “Asmita Yojana” for rural women?

  • a) Punjab
  • b) Haryana
  • c) Maharashtra
  • d) Rajasthan

Answer :- c) Maharashtra

Explanation :-
The Maharashtra government will launch cheap sanitary pad scheme “Asmita Yojana” on the International Women’s Day for rural women. Under the scheme, girls in Zilla Parishad schools will get a sanitary napkin packet at Rs 5 while rural women can avail it at a subsidised rate of Rs 24 and Rs 29. The scheme, catering to girl students and women in rural areas, will be formally launched on March 8, 2018.

Q.2) Which among the following water bodies are landlocked between Israel and Jordan?

  1. Sea of Galilee
  2. Dead Sea
  3. Eyre Sea

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

Answer :- c) 2 only

Explanation :-

  • Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is a landlocked salt lake between Israel and Jordan in southwestern Asia. Its eastern shore belongs to Jordan, and the southern half of its western shore belongs to Israel. The northern half of the western shore lies within the Palestinian West Bank and has been under Israeli occupation since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. The Jordan River, from which the Dead Sea receives nearly all its water, flows from the north into the lake.
  • Sea of Galilee is a lake in Israel through which the Jordan River flows.

Q.3) Which oil company to introduce Asia’s first large scale CO2 injection technique at Gandhar field?

  • a) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
  • b) Indian Oil Corporation Limited
  • c) Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
  • d) Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited

Answer :-  a) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation

Explanation :-The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will soon launch Asia’s first large scale CO2-injected project in its Gandhar oil field in Gujarat to recover an extra 20 million barrels of crude oil under the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) programme which is being undertaken to improve India’s energy security. The EOR programme is set to play a crucial role within the country for recovering up to 20% of residual oil from such ageing fields.

Q.4) The prime objective of the ‘Sagarmala project’ is to

Answer :-  c)Promote port-led direct and indirect development in IndiaExplanation :-

The prime objective of the Sagarmala project is to promote port-led direct and indirect development and to provide infrastructure to transport goods to and from ports quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. Therefore, the Sagarmala Project shall, inter alia, aim to develop access to new development regions with inter modal solutions and promotion of the optimum modal split, enhanced connectivity with main economic centres and beyond through expansion of rail, inland water, coastal and road services.

Q.5) Consider the following statements with reference to the International North-South Transport Corridor:

  • 1) India, Iran and Russia are its founder members
  • 2) The corridor connects the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf to the Black Sea via Iran, then connect Northern Europe via Russia

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Answer :- a) 1 only

Explanation :-

  • International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), is a multi modal transportation established in 2000 by Iran, Russia and India for the purpose of promoting transportation cooperation among the Member States. This corridor connects India Ocean and Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea via Islamic republic of Iran, then is connected to St. Petersburg and North European via Russian Federation.
  • The INSTC has been expanded to include eleven new members, namely: Republic of Azerbaijan
    Republic of Armenia
    Republic of Kazakhstan
    Kyrgyz Republic
    Republic of Tajikistan
    Republic of Turkey
    Republic of Ukraine
    Republic of Belarus
    Bulgaria (Observer).

Q.6) In which among the following sub-indices/indicators of the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business does India perform well?

Answer :- d) Protecting minority investorsExplanation :- The ten indicators are :-

  • Starting a business
  • Dealing with construction permits
  • Getting electricity
  • Registering property
  • Getting credit
  • Paying taxes
  • Enforcing contracts
  • Trading across borders
  • Protecting minority investors
  • Resolving insolvency

India performs well in the areas of Protecting Minority Investors (globally ranked 4th), Getting Credit, and Getting Electricity.

Q.7) The Ranganadi Dam is located in which state?

  • a) Punjab
  • b) Arunachal Pradesh
  • c) Himachal Pradesh
  • d) Jammu & Kashmir
Answer :- b) Arunachal Pradesh

Explanation:-The Ranganadi Dam is a concrete-gravity diversion dam on the Ranganadi River in Arunachal Pradesh which serves a run-of-the-river scheme. The dam is intended for hydroelectric purposes and is part of Stage I of the Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project and supports the 405-megawatt Dikrong Power House.

Q.8) Which Indian-origin personality has been honoured with the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award at the Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards 2018?

  • a) Vikas Sathaye
  • b) Jignesh Kumar
  • c) TS Jain
  • d) Vandana Sharma
Answer :- a) Vikas Sathaye


  • Vikas Sathaye has been honoured with the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award at the Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards 2018 at Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California.
  • Sathaye and his team received the award for his contribution towards conceptualisation, designing, engineering, and the implementation of the ‘Shotover K1 Camera System’ during his stint at Shotover Camera Systems in Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • The Scientific and Engineering Award is given for scientific achievements that produce a definite influence on the advancement.

Q.9) Consider the following statements about Malacidins

  1. They are a class of chemicals made by bacteria found in soil
  2. They target only gram-negative bacteria

Select the correct statements

  1. 1 Only
  2. 2 Only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer :- 1.) 1 Only

Explanation :- Malacidins are a class of chemicals made by bacteria found in soil that can kill gram-positive bacteria but not gram negative bacteria.

Q.10)Consider the following statements about Atal Bhujal Yojana

  1. It is conceived to arrest the rampant overuse of groundwater in India
  2. It is supported by the Word Bank
  3. It is a sub-scheme under National Groundwater Management Improvement Scheme (NGMIS)

Select the correct statements

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 1 and 3
  4. All of the above

Answer :- 1.) 1 and 2

Explanation :-

The objective of scheme “Atal Bhujal Yojana” is to recharge ground water and create sufficient water storage for agricultural purposes. It focuses on revival of surface water bodies so that ground water level can be increased, especially in the rural areas. It will give emphasis to recharging ground water sources and ensure efficient use of water by involving people at local level. Centre will support half of the total project cost and rest of the budgetary cost will be shared by the World Bank.

Q.11) Forest owlet is found in which of the following states?

  1. Maharashtra
  2. Kerala
  3. West Bengal
  4. Punjab

Answer :- 1. Maharashtra

Explanation :- The forest owlet is an owl that is endemic to the forests of central India.

Q.12) Consider the following statements about Tomara dynasty

  1. They ruled parts of present-day Delhi and Haryana
  2. They were displaced by the Chauhan (Chahamana) kingdom

Select the correct statements

  1. 1 Only
  2. 2 Only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer :- 3.) Both 1 and 2

Explanation :- The Tomara were an Indian dynasty who ruled parts of present-day Delhi and Haryana & in 12th century they were displaced by the Chauhan (Chahamanas) kingdom.


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