GK Current Affairs Quiz 23rd December 2019 with Questions and Answers: General Knowledge section of Versionweekly aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease.
Q. US redesignated which country among 7 other countries of particular concern for violation of religious freedom?
(c) Both A and B
Answer: Pakistan and China
Explanation: US re-designates Pakistan and China among 7 other countries of particular concern for violation of religious freedom.
Q. Which IIT has launched a Vaccination on Wheels Clinic in Pune?
(a) IIT Delhi
(b) IIT Hyderabad
(c) IIT Roorkee
(d) IIT Bombay
Answer: IIT Hyderabad
Explanation: IIT Hyderabad launched a Vaccination on Wheels Clinic in Pune. Mr Patel received a grant under the Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations called VaccineOnWheels.com adopted VOW (Vaccination On Wheels) concept, this clinic will go to schools, colleges and corporates to conduct vaccination camps at their doorsteps. The service launched on December 15, 2019 in Pune city’s PCMC area.
Q. Which edition of National Council of the Awami League has started in Bangladesh?
Explanation: The 21st National Council of the Awami League has been started. The national flag released pigeons and balloons to mark the occasion. The inaugural function in Dhaka, Sheikh Hasina pledged to build a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The inauguration took place at the Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka where Sheikh Mujibur Rahman given his famous 7th March address in 1971.
Q. Who among the following topped the Forbes 100 Indian celebrities List 2019?
(a) Akshay Kumar
(b) Salman Kumar
(c) Ranvir Singh
(d) Virat Kohli
Answer: Virat Kohli
Indian cricket team Captain Virat Kohli topped the Forbes’ 100 Indian Celebrities list 2019, followed by Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan at second and third place respectively.
Q. Which Indian Bowler became the first to take two ODI hat-tricks?
(a) Jasprit Bumrah
(b) Mohammed Shami
(c) Yuzvendra Chahal
(d) Kuldeep Yadav
Answer: Kuldeep Yadav
Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav became the first to take two ODI hat-tricks. Yadav created the record while playing India’s second ODI against West Indies in Visakhapatnam.
Q. Which nation’s former Prime Minister was awarded with the death penalty for unlawfully imposing emergency in 2007?
(d) Sri Lanka
Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf was awarded with the death penalty for unlawfully imposing emergency in 2007 across the country.
Q. India was placed at which Rank in the Gender Gap Index-2019?
India ranked at 112th position in the Gender Gap Index 2019, that was released by the World Economic Forum.
Q. Pakistan has resumed the train service between which two railway stations after a gap of 22 years?
(a) Wagah and Attari
(b) Lahore and Wagah
(c) Lahore and Peshawar
(d) Raiwind and Gujranwala
Answer: Lahore and Wagah
Pakistan resumed the operations of the train service between Lahore and Wagah after a gap of 22 years. This shuttle train service between Lahore and Wagah will complete three round trips daily charging Rs 30 per ride.
Q. When is the Vijay Diwas observed every year in India?
(a) 16th December
(b) 15th December
(c) 13th December
(d) 11th December
Answer: 16th December
India observes the Vijay Diwas every year on December 16 to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war. India’s victory in the 1971 war paved the way for formation of Bangladesh.
Q. Which annual meeting of World Economic Forum is to take place in Davos?
Explanation: On December 22, 2019, the World Economic Forum said that around 3,000 world leaders will meet at its 50th annual meeting to discuss on actions that are required to make “cohesive and sustainable world”. The event is to be held in Davos between January 21, 2020 and January 24, 2020. The leaders believe that it is essential and critical to develop “Davos Manifesto 2020”. The manifesto will aim to make the governments and companies reconsider or reimagine their steps of progress.
Q. How many years of ASSOCHAM were recently celebrated in New Delhi?
Explanation: PM participates in inaugural session of the Hundred Years of ASSOCHAM in New Delhi.
Q. National Mathematics Day is observed on which date?
(a) December 22
(b) December 21
(c) December 23
(d) December 20
Answer: December 22
Explanation: National Mathematics Day is observed on 22 December every year to mark the birth anniversary of legendary Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan and his contributions in the field of mathematics. The 125th birth anniversary of the great mathematician Srinivasa Iyengar Ramanujan declared as National Mathematics Day.
Q. CBERS-4A is a satellite of Brazil with which other country?
Explanation: The China-Brazil Earth Resource Satellite-4A (CBERS-4A), a new satellite jointly developed by China and Brazil as part of a bilateral programme, was recently sent into space, thus further pushes forward the aerospace cooperation between two countries. It was launched on a Long March-4B carrier from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province of China.
Q. Who has been appointed ad 27th chief Justice of Pakistan?
(a) Gulzar Ahmed
(b) Abby Ali
(c) Usman Ali
(d) Ruhel Ahmed
Answer: Abby Ali
Explanation: Justice Gulzar Ahmed appointed as the 27th Chief Justice of Pakistan. He takes over from Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, whose tenure came to an end after serving the country’s top judge from January this year. The new Chief Justice will remain in office till February 21, 2022.
Q. The Sahitya Akademi Award in the creative non-fiction category in English literature has been awarded to:
(a) Amitav Ghosh
(b) Arundhati Roy
(c) Shashi Tharoor
(d) Salman Khurshid
Answer: Shashi Tharoor
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has ben awarded with the Sahitya Akademi Award 2019 for his novel ‘An Era of Darkness’. Tharoor won the award in the creative non-fiction category in English literature.
Q. Which State recently launched the ‘Jalsathi’ programme?
(a) Uttar Pradesh
(c) Madhya Pradesh
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Jalsathi’ programme for the supply of safe drinking water to all households. For the smooth implementation of the scheme, the Odisha government roped in women volunteers to serve as ‘Jalasathis’.
Q. The Central Government extended which Scheme by two years on December 18, 2019?
The Central Government has extended the deadline of AMRUT – Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation by two years. The scheme was scheduled to be concluded in March 2020.
Q. Which court will hear the petition against the police atrocities on Jamia Milia Islamia University’s students?
(a) Delhi HC
(b) Supreme Court
(c) Allahabad HC
(d) Kolkata HC
Answer: Delhi HC
Delhi High Court will be hearing the plea that seeks formation of a fact-finding committee to inquire into the police atrocities on the students of Jamia Milia Islamia University.
Q. CII recently organized which edition of Annual Tourism Summit in New Delhi?
Explanation: CII organizes 15th Annual Tourism Summit in New Delhi. The theme of summit was ‘Tourism: Creating Opportunities with Economic Growth’.
Q. Which state announced Mahatma Jyotirao Phule farm loan waiver scheme?
Explanation: Maharashtra Govt. announces Mahatma Jyotirao Phule farm loan waiver scheme for loans upto Rs two lakh; cut-off date: September 30, 2019.
Q. Abhinav Lohan ,an Indian Player belongs to which game?
Explanation: Abhinav Lohan wins Bengaluru Open Golf Championship. Lohan was de beste amateur golfer van India in 2010.
Q. Zeena Khitta, who won national championship in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event, belongs to which state?
(c) Himachal Pradesh
Answer: Himachal Pradesh
Explanation: Himachal Pradesh Zeena Khitta stunned West Bengal’s Mehuli Ghosh world no.3 Apurvi Chandela to emerge as the new national champion in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event at the ongoing 63rd National Shooting Championship Competitions Rifle/PistolMehuli to settle for the silver while Apurvi won the bronze.
Q. Which state tops in organizing the Fit India Week?
(d) Andhra Pradesh
Answer: Andhra Pradesh
Explanation: Andhra Pradesh tops in organizing the Fit India Week (Dec 2-7) with 13,839 schools taking part followed by Karnataka (1967) and UP (1,504).
Q. Who won the women’s 49kg category gold medal at the 6th Qatar International Cup?
(a) Marry Kom
(b) Mirabai Chanu
(c) Devender Phadanwis
(d) Firoj Mehta
Answer: Mirabai Chanu
Explanation: Former world champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won women’s 49kg category gold medal at the 6th Qatar International Cup. The 25-year-old Chanu won gold with an effort of 194kg in the Olympic qualifying silver level event final rankings for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Q. Turbulence & Triumph: The Modi Years is a book written by which writer?
(a) Rahul Aagrwal
(b) Bharati S Pradhan
(c) Vikram Seth
(d) Both A and B
Answer: Bharati S Pradhan
Explanation: ‘Turbulence & Triumph: The Modi Years’ is a book written by Rahul Agarwal & Bharathi S Pradhan, was recently released in New Delhi.
Daily Current Affairs – International
Eight West African nations rename common currency to Eco
Eight West African countries have agreed to change the name of their common currency to Eco and severed their earlier currency CFA Franc’s links to former colonial ruler France.
- The CFA Franc was initially pegged to the French franc and has been linked to the euro for about two decades.
- Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo currently use the currency.
- All the countries are former French colonies with the exception of Guinea-Bissau.
- The announcement was made during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Ivory Coast.
Daily Current Affairs – National
Kisan Diwas to be Observed on 23rd December
December 23 is celebrated as ‘Kisan Diwas’ or ‘National Farmers’ Day’ every year, in the honour of Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth Prime Minister of India who was born this day.
- Chaudhary Charan Singh who was the fifth Prime Minister of India.
- He served the country as Prime Minister for a very short tenure starting from 28th of July 1979 till 14th January 1980.
National Mathematics Day: 22 December
The Indian government declared 22 December to be National Mathematics Day.
- This was announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 26 February 2012.
- Srinivasa Ramanujan was born on 22 December, 1887, Erode.
- He made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions, including solutions to mathematical problems then considered unsolvable.
PM Modi addresses ASSOCHAM Annual Conference
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the annual general meeting of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India in New Delhi.
- The theme of the event was ‘New India Aspiring for a USD 5 trillion economy’.
- The event was organised on the completion of 100 years of ASSOCHAM.
Wipro to upskill 10,000 students with Nasscom
Software major Wipro has partnered with the Indian IT industry apex body Nasscom to upskill 10,000 students from 20 engineering colleges across the country.
- The company’s TalentNext prepares faculty and academic leaders to train students through future skills, a new age platform built to bridge the industry-academia skill gap and help the former keep pace with emerging technologies.
- As the IT apex body aims to add nine crore techies to the industry by 2030, partnership with global firms like Wipro will ensure the students are equipped with the right skills to be employed soon after their graduation.
- The initiative will also create a talent pool of students, certified by the partners (Wipro and Nasscom).
Daily Current Affairs – Appointments
Cuba names Manuel Marrero Cruz as first PM since 1976
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel named Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz as the country’s first prime minister since 1976.
- Marrero, 56, has been tourism minister for 16 years.
- Diaz-Canel cited Marrero’s experience in negotiating with foreign investors as one of his prime qualifications, according to state media.
- The position of prime minister was held by Fidel Castro from 1959 to 1976, when a new constitution changed his title to president and eliminated the post of prime minister.
Indian-American Dr Monisha Ghosh named 1st woman CTO at FCC in US
Indian-American Dr Monisha Ghosh has been appointed as the first woman Chief Technology Officer at the US government’s powerful Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
- She will advise Indian-American Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai and the agency on technology and engineering issues, and work closely with the Office of Engineering and Technology.
- Dr Ghosh will take charge on January 13.
- The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and US territories.
- Ghosh received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur in 1986.
Daily Current Affairs – Sports
India vs West Indies Highlights, 3rd ODI: Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja help India seal series 2-1
Maisnam Meiraba Luwang wins Bangladesh Junior International Badminton Series
India’s shuttler Maisnam Meiraba Luwang has won the Men’s singles Bangladesh Junior International Badminton Series 2019 in Dhaka.
- Top-seeded Meiraba, who hails from Manipur, beat Ken Yong Ong 21, 14, 21-18 in the final.
- Meiraba had defeated another Malaysian, M Fazriq Mohamad Razif, in the semifinals.
- Meiraba had also clinched the boys’ singles U-19 title at the Woncheon Yonex Korea Junior Open International Challenge last month.
- In women’s singles, Indian shuttler Treesa Jolly lost to Thailand’s third seed Krittaporn Jiantanet 21-12, 16-21, 21-16 in finals.
ICC extends partnership with UNICEF for Women’s World T20
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that it has extended its partnership with UNICEF through to the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 with the focus on empowering women and girls through cricket.
- During the Men”s 50-over World Cup held in England and Wales earlier this summer, UNICEF raised $180,000 as part of ‘One Day 4 Children’ and this money will go directly to fund a girls’ cricket project in Afghanistan.
- The money raised during the Women”s World T20 will go to similar projects in cricket playing nations, including an innovative program to promote girls” participation in cricket in Sri Lanka and build peace in communities.
- The ICC and UNICEF partnership commenced in 2015, as part of the ICC”s global community outreach program ”Cricket 4 Good”.
- The Women”s World T20 will take place across Australia from February 21-March 8, culminating in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 8.
Belgium crowned FIFA Team of the Year
Belgium have been crowned FIFA ‘Team of the Year’ for the second successive time after a record-breaking year for the global ladder.
- World champions France remains in second place ahead of Brazil in third.
- The ranking’s Mover of the Year was Qatar.