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Current Affairs Quiz , 18 Sept 2018
- September 19, 2018
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- Category: Quizes
1. Which among the following are part of the ‘Big Four Banks’ of India?
I. State Bank of India
II. Bank of Baroda
III. Bank of Maharashtra
IV. ICICI Bank
Choose the correct code:
a. I and II only
b. I, II and III only
c. I, II and IV only
d. I, II, III and IV
• The Big Four is the colloquial name for the four main banks in several countries, where the banking industry is dominated by these four institutions.
• In India, the Big Four banks are:HDFC Bank, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda.
• The Government has recently decided to merge three public sector banks (PSBs) Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank, and Dena Bank to create the country’s third-largest lender as part of efforts to revive credit and economic growth.
• The move follows top lender State Bank of India last year merging with itself five of its subsidiary banks and taking over Bharatiya Mahila Bank.
2. The Sagarmatha Friendship Exercise 2018 involves which of the following pair of countries?
a. India – Maldives
b. China – Nepal
c. India – Sri Lanka
d. Sri Lanka – Maldives
• Sagarmatha is the Nepali name for Mt Everest, which stands in between both the countries.
• The second edition of Nepal-China joint military exercise- Sagarmatha Friendship-2018 also called as Mt Everest Friendship Exercise-2018, took place in China’s south-western Sichuan province.
• It will focus on combating terror and disaster management training.This joint exercise is aimed at promoting military relations and enhance interoperability between armies of Nepal and China.
• The first exercise was held in April 2017, at Maharajgunj in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal).
3. Which of the following statements is correct with respect to the recently published CPCB report on the extend of pollution in the rivers?
a. Lower the Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), the worse the water quality of the river.
b. Ganga is the most polluted river in India, based on BOD levels.
c. Kerala has the least number of pollutes rivers in India.
d. Maharashtra and Assam have the highest number of polluted stretches on rivers.
• According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) state-wise assessment on the extent of pollution in the rivers, rivers in Maharashtra, Assam and Gujarat have the highest polluted river stretches. The Assessment was based on the recommendation by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
• Powai – Dharavi stretch of Mithi River in Mumbai is among the most polluted in India.
• Kerala accounts for 21 critically pollutes river stretches.
• Biochemical Oxygen Demand is the amount of dissolved oxygen needed by aerobic biological organisms to break down organic material present in a given water sample at certain temperature over a specific time period. BOD is a proxy for organic pollution — the higher it is, the worse the river.
• The CPCB considers a BOD less than 3 mg/l an indicator of a healthy river.
• Ganga with a BOD range of 3.5-8.8 mg/l is indicated as a ‘priority 4’ river, whereas Mithi River is given ‘priority 1’ status as it has a BOD of 250 mg/l.
4. Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO belongs to which of the following category of PSUs?
d. None of the above.
• Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), incorporated on 28 September 1992 (under the Companies Act, 1956), is a wholly owned Government of India Company under the administrative control of Department of Space (DOS).
• Antrix is the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
• Antrix promotes and commercially markets the products and services emanating from the Indian Space Programme.
• In the year 2008, the Company was awarded ‘MINIRATNA’ status.
5. Which of the following day is celebrated as the International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer?
a. September 1
c. September 16
d. September 30
• The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is being observed every year on 16th September.
• The day marks the commemoration of the date of signing of the Montreal Protocol in 1987 on substances that deplete the Ozone layer.
• The Ozone layer is a fragile shield of gas which protects the Earth from the harmful ultraviolet radiation of the sun and thus helping preserve life on the planet.
• The 2018 theme for the Day is ‘Keep Cool and Carry On: The Montreal Protocol’.
• The principal aim of Montreal Protocol is to protect the ozone layer by taking measures to control total consumption of these chemicals.