Current Affairs Quiz Set 64
- How many judges are there in the International Court of Justice (ICJ)?
- The ICJ is composed of fifteen judges elected to nine-year terms by the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council from a list of people nominated by the national groups in the Permanent Court of Arbitration. The election process is set out in Articles 4–19 of the ICJ Statute. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began work in April 1946. The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands). Of the six principal organs of the United Nations, it is the only one not located in New York (United States of America).
- What is the colour of recently launched twenty rupee note?
- Orange yellow
- Reddish yellow
- Greenish yellow
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it will issue new Rs 20 denomination banknotes soon. The new banknote will have a base colour of greenish -yellow and will be 63 X 129 mm in size. RBI had first introduced the Rs 20 note in the Mahatma Gandhi Series in August 2001. The new note will have a motif of Ellora caves on the back side.
- Where are the headquarters of the United Nations situated?
- San Francisco
- New York
- Washington DC
- Where are the headquarters of UNESCO situated?
- The headquarters of UNESCO (United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is located on Place de Fontenoy, in Paris, France.
- Which of the following grants International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction over four main crimes?
- Rome Statute
- France Statute
- Germany Statute
- New York’s statute
- The International Criminal Court's founding treaty, called the Rome Statute, grants the ICC jurisdiction over four main crimes. These are-genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crime of aggression. The HQ are in Hague, Netherlands.
6. Which state has received the approval of interlinking of Kosi and Mechi rivers?
- The Centre has approved the Rs 4,900 crore project for interlinking of Kosi and Mechi rivers of Bihar. This is the second major river interlinking project in the country to be approved after the Ken-Betwa project in Madhya Pradesh.
- Bihar has got the final remaining mandatory techno- administrative approval for the project from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
- The project will not only prevent recurring floods in north Bihar, but also irrigate over 2.14 lakh hectares of cultivable land in Araria, Purnea, Kishanganj and Katihar districts, collectively called Seemanchal region.
7. Which of the following states has recently passed the anti-lynching bill?
- Madhya Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
- The Rajasthan legislative assembly passed a Bill providing for life imprisonment and a fine from ?1 lakh to ?5 lakh to those convicted in cases of mob lynching leading to victim’s death.
- The Bill defines the mob as a group of two or more individuals.
- It also defines lynching as "an act or series of acts of violence or those of aiding, abetting or attempting an act of violence, whether spontaneous or preplanned, by a mob on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, language, dietary practices, sexual orientation, political affiliation or ethnicity".
- For the offence of an assault by mob, leading to the victim suffering grievous hurts, the Bill provides for jail terms up to 10 years and a fine of ?25,000 to ?3 lakh.
8. Where is country’s first 3-D Smart Traffic Signal placed?
- In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, Mohali traffic police have launched 3-D Smart Traffic Signal devised by the students of Chitkara University Incubated Start-up.
- The wireless system, called 'Intelights', has been installed at the traffic crossing near Quark City on Airport Road, on pilot project basis, and will regulate traffic signals with a smart bird's eye view wireless sensor system.
- The system, which was devised by the students of Chitkara University over three years of intensive research, was in the test trial phase for the last eight months before its final launch.
9. Which of the following states has launched the RACE scheme?
- Rajasthan launched new higher education model- RACE (Resource Assistance for Colleges with Excellence).
- It is a higher education model for distribution of faculties and movable assets among the government colleges at the district level to rationalise the availability of resources.
- The model will create a pool for sharing of facilities which will benefit the colleges lacking infrastructure.
- All the colleges would get equal opportunities for imparting quality education with the adoption of the new model.
- The colleges in need will submit their requirement to the nodal college in the district, which will send the teachers on deputation, if needed, and provide the facilities such as projectors, digital libraries, equipment and technicians.
10. When was the 77th anniversary of Quit India celebrated?
- 8 August
- 10 August
- 9 August
- 7 August
- The 77th anniversary of the August Kranti Din was observed on August 8, 2019.
- It is considered as one of the important milestones in the history of freedom struggle of our country, is being observed.
- On this date in 1942, Mahatma Gandhi gave a clarion call to end the British rule and launched the Quit India Movement at the session of the All-India Congress Committee in Mumbai.
- After the failure of Cripps Mission, Gandhiji gave the call to Do or Die in his Quit India speech delivered at the Gowalia Tank Maidan in Mumbai
11. Toni Morrison passed away at the age of 88 years. She is related to which of the following professions?
- Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in Beloved, Song of Solomonand other works transformed American letters by dramatising the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88.
- Author of 11 novels, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, having published her first novel, The Bluest Eye, in 1970.
- Her 1987 book Beloved told the story of a runaway female slave and was made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey in 1998.
12. Who among the following will head the selection panel for national sports awards?
- Mukundakam Sharma
- Mary Kom
- Abhinav Bindra
- Bhaichung Bhutia
- In a departure from convention, the national sports awards for athletes and coaches this year will be decided by a single 12-member panel, featuring the likes of six-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom and former football captain Bhaichung Bhutia.
- The 12-member committee is headed by Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma and comprises Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Jhulaniya, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandeep Pradhan, Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan, Mary Kom, Bhutia, ex-women’s cricket team captain Anjum Chopra, celebrated former long-jumper Anju Bobby George and table tennis coach Kamlesh Mehta among others.
- The awards will be given away on August 29, the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand which is celebrated as the National Sports Day.
- Besides, the committee also features two media persons in Chief Editor of Times Group (Digital) Rajesh Kalra and renowned sports commentator Charu Sharma.
13. Who among the following has been given the MS Swaminathan award for environment protection?
- Kenneth M Quinn
- Ratan Lal
- Chris John
- Su Chi Wang
- The Rotary Club of Madras East presented the MS Swaminathan Award for Environment Protection to President of the World Food Prize Foundation, Mr. Kenneth M Quinn.
- The award was given to Mr. Quinn for his immense contribution to global food security and sustainability.
- The annual award that is presented in cooperation with FMCG player CavinKare aims at recognizing individuals or company or non government organization that has directly or indirectly helped in improving environmental protection & awareness in any part of the globe.
14. Consider the following for Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019
- The couple intending to commission a surrogacy arrangement must be a close relative of the surrogate mother.
- The couple have to be Indian citizens who have been married for at least five years and are in the age group of 23-50 years (female partner) and 26-55 years (male partner), and secure a medical certificate stating that either or both partners are infertile.
- Only I
- Only II
- Both I & II
- None of the above
- The Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 by a voice vote.
- The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill regulates altruistic surrogacy and prohibits commercial surrogacy. It defines surrogacy as a practice where a woman gives birth to a child for an eligible couple and agrees to hand over the child to them after the birth.
- The couple intending to commission a surrogacy arrangement must be a close relative of the surrogate mother. In addition, the couple have to be Indian citizens who have been married for at least five years and are in the age group of 23-50 years (female partner) and 26-55 years (male partner), and secure a medical certificate stating that either or both partners are infertile.
- The couple also should not have any surviving child (whether biological, adopted or surrogate), except if the surviving child is mentally or physically challenged or suffers from a fatal illness, among other provisions.
15. Which of the following has been shortlisted for ‘The Structural Awards 2019’ of the UK-based Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)?
- Statue of Unity
- Taj Mahal
- Humayun’s tomb
- Qutub Minar
- The Statue of Unity, a memorial to Sardar Patel, in Gujarat’s Kevadia town has been shortlisted for ‘The Structural Awards 2019’ of the UK-based Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
- The 182-m-tall statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31 last year. The statue, designed by architect Ram Suthar and built by Larsen and Toubro, has a viewing gallery at a height of 150 m which provides visitors a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar dam and its vicinity.
- It is among the 49 structures that will vie for the prestigious award, according to the institution’s website.