Current Affairs Quiz Set 83 The Joint Military Exercise MAITREE was conducted between which of the following countries? India and Thailand India and Sri Lanka Pakistan and Russia Russia and India S-a E- Joint Military Exercise MAITREE-2019 between India and Thailand will be conducted at Foreign Training Node, Umroi (Meghalaya) from 16-29 Sep 2019. Indian and Royal Thailand Army (RTA) comprising 50 soldiers each will participate in the exercise with an aim to share experience gained during various counter terrorism operations in their respective countries. Exercise MAITREE is an annual training event which is being conducted alternatively in Thailand and India since 2006. What was the life-span of ISRO’s Vikram Lander? 20 days 21 days 14 days 19 days S-c Where will be the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup held? India Brazil Russia Europe S-b E- The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be hosted by India, will be held from November 2 to 21 2020. The Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar has been provisionally confirmed as a venue, pending FIFA approval. Kolkata, Navi Mumbai, Goa and Ahmedabad are in the running for the other three host cities. Who among the following was appointed as the head of the UN mission in Hodeidah? Abhijit Guha Abhijit Mittal Abhijit Garg Abhijit Goyal S-a E- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Lieutenant General (Retired) Abhijit Guha as the head of the UN mission in Hodeidah, Yemen. Besides leading the UN Mission in support of the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA), Guha will also assume the chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), tasked with redeploying forces of the Yemeni warring parties in accordance with their agreement. Guha will succeed Danish Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard, who served in these posts from January 31 to July 31, 2019. John Bolton was fired from the position of the National Security Adviser in which country? US Germany UK Russia S-a Where was the 24th World Energy Congress held? UAE Abu Dhabi Russia Germany S-b E- Abu Dhabi hosted the 24th World Energy Congress with the theme: ‘Energy for Prosperity’. It is the World Energy Council’s global flagship event and offers a unique platform for global energy leaders to explore new energy futures, critical innovation areas, and new strategies. It is held every three years. World Energy Council was formed in 1923 and is a UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, Where was the National Conference on Crop Residue Management held? Mumbai Panipat New Delhi Sonipat S-c E- The National Conference on Crop Residue Management was held in New Delhi. It was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Farmers from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi participated in the conference. Around 1000 farmers participated in the conference. Which Indian university topped the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2020? IIT-Ropar IIT-Mumbai IIT-Delhi IISC-Bengaluru S-a E- The Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2020 was released on September 11. IIT Ropar ranked first among Indian institutes alongside IISc Bangalore, beating IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi. However, no Indian institute secured a rank within the top 300 institutes of the world. After the first 200 ranks, THE rankings put institutes into rank groups rather than individual ranks. While IISc Bangalore retained its top spot in India, it slipped from the 251-300 ranking section to the 301-350 bracket. However, it did improve in its research environment, teaching environment and industry income. IIT Ropar and IISc Bangalore share the first rank among top Indian institutes What was the theme of 2019 International Literacy Day (ILD)? Literacy and Multilingualism Literature and Multilingualism Literacy and Multilingual Literature and Multilingual S-a Which of the following handed over the second airborne warning plane, Netra, to the Indian Air Force? ISRO DRDO BHEL HAL S-b E- The Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) handed over the second airborne warning plane, Netra, to the Indian Air Force. The indigenously-built aircraft was handed over to Western Air Command chief, Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, at the Bathinda Air Base in Punjab. The Netra, an Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) aircraft, had played a stellar role during the Balakot air strikes that had been carried out by the IAF in February this year. It provided surveillance and radar coverage to the five Mirage jets that bombed terror launch pads in Balakot in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. Which of the following was selected as the private partner for setting up Indian Institute of Skill (IIS) at NSTI campus in Mumbai? TATA Group Reliance Foundation Wipro Foundation Infosys Foundation S-b E- Tata Education Development Trust (TEDT) was selected as the private partner for setting up Indian Institute of Skill (IIS) at NSTI campus in Mumbai through a competitive bidding process. The Tata Group is investing about ?300 crore in the 4.5-acre campus. The aim of the institute is to ensure that 5,000 trainees will be passing out every year with 70 per cent placement opportunities. The Union Cabinet had given its nod to set up Indian Institute of Skills (IISs) in three cities — Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Kanpur — to give wings to the Skill India Mission. These institutes will be constructed and operated on a PPP (Public-Private Partnership) model and on a not-for-profit basis. Which of the following banks provided the single largest platform in the country for providing interoperable banking services to the customers of any bank? IPPB SBI PayTm Payment Bank Jio Payment Bank S-a E- India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has rolled out Aadhaar enabled payment system (AePS) services. With this, IPPB has now become the single largest platform in the country for providing interoperable banking services to the customers of any bank. With AePS services, any person with a bank account linked to Aadhaar can perform basic banking services such as cash withdrawals and balance enquiry irrespective of the bank they hold their account with. When was ISRO’s Vikram lander supposed to make soft landing on the moon? 9 September 2019 19 September 2019 7 September 2019 1 September 2019 S-c Which of the following conducted a country-wide study – India Iodine Survey 2018-19? Tata National nutrition month National Nutrition International Nutrition Mission Nutrition International S-d Which of the following topped the World University Rankings 2020? Oxford University California Institute of Technology University of Cambridge Stanford University S: a E: According to the World University Rankings 2020, Oxford University continues to lead the high table followed by California Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge. Stanford University and MIT complete the top five global table. Globally, the US continues to dominate the ranking, with 172 institutions overall and 60 in the top 200. US universities make up 14 of the global top 20 and seven of the top 10, with the country’s leading institutions performing particularly well in the area of citation impact.