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Person On Visit / In News Current Affairs Quiz - May 2018

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1. 16 year old Shivangi Pathak became India's youngest female to scale Mount Everest (__________________). ?

Sri Lanka
None of These

2. According to World Leaders on Facebook study by Burson Cohn & Wolfe, Indian PM Narendra Modi is most ‘liked’ world leader on Facebook. With 4.3 Crore Followers, he is way ahead of _________________ President Donald Trump (2.3 Crore Followers).

None of These

3. ______________ Steve Plain became fastest climber to scale highest peaks on seven continents, taking 117 days, after he scaled Mount Everest. He began his mission by climbing Mount Vinson in Antarctica. Record was earlier held by a Polish climber who scaled in 126 days.

  1. Indian mountaineer Arjun Vajpai become youngest person to scale six peaks over 8000 metres when he summited Kangchenjunga (Sikkim), third highest mountain in world. He intends to become youngest person in world to scale all 14 above 8000 metre-peaks. His next is Shishapangma (8013 metres) in Nyalam County, Tibet.
  2. Also, Sangeeta Bahl became oldest Indian woman to conquer Mount Everest, at 53 years of age.
None of These

4. Indian-origin lawyer Person Gobind Singh Deo become first Sikh in ______________ to be appointed as a Cabinet minister, after being allotted communications and multimedia portfolio. Another Indian-origin lawmaker M Kulasegaran has been appointed as human resource minister.


5. ____________ woman Nima Jangmu Sherpa created world record by scaling 3 highest mountains in a single climbing season within 25 days - Kangchenjunga (8586 metres), Nima summited Lhotse (8516 metres) and Everest (8848 metres).

None of These

6. Obituaries (May 2018) -

  1. Ashok Mitra - Noted economist, served as former finance minister of _______________________ and Economic Adviser during Indira Gandhi’s prime ministerial tenure.
  2. Kottayam Pushpanath - Noted Malayalam novelist.
  3. Keyur Bhushan - Noted freedom fighter & writer.
  4. Ravinder Sharma - Noted artist and philosopher, Founder of Adilabad’s Kala Ashram.
  5. Arun Date - Noted Marathi singer.
  6. Arjun Hingorani - Noted Filmmaker.
  7. Dave Michener - Noted American animator.
  8. Gurukrushna Goswami - Noted Odia lyricist.
  9. Rajinder Pal - Former cricketer.
  10. Anne V. Coates - Noted Oscar Winning British film editor.
  11. Nandram Das Bairagi (known as Balkavi Bairagi) - Noted Hindi film lyricist.
  12. Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani - Noted Telugu novelist.
  13. E C G Sudarshan - Great theoretical physicist.
    1. Had been teaching at University of Texas for over 40 years.
    2. Has been credited with numerous contributions to field of theoretical Physics including Optical coherence, Sudarshan-Glauber representation, V-A theory, Tachyons, Quantum Zeno effect, Open quantum system, Spin-statistics theorem, non-invariance groups, positive maps of density matrices, quantum computation among others.
    3. Was given Padma Vibhushan honour in 2007 and had several other decorations to his name.
  14. David Goodall - Australia’s oldest scientist. Aged 104, He opted for euthanasia in Switzerland to end his life.
  15. Yamunabai Waikar - Noted Lavani singer.
  16. Balakumaran - Noted Tamil writer
  17. Vinod Bhatt - Noted Gujarati writer.
  18. Alan Bean - Former US astronaut, who was 4th man to walk on Moon.
  19. Madala Ranga Rao -Noted Telugu actor and producer
West Bengal
None of These

7. Persons Resigned / Retired (May 2018) -

  1. Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet - Prime Minister of Gabon (Central Africa).
  2. AB de Villiers - _______________ Cricketer. Also Known as Mr. 360, He is Hailed as an All Time Great of the Game. He played 114 Tests, 228 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 78 T20 Internationals.
  3. Vikas Gowda - Noted discus thrower. He is first and only Indian male to win Commonwealth Games medal in Discuss Throw.
South African
None of These

8. Visits from India (May 1 - 10, 2018) -

  1. Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu Visited Johannesburg (_____________).
  2. 51st Annual Meeting of Asian Development Bank (ADB) held in Manila (Philippines), Indian delegation was headed by Subhash Chandra Garg (Secretary in Department of Economic Affairs). Alongside, 12th informal meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers was also held.
    1. During this meet, ADB Projected India's Growth Rate to be 7.3 % in 2018 & 7.6 % in next Fiscal, higher than 6.6 % in 2017.
South Africa
None of These

9. Visits from India (May 11 - 20, 2018) -

  1. Shanghai Cooperation Organization's First Tourism Ministers’ conference held in Wuhan (_________________________________________). India's Minister of State (IC) for Tourism and Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, K. J. Alphons represented India at the conference.
  2. External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj visited Myanmar.
  3. Minister of State for Culture (I/c) and Minister of state for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma attended Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Cultural Ministers Meeting at Sanya (China).
  4. PM Narendra Modi Visited Nepal -
    1. Nepal announced to host 2018 Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit. BIMSTEC is sub-regional group of seven countries in South Asia and South East Asia lying in littoral and adjacent areas of Bay of Bengal. Nations are - India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka from South Asia and Myanmar, Thailand from South East Asia.
    2. PM Narendra Modi inaugurated direct bus service between Janakpur (Nepal) and Ayodhya (India). Both are sacred cities for Hindus and bus service was launched as part of India’s Ramayan Circuit under Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
    3. PM Modi laid foundation stone of 900-megawatt Arun III Hydroelectric Power Plant in Tumlingtar area in eastern Nepal. iT is expected to bring in USD 1.5 billion foreign direct investment into Nepal. Nepal granted licence to India's Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Power Development Company, to generate power from Arun-III Hydropower Project. Project will also provide 21.9 (197 megawatts) of generated energy free of cost to Nepal.
    4. India and Nepal also agreed to run a joint operation to control wildlife poaching.
  5. Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship,Dharmendra Pradhan Visited UAE. During this,
    1. Mr. Pradhan flagged off first consignment of 2 million barrels of ADNOC crude for Mangalore Cavern (India), as part of an agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) of UAE, under which ADNOC will store about 5.86 million barrels of crude oil in India’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facility at Mangalore at its own cost.
  6. Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat visited Sri Lanka.
  7. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visited South American Nations Guatemala, Peru and Panama, along with Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Jasvantsinh Sumanbahi Bhabhor.
    1. Guatemala -
      1. MoUs signed in fields of wildlife protection, human resource training, education and exchanges between training institutes.
      2. India and Guatemala agreed to support each other’s candidature for Non-Permanent Membership in United Nations Security Council. Guatemala will support India’s candidature for UNSC membership for 2021-22 while India will do so for Guatemala for 2031-32.
      3. Agreement signed for strengthening diplomatic cooperation through Respective Foreign Service Institutes in educational field.
      4. Indian agreed to Guatemala’s request for supplying solar panels to its airports. An MoU has been signed for training training Guatemalan English Teachers in India.
    2. Panama -
      1. India will set up two centres for Biodiversity and Innovation in Panama worth US $10 million and US $15 million each.
      2. Signed agreements for exemption of visas for holders of diplomatic and official passports. An agreement on strengthening cooperation in agriculture was also signed.
      3. Panama will support India's bid for -
        1. Human Rights Council (HRC) for 2019-2021, for which elections will be held in October 2018.
        2. Council of International Telecom Union (ITU), elections for which will be held in October – November 2018.
    3. Peru -
      1. Attended an event to mark 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Peru.
      2. India and Peru signed agreement in field of Renewable Energy.
  8. Raksha Rajya Mantri Subhash Bhamre visited Nauru (Oceania Nation).
  9. Harsh Vardhan (Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change) visited Durban (South Africa) to attend 4th BRICS Ministerial meeting.
    1. During this meet, Indias Green Good Deeds societal movement to protect environment and promote good living, was included in its official agenda in next Ministerial in Brazil and another meeting in Russia.
    2. Harsh Vardhan Also attended 26th Environment Ministers Meet Of BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) Nations, held in Durban.
  10. Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh visited North Korea, as first high-level visit to North Korea from India in 20 years.
  11. Health Minister J P Nadda visited Switzerland to attend 71st World Health Assembly held in Geneva, under theme Health for All: Commit To Universal Health Coverage.
    1. 71st World Health Assembly adopted resolution on Digital Health, initiated by India and co-sponsored by 20 countries. It paves way for WHO to establish global strategy on digital health, identify priority areas and engage nations to optimise their health systems in sync with global digital health agenda.
  12. Indian Air Force Chief Birender Singh Dhanoa visited Israel. He attended a conference on Air Superiority as a Bridge to Regional Stability.
  13. Minister of State for External Affairs, M.J. Akbar visited European Nations Austria and Slovak Republic. He met with President of STRATEGY (Society for Political & Strategic Studies), a leading think tank of Austria.
None of These

10. Visits from India (May 21 - 31, 2018)

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visited Russia, To attend 1st India - Russia Informal Summit.
  2. Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare) visited Fiji (Oceania).
  3. Harsh Vardhan (Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences) visited Sweden and Denmark.
    1. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Smart Grid Workshop at Copenhagen (Denmark).
    2. Attended 3rd Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting in Malmo (Sweden) -
      1. On November 30th of 2015, 20 countries launched Mission Innovation (MI) as 5 year commitment to accelerate innovation and make clean energy widely affordable and accessible worldwide.
      2. India announced setting up of First International Incubator for clean energy in public-private partnership at a total investment of US $ 5 million in Delhi. This incubator will promote entrepreneurship in clean energy and provide opportunities to innovators across MI countries to test their technologies in local market.
      3. India announced research programmes emanating out of MI centric funding opportunities in smart grids and off-grid access at investment of $ 10 million.
      4. After hosting 2 international MI workshops on Smart Grids and sustainable bio-fuels, India will host MI clean energy materials Workshop in October-November, 2018 at New Delhi.
      5. India announced launch of Joint Virtual Clean Energy Centre with UK, with funding £ 5 million each (signed during PM Modi's recent Visit to UK).
      6. An Indo US Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Centre on energy storage and smart grids with a total investment of US$ 30 million with matching share of both Governments and Consortia has been launched. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur will lead a pan‐India consortia of technical institutes.
      7. India also announced 3 dedicated MI funding opportunities on sustainable Bio-fuels, Carbon capture and Sunlight innovation challenge with investment of US $ 11 million.
  4. Suresh Prabhu (Minister of Commerce and Industry) Visited Cambodia to attend Inaugural session of 5th India CLMV Business Conclave, held in Phnom Penh.
  5. Minister of State (IC) for Tourism, K. J. Alphons attended 108th session of UNWTO Executive Council held in San Sebastian (________________________________).
  6. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare visited island nation of Tuvalu (Oceania). He handed over a cheque of A$ 66,705 (Australian Dollar) to Government of Tuvalu as a development partnership assistance from India.
  7. Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba visited UK, to attend 3rd Home Affairs’ Dialogue between India and UK.
None of These

11. Visits to India (May 1 - 10, 2018) -

  1. Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko Visited India. He attended 9th India-Japan Energy Dialogue held in New Delhi. Indo-Japan Startup Hub was also inaugurated in Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru (IIMB).
  2. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of _______________, Ivica Dacic Visited India.
  3. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary-General Rashid Kutbiddinovitch Alimov Visited India.
None of These

12. Visits to India (May 11 - 20, 2018) -

  1. _______________'s Minister of Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binser Pandjaitan Visited India.
  2. Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Mark Rutte visited India. During his visit, Invest India (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) and Dutch Government launched Indo-Dutch #StartUpLink initiative, to further spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Indo-Dutch Ganga Forum was also inaugurated, to take forward MoU signed in June 2017.
  3. India and Netherlands also launched Clean Air India Initiative in New Delhi, aiming to curb air pollution in Indian cities by promoting partnerships between Indian start-ups and companies from Netherlands.
  4. Queen Maxima of Kingdom of the Netherlands visited India, as UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.
None of These

13. Visits to India (May 21 - 31, 2018)

  1. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Visited India. She jointly (with Indian PM Narendra Modi) inaugurated Bangladesh Bhawan at Vishwa Bharti University in Santiniketan (____________)
West Bengal

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