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1. Invest India initiative of Government won top United Nations Investment Promotion Award in recognition of its efforts to boost investments in renewable energy sector in India. It was announced in Geneva (______________________) at inauguration of World Investment Forum organised by UN Convention on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

None of These

2. 2018 Seoul Peace Prize has been confererd on Indian PM Narendra Modi, for his dedication to improving international cooperation, raising global economic growth, accelerating the Human Development of people of India.

  1. Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul (_____________________).
South Korea
None of These

3. Agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan will receive first World Agriculture Prize instituted by Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA), to be presented by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu.

  1. During Same Event, ICFA Global Agriculture Leadership Awards were presented (given annually since 2008). Notable Winners are -
    1. International Leadership Award - Ruby Rabbinge (Netherlands)
    2. Lifetime Achievement Award - K H Gharda
    3. Best States -
      1. Fisheries - Jharkhand
      2. Animal Husbandry - Bihar
      3. Horticultre - Nagaland
      4. Agriculture - _______________________
Himachal Pradesh
None of These

4. Anna Burns became First ___________________________ author to win 2018 Man Booker Prize (Fiction), after she won it for her novel Milkman. ‘Milkman’ tells story of a young girl’s affair with an older man. Award consisis cash prize of £50,000 (~$65,000).

  1. Man Booker Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Booker–McConnell Prize and commonly known simply as Booker Prize) is a literary prize awarded each year for best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK.
Northern Irish

5. Arshdeep Singh (Punja) won Wildlife Photographer of Year award in 10 Years and Under category given by ___________________________’s Natural History Museum. He won the award for the picture titled ‘Pipe Owls’, which showed two spotted owlets sitting inside an old waste-pipe in Punjab Kapurthala.

  1. At the same occasion, Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten won Wildlife Photographer of Year award, for his photo of critically endangered golden snub-nosed monkeys in China, titled ‘The Golden Couple’.
None of These

6. Ashis Mukherjee, faculty member in Tezpur University (________________) won Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Teachers Award (2018), for his consistent high level of inspiring students to take up careers in Science and Technology.

None of These

7. ___________________ will be awarded FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) India Sports Awards 2018, in category of Best National Sports Federation (NSF).

Athletics Federation of India
None of These

8. Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced recipients of 2019 Breakthrough Prize, known as the “Oscars of Science,”.

  1. Each prize is ________________ and presented in the fields of Life Sciences (up to four per year), Fundamental Physics (one per year) and Mathematics (one per year). Awardees are -
  2. Award Awardee
    2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences  C. Frank Bennett and Adrian R. Krainer
    Angelika Amon
    Xiaowei Zhuang
    Zhijian “James” Chen
    2019 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Charles Kane and Eugene Mele
    2019 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Vincent Lafforgue
    2019 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Jocelyn Bell Burnell
$3 million 
$30 million 
$13 million 
$130 million 
None of These

9. European Parliament awarded Sakharov human rights prize to jailed _____________________ filmmaker Oleg Sentsov (with 50,000 euro cash), for an “exceptional contribution” to human rights around world.

None of These

10. European Union selected Department of European Studies (DES) of __________________ Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) for prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (CoE) Award.

  1. It became only Centre of Excellence in European Studies in India.
  2. It grants close to one lakh euros for various activities planned for 3 years.
  3. Earlier, MAHE had been titled as an Institute of Eminence by Government of India.
None of These

11. Former Indian Cricketer _________________________ honoured with Dr.M.A.Chidambaram Birth Centenary Award in Chennai, instituted by MAC Charities in memory of the former BCCI president M.A.Chidambaram.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sunil Gavaskar
Kapil Dev
Bishan Singh Bedi
None of These

12. Guadeloupean author Maryse Conde has (________________________) been honored with New Academy Prize in Literature, an alternative award formed in protest to Nobel Literature Prize.

  1. Note That Right Livelihood Awards are also promoted as Alternative Nobel Awards, Presented annually in Stockholm (Sweden). 2018 Winners are -
    1. Thelma Aldana, Iván Velásquez (Guatemala)
    2. Yacouba Sawadogo (Burkina Faso)
    3. Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani, Walid Abu al-Chair (Saudi Arabia)
    4. Tony Rinaudo (Australia)
None of These

13. Haryana girl Nishtha Dudeja won 18th Miss Deaf Asia 2018 title, in Prague (___________________________). She is first Indian to have won any title at Miss Deaf World Pageant.

Czech Republic

14. India won Awards in 2 Categories at Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) International Innovations Awards (IIA) - (announced annually since 1998). 

  1. India's Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions) is a member of CAPAM.
  2. Initiative named Unnayan Banka - Reinventing Education Using Technology of Banka District (_________________) has been awarded under Category “Innovation Incubation”.   Its an initiative which envisages “Quality education for all’ using latest technologies.
  3. Another initiative entitled “Unified Agriculture Markets” of Co-operation Department of Government of Karnataka has also been selected under the Category ‘Innovation in Public Service Management’.   It has also been awarded overall Gold Award for CAPAM Awards 2018.
West Bengal
None of These

15. Indian-American Minal Patel Davis honoured with _________________________ Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking’, for her extraordinary contribution towards combating human trafficking. She is special advisor on Human Trafficking to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

None of These

16. Indus Towers, world’s largest telecom tower company (outside China), won Deming Prize for 2018, being the first Indian company in the service sector and the fifth in world to achieve this.

  1. Deming Prize bestowed on Indus Towers for distinctive performance improvements through application of Total Quality Management (TQM) practices. Indus Towers is _____________________ Indian company to win this award.
None of These

17. Industrial Awards (October 2018) -

  1. Tapan Kumar Chand, (CMD of NALCO) has been conferred with NIPM Ratna Award in 37th NIPM Annual National Conference NATCON-2018 at Pune.
  2. Entrepreneur from Gujrat, Chiranjiv Patel won BW 40 under 40 award in BW Business World's 2nd edition of 40 Under 40 Summit and awards held in Gurugram.
  3. Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) won ISSA Good Practice Award for Administrative Solution for Coverage Extension at “Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific” held at Kuala Lumpur (________________).
    1. ESIC was honored in recognition of its measures taken for extension of coverage Scheme for Promoting Registration of Employers and Employees (SPREE), reduced rate of contribution rates for 24 months in newly implemented areas and raising wage limit for coverage under ESI Act, etc.
  4. PSU Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) received Top Challengers Award 2018 for excellent performance during 2017-18 and Best Seller in Crawler Equipment- Dozers and Rigid Dump Truck segment for mining sectors.
None of These

18. Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at University of Pennsylvania School of Design (USA) awarded its 4th annual Carnot Prize to India's Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways & Coal (former Minister of Power), Recognising his work for bringing pathbreaking transformations in India’s energy sector.

  1. Carnot Prize is named after _________________________________ physicist Nicolas Sadi Carnot who recognised that power of the steam engine would “produce a great revolution” in human development.
  2. 2018 Carnot Prize Honors India's work towards mission 24x7 Affordable, Environment Friendly Power for all.
    1. India has eliminated decades of darkness in more than 19,000 villages on 28th April, 2018.
    2. With Saubhagya Programme, last-mile connectivity to every household in the villages is being fast tracked, with 51% of the 3.1 crore rural households electrified.
    3. IndIa's Massive thrust to green energy is reflected in India’s 175 GW target by 2022, being world’s largest renewable expansion programme with 72 GW already achieved.
    4. Carnot Prize recognises India’s solid footing to reach a 40% renewable mix by 2030.
    5. In last 4 years, energy efficiency has become a people’s movement in India, making the Government’s UJALA scheme the world’s largest LED distribution programme. 130 crore LED bulbs have been already distributed.
None of These

19. _________________ author Benyamin’s novel Jasmine Days won JCB Prize for Literature, consisting a trophy and 25 lakhs as prize money. Benyamin, earlier won Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Aadujeevitham.

None of These

20. Miss ____________________ Clara Sosa won Miss Grand International 2018 title at 6th edition of the beauty pageant in Yangon (Myanmar). Femina Miss Grand India 2018 Meenakshi Chaudhary named 1st runner-up.

None of These

21. Nobel Prizes 2018 -

  1. 2018 Winners -
    1. Trade Winners Description
      Physiology or Medicine James P Allison (USA) and Tasaku Honjo (____________________________) For discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation
      Physics Arthur Ashkin (USA), Gerard Mourou (France)
      and Donna Strickland (Canada)
      For groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics
      Chemistry (a) one half to Frances H. Arnold (USA)
      (b) other half jointly to George P. Smith (USA) and Sir Gregory P. Winter (UK)
      (a) For directed evolution of enzymes
      (b) For phage display of peptides and antibodies
      Peace Denis Mukwege (Congo) and Nadia Murad (Iraq)

      For efforts to end use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

      Both these winners are also nominated for 2018’s ‘Mother Teresa Memorial Award.

      Economic Sciences (a) William D. Nordhaus (USA)
      (b) Paul M. Romer (USA)
      (a) For integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis
      (b) For integrating technological innovations into
      long-run macroeconomic analysis
      Literature No Winners announced due to Sexual assault allegations. Postponed t0 2019.  
  2. Facts About Nobel prizes -
    1. In 2018, it was for first time in 70 years of Nobel Prizes, that no Literature Prize was given. It was announced by Swedish Academy after a recent sexual assault scandal. It has now been postponed to 2019.
    2. Background -
      1. Will of Swedish scientist Alfred Nobel established five Nobel prizes in 1895 - Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine, first awarded in 1901.
      2. In 1968, Sweden's central bank Sveriges Riksbank established the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, which, although not being a Nobel Prize, has become informally known as Nobel Prize in Economics.
    3. Physics -
      1. Granted by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
      2. 2 women have been awarded Physics Prize so far.
      3. Youngest - Australian-British physicist Lawrence Bragg (25 years age), awarded in 1915 together with his father.
      4. India's C. V. Raman was awarded Physics Nobel in 1930, For his work on scattering of light and for discovery of effect named after him.
    4. Chemistry
      1. Granted by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
      2. 4 women have been awarded the Chemistry Prize so far.
      3. 1 person, Frederick Sanger, has been awarded the Chemistry Prize twice, in 1958 and in 1980.
      4. Youngest - France's Frédéric Joliot (35 years age), awarded in 1935.
    5. Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences
      1. Granted by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
      2. 1 woman has been awarded Prize in Economic Sciences so far, Elinor Ostrom, in 2009.
      3. Youngest - USA's Kenneth J. Arrow (51 years age), awarded in 1972.
      4. India's Amartya Sen was guven Economic studies Nobel in 1998. For his contributions to welfare economics.
    6. Physiology or Medicine -
      1. Granted by Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute awards.
      2. 12 women have been awarded Medicine Prize so far.
      3. Youngest - Canada's Frederick G. Banting (32 years age), awarded in 1923 for discovery of insulin.
    7. Literature -
      1. Granted by Swedish Academy.
      2. 14 women have been awarded Literature Prize so far.
      3. Youngest - UK's Rudyard Kipling (41 years age), known for Jungle Book.
      4. Rabindranath Tagore, Only Indian to receive Nobel Literature Prize so far (in 1913). He is also first Indian Nobel Laureate.
    8. Peace -
      1. Granted by Norwegian Nobel Committee.
      2. 16 women have been awarded Nobel Peace Prize so far.
      3. Peace Prize Laureate Le Duc Tho (Vietnamese) declined his Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. He was awarded jointly with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, for negotiating Vietnam peace accord.
      4. Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan is youngest to win Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, at the age of 17.
      5. 2 Indian Person have been given Nobel Peaze Prize so far. Mother Teresa (1979), Kailash Satyarthi (2014).
    9. Indian Nobel Laureates -
      1. Rabindranath Tagore in 1913 (Literature)
      2. C.V. Raman in 1930 (Physics)
      3. Mother Teresa in 1979 (Peace)
      4. Amartya Sen in 1998 (Economic Studies)
      5. Kailash Satyarthi in 2014 (Peace)
None of These

22. Noted jurist Fali ___________________ has been awarded 19th Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration. He is internationally recognised jurist on international arbitration. He has been awarded Padma Bhushan (1991), Padma Vibhushan (2007)and Gruber Prize for Justice (2002).

Sekhhar Basu
S. Nariman
Jai Priye Prakash
Rajiv Nayan Choubey
None of These

23. Noted music director _________________________________ won 2018 Hridaynath Award for Lifetime Achievement, by Maharashtra Govt.

Bappi Lahiri
R D Burman
A R Rehmaan
Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi
None of These

24. _______________________ hockey player Lilima Minz selected for Ekalavya Puraskar 2018 by Karnataka based by IMPaCT, social wing of IMFA. It Comprises of a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation. 2 other sportswomen felicitated - Weight lifter Jhili Dalabehera and Badminton player Rutuparna Panda.


25. __________________ Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai will be honored by Harvard University's 2018 Gleitsman Award award for her work in promoting girls' education. It provides 125,000 US dollars for activism that has improved quality of life around world.

None of These

26. ___________________ has been honored with 8th Social Entrepreneur of the Year award (SEOY) 2018, for her work in promoting women’s entrepreneurship and rural livelihood. She is the founder of Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP).

Prema Gopalan
Kailash Satyarthi
Rajendra Singh
K V Eapen
None of These

27. ____________________, a 23-year old Indian scientist, won World Health Summit Startup award 2018 for invention of Manovue, world’s first intelligent personal assisting system for visually impaired.

Kamala Harris
Roopam Sharma
Inder Jit Singh
Anup Wadhawan
None of These

28. __________________ Human rights activist Oyub Titiev became 6th Recepient of Council of Europe’s Vaclav Havel prize, consisting 60,000-euro ($67,000) cash prize, for his struggle defending human rights in troubled Russian Caucasus republic.

None of These

29. ___________________________ has been awarded UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award (Gold Prize) for its achievement in becoming the world’s first totally organic agriculture state. It has beaten 51 other nominees from around the world for the award. Policies from Brazil, Denmark and Quito (Ecuador) were jointly Silver Awardees.


30. Social Entrepreneur _________________ won International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Active Society Commission Grant Award for his contribution to sports development. Suheil is the Founder of Pro Sport Development (PSD) and Executive Director of Martha Farrell Foundation.

Prema Gopalan
Kamala Harris
Suheil F. Tandon
Rejendra Singh
None of These

31. Sursagar Society of Dilli Gharana announced Grammy-winning Hindustani classical music instrumentalist ______________________________ as recipient of annual Ustad Chand Khan Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Bhatt is known for his Grammy award winning album “A Meeting by the River” with Ry Cooder.

A R Rehmaan
Late Mangeshkar
Pandit Jasraj
Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
None of These

32. UN 2018 UN Human Rights Prize -

  1. Rebeca Gyumi – activist for the rights of women and girls (___________________)
  2. Asma Jahangir (posthumously) – human rights lawyer (Pakistan).
  3. Joênia Wapichana (Joênia Batista de Carvalho) – activist for the rights of indigenous communities (Brazil)
  4. Front Line Defenders – organization advocating and working for the protection of human rights defenders (Ireland)
None of These

33. UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) conferred 2018 Nansen Refugee Award to _________________________ surgeon Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, for his 20-year medical service to refugees.

South Sudanese
None of These

34. US-based Indian writer ___________________ won 2018 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for her debut book “Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India”.

Chetan Bhagat
Vikram seth
Ramachandra Guha
Jhumpa Lahiri
Sujatha Gidla

35. Veena Sendre from ___________ is selected as India’s first ‘Miss Trans Queen’.

West Bengal
None of These

36. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu presented ‘Ramineni Awards 2018’ in _________________________________-

  1. Ramineni Foundation’s outstanding person award was presented to badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, carrying prize money of Rs 2 lakh. Special awards carry Rs 1 lakh each.
Andhra Pradesh
None of These

37. World Konkani Centre honored writer and journalist __________________ with ‘Vimala V Pai Vishwa’ Konkani best book award for 2018, for ‘Beeg Ani Beegath’, a collection of short stories in Konkani.

Amish Tripathi
Shobha De
Vikram seth
Ruskin Bond
H M Pernal

38. Wrestler and Commonwealth Games gold medallist __________________ received Best Sportsperson of Year award at the annual Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (JSAM) awards.

Rahul Aware
Bajrang Punia
Sushil Kumar
Vinesh Phogat
None of These

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