Current Affairs 2018 March - Study Material - Static GK

  • 1. abinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for construction of 4.531 km long 2-Lane Bi-Directional Silkyara Bend – Barkot Tunnel in which state?
A.) Haryana
B.) Uttarakhand
C.) Punjab
D.) Meghalaya

Answer: Option 'B'

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for construction of 4.531 km long 2-Lane Bi-Directional Silkyara Bend – Barkot Tunnel in Uttarakhand. Total cost of this project is estimated at Rs. 1383.78 crore. It will be funded by Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and forms part of ambitious Chardham Mahamarg Pariyojana. This tunnel falls along NH-134 (old NH-94) in the State of Uttarakhand. It will be built under Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Mode and will be completed in four years.

  • 2. Who initiated India’s largest ‘train the trainers’ programme by inducting 1500 Physical Education (PE) teachers from across Gujarat for advanced training?
A.) M S Dhoni
B.) Pullela Gopichand
C.) Saina Nehwa
D.) Sania Mirza

Answer: Option 'B'

On February 15, 2018, former Indian Badminton player Pullela Gopichand initiated India’s largest ‘train the trainers’ programme by inducting 1500 Physical Education (PE) teachers from across Gujarat for advanced training. This programme has been envisioned by the ELMS Sports Foundation. Aim of this programme is to develop the skills of PE teachers so that they can impart the right techniques to children aspiring to make a career in sports. Under this programme, Gopichand along with a team of experts will first select 150 PE teachers (out of 1500 inducted PE teachers) to become master trainers. The selected 150 PE teachers will attend a week-long workshop in which they will be familiarised with modern sports techniques. Thereafter, these teachers will impart the same to the other teachers across the state. It will impact over 45000 children every year.

  • 3. Which state Government constituted a task force on urban mobility to study the feasibility of the monorail model and other modes of transport for the IT corridor?
A.) Telangana
B.) Andhra Pradesh
C.) Kerala
D.) Mizoram

Answer: Option 'A'

Telangana State Government constituted a task force on urban mobility to study the feasibility of the monorail model and other modes of transport for the IT corridor in Hyderabad. Arvind Kumar, Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration is the Member Convenor of this task force. Other members of the task force include senior government officials and representatives from the corporate sector. The task force will suggest the corridors for phase II and phase III of the metro-rail project. It will suggest best and most economical ways of transport viz. monorail, tram and e-vehicles on various routes. Besides, the task force will recommend various options for funding such projects. The options may include public-private partnership (PPP), joint ventures and annuity funding.

  • 4. Which state government has planned to implement ‘Mission Buniyaad’ to improve learning levels of students attending primary classes in the state government and municipal schools?
A.) Manipur
B.) Madhya Pradesh
C.) Uttarkhand
D.) Delhi

Answer: Option 'D'

Delhi government will implement ‘Mission Buniyaad’ to improve learning levels of students attending primary classes in the state government and municipal schools. Announcement in this regard was made by Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia. ’Mission Buniyaad’, which is to be implemented from next academic session will focus on students of Class 3 to Class 8. This programme has been planned in wake of results of National Achievement Survey (NAS) conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), to find out the learning standards of schoolchildren. As per findings of NAS, majority of Class 3 to 5 students in government and aided schools of Delhi, performed poorly in science, mathematics and languages. ’Mission Buniyaad’ will run for three months from April to June, during which, students will be assessed on reading abilities and basic mathematics.

  • 5. In which city, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the 2018 edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS 2018)?
A.) Mumbai
B.) New Delhi
C.) Kolkata
D.) Patna

Answer: Option 'B'

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the 2018 edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS 2018) at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. This Summit has been organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The three-day Summit will serve as a common platform for global leaders and thinkers in the fields of sustainable development, energy and environment sectors to come together and deliberate on contemporary issues. Theme of World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS 2018) is ‘Partnerships for a Resilient Planet’. ‘Greenovation Exhibition’, showcasing the latest technological advancements to meet Sustainable Development Goals is also a part of WSDS 2018. Over 2000 delegates including policy makers, think tanks, researchers, diplomats and corporates from 41 countries will be participating in this event.