16-22 October 2018 Current Affairs

Longest river bridge | Man Booker Prize 2018 | largest amphibious plane | Essar Steel | ND Tiwari | Bhutan |

Posted on Oct 22, 2018 12:03 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) India’s longest river bridge will be built across which river as was reported during October 2018? – Brahmaputra River

Explanation: India’s longest river bridge will be built across the Brahmaputra River and it will connect Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya. The 19.3 km, four-lane bridge will be built by 2026-27 and will cut road travel by 203 km as also travel time.

- At present, vehicles take an over-200 km-long detour using the Naranarayan Bridge, which is 60 km upstream. The new bridge will complete the missing link of NH127B from Assam to Meghalaya.

- Currently, the longest river bridge in India, at 9.15 km, is the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge which was opened last year. The Japanese funding agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has approved a loan for this project.

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2) Who won the Man Booker Prize for fiction on 16 October 2018 and became the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the prestigious prize? - Anna Burns

Explanation: Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction on 16 October 2018 for “Milkman”. The novel is a violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence.

- Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the 50,000-pound ($66,000) prize, which is open to English-language authors from around the world. This was the 50th edition of the prize.

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3) On 17 October 2018 who was named the winner of the New Academy Prize in Literature, an alternative award formed in protest to the Nobel Literature Prize that had been postponed over a rape scandal? - Maryse Conde

Explanation: Guadeloupean author Maryse Conde on 17 October 2018 won an alternative award (New Academy Prize in Literature) formed in protest to the Nobel Literature Prize, postponed this year over a rape scandal that came to light as part of the #MeToo movement.

- The New Academy Prize in Literature was formed in protest to denounce what its founders called the “bias, arrogance and sexism” of the venerable Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel laureates. The new award was founded by more than 100 Swedish writers, artists and journalists.

- The Swedish Academy was plunged into turmoil in 2017 over its ties to Frenchman Jean-Claude Arnault, who was jailed for two years in early October for rape.

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4) On 20 October 2018 China performed the full-fledged test of a huge amphibious aircraft that has been claimed to be the largest amphibious aircraft currently in operation. What is the code name given to this aircraft? - AG600

Explanation: AG600 is the code name of China’s ambitious amphibious aircraft that has been claimed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft in operation. It is equal in size to a Boeing 737.

- The first water take-off and landing of AG600 was successfully performed on 20 October 2018 outside the city of Jingmen in central China.

- The aircraft is designed for maritime rescue, long-range transport and firefighting operations. The machine can take up to 50 passengers on board and can take in some 12 tons of water in just 20 seconds.

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5) A consortium led by which global steel entity acquired debt-ridden Essar Steel as was announced on 19 October 2018? - ArcelorMittal

Explanation: On 19 October 2018, the lenders to bankrupt Essar Steel declared that the highest bid was from the joint venture (JV) of Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal, promoted by Lakshmi Mittal, and Japan’s Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corp. Thus the consortium acquired the Indian steel maker and ensured that ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, makes its entry into Indian steel sector.

- ArcelorMittal-led consortium had tabled a resolution plan that offered Rs. 42,000 crore to buy out Essar Steel’s assets, which had accumulated debt of over Rs. 49,000 crore. Essar steel has a 10 million tonne (mt) per annum mill in Hazira, Gujarat. The company is a fully-integrated flat steel manufacturer.

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6) Veteran politician and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Narayan Dutt Tiwari passed away on 18 October 2018 in New Delhi. He was 93. What unique fact regarding Chief Minister’s post is associated with him? – He is the only politician to serve as Chief Minister of two states

Explanation: Narayan Dutt Tiwari was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for three terms - (1976-77, 1984-85, 1988-89) and served once as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (2002-2007). Between 1986 and 1988, he served in Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's cabinet, first as External Affairs Minister and then as Finance Minister. He served as Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 2007 until 2009.

- He had the unique distinction of being the only politician to serve as Chief Minister of two states (Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand). He died on his 93rd birthday on 18 October 2018 in New Delhi from multiple organ failure.

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7) Who was elected the new Prime Minister of Bhutan in country’s third democratic election, the results of which were announced on 19 October 2018? - Lotay Tshering

Explanation: Lotay Tshering, the President of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party was elected the new Prime Minister of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan on 19 October 2018. His party won 30 of 47 national assembly seats in the third general election in Bhutan.

- Bhutan has now chosen a different party to rule at each election since the end of absolute monarchy in 2008. Tshering is a 50-year-old urology surgeon. He will replace Tshering Tobgay.

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