Current Affairs Quiz Questions and Answers 2020
01 AUG 2020
(Q.01) Indian railways set the target to use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag for tracking wagons by which year?
Ans. :-(2) 2022
Indian Railways is on a mission to RFID Tag all wagons by December 2022. The Indian Railways will complete this process of fitting radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) in all the wagons by December 2022. These tags will be used for tracking all wagons.
(Q.02) Which state government has renamed ‘Bilung’ village after popular folk song ‘Rangabati’?
Ans. :-(3) Odisha
The Odisha government has renamed Bilung village in the Bamra Tehsil of Sambalpur district to ‘Rangabati Bilung’ in recognition of the popularity of the famous folk-song.
(Q.03) What is the outlay of the scheme for promotion of bulk drug parks approved by the Government of India to create 3 drug parks from FY21 to FY25?
1) 3,000 crores
2) 2,000 crores
3) 1,500 crores
4) 5,000 crores
Ans. :-(1) 3,000 crores
Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda launched guidelines for four schemes of Department of Pharmaceuticals (under ministry of chemical & fertilizers), two each for Bulk Drugs and Medical Devices parks, on the lines of making India Atma Nirbhar (self-reliant) in pharma sector. The scheme for Promotion of Bulk Drug Parks, which has been approved by the Government of India (GoI) on March, 2020 was launched with an outlay of Rs. 3,000 crores for a period of 4 years i.e. from FY2020-2021 to FY2024-2025 to create 3 bulk drug parks in India. Also, the scheme for Promotion of Medical Devices Park, which has been approved by the GoI on March, 20, 2020 was launched with an outlay of Rs. 400 Crore for a period of 4 years. In addition to that Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Promoting Domestic Manufacturing of Medical Devices with the Outlay of Rs. 3,420 cr & PLI scheme for promotion of domestic manufacturing of KSMs, DIs, & APIs in India with the Outlay of Rs 6,490 cr.
(Q.04) IRCTC and SBI Card launched a co-branded contactless credit card on RuPay platform recently. Where is the HQ of SBI card located?
Ans. :-(2) Gurugram
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman & Managing Director– Mahendra Pratap Mall
About SBI Card:
Headquarters– Gurgaon, Haryana.
Managing Director(MD) and Chief executive Officer(CEO)– Hardayal Prasad(will retire on July 31, 2020) Ashwini Kumar Tewari to take charge from August 1, 2020.
(Q.05) Which general insurance company launched crop insurance campaign,’Bohot Zaroori Hai’ for farmers in Maharashtra and Karnataka?
1) Bharti AXA General Insurance Company
2) Paytm General Insurance Limited
3) Reliance General Insurance Company
4) None Of These
Ans. :-(1) Bharti AXA General Insurance Company
Bharti AXA General Insurance has launched its crop insurance campaign,’Bohot Zaroori Hai’ for farmers in Maharashtra and Karnataka to encourage them about their yield protection and financial security. It aims to create awareness to farming communities about the relevance and significance of crop insurance, which can alleviate rural distress caused by crop failure or damage due to unseasonal rains, monsoon failure among others. Bharti AXA General Insurance had received Rs 800 crore worth crop insurance mandate from the governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka to insure their farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).
About Bharti AXA General Insurance
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director– Sanjeev Srinivasan
(Q.06) Indian oil corporation partnered with Total SA for joint venture to manufacture and market high-quality innovative bitumen. Total SA is the company of which country?
Ans. :-(4) France
Indian Oil Corporation(IOC) has formed an equal (50:50) Joint Venture(JV) with France’s Total S.A. to manufacture and market high-quality innovative bitumen derivatives and superior quality products like polymer-modified bitumen, crumb rubber modified bitumen among others for the growing road-building industry in India.
About Total S.A.
Headquarters– Paris, France
Chairman & Chief Executing Officer (CEO)– Patrick Pouyanné
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman– Shrikant Madhav Vaidya
(Q.07) Which PSU signed MoU with Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) to explore the project development opportunities in the Compressed Biogas (CBG) value chain in India?
Ans. :-(1) GAIL
GAIL (India) limited and Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the project development opportunities in the Compressed Biogas(CBG) value chain in India.
About GAIL (India) Ltd:
Chairman & Managing Director– Manoj Jain
Head Office– New Delhi
About Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL):
CEO– Aniruddha Sharma
Headquarters- London, United Kingdom
(Q.08) Who has been appointed as the member of Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) formed by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to deal with violation of environment rules (July 2020)?
1) Manoj Kumar
2) Anil Kumar Jha
3) Biswajit Basu
4) P.K. Singh
Ans. :- (2) Anil Kumar Jha
The government appointed the former chairman of Coal India Ltd. (CIL), Anil Kumar Jha, as a member of Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) that deals with violation of environment rules. The panel was earlier constituted in June 2017 for three years. Its tenure has now been extended till June 2021.
About Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC):
Union Minister– Prakash Javadekar
Minister of State– Babul Supriyo
(Q.09) Name the Indian climate activist who has become member of António Guterres’s new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.
1) Archana Soreng
2) Vandana Shiva
3) Licypriya Kangujam
4) Both 1) and 2)
Ans. :-(1) Archana Soreng
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres named Indian climate activist Archana Soreng among 7 members to his new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. The members will advise him regularly on accelerating global action and also provide solutions to tackle the worsening climate crisis. This is to mobilize climate action as part of the COVID-19 recovery efforts. The other members of the group are Nisreen Elsaim from Sudan, Ernest Gibson from Fiji, Vladislav Kaim from Moldova, Sophia Kianni from the United States, Nathan Metenier from France, and Paloma Costa from Brazil.
(Q.10) Who has been appointed as the MD&CEO of Tata AIA Life Insurance company?
1) Manoj Kumar
2) Rishi Srivastava
3) Anantha Narayanan
4) None of the Above
Ans. :-(4) None of the Above
Naveen Tahilyani was appointed as the new Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive officer (CEO) of the Tata American International Assurance (AIA) life insurance company. His appointment was under regulatory approval from Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). Tahilyani succeeds Rishi Srivastava who has been moved to the Group Agency Distribution, AIA Group, Hong Kong, as CEO.
About Tata AIA Life Insurance:
It is the joint venture of Tata Sons Private Ltd. and AIA Group Ltd. (AIA).
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
(Q.11) Name the person who has been appointed as the CEO and Director of Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN).
1) Alok Misra
2) Pushan Mahapatra
3) Devesh Srivastava
4) V Ramasamy
Ans. :-(1) Alok Misra
Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a Self-Regulatory Organisation (SRO) for the microfinance industry announced that Dr. Alok Misra will take over the present CEO, Harsh Shrivastava on 1st August 2020 as the New Chief Executive Officer(CEO) and Director. Alok Misra is currently serving as the Professor and Chairperson of public policy and governance at Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurugram.
(Q.12) Which pharma company seeks permission from DGCI for ‘phase 2&3’ clinical trials of Oxford vaccine under brand name “Covishield” in India?
1) Panacea Biotec
2) Bharat Biotech
3) Serum Institute of India
4) Indian Immunologicals
Ans. :-(3) Serum Institute of India
The Serum Institute of India (SII), which has partnered with British-Swedish pharma company AstraZeneca for manufacturing the University of Oxford vaccine candidate for COVID-19, has sought permission from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for conducting “phase 2/3 human clinical trials” of the potential vaccine.
(Q.13) The world hepatitis day (WHD) was observed annually on July 28. What is the theme for WHD 2020?
1) “Know Hepatitis and Act Now!”
2) “Invest in eliminating hepatitis”
3) “Hepatitis-free future”
4) “Find the Hepatitis”
Ans. :-(3) “Hepatitis-free future”
World Health Organisations (WHOs) World Hepatitis Day is annually observed on 28th July to encourage the national and international efforts towards hepatitis and to educate the individuals and general public about the need for global response outlined by WHOs Global hepatitis report 2017.The first World Hepatitis Day was observed on 28th July 2011. The theme of 2020 World Hepatitis Day is “Hepatitis-free future” focusing on prevention of Hepatitis B among mothers and newborns. The 28th of July was chosen to honor the birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg, who discovered the hepatitis B virus(HBV) and developed the diagnostic test and vaccine for HBV.
(Q.14) Which district tops NITI Aayog’s overall delta ranking of aspirational districts for February-June 2020?
1) Nawada, Bihar
2) Bijapur, Chhattisgarh
3) Moga, Punjab
4) Cuttack, Odisha
Ans. :-(2) Bijapur, Chhattisgarh
In accordance with the delta rankings for aspirational districts by government think-tank NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh has topped the list of aspirational districts in Overall Delta Ranking for the February-June 2020 period. Bijapur has been followed by Ri-Bhoi (Meghalaya) and Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) at 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. The delta rankings for aspirational districts considers an incremental progress in five developmental areas viz. Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development and Basic Infrastructure.
Top 5 Aspirational Districts in Overall Delta Ranking (Feb-June 2020) Rank District 1 Bijapur (Chhattisgarh) 2 Ri-Bhoi (Meghalaya) 3 Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) 4 Nawada (Bihar) 5 Moga (Punjab)
(Q.15) The Green-Agriculture project funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) was launched in which state?
Ans. :-(4) Mizoram
Green-Agriculture(Green-Ag), a project funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) was launched in Mizoram, India. It was launched by Agriculture minister of Mizoram C Lalrinsanga. Mizoram is first among the 5 states where the project is to be implemented. The other states are Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The project covers land in two districts of Lunglei and Mamit, Mizoram including Dampa Tiger Reserve and Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary.
About Global Environment Facility GEF:
CEO & Chairperson – Dr. Naoko Ishii, her second term is set to end in August, 2020.
Trustee – World Bank.
Headquarters – Washington DC, USA.
Chief Minister – Zoramthanga,
Capital – Aizawl,
Governor – P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.
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