Current Affairs Quiz Questions and Answers 2020
07 OCT 2020
(Q.01) Who represented India at 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW) – Beijing +25 virtually?
1) Prakash Javadekar
2) Pralhad Joshi
3) Nitin Gadkari
4) Smriti Irani
Ans. :-(4) Smriti Irani
Union Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) addressed the High-level meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW) – Beijing +25 virtually. The theme of the event was “Accelerating the realisation of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”. During the conference, it was announced that India is committed to full and effective implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
(Q.02) Who led Indian delegation at 19th round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between India and Myanmar?
1) Lalit Mansingh
2) P. Kumar
3) Harsh Vardhan Shringla
4) AK Singh
Ans. :-(3) Harsh Vardhan Shringla
The 19th round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between India and Myanmar was held virtually to review the entire gamut of relations, including border cooperation and the ongoing restoration work on earthquake damaged pagodas in Bagan. The Indian delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and the Myanmar delegation was led by Permanent Secretary, U Soe Han. Notably, Myanmar is one of India’s strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states. Apart from the above FOC, a webinar was organised between both nations on the Kaladan multimodal project to discuss the scope and scale for accelerating diplomatic efforts for the successful implementation of the Kaladan project. It was organised by CUTS International located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Kaladan project is the first cross-border project that India had initiated for the betterment of connectivity of its northeast region. The Government of Myanmar provides land and security while the cost is borne by India.
(Q.03) Which company planned to invest Rs. 6247.50 Crore for 1.4% Stake in Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL)?
4) Silver Lake
Ans. :-(2) Mubadala
Mubadala Investment Company(Mubadala), Abu Dhabi based sovereign wealth fund, invested Rs.6247.50 crore for 1.4% stake in the Reliance Retail Ventures Limited(RRVL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited. This investment of Mabadala marks the 5th investment into RRVL. This is Mubadala’s second investment into RIL following its Rs. 9,093.60 crore investment for 1.85% stake in Jio Platform.
(Q.04) How much worth contract was signed by Ministry of Defence with Economic Explosive Ltd (EEL) for supply of Multi-Mode Hand Grenades to the Indian Army?
1) Rs. 740 Crores
2) Rs. 915 Crores
3) Rs. 915 Crores
4) Rs. 409 Crores
Ans. :-(4) Rs. 409 Crores
Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with private company Economic Explosive Ltd (EEL) for supply of 10,00,000 Multi-Mode Hand Grenades to the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs. 409 Crores. Notably, these grenades will replace the hand grenade design of World War-II vintage. These grenades have been designed by Chandigarh based Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratories (TBRL) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and are being produced by EEL, Nagpur.
(Q.05) The cabinet committee on security (CCS) approved the proposal for establishment of ASCON phase IV network recently. The CCS is chaired by whom?
1) Finance Minister of India
2) Home Minister of India
3) Defence Minister of India
4) Prime Minister of India
Ans. :-(4) Prime Minister of India
Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) approved proposal for establishment of Army Static Switched Communication Network (ASCON) Phase IV Network worth INR 7796.39 Crore (approximately). It will be implemented by Public Sector Firm Indian Telephone Industries Limited (ITI), Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communications (MOC) and will become operational in 3 years. The CCS is chaired by the Prime Minister of India. The CCS consists of the following members: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister. Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs.
(Q.06) The department of Defence of ‘which’ country has approved India’s request to buy USD 90 million worth of equipment, spare parts for C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft?
2) United States
4) RussiaV Crishna
Ans. :-(2) United States
United States (US) Department of Defence i.e. The Pentagon has approved India’s request to buy USD 90 million worth of equipment, spare parts and logistical support for its fleet of C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft, procured from the US. The sale would be executed by defence major Lockheed-Martin. The decision behind this proposed sale is to effectively serve the needs of the Indian Air Force (IAF), in transport requirements, humanitarian assistance and regional disaster relief. The IAF currently operates a fleet of five C-130J-30s and has placed order for additional six C-130J-30s Super Hercules aircraft. It is to be noted that India is one of the 17 countries to whom the US has sold its C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.
(Q.07) ISRO plans to launch Venus mission named “Shukrayaan-1” by which year?
Ans. :-(4) 2025
ISRO is all set to launch its first Venus mission “Shukrayaan-1” in 2025 with participation of French space agency CNES (National Centre for Space Studies; French: Centre national d’etudes spatiales). In this regard, ISRO has selected the VIRAL (Venus Infrared Atmospheric Gases Linker) instrument co-developed with the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos and the LATMOS (Atmospheres, Milieux, Observations Spatiales Laborator) attached to the CNRS. Notably this will be the first time a French payload will be flown on an Indian exploration mission.
(Q.08) GS Amur who passed away recently is a renowned _________.
Ans. :- (3) Writer
Veteran Kannada writer and noted critic of both Kannada & English literature GS Amur passed away at the age of 95 in his residence in Bengaluru, Karnataka due to age related ailments. He was born in 1925 in Bommanahalli, Dharwad, Karnataka.
(Q.09) The scientists of which institute has discovered 2 new species of wetland plants (Eriocaulon parvicephalum & Eriocaulon karaavalense) in Western Ghats?
1) Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow
2) Agharkar Research Institute, Pune
3) Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bengaluru
4) Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational-Sciences, Nanital
Ans. :-(2) Agharkar Research Institute, Pune
Scientists of Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) have discovered two new species of pipewort, a type of wetland plants in the areas along the Western Ghats in Maharashtra and Karnataka The species found in Sindhudurg in Maharashtra is named Eriocaulon parvicephalum and the species found Kumta in Karnataka is named Eriocaulon karaavalense.
(Q.10) Which organization of Indian railways developed Freight Business Development (FBD) portal exclusively for freight clients?
1) Centre for Railway Research
2) Centre for Railway Information Systems
3) Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India
4) IRCON International
Ans. :-(2) Centre for Railway Information Systems
Indian Railways (IR) launched Freight Business Development (FBD) (https://fois.indianrail.gov.in/RailSAHAY/) exclusively for freight clients. The Portal has been developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS). Indian Railways has launched the portal to maximize its revenues from freight operations.
(Q.11) Which state government has launched ‘Kritagyata’ portal for the convenience of pensioners?
Ans. :-(3) Assam
Chief Minister (CM) of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal launched an on-line pension submission and tracking system “Kritagyata” during a function held at Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati. Created on the lines of “Bhabhisya” portal of Government of India, Kritagyata is first portal of its kind among all the states in the country for the convenience of pensioners by expediting their pension-related claims. Assam Police celebrated its 70th foundation day, i.e. Assam Police Day on October 1, 2020. On this occasion Sarbananda Sonowal launched a month-long “CyberSafety” campaign to raise awareness on cybercrimes and safety. It will be jointly conducted by the Assam Police and cyber-security think tank Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF).
(Q.12) Prime Minister Modi inaugurated world’s longest highway tunnel (connects Manali and Lahaul-Spiti Valley) “Atal Tunnel” in which state/UT?
2) Arunachal Pradesh
4) Himachal Pradesh
Ans. :-(4) Himachal Pradesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Atal Tunnel’ – World’s Longest Highway Tunnel in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The 9.02 Kilometre Long Tunnel has been constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) at a cost of INR 3, 300 crores. It connects Manali and Lahaul-Spiti Valley. The Atal Tunnel, running across the 13,050-ft high Rohtang pass, on the Manali-Leh axis is the highest motorable highway tunnel in the world. The Tunnel has been built by adopting the latest NATM (New Austrian Tunneling Method) technique.
(Q.13) Name the project which was launched to digitalize Coal Mines Provident Fund Organisation (CMPFO).
Ans. :-(2) SUNIDHI
On the occasion of 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi i.e. On October 2, 2020, the Coal Mines Provident Fund Organisation (CMPFO) launched the information technology (IT) project Superior New-generation Information and Data Handling Initiative (SUNIDHI) to digitise its entire provident fund and pension related activities. CMPFO is a statutory body under the coal ministry which administers different schemes of provident fund, pension and deposit linked insurance for coal mine workers. The project was inaugurated in the virtual presence of Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain and Coal India (CIL) Chairman Pramod Agrawal, among others.
(Q.14) Name the tribal minister of India who has launched India’s largest tribal products market ‘Tribes India E-Marketplace’.
1) Arjun Munda
2) Harsimrat Kaur Badal
3) Harsh Vardhan
4) Mahendra Nath Pandey
Ans. :-(1) Arjun Munda
On the Occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi (October 2, 2020), Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda virtually launched ‘Tribes India E-Marketplace’ (market.tribesindia.com). It is India’s largest handicraft and organic products marketplace. It is an initiative of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED). Minister of State (MoS) for Tribal Affairs, Renuka Singh, Minister of Rural Industry, Chhattisgarh, Rudra Kumar, Chairman of TRIFED, Ramesh Chand Meena & Managing Director of TRIFED, Pravir Krishna were present during the launch.
(Q.15) The special purpose ______ VVIP aircraft Air India One for President, PM was arrived in Delhi recently.
Ans. :-(3) B777
The VVIP Air India One aircraft that will be used to fly the President, Vice-President and Prime Minister, arrived in Delhi from US, said government officials. The B777 aircraft was scheduled to be delivered by aircraft manufacturer Boeing to Air India in July, but its delivery was delayed twice – once in July for a few weeks due to Covid-19 pandemic and then in August for a few weeks due to technical reasons – the officials noted.
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