Current Affairs Quiz Questions and Answers 2020
08 OCT 2020
(Q.01) ‘No Mask, No Ride’ was launched by police of which district of Maharashtra?
Ans. :-(3) Sangli
In Maharashtra’s Sangli district, the police have launched a campaign, ‘No Mask, No Ride’ to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the region. The campaign is part of the state government’s My Family, My Responsibility’ which was launched on 15th of this month to control the surging pandemic.
(Q.02) Punjab government has launched construction of ‘how many’ rural stadiums and playgrounds under ‘Rural Transformation Strategy’ and ‘Tandarust Punjab Mission’?
Ans. :-(4) 750
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh virtually launched the construction of 750 Rural Stadiums and Playgrounds in Punjab. The stadium will facilitate youths to channelize their energy in a constructive manner. It is being built at a cost of INR 105 Crores under Punjab’s ‘Rural Transformation Strategy’ and ‘Tandarust Punjab Mission’. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Local Government Department, Punjab and Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Odisha for the implementation of Punjab Slum Dwellers Proprietary Act, 2020.
(Q.03) BOB Financial Solutions Limited partnered with which company to launch four new variants of BOB credit cards?
1) American Express
Ans. :-(3) Mastercard
Bank of Baroda Financial Solutions (BFSL), a subsidiary of Bank of Baroda (BoB) has partnered with Mastercard to launch four new variants of BOB Credit Cards. The credit cards will serve customers across different economic segments including affluent customers, first-time credit card owners, two variants exclusively for Chartered Accountants, and Cost & Management Accountants.
(Q.04) Gram Sampark Abhiyan is the financial inclusion initiative of which bank (scheme launched by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar)?
1) State Bank of India
2) Punjab National Bank
3) Canara Bank
4) United Bank of India
Ans. :-(2) Punjab National Bank
To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi i.e. on October 2, 2020, Punjab National Bank (PNB) has launched a 3 months long nationwide campaign of financial inclusion and literacy initiative “Gram Sampark Abhiyan”. It was launched by Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on the lines of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”. The campaign is centered on four key themes viz. digital, credit, social security and financial literacy. This campaign will culminate on December 31, 2020 covering 526 districts in 24 states.
(Q.05) Which organization has partnered with HelpAge India (Under “Aalambana” project) to afford digital literacy to rural elderly citizens?
1) Government e-Marketplace (GeM)
2) Common Services Centre (CSC)
3) National e-Governance Division (NeGD)
4) Both (1) and (2)
Ans. :-(2) Common Services Centre (CSC)
Common Services Centre(CSC), e-Governance Services arm is a Special Purpose Vehicle (CSC SPV) of the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology(MeitY) partnered with HelpAge India, a nonprofit organisation focused on the concerns of elders. CSC Academy, the education arm of CSC and HelpAge India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) under the project of “Aalambana” of HelpAge India which will be implemented for a period of 1 year, to offer digital literacy to the rural elderly citizens of India (above the age of 55). This was launched on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons October 1, 2020.
(Q.06) Who among the following doesn’t got 2020 Right Livelihood Award (alternative Nobel Prize in Stockholm)?
1) Ales Bialiatski
2) Nasrin Sotoudeh
3) Bryan Stevenson
4) Sumaira Abdulali
Ans. :-(4) Sumaira Abdulali
Right Livelihood Award Foundation announced the four winners of the 2020 Right Livelihood Award which is also known as the alternative Nobel Prize in Stockholm. The four activists Ales Bialiatski of Belarus, Nasrin Sotoudeh of Iran, Bryan Stevenson of the United States(US) and Lottie Cunningham Wren of Nicaragua shared the 2020 award for their contribution towards equality, democracy, justice and freedom.
(Q.07) Which foundation has received the UNSDG Action Award 2020 from the UNDP for its work on crop residue management?
1) Naam Foundation
2) Reliance Foundation
3) Reliance Foundation
4) CII Foundation
Ans. :-(4) CII Foundation
At the 3rd edition of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) Action Awards 2020, The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Foundation received the UNSDG Action Award 2020 from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Government of Punjab for their work on crop residue management. CII received the award under the category of “Integration, Convergence, Joint Action and holistic Solution Approach – Industry”.
(Q.08) Name the person who has been conferred with the Special Humanitarian Action Award 2020 in the event organized in collaboration with UNDP.
1) Sonu Sood
2) SPS Oberoi
3) Aamir Khan
4) Both (1) and (2)
Ans. :- (4) Both (1) and (2)
The Special Humanitarian Action Award 2020 was conferred upon Action Sonu Sood and SPS Oberoi, Dubai based businessman and philanthropist over a virtual ceremony presided by Vini Mahajan, Chief Minister of Punjab. The event was organised in collaboration with UNDP’s sustainable development goals coordination centre.
(Q.09) Who inaugurated the “Vaishvik Bharatiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit 2020”?
1) Amit Shah
2) Narendra Modi
3) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
4) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
Ans. :-(2) Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a virtual summit of overseas and resident Indian Researchers and Academicians namely “Vaishvik Bharatiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit 2020” via video conferencing which will continue till October 31, 2020 i.e. Sardar Patel Jayanti. During the summit he encouraged indigenous vaccine production. Aim: To bring Indian origin experts in academic institutes and R&D organizations across the world on a single platform to debate upon collaboration mechanisms to strengthen academic and S&T (science & technology) base in India for global development. Organizers: It is organized by 200 academic institutes and S&T departments, led by Principal Scientific Advisor, Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan.
(Q.10) Union textiles minister Smriti Irani addressed ‘India-Bangladesh Virtual Conference on Textiles and Apparel Sector’ organized by FFBCCI and which organization?
1) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
2) Electronic Component Industries Association (ELCINA)
3) National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM)
4) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Ans. :-(4) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani addressed the inaugural session of ‘India-Bangladesh Virtual Conference on Textiles and Apparel Sector’ organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of commerce and Industry (FFBCCI).
(Q.11) The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and Texas Pacific Group (TPG) planned to invest combined USD 1 Billion in Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL). Where is the HQ of RRVL located?
3) New Delhi
Ans. :-(2) Kolkata
The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), and United States based Texas Pacific Group (TPG) will invest a combined USD 1 Billion (INR 7, 350 Crores) in Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL). GIC will invest INR 5, 512 Crore for 1.22% stake while TPG Capital Management will invest INR 1, 838 Crore to own 0.41% equity stake in RRVL. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Mukesh Ambani; Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra.
(Q.12) Which among the following was developed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Hyderabad based Biological E Limited for the treatment of the COVID-19?
1) Quinine antisera
2) Equine antisera
3) Diamine antisera
4) Feline antisera
Ans. :-(2) Equine antisera
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Hyderabad based Biological E Limited have developed highly purified ‘equine antisera’ for prophylaxis and treatment of the COVID-19. It was isolated by the ICMR-led National Institute of Virology, Pune (Maharashtra). The pre-print version of this study has been posted on Research Square platform. Antibodies from horses, known as equine antisera.
(Q.13) Name the spacecraft of Northrop Grumman Cygnus (NG-14 Cygnus) which was launched by NASA recently.
1) Valentina Tereshkova
2) Chiaki Mukai
3) Eileen Collins
4) SS Kalpana Chawla
Ans. :-(4) SS Kalpana Chawla
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched the Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft named “SS Kalpana Chawla” after its astronaut Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-born woman to enter space and was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle in Columbia disaster when the spacecraft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere in 2003. The spacecraft was launched on an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, United States (US) to deliver nearly 8,000 pounds (approximately 3,630 kilograms) of scientific investigations, technology demonstrations, commercial products, and other cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). It should be noted that this delivery is the Northrop Grumman’s 14th contracted cargo flight to the space station.
(Q.14) Which organization has launched its new logo with focus on 2024 and 2028 Olympics recently?
1) Athletics Federation of India
2) Indian Olympic Association
3) Sports Authority of India
4) Sports Federation of India
Ans. :-(3) Sports Authority of India
Shifting focus to the upcoming Olympics in 2024 and 2028, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju revealed a new look Sports Auhtority of India (SAI), a stark difference from the old logo. The new logo is in blue with the abbreviation SAI prominent in bold letters and a flight symbol just on top of the logo, representing the ‘udaan’ athletes will take ahead of the Olympic Games.
(Q.15) Who has launched the coffee-table book titled “Babu – The Unforgettable”?
1) B. D. Mishra
2) Biswa Bhusan Harichandan
3) Manish Sisodia
4) Jagdish Mukhi
Ans. :-(3) Manish Sisodia
On 2nd October 2020, on the occasion of the 151st Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief minister of Delhi launched the coffee-table book titled “Babu – The Unforgettable” over a virtual event organized by the Delhi Archives & Department of Art, Culture and Language, Government of Delhi.
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