Current Affairs Quiz Questions and Answers 2020
16 OCT 2020
(Q.01) Who released the results of 1st edition of National start-up awards 2020?
1) Piyush Goyal
2) Raj Kumar Singh
3) Ravi Shankar Prasad
4) Giriraj Singh
Ans. :-(1) Piyush Goyal
Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal released the results of the First Edition of National Startup Awards 2020 in a virtual ceremony. The First Ever National Startup Awards has been conceived by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).
(Q.02) Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna Won 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Development of Method for which among the following?
1) Molecular Machines
2) Mechanistic DNA repair
3) Genome Editing (CRISPR)
4) Cryo-Electron microscopy
Ans. :-(3) Genome Editing (CRISPR)
Goran K. Hansson, secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, announced the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer A. Doudna of the United States for the development of a method for genome editing, namely ‘CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors’. The method is one of gene technology’s sharpest tools. This is the 1st time 2 women have jointly won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
(Q.03) Find the organisation which has jointly organised a global symposium ‘India PV Edge 2020’?
1) NITI Aayog
2) Ministry of New & Renewable Energy
3) Invest India
4) All the 1), 2) and 3
Ans. :-(4) All the 1), 2) and 3
NITI Aayog, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Invest India jointly organized a Global Symposium ‘India PV Edge 2020’ virtually. It was organized to inform global Photovoltaics (PV) about opportunities in India. Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) for New and Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, Managing Director (MD) & CEO of Invest India Deepak Bagla attended the session. Around 60 prominent Indian and global CEOs also attended the event virtually.
(Q.04) Indian Navy partnered with GVMC for the aerial seeding initiative at which city?
Ans. :-(2) Visakhapatnam
The Indian Navy partnered with Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) for the Aerial Seeding Initiative at Visakhapatnam. This initiative aims to enhance the green cover in and around Visakhapatnam. Two UH3H helicopters with 2 tons of seed balls undertook the aerial seeding. Around 6.25 tonnes of seed balls were dropped in the region around Pedagantyada, Aganampudi, Naidu Thota, Chinamushidiwada, and Pavuralakonda in Bheemili.
(Q.05) Alpha Design Technology Limited (ADTL) has bagged Rs 591 crore worth contract to upgrade and digitize which missile system?
1) Qiam missile
2) Pechora missile
3) Mushak missile
4) Frog missile
Ans. :-(2) Pechora missile
Indian Private Firm Alpha Design Technology Limited (ADTL) bagged INR 591 crore contract for upgrading and digitizing 16 Soviet Era Pechora missile and radar systems. ADTL has partnered with Russian entities for the project which will be executed in four years. It will be a major boost to indigenous defence manufacturing
(Q.06) Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) planned to invest Rs.5512.50 crore to buy _____ stake in Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL).
Ans. :-(2) 1.2%
The Reliance Industries Limited(RIL) announced that the wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority(ADIA) is set to invest Rs.5512.50 crore in the Reliance Retail Ventures Limited(RRVL) for 1.20% stake. The investment value of RRVL at pre money equity value of Rs.4.285 lakh crore. Note: With this investment RRVL has raised a total fund around Rs.37710 crores for 8.51% stake.
(Q.07) Name the ICG Offshore patrol vessel ‘which’ was launched at Kattupalli Port, Chennai to enhance coastal security (October 2020).
Ans. :-(4) Vigraha
The Seventh Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ‘Vigraha’ of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was launched at Kattupalli Port, Chennai. The vessel has been built by Larsen & Toubro (L & T). This is the first time that a private sector shipyard has designed & constructed an offshore patrol vessel class ship. ‘Vigraha’ is the last in the series of Seven OPVs contracted to Larsen & Toubro by the Defence Ministry in 2015.
(Q.08) ‘Tsirkon (Zircon)’ hypersonic cruise missile was successfully tested by which country?
Ans. :- (2) Russia
Russia successfully test-fired the Tsirkon (Zircon) Hypersonic Cruise Missile. The missile successfully hit a target in the Barents Sea. The test was carried out from Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Vessel located in White Sea, Northern Russia. The Missile successfully hit its target at a distance of 450 Kilometers in Four and Half Minutes, and reached hypersonic speeds of more than Mach 8.
(Q.09) Housing & Urban Affairs secretary Durga Shanker Mishra has launched API integration between PM SVANidhi Portal and eMudra Portal of ‘which’ Bank?
Ans. :-(2) SBI
Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched the API (Application Programming Interface) integration between the PM SVANidhi Portal and the SBI (State Bank of India)’s eMudra portal. This launch is a part of Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme.
(Q.10) Guidance, company based on Tamil Nadu partnered with which organization to set up South Asia’s first advanced manufacturing hub in Tamil Nadu.
Ans. :-(4) WEF
Guidance, a nodal investment promotion and facilitation agency of Tamil Nadu (TN) located in Chennai has joined hands with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in set up India’s and South Asia’s first advanced manufacturing hub (AMHUB) in Tamil Nadu. This collaboration is in line with the Tamil Nadu Electronics Hardware Manufacturing Policy 2020. In September 2020, Tamil Nadu released its Electronics Hardware Manufacturing Policy 2020 to facilitate foreign investment in electronic systems design and manufacturing (ESDM) for the growth of indigenous startups. The state’s focus is to raise its manufacturing output to US$100 billion by 2025 accounting 25% of India’s total electronics exports, and skilling of more than 100,000 people by 2024.
(Q.11) Who has inaugurated the Gyan circle ventures of IIIT Sri City, Andhra Pradesh?
1) Prakash Chandra Kandpal
2) Pushan Mahapatra
3) Devesh Srivastava
4) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
Ans. :-(4) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Ministry of Education (MoE) virtually inaugurated the Gyan Circle Ventures, a MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) funded Technology Business Incubator (TBI) of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Sri City (Chittoor), Andhra Pradesh (AP) through Video Conference from New Delhi. Gyan Circle Ventures would function as a Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE 2.0) incubation center.
(Q.12) Name the person who inaugurated the “International Conference on Mental Health: Looking Beyond COVID-19”.
1) Acharya Dev Bhat
2) AB Pandey
3) Thaawarchand Gehlot
4) BSV Prakash Kumar
Ans. :-(3) Thaawarchand Gehlot
Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot virtually inaugurated the “International Conference on Mental Health: Looking Beyond COVID-19”. The conference was organized by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment in association with University of Melbourne, Australia.
(Q.13) Which is 1st state in India to use Quick Deployment Antenna (QDA) technology for disaster management?
Ans. :-(1) Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand CM inaugurated the State Disaster Response Force’s (SDRF) latest Quick Deployment Antenna (QDA) technology. QDA is a satellite based communication technology which establishes communication in places where network coverage is low or has zero coverage. It will be able to send and receive video or voice calls, and is capable of data transfer which are vital during Emergency Situations. Uttarakhand is the First State to use QDA technology for disaster management.
(Q.14) According to World Trade Organisation, the World Merchandise Trade forecast is expected to fall by _______ in 2020.
Ans. :-(4) 9.2%
World Trade Organization (WTO) lowered its projection on the volume of world merchandise trade in 2020 to 9.2% as compared to 12.9% fall in April 2020. This is due to the strong trade performances in June-July, 2020 due to easing of lockdowns in many parts of the world. For 2021, WTO forecasts a 7.2% world trade increase, far below the April estimate of 21.3% growth (Between 21% to 24%) and pre-pandemic level.
(Q.15) Name the state which has launched Mukhya Mantri Saur Swarojgar Yojana?
2) Madhya Pradesh
Ans. :-(3) Uttarakhand
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