Current Affairs Quiz Questions and Answers 2020
16 SEPT 2020
(Q.01) What is the expected real GDP growth of India in FY21 as per the estimation of CRISIL?
1) (-) 5%
2) (-) 9%
3) (-) 7%
4) (-) 3%
Ans. :-(2) (-) 9%
The latest report of the rating agency CRISIL projects India’s real GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth to contract by 9% (-9%) in FY21 (2020-2021) as COVID-19 infections are yet to peak and the government is not providing adequate direct fiscal support. Earlier in May, 2020 the rating agency projected that Indian economy will contract by 5% (-5%) in FY21.
(Q.02) Which company has partnered with NASSCOM future skills to launch “AI classroom series” for students in India?
Ans. :-(3) Microsoft
FutureSkills, an initiative of IT-ITES (Information technology – IT enabled services) Sector Skill Council National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) partnered with Microsoft to launch Artificial Intelligence (AI) Skilling initiative “AI classroom series” to skill 10 lakh students in India by 2021 to make India a global hub for AI skilled talents and create jobs through upskilling and reskilling.
(Q.03) Who heads the expert committee formed by Ministry of Finance to assess impacts of waiving loan moratorium?
1) Valipe Ramagopal Rao
2) D.P. Singh
3) Rajiv Mehrishi
4) Ravindra H Dholakia
Ans. :-(3) Rajiv Mehrishi
The Ministry of Finance formed a three-member expert panel headed by Rajiv Mehrishi, former comptroller and Auditor General of India to assess the impacts of the waiver of interest on the moratorium loans offered to the COVID-19 affected borrowers which ended on 31st August 2020.
(Q.04) Who has been appointed as the celebrity advocate of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s children’s rights campaign ‘For Every Child’?
1) Ranveer Singh
2) Ayushmann Khurrana
3) Manushi Chhillar
4) Vidya Balan
Ans. :-(2) Ayushmann Khurrana
United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) has appointed Bollywood Actor Ayushmann Khurrana as its celebrity advocate for children’s rights campaign, “For Every Child”. He will work towards this initiative in India. He will support UNICEF to end violence against children, especially in the present situation- COVID-19 is increasing the risk of violence and abuse against children due to the extended lockdown and the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. It is to be noted that recently United Nations'(UN) 1st International Day to Protect Education from Attack was observed on September 9, 2020 to raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding schools as places of protection and safety for educators and students.
(Q.05) Which state government has won the WSIS winner prize 2020 under the e-government category?
1) West Bengal
Ans. :-(1) West Bengal
In the 8th Edition World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) prize contents, Sabooj Sathi online 3.0 project of West Bengal Government won the WSIS Winner Prize 2020 under the E-government category.
(Q.06) Union cabinet gives the approval to increase the FDI limit in the Defence sector from 49% to ________ (through automatic route).
Ans. :-(4) 74%
Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy in Defence Sector, thereby allowing FDI through automatic approval to be increased from 49% to 74%. The Government is planning to achieve a turnover of Rs. 1.75 lakh crore, including exports worth Rs 35, 000 crores by 2025.
(Q.07) Which edition of Aero India-21 will be held at Yelahanka Air Force Station, Bengaluru, Karnataka between 3-7 February 2021?
Ans. :-(4) 13th
The 13th Edition of Aero India-21 will be held at Yelahanka Air Force Base, Bengaluru, Karnataka from February 3rd-7th, 2021. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Aero India 2021 website https://aeroindia.gov.in at New Delhi, marking it open for space-bookings.
(Q.08) The _____ session of World Health Organization (WHO) south east Asia region was held recently.
Ans. :- (2) 72rd
The 73rd session of WHO (World Health Organization) South East Asia Region (SEAR) was hosted virtually by Thailand from Bangkok under the Chairmanship of Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Thailand where Indian side was represented by Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) along with Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare. Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Director WHO SEAR. This was for the first time that the entire event was held virtually due to COVID pandemic to discuss most pressing regional and global public health issues.
(Q.09) Who represented India at 17th SCO culture ministers meeting held recently?
1) Prahlad Singh Patel
2) Harsimrat Kaur Badal
3) Nitin Gadkari
4) None of the Above
Ans. :-(1) Prahlad Singh Patel
Union Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge), Prahlad Singh Patel virtually participated in the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Culture Ministers meeting.
(Q.10) Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) of Labour and Employment attended the G-20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting recently. Which country holds the presidency of G20 for the year 2020?
1) Saudi Arabia
Ans. :-(1) Saudi Arabia
Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge- I/C) of Labour and Employment attended the G-20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting. The virtual meeting was held to discuss recent developments of the economic and labour market globally. Discussion was also made about COVID-19 and its impact. The declaration also lists the measures to ease the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market while discussing the efforts of the Saudi Presidency in developing the G20 Youth Roadmap 2025. G20: Presidency 2020– Saudi Arabia (Italian Presidency in 2021). Note: The 15th meeting of G20 will organize from 21-22 November 2020, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. First time that Saudi Arabia will hold the Presidency of the G20 with the theme “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All”.
(Q.11) What is India’s rank in 24th edition of ‘Economic Freedom of the World: 2020 Annual Report ‘?
Ans. :-(3) 105
India took the 105th position in the 24th Edition of Economic Freedom of the World: 2020 Annual Report by Canada’s Fraser Institute, which has been released in India in conjunction with Center for Civil Society, New Delhi-based think tank. The report is co-published by CATO Institute (America) with more than 70 think tanks around the world. This is the 24th edition of Economic Freedom of the World.The report is based on 2018 data. Hong Kong topped the Index with a score of 8.94, followed by Singapore (8.65) and New Zealand (8.53). This year’s publication ranks 162 countries and territories for 2018. The Report has been divided into 4 Quartiles based on the rankings.
Rank Country Score (Out of 10) 105 India 6.56 1 Hong Kong 8.94 2 Singapore 8.65 3 New Zealand 8.53
(Q.12) The Rafale aircraft were inducted into the Indian Air Force’s 17 squadrons ‘Golden Arrows’. The Rafale was manufactured by which company?
1) Lockheed Martin
4) Dassault Aviation
Ans. :-(4) Dassault Aviation
The Five Rafale Aircrafts which arrived in India on July 29, 2020 were formally inducted into the Indian Air Force at a function held at Air Force Station, Ambala (Haryana). They were inducted into the Indian Air Force’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’. The five aircraft include two twin seater trainer aircraft and three single seat fighter aircraft. These fighter jets are manufactured with 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE), by Dassault Aviation, a French company.
(Q.13) The research team from Florida University has discovered an unusual supernova, called ‘Supernova LSQ14fmg’ recently. The study was published in which journal?
1) Astronomy & Geophysics
2) The Astrophysical Journal
3) The Astronomical Journal
4) Astronomy & Astrophysics
Ans. :-(2) The Astrophysical Journal
A 37-member international research team led by Eric Hsiao, Assistant Professor of Physics in Florida State University (FSU) discovered that an unusual supernova, called Supernova LSQ14fmg was exploding. It was located one -hundred million light-years away from Earth. It is known as Type I a supernova, and more particularly, a member of the ‘super-Chandrasekhar’ group. The research was published in ‘The Astrophysical Journal’.
(Q.14) Dame Diana Rigg who passed away in September 2020 is a renowned ______.
3) Folk Dancer
4) Pop Singer
Ans. :-(1) Actor
Dame Diana Rigg, British Actress who was popularly known for her recent role as Olenna Tyrell in the Game of Thrones series passed away at the age of 82 after being diagnosed with cancer in March 2020. She was born in Doncaster, Northern England.
(Q.15) Who has launched a dispute resolution mechanism named ‘SAROD-Ports’ recently?
1) Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
2) Smriti Irani
3) Mansukh L. Mandaviya
4) Nitin Gadkari
Ans. :-(3) Mansukh L. Mandaviya
Mansukh Laxmanbhai(L.) Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) launched a dispute resolution mechanism, ‘SAROD-Ports’ (Society for Affordable Redressal of Disputes – Ports) through virtual ceremony in New Delhi, India. It was established under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It consists of members from Indian Ports Association (IPA) and Indian Private Ports and Terminals Association (IPTTA).
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