Current Affairs Quiz Questions and Answers 2020
26 SEPT 2020
(Q.01) India and Nepal unveiled a website for all information related to education projects under GOI-assisted post-earthquake reconstruction initiatives in Nepal. Which institute developed the Website?
1) Central Building Research Institute (CBRI)
2) Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI)
3) Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (AMPRI)
4) Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI)
Ans. :-(1) Central Building Research Institute (CBRI)
India and Nepal unveiled a dedicated website for all information related to education projects under GOI-assisted post-earthquake reconstruction initiatives in Nepal. The website, available in both English and Nepali versions, was launched by Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Sushil Gyewali, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) of Nepal through video conference. The website has been conceptualized and developed by the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee under India’s Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).
(Q.02) India along with which country has begun the join security patrol in Kapilvastu district?
Ans. :-(4) Nepal
The Security forces of Nepal and India have started a joint security patrol at the Nepal-India Border in Kapilvastu district, Nepal. The patrol has been started with a motive to control the spread of COVID-19 and keep in check the illegal cross-border activities at the Nepal-India Border. The Krishnanagar Municipality of the Kapilvastu district is a major point of transit along the Nepal-India Border. Nepal Police, Armed Police Force of Nepal and Seema Suraksha Bal of India began the patrol on borders on 19th September, 2020. The Joint security patrol will consist of twenty-six security personnel each from both sides.
(Q.03) Which is 1st country in the world that plans to introduce Climatic Financial Report for companies to tackle the climate crisis?
2) New Zealand
Ans. :-(2) New Zealand
New Zealand will be the First country in the world to introduce Climatic Financial Report for companies to tackle the climate crisis, the new regime will be in the form of Compilation or Explanation based on the framework of Task Force on Climate related Financial Disclosures(TCFD). Other countries like Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Japan and the European Union are all working to form Climate risk report.
(Q.04) Which state government has launched ‘Moksha Kalash Yojana-2020’?
Ans. :-(2) Rajasthan
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot gave approval for the scheme ‘Moksha Kalash Yojana-2020’, which allows free bus travel to two members of a family to immerse ashes of their loved ones in River Ganga in Haridwar.
(Q.05) Bajaj Finserv has entered into healthcare sector by launching health tech solutions business “Bajaj Finserv Health Ltd (BFHL)” recently. Where is the HQ of Bajaj Finserv located?
1) New Delhi
Ans. :-(3) Pune
Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) Bajaj Finserv stepped into the healthcare sector by launching health tech solutions business “Bajaj Finserv Health Ltd (BFHL)” as its fully-owned subsidiary. This new venture will offer “Aarogya Care” an industry-first product, providing preventive, personalised, prepaid health care packages. Bajaj Finserv: Headquarter– Pune, Maharashtra.
(Q.06) What will be the contraction in Indian economy in 2020, as per the estimation of UNCTAD?
Ans. :-(1) 5.9%
As per the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s Trade and Development Report 2020– From global pandemic to prosperity for all: Avoiding another lost decade, global economy is expected to contract by 4.3%(-4.3%) in 2020, with global output falling short by over USD 6 trillion of the estimates by the economists before the spread of COVID-19. It also has projected India’s economy to contract by 5.9%(-5.9%) in 2020 and expects the economy to rebound to 3.9% in 2021. -5.9% is expected to be translated into a permanent income loss.
(Q.07) India’s iCreate has signed MoU with which country’s start-up nation central to collaborate in tech innovation & start-ups?
Ans. :-(4) Israel
On September 22, 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India’s International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (iCreate) and Israel’s Start-Up Nation Central by Prof. Eugene Kandel, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Start-Up Nation Central from Jerusalem and Anupam Jalote, CEO of iCreate from Ahmedabad (Gujarat) in the presence of Dr. Ron Malka, Israel’s Ambassador to India and Yaakov Finkelstein, Israel’s Consul General in Mumbai (Maharashtra).
(Q.08) Name the person who has been appointed as the new Administrator of PMC bank.
1) Prashant Joshi
2) A K Dixit
3) J.B. Bhoria
4) Surinderpal Singh
Ans. :- (2) A K Dixit
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) appointed AK Dixit, ex-General Manager of Union Bank of India (UBI) as the new administrator of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank Limited with effect from September 23, 2020. He succeeds J.B. Bhoria, ex-chief general manager with the central bank who stepped down from the post of administrator on September 22, 2020, due to health reasons. Administrator was appointed in the exercise of the powers conferred on RBI as per Banking Regulation Act, 1949 under subsections 1 and 2 of section 36AAA and Section 56. Surinderpal Singh Ram Singh has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of PMC bank limited with effect from September 11, 2020. He succeeds Shiny Mithbaokar, who was relieved from September 10, 2020.
(Q.09) Which organization has appointed Khushi Chindaliya as the green ambassador of India?
Ans. :-(4) UNEP
Khushi Chindaliya, a 17-year-old girl from Surat, Gujarat has been appointed as Regional Ambassador (RA) for India for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Tunza Eco-Generation (TEG), which is scheduled to take place in September, 2020.
(Q.10) Alexander Lukashenko has been appointed as the president of which country?
Ans. :-(3) Belarus
President of Belarus (officially the Republic of Belarus), Alexander Lukashenko (Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko or Alyaksandr Ryhoravich Lukashenka), the 66-year-old sworn in for a new 5-year term (i.e., this is his 6th term) in an inauguration conducted with no prior announcement. He is an independent or nonpartisan politician. He won this election in alliance with Belaya Rus.
(Q.11) Ishmael Toroama was elected as the president of Bougainville recently. What is the capital of Bougainville?
Ans. :-(4) Buka
Ishmael Toroama, former rebel military commander and leader of Bougainville People’s Alliance Party (BPAP) was elected as the President of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Replacing the long serving President John Momis, Toroama will take office on 25th September 2020. This is the first General Election of Bougainville since its independence from PNG in December 2019. The capital and currency of Bougainville are Buka and Papua New Guinea kina respectively.
(Q.12) Who has won the Golden Pen of Freedom Award of WAN-IFRA 2020?
1) Srinivasan Balasubramanian
2) Jineth Bedoya
3) Jamal Khashoggi
4) Vincent Peyrègne
Ans. :-(2) Jineth Bedoya
Colombian Journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima was honoured with the prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom Award 2020, an annual press freedom award of the World Association of News Publishers(WAN-IFRA). The award was presented to recognise her contribution towards promoting and protecting women rights and her courage to overcome her personal tragedy which inspires other women across the globe.
(Q.13) Who represented India at the G-20 Trade and Investment ministers meet held recently?
1) Prakash Javadekar
2) Niramala Sitharaman
3) Harsh Vardhan
4) Piyush Goyal
Ans. :-(4) Piyush Goyal
The virtual G-20 (Group of Twenty) Trade and Investment Ministers under the Saudi Arabia Presidency was held where India was represented by Union Commerce and Industry & Railways Minister, Piyush Vedprakash Goyal. The objective of the meet was the further strengthening of G20 trade and investment cooperation. During the meet, Piyush Goyal cleared that India is not in a position to accept the concept of Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) as there is a need for policy to finalize laws around digital trade and data. The concept of “Data Free Flow with Trust,” was first espoused by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a speech at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2019.
(Q.14) US based KKR plans to buy ______ stake in Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL) for Rs. 5550 crores.
Ans. :-(1) 1.28%
Reliance Industries limited(RIL) announced that KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts), global investment firm, will pick up 1.28% equity shares of RIL subsidiary Reliance Retail Ventures Limited(RRVL) by investing Rs.5550 crores. The investment of KKR will translate into a 1.28% equity stake in RRVL on a fully diluted basis.
(Q.15) The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved an acquisition of 100% shares of Medlife by which company?
1) Religare Health
2) Fortis Healthcare
3) API Holdings
4) Bharati Vidyapeeth
Ans. :-(3) API Holdings
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved an acquisition of 100% equity shares of Medlife International Private Limited (Medlife) by API Holdings Private Limited (API Holdings), the parent of PharmEasy and as consideration, the acquisition of up to 19.59% of the equity share capital of API Holdings on a fully diluted basis, by the Medlife Promoter Shareholders and other shareholders of Medlife. The Approval was given under the Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.
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