Current Affairs Quiz Questions and Answers 2020
28 SEPT 2020
(Q.01) Find the person who got 1-year extension as the non-executive chairman of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS).
1) Ashok Kumar Mathur
2) Uday Kotak
3) Ajay Tyagi
4) Subhash Chandra Khuntia
Ans. :-(2) Uday Kotak
The Government of India has extended the term of Uday Kotak, the Managing Director and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank as the Chairman of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) to one more year till October 2021 as the Non-Executive Chairman of IL&FS. This is the 2nd extension given to Uday Kotak since his appointment in 2018 as the chairman of IL&FS to complete the resolution of the company and its group companies (around 300 companies) which had a debt of more than Rs.90000 crores.
(Q.02) Which PSU has appointed Rajat Sud as new Managing Director (September 2020)?
1) North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO)
2) Rural Electrification Corporation (REC)
3) National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC)
4) Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
Ans. :-(4) Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a Joint Venture(JV) of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, appointed Rajat Sud as its new Managing Director(MD) from immediate effect. He takes charge from S Gopal, director (commercial), who was given the additional charge as interim MD.
(Q.03) Mohamed Hussein Roble has been appointed as the new prime minister of which country?
Ans. :-(4) Somalia
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of Somalia appointed Mohamed Hussein Roble, swedish trained civil engineer and political neophyte as the new Prime Minister(PM) of Somalia following the removal of the former PM Hassan Ali Khaire in July 2020. All the 215 MP’s who attended the session chaired by President Farmaajo voted in support of the appointment of Hussein Roble as PM.
(Q.04) The Krushi Bhavan located in which state has won the 10th annual AZ Awards 2020 as People’s Choice Winner under the category social good?
Ans. :-(1) Odisha
Krushi Bhavan, a facility developed for the State’s Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha won 10th annual AZ Awards 2020 as People’s Choice Winner under the category social good. The awards were revealed at its first-ever virtual AZ Awards Gala. The 12,077-square-metre Krushi Bhavan is one among 20 winners and the only winner from India. Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha dedicated this award to farmers and artisans of the state.
(Q.05) Who among the following is the part of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020?
1) YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
2) Mahua Moitra
3) Narendra Modi
4) MS Dhoni
Ans. :-(3) Narendra Modi
The Time magazine released the annual list of 100 Most Influential People of 2020 of pioneers, leaders, titans, artists, and icons who have made an impact on the contemporary world. The Indians have made into the list, namely, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Ayushmann Khurrana, Bollywood actor; Bilkis, ‘dadi’ of Shaheen Bagh protest, Professor Ravindra Gupta (HIV/AIDS treatment) and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google.
(Q.06) Who has become the 1st Indian women observer to operate from warships?
1) Kumudini Tyagi
2) Riti Singh
3) Parul Bharadwaj
4) Both 1) and 2)
Ans. :-(4) Both 1) and 2)
On 21st September 2020, Sub Lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lieutenant Riti Singh became the first women to be posted in frontline warships as the Observers “Airborne Tacticians” of Helicopter Stream to operate from warships of the Indian Navy. They were a part of a group of 17 officers of the Navy, who were awarded ‘Wings’ on graduating as ‘Observers’ at a ceremony held at (Indian Navy Ship) INS Garuda, Kochi, Kerala.
(Q.07) Which edition of World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020 was held under the banner “Realizing a Great Reset for Sustainable Development” recently?
Ans. :-(2) 4th
From September 21—24, 2020, the World Economic Forum’s fourth and first fully virtual Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020 was held under the banner “Realizing a Great Reset for Sustainable Development” to convene 2100 leaders from government, business, international organizations and civil society along with experts and innovators to initiate, accelerate and scale-up entrepreneurial solutions to tackle climate change and advance sustainable development. The summit was based on the five themes of Shared Prosperity, Catalysing cooperation, Better business, Harnessing technology, and Liveable planet. During the summit, WEF’s ‘EarthTime Visualisation’ report was released which stated that Delhi may have eight months a year with temperature averaging 32°C by 2100, up from six at present. The WEF used data from the Climate Impact Lab, Climate Central, the Washington Post, and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) satellites to create a visualisation of this worst-case scenario.
(Q.08) Which indigenously developed missile was successfully night test fired from Chandipur, Odisha (September 2020)?
Ans. :- (2) Prithvi-II
As a part of routine trail India successfully conducted the night testfire of its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile which was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha. The entire launch activity was carried out by Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Army and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock. The last night time testfire of Prithvi-II was conducted successfully from the ITR on November 20, 2019.
(Q.09) Name the company which enters into partnership with Momentus for its second satellite launch.
3) Bellatrix Aerospace
4) Andhra Pradesh
Ans. :-(1) Pixxel
Momentus Inc. (Momentus), which provides in-space satellite transportation and infrastructure services and Pixxel, an Indian space-tech startup has signed a service agreement to launch the 2nd satellite of Pixxel to SSO orbit (Sun-synchronous orbit or heliosynchronous orbit) in December 2021 on top of a SpaceX Falcon-9 and also with option to fly again in 2022. The earth imaging satellite, which is the 1st satellite of Pixxel is scheduled to be launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket in November, 2020.
(Q.10) Name the earth sized planed (referred as ‘Pi’ planet) which was discovered by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Ans. :-(2) K2-315b
In a delightful alignment of astronomy and mathematics, scientists at MIT and elsewhere have discovered a “pi Earth” — an Earth-sized planet that zips around its star every 3.14 days, in an orbit reminiscent of the universal mathematics constant. The researchers discovered signals of the planet in data taken in 2017 by the NASA Kepler Space Telescope’s K2 mission. By zeroing in on the system earlier this year with SPECULOOS, a network of ground-based telescopes, the team confirmed that the signals were of a planet orbiting its star. And indeed, the planet appears to still be circling its star today, with a pi-like period, every 3.14 days. The new planet is labeled K2-315b; it’s the 315th planetary system discovered within K2 data — just one system shy of an even more serendipitous place on the list.
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