Current Affairs Quiz Questions and Answers 2020
29 JUL 2020
(Q.01) Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ welfare Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the ‘World Class State of Art Honey Testing Laboratory’ at which state?
2) Tamil Nadu
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the ‘World Class State of Art Honey Testing Laboratory’ virtually. This is considered to be the first Government Honey Testing lab in India. The testing lab was established by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in Anand, Gujarat with support of NBB (National Bee Board).
(Q.02) ‘Macadamisation Program’ was launched in which state/UT recently?
2) Jammu and Kashmir
Ans. :-(2) Jammu and Kashmir
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Girish Chandra Murmu launched the ‘Macadamisation program’ to improve the roads across Jammu and Kashmir. The program covers 100% macadamisation of all roads along with 11,000 Km of fair-weather roads.
(Q.03) The horticulture department of which state organized a five-day sub-tropical fruit expo 2020?
Ans. :-(3) Haryana
Haryana Horticulture Department organized a five-day Sub-Tropical Fruit Expo 2020 at the Centre for Sub-Tropical Fruit (Indo-Israel Project), at Ladwa in district Kurukshetra from 18th – 22nd July 2020.The event was inaugurated by Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary in Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department. The event helps people learn about varieties of sub-tropical fruit and their cultivation techniques.
(Q.04) How much crore worth fund was created by Department of Science and Technology to support India – Russia collaboration joint R&D for technology development?
1) 25 Crores
2) 10 Crores
3) 12 Crores
4) 15 Crores
Ans. :-(4) 15 Crores
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the Ministry of Science and Technology launched a India-Russia Joint Technology Assessment and Accelerated Commercialization Programme in partnership with Russia’s Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE). On the Indian side, the programme will be implemented & funded by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on behalf of the DST. The programme will run through two annual cycles and top five selected Indian and Russian partners will be provided partial funding support. DST will fund up to Rs 15 Crores to Indian SMEs/Start-ups and FASIE will provide similar funding to the Russian projects.
(Q.05) The central government amended General Financial Rules (GFRs) 2017 to impose restrictions on public procurement from countries sharing land border with India. How many countries shares land border with India?
Ans. :-(1) 7
Government of India (GoI) has amended the Rule 144 of General Financial Rules (GFRs) 2017 entitled “Fundamental principles of public buying” by inserting sub rule (ix) which has imposed restrictions on bidders of countries sharing land borders with India in public procurement tenders. This decision has been taken to strengthen the defence and national security of India. The order in this regard has been issued by the Department of Expenditure (DoE), Ministry of Finance. It should be noted that India shares its land border with Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar (7 countries).
(Q.06) Which organization along with International Energy Agency (IEA) released ‘Cooling Emissions and Policy Synthesis Report’?
1) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
2) United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
3) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
4) United Nations Security Council
Ans. :-(3) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The Cooling Emissions and Policy Synthesis Report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) states that, by combining energy efficiency improvements with the transition away from super-polluting refrigerants, the world can avoid cumulative greenhouse gas emissions of between 210-460 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent(GtCO2e) over the next four decades. This equals 4-8 years(roughly) of total annual global greenhouse gas emissions, based on 2018 levels. An estimated 3.6 billion cooling appliances are in use worldwide. If cooling is provided to everybody who needs it, this will require about 14 billion cooling appliances by 2050. The report was authored by a range of experts under the guidance of a 15-member steering committee co-chaired by Mario Molina- President, Centro Mario Molina, Mexico, and Durwood Zaelke- President, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, USA
(Q.07) As per RBI financial stability report, Gross NPA of bank may rise to _____ by March 2021.
Ans. :-(3) 12.5%
In accordance with the 21st issue of Financial Stability Report (FSR), July 2020 by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released on July 24, 2020, the gross nonperforming assets (GNPA) ratio of all scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) may increase from 8.5% in March 2020 to 12.5% by March 2021 under the baseline scenario; the ratio may escalate to 14.7% under a very severely stressed scenario.
(Q.08) How many MoUs were signed by Tamil Nadu government to create employment opportunities for over 6,555 people worth Rs 5,137 crores?
Ans. :- (2) 16
The Tamil Nadu (TN) government has signed 16 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) worth Rs 5,137 crore to create employment opportunities for over 6,555 people. The MoUs were signed by TN Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami. The government has signed three tranches of MoUs worth Rs 30,664 crore within 2 months, which will provide employment to over 67,212 persons.
(Q.09) Who has been honored with Legend of Animation award 2020?
1) Ishu Patel
2) Ram Mohan
3) Rajiv Khan
4) Arnab Chaudhuri
Ans. :-(4) Arnab Chaudhuri
Arnab Chaudhuri posthumously awarded with The ‘Legend of Animation’ award, 2020. This award is instituted by the Toonz Media Group (TMG) as a part of the Animation Masters Summit (AMS), 2020 – Digital Edition.
(Q.10) Kala Narayanasamy has been conferred with President’s award of which country?
3) South Africa
Ans. :-(1) Singapore
R. Narayanaswamy, Professor of Finance and Accounting in Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) was appointed as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee(TAC) of the National Financial Reporting Authority(NFRA), independent accounting and auditing regulator set up by the Government of India.
(Q.11) Who heads the panel formed by Ministry of Human Resource Development to form guidelines to ensure more students study in India?
1) M.K. Sahu
2) Pushan Mahapatra
3) Devesh Srivastava
4) D.P. Singh
Ans. :-(4) D.P. Singh
Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister of Human Resource Development announced that the ministry has set up a committee headed by UGC Chairman, D.P. Singh to form guidelines and suggest measures to ensure that more students study in India and there is a smooth transition for students returning from abroad due to COVID-19 situation.
(Q.12) Which country reported maximum employment in the forestry sector in the world?
Ans. :-(1) India
The Forest Resources assessment examined employment in the forestry sector (including logging) with data from 136 countries that represent 91% of the world’s forests where India reported the maximum employment in the forestry sector in the world. Globally, 12.5 million people were employed in the forestry sector. Out of this, India accounted for 6.23 million, or nearly 50%.
(Q.13) Qual5 India, the incubated start-up of which IIM has developed a wearable device named ‘Veli Band’?
4) IIM- Kozhikode
Ans. :-(4) IIM- Kozhikode
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K) based incubated startup Qual5 India Pvt. Ltd, has developed a wearable device called ‘Veli Band’ which helps in maintaining social distancing by sending out an alarm in case of proximity with another person.
(Q.14) Which Indian cricketer signed agreement with sports management firm IMG Reliance (July 2020)?
1) Shikhar Dhawan
2) Rohit Sharma
3) Virat Kohli
4) MS Dhoni
Ans. :-(1) Shikhar Dhawan
Sports management firm IMG Reliance, a joint venture between Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and US-based IMG Worldwide, on 22nd July announced that Indian cricket star Shikhar Dhawan has signed an exclusive worldwide marketing and management agreement with the company.
(Q.15) Benjamin Mkapa who passed away in July 2020 is the former president of which country?
Ans. :-(1) Tanzania
Tanzania’s former president Benjamin Mkapa (81), died at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 24 July 2020, where he was admitted for an undisclosed illness. He was born on November 12, 1938. His death was announced in a televised speech by the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli. He served as the President from 1995-2005 following the country’s first multiparty election, he is the third president of his country since Independence.
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