Current Affairs Quiz Questions and Answers 2020
30 JUL 2020
(Q.01) India exchanged note verbale with which world group to renew its agreement on scientific and technological cooperation for the next five years (2020-2025)?
1) South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
2) European Union (EU)
3) Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
4) Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
Ans. :-(2)European Union (EU)
India and European Union (EU) exchanged Note Verbale to renew its Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation for the next five years (2020-2025) which expired on May 17, 2020. It was initially inked on 23 November 2001 and renewed two times in past in 2007 and 2015. This renewal is on the lines of the decision taken by both nations during the virtual 15th India-EU Summit which was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from India’s side. The European Union delegation was headed by European Council President Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
(Q.02) The Karnataka cabinet approved the new industrial policy for 2020-2025 recently. The state will hold ____% shares in companies under Karnataka digital economy mission.
Ans. :-(1) 49%
Karnataka Cabinet approved the new Industrial Policy for 2020-2025 that aims to attract Rs 5 lakh crore investment and create about 20 lakh employment over the next 5 years to help mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The cabinet also approved, to set up the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission under section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 to promote 7,000 start-ups, e-commerce and other gig economy companies. 49% of the share will be held by the state and remaining 51% by the industries.
(Q.03) The Chauk Chauraha road is renamed by the Lucknow municipal corporation in the memory of whom?
1) Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
2) Syama Prasad Mukherjee
3) Lalji Tandon
4) Sushma Swaraj
Ans. :-(3) Lalji Tandon
The Lucknow Municipal Corporation, Uttar pradesh(UP), has named a road Lucknow-Hardoi as Tandon Marg and a crossing Chauk Chauraha as Lalji Tandon Chauraha after former Madhya Pradesh(MP) Governor Lalji Tandon.
(Q.04) How many children missed out on early childhood education in South Asian region due to COVID-19, as per UNICEF research titled “Childcare in a global crisis: The impact of COVID-19 on work and family life”?
1) 12 million
2) 32 million
3) 14 million
4) 22 million
Ans. :-(4) 22 million
In accordance with the new research titled “Childcare in a global crisis: The impact of COVID-19 on work and family life” by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), 22 million children from South Asian countries, including India, have missed out on early childhood education in their pre-school year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic closure. This report was produced by UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti.
(Q.05) Which public sector bank partnered with Uniken to secure its Internet banking channels?
1) Union Bank of India
2) Bank of Baroda
3) Oriental Bank of Commerce
4) Bank of Maharashtra
Ans. :-(4) Bank of Maharashtra
The state-owned Bank of Maharashtra has joined hands with Uniken, a pioneer in the field of digital security in India to secure its Internet banking channels on mobile, card, call centers and ATMs, among others, against cyber fraud. In this regard, the bank will use Uniken’s REL-ID technology for Omni-channel security for its online banking app MahaSecure.
(Q.06) Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) signed tripartite MoU with Vijnana Bharati and ‘which’ IIT under MHRD’s Unnat Bharat Abhiyan?
1) IIT Madras
2) IIT Delhi
3) IIT Gandhinagar
4) IIT Calcutta
Ans. :-(2) IIT Delhi
The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Delhi and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), a Swadeshi Science Movement under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA), a flagship programme under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
(Q.07) Name the person who has been appointed as interim prime minister of Somalia.
1) Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
3) Omar Sharmarke
4) Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid
Ans. :-(4) Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid
President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo appointed Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid as the interim Prime Minister of Somalia following the impeachment of Hassan Ali Khaire, the previous Prime Minister of Somalia.
(Q.08) Hichem Mechichi has been appointed as the new prime minister of which country?
Ans. :- (1) Tunisia
Tunisian President Kais Saied appointed Hichem Mechichi (46-year-old), Interior Minister as its new Prime minister. He has a month to form a government i.e., should be capable of winning a confidence vote in parliament by a simple majority. He succeeded Elyes Fakhfakh, who resigned over allegations of a conflict of interest.
(Q.09) The Croatian parliament approved the new government led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic recently. What is the capital and currency of Croatia?
1) Tripoli & Dinar
2) Buenos Aires & Peso
3) None of these
4) Zagreb & Kuna
Ans. :-(4) Zagreb & Kuna
The Croatian parliament approved the new government led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic whose Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party won the most parliamentary seats in the general election held on July 5, 2020. The capital and currency of Croatia are Zagreb & Croatian kuna respectively.
(Q.10) Indian air force commanders conference was held between July 22-24, 2020. What is the theme of the conference?
1) “IAF in the Next Decade”
2) “IAF plan for the future”
3) “IAF proud to the Nation”
4) “IAF protecting the Nation”
Ans. :-(1) “IAF in the Next Decade”
Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Defence inaugurated the Air Force Commanders Conference(AFCC) at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi. The conference chaired by Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria was conducted from 22nd July 2020 to 24th July 2020. The theme of the conference was “IAF in the Next Decade”.
(Q.11) Which edition of India-EU Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) meeting 2020 held recently?
Ans. :-(3) 14th
The 14th Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) meeting 2020 was held virtually for the first time amid COVID-19 between India and United Kingdom (UK), which was co-chaired by Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Vedprakash Goyal and UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Elizabeth Mary Truss. They were assisted by Minister of State (MoS) for Commerce and Industry Hardeep Singh Puri and his counterpart, UK Minister of State for International Trade, Ranil Jayawardena.
(Q.12) Union Health and Family welfare minister, Harsh Vardhan participated Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) health minister’s digital meet recently. Where is the HQ of SCO located?
2) New Delhi
Ans. :-(4) Beijing
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan participated digitally in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Health Minister’s Digital Meet at Nirman Bhawan, Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Mikhail Murashko, Minister of Health of the Russian Federation. The Headquarters of SCO is located at Beijing, China.
(Q.13) “Ziyuan III 03” is the high-resolution mapping satellite of which country?
1) South Korea
3) North Korea
Ans. :-(2) China
China sent a new high-resolution mapping satellite namely “Ziyuan III 03”, developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, into space through Long March-4B carrier rocket from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the Northern Province of Shanxi, China. It was the 341st flight mission by the Long March rocket series. Along with high-resolution mapping satellite, two small satellites were sent. One of the satellites, named Tianqi 10, was launched for the Beijing-based company Guodian Gaoke for a communication and data relay mission. The other small secondary payload, named Lobster Eye 1, carries a wide-field X-ray astronomy instrument used for dark matter detection. These 2 satellites were developed by the Shanghai ASES Spaceflight Technology Co. Ltd.
(Q.14) ASTHROS is the mission of which space agency?
Ans. :-(1) NASA
The work has begun on an ambitious new mission that will carry a cutting-edge 8.4-foot (2.5-meter) telescope high into the stratosphere on a balloon. Tentatively planned to launch in December 2023 from Antarctica, ASTHROS (short for Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope for High Spectral Resolution Observations at Submillimeter-wavelengths) will spend about three weeks drifting on air currents above the icy southern continent and achieve several firsts along the way. Managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ASTHROS observes far-infrared light, or light with wavelengths much longer than what is visible to the human eye. To do that, ASTHROS will need to reach an altitude of about 130,000 feet — roughly four times higher than commercial airliners fly. Though still well below the boundary of space, it will be high enough to observe light wavelengths blocked by Earth’s atmosphere.
(Q.15) Which state is going to host 4th edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) in 2021?
Ans. :-(1) Haryana
The Minister of State of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju and Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar announced that Haryana will host the 4th edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) in 2021 through video conference. The Games will be held in Panchkula in Haryana. Star Sports will be the Official Broadcast Partner like the previous year. The games will take place after the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
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