Current Affairs Quiz : August 2 2020

1.

Which Indian chess player finished 2nd in grandmaster triathlon tournament at 53rd Biel International chess festival?

   A.) P. Harikrishna
   B.) Koneru Humpy
   C.) Krishnan Sasikiran
   D.) Baskaran Adhiban

Answer: Option 'A'

P. Harikrishna

Indian Grandmaster P. Harikrishna finished overall second spot in the Grandmaster Triathlon Tournament at 53rd Biel International Chess Festival which took place in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Poland’s Radoslaw Wotjaszek finished first in the Biel Chess Festival. The Grandmaster Triathlon Tournament consists of three rounds of chess competition – Classical, Rapid & Blitz and it is part of Biel Chess Festival. He grabbed the top spot in Accentus Chess960, another separate tournament which was held in the Biel International Chess Festival 2020.

2.

Which company partnered with ‘Craft Silicon’ to innovate and accelerate the digital loan repayment solutions?

   A.) M-Pesa
   B.) PayU
   C.) BitPay
   D.) Amazon Pay

Answer: Option 'B'

PayU

Craft Silicon, a global financial software solution provider has entered into a strategic partnership with PayU, India’s online payment solutions provider to innovate and accelerate the digital loan repayment solutions for small finance banks, micro-lending institutions and Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC).

3.

Name the bank which launched a campaign named ‘Kona Kona Umeed’ recently.

   A.) Axis Bank
   B.) YES Bank
   C.) Kotak Mahindra Bank
   D.) IndusInd Bank

Answer: Option 'C'

Kotak Mahindra Bank

Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched a special two-month campaign, ‘Kona Kona Umeed’ with offers and discounts across its suite of products to make banking and shopping more rewarding for the customers so as to boost consumer demand and lift people’s enthusiasm during this pandemic situation.

4.

Union Environment minister Prakash Javadekar represented India in 6th BRICS Environment Ministers’ Meeting hosted by which country?

   A.) South Africa
   B.) Brazil
   C.) Russia
   D.) Russia

Answer: Option 'D'

Russia

Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) participated in the 6th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Environment Ministers’ Meeting under the presidency of Russia along with the Environment minister of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa over a virtual platform from New Delhi. The BRICS Environment Ministers established BRICS Environmentally Sound Technology (BEST) Platform and observed that it is of fundamental importance that we develop existing areas of development within the BEST Platform, setting clear expectations in terms of the results.

5.

Name the company which signed MoU with Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) to jointly develop advanced biofuels application technology.

   A.) Praj Industries
   B.) Libra Techon Industries
   C.) Petrocil Industries
   D.) Technophil Industries

Answer: Option 'A'

Praj Industries

Praj Industries (Praj) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which they will jointly develop advanced biofuels application technology for the usage in industry and transportation. This technology will help to reduce the health risks posed by air pollution in the transportation sector.

6.

Who has been appointed as the additional and independent director of Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd (with effect from August 1, 2020)?

   A.) Urjit Patel
   B.) Viral Acharya
   C.) BP Kanungo
   D.) S Jaishankar

Answer: Option 'A'

Urjit Patel

Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd announced that its board has appointed former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel as an additional and independent director for a term of 5 years, effective from August 01, 2020.

7.

Name the India’s first Solar Powered ferry which has won 1st ‘Gussies’ electric boat awards (‘Gustave Trouvé Award).

   A.) Aditya
   B.) Vamsi
   C.) Danush
   D.) Jeevan

Answer: Option 'A'

Aditya

The plugboats.com announced the winners of the 1st ‘Gussies’ electric boat awards officially known as ‘Gustave Trouvé Award for Excellence in Boats and Boating’. “Aditya”, India’s first & largest Solar Powered ferry, won the Gustave Trouvé Award under the Excellence in Electric Boats Designed for Paying Passengers category. Aditya built by Navalt Solar and Electric Boats is operating under the Kerala State Water Transport Department (KSWTD). The ferry was designed by the Department of Ship Technology, Cochin University of Science and Technology.

8.

When was world ranger day observed annually?

   A.) April 25
   B.) May 28
   C.) July 31
   D.) June 19

Answer: Option 'C'

July 31

World Ranger Day is celebrated annually on July 31 around the world and it is promoted by the 54-member association of the International Ranger Federation (IRF). The day celebrates the accomplishments done by rangers around the world and honours those who have died in the course of their duties.

9.

National Education Policy 2020 emphasizes to set up which fund?

   A.) Gender Equality Fund
   B.) Education Upliftment Fund
   C.) Gender Inclusion Fund
   D.) Social Empowerment Fund

Answer: Option 'C'

Gender Inclusion Fund

National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 emphasizes setting up of Gender Inclusion Fund, Special Education Zones for disadvantaged regions and groups.

10.

Which institute developed medical bed isolation system named ‘Aashray’ recently?
 

   A.) Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE)
   B.) Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR)
   C.) Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT)
   D.) Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL)

Answer: Option 'C'

Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT)

The Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) has developed ‘Aashray’, the Medical Bed Isolation System to fight against COVID-19 pandemic by controlling the spread of infection released by the patient. It is a low cost, reusable solution. The model of Aashray was manufactured by M/s Cleancore Solutions Pvt Ltd. Bhosari, Pune.

11.

Hamed Bakayoko has been appointed as the Prime Minister of which country?

   A.) Ivory Coast
   B.) Ghana
   C.) Burkina Faso
   D.) Mali

Answer: Option 'A'

Ivory Coast

The Republic of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has appointed Defence Minister Hamed Bakayoko (55) as Prime Minister (PM) after acting as an interim PM since the sudden death of Amadou Gon Coulibaly on July 8, 2020. Hamed Bakayoko will also hold his position as defence Minister.

12.

Varun Sridhar has been appointed as the new CEO of PayTM Money recently. Where is the headquarters of PayTM Money located?

   A.) New Delhi
   B.) Bengaluru
   C.) Noida
   D.) Mumbai

Answer: Option 'B'

Bengaluru

Paytm Money, the subsidiary of One97 Communication Ltd announced the appointment of Varun Sridhar as the New Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following the resignation of former Managing Director and CEO Pravin Jadhav. Paytm Money: Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka.

13.

Find the company which along with Japanese energy major JERA signed loan pact with banks for new power generation project in Bangladesh.

   A.) Adani Power
   B.) Indane Power
   C.) Reliance Power
   D.) HP Power

Answer: Option 'C'

Reliance Power

Reliance Power and Japanese energy major JERA have inked a pact with a group of banks for full financing, totalling $642 million (approx Rs 4,798 crore), for their new gas-fired thermal power generation project in Bangladesh. Both partners will develop a new 745 MW natural gas combined-cycle power project in Meghnaghat in Bangladesh.
 

14.

Actor Anil Murali who passed away recently belongs to which state?

   A.) Kerala
   B.) Maharashtra
   C.) Tamil Nadu
   D.) Tamil Nadu

Answer: Option 'A'

Kerala

Anil Murali, Veteran Malayalam actor who acted in more than 200 movies in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu, passed away at the age of 51 at the hospital in Kochi, Kerala where he was admitted due to liver ailments on 22nd July 2020. He hails from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

15.

Lee Teng-hui (Mr Democracy) who is in news recently is the former president of which country?

   A.) South Korea
   B.) China
   C.) Taiwan
   D.) Indonesia

Answer: Option 'C'

Taiwan

The former Taiwanese President, Mr. Lee Teng-hui died at the age of 97 at Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan due to infection, and heart ailments. He was born on 15th January 1923, Sanzhi, Taiwan. He was popularly known as “Mr. Democracy” for eradicating the dictatorial rule in favour of unbiased pluralism in Taiwan.

16.

Former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s preventive detention has been extended till how many months? 

   A.) Three months
   B.) Six months
   C.) Four months
   D.) Five months

Answer: Option 'A'

Three months
Former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s preventive detention was extended for another three months on July 31, 2020 under Public Safety Act. Her detention order was scheduled to expire on August 5.

17.

Qazi Onik who is in news recently is associated with which sport?

   A.) Pakistan
   B.) UAE
   C.) Bangladesh
   D.) Afghanistan

Answer: Option 'C'

Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s pacer Qazi Onik has been banned for two years for failing a dope test during the National Cricket League in November 2018.

18.

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) along with which foundation launched an Incubator Capabilities enhancement program named ‘AIM-iCREST’?

   A.) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
   B.) Wadhwani Foundation
   C.) Smile Foundation
   D.) Both 1) and 2)

Answer: Option 'D'

Both 1) and 2)

NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), has launched ‘AIM iCREST’ – an Incubator Capabilities enhancement program for a Robust Ecosystem focused on creating high performing Startups in collaboration with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wadhwani Foundation, which will provide global expertise. This is a first of its kind initiative for advancing innovation at scale in India.

19.

The National mission on foundational literacy and numeracy will be launched by which ministry?

   A.) Ministry of Home Affairs
   B.) Ministry of Human Resource Development
   C.) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
   D.) Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Answer: Option 'B'

Ministry of Human Resource Development

National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy: It will be launched by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for attaining universal foundational literacy and numeracy in all primary schools for all learners by grade 3 by 2025. States will prepare an implementation plan for this. A National Book Promotion Policy will also be formulated.

20.

The SABIC chemical plant in ‘which’ country set to become the world’s first large scale chemical production plant to completely run on renewable power?

   A.) Spain
   B.) Saudi Arabia
   C.) Argentina
   D.) Germany

Answer: Option 'A'

Spain

The Polycarbonate facility of SABIC in Spain, is set to become the world’s first large scale chemical production plant to completely run on renewable power on signing a major agreement with Iberdrola, an electricity utility company to secure power from solar power projects. The Facility is expected to become fully operational by 2024 and support SABIC to achieve its clean energy target by 2025.


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