Current Affairs Quiz : August 22 2020


Which insurance company has entered into Bancassurance agreement with SBM Bank India recently?

   A.) Future Generali India Life Insurance
   B.) Bharti AXA Life Insurance
   C.) HDFC Standard Life Insurance
   D.) Reliance Nippon Life Insurance

Answer: Option 'B'

Bharti AXA Life Insurance

Bharti AXA Life Insurance has entered into a bancassurance partnership with SBM Bank (India) Limited (SBM Bank India). Through this partnership, Bharti AXA Life Insurance will offer its entire suite of life insurance products, including protection, health, savings and investment plans, to the customers of SBM Private Wealth, the retail banking arm of SBM Bank India. It will benefit the people in the following cities-Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ramachandrapuram.


United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed annually on August 19 since which year?

   A.) 2005
   B.) 2017
   C.) 2009
   D.) 2000

Answer: Option 'C'


United Nations(UN) World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is annually observed on 19th August to pay tribute to honour all humanitarian workers and United Nations and associated personnel who dedicated their lives to help the people in extreme circumstances around the world and lost their lives in the cause of duty. The First WHD was observed on 19th August 2009. The 19th August 2020 marks the 11th World Humanitarian Day. The date 19th August was chosen in memory of the 19th August 2003 bombing in Canal Hotel, Baghdad, Iraq which killed 22 people including Sergio Vieira de Mello, Chief Humanitarian in Iraq.


Which animal was brought under exchange programme from south Africa that arrives at Mysuru zoo recently?

   A.) African Rat
   B.) African Cheetah
   C.) African Elephant
   D.) African Giraffe

Answer: Option 'B'

African Cheetah

The century-old Mysuru zoo has become the second Indian zoo to house the African cheetah, the fastest land animal, as it managed to get a male and two females from a cheetah conservation centre in South Africa under an animal exchange programme. The big cats landed at the Bengaluru international airport on Monday and they were safely brought to the zoo here by a team from the zoo the same night. The cheetahs will remain in quarantine for 30 days under close observation. The zoo claimed it was the country’s first international animal exchange post-COVID-19.


Which country has approved a law that gives more power to regulate social media content?

   A.) China
   B.) North Korea
   C.) Turkey
   D.) Russia

Answer: Option 'C'


The Parliament of Turkey approved a new legislation that gives its authorities more power to regulate social media content.
As per the law, major social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter will have to keep representative offices and also would store user data in Turkey. The government said this law will combat cyber-crime and protect users and Authorities can remove cyber bullying posts.


Under the aegis of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), a Price Monitoring and Resource Unit was recently set up at which state?

   A.) Odisha
   B.) Uttar Pradesh
   C.) Assam
   D.) Karnataka

Answer: Option 'D'


A Price Monitoring and Resource Unit (PMRU) has been set up in Karnataka under the aegis of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India. PMRU will function at the State level under the direct supervision of the State Drug Controller for increasing outreach of NPPA. Till now National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is headquartered at Delhi only and with the setting up of PMRUs in States/ UTs, NPPA shall have outreach at State Level as well.


Luis Rodolfo Abinader has been sworn-in as the 54th president of Dominican Republic recently. What is the currency of Dominican Republic?

   A.) Riyal
   B.) Tomar
   C.) Peso
   D.) Pound

Answer: Option 'C'


Luis Rodolfo Abinader Corona has been sworn in as the 54th President of Dominican Republic. Luis Rodolfo Abinader is a businessman who has never held any other elected office. He succeeds Danilo Medina of Liberation Party. The capital and currency of Dominican Republic are Santo Domingo & Dominican Peso respectively.


Which country is the first to make Facebook and Google pay its media outlets for news content?

   A.) China
   B.) Russia
   C.) Australia
   D.) Germany

Answer: Option 'C'


For the first time in the world, US Technology Giants Facebook and Google will pay the media outlets of Australia for news content.
Australia is set to pass a dedicated law which mandates a royalty-style system. This is a historic move by the country to protest independent journalism. Last year, the Australian government asked the tech firms to negotiate with media companies to use their content.


Who is the head of the Sports Ministry’s committee to select this year’s National Sports Awards winners?

   A.) Mukundakam Sharma
   B.) S B Sinha
   C.) Markandey Katju
   D.) Jagannadha Rao

Answer: Option 'A'

The Sports Ministry has constituted a 12-member committee to select this year’s National Sports Awards winners.
The committee is to be headed by retired Supreme Court Justice, Mukundakam Sharma. It will select the award winners among both athletes and coaches. The members include Former India Cricketer Virender Sehwag, Hockey star Sardar Singh and Paralympic silver-medallist Deepa Malik.


Find the private sector bank which in collaboration with KFin Technologies Private Limited launched a unique digital solution called ‘Loan against Securities’.

   A.) YES Bank
   B.) HDFC Bank
   C.) ICICI Bank
   D.) RBL Bank

Answer: Option 'A'

Yes Bank in partnership with KFin Technologies Private Limited has launched ‘Loan against Securities’, a unique digital solution that enables customers to lien mark their mutual funds digitally and avail quick and hassle-free loans. The digital solution is launched under YES BANK’s ‘Loan in Seconds’ platform, which allows the customers to set an instant credit limit against securities held.


Name the sports federation which signed MoU with International Professional Scouting Organization to conduct scout workshops throughout India?

   A.) Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI)
   B.) Boxing Federation of India(BFI)
   C.) All India Football Federation(AIFF)
   D.) National Rifle Association of India(NRAI)

Answer: Option 'C'

All India Football Federation(AIFF)

All India Football Federation(AIFF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with International Professional Scouting Organization (IPSO) to conduct online Scouting Workshops throughout India.


Which ministry has signed MoU with Rural development ministry to support the rural poor people?

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

Answer: Option 'C'

Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Union Minister of Rural Development and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar addressed the State Rural Livelihoods Missions across the country through video conferencing. The meeting was also addressed by Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda and Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal. During the occasion, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) and Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to take the convergence endeavor (efforts of both ministries) ahead and support rural poor including tribal communities.


Ashok Lavasa has resigned from the post of election commissioner of India recently. Who is the present chief election commissioner of India?

   A.) Sunil Arora
   B.) Nasim Zaidi
   C.) AK Jyoti
   D.) Om Prakash Rawat

Answer: Option 'B'

Nasim Zaidi

Ashok Lavasa, one of the two Election Commissioners of India resigned from his post inorder to take charge as the Vice President of Asian Development Bank (ADB) next month. The current Chief Election Commissioner of India is Sunil Arora.


The St Christopher School located in which state has won the first ever Pallikkutam national award for innovation in education instituted by Rajagiri Media?

   A.) West Bengal
   B.) Nagaland
   C.) Tripura
   D.) Kerala

Answer: Option 'B'

St Christopher School in Chessore Village, Nagaland won the Gold Award along with cash prize of Rs.1 Lakh from the first ever Pallikkutam National Award for Innovation in Education instituted by Rajagiri Media. The awards were announced over a virtual meeting. The award was sponsored under the CSR initiative of the Federal Bank Ltd. The winners of the awards were chosen by an expert jury formed by the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K).


What is the proposed target of Defence and Aerospace exports by the year 2025, as per the Draft DPEPP 2020?

   A.) USD 1 billion
   B.) USD 2 billion
   C.) USD 3 billion
   D.) USD 5 billion

Answer: Option 'D'

USD 5 billion

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has unveiled the draft ‘Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy (DPEPP) 2020’ for public feedback.
As per the policy, the aim is to achieve Defence and Aerospace exports of USD 5 billion by the year 2025. It also seeks to increase the manufacturing turnover in Defence sector to $25 bn or ₹1,75,000 crore.


Which Indian journalist has been named the winner of Prem Bhatia Award for political reporting?

   A.) Dipankar Ghose
   B.) Ravish Kumar
   C.) Siddharth Varadarajan
   D.) Malini Parthasarathy

Answer: Option 'A'

Dipankar Ghose

Indian journalist and Special Correspondent of the Indian Express Dipankar Ghose has won the Prem Bhatia Award for political reporting.
He covered various issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic including the migrant labour crisis. People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI), a journalism website has been selected for the award for the reporting on environmental and development issues.


Which institute ranked top among the institute of national importance in Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020 released by vice president Venkaiah Naidu?

   A.) IIT Bombay
   B.) IIT Delhi
   C.) IISc Bengaluru
   D.) IIT Madras

Answer: Option 'D'

IIT Madras

Vice-President of India, Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu, e-released the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020 from New Delhi. He was the chief of the virtual ceremony while Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister of State (MoS) for Education Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre were the Guest of Honour. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras topped the category of Institute of National Importance while Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Khordha (Odisha) topped the category of Private or Self-Financed Universities.

Rank Name State
Institute of National Importance, Central Universities & CFTIS
1 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2 IIT Bombay Mumbai, Maharashtra
3 IIT Delhi New Delhi


Ambala airbase, where the first batch of Rafale fighter jets arrived, is located in which state/UT?

   A.) Uttarakhand
   B.) Haryana
   C.) West Bengal
   D.) Sikkim

Answer: Option 'B'


The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets have landed at the Ambala Air Force Base, located in the state of Haryana.
The Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria received the fighter jets, which will be inducted in the No. 17 Squadron, ‘Golden Arrows’. The jets were flown by Indian Air Force pilots for seven hours with the help of the mid-air refuellers.


Which zone of Indian railways has procured 2 Ninja Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) recently?

   A.) Central Railway
   B.) Southern Railway
   C.) Eastern Railway
   D.) Northern Railway

Answer: Option 'A'

Central Railway

Indian Railways introduces Drone based surveillance technologies which has emerged as an important and cost effective tool for security surveillance over a large area with limited manpower. Central Railway’s Mumbai Division of the Indian Railways procured 2 Ninja Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAV) to increase the security and surveillance in the Railway premises like the station, tracks, yards and workshops.


What is the name of the programme launched by the Health Minister to promote scientific temper among school students?

   A.) India studies Science
   B.) Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan
   C.) Vigyan hi Vikas
   D.) Science Bolta Hai

Answer: Option 'B'

Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan launched a national- level programme named ‘Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan’ 2020-21.
This initiative aims to promote scientific temper among school students of Class 6 to 11. It is jointly organised by Vijnana Bharati, in collaboration with Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organisation under Science and Technology Ministry and NCERT of Education Ministry. It identifies and trains bright students with interest in Science.


Find the insurance company which has collaborated with BSE EBIX to sell General insurance products.

   A.) United India Insurance Company
   B.) The Oriental Insurance Company
   C.) The New India Assurance Company
   D.) Universal Sompo General Insurance Company

Answer: Option 'D'

Universal Sompo General Insurance Company

Universal Sompo General Insurance Company Ltd has collaborated with BSE EBIX Insurance Broking Private Limited (BSE EBIX) to sell General Insurance products in a fully digital environment using the distribution network of BSE EBIX. The partnership was initiated with the issuance of the recently launched Corona Kavach cover of Universal Sompo General Insurance Company Ltd through certified Point of Sales Persons (PoSPs) of BSE EBIX.


Reliance Retail Ventures has bought 100% direct ownership of which online pharmacy company recently?

   A.) Swasthyashopee
   B.) Comedz
   C.) Netmeds
   D.) Myramed

Answer: Option 'C'


Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has acquired 60% equity stake in Vitalic Health Pvt Ltd(Vitalic) and 100% direct equity ownership of its subsidiaries namely Tresara Health Private Limited, Netmeds MarketPlace Limited and Dadha Pharma Distribution Pvt Limited (collectively known as Netmeds) for a cash consideration of around Rs 620 crore (USD 83.08 million). The deal values Netmeds around Rs 1,000 crore. RRVL’s investment is aligned with its commitment to provide digital access to everyone in India.


When is ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ observed?

   A.) July 30
   B.) July 31
   C.) August 1
   D.) August 2

Answer: Option 'A'

July 30

‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ is observed every year on July 30 across the world, to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for protection of their rights.
In the year 2013, the United Nations General Assembly held a high-level meeting to review the Global Plan of Action and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) assists member countries in their efforts.


Ciro Immobile, who was seen in news recently, is associated with which sports?

   A.) Cricket
   B.) Football
   C.) Basket Ball
   D.) Hockey

Answer: Option 'B'


Ciro Immobile is an Italian professional footballer who plays for the football club Lazio and the national team of Italy.
Ciro Immobile was seen in news, as he has won the domestic Golden Boot and the European Golden Shoe award. In a recent match, he matched Gonzalo Higuain’s record of 36 goals in a single season. The striker had a record 14 penalties out of the total goals.


Who has authored the book titled, “Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump”?

   A.) Barack Obama
   B.) Michael Cohen
   C.) Carl Bernstein
   D.) Francis Fukuyama

Answer: Option 'B'

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen’s memoir about President Donald Trump titled “Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump” published by Skyhorse Publishing is set to release on 8th September 2020. Skyhorse describes “Disloyal” as a devastating business and political horror story of the century. On 13th August 2020, Cohen released the foreword of the book with the writing of his former boss.

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