Current Affairs Quiz : August 24 2020


Name the coastal village which is/are 1st in Indian Ocean Region termed as ‘tsunami ready’ by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

   A.) Venkatraipur
   B.) Noliasahi
   C.) Malappuram
   D.) Both 1) and 2)

Answer: Option 'D'

Both 1) and 2)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognises Venkatraipur and Noliasahi, villages of Odisha as ‘Tsunami Ready’ for their overall preparedness to face the tsunami. With this recognition, Odisha became the first state in the India and India became the 1st Country in the Indian Ocean region to achieve the honour from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. Note – Venkatraipur (Boxipalli) village is in Rangeilunda block in Ganjam district & Noliasahi village of Ersama block in Jagatsinghpur district.


The world senior citizen is observed every year on ________.

   A.) August 21
   B.) September 4
   C.) October 26
   D.) July 18

Answer: Option 'A'

August 21

World Senior Citizen’s Day is observed annually on August 21 to raise awareness about the various issues including age deterioration and elder abuse that affect senior citizens. The day also acknowledges and appreciates their achievements, dedication, accomplishments, and services they contribute throughout their lives to the society.


Which edition of world conference of speakers of parliament was attended by Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla recently?

   A.) 8th
   B.) 3rd
   C.) 5th
   D.) 11th

Answer: Option 'C'


Two-day 5th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (5WCSP) was inaugurated virtually.It was organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva and the Parliament of Austria with the support of the United Nations (UN).This is the first time that an International Parliamentary Conference is being held in Virtual mode. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla attended the inaugural ceremony. The theme of the 5WCSP Conference is ‘Parliamentary leadership for more effective multilateralism that delivers peace and sustainable development for the people and planet’.The Second part will be held in physical mode at Vienna, Austria in 2021.


The Interceptor Boat ‘ICGS C-454’ developed by which company was inducted into the service of the Indian Coast Guard at Surat, Gujarat?

   A.) Cochin Shipyard Limited
   B.) Goa Shipyard Limited
   C.) Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers
   D.) Larsen and Toubro Limited

Answer: Option 'D'

Larsen and Toubro Limited

The 27-meter-long Interceptor Boat(IB) ‘ICGS C-454’, built by Larsen and Toubro Ltd(L&T) was launched into the service of the Indian Coast Guard(ICG) by DrHiral Patel, wife of Surat district Collector, Dhaval Patel during a ceremony in Surat.


The NASA plans to launch Psyche mission (journey to a unique metal asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter) by which year?

   A.) 2025
   B.) 2022
   C.) 2023
   D.) 2024

Answer: Option 'B'


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been working on a spacecraft that will be sent to explore the asteroid 16 Psyche, one of the most massive asteroids in the asteroid belt. It is thought to be almost pure metal in its composition. As per the space agency, one of the key targets of the Psyche spacecraft is to study the asteroid.NASA said that the Psyche spacecraft is targeted to launch in August 2022, and would arrive at the asteroid in early 2026.


The Competition Commission of India has approved 100% proposed acquisition of C&S Electric Limited (C&S) by which company?

   A.) Crompton
   B.) ABB
   C.) Havells
   D.) Siemens

Answer: Option 'D'


The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved 100% proposed acquisition of the share capital of the Indian Operations of C&S Electric Limited (C&S) by Siemens Limited (Siemens India). For this purpose, Siemens Ltd has signed an agreement with C&S in January 2020.


Which organization in association with Indian School Certificate Examinations(CISCE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)host an online program for training of Physical Education (PE) Teachers from CISCE Schools on “Khelo India Fitness Assessment of School Going Children”?

   A.) Athletics Federation of India
   B.) Indian Olympic Association
   C.) Sports Authority of India
   D.) Sports Federation of India

Answer: Option 'C'

Sports Authority of India

Sports Authority of India(SAI) in association with Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations(CISCE) and Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) will host an online training programme through the Khelo India Mobile App (KIMA) to train the Physical Education (PE) teachers and head of the institutions from CISCE schools on “Khelo India Fitness Assessment of School Going Children”.


Name the person who authored the book titled, ‘One Arranged Murder’.

   A.) Arundhati Roy
   B.) ChetanBhagat
   C.) Vikram Seth
   D.) Amitav Ghosh

Answer: Option 'B'


A Book Titled ‘One Arranged Murder’ authored by ChetanBhagat will be released worldwide on September 28, 2020. The fiction book portrays a murder mystery in the backdrop of an arranged marriage. The book will be published by Westland Publications Ltd. It is the author’s 9th novel and 11th book overall. Essence of the book- The book not only has an intense suspense but also is filled with humour, love and relatable Indian characters.


Which is cleanest city of India (> 10 Lakh population) as announced by Hardeep Singh Puri in 5thannual cleanliness urban survey of India,SwachhSurvekshan 2020?

   A.) Chennai
   B.) Navi Mumbai
   C.) Indore
   D.) Surat

Answer: Option 'C'


Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (MoS)-Independent Charge (I/C) MoHUA announced the 5th edition of the annual cleanliness urban survey of India i.e.” SwachhSurvekshan 2020 (SS2020)” conducted by MoHUA. A total of 129 awards were given by the minister in which Madhya Pradesh’s Indore Creates record as India’s cleanest city for the 4th consecutive time while Gujarat’s Surat and Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai grabbed 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
India’s Cleanest Mega City– Amdavad, Gujarat (>40 Lakh population). The India’s Cleanest Big City– Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh (10-40 Lakh Population). India’s Cleanest Medium City– Mysuru, Karnataka (3-10 Lakh Population). India’s Cleanest Small City– Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh (1-3 Lakh population) & India’s Cleanest Capital– New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), Delhi.


Who has won the 2020 world snooker championship (at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England)?

   A.) Mark Williams
   B.) Graeme Dott
   C.) John Higgins
   D.) Ronnie O’Sullivan

Answer: Option 'D'

Ronnie O’Sullivan


Which India company enters into top 100 on Fortune Global 500 list (August 2020)?

   A.) State Bank of India
   B.) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
   C.) Reliance Industries
   D.) Indian Oil Corporation

Answer: Option 'C'

Reliance Industries

Billionaire MukeshAmbani’s Reliance Industries has jumped 10 places to break into the world’s top 100 companies on the Fortune Global 500 list. The oil-to-telecom conglomerate is ranked 96th in the 2020 ranking released by Fortune. This is the highest any Indian company has been ranked on the Fortune Global 500 list.


Which is 1st state in India to partner with Google India to provide learning tools for schools?

   A.) Punjab
   B.) Maharashtra
   C.) Kerala
   D.) Haryana

Answer: Option 'B'


Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray announced the partnership with Google which will blend google’s learning programmes that integrate the classroom approach with online learning, over a virtual launch event. Maharashtra became the first state in India to collaborate with Google India for state-wide distribution of G suite for Education and Google Classroom.


Which organization has signed agreement with Business Swedento boost start-up ecosystem?

   A.) Finance Commission (FC)
   B.) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
   C.) Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)
   D.) National Development Council (NDC)

Answer: Option 'C'

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog and Business Sweden on behalf of India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre signed a virtual Statement of Intent (SoI) to boost the culture of innovation in India. R Ramanan, Mission Director of AIM, NITI Aayog and Anders Wickberg, Swedish Trade Commissioner to India, on behalf of India Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre virtually signed the SoI.


Defence ministry has approved the proposed to expand NCC to how many border and coastal districts?

   A.) 215
   B.) 156
   C.) 122
   D.) 173

Answer: Option 'D'


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal of the National Cadet Corps(NCC) for a major expansion scheme in 173 border and coastal districts,where one lakh new cadets will be inducted and one-third of them will be girls. A total of 83 NCC units will be upgraded (Army 53, Navy 20, Air Force 10) to provide training to the cadets.


Which state government has signed MoU with Reliance Retail, Reliance JioInfocomm and Allana Group to empower women and help women SHGs in the state?

   A.) Gujarat
   B.) Telangana
   C.) Maharashtra
   D.) Andhra Pradesh

Answer: Option 'D'

Andhra Pradesh

As part of implementation of the YSR Cheyutha scheme, Andhra Pradesh(AP) government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Reliance Retail, Reliance JioInfocomm and Allana Group to empower women and help women Self-Help Groups(SHGs) in the state to market their products.


When was UN’s International Day of remembrance and tribute to the victims of terrorism observed annually?

   A.) 17th August
   B.) 20th August
   C.) 21st August
   D.) 18th August

Answer: Option 'C'

21st August

United Nations(UN)’s International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is annually oserved on 21st August to commemorate and pay tribute to the victims and survivors of Terrorism acoss the globe.The first International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism was observed on 21st August 2018.


Who authored the book named ‘Grandparents’ Bag of Stories’?

   A.) SudhaMurty
   B.) Anita Desai
   C.) Kamila Shamsie
   D.) Kiran Desai

Answer: Option 'A'


On the 70th birthday of award-winning author SudhaMurty, publishing house Penguin Random House India on Wednesday announced her latest collection of short stories, Grandparents’ Bag of Stories. The book, scheduled to be released in November, is a sequel to Murty’s last release Grandma’s Bag of Stories and will feature 20 stories.


The Uttar Pradesh government has signed MoU with which country for water resource management in Bundelkhand?

   A.) Israel
   B.) Botswana
   C.) Estonia
   D.) Switzerland

Answer: Option 'A'


The government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) signed an agreement with the Israel’s Water Resource Minister for the water resource management in Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh. Ron Malka, Israel’s Ambassador to India and Alok Sinha, Agriculture Production Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh signed the ‘plan of cooperation’ on behalf of Israel and India respectively. The ‘plan of cooperation’ is initially signed for 2 years, with the interest of the project, this will be extended in the future. The project was developed by the MASHAV — Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.This cooperation will help with the Indo-Israel Bundelkhand water project undertaken in this region for long term reforms in water management.


India’s 1st Kisan Rail was flagged off by railway minister Piyush Goyal & Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar recently. The 1st Kisan rail ran from Maharashtra to which state?

   A.) Gujarat
   B.) Goa
   C.) West Bengal
   D.) Bihar

Answer: Option 'D'


Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways and Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare flagged off the India’s 1st Kisan Rail, a Special Parcel Train from Maharashtra’s Devlali to Bihar’s Danapur Railway station through video link. This is the 1st ever multi commodity train of Indian Railways(IR) that carries fruits like Pomegranate, Banana, Grapes etc and vegetables like Capsicum, Cauliflower etc. The train will run on a weekly basis.


Name the company which launches Kormo Jobs app in India

   A.) Google
   B.) Microsoft
   C.) Amazon
   D.) IBM

Answer: Option 'A'


Google has launched an android app called “Kormo Jobs” for job seekers in India,which aims to provide entry-level jobs and helps job seekers find and apply for positions across India.It was launched in Bangladesh in 2018 and subsequently in Indonesia.

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