Current Affairs Quiz : March 18 2020

1.

Who nominated the appointment of former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi to Rajya Sabha?

   A.) President Ram Nath Kovind
   B.) Prime Minister Narendra Modi
   C.) Home Minister Amit Shah
   D.) CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde

Answer: Option 'A'

Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi was nominated to Rajya Sabha on 16 March 2020. He was nominated by President Ram Nath Kovind. His nomination to the upper house was made against the vacancy created due to the retirement of senior lawyer KTS Tulsi. There are 11 other nominated members in the Rajya Sabha.

2.

RK Singh (MoS independent -Power, New and Renewable Energy) launched a new website of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The website has the additional portals of India Renewable Idea Exchange’ (IRIX) and ________________.

   A.) AkshayUrja
   B.) SECURE
   C.) No Queue
   D.) Nanban

Answer: Option 'A'

AkshayUrja

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy & Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Raj Kumar (R K) Singh launched a new website of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The website has additional portals such as ‘AkshayUrja Portal’ & ‘India Renewable Idea Exchange’ (IRIX).

3.

Stand Up India Scheme will lend bank loans between Rs.10 lakh and ________ one SC/ ST borrower and at least one woman borrower per bank branch of Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs).

   A.) Rs.25 lakh
   B.) Rs.1 crore
   C.) Rs.2 crore
   D.) Rs.50 lakh

Answer: Option 'B'

Rs.1 crore

4.

Centre for Media Studies (CMS) is supported by ______.

   A.) Ministry of Arts & Culture
   B.) Ministry of Tourism
   C.) WHO India
   D.) UNESCO

Answer: Option 'C'

WHO India

Centre for Media Studies (CMS is a not-for-profit research think tank. It is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) India.

5.

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) functions under _______.

   A.) Ministry of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare
   B.) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
   C.) Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
   D.) Ministry of Agriculture and Research

Answer: Option 'B'

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) is an apex body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, responsible for the export promotion of agricultural products.

6.

SBI has announced a reduction in its MCLR or marginal cost of funding-based lending rates up to ______ basis points (bps) across tenors.

   A.) 5
   B.) 8
   C.) 15
   D.) 20

Answer: Option 'C'

State Bank of India (SBI) has announced a reduction in its MCLR or marginal cost of funding-based lending rates by 10-15 basis points (bps) across tenors.

7.

When did GoI first introduce the first draft of the National e-Commerce policy in the public domain for suggestions?

   A.) 2017
   B.) 2018
   C.) 2019
   D.) 2020

Answer: Option 'C'

2019

On 23 February 2019, GoI introduced the first draft of the National e-Commerce policy in the public domain for suggestions. It received more than 120 stakeholders, including Indian and foreign, industry associations, think tanks, foreign governments. Following this, it conducted a series of meetings to contain the provisions for the policy.

8.

Which country holds the chair of G20 for the year 2020?

   A.) India
   B.) UAE
   C.) Saudi Arabia
   D.) Oman

Answer: Option 'C'

Saudi Arabia

9.

As per the Government data, India’s share in contracts awarded by the Defence Ministry for the procurement of defence equipment has increased from 39.06% in 2015-16 to _____ in 2019-20.

   A.) 78.25%
   B.) 67.42%
   C.) 59.25%
   D.) 75.03%

Answer: Option 'D'

75.03%

As per Government Data the share of Indian companies in contracts awarded by the Union Defence Ministry for procurement of defence equipments increased from 39.06 per cent in 2015-16 to 75.03 per cent in 2019-20.

10.

What is the sales target of hybrid and electric vehicles set by the Indian Government by the end of 2020?

   A.) 50 Lakh
   B.) 20 Lakh
   C.) 70 Lakh
   D.) 1 Crore

Answer: Option 'C'

70 Lakh

The Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change & Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar informed that the government has set an ambitious target to achieve sales of around 70 lakh hybrid & electric vehicles by the end of 2020.

11.

What percentage of road accident deaths in India has decreased within five months of the enactment of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019?

   A.) 15%
   B.) 25%
   C.) 10%
   D.) 50%

Answer: Option 'C'

10%

The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari revealed that the number of deaths caused due to road accidents has been reduced by 10% in India after the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019.

12.

Name the Justice of Supreme Court who has directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to serving women officers in Navy within three months with increments.

   A.) Justice AK Mishra
   B.) Justice Madan Lokur
   C.) Justice DY Chandrachud
   D.) Justice NV Ramana

Answer: Option 'C'

Justice DY Chandrachud

Justice DY Chandrachud directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to serving women officers in Navy within three months with increments. The judgment follows a verdict by the Apex Court in favour of granting permanent for women in the Indian Army. A permanent commission entitles an officer to serve in the Navy till he/she retires unlike Short Service Commission(SSC), which is currently for 10 years and can be extended by four more years, a total of 14 years.

13.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attended the 100th Birth anniversary of Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Mujibur Rahman was the founding father of _______________ country?

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

Answer: Option 'C'

Bangladesh

14.

2020 G20 is to be held in _______.

   A.) New Delhi
   B.) Tokyo
   C.) Beijing
   D.) Riyadh

Answer: Option 'D'

Riyadh

15.

RBI has announced that it would use Forex swap and LTRO to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 on the Indian Economy. What does LTRO stand for?

   A.) Loan Tenure ratio operation
   B.) long-term repo operations
   C.) land acquisition tenure operation
   D.) Locational Extension reverse repo operations

Answer: Option 'B'

long-term repo operations

LTRO (long-term repo operations) is a tool in which the central bank offers money to banks for a period of one to three years at the prevailing repo rate (currently at 5.15 percent). The banks, in turn, offer government securities with the same or higher tenure as a collateral to the central bank.


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