Current Affairs Quiz : March 20 2020

1.

On March 16, 2020, The Election Commission of India (ECI) has appointed Hirdesh Kumar as new Chief Electoral Officer to which Indian state/UT?

   A.) New Delhi
   B.) West Bengal
   C.) Jammu & Kashmir
   D.) Odisha

Answer: Option 'C'

Jammu & Kashmir

A 1999 batch IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer Hirdesh Kumar appointed as the New Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) by the Election Commission of India (ECI), soon he will replace Shailendra Kumar. Presently Hirdesh serves as the Commissioner Secretary in the School Education Department of J&K.

2.

To which Indian state Gopal Reddy will take charge as the Chief Secretary from April 1,2020?

   A.) Madhya Pradesh
   B.) Telangana
   C.) Karnataka
   D.) Uttar Pradesh

Answer: Option 'A'

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh (MP) Government appointed M Gopal Reddy as a Chief Secretary of the state replacing Sudhi Ranjan Mohanty with effect from April 1, 2020.

3.

To which country, India is assured to provide grant of 66.75 million (in Indian rupees) to construct 3 schools (March 2020).

   A.) Bangladesh
   B.) Bhutan
   C.) Myanmar
   D.) Nepal

Answer: Option 'D'

India assured to provide a grant of Nepalese Rupees(NPR) 107 million (approximately 6.67 crores or 66.7million) to construct 3 schools in Nepal & to create better facilities for students.

4.

Indian scientists developed a process for size-selective deposition of  ________composite coatings, which can reduce the friction of these dynamic systems.

   A.) micro
   B.) femto
   C.) pico
   D.) nano

Answer: Option 'D'

nano

5.

When was the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) established?

   A.) 1986
   B.) 1997
   C.) 1980
   D.) 1992

Answer: Option 'B'

1997

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) was established in 1997. NPPA functions under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. NPPA controls and fixes the prices of pharmaceutical drugs in India.

6.

Ministry of Finance reported that more than ________ of loans had been sanctioned under Stand Up India Scheme to over 91,000 accounts up to 10 March 2020.

   A.) Rs.14,832.71 crores
   B.) Rs.17.656.36 crores
   C.) Rs.20,466.94 crores
   D.) Rs.25,931.82 crores

Answer: Option 'C'

Rs.20,466.94 crores

Ministry of Finance reported that more than Rs.20,466.94 crores of loans had been sanctioned under Stand Up India Scheme to over 91,000 accounts up to 10 March 2020. The information was shared by Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs.

7.

Name the team that won the 6th edition of the ISL Cup for 2019-20 and also third ISL trophy for that team.

   A.) FC Goa
   B.) Chennaiyin FC
   C.) Bengaluru FC
   D.) ATK FC

Answer: Option 'D'

ATK FC

8.

A team of scientist of Astronomy Department of University of Geneva along with team of scientist of other countries detected liquid iron rain on the highly heated exoplanet named __________.

   A.) WASP-76b
   B.) WASP-62d
   C.) WASP-52d
   D.) WASP-56b

Answer: Option 'A'

WASP-76b

A team of Scientists from the Astronomy Department of the University of Geneva (Switzerland) along with the teams in Portugal, Italy and Spain, have detected liquid iron rain on the highly heated exoplanet WASP-76b.

9.

Where did the Ministry of Culture establish an institute to preserve ancient Buddhist manuscripts, to promote research in different aspects of Buddhism, digitize ancient Buddhist text?

   A.) Central  Institute of Mizos Culture Studies, Mizoram
   B.) Central  Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies, Arunachal Pradesh
   C.) Central  Institute of Ethnic Studies, Sikkim
   D.) Central  Institute of Art & Culture Studies, Assam

Answer: Option 'B'

Central  Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies, Arunachal Pradesh

Ministry of Culture has established an institute named Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies (CIHCS) at Dahung, Arunachal Pradesh. The main objective of CIHCS is to preserve ancient Buddhist manuscripts, to promote research in different aspects of Buddhism, digitize ancient Buddhist text preserved in the languages of Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian languages through the system of a modern university.

10.

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI) functions under ________.

   A.) Ministry of Earth Science
   B.) Ministry of Science and Technology
   C.) Ministry of Coal
   D.) Ministry of Steel & Power

Answer: Option 'B'

Ministry of Science and Technology

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI) was established in 1997. It functions under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI. It is headquartered in Hyderabad, Telangana. 

11.

When was an agreement between India and the Government of Brunei Darussalam to allow the exchange of information, including banking and ownership information, between the two countries for tax purposes?

   A.) 2015
   B.) 2017
   C.) 2019
   D.) 2016

Answer: Option 'C'

2019

Ministry of Finance appraised the Government of India about the Agreement between India and the Government of Brunei Darussalam. The Agreement was signed on 28 February 2019 in New Delhi. The Agreement will enable the exchange of information, including banking and ownership information, between the two countries for tax purposes.

12.

Who is the chairperson of the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI)?

   A.) Dr. Naveen Kumar
   B.) Dr. Anil Kakodkar
   C.) Dr. Sandeep Singh
   D.) Dr. Anil kudumbi

Answer: Option 'D'

Dr. Anil kudumbi

Dr. Anil Kakodkar is the chairperson of the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI).

13.

Name the person who has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Power Finance Corporation (PFC) company with effect from June 1, 2020?

   A.) M V Gowtama
   B.) P K Gupta
   C.) V Kalyana Rama
   D.) Ravinder Singh Dhillon

Answer: Option 'D'

Ravinder Singh Dhillon

14.

Which is the Capital of Brunei Darussalam?

   A.) Kuala Belait
   B.) Tutong
   C.) Bandar Seri Begawan
   D.) Seria

Answer: Option 'C'

Bandar Seri Begawan

Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital of the Southeast Asian nation of Brunei. The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

15.

The Central Government has approved to rename Amin Village as Abhimanyupur. The Amir village is part of which Indian state?

   A.) Bihar
   B.) Assam
   C.) Odisha
   D.) Haryana

Answer: Option 'D'

The Central Government approved renaming the Amin village as Abhimanyupur in Kurukshetra district of Haryana as per the request of the State government. The decision has been taken by the Union Home Ministry after getting permission from a few central organisations.


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