Current Affairs for APPSC Groups Quiz Set - 2

21.

Tapsee Pannu appointed as brand ambassador of which organization?

   A.) PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew
   B.) PepsiCo’s Gatorade
   C.) PepsiCo’s Kurkure
   D.) PepsiCo’s LAY’S

Answer: Option 'C'

Bollywood actress Tapsee Pannu is signed as the brand ambassador the snack brand ‘Kurkure’ owned by PepsiCo. A television campaign was also launched by Kurkure to introduce the new brand positioning ‘Khayal toh chatpata hai’ celebrating the progressive thinking the young Indian homemakers in traditional Indian families and the breaking conventional barriers.This is the first time that the brand has attempted to include a social message with its product’s marketing.

22.

Name the tribe residing in Arunachal Pradesh,celebrates Boori Boot Yollo festival?

   A.) Nyishi
   B.) Monpa
   C.) Khamti
   D.) Khamyang

Answer: Option 'A'

Nyishi tribe celebrated ‘Boori Boot Yollo festival’ with great enthusiasm to welcome spring and a successful harvest.Nyishi is the largest community in Arunachal Pradesh,found in Daporijo, Upper Subansiri Locale and Raga and Dollungmukh ranges of Lower Subansiri Region of Arunachal Pradesh.

23.

Under the Short-Term Training (STT) of the PMKVY,25.25 lakh candidates have been trained.PMKVY Stands for?

   A.) Pradhan Mantri Kshetra Vikas Yojna
   B.) Pradhan Mudra Khanij Vikas Yojna
   C.) Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna
   D.) Pradhan Mudra Kaushal Vikas Yojna

Answer: Option 'C'

25.25 lakh candidates,out of the 37.32 lakh (aprrox.), have been trained under the Short-Term Training (STT)of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY). Similarly, 11.27 lakhunder Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and 0.8 lakh under Special Project in various sectors across India.‘Skill Loan Mission’ has been launched by the Government to support youth by providing loan facility to individuals who wish to enrol for the skill development courses, as per the Skill Loan eligibility criteria.All the member banks of the Indian Banking Association (IBA) and other banking and financial institutions, including Micro Finance Institutions, regulated by the Reserve bank of India (RBI) are applicable for the Skill Loan Scheme.The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship’s lead bank, ‘Bank of India’ is the first bank to notify and implement the scheme.Loans are available in the range of Rs 5000 to Rs 15,000.In the financial year 2017-18, total amount of Rs 29.06 crore was disbursed against 3551 accounts, and during 2018-19 (till Dec 18), Rs 19.46 crore against 2429 accounts.

24.

Arthur van Doren won the Male Player of the Year in the International Hockey Federation’s Players of the Year for 2018.He belongs to which country?

   A.) Australia
   B.) Iceland
   C.) Belgium
   D.) Netherland

Answer: Option 'C'

Arthur van Doren, 24, won the Male Player of the Year award for the second year in a row. He was one of four Belgian winners in the FIH Hockey Stars Awards for 2018.Last year, van Doren won both the Player and Rising Star of the Year Awards.

25.

In which City does Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched laid foundation stone of Defence Corridor during his visit to Uttarpradesh?

   A.) Prayagraj
   B.) Varanasi
   C.) Jhansi
   D.) Lucknow

Answer: Option 'C'

PM Modi on his visit to Jhansi laid foundation stone of Defence Corridor which will create a lot of direct and indirect employment to the youth in the region. Government decided to establish 2 defence corridors in the country, one at Tamil Nadu and the other in Uttar Pradesh. Jhansi is one among six nodal points of the UP defence corridors.The Defence Corridor will make India independent in defence production. The project will also attract many foreign and domestic Defence related companies to invest in the region.

26.

Which Country had signed the accord to join NATO to become its 30th member of of the NATO military alliance?

   A.) Bulgaria
   B.) Macedonia
   C.) Slovakia
   D.) France

Answer: Option 'B'

On February 6,2019,Macedonia signed an accord to join NATO to become the 30th member of the NATO military alliance. The historic agreement was signed between Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

27.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) withdrew how much percent limit on investments by FPIs in corporate bonds of an entity with a view to encourage more foreign investments?

   A.) 10 Percent
   B.) 20 Percent
   C.) 30 Percent
   D.) 25 Percent

Answer: Option 'B'

On 15th February 2019, Reserve Bank of India lifted the limit on Corporate bonds. They withdrew 20% limit on investment by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) in corporate bonds of an entity.The move will encourage more foreign investors to invest in corporate bonds in the country. It aims at incentivizing FPIs to maintain a portfolio of assets. In April 2018, it was stipulated that no FPI should have an exposure of more than 20% of its corporate bond portfolio to a single corporate as per the review of the FPI investment in corporate debt.The directions in connection have been issued in the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). It is an Act in India to consolidate and change the laws related to foreign exchange with an objective to facilitate external trade and payments.FEMA will also promote the orderly development and maintenance of foreign exchange market in India.

28.

Which Bank had became the first US bank with Cryptocurrency?

   A.) JP Morgan Chase
   B.) Bank of America
   C.) Goldman Sachs
   D.) Wells Fargo

Answer: Option 'A'

On 14th February 2019, JP Morgan Chase rolled out as the first US bank with cryptocurrency. The change in opinion of JP Morgan is the first step in the program of making it more competitive. The currency is designed to be decentralized so that no one has control over transactions being sent over the network. JP Morgan Chase will be using the cryptocurrency to see its potential in using digital coins to reduce risk and enable instant transfers. JPM Coin is not for retail customers . It will be used internally by the bank to enable instant transfers of payments between institutional accounts.

29.

UN Secretary-General Appointed Chandramouli Ramanathan of India to which of the following post?

   A.) Head of Programme Planning
   B.) President for Programme Planning
   C.) High Commissioner
   D.) Controller, Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning

Answer: Option 'D'

Chandramouli Ramanathan of India was appointed as the Controller, Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning, Finance and Budget in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, on 14th February 2019. Mr. Ramanathan has led high level management initiatives, including implementation of IPSAS(International Public Sector Accounting Standards) and Umoja(the United Nations Enterprise Resource Planning solution).

30.

Union Cabinet approved the introduction of _________________bill, to confer the status of Institutions of National Importance to NIFTEM,Kundli,Haryana and IIFPT, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu?

   A.) National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019
   B.) National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019
   C.) Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018
   D.) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Answer: Option 'A'

National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019

31.

How much is the new limit decided by RBI for Bulk Deposits inorder to enhance operational freedom of Banks?

   A.) 2 Crore
   B.) 1 Crore
   C.) 50000
   D.) 1 Lakh

Answer: Option 'A'

On 7th February 2019, Reserve Bank of India decided to treat deposits to over Rs.2 crore as ‘bulk’ as they doubled the limit for the same from the earlier Rs.1crore. This move will enhance operational freedom of Banks. RBI also proposed banks would maintain their bulk deposits interest rate cards in the core banking system for supervisory review. National Federation of Urban Cooperative Banks and Credit Societies Limited (NAFCUB) has suggested this proposal. The decision in proposal for setting up an Umbrella Organization (UO) for urban cooperative banks in pending with RBI.

32.

India’s first district cooling system is to be set up in which of the following city by United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Tabreed?

   A.) Mumbai,Maharashtra
   B.) East Delhi,New Delhi
   C.) Amaravati, Hyderabad
   D.) Chennai,TamilNadu

Answer: Option 'C'

United Arab Emirates (UAE) based international cooling provider,National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed) entered into a 30-year concession with Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) to build India’s first district cooling system in Amaravati, Hyderabad.The agreement is for a contracted cooling capacity of 20,000 Refrigeration Tons (RTs) and will cater to the State’s Assembly, High Court, Secretariat and other Government buildings currently being constructed, for which cooling services will start in early 2021. The district cooling system will help save 40% of the energy currently being used and reduce CO2 emissions, as it uses only 50% of the primary energy consumption for cooling urban buildings, thus, improving the air quality and reducing general noise levels when compared to other traditional air conditioning systems.

33.

According to the Agriculture Census 2015-16 released by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare,Farmers are Categorized as _______________ if which he holds below 1 hectare of land?

   A.) Marginal
   B.) Small
   C.) Medium
   D.) Large

Answer: Option 'A'

Marginal

34.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Humsafar Express in which of the following Route?

   A.) Yavatmal to Darjeeling
   B.) Aurangabad to Shimla
   C.) Ajni (Nagpur) to Pune
   D.) Pune- Newmal

Answer: Option 'C'

In order to boost connectivity in the Yavatmal and nearby areas, Prime Minister flagged off Humsafar Express which will run between Ajni (Nagpur) and Pune.Narendra Modi announced that around 14500 houses are built at Yavatmal under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) which aims at provide housing to all by 2022.Certificates and cheques were distributed to Self Help Groups (SHGs) under Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission by Prime Minister.A research centre is being built at Chandrapur to tackle with the Sickle cell disease.

35.

Which region is declared as the third administrative division of Jammu and Kashmir?

   A.) Udhampur
   B.) Bandipora
   C.) Ladakh
   D.) Srinagar

Answer: Option 'C'

The Jammu & Kashmir Government on Friday declared Ladakh as the third administrative division of the state.The Government has approved the creation of a separated administrative/revenue division of Ladakh.The division will comprise Leh and Kargil districts, with Leh as the division’s headquarters.The creation of two posts of Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Police (IGP) has been sanctioned for the new division.

36.

What is the repo rate in India,which is recently revised by RBI in 6th Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy?

   A.) 6.50%
   B.) 6.75%
   C.) 6.25%
   D.) 6.00%

Answer: Option 'C'

6.25%

37.

Name the Annual Exercise carried out by Indian Army at Deolali Camp near Nashik?

   A.) Exercise Sampriti
   B.) Exercise Mitra Shakti
   C.) Exercise Shatrujeet
   D.) Exercise Topchi

Answer: Option 'D'

Indian army demonstrated its artillery firepower, aviation and surveillance capacity at the annual ‘Exercise Topchi’ at Deolali Camp near Nashik.The latest ultra-light Howitzer M-777, self-propelled gun K-9 Vajra and indigenous Swathi weapon-locating radar was demonstrated.The aviation assets showcased were the indigenous advanced light helicopter, light combat helicopter, Cheetah & Chetak helicopters.

38.

Which film won the Best Film in the 72nd British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards?

   A.) Spiderman : into the Spider-verse
   B.) The Favourite
   C.) 73 Cows
   D.) Roma

Answer: Option 'D'

Netflix drama ‘Roma’ won the best film prize along with director, Alfonso Cuaron and co-stars Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz won in their respective categories.

39.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated Lower Panazara Medium Project under PMKSY provide irrigation facility to 21 villages in Dhule,Maharashtra.S stands for_____ in PMKSY?

   A.) S- Sinchayee (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY))
   B.) S- Suraksha (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Suraksha Yojana (PMKSY))
   C.) S- Sadak (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sadak Yojana (PMKSY))
   D.) S- Swasthya (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Swasthya Yojana (PMKSY))

Answer: Option 'A'

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated Lower Panazara Medium Project which has a total water storage capacity of 109.31 Mcum and irrigation potential of 7585 hectares, under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).This Project will provide irrigation facility to 21 villages of Dhule District in Maharashtra.


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