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Current Affairs Quiz: 12 August 2020

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  1. Which country signed contract with India for the development of five eco-tourism zones in Addu atoll?
    1) Mali
    2) Sri Lanka
    3) Bangladesh
    4) Maldives
    5) Mauritius
    Answer-4) Maldives
    Explanation:
    India and Maldives signed a contract for the development of five eco-tourism zones in Addu atoll of Maldives during an online signing ceremony held from Addu City. The virtual ceremony was attended by High Commissioner of India to the Maldives SunjaySudir and Maldives Foreign Secretary Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed.It should be noted that these projects are undertaken under the MoU signed on 17 March 2019 for “Indian Grant Assistance for Implementation of High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) through local bodies” which involves a total grant assistance of US$5.5 million to the Maldives.

  2. Who launched the booklet on “Best practices of Human-Elephant Conflict Management in India”?
    1) Prakash Javadekar
    2) Nitin Gadkari
    3) Narendra Modi
    4) Amit Shah
    5) Nirmala Sitharaman
    Answer-1) Prakash Javadekar
    Explanation:
    Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment Forest &Climate Change(MoEFCC) launched the booklet on “Best practices of Human-Elephant Conflict Management in India” to strengthen coexistence of the human-elephant, along with the Beta Version of “Surakhsya” during the event on the eve of World Elephant Day. The booklet was aimed to reduce the Human Elephant conflicts and avoid the loss of lives of both humans and elephants.

  3. Central government has abolished Cotton Advisory Board recently. Who is the present textile minister of India?
    1) Prakash Javadekar
    2) Pralhad Joshi
    3) Nitin Gadkari
    4) SmritiIrani
    5) Pralhad Singh Patel
    Answer-4) SmritiIrani
    Explanation:
    On the lines of Government of India vision of “Minimum Government and Maximum Governance”, the Ministry of textiles has abolished it’s another advisory body, Cotton Advisory Board (CAB), and notified that all eight Textiles Research Associations (TRAs) have ceased to be” affiliated bodies” of the ministry.Ministry of Textiles: Union Minister– SmritiZubinIrani.

  4. Which PSU has achieved 100 Billion Units (BU) of cumulative power generation recently?
    1) NTPC
    2) NHPC
    3) IOC
    4) NEEPCO
    5) PFC
    Answer-1) NTPC
    Explanation:
    NTPC Limited has achieved 100 Billion Units (BU) of cumulative power generation in the ongoing fiscal year.Central Electricity Board (CEA) has released data in Annual Load Generation Balance Report of 2020-21.

  5. Find the state which has received investment clearance from the union government for 6 multipurpose and flood control projects worth Rs 7,922.69 crore.
    1) Uttarakhand
    2) Punjab
    3) Haryana
    4) Himachal Pradesh
    5) None of the Above
    Answer-4) Himachal Pradesh
    Explanation:
    Himachal Pradesh has received Investment Clearance from the Union Government for six multipurpose and flood control projects involving expenditure of Rs 7,922.69 crore for six schemes on 7th August, 2020 at New Delhi. The clearance was given during the 13th meeting of Investment Clearance Committee (ICC). Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (DoWR, RD & GR), Union Jal Shakti Ministry has approved the proposals in respect of major and medium irrigation, flood control and multipurpose projects.

  6. Assam council of ministers approved “Assam Non-Government Education Institutions (Regulation of Fees) Rules 2020” recently. Who is the governor of Assam?
    1) Radha Krishna Mathur
    2) DroupadiMurmu
    3) JagdishMukhi
    4) Girish Chandra Murmu
    5) BiswaBhusanHarichandan
    Answer-3) JagdishMukhi
    Explanation:
    Assam Council of Ministers approved “Assam Non-Government Education Institutions (Regulation of Fees) Rules 2020”. It seeks to regulate the fees structure of the private educational institutes in the State of Assam. Governor of Assam is JagdishMukhi.

  7. Which is the first city in India to have female icons on traffic signals?
    1) Bengaluru
    2) Chennai
    3) Kolkata
    4) Mumbai
    5) Pune
    Answer-4) Mumbai
    Explanation:
    Mumbai’s Dadar has become the first city in India to have women symbols on traffic signals and signage, which was installed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that display female icons sporting triangular frock, a shift from the default representation of men.

  8. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) planned to launch 1st of its kind silk training cum production centre in which state?
    1) Arunachal Pradesh
    2) Gujarat
    3) Madhya Pradesh
    4) Maharashtra
    5) Uttar Pradesh
    Answer-1) Arunachal Pradesh
    Explanation:
    The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is going to launch the first-of-its kind training-cum-production centre of silk in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.The Silk Training cum Production Center will be opened in the far-flung tribal village of Chullyu in Arunachal Pradesh and is set to give a big boost to weaving activities in the entire region.

  9. Name the portal on human-elephants conflict which was launched by Union Environment minister Prakash Javadekar.
    1) ElicTune
    2) Elephanto
    3) SaveFrosty
    4) Surakhsya
    5) None of the Above
    Answer-4) Surakhsya
    Explanation:
    Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment Forest &Climate Change(MoEFCC) along with MoS Environment ministry Supriyo& officials of the Ministry launched a beta version of a portal on Human-Elephants Conflict called “Surakhsya”, a collection of real time information and supports managing conflicts on a real time basis.

  10. Which country has decided to construct a monument for the Indian soldiers who were killed by Pakistan in 1971?
    1) Maldives
    2) Nepal
    3) Bangladesh
    4) Mauritius
    5) China
    Answer-3) Bangladesh
    Explanation:
    MozammelHaque, Bangladesh War Liberation Minister announced the decision to construct a standalone monument for the Indian Soldiers who were killed by Pakistan in 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.The construction of the monument will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh.

  11. Which state government has launched “MukhyaMantriKisan Sahay Yojana” by replacing “Pradhan MantriFasalBimaYojana (PMFBY)” for FY21?
    1) Maharashtra
    2) Arunachal Pradesh
    3) Mizoram
    4) Gujarat
    5) Uttarakhand
    Answer-4) Gujarat
    Explanation:
    Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, launched Rs 1,800 crore scheme “MukhyaMantriKisan Sahay Yojana” by replacing “Pradhan MantriFasalBimaYojana (PMFBY)”, for FY20-21 only, for the state’s 56 lakh farmers facing crop losses due to drought, excess rain or unseasonal rain. In this regard the state government will launch a dedicated portal so that farmers can apply online.

  12. Paytm has launched India’s 1st pocket android POS device named ‘Paytm All-in-One Portable Android Smart POS’. Where is the HQ of Paytm located?
    1) Pune
    2) Patna
    3) Noida
    4) Kolkata
    5) Gurugram
    Answer-3) Noida
    Explanation:
    Paytm has launched India’s 1st Pocket Android POS(Point of Sale) Device, ‘Paytm All-in-One Portable Android Smart POS’ for contactless ordering and payments in India. It is an effort to digitise and empower a large number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). It is integrated with the ‘Paytm for Business’ app to generate GST compliant bills and to manage all transactions & settlements. It comes with an introductory price of Rs 499 per month on a rental basis and is designed like a phone. It is much more powerful than the portable Linux based POS devices presently available in the country.Paytm: Headquarters– Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

  13. Find the bank which obtained in-principle approval from the RBI to set up a wholly owned non- financial subsidiary.
    1) Axis Bank
    2) Yes Bank
    3) South Indian Bank
    4) HDFC Bank
    5) ICICI Bank
    Answer-3) South Indian Bank
    Explanation:
    South Indian Bank(SIB) has obtained in-principle approval from the Reserve Bank of India(RBI) to set up a wholly owned non- financial subsidiary for undertaking activities permitted by RBI. After SIB completes the relevant formalities and receives final approval from the regulators the subsidiary will commence its operations.

  14. S N Rajeswari has been appointed as the chairman and managing director of which insurance company?
    1) United India Insurance Company Limited
    2) Oriental Insurance Company Limited
    3) New India Assurance Company Limited
    4) Universal Sompo General Insurance Company
    5) TATA AIG General Insurance Company Limited
    Answer-2) Oriental Insurance Company Limited
    Explanation:
    S N Rajeswari has been appointed the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL), according to a Personnel Ministry. She is currently General Manager of New India Assurance Company Limited.

  15. BSE signs MoU with two Akola based bullion trade association for deepening commodity derivatives market in India. Who is the present MD&CEO of BSE?
    1) Ashishkumar Chauhan
    2) Nayan Mehta
    3) NeerajKulshrestha
    4) KersiTavadia
    5) Sameer Patil
    Answer-1) Ashishkumar Chauhan
    Explanation:
    BSE, formerly known as Bombay Stock Exchange has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Akola Sarafa Association and Akola SarafaVaSuvarnakarYuvaSangh of Akola, Maharashtra based bullion trade and industry associations for deepening the commodity derivatives market in India and benefit the trading and hedging of all the market participants in Indian bullion derivatives market.Ashishkumar Chauhan is the present MD&CEO of BSE.

  16. Name the company which received Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval for Project Kuiper satellite constellation.
    1) Facebook
    2) Flipkart
    3) Google
    4) Amazon
    5) Microsoft
    Answer-4) Amazon
    Explanation:
    The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given Amazon approval for its Project Kuiper low orbit satellite constellation, to provide Internet access.The planned constellation of 3,236 satellites is intended to address “unserved and underserved communities” around the world.SpaceX is a rival in this area, with its planned Starlink eventually consisting of 4,425 satellites.

  17. Name the state which signed MoA with Power Finance Corporation to construct 2 modular operation theatre rooms?
    1) Arunachal Pradesh
    2) Gujarat
    3) Madhya Pradesh
    4) Maharashtra
    5) Uttar Pradesh
    Answer-5) Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    India’s leading Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC), Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC) has signed a Memorandum of Association(MoA) with District Administration of Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh(UP) to construct 2 Modular Operation Theatre Rooms in the District Hospital, Siddharthnagar.

  18. Hassan Diab the prime minister of which country has resigned recently?
    1) Syria
    2) Israel
    3) Cyprus
    4) Lebanon
    5) Chile
    Answer-4) Lebanon
    Explanation:
    Hassan Diab, Lebanon(Republic of Lebanon) Prime Minister(PM) and his government resigned due to public outrage and the pressure from within his own Cabinet as his government was blamed for the August 4 explosion in Beirut’s port which killed at least 160 people and injured about 6,000 others.

  19. Who has been conferred with Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) award 2019 for investigative journalism?
    1) Nitin Sethi
    2) Josy Joseph
    3) Neha Dixit
    4) ChitraSubramanium
    5) None of the Above
    Answer-1) Nitin Sethi
    Explanation:
    Asian College of Journalism(ACJ) award 2019 was conferred upon Journalist Nitin Sethi for investigative journalism and K P Narayana Kumar Memorial Award 2019 for Social Impact Journalism is bestowed upon Journalist Shiv Sahay Singh. The awards were presented in a virtual ceremony by SoumyaSwaminathan, chief scientist of the World Health Organisation(WHO), at the inauguration of the Class of 2021.

  20. Union MSME minister Nitin Gadkari has addressed “[email protected] Summit – Mission 2022” organized by which organization?
    1) Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED)
    2) Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO)
    3) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
    4) Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)
    5) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
    Answer-3) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
    Explanation:
    Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) and Road Transport & Highways addressed the “[email protected] Summit – Mission 2022” organised by the confederation of Indian Industries(CII) which was focused on ‘reinventing technology in India’. He stated that to achieve self-reliant India, the MSME Ministry and Industries should be made import substitutes, cost-effective, pollution-free and indigenous.

  21. IC-IMPACTS 2020, the research conference between which country held recently (August 6-7, 2020)?
    1) India & China
    2) India & Canada
    3) India & Cameroon
    4) India & Australia
    5) India & United Kingdom
    Answer-2) India & Canada
    Explanation:
    IC-IMPACTS (the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability) 2020 Annual Research Conference held Virtually on Aug 6-7, 2020 to discuss the ways to elevate the inter-country cooperation to the next Level by strengthening existing international connections, sharing best practices in multiple areas, and initiating new collaborations in government and institutions. The Conference was organised by IC-IMPACTS.

  22. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has laid the foundation for a missile-seeker facility centre (SFC) and a warhead production unit at Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in which city?
    1) Pune
    2) Lucknow
    3) Hyderabad
    4) Noida
    5) Mumbai
    Answer-3) Hyderabad
    Explanation:
    As a part of the AtmaNirbhar Week celebration (AtmanirbhartaSaptah) between August 7-14, 2020 of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and to boost Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (self-reliant India movement), the Union Defence Minister (RakshaMantri) Rajnath Singh virtually launched the initiatives for modernisation and upgradation of facilities at defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Hyderabad laid foundation stone for ‘Seeker Facility Centre’ (SFC) to manufacture missile system and ‘Warhead Production Facility’ for manufacturing and testing of indigenously developed warheads required for Konkurs-M, Invar, Akash, Astra missiles etc.

  23. Which PSU has set up 1st of its kind Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at Bengalurufor setting the global benchmarking in Industrial Design and Ergonomics in Products?
    1) BEL
    2) BHEL
    3) BEML
    4) HAL
    5) None of the Above
    Answer-3) BEML
    Explanation:
    BEML(previously Bharat Earth Movers Limited) has set up Industrial Design Centre at Bengaluru as part of its new infrastructure creation. The Centre is first of its kind in India, focusing on implementing factors of Industrial Design & Human Factors as a part of developmental strategies for setting the global benchmarking in Industrial Design and Ergonomics in Products. It is proposed to develop this facility further as a national facility and would be offered to the industry in the next stage.

  24. Who released the print coffee table version of the e-book & e-book named ‘Connecting, Communicating, changing’ chronicling the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s 3rd year in office? 
    1) Rajnath Singh
    2) Prakash Javadekar
    3) Nirmala Sitharaman
    4) Both 1) and 2)
    5) Both 1) and 3)
    Answer-4) Both 1) and 2)
    Explanation:
    Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting released an e-version of the book ‘Connecting, Communicating, Changing’, a chronicle of Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu’s third year in office. In addition to this Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Defence also released the print coffee table version of the e-book. The event was organized at Upa-RashtrapatiNivas in New Delhi. This is the 3rd edition of the book on his efforts and outcomes as the Vice President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. The 250 pages’ e-book and its coffee table version has been published by the Publications Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

  25. Who authored the book titled “Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World” (co-written by Franz Alt)?
    1) Deepak Chopra
    2) ParamahansaYogananda
    3) Dalai Lama
    4) Ram Dass
    5) Sri Chinmoy
    Answer-3) Dalai Lama
    Explanation:
    Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama is set to release his new book “Our Only Home: A climate Appeal to the world” on Climate change co-written by German environmental Journalist Franz Alt in November.

  26. Politician PenmatsaSambasiva Raju who passed away recently belongs to which state?
    1) Telangana
    2) Maharashtra
    3) Andhra Pradesh
    4) Karnataka
    5) Tamil Nadu
    Answer-3) Andhra Pradesh
    Explanation:
    PenmatsaSambasiva Raju, the YuvajanaSramikaRythu Congress Party(YSRCP) veteran leader passed away due to his prolonged ill-health, at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam. He served as Transport Minister and Pro-tem Speaker of the united Andhra Pradesh Assembly. He was the only Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) who won the election for 8 times in the united Andhra Pradesh Assembly(Sativada and GajapathiNagaram Assembly constituencies).

  27. World Lion Day 2020 was observed on _________.
    1) July 31
    2) August 15
    3) June 24
    4) August 10
    5) September 12
    Answer-4) August 10
    Explanation:
    World Lion Day is observed across the world on August 10 every year. World Lion Day, 2020 is being observed virtually this year due to the pandemic. The main purpose of this day is to raise awareness about lions and educate people about issues concerning their protection and conservation.In 2013, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, a husband-and-wife team of Big Cat Initiative and National Geographic began an initiative to form World Lion Day.‘Asiatic Lion Conservation Project’ is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEFCC), Government of India in 2017 to provide safeguards to the Asiatic lion.

  28. The 77 new species of butterflies are found by scientist recently in Matheran an eco-sensitive zone of which state?
    1) Telangana
    2) Maharashtra
    3) Andhra Pradesh
    4) Karnataka
    5) Nagaland
    Answer-2) Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    The 8 year long (2011 – 2019) field work research conducted in the Matheran an eco-sensitive zone near Mumbai, Maharashtra an area of 214.73 Square Kilometer, identified around 140 rare species of butterflies including 77 new species. Scientists MandarSawant, Dr. Nikhil Modak and SagarSarang from the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and SomaiyaVidyaVihar University published their research paper ‘Finding the forgotten gems: Revisiting the butterflies of Matheran after 125 years’ in the community peer-reviewed Biodiversity Data Journal.

  29. The new plant species “Ardisiaramaswamii” identified by scientist of JNTBGRI in the Akkamalai forest in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve was named after M S Ramaswami. The Anamalai Tiger Reserve was located in which state?
    1) Karnataka
    2) Tamil Nadu
    3) Kerala
    4) Gujarat
    5) Maharashtra
    Answer-2) Tamil Nadu
    Explanation:
    The scientist of Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) at Palode identified a new species of the Genus Ardisia in the Akkamalai forest in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu. The new species Ardisiaramaswamii, named after the 20th Century Botanist M.S. Ramaswami, who along with C.C. Calder and V. Narayanaswami, listed the species that are not mentioned in the “J D Hooker’s Flora of British India”.

  30. Who launched online dashboard for information about projects under national infrastructure pipeline?
    1) Rajnath Singh
    2) Amit Shah
    3) Nirmala Sitharaman
    4) Prakash Javadekar
    5) Nitin Gadkari
    Answer-3) Nirmala Sitharaman
    Explanation:
    Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated an information repository, in the form of an online dashboard, for all projects identified under the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) through video conferencing from New Delhi. The dashboard hosted on the India Investment Grid (IIG) website “www.indiainvestmentgrid.gov.in” will be a one stop solution providing information on infrastructure projects in New India to all stakeholders.IIG is a pan-India database, developed and managed by Invest India.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Sagardighi thermal power plant is located in which state?
    1) Assam
    2) West Bengal
    3) Bihar
    4) Odisha
    5) Jharkhand
    Answer-2) West Bengal
    Explanation:
    State-owned engineering firm BHEL said it has commenced civil works at 660-MW Sagardighi supercritical thermal power project in West Bengal.

  2. Panna national park is located in which state?
    1) Madhya Pradesh
    2) Uttar Pradesh
    3) Odisha
    4) Bihar
    5) West Bengal
    Answer-1) Madhya Pradesh
    Explanation:
    Recently, tiger has died in Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh – the fifth in seven months. Its carcass was found floating in Ken river late Sunday night after a fight with another male. A forest guard watched the clash of fangs and claws through binoculars from a watch tower. Field director of the park, KS Bhadoria, said the fight seems to have been over mating with tigress T6. Tigers P123 and P431 fought fiercely on the riverbank on August 7 and P123 lost.

  3. The Kudremukh National Park is located in which state?
    1) Telangana
    2) Maharashtra
    3) Andhra Pradesh
    4) Karnataka
    5) Tamil Nadu
    Answer-4) Karnataka
    Explanation:
    Recently landslide was happened at Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka as wind, rain batter coast.

  4. What is the capital and currency of Lebanon?
    1) Nicosia & Euro
    2) Beirut &Yen
    3) Beirut & Pound
    4) Nicosia & Pound
    5) Athens & Pound
    Answer-3) Beirut & Pound
    Explanation:
    The capital and currency of Lebanon are Beirut & Pound respectively.

  5. Where is the HQ of South Indian Bank located?
    1) Mysuru
    2) Chennai
    3) Thrissur
    4) Kolkata
    5) Pune
    Answer-3) Thrissur
    Explanation:
    The HQ of South Indian Bank located at Thrissur, Kerala.