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Questions Based on Current Affairs 17 November 2020

  1. Where are the two lakes namely Lonar Lake and Sur Sarovar also known as Keetham Lake which added to the ‘Ramsar Sites’ in November 2020 located?
    1) Uttarakhand, MadhyaPradesh
    2)Karnataka, Tamilnadu
    3) Tamilnadu, Kerala
    4) Maharashtra, UttarPradesh
    5) Punjab,Haryana
    Answer – 4) Maharashtra, UttarPradesh
    Explanation:
    On November 15, 2020 Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) announced that Sur Sarovar also known as Keetham Lake in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and Lonar Lake in Maharashtra,  the only crater lake of Country has been added to the ‘Ramsar Sites’. These 2 wetlands have been included in the ‘List of Wetlands of International Importance’ established by Article 2.1 of the convention.

  2. Which Country’s nOPV2 (novel Oral Polio Vaccine type 2) Polio vaccine becomes the first ever vaccine to be listed under WHO’s for Emergency Use Listing (EUL)?
    1) Russia
    2) China
    3) India
    4) United States
    5) Indonesia
    Answer-5) Indonesia
    Explanation:
    The World Health Organization (WHO) listed nOPV2 (novel Oral Polio Vaccine type 2) Polio vaccine produced by Indonesia’s Bio Farma PT for Emergency Use Listing (EUL), this is the first approval by WHO of its kind amidst several outbreaks in several parts of the world. The nOPV2 vaccine is aimed at containing outbreaks of circulating Vaccine-Derived Polio Virus (cVDPVs) in African Countries, Meditarranean countries as well as Western Pacific and Southeast Asian Region. VDPVs are caused by the virus strains used in the polio vaccines regaining their ability to cause polio. The main objective behind EUL is to make the medicines, vaccines and diagnostics available faster to address the emergency (Public Health Emergency of International Concern).

  3. PM-KUSUM was launched by which ministry?
    1) Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
    2) Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
    3) Ministry of Women and Child Development
    4) Ministry of Rural Development
    5) Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
    Answer-2) Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
    Explanation:
    Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended Guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) scheme based on learnings from implementation of the scheme during the first year. It has been amended to enable greater solar energy generation in the farm sector.
    MNRE launched the PM KUSUM Scheme for farmers for installation of solar pumps and grid connected solar and other renewable power plants in India.

  4. Name the 3 month campaign launched by The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) to reduce childhood pneumonia deaths to less than 3 deaths per a 1000 live births by 2025.
    1) HAWA
    2) AIR
    3) Kill Pneumonia
    4) SAANS
    5) PRAAN
    Answer-4) SAANS
    Explanation:
    The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) launched a 3 month campaign to reduce childhood pneumonia deaths. The scheme focuses to raise awareness regarding childhood pneumonia and its early intervention, enabling the caregivers across the country to identify critical symptoms at early stages and immediate care-seeking with qualified providers. Target of the Initiative is to reduce less than 5 pneumonia deaths, per a 1000 live births, to less than 3 deaths by 2025 through the accelerated SAANS (Social Action and Awareness to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully) initiative.

  5. The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) launched a 3 month campaign ‘SAANS’ to reduce childhood pneumonia deaths to less than 3 deaths per a 1000 live births. What is the target year?
    1) 2022
    2) 2023
    3) 2024
    4) 2025
    5) 2021
    Answer-4) 2025
    Explanation:
    The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) launched a 3 month campaign to reduce childhood pneumonia deaths. The scheme focuses to raise awareness regarding childhood pneumonia and its early intervention, enabling the caregivers across the country to identify critical symptoms at early stages and immediate care-seeking with qualified providers. Target of the Initiative is to reduce less than 5 pneumonia deaths, per a 1000 live births, to less than 3 deaths by 2025 through the accelerated SAANS (Social Action and Awareness to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully) initiative.

  6. ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) for Defence Forces Personnel was launched in which year?
    1) 2013
    2) 2015
    3) 2017
    4) 2016
    5) 2019
    Answer-2) 2015
    Explanation:
    The year 2020 marked the Fifth Anniversary of the Government’s decision to implement ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) for Defence Forces Personnel, the decision to implement OROP was taken in November, 2015. OROP is aimed at ensuring uniform pensions for veterans retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of when they retire. According to the Government, over INR 10, 795.4 Crore has been distributed among 20.60 Lakh ex-servicemen and their family pensioners as arrears with a yearly recurring expenditure of about INR 7, 123.338 Crore.

  7. Which Bank partnered with Fintech PayNearby to launch a neo banking platform in India?
    1) HDFC Bank
    2) IDFC Bank
    3) HSBC Bank
    4) SBM Bank India
    5) ICICI Bank
    Answer-4) SBM Bank India
    Explanation:
    SBM Bank (India) Limited (SBM Bank India), the wholly-owned subsidiary of State Bank of Mauritius has partnered with Fintech PayNearby to launch a neo banking platform. The bank is also looking at collaborative banking in other segments and where companies may have access to a large number of customers but not have a banking license.

  8. Stashfin has partnered with which Financial Services Company to launch co-branded prepaid cards with credit lines?
    1) MasterCard
    2) American Express
    3) Visa
    4) RuPay
    5) UnionPay
    Answer-3) Visa
    Explanation:
    Stashfin has partnered with Visa to launch co-branded prepaid cards with credit lines. The credit line card can be used at physical merchant locations and ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) as well as in Visa-accepted online modes. Targeted Customers are Millennials who are just beginning their careers or are still in the early stages and prefer not to deal with hindrances of borrowing from a traditional banking institution.

  9. Who won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2020?
    1) Greta Thunberg
    2) Sadat Rahman
    3) Aava Murto
    4) Khusi Chindaliya
    5) Anika Chebrolu
    Answer-2) Sadat Rahman
    Explanation:
    17 year old Sadat Rahman from Bangladesh won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2020 for his involvement in setting up his social organization and creating mobile application ‘Cyber Teens’ to end cyberbullying. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai presented the award to Sadat Rahman, during a ceremony in the Netherlands.

  10. Who has been awarded “Prof. A N Bhaduri Memorial Lecture Award 2020”?
    1) Dharmendra Mishra
    2) Shyam Prasad Gupta
    3) Rahul Tiwari
    4) Manisha Gupta
    5)Dr Susanta Kar
    Answer-5)Dr Susanta Kar
    Explanation:
    Dr Susanta Kar, Senior Scientist, Molecular Parasitology and Immunology, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research- Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR-CDRI), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh was honoured with “Prof. A N Bhaduri Memorial Lecture Award 2020” by Society of Biological Chemists (India) or SBC(I), Bengaluru for his contribution towards defining the survival tactics of Leishmania donovani. Leishmania donovani is a protozoan parasite that infects the macrophages and the causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis (Kala Azar).

  11. How many Countries signed the World’s largest regional free-trade agreement “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – RCEP” on the sidelines of the 37th ASEAN virtual Summit hosted by Vietnam?
    1) 10
    2) 12
    3) 13
    4) 15
    5) 20
    Answer-4) 15
    Explanation:
    15 Asia-Pacific countries including 10 members of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and their 5 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia signed the World’s largest regional free-trade agreement “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – RCEP” on the sidelines of the 37th ASEAN virtual Summit 2020 hosted by Vietnam. India had pulled out of RCEP in 2019 over concerns on Imports.
    RCEP’s members account for 2.2 Billion People with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of USD 26.2 Trillion.
    RCEP is an agreement between member states of ASEAN and its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners. It aims to create an integrated market with 15 countries, making it easier for products and services of each of these countries to be available across this region.

  12. External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar represented India at the 15th East Asia Summit (EAS) held virtually. Who is holding the chair of ASEAN for 2020?
    1) Thailand
    2) Singapore
    3) Philippines
    4) Lao PDR
    5) Vietnam
    Answer-5) Vietnam
    Explanation:
    External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar represented India at the 15th East Asia Summit (EAS) held virtually Under Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Chairmanship. It was chaired by Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc in his capacity as ASEAN Chair.
    The 15th EAS summit was held on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the East Asia Summit.

  13. Who represented India in 8th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministerial Meeting organized by Russia?
    1) S Jaishankar
    2) Prakash Javdekar
    3) Harsh Vardhan
    4) Dharmendra Pradhan
    5) Ravi Shankar Prasad
    Answer-3) Harsh Vardhan
    Explanation:
    The Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education organised the virtual meeting of the 8th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministerial Meeting. The S&T cooperation among the member countries was discussed in the meeting. The BRICS STI Declaration 2020 was unanimously adopted at the meeting. The Russian Federation is the chair of the 12th BRICS Summit. Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare represented India in the virtual STI Ministerial meeting. The theme of Russian Presidency (2020) is “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.

  14. What is the range of Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) System recently test fired by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha?
    1) 5 – 10 Kms
    2) 15 – 20 Kms
    3) 25 – 30 Kms
    4) 35 – 40 Kms
    5) 40 – 45 Kms
    Answer-3) 25 – 30 Kms
    Explanation:
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) System at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha. The missile successfully hit its target during the test. QRSAM has been designed to protect moving armoured vehicles from aerial attacks. It has a range of 25 to 30 Kms. It is an indigenous Missile System developed by DRDO in association with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). QRSAM is set to be inducted into the Indian army by 2021.

  15. How many new species of vine snakes has been discovered from Western Ghat and lower, drier part of peninsular India (November 2020) by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Researchers?
    1) 2
    2) 4
    3) 5
    4) 3
    5) 6
    Answer-3) 5
    Explanation:
    Researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) discovered five new species of vine snakes of which four species are from Western Ghat alone and one was discovered from lower and drier part of peninsular India. The research team was headed by Ashok Kumar Mallik, Achyuthan N Srikanthan, Saunak P Pal, Princia Margaret D’Souza, Kartik Shanker and Sumaithangi Rajagopalan Ganesh.

  16. SpaceX launched how many Astronauts to the International Space Station on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) by a private company?
    1) 5
    2) 4
    3) 3
    4) 7
    5) 6
    Answer-2) 4
    Explanation:
    On 15th November, 2020, SpaceX launched Four Astronauts (3 Americans, 1 Japanese) to the International Space Station on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) by a private company. They were launched by Falcon Rocket from the Kennedy Space Center. The capsule has been named as “Resilience”. The crew was led by Commander Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover (First Black Astronaut on a long-term space station) mission and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi (First person in 40 years to launch on three types of spacecraft).

  17. Who won the Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix 2020 held at Intercity Istanbul Park, Turkey?
    1) Lewis Hamilton
    2) Michael Schumacher
    3) Valtteri Bottas
    4) Charles Leclerc
    5) Max Verstappen
    Answer-1) Lewis Hamilton
    Explanation:
    British Driver Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix 2020 held at Intercity Istanbul Park, Turkey. With this victory, Lewis Hamilton clinched the 2020 Driver’s Championship Title.
    With this victory, Hamilton secured his 7th F1 World Driver’s Championship, equalling Michael Schumacher’s (Germany) World Record of 7 Titles.
    The Championships are organized by Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

  18. Soumitra Chatterjee (Padma Bhushan awardee) who passed away recently was a well known __________________.
    1) Actor
    2) Singer
    3) Dancer
    4) Musician
    5) Poet
    Answer-1) Actor
    Explanation:
    Soumitra Chatterjee, veteran Bengali actor and Padma Bhushan awardee passed away at the age of 85 in a private hospital at Kolkata, West Bengal. He died due to COVID-19. He was born on 19th January, 1935 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency (British India).

  19. Asif Basra passed away recently. Name the profession he was associated with.
    1) Actor
    2) Singer
    3) Dancer
    4) Director
    5) Poet
    Answer-1) Actor
    Explanation:
    The 53-year-old actor Asif Basra, committed suicide and found dead in a private complex in Mcleodganj, Dharmashala, Himachal Pradesh. He was well known for his role as a senior executive in “Paatal Lok” series. He was born on 27th July 1967 in Maharashtra.

  20. What was the 2020 theme of United Nations (UN)’s World Diabetes Day is annually observed across the globe on 14th November?
    1) The Elders and Diabetes
    2) The COVID and Diabetes
    3) The Family and Diabetes
    4) The Nurse and Diabetes
    5) The Infants and Diabetes
    Answer-4) The Nurse and Diabetes
    Explanation:
    United Nations (UN)’s World Diabetes Day is annually observed across the globe on 14th November to recognise the need to undertake multilateral efforts to promote and improve the health of the humans and to provide access to treatment and healthcare education.
    The theme of the World Diabetes Day 2020 is “The Nurse and Diabetes”, which focuses on the vital role of the nurses in supporting the lives of the diabetic patients. As a part of the World Diabetes day, WHO has announced the Global Diabetes Compact, a comprehensive and inclusive approach to support the member nations to implement programmes to prevent and manage diabetes.

  21. Children’s Day in India, also known as ‘Bal Diwas’ is celebrated annually across India on November 14. This year (2020) marked which birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India?
    1) 130th
    2) 125th
    3) 131st
    4) 150th
    5) 145th
    Answer-3) 131st
    Explanation:
    Children’s Day in India, also known as ‘Bal Diwas’ is celebrated annually across India on November 14 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, who is fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’(Uncle Nehru) by childrens.
    This year (2020) marks the 131st birth anniversary of Chacha Nehru.
    Aim of the day- To increase the awareness of the rights, care and education of children.

  22. United Nations (UN)’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDoR) was observed on which day in 2020?
    1) November 14
    2) November 15
    3) November 16
    4) October 15
    5) October 17
    Answer-2) November 15
    Explanation:
    United Nations (UN)’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDoR) is annually observed across the globe on the third Sunday of November. The day provides an opportunity to remember the victims who were killed or injured in road accidents.
    The day aims to spread awareness for the global efforts to reduce the casualties of road accidents.
    The WDoR 2020 falls on 15th November 2020. According to the World Health Organisation(WHO)’s regional office for Europe the theme of the 2020 WDoR is “First Responders”, with a focus to recognise the men and women who rescue and support the victims of road trauma. The 2020 WDoR marks the 25th anniversary of the WDoR observation and the 15th anniversary of the World Day being adopted by the UN.

  23. The United Nations (UN)’s International Day for Tolerance is annually observed on ______________.
    1) October 2
    2) October 31
    3) November 14
    4) November 5
    5) November 16
    Answer-5) November 16
    Explanation:
    The United Nations (UN)’s International Day for Tolerance is annually observed across the globe on 16th November with a goal to get the educational institutes and general public to see tolerance as a crucial element of the society. Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) from the Democratic Republic in Congo received the 2020 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for its efforts to defend human rights and its commitment to rescue the child soldiers from militia groups and rehabilitation and reintegration into their home communities.
    UNESCO in partnership with New Delhi Office released an illustrative book titled “A Day With Gandhi” authored by Aarya Chavda to pay tribute to the values of peace, non-violence and equality.

  24. When is National Press day celebrated?
    1) November 14
    2) November 15
    3) November 16
    4) November 17
    5) November 18
    Answer-3) November 16
    Explanation:
    National Press Day is celebrated annually on November 16 across India to commemorate the establishment of the Press Council of India (PCI) in 1966. The day aims to raise public awareness of the role of a free, pluralistic and independent news media in the development of the democratic society. The day is the symbol of a free and responsible press in India.

  25. How many (the highest in South Asia) Ramsar Sites are there in India till November 2020?
    1) 35
    2) 31
    3) 41
    4) 50
    5) 51
    Answer-3) 41
    Explanation:
    Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) announced that Sur Sarovar also known as Keetham Lake in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and Lonar Lake in Maharashtra, the only crater lake of Country has been added to the ‘Ramsar Sites’. These 2 wetlands have been included in the ‘List of Wetlands of International Importance’ established by Article 2.1 of the convention. With the inclusion of these 2 wetlands, the total number of Ramsar Sites in India is 41, the highest in South Asia.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Where is Sur Sarovar also known as Keetham Lake (added to the ‘Ramsar Sites’ in November 2020)?
    1) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
    2) Doon Valley, Uttarakhand
    3) Agra, Uttar Pradesh
    4) Buldhana, Maharashtra
    5) Jaipur, Rajasthan
    Answer-3) Agra, Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    Keetham Lake, also known as the Sur Sarovar, is a scenic lake just outside Agra on the Agra – Delhi highway (NH 2). Alongside the Keetham Lake is the Agra Bear Rescue Facility, which is a Sloth bear rescue facility dedicated to rehabilitating previously enslaved ‘dancing bears’. The lake has been designated as a protected Ramsar site since 2020.

  2. PM-KUSUM scheme was launched by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Expand the term PM-KUAUM.
    1) Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mission
    2) Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suvidha evam Utthaan Mission
    3) Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Udaan Mahabhiyaan
    4) Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan
    5) Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suvidha evam Udaan Mission
    Answer-4) Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan
    Explanation:
    Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended Guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) scheme based on learnings from implementation of the scheme during the first year. It has been amended to enable greater solar energy generation in the farm sector.
    MNRE launched the PM KUSUM Scheme for farmers for installation of solar pumps and grid connected solar and other renewable power plants in India.

  3. UNESCO in partnership with New Delhi Office, released an illustrative book titled “A Day With Gandhi” authored by Aarya Chavda to pay tribute to the values of peace, non-violence and equality. Where is the headquarters of UNESCO?
    1) Washington D.C, US
    2) Austria, Vienna
    3) Geneva, Switzerland
    4) Manila, Philippines
    5) Paris, France
    Answer-5) Paris, France
    Explanation:
    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, the sciences, and culture. It is headquartered in Paris, France & Director General is Audrey Azoulay.

  4. Which State’s first supercritical power plant, The Meja Thermal Power Plant will be fully operational by December 2020?
    1) Madhya Pradesh
    2) Rajasthan
    3) Odisha
    4) Gujarat
    5) Uttar Pradesh
    Answer-5) Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    The Meja Thermal Power Plant, Uttar Pradesh’s first supercritical power plant, will be fully operational by December. Meja Urja Nigam Pvt Ltd (MUNPL) is a 50:50 joint venture (JV) of state-owned NTPC Ltd and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL).
    The JV was incorporated in 2008 to set up a 1,320-megawatt (with 2X660 MW units) coal-based Meja Thermal Power Plant at Meja, about 45 km from the state’s Prayagraj district.

  5. State Bank of India (SBI) announced the adoption of 15 tigers of Nehru Zoological Park. Where is the Nehru Zoological Park located?
    1) Chandigarh
    2) New Delhi
    3) Goa
    4) Hyderabad, Telangana
    5) Amravati, Andhra Pradesh
    Answer-4) Hyderabad, Telangana
    Explanation:
    State Bank of India (SBI) announced the adoption of 15 tigers of Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad for a period of one year. Om Prakash Mishra, Chief General Manager, Hyderabad gave a cheque of INR15 lakh to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden. SBI will continue to adopt the tigers in future years also..

  6. Where is the Hollongi Airport being constructed?
    1) Assam
    2) Nagaland
    3) Arunachal Pradesh
    4) Manipur
    5) Mizoram
    Answer-3) Arunachal Pradesh
    Explanation:
    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu told the officials engaged in the construction of the greenfield airport at Hollongi near here, to complete the project by August 2022. Khandu accompanied by state’s Civil Aviation Minister Nakap Nalo and a host of departmental officers and legislators took first hand report of the ground facts of the maiden airport in the state capital.
    Earlier the completion target was November 2022 which, has been changed to August 2022.

  7. Where is the Lonar Lake (added to the ‘Ramsar Sites’ in November 2020)?
    1) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
    2) Doon Valley, Uttarakhand
    3) Kollam, Kerala
    4) Buldhana, Maharashtra
    5) Buh, Punjab
    Answer-4) Buldhana, Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    Lonar Lake, also known as Lonar crater, is a notified National Geo-heritage Monument, saline, soda lake, located at Lonar in Buldhana district, Maharashtra, India. Lonar Lake was created by an asteroid collision with earth impact during the Pleistocene Epoch. Lonar lake has been added to the Ramsar Sites making it total 41 Ramsar Sites in India.