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Questions Based on Current Affairs 17 October 2020

  1. The Zojila Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) provides all-weather connectivity between Srinagar valley and which city?
    1) Kullu
    2) Manali
    3) Jammu
    4) Leh
    5) Katra
    Answer-4) Leh
    Explanation:
    Union Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) & Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MoMSME) initiated the first blasting process for the construction of one of the longest bi-directional road in Asia i.e. 14.15 Km Zojila Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) to provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar valley and Leh (Ladakh plateau) on National Highway (NH)-1. The project has a completion schedule of six years (72 months).The project will be implemented by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) while its construction work will be carried by Hyderabad (Telangana) based Megha Engineering & Infrastructure Limited (MEIL).

  2. Who has virtually launched the ‘KAPILA’ Kalam Program for Intellectual Property (IP) Literacy and Awareness campaign?
    1) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
    2) S Jaishankar
    3) Narendra Modi
    4) Ravi Shankar Prasad
    5) Prakash Javdekar
    Answer-1) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
    Explanation:
    On the occasion of 89th birth anniversary of former President and Scientist Late Dr. APJ (Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen) Abdul Kalam i.e. on October 15, 2020, Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Ministry of Education (MOE) virtually launched the ‘KAPILA’ Kalam Program for Intellectual Property (IP) Literacy and Awareness campaign. The occasion also saw the release of the Institution Innovation Council (IIC 2.0) annual report, launch of IIC 3.0 website, along with the launch announcement of IIC 3.0. It was also decided to celebrate October 15th to October 23rd, 2020 as ‘Intellectual Property (IP) Literacy Week’.

  3. Which state/UT announced the “My Town My Pride” programme to deliver government services at doorsteps to the people in urban areas?
    1) Jammu and Kashmir
    2) Ladakh
    3) Goa
    4) Delhi
    5) Odisha
    Answer-1) Jammu and Kashmir
    Explanation:
    Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) announced the “My Town My Pride” programme to deliver government services at doorsteps to the people in urban areas. This programme will commence from 19th October 2020 as a part of the public outreach initiative in the towns of J&K.

  4. Which Country tested maritime surveillance drone, “SeaGuardian” for search and rescue operations, and maritime surveillance?
    1) China
    2) New Zealand
    3) India
    4) Australia
    5) Japan
    Answer-5) Japan
    Explanation:
    Japan’s Coast Guard started testing “SeaGuardian” – a Maritime Surveillance Drone in the coast of Sariku in Northeastern Japan, along the coasts of Sea of Japan. The drone is being tested amidst rising tensions between China & Japan in the East China Sea. It is being tested to check the capabilities of the drone in carrying out operations like search and rescue operations, and maritime surveillance. The drone has been developed by United States (US) based defence firm General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

  5. Which Country will receive its first submarine namely, “INS Sindhuvir” from India?
    1) Bangladesh
    2) Sri Lanka
    3) Myanmar
    4) Mauritius
    5) Maldives
    Answer-3) Myanmar
    Explanation:
    Official spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava announced that the Myanmar Navy is all set to receive its first submarine namely “Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sindhuvir”, a Kilo class submarine which will be handed over by India under its vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All) in the Region to provide guaranteed security for all maritime partners. Myanmar Navy will initially use INS Sindhuvir for training and orientation purposes for its Navy personnel as it has a capacity of staying underwater for almost 45 days.

  6. Name the Organisation which released the report titled, “State of Climate Services 2020 Report: Move from Early Warnings to Early Action”.
    1) United Nations Environment Programme
    2) United Nations World Meteorological Organization
    3) United Nations Development Programme
    4) India Meteorological Department
    5) National Disaster Management Authority
    Answer-2) United Nations World Meteorological Organization
    Explanation:
    On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction i.e. on October 13, 2020, the “State of Climate Services 2020 Report: Move from Early Warnings to Early Action” released by United Nations World Meteorological Organization (UN-WMO) which is produced by 16 international agencies and financing institutions. In accordance with the report, over the past 50 years, more than 11,000 disasters caused by weather, climate and water-related hazards resulting in 2 million deaths and US $3.6 trillion in economic losses. Notably, the September month was the warmest of 2020 in accordance with the United States (US) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Also, the period 2016-2020 had been the warmest on record.

  7. Which Bank signed a MoU with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to pay subsidy to street vendors under the PM SVANidhi Scheme?
    1) Bank of Baroda
    2) State Bank of India
    3) Canara Bank
    4) Indian Bank
    5) Punjab National Bank
    Answer-4) Indian Bank
    Explanation:
    Indian Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) at New Delhi, to pay subsidy to street vendors under the Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme. MoU was signed by Sanjay Kumar, Joint Secretary (National Urban Livelihoods Mission- NULM) of MoHUA, Vikas Kumar, Field General Manager, New Delhi, Indian Bank and Subodh Kumar, General Manager of SIDBI.

  8. Which is the 1st Small Finance Bank to go live under the bank sponsorship programme (become sponsor of Ashoknagar Co-operative Bank)?
    1) Ujjivan Small Finance Bank
    2) Utkarsh Small Finance Bank
    3) AU Small Finance Bank
    4) Jana Small Finance Bank
    5) Fincare Small Finance Bank
    Answer-4) Jana Small Finance Bank
    Explanation:
    Jana Small Finance Bank (SFB) becomes Sponsor Bank of Ashoknagar Co-operative Bank Limited. With this partnership, Jana SFB becomes the 1st SFB to go live under the bank sponsorship programme. The Core Banking Solution (CBS)-enabled co-operative banks has been permitted by the Reserve Bank of India(RBI) to issue ATM cards/ATM-cum-debit cards in a tie-up with a sponsor bank.

  9. Which country has been appointed as the ‘Vice-Chair’ of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Working Group on Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)?
    1) India
    2) Pakistan
    3) Brazil
    4) China
    5) Indonesia
    Answer-1) India
    Explanation:
    India has been designated as ‘Vice-Chair’ of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Working Group of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It was appointed as Vice-Chair to recognise the contributions of the Indian GLP Programme. OECD also appointed Dr. Ekta Kapoor, Scientist ‘E’, National GLP Compliance Monitoring Authority (NGCMA), Department of Science & Technology (DST) as Vice-Chair of OECD Working Group on GLP for 2021 and 2022.

  10. Who has been appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO’s Permanent Delegation of India?
    1) Syed Akbaruddin
    2) Jawed Ashraf
    3) Vishal V. Sharma
    4) T S Trimurti
    5) Indra Mani Pandey
    Answer-3) Vishal V. Sharma
    Explanation:
    Vishal V. Sharma has been appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO’s Permanent Delegation of India, with the rank of Ambassador. He will take up the assignment shortly. He succeeds Jawed Ashraf, a 1991 batch IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officer. Vishal V. Sharma is the third political appointee among Indian ambassadors and high commissioners worldwide.

  11. Who has been appointed as the Interim President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF)?
    1) Michael Irani
    2) Tamás Aján
    3) Narinder Batra
    4) Ursula Papandrea
    5) Vishal V. Sharma
    Answer-1) Michael Irani
    Explanation:
    Dr. Michael Irani of Great Britain (GBR) was appointed as the Interim President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), at the meeting of the IWF Executive Board, replacing Tamás Aján. Michael Irani is serving as the chairman of the IWF Medical Committee. Michael Irani was born in Bombay, India. He served as the President of the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF) Medical Committee from 1995 to 1999.

  12. Who has been appointed as Brand Ambassador of Beauty Accessories Brand VEGA?
    1) Rohit Sharma
    2) Virat Kohli
    3) Hardik Pandya
    4) M S Dhoni
    5) Jasprit Bumrah
    Answer-1) Rohit Sharma
    Explanation:
    Beauty Accessories Brand VEGA has appointed Rohit Sharma as its Brand Ambassador. Rohit will endorse men’s personal grooming electronics range under the ‘Vega Men’ brand. The campaign will go live from October, 2020.

  13. Who represented India at IMF’s Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC)?
    1) Anurag Thakur
    2) Nirmala Sitharaman
    3) Mansukh Mandaviya
    4) Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
    5) Ravi Shankar Prasad
    Answer-2) Nirmala Sitharaman
    Explanation:
    On October 15, 2020, Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman virtually attended the Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC). The discussions were held on IMF Managing Director’s Global Policy Agenda titled “Catalyzing a Resilient Recovery”. Indian side briefly outline the measures under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Package and also mentioned that there are signs of V-shaped pattern in several high-frequency indicators including, manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) that reached the highest level in last eight years in the month of September 2020. Also, to stimulate consumer spending, measures worth $10 billion have been announced recently.

  14. Name the Advanced High-resolution Air Quality Early Warning System which was operationalised by India Meteorological Department (IMD) for Delhi and India (October 2020).
    1) ENDUCER
    2) ENCODER
    3) EPIDEM
    4) ENFUSER
    5) DEFUSER
    Answer-4) ENFUSER
    Explanation:
    India Meteorological Department (IMD) under the ministry of Earth Science has operationalised ENFUSER – ENvironmental information FUsion SERvice, a high resolution city scale model for Delhi. The ENFUSER will identify the hotspots of air pollution and pollution up to street levels. The System for Integrated modeling of Atmospheric composition (SILAM), the Air quality forecast model for India was improved with the implementation of global emission inventories CAMS-GLOB v2.1 supplemented with EDGAR v4.3.2 for coarse and mineral-fine anthropogenic particulate matter at 10km resolution. ENFUSER and SILAM are developed in collaboration with Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).

  15. Who is the author of the Book titled, “The Battle of Belonging”?
    1) Romila Thapar
    2) Ramchandra Guha
    3) Arundhati Roy
    4) Shashi Tharoor
    5) V N Thapar
    Answer-4) Shashi Tharoor
    Explanation:
    Renowned Author and Politician Shashi Tharoor is set to release his new book titled “The Battle of Belonging” is set to be released in November 2020. The book is published by Aleph Book Company. Shashi Tharoor described this book as his “magnum opus” on the Theory, evolution and practice of Nationalism across the globe and especially in India. It provides the historical context to the ideas of nationalism, patriotism, humanism, democracy and their origins.

  16. Bhanu Athaiya, the first Indian to win the Oscars passed away (October 2020). She was a renowned ______.
    1) Actor
    2) Director
    3) Music Composer
    4) Singer
    5) Costume Designer
    Answer-5) Costume Designer
    Explanation:
    Bollywood Costume Designer, Bhanu Athaiya, who was the first Indian to win the Oscars Award, passed away at the age of 91 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She was born on 28th April 1929 in Kolhapur, Kolhapur State (now Maharashtra), British India. Her book titled “The Art of Costume Design” was published by HarperCollins in 2010. She presented this book to the Dalai Lama in 2013. She won the Oscar award for best costume design in 1983 for the film Gandhi directed by Richard Attenborough starring Ben Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi. She won the National Award for Best Costume Design in 1991 and 2002 for Lekin and Laggan respectively.

  17. United Nations (UN)’s World Food Day is observed annually on _______ (2020’s theme – “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together”).
    1) October 12
    2) October 16
    3) October 15
    4) September 16
    5) September 15
    Answer-2) October 16
    Explanation:
    The United Nations (UN)’s World Food Day is annually celebrated on October 16 to commemorate the founding date of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN in 1945, this year (2020) marks the 75th anniversary of FAO.
    Theme of World Food Day 2020– “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together”.

  18. When was Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas celebrated annually?
    1) October 11
    2) October 16
    3) October 15
    4) September 16
    5) September 15
    Answer-3) October 15
    Explanation:
    Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas was observed throughout the country on October 15, 2020. It is celebrated to recognise the contribution of women farmers in various aspects of agriculture. Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas has been observed since 2017 by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. An e-book on ‘Inspiring Stories of Progressive Women Farmers’ was released.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Pangong Lake is located at which place?
    1) Jammu and Kashmir
    2) Odisha
    3) Himachal Pradesh
    4) Rajasthan
    5) Ladakh
    Answer-5) Ladakh
    Explanation:
    Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake is an endorheic lake spanning eastern Ladakh and West Tibet situated at an elevation of 4,225 m. It is 134 km long.

  2. Where is the headquarters of International Monetary Fund (IMF)?
    1) Washington D.C, US
    2) Paris, France
    3) London, United Kingdom
    4) Rome, Italy
    5) Geneva, Switzerland
    Answer-1) Washington D.C, US
    Explanation:
    Headquarters of International Monetary Fund (IMF) is located in Washington D.C. US.

  3. Where is the headquarters of United Nations World Meteorological Organization (UN-WMO) located?
    1) Washington D.C, US
    2) Paris, France
    3) New York City, US
    4) Rome, Italy
    5) Geneva, Switzerland
    Answer-5) Geneva, Switzerland
    Explanation:
    WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) with 193 Member States and Territories headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

  4. Famous Raghunath Temple is located in which State/UT?
    1) New Delhi, India
    2) Jammu & Kashmir
    3) Kolkata, West Bengal
    4) Jaipur, Rajasthan
    5) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Answer-2) Jammu & Kashmir
    Explanation:
    Raghunath Temple is a Hindu temple located in Jammu in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It consists of a complex of seven Hindu shrines.

  5. Where does the Kazinag national Park located?
    1) Tamil Nadu
    2) Jammu & Kashmir
    3) Madhya Pradesh
    4) Andhra Pradesh
    5) Assam
    Answer-2) Jammu & Kashmir
    Explanation:
    Kazinag National Park is situated in north bank of Jhelum close to Line of Control in Baramulla district about 70 km away from the capital city of Srinagar.

  6. Where is the Head Office of Jana Small Finance Bank?
    1) New Delhi, India
    2) Bengaluru, Karnataka
    3) Kolkata, West Bengal
    4) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    5) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Answer-2) Bengaluru, Karnataka
    Explanation:
    Head Office of Jana Small Finance Bank is located in Bengaluru, Karnataka.