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Questions Based on Current Affairs 22 October 2020

  1. Which ministry has amended Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 under the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 & provides way for creation of District Development Councils (DDCs) in each district?
    1) Ministry of External Affairs
    2) Ministry of Home Affairs
    3) Ministry of Finance
    4) Ministry of Panchayati Raj
    5) Ministry of Science and Technology
    Answer-2) Ministry of Home Affairs
    Explanation:
    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 under the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 by removing a provision in Section 10 that requires payment of honorarium to panches and sarpanches (village head) in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). The amendment also provides for the creation of District Development Councils (DDCs) in each district of J&K which will have jurisdiction over the entire district excluding areas designated as municipality or Municipal Corporation. The term of the DDCs will be 5 years. In accordance with the amendment, the accounts of the Halqa Panchayat will be audited annually by a chartered accountant. Halqa means the area comprising a village or contiguous number of villages determined by the government.

  2. Which is the only city in India to have longest Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) network?
    1) Surat
    2) Ahmedabad
    3) Kolkata
    4) Patna
    5) Lucknow
    Answer-1) Surat
    Explanation:
    Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani inaugurated the newly expanded Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) route from Kumbhariya to Kadodara, Surat virtually from Gandhinagar. With the opening of this BRTS corridor, Surat became the only city in the country to have Longest BRTS network with 108 kms. The newly inaugurated 5.08 Km corridor Kumbhariya to Kadodara was completed at a cost of INR 28 crore.

  3. India is in talks with which country for co-production and co-development in defence production (October 2020)?
    1) Azerbaijan
    2) Kazakhstan
    3) Kyrgyzstan
    4) Turkmenistan
    5) Afghanistan
    Answer-2) Kazakhstan
    Explanation:
    Sanjay Jaju, Joint Secretary (DIP-Defence Industries Production), while speaking at the inaugural of the India-Kazakhstan Defence Cooperation Expo, a two-day virtual expo jointly organized by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) and Ministry of Defence stated that many Indian companies are already in talks with Kazakhstan defence industries for co-production and co-development in defence production and for opening a new chapter in the heavy engineering sector.

  4. COVID-19 and Technological Advances will disrupt around ‘how many’ jobs by 2025, according to the “The Future of Jobs Report 2020” report released by World Economic Forum (WEF)?
    1) 88 Million
    2) 58 Million
    3) 85 Million
    4) 68 Million
    5) 75 Million
    Answer-3) 85 Million
    Explanation:
    Third Edition of “The Future of Jobs Report 2020” released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), COVID-19 and Technological Advances will disrupt around 85 Million Jobs by 2025. The WEF report is based on the Future of Jobs Survey, which is based on projections of senior Business Leaders from 300 Global firms who together employ over a million workers.

  5. PM Modi will participate in the celebration of 50th Independence day (March 26, 2021) of which country?
    1) Myanmar
    2) Nepal
    3) Maldives
    4) Bangladesh
    5) Mauritius
    Answer-4) Bangladesh
    Explanation:
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Dhaka to participate in the celebration of 50th Independence Day of Bangladesh on March 26, 2021, Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen has said. Dr Momen said the occasion will be marked by celebrations on both sides.

  6. Which Bank in collaboration with IIT-Madras Incubation Cell (IITMIC) has launched an exclusive credit facility of up to Rs 50 crore for start-ups namely “IND Spring Board”?
    1) Indian Bank
    2) IndusInd Bank
    3) Bank of Baroda
    4) State Bank of India
    5) Indian Overseas Bank
    Answer-1) Indian Bank
    Explanation:
    Indian Bank in collaboration with IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Madras Incubation Cell (IITMIC) has launched an exclusive credit facility of up to Rs 50 crore for start-ups namely “IND Spring Board”. This new model for financing start-ups was e-launched by K Ananth Krishnan, Executive Vice President (EVP) & Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in the presence of Debasish Panda, Secretary, Financial Services, Ministry of Finance. The e- launch was also attended by the Board of Directors of Indian Bank, customers of the Bank and representatives from print & electronic media.

  7. Zenpay Solutions partnered YAP and ‘which’ bank to issue salary cards to its customers?
    1) HSBC Bank
    2) HDFC Bank
    3) RBL Bank
    4) Axis Bank
    5) ICICI Bank
    Answer-3) RBL Bank
    Explanation:
    2020 In order to drive financial inclusion to issue salary cards to its customers across India, Zenpay Solutions partnered with RBL bank and YAP. The corporate expense and salary payment solution helps the employees (working class people who perform manual labor) who work with SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) and MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) to receive digital payments through a salary account.

  8. According to the report “Trade and Development Report 2020” released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Global Trade is expected to fall by what percent in 2020?
    1) 5-7%
    2) 7-9%
    3) 4-6%
    4) 9-11%
    5) 11-13%
    Answer-2) 7-9%
    Explanation:
    “Trade and Development Report 2020 – From Global Pandemic to Prosperity for All: Avoiding Another Lost Decade” released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Global Trade is expected to fall by 7-9% in 2020 due to the Pandemic. According to the report, Global Trade has recorded little growth in the Third Quarter. No region has been spared by an estimated 19% year-on-year plunge in World Trade in the Second Quarter of 2020 due to the Pandemic.

  9. The Government of Odisha selected ‘which’ organization as its national industry partner for the 3rd edition of the “Make in Odisha” conclave?
    1) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
    2) National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM)
    3) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
    4) ASSOCHAM
    5) None of the above
    Answer-3) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
    Explanation:
    The Government of Odisha selected the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as its national industry partner for the 3rd edition of the “Make in Odisha” conclave. Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha Limited (IPICOL) owned by the government of odisha is the nodal investment promotion and industrial facilitation agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the FICCI for the promotion and investor outreach activities which has to be carried out until the next edition of the “Make in Odisha” conclave.

  10. Who received the CEO of the Year and Visionary Leadership Award at National Awards for Excellence-PSU hosted by the World Human Resource Development (HRD) Congress?
    1) Debasish Panda
    2) K Ananth Krishnan
    3) Prasiddha Krishna
    4) Pravir Krishna
    5) Nihal Sarin
    Answer-4) Pravir Krishna
    Explanation:
    Pravir Krishna, Managing Director (MD) of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) received the CEO of the Year and Visionary Leadership Award for his exemplary and inspirational leadership. The awards were presented at the virtual edition of National Awards for Excellence – PSU hosted by the World Human Resource Development (HRD) Congress. The TRIFED team led by Pravir Krishna won the collective award for the investment in the start-ups category.

  11. Which Bank has won Central Bank of the Year Award 2020?
    1) Bank of Ghana (BoG)
    2) Bank of Singapore (BoS)
    3) Bank of Malaysia (BoM)
    4) Bank of England (BoE)
    5) Bank of China (BoC)
    Answer-1) Bank of Ghana (BoG)
    Explanation:
    The Central Banking organised a virtual award ceremony to honour the winner of the Annual Central Banking Awards 2020. The 2020 awards mark the 7th edition of the Annual Central Banking Awards. The award recognises the excellence in the central banking community. The Bank of Ghana (BoG) received the Central Bank of the Year Award 2020 and Ernest Addison, the governor of BoG received the award on behalf of the bank.

  12. Name the winner of GOLD Stevie® Award in the Lifetime Achievement-Business category in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
    1) Hema Gupta
    2) Neena Gupta
    3) Seema Gupta
    4) Aishwarya Sridhar
    5) Nihal Sarin
    Answer-3) Seema Gupta
    Explanation:
    Seema Gupta, Director (Operations) of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a PSU (Public Sector Undertaking) under Ministry of Power, Government of India has been named the winner of GOLD Stevie® Award in the Lifetime Achievement-Business category in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
    The awards will be presented on December 9, 2020 during a virtual awards ceremony.
    Note– the Gold Stevie winners will receive a Gold Stevie trophy.

  13. Who is the 1st Indian women to win the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020?
    1) Seema Gupta
    2) Nihal Sarin
    3) Aishwarya Sridhar
    4) SUNIDHI
    5) Vidisha Balyan
    Answer-3) Aishwarya Sridhar
    Explanation:
    Aishwarya Sridhar, First Indian Woman to Win Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020
    On 13th October 2020, Aishwarya Sridhar (23 years old) became the first and youngest Indian Woman to Win Wildlife Photographer of the year 2020. The 2020 awards mark the 56th year of the Wildlife photographer of the Year Award. The award show was organised by the National Museum of History, London. Aishwarya won the award for her photograph titled “Light of Passion” featuring fireflies.

  14. Who represented India at the 18th meeting of Prosecutors General of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)?
    1) GC Murmu
    2) Ajay kumar Bhalla
    3) Ajay Tyagi
    4) Tushar Mehta
    5) Vikas Singh
    Answer-4) Tushar Mehta
    Explanation:
    The 18th meeting of Prosecutors General of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States was virtually organized by the General Prosecutor’s Office of Uzbekistan from Tashkent where India was represented by Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta.
    During the meet, Prosecutors agreed to strengthen cooperation in preventing and combating corruption, mutual legal assistance and exchange of regulatory legal acts.
    It should be noted that India will host the next meeting of Prosecutors General in 2021. Also, it will host the 2020 SCO Council of Heads of Government on November 30th.

  15. Who heads the 9-member panel formulated by IRDAI to examine need for Standard Cyber Liability Insurance?
    1) P Umesh
    2) Ajay kumar Bhalla
    3) Ajay Tyagi
    4) Tushar Mehta
    5) Vikas Singh
    Answer-1) P Umesh
    Explanation:
    The cases of cyberattack and high-profile data breaches have increased amid COVID-19 pandemic. In order to curb this situation, on October 20, 2020, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) set up a 9-member panel under P Umesh, Consultant-Liability Insurance, to explore the possibility of a basic standard cyber liability insurance product for individuals and establishments that can manage their cyber risks.
    The panel will recommend the scope of the cyber liability insurance covers for the present context and for the medium term. The working group will submit its report within two months.

  16. The 5th joint working group meeting on coal between India and which country will be held on November 5, 2020?
    1) Israel
    2) Japan
    3) Hong Kong
    4) Indonesia
    5) Thailand
    Answer-4) Indonesia
    Explanation:
    India will host 5th Joint Working Group (JWG) on coal with Indonesia and the meeting will be on November 5 through video conference. The meeting will be co-chaired from the Indian side by Vinod Kumar Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal and by Dr Ir. Ridwan Djamaluddin, Director General of Mineral and Coal Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources from the Indonesian side.

  17. Which Country had the highest burden of infant deaths due to air pollution in 2019 according to the 3rd State of Global Air 2020 (SOGA 2020) report?
    1) Nepal
    2) Nigeria
    3) India
    4) Pakistan
    5) Bangladesh
    Answer-3) India
    Explanation:
    The 3rd State of Global Air 2020 (SOGA 2020) report was released by United States (US)-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Project in which India recorded the highest annual average PM 2.5 concentration exposure in the world in 2019 followed by Nepal (2nd), and Niger (3rd). India is also among the top ten countries with highest ozone (O3) exposure in 2019. Qatar recorded the highest O3 exposure followed by Nepal and India. India had the highest burden of infant deaths due to air pollution followed by Nigeria (67,900), Pakistan (56,500), and Ethiopia (22,900). Over 116,000 infants in India died within a month after their birth due to exposure to severe air pollution in 2019.

  18. What is India’s rank in most powerful country in Asia list according to Lowy Institute Asia Power Index 2020 Edition?
    1) 3rd
    2) 2nd
    3) 1st
    4) 5th
    5) 4th
    Answer-5) 4th
    Explanation:
    According to Lowy Institute Asia Power Index 2020 Edition released by Sydney (Australia) based Lowy Institute, India with a score of 39.7 (out of 100) is the 4th most powerful country in Asia. United States topped the index with a score of 81.6, followed by China – 76.1 & Japan – 41.0. However, India has lost its status as “Major Power” as its power came down to 39.7. The score is marginally shy of the Major Power threshold of 40 Points. India’s overall score showed a decline of 1.3 points compared to 2019.  India ranked 4th in Five other measures – Economic Capability, Military Capability, Resilience, Diplomatic influence and Cultural Influence. 
    Rankings according to Lowy Institute Asia Power Index 2020 Edition:

    Country Score Rank
    India 39.7 4
    United States 81.6 1
    China 76.1 2
    Japan 41 3


  19. Which company has signed a contract to build & run Rs.753 Crore worth MiG-29 Simulator Centre for IAF?
    1) Alpha Design Technologies Ltd.
    2) Larsen & Tubro
    3) Bharat Dynamics Ltd
    4) Agnikul Cosmos
    5) Ordinance Factory Board
    Answer-1) Alpha Design Technologies Ltd.
    Explanation:
    ADTL Signed to Build & Run Rs.753 Crore worth MiG-29 Simulator Centre for IAF
    Alpha Design Technologies Ltd. (ADTL), Bengaluru based company has signed the 1st of 2 phased Defence contracts with the Ministry of Defence and Russia’s RAC MiG. ADTL will build, run and maintain the Rs.753 crores worth two types of fighter aircraft simulators. Pilots of Indian Air Force (IAF) will train on these simulators before flying MiG-29. The 1st contract worth Rs.53 crores is to establish the Alpha design and run MiG-29 simulator centre at Adampur airfield for 2 years. The 2nd 18-year contract will be signed after 2 years.

  20. Which Institute has developed Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Processing Facility to solve the issue of ‘Sustainable Processing of Municipal Solid Waste’?
    1) Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI)
    2) Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (AMPRI)
    3) Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI)
    4) Central Building Research Institute (CBRI)
    5) Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CEERI)
    Answer-1) Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI)
    Explanation:
    In an effort to address the issue of ‘Sustainable Processing of Municipal Solid Waste’, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) developed Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Processing Facility. The CSIR-CMERI MSW Technology intends to achieve a Zero-Landfill and a Zero Waste City and envisions developing job creating opportunities.

  21. Which edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 headed by CSIR will be held virtually from 22nd to 25th December, 2020?
    1) 3rd
    2) 9th
    3) 5th
    4) 4th
    5) 6th
    Answer-5) 6th
    Explanation:
    2020 Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare, at a review meeting held in New Delhi announced that the 6th edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 will be held from 22nd to 25th December, 2020. IISF 2020 will be organized at a virtual platform and will be spearheaded by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) with support of all other concerned ministries and departments.

  22. UIDAI introduced Aadhaar PVC card, a new form of Aadhaar recently. Who is the CEO of UIDAI?
    1) Satish Kumar Gupta
    2) Pankaj Kumar
    3) H Srikrishnan
    4) Suresh Sethi
    5) Anubrata Biswas
    Answer-2) Pankaj Kumar
    Explanation:
    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) introduced a new form of Aadhaar, namely, Aadhar polyvinyl chloride (PVC) card. The Aadhaar PVC card has enhanced security features and is more convenient to carry. The pocket-sized verifiable identity card can be obtained at a price of Rs 50. Aadhaar card holders can order the new Aadhaar PVC card even if their mobile number is not registered in Aadhaar. Pankaj Kumar is the CEO of UIDAI.

  23. Police Commemoration Day is observed annually on which day?
    1) October 18
    2) October 19
    3) October 20
    4) October 21
    5) October 22
    Answer-4) October 21
    Explanation:
    Police Commemoration Day is observed annually on October 21. It is observed to honor the loyalty and supreme sacrifice of police personnel for the nation. It is observed to remember the sacrifice of ten policemen who were killed in an ambush by Chinese Troops on October 21, 1959 in Ladakh’s Hot Spring area. The Annual Conference of Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories held in January, 1960 decided to observe October 21 as ‘Police Commemoration Day’ in order to commemorate the exceptional valour by the men of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force).

  24. When was World Iodine Deficiency Day observed annually?
    1) October 18
    2) October 19
    3) October 20
    4) October 21
    5) October 22
    Answer-4) October 21
    Explanation:
    Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Prevention Day is also known as World Iodine Deficiency Day is annually observed on 21st October. The day aims to create awareness of the needs of the Iodine, an essential dietary mineral required for the normal function, growth and development. The trace amount of iodine is required for the normal function of the body since it supports the thyroid gland to produce thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) hormones. To overcome the risk of IDD, the salt is fortified with iodine (iodized salt).

  25. Name the website launched by CSIR for providing information on repurposed drugs for COVID-19.
    1) CaRED
    2) CuRED
    3) CRED
    4) CSIRED
    5) CoRED
    Answer-2) CuRED
    Explanation:
    Union Minister for Science & Technology, Harsh Vardhan launched ‘CuRED’ or ‘CSIR Ushered Repurposed Drugs’ (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-CSIR) a website for information on Repurposed Drugs for COVID-19. The website provides information regarding clinical trials of diagnostics and devices in which CSIR is involved.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. What is capital of Ghana?
    1) Banjul
    2) Ankara
    3) Harare
    4) Bishkek
    5) Accra
    Answer-5) Accra
    Explanation:
    The capital and currency of Ghana is Accra & Ghanaian Cedi respectively.

  2. Where is the headquarters of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) located?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Mohali, Punjab
    3) Durgapur, West Bengal
    4) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    5) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Answer-3) Durgapur, West Bengal
    Explanation:
    Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute is abbreviated as CSIR-CMERI. Headquarters– Durgapur, West Bengal
    Director– Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani.

  3. Who is the current president of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)?
    1) Narendra Modi
    2) Shekhar C. Mande
    3) Subhash S Khuntia
    4) Balram Bhargava
    5) Harish Hirani
    Answer-1) Narendra Modi
    Explanation:
    President – Prime Minister (Narendra Modi); Director General – Shekhar C. Mande; Headquarters – New Delhi.

  4. Where is the headquarters of World Economic Forum located?
    1) Washington D.C, US
    2) Gurugram, India
    3) New York City, US
    4) Rome, Italy
    5) Geneva, Switzerland
    Answer-5) Geneva, Switzerland
    Explanation:
    The World Economic Forum, based in Cologny, Geneva Canton, Switzerland, is an international NGO, founded in 1971. Founder, Executive Chairman – Klaus Schwab
    Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland.

  5. Where is the headquarters of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) located?
    1) Washington D.C, US
    2) Montreal, Canada
    3) New York City, US
    4) Rome, Italy
    5) Geneva, Switzerland
    Answer-5) Geneva, Switzerland
    Explanation:
    UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964. Headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland, and they have offices in New York and Addis Ababa. UNCTAD is part of the UN Secretariat.
    Secretary-General– Mukhisa Kituyi of Kenya (7th Secretary-General).

  6. Nazca Lines is the UNESCO heritage site located in which country?
    1) Mozambique
    2) Peru
    3) Iraq
    4) Egypt
    5) Greece
    Answer-2) Peru
    Explanation:
    Peru’s famous Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its depictions of larger-than-life animals, plants and imaginary beings, grabbed the spotlight on social media recently after the discovery of a hitherto unknown massive carving –– that of a resting cat on the slope of a steep hill. Nazca Lines is considered among the top places to visit in Peru, the Nazca Lines are a group of geoglyphs, or large designs made on the ground by creators using elements of the landscape such as stones, gravel, dirt or lumber. These are believed to be the greatest known archaeological enigma, owing to their size, continuity, nature and quality. The images on the ground are so big in size that the best way to get a full view of them is overflying them.

  7. Lemru Elephant Reserve is located in which state?
    1) Punjab
    2) Maharashtra
    3) Haryana
    4) Chhattisgarh
    5) Madhya Pradesh
    Answer-4) Chhattisgarh
    Explanation:
    The Chhattisgarh Forest Minister, Mohammad Akbar assured villagers living in and around the site of the proposed expansion of Lemru Elephant Reserve at Raipur by stating that it will not infringe on the rights of the locals in any manner.

  8. Name the organisation which released the report titled, “World Economic Outlook”.
    1) International Labour Organisation (ILO)
    2) United Nations (UN)
    3) International Monetary Fund (IMF)
    4) World Economic Forum (WEF)
    5) United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
    Answer-3) International Monetary Fund (IMF)
    Explanation:
    India is set to drop below Bangladesh in terms of per capita gross domestic product (GDP) this year, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to the IMF-World Economic Outlook (WEO), Bangladesh’s per capita GDP in dollar terms is expected to grow 4% in 2020 to $1,888. On the other hand, India’s per capita GDP is expected to decline 10.5% to $1,897 – the lowest in the last four years. The GDP figure for both countries is at current prices.