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Questions Based on Current Affairs December 24 2019

  1. Which state government has signed 1st tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with department of fisheries and NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) for implementation of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Fund (FIDF) ?
    1) Assam
    2) West Bengal
    3) Tamil Nadu
    4) Kerala
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Tamil Nadu
    Explanation:
    On December 23, 2019 the department of fisheries of govt. of India, NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) and the govt. of Tamil Nadu (TN) has signed the 1st tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for implementation of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Fund (FIDF). The total outlay of the fund is Rs. 7522.48 crores. The FIDF will provide finance to the eligible entities, cooperatives, individuals and entrepreneurs for development of identified fisheries infrastructure.

  2. How many fishing harbours will be developed in Tamil Nadu(TN) with an outlay of Rs 420 crore from NABARD under the 1st tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) ?
    1) Three
    2) Four
    3) Five
    4) Two
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Three
    Explanation:
    420 crore approval by govt: Initial concessional finance of Rs 420 crore from NABARD will be availed by the TN govt. under the the 1st tripartite agreement. Under this initial concession, 3 fishing harbours will be developed in TN. They include Tharangampadi (Tranquebar) in Nagapattinam District, Thiruvottriyur Kuppam in Thiruvallur District and Mudhunagar in Cuddalore District. These fishing harbours will augment fish production, create employment opportunities etc.

  3. Name the Scheme launched by government of India in 2015 to improve farm productivity & to improve on-farm water use efficiency through a number of measures such as Micro-Irrigation (MI) .
    1) Prime Minister Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY)
    2) Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY)
    3) Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PMSYM)
    4) Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)
    Explanation:
    On December 22, 2019 the website of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) (https://pmksy.gov.in) released the data on states with coverage of area under micro-irrigation (MI) for the year 2019.

  4. Which state government, topped the list in coverage under micro-irrigation for 2019 ?
    1) Uttar Pradesh (UP)
    2) Tamil Nadu (TN)
    3) West Bengal (WB)
    4) Assam
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Tamil Nadu (TN)
    Explanation:
    On December 22, 2019 the website of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) (https://pmksy.gov.in) released the data on states with coverage of area under micro-irrigation (MI) for the year 2019. As per the data, Tamil Nadu(TN) topped the list in coverage under micro-irrigation. Out of the 3.64 lakh hectares brought under MI, TN accounts for around 1.39 lakh hectares, i.e., 38% of the total coverage in the country.

  5. Where was the 1st Annual Meet of State Nodal Agencies for National Green Corps (NGC) “Ecoclub” programme held ?
    1) Kevadia, Gujarat
    2) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    3) New Delhi, Delhi
    4) Kolkata, West Bengal
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Kevadia, Gujarat
    Explanation:
    On December 23, 2019, The Ministry’s Environment Education Division & GEER (Gujarat Ecological Education and Research) Foundation, have jointly organized the 1st Annual Meet of the State Nodal Agencies implementing the National Green Corps (NGC) ‘Ecoclub’ programme of the Ministry of the Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in Kevadia, Gujarat from December 20- 21,2019. The meet also witnessed the releasing of books namely ‘Glimpses of Ecoclubs’, a handbook on International Environment Conventions and Programmes & Handbook on Important Days of Environmental significance.

  6. Find the “Silver Line” project that received Ministry of Railways approval recently ?
    1) Baruipur – Lakshmikantapur – Namkhana in West Bengal
    2) Ghaziabad-Meerut-Khatauli(Muzaffarnagar) in Uttar Pradesh
    3) Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod in Kerala
    4) Tindivanam-Gingee-Tiruvannamalai in Kerala
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod in Kerala
    Explanation:
    On December 23, 2019, As per the order was issued by the Ministry of Railways , the Central Government has gave its approval for Rs 56,443 crore worth of 532 km Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod in Kerala semi-high speed rail (SHSR) corridor project, named “Silver Line” project. This high speed corridor project will be implemented by Kerala Rail Development Corporation (KRDCL),a joint venture between the Government of Kerala and the Ministry of Railways.

  7. Name the resolution that was adopted during the Regional Conference on ‘Improving Public Service Delivery – Role of Governments’ that emphasis Minimum Government, Maximum Governance to promote transparency, citizen centricity and participation .
    1) Sikkim Resolution -A Holistic approach for empowering citizens
    2) Jammu Resolution -A Holistic approach for empowering citizens
    3) Ladakh Resolution -A Holistic approach for empowering citizens
    4) Nagpur Resolution -A Holistic approach for empowering citizens
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Nagpur Resolution -A Holistic approach for empowering citizens
    Explanation:
    On December 22, 2019 the ‘Nagpur Resolution -A Holistic approach for empowering citizens’ which is an approach to empower citizens, was adopted during the 2-day organised Regional Conference on ‘Improving Public Service Delivery – Role of Governments’, in Nagpur, Maharashtra. The conference was organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) along with Maharashtra govt and the Maharashtra State Commission for Right to Public Services’ collaboration.Click here to read more about the resolution.

  8. Which organization has released the third edition of global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025 ?
    1) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
    2) World Health Organisation (WHO)
    3) United Nation (UN)
    4) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) World Health Organisation (WHO)
    Explanation:
    On December 19, 2019 The World Health Organisation (WHO) released its 3rd edition of global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025. As per the report despite decline in tobacco usage,163 nations besides India are also not on track in this regard.

  9. What is the target year set by government of India to achieve reduction in tobacco use by 30% ?
    1) 2035
    2) 2030
    3) 2025
    4) 2040
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) 2025
    Explanation:
    On December 19, 2019 The World Health Organisation (WHO) released its 3rd edition of global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025. As per the report despite decline in tobacco usage, India is off track to achieve 30% reduction in tobacco use by 2025 when compared to its 2010 levels. 163 nations besides India are also not on track in this regard. Expected tobacco usage reduction by 2025: Based on current progress by India, a reduction in the tobacco usage by 23% by 2025 is expected in the country.

  10. Which city will host the 17th India-EU summit in the year 2020 ?
    1) Brussels, Belgium
    2) Berlin, Germany
    3) Madrid, Spain
    4) Washington, D.C., United States (US)
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Brussels, Belgium
    Explanation:
    The President of European Council Charles Michel invited Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to attend the 17th India-EU summit in early 2020. The summit which will be held at Brussels, Belgium, is aimed at expanding strategic partnership with Europe. The summit will focus on areas such as Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), Europol, counter-terrorism, Euroatom, climate change, etc. BTIA is a free trade agreement(FTA) between India and EU in the year launched in 2007.

  11. Name the bank that will grant a loan worth of $210 million for irrigation ($145-mn) & solar energy projects($65-mn) in India .
    1) New Development Bank (NDB)
    2) World Bank (WB)
    3) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    4) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    Explanation:
    On December 20, 2019, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB),a multilateral financial institution, has decided to grant a loan worth of $210 million for irrigation ($145-mn) & solar energy projects($65-mn) in India. Under this loan, $145-million will be given to improve irrigation service delivery and strengthen flood risk management in West Bengal (WB). While,the remaining $65-million has been given for 250-megawatt (MW) solar power project in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

  12. Lender has to produce a certificate to peer-to-peer lending (P2P) platforms from a practising Chartered Accountant certifying minimum net-worth of Rs 50 lakh for investing more than ______ lakh .
    1) 20 Lakh
    2) 10 Lakh
    3) 25 Lakh
    4) 30 Lakh
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) 10 Lakh
    Explanation:
    On December 23, 2019,In a bid to protect the interest of consumers, India’s Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set a ₹50-lakh limit on the aggregate lending to all borrowers across all Non-Banking Financial Company – Peer to Peer (NBFC-P2P) lending platforms at a time determined. Further, lender investing over Rs 10 lakh across P2P platforms should get a practising chartered accountant (CA) certify a minimum net-worth of Rs 50 lakh.

  13. Which country’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for mutual cooperation and technical assistance recently ?
    1) Mongolia Financial Services Authority (MFSA)
    2) Uzbekistan Financial Services Authority (UFSA)
    3) Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA)
    4) Kazakhstan Financial Services Authority (KFSA)
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA)
    Explanation:
    On December 23, 2019, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI),the Regulator for the Securities market in India owned by Government of India(GoI), has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA), a financial hub in Kazakhstan, for mutual cooperation and technical assistance.

  14. Name the district that was awarded by United Nations International Children’s and Education Fund (UNICEF) for effective implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in water sanitation and hygiene sectors for the year 2019 .
    1) Kamareddy district, Telangana
    2) Mancherial district, Telangana
    3) Karimnagar district, Telangana
    4) Nizamabad district, Telangana
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Kamareddy district, Telangana
    Explanation:
    United Nations International Children’s and Education Fund (UNICEF) has awarded Kamareddy district of Telangana for effective implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in water sanitation and hygiene sectors for the year 2019. This award was given under the categories like construction of individual sanitary lavatories, swachh darpan wall paintings, swachh survekshan, swachh sundar shouchalay and other activities.

  15. Who has conferred the 66th National Film Awards for the year 2018 in 31 categories in New Delhi ?
    1) Narendra Modi
    2) Rajnath Singh
    3) Ram Nath Kovind
    4) Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu
    Explanation:
    On December 23, 2019, The Vice President of India, Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu has conferred the 66th National Film Awards for the year 2018 in 31 categories in New Delhi.

  16. Name the Indian actor, who won the prestigious 50th Dadasaheb Phalke Award (Indian cinema’s biggest honour in his 50th year in the Indian film industry) .
    1) Kamal Haasan
    2) Amitabh Bachchan
    3) Rajinikanth
    4) Sanjay Dutt
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Amitabh Bachchan
    Explanation:
    On December 23, 2019, The Vice President of India, Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu has conferred the 66th National Film Awards for the year 2018 in 31 categories in New Delhi. Actor, Shri Amitabh Bachchan , who skipped the Awards ceremony due to ill-health will be presented with the prestigious 50th Dadasaheb Phalke Award (Indian cinema’s biggest honour in his 50th year in the Indian film industry) on December 29,2019.This award consists of Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs 10,00,000. In 2017,It was conferred upon late actor Vinod Khanna.

  17. Who was appointed as the new President of ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) on December 23, 2019 ?
    1) Balkrishan Goenka
    2) Vineet Agarwal
    3) Niranjan Hiranandani
    4) Chandru Raheja
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Niranjan Hiranandani
    Explanation:
    Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director of Hiranandani Groups has taken the charge of Assocham’s (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) new President on December 23, 2019. He replaces Welspun Group Chairman Balkrishan Goenka. Asscham has celebrated its centenary meet in New Delhi recently. PM Modi was the chief guest for the event and spoke about the economic challenges and the preparations to achieve the target of $5 trillion economy.

  18. Which Small Finance Bank has appointed P R Ravi Mohan as the Chairman on December 24, 2019 ?
    1) ESAF Small Finance Bank
    2) Fincare Small Finance Bank
    3) AU Small Finance Bank
    4) Equitas Small Finance Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) ESAF Small Finance Bank
    Explanation:
    On December 24, 2019 P R Ravi Mohan was appointed as the new chairman of ESAF Small Finance Bank (SFB). Ravi has replaced R Prabha, whose tenure as chairman has ended.Ravi previously worked as chief general manager Department of Banking Operations and Development (DBoD) of the Reserve Bank of India(RBI). He also previously headed the Banking Supervision Department of RBI.

  19. Who was appointed as the 33rd Foreign Secretary of India ?
    1) Nirupama Rao
    2) Riva Ganguly Das
    3) Navtej Sarna
    4) Harsh Vardhan Shringla
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Harsh Vardhan Shringla
    Explanation:
    The Government of India as appointed the Senior Diplomat and Indian ambassador to the United States, Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla as the next Foreign Secretary. He is the 33rd foreign secretary of the country. He replaces Vijay Gokhale. Shringla will take charge after the completion of VIjay Gokhale’s two-year term on January 29, 2020.

  20. Which of the following countries have launched the satellite, “CBERS-4A” to monitor Amazon rainforest and changes in country’s environment ?
    1) Russia and Brazil
    2) China and Brazil
    3) China and United States
    4) United States and Russia
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) China and Brazil
    Explanation:
    On December 21, 2019 China and Brazil’s jointly developed earth observation satellite named China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite- 4A (CBERS-4A) to monitor Amazon rainforest and changes in country’s environment. The satellite along with 8 other satellites, was launched under a bilateral programme that would enhance cooperation among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations. It was launched from Long March-4B rocket in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi.

  21. Where did Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test-fired its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) recently ?
    1) Kochi, Kerala
    2) Bengaluru, Karnataka
    3) Chandipur, Odisha
    4) Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Chandipur, Odisha
    Explanation:
    On December 23, 2019 Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has test-fired its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from Chandipur district of Odisha. This missile was tested with full configuration in deployment mode intercepting the target in mid-air and meeting mission objectives.

  22. What was the strike range of the newly test fired Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) ?
    1) 30 kms
    2) 20 kms
    3) 50 kms
    4) 40 kms
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) 30 kms
    Explanation:
    On December 23, 2019 Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has test-fired its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from Chandipur district of Odisha. This missile is developed by DRDO in association with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited for Indian Army. Range of this missile is 30 kms. This missile is an all-weather, all-terrain surface-to-air missile.

  23. Cricketer Vernon Philander announced international retirement from all forms of cricket, he belongs to which country ?
    1) Sri Lanka
    2) Bangladesh
    3) West Indies
    4) South Africa
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) South Africa
    Explanation:
    34-years-old South African Cricketer Vernon Philander announced international retirement from all forms of cricket after the upcoming test series against England. He has played 97 matches across all three formats, taking a combined 261 wickets with 1784 runs in his international career. He also took 51 Wickets in his first seven Test matches which earned him the 2012 SA Cricketer of the Year award.

  24. Which football club has won the 16th edition of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Club World Cup (WC) title 2019 ?
    1) Manchester United
    2) Liverpool
    3) FC Barcelona
    4) Real Madrid
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Liverpool
    Explanation:
    On December 22, 2019, England’s football club (FC) Liverpool has won the 16th edition of Club World Cup (WC) title 2019 for the 1st time after beating Flamengo (Brazilian sports club) with 1-0 scores in Khalifa International stadium, Doha ,Qatar. The only goal was scored by Roberto Firmino in the 99th minute.

  25. Name the country, which has retained the FIFA’s (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Team of the Year for the year 2019 .
    1) England
    2) Brazil
    3) Belgium
    4) France
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Belgium
    Explanation:
    On December 19, 2019 for the second year in a row, Belgium was announced as the FIFA’s (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Team of the Year as it reached the top of the world rankings for the year 2019. Belgium was followed by France, Brazil, England and Uruguay in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th spot respectively.

  26. What was the theme of the National Consumer Rights Day 2019, that was observed on 24th December ?
    1) Theme – “Alternate consumer grievance/dispute redressal”
    2) Theme – “Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints”
    3) Theme – “Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust”
    4) Theme – “Antibiotics Off The Menu”
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Theme – “Alternate consumer grievance/dispute redressal”
    Explanation:
    24th December is observed as the National Consumer Rights Day every year. The Consumer Protection Act received the President’s approval on December 24, 1986. The main objective of the Consumer Protection Act is to provide consumers with effective safeguards against different types of exploitation such as defective goods, unsatisfactory services and unfair trade practices. Theme: Alternate consumer grievance/dispute redressal

  27. Who were honoured with the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Fellowships for 2018 ?
    1) S R Lal and V K K Ramesh
    2) K G Sankara Pillai and S R Lal
    3) V K K Ramesh and K G Sankara Pillai
    4) M Mukudan and K G Sankara Pillai
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) M Mukudan and K G Sankara Pillai
    Explanation:
    Kerala Sahitya Akademi fellowships and awards 2018 were announced by Akademi President Vaisakhan.Novelist M Mukudan and Poet K G Sankara Pillai were selected for the Kerala Sahitya Akademi fellowships 2018.This fellowship is the special membership of Kerala Sahitya Akademi, apart from the cash prize of Rs 50,000, a gold locket of two sovereigns and a Citation each.

  28. For which poetry, V M Girija has been selected for the best poetry award ?
    1) Kunjunniyude Yathrapusthakam
    2) Budhha Pournami
    3) Choottum Koottum
    4) Ushna Rashi
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Budhha Pournami
    Explanation:
    V M Girija’s ‘Budhha Pournami’ has been selected for the best poetry award. Skaria Zakkaria, O.M. Anujan, S. Rajasekharan, Manamubur Rajan Babu and Nalini Bekal were given Lifetime Achievement Awards. These awards carry Rs 30,000, Citation and Ponnada each.WINNERS OF AKADEMI AWARDS

               WINNERS        CATEGORIES
    V M Girija Best Poem for Budhha Pournami
    K V Mohankumar Best Novel (Ushna Rashi)
    Rekha K Best Short Story (Mananchira)
    Rajmohan Neeleswaram Best Drama (Choottum Koottum)
    P P Raveendran Literary Criticism (Adhunikathayude Pinnamburam)
    K Babu Joseph Knowledge Literature
    Muni Narayana Prasad Biography
    Baiju N Nair Travelogue
    P P K Pothuval Translation
    S R Lal Children’s Literature (Kunjunniyude Yathrapusthakam)
    V K K Ramesh Comedy Literature (Who is afraid of V K N)


  29. Name the railway station, which has collaborated with Airo Guard & opened the ‘Oxygen Parlour’ to provide an experience of breathing clean air and to battle against rising air pollution .
    1) Asangaon railway station
    2) Kasara railway station
    3) Nashik Railway Station
    4) Igatpuri railway station
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Nashik Railway Station
    Explanation:
    On December 24, 2019, ‘Oxygen Parlour’ has been opened at Nashik Railway Station in Maharashtra by Indian Railways in collaboration with Airo Guard to provide an experience of breathing clean air and to battle against rising air pollution.The Oxygen Parlour is equipped with plants; based on the 1989 recommendation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which had identified some plants that can absorb the harmful pollutants from air.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. How many companies have been registered with the RBI as NBFC-P2P lending platforms, as of October-end 2019 ?
    Answer-20 Companies

  2. Where is the headquarter of ESAF small Finance Bank located ?
    Answer-Thrissur, Kerala

  3. Who is the President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) ?
    Answer-Jin Liqun

  4. Which ministry has launched the NGC ‘Ecoclub’ programme in 2001-2002 ?
    Answer-Ministry of Environment & Forests

  5. Who is the Director General (DG) of World Health Organisation (WHO) ?
    Answer-Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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