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Current Affairs Quiz: December 31 2019

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Questions Based on Current Affairs December 31 2019

  1. Name the organization, that has released the 2nd edition of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index and dashboard for the year 2019 ?
    1) Finance Commission (FC)
    2) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    3) National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog
    4) National Development Council (NDC)
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog
    Explanation:
    On December 31, 2019 NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has released the 2nd edition of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index and dashboard for the year 2019 in New Delhi.The index gives a brief analysis on the progress made by states and union territories(UTs) towards achieving the 2030 SDG targets.

  2. Which state has topped in the 2nd edition of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index for the year 2019 ?
    1) Kerala
    2) West Bengal
    3) Assam
    4) Gujarat
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Kerala
    Explanation:
    On December 31, 2019 NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has released the 2nd edition of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index and dashboard for the year 2019 in New Delhi. Kerala topped the index with a score of 70. The index gives a brief analysis on the progress made by states and union territories(UTs) towards achieving the 2030 SDG targets. The index was launched by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar along with other members.

  3. How much percent of India’s geographical area are covered with Forests as per the 16th India State of Forest Report (ISFR) released by Shri Prakash Javadekar ?
    1) 22.34%
    2) 25.45%
    3) 23.67%
    4) 24.56%
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) 24.56%
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2019, the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEFCC), Shri Prakash Javadekar released the biennial “India State of Forest Report (ISFR)”, in New Delhi. The report assesses forest and tree resources in India biennially and is published by the Forest Survey of India (FSI). The ISFR-2019 is the 16th report in the series since 1987. As per the recent assessment made, the total forest and tree cover of the country now stands at 80.73 million hectares which is 24.56% of the geographical area of the country.

  4. Which state has the largest forest cover in India under area wise category as per the 16th India State of Forest Report (ISFR) ?
    1) West Bengal (WB)
    2) Madhya Pradesh (MP)
    3) Kerala
    4) Andhra Pradesh (AP)
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Madhya Pradesh (MP)
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2019, the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEFCC), Shri Prakash Javadekar released the biennial “India State of Forest Report (ISFR)”, in New Delhi.In terms of largest forest cover in the country by area wise, Madhya Pradesh (MP) has the largest forest cover. It was followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.

  5. Name the project launched by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri with an aim of migrating the employees in airport from manual process of training to digital platform .
    1) e-ACAS Project
    2) e-CCAS Project
    3) e-BCAS Project
    4) e-DCAS Project
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) e-BCAS Project
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2019 the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Civil Aviation Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, launched the Biometric enabled Centralised Access Control System (CACS) and ‘e-BCAS Project Training Module’ in New Delhi. These 2 projects were launched to enhance security and to improve ease of doing business at airports. The project is envisaged to achieve “paperless office” under e-Governance initiative of Govt. of India and was approved by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) at an estimated cost of Rs.21.69 crore.

  6. Which e-commerce platform has signed MoU with Government of India for selling the products made by women self-help groups under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) ?
    1) Flipkart
    2) IndiaMart
    3) Snapdeal
    4) Amazon
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Flipkart
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2019 Government of India signed MoU with Flipkart for selling the products made by women self-help groups under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) on the e-commerce platform.DAY-NULM consists of 44 lakh women across the country which aims to make women financially independent.According to Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra, 12 lakh people have trained in the past five years and nearly 5.06 lakh people were given funds by the government to start their own business.

  7. Who launched the web portal, “www.ceir.gov.in” to trace the stolen mobiles of Delhi subscribers ?
    1) D. V. Sadananda Gowda
    2) Prakash Javadekar
    3) Nitin Gadkari
    4) Ravi Shankar Prasad
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Ravi Shankar Prasad
    Explanation:
    On 30th Dec 2019, the Department of Telecom Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a web portal www.ceir.gov.in to trace the stolen mobiles for Delhi subscribers. This was launched in Mumbai in September 2019, and has been rolled out for Delhi now, it will be extended to other states too in the following year. If anybody lost their mobile phone, they can register their request in https://ceir.gov.in/ portal along with the FIR copy to block the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number of the lost or stolen device. This can be tracked with the request ID.

  8. Which city hosts the 27th edition of National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) 2019 on the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation for a clean, green and healthy nation” ?
    1) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    2) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
    3) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    4) New Delhi, Delhi
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
    Explanation:
    The Vice President of India, Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu has attended the 27th edition of National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) 2019 based on the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation for a clean, green and healthy nation” held for the 1st time at Mar Ivanios College in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from December 27 -31,2019.

  9. Where was the foundation stone of head quarter of the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) laid with a cost of Rs 280 crore ?
    1) Kolkata, Assam
    2) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    3) New Delhi, Delhi
    4) Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) New Delhi, Delhi
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2019, Union Minister of Home Affairs, Shri. Amitabh Anilchandra Shah has laid the Foundation stone of the Directorate General Building of CRPF(Central Reserve Police Force) built with a cost of Rs 280 crore in New Delhi. He also launched a new logo with a “Garuda”, sword and shield, for security branch of CRPF that will give a new identity to them, who provides security to common man and VIP’s (very important person). The insignia bears the motto of the force – “Always, Aware, Alert”.

  10. Ministry of Railway (MoR) has renamed “Railway Protection Force” as ____________ .
    1) Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS)
    2) Indian Railway Protection Force (IRPF)
    3) Railway Protection Service (RPS)
    4) Indian Railway Service (IRS)
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS)
    Explanation:
    On December 31, 2019, The Ministry of Railway (MoR) has accorded Organised Group ‘A’ status (OGAS) to Railway Protection Force (RPF) and also renamed RPF as Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS). The notice of renaming was issued by the Joint Director of Railway Board Amitabh Joshi on December 30, 2019.

  11. Which railway station has recently received its new Passenger Information System to provide better features and easy guidance to the Passengers ?
    1) Ahmadpur Junction railway station, West Bengal
    2) Ahmadpur Junction railway station, Bihar
    3) Nizamabad Junction railway station, Telangana
    4) Anakapalle Railway Station, Andhra Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Anakapalle Railway Station, Andhra Pradesh
    Explanation:
    The Indian Railways (IR) has introduced new Passenger Information System at Anakapalle Railway Station of Vijayawada Division of Andhra Pradesh(AP) in South Central Railway (SCR). The system has been introduced to provide better features and easy guidance to the passengers and also to enhance satisfactory user experience. The cost of the equipment is Rs 10 lakhs including supply, installation, commissioning and onsite warranty of 3 years.

  12. Which state celebrates the 11-day long open-air theater festival, ‘Dhanu Jatra’ ?
    1) Maharashtra
    2) Odisha
    3) West Bengal
    4) Assam
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Odisha
    Explanation:
    ‘Dhanu Jatra’ the famous 11-day long open-air theater festival begins on 31 December 2019 at Bargarh in western Odisha. Jatra’s drama is based on the story of Lord Krishna and his uncle Kansa. It is the world’s longest open-air drama named in the Guinness book of records. To celebrate Indian’s Independence and to symbolize the victory of good over evil this festival was celebrated from 1947-1948. Government of India gave the National Festival Status to Dhanu Jatra in November 2014.

  13. Name the Central government’s citizen engagement platform that has reached one crore registered users .
    1) UMANG
    2) UTTAM
    3) MyGov
    4) Bharat
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) MyGov
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2019, Central government’s citizen engagement platform, MyGov has reached the milestone of having 1 crore registered users. The platform was founded by the Govt.of India to promote active participation of Indian citizens in their country’s governance and development. The portal is “https://www.mygov.in/”.Platform development: MyGov platform was designed, developed and hosted by National Informatics Centre(NIC) underMinistry of Electronics & Information Technology(MeitY).

  14. What is the exposure limit of single borrower in Primary (urban) cooperative banks (UCBs) ?
    1) 10%
    2) 20%
    3) 25%
    4) 15%
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) 10%
    Explanation:
    RBI has decided to restrict Primary (urban) cooperative banks (UCBs) exposure to a single borrower & a group of connected borrowers at 10% and 25%, respectively, of their tier-I capital, which comprises shareholders’ equity and retained earnings. Still now, the limits are 15% and 40%, respectively.In addition, UCBs are mandated to bring down their excess current exposures to the above said stipulated scale by March 31, 2023.

  15. What is the new overall priority sector lending (PSL) target set by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for Primary (urban) cooperative banks (UCBs) from earlier 40 % ?
    1) 65%
    2) 50%
    3) 80%
    4) 75%
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) 75%
    Explanation:
    The reserve bank has also hiked the priority sector lending (PSL) target for UCBs to 75% of adjusted net bank credit (ANBC) /credit-equivalent amount of off-balance sheet exposure from 40%. The norms will be applicable from 31 March 2023.

  16. Which e-commerce payment system has partnered with HDFC Life Insurance to purchase insurance products from HDFC Life ?
    1) PayPal
    2) Paytm
    3) FreeCharge
    4) PhonePe
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Paytm
    Explanation:
    On December 28, 2019, HDFC Life Insurance, a long-term life insurance provider has entered into the partnership with Paytm, an Indian e-commerce payment system to allow the latter’s 450 million registered customers to purchase insurance products from HDFC Life.Through this partnership, HDFC Life will deepen the penetration of its product offers and enable more customers to access their risk solutions anytime, anywhere.

  17. Who was honored with “Lokmanya Tilak National Journalism Award” for his great contribution in the field of Journalism ?
    1) Rajdeep Sardesai
    2) Arnab Goswami
    3) Sanjay Gupta
    4) Ravish Kumar
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Sanjay Gupta
    Explanation:
    Sanjay Gupta, the editor-in-chief of ‘Jagran’ will be honored with “Lokmanya Tilak National Journalism Award” for his great contribution in the field of Journalism.The award was instituted by the Kesari-Maratha Trust and it will be conferred to Gupta on 4th January 2020 during the 139th foundation ceremony of ‘kesari’ newspaper started by Lokmanya Tilak.

  18. Name the Director of Special Protection Group (SPG), whose tenure was extended to one more year till 30 July 2021.
    1) Arun Kumar Sinha
    2) Trinath Mishra
    3) Devendra Singh
    4) Shyamal Datta
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Arun Kumar Sinha
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2019, The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), Government of India (GoI), has approved the extension in the deputation tenure of Special Protection Group (SPG) director, Arun Kumar Sinha. His term of deputation ended on 19 March 2020,which has been increased to 30 July 2021.Arun Kumar is a 1987 batch IPS (Indian Police Service) officer of Kerala cadre. He has been serving as the chief of the SPG since March 2016.His deputation was extended for 2- years previously in the year 2018.The Union government has recently amended the SPG Act, 1988.

  19. Who was appointed as India’s Representative and Governor on the board of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) for a period of 3 years on December 31, 2019 ?
    1) Vivek Srivastava
    2) T. K. Mitra
    3) B. V. Wanchoo
    4) Rohan Shah
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Rohan Shah
    Explanation:
    On December 31, 2019, Rohan Shah, a practicing counsel at the Supreme Court(SC) and various High Courts(HC), has appointed as India’s Representative and Governor on the board of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) for a period of 3 years. The ERIA board meets once every 6 months in Jakarta(Indonesia) & in Japan.

  20. Which organization has appointed, Surjeet Singh Deswal as its head on December 31, 2019 ?
    1) Railway Protection Force (RPF)
    2) Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
    3) Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
    4) Border Security Force (BSF)
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
    Explanation:
    On December 31, 2019 ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) Director General (DG) Surjeet Singh Deswal has been given “additional” charge to head India’s as well as the World’s largest paramilitary force, the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) as notified by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA). The additional charge has been given immediately after CRPF’s DG, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar’s retirement.

  21. Name the 1st ever women, who was appointed as the 13th Chairperson and Managing Director (CMD) of Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) on December 21, 2019 .
    1) Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
    2) Vandana Luthra
    3) Harjeet Kaur Joshi
    4) Priya Paul
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Harjeet Kaur Joshi
    Explanation:
    On December 21, 2019, Harjeet Kaur Joshi has been appointed as the full-time Chairperson and Managing Director (CMD) of privatization-bound Shipping Corporation of India (SCI). With this appointment, she became the 13th CMD and also the 1st ever woman CMD of SCI and will serve till her superannuation on May 31, 2022, or until further orders. Joshi has replaced Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma who served as the CMD for the past three years. Meanwhile, the government has also decided to sell its 63.75% stake in SCI, to a private strategic buyer and the stake sale is in process.

  22. Researchers from which institute have developed the material to generate power from water in households using a phenomenon called “‘Electrokinetic streaming potential” ?
    1) Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G)
    2) Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D)
    3) Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M)
    4) Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-K)
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G)
    Explanation:
    On 30th December 2019, Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) have developed materials that can produce energy from water to decentralizing energy generation for every household. The findings were recently published in ACS Applied Nanomaterials.A nanoscale phenomenon which is called “‘Electrokinetic streaming potential” is being used by the researchers of IIT-G, to harvest energy from flowing water. Various types of semiconducting materials are also used to produce power from stagnant water.

  23. Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from International Cricket, he belongs to which country ?
    1) Sri Lanka
    2) New Zealand
    3) Bangladesh
    4) Australia
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Australia
    Explanation:
    Australian pacer Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from international cricket on December 29, 2019, after 11 years in the game. He is 34-years-old. Siddle broke the news to his teammates at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). He will continue to play domestic cricket for Victoria State and Twenty20 side Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League, along with English country cricket for Essex. Siddle ends his career at the 13th spot on the list of highest wicket-takers for Australia. He finishes with 221 wickets from 67 Test matches.He also played 22 ODIs and two T20s for Australia.He had made his debut in 2008 against India at Mohali.

  24. Name the Indian Cricket Players, who were placed in Wisden’s Twenty20 International (T20I) team of the decade .
    1) MS Dhoni and Jasprit Bumrah
    2) Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah
    3) Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni
    4) Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah
    Explanation:
    Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and star bowler Jasprit Bumrah were only two Indians in Wisden’s T20I team of the decade. Players in Wisden’s T20I team of the decade are Aaron Finch of Australia (Captain), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Virat Kohli (India), Shane Robert Watson (Australia), Glenn James Maxwell (Australia), Joseph Charles Buttler (England), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), David Jonathan Willey (England), Rashid Khan Arman (Afghanistan), Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah (India), Separamadu Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka).

  25. Vikho-o Yhoshu Passed away recently, he served as the Assembly speaker of which state ?
    1) Gujarat
    2) West Bengal
    3) Nagaland
    4) Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Nagaland
    Explanation:
    On 30th December 2019, The Assembly speaker of Nagaland Mr. Vikho-o Yhoshu (Age 67) passed away, at a hospital in Mumbai after battling with lung cancer for several months.He was the leader of The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and he was elected to the state Assembly thrice from Southern Angami-1 constituency in Kohima district.Before Joining NDPP he served as an advisor and parliamentary secretary of various departments and he had also won a seat as a candidate of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) in 2008 and 2013.

  26. Which state has launched the “Atal Kisan Mazdoor canteen” for the benefit of farmers and labourers ?
    1) Haryana
    2) West Bengal
    3) Assam
    4) Gujarat
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Haryana
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2019, Haryana Chief Minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar has inaugurated a “Atal Kisan Mazdoor canteen” (named after former PM late Atal Bihari Vajpayee ) built by the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board at a cost of Rs 4 lakh in Karnal’s New Anaj Mandi, Haryana. This canteen will greatly benefit farmers and labourers, who can get food for Rs 10. The canteen, open from 11 am – 3 pm, will provide nutritious food (including 4 rotis, pulses, vegetables and rice) to the laborers. Such canteen system will also be started in the sugar mills of the state.

  27. Name the app launched by Odisha government using which the people can pay land revenue online without visiting a government office .
    1) ePAY4LAND
    2) ePAYLAND
    3) ePAY App
    4) ePAUTI App
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) ePAUTI App
    Explanation:
    On 28 December 2019 Chief Minister of Odisha has launched an e-certificate portal and ePAUTI App. The e-certificate project is a part of 5T model of Governance by the revenue and disaster management department. According to CM, no fees will be charged for the certificates specifying these services as the rights of the people. ePAUTI App, people can pay land revenue online with the help of their smartphones without visiting a government office.

  28. Under which act, the entire Nagaland was declared ‘disturbed area’ for six more months ?
    1) Section 4 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1959
    2) Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958
    3) Section 4 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1956
    4) Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1957
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958
    Explanation:
    On December 30, 2019, The Ministry of Home Affairs(MoHA) has declared the entire region of “Nagaland” as a disturbed area under section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 ie., AFSPA Act, for a further period of 6 more months with effect from 30th December, 2019. The implementation of AFSPA has been active in Nagaland for almost 6 decades (60 years) even after a framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Udayan Mane was seen in news recently, he is associated with which sport ?
    Answer-Golf
    Explanation:
    Udayan Mane is associated with Golf.He was seen in news recently because he produced a flawless seven-under 65 to claim a thrilling one-shot win at the season-ending TATA Steel Tour Championship in Jamshedpur.He established a new PGTI record for the lowest tournament total as he closed the week with a jaw-dropping 26-under-262 at the Golmuri Golf Course.

  2. Where is the headquarter of Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) located ?
    Answer-Mumbai, Maharashtra.

  3. Who is the President of Paytm ?
    Answer-Amit Nayyar

  4. Who is the Chairperson of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog ?
    Answer-Narendra Modi

  5. When was the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) formed ?
    Answer-27 July 1939

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