Current Affairs Quiz: February 23 2019

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  1. Name the Country,that had become the 72nd country to sign the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA)with India?
    1) Swaziland
    2) Argentina
    3) Russia
    4) Netherland
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Argentina
    Explanation:
    Argentina became the 72nd country to sign the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The agreement was signed by Argentina’s Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie in the presence of ISA’s Director-General Upendra Tripathy. Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri, accompanied by senior government officials and a business delegation, arrived in New Delhi on 17th February 2019 for a three-day India visit, during which he held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enhance cooperation in key sectors such as economy, nuclear technology and space.
  2. Which State/UT Hosted the India-Argentina Business Forum?
    1) Karnataka
    2) WestBengal
    3) Maharashtra
    4) New Delhi
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) New Delhi
    Explanation:
    Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu,addressing the India-Argentina Business Forum in New Delhi said that India wants to partner with Argentina in its efforts to become a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025.The Commerce & Industry Ministry has identified 12 champion sectors to enhance the contribution of services sector to USD 3 trillion and he urged Invest India to create special dispensation for Argentina.He said that both countries recognize need to upgrade bilateral trade and economic relations to a higher level by utilizing the untapped potential available to both nations.
  3. In order to regularise the system of levying stamp duty, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the amendments of which of the following Act recently?
    1) Indian Stamp Act, 1899
    2) Indian Stamp Act, 1999
    3) Indian Stamp Act, 1979
    4) Indian Stamp Act, 1879
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Indian Stamp Act, 1899
    Explanation:
    On 21st February 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the amendments to the Indian Stamp Act, 1899,which were introduced in the Parliament as part of the Finance Act 2019. These amendments have been introduced to regularise the system of levying stamp duty and to help in curbing tax evasion.For the stamp duty rates, the duties levied by Maharashtra will be taken as a benchmark as the state accounts for 70% of the total collection.They propose creation of a legal and institutional mechanism which will enable states to collect stamp duty on securities market instruments at one place by one agency(through the Stock Exchanges or Clearing Corporations authorised by the stock exchange or by the Depositories).They also propose a mechanism for appropriate sharing of the stamp duty with relevant state governments on the basis of state of domicile of the buying client.There’s also a proposal to create a Coordination Council under Article 263 of the Indian Constitution by a separate order/notification of the President of India for the enactment of the Act.
  4. Name the App launched by Suresh Prabhu during the National Conference on Logistics Policy: Context, Issues & The Way Forward,held in NewDelhi to gauge the actual issues faced by transporters on the road?
    1) POLICY
    2) LOGICS
    3) SAFAR
    4) TRANS
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) SAFAR
    Explanation:
    The“National Conference on Logistics Policy: Context, Issues & The Way Forward”was held in New Delhi from 19th to 20th February, 2019.Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, addressed the first stakeholder consultation on the draft logistics policy prepared by the Department of Logistics of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.He also launched the SAFAR Mobile App, on this occasion.About the app:
    It will help to gauge the actual issues faced by transporters on the road.
    It will track the incidence of a number of parameters faced by transporters and automatically record the location of the issue.
    Transporters, truck drivers, and general public may use the app for reporting their logistics issues to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
    The app is available in 8 languages.
  5. Where did 2-day long Regional Maritime Safety Conference 2019 was held to discuss maritime safety in the India-ASEAN sub-region,safeguarding our shores and promoting maritime trade?
    1) NewDelhi
    2) Mumbai
    3) Kolkata
    4) Bengaluru
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Mumbai
    Explanation:
    The 2-day long Regional Maritime Safety Conference 2019 was held in Mumbai to discuss maritime safety in the India-ASEAN sub-region, safeguarding our shores and promoting maritime trade. It was organized by India for the first time, by the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), in coordination with Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of External Affairs.It addressed a range of issues that affect regional maritime safety, including transport safety, maritime law, ship building, transportation of hazardous goods, marine oil spill, pollution and environmental safety.UnionShipping and Water Resources Minister,Nitin Gadkari inaugurated an upgraded version of e-commerce portal Port Community System (PCS) called ‘PCS1x’, developed in record time by the Indian Ports Association, based on feedback from stakeholders using PCS.
  6. Which State government launched the scheme for adolescent girls aged between 11 to 14 years as a step to provide them proper nutrition and special care?
    1) Uttar Pradesh
    2) Uttar Khand
    3) Madhya Pradesh
    4) Himachal Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Uttar Pradesh
    Explanation:
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath launched a scheme for adolescent girls aged between 11 to 14 years, who have left their education and will take steps to provide them proper nutrition and special care.UP Government decided to observe 8th of every month as Adolescent Girls Day, at Anganwadi Centres across the state, and Nutrition Campaigns will be organized for these girls on that day.
  7. India inked MoU with which of the following country to establish business centre for ICT incubators?
    1) Argentina
    2) Sri Lanka
    3) Russia
    4) Netherland
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Sri Lanka
    Explanation:
    On 21st February 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by India and Sri Lanka for the establishment of a business centre for ICT incubators in Jaffna, Sri Lanka through grant of 25 crore Sri Lankan rupees from India. The MoU was signed in Colombo, Sri Lanka by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Secretary, Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade Mr. S. T. Kodikara in presence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.The centre is being set up to create a conducive environment for Information Communication Technology (ICT) and other professional services in the Northern region which is inhabited by minority Tamils.Other development projects in Jaffna which have been funded by India are-construction of Cultural Centre in Jaffna, school buildings of 27 schools, 3000 rainwater harvesting units and 25 model villages etc.This takes India’s total development assistance to Sri Lanka to around 3 billion US$, out of which 560 million US$ is pure grant assistance.
  8. Who was the first Indian External Affairs Minister visited Bulgaria?
    1) Atal Bihari Vajpayee
    2) Jawaharlal Nehru
    3) Indira Gandhi
    4) Sushma Swaraj
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Sushma Swaraj
    Explanation:
    Smt. Sushma Swaraj visited Bulgaria from 16th to 17th February 2019. This was a follow-up visit to the State visit of the President Ram Nath Kovind to Bulgaria in September 2018 and the first ever visit of an Indian External Affairs Minister to Bulgaria. During the visit, she met with the Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zakharieva and discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. She paid floral tribute at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the South Park in Sofia, which was unveiled last year by President of India along with President of Bulgaria to mark the celebrations of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. She also interacted with the Indian community and Friends of India in Sofia during the visit.
  9. During External Affairs Minister visit to Morocco 4 MoU’s were signed.What are the MoU’s signed?
    i.Setting up of Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism
    ii.Cooperation in Housing and Human Settlement
    iii. Cooperation in Youth Matters
    iv.Cooperation in Defence
    1) i and ii are correct
    2) i,ii and iii are correct
    3) All are correct
    4) None is correct
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) i,ii and iii are correct
    Explanation:
    Smt. Sushma Swaraj visited the Kingdom of Morocco on 17th to 18th February 2019 in pursuit of India’sobjective of enhanced engagement with Morocco and an opportunity to hold in-depth discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues. It was her first-ever visit to the country.4 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)s were signed which included setting up of Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism, Cooperation in Housing and Human Settlement, Reciprocal facilitation of procedures for issue of Business Visa and Cooperation in Youth Matters.
  10. Spanish Government conferred the prestigious Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to which of the following Politician?
    1) Ram Nath Kovind
    2) Narendra Modi
    3) Sushma Swaraj
    4) Piyush Goyal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Sushma Swaraj
    Explanation:
    Smt. Sushma Swaraj arrived in Madrid, Spain on the last leg of her 3-nation visit from 18th to 19thFebruary, 2019, at the invitation of her counterpart, Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation. The Spanish Government conferred upon her the prestigious Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit for India’s swift response through Operation Maitri in rescuing 71 Spanish nationals from Nepal in April 2015, in the wake of the disastrous earthquake.She also interacted with the Indian Community in Spain.
  11. Srei Equipment Finance,has collaborated with which of the following Bank to provide equipment financing for various equipment categories like construction, mining, material handling, commercial vehicles, medical and farm equipment?
    1) SBI
    2) Syndicate Bank
    3) Yes Bank
    4) HDFC Bank
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Syndicate Bank
    Explanation:
    Srei Equipment Finance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Srei Infrastructure Finance, has collaborated with Syndicate Bank to provide equipment financing under co-lending arrangement for various equipment categories like construction, mining, material handling, commercial vehicles, medical and farm equipment.The arrangement requires Syndicate Bank to utilise its low-cost funds and co-lend equipment loans with Srei at a rate which has been mutually agreed on.It has been done under the aegis of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular dated September 21, 2018 that allows banks to collaborate with non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) to co-originate loans for the creation of assets for priority sector.Loans under this programme will be sourced by iQuippo a Kanoria Foundation initiative- India’s firstdigital marketplace for construction equipment, machinery and services.
  12. Name the Scheme under which IIFL Home Finance and Maharashtra government signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) for building houses through credit-linked subsidy scheme (CLSS)?
    1) Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana
    2) Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
    3) Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
    4) National Service Scheme
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
    Explanation:
    On 20th February 2019, an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed between IIFL Home Finance and the Maharashtra government for building affordable houses through credit-linked subsidy scheme (CLSS) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Through this MoU, the Housing Department of Maharashtra will provide permissions and enable IIFL Home Finance (IIFL HFL) to spread awareness among customers about the benefits of PMAY through presentations, counselling, calls and messages.
  13. Who was the First Indian Woman,conferred with “Global Future of Nature Award” for her work on marine conservation?
    1) Anandi Gopal Joshi
    2) Indra Nooyi
    3) Anushka Sharma
    4) Divya Karnad
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Divya Karnad
    Explanation:
    33-year-old Ashoka University teacher and Wipro Sustainable Fellow, Divya Karnad became the First Indian Woman to be honoured with the “Global Future of Nature Award” for her work on marine conservation.She is the second Indian to receive this award after Dr. Charudutt Mishra.The award is given to 3 people annually, and this year it was given to Olivier Nsengimana and Fernanda Abra along with Divya Karnad.
  14. Mushtaque Ahmad has been designated as Vice-President of which of the following organization?
    1) International Boxing Association
    2) Asian Hockey Federation
    3) Wrestling Federation of India
    4) Badminton Association of India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Asian Hockey Federation
    Explanation:
    India’s Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad was elected Vice-President of the Asian Hockey Federation(AHF) and Asima Ali was elected as the Executive Committee member, for a 4-year term in Gifu, Japan.Mushtaque Ahmad is currently serving as the President of Hockey India, while Asima Ali is the Vice-President of the national federation.
  15. SpaceX launched Israel’s first moon lander, named ________ from Florida,United States?
    1) Beresheet
    2) Cartosat
    3) Astrosat
    4) Oceansat
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Beresheet
    Explanation:
    Israel’s first moon lander, the 585 kg “Beresheet” (“Genesis” in Hebrew), was launched atop a Falcon 9rocket from the private US-based SpaceX in Florida, United States.At a cost of USD 100 million, it is the lowest-budget spacecraft to ever undertake such a mission. It is part of renewed global interest in the Moon, sometimes called the “Eighth Continent” of the Earth.The project is funded almost entirely by donations making it the first privately backed lunar lander mission.It was notably financed by businessman and philanthropist Morris Kahn. Other partners include Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel’s space agency and Israel’s Ministry of Science and Technology.Beresheet carries a “time capsule” loaded with digital files containing a Bible, children’s drawings, Israeli songs, memories of a Holocaust survivor and the blue-and-white Israeli flag.Landing is the main mission, but the spacecraft also carries a scientific instrument to measure the lunar magnetic field, which will help understanding of the Moon’s formation.It is estimated it will land on 11 April after a 4m-mile (6.5m-km) journey.With this, Israel became the 4th country after Russia, USA and China to carry out a 384,000km journey and land a spacecraft on the Moon.
  16. What was the theme of the World Thinking Day celebrated on 22nd February,2019?
    1) Wisdom
    2) Knowledge
    3) Leadership
    4) Perception
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Leadership
    Explanation:
    Every year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides celebrate the World Thinking Day on 22nd February. The theme of World Thinking Day 2019 is ‘Leadership’. The aim is to learn the different ways to be a leader and develop the power to bring the change a person wants to see in the world.The day is significant as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Lord Robert Baden-Powelland of Lady Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and World Chief Guide.
  17. Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram celebrated Statehood Day on which of the following date?
    1) February 21
    2) February 20
    3) February 22
    4) February 23
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) February 20
    Explanation:
    The northeastern states Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh observed their Statehood Day with numerous cultural events and sports meets on February 20,2019.It is 32nd and 47th Statehood Day of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh respectively.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. What is the Capital and Currency of Argentina?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Capital: Buenos Aires; Currency:Peso
  2. Who is the Prime Minister of Spain?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Pedro Sanchez
  3. What is the Capital and Currency of Morocco?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Capital: Rabat and Currency:Moroccan Dirham
  4. Who is the President of Bulgaria?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Rumen Radev
  5. What is the Capital of Tripura?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – Agartala