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AffairsCloud brings you the complete and important daily Current Affairs 23 January 2020 Quiz to achieve more marks in Banking, Insurance, UPSC, SSC, CLAT, Railways and all other competitive Exams. We have prepared the current affairs quiz question from our daily current affairs 2020 updates.

Questions Based on Current Affairs January 23 2020

  1. What is the capital of the newly merged Union Territory (UT) Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu ?
    1) Daman
    2) Diu
    3) Dadra
    4) Nagar Haveli
    5) Silvassa
    Answer-1) Daman
    Explanation:After the parliament passed a bill to merge two Union territories(UTs) Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli into a single UT, CCEA has now approved the proposed amendments/extension/repeal in the following Acts and Regulations dealing with Goods and Services Tax (GST), Value Added Tax (VAT) and State Excise, and for designation of Daman as Headquarter of UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu on January 26,2020. The amendments are as follows:
    Amendments/repeals/extensions:

    Current Act Name of act after being amended/repealed or extended
    Central Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017. To be amended as Central Goods and Service Tax (Amendments) Regulation, 2020.
    Union Territory Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017. To be amended as Union Territory Goods and Service Tax (Amendments) Regulation, 2020.
    Dadra and Nagar Haveli Value Added Tax Regulation, 2005. To be amended as Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Value Added Tax (Amendments) Regulation, 2020.
    Daman and Diu Value Added Tax Regulation, 2005. To be repealed as Daman and Diu Value Added Tax (Repeal) Regulation, 2020.
    Goa, Daman and Diu Excise Duty Act, 1964. To be amended as Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Excise Duty (Amendment) Regulation, 2020.
    Dadra and Nagar Haveli Excise Duty Regulation, 2012. Dadra and Nagar Haveli Excise Duty (Repeal) Regulation, 2020.


  2. What is the total cost approved by the cabinet for the establishment of permanent campuses of National Institutes of Technology (NITs) till 2021 – 2022 ?
    1) Rs.5171.90 crore
    2) Rs.5871.90 crore
    3) Rs.4371.90 crore
    4) Rs.4871.90 crore
    5) Rs.5371.90 crore
    Answer-3) Rs.4371.90 crore
    Explanation:
    CCEA has approved the revised cost estimates(RCE) for the establishment of permanent campuses of National Institutes of Technology (NITs), at a total cost of Rs.4371.90 crore for the period till 2021 – 2022. These NITs were established in 2009 and have been functioning since 2010-11 academic year in temporary campus. After the revised cost estimate approval, these NITs will be functional from respectiver permanent campuses by March 31, 2022. These NITs will have overall student capacity of 6320.

  3. Cabinet committee approved to shut down the Hindustan Fluorocarbons Limited (HFL) recently, it is located in which city ?
    1) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
    2) Gurugram, Assam
    3) Kolkata, West Bengal
    4) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    5) Hyderabad, Telangana
    Answer-5) Hyderabad, Telangana
    Explanation:
    CCEA has given its approval to shut down the operation as well as closure of Hindustan Fluorocarbons Limited (HFL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals situated in Rudraram, District Sangareddy of Hyderabad, Telangana. The other approval related to HFL closure are as follows: Grant of interest free loan of Rs.77.20 crore by the Govt. to HFL for expenditure exclusively on its closure and it will be helpful in implementation of VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme)/ VSS (Voluntary Separation Scheme(VSS), payment of outstanding salary & statutory dues, etc.

  4. What is deadline, fixed by the cabinet for the extension of the term of commission under Article 340 to examine issues related to sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes (OBC) ?
    1) 31, July 2020
    2) 31, March 2020
    3) 30, April 2020
    4) 31, May 2020
    5) 30, June 2020
    Answer-1) 31, July 2020
    Explanation:
    CCEA has approved extension of the term of commission under Article 340 to examine issues related to sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes (OBC), by 6 months that is up to 31, July 2020. Following Term of Reference(ToR) to existing ToR of the commission has also been approved.It is as follows: To study the various entries in the Central List of OBCs and recommend corrections based on any kind of repetitions, ambiguities, inconsistencies and errors of spelling or transcription etc.

  5. India, Tunisia and Papua New Guinea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation of which of the following field ?
    1) Health and medicine & Protocol convention on tax evasion
    2) Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy
    3) Exploration and Uses of Outer Space
    4) Electoral management and Administration
    5) Research Work on Biology and Medicine
    Answer-4) Electoral management and Administration
    Explanation:
    The CCEA has approved the proposal of legislative Department in allowing the India’s electoral commission to enter into Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Independent High Authority for Elections of Tunisia (ISIE) and the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission(PNGEC) for elections for cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration.

  6. Which 2 countries have signed 4 agreements/MoUs for Cooperation on legal assistance in criminal matters, oil and natural gas sector, early childhood & Geology and Mineral Resources ?
    1) India and Singapore
    2) India and Brazil
    3) India and Malayasia
    4) India and Japan
    5) India and United States
    Answer-2) India and Brazil
    Explanation:
    A total of 4 agreements/MoUs were between India and the Federative Republic of Brazil were approved by the CCEA. The MoUs were on legal assistance in criminal matters, cooperation in oil and natural gas sector, cooperation in the field of early childhood and cooperation in the field of geology and mineral resources. These approvals in brief are as follows:
    i.Cooperation on legal assistance in criminal matters.
    ii.Cooperation in the field of oil and natural gas sector.
    iii.Cooperation in the field of early childhood.
    iv.Cooperation in the field of Geology and Mineral Resources.

  7. Name the scheme launched by Dharmendra Pradhan under Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) to promote & facilitate Voluntary Philanthropist Activities (VPA) by the employees through “SAIL SERVICE” portal .
    1) SAIL Employee Random Voluntarism and Initiatives for Community Engagement (SAIL SERVICE)
    2) SAIL Employee Rendering Voluntary and Initiatives for Community Engagement (SAIL SERVICE)
    3) SAIL Employee Rendering Voluntarism and Initiatives for Communal Entity (SAIL SERVICE)
    4) SAIL Employee Rendering Voluntarism and Initiatives for Community Engagement (SAIL SERVICE)
    5) SAIL Employee Random Voluntary and Initiatives for Community Engagement (SAIL SERVICE)
    Answer-4) SAIL Employee Rendering Voluntarism and Initiatives for Community Engagement (SAIL SERVICE)
    Explanation:
    On January 21,2020 Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched a scheme under Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), “SAIL Employee Rendering Voluntarism and Initiatives for Community Engagement (SAIL SERVICE)” to promote and facilitate Voluntary Philanthropist Activities (VPA) by the employees. The Minister also launched a dedicated interactive “SAIL SERVICE” portal for the implementation of this Scheme. This portal acts as a platform for enabling faster interaction and communication amongst the various stakeholders.

  8. Which state government has launched ‘Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana’ that will provide Rs 5 lakh to the farmers’ family in case of farmer’s death while working in the state’s fields?
    1) Maharashtra
    2) Andhra Pradesh (AP)
    3) Uttar Pradesh (UP)
    4) West Bengal (WB)
    5) Assam
    Answer-3) Uttar Pradesh (UP)
    Explanation:
    On January 21, 2020 Uttar Pradesh (UP) government has implemented ‘Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana’ for the farmers in the state. The assistance of Rs 5 lakh will be provided to the farmers’ family in case of farmer’s death or disabled due to the accident. The age limit of the scheme is between 18 to 70 years. This scheme is fully funded by the government of UP.With in 45days, the beneficiaries will receive the amount under this scheme.UP government will launch a web portal for this scheme for its easy access.

  9. Where did Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Shri Subrahmanyam Jaishankar inaugurated the first convention centre in Africa, “Mahatma Gandhi convention centre”(MGICC) ?
    1) Rwanda
    2) Mali
    3) Niger
    4) Benin
    5) Republic of Chad
    Answer-3) Niger
    Explanation:
    On January 21,2020 India’s Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Shri Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufau inaugurated the first convention centre in Africa namely “Mahatma Gandhi convention centre”(MGICC) established at the state of Niger in Western Africa by India to honour the memory of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.This is the 1st centre established in Africa by India under grant assistance.

  10. Name the 1st foreign Minister of India, who visited the West-African country during his visit to Niger (West Africa) and Tunisia (North Africa) .
    1) Pranab Mukherjee
    2) Salman Khurshid
    3) Manmohan Singh
    4) Sushma Swaraj
    5) Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
    Answer-5) Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
    Explanation:
    Mr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was the first Indian-foreign Minister to visit the West-African country during his national trip visit to Niger (West Africa) and Tunisia (North Africa).

  11. To which country, Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM bank) has extended $35.80 million (nearly Rs 250 crore) to fund rural electrification programme through solar Diesel Generator (DG) hybrid Photo-Voltaic(PV) systems ?
    1) Bolivia
    2) Ecuador
    3) Guyana
    4) Suriname
    5) French Guiana
    Answer-4) Suriname
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020 the Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM bank) has extended $35.80 million (nearly Rs 250 crore) million Line of Credit (LoC) to South American country Suriname to fund its rural electrification programme through solar Diesel Generator (DG) hybrid Photo-Voltaic(PV) systems in Suriname’s 50 remote villages.Under the LoC, the projects covered include power, water supply, purchase of helicopters, and rehabilitation and upgradation of milk processing plant. Till date, India has extended 9 LoC to Suriname with total value of $124.98 million (nearly Rs.890 crores).

  12. Name the insurance firm, that has received Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) approval for 5 innovative applications and programs in its health and motor portfolio under the Sandbox Project .
    1) Reliance General Insurance
    2) ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited
    3) Bajaj Allianz General Insurance
    4) New India Assurance
    5) IFFCO Tokio General Insurance
    Answer-2) ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited,one of the leading private sector general insurance companies in India,has received Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) approval for 5 innovative applications and programs in its health and motor portfolio under the Sandbox Project. This is the largest approval by IRDAI in terms of numbers given to a company under the project.

  13. Which hospital group has collaborated with Bajaj Finserv & launched digitized “Health EMI Card” that will be provided to patients with credit limit of Rs.4 Lakhs?
    1) Apollo Hospitals Group
    2) All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) Group
    3) Fortis Group
    4) Lilavati Group
    5) Tata Hospitals Group
    Answer-1) Apollo Hospitals Group
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020 the Apollo Hospitals Group in collaboration with Bajaj Finserv has launched digitized “Health EMI Card” which will be provided to patients and will be offered a credit limit of Rs.4 Lakhs. Nearly 600 procedures for patients will be covered. This partnership between Apollo and Bajaj Finserv has been done to enable EMI (Equated monthly installments) financing for healthcare.

  14. Name the 1st Indian telecom operator that has recently launched UPI (Unified Payments Interface) payments space.
    1) Tata Indicom
    2) Idea Cellular
    3) Bharti Airtel Limited
    4) Reliance Jio
    5) Vodafone Idea
    Answer-4) Reliance Jio
    Explanation:
    On January 20, 2020 telecom operator Reliance Jio of the Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has become the 1st Indian telecom operator to launch UPI (Unified Payments Interface) payments space. Thus Reliance Jio will now compete with other private UPI payment providers such as Paytm, Google Pay and PhonePe.As of now, Reliance Jio is India’s largest telecom operator.As per reports, users cannot use their existing UPI ids to avail this service. Instead, they will have to create a new JIO UPI Id.

  15. What is the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of India for the FY 21 (2020-21) as per the India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) ?
    1) 5.2%
    2) 4.7%
    3) 5%
    4) 4.5%
    5) 5.5%
    Answer-5) 5.5%
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra),the Indian subsidiary of Fitch group, has estimated the Indian economy to grow at a 5.5% rate in fiscal year-FY 21 (2020-21), which is slightly higher than the 5% GDP(Gross Domestic Product) growth rate estimate for FY20 (2019-20).

  16. How much percent of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was approved to Bharti Airtel from 49% by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) recently ?
    1) 100%
    2) 50%
    3) 75%
    4) 60%
    5) 55%
    Answer-1) 100%
    Explanation:
    On January 21, 2020 the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved raising of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Bharti Airtel to 100 percent from 49 percent.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has also given the approval to Bharti Airtel for allowing foreign investors to hold up to 74 per cent stake in the company.The company has to clear statutory liabilities of up to nearly Rs 35,586 crore, of which Rs 21,682 crore is licence fee and another Rs 13,904.01 crore is spectrum dues excluding the dues of Telenor and Tata Teleservices before the approval.

  17. Name the Indian firm, that has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) of Ghana Oil Regulator, for the implementation of Ghana’s National LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) Promotion Policy .
    1) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
    2) Oil India
    3) Bharat Petroleum (BP)
    4) Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)
    5) Hindustan Petroleum (HP)
    Answer-4) Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020 Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) of Ghana Oil Regulator, for the implementation of Ghana’s National LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) Promotion Policy.The MoU was signed in New Delhi in the presence of Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoP&NG) & Steel Shri Dharmendra Debendra Pradhan and Micheal Aaron, High Commissioner of Ghana. Mr.Alhassan Sulemna Tampuli, Chief Executive, NPA, Ghana and Mr. L.K.S Chauhan, Chief General Manager (LPG), Indian Oil signed MoU.

  18. ) Which Indian firm has collaborated with Google Cloud, that will offer services provided by Google’s G Suite to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) ?
    1) Tata Sky
    2) Bharti Airtel Limited
    3) Vodafone Idea Limited
    4) Reliance Jio Limited
    5) Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)
    Answer-2) Bharti Airtel Limited
    Explanation:
    On January 20,2020, Bharti Airtel Limited (also known as Airtel), an Indian global telecommunications services company, has entered into the partnership with cloud computing services provider Google Cloud, under which Airtel will offer services provided by Google’s G Suite to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in India, which are already clients of Airtel’s information and communications technology (ICT) services.

  19. Who was appointed as the SoftBank group India head on January 22, 2020 ?
    1) Masayoshi Son
    2) Rajeev Misra
    3) Ken Miyauchi
    4) Yoshimitsu Goto
    5) Manoj Kohli
    Answer-5) Manoj Kohli
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020 SoftBank group has appointed Manoj Kohli as its India’s head. He has served as the Chairman of SB(SoftBank) energy, the Japanese telecom and investment renewable energy business. Manoj Kohli will be responsible for SoftBank Vision Fund, their portfolio companies and look after government relations and public policy efforts. Kohli succeeds Sumer Janeja as the Softbank India head.

  20. Name the 1st Woman & 13th President of Greece, who was elected on January 22, 2020 .
    1) Marietta Giannakou
    2) Anna Diamantopoulou
    3) Katerina Sakellaropoulou
    4) Maria Damanaki
    5) Maria Euthymiou
    Answer-3) Katerina Sakellaropoulou
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020 independent candidate Katerina Sakellaropoulou(63 years), became the1st Woman President of Greece elected by the Greece’s Parliament for a period of 5 years. She will be officially sworn in as Greece’s 13th President in April, 2020. She will succeed Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the current president.Katerina is the Council of State (Supreme Administrative court of Greece) studied law in Athens(Greece) and completed her postgraduate studies at the Sorbonne in Paris,France.She was born on 30 May 1956 in Thessaloniki, Greece and the daughter of Supreme Court Judge.

  21. Who was appointed as the Prime Minister (PM) of Lebanon ?
    1) Hassan Diab
    2) Michel Aoun
    3) Gebran Bassil
    4) Saad Hariri
    5) Nawaf Salam
    Answer-1) Hassan Diab
    Explanation:
    On January 22,2020 Lebanon President Micheal Naim Aoun announced formation of new Government due to anti-government protests for the last several months. The new Government (govt) will be headed by Prime Minister (PM) Hassan Diab, 60 year old professor at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.The New Government consists of 20 member technocrats.Formation of the new government was announced after Hezbollah party & its allies made a deal to tackle the country’s worst economic crisis in decade.

  22. Name the state government, that secured the top spot in the ‘SKOCH State of Governance 2019’ .
    1) Maharashtra
    2) Assam
    3) West Bengal
    4) Andhra Pradesh
    5) Gujarat
    Answer-5) Gujarat
    Explanation:On January 22, 2020,According to the ‘SKOCH State of Governance 2019’ report, Gujarat gained the top spot on the back of better performance in Health, Education, Power and e-Governance segments.
    Gujarat, which was ranked 5th in 2018 replaces 2018 leader West Bengal.
    The projects undertaken by the states, have performed the best in terms of rankings across 22 different parameters have been listed as STARS.
    Top 3 Star states include:

    Rank State Name Project
    1 Gujarat 104 projects
    2 Maharashtra 50 projects
    3 West Bengal 20 projects

    Gujarat is also ranked top in terms of governance category (leaving Tamil Nadu to the 2nd ) &other sectors including tourism and culture , e-Governance, Health, Education, Power Infrastructure.


  23. Who presented the 2020 annual Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to 49 children in the age group of 5-18 in New Delhi ?
    1) Pranab Mukherjee
    2) Amit Shah
    3) Ram Nath Kovind
    4) Narendra Modi
    5) Venkaiah Naidu
    Answer-3) Ram Nath Kovind
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020 the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind conferred the 2020 annual Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to 49 children in the age group of 5-18 in New Delhi. The award is given to children having exceptional achievements in various fields such as innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts and culture, sports and bravery.

  24. Name the 1st motorsports personality, who was awarded with the Rashtriya Bal Puraskar award 2020 .
    1) Yash Aradhya
    2) Jehan Daruwala
    3) Advait Dheodhar
    4) Armaan Ebrahim
    5) Aditya Patel
    Answer-1) Yash Aradhya
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020 the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind conferred the 2020 annual Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to 49 children in the age group of 5-18 in New Delhi. Yash Aradhya (17 years) of Bengaluru, Karnataka created history by becoming the 1st motorsports personality to be awarded the Rashtriya Bal Puraskar.

  25. Who chaired the 32nd PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation) meeting 2020 in New Delhi ?
    1) Rajnath Singh
    2) Nirmala Sitharaman
    3) Narendra Modi
    4) Amit Shah
    5) Ram Nath Kovind
    Answer-3) Narendra Modi
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020, Prime Minister (PM) Shri Narendra Modi chaired 32nd PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation) meeting 2020 and discussed progress of several projects in New Delhi.

  26. Which is the ‘most polluted Indian city’ with 322 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter) of PM10 (Particulate matter) pollutants in 2018 as per the Greenpeace India report for 2018 ?
    1) Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
    2) New Delhi, Delhi
    3) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    4) Lunglei, Mizoram
    5) Jharia, Jharkhand
    Answer-5) Jharia, Jharkhand
    Explanation:
    The Greenpeace India report for 2018 was released based on the National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP), on January 21, 2020. Jharia in Jharkhand which is known for Coal-belching is the most polluted Indian city with 322 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter) of PM10 (Particulate matter) pollutants in 2018, according to the report analysis of 287 cities across the country. Out of 287 cities 231 cities were severely polluted.

  27. Which organization released the ‘Democracy Index 2019: A year of democratic setbacks and popular protest’ ?
    1) Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
    2) World Economic Forum (WEF)
    3) World Bank (WB)
    4) United Nation (UN)
    5) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    Answer-1) Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020, According to the 12th edition of the ‘Democracy Index 2019: A year of democratic setbacks and popular protest’, released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

  28. Which country topped in the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s 12th edition of the ‘Democracy Index 2019: A year of democratic setbacks and popular protest’?
    1) China
    2) United States
    3) Norway
    4) Iceland
    5) Sweden
    Answer-3) Norway
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020, 12th edition of the ‘Democracy Index 2019: A year of democratic setbacks and popular protest’, was released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Norway tops the list with a score of 9.87 while North Korea is at the bottom with 167th place with 1.08 points.

  29. What is the rank of India in the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s 12th edition of the ‘Democracy Index 2019: A year of democratic setbacks and popular protest’ ?
    1) 45th
    2) 51st
    3) 49th
    4) 40th
    5) 55th
    Answer-2) 51st
    Explanation:On January 22, 2020, According to the 12th edition of the ‘Democracy Index 2019: A year of democratic setbacks and popular protest’, released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), India has slipped 10 ranks to 51st spot with the score of 6.90 in this index, which provides a blueprint for the current state of democracy in 167 nations.
     Top 3 & Bottom 3 countries in the Index:

    Rank Country Score
    51st India 6.9
    1 Norway 9.87
    2 Iceland 9.58
    3 Sweden 9.39
    165 Central African Republic 1.32
    166 Democratic Republic of the Congo 1.13
    167 North Korea 1.08


  30. Which country topped in the Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD)’s “Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020 (GTCI)” report ?
    1) Denmark
    2) Sweden
    3) Singapore
    4) Switzerland
    5) United States of America (USA)
    Answer-4) Switzerland
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020 the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020 (GTCI) report was launched by Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD), a partner and sponsor of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Tent in Davos, Switzerland. The country’s rank are decided using six metrics namely enable, attract, grow, retain, vocational skills and global knowledge skills. In list of 132 countries Switzerland tops the list. According to the report the United States of America (USA) is at the 2nd position followed Singapore.Top10 list includes Sweden at 4th, Denmark at 5th, the Netherlands at 6th, Finland at 7th, Luxembourg at 8th, Norway at 9th and Australia at the 10th position.

  31. What is the rank of India in the Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD)’s “Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020 (GTCI)” report ?
    1) 55th
    2) 50th
    3) 65th
    4) 70th
    5) 72nd
    Answer-5) 72nd
    Explanation:On January 22, 2020 the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020 (GTCI) report was launched by  Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD), a partner and sponsor of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Tent in Davos, Switzerland. India is at the 72nd position and in GTCI 2019 India was at the 80th position. Top 3 Countries in the list:

        Rank   Name
        1  Switzerland
        2  United States
        3  Singapore
       72  India


  32. By how much percent, the international tourist arrivals in 2019 increased from 2018 as per the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)’s report titled ‘World Tourism Barometer’ ?
    1) 4%
    2) 2%
    3) 5%
    4) 8%
    5) 10%
    Answer-1) 4%
    Explanation:
    On January 20, 2020 The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has released a report titled ‘World Tourism Barometer’. As per the report the international tourist arrivals in 2019 increased by over 4% (3.8% exact value) in 2019 and reached 1.5 billion, which is 54 million more than 2018, based on the data collected from reports around the world.

  33. Name the world’s most expensive city for luxury living, that topped in the Julius Baer’s 1st ‘Global Wealth and Lifestyle Report 2020 .
    1) Singapore city
    2) Hong Kong
    3) Tokyo
    4) Shanghai
    5) New York
    Answer-2) Hong Kong
    Explanation:
    On January 16, 2020, 1st ‘Global Wealth and Lifestyle Report 2020, released by Swiss private bank Julius Baer.Hong Kong was the world’s most expensive city in the list followed by Shanghai (China), Tokyo (Japan), New York (US) and Singapore.

  34. Which Indian city ranked 28th in the Julius Baer’s ‘Global Wealth and Lifestyle Report 2020 ?
    1) Pune, Maharashtra
    2) Kolkata, West Bengal
    3) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    4) New Delhi, Delhi
    5) Guwahati, Assam
    Answer-3) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    On January 16, 2020, According to the 1st ‘Global Wealth and Lifestyle Report 2020, released by Swiss private bank Julius Baer, India’s financial capital Mumbai was ranked last (28th ) in a list of the world’s 28 most expensive cities for luxury living.

  35. Name the country, that has best market for global companies looking for growth abroad as per the 23rd edition of the PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey .
    1) Russia
    2) Japan
    3) China
    4) Germany
    5) United States (US)
    Answer-5) United States (US)
    Explanation:
    On January 20, 2020 The 23rd edition of the PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey was launched on the 1st day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. As per the survey based on the confidence of CEOs over worldwide economic growth. United States(US) topped the list. China and Germany ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively.

  36. What is the rank of India in the 23rd edition of the PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey that held in the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland ?
    1) 4th
    2) 3rd
    3) 2nd
    4) 5th
    5) 6th
    Answer-1) 4th
    Explanation:
    On January 20, 2020 The 23rd edition of the PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey was launched on the 1st day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. As per the survey based on the confidence of CEOs over worldwide economic growth, India ranked 4th while it was topped by United States(US). China and Germany ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively. Indian chief executive officers (CEOs) showed 2nd highest level of confidence standing at 40% rate in overall revenue growth prospects on their own company. The country that ranked 1st in highest level of confidence was China with rate 45%.

  37. Which firm has acquired Essel Finance’s MSME (Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) loan business ?
    1) Aditya Birla Limited
    2) Vedanta Limited
    3) Adani Capital Pvt. Ltd
    4) Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)
    5) ITC Limited
    Answer-3) Adani Capital Pvt. Ltd
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020 the Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) of the Adani group, Adani Capital Pvt. Ltd has acquired Essel Finance’s MSME (Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) loan business. The business has loan book of Rs 145 crore approximately. As on December 31, 2019, the overall lending book of Adani capital and the housing finance business was ₹1,100 crore where the contributed Rs.150 crore.

  38. Which firm upgraded the ‘Sharang’ artillery guns, that has a strike range of 39 kilometres & has integrated firing range from 0-45 degrees ?
    1) Aceinotec Manufacturing Pvt Ltd.
    2) Rashtriya Metal Industries Ltd.
    3) Gun Carriage Factory (GCF)
    4) Indian Medieval Armour (IMA)
    5) Wilkinson Arms (WA)
    Answer-3) Gun Carriage Factory (GCF)
    Explanation:
    On January 21, 2020 the Indian Army (IA) has announced to induct 1st batch of 18 indigenously upgraded ‘Sharang’ artillery guns by March 31, 2020. The artillery gun’s barrel upgraded from 130mm to 155mm has a strike range of 39 kilometres and has gone integrated firing range from 0-45 degrees in its trial at the Long Proof Range of Ordnance Factory Khamaria, 16 kilometers from Jabalpur district headquarters in Madhya Pradesh. Previously the strike range was 27 kilometers. The contract to upgrade the Sharang artillery gun was undertaken by Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) in Jabalpur with the help of state-owned ordnance factories, and teams from the Army and DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation).

  39. Who inaugurated the POLNET 2.0 that provides video, audio and data connectivity across the country, especially during disasters ?
    1) Nityanand Rai
    2) Upendra Kushwaha
    3) G. Kishan Reddy
    4) Sanjay Jaiswal
    5) Giriraj Singh
    Answer-1) Nityanand Rai
    Explanation:
    On January 20, 2020 Union Minister of State for Home Affairs (MHA) Nityanand Rai inaugurated revamped police communication services POLNET 2.0. It is armed with robust multi-media facility. POLNET 2.0 is a captive satellite-based network which provides video, audio and data connectivity across the country, especially in times of disasters when regular communication either gets jammed or crashes.

  40. Which sports authority was de-recognised by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) for violating the Sports Code of 2011 ?
    1) Athletic Federation of India (AFI)
    2) Ball Badminton Federation of India (BBFI)
    3) Basketball Federation of India (BFI)
    4) Rowing Federation of India (RFI)
    5) Boxing Federation of India (BFI)
    Answer-4) Rowing Federation of India (RFI)
    Explanation:
    On January 22, 2020 the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) has de-recognised the Rowing Federation of India (RFI) because of violating the Sports Code of 2011 during the RFI election which was held on December 6, 2019 in Hyderabad in Telangana.

  41. Name the Indian city, that hosts the 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2020 .
    1) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    2) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    3) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
    4) NewDelhi, Delhi
    5) Guwahati, Assam
    Answer-5) Guwahati, Assam
    Explanation:
    The 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2020 was held at Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam with the participation of over 10,000 students.

  42. What is the mascot of 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2020 organized by Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports & conducted with the School Games Federation of India (SGFI), Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and Assam State government ?
    1) Vijay(the Tiger) and Anaisha (the Black buck)
    2) Vijay(the Tiger) and Jaya(the Black buck)
    3) Raunak(the Tiger) and Jaya(the Black buck)
    4) Pranay (the Tiger) and Mahika (the Black buck)
    5) Reyansh(the Tiger) and Keya (the Black buck)
    Answer-2) Vijay(the Tiger) and Jaya(the Black buck)
    Explanation:
    The 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2020 was held at Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam with the participation of over 10,000 students. Vijay the Tiger and Jaya the Black buck were the mascots of the tournament.

  43. Which state clinched Khelo India Youth Games 2020 champions trophy by winning 256 medals (78 gold, 77 silver and 101 bronze)?
    1) Andhra Pradesh
    2) Kerala
    3) Maharashtra
    4) West Bengal
    5) Assam
    Answer-3) Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    The 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2020 was held at Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam with the participation of over 10,000 students. Vijay the Tiger and Jaya the Black buck were the mascots of the tournament. Maharashtra clinched Khelo India Youth Games 2020 champions trophy with a collection of 256 medals (78 gold, 77 silver and 101 bronze).

  44. Who is the author of the book titled “The Story of Yoga: From India to the Contemporary World” ?
    1) Alasdair Gray
    2) Alistair Shearer
    3) Ian Rankin
    4) Alexander McCall Smith
    5) A. L. Kennedy
    Answer-2) Alistair Shearer
    Explanation:
    Book titled “first definitive history” of Yoga, “The Story of Yoga: From India to the Contemporary World” has been written by Scottish cultural historian Alistair Shearer, will be released by the end of January, 2020 and published by Penguin Random House. About the Book:The book discusses about the practice of yoga since ancient time in India till now. The book is divided into 2 parts,”Today” and “Yesterday”, with 9 chapters, including “The Age of invasions”, “Female fitness” and “Yoga Goes West”.

  45. Terence Graham Parry Jones, passed away recently, he belonged to which comedy group ?
    1) The Three Stooges
    2) Abbott and Costello
    3) Amos and Andy
    4) The Smothers Brothers
    5) Monty Python
    Answer-5) Monty Python
    Explanation:
    On January 22,2020 Terence Graham Parry Jones, a member of the Monty Python (Comedy group) passed at the age of 77 in London, England due to dementia. He was a very famous actor and writer who played a variety of characters in the iconic comedy group’s flying circus TV series, and had also directed several of their films. An asteroid, 9622 Terryjones, is named in his honour.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Name the life insurance scheme that was launched by government of India in May 2015 .
    Answer-Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY)

  2. What is the Capital and Currency of Lebanon ?
    Answer-Capital- Beirut & Currency- Lebanese Pound

  3. Where is the headquarters of SoftBank ?
    Answer-Tokyo, Japan

  4. Who is the chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) ?
    Answer-Sanjiv Singh

  5. Where is the headquarters of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) located ?
    Answer-Hyderabad, Telangana

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