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Questions Based on Current Affairs January 3 2020

  1. How much percent of the Poshan Abhiyaan funds have been used in the past 3 years ?
    1) 35%
    2) 40%
    3) 30%
    4) 50%
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) 30%
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2019 according to an analysis of the data shared by Minister for Women and Child Development (MoWCD) Smriti Irani in the Parliament, merely 30% of the Poshan Abhiyaan funds have been used in 3 years. Apart from Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar, none of the state govt has used the fund granted to them in the past 3 years.

  2. Which State/UT has utilized the Poshan Abhiyaan funds well & emerged as the best performer ?
    1) Mizoram
    2) Lakshadweep
    3) Himachal Pradesh
    4) Bihar
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Mizoram
    Explanation:
    Best performers in Poshan Abhiyaan : Among the states that utilised the poshan abhiyaan funds well, Mizoram(65.12%) emerged as the best performer. It was followed by Lakshadweep (61.08%), Bihar (55.17%), Himachal Pradesh (53.29%) and Meghalaya (48.37%) in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively. Worst performers: The top worst performers were Punjab (0.45%), Karnataka (0.74%), Kerala (8.75%), Jharkhand (13.94%) and Assam (23.01%).

  3. What is the Integrated help line number launched by Indian Railways for quick grievance and enquiries by the passengers during journeys ?
    1) 149
    2) 152
    3) 143
    4) 139
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) 139
    Explanation:
    On 3rd January 2020, The Indian Railways launched an integrated helpline number 139 for quick grievance and enquiries by the passengers during journeys.It is an integrated form of existing helpline numbers (except 182) particularly to avoid the inconvenience over multiple helpline numbers and will be easy to connect with Railways for all their needs during travel.The helpline number will be available in 12 languages and it will be based on an interactive voice response system and it can also be used for general complaints, accidents and safety issues.

  4. Where did Shri Vijay Ramniklal Rupani unveiled the 50 feet tall, “World’s 2nd largest statue of Sardar vallabhbhai Patel” recently ?
    1) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    2) Ahmedabad, Gujarat
    3) New Delhi, Delhi
    4) Kolkata, West Bengal
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Ahmedabad, Gujarat
    Explanation:
    On January 3, 2020 the Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Ramniklal Rupani unveiled the world’s 2nd largest statue of Sardar vallabhbhai Patel at Sardardham campus near Vaishnodevi circle in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This bronze statue which is 50 feet tall weighing 70,000 kilograms was built at a cost of Rs 3.25 crores. Padma Bhushan awardee Ram Vanji Sutar(Sculptor) who designed the world’s tallest statue has built this world’s second tallest statue too.

  5. Which state has celebrated Ritualistic festival, ‘Lai Haroba’ recently ?
    1) Manipur
    2) Nagaland
    3) Tripura
    4) Mizoram
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Tripura
    Explanation:
    Lai Haroba, a ritualistic festival observed by Manipuri meitei communities began in Agartala. The five-day long festival was inaugurated by Speaker of State legislative Assembly, Rebati Mohan Das. Lai Haroba was celebrated through oral literature, music, dance and rituals. A cultural troupe from Manipur came and performing manipuri martial arts, folk music and folk dances. The festival was organized by:Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, Government of Tripura. Puthiba Lai Haraoba Committee and Puthiba Welfare & Cultural Society, Agartala.

  6. Census of which animal, is set to be conducted in May 2020 by Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Gujarat using 8,000-10,000 cameras ?
    1) Asiatic Lion
    2) Cape lion
    3) American lion
    4) Barbary lion
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Asiatic Lion
    Explanation:
    On January 1, 2020,The Wildlife Institute of India (WII),an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate change(MoFCC), is set to conduct the Asiatic Lion Census in May 2020 by using around 8,000-10,000 cameras across 25,000 sqkm (Square kilometre) area spanning 7 districts in Gujarat. National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)’s technology will be used for the lion census.

  7. Which state government has launched India’s first online platform called “e-Gazette portal”( http://egazetteodisha.nic.in), designed and developed by the NIC(National Informatics Centre) ?
    1) Assam
    2) Odisha
    3) Uttar Pradesh
    4) West Bengal
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Odisha
    Explanation:
    On January 2, 2020, The State Government of Odisha has launched an online platform called “e-Gazette portal”( http://egazetteodisha.nic.in), a first-of-its-kind initiative in India designed and developed by the NIC(National Informatics Centre) for all departments. With this, the Gazette notifications are now available as error-free and paperless under one platform.

  8. Name the 1st nation in the world, that ban ‘reef-toxic’ sun cream to save corals and sea life.
    1) Nauru
    2) Marshall Islands
    3) Kiribati
    4) Palau
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Palau
    Explanation:
    Palau has become the first nation to ban sun cream which damages the coral reefs, sea life and are toxic to juvenile wildlife species. It is the Pacific Island country in the Western Pacific Ocean near Philippines.The sun cream consists of oxybenzone and octinoxate absorbs UV (UltraViolet) rays which causes water more acidic, makes corals susceptible to bleaching and agitating fish stocks.Following Palau, Hawaii bans sun cream comes into effect from 2021.

  9. Which organization has reported that more than 1,70,000 grave violations against children in conflict were verified for the last 10 years ?
    1) World Bank
    2) United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
    3) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    4) United Nation
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
    Explanation:
    On December 29, 2019 the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) also known as the United Nations Children’s Fund announced that more than 1,70,000 grave violations against children in conflict were verified which is the equivalent of more than 45 violations a day for the last 10 years.

  10. Name the bank that has signed a co-lending partnership agreement with JM Financial Home Loans Limited (JMFHL), to provide retail loans to home buyers .
    1) Indian Bank
    2) Canara Bank
    3) Bank of Baroda (BoB)
    4) State Bank of India (SBI)
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Bank of Baroda (BoB)
    Explanation:
    On January 2, 2020, Bank of Baroda (BoB), an Indian Multinational, public sector Bank has signed a co-lending partnership agreement with JM Financial Home Loans Limited (JMFHL), the housing finance arm of JM Financial Group, to provide retail loans to home buyers.This tie up will boost the credit delivery to customers & also promote home buying field in India.

  11. Import from which country is set to be placed under stricter quality standards to curb non-essential imports ?
    1) Russia
    2) China
    3) Japan
    4) United States (US)
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) China
    Explanation:
    By March 2020, India has decided to place stricter quality standards for 371 items. This has been done with the aim of curbing imports of non-essential items such as toys, plastic goods, sports items and furniture, especially from China. The proposed rules will be framed by respective ministries in coordination with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), that will help in ensuring stricter inspection of imports. The new rules will be spearheaded by Union trade minister Shri Piyush Goyal. China’s imports: Non-essential imports from China is estimated to amount $4 trillion per annum. Trade deficit with China: India’s trade deficit with China stands at $53.6 billion.

  12. By how much percent, the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India rose in the first half of FY2020 (Fiscal year 2020), as per the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) ?
    1) 15%
    2) 20%
    3) 25%
    4) 30%
    5) None of these
    Answer-1)15%
    Explanation:
    On January 2, 2020, According to the data released by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India rose 15% to $26 billion in the first half of FY2020 (Fiscal year 2020).

  13. Which country has become the largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) ($8 billion investments) in India during the first half of FY2020 ?
    1) Japan
    2) Mauritius
    3) United States(US)
    4) Singapore
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Singapore
    Explanation:
    On January 2, 2020, According to the data released by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India rose 15% to $26 billion in the first half of FY2020 (Fiscal year 2020). Singapore continued to be the largest source of FDI in India during the first half of FY2020 with $8 billion investments. The inflow of FDI during April-September of 2018-19 stood at $22.66 billion. The data in brief are as follows: Other top FDI sourcing countries to India:Singapore was followed by Mauritius ($6.36 billion), the United States(US) ($2.15 billion), the Netherlands ($2.32 billion), and Japan ($1.78 billion) in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.

  14. Name the Prize unveiled by Britain’s Prince William to solve “Earth’s greatest environmental problems,” from climate change to air pollution .
    1) Earth Saver Prize
    2) Climate Changer Prize
    3) Earthshot Prize
    4) Climate Change Prize
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Earthshot Prize
    Explanation:
    On 2nd January 2020, Prince William 37 has announced a multi-million-pound prize for “visionaries” working to solve “Earth’s greatest environmental problems,” from climate change to air pollution. The Earthshot Prize will be awarded to five winners, every year, for the next 10 years. The initiative’s goal is to provide “at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest problems by 2030.”

  15. Who was awarded with the Best Men’s Player title at Dubai Globe Soccer Awards for the year 2019 ?
    1) Kylian Mbappé
    2) Cristiano Ronaldo
    3) Lionel Messi
    4) Eden Hazard
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Cristiano Ronaldo
    Explanation:
    Famous Portuguese professional football player Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded by Globe Soccer Award as the best men’s player of the year in the international football function held in Dubai. Ronaldo has won the award six times out of its nine years of its existence and also marked 4th consecutive time.England international Lucy Bronze was awarded the best women’s player of the year. The 11th edition of the Globe Soccer Award, marks a new era for football recognition took place in Madinet Jumeirah Resort, Middle East, Dubai. The award has been presented in 15 categories.

  16. Name the organization/ministry, that has awarded Swarna Jayanti Fellowships Award to 14 Scientists for the year 2018-19 ?
    1) Union Ministry of Science and Technology
    2) Union Ministry of Home Affairs
    3) Union Ministry of Human Resource Development
    4) Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Union Ministry of Science and Technology
    Explanation:
    On January 2, 2020, The Union Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India (GoI), have awarded Swarna Jayanti Fellowships for 2018-19 to 14 Scientists under 40 years of age, associated with innovative research projects and capable of impacting research and development (R&D) work in their respective fields.

  17. Who was awarded with Swarna Jayanti Fellowships Award for 2018-19 in the field Cryptography and Information theory ?
    1) Dr. Smarajit Karmakar
    2) Dr. Yogesh Simmhan
    3) Dr. Anindya Das
    4) Dr. Shweta Agrawal
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Dr. Shweta Agrawal
    Explanation:
    On January 2, 2020, The Union Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India (GoI), have awarded Swarna Jayanti Fellowships for 2018-19 to 14 Scientists.They are as follows.

    S.No Name Associated with Field
    1 Dr. Sheetal Gandotra CSIR-IGIB (CSIR Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology), Delhi Host-pathogen interactions.
    2 Dr. Jitender Giri National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR),New Delhi Identifying novel genes
    3 Dr. Rakesh Singh Laishram Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram,Kerala Role of RNA processing in gene regulation
    4 Dr. Vishal Rai Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Organic Chemistry & Chemical Biology.
    5 Dr. Kanishka Biswas Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru,Karnataka Renewable Energy & Clean Environmental solutions
    6 Dr. Gopalan Rajaraman Indian Institute of Technology Bombay(IITB), Mumbai,Maharashtra Surface chemistry, Computational inorganic chemistry
    7 Dr. Apoorva Khare Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bengaluru,Karnataka Positivity and analysis, representation theory of Lie algebras, and discrete mathematics
    8 Dr. Mahender Singh Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali,Punjab Algebra and topology.
    9 Dr. Subimal Ghosh Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, Maharashtra Indian Monsoon and Atmosphere- Land Surface Interactions and Hydrology
    10 Dr. Smarajit Karmakar Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) –Hyderabad,Telangana Various scales in Glass Forming Liquids, Yielding of Amorphous Solids
    11 Dr. Arjun Bagchi Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kanpur,Uttar Pradesh Holography and String Theory
    12 Dr. Anindya Das Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bengaluru,Karnataka Geophysics and Geochemistry
    13 Dr. Yogesh Simmhan Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bengaluru,Karnataka Temporal Graphs,Scalable Data Management
    14 Dr. Shweta Agrawal Indian Institute of Technology- Madras(IITM), Chennai,Tamil Nadu. Cryptography and Information theory


  18. Who was appointed as the 1st Chairman of NMC (National Medical commission) on January 2, 2020 ?
    1) Mahesh Verma
    2) Rajendra Pandey
    3) Suresh Chandra Sharma
    4) Rakesh Kumar Vats
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Suresh Chandra Sharma
    Explanation:
    On January 2, 2020 Delhi AIIMS’ Professor Suresh Chandra Sharma appointed as the 1st ever Chairman of NMC (National Medical commission). Sharma was the head of ENT(ears, nose,throat) head-surgery department of AIIMS(All India Institute of Medical Sciences) in New Delhi.The Committee also appointed Dr Rakesh Kumar Vats, Secretary General, Board Of Governors, Medical Council of India as Secretary of NMC.The Chairman and the Secretary of NMC will serve for a period of 3 years or till the age of 70 years.

  19. Who was appointed as the 11th and 1st female Chancellor of United Kingdom’s Queen’s University ?
    1) Hillary Rodham Clinton
    2) Esther McVey
    3) Thérèse Coffey
    4) Priti Patel
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Explanation:
    On 2 January, 2020 72-years-old Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed as the first female Chancellor of United Kingdom’s Queen’s University. She succeeds Tom Moran. Clinton is the 11th Chancellor of the University and will serve for a period of five years from January 1, 2020. She will act as an advisor to the vice-chancellor Prof Ian Greer and senior management.

  20. Which firm has acquired RiskRecon Inc, to protect its cyber systems & infrastructure ?
    1) PayPal
    2) Mastercard
    3) Visa Inc
    4) American Express
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Mastercard
    Explanation:
    On December 24, 2019, Mastercard,a leading global payments & technology company has acquired RiskRecon Inc,a leading third-party cyber risk solutions provider, to protect its cyber systems & infrastructure. The acquisition has been finalized for an undisclosed sum & is expected to be complete by early 2020.

  21. Who launched a mobile app named “Telangana Red Cross” to access blood bank and red cross membership in an easier way ?
    1) Ram Nath Kovind
    2) Venkaiah Naidu
    3) K. Chandrashekar Rao
    4) Narendra Modi
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Ram Nath Kovind
    Explanation:
    On December 21, 2019 the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, launched a mobile app named “Telangana Red Cross” of the Red Cross Society of India in Hyderabad, Telangana. The app was launched during the President’s visit to southern parts of India. His visits were to Telangana, Puducherry, Kanyakumari(Tamil Nadu) from December 20-28, 2019. App development: The app was developed by the Telangana Centre for Good Governance in less than 3 months. It is made available in all languages. Access to blood bank and red Cross membership will be made easy through this app.

  22. In which of the following Indian city, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will establish its 2nd launch port to launch small satellite vehicles ?
    1) Kochi, Kerala
    2) Bengaluru, Karnataka
    3) Hyderabad, Telangana
    4) Thoothukodi, Tamil Nadu
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Thoothukodi, Tamil Nadu
    Explanation:
    The second launch port of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) will established in Thoothukodi district of Tamil Nadu to launch small satellite vehicles. This will come up in 2300 acres.On the lines of GPS navigation system developed by America, the Indian navigation system called Navic with the indigenous atomic clock will be operational with mobile phone manufacturers coming forward to install the regional navigation device.

  23. Which game along with “Cycling” will be included for the first time in the 3rd Khelo India Games 2020, that is to be held in Guwahati, Assam ?
    1) Boccia
    2) Croquet
    3) Lawn bowls
    4) Bocce
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) Lawn bowls
    Explanation:
    On 2nd January 2019, Chief Executive Officer of “Khelo India Games” has announced the inclusion of “Lawn bowls” and “Cycling” in the 3rd edition of Khelo India Games. These two games will be included in the event for the first time.Around 6500 athletes from 37 teams will take part in the 3rd edition of Khelo India youth games in Guwahati, Assam which is scheduled to be held from 10th of January to 22nd of February at Indira Gandhi Stadium.

  24. Where was the FIDE (International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation) World Blitz competition 2019 held ?
    1) Washington, D.C., United States of America (USA)
    2) Tokyo, Japan
    3) Beijing, China
    4) Moscow, Russia
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Moscow, Russia
    Explanation:
    FIDE World Blitz competition 2019 held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

  25. Humpy Koneru was in news recently, she is associated with which sport ?
    1) Badminton
    2) Chess
    3) Tennis
    4) Cricket
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) Chess
    Explanation:
    On December 31, 2019, Humpy Koneru (32), an Indian chess grandmaster from Andhra Pradesh, has settled 12th overall in the 2-day FIDE World Blitz competition 2019 held at at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. She ended the tournament with 10.5 points out of 17 games. Kateryna Lagno (13 points) of Russia and Magnus Carlsen of Norway (16.5 points) retained their titles in the Women’s and Men’s Blitz Championships respectively.

  26. Name the Indian Cricketer, who was picked as the captain of ESPNCricinfo’s ODI and T20 teams of past decade ?
    1) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    2) Suresh Raina
    3) Virat Kohli
    4) Rohit Sharma
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    Explanation:
    Charismatic Former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 38 years old picked as captain of ESPNCricinfo’s ODI(One Day International) and Twenty20 teams of the decade. Virat Kohli was named the leader in Tests.The criteria was set up by the 23 member panel, for a selection was a minimum of 50 Tests or six active years in the traditional format while it was 75 ODIs and 100 T20s for the teams.

  27. World Health Organisation(WHO) has designated 2020 as ________________ .
    1) International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
    2) International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies
    3) International Year of Nurse and Midwife
    4) International Year of Indigenous Languages
    5) None of these
    Answer-3) International Year of Nurse and Midwife
    Explanation:
    The executive board of the World Health Organisation(WHO) has designated 2020 as International Year of Nurse and Midwife in honour of 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. The WHO will also launch first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report in 2020 prior to the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly.

  28. Which state government has launched a ‘Cyber Safe Women’ campaign to mark the birth anniversary of social reformer, Savitribai Phule ?
    1) Andhra Pradesh
    2) Assam
    3) West Bengal
    4) Maharashtra
    5) None of these
    Answer-4) Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    On January 3, 2020 Maharashtra Government launched ‘Cyber Safe Women’ campaign to mark the birth anniversary of social reformer, Savitribai Phule.The main aim of this initiative is to reduce the cyber crimes against women and children.This campaign will be launched in 34 districts and 90 places at once across the state.To create awareness among women and children, cyber crime police will conduct presentations and lectures across the state.

  29. Kerala government has launched, “K-RERA” to bring confidence and transparency in real estate sectors among the customers.What does ‘A’ stands for ?
    1) A – Asset
    2) A – Authority
    3) A – Association
    4) A – Auctions
    5) None of these
    Answer-2) A – Authority
    Explanation:
    A – Authority in K-RERA.The full form of K-RERA is Kerala Real Estate Regulatory Authority.It was in news recently because on January 1, 2020 Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan launched K-RERA (Kerala Real Estate Regulatory Authority) to bring confidence and transparency in real estate sectors among the customers.According to the CM, K-RERA will reduce real estate mafia and helps in creating valid relationships among promoter and buyer.The buildings with more than eight apartments and real estate projects with 500 sq meters land or more will have to be registered under RERA.

  30. Which state has declared 2020 as year of Artificial Intelligence(AI) recently ?
    1) Telangana
    2) Andhra Pradesh
    3) Kerala
    4) Karnataka
    5) None of these
    Answer-1) Telangana
    Explanation:
    On January 03, 2019 the Telangana Information Technology (IT) minister Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao has declared 2020 as year of Artificial Intelligence(AI) and has signed 8 Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with various companies and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) to make way for technological advancements in the state. The MoU with IIT-KGP is for setting up centre of excellence in AI and research and Development Park. Pilot projects of registration and police departments on the occasion was also launched.

STATIC GK based on Current Affairs

  1. Name the program launched by government of India to improve nutritional benefits to pregnant women, lactating mothers and children .
    Answer-Poshan Abhiyaan

  2. Who is the first Indian Origin Prime Minister of Ireland ?
    Answer-Leo Varadkar
    Explanation:
    Leo Varadkar is the first Indian Origin Prime Minister of Ireland.He was in news recently because he had visited Goa to celebrate New Year and he also visited Maharashtra to visit his ancestral village.

  3. What is the tagline of Bank of Baroda (BoB) ?
    Answer-India’s International Bank

  4. Who is the Executive Director of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) ?
    Answer-Henrietta Holsman Fore

  5. Where is the headquarters of Mastercard located ?
    Answer-New York, United States (U.S.)

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