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- Which Indian city is all set to host the 4th edition of the Internet of Things (IoT) India Congress 2019?
5) None of theseAnswer – 2) Bengaluru
The Internet of Things (IoT) India Congress, an event which will see digital technology leaders converge to discuss and explore business opportunities in mainstreaming IoT, will be held in Bengaluru on August 22-23, 2019. The IoT India Congress 2019 will include tracks on segments such as healthcare, manufacturing, telecom, smart cities, energy, retail, cyber security, skills and development, IoT Standards, legal and regulatory, and agriculture.
- Which campus of IIT had signed MoU with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to set up an Space Technology Cell (STC) in its campus?
1) IIT Roorkee
2) IIT Ropar
3) IIT Patna
4) IIT Bhilai
5) None of theseAnswer – 1) IIT Roorkee
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) of the Department of Space, Government of India, Bengaluru to set up an ISRO-IITR Space Technology Cell (STC) at IIT Roorkee, Uttarakhand, with an aim to strengthen institutional interactions and thereby enhance the scope of the activities pursued under STC commensurate with the programmatic goals of ISRO. The STC will ensure to maximise the use of research potential, infrastructure, expertise and experience that exist in ISRO and IIT Roorkee.The research facility will consist of faculty members, visiting scientists, experts, research personnel, technical, administrative and support staff.ISRO has been undertaking several student outreach programmes over the past few months in order to develop scientific temper among the country’s youth.
- India’s leading think-tank,Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) will set up an industrial incubation facility of TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre in which state?
2) New Delhi
4) Tamil Nadu
5) None of theseAnswer – 3) Odisha
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), one of country’s leading think-tanks, will set up an industrial incubation facility of TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre, in Odisha. The facility will support development of biotechnology solutions to address issues affecting agriculture, environment and energy. The Odisha government is making significant efforts to promote innovation, and latest effort being launching of the Odisha Biotechnology Policy-2018 that is based on three key pillars– innovation, entrepreneurship and investment. The TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre (TDNBC) offers to participate and to support the state government’s vision to promote and to assist further in implementing innovation and translational research.
- Name the country that conduct coordinated operation with India against insurgents posing threat to the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project.
5) None of theseAnswer – 4) Myanmar
A coordinated operation was conducted by the armies of India and Myanmar from 17th February to 2nd March 2019 against insurgents in Myanmarese territory to avert a possible threat to the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project.The objective of the operation was to crack down on the members of the Arakan Army, an insurgent group in Myanmar, the members of which had also moved close to the international border along Mizoram. The Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project is being viewed as India’s gateway to the Southeast Asia. India entered into a framework agreement with Myanmar in April 2008 to facilitate implementation of the project. On completion, the project will help connect Mizoram with the Sittwe Port in Rakhine State of Myanmar.
- Where was the 3rd edition of Namaste Thailand festival held with an aim to strengthen bilateral ties and increase cultural exchange?
2) New Delhi
5) None of theseAnswer – 2) New Delhi
The 3rd edition of Namaste Thailand festival, organised by the Royal Thai Embassy with an aim to strengthen bilateral ties and increase cultural exchange between India and Thailand, began at Select Citywalk in New Delhi on 15th March 2019 and will conclude on 17th March 2019. The festival will feature stage performances by Thai artistes including the much popular Thai folk-jazz band Asia-7. It will feature a series of Thai craft activities including mulberry paper mini umbrella making, fan painting, body paint, and button badge making along with the traditional Thai cuisines.
- Name the joint anti-terrorism exercise that was decided during 34th Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisations (SCOs) Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) Council in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
1) Western Explorer 2019
2) Metro Surge 2019
3) Sary – Arka – Antiterror 2019
4) Black Angus 2019
5) None of theseAnswer – 3) Sary Arka Antiterror 2019
On 16th March 2019, 34th Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisations (SCOs) Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) Council held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.A joint exercise ‘Sary – Arka – Antiterror 2019’ will be held as decided by the RATS in the session. India, Pakistan and other member nations will participate in the joint anti-terrorism exercise which will be held this year.The meeting was chaired by Russia. The meeting also decided to hold the first stage of joint border operation ‘Solidarity 2019 -2021.India and Pakistan entered the SCO in 2017 where China plays an influential role along with Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.RATS promote cooperation of member states against terrorism, separatism and extremism. It is a permanent organ of the SCO.
- Which city hosted the first BRICS Sherpa meeting 2019?
1) Curitiba, Brazil
2) New Delhi,India
4) Johannesburg,South Africa
5) None of theseAnswer – 1) Curitiba, Brazil
On 15th March 2019, the first BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Sherpa meeting held in Curitiba, Brazil under the Presidency of Brazil. Indian delegation was led by Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs T S Tirumurti. India during the meeting conveyed its support for the priority areas started by the Brazil which particularly take forward counter terrorism as a rising issue.Brazil will give priority to science, technology and innovation, New Development Bank, digital economy and BRICS Business Council. It will also give priority to countering transnational crime and terrorism.The need to take forward people to people cooperation as well as cooperation in science and technology, innovation, health and traditional medicines.BRICS is a group of five emerging countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Earlier it was known as BRIC before South Africa joined the group.
- What was the theme of 4th session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) held in Nairobi, Kenya?
1) Theme – “Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise “
2) Theme – “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture “
3) Theme – “Mobilizing Global Capital for Innovation in India “
4) Theme – “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable production and consumption“
5) None of theseAnswer – 4) Theme – “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable production and consumption“
On 16th March 2019, the 4th session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) held in Nairobi, Kenya where the India piloted resolutions on single-use plastics and sustainable nitrogen management. The theme of the 4th session of UNEA was Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable production and consumption. India hosted the High – Level Segment of UNEA which is a session on ‘Global Partnerships: Key to Unlocking Resource Efficiency and Inclusive Green Economies’. As the global nitrogen efficiency is low, it results in pollution which contributes to climate change and ozone depletion. Most of the plastics produced are of single-use which will damage the environment and aquatic bio-diversity.The availability of sufficient climate finance plays a key role in overcoming environmental challenges. The developed countries usually provide fund for climate action.
- Which Edition of India – US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTII) held in Washington DC, United States?
5) None of theseAnswer – 2) 7th
On 16th March 2019, 7th India – US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTII) which focused on encouraging the United States and Indian industry to work together held in Washington DC, United States.The aim of the meeting is to transform the bilateral defence relationship into an independent strategic decision maker. It will strengthen India’s defence industrial base by making it more collaborative from the traditional buyer-seller.It seeks on a collaboration on science and technology by identifying opportunities for co-production, co-development and expand US- India business ties.DTII meeting is held twice in year alternately in India and United States. It seeks to overcome bureaucratic obstacles to cooperation.The US Department of Defence in 2015 established an exclusive India Rapid Reaction Cell to support the DTII.
- Name the new service,launched by State Bank of India(SBI) for its customers to withdraw money from ATMs without using debit cards.
1) YONO Debit
2) YONO Money
3) YONO Cash
4) YONO Cardless
5) None of theseAnswer – 3) YONO Cash
The State Bank of India has launched a new service called ‘YONO Cash’ for its customers using which customers can withdraw money from ATMs without using debit cards. This facility is available over 16,500 of its ATMs through the You Only Need One (YONO), mobile app platform for the first time in the country. The ATMs enabled for this service will be called as YONO Cash Point.Customers can initiate the cash withdrawal process on the YONO app and set a six-digit YONO Cash pin for the transaction. Also, they will get a six digit reference number for the transaction on their registered mobile number via SMS, which has to be used within 30 minutes at the nearest YONO cash point.Transactions using YONO will be secured with two-factor authentication and will also eliminate the risk of skimming and cloning, at the same time it also maximizes convenience and enhances the banking experience for its customers.
- Which of the following banks are named as Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs) by Reserve Bank of India(RBI)?
i. State Bank of India
ii. ICICI Bank
iii. HDFC Bank
1) i alone named
2) ii alone named
3) I and ii named
4) ii and iii named
5) i,ii and iii are namedAnswer – 5) i,ii and iii are named
On 15th March 2019, Reserve Bank of India named State Bank of India, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank as Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs). The banks which are too big to fail are named by the RBI.D-SIB inclusion indicates that the failure of these banks would have a steep fall on Indian financial system. It will give more comfort to investors thus the borrowing cost of these banks from the markets are cheaper than its peers.The banks are required to set aside more capital for their continued operation as per the norms by April 1. RBI has started listing the banks since 2015.From April 1, SBI will have to set aside 0.60% of its risk weighted assets while ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank will set aside 0.20% as capital requirement.
- Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has declared some guidelines to stop misuse of price-sensitive information.These guidelines were not applicable to which of the following participants?
i.Public Sector Bank
iii. Private Sector Bank
1) Option i is not applicable
2) Option ii is not applicable
3) Option iii is not applicable
4) Option i,ii & iii are not applicable
5) None of theseAnswer – 4) Option i,ii & iii are not applicable
On 16th March 2019, The Reserve Bank of India has declared some guidelines to stop misuse of price-sensitive information by the participants in markets for financial instruments. RBI mentioned that Market participants, either acting independently or in collusion, shall not undertake any action with the intention to manipulate the calculation of a benchmark rate or a reference rate.In addition, no market participant would carry out a transaction or initiate any action with the sole or dominant intention of influencing a benchmark rate or a reference rate.For, regulatory action on market abuse, the RBI said market participants indulging in any such activity are liable to be denied access to markets in one or more instruments for a period that may not exceed one month at a time.All these directions, the RBI added, would exclude transactions executed through the recognized stock exchanges. In addition, the directions would not apply to banks and the central government in furtherance of monetary policy, fiscal policy or other public policy objectives.
- Name the project launched by Microsoft in order to boost India’s Swachh Bharat Mission.
4) Micro Boost
5) None of theseAnswer – 3) Sangam
On 8th March 2019, Microsoft has announced that it has partnered with The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to promote its Project ‘Sangam’ which is developed to accelerate Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in India. It is one of the world’s largest Cleanliness Programme.The Microsoft’s Project Sangam is a cloud-hosted, mobile-first community learning platform. It trained over 110000 municipal functionaries across over 4000 cities on Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal.The aim of Swachh Bharat Mission is to clean up the streets, roads and infrastructure of India’s urban and rural areas.
- Who won the BusinessLine Changemaker Of The Year award for introducing Goods and Services Tax (GST) in New Delhi?
1) Arun Jaitley
2) Sridhar Vembu
3) Rani Bang
4) Srikanth Bolla
5) None of theseAnswer – 1) Arun Jaitley
On March 15, 2019, the former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh presented the BusinessLine Changemaker Of The Year award to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, for successfully introducing the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaitley accepted the award from Dr Singh on the behalf of the GST Council at The BusinessLine Changemaker Awards ceremony at the Leela Palace, New Delhi.
- As per brand consultancy Interbrand of Omnicom Group,which brand topped the report based on the brand value?
1) Big Bazaar
5) None of theseAnswer – 4) Tata
A recent report by brand consultancy Interbrand, a division of Omnicom Group, Tata, Reliance and Airtel are the top three Indian brands of 2019, with Tata holding the top position as its brand value grew by 6%, mainly due to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Reliance took the second position as its brand value grew by 12%, mainly due to the success of Jio.Following Airtel at number three, HDFC Bank, LIC, State Bank of India, Infosys, Mahindra, ICICI Bank and Godrej rounded off the top 10 list.Kishore Biyani-owned Big Bazaar grabbed the 33rd spot with Rs.26.86 billion, along with supermarket chain DMart at 37 with Rs.20.15 billion.Along with Big Bazaar and DMart, Nerolac Paints, which came in at 39 with a brand value of Rs.19.19 billion, were the three new entrants in this year’s ranking.The Interbrand’s annual ranking is based on three key components — financial performance, the brand’s role in influencing customer choice and strength, and the premium price that the brand commands.
- President Ram Nath Kovind awarded the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar‘ to Seema Mehta. She belongs to which field?
2) Kathak Dancer
5) None of theseAnswer – 2) Kathak Dancer
President Ram Nath Kovind awarded the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar‘ to the renowned Kathak dancer Seema Mehta for her contribution towards women empowerment over the last 15 years at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi as part of the Women’s Day celebrations. She began her journey in Kathak and set up her dance school in Mumbai in 2010. She is the Director of ‘Chhandam Nritya Bharati‘ in Mumbai and was actively involved in promotion of Kathak dance form.
- Who was conferred with DD Mahila Kisan Award?
1) Indra Nooyi
2) Swati Shingade
3) Indu Jain
4) Vandana Luthra
5) None of theseAnswer – 2) Swati Shingade
Swati Shingade of Pune, has bagged the first prize of DD Mahila Kisan Award for 2018-19.A Surya Prakash, the Chairman Prasar Bharati, gave this award to Ms Swati Shingade at a grand finale event organized by DD Kisan Channel in New Delhi.The Kisan Channel has provided a platform to the women farmers and the main purpose of the channel is to make aware the people about the various schemes of the government.
- Who was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Uzbekistan?
1) Ajay Gondane
2) Alok Kumar Sinha
3) Vinay Kumar
4) Santosh Jha
5) None of theseAnswer – 4) Santosh Jha
Santosh Jha (Indian Foreign Service:1993 cadre), presently Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Washington, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Uzbekistan.He will be succeeding Mr. Vinod Kumar.
- Anurag Bhushan appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to which of the following country?
2) Republic of Malawi
4) Ivory Coast
5) None of theseAnswer – 2) Republic of Malawi
Anurag Bhushan (Indian Foreign Service: 1995 cadre), presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Malawi.
- Who was appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji?
2) George Raju
3) Sunil Jain
4) Ashok Das
5) None of theseAnswer – 1) Padmaja
On 15th March 2019,Ms. Padmaja has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji. At Present, Ms. Padmaja working as Deputy Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
- Name the WhatsApp head and Facebook CPO,who quits recently.
1) Jan Koum
2) Brian Acton
3) Chris Cox
4) Chris Daniels
5) None of theseAnswer – 3) Chris Cox
Chris Daniels, who took over operations of Facebook-owned WhatsApp is leaving the company.Zuckerberg also announced the departure of Facebook’s third-highest ranking executive, Chief Product Officer (CPO) Chris Cox, who served 13 years at the company.
- Which bank had got RBI’s nod to acquire Gruh Finance?
1) Yes Bank
2) ICICI Bank
3) HDFC Bank
4) Bandhan Bank
5) None of theseAnswer – 4) Bandhan Bank
On 14th March 2019, Reserve Bank of India provided a no objection to Kolkata headquartered Bandhan Bank for the proposed acquisition of Gruh Finance. Gruh Finance Limited is a Ahmedabad headquartered Subsidiary of HDFC Limited, is a Housing Finance Company (HFC) recognized by the National Housing Bank (NHB) and it was taken over in January by Kolkata-based Bandhan Bank in a share-swap deal.Based on this approval, Bandhan Bank has to transfer 14.9 per cent stake to HDFC for merging with Gruh Finance.The ratio for this amalgamation will be 568 shares of Bandhan Bank for every 1000 shares of Gruh Finance.
- Scientists of which university developed the solar-powered device that creates water from thin air?
1) University of Cambridge
2) University of Oxford
3) University of Texas
4) University of Edinburgh
5) None of theseAnswer – 3) University of Texas
Researchers led by Guihua Yu from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, USA have developed a novel solar-powered harvesting system that absorbs moisture from the air and converts it into clean, usable water. The technology is described in the journal Advanced Materials and could be used in disaster situations, water crises or poverty-stricken areas and developing countries.Access to clean water remains one of the biggest challenges facing humankind and this breakthrough innovation may offer a new solution through solar-powered technology that absorbs moisture from the air and returns it as clean, usable water.It relies on hydrogels, gel-polymer hybrid materials designed to be “super sponges” that can retain large amounts of water. The researchers used hydrogels that are both highly water absorbent and can release water upon heating.With an estimated 50,000 cubic kilometers of water contained in the atmosphere, this new system could tap into those reserves and potentially lead to small, inexpensive and portable filtration systems.
- Election Commission of India has introduced which app for electoral observers?
1) cVIGIL App
2) Observer App
3) Vote App
4) Elect App
5) None of theseAnswer – 2) Observer App
On 14th March 2019, The Election Commission has launched a mobile application ‘Observer App’ through which the Electoral Observers can submit the relevant document and material to Election Commission directly. The app will provide notifications, urgent messages and alerts to the poll observers. It will also help to get their deployment status, download the ID card and update their profile.‘cVIGIL’ is a mobile application also launched by Election Commission of India and it allowed the citizens to report on violation of model code of conduct. A written observation can be made by the observer after the flying squads investigate the matter.
- West Nile Virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne disease, mostly reported in the continental United States affected which Indian state recently?
1) Andhra Pradesh
2) Tamil Nadu
5) None of theseAnswer – 4) Kerala
A section of the media has reported that a seven year old boy from Malappuram District of Kerala is suffering from a West Nile Virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne disease, mostly reported in the continental United States. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare is closely monitoring the situation and has spoken to the State Health Minister of Kerala in this regard. He has directed for all support to be extended to Kerala in its prevention and management. Secretary (HFW) held a meeting with Additional Chief Secretary Shri Rajeev Sadanandan, Kerala and reviewed the situation. The Health Ministry has dispatched a multi-disciplinary Central team from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The Central team includes Dr. Ruchi Jain, RHO Trivandrum, Dr Suneet Kaur, Assitant Director, NCDC, Dr E Rajendran, Entomologist, NCDC, Calicut and Dr Binoy Basu, EIS Officer, NCDC. The team will support the State Health Authorities in managing the disease. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has also been alerted and a close watch is being maintained at Central and State level. There are no reports available so far for spread of this virus in other parts of the country.
- Which state has been identified as the most vulnerable to climate change according to the study by various IITs and IIS Bengaluru?
5) None of theseAnswer – 1) Assam
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) decided to commission a study to assess the climate risks faced by States in India, following an assessment of the global warming risks faced by 12 Himalayan States, discussed at last year’s U.N. climate change conference in Poland, that found States such as Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand vulnerable to climate change. On a scale ranging 0-1, 1 indicating the highest possible level of vulnerability, at the top of the scale were Assam with a score of 0.72 and Mizoram at 0.71, whereas Sikkim, with an index score of 0.42 was relatively less vulnerable.The scores of other states are Jammu & Kashmir (0.62), Manipur (0.59), Meghalaya and West Bengal (both 0.58), Nagaland (0.57), Himachal Pradesh and Tripura (0.51 both), Arunachal Pradesh (0.47) and Uttarakhand (0.45).Different factors contributed to a State’s vulnerability, for instance, in Arunachal Pradesh, the key factors are low female literacy and high percentage of population above BPL whereas in Nagaland the key issues are loss of forest cover, steep slope and high yield variability.
- Name the cyclone,which hit Mozambique city of Beira.
1) Cyclone Opal
2) Cyclone Cuba
3) Cyclone Idai
4) Cyclone Nargis
5) None of theseAnswer – 3) Cyclone Idai
On 14th March 2019, Cyclone Idai hit the Mozambique city of Beira and caused heavy rain and landfall at the port city. The 50000 people living at the port city are now without electricity and communication have been severely damaged.More than 100 people have been killed by the storm and heavy rain in the Mozambique and Malawi. The Cyclone is now heading towards Zimbabwe.
- Which country will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for first time in 2020?
5) None of theseAnswer – 2) India
India will host the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020 after the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, USA on MArch 15. This will be the second FIFA tournament India will be hosting, after the U-17 Men’s World Cup in 2017. The U-17 women’s tournament began in 2008, when New Zealand hosted it. Spain is the current champion and they had beaten Mexico 2-1 in the final in Uruguay in 2018.
- When was Measles Immunization Day observed?
1) March 14
2) March 15
3) March 16
4) March 13
5) None of theseAnswer – 3) March 16
Measles (Khasra) is a highly contagious viral disease which affects mostly children. It is one of the leading causes of death and disability among young children. Measles Immunization Day is celebrated on 16th march every year to make people aware about this deadly disease and how they can deal with the same. There is no specific treatment for measles but there is a vaccine to protect from the disease, which is both safe as well as cost effective. Young children, who don’t receive measles immunization, are at highest risk of measles and its complications, including death.
Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:
- Who is the chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)?K.Sivan
- What is the Capital and Currency of Myanmar?Capital – Naypyidaw and Currency – Burmese kyat
- Where is the headquarter of BRICS located?Shanghai, China
- Who is the MD and CEO of ICICI Bank?MD and CEO: Sandeep Bakshi
- What is the Capital of Fiji?Suva