AffairsCloud brings you the complete and important daily current affairs March 22 2018 Quiz to achieve more marks in Banking , Insurance, UPSC, SSC, CLAT , Railway and all other competitive Exams. We have prepared the current affairs quiz from our current affairs today updates.
- Union Cabinet has approved the launch of a new Centrally Sponsored Ayushman Bharat -National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM), which was announced in Union Budget 2018. This scheme will provide a benefit cover of Rs. __________ per family per year?
1. 2 lakh
2. 4 lakh
3. 5 lakh
4. 6 lakh
5. 10 lakh
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 3. 5 lakh
Union Cabinet has approved the launch of a new Centrally Sponsored Ayushman Bharat -National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM), which was announced in Union Budget 2018. AB-NHPM will provide a benefit cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year. The benefit cover will include pre and post-hospitalisation expenses. Besides, there will be no cap on family size and age. More than 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population (based on Socio-Economic Caste Census database) will be the target beneficiaries of this scheme. It will subsume the on-going centrally sponsored schemes –Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS).
- Indian Government signed a MoU with Guyana for cooperation in which field?
1. Renewable Energy
2. Solar Energy
4. IT Sector
5. Space Science
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 1. Renewable Energy
Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and Guyana on cooperation in Renewable Energy. This memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on January 30, 2018 in New Delhi. The MoU contains a framework for a cooperative institutional relationship between India and Guyana to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy. As per the terms of the MoU, a Joint Working Committee comprising representatives from both the sides will be set up to review, monitor and discuss matters related to areas of cooperation.
- Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has stated that it has constituted a task force to review the Income Tax Act, 1961 and to draft a new Direct Tax Law which takes into consideration the prevailing economic scenario and economic needs of contemporary India. Thus it has invited suggestions and feedback from whom, in the format provided on www.incometaxindia.gov.in?
2. General Public
3. Foreign Reseachers
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 4. 1&2
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has stated that it has constituted a task force to review the Income Tax Act, 1961 and to draft a new Direct Tax Law which takes into consideration the prevailing economic scenario and economic needs of contemporary India. CBDT believes that to prepare the draft of new Direct Tax Law, it is necessary to engage with stakeholders and general public. Thus it has invited suggestions and feedback from stakeholders and general public in the format provided on www.incometaxindia.gov.in. Suggestions/feedback in this regard may be sent through e-mail at email@example.com by April 2, 2018.
- Name the framework launched by Union Minister of Mines Narendra Singh Tomar, in order to help states to take action against illegal mining?
1. Sand Mining Framework
2. Mining Framework
3. Sand Framework
4. Illegal Sand Mining Framework
5. Framework of Sand Scam
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 1. Sand Mining Framework
Union Minister of Mines Narendra Singh Tomar launched a “sand mining framework” in order to help states to take action against illegal mining.Developed by: The Sand Mining Framework was prepared by the Ministry of Mines. It was developed after conducting study in several states and consultations with institutions like National Council for Cement and Building Materials, Cement Manufacture Association etc. The suggestions in this framework will offer a roadmap to the states that will help them to develop their policies and will act as a check on illegal mining of sand.
- Which fruit was declared as official fruit of Kerala?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 4. Jackfruit
On 21st March 2018, the jackfruit was declared as official fruit of Kerala. An official announcement on this regard was made by Kerala Agriculture minister V S Sunil Kumar in the Kerala state assembly. This decision was taken based on a proposal made by the Kerala Agriculture Department. This has been done in a move to promote the ‘Kerala jackfruit’ as a brand in markets all over India and abroad. The agricultural office in Ambalavayil in Wayanad is to be used for jackfruit research. The state animal of Kerala is ‘Elephant’. The state bird of Kerala is ‘great hornbill’. The state flower of Kerala is ‘kanikkonna’.
- Which State government’s Animal Husbandry Department has inked a MoU with Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd (BFIL) to launch ‘Pashu Dhan Sanjeevani – 1962’, an animal healthcare programme in the state?
3. Madhya Pradesh
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 3. Madhya Pradesh
Explanation The Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry Department has inked a MoU with Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd (BFIL) to launch ‘Pashu Dhan Sanjeevani – 1962’, an animal healthcare programme. The MoU was signed in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry Minister Antar Singh Arya and BFIL CEO and MD Geoff Woolley. The ‘Pashu Dhan Sanjeevani – 1962’ is claimed to be the first of its kind initiative by any state government in India. This programme offers animal owners a range of veterinary services. They just have to dial the toll-free helpline number 1962. Veterinary services like emergency treatment, on-demand artificial insemination, vaccination and deworming will be offered at the doorstep of farmers. This will be of great use to farmers who find it difficult to bring their cattle to the health centres. The IT ecosystem for this programme has been developed by BFIL. The service delivery process will be monitored through the ‘Bharat Sanjeevani’ software and a mobile app exclusively developed for doctors, veterinary field officers and artificial insemination technicians.
- How many members are there in the Central Press Accreditation Committee?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 4. 8
The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry has reconstituted two journalist-related bodies. On 20th March 2018 an order was issued by Information and Broadcasting Ministry that announced the members of the Central Press Accreditation Committee. The Central Press Accreditation Committee considers the names of correspondents and camerapersons who get Press Information Bureau (PIB) accreditation. The committee is headed by the Prinicpal Director General of PIB as the ex-officio chairperson. It has 8 members. It has a tenure of 2 years. Other members are: a representative of the Press Council of India and a representative of the News Broadcasters Association. Five other members are: Prashant Mishra of Dainik Jagran; Navika Kumar of Times Now; Kanchan Gupta, commissioning editor with ABP News; J Gopikrishnan of The Pioneer; and Smita Prakash, Editor News of Asian News International. I&B Ministry has also constituted a committee to administer the Journalists Welfare Scheme. The administering committee will consist of: I&B Secretary, Principal DG PIB, and a joint secretary from the I&B ministry.
- In which state, the world’s longest sandstone cave named ‘Krem Puri’ has been discovered?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 5. Meghalaya
The world’s longest sandstone cave named ‘Krem Puri’ has been discovered in Meghalaya. Krem Puri was discovered in 2016. However its actual length was found between 5th February and 1st March 2018. It was measured by the Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association (MAA). It is 24,583 metres long. This cave is over 6,000 metres longer than the world record-holder Cueva Del Saman, a sandstone cave in Edo Zulia, Venezuela. It has also become India’s second longest cave in the general category. The longest India cave is the Krem Liat Prah-Umim-Labit system in the Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya.
- When was International Yoga Fest inaugurated by Union minister Jitendra Singh at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi?
1. 17th March
2. 18th March
3. 19th March
4. 20th March
5. 21st March
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 5. 21st March
On 21st March 2018, International Yoga Fest was inaugurated by Union minister Jitendra Singh at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi, as a curtain raiser for the International Yoga Day (IYD) to be held on 21st June 2018. The International Yoga Fest is held for 3 days. Over 5,000 delegates from 16 countries and nearly 40 yoga institutions and universities are taking part in the fest. Four cities namely Jaipur, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Mysore have been shortlisted for conducting the main function of International Yoga Day 2018. The international yoga fest will be followed by 10 state-level fests that will be held in different parts of India.
- In which state, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) launched Free Wi-Fi Facility in one of its village?
5. Andhra Pradesh
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 1. Gujarat
On 21st March 2018, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) launched Free Wi-Fi Facility at Udwada Village, in Valsad District, Gujarat. The facility was launched by Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications and Minister of State for Railways. I&B (Information and Broadcasting) minister Smriti Irani selected Udwada village under Saansad Adarsh Gram scheme. Smriti Irani said that, under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana Rs.16.48 Lakh has been allotted for implementing Wi-Fi by BSNL in Udwada Village. Anupam Shrivastava, CMD of BSNL, said that two Hotspots with 17 Access points have been installed at Udwada village.
- In which Indian city, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) celebrated its 6th Foundation Day?
1. 17th March
2. 18th March
3. 19th March
4. 20th March
5. 21st March
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 4. 20th March
On 20th March 2018, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) celebrated its 6th Foundation Day in New Delhi. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests and Climate Change, who was the Chief Guest of the event. Theme: The theme for 6th Foundation Day of BIRAC was ‘Sustaining Innovation – A Market Driven Pathway’. Several dignitaries from the scientific and industry sectors within India and also from foreign countries attended the event. Preliminary winners of the SoCH (Solutions for Community Health) awards were announced at the event. This is an innovation challenge award which was initiated at the MyGov portal in September 2017.
- Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) has announced that it will commence futures trading in _________ on March 26, 2018?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 2. Brass
Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) has announced that it will commence futures trading in brass on March 26, 2018. The launch will be an important milestone as it will be for the first time that a Brass Futures contract will be traded on an organised exchange anywhere in the world. Availability of Brass Futures contracts will not only help in price discovery but will also help brass merchants to hedge the risk arising out of price fluctuation. The lot size of the contract will be 1 MT (metric tonne) with expiries in April, May and June 2018.
- Which company signed a Technology Collaboration Agreement (TCA) with HLB Power, Republic of Korea?
2. Adani Power
4. Hindustan Petroleum
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 3. BHEL
On 21st March 2018, BHEL said that, it has signed a Technology Collaboration Agreement (TCA) with HLB Power, Republic of Korea. BHEL said that, this collaboration is for in-house design and manufacture of large size gates and dampers used in coal fired power plants that would be commissioned or retrofitted with high capacity emission control equipment. The TCA was signed by Subrata Biswas, Director (E, R&D) BHEL and Dr. Jong Weon Kim, CEO and Director, HLB Power at BHEL’s corporate office. BHEL said that, this TCA will help in developing in-house design, manufacture and testing facilities of very large size gates and dampers.
- Which bank stated that it has received approval from Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs for amalgamation of its fully-owned subsidiary All Bank Finance Ltd. (ABFL) with itself?
1. Dena Bank
2. Axis Bank
4. Canara Bank
5. Allahabad Bank
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 5. Allahabad Bank
On March 21, 2018, Allahabad Bank stated that it has received approval from Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs for amalgamation of its fully-owned subsidiary All Bank Finance Ltd. (ABFL) with itself. Bank’s board had approved the proposed amalgamation in December 2016. All Bank Finance offers fee-based services like debenture trusteeship, distribution of mutual fund schemes, investment advisory and portfolio management and security valuation. For financial year 2016-17, ABFL’s total income stood at Rs 13.30 crore, while the net profit was Rs 6.76 crore.
- On 22nd March 2018, the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired from Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. The BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile. It was developed in a joint-venture between India and__________?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 3. Russia
On 22nd March 2018, the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired from Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. The BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile. It was developed in a joint-venture between India and Russia. This missile has been named after the rivers Brahmaputra of India and Moskva of Russia. It is a two-stage self-propelled guided missile. It can fly at almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8. It has a range of 290 km. Work to integrate the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft is under progress. BrahMos has a strike accuracy rate of 99.99 %. It follows various trajectories like high, high-low, low, surface-skim etc.
- ___________ has introduced billing through Point of Sale (POS) hand held machines in trains?
2. Indian Government
4. Indian Army
5. Indian Navy
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 1. IRCTC
IRCTC has introduced billing through Point of Sale (POS) hand held machines in trains. IRCTC is introducing POS billing machines in trains in phases. POS machines have already been introduced in train no. 12627-28, SBC-NDLS Karnataka Express on pilot basis. In the next phase, 100 POS machines are launched in 26 trains. There are 50 rakes (composition of coaches forming a train) on those 26 trains. 2 POS machines will be provided for each rake of the train. Later, the number of POS machines will be increased according to the usage by passengers. IRCTC also deploys its officials on these trains to monitor the catering services. These Officials will be provided with Tablets (Tab) to obtain passenger feedback. The service providers managing the onboard services are trained at IRCTC’s Central Kitchen at Noida for usage of the POS machine.
- Which country hosted the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun 2018?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 3. Australia
On 22nd March 2018, Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan won gold medal in the junior women’s 10m air rifle event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun in Sydney, Australia. Also, Elavenil Valarivan along with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta won the team gold medal. Elavenil Valarivan shot 249.8 in the finals. Her 631.4 in the qualification set a new world record. Arjun Babuta won bronze medal in men’s 10m air rifle event. India’s Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta finished in sixth and seventh positions respectively. India’s Surya Pratap Singh and Shahu Tushar Mane finished in sixth and eighth positions respectively.
- When is World Water Day celebrated all over the world?
1. 20th March
2. 21st March
3. 22nd March
4. 23rd March
5. 24th March
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 3. 22nd March
On 22nd March 2018, World Water Day was celebrated all over the world. When and Why: Every year 22nd March is celebrated as International World Water Day to focus on the importance of freshwater and supporting for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The first World Water Day was celebrated in 1993. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water. UN-Water is the agency that coordinates the United Nation’s work on water and sanitation. It prepares the theme for World Water Day. Theme for World Water Day 2018: Nature for Water. This year World Water Day will focus on how to use nature to deal with the water challenges of current age.
- On 20th March 2018, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, released a book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees named ‘Paramveer Parwane’. The book was authored by whom?
1. Dr Sri Sathya
2. Dr Sonia Jairani
3. Dr Manish Gupta
4. Dr Divya Devi
5. Dr Prabhakiran Jain
Answer & ExplanationAnswer – 5. Dr Prabhakiran Jain
On 20th March 2018, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, released a book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees named ‘Paramveer Parwane’. Paramveer Parwane is a book on the bravery of Paramveer Chakra Awardees from 1947 to 1965. It has been authored by Dr Prabhakiran Jain. It is published by Medha Books. It consists of 11 short stories, poems, and songs. It talks about brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives in battles. It is available in paperback and coffee table book format. The second part of this book will be released soon.
STATIC GK based on Current Affairs
- Where is the headquarters of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation located at?
- Allahabad Bank was founded in the year?
- In which state Vansda National Park is located?
- Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport is located at?
- Which is the Largest Artificial Lake in Asia? – Upper Lake, Madhya Pradesh
AnswerUpper Lake, Madhya Pradesh