Current Affairs Quiz: March 30 2019

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  1. Where did the second joint logistics node of tri-services become operational?
    1) Chennai,TamilNadu
    2) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    3) Guwahati,Assam
    4) Bengaluru,Karnataka
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Explanation:
    On 29th March 2019, the second joint logistics node of tri-services has become operational at naval base in Mumbai, Maharashtra to enhancing interoperability, improve maintenance of military assets and provide logistical support to all the defence services.In 2008, the first joint logistics node (JLN) consisting of the three services was set up at Andaman and Nicobar Islands.The third joint logistics node will only be among Army and Air Force and is likely to set up at Guwahati,Assam.Till now, the logistics and maintenance of three forces had been done separately, but now they have been brought under one common framework at Mumbai, where Navy is the lead force.
  2. Which two countries signed Statement of Guiding Principles (SGP) on triangular cooperation for global development in Asia and Africa?
    1) Russia and US
    2) India and China
    3) India and US
    4) China and Japan
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) India and US
    Explanation:
    On 29th March, 2019, India and the US has signed an agreement to the Statement of Guiding Principles (SGP) on triangular cooperation for global development to facilitate with a framework to promote bilateral cooperation to meet the developmental ambitions of partner countries, particularly in Asia and Africa. This agreement was signed by Devyani Khobragade, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs of India, and Mark Anthony White, Mission Director for the USAID in India.This amendment to the Statement of Guiding Principles agreement extends the validity of the pact up to 2021.
  3. According to a recent report by Oxfam, which country has the highest gender wage gap among Asian nations?
    1) India
    2) China
    3) Japan
    4) Vietnam
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) India
    Explanation:
    On 28th March 2019, a recent report by Oxfam has found that the gender wage gap in India is highest among Asian nations, women are paid 34 percent less compared to men for performing the same job and with same qualifications also the Women’s labour force participation in India is the lowest in the world.The survey was based on the employment-unemployment survey (EUS) 2011-12, done by the National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO), International Labour Organization (ILO) studies, and also based on the first inequality report launched by Oxfam in 2018.In India, the low participation of women in labour force is 27 percent which is the lowest among BRICS countries and among G20 countries.According to a leaked National Sample Survey Office report for 2017-18, currently, the unemployment rate in India is estimated to be at a 45-year high, reaching 7.8 percent in urban areas and 5.3 percent in rural ones.Also In terms of growth, and compared with men, the labour force participation rate for men rose from 75.5 percent in 2015-16 to 76.8 percent in 2016-17 but the rate for women declined to 26.9 percent in 2016-17 from 27.4 percent in 2015-16.
  4. As per the report titled “‘OpenSignal’s hottest city for 4G Availability”,which city topped in India?
    1) Nashik
    2) Nagpur
    3) Jamshedpur
    4) Dhanbad
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Dhanbad
    Explanation:
    On 29th March 2019, Dhanbad, the coal capital of India scored 95.3 percent and become the number one city in terms of highest 4G availability in India by the report name ‘OpenSignal’s hottest city for 4G Availability’. Ranchi which has 95% of 4G Availability, ranked second and Srinagar ranked third with the score of 94.9% on the list with 4G Availability. Raipur and Patna ranked fourth and fifth place with a score of 94.8% and 94.5% respectively.
  5. Where did 16th meeting of the U.S. India Counter terrorism Joint Working Group held?
    1) Kolkata,West Bengal
    2) Washington, DC, US
    3) Mumbai,Maharashtra
    4) California,US
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Washington, DC, US
    Explanation:
    On 29th March, 2019, Officials from India and United States held the 16th meeting of the U.S.-India Counter terrorism Joint Working Group and the Second session of the U.S.-India Designations Dialogue in Washington, DC, US. In this meet both the countries have decided to lay their efforts to address world’s most pressing counter-terrorism challenges, countering the financing and operations of terrorist organizations.In the meeting, India and USA have also underlined the need for Pakistan to take verifiable action against terrorists groups.
  6. UN Security Council passed a new Resolution 2462 in order to combat which of the following issue?
    1) Nuclear proliferation
    2) Climate change
    3) Terror financing
    4) Global warming
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Terror financing
    Explanation:
    The Security Council of UN has passed the new Resolution 2462 which is intended to crack down on the financing of terrorist groups and ordering members to enforce laws against terror financing.The resolution will take concrete steps that would make it more difficult for terrorist groups to fund their operations.This is the first step by UN to focus solely on the issue and address the terrorist groups and their affiliates.
  7. European Parliament has banned the single-us plastic,which will be effective from _______ year?
    1) 2021
    2) 2020
    3) 2022
    4) 2019
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) 2021
    Explanation:
    On 28th March 2019, The European Parliament has banned the single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans.This ban will be effective from 2021 in all EU member states.The law sets a target to gather 90 percent of plastic bottles for recycling by 2029 and plastic bottles should be produced with 25 percent recycled material by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030.
  8. Which Automotive company has developed the ‘largest power storage system in Asia’ installed in Osaka train station in Japan?
    1) Daimler AG
    2) Toyota Motor Corporation
    3) General Motors
    4) Tesla
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Tesla
    Explanation:
    On 28th March 2019, Tesla has developed its ‘largest power storage system in Asia’ at Osaka train station in Japan to reduce energy demand and provide emergency backup power to trains in Japan. It was Launched in partnership with Kintetsu, a railway operator in Japan’s Osaka.Tesla has installed 42 Powerpacks units at Osaka train station in Japan which will provide enough amount of energy to safely move a train and its passengers for up to 30 minutes to the nearest station if any power failure happens.This 7 megawatt-hours (MWh) system is not only the largest energy storage project in Asia, but also the fourth largest in the greater Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
  9. How much billion(approximately) is accepted by Reserve Bank of India(RBI) from banks at its currency swap auction to ease liquidity?
    1) $2 billion
    2) $5 billion
    3) $3 billion
    4) $7 billion
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) $5 billion
    Explanation:
    On 27th March 2019, Reserve Bank of India received a huge response for introducing a $5-billion swap facility for the banks to facilitate permanent liquidity support.To ease the liquidity crunch, Reserve Bank of India will buy dollars from banks for three years and offer them rupees in return, which will bulk up the central bank’s foreign-exchange reserves while injecting cash into the banking system.Banks offered $16.31 billion at the auction against the notified amount of $5 billion for the rupee-dollar swaps and out of this $16.31 billion received via 240 offers by market participants, the RBI accepted $5.02 billion via 89 offers.
  10. What is the new average base rate set by Reserve Bank of India(RBI) to be charged by Non- Banking Financial Companies (NBFC) and Micro Finance institutions(MFI) for the first quarter (April to June)?
    1) 9.25%
    2) 9.50%
    3) 9.21%
    4) 9.45%
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) 9.21%
    Explanation:
    On 29th January 2019, Reserve Bank of India set the average base rate to be charged by Non- Banking Financial Companies (NBFC) and Micro Finance institutions (MFI) at9.21% for the first quarter (April to June).RBI declares average base rates on the last working day of every quarter, so new rates will be applicable from 1st April 2019.The average of base rate charged by five largest commercial banks is used to calculate the base rate for NBFC and MFI.
  11. What is the interest rate of girl child savings scheme “Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account”?
    1) 8.1%
    2) 8.2%
    3) 8.7%
    4) 8.5%
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 8.5%
    Explanation:
    On 29th March 2019, the interest rates on small-saving schemes including Public Provident Fund (PPF) and National Savings Certificate (NSC) have been kept unchanged by the Government for the April-June quarter of the financial year 2019-20.The interest rate for Public Provident Fund (PPF) and National Savings Certificate (NSC) will continue at 8 percent, while the interest rate of Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) will be at 7.7 percent as against 7.3% earlier and mature in 112 months.Also, Interest rates for small savings schemes are notified on a quarterly basis.The interest rate for the five-year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme will offer 8.7 percent and the interest rate of girl child savings scheme Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account will offer 8.5 percent.
  12. Name the Non-banking finance company withdrew a release which has issued earlier regarding securing Rs 695 crore debt funding from NABARD.
    1) Manappuram Finance
    2) Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited
    3) Muthoot Finance Ltd
    4) Bajaj Finance Limited
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Manappuram Finance
    Explanation:
    On 28th March 2019, Manappuram Finance, a Non-banking finance company withdrew a release which had issued earlier regarding securing Rs 695 crore debt funding from NABARD.Previously this Rs 695 crore funding will agree to use for priority sector lending.
  13. What is the Current account deficit (CAD) of India in the 3rd quarter of the year 2019?
    1) 2.1% of GDP
    2) 2.5% of GDP
    3) 2.3% of GDP
    4) 2.9% of GDP
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 2.5% of GDP
    Explanation:
    Current account deficit (CAD) of India has widened to 2.5% of GDP in the 3rd quarter of the current fiscal year primarily on account of a higher trade deficit though the foreign exchange reserves which continued to soar.Current account deficit has been widened merely 0.4% from 2.1%, a year ago.The CAD had moderated to USD 19.1 billion or 2.9 per cent of GDP in the preceding quarter.
  14. Name the Actress,Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awardee,who will be honoured with Career Achievement Award at the 2019 Peabody Awards.
    1) Taylor Swift
    2) Ariana Grande
    3) Lady Gaga
    4) Rita Moreno
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Rita Moreno
    Explanation:
    On 28th March 2019, Rita Moreno will be honoured with the Career Achievement Award at the 2019 Peabody Awards, which will be bestowed on 18th May at a gala event at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The award is presented by Mercedes Benz in the 78th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony, co sponsored by Coca-Cola Co.She will be the second recipient of the award followed by Carol Burnett.With this achievement, she will have the “PEGOT” status by winning a Peabody, two Emmys, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. She also honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.Moreno received the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture.
  15. Who was conferred with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2019 for his magnificent achievements in the field of science, education and medicine?
    1) S.R.Nathan
    2) Prakash Lohia
    3) Rajendra Kumar Joshi
    4) Rajesh Kumar Saraiya
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Rajendra Kumar Joshi
    Explanation:
    Dr. Rajendra Kumar Joshi, the founder and chairman of the RUJ Group has been conferred with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award on 29th March, 2019. He was awarded by the Embassy of India in Switzerland, on behalf of the President of India with a commendation letter and a medal. He claimed this award was for his magnificent achievements in the field of science, education and medicine.The theme of 2019 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention was “Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India.”
  16. Name the Howitzers guns inducted into Indian Army recently.
    1) Dhanush
    2) Panter
    3) M102 howitzer
    4) BL 9.2-inch howitzer
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Dhanush
    Explanation:
    On 28th March 2019, Indian Army inducted its domestically developed and manufactured Dhanush artillery howitzer at a ceremony held the Ordnance factory in Jabalpur to give a major fire-power boost to the Indian Armed Forces.The Dhanush gun is the first indigenous artillery gun of 155x45mm caliber and is based on Bofors howitzer which was commissioned in the 1980s.Bharat Electronics, the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation, the Directorate General of Quality Assurance, SAIL was the supporting company to develop this gun.It is the first long-range artillery gun having a range of 38 km produced in India.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. What is the Capital and Currency of US?
    Answer & Explanation
    Capital- Washington, D.C. & Currency- US Dollar
  2. Who is the Secretary General of United Nations?
    Answer & Explanation
    Antonio Guterres
  3. Where is the Betla National Park located?
    Answer & Explanation
    Jharkhand
  4. Who is the President of Japan?
    Answer & Explanation
    Shinzo Abe
  5. Where is the headquarter of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) located?
    Answer & Explanation
    Mumbai
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