Current Affairs Episode 02- 24 Aug 2020

Most Expected 20 Current Affairs Questions

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Current Affairs E 02

Ques.1- Which of the following is not the command of  Indian Army?

  • Central Command, Lucknow
  • Eastern Command, Kolkata
  • Southern Command, Pune
  • Eastern Command, Shillong

Ans- D

Ques.2-  Match the list I & II of Railway Zone and their headquarter:

            Indian Railway Zonal name                          Headquarter

A-  Northern                                                           1. Delhi

B-  West Central                                              2. Prayagraj

C-  South Eastern                                             3. Jabalpur

D-  North Central                                             4. Kolkata

Code:

A     B      C      D

1      2      3        4

2      3      4        1

1      3      4        2

4      3      2        1

Ans- C

Ques.3-  International Tiger Day is observed every year on ?

  • 24 July
  • 29 July
  • 15 January
  • 1 December

Ans- B

International Tiger Day is observed every year on 29 July to spread awareness about the need for conservation of Tigers, promote the protection of the natural habitat of tigers. This day is also known as Global Tiger Day. Scientific Name: Panthera Tigris.

Population of Tigers In India had increased to 2,967 in 2018 from 2,226 in 2014.

Ques.4. Which of the country shares the longest border with India?

  • China
  • Myanmar
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh

Ans- D

Explanation: The official document recognises that India has border only with Bangladesh (4,096.70 km), Pakistan (3,323 km), China (3,488 km), Nepal (1,751 km), Bhutan (699 km), and Myanmar (1,643 km).

Ques.5- Match List I II List II:

            State                                                             National Park

A- Himachal Pradesh                                  1.Blackbuck National Park

B- Kerala                                                     2.Khirganga National Park

C- Gujrat                                                     3.Nanda Devi National Park

D- Uttrakhand                                             4. Periyar National Park

Code:

A         B            C               D

1          2             3              4

2          4             1              3

4          2              3             1

2          3             4              1

Ans- B

Ques.6- On July 2020, Ramesh Tikaram passed away. He was related to which field?

  • Hockey
  • Para-badminton
  • Judo
  • Running

Ans- B

Explanation: Arjuna awardee, para-athlete and para-badminton player, Ramesh Tikaram passed away due to COVID-19. He won many medals in shotput and Javelin throw including an international meet in Nottingham in 1995. He was awarded the Arjuna Award for his excellence in para-athletics and badminton in 2002. He became the founder secretary of the Badminton Sports Association of India for the Challenged, now known as the Para-Badminton Association of India in 2000.

Ques.7- Who will organize the First solar Technology summit on 8th September 2020?

  • International Solar Alliance
  • World Bank
  • Asian Development Bank
  • International Monetary Fund

Ans- A

Explanation: The International Solar Alliance (ISA) will organise the First World Solar Technology Summit on 8th September, 2020 on a virtual platform.

The objective of the event is to bring the spotlight on state-of-the-art technologies as well as next-generation technologies which will provide impetus to the efforts towards harnessing solar energy more efficiently.

The Prime Minister of India will deliver the inaugural address of the First World Solar Technology Summit, to be graced by Ministers from member countries from across all ISA regions.

Ques.8- On December 30, 2019, NITI Aayog released Sustainable Development Goals Index 2019-20. Which state topped in this index?

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Kerala
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Karnataka

Ans-B

Explanation: On December 30, 2019, NITI Aayog released Sustainable Development Goals Index 2019-20. According to the report, the overall composite score of India improved from 60 in 2018 to 57 in 2019. India succeeded in the areas of power and industry, water and sanitation, nutrition and gender equality. The index covered 16 out of 17 SDGs.

Kerala ranked first in composite SDG index with score of 70. Kerala was followed by Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The biggest improvement was seen in states such as Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim. The score of UP improved from 29 in 2018 to 23 in 2019. Also, the rank of Odisha improved from 23 in 2018 to 15 in 2019.

The least performing states were Bihar, Jharkhand and Arunachal Pradesh.

In terms of poverty reduction, states such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Sikkim performed well.

Ques.9- Who is the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)?

  • M Narvane
  • Sunil Lamba
  • Bipin Rawat
  • J Singh

Ans-C

Explanation: On December 31, 2019, General Bipin Rawat was appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff. the CDS is equivalent to service chief. The CDS will also head the Department of Military affairs which is to be created with in the Ministry of Defence. He will act as the military advisor to the Government of India. The post was created in order to bring in reforms in military focusing on minimal use of resources with maximum output.

The other countries that hold Chief of Defence Staff in the world includes Italy, France, China, Spain, UK, Canada and Japan.

Ques.10-Who claimed the 2019 Women’s World Rapid Chess Champion title ?

  • Koneru Humpy
  • Harika Dronavalli
  • Tania Sachdev
  • Susan Polgar

Ans- A

Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy claimed the 2019 Women’s World Rapid Chess Champion tiltle. The winner of Women’s World Rapid Championship was decided in a playoff that ended with Humpy beating China’s Lei Tingjie in a dramatic final in Moscow, Russia.

Ques.11- Which Indian territory celebrate Losar Festival?

  • Chandigarh
  • Puducherry
  • Ladakh
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Ans-C

Explanation: People of various parts of Ladakh region, annually celebrate Losar Festival on 1st Day of Eleventh Month of Tibetan Calendar correlating to a date in Gregorian calendar. The celebrations continue for 3-9 days in different parts of Ladakh.

The festival is regarded as the most important socio-religious event of Ladakh.  It is also one of the major attractions for tourists in winter season, as the festival coupled with several ritual performances and traditional events.

              Military Exercise                                             Partner Country/Countries with India

  • Hand in Hand                                                             Japan
  • Mitra Shakti                                                                America
  • Yudh Abhyas                                                             China
  • Dharma Guardian                                                 Sri Lanka

Code:

A         B            C           D

1          2            3            4

2          4            1            2

4          2            3            1

3          4            2            1

Ans- D

Ques.13.  Arrange state/Union territory  in order to their literacy rates of census of 2011:

  • Kerala>Mizoram>Goa>Tripura
  • Kerala> Lakshadweep> Mizoram> Goa
  • Tripura> Kerala>Mizoram>Goa
  • Tamil Nadu> Tripura> Kerala>Mizoram

Ans- B

 

 

 

S.N. State/ Union Territory Literacy Rate in % (Person) Literacy Rate in % (Male) Literacy Rate in % (Female)
1. Kerala 94.0 96.1 92.1
2. Lakshadweep 91.8 95.6 87.9
3. Mizoram 91.3 93.3 89.3
4. Goa 88.7 92.6 84.7
5. Tripura 87.2 91.5 82.7
6. Daman & Diu 87.1 91.5 79.5
7. Andaman & Nicobar Island 86.6 90.3 82.4
8. NCT of Delhi 86.2 90.9 80.8
9. Chandigarh 86.0 90.0 81.2
10. Puducherry 85.8 91.3 80.7
11. Himachal pradesh 82.8 89.5 75.9
12. Maharashtra 82.3 88.4 75.9
13. Sikkim 81.4 86.6 75.6
14. Tamil Nadu 80.1 86.8 73.4
15. Nagaland 79.6 82.8 76.1
16. Manipur 79.2 86.1 72.4
17. Uttrakhand 78.8 87.4 70.0
18. Gujarat 78.0 85.8 69.7
19. West Bengal 76.3 81.7 70.5
20. Dadra & Nagar Haveli 76.2 85.2 64.3
21. Punjab 75.8 80.4 70.7
22. Haryana 75.6 84.1 65.9
23. Karnataka 75.4 82.5 68.1
24. Meghalaya 74.4 76.0 72.9
25. Odisha 72.9 81.6 64.0
26. Assam 72.2 77.8 66.3
27. Chhattisgarh 70.3 80.3 60.2
28. Madhya pradesh 69.3 78.7 59.2
29. Uttar pradesh 67.7 77.3 57.2
30. Jammu & Kashmir 67.2 76.8 56.4
31. Andhra pradesh 67.0 74.9 59.1
32. Jharkhand 66.4 76.8 55.4
33. Rajasthan 66.1 79.2 52.1
34. Arunachal Pradesh 65.4 72.6 57.7
35. Bihar 61.8 71.2 51.5

 

Ques.14-Where is the headquarter of ‘Food Safety and standards authority of India( FSSAI) ?

  • New Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Kolkata
  • Noida, U.p

Ans- A

              Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.[4] The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in India.[5][4] FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.

Ques.15- What is the full form of ‘UDAN’ scehme?

  • Udan desh k naam
  • Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik
  • Ude desh ka Nagrik
  • None of these

Ans.B

              UDAN-RCSUDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) is a regional airport development and “Regional Connectivity Scheme” (RCS) of Government of India, with the objective of “letting the common citizen of the country fly”.

Launched 27 April 2017; 3 years ago

Ques.16- ‘An of Darkness : The British Empire in India’ won Sahitya Academy Award of 2019. It is written by whom ?

  • Chinmay Guha
  • Shashi Tharoor
  • Chetan Bhgat
  • Arundhati Roy

Ans- B

Sashi Tharoor, the former external affairs minister has won the award for his book “An Era of Darkness”. The other awardees include Chinmoy Guha, a Bengali Professor who has won for his essay “Ghumer Darja Thele”, tamil writer Dharman for his novel “Sool”. The awards are to be presented on February 25, 2020. The winners will be honored with a copper plaque and prize money of Rs 1 lakh.

The academy was constituted by Government of India through a resolution passed in 1952. According to its constitution the academy is run by three authorities namely a general council, finance committee and an executive board.

Ques.17- From which regional group Bharat was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) ?

  • Eastern European Group
  • Asia and the Pacific Group
  • Latin American and Caribbean Group
  • African Group

Ans- B

The United Nations Regional Groups are the geopolitical regional groups of member states of the United Nations. Originally, UN member states were unofficially grouped into five geopolitical regional groups. India was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term Wednesday, with an overwhelming majority. It garnered 184 votes in the General Assembly that consists of 193 members.

The two-year term will begin on 1 January 2021, and along with India — Ireland, Mexico and Norway were also elected to the council.

This is the eighth time India has been elected a non-permanent member of the UNSC. Previously, it has been elected as a member for the period of 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992 and 2011-2012.

Ques.18- What was the theme of International Yoga Day 2020?

  • Climate Action
  • Yoga For Health- Yoga at Home
  • Yoga for Peace
  • Yoga for comfort

Ans-B

              International Yoga Day 2020 Date, Theme: Due to social distancing measures adopted by most countries, the theme set by United Nations for this year is “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”. This year, 6th International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21 June.

Ques.19-  Who was crowned as Miss World 2019 ?

  • Ophely Mezino
  • Suman Rao
  • Toni-Ann Singh
  • Manushi Chillar

Ans- C

Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh was crowned as Miss World 2019 at a beauty pageant held in London, UK. She won the coveted Miss World title for the year 2019 after beating her contenders, Ophely Mezino from France and Suman Rao from India. She received her crown from Mexico’s Vanessa Ponce de Leon, the winner of Miss World 2018. The event was hosted by British television personality Piers Morgan, who was also the head judge of the event.

Ques. 20- How many members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are in Public Accounts Committee (PAC)?

  • Loksabha-12, Rajyasabha-3
  • Loksabha-10, Rajyasabha-5
  • Loksabha-15, Rajyasabha-7
  • Loksabha-12, Rajyasabha-5

Ans- C

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is a committee of selected members of parliament, constituted by the Parliament of India, for the purpose of auditing the revenue and the expenditure of the Government of India. They check that parliament exercises over the executive stems from the basic principle that parliament embodies the will of the people. This committee along with the Estimates committee (EC) and Committee on Public Undertakings (COPU) are the three financial standing committees of the Parliament of India.

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