Current Affairs Quiz: March 3 2019

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  1. Union Cabinet approved the establishment of a New Greenfield Airport at which of the following city in an estimated cost of Rs. 1405 crore?
    1) Silchar in Cachar,Assam
    2) Khair in Aligarh,Uttar Pradesh
    3) Hirasar in Rajkot, Gujarat
    4) Tezpur in Sonitpur,Assam
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Hirasar in Rajkot, Gujarat
    Explanation:
    On 28th February 2019, Union Cabinet approved the establishment of a New Greenfield Airport at Hirasar in Rajkot, Gujarat at an estimated cost of Rs. 1405 crore.Rajkot is the fourth largest city of Gujarat and existing airport of Rajkot is severely land constrained having only 236 acres of land. Therefore the decision to develop new airport was taken by cabinet.
  2. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Narendra Modi has given its approval to continue the enactment of Tertiary Healthcare programmes for non-communicable diseases and E-Health up to the year _______?
    1) 2030
    2) 2025
    3) 2022
    4) 2020
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 2020
    Explanation:
    On 28th February 2019, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) which was chaired by Narendra Modi has given its approval to continue the enactment of Tertiary Healthcare programmes for non-communicable diseases and E-Health up to the year 2020.The total cost of project is estimated with an outlay of Rs. 2551.15 crore.This programme will nourish Tertiary Care cancer facilities scheme, National Programme for HealthCare of the Elderly, National Programme for Prevention and Management of Trauma and Burn Injuries, National Programme for Tobacco Control and Drug Addiction Treatment, National Mental Health Programme, National Programme for Control of Blindness and Visual Impairment.
  3. Name the Scheme,funded by the World Bank and the Government of India,in order to strengthen the unorganised food processing sector concentrated in rural areas?
    1) Gram Samridhi Yojana
    2) Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna
    3) Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana
    4) Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Gram Samridhi Yojana
    Explanation:
    Gram Samridhi Yojana, a Rs 3,000 crore scheme funded by the World Bank and the Government of India, is being worked upon by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries in order to strengthen the unorganised food processing sector concentrated in rural areas. World Bank will be giving Rs 1,500 crore and Rs 1,000 crore will be borne by the Centre while state governments will put in Rs 500 crore. The scheme will be run in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab for a five-year period in the initial phase and thereafter in other states of the country.NITI Aayog has given its approval to the scheme and now the proposal is pending with the Expenditure Finance Committee for clearance.
  4. Which State Government launched the “Mukhyamantri Parivar Samman Nidhi” scheme primarily meant for farmers of the state who cultivate on land with areas upto five acres and the families with an income of less than Rs. 15,000 per month?
    1) Punjab
    2) Uttar Pradesh
    3) Haryana
    4) Assam
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Haryana
    Explanation:
    On 27th February 2018, “Mukhyamantri Parivar Samman Nidhi” scheme was launched by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inChandigarh. It is primarily meant for farmers of the state who cultivate on land with areas upto five acres and the families with an income of less than Rs. 15,000 per month. The scheme involves two categories of beneficiaries- For the age group of 18-40: Families can receive Rs. 6000 in 3 installments if Rs. 2000 each and amount will be deposited in the account of the head of family OR A family can nominate a member who will receive Rs. 36,000 after five years OR A pension of Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month will be received after the person turns 60 OR The nominated beneficiary will get Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000 after five years depending on whichever option they choose.The scheme provides insurance facilities of- Rs. 2 lakh on natural death, Rs. 2 lakh for accidental death, Rs. 2 lakh for permanent disability and Rs. 1 lakh for partial disability.Those who are registered under the Pradhanmantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan, then they could receive a pension of Rs. 3,000 per month after they turn 60, whose premiums will be funded by the government.
  5. Name the Scheme launched by Karnataka state government to make people aware about the importance of conserving water and to prompt them to come up with ways to avoid wastage of water?
    1) Water Conservation Yojana
    2) Jal Amrutha
    3) Neer Conservation
    4) Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Project
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Jal Amrutha
    Explanation:
    A water conservation scheme ‘Jal Amrutha’ was launched by Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, in Bengaluru. For the purpose of inauguration of the scheme, a function was organized by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj department at Dr B R Ambedkar Bhavan in Bengaluru. The scheme plans to make people aware about the importance of conserving water and to prompt them to come up with ways to avoid wastage of water. 2019 has been declared as ‘Jalavarsha (year of water)’.Karnataka is the second-largest drought prone state in the country, after Rajasthan.Bengaluru zilla panchayat provided monetary help amounting to Rs 95 lakhs to support flood victims of Kodagu.
  6. Which of the following city hosted the 79th Indian History Congress (IHC)?
    1) Mumbai,Maharashtra
    2) Kolkata,WestBengal
    3) Guwahati,Assam
    4) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
    Explanation:
    The 79th Indian History Congress (IHC) was held at Barkatullah University in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from 26 to 28 February 2019 and saw a presence of over 1,000 delegates including prominent historians who participated in it.After 2011, this was the second time Madhya Pradesh hosted the event.IHC was initially set to be held at the Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra but was cancelled due to financial reasons.
  7. Under which of the following Act, Centre banned Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir for next 5 years?
    1) Unlawful Activities (Preventions) Act, 1967
    2) Suppression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girls Act,1956
    3) Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act,1987
    4) Prevention of Damage of Public Property Act, 1984
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Unlawful Activities (Preventions) Act, 1967
    Explanation:
    On 28th February 2019, The Centre banned Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir under the Unlawful Activities (Preventions) Act, 1967 for 5 years. It was made on the grounds that they were ‘in close touch’ with militant outfits and is expected to ‘escalate secessionist movement’ in the State.The notification issuing the ban was made by the Ministry of Home Affairs after a high level meeting on security which was chaired by PM Modi.Jamaat-e-Islami J&K is a religio-political organization in Jammu and Kashmir. They received a ban earlier and lapsed it in 1995. Since then it has never been invoked again. Government decided to extend the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) which involved in various terror acts in the country for a period of 5 years.
  8. Where was the 7th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intersessional Ministerial Meeting held?
    1) Jakarta, Indonesia
    2) Siem Reap, Cambodia
    3) Bangkok,Thailand
    4) Bali, Indonesia
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Explanation:
    On 2nd March 2018, the 7th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intersessional Ministerial Meeting was organized in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was headed by Chutima Bunyapraphasara, Acting Minister of Commerce of Thailand and saw participation of ministers from the 16 RCEP Participating Countries (RPCs). It was also attended by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation- Suresh Prabhu. Developments that have taken place since the 2nd RCEP Summit on 14 November 2018 in Singapore, especially the ones involving the 2nd Special TNC Meeting held on 25-26 January 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the 25th RCEP Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) Meeting and Related Meetings held on 19-28 February 2019 in Bali, Indonesia were discussed. It is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) or comprehensive regional economic integration agreement between 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and its six FTA partners (India, China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea).
  9. UN court rejects UK’s claim of sovereignty over which of the following Islands?
    1) Brownsea Island
    2) Canvey Island
    3) Chagos Islands
    4) Havergate Island
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Chagos Islands
    Explanation:
    The UK has been ordered to hand back the Chagos Islands to Mauritius “as rapidly as possible” after the United Nations’ highest court ruled that continued British occupation of the remote Indian Ocean archipelago is illegal. The case was referred to the court, which hears legal submissions over international boundary disputes, after an overwhelming vote in 2017 in the UN assembly in the face of fierce opposition from a largely isolated UK.
  10. Government of India signed a loan agreement of USD 926 Million,with which of the following bank in order to operationalize two lines for the Mumbai Metro Rail System?
    1) New Development Bank
    2) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB)
    3) World Bank
    4) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    Explanation:
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a loan agreement of USD 926 Million in order to operationalize two lines for the Mumbai Metro Rail System and is the Single Largest Infrastructure Project Loan in ADB history. It will fund the following metro lines totalling to about 58 km:2A (Dahisar to D.N. Nagar) 2B (D.N. Nagar–Bandra–Mandale) 7 (Dahisar [East] to Andheri [East]).It will fund 63 six-car trains, signalling and safety systems, and help establish a new dedicated metro operations organization to manage the entire metro network in Mumbai.The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will implement the project and will be operational by the end of 2022.The Project is also ADB’s first co-financing with the Shanghai-based New Development Bank, which will provide USD 260 million for the metro systems project.
  11. Who will head the 8-member task force constituted by Reserve Bank of India to examine issues related to offshore rupee markets and recommend policy measures?
    1) Vishwanathan
    2) Shaktikanta Das
    3) Usha Thorat
    4) Viral Acharya
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Usha Thorat
    Explanation:
    On 28th February, 2019, Reserve Bank of India has constituted a task force which will be headed by its former deputy governor, Usha Thorat to examine issues related to offshore rupee markets and recommend policy measures. The 8-member task force will aim to ensure stability of the external value of the domestic currency.The motive behind this is to develop deep and liquid on-shore financial markets that will act as a price setter of the Rupee globally.
  12. According to a report by Credit Suisse,which of the following online platform became the largest fintech lending platform?
    1) PSBloansin59minutes.com
    2) I2IFunding.com
    3) Lendbox.com
    4) Faircent.com
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) PSBloansin59minutes.com
    Explanation:
    PSBloansin59minutes.com has become the largest fintech online lending platform, as quoted by a report from Credit Suisse. The portal was launched in November 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It provides loans amounting up to Rs 1 crore to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in just 59 minutes.The report stated that loans worth Rs. 300 billion have been provided and disbursements of around Rs. 250 billion have been done.Loan disbursal time has been reduced to 7-8 working days.The average ticket size (ATS) for new borrowers is Rs 27 lakh and Rs 34 lakh for repeat borrowers.
  13. Along with which of the following organization,International Labour Organization (ILO) released a report titled “Exports to Jobs : Boosting the Gains from Trade in South Asia”?
    1) World Trade Organization
    2) World Bank
    3) International Monetary Fund
    4) World Health Organization
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) World Bank
    Explanation:
    On 28th February 2019, A report titled ‘Exports to Jobs : Boosting the Gains from Trade in South Asia’ released by World Bank and International Labour Organization (ILO) reveals that increasing exports can lead to better Jobs and higher wages in India.As per the report increasing exports will create more formal sector employment for youth and women and would boost the average wages.Labour market policies can effectively help workers of different groups to acquire right skills ensure that the gains of increased exports are shared more broadly across the society.
  14. Name the Insurance company,which is conferred with the Non-Life Insurer of the Year Award 2019 by ASSOCHAM?
    1) Bharti AXA General Insurance
    2) Life Insurance Corporation
    3) HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
    4) ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Bharti AXA General Insurance
    Explanation:
    On 1st March, 2019, ASSOCHAM (The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India), which is one of the apex trade associations of India has conferred ‘Non-Life Insurer of the Year Award 2019′ to Bharti AXA General Insurance which is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and French insurance giant AXA. The award has been awarded for its contribution to the non-life insurance sector during the recently-held Insurance Leaders Meet 2019 and Excellence Awards in Kolkata.This award recognizes efficacy, excellence and contribution in the insurance industry annually.
  15. Which of the following University is the only private Indian University featured in QS World Rankings?
    1) University of Petroleum and Energy Studies
    2) Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    3) SRM Institute of Science And Technology
    4) Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    Explanation:
    Manipal Academy of Higher Education achieved another milestone, as it became the only private University in India to be featured in the QS World rankings in the areas of Medicine and Pharmacy. This is the third consecutive year that MAHE is the highest ranked private University in the country, speaking volumes about its commitment to excellence in education and research, given the strict evaluation parameters for the rankings.
  16. Who was appointed as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Air Command of the Indian Air Force (IAF)?
    1) Air Marshal Sir Richard Peirse
    2) Air Marshal Sir Patrick Playfair
    3) Air Marshal R D Mathur
    4) Air Marshal Gerald Gibbs
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Air Marshal R D Mathur
    Explanation:
    Air Marshal R D Mathur assumed charge as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Air Command of the Indian Air Force (IAF).He had joined the National Defence Academy in 1978 and was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF in June 1982.He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2003 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014 by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
  17. Pranay Kumar Verma was appointed as the India’s Ambassador to which of the following country?
    1) Tajikistan
    2) Swaziland
    3) Uzbekistan
    4) Vietnam
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Vietnam
    Explanation:
    On 1st March, 2019, Ministry of External Affairs has appointed Pranay Kumar Verma as the India’s Ambassador to Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Pranay Kumar Verma is an 1994 cadre Indian Foreign Services Officer and presently working as the Joint secretary at Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
  18. Who was appointed as the non-executive chairman of Bank of Baroda?
    1) Ajay Kumar
    2) Hasmukh Adhia
    3) Biju Varkkey
    4) Soundara Kumar
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Hasmukh Adhia
    Explanation:
    On 1st March 2019, Hasmukh Adhia, the ex-finance secretary was appointed as non-executive chairman of Bank of Baroda.He has been assigned the post of part-time non-official director and non-executive chairman by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. He would serve for a duration of 3 years.He is a 1981-batch IAS officer from the Gujarat cadre.11th March, 2019 has been fixed as the date for issuing and allotting equity shares of the Bank of Baroda to the shareholders of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank.As per the Scheme of Amalgamation, shareholders of Vijaya Bank will get 402 equity shares of Bank of Baroda for every 1,000 shares held.Dena Bank shareholders will get 110 shares of Bank of Baroda for every 1,000 shares held.
  19. What is the name of the India’s first Braille laptop created by IIT-Delhi Scientists?
    1) DotBook
    2) Brailletop
    3) BrailleBook
    4) Braillelap
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) DotBook
    Explanation:
    Pulkit Sapra, 26, from Delhi and Suman Muralikrishnan, 27, from Chennai, former students and researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi have created a laptop for visually-impaired called “DotBook”. Claimed to be the first in India, the laptop has an interface in form of dots or Braille instead of a visual one.Instead of a screen, the laptop displays embossed text in Braille through a touchpad and the users get to feel everything a website has by touching the pad.It is built in Linux and comes with 4 GB internal storage which is expandable up to 64 GB and it can be connected with mobile phones and other laptops to provide a visual display for sighted persons.They have launched two versions of the laptop, one with 20 cell version (Rs 40,000) and another 40-cell version (Rs 60,000) — each referring to the number of characters displayed in one line.The 20-Cell Braille Variant has Perkins Keys while the 40-Cell Braille Variant with QWERTY keyboard.
  20. Name the Aerospace company,which launched 1st unmanned Crew Dragon test capsule to space station recently?
    1) NASA
    2) ArianeGroup
    3) SpaceX
    4) Blue Origin
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) SpaceX
    Explanation:
    With the aim of assuring NASA about astronauts’ safety in future flights, Crew Dragon capsule was launched by SpaceX for the first time. The name of the mission is ‘Demo-1’ and it was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.The capsule did not consist of any humans on board, only a dummy called ‘Ripley’. Ripley’s name belongs to the main character in the 1979 movie “Alien” and it consists of sensors help SpaceX visualise the journey to and from the International Space Station (ISS).NASA’s Commercial Crew program consists of two test flights- Demo-1and Demo-2. Demo-2 which is going to be the first crewed flight will be launched in July.According to NASA’s schedule, SpaceX is set to become the first to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil since 2011.Crew Dragon is slated to autonomously dock to the ISS at approximately 6:00 a.m. EST on March 3. It is carrying about 400 pounds supplies and equipment to the space station.
  21. Who won the player of the series in the T20I Series 2019 played between India and Australia?
    1) Alex Carey
    2) Glenn Maxwell
    3) Adam Zampa
    4) Shaun Marsh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Glenn Maxwell
    Explanation:
    The cricket team of Australia is currently on a tour to India to play two Twenty20 International (T20I) and five One Day International (ODI) matches from 24th February to 13th March 2019. Australia won both the T20I matches, the first one held at ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam and the second at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, thus beating India by 2-0 and clinching the tournament title. Glenn Maxwell was declared the Player of the Series and also became the first batsman for Australia to score 3 centuries in T20Is.
  22. Who became the First Indian batsman to complete 500 runs against a single opposition inT20Is and created a unique record?
    1) K L Rahul
    2) Rohit Sharma
    3) MS Dhoni
    4) Virat Kohli
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Virat Kohli
    Explanation:
    Virat Kohli created a unique record by becoming the first batsman to complete 500 runs against a single opposition inT20Is.
  23. James DeGale announced retirement at the age of 33 recently.He belongs to which sport?
    1) Badminton
    2) Boxing
    3) Tennis
    4) Cricket
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Boxing
    Explanation:
    James DeGale retired from boxing at the age of 33. He quit after completing 10 years in boxing. He had twice been a Super Middleweight World Champion and is a British boxing legend. He is Britain’s first boxer to win an Olympic gold medal and become a world champion.He won the bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth games in Melbourne, Australia and then represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China and became the only member of the British boxing squad to win a gold medal. He was honoured with the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty, The Queen for this victory.
  24. Who became the first Indian to hit 350 sixes in international cricket and recorded his 50th T20I six during the second T20I match in Bengaluru?
    1) K L Rahul
    2) Rohit Sharma
    3) MS Dhoni
    4) Virat Kohli
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) MS Dhoni
    Explanation:
    MS Dhoni became the first Indian to hit 350 sixes in international cricket and recorded his 50th T20I six during the second T20I match in Bengaluru.
  25. Padma Bhushan awardee,Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya passed away recently in London.He was the founder of which of the following organization?
    1) Warwick manufacturing Group (WMG)
    2) Mercury Asset Management
    3) Cartoon Network Development Studio
    4) Eon Digital Entertainment
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Warwick manufacturing Group (WMG)
    Explanation:
    On 1st March 2019, Academic and Manufacturing expert and founder of Warwick manufacturing Group (WMG), Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya passed away following a brief illness in London, UK at the age of 78.He was born in Bangalore, Karnataka and studied at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.He was awarded with Padma Bhushan in 2002.
  26. Four-Time Oscar Winner,André Previn passed away recently at the age of 89, in Manhattan, New York, USA.Name the field he belongs to?
    1) Producer
    2) Actor and Director
    3) Composer and Pianist
    4) Cinematographer
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Composer and Pianist
    Explanation:
    Legendary composer and pianist Andre Previn, died at the age of 89 at his home in Manhattan, New York, USA. He was a 10-time Grammy Award winner and had won 4 Oscars throughout his lifetime. In 2010 when he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.He is known for immortal classics like 1964’s ‘My Fair Lady‘ and 1996’s ‘The Fortunate Cookie.’
  27. Who released a book titled ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’ a compilation of 50 episodes of PM Modi’s talk with the citizens of India?
    1) Ram Nath Kovind
    2) Arun Jaitley
    3) Venkaiah Naidu
    4) Piyush Goyal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Arun Jaitley
    Explanation:
    On 2nd March 2019, Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley released a book titled ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’ during a function in New Delhi. The book gave a rare and exclusive opportunity to readers with unknown facets of Modi’s thinking and beliefs related to ‘Mann Ki Baat’.The book contains 50 episodes of PM Modi’s sincere talk with the citizens of India which is broadcasted by All India Radio.The radio series started on October 3, 2014. Behind the scene research work done on the massive public feedback which was received through various channels after the episodes were included in the book.Mann Ki Baat is a programme hosted by Modi which he address the people of the nation on All India Radio, DD News and DD National which aims to expand the reach of programme as far as possible.

Static GK Quiz based on Current Affairs:

  1. Who is the Chief Minister of Gujarat?
    Answer
    Vijay Rupani
  2. What is the Capital of Cambodia?
    Answer
    Phnom Penh
  3. Who is the Union Minister of Steel?
    Answer
    Chaudhary Birender Singh
  4. What is the Capital and Currency of Vietnam?
    Answer
    Capital- Hanoi and Currency- Vietnamese Dong
  5. When was the Indian History Congress Established?
    Answer
    1935
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