Current Affairs Quiz: March 20, 2021

Current Affairs 20 March 2021 Quiz

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  1. In which state did Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched the Mission Gramodaya?
    A) Haryana
    B) Andhra Pradesh
    C) Jharkhand
    D) Madhya Pradesh
    View Answer
    Option D
    Explanation:

    In Madhya Pradesh, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan have launched the Mission Gramodaya in the state.
  2. Who is appointed as the Director-General of the International Solar Alliance (ISA)?
    A) Vikram Singh
    B) Brijesh Nagpal
    C) Ajay Mathur
    D) Ankit Singla
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    Dr Ajay Mathur has assumed office as the Director-General of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) with effect from March 15, 2021.
  3. Who is the author of the book titled “Battle Ready for 21st Century”?
    A) AK Singh
    B) NM Kumar
    C) K Rana
    D) Vikas Pujari
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    A book titled “Battle Ready for 21st Century” co-edited by Lt Gen AK Singh, Distinguished Fellow CLAWS and Brig Narender Kumar, Visiting Fellow CLAWS was released by Gen Bipin Rawat, CDS and Gen Deepak Kapoor, Former Chief of the Army Staff at Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS).
  4. According to international property consultancy Knight Frank, India slipped to which position in home price appreciation?
    A) 56
    B) 43
    C) 49
    D) 52
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Roiled by the pandemic, home prices in India fell 3.6 per cent in December quarter 2020, pushing down its global ranking to the lowest 56th as compared to 43rd in the year-ago period, while Turkey continued to lead the tally, says a report.
  5. According to Hurun India Wealth Report 2020, the ‘New Middle Class’, a novel household category in India has an average savings of how much amount per annum?
    A) Rs 10 lakhs
    B) Rs 20 lakhs
    C) Rs 25 lakhs
    D) Rs 15 lakhs
    View Answer
    Option B
    Explanation:

    Hurun India Wealth Report 2020 released has identified a novel household category in India – the ‘New Middle Class’ – with an average savings of Rs 20-lakh per annum. These households, the report says, have major allocation towards physical assets such as primary residential property and automobiles. Hurun India pegs the total number of such cumulative households in India at 633,000.
    According to Hurun, there are 412,000 dollar-millionaire households / affluent households in India with a networth of at least Rs 7 crore.
  6. According to a research study undertaken by international driver education company Zutobi, which country has the safest roads in the world?
    A) Thailand
    B) Japan
    C) Norway
    D) South Africa
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    South Africa has been ranked as the world’s most dangerous country to drive in while India came in at fourth place, according to a research study undertaken by international driver education company Zutobi. Among the list of 56 countries in the study, Thailand came in second position and the US took up third spot.
    The safest roads in the world can be found in Norway, with its Scandinavian neighbour Sweden having the third safest roads while Japan took second place, according to the study.
  7. According to a UNICEF report, which country is likely to register the greatest increase in the number of deaths among children below five years among six South Asian countries in 2020?
    A) Sri Lanka
    B) Nepal
    C) Bangladesh
    D) India
    View Answer
    Option D
    Explanation:

    India is likely to register the greatest increase in the number of deaths among children below five years among six South Asian countries in 2020 and also the highest number of maternal deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted the country’s health services, according to a Unicef report.
    Six most populous countries of the South Asian region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  8. Which bank has been awarded the mandate for the first SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate) linked ECB deal by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL)?
    A) Axis Bank
    B) Bank of Baroda
    C) ICICI Bank
    D) State Bank of India
    View Answer
    Option D
    Explanation:

    The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has been awarded the mandate for the first SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate) linked ECB deal by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL).
  9. Which bank along with Continuum Energy Levanter Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Continuum Green Energy (Continuum), has executed the world’s first green hedging transaction?
    A) Deutsche Bank
    B) DBS Bank
    C) Citi Bank
    D) Barclays Bank
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Deutsche Bank and Continuum Energy Levanter Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Continuum Green Energy (Continuum), said they have executed the world’s first green hedging transaction, with a second party opinion based on a specially designed green hedge framework.
  10. What is the authorised capital of wholly-owned subsidiary ‘PNB Cards & Services Ltd’ of state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB)?
    A) Rs 25 crore
    B) Rs 15 crore
    C) Rs 35 crore
    D) Rs 20 crore
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) has set up a wholly-owned subsidiary ‘PNB Cards & Services Ltd;’ to manage its credit card business. The authorised capital of the company is Rs 25 crore and the paid-up capital is Rs 15 crore.
  11. Which of the following has been recognised as India’s top 10 most promising share trading platforms of 2020?
    A) Angel Broking
    B) HDFC securities
    C) Reliance Securities
    D) Sharekhan
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    Reliance Securities (RSEC) has been recognised as India’s top 10 most promising share trading platforms of 2020.
  12. Who has been inducted as one of the board members of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI)?
    A) Ravi Shastri
    B) Kapil Dev
    C) Anil Kumble
    D) Sunil Gavaskar
    View Answer
    Option B
    Explanation:

    Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev was inducted as one of the board members of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).
  13. Who has been appointed as the Director General of National Security Guard?
    A) Rohit Nagpal
    B) Pritam Sengar
    C) MA Ganapathy
    D) Kuldiep Singh
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    Senior IPS officers MA Ganapathy and Kuldiep Singh were appointed Director General of National Security Guard and the Central Reserve Police Force, respectively.
  14. Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam who is among the 20 writers to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2020 won for which language’s poetry?
    A) Santali
    B) English
    C) Hindi
    D) Gujarati
    View Answer
    Option B
    Explanation:

    Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam is among the 20 writers to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2020. Subramaniam won the award for her poetry collection When God is a Traveller in English. Apart from Subramaniam, the others who won the award in poetry include Harish Meenakshi (Gujarati), Anamika (Hindi), RS Bhaskar (Konkani), Irungbam Deven (Manipuri), Rupchand Hansda (Santali), and Nikhileswar (Telugu).
    While writer-director Venita Coelho has been named as the recipient for the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2020 for her book Dead as a Dodo, English author Yashica Dutt received the Yuva Puraskar for her memoir Coming Out As Dalit among other recipients of the respective awards.
  15. Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal who are named as the winners of Pritzker Architecture Prize 2021 equivalent to the Nobel Prize hail from which country?
    A) Austria
    B) Sweden
    C) Italy
    D) France
    View Answer
    Option D
    Explanation:

    Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, known for transforming and revitalizing neglected buildings across France, have been named winners of Pritzker Architecture Prize equivalent to the Nobel Prize.
  16. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a sounding rocket to study attitudinal variations in the neutral winds and plasma dynamics from Sriharikota spaceport. What is the name given to these series of sounding rockets?
    A) Rohini
    B) Swati
    C) Kranti
    D) Kirti
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a sounding rocket to study attitudinal variations in the neutral winds and plasma dynamics from Sriharikota spaceport. ISRO has developed a series of sounding rockets called Rohini series, important among them being RH-200, RH-300 and RH-560, number in the name indicating the diameter of the rocket in mm.
  17. Which company build the INS Dhruv (codenamed VC 1118) ship commissioned by Indian Navy which is capable of tracking nuclear missiles and satellites from a distance?
    A) Cochin Shipyard
    B) Goa Shipyard
    C) Hindustan Shipyard
    D) Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    In an attempt to pushback the Chinese Navy’s rapidly-expanding People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the Indian Navy commissioned INS Dhruv (codenamed VC 1118) ship, which is capable of tracking nuclear missiles and satellites from a distance. The indigenously-developed surveillance ship has been built at Hindustan Ship Yard Ltd in Vishakhapatnam under the Make in India initiative.
  18. Lou Ottens, credited with the invention of the audio cassette tape, has passed away. He hailed from which country?
    A) Netherlands
    B) Belgium
    C) Australia
    D) Sweden
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Lou Ottens, the Dutch engineer who is credited with the invention of the audio cassette tape, has passed away. He was 94.
  19. What is the theme of Global Recycling Day 2021?
    A) Exploring options to process food waste
    B) Celebrating our Recycling Heroes
    C) Recycling into the Future
    D) Recycling – Making a difference
    View Answer
    Option B
    Explanation:

    Global Recycling Day is observed globally on 18th March every year by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and celebrated globally every year to raise awareness of the importance of recycling.
    The theme for this year’s Global Recycling Day is “celebrating our Recycling Heroes”.
  20. When is Ordnance Factory Day celebrated?
    A) March 17
    B) March 19
    C) March 14
    D) March 18
    View Answer
    Option D
    Explanation:

    Ordnance Factory Day is celebrated on March 18 with a slew of programmes. The day is observed to commemorate the foundation of the first Ordnance Factory at Cossipore near Calcutta in 1801.

STATIC GK BASED ON CURRENT AFFAIRS

  1. Where is the HQ of Deutsche Bank situated?
    A) Germany
    B) Sweden
    C) UK
    D) USA
    View Answer
    Option A

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