Current Affairs Quiz – 21 March 2020

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  1. The Ministry of Railways has set the target to electrify all the balance Broad Gauge (BG) Routes of Indian Railways by which year?
    A) 2023
    B) 2022
    C) 2025
    D) 2024
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    Option A
    Explanation:
    Piyush Goyal-led Ministry of Railways has planned to electrify all the remaining 28,810 km of Broad Gauge (BG) Routes of Indian Railways by December 2023. Apart from this, the Railway Ministry has also planned to source around 1000 megawatt (MW) of solar power as part of its solar mission and around 200 MWt of wind power based on the techno-commercial assessment.
  2. The International Day of Forests is observed annually on_______
    A) March 18
    B) March 19
    C) March 20
    D) March 21
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    Option D
    Explanation: 
    The International Day of Forests (also known as World Forestry Day) is celebrated every year on March 21 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations. The theme for International Day of Forests 2020 is ‘Forests and Biodiversity’.
  3. Shri Kamal Nath has recently resigned as the Chief Minister of which state?
    A) Jharkhand
    B) Rajasthan
    C) Madhya Pradesh
    D) Haryana
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    Option C
    Explanation: 
    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has submitted his resignation to state governor Lalji Tandon on 20 March 2020. His decision came after the Supreme Court ordered the Congress government led by Kamal Nath to prove majority in Madhya Pradesh Assembly. The SC order followed the resignations of 22 MLAs on 19 March 2020, after which Congress fell short of majority in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly. 
  4. As per the latest Fitch Ratings projections, India GDP for FY21 is estimated at __________ percent
    A) 5.1%
    B) 5.6%
    C) 5.9%
    D) 5.5%
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    Option A
    Explanation: 
    Fitch Ratings has cut India growth forecast for the financial year 2020-2021 to 5.1 percent from earlier prediction of 5.6%, in its latest Global Economic Outlook 2020, released on 20 March 2020. The downgrade is a result of coronavirus outbreak which is likely to hit investment and exports. For 2021-22, India’s growth is projected to be 6.4 percent.
  5. The National Technical Textiles Mission approved by the government will be set up for a period of__________ years.
    A) 3 years
    B) 4 years
    C) 2 years
    D) 5 years
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    Option B
    Explanation: 
    The government has approved the proposal for creation of National Technical Textiles Mission for a period of 4 years from 2020-21 to 2023-24. The total outlay of the mission has been estimated at Rs.1480 crores.
  6. When is the World Down Syndrome Day observed?
    A) 21 March
    B) 19 March
    C) 20 March
    D) 18 March
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    Option A
    Explanation: 
    The World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is marked on 21 March each year since 2006, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome. The Theme of 2020 World Down Syndrome Day is focuses “We Deside”.
  7. The ‘Coronavirus Information Hub’ has been launched by which of these enterprise for proper guidelines regarding COVID-19 pandemic?
    A) Twitter
    B) Reliance Jio
    C) WhatsApp
    D) World Bank
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    Option C
    Explanation: 
    WhatsApp has launched a ‘Coronavirus Information Hub’ in partnership with International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The information hub can be accessed at whatsapp.com/coronavirus which would provide guidelines on how to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  8. The 15th Finance Commission has set up a committee to prescribe a new debt and fiscal consolidation road map for the general government. Who is the head of this committee?
    A) AK Jha
    B) NK Singh
    C) Anoop Singh
    D) Ramesh Chandra
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    Option B
    Explanation: 
    The 15th Finance Commission (FC) has constituted a committee, to be headed by NK Singh, Chairman of the FC, to prescribe a new debt and fiscal consolidation road map for the general government for a period of five years beginning 01 April 2021.The general government consists of central, state and local governments and the social security funds controlled by them. 
  9. The World Poetry Day is held on which day every year?
    A) 19 March
    B) 20 March
    C) 22 March
    D) 21 March
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    Option D
    Explanation: 
    The World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21 March every year to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. The day was declared by the UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999
  10. The DBS Bank has joined hands with which insurance company to provide insurance product for covering COVID-19 pandemic?
    A) Bharti AXA
    B) LIC
    C) ICICI Lombard
    D) SBI Life
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    Option A
    Explanation: 
    The DBS Bank India has tied-up with Bharti AXA to roll out a complimentary insurance plan covering all medical conditions, including Covid-19, to support its customers amidst COVID-19 pandemic. The plan would cover all medical conditions, including Covid-19 and up to 10 days of hospitalisation, with a cover of Rs 5,000 per day for a 30-day period.
  11. Pradip Kumar Banerjee who died recently was a legendary player of________
    A) Football
    B) Cricket
    C) Hockey
    D) Basketball
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    Option A
    Explanation: 
    India’s Football legend Pradip Kumar Banerjee has passed away after battling prolonged illness. He was 83. He won the gold medal at the Jakarta Asian Games in 1992. 
  12. Janani Narayanan and Vrinda Rathi are related to which sports field?
    A) Wrestling
    B) Hockey
    C) Athletics
    D) Cricket
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    Option D
    Explanation: 
    Two Indian women umpires, Janani Narayanan (Tamil Nadu) and Vrinda Rathi (Mumbai) have been named in the International Panel of ICC Development Umpires. With this, the total number of women match officials across different International Cricket Council (ICC) panels has gone up to 12.
  13. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on_________
    A) March 18
    B) March 20
    C) March 19
    D) March 21
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    Option D
    Explanation:
    The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March.
  14. How much amount will be given by WhatsApp to the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) in order to avoid any misinformation from spreading on WhatsApp about COVID-19?
    A) USD 2 million
    B) USD 1 million
    C) USD 3 million
    D) USD 4 million
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    Option B
    Explanation:
    WhatsApp has announced to donate $1 million to International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to support fact-checking about COVID-19 on WhatsApp to avoid the spread of misinformation about the disease among the users.
  15. When is the UN French Language Day observed globally?
    A) 19 March
    B) 18 March
    C) 21 March
    D) 20 March
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    Option D
    Explanation:
    The UN French Language Day is observed annually on 20 March.
  16. Andrew Malcolm Ellis has recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He played for which country?
    A) Australia
    B) New Zealand
    C) South Africa
    D) West Indies
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    Option B
    Explanation: 
    New Zealand all-rounder Andrew Malcolm Ellis has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending his 18-years long career. Andrew Ellis started his domestic cricket career in 2002.

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