Current Affairs QA – March 31, 2020

1. The High-level committee of central government has approved additional financial assistance of Rs. 5,751.27 crores to 8 states under NDRF. Who heads the committee?
1) RajNath Singh
2) Ravi Shankar Prasad
3) Nirmala Sitharaman
4) Amit Shah
5) Anurag Thakur

2. Indian Army launched 'Operation Namaste' to protect strong forces from Coronavirus (March 2020). Who is the present Army chief of India?
1) K. M. Cariappa
2) Manoj Mukund Naravane
3) Bipin Rawat
4) Karambir Singh
5) Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

3. The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has granted Rs. 25 Cr to combat Coronavirus in N-E region. Who is the present Minister for DoNER (March 2020)?
1) Inderjit Singh
2) Giriraj Singh
3) Jitendra Singh
4) Thaawar Chand Gehlot
5) Shripad Yesso Naik

4. Name the Indian state government which set up 'Team 11' to beat Coronavirus.
1) Kerala
2) Maharashtra
3) Uttar Pradesh
4) Tamil Nadu
5) Karnataka

5. With which country's agency India has signed agreement worth Rs 15,295 crore to provide an Official Development Assistance (ODA) for 3 rail infrastructure projects?
1) United Kingdom
2) China
3) Iceland
4) Germany
5) Japan

6. To which scheme the central government has released Rs. 4,431 crores to clear pending wages?
1) National Career Service
2) Antyodaya Anna Yojana
3) Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
4) National Social Assistance Scheme
5) Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana

7. Name the Country which has joined as the 30th member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in March 2020.
1) Kosovo
2) Serbia
3) Ukraine
4) Uzbekistan
5) North Macedonia

8. Which country has announced USD 2.9 million financial aid to India to combat Coronavirus crisis?
1) United States
2) United Kingdom
3) Russia 4) China
5) Australia

9. Name the World organisation which has launched the Policy Tracker to track the policies of governments to combat COVID-19 pandemic.
1) Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
2) Common Wealth
3) World Health Organisation
4) World Bank
5) International Monetary Fund

10. According to the report titled "Boom and Bust 2020: Tracking the Global Plant Pipeline", What is India's current under development coal capacity?
1) 125 GW
2) 87 GW
3) 32 GW
4) 66 GW
5) 52 GW

11. What is the amount that was infused into banking system to maintain stability in financial system during COVID-19 Crisis as declared by RBI?
1) 1.70 lakh crore
2) 3.74 lakh crore
3) 2.32 lakh crore
4) 2.48 lakh crore
5) 1.86 lakh crore

12. What is the India's estimated GDP growth for the year 2020-21 as per domestic credit rating agency ICRA?
1) 2.5%
2) 2%
3) 2.6%
4) 3.5%
5) 4.1%

13. Which among the following RBI deputy director, has got 1-year extension of service from April 3, 2020 to April 3, 2021.
1) BP Kanungo
2) Mahesh Kumar Jain
3) Michael Debabrata Patra
4) N S Vishwanathan
5) Sunil Mehta

14. The Chennai port trust has acquired 67% of stake in Kamarajar Port trust in March 2020. The Kamarajar port trust is located at?
1) Kanyakumari
2) Cochin
3) Madurai
4) Chennai
5) Vizagapatam

15. Navin Chikara who is in news recently (March 2020) belongs to which sports?
1) Javelin Throw
2) Discus Throw
3) Cricket
4) Triple Jump
5) Shot Put

16. Rajyogini Dadi Janki who passed away in March 2020 is _.
1) Politician
2) Jounalist
3) Spiritual leader
4) Actress
5) Musician

17. Beni Prasad Verma the former telecom minister who died recently is the founding member of which among the following political party (March 2020)?
1) Communist Party of India
2) Bharatiya Janata Party
3) Nationalist Congress Party
4) Samajwadi Party
5) Indian National Congress

18. Civil rights leader Joseph Echols Lowery who is in news in March 2020 belongs to which among the following country?
1) Germany
2) Ethiopia
3) Belgium
4) United States
5) New Zealand


1 .Answer – 4) Amit Shah
Explanation: The High-Level Committee (HLC) under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister Amit Shah approved Rs 5,751.27 crores as additional Central assistance under National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to 8 States affected by floods, landslides, cyclones 'Bulbul' & drought during 2019.

2. Answer – 2) Manoj Mukund Naravane
Explanation: Army Chief of Indian Army General Manoj Mukund Naravane launched 'Operation Namaste' initiative to protect 1.3 million strong forces from coronavirus and provide all possible assistance to the government to control the pandemic.

3. Answer – 3) Jitendra Singh
Explanation: The Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Ministry and the North Eastern Council (NEC) will provide a financial assistance of Rs 25 crore to the States in the Northeast for gap funding to combat novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The announcement has been made by the Union Minister of State (Mos) for DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh during a review meeting attended by officials of the ministry and of NEC in Shillong, Meghalaya via video conference.

4. Answer – 3) Uttar Pradesh Explanation:Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath has set up "Team-11" consisting of inter-departmental committees with over 2 dozen senior officials to fight the coronavirus spread. Each of the committees will be headed by a senior bureaucrat of the state while the CM will be the head of the Team-11.

5. Answer – 5) Japan
Explanation: Japanese government funding agency (JICA) signs an agreement worth Rs 15,295 crore with India to provide an Official Development Assistance (ODA) for 3 rail infrastructure projects.

6. Answer – 3) Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
Explanation: The Centre has released Rs 4,431 crores to clear pending wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA) & will also pay all dues (Rs 11,499 crores) by April 10, 2020.

7. Answer – 5) North Macedonia
Explanation: The Republic of North Macedonia has inducted officially as the 30th and newest member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This membership comes after North Macedonia's 2017 deal with Greece under which the former changed its name from Macedonia (a name same as Greek province). After the name change, Greece agreed to drop objections to its NATO and European Union (EU) membership. North Macedonia was granted a protocol on accession to NATO membership in February 2019.

8. Answer – 1) United States
Explanation: The United States of America (USA) will provide additional USD 174 million financial assistance to 64 countries at-risk which includes USD 2.9 million to India as a support for combating the coronavirus pandemic. In February 2020, the USA provided 100 million aid for the same purpose.

9. Answer – 5) International Monetary Fund
Explanation: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a policy tracker to track the policies of the governments to share knowledge about COVID-19 which helps to tackle the crisis.

10. Answer – 4) 66 GW
Explanation: In accordance with a report titled "Boom and Bust 2020: Tracking the Global Plant Pipeline" 47.4 GW coal fired power projects at different stages were cancelled in India in 2019 which reduced total under development coal capacity to 66 GW. The report was prepared jointly by Global Energy Monitor, Greenpeace International, the Sierra Club, and Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). The report is the fifth annual survey of the coal plant pipeline.

11. Answer – 2) 3.74 lakh crore
Explanation: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) declared an infusion of Rs 3.74 lakh crore into the banking system through three measures viz. targeted long-term repo operation (TLTRO), Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) and
marginal standing facility (MSF). The decision has been taken to tackle financial system stress raised
due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

12. Answer – 2) 2%
Explanation: The domestic rating agency ICRA notified that India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to contract by 4.5% in the April-June 2020 quarter & will rise 2% in 2020-21 due to the impact of coronavirus.

13. Answer –1) BP Kanungo
Explanation: The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, has approved the extension of the tenure of RBI (Reserve Bank of India) Deputy Governor, Bibhu Prasad Kanungo (BP Kanungo) for a period of one year up to April 3, 2021. His tenure is going to end on April 2, 2020.

14. Answer – 4) Chennai
Explanation: The Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) has acquired 67% stake held by the Central government in Kamarajar Port Ltd (KPL – located at Chennai, TN) for an amount of Rs 2,383 crore.

15. Answer – 5) Shot Put
Explanation: The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of international Athletics's governing body -World Athletics's (formerly known as International Association of Athletics Federations-IAAF), has suspended Indian shot putter Navin Chikara (23) for 4- years for failing an out-of-competition dope test in 2018.

16. Answer – 3) Spiritual leader
Explanation: Rajyogini Dadi Janki (spiritual leader), the chief of Brahmakumaris (world's largest spiritual organization run by women) passed away at the age of 104 in Mount Abu, Rajasthan. She was born on January 1, 1916 in Hyderabad city located in Sindh province now in Pakistan.

17. Answer – 4) Samajwadi Party
Explanation: Beni Prasad Verma, a founding member of the Samajwadi Party (SP) & former Union Minister passed away at the age of 79 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP). He was born on February 11, 1941, in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh (UP). Verma served as the telecom minister between 1996-1998 in then Prime Minister (PM) H D Deva Gowda's Cabinet and was the steel minister Congress- led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government.

18. Answer – 4) United States
Explanation: America's civil rights leader Joseph Echols Lowery passed away at the age of 98 in Atlanta, Georgia, US (United States). He was the key ally of Martin Luther King in the US civil rights movement of the 1960s. He was born on October 6, 1921 in Huntsville, Alabama, US. Joseph Lowery was awarded the "Presidential Medal of Freedom", the nation's highest civilian honour, by former President Barack Obama in 2009.

Static GK On Current Affairs

1. Boris Johnson is Prime Minister of which Country?
– United Kingdom
Explanation: Recently in March 2020, Boris Johnson the PM of United Kingdom tested positive for COVID-19.

2. Daporijo Bridge is in which Indian state?
– Arunachal Pradesh Explanation: Braving the threat of COVID-19, the Border Roads Organsation (BRO) personnel are working relentlessly to completely replace Daporijo bridge (430 feet Multi Span Bailey Bridge), the only lifeline of Upper Subansiri district, Arunachal Pradesh to restore Lines of Communication for all 451 villages and Security Forces located along the China border.

3. Where is the Headquarters of NATO located?
– Brussels, Belgium

4. What is the Capital and Currency of North Macedonia?
– Capital – Skopje & Currency – Denar

5. Who is the present MD of IMF (March 2020)?
– Kristalina Georgieva

6. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) functions under which ministry?
Answer –
Ministry of Home Affairs

7. What is the abbreviation of HTM in banking?
Answer –
Held to Maturity (HTM)

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