Current Affairs Q&A 16 September 2020

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01.Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar has set target to cover _ lakh Hectares (Ha) under micro irrigation in 5 years.
1) 150
2) 125
3) 75
4) 100
5) 200

02. How many oil & gas projects in Bihar was dedicated to nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently?
1) 1
2) 3
3) 2
4) 7
5) 5

03. Which state government plans to launch ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ campaign to combat COVID-19?
1) Maharashtra
2) Gujarat
3) Punjab
4) Haryana
5) Madhya Pradesh

04. The foundation stone of Arun Jaitley memorial sports complex was laid in which state/UT recently?
1) Sikkim
2) Assam

3) Jammu & Kashmir
4) Madhya Pradesh
5) Ladakh

05. Name the bank which partnered with ICICI Lombard for bancassurance.
1) ICICI Bank
2) RBL Bank
3) Yes Bank
4) Axis Bank
5) HDFC Bank

06. What will be the contraction in India’s GDP in FY21 as per the estimation of S&P?
1) 9%
2) 12%
3) 10%
4) 5%
5) 7%

07.International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) signed MoU with India Gold Policy Center at IIM– Ahmedabad to set up International Bullion Exchange (IBE) in India. Who is the chairman of IFSCA?
1) Injeti Srinivas
2) Ajay Tyagi

3) Nandhan Nilekani
4) TN Manoharan
5) Usha Thorat

08. Name the Indian film which bagged best screenplay award at the 77th Venice Film Festival 2020.
1) Drive
2) Article 15
3) The Disciple
4) 118
5) The Sky is Pink

09. Union Culture Minister (MoS I/C) Prahlad Singh Patel informed formation of the 16-memberexpert committee to study ancient Indian culture. What is the constituency of Prahlad Singh Patel?
1) Vellore
2) Lucknow
3) Haridwar
4) Damoh
5) Gurugram

10. Who represented India at SCO-CFM (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation-Council of Foreign Ministers) meeting held at Moscow, Russia?
1) Venkaiah Naidu
2) Nirmala Sitharaman
3) Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
4) Narendra Modi
5) RamNath Govind

11. External Affairs minister of India S Jaishankar represented India at ASEAN-India ministerial meeting held recently (Virtual). During the meet, ASEAN- India’s action plan for the year 2021 to _ was adopted.
1) 2023
2) 2022
3) 2025
4) 2024
5) 2026

12. Which ministry has conducted orientation and training programme on iRAD App?
1) Ministry of Heavy Industries
2) Ministry of Corporate Affairs
3) Ministry of Home Affairs
4) Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
5) Ministry of Commerce

13. Who has won US open 2020 (140th edition) in Women’s singles category?
1) Laura Siegemund
2) Victoria Azarenka
3) Naomi Osaka
4) Serena Williams
5) Yifan Xu

14. Who has won the Tuscan Grand Prix 2020?
1) Charles Leclerc
2) Lewis Hamilton
3) Valtteri Bottas
4) Sebastian Vettel
5) Max Verstappen

15. Who authored the book titled ‘End of an Era, India Exits Tibet’?
1) William Dalrymple
2) Ramachandra Guha
3) Claude Arpi
4) Khushwant Singh
5) Rohinton Mistry

16. Swami Agnivesh who passed away in September 2020 is a renowned __.
1) Social Activist
2) Politician
3) Athlete
4) Both 1) and 2)
5) Both 2) and 3)

17. Former union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh who passed away recently belongs to which state?
1) Chhattisgarh
2) Punjab
3) Haryana
4) Bihar
5) Jharkhand

18. When was Hindi Diwas observed annually?
1) September 30
2) August 31
3) September 14
4) October 12
5) July 3

19. Dominic Thiem who is in news recently is associated with which sport?
1) Golf
2) Tennis
3) Cricket
4) Moto Sport
5) Rugby

20. Okhla Bird Sanctuary is located at which state?
1) Jharkhand
2) Uttar Pradesh
3) West Bengal
4) Odisha
5) Madhya Pradesh

21. Harmandir Sahib popularly known as Golden temple located at which state?
1) Karnataka
2) Tamil Nadu

3) Chhattisgarh
4) Punjab
5) Telangana

22. What is the capital of Kyrgyzstan?
1) Nur-Sultan
2) Dushanbe
3) Ashgabat
4) Tashkent
5) Bishkek

23. Who is the present MD&CEO of YES Bank?
1) Neeraj Dhawan
2) Ashish Agarwal
3) Prashant Kumar
4) Ravi Kumar
5) Pinaki Ghose

Answer – Explanation:

01. Answer – 4) 100
Explanation:

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare announced that the Ministry has set target to cover 100 lakh Hectares(Ha) under micro irrigation in 5 years while addressing the webinar on Enhancing Water Use Efficiency and Coverage of Micro Irrigation in Indian Agriculture organised by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW).

02. Answer – 2) 3
Explanation:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurated 3 key projects of the petroleum sector worth more than Rs 900 crore in Bihar through video conference and dedicated it to the Nation. The projects include the Durgapur- Banka section (about 200 km) of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project and 2 LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Bottling Plants.

03. Answer – 1) Maharashtra
Explanation:

In a bid to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic among further relaxation of lockdown curbs, Maharashtra Chief Minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray announced the launch of ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ Campaign. The campaign aims to motivate the maximum number of people to adopt a new lifestyle for effective COVID-19 control and also aims to reach people before the virus reaches them. On September 15, 2020 the campaign will be launched in the BMC Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), (formerly the Bombay Municipal Corporation) jurisdiction area and will be implemented across the state under the guidance of CM.

04. Answer – 3) Jammu & Kashmir
Explanation:

Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) Manoj Sinha, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region(DoNER) laid the e-foundation stone of the Arun Jaitley Memorial Sports Complex in Hiranagar, Kathua. This first of its kind multipurpose sports complex in the Northern Region is a tribute to the former union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley. The foundation stone of Arun Jaitley memorial sports complex (multipurpose) was laid in which state/UT recently?

05. Answer – 3) Yes Bank
Explanation:

ICICI (Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India) Lombard Insurance Company Ltd has entered into a Bancassurance tie-up with Yes Bank to sell its insurance products. Through this agreement, ICICI Lombard aims to offer innovative insurance solutions to Yes Bank’s Customers across 28 States and 8 Union Territories.

06. Answer – 1) 9%
Explanation:

S&P (Standard & Poors) Global Ratings projected a contraction of 9% in India’s gross domestic product (GDP) in FY21 in comparison to previous estimate of 5% contraction. The reason behind this down gradation is rising coronavirus cases in India that are keeping private spending and investment lower for a longer-than-anticipated period. In accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) data, new cases per day in India averaged nearly 90,000 in the week ended Sept 11, 2020, an increase from an average of about 70,000 per day in August, 2020. Agriculture is the only major sector to expand due to the favorable monsoon season.

07. Answer – 1) Injeti Srinivas
Explanation:

International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) and India Gold Policy Center (IGPC) at Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad (IIMA) (IFSCA-IIMA), sponsored by World Gold Council, signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the IFSCA, GIFT City Gandhinagar to provide consultation to facilitate the establishment of International Bullion Exchange(IBE) in India. International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA): Chairman- Injeti Srinivas (1st chairman).

08.Answer – 3) The Disciple
Explanation:

Venice Film Festival 2020, the 77th Venice International Film Festival organized by La Biennale di Venezia was held from 2nd September to 12th September 2020. Marathi film – The Disciple, directed by Chaitanya Tamhane and starring Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave and Kiran Yadnyopavit won the Best Screenplay Award at the festival. Other awards at Venice Film Festival 2020:

Category
Golden Lion
Winner
Nomadland directed by Chloé Zhao
Silver lion-grand jury prize
Silver Lion award for Best Director
New Order directed by Michel Franco
Kiyoshi Kurosawa for Wife of a Spy

Special Jury Prize
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress
Dear Comrades! Directed by Andrei
Konchalovsky
Vanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress
Pierfrancesco Favino for Padrenostro
Rouhollah Zamani for Sun Children
Orizzonti Award for Best FilmThe Wasteland directed by Ahmad Bahrami
Orizzonti Award for Best DirectorLav Diaz for Genus Pan
Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay
Orizzonti Award for Best Actress
Pietro Castellitto for I Predatori
Khansa Batma for Zanka Contact
Orizzonti Award for Best Actor
Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film
Yahya Mahayni for The Man Who Sold His Skin
Entre Tu Y Milagros directed by Mariana Saffon
Special Orizzonti jury prizeListen directed by Ana Rocha de Sousa
Venice Short Film nomination for the European Film Awards
2020
The Shift directed by Laura Carreira
Venice Award for Debut film
Grand Jury Prize for Best VR immersive Work
Listen directed by Ana Rocha de Sousa
The Hangman at Home by Michelle and Uri Kranot
Best VR Immersive User ExperienceFinding Pandora X by Kiira Benzing
Best VR Immersive StoryKilling a Superstar directed by Fan Fan

09. Answer – 4) Damoh
Explanation:

Prahlad Singh Mulayam Singh Patel (in short- Prahlad Singh Patel) Minister of State (I/C- Independent Charge) of Culture and Tourism has informed that Government has formed a 16-member expert committee to conduct a study on the origin and evolution of Indian culture dating back to about 12,000 years ago and its interface with other cultures of the world. Prahlad Singh Patel’s constituency – Damoh, Madhya Pradesh.

10. Answer – 3) Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Explanation:

Union Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had a four-days visit to Russia from September 8-11, 22 to attend the SCO-CFM (Council of Foreign Ministers) Meeting in Moscow. During his way to Russia he made a stopover in Tehran, Iran on September 8, 2020 to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif for discussing various aspects of bilateral relations and regional developments including the Chabahar port project. Both sides emphasised to further expand bilateral ties in “all aspects”. In addition to that, a luncheon meeting was also held between the Foreign Ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC), on the sidelines of SCO in Moscow which was organised by Russia which holds the
current presidency of RIC. The Russia has handed over the presidency of RIC to India.

11. Answer – 3) 2025
Explanation:

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Ministerial Meeting was held virtually which was co- chaired by Union Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) along with Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. It was attended by Foreign Ministers of the ten ASEAN Member States. During the meet ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2021- 2025) was adopted.

12. Answer – 4) Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
Explanation:

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) conducted the 2-days Orientation and Training
programme on Integrated Road Accident Database Project (iRAD) App for the selected districts of Karnataka and on 10th & 11th September 2020 for some districts of Uttar Pradesh (UP). This has been done to receive feedback and other suggestions for the customization of iRAD app as per the requirements of the states/UT. Notably, India accounts for about 5 lakh road accidents per annum in which about 1.5 lakh people die and another 3 lakh become crippled. The basic iRAD app, for capturing the spot accident data, has been developed by IIT (Indian Institutes of Technology) Madras (Tamil Nadu) and National Informatics Centre Services Inc (NICSI) of New Delhi. This app will enable the stakeholders such as the Police, Transport, Health, etc. to use their mobile phones to collect accident data on the spot.

13. Answer – 3) Naomi Osaka
Explanation:

The 140th Edition of American Open or US Open took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, New York, United States from August 31, 2020 – September 13, 2020. It was the Second Grand Slam Event of the year, after Australian Open took place in January. Wimbledon was called off due to the pandemic.
2020 US Open Winners:

CategoryWinnerRunners-up
Men’s SinglesDominic Thiem (Austria)Alexander Zverev(Germany)
Women’s
Singles
Men’s Doubles
Naomi Osaka (Japan)
Mate Pavic (Croatia) & Bruno Soares (Brazil)
Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
Wesley Koolhof (Netherlands)& Nikola Mektic
(Croatia)
Women’s
Doubles
Laura Siegemund (Germany) & Vera Zvonareva (Russia)Nicole Melichar (United States) & Yifan Xu (China)

14. Answer – 2) Lewis Hamilton

Explanation:
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Won the Tuscan Grand Prix 2020, held at the Mugello Circuit, Italy. This Hamilton’s 90th Pole Position of his career, he is one win short of equalling Michael Schumacher’s All-Time Record.

15. Answer – 3) Claude Arpi
Explanation
:
The book titled ‘End of an Era, India Exits Tibet’ authored by Claude Arpi to be released soon. The book portrays India Tibet relation during 1947-1962. The core of the book is about India losing all its influence in Tibet, helping China press aggressive claims along the border with India. It is based on Nehru Memorial Library papers, de-classified Indian and Chinese documents and personal interviews. Note- This book is the 4th part of the series.

16. Answer – 4) Both 1) and 2)
Explanation:

Swami Agnivesh (Original Name- Vepa Shyam Rao), renowned social activist, scholar, former MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) and Cabinet Minister for Education of Haryana passed away at the age of 80 due to cardiac arrest at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in New Delhi, India. He served as the president (2004–2014) of the World Council of Arya Samaj, which is the highest international body of the Arya Samaj. He was born on 21st September, 1939 in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh.

17. Answer – 4) Bihar
Explanation:

Former Union Minister for Rural Development, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh passed away at the age of 74 at New Delhi due to post COVID complications. He was born on 6th June 1946 in Bihar. He became the Lok sabha member in 1996 and served as a Lok Sabha member for five terms representing Vaishali, Bihar. He served as the Union minister for Rural development from 2004 to 2009 in the cabinet led by Manmohan Singh.

18. Answer – 3) September 14
Explanation:

Hindi Diwas is celebrated annually on 14th of September across India to promote Hindi and to create awareness about the language. This day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the adoption of Hindi (the Devanagari Script) as one of the official languages of the Republic of India. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.

19. Answer – 2) Tennis
Explanation:

The 140th Edition of American Open or US Open took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, New York, United States from August 31, 2020 – September 13, 2020.
2020 US Open Winners:

CategoryWinnerRunners-up
Men’s SinglesDominic Thiem (Austria)Alexander Zverev(Germany)
Women’s
Singles
Men’s Doubles
Naomi Osaka (Japan)
Mate Pavic (Croatia) & Bruno Soares (Brazil)
Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
Wesley Koolhof (Netherlands)& Nikola Mektic
(Croatia)
Women’s
Doubles
Laura Siegemund (Germany) & Vera Zvonareva (Russia)Nicole Melichar (United States) & Yifan Xu (China)

20. Answer – 2) Uttar Pradesh
Explanation:

Okhla Bird Sanctuary at Uttar Pradesh is set to open after being closed for five months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, informed the Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.

21. Answer – 4) Punjab
Explanation
:
The Union Home Ministry has granted Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration to the famous Gurdwara Harmandir Sahib, or the Golden Temple, in Amritsar, Punjab enabling it to receive foreign donations.

22. Answer – 5) Bishkek
Explanation
:
On the sidelines of the SCO meeting, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Finance Minister of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aidarbeko to discuss issues of bilateral and regional interest. Both nations agreed to further enhance strategic partnership in all spheres. The capital and currency of Kyrgyzstan are Bishkek and Kyrgyzstani som respectively.

23. Answer – 3) Prashant Kumar
Explanation:

Prashant Kumar is the present MD&CEO of Yes Bank.

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