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IBPS SO General Awareness Questions and Answers

1. As per the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for July 2018 to June 2019 released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) what is labour force participation rose to what per cent during 2018-19 from 36 .9% of 2017-18?
37 .5%
38 .5%
39 .5%
40 .4%
41 .5%

Solution:

  • Recently, the National Statistical Office (NSO) released the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for July 2018 to June 2019.
  • As per the survey India’s unemployment rate fell to 5.8% during 2018-19 from 6.1% during the same period of 2017-18.
  • The urban unemployment rate reduced to 7.7% from 7.8%.
  • The rural unemployment reduced to 5% from 5.3%.
  • The labour force participation rate rose to 37.5% during 2018-19 from 36.9% of 2017-18.

2. What is the theme of the United Nations’ ‘World Elder Abuse Awareness day 2020?

Moving from Awareness to Action through Human Rights based approach
Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue
Lifting Up Voices
Building strong support for elders
None of these

Solution:

  • Every year, the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is celebrated on June 15 by the United Nations. The day is celebrated to raise awareness about the neglect and abuse of older persons.
  • It also raises awareness of social, cultural, economic and demographic processes that has impacts on elder neglect and abuse.
  • The theme of the ‘World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020 is “Lifting up Voices”.

3. Which digital technology company has partnered with UNDP, HCCB for plastic waste management Project named ‘Prithivi’?

TCS
Infosys
Recykal
Wipro
HCL

Solution:

  • Recykal, a digital technology company in the waste management space, has partnered with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) for Project Prithvi, a joint initiative for developing sustainable plastic waste management practices in the country.
  • As part of this partnership, Recykal will leverage its cloud and mobile applications to raise consumer awareness on segregation and recycling.
  • It will enable collection, channelisation of plastic waste from schools, colleges, corporates, RWAs, and bulk generators to connect with recyclers, closing the loop of the recycling ecosystem.

4. The literacy rate in India according to 2011 census is 74.04 %; what is the rural literacy rate, according to the same?
84 %
73%
71%
68%
56%

Solution:

According to the 2011 census, in rural areas was pegged at 71 per cent last year, compared to 86 per cent in urban areas, while among the age group of seven years and above. the male literacy rate was registered at 83 per cent vis-a-vis the female literacy rate of 67 per cent.

5. What is the capital of Croatia?

Sofia
Bucharest
Zagreb
Ljubljana
Belgrade

Solution:

  • Zagreb is the capital of Croatia.
  • The currency of Croatia is Kuna.
  • The Republic of Croatia is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, on the Adriatic Sea.
  • It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the southeast, sharing a maritime border with Italy.

6. The Reserve Bank of India in its Discussion Paper on ‘Governance in Commercial Banks in India’ proposed what maximum age limit of the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and whole time Directors belonging to the promoter group of banks?

60 years
62 years
65 years
68 years
70 years

Solution:

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its Discussion Paper on ‘Governance in Commercial Banks in India’ proposed to set the age limit of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and whole time directors (WTDs) belonging to the promoter group of banks to 70 years and maximum tenure of 10 years.
  • This offer has been made to improve administration in the banking sector.
  • The tenure has been limited in order to strengthen the culture of consistent governance and to adopt the principle of separating management from ownership.
  • It further states that 10 years is sufficient time for the promoter / major shareholder of a bank to stabilize his work as a WTD or CEO of a bank and transform managerial leadership into a professional management.

7. A Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) Complex was inaugurated in which place?

Kochi
Tuticorin
Port Blair
Vishakhapatnam
Chennai

Solution:

  •  A Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) Complex was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam.
  • Equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities, the complex is designed to accommodate the newly inducted submarine rescue system and store the DSRV assets in the rescue-ready state.
  • The DSRV system consists of a submarine rescue vessel, a remote operations vehicle and side scan sonar and associated equipment.
  • It has diver decompression chambers and hyperbaric medical equipment to decompress submariners after being rescued from sunken submarines.
  • It can be mobilised by air or road to facilitate submarine rescue operation seven at distant locations.

8. Special ASEAN Summit and special ASEAN plus 3 summit held via video conferencing was chaired by which country?

Vietnam
Malaysia
Indonesia
Thailand
Brunei

Solution:

  • Special ASEAN Summit and special ASEAN plus 3 summits held via video conferencing was chaired by guyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam.
  • The summit was attended by heads of state or government of the 10 ASEAN members– Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • The objective behind this summit was to discuss measures relating to containing and preventing the spread of COVID-19 and to support people in the countries hit by the disease.

9. Famous sportsperson Vasant Raiji passed away recently, he was associated with which sports?

Hockey
Football
Tennis
Cricket
Badminton

Solution:

  • Vasant Raiji was India’s oldest First-Class cricketer.
  • He had turned 100 in January.
  • A chartered accountant, he was also a well-known chronicler of cricket, having written books on C.K. Nayudu, Ranjitsinhji, Duleepsinhji, L.P. Jai and Victor Trumper.
  • A Cricket Club of India player, he represented Bombay and Baroda.
  • The cricketer-historian was also a founding member of Jolly Cricket Club in Mumbai.

10. Who attended the Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) of the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) through video conferencing?
Amit Shah
Narendra Singh Tomar
Nitin Gadkari
Nirmala Sitharaman
Dr. Harshvardhan

Solution:

  • Recently, the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs attended the plenary meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) through video-conferencing.
  • The discussion in the meeting is based on IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva global policy agenda titled, “Exceptional Times – Exceptional Action”.
  • IMFC’s members updated the committee on the measures & actions taken by the member countries to combat COVID-19 & remarked on IMF’s crisis-response package to address global liquidity and members’ financing needs.

11. Which organization has won the Biodiversity award 2020 of Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation?

The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI)
Deccan Development Society (DDS)
Satpuda Foundation
Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI)
Indian Environmental Society (IES)

Solution:

  • Hyderabad Based NGO, the Deccan Development Society (DDS), has won the Biodiversity award 2020 and a grant of 40000 Euros (approx. Rs. 35 Lakhs) of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for the contribution of DDS women in rehabilitation of degraded lands and to promote biodiversity.
  • The award was announced in a teleconference by Olivier Wenden, Vice President and CEO of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
  • The award is given to recognise the individuals for their actions and the organisations for their contribution in preserving the planet in the three priority areas of the foundation.

12. In association with which entity the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has launched India’s 1st -ever national-level open online coaching and education programme called “Khelo India e-Pathshala”?

Board of Control for Cricket in India
National Sports Federations (NSF)
Athletics Federation of India
Indian Olympic Association
Indian Hockey Federation

Solution:

  • Sports Authority of India (SAI), the apex national sports body of India, in association with National Sports Federations (NSF) has launched India’s 1st -ever national-level open online coaching and education programme called “Khelo India e-Pathshala” to grassroots players.
  • Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju and Union Minister of Tribal Affairs and Archery Association of India president Arjun Munda have inaugurated the programme via a webinar.
  • A total of 21 games are included in this program, where veteran players showcase their technical skills and talk to young players and help them improve their technical and overall game.

13. Which digital learning platform has partnered with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to provide its training partners access to the Digital Class Room, enabling online vocational skills training for millions of students across the country?

Google Classroom
iTunes U
TCS iON
Sakai
Schoology

Solution:

  • TCS iON, part of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has partnered with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to provide its training partners access to the TCS iON Digital Glass Room, enabling online vocational skills training for millions of students across the country.
  • The partnership will strengthen NSDC’s online content aggregation platform– eSkill India–through which it enables e-learning amongst skill seekers and will contribute towards strengthening the Skill India mission.
  • NSDC has a network of over 500 training partners across the country which will access TCS iON Digital Glass Room to offer virtual skilling programmes during the lockdown and thereafter.

14. According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2020 what is the position of India as recipient of the foreign direct investment in 2019?

5th largest
7th largest
9th largest
12th largest
15th largest

Solution:

  • India became the world’s 9th largest recipient of the foreign direct investment in 2019 scoring deals worth $51 billion, according to a report by the United Nations’ trade body, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
  • the UNCTAD in its World Investment Report 2020 report said that a lower but positive economic growth in India in the post-Covid19 pandemic period and the country’s large market will continue to attract investments.
  • Earlier, the inflows stood at $42 billion when India ranked 12th worldwide in 2018. The country witnessed an increase in the inflows by $9 billion in 2019.

15. Which of the following institutions has developed an artificial intelligence-based computer diagnosis framework for rapid and accurate diagnosis of oral cancers?

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad
Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram
Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow
Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata

Solution:

  • Scientists at the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India, have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) based algorithms as an aid to rapid diagnosis and prediction of oral squamous cell carcinoma.
  • The framework developed by the research group at the Central Computational and Numerical Sciences Division, IASST led by Dr. Lipi B Mahanta, will also help grading of oral squamous cell carcinoma.
    • An indigenous dataset was developed by the scientists through collaborations to make for the unavailability of any benchmark oral cancer dataset for the study.
  • Exploring different state-of-the-art AI techniques and playing with their proposed method, the scientists have gained unprecedented accuracy in oral cancer grading.
  • The study was conducted applying two approaches through the application of transfer learning using a pre-trained deep convolutional neural network (CNN).

16. What amount has been approved by the World Bank to improve the learning outcome and governance of government schools in six Indian states under STARS Programme?

USD 200 million
USD 400 million
USD 500 million
USD 600 million
USD 900 million

Solution:

  • The World Bank board has approved a project worth $500 million to improve the learning outcome and governance of government schools in six Indian states.
  • The project, Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS ), will be implemented through the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, the flagship central scheme, in Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Rajasthan.
  • STARS will help improve the learning assessment systems, strengthen classroom instruction, and remediation, facilitate school-to-work transition, and strengthen governance and decentralized management.
  • It will also address “the ‘learning outcome’ challenge and help students better prepare for the jobs of the future.
  • STARS builds on the partnership between India and the World Bank since 1994 for strengthening the school education system and to support the goal of providing education to all. Before STARS, the World Bank had provided assistance of over $3 billion towards this.

17. National Postal Worker Day is observed every year on which date?

21st June
30th June
1st July
2nd June
3rd June

Solution:

  • National Postal Worker Day is observed on 1st July every year. This day is celebrated to the recognition of postal workers across the world.
  • National Postal Worker Day is a unique way to say ‘thank you’ to the postmen and all delivery personnel, as online shopping has become a lifeline for many of us.
  • In India, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, postal services have uniquely diversified.
  • Workers in postal departments have become the new ‘corona warriors’, playing an active role in India’s fight against COVID-19.

18. Dubai based IOC Middle East FZE-subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has signed an agreement with Beximo LPG Limited’s UAE based holding company RR Holdings Ltd of which country to form a 50:50 Joint Venture Company?

Bangladesh
Myanmar
Indonesia
Thailand
Maldives

Solution:

  • An agreement was signed on 30th June 2020 between the Dubai based IOC Middle East FZE-subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Bangladesh’s Beximo LPG Limited’s UAE based holding company RR Holdings Ltd.
  • The agreement signing event was virtually presided by Dharmendra Pradhan (Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas).
  • As per the agreement, for LPG business in Bangladesh, a 50:50 Joint Venture Company (JVC) would be formed. Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of the LPG market in Bangladesh is expected to around 12-13%. The LPG market in Bangladesh has registered five-fold growth over the last five years.

19. As per the data released by the Registrar General of India which state has least Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) among the large state?

Karnataka
Kerala
Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Maharshtra

Solution:

  • Data released by the Registrar General of India stated that India’s infant mortality rate (IMR) has improved very marginally from 33 per 1,000 live births in 2017 to 32 in 2018.
  • The report stated that Madhya Pradesh has the worst IMR in the country at 48 and Nagaland stands the best at 4. In 2017, Madhya Pradesh’s IMR stood at 47.
  • Among large states, Kerala has performed best with an IMR in single digits at 7. Also, only Kerala state has now achieved the United Nations’ sustainable development goal in this regard.
  • The report stated that the largest decline in IMR has been registered by Mizoram, with a decline from 15 to 5. Undivided Jammu and Kashmir has shown a decline and is at 22, well below the national average of 32.

20. Amman is the capital city of which country?

Oman
Yamen
Jordan
Bahrain
Qatar

Solution:

Amman is the capital and largest city of Jordan and the country’s economic, political and cultural centre.

21. Which bank has launched a new product ‘KBL Micro Mitra’ for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)?

Karur Vysya Bank
Karnataka Bank
Lakshmi Vilas Bank
IDFC Bank
Dhanlaxmi Bank

Solution:

  • Karnataka Bank launched a new product ‘KBL Micro Mitra’ for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • This product will provide financial assistance up to Rs 10 lakhs to the Micro manufacturing and service enterprises for working capital or for investment purposes.
  • The facility has simplified procedure and competitive rate of interest.
  • The product will be available across all branches of the bank & will be soon available in digital version.

22. Which of the following institution has developed a rare-earth-based magnetocaloric material that can be effectively used for cancer treatment?

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad
Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram
Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow
Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata

Solution:

  • International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad has developed a rare-earth-based magnetocaloric material that can be effectively used for cancer treatment.
  • The magnetocaloric materials developed by ARCI are being tested at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST).
  • A magnetocaloric materials is a substance in which application and removal of a magnetic field causes the materials to become warmer or cooler.
  • A paper on the research work has been published in the Journal of Alloys and Compounds.
  • ARCI is an autonomous R&D Centre of Department of Science and Technology (DST).

23. Who attended the Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) through video conferencing?

Amit Shah
Narendra Singh Tomar
Nitin Gadkari
Nirmala Sitharaman
Dr. Harshvardhan

Solution:

  • Recently, the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs attended the plenary meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) through video-conferencing.
  • The discussion in the meeting is based on IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva global policy agenda titled, “Exceptional Times – Exceptional Action”.
  • IMFC’s members updated the committee on the measures & actions taken by the member countries to combat COVID-19 & remarked on IMF’s crisis-response package to address global liquidity and members’ financing needs.

24. Noted novelist Geetha Nagabhushan passed away recently, she used to write in which language?

Telugu
Tamil
Kannada
Malayalam
Odia

Solution:

  • Kannada novelist Geetha Nagabhushan passed away due to cardiac arrest.
  • Her works were known for the resistance to patriarchy and gender stereotypes.
  • She was the first woman writer to bag Kendra Sahitya Academy and Nadoja awards and serve as the chairperson of Karnataka Sahitya Academy.
  • She had presided over 76th Akhil Bharat Kannada Sahitya Sammelan, a prestigious literary fest, held at Gadag in 2020.

25. 1st virtual and the 11th session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2020 was attended by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, it was chaired by which country?

France
Switzerland
Germany
United Kingdom
Both C and D

Solution:

  • Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar participates in 1st virtual which is 11th session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2020 along with 30 other countries representatives & ministers.
  • It discussed the ways and means to tackle the challenge to restore the economies and societies after COVID-19, enhance joint flexibility, catalyse climate action & support the most vulnerable in particular.
  • It has been hosted by Germany since 2010 to provide a forum for informal high-level political discussions, which focus on climate negotiations and the advancement of climate action.
  • It was co-chaired by Germany and the United Kingdom (UK), the incoming Presidency of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP 26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

26. Who has been conferred with the first Prof. P C Mahalanobis Award in Official Statistics for lifetime achievements?

Chakravarthi Rangarajan
Amartya Sen
Raghuram Rajan
Arvind Subramanyam
Kaushik Basu

Solution:

  • Former Reserve Bank of India governor, Chakravarthi Rangarajan has been conferred with the first Prof. P C Mahalanobis Award in Official Statistics for lifetime achievements.
  • He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution in providing solutions in the issues related to the estimation of national income.
  • The award has been instituted by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) from 2020, and will henceforth be awarded annually for the outstanding and meritorious contribution of an individual for the development and promotion of official statistics.

27. As a commemorations of the 6th International Yoga Day, world’s first Yoga University outside India was launched in which city of United State?

New York
Chicago
Los Angeles
Massachusetts
Washington

Solution:

  • The world’s first Yoga University outside India was launched on 23rd June 2020 at United State’s Los Angeles city.
  • The Yoga University has been named after Swami Vivekananda.
  • The university will be known by the name- Vivekananda Yoga University.
  • The University was launched as a part of the commemorations for the 6th International Yoga Day.
  • Chancellor of SVYASA- Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Dr. H R Nagendra will be the first Chairman of the Vivekananda Yoga University.
  • SVYASA was founded in the year 2002, it is the first Yoga University of India and also of the World.

28. Traditional New Year festival ‘Ashadhi Bij’ is celebrated in which state of India?

Maharshtra
Gujarat
Rajasthan
Odisha
Assam

Solution:

  • Ashadhi Bij, the Kutchi New Year is celebrated in Kutch region of Gujarat.
  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the special occasion.
  • Ashadhi Bij falls on the second day of Shukla paksha of Ashada month of Hindu calendar.
  • The festival is associated with the beginning of rains in the Kutch region of Gujarat.
  • During Ashadhi Bij, the moisture in the atmosphere is checked to predict which crop would do best in the coming monsoon.

29. National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad is training community leaders online to combat COVID-19 in collaboration with ______.

UNICEF
UNESCO
UNEP
UNDP
UNIDO

Solution:

  • More than 28.33 lakh community leaders are being trained through online programmes to practise social behaviours required to control the transmission of COVID-19 cases in villages, the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR).
  • Both the organization is is training over 28.33 lakh community leaders through online programs to practice social behaviours required to control the transmission of COVID-19 cases in villages in association with the governments of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Karnataka.
  • The online training program was initiated along the line of a detailed risk communication plan to build capacities of panchayat raj institutions (PRI), self-help groups (SHG), National Service Scheme (NSS) officials, volunteers and community radio stations (CRS) to control the spread of Coronavirus in their groups and village communities.

30. Name the African country that granted the Project Management Consultancy (PMC) contract for the development of a 500 MW solar park to NTPC Limited?

Nigeria
Mali
Morocco
Ethiopia
Congo

Solution:

  • The Republic of Mali awarded the Project Management Consultancy (PMC) contract for the development of a 500 MW solar park in Mali to NTPC Limited.
  • In the event chaired by RK Singh, Minister of State for Power and President of International Solar Alliance (ISA), Sekou Kasse, Ambassador of Mali handed the award letter to Gurdeep Singh, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of NTPC.
  • To support the electricity requirements of their citizens, the Republic of Mali has taken various initiatives with more focus on Solar power and its applications.
  • This development of solar projects is expected to boost the socio-economic growth of Mali.

31. Which ministry is celebrating the “Sankalp Parva” from 28th June to 12 July 2020?

Ministry of Culture
Ministry of AYUSH
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Ministry of Home Affairs
Ministry of Human Resource Development

Solution:

  • The Ministry of Culture is celebrating the “Sankalp Parva” from 28th June to 12 July 2020.
  • This initiative has been launched following the call of Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi to plant at least five trees either in Office campus or wherever it is possible in order to ensure clean and healthy environment of the country.
  • Under the “Sankalp Parva” celebrations, Ministry of Culture expects its Subordinate Offices, Academies, Attached Institutions as well as Affiliated Institutions to plant trees in its campus or at the surroundings wherever it is possible. The ministry also recommended five trees which represents the herbal heritage of our country. These are: Awla, Bel, Pepal, Bargad, Ashok.

32. Which Bank has approved $500 million to build road connectivity along the Jashore-Jhenaidah corridor directly connecting Dhaka in Bangladesh with India and Bhutan?

Asian Development Bank
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
World Bank
Bank of Japan
New Development Bank

Solution:

  • The World Bank has sanctioned $ 500 million for “Western Economic Corridor and Regional Enhancement (WeCARE) Phase I project” to build road connectivity along the Jashore-Jhenaidah corridor directly connecting Dhaka in Bangladesh with India and Bhutan.
  • It will also support the Bangladesh government’s plan of developing a 260 km economic corridor in the western part and benefitting over 20 million masses.
  • The Western Economic Corridor and the Regional Enhancement (WeCARE) Phase I project is the first of a multi-phased $1.4 billion World Bank program to upgrade the existing 110 km two-lane highway, Bhomra-Satkhira-Navaron and Jashore-Jhenaidah, to a safer and climate-resilient four-lane highway in western Bangladesh.

33. Where is the headquarters of UN-Habitat located?

Rome, France
Austria, Vienna
Nairobi, Kenya
Geneva, Switzerland
New York, US

Solution:

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme is the United Nations programme for human settlements and sustainable urban development.

It was established in 1978 as an outcome of the First UN Conference on Human Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development held in Vancouver, Canada, in 1976. The headquarters of  UN-Habitat is located in Nairobi, Kenya

34. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA)’ via video conference from which district of Bihar?

Khagaria
Begusarai.
Buxar
Aurangabad
Katihar

Solution:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a massive rural public works scheme, the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to create jobs for millions of migrant workers who returned home during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The outlay of this campaign is Rs 50,000 Crores and the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) is the nodal Ministry for its implementation.
  • GKRA was launched via video conference from village Telihar, Block Beldaur, district Khagaria Bihar
  • GKRA, the mission mode campaign of 125 days will cover 116 districts comprising more than 25,000 returnee migrant workers each across 6 states viz. Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha.

35. Kholongchhu Hydroelectric Project is located in which country?

Myanmar
Nepal
Bhutan
Afghanistan
Thailand

Solution:

  • A concession agreement was signed between the Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited and the Royal Government of Bhutan. The Concession Agreement provides the right to Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited to operate the Kholongchhu Hydroelectric Project within the jurisdictions of the Bhutanese Government.
  • The Concession Agreement signing was conducted at Bhutan’s capital city Thimphu. The Agreement signing was attended virtually by the Minister of External Affairs of India Dr. S. Jaishankar.

36. When is the world zoonoses day observed?

6th July
1st July
3rd July
3rd March
12th June

Solution:

  • World Zoonoses Day is held every year on July 6. The day commemorates July 6, 1885, when Louis Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against Rabies virus, a zoonotic disease.
  • Zoonoses are infectious diseases (virus, bacteria and parasites) that can be spread from animals to humans, and vice versa.
  • Zoonoses can spread from direct contact with animals or indirectly, vector-borne or food-borne.
  • Examples of zoonoses include HIV-AIDS, Ebola, Malaria, and the current Covid-19 disease.

37. In partnership with which PSUs the Indian Railways has setup 1.7 MWp Solar Power plant project at Bina, Madhya Pradesh to directly power the Railway Overhead Line?

National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)
Coal India Limited (CIL)
Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL)
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
Rural Electrification Corporation (REC)

Solution:

  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has successfully commissioned a 1.7-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant at Bina in Madhya Pradesh for the Indian Railways.
  • The plant will directly feed power to traction systems of Indian Railways.
  • The project was installed and commissioned in four-and-a-half months from the date of the joint land survey with Indian Railways for the Bina location.

38. Maruti Suzuki has partnered with which of the following bank to offer easy financing options to potential car buyers?

Axis Bank
Federal Bank
PNB
Union Bank of India
ICICI Bank

Solution:

  • Maruti Suzuki India has announced its collaboration with Axis Bank to offer easy financing options to potential car buyers.
  • As a part of the tie-up, Axis Bank will offer attractive flexi EMI options to ease the liquidity and repayment stress of customers during these tough times.
  • Axis Bank offers auto loans to a wide category of customer segments: salaried, self-employed and with or without income proof customers.

39. What is the currency of Taiwan?

Won
Yen
Dollar
Franc
Kuna

Solution:

  • The currency of Taiwan is Dollar. Taipei is the official capital city of Taiwan.
  • Taiwan is an independent state in East Asia, the official name of this nation is the Republic of China (ROC).
  • The currency of Taiwan is Dollar
  • Taiwan is bordered by the People’s Republic of China to the west and Japan to the northeast. Like any other nation, Taiwan has a capital city.

40. Which digital wallet company has partnered with ICICI Bank on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) multi-bank model to provide its users the option to create and use multiple UPI IDs?

Google Pay
Mobikwik
PhonePe
PayTm
Amazon Pay

Solution:

  • PhonePe has partnered with ICICI Bank on UPI multi-bank model.
  • Through this partnership, Phonepe giving its users the option to create and use multiple UPI IDs with ICICI and Yes Bank”s handles on the PhonePe app.
  • The PhonePe customers will now be able to choose between multiple handles for their UPI IDs, thus making payments easy, secure and accessible to all.

41. Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) has collaborated with which organization for developing a digital communication strategy for promoting a digital campaign for Self Help Groups (SHGs)?

WTO
WHO
UNICEF
UNDP
UNEP

Solution:

  • Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) has collaborated with UNICEF for developing a digital communication strategy for promoting a digital campaign for Self Help Groups (SHGs).
  • The partnership aims to highlight the importance of Social Distancing.
  • UNICEF would provide the necessary support to be circulated to the SHG centres in the form of Digital Multimedia content, Webinars for Virtual training (basic orientation on COVID response, key preventive behaviours), Social Media campaigns (on social distancing, home quarantine, etc.) and Vanya Radio. It is aimed to reach more than 18,000 participants and would cover tribal regions across all the 27 States.

42. What percent of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been decided by the union government in defence sector?

24 percent
40 percent
49 percent
65 percent
74 percent

Solution:

  • The government is going to come out with a decision on 74% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in defence and a notification is likely in the next few days.
  • The second draft of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2020, now renamed as the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020, was put out in public domain for comments from stakeholders and public.

43. India will take part in the multilateral military “Kavkaz 2020” hosted by which country?

Kazakhstan
Uzbekistan
Tajikistan
Russia
Turkey

Solution:

  • India will take part in the multilateral military “Russian Kavkaz 2020” strategic command-post exercise to be held in Astrakhan, Russia.
  • The Indian contingent includes 150 Army personnel and a smaller number of personnel from the Navy and Air Force.
  • The invitation for participation to Kavkaz 2020, also referred to as Caucasus-2020, has been extended to at least 18 countries including China, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey apart from other Central Asian Republics part of the SCO.

44. As per the data released by the United States (US) Treasury Department what is India’s position as a holder of US government securities?

10th
12th
15th
17th
20th

Solution:

  • In accordance with the data from the United States (US) Treasury Department, India became the 12th largest holder of US government securities at the end of April, 2020 with holdings of worth $157.4 billion, which has increased marginally by $0.9 billion in comparison to March month’s $156.5 billion.
  • Notably, the holding touched a record high of $177.5 billion in February, 2020 which was drastically reduced in March.
  • The country with maximum exposure to US government securities is Japan at US$1.266 trillion followed by China and the United Kingdom (UK) at the second and third positions, respectively at the end of April 2020.

45. Who has been conferred with the Karmaveer Chakra Award instituted by the United Nations and International Confederation of NGO (iCONGO)?

Kala Narayanasamy
N Chandrasekaran
Ved Parkash Dudeja
Sunil Ydv SS
Sachin Awasthi

Solution:

  • The founder of SS Motivation, Sunil ydv SS was honoured with “Karamveer Chakra Award” by Global Fellowship Award instituted by United Nations and International Confederation of NGO (iCONGO) at the ReX ConcLIVE hosted in IIT Delhi.
  • He received the award for his relentless contribution to society through his Telegram channel “SS Motivation.” He addresses social issues and motivates people every day through his channel.
  • The awards he won last year include Rastra Prerna, Iconic Personality of India, Incredible Indian Icon and Humanitarian Excellence.

46. oulomi Ghatak was associated with which sports, who announced her retirement from the sport?

Tennis
Badminton
Hockey
Table Tennis
Shooting

Solution:

  • Poulomi Ghatak, one of the most successful Indian table tennis players, who represented India at various international levels, declared retirement from her tennis career.
  • Poulomi Ghatak belongs to the state of West Bengal.
  • She is married to Soumyadeep Roy, a professional table tennis player in India.
  • Her tennis career started in 1992 at the age of 9.
  • She won three junior national championships as well as seven senior national championships between 1996 and 2016.

47. Which of the following Public Sector Bank has waived off SMS charges along with penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance for all its Savings Accounts?

ICICI
SBI
PNB
Bank of Baroda
UCO Bank

Solution:

  • State Bank of India has waived off SMS charges in addition to its penalty waiver on non-maintenance of minimum balance for all its Savings Accounts including those with cheque or Internet Banking facilities.
  • Earlier, SBI customers had to maintain an average monthly balance of Rs. 3000 (in metro), 2000 (in semi urban) and 1000 rupees (rural areas) respectively.
  • SBI announced in March 2020 that the minimum balance charges will be waived off for all its Savings Account customers.

48. Which of the following ministry is designated to conduct Swachh Survekshan (Clean Survey) every year in India?

Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Ministry of Jal Shakti

Solution:

  • Swachh Survekshan (Clean Survey) is conducted by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Swachh Survekshan is a pan India annual cleanliness survey, which ranks India’s cities, towns, and states on the indicators of sanitation, waste management and overall cleanliness.
  • It was first released in 2016.

49. Which becomes the first bank in India to use satellite data to assess the creditworthiness of farmers?

HDFC Bank
ICICI Bank
Axis Bank
IndusInd Bank
Yes Bank

Solution:

  • ICICI Bank uses satellite data to assess the creditworthiness of farmers. ICICI Bank has become the 1st bank in India to use such a technique to measure an array of parameters related to the land, irrigation and crop patterns and use it in combination with demographic and financial parameters to make quick lending decisions for farmers.
  • The satellite data with demographic and financial details provides strong information on the land asset of the farmers.
  • Usage of this technology will help farmers with existing credit to expand their eligibility and help new-to-credit farmers to get better access to formal credit.

50. Which one of the following states has launched Electronics Manufacturing Policy 2020 in a bid to support PM’s vision of achieving ZERO import of electronics goods?

Madhya Pradesh
Chhattisgarh
Orissa
Jharkhand
Uttar Pradesh

Solution:

  • Uttar Pradesh Government has announced the launch of Electronics Manufacturing Policy 2020 in a bid to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of achieving ZERO import of electronics goods
  • It will invite investment of 40 thousand Crore rupees in next 5 years and generate four lakh direct employment.
  • The new 2020 policy has been extended to the entire state and will address the regional imbalance, double the rate of land subsidy has been provided to investors for setting up manufacturing units in Bundelkhand and Purvanchal regions.
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