Current Affairs Quiz - January, 2020
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1. From which Indian organization, the four personnel have been selected for training in Russia for the Gaganyaan Mission, that is going to be launched in 2022?
[D] Indian Navy
Correct Answer: B [IAF]
Recently, four men from Indian Air Force have been identified for Gaganyaan, India’s first manned mission to space. They will undertake astronauts’ training in Russia. Gaganyaan is a crewed orbital spacecraft intended to send astronauts into space for a minimum of 7 days by 2022 as a part of the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme.
2. Who will be the head of the recently created Sainya Karta Vibhag?
[A] Prime Minister
[B] Defence Minister
[C] Finance Minister
[D] Chief of Defence Staff
Correct Answer: D [Chief of Defence Staff]
A new Department of Military Affairs, also known as Sainya Karta Vibhag will be headed by the Chief of Defence Staff. This department is an addition to the four other departments of the Ministry of Defence – the Department of Defence, Defence Production, Defence and Development and Ex-service welfare.
3. Sunita Lakra, who announced her retirement recently, is a famous Indian player of which Sports?
Correct Answer: C [Hockey]
Former Indian Hockey team captain and the team’s defender Sunita Lakra recently announced her retirement from International Hockey citing her knee injuries. In the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy, India bagged the second place under her captaincy. She was also a part of the Indian team that participated in the Rio Olympics, 2016. Though she could not participate in Tokyo Olympics, Sunita will hopefully return to play domestic Hockey after her knee surgery.
4. Which portal was recently launched by the Prime Minister in the Indian Science Congress, Bengaluru?
Correct Answer: A [I-STEM]
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has launched the Indian Science Technology and Engineering facilities Map (I-STEM) portal during the Indian Science Congress at Bengaluru. All academic institutions with R&D facility and research labs across the country will list themselves in the portal, so that a live inventory about the research facilities available in India will be created. The researcher can apply online for the research facility after he/she maps it in the portal.
5. What is the theme of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2020, to be held from January 4 to 12, 2020?
[A] Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer
[B] Gandhi: The Nation’s Honour
[C] Remembering Mahatma
[D] Celebrating Mahatma
Correct Answer: A [Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer]
The 28th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 is to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from January 4 to 12, 2020. To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the theme of the fair is chosen as, ‘Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer’. Union Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal will inaugurate the annual fair, which is organised by the National Book Trust (NBT). The Chief Guest of the inaugural event is Gandhian scholar Girishwar Mishra.
6. Which country recorded the highest number of child births on the New Year’s Day?
Correct Answer: B [India]
As per the recent data of UNICEF, India recorded the highest number of child births on the New Year’s Day. Out of the 3, 92,078 babies born around the world on the day of New Year, 67,385 babies were born in India, which is the highest in the world. With 46,299 births, China is in the second place. UNICEF runs ‘ Every child alive’ campaign to ensure safe birth and pregnancy to every child and mother across the world.
7. How is the Railway Protection Force (RPF) recently renamed by the Ministry of Railways?
[A] Railway Protection Service
[B] Indian Railway Protection Force Service
[C] Indian Railway Force Service
[D] Indian Railway Service
Correct Answer: B [Indian Railway Protection Force Service]
The Ministry of Railways recently granted ‘Organized Group A Status’ (OGAS) to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and also renamed it as the Indian Railway Protection Force Service. Recently the Union Cabinet approved the restructuring of the Indian Railways and merged eight Group A services of the Railways into a central service called the Indian Railway Management Service. Vinod Kumar Yadav recently assumed charge as the chairman of Railway Board after an extension in his term.
8. Which state recently launched ‘e-Gazette’ portal, a digital platform for gazette publications?
[C] West Bengal
[D] Andhra Pradesh
Correct Answer: A [Odisha]
The State Government of Odisha recently launched the e-Gazette portal, to release all gazette publications of the state in digital format. This scheme is launched a s part of the ‘5T initiatives’ of the Odisha Government. After the launch of the portal, the gazette notifications will be published online saving paper and cost of transportation. All the departments of the state will be asked to upload their data in the portal, which will be monitored and verified by digital signatures.
9. Australia recently witnessed which disaster that killed many lives and caused huge destruction?
[C] Wild fires
Correct Answer: C [Wild fires]
Australia recently witnessed severe wild fires that killed nearly 25 people and destroyed several homes across the country. More than hundred bush fires were burning in New South Wales and they could not be controlled. Several million animals are also reported to be killed by the severity of bush fires. Scientists have cited Global warming to be the reason of this early and devastating wild fires.
10. Which film won the ‘Best Motion picture- drama’ award in the Golden Globe awards 2020?
[A] Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
[C] Missing Link
Correct Answer: B 
The movie titled ‘1917’ bagged the ‘Best Motion picture- drama’ in the recently released Golden Globe awards 2020. The movie was released in December 2019 and was co-written and directed by Sam Mendes, who also won the ‘Best Director’ award in the ceremony. The film is based on the World War I in 1917 and two British soldiers in the war. George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman featured in the film in the lead roles.
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