Current affairs MAR 04 2020

1. Richard John Pais, who passed away recently, was associated with which field?

Ans: Liteature ( Veteran Konkani writer and dramatist Richard John Pais recently passed away at the age of 51. He has written several short stories, satirical writings and poems in Konkani language.Pais was presented the T M A Pai award for his literary work ‘Fathor’. Many of his plays have been presented in Konkani theatres. He had also served as the editorial head of a news portal called Daijiworld.)

2. Which Indian University was the winner of the Khelo India University Games 2020?

Ans: Panjab University (In the closing ceremony Panjab University, Chandigarh took home the champions trophy, While Savitribai Phule Pune University claimed the second position. Punjabi University, Patiala declared as the second runners up. A total of 113 universities won medals at the Games.)

3. When is the ‘Zero Discrimination Day’ observed annually across the world?

Ans: March 1 (Zero Discrimination Day, which is observed on March 1 every year, is celebrated to end discrimination against girls and women and for equal rights, opportunities and treatment. The day also aims to protect women’s rights, remove discriminatory laws to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and ensure equity and equality for all.Zero Discrimination Day 2020 tries to highlight areas where urgent changes are needed such as equal participation in political life, empowering human rights and laws, equal pay for equal work, economic justice, ending gender-based violence, provide health care without stigma or barriers, equal and free access to primary and secondary education etc.

4. Which city hosted the ‘Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela – 2020’, which was organized by the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute?

Ans: New Dehli (Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela-2020 is being organised in New Delhi by ICAR-IARI (Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Indian Agricultural Research Institute) from March 1 to 3. The event is being conducted at the ICAR-IARI Mela Grounds, New Delhi.Bharat Bhushan, a 42-year-old farmer from Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, has been selected for the ‘Innovative Farmer Award’ by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. Innovative farmers are felicitated during the event.)

5. Muhyiddin Yassin, recently sworn in as the new Prime Minister of which country?

Ans: Malasia (A former deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Muhyiddin Yassinv has been recently appointed as the country’s new Prime Minister. The appointment was announced by Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah. Muhyiddin recently sworn in as the new Prime Minister. He replaced the previous head of the country Mahathir Mohamad, who resigned from his Prime Minister role last week.)

6. Which state recently ordered the prohibition of online supply of food without hygiene rating from food business operators (FBOs)?

Ans: Punjap (The Punjab Food and Drug Administration (PFDA) recently announced that the state has prohibited the online supply of food without hygiene rating from food business operators (FBOs).The state government has also prohibited the online food supply aggregators (OFSAs) from sourcing the food without rating, from FBOs. It was also announced that the prohibition orders would be effective in the state from April 30, for the period of one year.)

7. The proposed ‘Chair of Excellence’ at Department of Defence & Strategic Studies, is to be named after which Indian Air Chief Marshal?

Ans: Arjan Singh ( The Indian Air Force and Savitribai Phule Pune University recently collaborated by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a ‘Chair of Excellence’ at Department of Defence & Strategic Studies.To commemorate the centenary birth year of the only five-star rank IAF officer Arjan Singh, the chair has been named as ‘Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh Chair of Excellence’. The Chair will facilitate IAF officers to pursue higher studies and Doctoral Research in the area of Defence & Strategic Studies and allied fields.)

8. What is ‘RaIDer-X’, which was recently developed by HEMRL, the lab of DRDO and Indian Institute of Science?

Ans: Explosive Detection Device ( RaIDer-X is a new explosive detection device, which was recently unveiled at the National Workshop on Explosive Detection (NWED-2020) in Pune. It has been co-developed by the laboratory of DRDO-High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.It is claimed that the device can detect explosives from a stand-off distance and even bulk explosive in concealed condition. The device can be engineered to detect a number of explosives even with contaminants.)

9. Environmental activist Afroz Shah, who was making news recently for co-participating with the Minister of Norway in River clean-up, is from which state?

Ans: Maharashtra (Recently, Norway’s Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein, during his three-day visit to India participated in Mithi river clean-up with the environmental activist Afroz Shah.Afroz Shah is an environmental activist from Mumbai, Maharashtra. He is known for organising the largest beach clean-up drive. He was also awarded the ‘UN Champions of the Earth’ award for the same, in 2016. He had earlier been to Norway for a beach clean-up programme.)

10. What is the name of the recently launched scheme that aims to provide nutritional support to pregnant women and adolescent girls?

Ans: Suposhit Maa Abhiyan (Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla recently launched “Suposhit Maa Abhiyan”, that aims to provide nutritional support to pregnant women and adolescent girls.The scheme was launched in Kota, Rajasthan which is also the Speaker’s parliamentary constituency. Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani also attended the launch programme.)

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