Current affairs MAR 08 2020

1 .Who has been appointed as the new Chief Information Commissioner of India after Sudhir Bhargava?

Ans: Bimal Julka (President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Bimal Julka as the CIC at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The previous Chief Sudhir Bhargava retired on January 11 and since then the Chief Information Commission was functioning without head. It also has strength of six information commissioners against the sanctioned 11 personnel.)

2.  Daren Tang of Singapore has been nominated as the new Director General of which global organisation?

Ans: World Intellectual Property Organization ( Mr Daren Tang, the Chief Executive of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, has been nominated to be the next Director General of the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization. This is the first time a Singaporean has been nominated for the leadership position of a UN Agency.)

3. According to the recent estimates published by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which economy is most affected by the coronavirus outbreak?

Ans: European Union (The trade impact of the coronavirus epidemic for India is estimated to be about 348 million dollars and the country figures among the top 15 economies most affected as slowdown of manufacturing in China disrupts world trade, according to a UN report. Estimates published by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Wednesday said that the slowdown of manufacturing in China due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is disrupting world trade and could result in a 50 billion dollar decrease in exports across global value chains.)

4. Which is India’s fifth largest private sector bank, that is under crisis and for which the Reserve Bank of India is devising a revival plan?

Ans: Yes Bank (The Reserve Bank of India recently unveiled a draft scheme of revival Yes Bank, which has been put under the control of RBI. RBI also announced that State Bank of India is to make investment in Yes Bank and participate in the reconstruction scheme. The financial position of Yes Bank saw a gradual decline as it could not raise the required capital. RBI has imposed moratorium on the Bank and has capped withdrawals at Rs 50,000 per account. The existing Board was superseded and former SBI CFO Prashant Kumar was appointed as administrator for Yes Bank.)

5. Which Indian institute has developed an AI-powered drone to counter unregulated unmanned drones?

Ans: Inidan Institute of Technology Madras ( This system would assist the armed forces and security services in ensuring safety at critical locations. The newly developed drones can hack into the GPS system of the unregulated drones, thereby directing it to change its flight path or make it land safely.)

6. Which airport of Maharashtra has been renamed as ‘Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Airport’?

Ans: Aurangabad Airport (The state Government of Maharashtra has recently renamed the Aurangabad Airport of the state as Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Airport. The airport has been renamed after Sambhaji, the son of the great Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji. The airport is owned and operated by the Airports Authority of India.)

7. What is the interest rate on deposits as announced by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) for the current financial year (2019-20)?

Ans: 8.5% (The Central Board of Trustees of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has recommended interest rate of 8.5% – the lowest interest rate in over five years – on provident fund deposits to around six crore subscribers for the current financial year (2019-20), Press Trust of India reported, citing Labour Minister)

8. TIME Magazine has named which Indian woman as the ‘Woman of the year 1947’ in its recent recreated list of world’s 100 powerful women?

Ans: Amit karur (TIME magazine has recently released a list of world’s 100 powerful women who defined the last century, in its new project. Freedom fighter Amrit Kaur has been named by the magazine as ‘Woman of the Year’ for 1947 and Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for 1976. Amrit Kaur became the first woman to join the Cabinet, when she served as Health Minister for 10 years. She founded the Indian Council for Child Welfare, strived for women’s education, right to vote ,divorce and against child marriage.)

9. ‘SCORES’ is a mobile application of which regulatory body of India?

Ans: Securities Exchange Board of India (Markets regulator SEBI (Securities Exchange Board of India) recently launched a mobile application for assisting investors to enter grievances in SEBI Complaints Redress System (SCORES) portal. The app has all the features of SCORES web portal for grievance redressal, which is already functioning. The app, ‘SEBI SCORES’, which is to be available on both iOS and Android platforms, will encourage investors to lodge their complaints on SCORES instead of sending physical letters.)

10. The recently released book titled “Chronicles of Change Champions” is a compilation of initiatives taken under which scheme?

Ans: Beti Bacho Beti Padhao (Union Minister of Women & Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani released a book titled “Chronicles of Change Champions”. It is a compilation of 25 innovative initiatives taken at the State and District levels under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme. The scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 at Panipat, Haryana. It is a tri-ministerial initiative of the Union ministries of Women & Child Development, Human Resource Development and Health & Family Welfare.)

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