Current affairs MAR 09 2020

1 .Agartala and Ghojadanga were recently designated as the authorised land immigration check posts. In which state, Ghojadanga is located?

Ans: West Bengal (The capital of Tripura, Agartala and Ghojadanga of West Bengal, which are located along the Indo-Bangladesh border, have been recently designated by the government as authorised land immigration check posts to enter or exit India, with valid travel documents. As per the recent Home Ministry notification, Senior immigration officers have also been appointed for Agartala and Ghojadanga under the Bureau of Immigration. The designation is made under the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950.)

2. Which state/Ut has recently launched a school health education plan called ‘Student Health Card’?

Ans: Jammu & Kashmir (The Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir Girish Chandra Murmu recently launched the ‘Student Health Card’ in Jammu. This scheme is a part of the government’s comprehensive school health education plan which ensures better healthcare for school children. Under this scheme, all government schools will maintain health records of enrolled students including immunisation record and developmental delays.)

3. What is the theme of the campaign conducted by the Indian Railways to celebrate International Women’s Day?

Ans: Each for Equal (The theme of the campaign is ‘Each for Equal’, representing the gender equality. The Indian Railways is also focussing on #SheInspiresUs, which highlights the inspiring stories of women achievers. Under this campaign, the steps taken to provide exclusive facilities to women passengers and to empower the women employees working in Indian Railways.)

4. Union Ministry of Women and Child Development organised a discussion on “The Future of Work: Women in India’s Workforce”, in association with which global organisation?

Ans: World Bank (Union Ministry of Women and Child Development organised a discussion on “The Future of Work: Women in India’s Workforce”, in association with World Bank in New Delhi. Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated the programme along with Dr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director India, World Bank.)

5. Who is the Chairperson of the recently reconstituted National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR)?

Ans: Union Home Minister

 (The government has recently reconstituted the ‘National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR)’ with Union Home Minister Amit Shah as its chairperson. NPDRR’s vice-chairpersons include the minister of state in-charge of disaster management in the Home Ministry and the vice-chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharama, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar are some of its members.)

6.‘ Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)’, which was seen in news recently, is associated with research in which field?

Ans: Genetics (A genetic research project named ‘GenomeIndia: Cataloguing the Genetic Variation in Indians’ has been recently sanctioned by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to 20 institutions for a period of 3 years.Under GenomeIndia project, the ‘Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)’, which analyses 10,000 individuals representing the country’s diverse population is to be carried out. The resultant information can enable future human genetics research and helps in developing precise diagnostics for major diseases.)

7. In context of the recent Supreme Court ruling on the right of an organisation to receive foreign contributions, what does FCRA stand for?

Ans: Foreign Contribution (Regulation)Act (The Supreme Court recently ruled that an organisation supporting public causes by legitimate means of opposition like ‘bandh’ and ‘hartal’ cannot be deprived of its legitimate right of receiving foreign funds. But the organisations which are used for channelling the foreign funds by political parties shall come under the purview of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA). The act was enacted in 2010 to regulate the acceptance and utilization of Foreign contribution.)

8. Bipasha Chakrabarti was recently appointed as the Communications Director of the which technological company’s Indian arm?

Ans: Facebook (Former Executive of CISCO, Bipasha Chakrabarti has been recently appointed as the new communications head of Facebook India. Under her new role as the Communications Director at Facebook India, Bipasha would lead the corporate communications and public relations in India. She will handle the communications sector for both Facebook and Instagram in the country)

9. As per the recent study by the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), the ‘Endophytic Actinobacteria’ could reduce chemical in which plant?

Ans: Tea (Researchers at Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST) Guwahati have found that the endophytic Actinobacteria have antifungal growth-promoting activities. They have also discovered that application of endophytic Actinobacteria could reduce chemical inputs in Tea plantation crop. IASST is an autonomous institute under Department of Science & Technology. This discovery would help decrease the pesticide content and increase our exports to many countries.)

10. ’Chapchar Kut’ is a popular festival of which Indian state/ UT?

Ans: Mizoram (‘Chapchar Kut’ is a popular and the biggest festival celebrated across the state of Mizoram. It is celebrated to welcome the spring season. The festival is celebrated by all the people of the state with many cultural events associated with it. People participate in dance and musical events including the traditional bamboo dance – Cheraw.)

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