Current affairs MAR 14 2020

1. Which Indian public sector bank waived the minimum balance requirement for all savings bank (SB) accounts?

Ans : State Bank of India ( SBI waives minimum balance for savings bank accounts. The country’s largest lender SBI on Wednesday waived the minimum balance requirement in savings bank (SB) accounts—a move that is expected to benefit all the 44.51 crore savings bank account holders.)

2.World Economic Forum (WEF) released its new list of 115 Young Global Leaders. How many Indians are included in the list?

Ans : Five (World Economic Forum (WEF) released its new list of 115 Young Global Leaders. As per the report, these young global leaders from 52 countries under the age of forty are working in their respective fields to change the world and are called ‘change-makers’.Five Indians are named in the coveted list including Byju Classes’ founder Byju Raveendran, Zomato’s co-founder Gaurav Gupta, Tara Singh Vachani (CEO of Antara Senior Living), Vinati Mutreja (Managing Director and CEO, Vinati Organics Limited), and Swapan Mehra (CEO, IORA Ecological Solutions).

3. According to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which country is the largest exporter of arms during the past five years?

Ans : United States ( SIPRI works on timely, global issues which are often reported on in the media. In particular, our four data launches—arms industry, arms transfers, military expenditure and nuclear weapons—receive a lot of coverage. For these, and other topics, SIPRI researchers are available for interviews and quotes. SIPRI also produces press releases for major stories relating to its research throughout the year. To stay up-to-date with the lastest news from SIPRI,)

4.Which global organisation has launched the ”COVID Action Platform” to convene the business community to support for COVID-19?

Ans : World Economic Forum (World Health Organisation NEW DELHI/GENEVA: With the coronavirus epidemic hurting economic activities globally, the World Economic Forum on Wednesday launched a new platform with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to convene the global business community for a collective action on the COVID-19.The newly formed platform is called ”COVID Action Platform” and is open to all businesses and industry groups and other stakeholders including the governments around the globe. This first of its kind platform will integrate the efforts of all the entities in tackling the outbreak together)

5. S.S.Deswal has been appointed as the Director General (DG) of which Indian para-military force?

Ans : Border Security Force (An order issued by the Union home ministry said Deswal, a 1984-batch Haryana cadre IPS officer, will hold the CRPF charge “till the appointment and joining of the successor or until further orders, whichever is earlier.” Bhatnagar, a 1983-batch Uttar Pradesh cadre Indian Police Service officer, is retiring after heading the Central Reserve Police Force for over 2.5 years. He was appointed CRPF Director General (DG) in April, 2017.)

6.Which is the venue of the main national event for the sixth International Day of Yoga, 2020?

Ans : Leh (The main national event for the sixth International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2020 will be held on June 21 at Leh in Ladakh. This national event is expected to be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is the first time the event is taking place in such a high altitude location like Leh. Last year, the Yoga Day event was organised in Ranchi, Jharkhand and the Prime Minister participated in the programme. The first International Day of Yoga was observed all over the world on June 21, 2015.)

7.The Parliament of which country passed a bill to allow the President to contest in Presidential elections after 2024?

Ans : Russia (MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers have approved sweeping constitutional reforms that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036. The measures must still be approved by the country’s Constitutional Court and by a nationwide vote on April 22 before they come into force. Putin’s critics called for protests, condemning the move as a way to keep him in office after he hits his term limit in 2024. The 67-year-old former KGB officer has ruled Russia for more than two decades, and if he wins and completes two more terms, it would make him the ruler of Russia for 36 years. That’s longer than any other leader in its modern history.     

8. Which Indian cueist was the runner-up of the National 6-Red Snooker Championship, at which Pankaj Advani won his 34th national title?

Ans : Ishpreet Singh (National 6-Red Snooker Championship: Pankaj Advani wins 34th national title with convincing win over Ishpreet Singh. Ahmedabad: Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani clinched the National 6-Red Snooker Championship with a convincing 7-3 final over Maharashtra’s Ishpreet Singh in Ahmedabad.Veteran Indian cueist Pankaj Advani clinched the National 6-Red Snooker Championship with a 7-3 win over Ishpreet Singh. It is the 34th national title overall for Advani.The National 6-Red Snooker Championship was held at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In the summit clash, Pankaj trailed 1-3 in the beginning but defeated the young cueist Ishpreet Singh of Maharashtra to claim his 34th title.

9. World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 as a pandemic. Which disease was previously declared as pandemic by WHO?

Ans : H1N1 Influenza (Coronavirus update: World Health Organisation has classified coronavirus a pandemic. Meanwhile, India invoked Section 2 of Epidemic Diseases Act to deal with coronavirus. Earlier today, two employees from tech companies Mindtree and Dell have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus in India. Both these employees have a travel history to abroad. Besides, in what could be the first death due to coronavirus in India, a patient suspected of being infected with COVID-19 virus, has died in Hyderabad. However, no official confirmation has been received from the Telangana government so far. A total of 83 individuals, who arrived from Italy on Air India flight today, have been quarantined at Army facility at Manesar, Haryana. Out of 84 people, 74 are Indian, six are Italian and rest three are from the United States.)

10.World Bank signed an $80 million loan agreement with which Indian state to increase agricultural productivity in its Gram Panchayats?

Ans : Himachal Pradesh ( The Government of India, state government of Himachal Pradesh and the World Bank recently signed an $80 million loan agreement to improve water management practices and increase agricultural productivity in certain Gram Panchayats in Himachal Pradesh.‘The Integrated project for source sustainability and climate resilient rain-Fed Agriculture’ project in Himachal Pradesh will be implemented in 428 Gram Panchayats, which is expected to benefit over 4 lakh smallholder farmers. 

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