Current affairs MAR 15 2020

vvv1.Which is the first Indian airline to partner with a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for setting up warehousing facility?

Ans : Spicejet (Gurgaon-based India’s air carrier SpiceJet recently announced its partnership with GMR Hyderabad Aviation SEZ Limited (GHASL) for setting up a warehousing, distribution and trading facility. GAHSL is a fully-owned subsidiary of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL). The facility is to be set up in the airport operator\’s aerospace and industrial park. This pact is expected to improve the operations of cargo industry in the country.)\

2. Crime Multi Agency Centre (Cri-MAC), which was seen in news, is associated with which organisation?

Ans : National Investigation Bureau (National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) celebrated its 35th Inception Day on March 12, 2020. The Chief Guest of the occasion, Union Minister of State for Home Shri Nityanand Rai launched Crime Multi Agency Centre (Cri-MAC).It is a centre for sharing information on dreadful crime and other issues related to inter-state coordination. The Minister also launched National Cybercrime Training Centre (NCTC) for professional e-Learning services on cybercrime investigation.)

3.What is the name of the indigenous glucometer, which was developed with the assistance from Indian Council of Medical (ICMR)?

Ans : Sucheck (ICMR launches affordable test kits for diabetes. As informed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), “SuChek” has been developed with financial assistance from ICMR, which is 100% indigenous glucometer suitable for diverse climatic conditions, affordable and validated as per International standards.)

4. The World Athletics Council imposed a USD 10 million fine on the Athletics Federation of which country, for doping scandals?

Ans : Russia (The Russian Athletics Federation has been hit with an unprecedented $10m fine for repeatedly breaching anti-doping rules. World Athletics has also ruled that only 10 Russian athletes can compete at the Tokyo Olympics as Authorised Neutral Athletes if the event goes ahead.The decision came after several Russian Athletics officials were banned for fabricating documents purporting to show that the 2018 world indoor high jump champion Danil Lysenko was too ill to provide his whereabouts for drug testing – which came from fake doctors operating from a bogus clinic based in Moscow.Tokyo 2020 chief insists Games are on track despite coronavirus outbreak.The World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said he hoped the sanctions would finally provoke real change in the “tainted” Russian athletic system, which has repeatedly failed to acknowledge any wrongdoing despite a series of drug scandals in recent years)

5. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Shardul carried essential food and relief materials to be handed over to which flood-hit country?

Ans : Madagascar ( India recently handed over 600 tonnes of rice and relief material to flood-hit Madagascar. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Shardul carried 600 tonnes of rice, as per directives of Indian Government.In the month of January this year, the Indian Navy launched ‘Operation Vanilla’ in support of the national disaster in Madagascar, to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster through Indian Navy Ship Airavat.)

6.The US Congress approved a resolution to restrain President Donald Trump from attacking which country?

Ans : Iran (The US Congress on Wednesday (March 11) gave its final approval to a resolution to restrain President Donald Trump from attacking Iran after months of soaring tensions. The House of Representatives voted 227-186 to join the Senate in support of the resolution, which bars any military action against Iran without an explicit vote from Congress.But the resolution is virtually certain to be vetoed by Trump, and the coalition of most Democrats and a handful of war-skeptic Republicans lacks. 

7. The Rajya Sabha passed ‘The Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020’, which proposes to commercialise the mining of which mineral?

Ans : Coal (The Rajya Sabha passed The Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 on Thursday. The Bill proposes amendments to the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 and The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015. The Lok Sabha had passed this Bill on March 6, 2020. The Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which will come into force after the President’s assent, will open a new era in the coal and mining sector specially, to promote ease of doing business,“The amended provisions clearly provide that companies which do not possess any prior coal mining experience in India and/or have mining experience in other minerals or in other countries can participate in the auction of coal/lignite blocks. This will not only increase participation in coal/lignite block auctions, but also facilitate the implementation of FDI policy in the coal sector,”)

8. What is the Current Account Deficit (in terms of percentage of GDP) in the April to December of 2019-20, as per the recent notification of the RBI?

Ans : one Percent (CAD eases due to lower trade deficit and a rise in net services receipts. RBI says the CAD narrows to 1% of GDP in April-Dec of 2019-20 from 2.6% a year ago.India’s current account deficit almost got wiped out in the December quarter standing at just $1.4 billion due to lower trade deficit and a rise in net services receipts, according to data released by Reserve Bank of India on Thursday. CAD eased to 0.2% of GDP in December quarter from 0.9% of GDP in the September quarter.”The CAD narrowed to 1% of GDP in April-December of 2019-20 from 2.6% in April-December of 2018-19 on the back of a reduction in the trade deficit which shrank to $118.9 billion in April-December 2019-20 from $145.1 billion in April-December of 2018-19,”)

9. Which Indian institution is to infuse Rs.7250 Cr into Yes Bank as per the reconstruction plan of the Reserve Bank of India?

Ans: State Bank of India (The Reserve Bank of India drafted a reconstruction plan of Yes Bank recently. As per the plan, the investor bank shall buy 49% stake in Yes Bank. Recently, the State Bank of India announced that the executive committee of its central board approved for purchase of 725 Crore shares in YES Bank at a price of Rs 10 per share subject to all regulatory approvals. The shareholding of SBI will remain within 49 per cent of the paid-up capital of YES Bank.)

10. Which Indian state is set to depute ‘Arogya Mitra’ at Primary health centres to inform people about government’s health-related schemes?

Ans : Uttar Pradesh ( The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath recently announced that one ‘Arogya Mitra’ each is to be deputed at all Primary health centres in the state to inform people about health-related schemes of the government. The Chief Minister also ‘Kaushal Satrang’ programme of the Department of Vocational Education and Skill Development and Department of Labour and Employment Exchange. The programme is aimed at generating employment and self-employment opportunities for the youth of the state.)

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