Current affairs MAR 18 2020

1.The flagship “Ganga Amantran Abhiyan” programme is conducted by which organisation?

Ans : National Mission for Clean Ganga ( National Mission for Clean Ganga which functions under the Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation-Ministry of Jal Shakti organised its flagship rafting and kayaking expedition programme called “Ganga Amantran Abhiyan”.The exploratory open-water rafting programme was organised from Devprayag (Uttarakhand) to Gangasagar (West Bengal). The programme which concluded recently allowed people to connect with the river Ganga.

2. An important personality in Ambedkar’s historic conversion to Buddhism passed away recently. What is his name?

Ans: Sadananad Fulzele (Sadanand Fulzele, the founder secretary of the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti, recently passed away at the age of 91.The federation looks after Deekshabhoomi in Nagpur, the site of Babasaheb Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism in 1956. Fulzele was a follower of Ambedkar’s ideologies and was instrumental in building the stupa at the place. Fulzele was also the Deputy Mayor of Nagpur when the leader converted along with over 6 lakh followers.

3. Who was appointed as the fourth advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu?

Ans : Baseer Ahmed Khan (aseer Ahmed Khan, a 2000-batch IAS officer currently posted as the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, has been appointed as the fourth advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu. An order to this effect was issued by Deputy Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (department of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh affairs), Anandi Venkateswaran in New Delhi. Approval of the competent authority is given “to the appointment of Baseer Ahmed Khan, IAS (JK-2000), as advisor to Lt Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir…,”

4. Chameli Devi Jain Award is an annual award presented to outstanding performers of which field?

Ans : Journalism (Chameli Devi Jain Award is an annual award which has been presented since 1981 for outstanding performers in the field of Journalism. Chameli Devi Jai was a legendary freedom fighter and community reformer. This year, the award for outstanding woman journalist was presented jointly to the Journalist of ‘The Wire’- Arfa Khanum Sherwani and a freelance journalist named Rohini Mohan. Arfa was chosen for her reporting from Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh while Rohini was awarded for her investigative coverage on the NRC exercise in Assam.

5. Which state cabinet recently passed an ordinance which seeks to recover losses caused by damage to public property from rioters?

Ans : Uttar Pradesh ( The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet recently passed the ‘Recovery of Damage to Public Properties Ordinance 2020’ for recovery of losses caused by damage to public property during violent protests. The decision which was taken in a cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath aims to prevent loss of public property in the state. The damages in the violence shall be recovered from the rioters, as per the ordinance. This comes at the backdrop of several violent protests in the state against Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

6. In the video conference held between the leaders of SAARC member countries, which country proposed a “Covid-19 emergency fund”?

Ans : India (India’s South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) contemporaries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hosted a video-conference meet of leaders of all SAARC member nations. The Prime Minister opened the discussion by mentioning India’s efforts and action plan to limit the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).Covid-19 emergency fund. He even went ahead and committed USD 10 million for the fund. Neighbours in South Asia can control the spread of the novel coronavirus by “coming together, not growing apart,” said Prime Minister Modi.

7. According to the Gender Social Norms Index report, released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), how many countries have achieved gender equality?

Ans : ZERO (The Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) measures how social beliefs obstruct gender equality in areas like politics, work, and education, and contains data from 75 countries, covering over 80 percent of the world’s population. The analysis reveals that, despite decades of progress closing the equality gap between men and women, close to 90 percent of men and women hold some sort of bias against women, providing new clues to the invisible barriers women face in achieving equality.

8. In context with the new recruitment system to be followed from 2021 for various government jobs, what does CET stand for?

Ans : Common Eligibility Test (common eligibility test (CET) from 2021 for applicants for jobs in railways, banks and lower levels of Central government jobs.

The Centre is to set up an autonomous National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct this online test. The CET is expected to replace the first level tests conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).)

9. Sahitya Akademi award winner Puthussery Ramachandran, who passed away recently, was a poet and scholar in which language?

Ans : Malayalam ( Puthussery Ramachandran Pillai (23 September 1928 – 14 March 2020) was an Indian poet of the Malayalam language. He was a scholar of Dravidian linguistics and a professor of Malayalam for more than three decades. He died on 14 March 2020, due to an age-related illnesses.)

10.’Akshay Urja Portal’ is an initiative of which Union Ministry?

Ans : Ministry of new & Renewable Energy ( The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has recently launched its new website to make information about new schemes and projects presented in a better manner to the stakeholders.

The newly launched website includes optimized user interface and facilitates better access from various devices including mobile phones. The website has additional portals such as ‘Akshay Urja Portal’ and ‘India Renewable Idea Exchange’ (IRIX).)


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