Current affairs MAR 19 2020

1.Which city of Rajasthan is also called as the ‘Marble city of India’, that is recently connected with Indore under RCS-UDAN scheme?

Ans :Kishangarh (On March 16th; 2020, Star Air made history by becoming India’s first airline to start direct flight services between Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Kishangarh (Ajmer – Rajasthan) under the popular RCS-UDAN scheme.The airline scheduled a few mega launch events at both Indore and Kishangarh (Ajmer) airports, where scores of high-profile dignitaries had come. Aryama Sanyal – Airport Director -Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport, Indore inaugurated this historic Indore-Kishangarh(Ajmer) flight service at a grand ceremony held at the Indore airport on March 16th; 2020.)

2.Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose birth centenary was celebrated recently, was the Founder President of which country?

Ans : Bangladesh (100th birth anniversary of the country’s founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, barring any public gatherings for the event as due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Bangladesh’s President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Mujib’s grave outside the capital Dhaka.The government had earlier this month canceled Mujib’s birth centenary celebrations, originally planned for March 17, March 25 and March 26, following the first confirmed three cases of coronavirus in the country on March 8.)

3.Patil Puttappa, who recently passed away, was associated with which field?

Ans : Journalism ( Patil Puttappa (14 January 1919 – 16 March 2020) was an Indian writer, veteran journalist and activist based in Hubli, India. He was the founder-editor of the now-defunct Kannada daily Vishwavani and weekly Prapancha. … Puttappa was President of the 70th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held at Belgaum in 2003.Patil Puttappa had also served as a former Rajya Sabha member. He remained as a strong representative of Kannada and had received several prestigious awards including the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, T.S.R. Award, and “Nadoja’. He had recently been presented the ‘Basava Award’ by the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

4. Which European country recently imposed a record 1.1 billion euro fine on tech-firm Apple for its anti-competitive behaviour?

Ans : France ( The fine was imposed for the firm’s anti-competitive behaviour towards its independent retail distributors. The country’s authority announced that it found Apple prevented independent retailers in France from competing on price and allegedly used its economic power on them.)

5.Which country is set to create a $4 billion anti-crisis fund to protect its economy from COVID-19 outbreak?

Ans : Russia (  Russia will create a 300-billion rouble ($4 billion) anti-crisis fund to try to shield its economy from the coronavirus shock, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.Moscow has said it may miss its growth targets this year and global markets have been bruised by the impact of the virus.A sharp drop in the price of oil, Russia’s main export, has left Russia particularly vulnerable, with the rouble sinking to four-year lows against the dollar.The Finance Ministry and the central bank have already pledged support to everything from the banking sector to the rouble and the state debt market, and attention is now focused on a key interest rate meeting set for March 20.)  

6. Which Indian institution has launched a re-skilling programme for women called ‘Career Back 2 Women’?

Ans : Indian Institue of Technology-Madras ( Career Back 2 Women (CB2Women) – through its Digital Skills Academy.According to a 2019 survey by Monster Salary Index, women in India earn 19 percent less than men. This is corroborated by a report from the World Economic Forum which states that India slipped to 112th rank when it comes to the gender pay gap. In the IT industry, only 26 percent women are working in tech roles, according to an Oxfam report.The academy has tied up with Forensic Intelligence Surveillance and Security Technologies (FISST) and is using the latest technologies and programmes to run the course. There are four tracks in this training – Data Science and Big Data, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML), Cyber Security with Digital Forensics, and Software Engineering with Programming in Python with MongoDB. Each track has a Basic and an Advance module. The candidate can opt for any of these levels, which provide over 150 hours of training to women for them to get back to their cares.

7. The Central bank of which country slashed its benchmark interest rate to almost zero and announced to buy USD 700 billion in bonds?

Ans : United States (the coronavirus outbreak has harmed communities and disrupted economic activity in many countries, including the United States,” cut interest rates to essentially zero on Sunday and launched a massive $700 billion quantitative easing program to shelter the economy from the effects of the virus.The new fed funds rate, used as a benchmark both for short-term lending for financial institutions and as a peg to many consumer rates, will now be targeted at 0% to 0.25% down from a previous target range of 1% to 1.25%.Facing highly disrupted financial markets, the Fed also slashed the rate of emergency lending at the discount window for banks by 125 basis points to 0.25%, and lengthened the term of loans to 90 days.)

8. Ravinder Singh Dhillon has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of which Public Sector Undertaking?

Ans : Power Finance Corporation (The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Ravinder Singh Dhillon as Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Power Finance Corporation (PFC) Limited. It is a Navratna PSU which functions under the aegis of Ministry of Power. Ravinder Singh Dhillon is currently serving as Director (Projects) in the same PSU. He had also served as Director (Public Grievances) in PFC earlier.)

9. What is the share of Indian companies in Defence Ministry’s contracts for procurement of defence equipment in 2019-20?

Ans : 75.03% (New Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) The share of Indian companies in contracts awarded by the Union Defence Ministry for procurement of defence equipments increased from 39.06 per cent in 2015-16 to 75.03 per cent in 2019-20, the government.Rajya Sabha, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Indigenously manufactured equipments are procured to the maximum extent possible, keeping in view the requirement of operational preparedness.”The defence equipment procured from Indian vendors over the last five years includes helicopters, radars, electronic fuses, bridges, ballistic helmets, bulletproof jackets, rocket launchers and vehicles,” Singh said. PTI DSP DSP DIV DIV.

10.Which former Chief Justice of India has been nominated to Rajya Sabha?

Ans :Ranjan Gogoi ( Former chief justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind on March 16. Three days after he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind, former chief justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is expected to take oath as a Member of Parliament (MP).)

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