Current affairs MAR 21 2020

1.Name the Financial institute which set to launch a special train ‘Swavalamban Express’ to empower budding entrepreneurs under mission Swavalamban.

Ans: SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI has announced that it is going to start Swavalamban Express on June 05, 2020, to promote budding business aspirants and entrepreneurs.The Swavalamban Express will depart from Lucknow on June 5, 2020, and travel to the 11 entrepreneurial cities. These include Jammu, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Varanasi as the final destination.It will be 15 days of a journey that will cover about 7000 km of track. The train will cover 17 major cities under its mission.t will construct an inter-connected small enterprise ecosystem that will include business aspirants, mentors, experts and experience at all.SIDBI has not mentioned any educational restriction for its journey. A participant must be aged between 20 and 35 years. SIDBI said that all those aspirants can apply who want to start their own business. SIDBI also said that who are running a small business can also apply for the journey of Swavalamban Express.

2. Which Indian state government has launched the Police Station Visitor Survey System and e-Night Beat Checking System (March 2020)?

Ans: Himachal Pradesh (Himachal Pradesh State government launched Police Station Visitor Survey System and e-Night Beat Checking System for Himachal police in Shimla.These systems would help the Police Department in doing self-evaluation and improve the working of Police. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur while launching these systems said this would go a long way in improving the functioning of the Police Department as police personnel would be able to get proper feedback regarding their working and take necessary steps for improving their functioning. Police Station Visitor Survey System will be linked with http://bit.ly/HPPolice.The main feature of the System was that it would automatically capture the date, time and GPS Location of the policeman on beat patrolling/night checking duty and thus would help in ensuring the increased presence of police on the roads for better safety of the citizens.

3. Name the State which announced to call Sanitary Personal in the state to be called as ‘Cleanliness Workers’.?

Ans: Tamilnadu (amil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Thursday announced in the Assembly that 64,583 sanitary personnel employed by urban and rural civic bodies in the State will from now on be called ‘cleanliness workers’ to honour their work.Palaniswami hailed the role played by them in maintaining public health and said the government has already been implementing several welfare measures like building residential tenements for their benefit.As many as 64,583 sanitary workers are employed with 15 corporations, 121 municipalities, 528 town panchayats and 12,525 village panchayats,The Chief Minister, while making announcements on the energy department, said a scheme to install smart meters for 42 lakh electricity consumers here to compute their power consumption will be implemented at an outlay of Rs 4,300 crore.)

4. Name the Indian state which has released fund allocation of Rs. 2.5 Crore for MOTHER programme (in its budget)?

Ans: Meghalaya (Meghalaya’s Chief Minister (CM) & Finance minister Conrad Kongkal(K) Sangma presented a Rs 17,375 crore budget for the Financial Year (FY)2020-21 in the state assembly with the fiscal deficit of Rs 1,532 crore which is around 3.53 % of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). Health and Family Welfare sector proposed Rs 2.5 crore for Meghalaya’s Outcome Oriented Transformation in Heath, Education and Rural Development.)

5. Fitch Rating in its Global Economic Outlook 2020, lowered India’s growth forecast for the Financial Year 2021 to ______.?

Ans: 5.1% ( New Delhi: Fitch Ratings on Friday cut India’s growth forecast to 5.1 per cent for FY 2020-21, saying the coronavirus outbreak is likely to hit business investment and exports.Fitch had in December 2019 projected India’s growth at 5.6 per cent for 2020-21 and 6.5 per cent in the following year.The WHO has declared coronavirus pandemic. Over 2 lakh people have been infected globally and the disease caused by it — COVID-19 — has claimed over 9,000 lives. In India, there are about 195 positive cases and 4 deaths so far from the deadly virus.The difficulties facing the Indian economy have been exacerbated by Yes Bank failure.)

6. Find the non-life insurance company which introduced 1-yr long ‘COVID-19 Protection cover’ for COVID positive cases for the age group of 18-75yrs.?

Ans: ICICI Lombard (ICICI Lombard has rolled out a coronavirus-focused policy ‘COVID-19 Protection Cover’. This policy is launched in a group insurance mode. The COVID-19 Protection Cover will pay 100 per cent of the sum insured irrespective of hospitalization expenses, on the diagnosis of COVID-19 positive cases, amid the contagious pandemic.The insurance company will pay out the entire sum insured if the policyholder tests positive for COVID-19 at any of the Government authorized centers. The sum insurance will be paid in a lump sum in the case of a first diagnosis of the disease during the policy period, however, after an initial waiting period of 14 days)

7. Who among the following has been appointed as the Additional Directors in Yes Bank board by RBI for the period of 2yrs with effect from March 26, 2020.?

Ans: Rama Subramaniam Gandhi & Ananth Narayan Gopalakrishnan (In the exercise of powers under the ‘Yes Bank Ltd. Reconstruction Scheme, 2020’ and the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed 2 additional directors namely – Rama Subramaniam Gandhi (former RBI Deputy Governor) & Ananth Narayan Gopalakrishnan (Associate Professor of S P Jain Institute of Management & Research) on the board of private sector lender Yes Bank for a period of 2- years with effect from March 26,2020.)

8. Name the 1st Indian who climbs highest Volcanoes of all the 7 continents and entered into ‘Limca Book of Records’.?

Ans: Satyarup Siddhanta (Satyarup Siddhanta (born April 29, 1983) is a Bangalore-based Indian mountaineer.Satyarup became the youngest mountaineer in the world and the first from India to climb both the Seven Summits as well as Seven Volcanic Summits on 15 January 2019 at 10:10 pm Chile time.December 15, 2017 he summited Vinson Massif, becoming only the fifth Indian civilian to complete the seven summits (Messner’s List and Bass List.He is the first civilian to accomplish this feat from Karnataka (Residence State) and West Bengal (Home State). He is also the 3rd Indian to climb the highest Volcano of the world.)

9. The PM Modi has declared the formulation of COVID-19 Economic task force to tackle economic challenges arise during COVID-19 outbreak. Who heads the task force?

Ans: Nirmala Sitharaman (Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared the formulation of COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force, to be led by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Its objective is to tackle the economic challenges arising out of novel coronavirus outbreak. In this regard, Sitharaman held a meeting with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister Nitin Gadkari, Animal Husbandry Minister Giriraj Singh, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel to assess the situation.)

10. J&K government has set up a commission named “J&K Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Commission”. Who heads the commission?

Ans: Justice G D Sharma (The Jammu and Kashmir Government sets up a commission named as “J&K Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Commission” will be headed by Justice (retired) G D Sharma to examine the social and educational backwardness of various backward classes people, dalits, in the Union Territory.

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