20 March 2018: The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as Varuna military exercise, new ambassador of Educate Girls and new Governor of Odisha among others.
1. Which country hosted the Gulf Shield-1, the military exercise of 23 countries?
c) Saudi Arabia
2. Which Indian actress has been named the ambassador of International NGO - Educate Girls?
a) Priyanka Chopra
b) Katrina Kaif
c) Deepika Padukone
d) Alia Bhatt
3. Which state’s government has approved ‘religious minority’ status for Lingayats?
c) Andhra Pradesh
4. Which governor was recently given the additional charge of Governor of Odisha?
a) Balramji Dass Tandon
b) Anandiben Patel
c) Banwarilal Purohit
d) Satya Pal Malik
5. Which city hosted the first national workshop on Poshan Abhiyaan?
b) New Delhi
6. India has delivered the last of diesel railway locomotive engines to which neighbouring nation?
7. Which city will host the ministerial meeting of the Informal World Trade Organisation (WTO)?
a) New Delhi
8. The first phase of Indo-French joint naval exercise ‘Varuna 2018’ began in which state?
d) Tamil Nadu
9. Which Union Ministry will organise the International Yoga Fest 2018?
a) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
b) Ministry of Women and Child Development
c) Ministry of AYUSH
d) Ministry of Home Affairs
10. The first-ever India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction started in which City?
d) New Delhi
11. Which state has recently passed the bill proposing death penalty in rape of girls below 12 years?
d) Uttar Pradesh
12. Who was appointed as the President of the court of Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru?
a) Lakshmi Mittal
b) N Chandrasekran
c) Ratan Tata
d) Nandan Nilekani
Answers with Explanation
1. (c) Saudi Arabia
The Gulf Shield – 1 military exercise of 23 countries including Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states was held in Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia. It was organised by Ministry of Defence of Saudi Arabia. The one month long exercise was largest military drill in the region, as it saw participation of ground, naval and air forces of the participating countries.
2. (b) Katrina Kaif
Indian actress Katrina Kaif has been named as the new ambassador of the international award-winning non-profit organisation, Educate Girls. For over a decade now, the NGO has been partnering with the Indian government in bringing out-of-school girls back to school.
3. (a) Karnataka
The Karnataka state government has decided to recognise the Lingayat community as a religious minority, leaving the final decision with the centre. The Lingayats are worshippers of Shiva and have distanced themselves from traditional Hinduism, especially from the Vedic version and the caste system.
4. (d) Satya Pal Malik
Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik was given the additional charge as the Governor of Odisha on March 20, 2018, following the completion of tenure of the state’s present governor Dr. SC Jamir. A communique issued by the President's Secretariat said Malik will discharge the additional functions until regular arrangements are made.
5. (b) New Delhi
The first National workshop on Poshan Abhiyaan was held in New Delhi on March 20, 2018 to implement the campaign in a fast track mode across the country. The day-long event saw participation from all the states and union territories.
6. (b) Myanmar
India on March 20, 2018 handed over the 18th and last diesel railway locomotive engine to Myanmar, thus executing a key project ahead of time as part of efforts to boost ties with the neighbour. The 18 locomotives are fitted with microprocessor control-based system, attaining a maximum speed of 100 km per hour and are customised for Myanmar Railways.
7. (a) New Delhi
The two-day Informal World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting began in New Delhi on March 19, 2018. Representatives from 50 countries are participating in the meet.
8. (b) Goa
The first phase of Indo-French joint naval exercise ‘Varuna 2018’ kickstarted at the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) in Vasco, Goa on March 19, 2018. The exercise is being held in the Arabian Sea off the Goa coast.
9. (c) Ministry of AYUSH
The Ministry of AYUSH will organise the 2018 International Yoga Fest at the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in New Delhi from March 21, 2018. The fest is a curtain raiser for International Yoga Day-2018, which is celebrated on the 21st June.
10. (d) New Delhi
Rajiv Kumar, the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, inaugurated the first-ever India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi on March 19, 2018. The 2-day workshop is being jointly organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Government of Japan.
11. (a) Haryana
After Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the Haryana Assembly passed a bill seeking to give capital punishment to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 years or below. The bill amends provisions under Section 376 (rape), Section 354 (assault or criminal force against woman with intent to outrage her modesty), and Section 354D (2) (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code.
12. (b) N Chandrasekran
Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekran was elected as the 8th President of the court of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for the year 2018-21.